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.
Russell Wessels - 89
Russell T. Wessels, 89, of McAllen, TX, formerly of Watseka, IL, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at his home in Texas.
He was born on September 22, 1927, the son of Walter and Frances (Butzow) Wessels.
Russell married Darlene Dienst in 1957. She passed in 1999. Russell later on married Glendora Leonard on June 21, 2001.
Mr. Wessels was a farmer. He also worked at John Deere and then for the State of Illinois before retiring. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, golfing, and spending his winters in Texas.
Surviving Mr. Wessels is his wife, Glendora Wessels of Texas; sons and daughter-in-law’s, David and Wendy Wessels of Bloomington-Normal, IL, and Dean and Becky Wessels of Knoxville, TN, daughter and son -in- law, Debra and Rick Bindler of Naperville, IL, step-children, Susan and Tom Riley of Dayton, OH, and Cindy and Chuck Clagg of North Hampton, OH; grandchildren, Nora and Derrick Wessels, Joseph and Jacob Wessels, Claire and Natalie Bindler, step-grandchildren, Brian and Cara Kite, Andrea and Carl Disalvo, Stacy and Andrew Wildman, and Carisa and Brian Davis, step-great-grandchildren, Jackson, Benjamin, Zachary, CJ, Logan, Brenden, Dylan, Sydney, and Addison; several nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; first wife, Darlene; and two sisters, Natalie Wessels, and Irma Mueller.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:00 am, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka, IL. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Wessels's name can be made to the Calvary Lutheran Church or the American Legion Post #23.
Keith Schmidt - 82
Keith Allen Schmidt of Dallas, Texas was born at home in Cissna Park, Illinois, on December 10, 1934. He grew up in Watseka, Illinois, graduating from Watseka High School in 1953. He went on to pursue his BBA ('57) and MBA ('65) degrees at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and earned his CPA designation in 1969.
He began his banking career in Chicago at American National Bank, continuing at Republic Bank of Dallas where he served as a loan officer, executive trainer/ recruiter and Senior Executive Vice President. Before retiring, he served as an Export-Import banking specialist at Texas Central Bank of Dallas.
Keith generously gave of his time and talents, serving as treasurer at Church of the Epiphany in Richardson, The Richardson Symphony Orchestra, The Epilepsy Foundation of Texas and the DFW chapter of the Northwestern University Alumni Association. He was a strong supporter and enthusiast of the Sugar Creek Opera as well. In addition, for many years he enjoyed tutoring accounting students at Richland College in Dallas.
Keith had many passions, most notably Chicago Cubs baseball. As a lifelong Cubbies fan, he took the greatest pleasure to finally celebrate the Cub's World Series win in October 2016. He was also a passionate Michigan Wolverine fan. He was an accomplished jazz pianist. In his retirement, he continued his pursuit of excellence in this area through on-going study at the University of North Texas in Denton. He was a lifelong learner, expanding his knowledge and interests through world travel, reading and participation in Southern Methodist University's continuing education classes. He also enjoyed physical exercise, participating in sailing, golf and local running races though his late 70's.
His children have numerous fond memories of their special dad. Keith's son, John, spent many memorable weekends with his dad, sailing on White Rock Lake. He is grateful for Keith's presence and support at his running competitions in high school and beyond. His daughter, Natalie, is most appreciative of Keith's dedication to Luke, Charlie and Jake, his grandsons in Iowa, supporting their athletic, academic and musical endeavors. His daughter, Michelle, will be forever grateful for the encouragement he gave to his grandson, Andrew, and for the financial support he gave to help his granddaughter, Madeleine, through her journey with autism.
Keith is survived by his daughter, Michelle Dickson and her husband Kenny, daughter Natalie Kliegl and her husband Art, son John Schmidt and his wife Stephanie, and his five grandchildren, Luke, Charlie, Andrew, Madeleine and Jake. Keith is also survived by his longtime friend and special companion, Jeannie Ball; sister-in-law, Carolyn Schmidt; and first wife, Penny Bonneau. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lowell Schmidt and his parents, Ralph and Velma Schmidt.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 5th at 11:30 am at the United Methodist Church of Watseka.
Micheal Lee McKinney Sr. - 61
Micheal Lee “Mike” McKinney Sr., 61, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017.
He was born on August 14, 1955 in Clinton, Indiana, the son of Larry Denault and Margaret (McKinney) Murray.
Micheal married Kathleen Brutlag on August 6, 1983 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth.
Mr. McKinney was a member of the Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ. He enjoyed puppets and magic.
Surviving Mr. McKinney is his wife, Kathleen McKinney of Watseka; sons, Micheal McKinney Jr. of Watseka, and Kaleb McKinney of Watseka; daughters, Heather and Eric Crissey of Lavergne, TN, and Cortney McKinney of Watseka; brothers, Mikie Denault of Chebanse, John Birchfield of Georgia, and William Pippin of Centralia, IL; sisters and brother-in-law’s, Deb and Dan Jansen of Kankakee, Laura Denault Williams of Chebanse, and Kimi Denault of Chebanse; grandchildren, Tiffany Miller, Hally Miller, and Sophia Crissey of TN; Paiton of Braidwood, Rilie and Reagan McKinney of Kankakee, Rigley Williamson of Crescent City, Kaiden McKinney of Paxton, and Sabrina and Chloe McKinney of Watseka; and multiple nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by his parents, Don and Margaret Murray; brother, Brian Denault; and brother in law, Jay Williams.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 5 to 7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Joel Brutlag will officiate.
Memorials in Mr. McKinney's name can be made to the Family’s Wishes.
Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.
Lucinda Crozier - 63
Lucinda C. Crozier, 63, of Watseka, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
She was born on February 19, 1954 in Danville, IL, the daughter of James Crozier and Frances Morrison.
Ms. Crozier was a CNA for Home Health Care for 20 plus years, and was a member of the Royal Neighbors. Lucinda also worked 20 plus years at the Prime Burger Restaurant in Watseka., she truly enjoyed helping and taking care of people, spending time with her nieces and nephews, going to state parks, being out side in nature, and going out to eat.
Surviving Ms. Crozier is her step-mother, Elaine C. Crozier of Bristol, IL; sister, Alice Valentine of Watseka, IL; nieces and nephews, Mike and Marcy Valentine , Terri Valentine, Stewart Valentine and Kevin Smith; great nieces and nephews, Mylee, Mackenzie, Ian, and Karsyn.
She is also preceded in death by both parents; and one sister, Joan Crozier.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Baier Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Baier Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. with one hour visitation prior to the services. Minister Sandy Onken will officiate.
Burial will follow at Body Cemetery, Woodland, IL
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.