WFIW only accepts obituaries via e-mail. As we continue to upgrade our technology, it has become necessary to receive all obituary notices from area funeral homes via e-mail. The quality of handwritten and typewritten obituaries that are faxed to us has steadily fallen in recent years and makes reading important information difficult. In an effort to reduce errors, it has become necessary to receive the clearest copy possible—and that is by way of e-mail.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Kevin K. Kelleher, 58, of Carmi, IL, died Sunday, August 3, 2014, at his home. Kevin most recently worked as a truck route driver in food service. He was a US Army veteran.
Survivors include his father, Russell Kelleher of Granite City, IL; son Nicholas Kelleher of FL; a brother Patrick M. Kelleher of Wimberley, TX; a half- brother Jack Robertson, Jr. of Hamilton, MI; sister Susan Pratt of Staples, TX; half-sisters Diana Schmidt of Belleville, IL, Robin Wren of Pasadena, TX, and Ranea Closson of Villa Grove, IL.
In keeping with Kevin’s wishes, his remains were cremated. A visitation and military funeral rites will be Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is at noon and military rites at 1 pm.
87-year-old Fairfield resident, George Shoultz, Jr. died at 2 p.m. Monday, August 4 at his home. He had worked in the oilfields.
Survivors include daughters, Sharon Hamilton of Fairfield and Lou Ann Shoultz of Mattoon; sons, David (Tracey) Shoultz of Fairfield and Steve (Pat) Shoultz of Benton, IL; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services for George Shoultz, Jr. will be 1 p.m. Thursday, August 7 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery with military honors.
Visitation will be 5 – 7 Wednesday evening, August 6 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Doris J. Hill, 83, of Crossville, IL, died Monday, August 4, 2014, in Carmi, IL. She was born July 21, 1931, in Belton, TX, the daughter of Wesley C. and Elizabeth (Finney) Privett. She married Marvin Hill on July 7, 1951, and he preceded her in death on November 4, 2012.
Doris was an active member of the Crossville United Methodist Church and a past member of the Eastern Star. She was a registered nurse and worked for many years as the school nurse for the Crossville school system, and later she worked at the Carmi Township Hospital in Carmi, and Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. In her leisure time, she enjoyed oil painting.
Survivors include daughters Diana Lamont and her husband Ken of Crossville, Donna Mauer and her husband Larry of Evansville, Barbara Hill-Coatney and her husband Bob of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren Shawn Daniel and his wife Holly, and Nikole Taylor Lamont; great grandchildren Tanner Daniel and Max Moore.
She is preceded in death by her parents Wesley and Betty Privett; husband of 61 years, Marvin Hill; daughter Deborah Ann Hill; and sisters Joy Dyer and Billie Yohe.
Visitation is 5-8 pm, Thursday, August 7, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Crossville. Funeral is at 10 am, Friday, August 8, 2014, at the church with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville, IL. Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Crossville United Methodist Church.
89-year-old Mt. Erie resident, Leo Floyd “Dick” Taylor, died at 3:15 a.m. Friday, August 1, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. He farmed and raced horses, and was a veteran of the Korean War, and a member of the Mt. Erie Christian Church and the U.S.T.A.
Surviving are two sons, Dennis (Nancy) and Rick (Frankie) all of Mt. Erie; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Leo Floyd “Dick” Taylor will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 7 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery at Mt. Erie.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 6 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice, and will be accepted at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.
68-year-old Willington, IL resident, Freddie Ross Bruner died at 10:10 a.m. Thursday, July 17 at RML Hospital in Chicago. He was a laborer.
Survivors include his mother, Georgia Richardson Bruner; a son, Andy (Frankie) Bruner of Willington, IL; a daughter, Tammy Bruner of Wayne City; sisters, Bev (Kenny) Kincart of Fairfield, Betty Ciesielcsky of Fairfield and Brenda Bumpus of Wayne City and two grandchildren.
