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Watseka, Illinois
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Richard Brown - 67

3/23/2018 - 5/15/2018
Hoopeston, Illinois

 Richard Brown, 67, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

He was born March 23, 1951 in Watseka, IL, the son of Harold Brown and Betty (Pentecost) Bayer.

Richard served in the ARMY. He was in the Pest Control for over fifteen years. He was also a member of the Hoopeston VFW. He enjoyed reading the Bible and playing cards.

Surviving Mr. Brown is his sons, Jim (Kerrie) Brown of Watseka, and Joshua (Belinda) Brown of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter, Jeanna (Dale) Durflinger of Watseka; sister and brother-in-laws, Glenda (Ken) Henrich of Wellington, and Rick Martel of Kankakee; grandchildren, Dayton, Skylee, Kyle, Lily, James, Jorin, Michael, Gabriel, Matthew, Jasmine, and Gideon; nieces and nephews, David Martel, Gary (Trina) Martel, Teresa (Jeff) Henry, and Jim (Sarah) Boiles.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Debbie Martel; and a special friends, Debra Brown.

Memorial Services will be held on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:00 am, at New Beginnings Church in Hoopeston, IL.

Burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials in Mr. Brown's name can be made to the Family's Wishes.

Phyllis Hartman - 87

2/19/1931 - 5/14/2018
Sheldon, Illinois
Phyllis Hartman, 87, of Sheldon, Illinois, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018. She was born on February 19, 1931 in a Model A in the parking lot of IMH Hospital, Watseka, IL, the daughter of Harry Brubaker and Emma Thalia (Beard-Barrows) Brubaker. Phyllis married Robert Hartman on July 1, 1956 at the Sheldon Methodist Church. Phyllis was a Teacher for English, French, Girls PE, and Drama at Milford. Elementary Vocal Teacher at Bryce Ash Grove Grade School and Stockland Grade School. Librarian and Teachers Aid at Grace Baptist Academy from 1978 until 1983. She was also a Farm Wife. A Member of the 4-H Sheldon Square Shooters Agriculture Club where she held all four offices, Sheldon Sun Beams all girls 4-H Club where she also held all four offices. 4-H Leader from 1967 until 1973, Aberdeen Angus Purebred Association County. She sang at the Chicago Land Music Festival and State Fair while in chorus in 1947 and received a scholarship to Duquoin. Mrs. Hartman was also a Member of the Music Camp Woman’s Club, Egas, Phi Alpha Omega Drama Club, President on The Independent Woman’s Organization, Youth Director at Asberry Church from 1953 to 1955, Twin State Woman, and the Pembroke Township Auxiliary. Additionally, she was a Member of Home Extension for 12 years at U of I, room mother for each of her children, Directed Traveling Youth Choir (All Stars of Light), Pioneer Club and Sunbeams at Trinity, and part of the Agricultural leaders in the Farm Bureau. Phyllis also filled in her time as a Secretary for the Kankakee Methodist Church, but she is most well known for Hartman Packaging which she owned and operated for over 20 years with her husband. She enjoyed designing and sewing clothes, notably making five wedding dresses, making and designing wedding cakes, and poetry. She played the organ for the churches that she served. Phyllis also enjoyed being a Sunday School teacher, which she did for 45 years. She embroidered hundreds of pillow cases for gifts. Surviving Mrs. Hartman is her sons, Todd (Margo) Hartman of Charleston, IL, Marty (Julie) Hartman of Greenville, SC; daughters, Laurie (Roger) Poindexter of Fowler, IN, and Gena Hafstrom of Brook, IN; sister, Marjorie (Robert E.) Hix of Pine Grove, CA; grandchildren, Josh (Megan) Shufflebarger, Ian Shepard, Taylor Shepard, William (Amy) Hornbuckle, Matthew Poindexter, Daniel (Terry) Poindexter, Christa (Christopher) Karge, Jake (Ashley) Hartman, Emma Hartman; great-grandchildren, Tristan Brown, Josie Ray Sylvester, Adriana and Allyson Gonzales, Eli and Josie Hornbuckle, and Jordyn Poindexter Saide Rae Sylvester, Sara and David Gonzalez, Ryan Lane, Sophia, Coltyn, and Kinley Shufflebarger; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; two sisters, Nancy Brubaker and Mary Wells; and one grandson, Stephen Poindexter. A Gathering of Friends will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 3-4pm, at Trinity Church in Watseka. Memorial Service will follow on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm, at Trinity Church in Watseka. Pastors Marty Schoenleber, Ryan Mustard, and Bart Koester will all officiate. Burial will take place at Sheldon Cemetery at a later date. Memorials in Mrs. Hartman's name can be made to IMH Hospice, Missionaries, or Trinity Caring for Others Fund.

