Saturday, February 15, 2020

Frederick W. "Rick" Sturts - St. Joseph Lodge

July 8, 1957 -
February 14, 2020
Frederick W. “Rick” Sturts, 62, of Rantoul formerly of St. Joseph died at 11:33 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy with Masonic Rites at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Rick was born on July 8, 1957 in Champaign, the son of Frederick Wayne and Doris McCleary Sturts.
Survivors include one son; Fred (Kati) Sturts of St. Joseph, two grandchildren; Frederick Dennis Sturts and Vivian Jean Sturts both of St. Joseph, one brother; Michael (Georgeann) Sturts of Carbon Cliff, and two sisters; Patty Bloomer and Ann (Darrell) Suits both of Rantoul.
He was preceded in death by his sister Cheryl.
Rick worked for Champaign County for 20 years as a maintenance person.
He was a member of St. Joseph Masonic Lodge #970 A.F. & A.M., Champaign Chapter # 50 R.A.M., Urbana Council #19 C.M. and Urbana Commandery #16.
Rick loved music, being outdoors and was a handyman.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions maybe made to the family.
Condolences may be offered at

Friday, February 7, 2020

Friday, December 27, 2019

Donald Wayne Davis - Potomac

POTOMAC — Donald Wayne Davis, 81, of Potomac passed away at 5:56 p.m. Monday (Dec. 23, 2019).
Donald was born Oct. 7, 1938, the son of Vernice Eugene and Wilma Ann (Clem) Davis, in Peoria. He married Jean Brunson on Oct. 26, 1957, in Danville, and she survives in Potomac.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Davis of Potomac; one son, Bradley Wayne Davis of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sisters, Sharon Baramore of Tampa, Fla., and Janice (Allen) Mansfield of Urbana; and one grandson, Derek Deon Davis of Danville.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kent Eugene Davis; and one brother, Eugene Alan Davis.
Donald graduated from Oakwood Township High School; was a member of the Potomac Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon and on the church board for many years; a 50-year member and Past Master of the Potomac Masonic Lodge; member and M.S.A. of the Valley of Danville Scottish Rite; former assistant fire chief and volunteer firefighter for the Bluegrass Fire Protection District for a total of 47 years; member and past Patron of the Order of the Eastern
Star; served on the Potomac School Board; and coached Little League. He was an International Harvester farm equipment dealer for 22 years, of which 10 years he was a partner and retired as a maintenance tech for Midwestern Gas Transmission Company.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61834. Dr. Dale DeNeal will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Masonic rites at 7 p.m.
Memorials are requested to the Bluegrass Fire Protection District. Please join Donald’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at sunsetfuneralhome. com.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

R. C. Hutchinson - Catlin

CATLIN — R. C. Hutchinson, 86, of Catlin passed away at 9:38 p.m. Monday (Dec. 16, 2019) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
R. C. was born June 16, 1933, in Flat Rock, to Raymond Charles and Martha Faye Caldwell Hutchinson. He married Marsha Hout on Aug. 30, 1957, in Flat Rock. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Gregory Mark (Lisa) Hutchinson of Kokomo, Ind., and Joseph Charles (Jackie) Hutchinson of Danville; one daughter, Cheryl (Steve) Liggett
of Catlin; one brother, Jack (Marge) Hutchinson of Austin, Texas; one sister, Joanne McCarthy of Robinson; one sister-in-law, Sally Hutchinson of Lima, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren, with one on the way.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
R.C. served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ where he had served as a deacon and an elder. He was a past member of the Catlin Masonic

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Fred Calvin Daniels Jr - Mahomet Lodge

MAHOMET — Fred Calvin Daniels Jr., 74, passed away Sunday (Dec. 8, 2019), surrounded by his family, at home in Mahomet.
He was born Aug. 2, 1945, to Bill and Grace (Tarter) Daniels, in Mahomet. Fred married Norma Sharon Mackey on April 27, 1964, in Centerville.
Fred is survived by his children, Shari (Kevin) Day of Mahomet and Davin (Sheila) Daniels of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren, Ashlie (Drew) Hannagan of Gifford, Zack (Lauren) Day of Avon, Ind., and
Orion and Alexander Daniels of Portland; and siblings, Alice (Carl Jones) Gaines, Rosemary Liggett and Fern (John “JJ” Johnson) Wakeley.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Fred was awarded the distinguished Silver Beaver Award for 30 years of service in the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a Freemason and has proudly served as a Grand Master for his Masonic jurisdiction. Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial celebration of life will be held in Fred’s honor at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 710 N. Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820. Lutz Braunig will officiate. Memorial visitation will be held prior from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Fred’s family. Please join his family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at sunsetfuneralhome. com.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Allen Mackiewicz - Catlin Lodge

Allan W. Mackiewicz, 48, of Westville, passed away at 3:56am, Sunday, December 8, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.  He was born in Danville, IL, on June 8, 1971, the son of John J. Sr. and Susan {Snook} Mackiewicz.  He was united in marriage to Marla Furman on September 3, 2000.  She will miss him dearly.
     Allan is also survived by:  his daughters, Myla Mackiewicz and Alayne Mackiewicz of Westville; his mother, Susan Mackiewicz of Westville; his grandmother, Ada Marie Snook of Westville; his brother, John J. (Nancy) Mackiewicz Jr. of Auburn, Alabama; his uncle, Charles W. (Linda) Snook Sr. of Westville; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as several friends.  He was preceded in death by his father, John Sr.; his grandfather, William Snook; his uncle, Dan Snook; and his aunt, Rita Snook.
     Allan graduated from Schlarman High School.  He served in the US Navy and then became part of the Catlin American Legion Post #776.  He was a true member of his community serving with the Westville Police Department for 18 years and volunteering with the Westville Recreation League where he had served as past president.  He was known for his unending commitment within the league as a coach and mentor.  He was 32° Mason with the Catlin Masonic Lodge #285 and Valley of Danville Scottish Rite.  He was a member of the Second Church of Christ in Danville where he enjoyed serving with his Church family.  Allan loved to do fantasy baseball and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.  He was known by many as a friend and will be remembered by all as a loving husband and father.  Allan will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
     A Celebration of Allan’s life will begin with a procession that will start at 9:20am, Friday, December 13, 2019, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Westville, Illinois 414 S State St. Westville, Illinois 61883 and will proceed to his Memorial Service at Second Church of Christ, 3350 E Voorhees St, Danville, IL which will begin at 10:30am at the Church with several of his Church family officiating.  Memorial Visitation will be held 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Second Church of Christ in Danville.  Please dress casual and wear, if you can, your MackStrong shirts or baseball jerseys.  He was accorded cremation rites as were his wishes.  Memorial donations may be given in Allan’s name to Westville Recreation League or Second Church of Christ Junior High Ministry.  Please join his family in sharing memories, photos, & videos through his Tribute Wall at
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