FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS

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

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    Lola M. Johnston Edna Mae Johnston Nita R. Johnstone
Mabel E. "Betty" Hunt Dorothy B. Huston  Dell X. Huxtable Anna K. Jacobs Kimberly E. Stevenson Jajuga
Mrs. Boswell James Richard N. James Hyral L. James Robert E. Jardine Anna D. Jardine
Ida I. Jefferson Elizabeth C. Jennings Lida L. Jenkins William A. Jensen Jean Jensen
Larry A. Jensen John E. Jesse Bessie B. Johnson Elmer Johnson  
Harold A. Johnson Glenn L. Johnson David G. Johnson Albert S. Johnson Mrs. Della Johnson
Mrs. Maude Johnson C.A.T. Johnson Mrs. William Johnson Judi A. Houser Jesse Houts
Miss Ella G. Houts Crystal Jane Hudson Joseph B. Hudson Nellie L. Hudson David W. Hudson
Jeffrey Lee Hudson Lela Mae Hudson Mrs. A. Huff Glenn G. Hummel Betty L. Holderby
Dennis Hollen Autumn Rose Hollis Helen L. Hooker Marcy Jane Hollis Raymond N. Holm
Max C. Hoover Robert L. Hoover Jo Ann Horsch James E. Ham Virgie E. Hamm
Charles S. Hamm Lars J. Hanson Mrs. Rosa M. Hanson Michelle Ann Hansen Jeffrey Benjamin Hansen
Margaret Harding Joyce Ann Hartford Mrs. Myra O. Harting Milton A. Hatteberg Kenneth R. Hawthorne
Augusta Heckens Paula A. Heldt Ernest W. Heldt Charles Albert Helmick William Glenn Helmick
Loel Proctor Helmick Benjamin Hendricks Marion Earl Hendrickson Douglas Stephan Hennek Betty L. Beck Hewson
Mrs. Regina Hewson Dorise C. Hill Wilma J. Hiner Mrs. Roy Hinkel Heather E. Hinthorne
Benjamin Hoekstra Walter A. Ribbe Alta F. Ricketts Gale E. Ricks Evelyn A. Riley
Philip Albert Riley Ruby Roberts Russell L. Roberts Bertha G. Roberts Mary M. Roisland
Lawrence Ropp Clara B. Ropp Raymond Ropp Raymond C. Rork Novella Roy
Nelson Leon Roy Walter J. Royal Frances Marguerite Royal Elsa Lucille Ruck Susan F. Rudolph
George Rupe Glenn V. Rutledge Ruby A. Rutledge Russell J. Rutledge Christian G. Ryereson
W. Lyle Pfoff Ruby E. Pfoff Lena Evelin Phillips Mabel Arilla Phillips William Pierson
Florence Pierson Ursula D. Pierzynski Joseph Arthur Pilkington Mrs. Andrew Poff Hilda B. Polson
Dellie Ponder Elizabeth Pool McCabe Clarence T. Poplett Mable M. Poplett Marvin L. Powell
James E. Powell

Mona L. Powell

Mrs. Herbert Pruitt Marie Pruitt  

JOHNSTON, LOLA M. (RUDIN) - Mrs. Lola M. Johnston, 96, died at 4:35 a.m. Monday 12-20-1976 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. She was the first child born in the town of Sibley and its oldest resident. Her funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, the Rev. Robert Searles and the Rev. David Wence officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Walter Stein, John Ames, Donald Jentes, Tom Simpson, Don Busing and Dean Lindholm. Mrs. Johnston was born 4-24-1880 in Sibley, a daughter of Henry and Rosalie Kiener Rudin. She married Benjamin Johnston 8-23-1905 in Sibley. He died 4-16-1942. Surviving are a son, Frank, Sibley; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A daughter, a sister and two brothers also preceded her in death. She was a charter member of the United Methodist Church of Sibley.

JOHNSTON, EDNA MAE (CARROLL) - Edna Mae Johnston, age 80 of Sibley died at 8 a.m. Monday 5-8-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her memorial service was at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley with the Reverend William Hecht and the Reverend Melvin Meister officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation was for one hour before the service at the church Wednesday. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Johnston was born 5-18-1914 in Melvin, the daughter of Fred Ellis and Edna Mae McLain Carroll. She married Benjamin Franklin Johnson on 5-18-1938 in Gibson City. He died in May 1981. She is survived by three sons, David Samuel of Columbus, Georgia; Edward Clyde of San Bernardino, California; and Thomas Benjamin of Kalamazoo, Michigan; two daughters, Mary Virginia Genter of Griffith, Indiana and June Carroll of Sibley; one brother, Raymond McLain Carroll of Harrisburg; 11 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marjory Ann Williams; two brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Johnston worked as a nurse's aide at Fairbury Hospital for 17 years. She lived in Lowell, Indiana for 16 years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Chatsworth and a former member of Calvary Baptist Church, Pontiac and Lowell Christian Church in Lowell, Indiana. She was a member of the Sibley Senior Citizens and The Sunshine Kitchen Band of Sibley. Memorials may be made to her family.

JOHNSTONE, NITA R. (PFOFF) JORDAN - Nita R. Johnstone, age 72 of Bloomington, died at 7:15 a.m. Saturday 9-29-1990 at Brokaw Hospital, Normal. Her funeral was held at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Julie Ferguson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Tom Hall, LeRoy VanAntwerp, Scott Shull and Larry Fawver. She was born 1-25-1918 in Elliott, a daughter of Henry and Nell Jardine Pfoff. She married Jack Jordan on 11-30-1940 in Gibson City. He died 3-8-1962. She then married Hodge Johnstone on 12-7-1968 in Bloomington. He died on 12-8-1969. Surviving are one son, Mike Jordan of Bloomington; one daughter, Kathi Jordan, Bloomington, three grandchildren; two brothers, Lyle of LeRoy and Dean of Paxton and two sisters, Thelma Baxter of Urbana and Doris Bonifas of Coldwater, Ohio. She was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters. Mrs. Johnstone had been a Bloomington resident for 32 years. She was a member of the Elliott United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to her church.

HUNT, MABEL E. "BETTY" (DUNNAN) - Mabel E. "Betty" Hunt, age 80 of Gibson City, died at 8:40 a.m. Saturday 5-13-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral was held at 2 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial was in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 1 - 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home: Pallbearers were David Kramer, David Gill, Edwin Sauer, Douglas Hager, James Hager and John Noble. She was born 7-20-1908 at Paxton, a daughter of James and Mabel White Dunnan. She married Frank Hunt, Jr. 9-22-928 at Paxton. He preceded her in death 10-11-1984. Survivors include a son, Frank Hunt III, Gibson City; a brother, Weaver Dunnan, Bethesda, MD; two sisters, Marcie Hanson, Hendersonville, NC; and Katherine Ludlow, Columbus Ohio; four granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, a daughter and a brother. Mrs. Hunt, a resident of Gibson City since 1931, was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City; Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary; and the Governor Thomairst Presbyterian Church or Gibson Community Hospital.


HUSTON, DOROTHY B. (JARDINE) - Funeral services for Dorothy B. Huston, age 77 of Gibson City were at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Edmission officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Steve Hawthorne, Neil Nelson, Bob Nelson, Ron Warfield, Bob Reiners and Dave Stolz. Mrs. Huston died at 9:21 a.m. Friday 10-13-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital. She was born 10-13-1918 in rural Gibson City a daughter of L. Kirk and Anna D. Peterson Jardine. She married Frederick "Ted" Huston on 2-14-1937 at Gibson City and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Allen Dale Huston of Springfield, and Dennis Ray Huston of Perrysburg, Ohio; four grandchildren; one brother, Richard Jardine of Gibson City; and two sisters, Esther Mae Neuzel and Mona VanAntwerp, both Gibson City. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son and one brother. Mrs. Huston lived in the Gibson City area all of her life. She was active in farming and community service. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City and the Presbyterian Women's Group, the Social Country Club, Gibson City and the Ford County Farm Bureau.

HUXTABLE , DELL X. (LEE) - Dell X. Huxtable, age 90 of Decatur died at 8:32 p.m. Thursday, 5-1-1997 at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur. Services were held Monday, at 1 p.m. at Dawson and Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home with visitation for one hour before service time. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the Antioch Christian Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. Mrs. Huxtable was born in Cullom on 11-17-1906, the daughter of Loren A. and Anna P. Whitehurst Lee. She was a member of Antioch Christian Church and was a homemaker. She married Walter Basil in 1921. He preceded her in death in 1942. She married Montelle R. Huxtable on 2-19-1945 in Gibson City. Survivors include her husband, Montelle R. Huxtable of Decatur; one daughter, Doreen Wingler and her husband Larry of Hurst, Texas; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband.



JACOBS, ANNA K. (HANSEN) - Mrs. Anna K. Jacobs, 60, died Thursday (January 1950) after a lingering illness. Services were Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home with Rev. Orville Salzman officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Born 11-23-1889 in Germany, a daughter of Claus and Christine Hansen. She had lived in Gibson City 30 years. Survivors include her husband; 2 sons, John Jacobs and George Jacobs, both of Gibson City, a daughter, Catharine Finis of Gibson City; a brother Herman Hansen of Anchor; half-brother, Clarence Hansen of Rankin; a sister, Hannah Gonzales of Penfield; step-mother, Ruth Hansen of Rankin, step-sister, Catharine Correll of Rankin and a step-brother, Charles Fleming of Cleveland, Ohio. (Gibson City Courier - January 12, 1950)

JAJUGA, KIMBERLY E. (STEVENSON) - Kimberly E. Stevenson Jajuga, age 30 of Carleton, Michigan, formerly of Melvin died Monday 2-9-1998 from injuries received in an automobile accident in Berlin Twp Michigan. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral home in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetry in Gibson City. Visitation was from 1 - 4 p.m. Wednesday, at Arthur Bobcean Funeral Home in Carleton, Michigan and from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Pallbearers included Ed Jajuga, Jim Jajuga, Tom McNutt, Bob Woolridge, Andy Thompson, George Meyer and Ron Stevenson. Mrs. Jajuga was born 2-11-1967 at Normal, a daughter of Francis and Marilyn Jesse Stevenson. She married James H. Jajuga on 6-24-1996 at Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Survivors include her husband, James H. Jajuga of Carleton, Mi.; one son, Donald Shaw of Carleton; three daughters, Heather Shaw, Renee Jajuga and Holly Jajuga, all of Carleton, Michigan; her parents, Francis and Marilyn Stevenson of Melvin; one sister, Kristine Donoho of Gibson City; her maternal grandpareants, Fred and Rosella Jesse of Gibson City; paternal great-grandmother, Elsie Fawver of Gibson City and her maternal great-grandmother, Mary Jesse of Paxton. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents and her great-grandfathers. Mrs. Jajuga was a 1985 graduate of Melvin - Sibley High School. She had lived in Carleton, Michigan for one and a half years and was employed by Total Gas Station in Rockwood, Michigan. Memorials may be made to the family.

JAMES, MRS. BOSWELL - Mrs. Boswell James, died Wednesday 2-18-1920 at her home north of Elliott. She was born in Fleming Co., Ky 10-22-1891 and grew up in Ky. She came with her husband to Illinois in 1916. She is survived by her husband, a son, three sisters and 4 brothers. (Gibson City Courier - February 26, 1920)

JAMES, RICHARD N. - Richard N. James, 71, of Gibson City died at 12:47 a.m. yesterday 9-10-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Saybrook Christian Church, the Rev. Brent Zastrow officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and for one hour before services Saturday at the church. He was born 10-12-1915 in Gilstrap, KY, a son of Oly and Lestie Miller James. He married Hyral L. Holt on 6-11-1938 in Henderson KY. She died 8-5-1984. He married Ruth Linville on 9-21-1985 in Saybrook and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Jerry, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Jack, Mahomet; two daughters, Mary Davis and Connie Knox, both of Gibson City; three brothers, Earl, Carson, Calif., and Ron and Dorse, both of Arrowsmith; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. One sister preceded him in death. Mr. James was a Gibson City resident since 1949 and was a member of Saybrook Christian Church, where he served as a church elder. Memorials may be made to his church.

JAMES, HYRAL L. (HOLT) - The funeral for Hyral L. James, 63, of Gibson City, who died Sunday 8-5-1984 was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Christian Church, Saybrook, the Rev. Don Hatfield officiating. Burial was in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibosn City. Casketbearers were: Roy Harding, Al Tjarks, Dick Hudson, Bob Moore, Dorse James, and Ron James. Mrs. James was born 9-30-1920 in Cooksville, a daughter of Leslie and Bessie Ritter Holt. She married Richard James 6-11-1938 in Henderson KY and he survives. Other survivors include two sons, Jerry, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Jack, Mahomet; two daughters, Mary Davis and Connie Knox, both of Gibson City; a brother, Loren Holt, Ipava; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Mrs. James had been a resident of Gibson City since 1949. She was a member of the Saybrook Christian Church, to which memorials may be made.

