Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Clifford M. Huddleson - Catlin

F A I R MOUNT — Clifford M. Huddleson, 83, prominent Fairmount and Catlin area lifelong farmer, passed away at 9:47 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 11, 2019) at Gardenview Manor on the Tilton-Catlin Road.
Cliff was born Aug. 11, 1936, in Danville, to Ora and Lucille Greer Huddleson.
Survivors include three cousins, Cheri Voorhees, Lana (Ed) Legacy and Maxine (Earl) Jones; eight second cousins, Justin (Ronda) Voorhees, Barry (Jenny) Voorhees, Rob (Carol) Huddleson, Shanna (John) Carpenter, Sean Legacy, Justin Legacy, Debbie Huddleson and Teresa (Steve) Bruens; one cousin-in-law, Katherine Huddleson; and his special friend, Mike Black.
Cliff served on the board of directors of the Catlin Bank, and Butler Point Inc., from 1989 until 2010, and was currently “director emeritus.” He joined the Georgetown Fair Association board in 1966 and was currently on the board at the time of his death serving as fair board president from 1974 to 1979.
He was very active in the operation and planning for the fair. Cliff was “head chef” for many years for the fair family meals. He also handled the ham and bean lunch on Saturday, as well as the pork chop dinner on Sunday. He also was active with the annual tractor pull. This year’s Georgetown Fair was dedicated to
He was a member of the Fairmount Conservation Club, Vermilion County Farm Bureau, Catlin Masonic Lodge 285, where he had served as past master. Cliff also belonged to the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville and Ansar Shrine, as well as Eastern Illinois Shrine Club.
He owned and operated Catlin Sports & Snowmobile Shop for a time, and had served in the Army Reserves at Camp McCoy. He was also a member of the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Special Deputy Unit. Cliff was a life member of the National Rifle Association, and enjoyed owning and flying his own plane.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at Robison Chapel in Catlin. The Rev. Matt Filicsky will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery in Danville. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with Masonic service at 7 p.m. at Robison Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Georgetown Fair Association or the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Online condolences are at www.robisonchapel. com.

Leroy O. Hensley - Rantoul Lodge

RANTOUL — Leroy O. Hensley, 96, of Gifford, formerly of Rantoul, passed away at 12:55 a.m. Monday (Aug. 12, 2019) at Country Health Nursing Home, Gifford.
A visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at Baier Family Funeral Services,406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with Masonic rites at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Rantoul, with military honors by Rantoul American Legion Post 287.
Leroy is survived by two daughters, Linette Albers of Rantoul and Deborah Hensley of La Porte, Ind.; a grandson, Todd (Angie) Albers of St. Joseph; sisters-in-law, Ann Knach of Hoffman Estates and Margaret Cornwell of Georgetown; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Catherine; two sonsin- law, Duane Albers and Faustino Hernandez; sister, Winifred Mae; and a brother, Harmon Oliver.
Leroy was born on Sept. 10, 1922, at home in Westville, the third child to Olin Vern and Hazel Cravens Hensley. Leroy attended the first grade in Westville, and his parents sold the family home and bought land east of Westville. Leroy then attended a one-room school (Jenkins) and often bragged that he was never worse than second in his class for six years. There were only two in his class.
Upon graduation, he attended Westville High School. He played in the orchestra and band for four years and was drum major his senior year. He was also in the chorus, plays, debating team and was chosen for the school honor society (Owls) his junior and senior years. While in high school, he met Mary Wargo, and it was love at first sight for both of them.
Upon graduation, he attended Danville Business School for four months and was then employed in the Vermilion County Highway Department for one year.
He was then hired by the Army Air Forces at Chanute Air Force Base. In November 1942, he entered the active air force and after basic and technical training was assigned to Santa Ana Army Air Base. He returned home in 1943, and while on leave he and Mary were married Aug. 14, 1943.
While there, he worked as a supervisory administrative inspector and during his last year instituted and supervised the creation of the base archives which was to select historical documents from base organizations to be retained as a record and history of the squadrons, groups, headquarters, training and other activities in preparation of the inactivation of the installation.
He then transferred to Camp Pinedale, Calif., as part of a cadre being formed to go into the South Pacific. Camp Pinedale was a former detention camp for Japanese families interned by the United States after the Pearl Harbor attack. While there, the war with Japan ended and he was transferred to Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, to assist in organizing
and operating a separation center for personnel being discharged. He was discharged in November 1945.
He then returned to employment at Chanute Air Force Base. After five years at Chanute, he transferred to Parks Air Force Base in Pleasanton, Calif., to assist in the organization of logistics activities. After five years, he returned to Chanute as the M& S Group material officer.
He received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his management of Defense Secretary Robert McNamara’s cost reduction program. Chanute had the best and most productive program of installations of similar size. He then received another Air Force Commendation Medal for his accomplishments as chief, Logistic Division, Resource Management Group. He eventually retired as chief, Plans and Programs Division, in 1980.
Leroy was active in Rantoul functions. He was a member of the committee that wrote the first village zoning ordinance and served on the zoning appeals board several years, most of them as chairman.
He was past master of the local Masonic Lodge, served as governor of the Rantoul Moose Lodge, was district vice president and a member of the state board for 12 years, where he served as state membership chair, and attained the Honorary Pilgrim Degree, which is the highest degree in the Moose.
He was president of the East Central Illinois National Active and Retired Federal Employees for many years. He served on the state board for 11 years as district vice president, second vice president and state membership chairman. He was also a member of the Rantoul American Legion Post 287, was an AAU swimming official from 1953-55 and officiated Pan-American tryouts at Mare Island, Calif., from 1954-55.
Leroy’s biggest pride was his family. He dearly loved his precious wife of 70 years, Mary Catherine Wargo, his daughters Linette and Deborah and his grandson, Todd. He enjoyed family gettogethers.
The family would like to thank the staff, especially Sarge and Gomer, at Country Health Nursing Home for their kindness and compassionate care of Leroy.
Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices. com.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Donald E. Mohr - St. Paul's Lodge

