Local Obituaries

Vivian Gallahue Nelson, 97, Macomb, Il

Vivian Gallahue Nelson, age 97,passed away at 9:20 PM on June 15, 2019 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.She was born on June 10, 1922 in Summum ,Illinois the daughter of Verne and Opal Parks Fisher.She married Dale Nelson and he preceded her in death on September 8, 1988.

 

Vivian is survived by one daughter Donna (Don) Huckabey of Macomb, one granddaughter Debbie Plate of Macomb, two great-grandchildren Ronnie Plate and Ricky Plate both of Macomb, three great great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband,  one great grandchild Ross Plate ,and one grandson in law Ron Plate.

 

Vivian had lived most of her life in Macomb, she had worked for the Salvation Army Thrift Store for 15 years before her retirement. She had  attended the Macomb Assembly of God Church for many years.

 

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 11 AM at the Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. Rev. Jon Keck will officiate.

 

Friends may call from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Thursday at the Clugston – Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. You may sign the guest book and leave online condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.


Robert Franklin Wiley, 85, of LaHarpe, Il

Robert Franklin Wiley, 85, of LaHarpe, Illinois passed away at 7:55 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington, Iowa.

Bob was born on September 23, 1933 in Oakville, Iowa the son of Florence "Fuzz" and Mary Wilma Reid Wiley. On September 30, 1956 he married Alice F. Hartman in Mediapolis, Iowa. She preceded him in death on February 9, 2009.

Mr. Wiley was a 1952 graduate of the Morning Sun High School. Following high school he served as Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War. Bob first worked at a rendering plant in Morning Sun. He and his wife owned and operated LaHarpe Frozen Foods from 1967 until his retirement in 1999. After retirement Bob worked at Weber Meats in Carthage.

He was a member of the LaHarpe Lions Club, LaHarpe American Legion Post #301 and the Black Hawk Auto Restorers in Burlington Iowa. He enjoyed visiting, playing cards, traveling, time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and watching their sporting events.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra K. (Kevin Shauman) Pence of Kirkwood, Illinois and Debbie (Danny) Evans of LaHarpe, five grandchildren, Shannon (Felecia) Pence, Amber (Jason) Duncan, Andrew (Erica) Pence, Clifford Evans and Skyler (Mariah) Pence, ten great-grandchildren, Sidney, Taylor and Sawyer Pence, Jack, Ellie and Ames Duncan, Raiden Evans, and Adalynn, Levi and Brinley Pence, one uncle, Clinton Bowman of Burlington, four sisters, Darlyne (Larry) Howard of Newton, Iowa, Lucille Anderson of Mediapolis, Iowa, LulaBelle (Claude) Stiger of Muscatine, Iowa and Frances (Clyde) Callis of Springfield, Missouri and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, and one brother, Kenneth Wiley and aunt Marcella Bowman.

The funeral service for Mr. Wiley will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. Burial with full Military Rites will follow in the LaHarpe Cemetery. Friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 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 LaHarpe American Legion Post #301. To leave a condolence please visit Bob’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.


Philip Kent "PK" Dunham Jr., 52, of LaHarpe, Illinois

Philip Kent "PK" Dunham Jr., 52, of LaHarpe, Illinois passed away at 2:12 PM Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at the UnityPoint Health - Keokuk Iowa.

 

He was born on November 25, 1966 in Quincy, Illinois the son of Philip K. Dunham Sr. and Linda Harrington. On April 18, 1988 he married Theresa Cox in Jacksonville, Illinois. She preceded him in death on September 12, 2013.

 

PK was a graduate of Carthage High School. He worked for many years at the Jacksonville Development Center. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoyed playing cards. He loved his family and the time spent with his granddaughter, Peyton.

 

Survivors include his mother, Linda, of LaHarpe, two daughters, Ashley Dietz and Stephanie Dunham both of Jacksonville, one granddaughter, Peyton, his special friend, Annette Day of LaHarpe, one aunt, Sandra Reeder, one uncle, Gary Harrington and several cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa, father, Philip Sr., and grandparents.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Murrayville Cemetery, Murrayville, Illinois. Memorials are suggested to the family.

 

Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe is assisting the family. To leave a condolence please visit PK’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.


William Scott Kelso, 59, of Macomb, Il

William Scott Kelso, 59, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 7:20 Pm Thursday June 13, 2019 at his residence, surrounded with love by his wife and children.

 

He was born April 23, 1960 in Macomb, Illinois to William and Sharon (Gibson) Kelso; he married Kelle Dunham on May 28, 1983. She survives.

Also surviving is his mother, Sharon Kelso of Macomb, IL.; a son, Reid (Sarah) Kelso of Roseville, Il., daughters, Taylor (Munear) Kouzbari of Dallas, TX., Griffin (Blake) Bainter of Macomb, Il.; grandchildren, William Kelso,  Caroline Kelso, Scottlynn Kelso, Bingham Bainter, Vivienne Bainter, Bohdi Bainter, Mila Kouzbari and Maksim Kouzbari; sisters, Pam Kelso and Libby (Troy) Heaton and family; And many other family members he loved.

