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Eunice E. Robbins
Dr. Forrest L. Johnson
Connie Jo Willard
Mary Kathryn Barker
Dr. Russell R. Dohner
John Jay Browning
IN MEMORY OF
Evalena Robbins, 90, of Rushville, IL passed away on Friday,
August 14, 2015 at 7:16 p.m. in St. John’s Hospital in
She was born on October 21, 1924 in Bainbridge Twp.,
Schuyler Co., IL a daughter of the late Homer & Sara
She married Francis Earl Robbins on April 12, 1946 in
Rushville, IL. He preceded her in death on July 22, 2009.
She is survived by (3) sons; Robbie Robbins & Susie
of Oregon, IL, Craig Robbins & Lori of Ft. Collins, CO,
Kent Robbins of Rushville, IL, (3) daughters; Christi
Ashley & Ted of Dallas, TX, Becky Nielsen & the late Dennis
of Jarvis Bay, Alberta, Canada, Terri Quillen & Steve of
Rushville, IL, (10) grandchildren, (6) great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by (2) sisters; Marjorie
Ward, Clarice Paisley, (2) brothers; Eugene Ward & John
“Hallie” Ward. During high school Eunice was a waitress at
the Chanticleer Restaurant in Rushville.
She worked for Roy Lunch at the Farmer’s Credit, the
Schuyler County Treasurer’s office & at Mickleberrys Packing
Company. In the
early 1950’s she & Francis started Robbins’ Feed Store.
In the late 1960’s they added Robbins’ Sign Company
to their business.
She worked there until her retirement in 1986.
She was a member of the First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ).
After retirement she enjoyed playing golf with her
husband & quilting.
For the last three years she enjoyed the
companionship of her son, Kent.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday
August 19, 2015 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. John
Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on
Memorials may be given to the Rushville First Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ).
IN MEMORY OF
Forrest Lee Johnson, 86, of Rushville, IL passed away at
2:10 a.m. Thursday, August 13, 2015 at St. John’s Hospital
Hospice in Springfield, IL.
He was born on March 4, 1929 in Torrance, CA a son of
the late Raymond & Letha Atchely Johnson.
He married Jacquie Wilamoski on December 19, 1964 in
She preceded him in death on June 3, 2005.
He is survived by (1) son; Craig Johnson & April of
Effingham, IL, (4) daughters; Kathy Eifert & David of
Centralia, IL, Connie Brink & significant other Mike
Franklin of Palmyra, MO, Janice Williams & Garrick of
Springfield, IL, Amber Redshaw& Joe of Rushville, IL, (14)
grandchildren, (23) great grandchildren, (1) great-great
was preceded in death by (1) daughter; Kristy Hayes, (1)
sister; Mildred Urban.
He was a U. S.
Navy Veteran of WWII & Korean Conflict, serving from
1947 until 1951. He
graduated from Gardena High School in CA in 1947.
He also graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery
from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1958 & Chicago
College of Dental Surgery.
He was a dentist practicing in Rushville for thirty
years & the Dept. of Corrections at Western IL Correctional
Center in Mt. Sterling, IL for seven years, before retiring
in 1997. He
was a member & an Elder at the Rushville Presbyterian
Church. He was
also a member of the American Dental Association, IL State
Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, Loyola
University Alumni Association, XI-PSI-PHI Dental Fraternity,
P.R.I.D.E. & the Schuyler American Legion Post #4 for 61
services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2015
at Rushville First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kay Daniel
Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery. Graveside
military honors will be conducted by a U.S. Navy Honors
Detail & Schuyler American Legion Post #4.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Memorials may be
given to the Rushville First Presbyterian Church or
IN MEMORY OF
Connie Jo Willard
Willard, 81, of Whitehall, MI formerly of Beardstown, IL
passed away at 6:22 p.m. on Thursday August 6, 2015 in
Heartland of Whitehall.
