McDonough County, Illinois

Obituaries, Deaths & Funerals 


[Obits submitted by Sara Hemp unless noted otherwise]

Inez Stambaugh
Dies At Age 101

Mrs. Inez Stambaugh, 101 years old, resident of Bader, whose ancestors founded the town, died Wednesday morning November 13, 1974 in Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville. Private graveside services were held in Bader Cemetery, with arrangements in charge of Shawgo Memorial Home at Astoria. Born near Bader January 22, 1873, she was the daughter of H. O. Bader and Lucetta Saucer Bader. She married Harvey Stambaugh, who preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, Paul, in Arizona; two grandsons; five great grandchildren; and two brothers, Howard Bader of Browning and Clarence Bader of Grandin, Mo. She was preceded in death by six sisters.
Rushville Times -
Submitted by Ida Maack Recu

Florence Bernice Russell Swearingen

Florence Bernice Swearingen, 87, Industry, died at 12:28 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at Astoria Gardens Nursing Home, Astoria.

She was born March 23, 1915, in Eldorado Township, the daughter of John and Nellie (LaFary) Russell. She married Merle Swearingen Feb. 4, 1937, in Indiana. He survives. She is also survived by two daughters, Janet (Mark) Sullivan, Industry, and Judy (John) Conner, Springfield; one daughter-in-law, Millie (Bill) Engel, Industry; nine grandchildren, David "Van" Swearingen, John (Tami) Swearingen, Lisa (Trent) Patch, Wendy Conner, Douglas "Van" Conner, Kevin Conner, Heather (Jerry) Martin, Ryan Sullivan and Grant Sullivan; seven great-grandchildren, Michelle Swearingen, Brittany Swearingen, Dustin Swearingen, Breckon Patch, Brighton Patch, Brooklyn Patch and Addison Martin; and one great-great-grandson, Jonathan Swearingen.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Lyle Swearingen, in 1986.

Florence lived most of her life in Industry. She had worked for many years as the bookkeeper for Swearingen Electric, retiring in 1977. She was a member of the Industry Women's Club and the Avion Traveling Club and was active in Bridge Club. She attended the Industry United Methodist Church and was a member of the Industry United Methodist Women.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb; burial will be in the Industry Cemetery, Industry.
Eagle Publications, December 19, 2002 

Jesse B. Scudder
Jesse B. Scudder was born Dec. 19,1831 in Butler Co. Ohio, the son of Enoch and Amelia Brookfield Scudder and departed this life at his home in Industry, Il., May 6, 1905. He was married to Sarah J. Van Gordan of Ohio in 1852 and with his wife moved to this county in 1854, his wife dying in July of the same year. To this union there was one daughter, Ellen, who lived to majority and married, but who as her mother, preceded her father to the land of rest. On Jan. 2, 1856 he was married to Matilda Springer. To this union there was born six children, five of whom survive, namely, Dustin, Charles, and Mrs. Lizzie (Jasper) Rutledge of Adair, Alfaretta Landis of New Philadelphia, and Julie Duncan of Industry.

With his wife and five children to mourn his loss, one brother, Aaron Scudder of Fandon and three sisters; Mrs. Mary Payne, Mrs. Aletta Laughlin and Emma Scudder of this place besides a number of other relatives of more distant connection and a host of friends which he had won.

He was converted in early manhood and united with the M.E. church in Ohio. After coming to this county he had no affiliation until he became a member of the Pilgrim band organized here. At the time of his death and for about seven years preceding he was a member of the Methodist Church, the choice of his earlier days.
When the call for volunteers came in 1862 Bro. Scudder was not the one to say nay to his country's call. He enlisted in and became a Corporal of Co I, 18th. Reg. Ill. Vol. Infantry and served with his company until the end of the war and was honorably discharged at Quincy, Il. He saw hard service in the campaign in eastern Tennessee and was with Sherman on his campaign towards the coast as far as Atlanta, doing service in 17 hard fought battles, beginning with the battle of Chattanooga.

Funeral services were held in the Industry M.E. Church Monday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Callahan. Interment was made in the Industry Cemetery.

Matilda Ann Scudder
The sudden death of Mrs. Scudder which occured about 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Oct. 21, 1906, at her home in the south part of town, came as a painful shock to her many friends as she was thought to be in her usual health, her last sickness being only of a few hours duration. Her death resulted from congestion of the stomach and heart trouble. Matilda Ann Springer was born in Uniontown, Pa., August 21, 1830 the daughter of Josiah and Mary Sampey Springer. After the death of her father she, in company with her mother, brother and sister, moved to this county. She was united in marriage to Jesse B. Scudder Jan.2, 1856, to which was born six children; Dustin Scudder and Alfaretta Landis of Bardolph, Charles D. Scudder of Adair, Julia Duncan of Industry, and Elizabeth (Jasper) Rutledge of Adair, and Mary Alice Scudder, deceased. For the past forty years she had resided in Industry. One year ago last May her companion was taken by death. She united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of this place when young and remained a faithful member of the same until that church disbanded, after which she with her husband united with the M.E. Church of this place of which she was a member at the time of her death. She had been failing for some time past but none was aware that the end was so near. She spent Saturday at the home of Emma Scudder. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock at the M.E. Church conducted by Rev. Callihan, officiating, interment was in Industry Cemetery.

Henry C. Spurgeon
From the scrapbook of Ida Trimmer Fowler, a resident of Bader, Schuyler County, IL and Prairie City, McDonough County, IL died February 16, 1938 via the obit
Henry C. Spurgeon, 69, one of the most extensive landowners in  Greenbush township, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 16, about  10 a.m. on a country road near his farm residence, his death being  attributed to a heart attack.   Mr. Spurgeon was a member of an old and honored family of Warren  county. He was born in Greenbush township, December 19, 1868, a son of  Israel and Elizabeth (Marshall) Spurgeon. He attended the district  schools, the public schools of Colorado Springs, Colo., and the  preparatory department of Knox college. From the time he was ten years  old, he lived at Colorado Springs and Leadville, Colo., but about 1888,  returned to Warren county.   In 1889 he was married to Miss Irene Abbott, who was born in  Monmouth. Following his marriage Mr. Spurgeon rented a farm in  Greenbush township, and then some years later bought a farm. Later his holdings were expanded by the addition of several hundred acres from his father's extensive estate. In 1900 he went into a hardware and implement business at Prairie City, and before then served as salesman for a large agricultural implement house at Bushnell. Thirty-one years ago, in 1907, Mr. Spurgeon went to Santa Fe, New Mexico, for his health and remained there for a year, leaving for Colorado where he remained until 1917, and during this period worked for the Great Western Sugar company. After four years there he went with the Spaulding Deep Tiling Machine company of Denver, Colo. Returning to Warren county, he resumed his hardware business, and looked after his farm land. He was known for years as a raiser of Duroc-Jersey hogs and also of Poland-China and Hampshire hogs. Mr. and Mrs. Spurgeon became the parents of twelve children, two of whom preceded their father in death. A son, Harold, died of influenza at Camp McArthur, Fort Worth, Texas, during the World War, and a daughter, Amy, died at the age of two. Surviving are the widow and ten children: Mrs. Marie Alkire of Mesa, Ariz., whose husband died in the army during the war; Merle of Springfield, Ill.; Mrs. Ardis Levoy of Oak Park, Ill.; French of Galesburg; Henry of Los Angeles; Mrs. Irene Terrell of San Francisco; Eileen of Denver, Colo.; Bronald, Bernadine and Ione, all of Chicago. He leaves five grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Emma Dixon, Mrs. Mary Abbott, and Mrs. Dora Long, of that community; and Elmer of Longmont, Colo.

Elizabeth Tomberlin Sellers

Mrs. Elizabeth Sellers an esteemed resident of Peoria for fifty years passed away after a brief Illness. Mrs. Elizabeth Sellers age 78 years passed away at her residence 116 Maywood Ave, at 9:55 o' clock last evening after an illness of two weeks duration. Mrs. Sellers was born in McDonough County, Ill. July 1, 1841 {a daughter of James B. and Clarky (Hays) Tomberlin}. Fifty years ago she came to this city, where she has since made her home. In 1865 Mrs. Sellers was united in marriage with Asa M. Sellers, and to this happy union seven children were born. She leaves to mourn her great loss, five children - Thomas J., Fred and George Sellers, Mrs. William Morris and Mrs. James Walkins all of this city. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Arcadia Presbyterian Church. Commitment will be in Springdale Cemetery.
Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, Illinois, Oct. 6, 1919
Leonard Sorrells

Set Services For Accident Victim
Who: Leonard Sorrells, 74, of Bushnell.
Died: Tuesday evening at Valley Community Hospital in Brownsville, Texas, following a boating accident.
Funeral: 2 p.m., at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Rev. Charles Pyle will officiate.
Burial: Bushnell Cemetery.
Born: Nov. 6, 1904, in Schuyler County.
Parents: John and Amy Dugger Sorrells.
Married: December 26, 1926, at Mt. Sterling, to Josephine McCance.
Survived by: widow; two sons, Duane of Macomb, Ronald of Bushnell; two daughters, Mrs. Neva Van Velsor of Quincy, Mrs. Margaret Worthington of Roseville; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers, Ethan of Bushnell, Lemuel of Wyaconda, Mo., Everett of Ipava, Vilasco of St. Augustine; three sisters, Mrs. Lena Larson of Berwick, Gertrude Sorrells of Galesburg, Mrs. Vivian Millard of Florida.
History: sustained fatal injuries when another boat collided with his boat while on a fishing trip; retired farmer, electrical engineer, gunsmith, member of the National Rifle Assn.
Macomb Daily Journal, March 7, 1979
Helen M. McCance Suter
Who: Helen M. Suter, 84, of Prairie City Nursing Center, formerly of Bushnell.
Died: 11:50 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 1998, at McDonough District Hospital, Macomb.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home with the Rev. David Kurt officiating.
Burial: Bushnell Cemetery.
Born: Feb. 9, 1914, in Walnut Grove.
Parents: Claude M. and Grace (Scott) McCance.
Married: to Ernest W. Suter Oct. 28, 1940, in Hannibal, Mo.; he died Dec. 1982.

