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Ralph Allen 61, of Farina died at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pagel Funeral Home, Edgewood, with the Rev. Bill Cox officiating. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery, Edgewood. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with a 7:30 p.m. Masonic service by Edgewood Masonic Lodge 484 AF & AM.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz]
Date: April 13, 2004
Publication: Herald & Review (Decatur, IL)
Page: D3
Pauline Catherine ‘Polly’ Baird, 96, St. Elmo, died Sunday (April 11, 2004). Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Wednesday, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Elmo. Visitation: two hours Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Wednesday, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Elmo. Visitation: two hours before Mass in the church. Burial: St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Avena Townnship.

Suzanne Lynn Barnick, age 32, of Farina, died Saturday, August 19th, at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital. She was a homemaker.
Funeral services for Suzanne Lynn Barnick will be held at two Saturday afternoon at the Calvary Baptist Church in Flora. Visitation will be held from eleven until the time of the funeral service at the church. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery in Wakefield. The Neal Funeral Home in Kinmundy is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include husband: Kelvin Barnick of Farina. Parents: Dennia R. Fuson, Sr. and Kay Y. Fuson of Xenia. In-laws: Ernest Barnick and Dalene Barnick of Louisville. Son: Dustin E. Barnick of Farina. Daughter: Katelynn R. Barnick of Farina. Brothers: V. Ray Harris and wife Juanita of Olney. Sisters: Julie A. Reid of Lincoln and Carolyn M. Henson and husband David of Salem
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz]

ST. ELMO - Linda Lou Barr, 56, St. Elmo, Cumberland Trail Growers employee, died Sunday (Feb. 15, 2004). Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial: Springhill Cemetery, Beecher City.

Otto John Fred Bergmann, 94, of Vandalia, retired farmer, died at 8:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at Vandalia Rehabilitation Center, Vandalia.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, St. Peter, with the Rev. Stephen Gallo officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, St. Peter. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until time of service at the church on Saturday.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

Marion K. “Pete” Blankenship, 48, of St. Elmo died at 11:08 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2006, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hohlt & File Funeral Home, Vandalia, with Dr. Olen Evans and the Rev. B.J. Deal officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Mulberry Grove. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

William "Bill" Eugene Bubb, 73, of St. Elmo, died at 10:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Funeral services were held on Sunday at the Kull Funeral Home in St. Elmo, with the Rev. Terry Sapp officiating. Burial followed in the Maplewood Cemetery in St. Elmo. Visitation was held prior to services on Sunday at the funeral home.
Mr. Bubb was born on Dec. 3, 1932, in Oblong, the son of Paul Bubb and Edith (Good) Bubb-McColpin. A Chevrolet and a tractor dealership in Vandalia employed Mr. Bubb in his younger years. He then was employed by R.H. Troop Drilling Company, and later the O'Brien Gas Company in St. Elmo. In about 1975, he started his own bsuiness - Bubb's Furniture and Repair, where he repaired and refinished furniture. He was also a buyer of fur, pelts and ginseng, continuing the business for about 35 years before his retirement. He married Donna Joy Williams on June 24, 1950, in Shelbyville. She preceded him in death on Aug. 6, 2001. Mr. Bubb is survived by sons, Mike Bubb of St. Elmo, and Scott and his wife Michelle Bubb of St. Elmo; a daughter, Rita and her husband David Edwards of St. Elmo; brothers, Charles and his wife Jeanne Bubb of Oblong, and Robert and his wife Esing McColpin of Jacksonville, Ark.; three sisters, Barbara Bailey of Robinson, Connie and her husband Donald Fidler of Bonsall, Calif., and Reva Koenig of St. Charles, Mo.; six grandchildren, Sydney Wright, Wynter Bubb, Chloe Smith and Max Bubb, all of St. Elmo, Michael and his wife Ann Edwards of Dieterich, and Matthew and his wife Kylee Edwards of St. Elmo; five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Noah, Zachary and Gracie Edwards, all of Dieterich, and Keegan Edwards of St. Elmo; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

Mount Dora, FL -- EDWARD CARL CASEY, 77, 8 Sunset Blvd., Mount Dora, died Friday. Born in Ramsey, Ill., he moved to Mount Dora from Watervliet, Mich., in 1977. He was a retired truck driver for Ford Motor Co. and Watervleit Paper Co. He was Baptist. He was a member of Moose Lodge 1570, Benton Harbor, Mich. Survivors: wife, Florence E.; sons, Vern Nitchie, Dexter, Mich., Norville, Temple, Texas; daughters, Sharon Walton, Umatilla, Bonnie Reaves, Tillatoba, Miss.; sisters, Lucella Ballard, Ramsey, Ill., Lorraine Helfer, Taylor Springs, Ill.; brother, Charlie Teter, Taylorville, Ill.; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.
Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis.
[Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - June 16, 1991 - Submitted by Anna Newell]

ST. ELMO — A 2-year-old St. Elmo boy who died after falling into a baby sitter’s pond was pulled from the pond by his baby sitter.
Earlier reports stated he was rescued from the water by law enforcement. Lucas Chandler fell into the pond at his baby sitter’s family’s home Monday morning, he was later pronounced dead at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. The baby sitter’s name is not being released by law enforcement because the baby sitter is under 17 years old. The St. Elmo Police Department was the first law enforcement agency to reach the Mitchell household west of St. Elmo and the boy had already been pulled out of the water when officers arrived, said Police Chief Ken Thomason
[Effingham Daily News, submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]

Robert J. Chrisman, 58, of St. Elmo, owner/operator of Robert Chrisman Trucking Company, died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at BroMenn Healthcare Center, Normal. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

TITUSVILLE, FL -- ROY E. COOK, 80, 925 Cheney Highway, Titusville, died Friday. Born in Ramsey, Ill., he moved to Titusville from Christmas in 1956. He was owner and operator of Cook's Well Drilling Co. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Mims. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors: nephews, David Butler, Mims, Donald Butler, Orlando, Terry German, West Melbourne, Paul German, Palm Bay.
Brevard Funeral Home North, Titusville.
[Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - November 11, 1989 - Submitted by Anna Newell]

Carol Cooper, age 64, of Farina, passed away at 1:14 p.m. Saturday, June 24th, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She worked for the Farina News and a church musician since the age of nine. Funeral services for Carol Cooper will be held at eleven Thursday morning at the the First Southern Baptist Church in Farina. Burial will follow in the Farina Cemetery. Visitation will be from five to eight Wednesday evening at the First Southern Baptist Church in Farina. The Rankin Funeral Home in Farina is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include mother: Helen Cooper of Altamont and best friend and employer Shirley Quick of Farina.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

