Obituaries 2-4-2015: Ruth Craig

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Ruth A. Craig, 92, of Sullivan passed away at 5:46 a.m. Friday, January 30, 2015 in the Arthur Home in Arthur.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany.

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Obituaries 1-28-2015: Tom Marlow

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A funeral service for Thomas E. Marlow, 88, of Arcola was held at noon today (Wednesday) in Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola with the Rev. Vince Rohn officiating. Burial with military rites was in Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon.

He passed away at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz.

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Obituaries 1-28-2015: Leona Shank

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Leona Luella Gabelman Shank of Sullivan died at 4:27 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2015 in the Mattoon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Celebration of Life Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sullivan First United Methodist Church with Pastor Charliam Renner officiating. Visitation will be 2-2:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. Arrangements are by Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan.

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Obituaries 1-28-2015: Dr. Earl Walker

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Dr. Earl Edwin Walker, loving husband of 57 years of Ruth (nee Whittenberg) Walker, passed away after an acute illness January 21, 2015 with Ruth by his side.  He was born to Carl and Thelma Walker in Princeton, Indiana, January 18, 1934. At one point, his family lived in Harrisburg, Illinois where he attended school in the one room schoolhouse in Cain Community.  He graduated from high school in Catlin, Illinois where he earned recognition in both sports and academics. At Southern Illinois University, he pursued his undergraduate degree in pre-med before moving to Chicago where he achieved his medical degree from the University of Illinois.  He met his wife Ruth in Chicago where she was attending nursing school, and on December 22, 1957, he and Ruth were married.  His general surgery residency was completed at the University of Nebraska under his mentor Dr. Musselman.  After completion of his residency, he voluntarily joined the Army to serve as a medical officer at the 3rd Field Hospital in the Vietnam War.  For his service as a trauma surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star by the United States Army for his dedicated patient care to wounded soldiers. Dr. Walker moved to southern Illinois to establish his surgical practice in 1968, providing general medical and surgical care to the community.  He was privileged to work at both Harrisburg Medical Center as well as Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Illinois.   His love for the community was demonstrated by his determination to never leave the community unprotected for surgical care. When the tornado struck Marion in 1982, he immediately went to that community hospital to provide medical services to the injured.

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Obituaries 1-28-2015: Donette Renfro

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Donette A. Renfro, 79, of Lovington, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly at 2:19 a.m. Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Services to celebrate Donette's life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 29 in Lovington First Church of God. Visitation will be held from 4-7 today (Wednesday) in the First Church of God Family Center in Lovington.

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Obituaries 1-28-2015: Archie Bathe

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Funeral services for Archie Logan Bathe, 77, of Sullivan were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial with military rites by Sullivan American Legion Post # 68 was in French Cemetery in Allenville.

He passed away at 6:20 a.m. Friday, January 23, 2015 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County.

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