Doris Maxine VandenBergh, 90, of Taylorville passed away at 6:45 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Maxine worked as a clerk for My Store, Kroger, Walmart, and A&P for many years, and she also drove for the Christian County Mental Health Workshop. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, as well as Catholic Daughters of America. In her spare time, Maxine enjoyed sewing and painting, and she loved attending her grandchildren’s football games.
Maxine was born on November 16, 1925 in Pana, the daughter of Harry and Iva (Hudson) Vaughn. She married Constant VandenBergh on August 30, 1945 in Terra Haute, IN, and he preceded her in death on June 10, 1991.
Maxine is survived by her three children: Maurice “Mo” (Elaine) VandenBergh of Avon, IN; Donald (Nella) VandenBergh of Taylorville; Diane VandenBergh of Harvel, IL; grandchildren: Jacqueline VandenBergh, Katherine VandenBergh, Maurice VandenBergh II, Archie VandenBergh, Trudy Schmedeke, Laticia VandenBergh, Alana VandenBergh; six great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.
Along with her husband, Maxine was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Msgr. David Lantz officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her honor to the Donor’s Choice. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
Memories of Maxine or condolences to the family may be sent online at: www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.
Margie Murleen (Griffin) Hurst, 69 of Lovington, IL formerly of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6:20 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, IL. She was born on January 13, 1947 in Taylorville, IL the Daughter of Wilbert and Rachel (Ennis) Griffin. She married Ron Hurst on January 13, 1968 in Taylorville, IL. Margie Grew up in Hewittville, IL and left school with only an eighth grade education. She married at age fifteen and had two daughters. After the tragic loss of her beloved Cee Cee, she returned to her roots. She met Ron and married him in 1968. They had two more children and through their forty eight years of marriage, they have loved and supported each other through the vicissitudes of life. Ron’s love allowed Margie to return to the world of education. She earned her GED and attended Richland Community College, Millikin University, Eastern Illinois University, and Sangamon State University where she earned countless scholarships and awards of academia. Margie used her Master’s Degree in English, Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish, and Master’s in Education Administration to shape young lives at Edinburg CUSD, Blue Mound CUSD, and finally at Meridian CUSD where she retired after thirty years of service in 2010. She loved poetry and she published her collection of poems, little griffin in 1983. Margie was a strong, giving, unique, and fiercely loyal woman who loved and treasured dearly all her family and extended family. More than anything she adored her grandchildren Rachel, Rick, Griffin, and Brady Ray. Margie will forever run through the hollyhocks with her beloved mother, Rachel, baby Cee Cee, and her brothers Bubby and Billy.
Surviving are her Husband: Ron Hurst; Daughters: Marilana Mychelle (Danny May) Hurst of Bloomington, IL; Christel (Hurst) McQuality of Dalton City, IL; Son: Ronald Raymond (Wendy) Hurst Jr. of Harristown, IL; Grandchildren: Rachel Cyritha Hurst of Denver, CO; Brian (Rick) McQuality of Highland, IN; Griffin McQuality of Dalton City, IL; Brady Raymond Hurst of Harristown, IL; Sisters: Rose Marie Cooper and Robert of Granite City, IL; Bonnie (Sallie) Mitchelson of Taylorville, IL; Brothers: Albert Griffin of Cynthiana, IN; Michael (Jan) Griffin of Decatur, IL; Glen Ray (Sheryl) Griffin of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Daughter Rachel Cyritha (Cee Cee); Brothers: Gary Wayne Griffin and William “Tank” Griffin.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 10:00-12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 12:00 Noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Steve Robinson Officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association 1701 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangments.
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Joshua C. Smith, 36, of Stonington passed away at 2:35pm on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born on February 25, 1980 in Taylorville, the son of Jerry and Martha Jarvis Smith. Josh graduated from Taylorville High School in 1998 and most recently worked as a farm hand for B&R Farms in Stonington. He was a member of the Old Stonington Baptist Church where he served on the Deaconate Board. He enjoyed playing D&D, watching movies, attending Bible studies, loved spending time with his numerous friends and was a devoted father.
