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Ford County, IL Obituaries

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

Obits for the following names are on this page.
They're listed in this order, reading left to right - or just use your browser's FIND function to search for names:

Bill C. Randolph Ferne Ryan Jill Rotramel Rosa R.Rasmussen Fred L. Retter
Helen M. Hardies Retter Charles Gail Reynolds Gladys F. Reynolds Raymond L. Reynolds Ralph Evan Rutledge
Loyal Edwin Rutledge Carole F. Royal Rhodes Virgil J. Rhodes Mae E. Frazier Ribbe Alice L. Riblet
Rev. John Ragsdale Ramon Rankin Bernice Magnuson Redington Ronald D. Ricks
Loretta M. Williams Riley Dr. E.G. Rinehardt James Roberts Edith Ann Robbins Otto Rohwedder
Troy H. Rutledge Samuel P. Rady, Sr Eva D. Rainwater Marcus B. Raper  Anna H. Rasmussen
John Gibson Rayles Minnie Beck Reehl Gladys Mae Dale Reitz Rubio Reynolds Emma O. Riblet
Evan E. Riblet Elva Clevenger Rich Hazel Park Richardson Albert C. Riley Rex C. Roark
Anna Christine Roesch Ella B. Rohrer D. Glenn Roop Edward Ropp Mrs. H.M. Rudolph
Edith E. Rust  Joseph Robertson Cora Reader    

9-14-1939 to 6-1-1983
Services: Saturday, June 4, 1983
First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City, Il.
Officiating: Rev. John Dunstan
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Gene Culbertson
Herschel Cramer
Jerald Walker
Larry Sawver
Darrel Stroh
Gary Stroh
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

RYAN, FERNE - Funeral services for Ferne Ryan, 82, Paxton, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton. The Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemeteery, Paxton. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home. Mrs. Ryan died at 3:09 p.m. Monday 1-6-2003 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. She was born 9-10-1920, at Wall Twp, Loda, a daughter of John S. and Sarah E. Sharp Kenney. She married Joseph W. Ryan 1-1-1942 at Loda. He died 10-9-1994. She is survived by one son, David (Elizabeth) Ryan of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; two grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one sister, Frances Martz of Dayton, Ohio and one brother, Wesley Kenney of Normal. Five brothers and four sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Ryan attended Center School in Wall Twp and graduated from Paxton High School. She graduated from the Burnham City Hospital School of Nursing, Champaign. She worked for a number of years as a registered nurse in both Paxton Community Hospital and Ford County Nursing Home. She attended the Victor Church in rural Loda. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and doing needlepoint. [January 8, 2003 Paxton Record/Times, Submitted by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ROTRAMEL, JILL - 25, of Gibson City died at 1:12 p.m. Tuesday 1-7-2003 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Nick Carlson and the Rev. Dan Hill officiated. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Rotramel was born 3-8-1977 at Gibson City, a daughter of Harold E. and Jerrie L. Perkins Meece. She married Jeremy N. Rotramel 9-20-1997 at Gibson City. He survives. Also surviving are her mother, Jerrie (Jim) Enghausen of Gibson City; her father, Harold (Lynn) Meece of Foosland, and a brother, Eric Meece of Gibson City. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley. Mrs. Rotraml lived in the Gibson City area all of her life. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

RASMUSSEN, ROSA R. (GANDY) - 83, died at 5:09 a.m. yesterday 1-17-1985 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral 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 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Rasmussen was born 9-6-1901, near Gibson City, a daughter of George and Mary Jane Beigel Gandy. She married Harvey E. Rasmussen on 11-17-1928, in Paxton. He died 11-24-1966. Survivors include two sons, Harvey E. Rasmussen, Jr., Houston, and Robert R., Lake Forest; a brother, Tony Gandy, Gibson City and two grandchildren. Two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Rasmussen was a resident of Gibson City all her life. She owned and operated Rose's Shop in Gibson City from 1946 - 1983. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City, and a former member of Gibson City Chamber of Commerce. Memorials may be made to Gibson Community Hospital. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

2-21-1905 to 8-23-1985
Services: Monday, August 26, 1985
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Karl Kessler
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Clarence Sutherland
Evan Leonard
Lyle Brucker
Robert Shirley
Ivan Andreae
Russell Erp
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