Date of Obit: July, 1918
Wilson Cronk was born November 30, 1852 and departed this life July 11, 1918. He married Lucy Hollingshead February 15, 1885. He leaves his wife and five children, Arthur of St. Joseph, Mo.; Clyde, who is in the army somewhere in France, Iva Cronk Davis of Brownstown, IL; Cecil, of Brownstown, IL; Lodema Hildebrand of Brownstown, IL. One son, Frank T. preceded him in death a few months ago. He is also survived by one brother, Herman Cronk of Waterbury, Neb., and two sisters, Mrs. Illinois Kennedy of Gilford, Mo., and Mrs. Malinda Doty of Beecher City, IL and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the Christian church of Brownstown Sunday July 14, 1918 at 2 o'clock by Rev. E. T. Carroll, pastor of the M. E. church, after which the body was laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery at St. Elmo.
[Submitted by n.lehman@insightbb.com]


Glen A. Drewes, 76, of Farina died at 7:25 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2006, at Lutheran Care Center, Altamont. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Pagel Funeral Home, St. Peter, and for one hour before the service Tuesday at the church. The Rev. Stephen Gallo will officiate.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

Clarence Arthur “Red” Duckwitz, 73, of rural Brownstown died at 9:25 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2006, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Marion.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont. Terry Sapp will officiate at the service. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery, rural St. Elmo, with military rites by Gieseking-Schwerdtfeger VFW Post 7676, Altamont.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

Orange, CA – EUGENE A. DURBIN, 80, of Ramsey, Ill., formerly of Orange, a retired manager for Reason Buick, died Aug. 15, 1999, of pneumonia. Services have been held. Arrangements by Wallace and Carroll Funeral Home, Herrick, Ill.
Survivors: wife, Marette; daughter, Pat Van Acker; sons, Eugene "Mike" Jr., Mark; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
[Orange County Register, The (Santa Ana, CA) - September 16, 1999 - submitted by Anna Newell]


Rosemary L. Elkins, age 70, of Farina, died Thursday, October 19th, in the Lutheran Care Center, in Altamont. She had been a homemaker and former Grain Office Secretary of the Effingham Equity. Funeral services for Rosemary L. Elkins will be held at eleven Monday morning at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Burial will be in the Farina Cemetery. Visitation will be held four until eight Sunday evening at the Pagel Funeral Home in St. Peter and from ten until the service hour on Monday at the church.
Survivors include husband: John Elkins of Farina. Sons: Michael Smith and wife Debra of Farina, Richard Smith and wife Linda of Kentucky and Todd Smith of Kentucky. Daughters: Sheryl and husband James Marble of Altamont and Angie Yocum of Effingham. Step-daughter: Lisa Rowe and husband Michael of Robinson. Brothers: Ron Quandt and wife Diana of Indiana and Wilfred Quandt and wife Kathie of Swanwick. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

Owensboro, KY–VIRGIE ENGLAND, 81, of Ramsey, Ill., died Monday at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Jackson, Tenn. Survivors include four sisters, Nell Hinton and Irene Hunt, both of Ramsey, Ill., Gertie Leigh of Vandalia, Ill., and Thedis Green of Bowie, Md. Services are at 1 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home in Ramsey. Burial in Ramsey Cemetery. Visitation from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

[Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (KY) - January 18, 1990 - Submitted by Anna Newell]

Elvin B. Eyman, 78 years old of St. Elmo, died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at 11:36 p.m., at home with his family members nearby. The time of visitation for family and friends will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Kull Funeral Home, St. Elmo, and for one hour prior to the funeral Tuesday at the church. The funeral service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Church of God, St. Elmo, with the Rev. Adam Stine, the Rev. Tracy Tinker and the Rev. Jeffrey Peters officiating. Military burial rites will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]


(December 23, 1914 - September 10, 2006)
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in St. Peter for Richard "Dick" Fogler, 91, of Farina, with interment in the church cemetery. Graveside military rites will be accorded by the Farina American Legion Post 411. Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pagel Funeral Home in St. Peter, and on Wednesday at the church one hour prior to the service. Pastor Keith Aschenbeck will officiate the services. Fogler died at 11 a.m. on Sunday in the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. He was born on December 23, 1914, the son of Charles and Carrie (Storck) Fogler. On April 21, 1939, he married Erma M. Busse in St. Peter, and she preceded him in death on August 21, 2001. He was a retired auto mechanic and school bus driver. During World War II, he was a United States Army sergeant. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, a member and past commander of the Farina American Legion post 411.
Survivors include: grandchildren, Teresa Swick and husband Michael, Christine Tannehill and husband Danny, and Dara Strazzinski and husband Jim, all of Branson, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Michael, Ryan, Christopher, Austin, and Zechariah; a son-in-law, Bob Green and wife Donna of Branson, Missouri; a brother-in-law, Harry Busse and wife Doris of Farina; and a sister-in-law, Lorna Fogler-Hollman and husband Vic of Farina. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Nelda Fae; and two brothers, Charles "Chuck" Fogler and Paul Fogler.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

