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  • Bradley Dale Robinson, age 52, of Eastlake, Ohio, and formerly of Macomb, passed away at 5:00 A.M. on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at his home in Eastlake, Ohio.
     
    He was born on March 24, 1965 in Macomb, Illinois the son of Ralph and Lorain Amos Robinson.
     
    He is survived by his partner Melissa , two daughters Alaina Cagle of Macomb and Zia Renee Robinson of Ocala, Florida, a sister Lana (Steve) Eaves of Carthage, Illinois, a niece Amber Eaves, of LaHarpe, Illinois, and a cousin John Robinson of Industry, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents.
     
    Bradley had worked in sales for several years, before becoming disabled in 2009. He very much enjoyed watching NASCAR racing and Chicago Cubs baseball.
     
    Cremation rites have been accorded. Clugston - Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial services will be held in Macomb at a later time.
     
    Memorials may be made to the Zia Renee Robinson College Fund, in care of the Fortress Bank, 500 E. Jackson St., Macomb, IL. 61455.
     
    You may sign the guest book and leave online condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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  • R. Douglas Taylor, 72, of Rushville, IL passed away at 2:20 a.m. Monday, December 11, 2017, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  He was born on May 2, 1945 in Macomb, IL a son of the late Russell N. & Virginia L. Sellers Taylor.  
     
    He married Marilyn Byrnes on June 17, 1967 in Rushville, IL.  She survives along with (1) daughter, Rose Taylor of Rushville, IL, (2) sons, Russell Taylor & wife Cynthia of Roodhouse, IL, Robert Taylor & wife Stefanie of Rushville, IL, (3) grandchildren, Peyton, Erica & Cortney Taylor , (1) great granddaughter, Finleigh Taylor, (1) sister Alicia Gipson of Bloomington, IL, (1) aunt, Ann Twyford of Chatham, IL and several nieces, nephews & cousins.  He was preceded in death by (1) sister, Sharon Goldasich.  
     
    Doug was employed at Oscar Mayer & Co. of Beardstown, IL. He later worked for the IL Dept. of Corrections at the IL River Facility in Canton, IL & Western IL Facility in Mt. Sterling, IL until retiring in 2012.  
     
    He was a member of the Rushville First United Methodist Church & attended Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.  He was active in the Boy Scouts for over forty years.  He also belonged to N.R.A., Schuyler Co. Shooters and Route # 66 Watch Club.  He was an avid hunter & enjoyed collecting watches & guns. Doug’s greatest joy was his grandchildren.  
     
    Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Charla Meyers & Mr. Jeff Ervin officiating. Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
     
    Memorials may be given to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, Boy Scout Troop #35 or American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in St. Louis, MO.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com
     

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  • Virgil E. Parker age 82, of rural Industry, Illinois, passed away December 7, 2017, at O.S.F. in Peoria.  He was born July 11, 1935, on the farm in rural McDonough County, to John and Beulah Parks Parker.  Virgil was united in marriage for the last 8 eight years to Wanda Hutson.
     
    Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife: Wanda Parker of rural Industry, 4 Sons: Virgil Paul Parker, Macomb, Russell Scott Parker, Industry, Kenny Renner, Industry, Kent Renner, Tennessee, 1 Daughter: Julie Renner, Monmouth, 19 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great Great Grandchildren and 1 Sister: Berry Oliver, Texas.
     
    Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Sons: Tommy Parker,, Donnie Parker, 1 Daughter: M.Denise Sprinkle, 5 Brothers: John, Jim, Hank, Pete, Bill, 4 Sisters: Mary Frakes, Marjorie McMillan, Virginia Wayland, and Edna Wilhelm.
     
    Virgil was a millwright to Chadco and Morrell Farm Service, self employed trucker.  He loved to work on equipment.  He also enjoyed gardening, listening to music, spending time on the farm.  His greatest loves of all was his family and spending time with them.  He loved living life to the fullest.
     
    Cremation rites have been accorded.  A Celebration of life, and meal will be from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the Macomb American Legion.  Memorial is to Pay it Forward Fund.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester handled arrangements for the family. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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  • Jim’s work here is done. It came to an end on Thursday, December 7, 2017. He received a call, a sort of job offer he couldn’t refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. The job description comes with a large sign-on bonus, a reunion with his parents and eight brothers and sisters who have gone on before him. His new mission takes him to a delightful place where he can socialize with everyone (which was so like him), relax, and perhaps travel. Music, laughter, and love are guaranteed. Food is delicious and he won’t gain a pound. His sarcastic wit and many jokes will be understood and appreciated. He left detailed instructions for his wife, four children, and six grandchildren to celebrate his life here, which has now been completed. 
     
