Local Obituaries

Helen M. Wise, 86, of Springfield, IL, formerly of Astoria, IL

Helen M. Wise, 86, of Springfield, IL, formerly of Astoria, IL passed away Monday, April 15, 2019 at 9:42am at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.

 

She was born March 18, 1933 in Astoria, IL to parents Roy C. and Josephine McMullen. Helen married Clair D. Schisler June 23, 1951 at Ft. Ord, CA. He preceded her in death on July 29, 1967. She then married George H. Wise on June 9, 1984 in Astoria, IL. He preceded her in death on July 16, 2015. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers: Russell and Roy Mcmullen, Jr. and 2 sisters: Bernita Perez and Virginia McMullen.

 

Helen is survived by sons, James Schisler of New London, IA and Thomas Schisler of Troy, MO; Daughters, Christy Schisler of Peoria, IL, and Lori J. Schisler of Springfield, IL; Step-Daughters, Marsha Colletta of Oakland, OR, Carrie Wise of Pensacola, FL, and Fristen Bettencourt of Annapolis, MD; Sister, Joan Butler of Fenton, MO; 4 Granddaughters, 6 Great-Grandchildren, 11 Step-Grandchildren, and 13 Step-Great-Grandchildren.

 

Helen was an LPN for the Fulton County Health Department in Canton, IL. She later was the manager for the Fulton County Health Department’s sub- office in Astoria, retiring in 1993. Helen was a member of the Astoria Christian Church. She loved her family and enjoyed cooking for them. She was always doing for others.

 

Services will be held at 3pm on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL with Pastor Gary Sheets officiating. Visitation is 1 hour prior to the services on Friday. Internment will be at Astoria Cemetery in Astoria, IL.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Astoria Rescue Squad or Donor’s choice.

 

Services provided by Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, IL. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org


Penny Kay Brewer, 76, of LaHarpe

Mrs. Penny Kay Brewer, 76, of LaHarpe, Illinois passed away at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.

 

She was born on May 28, 1942 in LaHarpe the daughter of Owen and Louise Dunn Collins. In 1958 she married Gary Woodside. He preceded her death in 1961. On April 3, 1975 she married Ronald Brewer at the LaHarpe United Methodist Church. He survives.

 

Penny worked in the dietary department at the Memorial Hospital, Carthage and also as a secretary at the Haeger Lamp Company, Macomb. Mrs. Brewer was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She enjoyed playing Bingo, watching game shows and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Survivors include her husband, Ronald, one daughter, Karri (Adam) Wallace of LaHarpe, one son, Joe Woodside of Tennesse, her mother, Louise Collins of LaHarpe and three grandchildren, Bryce Marsden, Myah Wallace and April Settles.

 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, two sons, Ronald Gregory Brewer and Jerome Woodside, her father, and one brother, Jerry Collins.

 

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Nate McCarter officiating. Interment will be in the Terre Haute Cemetery, Terre Haute, Illinois. Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Monday at Banks & Beals where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

 

A memorial fund has been established for the Intensive Care Unit at Blessing Hospital. To sign the guest book or leave a condolence please visit Penny’s obituary at banksandbeals.com


Robert Eugene "Bob" Jones, 94, of Climax, GA

Robert Eugene "Bob" Jones, 94, of Climax, GA, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

 

He was born August 26, 1924 in Blandinsville, IL, the son of Erwin and Dorothy Leavitt Jones. Bob proudly served his country as a soldier in the United States Army during the occupation of Japan in the South Pacific. He graduated from The University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree. Bob married the love of his life, Marjorie Jane Banks, in 1948 and managed grain elevators throughout the United States ending his career in Port Lavaca, TX. In 1994, Bob & Marge moved to Climax to enjoy their golden years. Bob was a member of Climax United Methodist Church, the Climax Community Club, the Golden Agers and served as a Mason for over fifty years. He served on the Climax City Council as well.

