Monday, October 24, 2016

Rudolph R. Melzer Jr. - Tolono Lodge

CHAMPAIGN – Rudolph R. Melzer Jr., 85, passed away on Saturday (Oct. 22, 2016) at Heartland Healthcare Center in Champaign.
He was born on May 21, 1931, in Taylorville to Rudolph and Maria (Hielscher) Melzer Sr. Rudolph married LaVerne Altman on Dec. 28, 1952, in Taylorville.
Rudolph is survived by his wife; son, Rudy (Donna) Melzer III; brother, Monroe (Helen) Melzer; sisters, Rudolphine Pranske and Betty Jane Waterman; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Rudolph was a 12-year veteran in the U.S. Air Force and he served during the Korean War. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 391 in Tolono for over 50 years.
He enjoyed buying and selling cars and working as pit crew for drag racing. He loved riding motorcycles across the country with his wife.
A memorial celebration of Rudolph's life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Sunset Funeral Home, 710 N. Neil St., Champaign. Dorey Riegel will officiate. Memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made in Rudolph's name to the American Cancer Association or the American Lung Association.
Please join his family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Marvin "Gene" Jackson - Homer Lodge

In loving memory of Marvin “Gene” Jackson, 98, who went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. 

He lived in Speedway, IN for many years, was a printer all his adult life and was part-owner of Crippens Printing Corp. in Indianapolis, IN. He was a corporal in the U.S. Marines during WWII and was stationed in the South Pacific. He retired to Auburndale, FL in 1988.

He was a member and deacon of Havendale Christian Church in Auburndale, FL, member of the American Legion in Homer, IL, member of the Masonic Lodge in Homer, IL. ,member of the Shriner’s Reception Committee in Indianapolis, IN., and a member of the Scottish Rite in Indianapolis, IN.

Gene was born January 6, 1918 in Ludlow, IL to Herbert O. Jackson and Cecile (Walker) Jackson. His parents, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers preceded him in death. Also his first wife, Zula (Logsdon) Jackson passed away January 2, 1987.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Cook) Jackson of Auburndale, FL.., 2 daughters, Sandra (Bob) Danner of Homer, IL, Betty Ruth of Indianapolis, IN; and step-son, John Somoya of Auburndale, FL, 4 grandsons, Jeff, Jim and Rick McPherson, Indianapolis, IN, Greg Ruth, Riverview, FL., granddaughter, Kari Corbett, Fairland, IN; 8 grandchildren and 6 great great grandsons.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 1:30-2:30pm at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. St. Rd. 135, Greenwood, IN with the service following at 2:30pm. Burial will be in Greenwood IN. Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Family and friends are invited to join us after the burial at Cheddar’s on E. Co. Line Rd., Greenwood.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Robert Eugene Vaughn

URBANA – Robert Eugene "Luke" Vaughn, 88, of Urbana passed away at 9:40 a.m. Friday (Oct. 7, 2016) at the Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, Urbana. The Rev. Steve Diehl will officiate. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign, with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 71, Urbana.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Masonic rites conducted by Urbana Masonic Lodge No. 157 AF&AM.
Luke was born on Aug. 22, 1928, in Champaign, the son of George and Celeste Wilson Vaughn. He married Delora E. Fletcher on Oct. 21, 1952, in Las Cruces, N.M. She died on March 18, 1999.
Survivors include three children, Carol M. "Shelly" (Jeff) Baine of Urbana, Patrick (Pam) Vaughn of Ivesdale and Molly (Jamie) Borton of Rantoul; eight grandchildren, Stephanie (Anthony) Moffitt, Jessica (Vince) D'Agostino, Casey Rayburn, Brea Baine, Tiffany Baine, Emily Baine, Shelby Baine and Allison Vaughn; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.
Luke retired from Illinois Power Company after 43 years as a lineman.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Luke was a member of the Lutheran Church of Mahomet, Urbana Masonic Lodge No. 157 AF&AM, AASR Valley of Danville, Eastern Star and True Kindred, IBEW No. 51, American Legion Post 24, Champaign, and the VFW Post 5520, Champaign.
He enjoyed many years of camping with "Del" and family at "Sherwood Forrest," playing euchre, gardening, grilling, cold beer with friends and in later years playing bingo.
A very special thanks to the Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy, Schapers B Unit, for the loving, quality care shown Luke the last several months of his life. He was shown respect as a veteran and loved like a family member by staff.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy, or the Sunshine Daycare at Champaign County Nursing Home.
Condolences may be offered at

