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Harold E. Reeves

Harold ReevesHarold E Reeves, 93, of Fairfield, died Wednesday, October 15.  He retired after 33 years with Oilwell Supply, a division of US Steel. Mr Reeves served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of the First Christian Church.

He is survived by his children; Bruce Reeves (Linda) of Fairfield, Kent Reeves of Fairfield, Sue (Brad) Aman of Edmond OK; one sister, Helen Reeves of Fairfield; 7 grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren.

Funeral services for Harold E. Reeves will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20 at the First Christian Church in Fairfield.

Visitation will be 5-7pm Sunday, October 19 at the Fairfield First Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to SSM Home Care Hospice, the First Christian Church of Fairfield or the First United Methodist Church in Fairfield and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield, which is in charge of the local arrangements.

Mary Lou Austin

86-year-old Bluford resident, Mary Lou Austin died at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon.

Survivors include her husband, Orville Austin of Bluford; sons, Ronald and wife Phyllis Austin of Bluford and Terry and wife Susan Austin of Fairfield; a daughter, Roxanna Staton of Wayne City; a brother, Jim Tyler of Salt Lake City, UT; four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Private services for Mary Lou Austin will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at the Archie L. Sanders Chapel in Wayne City with burial in Thomason Cemetery.

Private visitation will be 9 a.m. Friday until the time of service at the Archie Sanders Chapel in Wayne City.

The Richardson Funeral Home of Wayne City is in charge of all the arrangements.

Marjory Jean Manion Lucheck

LucheckMarjory Jean Manion Lucheck, 77, of Port Arthur, Texas died at her home on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. A native of Barnhill, she was a hairdresser for 48 years.

Marjory is survived by  two brothers, Leonard Manion and wife Drew of Golden Gate, IL, and George Manion and wife Mardel of Plano, IL; several nieces and nephews and a lot of friends.

A memorial service for Marjory Jean Manion Lucheck will be 11 a.m. on Saturday October 18, 2014 at Johnson and Vaughn funeral home in Fairfield, Il.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.


Anna Ruth Koons

koonsAnna Ruth Koons, 78 of Grayville, died Tuesday, Oct. 14 at her residence in Grayville. Anna was a cook at Meadowood Nursing Home in Grayville for over 22 years.

She is survived by children; David E. Miller of Grayville, IL, June (Bob) Pierce of Grayville, IL, Carolyn (Rodney) Higginbotham of Mt. Carmel, IL, Wilma Wheatley of Grayville, IL, David A. (Shelley) Miller of Carmi, IL, sisters; Barbra Garham of Henderson, KY, Mary Reynolds of Morganfield, KY, 27 grandchildren, 30 plus great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Services for Anna Ruth will be 1 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion with burial in Oak Grove cemetery in Grayville.

Visitation will be 5-7 Thursday, October 16 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.

Memorials may be made to the family to help with expenses.

Helen R. Erkmann

Helen ErkmannHelen R. Erkmann, 90, of Carmi, Illinois, died Monday, October 13, 2014, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  Helen was a homemaker and a member of the Webb’s Chapel Church in McLeansboro, Illinois.

Survivors include daughter Wanda Fern (Gary) Linder of Enfield, Illinois; grandchildren Holly (Phil) Healy and Chanda (Ryan) Sauls; great grandchildren Breyton Sauls and Annsley Healy; sisters in law Opal Hall and Fay Morris.

Funeral services for Helen R. Erkmann will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Cook Chapel in Carmi with burial in North Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi.

Visitation will be 11 am until the time of service at the Cook Chapel in Carmi.

Memorials may be made to Wabash Christian Retirement Center’s Memory Care Activities Fund and will be accepted at the Cook Chapel in Carmi.