He is survived by his daughter: Isobel K. Smith of Stonington; parents: Jerry & Martha Smith of Stonington; brothers: Jason B. Smith of Stonington and Jeffrey M. Smith (Sarah) of Carlinville; companion: Jessica Kersey of Blue Mound; nephews: Sawyer Smith and Augie Smith of Carlinville; and uncle: Ronald N. Smith (Nancy) of Greenville. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Charles & Melba Durbin, Richard Jarvis, and Lunette Jarvis.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at McClure Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Mason officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 until 11am Wednesday. Memorials may be left to the Smith Family. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Memories of Josh, or condolences to the family may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com
Donald Wayne Gilpin Sr., 68 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 1:15 p.m. at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur. He was born September 28, 1947 in Taylorville, IL the Son of Perry and Mary (Choquette) Gilpin. He married Sherry K Haubold on May 10, 1969 in Stonington, IL and she survives. He worked for Wagner Casting as a finish grinder and inspector and was a member of the Taylorville American Legion Post 73.
Also surviving are his Daughter: Sheila (Mark) Spivey of Cicero, IN; Son: Donald Wayne Gilpin Jr. of Mooresville, IN; Grandchildren: Lyle Wayne Gilpin, Michael Lee Spivey, and Harley Dakota Wayne Gilpin; Sister: Linda (Larry) Saulsberry of Mt. Auburn, IL; Brother: Perry Leon Gilpin of Granville, NV; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Brothers: David Gilpin, Richard “Dickey Bird” Gilpin; Sister: Sandra M. Scott.
He had served his country in the Army during the Vietnam Era. He loved fishing, playing solitaire and sharing an adult beverage with his family and friends. Most of all, he cherished his Grandsons.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Tim Hargrove Officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Riverton, IL with full military rites.
Memorials may be made to the Taylorville American Legion Post 73, 110 West Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangments.
Elena Mary Marie Gifford, 91, of Taylorville passed away peacefully with her family at her side at 1:28pm on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in her home. She was born on February 28, 1925 in Edinburg, the daughter of Charles and Goldie Lipps Kimble. She married Lyle F. Gifford in Lansing, IL. He preceded her in death on October 13, 1971. Elena worked many years as a realtor. She was a devoted mother who raised 10 children. She was baptized in the Taylorville Christian Church. She enjoyed Bingo, sewing, crocheting, crossword puzzles and reading. She was a member of the Illinois Realtors Association.
She is survived by her children: Sharon T. Griffiths (Larry) of Taylorville, Mary Lou Shanks Harris (Kirby) of Taylorville, Barbara Shanks Lancaster (Buzz) of Kincaid, Bonny Shanks Buesking (Greg) of Mt. Auburn, Anita Shanks Badman (Billy) of Palmer, Vicki Shanks Gaillard (Greg) of Waverly, Pete Shanks (Mary) of Charleston, Brenda Kimble of Bloomington, Sandra Lancaster of Taylorville, and Steven Gifford (Jacqueline) of Bloomington; grandchildren: Larry Joe Griffiths, Gina Davis, Sonny Griffiths, Jamey Griffiths, Tammy Wagahoff, Angela Dees, Jeff Graham, Lisa Durbin, Teri Deal, Kenny Badman, Molly Miller, Johnny Harris Jr., Michael J. Harris, Lori Badman Williams, Josh Badman, Andy Buschon, Amy Buschon Kantor, Amanda Buschon, Kate Shanks, Brittany Hany, Abby May, Erika May, Matthew Lancaster, Lyle Gifford, and Sylvia Gifford; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; Brother: Edgar Ray Kimble of Taylorville; sister-in-law: Vella Kimble of Taylorville; brother-in-law: Abraham Perez of Merrillville, IN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, first husband: Harold L. Shanks, step-father: Paul Day, sister: Yolanda Perez, brother: Charles Kimble, one grandson: Billy Ray Badman, and one great grandson: Darren Alan Durbin.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Chad Foster officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
Memorials may be made to Taylorville Memorial Hospital. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Elena or condolences to the family may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.
