Thank you so much to all who supported our 2019 Harvest of Sharing Benefit Supper and Auction!
1,888 people enjoyed the delectable meal, including dine-in and carry-outs.
The benefit netted in excess of $128,000.
We are so thankful for God's blessings on the event!
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Melvin David Schuler, 92, of Lexington passed away on November 16, 2019 at Serenity Villa, Fairbury.
Mr. Schuler was born March 26, 1927 to David and Myrtle (Rhoda) Schuler of Chenoa. He married Mary Lou Bossingham on November 27, 1949 in Stanford, Illinois. They were blessed with seventy years together. Mary Lou survives.
Those remaining to celebrate his memory are: Dwight Schuler, Lexington; LuAnn (Bryon) Lundell, Phoenix, MD, Paul (Kelly) Schuler, Lexington. Grandchildren include Kelsey Schuler, Naperville,IL, David (Lauren) Schuler, Chenoa, John (Makenzie Kelley) Schuler, Bloomington, Kara (Jason)Yeager, Lutherville, MD, Ericka (Brett) Butler, Baldwin, MD and Allison (Jon) Cook, Baldwin, MD. He has eight great-children.
He is survived by his brother, Gerald (Ramona)Schuler, Chenoa and Carolyn Shane, Chenoa.
Melvin was a life-long farmer and his farming legacy continues with his sons and grandsons. Melvin was a faithful servant of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chenoa his entire life. He was an elder and served in many other committees.
He was a member of the Kiwanis, McClean County Farm Bureau, and a men’s coffee group. Melvin and his wife enjoyed traveling with his many friends and to visit family in Maryland.
A funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 23rd at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chenoa, Illinois. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, November 22nd and also 10:00-10:45 am on Saturday at the church. Family requests memorial contributions be made in Melvin’s memory to Lexington Community Center or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chenoa, Illinois. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa is assisting with arrangements.
Our family would like to thank the staff of Fairview Haven/Serenity Villa and OSF Healthcare Hospice for their excellent and compassionate care of our husband and father.
Forrest – Ernest “Gene” Jones, 84, of Forrest, passed away at 5:36pm, November 15, 2019, at Serenity Villa, Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
His funeral will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at First Baptist Church, Fairbury. Pastor Daryl Evans will be officiating.
Burial will be in Forrest Township Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4-7:00pm, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 also at the First Baptist Church, Fairbury and 9-9:45am on Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Southeastern Livingston County Ambulance Service, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, or the donor’s choice of charity.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Gene was born January 5, 1935, in Pontiac, the son of John “Dick” and Velma Ahrends Jones.
He first married Joyce Spangler and later married Lena Stork Mauser on May 25, 1991.
Surviving are his wife, Lena; children, Ernie (Beth) Jones of Vancouver, WA, Jerry Jones of Pontiac, Ron (Patricia) Jones of Flanagan, and Dale (Valerie) Jones of Pontiac; bonus children, Randy (Kim) Mauser of Saunemin, Shirley Freeland of Gibson City, Linda (Al Hoffman) Diemer of Saunemin, Lori (Dennis) Cheek of Rantoul, Jim (Rose) Mauser of KY, Sharon (Tim) McGuire of Fairbury; 10 grandchildren; 15 bonus grandchildren; many great grandchildren; brother, Jim Jones of Pontiac; and sister, Mary Lou (Larry) Campbell of Crest Hill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law, Terri Jones.
Gene was baptized in the Methodist faith and attended First Baptist Church, Fairbury.
Gene retired from Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac after 27 years in maintenance. After retiring he worked part time for Paternoster Ford.
His love of cars began at an early age working alongside his father at the Dick Jones Ford Garage, Odell.
Alta N. Steidinger, 90, Fairbury, died at 7:18pm, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 pm Friday, November 8, 2019, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. Private funeral services will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with ministers of the Christian Apostolic Church of Fairbury officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, South East Livingston County Ambulance Service, or OSF Hospice.
Miss Steidinger was born March 26, 1929, in Forrest, IL the daughter of Joseph and Bertha Ifft Steidinger.
Surviving are four sisters Vera, Doris, Edna and Alice Steidinger, all of Fairbury, two brothers, George Steidinger, Fairbury and Joseph W. (Dorothy) Steidinger, Forrest, a sister-in-law, Anna Steidinger of Chatsworth, plus many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Ivan and Richard, sister Norma Steidinger, sisters-in-law, Kathryn Steidinger and Caroline Steidinger.
