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David Lee Brown - 59

4/1/1957 - 8/17/2016
Ashkum, Illinois

 

David Lee Brown, 59, of Ashkum, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at his home.

He was born April 1, 1957 in Watseka, IL, the son of Donald and Ida (Brown) Brown.

Mr. Brown was a farmer. He enjoyed working on old cars and farming.

Surviving Mr. Brown are three brothers and sister-in-law’s, Dennis Brown of Watseka, Dale and Lorene Brown of Onarga, and Donald and Barbara Brown Jr. of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Dellos Bruens of Cissna Park; and several nieces and nephews, Jessie, Jody, and Josh, children of Dennis and Mary Brown; Duane, Alan, Laura, Debi, Doug, Travis, David, and Darren.
He is also preceded in death by both his parents.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Kevin Nourie will officiate.

Burial will follow at Flesher Cemetery in Crescent City, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Brown's name can be made to IMH Hospice or the Crescent City Methodist Church.

Donald G. Crews - 68

6/20/1948 - 8/12/2016
Sheldon, Illinois

Donald Crew, 68, of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016.

He was born on June 20, 1948 in Glasglow, Kentucky, the son of Albert Crews and Maynard Page.

Mr. Crews married Laura Stampfli on August 15, 2009, at their home in Sheldon. Donald was a truck driver for Big R for 10 years before retiring. He was also a member of the Poverty Rods Car Club. He enjoyed working on cars.

Surviving Mr. Crews is his wife, Laura Crews of Sheldon; three step-sons and daughter-in-law’s, Tim and Mandy Stampfli of Watseka, Victor Dyson and Emily of Pennsylvania, and Scotty Sweeney and Jamie of Hoopeston; two step-daughters and son-in-law, Stephanie and Cork Roberts of Watseka and Amanda Sweeney of Watseka; fifteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sister-in-law’s; three brother-in-law’s; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by both parents; one sister, Betty; and one brother-in-law, Richard.

A private Celebration of Life will be held for the family.

Memorials in Mr. Crews's name can be made to the Indianapolis Veteran’s Hospital in Indiana.

Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.

Marion Keith - 76

4/5/1940 - 8/9/2016
Watseka, Illinois

Marion Keith, 76, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. He was born on April 5, 1940 in Danville, IL, the son of Clyde Keith and Lera (Vigus) Keith. Mr. Keith married Betty Munson on April 18, 1987 at the Christian Church in Milford, IL. Marion worked for American Can before retiring and was a body mechanic for 30 years. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, loved nature, and his dog Buddy. Surviving Mr. Keith is his wife, Betty Keith of Watseka; children, Terry and Cinnamyn Keith of Hoopeston, Jeff and Teresa Harding of Arkansas, Greg and Rhonda Krugh of Arizona, and Jayme and Tina Keith of Washington; step-children, Becky and Roger England of Woodland, Ray Leppard and Michelle Leppard of Hoopeston, Barry and Rochelle Leppard of Ohio, Benny and Donna Leppard of Florida, Brenda and Eric Dawson of Milford, Burt and Pam Leppard of Crescent City, Eric and Mary Setty of Watseka, Bobby Hartman of Watseka, and Tracie Hartman of Hoopeston; one brother, Tom and Penny Keith of Wellington; one sister, Shirley and Pat York of Hoopeston; twenty-five grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his best friend, puppy Buddy. He is also preceded in death by his parents; twin sister Marilyn; and two great-grandsons. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 from 10am to 12pm (Noon), at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Noon), at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. PJ Parker will officiate. Memorials in Mr. Keith's name can be made to the American Cancer Society. Cremation rites will be made accordingly following services.

Ryan C. Ahrens - 30

1/29/1986 - 8/8/2016
Eagle Grove, Iowa

Ryan Ahrens, 30, of Eagle Grove, formerly of Watseka, IL, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, Monday, August 8, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, following a courageous 3 ½ year battle with cancer. Visitation will be Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Foust Funeral Home in Eagle Grove. There will also be a visitation from 10:00 am until the 1:00 p.m. funeral services on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watseka.

Ryan Charles Ahrens, the son of Harold and Sheryl (Dukes) Ahrens, was born January 29, 1986, in Watseka, Illinois. The family moved to Eagle Grove in 1999.

