Ford County, Illinois Obituaries

Unless otherwise noted, these were transcribed and contributed to Illinois Genealogy Trails by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft

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Eva V. Putnam

Wilhelm Puzich

Cecil L. Rainwater

LuEtta Rainwater

Ulen C. Rainwater

Mrs. H.A. Raney

Bessie Z. Rasmussen

Mrs. Verna W. Rasmussen

Elise M. Rasmussen

Nelle Lee Rasmussen

Barbara E. Reed

Bernard M. Reiners

Catherine Louise Reiners

Beulah M. Reiners

George Bernard Reiners

Delmar R. Reynolds

Gary A. Reynolds

Ora Edgar Reynolds

Mrs. Ruth Reynolds

Mrs. Emma Marie Reynolds

Vivian R. Reynolds

Elvin L. Reynolds

Lester L. Reynolds

Geraildean Reynolds

Lola Mae Reynolds

Georgia Jean Rexroat

Florence M. Rhodes

Lydia Klopfenstein

J.S. Rhodes

Mrs. Catherine C. Rhodes

Harold W. Rhodes

Dora M. Ellis

Gladys R. Finis

Howard Paul Hubner

Aldora Pearl Mumm

Ronald A. Schmidt

John Short

Sophia Koenig

Wilhelmine Koenig

Marvin C. Knell

Eleane E. May

Harold F. "Bud" Martin

Verle Christian Oyer

Maurine Seifert

Russel R. McKean

Barbara A. Sleigh

Esther Fay Fuoss

Virginia L. Graham

Rose M. Gronewold

Evelyn L. Hallowell

Dorothy E. Hill

Essie V. Long

Carolyn F. Merkle

Lena Mae Morrison

William H. Setzler

Delmar C. O'Neal

Beulah T. O'Neal

Betty J. O'Neal

Ivan Lester O'Neal

Cleveland R. Oneal

Frances E.W. Oneal

Tillie M. O'Neal

Kathryn E. O'Neal

George Onken

Everett W. Osborn

Clyde E. Otto

Jeannine J. Parker

Elmer R. Parker

Betty L. Parks

Charles D. Paul

Mary Jo Paul

Harry W. Payne

Helen B. Payne

Keith A. Pearson

Richard E. Pearson

Violet E. Peeken

John A. Pence

Kathryn Thomas Pepping

Nellie Agnes Peters

Alma R. Peters

John Peterson

Walter E. Peterson

Phillip L. Myers

Lillis M. Myers

Peter R. Nelson


PUTNAM, EVA V. (FITZPATRICK), GODDARD - Eva V. Putnam, age 96 of Gibson City died at 4:04 a.m. Sunday 10-18-1998 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery Gibson City. Pallbearers included Noel Hutchcraft, Wilbur Swearingen, Don Eberly, Don Dean, John Schutte and Bob Ferri. Mrs. Putnam was born 8-21-1902 at Guthrie a daughter of John C. and Flora V. Joos Fitzpatrick. She married Charles Goddard on 4-9-1956 at Guthrie. He died 8-13-1960. She then married Wayne Putnam on 6-17-1965 at Sarasota, Florida. He died 6-22-1980. Survivors include one nephew, Wayne Neuzel of Guthrie; two nieces, Mildred Dugger of Bloomfield, Iowa and Virginia Friese of Mesa, AZ; two stepsons, Donald Putnam and Bob Putnam, both of Leesburg, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, three brothers, and three step-sons. Mrs. Putnam lived in the Gibson City - Guthrie area for most of her life. She did live in Florida for 28 years. A member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City, Mrs. Putnam was a past Matron of the OES; and was a member of the Guthrie Community Club; Retired Teachers Association; and Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Putnam was a 1941 graduate of ISU in Normal and retired from teaching in 1957 after 36 years of teaching in country schools in Pleasant Valley, McCormick, Antioch, Guthrie and Minier. **typist note: she also taught in Gibson City Grade School

PUZICH, WILHELM - Wilhelm Puzich of Eureka died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday 3-7-1999 at Maple Lawn Health Center, Eureka. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Eureka. Mr. Puzich was born 12-20-1906 in Grosborken, Germany, a son of Gustave and Martha Hennig Puzich. He married Hedwig Kempka in Germany. She died in 1956. He later married Martha Fiebig on 4-6-1957 in Secor and she survives. Other survivors include one son, Paul W. Puzich, Morton; two stepsons, Jerry (Clara) Paternoga, El Paso; and Kurt (Shirley) Paternoga, Edwards; two daughters, Lieselotte (Henry) Holsten, Gibson City; and Ruth (Charles) Miller, Savoy; two stepdaughters, Edel (John) Gossman, Tremont; and Ruth Puzich, Morton; several sisters in Germany; 17 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son; one brother; and three sisters. Mr. Puzich worked at Libby, McNeil and Libby until it closed its Eureka operation. He then started working as a janitor at Davenport Grade School, Eureka, in 1959, retiring in 1978. He came to the US from Germany in 1952.

RAINWATER, CECIL L. - Cecil L. Rainwater, 78, a resident of the Gibson City area for 45 years and a retired farmer, died at 7:58 p.m. Tuesday 2-24-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Rainwater was born 5-15-1908 at Somerset, Ky., a son of Durham and Hattie Vest Rainwater. He married LuEtta Yaden on 5-2-1927 in Bloomington, Indiana and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Cecil, Jr., Gibson City; and Bill, Bloomington; one daughter, Janeice McCullough, Gibson City; three brothers, Clay, Haskell, KY; Ulen, Gibson City; and Orville, Delphos, Oh.; three sisters, Ersie Lane, Blanchester, Oh.; Hazel Delk, Gibson City; and Aldena Norfleet, Phil, KY.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. One son, three brothers, and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Rainwater was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church.

RAINWATER, LUETTA (YADEN) - LuEtta Rainwater, age 80 of Gibson City died at 9:47 a.m. Friday, 12-28-1990 at her home. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Orville Rainwater, Charles Ward, Leroy Ward, Mark Craig, Gary Boundy, and Mark Lange. Mrs. Rainwater was born 7-31-1910 at Pulaski County, KY, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Yaden. She married Cecil L. Rainwater on 5-2-1927 at Bloomington, Indiana. He died 2-24-1987. Survivors include two sons, Cecil Rainwater, Jr. of Gibson City and Bill Rainwater of Bloomington, Il.; one daughter, Janece McCullough of Gibson City; eight great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Lillie Ward of Fairbury and Grace Rader of Windsor, Ky. She was preceded in death by one son, one brother and one sister. Mrs. Rainwater had been a resident of Gibson City since 1942. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. **typist note: no grandchildren were listed in the obit?

RAINWATER, ULEN C. - Ulen C. Rainwater, 77, a Gibson City resident for 40 years, died at 3:27 a.m. yesterday 9-9-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Rainwater was born 11-18-1910 in Pulaski Co., KY, a son of Durham and Hattie Vest Rainwater. He married Eva Holt on 12-16-1939 in Pulaski Co., Ky. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Vernon, Normal; three daughters, Ella Tice, Gibson City; Barbara Trowbridge, Saybrook; and Caroline Schaefer, Bloomington; two brothers, Clay, Haskell, Okla. and Orville, Gibson City; three sisters, Ersie Lane, Blanchester, Oh.; Hazel Delk, Gibson City; and Aldena Norfleet, Liberty, Ky.; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Four brothers and one sister preceded him in death. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in KY.

RANEY, MRS. H.A.- Mrs. H.A. Raney, died 3-1-1914, age 84 years. She was the wife of Dr. Raney who died in 1897. Survivors: Ben Raney, Paris, Il.; Mrs. D.W. Miller of Gilman, Il.; Mrs. Charles Yeomans of Wheaton, Il. and Mrs. Jas. Simmons of Kansas City, Mo. Gibson City Courier

RASMUSSEN, BESSIE Z. (ZIMMERMAN) - Bessie Z. Rasmussen, age 98 of The Meadows Mennonite Home of rural Chenoa died at 1:35 p.m. Friday 1-31-1997 at The Meadows Mennonite Home. Graveside services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, February 3 at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend Steve Estes officiating at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Mrs. Rasmussen was born 5-18-1898 near El Paso, a daughter of Emil and Elizabeth Bohlander Zimmerman. She married Julis T. Rasmussen in 1937. He died 2-12-1975. Several nieces, nephews and cousins survive. A resident of the Meadows Mennonite Home since 1975, Mrs. Rasmussen was a member of St. Paul's Church of Christ in Minonk.

RASMUSSEN, VERNA W. (NEWCOMB) - Mrs. Verna W. Rasmussen, 81, died at 5:45 a.m. Monday 7-14-1975 at the Gibson Community Hospital. Burial was to have been in Drummer Twp Cemetery. She was born 8-31-1893 in Gibson City and was a daughter of Charles and Mattie Tuttle Newcomb. She was married to William A. Rasmussen in June 1946 in Paxton. She is survived by one brother, Walter Newcomb, Duneden, Fla.; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Rose Rasmussen of Gibson City. She was preceded in death by her husband, one sister and three brothers. She was a life-long resident of Gibson City and Sibley. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City.

RASMUSSEN, ELISE M. "LIZZIE" (BRETHORST)- Elise M. "Lizzie" Rasmussen, 82, of Wauconda, formerly of Gibson City, died at 6:15 a.m. Monday 9-1-1986 at the Town Hall Estates nursing home, Wauconda. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Rasmussen was born 9-20-1903 at Anchor, a daughter of Lammert and Augusta Beecher Brethorst. She married Jens Rasmussen on 3-9-1925 at Chicago. He died in October 1968. Survivors include two sons, David W. Rasmussen of Cairo, Mo., and Robert J. Rasmussen of St. Charles; four daughters, Jean Reavy of Woodstock, Norma Harris of Hampshire, Darlene Dawson of Madison, Mo., and Donna Lawrence of Apache Junction, Ariz.; two brothers, Siept Brethorst of Bellflower and William Brethorst of Loda; four sisters, Ida Pretzlaff, Minnie Huston, Margarete Harding and LaVern Johnson, all of Gibson City; 26 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister. Mrs. Rasmussen moved from Gibson City to Dundee in 1944.

