Local Obituaries

Randy Wrink Ebert, 60, of Bushnell, IL

Randy Wrink Ebert, 60, of Bushnell, IL, passed away at 6:02 PM on August 14, 2019 at OSF St. Francis in Peoria, IL. He was born January 8, 1959 in Macomb, IL to Lloyd Jr. and Marilyn (Hood) Ebert. He married Barb McCullough on May 12, 1979 in Macomb, IL; she survives.

 

He is also survived by two sons, Joshua (Staci) Ebert and Michael (Tashina Bradford) Ebert. He has left six

Grandchildren, Mackenzie, Marcus, Jacob, Jarod, Jaelea, and Dacey. He is survived by two brothers, Jerry

and Dan; three nephews, Cory (Amy) Ebert, Matthew (Christina McCullough), and Greg McCullough; four nieces, Madison (Patrick) Maphies, Kylie, Ciara, and Michelle McCullough; and two great

nephews, Brendan and Colby Ebert.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marilyn Hood Ebert and Lloyd Ebert, Jr.; a sister, Lana Sue; and

Grandparents, Lloyd and Letha (Ide) Ebert and Floyd and Florence (Bair) Hood.

 

Randy enjoyed his younger days at his dad’s gas station. As an adult, he enjoyed having his own station

for a short period of time before becoming unable to work. He lived for his six grandchildren and enjoyed them coming around to “take care of Grandpa.” Randy spent most of his time working on cars and loved drag racing on the weekends. He won the regional bracket drag racing title to go to Bowling Green, KY and also was chosen to race at Denver, CO. He was the Byron, IL Firecracker Bracket Champion in 1979. Randy was unable to continue with his love of racing and wrenching on cars, but his children have taken on the family’s love of this hobby. He will be greatly missed, but is finally at peace.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, with Pastor Tom Schulte officiating. The family will meet for visitation from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Bushnell Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Bushnell Rescue Squad, The Grand kids college fund, or for PSP (Progressive SupraNuclear Palsy) Research. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com


Mary J. Norvell, 93, of Macomb

 

Mary J. Norvell, 93, of Macomb passed away at 8:02 PM Saturday August 10, 2019 at Heartland Health Care Center. She was born October 2, 1925 in Lee County, IA to Ralph E. and Mabel A. (Millspaugh) Jackson. She married James L. Norvell on June 27, 1947 in Macomb. He preceded her in death on January 25, 1977.

 

She is survived by three children, Susan (Chris) Royal of Springfield, IL; Tom Norvell of Chicago, IL; Steve Norvell of Montana; one grandson Brian (Kaitlin) Royal of Frisco, TX; one great grandson Joshua Royal and one sister Shirley (Fred) Giebrich of Florida.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Martha McMahan and infant sister Jesse.

 

Mary was a 1947 graduate of Western Illinois State Teachers College and an extremely proud alumni.  Western was an integral part of Mary’s life as it is where she met her husband, Jim, and began her life-long association with the Sigma Kappa Sorority.  Mary’s love of Sigma Kappa started on the Western campus and became the source for many cherished memories and friendships.  Her dedication to Sigma Kappa began when she served as chapter president during her college years and continued when she returned to Macomb in the mid-1970s.  Her service as the chapter advisor lasted from the late-1970s until 2012.  Volunteering and service to the local community were important to Mary and she exemplified those qualities throughout her life.  American Association of University Women (AAUW), the National Assistance League and Newcomers Clubs benefitted from her leadership and service.  She also served as a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader.  Her love of watching sports came from her husband’s knowledge and love of sports.  Mary loved to travel and enjoyed taking her dad to Florida to visit family as well as catching up with friends and sisters at the annual Sigma Kappa conventions. 

 

Cremation Rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Erin Marth officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church or WIU Foundation - Mary Norvell Memorial Fund at Western Illinois University. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of armaments. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com   

   


Alma V. Frakes, 89, of New Philadelphia

On August 11, 2019 at 12:25 a.m. Alma V. Frakes, 18 days shy of her 90th birthday, gained her heavenly wings.

