Roland Doyle “Bud” Hensley, 88, of Forrest, IL passed away at 11:10 pm on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury, IL.
A memorial service will be held by the family at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Forrest United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will follow services at Forrest Township Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial be made to the JA Folwell American Legion Post 174 in Forrest, IL or the Forrest United Methodist Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest is handling arrangements for the family.
Bud was born on December 23, 1929 in Marietta, Illinois a son of M. Doyle and Elsie Mae (Reneau) Hensley. He married Barbara Jean Sorrells on August 26, 1950 in Macomb, Illinois. She passed away on July 16, 2015; He is also preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, and two sons-in-law.
He is survived by his sister: Marjorie Jennings of Macomb, IL; his children: Rev. Robert Eugene (Michael Helgert) Hensley, Carey Leon Hensley, Cynthia Sue Worley and Sandra Kay Lewis; four grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren.
Bud served his country in the United States Army enlisting in 1948 and discharged into the Army National Guard in 1949. He was recalled back into active duty during the Korean Conflict in 1950 and discharged in December of 1952 with the rank of Artillery Sergeant.
Following discharge from the Army, he relocated his family to Cropsey, Illinois prior to settling in Forrest, IL. Employed by Honegger Farms prior to farming and running the Honegger-Hensley Poultry Farm, one of the largest egg producers in Central Illinois near Forrest for 17 years. After retiring from the poultry business, he spent many years working at Trainor Grain in Forrest, IL.
He was a member of the Forrest United Methodist Church and the JA Folwell American Legion Post 174 in Forrest, IL for 70 years. In the community he served as President of the F-S-W PTA and on the F-S-W Board of Education for several years.
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Christian L. Metz, 89 of Fairbury, died at 2:13 pm, Friday, January 26, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
His funeral will be at 10:00am, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the Apostolic Christian Church of Forrest with Ministers of the Church officiating. Burial will follow at the North Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Forrest.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9-9:45am, Tuesday at the church.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Christian was born March 11, 1928, in rural Forrest the son of Ludwig and Persida Honegger Metz. He married Viola Moser on August 5, 1962. She died October 13, 2013.
Mr. Metz is survived by his siblings, Elizabeth (Lavern) Johnson of Clifton, Esther (Earl) Gerber of Fairbury, Ruth Metz of Fairbury, Ben (Miriam) Metz of Francisville, IN, William (Carol) Metz of Sealy, TX, and Arthur (Betty) Metz of Keizer, OR; 20 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Emil and David.
Christian is a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean Conflict.
He was a farmer in the Strawn area and a member of Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Fairview Haven Retirement Community for their loving care and concern to Christian.
Florence Mary Schmidt, 103, Forrest, died at 3:18 pm Monday, January 22, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be 11:00 am Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with Pastor Roosevelt Smith officiating. Burial will be in the North Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Forrest.
Visitation will be 10:00 – 10:45am Thursday also at the memorial home. The family suggests memorials be given to the Forrest United Methodist Church or Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Mrs. Schmidt was born November 2, 1914 in Romeo, MI the daughter of Dan and Bessie Bollier Yoder. She married William Schmidt on November 22, 1934 in Livingston County, IL. He died on January 13, 1991.
Survivors include four daughters, Kay (Bob) Rinkenberger, Forrest; Carol Hornickle, Fairbury; Barb Wenger, Bloomington; Marilyn (Dick) Todd, Pontiac; nine grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; twenty-two great great grandchildren and three great great great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by three sisters and three grandsons.
Mrs. Schmidt was a member of the Forrest United Methodist Church and an avid Cub Fan.
Shirley Mae Herron, 88, Fairbury, died at 5:03 am Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be 11:00 am Friday, January 19, 2018 at the First Baptist Church, Fairbury with Pastor Daryl Evans officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be 9:00 to 11:00 am Friday also at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to First Baptist Church or Fairview Haven Retirement Community, both of Fairbury. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Herron was born June 13, 1929 in Hannibal, MO the daughter of Orville and Ruby Selleck Rouse. She married Donald L. Herron on January 23, 1948 in Hannibal, MO. He preceded her in death on November 26, 2006.
Survivors include one son, Donald R. (Patricia) Herron, Champaign; one daughter, Connie (Rod) Golladay Stevens, Fairbury;, five grandchildren, Kathy (Gary) Davis, Christy (Frank) Deer, Amy Costa, Joshua (Rebecca) Golladay; Matthew (Carly) Golladay; nine great grandchildren, Brad (Melissa) Davis, Amanda (Tony) Garner, Bryant Deer, Elizabeth Deer, Kristen Costa, Carmeron Costa, Daniel Golladay, Kaitlyn Golladay, Elinor Golladay; two great great grandchildren; two step great great grandchildren; and one sister, Karen (Steve) Raps, St. Charles, MO.
