"C" Woodford County Obits
Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy Trails

Mary Cordes
Mary Elizabeth Cordes, 100, of Washburn, IL died Fri., Dec. 8, 2006, 10:05 a.m. at Snyder Village Health Care, Metamora, IL. Born August 28, 1906, in Hamilton Township, Lee County, IL to Charles Burnham and Emma Louise (Schluter) Keigwin, she married Clifford W. Cordes, in Hamilton Township, Lee County on June 7, 1927. He preceded her in death in 1974. Surviving are one son, Gene W. (Lura) Cordes of Washburn; three daughters, Thirza L. (Donald) Clements of St. Joseph, Lorna R. (Robert) Cobb of Rolling Meadows, and Emily (the late William) Noonan of Arlington, TX; one brother, Charles Burnham (Mabel) Keigwin of Walnut; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. One sister, Eleanor Keigwin; and one grandson, Jeffrey Cobb preceded her in death. Mary received both her Bachelor's and Master's in education from Illinois State University. She taught elementary school and was school librarian at Lowpoint-Washburn High School, retiring in 1974. She was a member of the Washburn United Presbyterian Church, where she was very active and was also an elder in the church. She did volunteer in mission work in Sitka, Alaska, and in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mary was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Retired Teachers Association, the Teachers Retirement System, and the Washburn Women's Club. She was an avid reader, and she did sewing, quilting, crocheting and genealogy. Visitation was held Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Calvert-Johnson & McKitrick Memorial Home, Washburn. Funeral services were held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the memorial home, with visitation one hour before the service. The Rev. Douglas Lightly officiated.

Mary Ann Cummins
FORMER WOODFORD LADY DIES AT AGE OF 92 YEARS 
-contributed by Ronald Palmer
Mrs. Mary Ann Cummins, a former resident of Secor, died at the home of her daughter and husband,
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Wilson, in Sheridan, Wyo., October 14, aged 92 years, 4 months and 25 days.  She had made her home with her daughter fifteen years.  The remains, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, were taken to her former home Maryville, Mo., and laid in the family lot beside those of Mr. Cummins who died March 13, 1901.  Martha Ann Stevenson was born to Henry and Mary Stevenson May 19, 1835, in Green township, Wayne county, Pa.  When a young girl her parents moved to Woodford county, Ill., where she grew to womanhood.  On September 22, 1859, she was married to Joab Bailey.  Two children were born to this union, Mrs. Clara E. Wilson of Sheridan, Wyo., and Albert H. Bailey of Ogden, Utah.  Mr. Bailey was a soldier in the civil war and lost his life in the battle Vicksburg, Miss., May 22, 1863, leaving his widow with two small children.  In 1867 she was married to Stephen Cummins of Secor, Ill.  In 1880 they moved to Maryville, Mo.  To this union two children were born, Mrs. Flora Braniger who passed away October 5, 1923, and James B. Cummins of Clearfield, Utah.  Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Irene Campbell

SPRING BAY - Irene L. Campbell, 86, of Spring Bay passed away at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2007, in Florida. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Private burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery.

Clinton Cagle
MARQUETTE HEIGHTS - Clinton Franklin ''Frank'' Cagle, 74, of 307 Decatur Road, formerly of Manito, died at 8:15 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2001, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  Born Feb. 22, 1927, in Cobden to George Clinton and Susie Mae Black Cagle, he married Wanda Jerline ''Jerry'' Short on Aug. 8, 1949, in Jonesboro. She survives.  Also surviving are two sons, Steven (and Debra) of Havana and Jon (and Sharon) of Carterville; three daughters, Kathi (and James) Day of Creve Coeur, Cynthia (and Michael) Bridgman of Toluca and Melinda (and Timothy) Sowers of Marquette Heights; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, James (and Clara) of Ocean Springs Miss.; one sister, Pauline Presley of Murphysboro; one stepbrother, Loren (and Delma) Rendlemen of Washington; and one stepsister, Mildred George of Peoria. He was preceded in death by one son, Clinton Cagle, on Sept. 16, 1970, in Peoria; one brother; and one sister.  He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater. He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 31 years, retiring in 1981 from the repair floor in Building SS in East Peoria. He was a member of Manito Baptist Church in Manito.  Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. R.L. Lockerby will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery in Spring Bay. Memorials may be made to his church, P.O. Box 620, Manito, IL 61546.

Marguerite Clark - contributed by Jane Foster
Washburn --- Mrs. Marguerite Clark, 62, died at 11 p.m. Sunday at her home after a long illness. 
The funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Pacey Memorial Home.  The Rev. Clifford Polson officiated.  Burial was in Buckingham Cemetery.  Mrs. Clark was born July 2, 1897, in Wichita, Kan.  As a child she was adopted by Thomas and Margaret Wineteer Kerrick.  She was married to Dow G. Clark June 7, 1917.  Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Loretta McKittrick, Sandwich, and Mrs. Imogene Zeller, Peoria; two sons, Glenn, Cream Ridge, N. J., and Donald, Washburn; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.  She ws a member of the Washburn Methodist Church.

Helen Cox
SPRING BAY - Helen Joyce Cox, 82, of Spring Bay died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, at her daughter's home in Germantown Hills, Ill.  She was born Oct. 13, 1923, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Herman and Charlotte Vander Meer. She graduated from South High School in Grand Rapids in 1942 and from Central College in Pella, Iowa, in 1950. She served as a missionary in Japan from 1950 to 1953, where she taught in a girls school. In 1953, she married Joseph Eugene Cox of Nebo, Ill., with whom she had three children, David Eugene, Judith Mae and Daniel Edward.  She taught school at Pittsfield, Ill., Peoria Heights Grade School and Riverview Grade School in Spring Bay over a period of 35 years. She retired from teaching in 1985. She was active in the Spring Bay United Methodist Church since 1957, where she taught Sunday school and served on the administrative board. She also was a member of the United Methodist Women.  Surviving are her children, David Cox of Peoria Heights, Judith (Buck) Bitner of Germantown Hills and Daniel Cox of Johnsburg, Illinois. Also surviving are two nieces, Karen (Murlin) Lewis and Linda (Jeri) Vander Laan, both of Grand Rapids, Mich. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Charlotte Vander Meer, a brother, Lester Vander Meer, and two sisters, Ruth Haybarker and June Fairchild. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at her church, with the Rev. Mike Fender officiating. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Sunday at Mason Funeral Home-Germantown Hills Chapel. Further visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery in Spring Bay. Memorials may be made to her church.

Randy Courtway
MAPLETON - Randy Charles Courtway, 28, of 9283 Powell No. 3, Mapleton, died at 3:17 a.m. Saturday (April 22, 2000) at his residence.  His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Remmert Funeral Home, East Peoria, the Rev. John Salzman officiating. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery, Spring Bay. Visitation will be for one hour before the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Red Cross or Children's Hospital of Illinois.  Mr. Courtway was born Oct. 1, 1971, in Fort Bragg, N.C., the son of Jerry Dean and Lynne Annette Bright Courtway. Survivors include his father, Jerry (Patti) Courtway, East Peoria; his mother, Lynne (Dave) Courtway, East Peoria; one sister, Brandy (David) Fahrion, Marquette Heights; two stepbrothers, Kevin Peterson, East Peoria; and Kent Peterson, Bartonville; paternal grandmother, Pearl Elizabeth Courtway of Missouri; maternal grandparents, Louis and Donna Bright, Peoria Heights; and paternal stepgrandparents, Carl and Melba Dodd, Peoria. His paternal grandparents preceded him in death.

George Clark- contributed by Jane Foster
George Clark, a life-long resident of this county and one of the largest land-owners in the county, ws insantly killed under the wheels of the local freight at Lowpoint at 8 o'clock Monday morning.  No one witnessed the accident and the trainmen were not aware of it until the whole train of cars had passed over the body.
Mr. Clark, who lives on a farm close to Lowpoint, was on his way into the village.  He was alone.  The local freight was switching as Mr. Clark attempted to cross the tracks and the train backed down on him unawares.  There were no trainmen or others in sight to sound a warning. Mr. Clark was 72 years old and for 70 years of his life had resided in the vicinity of his late home.  He was a son of Thomas Clark who immigrated here from New York state in 1844.  Deceased was born in Madison county, N. Y., March 18, 1842.  Both he and his father became large land-holders, and it is said that the deceased was possessed of some 500 acres at the time of his death.  He was married, but his wife died a number of years ago.  Three children survive.  These are Mrs. Chas. Boon of Towanda, Edna and Geo. Clark, who resided with their father. Mr. Clark was well known through-out this section and he seldom failed to attend the annual Old Settlers picnic in Metamora.  He was a man of kindly nature, broad in mind and neighborly. Dr. Seidl, the county coroner conducted an inquest over the remains Monday, and a verdict was returned according to the facts in the case.  The funeral was held at Lowpoint yesterday.  Burial was in Buckingham cemetery.

Raymond Earl Campbell
SPRING BAY -- Raymond Earl Campbell, 73, of 109 W. Galena St. died at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 1997, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.  Born Jan. 10, 1924, in Cayuga, Ind., to Frank James and Sadie Black Campbell, he married Irene Turner on Nov. 5, 1952, in Lafayette, Ind. She survives. Also surviving are one grandson, Robert DuBois of East Peoria; two great-grandsons; five sisters, Rosie Wier and Hazel Craft, both of Cayuga, Ruth Hancock and June Hardgrove, both of West Lebanon, Ind., and Diane Rice of Montezuma, Ind.; and one brother, Walter Black of Attica, Ind. Two daughters, Karen Doty and Pirscilla Bolton, preceded him in death.  He was a foreman for L.E. Myers in Decatur for 39 years. A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of American Legion Post 1115, Carthage Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masonic Lodge in Mulberry, Ind., and the York Rite.  Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mason Funeral Home in Metamora. A Masonic lodge will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 1115. Memorials may be made to Methodist Medical Center Hospice Program or to the American Cancer Society.

