Ryan C. Ahrens - 30
1/29/1986 - 8/8/2016
Eagle Grove, Iowa
Ryan Ahrens, 30, of Eagle Grove, formerly of...
Richard Dean McArtor Sr. - 80
7/11/1936 - 8/8/2016
Watseka, Illinois
 Richard Dean McArtor Sr., 80, of...
Helen A. Crow - 99
5/18/1917 - 7/16/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Helen A. Crow, 99, died July 16, 2016 in her...
Roy E. Redman - 71
8/8/1944 - 7/15/2016
Milford, Illinois
Roy E. Redman JR, 71, of Milford, IL, passed...

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Joyce Ann Frederickson - 68

3/27/1947 - 2/7/2016
Woodland, Illinois
Joyce Ann Frederickson, 68, of Woodland, IL passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016. She was born on March 27, 1947 in Duquoin, IL, the daughter of Raymond Kester and May (Ress) Kester. Joyce married Brad Frederickson on February 8, 1968 in Joliet, IL. Mrs. Frederickson worked at Protype Printing and was Co-Owner and Operator for Aloha Kennels in Woodland, IL. She enjoyed gardening and bird watching. Surviving Mrs. Frederickson is her husband, Brad Frederickson in Woodland, IL; and one grandchild, Brock Frederickson of Illinois. She was preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Kenneth Kester; one sister, Carol Kester; and one son, Herbert Frederickson. Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mrs. Frederickson's name can be made to the Kankakee County Humane Foundation. Cremation rites have been made accordingly.

Danielle (Schmohe) Vukobratovich - 34

4/4/1981 - 1/29/2016
Newnan, GA forerly Watseka
Danielle Schmohe Vukobratovich, age 34, of Newnan, GA formerly Watseka, IL, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016 at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. She was born April 4, 1981 in Gibson City, IL. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Donald Schomohe, William Glenn, Kenneth and Donna Legan, Elva and Robert Bogard, and her best friend Kathy Light. Surviving Ms. Vukobratovich is her loving partner, Amber Temple; daughter, Bailey Vukobratovich; parents, Patti and Frank Ehrhardt, Dean and Laurel Schmohe, and Scott and Melissa Temple; brothers, William Legan (Melissa Johnson), and Brandon and Becca (Jax) Schmohe; step-sisters, Bobette Tammen (Tom Fairley), Heather and Andy Hazelwood, and Nichole Fuoss; grandmother, Arlene Glenn; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Danielle grew up in Iroquois County Illinois. She graduated from Watseka High School in 1999. She graduated from Robert Morris College in Orland Park, IL in 2001 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science, Major in Medical Assistant. She worked at The ARC of Iroquois County for 15 years. She moved to Newnan, GA in November of 2012 and worked for Piedmont Newnan OBGYN for Dr. Charles Slomka, MD. She loved people, an array of music, cooking, but above everything she devoted her life to her daughter and her family. She was able to fulfill her dream of helping other through her generous gift of organ donation. A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 3:00pm until 9:00pm, at Celebrations in Watseka, Illinois.

Herbert Smith - 71

6/22/1944 - 1/25/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Herbert Smith, 71, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2016. He was born on June 22, 1944 in Hoopeston, IL, the son of Russell Smith and Clairine (McBride) Smith. Herbert married Marilyn Schroeder on May 7, 1988 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gilman, Il. Mr. Smith was a factory Worker. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and fishing. Surviving Mr. Smith is his wife, Marilyn Smith of Watseka; one son and daughter-in-law, Herbert Smith Jr. and Jamie of Perry, FL; two daughters and son-in-law's, Sylvia “Jeanie” Deck and Robert of Fairmont, IL and Melinda “Susie” Wilson and Todd of Bloomington, IL; one brother, Joseph Smith of Fayetteville, N.C.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by both parents; and two brothers, James and Harold. Visitation will be held Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 3-7 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mr. Smith's name can be made to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or Donor’s Choice.

Garry Fortin - 75

2/12/1940 - 1/23/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Garry Fortin, 75 of Watseka, Il, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2016. He was born on February 12, 1940 in Watseka, the son of Vernal Fortin and Dorthy (LaVoie) Fortin. Garry married Janis Houk in 2009 in Watseka. He enjoyed gardening, reading, and fishing. Surviving Mr. Fortin is his wife, Janis Fortin of Watseka; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Mary Fortin of Fathom Park, FL. He is also preceded in death by both parents; and one sister, Florence Cooki Reichert. Cremation rites have been made accordingly. Burial will be held at a later date.

