Services for Zack O. Monroe, 96, of Peoria were held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the First United Methodist Church in Peoria with the Davison Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria in charge of arrangements. Entombment was in the American Mausoleum.
He died at 11:35 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002 in his home.
Born May 4, 1906 on a farm outside Sullivan in Moultrie County, he was the son of Claude and Iva Hampton Monroe. He was elected to the Peoria City Council in 1945 and served eight years as the 10th Ward alderman. In 1953 he was elected Peoria Township supervisor for general assistance, an office he held for 40 years until retiring in 1993. As supervisor, he was also a member of the Peoria County Board for 17 years from 1953 to 1970.
He was recognized for his 48 years of public service during a ceremony May 4, 1993 in the Peoria Civic Center. A plaque was dedicated in his honor by city officials and other dignitaries, and it hangs today on a wall across from the Civic Center theater. He was instrumental in changing the name of Harvard Avenue to War Memorial Drive in honor of Peoriaís veterans, and he provided leadership for the construction of a new bridge to prelace the Upper Free Bridge, also suggesting it be named after Mayor David McCluggage.
A barber by profession, he moved to Peoria in 1923 after becoming an apprentice barber in Sullivan at the age of 12. He owned and operated barber shops on the north side of Peoria and helped organize the Northside Businessmenís Assn. A long time resident of Averyville, he was a former superintendent of Sunday school at the Madison Avenue United Methodist Church of which he was a member. He was also instrumental in starting a Dadís Club at the Kingman Grade School.
He was a member of the Illinois Masonic Lodge AF and AM, Scottish Rite Bodies-Valley of Peoria and the Mohammed Temple Shrine. He was a member of the Eastern Star Creve Coeur Chapter, and in 1996 he was honored as a 50-year member of Mohammed Temple. The Peoria Jaycees presented him with the Charles Schlink Memorial Good Government Award in 1993, and he was also the recipient of the First Private Citizen Award by the Reserve Officers Assn. and the Peoria Area Home Builders Group for ďsaving local taxpayers thousands of dollarsĒ while serving as supervisor of general assistance.
He was currently the owner of the Peoria Barber College which he purchased in 1953. It is considered the oldest barber school in the nation, and many central Illinois barbers are graduates. He married Frieda Rhode July 26, 1930 in Peoria, and she died Feb. 10, 1995.
Survivors include sons, Zackie C. Monroe of Bartonville and Roger G. Monroe of Peoria; daughters, Mrs. Gary (Judy) Kailey of Peoria and Carol Angilello of Peoria; sister, Mrs. William (Alberta) Byrkit of Glen Carbon; ten grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
One sister preceded him in death.
Memorials to the Wildlife Prairie Park are suggested.
Funeral services for Ira H. Davis, 84, of Hammond were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002 in the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home in Atwood with Pastor Doug Davis officiating. Burial was in the Hammond Cemetery with military rites by the Lovington American Legion Post #429.
He died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002 in his residence.
Mr. Davis was born Oct. 28, 1918 in Wayne County, Ky., the son of J.W. and Caroline Gregg Davis. Mr. Davis retired as a farmer in 1993, but remained active in farming until 2001. He was a sergeant in the US Army during World War II, having served in the Pacific. He was a member of the Lovington American Legion Post #429, a member of the 40&8 Post #287 in Decatur, member of the Piatt County Farm Bureau and past member of the Piatt County Promenaders. He was past commander of the Ellsworth American Legion Post. He married Mae A. Marcum June 29, 1940 in Wayne County, Ky., and she survives.
Other survivors include sons, Harold M. Davis and wife Linda of Hammond, Clarence D. Davis and wife Linda of Lovington and Jeff D. Davis and wife Ronda of Lovington; daughters, Betty S. Smith and fiancee, Edmund Hogan of Normal and Carolyn D. Smith and husband, Robert of Hammond; brother, Arlon Davis of Winchester, Ky.; sisters, Mary Abbott of Monticello, Ky., Effie Whitaker and Ina Clem, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; 20 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Jack Davis, Jean Davis and Paul Davis, and one sister, Frances Steigelman.
Memorials to St. Johnís Hospice Unit, 1800 East Lake Shore Dr., Decatur, IL 62521 or the American Heart Assn., Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, IL 60678-3968 are suggested.
Private family graveside services for John W. Mosbarger, 62, of Centralia were held in the Mackville Cemetery in Atwood with arrangements by the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Arthur.
The former Atwood resident died at 4:50 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2002 in his home.
John W. Mosbarger was born March 18, 1940 in Atwood, the son of Carl W. and Laura Jean Wilkins Mosbarger. He was a retired Conductor for the railroad. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Surviving are his mother, Laura Jean Mosbarger of Hammond; brother, Carl T. Mosbarger; and sister, Donna Maguet of Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Graveside services with military rites for William Kenith Phillips, 86, of Kell were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan with the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan in charge of arrangements.