Survived by: three sons, Milen E., Jack W. and Kenneth D. Suter, all of Bushnell; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Glen, Gene and Gaylord McCance, all of Bushnell; four sisters, Josephine Sorrells, Theda Trout, Nola Avery and Peggy Williamson all of Bushnell.

Preceded in death by: her parents; one infant son, three brothers, Claude Jr., Kenneth and Wendall; two sisters, Doris and Inez; one daughter, Constance Jean; one granddaughter, Stace Mote; and one great-granddaughter, Nichole Thompson.
History: lived and worked in Bushnell all her adult life, worked at the Watson and Mikesell Grocery stores.

Macomb Daily Journal, Sunday, May 17, 1998


Amos Scott

Amos Scott, vet of Civil War is Dead - Aged man expires at home of complications of his years.
Amos Scott, who was one of McDonough County's few remaining veterans of the Civil War, died yesterday evening at 6:30 at his home, 321 N. Johnson St., at the age of 90 years, eight months and 3 days. He was ill for the past two weeks with complications incidental to his advanced age.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday at the Dodsworth funeral home, Rev. Young officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood.
Deceased was born November 1, 1841, in Bethel township and spent his entire life in this county. He was a farmer except for the four years he spent in the service of his country. He has been a resident of Macomb for 50 years.
Mr. Scott was married in February 13, 1866 to Mahalia Welborn, who is deceased. He was the last of a family of thirteen children, twelve of whom lived to be grown.
In addition to being a member of the G.A.R. he has been a member of the Methodist Church.

Rosana Smith
DIED - At the residence of her husband in this village, Colchester, at 12:50 A.M. Monday, January 15th, 1883. Rosana, wife of Wm. Smith, aged 70 years, 9 months and 22 days. Funeral will take place from the Christian Church at 10 A.M. tomorrow, Tuesday, January 16th. Friends and acquaintances invited to attend.

Elizabeth Tandy Steele 

Mrs. Elizabeth Steele, 80, of Macomb Passes Away
Mrs. Elizabeth Steele, 1421 East Pierce Street, died at 3 p.m. yesterday at the St. Francis Hospital after an illness of one week. She was 80 years old. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Dodsworth-Piper funeral home, the Rev. Colin J. Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery.
Mrs. Steele was born March 8, 1871 in McDonough County, a daughter of Jeptha and Lettie Barber Tandy, and had spent most of her life in Macomb. She was married March 17, 1888 to Alex Steele deceased.
Surviving are the following children: John and Ralph Steele, Mrs. Opal Noel and Mrs. Oren Wares all of Macomb; Otto and Fred Steele of Sciota, and Mrs. Manuel Baker of Gulfport, Ill. A brother and four sisters, Earl Tandy and Mrs. Ida Sullivan of Macomb, Mrs. Anna Rippetoe of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Una Featherlin, Macomb route four, and Mrs. Maude Coghill, Colchester route three, 24 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren also survive. A daughter, Mrs. Clifford Steele, four brothers, Frank, James, Louis, and Edgar Tandy, and a sister, Mrs. Mattie Cochran, are deceased.
Note: Alex and Elizabeth were married March 9, 1898. Ralph Steele was not a son, he was Ralph Self, a grandson, which she took to raise.
Macomb Daily Journal, April 17, 1951

Mary Christine Stoneking Steele

Mrs. Mary Steele, 77, of Macomb Passes Away
Mrs. Mary Christine Steele, 77, died yesterday afternoon at 4:00 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Frank, 626 North Monroe street, where she had been making her home for the past three years.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dodsworth-Piper chapel, the Rev. Jerry Roach officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Steele, daughter of Jacob and Sarah Pruett Stoneking, deceased, was born in 1868 in Bethel township and moved to Macomb in 1890 following her marriage to John O. Steele, deceased. She was a member of the Nazarene church.
Five sons and daughters who survives are Mrs. Nellie Rebman and Mrs. Caroline Fleming of Macomb, Clifton and William Steele of Moline and George Steele of Fulton, Ky. A brother, George W. Stoneking of Bethel township, also survives. A daughter, Mrs. Blanche Owens, two brothers, Charles and Willis, and three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Gundy, Mrs. Ida Fugate and Mrs. Beulah Fowler, are deceased.
Friends may call at the Dodsworth-Piper funeral home.
Macomb Daily Journal, March 7, 1946

John Oliver Steele

John O. Steele, 86, Dies At Hospital Here
John Oliver Steele, 86, 1428 East Wheeler Street, died at the Phelps Hospital about 5:15 a.m. today following an illness of two years.
Funeral Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Dodsworth-Pipe Funeral Home. The Rev. J. O. Roach will officiate with burial at Oakwood Cemetery.
He was born March 28, 1858 in Boone County, Missouri to Franklin and Mary (Murphy) Steele, deceased. For the past 52 years he has lived in Macomb, having moved here from Burlington, Iowa.
He was married in 1890 to Mary C. Stoneking, who survives with five children, Mrs. Nellie Rebman, George and Caroline Steele of Moline and Clifton Steele of Rock Island, and one sister, Mrs. Lucy Wellever of Milltown, Montana. He also leaves a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Friends may call at the funeral home.

Macomb Daily Journal, October 4, 1944


Alfred Swanson 

died: September 24, 1889
Alfred Swanson, son of Andrew Swanson, aged two years, ten months and six days, died Tuesday and was buried Wednesday. Its disease was diphtheritic croupe.

Alma Swanson

died: October 2, 1899
Alma Swanson, died, Wednesday, Oct. 2, Alma, the nine months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Swanson, of diphtheria. This is the second child lost in the family with this disease within little more than a week.

Andrew Swanson
Andrew Swanson was born February 5, 1850 at Cattsy, Sweden, and died January 6, 1909, at his home near Colchester, Illinois. He came to America in 1876, locating at Colchester, where he has lived ever since.
In 1873, he was married to Mary Sands, and to this union ten children were born, three dying in infancy, and Edith at fourteen years of age. He survived by his wife, Mary, Mrs. Anna Fenton, of Blandinsville, Albert of Macomb, and Elmer, Oscar, Flora, Clyde and Cliff Swanson of Colchester. Brother Swanson was saved about three years ago and has belong to the Free Methodist church for about fourteen months. The Christian life that he has been living during the past few years is the bright side to his life and fills our heart in the hour of his death, with a buoyant hope that we shall meet him where tears will not flow and death cannot come. Let us meet him there.
The funeral was conducted at the Free Methodist church in Colchester, by the pastor, F. E. Bennet on Friday, January 8.

Elmer Swanson

died: February 08, 1952
Elmer Swanson
Elmer Swanson, age 77, passed away at the Phelps hospital where he has been a patient for ten days Friday, February 8. He had been in ill health for the past three years.

Funeral services were held at two-o'clock Sunday afternoon February 10, at the Colchester Christian Church with Rev. Ernest Louderman officiating. Herbert Hulson sang two solos, "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning" and "In the Garden." Casket bearers were Damon and Cecil Fentem, Paul Everett, Robert and Kenneth Swanson. Burial was in Mt. Auburn cemetery.
Mr. Swanson was born in Sweden on April 21, 1874, a son of Andrew and Mary Sands Swanson and came to America with the family at the age of two years.
He has always lived in Colchester where he worked as a coal miner for over 50 years. On Sept. 19, 1900, he was married to Maggie M. Fentem who survives with the following children: Virgil of Ottawa, Orville, Elmer and Mrs. Lucille Nelson of Colchester, Elma Quaife of Birmingham and Hilda Meyers of Sciota.

He leaves six brothers and sisters, Albert and Oscar Swanson, Mrs. Anna Fentem and Mrs. Flora Carmack of Colchester, Clyde and Cliff Swanson of East Peoria, 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild. One sister is deceased. He was a member of the Colchester Christian Church for many years. The Jones mortuary was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Oscar Swanson

died: June 10, 1965
Oscar Swanson Dies
Oscar Swanson, 81, of Colchester, died at 1:10 p.m. Thursday, June 10th, at the District Hospital. He was a retired railroad worker.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 13th, in the Chapel of the Jones Mortuary with the Rev. Ray Nowlin conducting the services. Burial was in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
Mr. Swanson attended the Free Methodist Church.
On October 31, 1912, he was married to Winnie Jane Cox, who is deceased. Surviving are five children, Miss Dena Swanson of Quincy; Kendall of Sciota; Mrs. Marietta Johnson of Lewistown; Everett of Colchester and Ordell of Macomb; three brothers, Albert of Colchester, Cliff and Clyde of East Peoria and a sister, Mrs. Anna Fentem of Colchester. Ten grandchildren also survive.
A son, Paul; a brother, Elmer; a sister, Mrs. Flora Carmack and a grandson died previously.

Elizabeth Spear/Speer Shelton
Elizabeth Spear {Speer}, dau. of George Spear {Speer} and wife of S. C. {Sebert Crutcher} Shelton died Sep 13, 1835, age 19 years and 8 months. Buried Spring Creek Cemetery.

Thomas A. Sargent

Rushville Times, November 16, 1961
Thomas A. Sargent, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Sargent, former residents of Rushville who since 1953 have made their home in Macomb, was one of three young men of the latter city who were killed Saturday about 11:30 p.m. when their car, traveling at a high rate of speed left the Blandinsville-Tennessee blacktop road in McDonough County.
Sargent, along with Carl D. Williams, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ozro Williams of Macomb, were instantly killed. Dale L. Dilts, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Dilts, was fatally injured and died about three hours later in McDonough district hospital without gaining consciousness. State police reported that the southbound car, owned by Dilts, veered off the highway into a drainage ditch on the east side of the road, tore up a section of fence, rolled sideways then somersautled end over end, clipping a utility pole 14 feet above the ground. All three of the young men were thrown from the car, the body of one being found 150 feet beyond the wrecked automobile.

