FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS

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

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Diane Brooks Joseph E. Brooks Helen S. Brotherton Edward I. Brown Ethel K. Brown
John I. Brown Ruby F. Brown Ruth Brown Daisy M. Brownlee David Brownlee
Everett P. Brownlee Annabelle I. Brucker Gene Brucker Juanita K. Bryant Grace G. Bubon
Lola Buchner  Harry J. Bulger Alfred Bunting Anna Mae Bunting Dorothea Bunting
Fred W. Buoy Velva D. Buoy Addie Burns Francis R. Burns Mildred Ilene Burton
Vanza Burton Donna R. Busick Linda L. Bush Cary M. Busing Gerhard H. Busing
Gustave W. Busing Denzil G. Cabbage Kathryn T. Cameron Margaret T. Cameron Ruby J. Campbell
Guy C. Canady Fred E. "Pat" Carroll Luella Mae Carson Charles P. Carter Edna Marie Carter
Donald W. Carver Brooksy J. Case Charles Henry Caston Bessie Cater Roy W. Cater
Lucy Celeschi Elvin Chadd Glenna M. Chase William Clements And Lawrence W. Nelson Evaughn Mae Clifton
Letha J. Clifton Edith F. Climpson Harold Climpson Marjorie Anne Coay Philip L. Coay
Barbara K. Coit Lillie Malinda Collings Pearl Collins Dorothy I. Colvin James L. Colvin
Elmer J. Colwell Thelma L. Colwell Ina B. Comer Lawrence R. Comer Rebecca H. Conger
Deborah J. Conklin Mildred P. Cooper Anne M. Cothern Mrs. Lula J. Cothern Sally Ann Cowgill
Etta R. Craig Martha Craig Christian Cramer Esther A. Cramer Lorene Borchers Cramer
Rebecca A. Cramer Randy L. Dalton C. Duane Baillie, Jeffrey Benjamin Hansen, And Lowell D. Davis Helen J. Day Jerry Warren Decker
Gladys J. Dueringer Dwight "Dike" Eddleman      
Don Ehlenfeld Howard J. Ehresman Maria Ehresman Roena Lynn Enghausen Roy Farmer
Zadie E. Farmer Margaret Eileen Hunt Bill Jones Loel Jordan Thomas W. Jordan
James B. Kretzer Arthur Lee Kumler Virginia Love Lamb Charles Patrick Long Charles William (Bill) Long
David Lee Marshall Joe Mooney Joseph Aaron Myers Jack Nagle Warren Nally
Lawrence W. Nelson Wayne A. (Bud) O'neal Freda A. Oyer Walter R. Oyer Keith A. Pearson
Richard E. Pearson Marjorie E. Peters F. Ray "Pete" Peterson Laurel Ping Frank M. Probus
Gene H. Rankin Harvey Rasmussen Rosa Rasmussen Carole F. Royal Rohdes John Roesch
Louise B. Roesch Otto Rohwedder Charles Rutledge Troy H. Rutledge Helen Salyards
Mabel Schlickman Ernest P. Schroeder Amelia C. Sheppelman Ivan Sloat Karen Gee Smith
Winifred M. Snead Louise (Hardies) Stiger Claudia J. (Coake) Strebeck Robert J. Strebeck Jean E. Swanson
R. Wendall Thackeray Jerry Thompson Roger Lee Thomsen Anna Belle Tibby Doris Maritta Tjardes
Donna Wickes Turner Don Vinson Charles M. Walters Edwin Cleon Wilborn Beulah Williams
Larry Williams Ralph A. Witt Ethel (Main) Woolley John Woolley Orville W. Zander

DIANE BROOKS
Diane Brooks, 16,, died in a car accident at "Dead Man's Curve" east of Gibson City 5-4-1969. Daughter of Carl and Pauline Carson Brooks, she was a member of the First Baptist Church, Gibson City. Surviving along with her parents; two brothers, Larry, Bloomington, Il , Douglas at home; a sister, janet, at home. Grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Carson, Gibson City and Burley Brooks, Gamalie, Ky. b. 4-16-1953, Gibson City d. 5-4-1969 bur: Drummer Twp Cemetery

JOSEPH E. BROOKS
Joseph E. Brooks, Jr., 32, Gibson City, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, 11-20-1976 at St. John's Hospital, Springfield. Private funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home with Keith Ward officiating. Burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were, John Brooks, Ronald Brooks, Ray Wagner, Pete Friedmansky, Terry Roesch and Joe Oliverio. He was born 1-11-1944 in Bloomington, a son of Joseph and Dorothy Schutte Brooks. Surviving are his parents, Gibson City; five sisters, Mrs. Patricia Wagner and Mrs. Debra Roesch, both of Gibson City; Mrs. Barbara Friedmansky of Lexington; Tina Brooks, at home and Mrs. Joyce Oliviero, Evansville; two brothers, Ronald Brooks of Vero Beach, Fl. and John Brooks of Petersburg; his maternal grandmother Mrs. Lanarah Rannebarger of Gibson City.

HELEN S. BROTHERTON
The funereal of Helen S. Brotherton, age 94, of Melvin, formerly of Decatur, was at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. The Reverend Roger Ross officiated with burial in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Bob Arends, Dayo Thompson, Ed Kendrick, Roger Arends, Charles Orcutt and Henry Hummel. Mrs. Brotherton died at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday 3-2-1994 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. She was born 9-9-1899 in Gibson City, a daughter of William and Mary McClure Stathers. She married Vernard Brotherton on 9-21-1921 in Melvin. He died 5-19-1979. Surviving are one daughter, June Bean of Quincy; one sister, Hazel Stathers of Gibson City; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Brotherton was a member of United Methodist Church, Melvin. Memorials may be made to the church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

EDWARD I. BROWN
Edward I. Brown, about 75, died at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sprinkle, 202 S. Wood St., Gibson City. Funeral services at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating. Burial in Gibson City Cemetery. Mr. Brown was an employee for many years at Noble Feed Co., retiring about a year ago. He was born in 1874 at Stanton, VA. His wife, Elizabeth, and four sons preceded him in death. He leaves one son, Clarence Brown of Champaign; four daughters, Ruth Butler and Fannie Brown of Urbana, Mrs. Sprinkle and Lucille Brown of Gibson City. b. 1874 d. abt 1-19-1950

ETHEL K. BROWN
Mrs. Ethel K. Brown, 94, died at 6:10 a.m. Monday 6-7-1976 at the Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 at the Lamb Funeral home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial was at the Gibson City Cemetery. She was born 2-24-1882, at White Pigeon, Mich. a daughter of George and Clara Marshall Pike. She married Harry B. Brown 5-31-1906 at White Pigeon. He died 7-31-1963. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Eleanor Wright, Wonder Lake, and Mrs. Ruth Swanson, Gibson City; three sons, Harry B. Jr., Falls Church, Va.; George, Elmhurst and Earl, Westchester; 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Two brothers and one granddaughter preceded her in death. Following her husband's retirement, the couple lived in both Gibson City and Florida. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. Pallbearers were Ted Swanson, James Swanson, John Swanson, Steven Brown, Stewart Brown and Scott Brown.

JOHN I. BROWN
John I. Brown, 81, resident of Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City, died at 6:15 a.m. 7-22-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 9 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, with Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, has charge of arrangements. Mr. Brown was born 10-28-1905, in Kentucky.

RUBY F. BROWN
Guthrie - Ruby F. Brown, 82, a lifelong resident of Guthrie, died at 3:15 a.m. yesterday 9-25-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Revs. Clarence A. Bangs and Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Brown was born 8-26-1907 in Guthrie, a daughter of John and Flora Joos Fitzpatrick. She married Warren B. Brown on 11-6-1929 in Fowler, Ind. He died 12-23-1986. Survivors include a sister, Eva Putnam, Gibson City. Three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Brown graduated from Drummer Twp High School in 1925. She received a bachelor of science degree from Illinois State Normal University and a master's degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She taught school in the Gibson City area for 36 years, retiring in 1967. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Gibson City; a past matron of the Drummer Chapter of the OES, and a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. Memorials may be made to her church or the Gibson Community Hospital.

RUTH (KERCHENFAUT) BROWN
Ruth Brown, 68, of RR 3, Bloomington, died at 1:10 a.m. Friday 1-27-1995 at BroMenn Lifecare Center, Bloomington. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, the Rev. Carl H. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington, and one hour prior to the services Monday at the Church. Mrs. Brown was born 9-15-1926 at Gibson City, a daughter of Samuel Calvin and Ivy Johnson Kerchenfaut. She married Robert Brown 12-21-1991 at Bloomington and he survives. Other survivors include a sister, Lois K. Frederick, Glendale, Calif. Two brothers and five sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Brown was a key punch operator and trainer st State Farm Insurance Cos. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She attended the University of Illinois. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

DAISY M. (DONNER) BROWNLEE
Daisy M. Brownlee, age 89 of Gibson City died at 12:18 a.m. Friday 3-1-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at the First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Rev. Philip N Curran officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services Sunday at the church. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Reiners, William Lowery and Mike Upton. Serving as active pallbearers were Mike Brownlee, Alan Brownlee, Mark Brownlee, Jeff Elder, Roger Metz and Steve Day. Mrs. Brownlee was born 6-19-1906 near Gibson City, a daughter of Edward W. and Margaret E. Kyle Donner. She married Wesley M. Brownlee on 12-31-1924 at Elliott. He preceded her in death on 10-16-1978. Survivors include one son, Charles Brownlee of Saybrook; one daughter, Dora Mae Witt of Elliott; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Frances McMahon, Verna Farris and Velma Taylor, all of Gibson City; and one brother, Oren Donner of Carlinville. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, four infant children, five brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Brownlee lived in the Gibson City area all of her life. She was a member of the First Christian Church for 75 years. A member of the Guthrie Club, she was also a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship at the First Christian Church and a past member of the Ford County Home Extension. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Gibson City or to the Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.

DAVID BROWNLEE The funeral of David Brownlee, 49, Gibson City, who died at 6:40 p.m. Thursday 12-29-1983 was at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Randall Perry and the Rev. Jerry Watkins officiated. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 2 - 5 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Brownlee formerly owned Dave's Sports Center in Gibson City, and later manager of the Occidental Fertilizer Plant. He was born 8-6-1934, in Ford County, a son of Wesley and Daisy Donner Brownlee. He married Patricia Hoffman, 6-5-1955 in Anchor. She survives. Also surviving are his mother, Guthrie; two sons, Allan and Mark, both of Gibson City; a brother, Charles of Saybrook; and a sister, Dora Mae Rutledge, Elliott. He was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church; Saybrook Masonic Lodge; past president of the Corn Belt Shrine Club; Bloomington Consistory; and Laborers Local 751, Kankakee.

EVERETT BROWNLEE Everett P. Brownlee, age 83 of Elliott died at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, 2-15-1994 at Heritage Manor in Gibson City, where he had been a resident since 1971. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Gregerson and Don Nelson. Active pallbearers were Wilma Beetzel, Bill Winters, Jim Brownlee, Marvin Beck, Ralph Witt and Glen Lunde. Mr. Brownlee was born 9-11-1910 in Paxton, a son of James M. and Anna Cynthia Scott Brownlee. Survivors include seven nieces and nephews. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Brownlee was a member of the Melvin United Methodist Church, Melvin. Memorials may be made to Heritage Manor, Gibson City.

