Local Obituaries

Hubert Cripe, 97, of Astoria

Hubert Cripe, 97, of Astoria, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at his home in Astoria. He was born on October 26, 1920 to Oliver John and Alma Mae Miller in Bader, IL. He married Louisa Jean Vollmer on December 21, 1946 in Bader, IL. She preceded him in death on July 18, 2009.

 

He is survived by one son, Roy (and Virginia) Cripe of Downers Grove, IL one daughter, Becky (and Mike) Lightle of Pittsfield, IL, two Grandsons, Aaron (and Pam) Lightle and Matthew (and Rachel) Lightle, and three Great-Grandchildren, David, Kelsey, and Hailey Lightle. 

 

He was preceeded in death by his wife, parents, and three brothers, Robert, Morris and Wilmer Cripe. 

 

He was an Army veteran, serving from 1943 to 1946 in the 734 Bomb Squadron 453 Bomb Group as a pilot with the rank of Captain. He served as a POW after being shot down on a mission of Germany.  

 

He was a manager and salesman at FS in Ipava, IL. He also farmed. He was a member of the Grace Bible Church of Astoria, where he was a Deacon Emeritus, Astoria Lions Club, member and officer of the South Fulton Senior Center in Astoria, the Astoria American Legion Post #25, and the Fulton County Farm Bureau.  He was a former member of the Rushville Flying Club and the Camp Emmanuel Camp Board. Hubert was a wonderful father who loved his grandkids. He loved to fly and fish.

 

Services will be held 11 am on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Grace Bible Church in Astoria with Pastor Ben Murray officiating. Visitation will be Friday, February 23, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Internment will be at the Astoria Cemetery with military rites provided by the Astoria American Legion Post #25.

 

Memorials may be made to the South Fulton Senior Center or Grace Bible Church in Astoria. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org.

 
 

 


Lisa K. Shepler, 56, of Colchester

Lisa K. Shepler age 56 of Colchester, passed away Monday, February 19, 2018, at St. Johns Hospital, Springfield, Illinois. She was born September 17, 1961 in Macomb, to James Keith and Vivian Norris Parker, both of her parents preceded her in death.  She was united in marriage on June 10, 1995 in Colchester, to Jerry Shepler.
 
Surviving to mourn her passing is her husband, Jerry Shepler of Colchester, 2 Sons; Rusty (Katye Smith) Bostic, Colchester, Jerry (Tiffany) Shepler, Bowen, 3 Daughters: Angela (James) Richardson, Colchester, Beth (Mike Gray) Bostic, West Ben Iowa, Michelle (Troy) Martin, Fowler, 18 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, 3 Brothers: James (Marla) Parker, Colchester, David Parker, Tennessee, Mike (Barb) Parker, Tennessee, and 1 Sister: Karen (John) Henson, Augusta.
 
Lisa had worked at Colchester Shell. She enjoyed berry picking, flowers, reading painting, making homemade jams and her homemade wine. She enjoyed the time she spent on the Harley Davison.  Most of all Lisa loved being with her family and cats.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Scotts Cemetery rural Plymouth, with Pastor Jim Richardson.  
 
Friends may sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester from 9:00 to 5:00 Friday, March 2, 2018.  Memorial is to Colchester Rescue Squad.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Beverly Ann Kelly, 64, of Colchester

Beverly Ann Kelly age 64 passed away Monday, February 19, 2018, at the home of her son, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 31, 1953 in Macomb, to Leroy and Rose Franklin Davis. Beverly was united in marriage on July 17, 1972 in Rock Island, Illinois to Monte Kelly.
 
Surviving to mourn her passing are her husband of 45 years, Monte Kelly of Macomb, 2 Sons: Sean (Brandy) Kelly, Colchester, Mike Renner, Industry, 2 Daughters: Michelle (Frank) Carden, Carthage, Amy (Brent) Deeter, Industry, 9 Grandchildren: Kristen, Hunter, Isabell, Dean, Connor, Martin, Bosco, Lily, Rily, 1 Great Granddaughter: Kylie, 5 Step Grandchildren, 1 Brother, 4 Sisters, Her beloved dog, Benji, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Niece: Lisa McDaniel, her beloved Parents in Law: Harold and Mildred Kelly.
 
Beverly was the true definition of a mom in every way, from her cooking, to baking, to her unconditional love to her husband, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed camping, fishing drinking ice cold coke, watching westerns, and Elvis. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Bev Steele and her family along with her angle nurse Darlene.
 
