FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS

All of these were contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft, unless otherwise noted

Obits for the following names are on this page.
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Bessie Guy George William Leroy Fields Edna Veral (Burton) Fields Roger Dale Latham Barbara L. Trantina
Luella R. Pettit Monica H. Hayes Beverly (Rutledge) Anderson Earl Birkey Goldie Bond
 Grace Bond Helen L. Bond Kaden Robert Bonds Mary Frances Bonnen August M. Boog, Jr.
Edna C. Borchers Louie L. Borchers Myrtle E. Borchers Ralph C. Borchers Mrs. Rose Borchers
Irene Beck Bowen Mary Batcheider Spaulding Bowker Rensseloer Bowker Clifford R. Bradd
Gladys L. Bradd Grace F. Bradd John O. Bradford Malinda J. Bradford Henry Brading
Mae M. Brading Marvin Brading Mrs. Wilhelmina Brading Zura Mae Bradley Bernadine W. Brady
Marguerite I. Brandt Jack L. Branson Caryl Strauss Bresee Bertha Brethorst Fern Brethorst
Mable B. Brewer Dorothy Bridgwater Grace Green Briggs Richard A. Briggs Lloyd W. Brokate
Carol A. Brooks Julia Burrell      


BESSIE (SCHULTZ) GUY- ----- a member of the Presbyterian Church. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Glenn (Dorothy) Rankin; three sons, Earl Guy of Chicago, Il., Ralph Guy, Dearborn, Michigan, and Finley Guy, Davenport, Iowa; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Ralph Hall, Decatur. She was preceded in death by her husband and 2 sons and 2 daughters. (from Gibson City Courier - 8-25-1955) b. 12-10-1873 at Clark County, Ky parents: Andrew J. and Julia Ann Harmon Schultz m. 9-16-1891 to Byrd Guy at Clark County, Ky d. August 1955 buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery,Gibson City, Il.

GEORGE WILLIAM LEROY FIELDS George William LeRoy Fields, age 91, of Lincoln died at 7:40 p.m. 1-17-2003 at Maple Ridge Nursing Home. Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. January 25 at the W.W. White - Pettiford Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Shawn Denney officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Fields was born 6-28-1911 at Gibson City a son of Samuel Jackson and Mary E. Thomas Fields. He married Edna Veral Burton who preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, Sarah Ann Abrahamser (Alfred) of San Francisco, Ca.; three sisters, Anna Jean Pettiford of Springfield, Ertha Mary Hubbard (Lyman L.) of Springfield and Barbara Haynes of Chicago; one grandchild, Michele Abrahamser; and two great- grandchildren, Neima Weigel and Christian Abrahamsen, all of San Francisco, Ca. and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Fields was special education teacher in Elgin and Springfield. He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Kappa Alpha Psi Beta Chapter of Champaign Urbana, Mason Lone Star 18 in Champaign, Consistory 27 JHK in Omaha, NE, 5295 Imperial Counsel AFA Order of Nobles of Mistic Shrine North and South America and Jurisdiction, life member of DAV of Champaign City 8. (Abrahamser and Abrahamsen - spelled both ways in original obit.)

EDNA VERAL (BURTON) FIELDS b. 1913 parents: m. George William LeRoy Fields d. May 6 or 7, 2002 buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

ROGER DALE LATHAM Roger Dale Latham, age 50 of Elliott, died at 7:12 a.m. Wednesday 8-28-2002 at Carle Fundation Hospital in Urbana. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. August 30 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City where military rites wre provided by Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 in Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. August 29 at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Scottie Latham, Kevin Latham, Jessie Latham, Chris Latham, Joey Latham, Stevey Latham and Marchall Blake. Mr. Latham was born 1-7-1952 at Frankfort, KY a son of Henry and Lucille Travis Latham. He married Cyndy S. Crowell on 4-7-1982 at Lincoln and she survives. Also surviving are his father, Henry Latham of Elton, KY; his mother Lucille Bolin of Clinton; two sons, Greg Latham of New Orleans, LA and Derek Latham of Farmer City; seven daughters, Dawn (Kyle) Sigler of Farmer City, Tiffany Latham of Elliott, Roxanne Latham of Champaign, Debra Latham, Lisa Latham, Kimberly Latham and Rebeca Latham all of Elliott; four grandchildren, Tyler Sigler, Jacob Latham, Alyssa Latham and Natalie Koester; one brother, Darrell Latham of Homer and one sister, Susie Welch of Clinton. Mr. Latham worked at Baltimore Aircoil Co., Inc. in Paxton as a welder, where he had been employed for one year. A former resident of LeRoy, Mr. Latham moved to Elliott three years ago. Mr. Latham was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He enjoyed his children and grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the family.

