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Ruby Marshel

pic87-year-old Sims resident, Ruby Marshel, died at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, August 20 at her home.

Surviving are a son, Jonnie (Sheila) Marshel of Fairfield; three daughters, Sue Chepely and Kay Richards both of Fairfield and Becky Henry of Sims; one brother, Bill Desch of Johnsonville; ten grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Ruby Marshel will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 23 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.  Burial will be in Pin Oak Cemetery near Wayne City.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 22 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.


Donald D. Heyduck

heyduckDonald D. Heyduck, 88, of Centralia, died at 7:45 pm on Saturday, August. 16, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. He was an elementary school teacher, having retired from Centralia Junior High School. He had also taught prior to that at Kell, Iuka, Willow Grove, Irving, and Jordan schools. Prior to his teaching career he had been associated with the Egyptian Dairy in Centralia. He was a member of American Legion Post 446, The Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and The Illinois Education Association. He had his Master’s Degree from SIU Carbondale. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of WW II.

In addition to his wife Elizabeth, Donald is survived by a son Wesley Heyduck of Fairfield; a daughter Lynn York and special friend David Agee of Centralia; 3 grandchildren Justin York and wife Andi of O’Fallon; Morgan York of Centralia; and Ashley Corners and husband Brent of Richview; 3 great grandchildren Ella, Brylan, and Callen; twin great grandchildren due in February; and also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service for Donald D. Heyduck will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia, with entombment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum. Military Rites will be provided by the American Legion Post #446 & V.F.W. Post #2055.

Visitation will be from 6 – 8 Tuesday evening, Aug. 19 at the funeral home.

For those who wish, memorials may be made to The American Heart Association, and will be accepted at the Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia, who is in charge of arrangements.


Veneta Meyers Short

MyersVeneta Meyers Short, 92, of Wayne City, IL died Sunday, August 17, at Countryside Nursing Home in Mt. Vernon.  She was a member of Salem Free Will Baptist Church in Bluford and was a cook at Oak Grove School and worked at the Wayne City Garment Factory.

She is survived by her son  Darrell Meyers and wife Dorothy of Griffin, GA,  her daughter Sandra Hertenstein and husband Roger of Wayne City, IL , three grandchildren Charlotte Thigpen of Wayne City, Jeff Hertenstein and wife Tammy of Flora, IL, and Darla Carson and husband Thomas of Dallas, GA, great grandchildren:  Brandon Thigpen and wife Kristi of Bismark, ND, Brittany Thigpen of Chattanooga, TN, Bradley Thigpen of Bismark, ND, Logan Hertenstein and wife Rebecca of Louisville, IL, Karisa Hertenstein of Flora, IL, Allen Edgar, Ashley O’Kelley and husband Mike, Molly Edgar and James Carson, all  of Dallas, GA, 7 great-great grandchildren.

Services for Veneta Meyers Short will be 10 a.m. Thursday, August 21 at the at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.


Harold E. Tubbs

tubbs72-year-old Fairfield resident, Harold E. Tubbs died at 10:26 a.m. Saturday, August 16 in Gibson County as the result of a traffic accident. He was part owner of Big T and K Cabinets and worked part-time at Frey Farms.

Survivors include his wife, Diana Tubbs of Fairfield; a daughter, Michele (Jon) Devore of Flora; sons, Robbie Tubbs of Olney and Richie Tubbs of Fairfield; a sister, Melba (Danny) Kenshalo of Fiarfield; a brother, Bill (Sarah) Tubbs of Gibson City, IL; 4 grandchildren and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Per Harold’s wishes, his remains will be cremated and there will be no services at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fairfield High School Sportsman’s Club or to the family and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.


Connie L. Walker

67-year-old Fairfield resident, Connie L. Walker died at 9:35 p.m. Saturday, August 16 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Care Unit. She was a bookkeeper, retired from North American Lighting.