Paula Cook, 62 of Edinburg passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 12:25 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born on October 31, 1953 in Springfield, IL the Daughter of Gordon and Betty (Wolfe) Rhodes. She married James Cook on January 13, 1973 in Springfield, IL. She worked as a bookkeeper and administrator at Ameritech Phone Company.
Surviving are her Husband: James Cook of Edinburg, IL; Daughters: Brenna Boston of Edinburg, IL; Genesia (Alex) Angulo of Bossier City, LA; Sons: Garrett (Amy) Cook of Edinburg, IL; Jerrett (Hyesun) Cook of Seoul, South Korea; Grandchildren: Andrew and Connor Cook, C.J. and Jack Boston, Roman and Mateo Angulo; Four Siblings; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Sister, Brother and Grandson: Evren Angulo.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL with prayers at 2:45 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with MSGR. David L. Lantz Officiating. Cremation rights will be accorded following services. Inurnment will be in Edinburg Cemetery in Edinburg, IL at a later date.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church 108 W. Adams St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or St. Mary’s Catholic School 422 S. Washington St. Taylorville, IL 62568.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangments.
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William F. Lancaster, 89, of Taylorville passed away at 10:56am on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Life’s Journey in Taylorville. He was born on January 9, 1927 in Bulpitt, Illinois, the son of William and Mary Hardin Lancaster. On October 23, 1948 he married Bonita B. Butcher in Taylorville. Bill served his country in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Lancaster worked as an electrician for Bodine and Local 146 IBEW. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church. Bill had a passion for working on cars. He helped many people over the years with their engine problems. He also was an avid racing fan and spent many years traveling to races and working as a mechanic on the race cars. He was known for his prized English Toffee recipe. Bill and Bonnie had many beloved dogs over the years, and he is survived by 2: Marsha & Rhoza.
He is survived by his wife: Bonnie Lancaster of Taylorville; brother: Jim Lancaster (Lita) of Taylorville; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Marilyn Lazzarini, and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, April 22, 2016 at McClure Funeral Home with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Glenhaven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville. Memorials may be left to the Christian County Animal Control or Grace Baptist Church. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Bill or condolences to the family may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.
Mary Eileen Weitekamp, age 92, of Morrisonville, passed away on Sunday April 17, 2016 at 3:05 am in Springfield at Memorial Medical Center. Mary Eileen was born January 13, 1924, in Farmersville, the daughter of the late Matthew and Lula Rowland Clarke. She married Sylvester A. Weitekamp in 1941 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Farmersville, IL. She was both a homemaker and caterer, and for some time ran Eileen’s Café in Morrisonville. She was a member of St. Maurice Catholic Church in Morrisonville and also the Forresters. She is survived by 2 sons; Tom (Kay) Weitekamp of Sullivan, IN, Larry Weitekamp of Harvel,
4 daughters: Sandi (Joe) Albers of Naples, FL, Donna (John) Madonia of Birmingham, AL, Joan (Doug) Keller of Springfield, IL, Aggie Levi of Springfield and also; 13 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren.
A brother Pat (Marge) Clarke of Farmersville also survives her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Margaret Ann Weitekamp, grandson Brian Madonia, a sister Sister Mathias and brother Bernard Benson.
Visitation will be held at the St Maurice Catholic Church in Morrisonville from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 20. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, April 21, 2016 at St Maurice’s Catholice Church with Father Jerry Bunse officiating. Burial will follow in St. Maurice Cemetery in Morrisonville. In lieu of flowers, a Mass or Memorials may be given to St. Maurice’s Catholic Church or Knights of Columbus 1151, New Table Fund. Hough Funeral Home in Raymond is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Hough Funeral Home in Raymond is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.houghfuneralhome.com
Mr. John Lawrence “Jack” Arneson, 82, of Taylorville, formerly of Peoria, died at 12:14 a.m., Thursday, April 14, 2016, in his home.
