FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS

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Kenneth C. Miner John L. Moody Katherine C. Moody Lester R. Moody LaVonne B. Moody Grace A. Moody
James R. Moody John A. Mooney Edward W. Mooney Diane Elizabeth Morano Rena Ellen Wiles James E. Miller
Lillian P. Shilts Edwin R. Robertson Lyle A. Parker Robert Scott Fentress Harold L. Cochran Charles Lee Davis
Leslie E. Mulvany Delmar R. Underwood John Dale Smith Helen L. Kelley Gene H. Rankin Margaret R. Middleton
Ethel L. Dickerman J. Evelyn Dueringer Sandra J. LaCharity Darlene M. Donner Gary D. Mooney Brian Kerchenfaut
A. Percy Goodrich Dorothy Zimmerman Goodrich Pearl A. Gordon Eskell W. Gossett CHARLES G. GRAGG Carol Jean Graham
Clara M. Gramley Samantha Marie Granados Robert D. Gregerson Milam B. Gregory R. Todd Gregory Trenna A. Gresham
Wilma C. Groen W.H. Gullett        

KENNETH C. MINER The funeral for Kenneth C. Miner, 31, of Chicago, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mr. Miner was found dead at 6:30 a.m. Thursday 12-10-1987 at his place of employment in Chicago. He had been shot. He was born 3-27-1956 in Gibson City, a son of Percy and Jean Davis Miner,Jr. He is survived by his parents; two daughters, Katisha Miner, of Little Rock, Ark. and Felicia Miner of Chicago; one brother, Robert, Los Angeles, Ca.; and six sisters, Sandra Fondia, Bernice Miner and Barbara Miner, all of Champaign; Vera Caston, of Chicago; Cynthia Miner of Memphis, TN; and Loretta Gibson of Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Miner was born and grew up in Gibson City. He moved to Chicago 11 years ago. He was a member of the Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to the family.

JOHN L. "JACK" MOODY John L. "Jack" Moody, 99 of Swartz Creek, Mich, formerly of Paxton died at 8:45 p.m. Sunday 5-24-1998 at the Crestmont Nursing Home, Fenton, Mich. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Ford - Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Richard H. Swain officiating. Masonic Rites will be accorded by Paxton Lodge 416 AF and AM. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be 90 minutes before the service Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church in Paxton. He was born 9-24-1898 at Weldon, the son of Jasper M. and Elizabeth Peacock Moody. He married Emma M. Bolander in 1929. She died 7-28-1973. He then married Gladys Lindsay McIntyre on 9-24-1975 at Royal Oak, Mich. She died 11-16-1997. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Jane Moody, Melvin; a step-daughter, Nancy Knickerbocker, Swartz Creek, Mich.; nine step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and four brothers.

KATHERINE C. (TAYLOR) BOYD, MOODY Katherine C. Moody, 67, died at 7 a.m. yesterday 4-20-1984 at Burnham Hospital, Champaign. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Bill Trimyer officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. She was born 7-30-1916 at Ellsworth, a daughter of Otis and Euna Sandage Taylor. She married Orville Boyd 7-30-1934 at Saybrook. He died 2-5-1964. She then married George L. Moody 4-7-1965 at Paxton. He died 12-14-1971. Survivors include her mother, Paxton; two daughters, Dollie Stephens, Gibson City; and Dorise Hill, Urbana; two sons, Larry Boyd, Gibson City, and Lyle Boyd, Pontiac; a step-daughter, Estelliate Newman, Santa Rosa, Ca.; a half-sister, Chestina Stewart, Mahomet; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Moody lived in Gibson City for many years. She was a member of the Bloomington Salvation Army, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and the VFW Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

LESTER R. MOODY Lester R. Moody, 81, a Gibson City resident for 74 years, died at 3:18 a.m. yesterday 12-17-1985 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. A private funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Mr. Moody was born 12-28-1903 at Weldon, a son of Jasper and Elizabeth Peacock Moody. He married LaVonne Sawyer on 1-28-1928 at Paxton and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Richard, Gibson City; a daughter, Deonna Sauer, Gibson City; a brother, John, Paxton; four grandsons; and two great-grandsons. A brother, two sisters, a step-brother and a step-sister preceded him in death. Mr. Moody owned and operated Moody Produce in Gibson City for 25 years. He was a former member of Gibson Federal Savings and Loan board, where he served as an appraiser for many years. He also was a member of Gibson City Grade School board. He was a member of United Methodist Church of Gibson City and Champaign Loyal Order of Moose. Memorials may be made to his church.

LAVONNE (SAWYER) MOODY LaVonne B. Moody, age 84, a life-long resident of Gibson City, died at 9:05 a.m. Thursday 3-14-1991 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers included Mark Sauer, John L. Moody, Larry Swartzell, Donald Patton and Doug Hager. Active pallbearers were Steve Sauer, Doug Sauer, Scott Moody, Dike Eddleman, Steve Siemsen and Dave Gill. Mrs. Moody was born 9-15-1906 near Dewey, a daughter of P.B. and Mary Edna Dailey Sawyer. She married Lester R. Moody on 1-28-1928. He preceded her in death on 12-17-1985. Survivors include one son, Richard of Gibson City; one daughter, Deonna Sauer of Gibson City; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Moody was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church, the Gibson City Woman's Club, Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary and the Blackford Club, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Gibson Community Hospital Annex.