February 18, 2006 - November 30, 2006
Hadley R. Forbes, age 64 of Saint Elmo died Thursday November 30, 2006 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital Effingham, Ill.
Funeral Services will be on Monday December 4, 2006 at 11:00 AM at the First Christian Church St. Elmo. Visitation will be Sunday December 3, 2006 from 4 to 8 PM also at the First Christian Church, Route 40 Saint Elmo, Illinois and one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Monday. Burial will be at Springhill Cemetery rural Beecher City, Illinois. Hadley was born on February 18, 1942 in Brownstown, Illinois the son of: Arthur and Ruth (Sarver) Forbes. On August 11, 1962 he married Roberta A. Williams, she survives. He was a Heavy Machine Operator, presently employed by Moss’s Well Service and formerly employed for over 40 years at Rodgers’ Brothers Construction Company both of St. Elmo. He was also previously employed by Terry Smith’s Welding and the Natural Gas Plant. He was an avid mushroom hunter and former quail hunter, enjoyed fishing and his animals, for over 40 years he was the local Santa Claus to many friends and relatives. He also dug many of the area ponds and would lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He is survived by: His Wife: Roberta “Bert”, One Son: Jeff (Wife: LaQuita) Forbes of Beecher City, and One Granddaughter: Lindsay Forbes of Beecher City, Ill. Three Brothers: Marvin (Wife: Susie) Forbes of St. Elmo, Paul (Wife: Shirley) Forbes of Neoga, Bob (Wife: Linda) Forbes of Mt. Vernon. Seven Sisters: Beulah (Husband: Harold) Ross of Beecher City, Mary Lou (Husband: Leslie) Jennings of Fountaintown, Ind. Elaine (Husband: Greg) Lilley of Mode, Sue (Husband: Roger) Scholes of St. Elmo, Dottie (Husband: Bobby) Austin of Ramsey, Faye (Husband: Virgil) Williams of Brownstown, and Bertha Mae (Husband: Kevin) Wright of Brownstown. Many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by: Parents, Two Sisters: Helen and Barbara Forbes and One Brother: Darrell Forbes.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]
B. J. GARRETT, 71, of St. Peter, passed away at 12:18 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, 1998 at his home.
B. J. was born on December 20, 1926, in rural Kinmundy, Marion County, Illinois, the son of Berthol O. and Ruby Doolen Garrett. He is a retired president of the First State Bank of St. Peter and was a member of the St Peter Lutheran Church, St. Peter American Legion Post # 380, American bankers Association, 1960 graduate of the Banking School, S.I.U. Carbondale, former member of the St. Peter Village Board, member of the St. Peter Sportsman Club and served as manager for St. Peter Little Leagues and Pony Leagues. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving on the USS Fairisle and USS Sumner.
On August 27, 1949, he married Gertrude Gluesenkamp in the St. Peter Lutheran Church on St Peter, Illinois. She survives in St. Peter.
Other survivors include a son. Terry Garrett and his wife Lisa, of Burlington, Kansas; daughters Shari Self and her husband Gary of Greenville; Twila Magnus and her husband Larry and Theresa King and her husband Brad, all of St. Peter, and Jill Page and her husband Dale of Lexington, Kentucky; his mother Ruby Garrett of Salem; brothers Floyd Garrett and his wife, and Bill Garrett and his wife Eileen, all of Kinmundy; sisters Irma Headley of Lansing, Michigan, Norma Shreffler of Carrier Mills, Wanda Brasel and her husband Neal of New burgh, Indiana; sister-in-law Dorothy Garrett of Kinmundy; 15 grandchildren, Shawn, Shane, Casey, Cory Self, Torrey Tiffany, and Tyler Magnus, Alison, Mitchell and Nicholas Garrett, Kelsey and Connor King, Lucas, Brooke and Morgan Page. He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers, Carroll and Jack Garrett, one sister, Cleda Robb and one granddaughter.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998 at the Hotz - Pagel Funeral in St. Peter and one hour preceding at the church. Funeral services will be on Friday, Sept. 11 at the St. Peter Lutheran Church, St. Peter, ILL., with Pastor Douglas Meyer officiating .
[THE KINMUNDY EXPRESS, SEPTEMBER 1998, [submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]]

Don Gesell, 67, of Kinmundy passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 1998, at 6:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia.
Mr. Gesell was born August 30, 1930, in Fayette County, Illinois, a son of Martin and Lena (Wodtka) Gesell. he married Ellen Hawkey on December 24, 1951. He was a member of the St. Peter American Legion; was a Veteran; was Kinmundy Mayor for 16 years; and was owner and operator of Gesell Oil Well Service for 40 years. Survivors include his wife, Ellen; daughters, Mrs Ed(Teresa) Rankin of Salem and Mrs Jerry (Connie) Chasteen of Kinmundy; brothers, Lawrence Gesell of Kinmundy and Vanley Gesell of Mt. Vernon; sisters, Gladys Guerrettaz and Anna-mae Yates, both of Farina, and Bernice Bergmann of Salem; grandchildren, Stephanie Jo, Jeremy William , Travis Martin and Matthew Silas; and stepgrandchildren, Amber and Kysa Rankin. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
The funeral will be held Thursday, January 15th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Christian Church in Kinmundy. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Kinmundy, with military rites by the St. Peter American Legion. Neal Funeral Home of Kinmundy is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Kinmundy and Alma EMTs. [
THE FARINA NEWS, JANUARY 1998, [submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

Bonnie Jean Guffey, 53, Vandalia
Bonnie Jean Guffey, 53, of Vandalia, formerly of Champaign, died at 2:06 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sadorus, with the Rev. Bill Emerick officiating. Visitation was to be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Hohlt & File Funeral Home, Vandalia, and for one hour prior to service time on Friday at the church. Burial will be in Craw Cemetery, Sadorus.
Ms. Guffey was born on Dec. 22, 1952, in Champaign, the daughter of Earl and Delorus Behnke Guffey. She was a molder at John Crane Inc. and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sadorus and International Machinists and Aerospace Workers AFL-CIO Affiliated Lodge No. 1613. She is survived by her mother of Ivesdale; a special friend, Deb Terry of Vandalia; sisters, Donna Wolff of Champaign, Nancy Shott and her husband Michael of Bement, Peggy Tracy and her husband Kevin of Monticello, Linda Montgomery and her husband Bill of Tolono, and Cindy Jean and her husband Gary of Ivesdale; and a brother, David Guffey and his wife Kim of Bement. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Jimmy Guffey.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]
AVENA -- Bobby Junior, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Haslett was buried in Fairview Cemetery Sunday at 10 O’clock. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hammons of Brownstown. [DECATUR EVENING HAROLD, SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 1927 - Submitted by Rachel Goodman]

Vandalia – Charles R. Haslett, 54 of Vandalia died at 4:25 P.M. Tuesday (June 3, 1986) in Scott Air Force Base Hospital, Belleville, Illinois.
Services will be 1 P.M. Friday in Temple Baptist Church, Vandalia, with visitation 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday in Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, rural St. Elmo. Memorials: Fayette County Hospice.
Mr. Haslett was born in Fayette County, a son of Robert and Maude F. Haslett. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and a member of Temple Baptist Church of Vandalia. He married Donna M. Thompson.
Surviving are his wife; daughter Mrs. Paul (Donna) Baker.

[VANDALIA NEWSPAPER, 5 JUNE 1986 - Submitted by Rachel Goodman]

Claude R. Haslett, Sr., 61 of 102 East Holland, Washington, formerly of 318 W. Republic, Peoria, died at 4:24 P.M. Friday at Methodist Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 7, 1928 in Fayette County, to Robert and Maude Hobson Haslett.
Surviving are four sons, Robert and Ronald, both of Creve Coeur and Claude “J.R.” Haslett, Jr. and Larry, both of Peoria; six daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Marsha) Wheaton of Creve Coeur, Mrs. Howard (Connie) Burrow of Belvidere, Mrs. Edward (Carol) Patton, Mrs. Michael (Donna) Farraher and Mrs. Edward (Linda) Reither, all of Peoria and Vicki Zuniga of Georgia; 27 grandchildren and two great, grandchildren.
Also surviving are seven brothers, Edwin, Henry and Lyle, all of St. Elmo, Verlin of Lebanon, IL, Don, of Wray, CO; Bill of Greenville, KY; and Joe of Colorado Springs, CO; and five sisters, Mrs. Dorwin (Wanda) Julius and Mrs. Dwight (Glynnis) Wright, both of St. Elmo; Mrs. Harold (Shirley) Reimer of Decatur; Mrs. Burvil (Virginia) Stracner of Congers, GA; and Mrs. Paul (Twila) Presnell of Nokomis.
Three sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.
He has been a warehouseman for Prospect Furniture and later for the C.A. Dawson Company in Peoria. He was a member of Teamsters Local 627.
A Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2078 in East Peoria, American Legion Post 983 in East Peoria where he had served as chaplain and of Washington American Legion Post 100. He served as a finance officer for both the East Peoria VFW and Washington Legion Posts. Services will be from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday at the mortuary.
[PEORIA NEWSPAPER, APRIL 8, 1989 - Submitted by Rachel Goodman]

