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Lester Halstead

CARBONDALE — Lester Halstead, 66, passed away at 5:48 p.m. Jan. 7, 2016, in Carbondale Rehab and Care Center, attended by loving family and friends.

Lester was born June 11, 1949, in Du Quoin to Fallon Lester and Margery Hallena (Tripp) Halstead on June 16, 1949.

He married Sarah Marie Marx, and they shared 27 years before her passing.

 

Lester was a loving brother, son and husband.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and was an iron worker for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fallon Lester and Margery Hallena (Tripp) Halstead; wife, Sarah Marie Halstead; and three sisters, Carletta Leehy and Marilyn Perona and Jacqueline Halstead at birth.

 

Survivors include sisters, Rita Cashion (Stanley) of Bush and Norella Rolek of Port Richie, Florida; children, James Brian Halstead and David Frank Halstead, both of Makanda, and Jennifer Leslie Norton of Lillington, North Carolina; grandchildren, Ian and Madison Halstead, Emma Claire and Karen Noel Norton; and many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Animal Care, 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, IL 62699.

A private memorial will be conducted at a later date.

 

Dawn Morngingstar

CARBONDALE — Dawn Morningstar of Carbondale, 50, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at her residence.

Dawn was born Aug. 29, 1965, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Jimmy Holt and Sandra (Clampet) Holt.

Dawn was a loving daughter. She worked in transportation as a school bus driver for many years.

 

She is survived by parents Jimmy Holt and Sandra (Clampet) Holt of Talihina, Oklahoma; grandmother, Isabell Clampet of Talihina, Oklahoma; and partner, Sorrel Kunath of Carbondale; and many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, friends; and favorite running buddy, her dog, Neshoba.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Lawrence Clampet and Forrest and Opal Holt; and uncle, Anthony Clampet.

She was a very proud member of the Choctaw Nation, an advocate for Human and Animal rights, and volunteer and host on WDBX 91.1 for the Native Voices program.

 

She was a very passionate artist that donated some of her art to the community for fundraisers and a co-founder of Common Greens which is a non-profit community garden.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Animal Care, 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966.

A celebration of life will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 13, in Huffman, Harker, Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale.

An additional celebration of life will be at a later date in Idabel, Oklahoma.

 

Joe Upchurch

Joe David Upchurch, 79, Carbondale, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Monday, January 11, 2016, following a courageous struggle with ALS. 

He was born in Galatia, Illinois on May 22, 1936 to Dolly (Jones) and Joe Upchurch. He graduated from Galatia High School where he played basketball and made friends and memories that would last a lifetime. Joe attended Belmont College in Nashville on basketball scholarship, and later transferred to Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he earned a degree in Business Management. He owned Upchurch Insurance Agency in Carbondale and other entrepreneurial ventures, most recently Upchurch Investments. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. 

Joe married the love of his life, Ann Marie Raney, on October 21, 1977. He was a loving and caring man who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially going on road trips with them. He also enjoyed going to the gym to workout and staying fit (although he could never resist a Hershey bar), watching basketball (specifically The Boston Celtics during the Larry Bird days) and Mad Money's Jim Cramer on CNBC. Joe felt some of his proudest accomplishments were marrying Ann and adopting Kristy, his career as an Entrepreneur, obtaining his license as a commercial pilot with instrument and flight instructor rating, and his college basketball scholarships. 

Joe is survived by his wife, Ann, his daughter Kristy (Denny) Hawkins, granddaughters Lilia Rushing and Nevaeh Hawkins, godchildren Brittany Cook and Derrick Raney, sister Joni (Jamie) Duane, sisters-in-law Dorotha (Jim) Reynolds, Linda Cook, Betty Jo Raney, several cousins, nieces and nephews. He had a special relationship with his cousins, Mike (Sandy) Jones. Both parents preceded him in death. He was especially close to his maternal grandmother, Edna Jones, whom he affectionately called “Mom”. 

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Walker Funeral Home on Poplar Street in Carbondale, with the Reverend Gaylen Holden presiding. Visitation will be immediately before the service from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the

funeral home. It was Joe's wish that his body be cremated. There will be no burial. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hospice of Southern Illinois for their support in his final days. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the ALS Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

 

Larry Snider

 

 

DE SOTO — Larry Dean Snider, 57, went to the Lord at 6:14 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Larry was born June 29, 1958, in Murphysboro to Doris and Ralph Snider. He Married Tiffany Farel on June 14, 2000.

He was a loving son, husband, brother, uncle and friend. He was a hard worker, having worked for Local 782 as an iron worker for more than 20 years.

 

Larry was a member of American Legion Paul Stout Post 127 in Murphysboro. He was an excellent craftsman, who loved to create and bring joy to others through his craft. He also loved to sing and play music.

He had a gentle heart and lifted the spirits of all who were around him. He was a caring, loving soul, who always made time for his family and friends.

Larry's heart and his kindness will be missed, but his memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. Larry is gone, but he will never be forgotten.

 

Survivors include his wife, Tiffany Farel Snider of Murphysboro; mother, Doris Snider of De Soto; sisters, Kim Martin Stodghill and husband, Jim, of Tampa, Florida, Cindy Byrnes of De Soto and Jeri Webb of Herrin; brothers, Gary Snider and wife, Michelle, of Aristell, Georgia, and Scott Snider of De Soto; and stepchildren, Amber Lepper of Ava and Scott Lockhart of Carbondale.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Snider; grandparents, Delbert Dale and Viola Knight and Ralph Snider Sr. and Flora Snider; and brother-in-law, Leon Byrnes.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, in Walker Funeral Home, 112 S. Poplar St., in Carbondale with Pastor Josh Wehreier officiating. Interment with military honors will be in De Soto City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Lodge-American Cancer Society, 4215 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO

 

 

Gary McCalla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary McCalla                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

CARBONDALE — Carl Quandt, 67, passed away at 5:35 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Carl was born July 10, 1948, in Chicago, to August and Bernice (Stankus) Quandt.

Carl was a loving son, brother, and friend.

 

Carl was a long time employee of Niemann Flooring.

Carl is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sister; Doris Blomberg and husband, Gregory; nephews, Chris Blomberg and wife, Anna Christi, Kevin Blomberg and wife, Rebecca; and great-nephews, Bennett Blomberg and Garrison Blomberg.

 

Memorial services will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 16, in Walker Funeral Home, with prayer led at 6 p.m. by Pastor Katherine Graves.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Huntington Disease Society.

 

 

 

 Evelyn Stafko                                

 

ROYALTON — Evelyn Stafko, died at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Parkway Manor in Marion.

She worked at Herrin Hospital for 17 years till she retired.

She was born Dec. 11, 1923, in Royalton, to Dallas Childers and Grace (Johnson).

 

She married George Stafko, July 14, 1942, in El Paso, Texas. He preceded her in death June 15, 1988. They had shared 46 years of marriage.

Survivors include son, Carl and wife, Raylene, of Royalton; grandchildren, Jill and Steve McKinney of Royalton, Jon Stafko of Royalton, Michelle and John Vaughn of Carbondale, and Chad and Heather Stafko of Freeburg; great-grandchildren, Drake and wife, Emily Mckinney of Royalton, Kassey and husband, Kodie Ferketich of Carterville, Nick, Cole McKinney of Royalton, Tyler, Camden Stafko of Freeburg, Blake, Haden, and Carter and Maryn Vaughn of Carterville; and great-great-grandchild, Elise McKinney of Royalton; and daughter-in-law, Valerie Stafko.

She was preceded in death by parents, Dallas and Grace Childers; husband, George Stafko; son, Michael Stafko; and three brothers.

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road Marion, IL 62959 and Royalton Public Library, 305 S. Dean St., Royalton, IL 62903.

Private services will be at a later date.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

Charles Oliver Jr.

 Charles Oliver Jr.
                               

CAMBRIA — Charles Oliver Jr. passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was 91 years old. He suffered a fatal heart attack during a round of golf.

Mr. Oliver was born in Gary, Indiana, to the late Charles and Hattie (nee Beecher) Oliver, and was the oldest of four sons. Charles was raised and spent most of his life in Southern Illinois and always considered this area his home. He had lived in Cambria for most of the last 50 years.

Charlie was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, and served as an aviation electrician instructor during World War II. After military service he went into the construction business with his father, and worked construction until he retired in 1986. He was a project superintendent for the last 25 years of his career, and oversaw the construction of many local buildings, including Wilson Hall and the Law School at Southern Illinois University.

 

Charlie loved fishing, golf and bowling. He recorded two holes-in-one, and shot his age over a dozen times. He was also a talented musician, and played mandolin with several groups around the Southern Illinois area.

Mr. Oliver was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Earline Oliver, in 1996; and by his brothers Fred, Bill and John.

Survivors include his son, Chuck Oliver and wife, Shannon, of Scroggins, Texas; daughter, Suzanne Oliver and husband, John Williamson of Crete, Illinois; granddaughters, Channa Hires and husband, Jeff, of Fletcher, Missouri; and Christee Highbarger and husband, Greg, of Overland Park, Kansas; stepgranddaughter, Joni Thomas and husband, Mike, of Owensboro, Kentucky; stepgrandson, Joel Williamson and wife, Alicia of Salem, Oregon; and 10 great- grandchildren; and step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by special friend, Mary Whittenberg of Carbondale.

 

There will be no visitation. Mr. Oliver’s cremains will be buried in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale, next to his late wife, Earline.

Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements

                     
Robert "Sam" Young

Robert 'Sam' Young
                               

JONESBORO — Robert “Sam” M. Young, 73, died at 5:36 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Southeast Health in Cape Girardeau.

He was a farrier in the equine industry.

Sam was born Feb. 17, 1942, in Carbondale, to William Earl Young and Juanita Jarvis.

He married Pia Sollberger in Paducah, Kentucky

Survivors include his wife, Pia Sollberger, of Jonesboro; son, Justin Young of Carbondale; daughter, Kelly Lea Young of Foster City, California; sister, Barbara Ann and Aaron Rendall Chapman of Columbia, Missouri; and nieces, Rhonda Fehr and Kerry Chapman, both of Fulton, Missouri

He was preceded in death by his parents and many uncles and aunts.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Walker Funeral Home and Crematory, with the Rev.

Paul Hicks officiating. Interment will be in Alto Pass Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA), 5050 Edison Ave., No. 105, Colorado Springs, CO 80915, or www.nlbrahopecounts.com

 

 

 

Thomas Keller

 

CARBONDALE — Thomas Edward Keller, 81, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, in Herrin Hospital.

 

Thomas attended Carbondale University High School and attended Southern Illinois University.

 

He worked at Tuck Tape in Carbondale, and at Anna State Hospital.

 

He was preceded in death by three siblings, twin sisters, Ruth and Frances, and brother, Michael; and parents, Pauline and Willard Keller.

Thomas is survived by brother, James Duke Keller and wife, Rosalie; sister, Becky Kelly and husband, Ray, Kelly. He was blessed with four nephews and one niece and many great-nieces and nephews.

Thomas was a member of Odd Fellows Lodge 233 of Carbondale, Rebekah Lodge 222, and Woodman of the World 50, of Carbondale.

 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in Oakland Cemetery.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Donald Childers

 

CARBONDALE — Donald Childers, 62, died at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.

 

Arrangements are incomplete at Walker Funeral Home and Crematory.

 

               

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Narsinhbhai Raojibhai Patel, born Feb. 2, 1939, in Khandha, India, passed away Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.

 

 

He was a son to Raojibhai and Gangben Patel and loving husband to Madhuben Patel. He had five brothers, three sisters, two children and three grandchildren.

 

He migrated to USA in 1988 as a proud businessman. He was loved and will be missed dearly.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today, Nov. 2, in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale.

 

Fiynfolowa Onarmde

CARBONDALE — Fiynfolowa Onarmde, a student from Nigeria, died Oct. 21, 2015, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

 

Arrangements are incomplete at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale.

Mitchell J. Autry

CARBONDALE — Mitchell J. Autry, 22, of Naperville, passed away suddenly Oct. 22, 2015.

He loved his family, friends, music, the outdoors and the Blackhawks.

 

Mitchell was a student at Southern Illinois University.

He deeply touched the lives of all he met.

 

Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church at 1450 Green Trails Drive in Naperville. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the church. 

Walker Funeral Home and crematory is in charge of arrangements

 

Monica Randolph

MARION — Monica Randolph, 31, went to be with the Lord and our Savior at 8:57 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, due to natural causes in Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis after a routine surgery. Her brother, Dustin, was by her side.   

She was born Feb. 2, 1984, in Carbondale, to Gary Randolph and Kay Frank.

Survivors include son and light of her world, Remington Truth Randolph of Marion; mother, Kay and Skip Frank of Loudon, Tennessee, and father, Gary Randolph of Marion; brother, Dustin Randolph of Marion; sister, April Meyers of Illinois; nieces, Abbey Graham, Makenzi Randolph and Karleigh Meyers.

 

Monica will be missed by so many family members and friends.

Monica loved to shoot trap, play softball, and loved to dance. But her biggest love of all was our Lord and Savior.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; and aunt, Georgia Marcum.

 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale, with Pastor Ralph Brandon officiating. Interment will be in Lipe Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Remington Truth, 112 S. Poplar St., Carbondale, IL 62901.

 

Brian Charles Bellemey

CARBONDALE — Brian Charles Bellemey 58, dies at 4:55 p.m. Oct. 26, 2015, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born Jan. 28, 1957, in Pekin, to Charles and Rose (Stovall) Bellemey.

He married Wanda June Floyd on Aug. 21, 1993, in Carbondale and she survives. Also, surviving is one son, Charles D, Bellemey of Carbondale; his father and one sister, Kathleen L. Bellemey, both of Pekin; his brother and sisters-in-law, Steve and Patricia Allen of Union City, Tennessee, and Peggy Hill, of Fulton, Kentucky; and two nieces and three nephews.

His mother and mother-in-law; and one brother, Steven Bellemey; preceded him in death.

He was a beloved father, retired carpenter and maintenance man, a real estate property investor, an avid fisherman and Cardinals fan.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale, with Pastor Wes Henson officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

 

Kathymarie Lopez

 

Carbondale – Kathy-Marie Lopez passed away at 5:14 am. Thursday, Oct, 15, 2015, at her residence, surrounded by her family. Kathy-Marie was born April 10, 1958 in Chicago, to Joseph Ray Robinson and Marian Etta (Thornton) Robinson. Kathy-Marie was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She is survived by her sons, Joe Ray Delgadillo of Anna, Jose Luis Mendoza of Desoto, Roberto Alaniz, of Anna, Jose Lopez, of Paducah and Rito Lopez of Paducah; Her Daughters Sivoney Alaniz of Carbondale, Maria- Engracia Lopez of Paducah, and Kathy-Marie Lopez Jr of Paducah; 10 grandchildren, friends, and relatives. She was loved by so many, she was a hard worker, and she always put everyone before herself. Kathy-Marie Lopez was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson Braydion Scott Matlock. Private Memorial Services will be held at her home on November 1, 2015.

 

 

Dorothy Davis

 

CARBONDALE — Dorothy Frailey Davis, passed away Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Manor Court of Carbondale. She was 93 years old.

Dorothy was born Feb. 25, 1922, at her family’s home in Benton. Dorothy was the fourth of seven children born to Edward C. and Libby Kirk Frailey. She was a proud member of the Benton High School Class of 1940.

During World War II, Dorothy work at Boeing in San Diego, California. Upon her return home she managed her father’s hardware store on the Public Square in Benton.

She married I. Clark Davis on April 14, 1946. In 1949 the couple moved to Carbondale where Clark accepted the position as dean of students at SIU. Dorothy became a hostess to several generations of students and faculty over the years. They shared 50 years together until his death in 1997. A devoted mother, Dorothy was known for her quick wit and ever present smile. Once her family was raised, she worked as a retail clerk at Phillip’s and Bleyer’s Lady Store. With the arrival of her grandchildren, Dorothy became Nana and she delighted spending time with and spoiling her grandchildren.

Dorothy was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciple’s of Christ) in Carbondale. She was also a Life Member of the SIU Alumni Association and SIU Women’s Club.

Dorothy was proceeded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings and their spouses, Dewey Frailey (Helen), Kenneth Frailey, Mary Evelyn Booth (Graham), Joann Hurley (Hendon), Frances Frailey, and Maxine Overick (Richard).

She is survived by her son, Robert C. Davis (Mary Lou Briegel) of St. Charles, Missouri; daughter and sons-in-law, Marilyn K. Rickard (Allan) of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Joann E. Bleyer (K. Rockne) of Carbondale; grandchildren, Francis C. Bleyer (Jessica) of Bonaire, Georgia, Jonathan E. Bleyer (Suzy) of Houston, Texas, Joanna Rickard-Henderson (Ryan) of Wilmington, North Carolina, Diana E. Rickard of Columbia, Missouri, Katherine M. Bleyer of Marion, David A. Rickard (Amanda) of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Melinda K. Johnson (Darrell) of Troy, Missouri. great-grandchildren, Noah W. Rickard, Davis Maxwell Henderson, Bradley E. Bleyer, Elliana C. Henderson, Greta Sue Bleyer, Hadassah E. Johnson and Miriam G. Johnson; her sister-in-law, Betty Frailey of Benton; 10 nieces and nephews; and other extended family.

The family would like to thank the staff of Manor Court for all their compassion and loving care.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 306 W. Monroe, Carbondale IL 62901 or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in First Christian Church. Private burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. 

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. 

 

 

Owen 'Jerry' O'Malley

 

CARBONDALE — Owen "Jerry" O'Malley, 82, died at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, in Manor Court nursing home in Carbondale.

Jerry was born March 18, 1933, in Pekin, to Isabelle (Nelson) Ruish O'Malley and Owen O'Malley. They divorced when Jerry was quite young and his father moved to Chicago. Jerry was raised by his mother and grandfather, Ed Nelson. Also important from an early age were Gordon and Maude Hyatt and their extended family, with whom he remained close throughout his life.

Jerry had an older half sister, Marjorie Ruish Brown, now deceased; and a younger half-brother, Patrick O'Malley, who survives in Chicago.

Jerry graduated from Pekin Community High School in 1951. He was a factory worker at Corn Products in Pekin for about 10 years, during which he took classes at night at Bradley University in Peoria. He then attended Eureka College full-time, graduating in 1965 with a degree in English. From there he came to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he earned a master's degree in theater in 1967.

From 1967 to 1981 Jerry was an editor at Christian Board of Publication in St. Louis. During that era, CBP produced magazines and church school curriculum for a consortium of Protestant denominations, including Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), United Church of Christ, Presbyterian, United Methodist, and American Baptist. His primary job was editor of "Catalyst," a monthly magazine for older youth.

After teaching in the St. Louis public school system, he moved back to Carbondale in 1990 as a publications editor and writer in the SIUC public relations office. He retired in 2001.

Jerry was married to Laraine Wright in St. Louis on his 40th birthday, March 18, 1973. Although they divorced 11 years later, they remained devoted to each other. She survives in Carbondale.

Jerry was kind, generous, funny, unassuming, gentle, and genuinely interested in people. He loved comedy movies and television shows and telling jokes and making people laugh. He was constantly losing his keys, but he could recount detailed stories about his childhood.

Jerry's many dogs were all rescued from shelters or taken in as strays. They included large and small mixed breeds, pugs, terriers, and Chihuahuas. He also adopted guinea pigs and hamsters. Rural mice found cozy shelter and breeding space in his house and car. Periodically he had to confront the problem, but eviction always made him sad. Any cricket or spider found indoors was carefully ushered back outside.

Jerry enjoyed his hometown, returning often throughout the years and attending the annual Class of 1951 reunions of the Chicken Coop Gang.

Friends became his family. These included a group who first met at Bethany Christian Church, created in the 1960s to help those in need in St. Louis, Loretta and Don Wilson, Marian and Doug Jones, Carol and Richard Hinder, Ann and Charlie Watts, Don Pelsue and the Ambus family, particularly Cornell and Darryl. Jerry and Laraine owned a home on Laclede Place and retained a close friendship with neighbors Jack and Judy Dyer.

Among the many people in Southern Illinois he enjoyed being with were Marilyn and Trina at Mary Lou's Grill; Ching and Esa of Happy Reunion; the staff of Indian Creek Kennel; the staffs of Kroger and Schnucks; his neighbors Janice, Elmer, and Franklin Petrie; his lunch friend, Henry Polk; Leona Cicka, who included him in her family's holiday celebrations; and his longtime fishing buddy, Keith Frick, and Keith's wife, Margaret.

