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Unless otherwise stated, these obituaries were compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer and published in 1912



Radke, Donald Ray, Jr.
GRIDLEY - Don Ray Radke Jr., 30, of Columbia, Mo., formerly of Gridley, a document specialist, died Sunday (July 17, 1994) at his home. His funeral will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Columbia, the Rev. Kim Ryan officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Riverside Cemetery, Dowagiac, Mich. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mr. Radke was born June 6, 1964, at Peoria, a son of Don R. and Judith Foreman Radke. Survivors include his parents, Gridley; and one brother, Brian Scott Radke, Taylor, S.C. His grandparents preceded him in death. Mr. Radke, a 1982 Gridley High School graduate, had a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He graduated in 1989. He was a document specialist for the University of Missouri. Memorials may be made to the Don Ray Radke Memorial Fund, Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, 117 N. Garth St., Columbia, Mo. 65203; or the Randolph County Hospice, Moberly, Mo.
[The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois] (Moncelle Family Records)

Radbourn, Mrs. Emma, (Wf. of George Radbourn,) d. at her res. between B. & Normal, Ill. 4/16/1876, a. 49 y. 11 ms. 26 ds.

Ralston, Mrs. J. L. d. at her res. 2 ½ miles s. of Selma, McL. Co. 1/31/1877.

Ralston, Mary J. Lowery - The Funeral Of Mary J. Ralston, 89, of Lexington will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Lexington, the Rev. Keith Jones officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lexington. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Musselman-Beck Funeral Home, Lexington, and one hour before the service Saturday at the church. She died at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday (March 19, 1996) at Berkshire Nursing Home, Lexington. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church or Lexington Ambulance. Surviving are two daughters, Mildred Newell and Betty Alexander, both of Lexington; three sisters, Emma Smith, Kemp, Texas; and Dorothy Lipscomb and Frieda Willan, both of Bloomington; three brothers, Paul and Frank Lowery, both of Bloomington; and Lee Lowery, Summitt, Miss.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Jean Ralston, Bloomington. One son, five brothers, two sisters and two great-grandchildren preceded her in death. She was born March 3, 1907, in Jefferson County, a daughter of John and Blanche Ackerson Lowery. She married Roy Ralston on Dec. 15, 1923, in Lexington. He died June 18, 1935. Mrs. Ralston was employed as a practical nurse for Dr. Axtell's Lexington office. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lexington. She enjoyed crocheting and sewing. She was a church organist for 35 years at Evangelical United Methodist Church, Lexington. She also taught Sunday school at the church. [SOURCE: The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL) - March 21, 1996]

Ramey, Mrs. Jacob, d. (B?) abt. 9/15/1879.

Ramsey, Zeri, d. Fairbury, Ill 8/10/1871, a. 54 y.

Ransom, Mrs. P. C. d. El Paso, Ill. 3/11/1880.

Ray, Mrs. Mary B. (Nee Baird; Wf. of Herbert H. Ray, & Str. of W. F. Baird, of B.) d. Washington, D. C. 1/25/1871

Rayburn, James Jr. b. Madison Co. Ohio, 3/14/1836, m. Susan Bishop, 12/19/1855, d. at res. of his Mtr.-in-law, Mrs. Wm. Bishop, 610 E. Mulberry St. B. 11/19/1879. Ch. Ida M. b. 1858, Eda B. b. 1860; Bros. John Rayburn, David Rayburn, William Rayburn, Strs. Mrs. John Shough, Mrs. Cyrus Jones.

Raymond, Mrs. Catharine, (Wf. of Jonathan Raymond,) d. 507 N. Mason, St. B. 11/14/1877, a. 66 y.

Ream, Mrs. W. C. d. Heyworth, Ill. 4/4/1878. Left 4 Ch.

Reaston, Mrs. Ann, d. (B?) 9/25/1879.

Rector, Mrs. William, d. B. 4/2/1878, a. 43 y.