JARDINE, ROBERT E. - Robert E. Jardine, 76 of Crescent City died at 7:10 a.m. Saturday 12-14-1991 at Iroquois Memorial Resident Home, Watseka. Funeral services were Tuesday afternoon at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka, the Rev. Harold Heinzig officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City Visitation was Monday evening at the funeral home. Mr. Jardine was born 10-21-1915 at Rockwell City, Iowa, a son of Lewis and Anna Peterson Jardine. He married Gladys Kaiser on 5-18-1935 at Spencer, Ind. and she survives. Other survivors are one daughter, Margy Curtis of Paris; one son, Marvin Jardine of Saunemin; one brother, Richard Jardine of Gibson City; three sisters, Esther Neuzel, Dorothy Huston and Mona VanAntwerp, all of Gibson City; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and 11 great-step-grandchildren. Mr. Jardine was preceded in death by one brother. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Gibson City and the American Association of Retired People. Memorial contributions may be made to Crescent -Iroquois Ambulance Service or to an organization of the donor's choice.

JARDINE, ANNA D. (PETERSON) - The funeral of Anna D. Jardine, age 93 of Gibson City, will be conducted Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City. The Reverend Laurence Sunkel will officiate with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and will be held one hour before the service Wednesday at the church. Pallbearers will include: Ronald Knapp, Delmar Bedel, Don Jensen, Robert Nelson, James Miller and Douglas Knapp. Mrs. Jardine died at 4:55 p.m. Sunday 2-11-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. She was born 12-9-1896 near Gibson City, a daughter of Erick and Sofia Anderson Peterson. She married L. Kirk Jardine on 3-26-1914 in Rockwell City, Iowa. He preceded her in death 12-3-1957. Survivors include two sons, Robert E., Crescent City and Richard of Gibson City; three daughters, Esther Mae Neuzel, Dorothy Huston and Mona VanAntwerp, all of Gibson City; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and 11 step-great-great-grandchildren. An infant son, a grandson, two brothers and five sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Jardine worked from August 1953 to October 1977 at the Del Rancho Motel in Gibson City. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City and the Sunshine Sunday school class; a charter member of Friendly Circle Club and a 50-year-member of Royal Neighbors of America. Memorials may be made to her church or to Gibson Community Hospital Annex.

JEFFERSON, IDA (ISOM) - The memorial service of Ida I. Jefferson, age 87 of Gibson City, formerly of Bloomington was at 1 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City. Visitaiton followed the service with the Reverend Laurence Sunkel officiating. She was cremated. Burial will be at a later date in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Jefferson died at 8:12 p.m. Friday, 7-16-1993 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. She was born 3-6-1906 at Plant City, Fl, a daughter of Edwin and Sally Robinson Isom. She married William Cleo Jefferson on 12-21-1935 at Bloomington. He died 2-21-1979. Survivors include a daughter, Helen McCormick of Bloomington; and a grandson. She was preceded in death by a brother. Mrs. Jefferson owned and managed the Belair Resort in Dunnellon, FL with her husband, retiring in 1977. She was a member of the Gibson City Woman's Club and a deacon and member of First Presbyterian Church in Gibson city. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Gibson Community Hospital.

JENNINGS, ELIZABETH CATHERINE (KERR) - Elizaabeth Catherine Jennings, born 2-25-1859 at Lexington, Il., a daughter of Micager and Ellen Kerr, died 11-6-1931 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. J.B. Suter, Gibson City. Burial was in the Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. She married David W. Jennings 12-16-1880 and he died 11-7-1926. Survivors include, Guy C. and Ray M., both of Aylesburg, Saskatchewan, Canada; Oscar H. of Antelope Sask., Canada; Mrs. Ruby Suter of Gibson City and Della May (16 days old)

JENKINS, LIDA L. (OSBORN) - Lida L. Jenkins, 98, of Gibson City died at 10:40 a.m. yesterday 9-27-1989 at Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.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 6 - 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Mrs. Jenkins was born 7-10-1891 in Groveland, a daughter of William and Lenora Jones Osborn. She married Clark E. Jenkins on 10-15-1912 in Mapleton. He died in 1957. Surviving are one son, Hayden V., Hoopeston; one daughter, Margaret J. Anderson, Gibson City; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, one daughter, one brother and five sisters. Mrs. Jenkins was a licensed practical nurse, working until she was disabled 5-30-1960 from an auto accident while on duty. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City and its women's association. Memorials may be made to her church or Gibson Community Hospital, Annex.

JENSEN, WILLIAM A. - William A. "Bill" Jensen, 79, of Gibson City died at 4:20 a.m. Thursday 6-1-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children; Gibson Area Hospital; or Gibson City United Methodist Church. Mr. Jensen was born 7-23-1920 at Hanna, Ind., a son of Arthur N. and Emma Johnson Jensen. He married Jenedia G. Jordan on 9-26-1941 at Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include one son, Doug (Bev) Jensen, Gibson City; one daughter Connie Glascock, Gibson City; two brothers, Richard Jensen and Donald Jensen, both of Gibson City; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. One grandson preceded him in death.

JENSEN, JEAN (CARROLL) - Jean Jensen, age 64 of Gibson City died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday 8-8-1995 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Bill Brandon, David Troyer, Jason Brandon, Larry Reynolds, Jamie Luna and Anthony Moore. Mrs. Jensen was born 8-29-1930 at Crab Orchard, KY, a daughter of Browder and Polly Smith Carroll. She married Richard L. Jensen on 8-8-1948 and he survives in Gibson City. Other survivors include four daughters, Linda Donberger of Tolono; Jill Yarbrough of Phoenix, AZ; Diana Luna of Fisher and Joi Jensen of Gibson City; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two sisters, Connie Schwartz of Miami Beach, FL and Dell Pragar of Cincinnati, Ohio. Mrs. Jensen was a resident of Gibson City for 45 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Gibson City and a member of Crab Orchard Baptist Church in KY. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

JEAN JENSEN
8-29-1930 to 8-8-1995
Services: Friday, August 11, 1995
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il.
Officiating: The Rev. Patrick W. Cox
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.
Pallbearers:
Larry Reynolds
Anthony Moore
David Troyer
Jason Brandon
Bill Brandon
Jamie Luna
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].



JENSEN, LARRY A. - Larry A. Jensen, age 19 of Gibson City died at 2:20 a.m. Saturday 6-15-1991 at Condit Twp. Champaign County from injuries suffered in an auto accident at County Roads 1000 East near 2700 North. His funeral was conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Laurence Sunkel and the Reverend Patrick Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 2 - 5 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and for one hour before the service at the church on Monday. Pallbearers included Pat Celeschi, Scott Davis, Thad Gilman, Tim Belanee, Leland Pearson and Bruce Kallal. Mr. Jensen was born 1-18-1972 in Gibson City, a son of Doug and Beverly Yeats Jensen. Surviving are his parents of Gibson City; a sister, Becky Jensen of Indianapolis, Indiana; his maternal grandmother, Juanita Yeats of Gibson City; and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Jensen of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Mel Yeats. Mr. Jensen was a life-long resident of Gibson City and was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church. He was a 1990 graduate of Gibson City High School where he had been tri-captain of the high school wrestling team and played three years of football. He had attended Parkland College for the past year. Memorials may be made to the Gibson City High School wrestling team.

JESSE, JOHN E. - John E. Jesse, 88, Paxton, died at 10:30 p.m. Friday, 10-15-1982 at Country Health Nursing Home, Gifford. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ford -Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Revs. Harold Bodeen and Roger James officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Jesse was born 8-18-1894 at Horton, Kan., a son of George Washington and Rosetta Stamper Jesse. He married Ada Wagner in March 1913 at Peoria. She died 12-8-1946. He married Mary West 10-22-1952 at Paxton and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Charles Edward of Milwaukee, Wis., and Fred W. of Gibson City; a daughter, Edna Mae Brown, Paxton; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A son, a grandson, three brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Mr. Jesse moved from KY to the Elliott area in 1911, where he farmed until 1933. From 1933 - 1936 he worked on the Nickel Plate Railroad. He moved to Gibson City in 1936 and worked as a plumber's aide. In 1952 he moved to Paxton. He was a member of the Elliott United Methodist Church and a charter member of Elliott Odd Fellows Lodge. Memorials may be made to Paxton Community Hospital or a charity of the donor's choice.

JOHNSON, BESSIE (COYLE) ANDERSON, - Bessie B. Johnson, age 79 of Gibson City died at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, 1-12-1992 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with the Reverend Jack Kaley officiating. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. She was born 4-22-1912 in Lexington, a daughter of Lee and Gladys Johns Coyle. She married Loren Johnson who preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, Bob Anderson of Gibson City and Willie Anderson of Lexington; two daughters, Bernice Climpson of Gibson City and Bessie Sharon Sleeter of Rantoul; two brothers, Woodrow Coyle of White Water, Wisconsin and James "Bud" Coyle of Woodland; three sisters, Janey Helmling of California; Gladys Jones of Elliott; and Margy Bese of Washington; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Johnson retired in 1991 from Anderson Ford in Gibson City.

JOHNSON, ELMER - Elmer Johnson, age 90 of Gibson City died at 1:30 p.m. Monday, 10-23-1989 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. His funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City with the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and for one hour before the service at the church Thursday. He was born 8-31-1899 in Thawville, the son of Nels and Ingerborg Erickson Johnson. He married Lucille Hancock on 9-8-1923 in Gibson City. She died 2-11-1975. He later married Alice Hoehne on 8-31-1975 in Bloomington. She died 10-25-1987. Surviving are two sons, Ivan D. Johnson of Lago Vista, Texas and Eugene Johnson of Gibson City; a daughter, Joanne Reinhart of Gibson City; a step-daughter, Charlene Gordon of Roberts; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Hannah Gathman of Gibson City. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Johnson was a life-long resident of the Gibson City area. He owned and operated Johnson Motor Service in Gibson City for 48 years, retiring in 1963. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to his church or to the American Heart Association.

JOHNSON, HAROLD A. - Harold A. "Big H" Johnson, age 70 of Gibson City died at 7:17 a.m. Sunday 5-19-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ford - Baier Funeral Home in Paxton with the Reverend Kathy S. Edmisson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home where Masonic services were at 8 p.m. Mr. Johnson was born 7-19-1925 at rural Melvin, a son of Harry and Mabel Bond Johnson. He married Georgiana C. Osman, on 1-8-1948 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Georgiana C. Johnson of Gibson City; two daughters, Sharon Pearson of Forsyth and Mary Davis of Ogden and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Mr. Johnson was a self-employed mechanic for 40 years, owning and operating Johnson Auto Repair and Salvage in Gibson City. He was a past president of the Gibson Chamber of Commerce and the Gibson City Rotary Club. Mr. Johnson was also a past president of the Illiana Antique Club of Danville, where he was also on the advisory board and a member of the Antique Car Club of America. He was a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge No. 733 and past patron of the Drummer Chapter 822 OES. Mr. Johnson portrayed the part of Santa Claus for Gibson City for 19 years. Memorials may be made to Lifeline Pilots, an organization that provides emergency medical air transportation.

JOHNSON, GLENN L. - Glenn L. Johnson, age 63 of rural Gibson City died at 9:10 a.m. Monday 3-18-1991 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Ford - Baier Funeral Home in Paxton with the Reverend Laurence A. Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held Tuesday from 6 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Johnson was born 2-10-1928 at Gibson City, the son of Harry E. and Mabel Bond Johnson. Surviving is one brother, Harold Johnson of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Johnson graduated form Drummer Twp High School in 1946 and attended the University of Illinois for one year. He farmed in rural Gibson City and was a small engine repairman. He was a member of "The Old Time Farm Show," a farming community group interested in small engines. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

JOHNSON, DAVID G. - David G. Johnson, 44, of Gibson City died at 10 p.m. Wednesday 6-14-1995 at his residence. He had been ill. His funeral service was Monday at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiated. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Mr. Johnson was born 10-25-1950 in Paxton, a son of Georgie M. and Dorothy M. Fricke Johnson. He married Deborah Kiekow 6-15-1974 in Alsip and she survives. She teaches in the PBL school system. Also surviving are his mother, Roberts; three sons, Gregory, Bradley and Douglas, all at home; and three brothers, Dennis, Goodfield; Darryl, Rockford; and Durward, Kansas City, Kan. Mr. Johnson a Gibson City resident for 21 years, graduated from Roberts - Thawville High School in 1968. He attended Parkland Community College for two years and Illinois State University for three years, where he graduated in 1973 with a bachelor of science degree in education. He received his master's degree in education from ISU in 1978. He taught industrial arts for 22 years and served as cooperative education director at Gibson City High School. He was a member of Naional Education Association, Illinois Education Association and Gibson City - Melvin - Sibley Education Association. He was a member of American Lutheran Church, Gibson City. He took over the CVE program in 1978. Under various names the program had been offered since 1958. Johnson developed many lasting relationships through his CVE coordination. "Many of the same business owners and key people have worked with us (Johnson and the school) for many years," Johnson said in a recent Record article, "and these relationships have been important to me, and to the school. They provide excellent opportunities for our students to learn skills on the job while they prepare for their high school graduation." Many of their friends in both communities and school districts, as well as in much of the rest of Ford County, will hold a benefit dinner and dance, June 24 in the Melvin fairgrounds. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Honorary pallbearers were Dean Summers and Gary Kietzman. Pallbearers were Larry Littlefield, Ossie Jordan, Gene Everett, Vic Jennings, Larry Richoz and Jim Lewis.

