Obituary – David Lee Pedigo – Valier Patch

David Lee Pedigo, 73 of Valier Patch, passed away Monday, September 28, 2015 at his home.

He was born in West Frankfort, IL on May 27, 1942, the son of Alfred Otto and Maggie (Campbell) Pedigo. He married Carolyn Fae (Joiner) on March 17, 1962 in Valier Patch.

Mr. Pedigo was a bass fisherman and made crappie jigs.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Pedigo, three children Dennis Ray Pedigo, David B. Pedigo and Cleona Fae Pedigo; five grandchildren, Amber Dawn Short, Beth Nicole Williams, Kelsey Lee Docherty, David Anthony Pedigo and Alicea Fae Pedigo; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Sam Pedigo and wife Janet, of Johnston City and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Pedigo was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.m Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church, in Benton, IL with Pastor Chris Hammonds officiating. Burial will be at the Hammond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the church.

For more information or to sign the guest register please visit mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.

Judith Ann Pearce – Ewing, IL

Judith Ann Pearce, 69, of Ewing, IL left her earthly home and walked into the arms of her heavenly father on September 26, 2015.

Judy was born September 20, 1946 to James Edward and Dorothy Mae (Auten) Sullivan.

She became a Christian in June 1960 and followed Christ all her life. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Thompsonville, IL where she grew up.

She met the love of her life Gale Martin Pearce and they were married December 23, 1966. To this union were born two children Daron Scott (Debbie) Pearce, Ewing and Lisa Michelle, who died in infancy.

She is survived by her son Daron (Debbie) Pearce, of Ewing; a stepdaughter Vanessa Burgess, of Ewing; granddaughters Kaela Ann (Ben) Menson, of Columbus, IN, Allison Michelle Pearce, Daniel Lenevich, of Ewing and Amanda Nicole Harris, of Marion, IL; one sister, Brenda (Bill) Smith, West Frankfort; one brother Roger (Brenda) Sullivan, Thompsonville; nieces and nephews Kevin (Kendall) Smith, Thompsonville, Kenny (Denise) Smith, Thompsonville, Kim (Matt) Rains, West Frankfort, John (Shasta) Sullivan, Carmi, IL, Sheila (Aaron) Smith, Lakeland, FL; great nieces and nephews Leanna, Kenlee, Kenise, Kolby, Koty, Brogan, Hunter, Dallas, Bryson, Easton, Ian and Kaylee. She is also survived by aunts, cousins and a host of friends.

Judy and Gale were members of Williams Chapel Church, in Ewing where Judy was Sunday School teacher, church treasurer and song leader until its closing. They now attend Oasis Community Church of the Nazarene in Harrisburg, IL.

Gale and Judy and Daron and Debbie own and operate Rend Lake Antique Mall and Southern Illinois Auction at Ina. Gale and Judy are retired farmers.

Judy was a member of Frankfort Area Genealogy Society, in West Frankfort and Franklin County Tourism, in Benton. She adored her children and granddaughters. She loved spending time with family and friends.

Judy was preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Michelle, her mother Dorothy Sullivan, father-in-law and mother-in-law Falgar and Lillie Pearce, grandparents Earl and Esta Sullivan and Mamie and Holloway Auten and aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 30 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, IL with Pastor Gary Clark officiating. Visitation will be at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. and after 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Burial will be at Thurmond Cemetery, in Ewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Baptist Children’s Home, in Carmi.

 

Obituary – James Allen Lusby – Benton, IL

James Allen Lusby, 52, of Benton, died Friday, August 28, 2015 at his home.

James LusbyMr. Lusby’s wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Graveside Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Sursa Cemetery of Mt. Vernon, IL. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton.

James was born on November 26, 1962 in Joliet, IL, the son of Mikul Don Lusby-Jones and Donna Annalee (Funkhouser) Lusby.

He and his mother owned and operated Lusby’s Janitorial Service in the Lemont, IL area.

James enjoyed evening walks, watching 1970’s and 80’s era television programs and movies, collecting Hot Wheels cars, his cat, and Chicago Bears football.

He is survived by his sister Carrie Plascencia and husband Joe of Joliet, IL; a brother Don Lusby and wife Linda of Chicago Ridge, IL; three nieces: Samantha, Lindsey and Lilyanna; three nephews: Keith and wife Shannon, Eric, and Alejandro; two great-nephews: Damyen and Apollo; a great-niece Bella; two aunts: Elizabeth Overbey of Benton, and Sara Jones of Sharon, TN; and numerous loving cousins.

James was preceded in death by his parents; and a niece Chantrese.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of James, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

 

Obituary – Dennis “Rick” Paxton – Benton, IL

Dennis ‘Rick” Paxton, 66, of Benton, IL, passed away September 21, 2015 at Franklin Hospital, in Benton.