RETTER, HELEN M. HARDIES - 76, of Gibson City, died at 5:50 a.m. yesterday 3-8-1989 at Burnham Hospital, Champaign, Il. her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp cemetery, Gibson City.
Mrs. Retter was born 7-14-1912 in Melvin, a daughter of Otto and Wilamenia Stroh Hardies. She married Fred L. Retter 12-11-1945 in Anchor. He died 8-23-1985. Survivors include one son, Fred E. Retter, Camargo; one sister, Louise Stiger, Gibson City; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister.
Pallbearers: Ivan Andreae, Rev. Bruce Jacobs, Michael Coons, Ralph Andreae, Rev. Greg White, Larry Spellmeyer [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

5-16-1935 to 12-18-1993
Memorial Services: Tuesday December 21, 1993
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Patrick W. Cox, Rev. Art Heemer
Honorary Pallbearers:
Everett Thorndyke
Gary McCullough
Dennis Smith
Jerry Osborn
Evan Leonard
Dave Gill
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

9-24-1902 - 12-16-1993
Services: Tuesday, December 21, 1993
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Patrick W. Cox
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Scott Reynolds
Andy Reynolds
Harold Medler
Harold Medler, Jr.
Raymond Tjarks
Delbert Tjarks
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

REYNOLDS, RAYMOND L. - age 60 of Concord, CA died 11-20-1993 at Creekside Care Center in San Pablo following a brief illness. He was born 5-5-1933 in Bloomington the son of Rubio and Virginia Lewis Reynolds. His parents and a brother preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Gibson City High School and was employed as a data processing supervisor at the San Francisco Bulk Mail Center for 35 years, retiring in 1986.
A veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the VFW and the Valley Christian Church in Concord. He married Yumi Annaka in Tokyo, Japan in 1964 and she survives him along with a son, Jun in Tokyo and a sister, Cathy Haage of Havana, Il. Graveside services were held at Concord Memory Gardens on November 29. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

RUTLEDGE, Ralph Evan - DEATH OF AN INFANT. Ralph Evan, one of the twin sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Rutledge on March 22, died at 3:00 the same afternoon, the infant living only 7 hours after birth. The other son Loyal Edwin, is doing nicely. GIBSON COURIER NEWSPAPER, 31 MARCH 1927 [submitted by Rosemary Kurtz]

RUTLEDGE, Loyal Edwin - The second of the twins of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Rutledge, Loyal Edwin, died on March 29 and was buried in the Waggoner cemetery the following day, Wednesday, March 30. Short services were conducted at the grave by Rev. Francis E. Smith, of Gibson City. Ralph Evan, the first one of the twins, died March 22.GIBSON COURIER NEWSPAPER 7 APRIL 1927 [submitted by Rosemary Kurtz]

4-30-1933 to 3-3-1992
Services: Thursday, March 5, 1992
United Methodist Church, Gibson City, Il.
Officiating: Rev. Patrick W. Cox
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Honorary Pallbearers:
James McClard
The 1991 - 1992 5th Grade Class (Gibson City)
Active Pallbearers:
Elmer Henninger
Don Williams
James Hazen
Larry Richoz
Robert Link
Joe Andris
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

8-29-1907 - 8-8-1993
Services: Tuesday, August 10, 1993
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Philip N. Curran
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Barry Watkins
Ralph Rhodes
Rick Rhodes
Greg Rhodes
Steve Tayalor
Roger Rhodes
David Rhodes
Dan Rhodes
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

RIBBE, MAE E. FRAZIER - 75, of Terre Haute, Ind., formerly of Gibson City, died at 2:22 a.m. Tuesday 2-27-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Women of the Moose will conduct a memorial service at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Surviving are five sons, Raymond, Urbana; LeRoy, San Diego, Calif.; Francis, Fort Myers, Fla.; Charles, ElCentro, Calif.; and David Ribbe, Mahomet; one daughter, Lena Smith, Gibson City; two sisters, Virginia Fields and Opal Green, both of Terre Haute, Ind.; 24 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Ribbe was born 5-8-1920 in Sand Cut, Ind., a daughter of George F. and Martha Kennedy Frazier. She married Walter A. Ribbe 1-23-1943 in Urbana. He died 4-19-1987. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sisters, one daughter, one granddaughter, and one great-grandson. Mrs. Ribbe was a member of American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She was a charter member of the Gibson City Moose Lodge, where she earned the Red Stole Degree. She had been a resident of Terre Haute, Ind. for four years. Pallbearers included Ray Ribbe, Ray G. Ribbe, David Ribbe Jr., Robert W. Ribbe, Charles Ribbe, Jr. and James Ribbe [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