BARBARA L. (KARKUT) TRANTINA Barbara L. Trantina, 66, of Gibson City, formerly of Lockport, died at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday 1-21-2003 at her home in rural Gibson City. Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. George Catholic Church, Melvin, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the rosary recited at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Trantina was born 10-24-1936 at Chicago, a daughter of Stanley and Josephine Medzylo Karkut. She married Robert J. Trantina on 1-15-1966 at Lockport and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Robert Trantina and Bernie (Jaimie) Trantina, both of Sibley; two daughters, Robin (Robert) Rigoni, Lockport; and Mary (Tony) Angus, Sandwich; seven grandchildren; one brother, Ed Karkut, Lockport; and two sisters, Josie Fleming, Urbana; and Theresa Koskiewics, Lockport. Her parents and one sister, Bernice Wolan, preceded her in death. Mrs. Trantina was a member of St. George Catholic Church in Melvin. She enjoyed caring for her grandchildren.

LUELLA R. (ZEIGLER) PETTIT Luella R. Pettit, age 80 of Washington Cout House, Ohio died at 8:55 a.m. Thursday 12-12-2002 at the Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia, Ohio. She was born in Bond, Ohio on 3-13-1922 a daughter of William and Frances Jeremy Zeigler. She retired in 1993 from the medical records department of Loyola University Hospital in Chicago. She was preceded in death by her son, Benjamin B. Pettit; sisters and brothers, Pauline, Emily, Ardella, Johnny and Kenneth Zeigler. She is survived by her husband, Bently B. Pettit; a son, Kenneth (Shirley) Pettit of Washington Court House, Ohio; daughters, Judith (Loy) Crum of Seymour, IN and Jean (Bill) Nelson of Danville; brothers William (Edna) Zeigler of Ashland, Ohio and Charles (Millie) Zeigler of Titusville, FL.; sisters, Dorothy (Elwood) Humphrey of Winter Park, FL, Effie (Marlin) Cole of Tiro, Ohio and Patricia (Danny) Tackett of Shelby, Ohio; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and special caregivers, Emma Blair and Marjorie Athey. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 9:30 a.m. Monday December 16 at St. Colman Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Jan Sullivan officiating. Burial was at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 17. Visitation was from 1 - 5 p.m. December 15 at the Morrow Funeral Home in Washington Court House, Ohio.

MONICA H. (HUDGENS) HAYES Morton - The funeral of Monica H. Hayes, 84 of Morton, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton, Father Mark DeSutter will officiate. Interment services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il. Visitation will be one hour before the service Saturday at the church. Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home in Morton is in charge of arrangements. She died at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday 10-23-2002 at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. She was born 3-3-1918 in Gibson City to John and Susan Mooney Hudgens. She married Edward M. Hayes on 2-23-1940 in Loda. He died 2-9-1973. Surviving are two brothers, Kenneth (Lee) Hudgens, Rockford; and Harold (Mary) Hudgens; Green Valley, AZ.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and four sisters. She worked at the US Department of Ag in Champaign and later worked for Morton Realty. She then worked for the Department of US Air Force as a secretary in Washington DC retiring in 1978. She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton.

BEVERLY A. ANDERSON Beverly (Rutledge) Anderson, 38, lifelong resident of the Elliott - Gibson City area, died at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday 2-21-1979 at her home of an apparent heart attack. Robert Boyce, Ford County coroner, conducted an inquiry. Mrs. Anderson's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Gibson City United Methodist Church, the Rev. Curtis Lindquist and the Rev. James Bortell officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitaiton will be from 6 - 9 tonight at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. , with Elliott Amvet Auxiliary rites at 9 p.m. She was born 3-11-1940, near Gibson City, a daughter of Glenn and Irene Barnes Rutledge. She married John E. Anderson 3-11-1957 at Elliott. He survives Also surviving are two daughters, Amy and Jodi, both at home; a son, Steven, at home; her parents, Gibson City; two sisters, Maruine Ogle, Paxton and Ruby Bennett, Gibson City; and three brothers, Harold and Charles Rutledge, both of Gibson City, and Howard Rutledge, Elliott. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Anderson was a member of Elliott United Methodist Church, Elliott Amvets Auxiliary and Gibson City OES. Memorials may be made to the Amvets Memorial Fund or to the Shriners' Crippled Children's Hospital.

EARL BIRKEY Gibson City - Earl Birkey, 81, of Gibson City died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday 5-8-1996 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana

GOLDIE BOND Paxton - Goldie Bond, 93, of Paxton died at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday 3-26-1996 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

GRACE BOND Grace Bond, 92, of Gibson City, died at 10:40 p.m. Saturday 10-6-1984 at Gilman Nursing Home. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 7 - 9 tonight at the funeral home. She was born 7-25-1892, in Dix Twp., a daughter of John and Ellen Brucker Bond. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Five sisters and a brother preceded her in death.

