Obituaries 

 

Obituaries are listed on our site as part of our services with the consent of the families. 

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Dale A. Wells

Barbara A. Spencer

Dennis Ray Johnson

Holly Gaye Hale

Ruby Elizabeth Weishaar

Jessie Sue Morrell

Leslie Wayne Hickman

Charles Edward Young

Nora Alta Abernathy

Sean James Eblen

 

 

 

 

 



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Dale
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Dale A. Wells, 74, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 8:35 a.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.   He was born on July 26, 1942 in Rushville, IL a son of George Arthur & Hazel Marie Ogden Wells. He married Bonnie Bates on June 12, 1970 in Rushville, IL.   She survives along with, (2) sons Gordon Wells & fiancée Julie Springer of Tallula, IL, Rick Gordley of Victoria, B.C. Canada, (3) daughters, Mindy Krumboltz & Brent of Beardstown, IL, Terri Cooper & Tom of Beardstown, IL, Lori Wells Cates of Tallula, IL, (11) grandchildren, Illyssa Gordley, Ricky Gordley, Zac Gordley, Kalina Gordley, Trevor Gordley, Taylor Wells, Dylan Power,  Raegan Krumboltz, Brock Krumboltz, Clinton Cooper, Allie Cooper, (8) Great Grandchildren, (2) sisters, Marilyn A. Lafary & Larry of Marquette Heights, IL, Janice S. Grady & Charles of Denver, CO, Daughter-in-Law, Jennifer Gordley of Rushville, IL.  He was preceded in death by (1) brother, Willis Wells, (1) sister, Norma Wells Kenney.  Dale was a U.S. Army Veteran serving overseas in Germany.  He owned & operated Wells Construction over forty years and was a licensed Real Estate Broker.  He was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post #4 for over fifty years.  He was also a member of Moose Lodge # 506 and Beardstown Elks BPOE #1007.  Funeral services will be held at11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Richard Young officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery with Military honors by a U.S. Army Honors Detail and Schuyler American Legion Post #4.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Hope Blooms.  

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Barbara
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Barbara Allen Spencer 87, of Beardstown, IL, passed away at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  She was born October 5, 1929 in Astoria, IL.  She was the daughter of the late Charles D. and Lillie I. Woodford Smith.  She married Robert R. Spencer October 23, 1948 in Rushville.  He passed away November 27, 2015.  Surviving is a daughter, Melody Smith & husband Dan of Branson, MO; two sons, Robert D. Spencer & wife Ruth of Knoxville, TN, Daryl Spencer of Orange Beach, AL; two grandsons; five granddaughters; four great grandsons; seven great granddaughters; a sister, Joyce Chaplin of Walled Lake, MI; two brothers, Ivan Smith, and Stan Smith & wife Barbara all of Rushville;  a sister-in-law, Donna Smith of Rushville, IL.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Lynn Smith.  Barbara was a lifelong housewife and a non-denominational Christian.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. Jeffrey Vogelzang & Mr. Scott Hanks officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday.  Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

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Dennis
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Dennis Ray Johnson, 63, of Littleton, IL passed away at 10:15 p.m. Monday, February 13, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  He was born on April 1, 1953 in Ottawa, IL, a son of Herman D. & Ide Mae Reeser-Wilson Johnson.  He married Dianne  Syverson on February 26, 1977 at the First Baptist Church in Ottawa, IL.   She survives along with (1) son, Chad Johnson of Springfield, IL, (2) daughters, Robin Johnson of Rushville, IL, Amber McFarland & Scott of Springfield, IL, (5) grandchildren, Sierra Johnson, Shania Johnson, Annastasia McFarland, Addison McFarland, Clark McFarland, (1) brother, Edward Woodyer & Linda of St. Petersburg, FL, (1) sister, Pat Handren & Dick of Elgin, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father, Beauford Wilson.  He graduated from Ottawa High School in 1971 and attended the University of Wisconsin.  He worked for Warner Brothers pictures as a musician & singer. He later worked for Sunstrand Corp in LaSalle, IL, Sheridan Correctional Center in Sheridan, IL, Western IL Correctional Center in Mt. Sterling, IL and Schuyler Co. Sheriff’s Dept. in Rushville, IL, until retiring due to ill health.  He was a member of the Ottawa Rescue Squad & was a Sergeant in the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Auxiliary.  Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Visitation will be held Monday, February 20, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville, IL. Visitation will also be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Gladfelter Funeral Home in Ottawa, IL.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Gladfelter Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Oakwood Memorial Cemetery in Ottawa.  Memorials may be given to American Heart Association or the Fresenius Kidney Care Center in Springfield, IL.