Special appreciation goes to those who reached out to Jerry toward the end of his life. He was grateful for your visits, phone calls, cards, and homemade treats. We thank those who were kind to him at Prairie Living, Manor Court, and Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Jerry was a member of the Humane Society of Southern Illinois, Friends of Giant City, Friends of McLeod Summer Playhouse, and the Southern Illinois Audubon Society. For years he helped Laraine monitor a bluebird trail at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.

Saddened that SIUC had earlier closed the McLeod Summer Playhouse on campus, Jerry started a public petition campaign in 2002 to restore it as a regional entertainment event and a valuable learning experience for theater and music majors. He collected more than 2,000 signatures and presented them to the SIUC administration. He was credited for helping to convince the university to restore funding. Today, the Playhouse is once again an exciting and appreciated theater experience.

Those who wish to honor his life may make a donation to the McLeod Summer Playhouse, SIUC Theater Department, Mailcode 6608, Carbondale, IL 62901, or to any animal shelter.

Burial and memorial events for Jerry will be private.

Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale is assisting the family with arrangements.

Friends became his family. These included a group who first met at Bethany Christian Church, created in the 1960s to help those in need in St. Louis, Loretta and Don Wilson, Marian and Doug Jones, Carol and Richard Hinder, Ann and Charlie Watts, Don Pelsue and the Ambus family, particularly Cornell and Darryl. Jerry and Laraine owned a home on Laclede Place and retained a close friendship with neighbors Jack and Judy Dyer.

Among the many people in Southern Illinois he enjoyed being with were Marilyn and Trina at Mary Lou's Grill; Ching and Esa of Happy Reunion; the staff of Indian Creek Kennel; the staffs of Kroger and Schnucks; his neighbors Janice, Elmer, and Franklin Petrie; his lunch friend, Henry Polk; Leona Cicka, who included him in her family's holiday celebrations; and his longtime fishing buddy, Keith Frick, and Keith's wife, Margaret.

Special appreciation goes to those who reached out to Jerry toward the end of his life. He was grateful for your visits, phone calls, cards, and homemade treats. We thank those who were kind to him at Prairie Living, Manor Court, and Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Jerry was a member of the Humane Society of Southern Illinois, Friends of Giant City, Friends of McLeod Summer Playhouse, and the Southern Illinois Audubon Society. For years he helped Laraine monitor a bluebird trail at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.

Saddened that SIUC had earlier closed the McLeod Summer Playhouse on campus, Jerry started a public petition campaign in 2002 to restore it as a regional entertainment event and a valuable learning experience for theater and music majors. He collected more than 2,000 signatures and presented them to the SIUC administration. He was credited for helping to convince the university to restore funding. Today, the Playhouse is once again an exciting and appreciated theater experience.

Those who wish to honor his life may make a donation to the McLeod Summer Playhouse, SIUC Theater Department, Mailcode 6608, Carbondale, IL 62901, or to any animal shelter.

Burial and memorial events for Jerry will be private.

Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Jacqueline "Jackie" Reno

CARBONDALE — Jacqueline "Jackie" Reno, 74, died at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Carbondale Rehab of Nursing Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home

 

 

Russell "Russ" Tarter

Russell Tarter

 

DE SOTO — Russell “Russ” Tarter, 58, passed away Sept. 6, 2015, at his residence.

Russ was born in Bloomington, to Walter and Thelma (Parr) Tarter.

He was a devoted brother, son and friend. His kindness, patience, generosity and honesty touched everyone he met. He was one of those remarkable people who could smile and joke through all circumstances. Russ enjoyed gardening, bowling and watching auto racing.

The family would like to thank all for their wonderful care during our loved ones illness.

He is survived by his mother, Thelma Tarter of Urbana; siblings, Marsha Pawlina, of Oldsmar, Florida, Marvin “Marty” (Connie) Tarter of Farmer City, Susan (Ed) Tess of Seminole, Florida, and Scott Parr of Lutz, Florida, Steve (Liz) Parr of Ankeny, Iowa, Al (Dia) Parr of Carbondale, and Bob (Linda) Parr of Champaign.

Russ Tarter is preceded in death by his father, Walter Tarter; and sister, Sharon Hughes.

There will be private memorial services for Russ Tarter.

Memorials may be made to The Woman’s Center Inc., 610 S. Thompson St., Carbondale, IL 62901.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Vivian Davis

HURST — Vivian Davis, 93, formerly of Hurst, passed away at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Bardstown, Kentucky.

She was born Dec. 26, 1921, in Blairsville, the daughter of Carl and Myrtle (Murphy) Leach. She married James Davis, and together they shared 46 years of marriage until his death in 1984. They had a son, Terry Davis and a daughter, Marilyn Davis.

Mrs. Davis was a member of First Christian Church in Hurst. She enjoyed making fresh floral arrangements for Sunday morning services. She was a homemaker and a loving and caring mother, grandmother and friend.

One of her greatest joys was being a grandmother. She was a resident of Hurst most of her life. In later years, she moved to Bardstown, Kentucky, to live with her daughter, Marilyn Hall.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Lisa (Steve) Mokofsky, Todd Davis, James (Jackie) Hall and John (Patricia) Hall; great-grandchildren, Colton Mokofsky, Cahley Mokofsky, Megan (Charlie) Witt, Thomas Hall, Mikayla Hall, Michael Hall, Tanner Davis, Logan Davis and Jaden Davis; and daughter-in-law, Linda Davis (Jerry Brandon).

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; parents; son, Terry Davis; daughter, Marilyn Hall; son-in-law, Thomas Hall; brother, Bill Leach; sister, Betty Haliday; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in Walker Funeral Home and Crematory in Hurst with the Rev. Greg Parker officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hurst Christian Church, 108 Russell St., Hurst, IL 62949.

 

Wilma Reeves

MURPHYSBORO — Wilma Jean Reeves, 83, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at home.

Arrangements are incomplete at Walker Funeral Home and Crematory in Carbondale.

 

 

Linda Wheeler

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COELLO — Linda Ann Wheeler, 64, died at 12:05 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

A celebration of life will be from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 27, in City Hall, 9124 N. Main St., in Coello.

Linda was born in Maine. She married Lavern Wheeler on Nov. 11, 1999, in Christopher.

She was a devoted and loving, wife, sister and friend. She also was an avid horse rider, who loved the outdoors.

Survivors include her husband, Lavern Wheeler of Coello; mother, Doris Briggs of Massachusetts; brother, Les Briggs of Glen Easton; and dear friend, Shannon Brown of Whiteash.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Dennis Briggs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Linda’s memory may be made to American Cancer Society Southern Region, 4503 S W DeYoung St., Ste. 200C, Marion IL 62959.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Eric Fletcher

 

MOUNT VERNON — Eric Alan Fletcher, 54, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Saint Louis University Hospital.

Eric was born May 6, 1961, in Carbondale, to Leonard Paul and Marjune "Roach" Fletcher.

Survivors include mother, Marjune Fletcher of Carbondale; brothers, Miles (Thao) Fletcher of Pearland, Texas, and Byron Fletcher of Rural Jackson County; nephew, Sherman (Jennifer) Fletcher of Houston, Texas; niece, Stephanie (Dr. Justin) Brooks of Springfield; grandnephews, Kasem Fletcher of Pearland, Texas; and Landon Brooks of Springfield; and in laws, Komsom (Bill) Richardson of Centralia.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Fletcher on May 10, 2000.

There will be private memorial services.

Memorials may be made to Diabetes Research Foundation Greater Chicago Chapter, 500 N. Dearborn, Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60610-4901.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements

 

 

Virgina Fisher

 

DE SOTO — Virginia Fisher, 73, died at 1:44 P.M. Tuesday, July 1, 2015, at home.

Arrangements are incomplete at Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale.

 

Ronald Jones

 

Ronald Jones

 

CARBONDALE — Ronald Lee Jones, 56, died at 1 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Carbondale Rehab and Care Center.

Ronald was born Sept. 11, 1958, in Detroit Michigan, to Ronald William and Sally Anne (Bubnas) Jones.

He was a carpenter.

Survivors include son, Blake Jones of Carbondale; brother, Aaron Thomas Jones of Carbondale; ex-wife, Patricia Ann Davis of Marion; and aunt, Phyllis Bubnas of Carbondale.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Sally Jones; and uncle, George Bubnas.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

Carol Johnson Ruckman

DE SOTO — Carol Johnson Ruckman, 74, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at the home of her sister, Marilyn Harpool in De Soto surrounded by family.

Carol was born Oct. 20, 1940, in Cape Girardeau, the daughter of Bill and Glenda Johnson, also of Cape, where she lived until moving to McClure, and attended Shawnee High School.

Carol married Otis Monahan and lived most of her life in Illinois.

She had two children, Rebecca and David Monahan.

She was of the Southern Baptist Faith.

Carol lived with Marilyn in De Soto over the last 10 years.

Carol is survived by her children; and her grandson, Scott Lockhart of Marion; her sisters, Shirley Nack of Carbondale, Judith Tucker and Marilyn Harpool of De Soto, and Linda Romero of Folsom, Louisiana; brothers Cletus and Richard Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a private family memorial.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959.

Although she struggled with her health for a very long time, she loved life and her family. She will be sorely missed.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Veronica De Leon

DOWELL — Veronica De Leon, 54, died at 9:53 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at home.

Veronica was a hairdresser.

She was born Oct. 17, 1959, in Chicago to Michael and Elise Anne De Leon.

Survivors include her son, Daniel Campos of De Soto.

Arrangements are incomplete at Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale.

 

Alyce Ward


Alyce Ward

 

MAKANDA — Alyce Ward, 55, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015, surrounded by her family at home

She was born Oct. 10, 1959, in Long Island, New York, to Charles and Rose (Leone) Ward.

She founded TESSI in 2005 where she taught piano and pre-kindergarten music classes. Before TESSI she got her masters at Southern Illinois University where she went on to co-found The Suzuki Music program.

Alyce is survived by her partner of 20 years, David Stoecker; loving son, Anthony Ward Stoecker; brothers, Richard (Peggy) Ward, Charles (Jacqueline) Ward; sisters, Marilyn (Larry) DiPaolo, Rosemary Ward Rowan, Mary (Wayne) Meland; and 17 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Rose Ward; and nephew, Timothy Ward Rowan.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

Celebration of life is at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 19, in First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Anthony Ward Stoecker, in care of First Midwest Bank, 11210 W. Lincoln Highway, Mokena, IL 60448.

 

Alan Benson

Alan Benson, 74, died at 1:57 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born May 14, 1941, in Conneaut, Ohio, to Theodore Benson and Ann (Massac) Benson Fenton.

Alan married Susan (Snedden) on Aug. 23, 1986, in Coshocton, Ohio.

He had he had a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts and an ABD.

He was an associate professor at Kent State University in Theater from 1970 to 1994

He was an elder at First Christian Church of Carbondale and a scout leader for troop 133 in Carbondale.

He enjoyed photography, Blue Grass music, reading, camping and scouting with his son and he loved debating philosophy and theology.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Benson; his children, Melinda Benson and son-in-law, Chuck Caton of Cleveland, Ohio, and son, Alan Patrick Benson of Carbondale; brothers, Robert Fenton of Cleveland, Bart Fenton of Columbus and sister, Rosemary Barry of Cleveland.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at the First Christian Church in Carbondale, with Pastor Katherine Graves officiating. Memorial visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 1, at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Alan’s name may be made to Department of Theater at Southern Illinois University Department of Theater 06597 Theater Undergraduate Scholarship, Mail Code 6608 SIU, 1100 Lincoln Drive, Comm. 1033, Carbondale, IL 62901 and the Department of Theater at Kent State University, 1061 Fraternity Circle, P.O. Box 5190 Kent, OH 44242, for scholarships for the students.

 

 

 

 

Carroll "Toby" Nelson

CARBONDALE — Carroll "Toby" Nelson, 82, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, at his home.

He was born to Dain and Clara in Grand Tower on April 24, 1933. At the age of four he became known as "Toby." He attended grade and high school in Grand Tower and graduated salutatorian of his class.

He worked for Twin County Service Company in Murphysboro after high school.

He married Rachael Dickerson of Gorham in 1952.

Toby was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953 during the Korean War where he attended the Guided Missile School in El Paso, Texas.

He moved to Carbondale in 1955 and built his own house.

He joined the First Christian Church in 1955 where he served as Supt. of Sunday School, deacon, elder and trustee.

After being discharged he enrolled in Southern Illinois University in industrial arts. Finishing his senior year with an assistantship in the department where he published 57 articles, while proof reading books for Wilcox Publishing Company. He was a member of Iota Lambda Sigma Fraternity serving as president of Psi Chapter.

He then taught Industrial Arts at Murphysboro High School from 1962 to 1964. Moving to Carbondale District 95 and he obtained his Master Degree of Administration while teaching shop at Lincoln Jr. High. He was president of Round Table No. 2 Industrial Arts and served as president of Jackson County Educational Association.

He then became the principal of Parrish School in Carbondale for 23 years and Lewis School for three years.

He was responsible for the first dialysis machine being brought to the Carbondale hospital. He helped start the morning breakfast Kiwanis Club and served as their first president.

In his spare time he loved hunting, fishing and raising live stock. His shop is filled with tools and was his home away from home.

Toby retired at the age of 56 in 1989. He and his wife traveled the world taking their children also. They enjoyed the flea market selling for 35 years traveling the states.

He never missed a Cardinal’s baseball game or SIU basketball game on TV. He loved those "birds."

He was blessed with three children, nine grandchildren and four great- grandchildren. He loved them all as they loved their "PaPa" and "Pa."

Survivors are his son, Steven (wife Mary) Nelson of Eldorado, grandchildren Zac Nelson and Katie (husband Kevin) Oglesby, great-grandchildren, Joselyn, Olen, Nelson; daughter, Liz (husband Jerry) Abbott of Birmingham, Michigan, grandchildren, Chelsea and Emily Abbott; and son, David (wife Katie Dalton) Nelson of Richmond Heights, Missouri, grandchildren Tanner and Tobey Nelson and Dallas, Madeline and Jackson Neely.

He is preceded in death by his parents; six brothers and three sisters; and great-granddaughter, Evelyn.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, in First Christian Church in Carbondale. Burial will  follow in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, May 28, at Walker Funeral Home, 112 S. Poplar St., Carbondale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

 

Brian T. Schaffner

 

Brian T. Schaffner, 54, of Carbondale, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 2:25 am at his home with his family by his side.           

He was born in Louisville, KY on October 14, 1960, the son of Lee and Delores (Head) Schaffner. Lee survives in Murphysboro.

He married Nancy Heil in Carbondale in May of 1984, they shared 30 years together, and she survives.

Brian was the Owner/operator of B&L photography in Carbondale

Brian is survived by his wife, father, brother Mark Schaffner of Fort Worth, Texas, brother Carl Shaffner of Freemont, Nebraska, sister Carolyn (Gene) Valdivieso of San Antonio, Texas, sister Barbara (David) McCoy of Elkhorn, Nebraska and brother Fred Shaffner of Prescott Arizona and several nieces and nephews. 

Brian was preceded in death by his mother.

Per Brian’s wishes no services have been scheduled.

Arrangements entrusted to Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale.

 

 

 

 

Delores Jean Meadows

CAMBRIA -- Delores Jean "Little thing" Meadows, 63, died at 1:12 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, surrounded by her family, in Kindred Rehabilitation at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

She was born Jan. 10, 1952, in Cobden to Clinton and Ruth Ann Choate Boner. She married Herschell Meadows on Aug. 17, 1968, in Carbondale. Together, they shared 46 years of marriage.

Delores was a homemaker and worked as a CNA over the years. She enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She had a love for yard sales, enjoyed cooking for everyone and never met a stranger. Her door was open to everyone to be a mom, grandma or a great friend.

Survivors include her husband, Herschell; children, Tammy Meadows of Cambria, Christine Meadows and John Marshall of Elkville, Kimberly Parry of Cambria and Matthew (Theresa) Meadows of Normal; grandchildren, Hanna Scott, Christopher Scott, Brandon Scott, Joshua Parry and Jaylen Marshall, with one on the way; great-randchildren, Aubrie and Cassius Spiller; brother, Ray (Lynn) Bonner of Frostproof, Florida; and sisters, Helen Sconce of Murphysboro, Betty Manning of Frostproof, Florida, Ruth Sims of Carbondale and Dolly (Roger) Newberry of Cobden.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and a sister.

Services will be at noon Wednesday, April 29, in Walker Funeral Home and Crematory, 112 S. Poplar St., in Carbondale with Pastor Robert Chitwood officiating. Burial will follow in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the funeral home..

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blairsville Cemetery, 702 Relative, Cambria, IL 62915.

 

 

Louise Gordon

HERRIN -- Louise (Tarantino) Gordon, 94, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Shawnee Christian Nursing Center. 

She was born March 5, 1921, in the village of Cirella, Province of Reggio de Calabria, Italy to Natale Guiseppe Tarantino and Mary Teresa (Polito) Tarantino.

She immigrated to the United States in November 1930 along with her mother aboard the steamship Conte Grande sailing from Naples to New York City. One of her fondest memories was first seeing the “Green Lady,” the Statue of Liberty.

Louise started school at Hurst-Bush speaking only Italian but was always appreciative of her first grade teacher, Mrs. Dorothy James, who devised Italian-American texts for her to learn English.

She graduated from Hurst-Bush High School in May, 1941, only months before the outbreak of World War II. She became a naturalized citizen at the age of 21 in September 1942.

She first worked for the bookbinding service of the WPA library in Herrin and then later worked as a clerk at A & P Grocery in Herrin to support her widowed mother and young brother, Jerry.

She married Carl Gordon on April 1, 1945, in Hurst Christian Church with the Rev. Charles Adams officiating and Calvin and Charlotte Gordon as witnesses. She was a “stay at home” mom until widowed in 1964 and then she worked at Phelps-Dodge Aluminum in Murphysboro from 1965 to 1971. She then worked at Norge Co. of Herrin for 15 years until her retirement in 1986.

She is survived by her son, Bert (Joann) Gordon of Herrin; grandchildren, Susan (John) Raski of Herrin, and Brian Gordon of Brentwood, Missouri. Her special joy was great-grandson, Luke Raski. Also surviving is sister-in-law, Kathy Tarantino of Murphysboro; nieces and nephews, Lisa (Stacey) Sisk of Carbondale, Lori (Jeff) Austin of Murphysboro, Jennifer (Matt) Linsin of Marion, along with John (Tami) Mitchell of Zeigler, Susan Starbuck of Bunker Hill, Kim Mollet of Taylorville, Drew (Jem?y) Mitchell of Dixon, Bert G. Haier of Webster Groves, Missouri, and Lee Rainey of Columbia.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Natale and Mary Tarantino; her husband, Carl Gordon; and brother, Jerry Tarantino.

Louise was once active in the Hurst Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, the Missouri-Pacific Booster Club, the Hen-in Senior Citizens and attended Hurst Christian Church where she was once a Bible school teacher. She is also remembered for taking home grown flowers to shut-ins and taking neighbors shopping or to medical appointments in her blue Cutlass car. She was a prolific letter writer (writing and translating many in Italian) staying in touch with friends, family and classmates from Australia to Italy, and from Massachusetts to Wyoming to Washington State.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 16, in Walker Funeral Home in Hurst. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hurst Christian Church or Hurst Ambulance Service.

 

 

 

Sandra Koehn Flynt

Sandra Flynt, 60, died at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born August 27, 1954 at Murphysboro and married Shelton Keith Flynt on December 1, 1979, at the First Baptist Church in Murphysboro.

Sandra was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a second-runner up in the Murphysboro Apple Festival Queen. She was a member of the Grand Avenue Christian Church and P.E.O.  Her hobbies included reading, cooking, playing the piano, bowling, needlepoint, latchook, with emphasis on traveling and entertaining.

She has a BA of Science degree in Medical Technology from ASU, BA of Arts degree and a major in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in English from “Ole Miss”. She worked for St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Jackson County Health Department, she did the U.S. Census twice with the U.S. Census Bureau, a job she really enjoyed. She worked at SIU in the Student Health Center

Sandra was a homemaker and the best mom ever but she had other special skills and hobbies. Sandra volunteered during these years, in her son’s classrooms tutoring in math and reading, Home room Parent Supervisor, assisted in many youth church field trips. She helped with the Memory Walk for over 10 years, helped with numerous charities such as the Woman’s Health Center, World Hunger Sale, American Red Cross, Alzheimer’s Association, SIH, American Heart Association and Cancer Fund. Sandra stated that the volunteer hours that I have donated to these various organizations has enriched my life and helped me to gain valuable experience and knowledge.

Sandra will be missed by all who knew her.