 

She was born Alma V. Weaver on August 30, 1929 in New Philadelphia, Illinois. She was the eldest daughter of Howard M. and Willamae (Ferrell) Weaver of Joetta.  Alma married Bobbie L. Frakes March 22, 1951 in Pochahontas, Arkansas, then traveled to Nashville for a honeymoon at the Grand Ole Opry. He passed away on July 20, 2005.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Beth Ann McGruder; her son, Howard Lee Frakes; one sister, Inez Koeber, and one infant grandson, Robert.

 

Alma is survived by one daughter, Connie (Gary) Lybarger of Monmouth; her grandchildren were the highlight of her life, Erika (Luke) Thomas, Denise (Larry) Green, Krista (Noah) Ulrich, all of Florida, Kaleb McGruder, Jason (Lori) McGruder, Janell McGruder, all of Macomb, Jennifer Wiltermood of Quincy, Willo Shutwell of LaHarpe, Rainie Barnes and Jesse Frakes of Plymouth; 14 great-grandchildren and one brother, Marion (Marylou) Weaver of Joetta.

 

Alma worked her early years as a nanny in Bushnell. After marrying and raising her children she became a CNA and worked at area nursing homes. Her family will be lost without all the great family dinners that she prepared over the years, especially her homemade noodles, pumpkin pies and zucchini brownies.

 

Alma will be missed by many people, she always had a kind word and loving smile for everyone. She truly loved her family.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Jon Keck officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Stoneking Cemetery in Bethel Township.

Memorials may be made to the Alma Frakes Memorial Fund.

 

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


Dale Eugene Walters, 88, of Bushnell, IL

Dale Eugene Walters, 88, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 12:40 AM on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL, with his family by his side. He was born on October 23, 1930 in Prairie City, IL to Earl and Marie (Haffner) Walters. He married Nadyne Harris on August 27, 1950 in Bushnell, IL; she survives.

 

Also surviving are five children, Cynthia (Gary) Hoyle of Woodstock, GA, Janice Teel of Bushnell, IL, Gary (Jane) Walters of Bushnell, IL, Tonna (Chuck) Weber of Santa Maria, CA, Steve (Kimberly Pierce) Walters of Bushnell, IL; ten grandchildren, Michelle (Jeff) Johnson of Bushnell, IL, Todd (Sandra) Teel of Bushnell, IL, Troy (Christine) Teel of Peoria, IL, Trisha Thurman of Peoria, IL, Kari (Kent) Froebe of Lincoln, IL, Kristine (Dan) Waldinger of Mahomet, IL, Kyle (Lacie) Walters of Adair, IL, Chuck Weber, Chad (Lindsey) Weber, Larry Weber all of Santa Maria, CA; twenty great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Shon Hoyle; one son-in-law, Earl Teel; two brothers; and five sisters.

 

Dale’s favorite job was working as a custodian for the Bushnell-Prairie City School District. After retiring he always held B-PC close to his heart. He also painted almost every house in Bushnell, some of them maybe twice. As a pastime he enjoyed getting away and going to the Casino. He dearly loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Even if he wasn’t able to make it to a sports event, he always listened to them on the radio so he wouldn’t miss anything.

Cremation Rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the Bushnell Cemetery, with Dennie King officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bushnell Rescue Squad, the B-PC Booster Club, or St. John’s Hospital Hospice Program. Martin-Hollis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

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


Dorothy Ann (Henness) Wayland age 78, of Colchester, IL.

Dorothy Ann (Henness) Wayland age 78, of Colchester, IL. passed away peacefully Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Hutchinson, KS. surrounded by her family.

 

Dorothy was born on September 26, 1940, in Colchester, IL. the daughter of John William and Lucia Brandt Crocker Henness. She grew up in a small one-room home filled with love, and a place where she and her brothers made many happy memories.  Dorothy attended Colchester High School, where she formed many life long friendships. On September 28, 1956, she married Eugene Augustus Bodenhamer. Together, they raised their 2 sons and 3 daughters.  