JOHNSON, ALBERT S. - His early life was spent on the farm in McLean County, Il. His parents moved to Gibson City when he was 15. His health being frail, he went to California and spent eight years, returning just before the San Francisco earthquake. Most of the past four years was spent in Peoria, Il., but his health failing, he returned to the home of his parents. The dread consumption fastened itself onto him and he passed away on Monday evening. Besides his aged parents, he leaves to mourn his untimely death. a brother Fred Johnson of this vicinity; three sisters; Mrs. Laura Hull of Bloomington, Il.; Mrs. Wm. Dickey of Kansas City, Mo.; and Mrs. Anna Ehresman of Gibson City. b. 4-27-1874 in McLean County, Il. parents: Mr. and Mrs. Julius Johnson d. 2-5-1912 age 37 yr 9 mo 8 da

JOHNSON, DELLA (GRAY) GARMON, - Mrs. Della Johnson, 87, a resident of Gibson Manor for three years, and formerly of the Paxton and Buckley areas, died at 6:05 p.m. Monday 2-18-1985 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Parvin DeBerry will officiate with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Johnson was born 4-1-1897 at Jamestown, TN, a daughter of Nathan and Norma Palmore Gray. She married Joe Garmon at Burkesville, KY. He preceded her in death 9-5-1946. She then married Joe Johnson in March of 1949 at Gibson City. He died in 1970. Surviving are one daughter, Ina Muters, Gibson City; two granddaughters; and five great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Church of Christ in Mudcamp, KY. Memorial tributes may be made to the Gibson Manor Nursing Home.

JOHNSON, MAUDE (ZIMMERMAN) - Mrs. Maude Johnson, 91, died at 4:35 a.m. Saturday 3-20-1976 at the Americana Nursing Center, Normal. Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Vernon L. Oakley officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were George Shankel, Raymond Grimes, Nelson Humphrey, Johnny Shankel, Leslie Zimmerman and Vivian Spencer. She was born 7-23-1884 in Garber, a daughter of John and Fannie Escher Zimmerman. She married Roy W. Johnson 2-8-1905 in Gibson City. He preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Thelma Grimes, Bloomington, and Mrs. Leta Shankel, Heyworth; 8 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, a sister, and two brothers. Mrs. Johnson was a resident of Cooksville for 63 years and was a member of the Union Church there. She was a charter member of the McLean County Home Bureau. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

JOHNSON, C.A.T. - C.A.T. Johnson, 93, of rural Gibson City died at 10:06 p0.m. Thursday 10-15-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Revs. Robert C. Cooling and Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home and an hour before the service at the church. He was born 8-2-1894 in Gothenberg, Sweden, a son of Carl and Matilda Larson Johnson. He married Hildur Frykman on 7-27-1918 in Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include three sons, Robert, Hillside; Ralph, LaGrange; and Lloyd, Gibson City; a sister, Corrinne Peterson, Chicago; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Two sons, four brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Johnson came to the United States in 1908. He farmed in the Bloomingtona area for 26 years and in the Gibson City area for 40 years. He was a ` 61-year member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Bloomington to which memorials may be made.

JOHNSON, ELIZABETH (GOWDY) - Mrs. William Johnson died Monday (1-15-194?) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Bloomington. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home. The Rev. A.H. Flagge will be assisted by the Rev. E.H. Sauer. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Elizabeth Gowdy was born 11-5-1861 in McLean County. She came here with her husband 25 (?) years ago. He died 22 years ago. Surviving are two sons, Ralph, Plymouth, Ind.; Floyd, Long Beach, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Anna Williams, Ellsworth; seven grandchildren. A brother ? preceded her in death.


HOUSER, JUDI (WILSON) - Judi A. Houser, age 43 of Gibson City died at 6:41 a.m. Friday, 1-11-1991 atBokaw Hospital, Normal. She was awaiting a kidney and pancreas transplant. Her funeral was held Monday at 2 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers included Mark Brown, Marcus Que, Mike Lorenzen, Tim Hawthorne, John Meredith and Richard Rottman. Visitation was held form 6 - 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. She was born 10-30-1947 in Tooele, Utah, a daughter of Robert Wilson and Willa Hamilton. She married Dennis Houser on 3-1-1969 in Gibson City and he survives. Also survivng are one son, Brad of Buckley; one brother, Glenn Hart of Hurst; two sisters, Bobbie Moore and Katy Sutherly, both of Gibosn City; her mother, Willa Hart of Gibson City and her father, Robert Wilson of Reed, KY. She was preceded in death by her stepfather. Mrs. Houser was a member of Gibson City United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

HOUTS, JESSE - Jesse Houts died at the home of his parents, Henry and Julie Houts. Death was caused by an accident Saturday morning. He was haulding manure on a farm when his wagon struck a post, jolting him off. One wheel passed over his abdomen and the team ran away. He was bleeding internally. b. 9-25-1885 at Gibson City parents: Henry J. and Julia A. Osmun Houts d. 7-29-1899 buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery

HOUTS, ELLA G. - Miss Ella G. Houts, 76, Bloomington, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday 7-9-1975 at Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Philip Queen officiaating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. She was born 10-6-1898 at Easton, a daughter of Henry and Julia Ann Osmun Houts. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Miss Houts retired in 1972 as a secretary with Union Insurance Group. She was a former president of Bloomington - Normal Business and Professional Woman's Club. She belonged to the Second Presbyterian Church and its Circle 7 and the Bloomington Senior Woman's Club. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

HUDSON, CRYSTAL JANE (PETERS) - The funeral for Crystal Jane Hudson, 26, rural Heyworth will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Metzler - Froelich Memorial Home, Bloomington. Rev. Clarence A. Bangs will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be 5 - 8 tonight at the memorial home. Mrs. Hudson died at 11:51 a.m. Friday 2-19-1988 at St. Joseph Hospital Medical Center, Bloomington, following a brief illness. She was born on 9-25-1961 at Champaign, a daughter of Richard M. and Mary Jane McElyea Peters. She married Glenn E. Hudson on 1-5-1980 at Gibson City and he survives. Also surviving are one son, Joshua Glenn Hudson, at home; her father and stepmother, Richard and Kaye Peters, San Diego, Calif.; her mother and stepfather, Mary Jane and Jack Burton, Cordelle, GA; her paternal grandmother, Ruby Peters, Morton; her maternal grandmother, Edith McElyea, Flora; two stepsisters, Brenda Peters, San Diego, Calif.; and Lori Rushing, Homer; three stepbrothers, Stan Burton, Champaign, Jeff Burton, Rochester, NY and Jerry Burton, Homer. Mrs. Hudson and her husband were co-owners of the Glamour Plus ladies' clothing shops in Normal, Springfield and Urbana for the past five years. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospitals for Crippled Children.

HUDSON, JOSEPH B. - Joseph B. Hudson, age 81, Outstanding Citizen of Gibson City in 1979, and an advocate for the elderly and migranat workers, died at 9:40 a.m. Wednesdsay 5-9-1990 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. His funeral was held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Elliott United Methodist Church with the Reverend Beth Newton Watson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and from 9 - 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Mr. Hudson was born 6-5-1908 in Bloomington, a son of Joseph Benjamin Warren and Lona Crew Hudson. He married Nola Forman in 1978 in Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include four sons, David W. of Gibson City; Jim of Lawton, OK; Charles of Tulsa, OK; and Tom of Pekin; two daughters, Janice Mason of Gibson City and Leola Davis of Bremerton, Washington; two stepsons; one stepdaughter; two brothers, Gordon Hudson of Morton and Paul Hudson of Gibson City; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren. One son, one brother and one grandson preceded him in death. Mr. Hudson was retired from Central Soya, Gibson City. He was a director of Telecare and a driver for Telecare. Mr. Hudson was a former president of the Gibson City Migrant Council, whose efforts in 1977 culminated in the opening of a free-day-care center for children of migrant workers. He once spent a winter teaching an injured migrant worker English, encouraging him to take General Educational Development courses and to take advanced courses to prepare himself to be an electronics repairman. He was a member of the Elliott United Methodist Church

HUDSON, NELLIE L. (BURNS) - The funeral of Nellie L. Hudson, 80, a resident of Gibson City most of her life, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Reverend Philip N. Curran will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 tonight at the funeral home. Mrs. Hudson died at 9:55 a.m. Sunday 9-8-1991 at Knights Templar Home for Aged Infirm Inc., Paxton, where she had lived for three years. She was born 5-30-1911 at Gibson City, a daughter of Charles and Nellie Mae Sholty Burns. She married Joseph B. Hudson, who preceded her in death. Survivors include three sons, David W., Gibson City; Jim, Lawton, OK; and Charles, Tulsa; two daughters, Janice Mason, Gibson City, and Leola Davis, Bremerton, Wash.; one stepson, Tom Hudson, Pekin; one brother, Charles Burns, Roberts; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. One son, two brothers, two sisters and one stepson preceded her in death. Mrs. Hudson was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the Knights Templar Home for Aged Infirm, Inc.

HUDSON, DAVID W. - David W. Hudson, age 49 of Gibson City died at 5:49 p.m. Sunday 5-19-1996 at his residence in Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City, the Reverend Ruth Hansen officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Pallbearers will include Ron Conover, Harold Forbes, David Wayne Hudson, Richard Alan Hudson, Joseph Benjamin Hudson and Jeffrey Forbes. Mr. Hudson was born 9-29-1946 at Gibson City, a son of Joseph B. and Nellie L. Burns Hudson. He married Sherrie R. Forbes on 9-7-1979 in Paxton. Survivors include his wife, Sherrie Hudson of Gibson City; three sons, David Wayne Hudson of Caney, Kansas; Richard Alan Hudson of Hannibal, MO; and Joseph Benjamin Hudson of Bartlesville, OK; one daughter, Billie Jo Hudson at home in Gibson City; six grandchildren; two brothers, James Hudson and Charles Hudson, both of OK; two sisters, Leola Davis of Burlington, Washington and Janice Mason of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son. Mr. Hudson lived his entire life in Gibson City. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City and worked as a farm equipment mechanic for Shaners and Kuhns Equipment Company in Gibson City for 31 years. Memorials may be made to the Hudson family.

HUDSON, JEFFREY LEE - Jeffrey Lee Hudson, infant son of David and Cherrie Forbes Hudson, Gibson City, died at 7:30 a.m. Monday, 11-24-1980 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana, where he was born Sunday. A graveside service was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Lamb Funeral Home made arrangements. Surviving are his parents; three half brothers, David Wayne, Richard Allen, and Joey Hudson, all of New London, Mo.; his paternal grandmother, June Forbes, Paxton; his paternal grandmother, Nellie Hudson, Gibson City; his paternal grandfather, Joe Hudson, Gibson City; and his maternal great-grandmother, Myrtle Kaiser, Gibson City. b. 11-23-1980 d. 11-24-1980

HUDSON, LELA MAE (PROFFITT) - Lela Mae Hudson, age 82 of Gibson City, died at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday 8-18-1992 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral was held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church, Gibson City with the Reverend Philip N. Curran officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and from 1 - 2 p.m. Thursday at the church. Pallbearers included Kurt Hudson, Gene Hudson, Scott Kreitzer, Steve Johnson, Mike Johnson, Jim Nelson and Dan Copher. Mrs. Hudson was born 5-23-1910 in Monroe County, KY, a daughter of Daniel S. and Merica Billingsley Proffitt. She married Frank J. Hudson on 7-4-1931 in Gibson City. He died 6-8-1978. Survivors include five sons, Jimmie and Carl, both of Gibson City; Clyde of Elliott; E. Douglas of Florissant, MO; and Glenn of Heyworth; four daughters, Mary Brickey of Glendale, AZ; Margaret Martin of Victorville, CA; and Kathryn Johnson of Savoy; one brother, Omer Proffitt of Palm City, Fl; 15 grand-children and 15 great-grandchildren. One son, one brother and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Hudson, a resident of Gibson City for most of her life, was a 70-year member of the First Christian Church, to which memorials may be made. (note: the obituary states four daughters survive; however only listed the three.)