Ryan was a truck driver for Werner Enterprises - Omaha, NE "Family Dollar Account".

He enjoyed radio controlled cars and trucks, working on cars, camping, DROIDS and was a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ryan is survived by his mother, Sheryl Ahrens; brothers, Robert Ahrens and Shawn Ahrens and wife Jenna, all of Eagle Grove. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and father, Harold.

Memorials may be left to the Wright County Humane Society or the American Cancer Society.

 

Richard Dean McArtor Sr. - 80

7/11/1936 - 8/8/2016
Watseka, Illinois

 Richard Dean McArtor Sr., 80, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016.


He was born on July 11, 1936 in Effingham, IL, the son of Walter McArtor and Edna (Reece) McArtor.     

A Gathering of Friends will take place on Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Juan Hernandez will officiate.


Burial will be held at a later date.


Memorials in Mr. McArtor's name can be made to donor’s choice.

Helen A. Crow - 99

5/18/1917 - 7/16/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Helen A. Crow, 99, died July 16, 2016 in her home in Watseka, IL.
She was born on May 28, 1917 in Donovan, IL, the daughter of Laroy W. and Grace Center Johnson.
She married Ivan Crow on August 28, 1935 at the Prairie Dell Church. Since it was the most important day of their lives, they thought it appropriate to marry at sunrise. Ivan died May 8, 1985.
Helen graduated from Watseka High School in 1935. She again entered formal studies when she took classes at KCC in 1986. She took art courses offered, then went to England for a semester in 1989, enrolled at the Christ Church College in Canterbury.
For 17 years she taught a high school Sunday school class at the Watseka Methodist Church. After that she became a substitute teacher for adult classes at the church.
Her lifetime interests have been art, books, history, travel, archeology, and her church. She has enjoyed helping with the Old Courthouse Museum in several capacities since its inception.
For 15 years she was involved as a leader in the Girl Scout program.
She leaves behind two daughters, Shirley M. Zuber and Mary Ellen Noble; two son-in-law’s, Charles J. Zuber and Jack Noble; six grandchildren, Kelley Z. and Rachael Zuber, Karl D. and Karen Zuber, Ken B. and Beth Zuber, Kia M. Zuber, Blaine M. and Gail Noble, and Wade L. and Lyndsay Noble; thirteen great-grandchildren, Christian Charles Zuber, Faith Cossette Zuber, Laney Logan Zuber, Kalen Kia Zuber, Sidney Zuber, Hailee Zuber, Joanna Zuber, Evan Milloy Noble, Easton Walter Noble, James E. Marjwick, Ivan Benjamin Noble, Mark Laroy Noble, and Jordan and William Nelson; two great-great-grandchildren, Claire and Hunter Nelson.
She is preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Gillfillan; brother-in-law, Jack Gillfillan.
She leaves brothers, Bernard and Ralph Johnson; sister-in-law’s, Margaret and Pat Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at the Methodist Church in Watseka, with a one hour visitation being held prior to. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Prairie Dell Restoration Fund or the Iroquois County Historical Society and Museum.

Roy E. Redman - 71

8/8/1944 - 7/15/2016
Milford, Illinois

Roy E. Redman JR, 71, of Milford, IL, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016. He was born August 8, 1944 in Watseka, IL, the son of Roy Edgar Redman SR and Harriet Louise (Tucker) Redman. Mr. Redman was a CNC Machinist Fabricator for over 35 years and Co-Owner in C & R Hobbies. He enjoyed working in his wood working shop, camping, CB Club and ESDA. Surviving Mr. Redman is his spouse Diane L. Redman whom he married on June 12, 1993; Son Kevin (Debbie) Redman of Manito, IL, Daughter Kim (Mike) Schroeder of Milford, IL, Step-Son Marc (Tammye) Deardorff of Corydon, IN, Step-Daughter Melinda (Ernie) McKay of Milford, IL; Four sisters and brother-in-laws, Mary and Ronnie Merkle of Cissna Park, IL, Carol and Alan Mancuso of Aurora, IL, Pamela McConnell of Bloomington, IL, and Patricia and Larry Leppard of Wellington, IL; 5 grandchildren 1 great grandchild, 12 step-grandchildren, 14 step-great grandchildren.; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents, Harriet and Roy Redman, Spouse, Sharon Franklin Redman of 28 wonderful years, one son, Kenneth W. Redman, one step-grandson, Drew Turner, and one brother, Melvin D. Redman. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 4-7pm, at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka IL. Burial will be held at a later date at Sugar Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mr. Redman’s name can be made to Donor’s Choice. Cremations Rites will be made accordingly following services.