George Washington Cress - contributed by Jane Foster
George Washington Cress, 98, former prominent resident of Washington, died at 5:25 p.m. Thursday last week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Millard H. Hood, 1100 North Street, Peoria, where he had resided for the last 15 years.  He had been ill several weeks.
Mr. Cress was born April 5, 1846, near Washington, a son of Andrew and Mary Kindig Cress, pioneer residents of Illinois.  He married Miss Celia Thompson at Washington on Feb. 20, 1868.  She preceded him in death in Peoria in October, 1936. Mr. Cress was one of the survivors of the Chatsworth wreck of Aug. 10, 1887, in which 81 persons lost their lives. For many years he was a prominent breeder and importer of heavy draft horses in the Washington neighborhood, and was widely known among livestock men and farmers throughout the state.  He had made a number of trips to England and Scotland to secure the type of animal in which he specialized. Mr. Cress was also active in civic life in Washington, having served as mayor for a number of years and as postmaster of Washington for nine years.  He was also a former county treasurer of Tazewell county. He was formerly a member of the Christian Church at Washington, in which he took an active part.  After moving to Peoria he transferred his membership to the Central Christian Church, which he attended as long as his health permitted. Fraternal affairs also came in for a share of his attention in his younger years.  He held membership in the Washington lodge of Masons, Mohammed temple, Shrine; Peoria Commandery, No. 3, Knights Templar, in which he had been awarded a 50-year emblem, and the Knights of Pythias at Pekin, from which he had also received a 50-year emblem. Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Hood of Peoria, and three grandsons, Clyde Crane of Chicago, Chief Yeoman Earl P. Crane, with the US Navy in Cuba, and Jamie C. Crane of Tampa, Fla.  Two sons and two daughters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Christian Church in Washington.  Dr. C. C. Carpenter, pastor of Central Christian Church, Peoria, officiated and burial was in Glen Dale Cemetery, Washington.

Erva Cashen
BAY VIEW GARDENS - Erva E. Cashen, 81, of 205 Hillside Drive died at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Rosewood Care Center of East Peoria, where she had been a resident for one week.  Born Sept. 15, 1920, in Peoria to Ed and Gladys Ross Van Dyke, she married DeWayne W. Cashen in 1956 in Joliet. He died Feb. 2, 1994, in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by one son, Bruce Cashen, on Dec. 13, 1990. Surviving are two sons, James Warner (note: Son James is not a Warner but a Pitsonbarger, and is not in any way associated with any Warners. sent by Marilyn Warner Williams, daughter of Erva) and Terry Warner; one daughter, Marilyn Cheatham; and one brother, Merle Van Dyke Sr. of Peoria. She was a homemaker.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria, where visitation will be one hour before. The Rev. Ron Stewart will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery in Spring Bay.

George T. Clark
- contributed by Jane Foster
George T. Clark, 75, a retired mail carrier, died Friday at Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois.
Services were Monday at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora.  Rev David Shoemaker officiated and burial was in Buckingham Cemetery, Washburn. Mr. Clark was born July 14, 1900, in Lowpoint, a son of George M. and Mary McFarlin Clark.  He married Zella Cary May 3, 1924, in Towanda. Surviving are his wife; a son, George E., Lowpoint; three daughters, Mrs. Barbara Knoblauch and Mrs. Jayne Knoblauch, both of Lowpoint, and Mrs. Norma Fandel, Metamora; 23 grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.  Two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Clark, a rural letter carrier for 36 years, was a 50-year member of the Washburn Masonic Lodge and belonged to the Peoria Consistory, the Mohammed Shrine, the Order of Eastern Star, the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, the Shrine Funmakers and the Lowpoint United Methodist Church.  He was a veteran of World War I.  Memorials may be made to the Shriners' Crippled Children's Fund.

Richard Collins Sr.
SPRING BAY - Richard W. Collins Sr., 85, of 1214 Spring Bay Road in Spring Bay died at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2006, at Heritage Manor in Chillicothe.  He was born on June 2, 1920, in Peoria to Roy and Caroline Goldsbrough Collins. He married Marguerite E. Jones on April 17, 1940, in Iowa City, Iowa. She survives.  Also surviving are three sons, Richard (Kathy) Collins Jr. of Spring Bay, Allen (Lynn) Collins of East Peoria, and Ronald D. Collins of Peoria Heights. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Jacqueline) Carmichael of Silvis, Ill., and Mrs. Harry (Virginia) Call of East Peoria; 16 grandchildren; one stepgranddaughter; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Mae Shattuck in 1987, one grandson and one sister.  He was a WWII Navy veteran. He worked as a truck driver for Peoria Blacktop for many years, retiring in 1982.  He was a member of the Peoria AMVETS Post #64, American Legion Spring Bay Post #1115, Navy Marine Club in Peoria Heights, Pekin Moose Lodge #916, East Peoria Boat Club, Grandview Masonic Lodge #1112 AF & AM in Peoria Heights and the Abbas Grotto in East Peoria.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mason Funeral Home, Germantown Hills Chapel, with the Rev. Michael Fender officiating. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery in Spring Bay. Graveside Military Rites will be conducted by the Spring Bay American Legion. Memorials may be made to Spring Bay Volunteer Fire Department or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Alfred Calvert - contributed by Jane Foster
Mr. Calvert, one of the oldest citizens of this County died at his home four miles northwest of here Sunday morning.  The funeral was held at the house Monday at 11 o'clock.  A large crowd attended the funeral in spite of the bad weather.

Connor Cramer
EAST PEORIA - Connor Joseph Cramer, 23 months, of 148 W. Zimmerman St. died at 11:25 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2002, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born June 28, 2000, in Peoria to Joe D. and Debbie S. McClone Cramer. Surviving are his parents; his grandparents, Robert and LaVonne McClone and David and Diane Cramer, all of Germantown Hills; and his great-grandparents Carl and Iona Schaidle of Metamora. He was preceded in death by one sister. He was a member of St. Mary's Lourdes Catholic Church. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mason Funeral Home in Metamora. The Rev. Neri Greskoviak will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour before services, both at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Children's Hospital of Illinois at St. Francis.

Catherine L. Craig
CREVE COEUR - Catherine L. Craig, 72, of 241 Wagner Drive died at 12:49 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2000, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born Oct. 19, 1927, in Alto Pass to David and Dorothy Dunham Hale, she married Clovis C. Craig on Dec. 12, 1942, in Old Jackson, Mo. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Terry (and Monica) of Creve Coeur; two brothers, David Hale of Mackinaw and Curtis Hale of East Peoria; three sisters, Mildred Thompson of Alto Pass, Emma Jean Ridings of Metamora and Delores Dhasie of East Peoria; and two grandsons. One daughter, Donna Craig, preceded her in death.  She was a member of Bayview Baptist Church in Washington, where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Keith Thibo will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery in Spring Bay.  Memorials may be made to the Creve Coeur Rescue Squad or to the Creve Coeur Police Department.

Dow Clark - contributed by Jane Foster
Services for Dow Clark, 79, of Washburn, who died at 3:15 p.m. Thursday in Eureka Hospital, were Sunday in Pacey Memorial Home.  The Rev. F. Gwynne Cook officiated.  Burial was in Buckingham Cemetery.
He was born May 23, 1895 in Woodford County to John and Mary Ridenour Clark, and married Marguerite Kerrick June 7, 1917 in Washburn.  She died Feb. 7, 1960.  Surviving are two sons, Glenn, of Naperville, and Donald, of Washburn; two daughters, Mrs. George (Imogene) Zeller of Spring Bay, and Mrs. Milford (Loretta) McKittrick, of Sandwich; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. D. J. Schneider, of Roanoke.  Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.  He had been employed by Altorfer Brothers Co., retiring in 1959.  Memorial contributions may be made to Woodford County Heart Assn.

Lynne Courtway
EAST PEORIA - Lynne A. Courtway, age 51, of East Peoria passed away at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at her residence.  She was born Dec. 18, 1954, in Peoria to Lou and Donna (Fox) Bright.  Survivors include her mother of Pekin; one daughter, Brandy (and Dave) Fahrion of Marquette Heights; two grandchildren, Justin and Jessica Fahrion of Marquette Heights; two sisters, Joyce (and Alan) Woll of Atlanta, Ga., and Diana (and Eddie) Cox of Pekin; and two brothers, Mark (and Linda) Bright of North Pekin and James (and Kristi) Bright of Creve Coeur. Also surviving are her companion for more than 20 years, Dave Leason, and his sister and brother, Laura (and Bill) Murray of Mapleton and Steve Leason of Normal. She was preceded in death by her father; one son, Randy Courtway; and one sister, Catherine Bright.  Lynne was working as the manager of the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Call Center. She was attending Forrest Hill United Methodist Church in Peoria.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 19, 2006, at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. The Rev. Charliam Renner will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

Tori L. Cramer
SPRING BAY -- Tori L. Cramer, 4 months, of 148 W. Zimmerman St., Spring Bay, died at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 1999, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born Jan. 9, 1999 in Peoria to Joe D. and Debbie S. McClone Cramer.   Surviving are her parents of Spring Bay; her grandparents, Robert and LaVonne McClone and David and Diane Cramer, both of Germantown Hills; her great-grandparents, Carl and Iona Schaidle of Metamora; and several nieces and nephews. She was of the Catholic faith.  Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mason Funeral Home in Metamora. The Rev. Mark Potter will officiate. Visitations will be from 6 to 8 tonight and one hour before Saturday services, both at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Children's Hospital of Illinois at St. Francis Medical Center.

Edna May Clark - contributed by Jane Foster
Edna May Clark was born September 12, 1891, daughter of George Marshall and Mary McFarlin Clark.  She grew to womanhood on the Clark homestead, west of Lowpoint.  At an early age she united with the Lowpoint Methodist church, at that time a part of the Washburn charge.
For the past nine years she had made her home in Streator with Mr. and Mrs. Bert Fincham.  Here she became affiliated with the Streator Methodist church and was a faithful and loyal member.  She spent many happy hours working for the Volunteer Circle of the Women's Society of Christian Service. Last November she became ill and never fully recovered.  On May 27 she came to the home of her brother, George in Lowpoint where on Saturday, June 13 she passed away. She leaves to mourn her sudden passing, a sister, Eva F. Boon, Washburn, a brother George T. Clark, Lowpoint, four nieces, three nephews, as well as many other relatives and a host of friends. Services were conducted at the Rickett Funeral Home, Monday afternoon, June 15, at 2:30, by Rev. T. J. M. Crapp, pastor of the Methodist church of Streator.  He was assisted by Dr. F. A. Havighurst of the Washburn Methodist church. Mrs. Elizabeth Boon sang "What a Friend We Have in Jesus", and "In the Garden".  Burial was in Buckingham cemetery.  Pallbearers were George E. Clark, Loren and Franklin Boon, nephews of the deceased, Joe Garber, Ivan McFarlin, and Robert Foster.