Miss Steidinger was a lifetime resident of the Forrest/Fairbury area and was a member of the Christian Apostolic Church of Fairbury.
Don R. Tate, 85, of Gridley, Il passed away at 12:20 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2019 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.
Don was born March 31, 1934 in Decatur, IL the son of Halbert and Harriett Clarke Tate. He married Marilyn Rinkenberger on April 25, 1954 in El Paso. She survives along with one son James (Carrie) Tate of El Paso; a daughter in law Lucy Tate of Poland; four grandchildren, Jonathan, David, Catherine, and Mary Tate, all of El Paso; and one brother Bill Tate of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son Clarke W. Tate.
Don served in the US Army. He lived in the Chicago and western suburbs, where he was a commercial artist. When he retired, he moved to Gridley.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Gridley Cemetery, Gridley, IL with Rev. Curt Wiegand officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso.
Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka, Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Harvey Samuel Traub, 88, died peacefully on October 21, 2019 at Serenity Villa at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury with his wife, Barbara, at his side. He was born on November 17, 1930 in Strawn, IL, to John G. Traub and Mary Zehr Traub. He was the oldest of nine children. On February 18, 1951, he married his childhood sweetheart, Barbara Joan Weeks. They were married for 68 years.
Harve grew up in the Apostolic Christian church community and at age ten became the “man of the family” when his father suddenly died. He had eight younger siblings and much was expected of Harve. In spite of extraordinary burdens placed on him in childhood, he met the responsibilities put on his shoulders. He dropped out of high school his junior year in order to farm for his family. He took correspondence courses to rejoin high school his senior year and graduate with his class. He was his senior class president. He started his own successful trucking business. However, his dream was to become a lawyer. With the support of Barbara, he became the first in his family to attend college. Then he went on to pursue a law degree at the University of Illinois. On graduation, he joined Honegger’s Corporation in Fairbury as counsel. After a few years, he entered private practice with the Hanley & Phillips firm. Harve loved practicing law as a general practitioner and felt proud to be rated by his peers as an outstanding “A” lawyer through the Martindale Hubbell peer review rating system.
Service to his community also marked Harve’s lifetime. He was proud to be a founding member of SELCAS (SouthEast Livingston County Ambulance Service). He was a 32nd degree Mason and spent many memorable days driving sick children to the Shriner’s Hospitals. He was president of the Fairbury Hospital Board for many years. His enthusiasm for helping people through good governance shone in his role as precinct committeeman, and later Livingston County Republican Central Committee chairman. He was proud to have been selected to be an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1976. Harve’s talents extended to real estate developments in Fairbury, Pontiac, and also in Kalispell, Montana. He was especially proud to have developed Timber Ridge, the beautiful, wooded subdivision in Fairbury, creating homes for a multitude of Fairbury families. He was active in Rotary Club for many years. Harve enjoyed hunting and fishing and his friendships at Knoll Lodge.
Though as a child, he was discouraged from worldly pursuits, nonetheless he sought books, higher learning, and travelling and he actively encouraged his children in these things. His children cherish the many trips that he and Barbara shared with them to inspire and educate them. He and Barbara travelled extensively within the United States and also internationally in Germany, England, France, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, and Mexico. Harve deeply appreciated his family roots in Fairbury but loved the mountains in Montana and later Tucson, Arizona, where they lived for twenty years.
Harve was a member of the Christian faith, having been raised in the Apostolic Christian community and church, later joining the United Methodist Church in Fairbury, and finally the St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson.
He is survived by his wife and also sons Eric, Chama NM, and John (Mary Jane), Mandeville, LA; and his daughters Mary (Correze”Buck”) Cunningham, Borden IN; and Barbara (Mark) Ulbrich, Towanda, IL. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Christopher (Bibiana) Traub, Randall (Deseree) Haurez, Tina (Larry) Beachler, Amanda Traub, Anna (Jimmy) Sines, Brad (Michelle) Cunningham, Joe (Thatsanee) Wiser, and Jessica (Pierce) Groover; and great-grandchildren: Taylor and Erica Traub, Coleman Haurez, Lee and Andrew Beachler, Owen, Jacob, and Luke Sines, Hayden and Dylan Cunningham, Evelyn, Sophie, Magdalena, and Josephine Wiser, and William and Alexandra Groover; five sisters, Dorothy Martin, Evelyn Saal, Ruth Streitmatter, Kathryn Honegger, Marjorie Leman, along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his godchildren Ross, Scott, Janice, and Barbara Vail, the four children of his best friend, Stanley Vail.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Mary Mae Traub and Ida Lou Gundy, and his brother, John Traub.
Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Friday, October 25, 2019 at Duffy Pils Memorial Home in Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45 am Saturday at the church. His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Fairbury. Burial will follow in Avoca Township Cemetery north of Fairbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SELCAS, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, or Fairview Haven Retirement Community.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Fairview Haven/Serenity Villa for their loving service, their dedication, and their kindness.
Marjorie Jean “Bunny” Stephens, 96, Fairbury, died at 7:10 am Friday, October 11, 2019 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 pm Monday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45 am Tuesday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to Fairview Haven Retirement Community or South East Livingston County Ambulance Service.
Marge was born April 20, 1923 in Forrest Twp., IL the daughter of Samuel and Lena Swing Nussbaum Jr. She married Donald J. Stephens on March 14, 1948 in Forrest. He preceded her in death on June 26, 2012.
Survivors include their children, Tarry Knauer, Melanie (Warren) Gillett, Pam Weeks, Sam (Patsy) Stephens, Candy Stephens, all of Fairbury, Doug (Cindy) Stephens, Forrest, eleven grandchildren, Stephanie Nelson, Shannon (Don) Hughes, Kevin (Erica) Knauer, Tori (Chuck) Lemenager, Kelli (Kirk) Reese, Darren Weeks, Brent Weeks, Derek (Brynn) Stephens, Deanna (Josh) DeLong, Dustin Stephens, Austin (Cassi) Stephens, eighteen great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, one brother, Nelson “Bud” (Billie) Nussbaum Sr., Forrest.
She is preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Maurice Nussbaum, one sister, Wilma Knapp, two sons-in-law, Neil Knauer, Jim Weeks and one grandson, Derek Lee Gillett.
Marge was a graduate of Forrest Twp. High School and was their first homecoming queen. She had been employed at Swing Transfer, Forrest Redi Mix, and Harner’s Gift Shop.
She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest, a 4-H leader, member of the Forrest Women’s League, J.A. Folwell Post 174 American Legion Auxiliary and enjoyed crocheting, baking and sewing.
Marge was honored to be a farmer’s wife who helped her husband, Donald on their farm near Wing. She especially took pride in providing the meals and snacks during planting and harvest season. Marge was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She had a smile for everyone and will be greatly missed.
Fairbury – Leona Clara Steffen, 99, of Fairbury, formerly of Forrest and Gibson City, passed away at 10:04pm, Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, October, 8, 2019, at Forrest Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church will officiate. Burial will be in North Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Forrest.
Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:45am, Tuesday also at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Leona was born October 30, 1919, in Oakville, IA, the daughter of Benjamin and Caroline Moser Wiegand. She married Melvin N. Steffen on February 15, 1948, in Forrest. He died December 27, 2018.
Surviving are her brother, David (Ethel) Wiegand of Forrest; sister, Virginia Hilti of Pontiac; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Lester, Paul, Joe, Laverne, Wilbur, and Ben; sisters, Caroline Butikofer and Edith Zimmerman.
Leona owned and operated with her husband, Mel’s Market in Gibson City and Melvin for over 30 years.
She was a member of the Forrest Apostolic Christian Church.
Fairbury – Iola Aberle, 85, of Fairbury, passed away at 9:34pm, September 29, 2019 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, October 3, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Fairbury. Pastor Daryl Evans will be officiating.
Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be held from 4-7:00pm, Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to SELCAS.
Iola was born December 18, 1933, in Forrest, the daughter of Wesley and Clara Steidinger Yoder. She married Robert Aberle on December 15, 1962, in Forrest. He survives.
Also surviving are her daughters, Lynette (Darin) Bazzell and Kelli (Josh) Maquet both of Fairbury; grandchildren, Jacob and Korinne Maquet and Trey and Dylan Bazzell; and sister, Phyllis Gerdes of Fairbury.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.
Iola was a bookkeeper for Fairbury Medical. She also cared for her ailing mother for nine years.