Aaron D. Arseneau - 89

6/15/1927 - 7/15/2016
Watseka, Illinois

Aaron D. Arseneau, 89, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016. He was born on June 15, 1927 in Beaverville, IL, the son of T.Y. Arseneau and Theresa (Cote) Arseneau. Aaron married Eula Willey on October 8, 1993. Mr. Arseneau worked as a Farmer for over 50 years and was a Carpenter owning and operating Arseneau Construction. He served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1953. Was a member of the American Legion Donovan Post for 65 years, Lifetime Member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, and a Beaverville Volunteer Firefighter for over 25 years. He enjoyed farming, carpentry, playing cards, telling jokes and stories, and spending time with his friends and family. Surviving Mr. Arseneau is his wife, Eula Arseneau of Watseka; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Amy Willey of Brook, IN; daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Brian Anthony of Fishers, IN; grandchildren, Brice and Courtney Willey, and Morgan and Christopher Witek; great-grandchild, Clover Witek; nieces and nephew, Michelle McShane, Lori Eggleston, and Mark Arseneau; eight great nieces and nephews; six great- great- nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins. He is also preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Barth Louis Arseneau; and one sister-in-law, Jeanette (Witsoe) Arseneau. A Gathering of Friends will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:00 am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL. Father Dan Belanger will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Beaverville, IL. Memorials in Mr. Arseneau's name can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Restoration Fund.

Josephine (Courtney) Polson - 93

11/19/1922 - 7/12/2016
Sheldon, Illinois
Josephine (Courtney) Polson, 93, of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. She was born on November 19, 1922, the daughter of Thurston (T.J.) Verkler and Bessie (Miller) Verkler. Jo married Ollie Polson Jr. in Watseka, on May 15, 1971. Mrs. Polson worked as a Quality Control Specialist for ESNA in Pocahontas, Arkansas. She was a member of the Household Science Club, Milford Women’s Club, The Royal House of Fashion, Red Hat Society, and the Associate Member of Royal Neighbors (Stockland Camp). She also enjoyed quilting, crafting, making dolls, and fishing. Surviving Mrs. Polson are two sons and daughter-in-law, Austin Courtney of Pocahontas, AR, and Jerry and Dolores Courtney of Cookeville, Tenn.; one brother-in-law, Henry McFarland of Kokomo, IN; one sister-in-law, Barbara Verkler of Cabot, AR; nine grandchildren, Sheryl (Marc) Mercier, Jim (Rhonda) Courtney Jr., Dale (Julie) Courtney, David (Robin) Courtney, Dean (Trinity) Courtney, Darrell Courtney, Jim (Debbie) Courtney, Ken (Misty) Courtney, and Carol (Randy) Rabe; fourteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, Ollie Polson Jr.; one son, Jimmy Courtney; and eleven siblings. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 1-2pm, at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Arkansas. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm, at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Arkansas. Burial will follow at the Randolph Memorial Gardens in Pocahontas, Arkansas. Memorials in Mrs. Josephine Polson's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.

Melvin "Jeep" Sprehe - 88

4/13/1928 - 7/7/2016
Watseka, Ilinois
Melvin Sprehe, 88, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016. He was born on April 13, 1928 in (Ash Grove) Buckley, IL, the son of Frederick Sprehe and Doretta (Teske) Sprehe. Mr. Sprehe married Margaret Schroeder in Watseka on April 16, 1993. Melvin was a Truck Driver for Weber Trucking in Loda, Il for nine years before retiring. He enjoyed doing handy man work outside. Surviving Mr. Sprehe is his wife, Margaret Sprehe of Watseka; one step-son, John Hoover of Watseka; one brother, Wilbur Sprehe of Rockford, IL; and several nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Elroy Sprehe; and one sister, Florence Johnson. Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. Burial to follow. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Memorials in Mr. Sprehe's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.

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