Reeder, Mrs. S. M. (Wf. of S. J. Reeder,) d. Normal, Ill. 4/4/1874.

Reeves, William, b. Culpepper Co. Va. 1797, std. in Ill. 1854, d. (B?) 7/20/1876.

Reinagle, Mrs. Amanda M. (Wf. of John A. Reinagle, fmr. of Tazewell Co. Ill.) d. (B?) .../.../187... [W. P.]

Reis, Zelda Elaine Benedict
EAST PEORIA - Zelda Elaine Reis, 79, East Peoria, passed away Oct. 28, 2008, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Cremation has been accorded and burial of cremains will be in Gridley Cemetery at a later date. The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. is assisting the family with arrangements. She was born in Normal on July 21, 1929, daughter of Henry and Lena Flesher Benedict. She married Victor Adolph Reis in Gridley on Sept. 26, 1948. He preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 1998. Also preceding her in death were her parents; and her brother, David Benedict. She is survived by her son, Stuart Allen Reis, East Peoria. She graduated from Gridley High School and Liberty Beauty College in Peoria in 1962 as a licensed beautician and worked as one for many years. (Pantagraph)

Reis, Victor A
MORTON - Victor A. Reis, 69, of Morton died at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 17, 1998) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. His memorial service will be 6 p.m. Wednesday at Metzler-Froelich Memorial Home, Bloomington, the Rev. Edwin Stalter and Rev. Anita Bernhardt officiating. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Gridley Cemetery, Gridley. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Mr. Reis was born Dec. 27, 1928, in Meadows, a son of Adolph and Lucy Roszhart Reis. He married Zelda Elaine Benedict on Sept. 26, 1948, in Gridley. She survives. Also surviving is one son, Stuart Allen Reis, at home; three sisters, Grace (Dale) Rocke, Hopedale; Martha (John) Scott, Bellflower; and Kaye (John) Kerber, Merna; one brother, Herbert (Mary) Reis, Bloomington; and one sister-in-law, Evy Reis, Meadows. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Hugo Reis; and his father- and mother-in-law, Mac and Lena Benedict. Mr. Reis was raised in the Mennonite faith. He retired in 1972 as branch manager for Airco Welding Co. in Peoria. He had worked in industrial sales for National Cylinder Gas Co. and Linde Air Products for many years. (The Pantagraph)

Reynolds, Harvey, Jr.
BLOOMINGTON - Harvey C. Reynolds Jr., 57, Danville, died at 11:46 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 7, 2008) at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the VA Protestant Chapel, Danville, with military honors by the Illinois Reserves Funeral Honors Team. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery. Harvey was born Nov. 5, 1951, in Watseka, son of Harvey C. and Irmgard Krappman Reynolds. He married Chang-Sun in 1978. They later divorced. She survives. Other survivors include his mother, Irmgard Reynolds; two sons, Harvey C. (Stacey) Reynolds Jr., Normal, and Brendan Reynolds, Springfield; one daughter, Jessica (Neil) Grone, New York, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Kamden and Madyson Reynolds, Normal, and Kaleigh Grone, New York, N.Y.; and two sisters, Kathleen (Bill) Long, Danville, and Patricia Huffman, Towanda. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Michael Reynolds. He graduated from Bloomington High School. He later attended the University of Illinois, receiving his bachelor's degree in political science. Harvey served in the U.S. Army for 10 years with an honorable discharge in 1980. He was an avid reader and especially loved educating himself about military history.
[The Pantagraph - Bloomington, Illinois]

Rhodes, John H. S. (Son of Rev. Ebenezer & Mary (Hargis) Starr-Rhodes,) b. Georges Creek, Md. 10/16/1796, std. at Blooming Grove, McL. Co. 1823, m. 1st, Mary Johnson, 2nd Mrs. Mary Ann Yazel, 3rd, Mrs. Maria Eisminger. Accidentally killed by I. B. & W. (now 'Big 4') R. R. train, at Bloomington Grove, McL. Co. 8/21/1875. Ch. by 1st wf. Mrs. Cynthia Turnipseed, Mrs. Caroline Bellew, Wm. J. Rhodes, Mrs. Emily Brewster, Aaron P. Rhodes. Ch. by 2nd wf. Samuel M. Rhodes, Cinderella Rhodes. (See Duis' "Good Old Times" P. 168.)