Charles Cress - contributed by Jane Foster
Charles Cress, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Cress, former residents of Metamora township, now residing at Washburn, passed away on Sunday of last week at Red Lake Falls, Minn.  The remains were brought back to Washburn for burial, arriving on Wednesday.  The deceased was well known in the neighborhood of Metamora, although it was in 1886 that the family moved from here to Washburn.  He leaves a wife, who was Louisa Foster, of Lowpoint, and three children.  The family moved up to Minnesota three years ago.  Deceased was 41 years of age.  (Charles is supposed to be buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Washsburn, Woodford, Illinois, USA  - but I can't find a tombstone.  Same thing for his wife, Louisa E. (Foster) Cress.)

Clovis Craig
CREVE COEUR - Clovis C. "Chuck" Craig, 82, of 241 Wagner Drive died at 10:28 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at Washington Christian Village in Washington. Born Aug. 30, 1921, in Alto Pass to Clovis and Clara Toler Craig, he married Catherine L. Hale on Dec. 12, 1942, in Old Jackson, Mo. She died March 3, 2000, in Peoria. He also was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Carol; and one brother. Surviving are one son, Terry (and Monica) of Creve Coeur; two grandsons; and two brothers, Carl (and Pauline) of Spring Bay and the Rev. Claude (and Dorothy) of Creve Coeur.  A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9016. He worked at the Morton Caterpillar Inc. plant for 32 years, retiring as a supervisor in 1980. He was a member of Bayview Baptist Church in Washington, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Keith Thibo will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria and 30 minutes before services at the church. Burial will be in Spring Bay Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Washington Christian Village.

Nora Ellen (Kenyon) Calvert - contributed by Jane Foster
Mrs. Nora Ellen (Kenyon) Calvert, oldest daughter of Durias and Elizabeth Kenyon, was born November 10, 1882, and passed away at her home in Wilbern, August 22, 1944, at the age of 61 years, nine months and 12 days.  Her entire life was spent in the vinicity of Lowpoint and Washburn.
She was united in marriage to James Alfred Calvert, to which union were born nine children, Mrs. Hazel Dennis, Washburn, Mrs. Lila Ballance, Patoka, Raymond, Peoria, Pvt. Willard, stationed in Maryland, Pvt. Delbert, overseas, Freddie and Kenneth at home, two infant sons preceded her in death; her husband preceded her November 4, 1928; also a daughter-in-law and grandson, and a sister Stella have gone on beyond. She united with the Church of the Bretheran in her early years and was ever faithful in the Christain life, although she was not permitted to attend the services, as she would have liked to have done. She was a kind, loving and patient mother, a faithful companion and will be sadly missed in the home. She is survived by six granddaughters and three grand sons, one sister, Jennie Anderson of Lowpoint and five brothers, James and William of Lowpoint, Frank of Secor, John of Washburn, and Ben of Chillicothe. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. A. Whisler in the Oak Grove Brethran Church, Friday, August 23.  Mesdames M. A. Whisler and Alberta Christ sang "Getting Down the Valley", "Shall We Meet?" and "Meet Me There".  Mrs. Irl Owen was the pianist. The body was laid to rest in the church cemetery...............................

James Alfred Calvert -contributed by Jane Foster
James Alfred Calvert, youngest son of Griffin and Mary (Walker) Calvert was born in Woodford county, Illinois, October 16, 1873, and departed this life at the Methodist Hospital in Peoria, November 4, 1938, at the age of 65 years and 19 days.  He was taken to the hospital four weeks ago where he underwent two operations. In young manhood he united with the church of the Brethren.  He was united in marriage to Miss Nora Kenyon, to  which union were born eight children, six boys and two girls:  Fred, Raymond, Willard, Delbert, Kenneth, Hazel and Lila.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters and an infant son.  He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, five sons and two daughters, Hazel Dennis of Washburn, and Lila Balance of Potoka, Ill., one sisster, Mrs. Maggie Lewis of Lowpoint. Funeral services were conducted from the Oak Grove church, Sunday afternoon by the pastor, Rev. M. A. Whisler.  Interment was in the Clark cemetery.   (This is incorrect as there is no Clark Cemetery that I can find.  He has several close relatives, wife, brother, son, etc. buried in the Imhoff Cemetery near the church.) Mr. Calvert was a kind and affectionate husband.  A man who loved his children and home, and was happy when friends and neighbors were with them.  Never finding fault with or critising those with whom he came in contact. It was ever his lot to walk the humble road in life, earning his portion of this world's goods by the sweat of his brow.  For the past three years his health has been gradually failing, but with cheerful patience he went about his work helping his sons provide for the needs of his family, who with a host of friends will miss him greatly from their midst.

Kenneth Calvert - contributed by Jane Foster
Kenneth Calvert, 45, formerly of Wilbern, died at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, 1964, at the Dixon State Hospital where he had been a patient for eight years.
He was born at Wilbern Feb. 8, 1919, a son of Alfred and Nora Kenyon Calvert. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. (Lila) Dwight Balance of Patoka, Ill. and Mrs. Hazel Long of Kewanee; four brothers, Willard of East Peoria, Raymond of Peoria, and Delbert and Fred, both of Wilbern. Graveside services were at Imhoff Cemetery, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30.  The Rev. M. A. Whisler officiated.  Pacey Memorial Home, Washburn, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Persis Curtiss
Died in El Paso, Illinois at the home of S. T. & R. D. Curtiss, March 11, 1882, Mrs. Persis Curtiss, aged 84 years, 9 months and 3 days.  Mother Curtiss has been long and well known to our citizens for many years and a large concourse of friends gathered at her funeral services. She had been a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church for more than sixty years, for the last sixteen years she has been connected with the church in this city. Her strength and activity have been ? remarkable; she has kept house with her son, Mr. r. D. Curtiss until a few months before her decease, attending to all the household care without the aid of any servants. She has shown herself a most zealous toiler in the vineyard of her Master, being present regularly at the church service, whatever might be the weather; and seldom absent from the prayer and class meeting. Her faith in God was strong up to the very last; and the arm which sustained her during sixty years of weary pilgrimage did not fail her in the hour of final conflict.  Only short time before her death she testified to her perfect preparation to meet God, and expressed an earnest desire to greet her friends and children in Heaven. In Sister Curtiss, the family has lost a loving mother, the friend, an experienced advisor; the church, a consistent and faithful member. Leaving the country, she has gone to a better, which is a heavenly. F. H. C.

Raymond L. Calvert - contributed by Jane Foster
Toulon --- Raymond L. Calvert, 82, of 221 Main St, died at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 1997 at his residence.
Born Dec. 18, 1914, in Lowpoint to Alfred and Nora Kenyon Calvert, he married Irene Manker on Aug. 6, 1959, she survives. Also surviving are seven sons, Donnie Calvert of Toulon, Tom Thompson of East Peoria, Jack Morgan and John Morgan both of Peoria Heights, Dean Morgan and Ronnie Morgan both of Bellevue and James Morgan of Peoria, three daughters, Joyce Pheasant, Judy Bricker and Jill Brooks all of Peoria;  36 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren, and one sister, Lila Ballance of Patoka.  He was preceded in death by two sons, Jim Calvert and Larry Calvert, four brothers and one sister. He was custodial engineer at the Hotel Pere Marquete in Peoria.  He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Wilton Mortuary in Peoria, where visitation will be one hour before services.  The Rev. A. K. Cope will officiate.  Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.  Memorials may be made to the Raymond L. Calvert Memorial Fund established at CEFCU.

Katherine Cook
Katherine H. Cook, 89, formerly of Eureka, died at 10:20 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center in Delphi, Ind., where she had been a patient for five and a half years. She was orn April 10, 1917, in Florence, Kan., the daughter of Elbert and Katie Bloom Howard. She married Oliver Hazard Perry Cook on Oct. 2, 1937, in Florence. He died Aug. 9, 1990.  Survivors include one son, James (Jacqueline) Cook, Delphi; one stepsister; two grandsons and two great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, her stepmother, one half sister, one half brother, two stepbrothers and three stepsisters.  Cook graduated from Florence High School in 1935. In the 1950's she worked in the industrial relations department for Libby, McNeil and Libby in Eureka. Cook later served as assistant town clerk for Eureka and held the position until her retirement in 1972. She was a 56-year member of the Eureka Christian Church, where she served as dinner chair for the Christian women's Fellowship for several years. Cook also chaired many other dinner events in Eureka. She later moved from Eureka to Delphi to be near her son's family.  Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Olio Township Cemetery, Eureka, with the Rev. Robert Harnish officiating. Abott Funeral Home of Delphi is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the church.

Selma L. Clark - contributed by Jane Foster
Selma L. Clark, 75, of 111 Van Buren St., Peoria, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at her home. 
Born Dec. 4, 1910, in Peoria, to Sidney J. and Dora O. Foster deGuibert, she was widowed.  One daughter, Elaine Costello of Hot Springs, Ark., survives.  Mrs. Clark was a homemaker.  Services were held Tuesday at the Mason Funeral Home, Metamora.  The Rev. Bob Rezash officiated.  Burial was in Buckingham Cemetery, Washburn.

Irene F Calvert - contributed by Jane Foster
Peoria --- Irene F Calvert, 78, of 1529 W. Martin died at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, at Rose Garden Care Center in Peoria Heights.
Born Nov. 28, 1920, in Dillon Township, Tazewell County, to Lawrence and Maggie Lohnes Manker, she married Raymond L. Calvert on Aug 6, 1959, in Deer Creek.  He died March 5, 1997, in Toulon. She also was preceded in death by two sons, Jim Calvert and Larry Morgan, and an infant sister. Surviving are eight sons, Jessie Morgan of Peoria, Jack Morgan and John Morgan both of Peoria Heights, Thomas "Tom" Thompson of East Peoria, Donnie Calvert of Bartonville, Dean Morgan and Ronnie Morgan both of Bellevue, and Richard Glenndenning of Wisconsin, three daughters, Joe Brooks, Judy Brickner and Joyce Pheasant, all of Peoria; 36 grandchildren; 28 greatgrandchildren; two brohers, Albert Manker of Merrifield, Minn.; and Jacob Manker of Marco Island, Fla.; and three sisters, Marcella Schnellbacher of Iowa, Verla Van Winkle of Oakley and Betty Glenndenning of Merrifield. She was a cook at Bradley University. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wilton Mortuary, where visitation will be one hour before services.  The Rev. A F Cope will officiate.  Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Irene Calvert Memorial Fund established at Kemba Peoria Credit Union.