RIBLET, ALICE L. (HENSEN) PERKINS - 77, of Gibson City, died at 2:56 a.m. yesterday 5-4-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, with the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and one hour before services Wednesday at the church.
She was born 1-11-1910, in Anchor Twp, a daughter of Otto and Louise Wickman Hensen. She married Elmer Perkins on 12-28-1926. She later married Charles B. Riblet on 2-14-1934. He died 7-29-1976.
Survivors include her mother, Gibson City; four sons, Marland, Saybrook; Delbert, Gibson City; Larry, Peoria; and Lowell, Farmer City; three sisters, Hilda Mott and Edith Mounts, both of Gibson City; and Esther Pritts, Manhattan; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, three brothers and one son, Wayne Perkins.
Mrs. Riblet was a Gibson City resident for most of her life. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church and the church women's group. She was a cook for the Gibson City school district, retiring in 1975. Memorials may be made to her church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

RAGSDALE, REV. JOHN - 83, Elliott, died at 3 p.m. Tuesday, 8-9-1977 in the Blessing Hospital, Quincy. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Methodist Church at Creal Springs with the Rev. Don Jones, Gibson City, officiating. Burial will be in Creal Springs Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the United Methodist Church, Elliott. Rev. Ragsdale was born 3-27-1894 in Metropolis. He is survived by his wife, Leona, a son, Fred, Carlock; and a daughter, Aldene Sullivan, Macomb, both children of his first marriage. He was preceded in death by his first wife and three sons. He was a minister for the former United Brethren and Methodist Churches in this area for several years. He served the United Methodist Church in Elliott before his retirement. [Gibson Courier - August 1977, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

RANKIN, RAMON - 77, Gibson City, died at 1:50 a.m. Monday 12-30-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 2 - 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mr. Rankin was born 4-1-1925 at Gibson City, a son of Arthur D. and Jennie Prince Rankin. He married Lila Jean Hinton on 11-20-1946, in Foosland, She survives. Also surviving are one son, Chuck Rankin of Chicago; three daughters, Linda (Terry) Buscher of Oak Park, Patricia Warren of Geneseo and Debra (Rod) Harmon of Atlanta; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one sister, Jane Cox of Fisher. He was preceded in death by one son, one sister, two brothers and one son-in-law, Rodger Warren. Mr. Rankin spent his life as a farmer in the Foosland area. He was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church and the Gibson City Moose Lodge 2289. He was a long-time volunteer of the Fisher Community Fair and Horse Show. Memorials may be made to his church or the Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft] Funeral services for A. Ramon Rankin who died 12-30-2002 were Thursday morning at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Jack Welborn, Don Fairfield, Robert Bell, Ralph Leffler, Leon Fairfield and Don Jensen. Honorary pallbearers were Don Nelson, Richard Gregerson and Lyle Williams. [January 8, 2003]

REDINGTON, BERNICE MAGNUSON - 83, of St. Petersburg, a former Paxton resident, died at 2:06 p.m. Friday 11-8-2002 at Provena Medical Center, Urbana. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, with the Rev. Randy Surey officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Mrs. Redington was born 2-27-1919 in rural Paxton, a daughter of Edward and Amanda Anderson Magnuson. She married Lavelle Redington 6-15-1946 at Paxton. He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Carol (Bob) Vanderzand of Grand Rapids, Mich.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and several cousins. Mrs. Redington attended Paxton schools; attended beauty school in Indianapolis and was a beautician for several years. She was a member of the Evangaelical Covenant Church, Paxton. [Paxton Record/Times, 11-13-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

