Peoria – Helen Frances Rink, 85, of 4103 Chelsea, died on Friday, May 7, 2004, at 7:19 a.m. at Methodist Medical Center.
She was born on September 3, 1918, in Princeville, Illinois to Frank and Edith Barrett Turner. She married Lester Rink on October 19, 1941, in Kewanee, Illinois. He survives. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one daughter; Deborah Rink and seven brothers and sisters.
She received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Illinois State University. She worked for Walker Hardware and as a sales clerk for Carson Pirie Scott. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a charter member of the Altar Bible Guild and the ladies group at Church. She was a member of the Peoria Art League as Corresponding Secretary. She was the past president and secretary of the Brinee Breeze Art Club in Brinee Breeze, Florida, as well as a member of the Square Dance Club in Florida.
Services were held on Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria. The Rev. Ronald Moritz officiated. Visitation was on Monday, May 10, 2004 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Cumerford-Ensley-Diggle Funeral Home, 428 W. McClure Ave. Burial was in the Princeville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Hillside Village or to the Trinity Lutheran Church Foundation.
Toulon - Everett E. Lester, 83, of R.R. 2 Toulon, Illinois died at 10:44 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2004, at Kewanee Hospital. He was born February 18, 1921, in Kewanee, Illinois the son of Rufus and Hattie (Brown) Lester. He spent part of his youth in Burns Twp., Elmira and later in Kewanee. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1938 and from Monmouth College in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
He entered the military in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre for the duration of the War. His division was poised for the invasion of Japan prior to the use of the atomic bomb.
Following the war, he farmed in the Elmira area until his retirement in 1985.
He married Juanita Walters Dykeman on March 7, 1971 in Elmira. She survives along with one son, Stephen (Carla) Dykeman, of Elmira; two daughters Marlene (Kenneth) Peed, of Kewanee and Charlene Horner, of Neponset, Illinois; fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, two brothers Wilbur and Charles, two infant sisters, a son Ronald Dykeman and a great grandson preceded him in death.
He was a long time member of the Elmira Presbyterian Church where he taught Sunday School for 40 years. He served as a church Youth Group leader, was a trustee and served as an elder many years. He served as Clerk of Session for several years, served a term on the Presbytery Committee on Ministry and on the General Council. He was also a lay speaker.
He enjoyed reading, gardening, fishing and spending time with the grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 6, 2004, at the Elmira Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dr. Judith Cook officiated. Cremation rites were accorded following the services and private family inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 5th at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home in Kewanee, Illinois. Memorials may be directed to his church, The American Heart Fund or Abilities Plus Building Fund.
Toulon - F. Eldon Meaker, 88, died at 9:03 a.m. Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, where he was a resident.
Born March 12, 1916, in Peoria County, Illinois, the son of William J. and Nina Crone Meaker, he married Marie Walker on February 12, 1939, in LaFayette, Illinois. She died March 8, 1991. He later married Lucy Streitmatter-Johnson Martin on May 21, 1994, in LaFayette, Illinois. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Diana (Jack) Brehmer, of Eureka, Illinois; one son, Larry (Mary) Meaker, of rural Toulon, Illinois; one brother, Raymond (Lyndia) Meaker of Wyoming, Illinois; one step-brother, LeRoy Sunderland, of Pekin, Illinois; two step-daughters, Carol (Russell) Bjorling, of rural Galva, Illinois, and Janet (Paul) Shannon, of Hudson, Illinois; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His parents, one daughter, Carolyn Peterson, two sisters, Ethel Meaker and Ruth Braker, and one step-brother, Raymond Sunderland preceded him in death.
He graduated from LaFayette High School in 1934. He farmed in the Toulon and LaFayette areas most of his life. After farming, he worked for Pearson Brothers of Galva until his retirement.