Survivors include her husband, John Walker of Fairfield; a daughter, Liz (Russell) Robertson of St. Charles, MO; sons, Donald Walker and girlfriend Janice Boyd of Northglenn, CO and Chuck Walker and wife Beth of Herrin; five grandchildren, Jacob Robertson, John Russell Robertson, Avery Boyd, Grace and Henry Walker; sisters, Debra Braddock of Westerville, OH and Janet Tidwell of Round Rock, TX.

Services for Connie L. Walker will be 10 a.m. Thursday, August 21 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 – 7 Wednesday evening, August 20 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.


Verschel A. Shaw

VERSCHEL A. SHAW86-year-old Fairfield resident, Verschel A. Shaw died at 12:14 p.m. Saturday, August 16 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Care in Mount Vernon. He was a farmer.

Survivors include five sons, Gary (Linda) Shaw of McLeansboro, Kent Shaw of Mt. Vernon, David (Tina) Shaw of Somonauk, IL, Donnie (Dolly) Shaw of Opdyke and Roger Shaw of Bloomington, IN; a daughter, Debra (Robert) Shoemaker of Mamomet, IL; two brothers, Lavern Shaw of Wayne City and Edmund Shaw of Chicago; 19 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren.

Services for Verschel D. Shaw will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 20 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City with burial in Thomason Cemetery at Wayne City.

Visitation will be 6 – 8 Tuesday evening, Aug. 19 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.


Joyce A. Frymire

Joyce A. Frymire, 81 of Enfield, passed away Friday afternoon August 15, 2014 at the Enfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Joyce had farmed her entire life. She had sang and played the music for hundreds of weddings and funerals. She was a member and the organist for the Enfield Christian Church.

She is survived by cousins, including Mike Frymire and many other cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Joyce A. Frymire will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday August 20, 2014 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield, with burial in Enfield Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield.


Bob Farleigh

farleigh84-year-old Cisne resident, Bob Farleigh died at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, August 16 at Brookstone Estates in Fairfield.  A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a retired barber. He was a member of the Cisne Christian Church, Cisne Masonic Lodge, former member of the Cisne Village Board, Cisne Rotary Club, Cisne State Bank Board Member, Bedford Township Fire Department, Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission, Wayne County Sheriff’s Commission and the Fairfield Country Club.

Survivors include a son, Jim and wife Tara Farleigh of Cisne; a daughter, Mary Kay and Husband Darell Hargrave of Johnsonville; a brother, Bill and wife Gaye Farleigh of Casper, WY; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Bob Farleigh will be 2 p.m. Monday, August 18 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial and military rites at the graveside at Cisne Cemetery.

Visitation will be noon Monday, August 18 until the time of service at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield.


Elmer E. Haegele

Elmer Haegele photo87-year-old Wayne City resident, Elmer E. Haegele died at 1:53 p.m. Friday, August 15 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He owned and operated the City Cleaners for 18 years. Later, he worked for the State of Illinois in the Highway Garage as a parts man before retiring. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WW II.

Survivors include a son, Randy and wife Donna Haegele of Union, KY; a daughter, Roxie and husband Tom Blasdel of Wayne City; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services for Elmer E. Haegele will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 19 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be noon Tuesday, Aug. 19 until the time of service at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and will be accepted at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield.


Brenda Jean Forshee

60-year-old Equality, IL resident, Brenda Jean Forshee died Friday, August 15 at her home.

Survivors include a daughter, Victoria Steffel of Equality; a brother, Junior Forshee of Bonne Terre, MO; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren along with a number of nieces and nephews.

Per her request, there will be no public service. The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of all the arrangements.


Lyle E. Douglas

Lyle Douglas75-year-old Tuscola, IL resident, Lyle E. Douglas, died at 3:27 p.m. Thursday, August 14 at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL.  He was a welder for Caterpillar, a sheriff’s deputy, a minister, and a veteran of the Marine Corps.

