McDonough County, Illinois

Obituaries, Deaths & Funerals 


 [Obits submitted by Sara Hemp unless noted otherwise]


Lewis Eblesizer


Macomb Journal 2-21-1884- Macomb,ILL

Lewis Eblesizer, of Blandinsville township, a man prominent and well known for years throughout the Northwest part of McDonough, died at his home Friday Morning last at 3:00. He had been in poor health for the past three to four years, his disease being an affection of the heart. For six months, he has grown worse rapidly, and duringa month or more his death has been expected almost daily. Funeral Services were conducted at Blandinsville Saturday, after which the remains were buried in the Liberty burial ground northeast of the town some two or three miles. He was about 65 years old Deceased was born, we believe in Indiana. He migrated from near New Albany, that state, about the year 1939, coming to Illinois in company with the families of Andrew HUFF and Jacob KEITHLEY;deceased was then unmarried. Mr. HUFF and Ebleseizer first settled in Rushville, Schuyler County, where for a few years they carried on a plow shop. About 1844 or 45 they came to McDonough County and settled upon the land where deceased spent the remaining protion of his life. Deceased, still single, boarded with Mr. Huff, and the two spent the time in improving their land in the summer and blacksmithing in the winter.Some few years later, was united in marriage with Elizabeth NANCE whose parents resided in Hancock County, near LaHarpe. The fruits of their marriage was one child, a son, C C Ebleseizer, now some 30 years old and married. The wife of deceased survives him. Mr. Eblesizer was a first class farmer in every respect, a man of strong convictions, yet scrupulously honest withal. He was a kind neighbor, a warm friend, a man whose living was a benefit to the community in which he lived.
[Unknown Submitter - Sandi Koscak?]

Elizabeth Jane Nance Ebelsizer (EVILSIZER)-

Blandinsville Star Gazette
Elizabeth Jane NANCE was born in Floyd Co, Indiana in 1827 and died at her home in Blandinsville 4/25/1912. At the age of eight years with her parents and other members of her family moved to Illinois, settling at LaHarpe, Hancock Co. which place was her home until her marriage with Lewis EBELSIZER in the year 1846. They then moved on a farm three miles east of Blandinsville where her husband died in the year 1884. She moved to Blandinsville in March 1892 which place has since been her home.
There was one son born to them, Columbus, in the year 1853. He died Feb 3, 1896, aged 42 years, 6 months and 10 days. In the month of June, 1846 she united in the Christian Church at Old Bedford, under the ministry of Andrew cane, and continued a faithful member of the Church until her death, covering a period of 66 years. Deceased leaves a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Columbus Ebelsizer and her adopted daughter, Mrs. Ralph Grigsby, and husband and 6 children. Deceased was a member of a family of eight children, born to Giles and Phoebe NANCE. Only one of the family, Mr. Absalom Nance of Blandinsville survives. He at one time made his home with his sister. She also furnished a home for and reared from childhood to womanhood, Mrs. E Hickman, of this city. Besides her immediate family and close relatives, she leaves a number of nieces and nephews and distant relatives, together with a host of friends to mourn her loss.

[Unknown Submitter - Sandi Koscak?]

Amos A. Elder

Amos A. Elder, 83, of Macomb, died at McDonough District hospital Wednesday of last week. He has been ill for the past five months.
Funeral services were held Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Clugston Funeral chapel in Macomb. The Rev. Orval Bear and the Rev. DeWitt Ellinwood officiated and burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Garden.
He was born Dec. 26, 1885 at Bayliss, the son of Dele and Susan Curfman Elder. He was married Aug. 21, 1907 at Good Hope to Anna Grace Coder. He resided in Pittsfield for 15 years and moved to Macomb 10 years ago. He retired in 1951 from the Moorman Manufacturing Company at Quincy. He was a member of the United Methodist church, Masonic Lodge, Shrine, Quincy Consistory, Pittsfield Lions club, Rocking Chair club and Eastern Star.

