Lilabelle Louise Traylor
January 25, 1915 - May 19, 2008
Visitation: 10:00 AM on May 22, 2008
Funeral: 11:00 AM on May 22, 2008
Lilabelle Louise Traylor, 93, of Decatur, IL, died 4:20 A.M., Monday, May 19, 2008, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Central Christian Church, Decatur, IL, with visitation one hour prior to service time at the church. Graveside services and burial will be 4:00 P.M. in Bushnell Cemetery, Bushnell, IL. Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL, will be handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Central Christian Church Cocoa (Coke) and Lilabelle Traylor Scholarship Fund.
Lilabelle was born on January 25, 1915 in McDonough County to William Ross and Mary Gladys (Mamie) Huffman Beaird. She graduated from Bardolph High School in 1932 where she participated in plays and was cheerleader for the basketball team during her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. She graduated from Western Illinois University in 1938 where she became a member of Pi Beta Pi, an honorary society for Business Ed. majors, and was also a member of Kappa Delta Pi.
While going to Western she taught in rural schools in McDonough County. After receiving her B.Ed. she taught Business Ed. At Ben Funk High School near Bloomington. It was here that she met Cocoa Traylor. They married on May 25, 1940. During World War II she followed her husband in the Air Corps from 1943 to 1946. She taught Business Ed at Latham High School from 1946 until it closed. She taught at Warrensburg-Latham’s Sunnyside School from 1951 to 1959, and moved with it to Warrensburg-Latham Elementary School and was there from 1959 to 1974. She and her husband retired in 1974 and spent 22 winters in Bradenton, FL. There she was an Elkette for 15 years and an Associate member of AAUW. While in Decatur she was a member of AAUW, Beta Sigma-Delta Kappa Gamma, Lady Elks, Club Continental, South Side Country Club, NEA, IEA, DARTA, Ruth Circle, Lydia, Dorcas Disciples, and Kiwaniannes. She was a member of the Merry Maidens Club, a group of high school chums who have met yearly for over 70 years.
Lilabelle was President of Macon County Teacher’s Association whom she represented at the NEA conventions in New York City in 1965 and in Miami Beach in 1966. She also served as an IEA delegate.
She and her husband’s travels included all 50 states (Hawaii many times), all provinces of Canada, a cruise to Caracas, Venezuela, and several European countries.
Lilabelle has a been a member of the Central Christian Church since 1957 and was recently elected there as a Deacon Emerita.
She is survived by sisters-in-law Jean Beaird of Mattoon, Mary Miller of Macomb, and Georgine Traylor Baker of El Paso and nieces and nephews Carol Idleman of Mattoon, Michael Beaird of Chesterfield, MO, Gloria Clark of Bushnell, Barbara Hinytzke of Detroit, MI, Bonnie McGinley of Highland, Joe Baker of Metamora, and Becky Hakes of El Paso. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, a sister-in-law, one niece and one nephew.
James Marvin Trolia
August 06, 1929 - February 07, 2008
Visitation: 2:00 PM on February 10, 2008
Funeral: 10:00 AM on February 11, 2008
James Marvin (Jim) Trolia, 78, of Decatur, IL passed away at 10:00 am on Thrusday, Feburary 7, 2008.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am. Monday, February 11, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Visitation will be 2-5 pm, Sunday, February 10, with a prayer service at 1:45 pm, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery with military rites by the Macon County Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to the Decatur Humane Society.
Jim was born August 6, 1929 in Decatur and lived there all his life. He attended St. Patrick's School from kindergarten thru eighth grade and St. Teresa High School after that, graduating in the class of 1947. He also attended Millikin University for a time. He was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean conflict from 1951 - 1953.
Jim married Lena (Lee) Zandonai on July 23, 1955 in St. Patrick's Catholic Church. They celebrated 52 years of marriage together. They had two children, Thomas Michael and Tina Marie. Jim was employed at MII, Inc. in Lincoln, IL for twenty five years.
He is survived by wife, Lee, daughter Tina Voelker (Dave), two grandsons, Nick and Sam, and two granddogs.
Those preceding him in death were his parents, Vic and Nora Trolia, one brother Thomas Norton and son, Tom Trolia.
Jim will be remembered as a soft-spoken gentleman and will be sadly missed by his beloved family and many friends.
William Joseph Erickson Tucker
September 24, 2007
Visitation: 4:00 PM on September 28, 2007
Funeral: No funeral details available at this time.
William Joseph Erickson Tucker, infant son of Matthew J. and Kari Newcome Tucker, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, September 24th, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 P.M., Friday, September 28th, 2007 at Life Foursquare Church, Decatur, IL. Private graveside services will be at 10:30 A.M., September 29th, 2007 at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Life Foursquare Church. Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL, will be assisting the family with the arrangements.
