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.
Tour Serenity Villa with Dave Blunier!
Click here to see videos recorded on Feb. 1, 2018.
You can see the progress being made on our beautiful new home!
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.
Photo of the Serenity Villa building site before ground-breaking.
Please join us for the ground-breaking ceremony at 4:30 pm today.
We are grateful that our team has been invited to present information about Serenity Villa to several area organizations, including Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC), Fairbury Rotary Club, Fairbury Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Fairbury Woman's Club (GFWC). If you have a group that would be interested in knowing more about Serenity Villa, please contact Dave Blunier (administrator) and our team will be glad to come for a visit or presentation.
We also appreciated the opportunity to host the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce After-Hours in January and to present community informational meetings.
The Serenity Villa Building and Finance committees are meeting regularly and progress continues. Bids will soon be solicited from area contractors. The plan is to utilize local businesses as much as possible. We are hopeful to break ground in June.
REMINDER: Please join us for Fairview Haven's presentation of Our Journey in Dementia Care - community informational meeting about Serenity Villa. THIS MONDAY, Feb. 13 at 7 pm in the Fairbury Dominy Memorial Library Basement Meeting Room.
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