HELEN L. BOND Helen L. Bond, age 75 of Gibson City died at 10:35 p.m. Saturday, 12-26-1998 at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 29 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. Alfred Schneck officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Tracy Royal, Ryan Royal, Brad Tompkins, Jerry Tompkins, Hank Collins and Lilburn Blake. Mrs. Bond was born 1-27-1923 at Gibson City a daughter of George D. and Ruth Higgins Barr. She married Harold W. Bond on 8-6-1955 at Gibson City. Survivors include her husband, Harold W. Bond, of Gibson City; one daughter, Cathy Gray of Memphis, Tenn.; two grandchildren and one brother, Charles Barr of Thomasboro. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Mrs. Bond lived in Gibson City all of her life. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City and the Elliott AmVets Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Diabetes Foundation.

KADEN ROBERT BONDS Kaden Robert Bonds of Gibson City was stillborn at 10:02 p.m. Tuesday 2-13-2001 at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. Peggy Richards will officiate. Memorials will be given to a charity of the family's choice. Kaden is survived by his parents, Shane Bonds and Misty Fry, both of Gibson City; two brothers, Cameron and Kole Bonds; paternal grandparents, Kathy Peterson and Robert Bonds, both of Rockford; maternal grandparents, Sherrill Garard of Gibson City and Mark Hobbs of Bellflower; maternal great-grandparents, Carol Nelson of Saybrook and Pete Nelson of Gibson City; and paternal great- ` grandfather Virgil Peterson, Rockford. He was preceded in death by his step-grandfather, John Garard and paternal great-grandparents.

MARY FRANCES BONNEN Mary Frances Bonnen, 85, of Piedmont, Okla. formerly of Gibson City, died at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday 8-16-1994 at Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be one hour before the service Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Bonnen was born 5-13-1909 at Garber, a daughter of William and Lydia Gerber Stolz. She married Charles E. Bonnen 2-20-1930. He died 4-2-1963. Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Givens, Piedmont, Okla.; and two grand- children. Six sisters and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Bonnen moved to Piedmont from Gibson City in the late 1970's. She was a piano instructor in Gibson City, and a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City, to which memorials may be made.

AUGUST BOOG, JR. August M. "Augie" Boog, Jr., age 68 of Crystal, Michigan, formerly of Paxton, died at 12:05 a.m. Friday 2-1-1991 at Carson City Hospital, Carson City, Michigan where he had been a patient for three days. His funeral was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton with the Revs. Gunard Heikkila and Robert Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday at the Schnepp Funeral Home, Crystal and from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home in Paxton. He was born 1-9-1923 in rural Saybrook, a son of August L. and Elsie M. Bendler Boog. Surviving are one sister, Dorothy Kietzman of Paxton and one brother, Delmar of rural Melvin. Mr. Boog graduated from Bellflower High School in 1940. He retired from Northern Il. Gas Co. in Paxton 7-31-1980 after 28 years of employment. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Carson City and a former member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Buckley. At the time of his death, he was president of Crystal Lions Club. A hunting and fishing enthusiast, he moved to Crystal in August 1980. Memorials may be made to Crystal Lions Club, his church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

EDNA C. BORCHERS Edna C. Borchers, age 95 of Paxton, died at 4:51 p.m. Saturday 3-1-1997 at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton. Her funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday March 5 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, with the Reverend Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. There was no visitation. Pallbearers will include Donald Meyer, V.L. Fairfield, Charles Roby, John Brogan, Roy Lindholm and Ralph Borchers. Mrs. Borchers was born 11-28-1901 at Fredericksburg, Indiana, a daughter of Henry B. and Lovina Mathes Roby. She married Richard T. (Butch) Borchers on 7-4-1923 at Sibley. He preceded her in death on 11-25-1974. Survivors include one son, Warren Eugene Borchers and his wife, Erma, of Bloomington; one grandson, Dr. Stephen (Janet) Borchers of Roseville, California; one granddaughter, Lorita (Robert) Hallett of San Mateo, Ca and two great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Fern and Anna; five brothers, Frank, Charlie, Jim, Harry and John; and one daughter, Joanne who died 12-7-1943. Mrs. Borchers spent her childhood in Southern Indiana, moving to Prairie Home in Paxton and Sibley and Vicksburg and Marshall, Michigan before returning to Paxton in 1975. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Paxton, the local Senior Citizens of Paxton and the Ford County Historical Society. Active in community volunteering while she was a homemaker, Mrs. Borchers' life spanned the 20th century from riding the stagecoach in Southern Indiana to seeing men in space. Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church in Paxton or to a charity of the donor's choice.

