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Edith "Gay" Walker - 67

6/19/1950 - 6/24/2017
Watseka, Illinois
Edith “Gay” Walker, 67, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017. She was born on June 19, 1950 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of Elwin Hertz and Mary (Napier) Hertz. Edith married Bill Walker on November 10, 1973 at the United Methodist Church in Watseka. She was a homemaker. Edith was also a member of the First Christian Church in Watseka, IL. She enjoyed bird watching, reading, gardening, and texting her kids and grandkids. Surviving Mrs. Walker is her husband, Bill Walker of Watseka; one son and daughter-in-law, Robbie and Amy Walker of Coal City, IL; three daughters and son-in-law’s, Lori and Shawn Edwards of Watseka, Justi and David Winke of Diamond, IL, and Natalie and Tyler Sharpe of Watseka; one brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Cindy Sossoman of Topeka, Kansas; four sisters and brother-in-law’s, Wanda Byarley of Bourbonnais, IL, Amy and Gary Duby of Beaverville, IL, Alana and Jim Askew of Watseka, and Katie Sutton of Minnesota; seven grandchildren, Jordan, Addi, Sydney, Paige, Griffin, Lanie, and Braden; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will take place on Friday, June 30, 2017, at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Roy Johnson will officiate. Burial will follow at GAR Cemetery in Watseka. In Lieu of Flowers memorials can be made to the First Christian Church or Donor's Choice.

Kenneth Wayne Brown - 72

7/9/1944 - 6/18/2017
Watseka, Illinois
Kenneth Wayne Brown, 72, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017. He was born on July 9, 1944 in Las Vegas, NV, the son of Wayne Brown and Alice (Frydach) Brown. Kenneth married Evelyn Prater on April 12, 2008 at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church. Mr. Brown owned and operated K&J sales and services. He enjoyed camping, woodworking, and running the tow truck. Surviving Mr. Brown is his wife Evelyn Brown of Watseka, IL; one son and daughter-in-law, Matthew Wayne and Carrie Brown of Watseka, IL; two daughters and son-in-law's: Tracy and Jim Kelch of Ashkum, IL, Kelley and Mark Whitlock of Gilman, Kate and Joe Ash of Onarga; one brother, Steven and Ramona Brown of Las Vegas, NV; two sisters and brother-in-law's, Missy and Butch Wood of Lake Havasu, AZ, and Penny and Dick Bettes of Flag Staff, AZ; two step-sons, Brian Suver and Patrick of Chicago, IL, Bruce and Michele Suver of Woodland; one step-daughter, Tami Kleinert and John Lahey of Watseka; grandchildren, Marc, Kristi, Holly, Cody, Brennan, Zach, Alec, Andy, Rachel, Jay Lynn, Brody; step-grandchildren, Lydia, Darryl, Bret; great-grandchild, Stella; God child, Chelsea Brown of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; and his first wife, Janyce, who passed May 24, 2004. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10:00 am, at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church in Watseka. Father Michael Powell and Rev. David Ralph will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. Memorials in Mr. Brown's name can be made to IMH Hospice and Crescent-Iroquois EMS.

James "JR" Martin - 71

12/10/1945 - 6/14/2017
Watseka, Illinois

 

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

1/20/1958 - 6/2/2017
Watseka, Illinois
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

9/22/1927 - 5/31/2017
McAllen, Texas
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.

Micheal Lee McKinney Sr. - 61

8/14/1955 - 5/14/2017
Watseka, Illinois
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

2/19/1954 - 5/13/2017
Watseka, Illinois
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

1/5/1925 - 4/27/2017
Loda, Illinois

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

11/11/1973 - 4/22/2017
Sheldon, Illinois
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

12/8/1949 - 4/21/2017
Donovan, Illinois
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.

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