GRACE A. (COLVIN) MOODY ` Grace A. Moody, 90 of Gibson City died at 11 a.m. yesterday 6-7-1992 at her home. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Phillip N. Curran officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and an hour before the service Wednesday at the church. She was born 9-8-1901, at Falmouth, Ky., the daughter of Ernest and Aggie Maims Colvin. She married James R. Moody 1-3-1923 at Gibson City. He died 8-15-1968. Survivors include two daughters, Helen Renaker, Covington, KY, and Jeanette Miles, Savannah, Ga.; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Bernace Anderson, Loveland, Colo., and Louisa Burns, Julesburg, Colo. One son, two daughters and one sister preceded her in death. She lived most of her life in the Gibson City area. She was a 77-year member of the First Christian Church, Gibson City, a member of CWF, the Gibson City Recreation Club and the Wantwood Club. Memorials may be made to her church.

JAMES R. MOODY James R. Moody, 61, Gibson City died at 1:39 a.m. yesterday 2-2-1990 at his home. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Samuel Goins officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Moody was born 5-23-1928 in Gibson City, a son of James and Grace Colvin Moody. He married Edythe M. Tribbey on 9-15-1951 in Paxton and she survives. Other survivors include his mother, Grace Moody, Gibson City; two sons, Douglas J. Gibson City, and John D. rural Foosland; and two sisters, Helen Renaker, Covington, KY, and Jeanette Miles, Savannah, Ga. His father and two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Moody owned and operated Moody Feed and Farm Supply in Gibson City for 33 years. He was a life-long resident of the Gibson City area. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City, Gibson City Moose Lodge, Illinois Seed Dealers Association and Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Memorials may be made to his church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

JOHN A. MOONEY John A. Mooney, age 83 of Gibson City died at 5:39 p.m. Thursday 7-30-1998 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, with a rosary service at 10:30 a.m. Pallbearers included Tim Mooney, Tom Mooney, Mark Schuler, Todd Sommer, Kurt Sommer and Mark Kumler. Mr. Mooney was born 8-28-1914 at Proctor a son of Martin C. and Ellen Gillen Mooney. He married Evadna Kumler on 6-14-1942 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Evadna Mooney of Gibson City; one daughter, Gail Schuler of Peoria; one son, Gary Mooney of Crofton, MD; four grandchildren; and one sister, Josephine Wilson of Newton, Iowa. He was preceded in death by three brothers. Mr. Mooney farmed for 46 years at Proctor. He was a life-time member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City. He was a past 4-H leader and member of the Ford County Farm Bureau. Memorials can be made to his church or to the Gibson Area Hospital.

EDWARD W. MOONEY Edward W. Mooney, 72, died at St. Joseph Hospital, Bloomington, Il at 11 a.m. Monday, 3-27-1950. He had been a patient there for two weeks. His body was taken to Lamb Funeral Home where the rosary will be read at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Services will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Rev. Fr. Edward O'Neill, officiating. Burial in the Drummer Twp Cemetery. He was born 3-1-1878, at Anchor, Il. the son of James and Susan Cavanaugh Mooney. He married Mattie Vance, 1-4-1921. He lived most of his life near Proctor, where he was a farmer. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Paul S. of Gibson City and Joseph F. at home; two step-sons; Vincent W. Mooney of Scotland, Ind., Martin Mooney of Gibson City. Three brothers, James Mooney, of Hillsboro, ND; John Mooney of Forrest, Il. and Martin Mooney of Chatsworth, Il. Five sisters, Mary Coons of Saybrook; Julia Johnson, Ellen Morris, Anna Rice and Susan White all of Bloomington, Il. Nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one sister and 2 children. Gibson City Courier 3-30-1950


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DIANE ELIZABETH (TOLLEFSEN) MORANO
Diane Elizabeth Morano, 61, of Gibson City died at 5:30 a.m. Monday 4-8-2002 at her home. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with a rosary service at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Providence High School; Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church; or the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School Scholarship Fund. She was born 7-6-1940 at Oak Park, a daughter of George E. and Ella M. Sirovatka Tollefsen. She married Michael Morano 1-14-1961 at Cicero and he survives. Other survivors include her daughter, Maria Morano, Hebron, Ky; three sons, David (Maria Rivera) Morano, Allerton; Daniel (Cindy Farris) Morano, Gibson City; and Dale Morano, Savoy; 10 grandchildren; and two brothers, Russell Tollefsen, Berwyn; and Donald Tollefsen, Mokena. Her parents, one granddaughter and one daughter preceded her in death. Mrs. Morano owned and operated Gibson City Florist in Gibson City for 17 years, retiring in 1994. She and her husband then moved to New Lenox, returning to Gibson City to live in July 2001. Mrs. Morano was a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City. She was a member and past president of the Council of Catholic Women. She also was a member of the Women of the Moose in Gibson City and the Business Professional Womens Club.

