Rosemary Stevens - 92
Rosemary Stevens, 92, of Loda, IL, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017. She was born on January 5, 1925 in Germantown, OH, the daughter of Thomas Jones and Carrie (Woodward)( Jones) Gehron. Rosemary Jones and Raymond Stevens married on June 20, 1946 in Germantown, OH. Mrs. Stevens was a member of the Eastern Star and worked in the manufacturing industry At age 80 Rosemary needed something to do and went back to work at Walmart (Rantoul) in the fitting room and then greeter and loved meeting the children and people. She enjoyed waters sports and sewing. Surviving Mrs. Stevens is one son (Kenny) and daughter (Carol) , Kenny lives in Loda. Carol and David Arseneau also live in Loda. Sarah Stevens (wife of the late Gary Stevens) of Florida; Three brothers, David Gehron of Germantown, OH, Fred Gehron of Germantown, OH, and Tommy Jones of South Dakota; four sisters, Evelyn Smith of Germantown, OH, Anne Weaver of Germantown, OH, Lavone Butler of Germantown, OH, and Patti Somers of Germantown, OH; one step-sister, Ilene Mohler of Germantown, Ohio; grandchildren, Raymond and Misty Arseneau, Jed and Betsy Arseneau, Sarah Stevens, Beth and Jake Morris, and Nathan Stevens and fiancé Tiffany Angeletti; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Matthew, Adam, Ella, and Delaney; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; one son, Gary; six brothers; four sisters; and one great-grandson, Christopher. Graveside will be held on Monday, May 01, 2017 at 11 am, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Stevens's name can be made to the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association
Jeanette Marie Hull - 43
Jeanette Marie Hull, 43, of Sheldon, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
She was born on November 11, 1973 in Watseka, IL, the daughter of Dale Hull and Mary (Lade) Hull.
Jeanette was self employed. She enjoyed being a part of the Toys for Tots program as well as working on cars.
Surviving Ms. Hull is her mother, Mary Hull of Watseka; son, Kenneth Boucher (Rose Walters) of Sheldon, IL; daughter, Samantha Boucher and fiancé Wesley Deck of Alabama; three brothers,Tony and Kristina Hull of Fleming Island, FL, Barry Hull of Watseka, and Robert Hull of Chicago; two sisters, Shelly Hebert-Hull of Sheldon, and Robin Hull of Watseka; three grandchildren, Rosealina, Kaydence, and Alexander Deck; many nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her maternal grandparents; father, Dale; two uncles, LeeRoy Lade and Dale Lade; and one sister, Alicia Weber
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 3pm to 6pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Debbie White will officiate.
Memorials in Ms. Hull's name can be made to Family’s Wishes.
Cremation Rites will be made accordingly.
Sharon Betts - 67
Sharon Rose (Morgan) Betts, 67, of Donovan, Illinois, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017.
She was born on December 8, 1949 in Waxahachie, Texas, the daughter of Lynn Morgan and Eva (Robbins) Morgan.
Sharon enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
Surviving Mrs. Betts is one son, Robert McClard of Springfield, MO; two daughters, Denna and Scott LeCount of Donovan, IL, and Bryana Webster of North Carolina; brother, Arthur Morgan of California; sisters, Linnie Collum of California, and Martha Sehlstrom of Horton, Kansas; grandchildren, Jacob (Lindsy) LeCount, Austen Hamlin, Trever LeCount, Tyler Hamlin, Elijah Webster, Lily Webster, Trinity Webster, Triston Webster; great-grandchildren, Jaxson LeCount, Kazor Webster, Ryatt Langston, Rebelle Langston, and Ravyn Langston.
She is also preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Robert; and one son, Jason.
Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
Mabel Cluver - 101
Mabel Friedrike Wilhemina (Hasselbring) Cluver, 101, of Watseka, IL passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017.
She was born on June 6, 1915 in Ash Grove Township, IL, the daughter of Edward and Reika (Wolf) Hasselbring.
Mabel married John H. Cluver on September 15, 1942. He passed away on May 31, 1975.
She was a homemaker and also painted, hung wallpaper, and cleaned homes and businesses. She worked at Watseka Variety and News for many years until retiring when she was in her 80’s. Mabel was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka and before that the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Idaville (rural Cissna Park) where she was confirmed in German. She was also a member of the Save Our Station group. She enjoyed making BBQ and many gooseberry pies for the Gooseberry Festival.