Rice, Frederick, (Restaurant Keeper,) b. Keene, N. H. d. B. 2/15/1879, a. 53 y.

Richard, Brandy Renee
GRIDLEY - Brandy Renee Richard, 14, of 112 W. First St., Gridley, passed away at 3:24 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 8, 2007) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Gridley, with the Rev. Jack Nicolay officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the memorial home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or to the Peoria Easter Seals. Brandy was born Jan. 19, 1993, in Normal, a daughter of Charles K. "Chuck" and Carla S. Palmiter Richard. She is survived by her parents; a sister, Amber N. Richard at home; her maternal grandparents, Don and Sue Palmiter of Bloomington; her paternal grandfather, Ken (Judi Herr) Richard of Gridley; aunts, Becky (Dennis) Ballenger of Heyworth and Brenda (Ralph) Phillips of Bloomington; uncles, James (Becky) Palmiter of Clinton and Ron (Stephanie) Richard of Gridley; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Marian Richard. Brandy was in the eighth grade at Parkside Junior High School, Normal.
[The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois] (Moncelle Family Records)

Richards, Richard B. (of Halifax, N. S.) d. at St. Nicholas Hotel, B. 1/31/1871 a. abt. 35 y.

Richardson, 'Deacon' std. at B. 1836, d. B. 12/.../1872

Richter, Mrs. Fredericka, (Wf. of R. Richter,) d. B. 10/1/1871

Ricketts, Evan G. b. 1785, d. at res. of his son, Jolm Ricketts, B. 5/4/1874

Riddle, Mrs. A. A. (Of Towanda, Ill.) d. Denver, Col. 12/21/1875.

Riley, Mrs. Charles, (Nee Nevin; Str. of Luke Nevin,) d. 908 W. Locust St. B. 4/2/1874.


Rinkenberger, Lyle S.
GRIDLEY -- Lyle S. Rinkenberger, 92, of Gridley, died at 1:02 p.m. Friday (Feb. 13, 2009) at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Home, Chenoa. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 17, 2009) at First United Church of Gridley, with Rev. Jack Nicolay officiating. Burial will be in Gridley Cemetery, Gridley. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday (Feb. 16, 2009) at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community. Lyle was born Jan. 12, 1917 in Gridley, the son of Samuel and Goldie Surber Rinkenberger. He married Katherine J. O'Brien on Nov. 4, 1939 in St. Louis. She died Oct. 31, 1994. Surviving are four sons, Stephen (Pat) Rinkenberger, Homewood, Ill., Roger Rinkenberger, Houston, Texas, Paul Rinkenberger, Bloomington, and Daniel Rinkenberger, Laguna Beach, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Lois Rinkenberger, Chicago Heights; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Terry Rinkenberger, and five brothers. Lyle graduated from Gridley High School and attended Illinois State University. He was a lifelong farmer and member of the Gridley community.
[Sub. by Kathie Shedron, Rinkenberger Family Yahoo Group]

Rippetoe, N. C. Ftr. of Mrs. M. G. Von Gorner, (of B.?) d. Indianapolis, Ind. 9/19/1878.