 

As a World War II veteran, Bob experienced things most people have never thought of and yet he kept a positive attitude. (He probably learned the skill of sleeping anywhere in any position during his deployment.) Bob loved the outdoors and enjoyed gardening, growing pecan trees and fishing. Bob had a knack for making a delicious loaf of homemade bread that he shared with friends and neighbors. Sports could catch his attention especially if Florida State or Auburn was in the mix.

 

Survivors include his children, Steve Jones, and his wife, Patty, of Selah, WA, David Jones, and his wife, Kathy, of Garden Valley, PA, Amy Jones, and her husband, John Sistrunk, of Tallahassee, FL, and Jane E. Jones Speake of Athens, GA; his grandchildren, Kathryn E. Jones, Adam Jones, Alice Speake, and Amber Weber Link, and her husband, Mike; and his great-grandchildren, Vincent Lagrone-Speake, Jacob Link, and Andrew Link. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Marjorie Jane Banks Jones; and his brother, Erwin Jones, Jr.

 

The Jones Family would like to extend special gratitude to Big Bend Hospice, especially Alison and Patricia, for their kindness and compassion. The Jones Family would also like to express their sincere gratitude for his caregivers over the last year, Jackie Hill, Deleisa Graham and Beth Monexant.

 

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Climax United Methodist Church with Rev. Wayne McDonald, Rev. Lynn Hurley and Rev. Doug Halstead officiating. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville, Illinois. Pastor Beth Nelson will officiate. Full military rites will be conducted by the Macomb American Legion and the Macomb V.F.W. at the cemetery.

 

Clugston - Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville is in charge of local arrangements. Bill Cosson, Charles Hadsock, Chip Wray, Butch Mosley, Philip Dodson and Randall Jones will serve as active pallbearers. Charles Hensley will serve as an honorary pallbearer in Illinois.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ivey Funeral Home. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity International, 322 West Lamar Street, Americus, Georgia 31709-3543


Robert Bowman, Sr, 76, of Bardolph, IL

Robert C. Bowman, Sr., 76, of Bardolph, IL passed away at 12:34pm on Friday, April 5th, 2019 at the OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

 

Robert was born on July 1st, 1942 in Vermont, IL to Thomas Jefferson and Flora Margaret (Lawson) Bowman. He married his wife, Kathy Irving in Oklahoma. She survives. Robert worked at the Vermont Foundry for 19 years and then worked for Excel in Beardstown, IL and Norforge in Bushnell,IL. In his free time, Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. Robert also served in the U.S. Army.

 

He is also survived by two daughters: Randa (and Paul) Northup of Bushnell, IL and Rita (and Wallace) Jones of Prairie City, IL; A son Robert C. (and Janene) Bowman, Jr. of Prairie City, IL; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother Donald (and Charlotte) Bowman of Bone Gap, IL.

 

Robert was preceded in death by three brothers: Gene, Max and Bill Bowman; five sisters: Marjorie Stambaugh, Elma Royer, Ruby Hickle, Mary Tarboletti, and LuAnn Schisler; and three half-brothers: Lloyd, Floyd, and Boyd Bowman.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held at a later date.


John Hopping, 72, of Quincy, formerly of Macomb

John Hopping, 72, of Quincy, formerly of Macomb passed away at 3:35 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy.

 

He was born on September 29, 1946 in Adair to Francis and Flora Black Hopping.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Bonnie and Doris Hopping and one brother, Carl "Bill" Hopping.

 

He is survived by several cousins.

 

John lived all of his life in McDonough County. He was a graduate of Macomb High School. He worked on the Wilson Barclay farm all of his life.

 

John was a life member of the Macomb VFW and a member of the Macomb American Legion. He was an Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War. John received the Purple Heart for being wounded in service to his country. John received the first KHQA Hometown Hero Award in 2016.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Visitation will be held on an hour prior to services. Burial will be in Pennington Point Cemetery west of Adair with full military rites being conducted by the Macomb VFW and Macomb American Legion.