Rev. Donald E. Skiles

Rushville Times, Wednesday, December 1, 1999, page 15, column 2
The Rev. Donald E. Skiles, 95, of Colchester, died Monday, Nov.29, 1999, at Argyle Lake Nursing Center in Colchester. Services are pending at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria.

Rushville Times, December 8, 1999, page 15, column 3
Rev. Donald E. Skiles, 95, of Colchester, died at 5:40 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at the Argyle Lake Nursing Center in Colchester.
He was born April 22, 1904, in Browning Township, Schuyler County, to James Allen and Rose Ann (Stambaugh) Skiles.
He married Garnet Clark on Nov. 6, 1924, in Browning. She preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 1997.
He is survived by one daughter, Evangeline (Ray) Allen of Moorpark, Calif.; one grandson; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers.
He became a Christian at age 15 in the Methodist Church in Browning. After having the flu in 1919, he developed rheumatic fever which damaged his heart so he was an invalid. He healed and was again able to help his father with the farm work as before. He began preaching at age 19 and continued to do so for the next 70 years.
He was ordained by the Assemblies of God, serving as pastor, evangelist, sectional presbyter, hospital chaplain, and nursing home chaplain. In Illinois he pastored churches in Alto Pass, Buckner, Grafton, Astoria, Rushville, West Point, and 13 years in the new church, which was established in Carthage in 1958. In Iowa, he pastored churches in Mt. Ayr, Chairton, Conrad, Grinnell, and eight years in the church Garnet began in Ames in 1936. He preached regular radio broadcasts for many years in Marshalltown, Iowa; and Carthage. He went into semi-retirement in Bowen in 1971, but he still preached or taught Sunday School. He continued his favorite pastimes of playing his electric Hawaiian guitar and raising his garden and flowers as long as he was able. He loved helping people and encouraging them.
Services were held Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at the Astoria Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Steve Adamson and the Rev. Clifford Parry officiating. Burial was in the Ridgeville Cemetery in Browning. Shawgo Memorial Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lillian Lucille Smithson Swanger

Rushville Times, January 5, 2000, page 13, column 3
Lillian Lucille Swanger, 83, of Macomb, formerly of Brooklyn, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at the Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.
She was born Sept. 4, 1916, in Waxahachie, Texas, to the late Luther and Tawnie Belle Wortham Smithson.
She married Sherman P. Swanger Dec. 16, 1939, in Shelbyville, Mo.
He survives, along with one daughter, Louise Barrett of Macomb; one son, Jerry Swanger (wife Marilyn) of Brooklyn; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Jean Kittenson of Denver, Colo.; and a brother, Claude Smithson of Bettendorf, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by two great-grandsons, four brothers and three sisters.
She was a life-long homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in Macomb.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville. with Jack Beard officiating. Burial will be in the Blackburn Cemetery near Brooklyn. Memorials may be given te the Alzheimer's Unit of Wesley Village in Macomb.

Don J. Sinnock

Rushville Times, February 16, 2000, page 13, column 2
Don J. Sinnock, 75, of Macomb, died Wednesday, Feb. 9 at his residence. He was born Dec. 12, 1924, in Quincy, the son of Milton and Virginia Koch Sinnock. He married Bettie Daniel Williams on Aug. 15, 1946, in Rushville. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Rosemary Sue (husband, Dean) Paisley of Chatham and Donna J. (husband, Michael) Ingles of Pontiaç; one son, Marc (wife, Katharine) Sinnock of Indianapolis, Ind.; seven grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; one sister, Pat (husband, Don) Daniel of Ashland; and one brother, Robert of Havana. He owned his own contracting business in Rushville and developed the Parkview Acres subdivision. Later, he was on the staff at the physical plant at Western Illinois University. He was a W.W. II veteran and served in the 26th Yankee Division which landed on Utah Beach in Normandy with General Patton's third army in August 1944. He served in northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe and received a Bronze Star for valor and four Bronze Battle Stars. He also served in the National Guard's 44th Division as 1st Sgt. in Beardstown. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 12 at Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home in Macomb with Rev. Mary Roberts officiating and burial with military rites in the Rushville City Cemetery Memorials may be made to McDonough District Hospital's Hospice Program, 525 E. Grant, Macomb, IL 61455.

Melissa Pennington Sellers

Macomb Journal
Melissa Sellers died Sept. 2, 1901 at about 2:30 a.m. at the home of her son, M. A. Sellers of Emmet township with whom she lived for a number of years. Her ailment was general disability. Her age was 87 years, 7 months and 25 days.
Melissa Pennington was born June 6, 1814 in Barren county, Kentucky. When about 4 years old she moved with her parents to Crawford county, Indiana. About four years later they moved to Franklin county, Illinois and when 11 years of age moved to Schuyler county and in 1870 came to McDonough county. She was united in marriage to Thomas Sellers Dec. 23, 1833 {Dec. 23, 1832}.
To this union 12 children were born, of whom only three survive: Leroy Sellers of near Rushville, Schuyler county; M. A. Sellers of Emmit township, this county, Melissa Belle Schroeder of Huntley, Neb. Her husband died 46 years ago. She had three sons in the Civil war - John A., Co. B, 84th Reg., Ill. Vol., who was killed at the battle of Stone River; Andrew T. and Leroy were members of Co. A, 10th Mo. Andrew T., after serving three years with his regiment, was mustered out and started home on a vessel called the General Lyon. The vessel and all onboard were lost. Leroy being the only person who lived to return home.
She was one of the earliest settlers in Schuyler County. When she crossed the Illinois river there were only about 14 families then in that county. She was a sister to Joel Pennington, the first {2nd} sheriff of Schuyler county. Mrs. Sellers joined the Methodist church in Schuyler county about 50 years ago, in which faith she had lived ever since.
Funeral services were held at the Guy church Monday afternoon by Rev. T. Brown; internment in the Walker cemetery.
Note: Melissa's mother was Ann Osborn/e and her father was Moses Pennington. M. A. Sellers is Miles Albert Sellers who married Elizabeth A. Strickland October 25, 1874.

Finis L. Schisler

unknown paper, Monday, December 10, 1984
Roseville - Finis "Slim" Schisler, 68, of Tennessee, died Thursday evening in his residence.
He was born April 30, 1916, near Roseville, the son of Henry and Virgie Belville Schisler. He married Mary McGee Aug. 30, 1941, in Kahoka, MO. A resident of Roseville until 1944, he moved to Macomb and in 1975 moved to Tennessee. He operated the Schisler Shell Service Station for 15 years.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Charles Schisler of Macomb, and Edward Eugene Schisler, of Bettendorf, Iowa; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Herman and Wilbur, both of Tucson, Ariz. and George Schisler of Monmouth; and three sisters, Mrs. John (Irma) Skiles of Industry, Mae Raine of Silvis, and Mrs. Paul (Ollie) Rockhold of Green Rock.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Clugston Chapel, conducted by Charles Tubbs. Burial will be in the Point Pleasant Cemetery, near Raritan.


Francis L. Snyder

Eagle Publications, September 6, 2001
Francis L. Snyder, 91, of Macomb, died at 8:04 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, 2001, at McDonough District Hospital.
He was born April 4, 1910, in Schuyler County, the son of Joseph LeRoy and Susan Hester Call Snyder. He married Vera Kennedy Oct. 17, 1931, in Oregon; she survives.
He is also survived by five grandchildren: Danny (CC) Clark, Susan Woosley, Penny Snow, Maxine Nelson and Janet Newquist; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Florence Parkins, in Arizona; and three sisters-in-law, Carol Kennedy, Bernice Snyder and Edna Snyder. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Serece JoAnn Nelson; three brothers, Fred, Frank and Joe; and one sister, Fern Lawson.
During World War II, he worked at the Porcelain Plant in Macomb. He then started his own furniture refinishing and upholstery business, where he worked for 55 years before retiring. His hobbies were fishing and comic books- he was an avid collector. He was a blood donor and a past president of the Macomb Optimist Club. He was a member and Past Master of Macomb Lodge 17 AF AM, Quincy Consistory, Rushville Commandry, seven times Past Patron of OES 132, Royal Arch Masons, Shrine, Worthy Shepherd of the White Shrine.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home, with the Revs. Mark Myers and Lori Harvey officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Macomb.


Vera Lorene Kennedy Snyder

Eagle Publications, February 10, 2004
Vera L. Snyder, 90, Macomb, died at 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan.
She was born April 17, 1913, in Plymouth, the daughter of James and Florence (Gibbs) Kennedy. She married Francis L. Snyder Oct. 17, 1931, in Oregon. He preceded her in death Aug. 30, 2001.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Serece JoAnn Nelson.
She is survived by five grandchildren, Danny Clark, Susan Woosley, Maxine Nelson, Penny Snow and Janet Newquist; 13 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren.
She was a member and past matron of Macomb Chapter 123 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the White Shrine.
Services were held at Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Myers officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Macomb.


Francelia R. Sipes Sweeney

Eagle Publications, February 10, 2000
Francelia R. Sweeney, 94, of Moline, formerly of Macomb, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at 5:48 p.m. at Heartland Health Care Center in Moline. She was born Feb. 18, 1905, in Macomb to Clifford and Gertrude Martin Sipes. She married John Louis Sweeney April 25, 1921, in Palmyra, Mo. He died May 10, 1966. She is survived by one sister, Mary Heflin of Vermont; three daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Juanita) Miller of Rock Island, Mrs. Robert (Edith) Peck of Elkhart, Ind., and Mrs. Walt (Louise) Wynes of Milan; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Sweeney lived in Rock Island from 1937 to 1958. She then moved back to Macomb, where she and her husband owned and operated the Deri-ette Motel from 1958 to 1966. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Macomb and the Lady Moose and Rebekah Lodge in Rock Island. Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 3, at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home with Rev. Randell Whitmire officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.