Survivors:  her husband Keith of 35 years and two sons Nathaniel Koehn and Joshua Lee of Carbondale, a sister Candace and husband David Watt of Murphysboro, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Wesly Koehn, and mother Myrtle Lee Tunnel Koehn. 

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 5:00-8:00pm at Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale, 112 South Poplar Street.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 2:30pm at the Grand Avenue Christian Church 1305 East Grand Avenue in Carbondale with Pastor John Hughes officiating.

Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro.

Arrangements are entrusted to Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale.

Memorials may be made in remembrance of Sandra to The American Cancer Society.

 

 

 

 

Robert "Bob" Lee Lawrence

Robert “Bob” Lee Lawrence, 61, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in St. Louis.

Bob was born Aug. 17, 1953, in Anna, to Randall L. Lawrence and Mary E. (Sadler) Lawrence.

He married Linda Gee on March 4, 1978, in the Presbyterian Church of Carbondale and together they shared 37 years.

Bob served his country proudly in the U.S. Army.

He was a millwright with the Carpenter’s local union 638 of Marion.

He attended SIU.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Elizabeth Lawrence of Anna and Samantha Lawrence (Joshua) Sheffield of New Brighton, Pennsylvania; son, Adam H. (Nikki) Lawrence of Rosiclare; seven grandchildren, Joshua Sheffield Jr., Jeriah Sheffield, Jair Sheffield, Sarai Sheffield, Ruby Lawrence, Addie Lawrence and Chale Lawrence; and brothers, Randall L. (Danon) Lawrence III of Florida and Steven Lawrence of Cobden.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Cobden Cemetery, with Pastor Gilbert Gee officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Alto Pass

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family of Bob Lawrence, in care of Walker Funeral Home, 112 S. Poplar St., Carbondale, IL 62901.

 

 

John M. Bantner

MURPHYSBORO -- John M. Bantner, 73, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at home in Murphysboro, surrounded by his loved ones.

John was born Sept. 14, 1941, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to Jerald and Marilyn (Schwarm) Bantner. He was raised by his grandparents, John and Juanita Schwarm of Pana. 

He married Elizabeth Springman on May 8, 1965, in Brownstown, and they shared 49 years together.

He attended SIU.

John did soils testing and was in construction management.

He was a member the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Carbondale Aerie 2569. He called Bingo for the club for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, family and had a wide range of hobbies including the love of history.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; daughter Molly A. (Jerry) Bumpus of Sturgis, Kentucky; sons, John T. (Ruthie Graff) Bantner of Murphysboro, and Lloyd M. (Tiffany) Bantner of Champaign; grandson, Justin Riley of Sturgis; and granddaughter, Christina Lee of Murphysboro; brother, Mike (Judy) Bantner of Pana; and sister, Priscilla McGuire of Clearwater, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; and two brothers, Pat Bantner and Dennis Bantner

A celebration of life will be at a later date.

For those who prefer, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and SIH Cancer Center.

Arrangements are entrusted to Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale.

 

 

Justine Stephens

CARBONDALE -- Justine (Tomlinson) Stephens, 98, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born Aug. 28, 1916, in Carbondale, to Clethra Albert and Edna (McGill) Tomlinson.

She married Clarence W. Stephens in June 1933, and he passed away in July of 1989. They had shared 53 years.

Justine was a homemaker.

She was a graduate from Southern Illinois University, Summa Cum Laude. She lived a long and full life, and in her younger years was a woman of many talents and accomplishments.

Survivors include daughter, Beverly Stephens Ray (husband Alden); grandchildren, Mike Ray (wife, Nancy), Cindy Sturlin (husband, Kim), Sarah Kirk (husband, Jim), Tom Ray (wife, Carrie), and Matthew Blake (wife, Liz); and son-in-law Bruce Camden. She had many great and great-great- grandchildren.

She was  preceded in death by her husband; her son, Charles Burton Stephens in December 1935; and her daughter, Barbara Stephens Camden in April 2013.

Memorial services will be at Walker Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:00pm with Pastor Wes Henson officiating. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SIU Athletic Department.

 

 

 

Robert "Rip" Stokes

CARBONDALE -- Robert “Rip” Stokes, 89, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at his home with his family by his side.

He was born May 11, 1925, in Anna, the son of Silas Evan and Ona (Helton) Stokes.

He married Gloria Ellen Fritze on May 3, 1947, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna. They shared 67 years together.

Left to miss him are his wife, Gloria; and five children, Robert (Robbie) Stokes, Jr. (B.J.), Keith Stokes (Ginger), Paul Stokes (Michelle), Suzan Schwegman (Jeff), and Teresa McCarthy (Tim); nine grandchildren, Holly Swoape (Brent), Ryan Stokes (Krissy), Robby Clark-Stokes (Katie), Carly Clark-Stokes, Jack McCarthy, Megan McCarthy, Sara Schwegman, Scott Schwegman and Collin Stokes; three great-grandchildren, Ryder Swoape, Roxy Swoape and Riley Stokes' and a special niece, Trish (Mike) Crawford and family from Virginia; and the Cruse Clan from St. Louis.

Rip graduated from Anna Jonesboro High school in 1943 and immediately entered the U.S. Army Air Force. He first saw SIU (then SINU) when he was assigned to the Air Corps training classes on campus. He felt very fortunate to be stationed so near his home town of Anna. Eventually, he was sent to England where he was an 8th Army Air Force tail gunner on a B-17, flying missions over France, Germany and central Europe.

Rip first became interested in photography during the war and upon returning to Anna, he worked for and was taught by his mentor, Dr. C. William “Bill” Horrell who owned a photography studio in Anna. In 1951, Rip and Gloria moved to Carbondale and he and Dr. Horrell set up the SIU Photographic Services. For 32 years he served as the university photographer and director of Photo Services, and was involved in setting up the first computerized university ID cards. He gave lecture/demos on the ID card project at Harvard and helped Duke University implement their system. During his career he recorded history at SIU and Southern Illinois in thousands of memorable pictures. Many were published nationwide. An iconic photo chosen by “Life” magazine was Rip’s photo of a puppy leaping up and grabbing the bell of a Marching Saluki’s trumpet (and hanging on!) This shot was viewed world-wide. He was the first non-athlete inducted into the SIU Athletic Hall of Fame. Rip was very proud of this honor and was instrumental in putting together the Hall of Fame. He was a familiar sight on the sidelines and court boundaries, equipped with his Hasselblad cameras, for countless university sporting events.

Rip was an avid baseball fan, good-naturedly (mostly) suffering through the Chicago Cubs many seasons (some of which were better than others). He was a dedicated Carbondale little league coach and administrator, shepherding many local teams including the “Lynx” and the “Royals.” He was for two years president of the Carbondale Junior Baseball League and worked tirelessly to advocate for new playing facilities.

In 1969, Rip was elected executive vice president of the University Photographers of America. Rip served on the Carbondale Liquor Advisory Board. He received the Service to Southern Award for his many contributions to the University. Rip was an avid record collector and big band jazz fan, sharing CD’s with many friends. He was a hearty golfer and member of Jackson Country Club, an amateur ornithologist, and loved growing flowers. He was also a long time member of Carbondale Elks’ Lodge.

Rip will be remembered and missed by a great many people.

Memorials may be made to the Robert “Rip” Stokes Photography Scholarship Fund at SIU Foundation, Colyer Hall, 1235 Douglas Drive, Mailcode 6805, Carbondale, IL 62901.

A memorial celebration will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in Walker Funeral Home at 112 S. Poplar St., Carbondale.

 

 

H. Wayne Tellor

H. Wayne Tellor, 79, died at 4:37 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

He was a data processor. 

Wayne was born Oct. 29, 1935, in Alto Pass, to Howard Elmus “Ted” and Bernice Klughart Tellor.

He married Sharon Daigger on Oct. 5, 1968, in Granite City. They shared 47 years together.

Survivors include children, H. Wayne Tellor II of Washington State, Teddy (Carrie) Tellor of Minooka, Brian Tellor of Cobden, and Missy (Jeremy) Kohler of Wilmington; seven grandchildren; sisters, Joan (Clyde) Brown, Carol Keeton and Sharon (Ned) Lipps; and brother, Billy (Mary Ann) Tellor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and two brothers.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Alto Pass.

 

 

Elizabeth J. "Bette" Deniston

Elizabeth "Bette" Deniston of Carbondale passed away peacefully Sunday morning, January 4, 2015, at the
age of 83 after a seven years with cancer.

 

She spent her final two days in the Hospice room at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro under the loving care of the St. Joseph staff and the staff of Hospice of Southern Illinois, which had been taking care of her for several months. 

 

The last year was the hardest, but Bette continued her life as well as she could, including getting her hair and nails done up to the very end.Thanks to Beth at Artistic Expressions and Vivienne at California Pro Nails for their kindness and indulgence. She looked forward to and enjoyed her visits very much. They were a welcome respite during the most trying times.

 

Bette was from Evansville, Indiana, and came to Carbondale after World War II when her father was relocated. She went to Carbondale Community High School and was a proud member of the Class of 1949, the 49ers. She continued to be involved with her alma mater helping the reunion group sponsor a scholarship fund. 

 

Bette is survived by her sister Mary Lou Goodey of Jacksonville, Illinois, her three children, Geary Deniston of Carbondale, Larry (Linda) Deniston of Portage, Michigan and Jo Carol (Russell Broker) Deniston of Carbondale, her grandson Cory (Michelle) Deniston of Chesapeake, Virginia, her granddaughter Erin (Spencer)Sagaskie of Carbondale, her grandson Andrew (Amber) Deniston of Portage, Michigan, her grandson Logan Denistonof Portage, Michigan and her great-grandson Eli Sagaskie of Carbondale. Her extended family includes 11 nieces and seven nephews, 18 grand nephews and six grand nieces, and two
great grand nephews and one great grand niece and counting.

 

Bette was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years Luther Deniston in 1997, her father Walter Mann in 1975, her grandson Ryan Deniston in 1984, her brother Dick Mann in 1989, her mother Edna Mann in 1996 and her sister Pat Ditzler in 1999. Bette was the matriarch of the Deniston Family. She was a wonderful mother to her children and a great grandmother to her grandchildren. The joy of her life this past three years was the birth of her only great-grandchild Eli. "GG" became the doting great-grandmother who never hesitated to show his pictures and to tell anyone who would listen about how smart Eli is. 

 

Stuart Scott from ESPN died the day before and something he said sums up best how Bette lived the last seven years of her life. "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live."
And live she did. Later in life she went back to school and got her Associate’s Degree in accounting and worked many years as an accountant formany local businesses. Bette always gave back to her community, including volunteering for over 30 years at the Pink Geranium at Carbondale Memorial Hospital up until her final year. 

 

After her husband died she spent the next nine years traveling around the country on bus trips sponsored by the churches in the area. While she was a member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church it could be said she also became an honorary Methodist because many of the trips were sponsored by the First United Methodist Church as well as being an honorary member of the University Baptist Church because several of her friends go there. At St. Francis she was a long time member of the Heritage Club and it could be said, without fear of contradiction, that the annual St. Patrick's Day corned beef dinner wouldn't have been such a success if not for Bette's recipe for corned beef. Bette enjoyed her bridge club and sorority friends more than they will ever know. She was also a member of another group of longtime friends known as Klub. Their monthly meetings were just what the doctor ordered during her last years. In fact, the last meeting was just a month ago and very much needed. Finally, Bette was known far and wide for her house and gardens. She would change the decorations, both inside and out, with each season and holiday. Her gardens were not only enjoyed by her, but by anyone who walked by.

 

Bette will be missed and her type only comes by once in a very long while. Goodbye and hope your next life with Dad and Ryan and the rest of the Mann and Deniston family will be just as great as your life with us. 

 

Visitation will take place Thursday, January 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home. A Prayer Vigil Service will take place at 7 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, January 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Carbondale. Bette will be laid to rest inOakland Cemetery in Carbondale.  

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois. 

 

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David "Rod" Rich

David "Rod" Rich, 62, died at 11:10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital of Murphysboro.

He started working at Crispin Glass in Carbondale and went on to work at the railroad and Burning Star Coal Mine and retired from Ameren CIPS .

He was born Nov. 30, 1952 in Anna, to David Rich and Lucille Yates.

Survivors include his daughter, Mandi Gale Rich of De Soto; son, Stephan Shackleton and fiancée Malerie Mendiola of Round Rock, Texas; goddaughter, Teal Shackleton of De Soto; sister, Dee and husband, Jerry McKinnies of De Soto; special friend, Jo Ann Etherton of Carbondale; long time friends Kerry and Lola Jones of De Soto; special grand dog, Ockie Bodean; Michealla Rich, that he shared 32 years of marriage with; aunt, Gail and Tom Shackleton of De Soto; Glenda Acklyn of Carbondale; Shirley and Jesse Lee Aldridge of Cobden; Dale and Diane Yates of Chicago; nieces and nephews, Michael and Jeri McKinnies of De Soto, Kelli and Brian Bean of De Soto, Robyn and Jamie Turner of De Soto, John and Stephanie Bowlin of De Soto, Chad Parks of Herrin and Paige Lappe of Herrin; and many great nieces and nephew and lots of long time friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Lucille Rich; and grandparents, George and Eleanore Rich and Wilburn and Ruby Yates.

Per his wishes, he will be cremated.

Celebration of life services will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today, Dec. 26, in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. Masonic rites will be at 5 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Masonic Children's Home, 101 Masonic Drive, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966.

 

 

Clyde D. Hunt

Clyde D. Hunt passed away at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, with the love of his family and under the watchful care of the VA Medical staff in Marion.

Clyde was born March 6, 1933, on a homestead in Jackson County, to the parents of Paul and Sophia Gay (Derickson) Hunt.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force, along with his two brothers, Gerald and Donald.

He married Donna Sue Howell on Oct. 26, 1957. Together they shared 53 years of marriage until her passing in January 2011. To their union was born, Brent Lee and Sheila Marie Hunt.

Clyde was a retired ironworker and spent many years walking beams of steel high above the ground. In his early years, he worked in Chicago on skyscrapers. When he returned home to Southern Illinois, he helped construct many of the buildings on the SIU campus and road and bridges throughout the area. After his retirement, he worked part-time at the corporate office for Southern Illinois Healthcare running errands, setting up facilities for events, and cleaning offices. He often said that was the best job he ever had. He made numerous friends at SIH and considered them all his second family.

Clyde attended Grand Avenue Christian Church of Carbondale on a regular basis. He was passionate about his love for the Lord and was a joyful man of faith. Some of his last words were “God said you do your best, and he will do the rest.” That is truly how he lived his life. He was a giving man and always helped others through various charities, his kind words, and silent actions. He lived by example and the fruit of his spirit is evident in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and rarely missed a game, loved to garden and share the bounty, and coon hunt up until his late 50s. Without a doubt, he loved and adored his "kids" and "grandkids" the most; especially watching Jessica play sports, long talks with Justin on the phone, and spending time with Nathan and his son. He gave them everything – life lessons, words of encouragement, love and support.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Donna; son, Brent; brothers, Donald and Gerald Hunt; and sister, Marcia Hagler. Celebrating his life and love are his remaining family, including his faithful and devoted daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and David Colombo of Carbondale; devoted grandsons, Justin and wife, Christine, of Boerne, Texas; Nathan Colombo of Carbondale; and special granddaughter, Jessica Hunt; loving daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Hunt, both of Brookport; great-grandchildren, Mya and Leeya Hunt, and Mason Colombo. Clyde never new a stranger and leaves behind many dear friends, including Evy and Charlie McCaughan, Amos and Violet Covington, and Gordon and Joyce Butler of Carbondale.

The family requests memorials be made to his favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, or to Grand Avenue Christian Church in Carbondale.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. Burial with full military rites will immediately follow in Wolf Creek Cemetery, with Pastor Jon Hughes officiating.

 

 

Michael K. Ball

Michael Kenneth Ball died peacefully at 8:28 p.m. Monday at his home in Marion.

Michael was born March 26, 1943, in Sandusky, Ohio, to parents, Loretta (Brickner) Ball and Kenneth Ball.

After high school, he worked in retail grocery business, first for the Great Scott grocery chain in Ohio and finally running his own grocery store in Lindsey, Ohio. He retired and moved to Illinois in 1991 where he pursued his hobbies of gardening and playing euchre and bridge with his children and grandchildren.

Michael is survived by his wife, Sharon (Kleba) Ball of Marion; his children, Christopher Michael (Ximena) Ball of Michigan, Lisa Michele Shaklee of Madison, Kansas, Randall Allen (Nancy) Ball of California and Robert Matthew (Lora) Ball of Tennessee); grandchildren, Michael, Brittany, Michala, Liam, Matthew and Jason Shaklee, Aaron (BJ), Jon Robert, Gabriel and Jacob Ball; and his great-granddaughter, Emma); also his brother, David (Sally) Ball of Herrin and his sister, Linda (Chi) Cheung; and multiple nieces and nephews.

Michael was preceded in death by both his parents.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, in Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1501 Broeking Road in Marion, with the Rev. Marlin Otte officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Deep Well Program with Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1501 Broeking Rd, Marion, IL 62959.

 

 

Ruth Marie Hult

Ruth Marie Hult, 47, died at 5:38 p.m. died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Services will be at a later date.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Patricia A. Thomasson

Patricia A. Thomasson, 53, died at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at home. 

Services will be at a later date.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Kenneth R. Saul

Kenneth R. Saul, 63, died at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was a coal miner.

Kenneth was born Aug. 6, 1951, in Christopher, to Noble and Vanada (Boner) Saul.

Survivors include daughter, Dawn (John) Fronek of Du Quoin; son, Brandon Saul of Carbondale; grandchildren, Skylar and Jase Fronek of Du Quoin, and Madelyn Saul and Tristen Presswood; several nieces and nephews and caregiver niece, Pamela Bullock; brothers, Lawrence Saul (Vicki) of Port Orchard, Washington, Ronald Saul (Paula) of Christopher; sisters, Virginia Saul of Christopher, Mary Pulliam of Collinsville, Linda Melson (Mike) of Coello, and brothers-in-law, Randy Ferguson (Helen) of Herrin, and John Bullock of Mulkeytown.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Joyce Saul Bullock and Marilyn Joyce Saul.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in Mulkeytown Cemetery, with Pamela Bullock delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kenneth R. Saul Family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale.

 
 
Stuart P. Fischoff
 
 
 
Stuart Fischoff, Ph.D. died in the early morning hours of November 21, 2014. He was a well-known media psychologist in America.
 
Dr. Fischoff was the founding President of the American Psychological Association’s Media Psychology Division (now called The Society for Media Psychology and Technology) and was responsible for creating the first Media Psychology Lab, co-founding the first Media Psychology journal, starting the first graduate program in Media Psychology, and assisting in developing the first Media Psychology PhD program.
 
According to Rachel Gordon Fischoff, his wife:
 
Stuart was born in New York City: he often tussled with the neighborhood toughs who beat on him because he was born Jewish; they learned it was in their best interest to curb that behavior.”
 
He loved his parents; his sister hated him, he merely disliked her. Stuart did not care for high school and was a lousy student, but he loved going to Penn State, loved getting his Masters and Doctorate at The New School for Social Research and became what he wanted to become: an intellectual who used really big words and pronounced them correctly — which is why I married him. I can’t pronounce anything over two syllables.
 
Breaking ranks with tweedy, clean-fingernail intellectuals, Stuart liked woodworking and built furniture for our home, he also crafted bird homes, squirrel homes, dining room tables for mice and big, outdoor wood sculptures in the mode of “rustic impulsive,” the name he made-up for his artistic style. 
 
Dr. Fischoff was the Senior Editor of the Journal of Media Psychology (JMP). Founded in 1996, JMP was the first American journal devoted singularly to media psychology. He was an Emeritus Professor of Media Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where he taught for 33 years. During that time he established the first graduate degree program in Media Psychology and the nation’s first exclusive lab for the study of media psychology.
 
Fischoff’s areas of research included age differences in favorite movie monsters, scariest films, all-time favorite movies, gender, age, and race differences in film preferences, gender biases in film casting, and films at which people took ethnic offense. He helped found the first doctoral program in media psychology, at the Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.
 
In addition to his teaching and research duties at the university, Dr. Fischoff was a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGAw), an award winning screenwriter and a consultant on psychological issues to both the film and television industries. He has written numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of social, clinical, and media psychology and is a Fellow in Division 46 (Media) of the American Psychological Association. He was the Media Psychology division’s founding President.
 
Dr. Fischoff has appeared on numerous radio and televisions shows world wide and is frequently interviewed for major (and less major) news and entertainment print media. 
 
