FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS

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

Obits for the following names are on this page.
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Ruth D. Harrison Francis E. Sleeter EVELYN TORBET
Joseph John Short Reba Johnson Towers   Frances E. Dillon William Hubert Elliott
Virginia Underwood Thurman Thompson Ruby B. Barr   GEORGE L. HOLTON
Velma M. Weber Rev. William F. Smith Jason Michael Milligan, Jr. Ferne L. Benge Karen M. Bleich
  George A. Wallen, Jr DOROTHY M. SMITH Ruth C. Lammle Ruby F. Lange
Barbara L. Lange Katherine Flynn Lawler Eura C. Lee Lola M. Lee Audra E. Lee
James C. Lee Orville A. Leenerman Mrs. Stella Leenerman Charles W. Leffler James F. Leisure
June Leisure Dustin Wade Leisure Phyllis E. Leonard John L. Leonard Ruth M. Lewis
Tony Lewis Vada S. Lewis Laura L. Lindauer Gary R. Lindsey Genevieve Little
Gertrude O. Little HERMAN A LOESCHEN Charles William Long Charles Patrick Long DELLA P. LOWRY
Della B. Lowery Ruth M. Loy Litta M. Luedde Dennis Paul Lutterbie Francis W. Lynch
Helen V. Lynch MARY ALICE LYONS James A. "Art" Mabry Margaret Main Luetta Pearl Malone
James E. Malone William T. "Bill" Mangan Thomas M. Mangan Harry B. Marcellus Scott D. Marshall
Mrs. Dave Martin Anna Martin Darrell D. Martin Harry C. Martin Floyd W. Matthews
Dorothea I. Mattox John A. Mattox Henry May Fern G. May Mrs. Sarah M. McAtee
Mrs. Sarah Ella McClure Duncan D. McClure Grace McClure Wallace J. McClure Marion Dorothy McCullough
Mark D. McCullough Margaret E. McGrew Rev. Dean McGrew Sybil M. Kramer Verle V. Kramer
Mary Lou Jacobus Kyle Mercedes B. LaCharity Lawrence J. LaCharity Vernal L. Lahr Virginia Love Lamb
Cleo Lamb Dorothy M. Lambert William M. Jones Clyde R. Jones Hazel M. Jones
Virginia A. Jones Virgil Jordan Daniel J. Jordan Irene Jordan  
Mary Blanche Jordan Rose Tranos Jordan John R. Kafer Marion Kaiser Alma B. Kaiser
Myrtle A. Kaiser Violet I. Karnes Helen M. Kashner Perry H. Keast Tyler Matthew Keim
Helen Foster Kelley   Helen E. Kemple Avalon M. Kemple Beulah F. Kennedy
Hattie Kerber James D. Kerchenfaut Arminta V. Kerchenfaut Merritt V. Kerchenfaut Marie W. Kerchenfaut
Beverly Ann Kerchenfaut Primm M. Kerchenfaut Dorothy Kerchenfaut Howard W. Kerchenfaut Joseph A. Kerner
Alberta B. Kibble Mabel N. Kinder Agnes Jeanette King Albert Wallace Klopfenstein Marion Anna Emelia Knapp
Raymond Lee Knecht Betty Jean Knell Wm. Minor Knell Charles A. Knell, Sr. Mildred L. Knerr
Mrs. Margaret Koehler Grace M. Kraiger Clifford E. Johnson    

RUTH (DOWNS) HARRISON
Funeral services for Ruth D. Harrison of Paxton, formerly of Redmon, were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sutton and Son Funeral Home, Paris, Il. Burial was in Embarrass Cemetery near Redmon. Mrs. Harrison died at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday 2-26-2003 at Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton. She was born 1-22-1914 in Clarksville, a son of Rice and Callie (Watkins) Downs. She married Ogle I. Harrison 8-8-1941 in Morganville, KY. He died 10-17-1956. Surviving are one son, Thomas E. Harrison of Paxton; four grandchildren, Thomas Harrison, Timothy Harrison and Benjamin Harrison, all of Paxton, and Matthew Harrison of Fithian; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters and one sister (**as written). Mrs. Harrison was a former cook at Redmon Elementary School and Glen Barr's Restaurant. She had also worked at Zenith Corp, in Paris. She was a member of the Clarksville Baptist Church.
** - typist note


FRANCIS E. SLEETER
The graveside service of Francis E. Sleeter, 81, of Gibson City, formerly of Rantoul, was at 1 p.m. Saturday in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with Rev. Stanley Malinowski officiating. Visitation was private. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, was in charge of arrangements. He died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday 2-26-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Mr. Sleeter was born 4-1-1921 at Thomasboro, a son of Joseph H. and Anna Marie (Mieir) Sleeter. He married Bessie Sharon Anderson 10-9-1965 at Rantoul. She survives. Also surviving are two brothers, Bob L. Anderson, Gibson City; and Willie L. Anderson, Arizona; and one sister, Bernice Climpson Gibson City; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Sleeter was a member of St. Malachy's Catholic Church in Rantoul. He moved to Gibson City in 1992. Pallbearers were Robert Anderson, Chuck Marx, Lonnie Hixson, Dean McMorriss, Drew McMorriss and Kevin Kaiser.

EVELYN MARIE "BABE" (BEHERNS) TORBET
born: 2-23-1916 in Danforth parents: Herman & Minnie Duits Beherns. wed: 10-7-1939 in Kentland, Indiana to LaVerne "Dilly" Torbet He survives died: Thursday 2-27-2003 at Watseka Health Care Center, Watseka, Il. survivors: three daughters, Carol (Pat) Hauert of Tumwater, Wash. Joyce (Jim) Reutter of Milford Connie (Bill) Kruse, Gibson City one sister: Mabel McVicker of Bourbonnais seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

JOSEPH JOHN SHORT
Funeral services for Joseph John Short who died 2-19-2003 were Saturday morning at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Randy Surey officiating. Burial with military rites was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Organist: Sherrie Morrison, Vocalist: Kammy Johnson Pallbearers: Jim Kietzman George Sandhagen, Mike Griffin Mike Maxey Ardell Schaumburg Norris Burklund. Honorary Pallbearers: Jim Graham.

REBA (JOHNSON) TOWERS
Funeral services for Reba Johnson Towers who died 2-22-2003 were at noon Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Roger L. Boyd officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Russ Munson, Richard Pocic Jr., Randy Pocic, Kyle Munson and Paul Pocic.


FRANCES E. "SANNIE" (PEARSON) DILLON
Frances E. "Sannie" Dillon, 86, of Melvin, died at 8:49 p.m. Tuesday 3-11-2003 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Randy Surey officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Mrs. Dillon was born 6-30-1916 in Paxton, a daughter of Emil and Olivia Saldeen Pearson. She married Donald L. Dillon 2-3-1939 in Paxton. He survives in Melvin. Also surviving are one son, Dean (Lisa) Dillon of Melvin; two grandchildren, Donald E. Dillon of Chicago and Dayle E. Dillon of Melvin; one sister, Marian Maulding of Paxton and many nieces and nephews. She was a member of Evangelical Covenant Church of Paxton, the Friendly Hour Club and the Covenant Church Fireside. Mrs. Dillon volunteered to leave school in the 10th grade to work in the uncle's bakery in Chicago during the Great Depression. She brought the money she earned back home for bank payments and coal for her parents' farm since the grasshoppers had destroyed the crops that past summer. She worked there for two years and turned down a chance to own part of the bakery. She returned to the farm since her brother left home and helped her father farm. She then went to work for the local canning factory. Mrs. Dillon met her husband at the canning factory. They adoped their only son, Dean, in 1948. She helped her husband farm 420 acres until he retired in 1984. She was widely known for her Swedish pastries and dishes such as spritz cookies, potatus cairve, swet pudding and oosta kaka. She also loved the quarter horses that were bred by her family. She was a breeder of show horses such as American Royal winner, Impressive Tad. Pallbearers were Donald Dillon, Mark Maulding, Kent Maulding, Tom Henson, Alan Maulding, Darrel Abrahamson, Wayne Ritzma and Terry Hinshaw. Honorary pallbearer was Larry Pearson. paxton record 3-19-2003

WILLIAM H. ELLIOTT
William Hubert Elliott, 86, Elmhurst, a Paxton area native died Saturday 3-15-2003. A memorial service was Wednesday at Firsts Congregational Church of Elmhurst United Church of Christ. Burial was private. He was preceded in death by his wife, Idella Moundy Elliott. paxton record 3-19-2003

VIRGINIA UNDERWOOD
Funeral services for Virginia Underwood, who died 3-5-2003 were Monday afternoon at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were: Kevin Underwood, Kerry Haupt, Chris Hustedt, John Tomlins, John Kirby and Keith Leathers. paxton record 3-19-2003

THURMAN THOMPSON
Graveside services for Thurman "Corky" Thompson, who died 3-5-2003 were Saturday morning at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Pallbearers were: Danny Tomlinson, Mark Doran, Kevin Bell, Jim Sommer, Bob Hollis, and Charlie Turner. paxton record 3-19-2003

RUBY B. (SWARM) BARR
Ruby B. Barr, 69, Thomasboro, sister of a Gibson City woman, died Thursday 3-27-2003 at home. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday at Peace Lutheran Church, Thomasboro, the Rev. Robert Mrosko officiating. Burial was in Beckman Cemetery, Thomasboro. Mrs. Barr was born 9-25-1933 in Gibson City, a daughter of Raymond L. and Agnes A. Nelson Swarm. She married Charles Barr 5-9-1952 in Gibson City. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Mike Barr of Mahomet; two sisters, Edith Boggess of Versailles, Ky., and Grace Redmond of Gibson City; and two grandchildren. A son, a sister, and a grandson preceded her in death. 4-2-2003

GEORGE L. HOLTON - Enterprise, Ala.
born: 7-23-1922 parents: wed: Sue life: spent his childhood in Kansas. 11 years in the Navy - served on the Hornet in WWII 12 years in the Army as an officer and served in Korea as a helicopter pilot. retired in Enterprise. resident: of Heartland Health Care, Paxton died: 3-16-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. rites: at Danville VA Cemetery, the Rev. Ed King of Paxton Church of Christ officiating. 4-2-2003

VELMA M. (STURM) WEBER
Velma M. Weber, 93, of Melvin died at 9:42 p.m. Thursday 3-27-2003 at Prairieview Lutheran Nursing Home, Danforth. Her funeral was Sunday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Melvin with Ron Rasmus officiating. Burial was in Melvin Cemetery, Melvin. Lamb Funeral Home, Roberts, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Weber was born 5-14-1909 in Roberts, a daughter of Fred and Ida Shava Sturm. She married Carl Weber on 6-6-1935 at Melvin. He died 2-5-1999. Survivors include a daughter, Lois (the Rev. Gerald) Peterson of Rockford; two grandsons, Jim (Jennifer) Peterson and John (Sue) Peterson both of Rockford; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Clarence (Lois) Sturm of Roberts. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren and a sister. Mrs. Weber graduated from the Roberts High School. She received her teachers certificate from Illinois State University, Normal. She taught in one-room country schools in Iroquois and Ford counties before her marriage. She was a member of the St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Melvin . She enjoyed her family, gardening, flowers and cooking. Pallbearers were Jerry Peterson, Jim Peterson, John Peterson, David Weber, Steve Weber and Jeff Sturm.

The REV. WILLIAM F. SMITH
The Rev. William F. Smith, 76, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, died at 8:27 p.m. Monday 3-31-2003 at his residence. His Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City. Visitation will be Thursday at the church, with a rosary service at 5 p.m. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. The Rev. Smith was born 10-27-1926 at Chicago, a son of William F. and Mary Loretta Smith. Survivors include a sister-in-law, seven nieces and nephews, and his extended church family. He was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas. The Rev. Smith studied at St. Procopius Seminary, Lisle. He was ordained to the priesthood on 5-22-1952 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. He was an associate at Immaculate Conception Parish, Elmhurst, from 1952 - 1957; and at St. Alexis Parish, Bensenville, from 1957 - 1959. In 1959, he was named pastor of Sts. Mary and Joseph, Chebanse. He became pastor of St. Walter Parish, Roselle in 1964. He was in residence at St. Francis High School, Wheaton for a short time until 1982. He then became pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Gibson City and administrator of St. George Mission, Melvin.

JASON MILLIGAN, JR.
Baby Jason Michael Milligan, Jr., son of Jason and Terasa Milligan of Paxton, was stillborn at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday 4-1-2003 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Glen Cemetery, Paxton, the Rev. Emil Blobaum officiating. Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, is in charge of arrangements. He is survived by his parents; his maternal grandparents, Murl Nolder of Akron, Ohio, and Christina and Darrel Kirby of Rantoul; and his paternal grandparents, William and Marianne Milligan of
Paxton.

FERNE L. (GOKEN) BENGE
Services for Ferne L. Benge, 88, of Gibson City, formerly of Weldon, were at 11 a.m. Monday at Trigg & Calvert Funeral Home, Weldon. Hugh Reynolds officiated. Burial was in Weldon Cemetery. Mrs. Benge died at 2 p.m. Wednesday 4-9-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. She was born 3-13-1915 in Weldon, a daughter of M.T. and Myrtle Ashton Goken. She married Rufus P. Benge on 2-6-1934 in Urbana. He died in 1966. Survivors include two daughters, Sally Benge of Gibson City and Jacqueline Franklin of Pekin; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers. Mrs. Benge worked at the Deland-Weldon school system for 30 years. She was a Vanda Beauty counselor, member of Weldon United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the OES. Memorials may be made to Moyer District Library or First Christian Disciples of Christ Church, Gibson City. paxton record 4-16-2003

KAREN M. (ULRICH) BLEICH
Karen M. Bleich, 60, of rural Rankin, died at 3:30 a.m. Saturday 4-12-2003 at Heartland Health Care of Paxton, where she had lived for three weeks after a long illness. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, Rankin. The Rev. Barbara Busboom officiated. Burial was in Rankin Union Cemetery. Mrs. Bleich was born 9-18-1942 in rural Clarence, a daughter of Joseph and Dorothy Tribbey Ulrich. She married Jerald (Jerry) Bleich on 2-18-1961 in Paxton. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Chris Bleich of rural Rankin; a daughter, Cathy Eighner of Cissna Park; four grandchildren; one brother, Jerry Ulrich of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and a sister, Jean Lackey of Hoopeston. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Bleich attended rural Clarence schools and graduated from Paxton High School in 1960. She and her husband had farmed south of Rankin since 1961. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, where she served on several committees. She also was secretary-treasurer of the Women of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She was a member of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Women's Committee and had served as an election judge. paxton record 4-16-2003


GEORGE WALLEN, JR.
The funeral of George A. Wallen, Jr., 81, of Gibson City, formerly of Bellflower, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bellflower Christian Church. The Rev. James M. Boswell will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in Bellflower Twp Cemetery. He died at 6:10 a.m. Monday 4-14-2003 at Heritage Manor, Gibson City. Mr. Wallen was born 2-21-1922 at Duluth, Minn., a son of George A. and Olga W. Shalgren Wallen, Sr. He married G. Eunice Bunney on 8-10-1952 in Bellflower. She died 4-29-1985. He married Elva I. Orrill on 10-25-1987 in Roodhouse. She died 11-8-1994. Mr. Wallen was a WWII veteran, serving as a lieutenant in the Army Air Corp. He was a member of Bellflower Christian Church, Lions Club, Bellflower American Legion Post 202 and Fred O'Malley VFW Post 6190, Farmer City. paxton record 4-16-2003

DOROTHY M. (SWICK) SMITH
Died at Evergreen Park, age 78, a native of Loda.