Roberts, Alberta Sandage - Alberta Roberts, 84, Bloomington, passed away at 3:22 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 10, 2008) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, where visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Her grandson, Brent Roberts, will officiate. Interment will be at Hopewell Cemetery, Downs. Memorials may be made to Downs Community Fire Protection District. Online condolences may be submitted to www.mem.com . She was born Nov. 2, 1924, in Rome, Ind., daughter of Walter and Nellie Thomas Sandage. She married Lawrence D. Roberts in August of 1942. He preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1986. Surviving are two sons, Jesse "Jack" (Myra) Roberts, Heyworth, and Garry Roberts, Bloomington. Also surviving are four grandchildren, April (Gary Doerr) Kletz, Jesse Jr. (Mary) Roberts, Todd (Deana) Roberts and Brent Roberts; two stepgrandchildren, Angela Shine, Bloomington, and Tim Goggin, Atlanta; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert (Elaine) Sandage, Arrowsmith. Alberta was an active farm wife and homemaker. She and her husband farmed in the Downs area for many years. She loved to fish and garden. She was a great cook. Alberta also adored her dog, Trevor. She was a member of Downs United Methodist Church. [The Pantagraph - Bloomington, Illinois]

Roberts, Mrs. Mary A., Widow of T. D. Roberts, d. (B?) 7/29/1876.

Robinson, James H. d. B. 12/7/1874, a. 66 y.

Robinson, Robert, d. of accidental asphyxiation by natural gas while digging well near Heyworth, Ill. 1/.../1875. a. 48 y. Left Wf. & 6 ch.

Rodman, Mrs. Eliza, (Wf. of Scammon Rodman,) d. Old Town Twp. McL. Co. 1/28/1880, a. 69 y.

Roeder, Mrs. Anna, d. (B?) abt. 8/16/1879, a. 65 y.

Rodes, Frederick, std. at B. 1843, d. B. abt. 4/18/1878, a. 78 y.

Rogers, Mrs. Jennie, d. Clinton, Ill. 8/18/1871, a. 27 y.

Rohrer, Martin, d. (B?) 3/8/1878, a. 30 y.

Rosebraugh, Rev. Robert D., 70, of 1919 Garling Drive, Bloomington, died at 1:20 a.m. Friday (Feb. 12, 1999) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, the Rev. David Gaffron and Rev. David Dees officiating. Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery, Lexington. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, and from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church Monday. Memorials may be made to the Stephen Ministry at Wesley United Methodist Church. Rev. Rosebraugh was born May 11, 1928, in Charleston, the son of Willard and Ruth Naab Rosebraugh. He married Mary Leone Weaver on June 19, 1948, in Charleston. She survives in Bloomington. Other survivors include one daughter, Marcia (Tim) Koemer, Simsburg, Conn.; two sons, Robert Mark Rosebraugh, Danville; Warren Dale Rosebraugh, Boston; two sisters, Eleanor Rice, Charleston; and Carol Bullock, Forney, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. Additional survivors include four grandchildren, Lindsay Kremer, Hanna and Megan Rosebraugh, and Shelby Rosebraugh. He was preceded in death by his parents. Rev. Rosebraugh was a member of the Illinois Great River Conference of United Methodist Church for 43 years, the Masons, and the Danville Scottish Rite Bodies. He served on many committees including the Superintendency Committee for the United Methodist Church. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. degree, received a Master of Divinity degree from Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University. He taught and took all courses toward his Doctorate degree at Kent and Southern Illinois University. Rev. Rosebraugh served in Evangelical United Brethren/United Methodist Churches in the following communities: Danville, Springfield, Lerna, Zion Hill, Vergennes, Halidayboro, Joy, Catlin, Illiopolis, Mount Alburn and Lexington, all in Illinois, and Windham, Ohio. His hobbies were woodworking and renovating his home.
[The Pantagraph - Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois (Moncelle Family Files)]

Ross, Charles F. -- ATLANTA. Charles F. Ross, 68, died at his home at 1:15 p.m. Sunday after an illness since last Wednesday. Death resulted from complications due to a paralytic stroke.
Mr. Ross was born March 18, 1864, the son of William and Ann Ross, pioneers of McLean county. He married Rebecca Stubblefield, Oct. 12, 1886. One daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Fitzgerald, Leroy, survives. Six children preceded him in death and Mrs. Ross died in 1925.
On Dec. 31, 1931, Mr. Ross married Mrs. Nellie Smith of Atlanta, who survives. Also surviving are three sisters: Mrs. William Richardson, Ellswoth; Mrs. George Hainline, Stanford, and Mrs. Lulu Tyner, Leroy.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Funk's Grove church and burial will be in the church cemetery.
[SOURCE: Pantagraph Central Illinois Service; Transcribed Randy Price and Submitted by: Ruth Lowery Price]
TRANSCRIBER NOTE: Illinois Statewide Death Index list date of death as Nov. 6, 1932)

Ross, Mark, d. B. 1/15/1877, a. 72 y.