Rick was born November 20, 1948 in St. Louis, MO, the son of Lindell Paxton and Lulubelle (Tucker) Paxton.

He was an Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. Rick was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, in Benton and the Benton Elks.

He married Thelma (Barber) Paxton on June 14, 1990 and she survives.

Also surviving is a daughter, Teresa Michele Totman, of Danville, KY; granddaughter Briar H. North’ one brother David Paxton, Hilton Head, SC and one sister Teresa ‘Terri’ Hallahan, Christopher, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John “Micky” Paxton.

A memorial service will be held Friday, September 25, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher with the Rev. Naomi Edmonds officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, September 25, 2015 from 6 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Paxton Family and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

 

 

 

 

Obituary – William Stephen ‘Steve’ Swinney – Benton, IL

William Stephen ‘Steve’ Swinney, 67, of Benton, IL, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on September, 16, 2015.

swinney 2Steve was born June 20, 1948, in Benton, the son of Dr. William “Bill” Joplin Swinney and Dorothy Monroe Swinney.

Steve was a 1966 graduate of Benton Consolidated High School, serving as class president and in numerous other clubs. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University and his Master’s Degree from University of Denver.

Steve spent 41 years working in the banking industry, serving as the president of State Bank of Whittington since 1977. During his years as president, the bank added three new branches in Benton, Sesser and Christopher and the bank has continued to be locally owned and operated and carry a five star rating. He served most of his career on the legislative committee for the Community Bankers Association. Steve accepted the award for Benton-West City Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in 2010 for State Bank of Whittington. Steve spoke often of his love for helping others and the work he accomplished at State Bank of Whittington. He was a very humble, honest and giving person. Steve was an avid golfer, enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a member of the Boneyard Boccie Ball Club and the Benton Elks.

Steve is survived by his wife, Sibyl Rodenbush Swinney, children Greg Swinney, Heather Franklin (Michael), Sara Holman, step-children Ronda Baker Dunn (Randy), Beth Baker and Preston Baker (Amy); grandchildren Tommy “The Turtle” Swinney, Emma, Kaylee, Jacob Franklin; Dash, Charlie, Josie Holman; Sara Hammer (Matt), Gavin Wanstreet (Elaine) and Lea Baker. Great-grandchild Eleanor (Ella) Hammer; sister Nancy Durham (Chuck), niece Stephanie McDuffee (Mike) and her children Jessica Sommer (Ethan) and Keyndra Calvin; brothers-in-law the Rev. Robert Rodenbush and wife Evangeline and Barry Rodenbush. He was also survived by a special cousin Jack Monroe and several other family members, friends and colleagues.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Robert Rodenbush officiating. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Franklin Cemetery in Whittington.

For those who wish memorial contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

For more information or to sign the online guest register please visit mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.

 

Obituary – Ernest William Stroud – Benton, IL

Benton, IL

Ernest William Stroud, Jr., 58, of Benton, died at 10:02 p.m. Monday, September 7, 2015, at his mother’s home.

Mr. Stroud was cremated.

A Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 17, 2015 at the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home, with Sister Laura Reynolds officiating. Visitation will be from 12 noon until the funeral hour. Burial will be at a future date. Arrangements are with the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton.

Ernest was born on February 7, 1957 in Joliet, IL, the son of Ernest William Stroud, Sr. and Katherine (Zobel) Stroud. He married the former Jane Frances Cherigatti on November 27, 1976, and she preceded him in death on June 4, 2011.

Mr. Stroud, during his employment career, worked in the maintenance department with Stepan Chemical. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Benton.

Ernest actively served in the U.S. Army from January 31, 1975 to January 30, 1978 where he was a certified Track Vehicle Mechanic. During his service time he attained the rank of Specialist 4th class.

Mr. Stroud is survived by his mother Katherine Stroud of Benton; two sons: Michael William Stroud of Benton, Kurt Lee Stroud and wife Melissa of Shorewood, IL; four brothers: Robert Ray Stroud and wife Eileen of Joliet, David Lee Stroud of Joliet, Richard Joseph Stroud and wife Andrea of Mundelein, IL, and Adam F. Stroud; four nephews and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, his wife Jane, a sister, and a nephew.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with the cremation services, and will be accepted at the funeral home..

To sign the online memorial guestbook or to share memories of Ernest, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Obituary – Sherry Lynn Ude – Benton, IL

Benton, IL

Sherry Lynn Ude, 60, of Benton, died at 3:33 p.m. Monday, September14, 2015, at the Franklin Hospital in Benton.

Sherry’s wishes were to be cremated.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Immanuel Baptist Church of Benton with Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.

Arrangements are through the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton.