She was born on January 8, 1934 in Beardstown, IL a
daughter of the late T. Randall & Mildred Josephine Downs
married Russell Leigh Willard on December 7, 1952 in
He preceded her in death on March 24, 2012.
She is survived by a
daughter; Melanie Willard of Las Vegas, NV, one sister;
Linda Lehne of Mt. Sterling, IL.
Connie worked for Ameritech from 1973-1993 before
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August
29, 2015 at the Worthington Funeral Home with Pastor Joe
Inurnment will be in the Browning Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s
IN MEMORY OF
Mary Kathryn Barker
Kathryn Barker, 94, of Springfield, IL, formerly of
Rushville, Lewistown & Beardstown, IL passed away at 10:55
p.m. Friday, August 7, 2015 at Lewis Christian Memorial
Village in Springfield, IL.
She was born on March 9, 1921 in Pleasant View, IL a
daughter of the late Edward Jay & Fairy Novelle Strong
married William Eli Barker on September 15, 1940 in Canton,
MO. He preceded
her in death on February 21, 1990.
She is survived by (2) sons; Robert Barker of Pine
Mountain, GA, Ronald Barker & Kay of McDonough, GA,
(1) daughter; Lisa Barker of Springfield, IL, (5)
grandchildren; Robin Wallace “Buddy”, Casey Barker “Tari”,
Roni Barker, Kathryn Tam “Dennis”, Leslee Barker,
(4) great grandchildren; Gage Barker, Grant Barker,
Laken Wallace, Kamden Tam.
She was preceded in death by a brother; Teddy Gragg,
a sister; Doris Gragg.
She enjoyed spending time with her friends & family.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday,
August 14, 2015 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Grant
Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the
time of service on Friday.
Memorials may be given to the Schuyler Humane
IN MEMORY OF
Russell R. Dohner, 90, of Rushville, Illinois, passed away
peacefully at 2:45 a.m., August 7, 2015, at Culbertson
Memorial Hospital in Rushville, IL.
He was born February
8, 1925, at home on a farm outside of Vermont, IL as the 5th
child of seven to David Robert and Ethel May (Rowland)
Dohner, and he grew up on that farm.
Dr. Dohner is survived by two sisters—Doris
(Ronald) Cook of Industry, IL and Lydia Goodwin of
Rushville, IL; and, ten nieces and nephews—Sandy (Jeff)
Belden of Columbia, MO; Barb (Gary) Bray of Port Orange, FL;
Mary Ann Cook (Joe Cusumano) of Clayton, MO; Ramona Cook of
Industry, IL; David Dohner of Vermont, IL; Mark Dohner of
Martha (Lee) Fillingham of Table Grove, IL; Jim (Eva)
Garrabrant of Dunlap, IL; Marilyn (Garry) Johnson of Macomb,
IL; and, Linda (Michael) Kuehl of Elgin, IL.
He is also survived by 13 great-nieces and nephews
and 14 great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David and
Ethel Dohner; one brother, Robert Dohner; three
sisters—Clarice Dohner, Norma Dohner, and Beula Garrabrant;
three brother-in-laws—Wendell Copes, Bob Garrabrant, Lester
Goodwin; one sister-in-law—Beulah Gibble Dohner; and one
nephew, Michael Garrabrant.
Dr. Dohner graduated from Vermont High School,
Vermont, IL in 1943.
His father had hoped he would take up farming, too,
but Russell knew since he was a young boy, inspired by the
town doctor who’d treated him when he had seizures as a
child, that he wanted to be a doctor.
He did stay and farm after graduation from high
school until drafted by the Army in the spring of 1944.
During 1944-1946 he served in the U.S. Army military
police unit, guarding the Pentagon (seeing such notables as
President Harry Truman and General Dwight D.
Eisenhower)—then was placed in the medical detachment of a
battalion where he became a Staff Sergeant.
