Obituary – Ray H. Edwards – Normal, IL

Ray H. Edwards, 88, of Normal, IL passed away at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Bloomington, IL.

Ray was born in Thompsonville, IL on Dec. 25, 1926, the son of Hester and Daisy (Dean) Edwards.

He married June (Sweet) Edwards, and she preceded him in death in 2006.

Mr. Edwards was a U.S. Army veteran.

He had retired from the shipping department at Caterpillar. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a NASCAR fan and country music fan.

Ray is survived by his daughter Julie Lyons and husband Todd, of Normal; daughter-in-law Vickie Edwards, of Pekin; grandchildren Alex and Aaron Burns, of Normal, Troy Edwards, of Pekin and Tracy Spracklen, of Manito; brother Jack Edwards and wife Modena, of Johnston City along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son-in-law Ronald Edwards in 2005, a daughter Marsha Edwards in 1967, a brother Theodore Edwards and a sister Mae Edwards.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at County Line Cemetery, Thompsonville, IL with the Rev. Gary West officiating. There will be no visitation and those attending are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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

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Donald Thomas “D.T.” Richardson, Benton, IL

Donald Thomas “D.T.” Richardson, Sr., age 52, of Benton, passed away at 4:03 p.m. Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Franklin Hospital Emergency Room.

Donald RichardsonFuneral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton with Rev. Alan Newman officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to the funeral hour on Tuesday at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 516 North Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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

Donald Thomas Richardson was born July 21, 1963 in Anaheim, CA, the son of Walter Tom Richardson and Sara Sue (Bassett) Richardson. He married the former Christine Marie Tasky on May 21, 2011 and she survives.

D.T. was a Police officer with the Benton Police Department and was a Firefighter with the Ewing-Northern Fire Protection District.

D.T. began his career in law enforcement with the Energy Police Department, he would later become Chief of Police in Crainville. His career in law enforcement would later take him to Christopher Police Department before he would become employed as a Deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff Department, where he was employed for 24 years. After retiring from the Sheriff Department, D.T. became Chief of Police at Sesser. After serving as Chief of Police in Sesser, D.T. was appointed interim Fire Chief with the City of Benton Fire Department. After his tenure as Fire Chief, D.T. became a police officer with the City of Benton where he was currently employed.

In 2001 D.T. served as an International Police Officer with the United Nations Defense in Kosovo.

He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his friends and law enforcement and firefighter families. He loved his pugs.

Christine said he was a good husband, father and friend.

D.T. is survived by his wife Christine Richardson of Benton; his mother Sara Vancil of Benton; a son Donald Thomas “Tommy” Richardson, Jr. of LaSalle, IL; two grandchildren; a step-son John Bryan Tasky and wife Heather of West Frankfort; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Bill and Nancy Tasky of Benton; a brother Robert Eugene Richardson and wife Lisa of Largo, FL; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Kim and Mike Mandrell of Benton; brother-in-law William David Tasky of West Frankfort; special friends Dave and Shelley Webb of Ewing; an Aunt Laura of Florida; several nieces and nephews; and his law enforcement and firefighter family.

He was preceded in death by his father; his foster parent Jerry Gass; a brother-in-law Bruce Tasky; his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ewing-Northern Fire Protection District, and will be accepted on Tuesday at the church.

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Doris June Newbury – formerly of Scheller, IL

Doris June Newbury 84 formerly of Scheller passed away on November 14, 2015 at 5:43 P.M. at the Mt Vernon Countryside Manor.

newbury 1She was born on June 13, 1931, the daughter of Lester and Oma (Weatherly) Montgomery. She married Joe Frank Newbury on February 26, 1950 and he preceded her in death on February 26, 2007.

She is survived by two sons and one daughter, Leslie and Kendra Newbury of Benton, Jim and Paulette Newbury of Sesser, and Janet and Jerry G. Zettler of Tamaroa.

She is survived by seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and four step-great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister Joyce Dunavan of Springfield, two brothers Ronald and Anne Montgomery of Hilton Head, S.C., and Don and Dianne Montgomery of Sesser, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers Wayne, Frank, and Jimmy Montgomery, and one son John Stephen Newbury.

Doris was a homemaker and she loved to sew. Doris retired from work in the year 2000, she was a seamstress at the Lyn-Gai Garment Factory in Sesser for 34 years. She was also on the committee of her local union district called Ladies Garment Workers 462 (ILGWU made in the USA).

Doris was a loving mother and grandmother, she will be missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services for Doris will be on Wednesday November 18, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Burial will be in the Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be on Wednesday November 18, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Horse Prairie Cemetery Association or to Mt Vernon Countryside Manor Activity Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Pete Micheletto – Christopher, IL

Pete Micheletto, 80, of Christopher, IL passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, IL.

He was born Dec. 25, 1934 in Christopher, the son of Steve Micheletto and Dena (Arro) Micheletto.

Pete married Arlene (Wingo) Micheletto on August 15, 1953 and she survives of Christopher.

He worked as an auditor for the Illinois Department of Revenue for 41 years.

Pete was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church Christopher, where he served as a church trustee and president of the parish council. He was a former Church Trustee and Parrish Council President, Served on the Rend Lake Conservancy District Board for 25 years, Member of the Knight’s of Columbus in Christopher

He worked as an auditor for the State of Illinois Department of Revenue for 41 years

He married Arlene (Wingo) Micheletto on August 15, 1953 and she survives of Christopher.

Survivors include children Danny and Carla Micheletto, Marine, IL; grandchildren Jamie Winemiller, Christopher, Joe Barnhart, Highland, IL and Tyler Barnhart, Troy, IL; great-grandchildren Jenna Micheletto, Stephanie Winemiller, Shianne Winemiller, Harley Winemiller and Jerry Winemiller. He was preceded in death by a son, Steve Micheletto and one brotehr, Joe Micheletto.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at St. Andrews Catholic Church, in Christopher with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church, in Christopher.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St Andrews Catholic Church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the church

Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher, is in charge of arrangements.

