Obituaries 

 

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

Listings:

Cyril Edward Koch

Sarah Lea Ellis

James I. McGaughey

William Pard Bartlow

Evelyn Mae Lane

Elizabeth "Betsy" Kirkham

Dorothy Joan Tolles

 

 



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Cyril
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Cyril Edward Koch, 85, of Rushville, passed away at 5:52 a.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.  He was born December 4, 1931 in Mt. Sterling, IL.  He was the son of the late Cyril and Lula Yakle Koch.  He married Martha Cook June 7, 1951 at St. Joseph’s Church in Mt. Sterling.  Martha passed away in 1996 in Eugene, OR.  Arlene Rogers-Koch was Cyril’s companion for 20 years.  Arlene preceded him in death July 18, 1997.  Surviving are four sons,  Cyril Frederick Koch & wife Merana of Baja, Mexico, Dennis Lee (Denny) Koch & wife Beth of Utica, NY, Billy Joedward Koch & wife Mary, and David Allen Koch        all of Rushville, IL; three daughters, Sheila Sue Devening of Waco, TX, Lesa Kathryn Ritter & husband Leroy of Monticello, IN, Jacquelin Louise Ordiway & husband Mike of Delphi, IN; a daughter-in-law, Rita Koch-Burke of Rushville.  He had the unconditional love of 21 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.  Also surviving is one brother, Richard Koch & wife Judy of Morton; and one sister, Donna Stephenson of Timewell, IL.  He was preceded in death by his son, Gerald Richard (Gerry) Koch; two Brothers, Gerald  Koch & William Koch; four sisters, Lula May Koch,  Laura Volk, Norma Wort, Marge Grist.  He Owned & operated Koch’s Termite & Pest Control for many years until retiring and turning the business over to his son Gerry, who ran it until his death.  Cyril’s grandson Karey now operates the family business.  His passion was music, playing his guitar, singing Karaoke and attending his children’s sporting events. He spent many weekends at the Harness Horse Races and in his younger days owned and raced harness horses including “Valerie H” & “Ruthie” which were his favorites. He treasured the love of his family. He was a loving, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with his son, Fred Koch, officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services on Monday.

 

 

 



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Sarah Lea “Sally” Ellis, 74, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Sally was born March 19, 1942 on the family farm in Schuyler Co., IL.  She was the daughter of the late Harold W. & Mary Louise Irwin Kinkead.  She married Gene H. Ellis June 7, 1959 at the Astoria Christian Church.  He passed away March 18, 2010.  Surviving are four daughters, Leann Heffren & husband Bob of Ripley, IL, Georgeann L. Ellis & companion Kathy Foster of Beardstown, IL, Rhonda J. Morton & husband Darrell of Heber Springs, AR, Kimberly N. Cluney of Rushville, IL, ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a great granddaughter and her brother, John Kinkead.  Sally graduated from Astoria High School and was a Certified Nurse’s Aide.  She worked at Astoria Health Care Center & Snyder’s Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home as a C.N.A. She later operated the concessions area of the nursing home. She was a member of the Astoria Christian Church and the Rushville First Presbyterian Church.  She taught Children’s Sunday School classes and Bible School.  She was also a member of the Astoria Mothers Club, was a R.S.V.P. volunteer and for 21 years  she volunteered at the Rushville HELP Center. Sally loved life and all the people she came in contact with.  She especially enjoyed all the visits from her family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday. Memorials may be given to the Rushville HELP Center.

 

 

 



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Jim
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James Ivan McGaughey, 76, of Vermont, IL, passed away at 4:02 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2017 at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, IL.  He was born on December 30, 1940 in Macomb, IL.  He was a son of the late Bernard & Evelyn Runkle McGaughey.  He married Harriett Agans on October 7, 1973 in Vermont, IL.  She preceded him in death on June 7, 2012.  He is survived by a son, Allen McGaughey & Tracey of Colchester, IL, a daughter, Diane Riles of Macomb, IL, a grandson, Brady Shaffer & Jordyn, two great grandsons, Liam & Bradley, two sisters, Sharon Kenney of Calabasas, CA, Margi Schmick & Walt of Littleton, CO.  He was preceded in death by a nephew, Brad Brookhart.  Jim graduated from Industry High School in 1959.  He was an over the road truck driver, he was a former police officer with the Vermont Police Dept., and was employed by the Vermont Water Dept. He owned & operated McGaughey Electronics in Vermont, IL.  He was a member of  Doddsville Methodist Church, Vermont Masonic Lodge #116, A.F. & A.M., Quincy Consistory A.A.S.R., Vermont Antique Tractor Club.  He was a Ham Radio Operator for sixty years.  He enjoyed collecting I.H. Toy Tractors & Die Cast Semi Trucks. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 10, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in Vermont Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home followed by Masonic services.  Memorials may be given to Doddsville Methodist Church or Vermont Masonic Lodge #116, A.F. & A.M.

