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    Annie L. Greenslade

    Annie Greenslade, age 80, of Springfield, passed away on October 13, 2019 at her residence. She was born on January 2, 1939 in St. Joesph, MO to Clarence and Clara (Richardson) Speer. Annie is survived by her two daughters, Janet (David Jay) Lehman and Donna (Richard) Chase; granddaughters, Heather (Bill) Sherell, Lynnee (Troy) Marcum, Jill Cole, Samantha (Gary) Anderson, and Nicci (Gene Lehman-Dodd; 15 great-grandchildren, Zavier Marcum, Zachary Anderson, Zaynah Lehman, Colton Sherell, Olivia Marcum, AJ Lehman, Lillian Lehman, Tyler Marcum, Calleigh Sherell, Samuel Lehman, Jaycie Cole, Bryce Marcum, Adalyn Anderson, Chase Halerewicz, and Raelee; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and ten…

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    William “Bill” Rider

    William “Bill” Rider, age 74, of Athens, formerly of Mendota and Lena, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center. Bill was born on August 28, 1945 in Mendota, IL the son of Ralph and Zelda Kleckner – Rider. He married Paula Mann on December 3, 1967 in Mendota, IL. Bill is survived by his wife, Paula; one daughter, Sandy (Jeff) Eisenmann; one daughter in law, Cathy Rider; four grandsons, Garrett and Griffin Rider and Zach and Aaron Eisenmann; three sisters, Helen Algiere, Judy (Swede) Svendsen and Barb (Jerry) Klatt; one brother in law, Duane Fassig as well as several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by…

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    Gertrude “Gertie” Yokley

    Gertrude “Gertie” Yokley, age 95, of Williamsville, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.                                                                     She was born March 19, 1924 in Sherman, Illinois, the daughter of Edward and Maude (Clopton) Hale.     Gertie married Sidney Earl Yokley on October 5, 1945 at the Williamsville Christian Church.       She is survived by one son, Dennis (wife Donna) of Mount Olive, IL; six grandchildren, Heather (Ryan) Kern, Marcus (Beth) Yokley, Lisa (Roger) Douglass, Jessica (Chad) Brand, Rebekah (Scott) Huston, and Seth (Christie) Yokley; and nine great-grandchildren, Colton, Maddie, and Sydney Kern, Casey and Taylor Douglass, Chloe Funk, Elliot and Elijah Huston, and Aiden Yokley. She is preceded in…

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    JoAnn Simmering

    JoAnn Simmering, age 87, of Greenview, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Ormond Beach, FL. She was born on August 9, 1932 in Petersburg, IL to Joseph and Sena (Doyen) Emmett. JoAnn married Robert Simmering on May 23, 1954 in Petersburg, IL She is survived by daughters, Leslie (Craig) Ashbaugh of Ormond Beach, FL and Stephanie (Evan) Hart of Springfield; two grandchildren, R.E. and Sena Hart; brother Terry (Jan) Emmett; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Robert. JoAnn grew up and attended school in Petersburg, IL.  She was employed at Illinois Bell from 1951 to 1965 then later…

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    Steven Grant Haggard

    Steven Grant Haggard, age 63, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019. He was born September 1, 1955, the son of OC and Kathryn Haggard. Steven leaves a sister, Barbara (Robert) Atchason; a nephew, James (Rob) Atchason; significant other, Sharon Cripe; adopted grandchildren, Billy, David, and Camren Calvert and their significant others, Halley and Trustin Fisher; seven adopted great-grandchildren. Memorial services and interment of cremains for Steven will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL. Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at www.mottandhenning.com.

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    Kathryn Haggard

    Kathryn (Maloney) Haggard, age 83, departed on Wednesday August 21, 2019 at Villa East in Sherman. She was born December 30, 1935 in Springfield, IL, daughter of Thomas Maloney and Marie (Neal) Maloney. Kathryn married OC Haggard on March 6, 1954 in Joliet, IL. She leaves a daughter, Barbara (Robert) Atchason; one grandson, James (Rob) Atchason; sisters, Mary (Maloney) Fishburn, Carole (Maloney) Fries, and Rita (Maloney) Folder. Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, OC; daughter, Elizabeth, and  son, Steven Haggard. Kathryn grew up in Springfield, IL; attended and graduated from Ursuline Academy in Springfield, IL. Memorial services for Kathryn will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday,…

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    Norman Craigmiles

    Norman E. Craigmiles, age 73, of Petersburg, IL, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital. He was born on January 27, 1946 in Calhoun County, IL the son of Everett Craigmiles and Nancy Bauser – Craigmiles. Norman is survived by two sons, Dan (Tina) Rusk and Bobby (April) Craigmiles; three brothers, Rick, Durlin and Everett Craigmiles; three sisters, Verlie, Grace and Diane; four grandchildren, Amber, Savannah, Ryan and Mason; four great-grandchildren, Jaylin, Finn, Blakely and Brielle as well as several nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by both parents; one son, Dennis Craigmiles; one brother, Virgil Craigmiles. Norman worked as a carpenter and…