Monday, October 10, 2016

Robert Peeken - Gibson Lodge

GIBSON CITY – Robert Eugene "Bob" Peeken, 88, of Gibson City went to be with his Lord and Savior and his beloved wife Shirley at 12:17 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 4, 2016) at the Gibson City Hospital Annex. He now sleeps in heavenly peace.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. The Rev. John Tennyson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow immediately after the funeral with full military rites accorded at the Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City. Masonic rites will be accorded one hour prior to the visitation, 4 p.m. on Friday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Annex Fund.
Mr. Peeken was born in Gilman on Feb. 15, 1928, to Adolph "Ade" and Violet (Nelson) Peeken. He attended schools in Gibson City and graduated from Drummer Township High School in 1946.
On Oct. 8, 2016, he would have celebrated his 70th class reunion with his classmates. Prior to receiving his high school diploma, Mr. Peeken and Dale Jones enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He completed his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training facility in East Chicago. He was then assigned to the USS Topeka that was docked in San Diego, Calif. Mr. Peeken and the USS Topeka were involved in the Korean War.
Upon returning to Gibson City, he started his career working over 40 years at Master Mix/Central Soya, retiring as a shift supervisor in the Protein Promo Soy Department.
He was also self-employed with one of his best friends, Harold Miller, and he also worked part time with Edgar Cullip.
In Gibson City, he met Shirley Dehm, the greatest woman, and on Sept. 1, 1951, they were married at the Piper City Methodist Church.
Surviving are two children, Melody (Steve) Tracy of Mason City and a son, Robbin Peeken of Bloomington; two grandsons, Stephen (Susan) Tracy of New Holland and John (Ashley) Tracy of Petersburg; a great-grandson, Jack Tracy; a sister-in-law, Eva Peters of Punta Gorda, Fla.; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Mary Ann) Dehm of Chatsworth; and granddogs Abbie, Orie, Abby and Badger.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father and Mrs. Shirley Peeken.
His first love was his wife Shirley but he enjoyed his vegetable garden, reading and listening to WGCY. He was a great man, son, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather and provider.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, VFW Post 6289 and the A.F.&A.M. Masonic Lodge 733 of Gibson City. He served as an alderman for several years on the city council.
A very heartfelt thank you to Dr. David Hagan and his staff, the staff and employees of Gibson City Hospital and a special thank you to all employees of the Gibson Annex for the expert quality of care and continued concern and patience given to Mr. Peeken.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Delos Smith -