RENA ELLEN (KNIGHT) WILES
Rena Ellen Wiles, age 86 of Gibson City, formerly of Elliott, died at 1:42 p.m. Wednesday 2-27-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Drummer Twp Cemetery, in Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. March 1 at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Pallbearers were Sue Ellen Birkey, Warren Birkey, Ellen Lutz, Roger Dupuis, Tom Lutz and Philip Lutz. Mrs. Wiles was born 9-26-1915 in Ford County a daughter of Thomas H. and Lena E. Todd Knight. She married William Durward Wiles on 11-20-1938 at Elliott. He died 10-1-1975. Survivors are one daughter, Malinda Faye (Philip) Lutz of Monroe, IN; three grandchildren, Tom Lutz, Ellen Lutz and Sue Ellen Birkey and one son-in-law, Warren Birkey of Gibson City. She was preceded in death by one daughter and one sister. Mrs. Wiles was a member of the United Methodist Women, and a Sunday School teacher at the church. Mr. Wiles was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and Business and Professional Women. A teacher for over 40 years in the Gibson City - Elliott area, Mrs. Wiles also volunteered at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex and the American Cancer Society. She was a member of the Democrat Women of Ford County and was an avid reader and enjoyed working crossword puzzles. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Gibson City.

JAMES E. MILLER
Funeral services for James E. Miller, 68, of Gibson City will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Reverend Randall Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with military rites by Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Masonic rites at 8 p.m. by Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AF & AM. Mr. Miller died at 10:40 a.m. Friday 2-1-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital. He was born 12-21-1933 at Flora, a son of Cleo and Catherine Hopper Miller. He married Laura A. Blair on 12-3-1961 at Goodwine and she survives. Also surviving is a son, Edwin Miller of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by two brothers. Mr. Miller had lived in Gibson City since 1967. He owned and operated Gibson Bowling Lanes from 1967 until his death. He was an Army veteran. He was past president of the Gibson City Chamber of Commerce and past secretary of the Gibson City Lions Club. He was a member of Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AF & AM, the Drummer Chapter OES, Mohammed Temple at Peoria and the Corn Belt Shrine Club of Gibson City. He was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, the Danville Consistory, 40 & 8 McLean County Voiture, Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 and the Elliott AmVets. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gibson Area Home Health Care.

LILLIAN P. (KIENER) SHILTS
Paxton - Lillian P. Shilts, 84, of Paxton died at 4:30 p.m. Thursday 1-31-2002 at CArle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Ford - Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. John Davenport officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be for one hour before the service Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to IDES of Church of Christ, Paxton; or a charity of the donor's choice. Mrs. Shilts was born 1-19-1917 at Buckley, the daughter of Ned J. and Alma P. Wilson Kiener. She married Bertram A. "Boots" Shilts 10-19-1935 at Gibson City. He died 9-20-1971. Survivors include one sister, Fern Burns, Gibson City. Her parents and two brothers preceded her in death.

EDWIN R. ROBERTSON
Edwin R. Robertson, 76, of Oregon, Il., formerly of Gibson City, died at 10:05 p.m. Friday 7-20-2001 at ManorCare Health Services of Champaign. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Reverend Randall Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with military rites by Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mr. Robertson was born 11-9-1924 in Champaign, a son of Roland and Lauretta Jackson Robertson. He married Ella Mae Whallon on 11-1-1947 in Urbana and she survives. Also surviving are two brothers, William Robertson of Midland, Pa., and Robert Robertson of Champaign; and four sisters, Mildred McAllister of Kalamazoo, Mich., Lauretta McGuire of Gibson City, Susan Jensen of Denver and Rona Hettinger of Champaign. He was preceded in death by two brothers. Mr. Robertson graduated from Drummer Twp High School in Gibson City in 1943. He received a bachelor's degree in education from Illinois State University in 1950 and a master's degree in 1960. He served in the Navy from 1943 -1946 on the USS Essex in the Pacific. He was a teacher and principal in the Oregon school district from 1957 - 1984. Memorial contributions may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation or the Streatorland Historical Society.

LYLE A. PARKER
Lyle A. Parker, age 76 of St. Cloud, FL, formerly of Gibson City, died at 4:11 p.m. Saturday, 7-21-2001 at Orlando Regional Healthcare Center in Orlando, FL. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Sunday July 29 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Ken Sloan-Couch officiating. Mr. Parker's cremains and his wife Jeannine's cremains were buried in Drummer Township Cemetery at 11 a.m. July 31 with military rites accorded by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Mr. Parker was born 3-15-1925 at Bussey, Iowa a son of Francis E. and Margaret Little Parker. He married Jeannine J. Six on 7-31-1946 at Knoxville, Iowa. She died 5-19-1996. Survivors include one son, Edwin (Connie) Parker of Ellsworth; three daughters, Marsha Music of St. Cloud, FL, Nancy (Randy) Dobbins of St. Cloud, FL and Lisa Parker of Waynesville; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Fred Parker of Knoxville, Iowa, Thomas Parker and Gerald Parker both of Bussey, Iowa; and three sisters, Myrna Spaur, Mary Wright and Sally Laird all of Knoxville, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Mr. Parker moved to St. Cloud, FL from Gibson City in 1990. A WWII veteran serving in the US Navy, Mr. Parker was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568, Brotherton Keller VFW Post 6289 and the Loyal Order of the Moose Gibson City Lodge 2289. Mr. Parker retired from Peoples Gas in Fisher after 42 years. For the last six years, he was a greeter at Wal-Mart in St. Cloud FL. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