Ross, Mrs. C F --Mrs. Rebecca Ross passed away at her home Tuesday morning at five o'clock, death being due to heart failure, following an illness of one week's duration. She had been in failing health for a number of years, but her passing came as a shock to her family and friends. Rebecca Stubblefield was born in the family home, three and one-half miles north of McLean, on January 6th, 1863. She was the daughter of Jesse Stubblefield and Rebecca Cuppy, being the youngest in a family of five children. Left motherless at the age of six weeks, she was mothered by her aunt, Mrs. Mary Groves, and later by a second mother, Mrs. Mary C. Stubblefield, to whom she was ever a most devoted daughter, and who at the advanced age of 83 years, survives her. She was united in marriage with Charles F. Ross, on October 12, 1886. To this union seven children were born, five dying in infancy, Jessie Ann, who passed away Sept. 25, 1922, and Mrs. Charlotte Fitzgerald, of Harlingen, Texas, who came eight weeks ago and was her constant and tireless attendant during her last illness. Besides her husband, daughter and aged mother, she is survived by the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. Ida M. Brown, of Harlingen, Texas; Mrs. Edna Judy, of Oxnard, Calif.; Aaron L., of Springfield; George S., of Peoria; and Thomas E., all of McLean. Three brothers preceded her in death: Francis and Roland dying in fancy, and John C., who passed away Aug. 10, 1920. Mrs. Ross was a member of Nona Rebekah Lodge of McLean, and of the Ebenezer church, a zealous worker in the Ladies' Aid of that church, giving most liberally of her time, means and energy to every enterprise of that organization. Funeral services will be held from the family home in McLean, this (Thursday) afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock, and interment will be made in Funk's Grove cemetery. (TRANSCRIBER NOTE: Illinois Statewide Death Index list date of death as June 8, 1926 in McLean, McLean County, Illinois.) [SOURCE: The Minier News; Transcribed and Submitted by: Ruth Lowery Price]

Ross, Ann -- Mrs. Wm. Ross, or “Aunt Ann” as she was familiarly called by her host of friends in McLean, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G.H. Halane, at Sadorus, Ill., Friday morning at 5:30. The body was brought to her home in McLean Saturday, where funeral services in charge of Rev. C.H. Thrall, pastor of the M.E. church, were held Sunday. Burial was in Funk’s Grove cemetery. Mrs. Ross went to visit her daughter July 4th, and became ill shortly afterwards. She was past eighty years of age and her death was caused from a general breakdown due to old age. Mrs. Ross was a woman beloved by all with whom she came in contact and her death has been felt by a host of relatives and friends. Friends from Bloomington, Leroy and other places attended the funeral. Mrs. C.H. Thrall and Mrs. Fred Leach sang a number of beautiful selections. The pallbearers were Elon Crain, Chas. Wheelock, I.G. Funk, James Stubblefield, George Parks and Will Price. Pamly Anne Price, daughter of Wm. and Mary Price, was born in Page County, Va., Aug. 30, 1841. At the age of eight years she removed with her parents to Brooks’ Grove in Illinois. On Feb. 14, 1860, she was married to W.H.H. Ross. After her marriage she made her home in Mt. Hope and Funks Grove townships. Mrs. Ross was the mother of four children: Mrs. Belle Richardson, of Ellsworth; Chas. F. Ross, of McLean; Mrs. Mary E. Halane, of Sadorus; and Mrs. Lulu Tyner, of Leroy. For several years Mrs. Ross has been in feeble health much of the time being confined to her bed. While visiting with her daughter, Mrs. Halane, at Sadorus, Mrs. Ross was taken ill and early in the morning of August 6th she entered into rest. She was 78 years, 11 months and 6 days of age at the time of her death. She is survived by the above named children; her brother, James Price, Waynesville, and seven grandchildren: Allie Richardson, Leta Richardson, Jesse Ross, Mrs. Charlotte Fitzgerald, Herbert Tyner, Madeline Tyner and Mrs. Lydia Bryan. Mrs. Ross became a member of the M.E. church at McLean, June 23, 1907, during the pastorate of Rev. J.C. Baker. In her death her children are bereaved of a loving, faithful mother; and our community loses a woman who was good and true. (TRANSCRIBER NOTE: Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950 list her name as Pamley Ann Ross date of death August 6, 1920 in Bath Twp., Mason County, Illinois.) [SOURCE: unknown newspaper; Contributed by: Randy Price; Transcribed by: Ruth Lowery Price]


