Mabel Frances Hines, 100, of Fairbury died at 9:30 pm Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral service will be at 11am, Friday, July 27, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. Visitation will be 9-11am also at the memorial home in Fairbury on Friday. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Mrs. Hines was born May 15, 1918 in Greenbrier, MO, the daughter of Ned and Lillie (Hovis) Wagner. She married Eugene Hines on December 31, 1939 in Lebanon, IN. Her husband preceded her in death June 7, 2008. Her parents and two brothers, Glenn Wagner and Dale Wagner also preceded her in death.
Survivors include one daughter, Janice (Harvey) Schieler, Fairbury; one sister, Marilyn Wagner, Brookfield, WI; four grandchildren, Stephanie (Dave) Wieland, Eric (Nancy) Schieler, Keith (Jodi) Schieler, Suzanne (Nate) Wieland, fifteen great-grandchildren, Austin (Angie) Schieler, Abbey (Clayton) Walder, Erin (Jesse) Rieker, Bryce Wieland, Jarod Schieler, Evan (Krista) Wieland, Paige Schieler, Sydney Wieland, Lauren Schieler, Autumn (Ethan) Sperry, Conner Wieland, Noel Schieler, Quinn Schieler, Kyle Schieler, Aiden Wieland and one great-great-grandson, Jesse Sperry.
Mabel was a 1936 graduate of Fairbury Twp. High School. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fairbury, Merrymaker’s Club of Fairbury, and belonged to the Livingston County Home Extension. She, along with her husband Gene, enjoyed motorcycle trips and events through the years. They loved to travel and spent many winters in the southern states. Mabel was a beautiful seamstress.
The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to Fairview Haven Retirement Community and to Dr. Sam Steffen for the loving care given to our mother and grandmother.
Doris Evelyn Kachelmuss, 89, Fairbury, died at 7:08 pm Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be 10:00 am Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest with the ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the South Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 pm Friday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45 am Saturday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Doris was born April 3, 1929 in Strawn, IL the daughter of Samuel and Louise Koehl Zimmerman. She married Raymond Steffen on August 22, 1948 in Pontiac. He preceded her in death on November 7, 1993. She then married Clarence Kachelmuss on June 23, 1999 in Forrest. He preceded her in death on December 30, 2000.
Survivors include two daughters, Connie (Norm) Hoerr, Eureka, LaRae (Pete) Walter, Fairbury, three step daughters, Carol Robbins, Nancy Martin and Shirley (Ernie) Herman, all of Denton, Texas, one step son, James (Becky) Kachelmuss, Bloomington, six grandchildren, twelve step grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, twenty-five step great grandchildren and one step great grandchild.
She is preceded in death by a brother, Lester Zimmerman.
Doris was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest. She was a loving mother, grandmother and caregiver who will be deeply missed.
Nancy L. Ifft, 80, Fairbury, died at 3:43 pm Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be 2:00 pm Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the First Baptist Church, Fairbury with Pastor Daryl Evans officiating. Burial will be in Avoca Twp. Cemetery, rural Fairbury. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday and 1:00 to 1:45 pm Thursday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to the Fairbury Echoes Museum or the American Red Cross of the Heartland. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is assisting with arrangements.
Nancy was born September 4, 1937 in Glasgow, KY the daughter of A. Gordon and Georgie Mae Houchens Pitcock. She married Arnold V. Ifft on April 28, 1957 in Fairbury. He survives in Fairbury.
Also surviving are their children, Jeff (Cindy) Ifft, Dede (John) Traub, both of Fairbury, Eric (Barbara) Ifft, Morton, Alan (Teressa) Ifft, Highland, IL, twelve grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one brother, Terry (Linda) Pitcock, San Antonio, TX.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Nancy was a homemaker and farm wife who volunteered her time endlessly. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Fairbury and was the children’s librarian at Dominy Memorial Library for 21 years. She received Fairbury’s Citizen of the Year award in 1990 and continued to volunteer her time until her final days.
Norma Aldine Fehr, 80, Fairbury, died at 7:00 am Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Her funeral will be 10:00 am Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Apostolic Christian Church, Fairbury with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Fairbury Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45 am Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Mrs. Fehr was born January 2, 1938 in Watseka, IL the daughter of Levi A. and Charlma Chelsa Franklin Young. She married Wayne Richard Fehr on July 23, 1960 in Fountain Creek, IL. He survives in Fairbury.