ROBERT SCOTT FENTRESS
Robert Scott Fentress, age 65 of Gibson City died at 8:31 a.m. 10-16-2001 at the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday October 19, at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. October 18 at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Don Follick, Steve Follick, Aaron Nettleton, Brian Nettleton, Eric Nettleton and Justin Nettleton. Mr. Fentress was born 8-18-1936 at Kingswood, KY a son of Wayne S. and Geraldean Phelps Fentress. Survivors include five sons, Michael Fentress and Rick Fentress of Eau Claire, MI; Robert Fentress, Jr. of Eldorado and William Fentress of El Dardo; five daughters, Teri Fentress, Rita Fentress and Tammy Bardwell, all of St. Charles, MO, Sue (Don) Follick of Cooksville and Kitty Krause of Las Vegas, NV; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one sister, Jo Nettleton of Gibson City; two step-brothers, Rodney Reynolds of Hartford KY and Larry Reynolds of McHenry and one step-sister, Betty Givens of McHenry. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Mr. Fentress lived in Texas before moving to Gibson City 10 years ago. He was a paratrooper veteran of the Army. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Gibson City.

HAROLD L. COCHRAN
Harold L. Cochran, age 82 of Gibson City died at 12:50 p.m. Friday 11-9-2001 in Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Memorial services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Father William Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Cremation rites have been accorded with military rites by the Lee Lowry American Legion Post 568. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. November 12 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City where a rosary service was held at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Cochran was born 10-24-1919 at Park Rapids, MN a son of Fred F. and Ethel Parks Cochran. He married Ruth Mary Flynn on 7-11-1944 at Park Rapids, MN. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Mary Cochran of Gibson City; four daughters, Sharon (Jerry) Steward of Lilburn, GA, Patricia (Ray) Mollo of Naperville; Kathleen (Tim) Hyland of Indianpolis, IN and Sheila (Bob) Kroon of Gibson City; one son, Bob (Marny) Cochran of Homewood; 14 grandchildren and one sister, Ellen Skorseth of Little Falls, MN. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Mr. Cochran was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 and Knights of Columbus. A WWII Army Veteran, Mr. Cochran retired from the Cargill, Inc. after 10 years of service. He lived in Gibson City the past 32 years. Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice Program, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or Gibson Area Hospital.

CHARLES LEE DAVIS
Champaign - Funeral services for Charles Lee Davis, 46, Champaign will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jericho Missionary Baptist Church, Urbana. The Rev. Timothy Menefield will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at Twin City Memorial Chapel, Champaign. Mr. Davis died at 1:20 a.m. Sunday 5-6-2001 at home. He was born 12-18-1954 in Gibson City, a son of Elson H. and Zora N. Vins Davis. He married Audrey Sykes on 5-27-1995 in Champaign and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Lawrence Davis and Mikel Walker, both of Champaign; four sisters, Ora Nell Stewart of Champaign, Mollie Davis of Chicago, Betty Kent of Urbana and Alma Day of Gibson City; two brothers, Alexander Bens of Chicago and Willie Davis of Champaign; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and two brothers. Mr. Davis served in the Army. He was a mechanic for the Union Pacific Railroad.


LESLIE E. MULVANY
Leslie E. Mulvany, 83, of Gibson City died at 8:38 p.m. Monday 8-5-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 11 - 1 p.m. Friday at the Church. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Gibson City or to the Gibson Area Hospital Annex Activity Fund. Mr. Mulvany was born 1-15-1919 at Thomasboro, a son of Hershel and Gertrude Jones Mulvany. He married Lorraine R. Rapalee on 3-21-1942 at Paxton. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Michael (Shari) Mulvany, Springlennis (Nancy) Mulvany, Champaign; three grandsons, Ian Mulvany, Boston, Mass.; Aaron Mulvany, Philadelphia, Pa.; and Kirk Mulvany, Champaign; three stepgrandsons,Charles Speta, San Francisco, Calif.; Bart Speta, Springfield; and Doug Speta, Springfield; two step-granddaughters, Cindy Atkins, Naperville; and Jennifer Snyder, Chicago; four great-granddaughters; two great-grandsons; and a sister, Fern Carroll, Gibson City. He was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers. Mr. Mulvany attended Illinois State University in Normal before joining The Army Air Corps in 1942 where he served with the 316th Airborne Troop Carrier Group in Egypt, Sicily, Italy and England, deploying paratroopers and gliders throughout the invasion of Europe and D-Day. After returning from the service, Mr. Mulvany joined his father in the plumbing and heating business becoming Mulvany and Son Plumbing and Heating where they continued as H.E. Mulvany and Son. He retired in 1986. Mr. Mulvany was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church and the Gibson City Rotary Club. He served 26 years on the Gibson City Fire Department.

DELMAR R. UNDERWOOD
Delmar R. Underwood, 82, of Morton, formerly of Gibson City, died at 8:50 p.m. Friday 7-26-2002 at Manor Care Nursing Home, Peoria. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 11 - 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. He was born 8-26-1919 at Guthrie, a son of Raleigh J. and Ella Brucker Underwood. He married Virginia Ann Utterback on 8-26-1939 at Dewey. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Delmar Darryl (Mary) Underwood, Manassas, VA.; a daughter, Sharon Kay (Keith) Leathers, Morton; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Floyd Underwood, Branson, Mo.; and two sisters, Alberta Tieben and Sylvia Hunt, both of Melvin. Mr. Underwood was a farmer for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Ford County Farm Bureau and the United Methodist Church in Gibson City.

