Anna Belle O'Neill
November 05, 1912 - November 04, 2007
Visitation: 6:00 PM on November 07, 2007
Funeral: 10:00 AM on November 08, 2007
Anna Belle O’Neill died Sunday evening, November 4, holding hands with members of her loving family. Anna battled Alzheimer’s disease for ten years, spending the last eight at Imboden Living Center.
Visitation will be held November 7, Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 pm at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes with Father Jeff Grant leading prayers at 5:45 pm. A funeral mass will be held Thursday at 10 am in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Decatur, followed by burial at Calvary cemetery.
Anna was born in Decatur, IL on November 5, 1912 one of eleven children. She married Bernard J. O’Neill on February 26, 1949. He preceded her in death on September 10. 1990. In her early years Anna worked for the Herald & Review and for the Decatur Advertiser. Later, as a mother and grandmother she was active in the right to life movement with Eagle Forum. Anna volunteered at a number of organizations including the YWCA teaching swimming, the Good Samaritan Inn and Catholic Charities. Her religious faith was an important part of her everyday life.
Anna is survived by her sons Clark O'Neill and his wife Kaye of Decatur, Patrick O’Neill and wife Anna of Carbondale; grandchildren Cathy (Bret) Olendorf and Tim O’Neill of Decatur, Rick O’Neill of Naperville; Erin, Sean and Shane O’Neill of Carbondale; great grandchildren Rachel Olendorf of St. Louis, Laura Olendorf of Ft. Myers, Fl., Nick Olendorf of Decatur and Brendan O’Neill of Naperville. Also surviving are sisters Allegra Bollero of Ft. Myers and Hillary See of Decatur. Anna was preceded in death by her parents William F. and Laura B. (Clark) Bowman, two brothers and six sisters.
The family would like to thank the Imboden Living Center staff for their loving care over these last years. Memorials can be sent in Anna’s name to St. Patrick’s Church, Decatur or the Ursuline Sisters, 210 Glennon Heights Road, Crystal City, Mo.
February 04, 1925 - December 06, 2007
Visitation: 4:00 PM on December 09, 2007
Funeral: 10:00 AM on December 10, 2007
Marilynn "Lynn" Copping Olendorf, 82, passed away on December 6, 2007 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Lynn was born on February 4, 1925, in Aurora, Illinois, the daughter of Gale and Esther Copping. She married James C. Olendorf on February 26, 1944 in Evanston Illinois while he was a dental student. After his graduation, they lived in several army posts then were sent to Germany where they lived several years while he was in the Army of Occupation. In 1947 they moved to Decatur where they have lived for the last 60 years.
Lynn spent her life as a homemaker while leading and participating in many volunteer organizations. These organizations included AFS, YWCA, DAR, youth mentoring programs and church activities. She became an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1948 where she served as an elder and started the Helping Hands program.
Lynn's hobbies included golf (Scovill Ladies Golf Association), bowling, tennis, bridge, WSW investment club and several book clubs.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, James of Decatur, IL; her children, Gayle and husband David Beam of Raleigh, NC; Douglas and wife Susan Olendorf of Decatur, Il; Lisa and her husband David Smith of Carmel, IN; Bret and his wife Cathy Olendorf of Decatur, Il; her 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Gale Dean Copping of Decatur, MI and Robert Copping of South Haven, MI.
Special thanks to Cancer Care including Dr. James Wade and Dr. Mary Ann DePaz.
Visitation will be held Sunday December 9 at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, from 4 - 7 PM.
Memorial Service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Monday December 10 at 10 AM.
Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or the Salvation Army at 229 W. Main St. in Decatur.
Robert L. Owens
June 14, 1930 - January 08, 2008
Visitation: 5:00 PM on January 11, 2008
Funeral: 10:00 AM on January 12, 2008
Robert L. “Bob” Owens, 77, of Decatur, IL, died 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at Manor Care Health Services, Decatur, IL.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, January 12, 2008, at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL, with visitation 5 to 7 P.M., Friday, January 11, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Point Pleasant Cemetery, Long Creek, IL.
Bob was born June 14, 1930, in Decatur, IL, the son of Ozie and Ruby (Wasson) Owens. He married Dixie A. Beard on August 13, 1954 in Decatur, IL. He began his working career in 1949 at A.E. Staley Co. and then in 1950 joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean War. Bob then returned to work at Staley’s again until his retirement, and he was past vice president of the union. He enjoyed golfing at Nelson Park and playing baseball, and he was a member of Staley’s Fast-Pitch Softball team. Bob was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dixie of Decatur, IL; children Terry Lynn Owens, of Borger, TX, “Dixie”Yvonne Moore and husband Jerry of Decatur, IL, James Robert Owens of Amarillo, TX, Robin Lucille Owens of Decatur, IL; 6 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren; sisters Roberta Nugent of Decatur, IL and Ruby Owens of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Heather.