Monty Verne Strader

Eagle Publications, March 7, 2002
Monty V. Strader, 36, Good Hope, died at 9:34 p.m. Monday, March 4, 2002, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island. He was born March 16, 1965, in Macomb, the son of Richard and Janet Aten Strader. He married Jana Amos July 4, 1987, in Good Hope. She survives. He is also survived by his parents, Marietta; his maternal grandparents, Rose {Roscoe} and Marge Aten, Macomb; one son, Montana V. Strader, at home; one daughter, Mindy Jean Strader, at home; and two sisters, Michelle Torman, Hanna City, and Melissa Watkins, Good Hope.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Zanel Jack and Lois Strader.
He was a superintendent for Laverdiere Construction, and he owned and operated Dozergirl Trucking; he also farmed.
Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2002, at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, Macomb. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Stephen King officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.


Ruth L. Hale Phillips Shoopman

Eagle Publications, January 3, 2002
Ruth L. Shoopman, 99, of Elms Nursing Home in Macomb, formerly of the Everly House in Macomb and Huntsville, Ill. passed away at 12:45 a.m. Thursday, December 20, 2001 in the Elms Nursing Home.
She was born November 13, 1902 near Birmingham, Ill. the daughter of Charles E. and Nora I. (Mitchell) Hale. She was married to Harry Phillips on March 19, 1925 in Macomb, Ill. He died July 9, 1960. She later married Wayne Shoopman on March 22, 1977 in Ft. Madison, Iowa. He died June 26, 1979. She was a retired Telephone operator of the Huntsville telephone exchange. She was a member of Huntsville Methodist Church. She was a member of the former Augusta Chapter #378 OES since 1924. She was also a member of the Huntsville Help Each Other Club and the Royal Neighbors since 1921. She is survived by: one sister, Eva Hinchee of Macomb, Ill.; one niece, Norita Solt of Bettendorf, Iowa; great nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Juanita Phillips, a sister, Frannie Salisbury, a brother, Bliss "Doug" Hale and a half brother, Charles "Dick" Hale. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2001 in the Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta, Ill. with Rev. C.W. Butch Reneker officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Augusta. Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home.

Donald R. Stoneking

Peoria Journal Star, March 27, 2002
Donald Stoneking
PLYMOUTH - Donald R. Stoneking, 61, of 108 S. Virginia St., formerly of the Colchester area, died at 4:40 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2002, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
He was born June 12, 1940, in Industry to Ivan D. and Lois G. Stump Stoneking.
Surviving are one daughter, Kristi Stoneking of Casey; and two sisters, Sandra Stoneking of Plymouth and Peggy Spiker of Terre Haute.
Graveside services will be at ***1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. The Rev. Larry Rickard will officiate. There will be no visitation. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is in charge of arrangements.


James R. Stoneking

Peoria Journal Star, June 7, 1997
MACOMB - James R. Stoneking, 85, of 250 N. Bonham St. died at 5:05 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 1997, at McDonough District Hospital.
He was born May 29, 1912, in Macomb to Willis and Lillian Wells Stoneking.
Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Stock of Tempe, Ariz., and Janet Tudryn of Burbank; one nephew, James Stoneking of Alabama, whom he raised; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Bessie Butkiewicz and Jessie Stoneking, both of Macomb. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
He worked at Amatex in East Moline for 25 years.
A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of American Legion Post 6 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1921. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. Michael Fitch will officiate. There will be no visitation. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Frank Seybold

Blandinsville Star-Gazette, June 21, 1917
Frank Seybold died at his home in Blandinsville at 2:00 am Tuesday, June 19, 1917. He had been sick for several weeks with something like dropsy and Tuesday morning his suffering ended.
He was the son of James Seybold, a farmer who lived near the Reuben Martin place in Hire township, and was 78 years old last October. Some 40 years ago he moved to Blandinsville, where he and his wife have since resided. He was not a person of strong mentality and for many years the little fortune of about $3000 that was left him has been in the hands of a conservator. He went about town singing to himself and talking to everyone he met, and had no regular employment outside his home and garden. He was harmless but not endowed with sufficient mentality to engage in any regular occupation.
Besides his wife he leaves one son, James Seybold, of Cedar Vale, Kansas who is an intelligent and prosperous man of affairs and is engaged in contracting and building. He will likely care for his widowed mother. Funeral services were held at the house at 10 am on Wednesday morning, the Rev. Edward Hardy officiating and the interment was in the South Side Cemetery.


George L. Seybold

George L. Seybold was born near Blandinsville, Ill January 9th, 1839, and died at his late home 1 1/2 miles north Blandinsville, February 24, 1907, age 68 years 1 month and 15 days.
He was the son of David and Delila Seybold and was one of a family of ten children, John B., Mary, George L., Nancy V., Jasper N., Zilpha, Ellen, Laura, Henry and Louis dying in infancy. He was married to Hettie A. Myers, Feb. 2, 1879. To Mr. and Mrs. Seybold was born one son, Emmet O., who still lives with his mother. Those left to mourn his loss are his wife and son, two sisters, Nancy V. Martin of Macomb and Laura Harrington of Davenport, Iowa and a host of friends and relatives who will miss him as they go along life's pathway.
A precious one from us is gone
A voice we loved is stilled
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
Funeral services were held at the late home, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1907 at 12 o'clock, Rev. Oranger of the Baptist church officiating. He was laid to rest in Liberty cemetery.


James "Jimmy" Seybold

died: March 3, 1902
Macomb Daily Journal, Thursday, March 1902, page 2
James Seybold
Wm. Bond, wife and daughter, Gertie of Peoria, Mrs. Ketchum of near Roseville and Mrs. B. Claybaugh of St. Louis came Tuesday to attend the funeral of Uncle Jimmy Seybold, an old resident of this vicinity, who died at his home south of town (Blandinsville) Monday, age 65 years. Funeral from Baptist church Wednesday at 2 pm. Burial in South Cemetery.


Mary Webster Simmons

Death Record - Mrs. Mary Simmons
Mrs. Mary Simmons died at her home in Emmet township Thursday, Jan. 21, 1897, of debility incident to old age. She was born in the state of Maryland, April 29, 1810, and was in her 87th year at the time of her death. Her maiden name was Webster; when young she moved with her parents to Kentucky and in 1827 was united in marriage with Joshua Simmons. They moved to Illinois in 1834, settling in Emmet township, which continued to be their home until the death of each. Her husband died some ten or twelve years ago. She leaves surviving her nine children, Mrs. Mary Harden of Kansas, Mrs. Martha E. Wright, Mrs. Eliza Carter, Z. B. Simmons of Emmet, T. M. Simmons of Goodland, Kan.; Joe H. Simmons, Topeka, Kan., and Mrs. Sarah E. and John M. Simmons of Emmet. Four of her children were present at her death. She leaves 27 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. She has been a constant member of the Baptist church for nearly 50 years.


George A. Suter

Eagle Publications, February 15, 2001
Funeral services were held for George A. Suter, 88, Bushnell, on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. in Corman Memorial Home, Roseville. The Rev. Kurt Ayers officiated and interment was in Roseville Cemetery.
Mr. Suter passed away on Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, in McDonough District Hospital, Macomb. Memorials may be made to Avon Nursing Home.
A son of Andrew and Millie Smith Suter, he was born Sept. 28, 1912, in Greenbush.
He leaves: a brother, Richard Suter, Bushnell; a sister, Norma Watson, Monmouth; and nieces and nephews.
His parents and three sisters preceded him in death.
Mr. Suter received his early education in county schools and graduated from Youngstown High School. He farmed in Warren, Fulton and McDonough counties, was a member of the McDonough and Warren County Farm Bureaus, and attended the Christian Church in Youngstown.


Richard D. Suter

Eagle Publications, June 27, 2007
Richard D. Suter, 77, Bushnell, died at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 17, 2007, at his home.
He was born April 29, 1930, in Roseville, the son of Joseph Andrew and Millie Ann (Smith) Suter. He married Edith Mae Hornbaker on April 27, 1963, at the Prairie City Presbyterian Church. She preceded him in death March 3, 2004.
He is survived by one daughter, Tracie (Steven) Morris, Abingdon; and one son, Andy (April) Suter, rural Avon; six grandchildren, Tyler, Caitlin, Kenneth and Eddie Elizabeth Suter and Richard and Brandon Morris; and one sister, Norma Watson, Roseville. In addition to his wife and his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, George and two sisters, Doris Ragon and Roberta Sammons and one infant sister, Nellie.
He was raised around Roseville. He graduated from Avon High School in 1948, and moved to Bushnell in 1954 where he farmed all his life. He served in the National Guard during the Korean War.
Funeral services were held at, Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at Corman Memorial Home, Avon. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial was in Bushnell Cemetery.


Edith Hornbaker Suter

Eagle Publications, March 9, 2004
Edith Suter, 70, Bushnell, died at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at McDonough District Hospital, Macomb.
She was born Feb. 13, 1934, in Prairie City, the daughter of Forest L. and Charlotte C. (Everly) Hornbaker. She married Richard D. Suter April 27, 1963, in Prairie City. He survives. She is also survived by one son, Andy (April) Suter, Avon; one daughter Tracie (Steven) Morris, Abingdon; five grandchildren, Richard and Brandon Morris, Tyler, Caitlin and Kenneth Suter; and one sister Lois Kreps, Little Swan Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Betty Emory.
She was born and raised around Prairie City until 1963, when she moved to rural Bushnell. In 1984, she moved to Bushnell. She was a member of the Prairie City Presbyterian Church and elder of the church.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 6, 2004, at the First Presbyterian Church, Prairie City.
Burial was at the Bushnell Cemetery.
Corman Funeral Home, Avon, was in charge of arrangements.


