TUSCOLA -- Julia A. Bruce, 70, Tuscola, retired teacher, died Thursday (March 6, 2003).
Graveside services: 2 p.m .Tuesday, Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. No visitation. Arrangements by: Hilligoss-Shrader Funeral Home, Tuscola. Memorials: American Cancer Society.
Member: Tuscola United Methodist Church. Survivors: son, Anthony D. Bruce, Savoy; sister, Leta Young, Sullivan; four grandchildren. Preceded by: one brother.
KENNEY -- George Vernon Butler, 98, Marietta, Ga., formerly of Kenney and Clinton, died 3:40 p.m. Wednesday (March 5, 2003).
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday in Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with the Rev. Evelyn Denmark officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney. Memorials: Kenney United Methodist Church roof fund.
Mr. Butler was born March 17, 1904, in Kenney, the son of William Arthur and Sarah Elizabeth Cromer Butler. He was a lifelong member of Kenney United Methodist Church. He married Ruth Beatrice Montgomery, the daughter of William Bernard and Carrie Mable Derricks Montgomery, on Dec. 19., 1925. She preceded him in death in 1991.
Mr. Butler, a descendant of the earliest settlers in DeWitt County, farmed in rural Kenny for more than 60 years. An accomplished musician, in earlier years he was also active in theatrical and orchestral organizations. During the 1930 s, his interest in performance led him into early radio, where he performed as Uncle Henry with the Prairie Dusters. After retirement, he resided in Clinton and pursued interests in genealogy and local history. In 1997, he moved to Georgia to live with his daughter and family. Subsequent to a stroke in 2001, he made his home at a personal care facility in Marietta.
Surviving are his daughter, Carol, Mrs. Dean Geiss of Marietta, Ga.; grandchildren, Anna Geiss of Marietta; Bjorn Spoon of Chattanooga, Tenn.; nephews, Lowell Monts of Clinton; Dale Monts of Maroa; niece, Judy Stoutenborough of Nevada; grandnieces and daughters of the late Janice Monts Voelker, Cathy Shull and Carolyn Voelker.
He was preceded in death by his wife and sisters, Jessie Butler Florey and Mary Butler Monts.
EFFINGHAM -- Aloysius Allier Deters, 95, Effingham, retired farmer, died Thursday (March 6, 2003).
Services: 10 a.m. Monday, St. Mary Help of Christians Church, Green Creek. Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Meinhart-Neal Funeral Home, Effingham, with 6:30 p.m. parish wake service and 7:30 p.m. holy name society rosary. Memorials: Lincolnland Hospice and St. Michael's School, Sigel.
LOVINGTON -- Imogene L. Gill, 72, Lovington, died Wednesday (March 5, 2003).
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial: Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials: donor s choice.
Member: Baptist Church of Lovington. Survivors: son, Larry Williams, Heyworth; daughter, Diana Carr, Decatur; brother, Chuck Wallace, Sullivan; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Preceded by: parents, one daughter, three brothers and four sisters.
LINCOLN -- Donald L. Bedwell, 66, Lincoln, retired technician for Lincoln Development Center, died Wednesday (March 5, 2003).
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial: New Union Cemetery, Lincoln. Memorials: Maple Ridge Health Care Centre or American Diabetes Association.
EFFINGHAM -- Leah A. Etchason, 94, Effingham, retired teacher, died Thursday (March 6, 2003).
Services: 2 p.m. Sunday, Johnson Funeral Home, Effingham. Visitation: two hours before services. Burial: Edgewood Cemetery. Memorials: Lutheran Care Center, Altamont or donor s choice.
Member: First Christian Church, Effingham and Order of Eastern Star 110. Survivors: sons, Kenneth R. Etchason and Leland E. Etchason, both of St. Charles; daughters, Leah May Elliot, Dolgeville, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Preceded by: parents; husband, Kenneth; two brothers and one granddaughter.
OBLONG -- Lucy J. McQuality, 91, Oblong, cook, died Thursday (March 6, 2003).
Graveside services: noon Saturday, Zion Cemetery, Clark County. Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong. Memorials: Oblong Schools Academic Foundation.
NOKOMIS -- Esther P. Nantkes, 97, Orlando, Fla., formerly of Nokomis, died Wednesday (March 5, 2003). Arrangements incomplete: Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis.
TUSCOLA -- Curtis L. Lucas, 48, Tuscola, electrician, died Tuesday (March 4, 2003).
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Hilligoss-Shrader Funeral Home, Tuscola. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial: Tuscola Cemetery. Memorials: Lucas Children s College Education Fund, in care of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust, Tuscola, IL 61953.
Member: Tuscola Elks Club and Tuscola Moose Lodge. Survivors: wife, Becky A. Greek; parents, Tuscola; sons, Will Lucas and Shane Lucas, both of Tuscola; sister, Nancy Crossman, Tuscola. Preceded by: one sister.
OREANA -- Cecil E. Lotzgesell, 82, of Oreana went on to be with the Lord 12 p.m. Monday (March 3, 2003) in Shelbyville Manor.