Also surviving are their children, Nada (Jim) Cagle, Ogden, IL, Nathan (Marsha) Fehr, Anthony (Lila) Fehr, Crystal (Roger) Miller, Charles (Kathy) Fehr, Daniel (Rebekah) Fehr, all of Fairbury, Orlyn T. Fehr, Indianapolis, IN, fifteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, four sisters, Elaine Schmid, Fairbury, Joanne (Urban) Kaeb, Cissna Park, Beverly (Paul) Lanz, Strawn, Janet (John) Terry, Danville, and one brother, Wendell (Dorothy) Young, Cissna Park.
She is preceded in death by two sisters.
Mrs. Fehr was a member of the Fairbury Apostolic Christian Church.
Margaret Ann Tinges, 89 of Fairbury, passed away at 7:43 pm, Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Funeral Service will be 11 am, Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Chenoa with Pastor Edward Huddleson officiating. Interment will follow the service in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 pm, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa; and 10 to 10:45 am, Thursday, prior to the funeral at the church in Chenoa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Chenoa, SELCAS of Fairbury or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Margaret was born December 17, 1928 in Eppards Point Twp., IL; the daughter of Roy A. and Christine E. (Roeseller) Jacobs. She married Ronald W. Tinges on February 19, 1949 in Chenoa. Her husband preceded her in death on September 23, 2000. Her parents and one daughter-in-law, Diane Tinges, also preceded her in death.
Survivors include three sons, Mark (Kathy) Tinges of Southlake, TX; Darryl (Lorri) Tinges of Fairbury; Jay (Debbie Terrell) Tinges of Marion; six grandchildren, Jason Tinges of Southlake, TX; Christine (Mick) Villers of Flower Mound, TX; Carra Tinges of Chicago; Jesse Tinges of Pontiac; Robert (Megan) Casper of Kappa; and Amy (Jason) Bauman of Chenoa; five great-grandchildren and two sister in-laws, Shirley Stymiest of Manville and Sally Kauffman of Chenoa.
Margaret was a graduate of Chenoa Community High School and attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville.
Margaret was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Chenoa, where she taught Sunday school and Bible school and was the Sunday school treasurer for many years, She was also a Cub Scout Den Mother, was one of the original members of the Eppards Point Twp. Women’s Sunshine Club, and a lifelong member of the Chenoa Historical Society. Margaret was an Avon representative for 46 years and qualified for the President’s Club for 35 consecutive years in the business.
She was awarded the Pontiac Business and Professional Women’s Club “Woman of the Year” in 1980. She was loved to the end of her days and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Tree planting today at Serenity Villa in memory of Mark Aberle. Steidinger Brothers in Fairbury (where Mark was employed) donated the tree.
Mokena - Darlene L. Stahl, 84, passed away at 2:36 am on Saturday, May 19, 2018 and was immediately reunited with her loving husband, Kenneth Stahl who has been waiting for her since August of 2008. Together again they will continue to keep a watchful eye over their family.
Darlene was born on January 12, 1934 to Robert and Edna Ruth Maxey in Kinmundy, Illinois. She graduated from Freeport High School and spent most of her life in Champaign raising her children and supporting her Champaign firefighter husband. She was the chief cook and bottle washer for the Stahl clan and the rock behind the scenes for her husband. She spent over 25 years providing home daycare services to many children and did such a great job, those children grew up and then brought their children to Darlene for care. She is “mom” to many more kids than her own. She ran the daycare operation with military precision; all the time providing love and support to all who came in to her house. Darlene never turned anyone away and helped in any way possible. In later life Darlene and Ken enjoyed retirement at Bayles Lake in Loda, Illinois and later moved to Mahomet. Over the past several years she has battled the various stages of Alzheimer’s and has finally been relieved of her suffering. Darlene and Ken can now be together without the perils of mortal life.
They were married on April 14, 1952 and have six children whom all survive. They are Michael (Tonya) Stahl, Ellen (Mark) Stevens, Sandra (Gary) Thompson, Melanie (Steve) Fawbush, William Stahl and Dennis (Amy) Stahl. They have 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Darlene and Ken will be busy keeping watch over everyone!