LOUIS L. BORCHERS The funeral of Louie L. Borchers, 71, who died Saturday 8-9-1980 of an apparent heart attack was held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at American Lutheran Church, the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Hie Buhs, Martin Meyer, Louie Miller, Tony Heideman, Harold Miller and Kenneth Arnold. Mr. Borchers was born 2-20-1909 at Gibson City, a son of Richard and Gretchen Roesch Borchers. He married Lorene L. VanAntwerp 3-18-1933 at Paxton. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Richard, Edwardsville; and Russell, Gibson City; a daughter, Kathy Hillary, Downs; a sister, Freeda Bedel, Gibson City; a brother, Walter, Guthrie; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two sisters and two brothers. Mr. Borchers was a member of American Lutheran Church, Gibson City. He retired in July 1971, after 31 years of service with the Central Soya Co. Memorials may be made to the church or the Cardiac Care Unit of Gibson Community Hospital.

MYRTLE E. BORCHERS Myrtle E. Borchers, 92, died at 2:15 p.m. yesterday 1-5-1985 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. She was born 7-20-1892, near Guthrie, a daughter of Christian and Katherine Schaefer Walters. She married Louis C. Borchers 2-24-1914, near Guthrie. He died 7-7-1979. Surviving are three sons, Ralph, Sibley; Orrell, Tucson, AZ; and Evan, Jonesboro, Ga.; two daughters, Frances O'neal, Gibson City and Helen Radzom, Kankakee; 11 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Borchers was a lifetime Gibson City area resident. She was a member of Guthrie Community Club.

RALPH C. BORCHERS Ralph C. Borchers, age 84, of Sibley died at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, 1-6-1999 at Olympia Fields Medical Center in Olympia Fields. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 11 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Al Schneck officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Gayle Glascock, Robert Glascock, Jeff McGuire, Dan McGuire, Dean Lindholm and Bill Anderson. Mr. Borchers was born 11-23-1914 at rural Melvin, a son of Louis C. and Myrtle E. Walters Borchers. He married Leona M. Conrad on 8-31-1940 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Leona M. Borchers of Sibley; two daughters, Sharalyn Borchers of Chicago and Marla Bodznick of South Glastsonbury, CT; one brother Evan Borchers of Jonesboro, Ga; one sister, Helen Radzom of Orangeburg, SC and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Mr. Borchers lived in the Sibley and Gibson City areas for all of his life and graduated from Illinois State University at Normal. He was a farmer for many years. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Gibson City, Mr. Borchers served on the Melvin-Sibley Board of Education. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church or to an organization of the donor's choice.

ROSE WALTERS BORCHERS Mrs. Rose Borchers, 86, a life-long resident of Gibson City - Sibley communities, died at 3:55 a.m. Wednesday (September 1965) at Gibson Community Hospital where she had been a patient for the past six weeks. Her funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City with the Rev. Carl Grabemann officiating. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery. Friends may call at the Lamb Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Thursday and until noon Friday when she will be taken to the church. Mrs. Borchers was born 4-18-1879 in Sibley, the daughter of Chris and Maria Bastain Walters. She was married to Emil A. Borchers on 7-3-1897 in Sibley. He preceded here in death 7-27-1960. She is survived by three sons, August and Chris, both of Gibson City, and Richard of Marshall, Mich.; one daughter, Marie Nuss, of Paxton; seven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Louis Borchers of Gibson City, Mrs. Ivan Brucker of Anchor and Mrs. Clarence Fickwiler of Melvin; two brothers, Chris and Homer Walters, both of Piper City; and a niece whom she raised in her home, Barbara Leonard (Hal) Day of Ft. Huemene, Ca. She was preceded in death by one son, one granddaughter, three sisters and two brothers. She was a member of the American Luthrean Church and the Ladies Aid Society.

IRENE BOWEN Irene Beck Bowen died 2-16-1975

MARY BATCHEIDER SPAULDING BOWKER b. 2-252-1829 parents: m. 4-23-1855 to Rensseloer Bowker d. 1-8-1876 - first buried in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City.

RENSSELOER BOWKER Mr. Bowker died at home of his daughter, Mrs. George Thackeray at Melvin, Il. and services were held there. He is buried beside his wife, a son and 2 grandchildren. He came as a pioneer to Ford County in 1868 and settled 2 miles south of Gibson City, now Green Farms. b. 4-6-1829 Shefford, Shefford Co., Canada East parents: Cuhing & Abigal Rider Bowker m. 4-23-1855 to Mary Batchelder Spaulding occ: Contractor and builder d. 1-11-1914 children: Albert Rensselaer Bowker b. 9-6-1859 Chellis Irwin Bowker b. 11-1-1860 Ella Spaulding Bowker b. 3-20-1863 Lucy Elvira Bowker b. 6-16-1864 Ernest S. Bowker b 7-12-1865 William Short Bowker b. 10-21-1866 Abby Spaulding Bowker b. 4-14-1869