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    Jennifer S. Backs

    Jennifer S. Backs, age 65, of Petersburg, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at her residence. She was born on January 28, 1954 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Bobby and Shirley (Hawkins) Schurman. Jennifer married Michael Backs on February 20, 1993 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Petersburg, IL. Jennifer is survived by her husband, Michael; daughter, Bridget Davis; and one granddaughter, Emily Bennett. She is preceded in death by both her parents. Although Jennifer had only one daughter and granddaughter, she was the mother and grandmother to many. Anyone that Jennifer welcomed into her home, was considered family. Jennifer loved being on the water, whether…

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    Richard D. Patterson

    Richard D. Patterson, age 85, of Springfield passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at his residence. Richard was born on June 16, 1934 in Illiopolis, IL the son of Schylor W. and Lorene C. Wyland-Patterson. He is survived by his wife Marie; three sons, Mike (Bonnie) Patterson; Greg Patterson, Todd (Tammy) Patterson; one daughter, Theresa (fiancé Terry Kalb); five grandchildren, Stephen Fowler, Lindsay (Josh) Townsend, Griffin (fiancé Jessica) Patterson, Logan Patterson and Lathan Patterson; and two great – granddaughters. Richard is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Eugene Patterson. He worked for the United Parcel Service for 34 years. Richard also served in the Air Force…

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    Bob “Bud” Tice, Jr.

    Bob “Bud” Tice, Jr., age 73, of Springfield, passed away on Friday, July 19, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Mr. Tice was born March 16, 1946 in New York City, NY the son of Bobbie W. and Marilyn (Forgea) Tice. He is a member of the Greenview United Church, having served as an Elder and member of the bell choir. Bob married Gaileh Wohler in 1996 and is survived by wife, Gaileh, of Springfield; two daughters, Cary Tice of Berwyn and Stacey (Todd) Van Vossen of Lisle; grandson, Jacob Van Vossen; sister, Terri (John) Little; sister-in-law, Linda (deceased Jack) Tice; stepsons, Kevin (Sherry) Miller and Mason (Kathy) Miller;…

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    William Taapken

    William Taapken, age 69, of Ashland, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at his residence. William was born on September 20, 1949 in Ashland, IL, the son of Russell and Edith   Taapken. He is survived by his sons, William Taapken, Jr., Alexander Taapken, and Jacob Taapken; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Washington “Bub” Taapken; sister, June; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. William was a maintenance manager for several companies.  He was a “Jack of All Trades” and was an avid “Junker”. A private burial will be held at Bethel Cemetery and a Celebration of Life for William will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers,…

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    Erick “Roger” Henrikson

    Erick “Roger” Henrikson, age 71, of Athens, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Erick was born on October 10, 1947 in Springfield, IL, the son of Allen E. and Norma (Beck) Henrikson. He is survived by his wife Linda; five step-daughters, Jenny (Everett) Qualls, Jacquie (Steve) Wolf-Harris, Teresa (Kevin) Walsh-Puma, Kathy (Bill) Hooten, and Kim (Roger) Tilley; sister, Nancy (Charles) Good; twelve grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Erick is preceded in death by his parents. He was a member of Living Faith Baptist Church in Sherman. Visitation for Erick will be held on Sunday July 21, 2019 from 4:00…

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    Barbara Wolfe

    Barbara Jean Wolfe, an 8 year resident of Colville, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2018 in Spokane, WA.  She was born on April 10, 1941 in Athens, IL to Roy and Doris (Holler) Nance. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gene; son, Kyle; sister, Sandra.  She is survived by her two loving children, Kevin (Lisa) Wolfe, Kettle Falls, WA, and Jamie Wolfe (Susan), Geneva, NY; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Barbara grew up in Athens surrounded by lots of family in the area.  She attended Athens High School where she was a band member and cheerleader, graduating with the class of 1959.  Barbara married Ralph…

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    Viola Nance

      Viola Nance, age 85, of rural Petersburg, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on May 18, 1934 in Petersburg, Illinois the 13th child of Perry and Della (Wiseman) Nolting. Viola married Charles Nance on August 22, 1953 at the Athens United Methodist Church. They were happily married for over 65 years. She is survived by her husband, Charles; three children, Steven (Cindy) Nance, Sheila (Steve) Washburn, Rod (Roseanne) Nance; nine grandchildren, Lindsay (Adam) Wahl, Megan (Varun) Kacholia, Nicholas Nance, Heather (James) Corum, Nicole (Dan) Niwa, Andrew Washburn, Amy Nance, Ashely Nance, and Aaron Nance; step-grandchildren, Sasha (Jim) Cadigan…