In 1946, Dr. Dohner became one of the first four
Pre-Med students at then Western Illinois Teacher’s College,
now Western Illinois University (the only one of the four
who became a doctor—so he was the first doctor produced by
attending WIU 1946-1949 on the GI Bill, he lived and worked
at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen funeral home in Macomb, IL.
Dr. Dohner then graduated from Northwestern
University in 1953 with his medical degree, having saved his
Army pay of two years plus working in Chicago area doctors’
offices to pay his way through Northwestern.
Dr. Dohner served as Cardiology Internist at St.
Luke’s Hospital, Chicago, IL in 1954, and came to Rushville,
IL in 1955 to practice medicine which he did for 58 years
until October 31, 2013.
Dr. Dohner was briefly married in the late 1950’s to
a woman he had met in Chicago but his young wife didn’t want
to stay in such a small town so their marriage ended.
He never remarried and instead dedicated his life to
his work, only leaving the Rushville, IL area for medical
conferences over the years, never taking a true vacation.
Dr. Dohner attracted national notice beginning in the
early 1970’s due to his $2.00 office visit fee which at that
time was being revised to $3.00 and later raised to $5.00
per office visit
(which remained his office fee until his practice concluded
in 2013); the fact that he regularly did house calls;
that in addition to visiting his patients at Culbertson
Hospital, he also regularly visited patients in Astoria,
Beardstown, Mt. Sterling, and Rushville nursing homes; that
no appointments were taken at his office—names went on a
list and he would see patients in sequential order until
everyone had been seen (and if a patient was feeling really
sickly, they came through the back door for quicker
attention); and, he would also see patients who came to his
home. Dr. Dohner
appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” (1970 & 2012 with Kevin
Tibbles, and 1983, early 1990’s, & 2010 with Bob Dotson); on
CNN (twice in 2012—once with Sanjay Gupta and once with
Piers Morgan); and, was featured in
(1983 & 2012). The
stats say that Dr. Dohner delivered more than 3,500 babies
in Rushville and donated at least 10,000 trees to Rushville.
He encouraged many young people to enter the medical
field, including the current CEO of Culbertson Memorial
Hospital Lynn Stambaugh (whom he also brought into this
Dohner was a regular church attendee at the United Methodist
Church in Rushville; was a member of Rushville Rotary (with
a 37-year perfect attendance pin and was a Paul Harris
Fellow); and was a member of the Masons.
Dr. Dohner enjoyed singing both at Church and at
Rotary; growing flowers and trees; and, fishing at his cabin
lake. For years,
his Rushville home or his cabin located outside of Rushville
was the hub of social events for family and friends.
Family was very important to Dr. Dohner—he purchased
two farms, one for each of two siblings to assist in their
livelihood—and two of his sisters regularly accompanied him
to social events.
As part of his family, he included his patients, his
office staff—Florence Bottorff, Rose Busby, Edith Moore,
Susan Park, Dixie Prather, and hospital and nursing home
staff members, the town of Rushville and community members,
and best friends Bill & Margie Bartlow (his friendship with
Bill began during his days at WIU).
He also had a special kinship with Dr. Donald Dexter
of Macomb, IL, and with Lynn Stambaugh and family, John &
Dianne Snyder of Snyder-Vaughn Haven Nursing Home, Clark &
Garry Moreland and Bill & Jim Devitt of Moreland & Devitt
He expressed great confidence in Rushville State Bank
Vice President Linda Butler and Attorney Charles Burton.
Dr. Dohner would say that though he never became a
farmer, the farming life made it possible for him to
maintain his practice, his way.
He contributed many of his Dohner family heirlooms to
the Schuyler County Jail Museum.