Daniel Schisler I

died: April 29, 1961
unknown paper
Daniel Schisler, 80, of Tennessee Dies
Daniel Schisler, 80 of Tennessee Township, died Saturday evening at the St. Francis Hospital in Macomb. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday in the Chapel of the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. The Rev. Donald Skiles of the Carthage Assembly of God Church will officiate and burial will be in Point Pleasant Cemetery in Warren County.
He was born Jan. 13, 1881 in Schuyler County to Lewis and Julia Kaltreider Schisler, Jr. He was a farmer and resided in Warren County for many years before moving to Tennessee Township. He was a member of the Colfax Methodist Church.
He married Agnes Beebe May 30, 1905 in Rushville. She survives with six children, Clauson Schisler of Crowley, LA, Kenneth of Abingdon, Dale of Monmouth, Beryl of Macomb, Mrs. Jessie Glazner of Chula Vista, CA, and Mrs. Marguerite Byland of Colchester; two brothers, Henry Schisler of Galesburg and Pearl Schisler of Swan Creek; a sister, Mrs. Anna Rockwell of White Hall, MI, 22 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Two sons, two grandchildren, three brothers, Annius, John and Noah, and two sister, Josephine Trone and Sarah Graham died previously.
Friends may call at the chapel and the family will meet with friends there Tuesday evening.


Harvey (Harvie) Schisler

Macomb Daily Journal, March 2, 1955
Harvey Schisler of Bushnell Dies Here:
Harvey Schisler, 76 of Bushnell died at the St. Francis Hospital in Macomb yesterday afternoon following an illness of about three weeks. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Bushnell Methodist Church with the Rev. A. J. Copeland officiating. Internment will be in the Vermont Cemetery. Friends may call at the Craycraft Funeral Home in Bushnell.
He was born Dec. 25, 1878, in Fulton County, Illinois, to Martin and Amanda (Robertson) Schisler. He worked on farms in the Bushnell community most of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Lora; five children, Mrs. Violet Walsh of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Anna Cambers of Bushnell, Mrs. Wanda Hopping of Vermont, Lester Schisler of Tallahoma, Tenn., Richard Schisler of Clifton, NJ.; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six step-children; seven brothers, John, Martin, Homer, Cooney (Conrad), Edward, all of Abingdon, Arthur of Rock Island and Biddie (Byrom "Bidie") of Bushnell, and three sisters, Mrs. Ida Danner of Abingdon, Mrs. Amanda McDonnel (McDonald) of Astoria and Mrs. Fannie Voorhees of Ellisville.

Bushnell - Harvey Schisler, 76, of Bushnell, a former resident of Abingdon, died Tuesday morning in St. Francis Hospital, Macomb.
He was born in Fulton County Dec. 25, 1878.
Besides his wife, Lora, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Violet Walsh, Portland, Ore.; Mrs. Anna Chambers, Bushnell, and Mrs. Wanda Hopping, Vermont, and a son, Lester, Tullahoma, Tenn.
He also leaves seven brothers, John, Martin, Homer, Cooney (Conrad) and Edward, all of Abingdon; Arthur, Rock Island and Biddie ("Byron "Bidie"), Bushnell and three sisters, Mrs. Ida Danner, Abingdon; Mrs. Amanda McDonnel (McDonald), Astoria, and Mrs. Fannie Voorhees, Ellisville, in addition to six stepchildren, 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. in the Bushnell Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Vermont Cemetery. Friends may call at the Craycraft Funeral Home.
Note: Harvey first married Carrie Edith Derry, then Lora Fitch.


Matilda Agnes Beebe Schisler

died: June 17, 1965
unknown paper, June 26, 1965
Mrs. Agnes Schisler, Tennessee Twp., Dies
Mrs. Agnes Schisler , 80, died at her home in Tennessee Township {McDonough County, Illinois} Thursday afternoon following a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel of Jones Mortuary in Colchester. The Rev. Donald Skiles of Carthage will officiate, and burial will br in Pennington Point Cemetery, Warren County.
Mrs. Schisler was born June 6, 1885, in Schuyler County to John and Jessie Fisher Beebe. She was a member of the Monmouth Assembly of God Church.
On May 30, 1905, she married Daniel Schisler, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are five children: C. L. Schisler of Crowley, La., Kenneth Schisler of Abingdon, Dale Schisler of Indio, Calif., Beryl Schisler, RR Macomb, and Marguerite Byland, RR Colchester; one brother, Fred Beebe of Rushville; one sister, Mellie Morrell of Beardstown; 22 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Jessie Glazner, died in 1963, and two sons, Elmer and Daniel, Jr., died in infancy. Nine brothers and sisters, Winnie Thompson, Bertha McNealy, Bessie Thompson, Clarabelle Elgin, Stella Umphreys, Sherman, Danny, Glen, and Jerome Beebe are deceased.
Friends may call at the chapel after this evening. Visitation with the family will be Saturday evening at the chapel.


Laura D. Hettrick Scripps

Laura D., daughter of D. M. and Ella K. Hettrick, was born in McDonough county, Illinois, Jan. 7, 1871, and died August 15, 1901.
In her eighth year she came with her parents to Astoria, Illinois, where she has lived until her decease.
Having thus grown up in this city, a pupil of the city schools and Sunday schools she was known by almost everyone in the community.
On the 21st of March, 1894, she was united in holy matrimony to Mr. John Scripps and began life anew in their beautiful home in this city.
These brief years of married life soon terminated, disease, weakness, death is the short story. Everything that means, science and love could do for her was done without avail and she quietly slipped away to be at rest.
Her light has gone out but she lives in the memory of her loved ones and friends.
In her death she leaves to mourn her early departure her husband, her parents, two sisters and a host of friends.
The funeral was conducted from the family residence, where a large assembly gathered to pay the last sad rites to the dead and to enter into sympathy with the bereaved family.
The services were brief yet everything was planned to draw away the gloom encircling the home. They were conducted by Rev. James O. Kirkpatrick of the M. E. church who spoke words of consolation and sympathy from the text: "We all fade as a leaf." A quartet from the Methodist choir furnished befitting music.
The remains were placed in the Emerson receiving vault temporarily, owing to lack of time to make permanent the final place of interment. A profusion of beautiful flowers was in evidence, which betokened the esteem of friends, a host of whom followed her to the last resting place in the cemetery to ??
"Know the end of strife.
And taste the deathless life
And find the last the best"
Note: found in a scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mother's things after her death. "The scrapbook is one which my great grandmother, Amanda Bryan Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother, Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries of family and friends. These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler Counties. These obits are probably around a hundred years old or may be more."


Dana A. (Earl) Sherman

Rushville Times, December 29, 1924
D. A. Sherman Dead
Death Came While He Slept Monday Night About 10:30 O'clock
Dana A. Sherman died at his home on the Macomb road, Monday night about 10:30 o'clock, from an unlooked for heart attack, as he had retired without any complaints as to feeling badly.
Mrs. Sherman was awakened when she heard him moan, and tried to rouse him, but he had lapsed into unconsciousness and was dead when Dr. Munson arrived at the home a short time afterward.
Mr. Sherman had not been well for several days, but his condition was not regarded as serious and his sudden death came as a sad shock to his family and his many friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Sherman have resided in Rushville since retiring from their Buenavista Township farm several years ago, and their grandson, Lloyd Moore, lived with them and attended school.
Thruout his life, Mr. Sherman had ever taken an active part in the community life of the neighborhood in which he resided. He had served as justice of the peace for many years and held this office at the time of his death.
Mr. Sherman had long been associated with the Free Methodist church and was active in relations with the Antioch church and Sunday school. He was ever opposed to the liquor traffic and was one of the leaders in the Prohibition party in this county and always took a firm stand for law enforcement.
Dana A. Sherman was born December 9, 1852, in Hancock county, and was 72 years and 20 days of age. He was the son of J. L. and Rachel Sherman and was the last of a family of six children - four daughters and two sons.
He was married to Anna Ashwood and to them were born six children, five of whom survive, namely: Mrs. J. E. Robbins, Earl, and Clarence Sherman, Mrs. Grace Sargent, and Mrs, Lena Elliott. One daughter, Mrs. Lutie Moore, is deceased.
Arrangements for the funeral will not be made until it is known if the daughter, Mrs. J. E. Robbins of Visalia, Calf., can be here. The services will be held at Antioch church conducted by Rev. B. F. Ray of Cowden, Ill., assisted by Rev. R. C. Nowlin, pastor of the circuit, and Rev. J. L. Mayhew of Lewiston, Ill.


Locie M. Smith

Rushville Times, March 21, 2001, page 15, column 4
Locie Smith
Locie M. Smith, 79, of Bushnell, died Monday, March 19, 2001, at his daughter's residence in Peoria.
He was born Aug. 15, 1921, in Industry, the son of Loran W. and Mary E. Carnes Smith. He married Frances N. Thompson on Sept. 25, 1949, in Bushnell. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Kevin (wife Marjorie) Smith of Darien; two daughters, Mrs. Judy (husband Tom) O'Connel of Peoria arid Mrs. Connie (husband Dexter) Cave of Elgin; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four brothers, James B. Smith of Laurie, Mo., Wilbert C. Smith of Chillicothe, Samuel B. Smith of Bushnell and Orville D. Smith of Ocala, Fla.; three sisters, Mildred Still of Astoria, Mary Robertson of Rushville and Arlene Willis of Baker, Mont.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, George B. Smith and one sister, Betty Morrill.
He was raised in McDonough, Hancock, and Schuyler counties and was a 1939 graduate of Rushville High School. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps during W.W. II and was employed at Camp Ellis. He was a resident of Bushnell since 1949, where he was employed by the City of Bushnell for over 30 years. He served for many years as the superintendent of the Municipal Gas Plant. After retiring in 1983, he continued to serve as a member of the Bushnell Municipal Utilities Board. He was a long time member of the Bushnell Christian Church, where he served as a deacon and treasurer. In recent years, he was a member of the Maple Avenue Christian Church of Macomb.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Martin-Rolls Funeral Home in Bushnell with Rev. Chris Williams and Pastor Terry Roady officiating. Visitation will be from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at the funeral home where friends may call after 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Bushnell Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Bushnell Rescue Squad, Bushnell Public Library or the Maple Avenue Christian Church of Macomb.


