Local Obituaries

Helen Short, 95, of Macomb

Helen Short, 95, of Macomb passed away at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Wesley Village Health Care Center in Macomb.

 

She was born on September 29, 1923 in McDonough County to Robert and Ethel Jackson Logan. She married Raymond Short on July 14, 1960 in Jerseyville, Illinois. He passed away on January 30, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

 

Helen is survived by her church family and many special friends.

 

She has lived in McDonough County all of her life. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb, Rebekah Lodge #342 and was a former member of Macomb Lodge 9 Ladies Auxiliary Patriarch Militant.

 

She was a quiet lady of great faith.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, December 17, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Lyren Haney officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the New Loraine Cemetery in Loraine, Illinois.

 

Memorials may be made to the Wesley Village Household Fund.

 

You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com


Ronald W. Harn, 85, of Bushnell, IL

Ronald “Ronnie” W. Harn, 85, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 11:42 AM on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL. He was born July 8, 1933 in Bushnell, IL to George and Tillie (Crum) Harn. He married Lana Smith in Bushnell, IL on February 9, 1974; she survives.

 

Also surviving are five children, Stephen (Gayle) Harn of Blandinsville, IL, Sheryl (Randy) Friday of Colchester, IL, Debra Harn of Macomb, IL, Donna Nell of Blandinsville, IL, David (Beth) Wharton of East Peoria, IL; three grandchildren, Stephanie (Clay) Robinson, Kammie Harn, Blake (Courtney) Wharton; one great-grandchild, Cheyenne Robinson; three brothers, Frederick (Martha) Harn of Bushnell, IL, David (Reita) Harn of Lewistown, IL, Leo Harn of Avon, IL; two sisters, Mardine Hanley of Prairie City, IL, Barbara Derenzy of Bushnell, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Tony and Timmy Harn; one brother, John Richard Harn; and one sister, June Waller.

 

Ronnie’s favorite hobby and passion was antique cars. He was a member of the Western Illinois Antique Auto Club of Galesburg. He proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, with Pastor Jim Eddy officiating. Interment will be in the Bushnell Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Bushnell Patriot Flag Crew or the Bushnell VFW Post #1422. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com 


Linda L. (Williamson) Lovdahl, 60, of Monmouth, IL

Linda L. (Williamson) Lovdahl, 60, of Monmouth, IL passed away at 5:07 PM on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at OSF St. Francis in Peoria, IL. She was born October 28, 1958 in Canton, IL to Joshua and Vera (Bailey) Williamson.

 

She is survived by her mother, Vera; two children, Geoffrey Lovdahl of Monmouth, IL, Jessica Lovdahl of Carbondale, IL; one brother, William “Bill” (Sharon) Bailey of London Mills, IL; one niece, Carrie Ann Winkler Bailey; two nephews, Shawn (Lisa) Lillard, Jamey (Casey) Bailey; five great nephews, and one great niece.

 

She was preceded in death by her father, Joshua; one sister, Carol Lillard; and one brother David Williamson.

 

Linda had a strong Christian faith and she loved her family and friends dearly. She retired from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer. Linda was a strong woman and when she decided to go back to school in her 50’s to become an LPN, her family was so proud of her. She had a passion for her second career and absolutely loved caring for other people, including her mother.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell, IL; where visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM on Friday, December 14, 2018. Gary Bryon will officiate. Interment will be in Bushnell Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s choice.

 

Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com


Willard D. Chapman 101, of Macomb

Willard D. Chapman 101, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away Friday December 7, 2018 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Illinois.

 

He was born Sept. 4, 1917 in Macomb, Illinois to Alex and Maude Dennis Chapman; he married Letha Kimmel on June 14, 1942. She preceded him in death on April 12, 2010.

 

He is survived by his daughters, Roxie Senn of Pleasant Plains, IL., Denise Coker of Petersburg, IL., and Debbie Farder of Rochester, IL.; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and a sister.

