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Keith Schmidt - 8212/10/1934 - 5/23/2017
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Micheal Lee McKinney Sr. - 618/14/1955 - 5/14/2017
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Lucinda Crozier - 632/19/1954 - 5/13/2017
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Audrey Kimble - 657/7/1950 - 6/25/2016
Audrey Kimble, 65, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016. She was born on July 7, 1950 in Hammond, IN, the daughter of James Styck Sr. and Ruby (Lee) Styck. Audrey married John Kimble on April 10, 1970 in Watseka. He passed August 3, 2015. Mrs. Kimble was a Home maker. She enjoyed reading of all sorts, doing art work, ceramics, and crafting. Surviving Mrs. Kimble is her father, James Styck Sr. of Watseka; one brother and sister-in-law, James and Kathy Styck Jr. of Watseka; two sisters and brother-in-law, Cindy and Randy Trumble of Watseka, and Denise Scherch of Bel Air, Maryland; nieces and nephews, Elaina and Bill Kincade, Jamie and David Adkins, Dustin Styck (Kris Miller), Darcey and Jason Smith, Deanna and Tom Puite, Janessa Styck, Bethany Smith, Tabitha Scherch, and Lori and Don Dodson; and eleven great-nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her mother; husband, John; one brother, Russell; and one great-niece, Anna. Private Graveside Services will be held. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will take place at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Kimble's name can be made to the Family’s Wishes.
Louis P. Stein - 976/24/1918 - 6/22/2016
Louis P. Stein, 97, Watseka, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2016, at the Gilman Nursing Home. He was born June 24, 1918, in Ashkum, IL, the son of Carl and Maggie Stein. On January 19, 1946, Louis married the love of his life, Marie Anderson. She passed away on June 9, 1993. He was also preceded in death by his parents and all five siblings: Marie, Heine, Marguerite, Annie and Harold. Mr. Stein is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Linda (John) Gaines of Watseka; one grandson, Ryan (Megan) Gaines of Minneapolis, MN; and three great-grandchildren, twins Grady and Oliver, and Molly. Ryan and Louis mutually adored one another. Louis had a true passion for cars, and spent nearly 60 years as an auto mechanic, before finally retiring at the spry age of 77. He took a great deal of pride in his cars, and polished them to the point they gleamed. He also possessed a wonderful sense of humor, demonstrated by his prolific joke-telling. When asked about his biggest fear of reaching the age of 100, he often responded, "I will as long as I don't get caught by a jealous husband!" Louis enjoyed the simple things in life, such as having coffee with countless friends, eating fried chicken from KFC and watching the Grand Ole Opry on television. He lived a grand life. While he will be sorely missed by family and friends, he will be reunited with the twinkle in his eyes, Marie, who passed 23 years ago. Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Monday, June 27, 2016, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral services will take place at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Jim Hartkins will officiate. Burial will be follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mr. Stein’s name can be made to IMH Hospice or Donor’s Choice.
Willard "Poody" Kessinger - 8611/6/1929 - 6/19/2016
Willard “Poody” Kessinger, 86, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016. He was born on November 6, 1929 in Colfax, Illinois, the son of Frank Kessinger and Laura (Bratcher) Kessinger. Willard married Betty Cahoe on June 26, 1949 in Watseka at the Christian Church. Mr. Kessinger was a Section Laborer for the TPW Railroad for 40 years He enjoyed camping, watching old movies, and doing handy man work. Surviving Mr. Kessinger is his wife, Betty Kessinger of Wateka; four daughters and son-in-law’s, Sharry and Paul Davis of Watseka, Kathy Kessinger of Watseka, Nancy and William Kreznor of Woodstock, IL, and Debbie Pocica of Melrose Park, IL; one brother and sister-in-law, Linard and Mini Kessinger of Watseka; nine grandchildren, Tommy Kusman, David Kusman, James Jones, Philip Kreznor, Abigail Kreznor, Donald Davis, Zachary, Max, Tessa, William, and Zoe Pocica; two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Cruiz; and several nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Glen Kessinger; and five sisters, Glenna Matthews, Hazel Bratcher, Alice Leonard, Londa Frohling, and Lola Schultz. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Memorials in Mr. Kessinger's name can be made to Donor’s Choice. Cremation Rites will be recorded following services.