CLIFFORD R. BRADD Mansfield - Clifford R. Bradd, 89, of rural Mansfield, formerly of Gibson City and the Saybrook area, died at 1:15 a.m. yesterday 4-22-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex where he had been a resident for two years. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Samuel Simon officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 tonight at the funeral home. He was born 12-27-1900, in Gibson City, a son of James and Paulina Schuentz Bradd. He married Gladys L. Colvin 8-1-1922 in Gibson City. She died 1-9-1986. Surviving are six sons, Glenn, Bloomington; Gene, Cooksville; Earl, Saybrook; Robert, Clinton; Ernest, Vinton, Va.; and Marvin, Mansfield; two sisters, Grace Bradd and Dorothy Lovan, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. He had farmed in Gibson City, Saybrook and Mansfield for 52 years, retiring in 1974. He was a member of the Bellflower Christian Church, Bellflower. Memorials may be made to his church or the Gibson Community Hopsital Annex.

GLADYS L. COLVIN BRADD Gladys L. Bradd, 81, Mansfield, formerly of the Gibson City and Saybrook areas, died Thursday, 1-9-1986. Her funeral was Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Garth Lehman officiating. Burial was in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Bradd was born 7-23-1904 in Drummer Twp, a daughter of Ernest V. and Aggie F. Mains Colvin. She married Clifford R. Bradd 8-2-1922 at Gibson City. He survives. Other survivors include six sons, Glenn, Bloomington; Gene, Cooksville; Earl R., Saybrook; Robert, Clinton; Ernest, Vinton, Va. and Marvin, Mansfield; three sisters, Grace Moody, Gibson City; Louisa Burns, Julesburg, Colo. and Bernice Anderson, Loveland, Colo; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A sister preceded her in death. She was a member of the Bellflower Christian Church, to which memorials may be made.

GRACE F. BRADD Grace F. Bradd, 89, of Fort Wayne, Ind., formerly of Gibson City, a retired Illinois State University and candy shop employee, died at 3:02 p.m. Tuesday 1-26-1993 at Millers Mary Manor Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Miss Bradd was born 12-2-1903 in Gibson City, a daughter of James W. and Paulina Schuentz Bradd. Survivors include one sister, Dorothy Lovan, Fort Wayne. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Miss Bradd, who had spent most of her life in Gibson City, moved to Normal in 1966 and worked in an ISU cafeteria and at a Fannie May candy shop. In 1986, she moved to Fort Wayne to be with her sister. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Normal. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.

JOHN (JACK) BRADFORD John O. "Jack" Bradford, age 75, of Gibson City died at 10:10 a.m. Sunday 4-17-1994 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. His funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Phillip Curan officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m.Monday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Warren Birkey, Tom Eddleman, Dick Jardine, Steve Pacey, Rick Ertel and Tom Hunt. Mr. Bradford was born 8-25-1918 in Gibson City, the son of Keith and Mary Frances Turrell Bradford. He married Malinda J. Wiles on 11-1-1941 in Gibson City. She died 8-10-1991. Survivors include two sons, John Bradford of Houston Tx and Eric Bradford of Saybrook; one daughter, Jacqueline Dupuis of Naperville; a sister Ellen Gale of Glen Ellyn; and three grandsons, one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents. He lived in Gibson City for most of his life and worked for M & W Gear co., Gibson City as a mechanical engineer for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Gibson City and Gibson City Moose and Masonic Lodges. He also served as a Ford County Board member and was a Republican precint committeeman for Ford County. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital or to the First Christian Church.

MALINDA J. BRADFORD Malinda J. Bradford, 68, of Gibson City died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday 8-10-1991 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Philip N. Curran officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitaiton will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. She was born 8-13-1922 in Chenoa, a daughter of Elmer and Mary Hutson Wiles. She married John "Jack" Bradford on 11-1-1941 in Gibson City. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, John, Houston, Texas and Eric, Saybrook; one daughter, Jacqueline Dupuis, Naperville; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother. A resident of the Gibson City area most of her life, Mrs. Bradford was a member of First Christian Church of Gibson City and Ladies of the Moose. Memorials may be made to Gibson Community Hospital, or a charity of the donor's choice.

HENRY BRADING Henry Brading, 72, died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday (1941) at his home in Gibson City. He suffered a stroke a week ago. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Gibson City Christian Church. The Rev. R.M. Luedde officiated. Burial was in Gibson City cemetery. Mr. Brading was born 12-28-1868 in the Province of Holstein, Germany, a son of John Detlaf and Anna Stroh Brading. He came to the United States when a young man. He married Miss Wilhelmina Struve on 5-21-1893 at LaHogue (Ford County), Il. The couple lived several years at Sibley and then moved to a farm near Anchor, Il. They came to Gibson City in June 1912. Surviving are his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Louella (Howard) Case of Gibson City, three sons, William E. and Marvin Brading of Gibson City, and Oliver Brading of Carlock, Il. Eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; four sisters, Mary (John) Clausen of Anchor; Emma (Peter) Schroeder; Ella (Ed) Simpsen of Saybrook and Augusta (Cecil) Mott of Gibson City. A son and a daughter preceded him in death, Elsie and Albert.