Dale E. McDonald

mcdonald81-year-old McLeansboro resident, Dale E. McDonald died at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at his home.   He earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1977 with 22 years of service. He was awarded the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross Medal.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn McDonald of McLeansboro; three sons, Richard Dale McDonald and wife Diane of Tucson, AZ, Robert Eugene McDonald of Phoenix, AZ and Scott Glen McDonald  and fiance’ Josie of Chandler, AZ; two stepsons, Brad Gorkowski and wife Cyndee of Tucson, AZ and Bruce Gorkowski and wife Karen of Cheyenne, WY; two stepdaughters, Karilyn Klipple and husband Wayne of Oak Ridge, TN and Karen Delissio and husband Ed of Middletown, DE; two brothers-in-law, Larry Bistline and wife Pat of Runnells, IA and Forest Gorkowski and wife Sharon of Toledo, OH; three sisters-in-law Phyllis Mayberry of Mt. Vernon, IL, Ardelys Newton of Osage, Iowa and Joyce Lowery and husband John of Gulf Breeze, FL; 7 grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, plus one on the way.

A Memorial Service for Dale E. McDonald will be 12 noon Saturday, October 18 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 106 of McLeansboro.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Per his personal request, his remains will be cremated and a private family service will be conducted at a later date.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Hospice of the Good Samaritan in Mount Vernon, IL and will be accepted at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Robert Lee "Bob" Bennett

bennett83-year-old McLeansboro resident, Robert Lee “Bob” Bennett died at 10:57 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.  He was a retired mail carrier.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Bennett of McLeansboro; a daughter, Dawn Marie Frick and husband Jeremy of Crossville, IL; two sisters, Wilma Willis and husband Kenny of McLeansboro and Mary Tennyson of Dahlgren; a brother, Roy Bennett and wife Bobbie of Greenup, IL; and four granddaughters, Alexa, Akira, Alana and Ariana Frick.

Funeral services for Robert Lee “Bob” Bennett will be 12 noon Friday, Oct. 17 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in Antioch Cemetery near Macedonia.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday, Oct. 17 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Memorials may be made to the Antioch Cemetery and will be accepted at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Rick Book


Frederick “Rick” Earl Book, age 60, of Fairfield, IL, died on Monday, October 13, 2014.   Rick retired from the Fairfield Community High School after 34 years as a Physical Education Teacher. He coached Football, Wrestling, Cross Country and Track & Field. Rick also enjoyed golfing, hunting and singing in the church choir. He was a member of the New Song Methodist Church in Surprise, Arizona, and the First United Methodist Church in Fairfield, Illinois, the Elks, and was a board member of the Fairfield Country Club.

Rick is survived by his wife, Marilyn Book; a sister, Ginny (Charles) Reynolds, brother, Bill (Kathy) Book, 4 nephews and 3 nieces.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. with the funeral service immediately following at the Fairfield First United Methodist Church in Fairfield, Illinois, under the direction of Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 109 S. 1st St., Fairfield, IL 62837 or to the Fairfield Community High School Athletic Department, 300 West King Street, Fairfield, Illinois 62837.

Ernest Holland, Jr.

Ernest HollandErnest Holland Jr., 46 of Fairfield died at 7:05 PM, on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.

Ernest is survived by a brother Gary Holland of Fairfield, a son Ernest Holland III of Albion, IL and a daughter Cheynne Marie Holland of West Salem, IL.

Ernest Holland, Jr.’s remains have been cremated and memorial visitation will be held from 1-2 PM, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home, which is in charge of all the arrangements.

Fern Upton

91-year-old Fairfield resident, Fern Upton died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, October 12 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.  She was a homemaker and had attended Jasper Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Deanna and husband Jim Clayton of Franklin, KY and Ruth and husband Dennis Files of Wentzville, MO; a brother, Jim Miller of Ewing, IL; a sister, Marlys Manahan of Geff; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Fern Upton will be 1:30 Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Ruby J. Johnson

johnson picRuby J. Johnson, 91 of Enfield, died Sunday morning October 12, 2014 at the Enfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Ruby had worked in many area nursing homes and had also worked in the area school cafeterias. She was of the Baptist Faith.

She is survived by 1 daughter, LaVada (Wayne) Boyd of Enfield; 2 grandchildren, Tonya and Shayne Boyd; 2 sisters, Utha Angelly and Donna Browning both of Harrisburg.A few nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Ruby J. Johnson will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday October 14, 2014 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield with burial will be in Wolf Creek Cemetery at Eldorado.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time.