ANNABELLE I. (PING) BRUCKER Annabelle I. Brucker, 65, of 1603 Erin Drive, Normal, formerly of the Cropsey area, died at 8:45 a.m. 3-27-1986, at Brokaw Hospital, Normal. Her funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Rev. Richard J. Hanson officiating with burial at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitaiton was from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. She was born 4-18-1920 in Carren Co., Ind., a daughter of Lester C. and Anna Long Ping. She married Gene R. Brucker on 12-25-1939 at Gibson City. He survives. Other survivors include her mother, Anna McClure, Bloomington, three sons, Roger of Normal; Don of Cropsey; and Steven of Jacksonville; a daughter, Mary Ann Spiecker, Normal; 11 grandchildren; a great granddaughter; two brothers, Laurel Ping of Gibson City and Lester Ping, Jr. of Fallbrook, Ca.; and three sisters, Fern Brethorst of Loda; Mary Alice Wallman, of San Diego, Ca. and Pat Craft of Bloomington. She was preceded in death by her father and a sister. She had been a Normal resident since 1979. She was a member of the Cropsey United Methodist Church.

GENE R. BRUCKER Gene Brucker, age 73, a resident of Octavia Manor Nursing Home, formerly of Normal and Cropsey, a retired farmer, died at 10:25 p.m. Tuesday, 3-12-1991 at Brokaw Hospital, Normal. His funeral was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Reverend Thomas Goodell officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held form 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and for one hour prior to the service Saturday. Pallbearers were Chad Brucker, Roger Brucker, Jr., Michael Spiecker, Steven Spiecker, Don Brucker, Jr., Gene C. Brucker, Deke Brucker and Dirk Brucker. Mr. Brucker was born 11-29-1917 in Peoria, a son of Albert E. and Anne S. Busing Brucker. He married Annabelle Ping on 12-25-1939 in Gibson City. She preceded him in death on 3-27-1986. Survivors include three sons, Roger of Normal, Donald of Cropsey and Steven of Jacksonville,, Fl; one daughter, Mary Ann Spiecker of Normal; two brothers, Lyle of Flint, Michigan and Robert of Piper City; 11 grand-children and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Brucker farmed near Cropsey for 20 years, retiring in 1979 when he moved to Normal. He was a member of Cropsey United Methodist Church and Moose Lodge 1103, Pontiac. Memorials may be made to his church.

JUANITA K. BRYANT Gibson City - Juanita K. Bryant, 86, Gibson City, died at 2:35 a.m. Tuesday 5-16-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. William J. Tammen officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home. Mrs. Bryant was born 7-29-1908 in Indianapolis, the daughter of Walter and Minnie Leonard Kraft. She married Francis N. Bryant 7-29-1927, in Indianapolis. He died 8-20-1987. Survivors include one daughter, Darlene Jensen, Tuscola; three stepgrandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren. One sister and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Bryant lived most of her life in Gibson City. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City; the Hospital Auxiliary of Gibson Community Hospital; and the Senior Women's Club, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to Gibson Community Hospital Annex.

GRACE G. BUBON Grace G. Bubon, 88, of Gibson City died at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday 11-30-1999 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday 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 9:30 - 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to Gibson Area Hospital Annex or the Alzheimer's Association. Mrs. Bubon was born 3-26-1911 in Loda, the daughter of William E. and Jean McNiesch Kenney. She married Walter Tarvin on 2-9-1933. He died 10-31-1961. She later married Joseph G. Bubon on 6-19-1965 in Champaign. He died 8-3-1988. Survivors include one son, James (Judi) Bubon, Mahomet; one daughter, Lois ( Charles) Dawson, Champaign; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She ws preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Bubon was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. She was a lifelong resident of the Melvin and Gibson City area. She worked at the Gibson Area Hospital and volunteered at the Annex. She was active in Community projects in Melvin. Grace and Walter farmed many years near Melvin before his death. She remained in the Melvin area with Joseph until his death in 1988, then moved to Gibson City.

LOLA (DAMARIN) BUCHNER Services were held for Mrs. Lola Buchner, 79, of 1418 E. Lake, Peoria last Thursday in Wilton Mortuary. Her husband died two weeks ago. Graveside services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. in Drummer Twp Cemetery with the Rev.E.L. Fernandes officiating. Mrs. Buchner died at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday 6-22-1971 in Americana Nursing Center, where she had been a patient since Jan. 11. Born 4-6-1892, in Mason City, she was a daughter of Charles and Alice Fielder Damarin, and married Oren G. Buchner 7-22-1911 in Middletown. He was a former Gibson City resident. He died 6-7-1971. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Emogene) Schucker of Sacramento, Calif.; two sons, Duane of Peoria and Donald Buchner of Rantoul; a brother, Otto Damarin of St. Petersbury, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Neva Wagler and Mrs. Mabel............


HARRY J. BULGER FEBRUARY, 1949 - HARRY BULGER KILLED; 2 HURT IN .....AUTO CRASH Harry J. Bulger, 75-year-old Gibson City farmer, died at.... Saturday in the emergency room of Mercy hospital from injuries received an hour and a half earlier in a head-on collision on the Dewey-Fisher road three miles south of the route No. 119 interesection. Critically injured in the crash was Mrs. Chloa Birkey, 50, route 1, Foosland, who was riding in the other car driven by her husband, Valie J. Birkey, 51.........Farm residents nearby heard the crash and summond physicians from Fisher. County Coroner Don Wikoff impaneled a jury consisting of Charles Manke, foreman; Clifford James, Lyle Blue, Harlin Bickers, Charles Duvall, and Greenbury Dunn, but the inquest was delayed pending the recovery of the Birkeys.

The body of Bulger was taken to the Mittendorf funeral home and later removed to the Lamb funeral home in Gibson City. Mr. Bulger's body was taken to Lamb Funeral home in Gibson City, where friends may call after 3 p.m. today. A prayer will be given in the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. in the Methodist church, with Rev. A.M. Willey officiating, assisted by Rev. A.H. Flagge, Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Born 7-18-1875, in Dix Twp, Ford County, Mr. Bulger was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bulger. He spent all his life in this community. 8-1-1900 he married Mary Lee ` Perry, and she died 6-27-1937. Since his wife's death, Mr. Bulger had lived in Gibson City, where he was an insurance agent. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. He leaves a son, Homer, Olivet, Mich.; four daughters, Mrs. Gladys Fasking, Gibson City; Mrs. Ethel Kumler, Arrowsmith; Mrs. Beulah Reiners and Mrs. Edna Berck, Gibson City; a sister, Mrs. Bertha Muns, Los Angeles, Calif.; a brother, Louis Tulsa, Okla.; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His wife, an infant daughter and two brothers preceded him in death.

**typist note: there are pictures and further description of the accident in the book at Moyer Library, Gibson City.

ALFRED BUNTING Melvin - Alfred Bunting, 83, of Melvin, a retired farmer, died at 5:55 a.m. yesterday 7-30-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Revs. Patrick W. Cox and Barbara Escarraz officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 tonight at the funeral home. Mr. Bunting was born 6-28-1907 at DeLand, a son of Samuel and Anna Lubbers Bunting. He married Anna Mae Brucker 2-17-1940 at Gibson City. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Donald, Melvin; and one grandson. Five brothers, and two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Bunting, a resident of Melvin since he retired in 1978, farmed in the Elliott area for 48 years. He was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital or to the Gibson Community Hospital Annex.

ANNA MAE (BRUCKER) BUNTING Anna Mae Bunting, age 84 of Melvin died at 1:32 a.m. Friday, 9-12-1997 at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday September 15 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dan Hill and the Reverend Al Schneck officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Sunday, September 14 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Honorary pallbearers included Emerson Marcellus, Franklin Punke, Marlo Noland, Kermit Hustedt, Bloice Shilts, and Wilbert Lee. Active pallbearers were Keith Brucker, Al Celeschi, Fred Punke, Clyde Hoffman, Rick Hoffman and Don Allen. Mrs. Bunting was born 12-4-1912 at Sibley a daughter of Edward F. and Elvina C. Lohmeyer Brucker. She married Alfred Bunting on 2-17-1940 at Gibson City. He preceded her in death on 7-30-1990. Survivors include one son, Donald (Vera) Bunting of Melvin; one grandson, Zachary Bunting of Melvin; one sister, Geraldine Bement of Paxton and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Donald Brucker. Mrs. Bunting attended Sibley High School. She and her husband lived their entire married life on a farm two miles north of Elliott. She has resided in Melvin since 1978 and was a resident of Heartland Health Care Center for the past three years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice Unit of Gibson City, Gibson Community Hospital, Heartland Health Care Center or to a charity of the donor's choice.

DOROTHEA BUNTING Mrs. Dorothea Bunting, 79, Gifford, formerly of Gibson City, died at 4:45 p.m. Thursday 12-11-1975 at Gifford. Her funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec 14 at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Eugene Seaman officiating. Burial was in Gibson City cemetery. Pallbearers were Clarence Bull, Cecil Bull, Wilbur Stroh, Wayne Wurzburgeer, Lester Moody and Raymond Holm. Mrs. Bunting was born 12-2-1896 at Gibson City, a daughter of John and Augusta Koenig Erp. She married John Bunting 3-6-1923 at Gibson City. Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. LaDema Esarey, St. Joseph and Mrs. Beverly Pokorny, Athens, Ga.; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Harm, Lockport and Miss Idabelle Erp, Gibson City and three grandchildren. Five brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Bunting and her husband moved to Florida after retiring from farming. She had been a Gifford resident since July and was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gilman (?) . Memorials may be made to the Country Health Nursing Home, Gifford.

FRED W. BUOY Fred W. Buoy, age 88 of Carle Arbours Continuing Care Center in Savoy for five days prior to his death and formerly of Urbana, died at 3:58 p.m. 1-7-1996 at the Center in Savoy. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday January 12 at the Duffy Funeral Home in Pontiac with the Reverend Michael Mast officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was held for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Mr. Buoy was born 7-24-1907 at Shelby County, a son of James and Effie Barkley Buoy. He married Velva O. Fairchild on 5-23-1928 at Gibson City. She preceded him in death on 7-16-1985. Survivors include a niece and her husband, Vickie and Loyd Wax of Urbana; two great-nieces, one great-nephew and one great-great niece and two great-great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, four sisters and one nephew. Mr. Buoy enjoyed fishing and was an avid gardener and was a member of the former Community Christian Church of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

VELVA D. BUOY The funeral of Velva D. Buoy, 79, Pontiac, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Clarence Taylor will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Buoy died at 10:25 p.m. Tuesday 7-16-1985 at St. James Hospital, Pontiac. Friends may call from 6 - 8:30 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Mrs. Buoy was born 9-17-1905 at W. Liberty, Ky., a daughter of Wiley and Minnie Lewis Fairchild. She married Fred W. Buoy 5-23-1928 at Gibson City. He survives in Pontiac. She was a member of the Community Christian Church of Gibson City. She was a resident of the Pontiac area 20 years and prior to that, the Buoys farmed in the Sibley area 30 years. Also surviving are a sister, Anna Sievers, Gibson City, and two nieces. She was preceded in death by a sister.