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Edna Ruth Maxey, sister-in-law’s Jean Maxey and Kathy Maxey, brother-in-law Knox Gardner, her mother and father-in- law, Kenneth and Maud Stahl. Darlene is also survived by her five siblings, George Maxey, Loren (June) Maxey, Dorene Gardner (twin sister), Richard (Marsha) Maxey, and Roger (Daisey) Maxey, a sister-in-law Carol (Robert) Wooster also survives, and many nieces and nephews will also keep Darlene in their hearts and minds.
Darlene welcomed everyone into her home and many of her children’s friends were regulars at the kitchen table. Darlene made sure nobody left their home hungry. She had a great smile and was never afraid to tackle a project. Darlene will be missed but never forgotten.
A special thanks to Dr. Jennifer Stevens (granddaughter) who provided her medical care over the last few years and to Ellen (daughter) for taking care of Darlene by visiting with her every week and making sure she had everything she needed. And a special thanks to the wonderful staff at Fairview Haven for taking excellent care of Darlene.
There will be a memorial service held at 10:30 am on Friday, May 25th at Owens Funeral Home, 101 North Elm Street, Champaign. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers the family would prefer memorial contributions in honor of Darlene and Ken, please send it to Fairview Haven at 605 N. 4th Street, Fairbury, Illinois 61739 in care of the Good Samaritan Fund or to the Champaign Firefighters Local 1260 Charities Fund in care of Station 1, 307 S. Randolph in Champaign, Illinois 61820.
Wayne M. Honegger, 90, a resident of Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury, died at 1:28 am Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
His funeral will be at 10:00 am Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Fairbury Apostolic Christian Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45 am Friday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Mr. Honegger was born November 26, 1927 in Forrest the son of Paul and Martha Waibel Honegger. He married Eleanor Walter on March 12, 1950 in Fairbury. She survives in Fairbury.
Other survivors include two daughters, Jane (Gary) Brown, Saunemin, Kay (Chris) Steffen, Fairbury, and two sons, Paul (Amy) Honegger, Forrest, Gregg (Michelle) Honegger, Forrest, seventeen grandchildren, forty great grandchildren, four sisters, Mildred Zimmerman, Forrest, Eileen Getz, Chalmers, IN, Evelyn Zorn, Towanda and Nancy (Lloyd) Bachtold, Fairbury.
He is preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Mr. Honegger was a lifetime Forrest area farmer. His love for others and his gift for conversation left no one a stranger. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be missed dearly.
Norma M. Steidinger, 82, Fairbury, died at 10:39pm, Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Fairview Haven, Fairbury.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 pm Monday, April 23, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. Private funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with minsters 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 or South East Livingston County Ambulance Service, both in Fairbury.
Miss Steidinger was born May 7, 1935, in Forrest, IL the son of Joseph and Bertha Ifft Steidinger.
Surviving are five sisters Alta, Vera, Doris, Edna and Alice Steidinger, all of Fairbury, three brothers, Ivan Steidinger, Fairbury, George Steidinger, Fairbury and Joseph W. (Dorothy) Steidinger, Forrest, a sister-in-law, Anna Steidinger, plus many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Richard, sisters-in-law, Kathryn Steidinger and Caroline Steidinger.
Miss Steidinger was a lifetime resident of the Forrest/Fairbury area, worked in the sewing industry, and was a member of the Christian Apostolic Church of Fairbury.
Lois Ruth Haab, 92, of Forrest, IL passed away at 2:10 am on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury, IL.
Her funeral will be at 10:00 am on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Forrest United Methodist Church in Forrest with Pastors Roosevelt Smith and Sharon Monroe officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will follow services at Forrest Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Forrest United Methodist Church or Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury, IL.
Ruth was born October 3, 1925, a daughter to John W. and Della (Clark) Monroe. She married Wilbur J. Haab on July 17, 1949 at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Reddick, IL. He preceded her in death on October 9, 2012.
Surviving are her children: Dale (Gayle) Haab, Roscoe, IL; Susan (Henry) Stork, Lynn (Mike) Barnett and Dennis Haab all of Forrest; Judy (Rick) Hill, Blue Springs, MO; Steve (Teresa) Haab, Monument, CO; and Karen (Mark) VandenBranden, McCordsville, IN and Inger Helene (Kjell Ove) Nordeide, Førde, Norway. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; a sister Betty Couts, Denver, CO; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother: David Monroe; a sister, Valiere Burke; and son-in-law: Daniel Shipley.