Doris Ahrens-Taber - 85

7/23/2016 - 1/19/2016
Watseka, formerly Decatur, Illinois
Doris Ahrens-Taber, 85, of Watseka, IL formerly Decatur, IL, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. She was born on July 24, 1930 in Chebanse, IL, the daughter of Rudolph Ahrens and Anna (Rabideau) Ahrens. Doris married Thomas Taber Jr. on June 25, 1972 in Decatur, IL. He has since passed. Mrs. Taber was an Operator for Illinois Bell Telephone for 34 years before retiring. She enjoyed watching all sports on TV. Surviving Mrs. Taber is one brother and sister-in-law’s, Rudolph “Rudy” and Pat Ahrens Jr. of Watseka, Karen Ahrens of Watseka, and Sheryl Ahrens of Eagle Grove, IA; six sisters and brother-in-law’s, Betty Ahrens of Watseka, Lois Kennedy of Milford, Reta Myers of Watseka, Ruth Salm of Watseka, Anita and Darrell Speers of Palm Bay, FL, and Kay and James Green of Georgetown, IL; many nieces and nephews including one special niece, Nichole. She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, Thomas Taber Jr.; two brothers, Francis and Harold Ahrens; two sisters, Geraldine Hinrichs and Joanne Ahrens; four brother-in-law’s, Clarence Kennedy, Harold Salm, Kenneth Myers, and Donald Hinrichs. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2016 from 4-6pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will be held Monday, January 25, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Graceland Cemetery in Decatur, IL. In Lieu of Flowers memorials in Mrs. Taber's name can be made to the family or donor’s choice.

Lois Redburn - 88

10/18/1927 - 1/14/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Lois E. Redburn, 88, of Watseka, Illinois passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016. She was born on Tuesday, October 18, 1927 in Wellington, the daughter of Edgar and Doris (McClure) Davis. On September 5, 1981, she married Roy Redburn at Milford Christian Church in Milford, Illinois. He passed away in 1988. Mrs. Redburn was a factory worker at Howard Industries in Milford, Illinois. She worked for Catholic Charities and was a member of Centennial Christian Church in Watseka, Illinois. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, sewing, reading, and cooking. Surviving Mrs. Redburn are her children Gary and Betty Hawthorne of Winterhaven, Florida; Gayle Spade of Houston, Texas; and Connie and Chuck Vanhoveln of Iroquois, Illinois; one sister, Sally Long of Danville, Illinois; two step-sons and daughter-in-law’s, Steve Redburn of Milford, Illinois, and Bill and Jodi Redburn of Terre Haute, Indiana; two step-daughters and son-in-law’s, Shirley and Melvin Doughty of Gulfport, Mississippi, and Carol and Larry Taylor of Milford, Illinois; nine grandchildren, Jennifer and Jacob Hagan, Bill Vanhoveln and Megan Murphy, Jacob Schoon and Samantha Griffin, Jordan Schoon and Karissa Cox, and Brian Spade; nine step-grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Lois is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy Redburn; Kloie Vanhoveln; Cole Hagan; and Megan Spade. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11 am at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka with Pastor Joseph Hughes officiating. A one hour visitation will be held prior to service. Memorials in Mrs. Redburn's name can be made to the Catholic Charities and Kankakee Valley Hospice.

Marilyn (Thomison) Dykstra - 81

7/10/1934 - 1/14/2016
Pharr, Texas and Pardeeville, Wisconsin
Marilyn (Thomison) Dykstra, 81, Pharr, Texas and Pardeeville, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in Texas. She was born on July 10, 1934 in Beaverville Township, IL, the daughter of Lowell Swanson and Catherine (Disosway) Swanson. Marilyn married James Thomison on September 18, 1955 in Sheldon, IL. He has since passed. On August 29, 2013 Marilyn married Severyn Dykstra in Branson, Missouri. Mrs. Thomison-Dykstra was a factory worker in Watseka, IL. She enjoyed traveling and bird watching. Marilyn was a member of the Watseka American Legion Auxiliary, Society of Mayflower Descendants, and Iroquois County of Salon Eight and Forty. Surviving Mrs. Thomison-Dykstra is her husband, Severyn Dykstra of Pharr, TX and Pardeeville, WI; one son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Ashlie Thomison of Bozeman, MT; one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Tom Coventry of Bolingbrook, IL; one brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Ada Swanson of Indiana; two sisters and brother-in-law’s, Reta and Lloyd Beherns of Danville, IL, and Arlene and Morris Hill of Woodland, IL; one step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Terry Dykstra and Robin of DeForest, WI; one step-son-in-law, Bruce Vandezande of Madison, WI; five grandchildren, Jared Hagar, Kelsey Hagar-Olsen, Drew Hagar, Dillon Coventry, and Connor Coventry; two great-grandchildren, Owen and Hadley Olsen; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, James Thomison; one brother, Wayne Swanson; and step-daughter, Laurie Vandezande. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 9am-11am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Thomison-Dykstra's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.