DEATH OF MISS JESSIE ANN ROSS
Sunday morning at 4:30 o'clock at Brokaw hospital in Bloomington occurred the death of Jessie Ann Ross, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. F. Ross, of McLean. Death was due to toxic infection and came as a shock to the many friends of the family as her condition was not generally known to be serious. All that science and loving hearts and hands could do made the end painless, but they could not hold back the Grim Reaper.
Jessie Ann, youngest daughter of Chas. F. and Rebecca Stubblefield Ross, was born at the family home, four miles northwest of McLean, on August 8, 1897. At the time of her death she was twenty-five years, one month and sixteen days old. As a child she attended the Rabbit Hill school, graduated from the McLean high school with the class of 1916, and for two years was a student at the James Millikin University at Decatur. Always conscientious and industrious in her school work, she was a favorite with teachers. Her high spirits and fun-loving disposition made her equally poplar among her fellow-students.
Last year she was the efficient and dearly loved teacher in her home district and was planning to resume her duties there when death intervened. A young woman of exceptional ability and readiness to serve, she was an active member of the Ebenezer church, where she will be sadly missed, especially in the Sunday school and Epworth League. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Vice-Grand of Nona Rebekah Lodge and Past Warder of the District Rebekahs.
Besides her heartbroken parents, she leaves one sister, Mrs. Charlotte Fitzgerald, of Harlingen, Texas; her aged grandmother, Mrs. Mary C. Stubblefield; and a large number of uncles, aunts, cousins and more distant relatives, with all of whom she was ever a favorite.
The daughter of parents particularly devoted to their children, who from earliest childhood showered upon her all the benefits and joys that their loving hearts could devise, Jessie Ann remained remarkably unspoiled and unselfish. Quietly, and as if unconsciously, she was forever doing little unnoticed kindnesses to those about her, things which at the time appeared to trifling to think about, yet so rich in a spirit of love their memory will live always in our hearts. Of a quiet and retiring disposition, in the like of which friendships ripen slowly, she had nevertheless by her gentle ways and guileless habit of thinking and saying no unkind thing, made many and most abiding friendships.

Her passing just when life seemed so full of promise, has filled our hearts with grief and doubts and fears, and yet-
" I cannot say and I will not say
That she is dead, she is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
As she wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since she lingers there.
And you-O you, who the wildest yearn,
For the old-time step and the glad return-
Think of her faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here,
Think of her still as the same, I say,
She is not dead-she is just away."

The funeral services were held at the family home Monday afternoon at two o'clock, in charge of Rev. E. H. Sauer, of the Methodist church of McLean. Mrs. Fred Leach and Mrs.Roy Tavenner, accompanied by Mrs. Dan McFarland, sang. The pall bearers were Kenneth Dye, LaRue Tavenner, Roy Tavenner, Grant Wilcox, Harold Kinsey and Harold Corthon. Interment was in Funk's Grove cemetery.
From the McLean Lens, September 30, 1922; Contributed by Randy Price and transcribed by Ruth Lowery Price.