Services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday in Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, with visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
Mr. Lotzgesell was born May 7, 1920, in Duff, Ind., the son of Henry and Lela Atkinson Lotzgesell. He was raised in Decatur and was a graduate of Decatur High School. He was a sergeant in the Army during World War II, serving in the European Theater of Operations as well as the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He retired from Mueller Co. in 1983. He was also a part-time home builder in Decatur. An avid ballplayer, he pitched Decatur Tom's Grill Fast-Pitch softball team to two state championships in the early 1950 s. He was member of Forsyth Baptist Church and enjoyed sports, nature, gardening, movies and his pets. He married Nancy E. Sweazy on March 7, 1942, in St. Charles, Mo.
Surviving are his daughters, Karen Smith and husband David of Oreana; Laura Lotzgesell of St. Louis, Mo.; son, John Lotzgesell and wife Charlene of Lubbock, Texas; grandchildren, Jeff and Scott Smith; Keri Lotzgesell (Mrs. Kyle) Gilbert; Nathan, Ben and Kathy Lotzgesell; Aunt Elizabeth Atkinson of Taylorville; three nephews; two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brothers, James, Kenneth and Albert.
TAYLORVILLE -- Vivian Barbara Jones, 96, Taylorville, homemaker, died Thursday (March 6, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville.
Member: First United Methodist Church, Taylorville. Survivors: sons, Jim Jones and Ben Jones, both of Taylorville; daughter, Barbara Fleigle, Taylorville; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. Preceded by: parents; husband, Ben; one daughter, three brothers and one sister.
SHELBYVILLE -- Donald Askins, 47, Shelbyville, died Thursday (March 6, 2003). Arrangements incomplete: Lockart & Sons Funeral Home, Shelbyville.
HILLSBORO -- Emma Lou Rademacher, 89, Kimball, Neb., formerly of Hillsboro, died Wednesday (March 5, 2003). Arrangements incomplete: Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis.
NOKOMIS -- Audrey Siebert, 73, Nokomis, died Wednesday (March 5, 2003). Arrangements incomplete: Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis.
NOKOMIS -- Loren D. Ruppert, 80, Nokomis, farmer, died Wednesday (March 5, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, St. Paul s Lutheran Church, Nokomis. Visitation: 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis. Burial: St. Paul s Lutheran Cemetery, Nokomis, with military rites.
ARCOLA -- Melanie Shonkweiler, 41, Arcola, died Wednesday (March 5, 2003). Arrangements incomplete: Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola.
OLNEY -- John William "Bill" McGillivray, 66, Olney, died Wednesday (March 5, 2003).
Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Zirkle Funeral Home, Olney. No visitation. Burial: at a later date. Memorials: American Heart Association.
ELKHART -- Ernest L. Albertson, 39, Elkhart, carpenter, died Thursday (March 6, 2003).
Memorial services: 2 p.m. Sunday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. No visitation. Memorials: to the family or Hospice of Central Illinois.
LINCOLN -- Josiah Baugh "Jerry" Tull, 79, of Lincoln, formerly of Windsor, died 2 p.m. Wednesday (March 5, 2003) in St. John s Hospice North, Springfield.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Lockart and Sons Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with the Rev. Robert Henderson officiating.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Sand Creek Cemetery, Windsor, with military rites by VFW Post 4829 of Shelbyville. Memorials: St. John s Hospice North.
Mr. Tull was born July 9, 1923, in Springfield, S.D., the son of Lloyd C. and Emma Sanborn Tull. He was an automotive mechanic, having formerly been employed by Illini Motor Co. in Springfield, Brooks Motor Co. in Mason City and Ray's Shell at the corner of Jasper and Cantrell, Decatur. He was a Strasburg High School graduate and a member of VFW, AMVETS and First Baptist Church of Lincoln. He was an avid bowler. He served in the Navy during World War II on the LST 564 in the Philippine theater and Asiatic-Pacific theater.
Surviving are his son, Butch Tull and wife Connie of Decatur; daughters, Wendy Carter and husband Larry and Cathy Cooper and husband T.C., all of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Jane Rogers and husband John of Jones, Okla.; Julie Ware and husband Rick of Lincoln; Joanie Wheatman and husband Dan of Champaign; brother, Jim Tull and wife Faye of Shelbyville; Clifford Tull and wife Bert of Wilmington; sisters, Margaret Daily and husband Bo of San Jose, Calif.; Frances Branson and husband Bud of Phoenix, Ariz.; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kitty Evans and sister, Katherine Reedy.
GIBSON CITY -- Thurman L. "Corky" Thompson, 73, Gibson City, died Wednesday (March 5, 2003).
Graveside services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Drummer Township Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Memorials: to the family.
FLORA -- Leola F. White, 75, Flora, retired medical bookkeeper, died Monday (March 3, 2003).
Services: 2 p.m. Monday, Frank & Bright Funeral Home, Flora. Visitation: one hour before services.