 

He served in the Navy during WWII. He owned Macomb Auto Body and Chapman Mobile Manor.

 

He loved flying radio controled airplanes, hunting and fishing.

 

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday Dec. 17, 2018 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with Military rites. Pastor Jim Eddy will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com


Winona M. Winter, 100, of Macomb

Winona M. Winter, 100, of Macomb passed away at 10:25 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2018 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.

 

She was born on August 20, 1918 in Bethel Township, McDonough County to James and Florence Teel Thompson.

 

She is survived by friends Scott and Cheri Allison of Macomb; one sister, LaVerda Wenzel of Phoenix, Arizona and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Norma Jean Gray and Thelma Jackson and one brother, James W. Thompson, Jr.

 

Winona lived most of her life in McDonough County. She received her B.S. from Western Illinois University in 1956. She taught in several McDonough County country schools and finished her teaching career at Good Hope Elementary School, teaching first grade.

 

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, McDonough County Historical Society and Illinois Teachers Association and a former member of Order of Eastern Star.

 

When she was able she was an avid bird watcher, enjoyed golfing and was active with her farm and flower garden. She enjoyed traveling the world seeing China, Russia, seeing the pyramids in Egypt, Africa, South America, Hawaii and Alaska to name a few.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Dr. Howard White officiating. There will be no visitation. Private burial of ashes will be held at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to Wesley Village, Pursuit of Home.

 

You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com


Vera L. Bright, 91, of Macomb

Vera L. Bright, 91, of Macomb, passed away at 1:38 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

 

She was born on July 4, 1927 in Wythe Township, Illinois to Leonard and Francis Arnold Miller.

 

She is survived by her caregiver, Cheryl Stevens of Colchester; two brothers, Hank (Gloria) Miller of Warsaw and Butch (Pam) Miller of Smithfield and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; special friend, Hap; four brothers, Jerry Miller, John Miller, Walter Miller and Andrew Miller and one sister, Nancy Hitz.

 

Vera lived most of her life in McDonough County where she worked Haeger Pottery and was a greeter at Walmart before her retirement.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.

 

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


W. Wayne Link, 86, of LaHarpe, IL

W. Wayne Link, 86, of LaHarpe, IL, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, IA.

 

Mr. Link was born June 16, 1932 in LaHarpe the son of Lewis and Eva Laybourne Link. On March 18, 1956 he married M. Louise Russell in Terre Haute, IL. She survives.

 

Wayne was a 1950 graduate of the LaHarpe High School. Following high school he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Link farmed all of his life near LaHarpe. He was a member of the LaHarpe Union Church, LaHarpe American Legion and the Farm Bureau. He was an avid reader and enjoyed listening to country music.

 

He is survived by his wife, Louise, two sons, Sheldon Link and Scott Link both of LaHarpe, seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one brother, Wendell (Eleanor) Link of LaHarpe and one sister, Jean Louden of LaHarpe.

 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Donald Link, four sisters, Louella Bowen, Louise Boren, Dorothy Kern and Leah Belle Hicks.

 

The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Nate McCarter officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until 2:00 Saturday at Banks & Beals. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe American Legion.

 

To leave a condolence or sign the guest book please visit Mr. Link's obituary at banksandbeals.com


Esther M. Gibbs Heaton, 79, of rural Macomb

Esther M. Gibbs Heaton, 79, of rural Macomb passed away surrounded by her family at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.

 

She was born on March 31, 1939 in Bowling Green, Kentucky to Herbert and Maybelle (Kinslow) Gibbs. She graduated Mackey High School with the class of 1957. She enjoyed playing softball, square dancing, and had a passion for horses so much that she brought her horse "Colonel" to Illinois when she came to attend Western Illinois University. Esther met the love of her life, Gerald A. Heaton and was married on August 29, 1959.

