Richard "Dick" Corke - 6711/10/1948 - 10/22/2016
Richard “Dick” Corke, 67, of Watseka, Il,...
Marietta (nee Marcott) Farrar - 879/14/1929 - 9/30/2016
Marietta (nee Marcott) Farrar, 87, of Watseka,...
Mary Ellen Ralph - 797/6/1937 - 9/24/2016
Mary Ellen Ralph, 79, of Watseka,...
Harry J. Manning - 682/14/1948 - 9/18/2016
Harry J. Manning, 68, of Milford,...
Gerald "Jerry" Fordyce - 768/24/1939 - 4/15/2016
Gerald “Jerry” Fordyce, 76, Beaverville, IL, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016. He was born on August 24, 1939 in Watseka, IL, the son of Norman Fordyce and Hazel (Chase) Fordyce. Gerald married Theresa Floriant on November 10, 1962 in St. Anne, IL. She has since passed. Mr. Fordyce served in the ARMY for six years. He was a Member of the Aroma Park Legion and the Fisher VFW #52. He was most recently employed at Wal-Mart for 5 years. Gerald enjoyed old classic country music and cruising in the country. Surviving Mr. Fordyce are three sons and daughter-in-law,Charles Fordyce of Alabama, Scott and Tracy Fordyce of Mansfield, IL, and Stuart Anthony “Tony” Fordyce of Florida; one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Tom Andes of Florida; twelve grandchildren; two brothers and sister-in-law’s, Joe and Marjorie Fordyce of Watseka, and Michael “Mick” and Sue Fordyce of Pontiac, IL, several nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; wife, Theresa; one son, Gregory; and one grandson, Charles Fordyce Jr. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Father Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mr. Fordyce's name can be made to the Family.
Terrance Alma Sullivan - 797/8/1936 - 4/11/2016
Terrance Alma Sullivan, 79, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016. He was born July 8, 1936 in Goshen, Utah, the son of Sheldon and Madelynn (Elton) Sullivan. Terrance married Maria Elena Garcia in Sanlucar, Spain on June 21, 1959. Mr. Sullivan served in NAVY for 25 years as a Sea Bee Construction. He was a car salesman after retiring from the NAVY, and a member of the Watseka VFW. He enjoyed spending time with the grandkids. Surviving Mr. Sullivan is his wife, Maria Elena Sullivan of Watseka; two sons and daughter-in-law, Greg and Gema Sullivan of Alexandria, Virginia, and Daniel Sullivan of Watseka; one daughter and son-in-law, Elena and Kevin (Keath) Sullivan of Arizona; two sisters and brother-in-law’s, Joy and Bob Hunter of Mirage, Arizona, and Linda and Judson Kidwell of Seattle, Washington; two grandchildren, Stephanie Sullivan and Cecilia Sullivan; two great-grandchildren, Hayden and Bayne; many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both his parents; and one brother, Neil Sullivan. Private Visitation and Funeral Services will be held. Father Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mr.Sullivan's name can be made to donor’s choice.
Darlene Mohler - 789/24/1937 - 4/4/2016
Darlene Mohler, 78, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016 at her home surrounded by family. She was born on September 24, 1937 in Watseka, the daughter of George Stone and Katherine (Matson) Stone. Darlene married Robert Mohler on October 7, 1956. He passed June 12, 1999. Mrs. Mohler was a cook for the day care at the First Christian Church in Watseka. She enjoyed watching tv shows. Surviving Mrs. Mohler is one son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Loretta Mohler of Watseka; two brothers and sister-in-law, Carl Stone of Sheldon, and Charles and Allene Stone of Fulton, TN; five grandchildren, Jared and Sara Mohler, Justin and Amanda Mohler, Kristin and Gary Miller, Travis and Jodi Hagan, and Jake and Jennifer Hagan; nine great-grandchildren, Henry and Sophia Mohler, Kelsey Miller, and Emma, Peyton, Chace, Klara, and Kamryn Hagan; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Mohler; one son, Scott Mohler; and one great-grandson, Cole Hagan. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Ben Stone will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Mohler's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
Shirley Roach - 886/3/1927 - 3/26/2016
Shirley Roach, 88, of Martinton, IL, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016. She was born on June 3, 1927 in Pocahontas, Iowa, the daughter of William Kerker and Louise (Waechter) Kerker. Shirley married Charles Roach on December 1, 1951 in Peoria, at St. Bernard’s Church. Shirley was a member of the Central Illinois Green Club, showing antique tractors. She volunteered for the Iroquois County Red Cross, and was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville. Mrs. Roach was a Register Nurse for over fifty years. She enjoyed doing any outside work having to do with her yard and garden. Surviving Mrs. Roach is one son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Carla Roach of Rochelle, IL; one daughter, Ann Roach of Martinton; one sister, Betty Powers of Peoria, IL; one sister-in-law, Pat Kerker of Peoria, IL; four grandchildren, Clay, Patrick, Michael, and Richard; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, Charles; one daughter, Kathy; and two brothers, Stanley and Bill. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10:00 am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL. Father Daniel Belanger will officiate. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Martinton. Memorials in Mrs. Roach's name can be made to the St. Mary’s Restoration Fund.