She enjoyed being outdoors and loved time with her grandchildren.
Rosalee E. Kearney, 87 of Gridley, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 21, 2019 at 9:10AM at Serenity Villa Assisted Living, Fairbury,IL.
She was born February 8, 1932 to Vance & Elizabeth (Miller) McFann in Milford, IL.
She married Terry Kearney on April 16, 1955 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bloomington, Illinois. They were happily married for 40 years. He preceded her in death, Dec. 9, 1995. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Lloyd McFann, & one sister, Patricia Mason.
She is survived by her 3 daughters, Margie (Denny) Stauter of Gridley, Linda (Steve) Schrader of Peoria & Kelly (Paul) Schuler of Lexington; eight grandchildren, Brad Bone of Belleville, IL., Brittany (Brady) Heady of Kirkwood, MO, Abbey (Brandon) Stapleton of Indianapolis, IN, Michael & Joseph Schrader of Nashville, TN, Kelsey Schuler of Naperville, IL., David (Lauren) Schuler of Chenoa, IL., John Schuler of Bloomington, IL along with one great grandson, Vance David Schuler.
Rosie was known for her Irish wit and was immensely proud of her Irish heritage. She never met a stranger and her grandchildren were the love of her life.
Our family would like to thank the staff & volunteers of Fairview Haven, Serenity Villa, & OSF Healthcare Hospice for their excellent & compassionate care for our mother & grandmother.
A funeral mass will be held at 11AM, Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in El Paso, IL. Visitation will be two hours prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in El Paso.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairview Haven/Serenity Villa & St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Online tributes and condolences may be made at ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
Fairbury – Merle D. Holmes, 88, of Fairbury, passed away at 1:04 am, September 21, 2019, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Cremation has been accorded.
A graveside service will be held at 11:30am, Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Forrest Township Cemetery. Pastor Tom Krieger will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Merle was born May 27, 1931, in Fairbury, the son of Earl and Lela Moffett Holmes. He married JoAnn Lindenbaum on December 12, 1970, in Pontiac. She survives.
Also surviving are his twin sister, Marge Black of Clearmont, FL and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.
Merle was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean Conflict.
He was an industry foreman for the Illinois Department of Corrections, retiring after 22 years.
Merle was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury, Moose Lodge and Pontiac American Legion Post 78, where he was a member for 67 years.
Arlene Mae Walter, 88, of Fairbury, passed away at 5:35 pm, Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral service will be 10 am, Monday, September 23, 2019 at the Apostolic Christian Church of Fairbury with the ministers of the church officiating. Burial will follow in Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be 2 to 5 pm, Sunday, September 22, 2019, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9 to 9:45 am, prior to her funeral on Monday at the church in Fairbury. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be directed to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Arlene was born March 20, 1931 in Fairbury, the daughter of Christian Edward and Amelia (Metz) Zimmerman. She married Willard C. Walter on March 8, 1952 in Fairbury. Her husband, Willard passed away on November 17, 2004.
Survivors include one son, Dale (Kathy)Walter of Fort Wayne, IN; one daughter, Carol (Tom) Glotfelty of Buford, GA; three grandchildren, Andrew (Adryana) Walter of Marietta, GA; Benjamin Walter of Homestead, FL; and Rachel (Greg) Singleton of Sugar Hill, GA; four great grandchildren, Harper & Sofia Singleton, Gwendolyn Amelia Walter and Lily Walter.
Her parents, three brothers, and five sisters preceded her in death.
Arlene was a 1949 graduate of Forrest Twp. High School and was employed as a legal secretary for Henry Phillips Attorney at Law in Fairbury for over 32 years. Mrs. Walter was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church of Fairbury.
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Fairbury – Robert Louis Wenger, 90, of Fairbury, passed away at 1:48am, September 7, 2019, at Serenity Villa at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
His funeral will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury.
Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be held from 4-7:00pm, Tuesday, September 10, 2019 also at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Boys and Girls Club of Prairie Central or the donor’s choice of charity.
Robert was born January 25, 1929, in rural Forrest the son of Louis and Luella Skinner Wenger. He married Mary Ann Rathbun on October 1, 1949, in Fairbury. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, daughter, Terri (Richard) Wells of Jensen Beach, FL; sons, Dennis (Carol) Wenger and Michael (Jean Ann) Wenger both of Fairbury; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Robert was a lifelong farmer in the Fairbury area and custom shelled corn for over 20 years.