 

In her younger years, Dorothy took great joy in bringing up her children. She loved history and was the person who brought her family’s stories to life. She went on to marry her childhood friend, Richard Wayland in 2016. They made their home together in Colchester.  Throughout her life, her happiest days were enjoyed in the presence of her family.  Her final wish was to be returned to Colchester, to be laid to rest among her family, friends and in the community she loved.  Above all, Dorothy was greatly loved and her memory will always be treasured.

 

Surviving family members include her loving husband, Richard (Dick) Wayland; Sons, Troy Bodenhamer, Stephen Bodenhamer and Daughters, Lana VanHorn, Lori Arguelles and Karen Claggett; 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Eugene Bodenhamer and two brothers, William and Robert Henness.

 

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 9, 2019, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, IL. Friends may sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Sunday September 8, 2019. Memorial is to Colchester Rescue.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com


Frieda Mae Boyd Prentice, 97, of Macomb

Frieda Mae Boyd Prentice, 97, of Macomb went to be with her Lord and Saviour at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.

 

She was born on February 13, 1922 in St. Mary’s, Illinois to Donald M. and Nancy Mae Coleman Boyd. She married C. Paul Prentice on April 23, 1948 in Macomb. He passed away on July 12, 2012.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Darrell Boyd.

 

Frieda is survived by two daughters, Janice (Randy) Woods of Good Hope and Joyce Prentice of Waialua, Hawaii; three sons, Stan (Phyllis) Prentice of Rushville, Steve (Bev) Prentice of Owasso, Oklahoma and Duane (Joanna) Prentice of McKinney, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren with 1 great-grandchild due in August and one sister, Ruth Walton of Runnels, Iowa.

 

Frieda lived her early life in rural Plymouth. After her marriage she lived in Colchester, Industry and Macomb. She loved gardening, being a farm wife and babysitting. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church where she enjoyed playing the piano when she was younger.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverends Donnie Case and Lyren Haney officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in St. Mary’s.

All are invited back to Wesley Village Community Center following the graveside for a lunch.

Memorials may be made to Wesley Village.

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


Marilyn Francis Parker, 90, of Bushnell, IL

Marilyn Francis Parker, 90, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 4:02 AM on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the home of her daughter. She was born on April 15, 1929 in Bushnell, IL to Sam D. and Ethel (Samuels) Wenger. She married Bert A. Parker on October 11, 1948 in Hiawatha, KS; he preceded her in death on November 10, 2013.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Doris Smith; and one brother, Clifford Wenger.

 

She is survived by two daughters, Berta (Larry) Raymond of Bushnell, IL, Joy (Don) Hubner of Macomb, IL; four grandchildren, Brittini (Eric) Chapman of Bushnell, IL, Ashlea (Chris) Pflug of Franklin, TN, Michele (Matt) Kline of Mundelein, IL; Michael (Vanessa) Russell of Lompoc, CA; one step-granddaughter, Jenalee (Greg) Bolen of Jupiter, FL; four great-grandchildren, Brice and Bree Chapman, Charlie and William Parker Pflug; three step-great-grandchildren, Brodie, Cooper, and Sloan Bolen; one sister, Donna Gilmore of Canton, IL; and one brother, Larry (Kay) Wenger of London Mills, IL.

 

Marilyn was always a very quiet and reserved person. So much so that when she won Prom Queen in high school, she graciously declined. She was a wonderful housewife and mother above all else. She  absolutely treasured the time she got to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Pastor Brett Fisher will officiate.

 

Interment will be in the Vermont Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program or the Checkrow Church. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com

 


Robert B. Henness age 76 of Colchester

Robert B. Henness age 76 of Colchester, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019, at  his home in Colchester.  He was born October 23, 1942, in Colchester, to John William and Lucia B. Crocker Henness.  Bob was united in marriage to Neta Stimpson, August 5, 1961, in Colchester, she preceded him in death November 3, 2006.

 

Surviving to mourn his passing are 1 Son; Wes (Patty) Henness, Macomb, 1 Daughter: Rosenna (Troy) See, Amarillo, Texas. 6 Grandchildren: Whitley (Tyler) Walters, Brandt (Kayla) Henness, Matthew (Jennifer) See, Elijah (Mary) See, Elizabeth See, Sarah See, 6 Great Grandchildren, 1 Sister: Dorothy (Dick) Wayland, Colchester, 1 Sister in Law: Virgie Henness, along with her family Carol Reedy, Melody Berndt, Mark Henness, Brother In Law: John (Pam) Stimpson and Step Sister: Sharon (David) Otey.

