David Lee Hall - 71
David Lee Hall, 71, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017.
He was born on August 20, 1946 in Watseka, the son of Varnum Hall and Leona (Milburn) Hall.
David married Carolyn “Sue” Wiggs on February 24, 1973 at Faith Lutheran Church.
Mr. Hall served in the ARMY for three years. He was a Laborer for the Union, specifically Toby’s Construction working on Roads and Bridges. He enjoyed playing baseball as a child. In his free time he liked to garden, fish, and fix stuff. David was an avid sports fan, particularly the BEARS and Illini. To most he was known as the neighborhood “grandpa” or “father”.
Surviving Mr. Hall is his wife, Carolyn Hall of Watseka; one son and daughter-in-law, Eric David and Amanda Hall of Warner Robins, GA; one daughter, Jamie Hall of Lawrenceville, GA; one brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Amanda Hall of Martinton; grandchildren, Celeste Davis, Schuyler Davis, Cameron Hall, Lani Kao, and London Hall; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by both parents; and one brother, Elvin Hall.
A Gathering of Friends will take place on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 5pm to 6pm, at Baier Funeral Home.
Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Gary Minard will officiate.
Memorials in Mr. Hall's name can be made to the Family’s Wishes.
Verlyn G. Webster - 87
Verlyn G. Webster “Web”, 87, of Iroquois, IL, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017. He was born on June 26, 1930, the son of Lloyd and Ferne Garrett. Verlyn married Wyona Varbounker on October 8, 1950 at the Donovan United Methodist Church. Verlyn was a Union Electrician for the IBEW local 176. He served in the NAVY, specifically during the Korean War on the USS Cone (DD-866). Verlyn was also a member of the Watseka VFW as well as the Watseka American Legion Post #23, and the car club “Strictly Street Rods”. During free time he enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and street rods. Surviving Mr. Webster are two sons and daughter-in-law, David Webster of Martinton, and Jeffrey and Michele of Martinton; one daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Steven Rhoades of Watseka; grandchildren, Scott and Michele Webster, Kim and Jeff Bramer, Kerri Yates, Stephanie and Eric Evans, and Neil Rhoades; great-grandchildren, Logan, Noah, and Owen Bramer; Chloe and Emma Yates; Tiffany Webster, and Beckett Evans; and several nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; wife, Wyona; one sister; two step-brothers; one daughter-in-law, Sandra Webster; and one great grandson, Alexander Bramer. Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10am to 2pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois, IL. Memorials in Mr. Webster's name can be made to the Concord Fire Department. The family welcomes and all hot rods to please join us in the procession out to the cemetery.
Regina Horner - 65
Regina Horner, 65, of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017.
She was born on July 11, 1952 in Watseka, the daughter of Kenneth C. Horner and Annabee (Schroeder) Horner.
Regina worked for Moments Remembered. She enjoyed being with family, playing cards, taking car rides, and watching I Love Lucy.
Surviving Ms. Horner is one sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Dan Henson of Watseka; one sister-in-law, Paula Horner of Watseka; one brother, Robert “Bobby” Horner of Cissna Park; nieces and nephews, Debbie Rudisill, Christopher Horner, Rachel Farris Brose, Nathan Farris, Martin Horner, and Mason Horner; and many special friends from ABRA and The ARC of Iroquois County.
She is also preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Kenneth D. Horner; and one nephew, Curtis “Bub” Riston II.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate.
Burial will be held at GAR Cemetery in Watseka at a later time.
Memorials in Ms. Horner’s name can be made to the Family’s Wishes.
Andrew Tincher - 32
Andrew Tincher, 32, of Stockland, IL, passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. He was born on September 1, 1984 in Watseka, IL, the son of Marvin and Tami (Focken) Tincher. Andrew worked construction. In his free time he enjoyed playing baseball with his boys and fishing. Surviving Mr. Tincher are his parents, Marvin and Tami Tincher; one son, Cory Tincher; fiancé Dustina Stringham; maternal grandfather, Fred Focken; paternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Tincher; sisters, Amber Tincher and Ashely Tincher step-sons, Jaxson Cannon, Cayden and Jayden Gibson; niece and nephews, Scott Neff, Robbi Tincher, and Marleigh B-Tincher. He is also preceded in death by his maternal grandma, Pearl Focken. A Gathering of friends will take place on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm, at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 pm. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mr. Tincher’s name can be made to the family. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.