MAE M. (JOHNSON) BRADING The funeral of Mae M. Brading, age 97 of Gibson City was at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City,with the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Brading died at 4:03 a.m. Thursday 10-21-1993 at Heritage Manor Nursing Hme in Gibson City. She was born 5-1-1896 in Gibson City a daughter of John and Christine Mortensen Johnson. She married Albert "Dutch" Brading on 10-12-1927 in East St. Louis. He died 5-9-1929. Survivors include three nephews, John Burns and Jack Johnson of Gibson City; Richard Johnson of Rochester, Indiana and one niece Pat Miller of Gibson City, all of whom were reared by her. Other local survivors include seven nephews, Jene, Robert, Larry, David and Rod Johnson, all of Saybrook; and Jim Johnson of Bloomington and Ray Otto of Charlotte, NC and a niece, Ina Mae Wurzburger of Concord, Cal. She was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters. Pallbearers were Jack Johnson, Dick Johnson, Jim Miller, Kim Miller, Darrell Kroon and Jim Summers. Mrs. Brading was a member of the United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was...............

MARVIN BRADING Marvin Brading, 33, died at 6 a.m. (1945) at Brokaw Hospital, Normal, Il. of a heart ailment. He had been in the hospital 19 days. Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Christian Church with the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating. Burial in Gibson City Cemetery. Mr. Brading was born 8-29-1911, near Anchor, son of Henry and Wilhelmina Struve Brading. He married Miss Leota Brantley, 12-21-1930 at Kentland, Ind. They lived in Gibson City until one year ago when the moved to Atlanta, Il. He is survived by his wife and two children; Robert E. Lee and Ronald Dale; his mother, Gibson City; one sister, Mrs. Louella (Howard) Case; and two brothers, William of Gibson City and Oliver of Carlock, Il. His father and one brother preceded him in death.

WILHELMINA BRADING Mrs. Wilhelmina (Struve) Brading, 78, of Gibson City, died at 9:20 p.m. Thursday (1953) in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard Case. Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Born in Heide, Germany, (1875) a daughter of Detlof and Amelia Rothman Struve, Mrs. Brading came to the Sibley-Anchor community many years ago. She was married to Henry Brading on 5-21-1893, in LaHogue (Ford County) and the couple moved here in 1913. Mr. Brading died in 1941. Mrs. Brading leaves a daughter, Louella Case; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Clarence Claslin, Webster City, Iowa. She was preceded in death by four sons, Marvin, Oliver, Bill and Albert. Pallbearers were Carl Schoeder, John Schroeder, Henry Clausen, Ernest Schroeder, Earl Mott and Virgil Mott.

ZURA MAE BRADLEY The funeral of Zura Mae Bradley, 92, formerly of Normal, will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stubblefield Funeral Home, Normal. The Rev. James Bortell will officiate. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. Mrs. Bradley died at 4:07 p.m. Friday 8-20-1993 at LeRoy Manor Nursing Home. She was born 5-25-1901, in Elliott, the daughter of Ananias and Mary Russell Feek. She married Freeman Kenneth Bradley on 11-29-1928 in Jacksonville. He died 12-12-1978. Surviving are one daughter, Donna Frederick, North Madison, Ohio; three grand- children; and six great-grandchildren. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death. She graduated from Brown's Business College, Bloomington. She was a member of Royal Neighbors of America No 637, the Richardson Rebekah Lodge of Normal and the Home Extension and was a volunteer member of the Brokaw Service League for 24 years. Memorials may be made to Home Sweet Home Mission in Bloomington or to Chaddock Boys School, Quincy.

BERNADINE (WALL) BRADY Bernadine W. Brady, 90, of Gibson City died at 5:40 a.m. Saturday 11-29-1997 at the Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be for one hour before the time of services Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Brady was born 3-16-1907, at Arrowsmith, a daughter of James F. and Annie McNerney Wall. She married Leslie B. "Doc" Brady on 6-30-1928 at Oak Park. He died in 1978. Survivors include a daughter, Joan Hayes of Bristol, Ct.; two grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. Mrs. Brady was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City. She and her husband lived in the Chicago area from 1928 until they moved to Melvin in 1970. She lived in Melvin until 1976, then resided in Bloomington until she moved to Gibson City in 1992. She was known for her ability to make tea, cinnamon rolls and dinners.

