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Rhonda Ann Floyd


30 November 1977-09 September 2018

Rhonda Ann Floyd age 40 of Bloomington IL formerly of Kankakee passed away at 8:05 AM on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at her residence. The family will receive family and friends from 12 Noon-3:00 PM Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Private inurnment will be held at a later date. The family suggests memorials be made to a charity of the donor’s.

 

Rhonda was born November 30, 1977 in Kankakee, Illinois the daughter of Robert and Barbara Woodall Floyd.

 

Surviving are her 2 sisters, Rene (Jason) Whitaker, St. Anne, IL and Robin ( Mark Atkins) Campbell, Salem IL, 1 niece, Tiffany Campbell, Salem, IL, 1 nephew, Travis Campbell, Cape Girardeau, Missouri and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

Rhonda is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

 

Rhonda owned and operated her own message therapist business in Bloomington, IL.

She enjoyed singing working out and socializing with her friends. Rhonda enjoyed creating artwork through drawing, painting and woodworking. Rhonda was loving sister, aunt and friend she will be missed by all who knew her. Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at www.beckmemorial.com

 

 

Beverly J. Sweeney


02 February 1937-05 September 2018

Beverly J. Sweeney, 81, of Normal, passed away on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 at the McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

 

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded.

 

Beck Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Beverly was born on February 2, 1937 in Bloomington. She is the daughter of Roy and Gladys Pilant Blanchard. She married E.J. Sweeney on May 14, 1955 in Bloomington. He preceded her in death on October 2, 1998.

 

Beverly is survived by her children, Joe Sweeney, Ron Sweeney and Peg Sweeney Wiechmann all of Bloomington. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Natasha, Ronald, Chad, Matthew, Logan and Delaney, several great grandchildren and her sister, Joyce Blanchard, Bloomington. She is preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

 

She worked at GE, Beich Candy Company and Bloomington Credit Bureau. Beverly was very passionate about her family and friends and will be deeply missed.

 

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff at McLean County Nursing Home who took great care of her and the special friends she made during her stay.

 

Nellie Mae Alvey


09 May 1923-31 August 2018
 

Lois Simmons


01 April 1950-19 August 2018

Lois Simmons passed away on Sunday, August 19 at 6:43 am after a short illness.  She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 1,1950. 

 

Surviving are her children, Sally (Bob) Clark of Lexington, Il and John (Krista) Gwin of LeRoy, Il and several grandchildren, Haley and Morgan Gwin of Indiana, Beth and Brett Clark of Lexington, Il and Ashley Van note and Trevor Spires of LeRoy, Il and 2 great grandchildren of LeRoy, il, Ava Van note Wahls and Addison Wahls. 

 

There will be a celebration of life on September 1 from 9-11 am with lunch following at LeRoy Christian Church, LeRoy, Il.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Synergy homecare or LeRoy Manor nursing home. 

Come help us celebrate Lois' life and share stories and memories in a casual setting. 

 

Donitta Kaye Hall


27 July 1946-26 August 2018

Donitta Kaye Hall age 72 of Bloomington IL passed away peacefully with her family by her side at 6:40 PM, Sunday, August 26, 2018 at her residence. Her funeral service will be 11:30 A.M. Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. T.J. Neeley will officiate. Entombment will be at East Lawn Mausoleum, Bloomington, IL. Her visitation will be 11:00 AM -11:30 AM Thursday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. The family suggests memorials be made to OSF Hospice Program or Illinois Cancer Care, Bloomington, IL

 

Donitta was born July 27, 1946 in Atlantic, Iowa the daughter of Donald and Jessie Pope Watson. She married Mervill O. Hall on March 25, 1967 in Bloomington, IL. He survives.

 

Also surviving are her 4 daughters, Teresa M. Hall, Bloomington IL, Kimberly D. Hall, Bloomington IL, Katherine R. (Paul) Mitchell, Bloomington, IL,

Sabrina L. (Ron) Sheffield, Eastman, Georgia, 1 grandson, Matthew Mitchell, Bloomington, IL, 3 sisters, Karen (Ron) Long, Normal IL, Billie (Bob) Neeley, St. Elmo, IL, Linda (Steve) Schiller, Bartlett, IL, 4 brothers, Jim (Lois) Watson, El Paso, IL, Larry (Mary) Watson, Bloomington, IL, David Watson, Bloomington, IL and Mike Watson, LeRoy, IL.

 

Donitta is preceded in death by her parents, 1 sister, Wilma Weinzierl and 1 nephew, Bradley Schiller.

 

Donitta worked at the YWCA for 19 years with the infant childcare program. She enjoyed traveling, reading and spending time with her family. Donitta love her beloved dogs “Casey and Shadow.” She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be missed by all who knew her. Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at www.beckmemorial.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcella P. Ballinger


14 November 1929-21 August 2018

Marcella P. Ballinger, 88, of Bloomington, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, (August 21, 2018) at her home.

There will be no visitation. A private family burial will be held at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington will be handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of McLean County.

Marcella was born on November 14, 1929 in Bloomington, a daughter of Francis and Marie Knoth Foster. She worked most of her life as a server and cook at Barneys, The Caboose, and retired from ISU Campus Dining in 1993. After retiring, she enjoyed watching her grandchildren and later watched her great-grandchildren.

Marcella enjoyed spending time with her family, especially the little ones who she often spoiled. She was an avid dog lover and provided unconditional compassion and love to many dogs throughout her life. She loved books and her daily soaps. Those who loved her, knew her for her feisty and sometimes stubborn nature. She was much loved and appreciated for all she did for her family.

Marcella is survived by sons Steven (Cindy) Lee of Birmingham, AL and Gary Ballinger of Clinton; a sister, Virginia King of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Tim Lee, Jackson Hole, WY; Jim (Dawn) Lee, Highland, IN; Steve Lee II, Bloomington; Brandi (Stephen) Stockton, Elpaso, Ill; Justin (Steve) Ballinger, Maui, HI; Angela (Adam) McCrary, Buford, GA; eleven great grandchildren, Jesike Lee, Jaida Lee, Sebastian Lee, Matthew Lee, Tanner Stockton, Tayler Stockton, Steven Lee III, Gabi Lee, Nolan McCrary, Nora McCrary, Lily McCrary; one great-great-grandson, Rhyker Lee Vaughn; one niece, Linda (Mike) Roberts; one nephew, Allan Devine; one great nephew, Tony Cook. She also leaves behind many caring neighbors.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Kenneth Foster; one great-grandson, Jacob Lee.