RASMUSSEN, NELLE LEE (RUPE) - Nelle Lee Rasmussen, 90, of Gibson City, died at 10:10 a.m. yesterday 9-29-1987 at the Royal Fontana Nursing Home in Urbana. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. She was born 6-17-1897 in Johnson City, TN, a daughter of Lemon and Pauline Sellers Rupe. She married Andrew C. Rasmussen on 9-28-1925 in Gibson City. He died 8-5-1954. Survivors include several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Mrs. Rasmussen was a resident of Gibson City since 1922 and was a licensed practical nurse. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

REED, BARBARA E. (WATTERSON) - Barbara E. Reed, age 63 of Marion, formerly of Gibson City, died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday 8-11-2001 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Pallbearers will include Tony Warren, John Reed, Ron Schneider, Don Unzicker, Ryan Unzicker and Roger Ponton. Mrs. Reed was born 9-20-1937 at Fisher a daughter of Arthur V. and Ruby L. Robbins Watterson. She married Dwayne Reed on 10-23-1955 at Paxton and he survives. Also surviving are three sons, William (Cathi) Reed of Jeffersonville, In; Kerry Reed of Marion and Dennis Reed of St. Cloud, MN; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four brothers, Larry Watterson of Sanford, Fl; David Watterson of Paxton; Gayle Watterson of Anna and Steven Watterson of Rantoul; and one sister, Sandra Warren of Boaz, Al. She was preceded in death by one step-daughter, Carol Edgar. Mrs. Reed lived in Gibson City until 1978. She moved to Bradenton, FL and resided there for 15 years and lived the last eight years of her life in Marion.

REINERS, BERNARD M. - The funeral of Bernard M. Reiners, 91, of Downers Grove, formerly of Gibson City will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson will officiate and burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He died at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday 10-9-2001 at LaGrange Community Hospital, LaGrange. Mr. Reiners was born 1-6-1910 at Gibson City, a son of Reiner G. and Anna Groneweg Reiners. He married Catherine Amidon on 8-19-1938 at Chicago. She died 2-24-2001. Survivors include one son, William (Norma) Reiners, Laramie, Wyo.; two daughters, Jean (Bruce) Moser, Clarendon Hills; and Marilyn (George) Taylor, Charleston, SC; one brother, Raymond Reiners, Gibson City; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A son of German immigrants, Bernard grew up on a family farm near Gibson City but moved to Chicago as a young man. There he worked for the American Can Company for 44 years before retiring in 1972. Bernard retained his love of the outdoors as an avid sportsman and sensitive photographer. Bernard was totally devoted to his family, country and faith, and left a legacy of steadfast love and devotion to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

REINERS, CATHERINE LOUISE (AMIDON) - Catherine Louise Reiners, 86, of Downers Grove died at 11:35 p.m. Saturday 2-24-2001 at Fairview Baptist Home, Downers Grove. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. She was born 3-4-1914 at Bristol, Ind., a daughter of Albro and Maud Truex Amidon. She married Bernard Reiners 8-19-1933 at Chicago and he survives. Louise grew up on the south side of Chicago where she and her brothers and sisters served the musical ministry of Thoburn Methodist Episcopal Church, where her father was conductor of the church orchestra. She raised her children in Oak Lawn and retired to Clarendon Hills and Downers Grove.

REINERS, BEULAH M. (BULGER) - Beulah M. Reiners, age 92 of Gibson City died at 3 a.m. Monday 3-6-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Funeral services will be Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers will be Gene Berck, Wayne Berck, Steve Hawthorne, Sidney Hawthorne, Charles Kumler and Gary Reiners. Mrs. Reiners was born 12-23-1907 at rural Gibson City a daughter of Harry and Margaret Perry Bulger. She married George B. Reiners on 2-9-1935 at Gibson City. He died 1-6-1996. Survivors include one son Robert (Donna) Reiners of Gibson City; one daughter, Janice Kay (Dean) Sommer of Foosland; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and four sisters. Mrs. Reiners was a member of the United Methodist Church, Social Country Club and Scotland Club, all in Gibson City. She lived in the Gibson City area all of her life.

REINERS, GEORGE BERNARD - George Bernard Reiners, age 87 of Gibson City died at 3:08 a.m. Saturday 1-6-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were held Monday at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Pallbearers included Greg Reiners, Gail Reiners, Gary Reiners, Wesley Noe, Ron Baird and Terry Bell. Mr. Reiners was born 4-11-1908 at rural Gibson City, a son of Reiner and Anna Gruneweg Reiners. He married Beulah Mae Bulger on 2-9-1935 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Beulah Mae Reiners of Gibson City; one son, Robert Reiners of Gibson City; one daughter, Janice Kay Sommer of Foosland; two brothers Bernard Reiners of Downers Grove and Raymond Reiners of rural Gibson City; two sisters, Marie Zirkle of Lubbock, Texas and Helen Young of Lubbock Texas; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister. Mr. Reiners was a member of the Ford County Farm Bureau, was a member of the Gibson Masonic Lodge for 66 years and was a 37-year member of the Bloomington Consistory. He was a 4-H leader for nine years and was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City. Mr. Reienrs was a farmer all of his life, retiring in 1979.

REYNOLDS, DELMAR R. - Delmar R. Reynolds, 53, Bloomington, died at 11 p.m. Friday 11-23-2001 at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. A private family service will be held in Gibson City. Mr. Reynolds was born 12-6-1947 at Foosland, a son of Glenn W. Reynolds Sr. and Mae E. Taylor Reynolds. Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Reynolds, of Indiana; two sons, Rick Reynolds of Bloomington; and Chris Reynolds of Indiana; two brothers, Glenn Reynolds, Jr., Gibson City; and Francis Reynolds of Arizona; and three grandchildren.

REYNOLDS, GARY A. - Gary A. Reynolds, age 49 of Gibson City died at 9:58 p.m. Saturday 1-22-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dan Hill officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers included Terry McRae, Randy Reynolds, Rusty Shepherd, Tim Shields, Guy Bane, Kurt Armstrong and Larry Dean Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds was born 3-30-1950 at Champaign a son of Glen Reynolds, Jr. and Shirley A. Jones Reynolds. Survivors are his parents of Gibson City; two sons, Tracy (Kristi) Reynolds of Fisher and Eric Reynolds of Fisher; one daughter, Tammy Reynolds of Fisher; two grandchildren, Matthew Strebeck and Kelsi Reynolds; one brother, Larry Reynolds of Gibson City; and one sister, Mary Alice McRae of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by maternal and paternal grandparents. Mr. Reynolds lived all of his life in Gibson City. He owned and operated Reynolds Auto Repair in Gibson City.

REYNOLDS, ORA EDGAR - Ora Edgar Reynolds, 78, of Annaville, Pa., who was a business visitor to Lexington died Monday night, 6-6-1960, at Brokaw Hospital where he was taken after suffering a heart attack. He was taken to the Musselman Funeral Home and later to the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City where services and burial will be held Friday. Mr. Reynolds was born near Elliott 7-17-1881, a son of Thomas and Malinda Summer Reynolds. He married Ruth Bailey, 8-16-1919 in Tacoma, Wash. He was a retired professor from Lebanon Valley College in PA and owner of a farm near Lexington. Surviving are his wife, three nieces and four nephews. Four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. He was a member of the United Brethern Church in PA, the Consistory, Shrine and Blue Lodge, as well as various educational societies.

REYNOLDS, RUTH (BAILEY) - Mrs. Ruth Reynolds, 88, Lexington, a retired teacher, died at 8:05 p.m. Sunday at Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington. Her funeral will be Wednesday at the Musselman Funeral Home, the Rev. David Meeker officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. She was born 4-6-1888 in Crawfordsville, Ind., a daughter of James Albert and Emily A. Pierson Bailey. She married Ora E. Reynolds 8-16-1919 at Spokane, Wash. He died 6-6-1960. Surviving are a niece, Mrs. Margaret Eisen, Crawfordsville, Ind.; three nephews, Ray Toplett, Oak Park; Robert Toplett, River Forest; and Harold Rayborn, Bloomington, Ind; a half-brother and a half-sister. An infant son also preceded her in death. She came to Lexington in 1960 from Pa. She was a member of the DAR in Bloomington, the Homemakers Extension and the Lexington Genealogical and Historical Society.

REYNOLDS, EMMA MARIE (WELK) - The funeral of Mrs. Emma Marie Reynolds, 73, who died Wednesday 6-16-1976 was held Saturday at the Saybrook Christian Church. The Rev. William Vandervort officiated with burial in Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roy Harding, Richard Hudson, Russell Moore, Ted Walker, Verne Odom and Bill Douglas. Mrs. Reynolds was born 4-7-1903 at Ripon, Wis., a daughter of Christian and Emmelia Gramsee Welk. She married Everett Jay Reynolds 11-29-1922 at Willow City, ND. He died in April 1960. Surviving are two daughters Mrs. Nina Kingsley and Mrs. Beulah Vinson, both Saybrook; a son Eugene, Rochelle; two sisters, Mrs. Maybel Flachsbart, Normal and Miss Anna Welk, Stanley, ND. A daughter, a son and four brothers also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Saybrook Christian Church.

REYNOLDS, VIVIAN R. (FOSSETT) - Vivian R. Reynolds, age 78 of Gibson City died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday 6-3-1990 at Carle Arbours Nursing Home, Savoy. Her funeral was Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend John Erwin officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers included Robert Keith, David Mills, Curtis Mills, Kurt Reynolds, Kelly Reynolds and Derrick Reynolds. She was born 2-12-1912 in Cooksville, a daughter of Roy and Carrie Tatro Fossett. She married Oral "Bud" Reynolds 3-12-1930 in Bloomington. He died 12-1-1972. Surviving are four sons,, Duane of Kankakee; Gordon of El Paso; Teri of Champaign; and Randy of Long Bech, CA; four daughters, Juanita Doman, Janice Mills and Sandra Shubert, all of Gibson City; and Peggy Derby of Champaign; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and two brothers, Layton Fossett of Loveland Colorado and Roy Fossett of Dublin, California. She was preceded in death by one son, one daughter, one brother and two sisters. Mrs. Reynolds lived most of her life in the Gibosn City area.

