Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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John Secrist - Fraternal Lodge Monticello

MONTICELLO — John Secrist, 90, of Monticello passed away at 9:45 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 6, 2018) at Bement Health Care Center.
John was born April 11, 1928, in Decatur, the son of Daphne Secrist. He married Joy Bushell on Dec. 19, 1950, in Monticello.
He is survived by his wife, Joy Secrist of Monticello; daughter, Dana Warren (Jack) of Monticello; four grandsons; four great-grandsons; and three great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Dawn; son, Kenny; and grandson, Jesse Warren.
John retired as a teamster from Monticello Ready Mix. John served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the VFW Post 5346, Masonic Lodge 58 AF & AM and Teamster Local 26. John was an avid stamp and coin collector.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be sent to the family at mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

Frank Lee "Skip" Green - Star Lodge Hoopsten

Frank Lee “Skip” Green, 87, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 12:35 P.M. Sunday October 7, 2018 at Watseka Rehab and Health Care Center. He was born December 20, 1931, in Buckley, IL, the son of Cecil and Amy Marie (Huser) Green. He married Shirley Ann Unger in Peoria, IL, in 1951. She survives in Hoopeston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother-in-law, Tom Parker Unger.
Frank served in the United States Navy for four years. After the service, he went to college on the GI Bill and attended the University of Illinois and Purdue University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and master’s degree in administration. After college, Frank worked in the office at US Steel in Gary, IN and later worked in the Administrative Office at the school in Hobart, IN for many years until his retirement. He was a member of the Hoopeston United Methodist Church and the Hoopeston Masonic Star Lodge #709. Frank was very active in the town of Hobart, IN, while living there and was instrumental in getting a town swimming pool built.
A visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday October 10, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL, with a masonic service being held at 6:45 P.M. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday October 11, 2018 at the Hoopeston United Methodist Church 403 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL, with Steve Unger officiating. Burial will follow in Rossville Cemetery in Rossville, IL, with military rites being accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.
Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston United Methodist Church 403 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Theodore "Ted" Allen Hesse

VANDALIA, Mo. — Memorial services for Theodore “Ted” Allen Hesse, 86, of Vandalia, Mo., formerly of Danville, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Vandalia Presbyterian Church, Vandalia, with the Rev. Joel Montgomery officiating. Interment will be a private family service. Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Bienhoff Funeral Home.
Mr. Hesse passed away at 4:26 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at Missouri Veterans Home, Mexico, Mo.
He was born June 5, 1932, in Farber, Mo., a son of Harold Price and Lona L a V e r n e Allen Hesse. Following his father’s death, he was also privileged to have a stepfather, Carl Eugene Whitesides, play an important role in his life. He was married to Joyce Nadine Fast on April 16, 1953, in Hutchinson, Kan., and she preceded him in death June 23, 2013.
Survivors include one son, Mark (Deborah) Hesse of Danville; three daughters, Deborah (Timothy) Barry of Somers, Conn., Lona (Garrett) Oostdyk of Mahomet and Jean (Matthew) Greene of Springdale, Ark.; one sister, Patricia (Bob) Daly of La Porte, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and 29 greatgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold
Hesse, and an infant sister, Lona Elizabeth Hesse. Mr. Hesse was primarily a lifetime resident of the Vandalia, Mo., area with 12 years spent in Illinois. During the 12 years living in Danville, he managed Danville Mobile Home Park on Perrysville Road. He was a 1950 graduate of Hannibal High School and attended one year of college before he entered the U.S. Navy on May 31, 1951, where he attained the rank of aviation machinist 3rd class. He was honorably discharged May 28, 1955. He was a farmer and worked as a foreman at NARCO, retiring in 1997.
Mr. Hesse was a member of Vandalia Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the church choir. He was also a member of the Vandalia Country Club, Laddonia American Legion Post 510 and the Masonic Lodge in both Danville and Vandalia. He loved golfing, storytelling, gardening and taking care of his lawn. He played youth volleyball locally and later in the Navy. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and visiting their children and family, including the in-laws, their nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to Missouri Veterans Home, 1 Veterans Way, Mexico, MO 65265, or the American Legion Post 510, P.O. Box 1, Laddonia, MO 63352.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

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Jay T. Caviness - Gibson Lodge

GIBSON CITY — Jay T. Caviness, 36, of Gibson City passed away at 2:40 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 23, 2018) at his residence.
His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at Dewey Community Church in Dewey, with the Rev. Neil Hauser officiating. Masonic service will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Rosenbaum Funeral Home in Gibson City with visitation following from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Burial will be in East Bend Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be directed to the Corn Belt Shrine Club.
Jay was born on Sept. 15, 1982, in Urbana, a son to Marion Gerald "Jerry" and Barbara Elizabeth Kelly Caviness.
Surviving are a sister, Kelly (Samuel) Steenbergen of Fisher; three brothers, Patrick (Jessica) Caviness of Sibley, Charles Caviness of Champaign and Andrew Caviness of Fisher; a niece, Kelsey Steenbergen; and two nephews, John Steenbergen and Jared Caviness.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jay graduated from Fisher High School, Class of 2001. He was co-owner of Sammer’s II in Gibson City.
He was an avid Blackhawks, Bears, Cardinals and Michigan fan. Jay was a member of Gibson City Masonic Lodge AF&AM #733 and the Mohammed Shrine and the Corn Belt Shrine.
Jay was an all-around good guy with a great smile and infectious laugh and never met a stranger. Toews, his English bulldog, will be waiting for him at the Rainbow Bridge.
Online condolences and memories of Jay may be shared with the family at rosenbaumfh.com.

Curtis L. Marcum - DeLand Lodge

CLINTON — Curtis L. Marcum, 86, of Weldon passed away at 11:17 a.m. Monday (Sept. 24, 2018) at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, with military honors. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Curtis L. Marcum Memorial Fund.
Curtis was born May 27, 1932, in Weldon, the son of Grace (Goken) Marcum. He married Betty F. Perkins on Aug. 2, 1953, in Bangor, Maine.
Survivors include his wife, Betty F. Marcum of Weldon; children, Tim B. Marcum of Weldon and Michael Marcum of Aurora; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Jeffrey. 
Curtis was an Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict and later spent his career as a civilian employee at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul. He was also member of the DeLand Masonic Lodge AF & AM, Bloomington Consistory and Springfield Ansar Shrine.
Curtis previously served as chairman of the Dewitt County Housing Authority Board, as well as past chairman of the Weldon Fire Protection Board, overseeing the construction of the new firehouse. Curtis was a talented mechanic who enjoyed motorcycles.
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