Ivan Cadwell Swearingen

died: July 31, 1954
Rushville Times, August 5, 1954
Rites Held Tuesday For Ivan C. Swearingen, 50
Ivan C. Swearingen, 50, vice president and cashier of the State Bank of Industry, died at 12:50 am. Sunday at St. Francis hospital in Macomb. Death was attributed to a heart attack. He had been in in the hospital since April 26.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 Tuesday afternoon at the Industry Methodist Church, the Rev. Fred Normal officiating . Burial was in Industry cemetery.
He was a lifelong resident of Industry and was born Dec. 15,1903, in Industry township, a son of Charles and Effie Cadwell Swearingen. For 31 years he had been employed at the Industry State Bank.
He was married Nov. 22, 1924, to Leona Young, who survives with a son Max Swearingen of Industry; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Louise Aten, of Lexington, Ky., three grandchildren,: four brothers and a sister, Keith Swearingen of Industry, Sterling Swearingen of Rushville, Harry Swearingen of St. Louis, Mo., Tom Swearingen of Bloomington, and Mrs. Bertha Lehman of Washington, D.C.


Leona C. Ashwood Swearingen

Rushville Times, September 04, 1996
Leona C. Swearingen, 91 of Macomb, formerly of Industry, died Sunday, Sept. 01, 1996, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
She was born on Nov. 10, 1904, in Ray, to Joseph and Minnie May Ashwood Young. She married Ivan C. Swearingen on Nov. 22, 1954. He died Aug. 01,1954.
She is survived by a son, Max Swearingen of Industry; one daughter, Mary Louise Aten of Lexington, Ky.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Grave side services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Industry cemetery with Rev. Jill Johnson-Scott officiating. There will be no visitation. Clugston - Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of the arrangements.


Clare Devere Schisler

Peoria Journal Star, June 7, 1992, Page: C14
Good Hope - Clare D. Schisler, 79, of Rural Route Good Hope, died at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 1992, at his residence.
Born March 11, 1913, in Ipava to William and Della Grove Schisler, he married Ellen France on August 11, 1940, in Ipava.
She survives, along with three sons, Max of Rudolph, Ohio, John of Camp Point, and Ron of Good Hope; five daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Elaine) Churchill of Roseville, Mrs. Verne (Carrie) Moulton of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Idella Huston, Mrs. Doug (Linda) Wilkins, and Mrs. Hap (Kathie) Voorhees, all of Galesburg; and 12 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Delbert Devere Schisler, and two brothers.
A farmer in the Good Hope area for 40 years, he was also a self-employed carpenter. He was a former member of the Good Hope Lions Club and a member of the Walnut Grove Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at his church. The Rev.
Peggy Richards will officiate. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m.
Monday at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell. Calling hours will be after 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Good Hope Cemetery.


Lurline Kate Kellum Shores

Macomb Daily Journal, January 2, 1932
Lurline Kate Shores died January 1st in Industry. Born 7 June 1891 in Industry to J. W. and E. Brooks Kellum. She married Ed Shores.
Note: buried Industry Cemetery, Plot O-53, McDonough County, IL: Lurline K. Shores 1891-1 Jan 1932


Thelma L. Grandt Siepel

Eagle Publications, March 14, 2002
Thelma L. Siepel, 86, of rural Tennessee, died at 10:34 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
She was born July, 17, 1915, near Table Grove in Farmers township, Fulton County, the daughter of Ernest Christian and Olive Josephine (Robinson) Grandt. She was married June 12, 1936, at the United Brethren Church in Macomb, to John Willard Siepel, who preceded her in death June 6, 1971.
She is survived by five children, Captain Willard Ernest Siepel, US Navy Retired and wife (Carol) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Olive Ruthanne Danielson of Plymouth, Mary Jane and husband (Gerald) White of Colchester, Barbara Jean and husband (Frankie) Lucie of Basco, Patricia Lea and husband (Edwin) Burtness of Orfordville, Wis., and one daughter-in-law, Sue Siepel of Austin, Texas; 15 grandchildren survive, Keith Willard and Margo Siepel and Kevin Willard and Sharon Siepel of Cincinnati, Ohio, Linda Joanne and Don Switzer of Plymouth, David John and Nancy Danielson of Tennessee, Melissa Sue and Jeff Calhoun of Macomb, Geoffrey Grandt and Kimberly White of Morris, Diana Lee and John D. Cox of Bokoshe, Okla., Beverly Jo and James Hoffmeister of La Romain, Trinidad, West Indies, Michael George Siepel of Springfield, Mo., Charles Roy Lucie and Steven Raymond and Jennifer Lucie of Basco, Adam Lee and Amy Lucie of Carthage, Deanna Louise DeVoe, Jason Edwin and Sara Burtness, and Eric Lee Burtness of Orfordville, Wis.; 25 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Irene Stromberg of Tacoma, Wash. and Dorothy Livengood of Elizabethton, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Edward Siepel, a son-in-law, Bob Danielson, a grandson, Danny Albert Danielson, a great-granddaughter, Colette Elaine Danielson, her parents, two brothers, Charles E. Grandt and Jim L. Grandt and two sisters, Eleanor D. Icenogle and Marjorie Lea Stromberg.
Thelma's childhood homes were in the areas of Table Grove, Ipava, Gin Ridge, Plymouth and Macomb. Following her marriage she lived on the Siepel Family Farm south of Joetta until June 2001 when she moved to LaMoine Christian Nursing Home in Roseville. She moved to Wesley Village Health Care in Macomb in September 2001. She was a 1933 graduate of Macomb High School. She worked in her father's business, Farmer's Produce in the Lindsey Building in Macomb, and later was employed at Dennis chicken Products in Augusta, in the dietary department at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, and as a crop reporter with the US Department of Agriculture. She was a co-leader of the Lamoine Lucky Ladies 4-H club in Hancock County for several years, and had been a member of Home Bureau and the Crooked Creek Special Club. She enjoyed her yard, especially hybrid tea roses, daffodils and red bud trees. Known lovingly as "Granny Siepel" to her grandchildren and many friends, neighbors, and family members, She will be remembered by them for her gifts of quilts and hand-crocheted afghans and for the time and love she shared with each of them. She also created elaborate gingerbread houses for her beloved "Gray Boys" when they were children. She enjoyed reading and travel, and was a member of the Tennessee Birthday Club. She was an active member of the Hills Grove United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and Bible school and was active in the United Methodist Women. She was also co-founder and member of Church Women United of the Colchester area.
Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2002 at the Hills Grove United Methodist Church near Tennessee with the Rev. Donald Long officiating. Burial was in the Hills Grove Cemetery.


George Tobert Smith

Peoria Journal Star, September 27, 1995, Page: D6
Bushnell - Graveside services for George Robert "Bob" Smith, 71, of 1500 W. Main, Apt. 12-A, who died at 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 1995, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Vermont Cemetery in Vermont. The Rev. Ralph O. Swarthout will officiate.
He was struck by a car Monday while riding a bicycle about four miles north of Bushnell on Illinois Route 41. There will be no visitation. Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria is in charge of arrangements.
Born March 3, 1924, in Macomb to Loren W. and Mary E. Carnes Smith, he married Edna Fowler on Dec. 11, 1980, in Macomb. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Teresa Smith of Moline; one stepson, Robert Cassel of Bader; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five brothers, Locie and Samuel, both of Bushnell, James of Sunrise Beach, Mo., Wilbert of Chillicothe and Orville of Florida; and three sisters, Mildred Still of Havana, Mary Robertson of Browning and Arlene Willis of the state of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley Jane Smith, and one sister.
A construction worker, he was a member of Laborer's Union Local 231 in Pekin.
He was a member of Bushnell Christian Church.


Wayne "Chuck" Snyder

died: December 2, 2001
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 6, 2001, Page: 35
Pery, N.Y. - Wayne "Chuck" Snyder, 93, of Peru, formerly of Alvin and Browning, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
He was born July 7, 1908, in Browning, the son of George C. and Laura Steadman Snyder.
Mr. Snyder worked for the Burlington Railroad and post office until he left for the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a warehouse foreman under Gen. George C. Patton from 1942-45. He was awarded the American Campaign Medal for Good Conduct, WWII Victory Medal, European/African/Middle Eastern medal with three bronze battle stars, a service stripe and two overseas service bars. He was a lifelong gardener and handyman in Springfield and Alvin, retiring in the 1980s, and a member of Alvin Christian Church.
Survivors: a stepsister, Marcella Brodman of Virginia; two nieces, Jean Snyder-Kull of Peru and Patricia Tegeder of Jacksonville; and three stepnieces, Virginia Stambaugh of Browning, Rosy Aten of Macomb and Joyce Taylor of Jacksonville.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Browning Cemetery, the Rev. Jack Christian officiating.
Note: Virginia Stambaugh and Rosy Aten are the daughters of Howard "Keith" Keith Aten and Helen Rose Geer. Jean Snyder-Kull is the daughter of brother, John Snyder and Eva Darlene Ridings. Marcella Brodman is the daughter of Arthur "Hiram" Hiram Geer and Ada Bertha Kloker and sister to Helen Rose Geer Aten. The rest I haven't figured out how they are related. Sara Hemp


Loren "Jack" Sours

Peoria Journal Star, August 12, 1994, Page: A12
Havana - Loren "Jack" Sours, 92, of 323 E. Jefferson St. died at 6:20 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 1994, at Havana Healthcare Center.
Born Nov. 24, 1901, in Beardstown to William Michael and Margaret Ellen Doyle Sours, he married Helen Bly on April 4, 1932, in Macomb. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Barbara Buchanan of Havana; two sons, Jack Sowers of North Branch, Minn., and Dan Sours of Phoenix; two brothers, Virgle \{Virgil\} of Rushville and Oliver of Macomb; three sisters, Winifred Sweeney, Gladys Clark and Margurite Morris, all of Macomb; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.
He was an auctioneer, grocery store owner, contractor and businessman. He last owned and operated Sours' Furniture store in Havana.
He was a member of Havana Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hurley Funeral Home. The Rev. Warren Hughes will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


Virgil William Sours

Peoria Journal Star, March 17, 1997, Page: A7
Rushville - Virgil William Sours, 98, of Rushville died at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, March 16, 1997, at Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home.
Born May 22, 1898, in Chandlerville to William and Margaret Doyle Sours, he married Velma Perry on April 30, 1923, in Rushville. She died Dec. 25, 1983.
Two sons, James and Robert, three sisters and three brothers also preceded him in death.
Surviving are two sons, Richard and John, both of Littleton; two sisters, Winnifred Sweeney and Marguerite Morris, both of Macomb; one brother, Oliver of Moline; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was an independent cement contractor and a farmer before retiring.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Worthington Funeral Home. The Rev. Don Long will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Blackburn Cemetery near Brooklyn.


