Margaret "Margie" Atkins - 82
1/6/1934 - 5/19/2016
Watseka, Illinois
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Charles Eighner Jr. - 93
12/12/1922 - 5/17/2016
Kankakee, IL (formerly Watseka)
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Dale Janssen - 74
5/2/1942 - 5/13/2016
Crescent City, Illinois
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Perry Bitzel - 83
2/28/1933 - 5/13/2016
Crescent City, Illinois
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James Redmore - 75

11/20/1937 - 5/2/2015
Watseka, IL
James Redmore, 75, of Watseka, IL, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015. He was born November 20, 1937 in Chicago, IL, the son of Bernard Redmore and Margarte Bailey. Mr. Redmore was a Chef. Cremation rites have been made accordingly. Burial will be held at a later date.

Christopher Michael Gipson II - 0

4/20/2015 - 4/20/2015
Sheldon, IL
Christopher Gipson II, of Sheldon, IL passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015 surrounded by loved ones. Surviving Christopher are his parents, Christopher and Bobbi Gipson of Sheldon, IL; two brothers, Braxton and Brantley Gipson; two sisters, Kloie Gipson and Brianna Williams; grandparents, Judy and Robert Priebe of Watseka, IL and Tina and Paul Ealy of Rensselaer, Indiana; great-grandparents, Roselind Hoaks of Rensselaer, Indiana and Arlene and Thomas Blanton of Manteno, IL; aunts and uncles, Rickey Priebe of Burlington, IA, Ryan Gipson of Beaverville, IL, John Ealy of Sheldon, IL, Paul Ealy Jr. of Sheldon, IL, Sheena Gipson of Rensselaer, IN, Nina Gipson of Rensselaer, IN, Sauna Forsythe of Brook, IN, and Joanne Ealy of Watseka, IL; and many cousins. He is also preceded in death by Great-Grandpa, Guy Hoaks Sr.; Great-Grandma, Helen Gipson; Great-Grandparents, Mammie and George Priebe; and one sister, Brooklynn Gipson. Visitation will be Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10am-2pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2:00pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Minister Dean Hoaks and Reverend Royal Voeller will officiate. Burial will follow at the Sheldon Cemetery in Sheldon, IL. Memorials in Christopher Gipson II name can be made to the Family.

Russell Edgar Daniels - 85

6/8/1929 - 4/18/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Russell Edgar Daniels, 85, of Watseka, IL passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015. He was born June 8, 1929 in Middle Port Township, IL, the son of Charles Daniels and Ina (Gallaspie) Daniels. Mr. Daniels married Virginia Stephenson on September 17, 1950. She has since passed. Russell was a farmer. He enjoyed trapping, fishing, raising cattle, and basketball. Surviving Mr. Daniels is three sons and daughter-in-laws, Rodney and Janice Daniels of Brook, IN, Douglas and Sandy Daniels of Donovan, and Darryl Daniels of Watseka; two daughters and son-in-law, Charlene and Rick Highfill of Milford, and Elizabeth Daniels of Monroe, WI; companion, Alice Grabow of Watseka; one sister-in-law, JoAnne Price of Florida; grandchildren, Jeramia Daniels, Jason Daniels, Ryan Daniels, Robby Daniels, Cody Daniels, Samantha Daniels, Derek Highfill, Susan Highfill, David Daniels, Christina Daniels and Amy Daniels; three great-grandchildren, Harmony Daniels, Kinley Daniels, and Joie Girdler; and 31 nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; wife; one son, Dennis; one brother, Cecil; and two sisters, Mildred and Viola. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will take place and hour before services. Tom Novy and Mark Bledsoe will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois, IL. Memorials in Mr. Daniels's name can be made to the Pitwood Christian Church or IMH Hospice

Carol Jane Brandenburg - 59

8/1/1955 - 4/13/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Carol Jane Brandenburg, 59, of Watseka, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born August 1, 1955 in Watseka, the daughter of Clarence Geisler and Grace (Schuster) Geisler. Carol married Ron Brandenburg on February 14, 2001 in Ocala, FL. Mrs. Brandenburg worked at Wal-Mart for 26 years as a zone manager. She enjoyed spending time with family and reading. Surviving Mrs. Brandenburg is her husband, Ron Brandenburg of Watseka; three sons and daughter-in-law, Dallas Williams III of Chebanse, Aaron Milton of Chicago, Robert and Tracy Brandenburg of Watseka; two daughters, Becky Williams of Watseka, and Michelle Myers of Watseka; three brothers and sister-in-laws, Steve Geisler of Huntsville, AL, Joe and Barb Geisler of Kankakee, Paul and Deb Geisler of Gilman; one sister and brother-in-law, Gayle and Rob Reitz of Danforth; four grandchildren, Brianna Williams of Watseka, Brittany Williams of Watseka, Kaylee Williams of Lowell, IN, and Caitlin Williams of Lowell, IN; two great-grandchildren, Blayne Rian Williams of Watseka, and Adasyn Grace Williams of Watseka; and several nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; one sister, Barbara Tofari; one step-son, Ronnie Brandenburg-Turner. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 3-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Graveside Services will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka. Chaplin Dan Horton will officiate. Memorials in Mrs. Brandenburg's name can be made to Vitas Hospice or Donor’s Choice.