Effingham, IL — Claude R. Haslett, 95, of rural Effingham, formerly of St. Elmo, died suddenly Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at 5:20 p.m. at home. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, St. Elmo, with the Rev. Alice True and George Whitley officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kull Funeral Home, St. Elmo, and for one hour prior to services at the church. Military burial rites will be performed by Weakley-Rowland American Legion Post 420 following funeral services at Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo.
Claude Ray Haslett was born May 19, 1913, in St. Elmo, a son and one of 12 children of Charles and Edith Aldridge-Haslett. Claude was a life-long member of the community, as well as being a member of Funkhouser United Methodist Church of First United Methodist Church Altamont Circuit. Claude was an employee of Kroger Company for 37 1/2 years, retiring May 20, 1978. He began his career with Kroger in St. Elmo in 1938, and retired as head dairy clerk from the Effingham Kroger store. He enlisted in the U.S. Army July 27, 1943, receiving three bronze service stars for European African Middle Eastern campaigns. He received an honorable discharge Nov. 27, 1945. Claude also had a lifelong interest in horses and owned numerous breeds, including Belgium, Half Lingers and Tennessee Walkers. He took these horses and teams to numerous parades over the years. He married Velma Marie Sidener April 18, 1940, at Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia and she preceded him in death June 13, 1997. In his passing, he leaves one daughter, Lillian Irene Stevens of Effingham; grandson, Andrew Dean Stevens of Effingham; granddaughter, Samantha Jean (husband, Jake) Stevens-Linkowski of Effingham; brothers, Kenneth “Cap” Haslett and Leo (wife, Betty) Haslett, both of St. Elmo; sisters, Iva Kirby of St. Elmo and Edna Lyles of Sugarland, Texas; brother-in-law, Fred Love of Owensboro, Ky.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son-in-law, Kendal Dean Stevens; four brothers, Robert and wife Maude Haslett, Clarence and wife Ruth Haslett, William Haslett and James and wife Marville Haslett; three sisters, Thelma and husband Orlando Calvert, Violet Love and Verla and husband Leonard Henson; brothers-in-law, Clifford Kirby and W.G. Lyles; and sister-in-law, Melva Haslett.
[Effingham Daily News, Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Submitted by Rachel]


James Lawrence Hayes, 94, of Farina died at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Effingham. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb, with the Rev. Allen Lucas officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Neal Funeral Home, Louisville.

Robert McLaughton Hazlett, son of George Washington Hazlett and Phoebe Vogel Haslett, was born March 20, 1848 five miles west of Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, died at his home in St. Elmo, May 2, 1934, age 86 years, 1 month 12 days.
When 13 years of age, together with his parents, one brother Jacob Marion, and half brother Jimmie, two half sisters, Isabelle Long and Susan Hunkle, left Ohio for Illinois, traveling in a one horse wagon. He and his brothers walking most of the way.
The first place at which they settled was Mt. Moriah Southern Methodist Church in Louder Township, Fayette County, Illinois. After living there one year they moved to the farm where now lives William Durbin. They then put their church letter from the Church in Ohio in the Shiloh log church which was located just across the road from where they lived.
Robert was raised by good religious parents whom he said were never known to partake of food without first asking God to Bless it and never retired at night without family prayer. Robert's father was a shoe maker by trade and worked at his trade in both Ohio and Illinois. After living at the Shiloh neighbourhood awhile they moved to Post Oak where he worked at shoe repairing until they bought the farm known as the old Henry Stall farm. Robert at the age of 16 years started to carry mail from Vandalia to Neoga, Ill. and continued thru the Civil War. He carried the mail on horseback and suffered many hardships. After his mail contract expired he went to work on a farm and took care of his parents until he was 21 years old when he was married to Caroline Hollingshead at Loudon City, September 15, 1864. She preceded him in death in August 1925. To this union were born nine children, six girls and three boys. Anna Gertrude Jackson, Francis Viola Fair, Lela Arvilla Aldridge, Charles Renso, George Washington, and Robert Kimball.
He leaves to mourn, the above children, together with 57 Grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Robert moved to St. Elmo 25 years ago. He and his wife moved their church membership to M.E. Church in St. Elmo where they remained faithful to the end. He was a kind and affectionate husband and a loving father. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. There were 121 descendant
s. [St. Elmo newspaper – May 10, 1934 - Submitted by Rachel Goodman]

ST. LOUIS, MO – DR. HARRY R. HOFFMAN, a retired dentist in St. Louis, died Friday (Jan. 8, 1999) at Bethesda-Dilworth Memorial Home in Kirkwood after a brief illness. He was 89 and formerly lived in Ladue. Dr. Hoffman was in private practice here for 57 years, retiring in 1989.
He was a charter member of the Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church in Ladue. He was a member of the University Club and Marshland Game Preserve. Dr. Hoffman was born in Ramsey, Ill. He earned his degree in dentistry in 1932 from St. Louis University School of Dentistry and served in the Navy in World War II.
The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, 9450 Clayton Road, Ladue. The graveside service will be private.
Among the survivors are a son, Dr. R. Reinhold Hoffman of Ladue; a daughter, Barbara S. Upshaw of Lake Quivera, Kan.; three brothers, Edmund Hoffman, Arnold Hoffman and Raymond Hoffman, all of Ramsey; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - January 10, 1999 - Submitted by Anna Newell]

Date of Obit: October 15, 1995
VANDALIA - Kelly Charles Horton, 19, LaGrange, Mo., formerly of Vandalia, former employee, Kroger Food Store, Vandalia, died Friday (Oct. 13, 1995) as the result of injuries in an automobile accident. Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Davis Funeral Home, LaGrange, Mo. Visitation: 4 to 8
p.m. Sunday. Burial: Marks Cemetery, LaGrange, Mo. Memorials: M.A.D.D. or donor’s choice.
[Herald & Review (Decatur, IL), submitted by C. Horton]

VENICE, FL – MARIAN HUBBLE, 90, Venice, died Nov. 17, 1998. She was born June 19, 1908, in Ramsey, Ill., and came to Venice 31 years ago from Greensboro, N.C. She was a pioneer of Aldea Mar Condominium, a member of Venice Library, Venice Little Theatre and Venice Opera Guild. Survivors include a nephew, Gary Slater of Arizona and a niece, Patty Kirby of Illinois. No services have been scheduled. Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel, is in charge.
[Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) - November 23, 1998 - Submitted by Anna Newell]


