Friday, October 20, 2017

Valley of Danville Notes


Just a reminder that Watseka Degree Night is on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Watseka Lodge #446, 2125 E. 1730 N. Rd., Watseka, IL 60970. Candidates Registration will be at 6:30. The 4th Degree DVD, Live Presentation of the 21st Degree and the 6th Degree DVD will be shown. Refreshments will be served. Candidate fees are $200.00 plus pro-rated dues of $72.00. for a total of $272.00 current until July 1, 2018. This is a great time for candidates to get started for the Reunion!

Fall Reunion will be on November 3 & 4, 2017. Candidate Registration will be at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017. The 4th Degree, 14th Degree and 18th Degree will be presented. Dinner will be served. On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the day will start at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts. The 20th Degree, 23rd Degree, 26th Degree and 32nd Degree will be presented. Lunch will be served. There will be a reception and there will be an Afterglow at the Gao Grotto following the reception. Candidate fees are $200 plus pro-rated dues of $66.00 current until July 1, 2018 for a total of $266.00. There will be activities for the ladies during reunion. Check the website, or call the Valley office for more information.

Petitions are available on our website, There is a pocket petition in the last Valley Echoes that can be cut out and presented. Payment plans are available. Call the Valley Office at 217-446-7620 for payment plans or any other questions.


Friday, October 13, 2017

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Robert W. Jones - Bement Lodge

IVESDALE – Robert W. "Bob" Jones, 91, of Ivesdale passed away on Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2017).
He was born on Dec. 24, 1925, to Shelby and Verdia Jones in Bement. He graduated from Bement High School in 1943 and was later inducted into the Bement High School Hall of Fame on Oct. 4, 2013. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy between November 1943 and May 1946. He was stationed in Hawaii and Kwajalein Atoll during World War II.
Upon returning home, he married Jeannette Edwards in March 1948 and attended Missouri Valley College. Bob was a self-employed farmer as well as a rural mail carrier. He even held the Sadorus Township Road Commissioner position for four years.
Bob was very involved in his community and contributed his time to many community activities. He served on the Bement School District Board of Education for 12 years. He volunteered as a member of the Piatt County Faith in Action Board as well as the Champaign County RSVP Board. He was also a member of the Bement Masonic Lodge No. 365 A.F.&A.M.; a 60-plus-year member of the Albert Parker Post Bement American Legion; and a member of the Ray Plummer VFW Post. Not only was he active in the community, but he also devoted his time to his church, the Bement United Methodist Church. There, he taught Sunday School and was a part of the choir until age 80. He was also known as Santa Claus for the communities of Bement and Ivesdale for several years.
Bob enjoyed flying, hunting, boating, crossword puzzles and serving others. He was well-known for being a man of faith, with strength of character and will.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeannette; his daughter, Robin Jones; three brothers; and three sisters.
He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly (David) Snyder of Ivesdale; two grandchildren, Ryan Snyder and Andrew Snyder; and three great-grandchildren, Katherine, Matthew and Ema Snyder.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Bement United Methodist Church, 249 N. Piatt St., Bement, with Masonic rites at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, also at the church. He will be laid to rest in Bement Township Cemetery following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ivesdale EMT, the Kirby Medical Center or Bement United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be offered online at

Thomas W. Henson - Paxton

PAXTON – Thomas W. Henson, 74, a lifelong Paxton resident, passed away at 12:40 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 28, 2017) at the Hawthorne Inn of Danville nursing facility.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with Pastor David Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery, Paxton, with military honors accorded by the Paxton American Legion Prairie Post 150.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Masonic rites at 6:30 p.m. by the Paxton Masonic Lodge No. 416.
Tom was born June 14, 1943, in Paxton, the son of Orville E. and Roxie Fox Henson. He married Cheryl Maulding on June 23, 1968, at Evangelical Covenant Church, Paxton. She survives.
Along with his wife, Cheryl, of 49 years, he is survived by one daughter, Stacey (Jason Crawford) Henson of Danville; one son, Brian (Amy) Henson of Shepherdsville, Ky.; three grandchildren, Brian Jr. and Emily Henson and Evan Vredenburgh; a brother, James (Laura) Henson of Thomasboro; a sister, Zelda (Harry) Kuchenbrod of Pensacola, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Norman Keefe.
Tom graduated from Paxton High School in 1961. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965. He was stationed in Korea and was in charge of a communications team with the Merchant Marines. He was a butcher and meat salesman before owning and operating Tom's Market for 10 years. He then went to work for J.M. Jones as a meat buyer and inspector and retired in 2005.
He was baptized in the Paxton Church of Christ. He was a 50-year Mason and a Past Master of the Paxton Masonic Lodge No. 416. He was also a member of the Paxton American Legion Prairie Post 150 and the Loda Sportsman's Club and a former member of the Rantoul Moose Lodge. Tom was a former Scout leader.
Tom enjoyed woodworking, playing pool, drinking coffee with his many friends and helping people. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Heart Association. Condolences may be offered online at

David Kent Chapman - Ogden Lodge

OGDEN – David Kent Chapman, 81, of Ogden passed away at 1:55 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 28, 2017) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Celebration of life services will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
David was born Sept. 10, 1936, at Yale, Ill., the son of Clone E. and Fredia M. Barkley Chapman. He married Wanda M. Sparling; she preceded him in death. He then married Marlene M. Repp in 1968; she survives.
Also surviving are his children, Marsha (Bob) Silver of Sadorus, Richard (Pam) Chapman of Broadlands, Angie Norman of Monticello and Penny (Jim) Vickers of Ogden; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Myrna Johnson of Champaign; and son-in-law Kenny Shobe of Casey.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Penny Shobe.
David retired from Champaign Asphalt after 35 years of service. He was an avid trapshooter, shooting with his wife and serving as a mentor to many local shooters. He was a Mason and a member of the Ogden Lions club.
David loved telling jokes and going hunting. After retirement, David and Marlene spent winters in Odessa, Fla., at the Silver Dollar Trap and Golf Club.
David was talented at drawing, woodworking and leather tooling.
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