Surviving are the widow; five children, Ted Elder of Leland, Mrs. Robert (Mary) Greer of Littleton, Dale Elder of Corpus, Christi, Tex., George Elder of Farmington, and Mrs. Luther (Dorothy) Rigg of Macomb; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Jeanne Lynn Kishbaugh Ervin

Eagle Publications, February 21, 2002
Mrs. Jeanne Lynn Ervin, 60, Macomb, died at 12:56 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
She was born Nov. 20, 1941, in Dixon, the daughter of Gene and Ruth Massie Kishbaugh. She married Marshall L. Ervin Feb. 10, 1962, in Rushville; he survives. She is also survived by two daughters, Lori (Jeff) Randall, Schaumburg, and Cathy (Trevor) Thompson, Neenah, Wis.; four grandchildren, Lauren and Ryan Randall, and Zachary and Zoe Thompson; one sister, Ruth Ann (Frank) Bellgrau, Palatine; two sisters-in-law, Patti (Dick) Boyd, Littleton, and Diane Rice, lowa City, Iowa; two brothers-in-law, Jim (Jeanne) Ervin, Rushville, and Dennis (Deborah) Ervin, Omaha, Neb.; and numerous nephews and nieces.


She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Greg.
She attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville and studied elementary education. She taught in the Community Unit District 185 of Rochester. She was self employed as a co-owner of Illini Sporting Goods in Macomb and worked in student residential programs at Western Illinois University. Most of her life was devoted to caring for her husband, children and grandchildren.
She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and was active in the UMW and Joy Fellowship; she also served on the Wesley Daycare Board and on the Administrative Council. She volunteered at McDonough District Hospital.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2002, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1212 Calhoun St., Macomb, with the Rev. Mark Myers officiating; burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb.


Henry Eads

Rushville Times, September 26, 1928
Henry Eads, Civil War Veteran, Died Saturday
Henry Eads, Civil war veteran and for many years a resident of Rushville, died Saturday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Hignite, near Industry, aged eight-seven years.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Geo. McKee, were held from the Rushville Baptist church on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was made in the Rushville cemetery. One son, Harry Eads, came from Jackson, Mich., to attend the funeral.
Henry Eads, son of George and Elvira Eads, was born in Schuyler county, Illinois, May 5, 1841, and died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Hignight in Brooklyn township, Saturday, Sept. 22, aged 87 years, 4 months and 3 days.
He is survived by three sons, James of South Bend, Ind., Harry of Jackson, Mich., and Sam of Dresden, Ohio, and one brother, Edward of Kansas City.
Mr. Eads was married three times, his wives all having preceded him in death.
About fourteen years ago he was converted in a meeting held at Summum, Ill., and was baptised and joined the Union Baptist church and has lived a conscientious Christian life.
At the time of the Civil war he answered his country's call and joined the union army, being a private in Co. C, 119th Ill. Infantry.


Irene Danner Easley

Rushville Times, March 29, 2000, page 15, column 2
Irene Easley, 98, of Macomb, formerly of Vermont, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
She was born Sept. 2, 1901, in Leesburg, the daughter of Moses and Lydia Bubb Danner. She married Earl Easley on Dec. 24, 1927. He died July 5, 1981.
Surviving are one son, Herbert Easley of Vermont; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Jean Easley, and a twin sister.
She was a member of the Vermont Christian Church.
Funeral services were Saturday at Kost Memorial Home in Vermont with Rev. Tim Gilliland officiating. Burial was in the Vermont Cemetery.

Senia Ann Ryan Eyler
(also spelled Iler)

Mrs. Senia Ann Ryan {Eyler} died at her home at 928 (?) East Jefferson street last night of cancer of the liver, after an illness of one year, aged 61 years, 4 months and 41 days. Funeral services will be held at the house at 10 o'clock tomorrow (Saturday) morning. Interment in Camp Creek Cemetery.

Deceased was a daughter of Drenery and Senia Ann Ryan and was born in Whitley county, Kentucky, February 15, 1850. she came to Illinois with her parents in 1864 and settled on a farm 2 and 1/2 miles north of Macomb. Forty one years ago last September she was married to Peter Eyler, now deceased. She was a member of the Presbyterian church for 35 years.
She is survived by the following children - Mrs. Belle Ferris, Macomb; Mrs. Ella Powell, Colchester; Mrs. Eddie Hodges, Macomb; Mrs. Mary Gingerich, Colchester; Mrs. Nettie Duncan, Colchester; Mrs. Blossom Admas, Macomb; Mrs. Lucy Duncan, Blandinsville; Louis Eyler, Macomb; Mrs. Louis Rexroat, Shaeland, Texas; May Eyler, Macomb; and Miss Ruth Eyler, Macomb. She also leaves the following brothers and sisters: John and Joseph Ryan of Norwood, Mo; Drew Ryan of Ponca City, Okla.; Calvin Ryan, California; Mrs. J. F. Davis, Benson, Ne?; Mrs. Mark Steele? (clipping ripped), Arkansas. She is survived by 26 grandchildren.