Ruth graduate of the University of Illinois, graduating in 1947 with a degree in Home Economics. She first taught at Forrest High School and then at Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School—teaching Home Economics, Health and P.E. She retired from teaching in 1985, but continued to substitute until 2010.
She was a member of the Forrest Woman’s Club, the Forrest Legion Auxiliary, the Forrest United Methodist Women and lifelong member of the Methodist Church; where she was a Sunday School Teacher for more than 50 years.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Ruth’s spirit and caring nature was an inspiration to all whom she knew or came in contact with. She was dearly loved by her family and will be greatly missed.
The family would like to thank the staff and those friends at Fairview Haven for all the love and support shown to our mother during her stay. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
Fairbury – Mary Ruth Ricketts, 90, of Fairbury, passed away at 2:10am, April 1, 2018, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
He funeral will be held at 1:00pm, on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury. Pastor Tom Krieger will be officiating.
Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00pm, also on Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Southeastern Livingston County Ambulance Service, Trinity Lutheran Church, or Alzheimer’s Association.
Mary Ruth was born November 13,1927, in Wing, the daughter of Shelby Ezra and Clella Maude Perkins Stephens. She married Lyle K. Ricketts on October 11, 1946, in Fairbury. He passed away on November 16, 1984.
Surviving are her children, Kathy (Don) Poppe, Steven L. Ricketts, and Jan (John) Reis all of Fairbury; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; sister Hazel Honzik of FL and brother, Thomas (Carolyn) Stephens.
She was preceded in death by one infant son, one daughter, two grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters.
Mary Ruth is a 1945 graduate of Saunemin High School. She was a sales clerk for Walton’s Department Store, Fairbury and last worked at the local floral shop until she retired at the age of 80.
She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury where she was very active and a part of the WELCA.
Mary Ruth volunteered for the American Red Cross. the Westview reading program, and the Helen Lewis Smith Pavilion. She especially loved her time volunteering in floral hall at the fair.
Mary Ruth never knew a stranger because of the love and value she placed in her friendships and family.
Mildred Allen, 99, of Fairbury, formerly of Forrest, IL passed away at 4:42 pm on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury, IL.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest, IL and from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Forrest United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday at Forrest United Methodist Church. Burial will follow services at Forrest Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury or OSF Hospice.
She was born January 30, 1919 in Forrest a daughter of Roy and Martha (Haab) Metz.
Mildred attended the Miller Country School for 8 years. She then went to Forrest Township High School for 2 years. She loved math, a talent which she made use of throughout her life.
She married Everett Masters on November 21, 1940 in Forrest, IL. He died in action in New Guinea on July 13, 1944. She later married Cyril Allen on November 3, 1949 in Forrest, IL. He passed away on March 23, 1970. During their marriage they hosted foreign exchange student, Fernando Claudio, with whom she has maintained contact and considered him a part of her family.
Mildred held many jobs in her lifetime. She did housework for area families usually helping after a new baby was born; she earned $5 per week.
She worked for 10 years at Honegger’s; she also worked at Forrest Hotel and Bachtold Brothers.
Mildred was very active in the Forrest United Methodist Church where she was a member. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1944, and Forrest Women’s Club. She volunteered at Fairbury Hospital snack bar.
She enjoyed doing fabric crafts and cooking. She also loved traveling. An event she fondly anticipated was the “Branson Bus” trip which she enjoyed with family and friends annually for 20 years.
Mildred moved to Fairview Estates assisted living in 2002. She then moved to Fairview Haven in 2010.
She is survived by her sister: Royalene Toombs. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: Earl and Ivan, and her sisters: MaryAnn Plattner, Ruth Thiel, and Betty Nussbaum.
Rhonda Jeanne Abbey, 62 of Cropsey, passed away at 5:35 am, Friday, March 2, 2018 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Funeral Service will be 11 am, Friday, March 9, 2018 at Cropsey United Methodist Church, Cropsey with Pastor Gifty Smith officiating. Interment will follow the service in Cropsey Cemetery, Cropsey.
