Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wade Williams

INDIANOLA – Wade Williams, 91, of Indianola passed away at 7:40 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 17, 2016) at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System.
He was born on Oct. 26, 1924, in Indianola, the son of Claude and Hallie Goodwin Williams. He married Amber Mosier on Aug. 6, 1948, in Danville. She preceded him in death on July 2, 1987.
Survivors include one son, James Williams of Indianola; three daughters, Debra (Oliver) Yates of Springfield, Sonna Shook of Melbourne, Fla., and Jacqueline (Lee) Baird of Indianola; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.
Wade was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II, and was awarded a Bronze Star.
He owned a garage in Indianola with his brother Dale Williams called Williams Garage. He retired from the U.S. Postal service where he was a rural mail carrier for 29 years. Wade then worked for the Carroll Township Highway Department for 16 years. He was a 60-year Mason and was an avid fisherman.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola, with Pastor Gary Farris officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association in Indianola.
Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. Online condolences may be offered atwww.robisonchapel.com.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Randy Carter - Star Lodge Hoopsten

HOOPESTON — Randy Earl Carter, 67, of Hoopeston passed away at 5:31 a.m. Friday (Sept. 9, 2016) at his home.
Randy was born on Jan. 4, 1949, in Danville, the son of Earl Oscar and Dorothy

(Egnew) Carter. He married Rita Scott on Dec. 22,
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1968, in Benton Harbor, Mich. She survives.
He is also survived by one daughter, Tanya (Rob) Obenland of Milford; one son, Seth (Megan) Carter of Bloomington; five grandchildren, Zane Obenland, Marissa Obenland, Laura Obenland, Mazie Bea Carter and Huckleberry Cooper Carter; one great-granddaughter, Maci King; two brothers, Dennis (Renne) Carter of Vancouver, Wash., and Ron (Jennifer) Carter of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one stepbrother, Ernie (Laurie) Trent of Champaign; one half sister, Mary Ann (Greg) Hilleary of Danville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Ernest L. Trent; and sister, Becky Waters.
Randy graduated from Hoopeston High School in 1967 and attended Northern Illinois University. In 1968, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served until 1972.
Randy later worked as a banker at City National Bank for 25 years and was the previous owner of Star Chrysler in Hoopeston. He most recently worked for Iroquois Paving in Watseka and was serving as Ward 2 alderman for the city of Hoopeston.
Randy was a member of Star Lodge, GAO Grotto and past member of the Hoopeston Jaycees, where he served as a JCI senator. He was also a member of the Hoopeston American Legion Post 384, where he served as adjutant and was very active in helping with bingo and other events.
Randy enjoyed fishing, working, volunteering and most of all spending time with his family and friends.
A Celebration of Randy’s Life will be held at the Hoopeston American Legion from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Wade Meranda officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will follow the service at Floral Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston American Legion, Hoopeston Public Library or Hoopeston Animal Shelter.
The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Randy’s life. Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his memorial page at www.blurtonfuneralhomes. com

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Donald Rhodes - Arcola


ARCOLA – Donald "Don" Rhodes, 94, of Arcola passed away at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 30, 2016) in Arcola.
Don was born March 8, 1922, to Earl U. and Alice (Bieber) Rhodes in Effingham County. He married Phyllis Wentworth in May 1948, in West Frankfort, Ill. She passed away in July 1986.
Don and Phyllis had three children, Linda (Jack) Green of Eureka, Ill., Don "Dusty" (Luana) Rhodes of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Pat (Ken) Sargent of Tuscola. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Kelly (Dan) Hadfield and Travis McCollum (Chevi Guthrie), all of Eureka, Austin Rhodes of Seattle, Emily (Rick) Griffin of Millersville, Mo., Bethany (David) Preusser of Jackson, Mo., Cathy (Chris) Matheny of Charleston, and Keith Sargent (Gabrielle Corcoran) of Elburn; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo; and several nieces and nephews.
In November 1987, he married Peggy Ashmore of Oakland. She survives. Don is also survived by two stepchildren, Roger (Rhoda) Ashmore of Oakland and Sherri (Mike) Duzan of Kansas, Ill.; six stepgrandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; and a stepdaughter-in-law, Noky Ashmore of Monticello.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Phillip Rhodes of St. Elmo; his sister, Zona Beck of Forsyth; a brother-in-law, Glen Beck, missing in action in 1943; and a stepson, Mike Ashmore of Monticello.
Don was in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1947, a 1st Lieutenant bomber pilot in the Pacific Theater and flew B-24 bombers. Following his discharge from the service, he began working in construction. He also worked at Ashland Oil & Refinery in St. Elmo and then was employed as a general maintenance superintendent at the USI/Quantum Chemical plant in Tuscola from 1952 until he retired in 1988.
He was active in the Arcola Lions Club, Masonic Lodge No. 366, VFW, American Legion and the Tri-County Shriner's Club. Don was also a member of Arcola United Methodist Church.
His hobbies included flying remote-controlled airplanes, and he was a master craftsman, working in his shop with metal and woodworking tools.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E. Main St. in Arcola. The Rev. Donald Winch will officiate. Burial with military rites conducted by the Arcola VFW and the Arcola American Legion will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at the funeral home with Masonic rites conducted by the Arcola Masonic Lodge 366 A.F. and A.M. at the close of the visitation.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Shiners Hospital

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Don Pritchard - Urbana Lodge

SAVOY – Donald Pritchard, 89, of Savoy passed away at 11:42 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 28, 2016) at the Champaign-Urbana Regional Rehab Center in Savoy.
He was born on Oct. 19, 1926, in Urbana to William and Mary Emma Allen Pritchard. He married Doris Forshey on June 19, 1949, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 10, 1990. He then married Charlotte Timme on Aug. 30, 1998, and she survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Mark (Diane) Pritchard of Champaign, David (Teresa) Pritchard of Litchfield and Michael Pritchard of Cape Coral, Fla.; seven grandchildren; one stepdaughter; and one sister, Wilma Grussing of Bellflower.
He was preceded in death by three brothers.
He served in the U.S. Army and served in the Asiatic Theater.
He was a former village clerk of Savoy for eight years and was a charter member of the Savoy Fire Department. He coached Little League baseball in the Babe Ruth League.
He retired from the University of Illinois in 1982 from the Electrical Computer Engineering store as superintendent.
He was a life member of the Urbana Masonic Lodge No. 157 AF&AM and a member of Consistory Lodge Valley of Danville, and a member of the ANSAR Shrine of Springfield and the Illini Shrine Club.
He was also an institutional representative for the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of the Carle Auxiliary escort service. He was also a member of the Savoy United Methodist Church in Savoy.
He enjoyed gardening and parading with the Shriners.
Visitation for Mr. Pritchard will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Mark Brown officiating. Interment will take place immediately following at Prairieview Cemetery, Savoy.
Memorials should be directed to the Savoy United Methodist Church, Savoy.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jack Gladin - Mahomet Lodge

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.
Condolences may be made at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Leland H. Storm - Paxton


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.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Paxton. Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fire and Water Degree

 
FIRE & WATER DEGREE
AUG. 12 TH -- GAO GROTTO
MEAL @ 5 PM-- DEGREE @ 5:30
PLEASE BRING LAWN CHAIR
DRESS IS CASUAL
6 CANDIDATES
FURTHER LIGHT/ANCHOR/ POTOMAC LODGES
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