Aaron D. Arseneau - 89
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
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
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.
Lowell Junior Swigart - 89
Lowell Junior Swigart, long-time resident of Watseka, died July 1, 2016, at the age of 89 at Watseka Health Care Center. Born September 2, 1926 in Bloomington, Illinois, Lowell was the son of Lowell M. Swigart and Laurabelle (Holmes) Swigart. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Georgia Norris Swigart, and both parents.
He is survived by his brother, Joseph Swigart of Watseka; sister Sally Anderson of Missouri; son Paul Swigart of Hawaii; daughters Mary Leen of New Mexico and Martha Hill of Indiana; and grandchildren Noah Leen of Oregon and Anastasia Hill of Wyoming.
Mr. Swigart served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was considered a master fisherman ad an avid hunter by those who knew him. He owned his own business delivering oil products in the Watseka area for many years.
As a skilled amateur photographer, Mr. Swigart captured many special moments and passed along his love of the outdoors and eye for detail to future generations. He loved dogs and raised several for sporting purposes and companionship over the years. Always ready to lend a helping hand, he took pride in being able to share his knowledge, tools, and pickup truck with family and friends in need.
Visitation for Mr. Swigart will be held from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, with a memorial service to following at 3:00 p.m., also at Baier Funeral Home, with Pastor Joe Hughes officiating. Memorial gifts in Mr. Swigart’s name may be made to Centennial Christian Church of Watseka.
Cecil Eades - 77
Cecil Eades, 77, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.
He was born on May 13, 1939 in Lexington, IL, the son of Cecil Henry Eades and Fern (Smith) Eades.
Mr. Cecil Eades married Sharon Terry on April 22, 1989.
Cecil was a mechanic for Ford for 38 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 23 and a past member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. Mr. Eades served in the ARMY. He enjoyed reading, walking, yard work, and motorcycling.
Surviving Mr. Eades is his wife, Sharon Eades of Watseka; two sons and daughter-in-law’s, Shane and Alonna Eades of Watseka and Chad and Cheryl Eades of Lafayette, IN; three sister-in-law’s, Carol Eades of Thomasville, GA, Mardel Eades of Ashkum, and Penny Eades of Hudson, FL; one sister and brother-in-law’s, Gloria and Dan Turpin of Otterbein, IN, Greg Geising of Fayettville, TN, and Frank Kosma Simpsonville, SC; one step-son and step-daughter-in-law, James and Iva Hogue of Pheonix, AZ; four grandchildren, Taylor Eades, Cameron Eades, Shelby Eades, and Aspen Eades; two step-grandchildren, Connor Hogue and Iva Hogue; many nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; three brothers, Warren, Ray, and Eddie Eades; and two sisters, Joyce Kosma, and Mildred Geising.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, with a one hour visitation prior to services. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Eades's name can be made to Breast Cancer Association, Humane Society, or Donor’s Choice.
Eldon Clarence Faupel - 77
Eldon Clarence Faupel, 77, of Donovan, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016.
He was born on August 10, 1938 at Earl Park, Indiana, the son of Clarence Faupel and Dorothy (Hanna) Faupel.
Eldon married Linda Tuttle on January 17, 1965 in Watseka, IL.
Mr. Faupel was a Farmer and an active member of the Sheldon Masonic Masons, Danville Consistory, Donovan Farmers CO-OP Elevator Board, Ford Iroquois County Farm Bureau Board, Ditch Commissioner on Beaver 1, Trustee for Beaver Fire District, and Watseka Mutual Insurance Board.
He enjoyed wood working, fishing, farming, and his family.
Surviving Mr. Faupel is his wife, Linda Faupel of Donovan; one son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Molly Faupel of Donovan; one daughter and son-in-law, Jodee and Darren Bruens of Cissna Park; five grandchildren, Austin and Autumn Bruens of Cissna Park, and Kayde, Kenzie, and Kylee Faupel of Donovan; and several nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; and one brother, Don Faupel.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, with a one hour visitation prior. Masonic Rites will take place just before Funeral Services. Pastor Kevin Nourie will officiate.
Burial will follow at the Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka.
Memorials in Mr. Eldon Faupel's name can be made to IMH Hospice or the Concord Fire District.
Jason Lane Mercier - 27
Crescent City, Illinois
Jason Lane Mercier, 27, of Crescent City, IL, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
He was born on March 23, 1989 in Kankakee, IL, the son of Keith Mercier and Janice (Koehn) Mercier.
Jason was a Heavy Machinery Operator for Nortrak. He enjoyed jeeping, fishing, camping, boating, and most of all his family and friends.