Mary Calvert - contributed by Jane Foster
Mrs. Mary Calvert, widow of the late Griff Calvert, died Thursday morning of last week at 7 o'clock, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Newton Lewis in Partridge township.
Deceased was 90 years of age, yet notwithstanding her great age and the fact that she suffered two strokes of paralysis in the last four years, her death resulted from cancer.  She had been helpless since suffering the first stroke four years ago. Deceased was one of the oldest settlers of that part of the county.  Her husband died 14 years ago and she had since made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Newton Lewis.  Besides Mrs. Lewis she is survived by one son, Alfred, of Wilburn. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the Dunkard church at Bricktown, Rev. Emert Eschman in charge, and burial was in the cemetery in that neighborhood.

Kathleen J. Christ
WASHBURN - Kathleen J. Christ, 57, of R.R. 2, Washburn, died at 10:28 a.m. yesterday (July 11, 1993) at Eureka Community Hospital. Death was from natural causes.
Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Metamora Mennonite Church, church ministers officiating. Burial will be in Black Partridge Cemetery, Metamora.  Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora, and one hour before the service Wednesday at the church. She was born June 6, 1936, in Mason County, the daughter of Leo and Mattie Vaughn Christy. She married Walter H. Christ Sept. 22, 1957, at Washington. He survives.  Also surviving are one son, William, Metamora; two daughters, Naomi El-Derzi, Metamora, and Julie Christ, Eureka; one sister, Mary Lou Adams, Creve Coeur; and two grandchildren. A graduate of Metamora High School and Illinois Central College, she was an LPN in rehab nursing. Mrs. Christ had special training at Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, and also at the Institute of Physical Nursing and Rehabilitation, Peoria. She was employed by Maple Lawn Homes, Eureka, for many years and last worked as a staff nurse at Eureka Apostolic Christian Home. In 1988, she was recognized by Lt. Gov. George Ryan and the Senior Legislative Forum for care of the elderly. Memorials may be made to the special care unit of Eureka Apostolic Christian Home.

Delbert H. Calvert - contributed by Jane Foster
Washburn --- Delbert H. Calvert, 60, formerly of rural Washburn, died at 12:25 p.m. Monday at Veterans' Medical Center at Danville after a lengthy illness. 
He was born March 17, 1921, in Wilburn, a son of Alfred and Nora Ellen Kenyon Calvert.  He was a veteran of Wrold War II and a member of American Legion Post 661, Washburn.  Surviving are two brothers, Fred of Washburn and Raymond of Peoria; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Roark of Washburn and Mrs. Lila Ballance of Patoka; and several nieces and nephews.  His parents and three brothers preceded him in death.  Private services will begin att 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in Pacey-Child Memorial Home, where private visitation will begin one hour earlier.  Burial will be in Fort Cemetery, rural Washburn.


The following obits contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
 

Gretje Ludeman Clodius

Mrs. William Clodius - The community was saddened by the news of the death of Mrs. William Clodius which occurred last Thursday evening, July 5th, at the family home near Ritzville. Death came after four days of acute illness, although she had been unwell for many weeks. Nervous trouble was the cause of her death. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the German Lutheran church, conducted by the pastor Rev. O. T. Just. Interment was made in the Ritzville cemetery. Mrs. Clodius' maiden name was Grace Luderman (note: her name was Gretje Ludeman) . She was born near Eureka, Ill., on June 7th,1864. She grew to womanhood in that state and was united in marriage to William Clodius at Matamory (note: should read Metamora), Ill., Dec. 17, 1881. In 1883 they moved to Nebraska where they resided until 1906, when they moved to the state of Washington, locating in Adams County where they have since resided. To the union were born seven children, one of whom died in infancy. The others are: Henry, Edward and William, Mrs. Anna Oestreich and Lena, of Ritzville; and Mrs. Emma Clemie of Sprague. They, with her husband, mourn her departure. Two brothers, Henry Luderman (note: should read Ludeman), of Montana, and John Luderman (note: should read Ludeman) of Nebraska, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Sloter of Illinois, are also living.

Army Hospital Head Dies in New Guinea

El Paso - Capt. Nellie Crout died Nov. 30 in Minsinschhasen, New Guinea, according to word received Tuesday by her parents, Mr and Mrs J. W. Crout. She was in the army nurses' corps, and was serving as superintendent of the 13th army general hospital in New Guinea. She was born in El Paso Aug. 15, 1906, a daughter of J. W. and Alice Turner Crout. She graduated from El Paso Township High school in 1924 and received her training at Presbyterian hospital, Chicago. She was a member of the first hosptial unit from Passavant hospital, Chicago, to enter army service.
Capt. Crout was stationed in Australia six months prior to going to New Guinea on July 3, 1944. Surviving are her parents, two brothers, Maj. George T. Crout, medical corps, Columbus, Ohio; Pvt. Carl Crout, Walla Walla, Wash.; four sisters, Mrs Mary Schwitters, Carlock; Mrs Dorothy McAllister, West Lafayette, Ind.; Mrs Barbara Armstrong, El Paso; Lt. Alice Crout, an army nurse stationed on the Ledo road in Assam. 

Harry G. Crawford, 61, El Paso, Dies Suddenly


Harry G. Crawford, manager of the El Paso Milling company, was found dead about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday beside an automobile he had been loading with sacks of grain near the White Elevator.  C. C. Kingdon, manager of the elevator, found Mr Crawford and called a physician, but death had occurred before the doctor arrived.
 
An inquest was conducted Tuesday night.  The coroner's jury found that Mr Crawford's death was caused by heart disease.
 
Mr Crawford was born at Pittsburgh, Penn., March 14, 1868 and came to Illinois when 18 years old.  He lived most of his life at Panola.  Four years ago he gave up farming to take over managership of the milling company.
 
He married Miss Aggie Scott in 1896.  She and two children, Ray, who resides on a farm in Panola township, and Mrs Elsie Brenneman, Minier, survive.
 
Mr. Crawford was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  He had been a city alderman two years.
 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Methodist church and burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.

Adelaid Crawford


Mrs Adelaid Crawford, 85, lifelong resident of El Paso, died at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Mennonite hospital, Bloomington, where she had been a patient since March 20 when she broke her hip in a fall.
 
The body was retained at the Vincent memorial home in El Paso until 2:30 p.m. Sunday when services were held at the El Paso Methodist church with the Rev. Jack B. North officiating.  Burial was in Evergreen cemetery.
 
She was born Sept. 24, 1865 in Panola township, the daughter of Thomas and Keziah Clark Scott, and married Harry G. Crawford Feb. 10, 1896.  He preceded her in death July 9, 1929.
 
Survivors are one son, Ray S. Crawford of El Paso; one daughter, Mrs Elsie O. Brenneman of Normal; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  She was a member of the El Paso Methodist church. 

Cleo Corbitt


The funeral of Cleo Corbitt, 82, of Chicago and formerly of El Paso, who died Sunday in a Chicago hospital, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St Mary's Catholic Church.  The Rev John O'Connor will officiate.  Burial will be in St Joseph's Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight at Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, with a wake service at 8 p.m.
 
She was born April 2, 1898, in rural El Paso, a daughter of James and Mary Parr Corbitt.  Surviving are three sisters, Hilda Corbitt, with whom she lived in Chicago; Laverne Camerling and Maryetta Reeves, both of Pekin.  Three brothers preceded her in death.  
She taught in El Paso rural schools before moving to Chicago.  She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.


John F. Campen

John F. Campen, 91, of the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka, formerly of Roanoke, passed away at 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday (April 15, 2008) at the Eureka Community Hospital.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Roanoke, with the Rev. Bruce Scarbeary officiating. Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church or to the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka.

He was born on Aug. 19, 1916, in Benson, a son of Ralph and Jennie Hinrichs Campen. He married Irene Rippel on Sept. 6, 1941, in Roanoke. She died on March 15, 1982.

Surviving is one son, Robert (Jean) Campen, Metamora; one daughter, Judy (William) Kreeger, Washington; two brothers, Clarence (Betty) Campen, Benson; Eldon (Alicia) Campen, Bedford, Ind.; six grandchildren, Michelle Goldammer, David Kreeger, Pam Kreeger, Matt Campen, Chris Campen, Molly Campen; and three great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lester and Carl; and one sister, Esther.

John worked at Caterpillar for 40 years, retiring from the Mossville plant in 1978.  He dearly loved farming and also farmed part time on the family farm.  John was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Roanoke.

 

 
Zella B. (Cary) Clark 
LOWPOINT - Zella B. (Cary) Clark, 95, a resident of Maple Lawn Home at 700 N. Main St., Eureka, and formerly of Lowpoint, died at 6:35 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 21, 1996) at Eureka Hospital. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora, the Rev. George Knox officiating. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 30 at Maple Lawn Home Assembly Room, the Rev. Robert Harnish officiating. Burial will be in Buckingham Cemetery, Washburn. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Maple Lawn Home, Eureka.  Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Knoblauch, and Jayne Knoblauch, both of Lowpoint; and Norma Fandel, Metamora; 21 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

Zella B. Clark
95, of 700 N. Main St., Eureka, formerly of Lowpoint, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Eureka Hospital.  Born June 12, 1901, in Hannibal, Mo., to Louis and Viene Ely Cary, she married George T. Clark May 3, 1924, in Towanda.  He died April 16, 1976.  One son, George E., two grandchildren and two sisters also preceded her in death.  Surviving are three daughters, Barbara Knoblauch and Jayne Knoblauch, both of Lowpoint, and Norma Fandel of Metamora; 21 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.  She was a member of Lowpoint United Methodist Church.  She ws also a member of Washburn Senior Women's Club in Washburn, where she served as past president; Order of the Eastern Star, Washburn Chapter, where she served as past worthy matron; and Illinois Rural Mail Carriers Auxiliary, where she served as past president.  She was a founding and honorary member of Woodford County Homemakers Extension.  Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 24, at Mason Funeral Home in Metamora.  The Rev. George Knox officiated.  Burial was in Buckingham Cemetery in Washburn.  A memorial service was held Dec. 30 in the Assembly Room at Maple Lawn Homes in Eureka.  The Rev. Robert Harnish officiated.  Memorials may be made to Maple Lawn Homes. (contributed by Jane Foster, Metamora Herald  1-2-1997)