Instead of flowers and fruit baskets, donations may be made to Stuart’s favorites:
 
- SIU Department of Theater Undergraduate Scholarship Program
 
You can make your gift by phone by calling the department directly at 618-453-5741, or you can send your support to the department at the address below. Please make sure to designate the intended fund for your contribution, and make checks payable to the SIU Foundation.
 
Department of Theater
 Mail Code 6608
 Southern Illinois University
 1100 Lincoln Drive
 Carbondale, IL 62901
 
Or to one of the following:
 - Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra
 - SIU University Museum
 - SIU Global Media Research Center
 
 
 
Kelton Jade Martin
 
Baby Kelton Jade Martin passed away Nov. 14, 2014, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
 
He is survived by his parents T.J and Lauren Martin of Murphysboro; sisters, Kylie, Keelyn and Kamryn Martin; grandparents, Vic and Patty Koenig of Murphysboro, Bobby Skidmore of Murphysboro, and Bessie Martin of Kahoka, Missouri.
 
He is preceded in death by his grandfather, James Martin.
 
There will be private family services.
 

 

 

Richard C. Pennington

Richard C. Pennington, 79, of Carbondale, formerly of Springfield and Kenilworth went to be with our Lord and Savior on November 13, 2014.

Mr. Pennington was born Richard Caldwell Lockyer on August 22, 1935 to Constance Caldwell Lockyer and John Milton Lockyer in Beverly Hills California. His name was later changed to Richard Caldwell Pennington when his mother married Perry Pennington in 1940.

Mr. Pennington was a graduate of New Trier High School, attended Colorado College and Northwestern University, as well as serving in the US Navy. He was self-employed in the Utilities industry for 25 years. He enjoyed golf and sports of all kinds, as well as a true love of dogs.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Connie; two daughters Laura Lee Pennington (John) Foster of Murfreesboro, TN; Cynthia Rae Pennington Carrier of Springfield, IL; one son, Richard Caldwell (Lori) Pennington Jr. of Sherman, IL; seven grandchildren; Jessica Foster of Murfreesboro, TN; Matthew (Candy) Foster of Nashville, TN; Melissa (Chris) Cleer of Springfield, IL; Elizabeth (Derek) Simon of Springfield, IL; Brandi Carrier of Springfield, IL; and Bethanie and Dustin Pennington of Sherman, IL. Four great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Chloe Simon of Springfield, Olivia and Xavier Cleer of Springfield. Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Robert and Roberta Grell of Spartanburg, SC. As well as many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Joanne P. Talbot and his brother John Milton Lockyer Pennington and infant grandson, Seth Caldwell Pennington.

A private celebration of his life will be held at Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959.

 

 

Everett Leon Freeman

CARBONDALE -- Everett Leon Freeman, passed away at 6:53 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Herrin Hospital.

Everett was born Aug. 1, 1941, in Carbondale, to Everett and Nora (Morris) Freeman.

He married Brenda Williams on Feb. 15, 1960, in Elizabethtown. They shared 54 years together.

He owned and operated Southern Illinois Lock and Key for more than 30 years and was a pastor at Sunfield Baptist Church in Du Quoin for more than 25 years.

Survivors include wife, Brenda Freeman of Carbondale; son, Richard Freeman of Carbondale; daughter, Debbie DaRosa of Herrin; sisters, Lois Weinstein of Peoria, and Donna Ridings of Bartonville; grandchildren, Jeremy Freeman of Carbondale, Nikki Schumacher of Herrin, Travis Drone of Round Rock, Texas, and Sarah DaRosa of New Jersey; great-grandchildren, Elia and Alex Schumacher, five nieces and two Nephews; sister-in-law, Linda Huffman and husband, John of Carbondale; and Everett's best pal, Sophie, his beloved dog and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Dollie Freeman.

Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. today, Nov. 13, in North County Line Cemetery, with Pastor Laura Stearns officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale.

Memorials may be made to Sunfield Baptist Church of Du Quoin, 3203 U.S. Highway 51, Du Quoin, IL 62832 or Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959.

 

 

Michael "Mickey" Drew Robison

HURST -- Michael "Mickey" Drew Robison, 76, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at home.

He was born Oct. 2, 1938, in Hurst, a son to Carroll Gilbert and Opal Anderson Robison. He married Judy Ann Emery on April 3, 1958, in Hurst, and she preceded him in death May 12, 2008.

Michael was president of Bank of De Soto.

Survivors include two sons, Mark Robison and his wife, Laurie, of Hurst and Michael Robison of Elkville; two granddaughters, Rachel Robison of Carbondale and Elizabeth Parker and her husband, Zach, of Sikeston, Missouri; grandson, Drew Robison and his wife, Dani, of De Soto; and brother, Lowell Dennis Robison and his wife, Becky, of Eldorado.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Carroll Nelson Robison; and daughter-in-law, Debra Robison.

Services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Walker Funeral Home in Hurst with Pastor Greg Parker officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Hurst or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

 

 

 

Mary Lou (Tripp) Jones

DE SOTO -- Mary Lou (Tripp) Jones, 87, died at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. in Carbondale Rehab and Nursing Center.

Mary Lou was born Aug. 11, 1927, in Hallidayboro, to Earl and Allene (Stearns) Tripp.

She married Albert Don Jones November 1953, and he died May 3, 1999. 

Mary worked as a beautician for many years, also ran a fish camp and a trailer park in Florida. She loved to be outdoors and loved her flowers. She will be missed.

Survivors include her sons Gary “Mick” (wife Dianne) Jones and Norman “Butch” Jones of De Soto; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Ardell Tripp of Hurst; sister, Halena Bravo of Chicago Heights; brother, Dinah Jones of Mulkeytown; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; daughter-in-law, Lonnie; grandson, Michael Shane; sister, Priscilla Holt; and brother Raymond Trip.

Services will be at noon Monday, Nov. 3, in Murdale Gardens of Memory in Murphysboro. Burial will be in Murdale Gardens of Memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Mary Susan "Susie" (Baker) Utgaard

CARBONDALE -- Mary Susan “Susie” (Baker) Utgaard, 75, died at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at home.

She was a homemaker.

Mary was born Oct. 10, 1939, in Bloomington, Indiana, to Leon and Mary (Blankenship) Baker.

She had a Bachelor of Arts Degree in comparative literature.

She married John Edward Utgaard on Aug. 22, 1961, in Bloomington, Indiana. He preceded her in death Sept. 8, 2009

Susie enjoyed painting, bird watching, reading and visiting with friends and family.

Survivors include sons, Erik (Elaine) Utgaard of Sterling, Virginia, Sigurd Utgaard of Godfrey, Peter (Claire) Utgaard of San Diego, California, and John (Bentley) Utgaard of Murray, Kentucky; seven grandchildren, Maggie, Jason, Naomi, Emerson, Charlie, Jack and Edward Utgaard; brother, David Baker of South Carolina; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in Walker Funeral Home, 112 S. Poplar St., in Carbondale, with the Rev. Al Turl officiating. Burial will be private for family.  

Arrangements are entrusted to Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main St., Carbondale, IL 62901 or Southern Illinois Audubon Society, P.O. Box 222, Carbondale, IL 62903.

 
 
 
 
 
Barbara Eileen (Dalrymple) Kondzella
 
Barbara Eileen (Dalrymple) Kondzella, 84, of Mt. Carmel, passed away at her home on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 4:55pm. 
 
She was born on February 27, 1930 in Carmi, Illinois, the daughter of  Isaac Joseph and Evelyn Valerie (Stierheim) Dalrymple.
 
Barbara earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and taught for 25 years in Elkhart, IN., and Evanston, IL. She also worked as a family counselor at mental health facilities in Cleveland, OH. and Lawrenceville, IL. She was a talented artist, actress and avid bridge player. 
 
She is survived by her children Valerie (Daniel) Theisen of Lake Orion, MI., Katherine (James) Renshaw of Carbondale, Toby (Lisa) Kondzella of Chesapeake, VA and Patrick Kondzella of New Hall, CA.
 
Her grandchildren Seth Milam, Dana Milam, Elizabeth, Michael and Thomas Kondzella.
 
Her brothers Shaun Dalrymple of Colorado and Nicholas Dalrymple of St. Joe, Illinois. 
 
“Carry on my sweet Survivors”
 
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, son Michael J. Kondzella, son Dana F. Kondzella, sister Patricia A. Whale, brother Joseph S. Dalrymple and sister Elizabeth R. Stelzer.
 
Per Barbara’s wishes cremation services will take place and the family will hold a private service at a later date. 
 
Arrangements are with Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale. www.walkerfuneralhomesandcrematory.com
 
Memorial contributions may be made to The Mt. Carmel Animal Shelter. 11336 N 1550 Blvd Mount Carmel, IL 62863
 
 
 
 
 
Susanne Marie O'Connor White
 
CARBONDALE -- Susanne Marie O'Connor White, 60, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9, 2014, at her home in Carbondale after an extended illness.  
 
Susanne was born May 26, 1954, to John (Jack) O'Connor and Bette (DeWulf) O'Connor.
 
Susanne grew up and attended school in Davenport, Iowa.  In 1972, she graduated from Davenport Central. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa in 1975.
 
After graduation she worked in public schools and commercial banking in Florida and Iowa. In 1994, she completed a Master of Science in education with a major in curriculum and instruction from SIU. Susanne was an avid reader and a volunteer worker in schools and public libraries.
 
In August 1988, Susanne was united in marriage to Lyle White. After a one-year stay in Houston, Texas, they moved to Carbondale where Lyle obtained a faculty position at SIU.  Susanne spent the remainder of her life devoted to the loving and rearing of her two daughters.
 
Susanne is survived by her husband; daughters, Glynnis of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Allison of Iowa City; brother, James, and sister-in-law, Sherrie of Donahue, Iowa; sister, Mary Ellen Phillips, and brother-in-law, Steven of Davenport; brother, Dennis, and sister-in-law, Karen, also of Davenport; and sister-in-law, Beverly (White) Otto of Park Ridge.
 
Susanne was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Kathleen.  
 
Private family services will be planned for a later date.
 
Memorials may be made to the Huntington's Disease Society of America HDSA, 505 Eighth Ave., Suite 902 New York, New Yortk 10018 or Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main St., Carbondale, IL 62901.
 
 
 
 
Robert J. Broomfield
 
ANNA -- Robert J. Broomfield, 69, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Heartland Regional Medical Center.
 
He was born Jan. 29, 1945, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Robert J. and Clara Broomfield.
 
Robert was married to Elaine Maus. His second wife, Laura Evans, preceded him in death.
 
Survivors include his children, Robert A. Broomfield and wife Loretta, Brian M. Broomfield, Eric (Angie) Broomfield, Michael F. (Mandy) Evans, Marcia Weber, Thomas Broomfield and James (Hannah) Broomfield; and eight grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Laura.
 
There will be no services.
 
Arrangements are with Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale
 

 

Jaxson Victor Batteau

CARBONDALE -- Jaxson Victor Batteau, baby boy of Sara Batteau, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in St. Louis Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born Sept. 20, 2014.

Our tiny angel left his mommy, Sara Batteau of Carbondale; sisters, Sadie and Hannah Batteau; grandmother, Jane Randolph of Carbondale; grandfather, Ray Batteau of Elkville; great-grandmother, Judy Batteau; one uncle, Jeffrey Randolph; and cousin, Alexander Randolph.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Professor Victor Randolph, Doris Randolph and Jack Batteau.

In the words of his family, "Although we only held him in our arms a short time, Jaxson was a blessing from God and will be eternally loved and missed by everyone especially by his mommy."

In his mother's words, "Mama loves you so much Jaxson."

Private family services will be at a later date.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Patricia Lynn Steele

ZEIGLER -- Patricia Lynn Steele, 52, passed away at 3:39 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Herrin Hospital.

She was born Aug. 30, 1962, in Chicago, to Harold and Margaret (Morgan) Hammonds. 

She married Mark Steele on Oct. 11, 1980, in Christopher. Together they shared 33 years.

Survivors include husband, Mark Steele of Zeigler; brother, Chuck Hammonds of Mount Vernon; sister, Marlene Hammonds of Chicago; many nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Kathy Hayes of Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Margaret Hammonds.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated.

There will be a memorial service at a later date.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale in charge of arrangements.

 

 

F.M. "Frank" Maxton

DU QUOIN -- F.M. "Frank" Maxton passed away on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. He was 80 years old.

He was born Oct. 14, 1933, in Du Quoin to C. R. "Scotty" and Arline Maxton.

He graduated Du Quoin High School in 1952 and then attended Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis Indiana 1953.

He was called to serve his country and served as a medic in the Army from 1954 to 1956. When he returned, he passed his state boards and received his funeral directors license in 1957. Frank owned and operated Maxton Funeral Home in Du Quoin for 42 years. He was also the Perry County Coroner for 16 years.

He was very active in the community and was named Du Quoin's Citizen of the year in 2005 by the Du Quoin Chamber of Commerce and was named Rotarian of the year in 2000. He was a volunteer fireman for the Du Quoin Fire Department for 45 years and upon his retirement, was awarded Du Quoin's highest honor by former Mayor John Rednour when he declared Oct. 27, 2012, as Frank Maxton Appreciation Day. He was a Life Member of the Lions and Rotary International, life member of VFW Post 513 and American Legion Post 647. He was a member of Du Quoin Lions Club, Du Quoin Elks Club, Illinois Funeral Director's Association, and the First Presbyterian Church of Du Quoin.

He is survived by his daughters, Lori Ann Williams and Lisa Kay Maxton; his sisters, Luana Maxton and Phyllis Hershey; sister-in-law, Janet Maxton; grandchildren, Brandon Maxton, Dylan Ruggeri, Shawn Williams and Shelly Powell; and lots of extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Scotty and Arline Maxton; his brothers, Jerry Charles and Richard Maxton; and his former wife, Phyllis J. Maxton; and granddaughter, Leah Arline Ruggeri.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in First Presbyterian Church in Du Quoin. Interment with military rites will be in Old Du Quoin Cemetery, with Lon McPherson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, also at the church.

Memorials may be make to First Presbyterian Church at 201 N. Washington St., Du Quoin, IL 62832 or Du Quoin Fire Department at 30 S. Division St., Du Quoin, IL 62832.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Virginia Hardin

ALTO PASS -- Virginia Hardin, 72, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Services will take place at a later date.

 

 

Lewis E. “Lew” Kagy

CARBONDALE -- Lewis E. “Lew” Kagy, 85, of Carbondale, formerly of Salem, passed away at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at his home in the care of his loving family.

Lew was born April 25, 1929, in in Salem, in Marion County, to Edgar B. and Bernice B. (Barksdale) Kagy. They proceeded him in death.

Lewis was an over-the-road truck driver for 37 years. He was employed by Centralia Cartage 1958 and transferred to Carbondale in 1966. He retired from A & R Freight System located at Sikeston, Missouri. He was employed by Venture from 1990 to 1992. He then went to work for Famous Bar and later went to work for Macy’s in Carbondale.

Lew was a member of Carbondale Elk Lodge 1243. He was ER at his Elks lodge 1243. He was the past PDDGER. He was honored by the State Elks Association by making him the Elk of the Year 1998 to 1999. Lew was one of the board members of Children’s Care Corporation (CCC) for 16 and one half years. He was also a member of the Carbondale Eagle Lodge 2569. Lew enjoyed being with family and friends. Lew’s hobbies were hunting and fishing, attending ELKs functions across the state.

Lewis proudly served his country with the 82nd Air Borne with the United States Army during the Korean War.

Survivors include former wife, Helen May Kagy; and children, Candy May (husband, Glen) Smith, Randall Lewis and (wife, Edie) Kagy, Andrew Lee Kagy and Sandra Sue Kagy and (husband, Bruce Mourning) Kagy.

Lew then married Glenna Marie Young Speer and children, Barbara Annette Speer (husband, Marc) Reinholz, and James Marlow Speer. Survivors also include his brother, Howard R. Kagy of Salem, sister, Jo Anne K "Jo" and (husband E. Harold "Hal") Lyons of Centralia.

Lew was fortunate to have grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews who loved him very much and will be missed by all. He will be sadly missed by his cat, Midnight.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Leigh; sister, Mable Claudine and Marjorie K. Martin Randloph in 2010.

Lew’s family would like to thank Southern Illinois Hospice for their loving care of Lewis Kagy and family.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in Walker Funeral Home; 112 South Poplar St., in Carbondale. Elk’s Rites will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, with Elks Lodge 1243 of Carbondale. Funeral services will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be made to the Children Care Corporation, sent to P.O. Box 222, Chatham, IL 62629, and Southern Illinois Hospice, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959.

 

 

Samuel C. Ross

CARBONDALE -- Samuel C. Ross, 52, died at 1:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

 

 

Wilma Sue Eberhart

CARBONDALE -- Wilma “Sue” Eberhart, 85, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born Jan. 30, 1929, in St. Louis, to Thomas and Nina Jackson.

Sue entered SIU at the age of 15, received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and retired from SIU in 1986 as assistant registrar.

Survivors include brothers, Joe Jackson of Metropolis, and Robert (Mary Jane) Jackson of Peoria; daughter-in-law, Patricia Raczynski of Birmingham, Alabama; granddaughters, Elysia Sleeper of New Hampshire, and Stefanie Eberhart of San Diego, California; and her best friend, Lavida Cruse of Carbondale.

She was preceded in death by son, Robert T. Eberhart; parents, Tom and Nina Jackson; sisters, Carol Smith, and Doris Waters; and brother, George Jackson.

Per Sue's wishes, her body was cremated. Private burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959; Saluki Athletic Scholarship Fund, 1235 Douglas Drive, Mail Code 6805, Carbondale, IL 62901-4308 or a charity of one’s choice.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Amanda Maria-Alice Jeffra

CARBONDALE -- Amanda Maria-Alice Jeffra, 29, passed away Saturday, Aug. 9 2014, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Amanda was born Jan. 17, 1985, in Murphysboro, to Dennis Jeffra and mother Jean (Jackson) Jeffra-Holland.

Amanda loved to listen to music, write stories and poems, and loved nature. Amanda was a beautiful girl inside and out and touched the lives of many. She is loved and missed by many.

Survivors include her son, Benjamin Theodore Radosevich; her parents, Dennis Jeffra and Jean Jeffra-Holland; brother, Jason Jeffra; sister, Erica Jeffra; niece, Olivia Jeffra; and nephew, Owen York.

Per Amanda’s wishes, no services have been scheduled at this time.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Jacqueline L. Chadwick

MURPHYSBORO -- Jacqueline L. Chadwick, 70, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014, at home.

Jacqueline was born June 5, 1944, in Chicago. Her mother was Bess Seal.

She married Emery Chadwick, and he preceded her in death September 1996.

Survivors include daughters, Donna and Tracy Bryant of Murphysboro, Debbie and Jim Neer of Chicago, Sara and David Abangan, Steven and Jen Abangan of Lodi, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Zachary Abangan of Chicago, Alex Bryant of Murphysboro, Justice Abangan of Lodi, Demi Abangan of Lodi, Ashley Abangan, Carly Abangan, Andrew, Tara Ehrhardt and Vince Ehrhardt.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert James Abangan.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, in Walker Funeral Home, 112 S. Poplar St., in Carbondale with Tracy Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Rowan Cemetery in Makanda. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society in care of Betty Darling, American Cancer Society Memorial Gifts Chapter, 2603 Sunset Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901.

 

 

 

Eulogia G. Keck

CARBONDALE -- Eulogia G. Keck, 89, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Rehab and Care Center of Jackson.

She was born March 4, 1925, in Taos, New Mexico, the daughter of Nemecio and Eulogia (Medina) Garcia.

She married Nolen H. Keck in 1949 in New Mexico, and he passed away in September 1976.

Survivors include her daughter, Dora (Richard) Jefferson of Carbondale; grandchildren, Ethen (Shawna) Jefferson of Carbondale, Delaney (Geoff) Rhea of St. Louis; and Thomas Jefferson of Carbondale; great-grandchildren, Brandon Rhea, Erica Rhea and Aiden Pope; sister-in-law, Helen Garcia of Taos, New Mexico; and niece, Lucy Cardenas of Taos, New Mexico.

The family will have private family services at a later date.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and her siblings.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangments.

 

 

 

George Mandis

CARBONDALE -- George Mandis, 68, passed away at 9:09 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

George was born June 7, 1946, in Gillespie, to the late Michael and Irene Mandis.

He married Janet (Jan) Richerson on Sept. 23, 1967.  They had 46 wonderful years together.

