MAHOMET – Rembert T. (Jack) Gladin, 86, passed away peacefully on Monday (Aug. 22, 2016) at his residence, Bridle Brook Assisted Living, Mahomet.
He was born on Dec. 8, 1929, in Sandersville, Ga., son of Edith and Rembert T. Gladin Sr. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Gladin; son, Ray Fairchild; daughter, Sabrina Fairchild; and three granddaughters, Ali, Cari and Alyssa.
Jack studied chemical engineering at Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute, Ind. In 1951, Jack enlisted in the Navy where he served as a Navy photographer on the Admiral's Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Va. His assignments included most everything that the Navy or Marine Corps sailed the sea on, and most everything that flew in the air.
After his military years, Jack worked as a commercial photographer. He then moved to the University of Illinois as a motion picture photographer for Sport Information. He was also the assistant manager of the Main Campus of the University of Illinois Photographic Service Department. Later he moved on to become manager of the Photographic Department of the Engineering Campus, where he worked until he retired from the university in 1995.
Jack was a proud member of the Masons for over 64 years, serving as the Illinois State Historian for seven Grand Masters. He received the DeMoley Legion of Honor in 2004 and Mason of the Year of the Grand Lodge of Illinois in 2011.
Masonic services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, followed by a memorial visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the Champaign Masonic Lodge 240, 14 Bel Air Court, Champaign, IL 61821.
PAXTON – Leland H. Storm, 95, of Paxton passed away at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 16, 2016) at Villas of Holly Brook, Gibson City.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with the Rev. John Hauck officiating. Burial will follow in East Lynn Cemetery.
Visitation will be two hours prior to the service Sunday, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the funeral home.
Leland was born Nov. 12, 1920, in Hoopeston, the son of Ira Lee and Grace Hamm Storm. He married Mary Esther Lawrence on Feb. 22, 1942, in St. Joseph. She preceded him in death on March 21, 2007.
He is survived by a daughter, Gerrie (Herbert) Schulz of Antioch; a son, Alan Le (Daryl) Storm of Purcellville, Va.; two grandchildren, Heather Lee (Marc E.) Hall and Erik C. (Lauren) Schulz; and a great-granddaughter, Sydney Schulz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and three sisters, Thelma VanLaningham, Nola Beckman and Wilma McDonald.
Leland graduated from East Lynn High School and Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1944-46.
Before moving to Paxton in 1946, he and his wife lived in Urbana, Lincoln, Neb., Texas and Denver, Colo. He worked in civil service at Chanute Air Force Base as an educational specialist for missiles and rockets and was one of the first civilians to work on the American rocket program.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Paxton, where he served on the church board and sang in the choir. He was a Paxton Cubmaster from 1959-60 and served on the Arrowhead Boy Scout Council in several capacities. He also served on the Board of Chanute Field Civilian Credit Union from 1956-1977 and was president for two years.
Leland was chairman of the Paxton Hospital District Board for 15 years. He was a member of Paxton Masonic Lodge 416 AF&AM, Ford Chapter RAM 113, the Mount Olivet Commandery 38 and Prospect Chapter 367 Order of Eastern Star.
CHAMPAIGN – Rollin Gene Slack, 87, of Denver, formerly of Champaign and Canton, passed away at 7:10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 6, 2016) at Brookdale Greenwood Village in Colorado.
He was born on June 24, 1929, in Canton to Cecil W. and Margaret P. (Barnes) Slack. He married Virginia L. Wilcoxen on Sept. 10, 1955, in Canton. She survives.
Also surviving are two children, Dan (Mary) Slack of Centennial, Colo., and Diane Weir of Warrensburg, Mo.; and five grandchildren, Andrea Slack-Cookson, Kristy Slack, Garrett Weir, Austen Weir and Sarah Slack.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Norman and Laurel Slack; and one sister, Clarice Slack.