RUTH C. (OLSON) LAMMLE Ruth C. Lammle, 77, of Gibson City, a retired bowling co-owner - operator, died at 5:25 a.m. 10-27-1987 at Gibson Manor, Gibson City. Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in the Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City had charge of arrangements. Mrs. Lammle was born 1-14-1910, in Clarence, a daughter of Manfred and Mary Olson. She married Lester E. Lammle on 9-7-1929 and he survives. Other survivors include one son, Leland of Jacksonville Beach, FL.; three daughters, Lois Vetter, Sibley; Shirley Clearwater, Jacksonville, Fl.; and Joyce Lange, Gibson City; five brothers, Arthur Olson, Houston, Tx.; Everett Olson, Texas; Frank Olson, Longwood, Fl.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. Three brothers and one grandson preceded her in death. Mrs. Lammle and her husband owned and operated Lammle Lanes Bowling Alley in Gibson City for 25 years, retiring in 1980. A resident of Gibson City for 33 years, she was a member of the American Lutheran Church and the Women of the Moose Lodge.

RUBY F. (DONNER) LANGE Ruby F. Lange, age 66 of Gibson City died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday 6-10-1997 at her home in Gibson City. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation was private. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were Fred Davis, Greg Barrow, Gayle Simpsen, Floyd Monical, Terry Lange and Noel Hutchcraft. Mrs. Lange was born 5-8-1931 at Gibson City a daughter of Harry F. and Katie I. Hanson Donner. She married George Lange on 11-26-1949 at Gibson City and he survives. Also surviving are one sister, Mildred Barrow of Gibson City; one nephew, Greg Barrow of Gibson City; and two nieces Debra Kirkpatrick and Sandra Davis, both of Gibson City. She was preceded in death by her parents. A life-long resident of Gibson City, Mrs. Lange was a member of the First Christian Church and was a life member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 6289. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital.

BARBARA L. (MILLS) LANGE Barbara L. Lange, 54, died at 10:02 a.m. yesterday 10-17-1985 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City, of an apparent heart attack. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. She was born 10-24-1930 at Cropsey, a daughter of Walter and Lela Hardy Mills. She married William Lange on 10-24-1948 at Gibson City and he survives. Also surviving are her parents, Gibson City; three sons, Jerald, Saybrook; and Larry and Garry, both of Gibson City; two brothers, Richard, Portland Ore; and Kenneth,Gibson City; two sisters, Janice Yoley, Warrensburg and June Bishop, Roberts; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City.

KATHERINE FLYNN LAWLER. Katherine Flynn Lawler, 86, a resident of Gibson Manor, Gibson City, died at 6:20 p.m. Sunday 6-8-1986 at the nursing home. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitaiton will be from 9 - 10 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Survivors include a son, Richard Sullivan, California. One brother and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Lawler was a Catholic. b. 7-2-1899 (re: SSDI records) d. 6-8-1986

EURA C. LEE Eura C. Lee, age 92 of Gilman died at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday, 3-19-1996 at the Ford County Nursing Home in Paxton. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb-Young Funeral Home in Roberts with the Reverend Jim Small officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Dan Lee, Mike Lee, Dale Atkins and Russell Reed. Mr. Lee was born 8-13-1903 at Greenville, KY a son of Charles and Lillie Sheldon Lee. He married Helen Maehl on 9-11-1971 at Roberts and she survives. Other survivors include one son, Wilbert Lee of Melvin; four daughters, Ima Jean Ping and Oleta Lantz, both of Gibson City; Anna Seay of Tampa, Florida and Fayetta Roy of Gibson City; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two grandchildren. Mr. Lee lived in the Gibson City, Roberts, Melvin, Onarga and Gilman areas. He worked as a farmer and truck driver for most of his life. He was a member of the Christian Church in Onarga. Memorials may be made to the Ford County Nursing Home.

LOLA M. (DANNER) LEE Funeral services for Lola M. Lee, 83, of Gibson City will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. The Rev. Patrick W. Cox will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Mrs. Lee died at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday 7-21-1992 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. She was born 4-6-1909 at Greenville, KY., a daughter of John and Emma Whitmer Danner. She married Charles E. Lee on 8-29-1925 at Greenville, KY. Survivors include a son, Wilbert Lee of Melvin; four daughters, ImaJean Ping, Oleta Lantz and Faye Roy, all of Gibson City, and Anna Mae Seay of Tampa, Fl; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, two sisters and two grandchildren. Mrs. Lee had resided in the Gibson City - Fairbury area since 1945. She was a garment worker in Gibson City and Fairbury for several years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to her church or to an organization of the donor's choice.

AUDRA E. (WINDLE) LEE The funeral of Audra E. Lee, 85, of Kalamazoo, Mich., and formerly of Gibson City will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Charles L. Lee will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Lee died at 2:15 p.m. Monday 7-24-1989 at Provincial House Nursing Home, Kalamazoo. ` She was born 4-21-1904 Xenia, a daughter of August and Millie Moore Windle. She married Leslie S. Lee on 7-10-1926 at Louisville. He died 2-22-1979. Surviving are one son, Leslie S. Lee, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.; one daughter, Lucille Kerchenfaut, Portage, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lee had been a resident of Gibson City for 55 years and a resident of Michigan since 1983. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

JAMES C. LEE James C. Lee, age 75 of Gibson City died at 8:30 p.m. Thursday 10-6-1994 at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Christ, Gibson City with Michael Schmidt and Parvin DeBerry officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and for one hour before the funeral Sunday at the church. Pallbearers included Steven M. Lee, O. Jeremiah Cole, Joshua R. Veatch, Kenneth A. Lee, Neil J. Atkins and Paul G. Potter. Mr. Lee was born 7-23-1919 in Greenville, KY, the son of Charles and Lillie Bell Shelton Lee. He married Louise Shelton on 11-12-1938 in Greenville, KY. She died 5-20-1990. He later married Marlie Brandt on 9-8-1991 in Gibson City and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, James G. Lee of Gibson City and Michael D. Lee of Thawville; four daughters, Donna J. Potter of Valparaiso, Indiana; LaVonne Veatch Goodman of Brookline, Massachusetts; Sheryle D. Atkins of Chenoa; and Patricia G. Cole of Bellflower; one step-son, Merle Brandt of Munfordville, KY; one brother, Eura of Onarga; 26 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers. Mr. Lee had lived in the Gibson City and Roberts areas since 1941. He was a farmer for many years retiring in 1990. He attended the Church of Christ, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to his church or to Carle Hospice in Urbana.

ORVILLE A. LEENERMAN Orville A. Leenerman, 86, of Charleston, formerly of Gibson City, a retired farmer, died at noon Wednesday 1-15-1986 at Hilltop Convalescent Center, Charleston. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Charles Riggs will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 12:30 - 2 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Leenerman was born 12-8-1899 at Guthrie, a son of Herman and Lena Rosenaur Leenerman. He married Stella Hancock on 5-6-1923 at Gibson City. She died 11-26-1975. Survivors include one brother, Virgil H., Oak Lawn; and two sisters, Alice L. Murry, Charleston and Erma M. Smith, Manchester, TN. Three sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Leenerman farmed in the Guthrie - Gibson City area until he retired. He had lived in Charleston for 2-1/2 years.

STELLA (HANCOCK) LEENERMAN Mrs. Stella Leenerman, 79, Gibson City, died at 3 p.m. Wednesday 11-26-1975 at the Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was held Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ralph Dueringer, V.B. Ernst, Russell Brandt, Gino Ferri, Warren Brown, and John Johnson. Mrs. Leenerman was born 6-23-1896 in Downs Twp, a daughter of Cornelius and Alletta Fuller Hancock. She married Orville Leenerman in 1923. She moved to Gibson City form Sibley 4 years ago. Surviving are her husband and a sister, Mrs. Mae Neirstheimer, Gibson City. Three sisters preceded her in death.

CHARLES W. LEFFLER Charles W. Leffler, age 71 of Gibson City died at 9:11 p.m. Tuesday 12-12-1995 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Junior Mohart, Ramon Rankin, Jack Welborn, Harold Young, Thad Quinley and George Cline. Mr. Leffler was born 3-22-1924 near Arcola a son of Harry and Amelia Schwipps Leffler. He married Betty Jordan on 9-18-1948 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Betty K. Leffler of Gibson City; one son, David Leffler of Gibson City; two daughters, Kathy Doxey and Paula Johnson, both of Champaign; three grandchildren, Nikki Leffler of Gibson City and Kari and Heather Doxey of Champaign; one step-grandson, Thad Quinley of Chicago; four sisters, Marge Clark of Saybrook, LaVern Sullivan of Seymour, Mildred Pankau of Champaign and Gladys Drollinger of Rantoul; and one brother Ralph Leffler of Champaign. Mr. Leffler was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City and a 28-year member of the Moose Lodge in Rantoul. He grew up in Bellflower and actively farmed in the rural Gibson City area since 1948. Memorials can be made to the Gibson Community Hospital or to the United Methodist Church of Gibson City. **typist note: there was a second step-grandson, Troy Quinley not listed)

JAMES F. LEISURE James F. Leisure, 73, died at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday 5-14-1980 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral was a 3 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Dr. James Bortell officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Steve Musgrave, James Musgrave, George Jones, Larry Leisure, Barry Leisure, and Billy Douglas. Mr. Leisure was born 1-24-1907 in Beda, KY. a son of Virgil and Betty Nimmo Leisure. He married June Thomas on 6-25-1937 in Shawneetown. She survives. Also surviving are five sons, Robert, Raymond and Carroll all of Gibson City; Richard, St. Joseph; and John, Foosland; a daughter, Betty Tynan, Bloomington; a brother Henry, Harristown; 15 grandchildren; and two step-grandsons. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Leisure worked for several years in the coal mines in KY. He came to Illinois in 1939 and had been a resident of Gibson City since 1944. In 1965, he retired as a driver for M.C. Slater Co. of St. Louis. He then drove the No 1 school bus for Gibson City Community Unit District for seven years, retiring in 1972. He was a member of Teamsters Local #26. Memorials may be made to the Methodist Church or Gibson Community Hospital.

JUNE (THOMAS) LEISURE June Leisure, age 75 of Gibson City died at 11:05 a.m. Sunday, 4-6-1997 at her residence in Gibson City. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Al Schneck officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services at the church on Thursday. Mrs. Leisure was born 6-17-1921 at Cambria a daughter of Luther and Nancy Jane Lindsey Thomas. She married James F. Leisure on 6-25-1937 at Shawneetown. He died 5-14-1980. Survivors include five sons, Robert Leisure of Gibson City; Raymond Leisure of Gibson City; Carroll Leisure of Newport, Oregon; Richard Leisure of St. Joseph and John Leisure of Gibson City; one daughter, Betty Tynan of Bloomington; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; one sister, Verna Morgan of Herrin; one niece, Wanda Whitmer of Sacramento, KY with whom June was raised as a sister; five daughters-in-law, Carol Ann Leisure, Royce Ann Leisure, Barbara Leisure, Bobbie Leisure, and Judy Leisure and one son-in-law, Richard Tynan. She was preceded in death by three sisters, three brothers and three great-grandsons. Mrs. Leisure was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City serving as a teacher and officer of the Friendship Class, head of the Communion Committee for several years and a volunteer in the church office. She loved to travel with her close friends and voluntarily helped anyone in any way she could. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Carle Hospice Unit of Gibson City.

JUNE LEISURE
6-17-1921 to 4-6-1997
Services: Thursday April 10, 1997
United Methodist Church, Gibson City, Il.
Officiating: The Reverend Al Schneck
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.
Honorary Pallbearers:
James Leisure
Aaron Leisure
Earl Whitmer
Robert E. Leisure, Jr.
Jim Musgrave
Tom Foutch
Pallbearers:
Raymond Leisure
Carroll Leisure
John Leisure
Richard Leisure
Robert Leisure
Richard Tynan
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


DUSTIN WADE LEISURE The graveside funeral of Dustin Wade Leisure will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. Randall K. Perry will officiate. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City is in charge of the arrangements. Dustin died at 4:10 a.m. Monday 9-4-1989 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. He was born 8-22-1989 in Urbana, a son of Michael J. Wilkins, Portage, Wis. and Joyce A. Leisure, Gibson City. They survive. Other survivors include a brother, Christopher Wilkins, Gibson City; maternal grandparents, Carroll and Barbara Leisure, Gibson City; paternal grandparents, Ernest and Una Anderson, Sandoval, and Donald and Myrtle Wilkins, Salem; maternal great-grandmother, June Leisure, Gibson City; and paternal great-grandmother, Ida Wilkins, Salem. Memorials may be made to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Mercy Hospital, Urbana, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

PHYLLIS E. (PRETZLAFF) LEONARD Phyllis E. Leonard, age 74 of Gibson City died at 1:40 p.m. Friday 7-13-2001 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday at the American Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Wayne Shelksohn officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. July 15 at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services on Monday at the church. Honorary pallbearers were Franklin Butler, Bud Barnes and Don Hiner. Active pallbearers were Steve Kirkpatrick, Tom Barnes, Tim Barnes, Ken Leonard, Bill Kerchenfaut and Wayne Apperson. Mrs. Leonard was born 8-16-1926 at Sibley, a daughter of George and Ida Brethorst Pretzlaff. She married Stanley E. Leonard on 11-30-1946 at Gibson City and he survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Debra (Mary) Carr of Conyers, GA., Vicki (Gail) Reiners of Gibson City and Jodi (Craig) Patton of Springfield; three sisters, Norene Kirkpatrick of LeRoy, Barbara Marshall of Danvers and Judy Marshall of Champaign; her mother, Ida Pretzlaff of Gibson City; and eight grandchildren, Chris and Katie Carr, Jennifer and Michael Reiners and Drew, Stephanie, Ben and Nick Patton. She was preceded in death by her father. Mrs. Leonard worked at the Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City as a nurses aide in the OB Dept for over 25 years. She was a member of the American Evanagelical Lutheran Church in Gibson City and the Blackford Club.