RICKS, RONALD D. - age 59 of Pittsburg, Kansas died at 5:14 p.m. Sunday, 11-1-1998 at the Sparks Regional Medical Center at Fort Smith, Ark. where he had been a patient for four days.
He was born 5-12-1939 at Gibson City, the son of Harry and Marjorie Harvey Ricks. He was a resident of the Gibson City area for 26 years before moving to Pittsburg, KS in 1965. Mr. Ricks served in the US Navy and US Army. While serving in the US Army, Mr. Ricks was with the Mililtary Police. On February 19, 1965 he married Cheryl R. Tracy at the Warrens Branch Baptist Church at Seneca, MO. She survives at the family home. Mr. Ricks was employed by the Pittsburg Police Force from 1965 to 1974 acquiring the rank of Captain. He was currently employed for the past 24 years by the Kansas City Southern Railroad as the Special Agent for this area. Membership was held in the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City and the Peace Officers Association.
In addition to his wife, Cheryl, he is survived by two daughters, Laura Familia of Pittsburg, KS and Rhonda Ricks at home; his mother, Marjorie Butler of Paris, Il; his stepmother, Pauline Ricks of Gibson City; seven sisters, Mary Ann Martin of Gibson City; Barbara Davis of Gnadenhutten, Ohio; Kathy Keys of Paris, Il; Sharon Mefford of Ohio; Pat Myles of Alabama; Donna Lankster of Henagan, Alabama; Tammy Butler of Paris, Il; four brothers, Jerry Butler of Frankfort, Indiana; Jim Butler of Frankfort, Indiand; Stan Butler of Florida and Tom Butler of Williamsport, Indiana; two honorary grandchildren, Nathaniel James Finney and Andrew Paul Studyvin; two aunts and an uncle. He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Gale Ricks; and his grandparents, Katie and Elliott Ricks in whose home he was raised. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, 11-4- with the Reverend Fred Dycus officiating. Burial will be at the Hornet Cemetery near Hornet, Mo where the Benjamin Fuller American Legion Post No 64 will provide flag folding services.

RILEY, LORETTA M. WILLIAMS - 79, died at 9:25 a.m. Wednesday 8-25-1982 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Gregory White and Dr. James Bortell officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City.
She was born 8-7-1903 in Piedmont, MO., the daughter of Asa and Nellie Roberts Williams. She married William H. Pearson 8-7-1921 in Gibson City. He died in February 1929. She then married Albert C. Riley 9-27-1930 in Chicago. He died 9-17-1971.
She is survived by two sons, William Pearson, Gibson City, and Maple Al Riley, Ballwin, Mo.; a daughter, Mary Briggs, Gibson City; four stepsons, Floyd and George R. Riley, both of Chicago, Tom Riley, Phoenix, AZ. and Hugh Riley, Springfield, MO.; a stepdaughter, Elsie Ross, Neenah, Wis; two stepsisters, LaVerna Davis, Gibson City and Frances Becker, Cedar Lake, Ind.; 21 grand-children; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, a stepson, and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Riley lived most of her life in Gibson City and was employed for 12 years at Central Soya Co. She also worked at Hourans Florist, Gibson City and later at Friendly Flower Shop, Gibson City, retiring earlier this year. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church, Gibson City.
Pallbearers were Dale Riblet, Lyle Brucker, Fred Strebeck, Russell Douglas, Tom Rhodes, and David Knox [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

Rinehardt, Dr. E.G. - died May 3, 1899. He came to Roberts in 1891, the same year he graduated from Chicago’s Rush Medical Institute. He was born in 1862; burial was in Bunker Hill. [Contributed by Pat Whorrall-Ellis]

Roberts, James - Died on Oct. 5, 1894; born Susssex, England Aug. 11 1816; came to America in 1851, to Princeton 1855, and to Ford County in 1858 before the formation of the county. Services were at the Congregational Church with Rev. Trover officiating. [Contributed by Pat Whorrall-Ellis]

ROBBINS, EDITH ANN FERGUSON - 71, of Paxton, formerly of Pontiac died 10-8-2002 at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery, Pontiac. Mrs. Robbins was born 1-27-1931 in rural Cropsey, a daughter of Millard and Lillie Van Walker Ferguson. She married Earl "Scotty" Robbins 6-11-1949 in Pontiac. He died 10-13-1974. HAYDEN PAUL STEINER, 8 months, the son of ERic P. and Jill D.. Kearney Steiner of rural Buckley died 10-2-2002 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana of natural causes. He was born 1-22-2002 at Urbana. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery, Buckley.

ROHWEDDER, OTTO - 85, Covington St., West LaFayette, Indiana, died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 1-9-1996 at his home. Mr. Rohwedder farmed in Reynolds Indiana most of his life, retiring in 1976. Services were Friday, January 12, at St. James Lutheran Church, Pastor Daniel P. May officiating. Burial was in Tippecanoe Memory Gardens.
Born 10-6-1910, in Roberts, Il to Jacob and Augusta Jahnke Rohwedder, he came to West Lafayette 18 years ago. He and his wife, Hildegard, were married 12-8-1951, in Cincinnati. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Elaine Howard of Monon, Ind.;
Laverne Haas of Frankfort, Ind. and Janet Dork of Homewood, Il.; ten grandchildren, and a sister Hilda Efford of Normal, Il. Preceding him in death were 3 brothers, Henry, Walter, and Albert Rohwedder and one sister, Elsa Rohwedder Price.
Mr. Rohwedder was a member of St. James Lutheran Church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