 

Deborah S. Deerwester


23 October 1957-20 August 2018

Bloomington - Deborah S. Deerwester, 60, Bloomington, passed away at 9:20 a.m. on Monday, August 20th, 2018 at her residence.

A private Celebration of Her Life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to any one of the charities dedicated to elephant philanthropy listed in this link: https://www.elephantand.co/blogs/blog/world-wide-elephant-charities.

Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Deborah was born on October 23rd, 1957 in Bloomington, a daughter to Ed and Rosie Moore.

 

Surviving are her children, Cory (Aubrey) Deerwester of El Paso, IL  and Jake Deerwester of Bloomington, two granddaughters, Carys Deerwester of El Paso, IL and Savanna Deerwester of Holder, IL, two grandsons, Lucas Evans and Drake Deerwester both of Bloomington and two brothers Rick Moore of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Ed Moore of Bloomington. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Greg Moore.

 

Mary A. Smith


21 October 1953-06 August 2018
 

Larry G. Duncan


24 May 1947-09 July 2018
 

Patricia Ann Leach


16 August 1944-25 June 2018
 

Myron Crutcher


13 July 1928-09 June 2018
 

Le Etta Brockway


15 March 1932-09 June 2018
 

Kay Frances Marine


28 November 1950-30 May 2018
 

Yvonne Juanita Vandegraft


05 March 1930-24 May 2018

Yvonne Juanita Vandegraft age 88 of Hudson IL passed away at 3:31 AM on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Normal, IL. Her graveside service will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the Hudson Township Cemetery, Hudson, IL.
Rev. Kendall Coffman will be officiating. Visitation will be 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Tuesday at the Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Hudson Fire Department.

 

She was born March 5, 1930 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Orville and Lorene Thomas Johnson. She married William “Bill” Vandegraft on July 26, 1951 in Hudson, IL. He passed away September 13, 2002.

 

Surviving are her 2 children, Vicky (John ) Brown, Hudson, IL, Rick (Wanda) Vandegraft, Normal, IL, 6 grandchildren, Traci (Flint) DeWitt, Canton, IL, Ryan (Stephanie) Brown, Jackson, TN, Adam Vandegraft, Normal, IL, Kiel (Nichole) Vandegraft, Hudson, IL, Alex Vandegraft, Chicago, IL, Kelly (Chad) Krause, Batavia, IL, 14 great-grandchildren, 6 great great-grandchildren, 1 sister, Darlene Stephens, Bloomington, IL, 1 brother, Bill (Barb) Johnson, Bloomington, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Yvonne is preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister.

 

Yvonne enjoyed playing cards and shopping. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

 

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Gerald Wayne "Babe" Hamblin


19 October 1930-11 May 2018

DOWNS--Gerald Wayne "Babe" Hamblin, 87, of Downs passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at Liberty Village Leroy Manor. His funeral service will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Pastor Thomas Wirsing will officiate.  Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery, Downs, Illinois, immediately following the service.    Visitation 5;00 PM-7:00 PM Monday and 10:00 A.M. -11:00 AM Tuesday, at Beck Memorial Home.

 

Babe was born October 19, 1930, in Stanford, a son of George and Verl Wirrick Hamblin.  He married Maxine Tallon on December 4, 1955 in Downs.  She preceded him in death on October 19, 2002.

 

Surviving are his children, Rodney (Angie) Hamblin, Downs; Sandy Hanes, Machesney Park;  Randy (Rhoby) Hamblin, Bloomington; and Roger Hamblin, Henry;  grandchildren, Josie, Jerin, Beckie, Kristi, Tiffany, Trisha, Jennifer, Anthony, Roger Jr.;  and his great  grandchildren, Jack, Jaelyn, Kaelie, Kelvin, Ellie, Will, Daisy and Connor.   Also surviving is his sister Margie (Dale) Wade, Maroa.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, five brothers and one sister.

 

Babe and Maxine enjoyed farming in the Downs area for most of their lives.  He was fond of his John Deere tractors.  He especially loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Babe never met an animal he didn't like.  He taught his children to try to fix anything and how to care for tools and vehicles. Donations may be made to Wish Bone Canine Rescue or Humane Society of Central Illinois. The family would like to thank  the very special caregivers at Liberty Village Leroy Manor,  and  the doctors, nurses, and staff at OSF St. Joseph's Hospital, who provided Babe with such tender care.

 

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Judith Ann Stevens


31 July 1938-06 May 2018
 

Doris E. Paul


16 November 1937-28 April 2018
 

Victoria Jennings


03 September 1947-21 April 2018
 

Merle David Engle


22 March 1943-18 April 2018
 

Barbara J. Hacker


01 June 1947-17 April 2018

Barbara J. Hacker, age 70, of Normal, IL passed away at 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 surrounded by family and loved ones at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center of Normal, IL.  Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Monday, April 23, 2018 at Beck Memorial Home. Her graveside service will take place at 12:30 p.m. at Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, IL following her visitation. Pastor Lanny Westphal will be officiating. The family requests in lieu of flowers that all memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Barbara was born  to Charles T. and Ruth Hoch Parido on June 1, 1947 in Bloomington, IL.

 

She is survived by Richard H. Hacker of Bloomington, IL and their twin children, Dawn Williams of St. Pete Beach, FL and Charles Hacker & wife Kristin of Bloomington, IL. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Taylor Hacker of Champaign, IL, Chase Hacker of Bloomington, IL, Anthony Williams of Chicago, IL, Autumn Williams of Secor, IL, Ashley (Tony) Logston of Bloomington, IL and her half-sister Jean Hoch of Bloomington, IL.

 

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents and her half-sister Mary Sylvester.

 

Barbara lived in the Bloomington, IL since birth and worked at Bloomington Offset Printing for 20 years. She enjoyed bowling and spending time with her grandchildren. Barbara was loved dearly by her friends and family and her time here on earth will never be forgotten.