ADDIE BURNS Addie Burns, 95, of Banning, Calif. formerly of Gibson City died at 2 p.m. 1-30-1995 at Cherry Valley Health Care, Banning, Calif. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. There will be no visitation. Mrs. Burns was born 10-9-1899 at Gibson City, a daughter of Herbert and Amanda Fox Green. She married Harry Lovett in 1919. She later married Albert Burns in 1943 at Chicago. He died 6-29-1964. Survivors include two sons, Forrest Lovett, Banning, Calif., and John A. Burns, Gibson City; three grandchildren; and seven great-grand-children. One daughter, two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. She was a Sunday school teacher at South Union Church, Gibson City. She owned and operated the Iron Kettle Inn, rural Gibson City, for several years. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

FRANCIS R. BURNS Francis R. Burns, 71, of Gibson City died at 9:17 p.m. Friday 6-23-1989 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Burns was born 11-11-1917 at Gibson City, a son of Don and Leona Curtis Burns. He married Fern I. Kiener on 10-22-1938, at Gibson City. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Leanne Karr of Champaign; a granddaughter; and a sister, Ruby Alexander of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Burns was a lifelong resident of Gibson City. He was employed at Central Soya Inc for 43 years before retiring in 1982. He had been a Gibson City alderman. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

MILDRED ILENE BURTON Mildred Ilene Burton, age 66 of Gibson City died at 7:17 p.m. Monday 1-31-2000 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Memorial services were at 5 p.m. Friday, February 4 at the Foosland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andrew Heckman officiating. Visitation was from 4 - 5 p.m. February 4 at the church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home of Farmer City was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Foosland United Methodist Church. Mrs. Burton was born 10-10-1933 at Oil Center, Ky a daughter of Ola and Effie Roy Maupin. She married Chester Dale Burton on 5-9-1951 in Arrowsmith. Survivors include her husband, Chester Dale Burton of Gibson City; one son, Rick Myschelle) Burton of Herrin; three daughters, Sheryl Burton of Bloomington; Sheila Nettleton of Saybrook and Patricia (Glenn) Hudson of Heyworth; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five brothers, Leonard (Charlene) Maupin of Bloomington; Sherman Maupin of Silverton, Oregon; Donald (Sharon) Maupin of Eureka; Kenneth (Jane) Maupin of Kankakee; and Robert (Lynn) Maupin of Cooksville; and one sister, Edith McPherson of Gibson City. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Steven Chester Burton and one brother, William Howard Maupin. Mrs. Burton had been a cook for the Gibson City School District for over 20 years. She was affiliated with the Foosland United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the VFW Post 6289 Ladies Auxiliary of Gibson City.

VANZA BURTON Mrs. Vanza Burton, 61, of Paxton, formerly of Colfax and Gibson City died at 12:30 a.m. Saturday 5-29-1976 at her home. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday June 1, at the Brown-Miller Funeral Home, the Rev. Richard McGuire officiating. Burial was in Drummer Cemetery, Gibson City. She was born 10-15-1914 in Normal, a daughter of Austin and Ellan Swanson Huff. She married George Burton, Colfax, 2-28-1932 in Gibson City. Surviving are her husband; three sons, Robert, Paxton; Richard, Attica, Ind.; and Roger, Lawrence, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. Virginia Bayston, Paxton, a brother, Hollis Huff, Galena, Kan., and 12 grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death. Memorials my be made to the American Cancer Society.

DONNA (RUTLEDGE) BUSICK Melvin - Donna R. Busick, 66, of Melvin died at 2:40 a.m. Thursday 9-12-1991 at home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Roger Ross will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept 19, at the University YWCA, Champaign. Mrs. Busick was born 10-1-1924 at Ottumwa, Iowa, a daughter of William Albert and Ruby Brain Rutledge. She married Emerson L. Busick on 8-9-1942 at Gibson City. He survives. Also surviving are her mother, Ruby Rutledge of Gibson City; one son, Stephen Busick of Melvin; two daughters, Cheryl Busick of Elgin and Janet Busick of Melvin; four grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Rutledge of Springfield and Jack Rutledge of Lowell, Mich.; and one sister, Norma Kuykendall of Champaign. She was preceded in death by her father and two brothers. Mrs. Busick formerly of Gibosn City, lived in Melvin most of her life. She was a graduate of Drummer Twp High School in Gibson City and had attended Parkland College in Champaign. She was enrolled at Eastern Illinois University, where she was working on her bachelor's degree. She worked for 12 years as a unit secretary in the Melvin-Sibley schools. She had been a trust officer for five years at First National Bank in Champaign and was an office manager for four years at the U of I YWCA. She was a longtime activist in the women's liberation movement and was a member of NOW and the ACLU. She also was a member of Grassroots Group of Second Class Citizens, and Bombers and Quilters. Memorial contributions may be made to a Women's Fund in Champaign or to the Donna Rutledge Busick Memorial Fund at the University YWCA.

LINDA L. BUSH Mrs. Linda L. Bush, 79, died at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday at Gibson Community Hospital. She had been a patient for six days. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home. The Rev. Lester Ringham officiating, with burial in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Bush was born 10-19-1886, at Chicago, the daughter of Swen and Bina Jensen. She was married to Edward Bush, 6-21-1911 in Gibson City. He preceded her in death in 1949. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Vera Tomlinson of Onarga; a son, Leland of Gibson City; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Woman's Relief Corp, the Gibson City Garden Club, the Royal Neighbors of America and the Rebekah Lodge.

CARY M. BUSING Sibley - Cary M. Busing, 79, a resident of Jackson Heights Nursing Home, Farmer City, formerly of Sibley, died at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday 2-7-1995 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. James Schneckenburger officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 1 - 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Busing was born 3-7-1915 at Richview, a daughter of Harlan and Agnes Kane Taylor. She married Donald A. Busing 2-15-1945 at Kewanee. He died 8-3-1989. Surviving are three daughters, Susan Zimmer, San Diego, Calif.; Karen Clore, Peoria; and Jane King, Farmer City; two sisters, Ferne Krug and Betty Moore, both of Homer; and three grandchildren. Four brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Busing was a member of the United Methodist Church, Sibley, and the United Methodist Women and Eastern Star of Sibley. She was an election judge for many years. Mrs. Busing was a 1933 graduate of Homer High School. She was a cosmetologist in Bloomington before she married. After her marriage, she helped her husband farm in the Sibley area, retiring in 1981. Memorials may be made to her church or Jackson Heights Nursing Home, Farmer City.

GERHARD H. BUSING The funeral of Gerhard H. Busing, 79, of Chenoa, who died 7-1-1970, was held at the Raleigh J. Harris Funeral Home. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. He was born 7-23-1890, near Gibson City, the son of Henry and Anna Elizabeth Hasskins Busing. He married Goldie Evans 12-25-1911 at Saybrook. She died in 1960. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eileen Downes of Chenoa; Mrs. Margaret Potter of Pearcy Ark.; three sons, Richard, Robert and Eugene all of Pontiac; two sisters, Mrs. Chester Nixon of Bloomington; Mrs. Winnie Taylor of Missouri Valley, Iowa; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A daughter preceded him in death. He was a Lutheran and farmed south of Pontiac for 54 years. Pallbearers were George Heiken of El Paso; Ray Fredereicks and Warren Fredericks of Fairbury; Joe Francis, Charles Fluere and Ronald Schultz, all of Chenoa.

GUSTAVE W. BUSING Gustave W. Busing, age 85 of Cooksville died at 7:22 p.m. Sunday, 10-4-1998 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Colfax. Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 7 at the Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend William Hecht officiating. A Masonic service will be conducted prior to the graveside services at the cemetery. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Busing was born 10-9-1912 at Sibley a son of Gustave C. and Johanna Kutchera Busing. He married Rachael Jane Myers on 9-28-1948 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Survivors include three sons, Bently Busing of Normal; Dennis Busing of Melvin, and Richard Busing of Gibson City; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three sisters, Edna Hill and Esther Vehrs, both of Colfax, and Florence Stephens of Normal. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Mr. Busing was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley. He was a member of the Masons for 58 years including the Mackinaw Masonic Lodge 132, Scottish Rite Consistory of Bloomington and Mohammed Shrine of Peoria. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Elks Club and Tabahla Lodge in Rockford. Mr. Busing farmed for most of his life. He also taught school in Leaf River and for 20 years at Deer Creek-Mackinaw. Memorials can be made to the Shriner's Hospital.

DENZIL G. CABBAGE Thawville - Denzil G. Cabbage 63, Thawville and formerly of Gibson City, died at 12:07 p.m. Sunday 10-27-1996 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

DENZIL G. CABBAGE
born: 3-4-1933, Beech Creek, KY
died: 10-27-1996, Urbana, Il.
services: Wednesday, October 30, 1996 10:30 a.m.
Knapp Funeral Home, Onarga, Il.
clergy: Rev. Donna Catlin
organist: Joyce Bork
soloist: Rick Flessner
cemetery: Ridgeland Twp. Cemetery, Thawville, Il.
pallbearers:
Patrick Harroun
Michael Harroun
Mike Lee
Claude Wildman
Ray Johnson
Harold Jones
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


KATHRYN T. CAMERON The funeral Mass for Kathryn T. Cameron, 86, of Leesburg, Fla, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City. The Rev. William Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Mrs. Cameron died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday 6-4-1992 at Lake Port Square Nursing Home, Leesburg. She was born 4-5-1906 at Gibson City, a daughter of Edwin and Flora Shaw FitzHenry. She married S. Edmond Cameron 2-9-1929 at Bloomington. He died 3-27-1972. Surviving are one son, Ed, Leesburg, Fla.; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three brothers, Edwin FitzHenry Jr., Dunnellon, Fla; Jay FitzHenry, Saybrook; and Jack FitzHenry, Washington DC. She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, to which memorials may be made.

MARGARET T. CAMERON The funeral of Margaret T. Cameron, 64, of Gibson City, who died Tuesday 11-6-1984, was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Pallbearers were Leonard Cross, Richard Hudson, Jean Swanson, Harold Bond, Darrell Halcomb and Jerry Lynch. Mrs. Cameron was born 6-19-1920 in Gibson City, a daughter of Edward W. and Margaret E. Kile Donner. She married Floyd Cameron 9-16-1939 at St. Charles, Mo. He died 5-3-1983. Survivors include three brothers, Ivan C. and Earl Donner, both of Gibson City, and Oren Donner of Decatur; and four sisters, Daisy Brownlee, Frances McMahon, Verna Farris and Velma Taylor all of Gibson City. Three brothers and a sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Cameron, a lifelong resident of Gibson City had retired from Central Soya, where she had worked in the food processing unit. She was a member of Central Soya's Quarter Century Club. She also was a member of First Christian Chruch of Gibson City and Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

RUBY J. (SOBLINSKIA) CAMPBELL Ruby J. Campbell, 70, of Gibson City, formerly of Mansfield, died at 10:30 a.m. yesterday 6-28-1991 at her home. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Clarence A. Taylor officiating. Burial will be at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 1 - 2 p.m. today at the funeral home. She was born 5-11-1921 at Chicago, a daughter of Peter and Evelyn Zalewski Soblinskia. She married Kenneth E. Campbell on 11-3-1966 at Paxton. He died 12-9-1987. Survivors include one stepson, Robert Campbell, Saybrook four stepdaughters, Betty Evans, Gibson City; Judy Buchanan, Dayton, Tenn.; Janet Smock, Arrowsmith; and Jeanne Taylor, Saybrook; 16 stepgrandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Cambell had lived in Gibson City for three years. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

GUY C. CANADY Gibson City Courier - January 26, 1950 Guy C. Canady, 49, passed away suddenly at his home in Guthrie at 2 a.m. Wednesday 1-25-1950 from a heart attack. He had apparently been in good health. He was born 10-24-1900 in McLean County and lived near LeRoy, Il. He married Thelma Denny, 9-11-1928 at Paxton. They moved to the Gibson City area about 26 years ago. Survived by his wife; one son, Richard, 14; and a daughter, Irene, 6; his parents, Pete and Eva Wilson Canady of LeRoy; a brother, Loyal Canady of LeRoy; a sister, Mrs. Ernest Bleavens of Kankakee. Services held Saturday, January 28 at 2:30 p;.m. at the United Bretheran Church with Rev. O.L. Salzman officiating, assisted by Rev. R.M. Luedde. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery.

