Bernice Clutteur - 9510/10/1922 - 1/24/2018
Sherri Bray - 605/6/1957 - 1/21/2018
New Castle, IN
Jerrold William Harms - 641/23/1953 - 1/10/2018
Stanley L. Moffitt - 842/16/1933 - 1/6/2018
Robert L. "Bobby" Horner - 562/27/1961 - 12/23/2017
Cissna Park, IL
Robert L. "Bobby" Horner, 56, of Cissna Park, IL, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017.
He was born on February 27, 1961 in Watseka, IL, the son of Kenneth C. Horner and AnnaBee (Schroeder) Horner.
Robert married Denise Martin on June 13, 1992 in Cissna Park, IL.
Mr. Horner was a truck driver and a member of the Sons of America. He enjoyed fishing, camping, shooting, driving, and had a love for Harley Davidson.
Surviving Mr. Horner is his wife, Denise Horner of Rantoul, IL; sons, Martin Robert Horner of Rantoul, IL and Mason Maurice-Jacob Horner of Rantoul, IL; sister, Margaret and Dan Henson of Watseka, IL; mother-in-law, Erma Martin of Cissna Park, IL; several nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth D. Horner; sister, Regina Horner; nephew, Curtis "Bub" Riston II; father-in-law, Dutch Martin; and brother-in-law, Randall "Butchie" Martin.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 11am until 1pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Brent Zastrow will officiate.
Burial will follow at GAR Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Horner's name can be made to The ARC of Iroquois County.
Charles "Butch" Hartke - 7710/16/1940 - 12/13/2017
Crescent City, Illinois
Charles "Butch" Hartke, 77, of Crescent City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
He was born on October 16, 1940 in Watseka, IL, the son of Walter Hartke and Cletis Cary-Hartke.
Butch marred Bonita Munro on March 31, 1973 at the Iroquois County Courthouse.
Mr. Hartke was a Union Bricklayer. He was a member of the Crescent City Town Board, Crescent City Mayor for two terms (8 years), and Crescent City Fire Department. He was the Owner and Driver of his stock car. He enjoyed NASCAR.
Surviving Mr. Hartke is his wife, Bonita Hartke of Crescent City, IL; son, Ron Hartke of Wilmington, IL; daughter and son-in-law, Penny and David Hanania of Batavia, IL; grandchild, Maddie Hanania of Batavia, IL; nieces and nephews, Denise (Kevin) Myers, Mindy (Sam) Peterson-Lindsey, Deb (Deano) Sapp, Donna (Chris) Pincombe, Myla (Matt) Ringler, and Megan Munro.
He is also preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Frank Hartke.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.
Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. A one hour visitation will be held prior. Pastor Joel Brown will officiate.
Burial will follow at Flesher Cemetery in Crescent City, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Hartke's name can be made to Donor's Choice.
Gayle Villafurete - 6510/4/1952 - 12/12/2017
Bradley, IL formerly Watseka
Gayle Villafurete, 65, of Bradley, IL formerly Watseka, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
She was born on October 4, 1952 in Watseka, the daughter of Ralph Leppard and Josephine Courtney.
Gayle worked in the food industry. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family, doing word searches, and needle pointing.
Surviving Mrs. Villafurete is her son and daughter-in-law, Pedro and Brandy Ramirez of Donovan; daughters, Maria Ramirez of Bradley and Anna Mercado of Kankakee; sister, Elizabeth Cozart of California; grandchildren, Gerald, Angel, Rigoberto, Isidro, Theodore, Isaiah, Salisity, Pedro Jr., Alexis, Bradyn, Ayden, Armando, and Alex; and several nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; two nephews; and father to Maria and Pedro.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 22, 2017 from 3-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will take place on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate.
Memorials in Mrs. Villafurete's name can be made to the family's wishes.
Janice Akin - 8311/16/1934 - 12/7/2017
Yuma, AZ formerly Donovan, IL
Janice Christine Akin, 83, formerly of Donovan, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2017, in Yuma, AZ. She was born November 16, 1934, in Glasgow, KY, to Archie and Hazel Taylor. She married Joe M. Akin on March 6, 1954, in Celina, TN. He passed away January 10, 2002.
Janice is survived by her son, Darrin (Sandra) Akin of Yuma, AZ; eight grandchildren: Adrian (Laurie) Baker, Decatur, AL; Keith (Leigh) Baker, Florence, AL; Theresa Baker Stier, Decatur, AL; Susan Bland Piper, Dallas, TX; Jonathan (Ayla) Mealy, Queen Creek, AZ; Andrew Mealy, Gilbert, AZ; Joseph Mealy, Chandler, AZ; Garrett Akin, Yuma, AZ; son-in-law, Larry Bland, Neosho, MO; and honorary granddaughter, Mandy (Justin) Wolfe, Donovan, IL; thirteen great-grandchildren: Sarah, Rett & Harlan Baker, Decatur, AL; Ava, Bella, Shelby, & Lydia Baker, Florence, AL; Nathanael Stier, Decatur, AL; Brandon & Grant Nivin, Dallas, TX; and Autumn, Ariel & Emery Mealy, Queen Creek, AZ.