JOHN L. LEONARD John L. Leonard died in Chicago, Il. where he had gone seeking treatment of stomach cancer. After marriage, they moved to the South Union neighborhood. After seven years they went to Nebraska, returning after four years to Metamore, Il., and finally settled near Gibson City in 1896. In 1907 they moved into town. Survived by his wife, Mary E. Parminter Leonard and the following children: Mrs. Lillie Shields of Bryan, Ohio; John A.; Mrs. Blanche Ashby of W. Unity, Ohio; Kenneth E. of Chicago; Mildred, Gerald and Ruth at home. Also, he is survived by his aged mother, Mrs. Frances S. Leonard of Axtel, Neb.; brothers, Frank of Mountain View, Mo. and E.P. of Carney, Neb.; three sisters; Margaret Leonard, Axtel, Neb, Mrs. I.C. King of Axtel, Neb. and Mrs. F.W. Rich of Metamora. Il. b. 6-15-1856 at Metamore, Il. parents: Amos P. and Frances Leonard m. 1-1-1881 at Metamore, Il to Mary E. Parminter d. 5-11-1912 at Chicago, Il.

RUTH M. (WOLFE) LEWIS Ruth M. Lewis, age 60, a life-long resident of the Gibson City area, died at 9:15 p.m. Monday 3-4-1991 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Her funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Reverend Patrick Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Ron Verdeyen, Melvin Verdeyen, George Loveless, Joe Nunnink, Charles Miller and Harvard Shell. Mrs. Lewis was born 3-10-1930 near Gibson City, a daughter of Harry and Bessie Hoye Wolfe. She married Warren M. Lewis on 5-11-1948 in Paxton and he survives. Other survivors include one son, Melvin of Sibley; one daughter, Pam Verdeyen, Loveland, Colorado; a brother Virgil Wolfe, Peoria; two sisters, Mildred Shell, Mission, TX; and Pat Howard of Beaumont, TX; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. Her parents, one brother and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Lewis was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor's choice.

TONY LEWIS The funeral for Tony Lewis, 98, of Rochester, Ind., formerly of Gibson City, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Clarence A. Bangs officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Lewis died at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday 6-23-1987 at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home, Culver, Ind. He was born 8-8-1888 in the Azores Islands, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Luiz. He married Pearl Burns 8-4-1916 at Paxton. She died in 1938. Survivors include a son, Ivan Lewis, Lambertsville, NJ; a daughter, Velma Byerline, Rochester, Ind.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. An infant daughter preceded him in death. Mr. Lewis moved to California in 1906 and to Gibson City in 1916, where he served as grade school janitor for many years. He moved to Rochester, Ind. in 1978.

VADA S. (SMITH) LEWIS Vada S. Lewis, 91, formerly of Gibson City died at 9:40 p.m. Saturday 6-25-1988 at Jackson Heights Nursing Home, Farmer City, where she had been a resident for the past two yearas. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Clarence Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Lewis was born 9-27-1896 in West Liberty, KY., a daughter of Frank and Sarah Lewis Smith. She married Kelly F. Lewis on 8-1-1914 in West Liberty. He died 7-9-1976. Surviving are two daughters, Marjorie Ellegard, Rantoul; and Dorothy Thompson, Monticello; one brother, Arlie Smith, Rankin; one sister, Velta Schlickman, Gibson City; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother and one daughter. Mrs. Lewis was a resident of the Melvin - Sibley - Gibson City area for more than ` 70 years. She was a charter member of the Community Christian Church, Gibson City, where she served as a deaconess and worker for many years. She was a member of the Drummer Chapter of the OES of Gibson City and Christian Women's Fellowship, Gibson City.

LAURA (KAFER) PETERSEN, LINDAUER Graveside services for Laura L. Lindauer, 94, of Paxton, formerly of Gibosn City will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. Richard Swain will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 - 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Mrs. Lindauer died at 8:28 p.m. Wednesday 12-9-1998 at the Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. She was born 11-29-1904 in Livingston County, a daughter of Mathias and Anna Kafer. She married Walter E. Petersen on 8-25-1927 at Jacksonville. He died 12-12-1957. She married Charles Lindauer in 1959. He died in 1975. Survivors include a son, Ray "Pete" Petersen of Gibson City; a daughter, Norma Newsome of Alexandria, Va; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Bowen; and two brothers, William Kafer and Henry Kafer. She was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Lindauer lived in the Gibson City and Paxton area most of her life. She worked at the Fashion Shop in Gibson City for many years. She also worked at the Paxton Community Hospital. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Paxton. Memorial contrubtions may be made to the Alzheimer's Assn.

GARY R. LINDSEY The funeral of Gary R. Lindsey, age 42 of Kingman, AZ, formerly of Gibson City was at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. The Reverend Dan Hill officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Rick Tomlinson, Danny Tomlinson, Bobby Case, Ron Carpenter, Dan Boyd and Denny Houser. Mr. Lindsey was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. Sunday 7-10-1994 after a pedestrian - auto accident on State Route 68 in Mohave County, AZ, east of Kingman. State police said Mr. Lindsey was apparently walking in the middle of the highway when he was struck by an automobile. He was born 11-1-1951 at Loudon, TN, a son of Roy E. and Viola L. Leffew Lindsey. Survivors include his mother of Gibson City; one daughter, Amy Lindsey of Gibson City; one son, Joshua Lindsey of Gibson City; one sister, Brenda Baker of Normal; and two brothers, Al Lindsey of Pontiac and Ronnie Lindsey of Lake Havasu City, AZ. His father preceded him in death. Mr. Lindsey, who was a masonry worker, was a member of Corinth Baptist Church, Loudon, TN. He moved to AZ five years ago. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

GENEVIEVE (SHIRLEY) LITTLE M. Genevieve Little, 78, of Kansas City, Kan., formerly of Gibson City, died Saturday 4-8-1995 at the Life Care Center, Overland Park, Kan. Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Philip Curran officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be two hours before the service at the funeral home, Tuesday. Mrs. Little was born 8-12-1916 in Gibson City, the daughter of Harry and Ethel Goodrich Shirley. She is survived by one son, Ernest G. Little, Colorado Springs, Colo.; four daughters, Janet Miller, Louisville, Ky.; Rozanna Vice, Houston, TX.; Chrystie Keenan, Mayesville,KY.; and Connie Little, Lake Waukomis, MO.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter. Mrs. Little also lived in Boswell, Ind. and Mission, TX before moving to the Kansas City area. She was a member of the First Christian Church and the Mission Hospital Auxiliary, both in Mission, Texas. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Associaton.

GERTRUDE O. LITTLE Gertrude O. Little, 99, Alameda, Calif., formerly of Sibley, died 11-21-1991 at Prather Memorial Rest Home, Alameda. Graveside service is Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Scott Glasco officiating. She was cremated. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of local arrangements. Mrs. Little was born 10-15-1892, in Sweden. Her husband, Harry Glen Little died in 1944. Survivors include one daughter, Jean Little Dennis, Pleasant Hill, Calif.; two sisters, Doris Carroll, Lake Comanche, Calif., and Ruby Icenogle, Lake Havasu City, AZ.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. One son preceded her in death. Mrs. Little came to the United States with her mother when she was 4 years old.

HERMAN A LOESCHEN b. 6-19-1919 (re: SSDI) @ Thomasboro, Il. parents: Harm and Anna Benning Loeschen m. Eilene (Berkler) Loeschen, she survives d. 3-15-1998 at Lockport, Will County, Il. visitation: Goodale Memorial Chapel burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City.

CHARLES WILLIAM "Bill" LONG Charles William "Bill" Long, age 67 of Gibson City died Thursday 10-22-1998 at Newton, Iowa. Memorial services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, at the First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Visitation was held immediately following the service at the church. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City was in charge of the funeral arrangements. Mr. Long was born 2-10-1931 at Villa Grove a son of Oscar R. and Shirley M. Shunk Long. He married Karen A. Knapp on 5-29-1960 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Karen A. Long of Gibson City; his parents, Oscar and Shirley Long of Gibson City; one son, Dan (Kelly) Long of Rantoul; two daughters, Nan (David) Clements of Gibson City and Carrie (Todd) Stensrud of Glenwood, MN. and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Patrick Long. Mr. Long worked at the Gibson Community Hospital until retiring in 1992. A member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City, Mr. Long was also a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge, Bloomington Consistory, The Mohammed Shrine and the Corn Belt Shrine. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital, his church in Gibson City or to the Shriners Hospital.

CHARLES PATRICK LONG Charles Patrick Long, age 33 of Gibson City died at 1:23 p.m. Saturday 12-16-1995 at his home in Gibson City. Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Philip Curran and the Reverend Stephen M. Schwanke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour prior to the services at the church. Pallbearers included Roy Acree, Scott Shull, Dan Allen, Joe Mouser, Jim Gramley and Rob Kollross. Mr. Long was born 10-20-1962 at Gibson City a son of Bill and Karen Knapp Long. Survivors include his parents, Bill and Karen Long of Gibson City; two sisters, Nan Clements of Gibson City and Carrie Strensrud of Winthop, MN; one brother, Dan Long of Rantoul; his maternal grandmother, Marion Knapp of Gibson City and his paternal grandparents, Oscar and Shirley Long of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather. Mr. Long was a resident of Gibson City for all of his life. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City and was a 1980 graduate of Gibson City High School. He was employed at County Market for one year. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital or to Lincoln Land Epileptic Foundation.

CHARLES PATRICK LONG
10-20-1962 to 12-16-1995
Son of William and Karen Knapp
Long Services: Tuesday, December 19, 1995
First Christian Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Reverend Philip Curran, The Reverend Stephen Schwanke
Burial: Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Rob Kollross
Scott Shull
Joe Mouser
Jim Gramley
Dan Allen
Roy Acree
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


DELLA PEARL (PUTERBAUGH) LOWRY Graduated from Eureka College in 1894. Attended Chicago Musical College. Taught music at Eureka College where she met her husband. A daughter, Emily Annette Lowry was born 10-6-1897, died 5-8-1899 and is buried in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Mrs. Lowry became weaker and died of TB; buried beside her daughter, Sec. 5 Lot 125. Gibson City Courier b. 9-4-1874 Mackinaw, Il parents: Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Puterbaugh of Mackinaw, Il. m. 12-16-1896 to Prof. John A. Lowry of Eureka College d. 6-26-1899 24 yr 9 mo 22 da at Mackinaw, Il. buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery.

DELLA B. (MURDOCK) LOWERY Della B. Lowery, 72, of Urbana, formerly of Gibson City, died at 8:37 p.m. Thursday 2-20-1986 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. David Gaffron officiating. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Lowery was born 6-12-1923 at Gibson City, a daughter of Duff and Louvea Pettyjohn Murdock. She married Ross R. Lowery 8-13-1940 at St. Louis and he survives. Other survivors include one son, Michael R. Lowery, Champaign; one daughter, Carolyn Jensen, Ludlow; one sister, Gladys Marie Walters, Chatsworth; three grandchildren; one great-grandson. Mrs. Lowery, who had lived in Urbana for the last four years, was a member of the Rantoul United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Assn.

RUTH M. (KLATT) LOY Ruth M. Loy, age 101 of Gibson City died at 7:15 p.m. Sunday 1-9-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 1 - 2 p.m. Thursday at the church. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City is in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Loy was born 5-30-1898 at Lacrosse, Ind. a daughter of Ryan and Martha Junker Klatt. She married William Loy on 6-26-1928 at Washburn. He preceded her in death on 1-23-1966. Survivors include one son, William M. Loy of Slatington, PA; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Mrs. Loy was a member of the First Christian Church in Washburn and Gibson City since 1912. She was a graduate of Bradley Polytechnic Institute, now known as Bradley University. Mrs. Loy taught one year in Medicine Lodge, Kansas before coming to Gibson City where she taught home economics from 1920 - 1931 at Drummer Twp High School. She was also a member of the CFW/Christian Women's Fellowship. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Gibson Area Hospital.

LITTA M. (WISSMILLER) LUEDDE Funeral services for Litta M. Luedde, 82, of Gibson City will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Roger Jenks and the Rev. Clarence Taylor will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Luedde died at 12:52 p.m. Thursday 4-28-1994 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. She was born 8-17-1911 at Cooksville, a daughter of William Frederick and Minnie Zabel Wissmiller. She married the Rev. Raymond M. Luedde on 8-23-1943 at Gibson City. He died 9-10-1970. Survivors include a son, Arnold L. Luedde of Camdenton, Mo.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Clarence Wissmiller of Henry. Mrs. Luedde was a homemaker. She resided at Gibson City since 1943. She attended Brown's Business College at Bloomington for two years. She was a member of the Community Christian Church at Gibson City and COHI Club of Cooksville. Memorial contrubutions may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.

DENNIS PAUL LUTTERBIE A private graveside service for Dennis Paul Lutterbie, infant son of Gary and Margaret Lutterbie, Gibson City, who was stillborn at 4:06 a.m. Tuesday 2-19-1985 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, was at 10 a.m. yesterday, 2-23-1985 at Drummer Twp Cemetery. The Rev. Warren Zemlich officiating. Survivors include his maternal grandparents, Herald and Vairie Brown, New London, Wis.; paternal grandparents, Carl and Johanna Lutterbie, Greenfield, Wis.; and paternal great-grandparents, Paul and Gertrude Pewkert, Flint, Mich. Lamb Funeral Home Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements.

FRANCIS W. LYNCH Francis W. Lynch, 69, died at 11:47 p.m. Sunday 11-11-1984 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. tonight at Lamb Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Mr. Lynch was born 6-3-1915 in Strawn, a son of Edward J. and Elizabeth J. Somers Lynch. He married Helen V. Wright 11-7-1945 in Gibson City. She died 3-30-1984. Survivors include three sons, William L., Decatur, Ind.; and Gerald E. and Patrick J., both of Gibson City; three brothers, Thomas, Forrest; John, Decatur; and Gerald A., Gibson City; two sisters, Ethel Lorig, Colfax; and Thelma Lynch, Gibson City; seven grand-children; and a great-granddaughter. Mr. Lynch was a retired 41-year-employee of Central Soya. For 34 years, he was superintendent of the feed mill and for the last seven years of employment, he was plant manager of their plant in Moberly, Mo. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, he was a Third Degree Knights of Columbus and a member of Knights of Columbus Council 7372. Memorials may be made to the church or to the American Diabetes Association.