Harry "Randy" Jackson - 59

10/6/1958 - 5/6/2018
Papineau, Illinois

 Harry "Randy" Jackson, 59, of Papineau, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 surrounded by loved ones.

He was born on October 6, 1958 in Kankakee, IL, the son of Harry Jackson and Wilma (Jackson) Jackson.

Randy worked in construction and enjoyed fishing, football, and baseball.

Surviving Mr. Jackson is his brother, Richard Jackson of Crossville, TN; sisters, Peggy (Steve) Keath of Noblesville, IN, and Melinda Wilson of Watseka; nieces and nephews, Evelyn Lubben, Lori Trotter, David Clevenger, Melinda Schramm, Marcia Bridges, Stacy Hauber, Scott Keath, Steven Keath, Heater Bennett, Ashley Mathews, Nathan Wilson, and Debra Wilson.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Deloris Calero.

Gravside Services will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1:00pm, at the St. Anne Cemetery. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate.

Memorials in Mr. Jackson's name can be made to Donor's Choice.

Kathryn Day - 61

10/12/1956 - 5/5/2018
Sheldon, Illinois

 Kathryn Day, 61, of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

She was born on October 12, 1956 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of Delbert Trobaugh and Carol (Bray) Trobaugh-Brammer.

Kathryn served in the ARMY. She worked as a CNA for over 10 years, before becoming a cook, and then eventually a homemaker. In her free time she enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, and horses. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving Ms. Day is two sons, Joshua Christman of Fort Collins, CO and Ryan (Alicia) Hansen of West Chester, PA; daughter, Jennifer (Andrew) Eheart of Watseka; brothers, Michael (Susan) Trobaugh of Kankakee, and David (Mary) Trobaugh of Clifton; grandchildren, Hannah and Lilian Eheart; and nieces and nephew, Amanda (Robert) Jamieson of Bourbonnais, Megan (Jeremy) Berns of Hersher, and Seth Trobaugh of Clifton.

She is also preceded in death by her paretns; step-father, Donald Brammer; and one son, Jeffrey.

A Gathering of Friends will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 12pm (Noon) until the 2pm Memorial Service, at Baier Funeral home in Watseka. Pastor Ric Olson will officiate.

Burial will follow services at Lyman Cemetery in Watseka, IL.

Memorials in Ms. Day's name can be made to the Family's Wishes.

Norman Owens - 77

6/15/1940 - 5/2/2018
Watseka, Illinois

Norman C. Owens died peacefully on May 2 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born to Ralph and Wilma (Criss) Owens on June 15, 1940 in Jasonville, Indiana where he grew up.  


Norman earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana State University. He began his 38 year career as a history teacher at Sheldon High School in 1962. He taught at Watseka High School from 1970 until his retirement in 2000. Mr. Owens was a dedicated and talented teacher, beloved by his students and respected by his colleagues. History was his passion. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading about American history, traveling to historic sites, and visiting cemeteries and battlefields. He also loved Dixieland jazz and the St. Louis Cardinals.


