Patrick McCullough - 663/26/1950 - 3/18/2017
Patrick McCullough, 66, of Watseka, Illinois,...
William "Howard" Orcutt - 924/29/1924 - 3/11/2017
William “Howard” Orcutt, 92, of Watseka...
Harry Adams - 947/20/1922 - 3/9/2017
Harry Adams, 94, of Watseka, Illinois, passed...
Maybelle M. Lareau - 1015/31/1915 - 3/4/2017
Iowa City, IA; previously Beaverville
Maybelle M. Lareau , 101, of Iowa City, Iowa,...
Earl "Bud" Eberhart - 904/30/1925 - 3/20/2016
Earl George Eberhart, known as “Bud” by family and friends, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016. For the last eight months he resided at the Rensselaer Care Center in Rensselaer, Indiana. Born April 30, 1925, to Louis and Mary Eichelberger Eberhart, he grew up in Cissna Park, IL. He was the youngest of eleven children born of this union: Anna, Edward, Wilbur, Walter, Clarence, Alpha, Louis (Duke), Lucille, Helen, Lavina, and Earl. Mr. Eberhart was preceded in death by his parents and nine of his siblings. Mr. Eberhart graduated from Cissna Park High School in 1943, and entered in the U.S. Navy; he became a Third Class Petty Officer from June 1944 to May 1946. He attended the University of Illinois in 1946 and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He worked in sales and management and then as a Production Engineer with GTE for 27 years. He met and married Pierrette Brabant in 1957. They lived a joyful and active life for 33 years before her untimely passing. In 1991, he met and married Dorothy Zarse and the two spent their time together in CA, FL, and IN where they both loved playing cards, games, and traveling. His love was in finance with stocks and investments. He was a member of the Remington United Methodist Church. Family and friends were very important to him. Surviving Earl is his wife, Dorothy Zarse Eberhart; and one sister, Lavina Eberhart Lowry who currently resides with her husband, Dr. Earl Lowry in Oswego, IL. A “Celebration of Life” will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm, at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. Pastor Mary van Wijk will officiate. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park, Watseka. Memorials in memory of Earl Eberhart’s name may be made to the Dementia and Alzheimer’s Foundation in your areas.
Kathleen Ann Benner - 704/18/1945 - 3/17/2016
Kathleen Ann Benner, 70, of Woodland, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2016. She was born on April 18, 1945 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of James Lovell and Darlene (Stone) Kemp. Kathleen married Douglas Benner at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schwer on December 3, 1982. She worked food services for the Unit 9 School District for 22 years. She enjoyed reading, gardening, crosswords, cooking, and cross stitching. Kathleen was also a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford, IL. Surviving Mrs. Benner is her husband, Douglas Benner of Woodland; one daughter, Kierci Schaumburg of Danville, IL; one brother and sister-in-law, James and Kathy Lovell of Port Richey, FL; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 1:00pm-3:00pm, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford, IL. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 3:00pm, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford, IL. Pastor Karl Gibbs will officiate. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schwer, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Benner's name can be made to IMH Hospice, Prairieview Lutheran Home, Our Savior Lutheran Church, or Donor’s Choice.
Howard L. "Butch" Harwood - 6811/4/1947 - 3/12/2016
Howard L. “Butch” Harwood Jr., 68, of Watseka, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016. He was born on November 4, 1947, in Watseka, the son of Howard L. Harwood Sr. and Hattie D. Guard. On September 8, 1973, he married Cathy Smith in Watseka, Illinois. Mr. Harwood was a mechanic and a farmer. He enjoyed camping, collecting Coco-Cola bottles, and music. Surviving Mr. Harwood are his spouse, Cathy Smith of Watseka, Illinois; two sons and daughter-in-law, Clayton & Jen Harwood of Morocco, Indiana and Jeff Harwood of Watseka, Illinois; two daughters and son-in-law, Heather & Brad Flatt of Goodland, Indiana and Kim Harwood of Watseka, Illinois; one brother and sister-in-law: Bill and Sue Yates of Seminole, Florida; six grandchildren, Amanda; Andrew; Claudia; Mercedes; Hailee; and Gage; one great-grandchild, Annabelle; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his parents. Celebration of life will be at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Harwood's name may be made in American Heart Association or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.
