Obituaries 

 

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Gerald G. "Jerry" McClelland

Richard Eugene Smith

Michelle Lanae Stamps

George B. Derry, Sr.

Merdi Mabiala

Clifford "Gene" Prather

Joy Root

 

 

 



IN MEMORY OF

"Jerry"
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Gerald George “Jerry” McClelland 81, of Rushville, IL passed away at 8:19 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016 at his residence. He was born October 9, 1934 in Brown County, IL to the late George B. & Rebecca Armel McClelland. Jerry married Barbara Ann Allen January 18, 1959 in Springfield, IL.  She passed away February 2, 1997.  He then married Carole Joan Berardino on September 27, 1997 in Joliet, IL.  She survives along with; (1) daughter; Patricia Mensendike of Crest Hill, IL, (3) sons; John McClelland of Joliet, IL, Scotty McClelland of Romeoville, IL, Jimmy McClelland & wife Kathy of Joliet, IL, (1) step daughter; Sharee Santorineos of Rushville, IL, (1) step-son; Thomas Hillard of Wilmington, IL, (1) sister; Betsy Bridgewater & husband Tom of Liberty, IL, (1) brother; Edward McClelland & wife Genelle of Macomb, IL, (1) sister-in-law; Millie McClelland of Versailles, IL, several grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by (3) sisters; Doris Bedenbender, Mildred McClelland, infant, Patricia Ann McClelland, (1) brother; Donald McClelland, (1) son-in-law; Gene Mensendike, (1) sister-in-law; Patricia Sowers McClelland, (1) nephew; Wesley McClelland. He graduated from Brown County High School in 1953.   He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War.  He was baptized in the Mt. Sterling Christian Church in 1949 and was a member of the First Church of Christ in Springfield, IL.  He was a captain with the IL Department of Corrections in Joliet, IL and was a truck driver for Lockport Trucking, Rushville Truck Lines & L & N Industries. There will be no services. Inurnment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Ellwood, IL at a later date.  Memorials may be given to the Schuyler Humane Society or Cass-Schuyler Hospice.

                                                                                      

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"Dick"
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Richard Eugene “Dick” Smith, 71, of Marissa, IL, formerly of Rushville, IL, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Bellville, IL.  He was born on July 27, 1944 in Rushville, IL a son of Clinton C. Smith & Virginia Walker Smith Bryant. He married Linda Gayle Phelps on February 14, 1969 in McHenry, KY.  She survives along with; (1) daughter; Becky Lynn Kurtz & Richard of Darmstadt, IL, (2) sons; Timothy Eugene Smith of Marissa, IL, Matthew Chad Smith & Mary of Bluffs, IL, (5) grandchildren; Joseph Robert Kurtz & Melissa of Oak Forest, IL, Zachary Lee Kurtz & Brittany of Marissa, IL, Corporal Bradley Kurtz & Jeana of Grafenwaohr, Germany, Kyra Smith of Marissa, IL, Savannah Robinson, Alexandria Robinson, Chase Conrad  Smith all of Bluffs, IL,  (3) great grandchildren; Reed, Kinsley, Nora Kurtz, (1) sister; Becky Bryant Menely & Vic of Rushville, IL, (1) brother; Roger Smith & Sandy of Chatham, IL, (1) sister-in-law Zella Smith of Beardstown, IL, (2) nieces; Tammy Robb of Springfield, MO. Tara McDaniel & Greg of Franklin, IL, (3) nephews; Ronnie Smith of Sunset, TX, Sterling Smith of Muldrow, OK, Gary Edward Smith & April of Long Lane, MO, numerous cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Red Bryant, (2) brothers; Gary Lee Smith, & infant Sterling Smith. He attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class in the United States Army.  After returning home, he was a truck driver for Schuyler Grain in Rushville, IL before becoming employed for Peabody Coal Co. When the coal mine closed in Rushville he was transferred to Marissa, IL where he made his home for the next 50 years.  He was a dozer operator with Peabody Coal Company at River King Mine, retiring  after 34 years of service. He was a member of the UMWA and secretary for the UMWA Local 1148.  He also was a member of the Marissa American Legion. He was an amateur radio operator and member of the Marissa Amateur Radio Club. He serviced as a Master Hunting Safety instructor for 29 years, as well as, Marissa volunteer firefighter for 40 years, serving the last 13 years as Assistant Chief with his sons and grandsons continuing his tradition   He enjoyed outdoor activities, such as, gardening, fishing, deer and mushroom hunting on his grandparents farm in Rushville.  He also enjoyed helping out with his son’s boy scouts and sports activities. Services will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL.  Military honors will follow. Memorials may be given to Marissa Fire Dept & left locally at the Worthington Funeral Home.

                                                                                      

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Michelle
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Michelle Lanae Stamps, 45 of Vermont, Il, passed away 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016,   at her residence.  She was born January 28, 1971 in Bellville, IL.  She was the daughter of the late Charles Michael and Brenda Joyce Stamps.  Michelle is survived by her daughter Shandess Matteson-Thompson of Rushville, IL, a son Bryson J.D. Matteson of Ipava, IL (1) granddaughter, Mishaylin Danyell Matteson (1) grandson, Braxtyn James Carter Lindsey, (1) sister Debra Stamps-Fagan of Decatur, IL., her life companion; James Grant Waters of Vermont, IL She is preceded in death by her parents & (1) daughter, Danielle Thompson.   A memorial gathering will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Worthington Funeral Home.  Inurnment will be on the family lot of the Graceland Cemetery in Decatur, IL at a later date.  Memorials may be given to her family.

