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Papineau, Illinois
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Watseka, Illinois
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Onarga, Illinois
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Bernice Clutteur - 95

10/10/1922 - 1/24/2018
Watseka, Illinois

 

Bernice Irene Clutteur, 95, of Watseka, IL passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2017.

She was born on October 10, 1922 at home in Sheldon, IL, the daughter of Roy and Laverna (Dibble) Marshall.

Bernice married Hubert Clutteur on October 10, 1942 in Dayton, OH.

Mrs. Clutteur was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America #179 Watseka Chapter, Jr. Women’s Club, Home Extension Club, American Assoc. of Retired Persons, ALIVE, Red Cross, and Bachelor Girls. and the Federated Woman’s Club of Watseka. Served on the board of Save The Station, First United Methodist Church, and the Gooseberry Festival, where she also made hundreds of gooseberry pies over the years. She received the 1994 Lifetime Achievement Award for Watseka. Bernice taught Sunday School at her church along with heading up the annual Soup Luncheon for many years. She also headed up the food stand at the Iroquois Country Fair and was a Girl Scout Leader.

She attended school but graduated from Sheldon High School in 1940. Bernice went to Gregg College in Chicago where she lived with her aunt until marrying her husband, Hubert. After he left for overseas during WWII she worked at Sears and Roebuck in Chicago until the war was over. They moved to Orlando where Hubert had a job with the airlines. In May 1949 the moved back to Watseka and bought the house she lived in for the rest of her life. During that time, she helped Hubert in the egg business and when the children went to school, she worked at the Sears catalog sales store in Watseka. Afterwards she started a restaurant business on their property, serving breakfast and lunches to Electronics employees. She did that for ten years before Electronics ended up burning. She worked at Parcells Restaurant until she became employed at Uarco, then retired from there after twenty-five years.

Bernice and Hubert travelled extensively when the children were young. They tent camped all over the U.S. and Canada. Later Hubert won trips through Ford Motor Co. and was able to travel to Alaska, Hawaii, Montreal, California, and Caribbean Cruises just to name a few.

Surviving Mrs. Clutteur is one son, Mark and Nancy Clutteur of Watseka; one daughter, Georgia and William Robertson of Cape Coral, FL; three sister-in-laws, Elinor Marshall of Sheldon, Eleanor Marshall of San Bernardino, CA, and Joan Marshall of Littleton, CO; grandchildren, Matthew (Belisa) Clutteur, Adam (Jennifer) Clutteur, Catherine (Neil) Heatherley, Michael Clutteur, Darrin Clutteur, Andrew Clutteur, Cheray (Jason) Scott, and Cole (Meghan) Robertson; great-grandchildren, Sean, Sebastian, Sophia, Chase, Caleb, Evelyn, Belle, Rigby, Alder, and Norah; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Everett, Francis, and Myrl; and sister, Ogrieta.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 12:00pm until 2:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.

Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home, with Pastor Sabo officiating.

Burial will follow at Buswell Cemetery in Kentland, Indiana.

Memorials in Mrs. Clutteur’s name can be made to the IMH Hospice or the IMH Resident Home.

Sherri Bray - 60

5/6/1957 - 1/21/2018
New Castle, IN

 Sherri Bray, 60, of New Castle, IN, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018.

She was born on May 6, 1957 in Watseka, the daughter of Charles Gregory and Bonnie Parrish.

Sherri enjoyed cooking and antique shopping.

Surviving Ms. Bray is her sons, Matthew Bray of New Castle, IN, and Paul Bray of New Castle, IN; daughter and son-in-law, Tara and Jeff Tutt of New Castle, IN; brothers and sister-in-law's, Danny and Becky Gregory of Watseka, and Sam and Connie Gregory of Milford, IL; sisters and brother-in-law's, Linda and Steve Wright of Evansville, IN, and Debbie and David Lauterbach of North Carolina; grandchildren, Austin and Brandon Tutt; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her mother, Bonnie.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 11am until 12pm (Noon), at First Christian Church in Milford, IL. A Memorial Service will follow at 12:00 pm (Noon). Pastor Gary Milton will officiate.

Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford, IL.

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

Jerrold William Harms - 64

1/23/1953 - 1/10/2018
Kankakee, Illinois

 Jerrold William Harms, 64, of Kankakee, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

He was born on January 23, 1953 in Chicago, IL, the son of Russell Harms and Marian (Seibring) Harms.

Jerrold married Shellie Benjamin on May 23, 1992 at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka. He worked for CSL Behring for thirty-five years before retiring. In his spare time he farmed the family's land. He enjoyed stock car races, farming, recycling, being outside tinkering with projects, and fireworks. He was also a member of the Pontiac Car Club.

Surviving Mr. Harms is his wife, Shellie Harms of Kankakee; son, Isaac Harms of Kankakee; daughters and son-in-law, Olivia Kunsch (Corey Pasel) of Papineau, IL, Kailei (Christopher) Both of Watseka, and Tailor Harms of Kankakee; twin sister and brother-in-law, Janice (John) Lubben of Watseka; brother-in-law, Michael Benjamin of Ashkum; sister-in-law, Tami (Gary) Clausen of Castle Rock, Colorado; grandchildren, Kennedy, Schuylar, and Jovi Kunsch, and Aynslee Pasel; nephews, Marcus Benjamin, Michael Dau, Aaron and Bryce Clausen, Joel (Elizabeth) Lubben and Jason (Bonnie) Lubben.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 12pm (Noon) until 2pm, at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka.

Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm, at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka. Pastor Jordan Cooper will officiate.

Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois, IL.

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

Stanley L. Moffitt - 84

2/16/1933 - 1/6/2018
Martinton, Illinois

 Stanley L. Moffitt, 84, of Martinton, IL, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

He was born on February 16, 1933 in Martinton, IL, the son of Elmer Moffitt and Hazel (Claire) Moffitt.

Stanley was a life long farmer. He served in the ARMY and was a member of the American Legion Post #23. He enjoyed collectin John Deere memorabilia and traveling.

Surviving Mr. Moffitt is his son, Stanley (Carol) Moffitt Jr. of Mesa, AZ; daughters and son-in-law's, Cathy Moffitt (Rick Grosvenor) of Woodland, Sandra (Tim Foster) Moffitt of Flagstaff, AZ, Melody (Gale) Kokenberger of Watseka, and Sheila Moffitt (Rick Light) of Martinton; grandchildren, Jake Lowery, Candice Long, and Emma and Willow Moffitt; and five great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by both parents; and one brother, James "Jim" Moffitt.

A Gathering of Friends will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10am until 11am, at the Centennial Christian Church in Watseka, IL.

Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka, IL. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate.

Memorials in Mr. Moffitt's name can be made to the Centennial Christian Church or Donor's Choice.

Cremation rites have been recorded.

Kathy Long - 59

9/9/1958 - 12/26/2017
Watseka, Illinois

 Kathy Long, 59, of Watseka, passed away on Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

She was born on September 9, 1958 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of Alvin Hoogstraat and Arlene (Dau) Hoogstraat.

Kathy married William "Bill" Long on August 2, 1980 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ashkum, IL.

Mrs. Long was a Child Care Provider for over twenty years. She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, CEC, and VBS for thirty years. She enjoyed making quilts, crafts, helping with the Calvary Pre-School and blessing shed. She also liked collecting items such as clothes and toys for the less fortunate children.

Surviving Mrs. Long is her husband, William "Bill" Long of Watseka; daughter, Jennifer Long of Watseka; brothers, Kurt Hoogstraat and Jon Kessler of Elk Grove, IL, and Kris and Mendy Hoogstraat of Ashkum, IL; a special grandson, Quentin Meredith; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka, with a Celebration of Life to follow from 2-4 pm. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.

Memorials in Mrs. Long's name can be made to the Martinton Food Pantry, Sunrise Center Animal Rescue in St. Anne, or simply help a child in need.

Melvin Alcorn - 89

10/1/1928 - 12/23/2017
Watseka, Illinois

 Melvin Alcorn, 89, of Watseka, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017.

He was born on October 1, 1928 in Watseka, the son of Melvin Alcorn and Rena (Boomgarden) Alcorn.

Melvin married Thelma Jackson on July 1, 1984 at the Milford Christian Church in Milford.

He served in the NAVY for four years. Melvin worked for Iroquois County in the Zoning Department as an Electrical Inspector. He also worked for the Illinois Bell Telephone Company for many years. Melvin was a member of the NRA, VFW, American Legion Post #23, and Thee Olde Time Farm Show. He enjoyed woodworking, fixing up lawn mowers and machinery, and shooting guns.

Surviving Mr. Alcorn is his wife, Thelma Alcorn of Watseka; sons and daughter-in-law's, Donald and Pat Alcorn of Tulsa, OK, and Durwood and Debra Larsen of Bourbonnais, IL; daughters and son-in-law's, Libby and Clarence Hawthorne of Goodwine, IL, Becky and Ron Baker of Watseka, Marla Miller of Crescent City, and Laura and Rose Larsen of Crescent City; sister-in-law, Ginny Alcorn of Bourbonnais; sisters and brother-in-laws, Lola and Merle Arnold of Watseka, Carol DeLahr of Watseka, and Judy and Jim Crouch of Milford; grandchildren, Ed and Donald Jr. Alcorn, Michelle Linder, Stacie Trumann, Nicole Erp, Sara Baker, Tim Baker, Ashley Deem, Jonathan Larsen, Aliah Larsen, Jaydin Richardson, and Angelina Larsen; many grat-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wesley Alcorn and Jerry Alcorn; one daughter, Kimberly Huckleby; and two grandsons, Chad Baker and Tanner Huckleby.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Service will be held on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 11:00 am, at the Milford Christian Church in Milford. A one-hour visitation will take place prior to services. Brent Zastrow, Neil Larimore, and Gary Milton will all officiate.

Memorials in Mr. Alcorn's name can be made to the Milford Christian Church or Family's Wishes.

Cremation rites will be recorded following the services.

Robert L. "Bobby" Horner - 56

2/27/1961 - 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 - 77

10/16/1940 - 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 - 65

10/4/1952 - 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 - 83

11/16/1934 - 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.

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