Richard Dean McArtor Sr. - 80
Richard Dean McArtor Sr., 80, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016.
He was born on July 11, 1936 in Effingham, IL, the son of Walter McArtor and Edna (Reece) McArtor.
A Gathering of Friends will take place on Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Juan Hernandez will officiate.
Burial will be held at a later date.
Memorials in Mr. McArtor's name can be made to donor’s choice.
Helen A. Crow - 99
Helen A. Crow, 99, died July 16, 2016 in her home in Watseka, IL.
She was born on May 28, 1917 in Donovan, IL, the daughter of Laroy W. and Grace Center Johnson.
She married Ivan Crow on August 28, 1935 at the Prairie Dell Church. Since it was the most important day of their lives, they thought it appropriate to marry at sunrise. Ivan died May 8, 1985.
Helen graduated from Watseka High School in 1935. She again entered formal studies when she took classes at KCC in 1986. She took art courses offered, then went to England for a semester in 1989, enrolled at the Christ Church College in Canterbury.
For 17 years she taught a high school Sunday school class at the Watseka Methodist Church. After that she became a substitute teacher for adult classes at the church.
Her lifetime interests have been art, books, history, travel, archeology, and her church. She has enjoyed helping with the Old Courthouse Museum in several capacities since its inception.
For 15 years she was involved as a leader in the Girl Scout program.
She leaves behind two daughters, Shirley M. Zuber and Mary Ellen Noble; two son-in-law’s, Charles J. Zuber and Jack Noble; six grandchildren, Kelley Z. and Rachael Zuber, Karl D. and Karen Zuber, Ken B. and Beth Zuber, Kia M. Zuber, Blaine M. and Gail Noble, and Wade L. and Lyndsay Noble; thirteen great-grandchildren, Christian Charles Zuber, Faith Cossette Zuber, Laney Logan Zuber, Kalen Kia Zuber, Sidney Zuber, Hailee Zuber, Joanna Zuber, Evan Milloy Noble, Easton Walter Noble, James E. Marjwick, Ivan Benjamin Noble, Mark Laroy Noble, and Jordan and William Nelson; two great-great-grandchildren, Claire and Hunter Nelson.
She is preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Gillfillan; brother-in-law, Jack Gillfillan.
She leaves brothers, Bernard and Ralph Johnson; sister-in-law’s, Margaret and Pat Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at the Methodist Church in Watseka, with a one hour visitation being held prior to. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Prairie Dell Restoration Fund or the Iroquois County Historical Society and Museum.
Roy E. Redman - 71
Roy E. Redman JR, 71, of Milford, IL, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016. He was born August 8, 1944 in Watseka, IL, the son of Roy Edgar Redman SR and Harriet Louise (Tucker) Redman. Mr. Redman was a CNC Machinist Fabricator for over 35 years and Co-Owner in C & R Hobbies. He enjoyed working in his wood working shop, camping, CB Club and ESDA. Surviving Mr. Redman is his spouse Diane L. Redman whom he married on June 12, 1993; Son Kevin (Debbie) Redman of Manito, IL, Daughter Kim (Mike) Schroeder of Milford, IL, Step-Son Marc (Tammye) Deardorff of Corydon, IN, Step-Daughter Melinda (Ernie) McKay of Milford, IL; Four sisters and brother-in-laws, Mary and Ronnie Merkle of Cissna Park, IL, Carol and Alan Mancuso of Aurora, IL, Pamela McConnell of Bloomington, IL, and Patricia and Larry Leppard of Wellington, IL; 5 grandchildren 1 great grandchild, 12 step-grandchildren, 14 step-great grandchildren.; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents, Harriet and Roy Redman, Spouse, Sharon Franklin Redman of 28 wonderful years, one son, Kenneth W. Redman, one step-grandson, Drew Turner, and one brother, Melvin D. Redman. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 4-7pm, at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka IL. Burial will be held at a later date at Sugar Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mr. Redman’s name can be made to Donor’s Choice. Cremations Rites will be made accordingly following services.