Laura A. Lacey, age 84, of Effingham and formerly of Farina, died Sunday, October 1st, at Lakeland Health Care Center in Effingham. She was a homemaker. Burial will be private. The Rankin Funeral Home in Salem is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include several nieces and nephews, including Barbara Cavaliere of St. Elmo, Sandy Sinkule of Janesville, Wisconsin and Sherry Weiss of Madison, Wisconsin.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

, SAMUEL HOUSTON - was born in the state of Alabama, 4 July 1823, died near Bayle, Illinois, 6 May 1905, aged 81 years, 10 months, 2 days. While in his youth he moved to the state of Tennessee, where he was married to Elizabeth Hayes in 1845. They resided there until 1858, when they moved to the state of Illinois, where they continued to reside until their death. His wife preceded him to the spirit world 6 Jan 1899. To their union was born 9 children of whom 6 survive, namely: Thomas, Mary, wife of Andrew Kingbelmer, Joh, Fufus, Levi and William. He also leaves 56 grandchildren, 96 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends to mourn his departure......... The News Journal / Ramsey, ILL 12 May ____. Submitted by Marlene Olson, genealogy800 at yahoo.com

December 9, 1948 - December 10, 2006
Bonnie Jean Ledbetter age 58 of Vandalia, Illinois died Sunday December 10, 2006 at her daughter’s home in Cottage Hills, Illinois. Funeral services will be held 11:30 AM Wednesday December 13, 2006 at the First United Methodist Church St. Elmo, Illinois. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the funeral service also at the church. Burial will be at Maplewood Cemetery St. Elmo, Illinois. Memorials may be made in her name to: American Cancer Society or Fayette County Health Department Vandalia, Illinois.
Bonnie was born on December 9, 1948 in Taylorville, Illinois the daughter of: Floyd and Goldie Mae (Tipsword) Mitchell. She retired in 1995 due to health conditions, after 10 years of employment at Owens-Brockway as an Inspector. Prior to that, she was a Nurses Aid at Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. She enjoyed Cooking, Playing Bingo, Camping, Traveling and Gambling at the “boat”. She loved her grandchildren and was a perfectionist when it came to cleaning.
She is survived by: One Daughter: Rebecca (Husband: Chris) Foster of Cottage Hills, Illinois and One Son: Gale (Wife: Hilda) Ledbetter of Vandalia, Illinois. Four Sisters: Betty (Husband: Harold) Powers and Wanda Tucker both of St. Elmo, Mary (Husband: Gilbert) McMillan of Vandalia, and Sharon Williams of St. Elmo. Three Brothers: Kenneth (Wife: Gladys) Mitchell and Floyd (Wife: Linda) Mitchell both of St. Elmo and Charles (Wife: Debbie) Mitchell of Vandalia. Eight Grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and a special friend: Wendell Davenport of Springfield, Mo. She was preceded in death by: Her Parents and Two Sisters: Violet Stocken and Clara Evans.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

Entered Into Eternal Rest, Friday, February 26, 1988
Mrs. Frank (Maude Hobson Haslett) Libell, 83 of St. Elmo died 4:38 P.M. Friday, (Feb. 26, 1988) in Fayette Long-Term Care Unit, Vandalia.
Services will be 1:30 P.M. Monday in First Baptist Church, St. Elmo, with visitation 5 to 9 P.M. Sunday in Kull Funeral Home, St. Elmo and one hour before services in the church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, St. Elmo.
Mrs. Libell was born in Clinton, daughter of Joseph and Mary Hobson. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She married Robert Henry Haslett in 1923. He died in 1959.
Surviving are her sons, Edwin Haslett of St. Elmo, IL; Claude Haslett of Washington; Lyle and Henry Haslett, both of St. Elmo; Don Haslett of Wray, CO; Bill Haslett of Greenville, KY; Verlin Haslett of Lebanon; Joseph Haslett of Colorado Springs, CO; daughters, Shirley Reimer of Decatur; Wanda Julius and Glynnis Wright, both of St. Elmo; Virginia Stracner of Atlanta, GA; Twila Presnell of Nokomis; 69 grandchildren; 90 great grandchildren; 5 great, great grandchildren. Three sons, three daughters, one sister and three grandchildren preceded her in death.
Pallbearers: Blaine Haslett, Dan Haslett, J.R. Haslett, Lee Haslett, Robert Haslett, Steve Haslett, Marion Julius and Greg Presnell.
[ST ELMO NEWS, 27 FEBRUARY 1988 - Submitted by Rachel Goodman]

LINDERSMITH, MRS. LUCETIA - to whom former reference has been made as being dangerously ill, quietly breathed her last on the morning of the 23d inst., aged about fifty-six years. She leaves four sons and two daughters, all of whom are grown, one sister and brother, together with hosts of friends to mourn her loss. She was born in Pennsylvania and moved to this state twenty odd years ago, where she has lived a quiet life and died at peace with all mankind." The (Vandalia?) Democrat Submitted by Mary Jo Freeman, maryjo at mjgen.com who adds: "Her name should be spelled Lucetta Lindesmith. She died Aug. 23, 1878 and is buried somewhere near Shobonier in Kaskaskia twp]

MABRY, Llizabeth (sic) - b. 12 Feb. 1818, d. the 1st ult., near Vandalia, Fayette Co., Ill. Converted 1834. Survived by her husband, D. H. Mabry Esq. (Central Christian Advocate, Vol. 1, 20 May 1853, p. 79. submitted by K. Torp)


James Oliver Mason, 80, of rural Farina, retired from U.S. Army and carpenter, died at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Old Loogootee Cemetery, Loogootee. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown.
James Oliver Mason, 80, of rural Farina, died at 5:10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Old Loogootee Cemetery in Loogootee. Burial will be in Old Loogootee Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Claggett Funeral Home in Brownstown. Mr. Mason was born on June 28, 1926, in Decatur, the son of Tim T. and Gladys E. (Claytor) Mason. He was retired from the U.S. Army, and also was a carpenter. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church, a member of the Crawford-Hale American Legion Post in Vandalia, and Gieseking-Schwerdtfeger VFW Post 7676 in Altamont. He married Betty R. Thompson. Mr. Mason is survived by a son, Tim E. and his wife Caryn Mason of rural Farina; a stepson, Gary Landes of Hopewell, Va.; daughters, Paula M. and her husband Timothy A. Sr. Bradley of Brownstown, and Jamie and her husband Barry Jr. McFadden of Hopewell, Va.; borthers, Harold E. and his wife Darlene Mason of Farina, and Glen T. and his wife Nancy Mason of Altamont; sisters, Evelyn and her husband Les Wilson of Springfield, Mo., Bonnie B. Gorby of Houston, Texas, Sheila A. and her husband Gary Malone of Farina, Lily Lewis of Brownstown, and Barb Becker of Farina; 13 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Patricia A. Shewmake; two brothers; and two sisters.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]