MARGUERITE BRANDT The funeral of Marguerite I. Brandt, age 78, of Gibson City was held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibosn City, with the Reverend John McIntosh officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Richard Rosenbaum, Milton Pearson, Ernie Pearson and Steve Shaw. She died at 3:39 p.m. Wednesday 2-26-1992 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Mrs. Brandt was born 5-12-1913 at Foosland, a daughter of George and Sarah Davis Taylor. She married Louis H. Brandt on 8-9-1946 at Decatur. He died 4-15-1981. Surviving are three sons, Robert Painter of Melvin; Darrell Painter of San Diego, Ca., and Howard Brandt of Gibson City; a daughter Patsy Bolds of Pekin; three brothers, Charles Taylor of Decatur; Roy Taylor of Heber Springs, Ark; and Wayne Taylor of Terre Haute, Indiana; three sisters, Berniece DeWitt and Nellie Marquis, both of Decatur and Helen Hardwick of Champaign; 15 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons and one daughter. She had been a resident of the Gibson City area for most of her life. Mrs. Brandt was employed by Gibson Community Hospital as a licensed practical nurse for 25 years. She attended the Gibson City Bible Church. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

JACK L. BRANSON Jack L. Branson, 46, a lifetime resident of Gibson City, died at 11:20 p.m. Friday, 8-3-1979, at Gibson Community Hospital Annex after a long illness. His funeral was 2 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, the Rev. Curtis Lindquist officiating. Burial was at Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Darrell Kroon, Gil Jones, Dennis Higgins, Gene Preston, Don Rhodes and Herb Green. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Hawthorne and Jim Sommer. He was born 2-23-1933 at Gibson City, a son of Charles and Ruth Lawson Branson. He married Susie Aaron 6-30-1953, in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are his father, Gibson City; two daughters, Jackie Naugle, Lincoln and Mrs. Kevin Harsha, Farmer City; a son, Jeff, at home; two grandchildren and one sister, Barbara Roberts, Aurora, Colo. He was preceded in death by his mother. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the church choir, and was a lay speaker of the church. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a veteran of the Korean War. For 15 years, he was employed by Northern Il Gas Co., Paxton. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church or to Ford County Cancer Society.

CARYL STRAUSS BRESEE Caryl Strauss Bresee, age 97 of Champaign died at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday 3-11-1997 at The Carle Arbours in Champaign. Private family services were held Friday March 14 with the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, in Gibson City. Mittendorf-Calvert Funeral Home in Champaign was in charge of the services. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13 at the funeral home. Mrs. Bresee was born 6-14-1899 in Gibson City a daughter of Bryson and Gertrude McClellan Strauss. She married John J. Bresee, who was an attorney in Champaign and former state's attorney. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Evan Strauss. Mrs. Bresee had been a resident of Carle Arbours for several years. She received her education at the University of Illinois where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. She taught for many years at Hoopeston before moving to Champaign. She was active in RIO, DAR, Daughters of the American Colonists, The Champaign Historic Society and the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Bresee was also noted for her entertaining talks on hats. Her extensive collection of historic hats was donated recently to the University of Illinois School of Human and Community Development. She was a member of the University Presbyterian Church.

BERTHA BRETHORST Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha "Betty" Brethorst, who died Wednesday (1971) will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Carmody Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Skillrud officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. She was a self-employed beauty operator. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. She was born in Sibley, (1887) a daughter of Deiterich and Ida Suntken Busing. She was married to Peter Brethorst in 1908 in Gibson City. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Anna Brucker of Gibson City; Mrs. Theda Gallagher of Cambria, Ca.; and Mrs. Sophia Fearon of Coalings, Ca. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son and one brother. She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary.

FERN (PING) BRETHORST The funeral of Fern Brethorst, age 74 of rural Loda was conducted Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City with the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Church. Mrs. Brethorst died at 1 p.m. Tuesday 9-25-1990 at her home. Pallbearers included Jason Brethorst, Terry Johnson, Don Brucker, Randy Johnson, Herbert Boehme and Norvin Martin. She was born 7-31-1916 at State Line City, Indiana, a daughter of Lester and Anna Long Ping. She married William A. Brethorst on 10-20-1935 at Gibson City. He preceded her in death on 10-8-1989. Survivors include one son, William of South Milwaukee; one daughter, Diana Rojas of Danville; one brother, Laurel Ping of Gibson City; two sisters, Pat Craft of Bloomington and Mary Alice Wallman of San Diego; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. One brother and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Brethorst was a member of the American Lutheran Church.

