Roy E. Redman - 718/8/1944 - 7/15/2016
Roy E. Redman JR, 71, of Milford, IL, passed...
Aaron D. Arseneau - 896/15/1927 - 7/15/2016
Aaron D. Arseneau, 89, of Watseka, IL, passed...
Josephine (Courtney) Polson - 9311/19/1922 - 7/12/2016
Josephine (Courtney) Polson, 93, of Sheldon,...
Melvin "Jeep" Sprehe - 884/13/1928 - 7/7/2016
Melvin Sprehe, 88, of Watseka, IL, passed away...
Bernice D. Rajala - 966/30/1919 - 8/7/2015
Bernice D. Rajala, 96, of Watseka, IL formerly Park Ridge, IL, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2015. She was born June 30, 1919 in Niles, IL, the daughter of Herman Ellerbrock and Elsie (Stolting) Ellerbrock. Bernice married Walfred Rajala on October 7, 1939. He passed on December 14, 1996. Mrs. Rajala was an Operator for Central States Telephone Company as well as a Bookkeeper for Yost and Company in Park Ridge, IL. She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, IL, Calvary Lutheran Church, and a former member of the W.O.S.A. at St. Andrews. She also enjoyed reading, gardening, golfing, and bowling. Surviving Mrs. Rajala is one daughter-in-law, Bonnie Rajala of Watseka; one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and John Vogt of Florida; one sister-in-law, Mary Rajala of Chassel, MI; two grandchildren, Kirstin Rajala of Atlanta, GA, and Amy and Mark Harper of Frisco, TX; four great-grandchildren, Gabriela Sexson, Gary Sexson III, Ian Harper, and Jayson Harper; and four nephews, Jerry Nebel, Terry Vogt, Michael Vogt, and Jeffrey Vogt. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; husband, Walfred Rajala; one brother; one sister; and one son, Bruce Rajala. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 12:00pm-2:00pm, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 2:00pm, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Pastor Donald Love will officiate. Burial will follow on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Town of Maine Cemetery located in Park Ridge, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Rajala's name can be made to Calvary Lutheran Church, IMH Residents Home, and St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Park Ridge.
Howard Hillary - 915/25/1924 - 8/6/2015
Howard Hillary, 91, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was born on May 25, 1924 in Loda, IL, the son of Amos Hillary and Bess (Schmink) Hillary. Howard married Barbara Hurt on November 9, 1957 in Kentland, IN. Mr. Hillary worked for Hicks Gas & Meyer Oil. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Hall Club. He also enjoyed gardening, yard work, and was an avid CUBS fan. Surviving Mr. Hillary is his wife, Barbara Hillary of Watseka; three daughters, Carolyn and Victoria Thornburg of Watseka, Bonnie and Sonja Thornburg of Iroquois, Donna and Greg Crouch of Milford; one sister, Verla Menigoz of Watseka; four grandchildren, Darci and Erik Thordarson, Dustin and Chrystal McCullough, and Danielle and Ross Huntley, and Mark Hillary; six great-grandchildren, Paityn, Ainsley Grace, and Emery Thordarson, Asher and Keaton Huntley, and Marie Price; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by, both parents; two sons, Eugene Hillary and Bobby Thornburg; one grandson, Chris Hillary; two sisters, Ethel Moran and Emogene Hillary; two brothers, Marion Hillary and Dale Hillary; and one sister-in-law, Carolyn Hillary. Visitation will be held on Monday, August 10, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Marty Schoenleber will officiate. Burial will follow at GAR Cemetery in Watseka, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Donor’s Choice.