 

"John 14:27 Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give peace to you as the world gives. Do not let you hearts be troubled or afraid. "

 

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Michael A. Deerwester


11 August 1948-04 April 2018
 

Ruth Naomi Leipold Rash


02 September 1932-04 April 2018
 

Shirley A. White


19 November 1935-30 March 2018
 

Dorothy Jean McFarland


14 March 1931-03 April 2018

Dorothy Jean McFarland , age 87 of Bloomington Illinois, passed away Tuesday, April 03, 2018. Her graveside service will be 1:00 pm Monday, April 9, 2018 at Lawrenceville City Cemetery, Lawrenceville Illinois. Burial will be next to her husband Harold Edward McFarland.

 

Pastor Russ Veldman with the Free Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, will officiate.

 

Dorothy was born March 14, 1931 in Vincennes, Indiana to parents John Jerome and Ada Ellen Donovan.

 

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Lee McFarland and Harold Randall McFarland of Bloomington Illinois as well as 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grand children.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Il.

 

Raymond Lee "Ray" Merrill


27 July 1939-27 March 2018

 Raymond Lee “Ray”  Merrill age 78 of  Havana, IL formerly of Bloomington, IL

passed away peacefully  at 7:54 AM on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 surrounded by his family at the home of his daughter in Bloomington, IL. His funeral service will be 12 Noon Friday, March 30, 2018 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Pastor Brian Lesemann will be officiating. Visitation will be 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. The family suggests memorials be made to American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

 

Ray was born July 27, 1939 in Bloomington, IL the son of Ray and Bonnie French Merrill. He married Frances Kathryn “Kathy” Charles on  Feb. 14, 1993 in Covell, IL. She survives.

 

 

Also surviving are his 4 children, Cindy Brown, Bloomington IL, Timothy Merrill, Bloomington, IL, Tammy (Mike) Brewer, Bloomington, IL, Dawn Miles, Normal, IL, 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandson,  2 brothers, Vernon (Sharon) Merrill, Heyworth, IL, Bob Merrill, Bloomington, IL and his twin sister, Vie (Ron) Hamilton, Bloomington, IL.

 

Ray is preceded in death by his parents and 1 son, Ray Merrill.

 

 Ray had retired from the Local #99 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at www.beckmemorial.com

 

 

 

 

William "Terry" Henderson


05 July 1966-22 March 2018

William “Terry “ Henderson  age 51 of Normal IL passed away at 11:00 AM on  Thursday, March 22, 2018 in Normal IL. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM-6:00 Friday, March 30, 2018 at the First Assembly of God 800 East Vernon Ave. Normal, IL. Private inurnment will be at a later date. The family suggests memorials be made to his family and may be mailed to Michele Henderson 116 Sandra Lane, Normal IL. 61761. Cremation services provided by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

 

Terry was born July 5, 1966 in Normal, IL the son of William “Tom” and Carole Gibson Henderson. He married Michele Gunderson on April 13, 1990 in Bloomington, IL.  

She survives. 

 

Also surviving is his father, Tom Henderson, Bloomington, IL, 8 children, Madison Henderson, Normal, IL, Logan Henderson, Bloomington, IL, Megan Henderson, Normal, IL, Molli Henderson, Bloomington, IL, Annalei Henderson, Normal, IL, Sophi Henderson, Normal, IL, Hannah Klauzer, Florida and Adrianna Scott, Normal, IL, 3 grandchildren, Gracyn, Carlee and Remington, 3 brothers, Tom (Dawn) Henderson, Bloomington, IL, William Thomas  “Chip “Henderson, Jr., Heyworth, IL and Clint (Lori) Kennedy, San Antonio, TX.

 

Terry is preceded in death by his mother, sister, Cheryl Henderson, 1 granddaughter, Genevieve Henderson.

 

Terry worked at State Farm Insurance Company. He enjoyed riding bicycles and motorcycles.

Terry was a member of Toastmasters. He enjoyed sharing stories with his friends at Denny’s Donuts & Bakery, Bloomington, IL. Terry had a passion for helping less fortunate children. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

 

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Bradford L. "Brad" Bushman


23 August 1949-15 March 2018

Bradford Lyle “Brad” Bushman  age 68 of Normal IL passed away at 2:10 AM on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Heritage Health Care, Normal IL. His memorial service will be at 6:00 PM Thursday, March 22, 2018 at College Park Christian Church 116 Cottage Ave, Normal, IL. Rev. Brent Salm will be officiating. Military rites will be accorded after the service at the church by the VFW Post 454 Bloomington, IL honor guard. The family will receive after the memorial service at the church. Private Inurnment will be at a later date at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, IL. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Advocate BroMenn Hospice. Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

 

Brad was born August 23, 1949 in Sterling, Illinois the son of Lyle H. and E. Bernice Honberger Bushman.                  

 

Surviving are his 2 daughters, Amy (Mike) Siebert, Danvers, IL, Kim (Craig) Stille, Bloomington, IL, 4 grandchildren, Jay & Nick Siebert, Danvers, IL, Lauren & Luke Stille, Bloomington, IL, 2 sisters, Susan Hunt, Todd, N.C. and Karen (Kerry) McMahon, Springfield, IL.

 

Brad is preceded in death by his parents.

 

Brad served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked in sales for Eureka Williams, Bloomington, IL. Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at www.beckmemorial.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pamela Sue Ward-Nelson


14 August 1967-18 February 2018

Pamela Sue Ward-Nelson, 50, passed away on Sunday (February 18, 2018) in her home surrounded by family. Pam was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and showed the true spirit of a warrior as she battled the disease until the end. 

A celebration of life service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1617 E. Emerson St, Bloomington, Illinois 61701, on Saturday, February 24th, at 2 pm.  Friends and family are encouraged to attend a fellowship gathering at the church beginning at noon prior to the service.  Cremation rites were accorded, and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers and should family and friends desire, contributions may be made to the family or to www.youcaring.com (search Pam Nelson).

Pam was born on August 14, 1967 in Bloomington.  She was the daughter of Terry L. Ward Sr. and V. Jane Hines Ward.  She was a graduate of Normal Community High School, Class of 1985. 

Pam is survived by her two sons, Courtney Rockwell, Gibson City and Tyler Nelson, Nicollet, Minn.; and a daughter, Ashlee Nelson, Bloomington; mother, V. Jane Ward, Bloomington; grandmother, Betty Hines, Bloomington; brother, Terry L. (Tina) Ward, Jr., Oswego; nephew, Trent Ward, Oswego; three grandchildren; and two former spouses, Roy Rockwell, Beardstown and Timothy Nelson, Nicollet, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, maternal grandfather, and her father. 