 

He was preceded in death by his father William Kelso

 

Scott was a partner of Kelso & Kelso Commodities and Kelso Farms.

He was a member of the Macomb Elks Lodge, Macomb Bomber Booster Club, Western Illinois Athletic Club and Wesley United Methodist Church.

 

He loved Macomb sports, playing poker, football, farming, kayaking, telling stories, helping others and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

 

Graveside Services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday June 19, 2019 at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home Tuesday June 18 from 4-7 PM. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Macomb Educational Foundation for the Football Field House Project and the Macomb Fire Department. Please sign guestbook at www.dodsworthfh.com


Frank Richard "Red" Nelson, 96, of Macomb, Il

Frank Richard “Red” Nelson, 96, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 4:45 AM Friday June 14, 2019 at his residence.

 

He was born September 11, 1922 in Macomb, Illinois to Victor Carl and Bernice Toland Nelson; he first married Anne Eddington on Feb. 24, 1946. She preceded him in death on March 31, 1977. He then married Verona Mills Walter on May 22, 1985. She survives.

Also surviving are his sons, Richard Paul (Kathy) Nelson of Augusta, Kansas, John Edward Nelson of Macomb, IL; a daughter, Terri Anne (Tom) Brownfield of Havana, IL.;  a stepson, Charles William (Karen) Walter of Arlington, TX; stepdaughters, Patricia (Jan) Carpenter of Jacksonville IL., Doris “Dee Dee” Roberts Crystal Lake, IL., Marti J. Walter of Macomb, IL.; 7 grandchildren and 3 step-granddaughters.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Jodi; a son, Spencer and one brother Robert Nelson.

 

Red served in the United States Marine Corp. during WWII.

 

Mr. Nelson was a tailor and owned and operated Nelsons Clothing Store in Macomb since 1945.

 

He was a member of the Macomb Elks Lodge, Macomb Masonic Lodge, Macomb VFW and American Legion. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he was a trustee, deacon, and taught Sunday School. He was a scout leader in his younger years. Red was an avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting, fishing, and especially mushrooming. He was very dedicated to his family.

 

Funeral Services will be at 2 PM Wednesday June 19, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, where visitation will be from Noon -2 PM. Rev. Erin Marth will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with Military rites. Memorial Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

 


Cindy J. Starbuck, 69, of Blandinsville, IL

Cindy J. Starbuck, 69, of Blandinsville, IL passed away on June 10, 2019 at Franciscan Hospital in Dyer, IN. She was born February 20, 1950 in Orion, IL to Richard and Phyllis (Kohls) Kommer. She married Rod L. Starbuck on February 2, 1972 in Orion, Il. He survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Bryan (Monique) Starbuck of Sauk Village, IL; Marcus (Jessica) Starbuck of Macomb, IL; one sister, Michelle (Ray) Haynes of Davenport, IA and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Richard Kommer and one sister Chris Matheny.

Cindy completed her master’s degree in nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse at McDonough District Hospital. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Macomb.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday June 18, 2019 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Where visitation will be Monday June 17, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Pastor Youngshim Pitcher will officiate. Interment will be in Glade City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the family of Cindy Starbuck. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com


Doris C. Smith, 93, of Bushnell, IL

Doris C. Smith, 93, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 2:50 AM on June 12, 2019 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb, IL. She was born June 18, 1925 in St. Anthony, ID to Samuel and Ethel (Samuels) Wenger. She married Charles “Gene” Smith on November 4, 1944 in Lewistown, IL; he preceded her in death on June 3, 2016.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one grandson.

She is survived by her children, Janet (John) Mowrey of Walnut Grove, IL, Butch (Cim) Smith of Bushnell, IL, Karen (Jim) Lofgren of Bushnell, IL, Gary (Lori Jones) Smith of Avon, IL; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Donna Gilmore of Canton, IL, Marilyn Parker of Bushnell, IL; and one brother, Larry “Chub” Wenger of London Mills, IL.

Doris was a homemaker for 18 years before becoming a housekeeper for The Elms Nursing Home in Macomb. After 20 years she retired as the Head of Housekeeping. She loved helping her husband with his garden, processing and canning everything he grew. In her pastime, Doris enjoyed to knit, crochet, and quilt. She was an active lifetime member of the Bushnell United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Pastor Dan Lybarger will officiate. Interment will be in the Marietta Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to The Elms Nursing Home. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at martinhollisfh.com


Harold E. "Gene" Roberts, 74, of Marietta, IL

Harold E. “Gene” Roberts, 74, of Marietta, IL passed away at 5:41 AM on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. He was born August 10, 1944 in Ottumwa, IA to Ernest and Evelyn (Corbin) Roberts. He married Diana Lynn Coombs on January 12, 1964 in Bushnell, IL; she survives.

