Alan Jackson - 4912/29/1968 - 5/22/2018
Alan Jackson, 49, of Beaverville, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
He was born on December 29, 1968 in Kankakee, IL, the son of Edward Jackson and Beatrice (Hutson) Myers.
Alan was a laborer, welder, and a carpenter. He enjoyed sports, especially the CUBS, rodeoing, playing pool, and spending time with family.
Surviving Mr. Jackson is his significant other, Brenda Lane; son, Brandon Cornell; daughter, Heather Coffey; brothers, Robert (Judith) Jackson, David (Debra) Jackson, and Brian Jackson; sister, Sheila Floriant; grandchildren, Brayden Dewitt, Bryton Cahoe, and Paisley Cornell; twenty nieces and nephes; and twelve great nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pamela Jackson; and brother in law, Kenneth Floriant.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 11am until 2pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Jim Frary will officiate.
Memorials in Mr. Jackson's name can be made to the Family's Wishes.
Richard Brown - 673/23/2018 - 5/15/2018
Richard Brown, 67, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
He was born March 23, 1951 in Watseka, IL, the son of Harold Brown and Betty (Pentecost) Bayer.
Richard served in the ARMY. He was in the Pest Control for over fifteen years. He was also a member of the Hoopeston VFW. He enjoyed reading the Bible and playing cards.
Surviving Mr. Brown is his sons, Jim (Kerrie) Brown of Watseka, and Joshua (Belinda) Brown of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter, Jeanna (Dale) Durflinger of Watseka; sister and brother-in-laws, Glenda (Ken) Henrich of Wellington, and Rick Martel of Kankakee; grandchildren, Dayton, Skylee, Kyle, Lily, James, Jorin, Michael, Gabriel, Matthew, Jasmine, and Gideon; nieces and nephews, David Martel, Gary (Trina) Martel, Teresa (Jeff) Henry, and Jim (Sarah) Boiles.
He is also preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Debbie Martel; and a special friends, Debra Brown.
Memorial Services will be held on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:00 am, at New Beginnings Church in Hoopeston, IL.
Burial will be held at a later date.
Memorials in Mr. Brown's name can be made to the Family's Wishes.
Phyllis Hartman - 872/19/1931 - 5/14/2018
Harry "Randy" Jackson - 5910/6/1958 - 5/6/2018
Harry "Randy" Jackson, 59, of Papineau, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 surrounded by loved ones.
He was born on October 6, 1958 in Kankakee, IL, the son of Harry Jackson and Wilma (Jackson) Jackson.
Randy worked in construction and enjoyed fishing, football, and baseball.
Surviving Mr. Jackson is his brother, Richard Jackson of Crossville, TN; sisters, Peggy (Steve) Keath of Noblesville, IN, and Melinda Wilson of Watseka; nieces and nephews, Evelyn Lubben, Lori Trotter, David Clevenger, Melinda Schramm, Marcia Bridges, Stacy Hauber, Scott Keath, Steven Keath, Heater Bennett, Ashley Mathews, Nathan Wilson, and Debra Wilson.
He is also preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Deloris Calero.
Gravside Services will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1:00pm, at the St. Anne Cemetery. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate.
Memorials in Mr. Jackson's name can be made to Donor's Choice.
Kathryn Day - 6110/12/1956 - 5/5/2018
Kathryn Day, 61, of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
She was born on October 12, 1956 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of Delbert Trobaugh and Carol (Bray) Trobaugh-Brammer.
Kathryn served in the ARMY. She worked as a CNA for over 10 years, before becoming a cook, and then eventually a homemaker. In her free time she enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, and horses. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving Ms. Day is two sons, Joshua Christman of Fort Collins, CO and Ryan (Alicia) Hansen of West Chester, PA; daughter, Jennifer (Andrew) Eheart of Watseka; brothers, Michael (Susan) Trobaugh of Kankakee, and David (Mary) Trobaugh of Clifton; grandchildren, Hannah and Lilian Eheart; and nieces and nephew, Amanda (Robert) Jamieson of Bourbonnais, Megan (Jeremy) Berns of Hersher, and Seth Trobaugh of Clifton.
She is also preceded in death by her paretns; step-father, Donald Brammer; and one son, Jeffrey.
A Gathering of Friends will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 12pm (Noon) until the 2pm Memorial Service, at Baier Funeral home in Watseka. Pastor Ric Olson will officiate.
Burial will follow services at Lyman Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Ms. Day's name can be made to the Family's Wishes.
Norman Owens - 776/15/1940 - 5/2/2018
Norman C. Owens died peacefully on May 2 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born to Ralph and Wilma (Criss) Owens on June 15, 1940 in Jasonville, Indiana where he grew up.
Norman earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana State University. He began his 38 year career as a history teacher at Sheldon High School in 1962. He taught at Watseka High School from 1970 until his retirement in 2000. Mr. Owens was a dedicated and talented teacher, beloved by his students and respected by his colleagues. History was his passion. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading about American history, traveling to historic sites, and visiting cemeteries and battlefields. He also loved Dixieland jazz and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Throughout his adult life in Sheldon and Watseka, Norman was engaged in school, professional, and community activities. He was a member of local, state, and national education associations. He served as a member of the Sheldon Library Board, the Sheldon School Board, and the Watseka Library Board. For many years, he was a volunteer for the Iroquois Memorial Hospital and the Iroquois Memorial Hospice program. In his final days, he was grateful for the care he received from Hospice. He was also a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and was an Illinois ambassador to the National Relay for Life Celebration on the Hill in Washington, DC.