Pam was a social and active woman who loved sports and children.  She was a passionate Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bulls, and St. Louis Cardinals fan.  She volunteered with many organizations during her life, including the Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Clubs.  She loved fishing, outdoors, country music, and her pets.  Recently, she enjoyed hosting rock-painting nights at a local church and placing the rocks around Bloomington.

Pam was a devoted daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend.  Her family and friends will remember her as a caring and compassionate person.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

 

Geraldine Augusta "Gerry" Alexander


24 November 1938-27 January 2018

Geraldine Augusta "Gerry" Alexander, 79, of Normal, formerly of Peoria and Streator, passed away at 6:40 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 27, 2018) in Normal.

Gerry was born Nov. 24, 1938, in Cairo, daughter of Hubert A. and Lillian T. Winfrey. She married John Edward McGhee on Jan. 31, 1960, in Decatur. He preceded her in death on May 9, 1989.

Gerry is survived by four children, Laurie Ann (Jerald) Theel, Normal; John Wesley (Marilyn) McGhee, Atlanta, Ga.; Marcia Lynne (Harold) Dews Jr., Streator, Il.; and Steven Edward (Gayla) McGhee, Noblesville, Ind.; one grandchild, John Elliott McGhee, Noblesville, Ind.; sister, Connie (Thomas "Stan") Stanton, Muncie, Ind.; sister-in-law Arlene Fitts Winfrey, Stone Mountain, Ga.; niece, Lisa Renee Greenwood, Orlando, Fla.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Gerry was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gosby Alexander Sr.; sisters, Theresa Greenwood and Joan Blake; and brothers, Marvin Winfrey and Rudolph Winfrey.

The most important event in Gerry's life was her dedication to Jehovah God. She was baptized May 12, 1968, as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. She loved sharing her faith with any and all who would listen. The fulfillment of Bible prophecy and the resurrection hope of life on a paradise earth were just two of her favorite topics. After retiring as an OB/GYN registered nurse in 1984, she transitioned to a new career volunteering as a full-time minister. Until her death, she served in the Normal congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Bloomington.

Her interests included painting, sewing, poetry, travel and music. She enjoyed playing the piano and violin. Her beautiful singing voice will be missed.

Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1213 E. Emerson St., Bloomington, with Jules Purvis officiating.  In lieu of flowers, her wishes are that donations be made to the worldwide work of Jehovah's Witnesses at www.jw.org.

Gerry will be missed by all, especially her children and grandson.

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Patricia Zella Rosenbaum


08 May 1946-02 February 2018
 

Lewis Norman "Louie" DeVault


14 August 1935-31 January 2018

Lewis Norman “Louie”  DeVault  age 82 of Bloomington, IL, passed away at 7:57 AM   on Wednesday, January 31, 2018  at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL. His funeral service will be 1:00 PM Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Beck Memorial, Bloomington, IL. Rev. Steve Evans will officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington, IL with the Bloomington Police Department conducting Honors. Visitation will be 11:00 AM-1:00 P.M. Saturday at the Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with a Bloomington Police Department Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

 

Louie was born August 14, 1935 in Bloomington, IL the son of  John Lewis and Althea Belle Lane DeVault. He married  Shirley Price  on April 24, 1954 in Bloomington, IL. She survives.

 

Also surviving is his 3 children, Lewis Allan (Brenda) DeVault, Meridan, Mississippi, Kevin (Lauri) DeVault, Bloomington, IL, Vickie (DeWayne) Willhoite, Bloomington, IL,

4 grandchildren, Steven & Vanessa Schahrer, Nathan & Tyler DeVault, 1 step grandson, Justin Wells, 4 great-grandchildren, Dakota, Tiauna, Zarkias and Kamaury and a niece, Carol DeVault, Bloomington, IL.

 

Louie is preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, Clark DeVault, a granddaughter Cassandra Schahrer and his nephew Roger DeVault

 

Louie joined the Bloomington Police Department in 1959 and 1969 he was named “Policeman of the Year”, in 1970 he became a Sergeant and Head of the Training Division and Temporary Chief. In 1973 Louie graduated from the FBI Academy, he became Lieutenant and Acting Police Chief. In 1975 Louie became the Assistant Chief of Police. Later in 1979 he became the President of the McLean County Disaster Council. In 1983 Louie was appointed the Chief of Police for the Bloomington Police Department he helped organize “Task Force 6” while he was Police Chief. Louie retired from Chief of the Department in December of 1987. He enjoyed camping, motorcycles and traveling. Louie was a member of the Blue Knights Motorcycle club. He was a loving husband father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him.

 

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Terry Lee Smith


07 January 1951-26 January 2018
 

Ramona F. Brown Spears


01 May 1929-17 January 2018
 

Thomas "Tom" M. Bounds


04 July 1954-18 January 2018
 

Carl H. Hoog


01 January 1936-14 January 2018
 

Frances H. Wollrab


07 July 1920-12 January 2018

Frances Louise Helmer Wollrab, 97, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully Friday (Jan. 12, 2018) with her family at her side. She had been at Heritage Health, Normal, since June 2017.

 

A celebration of life will be scheduled by her family at a later date.

 

Frances was born July 7, 1920, in Jackson, Tenn., to Adrian Edward and Ione Fite Helmer. She had two siblings who predeceased her, James Helmer and Elizabeth Helmer Clark. Her family moved to Piedmont, Calif., when she was very young, where she graduated from Piedmont High School and attended the University of California at Berkeley. She had many fond memories of her childhood that she often shared with her children and friends.

 

During World War II Fran met her husband, James Culver Wollrab, in San Francisco, Calif. They were married Oct. 19, 1943, in Bloomington. After his service in the U.S. Navy, they lived for two years in Champaign while he attended law school after which they moved back to Bloomington and raised six children together. Jim passed away Jan. 1, 1989.

 

Surviving are their children, James Wollrab Jr., Boulder, Colo.; Vicki (Don) Marvel, Eugene, Ore.; Fred (Deb) Wollrab, Bloomington; Wendy (Mark) Bardwell, Bloomington; John (Laurie) Wollrab, Normal; and Bill (Vera) Wollrab, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Anne Marvel Chrisman, Jason Marvel, Wendy Wollrab, Jamie Wollrab, Brandyn Wollrab, Tom Bardwell, John Bardwell, Alan Bardwell and Summer Wollrab; and 15 great-grandchildren.