Surviving Mrs. Cluver is her son, Lynn of Watseka; daughter, JoAnna (Dan) VanHoveln of Danville; two step-son, Walmar (Martha) and Alvin of Watseka; three grandsons; nine step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous step-great-grandchildren; several step-great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Alton, Alfred, Walker, Erwin, and an infant; step-son, Paul G. Cluver; grandson, Matthew Alan VanHoveln; step-great-grandchild, Jolene Breymeyer.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9:30am to 11:00 am, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka.
Funeral Services will also be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 11:00 am, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.
Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mrs. Cluver’s name can be made to the Calvary Lutheran Church or Save Our Station.
Morris E. Hill Sr. - 85
Morris E. Hill Sr., 85, of Woodland, Illinois, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017.
He was born on September 11, 1931 in rural Milford, IL, the son of Ollie Hill and Viola (Hubner) Hill.
Morris married Arlene Swanson on December 30, 1955 in Milford. Mr. Hill graduated from Milford High School in 1949 and joined the Air Force shortly after in December 1951. He served in the Air Force until December 1955 while stationed in Fort Campbell, KY. Morris was a Mechanic for 36 years. He was also an active member for the NRA, Woodland Village Board, ILEA, and Modern Woodmen. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking.
Surviving Mr. Hill is his wife, Arlene Hill of Woodland; son and daughter-in-law, Morris Jr. and Linda Hill of Watseka; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanie and Mark Tweedy of Milford; sister, Dorothy German of Milford; brother-in-law, Richard Allen of Milford; grandchildren, Chad and Cara Tweedy of Loda and Sara and Nathan McTaggart of Watseka; great-grandchildren, Cruz Tweedy and Baby McTaggart on the way; and many nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Wendell Hill; and one sister, Deloris Allen.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 10am-12pm, at Milford Methodist Church in Milford.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:00pm (noon), at Milford Methodist Church in Milford. Pastor Gail Meyers will officiate.
Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Hill's name cane be made to the Milford Methodist Church or Donor’s Choice.
Walter "Frank" Hartke - 77
Crescent City, Illinois
Walter “Frank” Hartke, 77, of Crescent City, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Frank was born on October 19, 1939 in Watseka, IL, the son of Walter Hartke and Cletis (Cary) Hartke.
He married Janet Schmitt on June 30, 1962. She passed on September 15, 2001.
Frank was a Bricklayer for the Union Local 6. He was also a member of the American Legion in Cissna park, Crescent-Iroquois Fire Department, Crescent City School Board, and the Crescent City Township Board. He served in the ARMY as well. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his grandchildren.
Surviving Mr. Hartke is three daughters and son-in-law’s, Denise and Kevin Myers of Watseka, Debra and Deano Sapp of Watseka, and Donna and Chris Pincombe of Grand Rapids, MI; one brother, Charles “Butch” and Bonita Hartke of Crescent City, IL; a special friend, Kathy Feller of Cissna Park, IL; three grandchildren, Brock Myers, Devin Pincombe, and Hunter Pincombe; and many nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; and wife, Janet.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services.
Burial will follow at Flesher Cemetery in Crescent City, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials in Mr. Hartke's name can be made to the Methodist Church of Crescent City, Cissna Park American Legion, or Donor’s Choice.
Carmen McCoskey - 80
Carmen McCoskey, 80, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at her home.
She was born on February 6, 1937 in Zaragoza, Spain, the daughter of Gregorio Pelegrin and Gregoria (Itoy) Pelegrin.
Carmen married Terry McCoskey on August 31, 1993 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Carmen was a Homemaker. She was also a member of the Cornerstone Church and an active Missionary. She enjoyed socializing.
Surviving Mrs. McCoskey is her spouse, Terry McCoskey of Watseka; sons and daughter-in-law, Charles Showalter of Diberville, MS, and John and Barbara Showalter of Ocean Springs, MS; daughters and son-in-law: Tammie Thomas of Diberville, MS, and Marie and Randy Reid of Biloxi, MS; grandchildren, Larry and Damien Liepelt, Jessica Allen, Jennifer Scott, Scott Bosarge, Shantelle Showalter, Nick Showalter, Jeremy Showalter, Gabriel and Maya Showalter, and Ashley and Scottie Reid; great-grandchildren, Brighson Liepelt, Chris, Amber, Anthony Allen, Hunter and Noah Bosarge, Makenzi and Liam Scott, and Landon Brooks.