Jonathan Rexing - 28
Crescent City, Illinois
Jonathan Allen Rexing, 28, of Crescent City, passed away Monday (July 24, 2017).
He was born June 30, 1989, in Watseka, the son of John Rexing and Evelyn (Clevenger) Lubben.
He was a factory worker and enjoyed fishing, drawing and playing his guitar.
Surviving are his mother, Evelyn and Randy Lubben, of Crescent City; father, John Rexing, of Mt. Vernon; stepfather, David Dart; sons, Aryn Crawley, Kaydence, Jayden and Harrison Rexing; brothers and sister-in-law, Luc Dart, of Watseka, and Michael and Dawn Dart, of Rensselaer, Ind.; sister and brother-in-law, Christina and Eric Barrie, of Watseka; and niece, Claire Barrie.
Preceding him in death were his maternal grandma, Delorise Calero; and maternal great-grandparents, Harry and Wilma Jackson.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Centennial Christian Church in Watseka, with the Rev. Joseph Hughes officiating.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choiceplaying the guitar.
Andrew August Regets - 90
Andrew August Regets, 90, of Manteno, IL, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He was born on September 1, 1926 in Chicago, IL, the son of Andrew Regets and Johanna (Knekla) Regets. Andrew married Philomena Pawela on May 25, 1963. He served in the ARMY, and then worked in the Rheem Manufactoring Company. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting. Surviving Mr. Regets is one son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Debra Regets of Manteno, IL; one daughter, Diane Regets of Alsip, IL; grandchildren, Brittany Snodsmith, Michelle Macek, Alexander Regets, Holly Melant, Jessica Regets, and Anthony Regets; great-grandchildren, Blake and Lincoln Snodsmith, and Payton Regets; and nieces and nephews, Cathy Williams, Richard Soltis, and Joe Pawela. Preceded in death by his wife, Philomena Regets; and sister, Joan Soltis. Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:00 am, at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, IL. Father Tom will officiate. Burial will follow after services. Memorials in Mr. Regets's name can be made to the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.
Edith "Gay" Walker - 67
Edith “Gay” Walker, 67, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017.
She was born on June 19, 1950 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of Elwin Hertz and Mary (Napier) Hertz.
Edith married Bill Walker on November 10, 1973 at the United Methodist Church in Watseka. She was a homemaker and cleaned houses for a living. Edith was also a member of the First Christian Church in Watseka, IL. She enjoyed bird watching, reading, gardening, and texting her kids and grandkids.
Surviving Mrs. Walker is her husband, Bill Walker of Watseka; one son and daughter-in-law, Robbie and Amy Walker of Coal City, IL; three daughters and son-in-law’s, Lori and Shawn Edwards of Watseka, Justi and David Winke of Diamond, IL, and Natalie and Tyler Sharpe of Watseka; one brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Cindy Sossoman of Topeka, Kansas; four sisters and brother-in-law’s, Wanda Byarley of Bourbonnais, IL, Amy and Gary Duby of Beaverville, IL, Alana and Jim Askew of Watseka, and Katie Sutton of Minnesota; seven grandchildren, Jordan, Addi, Sydney, Paige, Griffin, Lanie, and Braden; and many nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by both her parents.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will take place on Friday, June 30, 2017, at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Roy Johnson will officiate.
Burial will follow at GAR Cemetery in Watseka.
In Lieu of Flowers memorials can be made to the First Christian Church or Donor's Choice.
Kenneth Wayne Brown - 72
Kenneth Wayne Brown, 72, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
He was born on July 9, 1944 in Las Vegas, NV, the son of Wayne Brown and Alice (Frydach) Brown.
Kenneth married Evelyn Prater on April 12, 2008 at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church.
Mr. Brown owned and operated K&J sales and services. He enjoyed camping, woodworking, and running the tow truck.
Surviving Mr. Brown is his wife Evelyn Brown of Watseka, IL; one son and daughter-in-law, Matthew Wayne and Carrie Brown of Watseka, IL; two daughters and son-in-law's: Tracy and Jim Kelch of Ashkum, IL, Kelley and Mark Whitlock of Gilman, Kate and Joe Ash of Onarga; one brother, Steven and Ramona Brown of Las Vegas, NV; two sisters and brother-in-law's, Missy and Butch Wood of Lake Havasu, AZ, and Penny and Dick Bettes of Flag Staff, AZ; two step-sons, Brian Suver and Patrick of Chicago, IL, Bruce and Michele Suver of Woodland; one step-daughter, Tami Kleinert and John Lahey of Watseka; grandchildren, Marc, Kristi, Holly, Cody, Brennan, Zach, Alec, Andy, Rachel, Jay Lynn, Brody; step-grandchildren, Lydia, Darryl, Bret; great-grandchild, Stella; God child, Chelsea Brown of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; and his first wife, Janyce, who passed May 24, 2004.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10:00 am, at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church in Watseka. Father Michael Powell and Rev. David Ralph will officiate.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.