Thelma Blanche Curtis Edler

Eagle Publications, October 29, 2005
Thelma Blanche Edler, 97, a resident of Bickford Cottage in Macomb, died at 6:38 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at Bickford Cottage.
She was born July 25, 1908 in Brooklyn, the daughter of Charles P. and Ethel (Breen) Curtis. She married Ralph Edler, Aug. 2, 1941 in Peoria. He preceded her in death Feb. 18, 1996.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Claire; and one sister, Eva Fosdyck.
She was a graduate of Augusta High School in Augusta. She moved to Macomb in 1927. She lived in Chicago for 34 years and returned to Macomb in 1972. She made plane and train reservations for the Army and Curtis Candy. She was the floor lady for the Humitube Manufacturing Company in the printing department for many years before retiring in 1970.
Graveside services were held Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, at the Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, with the Rev. Chris Williams officiating.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, Macomb, was in charge of arrangements.


Alfa I. Nelson Ellis

Warren County, Illinois newspaper
Alfa I. Ellis, 88, of Macomb, died at 4:08 p.m. Friday April 16, 1999, at McDonough District Hospital.
She was born on July 2, 1910 in Minot, ND, the daughter of Clarence and Winnie Rawlins Nelson. She married Floyd Ellis on September 21, 1929, in Palmyra. Mo. He died March 15, 1979.
Mrs. Ellis is survived by one son, David Ellis of Macomb and one grandson, Daryl Ellis, of Macomb.
She was preceded in death by one son, Keith Ellis and one brother, Emery.
Mrs. Ellis lived on a farm southwest of Industry from 1942 - 1984. She formerly lived in Schuyler County.
Services were Wed. in the Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Green officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.


L. Keith Ellis

Eagle Publications, March 8, 2001
L. Keith Ellis, 72, of Good Hope, died at 6:47 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2001, at McDonough District Hospital.
He was born Aug. 27, 1928, in Macomb, the son of Archie and Evelyn Fugate Ellis. He first married Patricia Rockwell in 1949. She preceded him in death on Aug. 22, 1992. He later married Patricia J. Kaufmann on Sept. 19, 1993, in Quincy; she survives.
He is also survived by two sons, Steven L. Ellis, North Carolina, and Terry W. Ellis, Colchester; three grandchildren, Keith R. Ellis, Macomb, Gerald Ellis, Colchester, and Jamie Ellis; two stepsons, Jonathon R. Lambert, Moline, and David F. Lambert, Overland, Mo.; and four step-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, Theodore Ellis.
Keith lived all his life in the Macomb and Good Hope area. He had worked for 36 years for the Illinois State Police and the State Fire Marshal's office, and he also farmed. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid upland game hunter.
Cremation rites were accorded. Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. March 7, 2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Mike Thomas officiating; burial was in the Good Hope Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, Macomb, was in charge of the arrangements.


Harold B. Ellsworth

Eagle Publications, January 28, 2003
Harold B. Ellsworth, 80, Macomb, died at 8:05 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at McDonough District Hospital.
He was born March 23, 1922, in Macomb, the son of George and Ruth (Brown) Ellsworth. He married Nadine Hawkins June 28, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo. She died June 18, 2002.
He is survived by one son, Gary Ellsworth, Everett, Wash.; two daughters, Lana Bullock, Macomb, and Donna Fourtune, Geneseo; eight grandchildren, Brian, Brad and Brandon Coulter, Amy Sallee, Aftin Blunt, Christine Blackburn, Eric Gillenwater and Mike Gerst; seven great-grandchildren, Noel, Korah and Malcolm Coulter, Melaina Blunt, Stephanie Spillie, Kathryn Blackburn and Sebastien Jemeniz; and one sister, Joy Licate, Redding, Calif.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Ramey.
He served in the Army during World War II. He owned and operated Macomb Plumbing and Heating, and was also the plumbing inspector for the city of Macomb. He was a member of the Macomb VFW and the American Legion.
Private family services were held at Oakwood Cemetery.
Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Marjorie Sears Evans

