Sunday, December 9, 2018

Robert James Kingston - Paxton Lodge

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. — Robert James “Bob” Kingston, 85, of Fruitland Park, Fla., passed away Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2018) at home.
Bob was born April 17, 1933, in Ludlow. He was the son of Otis and Thelma (Price) Kingston. He married Brenda Kincaid in Flora in 1960. Before moving to Florida, he lived in Rankin, where he was a heavy equipment operator for Local 841 in Danville. In 1986, he moved to Beverly Hills, Fla. He was employed by Carroll Construction Co. in Inverness, Fla. Later, he worked for Mini Farms in Crystal River, Fla. In 2006, he moved to Herrin. He moved to Fruitland Park in 2015.
Bob enjoyed carving and working outside in his yard and garden. Also, he enjoyed going to Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale, Fla., and he attended Countryside Baptist Church in Fruitland Park. He was a member of Cissna Park American Legion Post 527 and a 50-year member of the Paxton Masonic Lodge 416. He was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Korean War from 1951-1954.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda K. Kingston of Fruitland Park; sons, Kevin Kingston of Ocoee, Fla., Roger (Holly) Kingston of Oxford, Miss., and their children, Kyle Kingston of St. Charles, Mo., and Ashley Kingston and Sydney Kingston of Germantown, Tenn.; daughter, Pamela (Tom) Browning of Rantoul and their children, Renea Saltgaver and Derek Browning; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Stauffer of Gibson City; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dale and Sheila Kincaid of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Ross and Kathy Kincaid of Crestview, Fla., and Larry and Donna Phillips of Clay City; a special aunt, Garnett Foley of Paxton; a special uncle, William West of West Frankfort; and several loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Eric Manning Kingston; great-granddaughter, Makenzie Peters; brother, Glenn Kingston; sister and brother-in-law, Violet and Raymond Luttrell; brother-in-law, John Stauffer; cousin, Lavonne Aldrich; and nephew, Terry R. Luttrell.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton. A visitation preceding the service will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Masonic rites will be given at the funeral home. The Rev. Molly Hawk-Spence is officiating the service. Military honors will follow at the graveside in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.
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Friday, December 7, 2018

Robert Wolfe

HAMMOND — Robert “Bob” Wolfe, 92, formerly of Hammond, died at Arbor Rose, Tolono, on Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2018).
Bob Wolfe was born in Union County, Ind., on Nov. 19, 1926, the son of Cecil and Margaret Coddington Wolfe.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, and granddaughter, Emily Neese.
Bob graduated from Short High School in Liberty, Ind., in May 1944. Bob was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Navy from 19441947, where he received a Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was stationed in Great Lakes, Seattle and Pearl Harbor. In 2009, Bob was honored to be a part of the central Illinois Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Bob worked for the CSX Railroad and was a freight agent at both the Atwood and Decatur locations before he retired. He was an active member of Hammond United Methodist Church, where he served the church in many capacities. He was a 50-year Mason of the Grand Lodge of Indiana and also participated in the Eastern Star Lodge at both the Lovington and Champaign chapters.
His passion was talking on his ham radio where he developed many friendships over the past 50 years. He liked to fish, and one could find him during the spring and summer months outside weeding the flower gardens.
He was also a devoted Cincinnati Reds fan, and he would tell you about the time he met Johnny Vandermeer as a youngster.
Bob is survived by three children, Joe (Sherrie) Wolfe of Atwood, Margie Reynolds of Danville and Marilyn (Mark) Gustin of St. Charles, Mo. There are five grandchildren, Jason (Alicia) Wolfe, Greg (Ashley) Allison, Adam Titus, Heidie (Mike) Obermeier and True Neese; 10 greatgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 66 E. U.S. Highway 36, Atwood. Graveside military services will follow the memorial service at Hammond Cemetery.
Our family would like to thank the staff at Brookstone Estates in Tuscola and Arbor Rose in Tolono for their sincere care shown to dad.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hammond United Methodist Church or the Atwood-Hammond Christmas Needy Fund. Online condolences may be shared at hilligossshraderfh. com