HUFF, Mrs. ALEXANDER - Mrs. A. Huff, 35, died last Friday, 1-23-1920 at Lake Park Hospital, Chicago, Il. Services at AME Church, Gibson City in charge of Rev. G.H. Hughes, pastor of the church. Burial in Gibson City Cemetery. Born in Gibson City, 35 years ago, a daughter of Mrs. Nannie Stokes Moore. Survivors include her husband, Alexander Huff; and her mother. b. 1885 d. 1-23-1920 (Gibson City Courier 1-29-1920)

HUMMEL, GLENN G. "POPS" - Glenn G. Hummel, 86, of Gibson City died at 9:43 p.m. Friday 10-26-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Joey Watt officiating. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. He was born 7-12-1904 in Arrowsmith, a son of George F. and Josie Gilbert Hummel. Surviving is a sister, Evelyn Snyder, Peoria. He was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters. Mr. Hummel worked for the Wabash Railroad and Gibson Canning Factory. He was also a maintenance worker for the City of Gibson and was a gravedigger for Drummer Twp Cemetery.

HOLDERBY, BETTY L. (FENTRESS) - Betty L. Holderby, age 64 of Saybrook died at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday 3-11-1998 at her home in rural Saybrook. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall L. Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Russel Holderby, Steve Hardt, Jack Hardt, Justin Nettleton, Randy Nettleton and Eric Nettleton. Mrs. Holderby was born 2-24-1934 at Brecinridge County, KY, a daughter of Wayne and Geraildean Phelps Fentress. She married Willy Hines on 11-6-1948. She later married Eugene Holderby and he survives. Survivors include one sister, Mary Jo Nettleton of Saybrook; one brother, Robert Fentress of Gibson City; three daughters, Sue Hardt of Beaumont, Texas; Donna McMichael of Phelan, California; and Cathy Hood of Pasadena, Texas; one son, Russel Holderby of Vider, Texas; one stepdaughter, Mary Holderby of Vider, Texas; one stepson, William Holderby of Colton, California; two step-brothers, Rodney Reynolds of Hartford, KY and Larry Jo Reynolds of McHenry, KY and one stepsister, Betty Givens of Glendora, California; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. A former resident of California for 25 years, Mrs. Holderby lived in Saybrook since 1986. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.

HOLLEN, DENNIS - Dennis Hollen, 16, died in a car accident at "Dead Man's Curve" east of Gibson City on Route 9, 5-4-1969, the son of Raymond and Virginia Huff Hollen of Gibson City. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. Surviving are his parents, a brother, David, at home; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Blanche Hollen, Gibson City, Il. He was preceded in death by a brother. b. 4-16-1953 at Gibson City, Il. d. 5-4-1969 buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

HOLLIS, AUTUMN ROSE - Autumn Rose Hollis, infant daughter of Robert and Deborah Hollis of Gibson City was stillborn at 10:15 p.m. Saturday 6-22-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City is in charge of all arranagements. Survivors are her parents, Robert and Deborah Hollis, Gibson City; three brothers, Michael Hollis, Billy Hollis and Cody Hollis, all at home; her maternal grandparents, Judy and Lon Whipple of Champaign, and Mike and Deola Rea of Conway, Ark.; and her paternal grandparents, Ed and Bonnie Hollis of White Heath. Memorials may be made to the Hollis family.

HOOKER, HELEN L. (BRYANT) - Helen L. Hooker, age 98 of Gibson City died at 12:50 p.m. Saturday 5-20-1995 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. A graveside service was at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with William J. Tammen officiating. Visitation was for one hour before the service Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Mrs. Hooker was born 1-25-1897 at Gibson City, a daughter of William C. and Etta L. Barrow Bryant. She married LeRoy Hooker on 8-3-1918 at Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He preceded her in death. Survivors include one sister, Mercedes Lacharity of Bethesda, MD and one granddaughter. One daughter, one brother and two grandsons preceded her in death. She lived in Petersburg for 20 years and then lived at Falls Church, VA from 1962 - 1971. She moved to Gibson City in 1971. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army Tele Care.

HOLLIS, MARCY JANE (CLARK) - b. 7-23-1833 at Stafford Co., VA parents: m. 9-16-1849 to George W. Hollis d. 10-7-1912 at the home of her son, Melvin Hollis in Gibson City. buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery.

HOLM, RAYMOND - Raymond N. Holm, age 79 of Gibson City, a retired farmer, died at 8:09 p.m. Tuesday 1-1-1991 at his residence after a home heating accident. His funeral was held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Masonic services conducted at 8 p.m. Pallbearers were Ronald Knapp, William Anderson, Donald Kelley, Robert Hendricks, Vernon Hill and Doug Moody. Mr. Holm was born 6-23-1911 in Drummer Twp, a son of Nels Christian and Christine Nelson Holm. Survivors include two sisters, Elna Martin of Gibson City and Eileen Hudgins of Naperville. Mr. Holm had been a resident of the Gibson City area for all of his life. He retired from farming in 1965. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City; Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733, AF & AM; and Ford County Farm Bureau. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Gibson City Masonic Lodge.

HOOVER, MAX C - Max C. Hoover, 79, of Gibson City died at 1:34 p.m. Monday 8-3-1998 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church in Gibson City, the Rev. Donald Jones and the Rev. Al Schneck officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. and visitation for one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Burn Unit at Shriner's Hospital. Mr. Hoover was born 2-12-1919 in Streator, a son of William D. and Maude Carew Hoover. He married Erma Barricklow on 6-14-1942 at Hillsboro. She survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Kay Hankins, Chatanooga, TN; one son, Gary Hoover, Chattanooga; and two granddaughters. His parents and one brother preceded him in death.

HOOVER, ROBERT L. - Robert L. Hoover, age 68 of Bayles Lake, Loda, formerly of Gibson City, died at 10:49 a.m. Friday, 4-13-1990 at the Chanute Air Force Base Hospital, Rantoul His funeral was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with Paul Walles officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Charles Jackson, Marvin Hoover, Carl Raper, William Beppler, Larry Weaver and Bill Vance. He was born 1-10-1922 at Piper City, a son of Robert E. and Myrtle L. Howard Hoover. He married Evelyn Hitchings on 6-6-1943 in Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include one son, Robert E. Hoover of Lexington; and one brother, Howard Hoover, Youngtown, AZ. He was preceded in death by a sister. Mr. Hoover worked for Central Soya, Inc., Gibson City for 41 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of Loda United Methodist Church and was past president of the Gibson City Rotary Club. Memorials may be made to Covenant Medical Center Hospice Care Unit, Urbana.

HORSCH, JO ANN (BECKER) - Jo Ann Horsch, age 66 of Barling, Arkansas, formerly of Gibson City, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday 8-20-1999 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, in Urbana. A Funeral Mass was said at 10:30 a.m. August 23 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. August 22 at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City where a rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Pallbearers were Craig Horsch, Eric Horsch, Chris Thorp, Scott Horsch, Grant Horsch and Travis Mayer. Mrs. Horsch was born 2-6-1933 at Barling, Ark. a daughter of Ignatious and Dorothy Weindel Becker. She married Richard V. Horsch on 11-30-1955 at Barling, Ark. He preceded her in death on 8-3-1986. Survivors include two sons, Richard (Sherry) Horsch of Warrington, PA and Dwaine (Barbara) Horsch of Mahomet; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Leo Becker of Crowley, Texas and Raymond Becker of Barling, Ark.; two sisters, Celestine Sharum of Barling, Ark and Paulette Brown of Ocala, OK. She was preceded in death by one sister, one son, and one daughter. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City.

HAM, JAMES E. - James E. Ham, 36 of Gibson City died at 6:21 p.m. Monday 12-26-1988 at the scene of a two-car automobile accident on Illinois 47 in Champaign County, south of Gibson City. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. He was born 5-30-1952 at Carrizozo, NM, son of Max and Kim Ham. He married Anita M. Shane on 6-10-1976 in Farmer City and she survives. Other survivors include three sons, James, Robert and Anthony, all at home; his parents, Max and Marlene Ham, Las Cruces, NM, a brother, Don Ham, State of Washington; and four sisters, Yvonne Pell of AZ; Debbie Wilke and Jo Neal Kurruso, both of Las Cruces; and Annie Mackey, Yuma, AZ. His mother preceded him in death. Mr. Ham had been a resident of Gibson City since 1979 and was employed by Baltimore Air Coil Co in Paxton for four years. He was a Little League baseball coach for 10 - 13-year-olds and helped to coach high school and youth wrestling programs in Gibson City. He was a children's bowling coach at Lammle's Bowling Lanes in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

HAMM, VIRGIE E. (VILLHARD) - Virgie E. Hamm, 70, a Gibson City resident since 1952, died at 12:58 a.m. yesterday 1-18-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Gibson City United Methodist Church, the Revs. Randall Perry and Carl Johnston officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and from 1 - 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Mrs. Hamm was born 5-19-1917 at Summerfield, a daughter of Arnold and Edna Monken Villhard. She married Charles S. Hamm on 6-29-1952 at Champaign. He died 3-27-1986. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Mona Erdman, Dewey. Mrs. Hamm, a graduate of Illinois State Normal University in 1938, formerly was employed at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Senior Woman's Club both of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

HAMM, CHARLES S. - Charles S. Hamm, 70, of Gibson City, died at 10:20 a.m. yesterday 3-27-1986 at Cole Hospital, Champaign. His funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce and Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 tonight at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and for one hour before the funeral at the church on Saturday. Mr. Hamm was born 12-6-1915 at Champaign County, the son of Charles and Ethel Sawyer Hamm. He married Virgie Villhard on 6-29-1952 at Champaign and she survives. Also surviving are a sister, Mona Erdman, Dewey. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Hamm was a resident of the Gibson City area all his life. He graduated from Drummer Twp High School in 1933 and Illinois State University in 1937. He farmed in the Gibson City area for 60 years, retiring in 1984. He was a republican precinct committeeman for many years, the Ford County Republican chairman for 12 years, and a school auditor for the state. He also worked in various other positions for the state. He was a member of the United Methdist Church of Gibson City, the Gibson City Rotary Club, and the Champaign Elks and Moose Lodge. He was active on the YMCA board at Rantoul. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

HANSON, LARS J. - Lars J. Hanson, 81, died at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday after an illness of a few days. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. (daylight) Friday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. The Rev. Gale Barkalow will officiate. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Mr. Hanson, son of Abel and Anna Hanson, was born 8-17-1870 a few miles south of Elliott. He married Rosa Blackmore 12-1-1897. Surviving are the wife; one daughter, Lillian at home; two brothers, Abel of Chicago and James A. of Hartland, MN. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. b. 8-17-1870 d. 9-18-1951

HANSON, ROSA (BLACKMORE) - Mrs. Rosa M. Hanson, 85, died at 8:55 a.m. Friday 3-6-1953 at her home in Elliott. She had been in failing health for several years. She was taken to the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Gale Barkalow of the Elliott Evangelical United Brethren Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery. She was born 2-5-1868 in the Farmersville area, the daughter of James and Keziah Ann Blackmore. On 12-1-1897 she was married to Lars J. Hanson. They lived on a farm near here until 1939 when they moved to their present home in Elliott. Surviving are one daughter, Lillian, at home, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, five sisters, four brothers and her parents. She was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

HANSEN, MICHELLE ANN - Michelle Ann Hansen, Bloomington, died at 10:15 p.m. 11-24-1983 at her home. A gun was found nearby and an autopsy attributed the cause of death to a gunshot wound. No foul play is suspected. She was born 12-2-1959, Gibson City, Il., a daughter of Milo and Faye Wooldridge Hansen. Surviving are her mother, Bloomington; her father, Gibson City; a half-sister, Mollie Hansen, Cuba, Il; and maternal grandmother, Elsie Wooldridge, Lansing, Il.

HANSEN, JEFFREY BENJAMIN - Jeffrey Benjamin Hansen, age 14 of Gibson City died at 12 p.m. Monday 11-11-1996 at the site of a helicopter crash in Guthrie. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Jeffrey Hansen was born 6-8-1982 at Gibson City as son of Donald D. and Janey Benjamin Hansen. Survivors include his parents, Donald and Janey Hansen of Gibson City; one sister, Kimberly S. Hansen, at home; his paternal grandmother, Ida Hansen of Gibson City; his maternal grandparents, Bob and Barbara Benjamin of Arrowsmith and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather. A resident of Gibson City for all of his life, Jeffrey was an eighth grade student at Gibson City - Melvin - Sibley Middle School and was a member of the GCMS Falcon Wrestling Club. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City. Jeffrey enjoyed all sports and farming and collected model farm equipment and trucks. Memorials can be made to the Gibson Community Hospital or to a charity of the donor's choice.