She is also preceded in death by both parents; one daughter, Marcy Liepelt; and two granddaughters, Ronika Showalter and Amanda Liepelt.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 4-8pm, at Cornerstone Church in Woodland, IL.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:00 am, at Cornerstone Church in Woodland, IL. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Jerry “PJ” Parker will officiate.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mrs. McCoskey's name can be made to the Vision Fund of the Cornerstone Church.
Frances Garner - 85
Frances Pauline Garner, 85, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017.
She was born on March 6, 1932 in Watseka, the daughter of William Glasscock and Glenna (Kirk) Glasscock.
Frances married William Garner on August 2, 1947. He has since passed.
She was a retail sales clerk for FS Hardware Store for over 30 years and also worked at Home Appliance in Kankakee.
Surviving Mrs. Garner are her sons and daughter-in-law’s, Daniel and Peggy Garner of Watseka, and David and Tamara Garner of McIntosh, SD;
brothers, Carl Kirk of Indianapolis, IN, and Billy Glasscock of Martinsville, IN; sister, Barbara Vandagrifft of Green Castle, IN; grandchildren, Nicole and Tom Conlon of Clarion, IA, April and Duane Schmedeke of Springfield, IL, Tom and Jacklyn Garner of Crown Point, IN, Christine and Mike Sandland of Selfridge, ND, Doreen and Ross Hinsz of Brainard, MN, and Shawn and Ashley Garner of Minot, ND; fifteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by both parents; and husband, William Garner.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.
Memorials in Mrs. Garner's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
Patrick McCullough - 66
Patrick McCullough, 66, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017.
He was born on March 26, 1950 in Watseka, the son of Virgil McCullough and Zellma (Stephenson) McCullough.
Patrick married Estella Cotter on September 7, 1969 in Watseka at the Methodist Church.
Mr. McCullough was a farmer. He also worked for UARCO for 24 years. Patrick served as the Martinton Precinct Captain for the Iroquois County Democratic Central Committee, as well as serving in the National Guard.
He enjoyed farming, gardening, Sudoku puzzles, fair exhibits, and drinking coffee.
Surviving Mr. McCullough is his wife, Estella McCullough of Watseka; daughter, Latisha “Tish” Measaw and fiancé James Odom of Foosland, IL; sons and daughter-in-law's, Patrick Jr. and Bridgett McCullough of Kankakee, Anthony and Maria McCullough of Cumming, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Joyce McCullough of Watseka; sister, Myra Sparling of Malvern, AR; grandchildren, Amanda Measaw, Kasandra “Kasi” and Derek Johnson, Corey Measaw, Mathew Measaw, Liam and Owen McCullough, and Reese, Aniston, and Xander McCullough; great-grandchildren, Kindle and Kendra Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Gerald; one niece; and one nephew.
Visitation will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017 from 4 to 8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Serviced will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Virgil Wesco will officiate.
Burial will follow Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, Illinois.
In Lieu of Flowers memorials can be made to Bishop McNamara Catholic School, American Cancer Society, or Donor’s Choice.
William "Howard" Orcutt - 92
William “Howard” Orcutt, 92, of Watseka passed away on Sunday March 12, 2017 at home surrounded by family.
He was born on April 29, 1924 in Stockland Township, the son of John and Dona (Hocutt) Orcutt.
He married Virginia West on September 15, 1946 at the bride’s parent’s home because the Belmont Church had burned earlier that summer.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia (West) Orcutt; one daughter, Kathryn (Cory) Rozenberg of Scandinavia, WI; one son, Kim Orcutt of Rantoul, IL; seven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, June (John) Perry of Champaign, IL, and Lois (Ben R.) West of Watseka, IL; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both parents; one son, Karl; two brothers, John and Charles Orcutt; and one sister, Charlotte Hamiltion.
Howard was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed carpentry, reading, crop watching, coffee shop talk with friends, and socializing with numerous people.
During WWII he served as a radio-gunner on a B-24 Bomber in the CBI theater earning the DFC and the Chinese DFC medals, in addition to three Air Medals. Following graduation from the U of I he started farming and teaching GI classes, as well as substitute teaching at the High School. He was a member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, American Legion, and Farm Bureau. He also served on the School Board, was the Township Assessor, Township Clerk, Conservation Committee, 4-H leader, and others.
Visitation will be held at the Woodland Methodist Church at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 15, 2017, until the 12:00 pm (noon) service followed by a Celebration of Life which will be held in the church annex. Rev. David Perry will officiate. Military rites have been made accordingly.
Memorials may be made to the Iroquois County 4-H, Carle Hospice, or Donor’s Choice.