Throughout his adult life in Sheldon and Watseka, Norman was engaged in school, professional, and community activities. He was a member of local, state, and national education associations. He served as a member of the Sheldon Library Board, the Sheldon School Board, and the Watseka Library Board. For many years, he was a volunteer for the Iroquois Memorial Hospital and the Iroquois Memorial Hospice program. In his final days, he was grateful for the care he received from Hospice. He was also a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and was an Illinois ambassador to the National Relay for Life Celebration on the Hill in Washington, DC.


His contributions were recognized with numerous awards and honors throughout his life, including the DAR Outstanding Iroquois County Teacher of American History Award, the 2000 Walmart Foundation Teacher of the Year Award, the 2004 Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero Award, the 2006 Times Republic Citizen of the Year Award, and the 2012 Watseka Community High School Academic Inspiration Award.


In addition to his wife of 34 years, Beverly, he is survived by his sons: John (Anita) Owens, Watseka, and children Mike, Kyle, Kayin, Jacob, Adam, and Andrew; Dr. Robert Owens, Wichita, KS; his stepchildren: Bryan (Gail) Luecke, Mt. Juliet, TN, and children Kyle, Katie, and Claire; Curtis (Heather) Luecke, Watseka, and daughter Ashley (Jeff) Ward; Rachel (Dan) Lucking, Clinton, MA, and children Christian and Briana. He is further survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Tom and Marsha Rossiter, Oshkosh, WI, and children Mitch, Stuart, and Lee.  


Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 12, with the service following at 4:00 pm. Committal service will be on Sunday, May 13, at the Fleming Cemetery, York Township Indiana, at 12:00 noon Central Daylight time. Memorials may be made to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice, or donor’s choice.

John L. Urban - 70

11/5/1947 - 4/30/2018
Onarga, Illinois

 John L. Urban, 70, of Onarga, IL, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at his home.

He was born on November 5, 1947 in Chicago, IL, the son of Leonard Urban and Rose (Chorack) Urban.

Mr. Urban was self employed doing scrap yard work. He enjoyed auctions and his dogs. He was a member of the ASPCA.

Surviving Mr. Urban is his wife, Carol Urban of Watseka; one son, John A. (Keagon) Urban of Martinton; daughter, Christina (Jake Ladd) Urban of Watseka; and grandchildren, Mackenzie Rose Urban, Ainsley Urban, Chase Urban, Olivia Ladd, and Andrew Urban.

He is also preceded in death by his parents.

A Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10am until 12pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Cremation rites have been made accordingly.

Paul Wayne Kunce - 69

10/31/1948 - 4/20/2018
Hoopeston, Illinois

 Paul Wayne Kunce, 69, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018.

He was born on October 31, 2018 in Paxton, IL, the son of Robert Kunce and Anna (Ingold) Kunce.

Paul married Judith Raether on November 23, 1968 .

Mr. Kunce was a repairman for Schumachers Electric Corporation. He enjoyed reading, puzzles, and most of all spending time with family.

Surviving Mr. Kunce is his wife, Judith Kunce of Hoopeston; sons and daughter-in-law's, Joseph and Julie Kunce of Davis, IL, Neil and Stacy Kunce of Watseka, Eric and Lauren Kunce of LaGrange, KY, and Peter (Deloris Baker) Kunce of Hoopeston; sisters and brother-in-law's, Barbara and Bob Allison of Louisville, KY, Karen and Noel Benner of Belleville, IL, Daniel Raether of Grand Rapids, MI, and Victor Heuring of Oregon, OH; sister-in-law, Diane Kunce of Merritt Island, FL; grandchildren, Kassidy, Kenton, Kallie, Stepheny, Nathan, Ryan, Adam, Emily, Allison, Clayton, Kyleigh, Shaeley, and Sierra; great-grandchild, Aiden; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Phyllis Kunce-Janssen; brother, Robert; sister-in-law, Sharon Heuring; and grandson, Clayton Wayne Kunce.

Private services were held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Bruce McQuigg officiated.

Burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials in Mr. Kunce's name can be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Gary V. Baker - 77

5/16/1940 - 4/17/2018
Ventura, CA formerly Watseka, IL
Gary V. Baker, 77, of Ventura, Ca, formerly of Watseka, IL, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Community Hospital in Ventura, CA.  He was born May 16, 1940 in Watseka, IL to Clarence and Althea (Clements) Baker.  
He is survived by sons Steve (Christina) Klemme of Indianapolis, IN, Michael and Bradley Baker of Watseka, IL and Gary R. Baker of Ventura, CA, one daughter, Tammy Patton of Ventura, CA and wife, Candy Polhemus Baker of Ventura, CA and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by one brother, Glenn Baker of Chrisman, IL and four sisters, Sharon Nelson and Bonnie Fanning of Bremen, IN, Kay Lynn Neisewander (Norm Meadows) of Watseka, IL and Debbie (Jim) Smith of Cissna Park, IL. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Kelly Puetz.  
Gary was a 20 year veteran of the US Army and worked several years for Hi-Pro Manufacturing in Watseka, IL. 
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and loved playing the bass guitar and other stringed instruments.  
Visitation will be Sunday, May 6th from 2-4 pm at Baier Funeral Home, 102 W Oak St, Watseka, IL. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Russell David Carley - 73

6/28/1944 - 4/14/2018
Milford, Illinois

 Russell David Carley, 73, of Milford, IL, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at his home.

He was born June 28, 1944 in Watseka, the son of Allen and Velma (Scheiwe) Carley.

Russell married Verla Edwards on December 31, 1966 in Crescent City, IL at St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

He was a farmer. In his spare time his hobbies included fishing, playing with his grandchildren, golfing, watching the CUBS, remote control airplanes, flying, and attending men's church group.

Surviving Mr. Carley is his wife, Verla Carley of Milford, IL; parents, Allen and Velma Carley of Watseka; daughters, Marci and Roy Gray of Milford, IL, and Beth and Darren Batdorf of Kankakee, IL; brothers, Leon and Janet Carley of South Beloit, WI, and Kenton and Lisa Carley of Milford, IL; sisters, Virginia and Bob Buhr of Milford, IL, and Bonita Rajala of Watseka; grandchildren, Carley and Jake Mitchell, Cade and Abby Batdorf, Colson Carley, and Gage Gray; nieces and nephews, Kirsten and Amy Rajala, Erin and Carey Buhr, Derek and Damon Carley, and Trenton and Clayton Carley.

He is also preceded in passing by son, Scott Carley; and nephew, Jeff Buhr.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.

Burial will follow at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City, IL.

Memorial's in Mr. Carley's name can be made to IMH Hospice, St. Paul's Lutheran School, or Calvary Lutheran Church.

James E. Clinton - 52

8/23/1965 - 3/31/2018
Watseka, Illinois

James E. Clinton, age 52, of Watseka, Illinois passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018.

He was born on August 23, 1965 in Kankakee, Illinois, the son of Ronnie and Ruth (Leveque) Clinton.   Jim married Nicole Ellis on February 28, 2014 in Watseka, Illinois.  

Jim worked as supervisor at Gilster-Mary Lee in Watseka for 31 years.   He enjoyed trains, old vehicles and camping.  

Survivors of Jim are his wife Nicole of Watseka, daughter Amanda (Miguel) Gonzalez of Onarga; son Dalton Clinton of Watseka; his mother Ruth Clinton of Watseka; step-children Vanessa Ellis of Bourbonnais, IL and TJ Epps of St Paul, Minnesota; grandchildren Abby and Jayla Gonzales of Onarga; sister Brenda (Lewis) Bebout of Pickneyville, IL; brother John (Naomi) Clinton of Greenup, IL; mother-in-law Climether Ellis of Pembroke Twp.   He was proceeded in death by his father, Ronnie and grandparents Clarence and Belva Leveque. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00am at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.   A one-hour visitation will take place prior to services.  Burial will follow at the Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka, Illinois.

Memorials in Mr. Clinton's name can be made to the First Christian Church and/or Donor's Choice. 


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