William E. Madden, 69, of Effingham, formerly of Farina, died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at 5:50 a.m. at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Effingham.
There will be no local visitation or funeral service. A graveside service and burial rites will follow at a later date in Claremont, where he will be buried next to his father. Kull Funeral Chapel, Altamont, is in charge of arrangements.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

October 06, 1920 - August 12, 2006
Jane L. Mahon age 85 of Farina, Illinois died 5:45 PM Saturday August 12, 2006 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital Effingham Illinois.
Memorial service and burial will be at a later date at Mound Cemetery Charleston, Illinois. No visitation is scheduled. Kessel Funeral Home Saint Elmo is in charge of arrangements. Jane was born on October 6, 1920 in Charleston, Illinois the daughter of George B. and Nelle (Newman) Abbott. She married Herschel D. Mahon on July 4, 1942 in San Angelo, Texas and he preceded her in death on May 14, 1999. She was a homemaker and Charter/Lifetime Member of the Saint Elmo Golf Club. Jane is survived by One Son: Jim (Wife: Cecilia) Mahon of Farina and One Sister: Carolyn Paul of Charleston, Five grandchildren, e leven great grandchildren and one niece. She is preceded in death by: Her parents, husband, and one brother: George Abbott Jr.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

Anna B. Martin, 71, of St. Elmo, homemaker, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham. Funeral services will be held at a later date, no visitation will be held. Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, is in charge of arrangements.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

PLANT CITY, FL -- MARILYN I. McDONALD, 66, of Plant City died Thursday. A native of Ramsey, Ill., she moved to the area in 1964. She was a homemaker and member of Springhead United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Ervin; two sons, Dale of Winter Haven and Dean of Plant City; four daughters, Judy Brown of Lakeland, Joyce Sumrell and Deborah Johnson, both of Plant City, and Shelvie Hill of Wilmington, Ill.; a brother, Dale Rhodes of Wilmington; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

[Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - June 12, 1999 - Submitted by Anna Newell]

Newspaper: Vandalia Leader - Union
Mary Peyton Meyer, 102, of Vandalia and formerly of the St. Peter area, died at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in St. Peter, with the Rev. Bill Emrick officiating. Burial will be in Wilberton Cemetery, St. Peter. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services on Tuesday at the church. Memorials: St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery or Wilberton Cemetery.
Mrs. Meyer was born on Dec. 31, 1905, in Fayette County, the daughter of Willis Orville and Nellie Lee Curry Peyton. She married Clarence Frank Meyer on Feb. 14, 1931, in Vera; he died on Aug. 24, 1969. She retired after teaching for 42 years in the Fayette County area, and continuing serving as a substitute teacher until just a few years ago. She was a Frogtown area correspondent for The Leader-Union in Vandalia for more than 85 years. Her tenure as the Frogtown correspondent earned her full-page coverage in The Chicago Tribune and an appearance with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. She was a member of the Fayette County Retired Teachers Association, a former director for the Fayette County Mental Health Association and a former secretary for FAYCO Advocates, the support group for FAYCO Enterprises, a sheltered workshop for the developmentally disabled.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews; and many friends and former students.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and adopted son, Robert Lee Williams.

[Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

ORLANDO, FL-- LEE MEYERHOLZ, 73, Nebraska Street, Orlando, died Monday, Dec. 14. Mr. Meyerholz was a preparation chef. Born in Ramsey, Ill., he moved to Central Florida in 1961. He was an Army veteran. Survivors: wife, Edith; sons, Rodger Borie, Tennessee, Terry Taylor, Illinois, Ronnie Taylor, Umatilla, Larry, Alaska; daughters, Michelle Miller, Pensacola, Suzanne Stoddard, Tennessee, Kathy Donnelly, Tampa, Linda Lowe, California; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Orlando.

[Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - December 16, 1998] - Submitted by Anna Newell]

William Lee "Bill" Myers, 67, of St. Elmo died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at 1:40 p.m. at his residence. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Effingham. Memorials may be made to the Myers family or Fayette County Health Department Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.KesselFH.com. Bill was born June 12, 1941, in St. Elmo, the son of William W. and Minnie (Naylar) Haslett-Myers. He was a retired school bus edriver for St. Elmo School District. He also owned and operated Bill's Used Furniture in downtown St. Elmo for 15 years. He enjoyed attending auctions, hunting for bargains and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Assembly of God church. He married Joan Edwards Aug. 1, 1962, in St. Elmo. He is survived by his wife, Joan; four daughters, Deborah Trivitt, Claudia (husband, Steve) Edwards and Jill (husband, Tim) Mason, all of St. Elmo, and Billie (husband, Chuck) Enlow of Brownstown; daughter-in-law, Amy Myers of Teutopolis; two brothers, Marion Haslett of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Alfred Haslett of Salem; three sisters, Ida (the late Truman) Rhodes of Brownstown, Lina (husband, Abe) Scoles and Sue Riley, both of St. Elmo; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two sons, infant Erick in 1970 and Joe in 2003; his brother, Herbert Haslett; and sister, Darlene Roach.

[Published in the Effinhgam Daily News from 10/29/2008 - 10/30/2008 - Submitted by Rachel Goodman]

Fort Worth, TX - BLANCHE L. MILLER, a retired teacher, died Wednesday at a Fort Worth hospital. She was 91.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Miller Funeral Home in Ramsey, Ill. Burial will be in Welch Cemetery in Ramsey. Harveson & Cole Funeral Home is in charge of (local) arrangements.
Mrs. Miller was born in Ramsey and lived in Fort Worth for several years. She was a member of Union Christian Church in Ramsey, Ill. Mrs. Miller was the wife of Archie C. Miller, who died in 1990. Survivors: Son, Curtis Miller of Austin; three daughters, Avice Donaldson of Rockford, Ill., Barbara Riley of Trophy Club and Eloise E. Austin of Fort Worth; sister, Elsie Jackson of Taylorville, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

[Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - March 25, 1993 - Submitted by Anna Newell]