SPRINGFIELD — Donald E. Mohr, 87, of Springfield died at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 6, 2019) at Memorial Medical Center.
Donald was born Nov. 23, 1931, in Springfield, the son of Frank and Lilly Mohr. He married Shirley M. Sharp on Nov. 21, 1953, in Springfield at Stuart Street Christian Church.
Donald graduated from Springfield High School, class of January 1950. He joined the Illinois National Guard in 1950 and resigned as a warrant officer. He was a member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). He was also a member of the YMCA and was “Big Boss” at the 1972 YMCA Roundup and was known as “Big Wind.” In 1957, he became a Mason and was past Worshipful Master of St. Paul’s Lodge No. 500 in 1973. Don was Sovereign Prince in the Springfield Valley Scottish Rite Consistory for 60 years and was awarded the Meritorious Service Award from the Illinois Council of Deliberation and a 32-degree Mason. He was a charter member of the Hospital Unit of the Ansar Shrine and drove the float in the parades.
Don was a charter member of the Springfield Ski and Boat Club and was a past president. He was a 60-year member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) serving as a trustee, deacon, usher (greeter), property chairman and moderator. Don was a member of the Springfield Lions Club.
Don was owner of Don Mohr Insurance and Real Estate for 45 years, retiring in 2006 after selling his business to HNB Insurance Agency. He and his wife enjoyed 65 years together. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and camping in most of the United States in their travel trailer, with their three children, from coast to coast. He was an avid Cubs fan and was glad he saw them win the World Series.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Howard D. Mohr; and one sister, Shirley A. Lovell.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters, Gloria Leslie Marsh of Champaign and Dr. Sharon Leigh Sperduti (Peter) of Spring, Texas; one son, Daniel James Mohr of Springfield; two grandsons, Glyn O. Marsh II of Champaign and Zachary L. Sperduti of Spring, Texas; one sister, Mary Lou Guernsey (Kenneth); one brother, Michael L. Mohr; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at First Christian Church. Visitation will begin with a Masonic service at 12:30. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at First Christian Church with the Rev. Rick Irwin officiating. Burial will follow in Rochester Cemetery.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 700 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703, or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 4400 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.
Wilson Park Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Rochester, IL 62563, is in charge of arrangements.
Visit our online obituary at parkfuneralhomesinc.com.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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Harold Wayne Heidrick - Olive Branch Lodge

DANVILLE — Harold Wayne Heidrick, 75, of Danville passed away at 9:08 p.m. Tuesday (July 23, 2019) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
He was born Sept. 21, 1943, in Danville, the son of Arthur and Perrie (Compton) Heidrick. He married Carol Ehlenfeld on Sept. 17, 1961. She survives.
He is also survived by one daughter, Jessica (Billy) Heidrick-Cox of Danville; four sons, Jeff Heidrick of Alvin, Brian (Betsy) Heidrick of Danville, Charlie (Amy) Heidrick of Danville and Eddie (Jennifer) Heidrick of Danville; 14 grandchildren, Jake (Jennifer) Heidrick, Clay (Rachel) Heidrick, Derek (Lindsay) Heidrick, Curtis (Callie) Heidrick, Blake Heidrick, Erin (Devin) Taylor, Lexi Heidrick, Josh Heidrick, Jordan Heidrick, Cole Heidrick, Kayla Heidrick, Abraham Heidrick, Lacie Heidrick and Saydee Heidrick; and nine great-grandchildren, Madison, Bradley, Garrett, Baylor, Gentry, Emily, Gavin and Cash Heidrick and Harvey Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers.
Harry graduated eighth grade from Shake Rag Schoolhouse and high school from Bismarck. He retired from Heatcraft (formerly Bohn Aluminum) after 37 years and then retired from Newell Township after nearly 19 years.
He was a member of the Olive Branch #38 Masonic Lodge in Danville. Harry enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, going fishing in Minnesota and coon hunting with his dogs. He loved the challenge of getting an old tractor up and running again.
Per his wishes, he will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, at Eddie’s farm shop, with Charlie Strange officiating.
Memorials may be made in Harold’s honor to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502-1204; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Carle Hospice, 206 W. Anthony Drive, Champaign, IL 61822.
Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.comto view Harold’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

Monday, July 22, 2019

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