Monday, May 8, 2017

Richard J. "Dick" Martin - Star Lodge

HOOPESTON – Richard J. "Dick" Martin, 89, of Hoopeston, passed away on Saturday (May 6, 2017) at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.
He was born on June 13, 1927, to Nye and Naomi (King) Martin at the Home Hospital, 702 E. Penn St., Hoopeston. He married his wife of almost 68 years Evelyn (Hofer) on June 19, 1949. She survives.
Also surviving are his four children, Linda Martin of Hoopeston, Carol Martin (Shari Grote) of Minneapolis, Donna Martin (Sarah Reckmeyer) of Ottawa, Ill., and David Martin (Brenda Villa) of Cincinnati; two grandsons, Sean (Bianca) Danner of College Station, Texas, and Scot (Jen) Danner of Danville; and one great-granddaughter, Madison Danner.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Dick attended Frank School, a one-room schoolhouse, from grades 1-8. He graduated from East Lynn High School in 1944 and University of Illinois in 1949. He served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946. Dick began his professional career teaching agriculture and serving as FFA sponsor in the towns of Wyoming, Ill., and Shabbona. He returned to Hoopeston to farm with his father, Nye Martin. Dick farmed for 33 years, raising his family on Maple View Farm. After retiring from farming, Dick returned to teaching at Bismark-Henning High School.
Dick was a 76-year member of First Presbyterian Church, serving as elder and clerk of session.
He delivered Meals on Wheels. He was also a member of the Sweet Corners Square Dance Club, Owl Club, Eastern Star, and he was a 32nd Degree Mason.
Per his wishes, he will be cremated. A memorial service celebrating Dick's life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the First Presbyterian Church 915 E. Orange St. Hoopeston, with the Rev. Wade Meranda and the Rev. Ann Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, with masonic rites at 11 a.m. Military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.
The family would appreciate memorial gifts be given to the First Presbyterian Church, 915 E. Orange St. Hoopeston, IL 60942 or the Hoopeston Star Lodge #709, 208 W. Orange St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.
Visit to view Dick's eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bobby Pierce - Catlin Lodge

DANVILLE – Bobby Pierce, 81, of Danville passed away on Wednesday (April 26, 2017) in Marysville, Kan.
He was born on April 29, 1935, the son of Lu and Willie Ola Pierce.
On Aug. 23, 1964, he married his wife of 53 years, Diana Creviston; she survives.
Bobby will be dearly missed by his sons, Robert (Lisa) Pierce and Michael (Dorrie) Pierce; daughter, Tina (Dave) Lindsley; brother, Louie (Joyce) Garrison; sister, Virginia (Dick) Thompson; grandchildren, Nick (Mindy), Chris (Melissa), Jessica, John (Amber), Eric, Shelby and Kenny (Kala); great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Owen, Grace Lynn, Colin, Landon, Mattie, Breadon and Riley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Eva Nell Pierce.
Bob loved going fishing, camping and sitting around the campfire. He enjoyed rooting for the Cardinals and was also an Illini fan. Bob spent his retirement driving a Pilot car across the country.
He was a member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge, receiving his 50-year pin last year. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, please make donations in Bob's name to the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 1, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Sunset Memorial Park.
Please join Bobby's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his Tribute Wall at

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Joseph Lynn Speiser

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Joseph Lynn Speiser, 79, entered Heaven on Thursday (April 13, 2017) in Moses Lake, Wash.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary, whom he married in Fayette County, Ill., in 1956. Joe is also survived by his son, Charles, and his daughter, Joni (Don) Harris; sister, Helen "Sue" (Dave) Thomas; and brother, Jim (Kelly) Speiser.
He was born in Hillsboro, Ill., on May 28, 1937, to parents Charles William Speiser and Elta Weisner (Nee) McDonald. He graduated from Champaign High School in 1955 and served our country in the Naval Reserves.
Joe was a carpenter by trade and rose through the ranks to become superintendent and construction manager on several large projects in and around Illinois and Indiana.
On a personal level, he bred, trained and showed basset hounds. His kennel produced over 100 AKC Champions over time.
He was an avid University of Illinois sports fan and enjoyed playing cards with family and friends - especially Pitch and Euchre.
Joe was also a 32nd Degree Mason.
As an adult, he managed the same family farm where he had spent so much treasured time with his grandparents growing up.
Known as "Pap" by all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he will be missed by all.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Woodrow Wilson Brookey - Urbana Lodge

URBANA – Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Brookey, 99, of Urbana passed away peacefully at his daughter's house in California on April 11, 2017.
Woody was born on Feb. 18, 1918, in Ozark, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 70 years, Helen as well as two brothers, Frank and Brown, and two sisters, Geneva and Dorothy.
He is survived by two daughters, Sandra and Marsha, and a sister, Juanita. Also surviving are four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Woody enlisted in the Air Force and proudly served from 1942-1946, moving up in the ranks to staff sergeant when he was honorably discharged.
He worked at the U of I as the equipment manager for the men's basketball team for 31 years and loved every day of his job.
He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge at Urbana Lodge #157. He was a member of the Philo Road Church of Christ and served the Lord in various positions over his 40 plus years of membership.
This man was such a kind, humble and gentle soul. He is truly loved by his family and friends. Words cannot express the sorrow we are all feeling.
The family would like to convey a special thank-you to his friends who were always looking out for him, the staff at Prairie Winds of Urbana, Carle Hospice in Urbana and Hinds Hospice in Fresno, Calif. We are so grateful for the care and kindness shown to Woody.
A memorial service will be held in Illinois at a later date.
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