4-16-1963 - 11-10-1995
Services: Monday, November 13, 1995
United Methodist Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Patrick W. Cox Burial:
Elliott Cemetery, Elliott, Il
Honorary Pallbearers:
Vernon Rutledge
Al Rutledge
Scott Samet
Jim Enghausen
Randy Carden
Greg Samet
Ernie Pearson
Active Pallbearers:
Milton Pearson
Dave Adamson
Larry Samet
Paul Rutledge
Jeff McGuire
Jason Sage
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

The following obituaries were transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton

RADY, SAMUEL P. SR. - Gibson Courier, Friday, 8-3-1906
Samuel P. Rady died at his residence in this city last Tuesday (7-31-1906) after an acute illness of about two days, though he had been declining in health for two or three years. The funeral was held yesterday at the home on North Church Street, and was very largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev. J.R. Golden, who delivered an impressive funeral address. Samuel P. Rady was born near Galena, Indiana 1-22-1853, making his age 53 years, 6 months, and 11 days. He was the youngest of ten children. His mother died when he was 10 years old; his father died when he was 17. Of his six sisters and three brothers, only three survive, Mrs. Englishman, and Messrs. James and William Rady, all living in Indiana. His brother William was here at the time of his death. Mr. Rady was married 10-15-1885, to Miss Lillian Palmer of New York, who survives him. Their three children, Chloe, Ivy and Samuel Jr., also survive him. He was a member of the M.E. Church, joining the church in young manhood, and transferring his letter to the Gibson Church a number of years ago. Mr. Rady was a man of unusually strong character, a man whose life left an indelible impress on the community which had been his home for nearly a quarter of a century.

Rainwater, Eva
Gibson City- Eva D. Rainwater, age 87 of Gibson City, died at 7:44 a.m. June 13, 2006 at Gibson Area Hospital Gibson City.
Her funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. Ken Chumbley officiating.
Burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home
Mrs. Rainwater was born December 18, 1918 in Casey County KY. A daughter of George W. and Artely Meece Holt.
She married Ulen C. Rainwater on December 16, 1939 in Pulaski County, KY. He died September 9, 1985.
Survivors are one son, Vernon (Carolyn) Rainwater of Normal; three daughters, Ella (James) Tice of Gibson City, Barbara Trowbridge of Saybrook and Caroline (John) Schaefer of Gibson City; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
She enjoyed working crossword puzzles.
Memorial tributes may be made to the Church of Christ in Gibson City where Mrs. Rainwater was a member.

Raper, Marcus B.
Funeral services for Marcus B. Raper, 86, who died Monday night (3-5-1951) at the home of his son, Elza Raper, will be held Thursday at the Lamb Funeral home, Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating; burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. He was born 11-30-1864 at Knoxville, KY, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Riley Raper. He was a life-time resident of Gibson City and Elliott. Surviving are a son, Elza; three daughters, Mrs. Wayne O'Neal and Mrs. Wm. Knell, and Mrs. R. Davidson.

RASMUSSEN, ANNA H. - Gibson Courier, 7-22-1937
Mrs. Anna H. Rasmussen, age 66, died at her home this morning, Thursday, 7-22-1937. Death was due to a light stroke and high blood pressure. Mrs. Rasmussen was born in Dalby, Colin, Denmark on 8-7-1870, one of five children. She was married to Hans Rasmussen in 1896. They were the parents of three children, Harvey and William of Gibson City and Mrs. C.C. Lindauer, of Elliott. She was preceded in death by her husband. Besides the children, she is also survived by four grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Rick Jensen and Mrs. Martin Christiansen, all of Gibson City. Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian Church; burial in Gibson City Cemetery.

RAYLES, JOHN GIBSON - Gibson Courier, Thursday 7-15-1920
John G. Rayles, aged 73 years, 2 months and 18 days, died at the home of his son, Olie Rayles, in the South Union neighborhood on Monday morning, July 12. He was here visiting his son. His body was taken to his home at Lawrenceburg, Ind. on the 9:15 train Tuesday morning

Mrs. Minnie Reehl, 77, a former resident of Paxton, died Thursday 12-20-1962 at West Hills Hospital, Canoga Park, CA. Mrs. Reehl went to Costa Mesa, CA in February 1962 to make her home. She was born 6-4-1885 on a farm 1/2 mile north of Melvin, a daughter of Fred and Matilda Klatt Beck. She married Harry Reehl in January 1907. They farmed in the Melvin vicinity several years before moving to Paxton in 1930 when Mr. Reehl served as Ford County sheriff for several terms. She was preceded in death by her husband in September 1947 and a son. Burial was in the Melvin Cemetery.

