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Obit of Otis J. "Pops" Hurt

posted Feb 9, 2016, 8:03 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Feb 9, 2016, 8:03 AM ]

Husband of Joy Dickman
Fairbury, Otis J. “Pops” Hurt, 82, of Fairbury, passed away at 9:30am, Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Piper City Nursing Home. His funeral will be held at 2:00pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. Pastor Steve Anderson will be officiating. Burial will be in South Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury. His visitation will be held one hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the J. A. Fowell American Legion Post #174, Forrest. Otis was born February 16, 1933 in Fairbury the son of Otis M. and Nola Ray Hurt. He married Carol J. Dickman on May 31, 1957. She died January 10, 2002. Surviving are his daughter, Cindy (John Shilts) Hurt of Fairbury; son, Todd (Kris) Hurt of Saunemin; grandchildren, Kevin (Sara) Hurt, Veronica and Valerie Hurt; great-grandchildren, Jude, Maxwell and McKinzie Hurt. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters. Otis is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Otis worked for the City of Fairbury and Forrest Milk Products. He owned and operated Pop’s Bar in Forrest and worked road construction for the Local Labor Union. He was a member of the Laborers Union, Roanoke and the J. A. Fowell American Legion Post #174, Forrest. In his younger days Otis was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Obit of Mary Lou (Mosier) Clubb

posted Feb 9, 2016, 7:47 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Feb 9, 2016, 7:47 AM ]

Mary Lou Clubb, 75, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 12:25 am on Friday, January 29, 2016 at her home in Chatsworth. Her eulogy and prayer service will be held at 5:00 pm Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with Charles Clubb officiating, assisted by Cindy Heern and Kayla Kaplan. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home on Sunday. According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded following services. Memorial contributions may be made to a St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. Mary Lou was born April 11, 1940 in Morris, IL a daughter of Clinton and Lois (Williams) Mosier. She married Carl E. Clubb on October 12, 1957 in Essex, IL. He survives. Also surviving are their seven children: Carl (Theresa) Clubb of Onarga, IL, David (Lori) Clubb of Coal City, IL, Kathleen Wood of Dwight, IL, Debbie (Al) Swiggett of Coal City, IL, Cindy (Paul) Heern of Hollywood, Maryland, Susan Loveall of Chatsworth, IL and Roger (Ashley) Clubb of Chatsworth, IL; her grandchildren: Chuckie Lee, Jazmin, Haleigh, and Cullen Loveall, Tim and Matthew Davis, and Kayla Kaplan, Kyle, Shelby, Jacob, Jeremy, Brandon, Nick, Cody, Stephanie, Stephen, and Ben; her great grandchildren: Carl, Marilah, and Alonzo, Zach, Damian, Mason, Dakota, Gavin, and Chase; her brothers: Joe and Ronnie Mosier; her dearest nephew: Charles “Dubber” Clubb; her beloved dog, Buddy; many nieces and nephews; and two special friends: Alice Loveall and Chris Nelson. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister: Cathy Clubb. Mary Lou was a very talented artist who enjoyed writing, sketching and drawing. She loved being around people and helping them in their time of need. She liked playing bingo and was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.

Obit of Esther (Carlson) Bayston

posted Jan 30, 2016, 5:00 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Jan 30, 2016, 5:02 AM ]

 Posted: Friday, January 29, 2016 
 Esther A. Bayston, 95, of Cullom, passed away at 3 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 28, 2016) at Heritage Manor in Normal. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. funeral service at St. John's Lutheran Church In Cullom, with the Rev. Mauricio Vieira officiating. Burial will follow in West Lawn Cemetery, Cullom. Esther was born Feb. 10, 1920, in Piper City, a daughter of John Alfred and Olive E. (Perkins) Carlson. She married Eldon H. Bayston on July 23, 1939, in Chatsworth. He preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 1995. Surviving are two daughters, Donnabelle (Jim) Frantz, of Heyworth, and Helen (Carl) Spengler, of Rockford; one son, Gary (Wha) Bayston, of Loves Park; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Evelyn Watson, of Bulpitt. In addition to her husband, preceding her in death were her parents; daughter, Debra; and three sisters, Ruth Vaughn, Florence Gerdes and Lena Carlson. Esther was a graduate of Piper City High School and worked at the Fox Center in Dwight for many years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed playing cards and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She loved gardening and especially growing African violets. Esther enjoyed cooking and collecting recipes and spending time with her family. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church. Calvert and Martin Funeral home in Cullom is handling the funeral arrangements.