He was a founding member of the Rural Fire District and was on the board of directors for Weston Grain.
Robert brightened commuters lives with his line of horses in the field, that can be seen off of Route 24.
Fairbury – Phyllis M. Tipton, 92, of Fairbury, passed away at 7:45pm, August 18, 2019, at Serenity Villa at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Cremation has been accorded.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury. J.D. Buchenou will be officiating.
Friends may greet the family from 10-11:00am, Wednesday, August 21, 2019, also at the church.
Inurnment will take place privately in Avoca Township Cemetery, Fairbury.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital, First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury, or Paralyzed Veterans.
Phyllis was born August 14, 1927, in Fairbury the daughter of James Garfield and Naoma Ramseyer Drennen.
She married James L. Tipton on July 29, 1950 in Fairbury. He died March 14, 2005.
Surviving are her children, James (Sally) Tipton of Fairbury and Mary L. (Jim) McCambridge of Ft. Collins, CO; grandchildren, Bethany (Aaron) Meiss, Scott (Tiffani) Tipton, Sarah (Jason) Elliott, Wesley (Allison) Stallbohm, and Molly Stallbohm; step-grandchildren, Adam (Maurin) McCambridge, Shannan (Bryan) Olson, and Aaron (Sarah) McCambridge; great-grandchildren, Landon, Kyler, and Lexi Meiss, Aiden and Ally Tipton, Olivia and Parker Elliott, Mack and Drew Stallbohm; step-great-grandchildren, Maddie and Jackson McCambridge, Jay, Lyndsey, and Ty Olson, and Emmett and Daphne McCambridge.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Wilma Hacker and Liz Parmele.
After raising her children Phyllis became the secretary for the First Presbyterian Church in Fairbury and then was the secretary for Westview Elementary School, Fairbury for 27 years.
She was an active lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury. She enjoyed playing Bridge, Euchre, and watching the Cubs.
Phyllis was wonderful homemaker always cooking good healthy meals for her family and being supportive of her children and grandchildren’s events.
Fairbury – Darol H. Johnston, DDS, 101, of Fairbury, passed away at 8:42am, August 8, 2019, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
His funeral will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, August 17, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury. Pastor Dan Robertson will be officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be held from 9-11:00am, Saturday, August 17, 2019, also at the Church.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury or Southeastern Livingston County Ambulance Association.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Dr. Johnston was born February 11, 1918, in Piper City, the son of Ollie and Charlotte Johnson Johnston. He married Jean M. Bocher on May 24, 1941 in Chicago. She died May 7, 2006.
Surviving are his children, Darol “Skip” Johnston of Fairbury, Deborah Holderer of Mahomet, Randolph Johnston of Chicago, Steven (Debra) Johnston of Peoria, Michelle “Mickey” (Dennis) Hallstein of Minier, and Janine Johnston of Lakeland, FL; grandchildren, Tim Holderer, Lisa Ervin, Chip Holderer, Suzanne Johnston, Alyssa Washington, Brenna Piquard, Kelsey Johnston, Stacy Bolen, Thad Hallstein, and Brook Maffett; and, 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters; Phyllis Armfield, Bonnie Flessner, Betty Grosskreutz and brothers; Mitchell, Everett, and Marvin Johnston.
Dr. Johnston was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during WWII in the Pacific Theater. He was a past commander of the John Joda Post 154, American Legion and member of the VFW, Fairbury.
He graduated with a bachelor of science in 1940 from the University of Illinois. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1942 also from the University of Illinois.
He began his dental practice in Fairbury in 1946, retiring in 1990 at the age of 72. He was a member of the McLean County Dental Society and Past President of Livingston Count Board of Health.
Dr. Johnston was an active member of 1st Presbyterian Church in Fairbury where he was a trustee, deacon, elder and Sunday School teacher.
He was also member of the Fairbury Lions Club where is served two terms as president, the Fairbury Jaycees, and past board member of Dominy Library.
Dr. Johnston loved music and was an avid Cubs farm for over 90 years.
Fairbury – Warren R. Ulfers, 92, of Fairbury, passed away at 2:58pm, August 6, 2019, at Fairview Haven Retirement, Fairbury.