Surviving Mr. Mercier are his parents, Janice and Keith Mercier of Milford; maternal grandmother, Roberta Koehn of Fergus Falls, MN; fiancé, Lindsey Williamson of Crescent City; two sons, Gage Mercier of Crescent City and Ryder Williamson of Crescent City; three brothers and sister-in-law's, Justin Mercier and Brittany Knight of Crescent City, Kevin and Tammy Mercier of Sheldon, and Ryan Mercier and Samantha Sands of Kentland, IN; two sisters, Tezra Cayot of Chebanse and Amie Matuszewski of Hersher; nieces and nephews, Kimberly Mercier, Shay Seibring, Landon Mercier, Levin Mercier, Jackson Mercier, Abby Sands, Maddy Sands, and Vander Earley; several aunts and uncles; and any cousins.
He is also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Gaylord and Francis Mercier; and maternal grandfather, Maynard Koehn.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, with a one hour visitation prior to services. Pastor Brent Zastrow will officiate.
Burial will follow at St. Anne Township Cemetery in St. Anne, IL.
In Lieu of Flowers memorials in Mr. Mercier's name can be made to the Family’s Wishes.
Audrey Kimble - 65
Audrey Kimble, 65, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
She was born on July 7, 1950 in Hammond, IN, the daughter of James Styck Sr. and Ruby (Lee) Styck.
Audrey married John Kimble on April 10, 1970 in Watseka. He passed August 3, 2015.
Mrs. Kimble was a Home maker. She enjoyed reading of all sorts, doing art work, ceramics, and crafting.
Surviving Mrs. Kimble is her father, James Styck Sr. of Watseka; one brother and sister-in-law, James and Kathy Styck Jr. of Watseka; two sisters and brother-in-law, Cindy and Randy Trumble of Watseka, and Denise Scherch of Bel Air, Maryland; nieces and nephews, Elaina and Bill Kincade, Jamie and David Adkins, Dustin Styck (Kris Miller), Darcey and Jason Smith, Deanna and Tom Puite, Janessa Styck, Bethany Smith, Tabitha Scherch, and Lori and Don Dodson; and eleven great-nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her mother; husband, John; one brother, Russell; and one great-niece, Anna.
Private Graveside Services will be held. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate.
Burial will take place at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois, IL.
Memorials in Mrs. Kimble's name can be made to the Family’s Wishes.
Louis P. Stein - 97
Louis P. Stein, 97, Watseka, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2016, at the Gilman Nursing Home. He was born June 24, 1918, in Ashkum, IL, the son of Carl and Maggie Stein. On January 19, 1946, Louis married the love of his life, Marie Anderson. She passed away on June 9, 1993. He was also preceded in death by his parents and all five siblings: Marie, Heine, Marguerite, Annie and Harold.
Mr. Stein is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Linda (John) Gaines of Watseka; one grandson, Ryan (Megan) Gaines of Minneapolis, MN; and three great-grandchildren, twins Grady and Oliver, and Molly. Ryan and Louis mutually adored one another.
Louis had a true passion for cars, and spent nearly 60 years as an auto mechanic, before finally retiring at the spry age of 77. He took a great deal of pride in his cars, and polished them to the point they gleamed.
He also possessed a wonderful sense of humor, demonstrated by his prolific joke-telling. When asked about his biggest fear of reaching the age of 100, he often responded, "I will as long as I don't get caught by a jealous husband!"
Louis enjoyed the simple things in life, such as having coffee with countless friends, eating fried chicken from KFC and watching the Grand Ole Opry on television.
He lived a grand life. While he will be sorely missed by family and friends, he will be reunited with the twinkle in his eyes, Marie, who passed 23 years ago.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Monday, June 27, 2016, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral services will take place at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Jim Hartkins will officiate.
Burial will be follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Stein’s name can be made to IMH Hospice or Donor’s Choice.
Willard "Poody" Kessinger - 86
Willard “Poody” Kessinger, 86, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016.
He was born on November 6, 1929 in Colfax, Illinois, the son of Frank Kessinger and Laura (Bratcher) Kessinger.
Willard married Betty Cahoe on June 26, 1949 in Watseka at the Christian Church.
Mr. Kessinger was a Section Laborer for the TPW Railroad for 40 years
He enjoyed camping, watching old movies, and doing handy man work.
Surviving Mr. Kessinger is his wife, Betty Kessinger of Wateka; four daughters and son-in-law’s, Sharry and Paul Davis of Watseka, Kathy Kessinger of Watseka, Nancy and William Kreznor of Woodstock, IL, and Debbie Pocica of Melrose Park, IL; one brother and sister-in-law, Linard and Mini Kessinger of Watseka; nine grandchildren, Tommy Kusman, David Kusman, James Jones, Philip Kreznor, Abigail Kreznor, Donald Davis, Zachary, Max, Tessa, William, and Zoe Pocica; two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Cruiz; and several nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Glen Kessinger; and five sisters, Glenna Matthews, Hazel Bratcher, Alice Leonard, Londa Frohling, and Lola Schultz.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Memorials in Mr. Kessinger's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
Cremation Rites will be recorded following services.