HELEN V. (WRIGHT) LYNCH Helen V. Lynch, 66, died Friday 3-30-1984, Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services were at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Rev. William Smith officiating. She was born 8-3-1917 at Garber, Il., a daughter of Sander and Stella Westfall Wright. She married Francis Lynch 11-10-1945 at Gibson City and he survives. Also surviving are three sons, William, Decatur, Ind.; Gerald and Patrick, Gibson City; a brother Frank Wright, Milan Ind.; two sisters, Alice Miller, Gibson City and Florence Cagle, Fisher; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

MARY ALICE LYONS In early life she was found to be afflicted, being neither able to hear or speak. She spent time in school at Jacksonville, Il. She was from a family of ten children: Mrs. Effie Cullers, Clinton, Il.; Bert Lyons and Mrs. Mabel Kruell of Peoria, Il; Edna Ruby of Springfield, Il; Frank of Decatur, Il. and Charles, Percy, Paul and Florence of Gibson City. b. 3-26-1880 at Guthrie, Il parents: Mrs. Phoebe Lyons d. 11-19-1911, age 31 yr 7 mo 23 da

JAMES A. "ART" MABRY James A. "Art" Mabry, 69, Gibson City, died at 3:55 a.m. Wednesday 10-14-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be Saturday at ` 10:30 a.m. at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, with the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Friends may call from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funral Home. Mr. Mabry was born 12-11-1917 in Elliott Co., KY. a son of Charles and Ida Lambert Mabry. He married Rebecca Adkins on 3-27-1940 at Paxton. He retired from farming in 1973, and moved to Gibson City in March 1980. Mr. Mabry was a member of the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City. Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Yvonne GrosKreutz of Danville; Nancy Weibers of Pontiac; Emily Goodapple of Normal; and Christine Rogers of Dade City, Fl.; one son, James A., Jr. of Odenton, MD; four brothers, Ted and John, both of St. Joseph; Frank of Champaign; and Charles of Oakwood; five sisters, Grace Frye of W. Lebanon, Ind.; Mildred Lomax and Ruby Fleming, both of Oakwood; Zona Shaffer of St. Joseph and Betty Darling of Champaign; and seven grandchildren. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

MARGARET (GRANT) MAIN Margaret Main, age 90 of Gibson City, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday 1-20-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Her funeral was held at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Tim Fawver, Doug Hager, Doug Roesch, Frank Hunt III, David Kramer and Jack Nagle. She was born 2-4-1899 in Gibson City, a daughter of Arthur and Daisey Crammond Grant. She married Peter Roy Main on 6-13-1918 in Gilman. He preceded her in death 2-23-1974. Mrs. Main was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City, Princess Wach-e-kee Chapter of the DAR, Senior Women's Club and was a charter member of the Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary. She lived the majority of her life in Gibson City and lived in Watseka for 20 years. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Gibson Community Hospital Annex.

LUETTA PEARL (BLISSARD) MALONE Luetta Pearl Malone, age 75 of Waunakee, Wis., formerly of Gibson City died Saturday 11-4-2000 at Waunakee Manor Health Care Center in Waunakee, Wis. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Reichmann officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Malone was born 2-12-1925, a daughter of Roland and Frances Poplett Blissard. She married James E. Malone on 10-5-1969 at Decatur. He died 12-13-1993. Survivors include one son, Harold "Gene" (Sharon) Freund; three step-children, Doris (Buford) Gladden, Mary Lee Kretzer, Richard (Jan) Malone; two brothers, Hubert Blissard and friend Midge Wood and Robert Blissard; two sisters, Kathryn (Donald) Chase and Roberta (William) Bessette; two grandchildren, Jon Freund and Laura Freund and one great-grandson, Andrew Freer; nine step-grandchildren, Brenda (Richard) Sparks, Larry (Chris) Jacobs, Deb (Mike) Walden, Mike (Charlotte) Kretzer, Julie (Kevin) O'Donnell, Bobby Jo Malone, Carla (Sid) Hawthorne, Cindy (Kim) Fisher and Rick (Tanya) Massey; many step-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews, and one great-great-granson. She was preceded in death by one step-daughter, Carol Brooks; three step-sons, Steve Watson, James Kretzer and Randy Jacobs. Mrs. Malone was employed as a telephone operator for Illinois Bell. She was a member of the Gibson City First Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to her family.

JAMES E. MALONE The funeral of James E. Malone, 84, of Blue Mound, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 1 - 2:30 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. He died at 12:15 a.m. Monday 12-13-1983 at St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur. He was born 1-4-1909 in Wabash County, a son of Roscoe and Ethel Moore Malone. He married Luetta Blissard 10-5-1969 in Decatur and she survives. Also surviving in one son, Richard Malone, Tolono; one stepson, Harold Friend, DeForrest, Wis.; three daughters, Mary Lee Kretzer, Normal; Doris Gladden, Burton, Mich.; and Carol Brooks, Gibson City; 12 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Clyde Malone, Lawrenceville; and two sisters, Sarah Reed, Deer Creek and Rose Miley, Vincennes, Ind. He was preceded in death by one son, two grandsons, three brothers and one sister. Mr. Malone was a retired state highway employee and a member of the Teamsters Union. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

WILLIAM T. "BILL" MANGAN William T. "Bill" Mangan, age 59 of Rutland died at 5 p.m. Monday 4-10-2000 at St. Mary's Hospital in Streator. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. April 13 at the Aimone - Froelich Memorial Home in Toluca with the Reverend Michael Jones officiating. Graveside burial services were at 1 p.m. April 13 at the Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 10 - 11 a.m. April 13 at the memorial home. Mr. Mangan was born 1-5-1941 in Dolton, the son of Thomas and Helen Behrens Mangan. He married Linda R. Simpson on 5-22-1999 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his wife, Linda of Rutland; two sons, Thomas Mangan of Rutland and Jeff (Candy) Rose of Streator; four daughters, Helen Mangan of Rutland, Darlene (Chuck) Bates of Buchanan, Indiana, Christine (Tate) Reiman of Streator and Teresa Hose of Rutland; one sister, Marsha Riddle of Gibson City; his step-mother, Veda Mangan of Gibson City and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Mangan was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Toluca. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

THOMAS M. MANGAN Thomas M. Mangan ag 81 of Gibson City died at 8:19 a.m. Saturday 12-27-1997 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dan Hill and the Reverend Al Schneck officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Ty Royal, Todd McNutt, Phil VanSwol, Gary Keim, Jeff Eckhoff and Dave Hester. Mr. Mangan was born 8-5-1916 at Loda, a son of Edmund L. and Margaret M. Fowler Mangan. He married Helen Bahrer in 1939. He later married Veda Hudson on 4-23-1947 at Gibson City. Surviviors include his wife, Veda Mangan of Gibson City; one daughter, Marsha L. (Glenn) Riddle of Gibson City; one son, William T. Mangan of Rutland; four grandchildren, Kara L. (Ty) Royal of Gibson City, Amy L. (Todd) McNutt of Gibson City, Helen Ann Mangan and Tommy John Mangan, both of Rutland; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and five sisters. An avid White Sox fan, Mr. Mangan enjoyed sports and was one of the original organizers of Little League Baseball in Gibson City. He served as representative of the organization out of Williamsport, PA for two years. A member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Mr. Mangan attended the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. He worked in the retail field and also had owned and operated several different busineses. Memorials can be made to the Gibson Community Hospital, Carle Hospice, the United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

HARRY B. MARCELLUS Harry B. Marcellus, 89, of Urbana and formerly of Gibson City, died at 6 a.m. yesterday 11-23-1986 at Americana Health Care Center, Urbana. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Clarence Bangs officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be for one hour before the funeral at the funeral home. Mr. Marcellus was born 11-8-1897 in Foosland, a son of Albert and Emma Vance Marcellus. He married Jenny Marrett in Bloomington. She died 2-5-1946. Survivors include a daughter, Maxine Lishka, Biloxi, Miss.; two sons, Bob, Biloxi, Miss. and Max, Denver, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, a sister and five brothers. He was a retired farmer and lived in Urbana for many years. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Champaign Moose Lodge. Memorials may be made to the Moosehart Children's Home.

SCOTT D. MARSHALL Scott D. Marshall, 30, of Champaign, formerly of Gibson City died at 7 p.m. Saturday 9-28-1991 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. His cause of death was not immediately available. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 1 - 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, had charge of arrangements. He was born 9-13-1961, in Gibson City, a son of David L. and Judith K. Pretzlaff Marshall. Surviving are his father, Rantoul; his mother, Champaign; one brother, Timothy L., Thomasboro; one sister, Kimberly K. Marshall, Champaign; maternal grandmother, Ida Pretzlaff, Gibson City; paternal grandmother, LaVada Pree, Decatur; and paternal grandfather, Glenn Marshall, Urbana. Mr. Marshall was a resident of Champaign for 21 years. He graduated from Centennial High School in Champaign in 1979 and the University of Illinois in May 1991. Memorials may be made to American Lutheran Church or the family.

FRIEDERIKE ANN (BECK) MARTIN Mrs. Dave Martin died at 5:20 p.m. at the Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington, where she had been taken 11 days ago. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. E.H. Sauer officiating and burial in the Gibson City Cemetery. She was born Friederike Ann Beck on 4-29-1895 in Anchor, Il., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Beck. She married David Martin in Bloomington 1-5-1916. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and three sisters. Surviving are her husband and a niece, Mrs. Eleanor Beck Lamberti, whom she raised, both of Gibson City. Also two brothers survive: Henry Beck of near Bloomington and Herman Beck of Ashland, Wis. (Gibson City Courier - 1945)

ANNA (BRETHORST) MARTIN Anna Martin, 76, died at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday 3-8-1978, at the Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services were Saturday at the American Lutheran Church, the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Terry Johnson, Ronald Conover, Ronald Collins, Stanley Leonard, Gary Brethorst and Bob Rasmussen. Mrs. Martin was born 4-28-1901 near Anchor, a daughter of Lambert and Augusta Beecher Brethorst. She married Verne Martin 9-17-1919 at Bloomington. Surviving are her husband; two sons, Norvin, Gibson City; and Wayne, Boulder, Colo.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Seipt Brethorst, Bellflower and William Brethorst, Loda; five sisters, Lizzie Rasmussen, Belvidere, Ida Pretzlaff, Minnie Huston, Margaret Harding and LaVerne Johnson, all of Gibson City. She was a lifelong resident of the Gibson City area and was a member of the American Lutheran Church ant the ALCW. Memorials may be made to the building fund of the church.

DARRELL D. MARTIN Darrell D. Martin, age 52 of Gibson City died at 1:34 a.m. Wednesday 12-10-1997 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. He had been ill. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with Chuck Hinthorne officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and for one hour before the services on Saturday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Stanley Martin and Andrew Martin. Active pallbearers included Randy Martin, John Martin, Scott Martin, Dale Martin, Julius Hufmeyer and Justin Hufmeyer. Mr. Martin was born 3-16-1945 at Ironwood, Michigan, a son of Stanley D. and Patricia Mae Hawley Martin. He married Margo C. Hufmeyer on 8-12-1967 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Margo C. Martin of Gibson City; four brothers, Randy Martin of Normal, John (Linda) Martin of Gibson City; Scott Martin of Northbrook; and Dale (Debbie) Martin of Northbrook; his father, Stanley D. Martin of Hurley, Wis.; his mother-in-law, Maybelle C. Hufmeyer of Gibson City; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Julius and Patricia Hufmeyer of Rantoul; two nephews Justin Hufmeyer and Andrew Martin and three nieces, Kimberly Hufmeyer, Brooke Martin and Stephanie Martin. He was preceded in death by his mother. Mr. Martin graduated from Gibson City High School and received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University. He worked at M & W Gear Company in Gibson City since 1965. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Gibson City. He enjoyed reading, watching historical documentaries and traveling.

HARRY C. MARTIN The funeral of Harry C. Martin, age 84 of Gibson City, was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Reverend Laurence Sunkel officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Nelson, John Bridgewater, William Anderson, Gerald Wissmiller, Robert Wissmiller and David Stolz. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Martin died at 8:33 p.m. Wednesday 11-28-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. He was born 1-16-1906 near Saybrook, a son of Cornelius and Alice Williams Martin. He married Elna V. Holm 2-24-1934 at Jacksonville and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, John of Gibson City and Larry of Greenville; one daughter, Karen Mayer of DeLand; one sister, Alice Conklin, Sigourney, Iowa; five grand-children; three great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother. Mr. Martin lived in Gibson City for the past 56 years and formerly lived in Saybrook. He retired from farming in 1987 and was a member of the Ford - Iroquois Farm Bureau. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to his church or to the intensive care unit of Gibson Community Hospital.

FLOYD W. MATTHEWS Floyd W. Matthews, age 81 of Gibson City died at 12:50 a.m. Sunday 11-19-1989 at Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton. His funeral was held Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Randall Perry officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation was held for one hour before the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Keith Miller, Charles Walters, Jack Royal, Wilbur Swearingen, Ronald Knapp and Junior Mohart. He was born 11-27-1907 in rural Gibson City a son of Lucian L. and Capitola Wendell Matthews. He married Ruth Schade 1-7-1933 in Bloomington and she survives. Also surviving is a sister, Margie Flo Walters of Gibson City. Mr. Matthews lived in the Gibson City area all his life and retired from farming in 1974. He is a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AF & AM and Mohammed Shrine of Bloomington. Memorials may be made to the Gibson City United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

DOROTHEA I. (DEVER) MATTOX Dorothea I. Mattox, age 86 of Gibson City, died at 10:35 a.m. Friday 11-4-1994 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, Gibson City with the Reverend Philip N. Curran officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and from 1 - 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. Pallbearers included Todd R. Lowery, George Cramer, Roger Cramer, Gary Reiners, Ralph Witt and Mike Upton. She was born 6-18-1908 at LeRoy, a daughter of John W. and Mabel A. Jordan Dever. She married John A. Mattox on 6-5-1926 at Gibson City. He died 3-5-1993. Survivors include one daughter, Priscilla E. Lowery of Hoopeston; two sisters, Lida Belle Ropp of Gibson City and Aurilla Miller of Rantoul; one grandson and two great-grandchildren. One sister and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Mattox was a saleswoman for 22 years at Schockey's Clothing Store in Gibson City. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Gibson City to which memorials may be made.

JOHN A. MATTOX John A. Mattox, age 88 of Gibson City, died at 4:10 a.m. Friday 3-5-1993 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday at First Christian Church, Gibson City with the Reverend Philip Curran officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and for one hour before the service Monday at the church. Pallbearers included Richard Mattox, Sr., Richard Mattox, Jr., William Mattox, William Lowery, Sr. William Lowery, Jr. and Todd Lowery. Mr. Mattox was born 9-27-1904 in Piper City a son of William Edgar and Adah Mae Bussard Mattox. He married Dorothea Dever on 6-5-1926 in Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Priscilla E. Lowery, Hoopeston; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren. One brother, four half brothers, one sister and one half sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Mattox was a Pinkerton Security Guard. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City where he served as an elder for 19 years and treasurer of the Sunday school for six years. Memorials may be made to his church.