Victor Schuldt - 95

9/28/1919 - 4/9/2015
Woodworth, Illinois
Victor G. Schuldt, 95, of Woodworth, Il, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015. He was born September 28, 1919, in Woodworth, the son of William and Bertha (Pfingsten) Schuldt. He married Alma Hankey on February 14, 1949 in Kankakee. She passed away on March 21, 2014. Mr. Schuldt farmed the farmland his grandfather purchased when he came to America from Germany. He retired from farming when he was 65. Victor was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth, IL, where he served on many committees and boards. He served on the Milford Township High School board for 12 years. He also served in WWII as a Mess Sgt. in the European Theater. He earned four bronze Battle Stars, three Overseas Service Bars, one Service Stripe, and a Good Conduct Medal. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion. After he retired, he enjoyed volunteering at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno, IL. Surviving Mr. Schuldt is one son and daughter-in-law, Damon and Gayle Schuldt; one daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Robert Harwood; three grandchildren, Jon and Jami Harwood; Jason and Alisha Harwood; and Nicole Schuldt; two step-grandchildren, Kelly and LeighAnn Lareau; Anthony J Lareau; one step-great-grandchild, Paige and Shane Lareau; and several nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both his parents; wife, Alma Schuldt; one brother; four sisters; and one infant daughter, Yvonne Schuldt. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:00 am, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Benjamin Meyer will officiate. Burial will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth, Il. Memorials in Mr. Schuldt's name can be made to the St. Paul’s Lutheran School at Woodworth, Our Savior’s Radio Ministry, and the Milford Ambulance Service.

David Garrett - 48

10/19/1966 - 4/8/2015
Milford, Illinois
David “Biker” Garrett, 48, of Milford, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. He was born October 19, 1966 in Brooke, IN, the son of Charles “Ike” Garrett and Patricia (Whitaker) Forsythe. Mr. Garret was a carpenter and handy man by trade. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, riding his bike, listening to music, and painting. Surviving Mr. Garrett are two daughters, Christine Garrett of Sheldon; and Danielle Garrett of Sheldon; Mother, Patricia Forsythe of Mentone, IN; two sisters and brother-in-law: Mary Bauer of Mentone, IN, and Lori and Jack Kissack of Milford; one grandchild, Serenity Starr of Sheldon; nieces and nephews, Melissa Brady of Mentone, IN, Misty Juarez of Warsaw, IN, Roy Tykol and Joseph Tykol of Sheldon, IL, Amy Tykol of Remington, IN; Jason Bower of Lafayette, IN; and Brain Garrett of Watseka. He is also preceded in death by his father, Charles "Ike" Garrett; and paternal grandfather, Charles "Chuck" Garrett. A Gathering of Friends will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 11am-1pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Memorial Services will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Debra White will officiate. Burial will follow at a later date, at Gaffield Cemetery in Iroquois, IL. Memorials in Mr. Garrett's name can be made to the Family.

Kathleen "Kathy" Roach-Dehn - 60

3/5/1955 - 4/4/2015
Crete, Illinois
Kathleen "Kathy" Roach-Dehn, 60, of Crete, IL, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015. She was born March 5, 1955, in Watseka, the daughter of Charles Roach and Shirley (Kerker) Roach. Kathy married Jeff Dehn on September 9, 1987 in Hamilton, Il. He has since passed. Mrs. Dehn was a homemaker. She was an avid bird watcher. Her passion was blue birds. She would put up blue bird boxes and watch them hatch. She also volunteered for the Will County Forrest Preserve District. Surviving Mrs. Dehn is her mother, Shirley Roach of Martinton; one brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Carla Roach of Rochelle, IL; one sister, Ann Roach of Martinton; and four nephews. She is also preceded in death by her father; and husband, Jeff Dehn. Cremation rites have been made accordingly. Burial will be held at a later date at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Martinton.

