Mrs. Mikkell Sneddon, 74 of Buckner

Mikkell Jeanne Sneddon, 74 of Buckner IL, passed away at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday December 7, 2016 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.
Mrs. Sneddon was born on March 21, 1942 at the UMWA hospital in West Frankfort, IL to Michael Brckovich and Hilda (Wicker) Brckovich. Mikkell married James L. Sneddon on September 16, 1994 and he survives of Buckner.
Mrs. Sneddon is also survived by a daughter Amy K. Sneddon of Buckner, a son Andrew Sneddon of Centralia, three grandsons Douglas Sneddon of Johnston City, Bryce and Misty Upton Sneddon of Benton, and Trevor Sneddon of Benton. Three great grandchildren Wyatt Upton, Cheyenne Upton, and Ava Sneddon all of Benton, and a special family member, Chuckie Newell of Buckner, and numerous cousins and friends.
Mikkell was preceded in death by her parents, beloved aunts Margaret Brckovich, Helen Neely, and Betty Sullivan. Mrs. Sneddon will be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Saturday December 17, 2016 at 2:00 P.M., at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Visitation will be on Saturday December 17, 2016 from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Mikkell’s wish was to have her ashes scattered on Flatt Top Hills in Yampa, Colorado.

 

 

Sheldon Mike Gilbert, 72, Christopher

Sheldon Mike Gilbert, 72 of Christopher IL, passed away Monday December 5, 2016 at the Franklin Hospital Emergency Room. Mike was born February 17, 1944 in Carbondale, IL, to Sheldon Record and Mildred (Arburn) Gilbert.
After the death of his parents, at the age of nine years old, he was taken in and raised by his brother Joe and Helen (Cook) Gilbert as one of their children. He married Carolyn (Cook) Gilbert on August 10, 1968 in Detroit, MI and she survives of Christopher. He was a veteran serving in the United States Marine Corp. from 1962 until mike-gilbert1966.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Christopher, American Legion of Christopher, Masonic Lodge, and a former member of the Christopher Lion’s Club. He was the former owner of Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher and Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser until his retirement in 2006.
Survivors include his wife Carolyn, his loving children Cheryl and Rob Seidel of Benton, Bob Gilbert of Christopher, and Stephen and Sarah Gilbert of Christopher. He is also survived by his grandchildren that he loved dearly Lindsey Seidel, Jacob Seidel, Bobbi Jo Gilbert, Kaili Gilbert, Bailey Gilbert, and Reagan Gilbert. He is also survived by two brothers and one sister, Terry and Sandy Gilbert of Marion, KY, Randy and Becky Gilbert of Mulkeytown and Jeanenne and Corky Mazur of Christopher; Brother-in-law Ronald and Toni Cook of Clinton Twp., MI; nieces and nephews Keith and Angie Gilbert, Brad and Valerie Gilbert, Kevin and Kim Gilbert, Britt and Sandy Gilbert, Rodney and Niki Gilbert, Chris Preuss, Courtney and Cheryl Mazur, Trevor and Niki Mazur, Donnie Cook, Gary Cook, Kevin Cook, Ronnie Cook, Carl and Eileen Wedel, Phil and Barb Wedel and George and Mary Wedel.
He was preceded in death by parents, S.R. and Mildred Gilbert, Joe and Helen Gilbert, grandson Connor Michael Gilbert, one sister Ann Wedel Jones, and one niece Jennifer Jo Preuss.
Funeral Service will be on Friday December 9, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Rev. Daniel Ison officiating. Following the funeral service, Mike’s wishes were to be cremated with burial at a later date. Visitation will be on Thursday December 8, 2016 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Mulkeytown Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home.
The Gilbert Family would like to thank everyone for their kindness during this difficult time. Special thanks go to the Christopher Police Department, Coello Rescue, and Abbott’s EMS.

Mr. Kevin Gray, 51 of Akin

Kevin Douglas Gray, age 51 of Akin IL, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at his home..

Kevin was born on February 22, 1965 in Benton, the son of Max M. Gray and Laverne (Mundell) Gray.

Kevin was a BCHS graduate of the Class of 1983. He worked as a laborer with Productive Products in Akin, until its closure. Prior to working at PPI, he worked for the Dallas Morning News newspaper.

Kevin was an avid baseball enthusiast, and enjoyed NASCAR.

He is survived by a sister Crystal Heumann and husband Wilford “Bubby” Heumann of Benton; a brother Kyle Gray of Benton; two nephews Matt Davis and Travis Gray and a niece Alexa Heumann; an uncle Roger Mundell of Benton; and several cousins.

Kevin was preceded in death by his parents, and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery with Pastor Kurt Sanders officiating. There will be no visitation, family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Kevin, to the American Cancer Society.