    Born in 1940, Jim grew up in LaSalle, Il., completed his bachelor’s & master’s degree at Illinois State University and worked on his doctorate at Arizona State. He taught industrial technology at Lyle West High, and LaSalle Peru High before coming to WIU where he taught metallurgy, computer plotter drafting, and electrical methodology. Jim left teaching to form his home construction company which built homes from the ground up and remodeled many homes in the area. After 17 years of this labor-intensive job, he became a real estate appraiser and inspector, having a real estate license already. Retirement was enjoyed for too short a time. There would not be a complete picture of Jim without mentioning his love of service. He chose two avenues of service: his love of God led him to serve with the Knights of Columbus, achieving the fourth degree. He worked many hours at food events and charitable activities. In the last 15 + years he turned to the Macomb Lions Club where he enjoyed serving the local community. He worked his way to becoming the District Governor of District 1-H during the 2010-2011 year. His final gift was a personal donation to the eye bank and tissue bank of Illinois.
     
    Jim is survived by his wife Jan, his daughter Kristi Plumb (James) and granddaughters Amanda and Ashley, his son Eric (Jeri) and stepdaughter Maddie, his daughter Karolynn Heuer (Jimmy) and grandsons Jacob and Blake and granddaughter Emma, and his son Craig. His sister Helen Hegland also survives.
     
    A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday December 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM at St. Paul’s Church. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday December 12, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Lions Club of Illinois or the OSF Family House. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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  • Mary Jo Keefauver, 72, of Lewistown, passed away 6:16 am Saturday, December 9, 2017 at St. Johns Hospital, Springfield, IL. She was born June 12, 1945 to Paul E. and Lela (Howell) Porter in Macomb. They preceded her in death. She married Donald Keefauver on December 22, 1963 in Ipava, IL. He survives. 

     

    Also surviving are Son-Patrick (and Lori) Keefauver of East Peoria, IL, Son-Dean (and Chrissy) Keefauver of Nashville, IN, Son-Kyle (and Kathy) Keefauver of Glasford, IL, Daughter-Lori Jo (and Richard) Bushey of Strafford, MO, 15 Grandchildren, 6 Great-Grandchildren, Brother-Sam (and Linda) Porter of Ipava, IL, Brother-Bill (and Nancy) Porter of Vermont, IL, and Sister-Katherine (and Norm) Miller of Table Grove, IL. 

     

    She worked as a homemaker. Mary Jo loved handiwork, especially crocheting, knitting, needlepoint, quilting, and sewing. She made the best black raspberry jelly around and loved to can all the produce of her garden. She was a loving mother who was always there for her children, attending ball games, church events, and being their prayer warrior. She loved music and enjoyed playing the piano. Mary Jo attended the Berean Christian Church in Ipava.

     

    Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Berean Christian Church with Pastor Doug Krukewitt officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, December 15th at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Internment will be in the Ipava Cemetery in Ipava. 

     

    Memorials can be made to the Berean Christian Church Building Fund or the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate

    in Peoria. Services will be at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org.

     

     

     

     

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  • Lotus Martin Hilton Webb born to Charles and Leta Justus Martin, in Hire Township Oct 18, 1916 left earth Dec 7, 2017 to play organ for the choirs of heaven. She grew up in Tennessee Township on a farm in Centennial neighborhood, graduating Colchester HS 1934. 
     
    She married Cecil (Tom) Hilton April 3, 1935 and Carol (Don) Brake and Charles (Sharon) Hilton came along in 1940 and 1941. Tom passed Oct 1967 and Lotus married Kenneth Webb Oct 1974 who died July, 2002. 
     
    Lotus was employed by WIU in Computer Services for 20 years. She was a member of Tennessee Unit of Home Bureau Extension; Rebekah Lodge and drill team, Rocking Chair Club, Rio Grande Texas Quilting Guild; Colchester and Macomb Women's Clubs; United Methodist Women volunteering in various activities at the Wesley United Methodist Church of Macomb. In retirement she loved to senior square dance and travel with their Airstream caravan club around the USA, and after Tom's death visited some European points of interest. 
     
    She is survived by her children; four grand children; 6 great grand grandchildren; two step daughters, Barbara (John) Zimmerman and Nancy Griffith; 3 step grandchildren, 4 step great grandchildren; nephew Alvin (Helen) Gloyd; and niece Linda Gloyd (Troy) Parks.
     
    She was proceeded in death by her parents, both husbands and four siblings.
     
    Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Monday, December 11, 2017, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb with Dr. Howard White. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.  Visitation with the family will be from 12 noon to 1:00 P.M. Monday at the church.  Friends may view and sign the register book from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Sunday at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Memorials are to Wesley United Methodist Church or Macomb Salvation Army. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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  • Estela M. Pledge, 76, of San Antonio, TX, formerly of Macomb, IL, passed away on Wednesday November 29, 2017, in San Antonio. She was born on September 11, 1941 to Jesus and Estella Martinez in Dallas, TX.
     