 

Also surviving are two children, Kevin (Stacy) Roberts of Avon, IL, Tammy (Scott) Bonney of Canton, IL; four grandchildren, Amanda Roberts, Tyler Bonney, and Adam Bonney all of Canton, IL, Brandon Roberts of Avon, IL; one great-grandchild, Aubriana Ward; one sister, Katherine Silva of Garden Grove, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Gene’s first five years were spent in Missouri, after which his family moved to Illinois, where his father became engaged in farming. He was very musically inclined and learned in grade school how to play the saxophone. He became very adapt at it, as he could play either by reading music or by ear. His favorite kind of music was of course country. One of his favorite artists was Mickey Gilley, and he loved to hear Mickey’s honky tonk rendition of The Old Rugged Cross, as this was his father and grandfathers favorite song.

 

Gene helped his father on the farm while attending school until age 19. He then married Diana, a marriage that lasted 55 years and blessed them with two children. Gene and Diana also began farming, raising crops and livestock, a career that lasted his lifetime. When farming became tough, he decided to go to Missouri Auction School and learn to be an auctioneer. He came home and started what was to become a very successful auction business, selling estates, households, farm machinery, and farm real estate.

 

Later in life Gene and Diana acquired the Wheeler Farm, through a trade with Jim Twomey, and Gene peacefully spent the rest of his life residing there. He would go to Hardees to visit with the guys, pitch horseshoes at home with friends, and fish whenever he could. Another joy in life were his four grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He also enjoyed water-skiing, snow skiing, snowmobiling, raising a few horses, horseback riding, and most of all hunting and picking mushrooms.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the funeral home. Pastor Brett Fisher will officiate. Interment will be in Bushnell Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bushnell-Prairie City FFA. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com http://www.martinhollisfh.com

 


Sulah Ann Robinson, 82, Of Macomb

The family of Sulah Ann Robinson (nee Seward) invites the community of Macomb to join them in mourning her passing on May 27, 2019.
Born in Rock Island, IL, on November 19, 1937, to Phillip and Sulah Seward, Sulah, known to her friends as Annie, was interested in the arts from an early age, winning a regional contest in middle school. Ann achieved her bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from Augustana College and taught high school in Orion and at other area schools. She had a wallpaper and painting business for several years, and was a phenomenal swimming teacher. She was also an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in addition to her extensive involvement in Davenport Junior Theater.
After moving to Macomb from the Quad Cities, she again engaged in the arts community, taking up watercolors. Ann was a frequent winner of the Mayor's Purchase Award at the Gazebo Art Festival, an event which she helped develop and name. She is also one of the founding members of the West Central Illinois Regional Arts Center. She and her late husband Forrest traveled extensively, with her favorite places being several islands in Greece, the city of Eastbourne in England, as well as St. Palais, France.
Her art work can be found throughout the community, from city hall to McDonough District Hospital, on textbook covers, and in several countries. She was also a member of the Macomb chapter of PEO and a fierce advocate for educational opportunities for women.
She is survived by her daughter Julie McFarland (David), daughter Nancy Heuer-Evans (Kevin), and son Jim Heuer (Karolynn), daughter Kristen Petersen (David), son Ben Robinson, as well as grandchildren Alex McFarland, Camille Brandt (Tim), Rhett Heuer-Rubalcava, Merrick Evans, Jared Evans, Nicole Evans, Jacob Dyer, Emma Heuer, Blake Heuer, Dean Petersen (Nicole), Grant Petersen, Ben Robinson, Jr., Lindsay Gonzales, Dedria Hernandez, and great grandchildren Derrick Petersen, Ben Norris, Kobe Norris, Mychal Robinson, Bentley Robinson, Juan Diaz, Jorge Diaz, Jr., Erika Diaz, Kennedy Hernandez, Kevin Hernandez, and Keyla Hernandez. 

The family will be holding a celebration of life Friday June 14th from 3:30-5:30 pm at the West Central Illinois Regional Arts Center on the square.
Those who wish to make memorial donations may make them to the WCIRAC. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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


Dolly Maxine Kelley, 80, of Macomb

Dolly Maxine Kelley, 80, of Macomb passed away at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019 at her residence.

She was born on October 24, 1938 in Canton to Howard and Ann Matjoski Smith. She married Rex Kelley. He preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and one son, Ralph Ford Jr.

She is survived by 3 daughters, Judy Ford Brien of Rockford, Debbie Ford Payne of Tuscon, Arizona and Lori Ford Titus of Adair; 1 son, James Ford of Macomb and 3 grandchildren, Sean Ford of Almogordo, New Mexico, Tabitha Ford of Bushnell and Amberlee Titus of  Macomb, 2 great grandchildren, Wyatt McCabe and Ellie Jo McCabe, both of Macomb.

Dolly has lived in Macomb since 2015.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at  the Kiljordan Rec. Center, 1601 East Jackson Street, Macomb. 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