HENRY MAY The funeral of Henry May, age 84, a life-long resident of Gibson City will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Reverend Patrick Cox will officiate with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. May died at 3:40 p.m. Sunday 2-17-1990 at Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton. He was born 11-25-1906 in Gibson City a son of Pete and Myrtle May. He married Fern Berkler on 2-15-1929 in Paxton and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Donald of Mattoon, and Edward of Mendota; two daughters, Lyla Schmall of Champaign and Delores Rutledge of Gibson City; two brothers, Russell of Elliott and Adolph of Gibson City; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. One son, one brother and four sisters preceded him in death. Mr. May worked for 46 years as field foreman at Gibson Canning, later Stokely Foods in Gibson City. He was associated with the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the church's building fund or to a charity of the donor's choice. Pallbearers included George Lange, Ron Ferguson, Donald Kelly, Kenneth Mills, Harold Friday and Harold Medler.

FERN C. (BERKLER) MAY Fern G. May, 88, of Gibson City died at 5 a.m. Sunday 1-9-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Randall Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mrs. May was born 6-18-1911 in Ford County, a daughter of Frank and Eunice Bone Berkler. She married Henry May on 2-15-1929. He died 2-17-1991. Survivors include two sons, Donald May of Carlyle and Edward May of Peru, two daughters, Lyla Schmall of Champaign and Delores Rutledge of Gibson City; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Berkler, Jr. of Gibson City; and a sister, Elma Thompson of Paxton. She was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters and a son. Memorials may be made to Telecare of Gibson City, the Gibson City Fire Department or Gibson Area Hospital.


SARAH M. (WILLIAMS) McATEE Mrs. Sarah M. McAtee, 66, died at 1:30 a.m. Monday at the Gibson Convalescing Home where she had been ill several months. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the United Brethren Church, the Rev. Orville Salzman officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Mrs. McAtee was born 12-4-1878 in Colfax, the daughter of Martin and Margaret Dean Williams. She was married to Charles McAtee 9-7-1897 at Colfax. They farmed in that vicinity until 1912 when they moved to Gibson City. Mr. McAtee died 12-21-1934. She is survived by two daughters, Mabel Garrett, Joliet; and Hattie Hinton, Urbana; seven grand-children and two great grandchildren; one sister, Mae Englehardt, Harvard; two brothers, Charles Williams of Gibson City and Martin Williams of Saybrook. b. 12-4-1878 d. October 1945

SARAH (MARTIN) McCLURE Mrs. Sarah Ella McClure, 85, died at 10 a.m. 3-4-1943 at her home in Gibson City. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Phillip R. Coen officiating. Burial in Gibson City Cemetery. She was born 6-26-1857 at Delphi, Ind., the daughter of Louis and Mary Ann Kennedy Martin. She married Horace McClure at Delphi, Indiana. She had resided in Gibson City 57 years. He preceded her in death 2-19-1934. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Ethel McCall, with whom she made her home, and a son Louis McClure of Chicago. Gibson City Courier, March 1943

DUNCAN D. McCLURE The memorial service for Duncan D. McClure will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Alan Herbst officiating. A private burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. He died at 9:12 a.m. Wednesday 2-7-2001 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Building Fund or to Gibson Area Hospital Annex. Mr. McClure was born 8-10-1908 at Ishpeming, Mich., a son of Ora Diehl and Nina Lewis McClure. He married Grace Devine on 11-14-1935 at Ishpeming, Mich. She died 2-22-1993. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Wallace McClure. Mr. McClure lived in Gibson City since 1974, formerly living in Champaign. He worked for the Illinois Central Railroad, retiring in 1974. He was a member of the Episcopal Church in Champaign. Mr. McClure graduated from Culver Military Academy and from Michigan Technological University.

GRACE (DEVINE) McCLURE Grace McClure, age 85 of Gibson City, formerly of Champaign, died at 8:45 a.m. Monday, 2-22-1993 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. McClure was born 5-29-1907 in Ishpeming, Michigan, a daughter of David and Teckla Brevig Devine. She married Duncan D. McClure on 11-14-1935 in Ishpeming and he survives. Other survivors include one brother, John Devine of Ishpeming, Michigan and one sister, Agnes Coron of Ishpeming. One brother and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. McClure who had been a resident of Gibson City since 1974 formerly lived in Champaign. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City and its Council of Catholic Women. Mrs. McClure was also a member of Pleasant Hour Club and the Recreation Club, Gibson City and the Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to Gibson Community Hospital or to her church.

WALLACE J. McCLURE The funeral of Wallace J. McClure, 76 of Gibson City, was held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. T.L. Phillips officiated. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Honorary pallbearers were Walter Taylor, Stanhope Foster, Frank McQuiggin and Jack Nagle. Active pallbearers were Ronald Warfield, Herbert McClure, Vernon Hill, Loren Carlson, Donald Vinson, and Robert McMahon. Mr. McClure, a resident of the Gibson City area since 1936 and a retired farmer, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday 3-5-1986 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla. He spent the winters in Port Charlotte. He was born 9-7-1909 at Ishpeming, Mich., a son of Ora and Nina Lewis McClure. He married Mabel Lucille Dorow on 2-14-1938 at Bloomington. She died on 5-19-1959. He married Esther Mitze Hamburger on 12-22-1967 at Bloomington, and she survives. Other survivors include a son, D. John, NYC; a daugher, Mary Jane Roth, Gibson City; a brother, Duncan, Gibson City; and three granddaughters. Mr. McClure graduated from Culver Military Academy and Michigan State University. He farmed northwest of Gibson City until his retirement in 1970. He was a member of the Ford County Farm Bureau and Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, Champaign. Memorials may be made to the William Moyer Library or to the Episcopal Church.

MARION DOROTHY (ARENS) McCULLOUGH Marion Dorothy McCullough, 79, of Gibson City died at 11:05 p.m. Sunday 2-11-2001 at her residence. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with a rosary service at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Friends of Moyer Library; Gibson Community Hospice program; or Gibson Area Hospital. Mrs. McCullough was born 8-5-1921 at LaValle, Wis., a daughter of Theodore Joseph and Christina Hemmen Arens. She married James F. McCullough 4-17-1941 at Gibson City. He died 8-27-1982. Survivors include one daughter, Sharon (Frederick) Cast, Carmel, Calif.; two sons, James (Conley) McCullough, Manhattan, Kan., and Michael McCullough, Corpus Christi, TX; and two brothers, Harlan Arens, Gibson City, and Theodore (Rita) Arens, Winter Haven, Fla. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Fred Cast, Jennifer Cast, Stacey Cornelius,James McCullough, Daren McCullough, Wendy O'Neil, Jessica McCullough and Clayton McCullough. One son, Mark; one sister, Evelyn Arens; and one brother, Clayton Arens preceded her in death. Mrs. McCullough was a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City; the Altar and Rosary Society; and the Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. McCullough had lived in Gibson City since 1985 and formerly was of Paxton.

MARK D. McCULLOUGH Mark D. McCullough, age 33, a resident of Kansas City, MO. since 1980, died at 9:45 a.m. Thursday 2-27-1992 at Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City. His funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at McGilley Memorial Chapel, Kansas City. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Monday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Visitation was held from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Mr. McCullough was born 1-4-1959 at Watseka, a son of James F. and Marian Arens McCullough. Survivors include his mother of Gibson City; one sister, Sharon Cast of Fremont California; and two brothers, James McCullough of Manhattan, Kansas and Michael McCullough of Lawrence, Kansas. His father preceded him in death. Mr. McCullough was a 1980 graduate of Emporia Kansas State University. He was a Catholic. Memorials may be made to the McWilliams Fund, Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas.

MARGARET (ARMSTRONG) McGREW Margaret E. McGrew, age 86 of Gibson City died at 5:17 a.m. Monday 4-2-2001 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services at the church on Thursday. Mrs. McGrew was born 9-6-1914 at Fisher, a daughter of Orville C. and Bessie Layton Armstrong. She married the Reverend Dean McGrew on 1-15-1939 at Champaign. He died 3-9-1979. Survivors include one son, Lance (Bonnie) McGrew of Elliott; one step-daughter, Floy Parrett of California; one granddaughter, Holli (Tim) Applegate of Stanford. She was preceded in death by one sister, two brothers and one step-son. Mrs. McGrew was a member of the First Christian Church in Gibson City. She was also a member of the Gibson City Senior Citizens. Mrs. McGrew served as the former director of Gibson City Telecare. Memorials may be made to her church.

REV. DEAN McGREW The Rev. Dean McGrew, 89, Gibson City, a retired minister of Community Christian Church, died at 7:30 p.m. Friday 3-9-1979 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Community Christian Church with Rev. Loren E. Holt officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Clyde McRae, Dan McGuire, Max McGuire, Howard Thompson, Corbett Norris, and Richard Ream. Rev. McGrew was born 4-16-1889 in Xenia, a son of William and Jane Long McGrew. He married Flora Stephens at Carlock. She preceded him in death. He married Margaret E. Armstrong on 1-15-1939 at Fisher and she survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Floy Parett, La Crescenta, Calif.; two sons, Derrell, Topeka, Kan.; Lance, Elliott; one brother, Brint, Gibson City; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister and four brothers. Rev. McGrew was a Christian minister for 51 years, retiring from Gibson Community Christian Church in 1977, where he had been pastor for 17 years. He also served in Fisher, Champaign, Rialto, Calif.; Mesa, Ariz.; and the Old Bedford Church near Blandenville. Memorials may be made to Community Christian Church or to Barton W. Stone Christian Home.

SYBIL M. (MERSHON) KRAMER Sybil M. Kramer, age 95 of Gibson City, died at 6 p.m. Wednesday 3-22-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. March 25 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 10 - 11 a.m. March 25 at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Michael Kramer, Mark Kramer, Andrew Kramer, Ed Sauer and Robert Williams. Mrs. Kramer was born 12-24-1904 at Buckner, MO. a daughter of T.W. and May Again Mershon. She married Verle V. Kramer on 10-7-1924 at Columbia, MO. He preceded her in death on 11-3-1968. Survivors include two sons, Donovan M. (Ruth) Kramer of Casa Grande, AZ and David B. (Norma) Kramer of Gibson City; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, ntwo brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Kramer lived in Gibson City since 1950. Prior to that time she lived in Warsaw. She was a member of the Governor Ford Chapter of the DAR, the Gibson City Women's Club, Gibson City United Methodist Church, Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary and Delta-Delta-Delta Sorority at the University of Missouri. Memorials can be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Building Fund or to her church.

VERLE V. KRAMER Verle V. Kramer, 63, publisher of seven East Central Illinois newspapers and president of the National Newspaper Association, died unexpectedly at his home in Gibson City Sunday morning, 11-3-1968. Funeral services were to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the United Methodist Church, with burial in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Officiating at the funeral were the Rev. R.M. Luedde and Rev. William Jones. The family requested that any memorial tributes go to Moyer Library, Gibson Community Hospital or to the heart fund. Mr. Kramer suffered a heart attack at his home at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. He was taken to the Gibson Community Hospital by Lamb ambulance; he was dead on arrival. Born 1-10-1905 at Batavia, Iowa, he was a son of James Perry and Myrtle Walker Kramer. He attended schools and graduated from the high school in Sigourney, Iowa, and then attended the U. of Missouri. He was married to the former Sybil Mershon, of Buckner, Mo., 10-7-1924 at Columbia, Mo. Mr. Kramer is survived by his widow, two sons, Donovan M. of Casa Grande, AZ, and David B. of Gibson City; seven grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Rega McCarty, Tacoma Washington; and Mrs. Lois Bayles, Phoenix, AZ; and a brother, Lyle of Sigourney, Iowa. His parents, one brother and one sister preceded him in death.

MARY LOU (JACOBUS) KYLE Mary Lou Jacobus Kyle, age 55, of Gibson City died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday 3-23-1993 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. She had been ill. Her funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Mike Mott, William Nicholls, Michael O'Brien, Brian Arselmo, Paul Cleary and Al Bowman. Mrs. Kyle was born 6-24-1937 in Peoria, a daughter of Towner E. and Helen L. Coe Jacobus. She married Kenneth Kyle on 6-8-1957 in Normal and he survives. Other survivors include her mother of Normal; one son, Joe of Bloomington; four daughters, Nancy Kyle of Lahaska, PA; Sally Anselmo of Decatur; Karen Mott of Gibson City; and Jenna Kyle-O'Brien of Edwardsville; two sisters, Martha Sarantakos of Chicago and Sue Ellen Cleary of Arlington Heights and two grandchildren. Her father preceded her in death. Mrs. Kyle, who formerly lived in Normal, was a teachers aide employed by Ford - Iroquois Special Education. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics.

MERCEDES (BRYAN) LaCHARITY Mercedes B. LaCharity, 91 of Bethesda, MD. formerly of Gibson City died at 12:55 a.m. Sunday 6-17-2001 at her home. Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor's choice. Mrs. LaCharity was born 1-5-1910 at Gibson City, a daughter of William Cullen and Henrietta Barrow Bryant. She married William J. LaCharity in 1960. He died 5-16-1997. Survivors include one daughter, Sandra J. LaCharity, LaVista, Neb.; one granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

LAWRENCE J. LaCHARITY Lawrence J. LaCharity, age 91 of Bethesda, MD, died at 2 p.m. Friday 5-16-1997 at his home in Bethesda, MD. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, 5-22-1997 at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with Father James Heramb officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Mr. LaCharity was born 1-10-1906 at Ashland, Wis., a son of Joseph and Selma Gustafson LaCharity. He married Mercedes Bryant in 1937 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Sandra J. LaCharity of LaVista, Neb; one granddaughter, Kathryn L. (Jack) Shelton and three great-grandchildren, Valerie, Robin and April Shelton. Mr. LaCharity was a self-employed court reporter in Washington DC. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

VERNAL L. LAHR Vernal L. Lahr, age 84 of Gibson City died at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday 2-25-1998 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Stephen Schwanke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Shields, Harold Tribbey and Wilbert Birky. Serving as pallbearers were Josh D. Lahr, Jeffrey W. Lahr, Sean P. Cunningham, David Bright, Jack Miller and Roger Birky. Mr. Lahr was born 4-30-1913 at Colome, SD, a son of Harrison B. and Ina Shields Lahr. He married LaVerne Bossingham on 2-12-1939 at Stanford. Survivors include his spouse, LaVerne Lahr of Gibson City; two daughters, Elaine M. (Gene) Cunningham of Minonk; Terry Luanne (Patrick) Wingate of Omaha, Neb.; one son, Donald W. (Aneita) Lahr of Foosland; five grandchildren, Sean Cunningham, Josh D. Lahr, Jeffrey W. Lahr, Katelyn Wingate and Jacob Wingate; two sisters, Viola Brandt of Atlanta and Harriet Klehm of Pontiac. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Mr. Lahr farmed in the rural Foosland area for 47 years and moved to Gibson City in 1991. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Foosland and recently attended the Prairie Baptist Church in Gibson City. He was a past member of the Gibson City School Board and was a past member of the Farm Bureau. Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.

