Fairbury - Raymond Richard (Dick) Koehl, 96, passed away at 3:45am, on November 12, 2020 at Fairview Haven in Fairbury, IL.
Dick was born in Cissna Park on September 16, 1924, the son of John and Leah (Reiger) Koehl. He married Esther Maurer on October 19, 1947 in Fairbury. She preceded him in death.
Surviving are his daughter, Vicky (Douglas) Stewart of East Peoria, IL; a son, Kevin (Marlene) Koehl of St. Johns, FL; grandchildren, Sean (Gloria) Koehl of San Jose, CA, Dr. Sarah (Dr. Miguel) Ramirez of Peoria, IL, Brian Richard (Jaclyn) Koehl of Bloomington, IN, and Blake (Erica) Stewart of St. Louis, MO; 13 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Emily, Rylan Ray, Finnian, Evan Richard, Elise, Claire, Natalie, Elle, Diego, Liliana, Sebastian, and Cecilia ; one brother, Dean Koehl of Tunnel Hill, GA.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, and three brothers.
Dick served in the Navy during WWII. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion.
During Dick’s professional work career, he was co-owner of Koehl Bros. Then he became the co-owner and manager of K & S Sales, the Mercury dealership in Fairbury. He also served as First Vice President of Investment Exchange, Inc. and retired as President of Suburban Trailway Parks in Mattoon.
Dick’s greatest joy was being with his family. His great-grandchildren were very special to him and could often be found at family gatherings nestled close to him trying to teach him a game on their iPad.
Dick was a member of the Fairbury Apostolic Christian Church and appreciated the many visits made by John Hartman and Rick Plattner, his ministers. Dick especially loved his outings with Ron Slagel and his friends who gathered for coffee at Lost in Time.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Fairview Haven. Their kind words, laughter, and loving touch helped Dick through the isolation that came with a COVID quarantine. On his last day of life, many of the staff stopped to visit with him and say their final good-byes before they went home for the day. Dick was blessed with friends, family and a church community that provided prayers, support, and love over the years.
Due to the dramatic rise in COVID cases and a desire to keep friends and family safe, no visitation or funeral service is planned. A private graveside service at the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Fairbury, will be held for immediate family. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, Dick’s family asks that friends remember him by doing something kind for those who are suffering through these long periods of isolation due to the COVID crisis. Memorials may be made to Fairview Haven, 605 N. 4th Street in Fairbury or an organization of the donor’s choice.
We have a covid information page on our website if you'd like to take a look:
Also - please be aware the visiting parlors are temporarily not being used right now.
It's the little things that can be so encouraging ... Thoughtful messages and little treats perk us up. Thanks so much for blessing us!
See Rick's interview on Fairbury News FB Live last night (11/4/20) by clicking this link:
Edna Marie (Brown) Anderson, 94, of Lexington passed into the arms of Jesus on Monday November 2, 2020, 12:00 noon at Fairview Haven Nursing Home, Fairbury.
A private family graveside service will be held Friday at Lexington Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Calvert-Johnson & Musselman Funeral Home, Lexington is in charge of arrangements.
Edna was born August 2, 1926 in Gibson City, IL to George and Dorothy (Smith) Brown. She graduated form Drummer Township High School, Gibson City in 1944.
She married Willie L. Anderson on September 8, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2019. Surviving are her three sons, Ronald (Donna Terven) Anderson, of Leroy, Randy (Ann) Anderson and Rick (Diane) Anderson, both of Clinton, IL. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, one sister, Dorothy Christiansen, of Memphis, TN, and one brother, Bob Brown, of Rantoul, IL and numerous nieces and nephews. Four brothers and one sister preceded her in death.
Edna worked most of her life beside her husband as a secretary and bookkeeper for Willie Anderson Trucking. She enjoyed making crafts and quilts for her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Lexington Community Church, in Lexington.
Edna was a resident of Fairview Haven Nursing Home, Fairbury for the last five years of her life. Memorials may be made to Fairview Haven.