FRED E. "PAT" CARROLL Fred E. "Pat" Carroll, 75, of Gibson City, died at 8:09 a.m. yesterday 6-30-1986 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home and one hour before the service Wednesday. He ws born 6-27-1911 in Ford County, a son of Fred E. and Edna McLain Carroll. He married Fern M. Ricks on 6-17-1951 at Gibson City. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Larry Ricks, Gibson City; one brother, Raymond of Harrisburg; two sisters, Mae Johnston of Sibley; and Marjorie Hutson of Orland Park; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant brother and one sister. Mr. Carroll was a lifelong Gibson City area resident. He was employed in the signal department of Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, retiring in 1975. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen.

LUELLA MAE CARSON Luella Mae Carson, age 73 of Eau Claire, Wi, formerly of Gibson City, died at 5:55 p.m. Saturday 6-21-1997 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday June 25 at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday June 24 at the funeral home. Mrs. Carson was born 7-9-1923 at Gibson City, a daughter of Frank and Phoebe Ann Downey Rasor. She married Raymond Duane Foster on 12-31-1941. He died 1-1-1947. She married John H. Carson on 9-15-1951 at Dwight. Survivors include her husband, John H. Carson of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; three sons, Franklin J. Foster of Danville; John David Carson of Dana Point, Calif.; and Douglas Alan Carson of Champaign; one daughter, DuAnne Foster Edwards of Sun Prairie, Wisc.; seven grandchildren and one sister, Mildred Smith of Rankin. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and her first husband. Mrs. Carson was born in Gibson City and moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1981. She moved to Eau Claire, Wisonsin in 1985. A 1941 graduate of Drummer Twp High School, she was employed by the Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul for many years in the 1950's and was employed at the Northern Illinois Gas in Paxton from 1961 until her retirement in 1974. Mrs. Carson was a member of the First Christian Church and the Business and Professional Women (BPW) in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

CHARLES CARTER Charles P. "Pop" Carter, age 79 a resident of the Royal Fontana Nursing Home, Urbana and formerly of Gibson City, died at 11:30 a.m. Monday, 10-30-1989 at Covenant Medical Center, Champaign. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 2 at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Dick Cates officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Carter was born 1-11-1910 at Maroa, a son of Mr. Carter and Christinia Carter. He married Flossie Allen in 1932 at Maroa. Surviving are two sons, Paul Carter of Shelton, Washington and Alan Carter of Metropolis; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, two brothers and one sister. Mr. Carter was a resident of Gibson City for 40 years. Memorial tributes may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Pallbearers include Bob Goin, Robbie Goin, Ronnie Goin, Kenny Allen, Gene Allen and Gary Allen.

EDNA MARIE CARTER The funeral of Edna Marie Carter, 85, Gibson City, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home. The Rev. Laurence Sunkel will officiate, with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 1 - 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Carter died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday 7-12-1987, at her home. She was born 7-3-1902 in Elmwood, a daughter of Claude and Agnes Slayton Clark. She married Howard L. Carter on 8-28-1924 in Peoria. He died 5-20-1982. Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Williams and Barbara Williams, both of Gibson City; five brothers, Glenn Clark of Alexandria, Va.; and Norman Clark, Dewey Clark, James Clark and Lee Clark all of Elmwood; and a sister, Kathryn Mansfield of Bradenton, Fl.; and three grandchildren. A sister and two brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Carter had been a resident of Gibson City for 46 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City and the Gibson City Woman's Club.

DONALD CARVER Donald W. Carver, age 70 of Peoria died at 9:15 p.m. Thursday 7-5-1990 at the Methodist Medical Center where he had been a patient since June 23. He was born 7-8-1919 in Dunlap to Waring S. and Dorothy Trigger Carver. The Carver family lived on a farm northeast of Gibson City for many years. Mr. Carver was graduated from Drummer Twp High School in 1938. He was a commercial artist for Rolan Johnson Advertising. He later worked for Bergner's for 12 years, retiring in 1978. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Robert Campbell of Princeville and Irene Calmer of Trabuco Canyon, California and a friend, Bill G. Vaughn, with whom he made his home. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ralph. Services were held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at Cumerford-Endsley Memorial Home in Peoria with the Reverend Douglas Barranger officiating. Cremation rites were accorded. Committal services were held at Drummer Twp Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21.

BROOKSY CASE Brooksy J. Case, age 77 of Melvin died at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, 11-28-1000 at Ford County Nursing Home in Paxton. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 30 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend John Koonce officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. November 29 at the funeral home. Mrs. Case was born 9-2-1923 at Todd County, Ky a daughter of Eulice E. and Laura M. Rager Cain. She married Lones Case on 2-14-1959 at Springfield, Tn. Survivors include her husband, Lones Case of Melvin; two sons, Rick (Tracy Law of Urbana and Ron (Julie) Case of Gibson City; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Cain of SC. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother. Mrs. Case has lived in the Gibson City area since 1959. She worked at the Nationwide Glove Factory in Gibson City for many years. She later worked in home care for the elderly. A member of the Gibson City Pentecostal Church, she enjoyed cooking and gardening. Memorials may be made to Gibson City Pentecostal Church.

CHARLES HENRY CASTON III Charles Henry Caston, III, age 23 of Gibson City died at 12:45 a.m. Sunday 6-30-1996 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana from injuries suffered in an accident late Saturday night. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6 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 1 - 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mr. Caston was born 10-6-1972 at Urbana, a son of Charles Henry Caston, Jr. and Vera L. Hunley Caston. He never married. Survivors include one son, Freduanne Caston Kinney of Louisiana; one daughter, Tatiana McCarty of Villa Grove; his father, Charles Henry Caston Jr. of Rantoul; his mother Vera L. Caston of Gibson City; one brother, Logan Caston of Gibson City; one sister Angela Caston of Rantoul; his paternal grandfather, Charles Henry Caston Sr. of Champaign; his maternal grandfather, Brady Hunley Jr. of Los Angeles Calif.; his maternal grandmother, Rochelle Miner of Gibson City; his stepfather, Bruce Neal of Gibson City and a half-sister, April McGee Caston. Mr. Caston lived in Gibson City for two years, moving here from Champaign. Memorials may be made to his children.

BESSIE (SMITH) CATER Bessie Cater, age 83 of Gibson City died at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, 11-23-1994 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Her funeral was at 11 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 and for one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Bradley French, Gary Cater, Monty Cater, and Mike Cater. Pallbearers included Vernon Roesch, Duncan Limer, Mike Limer, Mike Cater, Dale Riblet and Frank Page. Mrs. Cater was born 3-17-1911 at Odell a daughter of Preston and Fannie C. Putnam Smith. She married Roy W. Cater on 7-14-1928 at Paxton. He died 11-15-1986. Survivors include two daughters, Ailene Underwood of Gibson City and Jo Ann French of Clearwater, Florida; one sister, Grace Shorb of Little Rock, Ark; one brother, George Smith of Council Bluffs, Iowa; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. One brother, one infant brother, one sister, two infant sisters and two stepsons preceded her in death. Mrs. Cater worked as a cook at Gibson City Schools for many years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City; the Friendship Sunday School Class and Garber Friendship club. Memorials may be made to her church.

ROY W. CATER Roy W. Cater, 81, of Gibson City, died at 8:10 p.m. Saturday at his home. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, Gibson City with the Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 today at Lamb Funeral Home. Mr. Cater was born 7-14-1905, near Sibley, a son of George and Anna Freese Cater. He married Bessie Smith on 7-14-1928 in Paxton. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Ailene Underwood of Gibson City; and Jo Ann French of Clearwater, Fl.; one son, Carl of Shelbyville; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Sarah Baldwin of Macon. He was preceded in death by one son, one sister and one brother. Mr. Cater had been a resident of the Gibson City area most of his life. He drove a school bus for 25 years in Gibson City. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City.
7-14-1905 to 11-15-1986 Services: Tuesday, November 18, 1986 United Methodist Church, Gibson City, Il Officiating: Dr. Randall Perry Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il Pallbearers: Monty Cater Mike Cater Gary Cater Stephen Youck Dennis Pride Brad French (Lamb-Young Funeral Home)

LUCY CELESCHI - 93, a resident of the Knights Templar Home, Paxton, and formerly of Gibson City, died at 10:05 a.m. yesterday 12-31-1988 at the Paxton home. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Philip DeDera and the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the rosary recited at 8 p.m. She was born 11-2-1895 at Lamilo, Italy, a daughter of Angilo and Mary Gentile. She married Paul Celeschi 2-23-1920 at Lamilo. He died 6-29-1960. Survivors include four sons, Deno Celeschi, Coschocton, Ohip; Aldo Celeschi, Melvin; Emil Celeschi, New Lisbon, Wis.; and Domenico Celeschi of Italy; four daughters, Eva Acree and Fay O'Neal, both of Gibson City; Mary Stotley, Loda; and Anita During, Ludlow; 24 grandchildren; and 46 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, two sisters and two brothers. She came to the United States in February of 1927 and lived in Guthrie and Gibson City. For the past 12 years, she lived with her daughter, Anita. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Memorial may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

ELVIN CHADD Elvin "Bill" Chadd, age 71 of Melvin died at 10:50 a.m. Friday, 2-3-1995 at his residence. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Ruth Hansen officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Glen Netheron, Glenn Clauss, Dave Donovan and Greg Pool. Active pallbearers included Quint Schumacher, Stewart Edgar, Tom Lutz, Brian Hasenauer, Bob Durbin, and Gary Smock. Mr. Chadd was born 3-5-1923 in rural Pontiac the son of Ernest and Vallie Eaker Chadd. He married Irene Garmon on 1-3-1942 in Troy, Mo. and she survives. Other survivors include two sisters, Virginia McGregor of Mason, Ohio; and Veda Swaynhams of Greenville, SC; and four brothers, LeRoy Chadd and Harold Chadd, both of Indianapolis, Ind and twin brothers Ronald Chadd of Lutesville, Mo and Donald Chadd of Indianapolis, Indiana. Two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Chadd lived most of his life in Melvin, and was formerly of St. Anne. He was a farmer for many years retiring from that occupation in 1985. He was a member of Eagles Lodge 527, Bloomington, and was a trustee of the Bald Head Eagles. He enjoyed working on lawn mowers and citizens band radios. Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice of Gibson City or to the American Cancer Society.


