Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Sunday, September 8, 2019
TUSCOLA — Jack Albin Allen, 92, of Tuscola passed away at 11:12 a.m., Wednesday (Sept. 4, 2019) at the Tuscola Health Care Center. He was surrounded by his wife of 70 years, Wilma, and the very caring staff of Tuscola Health Care Center. Jack’s family cannot adequately express their appreciation of the tenderness and love that helped Jack peacefully leave us.
Jack was born on Oct. 27, 1926, in Newman, the son of Ray and Lela Albin Allen. Jack was brought up on the family farm in Newman and loved farming his entire life. He was a graduate of Newman High School, where he played football, learned to play trombone and worked hard to take care of his father and mother. Around 1947, Jack met Wilma Armstrong and convinced her to marry him in 1949. They continued to farm and teach until Jack was enlisted into the U.S. Army and served in Germany. In 1953, their first daughter Debra was born; in 1958, their daughter, Ginger (deceased), completed the family.
From the moment Jack returned home from the service, he continued to serve God, family and country. Jack worked at USI, became a partner in the Tuscola John Deere dealership and later started the Dodge/Chrysler/ Plymouth dealership with Whitey Walker. He did all of these jobs at the same time. He was dedicated to making his family happy and safe.
In 1974, Jack was elected County Clerk for Douglas County and served in that position through 1990. Prior to being County Clerk, Jack was a county board member and a Tuscola City alderman.
He was 50-year member of Newman Masonic Lodge #369, where he served as Worshipful Master, and 50-year member of Tuscola Chapter #66 Royal Arch Masons, where he served as Excellent High Priest.
He loved playing golf, going to Florida and visiting his daughters, especially when his grandsons, Spencer, son of Debra and Gus Smith, and Jack, son of Ginger and Mark Heretik, came into the world. His grandsons adored their grandfather.
Jack loved his yard and taking care of his home. He planted many trees to “live past him” at
both his home and at his church, Tuscola United Methodist Church.
Jack loved his hometown of Newman, his adopted town Tuscola, Douglas County, and the United States of America. He and Wilma were truly life partners and always shared with family and friends.
Jack loved refinishing antique farm toys and would work for hours in his man cave. He loved the I & I Club and never missed a meeting.
He loved his model trains, his ukuleles and playing the piano. He was a trombonist in Gene Trimble’s orchestra. Jack was a superb dancer and taught both daughters to dance while standing on his feet.
He rarely missed a weekday morning going to Flesor’s Candy Kitchen for breakfast with Don, Red, Jim, Dale and others. Then he would carry a very heavy bottle of quarters to the 9 o’clock game of the Sons of Retirement at the back table at Flesor’s.
Jack is survived by his wife, Wilma; daughter, Debra; and grandsons, Spencer A Smith and Jack J Heretik. He was fortunate to be loved by nieces, Connie, Doris, Becky, Linda, Rita and Marsha; and nephews, Ken, Steve, Jim, Mike, Jerry, Harry and Richard (Sexton).
The summary of Jack’s life? He loved. He helped. He built. He will be so lovingly missed. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 S. Main St., Tuscola.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the Tuscola United Methodist Church, 901 N. Prairie St., Tuscola, with the Rev. Terri Haas officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairfield Cemetery, north of Newman, Illinois, with military graveside rites accorded.
Memorials may be made to either the Tuscola Health Care Center or SAM Food Pantry.
Online condolences may be shared via hilligossshraderfh. com.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
DANVILLE — Clarence W. “Brownie” Brown, 90, of Danville passed away at 12:27 p.m. Monday (Sept. 2, 2019) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Brownie was born on Jan. 13, 1929, in Danville, the son of Clarence W. and Mary Adamson Brown. He married Mona Ashby on June 21, 1953, in Danville. She survives.
Other survivors include one son, Dan (Carrie) Brown of St. Joseph; one daughter, Cheryl (Greg) Pierce of Palm Coast, Fla.; one brother, Jack (Erma) Brown of Danville; eight grandc hildren, Krista (Tom) Majka, Jenny (Barry) Voorhees, Sarah (Mark) Stewart, Brittnee (Josh) Marcy, Travis (Jenny) Pierce, Ryan Pierce, Regan Pierce and Kaitlyn Pierce; 21 greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary and Dorothy.