She is preceded in death by one brother.
Mrs. Herron was a member of the First Baptist Church, Fairbury.
Marilyn J. Wyllie 83 of Pontiac, IL died Thursday January 11, 2018 at 6:05PM at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury, IL.
Her funeral will be held on Tuesday January 16, 2018 at 11:00AM at Emington Congregational United Church of Christ with Rev. Grant Speece officiating. A visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00-7:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Emington, IL. Memorials in Marilyn’s name may be made to Emington Congregational United Church of Christ Church or Fairview Haven.
Marilyn was born on November 13, 1934 in Wing, IL a daughter of Reuben and Mildred (Whately) Metz. She married John H. Wyllie on September 15, 1957 in Forrest, IL. He preceded her in death on April 30, 2015.
Surviving are two sons: John (Diane) Wyllie of Pontiac, IL and Scott Wyllie of Emington, IL; one daughter: Jan (Todd) Miller of Pontiac, IL; eight grandchildren: Evan (Rachel Fink) Wyllie, Ryan (Cara) Miller, Christopher Wyllie, Bethany Miller, Casey Wyllie, Emily Miller, Katie Wyllie and Aaron Wyllie; six great grandchildren: Trinity, Nova and Ziva Miller, Bryleigh Fisher, and Seth and Bailee Branscum; two brothers: Ron Metz of Champaign, IL and Wayne Metz of Peoria, IL; one sister: Kay Monahan of Forrest, IL; brother-in-law: Glen Waibel and a special friend: Jim Carroll. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, one sister: Patricia Waibel, sister-in-law: Marilyn Metz and a special uncle; Ray Giovanini.
Marilyn was a 1953 graduate of Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School. She was employed as a receptionist/secretary for Jerome Pearre at the Pontiac Daily Leader and also worked at Klopfenstein Office Supply Store in Pontiac, IL. She later worked at Wyllie Convenience store in Pontiac until retiring in 2009. She was a member of the Emington Congregational Church of Christ. She belonged to the Emington Thursday Evening Club, Emington Community Club. Livingston County Rural Youth and the Pontiac Historical Society. She helped with and was a huge supporter of the Emington July 3rd celebration.
Marilyn’s most cherished time was spent with her family. She also enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren’s activities and spending time with friends.
Cropsey – Erma Jean Hamilton, 93, of Cropsey, passed away at 2:30pm, December 22, 2017, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be held at 11:00am, Wednesday, December 27,2017, at Cropsey United Methodist Church. Pastor Gifty Smith will be officiating. Burial will be in Cropsey Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 10-11:00am also on Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Cropsey United Methodist Church or the donor’s choice of charity.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Erma was born December 27, 1923, in Cropsey the daughter of Arthur and Clara C. Brucker Seifert.
She married Kenneth Hamilton. He passed away in 1992.
Surviving are 10 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter.
Erma was a member of Cropsey United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.
Marilyn E. Dennis, 88, of Fairbury, died at 2:40 pm on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Monday, December 11, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of Fairbury with Pastor Dan Robertson officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family burial will take place at a later date at Dawson Cemetery, Ellsworth.
A visitation will be held from 1-2 pm prior to the service on Monday also at the church in Fairbury. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury has charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church of Fairbury or Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Mrs. Dennis was born on June 3, 1929 in Bloomington, IL, the daughter of Earl and Eleanor (Wikowsky) Zabel. She married James G. Dennis on November 22, 1947 in Cooksville. Her husband James passed away on June 22, 2008. Her parents, one sister, Laverta Hopt and one grandson, Timothy Dennis also preceded her in death.
She is survived by two sons: Rev. David (Rita) Dennis of Knoxville, TN and Daniel B. Dennis of Fairbury; and two nieces, Judy Johnson of Bonita Springs, FL and Susan Vance of Gresham, OR.
Mrs. Dennis graduated from Cooksville High School and attended Kankakee College to obtain her LPN degree. She worked as an LPN at the Fairbury Hospital and later became an LPN and the Director of Nursing at Fairview Haven Retirement Community.
Marilyn was a student of Scripture and served as Deacon and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairbury where she also taught Sunday School for 40 years, she was also a member of the Dorcas Circle of Church and the Shakespeare Club, and a Hospice volunteer.