Sarah Clingman - contributed by Jane Foster
Death struck twice in three days in the household of Geo. W. Clingman, of Cazenovia.  In response to the grim summoner, John Safford, one of the oldest residents of the county, and his daughter, Mrs. Sarah Clingman, wife of Geo. W. Clingman, have breathed their last on earth.  Following the death of his daughter, last Saturday, the aged father, in his ninety-second year, succombed to the shock, passing away on Tuesday. After an illness of but four days, Mrs. Geo. W. Clingman passed away last Saturday morning at 11 o'clock.  The immediate cause of death was bronchopneumonia, although the deceased had been suffering from chronic bronchitis for some years, and had been troubled from dropsey.  She was a very fleshy lady weighing nearly 400 pounds, and for several years had been practically helpless from this cause. Mrs. Clingman was the eldest of the three children of John and Edna Safford, pioneers in this section.  She had lived all her life of sixty-five years in the neighborhood of Cazenovia and was generally beloved and honored in the community.  She was born Sept. 26, 1840 on the Safford place two and one-half miles northwest of Cazenovia.  On December 16, 1858 she was united in marriage to Geo. W. Clingman.  Three sons were born to the couple:  John A., of Jefferson Co., Iowa; Clarence E., and Elmer, of Cazenovia.  At the time of her death she had attained the age of 65 years, 6 months and 11 days.  She leaves beside her husband, Geo. W. Clingman, her brother, David Safford, and her three children, thirteen grand-children.  The funeral was held Monday from the Baptist church at Cazenovia, of which denomination Mrs. Clingman had been a member throughout her life.  Rev. J. A. Museer of Metamora had charge of the services and preached the funeral sermon.  Although the day was damp and the roads were in very bad conditiion, many of the friends of the deceased attended the funeral.  The remains were taken to the Buckingham cemetery and interred.

David Call - contributed by Jane Foster
David Call for many years a highly respected citizen of this part of Woodford county and in recent years a resident of Lowpoint, died at his home Tuesday afternoon at 1:20 of an illness with which he was stricken Monday morning. Though in poor health for some time because of rheumatism and other ailments Mr. Call's condition was not considered immediately serious, but probably brought on by the extremely hot weather, he suffered a heart attack Monday, which was the cause of his death. News of Mr. Call's sudden taking away has caused widespread sorrow in the communities in which he has made his home during a good part of his lifetime.  He was a man who enjoyed the high esteem of all who knew him, an honorable citizen, a friendly neighbor and a good husband and father. He was born in Green county, Pennsylvania, Feb. 23, 1867, where he resided until he was 21 years old, when he came to Illinois.  He was united in marriage with Miss Mary Owen Dec. 24, 1890, who survives.  Five children were born to the couple, Robert, deceased; Jesse of Peoria, Mrs. Edna Ivins and Mrs. Sarah Foster of Cazenovia, and Velma, residing at home.  He is also survived by the following brothers;  William of Clarksburg, W. Va.; James S. of Cameron, W. Va.; James F. of Rogersville, Penn., and Thomas Wiles of Carksburg, W. Va. The family home was west of Cazenovia for a period of 12 years.  All his years since coming to Illinois had been spent in this vicinity, except six years when he was located in Ford county.  A few years ago he moved into Lowpoint.  He united with the Christian church in early life and later took an active part in the Lowpoint Evangelical church. Funeral services were held in the Lowpoint Evangelical Community church on Thursday afternoon at 2:30, with Rev. M. W. Lang in charge.  The sermon was by Rev. W. A. Stauffer of Mendota, a former pastor of the Lowpoint church.  Burial was in Mt. Vernon cemetery

Mary M. Call - contributed by Jane Foster
Mrs. Mary M. Call, 94, formerly of Cazenovia, died at 5 p.m. Saturday at the El Paso Nursing Home, where she had lived for the past four years.   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Mason Funeral Home, Metamora, with the Rev. Clifford Janssen of the Metamora Christian Union Church officiating.  Burial was in Linn-Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Washburn.   Visitation was Monday afternoon and evening at the funeral home.   She was born July 17, 1870, in Marshall County, daughter of Robert and Mary Clingman Owen.  She married David Call on Dec. 24, 1890, at Lowpoint.  He died July 22, 1930.  She is survived by a son, Jesse, Peoria; three daughters, Mrs. Edna Ivins, Roanoke; Mrs. Irene Foster, Cazenovia; and Mrs. Velma Mann, Magnolia; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  Deceased was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church at Lowpoint.

Ruth Crank
WASHBURN - Ruth G. Crank, 89, of Snyder Village in Metamora, formerly of Washburn, died at 12:54 a.m. Sunday, June 5, 2005, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born July 24, 1915, in Lowpoint to William and Elleta Mae Glover Buckingham, she married Sidney L. Crank on Jan. 30, 1948, in El Paso. He survives. She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. She was a bookkeeper at Boorland & Co. in Peoria for 35 years. She was a member of Washburn United Methodist Church since 1931. Private graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Buckingham Cemetery in Washburn. The Rev. David Pyell will officiate. There will be no visitation. Cremation has been accorded. Mason Funeral Home, Metamora Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church or to Snyder Village.

George E. Clark
Lowpoint - George E. Clark, 65, of rural Lowpoint died at 11 a.m. yesterday (Oct. 18, 1990) at Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora, the Rev. Neri Greskoviak officiating. Burial will be in Buckingham Cemetery, Washburn. Military graveside rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 661, Washburn. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. He was born March 10, 1925, in Lowpoint, a son of George T. and Zeila Cary Clark. He married Helen Buchanan Sept. 19, 1953, in Washburn. She survives.  Other survivors include his mother, Lowpoint; two sons, george A., Bellflower, and Dean, Lowpoint; two daughters, Becky Miller and Joann Clark, both of Lowpoint; three sisters, Barbara Knoblauch and Jayne Knoblauch, both of Lowpoint, and Norma Fandel, Metamora; and four grandchildren. His father preceded him in death. Mr. Clark was a farmer and owner-operator of Farm Restaurant and Catering in Lowpoint. He was a member of the Washburn Lions Club; American Legion Post 661, Washburn, and an Army veteran of the Korean War. Memorials may be made to the Lions Club eye fund.

Louise Foster Cress - contributed by Jane Foster
The remains of Mrs. Louise Foster Cress, widow of the late Charles Cress, both members of pioneer families of the vicinity of Lowpoint, were brought from Aurora, where Mrs. Cress died on Dec. 24, to the Rickett funeral home in Washburn.  Final services were held there Wednesday morning at 10:30, conducted by the Rev. Chas. FitzHenry.  Interment was in the Mt. Vernon cemetery. Mrs. Cress since the death of her husband some years ago, had been making her home with her children and was living with her daughter, Mrs. Cora Shaddick, in Aurora, where her death occurred, at the age of 70. She was the daughter of Henry and Margaret Foster and was born in the vicinity of Lowpoint.  She was united in marriage to Charles Cress and thereafter for many years the couple made their home in Wisconsin.  She is survived by three children, Mrs. Cora Shaddick of Aurora, Mrs. Emily Helmick and Floyd Cress of Colorado.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters:  William, Charles and Henry Foster of Lowpoint, Mrs. Will Scott of Bryan, Ohio; Mrs. Dora deGuibert of Milwaukee, Mrs. Margaret McDonald of Eldon, Ia.; Mrs. Fred Kenyon and Josephine Foster of Goldendale, Wash.  Three sisters preceded her in death.  Three grandchildren also survive.

Matilda Crandell - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Matilda Crandell, 92, of Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Eureka, formerly of Minonk and California, died at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 1987 at the nursing home.  Her funeral was held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 23, at Froelich Memorial Home, the Rev Gary Chapman officiated.  Burial was at Minonk Cemetery. She was born September 17, 1894, in Minonk, a daughter of Daniel W. and Christine Uphoff Knapp.  She married LeRoy Crandell in June 1930.  He died in 1970.  Survivors include one sister, Ruth Knapp, Minonk.  Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.  She was a member of St Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk.  Mrs Crandell was a retired teacher. Memorials may be made to her church or to Maple Lawn Nursing Home.

Janet E. Cook - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Janet E. Cook, 79, of 407 Washington St, Benson, formerly of Roanoke, died at 4:45 p.m. Monday, May 19, 1986.  the funeral was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at Roanoke United Methodist Church, the Rev Bill Harsin officiated.   Burial was in Roanoke City Cemetery. She was born August 24, 1906, at Cadiz, Kentucky, a daughter of John and Cornelia Moore Childress.  She married Arthur M. Cook on August 31, 1928, at Bloomington.  He died in 1972.  Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Haase and Nadine Brooks, both of Benson; 11 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a grandson, a granddaughter, four great-grandsons and 16 brothers and sisters.  She was a member of Roanoke United Methodist Church, the Royal Neighbors of America and Roanoke American Legion Auxiliary.

Freddie U. Calvert - contributed by Jane Foster
Washburn --- Freddie U. Calvert, 85, formerly of rural Washburn, died at 6:40 a.m. Sunday, April 17, 1994, at Monte Cassino Health Care Center in Toluca, where he had lived since 1985. He was born Dec. 13, 1908 in rural Washburn to Alfred and Nora Kenyon Calvert. Surviving are one brother, Raymond of Peoria; one sister, Lila Ballance of Patoka: and several nieces and nephews.  Four brothers and one sister preceded him in death. He was a farmhand for McKee Farms in rural Washburn and worked for Gianotti Grocery in Wilbern. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Fort Dever Cemetery in Washburn.  The Rev. Bob Jassman will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the service at Ries-McKitrick and Newton Mortuary, Washburn Chapel.

Stanley Nicholas Craig - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Stanley Nicholas Craig, 74, of Normal, died at 9:28 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000, at OSF St Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. Born Dec. 30, 1925, in El Paso to Nicholas and Lillie A. Rarick, he married Helen B. Barbee on Feb. 24, 1951, in Normal.  She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Diane (Dave) Stambaugh of Liberty and Raye (Chip) Sizemore of Goodfield; three sons, Daniel of Secor, Donald (Ann) of Normal and Colin (Gena) of East peoria; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one sister, Juanita Bolby of El Paso, and two brothers, Albert Turner of Secor and Charles of Texas.  One brother preceded him in death. He was a machinist in the technical center at Caterpillar Inc., Mossville.  He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Washington, where he served as past patron for three terms. Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso.  The Rev Jim Smiley officiated.  Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the memorial home.  Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery with full military honors accorded.  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Lifeline Ambulance Service of Bloomington-Normal.

