DECATUR -- Harold E. Schum, 79, of Decatur passed away Sunday (March 16, 2003) in his home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, with an 8 p.m. prayer service. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Riverton, with militar
y rites by Inter-Burial Detail of Sangamon County. Memorials: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or Decatur Cancer Clinic.
Harold was born Aug. 10, 1923, in Ivesdale, the son of Benno and Mathilde Morenz Schum. He married Ruth Paine on Sept. 2, 1949, in St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Mr. Schum worked for Houdaille Hershey Factory and Wagner Castings Co. until his retirement. Mr. Schum was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, honorary life member of Knights of Columbus Council 577, Decatur, and served with the 3rd Army in Europe for two years. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, received a Meritorious Unit Award, a Good Conduct Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal.
Surviving are his son, Randy E. Schum of Decatur; grandson, Derek E. Schum and wife Marsay of Herndon, Va.; great-grandson, Drew E. Schum of Herndon, Va.; sisters, Leona White of Decatur; Loretta Mayer and husband Don of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Lucille Wilson and husb
and Bob of Council, Idaho; Lorena Niehaus and husband Bill of Hillsboro; Sandi Aliberto and husband Al of Bullhead City, Ariz.; brothers, Francis Schum and wife Myrtle of Lake Dallas, Texas; Glen L. Schum and wife Polly of Litchfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and one brother.
The family would like to thank Dr. James L. Wade and the caring staff of doctors and nurses at the Decatur Cancer Clinic, Dr. David Kamm, Dr. William Franklin, Dr. M. Stauder, Dr. Patty Mayer, and the hospice, the entire group at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, and Monsignor Kevin Vann. Also, a special thank-you to his neighbors, especially the Doug Hayes family and Harold s family, many caring and loving relatives, former employees, co-workers, and
DECATUR -- Jean Morris Williams, 70, of Decatur passed away Saturday (March 15, 2003) in her home with her family.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, with visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Entombment will be in Star of Hope Mausoleum. Memorials: Millikin University or DMH Home Health & Hospice Services.
Jean was born May 13, 1932, in Decorah, Iowa, the daughter of Emmet and Marie Florence Falb Morris. She married Dr. James E. Williams on June 11, 1955, in Maywood. He preceded her in death Dec. 19, 2002.
Mrs. Williams was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Pi Beta Phi, PEO Chapter MH, Junior Welfare, Decatur Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Dennis School PTA, Decatur Country Club, Decatur Club, former member of Dental Wives, and a Millikin University alumni volunteer. She was a graduate of Millikin University in 1954.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Brit Williams and wife Lee; grandchildren, Lauralee and James, both of Clinton; daughter, Dare Patterson and husband Kent; grandchildren, Mackenzie and Kacy, both of Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
A special thank-you to her caregivers, Esta Wolf and Mary Jane Charles, to DMH Home Health & Hospice Services, and her sisters from PEO Chapter MH.
XENIA -- James Allen Boston, 59, Xenia, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. maintenance worker, died Saturday (March 15, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Neal Funeral Home, Louisville. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial: Christian Home Cemetery, Louisville. Memorials: medical expenses, in care of Flora Bank & Trust.
CLINTON -- Francis Morris Brady Sr., 92, of Clinton died 9:40 p.m. Saturday (March 15, 2003) in DeWitt County Nursing Home, Hallsville.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Patrick s Catholic Church, Wapella, with the Rev. Father Robert Hoffman officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday in Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with 5 p.m. rosary. Burial will be in St. Patrick s Cemetery, Wapella. Memorials: St. John's Church Outreach Fund, Clinton or DeWitt County Habitat for Humanity.
Mr. Brady was born Sept. 16, 1910, in Colem, S.D., the son of Thomas and Mary Ann Crilly Brady. He was a livestock dealer in Central Illinois for many years and worked at Trainor Livestock Sales until his retirement. He was a World War II veteran and an enthusiastic gardener and woodworker. He married Barbara Barnes on Aug. 25, 1945, in Reno, Nev. She preceded him in death June 12, 1993.
Surviving are his sons, James (Sharyl) Brady, Edward (Karla) Brady and Francis (Anita) Brady Jr., all of Clinton; Thomas (Melissa) Brady of Dixon; daughters, Mary Ann (Jeff) Rhodes of Bloomington; Rosemary (Tim) Craven of Danville; Edith (Calvin) Brady-Lunny and Helen (Steve) Michelassi, both of Clinton; brother, James Brady of Bloomington; sister, Mary Jo McPeek of Decatur; 21 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; five brothers; four sisters.
Mr. Brady will be greatly missed by his large Irish family and many friends.
ASSUMPTION -- Mildred Grace "Milly" Branyan, 85, of Assumption passed away 10:15 a.m. Sunday (March 16, 2003) in St. Mary s Hospital.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Seitz Funeral Home, Assumption, with visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Moweaqua. Memorials: First United Methodist Church, Assumption.