Funeral services for Freddie Ross Bruner will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 2 at the Archie L. Sanders Chapel in Wayne City.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 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.
88-year-old Fairfield resident, Betty Melrose died at 2:16 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She had been a secretary at Center Street School.
Survivors include her husband, Dan Melrose of Fairfield; daughters, Debbie (David) Love of Fairfield and Caren (Brad) Sheraden of Fairfield; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services for Betty Melrose will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be noon until the time of service Thursday, July 31 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Verla J. Richardson, age 64, a resident of McLeansboro, Illinois died on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. She was a retired cashier from Huck’s Convenience Store in Carmi.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Richardson, of McLeansboro; one son: Merle Edward (wife Cathy) Langley, III, and one step-son: Lewis Richardson, both of McLeansboro; two daughters: Jane (husband Brian) Guthrie, and Tina Langley, both of McLeansboro; three brothers: Larry Thompson of Dale, Robert Thompson and Rex Thompson, both of McLeansboro; one sister: Teresa Brown of Dale, and one twin sister: Vera (husband Tom) Smith of Dale. Seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 3 step-great-grandchildren survive.
Funeral Services for Verla J. Richardson will be Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in Hopewell Cemetery near McLeansboro.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday at Gholson Funeral Home.
70-year-old Fairfield resident, Della M. Morris, died at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, July 24 at Way Fair Nursing Home. She had worked at Continental Tire.
Surviving are a son, Tom Alexander of Fairfield; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one sister, Nancy Stallings of Fairfield; and three brothers, Bill Starks and Randy Starks both of Fairfield and Bob Hall of Iowa.
A Memorial Service for Della M. Morris will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 at the Community of Christ Church in Fairfield. The body is to be cremated.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 until the time of service at the church.
Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield is in charge of the arrangements.
Leon Bennett, 66, of Xenia, IL died at 2:14 a.m. Friday, July 25, 1914, at his home. He was an Auto-Diesel Mechanic, maintenance man for Continental General Tire for over thirty years, and an US Army Infantry Veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Community of Christ Church at Zenith, IL and Cisne American Legion.
Survivors include his wife Sue of Xenia, IL; daughter Ginger (Troy) Workman of Xenia, IL; two brothers Roger Bennett of Versailles, KY and Garry Bennett of Gibson City, IL. Also surviving are two grandchildren Jacob Bennett of DeSoto, IL and Kirsten Workman of Xenia, IL
Graveside services will be 10AM Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Harrell Cemetery in Zenith with full military rights at the graveside. Friends and family are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Following the graveside service a Celebration of Life service will be held at the home of Ginger Workman.
Memorials may be given to Brush Creek Community of Christ Church and will be accepted at Hosselton Funeral Home.
47-year-old Albion resident, Timothy R. Brake died at 2:15 Thursday morning at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. He had been a process tech at Fram Filtration and was a member of the House of Prayer in Albion.
Survivors include a son, Bobby Brake of Albion; a daughter, McKinzie Brake of Albion; his parents, Dave and Pat Rigg of Albion and two brothers, Tony Brake of Evansville and Jeremy Rigg of Albion.
Funeral services for Timothy R. Brake will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion with burial in West Village Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5 – 7 Saturday evening, July 26 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion.
Memorials may be made to the Pan-Mass Challenge to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and will be accepted at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion.
60-year-old Geff resident, Lonnie Lee (Bimbo) Stennett died at 6:20 a.m. Thursday, July 24 at his home. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a retired truck driver and carpenter.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Stennett of Fairfield; his wife, Marsha of Geff; a daughter, Trisha Stennett- Mason (Steve) of Fairfield; sisters, Brenda (Jerry) Beeson of Fairfield, Star (Dale) Beeson of Wilmington, IL, Pat Vinson of Fairfield and Rebecca (Rodney) Kunce of Fairfield and 3 grandchildren.
Graveside services for Lonnie Lee (Bimbo) Stennett will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Brown Cemetery at Mt. Erie with full military rites.