The former Sullivan resident died at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2002 in his home, following a brief illness with cancer.
Mr. Phillips was born May 23, 1916 in Lovington, the son of Charles Nathan and Lillie Mae Hunt Phillips. He was the retired owner of Phillips Repair Service and Minneapolis Moline Farm Machinery Dealership and retired superintendent of Wyman Park in Sullivan. He served in the Army, stationed in the Philippine Islands during World War II and was a lifetime member of the VFW. He was a member of the Illinois Wood Carvers Assn. and was an active member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Kell. He married Helen Dec. 26, 1999.
Survivors include his wife; his son, Carroll Phillips and wife Linda of Paris; stepson, Kenneth Stuber and wife Judy of Woodridge, Va.; brothers, Albert Phillips of Huntsville, Mo. and Ed Phillips of Sullivan; three grandchildren; two step grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Margaret; his second wife, Mary; son, Charles; grandson, Todd; brother, Clarence; sister, Nina; half brother, Dudley Benefil; and half sister, Mary Phillips.
Memorials to the donorís choice are suggested.
Funeral services for Robert T. Wagemann, 93, of Shelbyville were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Bethany. Burial was in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany.
The former Bethany resident died at 7:10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002 in the Shelbyville Manor Nursing Home in Shelbyville.
He was born Aug. 8, 1909 in Marrowbone Township on the family farm established by his grandfather prior to the Civil War. He was the son of John Burg and Etha Enola Travis Wagemann. He was a retired farmer, also instrumental in starting the Bethany Grain Elevator and held several positions on the board. He was a graduate of Bethany High School and Sparks Business College in Shelbyville, a member of the Moultrie County Farm Bureau, former member of the United Methodist Church in Bethany, Masonic Lodge #884 in Bethany, the Ansar Shrine and Scottish Rite Valley of Consistory, both in Springfield, and a 50-year member of the O.E.S. Crystal Chapter #39 in Sullivan. He married Lois Maurine Stocks June 27, 1933 in Decatur, and she preceded him in death Dec. 8, 1993. He married Jean V. Seely-Eck Dec. 30, 1994 in Springfield.
He is survived by his wife, Jean V. of Shelbyville; stepdaughters, Shelbia Nussbaum of Cheyenne, Wy., Christine Clagg of Shelbyville and Amy Newtson of Springfield; numerous Travis and Wagemann cousins; 11 step grandchildren; and nine step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Maxine Keown, and two infant grandchildren.
Memorials to the Shriners Crippled Childrenís Hospital are suggested.
Frank L. Armer, 43, of Paragould, Ark. died at 11:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2002 in the V.A. Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.
Arrangements for the former Bethany resident are incomplete in the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan.
Mrs. Darrell Lash
A funeral Mass for Mrs. Darrell (Mary Martha Slichenmyer) Lash, 79, of Lovington was held at 10 a.m. Monday in the St. Columcille Catholic Church in Sullivan. Burial was in the Turner Cemetery in Lovington with the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan in charge of arrangements.
The former Mattoon resident died at 10:43 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002 in the Carle Hospital in Urbana.
Born June 11, 1923 in Jewitt, she was the daughter of John Lee and Bertha Rauch Slichenmyer. She had been a surgical clerk for Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County and a member of the St. Columcille Catholic Church. She married Ralph B. Iffert Jan. 29, 1943. She then married Darrell F. Lash April 15, 1983 in Coles County, and he survives.
Other survivors include children, Phyllis M. Locke of Decatur, Mary J. Iffert Jacobson of Elgin, Marvin G. Iffert of Effingham, June R. Storm of Effingham, Marlene M. Dabels of St. Louis, Sharon T. Aurich of Conroe, Texas and Richard J. Iffert of Kalispell, Mont.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
One son, one sister and one great-grandson preceded her in death.
Memorials are suggested to the Carle Hospital IMCU Unit, American Diabetes Assn., American Heart Assn. or the St. Columcille Catholic Church.
Services for Margaret H. Morris, 80, of Mattoon were held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in the Arcola Cemetery.
She died at 9:56 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002 in the Mattoon Health Care Center.
Born April 17, 1922 in Humboldt, she was the daughter of Oscar T. and Lora H. Montgomery Key. She was a homemaker and a member of the Central Community Church and the Eagles Aerie 3100, both in Mattoon.
Survivors include a son, Stan Landreth of Greenup; daughter, Linda Morris of Mattoon; brother, Johnnie Key of Dubach, La.; sisters, Mildred Adams of Little Rock, Ark., Phyllis Daugherty of Greentown, Ohio, Hazel Fraker of Sullivan and Sharon Sanders of Atwood.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, five brothers and two sisters.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to the donorís choice.