Willard Calvert -contributed by Jane Foster
Services for Willard Calvert, 59, of 104 Heather Ct., East Peoria, were Tuesday at Highway Village Mennonite Church in East Peoria. The Rev. Clarence Sutter officiated and burial was in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Highway Village Mennonite Church. Calvert died at 6:50 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Hospital where he had been a patient since Feb. 14 when he was shot in an armed robbery attempt at the grocery store which he and his wife operated in East Peoria at 100 Heather Ct. In addition to operating the grocery store Calvert also had been a contractor and carpenter in East Peoria and for the last several years had also worked for Coniber Construction Co. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the American Bowling Congress and Carpenters Union, Local 183.  He attended Howett Street Christian Church. Born in Woodford County Oct. 10, 1916, he was a son of Alfred and Nora Kenyon Calvert, and married Roberta "Bette" Newman at Kahoka, Mo., Oct. 7, 1940.  Surviving are his wife; one son, Willard Michael of Peoria; three daughters, Mrs. Karen Ross of North Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Anita Booth and Mrs. Cheryl Shear, both of East Peoria; three brothers, Fred and Delbert, both of Washburn, and Raymond of Peoria; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Roark of Washburn and Mrs. Lila Ballance of Patoka, and eight grandchildren.  Two brothers preceded him in death.

Benjamin Kindig Cress - contributed by Jane Foster
Benjamin Kindig Cress, son of Andrew and Mary Cress, was born in Worth township, Woodford County, Illinois, October 16, 1837 and died at Lowpoint, Illinois, February 10, 1928 at the age of 90 years, 3 months and 26 days. His parents, coming from Roanoke, Va., were among the earliest settlers of this county.  The place of his birth was built nearly 100 years ago from lumber that was hauled by wagon from Chicago.  The prairie and timber lands at this early time were plentiful with deer and wild turkey, many of which were shot by Mr. Cress and were used for food in the parental home. In 1860 he was united in marriage to Mary L. Baird and they located on a farm two miles east of the old homestead, where they lived until the Spring of 1885, when they moved on their own farm in Linn township northeast of Lowpoint.  Here they lived until about 1909 when they moved to Lowpoint.  Ten years ago, after the death of his companion of fifty-seven years, he moved in with his only living child, Mrs. A. L. Banta, who cared for him until the end came at four o'clock Friday morning as she sat at his bed-side. He was one of a family of eight children.  He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters, wife, three children, two of which died in infancy and Charles W. who died in August 1906.   He leaves to mourn his loss one child, Mrs. A. L. Banta of Lowpoint, two brothers, G. W. Cress of Peoria, C. P. Cress of Washington, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren besides many other relatives and friends. In his youth he united with the Christian church and from that time until he answered his God's last summons he retained an interest in the work and progress of the church.  When Lowpoint dedicated her new church nearly three years ago, he came into the active membership.  Because of his advanced years he was not able to attend the services but was a liberal contributor both to the building fund and to the current budget.  During our special meetings the early part of January, he would ask his daughter each night after the services if there were any new converts that night.  He mentioned to the writer at various times that it had been his privilege and delight to help in a material way in the building of four different churches.  This was a comforting thought to him during his declining years. He was a man that was highly respected for his thriftiness and honesty.  And, as one friend who had known him for years said, "He was a man who never spoke ill of another," thus showing a fair minded interest in all his neighbors and friends. For the past twelve months he had been confined to the upstairs of his home.  During this time and amidst quite a lot of suffering he remained calm and was an uncomplaining, patient sufferer.  He fell asleep during the early part of the evening and awoke the next morning, finding himself in that heavenly mansion which had been prepared for him. Those from out of town attending the funeral services, which were held at the church, Sunday afternoon, Rev. W. A. Sauffer officiating, were Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Cress, Mrs. Millard Hood, William Cress of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Banta and son, Franklin, of  Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Cress, Dr. and Mrs. Morrow, Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Smith, George, Will, Mattie and Minnie Bowen of Washington, Peter Kamm of Washington and Leslie Smith of Metamora.  Interment was made in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

Emily Clark
A victim of diptheria and a sacrifice to the theories of Christian science, Emily Clark, who has been a frequent visitor in Metamora at the home of Mrs. Dora Schertz during the past several years, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. C.Clark in Peoria, Tuesday night. The details of the case are given in the following from the Peoria Star:  Two weeks ago Sunday Miss Clark was taken ill.  Her symptoms were severe sore throat and fever, but no physician was called in and the customary "mental" treatment was the only means used to combat the evident illness of the patient.  The symptoms grew worse, but although the sufferer became unable to speak or to swallow, the idea of her being really sick was scouted by the family.  She was urged to go about as usual, and even went out, exposing all whom she met to the terrible infection.  It was not until three days ago that the girl , then actually dying from the dread disease, was at last conceded to be ill enough to remain in bed and even then friends and neighbors came and went through the sick room as if her complaint was of the most trifling nature. At that time, it is stated that the patient was so prostrated that her condition was pitiful in the extreme.  Still, however, the pretense that she was only slightly ailing was kept up and it was not until yesterday morning that Mr. Clark, himself thoroughly alarmed at his daughter's appearance and symptoms, insisted that a physician should be sent for. The terrible poison, however, had been allowed too long to work its will in the system of its victim and its deadly paralysis had already seized upon all vital organs.  Early this morning death came to the relief of the young sufferer and she was at rest. Physicians generally give it as their opinion that a case of diptheria so long continued could certainly have been combatted by modern remedies and that the patient was as surely killed as though she had been shot through the heart. Miss Clark is survived by two brothers, Walter Mack and Arthur Clark, and two sisters, Mrs. Van Blycker of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Miss Mary Clark.  Mrs. Van Blycker has been telegraphed for and no arrangements for the funeral will be announced until her arrival. (contributed by Jane Foster).

John A. Clark
John A. Clark, son of the late John Clark, pioneer Metamora lawyer passed away last Sunday at Cherokee, Okla.  Information to this effect was received yesterday by Frank Giehl in a copy of the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle.  Deceased went west at the age of 19 years and settled in Wichita.  For 35 years he had been in the real estate business in that city.  His father, one of Metamora's first attorneys and associate of Abraham Lincoln, became one of the first attorneys to locate in Wichita, when it was a struggling border town.  The elder Clark died many years ago.  Mr. Clark was 62 years of age.  He is survived by his widow, two daughters and two sons residing in Wichita, two brothers, M. B. Clark and Dr. C. J. Clark, of Wichita, and two sisters, Mrs. Eunice Lantis of Kingman, Kan., and Mrs. Hattie Carnahan of Santa Monica, Calif.  Death resulted from a tumor, which resulted after an operation had been performed for hernia a month ago.  The body was taken to Wichita, where funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon and burial was in Maple Grove cemetery near Wichita.  Mr. Clark visited Metamora several years ago and renewed boyhood acquaintanceship among the number who remembered the family when they were residents here. (contributed by Jane Foster)

E. Elizabeth Clark
A memorial service was held March 15 in Columbia, Mo., for E. Elizabeth Clark, 75, of Columbia.  She died March 13, 1983, at Boone Hospital Center, Columbia.  Surviving are her husband, John; three sons, John D. of Collinsville, Dr. Paul J. Clark of Peoria, and David of Creve Coeur, Mo.; one daughter, Louann Williamson of Victorville, Calif.; one sister, Ruth Heimberger of Cleveland, Ohio; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  The Rev. and Mrs. Clark served an interim pastorate at Washburn Christian Church.  She donated her body to medical science.  Memorials may be made to Lenoir Memorial Home, a Columbia nursing home; Woodhaven Learning Center; or the pension fund of the Christian Church, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind. (contributed by Jane Foster)

Mary Elizabeth Clark
Mary Elizabeth Clark, nee Ridenour, was born November 11, 1859 in Cedar County, Iowa, and died March 5 1926, at the age of 66 years, 3 months, 22 days.  She was the daughter of Cyrus and Cynthia (Hardman) Ridenour.  In 1879 she came to Illinois to live with her brother, Calvin.  On February 26, 1883 she was united in marriage to John T. Clark, who preceeded her in death, dying April 17, 1904.  This union was blessed with 5 children, Verna Mae who died at the age of three years, Martha C. Adams of Timber Lake, S.D., Edna M. Schneider of Lowpoint, Ill., John Palmer Clark, and Dow G. Clark of Lowpoint, Ill.  Besides the four living children, she leaves to mourn her loss two step children, Clarence Clark of Lowpoint, and Mrs. Elsie Braun of Washburn, Ill., one brother, Cyrus of Bell Plain, Iowa and 18 grandchildren.  Mother Clark was a member of the Royal Neighbors at Cazenovia, for 22 years.  She was reared in the Methodist Church of which was a member for many years.  She was a devoted wife and mother who spent the last years of her life living alone, preferring that to living with any of her children who were desirous of caring for her in their own homes.  Funeral services were held from the home of her daughter, Edna M. Schneider at Lowpoint on Monday afternoon, March 8, at 2 o'clock.  Services were conducted by Rev. W. A. Stauffer whose theme was, "Our Hope in Christ".  A quartette from the Methodist Church of Washburn sang, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Rock of Ages".  Interment was in the Barnes Cemetery, north of Washburn, beside the grave of her husband...contribted by Jane Foster

Mina Chidsey
Local relatives were notified of the death of their aunt, Mrs. Mina Staab Chidsey, 85, on Nov. 25, 1965 at her home in Walled Lake, Mich.  She was a daughter of the late Adam and Eva Simon Staab and was born west of Germantown, in September, 1880.  She married George Chidsey, who died in Walled Lake 25 years ago.  She was the last of the Staab family, being a sister of the late John and Michael Staab, Mrs. Anna Engler, Mrs. Rose Morris and Mrs. Margaret Wegstein.  Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at St. William's Catholic Church with requiem mass, and burial was in Holy Sepulchure Cemetery.  Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Staab, Mrs. Gertrude Gauwitz and Mr. and Mrs. August Krause of Mossville attended the funeral....contribted by Jane Foster


transcribed by D. Whitesell from materials provided by Jane Foster
Life Sketch Mrs. Arthur Creabil