John K. Kimble - 6710/6/1947 - 8/3/2015
John K. Kimble, 67, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015. He was born on October 6, 1947 in Watseka, IL, the son of Raymond Kimble and Helen (Hedge) Kimble. John married Audrey Styck in Watseka, on April 10, 1970. Mr. Kimble was a Welder at Stams Manufacturing and a Fork life Operator at Life Time Doors. He enjoyed fishing. Surviving Mr. Kimble is his wife, Audrey Kimble of Watseka; one brother, Larry Kimble of Watseka; mother, Helen Kimble; and father-in-law, James Styck Sr. of Watseka; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his father; and one sister, Marilyn Kimble. A Gathering of Friends will take place on Friday, August 7, 2015 from 5-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Memorial Services will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Memorials in Mr. Kimble's name can be made to the Family. Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
Norman H. Smith - 661/12/1949 - 7/20/2015
Norman H. Smith, 66, of Kankakee, IL, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015. He was born on January 12, 1949 in Kankakee, IL, the son of Harry Smith Sr. and Evelyn (Donaldson) Smith. Mr. Smith worked in Maintenance for Flanders Precisionaire. He enjoyed farming, NASCAR, and farm shows. Surviving Mr. Smith are two daughters, Barbara Jean Smith of Kentucky (daughter of Donna), and Megan Smith of Tennessee (daughter of Phyl); two brothers and sister-in-law, Harry Smith Jr. of Gilman; Ron and Kathy Smith of Watseka; five sisters and brother-in-laws, Marie Dean of Kankakee, Charlene and Glenn Weidert of Watseka, Joyce Landry of Arkansas, Nita and William Burnette of Gans, Oklahoma, and Janice Brackman of Bloomington; several grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by both his parents; two brothers, Ray Smith and Charlie Pries; and one brother-in-law, Kenny Dean. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 27, 2015 from 3-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7:00pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Smith's name can be made to Donor’s Choice. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly following services.
Lorraine Otto - 974/1/1918 - 7/20/2015
Lorraine Otto, 97, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015. She was born on April 1, 1918 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Charles Buhle and Lillian (Eggert) Buhle. Lorraine married Wilbert Otto on June 14, 1941 in Chicago. He passed away in 1967. Mrs. Otto was the Middleport Township Bookkeeper for 37 years. She was a member of the Ladies Guild at Calvary Lutheran Church and also enjoyed cooking and cleaning. Surviving Mrs. Otto is one daughter and son-in-law, Gale and Robert Landrey of Watseka; one daughter-in-law, Janice Otto of Chicago; eight grandchildren, Judy, Dwayne, Mark, Kris, Jennifer, Laura, Matt, and Erik; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; husband, Wilbert Otto; one son, Gary Otto; and one sister, June Otto. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 10:00am, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. A hour visitation will be held prior to services at the church. Pastor Donald Love will officiate. Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. Memorials in Mrs. Otto's name can be made for Funeral Expenses.
Lorraine Urbanski-Rulien - 8310/7/1931 - 7/19/2015
Lorraine Rulien, 83, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at her daughter's home. She was born October 7, 1931 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of John Posch and Caroline (Benko) Posch. Lorraine married John W. Urbanski, Sr. on October 7, 1951. He passed in 1980. She later married Warner Rulien on May 7, 1988. He passed in 2010. Mrs. Rulien was a Switch Board Operator for Illinois Bell and an Office Secretary for numerous places. Most recently an office administrator for Holiday Inn in Chicago. Memberships included: Friends of the Library Club, NRA Lifetime Member, Volunteer worker for the hospital, Bronze Member for the Iroquois Memorial Hospital, and a member of the St. Edmund’s Catholic Church. She also enjoyed Baking, Sewing, Gardening, Cooking, and Reading. Most of all she loved her dog Buddy. Surviving Mrs. Rulien is one son and daughter-in-law, John (Sandy) Urbanski Jr. of Phoenix, AZ; two daughters and son-in-laws, Dyann (Douglas) Coffman of Sheldon, IL, and Barbara Volkman of Oak Forest, IL; one step-son and step daughter-in-law, William (Bonnie) Rulien of Braidwood, IL; three step-daughters and step-son-in-laws, Kathie Rulien of Watseka, Janice Dreyer of Watseka, Betty (Dan) Kamikawa of Oregon; one sister and brother-in-law, Caroline (Bernard) Dusek of Flagstaff, AZ; seven grandchildren, John (Jenny) Urbanski III; Jackie (Tamy) Urbanski-Simpson; Jenny (John) Alartosky; Missy (Josh) Gardner; Christopher Ziemianski; Jonathan (Stephanie) Ziemianski; Michael (Erica Fisk) Ziemianski; 20 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by, both her parents; two husbands, John W. Urbanski, Sr., and Warner Rulien; one son-in-law, Robert Volkman; one brother, John Posch; one step-daughter, Barbara Granter. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Mass will be held on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 10:00 am, at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church in Watseka. Father Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date. In Lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the A.L.S. Foundation. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly following Funeral Services.