Bernard Fay Tatro - 92

3/11/1923 - 4/3/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Bernard Fay “Tater” Tatro, 92, of Watseka, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015. He was born March 11, 1923 in Iroquois Township, the son of Herman Tatro and Eva (Matthew) Tatro. Bernard married Anita Baron in Ashkum, Illinois at the Assumption Church on June 4, 1955. Mr. Tatro owned and operated Tatro Plumbing & Heating in Watseka for 62 years. He was also the Watseka City Inspector and Code Enforcement. He enjoyed Plumbing & Heating and being employed by Watseka as the city inspector, all of which he did until he was 90 years old. He also loved mowing and landscaping as well. Surviving Mr. Tatro are three sons and daughter-in-laws: Dr. Jeffrey A. and Karen Tatro of St. Louis, MO, Robert “Bob” and Pamela “Pam” Tatro of Leadville, CO, Randy S. and Kim Tatro of Watseka, one daughter: Kathy N. Lawrence and Daniel Cahoe of Woodland, Il; one brother-in-law: Weldon “Dick” Taden of Bourbonnais; ten grandchildren: Monica and Matt Ehrhardt of Monument, CO, Kelsey and Marcus Jackson of Colorado Springs, CO, Tyler Long & fiancé Brittany Weaver of Denver, CO, Joshua Long of Denver, CO, Taylor Tatro of Champaign, IL, Parker Tatro of St. Louis, MO, Preston Tatro of St. Louis, MO, Heather Harper of Watseka, Dana Harper of Watseka, Brooke Butler of Watseka; one great-grandchild: Nellie Marie Ehrhardt of Monument, CO; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by: both parents, Herman and Eva Tatro; wife, Anita Tatro; twin brother, Bernald Tatro; two sister-in-laws, Charlotte Tatro and Patricia "Patty” Taden. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A prayer service will take place at 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 10:00am, at St. Edmunds Catholic Church in Watseka. Father Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at the Ashkum Catholic Cemetery in Ashkum, Illinois. Memorials in Bernard Tatro's name can be made to St. Edmunds Catholic Church. .

Jerome C. Cotter - 72

5/27/1942 - 3/26/2015
Watseka, IL

Jerome C. Cotter, 72, of Watseka, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015.
He was born May 27, 1942, the son of Lester and Frances (Ratcliff) Cotter, in Iroquois Township, IL.
Mr. Cotter worked for Hamilton Brothers of Watseka for 39 years, until they closed, then opened up his own shop to work on starters, alternators, and hoses.
He was a Shriner and was Worshipful Master from 1999-200 at the Watseka Lodge #446. He was also a member of the 100 mile Trail Horse Association for 30 years, and a member of Scottish Rite – Valley of Danville. Jerome enjoyed horseback riding and anything to do with horse. He also enjoyed visiting at VIPS with his coffee buddies.
Surviving Mr. Cotter is one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Jessica Cotter of Watseka; one daughter, Janice Cotter and fiancé Fred Dietrich of Watseka; two brothers and sister-in-laws, Calvin and Mary Cotter of Watseka, and Lavonne and Liz Cotter of Onarga; one sister and brother-in-law, Estella and Pat McCullough of Watseka; ten grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both his parents; and one sister, Bev Cotter.
Visitation will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Masonic Services will take place at 7:00pm.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Elaine Daugherty will officiate.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Cotter’s name can be made to the Family.

George C. Malone - 77

8/29/1937 - 3/25/2015
Watseka, IL
George C. Malone, 77, of Watseka, formerly of Cicero, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. He was born August 29, 1937 in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, the son of Homer Malone and Gracie-Lee (Hicks) Malone. He married Wilma F. Johnson on September 20, 1958. She passed in 1997. Mr. Malone was a factory worker. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, horse races, and nursing any and all stray animals. Surviving Mr. Malone is one son, David Malone of Hoopeston; two daughters, Karen Bateman and significant other Jerry Kelley of Melrose Park, IL, and Wilma Harris of Watseka; one sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Earl Gardner of Desoto, Missouri; grandchildren, Sherry (Joel) Conley, Joeseph (Jacey Kiger) Harris, Robert Walski, Shaun Walski, Christopher (Kristen) Walski, Amanda (Roy Poulous) Bateman, Ashley Malone, Cordell Malone; 12 great-grandchildren with one on the way; and 6 nieces and 2 nephews. He is preceded in death by both parents; and wife, Wilma Malone. A Gathering of Friends will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 4-6pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will be held at Elmlawn Cemetery in Elmherst at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Malone's name can be made to the Kankakee County Humane Foundation in St. Anne.

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