Obituaries 12-21-2016: Virgil Booker

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Virgil E. “Bud” Booker, 83, of New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Sullivan, passed away at 7:57 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016. By his side were his loving wife of 65 years, Carlin Jo (Manship) and son Mike.

Services to honor and remember Bud’s life will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 28 in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Brandon Zoll officiating. Visitation will be held an hour before the service. Graveside services will follow in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. Family requests casual attire. Read More

Obituaries 12-21-2016: Garrett Burtcheard

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Garrett L. Burtcheard, 96, of Sullivan passed away at 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 19, 2016 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Celebration of Life services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Al Rennert and Pastor Eddie Miller officiating. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in French Cemetery in Allenville.  Read More

Obituaries 12-21-2016: Jim Huffman

Jim Huffman

James Edward Huffman, 62, of Urbana, formerly of Arcola and Arthur, died December 16, 2016 from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in his residence.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 20 in Shrader Funeral Home in Arcola.  Burial followed in Arcola Cemetery.

Jim was born September 27, 1954 in Mattoon, the son of Lorn and Eunice Meyers Huffman. Read More

Obituaries 12-21-2016: Lois Ratcliffe

Lois Ratcliffe

Lois “June” Maher Ratcliffe, 83, of Sullivan died at 4:03 p.m. Dec. 2, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 27 in Mason Point Chapel in Sullivan. Inurnment will be in Davis Memorial Cemetery in Pesotum at a later date. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Read More

Obituaries 12-14-2016: Sandra Linn

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Sandra L. Linn, 78, of Sullivan, died at 12:01 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2016 in her residence.

Family will receive friends at Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ in rural Sullivan from 4-6 p.m. Thursday evening. Reed Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Linn was born September 29, 1938 in Granite City, the daughter of John James and Dorothy Grey McCain. Sandra was an LPN at Fields Wright Medical Center in Sullivan and a member of Pana American Legion Auxiliary and Pana VFW Auxiliary. She married Gerald L. Cohan, Sr. in 1955, and he preceded her in death in 1968. She later married Roy M. Linn in 1985, and he preceded her in death in 2008. Read More

Obituaries 12-14-2016

Audrey Bolsen

Audrey Mae Bolsen, 81, of Decatur passed away at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Bethany. Burial was in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany.

Audrey was born July 22, 1935 in Decatur, a daughter of Donald A. and Nora N. Daniels Carter. She married Robert Lawrence Bolsen June 22, 1973, and he preceded her in death May 12, 1999. Read More

Obituaries 12-14-2016: James Smith

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James William Smith, 89, of Lovington passed away at 7:08 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016 in Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 in St. Isidore Catholic Church in Bethany. Burial with military rites by Lovington American Legion Post #429 will be in St. Isidore Cemetery. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. today (Wednesday) in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington with prayer services at 7 p.m. Read More

Obituaries 12-7-2016: Dale Park

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Dale Robert Park, 85, of Findlay passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville. He was born September 28, 1931 in Shelby County, a son of John and Wilma Summers Park. He married Norma Jones June 30, 1956, and she passed away November 29, 2009. Dale was a lifelong farmer, a member of Findlay American Legion Clarence Bixler Post 409 for 62 years, Todd’s Point Road commissioner for four years and a veteran of the United States Army. When not working the fields, Dale could be found patrolling Findlay on his golf cart, collecting antique tractors or spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he adored.   Read More

Obituaries 12-7-2016: Effie Simonson

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Evelyn “Effie” Warren Simonson, 91, formerly of Columbus, Indiana, passed away December 3, 2016, in Mason Point in Sullivan.  She was born March 2, 1925, in Atlanta, Georgia, to the late Forrest C. and Dolly M. Powell.  She was preceded in death by her husband Robert D. Warren of San Antonio, Texas and Chester A. Simonson of Columbus, Indiana. A daughter, Vicki Warren Washburn of Seabrook Island, South Carolina preceded her in death April 5, 2016.

Survivors include daughter Dianne Warren Smith of Virginia Beach, Virginia; son Steven Robert Warren of Murray, Kentucky; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. Read More

Obituaries 12-7-2016: John Hunter

John Hunter

John David Hunter, 62, of Glasgow, Ky., formerly of Burkesville and Tompkinsville, Ky., died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 in T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow.

A graveside service was held at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in Shorts Chapel Cemetery in Burkesville. Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home in Burkesville handled arrangements. Read More