 

Fran had many diverse interests and hobbies and was even a bit of an entrepreneur. She loved collecting antiques and owned a small antique shop for a brief time. She also had a small business called American Kraft that made the “Dolly Dress Rack” which was sold in Marshall Fields and local toy shops. She enjoyed reading and shared that love with her children. Over the years she enjoyed dabbling in art and photography, traveling with family and friends, volunteering at the Community Players Theater and sharing her cottage in Macatawa, Mich., and her home in Carmel Valley. Fran was able to make several trips to Europe using her membership with the international home exchange program. She truly enjoyed adventures which took her to the backroads and off the beaten path. One of her favorite travel adventures was with her husband when they traveled to Bloomington’s sister city in Asahikawa, Japan, as part of the sister city program. Fran was also a member of the Bloomington Art Association and the Antiquarian club for many years.

 

Frances can be remembered as generous and caring. After World War II, she and Jim sponsored a Russian prima ballerina and her family through the Refugee Relief Program. They assisted her in setting up a ballet program, beginning in their home and then moving her business to a studio in downtown Bloomington. One of her favorite verses of poetry was “help thy brother’s boat to cross and lo thy own shall reach the shore.” Thank you, Frannie.

 

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is handling arrangements. Condolences may be left at beckmemorial.com.

 

Sue Jackson

 

Marian F. Shepherd


02 May 1919-12 January 2018

Marian F. Shepherd, 98 of Normal, Illinois, passed away on January 12, 2018 at 5:15am at Heritage Health Care, Normal.

Marian’s graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:30pm at Park Hill Mausoleum, Bloomington. Her Great Nephew Larry Peak officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or charity of the donor’s choice.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

 

Marian was born on May 2, 1919 in Peoria, Illinois. She is the daughter of Claude and Mae (Callahan) Williard. She was happily married for 68 years to Lowell “Butch” Shepherd.  They were married on June 21, 1941 in St. Louis, MO,  He preceded her in death in 2009.

 

Marian is survived by several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. 

 

After graduating high school she attended Browns Buisness School. She worked as a secretary for Unit 5 School District.  For her 23 years of service, she was presented a paving brick by the Unit 5 board of education in 2016, for service to 3 principals at NCHS, 1958-1981.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Heritage Manor Normal, and her good friend and roommate Millie.

 

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George E. Kinsel Sr.


06 June 1940-08 January 2018
 

Lloyd Mowrer


14 July 1945-09 January 2018

 Lloyd Mowrer age 72 of Bloomington, IL passed away at 1:58 AM on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 at Meadows Mennonite Nursing Home, Chenoa, IL. His memorial service will 11:00 AM Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Beck Memorial Home 209 E. Grove St. Bloomington, IL. Pastor Randie White will be officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Saturday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL  Private inurnment will be at a later date at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Animal Protection League of Illinois PO Box 222, Bloomington IL 61702-0222

 

Lloyd was born July 14, 1945 in Bloomington, IL the son of Charles Edward and Helen Key Mowrer. He married Dianne Pumphrey on October 19, 1968 in at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bloomington, IL. She survives.

 

Also surviving is his son, Christopher (Tami) Mowrer, Tolono, IL, 2 grandchildren, Andrew and Alex Mowrer, Tolono, IL.

                                                             

Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Charles and Alan Mowrer and a sister-in-law Katherine Mowrer.

 

 Lloyd served in the US air Force during the Vietnam War from 1964-1968.

He was an Inventory Control Specialist for General Electric, Bloomington, IL and later worked at Redneck Trailer Supply, Bloomington. Lloyd enjoyed going to car shows, building computers and photography. He was an avid animal enthusiast.

 

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Pauline I. Turner


31 December 1928-31 December 2017
 

Ronald LeRoy Kaiser


18 May 1930-30 December 2017

Ronald LeRoy "Ron" Kaiser age 87 of Normal IL passed away at 11:30 P.M. on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Heritage Health Care, Normal IL. His memorial service will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with military rites accorded by the Bloomington -Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Rev. Vaughn Hoffman will be officiating. Visitation will be 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Monday, January 8, 2018 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Private inurnment will be Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb, IL at a later date.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Ron was born May 18, 1930 in DeKalb, IL the son of Glenn and Mildred Lawrence Kaiser                                                           

 

Ron married Arlene Loraas on February 3, 1953 in Green Cove Springs, Florida.  She passed away December 21, 2010.    

 

Surviving are his 4 children, Connie Bass, Normal, IL, Karl Kaiser, Normal IL, Jean Kaiser, Normal, IL, John (Veronica ) Kaiser, Stanford, IL, 6 grandchildren, Ron (Laura) Bass, David Kaiser, Jason (Stacey) Kaiser, Jeff (Brandi) Kaiser, Kasey Kaiser, Lynnsay Knell, 6 great-grandchildren, Noah, Kaylee, Joshua, Landon, Campbell and Karsyn.

 

Ron is preceded in death by his parents, 4 sons, Martin, David, Richard and Ronald Kaiser, 3 sisters and1 infant brother.

 

Ron served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict 1952-1954.

Ron was a Police Officer for the City of Bloomington for 20 years from 1961-1981 and later he was a Guard for Loomis for 34 years from 1962-1996. He was a member of the Bloomington American Legion and Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, IL. Ron was a loving father, grandfather and great- grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him.

 

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Alyssa Grace Holloman


12 December 2017-12 December 2017

 Alyssa Grace  Holloman of Bloomington, IL was stillborn on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 4:43 PM  at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington IL.  A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. The family suggests memorials be made to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Peoria, IL.

 

She is survived by her parents Michael Cleveland and Jamie Lynn Holloman, Bloomington, IL, 2 sisters, Bailey and Kaitlyn at home Bloomington, IL, maternal grandmother,

 Cathy Allison-Zeine, Bloomington, IL, paternal grandfather, Robert A. (Stella) Holloman, Sebring, FL, and her  paternal grandmother, Elizabeth (Jerry Duckworth)  Holloman, Homer, IL.