Linda Weaver

Obit Pic - Wayne County PressLinda K. Weaver, 69 of rural Sandoval, died Sunday morning, October 12, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.   A native of Johnsonville, she worked as a teacher aide at Sandoval Grade School for 11½ years. She most recently worked for Gettinger Heating and Air of Centralia before retiring.

She is survived by her husband, Carl, and their 3 children: Carla Barrett and husband Dan of Irvington, IL; Gayla Bell and husband Steve of Evansville, IN; and Matthew Weaver and wife Heather of Aberdeen, NC; four sisters: Peggy Carlisle of Joplin, MO; Carolyn Wolfe and husband Gail of Lovington, IL; Norma Bailey and husband “Butch” of Shoals, IN; and Beverly Anderson and husband Von of rural Wayne City, IL; eleven grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service for Linda K. Weaver will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 at the First General Baptist Church in Centralia with burial in Round Prairie Cemetery near Johnsonville.

Visitation will be from 5 – 8 on Wednesday, October 15th, and from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday, October 16th at the First General Baptist Church in 1124 North Poplar, Centralia, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First General Baptist Church or Celtic Hospice Care of Centralia and will be accepted at the Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia, which is in charge of all the arrangements.

James E. Clevenger

UntitledJames E. Clevenger, 73 of Cisne, IL died at 3:25AM, Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Nature Trail Health Care Center at Mt. Vernon, IL. He was retired from the United States Postal Service at Centralia, IL. He also served for 22 months in Vietnam as an Army Airborne soldier. He was in the service for a total of 12 ½ years.

James is survived by his wife Judy of Cisne, IL and also several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a memorial service at a later date. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Arrangements are being handled by Hosselton Funeral Home; Cisne, IL

Lucille Ann (Corrie) Schnitz

Lucille SchnitzLucille Ann (Corrie) Schnitz died at 1:06 PM on Tuesday October 7, 2014 at Burgin Manor in Olney, Illinois.  Lucille was a 1940 graduate of Bridgeport Township High School. During World War II, Lucille followed her husband throughout the U.S. during his military service. After later moving to West Salem, Lucille and Ernest became owner/operators of the Stop and Shop Grocery Store during the 1960s and 1970s. With the help of Lucille, Ernest later farmed on their Sesquicentennial Farm in Wabash County.

She is survived by her daughter Ann Louise Krejci and husband Ken Krejci of Villa Grove, Illinois; son Gary Wayne Schnitz and wife Mary Katherine Schnitz of Indianapolis; three grandchildren: Kyle Krejci and wife Mindy Krejci of Macon, Georgia; Brian and Megan Schnitz both of Carmel, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Zion United Methodist Church in West Salem, Illinois on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 2:30PM to 3:30PM. A Celebration of a Life Well Lived Service will be held at 3:30PM.

Following the funeral, burial will be in the Cunningham Cemetery located on the five-generation Schnitz family farm on Highway 11 near Lancaster, Illinois.

Lucille and Ernest Schnitz have been 50-year members of the Zion United Methodist Church in West Salem. Memorial contributions may be made in Lucille’s name to the Church. Ingram Funeral Home of West Salem is in charge of all the arrangements.

Amy Marie Hoover Tait

taitAmy Marie Hoover Tait, 100, of rural Albion, IL died on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She was a farm wife.

Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn (husband Tom) Taylor of Jacksonville, IL, six grandchildren; Randy (wife Donna) Roosevelt of Clay City, IL, Melanie (husband Brian) Wiseman of West Salem, IL, Jeff (wife Robin) Shaw of West Salem, IL, Tonya Orel of West Salem, IL, Todd Shaw of West Salem, IL and Sarah (husband Chris) Cook of Jacksonville, IL.  She also has eight great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and three nieces; Brenda Garlinghouse, Doris Cox and Janet Bennett and one nephew; Keith Burkingstock.

Services for Amy Marie Hoover Tait will be 2 p.m. Saturday, October 11 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion with burial in Oak Grove cemetery in Grayville, IL.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 11, 2014 from noon until time of service at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.

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