Memorials in Mr. Brown's name can be made to IMH Hospice and Crescent-Iroquois EMS.
James "JR" Martin - 71
James “JR” Martin, 71, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
He was born on December 10, 1945 in Columbus, Kentucky, the son of James Martin and Josie (Swartz) Martin.
James married Nellie Anderson on December 14, 1963.
Mr. Martin worked as waste water management for the City of Watseka for 37 years, as well as working as maintenance for Iroquois Federal for 50 years. He enjoyed landscaping and playing slot machines.
Surviving Mr. Martin is one son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Flora Martin of Watseka; one daughter and son-in-law, Deanna and Jeff Bell of Watseka; sisters and brother-in-law, June Kilgore of Watseka, and Patricia and Jim Bennett of Watseka; two grandchildren, Codey Martin of Charleston, IL and Tanner Martin of Watseka; two great-grandchildren, Brantley Martin of Watseka, and a boy on the way from Charleston, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; one sister, Dorothy Alvarado; and three brothers, Jerry Martin, Kenneth Martin, and Stevie Martin.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 5p to 8pm, at Baier Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. Another visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate.
Burial will follow at the GAR Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Martin's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
Kelly Rogers - 59
Kelly Rogers, 59, of Watseka, IL passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Riverside Hospital.
He was born on January 20, 1958, the son of James H. & Eleanor L. (Wood) Rogers in Watseka.
Kelly is survived by his 1st wife Vicky Quakenbush of Kankakee, IL. and his 2nd wife Shannon (Kottke) Rogers of Watseka, IL. His son: Michael Rogers of Martinton, IL. Daughter: Ashley Ulitzsch of Crescent City, IL. Sisters: Marietta (Miles) Varboncoeur of Watseka, IL., Leatha (David) Romine of Watseka, IL, Kathy Rogers of Ft. Wayne, IN. Eight Grandchildren: Courtney Dunaway, Brayden Rogers, Ella Mae Rogers, Westin Rogers and Cohen Kelly Rogers (who was named after his Paw-Paw), Adalynn Ulitzsch, Arianna Ulitzsch, and Kassidy Harper. One Uncle Everett Wood of Nicholasville, KY. and One Aunt Clarice (Wood) Farrand of Terre Haute, IN. Nieces: Wanda K. Turnbull, Tasha (Terry) James, Tabitha Rogers, Cassidy Rogers, and Tifanie A. Romine. Nephews: Kirt (Tonya) Rogers, Doug (Isabel) Rogers, Clayton Rogers, Tylor Rogers, and Ryne Romine. Numerous Cousins throughout the area.
Kelly was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Henry & Birdie Rogers, Clarence & Amanda Wood. Brothers: Kenneth W. Rogers, William C. Rogers and James H. Rogers Jr. Aunts: Maxine Williams, Leona Wood, Helena Probasco, and Janice Rogers. Uncles: Herbert Wood, Alf Rogers. Niece: Kandy (Rogers) Peterson and Great Niece: Teresa Rogers.
Kelly began working in 1974 at Chicago Steel Tape, Stanley and then Bosch. Kelly worked for 38 years and through much dedication and long hours was promoted to Shipping Manager and held that position until Bosch downsized in 2012.
Kelly had an infectious smile and easy going personally and had many friends and was loved and admired by many. Kelly enjoyed people and had many conversations and always joked and kidded around with people. Kelly loved kids & animals and had recently lost his beloved companion Daisy and it broke his heart when he had to give up his beloved cats Smokey & Sophie. He absolutely adored his grandchildren, they were his pride and joy, his reason for living. Family was important to him and many called him Paw Paw as he helped to raise many children. He had a very soft heart and enjoyed helping people. Kelly enjoyed watching NASCAR and hunting for morel mushrooms in his free time.
Visitation will be held at Baier Funeral Home on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 4 to 7pm. A Memorial Service will follow at 7:00 pm. Pastor Gary Milton will officiate.
Burial will be held at a later date.
Memorials in Mr. Roger’s name can be made to Donor’s Choice.