 

Alyssa is preceded in death by maternal grandfather, J. David Zeine.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL

 

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Carol Jean East


23 August 1938-12 December 2017

Carol Jean East age 79 of Normal IL and formerly of Streator passed away at 6:08 PM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Heritage Health, Normal IL. Visitation will be 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Friday, December 15, 2017 at Beck Memorial Home 209 E. Grove St., Bloomington, IL. Her funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Rev. Mr. Gayle Cyrulik, Jr. will be officiating. Private inurnment will be at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Streator, Illinois at a later date. The family suggests memorials be made to OSF Hospice Program or a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Carol was born August 23, 1938 in Streator, IL the daughter of Lawrence and Priscilla Heinbucher East.

 

 

Surviving is her brother, Robert L. (Alberta ) East, Streator, IL and several nieces and nephews.

 

Carol is preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sharon Voigts.

 

Carol graduated from Woodland High School, Streator, IL. She had worked for Verizon Telephone Company, Bloomington, IL for many years until she retired. Carol had resided at Evergreen Place Assisted Living, Normal, IL for the past year.

 

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Hillie Washington Martin


14 March 1944-30 November 2017

 

Hillie Washington Martin was born on March 14, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Herett and Kathleen Martin.

 

He was raised in a loving Christian home. In his early twenties he re­located from Chicago to Minneapolis for an employment opportunity as a city bus driver. In 1993, he confessed his faith in Christ and never looked back. His greatest achievement and passion was his family. One of the highlights of his life came when he received his ministerial license while living in Minneapolis, MN. Hillie would often speak at alcohol and drug treatment facilities to encourage and teach others on how to live a sober life. In addition, in 1996 he started a small transportation business.

 

Thursday, November 30th at 2:50 pm, Hillie went home to be with the Lord while residing at Heritage Health – Minonk.

 

He leaves to cherish his memory…. Two sons Lorenzo (Shanie) and Kevin; one daughter Renesia; 12 grandchildren, Martavius, Marland, Ken­drick, Loronzo, Lavonzo, D’Ante, Charles, Cha’Tez, Christopher, Si­mone, Charmonique, Ashayla; two sisters Mattie Blackman, Kathleen L. White, Jr. (Terrance); brother Samuel N. Martin, and and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends. He is also survived by his former wife, Lillian Rush.

 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald L. Stone.

 

 

Wilma D. Hilton


05 April 1920-08 November 2017
 

Edward J. Nusbaum


31 December 1934-22 October 2017
 

Carl E. Watkins


30 July 1939-09 October 2017
 

Goldie M. Shickel


28 March 1924-05 October 2017
 

Richard W. Lovins


11 February 1945-10 September 2017

 

 

Jodell "Jodi" Derry


20 April 1947-04 August 2017
 

Tiffani Kathleen Zimmerman


20 October 1988-26 August 2017
 

Richard Allen "R.J." Jones


09 September 1975-24 August 2017
 

Dale W. Nelson


15 May 2001-21 August 2017
 

Maria Louise Franklin


24 August 1966-13 August 2017
 

Roy Sparks


05 October 1929-09 August 2017
 

Maude Hazel Baugh


15 August 1919-06 August 2017
 

Ronald Olson


26 March 1934-29 July 2017
 

Albert Franklin Beckenholdt


10 February 1925-25 July 2017
 

Josephine A. "Joann" Daugherty


25 March 1940-14 July 2017

 

 

 

 

William "Junior" H. Grant


06 September 1934-03 July 2017

William “Junior” H. Grant Jr., 82 of Bloomington, passed away on Monday, July 03, 2017 at 3:05am at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Junior’s graveside service will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11am at the Randolph TWP Cemetery, Heyworth with Pastor Linda Vonck officiating. Memorials may be made to the United Church of Heyworth or Humane Society of Central Illinois.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements. Junior was born on September 6, 1934 in Funks Grove, Rural McLean. He is the son of William H. and Laura (Berger) Grant Sr. He married Phyllis Geske on May 2, 1953 in Heyworth. Junior is survived by his wife Phyllis, his children; Connie (Charlie) Wood and Scott (Lora) Grant both of Bloomington, a step grandchild; Cameron Smith, sisters and brother; Karen (Junior) Geske of Heyworth, Mary Kay Mearida of Heyworth and Roger (Stephanie) Grant of Scottsdale, AZ along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded by his parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Junior worked and retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation and was a member of the United Church of Heyworth and Bloomington Moose Lodge 745. He loved antique shopping and was a NASCAR fan. Junior will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

 

 

 

Jonathon Mikel Shelmadine


13 January 1995-26 June 2017
 

Richard George Bickhaus


22 July 1940-20 June 2017
 

Catherine Bays


10 August 1933-27 May 2017
 

Joanne E. Wojciechowski


12 May 1946-31 May 2017
 

Edward Alan Riddle


06 January 1927-19 March 1993
 

John Edward Verbout


14 May 1944-01 June 2017

 

John Edward Verbout, Jr., 73, passed away at home on June 1, 2017 at 3 a.m.in Normal, Illinois. John was born in Kewanee, Illinois on May 14, 1944 to John Edward Verbout, Sr. and Josephine Norton Verbout of Neponset, Illinois, and attended Neponset Grade and High Schools. In high school he met Melanie Holmes, his life-long love.

 

 He is survived by his wife Melanie and two sons, Scott, Chandler, Arizona; and Shawn (Joan), Amherst, New Hampshire; his granddaughter, December Verbout,

Tempe, Arizona; his parents; two brothers, Jay (Barbara) Verbout, Mahomet, Illinois; and Jerry (Cindy) Verbout, Fulshear, Texas; two sisters, Carol Leininger, Bradford, Illinois; and Judy (Gordon) Connor, Farmington, Illinois; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Teresa Schuelke, Chandler, Arizona, was like a daughter to John, and Bernie Dunn was like a brother.

 

John and Melanie began married life in Peoria, Illinois, in 1962 where John worked for Swan Lake Cemetery, Tractor Supply Co. and the U.S. Post Office. After his sons were born, he enrolled at Illinois State University and graduated with his B.S. in Business Education in 1968. He taught bookkeeping and typing, and coached basketball and football at Kewanee High School.  He returned to I.S.U. for graduate work in geography, then began working as an accountant at the university. In 1970 he went on to further graduate study in geology at Montana State University, followed by a return to I.S.U. to work in accounting as an assistant bursar. He supervised the cashiers’ office full-time for twenty-nine years and worked part-time eleven more years after retirement in 1999, for a total of forty years.