Dr. Dohner received a number of awards and
recognitions over the years—Western Illinois University
Alumni Achievement recipient (1982); Western Illinois
University Distinguished Alumni Award recipient (1990);
Illinois Public Health Association Distinguished Service
Award (1998); Illinois Pfizer Quality of Care Award (2002);
Rushville celebrated “Dr. Dohner Day” honoring his 50 years
of service to community (2004); Second runner-up in the
“Country Doctor of the Year” national award (2004); Illinois
“Doc Hollywood Award” (2005); Western Illinois University
Honorary Doctorate Award (2006); inclusion in Bob Dotson’s
book, American Story:
A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing
Extraordinary Things (published in 2013).
At the invitation of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, he
served as the Grand Marshal of the Illinois State Fair
Parade in Springfield, IL (2013);
was honored by Rushville with a ceremony and a bronze
statue with his likeness which is located in the Rushville
Central Park Square (2013);
was the recipient of the Illinois Department on
Aging’s Hall of Fame award presented at the Governor’s
Mansion in Springfield (2013);
was the subject of the U.S. Congressional Record,
Volume 159, Issue 180, titled “Tribute to Dr. Russell
Dohner” by Senator Dick Durbin (2013); and, received
Northwestern University’s Service to Society Award (2015).
While he valued all of the above, Dr. Dohner, a man
of humility, would say that what he valued most was
providing service to others, and that his most cherished
“prizes” were the home grown, canned, baked, and crafted
items--including cards, letters and children’s crayoned
notes--which were shared with him over the years by
funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at
10:00 a.m. at the Rushville First United Methodist Church
with Rev. Grant Armstrong & David Haney officiating.
Interment with military honors by a U. S. Army Honors
Detail & Schuyler American Legion Post #4 will follow at the
Astoria Cemetery in Astoria, IL.
Visitations will be held Sunday, August 9, 2015 from
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Monday August 10, 2015 from 1:00 to
6:00 p.m. Family
will meet with friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Monday.
The visitations will be held at Worthington Funeral
Home in Rushville, IL.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
memorials be made to Culbertson Memorial Hospital
Foundation, Rushville First United Methodist Church,
Rushville Parks, Do Something, Inc. in Vermont, IL, Vermont
Parks & Cemetery, Astoria Parks & Cemetery or WIU
IN MEMORY OF
Browning, 92, of Rushville, IL passed away at 12:45 a.m.,
Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation
Center. He was born on
September 22, 1922 in Rushville the son of the late James H. &
Berniece Euyler Browning.
He married Dorothy B. Frederick in Green Cove Springs, FL
on December 26, 1943.
She passed away on November 27, 1975.
He later married Marjorie F. Hare Dean on July 24, 1993
in Rushville. She
preceded him in death on February 20, 2015.
He is survived by (2) daughters; Janice A. Marshall of
Prescott, AZ, Sandra K. Lundy of Rushville, IL, (1) son; Richard
J. Browning of Eugene, OR, (5) grandchildren, (7) great
was preceded in death by an infant son; James Browning, (1)
brother; Donald L. Browning. He
served in W.W. II as a Marine Corps Fighter Pilot (Corsair) in
the Asiatic Pacific Theater, pilot and air defense controller in
the Korean Conflict and Commanding Officer 81st Rifle
Company, U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, Lake Springfield, IL Naval
Training Center after Korea.
His military decorations include (2) distinguished flying
crosses, (6) air medals, and numerous campaign ribbons.
He retired as a Major, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1963.
John retired from Fiat-Allis Manufacturing Company in
Springfield, IL after 41 years of service, including 14 years as
He was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church,
Schuyler American Legion Post #4, the Beardstown Elks BPO Lodge
# 1007, Marine Corp Association, Fiat Allis Salaried Employees
and Ducks Unlimited. He
was Past President of the Allis Chalmers Management Club and was
also active in past Springfield Sangamon County United Fund
services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 13, 2015 at
Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Dixie Croxton officiating.
Interment will follow in Camp Butler National Cemetery in
Springfield, IL. Military
Honors will be conducted by a US Marine Corp Honors Detail and
the Inter Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the
funeral home. Memorials may be given to Ebenezer United