Body Of Boy, 13, Pulled From Creek

VANDALIA, IL--Divers recovered on Monday the body of a 13-year-old boy who fell into a creek Saturday afternoon near Vandalia, Ill., authorities said. The victim, BRANDON NASH of Ramsey, Ill., was found in Ramsey Creek in about 4 feet of water about 4:40 p.m. by Illinois State Police divers. He was about three-fourths of a mile downstream from where he fell in, said Fayette County Sheriff Dan Taylor. Ramsey is about 12 miles north of Vandalia. County Coroner Gary Blurton said the boy and his brother, Dustin, 10, had gone horseback riding and had tried to cross the rain-swollen creek on horseback. Brandon fell off his mount and apparently drowned after swimming about 50 yards in the swift current, Blurton said.
Dustin stayed with his horse and managed to get to the bank. The other horse also swam to the bank, Blurton said.
Search teams looked for the boy throughout the weekend, but divers were hampered Sunday when the depth of the creek reached about 14 feet after a rainstorm Saturday night, Taylor said. By Monday, the water level had dropped to 4 feet, he said.
Brandon was a seventh-grade pupil at Ramsey Community Grade School.
Also surviving are his parents, Ronald and Nancy Nash, and a sister, Brandi, 15.
[St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - May 15, 1990 - Submitted by Anna Newell]

OLIVER, MRS. FURBY ANN - 75 yr, widow of the late James Richard Oliver, died in the Alton state hospital Thursday evening, May 12. Her maiden surname was Mills and she was born Jan. 24, 1869. She and Mr. Oliver were married in 1889. His death occurred several years ago. They had eight children, two of whom died in infancy and Billy who died at Mattoon in November, 1938. <Submitter's Correction: 25 Nov. 1937- Thanksgiving>
Surviving are three sons, Marvin, address unknown; Raymond, Bluff City and George, Seattle; a daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Daniels, this city, 13 grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14,1944 in the Barkley funeral home, by the Rev. W.E. Bush, pastor of the Methodist church. Burial in South Hill cemetery.
The Vandelia Leader, pg 5, Thur., 18 May 1944, Vandalia, IL Submitted by Marlene Olson, genealogy800 at yahoo.com

Grail V. Powell, 79, of Carmi, formerly of St. Elmo, who was a certified first class electrician employed by Exxon Oil Company before his retirement and a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, died at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo. Burial with military rites will be in Griffith Cemetery, Brownstown. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday at Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, and from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Campbell Funeral Home, Carmi.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

Bertha Reiss, 93, of Salem died Monday, January 8th, 2007 at Doctor's Nursing and Rehab in Salem. She was a housewife.
Funeral services for Bertha Reiss will be held Thursday, January 11th, at the Salem Lutheran Church beginning at 10:30, with burial to follow at the Paradise Cemetery in Salem. Visitation will be Wednesday night from 6-8 at the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem. Survivors include 3 sons; Roger and Nancy Reiss of Carlyle, Roland Reiss of Centralia and Randy and Linda Reiss of Mt. Vernon, daughter; Marilyn and Richard Bousman of California, 3 sister-in-laws; Eileen Bruns of Salem, Betty Reiss of St. Peter and Irma Reiss of Brownstown. 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-great-grandchildren also survive.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

BROWNSTOWN — Ida Lucille Rhodes, 83, of Brownstown, a baker and cook at Stuckey’s Carriage Inn, Altamont, for more than 20 years, died at 1:36 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Fairview United Methodist Church, Avena Township. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, and one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Avena Township. Memorials may be made to Kessel Funeral Home. [
April 21, 2010, Effingham Daily News - Submitted by Rachel Goodman]

Kirtland, Ohio -- NELLIE B. SHIFLET, 84, of Kirtland, Ohio, died Thursday at Lake West Hospital, Willoughby, Ohio.
A native of Ramsey, Ill., she lived in Fort Wayne most of her life before moving to Kirtland in 1988. She retired in 1970 after 30 years as manager for Indiana Institute of Technology bookstore. She was a member of West Creighton Avenue Christian Church. Her husband, Charles E., died in 1981. Surviving is a nephew.
Calling will be 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St., with services following. Burial will be in Ramsey Cemetery, Ramsey, Ill.
[News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - January 2, 1993 - Submitted by Anna Newell]

September 06, 1927 - August 16, 2006
Harold E. “Gene” Sluder age 78 of Saint Elmo died Wednesday August 16, 2006 at 1:30 PM at his home.
No Funeral Services are scheduled. Visitation will be Friday August 18, 2006 from 5 to 7 PM at the Kessel Funeral Home Saint Elmo, Illinois. Burial will be at a later date at Pleasant Grove Cemetery Beecher City, Illinois. Gene was born on September 6, 1927 in Decatur, Illinois the son of: Ora H. and Daun (Fritz) Sluder. He married Leora C. Morrison on April 2, 1958 in Brownstown, Illinois. He was the owner/operator of Sluder Grocery Store on Route 40 from 1969 until 1993 when he retired. He is survived by: His wife: Leora, One Son: Roger Morrison of St. Elmo, Illinois One Grandson and Three Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: His parents, One Son: Michael Sluder in 1990 and One Grandson: Benji Morrison in 1999.

Fort Wayne, IN -- CECIL MURL SMITH, 77, of Ramsey, Ill., died Tuesday. The Fayette County, Ill., native was a veteran of World War II and a retired driver for United Trucking Co. His first wife, Thresa, died in 1970. Surviving are his wife, Lelah; daughters, Betty J. Rhodes of Bluffton, and Patricia A. Harden and Cindy L. Meyer, both of Fort Wayne; a stepdaughter; three sisters, including Gladys McAtte of Fort Wayne; a brother; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services are 11 a.m. tomorrow in Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia, Ill.

[News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - January 4, 1996 - Submitted by Anna Newell]


Irvin Storck, 91, of Vandalia, formerly of Farina, retired farmer and custodian of Methodist Church in Farina, died at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, St. Peter, with the Rev. Stephen Gallo officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, St. Peter. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Pagel Funeral Home, St. Peter, and for one hour prior to the funeral on Friday at the church.

Ivan “Jack” Thompson, 66, of Farina passed away Thursday, November 3, 1988, at the Lakeland Health Care Center, in Effingham, IL.
He was born on April 1, 1922, in Marion County, IL, a son of Fred and Lucy (Mulvaney) Thompson. He was a retired carpenter. Survivors include a son Dennis of Alamogodo, New Mexico; a brother Lloyd “Red” Thompson of Farina; sisters, Marjorie Pierce of Brookport, Neita Williams of Brownstown; Josephine Thompson of Taylorville; Fredia Wright of Fayetteville, N.C.; Blanche Chasteen of Kinmundy; and Normagene Hopper of Metropolis; and three grandchildren.
[THE FARINA NEWS, NOVEMBER 1988, submitted by Sandy Bollhorst who adds: Note to this obit that I copied from an old newspaper:
"Pvt. First Class Ivan E. Thompson now with the third Army Occupational Forces stationed in Czechoslovakia, has been awarded four bronze battle stars for participation in the campaign of Northern France, Ardenores, The Rhineland and Central Europe."]

