DECATUR -- William Lenard Hayes Jr., 40, Decatur, died Saturday (Jan. 18, 2003).
Memorial services: 1 p.m. Saturday, Life Changers Church. No visitation. Arrangements by: Walker Funeral Service and Chapel.
DECATUR -- Lester James Forbes, 94, of Decatur died 10 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 21, 2003) in Lincoln Manor Nursing Home.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home with Dr. Patrick Pajak officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
Lester was born June 18, 1908, in Vandalia, the son of Edward and Alice Phillips Forbes. He was a welder at Caterpillar Inc. for many years, retiring in 1974. He was a member of First Lutheran Church. He married Loma Oral Abbott on Sept. 14, 1927, in Centralia. She preceded him in death Feb. 17, 1998.
Surviving are his son, James L. Forbes and wife Barbara of Decatur; daughter-in-law, Betty Forbes of Wilmore, Ky.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son, Morris.
DECATUR -- Louise "Hutch" Hutcheson, 99, of Decatur went to Heaven 7 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2003) in St. Mary's Hospital, just one day after her birthday.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Central Christian Church with visitation at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Central Christian Church.
Mrs. Hutcheson was born Jan. 21, 1904, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Daniel O'Brien and Louise S. Maag O'Brien. She worked at Zimmerman's Fabric and Linn and Scruggs Department Store. She was a member of Central Christian Church. She married Jess C. Hutcheson in 1936. He preceded her in death Dec. 10, 1951.
Surviving are her niece, Louise McGlynn Bender of Ojai, Calif.; nephews, Joseph McGlynn of St. Louis; D. Jerry McGlynn of Gualala, Calif.; nine great-nieces; nine great-nephews; six great-great-nieces; 15 great-great-nephews; dearest and most faithful friends, Marilyn Oftedal and Mary Lou Brown Nolan, both of Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband; sister, Metta McGlynn; nieces, Elizabeth Ann McGlynn, Mercedes McGlynn and Mary Ellen Bremehr; and dear friend, Mary Bartello.
She will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends.
DECATUR -- Sherrill G. Mills, 77, Decatur, formerly of Argenta, died 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2003) in the family home.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, with the Rev. James Leischner officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, with military rites. Memorials: American Lung Association.
Sherrill was born March 28, 1925, in Milltown, Ind., the son of Robert C. and Mabel Hawkins Mills. He was a World War II Army veteran and member of the Clinton Eagles Lodge. He married Margaret Jean Conover on May 16, 1944, in Lane. She preceded him in death Nov. 29, 1991.
Surviving are his son, Dennis (Pamela) Mills of Normal; daughter, Janice (Gary) Schuman of Decatur; grandchildren, Gina Henry, Larry Mills, Lisa Taylor and Tara Brown; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Mills of Manteno; sisters, Carol Padgett (Gerald) Milton of Monticello; Anita (Kenneth) Cook of Chillicothe.
DECATUR -- Emma M. Luy, 96, of Sibley, formerly of Decatur, died 9:55 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2003) in Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Star Hope Mausoleum in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before services in the mausoleum. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Gibson Area Hospital or donor's choice.
Mrs. Luy was born Jan. 10, 1907, in Garbenheim, Germany, the daughter of Frederick and Katerina Mohr Bierau. She moved to Decatur in 1956 from Germany. She recently had moved to Sibley. She was a member of the German Club and DUNK. She married Wilhelm Luy on Jan. 10, 1930, in Garbenheim. He preceded her in death Nov. 26, 1985.
Surviving are her daughters, Marlid (John) Burkhart of Sibley; Gerda Hecker of Decatur; sister, Lane Uhl of Asslar, Germany; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, three brothers, eight sisters and two granddaughters.
DECATUR -- Jack Nelson, 83, Decatur, died Thursday (Jan. 23, 2003). Arrangements incomplete: J.J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home.