Flora Wilda Wise was born near Napoleon, Indiana, October 23, 1894, the daughter of John and Rebecca Wise.  She came to Lowpoint, Illinois on her eighteenth birthday to visit her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Foster, and remained with them, returning to Indiana only for brief visits.  Her marriage to Arthur Creabil occurred December 20, 1919 and to the union a daughter, Josephine, was born.  Mr. and Mrs. Creabil and daughter were residents of Lowpoint until 1933 when they purchased their Walnut street home in Washburn.  Mrs. Creabil was a most faithful and devoted wife and mother.  Always ready to lend a helping hand, she will ever be remembered as a good neighbor and faithful friend.  Mrs. Creabil was a loyal member of Washburn Woman's Club and of the American Legion Auxiliary, where she was an ever ready and willing worker, until ill health forced her to retire from those activites.  At the time of her udden passing on April 7, she had planned to serve as hostess to the Auxiliary, although close friends had pleaded with her to not overtax her strength.  A cheerful disposition and a determination to carry on were prominent attributes of her character.  Mrs. Creabil had been ailing for the past several years and had been advised by her physicians that a change of climate would be necessary to her improvement, but, with her usual interest in her family, was deferring going to Colorado until the close of the present school year, when Josephine would be free to accompany her and her husband.  Her condition had become more serious of late and she had spent much time in St. Francis Hospital, Peoria.  She was returning to the hospital, Monday morning, April 7, when she passed away.  Funeral services were conducted from the residence, Wednesday afternoon, April 9, with Rev. Sam Buck, of Griggsville, officiating.  Interment was in Linn-Mt. Vernon cemetery.  Mrs. Creabil leaves to mourn her passing, her devoted husband and daughter, a sister, Mrs. Ann Galloway, of Washburn; her father, John Wise, three brothers, John and George, of Indiana, and Nottingham, of Edwardsville, Illinois.  Her mother, two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.  "Only goodnight! beloved, not farewell.  A little while and all His sons shall dwell. In hallowed union indivisible, Goodnight.  Until we meet again before His throne, Clothed in spotless robes He gives His own, Until we know even as we are known; Goodnight.

Mrs. Arthur Creabil Succumbs Suddenly

The sudden passing Monday morning of Mrs. Arthur Creabil came as a great shock to her family and friends in this community.  Mrs. Creabil had been in ill health for the past several years and had recently spent considerable time in St. Francis Hospital, Peoria. She was being returned to the hospital Monday morning in the car of Dr. S.M. Burdon, accompanied by her husband and sister, Mrs. Ann Galloway, when she passed away just as they arrived at the hospital entrance.  Mrs. Creabil is survived by her husband and daugher, Josephine, her father, two brothers and a sister.  She was a native of Indiana.  Funeral services were conducted at the late residence Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. Sam Buck, a relative of the deceased, officiating.  Interment was in Linn-Mt. Vernon Cemetery.  A life sketch of Mrs. Creabil will be published in next's week's issue of the Leader.


Virginia Cremeens
FLANAGAN - Virginia R. Cremeens, 89, of Flanagan, Ill., passed away at 3:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at her residence.  She was born on Jan. 11, 1922, in Eureka, Ill., to Donald and Della Wertz Henderson. She married Raymond "Red" Cremeens on April 12, 1941, in Eureka. He passed away on Dec. 22, 2007, in Flanagan.  Surviving are a daughter, Janet Hall of Des Moines, Iowa; two sons, Donald J. (Jean) Cremeens of Germantown Hills and Gerald D. (Carolyn) Cremeens of Pontiac; 11 grandchildren, Donna Roberts, Juli Schuett, Mark Cremeens, Dawn Brockhouse, Jerry Lynn Watson, Jason Cremeens, Mark Williams, Annette Vaughn, Paul Williams, John Williams and Doug Williams; 22 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Irene (Darryl) Scott of Trivoli, Ill.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.  Virginia worked various jobs over the years. She had worked at the Nauman's grocery store in Eureka. She worked as a secretary at Great Lakes Insurance in Peoria and also worked at Dawson's grocery store in Flanagan. Most of all, she was a homemaker who helped her husband farm for over 50 years in the Flanagan area.  Virginia was of the Methodist faith and had served as the church organist at the Flanagan United Methodist Church for several years.  She also had served as an election judge for many years in Livingston County.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk. The Rev. Ron Martz will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and one hour prior the services on Wednesday, all at the funeral home. Burial will be in Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka.  Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Minor Claymon
Minor Claymon Dies At His Home In Secor
Minor Claymon, 69, died at 12:30 a.m. Saturday at his home is Secor after a long illness.  Memorial services were held at the home at 1:30 p.m. Monday and at the Lutheran Church in Secor at 2 p.m., with the Rev. J.F. Schnack officiating. Burial was in the Secor Cemetery.  He was born Nov. 19, 1873 at Danforth, son of Herman and Jennie Eden Claymon. He married Miss Maggie Cramer at Gilman Feb. 9, 1898. They had lived in Secor about 30 years.  He is survived by his wife and one brother, John, Spokane, Washington. He was a member of the Lutheran Church...contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Robert Cox
Body of Secor Boy Arrives
Burial of Remains of Robert Cox, Who Died in France
The remains of private Robert Cox, who died in a hospital in France two years ago last September, were brought to Secor for burial on May 28.  The casket, covered with the American flag, was taken to the Methodist church and remained there until Sunday afternoon when it was taken, covered with flowers, to the city park where impressive funeral services were held. The American Legion of El Paso assisted by soldiers of Roanoke and Secor, had charge of the services and buried their comrade with full honors.  Rev. Lekie, pastor of the Methodist church, delivered the sermon.  Several songs were sung. Robert Cox was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Cox of East Peoria, but formerly of Secor.  Robert was reared in that vicinity and he had the respect of the entire community.  His service to the Methodist church of which he had been a member for years, was sincere and constant.  The loss of this devoted son has been a real sacrifice to his parents who feel not only his loss but the support he rendered the family.  Besides his parents deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. Martin Heller of Secor, and one brother, Hugh, of Peoria.  Interment was in Secor cemetery.

Raymond H. Cremeens
Raymond H. "Red" Cremeens, 89 of 305 E. Koopman Dr., Flanagan passed away at 1:15 P.M. December 22, 2007 at The Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan. Funeral services will be at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, December 29, 2007 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. Burial will be in Olio Twp. Cemetery, Eureka, IL. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. "Red" was born September 22, 1918 in Eureka a son of Josiah and Alma Harms Cremeens. He married Virginia R. Henderson on April 12, 1941 in Eureka. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Janet Hall, Littleton, CO; two sons, Donald J. (Jean) Cremeens, Germantown Hills and Gerald D. (Carolyn) Cremeens, Pontiac; six grandchildren, Donna Roberts, Juli Schuett, Mark Cremeens, Dawn Brockhouse, Jerry Lynn Watson and Jason Cremeens; twelve great grandchildren; one sister, Theda Kissel, Saddle Brook, NJ; two brothers, Joseph "Dick" (June) Cremeens, Orange Park,FL, and Gene A. (Sandra) Cremeens, El Campo, TX; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Lucille Johnson, June Tedford and Ruth Waters. Ray spent most of his life in Livingston and Woodford County farming. His hard work and love of farming kept him working until the age of 81. He also worked at Caterpillar and Libby's prior to farming for 55 years.  Memorial contributions may be directed to The Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan or charity of the donor's choice. [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Gene W. Cordes
Gene W. Cordes age 72 of Metamora formerly of Washburn passed away at 2:50 p.m. Friday March 14, 2008 at Snyder Village in Metamora. He was born April 10, 1935 in Peoria to Clifford W. and Mary E. (Keigwin) Cordes. He married Lura J. Wright June 4, 1960 in Malta Il. She survives.  Surviving are two daughters JoEllyn and Paul Zenisek of Racine Wisconsin, Amy and Phil Lewis of Champaign Illinois. Three sons Brian and Karen Cordes of E. Peoria, Stephen and Julie Cordes of Bartonville, and Dale Cordes of Lexington, South Carolina, and 16 grandchildren. Three sisters: Thirza and Don Clements of St. Joseph Illinois, Lorna and Bob Cobb of Rolling Meadows Illinois, and Emily Noonan of Arlington Texas.  Gene graduated from Lowpoint Washburn High School in 1953. He was a Army Veteran serving from 1956 to 1958. Gene was a draftsman at Caterpillar in Mossville for 42 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria.  Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday March 19, 2008 at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora, the Reverend Doug Lightly officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and also one hour before services at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linn Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Washburn Illinois. In lieu of flowers memorials to Snyder Village Hall 2 or his church. [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Anna Timmerman Carls
MINONK -- Anna G. F. Carls, 83, of 201 Locust St. died at 8:10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 1995, at St. Mary's Hospital in Streator.  Born Feb. 1, 1912, in Minonk Township, Woodford County, to Gus and Anna Rients Timmerman, she married John W. Carls on April 3, 1930, in Flanagan. He died March 16, 1985. One son, one brother and two grandchildren also preceded her in death. Surviving are four daughters, Eileen Charlier and Evelyn Carlson, both of Minonk, Jo Ann Ladtkow of Orlando, Fla., and Aldien Gallup of Dunlap; three sons, Glen and Dwain, both of Minonk, and Dennis of Geneva; two sisters, Elise Kalkwarf of Minonk and Alice Baumann of Benson; two brothers, Elmer Timmerman and Raymond Timmerman, both of Minonk; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Mary Kridner Cable
Mrs. Mary Cable, 85, died at 9:35 p.m. Friday at the Heffner Nursing Home.  Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Vincent Memorial Home. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the memorial home.  She was born Jan. 30, 1873, near El Paso, a daughter of Frederick and Barbara Kridner. She was married to George Cable June 7, 1894.  Surviving are her husband, three sons, Daniel, Grant Park; Stuarte, Gary, Ind.; Virgil, Chicago; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Sparks, Secor; Miss Dorothy Cable of R. R. 4, Bloomington; 16 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. A son preceded her in death.  She was a member of the Nazarene Church. [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Richard E. "Pops" Christ
WENONA -- Richard E. "Pops" Christ, 71, of 114 N. Hickory St., Wenona, died at 5:26 p.m. Wednesday (April 11, 2007) at BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, shortly after arrival.  His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Minonk, with the Rev. Craig Swenson officiating. Burial will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Wenona. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Hurst Funeral Home in Wenona and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.  Mr. Christ was born in Toluca on Nov. 25, 1935, son of Elmer and Henrietta Pelz Christ. He married Marilyn Winkel on Aug. 4, 1957.  He served with the Army National Guard in the late 1950s. He retired from Owens Glass Co. in Streator. He owned and operated Pops Sweet Shop in Minonk for the past four years. He and his wife operated the Snack Shack in Wenona for 23 years working with the auctioneers Leonard Stonier, Ron Schmidgal and Cal Kaufman. He served on the Wenona City Council; he was a volunteer for the BroMenn Medical Center; and he was a member of the Minonk Businessmen's Association. He was an organ donor. He is survived by three daughters Shelly Butler, Minonk; Kelly (Mike) Seggerman, Minonk; and Tammy (Mark) Bernardoni, Oglesby; 10 grandchildren; one sister, Cheryl (Bob) Russow, Joliet; and a special friend, Phyliss Ashelman, and her daughter, Dory. He was preceded in death by his wife on Sept. 9, 2001; one grandson; and one brother.  Pallbearers will be Mark Bernardoni, Mike Seggerman, Bob Jackson, Bill Simmons, Russ Skaggs, Tom Colgan, Stacey Hudson and John Weisenhofer. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Kay Cremer
70, of Bloomington, formerly of Minonk, passed away on Friday evening, (March 26, 2010) at Heritage Manor, Normal.  Burial was in the Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk.  Those desiring may make contributions to Ministry & More, 1107 W. Empire, Bloomington, IL 61701 or to Passages Hospice Charitable Foundation in her memory. Kibler-Smith Memorial Home handled arrangements.  Kay was born Aug. 21, 1939, in Bloomington, a daughter of Orville Cyrus and Frances Mae Arnold Fosdick. For many years, she and her husband, Donald, farmed and later Kay worked for the IRS as a secretary for 18 years before retiring in 2004. Kay was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Normal for many years; a volunteer at Ministry & More; and enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She was a devout Christian, strong in her faith and very active in her church. On June 1, 1958, Kay married Donald H. Cremer in Flanagan. He preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 2005. [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Evelyn M. Carlson
74, of 724 N. Chestnut St., Minonk, died at 4:46 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 18, 2010) in St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator.  Mrs. Carlson was born in El Paso, on June 19, 1935, to John and Anna Timmerman Carls. She married Ernest Carlson on Dec. 14, 1974.  She is survived by her husband, Ernest, Minonk; one stepdaughter, Kelly (Bernie) Uszcienski, Bloomington; one stepson, Keith (Andrea) Carlson, Farmington Hills, Mich.; four grandchildren; two brothers, Dewain (Barbara) Carls, Minonk, and Glen (Burnette) Carls, Minonk; and two sisters, Eileen (Wilbur) Charlier, Minonk, and Aldine (Kenneth) Caldwell, Dunlap.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister and one niece.  Mrs. Carlson worked at Minonk State Bank for many years. [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Mrs. E. Crank, Washburn, Dies
Funeral services for Mrs. Hannah A. Crank, 85, Washburn, who died Fir., Dec. 11, at Minonk Manor Nursing Home, where she had been a resident since 1966, were held at 2 pm Sun. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Washburn, the Rev. Ronald Hoffman officiating. Burial was in the Baptist Cemetery. She was born in Secor Feb. 22, 1886, a dau. of Gustav and Rosa Miller Pelz. She was married to Edward Crank in Lacon Oct 13, 1904. He died in April 1930. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. a. L. [Jazel] Redenius of Hanna city, Mrs. Henry [Frieda] Rieger and Mrs. John [Grace] Bamerell, both of Washburn; five sons, Elmer of Washburn, Raymond of Corpus Chrisit, Tex., Ray of McNabb, Dale of Dunlap, and Harold of Peoria; one sister, Mrs. Emma Bamerell of Washburn, 17 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one son, two sisters and three brothers. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran church and Legion Aux. Post 661. [Henry News Republican, Dec. 15, 1971]

