William F Bader

Newspaper unknown

W. F. Bader Prominent Vermont Man Dies
William F. Bader, 87, of Vermont well-known grain elevator owner for more than 50 years, died Monday morning in the Mason District hospital at Havana where he has been a patient for several months. Mr. Bader was the founder of Bader and Company, who have grain elevators in Vermont, Astoria, Walnut Grove, Adair, Rushville, Swan Creek and Prairie City. He was born on July 7, 1872 near Ipava, son of B. F. and Azuba (Farr) Bader. He was married to Elizabeth Gardner on Nov. 9, 1893. She died in 1941. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lenore Richey and Mrs. Christine Bader, both of Glendale, Calif.; a son, B. B. Bader, of Vermont; a granddaughter, Jane Richey of Glendale, Calif. and a grandson, Burke Bader of Perryville, Mo. Mr. Bader was a member of the Vermont Christian church, and has been a member of the Vermont Masonic Lodge and Crescent Chapter O.E.S. for more than 50 years. Funeral services were held Wednesday from the Vermont Christian church by the pastor, Rev. Ira K. Hall. Burial was in Vermont cemetery. [dod 4 Apr 1960]

Contributed by Ida Maack Recu


Melvin Lee Bailey

Peoria Journal Star, April 24, 2005, Page: B6

Havana - Melvin Lee Bailey, 70, of Havana died at 8:45 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2005, at his home.

Born Feb. 5, 1935, in Kilbourne to Robert H. and Lela Friend Bailey, he married Katherine Allard on Dec. 10, 1955. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Dara (and Roy) Bennett of Canton, Valerie Stutsman of Havana and Kimberly (and Terry) Bennett of Havana; four stepdaughters, Jeanette Antonceer, Judy Ladd, Annette Bassett and Phyllis Smith; one sister, Marsha Roberts of Cortez, Colo.; three half sisters, Eloise Toland of Metamora, Estie Maddox of New Mexico; and Eileen Esselman of Villa Grove; 16 grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, 22 step-great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Brian Bailey, one stepbrother and two great-grandchildren.

He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 31 years and also worked for Bailey's Tree Service.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation has been accorded. Hurley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 25, 2005, Page: 25

HAVANA - Melvin Lee Bailey, 70, of Havana died Friday, April 22, 2005, at his home.

He was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Kilbourne, the son of Robert H. and Lela Friend Bailey. He married Katherine Allard. A son, Brian Bailey, preceded him in death.

Mr. Bailey worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 31 years and for Bailey's Tree Service.

Services: wife, Katherine; three sons, Rodney (wife, Delores) Bailey of Suman and Daran and Bradley Bailey, both of Havana; stepson, Eric (wife, Edith) Allard; three daughters, Dara (husband, Roy) Bennett of Canton and Valerie Stutsman and Kimberly (husband, Terry) Bennett, both of Havana; four stepdaughters, Jeanette Antonceer, Judy (husband, Alford) Ladd, Annette (husband, Rodger) Bassett and Phyllis Smith; 16 grandchildren; 15 stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 22 step-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; sister, Marsha Roberts of Cortez, Colo.; and three half sisters, Eloise Toland of Metamora, Estie Maddox of New Mexico and Eileen Esselman of Vila Grove.

Cremation was accorded.

Memorial services: at a later date.

Hurley Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements.


Peoria Journal Star, September 23, 2005, Page: B4

HAVANA - Melvin Lee Bailey, 70, of 619 S. Broadway, Havana, Ill., died Friday, April 22, 2005, at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at Dixon Mounds State Park on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, after a potluck dinner at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited. Cremation arrangements were by Hurley Funeral Home.

He was born Feb. 5, 1935, to Lela Friend Lippert Bailey and Robert Herman Bailey in Snicarte, Ill. He married Katherine Allard on Dec. 10, 1955.