The Leffer Funeral Home of Benton has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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

Cecil Ray Bennett – Benton, IL

BENTON — Cecil Ray Bennett, 73, passed away Sunday morning, Dec. 4, 2016, in SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon.

bennettHe was born Dec. 8, 1942, in Logan, the son of Fred and Lorene (Neunlist) Bennett.

He married Donna (Filkins) on June 10, 1963, and she survives.

Mr. Bennett was a veteran, serving in the Marines.

He was a retired coal miner.

Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife, Donna Bennett of Benton; three children, Rebecca Lynn Bennett Melvin of Benton, Lisa Anne Bennett Filson and husband, Todd Alan Filson, of Du Quoin, Steven Ray Bennett of Pickle City; 10 grandchildren, Meranda Tate and husband, Seth, Mirya Melvin, Angela Darst and husband, Travis, Dallas Filson and wife, Danielle, Alisha Cockrum and husband, Daniel, Alex Melvin, Jessica Stephens and husband, Drew, Jacob Melvin and wife, Halee, Courtney Burroughs and husband, Garrett, and Samantha Bennett; 15 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard; and two sisters, Darlene and Yvonne.

Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Logan Church of God, with Pastor Earl Young officiating. Burial will be in the Logan Church of God Cemetery. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

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

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

Charles F. Baumgarte – Benton, IL

Charles F. Baumgarte, 93, of Benton, IL, passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at StoneBridge Living Center in Benton.

Charles was born on May 3, 1923, in Nason, IL, the son of Henry and Clara (Hawthorne) Baumgarte.

He was married to Frances Baumgarte and she preceded him in death on January 12, 2010.

Charles was an Army veteran, serving during World War II as an ambulance driver in London, England.

He was a truck driver and hauled dirt for the Franklin Hospital when it was built. He worked 35-plus years at Newhouse Lumber Co. in Benton.

He is survived by his daughter Judy Tatum, of Benton, grandson Don Overturf and wife Cheryl, of NinetySix, South Carolina; great-grandson Joshua Overturf and wife Andrea of Orange City, FL; nieces and nephews Loretta Franklin and husband Denzil, Stella M. Gulley and husband Gene, Ronnie Baumgarte and wife Linda, Marilyn Conner, Betty Miles and husband Allen, Paula Williams and husband Kirby, Debbie Kays and husband Mark and Mike Webb and wife Cindy. He is also survived by several nieces and great nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, by his wife Frances, by brothers and sisters Bob Baumgarte, Paul Baumgarte, Ruth Hall, Geraldine Hutchcraft, Charlene Webb, son-in-law Walter Lee Tatum, niece Brenda Young and nephew Danny Hall.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, with the Rev. Bert Mitchell and the Rev. Steven Flach officiating. Burial with military rites conducted by the Benton American Legion and VFW Posts will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton.

Macedonia Mayor Wayne Schaffner passes

Wayne Fredrick Schaffner, age 70 of Macedonia IL, passed away Monday, November 28, 2016 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.

Wayne’s wishes were to be cremated.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Military Honors given by the Benton American Legion Post 280, Benton V.F.W. Post 2671, and the Army National Guard out of Marion, officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Wayne Fredrick Schaffner was born on November 4, 1946 in East St. Louis, IL, the son of Anitta (Fleshing) Schaffner. He married the former Marilyn Gail Fisher on Dec. 31, 1985 and she survives.

Mr. Schaffner was the Mayor of the Village of Macedonia. His prior working career consisted that of being an Iron Worker where he was also a member of the Iron Workers Local 392 located in East St. Louis.

He served his Country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, and received the Purple Heart.

Wayne enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn Schaffner of Macedonia; his four children: Christina Phillips and husband Steve of Macedonia, Todd Schaffner and wife Barbara of Marissa, IL, Timothy Schaffner and wife Charity of Macedonia, and Krystle Nordhaus and husband Michael of Effingham; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers: Dennis Schaffner of Greenville, IL, and Michael Schaffner and wife Sue of St. Charles, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Schaffner was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister-in-law Carol Schaffner.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Military Honors given by the Benton American Legion Post 280, Benton V.F.W. Post 2671, and the Army National Guard out of Marion, officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to aide homeless veterans through the Marion VA Medical Center Voluntary Services, 2401 West Main Street, Marion, IL 62959.

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

George W. “Bill” Lockin – Benton, IL

Longtime Benton resident George W. “Bill” Lockin, 93, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 after a brief illness. Bill was living in Brentwood, TN at the time of his death.

bill-lockinA native of of Berea, KY, Bill was born on August 28, 1923 to Earl Wyman and Mary Jane Lockin. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Earl Wyman Lockin and is wife of 67 years Elwanda Dalton Lockin.

Bill proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After serving his country for five years Bill returned to the University of Kentucky to complete his education, graduating with a Master’s degree in Mining Engineering.

