Obituaries 5-17-2017: Russell Baker

Russell Baker

Russell Dean Baker, 90, of Sullivan, passed away at 8:49 a.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

As per Russell’s wishes, no services will be held.

Russell was born May 5, 1927 in Lincoln, a son of Harry and Hilda Milstedt Baker. He married Betty Whiteside in 1947; he later married Shirley Broughton in 1979, and they both preceded him in death. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Russell was a member of the Elkhart American Legion Post #616 and the VFW. He loved reading, gardening, leather working and watching Dancing with the Stars. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and he will be truly missed by his family and friends.  Read More

Obituaries 5-10-2017: Dorothy Schwartz

Dorothy Schwartz

Dorothy Woods Schwartz, 97, of Alvarado, Tex. passed away May 1, 2017. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 4 in the First United Methodist Church in Alvarado. Interment followed in Glenwood Cemetery in Alvarado. Vaughan Funeral Home in Alvarado handled arrangements.

Dorothy was born November 18, 1919 in Hays County near Buda, Texas to William and Mattie Woods. She attended Seton Hospital School of Nursing in Austin, Texas and graduated in September 1940 and continued her nursing career as an RN until her retirement in 1976. She married V.E. “Gene” Schwartz September 9, 1944 and enjoyed 55 years of marriage until his death in March 2000. They raised three children, Joe, Mary, and Jack.  Read More

Obituaries 5-10-2017: Chuck Goens

Chuck Goens

Forever in our hearts and missed more than words can say, our brother, son, uncle, father, grandfather and friend, Chuck Goens, 56, of Lake City, Fla. left us to be with Jesus April 30, 2017 in Lake City, Florida from injuries received in an accident.

Memorial services will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 11 in Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main St. in Arcola.  Read More

Obituaries 5-10-2017: Don Hilton

Don Hilton

Donald “Don” LeRoy Hilton, 62, of Mount Zion passed away at 2:43 a.m. Sunday May 7, 2017 in Decatur St. Mary’s Hospital.

A service to celebrate Don’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 12 in Lovington Church of God. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 11 in the Lovington Church of God community center. Don will be laid to rest in Keller Cemetery in Lovington.  Read More

Obituaries 5-10-2017: Alice Durbin

Alice Durbin

Alice N. Durbin, 103, of Altamont died at 11:34 a.m., Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 8 in Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont with the Rev. Marek Kasperczuck officiating. Burial followed in St. Bonaventure Cemetery in rural St. Elmo. A Rosary with visitation was held Sunday, May 7 at the funeral home.  Read More

Obituaries 5-3-2017: Lenora Campbell

Lenora Campbell

Lenora Fleming Campbell, 92, of Sullivan, died at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Mason Point in Sullivan.

Graveside services were held at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 29 in Greenhill Cemetery with Pastor Charliam Renner officiating. Arrangements were by Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Read More

Obituaries 5-3-2017: Gladys Sapp

Gladys Sapp

Gladys Marie Walker Sapp, 75, of Sullivan, passed away at 7 a.m., Friday, April 28, 2017 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

A Celebration of Life visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 3) in the Mason Point Chapel in Sullivan with a memorial service following at 7 p.m. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date in Roselawn Memorial Park in Springfield. Read More

Obituaries 5-3-2017: Mickey Fleener

Mickey Fleener

Mickey Kay Fleener, 68, of Lake City passed away early Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017 in St. John’s Medical Center in Springfield.

Funeral services to celebrate her life were at 2 p.m. Saturday in Moran & Goebel Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Larry Bricker officiating.

Mickey was born April 23, 1949 in Arthur to William Thomas and Mabel Stolley Dean. She married Michael Fleener June 10, 1967 in Arthur. Mickey loved to read, shop, flowers and little babies. Read More

Obituaries 4-26-2017: Joe Cochran

Joe Cochran 

Joseph M. Cochran M. Sgt. USAF (Ret) passed away March 17, 2017.

He will be buried will full military honors at 11 a.m. May 3 in the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. He will be interred with his wife Joni Cochran.

He was born March 3, 1933, a son of Esther and Walter “Babe” Cochran.  Read More