Will is survived by his mother, father and brother Jeffrey Tucker, all of Decatur, IL; grandparents Jim and Lonni Newcome of Decatur, IL, Tom and Colette Tucker of Jeffersonville, IN; great grandmothers Sylvia Erickson of Decatur, IL, Mae Niehls of Decatur, IL, Vivien Sullivan of Jeffersonville, IN, Genevieve Tucker of Jeffersonville, IN; aunts and uncles Kristin (Newcome) Hesse and husband Ted of Decatur, IL, John Tucker and wife Robin of Georgetown, IN, James Tucker and wife Kie of Frankfort, KY, Ann Takami and husband Andrew of Sellersburg, IN and cousins Zachary, Caitlyn, Seth, Nicole, and Nathaniel.
Will meets in heaven his sister, Natalie Kristine.
George R. Turner
June 28, 1913 - May 24, 2008
Visitation: 5:00 PM on May 27, 2008
Funeral: 10:00 AM on May 28, 2008
George R. Turner, 94, died at 6:13 P.M. on Saturday (05-24-2008) in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00AM, Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at Brintlinger Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL., with visitation from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at the funeral home, with Masonic Rites at 7:00 P.M.
Burial will be held at Macon County Memorial Park, Harristown, IL. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home are handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Sharon United Methodist Church or Summit Lodge #431 Warrensburg, IL.
George was born on June 28, 1913 in Decatur, IL., the son of George E. Turner and Alta (Winegarner) Turner. He married Faye Meador in July 31, 1933. He married Janet I. Owens on August 19, 1962 in Villa Grove, IL. Both of his wives preceded him in death.
He was a member of Sharon United Methodist Church, Past Master of the Summit Lodge #431 A.F. & A.M., Past District Deputy Grand Master of the 13th Eastern District, Ansar Shrine, and the Springfield Consistory. George worked at Mueller Co. for thirty six years as a shipping clerk retiring in 1976.
He is survived by 7 nieces and 8 nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, four brothers, four sisters, several nieces and nephews, and one special nephew Bill Grandon.
Jack R. Veech
December 08, 1927 - November 03, 2007
Visitation: 5:00 PM on November 06, 2007
Funeral: 10:00 AM on November 07, 2007
Jack R. Veech 79 of Decatur, IL passed away Saturday November 3, 2007 at 7:59 a.m. at his residence.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday November 7, 2007 at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Decatur, IL with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday November 6, 2007 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery Decatur, IL with military rites conducted by Macon County Honor Guard
Memorial to: Decatur Memorial Hospice or American Cancer Society.
Jack was born December 8, 1927 in Decatur, IL the son of Gaines R. and Flossie (Likins) Veech. He married Barbara Collins January 17, 1970 in Decatur and she passed away March 18, 1997.
Jack was a third generation farmer operating one of Macon County’s oldest farms for more than sixty years. He was known to drive the family grain trucks before he could see over the steering wheel at the age of seven. Jack farmed in partnership with Tom Corman of Mt. Zion in recent years. Aside from farming, Jack’s second love was flying, having attained his pilot’s license as a young man. He was known for aerial acrobatics, although sometimes they did not go as well as planned. Jack was always on the run and enjoyed being out, doing things. Jack loved to travel, especially to Hawaii and Branson. He was well known far and wide for his boisterous sense of humor and picking on his “sweet sister”.
Jack is survived by his companion, Jan Dobson, of Cerro Gordo; son Bill (wife, Sandy) Veech, of Oreana, three daughters, Sheree Shafer, of Decatur; Candy Winholtz, of Argenta; Janice (husband, Paul) McCormick, of Edina, MN; three stepchildren, Marsha Porter, of Cerro Gordo; Patrick Wallace of Decatur; Peggy Wallace, of Decatur; one sister Eileen Cook, of Bloomington; eight grandchildren, Eric (wife, Krista) Veech, of Decatur; Phillip Cook, of Champaign; Andrew Cook, of Chicago; Jenna Winholtz, of Bloomington; Brett Winholtz, of Argenta; Jake, Max, and Lucas McCormick, of Edina, MN; four step grandchildren, Derek and Lacey Wallace, of Decatur; Tim Hill, of Decatur; Sophia Crawford, of Cerro Gordo; two step great grandchildren, Daisy and Lily Crawford and one great grandchild on the way.
Jack was preceded in death by both parents; his wife, Barbara; sister, Rebecca Jane Hutson; two grandchildren Beth Winholtz and Jack William Veech, Jr.