Earl "Bud" Eberhart - 904/30/1925 - 3/20/2016
Earl George Eberhart, known as “Bud” by family and friends, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016. For the last eight months he resided at the Rensselaer Care Center in Rensselaer, Indiana. Born April 30, 1925, to Louis and Mary Eichelberger Eberhart, he grew up in Cissna Park, IL. He was the youngest of eleven children born of this union: Anna, Edward, Wilbur, Walter, Clarence, Alpha, Louis (Duke), Lucille, Helen, Lavina, and Earl. Mr. Eberhart was preceded in death by his parents and nine of his siblings. Mr. Eberhart graduated from Cissna Park High School in 1943, and entered in the U.S. Navy; he became a Third Class Petty Officer from June 1944 to May 1946. He attended the University of Illinois in 1946 and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He worked in sales and management and then as a Production Engineer with GTE for 27 years. He met and married Pierrette Brabant in 1957. They lived a joyful and active life for 33 years before her untimely passing. In 1991, he met and married Dorothy Zarse and the two spent their time together in CA, FL, and IN where they both loved playing cards, games, and traveling. His love was in finance with stocks and investments. He was a member of the Remington United Methodist Church. Family and friends were very important to him. Surviving Earl is his wife, Dorothy Zarse Eberhart; and one sister, Lavina Eberhart Lowry who currently resides with her husband, Dr. Earl Lowry in Oswego, IL. A “Celebration of Life” will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm, at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. Pastor Mary van Wijk will officiate. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park, Watseka. Memorials in memory of Earl Eberhart’s name may be made to the Dementia and Alzheimer’s Foundation in your areas.
Kathleen Ann Benner - 704/18/1945 - 3/17/2016
Kathleen Ann Benner, 70, of Woodland, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2016. She was born on April 18, 1945 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of James Lovell and Darlene (Stone) Kemp. Kathleen married Douglas Benner at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schwer on December 3, 1982. She worked food services for the Unit 9 School District for 22 years. She enjoyed reading, gardening, crosswords, cooking, and cross stitching. Kathleen was also a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford, IL. Surviving Mrs. Benner is her husband, Douglas Benner of Woodland; one daughter, Kierci Schaumburg of Danville, IL; one brother and sister-in-law, James and Kathy Lovell of Port Richey, FL; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 1:00pm-3:00pm, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford, IL. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 3:00pm, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford, IL. Pastor Karl Gibbs will officiate. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schwer, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Benner's name can be made to IMH Hospice, Prairieview Lutheran Home, Our Savior Lutheran Church, or Donor’s Choice.