VIRGINIA (LOVE) MORRELL, LAMB Virginia Love Lamb, age 82 of Gibson City died at 3:55 a.m. Thursday 3-23-1995 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. A graveside service was at 11 a.m. Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with the Reverend William J. Tammen officiating. There was no visitation. Pallbearers included Terry Eckhardt, Adolph May, Terry McRae, Earl Young, Tom Hunt and Gary Lutterbie. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Lamb was born 3-8-1913 at Gibson City, a daughter of Arthur C. and Mildred Shaver Love. She married Arthur Morrell on 10-26-1933 at Colorado Springs, Colorado. He died 12-4-1968. She married Wallace S. Lamb on 5-28-1971 at Urbana. He died 6-19-1991. Surviving is one brother, John Love of Denver, Colorado. One son and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Lamb was a member of the Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary and a former member of the Gibson City Library board. She had been a resident of Gibson City since 1971. Memorials may be made to the Gibson City Swimming Pool or to the William Moyer Library, both in Gibson City.

CLEO (SPRADLING) LAMB Cleo Lamb, 85, died at 1:25 p.m. Thursday 12-23-1977 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Her funeral was Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Louis Haase officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bill Middleton, Frank Hunt III, Floyde Walker, Jim Hager, Dick Walter and Bill Noble. Mrs. Lamb was born 8-20-1892 in Gibson City, a daughter of Ami and Almeda Weimer Spradling. She married Shumway Lamb 1-30-1916 at Paxton. Mr. Lamb operated the Lamb Funeral Home for a number of years before his death in 1960. Surviving are a son Wally, Gibson City and five grandchildren. Mrs. Lamb was preceded in death by one son, Jack, three sisters and one brother. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was a life-time resident of Gibson City.

DOROTHY M. (BENJAMIN) LAMBERT The funeral of Dorothy M. "Pat" Lambert, 80, of Gibson City will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dick Cates and the Rev. Ed Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 tonight at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and an hour before services Wednesday at the church. She died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday 2-28-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. She was born 2-21-1928 in Kankakee, a daughter of Charles and Vergie Cleary Benjamin. She married Wayne Lambert on 4-28-1946 in Kankakee. The later divorced. Surviving are her companion of 30 years, Karry Kestner, Gibson City; a son, Harry Lambert of Gibson City; five daughters, Patti Schoolcraft of Elliott; Donna Schoolcraft and Lil Deason, both of Gibson City; Fannie Lambert of Champaign; Anita Cotton of Urbana; a brother, Robert Benjamin of Kankakee; a sister Joanne Erickson of Gibson City; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Her parents, three sons, a daughter and a sister and a brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Lambert was a resident of Gibson City since 1952 and worked for the Electronic Corp. of Gibson City. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gibson City.

WILLIAM M. "BILL" JONES CORN BURIES THREE AT CENTRAL SOYA. BILL JONES, 19, DIES TWO OTHERS RESCUED. Funeral services for William M. Jones, 19, were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church, with the Lamb Funeral Home in charge. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Rev. Floy Ekin officiated. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Casketbearers were Keith Leathers, Buddie Gee, Charles Ernst, Dave Yates, Tom McCall and Max Gebhards of Kilbourne

He was born at Champaign 9-23-1940, the son of William E. and Eunice Smith Jones. He married Karen Shaner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Shaner 3-1-1958. Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Sandra, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William E. (Bud) Jones; a sister, Judy Ann; grandmother, Mrs. Stella Smith of Elliott, and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl (Mox) Jones. Young Mr. Jones had attended Western Michigan University and Illinois Wesleyan University. An all-conference halfback, he was much sought after by various colleges. b. 9-23-1940 in Champaign, Il. parents: William E. and Eunice Smith Jones m. Karen Shaner on 3-1-1958 d. 12-19-1959 - accident at Central Soya, Co., Inc. Gibson City buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City

CLYDE R. JONES Clyde R. Jones, age 77 of Gibson City died at 8:22 a.m. Friday 4-2-1993 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His graveside service was at 1 p.m. Sunday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. There was no visitation Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Jones was born 12-10-1915 in Watseka a son of Oscar Clyde and Maude Griffith Jones. He married Virginia A. Nieswander on 11-17-1938 in Gibson City. She died 6-4-1990. Survivors include one son, Tom Jones of Birmingham, Alabama; one daughter, Lynne A. Westenhaver of Urbana; two brothers, Craig E. Jones of Danville and John W. Jones of Bloomington; and two grandchildren. One brother preceded him in death. Mr. Jones was an assistant traffic manager for Central Soya, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

HAZEL M. (SNIDER) JONES Hazel M. Jones, age 91 of Gibson City died at 5 a.m. Saturday, 12-27-1997 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dan Hill officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 1 - 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Reynolds, Steve Mott, Mike Ames, Danny Breeden and Mike Knapp. Active pallbearers included Tim Bane, John Ames, Jim Breeden, Terry McRae, Clyde McRae and Larry Reynolds. Mrs. Jones was born 10-22-1906 at Charlotte a daughter of Allie and Elizabeth Bickel Snider. She married Harry E. Jones on 8-9-1926 at Crown Point, Indiana. He preceded her in death on 8-3-1972. Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Reynolds of Gibson City and Donna Bane of Gibson City, one son, Dale Jones of Gibson City; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister and one brother. Mrs. Jones was co-owner of the H & H Tap in Gibson City. She resided in Melvin and Gibson City for all of her life. She was also employed as a cook at the Gibson City Schools for several years. Memorials can be made to the Heritage Manor Activity Dept.

VIRGINIA A. (NIESWANDER) JONES Virginia A. Jones, 73, of Gibson City, a former telephone operator, died at 9:35 a.m. yesterday 6-4-1990 at her home. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall K. Perry officiating. She was cremated. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangaements. She was born 6-18-1916 at Sibley, a daughter of LB. and Lizzie Freese Nieswander. She married Clyde R. Jones on 11-17-1938 at Gibson City and he survives. Other survivors include a son, Thomas R. Jones, Birmingham, Ala.; one daughter, Lynne A. Westenhauer, Urbana; two grandchildren; two sisters, Lois Dozier, Bland, Mo., and Geneva Hintz, Gibson City; and a half-brother, L.B. Nieswander, Melvin. Mrs. Jones lived most of her life in the Gibson City area and had been employed as a telephone operator. She was a member of the Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary, the Professional Women's Business Club and the United Methodist Church, all in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.

VIRGIL JORDAN Virgil Jordan, age 73 of Astatula, Florida and formerly of Gibson City, died at 5:36 p.m. Tuesday 12-25-1990 at his home. His funeral was held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Chad Gregory, Gene Gregory, Jamie Hall, Scott Hall, Tim Wallace and Jim Shipman. Mr. Jordan was born 2-18-1917 in Dewey, a son of Ralph and Grace Sawyer Jordan. He married Opal VanBlaracum on 5-1-1937 in Gibson City and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Michael James of Memphis, TN; three daughters, Peggy Jo Book of Vancouver, Washington; Linda June Gregory, Gibson City; and Margo Jean Dow of LaVerne California; one brother, Don Jordan of Paxton; two sisters, Jenedia Jensen and Betty Leffler, both of Gibson City; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather. Mr. Jordan was employed by M & W Gear Co. in Gibson City for 24 years. He retired in 1981 when he moved to Florida. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Gibson City and the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. He was a former member of the Eustis, Florida Moose Lodge. Memorials may be made to the Institute of Logopedics for Speech Defected Children sponsored by the International Barbershop Singers of America.

DANIEL J. JORDAN Daniel J. Jordan, 85, died Wednesday evening, 10-1-1941. Survivors include a son, Clarence Jordan of Gibson ; 11 grandchildren. Services held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Rev. Hanley officiating. Burial Gibson City Cemetery. b. 1855 or 1856 d. 10-1-1941 Gibson City Courier - October 2, 1941

IRENE (GACOVSKY) JORDAN Thawville - Irene Jordan, 61, of rural Thawville died at 8 a.m. Sunday 9-10-1989 at the Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton. Private graveside services will be Tuesday in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Jennifer Seder officiating. There will be no visitation. Ford - Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, in handling arrangements. Mrs. Jordan was born 6-15-1928 at Brownsville, Pa., a daughter of John and Anna Mudry Gacovsky. She married Kenneth W. Jordan on 9-4-1948 at Brownsville, Pa. and he survives. Also surviving are three sons, Arthur Jordan anad David Jordan, both of Thawville, and Michael Jordan of Rankin; three daughters, Marsha Jordan of Sarasota, Fla., Joyce Flohe of Door, Mich., and Susan Suttles of Plymouth, Ind.; four grand-children; and a brother, John Gacovsky of Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, a sister and a granddaughter. Mrs. Jordan was a member of the Thawville United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. Memorial contributions may be made to her church.

MARY BLANCHE (SWEARINGEN) JORDAN Mary Blanche Jordan, age 95 of Gibson City died at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday 2-9-1999 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Reichmann officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services at the church on Friday. Pallbearers were Gary Reiners, Gail Reiners, Greg Reiners, Dennis Jordan, Walter Jordan, Timothy Swanson, Douglas Boyce, Daniel Boyce, Paul Jacobs and Sam Jacobs. Mrs. Jordan was born 5-6-1903 at Gibson City a daughter of John W. and Margaret Burns Swearingen. She married Walter W. Jordan on 12-4-1922 at Gibson City. He preceded her in death on 8-9-1953. Survivors include one son, Darrell (Betty) Jordan of Gibson City; four daughters, Juanita (Bob) Boyce and Wilma (Ray) Reiners, both of Gibson City; Arlene (Elmer) Jacobs of Woodland Park, Colorado and Joanne (Ted) Swanson of Gibson City; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters, one granddaughter, two grandsons and one great-grandson. Mrs. Jordan was the oldest living member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City. A member of the Sunshine Class at the church, she was also a member of the Wantwood Club. Mrs. Jordan graduated from Drummer Twp High School with the Class of 1920. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital, Heritage Manor Nursing home or to her church.

ROSE (CELESCHI) TRANOS, JORDAN Rose Tranos Jordan, age 90 of Gibson City died at 11:56 a.m. Thursday 12-24-1998 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Adam Hall, Dave Celeschi, Steve Wittwer, Tom Hall, Bill Gandy and Robert Morrical. Mrs. Jordan was born 9-20-1908 at Lamoli, Italy a daughter of Anacleto and Maria Fenici Celeschi. She married Gust Tranos in 1938. He died in 1946. She later married Richard L. (Snook) Jordan in 1950. He preceded her in death in 1985. Survivors include one son, William (Connie) Tranos of Kankakee; one sister, Mary (Harry) Wittwer of Overland Park, Kansas; one sister-in-law, Mamie Celeschi of Chicago; two nephews and one niece. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Mrs. Jordan was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City, the Council of Catholic Women and the Altar and Rosary Society for many years. Mrs. Jordan immigrated to the United States in 1914. She has lived most of her life in the Guthrie and Gibson City areas. She and her husband, Gust, owned and operated the Busy Bee Confectionery in Gibson City for many years. Memorials may be made to her church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

JOHN R. KAFER The private funeral of John R, Kafer, 38, Gibson City, found dead Sunday in Clinton Lake, was at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. There was no visitation. Pallbearers were Tom Rhodes, Jim Thompson, George Meyer, Denzil Cabbage, Harold Friday and Tony Heideman. He was born 2-24-1941 at Fairbury, a son of William and Wilma Ellis Kafer. He married Nancy Conover McCreary 6-12-1971 at Thawville and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Aaron, at home; his parents, Lexington; two step-daughters, Audrey McCreary, Loda, and Adelle McCreary, at home, and a brother, Jim, Fairbury. Mr. Kafer had lived in Gibson City for 16 years and was a member of the council of the American Lutheran Church. He was a truck driver for Humko Product Food Service and Industrial Group of Kraft, Inc. Champaign. Memorials may be made to his Church or to Lincoln-Logan County Underwater Search and Recovery Team. Mr. Kafer had been missing since November 18. DeWitt County Coroner Charles Hollibaugh will schedule an inquest. b. 2-24-1941 d. November 1979

MARION KAISER Marion Kaiser, age 90 of Gibson City died at 12:25 p.m. Friday 12-21-2001 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. December 24 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. John Curtis officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, in Gibson City. Visitation was from 9 - 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home. Jeffery Van Note was honorary pallbearer. Active pallbearers were Stan Van Note, Dennis Van Note, Randy Van Note, Chris Van Note, Kenneth Kaiser and Jeremy Hereferd. Mr. Kaiser was born 1-2-1911 at Goshen, Indiana a son of John and Lititia Ballinger Kaiser. He married Alma Kindred on 5-7-1932 at Gibson City. She preceded him in death on 4-12-1985. Survivors include one daughter, Judy (Curt) Van Note of Colfax; two sisters, Gladys (Bob) Jardine of Crescent City and Dorothy (Clark) Jamison of Paxton; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister and one son. Mr. Kaiser was a farmer in the Melvin area for many years. After he retired, he moved into Melvin. For health reasons, he and his wife moved to Hot Springs, Ark. Returning to the area in 1998, Mr. Kaiser became a resident in the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. He enjoyed visiting with his old friends and talking about the good times and dining out. Memorials can be made to Heritage Manor Nursing Home.

ALMA B. (KINDRED) KAISER Alma B. Kaiser, 71, formerly of Melvin, died at 7:45 a.m. Friday 4-12-1985 at her home in Hot Springs, Ark. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, the Rev. John Curtis officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, in Gibson City. Mrs. Kaiser was born 11-1-1913 in Burleigh County, ND, a daughter of Charlie and Olga Steinlicht Kindred. She married Marion Kaiser and he survives. Also surviving are a son, Marion L. Kaiser of Hensley, Ark.; a daughter, Judy Van Note of Colfax; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Chuck Kindred of Tacoma, Wash., Clarence Kindred of Wing, ND; and two sisters, Gladys Hughes of Arrowsmith, and Thelma Nichols of Sunnyvale, Calif.