MABEL BREWER Mable (sp?) B. Brewer, 69, a resident of Gibson City for 15 years, died at 9:20 p.m. Thursday, 3-8-1979 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Allen Brewer, Daryl Brewer, Gary Brewer, Robert Folkers, Steven Folkers, and Leonard Hasty. Mrs. Brewer was born 6-19-1909 at Dix, a daughter of Orley and Desi Bundy Self. She married Granville D. Brewer 11-22-1924 at Mount Carmel. He died 11-7-1977. Surviving are two daughters, Thelma Hasty, El Paso and Rosezetta Folkers, Cooksville; three sons, Harold and Raymond, both of Streator, and Thomas, Lacon; a sister, Clara Voles, Centralia; her father, Centralia; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her mother, four brothers, a son and two grandchildren preceded her in death. Mrs. Brewer was a member of First Christian Church of Gibson City. Memorial may be made to the church or to the Diabetes Foundation.

DOROTHY J. BRIDGWATER Dorothy Bridgwater, 58, Gibson City, died at 11:15 p.m. Sunday 12-18-1983, in Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Burial was in Drummr Twp Cemetery Gibson City. Mrs. Bridgwater was born 7-29-1925 in Gibson City, a daughter of Evan and Ethel Nelson Eminger. She married John Bridgwater 7-11-1942 in St. Charles, Mo. He survives. Others survivors include a son, Danny, Cedar City, Utah; a daughter, Rose Ann Moore, Melvin; and six grandchildren. Mrs. Bridgwater was a lifetime Gibson City resident. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to the church, Gibson Community Hospital, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

GRACE BRIGGS Grace Green Briggs, 94, of Grants Pass, Oregon, died Thursday, 9-17-1981 at Mariola Nursing Home. She was born 7-9-1887 in Gibson City, Ill., a daughter of Herbert and Amanda S. Green. She graduated from Gibson City High School and spent one year at Adrian College. She taught school one year. In 1907 she married Dr. F. Earle Briggs. He practiced in Ludlow and died in 1939. She moved to Santa Monica in 1942 and spent most of her adult life there. She moved to Grants Pass seven years ago. Mrs. Briggs was a member of the OES in Santa Monica for over 50 years. Survivors include three daughters, Ruth Male of Grants Pass, Wilma Pergande of Barstow, Calif., and Carol Berthelet of Redondo Beach, Calif.; a son, Raymond Briggs of Camarillo, Calif.; her sister Addie Burns of Banning, Calif.; a brother Raymond Green of Gibson City; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were at Lundberg's L.B. Hall Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Stanley Brown of the First Baptist Church officiating. Cremation was at Hillcrest Crematorium. Graveside services will be held in Gibson City Friday at 2 p.m. Rev. Bortell will officiate. Donations in Mrs. Brigg's memory may be made to the Eastern Star home, in care of Lundgerg's

RICHARD A. BRIGGS Richard A. Briggs, 69, died at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday (January 1950) at home. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating. Burial in Gibson City Cemetery. He was born 4-14-1863 at Buckhorn, son of Richard and Teresa Jean Morgan Briggs. He married Georgiana Chrisman, 5-22-1894 at Winchester. The couple lived at Chapten, Beverly......Barry, Jacksonville, Chicago and Gibson City for the past 14 years. He was retired. He was a one-time farmer. While in Chicago, he was plant engineer for Western Union. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Ina Fox of Gibson City, a son, E.A. Briggs of Des Plaines, Iowa; a sister Gertrude Scott of Catthage; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

LLOYD W. BROKATE Elliott - Lloyd W. Brokate, 60, of Elliott died at 5:14 p.m. Friday 12-5-1997 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City.

CAROL A. (MALONE) BROOKS Carol A. Brooks, age 61 of Gibson City died at 5:10 a.m. Wednesday 9-2-1998 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. September 4 at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. September 3 at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Pallbearers included Glenn Brooks, Joe Brooks, Steven Hawthorne, Gayle Glascock, Ty Royal and Dwaine Horsch. Mrs. Brooks was born 5-16-1937 at Gibson City a daughter of James E. and Helen Josephine Greemore Malone. She married Lincoln Brooks on 12-21-1957 at Gibson City. Survivors include her husband, Lincoln Brooks of Gibson City; her step-mother, Luetta Malone of Blue Mound; two daughters, Cindy Fisher and Carla Hawthorne, both of Gibson City; two sisters, Mary Lee Kretzer of Normal and Doris Gladden of Burton, Michigan; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son. A resident of the Gibson City area for most of her life, Mrs. Brooks and her husband owned and operated the Three C's/Unlimited Laundromat in Gibson City for six years. She was a registered certified nurses assistant. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Gibson City.

Mrs. Julia Burell
The remains of Mrs. Julia Burell, from Ford county, daughter of the late Capt. Harmon Andrews, arrived Tuesday evening and were interred yesterday beside her father and mother in the Whitefield cemetery. Mrs. Burell was a loving and lovely woman and a large number of warm friends will mourn over this early and untimely death. We have no particulars as to her sickness.
[March 15, 1877, Taken From the Henry Republican - Submitted by Nancy Piper]


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