Gayle Osterhous - 767/12/1939 - 3/10/2016
Gayle L. Osterhous, 76, of Woodland, Illinois passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2016. She was born on July 12, 1939 in Chicago, the daughter of Albert and Gertrude (Grzyevinski) Ifland. On June 12, 1956, she married Gene Osterhous at First Christian Church in Watseka, Illinois. Mrs. Osterhous was an administrator for public aid for the state in Iroquois County. She enjoyed trail horseback riding, reading, and loved spending time with family. She was a member of the Illinois Stock Horse Association. Surviving Mrs. Osterhous is her husband, Gene Osterhous of Woodland, Illinois; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Robert and Debra Osterhous of Woodland, Illinois & Danny and Melanie Osterhous of Woodland, Illinois; four grandchildren, Ashley and Troy Odgers of Watseka, Illinois; Kayla and Andy Manos of Belfast, Tennessee; Mindi and Andy Walton of Watseka, Illinois; and Jessica Osterhous and A.J. Kingdon of Watseka, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert Ifland; and sister, Geraldine Ifland. Visitation for Mrs. Osterhous will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 4-7pm at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois. Memorials in Mrs. Osterhous may be made in her name to Illinois State Stock Horse Association, Woodland Methodist Church, or Donor’s Choice. Cremation Rites will be made accordingly.
Delmer Ellsworth Short - 9910/6/1916 - 3/7/2016
Delmer Ellsworth Short, 99, of Gilman, IL, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2016. He was born on October 6, 1916 in Champaign, IL, the son of Fred Short and Laura (Manuel) Short. Mr. Short married Juanita Pence in Canton, Missouri in 1940. Delmer was a Foreman for Illinois Central Railroad for over thirty years before retiring. He enjoyed playing music, playing cards, and tinkering with electronics. He was one of the first of friends to have a radio in his car. He also once made a short wave radio set. Surviving Mr. Short is one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Pat Short of Gilman; two daughters, Tammy Short of Gilman and Kris Fouse of Gilman; nine grandchildren, Jamie Short, Patti Boughton, Skip Fouse, David Fouse, Billy Short, Brian Short, Kelly White, Bob Short, and Scott Short; twenty-one great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both his parents; wife, Juanita Short; six brothers; two sisters; one son, Robert E. Lee Short; and one infant daughter, Jo Deen Short. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Short's name can be made to Donor’s Choice. Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
Winifred Anderson - 6611/17/1949 - 3/6/2016
Winifred “Winnie” Anderson, 66, of Milford, IL, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Urbana, IL. She was born on November 17, 1949 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of Frank Short and Patricia (Irwin) Short. Mrs. Anderson was an Assistant Manager at Walmart located in Watseka. She enjoyed crafts and gardening. Surviving Mrs. Anderson is her significant other, David Long of Milford; one son, Joshua Anderson of Rantoul; one daughter and son-in-law, Sarra and Ryan Rigsby of Hoopeston; three grandchildren, Logan Hall, Jessica Rigsby, and Mitchell Rigsby; and two nephews, Adam Cleutter and Matthew Cleutter. She is also preceded in death by her parents; onesister, Peggy; and one toddler brother, Jeffrey Short. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 1-3pm, at the First Church of God in Hoopeston, IL. Pastor Micah Mobley will officiate. Memorials in Mrs. Anderson's name can be made to the Milford Fire Department or the First Church of God in Hoopeston. Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
Willard "Willie" Burger - 825/22/1933 - 3/4/2016
Willard “Willie” Burger, 82, of Martinton, Illinois, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2016 at his home. He was born on May 22, 1933 in Whitehall, IL, the son of Lloyd Burger and Helen (Ryan) Burger. Mr. Burger worked for the Ford Motor Company stamping plant in Chicago Heights. He also served in the Air Force. Willard enjoyed wood carving, camping, riding his ATV and his dog “Zip”. Surviving Mr. Burger is one son and daughter-in-law, Bernard and Pam Monroe Jr. of Martinton; one brother and sister-in-law, Dwight and Margie Burger; three grandchildren, Aaron and Michelle Monroe, Christana Monroe, and Jacob and Jess Jackson; and nieces and nephews, Debbie Trotter, Randy Kesinger, Jeff Burger, Vickie Amos and Sherry West. He is also preceded in death by both parents; and one brother, Gerald Burger. Cremation rites have been made accordingly. Memorial Services will take place at a later date in Arkansas. Memorials in Mr. Burger's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
Carroll Adams - 965/27/1919 - 3/3/2016
Carroll Adams, 96, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016 in Watseka. She was born on May 27, 1919 in Rantoul, IL, the daughter of Marion Webster and Lucy (Collins) Webster. Carroll married Robert Adams on March 25, 1944 in Chicago, IL. He passed November 4, 1986. Mrs. Adam's worked at the Iroquois County Treasurer’s Office. She was a member of the American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary. Carroll enjoyed knitting, sewing, camping, jokes, and playing music, especially the mandolin. Surviving Mrs. Adams is one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Marcia Adams of Watseka; one sister, Lorene Whitman of Watseka; two sister-in-law’s, Carolyn Webster of Arkansas and Retha Webster of Watseka; three grandchildren, Luci and Randy DeFauw of Watseka, Daniel Adams II of Dallas, Texas, and Alex and Jessica Adams of Donovan; five great-grandchildren, Jacob DeFauw, Dylan DeFauw, Adrienne Adams, Hunter Adams, and Sawyer Adams; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; husband, Robert Adams; two brothers, Melvin and Daniel Webster; and three sisters and brother-in-law’s, Connie (Kenny) Bierger, Jean (Harold) Ahlen, and Doris (Wes) Kissack. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 11:00a-1:00p, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1:00p, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka. Memorials in Mrs. Adams's name can be made to the American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, or Donor’s Choice.