 

Memorials may be made to the Macomb VFW, Diabetes Association, or the Great River Honor Flight.

 

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


Berniece May Duke, age 99, formerly of Blandinsville

Berniece May Duke, age 99, of Long Beach, California, and formerly of Blandinsville, passed away at 11:45 A.M. on April 8, 2019 at the home of her son in Long Beach, California.

 

She was born on May 18, 1919 in Liberty Township, Adams County, Illinois the eldest daughter of Ervin Carl and Cora Laura Ift Blank. She married William J. Duke on May 31, 1942 in Quincy, Illinois. He preceded her in death on September 24, 2004.

 

She is survived by one son Gary Duke PhD. (Ltc.Ret.) of Long Beach, California, two grandsons Brian (Diana) Duke of Poway, California, and Eric (Kristy) Duke of Pasadena, California, two great grandchildren Micah and Kaitlyn Duke, several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Sue Biederer, and two sisters Helen Oldham and Esther Craft.

 

Berniece was a 1941 graduate of Western Illinois University with a teacher’s degree. She taught elementary and high school mathematics in Mineral, Lewiston, Canton and Blandinsville for 22 years. She and her husband were farmers and had lived in Canton till 1951 when they moved to Blandinsville. They spent winters in Florida from 1983 to 2004. She continued to spend winters in Florida and summers in Illinois until 2010 when she   moved to California to be with her son. She was a member of the Blandinsville Methodist Church for many years.

 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Blandinsville Methodist Church. Rev. Beth Nelson will officiate. Entombment will be held at 1:30p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery Mausoleum in Canton, Illinois. The family will meet with friends on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville.

 

Memorials may be made to the Blandinsville Methodist Church, or the Blandinsville Fire and Rescue Squad.

 

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


Joey A. Gossage, 37, of Colchester

Joey A. Gossage, age 37, passed away at 6:50am on Sunday, April 7th, 2019, at his home in Colchester, IL.

 

He was born on June 26th, 1981, in Springfield, IL to parents Joseph and Bonnie J. (Bowen) Gossage. Joey married Amy Strange on March 15th, 2003 in Macomb, IL. She survives.

 

Other survivors include his son Eli Joe Lee Gossage, Sister Sarah (Paul) Otto of Aurora, CO, Step-Father Harold Vore of Eldon, MO, Parents-in-Law Dan and Jan Strange of Macomb, IL, 4 Brother’s-in-law, 4 Sister’s-in-law, 6 nephews and 4 nieces. Joey’s parents preceded him in death.

 

Joey grew up in Vermont, IL and attended and graduated from VIT High School in May of 2000. As an adult, he moved to Macomb. He attended the Maple Avenue Christian Church in Macomb. He enjoyed being with his wife and son and hanging out with friends and family.

 

Services will be held at 11am on Monday, April 15th, 2019 at the Maple Avenue Christian Church in Macomb with Pastor Donnie Case officiating. Visitation will be held an hour before services. Interment will be at Ridgeville Cemetery in Browning, IL and memorials can be made out to the Joey Gossage Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org


Dorothy Ruth Horton, age 97

Dorothy Ruth Horton, age 97, passed away at 5:40 p.m. April 6, 2019 at The Elms, Macomb IL.

 

She was born February 13, 1922 in McDonough County to Roy E. and Carola Ruth (Laughlin) Butcher.  She married Fred L. Horton on June 8, 1940 in Keokuk, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 28, 1992.

 

Dorothy is survived by two daughters: Sharon Wanamaker of Macomb, Joyce (Michael) Salisbury of Plainfield, one son, Randall G. Horton, daughter-in-law Carol Horton of Champaign, five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren.  She is also survived by one sister, Pauline Hacker, brothers-in-law: Claire (Marty) Horton, and Meredith (Kay) Horton, and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, sons Ernest Fred; and Larry Lee in infancy,  two brothers: Eugene (Kate) Butcher and Ervin (Betty) Butcher, four sisters: Gertie (Bill) Williams, Mary Ellen Carman, Alleyne (Jim) Foster, and Marjorie (Ken) Wolf, sisters-in-law: Margaret (George) Sims, Helen (Art) Wigle, and brother-in-law Harold (Barbara) Horton.