HARDING, MARGARET (BRETHORST) - Margaret Harding, age 80 of Gibson City died at 8:02 a.m. Friday 3-10-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday at American Lutheran Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was for one hour before the service Monday at the Church. Lamb Funeral Hme, Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were Stanley Leonard, Herman Rhodes, Bob Rasmussen, Doug Johnson, Randy Johnson and Bill Brethorst. Mrs. Harding was born 10-25-1914 at Anchor a daughter of Lambert and Augusta Beecher Brethorst. She married Charles Fredrick Harding on 12-28-1938 at Clover Port, KY. He died 11-11-1994. Surviving are one daughter, Beverly Conover of Gibson City; one brother, Siept Brethorst of Clinton; three sisters, Ida Pretzlaff, Minnie Huston and Laverne Johnson, all of Gibson City; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church of Gibson City and the women's group of the church. Mrs. Harding and her sisters were the subject of a Pantagraph feature story in August 1993. She lived all of her life in the Gibson City area where she was a cook for many years. She also worked as an Avon representative for 15 years. Memorials may be made to her church.

HARTFORD, JOYCE ANNE (ROBB) - Joyce Ann Hartford, 62, of Oxford, Iowa died at 2:30 p.m. Saturday 3-3-2001 at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, following a brief illness. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City, and for one hour before the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Asian Relief or the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Mrs. Hartford was born 12-21-1938 in Elmhurst, the daughter of Harry M. and Laura Wells Robb. She married Peter Hartford on 8-17-1968, in Lombard and he survives. Other survivors include one brother, David (Jane) Robb, Santa Fe, NM. Also surviving are one sister-in-law Sue (Bob) Martensen, Loda; two brothers-in-law, Bill Hartford and Tom Hartford both of Gibson City; and four nieces, Heather Robb, Evanston; April Robb Carter, Cambridge, Mass.; Julie Martensen, Dearborn, Mich.; and Kathy Martensen, St. Joseph. Her parents preceded her in death. Joyce was a graduate of Glenbard High School in Lombard and received a degree in elementary education from Wheaton College. Before moving to Iowa City, she taught second grade at Pleasant Lane Elementary School in Lombard. From 1971 - 1997, she was a secretary in the University of Iowa School of Library Science. She and her husband have lived in the Oxford area since 1973. She was of the Baptist faith and in 1960 was a backup singer fo the Billy Graham Chicago Tour. She enjoyed organ music, singing, bridge, bowling and the Internet.

HARTING, MYRA O. (OSBORN) - Mrs. Myra O. Harting, 82, a retired beautician, died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday 3-20-1976 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were William W. Jenkins, Gene Lain, William A. Jenkins, Hayden Jenkins, Michael Gossett, and Frank Jenkins. She was born 9-12-1893, in Gibson City, a daughter of William and Lenora Jones Osborn. She married Earl Harting in 1950 in Fort Wayne, Ind. He preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Garvy, Angola, Ind., and two sisters, Mrs. Auda Kegley, Kankakee, and Mrs. Lida Jenkins, Gibson City. Three sisters and a brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Harting, a member of the Lutheran Church of North Manchester, Ind. worked as a beautician in Laketon, North Manchester and Servia, Ind., before she moved to Chicago. She had resided in Gibson City since 1974. Memorials may be made to Gibson Community Hospital.

HATTEBERG, MILTON - DIES AFTER OPERATION Milton A. Hatteberg, 8, son of A.J. Hatteberg, Gibson City, died at St. Joseph's Hospital at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday following an operative attempt to reset a leg and save his life from poisons that seemed to be generated in the leg wound. Coroner Lloyd G. Shoemaker held an inquest later in the afternoon due to the fact that the original cause of the injured leg was a fall from a crib on October 24. His leg was jammed in the fall and the complicated condition that developed in the 11 weeks since the accident necessitated an operation. b. 1924 d. 1932 at Bloomington, Il. McLean County buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

HAWTHORNE, KENNETH R. - Kenneth R. Hawthorne, 58, a farmer in the Gibson City area for 26 years, died at 12:45 a.m. Monday 11-30-1981 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gibson City United Methodist Church, the Rev. James Bortell officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were John Summers, Tom Lemons, Chester Culbertson, Wilber Schertz, Oscar Long, and Bruce Cothern. Active pallbearers were William Swearingen, Phil Hawthorne, Hugh Kirkwood, Kenneth Meredith, William DeWall, and Earl Birkey. Masonic rites were held at Lamb Funeral Home. Mr. Hawthorne was born 9-26-1923 at Mansfield, a son of Alexander and Margaret Burgess Hawthorne. He married Margaret L. Fasking 12-9-1945 at Gibson City. She died 9-23-1970. On 12-9-1972 he married Cecelia M. Anderson at Gibson City. She died 5-28-1981. Surviving are a daughter, Suzanne Pitz, East Moline; two sons, Steven of Gibson City and Sidney of Foosland; two stepdaughters, Patricia Scoggin of Virginia Beach, Va. and Sandra Lee Rollins of LaFayette, La.; a stepson, Roger Don Anderson, Muscatine, Iowa; four sisters, Annabelle Douglas of Saybrook, Martha Kumler of Champaign, Velma Heidewald of Bloomington, and Lois Parrett of Mahomet; two brothers, Cecil of Saybrook and Francis of Farmer City; seven grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren. A brother preceded him in death. Mr. Hawthorne was a member of the Flying Farmers of America, Gibson City Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star, Lions Club, Moose Lodge and Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau. He was also a member of Gibson City United Methodist Church to which memorials may be made.

HECKENS, AUGUSTA (STROH) - HOLD RITES FOR ANCHOR NATIVE Augusta Heckens 90 a life-long resident of the Sibley - Gibson City area died at 9:45 a.m. yesterday 4-22-1983 aat the Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Melvin C. Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. She was born 3-14-1893 in Anchor Twp, a daughter of Rheinhold and Emelie Hornke Stroh. She married Otto Heckens 1-20-1917 near Anchor. He died 10-22-1961. Surviving are nieces and nephews. Seven brothers and five sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Heckens had lived in Gibson City for the last 20 years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

HELDT, PAULA A. (HUNT) - Paula A. Heldt, age 69 of Gibson City died at 11:28 p.m. Friday 6-26-1998 at her residence in Gibson City. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with Father William Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Matthew Hunt, Jim Bosshardt, Jim Kruger, Duane Seifert, Mick Bradbury and Gary Coit. Mrs. Heldt was born 3-23-1929 at Bloomington a daughter of James and Margaret Sweeney Hunt. She married Ernest W. Heldt on 5-23-1952 at Chicago. He preceded her in death on 7-23-1989. Survivors include two sons, Larry Heldt of Brentwood, TN and Mark Heldt of Elgin; one daughter, Judy Seifert of Gibson City; four grandsons; one brother, James Hunt of St. Clair Shores, Michigan; two sisters, Eleanor Bosshardt of Bloomington and Margaret Anderson of Bloomington. She was preceded in death by her parents. A former resident of Bloomington, Mrs. Heldt lived in Gibosn City since 1966. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

HELDT, ERNEST W. - Ernest W. Heldt, age 63 of Gibson City died at 1:30 a.m. Thursday 7-13-1989 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. His funeral was conducted Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were David Yates, Dale Trimble, Stephen Day, Patrick Lynch, Michael Bradbury and Lloyd Taylor. He was born 11-18-1925 in Arrowsmith, a son of Ernest and Bertha Mier Heldt. He married Paula A. Hunt 5-23-1952 in Chicago and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Larry of Indianapolis, and Mark, Streamwood; one daughter, Judy Heldt, Gibson City; three grandsons; and two brothers, Floyd, Hendersonville, NC and Donald of Lisle. He was preceded in death by one brother. Mr. Heldt was a resident of Gibson City for 25 years. He was a jobber for Amoco Oil Co for 38 years retiring in January 1989. He was an Army veteran and a former member of the Bloomington Elks Club. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

HELMICK, CHARLES ALBERT - The funeral services for Charles Albert Helmick, Gibson City were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Lloyd S. Ruland assisted by Rev. O. Inman of Saybrook officiated. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Mr. Helmick, aged 57 yr 8 mo 29 da, died Sunday morning, 10-26-1919 at his home after a brief illness. He was born 1-27-1862 in Dewitt County, near Farmer City, a son of Elihu and Mary Helmick. He grew to manhood in the Farmer City area and married 2-22-1886 to Miss Eliza Gannon at Bloomington, Il. He farmed near Farmer City, later moving to a farm near Foosland, then later built a home in Gibson City. Survivors include his wife and two brothers, George W. Helmick and Clark Helmick both of Farmer City; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Bland of Farmer City. He was preceded in death by one brother, Frank and two sisters, Eliza Jane Vance and Zetta Virginia Warmon. (Gibson City Courier - Thursday 10-30-1919)

HELMICK, WILLIAM G. - William Glenn "Doug" Helmick, 83, Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Gibson City and a retired farmer, died at 9:50 a.m. Sunday 10-1-1989 at Shell Point Village, Fort Myers. His funeral will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Reverend Scott Olbert officiating. Private burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 3 - 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Helmick was born 6-30-1906 near Gibson City, a son of William L. and Flora Mae Proctor Helmick. He married Margaret I. Rick on 12-31-1932 in Kentland, Ind. She died 3-28-1962. He married Pauline Kepley on 7-11-1963 in Eagle River, Wis. and she survives. Other survivors include a brother, Loel Helmick, Savoy, and a sister, M. Bernice Capen Normal. Mr. Helmick retired from farming in 1974. He had lived in Florida for the past eight years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City; the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733, AF & AM; the Bloomington Consistory; and the Mohammed Shrine, Peoria. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

HELMICK, LOEL PROCTOR - Loel Proctor Helmick, 84, of Leesburg, Fla., died 3-8-1998 in Florida. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. April 3 at First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City. Mr. Helmick was born 4-21-1903 at Gibson City. He married Margaret C. Lee. She survives. Also surviving are a sister, M. Bernice Capen of Bloomington; a step-daughter, Nanci Lee of Round Lake; five step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren. Mr. Helmick retired from grain farming and moved to Leesburg in 1990. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church at Leesburg and served on the Session of First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City. He was a past member of the Board of Directors of Gibson Community Hospital at Gibson City. He was a member of the Lions Club, a life member of Masonic Lodge No 733 at Gibson City and a member of Mohammed Temple at Peoria and the Scottish Rite Valley of Bloomington. He was a past worthy patron of Drummer Chapter No 822 of the OES at Gibson City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or an organization of the donor's choice.

HENDRICKS, BENJAMIN - Benjamin Hendricks came to this country in 1867, locating in southern Illinois. He married and lived at Petersburg, Il. for seven years. He had suffered from asthma for 40 years. To this union were born 8 children, the two eldest dying in infancy at Petersburg, Il. Surviving are his widow, Marie Gerdes Hendricks and five sons: Martin of Carlock, Il.; George, Frank, Harmon and Ubbe of Elliott, Il.; and a daughter, Mrs. C.R. Conger of Carlock. Il. b. 4-2-1844 at Walle, Amt. Aurich Germany parents: m. February 1871 to Marie Gerdes at Petersbury, Il. d. 122-20-1911 at Elliott, Il.

HENDRICKSON, MARION EARL "RED" - Marion Earl "Red" Hendrickson, age 89 of Gibson City died at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, 1-5-1999 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was for one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Mr. Hendrickson was born 9-5-1909 at Johnston City a son of Ralph and Lena Avery Hendrickson. He married Marion Warder on Decmeber 8, 1984 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Marion "Murnie" Hendrickson of Gibson City; one son, Ralph Hendrickson of Lacey, Washington; two daughters, Marge Doyle of Hazelwood, Mo. and Ruth Earies of Vincennes, Indiana and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, one brother and one sister. Mr. Hendrickson was a security guard at M&W Gear Company in Gibson City for 20 years. He was a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AM & AF and also was a 32nd Degree Mason. He lived in Gibson City since 1942. Memorials may be made to the family.