The Owens family wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Manor Care for their months of caring for Bob during his illness.
Karen Ilene Oxendale-Parmenter
November 29, 1951 - November 23, 2007
Visitation: 10:00 AM on December 03, 2007
Funeral: 11:00 AM on December 03, 2007
Karen Ilene (Oxendale) Parmenter, 55, of Turlock, CA; passed away at 1:30 a.m., Friday, November 23, 2007 at her residence.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Monday, December 3, 2007 at First Lutheran Church, Decatur, IL, with visitation one hour prior to service time. Burial will be in Hall Cemetery, Blue Mound, IL.
Memorials may be made to Karen (Oxendale) Parmenter Memorial Fund, c/o Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, 2827 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL 62526.
Karen was born on November 29, 1951, in Bellevue, OH, the daughter of Lynn R. and Caroline (Humbarger) Oxendale. She married Robert Brent Parmenter in September 1974, in Redding CA.
Karen was a 1968 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and attended dental hygiene school in Pensacola, FL, where she received an Associate Degree. She was a dental hygienist for 35 years and owned a pottery business. Karen was an excellent seamstress and made clothing for theater productions. She enjoyed home decorating, singing, cooking, and dining.
Surviving are her husband of 33 years, Brent of Turlock, CA; parents Lynn and Carol Oxendale of Decatur, IL; sister Sharon Oxendale of Philadelphia, PA; brother Gary Oxendale and wife Doriann of Whitehall, MI; niece Ashley Oxendale of Chicago, IL; nephews Nathan Oxendale of Kalamazoo, MI and Isaac and Eli Oxendale of Whitehall MI.
Karen was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.
Russell Duff Page
October 18, 1927 - January 22, 2008
Visitation: 6:00 PM on January 23, 2008
Funeral: 10:00 AM on January 24, 2008
Russell Duff Page died at 7:25 A.M. on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 in his home after a long battle with cancer. He was 80 years of age.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday January 24, at First Baptist Church, Decatur, IL. Visitation will be 6 to 8 P.M., Wednesday, January 23, at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL. Graveside services and burial will be 3:00 P.M., Thursday, January 24, at Sunset Memorial Park in Du Quoin, IL.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church.
Russ was born in Du Quoin, Illinois, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Page, Sr., on October 18, 1927. He was a graduate of primary and grade schools in Sanford, Florida. He attended University High School in Carbondale, Illinois before graduating from the Du Quoin Township High School in only three years. He attended the University of Illinois for one year, before serving a brief period in the USNR during WWII. Following this service, Russ returned home, completed two years of pre-engineering at Southern Illinois University, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Civil Engineering degree. His aunt, and guardian, was a resident of Oklahoma City, OK.
Russ married the former June Neville (Clark) of Du Quoin on June 10, 1950. They had no children. He joined the Wabash Railroad in 1950 to serve as a field Engineer on a 7.5 mile line change in the Barry, Illinois area. In 1951, Russ was transferred to Decatur, IL as an Assistant Division Engineer.
With only eight months of service, during WWII, Russ was called back into military service in 1954, during the Korean War. He served at the Army Transportation Research and Development Command at Fort Eustis, VA where he developed the concept of an air transportable locomotive for the U.S. Army, following such a need generated by the Battle of the Bulge in Germany.
Russ joined Caterpillar Tractor Company in 1956 and retired from Caterpillar in 1988. He was a Project Engineer and held 18 patents on earthmoving equipment, the most notable being a mechanical lock to prevent a motor grader blade from windmilling under load, and an automatic blade control for motor graders that maintained a preset angle of blade slope, with respect to gravity, as the motor grader advanced down a roadway. He also developed concept designs for off-highway trucks.
In 1974, Russ became a charter member of the Stephen Decatur Chapter of the Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution. In 1985, he was elected President of the Illinois Society. Following this service, Russ was elected National Trustee, then Vice President General of the National Society. Running for national office, Russ served two terms as Treasurer General, and one term as Secretary General of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. He was elected President General in 1998. During his term as President General, 1998-1999, he and First Lady June Page made 40 major trips visiting state and district and societies, and local chapters across the United States. During this period, he also managed the National Society Headquarters in Louisville, KY, with the help and support of his Executive Director Wayne Wiedman and a very loyal and capable Executive Committee. The greatest achievement during his service as President General was in contesting, and settling, a legal battle to retain a charitable gift left in trust to the Society by Compatriot Robert Friend of Chicago, IL. This brought 1.4 million dollars to the Society. President General Page designated 300, 000 dollars of these funds for seed money to purchase land and start planning the 6 million dollar Center for Advancing America’s Heritage in Louisville, KY. This is currently the major on-going project of the Society.