He was Past Master of Toulon Lodge #93 AF&AM, and a Past Patron of Wyoming Order of Eastern Star Chapter 8. He was a member of Brownsville Texas Winter Club, Good Sams Club and NCHA Camping Club. He wintered in Brownsville, Texas, for 51 years. He was of the Methodist Faith.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 6, 2004, at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home, Toulon. Rev. Fred Reiner officiated. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home, with Masonic Services at 8 p.m. Burial was in Toulon Cemetery, Toulon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center Alzheimer’s Wing.
Wyoming - Robert L. Breese, 83, of 205 W. Williams, died at 6:28 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2005, at his residence.
He was born on December 25, 1921, in Galva, Illinois, the son of Archie and Teckla Lindbergh Breese. He married Rosemary T. Ryan on September 25, 1946, in Wyoming, Illinois. She died on March 18, 2005, in Peoria.
Surviving are five sons, Mike (Cathy), of Wyoming, Illinois, Steve (Marcia), of Jacksonville, Illinois, Bill (Clarita), of Jefferson City, Missouri, Tom (Julie), of Rockton, Illinois, and Jim (Rhea), of Toulon, Illinois; four daughters, Mary Breese, of Washington, Illinois, Jinx (Rodney) Thorne and Theresa (Bill) Strode, both of Wyoming, Illinois, and Martha Breese, of Peoria, Illinois; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Elliott (Lois), of Chillicothe, Illinois; and two sisters, Mildred (Floyd) Rashid, of Atkinson, Illinois, and Evalyn (Sam) Williams, of Chillicothe, Illinois. His parents preceded him in death.
He was a World War II veteran serving in the 8th Army Air Corps in the European Theatre. He was a radio operator on the B-17 bomber “Sittin’ Pretty” in the 96th Bomber Group of the 337th Squadron completing 35 missions. He was awarded the Air Medal 5 Oak Leaf Cluster.
He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company for 29 years as a line inspector retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Wyoming American Legion Post 91, and was past President of the Wyoming High School Board District 71. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church where a funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2005. Father Robert Rayson officiated. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, at the Wyoming Funeral Home, with recitation of the Rosary at 8 p.m. Burial was in St. Dominic Cemetery, where graveside military rites were accorded by his American Legion Post.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Medical Center Hospice, Foundation Fighting Blindness, 11435 Cronhill Dr, Owings Mills, MD, 21117, or the Wyoming Ambulance Service.
Princeville - Evelyn V. Dell, 96, of rural Princeville, died at 10:20 p.m. on September 24, 2005, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, where she had resided since September 2004. She was born on May 16, 1909, in Princeville to Oscar and Viella Gingrich Graves. She was married to Berwin Dell in Brimfield on October 6, 1932. He survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Robert (Marge) Dell, of Princeville, Illinois, and Larry Dell, of Morton, Illinois; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Nancy Dell, two sisters, and one brother.
She was the oldest member of Princeville Presbyterian Church where she had been a member for 84 years, joining at age 12 in 1921. She graduated from Princeville High School in 1927 and attended Illinois State Teacher’s College in Normal, Illinois. She was a school teacher at Blue School and Duncan School, both in rural Princeville.
Services were held at her church at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2005. The Rev. Harry Losey officiated. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Burial was at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Princeville Presbyterian Church, 339 S. Santa Fe Avenue, Princeville, IL 61559.
Edelstein – Leslie R. Millard, 85, of Edelstein, died at 8:50 a.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2005, at Manor Care Health Services, Peoria.
He was born on October 17, 1919, in Mackinaw, Illinois, the son of Charles and Eva Harris Millard. He married Martha V. Nelson on September 30, 1940, in Davenport, Iowa. She died on January 16, 2001, in Peoria.