HENNEK, DOUGLAS STEPHAN - The funeral of Douglas Stephan Hennek, age 34 of Austin, Texas, formerly of Melvin was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. George Catholic Church, Melvin, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with a wake service held at 5 p.m. Pallbearers were Michael Rexroat, Dennis Beck, Donald Burns, Delbert Tjarks, David Bukowski and Mike Milligan. Mr. Hennek died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday 3-9-1989 at Seton Medical Center, Austin, Texas. He had been ill. He was born 12-22-1954 in Gibson City a son of Joseph and Margareat Day Henneck. Survivors include his mother of Melvin; two sisters, Lee Remmers, Cullom; and Jody Bane of Gibson City; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Bukowski of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a maternal grandfather, Kenneth Day of Portage Indiana. A resident of Austin, Texas since 1980, Mr. Hennek was employed by the State of Texas as a data processor. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

HEWSON, BETTY L. (HENDRICKS) VINSON, BECK, - Betty L. Beck Hewson, age 63 of Gibson City died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday 11-21-1996 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randy Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation was from 2 - 5 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers included Jason Hunt, Joseph Beck, Michael Durbin, Greg Durbin and Cody Durbin. Active pallbearers were Eric Ensign, Arnold Hunt, David Beck, Nathan Hunt, Billy Vinson and Jeramy Vinson. Mrs. Hewson was born 7-2-1933 at Paxton a daughter of Frank and Helen Horridge Hendricks. She married Lester Vinson on 8-30-1950 in Saybrook and he preceded her in death. She married Clarence Beck on 6-1-1973 in Unionville, Indiana. He died 8-8-1980. She then married Leo S. Hewson on 3-28-1992 in Dresdan, TN. Survivors include her husband, Leo S. Hewson of Gibson City; one son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Kendra Vinson of Lebannon, Mo; three daughters, Linda and Ray Hunt of Saybrook; Ruth Meister of Fairbury and Paula and Bob Durbin of Gibson City; 11 grandsons, two granddaughters and one step-granddaughter; two great-grandsons; two stepsons, Ronald Beck of Gibson City and Walter Beck of Saybrook.; two brothers, Frank Hendricks and Robert Hendricks, both of Gibson City; and one sister Doris Schriefer of Gibson City. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Mrs. Hewson was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. She was a life-long member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 6289 in Gibson City and the Eagles Lodge 527 Bloomington Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Burn Center or the United Methodist Church of Gibson City.

HEWSON, REGINA (GARMON) - Mrs. Regina Hewson, 58, of Piper City, died at 9:18 a.m. Monday 4-18-1988 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Her funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Marvin Remmers and the Rev. William Shields officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Friends may call from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Hewson was born 3-11-1930 in Cumberland County, KY, a daughter of Clarence and Alvia (Garmon) Garmon. She married Leo Hewson at Gibson City on 6-16-1950. Surviving are her husband; and four sisters, Edith Butler, Fairbury, Irene Chadd, Melvin, Leona Kurtenbach, Thawville, and Delsie Fruhling, Rantoul. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother. The family suggests memorials to a charity of the donor's choice.

HILL, DORISE C. (BOYD) - Dorise C. Hill, 49, of Urbana, formerly of Gibson City and Bloomington, died at 4 a.m. yesterday 8-28-1987 at Burnham Hospital, Champaign. She had been ill. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Clarence Bangs officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Hill was born 10-18-1937, in Cheneys Grove Twp, McLean County, a daughter of Orville and Katherine Taylor Boyd. She married Chester J. Hill on 9-20- 1973, in Bloomington and he survives. Other survivors include one son, Rance Stewart, Rantoul; one daughter, Robin Lybarger Brainerd, Urbana; one stepson, Chester "Bud" Hill, Urbana; one stepdaughter, Toni M. Hill, Urbana; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two brothers, Lyle Boyd, AZ and Larry Boyd, Gibson City; and one sister, Dollie Stephens, Gibson City. Her parents, one son, one daughter and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Hill, who had lived in Urbana for the last 13 years, previously lived in Bloomington for 15 years. She was reared in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

HINER, WILMA J. (LEONARD) - Wilma J. Hiner, age 71 of Gibson City died at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, 3-30-1999 at BroMenn Healthcare Center in Normal. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. March 31 at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Gail Reiners, Tom Barnes, Tim Barnes, Kenny Leonard, Kent Saunders and Randy Ashley. Mrs. Hiner was born 1-21-1928 at Gibson City a daughter of Kenneth and Merle Kerchenfaut Leonard. She married Donald E. Hiner on 3-3-1965 at Champaign. Survivors include her husband, Donald E. Hiner of Gibson City; two daughters, Barb (Perry) Comer of Gibson City and Betsy Hiner of Colorado Springs, Col.; two sons, Ed Farris of Gibson City and Danny (Nancy) Hiner of Champaign; two sisters, Doris Ashley of Sibley and Dorothy Barnes of Gibson City; two brothers, Evan Leonard of Gibson City and Stanley Leonard of Gibson City; six grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by one brother, Russell Leonard. Mrs. Hiner lived in the Gibson City area for all of her life. She retired from Electronics Corp in Gibson City after 30 years of employment. She was a member of the Ford County Boots and Saddle Club and the United Methodist Church of Gibosn City. Memorials can be made to her church or the American Cancer Society.

HINKEL, RUBY (MARTIN) - Mrs. Roy Hinkel died 3-18-1914 at her home in Concordia, Kansas, age 27 years, daughter of Emma Martin. Brought to Gibson City for burial.

HINTHORNE, HEATHER ELIZABETH - Graveside rites were held Sunday, June 20 at Drummer Twp Cemetery for Heather Elizabeth Hinthorne, the infant daughter of Charles and Charlene Schmidt Hinthorne, New Lennox. The Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiated. She was born Saturday, 6-19-1971 and died at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Surviving are the parents, maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Schmidt, maternal great-grandparents, Mrs. Helen Schmidt and Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Kilpatrick, Montgomery, Ala. B&D 6-19-1971 at New Lennox, Il.

HOEKSTRA, BENJAMIN - Benjamin Hoekstra, 74, of Melvin died at 12:25 p.m. yesterday 9-2-1988 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Stanley Rapp officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. He was born 3-29-1914 in Danforth, a son of Simon and Anna Kuipers Hoekstra. He married Mamie M. Shoemaker in 1937. She died 12-4-1970. He married Florence Fairley on 10-22-1971 in Melvin and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Ronald, Fairhaven, Mass.; a brother, Tim, St. Anne; a sister, Rena Hemp, Gilman; and a granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a daughter and a sister. Mr. Hoekstra was a resident of Melvin for more than 50 years. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

RIBBE, WALTER A. - Walter A. Ribbe, 80, of Gibson City, died at 8:10 a.m. yesterday 4-19-1987 at his home. His funeral will be Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He was born 3-6-1907 in Danville, a son of Charles and Lena Levorance Ribbe. He married Mae Frazier 1-23-1943 in Urbana and she survives. Also surviving are five sons, Raymond, Urbana; Frank, San Diego, Calif.; Francis, Downs; Charles, Victorville, Calif.; and David, Mahomet; a daughter, Lena Smith, Gibson City; a sister, Lillian Sandusky, Danville; 20 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. A daughter, a granddaughter and two brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Ribbe had been a Gibson City resident for 43 years. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church of Gibson City.

RICKETTS, ALTA F. (YOUNG) - The funeral of Alta F. Ricketts, 90, of Mesa AZ, formerly of the Gibson City - Foosland area, was Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Ricketts died at 8 a.m. Wednesday 12-2-1992 at Rollins Elder Care, Mesa. She was born 3-4-1902 in Foosland, a daughter of John Henry and Mary Elizabeth Studer Young. She married Glenn M. Ricketts 10-14-1920 near Gibson City. He died 8-11-1983. Survivors include a daughter, Glenna Curtis, Mesa; two granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren. One daughter, one infant son, two sisters and four brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Rickets was a member of United Methodist Church, Gibson City; member and past matron of Drummer Chapter OES; and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a well-known soloist.

RICKS, GALE E. - The funeral of Gale E. Ricks, 30, Gibson City, was held Friday at the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City, Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Bunney, Robert Bode, Scott Shull, Harold Miller, Robert Treach and Richard Broaddus. Active pallbearers were Ryan Unzicker, Dale Perman, Kim Schmidt, Ken Oyer, Kenny Thorndyke, and Tracy Orr. Mr. Ricks, a laboratory technician, died at 8:12 p.m. Tuesday, 8-27-1985 at Gibson Community Hospital after a long illness. He was born 11-30-1954 at Gibson City, a son of Harry and Pauline Fogel Ricks. They survive at Gibson City. Other survivors include a brother Ronald, Pittsburg, Kan.; and a sister, Mary Ann Ricks, Gibson City. Mr. Ricks was a life-long resident of Gibson City and a member and past president of the Gibson City Rotary Club. He was instrumental in starting the Gibson City Rotary Club 10-Kilometer Classic road race. He also was a member of the First Presbytyerian Church of Gibson City, where he was a deacon and of the Rantoul Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge. Mr. Ricks had been employed in the laboratory at Central Soya Co., in Gibson City for the last 12 years.

RILEY, EVELYN A. (ADKINS) - The funeral of Evelyn A. Riley, 86, of Gibson City will be Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Rebecca Zelensky will officiate and burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. She died at 3:03 p.m. Thursday 4-5-2001 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Mrs. Riley was born 1-26-1915 at Coles County, a daughter of Joseph M. and Mayme B. Meek Adkins. She married George Riley in 1932 at Toldeo and he survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Karen (Ed) Rhodes, Gibson City. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Rick (Ruth) Rhodes, Monticello, and Judy (Anthony) Fischetti, Acworth, Ga.; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Beverly; and three brothers. Mrs. Riley lived for many years in Sullivan and Decatur before moving to Gibson City in 1978. She was a life-long member of First Christian Church, a 50-year member of the OES at Sullivan and a charter member of the White Shrine at Sullivan.

RILEY, PHILIP A. - Philip Albert Riley, 3 1/2 month old son of Kathleen K. Riley of St. Louis,, formerly of Gibson City, died at 3:45 p.m. Thursday 7-8-1993 at St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. His funeral was Saturday at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton, Mo. A grave-side service was Monday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Philip Albert Riley was born 3-18-1993 in St. Louis County, MO. Survivors include his mother; two sisters, Lindsay Rose and Cassie Marie; his maternal grandparents, Maple Albert and Phyllis Ann Riley of St. Louis, formerly of Gibson City; and his great-grandmother, Marjorie A. Coay of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Resources.

ROBERTS, RUBY (SPEEDIE) - FORD COUNTY ILLINOIS CERTIFCATE OF DEATH b. 10-31-1895 parents: David Speedie and Sarrah Metcalf Speedie m. Roberts - widowed d. 11-3-1951 @ St. Joseph's Hospital, Bloomington, McLean County, Il. age 56 Cerebral Hemorrhage 19 hours natural death on highway in Ford County, IL Had stroke on highway driving auto to home of sick brother 11-2-1951 at 6:30 p.m. informant, Ella Speedie, Gibson City, sister-in-law

ROBERTS, RUSSELL L. - Russell L. Roberts, 76, of Lockport and formerly of Gibson City, died at 7:20 a.m. Friday 7-15-1994 at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet. His funeral will be Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He was born 2-15-1918 at Gibson City, a son of Chester and Alma Jensen Roberts. He married Vanita M. Tongate 9-28-1940. She died 7-21-1980. Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Y. Walker, Lockport; Brenda J. Roberts, Bloomington; and Kathy L. Stritzel, Indianapolis, Ind.; two brothers, Franklin Roberts, Bloomington; and Vernelle Roberts, LeRoy; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother. Mr. Roberts lived in the Lockport area for 37 years. He retired from Uniroyal after many years of service. He also owned and operated Roberts Dairy Castle in Lockport.

ROBERTS, BERTHA G. (GREEN) - Bertha G. Roberts, age 90 of Paxton, formerly of Gibson City, Champaign and Decatur died at 1:30 a.m. Monday 11-21-1994 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral was Friday at Naugle Funeral Home in Paxton with the Reverend Richard H. Swain officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Roberts was born 2-28-1904 at St. Louis, a daughter of Jesse and Anna Orelda Foster Green. She married Lynn A. Roberts on 7-20-1922 and he preceded her in death. Survivors include one daughter, Rosella M. Jesse of Gibson City; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Two sons and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Roberts, who was educated in Decatur schools, was a former civil service employee. She was a Methodist.

ROISLAND, MARY M. (FREDRICKSON) - Mary M. Roisland, 93, of Paxton died at 7 p.m. Saturday 1-25-1997 at the Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton. Funeral services will be Thursday at Naugle Funeral Home, Paxton. The Rev. Mark Diedrich will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs Roisland was born 11-12-1903 at Star City, Ind., a daughter of Charles John and Anna Dorothy Wolff Fredrickson. She married Joe Roisland on 8-7-1948 and he preceded her in death. Survivors include a stepson, Don Roisland of Paxton, and several nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters. Mrs. Roisland was a retired practical nurse. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Paxton.

ROPP, LAWRENCE - Lawrence Ropp, 88 of Gibson City died at 2:40 p.m. yesterday 10-29-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. His funeral will be Tuesday at Gibson City Bible Church, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He was born 8-18-1900 in Gibson City, a son of Serenus and Barbara Goldsmith Ropp. He married Clara Birky on 12-14-1930 in Peoria. She died 3-23-1988. Survivors include one daughter, Joanne Henderson, Mackinaw; two sisters, Edna Springer, Chenoa, and Irene Johnson, Benson; three grandchildren. Mr. Ropp lived on a farm west of Gibson City all of his life. He was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church and the Ford County Farm Bureau.