Russ was a member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur for almost 50 years. He held various offices including Sunday School teacher, deacon, trustee, and moderator. He is survived by June, his wife of 57 years, brother Col. James E. Page, Jr. (Retired) of San Antonio, TX, five nieces and three nephews. One niece passed away in 2006.
Glen C. Park
April 21, 1923 - September 22, 2007
Visitation: 6:00 PM on September 24, 2007
Funeral: 11:00 AM on September 25, 2007
Glen C. Park, 84, of Decatur, passed away at 8:20 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2007, at Manor Care Health Services.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2007, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, with visitation 6-8 p.m., Monday, September 24, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur.
Memorials may be made to Parkway Church of the Nazarene.
Mr. Park was born on April 21, 1923, in Trinway, Ohio, the son of Earl and Bertha (Atwood) Park. He married Betty Bronson on June 18, 1950, in Decatur. Mr. Park graduated from Olivet Nazarene College and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Park previously worked for Caterpillar Tractor Co., retiring in 1988, after 32 years of service. He was member of Parkway Church of the Nazarene and served as a Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, and served as a board member for many years. He had a life long interest in semi-trucking after driving for two years during college, and enjoyed Indianapolis 500 races and bird watching.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Betty of Decatur; sons Jim Park and wife Cindy of Mt. Zion, IL; Ken Park and wife Amy or Morton, IL; daughter Linda Blunt and husband James of Oakley, IL; brothers Hubert Park and wife Mary of Dayton, OH; Leonard Park and wife Carol of Dresden, OH; Wayne Park and wife Judy of Frazeysburg, OH; grandchildren Jeff Park and wife Sheree, Joel Park, Molly Park, Stephanie Park, Natalie Park, Brandon Park, Allison Park, Daniel Park, Joy Blunt and Kent Blunt; and great granddaughter Alaina Park.
Mr. Park was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Norman Park, who died in WWII at the age of 18.
Rosemary June Park
September 02, 1925 - December 26, 2007
Visitation: 5:00 PM on December 28
Funeral: 10:00 AM on December 29
Rosemary June Park of Warrensburg, IL passed away peacefully at 1:35 PM, Wednesday, December 26th at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 29th at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL. Visitation will be 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday, December 28th at the funeral home. Rosemary will be laid to rest in Boiling Springs Cemetery, Decatur, IL.
Memorials may be made to Warrensburg United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Park was born September 2, 1925, in Decatur, Illinois, the daughter of Cecil and Ellen (Rutherford) Short. She married Willard Park on October 28, 1942 in St. Charles, Missouri. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2006.
First and foremost Rosemary was a devoted wife and mother of five children. She was the co-owner and bookkeeper for the family business, Park Leghorn Farm for many years. She worked for a short time at Taylor Pharmaceutical and was a cook at Warrensburg-Latham School.
Among her many interests were baking and floral arranging. Her talents in both of these areas won her several First Place and Best-of-Show awards at local County Fairs and the Illinois State Fair. Rosemary loved life and had many interests. Among them were traveling, playing cards with family and friends and watching the St. Louis Cardinals play. She was an avid Cardinal fan.
She was an active member, through her church, of The Golden Agers, The Prime Timers, and the United Methodist Women. Rosemary was also a member of Home Bureau.
Surviving are her children Sandra Joy Hunter of Altamont, IL; Rodney Thomas Park and wife Kay of Forsyth, IL; Gloria Jean Lowery and husband Dennis of Decatur, IL; Dennis Wayne Park and wife Debbie of Warrensburg, IL; Lester Dean Park and wife Pat of Columbia, SC; foreign exchange son Chris Ahrens and wife Caroline and their 4 children of France; 21 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild; brothers Harlan Short of Niantic, IL, and Bill Short of Mission, TX.
Mrs. Park was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Park, her parents, one brother Russell Short, who died while serving his country in 1943, one sister Eleanor (Short) Ball, one premature sister, and great granddaughter Stephanie Nicole Park.
M. Margaret Parr
November 24, 1912 - October 20, 2007
Visitation: 6:00 PM on October 25, 2007
Funeral: 11:00 AM on October 26, 2007
M. Margaret Parr, 94, of Decatur, IL., died at 11:13 P.M. Saturday (October 20, 2007), in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday (October 26, 2007) at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL., with visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday (October 25, 2007) at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home and one hour prior to service time on Friday (October 26, 2007). Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery Decatur, IL.
Memorials may be made to: Decatur Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Margaret was born on November 24, 1912 in Oakland, IL, the daughter of William Robert Whittington and Carrie (Clark) Whittington. She married Melvin Parr on May 30, 1938.
Margaret was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She worked as a secretary at Nelson Insurance Agency and also for Dr. Bourne.
She is survived by her children: John Robert Parr and fiancee Shana of Lincoln, IL., and Carrie “Dee” Reed of Decatur, IL.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, husband Melvin, and son-in-law Rev. Larry Reed.