JOHN DALE SMITH
John Dale Smith, 76 of Gibson City died at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday 7-16-2002 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Terry Bonds officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday. Memorials may be made to Heritage Manor Nursing Home or to Parkinson's Disease Associaton. Mr. Smith was born 9-4-1925 at Harpster, a son of John Newton and Eliza Katherine Atteberry Smith. He married Anna Marie Schroeder on 1-11-1945 at Indianapolis. She died 2-15-1958. He later married Ruby Cobb on 1-15-1959 at Bloomington. Survivors include a son, John Dale (Patti) Smith, Jr. Forsyth; five daughters, Judy (Richard) Hansens, Champaign; Jeri (Russell) Borchers,Gibson City; Leah (Frank) Culbertson Cleveland, Minn.; Maurita (Don) Burgett, Fort Worth, Texas; and Christin (Shayne) McNeil, Chandler, Az.; nine grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. His parents, two brothers and one sister also preceded him in death. Mr. Smith lived in the Gibson City area most of his lfie and farmed for many years. He also was a local contractor for many years. He was a veteran of the US Army.

HELEN L. (BRATCHER) KELLEY
Helen L. Kelley, 94, of Gibson City died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday 7-7-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from noon - 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City is in charge of arranagements. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Gibson City. Mrs. Kelley was born 9-6-1907 in Tazewell County, a daughter of Robert and Zula Yoakum Bratcher. She married Thomas A. Kelley 2-18-1933 at Bloomington. He died 6-7-1986. Surviving are two sisters, Evelyn Wirrick, Clarksville, TN. and Wanita Erickson, Indianapolis, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Kelley was a member of the First Christian Church in Gibson City. She also was a member of the Gibson City Women's Club and Senior Citizens Club. Mrs. Kelley had lived in Gibson City since 1947.

GENE H. RANKIN
Gene H. Rankin, 67, of Gibson City, died at 7:48 a.m. Saturday 5-18-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Mr. Rankin was born 3-14-1935 at Foosland, a son of Claude and Neva Reed Rankin. He married Karen Rawley on 2-12-1961 at Champaign and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Alan Rankin of Monticello and Keith Rankin of Gibson City; one daughter, Pamela Schwanke of Gibson City and two grandsons. A 1953 graduate of Fisher High School, Mr. Rankin served in the Army Reserve from 1957 - 1963. He owned a gun shop in the 1960's and 1970's. He farmed most of his life. He was a member of the Gibson City and Ford County police auxiliaries. He was a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge No. 733 AF & AM for 37 years and was worshipful master in 1975. He was also a member of the Corn Belt Shrine Club, Mohammed Temple, Scottish Rite, Illinois Society of Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of the Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, the National Rifle Association and the Elliott AmVets Post No 276. Mr. Rankin enjoyed working on genealogy, collecting toy tractors and visiting at the local coffee shop. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Ambulance Service or the Elliott AmVets.

MARGARET "MIDGE" R. (REESE) MIDDLETON
Margaret "Midge" R. Middleton, age 87 of Aurora, formerly of Gibson City, died Saturday 6-15-2002 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday June 19 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City where a rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Pallbearers will be Bill Hartford, Tom Hartford, Maurice Copher, Ted Swanson, Jack Kollross and great-grandson, Daniel. Mrs. Middleton will be cremated. Mrs. Middleton was born 2-13-1915 at Lawrence, Michigan a daughter of Emerson A. and Julia LaDuke Reese. She married William S. Middleton on 6-27-1940 at South Bend, Indiana. He preceded her in death on 1-26-1992. Survivors include one son, William R. (Cassandra) Middleton of North Aurora; one daughter, Julia (David) Owens of Greybull, Wyoming; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one brother, John A. (Kathleen) Reese of South Bend, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother. Mrs. Middleton was a member of the Joliet Council of Catholic Women, the Third Order of St. Francis, the Illinois Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, the Tri-Delta Sorority and the Retired Officers Association. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City or to an organization of the donor's choice.

ETHEL L. (MILLER) DICKERMAN
Ethel L. Dickerman, age 102 of Gibson City died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday 6-23-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Private graveside services will be Wednesday June 26 at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City, with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Dickerman was born 5-7-1900 at Gibson City a daughter of Charles B. and Celia Higdon Miller. She married Loyal Dickerman on 7-11-1953 at Gibson City. He preceded her in death on 5-17-1978. Survivors include a niece, Marjorie Miller Hess of Columbus, Ohio and two stepgrandsons, Kenneth and Lee Wiggins of Pekin and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Charles. Mrs. Dickerman taught in both Gibson City and Elliott schools all of her adult life. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Illinois State Normal University and a master's degree in education from the University of Illinois. Mrs. Dickerman was a member of the Elliott United Methodist Church and then the Gibson City United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Ford County Retired Teachers Association. Memorials may be made to the Gibson City United Methodist Church.


