Robert Allen Styve II

SESSER — Robert Allen Styve II, 54, passed away peacefully at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015, at his home with his family by his side.

styveRob was born April 25, 1961, in Melrose Park, the first son of Robert and Kay (Witcher) Styve. He lived in Melrose Park through his high school years before moving with his family to Sesser. After attending Rend Lake Community College, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp where he served as an air traffic controller in Southern California. After suffering debilitating injuries in an August 1995 automobile accident he returned to Sesser to live with and be cared for by his parents.

Survivors include his mother, Kay Francis (Witcher) Styve of Sesser; three brothers, Michael (Beth) Styve of Overland Park, Kansas, Scott (Kim) Styve of Indio, California, and Brad (Julie) Styve of Thornton, Colorado; seven nieces and nephews, Michael, Kaitlyn and Kyle Styve of Overland Park, Kansas, Jake and Grace Styve of Sesser, Dalton Styve of Indio, California, and Ava Styve of Thornton, Colorado; his long-time caregivers, Mary Morefield and Kevin Miller; and numerous relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Allen Styve I; his brothers Donald and Patrick Styve; his maternal grandparents, Harry and Ida (Warner) Witcher; and his paternal grandmother, Bernice (Butler) Styve.

Private family memorial services will be at a later date.

Obituary – Kevin Bush – Benton, IL

Kevin Bush, 51, of Benton, IL passed away Saturday morning, May 23, 2015 at Franklin Hospital, in Benton, IL.

Kevin was born in Benton on August 18, 1963, the son of Floyd and Geraldine “Geri” (Cantrell) Bush.

He married Rhonda Williams on July 5, 2004 and she survives.

Kevin worked for Maytag for 20 years and was currently employed at Franklin Hospital, in Benton.

Kevin was a St. Louis Cardinals’ fan, a NASCAR fan and was an accomplished bowler.

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Bush, of Benton, two children Nathan Malec, Benton, and Patricia Malec, Benton; grandchildren Ethan, Peyton and Paisley Malec; one brother, Kim Bush, of Herrin, IL; mother-in-law and father-in-law Joyce and Art Duchene, Mulkeytown, IL; two brothers-in-law, Ron Williams and wife Lisa, of Benton and Steven Chirch and wife Brittany, of Benton; sister-in-law Lisa Rodriguez and husband Tony, of West Frankfort, IL; nephews Blake Bush and wife Lindsey, of Herrin and Dalton Bush, of Herrin; niece Rachel Stacey and husband David, of Herrin. He is also survived by other nieces and nephews.

Kevin was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Fitzpatrick officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser, IL.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary – Robert (Bob) Swisher – Coello, IL

Robert (Bob)Eugene Swisher, 74, Coello, IL passed away May 24, 2015 at Herrin Hospital, in Herrin, IL.

He was born July 20, 1940 in Mulkeytown, IL, the son of Emmett Swisher and Verble (Hill) Swisher.

Bob was an Army veteran.

He worked at Freeman No. 3 and Kerr-McGhee before retiring.

Bob was a member of the UMWA, Christopher American Legion and the Italian Club, in Coello. He was also a member of the First Christian Church, in Mulkeytown.

Bob married Evelyn (Pinkham) Swisher on June 19, 1965 and she survives.

He is survived by his children Carrie and Dennis Estes, Christopher, IL and Jeff Thies, of Illinois; granchildren Adam and Joshua Estes, of Christopher, Preston and Ryan Thies, Illinois, Lynn and Kendra Swisher, Queensbury, New York, Clinton Swisher, St. Louis; step grandchildren Jason Estes, Du Quoin, IL and Brandi Estes, Las Vegas; great-grandchildren Kayah Nicole Swisher, Queensbury, NY; step-great-grandchildren Paige Adams, Brook Adams, Plano, Texas; sisters and brothers Charles (Dobber) and Judy Swisher, Mulkeytown, Janice and Norm Tilley, Du Quoin, IL, Debbie and Jerry Stanley, Mulkeytown; daughter-in-law Karen Swisher, Queensbury, NY, brother-in-law Raymond Flannigan, Mulkeytown; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Marion and Karen Pinkham, Galesburg, IL, Allen and Heather Pinkham, Mulkeytown, Wilma and Larry Hammel, Du Quoin, Jane and Lou Pivarski, Christopher; two aunts Geraldine Kozan and Pauline Anheuser, both of Du Quoin and Dean Hill, Steelville, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Leonard Leroy Swisher and one sister Linda Flannigan.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Gilbert Funeral Home, Christopher, is in charge of arrangements.  For more information got to gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 

 

Obituary – Dwight Vernell Bailor – Valier, IL

Dwight Vernell Bailor, 88, of Valier, IL, passed away May 20, 2015 at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center, in Herrin, IL.

bailorDwight was born October 25, 1926 in Rend City, IL the son of George Bailor and Lela (Quillman) Bailor.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

Dwight was a coal miner, a member of the WMWA and the Valier United Methodist Church.

Dwight was married to Dorothy Mae (Kidd) Bailor and she preceded him in death on Dec. 25, 2009.

He is survived by his children, Trudy and Gary Crocker, of Valier and Jim and Renea Bailor, of Valier; grandchildren Lisa and Shannon Gamble, Louisville, KY, Britaney Bailor and husband Brent Oberlink, Highland, IL, Bridgette and Bobby Finley, Lexington, KY; great-grandchildren Garrett Gamble, Jordan Gamble, McKenzi Finley and Addison Finley. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 22, 2015 at 3 p.mm. at Valier United Methodist Church with minister Zach Waldis officiating. Visitation will be Friday, May 22, 2015 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 3 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, in Valier.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, Il is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

Obituary – Remington James Cambron – Mulkeytown, IL

Remington James Cambron, infant son of John R. and Jamie Cambron, of Mulkeytown, IL was stillborn May 19, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

He is survived by his parents, grandparents James and Donna Jones, of Mulkeytown and Don and Dawn Wilkins, Buckner and John Cambron, Sr. of Benton; one sister, Alexis Cambron, Mulkeytown, IL.

Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Mulkeytown Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday May 22 at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher, IL.

Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information go to gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Kay Akin – Benton

Sharon Kay Akin, 65, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Herrin Hospital.

Sharon was born in Decatur, IL on August 2, 1949, the daughter of Earl and Beatrice (Layman) Hosick.

Sharon married Clifford L. Akin on April 10, 1967 and he preceded her in death on May 6, 2004.

She is survived by her children Patrick Akin, Loretta Bearden and husband Jeff, Kimberly Akin, Roger Akin and wife JoAnna, Lacey Akin and Ryan Akin; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; three brothers Ray Earl Hosick, Mike Hosick and Donnie Hosick and one sister Corinne Brookshire. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and by two brothers, Carl Hosick and Roy Hosick.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Brady Cemetery, in Akin. Visitation will after 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday and the funeral home.

Obituary – Deborah Jean Grizzell – Mulkeytown, IL

Deborah Jean Grizzell, 67, died Friday May 8, 2015.

She was born July 24, 1947 in Christopher, IL to Louis and Mildred (Rea) Vaughn. She married Ronald Grizzell, and he preceded her in death on April 30, 1994.

She had worked at Colonial Manor in Zeigler for 35 years.

Survivors include her children Anthony Grizzell of Anna, Ronnie Grizzell of Illinois, and James Grizzell of Illinois, grandchildren Rehanna Grizzell, Jordan Grizzell, Zachary Hunt, and Haliegh Grizzell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one sister Carol Smith.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday May 14, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Visitation will be on Thursday May 14, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. until the time of the memorial service at 5:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Dick DeWayne Walker-Christopher, IL

Dick DeWayne Walker departed this life on May 9, 2015. He was a baptized believer of Jesus Christ.

He was born on November 1, 1945 to Charles Walker and Mary (Thomas) Walker Eckhardt in Herrin, IL.

Dick was a proud member of the United Mine Workers, he had worked for Old Ben #21 for 33 years.

He enjoyed his retirement year, participating in car shows and being an avid Cubs fan.

Leaving behind to cherish his memories are his wife of 49 years Margie, three sons Rick and Jennifer Walker of Washington, IL, Gabriel and Katy Walker of Marion, IL, Casey and Jaime Walker of Herrin, IL, mother Mary Eckhardt of Tucson, AZ, one sister Faye and Roy Collier of Tucson, AZ, one brother Sonny and Martha Moyers of DuQuoin, IL, Grandchildren Sophie Walker of Johnston City, IL, Derek Walker of Washington, IL, and his faithful companion Morgan Grace.

Funeral Services will be on Wednesday May 13, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Burial will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday May 12, 2015 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Patsy “Babe” Tauscher – Christopher, IL

CHRISTOPHER — Patsy “Babe” Tauscher, 74, died April 24, 2015, at her granddaughter’s home in McKinney Texas.

She was born Oct. 1, 1940, in Port Arthur, Texas, to Claude and Orita (Dunning) Dixson.

She married Wilhelm”Herb” Tauscher, who preceded her in death Nov. 19, 2010.

She is survived by her children, Donita and Scott Coffel of Christopher, John and Robyn Peer of Indianapolis and Melissa Hartsell of Roanoke, Virginia; grandchildren, Jessica and Randy Peterman, Amanda and Doug Dellow, Alyson Leeper and Brian Risley, John and Alicia Peep II, Erica and Hunter Moore, Kelsey and David Rivera-Perez and Kristin Peer; several great-grandchildren; and siblings, Donald and Bonnie Dixson of Georgia, Fred and Judy Dixson of Indiana, Bob and Robbie Dixson of Tennessee and Joyce Barrnet of Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 7, in Harrison Cemetery in Buckner with minister, Kenny Berryman, officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

For more information, visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Dennis L. “Denny” Cowan – Christopher, IL

Dennis L. “Denny” Cowan, 68, of Christopher, IL passed away suddenly Saturday, May 2, 2015 at his home.

He was born in Christopher on Oct. 13, 1946 the son of Walter. and Mabel Faye (Kramer) Cowan.

Mr. Cowan was a member of the Benton Eagles. He loved fishing and NASCAR and fish fries with his friends and neighbors.

Mr. Cowan is survived by two daughters, Becky Choat and husband Jerry of Harrisburg, IL and Dawn Heob and husband Matt of St. Mary, MO; grandchildren Mathew Cook and wife Kristi, Chelsea Cook, Skylar Arredondo, Jeremy Choat, Avery Younger and wife Jessica, Dakota Younger Shylan Younger, Jama Dunbar, Lilly Heob; great-grandson Colton Younger; sisters Judy Kellough and husband Don of Waverly, KY, Connie Trigg and husband Jim of Star, MS, Marie Walker, of Elkmont, AL, Barbara Dauer and Chuck Solbrig of Lake of Egypt, IL and Ruthie Walters and Don Fiorenzi, of Marion, IL; two brothers, Douglas Cowan and wife Connie, of Lawrenceville, GA and Jeff Cowan and wife Sandra, of Lawrenceville, GA. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Cowan was preceded in death by his parents, by a daughter Dana Cowan and by a brother, Charlie Cowan.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, IL with the Rev. Ron Cremeens officiating. Visitation will be on May 6, 2015 from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Carrier Mills.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.