Surviving are four sons, Ronald G. (Jane), of Peoria, Illinois, Kenneth D. (Lynda) and Alan R., both of Edelstein, Illinois, and Stephen J. (Shannon), of Princeton, Illinois; eight grandchildren, including Chris L. Millard, of Phoenix, Arizona, whom he and his wife raised, 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beulah Gehrig, of Maquon, Illinois, and Dolores I. White, of Edelstein, Illinois. His parents, four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
He was a World War II U.S. Navy Veteran, serving in the Pacific Theatre on LSM 252. He was present in Tokyo Harbor when the Peace Treaty was signed with Japan.
He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company for 42 years, first as a welder then later as a layout developer in the Mossville plant, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the UAW Local 974.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 26, 2005, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville. Pastor Rex Hendrix officiated. Visitation was from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawn Ridge Cemetery, Speer, Illinois.
Memorial contributions may be made to Akron/Princeville Ambulance Service or Edelstein Congregational UCC Church.
Dixon, Ill- Robert Fremont Tilton 56, died on Tuesday, September 20, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday September 24, 2005, at the Chapel Hill Memorial Garden Cemetery, Dixon, with Reverend Michael Morrissey officiating. Inurnment was in Chapel Hill Memorial Garden Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Robert Fremont Tilton Memorial Fund.
Robert Fremont Tilton was born on April 14, 1949, in Dixon the son of Robert G. Tilton and Marie A. (Gahagan) Tilton.
He attended Dixon High School. He graduated from Carl Sandburg College and Western Illinois University with a Law Enforcement Administrative Degree. He was a businessman in the Galesburg and Peoria area for many years.
He enjoyed fishing, boating, traveling; and his greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends.
Robert is survived by his children, Jennifer (Guy) Hunt, of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, Adam Tilton, of Wyoming, Illinois; grandson, Nolan Hunt, of Lake St. Louis, Missouri; sisters, Lori (Carl) Schwenker, of Daytona Beach, Florida, Toni Tilton, of Pekin, Illinois; brother, Charles (Lisa) Tilton, of Palm Coast, Florida; aunt, Lois Vincer, of Loves Park, Illinois; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Chillicothe - Mabel M. Schafer, 89, formerly of rural Chillicothe, died at 10:50 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2005, at Apostolic Christian Skylines, Peoria, where she was a resident.
She was born on January 10, 1916, in Grover Hill, Ohio, the daughter of Aaron and Wilhelminna Schick Stoller. She married Walter L. Schafer on April 21, 1935, in Peoria. He died on June 8, 1973. Also preceding her in death was one daughter, Kathryn Welch, four brothers, and one sister.
Surviving are two daughters, Madalyn Zoss, of Streator, Illinois, and Shelby (Allen) Williamson, of Chilli-cothe, Illinois; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Pearl Garber, of Lowpoint, Illinois.
She worked as a cook for area restaurants and also was a skilled seamstress for Princess Peggy in Peoria for 20 years until retiring.
She was a member of the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church, where services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 19, 2005. Ministers of the church officiated. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Prince-ville, as well as from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines, Inc.
Princeville – Larry Lee Hasselbacher, 70, of 20601 N Larson Lane, died at 1:57 a.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2005, at his residence after a battle with cancer.
He was born on August 7, 1935, in Brimfield, the son of Lewis LeRoy and Mildred Koreane Craig Hassel-bacher. He first married Phyllis Larson on January 19, 1954, in Princeville. She died on January 20, 1978, in Princeville. He then married Lyle Tanner Bryant on April 28, 1978, in Princeville. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Rita Ford, of Princeville, and Susan Hasselbacher, of Hanna City, Illinois; one son Craig (Cheryl), of Fort Worth, Texas; two step-sons, Donald (Janet) Bryant, of Peoria, Terry (Christine) Bryant, of Villa Rica, Georgia; two step-daughters, Donna (David) Edwards, of Fayetteville, Tennessee, and Cheryl Bryant, of Evansville, Indiana; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sylvia (Harley) Stoller, of Dawsonville, Georgia, and Vicki Lorengo, of Metamora, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, DeRoy “Butch” Hassel-bacher, on August 23, 1984.