Milly was born Oct. 28, 1917, in Moweaqua, the daughter of Ray and May McConnell White. She worked in a garment factory and at Caterpillar Inc. during World War II. She was a beauty operator and a Fleetwood Oil Co., Moweaqua, employee. Most of her life she spent as a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, flowers, quilting and baking her prize-winning cakes. She was a 50-year member of Order of the Eastern Star, Tacusah chapter, in Assumption, and was past worthy matron. She had a 50-year pin from Royal Neighbors of America, was a member of Christian County Farm Bureau and First United Methodist Church. She married Marvin "Mike" Mathias in 1940, and they adopted a son, Terry Michael. Marvin preceded her in death in 1956. She later married Leland Branyan on Jan. 7, 1962, in Moweaqua, and they spent many happy years together buying and selling antiques, driving their Model T Ford in parades, attending steam engine shows and spending winters in Fort Myers, Fla. He preceded her in death Jan. 3, 2003.
Surviving are her sister, Margaret Lee of Decatur; sister-in-law, Jane White of Moweaqua; stepdaughters, Janae Weinhold of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Marla Rose of Assumption; Sharon Golden of Harlington, Texas; stepdaughter-in-law, Janet Branyan of Assumption; two nieces and a nephew; 10 stepgrandchildren; 10 great-stepgrandchildren; brother-in-law, Morris Mathias and wife Marceleen of Kenney; sister-in-law, Helen Reid and husband Don of Shelbyville; sister-in-law, Wilma Lampert of Pittsburgh, Pa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bob White; first husband; second husband; son, Terry Mathias, in 1988; stepson, Richard Branyan; brother-in-law, Norman Lee.
COWDEN -- Louester Gordon, 91, Cowden, died Sunday (March 16, 2003). Arrangements incomplete: Lockart & Sons Funeral Home, Cowden.
CERRO GORDO -- Charles E. "Gene" Heitz, 81, Cerro Gordo, died Saturday (March 15, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Brintlinger and Earl Cerro Gordo Home. Memorials: American Legion Post 117 of Cerro Gordo or Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren.
RAYMOND -- Robert A. "Bob" Hough, 90, of Raymond, died 5:21 a.m. Sunday (March 16, 2003) in Hillsboro Hospital.
Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Raymond Catholic Church. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hough Funeral Home, Raymond, with 7:30 p.m. 4th degree presentation of the chalice and 8 p.m. Masonic rites. Burial will be in St. Raymond Cemetery.
Robert Anthony Hough was born December 24, 1912, in Raymond, the son of Roscoe M. and Clara Rose Fleigle Hough. Mr. Hough was senior member and chairman of the board of Hough Funeral Homes. He was one of Raymond's most colorful characters, widely known as an excellent restorative artist and a caring, gentle and charitable man. He loved to fish, play shuffle board and play cards all night. His community service includes membership on the executive Boy Scout board and the organization of a local Boy Scout Troop, service as chairman, for the Raymond Harvel community, for the fund drive to build the new St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, and on the St. Francis Advisory Board. Later in life, he served on the Raymond School Board, hiring his own teachers and as Raymond Township tax assessor, for 12 years. Bob was a lifetime member of Raymond Catholic Church, Hillsboro Moose Lodge 1377, Legion of Moose and Springfield Elks Lodge 158. He was a member of Raymond-Harvel Kiwanis, Illinois Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Illinois District 14 Funeral Directors Association, Raymond Masonic Lodge 692 AF&AM transferred to Morrisonville Lodge 681 AF&AM, Carroll Town Council 48 of Litchfield, Glenwood Chapter 459 Order of the Eastern Star of Morrisonville transferred to Hermon Chapter 95 of Hillsboro, Valley of Springfield 32 degree Consistory, Ansar Shrine of Springfield, Low 12 Club Members and Illinois Fireman's Association. He was a charter member of Knights of Columbus, Raymon
d 4696, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, and a charter member of Raymond Fire Department, now Raymond-Harvel Fire Department and 3m Fireman. He served Monsignor Patrick F. Carroll, Litchfield Assembly, and later, Bishop Joseph McNicholas, Gillespie Assembly. In 1992, Bob received an Outstanding Citizen award, presented to him on his 80th birthday by Raymond Mayor Dennis Held. He also served as president of M&M Shrine Club in 1992 and 1994. In June 1995, the Valley of Springfield awarded him the Meritorious Service Award. In 1999, Hough Funeral Home marked 100 years of business, and Bob, accompanied by his wife, son, Bill, and his wife, grandsons, Dan and David and their wives, to Chicago, where he received Illinois Historical Society membership. In April 2000, he received an appreciation award from Raymond-Harvel Kiwanis Club. In August 2000, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award. Bob Hough graduated from Raymond Community High School in 1933 and from Worsham School of Mortuary Science, Chicago, in 1940. While attending high school, Bob's athletic ability made him a legend among the generation that followed him through school. He was the center on the basketball team and in track and field. He ran the one hundred yard dash in 9.9 seconds and the mile in 4 minutes and 24 seconds. He began his lifetime association with the funeral home business helping his father, who founded the Hough Funeral Parlor, Raymond, in 1899. Before taking over the business in 1940, after the death of his father, Bob's mother man