Marilyn Diane Barnes Stephens

Eagle Publications, February 21, 2003
Marilyn Barnes Stephens, 70, Macomb, died at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at McDonough District Hospital.
She was born July 27, 1932, in Rushville, the daughter of Vernon and Hildreth (Ashwood) Barnes. She married Richard D. Stephens Nov. 18, 1951, in Rushville. He survives.
She is also survived by two daughters, Deborah (Neal) Nordstrom, San Diego, Calif., Michelle (Stephen) Dykes, Barrington; four grandchildren; one brother, Dr. Byron Barnes, St. Louis, Mo.; and one sister Jeanne Bartlett, Rushville.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She was a graduate of Rushville High School and received the D.A.R. award while she was there. She was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and was an honor student in high school and college. She was past president of Chapter K PEO, past president of Kappa Delta Sorority, and a member of XXMD, and the First Presbyterian Church of Macomb. She enjoyed her family, her church, and her Bridge Club.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday Feb. 20, 2003 at First Presbyterian Church, Macomb, with the Rev. Alice Davenport officiating. Visitation will follow after the service in the Fellowship Hall at the Church. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial of the ashes will be in Oakwood Cemetery.


Donald Sweeney

Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - October 31, 2000, Page: B04
Former Macomb Mayor Donald Sweeney
Macomb - Donald Sweeney, 76, of 21007 Oakmont Court died at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, at his residence.
Born April 25, 1924, in Macomb to Herschel and Winifred Sours Sweeney, he married Jean Wegehoft on Dec. 11, 1943, in San Diego. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Mark (and Lisa) of Macomb; two daughters, Pamela (and Clete) Wagner of Vassar, Mich., and Johanna (and Terry) Swanson of Albuquerque, N.M.; two brothers, John of Modera, Calif., and Max of Austin, Texas; one sister, Vernadene Elliott of Macomb; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was a Marine Corps veteran, serving from 1943 to 1946. He was a member of American Legion Post 6 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1921.
He owned and operated Sweeney's Cleaners in Macomb since 1948.
He was elected to the Macomb City Council in 1966 and served on several council committees. He was elected as mayor of Macomb in 1971 and served until 1973.
He served as chairman of Macomb's City Wide Clean-Up and Beautification Program and of the Greater Macomb United Fund from 1970 to 1971.
He served on the Safety Security Sub-Committee at Western Illinois University and as chairman of the Macomb Fire and Police Commission.
He served as assistant sergeant-at-arms for the Annual Illinois Municipal League meeting in 1968.
He was a member of the Macomb Jaycees. He was past vice president of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce, where he also served on the board of directors.
He was a life member of First Christian Church of Macomb, where he served as deacon.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at his church. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, where military rites will be conducted by his American Legion and VFW posts.


Winifred Sours Sweeney

Peoria Journal Star, August 26, 2000, Page: B05
Macomb - Winifred Sweeney, 96, of 1212 Madelyn Ave. died at 8:36 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at Elms Nursing Home.
Born Oct. 29, 1903, in Cass County to William and Margaret Ellen Doyle Sours, she married Herschel Sweeney on Nov. 30, 1921, in Macomb. He died in 1972.
Four brothers, three sisters and two grandchildren also preceded her in death.
Surviving are three sons, John of Modera, Calif., Max of Austin, Texas, and Don of Macomb; one daughter, Vernadene Elliott of Macomb; one brother, Oliver Sours of Moline; one sister, Margurite Morris of Macomb; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-greatgrandchildren.
She had been a clerk for Sweeney Cleaners in Macomb.
She was a 50-year member of Calvary Baptist Church in Macomb.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Dodsworth-PiperWallen Funeral Home, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight. The Rev. Ron Bricker will officiate. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, where the Rev. Randall Whitmire will officiate.


Hannah Isabelle Sullivan Stambaugh

Astoria Argus, February 10, 1954
Mrs. Hannah Isabelle Stambaugh Dies Sunday.
Mrs. Hannah Isabelle Stambaugh died Sunday in her home following an illness of two weeks duration. She was aged 82 years, 9 months, and 12 days.
Mrs. Stambaugh was born May 25, 1871, a daughter of John and Rachel Sayers Sullivan. She was united in marriage to John Stambaugh on Feb. 22, 1903, and to them were born five children: Mrs. Inez Palmer, Astoria; Glen Stambaugh of Adair; Mrs. Rachel Stroops of Monmouth; Freeman Stambaugh of Astoria; and George, deceased.
Also survives are four stepsons: Harvey, Cleve and John of Astoria, Charles of Marietta, one stepdaughter, Mrs. Goldie Derry, 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 24 step grandchildren, and four brothers and one sister, namely: George Sullivan of Vermont, Fred Sullivan of Good Hope, Thomas, Lemuel and Mrs. Delora Lind, all of Astoria.
In her youth she was a member of the U. B. church of Oak Grove, but in late years she attended the Assembly of God church in Astoria.
Funeral services were held this afternoon in the Assembly of God church, conducted by Rev. F. H. Tollivar, Macomb. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Note: Her mother Rachel Sayers is sometimes named as Rachel Sears.


Donnie Lee Stambaugh

Eagle Publications, January 18, 2005
Donnie Lee Stambaugh, 60, Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Good Hope, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 12:15 a.m., at his home in Tulsa. He was born Feb. 2, 1944, Macomb, the son of Scott and Rosine Markland Stambaugh. He married Charlene Small, Rosie Zuspan and June Lewis. June survives.
He is also survived by four daughters; Terri Larson, Bushnell; Wendy and Brandi Stambaugh, Peoria; Robin Stambaugh, Tulsa, Okla.; three sons; Tony, Tulsa, Okla. Donnie Jr. and Bill, Peoria; his mother; two brothers; Randy, Good Hope, and Gary, Galesburg; and 15 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Charles. He was a truck driver all his life. He belonged to the VFW and American Legion Association.
Cremation rights were accorded.
Burial will be at a later date at the Good Hope Cemetery.


Charles B. Stambaugh

died: abt. 1959
Astoria Argus - In ink unreadable
Former Astoria, Bader Resident Dies
Charles Stambaugh, 90, of Roseville, died at 5:45 Monday morning at Monmouth hospital, where he was admitted Sunday. He had been in failing health two years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Corman Memorial Home in Roseville. Graveside services and burial will be at the Astoria cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Mr. Stambaugh was born July 12, 1869 in Schuyler County. He married Lovina Painter in 1893. She died in 1944. He had resided in the Bader and Astoria communities before moving to Roseville four years ago to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Roscoe Thomas.
Surviving in addition to the daughters, Mrs. Dewey Workman of Browning, and Miss Mathilda Stambaugh of Rockford; five sons, Scott Stambaugh of Good Hope, Howard Stambaugh of Jacksonville, Harley Stambaugh of Rockford, David Stambaugh of Frederick and Michael Stambaugh of Perry; 49 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, one brother, Alvin Stambaugh of Bader and numerous nieces and nephews.
Three sons, two daughters, four grandchildren and one sister are deceased.


Leonard "Bus" Sowers

Peoria Journal Star, April 4, 1992, Page: C7
Macomb - Leonard "Bus" Sowers, 76, of 1025 Derry Lane, No. 5, died at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 1992, at his residence.
Born May 24, 1915, in Macomb to Walter and Margaret Olive Thomas Sours, he married Margelene M. Rhodes on Oct. 19, 1945, in Macomb. She died April 27, 1986. He also was preceded in death by one daughter, Rosanne Bullard, four brothers and one sister.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Roland (Rebecca) Smith, and one son, Chuck, both of Macomb; and four grandchildren.
He lived most of his life in Macomb. He was a tool and die maker for King Seeley and later Bower Roller Bearing for several years, retiring in 1980. He served in the 8th Air Force, 91st Heavy Bombardment Group, and was a crew member of the Memphis Belle during World War II. He was a member of Macomb Elks Lodge 1009, Macomb American Legion Post 6 and Wesley United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Dodsworth-Piper- Wallen Funeral Home. The Rev. Alan Newhall will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.


Ethan Sorrells

Peoria Journal Star, January 8, 1992, Page: D7
Bushnell - Ethan Sorrells, 93, of 860 Cole St. died at 5:09 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 1992, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
Born Oct. 15, 1898, in Schuyler County to John and Amy Dugger Sorrells, he married Alma Irene Hale on Oct. 17, 1921, in Virginia, Ill.
She survives along with four daughters, Mrs. Charles (Lucille) Roelle of Avon, Mrs. Leo (Kathleen) White of Timewell, Mrs. Roland (Barbara) Hensley of Forrest and Mrs. Emanuel (Glenda) Reynolds of Isanti, Minn.; two brothers, Everett of Astoria and Vilasco of Abingdon; three sisters, Mrs. George (Vivian) Millard of Abingdon, Mrs. Jesse (Lena) Larson of Berwick and Gertrude Sorrells of Galesburg; 16 grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; several great-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
He farmed near Ellisville, retiring in 1977.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bushnell Cemetery. Calling hours will be after 2 p.m. Thursday, and visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, both at Martin- Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell.