REYNOLDS, ELVIN L. - Elvin L. Reynolds, 74, a longtime employee of Corn Belt Hatcheries in Gibson City died Monday 6-28-1982 at Paxton Community Hospital where he had been a patient two weeks. He was a Paxton resident. The funeral will be Thursday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Samuel E. Goins officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Reynolds was born 11-22-1907 in Glascow, KY., a son of Frank M. and Eliza Gosage Reynolds. He married Audrey E. Perkins 9-17-1930 in Glasgow. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mary Evelyn Fawver of rural Gibson City; a son, Frank L. Reynolds, Glendale Heights; a sister, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and a sister. Mr. Reynolds moved to Illinois in 1937. He retired from Corn Belt Hatcheries in 1971. He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Paxton to which memorials may be made.

REYNOLDS, LESTER L. - Lester L. Reynolds 76 of Gibson City died at 2:18 a.m. yesterday 11-6-1992 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He was born 5-13-1916 in Simmons, KY, a son of William T. and Musa P. Chapman Reynolds. He married Mary Ella Francis in June 1933. He later married Geraldean Phelps Fentress on 8-4-1949 in Eau Claire, Mich. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Rodney, Hartford, Ky., and Larry, McHenry, KY.; one daughter, Betty Givens, El Monte, Calif.; one step-son, Robert Fentress, Gibson City; two step-daughters, Jo Nettleton and Betty Holderby, both of Saybrook; nine grandchildren; 18 step-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 29 step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandson; and one sister, Ruby Rock, Eau Claire, Mich. He was preceded in death by an infant son and one sister. Mr. Reynolds lived in Fontana, Calif., for 29 years and more recently lived in Saybrook and Gibson City. He worked for the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Fontana, retiring in 1977. He was a member of the Church of God, Midway, Ky.

REYNOLDS, GERAILDEAN (PHELPS) FENTRESS - Geraildean Reynolds, age 82 of Gibson City died at 4:50 p.m. Saturday 6-14-1997 at her home in Gibson City. Funeral services were Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Benny Nettleton, Aaron Nettleton, Brian Nettleton, Randy Nettleton, Eric Nettleton and Justin Nettleton. Mrs. Reynolds was born 9-4-1914 at Erin, KY a daughter of Alfred W. and Essie Bell James Phelps. She married Wayne Fentress on 9-14-1929 in Effingham. She later married Lester L. Reynolds on 8-4-1949 at Eau Clair, Michigan. He died 11-6-1992. Survivors include one son, Robert Fentress of Gibson City; two daughters, Mary Jo Nettleton of Saybrook and Betty Holderby of Saybrook; two stepsons, Rodney Reynolds of Hartford, KY and Larry Reynolds of McHenry, KY; one stepdaughter, Betty Givens of El Monte California; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Grace Gaither of Stanford. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Formerly of Stanford and Fontana, California where she lived for 29 years, Mrs. Reynolds was a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Kingswood, KY.

REYNOLDS, LOLA M. (RIDER) - Lola Mae Reynolds, age 84 of Gibson City, a former drug store employee and a 70-year member of her church, died at 1:30 a.m. Monday 12-13-1993 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Her funeral will be Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Phillip Curran officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers will include Tim Clifton, Leonard Davis, Kevin Hieser, John Stewart, Eugene Reynolds and Vilas Oyer. Mrs. Reynolds was born 5-4-1909 in Gibson City, a daughter of Upton and Alice Mae Bare Rider. She married Emery F. Reynolds on 12-23-1925 in Gibson City. He died 10-23-1964. Survivors include one daughter, Darline M. Castor of Mesa, AZ; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Davis of Gibson City and one step-sister Rita Meadors of Joliet. One daughter, one grandson and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Reynolds, a resident of the Gibson City area for most of her life worked at Brayshaw Drug Store in Gibson City for many years. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City for 70 years and was past noble grand of Rebekah Lodge 542 in Gibson City.

REXROAT, GEORGIA JEAN (ELLIS) - The funeral of Georgia Jean Rexroat, age 59 of LeRoy was Thursday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home in LeRoy with the Reverend Art Wilson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Charles Knell, Walley Riffle, Bill Lewis, Kooky Kuykendall, Allen Kuykendall and Jeremy West. Mrs. Rexroat died of natural causes at 8:55 a.m. Monday 2-27-1995 at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. She was born 2-17-1936 at Bloomington, a daughter of George S. and Ruby P. Peyton Ellis. She married Wilber Madison Rexroat on 6-5-1971 at Bloomington. He died 9-12-1988. Survivors include one son, William G. Patterson of Normal; four daughters, Donna West of Bloomington; Judy Troyer of LeRoy; Cynthia Scaggs of LeRoy and Bonnie Ridgeway of Normal; one stepdaughter, Jo Downey of Stanford; two brothers, George Ellis,, Jr. of Paxton and Dennis Leathers of Dallas Texas; two sisters, Margaret Bruchette of Louisville and Katherine Ellis of Dallas, Texas; 12 grandchildren and 10 step-grandchildren. Her parents, one son and four daughters preceded her in death. She was employed at the McLean County Nursing Home in Normal for nine years.

RHODES, FLORENCE M. (MCCLURE) - Florence M. Rhodes, age 88 of Gibson City died at 10:18 a.m. Friday 2-5-1999 at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Funeral services were Monday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers included Mark Rhodes, Steve Rhodes, Rick Nally, Noel Hutchcraft, Ed Rhodes and Robert Bretz. Mrs. Rhodes was born 9-9-1910 at Bloomington a daughter of Daniel W. and Nellie A. O'Brien McClure. She married Harold W. Rhodes 6-26-1932 at the First Christian Church in Gibson City. He died 10-17-1989. Survivors include one son, Thomas (Lois) Rhodes of Gibson City; one daughter, Joyce (Dick) Nally of Gibson City; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one half-brother. A resident of Gibson City for 77 years, Mrs. Rhodes was a member of the First Christian Church since 1924. She was a member of Royal Neighbors of America and Dorcas-Sarah Church Group.

RHODES, LYDIA (KLOPFENSTEIN) - Lydia Klopfenstein, daughter of John and Elizabeth Burkey Klopfenstein was born 2-3-1873 on a farm in Tazewell County, Il. At the age of six she moved with her parents to a farm near Garber and later to Gibson City. Very early in life she became active as a Christian, affiliating herself with the Home Mission Work of the Mennonite Church. Her work taking her to various communities, until her health forced her to retire from this work at the age of twenty-six. Her last mission being in Bloomington, Il. She was united in marriage to J.W. Rhodes of Gibson City, on 11-29-1906. To this union was born four boys Virgil J., Harold W., H.Lelan and C. Cecil. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Susie Litwiller, and one brother Albert. She is survived to mourn her loss besides her entire family, ten grandchildren, and four brothers, Aaron D. of Clinton, OK; Meno of Siloam Springs, Ark; John J. of Oklahoma City, OK and Frank E. of Harlingen, Texas. Thus ends the life of one who served her Master well through many years, one who brought something into this world that was not here before she came and one who now serves her God in Heaven. Yet can we say this is the end? I know it cannot be. Her ship shall sail upon another sea; new islands yet shall break upon our sight, new continents of love, and truth and light. Yes, her life lives on and the things for which she stood remain in the lives of her multitude of friends who are left to mourn. Lydia Klopfenstein Rhodes died 18th of June, 1948.

RHODES, JEHU S. - J.S. Rhodes died at his home in this city last Saturday afternoon after an illness extending over a period of years. He was an aged and respected resident of Gibson. The funeral services were held at three o'clock last Sunday afternoon in the United Brethren Church, conducted by Rev. N.B. Leach, pastor of the church. Jehu S. Rhodes was born in Delaware County, Ohio, 11-5-1846 making his age at the time of his death 60 years, 5 months and 29 days. When a lad of nine years old he moved with his parents in 1855 to LeRoy, Ill., where he grew to manhood. At the outbreak of the Civil War his father enlisted in the army, leaving on the young shoulders of his son, the care of the family, a duty which he nobly fulfilled. Mr. Rhodes was married in 1871 to Miss Caroline C. Hamilton, who survives him. His early married life was spent in Leroy. He was converted to the Christian religion at LeRoy in 1886 and joined the Methodist Church. In 1890 he moved his family to Gibson City. Here he joined the United Brethren Church, and remained a faithful member of that church until his death, attending its services and contributing to its support so long as his ability permitted. Besides his wife he is survived by six children, 2 sons and four daughters, one daughter dying in infancy. The two sons are James O., and Benjamin F., both residing here. The daughters are Mrs. O.D. Rider of Arrowsmith, Ill., Mrs. F.F. Lovett of Mt. Rose,, Mo., and Misses Myrtle and Blanche Rhodes, still at home. Mrs. Lovett was unable to be present at the funeral. All the other children were here. There are ten grandchildren living. There are also two brothers and five sisters all living in the West. b. 11-5-1846 d. 5-4-1907 buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery. Gibson City Courier - 5-10-1907 **note by original typist, Joyce E. Nally in 1986: it did read James O. - should be James W.