George has a son, Michael, who people say is just like his father.  These comments continue to haunt Michael to this day. George has always given Michael everything including a big Greek nose, receding hairline, high cholesterol and a wonderful sense of humor. George was very proud of the man Michael had become. Michael and his wife Robyn live in St. Louis.

George loved to poke fun concerning politics and had many one-line zingers and jokes.

He loved to fish with his family. Fishing was the focus of numerous vacations.  His greatest trip was to New Zealand to fish with his brother-in-law.  He was hoping to be going back again soon.

George started his career with the SIU Admissions Office. Years later he became the academic advisor for Aviation Flight and Maintenance. He was very proud of the young people in those departments and really missed them when he retired.

George loved Saluki Athletics and could always be found in his usual spot for football tailgates and games, as well as, basketball games.

Left behind to share the memories are Jan, Mike and Robyn; his sister, Mary and her husband, Nick of Belleville, niece, Irene and husband, Paul, of Kansas City; niece, Stacy and husband, Mike, and their son, George of St. Louis; along with many family and friends.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, in Murphysboro United Methodist Church at the intersection of 15th and Pine streets. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the church. 

Memorials may be made to the Saluki Athletic Scholarship Fund, SIU Aviation and Maintenance Programs, Murphysboro United Methodist Church or St. Francis Care.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

John C. Vaughn

CARBONDALE -- John C. Vaughn, 62, died Friday, June 6, 2014, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

John was born Nov. 16, 1951, in Chicago, the son of James H. Vaughn and Kathryn (Florentine) Vaughn.

John attended Illinois State University, graduating in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. He also held a teaching certificate from SIU.

He married Louise Mathews on March 11, 1983, in Asheville, North Carolina.

Survivors include his wife, Louise; son, Curtis A. Vaughn of Carbondale; daughter, Kelsey L. Vaughn of Destin, Florida; granddaughter, Aiyana G. Jones of Destin, Fla.; sister, Pamela Higginbotham of Houston, Texas; brother, James H. Vaughn Jr. of Carbondale; niece, Nancy Tran; and nephew James Higginbotham.

Memorial services will be Saturday, June 14, at Shelter 5 at Giant City Park from noon to 3 p.m.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

 

Joseph F. Knaga

CARBONDALE -- Joseph F. Knaga, 68, passed away Friday, May 30, 2014, in Marion.

Joe was born Sept. 2, 1945 in Kankakee, the son of Joseph and Jeanette Knaga.

He married Carol Eppelsheimer on April 17, 1971, and she survives.

Joe proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1969. He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in marketing.

He had owned and operated Joe’s Meat Block and Joe’s Sausage and Meat in Kankakee. For 27 years, he and his wife Carol have owned and operated the Sirloin Hut food concession.

Joe loved working with wood and built furniture in his spare time. He also like to fish when his time permitted.

He was a member of the Carbondale Noon Kiwanis club for many years.

His grandchildren were the best thing to happen to him.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Kendra Suzanne Knaga and son, Joseph Michael Knaga, both of Carbondale; and three grandchildren, Kira Lynn Saginario of Florida, Olivia Cecile Rebellon of Carbondale and Michael Joseph Knaga of Carbondale.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ronti Saginario; and by his parents.

Per Joe’s wishes, he will be cremated and taken to Kankakee.

A celebration of life “Joe Style” will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Field of Dreams in De Soto.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to his family.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Sara Elizabeth Engbring Edwards

CARBONDALE -- Sara Elizabeth Engbring Edwards, 36, died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014, at her home.

Sara was born Sept. 21, 1977, in Carbondale, the daughter of Peter and Gina Barringer Engbring.

She married Herb Edwards on May 13, 2014, in Carbondale.

Survivors include her husband, Herb of Carbondale; 4-year-old daughter, Zia Angelina of Carbondale; sister, Katie (Brian) Carlson and niece, Nora of Chicago; mother, Gina Engbring of Alto Pass; grandparents, Jerome and Lucy Engbring of Valmeyer; aunts and uncles, John (Teri) Engbring of Corvalis, Oregon, Tim Engbring of Valmeyer, Jeff (Rita) Engbring of Cobden, Paul (Grace) Engbring of Telluride, Colorado, Miguel Engbring of Maeystown, Mary (Jim) Estep of Sacramento, California, Tom (Katherine) Engbring of Camden, North Carolina, Susan Engbring of Alto Pass, Jim Engbring of Phoenix and Charlie (Laurie) Engbring of Savannah, Georgia; a multitude of cousins; and best friend, Sivoney Alaniz of Carbondale.

She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Engbring; grandparents, Mary Angelina and Bobby Joe Barringer of Carbondale; and aunt, Kathi (Hesterberg) Engbring of Maeystown.

Sara attended Cobden Grade School and Cobden High School. She was a free spirit who loved traveling and camping all over the country. She lived and worked in Arkansas and Arizona before settling back in Southern Illinois to help care for her dad and grandparents.

Her greatest joy in her life was her daughter, Zia. Sara worked as a seamstress and had an artistic talent that was evident in her beautifully intricate beaded jewelry. All the women in her family possess a token of her handiwork.

Sara survived the last four years with courage and strength and passed this life with grace and dignity. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

No services or visitation will be conducted. A memorial gathering for family and friends will be Sunday, June 1, in Alto Pass.

Walker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Brenda Wall

DU QUOIN -- Brenda Wall, 67, died at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

 

 

 

Daniel Patrick Sweeney

ENERGY -- Daniel Patrick Sweeney, 37, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Daniel was born Aug. 15, 1976, in Pensacola, Florida, to Mary and Patrick Sweeney. He graduated from Pensacola Private School of Liberal Arts in 1994, and was an ASE Certified Master Mechanic.

Daniel was a brilliant young man with a heart of gold.

He deeply loved his beautiful children, "Sissy" (Zoey) and "Bubby" (Benjamin) above all else, and cherished the time they had together. He also held a very special place in his heart for Jessica Stucker, their mother.

Daniel was a handsome, vibrant man who took great pride in his Irish heritage, loved to be surrounded with friends and family, and because of his warmth, great wit and wisdom beyond that of most and love for all living things and life, attracted others. His mischievous grin and beautiful eyes reflected his knowledge and humor.

Daniel was a voracious reader with a broad range of knowledge on various subjects, a gifted musician and singer, lively conversationalist, loving son, brother and father, and loyal friend. He was a truly kind man who deeply loved his family and his pets.

Daniel is preceded in death by his grandparents, Olive and John Benjamin Fricke of Pensacola, and Nita Sweeney of Perdido Beach, Alabama; and cousins, Mason and Marissa. He is survived by his children, Zoey Alana Sweeney and Benjamin Aiden Sweeney and infant daughter, Persephone; his parents, Patrick and Mary; his sister, Kimberly and brothers, Casey, Alex and Philip; his grandfather, Ivan Sweeney, and a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.

His warm and kind presence will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Daniel is now at peace in the arms of his creator and his beloved "Old Momma" and "MawMaw." For every life there is a purpose. He leaves a legacy of unconditional love and acceptance.

Daniel's final wishes of cremation with no memorial service are being honored.

A private wake for family and close family friends will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Animal Welfare Institute at www.awionline.org or the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation at www.bbrfoundation.org.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Robert Ray Cox

MAKANDA -- Robert Ray Cox, 87, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Carbondale.

He was a groundskeeper for SIU and a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy.

Robert was born Sept. 17, 1926, in Makanda to Walter D. and Eloise (Allen) Cox.

He was united in marriage to Evva Cruse on Jan. 20, 1951, in Carterville.

Survivors include his wife, Evva Cox of Makanda; daughter, Patricia Raczynksi of Birmingham, Alabama; grandsons, Mark (Abigail) Racynski of Alabama and Christopher (Katie) Racynski of Georgia; great-granddaughter, Elle Sylvia Racynski of Alabama; and sisters, Jane Cox and Phoebe Cox, both of Makanda.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Harold Cox, of Makanda.

Services will be at noon today in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Combs officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Boskydell Baptist Church or charity of the donor's choice.

 

 

 

Maryna Leonidovna (Korlova) Martin

CARBONDALE -- Maryna Leonidovna (Korolova) Martin, 40, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at home. 

She was born March 23, 1974, in Kushka, Turkmenistan, to Leonid A. Korolyov and Lidiya Korolyova.

She married James Martin April 23, 2009, in Murphysboro. They had shared five years. 

Survivors include husband; mother; father; grandmother and her dear Shih Tzu, Sava.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Irina Korolova

Maryna was a devoted daughter and wife. She loved growing flowers outside the house and took pride in the beauty she created. She grew orchids and violets inside to keep her house looking cheerful.

Private family services will be at a later date.

The family asks no memorial contributions be made at this time.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Julee Ann Illner

CARBONDALE -- Julee Ann Illner, 72, passed away on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Carbondale, after a 15-year battle with cancer.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1941, in Hamilton, Ohio to Paul and Elizabeth Yordy Illner.

Julee grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, where she graduated from Hamilton High School in 1959. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education in 1963. Julee served as camp counselor/director from 1964-1974 at various summer camps in Wisconsin, Colorado and Missouri. After teaching three years at Bethel School in Tipp City, Ohio, she moved to SIU Carbondale as a graduate assistant in the Department of Physical Education. She received her Master of Science Degree in 1968 and was appointed to the faculty in the Department of Physical Education for Women. She was later promoted to assistant professor. Julee also served as the head SIU Field Hockey Coach for 20 years. She retired in 2001 after 34 years of service to SIU. Upon retirement from SIU, Julee served 13 years as the aquatics director for the Life Center at the Carbondale Park District, retiring In October 2013.

Julee was an active member of the Newman Center in Carbondale. She also enjoyed playing golf as a member of the Southern Illinois Ladies Golf Association, also serving as president. Julee was very active in the American Red Cross serving as instructor/trainer. Julee enjoyed swimming, camping, canoeing, dog training and get togethers with her former SIU athletes and friends.

Julee received numerous awards throughout her career, including 1990-91 SIU Teacher of the Year for the College of Education. Julee was inducted into SIU Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and is an honorary member of United States Field Hockey Association. Serving as SIU Field Hockey coach from 1969-1988, Coach Illner accomplished the distinction of being named the fifth winningest SIU women’s coach. Her teams posted a 0.632 winning percentage and won several state championships and three appearances at the national tournament. Most recently she received the 2014 Mentor award presented by the Southern Illinois Women’s Intersport Network.

Julee was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Elizabeth Illner. She is survived by her brother, Paul Illner Jr. of Moore, S.C.; sister-in-law, De Illner of Spartanburg, S.C.; niece, Christie Illner Hayes; nephews, Brian and Jeff Illner; great-niece, Kylee Hayes; and goddaughter, Ann Marie Verderber. She is also survived by cousins, Steve, Michael and David Yordy; and special friends and caregivers, Vicki LeFevers, Mary Samuel and Jodi Flynn; as well many admiring, indebted friends and athletes.

In lieu of flowers, Julie wished memorials be made to the charity of your choice. Suggestions include St. Francis Care Animal Shelter, Murphysboro, Carbondale Park District Aquatic Programs and Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Special thanks go to Susan Cauthen and the Newman Center for their dedicated assistance and friendship during Julee’s illness. Additional thanks to all Julee’s medical providers, Doctors Kao and Picus and the staff at Helia Healthcare of Carbondale.

A visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, in the Newman Center at 715 S. Washington St., in Carbondale. The memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Hamilton, Ohio at a later date.

Condolences may be left on The Southern Illinoisan newspaper obituary online guest book.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Gary Allen Uzzle

HARRISBURG -- Gary Allen Uzzle, 46, died Monday, April 7, 2014, in St. Louis.

Survivors include a brother, Scott Uzzle of Carbondale; nieces and nephews, Ellie Uzzle of Carbondale, Ezekiel Uzzle of Maryville, Tenn., Joshua Headrick of Eldorado and Antonio Headrick of Carbondale.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Judith Ann Talkington; and sister, Pamela Headrick.

Private family services will be held.

Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

David Trampier

CARBONDALE -- David Trampier, 59, died at 10:58 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, in Helia Healthcare.

 

 

 

Regina M. Coleman

HURST -- Regina M. Coleman, 93, passed away at 1:26 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, in Herrin Hospital.

She worked for Maytag for nine years.

Regina was born Dec. 18, 1920, in Waco, Texas, to Reginald John (R.J.) and Lola (Deen) Kiker.

She married Virgil Coleman on Dec. 12, 1938, in Jackson, Mo., and he died Jan. 30, 1984. They shared 46 years of marriage.

Survivors include daughters, Charlotte Skaggs (the late Bob) Skaggs of Hurst, Patricia and husband, Bob Doty of Thompsonville; son, Thomas P. and wife Cheryl J. Coleman of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Melody Gentry, Stephen Skaggs, Leslie Null, Andrea Skaggs, April Kohute, Shane Doty, Ryan Coleman, Tiffany Belardi and Kimberly Coleman; 11 great-gandchildren and three great-great-grandchilden.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Reginald and Lola Kiker; husband, Virgil Coleman; brother, John Barrymore Kiker; sister, Pauline Kiker Rosson and son-in-law, Bob Skaggs.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in First Christian Church in Hurst, with the Rev. Greg Parker. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Hurst, 108 E. Russell St., Hurst, IL 62949

The Coleman Family is being served by Walker Funeral Home of Hurst.

 

 

James S. Hazard

CARBONDALE -- James S. Hazard, 54, died Sunday, March, 9, 2014.

Arrangements are with at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale.

 

 

 

John A. Clark

ANNA -- John Clark, 91, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. Services will be held at a later date.

 

 

 

Delorse Monroe

CARBONDALE -- Delorse Monroe, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at her residence. 

She was a hairdresser for 40 years.

Delorse was born Dec. 19, 1937, in Carbondale, to Clyde Jolly and Geneva Skelcher.

She married Thomas Monroe Nov. 9, 1957, in Carbondale. Together they shared 56 years.    

Survivors include her husband, Tommy Monroe of Carbondale; sons, Tom Monroe of Carbondale, Kim and wife, Donna Monroe of Murphysboro; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two daughters.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 27, in Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale, with Tommy Monroe officiating. Interment will be in McKinney Hill Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the funeral home.

 

 

Maria Eugenia Padilla

CARBONDALE -- Maria Eugenia Padilla of Carbondale, lost her battle with pneumonia on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

At her bedside at University of Chicago Hospital were Todd Woodruff, the love of her life, and her sisters, Myriam Padilla, Aura (Padilla) Woodruff and brother-in-law Jeff Woodruff.

In death she is united with her parents, Humberto Padilla Alvarado and Susanna Santos Padilla.

Born on Nov. 15, in Chinandega, Nicaragua, Maria was the youngest of nine children. She is survived by siblings, Humberto, Enrique, Oscar, Myriam, Yolanda and Sylvia Padilla (all currently residing in Nicaragua), as well as Gloria Ortiz and Aura Woodruff (residing in the United States). She will be deeply missed by numerous nieces and nephews including Carla Boehne Carter, previously of Carbondale, now residing in Temecula, Calif.

Nicknamed "Nina" by her friends, Maria had a childhood influenced by French nuns who cared for her and her sisters at the Colegio Asuncion in Leon Nicaragua after the untimely death of her mother when Maria was scarcely 3 years of age. Maria was sustained by a life-long commitment to the church as well as an unbending sense of "right and wrong." She was an active and enthusiastic member of Saint Francis Xavier Church in Carbondale.

During summer breaks from the Colegio, Maria, with her brothers and her sisters spent time at their father's farm in the Chinandega countryside. No TV, but plenty of family, outdoor activities, and friendly neighbors made the time pass happily. And plenty of records from the United States and Nicaragua gave Maria a chance to practice and polish her dancing skills. She was a local sensation, invited to perform and teach the latest dances with girlfriends like Violeta Noguera and Velia Molieri.

She had an eye for fashion and style. And like her brother, Oscar, she was a great salesman. After high school she worked with Zavala Fashions of Nicaragua helping to buy, promote and sell virtually everything from a dresses to jukeboxes. But she dreamed of coming to America and at SIU in the late 1970s she did just that. Maria earned an Associates Degree in business practices at SIU Carbondale. She then returned to her sales career at Zavala and later SOVIPE where she excelled and is remembered to this day.

Revolution came to Nicaragua, and Maria returned to the U.S. on the last commercial flight leaving Nicaragua prior to the Revolution. She put her prior experience to good use when she worked at Zwicks Shoes, and later Ruthie's (Women's Wear) in Carbondale, followed by Sofa Show Case in Marion.

War and counter revolution continued to bedevil Nicaragua, and Maria played host and surrogate mom to nieces, Maria E. Padilla ("Maria 2") and Maria Yolanda Somarriba as well as nephew, Raulito Somarriba. Her care and concern were evident from day one. She shared their youthful joys and excitement.

Later, with revolution and child care behind her, Maria and sister Aura, worked side by side at University Hall, and later at Woodruff Management (businesses catering to the SIU community). She loved students -- and happily celebrated their accomplishments with remembrances to them and their parents.

She delighted in the Nicaraguan heritage, the music, the lifestyle. But she equally was proud to become a US citizen and expressed her admiration for this country throughout her life. We imagine her dancing to "Nicaragua, Nicaraguita" and "God Bless the USA." She did both.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Carbondale. Mass will follow at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the church. Internment will be in Chinandega Nicaragua at a date to be determined.

Memorials may be made in Maria's name to the Arthritis Foundation P.O. BOX 96280 WASHINGTON, DC 20077-7491.

 

 

 

Ralph D. Craft

CARBONDALE -- Ralph David Craft, 77, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was retired from Building Services at SIU.

Ralph was born May 6, 1936, in Anna, the son of Roscoe David Craft and Florence Juanita Adams.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.

Survivors include his sons, David Craft of Makanda and James Craft of Florida; 10 brothers and sisters; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; cousins and many friends.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in Walker Funeral Home and Crematory in Carbondale. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be made to Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation,  4031 Big Muddy Road, Carterville, IL 62918.

 

 

Linda K. Snyder

CARBONDALE -- Linda Kaye Snyder, 67, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at her residence, surrounded by family.

She was born Oct. 3, 1946, in De Soto to Byron and Helen (Clarke) Payne.

Linda was a retired business owner. She had owned Carbondale Electric.

She married Max Snyder on Feb. 6, 1964, in Vienna, and they shared 37 years of marriage. He preceded her in death April 8, 2001.

Survivors include her daughter, Tressa and husband, Scott, Hunsaker of Carbondale; sons, Darren and wife, Sheila, Snyder of Carbondale and Max and wife, Christine, Snyder of Carbondale; companion and friend, Drew Bullar of De Soto; grandkids, Ashley Morgan, Clarissa Morgan, Logan Casner, Mackenzie Casner, Hayden Snyder, Allyson Snyder and Jayden Snyder; great-grandkids, Chandler Teeling and Chance Myers, both of Carterville, and Alexis Morgan of Cambria; brother, Carl and wife, Cathy, Payne of De Soto; and sister, Debbie Schoenberger of Birmingham, Ala.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Byron and Helen (Clarke) Payne; and husband, Max Snyder.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 19, in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale with Ralph Brandon officiating. Interment will be in De Soto Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

 

 

Tammy L. Blythe

HURST -Tammy Lucille (Owens) Blythe, 55, died at 3:57 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Herrin Hospital.

Tammy was born Aug. 27, 1958, in Carbondale, to Donald L. and Patricia J. (Thompson) Owens.

She married Jerry Wayne Blythe on Oct. 24, 1975, in Hurst Christian Church. Together they shared 38 years.

Survivors include husband; daughter, Jerica Blythe of Hurst; grandson, Gage McKnight of Hurst; granddaughter, Haley McKnight of Hurst; siblings, Jim Owens of Hurst, Terry Owens of Hurst, Sherry Owens of Herrin, Shelly Owens of West Frankfort; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Tammy was a devoted homemaker. She loved spending time with her family. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy in life as well as her dog, Maggy. Tammy will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 29, in Walker Funeral Home at 317 S. Bush Ave., in Hurst. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in Walker Funeral Home, with Greg Parker officiating. Following the funeral service, graveside services will be Thursday, Jan. 30, in Blairsville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

 

 

Steven R. Harris

CARBONDALE - Steven Ray Harris, 52, died at 9:36 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born, July, 24, 1961, in Little Falls, Minn., to Garland and Patricia (Gillette) Morgan.

He married Christine Penrod Dec. 21, 1994, in Church of God in Carbondale and she survives.

Survivors include Lana, BJ and Toby Harris; four brothers; three sisters; and 11 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and both in-laws.

Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. today in Bara Baptist Church in Carbondale.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Gerald J. Konkel

MAKANDA - Gerald James Konkel, 64, passed away Jan. 8, 2014, in the VA Medical Center in Marion.