Fairbury – Thomas H. Keeley Sr., 85 of Fairbury, passed away at 1:55 pm, Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a graveside inurnment with military honors will be 11 am, Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Strawn Cemetery, Strawn.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Tom was born July 9, 1932 in Forrest Twp.; the son of Harold and Mabel (Hartman) Keeley. He married Oleta Scott on September 24, 1954 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Memphis, TN. She passed away February 10, 2017.
Survivors include two children, Tim (Deb) Keeley of Gibson City; and Barb (Roger Embry) Cook of Fairbury; one sister, Joan (Hansie) Haberkorn of Chatsworth; eight grandchildren, Stacey (Brandon) Heldebrandt, Jason Clearwater, Shawn (Joanie) Clearwater, Justin (Maggie) Ziller, Scott Thomas (Brittany) Ziller, Katie (Scott Travis) Ziller, Anna Keeley, Leah (Justin) Quintana and five great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one son, Thomas Keeley Jr.
Tom served in the United States Air Force for 23 years. He loved to travel, and enjoyed fishing with his wife, Oleta. One of their favorite things was collecting rocks from all the places they had traveled to. Tom was a proud man; proud of his family, proud of the life he had made, and proud to have served his country. He loved deeply and will be deeply missed.
Mary Ellen Ifft, 83, Fairbury, died at 10:20 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Apostolic Christian Church, Fairbury 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 the Mary Ellen Ifft memorial fund.
Mrs. Ifft was born April 23, 1934 in Gladstone, Oregon the daughter of Oscar and Mary Ellen Kuenzi. She married Gilbert Leon Ifft on January 14, 1956 in Pontiac, IL. He preceded her in death on August 26, 1997.
Survivors include 3 sons, Leon D. (Lois) Ifft, Kailua, HI; Darrell W. (Pamela) Ifft, Fairbury; Loren J. Ifft, Kailua, HI; 1 daughter, Suzanne K. (David) Provance, Rockton, IL; 12 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 1 brother, Benjamin (Caroline) Bolliger, Salem, Oregon.
She is preceded in death by a son, Daniel and 4 brothers.
Mrs. Ifft was a member of the Fairbury Apostolic Christian Church. She had worked at the Silverton Hospital and the bean fields of Silverton, Oregon. Most recently she had worked at Fairbury Fastener.
Ruth E. Grosshans, 87, Fairbury, died at 11:57 am Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
A private service will be held Wednesday, November 29, 2017 with the ministers of the German Apostolic Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in East Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is assisting with arrangements.
Ruth was born March 22, 1930 in Fairbury the daughter of Fred and Viola Hanni Grosshans.
Surviving is a brother, David (Barbara) Grosshans, Fairbury.
She is preceded in death by 2 brothers and 3 sisters.
Ruth was the oldest of 6 children who lost their mother at a young age. She took on the role of managing the household at the age of 14. She was a very loving and giving person who would do anything for anybody.
She was a member of the German Apostolic Christian Church.
The family would like to thank Fairview Haven Retirement Community for their excellent care of Ruth the past 4 ½ years.
Fairbury – Louise Allen, 87, of Fairbury, passed away at 7:21pm, November 24, 2017, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury. Pastor Tom Krieger will be officiating. Cremation will be accorded following the services with burial at a later date.
Visitation will be held from 4-7:00pm, Friday, December 1, 2017, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or South Eastern Livingston County Ambulance Service.
Louise was born January 4, 1930, in Ford County, the daughter of Ralph and Ruth Decker Hahn.
She married Lowell Allen on October 10, 1975. He survives.
Also surviving are her children, Beverly (Bob) Pearce of Freeland, WA and Janet Brady of Dwight; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and son-in-law, Brad Brady.
Louise was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury. Where she was a faithful servant.
She was a secretary at Fairbury Cable Company for several years.
Louise’s welcoming and fun-loving demeanor will be deeply missed by so many. She was much loved and loved much.
She will be sorely missed by her family.
The final numbers have been tallied for the 2017 Harvest of Sharing Benefit.
We are blessed and thankful to report that the benefit brought in $130,000!
We are so thankful for everyone who supported us!
May God bless you all!
Linked below are the high bids for each item.
Forrest – Lois Clarene Stehle, 87, of Forrest, passed away at 5:07am, November 2, 2017, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be held at 11:00am, Monday, November 6, 2017, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury.
Burial will be in Forrest Township Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 2-5:00pm, Sunday, November 5, 2017 also at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the family or donor’s choice of charity.
Lois was born December 8, 1929, in Cullom the daughter of Lloyd and Velma Stults Blackmore.
She married Ernest Joseph Stehle on December 10, 1947. He died February 17, 2005.