Dustin Pattenaude - 3611/18/1979 - 6/15/2016
Dustin Pattenaude, 36, of Woodland, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. He was born on November 18, 1979 in Clearfield, Penn., the son of Alfred Pattenaude and Sandra (Luzier) Pattenaude. Dustin was a Production Supervisor at CNH in Goodfield, IL. He enjoyed motorcycles, remote control cars, music, camping, and fishing. Surviving Mr. Pattenaude are his parents, Alfred and Sandra Pattenaude of Woodland; two sons, Gavin and Austin Pattenaude of Woodland; two brothers and sister-in-law, Rustin and April Pattenaude of Marquette Heights, IL, and Kenneth Faught of Kenosha, WI; and three nieces and nephews, Tyler Pattenaude, Sierra Nolan, and Kenzee Masters. He is also preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents; and three Uncles, David Pattenaude, Charlie Luzier, and Dale Irwin. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Pattenaude's can be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.
Jerry W. Allhands - 7010/30/1945 - 6/15/2016
Jerry W. Allhands, 70 of Watseka, IL passed 11:30 P.M. June 15, 2016 at his family home in Watseka, IL. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, IL with Silas Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery, Watseka, IL with military honors. Visitation will be 4 – 7 P.M. Monday, June 20, 2016 at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice. Jerry was born October 30, 1945 in Watseka, IL the son of Arthur P. and Ruth Louise (Davis) Allhands. He married his wife of over 43 years, Susan L. Elliott, December 22, 1972 in Watseka, IL. Survivors include his wife: Susan L. Allhands, Watseka, IL; 2 sons: Neil Allhands, Mable Hill , MO and David L. (fiancé: Lyndsay Mabbitt) Allhands, Clinton, IL; 2 granddaughters: Whitney Goza and Alexis Allhands; sisters: Sherry (John) Farris, Cissna Park, IL, Carol Lewis, Salem, VA, and Linda Burns, Pontiac, IL along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Jerry retired from the U.S. Navy after 24 years of service as Senior Chief, serving during Vietnam and then in Naval Reserves. After 23 years Jerry retired as a technician for the U.S. Soil and Water Conservation Office. Also he was an Educator and Riding Course Instructor for the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. Jerry enjoy traveling and riding motorcycles. Along with his wife, they had traveled on their motorcycle to all 48 continental states and some parts of Canada.
Marilyn Herriman - 884/21/2016 - 6/13/2016
Marilyn Herriman, 88, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016. She was born on April 21, 1928 in Stockland Township, IL, the daughter of John Nolin and Harriet (Batt) Nolin. Marilyn married Wake Herriman on July 28, 1950 in Blytheville, Arkansas. Mrs. Herriman worked as an office manager for Wayne Pump Company for over 20 years. She enjoyed reading and was a member of the Stockland Methodist Church. Surviving Mrs. Herriman is her brother and sister-in-law, John and Beverly Nolin of Sheldon, IL; one sister, Dorothy Truby of Watseka; three nieces; four great-nieces; and one great-great-nephew. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; husband, Wake; and one sister, Jonelle. Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 11:30 am, at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland, IL. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will be held at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Herriman's name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Donor’s Choice.
Leonard Dehlin - 871/20/1929 - 6/13/2016
Leonard Dehlin, 87, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016. He was born on January 20, 1929 in Graceville, Minnesota, the son of Alvin Dehlin and Ellen (Hanson) Dehlin. Mr. Dehlin married June Powell on October 29, 1953 in Edina, Minnesota. Leonard was the store owner and retailer of Ben Franklin for seventeen years. He also served in the Navy earning him a Korean Service Medal. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Surviving Mr. Dehlin is his wife, June Dehlin of Watseka; one son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Maria Dehlin of Bartlet, IL; four daughters and son-in-law’s, Judy and Bill Kinney of Bridgman, MI, Karin and Terry Rasmussen of Louville, KY, Loni Dehlin of Streamwood, IL, and Lori Dehlin of Elgin, IL; four brothers and sister-in-law’s, Glenn and Joyce Dehlin of Mobile, AL, Floyd Dehlin of Rockford, IL, Coleen Dehlin of Ft. Worth, TX, Eugene and Bobbi Dehlin of Sycamore, IL, and Dale and Laurain Dehlin of Mandan, ND; nine grandchildren, Tracy (Robert) Brandenberg, Amanda (Brandon) Thompson, Kacey Rasmussen, Torey Rasmussen, Jami Dehlin, Karli Wenk, Matt Cork, Katianna Dehlin, and Kristina Dehlin; seven great-grandchildren: Anya, Zayden, Noah, Jacob, Lucas, Hannah, and Ava; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lloyd, LaVerne, and Maynard Dehlin; and three sister-in-law’s, Deanna, Mary, and Jane Dehlin. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 1-3pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor John Franklin will officiate. Memorials in Mr. Dehlin's name can be made to the Watseka Food Pantry, Watseka Union Depot, and IMH Hospice. Cremation Rites will be recorded following services.
