Robert E. Buerkle
Robert E. Buerkle, 72, of Du Quoin, passed away at 3:15 A.M., Thursday, March 13, 2003 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
Robert was a retired heavy equipment operator for the coal mine. He had worked for many years in the area as a master carpenter. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin, VFW, and UMW of A. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of Korean War.
He was born October13, 1930 at Du Quoin, IL, the son of Frank E. and Clara P. (Morgan) Buerkle.
He married Betty Shepard on October 13, 1951 at Du Quoin, IL and she survives.
He is survived by his wife of Du Quoin, two daughters - Randee Slover and husband David of Du Quoin, and Victoria Albon and husband Dean of Elkville, one son - Frankie Buerkle and fiancee Becky Washer of Du Quoin, one sister - Louise Heumann and husband Howard of Du Quoin, and four grandchildren - Christine Slover of Chicago, IL, Brianne Slover of Du Quoin, Joel E. Albon and Kathryn Albon of Elkville.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were at 10:00 A.M., Monday, March 17, 2003 at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin with Msgr. Harry Jerome officiating.
Rosary was recited at 9:30 A.M. Monday at the funeral home.
Friends called from 5 to 8 P.M., Sunday at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.
Interment was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery at Du Quoin.
Military graveside rites were conducted by Du Quoin VFW Post 513.
Friends may make memorials to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.
Richard Furlow, 68, of Du Quoin, formerly of Mulkeytown, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at Marshall Browning Hospital.
Mr. Furlow had retired from Five Star Industries in Du Quoin. He was born May 8, 1934, the son of Nova and Cleda B. (Clark) Furlow.
Surviving is one sister, Barbara and Gail Spencer of Mulkeytown. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Bro. Larry Clyatt officiating. Interment was in Mulkeytown Cemetery.
Friends called at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher after 6 p.m. on Friday.
Delbert Thurman Gillis
Delbert Thurman Gillis, 84, of Heyworth, passed away at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, March 11 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15 at the Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth. Rev. Kurt Flora officiated. Burial was Sunday, March 16 at Mueller Hill Cemetery, Pinckneyville, with graveside military rites accorded. Rev. Howard Self officiated. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 14 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, with Masonic services at 7:30 and visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Heyworth Educational Foundation.
Mr. Gillis was born September 7, 1918 in Oakland to Herman and Nancy (Gillis) Gillis. He married Ellaura D. Engelhardt August 19, 1947 in Oakland. She passed away August 14, 2001.
Surviving are one son: Paul E. (Carol) Gillis of Portland, Maine; two daughters: Mary Jane (Rodger) Zook of Heyworth and Melba D. Myler of Indiana; five grandchildren: Ryan Ehrenkaufer of Normal, Jennifer and Amanda Zook of Heyworth and Eric and Andrew Gillis of Portland, Maine and his twin brother: Albert (Jeana) Gillis of Littleton, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Elmer and Marvin Gillis.
He graduated from Oakland High School in 1936. He then served in the United States Army in Northern Africa and in Italy during WWII. After his discharge from the army, he wa a baker at Hines V.A. Hospital in Maywood for 35 years. He relocated to Heyworth in 1981 after his retirement.
He and his wife enjoyed gardening, walking and community events. They traveled extensively covering 48 states. Throughout his life he was an avid bicyclist.
He was a member of the Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth and the Oakland V.F.W. He was a 32nd degree mason and was involved with the Boy Scouts of America for many years.
Maxine Hilt, 79, formerly of Tamaroa, passed away at 4:03 P.M., Sunday, March 16, 2003 at Elmwood Nursing Center in Maryville, IL.
Maxine was a homemaker. She had attended Tamaroa Missionary Baptist Church and Du Quoin Methodist Church. She was a member of VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary.
She was born June 30, 1923 at Tamaroa, IL, the daughter of Ray and Mary (Koenegstein) Stull.
She married Finis J. Hilt on July 19, 1946 at Morganfield, Kentucky and he preceded her in death on August 6, 1989.