Also surviving are four brothers: Larry Joe (Marie) Taylor and Jimmie Taylor, Glasgow, KY; Wilson (Carolyn) Taylor, Summer Shade, KY; Donald (Rebecca) Taylor, Eighty-Eight, KY; and sister-in-law, Brenda Taylor, Eighty-Eight, KY.
In addition to her husband, Janice was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Patti M. Baker Bland, brother, Douglas E. Taylor; and infant sister, Gay Bernice Taylor.
Raised in Kentucky and later retiring there, Janice lived more than 50 years in Iroquois County, Illinois. She worked in various factories, including Dormeyer, Viskase, Littelfuse, Intec and CST/Berger. Janice enjoyed sewing, flower arranging, and gardening. She was a charter member of First Baptist Church, Kentland, IN, and was later an active member of both the Donovan and Martinton (IL) Churches of Christ. For the last five years, Janice resided in a memory care facility near her son, living daily with dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
Visitation will be held on Monday, December 18, 4:00pm-7:00pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 19, at 11:00am, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Bro. Larry Schuringa will officiate. Burial will follow at the Prairie Dell Cemetery, Iroquois.
Memorials may be made to Lincoln Christian University, 100 Campus View Drive, Lincoln, IL, 62656.
Lois Howe - 8212/5/1935 - 12/5/2017
Macedonia, IL formerly Watseka, IL
Lois Blendene Howe, 82, of Macedonia, IL formerly Watseka, IL, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
She was born on December 5, 1935 in Watseka, IL, the daughter of Seibolt Gocken and Mabel (Henning) Gocken.
Lois married Robert Howe on January 9, 1954 in Crescent City, IL at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. He passed March 11, 2006.
Mrs. Howe was a homemaker. She enjoyed watching sports especially the CUBS.
Surviving Mrs. Howe is her sons and daughter-in-law's, Rick and Kathy Vendt-Howe of Phoenix, AZ, Robin Howe and Penny Leister of McLeansboro, IL, and Tim Howe of Macedonia, IL; daughters and son-in-law's, Tammie and Preston Bixler of Thompsonville, IL, and Becky and Roger Harrison of Onarga, IL; brother, Dale Gocken; sister, Sandy McCann of Milford, IL; grandchildren, Jason and Amanda Longfellow of Watseka, IL, Keala Jackson and Casey of Thompsonville, IL, Robert Ziebart and Jennifer of Herrin, IL, Shelly Morgan of Marion, IL, Anthony Howe of Alaska, Candice and Tim Kirsch of Alaska, and Nicholas Howe and Theresa of Alaska; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Linkin, and Evan Longfellow, Cole and Gracyn Jackson, Emma Morgan, Tyra and Hailee Kirsch, and Akeylleez Howe; and several nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; brothers, Marvin Gocken and Norman Gocken; sisters, Mae Gocken, Darlene Klien, and Mildred Stevenson.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 10am until 12pm (Noon), at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.
Graveside Services will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 12:00pm (Noon), at Body Cemetery in Woodland, IL. Mike Clutteur will officiate. Burial will follow.
Memorials in Mrs. Howe's name can be made to Donor's Choice.
Delmar Arseneau - 8911/8/1928 - 11/21/2017
Delmar Arseneau, 89, of Donovan, IL passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at his home surrounded by family.
He was born on November 8, 1928 in Beaverville, IL, the son of Raymond Arseneau and Cleo (DuMontelle) Arseneau.
Delmar married Mary Askew on November 11, 1950 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL.
Mr. Arseneau served in the ARMY from 1951 until 1953 doing radio repair on tanks, more specifically 325 Tank Br. at Camp Irwin in California. He was a member of the American Legion in Donovan, Lions Club, a Firefighter for Donovan, Little League coach, and a softball coach. He was also a farmer. He enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin, traveling, and attending the grandkids sports game. Delmar was an avid CUBS, Bears, an Illini fan.
Surviving Mr. Arseneau is his wife, Mary Arseneau of Donovan; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Debora Arseneau of Donovan; daughters and son-in-law, Lynne and Art Fleming of Double Oak, TX, and Kim Emmerson of L'Erable; grandchildren, Holly Emmerson (Kolton Koch), Casey Arseneau, and Kendell Arseneau; and several nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond Jr. "Spike"; and two sisters, Wilma Peters and Marilyn Mayotte.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 9am until 11am, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL.
Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:00 am, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL. Father Belanger will officiate.
Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Arseneau's name can be made to IMH Hospice or St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Military graveside rites will follow burial by the Donovan American Legion Post #633.
Cremation rites have been recorded.
Lynn Edward Cluver - 745/4/1943 - 11/19/2017
Lynn Edward Cluver, 74, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017.
He was born on May 4, 1943 in Watseka, IL, the son of John H. Cluver and Mabel (Hasselbring) Cluver.