    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 52 years, Michael Thomas Pledge; sisters, Evelyn Farias and Mary Ann Martínez. She is survived by her son, Thomas Pledge; grandson, Justin Pledge (Amanda, PJ., Leandra Arguella), great granddaughter, Autumn Rose Pledge; sister, Norma Martínez Rogers; nieces and nephews, Laura Martínez, Lionel Martínez, Ernest Martínez, Susan Marino, Carol Divers, Sean Rogers, Scott Rogers, Yolanda Farias-Ruiz, Sylvia Godines.
     
    Estella retired from Western Illinois University where she was a clinical supervisor and a health education coordinator in the counseling department. She received a Master of Arts in Counseling and was a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She was on the board of the National Board for Certified Counselors. She co-authored the book “Nico & Nana” with her grandson Justin.
     
    A Memorial Mass will be held at10:30 AM Tuesday at St. Paul’s Church. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Burial of ashes will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Loaves and Fishes or St. Paul School. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com
     

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  • Veta Marie (Maynard) Harper, 93, of Macomb, formerly of Good Hope passed away at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at her residence.
     
    Veta was born on July 8, 1924, on a farm near LaClede, Linn County, Missouri to Lloyd M. and Velma M. (Griswold) Manard. She moved with her family in 1930 to the home of her grandparents, Abednego and Electa (Fredrick) Manard where her father was involved in farming with his parents at Camp Point, Adams County, Illinois. She attended Primrose Grade School northwest of Camp Point, Kingman Grade School at Peoria, and graduated 8th grade from Bethel Grade School south of Fandon. She attended Macomb High School, graduating from Woodruff High School at Peoria, and attended Western Illinois University, Macomb.
     
    She married Delbert Matthew Harper at the First Baptist Church, Macomb, September 21, 1947. He went to be with our Lord in 1998. They farmed on the Proctor Endowment Farm, 25 years. While farming she drove the tractor in the various farming operations and assisted with harvesting, raised a garden and chickens, did canninig, and sewed for her children. Later they purchased a home in the country west of Good Hope and owned Captain Clean Professional Cleaning Service which specialized in catastrophe cleaning.
     
    Surviving are four daughters, Kathryn (Michael) Waters, Leesburg, Florida, Marilyn (Ron) Smith, Macomb, Debra (Eldon) Derry, Industry and Melinda Lea (Dan) Horton, Lomax; eight grandchildren, Chad (Julie) Waters, Jon (Nikki) Harper, Ashley Derry, Justin (Kenzie) Derry, Amanda (Lewis) Mohr, Danielle (Jeremy) Knowles, April (Seth) Berlett and Jessica Horton; two step-granddaughters, Jennifer Derry and Kimberly (Dan) Cleary; and eleven great-grandchildren, Levi and Phoebe Harper, Hailey, Makayla and Xavier James, Isaac, Ethan and Audrey Mohr, Addlyn and Aiden Knowles and Alexa Berlett. Also surviving are a brother, Delbert C. Manard and a nephew, Joe Manard; three sisters-in-law, Faun (Harper) Cramer, Joan (Harper) Lovejoy, and Ruth Harper and many Harper/Manard nieces, nephews and cousins who were all very dear to her.
     
    Preceding her in death are her parents; husband; a son, Dwight Matthew Harper; a sister, Katherine LaVerne Manard; two brothers, Robert Griswold Manard and Lloyd Melvin Manard, Jr., a niece Joan Manard; and a sister-in-law, Wanda June Manard.
     
    She worked 4 years in the office of Globe American Corporation, Macomb, wrote newspaper articles 14½ years for Blandinsville Star Gazette, and worked as a secretary at First Baptist Church, Macomb, retiring in 2004, a job she thoroughly enjoyed.
     
    She is a past member of the McDonough County Single Rural Youth. She is a member of McDonough County Married Rural youth which she and her husband helped organize. She is a past member of the Sciota Home Bureau Extension Unit, and the Sciota Household Science Club of which she served in offices and committees.
     
    She is a member of the McDonough County Genealogical Society and served 3 years as its secretary. She is a 72 year member of the Sciota Rebekah Lodge #95, Past Noble Grand, past secretary, Warden, and presently serving as Vice Grand and served on various committees.
     
    She enjoyed traveling, writing letters, photography, reading, doing embroidery, square dancing, roller skating and skated on her 80th birthday. She enjoyed working with her Sciota 4-H Club members and as a leader for 36 years, playing 10-point pitch, and other games with friends. She did family genealogy and worked with a cousin, Allan Baumbach on one line. She appreciated all the kind acts and thoughtfulness that her neighbors and friends bestowed on her in her later years.
     