BRITT, Iowa – Delos Smith, 97, of Gordonville, Texas, formerly of Britt, passed away on Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2016).
A private Masonic funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Ewing Funeral Home, 178 Center Street West in Britt, Iowa.
A prayer service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church, 707 4th Street Southwest in Britt.
Visitation will be held an hour prior to services Monday at the church.
Following the services, burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Britt.
Delos Virgil Smith was born on Aug. 4, 1919, to Benjamin and Tressie (Harris) Smith, in Golden Gate, Wayne County, Ill., his family being the first white settlers of Wayne County, Ill.
Delos was united in marriage to Vivian Ethel Mewes on June 29, 1941, in St. Charles, Mo. The couple farmed near Mansfield until moving to Britt in 1955. They continued to farm outside of Britt until retiring in 1995.
Delos held the honor proudly of being named the Iowa Master Corn Grower and Iowa Master Soybean Grower for his top yields numerous times during the 1970s.
They began spending time in Florida in 1950 and eventually started wintering in South Texas in 1974.
Delos was a Charter Member of the Britt Country Club and enjoyed playing golf there. Anything western, a novel, a movie, music or real life experiences, Delos was a cowboy at heart and loved riding his mare, Rene Silver. Delos was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and was the proud owner of Jacks Sparklin Deck and Cool Tarde Kid.
Delos enjoyed fishing in Iowa streams, Minnesota lakes and had many memorable fishing trips to Canada. Delos enjoyed traveling and was lucky enough to cross off most places on his bucket list.
As a man of strong faith, he was a member of the Britt United Methodist Church, Sunday School superintendent and was an active member of the Bethel Masonic Lodge in Garner, Iowa, being a Masonic member for over 62 years. As a member of the Britt O.E.S. Chapter, Delos was Worthy Patron, alongside his wife Vivian as Worthy Matron.
Delos is survived by his children, Sandra, her husband, Jim Fuller, and their son, Clay of Gordonville, Texas, and Dan Smith and his wife Brenda of Britt; five grandchildren, Bobbie Jo, Dustie, Charity, David Smith; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Mary Breen of Tuscola; and Judy Mewes of St. Joseph, sister-in-law of his wife, Vivian.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Carl, Charles and Glen; one sister, Doris Mason; and his wife Vivian.
Condolences may be offered at

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Albert R. Hinchman Jr. - Catlin Lodge

Albert R. HinchmanAlbert R. Hinchman Jr., 66, of Danville, passed away peacefully at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville on Saturday September 24, 2016 with his family by his side. Al was born September 19, 1950 in Danville the son of Albert Sr. and Alice Sirratt. He married Margaret Clark and they had three children: son, Derek (Kristen) Hinchman and his children Austin and Aubrie; son, Dustin Hinchman and his children Cidney, Dylan and Parker; and daughter, Ann (David) Edington and her children, Lincoln and Colton; his sisters, Debbie (Tim) Sellers and Vickie (Jim) Klein; and several nieces and nephews.

He later married Dianna Newell on December 20, 1997 in Westville she survives. He was blessed with three more children: two step daughters, Kim and Heather Thomas, their children, Keegan and Kylee; one step-son, Scott and his children, Jeremiah, Maria and Breanna.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Michael and David.

Al was a lifetime member of Catlin Masonic Lodge #285, the NRA, American Legion Post 51 in Westville, and The Gao Grotto. He was also a member of 40/8 club. Al was a board member of Hyster Credit Union for over fifteen years. He retired from Hyster after working forty-three years there. He loved growing a garden and tending to his flower beds. Above all else, he loved spending time with his friends, family and his dog Shadow.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday September 30, 2016 at 10am, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center at 3940 N Vermilion St Danville. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday September 29, 2016 4-8pm. As per his wishes, cremation will be accorded and he will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park after his service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wade Williams

INDIANOLA – Wade Williams, 91, of Indianola passed away at 7:40 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 17, 2016) at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System.
He was born on Oct. 26, 1924, in Indianola, the son of Claude and Hallie Goodwin Williams. He married Amber Mosier on Aug. 6, 1948, in Danville. She preceded him in death on July 2, 1987.
Survivors include one son, James Williams of Indianola; three daughters, Debra (Oliver) Yates of Springfield, Sonna Shook of Melbourne, Fla., and Jacqueline (Lee) Baird of Indianola; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.
Wade was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II, and was awarded a Bronze Star.
He owned a garage in Indianola with his brother Dale Williams called Williams Garage. He retired from the U.S. Postal service where he was a rural mail carrier for 29 years. Wade then worked for the Carroll Township Highway Department for 16 years. He was a 60-year Mason and was an avid fisherman.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola, with Pastor Gary Farris officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association in Indianola.
Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. Online condolences may be offered
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