Sherry was born on January 8, 1955 in Greenville, KY, the daughter of Rufus Allen Burch and Hazel Renee (Knight) Burch. She married Ralph “Sam” Gibbs on August 8, 2008 and he survives.

Sherry retired from AMAX Delta Mine in Harco. Sherry was the first lady coal miner in the state of Illinois to receive an explosives certification. She was a member of the U.M.W.A.

She enjoyed traveling, and her little dogs.

Sherry is survived by her husband, Ralph “Sam” Gibbs of Benton; her son Matthew Jesse Ude of Benton; a step-son Bill Gibbs of Johnston City; four grandchildren: Dakota McClure, Madison Carter, Emily Sanders, Cord Turner; three great-grandchildren; a sister Lisa Sherman and husband Keith of Bremen, KY; a brother Richard Burch and wife Kaye of Florida; a brother-in-law Bill Gibbs; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter Misty Jo McClure; and a brother Jerry Burch.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Humane Society, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington DC 20037, and will be accepted at the funeral home..

To sign the online memorial guestbook or to share memories of Sherry, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Obituary – Janet Morhet – Mulkeytown

MULKEYTOWN — Janet Morhet, 76, died at 11:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Helia Healthcare in Benton.

She was born March 13, 1939, in Freeman Spur to John and Francis (Mann) Hall. She married Rene “Babe” Morhet, and he preceded her in death on July 26, 2009.

Mrs. Morhet was a homemaker.She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and St. Andrew Alter Society.

Survivors include her children, Kim and Bob Kaese and Keith and Toni Morhet, all of Benton, and Chris and Danell Morhet of Mulkeytown; grandchildren, Keith and Dawn Morhet, Jake and Tiff Morhet, Jordan Morhet and Katie Morhet; great-grandson, Max Morhet; sister and brother, Brenda Peck of North Carolina and Mike and Theresa Hall of Freeman Spur; and sister-in-law, Maxine Hall of Herrin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Stephan Morhet; and brother, Alfred Hall.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in St. Andrew Catholic Church in Christopher. Burial will be in St. Andrew Catholic Cemetery in Christopher. There will be no visitation. Friends and family are asked to meet at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew Catholic Church building fund or St. Andrew Alter Society and will be accepted at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

For more information, go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Iona F. Eisenhauer – Benton, IL

Iona F. Eisenhauer, 86, of Benton, IL passed away on September 12, 2015 at Helia Health Care, in Benton.

Iona was born in Royalton, IL on September 25, 1928, the daughter of Barney and Pearl Sims.

On November 23, 1949 she married Perry Eisenhauer, in Royalton.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Benton. Iona was a clerk for many years with F. W. Woolworth and Virgil Center Fabrics. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Iona is survived by her husband, Perry Eisenhauer, of Benton, one daughter Brenda (Barry) Sink, of Benton; three grandsons Tyler (Bethany) Sink, of Benton, Preston (Laurel) Sink, of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; Michael Garavalia and fiance Courtney, of Benton; granddaughter Lisa Ann (Bryan) Russell, of Benton; great-grandchildren Addelyn Sink, Makinley Sink, Jedidiah Sink, Cora Sink and Molly Jolene Russell.

Iona was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, Verne Hiller, by a sister Wanda Woods and by her daughter Becky Garavalia.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, September 14 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with Pastor Kurt Sanders officiating. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.

For those who wish, memorial contributions can be made to the First Christian Church School Lunchbag Program.

 

Obituary – Ruth Burzynski Grammer – Sesser, IL

Ruth Burzynski Grammer, 88, of Sesser, IL, passed away September 6, 2015.

Ruth was born January 26, 1927, in Franklin County, the daughter of Lawrence and Martha Burzynski.

She married Billy Grammer at Rend City Church in 1944 and he preceded her in death. Ruth and Billy lived a number of years in Nashville, TN where he was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Ruth is survived by her three children, Donna (David) Blair, Nashville, TN, Dianne (Alan) Mezger, of Dallas, TX and Billy (Sally) Grammer, Richardson, TX; three brothers, Lawrence Burzynski, Marion Burzynski and Butch Burzynski; two sisters, Stella Stewart and Janie Cummings; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many in-laws.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, seven siblings, an infant brother, Raymond, Stanley, John and Walter Burzynski; sisters Mary Freeman and Helen Thompson and a grandson, Jeff Blair.

Ruth loved much and was much loved. She will be terribly missed by her family, church family, bowling league family and all who knew her.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, September 11, 2015 at Rend City Baptist Church, with visitation two hours prior. Interment will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Rend City Baptist Church Building Fund, C/O Pastor John WEst, 7511 Minier Road, Benton, IL 62812.

For more information or sign the online guest register please visit mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com