ROPP, CLARA B. (BIRKY) - Clara B. Ropp, 83, of rural Gibson City died at 4:01 a.m. yesterday 3-23-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be Saturday at Gibson City Bible Church, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. She was born 3-23-1905 in Shelby County, a daughter of John W. and Mae Covert Birky. She married Lawrence Ropp on 12-14-1930 at Peoria and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Joanne Henderson, Mackinaw; two brothers, Gilbert, Milton Junction, Wis., and Richard, Adair, Okla.; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. She lived in Gibson City most of her life and was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church.

ROPP, RAYMOND - The funeral of Raymond Ropp, 75, of rural Gibson City will be Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Robert E. Twist will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Ropp, a retired farmer, died at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday 5-10-1988 at Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington. He was born 1-4-1913 in Drummer Twp, Ford County, a son of Ozias and Anna Suter Ropp. He married Zola A. Lewis on 12-25-1937. She died 12-3-1967. He married Dorothy Hughs on 10-12-1968 in Bloomington and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Judith Sebens, Monticello; one sister, Ethel Ulfers, Gibson City; one stepson, Jack Hughs, Jacksonville; one step-daughter, Jill Foley, McLean; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded him in death. A lifelong resident of the Gibson City area, Mr. Ropp retired from farming in 1980. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City.

RORK, RAYMOND C. - Raymond C. Rork, 71, a resident of Gibson City since 1946 and a retired Central Soya Co., Inc., Gibson City employee, died at 9:30 p.m. Sunday 8-13-1989 in Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be Wednesday at First Christian Church of Gibson City, the Rev. Clarence A. Bangs officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Rork was born 6-1-1918 at Streator, a son of Burley and Lillian Wilk Rork. He married Hazel Schantz on 8-16-1961 in Rantoul. She died 1-4-1987. Survivors include three daughters, Alice Nelson, Gibson City; Janet Lewis, Pontiac; and Phyllis Rork, Philo; one brother, Wayne, Fairbury; three sisters, Lewise Borders, Middletown, Ohio; Luella Losey, Greenwood, Ind.; and Ruth Ernst, Cheyenne, Wyo.; and one granddaughter. One sister preceded him in death. Mr. Rork was a member of First Christian Church, Gibson City, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge and American Association of Retired Persons.

RORK, HAZEL D. (DAVIS) SCHANTZ - Hazel D. Rork, 77, of Gibson City, died at 3 a.m. yesterday 1-4-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Keith Storment officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. She was born 10-17-1909 in Centralia, Mo., a daughter of Charles and Grace Starkman Davis. She married Albert Schantz on 2-15-1930 at Gibson City. She later married Raymond C. Rork on 8-16-1961 in Rantoul and he survives. Also surviving are a brother, Lynn, Seattle, Wash.; three sons, Robert Schantz, Inverness Fla.; Edward Schantz, Mahomet; and Delmar Schantz, Gibson City; four daughters, Betty Sallee, Gibson City, Ruth Mettauer, Sebring, Fla.; Jean Williams, Hayward, Calif.; and Wilma Streenz, Saybrook; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers. She was a member of Women of the Moose, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and the Ladies Garment Workerss Unon.

ROY, NOVELLA (LAWSON) - Novella Roy, age 89 of Gibson City died at 12:25 a.m. Sunday 2-25-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibosn City. Funeral services were Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Pallbearers were Brad Stone, Jim Stone, Kyle Obert, Hi Troyer, David Roy, and Randy Ferguson. Mrs. Roy was born 7-27-1906 at Russell Springs, KY, a daughter of George and Mary Eads Lawson. She married Earl Roy in 1927 at Russell Springs, Ky. He preceded her in death in 1979. Survivors include one son, Don Roy of Eddyville; two daughters, Marcieda Rainwater of Gibson City and Inez Stone of Lebanon, Ohio; one sister, Mildred Gosser of Russell Springs, KY a daughter-in-law, Faye Roy of Gibson City; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son and two daughters. Mrs. Roy was a resident of Gibson City for most of her life.

ROY, NELSON LEON - Nelson Leon Roy, age 53 of rural Gibson City died at 10:10 a.m. Saturday 12-8-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital after suffering a heart attack. His funeral was Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers included Whitey Blank, Ron Ferguson, Randy Taylor, Nile Taylor, Arlin Roy and Hi Troyer. Mr. Roy was born 5-19-1937 in Windsor, Ky, a son of Earl and Novella Lawson Roy. He married Fayetta Lee on 1-28-1955 in Springfield and she survives. Other survivors include his mother of Gibson City; one son, David of Champaign; two daughters, Teresa Ferguson and Kim Ferguson, both of Gibson City; four grandchildren; one brother, Donald of Rankin; and two sisters, Marcieda Rainwater of Gibson City and Inez Stone of Lebanon, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister. A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Roy had been a television technician for Granada Hospital Group, Inc. in Chicago.

ROYAL, WALTER - Walter J. Royal, 87, founder of the Royal Oil and Gas co., died at 4:40 p.m. Thursday 5-30-1974 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Curtis officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. He was born on 5-9-1887 at Oxford, Ind., a son of Joseph and Rosa Miller Royal. He married Frances Slauter 2-24-1923 at Fowler, Ind. She survives, as do two sons, Bob and Jack W., Gibson City; a daughter, Carole (Don) Rhodes, Gibson City; a brother, Ethmer Royal, Pine Village, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. Inez Moore, Greenville, Ohio; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, a step-brother, and a great-grandson. A Gibson City resident since 1927, Mr. Royal was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, was active in originating the Gibson Community Sale, served as a member of the grade school board of education, and was a charter member of the original city recreation board.

ROYAL, FRANCES M. (SLAUTER) - Frances Marguerite "Peg" Royal, age 90, a Gibson City resident for more than 60 years died at 9:45 a.m. Monday 2-5-1990 at the Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverends Randall K. Perry and Beth Newton-Watson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers included Tracy Royal, Tom Royal, Ty Royal, Greg Rhodes, Steve Royal and Chris Royal. Mrs. Royal was born 12-4-1899 at Hoopeston, a daughter of James and Emily Cooper Slauter. She married Walter J. Royal on 2-24-1923 at Fowler, Indiana. He died 5-30-1974. Survivors include two sons, Robert of Hot Springs Village, Ark, and Jack of Gibson City; a daughter Carole Rhodes of Gibson City; one sister, Vesta Bowers of Carlsbad, Cal; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. A sister and one great-grandson preceded her in death. Mrs. Royal had been a resident of Gibson City since 1927. With her husband, she co-founded the Royal Oil and Gas Co. in Gibson City and served as bookkeeper. She was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church and the Drummer Chapter OES.

RUCK, LUCILLE (O'NEAL) - Elsa Lucille Ruck, 78, a Gibson City resident for 25 years, died at 4:48 a.m. yesterday 7-9-1992 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her graveside service will be Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. There will be no visitation. Mrs. Ruck was born 10-30-1913 in Gibson City, a daughter of Wayne S. and Bertha L. Raper O'Neal. She married Edward T. Ruck in June 1932 in Chicago. He died in November 1967. Survivors include three brothers, Everett O'Neal and Larry O'Neal, both of Gibson City; and Stanley O'Neal, Pontiac; and one sister, Lillian Anderson, Gibson City. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. She was a member of First Christian Church in Gibson City.

RUDOLPH, SUSAN F. - Susan F. Rudolph, age 44 of Springfield, died at 10:29 p.m. Saturday 9-14-1996 at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. A memorial service will be Saturday at the Gibson City United Methodist Church with the Reverend Randall Robinson and the Reverend Jane Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Miss Rudolph was born 7-16-1952 in Champaign, a daughter of Gerald W. and Dorothy A. Bennett Rudolph. Survivors include her mother, Dorothy A. Rudolph of Gibson City; one brother, Richard G. Rudolph of West Chicago; her grandmother, Clarice Bennett of Gibson City and two uncles, three nephews and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald W. Rudolph on 5-15-1984. Miss Rudolph graduated from Parkland College with an associate degree in applied science nursing in May 1978 and the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in March 1994. She received the Dr. I.M. Feinberg Memorial Award for Academic Achievement in pathology, the Richard G. Reichie Sr. Award for Academic Achievement in Restorative Art; and the Mu Sigma Alpha Award for outstanding Academic Proficiency. She was an RTS Bereavement Services Counselor in September 1989 and was the First Unit Director of the Women's Unit of Chesapeake General Hospital in April 1991. She was a member of ZONTA-Professional Business Women's Group, Eastern Star Drummer Chapter in Gibson City, IFDA-Illinois Funeral Director Association, and the United Methodist Church in Springfield. She was a member of the Gibson City American Legion Auxiliary. Formerly of Gibson City, Miss Rudolph resided in Chesapeake, VA and Washington DC for two years and lived in Rockford for two years. She was a new resident of Springfield for the last two months. She was employed at Staab Funeral Home as a funeral director and embalmer and was a former employee of Fred C. Olson Funeral Chapels.

RUPE, GEORGE - George Rupe, a former resident of Gibson City, died at his home in Redwood Falls, Minn. Remains brought to Gibson City for services and interment in Gibson City Cemetery. Funeral at Lamb Funeral Home July 17, 1941 at 2 p.m. Gibson City Courier - July 17, 1941 b. 1891, Tennessee d. July 1941, Redwood Falls, Minn.

RUTLEDGE, GLENN V. - Glenn V. Rutledge, 96 of Gibson City died at 10;10 p.m. Monday 10-9-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His funeral will be Thursday at United Methodist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Rutledge was born 10-29-1903 at Bethany, a son of Albert Vernon and Marietta Jordon Rutledge. He married Irene J. Barnes 1-2-1924 at Gibson City. She died 7-30-1983. Survivors include one son, Howard (Marilyn) Rutledge, Elliott; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Six sons, four daughters, two brothers, one grandson and two great-grandchildren preceded him in death. Mr. Rutledge farmed in the Gibson City area, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City.

RUTLEDGE, RUBY A. (BRAIN) - Ruby A. Rutledge, age 93 of Gibson City died at 9:35 a.m. Thursday 5-9-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dan Hill officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Pallbearers included Jim Schroeder, Bob Peeken, Charles Howard, Steve Busick, Todd Rutledge and Bill Kuykendall. Mrs. Rutledge was born 4-3-1903 at Mystic, Iowa, a daughter of James and Effie Childress Brain. She married Albert (Shorty) Rutledge on 6-24-1924 at Denver, Colorado. He died 9-6-1980. Survivors include two sons, Bob Rutledge of Springfield and Jack Rutledge of Ada, Michigan, one daughter, Norma Kuykendall of Champaign; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, two infant sons, three brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Rutledge lived in Gibson City most of her life, formerly living in Wyoming. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Gibson City and was an LPN at the Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City for many years. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

RUTLEDGE, RUSSELL - Russell J. Rutledge, 74 of Chiefland, Fla., formerly of the Gibson City area, a retired farmer, died at 8:40 a.m. Saturday 4-5-1986 at Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala Fl. His funeral will be Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. He was born \ 4-17-1911 at Gibson City, a son of Albert and Mary Jordan Rutledge. He married Opal R. Stillwagon 4-23-1949 at Henderson, Ky and she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Rusty J. and Timothy G., both of Champaign; and Ronald R., K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Mich.; four daughters, Penny E. Prewitt, Norfolk, Va.; Mary E. Brule, Jacksonville, Fla.; Dawn B. Isaac, Anchorage, Alaska; and Goldie A. Rutledge, at home; one brother, Glenn V., Gibson City; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son. He was a resident of Chiefland, Fla. for eight years after moving from the Anchor area. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Chiefland, Fla.

RYERSON, CHRISTIAN G. - Christian G. Ryereson, aged pioneer of Dix Twp., died 4-17-1914 near Elliott, Il. Death was sudden from acute indigestion affecting the heart. Member of the Norwegian Church of Elliott, Il. Gibson City Courier 4-24-191

PFOFF, W. LYLE - W. Lyle Pfoff, 88, of LeRoy, formerly of Gibson City, a retired auto mechanic and former Gibson City fire chief, died at 8 p.m. Thurssday 8-27-1992 at LeRoy Mor, LeRoy. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Pfoff was born 3-17-1904 in Elliott, a son of Henry and Nellie Jardine Pfoff. He married Ruby Ellen Randle 10-9-1926 in Paxton and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Robert Pfoff, Jackson,, Miss.,nd David Pfoff, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one daughter, Madelone Girkin, LeRoy; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Dean Pfoff, Paxton; and two sisters, Thema Baxter, Champaign, and Doris Boniface, Coldwater, Ohio. One daughter, Donna, two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

PFOFF, RUBY E. (RANDLE) - The graveside service of Ruby E. Pfoff, 90, of Gibson City will be at 1 p.m. today at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. There will be a private visitation, Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City is handling arrangements. Mrs. Pfoff died at 1:39 p.m. Thursday 7-17-1997 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to the family. Survivors include one daughter, Madelon Gallagher, Leroy; two sons, Robert Pfoff, Jackson Miss; and David Pfoff, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two brothers, Lee Randall and Stanley Randle (surname spelled both ways in obit); both of Kankakee; one sister, Mary Geo of Texas; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Pfoff was born 4-7-1907, in Wall Twp, a daughter of Lee and Edna (Maplethorpe) Randle. She married W. Lyle Pfoff on 10-9-1926 in Paxton. He died 8-27-1992. Her parents, and one daughter also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Drummer Chapter of OES and a Girl Scout leader for many years. She was a cook at Gibson High School and at Chantue Air..........