MYRTLE A. (MAY) KAISER Myrtle A. Kaiser, 75, a resident of Gibson City, mother of a Paxton woman, died at 12:10 .m. Saturday 2-1-1986 at the Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Robert G. Killion officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. She was born 1-4-1911 at Gibson City, a daughter of Peter and Myrtle Jordan May. She married Clarence Kaiser on 8-30-1958 at Gibson City. He died 2-24-1961. Surviving are one daughter, June Forbes, Paxton; three brothers, Henry and Adolph May, both of Gibson City; and Russel May, Elliott; one sister, Gladys Smith, Gibson City; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, one daughter, one grandson, two great-grandchildren, one brother and two sisters. Mrs. Kaiser lived most of her life in the Gibson City area. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

VIOLET I. (KARNES) SULLIVAN Violet I. Karnes, 82, of Gibson City died at 12:40 p.m. yesterday at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Brent Zastrow officiating. Burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. She was born 8-7-1905, in Pekin, Ind., a daughter of Charles A. and Nellie R. Sappenfield Karnes. She married Otis Sullivan, who preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Harry Sullivan of Pekin, Ind.; a brother, Charles V.; and a granddaughter. She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. She was a member of Saybrook Christian Church and had lived in the Gibson City area since 1935. b. 8-7-1905 d. 2-10-1988

HELEN M. (DAILY) KASHNER Helen M. Kashner, 90, of Bloomington, died at 12:05 a.m. Monday 10-5-1998 at Scotchwood Health Care Center, Bloomington. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Metzler - Froelich Memorial Home, Bloomington, the Rev. Bryce Hays officiating. Burial will be at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be 4 - 7 p.m. today at the memorial home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Mrs. Kashner was born 11-27-1907 at St. David, a daughter of John and Margaret Hoagland Daily. She married Lyle V. Kashner on 5-25-1935 at Covington, Ind. He died 2-27-1952. Survivors include a daughter, Jo (Loren) McBurney, Shirley; a son, Vernon D. Kashner, Normal; a sister, Babel Boyle, Macomb; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister, one grandson and one great-granddaughter. Mrs. Kashner was a member of Wesley United Methdist Church, Bloomington, and United Methodist Women. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the OES, both at Gibson City. She was a member of the National Education Association and the Illinois Guidance Counselor Association. She had received her bachelor of arts and later her master's in counseling from Western Illinois University at Macomb. She had taught for 36 years, most recently at Morrison Community High School, the school from which she retired in 1972. Mrs. Kashner was well known for her Santa Claus collection and was a subject of a feature in The Pantagraph on 12-20-1992. She was a true Christian woman, who touched many people during her life, and will be missed by all. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

PERRY H. KEAST Perry H. Keast, 92, Gibson City, died at 7:45 p.m. Saturday 8-28-1982 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, with the Rev. James B. Bortell officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joe Nunnick, George Crowe, William Crouch, Dike Eddleman, Clem Bartelson, and Robert Hanley. Mr. Keast was born 2-3-1890 at Hannibal, Mo., a son of William and Janet McMerchy Keast. He married Mary Harm in October 1935 in Michigan. She died 12-21-1965. He has been a resident of Gibson City more than ` 50 years. He was store manager of National Tea Grocery Co. and worked at Central Soya from 1944 - 1960, when he retired. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Gibson City.

TYLER MATTHEW KEIM Tyler Matthew Keim, the two-month-old son of Timothy and Dorinda Riblet Keim of Gibson City died at 11:30 a.m. Friday, 2-12-1993 at Gibson Community Hospital. Services were at 2 p.m. Monday at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from noon - 2 p.m. Monday at the church. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Tyler Matthew was born 12-23-1992 in Gibson City. Surviving are his parents of Gibson City; maternal grandparents, Delbert and Marilyn Riblet of Gibson City; paternal grandparents, Gary and Joan Keim of Gibson City; maternal great-grandmother, Melba Martin of Gibson City; and paternal great-grandmother, Mary Keim of Bloomington. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church, to which memorials may be made.

HELEN (FOSTER) KELLEY Helen Foster Kelley, age 94 of Monticello, formerly of Gibson City died at 3:40 p.m. Monday 6-24-1996 at Douglas Manor Nursing Home in Tuscola. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Edmisson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was for one hour before the service at the funeral home on Friday. Pallbearers included Walter Johnson, Larry Johnson, Lloyd Johnson, Terry Johnson, H. Paul Dietz and Klaus Dietz. Mrs. Kelley was born 11-14-1901 at Gibson City a daughter of John Stanhope and Ella Vaughn Foster. She married John Melville Kelley on 11-12-1931 at Loda. He preceded her in death on 10-16-1932. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Helen Foster of Monticello; two nieces, Norma Raup of Chillicothe and Celia Johnson of Monticello and one nephew John Foster of California. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Mrs. Kelley resided in Gibson City until 1990 when she moved to Monticello. She was a member of the Pleasant Hour Club, the DAR and of the Farm Bureau. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital or to the Pleasant Hour Club.


HELEN E. (KIEPER) ARENDS, KEMPLE Helen E. Kemple, 81, Gibson City, died at 6:16 p.m. Tuesday 12-17-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Kathleen Edmisson officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be for one hour before the service Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of Moyer Library, Gibson City. Survivors include three daughters, Jacqueline Arends Rocke, Worth; Mary Jo Kingsley, Elliott; and Jane Ellen Quinley, Champaign; one half-sister, Lucille Reeves, South Bend, Ind.; and one half-brother, Edward Guse, Colfax. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Christopher and his wife, Heidi, Rocke; Jorrie Rocke; Matthew and wife, Dawn, Quinley; and Stephanie Jo Kingsley; and one great-grandson, Jeremy Rocke. Mrs. Kemple was born 9-25-1915 in Piper City, a daughter of John and Nellie Berlett Kieper. She married John W. Arends 12-7-1935. He died 12-2-1944, in WWII. She married Kenneth E. Kemple 1-17-1947 in Gibson City. He died 8-25-1970. Preceding her in death were her parents, one sister, and one half-brother. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City and had lived in Gibson City most of her life.

AVALON M. (PORTER) KEMPLE Avalon M. Kemple, 85, a resident of John Knox Village, Lees Summitt, Mo., formerly of Gibson City, died 3-30-1987 at the village medical center. Anderson Funeral Home, Lees Summitt, was in charge of cremation. Her graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 1987 at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with Richard Kemple officiating. Visitation will be after the service at the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Gibson City. She was born 3-20-1902 at Bone Gap, a daughter of Charles and Anna Walker Porter. She married Harold M. Kemple 2-18-1921 at Bloomington. He died in 1968. Surviving are two sons, Dr. Harold M. Kemple, Jr., Bend, Ore.; Richard E. Kemple, Lubbock, Tx.; one sister Grace Hostettler, Ocala, Fl.; three brothers, Kenneth Porter, Sunnymead, Ca.; George Porter, Cocoa Beach, Fl.; and Howard Porter, Fairfield; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers. Mrs. Kemple and her husband owned and operated Kemple's Kitchen, family restaurant in Gibson City for many years. They also established Kemple Insurance Agency before retiring in 1963 to Mountain Home, Ark. She had been a resident of John Knox Village since 1974. She was ordained en elder in the Presbyterian Church and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lees Summitt. She was also active in the Promenaders Square Dance group in Lees Summitt. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital in Chicago through Douglas Knapp at First National Bank in Gibson City.

BEULAH F. (CROSS) KENNEDY The funeral of Beulah F. Kennedy, 82, of Gibson City will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Dennis Salb will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Mrs. Kenendy died at 6:08 p.m. Thursday 2-4-1988 at her home. She was born 8-15-1905 in Dahlgren, a daughter of Elza and Mary Tennison Cross. She married Harry Goin on 11-18-1922 in East St. Louis. He died 4-30-1963. She married Charles E. Kennedy on 1-17-1969 in Gibson City. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Robert L. Goin, Gibson City; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, a grandson, a granddaughter, three brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Kennedy had been a resident of Gibson City for 57 years.

HATTIE (MOTT) KERBER Hattie Kerber, 91, of Paxton died at 11:59 p.m. Thursday 3-18-1993 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City where she had lived since 10-20-1986. Her funeral will be ata 11 a.m. Monday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. John Davenport officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. She was born 7-23-1901 in Harrison County, Ind., a daughter of Asa and Eva Stucker Mott. She married Tony Kerber 4-17-1918 in Strawn. He died in 1953. Surviving are two daughters, Ruby Kemmer, Sibley; and Alberta Schleif, Chicago; two sons, Matthew, Cropsey; and Francis Donald, Denver; two sisters, Florence Smith, New Albany, Ind., and Linda Bell, Gibson City; a brother, John Mott, Gibson City; 16 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers. Mrs. Kerber spent her early years in Indiana, attending schools in Harrison County. She and her husband farmed near Anchor for 35 years and moved to Paxton in 1956. She owned and operated Hattie's Package Liquor Store and had also operated a grocery store in Paxton. She was a member of the Christian Church and former member of the Home Bureau and 4-H Clubs. Memorials may be made to Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City.

JAMES D. KERCHENFAUT (Thursday 11-9-1950) James D. Kerchenfaut, 80, passed away at 8 p.m. Monday. The body was taken to the Lamb Funeral Home, where services were held today (Thursday) at 2:30 p.m. Rev. R.M. Luedde officiated, and burial was in Gibson Cemetery. He was born 1-27-1870, near here, a son of John and Mary Meyers Kerchenfaut. He retired from farming in 1937, and moved to town. He was married to Arminta Warfield 3-1-1899. Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Leonard, two sons, Prim and Lyle; a brother Calvin of Gibson; a brother Albert of Elgin; eleven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son, two sisters and two brothers. He was a member of the Christian Church. b. 1-27-1870 d. 1950 buried: Drummer Twp Cemetry

ARMINTA V. (WARFIELD) KERCHENFAUT (Thursday 2-19-1953) Mrs. Arminta V. Kerchenfaut, 80, died at 4:20 p.m. Thursday at the home of her step-daughter, Mrs. Merle Leonard, near Gibson City. She was brought to the Lamb Funeral Home where services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. R.M. Luedde officiated. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Mrs. Kerchenfaut was born 5-26-1872 in Bellflower, the daughter of Wm. and Margaret Primm Warfield. She was married to James Kerchenfaut on 3-1-1899, who preceded her in death in 1950. Mrs. Kerchenfaut has made her home with her children the past few years. Surviving are two sons, Primm, Gibson City and Lyle, Herrod, Ohio; a step-daughter, Mrs. Leonard; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Chloe Blissard, Gibson City and Miss Mary Warfield, Paxton and two brothers, Leonard, Paxton and Albert, Saybrook; as well as other relatives and her circle of friends. She was preceded in death by a son. Mrs. Kerchenfaut was a member of the Gibson City Christian Church.

MERRITT V. KERCHENFAUT Merritt V. Kerchenfaut, 67, a Gibson City area farmer, died at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Cole Hospital, Champaign. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Chester Chandler officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Lamb Funeral Home from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Saturday. He was born 12-9-1907 in Gibson City a son of Charles and Mattie Parker Kerchenfaut. He married Lauretta Warfield 2-19-1931 at Gibson City. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Marilyn Ewing, Borth, Wales, Scotland; Mrs. Marjorie Hall, Norfolk VA; a son, Charles, Piper City; 10 grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Smith, Gibson City; and Mrs. Eva Knee, Rockford, Mich. His parents, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. He farmed in the Piper City area for 18 years before returning to the Gibson City area. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and had been active in church work. He was a member of the Ford County Farm Bureau and a former member of the Federal Land Bank Board. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or a charity of the donor's choice. b. 12-9-1907 d. December 1974 (re SSDI index)

MARIE W. (ANLIKER) KERCHENFAUT (The Pantagraph - Sunday 9-17-1967) Mrs. Marie W. Kerchenfaut, 61, died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday in Cole Hospital, Champaign, where she was a patient 32 days. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Hugh Reynolds and the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will be today after 12 noon at the Lamb Funeral Home and after 11:30 .m. Monday at the Church. Eastern Star rites will be accorded at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. She was born 12-15-1905 at Sibley, a daughter of Hans and Teba Brethorst Anliker. She was married to Primm Kerchenfaut, 6-2-1928 at Sibley. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Norma Uhrich, Des Plaines; Miss Beverly Kerchenfaut, Watseka; a son, William of Melvin; four grandchildren; a sister, Miss Elsie Anliker of Chicago and two brothers, John and Seipt Anliker, both of Sibley. She was preceded in death by two sons and a sister. She was active in the First Christian Church and was a member of the Black Ford Community Club, the Eastern Star and the South Union Ladies Aid. She attended Illinois State Normal University.

BEVERLY ANN KRCHENFAUT (The Pantagraph - Thursday 11-19-1967) Miss Beverly Ann Kerchenfaut, 33, died at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday at Cole Hospital, Champaign. She had been a patient there for a year. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Hugh Reynolds and the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Lamb Funeral Home this evening. Miss Kerchenfaut was born 1-29-1934 in Gibson City, a daughter of Primm and Marie Anliker Kerchenfaut. She was a graduate of the Gibson City High School with the class of 1951. She was also a graduate of Illinois State University at Normal with the class of 1955. She had been employed as a home economics teacher at Watseka High School for 11 years, before her illness. Surviving are her father; a sister, Mrs. Norma Uhrich, Des Plaines; a brother, William, Melvin; two nieces and two nephews. Her mother and two brothers preceded her in death. She was a member of the First Christian Church.

PRIMM M. KERCHENFAUT Primm M. Kerchenfaut, 82, a lifetime resident of the Gibson City area, died at 10 p.m. Friday 9-9-1982 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. today at First Christian Church, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be an hour before the service at the church. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Kerchenfaut was born 4-8-1901, near Gibson City, the son of James and Armentia Warfield Kerchenfaut. He married Marie W. Anliker 6-2-1928 at Sibley. She died 9-16-1967. Surviving are a daughter, Norma Uhrich, Palatine; a son, William, Gibson City; a brother, Lyle Kerchenfaut, Harrod, Ohio; and five grandchildren. A daughter, two infant sons and a sister preceded him in death. He was a member of First Christian Church, the Gibson City Masonic Lodge, OES, the Bloomington Consistory, the Mohammed Shrine Temple of Peoria and the Corn Belt Shrine Club, Gibson City. He was also a long-time member of the Farmers Grain Co. board of directors. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Manor Nursing Home, or to his church.