Ernest M. Crank, 81, Dies Sat. in Peoria Hospital
Ernest M. Crank, 81, a resident of the Washburn area all his life, died at 8:30 pm Sat., July ? in Methodist hospital, Peoria. Funeral services were held at 2 pm Mon. in the Washburn Christian church with the Rev. F. Wayne Cook officiating. Burial was made in the Fort Dever cemetery northwest of Washburn. A son of James and Sophia Moulton Crank, he was born at Washburn Apr. 29, 1883. He married Margaret Kanive at Lacon. She died Jun. 22, 1949. Mr. Crank is survived by a dau., Mrs. Lois Schroen, of Washington; one son, Wayne Crank of Lacon, and six grandchildren. [Henry News Republican, Jul. 8, 1964]

Robert G. "Bob" Cufaude, 83 - February 13, 2008
Robert G. "Bob" Cufaude, 83, Minonk, died at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 13, 2008) at Manor Care Health Services, Normal. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, with the Rev. Mel Nielsen officiating. Burial will follow at Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to the Minonk United Methodist Church. He was born Feb. 22, 1924, in Bloomington, the son of George G. and Anna Kurth Cufaude. He married Myra E. Danforth on Aug. 28, 1949, in Minonk. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Dennis (Julie) Cufaude, Wheaton; one daughter, Sandy Villegas, Des Plaines; and one sister, Eleanor Russell, Wheaton. He had six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Gary; and one brother, Ralph. He was affiliated with the Minonk United Methodist Church. He had worked in the auto industry most of his life as a mechanic, a gas station owner and a body shop owner. He served as general manager for Subaru of Mid-America, and prior to that as a warranty representative for Renault, Fiat and Subaru. His hobbies were woodworking and golf. He will be greatly missed by his family.

Harm U. Cremer
Harm U. Cremer, 88 of Minonk, a resident of Beulah Land Christian Home, Flanagan passed away at 3:55 PM Sunday October 7, 2001 at OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac. Funeral service for Mr. Cremer will be 11:00 AM Wednesday October 10, 2001 at St. Paul-s United Church of Christ, Minonk with the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe officiating. Burial with Military rites will follow in the Minonk TWP Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Folkers Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk and for an hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul-s United Church of Christ, Minonk. Mr. Cremer was born September 26, 1913 in Mason City, Iowa the son of Udo H. and Lena Meyer Cremer. He married Marie A. Orns on December 6, 1942 in Minonk. She passed away on September 18, 1990. Surviving are two sons Harold D. (Carolyn) Cremer of Decatur, GA and Howard L. (Donna) Cremer of Glen Carbon, IL, six grandchildren Melanie Cremer, Brian Cremer, Jennie Nesmith, Robert Sutton, Eric (Jeanne) Cremer and Dorinda Cremer and one great granddaughter Allison Cremer. Mr. Cremer was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Mr. Cremer was a member of St. Paul-s United Church of Christ and the Minonk American Legion. He was an Army veteran of WW II having served with the 7th Armored Division. He was a farmer, a Road Commissioner for Minonk TWP for 18 years and a Brick Mason for nearly 30 years.

Delmar D. Cunningham
WASHINGTON…Delmar D. Cunningham, 78, of Washington, passed away at 9 a.m., Monday, February 8, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. Delmar was born on April 2, 1931 in Minonk to Noble and Louise Funk Cunningham. He married Donna Shetler in Peoria on June 27, 1964. Donna survives. Also surviving are six sons, [living]---; two daughters, [living] --; four brothers, Ken (Lucille) Cunningham, Duane (Ivanelle) Cunningham and Gene (Elaine) Cunningham, all of Minonk and Bill (Ruth) Cunningham of Lexington, IL; one sister, Marjorie Kettwich of Minonk 12 loving grandchildren and soon to be two great grandchildren. Delmar was preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey Cunningham. Delmar worked for Keystone Wire & Steel for 38 years prior to his retirement in 1993. Following his retirement he then worked for Dollar Rental Car in Peoria. A veteran of the Korean War, Delmar served in the United States Marine Corps. Keeping active in Washington, Delmar served on the Washington City Council as an alderman for 16 years as well as coached girls and women’s softball for 18 years. He also was a life member of VFW Post 9016 in Washington as well as a member of American Legion Post 100. Delmar also belonged to the Marine Corps League, Izaak Walton League and the German American Society. One thing that Delmar was quite noted for was being a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan. A celebration of Delmar’s life will be held at Mason-White Funeral Home on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bob Martin officiating. Burial of ashes will be in Minonk Township Cemetery at a later date.

Russell Edward Cummings Sr.
Russell Edward Cummings Sr., 75, of Minonk died at 4:40 p.m. Saturday (July 17, 2004) at his residence. A Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk. Father Ray Guthrie will officiate. Inurnment will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Minonk, with military rites conducted. Memorials may be directed to his family. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk, is handling arrangements. Russell was born Aug. 1, 1928, in Escondido, Calif., a son of Albert and Mary May Emerick Cummings. He married Lucille M. Glowacki on April 27, 1957, in Indian Head, Md. She survives. Other survivors include [living] ---. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Russell was retired from the United States Navy and Caterpillar Tractor Company. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Minonk Council, the Minonk American Legion and a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge. While in the Navy, Russell was a photographer's mate and cryptologist. He worked with Naval intelligence as a photo interpreter during the Bay of Pigs, Korean War and Vietnam retiring as Chief Petty Officer.

Kenneth C. Cunningham
Kenneth C. Cunningham, 89, Minonk, passed away at 5:23 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 17, 2011) at the LaSalle Veterans Home, where he had been a resident. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk. The Rev. Lloyd Cunningham, SVD, Psy D., will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk, is handling  arrangements. Burial will follow the service at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Word Missionaries, 1901 Waukegan Road, Techny, or LaSalle Veterans Home, 1015 O'Conor Ave., LaSalle, IL 61301. He was born on May 10, 1922, in Minonk, a son of Noble and Louise Funk Cunningham. He married Lucile Rossman on Feb. 26, 1949, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Minonk. She passed away  Aug. 24, 2011. Surviving are one son, [living] --- one sister, Marjorie Kettwich, Minonk; three brothers, Duane (Ivanelle) Cunningham, Minonk; William (Ruth) Cunningham, Lexington; and Gene (Elaine) Cunningham, Minonk; one sister-in-law, Donna Cunningham, Washington; and one aunt, Zelda Garrett, Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one brother, Delmar Cunningham. Kenneth was a lifelong farmer and also worked for the ASC Office where he measured land. An Army veteran, he served his country in North Africa and Central Europe during World War II and was a member of Minonk American Legion Post 142. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree and the Holy Name Society at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

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