GLENNA M. CHASE Glenna M. Chase, age 91 of Gibson City died at 6:20 a.m. Sunday 9-25-1994 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick Cox officiating. Burial was at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Harold Medler, Vernon Hill, Dennis Kampen, Robert Bell, Terry Bell and Delmar Bedel. She ws born 5-22-1903 in DePauw, Indiana a daughter of James B. and Josephine Ash Ott. She married Harvey N. Chase on 3-31-1925 in New Albany, Indiana. He died 10-27-1970. Survivors include two grandsons, Darrell and Kim Chase, both of Gibson City; and six great-grandchildren. A son, three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Chase was a member of the Community Christian Church in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the Ford County Heart Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.

WILLIAM CLEMENTS 8-5-1943 - Two Gibson City farm youths, Lawrence W. Nelson, 14, and William Clements, 14, drowned in a rain-swollen dredge ditch in which they were swimming near Gibson City. Friends and relatives found the boy's clothes and horses near the ditch , which had risen 15 feet, and recovered their bodies after they had failed to return to their homes.

EVAUGHN M. (WARDER) CLIFTON Evaughn Mae Clifton, age 70, a resident of Gibson City since the early 1940's died at 10:26 p.m. Sunday 3-27-1994 at Douglas Nightingale Nursing Home in Tuscola. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Phillip Curran officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers include Lloyd Monical, Jim Miller, Sam Sommer, Mike Steinlicht, Kenny Allen and Dale Sedberry. Mrs. Clifton was born 6-5-1923 in Livingston County, a daughter of Joseph Frank and Daisy Lovell Craig Warder. She married John E. Clifton on 12-13-1945 in St. Louis. He died 7-13-1988. Survivors include two stepdaughters, Wanda Dean of Urbana and Norma Bumbarger of Clearfield, Pa; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. One sister and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Clifton was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City; the Gibson City VFW Auxiliary; Gibson City American Legion Auxiliary Unit and Ladies of the Moose Lodge, Rantoul. Memorials may be made to the Covenant Medical Center Hospice Unit in Urbana or to the American Cancer Society.

LETHA J. CLIFTON Letha J. Clifton, age 80, a lifelong resident of Gibson City, died at 10:02 a.m. Thursday 1-10-1991 at her home. She had been under a doctor's care. Her funeral was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Thomas Condron officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held for one hour before the service Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Phil Dean, John Dean, William Dean, Fred Strubhar and Steve Baerlocher. She was born 12-14-1910 in Somerset, Ky, a daughter of James E. and Maggie L. Ashbrook Clifton. Survivors include two sisters, Bernadine Dean, Champaign and Ruth Baerlocher of Gibson City. One brother and two sisters preceded her in death. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

EDITH F. CLIMPSON Edith F. Climpson, 78, a resident of the Gibson City area most of her life, died at 10:39 p.m. Thursday 7-9-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Gary Fritz officiating. Burial in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 tonight at the funeral home, with the Order of the Eastern Star service at 8 p.m. Mrs. Climpson was born 3-29-1909 at Colfax, a daughter of Frank and Tillie Anderson Nordine. She married Guy T.R. Climpson on 10-12-1929 in Bloomington. He died 12-24-1981. Surviviors include one son, Robert G. of Gibson City; one daughter, Rae Ann Climpson of Urbana; one brother, Roy Nordine of Heyworth; two sisters, Helen Loker, Bloomington; and Dorothy Suntken of Gibson City; three grand-children; and one great grandson. One brother and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Climpson was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church and the Drummer Chaper ot the OES.

HAROLD CLIMPSON b. 10-10-1905 s/o Mr. and Mrs. Charles Climpson, West 9th Street, Gibson City d. 1912 - diptheria

MARJORIE ANNE (WILKIN) COAY Marjorie Anne Coay, age 89 of Bloomington, formerly of Gibson City, died at 9:05 a.m. Saturday, 12-12-1998 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 15 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Reichmann officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. December 14 at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Dean Summers, Kenneth Kyle, Dick Cliff, Douglas Roesch, David Stolz and Earl Young. Mrs. Coay was born 2-27-1909 at Bissell a daughter of Matthew and Emma T. Black Wilkin. She married Philip L. Coay on 2-27-1930 at Springfield. He preceded her in death on 5-30-1982. Survivors include two sons, Leslie (Cathy) Coay of Prescott, AZ and Richard (Sharon) Coay of Canton; one daughter, Phyllis Riley of Maryland Heights, Mo; eight grandchildren; Melanie (J.C.) Crabill Pamela (Mike) Foster Kathleen Riley Rebecca Atwater Kevin (Clara) Coay Christopher Coay Kevin Richard Riley Cary (Denise) Riley and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Mrs. Coay was a graduate of Springfield High School in Springfield. She was a secretary of the engineering department of Central Illinois Public Service Company in Springfield from 1927 - 1930. From May 1953 to March 1971 she was a medical records secretary at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. She was an insurance clerk for Dr. Supawanich in Gibson City from November 1974 to March 1986. A charter member of the Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary, Mrs. Coay was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City. She was a Past Matron of the Drummer Chapter of the OES. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City or to the Gibson Area Hospital.

PHILIP COAY Philip L. Coay, 76, Gibson City, a retired Central Illinois Public Service employee, died at 1:59 a.m. Sunday, 5-30-1982 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Frank McQuiggen, Melvin Wright, Oscar Benningfield, Kenneth Meredith, Orville Willemssen, and W.M. Snead. Mr. Coay was born 7-24-1905 at Cisco, a son of David and Ella Strohm Coay. He married Marjorie Wilkin 2-27-1938 at Springfield. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Leslie of Prescott, AZ, and Richard of Canton; a daughter, Phyllis Riley of Ballwin, Mo.; two brothers, Preston of Iverness, Fla. and Howard of Phoenix, AZ, a sister, Phoebe Bowyer, Phoenix, AZ and eight grandchildren. Preceding him in death were two sisters and a brother. Mr. Coay was employed by CIPS Co for 42 years, retiring in July 1970. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City, Oblong Masonic Lodge and Illinois Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and was a past worthy patron of the Drummer and Robinson chapters of the OES. He lived in Paxton before moving to Gibson City in 1968.


LILLIE MALINDA (WALTON) COLLINGS, 90, of Gibson City, died at 3:24 a.m. Wednesday 1-21-1998 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Alfred Schneck will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Collings was born 12-1-1907 at Gibson City, a daughter of George E. and Mary Knell Walton. She married Benjamin J. Collings Sr. on 9-1-1928 at Kentland, Ind. He died 10-11-1966. Surviving are two sons, Robert Collings of Walnut, CA, and Ronald Collings of Gibson City; five daughters, Carole Netherton of Melvin, Bonita Bachtold of Chino, Calif., Nancy Jehle of Elmwood, Patricia Henson of Gibson City and Peggy Mallard of Fullerton, Calif.; 27 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Collings was preceded in death by four brothers, a sister, three sons and two great-grandchildren. She was a civil service employee at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, for 20 years before she retired in 1976. She was a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary at Gibson City. She also was a member of the Eight and Forty. Memorial contrubtions may be made to the family.

PEARL (BROCK) COLLINS, 90, a resident of the Ford County Nursing Home in Paxton, formerly of Gibson City, died at 2:45 p.m. Friday 8-9-1991 at the Ford County Nursing Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Clarence A. Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Collins was born 4-21-1901, at Freetown, Ind., a daughter of David J. and Eliza E. Waggoner Brock. She married John Collins on 12-25-1923 at Foosland. He died 10-3-1974. Survivors include a son, Burdette Collins of Linton, Ind.; a daughter Bernadine Anderson of Branson, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one step great-grandchild; 11 great-great grandchildren; and one brother, Wayne Brock of Chandlerville. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister. Mrs. Collins had been a resident of Gibson City for 60 years and was a member of the Saybrook Christian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ford County Nursing Home in Paxton.

DOROTHY I. (BENNINGFIELD) COLVIN, age 82 of Gibson City died at 6:54 p.m. Friday, 1-18-1991 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Bloomington. Her funeral was held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Gibson City Bible Church, with the Reverend Thomas Condron officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Robert Phillips, James Phillips, Richard Phillips, Kevin Borchers, Kurt Borchers and Karl Borchrs. She was born 8-23-1908 at Campbellsville, KY a daughter of Edward and Ida Wise Benningfield. She married James L. Colvin on 11-29-1925 at Campbellsville, Ky. He died 8-4-1986. Survivors include two daughters, Edith Phillips of Bloomington and Joan Borchers of Edwardsville; three brothers, Oscar Benningfield of Gibson City; Earl Benningfield of Weldon; and Clarence Benningfield of Campbellsville, Ky; 10 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters. Mrs. Colvin lived in the Gibson City area for more than 50 years and was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church. Memorials may be made to the church or to the American Cancer Society.

JAMES L. COLVIN The funeral for James L. Colvin, 79, of Gibson City, who died Monday 8-4-1986 will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gibson City Bible Church, the Rev Scot Glasco officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and at the church one hour before the service. Mr. Colvin died at 7:25 p.m. Monday 8-4-1986 at the Gibson Community Hospital. He was born 12-20-1906 in Campbellsville, KY a son of James and Candace Rafferty Colvin. He married Dorothy Benningfield on 11-29-1925 in Campbellsville, KY. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Edith Phillips of Bloomington; and Joan K. Borchers of Edwardsville; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a half brother, Frank Page, Gibson City; four half-sisters, Jessie Benningfield, Emma Farmer, Margaret Tucker and Sarah Wayne all of Kentucky. Mr. Colvin had been a resident of Gibson City for 50 years. He had farmed and also worked for Quaker Oats Co. in Gibson City for 10 years. He had been employed by Cender Gas Co. for 17 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church.

ELMER J. COLWELL Elmer J. Colwell, 83, of Gibson City died at 10:50 p.m. Thursday 7-30-1987 at the Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Masonic services will be observed at 8 p.m. He was born 2-25-1904 in Gibson City, a son of Thomas and Mary Krauter Colwell. He married Thelma L. Means on 12-31-1926 at Fowler,, Ind. She died 1-17-1979. Survivors include several cousins. Mr. Colwell was a Gibson City farmer, retiring in 1971. He was a member of Gibson City Masonic Lodge No 733 AF & AM, the Corn Belt Shrine Club, the Mohammed Temple of Peoria, the Bloomington Consistory and the First Christian Church of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children.

THELMA (MEANS) COLWELL Thelma L. Colwell, 73, Gibson City died at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday 1-17-1979 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Her funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were William Case, C.D. Sarver, Lyle K. Kumler, Woodrow Barnes, Enrie Heldt, and Benny Foster. Order of Eastern Star rites were conducted at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Mrs. Colwell was born 1-3-1906 at Saybrook, a daughter of Clyde and Bertha Boudreau Means. She married Elmer J. Colwell 7-31-1926 at Fowler, Indiana. He survives. Also surviving are three brothers, Donald Means, Sibley; and Jack and John L. Means, both of Des Plaines; and two sisters, Harriette Means and Wilha Vuylsteke, both of Springfield. Two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Colwell had resided in the Gibson City area most of her life and had taught in Melvin, Sibley, and Gibson City rural schools. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City, Woman's Club, Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary and a 50-year member of the OES. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Shriner Crippled Children's Hospital.

INA B. (CURTIS) COMER Ina B. Comer, 98, of Paxton, formerly of Gibson City, a life resident of Ford County, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday 10-14-1987 at the Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Comer was born 3-13-1889 in Gibson City, a daughter of John and Elizabeth Kieth Curtis. She married William Ross Comer on 6-9-1907 at Gibson City. He died 2-10-1951. Survivors include one son, Lawrence, Gibson City; one grandson; and two great granddaughters. One son, two brothers and five sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Comer had lived in Gibson City until she moved to the nursing home 10 years ago. She was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church.