His contributions were recognized with numerous awards and honors throughout his life, including the DAR Outstanding Iroquois County Teacher of American History Award, the 2000 Walmart Foundation Teacher of the Year Award, the 2004 Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero Award, the 2006 Times Republic Citizen of the Year Award, and the 2012 Watseka Community High School Academic Inspiration Award.
In addition to his wife of 34 years, Beverly, he is survived by his sons: John (Anita) Owens, Watseka, and children Mike, Kyle, Kayin, Jacob, Adam, and Andrew; Dr. Robert Owens, Wichita, KS; his stepchildren: Bryan (Gail) Luecke, Mt. Juliet, TN, and children Kyle, Katie, and Claire; Curtis (Heather) Luecke, Watseka, and daughter Ashley (Jeff) Ward; Rachel (Dan) Lucking, Clinton, MA, and children Christian and Briana. He is further survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Tom and Marsha Rossiter, Oshkosh, WI, and children Mitch, Stuart, and Lee.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 12, with the service following at 4:00 pm. Committal service will be on Sunday, May 13, at the Fleming Cemetery, York Township Indiana, at 12:00 noon Central Daylight time. Memorials may be made to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice, or donor’s choice.
John L. Urban - 7011/5/1947 - 4/30/2018
John L. Urban, 70, of Onarga, IL, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at his home.
He was born on November 5, 1947 in Chicago, IL, the son of Leonard Urban and Rose (Chorack) Urban.
Mr. Urban was self employed doing scrap yard work. He enjoyed auctions and his dogs. He was a member of the ASPCA.
Surviving Mr. Urban is his wife, Carol Urban of Watseka; one son, John A. (Keagon) Urban of Martinton; daughter, Christina (Jake Ladd) Urban of Watseka; and grandchildren, Mackenzie Rose Urban, Ainsley Urban, Chase Urban, Olivia Ladd, and Andrew Urban.
He is also preceded in death by his parents.
A Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10am until 12pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
Paul Wayne Kunce - 6910/31/1948 - 4/20/2018
Paul Wayne Kunce, 69, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018.
He was born on October 31, 2018 in Paxton, IL, the son of Robert Kunce and Anna (Ingold) Kunce.
Paul married Judith Raether on November 23, 1968 .
Mr. Kunce was a repairman for Schumachers Electric Corporation. He enjoyed reading, puzzles, and most of all spending time with family.
Surviving Mr. Kunce is his wife, Judith Kunce of Hoopeston; sons and daughter-in-law's, Joseph and Julie Kunce of Davis, IL, Neil and Stacy Kunce of Watseka, Eric and Lauren Kunce of LaGrange, KY, and Peter (Deloris Baker) Kunce of Hoopeston; sisters and brother-in-law's, Barbara and Bob Allison of Louisville, KY, Karen and Noel Benner of Belleville, IL, Daniel Raether of Grand Rapids, MI, and Victor Heuring of Oregon, OH; sister-in-law, Diane Kunce of Merritt Island, FL; grandchildren, Kassidy, Kenton, Kallie, Stepheny, Nathan, Ryan, Adam, Emily, Allison, Clayton, Kyleigh, Shaeley, and Sierra; great-grandchild, Aiden; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Phyllis Kunce-Janssen; brother, Robert; sister-in-law, Sharon Heuring; and grandson, Clayton Wayne Kunce.
Private services were held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Bruce McQuigg officiated.
Burial will be held at a later date.
Memorials in Mr. Kunce's name can be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.
Gary V. Baker - 775/16/1940 - 4/17/2018
Ventura, CA formerly Watseka, IL
Russell David Carley - 736/28/1944 - 4/14/2018
Russell David Carley, 73, of Milford, IL, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at his home.
He was born June 28, 1944 in Watseka, the son of Allen and Velma (Scheiwe) Carley.
Russell married Verla Edwards on December 31, 1966 in Crescent City, IL at St. Peter's Lutheran Church.
He was a farmer. In his spare time his hobbies included fishing, playing with his grandchildren, golfing, watching the CUBS, remote control airplanes, flying, and attending men's church group.
Surviving Mr. Carley is his wife, Verla Carley of Milford, IL; parents, Allen and Velma Carley of Watseka; daughters, Marci and Roy Gray of Milford, IL, and Beth and Darren Batdorf of Kankakee, IL; brothers, Leon and Janet Carley of South Beloit, WI, and Kenton and Lisa Carley of Milford, IL; sisters, Virginia and Bob Buhr of Milford, IL, and Bonita Rajala of Watseka; grandchildren, Carley and Jake Mitchell, Cade and Abby Batdorf, Colson Carley, and Gage Gray; nieces and nephews, Kirsten and Amy Rajala, Erin and Carey Buhr, Derek and Damon Carley, and Trenton and Clayton Carley.
He is also preceded in passing by son, Scott Carley; and nephew, Jeff Buhr.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.
Burial will follow at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City, IL.
Memorial's in Mr. Carley's name can be made to IMH Hospice, St. Paul's Lutheran School, or Calvary Lutheran Church.
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