Melvin is survived by his wife; three sons, Rodney Lee Bailey (wife Delores) of Ipava, Ill., Daran Bailey and Bradley Bailey of Havana, Ill.; and three daughters, Dara Bennett (husband Roy) of Canton, Ill., Kimberly Bennett (husband Terry) and Valorie Stutsman of Havana, Ill. He also is survived by one stepson, Eric Allard (wife Edith) and four stepdaughters, Jeanette Antoncew, Judy Ladd, Annette (husband Rodger) Bassett and Phyllis Smith; 16 grandchildren; 15 stepgrandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; 22 stepgreat-grandchildren; five stepgreat-great-grandchildren; sister, Marsha A. Roberts of Cortez, Colo.; and five half sisters, Eileen Eshelman of Urbana, Ill., Eloise Toland of Metamora, Ill., Estalee Maddox of Anthony, N. M., Evelyn Adami of Washburn, Ill., and Ruby Yost of San Benito, Texas.

One son, Brian Keith, preceded Melvin in death, as well as his parents, one stepbrother, Aaron Lippert, and two grandchildren.

Melvin worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 31 years, from where he retired in 1986. He also worked at Bailey Tree Service and at the Havana Bowling Alley when he was young.


Harold Banks

newspaper unknown, likely Chandlerville Times, Havana or Jacksonville papers

Funeral Services Thursday for Harold Banks, 65
Harold Parson Banks, 65 of Bath, died at 11:40 p.m. Monday at his home. He was born in Mason County, May 1, 1900, a son of Milliam (William?) and Elizabeth Shirley Banks.

He married Elsie Fletcher, who survives. Also surviving are four sons, William of Sherman, James of Canton, Max of Bloomington and Stephen at home; three daughters, Mrs. Joyce Gregory of Macomb, Mrs. Joanne Vaughn of Springfield, and Miss Joy Kay at home; two brothers, Estel of Havana, and George of Jacksonville; five sisters, Mrs. Hazel Keith of Mason City, Mrs. Nina Sarff and Mrs. Mabel Carpenter of Bath, and Miss Nelda Banks and Mrs. Engle of East Peoria; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter and one brother.

He was a member of the Modern Woodman Lodge, Bath-Lynchburg Optimist Club, and a county committeeman of the ASC.

Funeral services will be held at the Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home at Chandlerville at 2:30 Thursday.

Contributed by Judy Ingram Schuur


Isabelle Basso

1960?, newspaper unknown, likely Chandlerville Times, Havana or Jacksonville papers

Rites Held Tues. At Athens For Isabelle Basso
Mrs. Mike Basso, 64, died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Hospital in Springfield after a lingering illness.

Isabelle Mitchellson Basso was born September 20, 1896, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Mitchellson, of Athens.

She is survived by her husband, Mike; one daughter, Mrs. Ray Kruthaupt of Chandlerville; one son, Albert of Long Island, New York; and three grandchildren, Michael, Mark and Linda.

The body was taken from the Lintner Funeral home to Mott Funeral home in Athens Tuesday morning.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Mott Funeral Home, with Rev. Paul Rhodes of Riverton, officiating.

Burial was in Hall Cemetery at Athens with Lintner Funeral home in charge of the arrangements.

Those caring for the flowers were Mrs. B.R. Harper, Dorothy Adkins, Mrs. Harry Anderson, Mrs. Joe Loring, Mrs. Marion Dietsch, Mrs. Josephine Lucas, Mrs. Richard Johnson, Mrs. D.L. Edwards and Freda Brown. Casket bearers were B.R. Harper, Harry Anderson, D.L. Edwards, Richard Johnson, Joe Loring and George Crowell.

Contributed by Judy Ingram Schuur


Bernard G. Beekman

The Rushville Times, Wednesday, September 5, 2001, page 15, column 3

Bernard G. Beekman, 92, of Havana Healthcare Center, formerly of Astoria, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2001, at Mason District Hospital in Havana.