Surviving are his wife LaDonna Douglas of Tuscola, IL; three sons, Richard (Brenda) Douglas of Mt. Vernon, IL, Robert (Jennifer) Douglas of Tuscola, IL and Randall Douglas of Fairfield; a special daughter, Tobein Cuvar of Mt. Vernon, IL; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Lyle E. Douglas will be at 3 p.m. Monday, August 18 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.  Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery with military rites.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Monday, August 18 until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.


Charles Lemmons, Sr.

lemmons71-year-old Dale, IL resident, Charles Lemmons, Sr. died Thursday, August 14 at the Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.  He was a retired machinist with the Emerson Electric of Aurora, IL.

Surviving are his wife Mandy C. Lemmons of Dale, IL; three sons, Charles (Robin) Lemmons of McLeansboro, David (Candace) Lemmons of Aurora, IL and Thomas (Jenny) Lemmons of Aurora, IL; three daughters, Billie Doogan of McLeansboro, Darlene (Owen) Trainer of Sturgis, KY and Marlene Abbott of Creal Springs, IL; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and one on the way; one brother, Tom Lemmons of McLeansboro; and three sisters, Christine Weaver of Dahlgren, Dora Presley of Rudement and Bonnie Bramlet of Lake Charles, LA.

Funeral services for Charles Lemmons Sr. will be at 2 p.m. Monday, August 18 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.  Burial will be in Digby Hill Cemetery at Dale, IL.

Visitation will be from noon Monday, August 18 until the time of service at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.


William "Bill" Wyant

Bill Wyant60-year-old Akin resident, William “Bill” Wyant died Monday, August 11 at his home. He was a journeyman roofer for 35 years and worked in a coal mine for three years maintaining equipment. He was a member of the American Legion and former member of the Legions Rider’s Club and was a member of St. Clement’s Catholic Church in McLeansboro.

Survivors include his wife, Anita (Grein) Wyant of Akin; three daughters, Shellie (Lem) Gage of Dahlgren, Dana (Mike) Flota of Woodlawn and Charlene (Charles) Boyd; three sisters, Carolyn Johnson, Judy (John) Overturf and Renna Pritchard of Benton; a brother, Lyle Wyant of Akin and 7 grandchildren.

A private family service was held Wednesday at the Harre Funeral home in Dahlgren.  A Memorial Celebration of Life will be Saturday, August 30 at 3 p.m. at Anita and Bill Wyant’s farm in in Akin – a mile south of Brady Cemetery, 7432 Hoover Rd. Thompsonville.  A meal will be served at 5 p.m. and a covered dish would be appreciated. The dress is casual.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family 0f Bill Wyant.

The Harre Funeral Home of Dahlgren is in charge of all the arrangements.


Nelson H. Windland

Nelson Windland87-year-old Fairfield resident, Nelson H. Windland died at 1:10 a.m. Thursday, August 14 at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he had worked 47 years at Airtex, farmed and ran a butchering service for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Windland of Fairfield; a daughter, Connie (Jerry) Clark of Keenes, IL; two sons, Ronnie (Linda) Windland and Lonnie “Zeke” Windland of Fairfield;  a sister-in-law, Margrette Oliver of Fairfield; 7 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services for Nelson H. Windland will be 10 a.m. Saturday, August 16 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Thomason Cemetery at Wayne City.

Visitation will be 5 – 7 Friday evening, August 15 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.


Elberta Utterback

utter95-year-old Rt. 5 McLeansboro resident, Elberta Utterback died at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday at the Helia Health Care Center in Benton, IL. She was a retired farmer and homemaker

Survivors include two nephews, four nieces and a host of great-nieces and nephews.

Services for Elberta Utterback will be 2 p.m. Saturday, August 16  at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in Digby Hill Cemetery at Dale.

Visitation will be noon Saturday until the time of service at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Memorials may be made to the Ten Mile Baptist Church fund and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLEansboro.


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