Aaron D. Arseneau - 89
Aaron D. Arseneau, 89, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016. He was born on June 15, 1927 in Beaverville, IL, the son of T.Y. Arseneau and Theresa (Cote) Arseneau. Aaron married Eula Willey on October 8, 1993. Mr. Arseneau worked as a Farmer for over 50 years and was a Carpenter owning and operating Arseneau Construction. He served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1953. Was a member of the American Legion Donovan Post for 65 years, Lifetime Member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, and a Beaverville Volunteer Firefighter for over 25 years. He enjoyed farming, carpentry, playing cards, telling jokes and stories, and spending time with his friends and family. Surviving Mr. Arseneau is his wife, Eula Arseneau of Watseka; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Amy Willey of Brook, IN; daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Brian Anthony of Fishers, IN; grandchildren, Brice and Courtney Willey, and Morgan and Christopher Witek; great-grandchild, Clover Witek; nieces and nephew, Michelle McShane, Lori Eggleston, and Mark Arseneau; eight great nieces and nephews; six great- great- nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins. He is also preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Barth Louis Arseneau; and one sister-in-law, Jeanette (Witsoe) Arseneau. A Gathering of Friends will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:00 am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL. Father Dan Belanger will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Beaverville, IL. Memorials in Mr. Arseneau's name can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Restoration Fund.
Josephine (Courtney) Polson - 93
Josephine (Courtney) Polson, 93, of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
She was born on November 19, 1922, the daughter of Thurston (T.J.) Verkler and Bessie (Miller) Verkler.
Jo married Ollie Polson Jr. in Watseka, on May 15, 1971.
Mrs. Polson worked as a Quality Control Specialist for ESNA in Pocahontas, Arkansas. She was a member of the Household Science Club, Milford Women’s Club, The Royal House of Fashion, Red Hat Society, and the Associate Member of Royal Neighbors (Stockland Camp).
She also enjoyed quilting, crafting, making dolls, and fishing.
Surviving Mrs. Polson are two sons and daughter-in-law, Austin Courtney of Pocahontas, AR, and Jerry and Dolores Courtney of Cookeville, Tenn.; one brother-in-law, Henry McFarland of Kokomo, IN; one sister-in-law, Barbara Verkler of Cabot, AR; nine grandchildren, Sheryl (Marc) Mercier, Jim (Rhonda) Courtney Jr., Dale (Julie) Courtney, David (Robin) Courtney, Dean (Trinity) Courtney, Darrell Courtney, Jim (Debbie) Courtney, Ken (Misty) Courtney, and Carol (Randy) Rabe; fourteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, Ollie Polson Jr.; one son, Jimmy Courtney; and eleven siblings.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 1-2pm, at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Arkansas.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm, at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Arkansas.
Burial will follow at the Randolph Memorial Gardens in Pocahontas, Arkansas.
Memorials in Mrs. Josephine Polson's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
Melvin "Jeep" Sprehe - 88
Melvin Sprehe, 88, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016.
He was born on April 13, 1928 in (Ash Grove) Buckley, IL, the son of Frederick Sprehe and Doretta (Teske) Sprehe.
Mr. Sprehe married Margaret Schroeder in Watseka on April 16, 1993.
Melvin was a Truck Driver for Weber Trucking in Loda, Il for nine years before retiring. He enjoyed doing handy man work outside.
Surviving Mr. Sprehe is his wife, Margaret Sprehe of Watseka; one step-son, John Hoover of Watseka; one brother, Wilbur Sprehe of Rockford, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Elroy Sprehe; and one sister, Florence Johnson.
Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. Burial to follow. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate.
Memorials in Mr. Sprehe's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
Lowell Junior Swigart - 89
Lowell Junior Swigart, long-time resident of Watseka, died July 1, 2016, at the age of 89 at Watseka Health Care Center. Born September 2, 1926 in Bloomington, Illinois, Lowell was the son of Lowell M. Swigart and Laurabelle (Holmes) Swigart. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Georgia Norris Swigart, and both parents.
He is survived by his brother, Joseph Swigart of Watseka; sister Sally Anderson of Missouri; son Paul Swigart of Hawaii; daughters Mary Leen of New Mexico and Martha Hill of Indiana; and grandchildren Noah Leen of Oregon and Anastasia Hill of Wyoming.
Mr. Swigart served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was considered a master fisherman ad an avid hunter by those who knew him. He owned his own business delivering oil products in the Watseka area for many years.
As a skilled amateur photographer, Mr. Swigart captured many special moments and passed along his love of the outdoors and eye for detail to future generations. He loved dogs and raised several for sporting purposes and companionship over the years. Always ready to lend a helping hand, he took pride in being able to share his knowledge, tools, and pickup truck with family and friends in need.
Visitation for Mr. Swigart will be held from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, with a memorial service to following at 3:00 p.m., also at Baier Funeral Home, with Pastor Joe Hughes officiating. Memorial gifts in Mr. Swigart’s name may be made to Centennial Christian Church of Watseka.