RHODES, CAROLINE - Mrs. Catherine C. Rhodes 87, died Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O.D. Rider, Marion, Ohio. The body arrived at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City Saturday. Funeral services were held at two p.m. Sunday at the Gibson City United Brethren Church. The Rev. Kenneth V. Hanley officiated. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. Mrs. Rhodes was born 11-30-1853 in Philadelphia, Pa. She married J.S. Rhodes in 1871 at Gibson City. He died 4-4-1907. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Rider, Marion, Ohio; Mrs. Hattie Lovett, Pontiac, Mich.; Mrs. Myrtle Meher, Vancouver, Wash.; two sons, James W. Rhodes, Gibson City, and Ben S. Rhodes, Bend, Ore., 27 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren. b. 11-30-1853 d. 1-24-1941 buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery. **originally copied from GC Courier Microfilm by Joyce E. Nally 11-12-1986.

RHODES, HAROLD W. - Harold W. Rhodes, age 80 of Gibson City died at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday 10-17-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His funeral was conducted Friday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Reverend Clarence A. Bangs officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was Thursday at the funeral home, where Masonic services were held at 8 p.m. Honorary pallbearers were Rick Nally, Jim Tipsord, Floyd Noland and George Crowe. Active pallbearers included Tony Gandy, Steve Rhodes, Ed Rhodes, Earl Robley and Harold Medler. Mr. Rhodes was born 5-6-1909 in Gibson City, a son of James W. and Lydia Klopfenstein Rhodes. He married Florence M. McClure on 6-26-1932 in Gibson City and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Thomas of Gibson City; one daughter, Joyce Nally of Gibson City; one brother, Virgil of Gibson City; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers. Mr. Rhodes was a life-long resident of Gibson City. He worked for his father in the house-moving business. In 1918 he helped his father clear the land for the Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul. He retired from the business in 1971. He was employed at Gibson Community Hospital part-time for 15 years. He also operated Rhodes Bait Shop for many years. Mr. Rhodes was a member of the First Christian Church, Gibson Masonic Lodge No 733 AF & AM, Gibson City Coin Club and Drummer Chapter of the OES, all of Gibson City.

ELLIS, DORA M. (PURDIN) KOGLER - Dora M. Ellis, 98, of Paxton, formerly of Cissna Park, died at 2:03 a.m. Tuesday 2-18-2003 at ASTA Care Center, Paxton. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Ford - Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Terry Strom officiating. Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Cissna Park. Mrs. Ellis was born 9-13-1904 in Manchester, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Georgeanna Bently Purdin. She married Wilbur Kogler 8-14-1926. He died 12-20-1969. She married Harlie Ellis on 5-6-1972, in Cissna Park. He died 2-27-1987. She is survived by two daughters, Lois Olive of Glenview and Beverly Nuss of Paxton; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, two brothers and a sister. Mrs. Ellis spent her early years in Milford, where she attended school. She lived in both Milford and Cissna Park before moving to Paxton. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park, the Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid Society and the Cissna Park Fireman's Auxiliary. Memorial contributions may be made to her church or to ASTA Care Center, Paxtn. The Paxton Record 2-27-2003

FINIS, GLADYS R. (FIELDS) - Gladys R. Finis of Gibson City died at 9:20 p.m. Thursday 2-20-2003 at Manor Care Nursing Home, Champaign. A private graveside service was Monday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Finis was born at Cissna Park, a daughter of Jacob E. and Onie E. Rigdon Fields. She married Corliss H. "Corky" Finis 6-17-1934 at Gibson City. He died 6-25-1987. Surviving are one daughter, Sharon (Bill) Koch, Champaign; and two grandsons, Chris Decker and Brian Decker. Her parents, four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Finis had lived in Gibson City since 1932. She was a member of the First Christian Church and the Lee Lowery American Legion Auxiliary, both in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, Gibson City. The Paxton Record 2-27-2003

HUBNER, HOWARD PAUL - Howard Paul Hubner, 48, of Paxton died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday 2-22-2003 at his home. His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Ron Rasmus officiating. Burial was in Lyman Twp Cemetery, Roberts, with military rites accorded by the Lee Lowery American Post 568. He was born 7-28-1954 in Gibson City, a son of Ed and Ella B. Ballard Hubner. Survivors include one daughter, Amanda Hubner, Melvin; his mother, Ella Hubner, Gibson City; three brothers, George (Cheri) Hubner, Roaring Springs, Texas; John Hubner, Thomasboro; and Boots (Lori) Hubner, Gibson City; four sisters, Carol Johnson, Gibson City; Hilda Doyle, Fisher; Anita Hubner, Mackinaw; one niece/honorary sister, Leisa Forchino, Paxton; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Hubner was a graduate of Melvin - Sibley High School in Melvin. He was retired from the U.S. Army and employed by Baltimore Air Coil in Paxton. He was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Melvin and the AMVETS in Elliott. Mr. Hubner will be missed by a host of friends and family. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. The Paxton Record 2-27-2003

MUMM, "SID" ALDORA PEARL (SIDDENS) - "Sid" Aldora Pearl Mumm, 73, of Savoy, a Paxton High School graduate, died at 8:45 a.m. Thursday 2-20-2003 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, Urbana. The Rev. Michael Huntley officiated. Burial was in Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo. Mrs. Mumm was born 11-24-1929 in Loda, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Siddens. She married Howard Mumm on 12-31-1949 in Philo. He died in June 1990. Survivors include two sons, Howard Mumm of Parker, Colo., and Jeff Mumm of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Jill Mumm of South Bend, Ind.; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers. Mrs. Mumm graduated from Paxton High School and Illinois Commercial Business College. Memorials may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society. The Paxton Record 2-27-2003

SCHMIDT, RONALD A. - Funeral services for Ronald A. Schmidt, 48, of Des Moines, Ia, a former Ames, Ia. and Illinois resident, were at 11 a.m. Monday, at Ford - Baier Funeral Home, Paxton with the Rev. Randy Surey officiating. Burial was in Germanville Cemetery, Chatsworth. Mr. Schmidt died Wednesday 2-19-2003 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Ia. He was born 8-18-1954 in Watseka, the son of Arthur and Doris Hummel Schmidt. He is survived by his mother, Doris Stamm of Paxton, his father and step-mother Arthur and Patricia Schmidt of Paxton; two daughters, Dawn Schmidt of Ankeny, Ia., and Jennifer Osburn of Hutchison, Kansas; one sister, Linda Kellerhals of Paxton; and his fiance, Claudia Sweet of Des Moines. The Paxton Record 2-27-2003

SHORT, JOHN - 91, a retired Paxton postmaster, died at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday 2-19-2003 at the Illinois Knights Templar Home where he had resided the past five years. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ford - Baier Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Surey officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery with military graveside rites. Mr. Short was born 4-17-1911 at Melvin, the son of James and Josie Stange Short. He married Dorothy Moline 1-5-1933 at Paxton. She died 3-21-1974. In 1976 he married Marcella Bidwell Maxey. She died in January of 2002. He is survived by five step-children, Mike Maxey of Roberts, Randy Maxey of Springfield, Diane DeShasier of Oshkosh, Wis., Christine Maxey of Lombard and David Maxey of Springfield; also two sisters, Joyce Kietzman of Loda and Violet Damato of Denver, Colo. He was preceded in death by two sons, John Jr. and John Vernon Short. Mr. Short spent his early years in Wall Twp, attended Stringtown Grade School and graduated from Melvin High School in 1930. He was in postal service 33 years retiring in 1978 as postmaster. He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Paxton, where he sang in the choir a number of years; he sang at funerals and also at other functions. He was a member of Paxton Masonic Lodge 416 AF&AM, Prospect Chapter No 367, OES., served on the Paxton Hospital District board and the Ford County Board of Review; served on the Paxton Fire Department 33 years; and was on the Paxton Police Force from 1936 until 1939. He was a member of Guard Force at Kankakee Ordinance Works in Joliet. He served in the US Army during WWII. The Paxton Record 2-27-2003

KOENIG, SOPHIA MARIA JULIA (GERKEN) - b. 3-22-1858 parents: m. Julius Kenig d. 9-12-1900 (records 9-12-1899) buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

KOENIG, WILHELMINE H.J. (WAGNER) - b. 1866 parents: m. d. 1894, buried 12-10-1894 buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

KNELL, MARVIN C. - Marvin C. Knell, 65, of Paxton died at 4:31 p.m. Wednesday 2-5-2003 in Paxton after a lingering illness. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday at Ford - Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, with the Rev. Robert Killion officiating. Burial was in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda. Mr. Knell was born 3-26-1937 at Dewey, a son of Samuel D. and Leona L. Bresee Knell. He married Cleo M. Burgess 12-26-1958 at Paxton and she survives. Also surviving are one son, JL Knell of Dewey; three sisters, Shirley (Charles) Cardwell of Champaign, Norma Beddow of Mesquite, Texas, and Verda Knighten of Chicago; also one brother, Louis Knell of Champaign; a special sister-in-law Mary Knell-Deason of Paxton; and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Mr. Knell attended Dewey-Fisher schools and came to Paxton at ` age 16. He was employed by Pittsburg Chair Co., Fox Upholstering of Paxton, Cardwell Upholstering in Ludlow and owned and operated Riteway Upholstering in Paxton since 1962. He was a former member of the Rantoul Moose Lodge and the Paxton Jaycees. He joined the National Guard in 1960 and enjoyed restoring old cars. Memorials may be made to the Schleroderma Foundation or a charity of the donor's choice. Paxton Record 2-12-2003

MAY, ELEANE E. (UNZICKER) - Eleane E. May, 72, of Gibson City, died at 7:12 a.m. Sunday 2-9-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. John Koonce officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Mrs. May was born 7-31-1930 at Rantoul, a daughter of William and Elsie (Heimburger) Unzicker. She married Adolph "Doc" May on 5-27-1950 at Rantoul and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Daryl (Debra) May and David (Gayla) May, both of Gibson City; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, and two sisters, Dorothy Schaefer and Wilma Crowe, both of Gibson City. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister. Mrs. May was a member of the American Lutheran Church. She worked as a bookkeeper for May's Appliances in Gibson City for many years, which her husband owns. Memorials may be made to The Diabetes Foundation. Paxton Record 2-12-2003