Mary Ann McGrew - 83

12/24/1932 - 1/2/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Mary Ann McGrew, 83, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2016. She was born December 24, 1932 in Claytonville, IL, the daughter of William Egolf and Anna (Wurtholz) Egolf. Mary married Dwight McGrew on April 4, 1952 in Manhattan, Kansas. He passed on July 21, 1998. Mrs. McGrew was a home maker. She enjoyed playing bridge, crossword puzzles, reading, gardening, and the BULLS. Surviving Mrs. McGrew are her one son and daughter-in-law's, John and Lori (Feller) McGrew of Ballwin, MO, and Rebecca McGrew of Chesterfield, MO; two daughters and son-in-law, Rhonda and Jonathan Fruendt of San Antonio, TX, and Jane Harris of Watseka; two sisters, Viola Greiner of Cissna Park, and Frieda Hamrick of Cissna Park; eight grandchildren, Bradley McGrew, Adam Fruendt, Kelly Davison, Ashley Barton, Rebecca Henderson, Megan Clark, Kyle Harris, and Mary Lou Littlejohn; thirteen great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Gracie, Rylee, Cooper, Claire, Alexis, Hadley, Cruz, Avery, Brendon, Brody, Blake, and Grace; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; husband, Judge Dwight McGrew; one son, Rodney McGrew; and three brothers, John Egolf, Glenn Egolf, and Ray Egolf. Gathering of Friends will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 2-3pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka with Pastor Matthew Kreeb officiating. Private family interment will take place at Body Cemetery in Woodland, IL. Memorials in Mrs. McGrew's name may be made to The ARC of Iroquois County.

Lisa Brutlag - 55

12/2/1960 - 12/31/2015
Crescent City, Illinois
Lisa Brutlag, 55, of Crescent City, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015. She was born on December 2, 1960 in Watseka, Illinois, the daughter of Richard McGill and Lois (Wilken) McGill. Lisa married Barry Brutlag on September 22, 1984 at the Old Court House in Watseka, IL. Mrs. Brutlag was a secretary for Country Financial in Watseka. She was also a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, taking care of the family, and spending time with her doll baby Olivia. Surviving Mrs. Brutlag is her husband, Barry Brutlag of Crescent City; mother, Lois McGill of Crescent City; three sons and daughter-in-law’s, Doug and Kaity Brutlag of Watseka, Daniel and Lexie Brutlag of Onarga, and Dustin and Katie Brutlag of Woodson, IL; six brothers and sister-in-law’s, Kevin and Amy McGill of Crete, Eric and Vicky McGill of Crete, David and Nikki McGill of Watseka, Kyle and Kristin McGill of Ottawa, Sean and Stacy McGill of St. John’s, IN, and Daren and Heather McGill of Sheldon; four sisters and brother-in-law’s, Pam and Larry Munro of Gilman, Diana and Jack Lowe of Rossville, Cheryl and Martin Wessels of Watseka, Kristi and Jason Asher of Bradley; grandchildren, Olivia and One on the way; family friend, Rhonda McGill of Donovan; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her father, Richard McGill; and one niece, Kelsey McGill. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 4-8 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Elder Paul White will officiate. Memorials in Mrs. Brutlag's name can be made to the Family. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly following services.

Artie Lee Bratcher - 68

9/21/1947 - 12/24/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Artie Lee Bratcher, 68, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015. He was born on September 21, 1947 in Watseka, IL, the son of Arthur Bratcher and Hazel (Kessinger) Bratcher. Artie married Louanne Nordmeyer on July 8, 1978 in Clifton, IL. Mr. Bratcher served in the ARMY from 1968 until 1972. He earned the Purple Heart in Vietnam, and was the youngest solider to earn the rank of Captain in Vietnam. Mr. Bratcher worked for Watseka Interstate for 38 years. Artie was a member of the Elks, the American Legion, and the VFW. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and flying. Surviving Mr. Bratcher is his spouse, Louanne Bratcher of Watseka; first wife, Lonita (Loni) Burger of Omaha, NB; two sons and daughter-in-law, Eric and Kim Bratcher of Hayward, CA, and Alan Bratcher and fiancée Megan Carmain of Watseka; one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Robert McCullough of Watseka; four nieces and nephews, Janet Anderson of Sycamore,IL, Danny McCullough of Watseka, Judy Mae Bingman of Savoy, IL , and Patti Jo Jenkins of Flora, IL; and a special friend, Theresa Fowler of Watseka. He is also preceded in death by both his parents; two sisters, Carol Ann Bratcher, and Toni Rae Bratcher; one niece, Brenda Haven; and mother-in-law, Blanche Reid. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Nourie will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Bratcher's name can be made to the Family or Donor’s Choice. Cremation Rites will be made accordingly following the services.

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