He was born in Morris, IL, on July 31, 1933, the son of Lawrence E. and Bernice (Connor) Arneson. He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School, graduated from Morris High School, and then attended and graduated from Joliet Junior College. He served his country proudly in the United States Army. Jack received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from University of Illinois at Champaign. He later received his master’s degree in engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. He was employed by Caterpillar, Inc, in Peoria, in the engineering department, retiring after 40 years. Jack moved to Taylorville in 2005, and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Jack is survived by his sister: Rosemary Brown, of Taylorville; his nephews: William M. Brown (wife, Tara), of Irvine, CA; Robert S. Brown (wife, Julie) of Taylorville; his nieces: Rita Werner, of Taylorville; Mary Anne Oller (husband, Jeff), of Houston, TX; Kathy Driskell (husband, Dave), of Taylorville; 7 great nephews and 4 great nieces, 2 great great nieces, and 1 great great nephew. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law: William J. Brown, and one nephew, Stephen L. Brown.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Jack’s devoted caregivers: Darcy Ream, Crystal Grahler, and Staci Coady.
A funeral mass will be held at 5:00 pm, Monday, April 18, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Taylorville, with visitation beginning at 3:30 pm. Fr. Mariadas Chatla will officiate. Committal service and burial will take place at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Morris. Memorials may be made in his honor to: St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Taylorville Food Pantry. McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
Memories of Jack or condolences to the family may be sent online at: www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.
Joyce M. Dees, 69 of Taylorville passed away at 5:25 PM on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Prairie Rose Health Care Center in Pana.
She was born on February 12, 1947 at Taylorville the daughter of Jesse Orville and Alberta Pauline (Kessler) Oller. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; 1 Sister, Juanita Lawrence; 3 Brothers, Earl, Keith and Chuck Oller.
Joyce was a graduate of St. John’s School of Nursing. She previously worked as a nurse at St. John’s Hospital, Taylorville Care Center and Decatur Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Taylorville Christian Church.
Survivors: Daughter, Cheryl (husband, Mark) Welge of Irving, IL; Sons, Robert L. Dees of Florida and Joseph L. Dees of Taylorville, IL; 4 grandchildren, Megan M. Welge, Kayla J. Coady, Nicholas Stork and Josie Dees; Sisters, Donna Travelstead of Charleston, SC, Doris Buck, Barb (husband, Robert) McKinnon and Linda (husband, Bill) Moma all of Taylorville, IL; Brother, Albert “Butch” Oller of Decatur, IL; Several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Taylorville Christian Church. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:00 AM until time of service at Taylorville Christian Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Prairie Rose Health Care Center, 900 South Chestnut Street, Pana, IL 62557.
Shafer-Perfetti Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Taylorville is in charge of arrangements.
Daniel Joseph Durbin III, 34, of Kincaid, died at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2016, in his residence.
Daniel was born on May 25, 1981, the son of Daniel Durbin, Jr. and Barbara Mickey. He worked as a custodian for Rochester School District. Daniel enjoyed carpentry, camping, fishing, hunting and everything outdoors. Whether it was four-wheeling, gardening, or grilling beer-butt chicken, Daniel loved to be outside. His greatest treasures were his family and children, and his Labrador Retrievers, and he will be sadly missed.
Surviving are: his father, Daniel J. Durbin II (fiancée, Dawn Frost) of Kincaid; mother, Barbara Mickey (husband Kevin), of Pana; his children, Kennedy and Miles Durbin, of Taylorville; sisters, Jennifer Durbin of Round Rock, TX; Vanessa Wiseman (husband Brett) of Taylorville; brother, Jacob Frost of Taylorville; former companion, Jessica Parrish of Taylorville; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, including: Tharyn Wiseman, Jaxyn Frost, and Emari Nuss. Daniel is also survived by one grandmother, Alice Mickey, of Pana.