 

 

 



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Bill
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William Pard Bartlow, 96, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 5:52 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital.  He was born July 9, 1920 in Rushville.  He was the son of the late Howard Pard and Elizabeth E. Eifert Bartlow.  He married Margie Ellen Dean June 30, 1946 in Rushville.  Margie passed away December 25, 2010.  Bill is survived by his two sons, Jeffrey Pard Bartlow & wife Jeanne of New Port Richey, FL, Joseph Alan Bartlow of Rushville; four grandsons, John Pard Bartlow, Michael J. Bartlow, Zebulon J. Bartlow, Nathan M. J. Bartlow; two great grandchildren, Tyler Pard Bartlow and Myra Ann Bartlow; a sister, Nancy Jorgesen of Rushville.  He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jacob Lawler Bartlow, a brother, Robert E. “Ted” Bartlow, and a sister Sarah Beth Bartlow.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of W.W. II.  A 1938 graduate of Rushville High School, he also graduated from Illinois Wesleyan College, Normal, IL, in 1942.  After his discharge from the army, he attended Western Illinois State Teachers College in Macomb, IL on the G.I. Bill.  In 1948 Bill, his father Howard, and brother Ted began construction on the facility, south of Rushville, known as Bartlow Brothers Inc., maker of Korn Top Meats.  The plant officially opened in 1950.  He worked there his entire career until retiring as President and C.E.O.  He was a member of the Rushville First United Methodist Church, Schuyler American Legion Post #4, and was past President & 50 year member of the Rushville Rotary Club. Bill was an avid lover of music; in 1961 he completed a life-long goal of installing a Wurlitzer Pipe Organ in his home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2016 at Rushville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Grant Armstrong officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery with Military Honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 & a U.S. Army Honors Detail.  Calling hours will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Worthington Funeral Home.  Memorials may be given to Culbertson Hospital Foundation.

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Evelyn
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Evelyn Mae Lane, 70, of Beardstown, IL, passed away at 6:00 a.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017, at OSF St. Frances Medical Center in Peoria, IL.  She was born on October 5, 1946 in Beardstown, IL.  She was the daughter of the late Fairl A. and Margaret Elaine Trone Lane.  She is survived by four daughters, Susan Campbell & husband Brad of Virginia, IL, Estella (Mia) Blake, Christina Graham and husband Richard, Brandy Burke and companion Pelone Urquiga all of Beardstown; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Lane and wife Norma of Browning, several nieces, nephews & cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Lane, and a niece, Stacey Lane.  She grew up in Browning and graduated from Rushville High School in 1964.  Evelyn loved to mushroom hunt and explore the Illinois River banks for “treasures.”  She most of all, enjoyed her grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Debbie Hester officiating. Private inurnment will be held on the family lot at a later date.  Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until the time of services on Wednesday. Memorials may be given to Culbertson Hospital Foundation.

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Betsy
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Elizabeth L. “Betsy” Kirkham, 75, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2017 at The Elms in Macomb, IL.  She was born on September 5, 1941 in Hillview, IL.  She was a daughter of the late Claude & Della Bell Moore.  She married Carl Eugene “Gene” Kirkham on October 4, 1959 in Springfield, IL.  He preceded her in death on July 16, 1997.  She is survived by (2) sons, Bruce Kirkham & Patty of Cherry Valley, IL, Brian Kirkham of Champaign, IL, (1) daughter, Penny Billingsley & Mark of Cuba, IL, (5) grandchildren, Ian & Nate Billingsley, Claire, Emma & Joey Kirkham, (2) great grandchildren, Cadence Murphy, Penelope Billingsley. She was a life-long housewife and was a supervisor at Rushville Hardees for twenty years before retiring in 2007.  She was a former member of the Phoenix Opera House board of directors, Rushville Junior Women’s Club and Schuyler District #1 school board.  Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Inurnment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to The Phoenix Opera House.

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Dorothy
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Dorothy Joan Tolles, 84, of Rushville passed away at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Heritage Manor Health Care Facility in Beardstown, Illinois. She was born January 30, 1933, in Macomb, Illinois, to the late Elmer and Naomi Steele Neidig. She married Robert Tolles on October 23, 1954, at the First Christian Church in Rushville. He preceded her in death in 1995.  She is survived by three children: Robert Tolles and wife Dian, Larry Tolles and wife Ramona all of Rushville, Lori Bassham and husband Bill of East Peoria; seven grandchildren: Jessica Garren, James Bailey, Lindsay Roegge and husband Shon, Rachel Schwalb and husband David, Nick Tolles, Shanda Wood and husband Adam, Jeffrey Bassham and fiancé Brittany Harden; and eleven great-grandchildren.   Also surviving are a sister, Sharon Balmer of Galesburg, IL and brother, Michael Shroyer.  Dorothy was preceded in death by two brothers Ralph Self and Bobby Neidig, and two sisters Ruth Dunn and Marilyn Ward.  Dorothy worked at Bartlow Brothers Packing Plant until she and “R.T.” started their family. Later, she worked at Pings Pantry and Culbertson Memorial Hospital as a cook/dietary aide. She was proud that Dr. Dohner loved her fried chicken, and she always made sure that she saved him some. She loved to grow flowers and vegetables. Her secret for healthy house plants was that you had to talk to them. Dorothy loved her family and her dear friends. She especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Sam Stringer officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services on Wednesday.  Memorials may be given to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or Littleton Baptist Church.

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