EVELYN DUERINGER
J. Evelyn Dueringer, 95 of Gibson City died at 12:33 p.m. Sunday 5-26-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Private burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be 5 - 7 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home. Miss Dueringer was born 1-20-1907 in rural Guthrie, a daughter of Charles F. and Julia Miner Dueringer. Surviving are three nephews, Lee Dueringer of Scottsdale, AZ., William Dueringer of Gibson City and Thomas Dueringer of Jerseyville. One brother and one sister preceded her in death. Miss Dueringer graduated from the University of Illinois in 1928. She received a master's degree in 1947. She taught school in Mt. Zion, Sullivan High School, Drummer Twp High School and was the school librarian at Clinton High School. She then returned to Gibson City and was the school librarian at the junior high school, retiring in 1965. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary, the DAR, and the Ford County Farm Bureau. Memorials may be made to Gibson City United Methodist Church, Gibson Area Hospital or the Baby Fold in Normal.

SANDRA J. LACHARITY
Sandra J. LaCharity, age 66 of LaVista, Nebraska, formerly of Gibson City died at 2:02 p.m. Thursday 5-9-2002 at Midlands Community Hospital in Papillion, Neb. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday May 15 at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Reichmann officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 1 - 2 p.m. May 15 at the funeral home. Ms. LaCharity was born 3-10-1936 at Paxton, a daughter of Lawrence J. and Mercedes B. Bryant LaCharity. Survivors include one daughter, Kathryn L. (Jack) Shelton of Davenport, IA and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Ms. LaCharity resided in Nebraska for the past 31 years. Prior to that time, she resided in Gibson City. She was a case worker for the Dept of Human Services for many years.

DARLENE (SPICER) DONNER
Darlene M. Donner of Gibson City died at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday 5-7-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Private graveside services were held Saturday May 11 at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Donner was born at Fisher. She married Ivin G. Donner. He died 3-26-1991. Survivors include two sisters, Ethleyn Huxtable of Gibson City and Dorothy Amsdan of Rantoul; one brother Earl Spicer of Oak Lawn and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters. Mrs. Donner was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City to which memorials may be made.


GARY D. MOONEY
Gary D. Mooney, age 56 of Crofton, MD, formerly of Gibson City died at 4 p.m. Tuesday, 6-25-2002 at North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie, Md. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. July 1 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. July 1 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Pallbearers were Mark Kumler, Mark Schuler, Todd Sommer, Kurt Sommer, Ben Clayton, Terry Bell, Tim Mooney, Tom Mooney and Chad Young. Mr. Mooney was born 4-14-1946 at Urbana, a son of John and Evadna Kumler Mooney. He married Colette M. Paquette on 2-5-1999 at Annapolis, MD. Survivors include his wife, Colette M. Mooney of Crofton, MD; two sons, Timothy Dean Mooney of Port Huron, MI and Tom Alan (Rebecca) Mooney of LaJunta, CO; his mother, Evadna Mooney of Gibson City; one sister, Gail Schuler of Peoria and one grandson, Mason Mooney. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Mooney was a graduate of Illinois Commercial College in Champaign. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Mr. Mooney had been employed by Infinit Computer Company for 27 years. Memorials may be made to Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City.


BRIAN KERCHENFAUT
St. Joseph - Funeral services for Brian Kerchenfaut, 41, of St. Joseph will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Urbana. The Rev. George Remm will officiate. Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. today in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 9 - 10 a.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Kerchenfaut died at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday 5-14-2002 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. He was born 2-20-1961, at Gibson City, a son of Howard and Dorothy Brucker Kerchenfaut. Surviving are his brother, Larry Kerchenfaut of Woodridge; and six sisters, Karen May of Peru, Ill, Nancy Wheeler of Champaign, Judi O'Conner of Urbana, Marlene Swaim of Iowa City, Iowa, Darlene Schantz of Mahomet and Jan Morton of Greensboro NC. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. Mr. Kerchenfaut lived at Champaign Terrace. He worked at the Developmental Services Center and was active in the theater group at DSC. Memorial contrubitons may be made to the Developmental Services Center, Champaign.


A. PERCY GOODRICH
A. Percy Goodrich, age 82 of Gibson City, died at 10:40 p.m. Monday, 3-7-1994 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Chrurh in Gibson City with the Reverend Phillip Curran officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and for one hour before the service Thursday at the church. Pallbearers were Harold Medler, Mike Freehill, Kevin Goodrich, Matt Provin, Gary Reiners and Doug Moody. Mr. Goodrich was born 7-24-1911 in Gibson City, a son of Arthur Francis and Bertha M. Percy Goodrich. He married Edna Anderson on 6-6-1937 in Gibson City and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Chester of Washington, Iowa; one daughter, Ruth Haines of Dickerson, Md. and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one infant son and two sisters. Mr. Goodrich was a farmer in the Gibson City area for his entire life. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Gibson City; Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau and American Guernsey Cattle Club. He was a life member of Chester White Swine Association and was a former member of Gibson Rotary Club. Memorials may be made to his church.