Jerry was born Aug. 31, 1949, in Louisville Ky., to Leonard and Jeannette Konkel.

He grew up in New Lenox, but developed wanderlust and over the years, he visited nearly all 50 states, living in at least six of them. He also visited more than 10 different countries. Jerry was happiest in the great outdoors communing with nature and any number of his beloved Westies. Jerry had a heart as big as the outdoors he loved so much and would do anything to help others enjoy life as much as he did.

He joined the Marines in 1968 and proudly served his country in Vietnam. His life was forever changed from that experience.

Survivors include his mother, Jeannette; brother, Randy and wife, Joan; sister, Kathleen and husband, Bart; a niece and nephew and their spouses; four great-nieces and nephews; two uncles, Bob and Bernard Baher; and many loving cousins.

Jerry's countless friends and his family will long remember him for his kind heart and gentle soul. His request for his epitaph is. "Here lies Jerry. He sure had fun." In Jerry's memory do a good thing for another with no expectation of reward but just knowing it's the right thing to do.

Internment will be in the National Cemetery in Dallas in March.

Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Starla Martin

WEST FRANKFORT - Starla Fay Martin, 56, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Herrin Hospital.

Arrangements are with Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Furgerson

CARBONDALE - Dorothy Marie Furgerson, 88, passed away at 11:46 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014,

Dorothy was born Aug. 18, 1925, in Earlington, Ky., to William Harrison and Erma Bell (Adcock) Page.

She married James Albert Furgerson Feb. 15, 1945, in Bennetville, S.C. Together they shared 58 years. He preceded her in death Feb. 17, 2003.

Survivors include daughters, Carolyn and husband, Ron Epperheimer, of Carbondale, Marsha and husband, Bob Thompson, of De Soto, and Lisa and husband, John Milligan of Douglas, Wyo.; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; many nieces and nephews including special niece and nephew, Ann and Don Rickard of Hanson, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Erma Page; husband, James Furgerson; two sisters; one brother and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in Murdale Garden of Memory, with Katheryn Graves officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Walker Funeral Home, 112 S. Poplar St., in Carbondale.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Greater Chicago Chapter, 500 N. Dearborn, Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60610; or Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959.

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John Jack Paull
 
Carbondale - John Jack Paull, 62, died Friday, December 27, 2013 at his home. Services will be at a later date.
 
 
 
 
 
Sofia H. Karayiannis
 

CARBONDALE - Sofia H. Karayiannis, 89, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born Aug. 6, 1924, in Amalias, Greece, to Maria (Karapanou) and Spyros Demakopoulos.

She married Haralabos Karayiannis.

Survivors include son, Dimitrios (Maria) Karayiannis of Carbondale; son, Spyros of St. Louis, Mo.; daughter, Mary (Takis) Kalabokis of Cape Coral, Fla.; grandchildren, Nikki, Christos and Haralabos (Robbie).

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, in Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale, with Father Justin Foster of Royalton officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 26, at the funeral home.

 

 

Donald ‘NotSo’ Vollrath

CARTERVILLE - Donald "NotSo" Vollrath, died at 4:27 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was a retired business owner.

Donald was born June 16, 1948, in Galion, Ohio, to Harry E. and Gertrude (Charleston) Vollrath.

Survivors include sister, Donna (Dr. Burton) Kassel of Columbus, Ohio; brothers, William H. (Jean) Vollrath of Gallion, Ohio, and David Vollrath of Detroit, Mich.; stepsons, Josh and Daniel Meade of Gorham; many nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Steve Schemonia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Gertrude Vollrath and sister, Doris Decker.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

A celebration of life will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the pavilion at Bleyer Lake in Carbondale.

 

 

 

Gerald Haecker

CARBONDALE — Gerald J. Haecker, passed away at 12:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Marion VA Center.

Gerald was born Aug. 23, 1922, in San Antonio, Texas, to Eugene and Stella (Real) Haecker.

He was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II.

Gerald married Lorraine Kraus on Oct. 18, 1952, in Gerard’s Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. Together they shared 54 years of marriage. She preceded him in death June 18, 2007.

Survivors include son, Eugene Haecker of Anchorage, Alaska; daughters, Ellen McNitt of Carbondale, and Mary Humphrey of Sonora, Texas; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one stepgranddaughter; and three great-stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by parents, Eugene and Stella Haecker; wife, Lorraine Haecker and one sister.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, in Saint Francis Xavier Church, with Father Bob Flannery officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at the church.

 

Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

 

Kathryn Parrish

CARBONDALE — Kathryn “Kay” Parrish, 81, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind.

Kathryn Brooks was born Nov. 1, 1932, in Macedonia, to Warner Clinton and Florence (Winemiller) Brooks.

Kathryn had a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Business Education and earned her Ph. D., in occupational education from SIU Carbondale in 1983. She was a teacher/educator for her entire professional career, as well as working for many years at home as a typist and editor for SIU graduate students. In 1970 she became the first director of the new Operation rebound program, a program begun at Carbondale Community High School to enable high school dropouts to earn high school equivalency in a non-traditional setting. She retired from CCHS in 1994. During those years, she was a tireless advocate for high school dropouts in the area and assisted thousands of high school dropouts of all ages and backgrounds achieve a high school diploma and, hopefully, a better life. As her mother had only an 8th grade education and her father could neither read nor write, Kathryn’s life was remarkable in terms of the level of education she achieved. That she dedicated most of her life to helping others receive an education is further testament to her highest regard for the importance of learning.

She loved flower gardening and working in her yard, taking great pride in both. Kathryn was a beloved mother and grandmother.

She is survived by two daughters, Gail (Jim) Ellet of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and Becky (Ben) Markham of Carmel, Ind.; four grandsons, Austin Halstead, Jordan Manis, Matthew Markham and Patrick Markham; two granddaughters, Melissa Ellet and Mary Markham; a sister, Hazel (Bill) Lampley of Benton; and a brother, Donnie Brooks, also of Benton.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents and her close friend and ex-husband, Ralph Parrish.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with Ralph Brandon officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro.

 

 

Juanita Dunning

MARION — Juanita Dunning, 91, departed this life at 2:01 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Juanita was born Dec. 28, 1921, in Joy, Ky., a daughter of Lewis and Veda M. (Kiebler) Sullivant.

She graduated at the top of her class from Carrsville High School and went on to obtain her cosmetology license.

On Nov. 16, 1945, she married the love of her life, Ernest Leon Dunning in Paducah, Ky., and he survives of Marion.

Juanita, although slight in stature was strong to the end. She exemplified a life well lived. Her family was her top priority and she was ever guiding them toward education, etiquette and bettering themselves.

Hardworking and lovely, she always had her hair done. She worked without rest raising their beautiful identical twin girls in a spotless home that was rich in love and full of good meals.

Juanita was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Carterville, and past member of the bridge club, faculty wives, and ceramics club.

Juanita leaves behind her husband, Ernest Leon Dunning of Marion; daughters, Janet K. Talbott and Jan (James) Morris; grandchildren, Frank Robert (Christa) Talbott, Ernest Lee (Michelle) Talbott and Jennifer (Shane) Aden; and nine great-grandchildren.

She joins in heaven her predeceased grandson, James Hunter Morris on his 30th birthday, her parents; sister, Wilma Nolan; along with many friends and family who when before her.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale, with Pastor Mel Bower officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church at 822 W. Grand, Carterville, IL 62918. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home .

 

Joan Meade

CARBONDALE — Joan Martin Meade, 86, passed away peacefully at her home in Carbondale on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, after a long illness. She was blessed to have the presence of her loving daughter, Pidge, during her final months, and her entire family is grateful for Pidge’s selfless devotion.

Born in Cleveland on March 13, 1927, she moved in her youth to Warren, Penn., where she graduated from high school. She attended Case Western Reserve University and then met and married the love of her life, William T. “Bill” Meade in 1947.

Joan lived in Chapel Hill, N.C., while her husband received his master’s degree and coached the men’s gymnastics team at UNC. She worked as executive secretary to the UNC athletic director until their son, Bill, was born. In 1956, Joan moved with her family to Carbondale, where her husband was head coach of men’s gymnastics at SIU. In 1967, they welcomed a daughter, Patricia Jane, better known as Pidge.

Joan was a loving and supportive wife and mother and a world-class booster and cheerleader, serving as den mother, brownie troop leader, room mother, her husband’s speech writer, and so much more. Her “welcome home” signs and “congratulations” banners were legendary — complete with original poetry and true artistic flair.

In addition to her own children, Joan was a surrogate mother to hundreds of gymnasts over the years, hosting chili dinners, having them over for Thanksgiving, helping them with schoolwork, advising, mentoring and cheering them on in gymnastics and their careers.

Joan adored her grandchildren, John (and his wife, Heather), Geoffrey and Allison and her “firecracker” great-granddaughter, MacKenzie. The spouses of her children — Bill’s wife, Karen, and Pidge’s husband, Dave — were not “in-laws” to her. She loved them deeply, welcomed them into the family with open arms, and cherished them as her own.

She genuinely cared about and worked for the benefit of her community all of her life and was a generous and loving friend to so many people in Carbondale. She also was blessed to have many friends, most significantly her beloved bridge playing partners known as the “Fearless Foursome,” Pat Baysinger, Imogene “Smoky” Reed and Jane Spackman.

Joan never sought the limelight; rather, she was fulfilled by enabling and supporting the endeavors of her family and friends. She wanted only to be remembered as she has always been — full of life and spirit, funny, intelligent, a great storyteller, a master card player, sensitive, generous, caring and a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her mother, Viola; her brother, Hal; and her sister, Jean.

In accordance with her wishes, services will be private. Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

Her family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S. Illinois St., 
Belleville, IL 62220
. Hospice was so wonderful, easing the way for Joan and her family during her final journey to eternal life.

Joan will be missed forever by all who loved her, but she will always be in their hearts and lives.

 

Alberta E. Seiling

Alberta E. Seiling, 91, formerly of Gilman, died Monday, September 16, 2013, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born in Lovington Township, Illinois, on January 30, 1922.  She was the oldest daughter of Clarence and Violet Dixon. 

During World War II, Alberta worked in munitions plants in California; Joliet, Illinois; and Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  She did not work outside the home/farm following her marriage to Roy A. Seiling on February 18, 1946.

She was active in Gilman area civic groups including the school’s PTA, the hospital auxiliary, and the women’s club.  She was an avid sports fan and golfer.  At the time of her death, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gilman and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 499 in Gilman.

Alberta is survived by her two children, Bill Seiling (Sarah) of Germanton, NC and June Ellen Hickey of Carbondale and by her sister, Mary Parker of Goodland, IN.  She enjoyed six grandchildren, Tod Seiling (Sarah) of Wentzville, MO; Steve Seiling of Springfield, MO; Courtney Seiling-Smith of Atlanta, GA; Stacey Wisdom (Josh) of Rogers, AR; Joe Hickey (Bonnie) of Carbondale; and Teal Hickey of St. Louis, MO.  She was continually entertained by her great-granddaughters, McKenna and Peytyn Hickey of Carbondale.

Alberta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one sister, June Cornwell.

Per Mrs. Seiling’s wishes, no visitation will be held.  A graveside service at the Wenger Cemetery in Gilman, IL will be held at a date to be determined. 

Memorials may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Post 499 in Gilman.

 

 

Natalie Trimble

Natalie Jean Trimble (nee' Benda) died July 31, 2013.  She was born November 5, 1927 and grew up in Centerville, Iowa with her brother, William.  She graduated from Iowa State University in 1949.  Her study to be a dietician took her to Boston where she met and married Russell F. Trimble in 1950.  She raised three children, Kirsten, Carol, and Margaret while supporting organizations such as the League of Women Voters, the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, Girl Scouts, and the U.S. Pony Club, among others.  She also served on the Jackson County Board of Review and was elected to and served on the Jackson County Board for 18 years.  Her parents, Harold and Zelma Benda (nee' Callen), predeceased her.  Natalie's husband, Russell, and her daughters treasure fond memories of the intelligent and intrepid spirit who enjoyed her circle of book and bridge group friends as well as fellow Unitarians.  They treasure her thoughtful comments, wonderful baking (who could forget the famous Dobos Torte!), and great meals.  A memorial service will be held Monday, September 16, at 4 p.m. at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Natalie's name be made to the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, Heifer International, or other groups in which she served.

Services for Mrs. Trimble have been entrusted to Huffman~Harker~Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale, Illinois.

 
 

 

 

Herman Frederick Feldmann Jr.

CARBONDALE -- Herman Frederick Feldmann Jr., 78, passed away peacefully in his home Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale.

Herman was born July 17, 1935, in Chicago to Herman and Marie (Oparka) Feldmann.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Herman married Marilyn Yusup on Aug. 28, 1965, in Cleveland. Together, he and his loving wife shared 48 years. She survives of Carbondale.

Survivors also include his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Lisa Feldmann of Carterville; sons, Karl Feldmann of Du Quoin and Kurt (Kristen) Feldmann of Liberty Township, Ohio; and grandchildren, Kathryn Feldmann and Konrad Feldmann.

Young Herman enjoyed the freedom of exploring the forest preserves, the rich natural life that abounded, and the fun of a large extended family. His love of science led him to earning a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in chemical engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology and German language studies at Goethe Institute in Murnau, Germany. He valued learning from the advanced engineering precepts the German scientists had in the post-war era.

Many awards and patents soon followed Herman; safer water heaters (General Electric) and new concepts for appliances. He managed the first pilot plant to convert oil shale to synthetic natural gas (Institute Gas Tech). Herman developed technology for a commercial venture company (marketed by owner of the Dallas Cowboys, C. Murchison). He followed the research to Battelle Memorial, creating a unique gasifier, which won the U.S. DOE Award (technical achievement) regarding its importance to the biomass industry.

Herman worked for Clean Coal Institute in Carterville, and with Glen Poshard played a role in evaluating selling electricity instead of selling coal to utilities, and it advanced to where the requirements could be met, but ended when the coal company partner was sold and the new owner lost interest.

He formed a separate company involving consulting and design of a demo plant in Burlington, Vt., (with consent of SIU), a proprietary gasification called SILVA GAS. It may well be the only demo plant cost-shared by citizens' tax dollars (DOE) that achieved all the operation and performance goals.

It was in Pittsburgh where he and his wife started a family, skied, hiked and followed the Steelers. But he soon learned to root for the OSU Buckeyes as his children grew up there. At ICCI of Carterville (a division of SIU) he indulged his nature photography hobby in the rural beauty of Southern Illinois. He'll be missed riding his bicycle in all seasons around Crab Orchard Refuge. The final joys were with his wife and children, grandchildren at his home in rural Carbondale. 

Herman contributed letters to both The Southern Illinoisan and Carbondale Communique. Some were about nature (i.e., the letter about the actual harmlessness of the Cottonmouth Watersnake), while others were about more general issues.

Published in The Southern Illinoisan from August 16 to August 18, 2013

- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thesouthern/obituary.aspx?n=herman-feldmann&pid=166451515&fhid=8429#fbLoggedOutCARBONDALE -- Herman Frederick Feldmann Jr., 78, passed away peacefully in his home Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale.

Herman was born July 17, 1935, in Chicago to Herman and Marie (Oparka) Feldmann.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Herman married Marilyn Yusup on Aug. 28, 1965, in Cleveland. Together, he and his loving wife shared 48 years. She survives of Carbondale.

Survivors also include his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Lisa Feldmann of Carterville; sons, Karl Feldmann of Du Quoin and Kurt (Kristen) Feldmann of Liberty Township, Ohio; and grandchildren, Kathryn Feldmann and Konrad Feldmann.

Young Herman enjoyed the freedom of exploring the forest preserves, the rich natural life that abounded, and the fun of a large extended family. His love of science led him to earning a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in chemical engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology and German language studies at Goethe Institute in Murnau, Germany. He valued learning from the advanced engineering precepts the German scientists had in the post-war era.

Many awards and patents soon followed Herman; safer water heaters (General Electric) and new concepts for appliances. He managed the first pilot plant to convert oil shale to synthetic natural gas (Institute Gas Tech). Herman developed technology for a commercial venture company (marketed by owner of the Dallas Cowboys, C. Murchison). He followed the research to Battelle Memorial, creating a unique gasifier, which won the U.S. DOE Award (technical achievement) regarding its importance to the biomass industry.

Herman worked for Clean Coal Institute in Carterville, and with Glen Poshard played a role in evaluating selling electricity instead of selling coal to utilities, and it advanced to where the requirements could be met, but ended when the coal company partner was sold and the new owner lost interest.

He formed a separate company involving consulting and design of a demo plant in Burlington, Vt., (with consent of SIU), a proprietary gasification called SILVA GAS. It may well be the only demo plant cost-shared by citizens' tax dollars (DOE) that achieved all the operation and performance goals.

It was in Pittsburgh where he and his wife started a family, skied, hiked and followed the Steelers. But he soon learned to root for the OSU Buckeyes as his children grew up there. At ICCI of Carterville (a division of SIU) he indulged his nature photography hobby in the rural beauty of Southern Illinois. He'll be missed riding his bicycle in all seasons around Crab Orchard Refuge. The final joys were with his wife and children, grandchildren at his home in rural Carbondale. 

Herman contributed letters to both The Southern Illinoisan and Carbondale Communique. Some were about nature (i.e., the letter about the actual harmlessness of the Cottonmouth Watersnake), while others were about more general issues.

 

 

 

Wanda Jane (Cundiff) Brandon

CAMBRIA - Wanda Jane (Cundiff) Brandon, 87, of New Mexico, died Aug. 11, 2013, in Country Sunset Assisted Living Center in Hatch New Mexico.

Frances Louise Walker, 76, of Carbondale passed away at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in Helia Health Care in Carbondale, IL.

Frances was born on January 19, 1937 in Fayetteville, NC to Archie and Louise (McNeal) Bracey. On July 26, 1958 she married Myers Bonner Walker in Durham, NC. They shared 55 years of marriage. He survives of Carbondale.

Frances had degrees from Duke University and Southern Illinois University. She worked in the business office at the University Press and she and Myers also owned and operated Sassafras Ridge Bed and Breakfast. 

She is survived by her husband Myers of Carbondale and daughter Judith Walker of St. Louis, MO.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory in Carbondale is assisting the family. There are no services planed at this time.

 

 

 

 

John Young

ROYALTON — John David Young, 66, died June 3, 2013, in Herrin Hospital, with his family by his side.

He was born Dec. 15, 1946, in Christopher, to John Olen and Ada Marie (Skipper) Young.

He had worked in the coal mines and was previously married to Karyn Sloan.

He is survived by his daughter, Lesley Restivo and husband, Joe of Herrin; Garret Jones and husband, John of Mulkeytown; grandchildren, Adam, Morgan and Delaney Restivo and Rian Jones; a brother, Bill Young and wife, Barbara, of Royalton; sister-in-law, LaDonna Young of Herrin; niece, Monica Young and nephews, Brett Young and Steve Young, all of Herrin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jim Young and Gene Young; cousin, Steve Lutostanski and niece, Gena Young Anderson.

Per his request, graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 7, in Miners Cemetery in Royalton, with the Rev. Don Colson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Passages Hospice.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Herrin Hospital and the Passages Hospice nurses for all of their care and compassion during this difficult time. They would also like to thank Kevin Grammer, a longtime friend, for all of his help during John’s illness.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Hurst is in charge of arrangements

 

 

 

 

Elise Ashby

Elise was born on August 30, 1924 in Energy, Illinois to Carl and Susie Bowen. She was united in marriage to Harold L. Ashby on December 28, 1947 in Energy. He preceded her in death on August 28, 2008. They were married for 60 blissful years.

She is survived by her son Bruce Ashby of Carbondale; three granddaughters, Amy Elise Moore (and husband Brian), Risa Lyn Heeren, and Caitlin Meredith Heeren; four great-grandchildren, Brayden Thomas Diver, Logan Ashby Moore, Hadley Elise Moore, and Charlotte Josephine Moore; two brothers, JC and Leonard Bowen; and niece Suzanne Boner.

In addition to her husband, Elise was preceded in death by her daughter Julianne Heeren; three brothers, Carl, Ray, and Paul Bowen; and sister-in-law Bernice Mortenson.

Elise had a passion for children both personally and professionally. She was a 1968 graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Master's degree in Education. She was a teacher at Carbondale Elementary schools from 1966-1971. She was a guidance counselor at Herrin Unit District schools from 1971-1987 and at Crab Orchard School District from 1988-1999. She was a member and past Treasurer of the The Jackson County Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Southern Illinois. She was the Past President of Alpha Kappa Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Teachers.