His funeral will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, August 10, 2019, at First United Methodist Church, Fairbury. Pastor Ann Champion will be officiating. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral and inurnment will take place at a later date in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be held from 9-11:00am, on Saturday, August 10, 2019, also at the church.
Memorials may be made to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, for the Saturday Morning Doughnut Hour or the First United Methodist Church, Fairbury.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Warren was born February 15, 1927, in rural Fairbury the son of Jacob and Pearl Fefzer Ulfers.
He married Mary Ann Hild on September 28, 1952, in Pekin. She survives.
Also surviving are his daughter, Rebecca (Randall) Litteneker of Piedmont, CA; and grandson Alan (Fiancée Heather Horn) of Los Angeles, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, John Ulfers; and sister, Voda Kilgus.
Warren was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was a life long farmer in the area retiring when he was 83.
He was a past active member the First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury and member of the First United Methodist Church, Fairbury. He volunteered for Head Start and bell ringing for the Salvation Army.
Warren was a Rural Fire Trustee, Avoca Township Trustee for 40 years, member of the board of directors for the Pontiac Mutual Insurance Company, Avoca Township Drainage Commissioner, and was the treasurer for the N & W Property Owners.
Warren led an interesting life covering several centuries. From farming with horses to farming with large tractors; to being one of the first to have electricity to all the modern-day conveniences.
He was a sweet man who cared for, and was truly interested in people, especially kids.
Dorothy E. “Dottie” Freeman 101 of Fairbury, Il. formerly of Clinton, Il. passed away 2:40 A.M. August 1, 2019 at Fairview Haven, Fairbury, Il.
Services will be 11 AM, Friday, August 9, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church, Pontiac, IL with Pastor Tim Hubert officiating. Graveside services will be 3 PM, Friday, August 9, 2019 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Fairview Haven, Fairbury, IL
Dottie was born April 13, 1918 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Edward M. and Carrie M. (Weaver) Stone. She married Gerald A. Freeman August 11, 1935 in Clinton, Il. He passed away September 23, 2002.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Winterland, Fairbury, IL; 10 Grandchildren; 24 Great-Grandchildren; and 7 Great-Great-Grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Kay Freeman, Rockford, IL; and son-in-law, Garry Hayes, California.
Dottie was preceded in death by her parents, son, Richard, daughter, Barbara Hayes, and son-in-law, Lowell Winterland.
Dottie had a strong Christian faith. She loved spending time with her friends and especially her family.
Velma M. Schladenhauffen, 91, Fairbury and formerly of Forrest, died at 2:10 pm Monday, July 29, 2019 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be 10:00 am Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest with the Ministers of the Church officiating. Burial will be in the North Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Forrest.
Visitation will be 3:00 to 7:00 pm Sunday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45 am Monday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Forrest Apostolic Christian Church or OSF Hospice.
Mrs. Schladenhauffen was born August 20, 1927 in Wolcott, IN the daughter of Levi and Emma Hirstein Kropf. She married Eugene Schladenhauffen on May 26, 1951. He died on October 3, 2001.
Survivors include five children, Kathy (Garry) Knauer, Fairbury, Karen (Rick) Bauman, Pontiac, Keith (Gail) Schladenhauffen, Fairbury, Kay (Steve) McBride, Forrest, Kara (Brian) Rinkenberger, Towanda, eighteen grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Vaughan, Jessica (Zach) Shafer, Chad (Leslie) Baumen, Eric Bauman, Adam (Beth) Bauman, Andy (Rachel) Bauman, Ryan (Heidi) Schladenhauffen, Jenna (Kyle) Daniels, Erin and Jodie Bittner, Katie (Filip) Gagovic, Darrin (Salina) McBride, Ashley (Craig) Noe, Erica McBride, Payton McBride, Ryan McBride, Gaige Rinkenberger, Jaidin Rinkenberger, sixteen great grandchildren, two sisters, Arles Kropf, Gladys (Ed) Widmer, one sister-in-law, Anna Belle Schladenhauffen.
She is preceded in death by a great granddaughter.
Mrs. Schladenhauffen worked at Walton’s Department Store, Fairbury until its closing in 1995. She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest.
Robert E. Wharton, 94, Fairbury, died at 3:45 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
His funeral will be at 10:00 am Monday, July 22, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church Fairbury with Pastor Dan Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury where full military rites will be accorded by the Fairbury American Legion and VFW posts.