 

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 1 Brother: Bill Henness

 

Bob served his country in the National Guard.  As a young man he saved the U.S. Flag from being torn down by a group of people on the lawn of the McDonough County Courthouse.  He was a member of the Colchester First Baptist Church, where he was baptized as a young man.  Bob was a member of the Hancock Gun Club, in Carthage, He enjoyed the point of time in the day when he got to gather with his friends for coffee at Beck’s or the Full Scoop.  Bob was the owner and operator of Bob’s Lawn Service in Colchester.  He previously worked at Ozark Camper Sales and Colchester Nursing Home both in Colchester.  Family meant everything to Bob, he enjoyed family gatherings to eat and visit.  Bob’s greatest love was his family.

 

Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Rev. David Haney.  Military services will be conducted at the graveside by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  Friends may view and sign the register book at Jones Mortuary from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Wednesday.  Memorial is to Colchester Rescue.

 


Arleta Mae Sikes, 80, of Macomb, Il

Arleta Mae Sikes, 80, of Macomb, Illinois passed away at 4:40 PM Sunday July 21, 2019 at the Elms Nursing Home. She was born May 23, 1939 In Smithfield, IL to Milo and Pauline (Henderson) McMullen. She married Allen Sikes on September 8, 1957 in Bardolph, Illinois. He survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Tom Sikes of Macomb, IL; Roger Sikes of Macomb, IL; Larry (Teri) Sikes of Macomb, IL; two grandchildren, Cody Allen Sikes and Emily Lynn Sikes; one brother, Larry (Terri) McMullen of Anamosa, IA and two sisters, Alice (Charles) Louko of Elk Grove Village, IL; Helen Snyder of Sullivan, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son James Howard Sikes, two brothers, Marshall and Harold McMullen.

 

Arleta enjoyed collecting dolls and cookbooks. She worked for K-Mart in Macomb for more than 27 years.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

 

Cremation Rites have been accorded. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday July 26, 2019 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Pastor Gary Elg will officiate. Burial of Ashes will be in the Bardolph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Elms Nursing Home. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com   

 


Jamie Lee Stroops, 44, of Phoenix, AZ

Jamie Lee Stroops, 44, of Phoenix, AZ passed away Sunday July 14, 2019 at Young Life Assisted Living in Phoenix, AZ. He was born in Macomb, IL on June 23, 1975 to David L. Geer and Debra J. Stroops.

 

He is survived by one daughter Clarissa Valencia-Stroops of Glendale, AZ; his mother Debra (Joe David Greth) Stroops of Phoenix, AZ; grandfather Glen Stroops of Macomb, IL; one uncle, Tom (Laura) Stroops of Bushnell, IL; two aunts, Becky (Gary) Taylor of Avon, IL and Glenda (Clay) Gosnell of Rockford, IL; several nieces and nephews. 

 

He was preceded in death by his father, paternal grandparents David and Gretchen Geer, maternal grandmother Pat Stroops and uncle Steve Geer.

 

Jamie enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He completed his undergraduate from Pepperdine University before graduating from UCLA School of Law. Jamie’s boss from the law firm where he practiced Family Law had this to say; “He never allowed his illness to define him and, to his last days, always was there for his friends with a cheerful message, even after he lost the ability to speak and type. He was one of the most kindhearted, compassionate people you would have ever have the good fortune to meet. He had to deal with more adversity than many of us will ever know, yet never let it show. He was always there for his beautiful daughter Clarissa, his mother Debra, his friends and clients. Jamie's legacy, beyond being a doting and devoted father are the thousands of parents around the world who have children thanks to him” by Andy Vorzimer

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday July 20, 2019 at the Bushnell Presbyterian Church with Rev. Mark Merill officiating. Visitation will be Friday July 19, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Bushnell Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the  Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com