Surviving are her daughter, Phyllis (Jim) Bellot of Forrest; son Joe Stehle of Chatsworth; daughter-in-law, Donna Stehle of Pontiac; sister Illa Mae Paternoster of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Brian (Cindy) Bellot, Jared Bellot, Sarah Bellot, Jeff Stehle, Steven (Misty) Stehle, Connie Friedman; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Lloyd Stehle, and grandson, Cory Bellot.
Lois worked for 20 years Zimmerman True Value Hardware, six years for Hammer True Value and Ben Franklin. She also worked three years for Jamie’s Grocery Store, Forrest.
Sandra Kay Houser, 74, Fairbury, died at 9:50pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
A funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with Pastor Brian King officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth City Cemetery, Chatsworth. The family has requested that all in attendance dress in casual attire.
Visitation will be 11:00 to 11:45 am Saturday also at the memorial home. The family suggest memorials be given to the Sandra Kay Houser memorial fund.
Mrs. Houser was born December 30, 1942 in Fairbury, IL the daughter of Roy and Bertha Crews Sleeth. She married Bobby Houser. He preceded her in death on 1974.
Survivors include two daughters, Ullena (Danny) Offenbacker, Forrest; Dawn Hamilton, Fairbury; one son, Bobby (Angie) Houser, Branson, MO; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter, Tiffany; one grandson, Bobby; one son-in-law, Chris Hamilton and two sisters.
Leroy C. “Roy” Sohn, 82, Fairbury and formerly of Joliet and Lombard died at 1:56 am Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Friday, September 29, 2017 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with ministers of the Apostolic Christian Church, Fairbury officiating. Burial will be in the South Apostolic Christian Cemetery, rural Fairbury.
Visitation will be 1:00 to 3:00 pm Friday also at the memorial home. The family suggests memorials be given to the Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Mr. Sohn was born February 19, 1935 in Forrest the son of Carl and Lydia Hari Sohn. He married Elaine Minnec on January 2, 1972 in Lombard. She preceded him in death on February 24, 2016.
Survivors include their children, David (Staci) Sohn, Clarksville, TN; Jessica Bebar, Naperville; Jeremy (Shae) Sohn, Elk Grove Village; ten grandchildren and one sister, Lucille Sohn, Fairbury.
He is preceded in death by one brother, Harry Sohn.
Mr. Sohn served in the United States Army and was a member of the Joliet Church of Christ.
Dorothy L. Hoffman, 90 of Fairbury died 5:50 pm, Friday, September 22, 2017 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Funeral services will be 10:00am Tuesday, September 26, 2017at the Apostolic Christian Church, Fairbury with Ministers of the Church officiating. Burial will follow at the North Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Forrest.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00pm Monday, September 25, 2017 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45am Tuesday at the church in Fairbury.
Mrs. Hoffman was born January 22, 1927 in Forrest, a daughter to Alphia and Clara Anna (Heinold) Maurer. Her parents, two brothers, Donald Maurer and Ray Maurer and one sister, Helen Zimmerman preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children: Cheryl (Robert) Kaisner, Paul Mark (Mary Jo) Hoffman both of Fairbury; three sisters, Gladys Koehl of Fairbury; Deloris Thomas of Arlington Heights; Wilma Honegger of Peoria; two Brothers, Howard (Eileen)Maurer of Scottsdale, AZ; Larry (Becky) Maurer of Glendale, AZ; also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.
Mrs. Hoffman was employed for many years at Stoller-Maurer Construction, Fairbury. She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church of Fairbury. Dorothy loved her family and her soft gentle spirit will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
The family suggests memorials in lieu of flowers be directed to the Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Serenity Villa, Fairbury.
Top Row: Sunroom looking out towards the courtyard.
Middle Row Left: Windows in the private dining room at the front of the house.
Middle Row Right: Welcome! This is the front door entance.
Bottom Row Left: Courtyard view - bedrooms at the back.
Bottom Row Right: Hallways - views of the courtyard.
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Gladys M. Knapp, 97, of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Fairview Haven Nursing Home in Fairbury. She was born November 5, 1919 in rural Cissna Park on the family farm, where there was no running water and no electricity at the time. Her parents, William and Pauline Karg Baumgartner, preceded her in death in addition to one son, Curtis Knapp. She married Harry A. Knapp on August 31, 1941 in Watseka and he also preceded her in death on December 20, 1991.
She is survived by one son and two daughters-in-law, Bruce (Lisa) Knapp of Normal and Beverly Knapp of Cissna Park.
Mrs. Knapp was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park and Claytonville Civics Club.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. Ministers of the church will officiate. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Fairview Haven Nursing Home in Fairbury.
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