MARTIN, HARROLD F. "BUD" - Harold F. "Bud" Martin, 80, of Charleston, a former Paxton resident, died at 11:53 p.m. Wednesday 2-5-2003 at the Prairie View Care Center, Charleston. Graveside services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Glen Cemetery, Paxton, with the Rev. John Davenport officiating. There was no visitation. Ford - Baier Funeral Home, Paxton was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Martin was born 4-24-1922 at Paxton, a son of Claude F. and Bertha Whippo Martin. He is survived by two brothers, Louis Martin of Tipton, Ind., and Carl (Mary) Martin of Ludlow; and four sisters, Mildred Olson of Paxton, Helen Eckhoff of Charleston, Julia (John) Bettag of Texarcana, Texas, and Ruth Schinn of Fort Collins, Colo.; and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers. He attended Paxton schools and was a laborer. He was a member of the Church of Christ, Paxton. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Paxton Record 2-12-2003

OYER, VERLE CHRISTIAN - Verle Christian Oyer, 82, of the Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, formerly of Gibson City, died at 3:08 a.m. Monday 2-10-2003 at the retirement community. His memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher, the Rev. Steve Estes and the Rev. Michael Dean officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in East Bend Memorial Gardens, Fisher. Mr. Oyer was born 9-8-1920 at Foosland, a son of Samuel and Elmira Naffziger Oyer. He married Margaret Vera Birkey on 8-29-1945 and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Verle Curtis Oyer, Bloomington, and Vance Gordon Oyer, Champaign; one daughter, Vera Christine Oyer, Decatur; one brother, Vilas Oyer, Gibson City; and one sister, Leta Eichelberger, Littleton, Colo. His parents preceded him in death. Mr. Oyer attended Prairie Cottage and Calaendonia grade schools in Bellflower Twp, Foosland High School and graduated from Bellflower Twp High School in 1938. He was a dairy and grain farmer near Foosland before moving to rural Gibson City in 1977, where he continued farming until his retirement. He moved with his wife to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community in September 2000. He was a lifetime member of the East Bend Mennonite Church, where he served in many ways, including co-historian with his wife, and was a charter and lifetime member of the Illinois Mennonite Historical and Genealogical Society. He enjoyed reading, researching and writing about history and genealogy. Memorials may be made to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community; Illinois Mennonite Historical and Genealogical Society; or the East Bend Mennonite Church. Paxton Record 2-12-2003

SEIFERT, MAURINE (HUTSON) - Funeral services for Maurine Seifert, 76, of Sibley were at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Linda Johnson officiated. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Mrs. Seifert died at 11:36 a.m. Thursday 2-6-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. She was born 4-16-1926 in Lexington, a daughter of David and Nellie Plott Hutson. She married Kenneth Seifert on 12-19-1946 in Cropsey and he survives. Also surviving are a son, Duane Seifert of Gibson City; three daughters, Beverly Loveless of Normal, Phyllis Hitchcock of Gibson City and Judy Jackson of Ramona, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Seifert was a member of Cropsey United Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking and gardening. Memorials may be made to Cropsey United Methodist Church or an organization of the donor's choice. Pallbearers were Kenneth Kaisner, Jeff Haab, Russell Miller, Denny Lage, Brian Lage and Richard Miller. Paxton Record 2-12-2003

McKEAN, RUSSEL - Russel R. McKean, 91, of Gibson City, died at 8:20 p.m. Monday 2-10-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Onarga Methodist Church. The Rev. Charles Shelquist will officiate. Burial will be in the Onarga Cemetery, Onarga. He was born 5-18-1911 in Woodson, a son of Leonard A. and Emily K. Russel McKean. He married Annetta C. Hustedt in Herscher on 6-20-1943 and she survives. Paxton Record 2-12-2003

SLEIGH, BARBARA A. (GOLDEN)- Barbara A. Sleigh, 64 of Rantoul, a former Clarence - Paxton resident, died at 11:25 p.m. Friday 2-7-2003 at her home after a lengthy illness. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ford - Baier Funeral Home, Paxton. The Rev. Robert K. Freeman officiated. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Mrs. Sleigh was born 7-31-1938, at Penfield, a daughter of Roy J. and Ellen L. Lynch Golden. She married Jerry Polson 1-10-1959, and on 8-31-1985 she married Richard G. Sleigh at Paxton. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Jeffery R. (Diane) Polson of Paxton; one daughter, Sandy Kay (Rod) Ault of Paxton; three grandchildren, Josh and Kara Polson and Erica Ault, all of Paxton; two step-children, Ric (Katie) Sleigh of Olathe, Kan., and Dale (Debbie) Sleigh of Rantoul; step-grandchildren, Andrew, Patrick and Danielle Sleigh of Olathe, Kan. and Kaylee and Kylie Sleigh, both of Rantoul. Also one sister, Donna Henson of Paxton; one brother, Jim (Pam) Golden of Paxton. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Sleigh spent her early years in Clarence and Rankin, attending Clarence and Paxton schools; she graduated from Paxton High School in 1956 and received a two-year associate business degree from the U.S. government and Parkland College. She was a civil service contracting specialist at Chanute Air Force Base from 1956 - 1993, retiring after 36 years of service. She worked at the University of Illinois Foundation office in 1994 - 1996 and was office manager for Sleigh Plumbing Co. and Grove Street Laundry, Inc. from 1996 to the present. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Paxton, Rantoul Women of the Moose, the National Federation of Federal Employees, the Sundowners Car Club; a member of the Board of Directors of Credit Union Plus at Rantoul and a former member of the Thursday Night Women's Bridge Club of Rankin. She compiled Barb's Golden Favorites Cookbook in 1994. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends, working in her yard, playing cards, traveling and helping others. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church; Heartland Health Care, Paxton; Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society. Organist was Roger Marshall. Vocal group was the Jim Golden family. Pallbearers were Anthony Golden, Scott Sage, Mike Blakemore, Andrew Golden, Doug Bushue, and David Roberts. Paxton Record 2-12-2003

FUOSS, ESTHER FAY (BROWN) GUTHRIE - Funeral services for Esther Fay Fuoss, 88, formerly of Piper City, were at 11 a.m. Monday at the Presbyterian Church, Piper City, the Rev. Isabelle Davis officiating. Burial was in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City handled arrangements. Mrs. Fuoss died at 2 a.m. Thursday 2-13-2003 at St. Aidans Place, Portland, Ore. She was born 10-16-1914 in Piper City, a daughter of William and Fay Hamilton Brown. She married Rance Guthrie. He preceded her in death. She later married Lloyd Fuoss. He also preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, Dennis Fuoss of LaJolla, Calif.; two grandsons, Bill and Tom Guthrie, both of Texas; one granddaughter, Nicole Fuoss of Oregon; and five great-granddaughters. Mrs. Fuoss was preceded in death by one son, James Guthrie; one brother, Russell Brown; and one sister, Frances Nicholls. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Piper City. She enjoyed cooking, baking, crossword puzzles and the community of Piper City. She graduated from Piper City High School. Memorials may be made to her church or to a charity of the donor's choice. Paxton Record 2-19-2003

GRAHAM, VIRGINIA L. (BECKLEY) - Virginia L. Graham, 75, of Paxton died at 3:15 a.m. Monday 2-17-2003 at Asta Care Center of Ford County, Paxton, after a one-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Paxton United Methodist Church, the Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Mrs. Graham was born 2-1-1928 in rural Hoopeston, a daughter of William and Madeline Beckley. She married her husband of 53 years James P. Graham 7-24-1949 in Rossville and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Ron (Susey) Graham of Katy, Texas, and Tom (Dawn) Graham of Philo; a daughter, Patty (Geno) Herges of Cambridge; six grandchildren, Drew and Erin Graham, Derek and Paige Graham and Tommy and Amy Herges; a sister, Rebecca Shepherd of Hoopeston, and a brother, Franklin (Ann) Beckley of Oswego. Mrs. Graham grew up in rural Rossville, attending College Hill School and graduating from Rossville High school. She received a bachelor's degree in home economics eduacation from Illinois State Normal University in 1949. She later went on to obtain her degree in elementary education. In 1974, after raising her family, she began teaching fourth grade in Paxton, retiring in 1993. She was a member of Paxton United Methodist Church and Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. Mrs. Graham enjoyed her grandchildren, friends. and cooking. Memorials may be made to the Paxton - Buckley - Loda Education Foundation, or to Pancreatic Cancer Research, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the restoration fund of her church or a charity of the donor's choice. Paxton Record 2-19-2003

GRONEWOLD, ROSA - Rose M. Gronewold, 94, of Buckley, died at 9:30 p.m. Friday 2-14-2003 at the Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Buckley, with the Rev. Mark J. Haller officiating. Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Buckley. Miss Gronewold was born 8-8-1908 in rural Buckley, a daughter of Willm E. and Gebke A. Flesner Gronewold. She is survived by one sister, Elda C. Gronewold of Buckley; one brother, Walter H. (Vivian) Gronewold of Buckley, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Elmer and Arthur Gronewold, and two sisters, Bertha Gronewold and Lena Boness. Miss Gronewold attended St. John's Lutheran Church. She was a domestic maid, having been employed in several private homes in the Hinsdale area. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Buckley, to which memorials may be made. Organist was Eileen Janssen, and flower ladies were Viola Sheets and Allison Arends. Pallbearers were Wilbur Gronewold, Harold Gronewold, Walter Clapper, Herbert Gronewold, Daniel Gronewold and Darrel Foster. Paxton Record 2-19-2003

HALLOWELL, EVELYN L. (TURNER) - Evelyn L. Hallowell, 96, of Paxton, died at 8:45 p.m. Saturday 2-15-2003 at Heartland Health Care, Paxton. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the Ford - Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, with the Rev. Betty Hornback officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. She was born 8-14-1906 at Paxton, a daughter of Harry and Louise Schomberg Turner, Sr. She married Hugh F. "Bob" Hallowell 11-15-1952 in Indiana. He died 3-4-1971. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters. She graduated from Paxton High School in 1924 and worked as a clerk and was employed by Albin Nelson, Grab-it-Here and Paxton Western Auto Store, Paxton. She was a member of the Federated Church of Paxton. Memorials may be made to her church or the Paxton Carnegie Library. Organist was Sherrie Morrison. Pallbearers were Mark Turner, John Turner, Alan Turner, Marvin Turner, Ed Turner and Rick Wolfe. Paxton Record 2-19-2003