 

 John was very proud of his staff and viewed them as friends as well as colleagues. He also often said that he had excellent supervisors, and they were friends as well. During his life he believed in trying to learn more about the world, and to that end he loved reading about banking, investing, history, geography, science, and travel. He especially loved visiting the mountain states of the West and Northwest. He read more than five hundred books during retirement and took many memorable trips with Melanie throughout the United States. He also enjoyed trips with his friends, the Taylors and Schertzes, and with his friend Doug. Planning trips were his happiest times.

            He believed in following The Golden Rule all his life. He loved his family and being with them. He cherished and respected his mother and father, and he was proud of Scott, December, Teresa, Shawn, and Joan. Most of all, he loved his wife of fifty-five years.

 

 Per his wishes, he will be cremated and laid to rest in a private service at Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset, Illinois. Memorials to honor John may be made to Illinois Cancer Care, 3105 Magory Drive, Bloomington, Illinois, 61704. A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, June 17 beginning at noon at the I.S.U. Alumni Center, Room 116, 1101 N. Main St. Normal, Illinois.

 

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Paul Robert Schmidt


18 January 1941-29 May 2017

Paul Robert Schmidt age 76 of Bloomington, IL passed away at 4:56 PM on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL. His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, June 3, 2017 in the chapel at St. John’s Lutheran Church 1617 E. Emerson St Bloomington, IL. Pastor Harold Skillrud will be officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Saturday at the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IL. Private inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude Midwest Affilate at the Children’s Hospital, Peoria, IL or Humane Society of Central Illinois 423 N. Kays Drive, Normal IL. Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

 

 

Paul was born January 18, 1941 in Springfield, IL the son of Paul Louis and Lorraine Birnbaum Schmidt. He married Janenne Fancher on March 18, 1967 in Peoria, IL. She survives.

 

Also surviving are his 2 sons, Paul Andrew Schmidt, Chicago, IL, Matthew Ryan (Jenny) Schmidt, Montgomery, IL, 3 grandchildren, Liam, Henry and Colton Schmidt, Montgomery, IL, and 1 sister, Janet (David) Artz, Lincoln, NE.

 

Paul is preceded in death by his parents.

 

Paul graduated from Illinois State University, Normal, IL with master’s degree. He taught at Freeport High School for a brief time then later went to work at State Farm Insurance Company as Health Underwriter where he worked for many years. Paul was a model train enthusiast. He enjoyed long family car trips to scenic areas. He enjoyed photography and spending time with his family. Paul was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He will be missed by all who knew him.

 

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Scheryl L. Hartley


15 March 1953-28 May 2017
 

Karen Lee Rhoades


19 January 1962-27 May 2017

 

Karen Lee Rhoades age 55 of Normal IL passed away at 11:40 PM on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at her residence. Her graveside service will be 11:00 AM Friday, June 2, 2017 at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Pastor Len Thebarge will officiate. Private family visitation will be 10:00 AM-10:45 AM on Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. The family suggests memorials be made to Grace Church, Normal, IL or Advocate BroMenn Hospice.

 

Karen was born January 19, 1962 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Lloyd Wayne and Janetta Phillips Schuler. She married Scott Rhoades on January 6, 1990 in Rockville, Indiana. He survives.

 

Also surviving are her 3 sons, Nathanial (Brittany) Rhoades, Morris, IL, Nickolas (Taylor) Rhoades, Normal, IL, Aaron Rhoades, Normal, IL, 3 grandchildren, Brennon, Mercy and Jett Rhoades, 1 brother, Mark Schuler, Normal, IL, father in-law , Ronald Rhoades, Murphysboro, TN and her mother in-law, Dennise Rhoades, Diamond Springs, California.

 

Karen is preceded in death by her parents.

 

Karen graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Business Management. She enjoyed painting and arts & crafts. She devoted herself to homeschooling her children and engineering the household. Karen was a member of Grace Church, Normal, IL.

 

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Gregory Scott Hinton


05 June 1952-07 May 2017

Gregory Scott Hinton
(fondly referred to by friends as “Mailman”)

Greg was deeply loved and respected as a husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend.

He was a proud graduate of Valparaiso University receiving two degrees, one in political science and the other in geography, class of 1974.

After working for the I.R.S. for a brief period he then transferred to the U.S.P.S. where he continued to serve as a dedicated mail carrier in LeRoy, IL for many years.

He then enjoyed his retirement where Greg’s passion for sports, music, trains, family, good friends and good times filled his life.

The following email posted by a close friend says it all (Thanks Pete!):

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we mourn the passing of one of our own. Our comrade Greg “Mailman” Hinton has lost the fight and succumbed to organ failure stemming from Lewy Body Dementia...or what many of us would call unnaturally, natural causes.

Mailman was our friend, our neighbor and a voice of reason.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. We all will miss him as a peer and a contemporary.

We will miss his integrity, his humility AND his idiosyncrasies.

We will miss his Bloody Mary’s, his taste in classic rock, his fondness for the ponies.

We will miss his fervent love of sports including the Yankee’s, fantasy football and all things. Valparaiso.

We will miss his grand prognosticating.

We will miss buying him a Coca Cola or a Budweiser, or bumming him a smoke.

We will miss his well-traveled stories and his hippy inclinations.

We will miss his wonderful command of the language and the lexicon that was mostly his own with phrases like “Stunning”, “Just like stealin”, and “Benchbuster”. They were his. They are ours now too.

It brings a smile to OUR face to hear that there was a knowing smile on HIS face, as the bugler played “First Call” for the Kentucky Derby the day before he passed and that his last sips of Budweiser came during the race itself. That day was also his daughter’s anniversary and that, according to jean, you could tell there was no way in hell he was going to let go and bring down the festivities that day.

No, he stubbornly held on just one more night.

Life is unfair, and the last six – eight months have been the ultimate reminder. We watched the man we knew deteriorate into something he was not...and know that now, he is in a better place.

We toast your life Mailman, unafraid to shed tear in your honor...my friend.

We are all better people for having known you...my friend.

Farewell indeed....my friend.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047, 404-935-6444.

 

Corrine Bradford


22 August 1923-09 May 2017
 

Cecil P. Crow


26 January 1941-16 April 2017
 

Franklin James "Frank" Beutow


15 September 1933-13 April 2017
 

Helen Delores Lawson


09 September 1929-25 March 2017
 

M. Joanna Bissey


22 April 1936-24 March 2017
 

Grover "Red" Hite


23 April 1924-23 March 2017
 

Mabel F. Beyer


19 October 1926-23 March 2017
 

Dewey Lovins Jr.