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    Delores J. Daniels

    Delores J. Daniels, age 87, of Cantrall, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center. Delores was born on March 18, 1932 in Kittanning, PA the daughter of John and Opal Davis – Copeland. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest Daniels. Delores is survived by one son, David (Connie) Daniels of Springfield; one daughter, Lisa (Chris) Tomlin of Cantrall; one grandson, Jeremy Burris of Springfield; two granddaughters, Elise (Scott) Wilkinson of Springfield and Emily (fiancé Royce Conover) Tomlin of Athens; and one great-grandson, Tyren Burris of Springfield. She worked as a secretary for the Secretary of State from 1953-1969. After working for the…

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    Betty C. Snedigar

    Betty C. Snedigar, age 88, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Regency Care in Springfield. She is survived by one son, Tony Snedigar of Springfield; two daughters, Paula (David) Tonellato of Springfield and LuAnn (Michael) Schmitz of Springfield; two grandsons; one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter; four great-grandsons; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Snedigar in 1982; a brother, Lee Cutright; and a sister, Sue List. Mrs. Snedigar was born near Greenview on October 12, 1930 the daughter of Lee W. and Margaret Parks Cutright. She graduated from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. She married Allen…

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    Rose Thompson

    Rose E. Thompson, age 75, of Athens passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019 at her home. Rose was born on June 30, 1944 in Chandlerville, IL the daughter of Orville and Alice Brunk – Pherigo. She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard G. Thompson; one daughter, Christina L. Ferguson; one grandson, Cory R. Ferguson; three brothers, Ivan Logue, John Logue and James Pherigo and one sister, Shirley Dunlevy. Rose is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. Thompson and Barbara K. (David) Farley; four granddaughters, Amanda M. (Jacob) Drone, Ashley Bloome, Elizabeth and Olivia Ferguson; one grandson, Christian Bloome; four great – grandsons, Corey J. Drone, Patrick R.…

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    Albert Richardson Sr.

    Albert Lee Richardson, Sr., age 86, of rural Springfield, died June 29, 2019 at his home. Mr. Richardson was born March 20, 1933 in Athens, Illinois the son of Charles Francis and Mary Irene Hart Richardson. Survived by his sons, Gary (Linda), Albert, Dennis (Debbie), and Kevin; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Phyllis whom passed on November 8, 2006. He is also preceded in death by six brothers and seven sisters. He married Phyllis Myers on June 15, 1952 at the Athens Christian Church. Mr. Richardson attended Ashland High School. He was a carpenter for over 35 years. He…

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    Sarah A. Poe

    Sarah A. Poe, age 103, of Andrew, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Villa Health Care East in Sherman. She was born June 18, 1916 in Elizabeth, Indiana, the daughter of Alva and Vada (Black) Grass. She is survived by children, Marie (Richard) Patterson, Joyce (Larry) Barregarye, Raymond (Carol) Poe, Kay (John) Sapp; twelve grandchildren, Mike, Greg and Todd Patterson, Theresa Hmeilak, Mark and Dan Polistina, Collette Ramirez, Cherrilyn Mayfield, Lance Poe, Sandy Roeloffs, Cathy Constant and Curt Sapp, 22 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She married Donald Poe in 1936. Sarah was preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 1986; her parents,…

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    Rosalyn E. Eigenmann

    Rosalyn Eigenmann, age 96, of Sherman, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Rosalyn was born on July 17, 1922 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Everett and Gracie Mae Crawley-Register. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert; one brother, Kenny and one sister, Vanita. Rosalyn is survived by two sons, Curt (Alana) Eigenmann, Cory (Bernie) Eigenmann; three daughters, Connie Eigenmann, Cassie Eigenmann, Christie (Mark) Newcome; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Rosalyn was a life-long member of the Sherman United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for over 50 years. Rosalyn’s life was…

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    Marie Downs

    Marie E. Downs, age 101, of Sherman, formerly of Williamsville, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Villas Senior Care Community. Marie was born September 12, 1917 in Elkhart, IL the parents of Charles James and Mary (Grennan) Loomis. She is survived by four sons, Harold M. Downs, Paul T. Downs, John H. Downs, and Charles J. Downs; three daughters, Joanne Wheatley, Marlene Trueblood, and Dorothy Downs; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Shawgo as well as several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by both parents; her husband, Howard R. “Red” Downs, three brothers, Edward, Martin and Charles Loomis; one sister, Ellen Loomis; a…