DECATUR -- Jeanette M. Smith, 61, of Decatur died 1:15 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 23, 2003) in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
There will be no services. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Jeanette was born Oct. 18, 1941, in Decatur, the daughter of Wickingham and Myrtle Hargrave Claus. She liked to swim and was the downstate field supervisor for the developmentally disabled for the Illinois Department of Public Health. She married Woodrow Smith on June 2, 1989, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Surviving are her husband; daughter, Carla J. Wester and husband Rob of Mechanicsburg; granddaughter, Kiley Marie Wester; stepdaughters, Deborah Berry and husband Bill of St. Louis, Mo.; Cynthia Louise Ervin and husband Kenneth of Blue Mound; stepgrandchildren, Stephanie Renfro and husband Kenneth of Macon; Nicole Stuart of Blue Mound.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
DECATUR -- M. Dale Larrick, 82, of Decatur died Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2003) in St. Mary's Hospital.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes with visitation one hour before services. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorials: First United Methodist Church Building Fund, St. Mary's Hospital or Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Larrick was born Dec. 5, 1920, in Taylorville, the son of Irvin and Faye Kincaid Larrick. He grew up in Stonington and attended Millikin University, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was a construction supervisor for J.J. Swartz and later worked for First National Bank as an urban property manager. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and Golden K Kiwanis of Decatur. He was a life member of both St. Mary's Hospital and Decatur Memorial Hospital, where he served as a volunteer. He was a former member of Rotary International, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He married Bernice Bradfield on Dec. 28, 1941, in Decatur.
Surviving are his wife; daughters, Louise Ware and husband Virgil of Granite City; Barbara Mies and husband John of Urbana; son, Roger Larrick and wife Kay of Rockford; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
SHELBYVILLE -- Walter Lee Gregg, 74, of Shelbyville passed away 4:18 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2003) in Olivewood Health Care Center, Shelbyville.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Lockart & Sons Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with Dr. Bruce Owens officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, with military rites by VFW Post 4829 of Shelbyville. Memorials: Shelbyville Dialysis Unit or Shelbyville Aquatic Center Building Fund.
Mr. Gregg was born Aug. 6, 1928, in Effingham County, the son of Jesse B. and Fern Cox Gregg. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Prior to serving his country, he farmed with his father. He retired from Caterpillar Inc. in Decatur in 1989, after 32 years of employment. He was a member of Decatur Caterpillar Campers Club and Moultrie Amateur Radio Club. He loved to hunt, fish and camp and was one of the best St. Louis Cardinal baseball fans ever. He married Jo Ann Holley on Dec. 23, 1951, in Findlay.
Surviving are his wife; son, Jeff Gregg and wife Vicki of Shelbyville; daughters, Julie Hodson and fiance Louis Morrow of Collierville, Tenn.; Jill Sluss and husband Bill of Shelbyville; granddaughters, Jennifer Gregg and Sierra Gregg of Shelbyville; grandsons, Justin Brown and wife Shannon of Walls, Miss.; Eric Hodson and wife Jennifer of Southhaven, Miss.; Richard Sluss and Dylan Gregg of Shelbyville; great-grandchildren, Taylor Brown and Jackson Hodson; two stepgranddaughters; three great-stepgrandsons; brothers, Virgil Gregg and wife Edith of Shelbyville; Leon Gregg and wife Maxine of Orlando, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Doris Gregg and Wanda Holley of Shelbyville; Bernadine Clark of Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, J.C. Gregg and Joe Gregg in infancy; and sister, Pauline Reid.
VILLA GROVE -- Dorothy M. Bowles, 76, Villa Grove, died Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2003).
Services: noon Saturday, Joines Funeral Home, Villa Grove. Visitation: two hours before services. Burial: Villa Grove Cemetery. Memorials: donor's choice.
Survivors: son, Robert Bowles, Lerna; daughters, Carolyn Fleming, Villa Grove; Linda Belk, Lake Worth, Fla.; sister, Edith Winberg, Gays; half sister, Ethel McClellan, Cave-in-Rock; stepsisters, Clarie May Rhodes, Tuscola; Vi Richardson, Decatur; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Preceded by: parents; husband, Kenneth; and one daughter.
GREENVILLE -- Tyler A. Davidson, 9, Greenville, Greenville Elementary School student, died Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2003).
Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, Smithgrove Baptist Church. Visitation: 4 p.m. Friday in the church. Burial: Smithgrove Cemetery. Arrangements by: Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home, Greenville. Memorials: American Cancer Society or donor's choice.