                                                                                      

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George
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George B. Derry, Sr., 76, of Industry, IL, passed away at 3:41 a.m. Monday, April 18, 2016, at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  He was born March 16, 1940 in Brooklyn Twp., Schuyler Co., IL.  He was the son of the late Ivan Dale Sr., and Ina V. Campbell Derry.  He married Linda Pate March 14, 1963 at the Assembly of God Church in Brooklyn, IL.  She survives along with ten children, Pamela Shanty & husband Bob of Colchester, IL, George Derry, Jr. & wife Diane of Colchester, IL, Kim Wertz of Pekin, IL, Peggy Utter & husband Dale of Rushville, IL, James Derry of Beardstown, IL, Tim Derry of Macomb, IL Josh Buchanan of Industry, IL, Erika Derry of Beardstown, IL, Misty Markley & Cody of Table Grove, IL, Khristy Carney & Caleb of Beardstown, IL; ten grandchildren, Brittany Wertz, Kylie Wertz, Walker Utter, Gage Utter, Conner McMurl, Owen Carney, Kaylee Carney, Lauren Markley, Ryker Markley, Angel Derry, (2) great-great grandchildren, Leland Derry, Riley Brienen.(4) brothers; Richard Derry, Kermit Derry, both of Brooklyn, IL, Carl Derry & wife Wanda of Goldsboro, NC, Art Derry & wife Millie of Augusta, IL, (1) sister, Cora Mae Derry of Industry, IL.  He was preceded in death by (3) brothers, Ivan Dale Derry, Jr., Stanley Derry, David Derry, (2) sisters, Lavera Derry, Joann Derry (an infant).  He served in the U.S. Air Force.  George built homes for Fleetwood and was a foundry worker. He last worked at Argyle State Park in Colchester, IL.  He enjoyed working in the yard and growing vegetables His greatest love was spending time with his family.  Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Fred Fritz officiating.  Interment will follow in Brooklyn Cemetery with Military honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 & a U.S. Air Force honors detail.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday.  Memorials may be given to his Grandchildren’s College Fund.

                                                                                      

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Merdi
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Merdi Mabiala, infant son of Papy and Mirelle Mbumba Mabiala of Rushville, IL, was stillborn at 11:47 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.  A funeral gathering will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Worthington Funeral Home with Pastor Sylvan Lombe officiating.  Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Rushville City Cemetery.  The Worthington Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

                                                                                      

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"Gene"
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Clifford E.  “Gene” Prather, 87, of Huntsville, IL, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Sterling, IL.  He was born December 29, 1928 in Oakland Twp., Schuyler Co., IL.  He was the son of the late Clifford A. and Elvere Lancaster Prather.  He married LeIsle Yates December 18, 1954 in Rushville.  She survives along with four sons, Larry Prather & wife Dixie of Camden, IL, Rick Prather & wife Sandy of Rushville, IL, Mike Prather of Mt. Sterling, IL, Roger Prather & wife Lisa of Mt. Sterling, IL, fourteen grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, a brother, Howard Prather & wife Glenna of Rushville, IL, numerous nieces & nephews.  He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tami Prather, four brothers, Virgil Prather, Max Prather, Don Prather, Jim Prather, two sisters, Emma Lee Prather and Ruth Ann Prather.  Gene was a life-long farmer.  He was a beekeeper & liked making maple syrup.  He & LeIsle were members of the Houston United Methodist Church. He owned several harness race horses & loved going to County Fairs to watch the races.   His greatest enjoyment was spending time with family & friends.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in Palm Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Hope Blooms.

                                                                                      

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IN MEMORY OF

Joy
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Joy Root, 67, of Rushville, IL passed away at 1:56 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  She was born on October 19, 1948 in Beardstown, IL a daughter of the late Giles & Eleanor June Thompson Dodds.  She is survived by (3) sons; Josh Root of Rushville, IL, Mike Root & Amanda of Rushville, IL, John Root & Shelly  of Rushville, IL, (1) daughter; Angel Vaughn & Donnie of Rushville, IL, (14) grandchildren, (5) great grandchildren (4) brothers; Warren Dodds of Rushville, IL, Glen Dodds of Rushville, IL, James Dodds & Phyllis of Adair, IL, John Dodds & Carol of Rushville, IL, (1) sister-in-law; Shirley Dodds of Godfrey, IL, numerous nieces & nephews.  She is preceded in death by (1) sister; Rosemary McFalls, (1) brother; Phillip Dodds.  She worked at Kozy Korner, in home health care & at Breadaux Pizza where she was known as the pizza lady.  Joy was a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.   Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2016 at Gillette Cemetery with Rev. Greg Fish officiating. Interment will follow.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the PLAY group.

                                                                                      

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