Alma Irene Hale Sorrells

Eagle Publications, October 17, 2002
Alma Irene Sorrells, 97, Macomb, formerly of Bushnell, died at 8:05 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, in Macomb Senior Living Center.
She was born Oct. 4, 1905, in Grant Pass, Ore., the daughter of John and Anna Cheeseman Hale.
She married Ethan Sorrells on Oct. 17, 1921, in Virginia. He died Jan. 6, 1992.
Surviving are four daughters, Lucille Roelle and Barbara (Roland) Hensley, both of Forrest, Kathleen (Leo) White, Rushville, and Glenda (Emanuel) Reynolds, Isanti, Minn.; 16 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, a stepbrother, a sister and three nephews.
She lived in the Ellisville community and moved to Bushnell in 1977.
Funeral services were at held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Martin-Hollis Funeral Home.
Burial was in Bushnell Cemetery.


Martha M. Dixon Smith

Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - December 27, 1992, Page: C14
Macomb - Martha M. Smith, 97, of 1200 E. Grant St. died at 11:50 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25, 1992, at Wesley Village Health Care Center.
Born June 19, 1895, in Brown County to Warren and Mary Houser Dixon, she married Hollis W. Smith on Jan. 5, 1915, in Rushville. He died Feb. 10, 1976.
One son, John W., two brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, James L. of Macomb; one daughter, Rosalie Markham of Bushnell; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She lived in Schuyler County before moving to McDonough County in 1929. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Macomb, Scotland Busy Bees and Social Services of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. The Rev. Cheryl Colt will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.


Junior "Jake" E. Smith

Eagle Publications, July 1, 1999
Junior E. "Jake" Smith, 75, of 315 E. Grant St., died at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, 1999, at the Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.
He was born on Feb. 16, 1924, in Fulton County, the son of Elzie and Cleva Hamm Smith.
He married Nelda Miller on Dec. 9, 1944, in Taunton, Mass.
Survivors include his wife Nelda; sisters Rosa Fitzjerrells of Upland, Calif., and Elsie Clapp of Table Grove; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Marie Onion, Doris Chenoweth Smith, Frances Kendrick and Helen Curless; and brother Homer R. Smith.
Mr. Smith was an Army veteran of World War II, following which he worked for the railroad until 1950 when he began farming in the rural Macomb area. He retired from farming in 1986, and in 1987, he and his wife moved to Macomb.
Services were Wednesday in the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Chaplain Ron Green officiating. Burial was in the Harris Cemetery near Table Grove.


Russell "Buck" D. Shepard

Peoria Journal Star, April 18, 1998, Page: B4
BUSHNELL - Russell D. "Buck" Shepard, 82, formerly of Bushnell, died at 6:45 a.m. Friday, April 17, 1998, at Prairie City Nursing Center.
Born March 4, 1916, in Table Grove to Ernie and Maude Walters Shepard, he married Venita Hollenback on June 12, 1943, in Palmyra, Mo. She died June 12, 1987.
He also was preceded in death by one grandson, two brothers and one sister.
Surviving are one son, Gary of Wyaconda, Mo.; one brother, Wayne of Monmouth; and three sisters, Maxine Osborne of Bushnell, Melba Paul of Canton and Dorothy Sinnett of Marietta.
A cement finisher, he lived and worked construction in the Bushnell area most of his life.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Harris Cemetery in Table Grove. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home.


Mary L Miller Sears

Eagle Publications, December 2, 1999
Mary L. Sears, 67, of Bluffs, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, in Springfield Memorial Hospital at Springfield.
She was born Jan. 4, 1932, at Beardstown to Oscar David and Louise Williams Miller.
She married Carroll D. Sears on Dec. 11, 1952, at Jacksonville. He preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 1995.
Survivors include son Kelly (Gwen) Sears of Macomb; daughter Rita (Michael) Williams of Bluffs; mother, Louise Miller Landes of Jacksonville; grandchildren Sam and Megan Williams of Bluffs and Callie and Austin Sears of Macomb; sisters Ruth Shelton and Joann Landes, both of Jacksonville.
She was preceded in death by an infant brother and sister, brother Albert Miller and sister Alma Bergschneider.
She was a member of Oxville United Methodist Church, but attended the Bluffs United Methodist Church since her husband's death. She was a supporter of the Bluffs Athletic Boosters.
Mrs. Sears and her husband owned and operated Sears Lumber Company in Bluffs for 43 years.
Services were Nov. 28 in Mackey Daws Funeral Home at Bluffs with the Rev. John Eisfelder officiating.
Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery near Bluffs.
Memorials can be made to the Meredosia Rescue Squad, Oxville United Methodist Church or Bluffs United Methodist Church.


Daniel Carroll Standard
Peoria Journal Star, December 30, 1993, Page: C7
INDUSTRY - Daniel Carroll "Dannie" Standard, 96, formerly of Industry, died at 4:55 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1993, at Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
Born Aug. 19, 1897, in Industry to George and Sally Merrick Standard, he married Ada Wise. She died in 1978. He later married Mary Lawson. She died Dec. 12, 1987. He also was preceded in death by one son, John Standard, four brothers and two sisters.
Surviving are one daughter, Ruth Ann Gill of Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A lifetime resident of McDonough County and the Industry area, he was an insurance salesman and real estate broker before his retirement.
He was a former member of the Elks Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. The Rev. Donald Pratt will officiate. Calling hours will be after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will meet with friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Burial will be in Industry Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Pinhook Park in Industry.


Dorothy M. Snyder

Eagle Publications, July 12, 2001
Dorothy M. Snyder, 85, of Macomb, died at 10:19 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, 2001, at McDonough District Hospital.
She was born Oct. 24, 1915, in Bethel Township, McDonough County, to Charles A. and Rhoda B. Stoneking. She first married Louis L. Toland in 1936. He died in 1940. She then married Frank L. Snyder in 1946; he died Dec. 6, 1981.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Amos, Waldo and Everett Stoneking; and three sisters, Mildred and Maxine Stoneking, and Alleyne Blevins. Dorothy was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Macomb.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 7 at the Church of the Nazarene in Macomb, with the Rev. Larry Abbott officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorials can be made to the Church of the Nazarene.


John H. Scholes

Peoria Journal Star, June 23, 1996, Page: C12
BUSHNELL - John H. Scholes, 85, of 994 Crafford St. died at 6:05 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 1996, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
Born Oct. 14, 1910, in Bushnell to Harley L. and Zolene Camp Scholes, he married Doris Ritchey in Bushnell. She died March 25, 1996.
Surviving are one son, John R. of Springfield; two daughters, Kathryn Stucker of Hillsborough, Calif., and Patricia Scholes of Louisville, Colo.; one brother, Dr. Robert T. Scholes of Rodeo, N.M.; one sister, Jassamine Schafer of Bushnell; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was former co-owner of Harris & Scholes Stockyards. He also was a former board member and president of Bushnell Savings & Loan.
He was a former member and president of the Bushnell Library Board. He also was a former member of Bushnell Mausoleum Board.
He was a member of Bushnell First Presbyterian Church, where he formerly served as a deacon.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at his church. The Rev. Randall Paine will officiate. Calling hours will be after 2 p.m.
Monday at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Further visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Bushnell Cemetery.


Doris K. Ritchey Scholes

Peoria Journal Star, March 26, 1996, Page: D7
BUSHNELL - Doris K. Scholes, 85, of 944 N. Crafford St. died at 5:10 a.m. Monday, March 25, 1996, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
Born Aug. 27, 1910, in Astoria to George F. and Mabelle Maxwell Ritchey, she married John H. Scholes on June 11, 1935, in Bushnell. He survives.
Also surviving are one son, John R. of Springfield; two daughters, Kathryn R. Stucker of Hillsborough, Calif., and Pat R. Scholes of Louisville, Colo.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister.
A graduate of Knox Conservatory of Music, she taught music in the Bushnell school system for several years.
She was a member of the P.E.O. Chapter in Bushnell and Bushnell Woman's Club.
She also was a member of Bushnell Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home. The Rev. Randall Paine will officiate. Calling hours will be after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Bushnell Cemetery.

Russell R. Spillers

Peoria Journal Star, July 18, 1995, Page: D7
MACOMB - Russell R. Spillers, 86, of 609 E. Piper died at 8:40 a.m. Sunday, July 16, 1995, at Heartland Nursing Center in Macomb.
Born May 2, 1909, in Frederick to Warren and Ada Rebman Spillers, he married Hazel L. Daniel on Feb. 24, 1929, in Rushville. She died May 12, 1987. He also was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Rougvie, and three brothers.
Surviving are one daughter, E. Sue Sears of Adair; four grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.
He worked for A&P in Quincy, Carthage, Bushnell and Macomb. He then owned and operated Spillers Market in East Jackson from 1945 to 1976. He attended Illinois College in Jacksonville. He was a past president of the Macomb Chamber of Commerce.
He was a member of Macomb Elks Lodge 1009 and was a former member of Western's Leatherneck Club and Macomb Country Club.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Macomb.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home in Macomb. The Rev. Kenneth Mortonson will officiate. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home; there will be no formal visitation. Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery.

Ada S. Stubbles

At Colchester, Ill., April 30, of congestion of the stomach and brain, Ada S., aged 12 years, daughter of Rev. W. J. Stubbles, formerly of this city.

Submitted by Nancy Piper

James King Sparks

James K. Sparks, 73, died Wednesday at a local health care center. He was born May 8, 1929, in Bushnell, Ill. An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a retired sales representative in the insurance industry, a member of the Church of Christ, and a one-year resident of Las Vegas. He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Las Vegas; daughter, Marinda Babeshoff of Iowa; sons, James D. of Las Vegas and Christopher of Georgia; brothers, Kenneth and Gary, both of Las Vegas; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Tuesday at Palm Mortuary-Eastern, followed by graveside services at 1:20 p.m. at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
[Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 13, 2003, Submitted By Ida Maack Recu]





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