Ross, William H H -- A telegram was received at McLean Saturday from Jacksonville, announcing the death of Mr. William H.H. Ross, at the place at 12:00 noon. Mr. Ross had been in declining health for several years the trouble being a general breaking down of the system, which gradually affected his mental powers until it was thought best by his family and physicians to remove him to the insane hospital at Jacksonville which was done about three months ago. He was born in McLean County in what is now Funk’s Grove township May 30, 1840. Eighteen years ago he purchased a farm of 160 acres in section 1, in Mt. Hope township, which he owned at the time of his death. On account of falling health about three years ago he bought a home in the village of McLean, to which himself and his wife removed leaving his farming and stock stock business to the care of others. He was united in marriage on February 13, 1860, to Miss Palmly Price, who with a son and three daughters, a brother and several sisters still survive and mourn their loss.The remains arrived at his home in McLean Sunday and the funeral will occur probably on Tuesday. For many years Mr. Ross was one of the directors and marshal of the Alanta Union Fair association and to his untiring energy and persistent labors seconded by his brother officers is largely due the success and prosperity of that institution. It was at a meeting of the board of directors in the city of Atlanta three or four years ago that he was suddenly stricken with the disease from which he never recovered. He was an honest, upright citizen, a generous friend and neighbor and a kind indulgent husband and father.
(TRANSCRIBER NOTE: Date of Death - February 17, 1900, Burial at Funks Grove Cemetery - McLean, McLean County, Illinois) [SOURCE: unknown newspaper; Transcribed and Submitted by: Ruth Lowery Price]

Roth, Dr. ..., d. Danvers, Ill. 8/21/1877, a abt. 40 y.

Rounds, Mrs. Cynthia H. (Youngest dau. of Isaac Strain; widow of Enoch L. Rounds,) d. B. 4/14/1875. Strs. Mrs. Joseph Dennison, Mrs. George Rex

Rouse, Col. John, b. Steuben Co. N. Y. 1803, m. Jane Evans, aunt of Frank, Wm. & Thomas Evans, of B. in Fleming Co. Ky. 1824, d. B. 12/4/1878 (Wf. d. B 12/6/1875, a. 72 y.) Ch. Mrs. Louise Eager, Mrs. Harrison Williams, Mrs. James P. Hodge, Mrs. Thomas J. Cox, Mrs. Lucy Kingman, William Rouse, Mrs. J. M. Rayburn, Mrs. Mary C. Rayburn.

Routt, Mrs. Ann, (Nee Woodson; Wf. of Hon. John L. Routt, fmr, of B.) d. Washington, D. C. 5/9/1872.

Rowell -- Frank Rowell, a cousin of Congressman Rowell, died of la grippe at his home in Bloomington. He was a brother of Hon. Clinton Rowell, of St. Louis.
[February 7, 1890, Ava Advertiser]

Rowley, William, b. Litchfield, Staffordshire, England, 6/21/1798, d. B. 12/27/1873.

Rucker, Mrs. Ludwell E. (Dau. of David Haggard, & aunt of Hon. John L. Routt & Charles T. Lander, etc.) std. on the John English farm, 3 1-2 miles west of B. 1835, d. B. 3/10/1880. Ch. William Rucker, George Rucker, Lucy Rucker.