Lynn attended school in Watseka. He worked as a truck driver for John Woods Trucking and other firms. Before that he worked at the Joliet ARMY Arsenal after he returned from active duty in the military. He served in the ARMY from 1963 until 1966, being stationed at Schweinfurt, Germany for two of those years. He retired from truck driving to be a full-time caregiver for his mother until his own health started to decline in 2012.
Lynn was a St. Louis Cardinal fan and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Especialy the Canadian fishing trips with his buddies. At one time he was the catcher for the Calvary Lutheran Church fast pistch softball team.
Surviving Mr. Cluver is his sister, JoAnna (Dan) Van Hoveln of Danville; two half-brothers, Walmar (Martha) Cluver and Alvin Cluver, both of Watseka; twelve nieces and nephews; and many cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents; half-brother, Paul G. Cluver; nephew, Matthew Alan Van Hoveln; and several cousins.
Visitation will take place on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 9am until 11am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will follow at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.
Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka.
Memorials in Mr. Cluver's name can be made to the American Cancer Society or Calvary Lutheran Church.
Martha Margaret Neukomm - 935/19/1924 - 11/15/2017
Martha Margaret Neukomm, 93, of Watseka, IL passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
She was born on May 19, 1924 in Ash Grove Township, the daughter of Henry Brutlag and Anna (Teske) Brutlag.
Martha married Ervin "Bud" Neukomm on May 4, 1947 in Woodworth, IL. He passed on January 20, 2013.
Martha was a member of the Ladies Aid and an American Red Cross Volunteer. She enjoyed quilting, babysitting grandchildren, gardening, canning, playing cards, bingo, and cooking, expecially baking pies. She made the best mincemeat pie you ever stick a fork in.
Surviving Mrs. Neukomm are her children, Larry and Sharon Neukomm of Roanoke, IL, Glenn and Connie Neukomm of Buckley, IL, Susan and Robert Ivey of Cape Coral, FL, Shirley and Gerald Bruens of Cissna Park, IL, and Peggy and Kenny Gossett of Watseka,; sister-in-laws, Hildegard Brutlag of Woodworth, Geneva Brutlag of San Leandro, CA, Evelyn Brutlag of Danforth, and Donna Brutlag of Woodworth; twelve grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bud; one son, Dale Neukomm; five sisters, Alma Bohlmann, Lorena Lustfeldt, Mildred Buhr, Ella Brutlag, Amanda Sturm; seven brothers, Edwin, Elvin, Victor, Allen, Wilbur, Rudy, and Melvin Brutlag; son-in-law, Donald Benner; and one great-grandson, Nathan Simpson.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 2pm until 5pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will take place on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:00 am, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Woodworth. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Stoerger will officiate.
Burial will follow at the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorials in Mrs. Neukomm's name can be made to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Donor's Choice.
Grace H. Sears - 758/2/1942 - 11/14/2017
Grace H. Sears, 75, of Watseka, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
She was born on August 2, 1942 in Sycamore, Illinois, the daughter of Paul Gunn and Gabrielle (Vanderbrugen) Gunn.
Grace married Calvin Sears on May 29, 1965 in Aurora, Illinois. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting. She was also an active member of the First Baptist Church in Watseka, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and TOPS.
Surviving Mrs. Sears is one son and daugher-in-law, Dwayne and Christina Sears of Gary, IN; one sister and brother-in-law, Becky and Wayne Hanna of East Moline, IL; step-sister, Jusy Stricklan; step-son, Joe and Shirley Sears of Salem, IL; step-daughter, Carol Baldus of Seymour, IN; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in passing by both parents; husband, Calvin Sears; and one brother.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 5pm until 7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.
Funeral Services will take place on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:00am, at the First Baptist Church in Watseka, IL. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Rev. Ray Jackson and Rev. Roy Moffitt will officiate.
Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers memorials in Mrs. Sears's name can be made to the Fisher House.
Ronald Oberloh - 772/28/1940 - 10/30/2017
Ronald Oberloh, 77, of Watseka, IL passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017.
He was born on February 28, 1940, the son of Edward Oberloh and Anna (Hurling) Oberloh.
Mr. Oberloh was a Maintenance Foreman for UARCO. He enjoyed woodworking, playing cards, and most of all spending time with family.
Surviving Mr. Oberloh is one daughter, Karla Smithson of Ward, AR; two brothers and sisters-in-law's, Tom and Donna Oberloh of Woodland, IL and Bill and Mary Lou Oberloh of Texas; one grandchild, Loyal and Julie Smithson of Springdale, AR; three nieces; and three nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; wives, Karen nee Turner and Maggie nee Schaumburg; fiance, Jo Jacobs; one brother; and one nephew.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 4pm until 7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. A one-hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Dale Meyers will officiate.
Burial will follow at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City, IL.
Memorial's in Mr. Oberloh's name can be made to the Humane Society of Central Illinois, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Foundation, or Donor's Choice.
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