06 October 1932-21 March 2017
 

Patricia Anne Woodard


03 September 1949-20 March 2017
 

Larry Eugene Humble


04 May 1957-19 March 2017
 

Deniese Roach Palmer Tovrea


08 September 1963-06 March 2017
 

David F. Friedman


23 March 1944-08 March 2017
 

Bruce Eric Mitchell I


05 November 1957-03 March 2017
 

GaryL.Smith


22 June 1948-17 February 2017
 

Tai Nguyen


10 August 1969-15 February 2017
 

Sally Louise Robertson


30 July 1943-29 January 2017
 

Daniel L. "Dan" Woodard


12 May 1946-29 January 2017

Daniel L. "Dan' Woodard age 70 of Normal IL passed away at 2:33 AM Sunday, January 29, 2017 at his residence. His memorial service will be 10:30 AM Thursday (February 2, 2017) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Pastor Terry Strom will be officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard at the memorial home.Inurnment will be at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Wednesday at the Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. The family suggests memorials be made to Advocate BroMenn Hospice Program or to the Disabled Veterans Association.

 

Dan was born May 12, 1946 in Bloomington, IL the son of Samuel and Alma Rexroat Woodard. He married Maxine Dubbelde on June 25, 1966 in Bloomington, IL. She survives.

 

Also surviving, 2 sons, Tim (Teresa) Woodard, Normal, IL, Tom Woodard, Bloomington, IL, 2 granddaughters, Katie and Chloe Woodard, Normal, IL and a nephew, Tony Woodard, Illinois.

 

Dan is preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Ron Woodard and a sister in-law Carol Woodard.

 

Dan graduated from Bloomington High School in 1964. He worked for Country Insurance, Bloomington, IL for 38 years retiring in 2003. He served 3 years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Dan was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington IL. He was a wonderful PawPaw to his two granddaughters and a very caring husband, father, uncle, brother in-law, and friend. He enjoyed going to the races and spending winters in Destin Florida while sitting on the balcony drinking a glass of wine watching the Gulf of Mexico. Dan had a very strong faith and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

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Robert Lee “Bob” Robertson


20 December 1937-18 January 2017
 

Mary Lou Vannice


20 September 1932-20 January 2017
 

Arlene M. Jones


25 August 1934-12 January 2017
 

Jean A. McCune


15 February 1937-09 January 2017
 

Bonnie Marie Griffin


06 January 1927-04 January 2017
 

William E. Ruch, Sr.


14 December 1931-22 December 2016
 

James. M. Vandegraft


05 March 1932-06 December 2016

James "Jim" M. Vandegraft passed peacefully on December 6, 2016 at the age of 84. Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Donna;children, Sherri Miller (Jo Fitzgerald) of Danvers, Jim (Robin) of Colfax and Jeff of Whitmire SC.; a sister, Helen Whitacre of Hudson; 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and numerous neices and nephews.

 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sister Janelle and brothers, Bill, Buddy and Jerry.

 

Jim was born on March 5, 1932 in Hudson IL to Jesse and Luscina Vandegraft. He married Donna Aikins on April 5, 1955.

 

He served in the Navy from 1952-1960 with service in the Korean War. He was a life time member of the VFW Post 454 in Bloomington. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, chickens, pidgeons and PeeWee.

 

A graveside memorial service will be planned for the spring. Beck Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Mary Marceline Nickum


06 January 1927-19 March 1993
 

Charles Imig


06 January 1927-19 March 1993
 

Jean Beeson


06 January 1927-19 March 1993
 

Diane Daugherty Brent


28 March 1944-28 November 2016

 

Diane Daugherty Brent, age 72 of Bloomington IL passed away at 4:46 PM on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal IL. Diane will be laid to rest next to her mother Dorothy Daugherty. A private family graveside service will be Thursday (December 1, 2016) at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Humane Society of Central Illinois. Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

Diane was born March 28, 1944 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of   Earl F. and Dorothy Woodward Daugherty.

Surviving are her 3 children, Mark (Patti) Brent, Bloomington, IL, Laura (John) Wright, Atlanta, Georgia , Elizabeth “Beth” Brent, Bloomington IL,6 Grandchildren, William and Robert Brent, Bloomington, IL, Julia, Joanna, Faith and Elle Wright, Atlanta, Georgia,1 sister,Victoria (Rick) Kasper, Wheaton, IL, 2 brothers, David Daugherty, Bloomington, IL and Dyke (Sheryl) Daugherty, Bloomington, IL

Diane is preceded in death by her parents.

Diane graduated from Bloomington High School and received a degree from Illinois State University in Education. She taught elementary school in Joliet, IL. Diane loved birds, flowers, sea shells, owls, nature and history. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Diane loved her grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew her. Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at www.beckmemorial.com

 

Ruth "Tami" Thomasine Rolley


06 January 1927-19 March 1993
 

Paul Edward Turner, Jr.


13 September 1949-02 November 2016

Paul Edward Turner, Jr. age 67 of Bloomington IL passed away at 8:41 AM on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 his residence. His funeral service will be 10:30 AM Saturday (November 5, 2016), at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Pastor Ron Shriver will officiate. Burial will be Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington IL. Visitation will be 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the American Diabetes Assoc.

 

P.T was born September 13, 1949 in Normal, IL the son of Paul Edward and Dixie L. Ryburn Turner Sr. He married Jennie Catherine “Cathy” Waller on April 4, 1975 in Bloomington, IL. She survives. Also surviving, 2 children, Robert “Bobby” (Holly) Turner, Bloomington, IL, Crista (Lyle Wayne) Jones, Bloomington, IL,9 grandchildren.

                                                           

 He is preceded in death by his parents and 1 son, Paul Edward Turner III.

 

 P.T worked for Freedom Oil for almost 40 years, Bloomington, IL. He and Cathy owned and operated the Freedom Oil station for 20 years at 606 N. Clinton St., Bloomington, IL. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved his dog Max.

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Doris Woith


06 January 1927-19 March 1993
 

Karen Denise Moore


09 February 1955-20 October 2016

 

Hubert Lyle Mason


06 January 1927-19 March 1993
 

Niki Swanson


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