Grave side services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 23, 2018, at Hutchinson Cemetery, rural Tennessee, with Pastor Jim Richardson. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Friends may view and sign the book at the funeral home after 10:00 A.M. Thursday. Memorial is to the family of Beverly. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Rosemarie Ann Gossage, 58, of Browning

Rosemarie Ann Gossage, 58, of Browning, passed away at 4:42 PM, Monday, February 19, 2018, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
 
She was born on October 2, 1959, in Rushville, the daughter of Paul and Iris (Meadows) Gossage.
 
Surviving are her brother Dean Gossage of Astoria and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Raymond and David Gossage, a niece Jennifer Gossage and a nephew Raymond “R.C.” Gossage.
 
Rosemarie had worked as a nurse’s aide at Snyder Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville, Astoria Care Center in Astoria, Myers Nursing Home in Beardstown, Heritage Manor in Mt. Sterling and was currently working at the Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.
 
She loved to read a good book, many times a Western.  She also enjoyed to crochet.
 
Graveside Services will be at 1:00PM, Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Browning Cemetery, near Browning, with Pastor Charla Meyers officiating.  Interment will follow.  Memorials are suggested toSt. Jude’s Research Hospital. You are invited to share your memories and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net
 

Clint Allen Reeves, 47, of Macomb

Clint Allen Reeves, 47, of Macomb passed away at 2:05 p.m. Friday, December 29, 2017 west of Macomb.
 
He was born on August 14, 1970 in Decatur, Illinois to Robert and Pamela Ridgley Reeves. He married Michelle Reck on June 19, 1993 in Decatur. She survives.
 
Also surviving are one daughter, Madison Reeves and one son, Cale Reeves, both of Macomb; his mother, Pamela Reeves of Cerro Gordo and one brother, Cody Reeves of Moweaqua, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his father.
 
He has lived in Cerro Gordo and Quincy before moving to Macomb in 2001.
 
Clint worked as a cable technician for Comcast and was a Professional Bull Rider for five years. He enjoyed fishing and was a stay at home dad taking care of Madison and Cale.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Father Adam Stimpson officiating. There will be no visitation. The family will meet with friends following the service at the Wesley Village Community Center at 1200 East Grant Street, Macomb.
 
Memorials may be made to the Clint Reeves Memorial Fund to be used for his children’s college or St. Jude’s.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

Bill D. Stephenson, 70 of Colchester

Bill D. Stephenson, 70 of Colchester, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at O.S.F. in Peoria. He was born November 13, 1947, in Quincy, Illinois, to Howard and Sue Etta House Stephenson.  Bill was united in marriage on June 12, 1982, in Blandinsville, Illinois to Gloria Sizek.
 
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife of 35 years, Gloria of Colchester, 1 Son: Jeremy Stephenson, Rush Springs, Oklahoma, 1 Daughter: Dakota Avery, La Plata, Missouri, 6 Grandchildren: Adebelle Stephenson, Robert Stephenson, Shaylee Stephenson, Jeremy Jr. Stephenson, Phoenix Avery, Ruger Olsen, 1 Sister: Kathy (Pete) Webster, Carthage, Illinois, 1 Nephew: Kris McCarty, 4 Nieces Beth Cress, Rayanne Bennet, Dusti Myers, Dallas Nelson, and 1 very special Cat: Maggie Mae.
 
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Daughter: Angie Stephenson, and 1 Sister: Sandi Jones.
Bill was a truck driver for many local companies thru the years, including Cogshell Construction, Marvin Pen and lastly Western Illinois Grain from which he retired.  He also had operated his own truck for a period of time.  He served his country in the United States Navy.  He enjoyed reading, listening to country music, fishing, watching anything that had 4 wheels race, especially Nasca and the National Hot Rod Association.  In his free time he enjoyed being part of the local frontiers men group.  Most of all Bill enjoyed the time he spent with his pets.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester will be handling the arrangements for the Stephenson family.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Briana I. Lopez, 19, of Marietta

Briana I. Lopez, 19, of Marietta, IL passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 at 8:19 am at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. 
 
She was born January 22, 1999 in Jacksonville, IL to Israel and Melissa (Bowman) Lopez. She is survived by her parents, one brother (Zach Bucher of Marietta, IL), one step-sister (Lauren Havens of Bushnell, IL), Grandparents (Tim and Wanda Bowman of Table Grove, IL) and Grandmother Linda Havens (and Tom Walters) of Marietta, IL. She is also survived by great-grandparents Olen and Judy Bell of Rushville, IL, as well as a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
 
She was preceeded in death by great-grandparents Harvey William and Lola Jean Bowman.
 