DOROTHY (ZIMMERMAN) GOODRICH
Dorothy Zimmerman Goodrich, age 84 of Gibson City died at 4:20 a.m. Sunday 2-27-1994 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers include Harold Thomas, John Kincade, Arlen DeWall, Bob Peekin, Everett Fuoss and Ken Meredith. Mrs. Goodrich was born 6-10-1909 near Gibson City, a daughter of Frederick W. and Rhoda J. Davis Zimmerman. Survivors include a brother, F. Leslie Zimmerman of Gibson City; three nieces, Mary L. Bowen, Sonja A. Shubert, and Mikki E. Boyd, all of Gibson City and one nephew, James L. Zimmerman of Brown Mills, NJ. Mrs. Goodrich had lived in Gibson City since September 1980 after residing in Texas for 52 years. She was a member of the United Methdist Church in Gibson City, a 50-year member of OES and a member of the Illinois Federated Women's Club in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Illinois
Heart Association.

PEARL A. (SCHUTTE) GORDON
Pearl A. Gordon, 91, a resident of the Gibson City area since 1918, died at 1:50 a.m. yesterday 5-19-1986 at the Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Gordon was born 8-17-1894, near Farmer City, a daughter of Henry and Carrie Lomar Schutte. She married Oliver Morton Gordon 2-1-1917 at Peoria. He died 11-7-1958. Survivors include one son, Lawrence, Gibson City; one daughter, Thelma Rhodes, Gibson City; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. One son, one daughter, one brother and two great-grandchildren preceded her in death. Mrs. Gordon was a member of Gibson City United Methodist Church.

ESKELL W. GOSSETT
The funeral of Eskell W. Gossett, 78, of Gibson City, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Carl Johnston will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mr. Gossett, a resident of Gibson City for the past 55 years, died at 3:17 p.m. 10-7-1987 at his home. He was born 6-19-1909 in Somerset, Ky., a son of Wade and Myrtle Gossett. Survivors include two sons, Robert, Brillion, Wis.; and Ronald, Mackinaw; one daughter, Gladys Spangler, Bourbonnais; two brothers, Eugene, Somerset, Ky.; and Louis Owens, Rockford; one sister, Pearl McEe, Columbus, Ohio; and six grandchildren. One brother preceded him in death.

CHARLES G. GRAGG
Mr. Gragg was struck by a Wabash freight train at Osman, Il. Sunday evening, 5-26-1912 at the age of 32 yr 11 mo 22 da. He married Miss Edna L. Rankin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Miles Rankin in Fisher, Il. They lived on a farm near Morton, Il. for a year, later moving to a farm southeast of Gibson City. In 1910 they moved to a farm near Osman, Il. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Edith and a large number of brothers and sisters. (Gibson City Courier)

b. 6-4-1879 Groveland, Tazwell County, Il.
m. 1-1-1903 to Edna L. Rankin
d. 5-26-1912
buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.


CAROL JEAN (MUNSTER) GRAHAM
Carol Jean Graham, age 74 of Gibson City, died at 4:47 p.m. Wednesday, 12-13-1995 at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. Her funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers include Dave Kagel, Mike Gilmore, Kevin Poppe, Paul Krueger, Elmo Munster and Ronald Munster. Mrs. Graham was born 4-29-1921 in Colfax, a daughter of Harry and Eva Spry Munster. She married Dale Graham in February 1941 in Colfax. Survivors include her husband, Dale Graham of Gibson City; one daughter, Sandra Reynolds of Gibson City and one sister, LaVon Krueger of Bloomington; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. Mrs. Graham was a resident of Gibson City since 1977 and was formerly form the Anchor - Colfax area. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Colfax. Memorials may be made to Gibson Community Hospital, the United Methodist Church of Gibson City or to a charity of the donor's choice.

CLARA M. "BABE" (O'NEAL) GRAMLEY
Clara M. "Babe" Gramley, 58, of Gibson City, died at 8 p.m. Monday 12-30-1985 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Gramley was born 5-15-1927 at Gibson City, a daughter of Ivor and Tillie Bowen O'Neal. She married Clayton Gramley on 6-3-1951 at Gibson City and he survives. Other survivors include two sons, Ron and Jim, both of Gibson City; her mother, Gibson City; two sisters, Mary Rainwater, Gibson City, and Geri Grunewald, Leavenworth, Kansas; and two granddaughters. Her father preceded her in death. Mrs. Gramley and worked for the Sandwich Shop in Gibson City for many years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City.

SAMANTHA GRANADOS
Samantha Marie Granados, the infant daughter of Shannon L. Irvin of Gibson City and Refugio Granados of Rantoul, died at 5:35 p.m. Monday 6-18-2001 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. Survivors, in addition to her mother and father, include her maternal grandparents, Roger and Teri Ward of Gibson City and William E. Collins of Bloomington; and her paternal grandmother, Andrea Granados of Rantoul. Memorial contributions may be made to her family. B&D: 6-18-2001