Posting our Fairview Haven apparel store in case anyone would be interested in purchasing Fairview Haven apparel items: https://stores.inksoft.com/fairview-haven/shop/home You can buy items for yourself. They would also make great Christmas gifts for Fairview Haven residents or team members. The online store will be open through 11/17/20 - after that the items will be unavailable.
Harvest of Sharing (From A Distance) Benefit Auction opens today!!
We are extremely excited to announce that our visiting parlor at Fairview Haven will be open this coming Thursday!
The visiting parlor offers a safe/comfortable way to visit with your loved one at Fairview Haven.
To schedule a time in either visiting parlor, please contact the receptionist at Fairview Haven 815-692-2572.
Our visiting parlors are almost finished. Residents and loved ones will stay warm and cozy while they have safe visits through a plexiglass wall. A speaker system will help them hear each other. We're excited to try these out soon!
Please join us for another Facebook Live Town Hall meeting on Monday, October 26 at 12:00 noon! We will be updating you on our recent COVID policy changes that reflect the newest guidance from IDPH as well our our current status. As always, please email or comment with any questions you would like us to address during this town hall.
We are blessed to have a church building just across the parking lot as well as two team members qualified to preach the Word.
Today, about 50 residents and Fairview Haven team members were able to gather safely for a special church service (residents and team members only).
Words cannot express the joy these residents (and team members) experienced as they entered the house of the Lord for the first time in TOO MANY months.
God provided a glorious day - Thank you to all the team members who made this possible!
EXCITING NEWS ... Our CONNECTIONS HOME CARE has launched!
Click here to see more information on our website: Connections Home Care
A dreary Columbus Day was brightened by a children's parade.
From the ground up, builders are creating small visiting cottages that will enable residents to visit with family and friends while still following the IDPH protocol for Covid prevention. The cottage will be divided by a plexiglass wall; that will allow for them to see each other without the need for masks. Cottages will be available at Serenity Villa and at Fairview Haven. Thanks to P&L Construction and Leman Builders for helping out and for donating time on behalf of the residents and their loved ones!
We're thankful to report that last week's covid testing results were all negative! This means we can move a step forward with limited indoor visits in a designated visiting area. While outdoor visits are still preferable, beginning today, a resident's healthcare power of attorney and any of the resident's children and children's spouses may schedule visits. Visits must be in the designated area. There can be two visitors at a time and - per IDPH - the visitors should be of the same household. Visitors must adhere to the guidelines posted on the Fairview Haven website. See link to Visitor Fact Sheet at bottom right on the Covid information page: https://www.fairviewhaven.org/covid-19-info.html. Visits should be scheduled 24 hours in advance; please contact the receptionist (5 am - 5 pm) to schedule your visit.
Also we are in the process of building two visiting sheds (one for Serenity Villa and one for the FVH activity courtyard) to accommodate safe heated visits throughout the winter. The sheds will accommodate family visits (more than two visitors at a time). There will be plexiglass dividers. We are thankful to Leman Builders and P-L Construction for their volunteer efforts to build these sheds. We anticipate the costs of building materials to be around $15,000 per shed. If you are interested in contributing towards the costs, please contact Dave Blunier firstname.lastname@example.org 815.692.6701
Thanks so much for keeping us all in your prayers! We are so thankful to God for allowing us to get to this point.
AN UPDATE FROM DAVE:
“One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."
He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."
—Margaret Fishback Powers
The COVID-19 pandemic that we are experiencing has been several months where I will look back and certainly only see one set of footprints. These months have led from one disappointment to another. To be completely honest with you, I have struggled deeply with many emotions. One minute, feeling completely frustrated that the residents have to be locked down to being scared to death that we are going to have an outbreak of COVID.
God has taught me so much about myself and has showed me so many times that he has not stopped being God! We can and must trust Him with all of this!
As time marches on, thoughts and opinions regarding COVID get stronger and more deeply rooted. They seem to range from “this is all a conspiracy, a great big hoax” to “this is going to be the end of mankind.” We hear all kinds of “facts” and data and, for every piece of data you hear, there is a reason out there why it can’t be actual data. The world around us is utterly confused or at least a lot of people think everyone around them is confused.