He was born June 28, 1909, in Enion, the son of John "Lute" and Laura (O'Donnell) Beekman. He married Marie Brillhart in October 1949. She preceded him in death on Aug. 2, 1963. He then married Esther Bucher on May 9, 1964, in Havana. She survives.

He also was preceded in death by one sister, Maxine Bricker, and one step-great-grandson, Matthew Brown.

Survivors include his wife of Havana; two stepsons, William Brillhart of Florida and Delmar (wife Betty) Bucher of Astoria; one stepdaughter, Mrs. William (Mable Lou) Brown of Havana; eight step-grandchildren; 18 step-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Geneva Lockard of Havana; and one brother, Willis (wife Marge) Beekman of Ipava.

He was a farmer and construction worker. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division during World War II European Theater of Operations. He was a member of Astoria American Legion Post 25, Labor Local 231 of Pekin, and the Astoria United Methodist Church.

Services were held Saturday, Sept. 1, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with the Rev. Cliff Parry officiating. Burial was at Summum Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Summum Cemetery.


Beulah Gorsuch Belville

Peoria Journal Star, January 24, 1997, Page: C7

HAVANA - Beulah Belville, 84, of Route 2 died at 12:16 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 1997, at Mason District Hospital in Havana.

Born March 27, 1912, in Schuyler County to Earl and Amy Ethel Hendee Gorsuch, she married Dale Allen Belville on May 4, 1930. He died Oct. 8, 1986, in Havana. She also was preceded in death by one son, Dale Allen Belville, on Sept. 28, 1978, and one sister.

Surviving are five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leonard Gorsuch of Astoria and Earl Gorsuch of Ipava; four half brothers, Norman Gorsuch of Astoria, Gary Gorsuch of Sebring, Fla., and Terry Gorsuch and Larry Gorsuch, both of Havana; and one half sister, Sandra Servis of Canton.

She was a homemaker.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. The Rev. Gary Schultz will officiate. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday at the memorial home. Burial will be in Astoria Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Astoria Township Cemetery Association or the American Cancer Society.


Mabel Bishop

Newspaper unknown

Forest City, Ill.--Mrs. Elbert Bishop, 42 years old, died at noon Tuesday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward White, following a long illness.

The body was taken to the Johnson funeral home where it will remain until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. It will then lie in state at the Edward White home until 2 p.m. Thursday when services will be held at the Baptist church. The Reverend George W. Terjung of Lincoln will deliver the sermon. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill cemetery.

Mabel Erma White Bishop was born October 31, 1897, to Edward J. and Mary E. White, Forest City.

Surviving are her husband, Elbert Bishop, Lincoln; her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. White; her sister, Virgie, wife of Holly Kennedy, Forest City; one brother, Roy M. White, Forest City; one daughter, Dorothy Ruggles, and two step chldren, Bobby and Virginia Bishop.

Contributed by Gladys Hyde


Lyman H. Blessman

Peoria Journal Star, December 29, 1992, Page: D6

Lyman H. Blessman, 84, of Chandlerville, formerly of Mason County, died at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, 1992, at Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville.

Born Dec. 29, 1907, in Mason County to Henry L. and Sarah Elizabeth Toland Blessman, he married Alice Marie Greb on Feb. 3, 1968, in Chandlerville. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Don of Havana; one stepdaughter, Mrs. John (Emily) Remster of Valparaiso, Ind.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

He farmed in Mason County.

He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Chandlerville and Mason County Farm Bureau.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at his church. The Rev. Philip Ebert will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home in Chandlerville. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Mason County.

Memorials may be made to his church, Fairview Cemetery Fund or Cass County Health Care in Virginia, Ill.


Gwendola Bouc

Peoria Journal Star, June 27, 2007

HAVANA - Gwendola A. Bouc, 80, of 609 N. Harpham St., formerly of Dunfermline, died at 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at Mason District Hospital in Havana.