Larry Jones - 7210/18/1942 - 7/19/2015
Larry Lee Jones, 72, of Watseka, IL passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2015. He was born on October 18, 1942 in Milford, IL, the son of Paul Jones and Lena (Thomas) Jones. Mr. Jones was a Pressman for Uarco. He enjoyed fishing, sports especially the BEARS, and bowling leagues. Surviving Mr. Jones is one son, Chris Jones of Clinton, IL; one daughter, Lena Jones of Sheldon, IL, one sister-in-law, Patty Jones of Florida; two sisters and brother-in-law, Barb Harper of Hoopeston, IL, and Diana and Jim Curry of Oak Wood, IL; and Tim and Gina Worthey of Milford; two grandchildren, Caitlin Jones and Lauren Jones; and several nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both his parents; brother-in-law, Wilber Harper; one brother, Paul Jones; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Worthey; Mother-in-law, Maxine Worthey; father-in-law, Jim Worthey. Visitation will be held Friday, July 24, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. Memorials in Mr. Jones's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
William "Al" Janssen - 769/8/1938 - 7/10/2015
William “Al” Janssen, 76, of Watseka, IL passed away on Friday, July 10, 2015 in Watseka, IL. Surviving Mr. Janssen are one son and daughter-in-laws, Kerry Janssen of Watseka, Illinois and Michael (Rhonda) Janssen of Stuart, Florida; and four grandchildren, Michael, Kelsie, Shane, and Alyssa. Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
Melvin Dale Redman - 665/11/1949 - 7/9/2015
Melvin Dale Redman, 66, of Watseka, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at his home. He was born May 11, 1949 in Watseka, the son of Roy Edgar Redman and Harriet Louise (Tucker) Redman. Mr. Redman was a grain elevator operator for over 30 years and in frozen food sales. He enjoyed bowling, slow pitch softball, coaching softball, playing cards, and dice games. Surviving Mr. Redman are two daughters and son-in-law: Robin and Marvin Clyden of Watseka, IL and Roxan Buckner of Bradley, IL; one brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Diane Redman of New Salisbury, IN; four sisters and brother-in-laws, Mary and Ronnie Merkle of Cissna Park, IL, Carol and Alan Mancuso of Aurora, IL, Pamela McConnell of Watseka, IL, and Patricia and Larry Leppard of Wellington, IL; four grandchildren, Shane and Sheyanne Clyden of Watseka, IL, Alexander Bucker and Lilliana Guardado both of Bradley, IL; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents, Harriet and Roy Redman; and one son-in-law, Anthony Buckner. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 4-8pm, at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 11:00 am, with a one hour visitation prior to services, at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow at the St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City, IL. Memorials in Mr. Redman's name can be made to the Grandchildren’s college funds.
Anna Wessels - 4812/5/1966 - 7/8/2015
Anna Wessels, 48, of Woodland, IL passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at her home. She was born December 5, 1966 in Watseka, IL, the daughter of Donald Wilken and Marjann (Howard) Wilken. She married her companion of 25 years, Bryan Wessels, in 2003 at Watseka, IL. Mrs. Wessels worked as a CNA at the Faith Place in Danforth, IL. She enjoyed reading. Surviving Mrs. Wessels is her spouse, Bryan Wessels of Woodland; one son, Donald Wilken of Goodland, IN; one daughter, Melissa Wilken of Woodland; one step-son, Christopher Hamlin of Wisconsin; one step-daughter, Shanna Runge of Wisconsin; two sister-in-laws, Julie Rushbrook of Watseka, and Kim Wessels of St. Anne; four sisters and brother-in-laws, Brenda and Todd Donahue of Lafayette, IN, Donna and Brian Miller of Fowler, IN, Dottee and Steve Taylor of Martinton, IL, and Tara Wilken of Kentland, IN; six grandchildren, Ana-Lynn, Bryon, Kye, Lillie, Elijah, and Micah; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her father, Donald Wilken; mother-in-law, Carol Wessels; and three Uncles, Kevin, Frank, and Delbert. Memorials in Mrs. Wessels's name can be made to the Funeral Expenses of Anna Wessels. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.
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