LAWRENCE COMER Lawrence R. "Stoddy" Comer, age 86 of Gibson City died at 9:40 a.m. Monday 5-29-1995 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Philip N. Curran officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers include Bob Crossman, Harold Stimmel, Harold Medler, Noel Hutchcraft, Gail Reiners and Ralph Witt. Mr. Comer was born 5-24-1909 in Gibson City a son of Ross and Ina B. Curtis Comer. He married Vivian Perry on 10-6-1941 at Casey and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Perry Comer of Gibson City and two granddaughters, Kelli Comer and Beth Comer. He was preceded in death by one brother. Mr. Comer, a self-employed contractor and decorator, was a member of the First Christian Church, Gibson City. He lived all of his life in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the church; Gibson Community Hospital or to an organization of the donor's choice.

REBECCA H. (MARRIOTT) CONGER Rebecca H. Marriott Conger spent her early life in Ohio. After marriage they moved to McLean County, Il., near Towanda, and in 1877 they moved to Ford County. Mr. Conger passed away on 3-12-1898. Survived by the following children: Wm. Conger, Gibson City; E.J. Conger, Sibley, Il.; Aaron R. Conger, in agriculture in the State of Oregon. Viola Conger, died in infancy; Mary M. Conger, died May 1893 and Rosa B. Conger, died in September 1909. b. 5-12-1821 Licking Co., Ohio m. 9-21-1847 to Cary M. Conger parents: d. 2-7-1912

DEBORAH J. CONKLIN Deborah J. Conklin, age 35 of Wonder Lake, formerly of Gibson City, died 9-2-1999 at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.
CONKLIN, DEBORAH J. - age 35, of Wonder Lake died 9-2-1999 at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. She was born 3-7-1964 in Peoria to Merle and Charlene Brainerd Conklin. She resided in Gibson City with her family while her father served as pastor of the Gibson City Bible Church from 1974 - 1982. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

MILDRED P. COOPER Mildred P. Cooper, age 88 of Park Ridge died at 4:50 p.m. Sunday, 9-5-1995 at Park Ridge Care Center, Ltd. in Park Ridge. Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday September 11 at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick Cox officiating. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Cooper was born 12-24-1906 at Chicago a daughter of Myron and Ida Piety. She married Carl Cooper in May 1930 at Chicago. He died 6-14-1965. Survivors include one daughter, Jean Cooper of Des Plaines and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. Mrs. Cooper lived in Chicago for most of her life. Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.

ANNE M. (ACREE) COTHERN Anne M. Cothern age 77 of Gibson City died at 10:25 a.m. Thursday 12-14-1995 at Heartland Health Care in Paxton. Funeral services were conducted Sunday December 17 at the First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Philip Curran officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and for one hour before the service at the church. Pallbearers include Roy Acree, Chad Acree, Joe Mouser Jr., Paul Rickey, Earl O'Malley and Terry Acree. Mrs. Cothern was born 4-25-1918 at Hollister, Ok a daughter of Mose F. and Lula G. Blair Acree. She married Clarence V. Cothern on 10-26-1941 in Gibson City. He preceded her in death on 3-29-1977. Survivors include one son, Glenn Cothern of Gibson City; one daughter, Jennie Sue Lee of Amarillo, Texas; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; three sisters, Christine Boma of Piper City; Virginia Mouser of Gibson City and LaVonne Martin of Normal. She was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers and one sister. Mrs. Cothern was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City and was president of the VFW Auxiliary Post in Piper City. She was a resident of Gibson City for 70 years. She worked for the Gibson Community Hospital as head cook for 28 years retiring in 1980. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Gibson City or to Heartland Health Care in Paxton.

LULA J. COTHERN Mrs. Lula J. Cothern, 82, died at 11:45 a.m. Monday in the Gibson Community Hospital where she had been a patient for a year and a half. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Methodist Church at Melvin, the Rev. Dale Kooi and the Rev. Richard Brinkman officiating. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation continues today at the Lamb Funeral Home until 11 a.m. Wednesday when she will be taken to the church. b. 1883 d. 1965

SALLY ANN (DIVER) COWGILL Sally Ann Cowgill, age 53 of Gibson City, died at 2:04 a.m. Monday 10-7-1996 at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN. A funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Thursday October 10 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday October 9 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, with a rosary service to be conducted at 8 p.m. Pallbearers will include Noel Hutchcraft, Jim Ruddy, Jim Clemens, Gene Gregory, Patrick Diver and Steven Diver. Mrs. Cowgill was born 2-22-1943 at Little Rock, Ark a daughter of Thomas L. and Beulah E. Lanker Diver. She married Jack Cowgill on 8-20-1966 at Olney. Survivors include her husband, Jack Cowgill of Gibson City, one son, Todd Cowgill of Milwaukee, Wi; one daughter, Kristin Osman of Champaign; her parents, Thomas L. and Beulah E. Diver of Olney; and one brother, Thomas L. Diver Jr. of Winchester, Mo. Mrs. Cowgill had lived in Gibson City since 1973. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Illinois State University in 1965. She has been a first grade teacher at GCMS Elementary School for over 20 years. A member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City, Mrs. Cowgill was a member of Illinois Education Association, National Education Association and the GCMS Education Society. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

ETTA R. (ROBINSON) CRAIG Etta R. Craig, 93, of Gibson City, who lived most of her married life near Arrowsmith died at 4 a.m. yesterday 11-28-1990 at Gibson Manor, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Craig was born 5-26-1897 in Arrowsmith, a daughter of John and Janet Patterson Robinson. She married Roy E. Craig on 6-1-1918 in LeRoy. He died 3-5-1974. Survivors include two sons, Don Craig Gibson City, and James Craig Congerville; one sister, Melba Miller LeRoy; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. One son, one daughter, two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Craig was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church and the Jolly Dozen, Arrowsmith. Memorials may be made to her church.

MARTHA (FIELDS) CRAIG Gibson City Courier - May 1951 Martha Craig, 55, of Onarga, formerly of Gibson City died at 11 a.m. Thursday in Iroquois Co. Hospital at Watseka. She had been a patient there several days. She was brought to the Lamb Funeral Home where services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Mrs. Craig was born 6-20-1895 in Gibson City a daughter of George and Laura Stokes Fields. She lived in Gibson City until 1920, when she married Jack Craig and moved to Onarga. Survived by her husband of Onarga; 3 brothers, Thomas and Samuel Fields of Gibson City; Dr. George W. Fields of Chicago; a sister, Margaret Stokes of Spokane Wa. She was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother.

CHRISTIAN "JAKE" CRAMER Christian "Jake" Cramer, 82, of Gibson City, a retired farmer, died at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday 1-14-1987 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the American Lutheran Church ,Gibson City the Rev. Melvin C. Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. today at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and from 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Mr. Cramer was born 7-31-1904 in Narp, Germany, a son of Peter and Hilke Schroeder Cramer. He married Helen Schroeder on 2-2-1929 in Anchor. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Herschel of Gibson City; one daughter, LeEtta Bane, Gibson City; five brothers, Casper and Remmer both of Gibson City; and Eilert, Wilhelm and Erich of West Germany; one sister, Magreta Cramer, West Germany; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Three sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Cramer came to the United States in the 1920's. He farmed in the Gibson City and Sibley areas until he retired in 1972. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church.

ESTHER A. CRAMER The funeral of Esther A. Cramer, 79, of Gibson City, a Sibley-area native, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City. The Rev. Dane Meunschke will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and from 10 - 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Mrs. Cramer died at 4:25 p.m. Sunday 8-16-1992 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. She was born 5-16-1913 near Sibley, a daughter of John and Lizzie Roesch Meyer. She married Remmer Cramer 2-19-1944 in Sibley. He survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Hilda Stevenson, Mahomet, and Wilma Stevenson, Bloomington; one sister, Lorene Althouse, Sibley; one grandson; one step-grandson; and one great-granddaughter. Three sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Cramer was a member of the American Lutheran Church and the Salem Country Club. Memorials may be made to her church or to Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.

LORENE L. (VAN ANTWERP) BORCHERS CRAMER The funeral of Lorene Borchers Cramer, age 79 of Gibson City and Bradenton, Fl. was at 3 p.m. Saturday at American Lutheran Church in Gibson City. The Reverend Dane Meuschke officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 9 p.m. Friday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and from 2 - 3 p.m. Saturday at the church. Honorary pallbearers were Kim Brockmeyer, Jenie Borchers and Keri Borchers. Active pallbearers were Kevin Borchers, Kurt Borchers, Karl Borchers, Don Hillary, Doug Hillary and LeRoy VanAnwterp. Mrs. Cramer died at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday 8-18-1993 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. She was born 11-6-1913 in Dix Twp, Ford County, a daughter of LeRoy W. and Mable G. Johnson VanAntwerp. She married Louie Borchers on 3-18-1933 in Gibson City. He died 8-9-1980. She married Casper Cramer on 4-11-1981 in Gibson City and he survives. Other survivors include two sons, Richard Borchers of Edwardsville and Russell Borchers of Gibson City; one daughter Kathy Hillary of Downs; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; one stepson, Raymond Cramer of Fairfax, VA; and one stepdaughter, Marlene Carson of Delta, Co. One daughter and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Cramer was a secretary in Gibson City for many years. She was a member of American Lutheran Church and the Scotland Efficiency Club of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to her church or the American Cancer Society.

REBECCA A. CRAMER Rebecca A. Cramer, age 22 of Canton, formerly of Gibson City, died Sunday 11-5-1995 at 9:50 a.m. as the result of injuries suffered in a one-car accident three miles west of Danvers early Sunday morning. She died at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. Private graveside services will be held Wednesday, November 8, 1995 at Drummer Twp cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend Ruth Hansen officiating. There will be no visitation, however friends are encouraged to visit the family at their home at 723 North Eyer in Gibson City. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City is in charge of the arrangements. Miss Cramer was born 3-4-1973 in Champaign County, a daughter of Herschel D. and Susan Swartzell Cramer. Survivors include her parents, Herschel and Susan Cramer of Gibson City; one brother, Patrick Cramer of Urbana; her maternal grandfather, Larry Swartzell of Gibson City and her paternal grandmother, Helen Cramer of Gibson City. A 1991 graduate of Gibson City High School, Miss Cramer graduated from Illinois State University in May 1995. She was a member of the Delta Sig Fraternity and the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City. A resident of Canton for one month, Miss Cramer was employed by Wal-Mart as an assistant manager. Memorials may be made to the American Lutheran Church of Gibson City or to an organization of the donor's choice.

RANDY L. DALTON, Randy L. Dalton, age 44 of Gibson City died at 8:20 p.m. Thursday, 7-9-1998 at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Center in Tampa Florida.

RANDY L. DALTON
5-14-1954 to 7-9-1998
Services: Wednesday, 7-15-1998
United Methodist Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Reverend Randall L. Robinson and
The Reverend Jack Knox
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Honorary Pallbearers:
Jerry Freehill
Ron Collings
John Johnson
Don Hansen
Pallbearers:
Michael McPherson
Harry Groom
Jason Main
Pat Lynch
Mick Bradbury
Gene Durham
Joe Durham
Tim Barnes
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


LOWELL D. DAVIS C. Duane Baillie, 50, of rural Dewey, Jeffrey Benjamin Hansen, 14, of Gibson City, and Lowell D. Davis, 62, of Strawn, formerly of Gibson City, all died instantly when the 1982 Enstrom helicopter, owned and piloted by Baillie, struck a fertilizer truck, flipped and smashed into the ground about 11 a.m. Monday 11-11-1996.