Visitation will be 2:00 to 5:00 pm Sunday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. The family suggests memorials be given to the John Joda American Legion; Fairbury Speedway; or Fairview Haven Retirement Community.
Bob was born October 6, 1924 in Chicago, IL the son of Van O. and Esther Williams Wharton. He married Betty L. Travis on September 25, 1949 in Fairbury. She preceded him in death on March 26, 2013.
Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Ann Augsburger, one son, Robert V. Wharton, both of Fairbury, grandchildren, Benjamin Wharton, Jodi (Ryan Brunson) Wharton, Matthew (Jayme) Curl, and Jeffery (Bridget) Curl, great grandchildren, Cole Shawback, Dany and Sydnee Wharton, Katy, Tyler, Ellie and Jesslyn Curl, one brother, James (Elizabeth) Wharton, Fairbury.
He is preceded in death by one brother, William “Bill” Wharton.
Bob was proud to have served his country. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served at Anzio Beach, Italy during WWII being discharged in 1945. He was the past commander of the John Joda American Legion Post #54, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury having been a deacon and usher. He loved stock car racing, rebuilding old cars and was an avid Ford fan. He enjoyed camping and traveling but most of all he cherished his time spent with family and friends.
Lucille E. Moser, 88, Fairbury, died at 7:45 pm Monday, July 15, 2019 at OSF St. James-John Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.
Her funeral will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, Fairbury. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury. Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 pm Friday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:30 to 10:15 am Saturday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to the First United Methodist Church, South East Livingston County Ambulance Service or the Boys and Girls Club of Livingston County.
Lucille was born February 1, 1931 in Ashkum, IL the daughter of Robert and Mabel Read Monroe. She married Dean L. Moser on April 29, 1951 in Fairbury. He survives in Fairbury.
Dean and Lucille have five sons, Stephen Moser (deceased) wife, Mary, Monclova, OH, James (Mary Ann) Moser, Zelienople, PA, Gary (Sheri) Moser, Fairbury, Mark (Glenda) Moser, Morton Grove, David (Sheila) Moser, Hinsdale, 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, who brought her much joy.
Also surviving are one brother, Ronald (Sharon) Monroe, Cropsey, one sister, Helen Brown (deceased) husband, Dwight, Falcon Heights, MN.
Lucille was a 1946 graduate of Fairbury Twp. High School. She worked as a bookkeeper at Walton’s Department Store and later she kept the books for the family business Moser and Son Mobil Service Station.
Lucille was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Fairbury singing in the choir for over 40 years. She was very active in her kids’ activities ranging from cub scout den mother to class room mother. She was known as mom to all of her kids’ friends.
Lucille gave back to her community. Over the years she could be found playing the piano at Fairview Haven Retirement Community or the Fairbury Rotary Club. She served as secretary of Meals on Wheels. Lucille was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her memory will live on through those who loved her.
Marilyn Kiper, 83, Fairbury, died at 12:39 am Monday, July 15, 2019 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury with Pastor Corinne Blissard officiating. Burial will follow the service in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be 9 to 10:45 am, Wednesday, July 17, 2019 prior to the service at the church in Fairbury. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be directed to the Fairview Haven Retirement Community or Trinity Lutheran Church both of Fairbury.
Mrs. Kiper was born November 20, 1935 in Ottawa; the daughter of Reinhart George and Margaret Elizabeth (Lenz) Hornecker. She married Boyd Randall Kiper on September 12, 1959 in Ottawa. Her husband, Randall preceded her in death on November 21, 2013. Her parents, and one son, Timothy Randall Kiper also preceded her in death.
Survivors include one son, Tim (Darcie) Kiper, Bloomington; one daughter, Gail (Brad) Gulliford, Forrest; five grandchildren, Derrick, Mitchell and Natalie Gulliford, Ryan and Kyle Kiper.
Mrs. Kiper was a 1953 graduate of Ottawa High School. She began working as an IBM Punch Operator for Libbey-Owens-Ford in Ottawa. She later worked as a florist for Kaisner’s Greenhouse in Fairbury. Along with her husband Randall, she co-owned and operated Randall’s Liquor in Fairbury for many years. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury, where she taught Sunday School and was involved in the Church Choir and Ladies Aid.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved being surrounded by her grandchildren. Her quiet demeanor and compassionate heart will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
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