DOROTHY (BRUCKER) KERCHENFAUT Dorothy Kerchenfaut, 82, of Gibson City died at 11:30 a.m. Monday 4-16-2001 at ManorCare Nursing Home, Champaign. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to Gibson Area Hospital or Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. She was born 4-25-1918 at Cropsey, a daughter of Louis A. and Lillian Kerber Brucker. She married Howard W. Kerchenfaut 10-15-1939 at Gibson City. He died 3-3-1999. Survivors include two sons, Larry (Marilyn) Kerchenfaut, Woodridge; and Brian Kerchenfaut, St. Joseph; six daughters, Karen (Edward) May, Peru; Nancy (Lyle) Wheeler, Champaign; Judi (Stephen) O'Conner, Urbana; Darlene (Edward) Schantz, Mahomet; Marlene (Kent) Swain, Iowa City, Iowa; and Jan (Mike) Morin Greensboro, NC; three brothers, Lawrence Brucker, Cropsey, Lyle Brucker, Fairbury; and Bernard Brucker, Colfax; three sisters, Josephine Cooperider and Norene Brandt, both of Fairbury; and Virginia Taylor, Taylorville; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and an infant daughter.

HOWARD W. KERCHENFAUT Howard W. Kerchenfaut, age 79, of Gibson City died at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday 3-3-1999 at his home in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith and the Reverend Dennis White officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 10 - 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, in Gibson City. Honorary pallbearers were Aaron Wheeler, Philip May, Matt Kerchenfaut, Matt Swain, Jason Patrick and Michael O'Connor. Mr. Kerchenfaut was born 6-6-1919 at Omemee, ND, a son of John C. and Florence M. Richardson Kerchenfaut. He married Dorothy Brucker on 10-15-1939 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Kerchenfaut of Gibson City; two sons, Larry (Marilyn) Kerchenfaut of Woodridge and Brian Kerchenfaut of St. Joseph; six daughters, Karen (Edward) May of Peru, Illinois; Nancy (Lyle) Wheeler of Mahomet, Judi (Stephen) O'Connor of Urbana; Darlene (Edward) Schantz of Mahomet; Marlene (Kent) Swain of Iowa City, Iowa and Jan (Mike Morin) Patrick of Greensboro, NC; two sisters, Madeline Smith of Arthur and Janet Griffey of Rockford; 16 grand-children and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother. A resident of Gibson City for 50 years, Mr. Kerchenfaut was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City, the Knights of Columbus of the church, the Gibson City Moose Lodge and Railside Golf Club. He was retired from Local 130 Plumbers Union Mr. Kerchenfaut enjoyed golfing. Memorials can be made to the Gibson City Hospice or to an organizaiton of the donor's choice.

JOSEPH A. KERNER Joseph A. Kerner, 74, of Normal, died at 2:40 a.m. yesterday 8-5-1984 at Brokaw Hospital. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Carmody Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at Epiphany Catholic Church, Normal, the Rev. John J. King officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. today at the fuenral home with a prayer service at 8 p.m. He was born 3-6-1910 at Bloomington, a son of Simon and Magdalene Marksteiner Kerner. He married Anita Ferri in October 1936 at Gibson City. She died 6-26-1983. He is survived by his mother, Bloomington; three brothers, Stephen, Fairbanks Alaska; and Urban L. and Carl L., both of Bloomington; six sisters, Marie Stiles, Sebring, Fl.; Helen Brandt, Marengo; Elizabeth A. Wey, Antoinette Kerner and Dorothy Brandt, all of Bloomington; and Theresa Andor, Normal. A sister preceded him in death. Mr. Kerner was a member of Epihany Catholic Church, the American Hungarian Family Society and the Moose Lodge. He was a retired service representataive for Cleary Vending.

ALBERTA B. KIBBLE The graveside service of Alberta B. Kibble, 84, of Gibosn City will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. David Smith will officiate. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, handled the arrangements. She died at 2:22 p.m. Saturday 3-17-1990 at Urbana Nursing Home. She was born 6-27-1905 in Gibson City, a daughter of James and Sallie McClearon Kibble. She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Miss Kibble lived most of her life in Gibson City. She worked as a housekeeper for many years for the Middletons in Gibson City. She was a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Memorials may be made to the American Leprosy Missions.

MABEL (NELSON) KINDER Mabel N. Kinder, age 92 of Gibson City a resident of Gilman for many years, died at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday 3-5-1991 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. A private graveside service will be held Friday in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with the Reverend Patrick Cox officiating. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Kinder was born 10-17-1898 at Gibson City, a daughter of Peter C. and Kathryn Miller Nelson. She married George C. Kinder on 11-30-1928 at Forrest. He preceded her in death on 8-23-1966. Survivors include two sisters, Violet Peeken and Margaret Nelson, both of Gibson City. One brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Kinder was a resident of Gilman for many years, moving back to Gibson City in 1969. She was a member of the Gilman United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital Building Fund.

AGNES JEANNETTE (GLASGOW) KING Agnes Jeanette King, 86, of Gibson City died at 1:24 a.m. yesterday 8-15-1993 at her residence. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Private burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The family will receive friends after the memorial service at the church. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. King was born 3-21-1907 in Eureka, a daughter of William H. and Margaret Hamilton Glasgow. She married Floyd E. King on 7-10-1927 in Lincoln. He died 9-7-1984. Survivors include two sons, James N., Cumberland, Wis., and Dr. Kenneth F., Libertyville; two daughters, Jean H. Williams, Gibson City; and Ary M. Anderson, Decatur; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death. Mrs. King, a resident of Gibson City since 1965, was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City. She was a volunteer at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to Gibson Community Hospital or the William Moyer Library, both in Gibson City, or to her church.

ALBERT KLOPFENSTEIN (Gibson City Courier, 9-5-1929) this obit was handwritten Albert Wallace Klopfenstein, son of John and Elizabeth Klopfenstein was born near Sibley, Il. 2-8-1880 and passed away at his home near Barrington, Il. 8-28-1929, aged 49 yr 6 mo and 20 da. He spent his boyhood days in the vicinity of Gibson City and received his education in the Gibson Schools; later as he grew to manhood, he engaged in farming at Thawville. On 2-13-1902 he was married to Bertha Edith Baker. To this union were born seven children: Edna, Esther, who preceded him in death, 8-19-1918, Elmer, Della, Loyal, Victor and Ida, all who were at his bedside administering to his sufferings in the last moments of his life. In 1905 with his family he moved to Custer City, OK, where he spent 15 years of hard labor providing for his family which was his highest ambition and greatest delight. In 1920, with his family, he moved to Illinois, living in the vicinity of Thawville, Onarga, and Barrington. He was a kind and loving husband and father, loved by all who knew him, always ready to lend a helping hand. In his early teens he gave his heart and life to God, during a revival at Salem, U.B. Church conducted by Rev. Comer. He was loyal and faithful to his Master in helping to carry on the Gospel work. He was active in all the departments of Sunday School and church work. He served as superintendent, teacher and on the church board, or whatever duty called. He was always ready to respond with a willing and noble spirit. His pleasant disposition and Christian influence not only reached his loved ones but all who came in contact with him were made to feel that the world was made better by his life, the memory of which will live on as the years go by. He was very patient in his sickness and ready to answer the summons, "Come up higher." Besides his wife and children, he leaves to mourn his loss his aged mother, Mrs. E.J. Klopfenstein, Gibson City, Ill., and four brothers and two sisters: Aaron D., Clinton, OK; Mrs. Susan Litwiller of Salem, Oregon; Mrs. Lydia Rhodes of Gibson City, and Minno S. of Siloam Springs Ark.; John and Frank E. of OK and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the United Brethren Church, in charge of Rev. B. Lee Towsley. Interment was in the Gibson Cemetery.

MARION ANNA (ANDERSON) KNAPP Marion Anna Emelia Knapp, age 89 of Gibson City died at 1:55 a.m. Friday 10-29-1999 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Reichmann officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. October 30 at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and from 1 - 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. Honorary pallbearers were Walter Taylor and Tony Gandy. Active pallbearers included Kevin Knapp, Mike Knapp, Dan Long, Jonathan Knapp, Steve Harper and Tom Hartford. Mrs. Knapp was born 8-23-1910 at Chicago a daughter of John V. and Nannie E. (Anderson) Anderson. She married Robert J. Knapp on 10-25-1933 at Gibson City. He preceded her in death on 9-13-1957. Survivors include two sons, Douglas (Mary) Knapp of Colfax and Ronald (Betty) Knapp of Gibson City; one daughter, Karen Long of Gibson City; six grandchildren, Kevin Knapp, Mike Knapp, Jonathan Knapp, Nan Clements, Dan Long, and Carrie Stensrud; ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Verona (Harold) Thomas of Gibson City and two sisters-in-law, Margaret Anderson of Gibson City and Ann Myers of Carlsbad, California. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one grandson and one son-in-law. A resident of Gibson City since 1919, Mrs. Knapp was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City, where she was a member of the church choir and a church volunteer. She was employed by Gibson Federal Savings and Loan in Gibson City from 1958 - 1980. Mrs. Knapp was a member of the Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary, and a past member of the PTA and the Band Boosters in the Gibson Community School District. Memorials may be made to Leukemia Society of America or to the Gibson Area Hospital Annex.

RAYMOND LEE KNECHT Raymond Lee Knecht, 20, was killed instantly at 5:58 a.m. Friday when his car was struck by a southbound Wabash freight train at the Eighth Street Crossing here. Mr. Knecht was on his way to work at the Central Soya Co. when the accident occured. He was thrown from the car by the impact of the crash. Flasher signals at the crossing were reported to be working, but Mr. Knecht evidently failed to see the approaching train. He was taken to the Lamb Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Gibson City Bible Church, the Rev. J.A. Heiser will officiate. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Mr. Knecht was born 7-17-1932 at McLean, the son of Mitchel and Ruth Johnson Knecht. He graduated from Gibson City High School in 1950 and had been employed at Central Soya about a year. Survivors are his parents of Guthrie; two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Lange of Gibson City and Miss Marilyn Knecht, at home; a brother, Donald, at home; and his grandmother, Mrs. Katie Johnson of Danvers. b. 7-17-1932 d. November 1952

BETTY JEAN (ZOOK) KNELL Betty Jean Knell, age 62 of Saybrook died at 3:33 a.m. 2-18-1998 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randy Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included George Patterson, Pete Nelson, Sr., Larry Miller, Pete Nelson, Jr., Craig Potter and Mark Zook. Mrs. Knell was born 7-30-1935 at Mahomet, a daughter of Francis I. Zook. She married Charles A. Knell, Sr., on 8-6-1967 at Bloomington. He died 3-28-1982. Survivors include one son, Charles Knell, Jr. of Saybrook; three daughters, Denise Fisher and Mary Taylor, both of Saybrook and Serita Bowman of Anchor; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; seven brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband. Mrs. Knell lived in McLean County area all her life. Memorials may be made to the Franciscan Hospice Program of Bloomington.

WILLIAM MINOR KNELL, SR. Wm. Minor Knell, Sr., 73, died at his home in Gibson City, Monday 1-30-1950 of a heart attack. Services were at Lamb Funeral Home, February 2, with Rev. O.C. Salzman officiating and burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. He was born 1-18-1877, near Gibson City, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Knell. He is survived by his widow, Rose Raper Knell; 4 daughters, Goldie Nelson of Gibson City, Viola Hanson of Peoria, Mabel Rexroat and Helen Butler; 2 sons, Wm., Jr. and Charles of Gibson City; and 15 grandchildren. (Gibson City Courier - February 2, 1950)

CHARLES A. KNELL, SR. Charles A. Knell, Sr., 57, Bellflower, died at 1:57 a.m. Sunday at his home. He had been ill. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Parvin DeBerry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 7 - 9 tonight at the funeral home. He was born 4-11-1924 at Elliott, a son of William and Rose Raper Knell. He married Betty Zook 8-6-1967 at Bloomington and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Charles, Jr., Bellflower; three daughters, Serita Allen, Fairbury and Denise and Mary at home; two granddaughters; and two sisters, Helen Hill, Gibson City and Viola Boyd of Bloomington. His parents, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Knell had lived 15 years in Bloomington, 17 years in Gibson City and two years near Bellflower. Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph's Medical Center, Bloomington.

MILDRED L. (ISAACS) KNERR Mildred L. Knerr, 74, of Gibson City died at 8:45 a.m. Monday 10-3-1994 at her home. Her funeral was Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiated. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Knerr was born 6-24-1920 at Arrowsmith, a daughter of Bert and Anna H. Steinlicht Isaacs. She married Robert D. Knerr on 7-10-1944 at St. Louis. He died 4-11-1991. Survivors include one son, Kevin Knerr, Elliott; two daughters, Carol Ann Grove and Debra Unzicker, both of Gibson City; one sister, Darlene Ehlers, Colfax; one brother LaMar Isaacs, Edinburg, Texas; five grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; and two step-great-granddaughters. One brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Knerr lived in the Sibley and Gibson City area her entire life. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

MARGARET (SWATSLEY) KOEHLER Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Koehler, 76, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with Rev. A.H. Flagge, officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Mrs. Koehler died Friday, 4-1-1949, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herman Haack, near Sibley, Il. She was born 7-18-1873 in Woodford Co., a daughter of George C. and Lovinia Swatsley. She married John Koehler on 12-13-1894, who preceded her in death 10-18-1933. They farmed near Sibley for a number of years and moved to Gibson City. For the past 13 years, she had been companion and homemaker of Mrs. Hart in Bloomington, Il., a blind friend. Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. Minnie Harms, Lansing, Il.; Mrs. Ethel Haack, Sibley, Il. and Mrs. Edith Peters, Gasville, Ark. Sisters: Mrs. Wm. Otto, Manitoba, Canada; Mrs. W.A. Phillips and Mrs. Charles Pitcher both of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; two brothers, Oliver of Paxton and Elmer of Grafton,Wisc. (Gibson City Courier, 4-7-1949)

b. 7-18-1873 Woodford County, Il m. 12-13-1894 to John Koehler d. 4-1-1949

GRACE M. (METCALF) KRAIGER, CULLERS Grace M. Kraiger, 104, of Decatur, formerly of the Gibson City area, died at 11:18 a.m. Tuesday 1-7-1992 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. She was born 7-21-1887 in Ford County, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf. She married Emory L. Cullers and he died 8-17-1931. Surviving is one grandson, Steve Black, Worth. One daughter preceded her in death. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

CLIFFORD E. JOHNSON The funeral of Clifford E. Johnson 76, of Gibson City will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the American Lutheran Church of Gibson City, the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 9 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Mr. Johnson, a former Sude Griffithtokely-Van Camp employee died at 6:48 p.m. Sunday 4-6-1986 at Gibson Community Hospital. He was born 6-10-1909 at Rinard, a son of Elmer and Florence Ulm Johnson. He married LaVerne Brethorst 6-18-1941 at Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include three sons, Terry, Elliott; Douglas, Sibley; and Randy, Gibson City; three daughters, Karen Pettit, Mount Ayr, Iowa; Julie Gerdes, Paxton; and Pamela Gardner, Gibson City; one brother, Leland R., Paxton; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Johnson had lived in Gibson City for 42 years and retired in 1975 from Stokely - Van Camp. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church of Gibson City to which memorials may be made.


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