Elise had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Carbondale for over 50 years. Over the years, she had become very involved with the church, serving as a Stephen Minister and volunteering on the weekly Asburian newsletter.

A service to celebrate Elise's life will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at First United Methodist Church, 214 West Main in Carbondale. The visitation will begin at 10:00 AM, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM conducted by Rev. Alan Rhein. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund.

 

 

 

Frank H. Sehnert

CARBONDALE – Frank Henry Sehnert, 94, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Parkway Manor in Marion, IL.
He was born in Brooklyn, NY, on April 3, 1919, the son of a Methodist minister Henry Buckley Sehnert and Florence Victoria (Schwarzwaelder) Sehnert.
As a child, Frank lived in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. After graduating from high school, Frank worked as a crew member on cruise and merchant ships, traveling the world and visiting many international ports. He began his college education at Ohio Wesleyan University, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. He earned a second Bachelor’s degree at the University of New Hampshire with a major in Agriculture. A Master’s Degree in Rural Sociology was obtained at Ohio State University.
On April 22, 1945, Frank married Imogene Lewis at the Ridgewood, NJ, Methodist Church. She survives. They recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. Also surviving are their four children: Brenda Crimmins (deceased husband Dale) of Charleston, IL; Trent I. Sehnert (wife Zoraida) of Hollywood, FL; Loreen Mason of Murphsyboro, IL; and Claude W. Sehnert (wife Rebecca) of Plano, TX. Their grandchildren are Melanie Crimmins Bottom, Andrea Crimmins, Sarah Crimmins, Monica Mason Raines, Holly Mason, Shane Sehnert, Tyler Sehnert, Ava Sehnert, Sheperd Sehnert, Davin Sehnert and step grandsons Cully and Brett Perlman. They have six great grand-children.
Also surviving is his brother, Paul J. Sehnert of Long Beach, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marion P. Sehnert.
Frank moved to Carbondale in 1955 when he accepted a position with Southern Illinois University in the Department of Community Development. He served as a consultant to surrounding communities to promote resource and economic development, including the towns of Cobden, Golconda, and Robinson. He later became a foreign Student Advisor for the SIU International Student Services Department.
After retirement, Frank continued leadership in community organizations. He actively served the Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Community Education Association, Illinois State Library Board,
Southern Illinois Arts and Crafts Guild, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation. He was president of the local AARP group, officer of the Carbondale Community Education Association, and he worked with the Kettering Foundation to facilitate and moderate National Issues Forums. He enjoyed classical music, gardening, reading, sports and politics.
Visitation will be Thursday May 30th, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home, Carbondale, followed by a graveside service at Carbondale Oakland Cemetery.

 

 

 

Alan Carrier
CARBONDALE - Alan Braden Carrier, 53, passed away Monday, May 13, at his residence in De Soto, Illinois.
Alan was born in Carbondale on September 21, 1959 and attended Carbondale Community High School. He earned a degree in Design from Southern Illinois University, and went on to a career in carpentry and fine woodworking. Alan later moved to the St. Louis area, where he worked in construction management.
Well known in the climbing community, Alan was a pioneer in the development of Southern Illinois rock climbing, using his natural skill and passion to establish many of the region’s finest routes.
He is survived by his son Phillip Carrier of Carbondale; his sisters Laura Carrier of Arlington, Virginia; Sarah Carrier of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Claudia Hogan of Issaquah, Washington. A visitation is scheduled for Monday, May 20that the Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale from 5 to 7 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Alan are encouraged to The Access Fund, P.O. Box 17010, Boulder, CO, 80308

 

 

 

Brenda K. Barney

Hurst, Illinois – Brenda Kay Barney, 72, passed away at 3pm on May 11, 2013 from a Hemorrhagic Stroke. She was born July 27, 1940 in Hurst to Wilbert and Juanita Barney (Lilly).

Brenda was a 1958 graduate of Hurst-Bush High School and Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in 1962. She received a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Health Care Administration while residing in Miami, Florida.

Brenda spent her working career in nursing starting in Miami, Florida. She retired as a Nurse Administrator in 2002.

Brenda leaves to grieve: her partner Ann Coon, son Jason and wife Carrie, grandchildren Charlotte and Colin, her sister Yvonne and brother-in-law John Holland, nephew Chris Hunter and his children, Justin, Austin and Sydney, niece Julie Hunter and her daughter Brienna, and niece Angela Hunter, and longtime friend Mary Jo Haley.

Brenda was a poet, a teacher, and a good person. She was an avid Bocce player and encouraged others to play. She lived to travel and made trips to Italy, Aruba, and Bahamas to name a few. She read voraciously and was interested in literally everything. She loved to learn something new.

Brenda loved the sea and her personal totem was the sea turtle which represents Mother Earth. The sea turtle is wise beyond its years and is more than willing to share what it has seen.

Brenda wants you to remember her alive and happy so there will be no visitation or service. Should you wish, you may donate to animal shelter Saint Francis Care. Address - St. Francis Care, 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966.

 

 

Steven J. Hogan

Steven John Hogan, 56, of Carbondale passed away on April 26, 2013, at Carbondale Memorial Hospital. He was born to Dennis and Jeanne Hogan in Chicago, Illinois.

Steve was dedicated to his family, friends, and his professional calling as an aviation mechanic. He loved to travel, scuba dive, and spend time with his family and friends.

Steve was a graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School and earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity and the Carbondale Lion’s Club.

He is survived by his aunt, Rose Hogan of Carbondale, sisters Nancy Young of Hilo, Hawaii, Barbara Chatman of Danville, Illinois, Susan Hogan of Honolulu, Hawaii, Tara Hogan of Carbondale, and Allison Green of Springfield, Illinois. He was uncle to twelve nephews, nine nieces, several grand nieces and nephews, and one great-grand nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one niece.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Steve’s honor to the Carbondale Lion’s Club.

 

 

 

Thomas Roy Sr.

CARBONDALE— Thomas Michael Roy Sr., 74, died at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Rehab and Care Center in Murphysboro.

He was born Nov. 9, 1938, to Gustave and Gertrude (Fearon) Roy.

He married Ruth Edwards June 15, 1963, in St. Louis. They shared 49 years of marriage and she survives.

He had worked as director of Micro Computers at Southern Illinois University Kansas City, Mo.

Thomas was a member of BPOE 572 of Murphysboro and Knights of Columbus of Murphysboro.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Roy of Carbondale; son, Thomas and wife, Linda Roy, of Enterprise, Ala.; daughter, Cynthia and husband, Kenneth Epplin, of Pickneyville; grandchildren, Zach and Bayli Roy of Enterprise; sister, Patty Reuckert of Riverside, Calif.; and brother, Robert Roy of Murphysboro.

He will be missed by his grand dogs, Abby, Brinkley and Scooter.

He was preceded in death by parents, Gustave and Gertrude Roy and brother, John Roy.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Carbondale. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today, April 18, with prayer service at 4 p.m., in Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale at 210 Oak Street. Father Robert Flannery will officiate. Burial will be in St. Bruno’s Catholic Cemetery in Pinckneyville.

 

 

 

Barbara Stephens

CARBONDALE— Barbara L. Stephens, 65, died at 5:20 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, in St. Joseph Hospital of Murphysboro.

She was born April 11, 1947, in Plano, to Clarence W. and Justine (Tomlinson) Stephens.

She married Bruce Camden Dec. 26, 1997, in Murphysboro.

Survivors include husband, Bruce Camden of Carbondale; mother, Justine Stephens of Carbondale; son, Matt Blake and fiancée, Elizabeth Langowski of Carbondale; grandchildren, Max and Samuel Blake of Carbondale; stepdaughters, Jennifer Camden of Carbondale, and Stacey Camden of Carbondale; sister, Becky and husband, Ray Alden, of Port Isabel, Texas.

She was preceded in death by father, Clarence W. Stephens.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, in Saint Francis Xavier Church in Carbondale, with Father Bob Flannery officiating. Graveside service will be in Oakland Cemetery Carbondale. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Walker Funeral Home and Crematory in Carbondale, with prayer service at 5:45 p.m. led by Sister Rachel.

Memorials may be made to Saint Francis Xavier Church or Doctors Without Borders, 333 Seventh Ave., Second floor, New York , N.Y. 10001-5004

 

 

 

William “Randy” Runion

CARBONDALE— William Randall “Randy” Runion, 59, died at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, at his residence.

Randy was a carpenter and a master craftsman.

He was born July 21, 1953, in Carbondale, to William and Shirley (Gladden) Runion.

He is survived by daughter, Lindsey Runion and fiancé, Chris Carter of Carbondale; grandchildren, Ethan and Annabelle of Carbondale; father, William Runion and stepmother, Betty Runion; sister, Debbie Runion; brother, Brian Runion; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley and son, Jonathan.

Randy loved working on the farm and could build anything with his hands.

 

 

 

Frances Phillips

CARBONDALE— Frances M. Phillips, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in the peace of her home.

She was born June 21, 1933, in St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. She was the daughter of Orville A. Reeder and Myrtle F. (Rhoades) Reeder.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Pam Chaney Phillips; her sister, Pauline Shryrock; and her brothers Oscar B. and Richard D. Reeder; her husband of 59 years, Clifford Phillips; her daughter, Julie Phillips of Carbondale; her son Timothy Phillips of Murphysboro; her son, Christopher and his wife, Martha, (Maranti) Phillips of Fort Worth, Texas; and her son Clifford “Chip” Phillips and fiancée, Tina Wallace of West Frankfort. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.

Franceswas born in Litchfield, where she also attended and graduated from Litchfield High School.

On August 23rd of 1953, she wed Mr. Clifford Phillips. She went on to become an insurance adjustor in St. Louis. She then became a homemaker, caring for her husband and beloved children. Later she went on to be a realtor for Deidrich Realty in Carbondale. She had a love for all things representative of Southern Illinois and became an active member of the Saluki Booster Club, with one of her more memorable participations being in the Great Saluki Tailgate of 1986. She was an Avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. She truly enjoyed sharing camaraderie with friends and family. She always treasured family gatherings and cherished time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Upon her retirement, Frances spent the next 23 years doing the things she truly found to be rewarding in life. She had a great appreciation of the outdoors and nature, spending a great deal of her time gardening, camping, swimming and boating. For 14 years, she and her husband, Clifford, would retreat to the warmth of their winter home in Texas. There they found entertainment in cribbage, golf, bowling, and Mexican dominoes. Frances, refusing to miss any of the wonders the world had to offer, traveled to Spain, Rome, Naples, Venice, Alaska, Hawaii, and all but two of the states in the U.S.

Visitation for Mrs. Phillips will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 1 in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cobden, with Father Uriel Salamanca Cipaguata officiating.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Cobden.

Frances succumbed following her long battle with cancer. She died peacefully surrounded by her loving family and adoring husband. She was 79 years old.

 

 

 

Joyce Lee Robinson

HURST — Joyce Lee Robinson, 79, died at 11:47 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Saint Louis University Hospital.

She was born Jan. 30, 1934, in West Frankfort, to Ben and Violet (Masters) Kline.

She was a beautician in her own home for over 20 years.

Survivors include her husband, Billie D. Robinson of Hurst; son, Steven “Debbie” Robinson of Herrin; sister, Cheryl “Krista” Allsup of Hurst; grandson, Kevin (Stephanie) Robinson of Herrin; granddaughter, Stephanie (Brian) Chaney of Marion; grandson, Cameron (Jenna) Davison of California; granddaughter, Hayley “Tom”Renolds of Boston Mass.; three great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in First Christian Church in Hurst, with the Rev. Gregg Parker officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Walker Funeral home and Crematory in Hurst is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Nancy Hurst

MURPHYSBORO — Nancy Lynn Hurst, 66, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She had been the receptionist at the business office of Herrin Hospital.

She was born Dec. 12, 1946, in Carbondale, to Fred Len and Kathryn (Helton) Young.

Survivors include brothers, Daniel Ray and wife, Diane Young, Richard Earl and wife, Morgan, all of DeSoto, and James Henry Young of Oak Park; sisters, Mary Ellen and husband, Everett Weaver of Fairfield, Sharon Kay Alstat of Murphysboro, and Peggy Ann Darnall of Murphysboro; and 13 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents, Fred Young and Kathryn Young; daughter, Jennifer Lynn Hurst; brother, James Frederick Young and sons-in-law, Glen Alstat and Vernon Darnell.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, in Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale, with the Rev. Ken Staib officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Nancywas a diehard Cardinals fan, a good friend of Johnny Cash and loved to crochet.

 

 

 

William Nyle Huffman

CARBONDALE — William Nyle “Riley Bill,” Huffman, also affectionately called “RB” by close friends and family, died March 20, 2013, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was named after his two grandfathers, Riley Huffman and Bill Hamilton who were well-known businessmen in Carbondale.

Bill’s parents were G. Nyle Huffman and Gwendolyn Hamilton Huffman of Carbondale.

He attended Brush School from grades one through seven and University High School for eighth grade and summers during high school. He graduated from CCHS in 1943, received a Bachelor of Science from SIU in 1947, and a Master of Science in education from SIU in 1948. While at SIU working on his master’s he taught freshman physics. He taught math and physics at Rio Grand College in Ohio in 1948. Bill attended Purdue University as a Marine Officer Candidate from 1943 to 1945, and was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in May, 1945. He graduated from St. Louis College of Mortuary Science in 1950.

He worked at and owned Huffman Funeral Home, 210 W. Oak Street, Carbondale, until 1987. He also worked at the family-owned Hamilton Phillips 66 Service Station, 221 N. Illinois, until 1954.

Bill taught mortuary science at SIU in 1964 and 1970.

He served on the Carbondale Zoning Board of Appeals from 1965 to 2005, as exalted ruler of BPOE (Elks Club) in 1960, as president of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association in 1962, as president of the Egyptian Funeral Directors Association, and as president of Jackson County Alumni Club (SIU) in 1963. He was also, a member of the Carbondale Rotary Club.

He also served as vice president of the Carbondale Junior Chamber of Commerce (JC’s) in 1950, as president of the Unitarian Fellowship in Carbondale in 1975, and as vice chairman of the board of directors of the First Christian Church in Carbondale in 1969. Bill also served as the secretary of the board of directors of Home Federal Savings and Loan.

He married Joan Watts from Nashville, in 1948, in Ashland, Ky., and had two children, Jane Koprucki, an attorney in Carbondale, and Elizabeth Huffman, senior partner of cvpersonalstatement.com, an online editing business for physicians.

His sister, Imogene Huffman and cousins, John Riley Huffman and wife, Linda, and Amy Richardson and husband, John, all of Carbondale, survive him.

Preceding him in death were his parents, G. Nyle Huffman and Gwendoly Hamilton and son-in-law, Mark Koprucki.

Bill had five grandchildren, Elizabeth’s children, and seven going on eight great-grandchildren including:

l Abdullah Bakr Abolkhair, who recently completed a fellowship in pain management in Boston and is currently serving as an anesthesiologist in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and is married to May Al-Khudhairy, a dentist and recent Harvard graduate. Abdullah and May have three children, Bakr, Mohamad and Mohanad.

l Sarah Bakr Abulkhair, a former teacher who resides with her husband, Ghassan Aboalsamh, who is employed by Saudi Arabian Airlines, and their two going on three children, Anas and Balqees, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

l Ahmed Bakr Abulkhair, who is completing an MBA at SIU Edwardsville and who resides with his wife, Rana Hassan Allam, and their two children, Sarah (“Noosa”) and Ryan in Edwardsville.

l Abdulrahman Bakr Abulkhair, who resides with his wife, Lujain Baz, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and is an owner and executive board member of Transwestern Mena. Lujain is studying clinical nutrition in Riyadh.

l Mohammed Bakr Abulkhair, a recent graduate of the University of Tampa, will be pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) this year.

The children’s father is Bakr Abulkhair, chairman and managing partner of Deloitte and Touche Bakr Abulkhair and Company in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The highlights of Bill’s childhood include travel and fishing. The highlights of his adulthood included fishing, scuba diving, Caribbean travel and cruising. Bill has been to the Middle East approximately 10 times.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, March 22, in Huffman Harker Walker Funeral Home at 210 W. Oak St., in Carbondale. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Everett Freeman officiating. Interment with military rites will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Memorial Donation may be made to SIU Foundation, Women’s Basketball Program, 1235 Douglas Drive, Mail Code 6805, Carbondale, IL 62901-4308.

 

 

Harold O’Neil

WEST FRANKFORT — Harold R. O’Neil died at 3:55 A.M., Friday, March 1 in Carbondale Memorial Hospital.

He was born Feb. 5, 1931, in West Frankfort, to Thomas Raymond (Ray) and Bertha (Boles) O’Neil.

Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at John A. Logan College, Carterville, in O’Neil auditorium. Services will follow at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with the Rev. John Annabel from University Baptist Church officiating.

On Aug. 9, 1958, he married Marolyn Womack in Stonefort, and they shared 54 years together. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Shawn, (Elizabeth) of Carbondale and two daughters, Shannon (Bill) Thomas of Taylorville, and Shara Maxwell (Jason Williscroft) of Chicago; six grandchildren, Kevin, Bryn and Morgan of Marion, Keegan and Hannah Murphy of Carbondale, and Hugo Garibaldi of Chicago; two great-granddaughters, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, the Rev. Burdell O’Neil of Rock Falls and two sisters, Dimple Williams of West Frankfort and Evelyn LoBue of Chicago Heights.

After graduation from West Frankfort Community High School he served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1955. After the Army, he came back to study at SIU Carbondale and received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees there.

His career in education began as a junior high teacher at Carterville Elementary school in 1958. Harold spent a year in an internship in school administration at West Frankfort High School. In 1960 he came to Carbondale Community High School as a government teacher and freshman basketball coach. Later he became a guidance counselor, then principal and on to assistant superintendent.

In 1968 he was the fourth administrator hired at John A. Logan College as dean for student services, then became vice-president for instructional services and finally named JALC’s Fourth President in 1982. He retired at an early age to make sure he could finally get to fish all he wanted to, and indeed, one of his favorite activities was having groups of fishing buddies join him for a weekend at his home on Kentucky Lake.

Harold served on the board of directors for the Bank of Carbondale from 1988 to 2012. He provided leadership in many educational and civic organizations, mainly in Southern Illinois, and was well honored for his efforts. Harold was a 47-year member of the Carbondale Elks Club. He became very interested in helping promote the Southern Illinois Irish Festival after visiting his beloved Ireland on three different occasions.

His wish for all his friends and relatives would be, “May you have warm words on a cold evening, A full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.”

Memorials may be made to the Harold and Marolyn O’Neil Scholarship Fund. Checks should be made to John A. Logan Foundation and sent to 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL 62918

 

 

 

Joseph Hui-sheng Chu

Joseph Hui-sheng Chu, age 93,  passed away Feb. 23, 2013. 

Joe served at SIU-C from 1965 to 1983 as: International Student Adviser, Director of International Education and Assistant Director of [Area] Regional Research and Service.  Joe was instrumental in attracting international students to SIU-C and establishing its global outreach programs.  He helped develop SIU-C's International Ambassador program to 41 countries and actively promoted Illinois' foreign trade.  He was recruited to SIU-C by Dr. Jacobs, a naval officer who knew Joe from service during World War II, during the the growth of SIU-C under President Delyte W. Morris. 

He was born in Tong-Ka-Tu, Shanghai, China on October 26, 1919 to Mr. Joseph Jilin Chu and Mrs. Catherine Song-Yu Chu.  Mr. and Mrs. Chu were prominent members of Shanghai's commercial and cultural life.  The Chu family was active in the endowment of churches, hospitals and housing for their community.  Mrs. Chu was a member of the extended Soong family, which was prominent in the founding of the Republic of China.  Mr. Chu was Chairman or Director of various business in Shanghai; China Power Co., Electric Street Car Co., China Steamboat Co. and the real estate association. 

His ancestral family had been converted to Roman Catholicism in the 1600s by the Jesuits and Joe was baptized and confirmed at the Tong-Ka-Tu Catholic Church in Shanghai. A sister became a nun, Sister Saint Michael Chu, and a brother was ordained a Jesuit priest, Father Vincent Chu. Father Chu was imprisoned by the communists for many years, before and during the Cultural Revolution, for his refusal to renounce allegiance to The Holy See rather than the communist Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.  Father Chu was released in 1979 and then imprisoned  in 1983, he was sentenced to 15 years and was later released in 1985 under changing political conditions.  Joe's parents died in Shanghai after the communists came to power in China in 1949; the family's property was confiscated and their family's and the Church's records were destroyed.  His siblings pre-deceased him.  Three nephews, Eddie Chu, Tom Chu and David Chu survive him.