 

She became an LPN while working as an aide at the Elms Nursing Home and ended her 28 years of service at the Elms in social services. She loved her farm life with Gerald and her children as well as the many animals and especially her peacocks and dogs, "Blondie" and "Belle". She enjoyed 4-H, FFA, and school functions and activities with her children and grandchildren. She was in the American Legion Auxiliary and loved to paint. Esther was a selfless, caring, beautiful woman always with a smile. Esther loved and served her Lord and never had an unkind word about anyone.

 

She is survived by three daughters, Teresa M. (Kent) Nell of rural Colchester, Julie A. (Phil) Hodges of rural Plymouth, Melissa S. (Les) Waddill of rural Macomb; one son, Chris G. (Angie) Heaton of Good Hope; 8 grandchildren, Kristina (Jazmyne James) Woodvine, Jennifer (Shawn) Smith, Craig Waddill, Elizabeth (Chase) Powell, Jessica Heaton, Joshua Heaton, Jacqueline Heaton and Janell Heaton; five step-grandchildren, Stephanie (Clay) Robinson, Tiffany (Heath) Greiman, Bambi (Cory) Simpson, Justin (Whitney) Hodges and Dara (Kyle) Grove; four great-grandchildren, Lillie, Zach, Gavyn and Griffin and 14 step-great-grandchildren, Ariah, Cheyenne, Ella, Jesse, Trace, Marah, Rance, Meagan, Allyson, Bryce, Kennedy, Jonah, Karis and Everly; several brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws and many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald of 55 years, her parents, and second dad, Bruce McNew; two brothers, George Gibbs and Doug Gibbs, and granddaughter, Heather L. Roberts.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Bethel Baptist Church, south of Fandon with Reverend Jim Richardson officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday December 10, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in Hutchinson Cemetery, south west of Colchester.

 

Memorials may be made to MDH Hospice or the Elms Activity Fund.

 

You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.


Joan Morris, 88, of Macomb

Joan Morris, 88, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 3:05 PM Monday December 3, 2018 at Liberty Village of Peoria.

 

She was born March 6, 1930 in Macomb to Mansel and Anna Shaner Morris.

 

Surviving is one sister, Peggy Morris of Liberty Village in Peoria, Illinois, one sister in-law, Freida Morris of Macomb, and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert, James, Roger, and Russell Morris and a sister, Elizabeth "Babe" Heaton.

 

She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Macomb.

 

Graveside services will be at 10 AM Saturday Dec. 8, 2018 at Oakwood Cemetery. Cremation has been accorded.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

 


Virginia A. Watson, 78, of Macomb

Virginia A. Watson, age 78 of Macomb, passed away surrounded by family in Peoria, AZ on December 1. She was born on November 22, 1940 in Macomb, IL to Ralph and Elizabeth (Gossage) Hodges.

 

She graduated Macomb High School with the class of 1958. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, being a snowbird and living in Arizona for several years, and most recently working out at Advanced Rehab and going to coffee with her group of friends at McDonald’s East in Macomb. Virginia said that she would dearly miss looking out the window of her childhood home to watch the cattle or horses and eating a buffet dinner at Hotel Nauvoo.

 

Virginia is survived by one sister, Barbra Price (Bill) of Noblesville, IN; three children, Scott Graves (Beth) of Lexington, KY, Bryan Graves (Angie) of Macomb, IL, and Sarah Brandon (Jim) of Peoria, AZ; five step-children, including Lynn Watson of Denver, CO, and Bob Watson (Sue) of Bloomington, IL; one niece Amy Bridges Lovitt (Chris) of Buckeye, AZ; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her parents; husband of 44 years Herman Watson; ex-husband, Larry Graves; two step-children, Larry Watson and Kent Watson; and one granddaughter Jennifer Watson.

 

Services will be held at 11 AM Saturday Dec. 8, 2018 at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb. Visitation will be Friday, December 7 from 5pm-7pm. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley (Peoria, AZ) or The Crossing Macomb. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com