 

Dorothy was born and grew up on a farm in McDonough County and lived all 97 years of her life in McDonough County.  She received her early education at Cottage Corner Country School and then attended Western Academy in Macomb. She was employed for 20 years as a baker for Saga Foods at Western Illinois University.

 

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  She was also a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church and then a member of Scotland Trinity Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School.  Dorothy enjoyed sewing, quilting, and gardening.  She loved her family and looked forward to their many visits home. There was always a batch of cookies waiting for them.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday April 13, 2019 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home.  Pastor Gary Elg will officiate.  Visitation will be Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb, IL. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Scotland Trinity Church or MDH Hospice.Program. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com


Mary Mae (Gossage) Teel, 77, of Fandon

Mary Mae (Gossage) Teel, 77, of Fandon passed away at 3:05 a.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

 

She was born on May 28, 1941 in Browning, Illinois to Otto Eugene and Margaret Louise (Clemens) Gossage. She married Larry Tommy "Moe" Teel on September 30, 1962 in Rushville, Illinois. He passed away on January 12, 1998 after 36 years of marriage.

 

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Wilma Gossage; one brother, Randy Gossage, two brothers in infancy, Larry and Richard Gossage; one sister in infancy, Betty Gossage and one grandson, Robert Konkler.

 

Mary is survived by two sons, Larry (Linda) Teel of Plymouth, Illinois and Rick (Jennifer) Teel of Macomb, Illinois; one daughter, Sarah Konkler of Colchester, Illinois; grandchildren, Cody, Amanda, Krista, Wayne, Taylor, Tommy, Jessica, Jimmy, Dustin, Savannah, Kaitlynn and Karlyann; 13 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Norma Teel, Shirley Spencer, Helen (Randy Settles) Spencer and Hazel Kindhart; two brothers, Ott (Patti) Gossage and Danny Gossage and several nieces and nephews.

 

She worked at Haeger Pottery in Macomb for 25+ years retiring in 2006. She also worked for several area restaurants including Industry, Littleton and Vermont. She enjoyed holidays and special events with her family, going to yard sales, flea markets and the scenic drive. She also enjoyed working on puzzles of all kinds and tending to her flowers. She loved bluebirds, hummingbirds and cardinals.

 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend A. Lee Unger officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.

 

Memorials may be made to Blessing Hospital Hospice Program.

 

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


John George Coker, age 64, of Macomb

John George Coker, age 64, of Macomb, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11:25 P.M. at Farmington County Manor in Farmington. He was born on August 24, 1954 in Macomb, Illinois, the son of Vernon and Olive Barrett Coker.

 

He is survived by three sons Johnny (Katie) Coker of Macomb, Adam Coker and Ryan Wilson, two sisters Janice (Don) Wisslead of Sciota, and Kay (Bill) Nebergall of Pekin, Illinois, one brother-in-law Dave Burgess of Peoria, four nieces and seven nephews also survive.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Ann Burgess.

 

John lived his early life in Macomb, he joined the Army after high school and was stationed in Radcliffe, Kentucky, he moved back to Macomb and was then stationed in Germany for three years he moved back to Macomb in 1986. John served during the Vietnam Era from 1974 until 1980.He had also worked at NTN Bower for several years.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 12:00 noon at the Clugston – Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Rev. Carl Redding will officiate. The family will meet with friends from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Friday. Full military rights will be conducted at the funeral home following the services.

 

All are invited to a potluck at the American Legion in Macomb following the military services. Potluck dishes may be dropped off at the American Legion prior to the funeral services.

 

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