HILL, DOROTHY E. (RYDELL) - Dorothy E. Hill, 86, of Normal, formerly of Gibson City, died at 2 a.m. Wednesday 2-12-2003 at her home in Normal. Her funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Kathleen Reichmann officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Mrs. Hill was born 7-1-1916 at Rankin, a daughter of Fred A. and Maude Phillips Rydell. She married Vernon Hill 8-14-1943 at Elliott and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Linda Barrow, Normal; two sons, Ron (Karen) Hill, Normal, and Steve (Laurie) Hill, Perrysburg, Ohio; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Gene Rydell, Decatur, Ind. Her parents and one brother preceded her in death. She lived in Gibson City for 56 years, moving to Normal in 2001. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City for 49 years. Memorials may be made to the Order of Saint Francis Home Care, Bloomington, or to her church. Pallbearers were William Rydell, Jeff Owen, Jerry Wissmiller, Brian Bose, Joel Burwash and John Gesell. Paxton Record 2-19-2003

LONG, ESSIE V. (HARRIS) - Essie V. Long, 71, of Elliott died at 8:23 p.m. Wednesday 2-12-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. William Denny officiating. Burial was in the Elliott Cemetery. Mrs. Long was born 3-16-1931 at Elkton, KY., a daughter of Ilie C. and Dolly Marie Draper Harris. She married J.R. Long on 6-17-1950 at Allegre, KY. He died 4-29-2002. Surviving are one daughter, Linda (Gary) Holsclaw, Elliott; two sons, Paul Ray (Debbi) Long, Gifford, and Randy (Rhonda) Long, Gibson City; her mother, Dolly Marie Harris, Elliott; one brother, Charles Mayo Harris, Elliott; five grandchildren, Brian Holsclaw, Molly Holsclaw, Nikki (Brian) Kelsch, Jami Long and Logan Long; and one great-granddaughter, Samantha Jo Marie Kelsch. Her father and one brother preceded her in death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Gibson City. Mrs. Long was a cashier at the former IGA store in Gibson City for many years. She lived in Elliott for 30 years. Her hobbies included gardening, fishing and participating in church activities. Memorials may be made to her church or Gibson Area Hospital. Pallbearers were Doc Livingston, Dan Hill, Darrell Brewer, Mick Kingsley, Lucas Hendricks and John Brewer. Paxton Record 2-19-2003

MERKLE, CAROLYN F. - Carolyn F. Merkle, 77, of Paxton died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday 2-13-2003 at Heartland Health Care, Paxton. Her funeral was at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Ford - Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. John Hauck officiating. Burial was in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda. Survivors include two sons, Harold (Nancy) Merkle, Paxton; and Duane (Carla) Merkle, Champaign; two brothers, Marvin Dale, Loda, and Gene Dale, Mesa, AZ.; and one sister, Betty Henrichs, Loda; four grandchildren, two step-granddaughters and one step-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son. Mrs. Merkle graduated from Loda High School and retired from Switchcraft in Paxton. She attended the Loda United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting and was a Cub fan. Memorials may be made to Heartland Health Care, Paxton or a charity of the donor's choice. Organist was Sherrie Morrison. Pallbearers were Chris Merkle, Kyle Merkle, Buzz Thorne, Steve Merkle, Terry Henrichs, Sue Gibson and Jake Peden. Paxton Record 2-19-2003

MORRISON, LENA MAE - Lena Mae Morrison, 89, of McKinney, Texas, formerly of Paxton, died Saturday 2-15-2003. Services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Custer Road United Methodist Church, McKinney. Burial was at DFW National Cemetery, McKinney, the Rev. Tom Brown officiating. Mrs. Morrison was born 2-5-1914 in Paxton. Surviving are her husband of McKinney Texas; one son, one daughter, a niece, nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous other nieces and nephews. Mrs. Morrison lived in Paxton until her marriage. She was a longtime member of the Royal Neighbors, Paxton. Paxton Record 2-19-2003

SETZLER, WILLIAM - William H. Setzler, 85, of Paxton died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday 2-12-2003 at Heartland Health Care, Paxton. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ford - Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, with the Rev. Chet Travis and the Rev. John Sims officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton, with military graveside rites accorded. Mr. Setzler was born 6-12-1917 at Clyde, Ohio in Sandusky County, a son of William M. and Mary Ellen Devanna Setzler. He married Elizabeth Vogel 6-28-1941 at St. Charles Mo.; she died 12-9-1991. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Survivors are two daughters, Sandy Ashmore of Paxton and Judy (Bill) Nuss of Richardson, Texas; one son, Steve (Pat) Setzler of Savoy; four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Mr. Setzler graduated from York High School in Clyde, Ohio in 1935. He retired from the USAF in 1960 with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, having had tours of duty in both India and Hawaii. He was employed at Chanute AFB Manpower, retiring in 1972. He was a member of the Paxton American Legion Post; he served as the 17th District Commander in 1973; was Senior Vice Commander several years; was a member of the DAV, the Moose Lodge and a charter member of the Ford County Historical Society. He was also a member of the local ESDA and had been active in boy scouting. While wintering in Texas, he helped in a program that helped Mexican children learn to read. He enjoyed genealogy, traveling and woodworking. Pallbearers were Ted Reynolds, Richard Lundquist, Harold Darr, Del Beckstrand, Wayne Natterstad, Mike Troiano and Mike Natterstad. Paxton Record 2-19-2003

O'NEAL, DELMAR C. - Delmar C. O'Neal, 80, of Gibson City, died at 9:55 p.m. Friday 6-12-1987 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Clarence A. Bangs officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be accorded at 8 p.m. He was born 4-27-1907 in Elliott, a son of Wayne and Bertha McClure O'Neal. He married Beulah Taylor 2-19-1927 in Bloomington and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Donna Holland, Gibson City, and Betty Ennen, Fort Charlotte, Fl; three brothers, Stanley, Pontiac; Everett and Larry, both of Gibson City; two sisters Lucille Ruck and Lillian Anderson, both of Gibson City; three grandchildren; and three great-grand-children. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Mr. O'Neal was a resident of the Gibson City area all of his life and was employed 32 years at Central Soya in Gibson City, retiring in 1972. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 733 AF & AM. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

O'NEAL, BEULAH T. (TAYLOR) - Beulah T. O'Neal, age 78, a resident of Gibson City for 57 years, died at 2:50 p.m. Thursday 2-15-1990 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Her funeral was conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Reverend Clarence Bangs officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 5 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Jim Nelson, Frank Page, Gary O'Neal, William Hunter, Raymond Tjarks and Jim Nelson. Mrs. O'Neal was born 6-3-1911 at Ellsworth, a daughter of Lemuel and Bessie Gaffney Taylor. She married Delmar C. O'Neal on 2-19-1927 at Bloomington. He died 6-12-1987. Survivors include two daughters, Donna Holland, Gibson City and Betty Lou Ennen, Port Charlotte, Fl; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. One brother and two sisters, including her twin sister preceded her in death. Mrs. O'Neal who was a homemaker, was a member of the First Christian Church in Gibson City to which memorials may be made.

O'NEAL, BETTY J. (CELESCHI) - Betty J. O'Neal, 69 of Gibson City died at 12:55 a.m. Thursday 3-9-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Her fuenral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be 5 - 7 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. The rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Mrs. O'Neal was born 10-24-1925 at Guthrie, a daughter of Anacleto and Maria Finichi Celeschi. She married Wayne A. "Bud" O'Neal 12-31-1952 at Gibson City. He died 12-31-1986. Survivors include two sisters, Rose Jordan, Gibson City; and Mary Wittwer, Overland Park, Kan. Two brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. O'Neal was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City; Women of the Moose; and Indian Springs Country Club in Saybrook. She worked for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad for 35 years, retiring in 1986. She was an avid golfer. Memorials may be made to Carles Hospice of Gibson City or to a charity of the donor's choice.

O'NEAL, I. LESTER - Ivan Lester O'Neal, 79, Gibson City, died at 6 a.m. Wednesday 6-4-1980 at his home. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Reverend James Bortell officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Allen O'Neal, Bill O'Neal, Larry O'Neal, Cleveland O'Neal, Dave O'Neal, and Kenneth O'Donnell. Mr. O'Neal was born 8-17-1900 at LeRoy, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel O'Neal. He married Mabel Beaver 12-24-1923, at Paxton and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Arthur Gene, Gibson City, and Ivan Eugene, Champaign; a daughter, Eva Lorene O'Neal, Gibson City; a brother, Ivor, Gibson City; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A son, three brothers, and four sisters preceded him in death. Mr. O'Neal was a life-long resident of Gibson City. He retired in 1962 as a drayman. Donations may be made to the family.

ONEAL, CLEVELAND R. - The funeral of Cleveland R. Oneal, age 78 of Gibson City was held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City. The Reverend Dane Meuschke officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation was held from 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Pallbearers included Howard Kerchenfaut, Raymon Rankin, Leonard Cross, Jack Miller, Noel Hutchcraft, and Franklin Sharp. Mr. Oneal, an auto mechanic, died at 3:46 p.m. Thursday 7-9-1992 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. He was born 3-29-1914 in LeRoy, a son of Roy C. and Hattie Agee Oneal. He married Frances E. Borchers on 6-29-1941 in Gibson City. She died 11-8-1990. Surviving are one son, Steve of Genison, Michigan; one daughter, Karen Oneal of Las Vegas; two brothers, Dale of Gibson City and Gene of Trenton, Mo; two sisters, Virginia Lewis of Indianapolis and Patricia Blouch of Henderson, Nev.; and four grandchildren. Mr. Oneal, a lifelong resident of the Gibson City area was a member of American Lutheran Church, Gibson City and the Rantoul Loyal Order of the Moose. Memorials may be made to the church or to the American Cancer Society.