She is survived by two sons - Charles M. Rankin and wife Rose of Mt. Vernon, IL and Bill Hilt and wife Patty of Granite City, IL, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son - Thomas Hilt, one brother - Orval Stull and one half sister - Helen Marlow.
Funeral services were at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, March 20, 2003 at Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa with Rev. Carl Mesiti officiating.
Friends called from 5 to 8 P.M., Wednesday at the Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa.
Interment was in the Tamaroa Cemetery at Tamaroa.
Friends may make memorials to Alzheimer's Association or Tamaroa City Cemetery.
Nedra Lacy, age 81, of Pinckneyville, IL, passed away Monday, March 3, 2003 in Hannibal, MO at the Luther Manor Nursing Home.
Nedra was born in Pinckneyville, IL, November 29, 1921, the daughter of Ira and Clara (Pulke) Miller. She was united in marriage to Charles C. Lacy, December 31, 1938 in Perryville, MO and he preceded her in death February 7, 1993. Nedra was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Pinckneyville, IL, a homemaker and lifelong resident of Pinckneyville, IL.
Nedra is survived by one son, William G. Lacy and wife Irene of British Columbia, Canada, two daughters, Jeanne E. Todd and husband Dr. Richard R. Todd of Hannibal, MO, Ann E. Vitale and husband Joseph of St. Louis, MO, one brother, Tom Miller and wife Janet Ann of Pinckneyville, IL, two sisters, Carolyn Cook of Liberty, NY, Geraldine Phillips and husband John Jr. of Sesser, IL, seven grandchildren, Rev. Chuck Todd, Elizabeth Cunningham, Guy and Greg Lacy, Adrianne and Alana Porter, and Andrew Vitale, three great grandchildren, Mikayla and Marissa Todd and Mark Ross Cunningham. Nedra was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers, Carl Miller and a brother in infancy.
Funeral services were planned for Thursday morning, March 6, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. in the Oak Grove Baptist Church, Pinckneyville, IL with Reverend Chuck Todd officiating. Interment was in the Mueller Hill Cemetery, Pinckneyville, IL.
Friends called at the Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Pinckneyville, IL Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m., then at the Church on Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. till services.
Memorials may be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Pinckneyville.
Wilfred J. Lambert
Wilfred J. Lambert, age 82, of Swanwick, IL, passed away Thursday evening, March 27, 2003, at his son's home in Coulterville, IL.
Wilfred was born in Pinckneyville, IL, January 23, 1921, the son of Adam and Margaret (Pabst) Lambert. He was united in marriage to Florence Kelly in Nashville, IL, May 21, 1949 and she survives. Wilfred served with the U.S. Army-Airforce during WWII. He was a farmer and retired in 1983 from IDOT. Wilfred was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pinckneyville, IL and was a former member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge.
Wilfred is survived by his wife Florence of Coulterville, IL, two sons; John Lambert and his fiancée, Rebecca Laird, James Lambert and wife Bridget, all of Coulterville, IL, three daughters; Pamela Beck of Swanwick, IL, Barbara Shubert and husband Mike of Oakdale, IL, and Roberta of Rice, IL, two brothers; Clyde Lambert, Kenneth Lambert and wife Marcella both of Pinckneyville, IL, five sisters; Florence Bender of Crestwood, MO, Helen Flure and husband John of Pinckneyville, IL, Inez Matson and husband Bob of Port Huron, MI, Irene Patterson of Clearwater, FL, and Mildred Holtzman of Independence, MO, twenty one grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Wilfred was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Harold and Ervin, and a sister-in-law, Pat Lambert.
Funeral services were Monday, March 31, 2003 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pinckneyville, IL at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Howard Self officiating. Interment will be in the Mueller Hill Cemetery, Pinckneyville, IL.
Friends called at the Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Pinckneyville, IL, Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. and again on Monday morning from 8:00 a.m. till 9:30 a.m. then at the Church from 10:00 a.m. till services.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Foundation or St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pinckneyville, IL.