Briana loved to sing, dance, and make rap videos.  She also enjoyed cooking and baking with her mom and loved her animals. She never met a stranger and was very friendly and outgoing. Her personality was as big as life and she was very photogenic.
 
Services will be held 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL. Pastor Ben Murray will officiate. Visitation will be held 10:30 am until noon on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at the funeral home. Internment will follow at the Marietta Cemetery. 
 
Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org. Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.   

Dorothy L. Beck, 87, of Colchester

Dorothy L. Beck age 87 of Colchester, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018, at Wesley Health Care, with family at her side.  She was born September 7, 1930, in Colchester to Ivan E. and Mary E. Waddill Kipling.  Dorothy was united in marriage to Ralph W. Beck on August 22, 1948, in St. Augustine, Illinois.  
 
Surviving to mourn her passing is her husband Ralph of 69 years, 3 Sons: Greg (Lisa) Beck, Wendell Beck, Steve Beck, 1 Daughter: Kathy Beck Irish, 11 Grandchildren, and 17 Great Grandchildren.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Son: Rick Beck, and 1 Son In Law: Ralph Irish.
Dorothy and Ralph owned and operated the Fandon General Store and she was the Post Master for Fandon for several years at the general store. Later Dorothy and Ralph moved to Colchester and owned and operated Beck’s Sundries. Most of all Dorothy’s greatest love was the time she spent with her family.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded.  Services will be held at a later date.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is honored to be handleing the arrangements for the Beck Family.    Condolences may be expressed to the family at Jonesmortuaryfh.com.
 

John Duane Hamm, 88, of Adair

John Duane Hamm, age 88, of Adair, Illinois, passed away at 4:40 A.M. on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Grand Prairie Assisted Living in Macomb.
 
He was born on November 4, 1929 in Industry, Illinois the son of Paul and Beatrice Gray Hamm. He married Donna Sayers on September 18, 1949, she preceded him in death on May 12, 2015.
 
John is survived by one son Stan (Terri) Hamm of Adair, four daughters Susan (Jack) Pace of Macomb, Stacy (Terry) Thompson of Macomb, Sara (Mark) Kugler of Macomb and Faith (Jason) Edmunds of Normal, nine grandchildren Josh (Kelly) Hamm of Macomb, Jeni (Mike) Nelson of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, Sasha (Nick) Chambers of Bushnell, Sadie Magee of Macomb, Adam (Becky) Thompson of Lockport, Austin (Alissa Henley) Thompson of Macomb, Christa (Brian Sears) Miller of Industry, Lucy Edmunds of Normal, and Eli Edmunds of Normal, nine great-grandchildren Connor and Sydney Hamm, Carter, Landon and Oliver Chambers, Conlee and Tatum Magee, Owen Parker, and Jack Thompson, and a daughter -in-law Verla Jean Hamm of Industry.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son Steve Hamm, one grandson Walker Pace, and one brother Roger Hamm.
 
John graduated from Industry High School and had lived in Adair all of his life. He was a cattleman and farmer and raised and showed purebred Angus cattle. John was a co-founder, and a past president of the Illinois Cattlemen’s Association. He had also served on the Adair Fire Department. John was also a member of the LaMoine Valley Angus Association.
 
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Clugston – Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Capt. Adam Moore will officiate, and burial will be at the Pennington Point Cemetery in New Salem Township. The family will meet with friends one hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the New Salem Fire and Rescue, Salvation Army, or to MDH Hospice.
 
You may sign the guest book and leave online condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

Betty A. Williams, 73, of Industry

Betty A. Williams, 73, of Industry passed away at 8:50 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
 
She was born on August 16, 1944 in Macomb to Joseph and Peggy Martin Schultz. She married Dean Williams on December 23, 1961. He passed away on October 22, 2012.
 
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother in infancy and one brother, Roy Steven Schultz.
 
Betty is survived by one daughter, Penny Williams of Industry; three sons, Jeff Williams of Macomb, Greg (Kim) Williams of Colchester and Joe Williams of West Virginia; two grandchildren, Kyle Williams and Kelsey (Brent) Scheive; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Scott Schultz and one sister, Linda (Willie) McCoy of Sciota.
 
She lived most of her life in the Industry area. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. She was a former waitress at Bud and Marge’s in Industry for several years. Betty was an avid bowler bowling in many leagues and tournaments over the years.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Willie McCoy officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Industry Cemetery.
 
Memorials may be made to the Betty Williams Memorial Fund.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.