Daniel was preceded in death by his grandparents: Daniel J. Durbin and Edith (Turner) Durbin, Archie and Martha Kerley, and Donald Mickey.
A visitation will be held Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 4 – 7 pm at McClure Funeral Home. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Friday at 10:00 am, also in the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to his family for his children.
McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
Memories of Daniel or condolences to the family may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.
Merle Monroe Cameron, 88, of Owaneco died Thursday, April 7, 2016 in Pana Community Hospital.
He was born July 30, 1927 at home in Locust Township, Christian County, the son of Madison Monroe & Pearl Berry Cameron. A graduate of Assumption High School, Merle lived his entire life in Locust Township, Owaneco except the time he served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4431, Pana; Christian County Farm Bureau and the American Ag Movement where he took part in the tractor drive to Washington DC. Merle was proud to be a farmer, which he loved, and never retired. He was a Burrus Seed Corn dealer and also sold other farm supplies. He loved his family and was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He also enjoyed word search and bingo.
Merle Monroe Cameron and Armelda Ann Hendricks were united in marriage on September 7, 1952 in Taylorville.
He is survived by his wife Armelda Cameron, Owaneco, IL; children: Mary Clucas & husband Larry, Rockford, IL; Jean Vandenbergh & husband Jim, Jr. and Danny Cameron & wife Christy, both of Pana, IL; grandchildren: Michelle (Tyler) Christer, Pana; Christine (Haven) Cherry, Minot, ND; Laura (Blake) Hubbartt, Tower Hill, IL; Rachel Vandenbergh, Nokomis; Ryan Vandenbergh, Aaron Vandenbergh, Tyler Cameron, Jesse Cameron, Anna Cameron all of Pana; 2 great grandchildren: Mackenley Christer and Logan Cherry; and by his brother Roy (June) Cameron, Greeley, CO.
Merle was preceded in death by his parents and sister Myrtle O’Brien.
The family wishes to thank those who would like to celebrate Merle’s life with a memorial gift. They ask memorials be made to Pana FFA, Section 19 or Sacred Heart School, Pana.
Visitation will be Monday, April 11, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Betty Coffey officiating. Burial will be in Owaneco Cemetery with graveside military rites by Pana Veterans Honor Guard.
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Georgia “Jody” Harmon, 80, of Taylorville, died at 12:55 a.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in her home with her husband and family by her side. She was born on August 9, 1935 in Taylorville, the daughter of Heil and Margaret Clevland Lowrance. On November 6, 1955 she married Elmer Harmon in the First Presbyterian Church in Taylorville. Jody had worked as a legal secretary for several law offices in Decatur and Taylorville including James Jankowicz. She was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Taylorville where she served as a mentor for children for many years. She had a love of horses and enjoyed attending Clydesdale shows as well as hog shows with her family. She previously served as a 4-H leader, Cub Scout leader, and tutored at Lincoln Land Community College for those working towards their GED.
Along with her husband, Elmer, Jody is survived by her children: Randall Harmon (Lisa) of Moweaqua, Robert L. Harmon (Susan) of Lincoln, Linda J. Harmon-Dodge (Jack) of Lovington, and Bill Harmon (Wendy) of Morrisonville; grandchildren: Brianna Harmon, Rachel Harmon, Joshua Harmon, Greg Harmon, Kate Harmon, Cameron Harmon, and Mackenzie Harmon; step-grandchild: Justin Dodge (Tara); step-great grandchildren: Jared Dodge and Jaden Dodge. Jody was preceded in death by her parents and sister: Cleva Lowrance.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Taylorville with Rev. Michael Evanchak officiating. Visitation will be held from 10am until service time in the church. Inurnment will be private at a later date. Memorials may be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society.
McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
Memories of Jody or condolences to the family may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.