She was born June 4, 1927, in Liverpool, Ill., to James W. and Tina E. (Stufflebeam) Smith. She married John Bouc on March 26, 1949. He preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, John Edward Eddie Bouc; four brothers, Milbern, Harley, James and John Smith; and one sister, Minnie Spires.

Survivors include one daughter, Joyce E. (Chuck) Sinclair of Havana; one sister, Maxine Sackman; two grandchildren, Jonathan (Megan) Sinclair of South Elgin, Ill., and Michelle (Robert) Hampton of Lewistown, Ill.; and four great-grandchildren.

Gwen was a homemaker, an avid Bingo player and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, where visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences are available at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Contributed by Sara Hemp


Ray K. Braden

Peoria Journal Star, March 27, 2003, Page: B05

Havana - Ray K. Braden, 81, of 346 S. High St. died at 3:21 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Havana Healthcare Center.

Born Feb. 19, 1922, in Benton to Burleigh Wade and Lora Mae Wiggins Braden, he married Charlotte Bandy on Nov. 23, 1946, in Decatur. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Ron (and Jo) of Havana; two daughters, Kris (and Bob) Simmers of Havana and Sharon (and Bill) Leezer of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren; three step grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; eight step great-grandchildren; and a sister, June Hackett of Normal.

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

He sold Kirby vacuum cleaners for 32 years. He also worked at Mason District Hospital for several years.

He was a member of First Baptist Church.

A Marine veteran of World War II, he was a member of VFW Post 6408.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The Rev. David Bird will officiate. There will be no visitation. Hurley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to VFW Post 6408.


State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, March 27, 2003, Page: 35

Havana - Ray K. Braden, 81, of Havana died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Havana Healthcare Center.

He was born Feb. 19, 1922, in Benton, the son of Burleigh Wade and Lora Mae Wiggins Braden. He married Charlotte Bandy in 1946 in Decatur.

Mr. Braden was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and a self-employed businessman, selling Kirby Vacuum Cleaners for 32 years. He worked at Mason District Hospital in Havana for several years. He was a member of First Baptist Church and VFW Post 6408, both in Havana.

Survivors: wife, Charlotte; a son, Ron (wife, Jo) Braden of Havana; two daughters, Kris (husband, Bob) Simmers of Havana and Sharon (husband, Bill) Leezer of Phoenix; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; and a sister, June Hackett of Normal.

Graveside services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Havana, the Rev. David Bird officiating.

Hurley Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by: Sara Hemp


Alvin "Al" E. Brown

Peoria Journal Star, February 8, 2005


HAVANA - Alvin E. Brown, 91, of Havana died at 6:29 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at Mason District Hospital.

Born March 22, 1913, in Chicago to Elmer and Elizabeth Klopsch Brown, he married Eleanor Bernard on Aug. 6, 1938, in Chicago. She died in 1995.

Surviving are two daughters, Barbara (and Gerald) Sawyer of Havana and Carol Mandich of Dyer, Ind.; two sons, Robert (and Eileen) of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and David (and Lilia) of Hawaii; one brother, John "Bud" (and Katie) of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was a foreman for Amoco Oil refinery in Indiana for 40 years, retiring in 1974. He was of the Lutheran faith.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Concordia Cemetery Chapel in Hammond, Ind. There will be no visitation.

Cremation will be accorded. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Mission of Hope, 627 S. Schrader, Havana, IL 62644.


St. Petersburg Times, February 9, 2005

BROWN, ALVIN "AL," 91, of Largo, died Thursday (Feb. 3, 2005) at the Mason District Hospital, Havana, Ill.

He lived many years in Chicago and came here after retiring in 1974 from Amoco Refinery, in Whiting, Ind., where he worked for more than 40 years. He was a private pilot. He was a blood donor and a volunteer at local hospitals.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Mandich, Dyer, Ind., and Barbara Sawyer, Havana; two sons, Robert, Fernandina Beach, and David, Hawaii; a brother, John, Mount Juliet, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, Peoria, Ill.

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