Recent Obituaries: Rene’e Downs

Rene’e Downs

Rene’e Lucille Downs, 62, of Lovington passed away 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016, at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Lovington. Visitation will be held an hour before the service on Saturday at the funeral home in Lovington. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Rene’e was born on December 27, 1953, in Fairfield, CA, the daughter of Stanley Martin and Janet Ruby (Whitehouse) Rothenbuecher. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, camping, playing the guitar and singing, but most of all she loved her family with all of her heart.

Rene’e is survived by her father, Stanley of Decatur; sons, Robby and Dustin Sletner both of Spokane, WA; daughters, Mandi and Jessie Miller both of Spokane, WA; brother, Stanley Martin Rothenbuecher II of Lovington; sisters, Jeanette Baine of Lovington and Denise Miller of Lovington. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and one grandson.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com

Recent Obituaries: Oliver McDevitt

Oliver McDevitt

Oliver E. “Bud” McDevitt, 84, of Sullivan passed away 2:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016 in his home, Sullivan.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016 at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan with Military Rites by the Sullivan American Legion Post # 68 at 5:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Moultrie County Food Pantry.

Bud was born March 3, 1932 in Hysham, MT the son of William and Helen (Palmer) McDevitt. He married Ellen Rose White on April 6, 1951 in Piggott, AR. She preceded him in death on February 11, 2013. Bud was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a retired shoe maker and was a member of the Church of Christ, Sullivan.

Bud is survived by his sons, Tony (Dianne) McDevitt of Taylors, SC, John (Jill) McDevitt of Sullivan; daughters, Cynthia (Tom) Trigg of Mt. Zion, Sandra (Jeff) Meadows of Sullivan; brothers, Larry (Liz) McDevitt of Spanaway, WA, Jerry (Marylin) McDevitt of Highland; brother-in-law, Alan (Allison) White of Petoskey, MI; 11 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ellen, two sisters and his brother.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com

Recent Obituaries: Betty Carr

Betty Jewell Carr, 91, a longtime resident of the Windsor area passed away peacefully June 16, 2016 at Heartland Christian Village of Neoga. Born August 22, 1924 in Shelbyville she was the oldest daughter of Hal and Nina (Bence) Hennigh. She attended Walden and Prairie Schools, Windsor High School and Sparks Business College. Betty married Russell (Rusty) Carr May 10, 1945 in Decatur. She is survived by two sisters Mary Lou Rihl of Plain City, OH and Joy (Bob) Caspary of Windsor; daughter Linda (Randy) Rose of Monticello; son Jerry Carr of Effingham; daughter-in-law Janet Carr of Windsor; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Rusty, youngest son Michael and great-grandson Tyler Carr. Betty lived an active life for many years. As a child she worked on the family farm with her father. After marrying, Betty and Rusty farmed together. In her later years she still liked to discuss the crop situation. She was active in the Windsor United Methodist Church. Betty worked as a receptionist and office assistant for Dr. Taylor in Windsor. After retirement she worked in the pro shop at Angus Links golf course. Betty and Rusty spent many winters in Bonita Springs, FL where they made great friends and enjoyed a relaxed lifestyle. She was a wonderful seamstress making her daughter’s wedding gown, a great cook who could whip up a delicious meal with whatever was on hand. Betty and Rusty had happy memories traveling in their camper, dancing, playing cards and mushroom hunting with family and friends. She was happiest spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was very proud of them and their accomplishments. The last few years she has called Heartland Christian Village her home. She loved the staff and kept them on their toes. Betty will be remembered as an outgoing, vibrant, one of a kind personality. She will be remembered fondly and missed by many. Visitation will be held at Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon. Burial will be in Windsor Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Journey for Jordan or the Windsor United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.

Recent Obituaries: David Smith

David Smith

David Eugene Smith, 73, of Oreana passed away 4:40 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016 in his home.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 Monday, June 20, 2016 at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Bethany. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016 at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Bethany. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery, Bethany. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

David was born on September 13, 1942 in Moweaqua, the son of Guy F. and Viola Blanche (Ward) Smith. He married Connie L. Miller on September 26, 1965 in Bethany. He was a Marine Corps veteran. David was retired from A. E. Staley Company, Decatur. David also worked at P.C. Limited, Argenta and he was a cabinet maker. He was a member of the Cumberland-Presbyterian Church, Bethany.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; sons, Bryan (Kelly) Smith of Bourbonnais and Tighe (Donna) Smith of Nashville, TN; daughter, Sheri (Robert) Williams of Decatur; sister, Marlene Fabley of Decatur; 9 grandchildren, Tiffany, Scott, Emily, Abigail, Sarin, Annabelle, JB, Desirae and Makiya; 3 great-grandchildren, Brionna, Brilee and SJ.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com

Recent Obituaries: Ralph Arthur

Ralph Arthur

Ralph “Cap” Owen Arthur, age 73, of Allenville, IL passed away at 12:19 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Ricky Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow at Windsor Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Ralph was born on May 18, 1943 in Chicago, IL the son of Ralph Aaron and Irene (Block) Arthur. He married Vera Lavone Nolen on July 24, 1976.