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Sam Dick

HAMMOND — Sam Dick, 85, of rural Hammond passed away at 9:20 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 25, 2018) at Arthur Home, Arthur. F u n e r al services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 66 E. U.S. 36, Atwood, with the Rev. John Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Hammond Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at the funeral home.
Sam was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Decatur, the son of Earl Lewis and Pauline Poole Dick. He married Kaye Thompson Helton on Jan. 15, 1971, in Lake City, whom he dearly loved. She survives.
Also surviving are their children, Deb (Dennis)Crnkovich of Morton,
Diane (Cathy Melemans) Dick of De Pere, Wis., Chris (Karen) Helton and Steve (Cindy) Helton, both of Arthur, and Tami (Roger) Sanders of Mattoon; grandchildren, Amanda Derrick, James Hawkins, Kaitlyn Crnkovich, Andrew Hopkins, AnneMarie Hopkins, Mitchell Helton, Kaylee Hampton and Morgan Hampton; great-grandchildren, Paighton Derrick, Drake and Evyn Hopkins; sister, Carol Myers of Dallas, Texas; and special nephews, Scott, Craig and Grant Myers.
He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Mollie Hampton.
Sam graduated from Lovington High School in 1951 and from the University of Illinois in 1955. He loved farming and lived on the family farm all of his life.
Sam was a former board member of the Pierson Grain Company, having served as president from 1988 to 1995. He served as a Hammond Mutual Drainage Commissioner and Lowe Township Trustee for many years.
Sam was a member of Hammond United Methodist Church and life member of the Masonic Lodge and Tri-County Shrine Club.
Memorials are suggested to Arthur Fire and Rescue, Arthur Home or Lewy Body Dementia Association.
Online condolences may be shared at hilligossshraderfh. com.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Former Eastern Star Member Assists Future Students

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —  The Parkland College Foundation is honored to be chosen to receive a $100,000 donation from local residents to support the school’s nursing program.

The gift, donated anonymously in mid-November by friends of the late Dr. Helen Mackey Widick, will establish the nursing endowment in her name. Income from the gift will be used to provide a $5,000 scholarship annually to a student who has been accepted into the nursing program, to cover tuition, fees, and books.

Helen WidickWidick, a native of rural Monticello, Ill., practiced podiatric medicine for 45 years at the Widick Foot Clinic in Urbana. Before earning her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Scholl’s College of Podiatry in Chicago in 1957 however, she practiced and taught nursing in Monticello and Alton, Ill., for a decade. 

Nursing was always Widick’s “first love,” which is why her friends want to create the nursing scholarship in her memory, according to Foundation Director Tracy Wahlfeldt.

Widick, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 93, was known for her philanthropy to numerous organizations in the area, some of which are recipients of her trust. The longtime Urbana resident was a member of the Altrusa Club of Champaign Urbana, serving as president from 1967 to 1969 and as governor of Altrusa International District Six from 1981 to 1983. She is a former member of the Auxiliary Coast Guard.   Dr. Widick was past worthy matron of the Myrtle Chapter 131 of Eastern Star, past royal matron of #17 Amaranth, past worthy high priestess of White Shrine of Jerusalem-Mizpah #11 and past worthy grand commander of True Kindred #15.     Friends of Dr. Widick, Wahlfeldt, and Parkland faculty and administrators

Her numerous civic memberships include the Piatt County Museum, Champaign County Humane Society, American Podiatry Association and American Podiatry Women’s Association. A former Kentucky Colonel, Widick also taught Sunday school for 25 years at Grace United Methodist Church in Urbana.

She practiced podiatry at two clinics she built in downtown Urbana before retiring in 2002 at the age of 80. The first was a smaller clinic at 1208 E. Main St., (now the Little Red Dog House pet grooming business); the larger clinic, next door at 1210 E. Main St., was completed in 1987. Realizing she had more land than needed to build the second clinic, she donated part of the land to Habitat for Humanity to build homes.

“We at the Parkland College Foundation are grateful that Helen's passion for helping people will continue through the Dr. Helen M. Widick Nursing scholarship," Wahlfeldt said.
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