Kelly James Whitehead, 28, of Farina, died at 11:51 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, in rural Farina, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Funeral services were to be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown, with Darrel Brandon and Doug Wodtke officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in rural St. Peter. Visitation was held on Monday at Claggett Funeral Home in Brownstown. Mr. Whitehead was born on Feb. 18, 1978, in Centralia, the son of Bert and Sherri (Goodson) Whitehead. He was a correctional officer at Vandalia Correctional Center. Mr. Whitehead is survived by his parents, Bert Whitehead of rural Farina, and Harlan and Sherri Beckel of rural Brownstown; a brother, Seth Whitehead of Freeport; maternal grandmother, Doris Goodson of Vandalia; and fraternal grandparents, Lowell and Phyllis Whitehead of St. Peter. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Joseph Goodson; and an uncle, Brad Goodson.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]
A 28-year-old Farina man has died in a single vehicle accident in Fayette County. State Police say Kelly Whitehead ran off Fayette County Road 18-75 East five miles northwest of St. Peter after losing control in the loose gravel. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. State Police say the wreck apparently occurred early yesterday morning, but was not discovered until 11:16 yesterday morning. Whitehead was pronounced dead on the scene. [submitted by Sandy Bollhorst]

Date: June 17, 2004
Publication: Herald & Review (Decatur, IL)
Page: D3
ST. ELMO - Maggie Alberta Williams, 101, of St. Elmo, formerly of Mulberry Grove, died Tuesday (June 15, 2004) in her home. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday in Kessel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, with visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in McInturff Cemetery, Vandalia. Maggie was born April 12, 1903, in Tamalco, the daughter of Edward and Mary Belle (Coin) Gum.
[submitted by Sandy Bollhorst, sandy@usafast.biz ]

Country-Western Star Tex Williams, 68
LOS ANGELES, CA--Country-western singer, songwriter and actor TEX WILLIAMS, best known for his million-selling single "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette," has died at the age of 68.
Williams, who enjoyed his greatest popularity in the 1940s, died Friday evening at Newhall Community Hospital of complications from cancer diagnosed several months ago, Dr. Bienvenido Tan said. Besides "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke," which told of the determination of smokers to keep puffing their cigarettes, Williams also received critical acclaim during the 1940s and early 1950s for his singles "California Polka," "Texas in My Soul" and "Leaf of Love." Although Williams was a heavy smoker who went through as many as two packs a day, the cancer that killed him began in his bladder, forcing doctors to remove it, and later spread to his liver, said his daughter, Sandi Aiello. In the end, she said, Williams died of kidney failure.
Born Sol Williams on Aug. 23, 1917, in rural Ramsey, Ill., Williams had his own one-man band radio program on a local station by the age of 13. After completing high school, he moved to Los Angeles, where he broke into movies in a film called "Rollin' Home to Texas" with Tex Ritter.
From the late 1930s to the early 1950s, while under contract to Universal International, Williams appeared in another 24 movies, with such co-stars as Charles Starrett, Buster Crabbe and Judy Canova. During that time, he played with Peggy West and her Rocky Mountaineers, Cliff Goddard and his Reno Racketeers and the Colorado Hillbillies headed by Walt Schrum. During his first recording session after he joined Spade Cooley's band as lead vocalist, Williams sang "Shame on You," which was a major country-western hit during the mid-1940s.
In 1946, Williams formed his own 12-piece band, the Western Caravan, and signed with Capitol Records, soon establishing himself as one of that label's major artists. For almost 10 years, the group drew capacity crowds in such places as the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles and Chicago's Aragon Ballroom and Oriental Theatre.
Up to the time the group was disbanded in 1965, it was regularly featured on major radio and television programs, including the Grand Ole Opry, National Barn Dance and Gene Autry's Melody Ranch. Williams also starred for a time in his own network program, "Riverside Rancho."
Although his performing career slowed in the 1960s and 1970s, Williams remained active in the country music community, becoming the first president of the Academy of Country and Western Music. In 1983, Williams' name was added to the Newhall Western Walk of Fame, which is dedicated to actors who made Old West movies in the Santa Clarita Valley. Williams produced one of his last albums, "California Express Featuring Tex Williams," in 1981. He staged his final performance last New Year's Eve.  In addition to his daughter, Williams is survived by his wife, Dallas, and a 3-year-old granddaughter.
[Los Angeles Times (CA) - October 13, 1985 - Submitted by Anna Newell]

Katie Willis, 77, of Vandalia, Ill., died Nov. 5, (1982) in Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care Center there.   Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 8 in Hohlt Funeral Home, Vandalia, with the Rev. Lowell Fogler officiating.  Burial was in Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia. Mrs. Willis was born Feb. 24, 1905 in Randolph County (AR), a daughter of the Rev. W. T. and Mary Shoffet.  She was a member of Crown Point Community Church, rural Vandalia.  She married Walter Willis on Sept. 31, 1931 in Arkansas. Surviving are her husband; daughters, Mrs. John (Geneva) Holbrook of Shobonier, Ill., and Mabel Turner of Buna, Texas.  One daughter preceded her in death. [Pocahontas (AR) Star Herald, Nov 25, 1982; submitted by Freda Roberts]

Rose Wuehler, 85, of St. Peter died at 2:55 a.m. today, April 10, 2006, at Fayette County Long Term Care Unit, Vandalia. Arrangements are incomplete at Pagel Funeral Home, St. Peter.

Isaac M. Zent, a former Auburn citizen, and known all over our county, died Saturday at Vandalia, Illinois, at the home of his mother, where he went to spend Christmas. While there he took sick with pneumonia, recovering so as to be about, later suffering a relapse and died. He left Auburn about 8 years ago, having been prominently connected with many Auburn industries. In 1882 he was made Wabash station agent at Auburn and served 28 years there, and in 1910 was appointed postmaster. Mr. Zent was very active politically, serving a number of years as treasurer of the Republican committee. The body was returned for burial.
[Saint Joseph County, Indiana newspaper, 9 Feb 1933, submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Was Harvester Company Representative
Jesse J. Zent, 81, died at 1:15 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at his home at 1040 Rivermet avenue, following a seven-month illness. A retired branch manager for the International Harvester company for 45 years, he served as the company's first representative in South America and later traveled in Europe. Mr. Zent was a member of the Masonic lodge at Auburn and of the Scottish Rite here. His wife, Mrs. Christine Zent, died in March, 1939. Survivors include a daughter, Miss Mary Zent, Instructor at Central high school; two sons, Gerald of this city and Moody Zent of Indianapolis; one grandchild; a sister, Mrs. George Capps, and a brother, Rollie Zent, both of Vandalia, Ill. The body was removed to Klaehn & Sons' funeral home and will be taken home at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence. Dr. George William Allison officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery at Auburn.
[Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Indiana) July 14, 1943 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]



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