REITZ, GLADYS MAE DALE - Paxton Daily Record, Wednesday 1-20-1999
b. 10-13-1918, Wall Twp, rural Loda, Iroquois County, IL
d/o Elmer & Lula Keller Dale
m. Wilbur D. Reitz, 2-24-1940, Watseka, Il.; he died 10-7-1998
d. 1-19-1999
bur: Glen Cemetery, Paxton, Ford County, IL.

Reynolds, Rubio
Rubio Reynolds, 68, who at one time managed the A&P food store in Gibson City until it was closed, died Saturday, Aug. 2, at his home in Havana. His wife, Virginia, died June 24.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning in Havana and burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy. He was a native of LeRoy.
Mr. Reynolds is survived by a daughter, Kathy Haage, Havana, a son, Raymond of Concord, Cal., three sisters all of Bloomington; and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by a son and brother.
Mr. Reynolds last employment before retirement was as produce manager at Morgan's Supermarket in Havana.
Among his affiliations, he was a member of Gibson City Lodge, AF & AM, and of Drummer Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star

Emma O. Riblet, 69, of Gibson City, died Sunday 12-22-1974 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home. Her funeral was Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, Gibson City, with the Rev. Don Jones and the Rev. Mark Schletter officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery. She was born 9-4-1905 at Roberts, a daughter of Ernest and Emma Schunke Warnke. She married Evan Riblet 6-14-1924 at Paxton. Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Marie Pruitt, Elliott; two sons, Dale, Gibson City; Roy of Paxton; and a sister Edna Enos, Bloomington; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the UM Women, the Sunshine Sunday School class, Royal Neighbors and the SYF and PPP clubs.

Riblet, Evan E.
b. 6-3-1902
s/o Frank and Madge Fuqua Riblet
m. Emma Warnke, 6-14-1924 at Gibson City; she died 12-22-1974
sons: Evan Dale Riblet and Roy Eugene Riblet
d. 8-26-1978, Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City, Il.
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, Il.
pallbearers: Gordon Douglas, Bill Hunter, Dick Cliff,
Evan Pruitt, Jack Royal and William Loy.

Rich, Elva Clevenger
Elva Rich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. "Doc" Clevenger, was born 8-29-1884, in White County, Il., later moving to Hamilton County, Il. With her parents. She was married on 1-11-1902 to Mr. Alson Rich. She was converted and united with the Friendly Zion General Baptist Church of Aden, Ill, at the age of 13 years. She remained a faithful member until her death on 8-5-1931; age 46 years, 11 months and 17 days. Four years ago, she with her husband, moved near Gibson City, where she has made true friends with all who learned to know her. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, four children, Leon Rich, Ernest Rich, Mrs. John (Wilma Rich) Young Jr., and Mrs. Howard (Gertrude Rich) Hutchcraft. Two brothers, Elvis and Scott Clevenger and a host of friends also survive in Aden, Hamilton County, Ill. Short services were held at the home on Thursday afternoon, Rev. B. Lee Towsley having charge. On Friday funeral services were held at Aden, Ill., at the church where she held her membership; Rev. She-Lorn having charge; burial was in Garrison Cemetery, near Aden.

Richardson, Mrs. John Glen
Mrs. Hazel Park Richardson was born in Chicago, April 9, 1896, and died at Elliott, Tuesday, December 25, 1923, aged 27 years, 8 months and 16 days.
She was raised in Chicago, and after receiving her education was employed by the Steven & Globe commission firm as a stenographer. Her mother was a staunch Baptist, and she was brought up in the Sunday school.
On July 17, 1916, she was united in marriage to Mr. John Glenn Richardson of Elliott. To this union were born three children, John Glenn Jr., nearly seven years old and Gordon Park, nearly five. The third child, which was born last October, died in infancy, after living four days.
Besides her husband and two children who survive her, she leaves a brother, Gordon Park, New York; W.M. Gentlemen, a brother-in-law, Chicago; and a half-brother whose name is unknown. She also leaves to mourn her loss many other relatives and a host of friends.
The funeral service was conducted on December 28, by the Rev. A.C. Emmons, pastor of the United Brethren Church of Elliott. Two musical numbers were rendered by a special quartette, "It is Well With my Soul" and "Nearer My God to Thee"
The subject of the funeral sermon was "The Uncertainty of Life" and the text was Proverbs 27:1 "Boast no thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."
Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Will Gentlemen, Gertrude Phillips and Harry Stevens all of Chicago.