Upon graduation, Bill was hired by Inland Steel Coal Company in Wheelwright, KY where he worked for 31 years. In 1966 Inland moved operations to Southern Illinois where Bill held several management positions at the Sesser and McLeansboro mines. He retired in 1982 as the Mine Manager of Inland Steel No. 2 in McLeansboro.

Bill and his wife Wanda enjoyed camping in their Airstream camper and were members of the Wally Byam Airstream Caravan Club in Southern Illinois. He was also an active member of the Lion’s Club International, Methodist Men, Benton Booster Club, Benton American Legion an he was an active amateur radio operator.

An incredible and dedicated husband, father and grandfather, Bill was loved and adored by his children, David William Lockin (wife Jennifer Ryan Lockin), of Lilburn, GA, daughter Karen Lockin Bachus, of Rome, GA, and daughter Jane Lockin Hutson (husband John Hutson), of Brentwood, TN; grandchildren Matthew Lockin (wife Melissa Lockin) of Phoenix, AZ, Jonathan Lockin, of Lilburn, GA, Avery Bachus, of Marietta, GA, Madelyn Hutson, of Providence, RI, and Kathryn Hutson, of Brentwood, TN.

A memorial service will be held at Benton First United Methodist Church, 203 Church St. Benton, IL at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The eulogy will be given by Jim Muir and the service will be officiated by the Rev. Mark Minor. Visitation with the family will be held that morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a military internment at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Funeral arrangements are through Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

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

Mrs. Della Eickelmann – Christopher

Della L. Eickelmann, 90 of Christopher IL della-eickelmann-picture11272016, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on Saturday November 26, 2016.  Della was born April 10, 1926 to John and Millie (Pyles) Martin on Karber’s Ridge in Gallatin County Illinois. Della’s youth was spent on High Knob attending a one room school house with her 10 brothers and sisters.

On January 1, 1944 she married Cecil Cole Eickelmann of Buckner who preceded her in death. They had three children, Gary Cole, Raymond Dale and Gaila Marie.  They shared a happy life together and enjoyed square dancing, gardening, fishing, spending time with loved ones.  Della worked as a cook at Christopher, Herrin, and Benton hospitals and as a seamstress for many years. She enjoyed playing pinochle with the same group of ladies for 54 years.  Della loved cooking, canning, crocheting and quilting.

She is survived by her children Raymond Eickelmann of Valier and Gaila Carpenter of Buckner; Grandchildren: Theresa Eickelmann of Centralia, John Eickelmann of Valier, Nicole Pace of Union KY and Mackenzie Stephenson of Marion;  Great Grandchildren:  Drew, Samantha, Ginger, Jacob, Makaylah, Shelby, Riley and Anne-Marie. Brother William Floyd Martin of Marion, and sister Mary Barker of Jamestown, Tennesee, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Della in death are her parents, husband Cecil, sons Cecil Cole and Gary Cole. Grandson Richard Eickelmann and siblings Frank Martin, Annabelle Carnahan, Lawrence Martin, Phoebe Davis, A.B . “Pepper” Martin, John Martin, Rosetta Colbert and Treva Chisler.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday November 30, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.  Burial will be in Harrison Cemetery in Buckner. Visitation will be on Tuesday November 29, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital or March of Dimes and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Jack Lee Perkins – Benton, IL

Jack Lee Perkins, of Benton, IL, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the home of his son with both of his sons at his bedside.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Carl Cottingham officiating.

Burial with Masonic Rites will be conducted at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, in Benton. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Benton.

Mrs. Alice Diane Whitten – Benton

Mrs. Alice Diane Whitten, age 73 of Benton IL, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at her home.  She was born on April 17, 1943 in Chicago Heights, IL, the daughter of William Singleton and Sadie (Maki) Singleton. She first married Vernon Paul Denton in 1963 and he preceded her in death in 1972. She would later marry Ron Whitten in 1976, and he preceded her in death in 1996.

diane-whittenHer working career was that of a LPN at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Manteno. She and her late husband Ron would also volunteer at the Veteran’s Home. Due to their commitment and dedication as volunteers, they were invited to the Governor’s Mansion for recognition of their achievements as volunteers.

Diane loved her family, and especially enjoyed getting to spend time with them. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.

She is survived by her three children: Cathy Campbell of Aurora, MO, Vern Denton and wife Melanie of Benton, IL, and Paul Denton and wife Inita of Flower Mound, TX; Eleven Grandchildren; Seventeen Great-Grandchildren; her siblings: Dolly of Tennessee, Dale of Georgia, Ron of North Carolina, Dorcus of Illinois, Helen of Minnesota, Sharon of Illinois, and Rich of Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Whitten was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, and two sisters: Carol and Patsie.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Paul Denton officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Leffler Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program.

Diane’s wishes were to donate her body for scientific study.

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