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Holly
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Holly Gaye Hale, 68, of Rushville, IL went home to be with her Lord at 1:42 a.m., February 12, 2017, at her residence. She was born on June 3, 1948 in Orange, TX a daughter of the late Preston & Janie Charlene Haley Anderson.  She married Royal Lee Hale on January 13, 1971 in Orange, TX.  He survives along (3) sons, John Hale & wife Angie of Littleton, IL, Kelly Hale & wife Lori of Hanover Park, IL, Chad Hale of Kaneohe, HI,  (3) grandchildren, (1) sister, Sharon Lean Steele & husband Ronald of Industry.   She was preceded in death by an infant son, Corey Vail Hale, (1) sister, Donna Howell.  Holly was a life-long housewife and also worked as a saleswoman for Heilig-Meyers Furniture Co. in Beardstown, IL.  She was a member of the Industry Assembly of God Church.  Holly was a devoted wife, mother & grandmother who was committed to the Lord & found great joy in helping others.  She was a wonderful cook.  Holly was a selfless caring person always ready to give her time & talent to anyone in need. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. John Keck officiating.  Interment will follow in Hughes Cemetery west of  Rushville.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the Industry Assembly of God Church.

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Ruby
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Ruby Elizabeth Weishaar, 78, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield, IL. She was born on November 9, 1938 in Beardstown, IL.  She was a daughter of the late John & Gwendolyn Coil Lawson.  She married James R. Weishaar on June 11, 1955 in Beardstown, IL.  He survives along with, (1) son, Jimmy Dale Weishaar & wife Barbara of Virginia, IL, (2) daughters, Brenda Sue Weishaar of Rushville, IL, Pamela Dee McNeely & husband Phillip of Rushville, IL, (3) grandchildren, Jared Logsdon, Shelby Hutchison & husband Stuart, Lindsey McNeely, (1) great grandson, Bentley Hutchison, (1) sister, Rethyle Woods of Rushville, IL.  She was preceded in death by, (1) grandson, Cody James Weishaar, (9) sisters, Doris Jean, Catherine, and another baby who died in infancy, Evalyn Stinson, Gladys Stinson, Bernadine Lowe, Roberta Hull, Vera Reeder, Velda Baker, (2) brothers, John Lawson, Jr., Robert Lawson. Ruby graduated from eighth grade in 1954 and received her GED in 1984.  She earned her C.N.A. Certificate in 1994. She worked as a C.N.A. at Boyd’s Nursing Home, Elmwood Nursing Home, Debbie Fuqua’s Daycare and at St.Luke’s/Heritage Manor before retiring in 1997.  She attended the Beardstown Assembly of God Church, the Rushville Church of the Nazarene & Bader Christian Church. She loved to bake & sell her homemade items, especially pies, for sixteen years at farmer’s markets. You could see her and her husband selling their baked goods &fish every week.  Her passion was her husband of sixty one years.  She loved her family and God very much. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville, IL with Rev. Matt Haberman officiating.  Interment will follow in Browning Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday.  Memorials may be given to Rushville Church of the Nazarene or Bader Christian Church.

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Sue
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Jessie Sue Morrell, 66, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2017 at her home.  She was born on December 19, 1950 at the home of her parents in Buena Vista Twp., Schuyler Co., IL.  She was a daughter of the late Gene and Nedra Shores Lung. Sue married Dennis Morrell August 28, 1970 in Camden.  He survives along with her son, Jamie Morrell of Rushville; her daughter, Melissa Morrell Lauher & husband Bret of Heyworth, IL; three granddaughters, Chloe Morrell, and twins Caroline & Anora Lauher all of Heyworth; a sister, Ruth Johnson & husband Leonard of  Wayland, MO; a brother, Frank Lung & wife Clara of  Rushville.  She was preceded in death by two sisters, Sharon Beadles & Kathryn Lee; two brothers, Ronnie and Roy Lung.  A 1968 graduate of Rushville High School, Sue worked as a nursing aide with Home Health Care as long as her health permitted.  Sue was an active member of the Rushville Assembly of God Church always helping with any church activities.  Sue always put the needs of others before herself.  She was a loving wife, mother & grandmother.  She loved mowing her lawn & tending her flower garden.  She enjoyed being a homemaker & decorating her home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Rushville Assembly of God Church with Rev. Terry Lucas officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at Worthington Funeral Home.  Memorials may be given to Rushville Assembly of God Church.