Bert Byrle Eckstein II - 836/13/1932 - 2/29/2016
Leesburg, FL formerly of Sheldon, IL
Beloved father, Bert Byrle Eckstein II, age 83, of Leesburg, FL, formerly of Sheldon, IL, moved to Heaven joining his Lord and Savior February 29th, 2016. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Arlyss Munsterman and his second wife Gladys (DeMent) Flota. He was the son of the late Homer and Aileen (Hocutt) Eckstein of Donovan, IL. His sister Phyllis (Jim) Schultz, his grandson Jonathan M. Eckstein, and his devoted dog, Suzie, also preceded him in death. Three children survive: Bert Eckstein III of Chicago Ridge, IL; Arlyn Eckstein of Leesburg, FL; Arlyn’s twin sister, Arlynda Eckstein also of Leesburg, FL; and a great grandson, Emrys Eckstein of Goldwaithe, TX. Also, surviving are step children, Danna (Darrel) Fischer of Watseka, IL, and Stan (Brenda) Flota of Florence, MS. Step grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive as well. Bert was born June 13, 1932, in Watseka, IL, and graduated from Donovan High School in 1950. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1952 and served in the Korean War where he was stationed as Control Tower Chief in Japan. He was married to Arlyss Munsterman from 1955 until her death in October of 1976. He later married Gladys Flota in 1981, and they were married until her death in 2007. Bert worked as an agent at Iroquois Insurance in Watseka, IL, and Allstate in Kankakee, IL, where most all of his clients became his friends? Bert officiated as a layman and sang at the Woodland United Methodist church, served as a member of the Woodland Schoolboard, enthusiastically volunteered at the VA in Manteno, became Exalted Ruler at the Elks Lodge in Kankakee, and organized and became President of the Watseka Flying Falcons. During retirement he enjoyed singing, driving a tractor for local farmers, restoring his ’56 Ford pickup, reading and watching westerns, and flying radio controlled airplanes! Eventually, he sold his Sheldon home and moved to Florida accompanied by his dog Suzie to enjoy time with the twins. Yet, he always considered Iroquois County home! In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Woodland United Methodist Church as this church was dear to Bert. A wake honoring Bert Eckstein will be held at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 4-7pm. The Woodland United Methodist Church will host the funeral services on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at 2:00 pm. Committal will be a private service.
Dorothy Williams - 763/6/1939 - 2/27/2016
Dorothy Williams, 76, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016. She was born on March 6, 1939 in Cayunga, IN, the daughter of Cecil Murdock and Ethel (Browning) Murdock. Dorothy married George Snedeker in 1957 in Chicago, IL. He passed in 1975. She later married Ronald Williams on June 5, 1982 in Watseka, Il. He has since passed as well. Mrs. Williams was a live in companion for elderly. She enjoyed singing, playing the piano, cards, and helping others. Surviving Mrs. Williams is two sons and daughter-in-law, George Snedeker of Oregon and Michael and Lisa Snedeker of Lafayette, IN; two daughters, Judith Snedeker of Lafayette, IN and Carol Shoemaker of Lafayette, IN; one sister and brother-in-law, Louella and Sam Cook of Watseka, IL; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; two husbands, George Snedeker and Ronald Williams; four brothers; and two sisters. Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
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