Well, if you’re looking for the answers, folks, I’m sorry to disappoint you, I’m not even going to give you my “facts” (or, rather, opinions). But let me point you to the one true media source. No, I’m not talking about CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox News, Twitter, or Facebook. I am talking about Jesus Christ and the Word of God. It would do us all good to set aside our own “facts,” stop talking to others about what they know as “fact” and focus upon the only source of real truth: Jesus!
If we’re irritated with Governor Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, President Trump, Dr. Fauci, Livingston County Public Health or whoever God has placed in our lives to lead us and rule over us, let’s get on our knees and pray for them. Whoever it is that has to make decisions in these unprecedented times needs your prayers right now. Because the real fact is, just when we get things figured out, something changes.
On that note, here’s a little update on what is happening at Fairview Haven.
On August 7, the Illinois Department of Public Health released their version of a reopening plan for nursing homes and other congregate living facilities in the State of Illinois. While there will be some that are miffed about the regulations and guidance in this plan, there will be others that will say there are not enough restrictions. Regardless of what we think, Fairview Haven will strive to meet the requirements and guidelines of IDPH.
Whenever I orient a new team member at Fairview Haven, I go over the qualifications of a team member. The number one characteristic we want to see in our team members is integrity. I explain that, to me, that means we will do the right thing every day.
So, the IDPH reopening plan is divided into three phases. In order to move from one phase to another, Fairview Haven must meet seven criteria:
1. We must have a testing plan and the ability to test (check)
2. We must practice universal source control (wear a mask) and practice good hand hygiene (check);
3. We must implement a universal screening process (check);
4. We must have an adequate supply of PPE, essential cleaning and disinfection supplies (check);
5. We must have adequate staffing (check);
6. We can have no new facility acquired COVID positive cases for 14 days (check).
While we have been successful in meeting all of these six criteria thus far, in order to remain in the phase we are in, we must continue to meet the criteria.
So, you’re probably wondering ... he said seven criteria, but only listed six. No, that wasn’t a typo. See, the seventh criteria is up to you and me! COVID outbreaks and deaths in nursing homes are directly tied to and related to the case status in the community. Therefore, our community must meet certain criteria before we can move forward in the re-opening phases or in order for us to stay in a certain phase. While our team has a lot of work to do in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our residents, this last criteria is solely dependent upon YOU and ME. It is very important that our community is practicing the guidelines/mandates of the State of Illinois and CDC.
If you aren’t aware of what these guidelines are, let me share what are often quoted as the most important guidelines:
1. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer (not too hard – right?).
2. Maintain adequate (that’s defined as 6 feet) social distancing between anyone that is not a member of your household. If you’re wondering what 6 feet looks like, I tell our team members to imagine our DON (Brandon) lying down between you and the other person. If he doesn’t fit, you’re too close. (Granted, this concept will give you a extra few inches, but you get the picture!)
3. Wear a mask/face covering. (don’t stop reading here) Yeah, it’s not the most comfortable thing in the world, but it’s really not that bad. You and I don’t have to decide if they are effective or not — they either are or they aren’t. Science can be used to prove both thoughts. If they are effective, do we want to err on the side of aren’t? Public health guidance says we should be wearing a facemask when it isn’t possible to maintain social distancing outdoors or whenever we are in a public building in proximity to other people.
So statistics show that, when communities abide by those guidelines, the case status decreases. Maybe the statistics are skewed by the Joe Biden campaign, or by the Donald Trump campaign, but guess what ... if the statistics show that our community has a low case status, then our residents get to live a little.
So let me ask you a question. I know many of us don’t care if we get COVID. It appears it isn’t as deadly as it once was thought to be. BUT, can I plead on behalf of the residents here? Are we willing to sacrifice a little to protect them and let them have a little piece of life back?
Thanks for your consideration of these thoughts!
--Dave Blunier, Administrator
It is the policy of Fairview Haven to give equal opportunity to all qualified persons
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, disability, national origin or age.