ONEAL, FRANCES E.W. (BORCHERS) - Frances E.W. Oneal, age 73 of Gibson City died at 9 a.m. Thursday 11-8-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Her funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday 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 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Howard Kerchenfaut, Steven Oneal, Walter Toppe, Doug Roesch, Harold Medler, and James Longmire. Mrs. Oneal was born 9-4-1917 in rural Gibson City, a daughter of Louis C. and Mertle Walters Borchers. She married Cleveland Oneal on 6-29-1941 in Gibson City and he survives. Other survivors include one son, Steve of Grand Rapids, Michigan; one daughter, Karen Oneal of Las Vegas, Nev; three brothers, Ralph Borchers of Sibley; Orrell Borchers of Tucson, AZ; and Evan Borchers of Jonesboro, GA; one sister, Helen Radzon, Orangeburg, SC and four grandchildren. She lived in the Gibson City area most of her life. Mrs. Oneal was employed by Johnson Hardware, Gibson City for several years. She later was employed by Sibley Farm Estates for 12 years and the First National Bank, Gibson City for 18 years. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to her church or to the American Cancer Society.

O'NEAL, TILLIE M. (BOWEN) - Tillie M. O'Neal, age 87 of Gibson City died at 3:50 p.m. Thursday 2-25-1999 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 1 - 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were David Rainwater, Mike Rainwater, Jim Gramley, Ron Gramley, Dexter Dixon and Lee Cavinder. Mrs. O'Neal was born 9-2-1911 at Carter County, MO, a daughter of James William and Clara Belle Preston Bowen She married Ivor F. O'Neal on 8-2-1926 at Urbana. He died 7-1-1981. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ellen (Cecil) Rainwater and Geri (Dale) Grunewald of Owensville, MO; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters, one great-granddaughter, Tonya Boundy and one daughter, Clara Mae Gramley. Mrs. O'Neal was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Gibson City or to the Gibson Area Hospital.

O'NEAL, KATHRYN (SMALLWOOD) - Kathryn E. O'Neal, 75 of Gibson City died at 9:20 p.m. Friday 8-4-1995 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dan Hill will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be one hour before services Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. O'Neal was born 2-3-1920 at Saybrook, a daughter of John and Bertha Stout Smallwood. She married Everett E. O'Neal on 12-4-1937 at Kentland, Ind. He died 11-3-1993. Survivors include two sons, Gary O'Neal of Gibson City and Dennis M. O'Neal of Tucson, AZ; three brothers, Phillip Smallwood of Forrest City, William Smallwood of Chicago and Robert Smallwood of Nederland, TX; and one sister, Bernice Stroh, of Gibson City. She was preceded in death by one son and two sisters. Mrs. O'Neal was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Gibson City. She formerly lived in Washington and Morton. Memorials may be made to the VFW Auxiliary, Gibson City.

ONKEN, GEORGE - George Onken, a wealthy and prominent farmer of Gibson City, died 5-22-1914 at the age of 71 yrs 5 mo 17 da. He was born 12-6-1842 in Germany and came to America at the age of 26, settling in Menard County, Il until 1872, then to Ford County. He married in 1875 to Miss Wilhelmina Von Brethorst. Mourning his death: a brother in Germany; 6 children: Mrs. Minnie Lewis; Mrs. Deana Warfield (Albert), Mrs. Ida Gilmore (Merton), Mrs. Alice Ogg (Cordie), Elizabeth and George. Four died as children.

OSBORN, EVERETT W. - Everett W. Osborn, 86, of Gibson City, died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday 11-15-1986 at the Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Masonic services will follow the visitation at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. He was born 5-6-1900 near Elliott, a son of James and Ora Whitaker Osborn. He married Essie V. Martin on 3-9-1921 in Chicago. She died 4-2-1966. Survivors include two sons, Everett, Jr., Glenview; and Gerald, Gibson City; two granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, two brothers, one sister and one step-sister. He was a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AF & AM. He was a member of the Laborers International Union of North America and the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

OTTO, CLYDE E. - Clyde E. Otto, 88, of Concord Ca., formerly of Gibson City, died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday 7-13-1986 at Mount Diablo Hospital, Concord Ca. His graveside funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Visitation will be from 9 - 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. He was born 1-2-1894 in Illinois, a son of William and Lucy Otto. He married Alvina Johnson 8-18-1918 in Gibson City. She died 12-13-1974. Survivors include one son, Ray, Charlotte, NC; one daughter, Ina Wurzburger, Concord, CA.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. He lived in Concord, Ca. since 1979 and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City, to which memorials may be made.

PARKER, JEANNINE J. (SIX) - Jeannine J. Parker, age 66 of St. Cloud Fl, formerly of Gibson City, died at 2 p.m. Sunday 5-19-1996 at Osceola Regional Hospital in Kissimmee, Fl. Memorial services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Kenneth Sloan - Couch officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 - 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Parker was born 6-21-1929 at Knoxville, Iowa a daughter of Edwin and Letha Wilbur Six. She married Lyle Parker on 7-31-1929 at Knoxville, Iowa. Survivors include her husband, Lyle Parker of St. Cloud, FL; one son, Edwin Parker of Ellsworth; three daughters, Marsha Music of Chicago, Nancy Dobbins of St. Cloud, and Lisa Parker of Waynesville; one sister, Edwina Morton of Tohma, Wis; seven granddaughters; 11 grandsons and three great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by her parents. She and her husband lived in Gibson City for 30 years. She was employed at the Gibson Community Hospital for over 25 years. She retired from that position and the couple moved to St. Cloud Fl in 1990. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

PARKER, ELMER R. - Elmer R. Parker, 64, of Urbana, formerly of Gibson City, died at 3:30 p.m. Friday 9-19-1986 at Carle Arbours Nursing Home, Savoy. Cremation rites will be accorded. Graveside service at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Parker was born 8-12-1922 at Gibson City, a son of Arthur and Viola Oneal Parker. Mr. Parker is survived by one son, Raymond Douglas Parker of Gibson City, and one brother, Donald Parker, Dewey. One brother preceded him in death. Mr. Parker lived in Gibson City until 1967, when he moved to Urbana. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Champaign. Memorials may be made as tributes to the family.

PARKS, BETTY L. - Betty L. Parks, 67, of Fisher, died at 7:33 a.m. Tuesday 1-14-1997 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dick Elder will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Parks was born 11-16-1929 at Bonne Terre, Mo. She married Henry E. Parks on 3-30-1946 at Bonne Terre, MO. He died 1-29-1987. Survivors include three sons, Bill Parks of Vidalia, Ga., Jim Parks of Ashland and Richard Parks of Ludlow; three daughters, Sharon Etheridge of Urbana, Wilma Rowcliff of Kankakee and Rhonda Greenarch of Fisher; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Parks lived at Fisher since 1987 and formelry lived at Ashland. She was a member of the Fisher Senior Citizens. Memorials may be made to the Fisher Senior Citizens.

PAUL, CHARLES D. - Charles D. Paul, age 59 of Gibson City died at 12:02 a.m. Thursday 7-30-1998 at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, the Reverend Dan Hill officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. July 31 at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Bob Hollis, Fred Tritchler, Leonard Davis, R.H. Hutcherson, Ed Hollis and Darrell Whitely. Mr. Paul was born 8-29-1938 in Champaign County a son of Clifford and Aptha Myers Paul. He married Mary Jo Mobley on 4-19-1969 at Villa Grove and she died 12-8-1996. Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Schenk of Evansville and Wanda Tritchler of Atwood and Bonnie Paul of Gibson City; two sons, Gene Lanksford of Sadorus and Bob Hollis of Gibson City; one sister, Alicia Paul of Watseka; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters and one brother. He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sisters and one brother. A former resident of Bement, Mr. Paul lived in Gibson City for 14 years. Memorials can be made to the Paul family.

PAUL, MARY JO (MOBLEY) - Funeral services for Mary Jo Paul,, 66, of Gibson City, formerly of Bement, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dan Hill officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Paul died at 1:52 a.m. Sunday 12-8-1996 at home. She was born 5-30-1930 at Ada, OK, a daughter of Jody and Pearl Mobley. She married Charles D. Paul in 1969 at Villa Grove and he survives. Also surviving are a son, Eugene Lankford of Sadorus; three daughters, Deborah Schenk of Evansville, Ind., Wanda Tritchler of Atwood and Bonnie Paul of Gibson City; a brother, J.D. Mobley of Prague, OK; a sister, Judy Lankford of Hardy, Ark; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. Memorial contribution may be made to the family.

PAYNE, HARRY W. - Harry W. Payne, 83 of rural Melvin died at 10:30 a.m. Thursday 9-16-1993 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. His funeral was at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley with the Reverend William Hecht officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Pallbearers were Bill Payne, Michael Payne, Tom Payne, Joe Hafer, Christopher Starkey and Daniel Starkey. Mr. Payne was born 8-31-1910 in Lewis County, KY a son of William C. and Laura Kegley Payne. He married Marie Lasa on 9-3-1938 in Chicago. She died 9-1-1960. He married Helen B. Lasa on 11-4-1967 in Gibson City. She died 6-6-1985. Survivors include one son, Robert W. of Whigham, GA; one daughter, Joan C. Payne of St. Petersburg, Fl.; one sister, Genevieve Giermann of Bloomington; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a friend and companion Louise Hafer of Sibley. One sister preceded him in death. Mr. Payne who graduated from Sibley High School and attended Illinois State Normal University, had been a restaurant owner/operator in Chicago for 35 years, retiring in 1965. He farmed in the Melvin area from 1965 until the present. He was a member of the Gibson City Loyal Order of Moose Lodge and Sibley Senior Citizens. Mr. Payne attended St. John's Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to his church or to the American Cancer Society.