Survivors include his loving wife of 39 years, Vera Arthur of Allenville, IL; sons, James Arthur of Mattoon, IL, Allen Arthur of Charleston, IL and Raymond Paul Arthur (fiancé, Candace Carr) of Windsor, IL; step son, Lawrence Roy (Darla) Gregory of Montezuma, IN step-daughter, Julie Denise (John) Gregory-Grygiel of Mohamet, IL; eleven grandchildren; one great grandchild; sisters, Betty Diedrich of Calumet City, IL and Nancy Gardner of Springfield, IL; brother, Raymond Arthur of Jacksonville, FL; numerous nieces and nephews. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Bertha Riccio and brother-in-law, John Riccio.

Ralph served honorably in the United States Army from 1960-1963. He worked at Twin Oaks Wrecking Company in Chicago, IL, Ford Motor Company and USI (formerly known as Quantum Chemical). Ralph retired from Meats Plus where he worked as a truck driver. He enjoyed watching westerns particularly John Wayne’s and Gunsmoke.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the American Lung Association.

Recent Obituaries: Clarabelle Cummings

Clarabelle Cummings

Clarabelle E. “Bea” Cummings, 88, of Mattoon, formerly of Windsor passed away 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Mattoon Rehab and Healthcare Center.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016 at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016 at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Bea was born July 27, 1927 in Lovington, the daughter of James and Leta (Bell) Miller. She married Carl K. Cummings on December 13, 1941 in St. Louis, MO. He preceded her in death on August 19, 1992. Bea owned and managed the Bea Hive in Windsor. She was a member of the Windsor Christian Church.

She is survived by her son, Ron (Theresa) Cummings of Sullivan; daughters, Sherry (Butch) Beck of Windsor, Marsha (Don) Spence of Mattoon; brother, Lloyd (Pat) Miller of Lake City, FL; sister, Helen Doss of Windsor; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, sister, son, Bill Cummings and daughter, Pat Giesler.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com

Recent Obituaries: Virginia R. Smith

Virginia R. Smith

Virginia R. Smith, 89, of Sullivan, formerly of Arcola, passed away at 4:05 a.m. Friday (May 20, 2016) in Mason Point, Sullivan.

Celebration of Life services will be 3:00 p.m. Monday in the Mason Point Chapel, Sullivan with John Plummer officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until service time in the chapel. Burial will be in Moultrie County Memorial Park, Bethany. Memorial are suggested to the Mason Point Activity Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net. Arrangements by the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan.

Virginia was born April 1, 1927 in Robinson, the daughter of Vaughn Olin and Gladys Coulter McCord. She had been a cook for the Arcola Schools and then worked as a seamstress for Collegiate Cap and Gown in Arcola. She was a member of the Arcola First Baptist Church and Sullivan American Legion Auxiliary. Virginia attended Mason Point Chapel and also assisted with their services. She married William ‘Bill’ Smith on December 31, 1945 in Oblong and he preceded her in death on November 4, 2004.

Surviving is her daughter Donna Lee (Charles) McLaughlin of Champaign and son Jim (Sheila) Smith of Sullivan; grandchildren, Barton (Olivia) McLaughlin of Troy, Michigan, Allison (Abe) Sit of Bartlett, Illinois, Brooklyn (Daniel) Webner of Bethany, Melanie (Cody) Brands of Bethany and great grandchildren, Addison, Seth, Autumn, Lydia, Hannah, Laila, Joseph and Emerson.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, infant brother, brother Bob and sisters Betty and Dorothy and a granddaughter.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Mason Point for their excellent care for their mother.

Recent Obituaries: Charles Hutchcraft, Sr.

Charles Hutchcraft, Sr.

Charles Evan ‘Chuck’ Hutchcraft, Sr., 86, of Sullivan, died 12:10 p.m. Wednesday (May 18, 2016) in Mason Point, Sullivan.

Celebration of Life services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Eddie Miller officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday evening. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Allenville Christian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net.

Chuck was born February 7, 1930 in rural Macedonia, (Franklin County) IL, the son of Harry and Mildred Carleton Hutchcraft. Chuck married Glyndola Scott in 1950 and on January 25, 1992 he married June Taylor.