Howard L. "Butch" Harwood - 6811/4/1947 - 3/12/2016
Howard L. “Butch” Harwood Jr., 68, of Watseka, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016. He was born on November 4, 1947, in Watseka, the son of Howard L. Harwood Sr. and Hattie D. Guard. On September 8, 1973, he married Cathy Smith in Watseka, Illinois. Mr. Harwood was a mechanic and a farmer. He enjoyed camping, collecting Coco-Cola bottles, and music. Surviving Mr. Harwood are his spouse, Cathy Smith of Watseka, Illinois; two sons and daughter-in-law, Clayton & Jen Harwood of Morocco, Indiana and Jeff Harwood of Watseka, Illinois; two daughters and son-in-law, Heather & Brad Flatt of Goodland, Indiana and Kim Harwood of Watseka, Illinois; one brother and sister-in-law: Bill and Sue Yates of Seminole, Florida; six grandchildren, Amanda; Andrew; Claudia; Mercedes; Hailee; and Gage; one great-grandchild, Annabelle; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his parents. Celebration of life will be at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Harwood's name may be made in American Heart Association or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.
Gayle Osterhous - 767/12/1939 - 3/10/2016
Gayle L. Osterhous, 76, of Woodland, Illinois passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2016. She was born on July 12, 1939 in Chicago, the daughter of Albert and Gertrude (Grzyevinski) Ifland. On June 12, 1956, she married Gene Osterhous at First Christian Church in Watseka, Illinois. Mrs. Osterhous was an administrator for public aid for the state in Iroquois County. She enjoyed trail horseback riding, reading, and loved spending time with family. She was a member of the Illinois Stock Horse Association. Surviving Mrs. Osterhous is her husband, Gene Osterhous of Woodland, Illinois; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Robert and Debra Osterhous of Woodland, Illinois & Danny and Melanie Osterhous of Woodland, Illinois; four grandchildren, Ashley and Troy Odgers of Watseka, Illinois; Kayla and Andy Manos of Belfast, Tennessee; Mindi and Andy Walton of Watseka, Illinois; and Jessica Osterhous and A.J. Kingdon of Watseka, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert Ifland; and sister, Geraldine Ifland. Visitation for Mrs. Osterhous will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 4-7pm at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois. Memorials in Mrs. Osterhous may be made in her name to Illinois State Stock Horse Association, Woodland Methodist Church, or Donor’s Choice. Cremation Rites will be made accordingly.
Delmer Ellsworth Short - 9910/6/1916 - 3/7/2016
Delmer Ellsworth Short, 99, of Gilman, IL, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2016. He was born on October 6, 1916 in Champaign, IL, the son of Fred Short and Laura (Manuel) Short. Mr. Short married Juanita Pence in Canton, Missouri in 1940. Delmer was a Foreman for Illinois Central Railroad for over thirty years before retiring. He enjoyed playing music, playing cards, and tinkering with electronics. He was one of the first of friends to have a radio in his car. He also once made a short wave radio set. Surviving Mr. Short is one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Pat Short of Gilman; two daughters, Tammy Short of Gilman and Kris Fouse of Gilman; nine grandchildren, Jamie Short, Patti Boughton, Skip Fouse, David Fouse, Billy Short, Brian Short, Kelly White, Bob Short, and Scott Short; twenty-one great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both his parents; wife, Juanita Short; six brothers; two sisters; one son, Robert E. Lee Short; and one infant daughter, Jo Deen Short. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Short's name can be made to Donor’s Choice. Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
Winifred Anderson - 6611/17/1949 - 3/6/2016
Winifred “Winnie” Anderson, 66, of Milford, IL, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Urbana, IL. She was born on November 17, 1949 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of Frank Short and Patricia (Irwin) Short. Mrs. Anderson was an Assistant Manager at Walmart located in Watseka. She enjoyed crafts and gardening. Surviving Mrs. Anderson is her significant other, David Long of Milford; one son, Joshua Anderson of Rantoul; one daughter and son-in-law, Sarra and Ryan Rigsby of Hoopeston; three grandchildren, Logan Hall, Jessica Rigsby, and Mitchell Rigsby; and two nephews, Adam Cleutter and Matthew Cleutter. She is also preceded in death by her parents; onesister, Peggy; and one toddler brother, Jeffrey Short. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 1-3pm, at the First Church of God in Hoopeston, IL. Pastor Micah Mobley will officiate. Memorials in Mrs. Anderson's name can be made to the Milford Fire Department or the First Church of God in Hoopeston. Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
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