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Les
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Leslie Wayne Hickman, 69, of Rushville, IL passed away at 1:00 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.  He was born on February 4, 1947 in Rushville, IL a son of the late Wayne Henry & Ethel May Yates Hickman.  He is survived by, (1) son, Daniel Wayne Hickman & Amy of Plattsmouth, NE, (2) daughters, Cathy LaSanska & Daniel of Petersburg, IL, Kimberly Hickman-Hanner & Matt of Chatham, IL, (6) grandchildren,  (2) step grandchildren, (2) great grandsons, (2) sisters, Wanda Brown of Vermont, IL, Mildred Trimmer of Astoria, IL.  He was preceded in death by (2) infant brothers, (2) infant sisters, (1) nephew, Mark Derry, (1) brother-in-law, Randall Brown.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.  He worked at Bartlow Brothers Meat Packing in Rushville, IL & Oscar Mayer Co. in Beardstown, IL before retiring due to ill health. He attended First Southern Baptist Church & was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post #4 until his health failed.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen Bounds officiating.  Interment will follow in Palm Cemetery with Military Honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and a U. S. Army Honors Detail.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday.  Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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Charlie
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Lt. Charles Edward Young, Schuyler Co. Sheriff’s Dept. (Ret.), 84, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 2:15 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.  He was born May 16, 1932 in Powhatan Point, OH, the son of the late William Wayne and Sarah Elizabeth Green Young.  Charles married Frances Pauline Parsano June 21, 1957 at the First Methodist Church in Rushville.  Frances passed away November 10, 2014.  He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Sarah Esther Young, one son, Jeffery Alan Young, one brother, Franklyn Young, one sister, Alberta Faye Weatherford.  Charles is survived by two daughters, Karen Kirkham & husband George of Rushville and Kristine Ogden of Lewistown, IL; two sons James Young & wife Patsy of Phoenix, AZ and Jon Young & wife Alesia of Madison, VA; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Olive Toland & husband Roger of Industry, IL     At the age of 3, Charles moved to Ray, IL in Schuyler Co. with his parents and sister, Alberta Faye, where their father worked as a farm hand.  Charles attended many of the elementary schools in both Schuyler and Fulton Counties.   In 1951 and 1952 due to hardships his parents were having, he took a job with Ivan and Rose Busby on a farm near Rushville so that he could graduate from Rushville High School.  In August of 1952, after graduation from high school, he entered the US Air Force and was sent to Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX, to complete his basic training.  After basic training, Charles was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, NM, where he trained to become a Military policeman.  After two years and six months he was stationed at Lajes Air Field, Azores Island, Portugal, to complete his tour of duty.  Charles was linked to factory work and law enforcement for most of his life.  At the closing of Oscar Myer & Company in Beardstown, he did not give up when the other company did not call him back to work.  He entered a retraining program by returning to school at Spoon River College, where he obtained his Associate of Arts Degree.  Charles then went on to Western Illinois University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree at the age of sixty.  After college he was given the opportunity to work at the Schuyler Co. Sheriffs’ Dept. with his friend, Sheriff Don L. Schieferdecker, whom Charles had known for years. His greatest desire in life was that of making friends with those whom he came in contact with, both the young and the elderly.  He loved his children & grandchildren and would do anything for them.  Charles leaves this life with no regrets.  God has been good to him. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen Bounds officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery with Military Honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and a U.S. Air Force Honors Detail.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the D.A.R.E. Program or First Southern Baptist Church.

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Nora
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Nora Alta Abernathy, 91, of Vermont, IL, passed away at 7:40 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb, IL.  She was born on April 13, 1925 in Eldorado Twp, McDonough Co., IL.  She was the daughter of the late Forrest & Bonnie Bollinger Easley.  She married James Leslie Abernathy on April 13, 1946 in Astoria, IL.  He preceded her in death on October 21, 2006.  She is survived by (2) sons, James Abernathy II,  & David Abernathy (friend, Rhonda) all of Vermont, IL, (3) daughters, Betty Brumbaugh (Rich) of Clinton, MO, Judy Cross (friend, Ron) of Littleton, CO & Mary Lou Hultz (Buddy) of Payson, IL, (23) grandchildren, (39) great grandchildren, (4) great-great grandchildren, (1) brother, Gene Easley (Jo) of Ipava, IL, (1) sister-in-law Shirley Kessler of Table Grove, IL, many nieces & nephews.  She was preceded in death by (1) daughter, Julia Mae Cleavinger, (1) daughter-in-law, Pat Abernathy, (2) sisters, Charlotte & Laura Louise.  Nora & her husband, James, owned & operated Nora’s Café in Vermont, IL & J & N Repair Shop in Table Grove, IL.  She loved camping, fishing & cooking big family dinners.  She was a loving wife & mother.  Private family inurnment will be at Harris Cemetery in Table Grove, IL at a later date. 

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Sean
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Sean James Eblen, 43, of Centralia, IL passed away at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017 at Bryan Manor in Centralia, IL.  He was born on October 12, 1973 in Rushville, IL.  He was a son of James F. & Mary Brown Eblen.  He is survived by his parents of Rushville, IL, (2) sisters, Pamela Kotter & husband Kraig of Rushville, IL, Cheryl Byars & husband Gary of Salem, IL, several nieces & nephews.  He was preceded in death by (1) brother, Branden Lee Eblen.   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Charla Meyers officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday.  Memorials may be given to his family.

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