Obituaries 2-12-14

RobertBeckBob Beck

A memorial service for Robert “Rob” or “Bob” Allen Beck, 68, of Georgetown was held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating the services.

He passed away at 8:14 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 4, 2014 in Gowin Parc in Paris, Ill.

Bob was born Dec. 3, 1945 in Decatur, the only child of Junior and Bertha Webb Beck of Sullivan. Bob was called Rob or Robbie to all his family and many friends. He married Karen Martin July 16, 1966 in Mattoon, and she survives.

Also surviving are daughter Toni (Scott) Griesheimer of San Angelo, Tex.; sons Michael (Laurel) Beck of Danville and Brad (Amy) Beck of Ridge Farm; grandchildren Koty and Kaylee Griesheimer of San Angelo, Daizey Beck of Ridge Farm and Justin (Jessica) Cooper of Danville; uncle Robert Patient of Sullivan; mother-in-law Dorothy Martin of Georgetown and many cousins.

Bob was preceded in death by his father in 1982 and his mother in 2002, both sets of grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.

Bob was a mechanic all his life and would work on anything from motorcycles to semi trailers and retired from McLane Midwest in 2007. Bob loved spending time with his kids and grandkids and was always ready to go see the grandkids wherever they lived. He was a Jeff Gordon NASCAR fan and went to Bristol, Mich. and Indianapolis to see live races. He could be found sitting in front of the TV watching the race every week. He was proud of his home and yard and worked to keep it in tip-top shape. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown and formerly a member of First Baptist Church in Sullivan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bob’s name to AFTD Association in Radnor, Penn. (Radnor Station Bldg 2 Suite 320, 29 King of Prussia Rd, Radnor, PA 19087), Gowin Parc of Paris (705 Kenton St., Paris, IL 61944), Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown (501 S. Main St., Georgetown, IL 61846) and First Baptist Church in Sullivan (215 E. Harrison St., Sullivan, IL 61951).

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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ButlerGloriaGloria Butler

Gloria Marie Butler, 87, of Bethany passed away at 12:30 p.m. Sunday Feb. 9, 2014 in McKinley Court in Decatur.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Bethany with visitation one hour before the services. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany.

Gloria was born May 22, 1926 in Pekin, the daughter of William Edgar Berion and Alta Marie Simmons Hagan. She married John Francis Butler Sept. 21, 1946 in Long View, and he preceded her in death April 2, 2006. Gloria and her husband Francis Butler owned and operated Butler Plumbing and Heating from 1970 to 1990.

She is survived by her daughter Sharon DeVall of Bethany; grandchildren Shellie (Lee) Avery, Todd (Amy West and Jeremie (Melissa) DeVall; seven great-grandchildren and special friend Richard “Dick” Brown of Bethany.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John Francis and daughter Teresa in 1963.

Memorials may be made to the Bethany Fire and Ambulance Department.

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PatsyJankePatsy Janke

Funeral services for Patsy Irene Janke, 70, of Sullivan, formerly of Shelbyville, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville with the Rev. Kevin Ray officiating. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville.

She passed away at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Care Center in Coles County with family at her bedside.

Patsy was born June 15, 1943 in Shelby County, the daughter of Leland Addison and Mildred L. Gaddis Green.

She married Lehman Davis in 1961, and he passed away in 1974. She married Ora Janke in 1991, and he passed away in 2010.

Patsy was a graduate of Findlay High School with the class of 1961 and attended Sparks Business College in Shelbyville. Patsy was employed for many years with Shelby County Community Services in Shelbyville.

Surviving are children Richard W. (Jeri) Davis of Sullivan, R. Dale (Lora) Davis of Sullivan and Ronald L. (Brandy) Davis of Shelbyville; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers Richard C. (Vicki) Green of Herrick and Larry W. Green of Herrick.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Lehman Davis and Ora Janke, sister-in-law Dotti Green and aunts Evelyn Rauch and Ruth Cochran.

Memorials may be made in Patsy’s memory to the activity fund of Shelby County Services.

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FlagForWebsitePhilip Proctor, Jr.

Philip Proctor, Jr., 70, of Lovington went to join God Feb. 6, 2014. A celebration of life with military rites will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Lovington American Legion Post #429.

He was born April 16, 1943 in Utica, N.Y., the son of Philip, Sr. and Jane Proctor.

Philip was a Navy veteran serving from 1961-1964 aboard the USS Cony. Philip’s greatest love was the American Legion for which he served several positions in Penn. and Ill. He was a life member of American Legion Post #429 in Lovington.

He is survived by his wife Tina; son Philip (Lisa) Proctor; daughter Yvette (Leo) Turns; stepsons Jonathan Burks, Kenneth Benjamin, Jr., Daniel Benjamin and special child Lorilee DeClerck; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorials to the family for final resting expenses are suggested.


SmithTroyTroy Smith

Funeral services for Troy Derrell Smith, 70, of Lovington were held at 11 a.m. Saturday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. Burial was in Keller Cemetery in Lovington.

He passed away at 11:34 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur surrounded by his family.

Troy was born June 23, 1943 in Decatur, a son of Troy and Rutha Mae Anderson Smith. He married Barbara Sue Colclasure March 1, 1963 in Sullivan. He was retired from Traxler Trucking Company in La Place.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Sue Smith; daughters Laura (Robert) Scott of Sullivan and Kim (Tom) Fleming of Lovington; brother Mike (Melody) Smith of Bethany; sisters Judy (Ronnie) Pritts of Bethany and Susan (Joe) Marshall of Mt. Zion; grandchildren Johnathan Scott, Emily Scott and Colin Franklin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Austin Reid Franklin.

The family wishes to thank the St. Mary’s Hospital staff on the fourth floor and ICU for their care and compassion.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.

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Lewis Schlabach

Services for Lewis F. Schlabach, 83, of Sullivan were held at 9 a.m. Monday at the Willard Schlabach residence in rural Sullivan. Burial was in Gingerich Cemetery in Sullivan.

He died Friday Feb 7, 2014. He was a farmer and a member of Old Order Amish Faith.

Surviving are his wife Mattie; sons Glen Dale Schlabach of Arthur and Williard Laverne Schlabach of Sullivan; daughters Mary Katherine Schlabach of Sullivan, Linda Kay Herschberger of Arthur and Nancy Arlene Gingerich of Tuscola; brothers Willard Schlabach of Ava, Daniel Schlabach of Atwood, Eli Schlabach and Harley Schlabach, both of Arthur; sisters Abbie Beachy of Newaygo, Mich., Sadie Plank of Arcola and Annie Ellen Otto and Fannie Marie Schlabach, both of Arthur; stepbrother John Henry Yoder of Middlebury, Ind.; 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister.

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