Obit of Richard Gragert

posted Jan 26, 2016, 4:07 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Jan 26, 2016, 4:08 AM ]

PONTIAC — Richard Gragert, 72, of Pontiac, died at 12:25 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 24, 2016) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Cremation rites will be accorded and a private family service will be at a later date. Memorials in Richard’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, is handling the arrangements. Richard was born Oct. 20, 1943, in Odell, a son of Ben and Ruby McWhorter Gragert. He married Judith Galloway on June 1, 1985, in Chatsworth. She survives in Pontiac. Also surviving are three children, Chad Gragert, Odell; Jeremy Donnelly, Bloomington; and Bria (Rocky) Salinas, Pontiac; five grandchildren, Morgan and Jacob Donnelly; Landon and Taylor Salinas; and Sydney Gragert; and one brother, Steve Gragert, Pontiac. Dick was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Mick Gragert. Richard was educated in Odell schools and was a graduate of Odell High School. He served our country in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1967. He was employed at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department for 26 years. He was director of the 911 call center in Pontiac, and also had been employed at the Illinois Department of Transportation. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chatsworth. This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed atwww.calvertmemorial.com.

Obit of James D. Dopler

posted Jan 14, 2016, 9:10 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 9:10 AM ]

Posted Jan. 12, 2016 
Chatsworth, Ill. A celebration of life service for James D. Dopler, 64, Chatsworth, formerly of East Moline, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Chatsworth American Legion.
 James died Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac. James was retired from Caterpillar as a machinist. 
Memorials may be made to Bowlesburg Elementary School, Silvis.

Obit of Lois J. (Twiehaus) Seibold

posted Jan 13, 2016, 3:59 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Jan 13, 2016, 4:01 AM ]

CHAMPAIGN – Lois J. Seibold, 84, of Champaign passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at the Champaign-Urbana Rehab Center in Savoy. She was born Oct. 12, 1931, in Fairbury to Edward Twiehuas and Vera Ehlers Twiehaus. She married Michael Joseph Seibold on March 29, 1952; he preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 2015. Lois grew up on a farm south of Piper City and attended schools in Piper City and Roberts. After the accidental death of her father when she was only 7, she and her mother moved to Piper City. Upon graduation from high school, she was ready for the "big city" and moved to Urbana where she began working at Carle Foundation Hospital until a family was started. After a few years at home when her children were young, she went back to work at the University of Illinois and retired in 1996 after 30-plus years of service. In retirement, she volunteered with the Carle Auxiliary. Lois loved to play cards and participated in several bridge groups. She also golfed in the Women's league at Urbana Country Club for several years and bowled for many years in local leagues. Lois' favorite pastime, though, was spending time with her family, attending family sporting events and being a homemaker. Survivors include her daughter, Sandy (Stan) Harper of Ogden; and her son, Michael E. (Jean) Seibold of Savoy. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Michael Harper, Laura (Mitch) Harris and Joseph Seibold; and one great-grandchild. Lois was preceded in death by her father, her mother and her stepfather, Wesley Hawthorne. A private family service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be offered online at www.morganmemorialhome.com. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Obit of Hester (Yokley) Ford

posted Dec 30, 2015, 4:23 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Dec 30, 2015, 4:25 AM ]

LODA – On Christmas (Friday, Dec. 25, 2015), Hester joined her husband, Delmer, in heaven. They had been married for 69 years when Delmer went to heaven on May 11, 2007. Hester Ford was born Nov. 18, 1919, in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of Sidney and Harriet Yokley. 
Surviving are two sons, Donald (Kathy) Ford of Tallahassee, Fla., and Carl (Kathy) Ford of Sun City, Ariz.; one daughter, Fran (Jerry) Martin of Lake Iroquois, Loda; six grandchildren, Debbie (Rick) Skelly of Cumming, Ga., Scott Ford of Columbia, Tenn., Michael Ford of Goodyear, Ariz., Lynnette (Dan) Bixby of Bloomington, Ill., David (Leslie) Ford of Peoria, Ariz., and Brian (Tammy) Martin of West Lafayette, Ind.; 15 greatgrandchildren, Ryan and Nicholas Skelly, Hunter Ford, Jacob and Alyssa Ford, Tyler, Trevor, Tristan and Treyson Bixby and Jessica, Taylor, Abby, Kylie, Colin and Kennedy Martin; and two sisters-in-law, Gertie Yokley of Williamsville, Ill., and Marie Poland of Tompkinsville, Ky. Her parents; her husband; two brothers, Ben and Earl Yokley; one sister, Alma Emberton; two infant brothers; and one infant sister preceded her in death. 
Hester was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church, 309 N. Route 47, Gibson City, IL 60936. She enjoyed sewing and quilting with church members and made many lap quilts for friends in nursing homes. Hester worked at the Fairbury Hospital and the electronics plant in Piper City. She worked beside her husband for years farming and gardening in Chatsworth and continued gardening after their retirement move to Lake Iroquois. Hester was a longtime member of the Home Extension Club with her many lifelong friends in Chatsworth. After moving to Lake Iroquois, she was a member of Lake Iroquois Women's Club and the Welcome Wagon with Marie Postlewaite, her close friend from Chatsworth. Hester was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and left many precious memories. She loved her neighbors and church friends. She made many slippers and quilts for all her children and great-grandchildren and was known for her great cooking, especially her fried chicken and pies. She had a green thumb and enjoyed her plants and gardening. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at the Gibson City Bible Church. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, with Pastor Paul Thomason officiating. Burial will be in the Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gibson City Bible Church. Arrangements are by Knapp-Miller Funeral Home in Paxton. Please share a memory of Hester at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Obit of Betty Joan (Phipps) Ahlgren