Joe graduated from St. John's University, Shanghai, China in January 1942 with a B.A. in government.  Shanghai was then held by the Japanese Army.  After graduation Joe journeyed to Chungking [now Chongqing], on the Yangtze River, where he joined the Chinese Army and became a Captain.   Chungking was the wartime capital of the Republic of China which had been at war with the Empire of Japan since 1937.  Japan attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

From July1942 to December 1945, Captain Chu served as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Office of Economic Warfare in Chungking.  He was tasked with the identification of economic and military targets in Japan, China and other occupied territories for target maps for the U.S. Army Air Force.  As a trusted translator and liaison, Joe dealt directly with China's Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, U.S. General Joseph Stilwell, joint commander of American and Chinese forces, and General Thomas G. Hearn, Chief of Staff.  He provided targeting information directly to General Claire Chennault, of  Flying Tiger fame, during the war years.   The war came to a formal conclusion on V.J. Day, September 2, 1945.

Joe then served with the United Nation's Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Administration for China from 1946-1947 and was Chief of Protocol to two Chinese Prime Ministers, under President Chiang-Kai-shek,  from 1947 to 1949.  After the mainland fell,  Joe was translator for the U.S. Naval attache in Taipei, Taiwan and from 1952 to 1963 was the Chief Education Specialist for U.S. Agency for International Development on Taiwan.  In 1963, Joe received a Fulbright-Hays award to go to the University of Minnesota to study Industrial Education.  The U.S. Embassy in Taipei, Taiwan provided the letter of recommendation and he came to the U.S. under a Department of State International Educational Exchange Program.  He returned to Taiwan in 1964 to serve as Special Assistant to the Ministry of Education.  He came to SIU-C in 1965.

Joe married Celine A. Nordhus, of  Seneca, Kansas on March 3, 1970.  Celine was a cultivated lady known for her graceful water color paintings of the flowers of Southern Illinois in traditional Chinese style.  Her paintings with her personal “chop” or seal adorn many homes.  She died in 1990, age 51.  In her honor, Joe established the Celine A. Chu Memorial Scholarship for students majoring in painting at SIU-C.  Joe's ashes will be interned at Celines's gravesite in Seneca, Kansas.

Joe found companionship and later married Karen Flesig on May 31, 2001.  Through Karen, he had a stepson, Ian Carl Fricker.  She now resides in Florida.

 In retirement, Joe would recount his wartime service with the U.S. Military with great pride and often commented that the U.S. was the greatest country in the world.  In the 1980s,  Joe decided to take up a long-standing offer for an expedited citizenship process and proudly took his oath to the U.S.  in St. Louis, Mo.

 

 

 

Treasha Sangrelet

MURPHYSBORO — Treasha Sangrelet, 66, died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in Carbondale Rehab of Carbondale.

She was born Dec. 7, 1946, in Phillips, S.D., to Herbert and Geraldine (Curtis) Green.

Treasha was known for her love of the Green Bay Packers.

Survivors include husband, Charles Sangrelet of Murphysboro; son, James Brandon of Riverside Calif.; and brother, Bruce Green of St. Louis.

She was preceded in death by her parents

 

 

 

M. Neoma Kinney

HERRIN — Margaret Neoma (Counce) Kinney passed away peacefully Jan. 29, 2013, in Parkway Nursing Home in Marion.

Neoma was born Dec. 10, 1919, to George and Nina Counce of Hurst.

She had a brother George Counce (Reba); a sister, Lila Lee (Counce) Garrison of Dupo. 

Her son Dennis E. Kircher (Marilyn) of Columbia, survives.

Neoma married Edward E. Kinney May 15th, 1954 in Dupo. They shared 49 years of marriage.

Neoma worked as a ticket manager for 32 years at SIU Carbondale in the athletic P.E. and recreations office as an administrative assistant. She took care of the scholarships, athletic event ticket sales, insurance and all trip arrangements. Neoma was the first woman to receive the Service to Southern Award the third year it was given. She and “Ede” moved to Herrin, after retirement.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Herrin, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Carbondale Elks.

Survivors include son, Dennis E. Kircher and wife, Marilyn of Columbia; nephew, Richard Lee Garrison and wife, Susan of St. Louis; nieces, Rebecca Madden and husband, Fred of Prarie Du Rocher, Carol Sue Born and husband, George of Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by parents, George and Nina (Price) Counce; husband, Edward E. Kinney; sister, Lila Counce Garrison and brother, George Counce.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff and care givers at Parkway Manor in Marion.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in First Christian Church in Herrin, with the Rev. Ron Henwood officiating. Interment will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Herrin.

 

 

 

Michael A. Calvert

HURST— Michael Allen Calvert, 66, died at 1:20 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Murphysboro.

Michael was born Jan. 21, 1947, in Murphysboro to Jack A. and Irene (Smith) Calvert.

He served his country honorably in Vietnam.

He worked over 20 years at SIU Physical Plant.

Survivors include sister, Beverly Calvert of Hurst; niece, Kelli Jo Calvert; aunt, Shirley Smith Davie of Marion; uncle, Floyd and wife, Ruth Smith of Johnston City; and several cousins.

He was a member of VFW and American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; brother, Brian Edward Calvert and aunts and uncles.

Michael loved Fantasy Football, was an avid SIU baseball fan, followed area high school basketball, loved bass fishing but, most of all was a die hard CUBS fan.

 

 

 

Jerry Raney

Jerry Raney, 72, passed peacefully, with his loving family by his side, at 5:35am, Friday, January 25, 2013 in Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jerry was born to George and Jennie (Eads) Raney on March 21, 1940, in Puxico, Missouri.

Jerry retired from Southern Illinois University after 35 years of service, as a Building Services Sub Foreman..  He was a member and Business Agent of the SEIU Local 316.  Outside of his love for his family his life interests included being a Member, President, and Trustee of the Carbondale Eagles Club 2569 for over twenty years.  He loved the outdoors, Jerry was a men’s fast-pitch softball coach, manager, promoter, an overall supporter of the game for over 25 years.  Obtaining a win/loss record, including winning the Class A Illinois Mens Fast Pitch State Championship in 1991 and advancing to the ASA National Tournament.  For these achievements his team advanced to the Illinois Class AA Division and for his accomplishments he was inducted into the Illinois American Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame in 1999 the highest honor attainable.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Jo (Clayton), of Carbondale.  Sons, Mike and Kelly Raney; Rick and Gina Raney, all of Murphysboro.  Grandchildren, Brittany and Jacob Cook of Clarksville, Tennessee; Derrick Raney of Carbondale.  Great-grandchildren, Isabella, Sofia and Jacob of Clarksville, Tennessee.  Sisters, Dorotha and Jimmie Reynolds of Anna; Linda Cook of Makanda; Ann and Joe Upchurch of Carbondale.  Several nieces and nephews.  His beloved pet, Molly.

Jerry was well respected by many and had many close friends that he considered family.  A special thank you to Merle Rankin of Carbondale for your unconditional support.

Jerry was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Allen Raney; his parents George and Jennie Raney; brother-in-law, John Cook, and nephew, Steve Reynolds.

 

 

 

Dorthy I. Williams Cunningham

Dorothy Irene Williams Cunningham “McPheron”,90, long-time resident of Carbondale, Illinois, passed away on January 13, 2013 in her home in the company of her daughter and care giver. Dorothy was born in Olive Branch, Illinois to the late Lefa M. Williams and Everett ("Buck") Williams. The youngest of three children, she is predeceased by her two older brothers, Kenneth and Ralph.

Dorothy was a local land lord for 50 years and a long-time member of Grace Methodist Church in Carbondale. She is preceded in death by her first husband Raymond Cunningham and her second husband, George McPheron, and is survived by her daughter Nancy Irene Cunningham of Murphysboro, Illinois, Gabriel Casey Danielle Lorton of Nashville, TN, her 3-year old great granddaughter Abigail Irene Casey, Phillip Williams (Barbara) Crown Point In, Kae Brown Bogart Ga. Mike Williams (June) Munster In. Mary Main (Robert) Leland Nc. Karen Silva (Arthur) DeMontte In. Sandra (Goode) Jackson Panama City, Fl.Raymond Goode Quebeck Tn.Ellen (Goode) Siemers, Tigard Or. Ammon Goode, Panama City Beach Fl.

The celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at Grace Methodist Church on, January 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM Services at 11:00 with burial following at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. The Reverend Pastor Bob Sabo will officiate. The family will receive friends and family at Italian Village at 405 South Washington Street, Carbondale

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to her two long-time caregivers Tammy Smith and Sephanie Davenport for their constant care and support.

 

 

 

Lily Burris

CARBONDALE— Lily J. Burris, 80, died at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Lily was born March 6, 1932, in Macoupin County, to John William Marie Jane (Hineman) Waters.

She married Edward M. Burris Feb. 15, 1953, in Springfield, and he preceded her in death July 14, 1993.

She was owner of Burris Disposal for over 54 years.

Survivors include daughters, Brenda Chouris and husband, Ron, of Karney, Mo., Vicky Brinkley and husband, Jim, of Providence, Ky.; son, Greg Burris and wife, Marsha, of Carbondale; daughter, Camela Ramey and husband, David, of Murray, Ky.; grandchildren, Lee and Shane Brinkley, Shawn and Dawn Connor, Andrew Bencini, Lisa Gayer, Padra Franks, Cameron Bencini, Steven Burris, John Ramey and Lily Ramey; great-grandchildren, Amiah Franks, Jacob Gayer and Jordyn Gayer; siblings, Jim and Bill Waters and Nancy Priddy; and numerous nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marie Waters; husband, Edward Burris and one son, Steven Burris.

She was a member of Walnut Street Baptist Church over 50 years and had served as treasurer, member of the choir, Sunday school teacher, and went to Mexico on mission trips for almost 20 years.

She was an avid Bowler, loved going to auctions, traveling and was a Cardinals fan.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in Walnut Street Baptist Church of Carbondale, with Minister Wes Henson officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 11, at Huffman-Harker-Funeral Home at 210 West Oak St., in Carbondale and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Walnut Street Baptist Church building fund.

 

 

 

Thelma Lee “Toots” Bobbitt

CARBONDALE –Thelma Lee “Toots” Bobbitt, 94, longtime resident of Carbondale, died on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at Parkway Manor Nursing Home in Marion. 

Toots was born June 22, 1918 in Johnson City, to Eugene Gather Brown and Mamie Lockler Brown.  She was married to Freddie Bobbitt in 1937.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Eugene Brown; her husband, Freddie, who died in 1987; her son, Harry, who died in 1964; and nephew Barry Brown, who died in 2010. 

Survivors include a niece, Marsha Brown Wilson of Cobden, nephews Richard Eugene Brown and wife Virginia of Dallas, TX, Ronald K. Williams and wife Tony of Mayfield, KY, and Barry’s wife Denice Brown of Kewanee.  Toots had 9 grand-nieces and nephews and 8 great-grand-nieces and nephews. 

Toots was a graduate of Herrin High School.  She and her husband moved to Carbondale after World War II and she established a women’s beauty shop that she operated for a number of years.  She later decided to take courses to become a secretary and worked for many years as a secretary for the Air Force ROTC department at Southern Illinois University until her retirement. 

Toots was a devoted wife and mother, and a wonderful Aunt, whose cheerful and enthusiastic spirit will be missed.  She was an avid golfer and played in women’s tournaments in the area.  She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Carbondale and a member of the church choir.  She had a large group of friends that regularly got together to play bridge and socialize.  She also helped deliver “meals on wheels” for many years.  Toots was a great supporter of SIU sports, and, together with her husband, Freddie, established the “Harry Bobbitt Spirit” award which is given annually to the Saluki football player who best epitomizes positive attitude, “heart”, and hustle.  The award was established in memory of their son, Harry, who had established several SIU offensive and defensive records. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 Saturday, January 12, at the Huffman-Harker Funeral Home in Carbondale. 

 

 

 

Verniece McClusky

Verniece McClusky of Carbondale, IL formerly of Harrisburg, passed away at 3:43 p.m. December 24, 2012 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. She was born February 11, 1928 in Norris City, IL to parents Sewell A. and Lucy E. (Appel) Thompson. Verniece retired from Basham and Harris Title and Abstract Co. in Harrisburg as office manager. She was preceded in death by her husband Murray G.McClusky. She is survived by her children Larry McClusky and wife Mary of Eddyville, KY; daughters Pam Vandendorpe and husband Paul of Evansville, IN and Terri Ann DeNeal of Marion, IL. Also surviving are grandchildren: Linda Berry and husband Jason, Nathan Way and wife Angie, Christen McWilliams and husband Brian, Mark Vandendorpe and wife Joanna, Nikki Borders and husband Justin, and Faith DeNeal. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Haily and Tanner Way, Charlie and Max Berry, and Caleb and Grace Vandendorpe. Her sister, Anna Mae Naas and husband Harry of Mt. Ulla, NC also survive. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Walkers Funeral home and Crematory in Carbondale Illinois are in charge of arrangments

 

 

 

The Reverend Kenneth Leslie Wallace

After 61 years of loving and helping people, The Reverend Kenneth Leslie Wallace went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 28, 2012. He was the son of the late Helen Stafford Wallace and Orlen Herman Wallace of Carbondale. Born October 4, 1951, Kenneth passed peacefully with his family surrounding him at his home at One Hillcrest Drive, Carbondale, IL. Kenneth is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Dr. Mary Kathleen Cook-Wallace, of whom he lovingly referred to as Kat. He also is survived by  his daughter, Rachel Elizabeth Tsiganos (his sugar-coated muffin cake), and son-in-law, Taso G. Tsiganos of Rockford, IL; son, Jeremiah K. Wallace, and daughter, Jaime M. McLean of Olympia, WA. Other children include Benjamin T. Mace and Christopher B. Butts of Carbondale, IL, and Air Force Flight Lieutenant T. Brooke Butts of Salt Lake City, UT, and six grandchildren, Nicholas, Braelyn, Alex, Taylor, Brooklynn, and Boston. Other survivors include oldest brother, Robert Orlen Wallace and his wife Phyllis; and younger brother Phillip “Bruce” Wallace and son Adam. Other surviving family relatives include Jack and Virginia Reno, Sharon Hudson, Mike Reno, Nancy Reno, and Terry, Larry, Mary Beth, and Gary Wallace and many nieces and nephews. Other family members include sister-in-laws Sally Crain and Charlotte Dawson.

A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, Kenneth held the Master of Divinity degree with honors from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, and completed graduate work at Oxford University in England, the University of Tuebingen in Germany, and the Drew University Graduate School. As an ordained United Methodist minister, Kenneth pastored at the United Methodist in New Jersey; Albion Illinois Methodist Church; First Baptist Church and University Baptist Church of Carbondale, IL. He was director of the Wesley Foundation on the SIUC campus for seven years.

He had the distinction since 2000 of being one of only nine certified business process and system coaches for General Motors worldwide. As a member of the National Speakers Association since 1989, Kenneth was a professional speaker, consultant and executive coach specializing in personal and organizational development. He is certified by the Mediation Training Institute International as a global mediation trainer and consultant and has taught at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Ken’s devotion to helping people was unparalleled. His mentor, Zig Zigler, embraced enthusiastically Ken’s request to speak with Scott, a 32-year old mentee of Ken’s who was “dying of cancer.“  After an hour long phone conversation with Zig, Scott said, “It was one of the best days of my life! I’m a happy camper.” Author of a book entitled “Your Better Self, A Simple Guide to Where You Want to Be”, Ken laid the foundation for  his consultant and executive coaching business. Ken’s clients included MCA/Universal, Connected International Meeting Professionals Association, General Motors, Equitable Life, Ford Motor Company, Safeco Insurance, Daimler-Chrysler Corporation, Northwestern Mutual Life, Toyota, Mass Mutual Life, U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, Hyundai Corporation, Nissan, ADP Corporation, BMG Music, GS Metals, Quick & Reilly Brokerage, Missouri Society of Association Executives, St. Louis Society of Association Executives, St. Louis Fire Academy, Air Couriers Conference of America International, Southern Illinois University, the State of Illinois, the New York Press Association, McGraw-Hill Companies, General Physics, SIU Credit Union, Touch of Nature, American Family Insurance, Leadership Development Incorporated, Silkworm, Inc., WCIL-FM, WTAO-FM, The Women’s Center, McBride Construction, St. Louis, Southern Illinois Health Services, Hotel Builders of America, and Rand Diversified.

He was featured as an expert in a movie entitled "The Keeper of the Keys: Taking the 'Hell' Out of Self-Help" written and produced by Robin Jay and Scott Cervine. He hosted radio and television programs on personal and business development topics and authored numerous professional articles, and contributed to numerous books and educational materials. Ken was also a musician who composed customized music for his clients’ corporate gatherings and special events. In many of his programs, he incorporated guitar, banjo and singing music to punctuate the points he made.

Ken often used the phrase 'worthy aspirations', and once said, “Your worthy aspirations are never free-floating, unrealistic ideals. They are always tethered to the truth of your everyday experience; they are more than mere day dreams and passing fantasies; and they demand to be realized for a reason.”

Friends may join the family at Walker Funeral Home, 112 South Poplar Street, Carbondale, IL 62901, (618) 529-3100 on Wednesday, January 2 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral serves will be held the following morning at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Carbondale. Interment will follow at the Oakland Cemetery. The Reverend Alan R. Rhein will officiate. Contributions to the Helen Wallace First United Methodist Church Library, the American Cancer Society, and VNA Tip Hospice are welcome.

 

 

 

Kathleen Catlett

HURST — Kathleen Catlett, 93, of Glen Carbon, formerly of Hurst, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, in Relais Bonne Eau Hospice House in Edwardsville.

Kathleen was born Aug. 21, 1919, in Hurst, to Marion Floyd and Dorothy (Vaughn) James.

She was a grade school teacher.

Kathleen married Robert Catlett in 1941 in Missouri. They shared 49 years of marriage until he passed away June 17, 1990.

Survivors include sons, Mark Catlett and wife, Mary Jo, of Libertyville, and John Catlett and wife, Karen, of Granite City; daughter-in-law, Mary Catlett of North Royalton, Ohio; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Dorothy James; husband, Robert Catlett and son, Floyd Catlett

 

 

 

Ronnie Eller

CARBONDALE — Ronnie R. Eller, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at his residence.

He was a retired truck driver.

He was a veteran.

Ronnie was born Aug. 7, 1950, in Gary, W.V., to Ray Jackson and Etta Mae (Tilly) Eller.

Survivors include daughters, Karin Pinkston of Johnsburg and Rachel Rich (Luke) of Carbondale, and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Etta “Pansy” Eller and one sister, Priscilla Raiford.

Per his wishes, he will be cremated. Memorial services will be at a later date.

 

 

 

Joe Heern

CARBONDLAE — Joe Heern, 48, died at 10:12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born June 11, 1964, in Aurora, Colo., to William Jerry and Elaine Hope (Silvius) Heern.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Joe married Donna Sue Smith May 13, 1988, in Paducah, Ky., and they shared 24 years of loving marriage.

He was a route supervisor for Burris Disposal.

He was a member ICC and Makanda Area Veterans Memorial Board.

Survivors include wife, Donna Sue Heern of Carbondale; daughter, Ashley Ann Heern of Carbondale; father, William Jerry Heern; brothers, Clinton Wade (Dina) Heern of Mount Prospect, William Paul Heern of Hollywood, Md., Arthur James (Kim) Heern of Gisborne, New Zealand; sister, Rose Ellen Bielema (Bob) of Murphysboro; and brother, Charles Edward Heern of Makanda.

He was preceded in death by mother, Elaine Hope Heern.

 

 

 

George Johnson

CARBONDALE— George L. Johnson, died at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at his residence.

He was born in Williamson County to Charlie and Zula Z. (Spears) Johnson.

He was a veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include two daughters, Georgia Jackson and Rhonda and husband Wilson Hughey, all of Carbondale; son, Randall and wife Sandy of Carbondale; granddaughters, Lora Jackson of Carbondale and Kyle and wife Nina Hughey, Kelly Snyder and husband Jason Stearns and Marshall and wife Andrea Snyder, all of De Soto; sister, Barbara Finney; brother-in-law, Eldon Brooks; and great-grandchildren, Savannah Hughey, Audrey Snyder, Samuel Snyder, Storme Snyder and Lily Frantz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Zula Johnson; brothers, Walter Johnson, Norman (Bud) Johnson and Homer Johnson; and sisters, Pauline Johnson, Martha Lipe Batson and Mary Brooks.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home, 210 W. Oak St., in Carbondale with Tommy Monroe officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the funeral home.


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