Ruestman -- Jacqueline Annette Ruestman, 42, of El Paso, passed away at 10:44 p.m., June 17, 2008, at her residence with her family by her side. She was a patient, caring mother, and a treasured wife, sister, daughter, and friend. She was born August 14, 1965 in Bloomington, IL to Jack J. and Sharon A. (Boian) Hoobler. She married Tim D. Ruestman on August 10, 1991 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Chenoa, IL. He survives. Also surviving are her children, Jake, Max, and Maddie Ruestman, all at home; her parents, Jack and Sharon Hoobler of Gridley, IL; three sisters, Gina (Carl) Boudakian of Marlton, NJ, Jenny (Ryan Kilpatrick) Hoobler of Chicago, IL, and Jaimie (Zach Parker) Hoobler of Chicago, IL; maternal grandmother, Genevieve Boian of Normal, IL; father- and mother-in-law, Rodney and JoAnn Ruestman of Minonk, IL; two sisters-in-law, Tracy (Dave) Harsted and Mindy (Scott) Johnson; three brothers-in-law, Randy (Christie) Ruestman, Russell (Lanna) Ruestman, and Corey (Jaimie) Ruestman, all of Minonk, IL; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, William Boian, and her paternal grandparents, Jake and Helen Hoobler. Jackie graduated from Gridley High School in 1983. She then attended Eastern Illinois University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Home Economics in 1988. At Eastern Illinois, she was a member and vice president of the Sigma Kappa Sorority. A dietician, Jackie had formerly been employed by Meadows Mennonite Home in Chenoa and by the Eureka Community Hospital. She also worked for Tiny Town Nursery School in Gridley and the El Paso Journal. Jackie was a member of the Woodford County Republican Women's Committee. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in El Paso, where she volunteered numerous hours. Jackie served as a Sunday school teacher and assisted with vacation bible school. She enjoyed attending Bloomington-Normal Cursillo #845 in November of 2006. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Roger Corpus, O.S.B. and Father Carl LoPresti will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, June 20, 2008 at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Interment will be in the Minonk Township Cemetery. Friends and family will remember Jackie as always putting the needs of others before her own. She loved to laugh, and always wore a smile. Even through difficult times, she never complained. And purple was her favorite color. [The Pantagraph - Moncelle Family Files]

Russell, Mrs. John, Sr. (Mother of John Russell, Jr.) accidentally killed by a fall from a wagon, Normal, Ill. 4/16/1878 a. abt. 60 y.

Rutherford -- Thelma A. Rutherford, 64, Bloomington, died at 7:06 p.m. Monday (Dec. 8, 2008) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, with the Rev. Gerald T. Ward officiating. A private family graveside service will be Friday at Chenoa Cemetery, Chenoa. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church, with a prayer service at 8 p.m., and for one half hour prior to the service Friday at the church. Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, or the Community Cancer Center, Normal. Thelma was born Sept. 5, 1944, in Bloomington, the daughter of Harold Henry and Thelma Louise Stockum Smith. She married Ron Rutherford on Dec. 12, 1998, in Pontiac. He survives. She is also survived by one son, Jeff (Christine) Kauffman, Darien, Conn.; two daughters, Juli (David) Blumenshine, Bloomington, and Heidi (Bob) Gregory, Pontiac; 11 grandchildren, Jack, Catherine, William, Madeline and Lauren Kauffman; Hannah and Cassidy Blumenshine; and Chase, Kohl, Carson and Kaden Gregory; one brother, Tom Ruble, Chenoa; one sister-in-law, Cindy Smith, Bloomington; one brother-in-law, Les (Spatsie) Roberts, Bunker Hill; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Sharon Roberts; and one brother, Larry Smith. Thelma graduated from Chenoa High School in 1964 and received an associate degree in banking from Illinois Community College. She worked at the McLean County Law and Justice Center in Bloomington from 1974 to 1980; Southside Bank in Peoria for 17 years; and was a supervisor at State Farm Insurance Cos. in Bloomington from 1997 until her retirement on July 1, 2008. Thelma was a member of St. Patrick Church of Merna. She loved traveling, spending time with her family, and especially, her grandchildren.
[The Pantagraph - Bloomington, Illinois]

Rutherford, William, (Freight Conductor,) accidentally killed at Venice, Ill. 11/.../1880, a. abt 27 y.

Ryan, Mrs. Maria, (Wf. of John Ryan,) d. B. 7/5/1877, a. 45 y. Sons, Wm. Ryan, Thomas Ryan.

Ryan, Mrs. Mary, d. McLean, Ill. 9/12/1871, a. 34 y.

Ryan, William, d. B. 5/13/1874, a. 76 y.


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