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John Wesley Ransom

John Wesley RANSOM was born in Schuyler County, Illinois on December 6, 1850 and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William SPOONAMORE on June 6, 1925, being at the time of his death 74 yrs, and 6 mo of age.
On July 10, 1873 he united in marriage to Susan E. DeWITT of Cooperstown.  To this union three daughters and 1 son were born, namely: Mrs. Elsie SPOONAMORE of Cooperstown, Mrs. Elva GOLLIHER of Quincy, Claude RANSOM and Mrs. Elsie JONES both of Schuyler County, Illinois.  Eight grandchildren, 1 greatgrandchild, three sisters, Mrs. Tillie SIMMONS, Mrs. Ella BOSS, Mrs. Caddie PATCH of Versailles and 2 brothers, David of Nebraska and Clayborn of Virginia also survive.
His wife and a brother and sister preceeded him in death.  Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Cooperstown on Tuesday, morning, conducted by H.E. Stuller.  Internment was in the Cooperstown cemetery.



Obituary for James Clifford Reathaford
Eagle Publications, Devember 2, 1999

James Clifford Reathaford
James Clifford Reathaford, age 82, of 305 North Harshbarger Street, Abingdon, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, November 21, 1999 at the Comfort House Hospice at McAllen, Texas.
He was born June 13, 1917 in Versailles, Illinois the son of William Jennings and Minnie Hume Reathaford. He married Marjorie Herren in 1935 at Versailles, Illinois. She survives.
Other survivors include one daughter, Joan Stringer, McAllen, Texas; one sister, Alice Menely, Abingdon, six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, James W. and Gary Lee; one brother and one sister.
He worked for the Abingdon Pottery for several years, retiring in 1979.
He attended Pontoosuc Community Church, Pontoosuc, Iowa.
He was a member of the Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post 381, Abingdon.r
He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps during WW II.
He and his wife had wintered in McAllen, Texas for the past 13 years.
Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 27, 1999 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel in Abingdon, with Rev. Bob Dameron officiating.
Burial was in the Abingdon Cemetery where military rites were conducted by the Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post 381



Esther Lenore Redmond
Mt. Sterling, Illinois:

Esther Lenore Redmond age 95 a resident of the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Sterling passed away at 5:25 p.m. Saturday, October 2, 2004 at the nursing home.
She was born July 22, 1909 in Missouri Township in Brown County the daughter of Thomas F. and Esther McCaskill Veith. She married Patrick W. Redmond on June 11, 1943 in Mt. Sterling, Illinois and he preceded her in death on September 9, 1971.
Mrs. Redmond was a homemaker and had also worked as a nurse for several years.
She was a graduate of Mt. Sterling High School and also graduated from South Shore Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago as a Registered Nurse.
Mrs. Redmond was a member of the First Christian Church of Mt. Sterling where she attended Sunday school and was a member of the Day Circle for over 50 years. She always enjoyed meeting with her sewing club which she was a member of for over 50 years, cooking for family and friends, gardening, raising flowers and reading, especially her Bible.
Survivors include 2 daughters Charlotte Denight and her husband Gerald of Jacksonville, Illinois and Kathleen Webel and her husband Gene of Pittsfield, Illinois. 6 grandchildren Brett Denight, Carrie Cole and her husband Beaux, Rebecca Mann and her husband John, Elizabeth Musgrave and her husband Andrew and Sarah and Jacqueline Webel. 4 great grandchildren Caleb Cole, Gena and Emma Mann and Braden Musgrave also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother Wilford Veith and 1 sister Lucille Clark.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 7, 2004 in the First Christian Church of Mt. Sterling with Rev. Dr. Ambrose Stump officiating.
Burial will be in the Mt. Sterling Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 Wednesday evening at the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling. Friends may also call one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.
Condolences for the family may be left on line at www.hendrickerfh.com.
The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is in charge of the arrangements



ALBERT L. SONNY RIGG
Mt. Sterling, Illinois:

Albert Luther Sonny Rigg age 65 a resident of Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Sterling and formerly of Perry, Illinois passed away at
10:00 a.m. Monday, May 31, 2004 at the nursing home.
He was born August 28, 1938 in Kellerville, Illinois the son of David Otis and Violet Marie Clapp Rigg. He married Sandra Shannon on March 25, 1962 and she preceded him in death in June of 1981.
Mr. Rigg worked for Electric Wheel in Quincy, Stephenson Grain in Timewell, Illinois and was also engaged in farming.
He attended Buckhorn, Timewell and Mt. Sterling schools.
Mr. Rigg was an avid fisherman and always enjoyed hunting mushrooms and woodworking.
Survivors include 2 daughters Peggy Winner and her husband Randy of Pryor, Oklahoma and Sammie Gardner and her husband Michael of Franklin, Illinois. 3 grandchildren Amanda King and her husband Tim of Manchester, Illinois and Shannon and Jessica Gardner both of Franklin. 2 step great grandchildren Alex and Shaun King both of Manchester.
6 brothers John Rigg of Camp Point, Wendell Rigg of Clayton, Chester Rigg of Tucson, Arizona, Lester Rigg of Detroit, Michigan, David Rigg of Berryville, Arkansas and Jim Rigg of Greenfield, Illinois. 3 sisters Ellen Ashbaker of Mt. Sterling, Mary Henninger of La Prairie and Willa Courier of Franklin also survive along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers James Otis Rigg in infancy and Melvin Rigg and 2 sisters Edith M. Edie Jobe and Alice Henninger.
Cremation rites will be accorded and graveside services will be held at
1:00 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2004 in the Mounds Cemetery near Timewell, Illinois with Pastor Bob Cook officiating.
Family will meet friends from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling.
Memorials are suggested to the family.
Condolences for the family may be left on line at www.hendrickerfh.com.
The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.



JAMES RITTENHOUSE
Mt. Sterling, Illinois:

James H. Rittenhouse age 85 of Mt. Sterling passed away at 6:11 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2004 in Brown County.
He was born October 11, 1918 in Mt. Sterling, Illinois the son of Hiram and Grace Ann Tucker Rittenhouse. He marred Elvarie M. Henrichs on October 24, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri and she survives.
Mr. Rittenhouse was a farmer and also worked as a mechanic for Long Oliver Company, Inc. in Mt. Sterling for 20 years.
He attended Liberty Grade School and was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Clayton, Illinois for 61 years.
Survivors include his wife Elvarie M. Rittenhouse of Mt. Sterling. 1 son Gary Linn Rittenhouse and his wife Skyann of Indianapolis, Indiana. 1 brother Harold E. Rittenhouse of Camp Point, Illinois. 1 sister Bette E. McGartland of Camp Point, Illinois. 3 grandchildren Dakota Linn, Tanner James and Tuari Scott Rittenhouse all of Indianapolis, Indiana also survive along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister Gladys Huddleston.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 7, 2004 in the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling with Rev. Robert Alexander officiating.
Burial will be in the Mt. Sterling City Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Clayton, Illinois.
Condolences may be send to the family on line at www.hendrickerfh.com.
The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.



THEO ROOT
Versailles, Illinois:

Mrs. Theo K. Root age 91 of Versailles, Illinois passed away at 3:36 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Illinois.
She was born April 2, 1913 in Chambersburg, Illinois the daughter of Fred and Jessie Mabel Van Deventer Hanks. She married Robert Gaylord Root on May 29, 1936 in Quincy, Illinois and he preceded her in death on March 23, 1997.
Mrs. Root was a homemaker and earlier in life she had also worked for Root Cannery in Versailles.
She attended Crossroad School near Versailles, Illinois.
Mrs. Root was an active member of the Versailles Christian Church. She always enjoyed quilting and sewing, but her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandson.
Survivors include her adopted family Dale and Nettie Hatch of Mt. Sterling, Lori, Josh and Kaleb Howell of Chesapeake, Virginia and Kyle Hatch of Mt. Sterling. 3 brothers Slater Hanks of Sun City, Arizona, J.D. Hanks of Quincy, Illinois and Herbert Hanks of Versailles, Illinois. 1 sister Venus Voorhis of Mt. Sterling also survives along with several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 daughter Sherra Kay Root, 1 brother Voight Hanks and 2 sisters Priscilla Martin and Freda Tice.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 25, 2004 in the Versailles Christian Church with Rev. Lane Ransdell officiating.
Burial will be in the Versailles West Side Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 Friday evening at the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling. Friends may also call 1 hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
Condolences for the family may be left on line at www.hendrickerfh.com.
The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.


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