PAYNE, HELEN B. (LASA) - Helen B. Payne, 68, rural Melvin, died at 6:15 a.m. yesterday 6-6-1985 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 p.m. today at Lamb Fuenral Home, Gibson City, with a prayer service at 9 p.m. Mrs. Payne was born 5-17-1916 in Chicago, a daughter of Lawrence and Julia Ross Lasa. She married Harry Payne on 11-4-1967 in Gibson City and he survives. Other survivors include a stepson, Robert Payne, St. Petersburg, Fl; a step-daughter, Joan Payne, Chicago; and four grandchildren. Two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Payne resided in Chicago until her marriage. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the Walnut Dell Club. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

PEARSON, KEITH A.- Keith A. Pearson, age 20 of Gibson City died at 9:02 p.m. Tuesday 2-28-1995 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. His funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Gibson City Bible Church with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox and the Reverend Melvin Meister officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the service Friday at the Church. Honorary pallbearers were Clint Pearson, Scott Arnold and Chad Arnold. Active pallbearers included Jerry Sanders, Danny Tomlinson, Steve Tomlinson, Milton Pearson, Jack Fields, and Larry Jamison. Mr. Pearson was born 10-15-1974 in Gibson City, a son of Ernest O. and Patricia S. Lunde Pearson. Surviving are his mother, Patty Pearson of Gibson City; his father, Ernest Pearson of Gibson City; one sister, Amy Pearson of Gibson City; two half sisters, Kristen and Danielle Pearson, both of Gibson City; and maternal grandparents Earl and Pauline Lunde of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by one brother and his paternal grandparents. Mr. Pearson, a life-long resident of Gibson City, was a member of Gibson City Bible Church. Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.

PEARSON, RICHARD E. - Richard E. Pearson, age 15 of Gibson City died at 11:22 p.m. Monday 12-14-1992 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Gibson City Bible Church with the Reverends Thomas Condron and Scott Glasco officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and for one hour before the service Friday at the church. Honorary pallbearers were Scott Arnold, Chad Arnold, Clint Pearson and Dustin Johnson. Active pallbearers were Larry Jamison, Robert Apperson, Larry Lange, Milton Pearson, Steve Tomlinson and Danny Tomlinson. Mr. Pearson was born 5-21-1977 in Gibson City a son of Ernest O. and Patricia S. Lunde Pearson. Survivors include his parents; one brother, Keith; one sister, Amy Pearson; maternal grandparents, Earl and Pauline Lunde and paternal grandfahter, Willard Pearson, all of Gibson City. His paternal grandmother preceded him in death. He was a resident of Gibson City all of his life and attended Gibson City Bible Church. Memorials may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.

PEEKEN, VIOLET E. (NELSON) - Violet E. Peeken, age 90, a life-long resident of Gibson City, died at 8:25 a.m. Monday 4-12-1993 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. A private graveside service will be Wednesday in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City is in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Peeken was born 12-22-1902 in Gibson City, a daughter of Peter C. and Kathryn Miller Nelson. She married Adolph Peeken on 9-1-1926 in Gilman. He died 6-6-1953. Survivors include one son, Robert Peeken, Gibson City; one sister, Margaret Nelson, Gibson City; two grandchildren and two great-grandsons. One brother and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Peeken a 1921 graduate of Drummer Twp High School, Gibson City was a legal secretary for Middleton, Middleton, and Middleton, Gibson City attorneys. She was also employed as a bookkeeper by A.B. Silverstein's Famous Store, Dibble Chevrolet - Buick Agency and Munson Motors, all of Gibson City. Mrs. Peeken was a member of the Gibson City Coin Club and the Gibson City United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Gibson Community Hospital Annex.

PENCE, JOHN A. - John A. Pence, Postmaster of Gibson City, died in a hospital, Rochester, Minn. at 5:35 Friday evening. Funeral was held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Christian Church, Rev. John Golden of Decatur assisted by the local pastor, Rev. N.W. Evans, officiated. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. John Aaron Pence, was born in Bentonville, Ohio 1-26-1859, died 11-7-1919, age 60 years, 9 mos, 11 days, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Pence. He married 6-16-1886 to Miss Fannie Canterbury, Gibson City, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Canterbury. Survivors include his wife; a sister, Mrs. Angie Brelsford of Osgood, Colo. Gibson City Courier - Thursday November 13, 1919

PEPPING, KATHRYN (THOMAS) - Kathryn Thomas Pepping, age 78 of Seffner, Fl. formerly of Gibson City died at 6:45 a.m. Saturday 7-11-1992 at the South Florida Baptist Hospital, Plant City, Fl. Her funeral was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from noon - 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Steve Harper, Harley Briggs, Steve Bell, Kenneth VanDuyn, Darren VanDuyn and Troy Pepping. She was born 6-25-1914 at Gibson City, a daughter of Guy M. and Jeane Briggs Thomas. She married Harry Pepping 9-1-1957 at Danville and he survives. Other survivors include a stepson, Dennis Pepping of East Peoria; a stepdaughter, Peggy Morris of Westville; a brother Harold Thomas of Gibson City; and a sister, Marjorie Morlock of Gibson City. She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters. Mrs. Pepping lived in the Danville and Westville areas from 1943 - 1977 before moving to Florida. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Westville and the OES, Danville. Memorials may be made to Mooseheart or to a charity of the donor's choice.

PETERS, NELLIE AGNES (O'BRIEN) - Gibson City Courier, Thursday 10-3-1946 Mrs. Nellie Agnes Peters, 65, died at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital Bloomington. She was taken there Saturday. She died of heart disease and asthma. The body was taken to Lamb Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. R.M. Luedde will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Howard Van Dyke. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery. She was born 8-19-1881 a daughter of Ned and Norah Channon O'Brien. Surviving are one daughter and one son, Mrs. Harold Rhodes, Harry White, Gibson City, and one sister, Mrs. H.M. Smith, Oak Park, and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, and one sister. She was a resident of Gibson City for 24 years and was a member of the Christian Church, the Woman's Relief Corps, The Royal Neighbors of America, the Woman's Club, the Gibson City Garden Club, the Rebekah Lodge and the WCTU. b. 8-19-1881 d. 10-2-1946 buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery

PETERS, ALMA R. (RONNA) Alma R. Peters, 92, died Friday 3-20-1981 in Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral was Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, with Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial was in the Drummer Twp Cemetery. She was born 2-17-1889 in Anchor, a daughter of David and Kathrine Timm Ronna. She married August Peters 6-17-1909 in Anchor. He died 11-4-1960. Survivors include four sons, Harvey, Farmer City; Howard and Donald, both of Gibson City; and Marlin of Saybrook; a daughter Carol Seeley, Whittier, Ca; two sisters, Anna Wagner, Kankakee; Emma Montgomery, Morocco, Ind.; two brothers, Fred and Herman Ronna, both of Gilman; 19 grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was a member of American Lutheran Chruch, its women's group and Circle Country Club.

PETERSON, JOHN - Death from injuries sustained 6 weeks ago, in lifing a keg of nails. He rested the keg on his hip and the sharp pressure on the liver brought an abcess to that organ. Blood poisoning set in and to this, the patient fell a victim. b. 1863 parents: d. 9-5-1882, 19 years; buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery

PETERSON, WALTER E. - Walter E. Peterson, 55, one time Gibson City alderman, trustee and elder of the Presbyterian Church, died at his home at 8:10 p.m. Thursday. Visitation is at the Lamb Funeral Home until Sunday noon with services at the Presbyterian Church at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. J.L. Simcox officiating. Burial in Gibson City Cemetery. Mr. Peterson was born 4-6-1902 at Gibson City, the son of Eric and Anna Anderson Peterson. He married Laura L. Kafer, 8-25-1927 at Jacksonville. A life-time resident of Gibson City, he was in the corn shelling business for many years. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. James Newsome, Hawaii; a son, Ray, at home; two grandsons; three sisters, Mrs. Elliott Ricks, Mrs. Anna Jardine and Mrs. Elmer Sparks, all from Gibson City; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and three sisters in infancy. b. 4-6-1902 d. 12-12-1957 Daily Pantagraph

MYERS, PHILLIP L. - The funeral of Phillip L. Myers, 86, of Gibson City will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Patrick Cox will officiate and burial will be in Drummr Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Myers died at 11:30 a.m. Friday 2-5-1993 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. He was born 2-27-1906 in Saybrook, a son of Joseph P. Eliza A. Pagett Myers. He married Lillis M. Suter 11-13-1926 in Gibson City. She died 2-1-1984. Survivors include two sons, Loren "Corky," Gibson City, and Joseph A., Jerseyville; a daughter, Phyllis Claycamp, Evansville, Ind.; a brother, Emmett, Dixon; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A sister preceded him in death. Mr. Myers lived most of his life in the Gibson City area. He farmed for many years, retiring in 1975. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to his church.

MYERS, LILLIS M. (SUTER) - Lillis M. Myers, 74, a life-long resident of the Gibson City area, died 2-1-1984 at Burnham City Hospital, Champaign Funeral services were at the United Methodist Church with Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Myers was born 1-1-1910 at Saybrook, a daughter of Aaron and Edna Little Suter. She married 11-13-1926 in Gibson City to Phillip Myers and he survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Phyllis Claycamp, Evansville, Ind.; two sons, Loren, Gibson City and Joseph, Jerseyville, Il; nine grndchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Wallace Suter, Mahomet, Il.

NELSON, PETER R. - Peter R. Nelson 77, of Des Moines, Iowa died of a cerebral hemorrage 4-25-1949. Services were Wednesday afternoon in Des Moines and a short service at 2 p.m. at the Lamb Funeral Home, burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He was born 1-9-1872 in Sweden and came to Gibson City at the age of 10 years. Survivors are a sister, Marie Nelson of Gibson City and a brother in Minneapolis, MN.



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