posted Dec 18, 2015, 9:13 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Dec 18, 2015, 9:14 AM ]

WASHINGTON - Betty Joan (Phipps) Ahlgren, 87, of Washington passed away Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria, surrounded by her family. She was born Aug. 14, 1928, in Chatsworth, Ill., to Roy and Blanche Phipps. Thankful for their caring and loving mom and grandmother are her children, Gary (Julie) Ahlgren and Lynn Powell; and her grandchildren, Jana (Mike) Chambers, Amber Sweet (Mike), Trisha (Josh) Johnson and April Powell. She was dearly loved by her nine great-grandchildren. Her family cherishes all the memories created throughout the years. A memorial service honoring Betty will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Bethany Community Church, 27577 Dutch Lane, Washington. An opportunity to greet the family will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be given in her name for an education fund established at Washington State Bank for her grandchildren. Cremation will be accorded. Published in Peoria Journal Star from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2015

Obit of Frances (McCarthy) McCormick (Teacher)

posted Dec 12, 2015, 7:12 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew

Per Bob Saathoff email:
LINCOLN, IL - Frances McCormick, 96, of Lincoln, died at 1:34 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at Martin Health Center in Bloomington, Ill. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. McCormick will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln. Visitation will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at Peasley Funeral Home. A Rosary Service will be held at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lincoln. 
Frances McCarthy was born April 19, 1919, in Lincoln, a daughter of James and Anna Hayes McCarthy. In 1946 she was married to William L. McCormick of Emden. William preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 2005. Frances is survived by one son, Timothy T. (Liana) McCormick; two granddaughters, Carina and Adina McCormick; and one sister, Mary A. Migielicz of Savoy. She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant son; two brothers, Fr. James Thomas McCarthy and Robert W. McCarthy; and her parents. 
Frances was educated in local parochial and public schools, was graduated from Lincoln College and the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Education. She was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta social sorority. She taught commercial subjects in the high school of Chatsworth and at Lincoln Community High School. Mrs. McCormick was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln. She was a charter member of the Logan County Parks & Trails Foundation. She was a member of the Board of trustees of the Farmers State Bank of Emden and was a trustee and treasurer of the Old Bethel Church Association of Emden. Frances was past president of the Monday Book Club and long-time treasurer of that group. She was a member and past president of the American Association of University Women and the PTA council of the City of Lincoln. In 1988 Frances assumed management of the James McCarthy & Son Realty business, which was organized by her father, James McCarthy, in 1921. 
Memorials may be made to: The Sisters of Charity, BVM, located at 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003. Funeral arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home of Lincoln. 
Published in The State Journal-Register from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2015

Obit of James W. Sanders

posted Dec 10, 2015, 5:44 AM by Mary Runyon-Hanshew   [ updated Dec 10, 2015, 5:44 AM ]

James W. Sanders, 87, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 10:10 am on Wednesday, December 09, 2015 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, IL. Private family services and burial will be held with military honors at the Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. James was born in Pleasant Ridge Township a son of William and Wavie (Barber) Sanders. He is survived by one son: Scott (Angel) Sanders of Chatsworth, IL; three grandchildren: Jess Sanders of Chatsworth, Kristi (Adam) Colclasure of Reddick, IL, and Caleb Kennel of Bloomington; two stepchildren: Mary Watson of Kentucky, and Tony Glen Masden of Bloomington; two great grandchildren: Amia and Rylan Colclasure; one brother: Albert Sanders of Thawville; one sister-in-law: Mary Ellen Sanders; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife: Sue; two sons: Larry and Eric Sanders; his parents; three brothers: Verne (Dorothy) Sanders, Wayne Sanders, and Vendell (Marlene) Sanders. He was a graduate of Chatsworth High School. He served his country in the United States Army in Korea during the war with the 23rd Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Division. James and his brother, Verne, owned and operated the Chatsworth Feed Mill in the late 1940’s. He also owned and operated the Laundromat in Chatsworth for twenty years. He farmed and was a carpenter for several contractors in the area.
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