Eagle Publications, February 21, 2003
Marjorie Evans, 79, Pontiac, formerly of Colchester, died at 6:05 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at her home.
She was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Burnside, the daughter of Roy and Tressie (Woodside) Sears. She married Delbert Evans June 3, 1941, in Kahoka, Mo. He survives.
She is also survived by one son, Lee (Jean) Evans, Pontiac; five grandchildren, Chad (Janet) Evans, Crystal (Jim) Stadel, Champ (Michelle) Evans, Scott Harrington and Troy (Sue) Harrington; six great-grandchildren, Hannah, Victoria and Ryan Evans, and Nicholas, Lucas and Jeremiah Harrington; and three brothers, Clinton (Elenore) Sears, La Harpe, Harold "Shorty" (Jill) Sears, East Peoria, and Larry Sears, Macomb.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She graduated from Colusa High School in 1941, the valedictorian of her class. She enjoyed gardening and raising rose bushes. She also enjoyed being with friends and going to new restaurants. Marjorie was famous for her oatmeal cookies. She was a member of the Jolly Housekeepers Club.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at Pilot Grove Cemetery, with the Rev. Sondra Newman officiating.
Memorials may be made to O.S.F. Hospice, 301 W. Washington St., Pontiac.
Jones' Mortuary, Colchester, was in charge of arrangements.


Richard "Dick" G. Evans

Eagle Publications, October 28, 2004
Richard G. "Dick" Evans, 56, Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Bushnell, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City, Mo.
He was born Nov. 18, 1947, in Macomb, the son of James and Phyllis (Emory) Evans. He married Helen Bucher July 30, 1976, in Carson City, Nev. She survives.
He is also survived by his mother, Phyllis Whittier, Bushnell; two daughters, Megan Marie Evans, Jefferson, Mo., Janel Kay Evans, Jefferson, Mo.; two brothers, James R. (Karen) Evans, Lacy Lake, Fla., Kurt E. (Judy) Evans, Bushnell; two sisters, Janet L. (Bob) Williams, Jefferson City, Mo., and Anne Pershing, Reno, Nev.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Evans and stepfather, Ed Whittier.
He grew up in Bushnell and graduated from Bushnell-Prairie City H.S. in 1965. He later served in the United States Air Force. He lived in Macomb before moving to Jefferson City, Mo. in 1985.
Services were held Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004 at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell. Burial was in Bushnell Cemetery.


Cecil M. English, 84, Marietta, died at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2006, at his residence.

He was born May 29, 1922, in Marietta, the son of Frank and Bessie Ann (Drummond) English. He married Betty Havens March 17, 1947, in Macomb. She survives.

He is also survived by four daughters, and two sons, Celia (Ralph) Luper, Table Grove, Patricia (Ernie) Virag, Smithfield, Terry (Cindy) English, Marietta, Tim (Gayla) English, Bushnell, Trudy (Randy) Schier, Granton, Wis., and Wilma (Greg) Craver, Prairie City; 25 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, three brothers and one daughter Linda Lou English (Boo-Boo).
He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in Japan and Hawaii from November 1942 to January 1946. Six months of that time was spent guarding gold in Japan. He had many stories to leave behind about his experiences.
He was employed at Swift Poultry, Bushnell, for 10 years from 1941-1951 and Vaughn & Bushnell Mfg. Co., Bushnell for 33 years, retiring in 1984. He also ran a gas station with convenience store for six years and also ran a restaurant in Marietta in the early '50s for four years. He also worked at the Marietta Post Office.
He was a member of the Smithfield Nazarene Church where he was very active. He was also a lifetime member of Bushnell VFW # 1422.

Cecil and his family were no strangers to hard work and much love. His family and friends will sadly miss him.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2006 at the Martin Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, with Pastor Layton Malone officiating. Burial will be in the Baughman Cemetery, Smithfield.

Martin Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, is in charge of arrangements.
Eagle Publications
July 21, 2006
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