PHILLIPS, LENA EVELIN (VANANTWERP) - Lena Evelin Phillips, age 82 of Colfax, formerly of Williamsburg, VA and Vandalia, died at 8 a.m. Saturday 8-1-1998 at Heritage Manor Colfax. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Phillips was born 3-2-1916 in Gibson City, a daughter of Edward A. and Laura J. Madison VanAntwerp. She married Harry Mulvaney in Paxton. He preceded her in death. She later married Charles Phillips. He also preceded her in death. She is survived by one daughter, Marie Mulvaney of Canada; three sons, James Edward Mulvaney and Virgil Eugene Mulvaney, both of New Mexico; and an adopted son, Charles Phillips of Washington DC; one sister, Avoil Reed of Colfax and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters and one son.

PHILLIPS, MABEL ARILLA (HARRELL) - Mabel Arilla Phillips, age 92 of Godfrey, formerly of Dewitt and Gibson City, died at 2:10 a.m. Sunday 11-20-1994 at St. Anthony's Hospital, in Alton. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Phillips was born 11-17-1902 near Altamont, the daughter of Francis M. and Arilla Grant Harrell. She married William Phillips on 7-25-1927. He died 12-27-1983. Survivors include one son, John Phillips of Godfrey; one daughter, Delores Jane Mace of St. Louis; one brother, Ralph Harrell of Paxton; two sisters, Amma Hill of Bement and Belvadene Diller of Decatur; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

PIERSON, WILLIAM - William Pierson, 58 years old, a former employe of the local plant of the Carnegie-Illinois Steel corporation, succumbed to a heart ailment yesterday at his home, 519 Miami Street. Surviving are the widow, Florence; a son, William, and seven daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Peterson of Kansas City, Mrs. Edith Eggers, Mrs. Velma Churchill, Florence, Jane, Elizabeth and Rachel of Joliet. Funeral services will be held at the Chamberlin and Sloan chapel at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning, the Rev. A.I. Martin officiating. Burial will be at Gibson City, Il. b. 2-10-1879 d. 7-7-1936 (maybe in Joliet?)

PIERSON, FLORENCE - Florence, aged 64, 7 S. Joliet Street, died at Silver Cross Hospital, 11-2-1948. Survived by 7 daughters, (Dorothy) Mrs. Carl Larson of Lockport, Mrs. Edith Egger, (Jane) Mrs. Melvin Moore, (Betty) Mrs. Corlie Lake, and Misses Velma, Florence, and Rachael Pierson; 1 son William Edison; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Maude Jones, and Mrs. Ernest Nelson; 1 brother, Charles Hawkins. Funeral services from the Sonntag Funeral Home, Thursday at 10 a.m. Rev. Albert I. Martin officiating. Burial, Gibson City.

PIERZYNSKI, URSULA D. - Ursula D. Pierzynski, 93, a resident of Gibson City for the last 10 years, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, 10-10-1984 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her graveside funeral was at 1:30 p.m. yesterday in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Lamb Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Pierzynski was born 10-21-1890 in Chicago. She married Dr. Thaddeaus S. Pierzynski in November 1920 in Chicago. He died 2-16-1977. Survivors include a son, Dr. Ted Pierce, Oak Brook; a daughter, Gayle Hager of Gibson City; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Mrs. Pierzynski was a member of the Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary and the Woman's Club. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital.

PILKINGTON, JOSEPH ARTHUR - Joseph Arthur Pilkington, aged 5 months and 7 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pilkington of Peoria, died last Thursday in a tent at the "White City" at the canning factory, where his parents were living while working at the factory. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Coit, conducted by Rev. F.F. Fouts. Burial was in the Gibson Cemetery

POFF, MRS. ANDREW (ANDERSON) - Mrs. Andrew Poff, nee Anderson, died 11-15-1919 aged 84 yrs, 4 mo, 18 days. Services were held in Swedish-Lutheran Church in charge of Rev. A.F. Hamilton of Wenona, Il. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. She was born in Amal, Dahlsland, Sweden, 7-6-1836. She married 12-28-1864 to Andrew Poff. They lived sixteen years in Sweden and decided to come to the Land of the Free. Mr. Poff arrived in July 1880 and in October, Mrs. Poff and children came. Mr. Poff died in 1910. Survivors include three sons, John Poff, Swan Poff and Otto Poff; and one daughter, Helma Poff, all of Gibson City. Gibson City Courier November 1919

POLSON, HILDA B. - The graveside funeral of Hilda B. Polson, 96, of RR 1 Mahomet, will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. R. David Goodell will officiate. There will be no visitation. Blair Funeral Home, Mahomet is in charge of arrangements. She died at 10:05 a.m. Sunday 9-29-1985 at Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana. Mrs. Polson was born 11-18-1888, in North Dakota. She married Benjamin Polson in 1943 in ND. He died 7-3-1948. Survivors include a nephew, Alton Hewerdine, Fisher; and two nieces, Lavada Isaac, rural Mahomet; and Mildred Ralph, Fisher. Mrs. Polson had lived in the Mahomet area since 1948.

PONDER, DELLIE - September 1923 or 1928 IDENTIFY COLORED WOMAN FOUND DEAD ON WABASH TRAIN The young colored woman, who was found dead on Wabash passenger train #13 last Thursday morning about one o'clock as the train reached Sibley and who was removed to the Lamb undertaking parlors in this city (Gibson City) , was identified Tuesday by a relative in Chicago who telephoned Mr. Lamb. Her name was Dellie Ponder, aged 20 years. Her home was in St. Louis, Mo. She was enroute to her home when she died. Relatives of the dead woman were found by the porter of the train on which she died. He found the persons who accompanied her to the station last Wednesday evening and through them learned of her identity. Coroner S.A. Hanson held an inquest over the body in the Lamb undertaking rooms last Monday evening. The jury, which was comprised of P.L. Shaver, W.A. Osborn, W.C. Murry, Clayton Gray, F.P. Johnson and J.W. Stevens, returned a verdict that the unidentified colored woman was found dead on Train #13 Wabash passenger Chicago - St. Louis train, on the evening of September 5, and that cause of death was unknown. On the inside of the woman's pocketbook her name was scribbled on the lining. It was impossible to make it out. No address was given. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the AME Church, the services being in charge of the pastor, Rev. Robbins. Burial was in the local (Drummer Twp) Cemetery. No relatives from either St. Louis or Chicago came to claim the body. The funeral expenses and other costs will be borne by the county. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Out of the unknown and asleep with the last long sleep she came into this little inland town and found a couch in the parlors of the funeral director, where she lay unidentified for days. A waif from the billions of the earth came up like a piece of driftwood from the sea. She lay there unwept and unsung, a tiny colored woman with the face of a child. Then came the word that somebody who put her on the train in Chicago, knew her, that she lived some place in St. Louis. She was identified, but none came to claim her. She was taken to the church of her race, where songs were sung and prayers were read, and then she was consigned to Mother Earth in our own beautiful little cemetery. "O, it was pitiful, in a whole city full, friends she had none."

POOL, ELIZABETH MCCABE - Death was sudden. She was about to visit her parents in Gibson City when she was stricken with paralysis in the depot. She was taken to her home and lived only 36 hours. Remains brought to Gibson City for burial. b. 2-4-1854 in Brooklyn NY parents: G.W. McCabe m. d. 9-2-1882 @ Forrest, Il. age 27 yr 7 mo 29 days Gibson City Courier

POPLETT, CLARENCE T. - Clarence T. Poplett, 82, Gibson City, retired maintenance man of Gibson Community Unit School District, died at 5:05 p.m. Saturday 6-19-1982 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Fuenral Home, Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were James McCarthy, Howard Ehresman, Warren Brown, Harvey Noland, Max McGuire, and V.B. Ernst. Mr. Poplett was born 9-24-1899 in Peoria Heights, a son of Albert and Merida Thompson Poplett. He married Mable Cunningham 5-22-1920 in Paxton. She died 11-20-1981. Survivors include a son, Richard of Gibson City; a sister, Francis Blissard, Gibson City; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were two sons, a grandson, and a great-grandson. Mr. Poplett had been a Gibson City resident since 1932. He was a member of the First Christian Church. He had retired in 1966.

POPLETT, MABEL M. (CUNNINGHAM) - Mable M. Poplett, 79, of Gibson City, died at 5:35 a.m. Monday 11-30-1981 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home. Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Warren Brown, V.B. Ernst, Harvey Noland, Howard Ehresman, Max McGuire, and James McCarthy. Mrs. Poplett was born 1-13-1902 at Gibson City, a daughter of Wallace and Fretta Phillips Cunningham. She married Clarence Poplett 5-22-1920 at Paxton and he survives. Also surviving are a son, Richard, Gibson City; a sister, Irene Divine, Danville; a brother, Ted Cunningham, South Daytona Beach, Fla.; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Two sons, two brothers, two sisters, a grandchild and a great-grandchild preceded her in death. Mrs. Poplett was a lifetime resident of Gibson City and was cook and manager of the original Drummer Twp High School cafeteria. She was a member of the First Christian Church.

POWELL, MARVIN L. - Marvin L. Powell, age 69 of Gibson City died at 3:38 a.m. Tuesday 12-28-1993 at his home. He had been ill. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dan Hill officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Derral Godbee, Bill Hartford, Tom Hartford, Gerald Godbee, Bill Williams and Carl Godbee. Mr. Powell was born 7-20-1924 in Allegre, KY a son of Lennie and Goly A. Powell Powell. He married Juanita Godbee on 6-7-1967 in Gibson City and she survives. His parents preceded him in death. Mr. Powell was retired from Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.

POWELL, JAMES E. - James E. Powell, age 86 of Crescent City died at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday 8-25-1992 at Magnolia Wood Healthcare Center in Watseka. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Powell was born 4-11-1906 in Salem, a son of Elmer E. and Melissa J. Rogers Powell. He married Mona Ford on 11-26-1926 in Alma and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Mary Hinthorn of Gibson City; one sister Elsie Smith of Odin; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by seven brothers, one sister and one grandson. Mr. Powell was a retired farmer and carpenter.

POWELL, MONA L. (FORD) - Mona L. Powell, age 87 of Gibson City died at 6 p.m. Sunday 11-3-1996 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers include Robert Hinthorn, Gary Hinthorn, Greg Hinthorn, Duwayne Shaw, Loren Powell and Robert Powell. Mrs. Powell was born 11-9-1908 at Decatur, a daughter of Robert and Lola Ford. She married James Powell on 11-26-1926. He died 8-25-1992. Survivors include one daughter, Mary Hinthorn of Gibson City; one brother, Elmer Ford of Decatur; two sisters, Norma Delbridge of Decatur and Dorothy Dugan of Decatur; three grandsons and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and one grandson. Mrs. Powell, formerly of Crescent City, lived in Gibson City since 1993. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Crescent City and was a 45-year member of the Rebecka Lodge.

PRUITT, ALMA HERRMINA (LINDHOLM) - Mrs. Herbert Pruitt died at her home at Garber, Il., Friday 2-20-1920 from illness of flu and pneumonia. Alma Herrimina Lindholm, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I.L. Lindholm, was born at Sibley, Il., 1-23-1894. She married Herbert Pruitt of Garber 12-29-1915. She leaves 2 children; Camilla Adelaide, age 4 and a baby son, 2 weeks old. **Herrmina/Herrimina - both spelling in obit Gibson City Courier -February 26, 1920

PRUITT, MARIE (RIBLET) - Marie Pruitt, 68, a resident of Heritage Manor, Gibson City since October 1985, formerly active in her church at Elliott, died at 6:18 a.m. yesterday 5-26-1993 at the nursing home. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Pruitt was born 4-16-1925 at Gibson City, a daughter of Evan F. and Emma T. Warnke Riblet. Survivors include one son, Evan Pruitt, Elliott; two daughters, Phyllis Cliff, Gibson City and Sherrie Knerr, Elliott; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Dale Riblet, Gibson City, and Roy Riblet, Paxton. A resident of Gibson City since 1985, she formerly was of the Elliott and Dewey areas. Mrs. Pruitt was an active member of the Elliott United Methodist Church and the former United Brethren Church in Elliott.


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