    She is a 73 year member of the First Baptist Church, Macomb, taught Sunday School 32 years in children’s department and then served as a substitute teacher 8 years for children and adult classes, past member of Naomi Missionary Circle, served on the Fellowship Committee, and many years on the News Committee. She served 9 years on the Deacon Board, an honor that was opened to the ladies of the Church to serve their Lord in this capacity. The past 20 years she has written encouraging letters twice a month to shut-ins and those who were ill. She worked 10 years with Virgil Kelly in the Church Puppet Ministry. She loved attending Church, being with her family, grandchildren and friends.
     
    Serving her Lord Jesus had first place in her life. If you do not have her Lord in your life, she asks you accept Him by faith and meet her in eternity.
     
    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 8, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Pastor Claudia McCain officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.
     
    Memorials may be made to either the First Baptist Church in Macomb or Lafayette Square.
     
    You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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  • Robert L. Howard, 74, of Macomb passed away peacefully at 11 a.m. Friday, December 1, 2017 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.
     
    He was born on April 5, 1943 in Hannibal, Missouri to Paul and Oliva McBride Howard. He first married Wanda Clark in Bowling Green, Missouri. He later married Linda Wilson on September 17, 1988 in Macomb. She survives.
     
    Also surviving are four children, Pauline Howard of Peoria, Robert Howard, Jr of Peoria, Joseph Howard of Macomb and Timothy (Leslie) Howard of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two step-children, Walter Howard of Peoria and David (Mary) Wilson of Macomb; eleven sisters, Velma Walton of Peoria, Virginia McBride, Donna Reese, Janet Jenkins, Marla Clark, Connie Howard, Bonnie Roelandt and Vera Howard, all of Davenport, Iowa, Bessie Brown and Carla Bass of Rock Island and Lola Howard of Quincy; three brothers, Johnny and Danny Howard of Davenport and Archie Howard of Quincy. He also raised two grandchildren, Joseph (Lauren) Cloud of Martinsburg, West Virginia and Serenidy Howard of Macomb; several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
     
    He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul, Jr and James Howard; two step-daughters, Krista Wilson and Karla Wilson McGaughey.
     
    He worked at Caterpillar in Mapleton for 42 years before his retirement on December 1, 2004. He also worked for Kitchen Made Pie Company in Peoria. He was a member of UAW 974 in East Peoria. He loved to hunt, go fishing, riding motorcycles and watching television. His compassion and kindness will not be forgotten.
     
    He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Macomb.
     
    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Macomb with Bishop Matt Thomas officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.
     
    Memorials may be made in his memory.
     
    Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.
     
    You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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  • Doris K. (Little) Setser, age 82, died suddenly Tuesday, November 28, 2017 as a result of an automobile accident. She was born in Colchester, Il. on March 10, 1935 to Rollie and Essie (Nelson) Little. She was the youngest of five children. After graduating from Macomb High School, taught at St. Paul Catholic School, and then obtained her degree at Western Illinois University. She worked in the WIU Fine Arts Department from which she retired. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Mary Jean Bryan, Laverne Keithley, and niece Julie (Bryan) Shaver. She is survived by her children Tony Setser (Pam), Jane Setser France (Randy), Janet Setser and Jean Setser, father of her children Bill Setser, sister Nita Little Brewer, brother Jack Little (Marilyn), grandchildren Matthew France (Taylar), Mitchell France, Leigh Setser Peterson (Justin), James Setser, Samuel Chandler (Jessica), great-grandchildren Julia and Savannah Chandler, Finley France, Brooks Peterson, Maverick France (on the way), nephews Michael Bryan (Pauline) and their family, Russell Bryan (Debbie) and their family, Alan Keithley (Cynthia), Maurice Keithley (Val) and their family, nieces Gail Little Malik (Jim), Paula Keithley Dumrauf (Bob) and their family, Kay Little Brooks (John) and their family, Diana Little Wozniak (Jim) and their family and very dear cousins. She was an active member at St. Paul Catholic Church in Macomb, IL, whether cooking, tending flower gardens or performing in choir.
     
    Visitation will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Macomb, IL at 9 a.m., Monday, December 4th and Mass following at 10 a.m. with Father Stimpson officiating. She will be interred at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, IL. Luncheon will be served afterward in the gymnasium at St. Paul Catholic School. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Paul Catholic School.
     
    You are invited to leave condolences and sign her guestbook at clugston-tibbitts.com. The family would like to extend our gratitude to the Fulton County, Il Sheriff’s Department, Copperas Creek Fire and Rescue, Fulton County Emergency Medical Association, Timer-Hollis Fire Department, Illinois State Police for their help and several passers-by that devoted time at the scene.
     
    Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.
     
    You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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