Irol L. Buswell - 905/14/1926 - 6/4/2016
Irol L. Buswell, 90, of Watseka, Illinois passed on Saturday, June 4, 2016. He was born on May 14, 1926 in Beaverville Township, the son of Delmar Buswell and Vera Whaley. Mr. Buswell was a carpenter. He was a member of the VFW and is a World War II Marine Corp veteran, and he enjoyed card playing and woodworking. Surviving Mr. Buswell are his sons and daughter-in-laws, Marc and Sherry Buswell of Rewey, Wisconsin & Scot and Janet Buswell of Mokena, Illinois; sister-in-law: Bernadine Buswell of Watseka; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by both parents; two sons, Steven and Terry Buswell; two brothers, Ralph and Charles Buswell; and one sister, Anna Laura Wiltfang. Private burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been made accordingly. Memorials in Mr. Buswell's name may be made to St. Jude’s or Donor’s Choice.
Ronald F. Kottke - 705/15/1946 - 5/31/2016
Ronald F. Kottke, 70, of Papineau, IL, passed away on May 31, 2016 at his home. He was born on May 15, 1946 in Paxton, Illinois, the son of Edward Kottke and Orilla (Zabel) Kottke. Ronald married Trudy Watts on January 16, 1986 in Watseka. Mr. Kottke served in the ARMY for two years during Vietnam. He was a member of the Aroma Park American Legion. Ronald worked Construction in the Kankakee area. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, the CUBS, NASCAR, and his dogs. Surviving Mr. Kottke is his wife, Trudy Kottke of Papineau, IL; one son, Jason Kottke of Watseka; three daughters and son-in-law, Tonia Kottke of Watseka, Shannon (Kelly) Rogers of Watseka, and Teresa Keefer of Marion, IN; one sister and brother-in-law, Arlis and Lonnie Johnson of Montrose, MN; grandchildren, Tasha Laird, Alivia Norrgran, Ashley Ulitzsch, Mercedes Sullivan, Dustin Houser, Tonia Keefer, Adrianna Richardson, Brittany Williams, and Brianna Williams; great-grandchildren, Jordan Kraay, Blayden Houser, Addison Williams, Adalynn Ulitzsch, and Arianna Ulitzsch; several nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; and two brothers, Marvin Kottke and Raymond Kottke. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Papineau Cemetery in Papineau, IL. Memorials in Mr. Kottke's name can be made to the Families Wishes.
Rosa Lee Fegett - 716/19/1944 - 5/29/2016
Rosa Lee Fegett, 71, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away on May 29, 2016 at her home. She was born on June 19, 1944 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Rosetta (Meeker) Louis. Mrs. Fegett worked as a CNA at Watseka Health Care for 33 years. She enjoyed reading books, fishing, camping, traveling, watching movies, and riding motorcycles. Surviving Mrs. Fegett is her significant other, Terry Schroeder of Milford, IL; two sons and daughter-in-law, George and Patty Wright of Ellington, MO, and Richard Wright of Hoopeston, IL; one daughter, Debra Torres of Danville, IL; one sister, Marie Fouse of Hoopeston, IL; six grandchildren, Jeremy Higgs, Jessica Barnes, Brandon Wright, Heaven Callahan, Destynee Callahan, and Clarence Callahan IV; eight great-grandchildren, Phoebe Higgs, Jasmine Higgs, Nicholas Barnes, Alexander Barnes, Kaylee Wright, Deante Callahan, Damya Mables, and Kailin Tompkins. She is also preceded in death by both parents; and one brother, William Masonburg. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Tom McCann will officiate. Burial will follow at Flesher Cemetery in Crescent City, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Rosa Fegett's name can be made to the Family.
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