ROBERT D. GREGERSON
Robert D. Gregerson, 52, of rural Gibson City, a farmer and well-known country western musician, died at 2:35 a.m. yesterday at his home after a long illness. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gibson City United Methodist Church, the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 p.m. tonight at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Mr. Gregerson was born 6-29-1932 at Foosland, a son of Alfred and Gladys Smith Gregerson. He married Charlene Augstin 2-23-1952 at Heyworth. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Larry, Indianapolis, and Gary, Rockford; a daughter, Kathy Thorp, Gibson City; two sisters Frances Farmer, Gibson City, and Alfreeda Miller, Marion; and five grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death. Mr. Gregerson, who was a lifelong resident of this area, was a member for six years of the Gibson City Unit School District Board of Education and served a term as board president. Mr. Gregerson was a member of the Elliott Fire Protection District Board and former president. He was a pilot and owned a plane. He also was a member of Gibson City United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

MILAM B. GREGORY
Milam B. Gregory, 69, of Gibson City died at 11:25 p.m. 7-8-1988 at his home. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dick Cates officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. today at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. He was born 2-21-1919 in Elkton, Ky., a son of Roy and Alma Thompson Gregory. He married Elsie Lack on 12-23-1939 in Elkton, Ky. and she survives. Other survivors include his father, Elkton, Ky.; four sons, Gene and Todd, both of Gibson City; Lannie, Palm Harbor, Fl.; and Ronnie, Elliott; three daughters, Brenda Moore, Fairbury; Carolyn Case, Gibson City; Sherry Bachtold, Moline; three brothers, Harold R., Lewisburg, Ky.; Doug, Toledo, Ohio; and Billy R., Elkton, Ky.; three sisters, Nonnie Addison and Mary Gregory, both of Elkton, Ky.; and Margaret Hester, Charlestown, Indiana; 16 grand-children; and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his mother. He lived in Gibson City area for 33 years. He farmed until 1972 then worked for the Gibson City school district for 12 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Gibson City, where memorials may be made.

R. TODD GREGORY
R. Todd Gregory, age 28 of Gibson City was dead at 6:20 p.m. Saturday 8-11-1990 at the South East Missouri Hospital, Cape Girardeau, Missouri after falling from a tower on which he was working in Ullin, Illinois. His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dick Cates officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers include Joe Garcia Corrie VanScoyoc; Chad Gregory, David Welborn, Tim Fackler and John Meredith. He was born 8-12-1961 in Gibson City, a son of Milam and Elsie Lack Gregory. He married Janet Garcia on 3-25-1985 in El Paso, Texas and she survives. Also surviving are his mother of Gibson City; three sons, Andre, Jordan and Nicholas, all at home; three brothers, Gene and Ron, both of Gibson City, and Lannie of Palm Harbor, Fl.; and three sisters, Brenda Moore of Fairbury; Carolyn Case of Gibson City and Sherry Bachtold of Moline. His father preceded him in death. Mr. Gregory lived most of his life in Gibson City where he had been employed by Rhodes Tower Service, Inc. for the past six years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

TRENNA A. GRESHAM
Lincoln - Trenna A. Gresham, 50, of Lincoln died at 4:42 p.m. Tuesday 2-29-2000 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Quiram Funeral Home, Atlanta. The Rev. Dan Bird will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. She was born 5-23-1949 in Bloomington, the daughter of Raymond and Carrie Gordon Gresham. Survivors include two brothers, Gerald (Debbie) Gresham, Atlanta; and Steven Gresham, Lincoln; and one sister, Sheila (Dennis) Pence, Phoenix, AZ. Other survivors include one nephew, two nieces and five great-nephews. Her parents preceded her in death. She was a foster mother to several children through the years. She was employed at the Lincoln Developmental Center for 27 years. She was a member of the Jefferson Street Christian Church, Lincoln; Eagle Lodge No 2708, Lincoln; and the Lincoln Jaycees.

WILMA C. (JARDINE) BORCHERS, GROEN
Wilma C. Groen, 77, died at 11 a.m. yesterday 10-17-1985 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. She was born 10-30-1907 at Elliott, a daughter of John and Cora Davidson Jardine. She married Albert Borchers on 2-9-1929 at Paxton. He died on 6-17-1950. She then married Eugene P. Groen on 11-23-1955 at Melvin. He died 11-4-1977. Survivors include one brother, Warren Jardine, San Antonio, Texas. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Elliott. She was a life-long resident of the Gibson City area.

W.H. "SLIM" GULLETT
W.H. "Slim" Gullett, 84, of Watseka, formerly of Paxton and a dry cleaner there for 45 years, died at 7:50 p.m. Sunday, 1-31-1988 at Watseka Manor Nursing Home. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Knapp - Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Dean Christianson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Gullett was born 11-9-1903, near Elliott, a son of William Henry and Hannah Hansen Gullett. He married Dortha Cottle on 8-17-1935 in Paxton and she survives. Other survivors include one son, Bill, Bellevue, Neb.; one daughter, Priscilla Hagen, Watseka; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Gullett who lived in Ford County for 81 years, was reared in Elliott and educated in Gibson City schools. He owned and operated Paxton Cleaners and Dyers for 45 years. He was mayor of Paxton for 12 years from 1957 -1969 and was an alderman from 1953 - 1957. Mr. Gullett was a Ford County deputy sheriff from 1945 - 1970, and assisted the Ford County Coroner while serving as deputy sheriff. He was a charter member of Lakeview Country Club and served as treasurer of its Men's Golf Association; member of Paxton Masonic Lodge 416 and Knights Templars; American Dry Cleaners Association; and the First United Methodist Church of Paxton. He was a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge.

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