RILEY, ALBERT C. - Gibson Courier, Thursday 9-23-1971
Albert C. Riley, 88, died Friday 9-17-1971 at Gibson Community Hospital. He had been ill for some time. His funeral was Sunday at First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Elmer Royer officiating; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery. He was born 8-13-1883, at Henderson (no state listed), a son of Devalson and Mary McKee Riley. He married Loretta Williams Pearson 9-27-1930, at Chicago. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Elsie Ross; a step-daughter, Mrs. Mary Hutchcraft; 5 sons, Floyd, George, Tom, Hugh, and Albert; a stepson, William Pearson; four brothers, Ray, C.D., Clark and Harlin; a sister, Mrs. Stella Burney.

Roark, Rex
Rex C. Roark, 79, died at 2:25 a.m. Sunday, August 2, 1981, at St. Joseph's Hospital Medical Center, Bloomington, where he had been a patient since July 27.
His funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bruce Memorial Home, the Rev. Bruce Calbreath officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Roark was born Feb. 24, 1902 in Rogersville, Tenn., a son of Charles and Virginia Draper Roark. He was married to Velma "Babe" Reynolds March 2, 1921, in Bloomington. She survives and has relatives in the Gibson City area.
Also surviving are two sons, Eugene of St. Joseph and Harley of Champaign; three daughters, Dorothy Marcum, and Lela Price, both of LeRoy, and Marjorie Yount, Bloomington; three brothers, his twin, Guy of Las Vegas, Nev.; Clarence of LeRoy; and Edward Bloomington; a sister, Ruby Padgett, Clinton; 17 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
A great-grandson preceded him in death
He moved to the LeRoy area in 1921 and was a retired employee of the Eureka Co., Bloomington and a former railroad worker.
Mr. Roark formerly owned a restaurant and at the time of this death, owned Roark Trailer Court.

Roesch, Mrs. Fred
Anna Christine Boss(?), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Voss(?), was born August 11, 1854, near Hademarschen Holstein, Germany, where she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.
On December 10, 1880, she was united in marriage with Mr. Fred Roesch. Having friends and acquaintances in Illinois, they decided to leave Germany and make their home in the United States. They came to this country in the year 1886, settling near Anchor, Ill. After farming on different places in that vicinity and near Melvin and a few years in Dakota, they retired and lived in their own home in Sibley.
For many years they were members of St. John's Lutheran church of Anchor Township and Mrs. Roesch was also a charter member of the Ladies' Aid society. A year ago she had the pleasure to celebrate her golden wedding anniversary, many of her friends and relatives being present.
Although not perfectly well, she was able to be up and around and to attend church services and Ladies --?-meetings until Thanksgiving. A paralytic stroke weakened her so that there was little hope for her recovery.
On Sunday, December 27, at 5:00 p.m. she peacefully passed away. She leaves to mourn her departure her aged husband, Fred Roesch; two daughters; Mrs. Richard Borchers of Gibson City and Mrs. John Meyer of Sibley; also eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Two children preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held at the home in Sibley at one o'clock Tuesday afternoon and at St. John's Lutheran church near Anchor at two o'clock. The services were in charge of Rev. A. Hahn.

ROHRER, ELLA B. BRISBY - Gibson Courier, Thursday, 8-1-1957
Funeral services for Mrs. Ella B. Rohrer, 77, Sibley, were held Monday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Rev. R.M. Luedde officiated, burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Mrs. Rohrer died Saturday at the Gibson Community Hospital where she had been a patient for 15 months. (d. 7-27-1957) Mrs. Rohrer was born 6-29-1880 in Canton, the daughter of Ballous and Harriet Poland Brisby. She married Charles G. Rohrer, 12-7-1904 in Peoria. They moved to Sibley in 1905 when Mr. Rohrer became manager of the Sibley Estate Farms, a post he held until 1950. He died 6-8-1955, a son Charles died 8-24-1956.