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    Beatrice “Bebe” McKean

    Beatrice ‘Bebe’ McKean, age 96, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019  at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born on September 2, 1922 in Petersburg, to Thomas Judy and Flossie Cline. She married Don McKean on September 14, 1946. He died May 24, 2008. Mrs. McKean was a mother of, and survived by three children, Kerry (husband, John) Weinhoeft of Springfield, Tim (wife, CoCo), Cerritos, CA, and Molly (husband, Rennie) Link of Springfield. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.  She retired from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, was a part-time employee of the Medical Education Department of SIU School of…

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    Lola L. Ethell

    Lola Lee Ethell, of Athens, IL. passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg. Lola was born on May 30, 1929, in Green County, IL, to Philip and Stella Hunt Young. Lola married Wilfred “Bill” Ethell, June 5, 1948 in Athens. Lola is survived by two sons, Larry (Debbie), Garry (Janet); one daughter, Judy Ethell-Glatz (Robert); a sister, Betty Burch, grandchildren, Ryan, Erik (Heather), Erin Calcari (Tony),  Elise Fritz (Derrick), Jennifer Lipscomb (Lee), Marsha Ethell-Handley (Greg) and Kaleb; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents; 4 sisters, 3 brothers and grandson, Evan Ethell. Lola was…

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    Diana M. Briggs

    Diana M. Briggs, age 80, of Athens, passed away on Saturday April 20, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born on August 22, 1938 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of John and Dottie Shields. Diana married Richard Briggs on August 24, 1957. She is survived by her husband, Richard; two sons, Brett (Jana) Briggs and Brian (Kimberly) Briggs; four grandsons; and five great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by a brother, Patrick Shields Diana worked as a Tax Accountant, retiring in 2003. She enjoyed traveling with Richard in her motorhome.  Their biggest and favorite trip was to Alaska. She was a member of the Athens Christian Church.…

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    Joseph “Joe” D. Smith

    Joe (Joseph Daniel) Smith, 78, of Shelbyville, TX passed away Wednesday April 17, 2019 at LSU in Shreveport, LA. Joe was born on September 2, 1940, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the son of William J. Smith and Eleanor S. Griffiths. Joe is survived by his wife, Linda of Shelbyville, TX; two sons, Jason D. (Jennifer) Smith of Jacksonville, IL and Jeffrey J. Smith of Shelbyville, TX; five daughters, Janice C. (Roy) Russell of Vidor, TX, Elizabeth, Isabella, Carly, Abby Montgomery of Shelbyville, TX; four grandchildren, Garry E. Williams of Springfield, IL, Christina M. (Josh) Fallis of Modesto, IL, Miranda Williams of Virginia, IL, and Julian Smith of Urbana, IL; great-grandchildren,…

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    John Riech

    John Riech, age 81, of Athens, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Heritage Health in Springfield, IL. John was born on November 25, 1937 in Springfield, IL, the son of Theodore and Edna (Etheridge) Riech. He married Phyllis Jones on March 9, 1957 in Springfield. IL. She preceded him in death in 2013. John is survived by three sons, Duane (Brenda) Riech of Texas, Darryl Riech of Springfield, and Douglas (Pam) Riech of California; one grandson, Kevin (Karoline) Riech of Texas; two sisters, Edna Mae and Irene; and three brothers, Bert, Edwin and Ralph, and several nieces & nephews. He is also preceded in death by his parents;…

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    Norma “Jean” Kincaid

    Norma “Jean” Kincaid, age 92, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Jean was born on August 7, 1926 near Athens, Illinois, the daughter of John and Kathryn Brinkmeyer Prince. She married James Andrew Kincaid on April 6, 1956 at Sweetwater Presbyterian Church. Jean is survived by her husband, James Andrew; son, Paul (wife Stephanie) Kincaid; daughter, Lori (husband Chuck) Hlavach; grandchildren, Jake (wife Alexis) Hlavach, Molly Kincaid (companion David Paine), Chelsea Hlavach, Rachel Kincaid (husband Steven Bland), and Hayley Kincaid; and several nieces and nephews, most of whom reside in Greenview area. She is preceded in death by her parents and…

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    Wilma Jean Davis

    Wilma Jean Davis, age 74, of Athens, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Jean was born on November 17, 1944 in Carlinville, IL the daughter of Kenneth and Buelah Bounds – Young. Jean married Jim Davis on September 12, 1999 and they spent 19 wonderful years together. She is preceded in death by both parents and one son, Dennis Settles. Jean is survived by her husband, Jim Davis; one son, Bill (Annette) Settles; two grandchildren, Ashley (Eric) Bilbrey and Dennis Settles; one great grandson, Maddox Bilbrey; one sister, Linda (Terry) Bridges and one brother, Kenny (Beth) Young. She enjoyed traveling, loved motorcycles and…