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83-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.
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., 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.
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, 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 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, 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 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, 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.
51-year-old Fairfield resident, Dawn Harris died at 10:30 Monday morning, Oct. 6 at her home. She was a CNA.
Survivors include a daughter, Donnelle Chambers of Tennessee; sons William and Colt Levi Carlock of Fairfield and Donald Carlock of Champaign, IL; a sister, Rochelle Bixler of Lincoln, IL; brothers, Eric and Mitchell Harris of Lincoln, IL and Scott Harris of Springfield, IL and 7 grandchildren.
Funeral services for Dawn Harris will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery at Lincoln.
Visitation will be noon until the time of service on Friday, Oct. 10, at the Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.
The Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home of Fairfield is in charge of all the local arrangements.
Phyllis J. Cullison, 77 of Albion, IL passed died Friday, October 03, 2014 at her residence. She had been a secretary for Albion Equipment Company for several years. She was a wild life rehabilitator of wild animals; especially raising lions, cougars, bears, leopards and monkeys.
She is survived by her husband; Don of rural Albion, 2 sons; Philip (Colleen) Cullison and Gary Cullison both of Albion, IL, and 1 granddaughter; Jacqueline Cullison of Albion, IL.
There was a private service Monday, October 6, 2014 at the Ebenezer Cemetery in Samsville.
The Ingram Funeral Home of Albion was in charge of all the arrangements.
Elmer D. Chalcraft, age 89 of Ellery, IL died Friday, October 3, 2014 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Fairfield, IL. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in Europe with the 63rd Infantry 7th Army. He had been a farmer in the Ellery area and also worked in highway construction for many years until retiring in 1985. He was a Life Member of the V.F.W. and spent many hours working with hospitalized veterans at Marion V.A. Hospital in Marion, IL. He held many positions in V.F.W. locally, District and State as well as being District Commander three times.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Jean of Ellery, children: David, of Ellery, Anita (Lewis) Blackford of rural Albion, Gary (Cathy) of Mt. Carmel, Lyndell of Phenix City, AL and Janet Blankenship of Dawson, IL, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Elmer D. Chalcraft will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 8 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion with burial at Graceland Cemetery, Albion, with full military rites.
Visitation will be from 6 – 8 Tuesday, October 7 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.
Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.
78-year-old McLeansboro resident, Jim Leuellen died at 2:25 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at his home. He was a farmer. He had also been the store manager of Illinois Brokerage and later P.N. Hirsch for several years. He was also the owner of Jim Leuellen Trucking, Inc. from 1995-2007. He was a member of the A.F. & A.M. Polk Lodge 137, McLeansboro; Scottish Rite Bodies of Belleville, IL and Ainad Temple Shriners, East St. Louis.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; five daughters, Jill Cain and husband David of Enfield, Teresa Wellen and husband Marvin of Dahlgren; Jessica, Ashley and Heidi Leuellen, all of McLeansboro; two sons, Jeff Leuellen and wife Cindy and Fred Leuellen and wife Sandi, both of McLeansboro; 8 grandchildren; Jeremy Owen and wife Amy of McLeansboro, Josh Owen and wife Tara of Elberfield, IN, Jennifer Brown and husband Jason of Lexington, KY, Rachel Gorman and husband Jeremy of Evansville, IN, Mary Williams and husband Brandon of Crossville, Jenna and Moriah Wellen of Dahlgren, Sydney Leuellen of Harrisburg and Johnathon Leuellen of St. Louis, MO; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother.
A memorial service for Jim Leuellen will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with a Masonic Service at 2 p.m. conducted by the A.F. & A.M. Polk Lodge 137.
As per Jim’s request, he will be cremated and his cremains will be scattered during a private family service at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and will be accepted at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, which is in charge of all the arrangements.
David A. Dye, 77, of Mt. Erie, IL died at 11:27AM Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. He was a retired oil field worker and currently road commissioner for Massilon Township. He was a member of the VFW at Fairfield.
Survivors include a daughter Sheila Ann (Roger) Sommers of Chenoa, IL; two sons, Rick of Mt. Erie, and William of Jacksonville, IL; three sisters, Edith (Joe) Rankin of Danville, IN, Sarah Gould of Pontiac, IL, and Judy Sykes; a brother-in-law, John Allison III (Glenda) of Mt. Erie; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services for David A. Dye will be held 2:00 pm Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at McKendree Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice and will be accepted at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne, which is in charge of all the arrangements.
79-year-old Fairfield resident, Lee Roy Brown, died at 6:50 p.m. Friday, October 3 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon, IL. He was a retired salesman, loved to cook, had several restaurants, and was manager in the bakery deli at Food Park, Big John’s and Buehler’s. He was also a member of the Oddfellows Lodge in Fairfield.
Surviving are his wife Margaret of Fairfield; four sons, Jerry (Pam) Brown of LaHarpe, IL, Terry (Carolyn) Brown of Fairfield, Stanley (Janice) Brown of Cisne and Roger (Lisa) Brown of Albion; one sister, Linda (Grant) Hoskins of Geff; one sister-in-law, Marlyn (Joe) Harrison of Fairfield; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Lee Roy Brown will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 7 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne. Burial will be in Bestow Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 6 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.
Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.