HELEN J. DAY Helen J. Day, 88, of Gibson City, died at 1:50 a.m. Saturday 1-15-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City.
DAY, HELEN J. - age 88 of Gibson City died at 1:50 a.m. Saturday 1-15-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, 1-18-00 at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. burial was in Drummer Twp cemetery, Gibson City.
Pallbearers included Douglas Hager, James Hager, Dick Payne, Jack Tankersley, Junior Reynolds and Thomas Hunt.
Mrs. Day was born 5-27-1911 at Gibson City, a daughter of Walter Lee and Elsa M.K. Guengerich Ehresman. She married William L. Day on 2-2-1930 at Covington, Indiana. He died 3-5-1993.
Surviving include three sons, Hal (Barbara) Day of Silver City, NM; Michael (Barbara) Day of Pollock Pines, CA and Stephen (Connie) Day of Gibson City; one daughter, Leigh Ann (Bill) Parsons of Gibson City; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one sister, Pauline Wolff of Crystall Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, one grandson, and one great-great-granddaughter. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


GLADYS J. DUERINGER Gibson City - Gladys J. Dueringer, 87, of Gibson City died at 3:30 a.m. yesterday 5-29-1993 at the Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. A memorial service will be at 1 pm. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, Gibson City, the Revs. Patrick W. Cox and Wally Krech officiating. A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. She was born 7-23-1905, near Guthrie, a daughter of Charles F. and Julia F. Miner Dueringer. Surviving is a sister, Julia Evelyn Dueringer, Gibson City. She was preceded in death by a brother. Miss Dueringer was a resident of Gibson City since 1950. She attended Miner School and later graduated from Drummer Twp High School, Gibson City. She taught at Miner School until 1924, then entered Northwestern University, Evanston. In 1926, she transferred to University of Illinois and graduated in 1928 with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. She taught at Zion for six years and then Cothern School for a semester. Miss Dueringer taught high school in Melvin for 12 years and was school librarian and the Latin teacher for 18 years at Gibson Community High School, retiring in 1967. She earned her master's degree at U of I and was a member of the honorary education fraternity Kappa Delta Pi. She also was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City; the Gibson City Woman's Club; Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary; United Methodist Women; the Daughters of the American Revolution; and the Ford County Farm Bureau. Memorials may be made to her church or Cunningham Children's Home, Urbana.

JEFFREY BENJAMIN HANSEN C. Duane Baillie, 50, of rural Dewey, Jeffrey Benjamin Hansen, 14, of Gibson City, and Lowell D. Davis, 62, of Strawn, formerly of Gibson City, all died instantly when the 1982 Enstrom helicopter, owned and piloted by Baillie, struck a fertilizer truck, flipped and smashed into the ground about 11 a.m. Monday 11-11-1996

JEFFREY BENJAMIN HANSEN C. Duane Baillie, 50, of rural Dewey, Jeffrey Benjamin Hansen, 14, of Gibson City, and Lowell D. Davis, 62, of Strawn, formerly of Gibson City, all died instantly when the 1982 Enstrom helicopter, owned and piloted by Baillie, struck a fertilizer truck, flipped and smashed into the ground about 11 a.m. Monday 11-11-1996

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


MARGARET HUNT Gibson City - Margaret Eileen Hunt, 56, of Gibson City, died at 6 p.m. Saturday 12-13-1986 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana.

WILLIAM JONES CORN BURIES THREE WORKERS AT CENTRAL SOYA COMPANY...BILL JONES DIES, TWO OTHERS RESCUED Three men were buried under shelled corn in a silo at Central Soya Company's Gibson City plant Saturday afternoon, 12-19-1959. One died. The other two were rescued alive two hours later. William M. (Bill) Jones, 20, an outstanding athlete at Gibson City High School two years ago, was pronounced dead by a physician inside the silo. His two companions Wayne Brucker, 40, of Sibley, and George Carter, 22, of Saybrook, were buried up to the necks in the loose corn. They were removed from the silo shortly before 5 p.m...............Rescue workers said the three men entered the silo through a....about 14 feet above the ground. They were to help empty the silo by shoveling grain into a conveyor which moves corn from the bottom of the silo undergound to the feed processing plant. About 8 - 10 feet of corn remained in the concrete tank, rescuers reported. It was in this grain that the three men were trapped. Fellow employees went into the silo with shovels to dig corn from around the accident victims. A vacuum-operated conveyer was inserted through the side of the tank to suck the corn outside as it was shoveled away from the men. Firemen, ambulance attendants and police stood by with oxygen. State troopers were called into handle traffic which threatened to block the path of rescue vehicles. Coroner Frank Hunt III is expected to schedule an inquest into Jones' death. The accident occured only hours before the annual plant Christmas party. A thousand persons were to attend. The party went ahead as scheduled. The last fatal accident at the Central Soya plant was in March 1954, when 34 year old Lester M. Culbertson soffocated beneath soybean meal.

Funeral services for Bill Jones will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Gibson City United Methodist Church. The Rev. Floy J. Ekin will officiate, and burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home. He was born at Champaign 9-23-1940, son of William E. and Eunice Smith Jones. He married Karen Shaner, daughter of Gibson City Mayor Clifford Shaner, 3-1-1958. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Sandra; his parents; one sister, Judy Ann; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Stella Smith, Elliott; and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jones, Gibson City. Jones was an outstanding half-back on Gibson City High School's 1956 and 1957 football teams. He scored 76 points in the 1956 season and 72 points the following year. He was elected to all-conference honors in 1956 when he led the Wauseca Conference in scoring. Following his graduation from Gibson City High School in 1958, he attended Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo and Illinois Wesleyan University. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church. He had been employed by Central Soya for almost six months.

LOEL W. JORDAN MAYOR LOEL W. JORDAN, 55, DIES AT GIBSON CITY Loel W. Jordan, 55, mayor of Gibson City for 11 years and active in city government for more than 25 years, died at 6:55 a.m. yesterday 8-17-1988 at his home. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Gibson City United Methodist Church, the Revs. Randall Perry and Carl Johnston officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funereal Home, Gibson City, and from 1 - 2 p.m. Friday at the church. Mr. Jordan was born 12-10-1932, in Gibson City, a son of Edmund and Florence Scott Jordan. He married Nelda Stauffer on 10-5-1952 in Saybrook and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Pamela VanAntwerp, Janice Hall and Rene Tomlinson, all of Gibson City; one sister, Jeanine Shull, Gibson City; and seven grandchildren. His parents, six brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Jordan managed local groceries for 20 years and for 10 years owned and operated Jordan Funiture Store. He first was elected to the City Council for a two-year term in 1961 as a write-in candidate. He then was elected to a full, four-year term. During a four-year absence from the council, he served on the City Zoning Board of Appeals. He was elected to the City Council for more two four-year terms before being elected Mayor in 1977. Mr. Jordan was chairman of the Industrial Development Committee. He was part of a trade mission to Japan and Korea in 1985 with a group headed by Gov. James. R. Thompson to attempt to attract business to the area. In recognition of his efforts to attract industry to the city, the council in November 1987 voted to name the industrial park west of town, City of Gibson, Jordan Industrial Park. Mr. Jordan was named Citizen of the Year in 1981. In 1982, he was a winner of a third-place award in the Governor's Home Town Awards Competition. The award was for downtown improvements and Gibson Beautification Foundation improvements. He had coached Little Leage for three years. Mr. Jordan was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, the City of Gibson or to a charity of the donor's choice.


THOMAS W. JORDAN Mahomet - Thomas W. Jordan, formerly of Gibson City, 58, died Saturday 11-14-1998 at his home in Mahomet. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Mahomet. The Rev. John Horton will officiate. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetry, Seymour. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Monday at the church with a parish wake service at 8 p.m. Owens Funeral Home, Champaign, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Jordan was born 8-12-1940 at Gibson City, a son of Robert and Lola Williams Jordan. He married Joan Gumbel on 6-1-1979 at Champaign. She survives. Also surviving are his mother, Lola Fairchild of Bellflower; three sons, Chris Jordan, Michael Jordan and Stephen Jordan, all of Mahomet; a daughter, Lauren Jordan of Mahomet, two brothers, John Jordan of Arrowsmith and Robert Jordan of Columbus, Ga.; three sisters, Judie Francis of Vine Grove, KY, Mae Eichelberger of Fisher and Carol Jo Smith of Bryant, Wis.; and a half brother, James Fairchild of Odessa, Texas. Mr. Jordan was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Church, American Legion Post 24 of Champaign, Ironworkers, Local 380 of Champaign and Our Lady of the Lake Mens Club. He served in the Army from 1959 - 1962. He was employed as an iron worker. Memorial contributions may be made to the education fund for Michael, Stephen, and Lauren Jordan at Bank Illinois.

JAMES B. KRETZER Gibson City - James B. Kretzer, 44, of Gibson City, died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday 8-27-1998 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. An inquest is pending. No foul play is suspected.

ARTHUR LEE KUMLER Gibson City - Arthur Lee Kumler, 89, of Gibson City died at 6:20 p.m. Friday 9-1-2000 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Burial will be in Bellflower Twp Cemetery, Bellflower. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Masonic services at 8 p.m.Tuesday. Mr. Kumler was born 12-25-1910 in Bellflower, a son of George Hunter and Estelle June Rinehart Kumler. He married Martha Hawthorne on 6-4-1938. He later married Imo Davis on 11-25-1972. She died 7-10-1998. Surviving are a son, Dr. Marvin Kumler of Toledo, Ohio; a daughter, Sharon Walther of Bend, Ore.; and two sisters, Mary Hoffman of Bloomington and Ruth Bidner of Scottsdale, AZ. He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. Mr. Kumler was a farmer and a machinist at M&W Gear Co., Gibson City. He was a member of Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733, AF&AM., for more than 50 years. He also was a member of the OES and the Ford County Farm Bureau. His interests included fly-fishing for smallmouth bass. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital annex. Officiating: The Rev. Bruce Weiman Organist: Beverly Nagle Soloists: Deb Borders Honorary Pallbearers: Marvin Kumler Virgil Davis Active Pallbearers: Alan Brownlee Phil Williams Delmar Bedel Leigh Conover Mark Seaton Jim Gay

VIRGINIA LOVE LAMB Gibson City - Virginia Love Lamb, 82, of Gibson City died at 3:55 a.m. Thursday 3-23-1995 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City.

RUTH M. LJUNG Ruth M. (Barrow) Ljung, age 92 of Gibson City died at 10 a.m. Tuesday 2-16-1999 at Gibson Carea Hospital in Gibson City.

CHARLES PATRICK LONG Gibson City - Charles Patrick Long, 33, of Gibson City died at 1:23 p.m. Saturday 12-16-1995 at his home

CHARLES W. (BILL) LONG Gibson City - Charles William (Bill) Long, 67, of Gibson City died Thursday 10-22-1998 in Newton, Iowa. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City.