Visitation will be 3 to 8 pm, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury; and 10 to 10:45 am, Friday, prior to the funeral at the church in Cropsey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Community Cancer Center in Normal, Cropsey United Methodist Church, or the Cropsey Area Community Fund – Park Project.
Rhonda was born April 14, 1955 in Fairbury, the daughter of George and Shirley (Griswold) Dohman. She married Jeff Abbey on April 20, 1974 in Fairbury. Her husband survives in Cropsey. Her parents and mother-in-law Lois Abbey preceded her in death.
Other survivors include three children, Brett Abbey of Madison, WI; Ryan (Tanya) Abbey of Gurnee, IL; Nicole (Mike) Wolf of Fairbury; four grandchildren, Madelyn and Emma Wolf, and Thomas and George Abbey; three brothers, Ron (Carla) Dohman of Fairbury; John (Judy) Dohman of Gridley; Philip (Guylaine) Dohman of Fairbury; treasured father in-law James Abbey of Fairbury.
Rhonda was a member of the Cropsey United Methodist Church, Cropsey where she served as Treasurer for many years. She was employed by Mr. Timber, Honegger’s, Citizen’s State Bank of Cropsey and assisted in every aspect of our family businesses. Her greatest joy was to serve and care for others especially her family. In recent years, her grandchildren were the light of her life and will miss her dearly.
Fairbury – Patricia A. Kafer, of Fairbury, passed away at 7:25am, February 25, 2018, at the Richard L. Owens Hospice House, Peoria.
Her funeral will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Fairbury. Pastor Dan Robertson will be officiating.
Burial will be in Cropsey Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4-7:00pm, Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Fairbury, Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury or Richard L. Owens Hospice House, Peoria.
Patricia was born January 6, 1935, in Kankakee the daughter of Carroll R. and Ruth Rudd Coen.
She married B. Duane Kafer on June 15, 1957 in Kankakee. He passed away on April 22, 2007.
Surviving are her children, Patti (Ed) Davis of Mansfield, Ben (Carol) Kafer of Fairbury, and Pamela (John) Steidinger of Murfreesboro, TN; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; siblings, Sandra (Robert) Milton of Kankakee and Russell (Sharon) Coen of Sedona, AZ .
She was preceded in death by one grandchild and one sister.
Patricia was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Fairbury.
She graduated from Illinois State Normal University with a bachelor of science in Education. She taught at Fairbury High School and Kankakee Junior High School and was a bookkeeper for Kafer Tiling and Ditching, Fairbury.
Patricia enjoyed being a part of several bridge clubs and loved her children and grandchildren deeply.
Fairbury – Betty L. Pratt, 84, of Fairbury formerly of Cropsey, passed away at 7:40am, February 23, 2018, at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Funeral will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury.
Pastor Gifty Smith will be officiating.
Burial will be in Cropsey Township Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018, from 4-7:00pm, also at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Cropsey United Methodist Church or Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
Betty was born November 21, 1933, in Pontiac, the daughter of John D. and Rachel Bohm Schaefer.
She married Owen Pratt on November 21, 1954, in Graymont. He passed away on February 21, 2008.
Surviving are her children, Norman (Jeannine) Pratt of Howell, MI, David (Teresa) Pratt of Colfax, and Sandra L. Stiles of Rochelle; grandchildren, Derek and Jarod Swackhamer, Cameron (Fiancée Bria Rivet) Pratt, Daniel (Emily) Pratt, Jacob (Kate) Pratt, and Josiah Stiles; brother, John W. (Rita) Schaefer of Graymont; sister, Wanda (Delbert) Piller of Pontiac; sister-in-laws, Dorothy Myers of Lexington and Margery Pratt of Pontiac; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Lauren Stiles; and sister, Mary Huffman.
Betty graduated from Pontiac High School and Mennonite Hospital School of Nursing.
She then worked as an RN for Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington and Fairbury Hospital. She also farmed with her husband Owen.
Betty was a member of Cropsey United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and Cropsey Women’s Club. She was also a member of Livingston County Farm Bureau and Women’s Committee, Livingston County 4H Leader with the Fayette Fantastics Club for 15 years, Livingston County Country Couples, and Livingston County Home and Community Education Association, and Forrest American Legion Auxiliary.
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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