Rollin was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country during the Korean War. He worked as an executive in the Farm Credit System, retiring in March of 1989. Following his retirement, he worked part time for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, responding to assist with disaster aid.
Rollin was an avid traveler following his retirement.
He was a lifetime member of the Champaign VFW Post 5520, Champaign American Legion Post 24 and Sierra Club; and was recently recognized as a 50-year member of the Freemasons. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Champaign at Savoy.
Gene and his wife Ginny attended services regularly the past several years at their senior living facility. Gene was a man of deep faith with quiet strength as well as a sense of adventure and the family is assured that he is at rest with his Lord and Savior.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, where visitation will be held one hour prior to services. The Rev. Monroe Bailey will officiate. Burial with military honors will be at Providence Chapel Cemetery in rural Farmington.
VILLA GROVE – Willis M. Little, 82, of Villa Grove died at 11:25 a.m. Saturday (July 23, 2016) at his home in rural Villa Grove.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 29, at Joines Funeral Home, Illinois 130 South, Villa Grove, with the Rev. Mike Zylstra officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with Masonic rites at 7 p.m. Thursday by the Camargo-Villa Grove Masonic Lodge No. 885 AF&AM. Burial will be in the Camargo Cemetery. Mr. Little was born on Jan. 4, 1934, in rural Tuscola, a son of Clarence and Doris (Shaw) Little. He married Arbridell Rush on Nov. 11, 2004; she survives in Villa Grove.
Also surviving are one son, Myron Little of Camargo; two brothers, Norman Little of Camargo and Lloyd Little of Tuscola; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Little was preceded in death by his parents.
Willis was a member of the Atwood and Arthur Sportsman's clubs. He was the owner and operator of Little Dozing Service Inc., Camargo, and retired in 2004.
He was a member of the Camargo-Villa Grove Masonic Lodge No. 885 AF & AM.
Memorials can be made to the First Christian Church of Villa Grove.
ARCOLA – Joseph Hunter, 88, of Arcola died at 7:47 a.m. Saturday (July 23, 2016) at Carriage Crossing in Champaign.
A Rose Ceremony conducted by the Arcola Lions Club will be held at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E. Main St., Arcola. Visitation will then be held at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. that day. At the close of visitation, Masonic Rites conducted by the Arcola Masonic Lodge 366 AF&AM will be held at 7:45 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Arcola United Methodist Church, 121 S. Locust St., Arcola, with the Rev. Jeff Van Dyke and the Rev. Donald Winch officiating. Burial with military rites by the Arcola VFW and Arcola American Legion will be in Arcola Cemetery, Arcola.
66-year-old Cisne resident, Thomas Willard Wickham died Monday, July 18, 2016 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL. He had retired after many years as a driver’s education teacher and coach from the Fairfield Community High School. He graduated from Cisne High School and was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University at Charleston. Tom had served as a board member of the North Wayne Unit School District, a Cisne Community Center Board Member, and Cisne Reunion Board member. He was a longtime member of the Anthony Doherty #1111 Lodge at Cisne where he acted as secretary for many years. He was a member of the Ainad Shrine Temple of East St. Louis and enjoyed driving the Widgets. Tom was an Elder at the Elm River Cumberland Presbyterian (Brown) Church of Mt. Erie, IL.
Survivors include his wife Linda of Cisne, daughter Kelli Massie and her husband Justin of Cisne and a son Kevin Wickham and his wife Erin of Newton; four grandchildren Jacob & Wade Wickham and Kormik & Kielyn Massie.
Funeral services for Thomas Willard Wickham will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday July 23, 2016 at the Hosselton Funeral Home at Cisne, IL with the burial to follow in the Cisne Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4-8PM on Friday at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne with Masonic Services at 8 p.m. conducted by the Anthony Doherty Masonic Lodge #1111 of Cisne.
Memorials may be made to the Anthony Doherty Lodge 1111 and will be accepted at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.