DAVID MARSHALL Rantoul - David Lee Marshall, 60, of Rantoul, formerly of Gibson City, died Friday 8-18-2000 at his home. His ashes will be buried at a later date in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at Lux Memorial Chapel, Rantoul. Mr. Marshall was born 8-3-1940 in Bloomington, a son of Glenn and LaVada Salyards Pree Marshall. He married Sandra Sergent on 5-27-1994 in Urbana. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Edward Gonder of Tacoma, Wash., Gary Jones of Gifford and Lee Jones of Rantoul; a daughter, Kimberly Kaufman of Athens, Il; a brother, Kenneth Marshall of Fresno, Calif.; a sister Pat Stacy of Champaign; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons. Mr. Marshall worked at Illinois Power for 17 years. He was in the Army for 8 years, and served in the first Special Forces and the first Special Forces airborne group during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 24, VFW 5520 of Champaign and the Illinois Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Mr. Marshall's interests included fishing, gardening and woodworking. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carle Cancer Pavilion.

JOE MOONEY Joe Mooney, formerly of Gibson City. b. 7-7-1932 d. 6-29-2000

JOSEPH AARON MYERS Gibson City - Joseph Aaron Myers, 64, of Bonita Springs, Fla., formerly of Gibson City, died Tuesday 11-6-2001 at his residence.

JACK NAGLE Gibson City - Jack Nagle died 7-29-1993

WARREN NALLY Warren Nally died 6-18-1974 - bulk plant explosion.

LAWRENCE W. NELSON 8-5-1943 - Two Gibson City farm youths, Lawrence W. Nelson, 14 and William Clements, 14, drowned in a rain-swollen dredge ditch in which they were swimming near Gibson City. Friends and relatives found the boys' clothes and horses near the ditch, which had risen 15 feet, and recovered their bodies after they had failed to return to thier homes.

WAYNE A. (BUD) O'NEAL Ventura Calif. - Wayne A. (Bud) O'Neal, formerly of Gibson City died 12-31-1986.

FREDA A. OYER Gibson City - Freda A. Oyer, 91, of Gibson City died at 10:35 a.m. Saturday 6-16-2001 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibso City.

WALTER OYER Walter R. Oyer, 84 of Gibson City, formerly of rural Fisher, died at 1:15 p.m. Monday 8-1-1994 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.

KEITH A. PEARSON Gibson City - Keith A. Pearson, 20, of Gibson City, died at 9:02 p.m. Tuesday 2-26-1995 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

RICHARD E. PEARSON Gibson City - Richard E. Pearson, 15, of Gibson City, died at 11:22 p.m. Monday 12-14-1992 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.

MARJORIE E. (UNDERWOOD) PETERS b. 9-12-1921 d. 7-26-1997

F. RAY "PETE" PETERSON, Gibson City - F. Ray "Pete" Peterson, 62, died 1-19-1999

LAUREL PING Gibson City - Died 1-11-1995, age 80

FRANK M. PROBUS Gibson City - Frank M. Probus, 75, of Gibson City, died at 1:25 p.m. Saturday 2-16-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. His graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Military rites will be accorded by Lee Lowery Amereican Legion Post 568. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home.

GENE H. RANKIN Funeral services for Gene H. Rankin, who died 5-18-2002, were Wednesday morning at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Tom Barrow, Charlie Morris, Rick Berger, Doug Bennett, Harold Medler, and Orval Jarrett.

HARVEY RASMUSSEN Gibson City - Died 11-24-1966

ROSA RASMUSSEN Gibson City - Died 1-17-1985

CAROLE F. RHODES Carole F. Royal Rohdes, age 58 of Gibson City died at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday 3-3-1992 at the Gibson Community Hospital.

JOHN ROESCH Gibson City - John Roesch, 96, of Gibson City died at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday 1-24-1995 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City.

LOUISE B. ROESCH Gibson City - Louise B. (Suntken) Roesch, 96, of Gibson City died at 12-19 p.m. Tuesday 8-15-2000 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Normal, where she had been a resident. Lamb Funeral Home is making arrangements.

OTTO ROHWEDDER
Roberts - Otto Rohwedder, 85, of 2030 Covington St., West Lafayette, Ind. formerly of Roberts, died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 1-9-1996 at his home. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at St. James Lutheran Church, Lafayette, the Rev. Daniel May officiating. Burial will be in Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette. Visitation will be for one hour before the service today at the church. Soller-Baker West Lafayette Chapel has charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church or American Heart Association. Survivors include his wife, Hildegard; three daughters, Elaine Howard, Monon, Ind.; Laverne Haas, Frankfort, Ind.; and Janet Dork, Homewood; one sister, Hilda Efford, Normal; and 10 grandchildren.

typist notes: Otto Rohwedder b. 10-6-1910, Roberts, Il parents: Jacob Rohwedder and Augusta Jahnke Rohwedder m. unknown m. Hildegard unknown, 12-8-1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio siblings: Elsa Rohwedder (Ralph Price) Otto Rohwedder Hilda K. Rohwedder (Don Efford) Henry Rohwedder Walter Rohwedder Albert Rohwedder

CHARLES RUTLEDGE Charles "Chuck" Rutledge, 67, of Gibson City died at 2:43 p.m. Wednesday 11-18-1998 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

TROY H. RUTLEDGE Gibson City - Troy H. Rutledge, 32, of Gibson City, died at 2:37 a.m. Friday 11-10-1995 as a result of injuries received in an auto accident at Illinois 54 and Road 600 North in Bellflower.

HELEN SALYARDS Gibson City - Helen Salyards died 9-15-1995

MABEL SCHLICKMAN Gibson City - Mabel Schlickman died 3-27-1973

ERNEST P. SCHROEDER Gibson City - Ernest P. Schroeder, 88, of Gibson City died at 11 a.m. Saturday 6-22-2002 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City.

AMELIA C. SHEPPELMAN Loda - Amelia C. (Hanson) Sheppelman, 58, of Lake Iroquois, Loda, formerly of Gibson City, a candidate for Iroquois County Board District 5, died at 8:12 p.m. Sunday 3-8-1992 at Chanute Air Force Base Hospital, Rantoul

IVAN SLOAT Thomasboro - Ivan Sloat, 65, of Thomasboro, formerly of Gibson City, died at 4 p.m. Friday 5-12-1995 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

KAREN SMITH Gibson City - Karen Gee Smith died 2-14-1987 @ Gibson Community Hospital

WINIFRED M. SNEAD Gibson City - Winifred M. "Sparky" Snead, 93, of Gibson City died at 6 a.m. Friday 4-30-1999 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City.

LOUISE STIGER Gibson City - Louise (Hardies) Stiger, 90, of Gibson City died at 4:40 a.m. Sasturday 5-20-1995 at Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton.

CLAUDIA J. STREBECK Gibson City - Claudia J. (Coake) Strebeck died 4-22-1986

ROBERT STREBECK Robert J. Strebeck, age 61, of Gibson City died at 11 a.m. Tuesday 2-5-2002 at his home in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 9 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City where military rites were conducted by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Visitation was from noon - 1 p.m. February 9 at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Kristopher Strebeck, John Robert Strebeck, Kamilla Walls and Kelese Walls. Active pallbearers were Ed Kallal, Lloyd Falck, Doug Roesch, Neil Nelson, Tim Barnes and Dave Donovan. Mr. Strebeck was born 9-2-1940 at Gibson City, a son of Richard W. and Leta Mae Wilson Strebeck. He married Antje E. Weber. Survivors include two sons Rudi (Marcy) Strebeck of Urbana and Robert Erik Strebeck of Deizisau Germany; two daughters, Heidi (Daniel) Walls of Gibson City and Anja Strebeck of Gibson City; his mother, Leta Mae Strebeck of Gibson City; four brothers, Richard C. Strebeck of Gibson City, Charles E. Strebeck of Gibson City, Fred E. Strebeck of Gibson City and Larry L. Strebeck of Paxton; four sisters, Georgeanna Rainwater of Broken Arrow, OK, Patricia Ann Essington of Cabery, Grace Thorndyke of Gibson City and Sara Sue Strebeck of St. Louis, Mo.; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Strebeck lived in Gibson City all of his life. He served in the US Army for three years and worked with Strebeck Salvage in Gibson City with his brothers. Mr. Strebeck then owned a tractor dealership and an auto body repair shop in Gibson City. He later worked for FS in Gibson City for nine years. A member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 and the VFW, both of Gibson City. He also served as a volunteer fireman for several years. Memorials m ay be made to his family.

JEAN E. SWANSON Gibson City - Jean E. Swanson, 68, of Gibson City died at 4:15 p.m. Monday 9-14-1998 at his home in Gibson City.

R.WENDELL THACKERAY Melvin - R. Wendall Thackeray, age 53, of Melvin died at 8:07 a.m. Wednesday 2-26-1992 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. The Ford County Coroner's office attributed death to natural causes.

JERRY THOMPSON Hoopeston - Jerry Thompson, 46, of Hoopeston, and formerly of Gibson City, died Thursday 11-6-1986 at his h ome. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brown-Alkire Funeral Home, Hoopeston. Burial was in Floral Hill Cemetery, Hoopeston. Mr. Thompson was the son of the late Marvin Thompson and Audrey Thompson, former residents of the Paxton area. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; mother, Audrey; and two brothers, Richard of Hoopeston and James of Danville.

ROGER L. THOMSEN Rantoul - Roger Lee Thomsen, 56, of Rantoul, formerly of Gibson City, died at 4:25 a.m. Wednesday 3-31-1999 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

ANNA BELLE TIBBY Gibson City - Anna Belle Tibby, 93, Gibson City, died at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday 5-28-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City.

DORIS M. TJARDES Doris Maritta (Summers) Tjardes, 86, of Gibson City died at 3:10 a.m. Wednesday 10-20-1999 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City.

DONNA (PFOFF) WICKES TURNER Gibson City - died 12-19-1981

DON VINSON Don Vinson of Bloomington, formerly of Gibson City, Il. died 7-28-2002 HELP WAS VERY APPRECIATED DURING TIME OF GREAT NEED Thanks to the good Samaritans who stopped to help me on Sunday, July 28, when my husband, Don Vinson, had his fatal heart attack. Don was on his way to church and the Lord, came and met him. God bless all who helped me. Pauline Vinson (Bloomington Pantagraph)

CHARLES WALTERS Gibson City - Charles M. Walters, 78, of Gibson City died at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday 11-27-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City.

E. CLEON WILBORN - 60, of Mount Hermon, Ky., and formerly of Gibson City, died Saturday 11-7-1998 at his residence. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at White Cemetery Chapel, Monroe County, near Summer Shade, Ky. Burial will be in White Cemetery. McMurtrey Funeral Home, Summer Shade, is in charge of arrangements. Area survivors include two sisters Bonnie Mosier of Normal and Leola May Ferrell of Kappa.

BEULAH WILLIAMS Gibson City - Beulah Williams, 88, of Gibson City died at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday 10-25-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital.

LARRY WILLIAMS Gibson City - died 1-25-1974 - construction accident

RALPH A. WITT Elliott - Ralph A. Witt, 74, of Elliott died at 5:55 a.m. Saturday 7-1-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.

ETHEL WOOLLEY Gibson City - Ethel (Main) Woolley died 12-27-1993

JOHN WOOLLEY Gibson City - John Woolley died 5-19-1983

ORVILLE W. ZANDER Orville W. Zander, 89, of Sibley, father of a Melvin man, died at 7 a.m. Monday 5-27-2002 at Veterans Administration Illiana Health Care System, Danville.



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