Jack loved Sunday mornings at the donut shop. He will be missed by everyone.
Mary K. Walker
April 20, 1920 - February 24, 2008
Visitation: 10:00 AM on 2/27/2008
Funeral: 11:00 AM on 2/27/2008
Mary K. Walker, 87, of Decatur, died Sunday, February 24, 2008, in Imboden Creek.
Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior to service time. Burial will be 2:30 P.M. Wednesday, February 27, in St. Clair Cemetery, Altamont, IL. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, Decatur, are handing the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Teresa High School.
Mrs. Walker was born April 20, 1920, in St. Elmo, IL, the daughter of Raymond and Marie (Finch) Leach. She married Earl M. Walker November 8, 1941, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Decatur. He preceded her in death May 10, 1994. Mrs. Walker was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Decatur. She worked at Houdaille-Hershey, and was given an award for working on the Manhattan Project. She was a retiree from GMAC, where she served as account representative for 27 years.
Mrs. Walker is survived by her daughter Gail Nicholson and husband Brian of Decatur; son Anthony “Tony” Walker and wife Leanna of Belleville, IL; four grandsons: Ashton Brinkoetter and wife Amber, Colin Brinkoetter and wife Meleah, Justin Brinkoetter, all of Decatur, and Jason Cole and wife Debra of Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, NV, currently serving active duty in Iraq; two granddaughters: Ryan Greenwell and husband Paco of De Pere, WI, and Lisa Cole of Sullivan, IL; two great grandchildren: Jaycee Brinkoetter and Autumn Brinkoetter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl, brother J.M. Leach, and two grandchildren, Tony and Angela Walker.
J. Russell Walter
May 09, 1910 - November 11, 2007
Visitation: 6:00 PM on November 14, 2007
Funeral: 10:00 AM on November 15, 2007
J. Russell Walter, 97, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2007 at McKinley Court.
Funeral services will be 10 A.M. Thursday, November 15, 2007, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home Decatur, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 6 - 8 P.M., Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Harristown Cemetery, Harristown, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the Transportation Club of Decatur Scholarship Fund.
Russ was born on May 9, 1910 in Decatur, the son of Raymond and Cora Ethel (Woodrum) Walter. He met Mary Ellen “Sue” Watkins while working as a truck driver for Hayes Freight Lines. They were married on October 4, 1941.
Russ was a 1933 graduate of Decatur High School. He attended class reunions until there was no one left to meet. Russ volunteered for the military in 1941, but was turned down due to a back ailment, which never bothered him. Russ retired from Transcon Truck Lines as Terminal Manager in 1975 but continued to work in transportation sales for the next ten years, for companies, such as, McBride Freight, Service Transportation, and Rudolf Freight Lines. He would have continued working but had to quit to care for Mary Ellen “Sue”, who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Surviving are his two sons, John R. Walter and wife Jackie of Las Vegas, NV; Martin Allen Walter and wife Jodie of Mission Viejo, CA, three granddaughters, Heather Lynn Walter of Las Vegas, NV; Meaghen Kimberly Walter and Kaitlin Debra Walter both of Mission Viejo, CA.
Russ was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Ellen “Sue”; one sister Hazel Flynn and one brother, Leo F. Walter.
Russ will be remembered for his generosity and giving nature to friends and community.
M. Ruth (Ford) (Brownlow) Wampler
November 21, 1913 - November 14, 2007
Visitation: 5:00 PM on November 16, 2007
Funeral: 11:00 AM on November 17, 2007
M. Ruth (Ford) (Brownlow) Wampler, 93, of Decatur, IL, was placed in the loving arms of Jesus at 2:41 P.M., Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at McKinley Court Nursing Home, Decatur, IL.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 17, 2007, at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL, with visitation 5 to 7 P.M. Friday, November 16, 2007, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Macon County Memorial Park, Harristown, IL.
Memorials may be made to Mound Chapel Church of God.
Ruth was born November 21, 1913, in the Lisbon, North Dakota, the daughter of Horace N. and Elsie A. (Enloe) Ford. She came to Illinois in 1930. Ruth retired from Mueller Company in 1978 after 36 years of service. Ruth was a member of Mound Chapel Church of God. She married Charles N. Brownlow (deceased) in 1936 and later married Leonard Carl Wampler (deceased) in 1962.
She is survived by her daughter Rita J. Sarver of San Diego, CA; son Lloyd Brownlow and wife Karla of Decatur, IL; 9 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 2 great great-grandchildren; 2 sister-in-laws; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, four brothers, one son-in-law Gene Sarver, one grandson, two nieces, two great nieces, and one great nephew.
Ruth was loved and will be missed by her family and friends.