Gerome Willis Grob – Sesser, IL

Gerome Willis Grob 76, went to be with his Lord on November 12, 2015 at Carbondale Memorial Hospital, with his loving wife by his side.

Gerome was born November 24, 1938 in Franklin County near Sesser, IL to the late Henry Grob and Goldie (Inabnit) Grob Stockton.

He grew up in Mulkeytown and graduated from Sesser High School where he received several ribbons on his accomplishments in FFA and 4H. After graduating high school, he went to engineering school in Park Kansas, Mo. He became a railroad engineer and retired with 51 years with the railroad industry.

He married Sandra (Shelton) Grob in Paducah, KY and lived in Sesser with their special dog, Precious. They were happily married for 16 years. He is a member of the Bear Point Baptist Church and was baptized in the Little Engine Creek when he was 10 years old. He enjoyed reading and collecting books, listening to gospel music, working puzzles and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife Sandi; his children from a previous marriage, sons Jeff Grob and wife Kim of Sesser, Bret Grob and wife Sheri of Sesser, Chris Grob and wife Gena of Tampa, FL; one daughter Annette Gilbert of Maryville, IL; one sister Cathy Douglas and husband Tom of Macon, GA; grandchildren Toni Anderton and husband Josh, Jordan Murphy and husband Chris, Trishina Gehman and husband Andrew, Nathan Harmon and wife Natasha, Andrew Jacob Gerome “Drew” Grob, Lane Michael Henry Grob, Devin Tyler Grob, and Tara Nicole Grob; great-grandchildren Kelisy, Mayson, Hudson, Cooper, Remy, and Leland.

His parents, one brother Gilbert Grob, one grandson Kenny Grob, son-in-law Spencer Gilbert, and his grandparents all preceded in death.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Ivan Ryan officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser, IL.

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Danny deLatour – Benton, IL

Danny deLatour, 77, a longtime Benton resident, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at Heartland Regional Medical Center, in Marion.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 at First Christian Church, in Benton, with Pastor Kurt Sanders officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 10 a.m. on Monday at First Christian Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton.

Obituary – Kathy (Burns) Lovan – West Frankfort) formerly of West City

Kathy (Burns) Lovan, of West Frankfort, IL, formerly of West City, passed away on Nov. 11, 2015 in Herrin Hospital.

Kathy was born on Dec. 19, 1951, the daughter of Harry and Opal Burns. Kathy spent most of her childhood with her grandparents Will and Elsie Vernon. Both her parents and grandparents preceded her in death.

Kathy married Danny Lovan on Dec. 19, 1995. Together they enjoyed spending time with their family and doting on grandchildren, camping, fishing and gardening. Kathy leaves behind two beloved dogs: Boo and Brandi.

Kathy graduated from Benton High School in 1969. She worked as a hair stylist before beginning her career as a server in several Franklin County restaurants, including Rend Lake Windows Restaurant and Franklin County Country Club. Kathy ended her career as a server at the Ariston Cafe, in Litchfield, IL.

Kathy is survived by her husband Danny; one son James Osborne; grandchildren Samantha, Skyla, Trevor; stepdaughters Anita Frey (Raymond), Melody Osborne, Kimberly Henle (David); one stepson Wesley Shane Lovan (Kaci); eight additional grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Kathy is also survived by her loving uncle John Ponsetti and aunt Violet Vernon. Kathy’s extended surviving family includes cousins, nieces, nephews and brothers-in law and sisters-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Brother Mike Cash officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, in Benton.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Shelia Kay (Bullington) Fenoglio – Benton, IL

Shelia Kay (Bullington) Fenoglio, 66, of Benton, IL passed away Tuesday, Nov. 10 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, with Pastor Chris Hammonds officiating. Visitation will from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Valier, IL.

Virginia R. Willis – Benton, IL

Virginia R. Willis, 90, of Benton, IL passed away Nov. 8, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

Funeral services for Mrs. Willlis will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, with the Rev. Sammy Simmons officiating.

Burial will be at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, in Benton. Visitation will be after 12 noon on Sunday until the time of the service.

Elizabeth Mary Flatt – Mulkeytown, IL

Elizabeth Mary Flatt, 84, of Mulkeytown, IL died Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at home.

She was a member of Faith Assembly of God in Du Quoin.  She was an excellent homemaker, mother, and seamstress.  She also enjoyed gardening.

Elizabeth was born Sept. 4, 1931, to Antonia (Stanfel) Garrett.

She married Bill Flatt and he survives of Mulkeytown.

Survivors include children, Toni Elizabeth Hassler of Murphysboro, Joseph Michael and Cindy Flatt of Mulkeytown, Deborah Jeannie and Scott Cavinder of Coello, and Patricia Ann and Dean Hammonds of Marion; grandchildren, Stephani Schwettman, Heath and Jillian Ramsey, Laci Smith, Destini Hassler, Travis and Libby Flatt, Lesli and Travis Noto, Jessy and Jordan Flatt, Kris and Andy Mariano, Nicole and Dale Myers, Corey Cavinder, Emily Cavinder, Alex Cavinder, Austin Christian Hammonds, Aaron Michael Hammonds and Michelle Lynn Hammonds; great-grandchildren, Bradyn Schwettman, Brooklynn Ramsey, Paisley Ramsey, Halle Flatt, Leah Flatt, Cole Freeman, Chase Freeman, Payton Flatt, Kamryn Flatt, Ashley Turner and Danielle Myers; and sister-in-law, Iris Stanfel of Las Vegas, Nevada.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, with Pastor James Butch Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.