aged the funeral parlor until he joined her. Bob was an apprentice at Albert G. Hoppe Funeral Parlors, St. Louis. While there, and because of his excellent restorative artwork,he was selected to accompany Mr. Hoppe to Campbell Funeral Home in New York, to help prepare the body of Will Rogers for burial. The trip was canceled, however, at the request of Mrs. Rogers, who decided upon a closed casket for the famous man's funeral. In 1943, he and his wife purchased Charles Scherer funeral home, and it still remains the site of the present funeral home in Raymond. In 1976, the Hough family purchased Murphy Funeral Home in Farmersville, later to be called Hough Memorial Home. In the fall of 1976, the family purchased Fishburn Funeral Home in Morrisonville, now Hough Colonial Home. In 1993, the family purchased the property on School Street in Hillsboro to build Hough and Sons Funeral Home. The Hough Funeral Home, under Bob's ownership, established the first ambulance service in Raymond, with a Nash ambulance he purchased. The rear window of that ambulance can still be seen in a beveled glass design above the front door of the Raymond Funeral Home. The ambulance service operated for 37 years before it was turned over to the Panhandle Area Ambulance Service in 1977. During World War II, Bob was called upon to give medicine and shots, while Dr. Driscoll, Raymond's only doctor, was called away to minister to workers at the Allis Chalmers plant in Springfield. He married Temple Irene Wilson on September 5, 1936, in St. Raymond's Rectory, with the Rev. Father Charles W. Oppenheim, dean and pastor of St. Raymond's Catholic Church in Raymond officiating. Four children were born to this marriage.
Surviving are his wife; son, William R. of Raymond; daughters, Mrs. Dennis R. (D
elores) Williams, of Raymond and Mrs. Gary (Janet) Held of Morrisonville; grandchildren, Daniel R. Hough of Raymond, David A. Hough of Hillsboro, Chad Williams of Champaign, Christina Hannah of Farmersville and Garret Williams of Raymond; stepgrandchihldren, Doria Flaugher of Tuscumbia Mo., Don Endsley of Bothell Wa., DeAnna Call of East Peoria, Damon and Justin Held of Nokomis, Jodie Stewart of Tremont; great-grandchildren, Jordan Hough of Hillsboro, Kelsey and Haley Hough of Raymond, Jake Hannah of Farmersville, Luke and Morgan Williams of Champaign; great- stepgrandchildren, Donielle and Brent Dean of East Peoria; Jason, stationed in the Navy in West Virginia, Jarrod Burget of Forest City; Launa Hough of Tuscumbia Mo., Christian and Dillon Vickery of Tremont; Reed Heberling of Taylorville; brother, Raymond "Jiggs" Hough of Raymond; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, on Nov. 29, 1939; mother, on October 1, 1965; daughter, Nancy Ann, in infancy, Nov. 18, 1951; sisters, Mary C. Martin, on Feb. 6, 1986; Rita B. Todt, on March 31, 1982; brothers, John P. Hough, on Aug. 18, 1991, J. Leo Hough, in September 2003.
Bob was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He always had a story to tell, with pipe and rolling smoke. He never met a stranger in his life.
PANA -- Velma P. Bland Kelmel, 75, Pana, nurse s aide, died Saturday (March 15, 2003).
Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial: Price Cemetery, Oconee. Memorials: Pana Community Hospital Foundation for the hospice or SMA Foundation.
Member: Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church; Eagles. Survivors: sons, Jack Welburn, Roy Welburn, Marvin Bland, Floyd Clifford Bland II, all of Pana; daughters, Dorothy Jerrett, Barbara Inman, Beverly Beck, Penny Brown, all of Pana; 26 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; four stepsons; two stepdaughters; 26 step-grandchildren; several great-step-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brothers, Floyd Allen, Dexter, Mo.; Albert Lee Allen, Odin; sister, Norma Akins, Pana. Preceded by: five sisters; one brother; three grandchildren; one great- grandchild; two stepchildren; one step-grandchild.
MATTOON -- Robert "Bobby" Lawrence, 37, Tunnell Hill, Ga., formerly of Mattoon, died Saturday (March 15, 2003). Arrangements incomplete: Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, Mattoon.
LINCOLN -- Agnes M. "Grandma" Lohrenz, 84, Lincoln, J.C. Penny Co. Inc. sales clerk, died Sunday (March 16, 2003).
Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Holy Family Church, Lincoln. Visitation: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, with 4 p.m. rosary. Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln. Memorials: Carroll Catholic School or Hospice of Central Illinois.