A graduate of Williamsfield High School, he served in the U.S. Navy from February 15, 1954, to January 26, 1956. He first farmed for the Turnbulls in LaPrairie then later worked as a welder for Larson Machine Company in Princeville. In 1973, he went to work as a welder for Caterpillar in East Peoria and Mossville, retiring on August 1, 1997.
He was a volunteer firefighter with Akron-Princeville Fire Department where he currently served as a trustee and treasurer.
He was a member of Princeville United Methodist Church, where services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2005. Pastor Rex Hendrix officiated. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, at the Princeville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, where members of the Akron-Princeville Fire Department stood as honor guard. Burial was in Brimfield Cemetery, Brimfield, where Brimfield American Legion Post 452 honored him with military rites.
Memorial contributions may be made to his church, Akron-Prince-ville Fire Department, Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service, or to the American Cancer Society.
Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
Lexington – Herman Jerome (Jerry) Jones, 63, of 3320 N. Sterling Ave., Peoria, Illinois, formerly of El Paso and Lexington, passed away at 10:46 a.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2005 at Proctor Hospital, Peoria.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at Calvert & Musselman Funeral Home in Lexington. The Rev. Steven Boze officiated. Burial with military rites followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lexington. Visitation was from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate.
He was born on September 30, 1941 in Bloomington, the son of Herman I. And Velda M. Haner Jones. He married Julie Andrews on March 9, 1964. He later married Phyllis A. Kelley on November 21, 1984. She survives.
Also surviving are seven children: Michael Jones, Laura (Donald) Charvat and David (Alyssa) Jones, all of Wyoming, Illinois, Sharon (Neal) Shryock, of Pekin, Illinois, Dorene (Rickie) Jones, of Wyoming, Illinois, Karen Wells, of Peoria, Illinois and Allan (Brenda) Jackson, of Bristol, Tennessee; a brother, Jake (Vickie) Jones, of Green Valley, Illinois; a sister, Mildred Jones, of Bloomington, Illinois; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and a granddaughter.
He was a truck driver for 27 years under Teamsters 627 of Peoria and five years under Teamsters 179 of Joliet. He retired in 1992 from the Teamsters.
Kewanee - Phyllis Rae Stringer, 71, of Kewanee, Illinois died at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2005 at Kewanee Hospital. She was born on January 2, 1934 in Bloomington, Wisconsin the daughter of Raymond C. and Hutha F. (Brookens) Jamison. She was reared and educated in Wisconsin.
She married James Stringer. They were later divorced.
She was employed at Harper-Wyman in Princeton and Walworth and Hyster Co. in Kewanee prior to her retirement.
She enjoyed fishing, camping, her pets and spending time with family and friends.
Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Christiansen and Deb (Mrs. Jody) Wittmeyer, both of Kewanee, Illinois and Jodie Sherbeyn, of Sparland, Illlinois, two sons Lance (Julie) Stringer, of Callahan, Florida and Troy Stringer and his special friend Andrea Russell, of Kewanee, Illinois; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Her parents, one brother, Robert Jamison, and a sister, Ramona Jamison, preceded her in death.
Private family inurnment will be in the Blake Prairie Cemetery, Bloomington, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, September 16 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Illinois. Memorials may be directed to the Humane Society.
Wyoming - Randal A. King, 51, of Wyoming, died at 8:45 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2005, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
He was born on October 23, 1953, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Ralph A. and Ruthe K. Hickey King. They preceded him in death.
Surviving are one son, Justin King, of Florida; two brothers, Roger (Shelly) and Rick (Paula), both of Wyoming; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was a self-employed painter and previously worked for F.M.C. in Wyoming, Home Comfort in Princeville, and Caterpillar.
Cremation has been accorded and graveside burial of ashes will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 15, at Wyoming Cemetery. Father Robert Rayson will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wyoming Ambulance Service.
Wyoming Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.