Saturday, January 14, 2017

Neall A. "Doc" Henry - Villa Grove-Camargo

VILLA GROVE – Neal A. "Doc" Henry, 52, of Villa Grove passed away at 4:59 a.m. Friday (Jan. 13, 2017) at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at First Christian Church in Farmer City with Pastor Jordan White officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Farmer City. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 10 W. Jefferson St., Villa Grove, with Masonic services accorded. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday prior to the funeral at First Christian Church. Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St., Homer, is handling the arrangements.
Neal was born May 13, 1964, in Normal, the son of William H. and Norma E. Scarbrough Henry.
Survivors include two brothers, John Henry of Turlock, Calif., and William (Elaine) Henry of Villa Grove; sister, Alesia (Justin) Zander of Farmer City; two special children, Cassy and Christina Connely; 15 nieces and nephews; and three great-nieces and great-nephews.
Neal was a member of First Christian Church in Farmer City. He belonged to Collison Masonic Lodge No. 714 and Villa Grove/Camargo Masonic Lodge No. 885. Neal loved to arrange flowers as a hobby.
Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Arnold E. Hutchens - Tuscola Lodge


TUSCOLA – Arnold E. Hutchens, 90, of Tuscola passed away at 7:45 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 7, 2017) at his residence.
Funeral and Masonic services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 S. Main St., Tuscola, with the Rev. Kenneth Roedder officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Tuscola Township Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded.
Arnold was born on Feb. 18, 1926, in Lamar, Ark. He married Anita L. Chaplin on March 11, 1977, in Tuscola. She preceded him in death on Aug. 19, 2012.
Survivors include his son, Harold Hutchens of Champaign; daughter, Cheryl Broady of Villa Grove; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Dennis (Cathy) Chaplin of Camargo and Mark (Cathy) Chaplin of Tuscola; two step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and his little dog, Sugar.
Arnold and his wife moved back to Tuscola in April 2010 after residing in Russellville, Ark., for 18 years.
Arnold was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 324. He worked for many years as a pipeline worker, mechanic and welder. He was a very hard worker and worked all over the country for different pipeline companies.
Arnold served his country during World War II as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.
Arnold was a member of the Tuscola Masonic Lodge 332, AF & AM, and the VFW. He loved to go deer hunting, fishing and eating out. Arnold enjoyed helping people in need and loved telling great stories.
Memorials are suggested to the Tuscola Masonic Lodge 332.
Online condolences may be offered at hilligossshraderfh.com.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Area Events

JAN. 3, 2017  VILLA GROVE 2ND DEGREE 7:00 P.M. DINNER 6:00 P.M.
JAN. 4, 2017  WORKER’S CLUB – MAHOMET 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
JAN. 8, 2017  PAXTON INSTALLTION 2:00 P.M.
JAN. 10, 2017  URBANA 3RD DEGREE 6:30 P.M. DINNER 5:30 P.M.
JAN. 11, 2017 COMMUNITY BUILDERS AWARD, MASON OF THE YEAR, SBYM
                          RICH’S OGDEN 6:00 P.M.
JAN. 12, 2017  WESTERN STAR 3RD DEGREE 6:30 P.M. DINNER 5:30 P.M.
JAN. 14, 2017 GRAND LECTURER SCHOOL – SPRINGFIELD ALL DAY NEED 3 – 4
                         NEED TO GO TO GET PLANK
JAN. 14, 2017  R.A.M. 1ST LEVEL CERTIFICATION ALL DAY AT CHAMPAIGN MASONIC
                           CENTER
JAN. 16, 2017  MONTICELLO INSTALLATION 6:30 P.M.
JAN. 18, 2017  CHAMPAIGN-URBANA YORK RITE 7:00 P.M.
JAN. 19, 2017  ST. JOE WORKER’S CLUB 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
JAN. 24, 2017  URBANA 3RD DEGREE 6:30 P.M. DINNER 6:30 P.M.
JAN. 26, 2017 WORKER’S CLUB CHAMPAIGN MASONIC CNTR 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
JAN. 31, 2017 URBANA 3RD DEGREE 6:30 P.M. DINNER 5:30 P.M.