Roop, D. Glenn
D. Glenn Roop, age 83 of Pembrook Pines, Florida died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 1997 at Vitas Hospice House in Hollywood Florida.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25 at Haggard and Armes Funeral home in Decatur, Indiana with the Reverend Donald H. Brown of Zion United Church of Christ officiating. Burial was in Decatur Cemetery in Decatur, Indiana.
Visitation was from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home where Masonic services were conducted at 7:45 p.m. Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vitas Hospice House Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital, 3501 Johnson Street, 5 West Hollywood, Florida 33021.
Mr. Roop was born May 6, 1914 in Adams County, Indiana a son of Nathan L. and Harriet E. Butler Roop. He married Florence M. Brown on June 27, 1936 in Pembrook, Florida and she survives.
Other survivors include one son, David L. Roop of Pembrook Pines, Florida and two grandchildren.
Formerly of Gibson City and Decatur, Indiana, Mr. Roop resided in Pembrook Pines, Florida.
He was a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 of Gibson City; the Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Mohammed Shrine Temple of Peoria.
He retired in 1974 after 36 years with Central Soya Company.
5-28-1997-date on newspaper

Ropp, PFC Edward
The remains of PFC Edward Ropp arrived with military escort at 12:35 p.m. Thursday, September 1. Grave side services will be held in the Gibson City cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday.
PFC Ropp was born February 28, 1922, near Gibson City, the youngest son of Ozias and Anna Suter Ropp, and was killed in action on the Siegfried line near Hollerath, Germany, November 19, 1944. He was buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery, Neuville-en-Condrox in Belgium.
He graduated from Drummer Twp High School in 1940 and attended Illinois State Normal University for two years. While a student there, he was elected to Pi Kappa Delta honorary forensic fraternity and to Gamma Theta Upsilon, National professional geography fraternity. Upon enlistment in the Air Corps, he was stationed at San Angelo, Texas, where he was in the radio control tower. Transferring to the Army Specialized Training Program, he went to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas. In March of 1944 this group was transferred to the infantry, and he was in Company C of the 393rd regiment, 99th division when sent overseas in September 1944.
He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Jane Goodrich with whom he was united in marriage on September 6th, 1943; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. Ropp; two brothers, Cornelius and Raymond; and a sister, Mrs. Ethel Ulfers, all of Gibson City.
He was a member of the Gibson City Christian Church from which memorial services were held in April 1945. Services at the grave will be conducted by the Lee Lowry poet of the American Legion with Rev. R.M. Luedde acting as chaplain.
9-1-1949 - date on the newspaper

b. 2-12-1866, Byron
d/o Charles and Melissa Hall.
m. H.M. Rudolph, 8-16-1893 in Normal, McLean County, IL; he died 3-18-1947
d. 4-8-1955, Tucson, AZ
bur: Glen Cemetery, Paxton, Ford County, IL

Rust, Edith E.
Edith E. Rust, age 93 of Paxton died at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, November 8, 1994 at the Ford County Nursing Home in Paxton where she had been a resident for six years.
Her funeral was at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home in Paxton with the Reverend Richard H. Swain officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley.
Visitation was from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Rust was born December 27, 1900 in rural Sibley, a daughter of Julius A. and Hannah S. Hast Wisthuff. She married Louis E. Rust on June 21, 1924 at Gibson City. He died October 19, 1955.
Surviving are one son, Mervyn of Santa Maria, California; one daughter, Ruth Brown of Princeton Junction, New Jersey; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter and one sister.
Mrs. Rust attended Sibley grade and high schools and graduated from Drummer Township High School in 1919. She attended the University of Illinois for three and a half years.
For 25 years, she and her husband were employed by Sibley Estate, which produced Sibley Hybrid Seed Corn.
They moved to rural Paxton in 1949 and then to Paxton in 1954. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Paxton, United Methodist Women.

Robertson, Joseph
Near Paxton, Ford Co., June 6, of spasms, Joseph Robertson, formerly of Whitefield township, aged 53 years.
Joseph Robertson, for 20 years a resident of Whitefield township, died suddenly in Ford county, June 6. He has been subject to fits for many years, rendering him towards the last feeble, and finally making him another victim. He was born in Pennsylvania; came to Caledonia, Putnam county in 1840, moved into Whitefield in 1845, and only removed to Ford in 1870. He was a Disciple Christian of the radical type, and was a sort of an exhorter in the denomination. He was a good man, and has gone early to his reward. A second wife, and children of both mourn the loss of an affectionate father
[July 4, 1872, The Henry Republican - submitted by Nancy Piper]

Reader, Cora
Died at Gibson City, Illinois, September 1, of flux, Cora, 1 year, 9 months, only daughter to William H. and Alice Reader, and granddaughter of Dr. H. Reader of Whitefield Corners.
[Henry Republican, Henry, IL September 7, 1882 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

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