There will be no visitation. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family to assist with expenses and will be accepted at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne, which is in charge of all the arrangements.
Reverend Everett E. Gott, 89, of Enfield died Wednesday July 23, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Gordon, Georgia. During WWII, Everett worked installing hydraulic systems in P-47s at Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. He then attended Linotype school in English, Indiana. He worked for several years for the Carmi Times. He pastored United Methodist churches around McLeansboro, IL (Oliver and Webb’s Chapel) and also Christopher and Greenwood UMCs, Farina, LaClede, Iola, Karnak, Olmsted, Ohio Chapel, Enfield and Wesley Chapel UMCs.
Survivors include his wife Ruth Dolores, children Larry (Ruth) Gott, Macon, GA, Anita (Terry) Logue of Gordon, GA, Mark Gott, Macon, GA and Holly (Jeff) Johnson, Mt. Vernon, IN, Grandchildren: Kayla Blades, Joshua Gott, Sara Gott, Jessica Roberts, Genni Kirk, Jonathan Kirk, Jacob, Nicholas, Emily, Julia, Josiah, Samuel, Benjamin, Mariam, and Gabriel Johnson, Great-Grandchildren: Phoenix Crowe, Ransom Roberts, Jackson and Nathan Blades, and Ava Lynn Kirk, Sisters: Frances McQueen (Battle Creek, MI,) Patty Bowman (Chrisney, IN,) Delbert (Lola) James (Troy, IN.)
Funeral services for Everett E. Gott will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26 at Wesley Chapel, UMC, Enfield, IL with burial in the Enfield Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9-11 at the church.
The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield is in charge of arrangements.
91-year-old Fairfield resident, Frances L. Rutan died at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 at her home in Fairfield. She had been a Nurse’s Aide.
Survivors include daughters, Beverly Rister and Pat Frankland of Fairfield and Sally Fry of Dallas, TX; a son, Mike Ford of Nashville, IN; ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Services for Frances L. Rutan will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Jewell-Rittman Funeral Home in Columbus, IN with burial in Daugherty Cemetery in Bartholemew County, IN
Visitation will be noon until the time of service Saturday, July 26 at the Jewell-Rittman Funeral Home in Columbus, IN.
Memorials may be made to the Dr. Scranton Memorial Cancer Fund and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield which is in charge of the local arrangements.
33-year-old Bone Gap resident, Jeremy Alan Vahling died at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 22 at his home. He had worked at Wal-Mart for over 12 years in Flora where he served as Support Manager. He had been involved in fundraisers for Riley Children’s Hospital and had worked as an EMT.
Survivors include his wife, Jamie Vahling;; two sons, Tyler Lee and Caleb Vahliing of Bone Gap; his parents, David and Janet Vahling of Newton; two brothers, Chris (Kristen) Vahling and Jeff (Diana) Vahling of Newton; his grandparents, Jerry and Yvonne Hargis of Newton and Clarence and Marilyn Vahling of Gila, IL; his father and mother-in-laws, James and Belinda Lee of Bone Gap; two brothers-in-law, Travis Lee and Brad Lee of Bone Gap; three nieces, Darien, Nora and Olivia; and four nephews, Tristan, Wyatt, Mitchell and Ryan.
Graveside services for Jeremy Alan Vahling will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 25 at Bone Gap Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5 – 7 Thursday evening, July 24 at the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton.
Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton.
68-year-old Fairfield resident, Mary Ruth Ewing died at 5:26 a.m. Monday, July 21 at Westpark Rehabilitation Center in Evansville, IN. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include step-daughters, Jennifer Ewing of Shawneetown and Sarah Bailey of Fairfield; a son, Rawleigh (Becky Key) Bailey of Fairfield; a step-son, Kenny Myers of Oklahoma; 2 grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.
Services for Mary Ruth Ewing will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 25 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service Friday, July 25 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.