Brownie was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. Heowned and operated Brownie’s
TV in Catlin. He later worked as production manager at the Commercial-News.
He was a member of the Catlin United Methodist Church and a 32nd-degree Mason. He was an active member of American Legion Post 210. Most of all, he loved his family and loved dancing with his wife.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at the Catlin United Methodist Church with Pastor Zach Lecrone officiating. Burial will be in the Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.robisonchapel. com.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
SAVOY — Glenn D. Archer, 95, went to meet his Lord, Savior and family at the gates of heaven Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at University Rehabilitation Center of C-U, Urbana.
Glenn was born Feb. 8, 1924, in Allerton, where he was raised and lived the majority of his life. His parents were Cecil and Bertha Lazzell Archer.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn (Jones) Archer; siblings, Helen Ennis, Opal Whitson and Ruth Stiegman; a grandson, Cody Patton; and a greatgrandson, Austin Archer.
He is survived by his current wife of 30 years, Helen (White) Archer; children, Don (Barbara Delanois) Archer of Oakwood and Shelley (Jim) Patton of Sidell; six grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Glenn grew up on the same street where hisfamily lived for more than 100 years. He attended Allerton High School and graduated in 1943. While in school, he was an outstandingathlete lettering in basketball, track and softball. Sports writers in the Danville Commercial News tagged him as “Smiling Archer” because he would always have a big smile on his face when scoring a basket. Later, he was on an all-star basketball team in Danville that played against the Harlem Globetrotters. Glenn always talked about competing against Dike Edelman in the high jump and Olympian Bob Richards in the pole vault while going to the state track meet for three years. As an adult, Glenn was a fast-pitch softball player, bowler, golfer, horseshoe pitcher and loved playing any and all types of games.
After high school, Glenn went to work with his father, Cecil, doing construction work. Glenn and his father, and later with his son, built over 200 houses, apartments, farm buildings and commercial buildings, of which the majority stand today as a tribute to his construction knowledge and abilities.
Glenn’s right leg was 2 ½ inches shorter than the left, and here is his story as written by his hand: “One day when I was 5, I was standing and just kind of fell over. My parents thought I might have polio. This was around 1930, and hardly anyone had money because of the Depression. After a short time, some local men that belonged to the Masonic Lodge told my dad they could get me in the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago. Of course, no one had any money, so it was going to be hard for my dad to get me to the hospital.As luck would have it, my dad had an aunt inChicago. They came to Allerton to visit my grandma who lived next door, and my dad made an agreement with them to take me to the hospital. My mother said my dad went behind the shed and cried when I left with them. When they took me to the hospital, the doctor found I had fallen and broke the blood vessel that wrapped over my hip which let the bone die and looked like a sponge. It was called Perthes of the Bone. The doctors decided to put a cast around both hips and down to the right ankle of the leg. This would keep the joint from moving and let the blood vessels grow back into the bone in my hip. The doctors changed the cast every two months. They would place the cast,and I would stay overnight
and then go to my aunt’s house and stay in bed for about a week till the cast was completely dry. In the summer, when I was home with the cast on, I was placing my right foot on a scooter and pedaling with my left. Of course, I fell and broke the cast. My dad tried to put it back together but couldn’t get it to stay. Like I said, money was hard to come by then, and here my dad had to come up with the bus fare to take me back to the hospital. When they put on the new cast, the doctors placed a board in the back to reinforce it. When they would take the cast off, they would bend my leg at the knee because it would have a tendency to get stiff. When they bent my leg, it sure hurt. I never broke a cast again!”
Mr. Archer was a member of Allerton United Methodist Church, Allerton Lions Club and a 32nd degree Mason and grand master from 1966 to 1973 at the Broadlands Masonic Lodge 791 AF& AM.
Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Joines Funeral Home, 401 W. Gillogly St., Newman, with a memorial service following. Masonic funeral rites will be given at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, northeast of Newman, following the memorial service.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago (donate at lovetotherescue.org) or to Allerton United Methodist Church.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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.
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.