Cecil Eades - 77
Cecil Eades, 77, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.
He was born on May 13, 1939 in Lexington, IL, the son of Cecil Henry Eades and Fern (Smith) Eades.
Mr. Cecil Eades married Sharon Terry on April 22, 1989.
Cecil was a mechanic for Ford for 38 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 23 and a past member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. Mr. Eades served in the ARMY. He enjoyed reading, walking, yard work, and motorcycling.
Surviving Mr. Eades is his wife, Sharon Eades of Watseka; two sons and daughter-in-law’s, Shane and Alonna Eades of Watseka and Chad and Cheryl Eades of Lafayette, IN; three sister-in-law’s, Carol Eades of Thomasville, GA, Mardel Eades of Ashkum, and Penny Eades of Hudson, FL; one sister and brother-in-law’s, Gloria and Dan Turpin of Otterbein, IN, Greg Geising of Fayettville, TN, and Frank Kosma Simpsonville, SC; one step-son and step-daughter-in-law, James and Iva Hogue of Pheonix, AZ; four grandchildren, Taylor Eades, Cameron Eades, Shelby Eades, and Aspen Eades; two step-grandchildren, Connor Hogue and Iva Hogue; many nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; three brothers, Warren, Ray, and Eddie Eades; and two sisters, Joyce Kosma, and Mildred Geising.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, with a one hour visitation prior to services. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Eades's name can be made to Breast Cancer Association, Humane Society, or Donor’s Choice.
Eldon Clarence Faupel - 77
Eldon Clarence Faupel, 77, of Donovan, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016.
He was born on August 10, 1938 at Earl Park, Indiana, the son of Clarence Faupel and Dorothy (Hanna) Faupel.
Eldon married Linda Tuttle on January 17, 1965 in Watseka, IL.
Mr. Faupel was a Farmer and an active member of the Sheldon Masonic Masons, Danville Consistory, Donovan Farmers CO-OP Elevator Board, Ford Iroquois County Farm Bureau Board, Ditch Commissioner on Beaver 1, Trustee for Beaver Fire District, and Watseka Mutual Insurance Board.
He enjoyed wood working, fishing, farming, and his family.
Surviving Mr. Faupel is his wife, Linda Faupel of Donovan; one son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Molly Faupel of Donovan; one daughter and son-in-law, Jodee and Darren Bruens of Cissna Park; five grandchildren, Austin and Autumn Bruens of Cissna Park, and Kayde, Kenzie, and Kylee Faupel of Donovan; and several nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; and one brother, Don Faupel.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, with a one hour visitation prior. Masonic Rites will take place just before Funeral Services. Pastor Kevin Nourie will officiate.
Burial will follow at the Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka.
Memorials in Mr. Eldon Faupel's name can be made to IMH Hospice or the Concord Fire District.
Jason Lane Mercier - 27
Crescent City, Illinois
Jason Lane Mercier, 27, of Crescent City, IL, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
He was born on March 23, 1989 in Kankakee, IL, the son of Keith Mercier and Janice (Koehn) Mercier.
Jason was a Heavy Machinery Operator for Nortrak. He enjoyed jeeping, fishing, camping, boating, and most of all his family and friends.
Surviving Mr. Mercier are his parents, Janice and Keith Mercier of Milford; maternal grandmother, Roberta Koehn of Fergus Falls, MN; fiancé, Lindsey Williamson of Crescent City; two sons, Gage Mercier of Crescent City and Ryder Williamson of Crescent City; three brothers and sister-in-law's, Justin Mercier and Brittany Knight of Crescent City, Kevin and Tammy Mercier of Sheldon, and Ryan Mercier and Samantha Sands of Kentland, IN; two sisters, Tezra Cayot of Chebanse and Amie Matuszewski of Hersher; nieces and nephews, Kimberly Mercier, Shay Seibring, Landon Mercier, Levin Mercier, Jackson Mercier, Abby Sands, Maddy Sands, and Vander Earley; several aunts and uncles; and any cousins.
He is also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Gaylord and Francis Mercier; and maternal grandfather, Maynard Koehn.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, with a one hour visitation prior to services. Pastor Brent Zastrow will officiate.
Burial will follow at St. Anne Township Cemetery in St. Anne, IL.
In Lieu of Flowers memorials in Mr. Mercier's name can be made to the Family’s Wishes.