FEBRUARY 6, 2017 LODGE OFFICER’S SCHOOL OGDEN 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. 
                                   TYPE 3 SCHOOL – 2ND SECTION 3RD DEGREE
MARCH 2, 2017 LODGE OFFICER’S SCHOOL MAHOMET 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
                                   TYPE 2 SCHOOL – 1ST SECTION 1ST DEGREE
MARCH 6, 2017  LODGE OFFICER’S SCHOOL CATLIN 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
                                   TYPE 2 SCHOOL – 1ST SECTION 1ST DEGREE
MARCH 11, 2017 GRAND LECTURER SCHOOL MATTOON – ALL DAY NEED 3 – 4
                         NEED 3 TO 4 PEOPLE TO GO TO GET PLANK

APRIL 8, 2017 TOWN HALL MEETING ALL DAY STEPHEN DECATUR LODGE

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John E. Mills - Arcola Lodge


ARCOLA – John E. Mills, 62, of Arcola, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 31, 2016) at Arcola Health Care Center, Arcola.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Arcola United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jeff VanDyke will officiate. Burial will be in Cartwright Cemetery, rural Tuscola.
John was born March 4, 1954, in Shelbyville, the son of Raymond L. and Nancy L. (Hudson) Mills. He married Julia Anne Rairden Oct. 22, 1983, in Arcola.
He is survived by his wife, Julie Mills; three sons, Jason Ray Mills and his wife, Holly of Tuscola, Kyle Anthony Mills of Urbana, and Bryson John Mills and his wife, Casey of Arcola; six grandchildren, Cody Ray Mills, Sydney Kay Mills, Emily Anne Mills, Logan James Mills, Michael John Mills and Stella June Mills; one sister, Rebecca Rae Hudson and her husband, Robert "Dan" of Marengo; two brothers-in-law, Steve Rairden of Arcola and John Rairden of Tuscola; and two sisters-in-law, Sue Stout and her husband, Jerry and Nancy Rairden, all of Arcola.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Juanita Rairden.
John was a 1972 graduate of Arcola High School and attended Parkland College.
He retired from Cabot Corporation in 2009 as a lab technician with over 37 years of service.
John was a member of Arcola United Methodist Church, where he had served as chairman of the Trustees. He also served as president of Arcola Jaycees and Arcola Lions Club. He was a member of Arcola Masonic Lodge.
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Monday, December 26, 2016

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Harold Dean Loy - Rantoul

RANTOUL – Harold Dean Loy, 88, of Rantoul passed away on the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
He was born Sept. 1, 1928, in Monmouth, a son of Ervin and Maud (Richardson) Loy.
He married Barbara Jean Lovell on Oct. 2, 1948, in Macomb. She preceded him in death on June 21, 1994. He married Dorothy "Dottie" Berry Lee on Oct. 26, 1996. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Rick Loy of Paxton, Larry Loy of the Virgin Islands, Ron (Mary) Loy of Rantoul; six stepchildren, Johnny (Cheryl) Lee of Rantoul, Janis Gordon of Potomac, Vicki VanMeter of Danville, Vera Lee of Danville, Dottie Ann Williams of Missouri, Sandy Curtis of Gifford; a brother, Miles (Barb) Loy of Iowa; two sisters, Mildred Moon of Macomb, Dorothy Loy of Texas; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandkids and seven great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three stepchildren and two grandsons, Richard Alan and Joey.
Harold served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years.
He retired from Kraft Foods in Champaign. He was owner and operator of Loy Auto Parts and Loy Rentals in Rantoul. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Church of Nazarene in Rantoul, where he served on the church board and the building committee.
Harold was a loving son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul. Dr. John W. Connect will officiate. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at Lux Memorial Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Rantoul Church of Nazarene, 603 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul, IL 61866.
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