Survivors include his wife June; sons Charles E. Hutchcraft, Jr. (Audrey) of Mundelien, IL, Terry L. Hutchcraft (Tina) of Shelbyville, Steven G. Hutchcraft (Mary) of Bethany, Jeffrey D. Hutchcraft (Rebekah) of Sullivan; grandchildren Sarah, Joshua, Lexie, Laine and Ashlyn Hutchcraft, Mindy Yoder and Amanda Weaver; great grandsons Darius, Ford, Carter and Owen Hutchcraft; brothers Jim Hutchcraft of Bethany, Frank Hutchcraft of Sullivan and Ernie Hutchcraft of Mattoon; numerous nephews and nieces. He is also survived by his step-children Christine Weaver, Kathy Medved, Mark Kircher, Brenda Taylor and Carol Ann Ballard; ten step grandchildren; twelve step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson Jeremy Hutchcraft, sister Christine Myers and brothers Paul and Larry Hutchcraft.

Chuck moved to the Sullivan area when he was 15 and started working at the Illinois Masonic Home at that time. He then went to work for Stubblefield Pontiac, Buick in Sullivan, then worked and retired from Caterpillar in Decatur in 1991. During all this time, Chuck worked numerous part-time jobs, after he retired, he helped various farmers and also worked for Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan for many years. In 1993, he was awarded ‘Outstanding Volunteer’ for the Sullivan Senior Center.

 

Chuck was no stranger to work, that was his passion, along with walking, as in 2012 he was noted as to walking1259 miles around town.

Recent Obituaries: Beverly Booker

Beverly Booker

Beverly Grace Booker, 85, of Sullivan, passed away peacefully at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday (May 10, 2016) in her residence.

Celebration of Life services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Don Lusk officiating. Burial will be in the Greenhill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Memorials are suggested to the Sullivan Senior Center. Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net.

Mrs. Booker was born April 29, 1931 in Sullivan, IL, the daughter of John and Louise Mercer Gramblin. Bev had worked at Brown Shoe Co. and had been a sales clerk for several area businesses. She volunteered at nursing homes, was a pencil pal and crocheted afghans and sent them to service members overseas, was a member of the Sullivan Women’s Civic Club and the Sullivan Southern Baptist Church. She married Richard Booker and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter Jeannie (Bob) Ashley of Bethany; son Steven (Sue) Booker of Sullivan; grandchildren Jennifer (Stuart) Landreth of Toledo, Jonathon (Jennifer) Ashley of Bethany, Melissa Ashley (Nina Page) of Bethany, Corey (Sarah) Booker of Findlay, Logan Booker of Sullivan; great grandchildren Austin Landreth, Evelyn Ashley, Alexander Ashley, Maddy Atteberry, Ashley Page, Payton Booker; brother Donald (Loretta) Gramblin of Michigan; sister Carolyn Rozanski of Michigan; daughter-in-law Vicky (Darrell) Williams and her beloved dog Scruffy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and step-father.

Recent Obituaries: Audie Edward Ryherd

Audie Edward Ryherd

Audie Edward Ryherd, 87, of Sullivan, passed away 3:53 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Mattoon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitation will be held an hour before the service Saturday, at the funeral home in Sullivan. Burial will be in French Cemetery, Allenville, with Military Rites by the Sullivan American Legion #68. Memorials may be made to First Apostolic Church of Sullivan.

Audie was born January 18, 1929, in Gamaliel, KY; the son of Edd Lewis and Iva (Proffitt) Ryherd. He married Dolores Faye England on April 13, 1951, in Arthur; she preceded him in death on December 30, 2014. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict; he was a welder for Progress Industries in Arthur for many years and a member of the First Apostolic Church in Sullivan. Audie was an incredible man and loved spending time with his family and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Audie is survived by his sons, Doug (Lori) Ryherd and Wayne (Agnes) Ryherd, both of Sullivan; daughter, Cheryl (David) Keown of Sullivan; daughter-in-law, Sue Ryherd of Sullivan; brothers, Dwaine Ryherd of Vandalia, OH, and James Ryherd of Gamaliel, KY; sister, Faye Oye of Arthur. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, Lonny, Brent, Aaron, William, Greg, Travis, Tyler and Stephen Ryherd, Michele Gribbins, Erica Stollard, Rebekah Ryherd and Tiara Ryherd; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sons, Jerry and Vance Ryherd, three brothers, Clyde, Carl and Paul Ryherd and four sisters, Essie Harlin, Wilma O’Banion, Eva Whitis and Dean Davis.

 Condolences may be made to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com