Rick McClerren – Benton

Rick McClerren, 68, of Benton passed away Monday, July 6, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Herrin, IL on October 16, 1946, the son of William Silas & Mary Lou (Summers) McClerren.

Mr. McClerren was an Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. He served in the Honor Guard at Camp Riley during President Eisenhower’s Funeral. He was a retired Coal Miner. He loved to work on cars. He loved his kids and his dog-Shaggy.

Mr. McClerren is survived by his mother, Mary McClerren, Benton, four children, Bridgett Thacker and Art Young of McLeansboro, Patrick McClerren of Benton, Kevin McClerren and wife Gayla of Benton and Mike McClerren and wife Tina of Logan, 13 grandchildren 1 great-grandson, two sisters, Candace Hall and husband Steve and Margaret Emerson; one brother, Sam McClerren and wife Karen.

Mr. McClerren was preceded in death by his father, by a daughter-Kelly J. Roberson, by a grandson and by a brother-in-law, Dale Emerson.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 9 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Thompsonville. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to any local veterans organization or to ASPCA.

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

Obituary – Danny Lee Galloway – Sesser, IL

Danny Lee Galloway, 56, of Sesser, IL, died Monday, July 6, 2015.

Danny Galloway PictureHe was born August 23, 1958 in DuQuoin, IL, the son of Donald Lee and Helen (Kirkpatrick)
Galloway. He married Michelle (Bowman) August 8, 1997.

Danny worked at Continental Tire and retired in 2008 after more than 31 years and
then started his own successful construction company (DLG Construction).

He graduated Sesser High School in 1976. He was a craftsman and loved
to work with wood, he loved tractors, traveling, and hats, and shoes; he was the
kind of person that never met a stranger and was very well thought of in his community.

Danny was member of Logan Street Baptist Church for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle; his daughter, Dacey (Galloway) Rogers and husband
Curtis of Carrier Mills, IL; a son, Dustin Galloway of Coulterville; 5 grandchildren
Dristen, Alyce, Hunter, Scarlett, and Presley; his mother Helen Galloway,
three sisters, Debbie (Galloway) Staley and husband, Jeff of Mt. Vernon, IL;
Diana (Galloway) Rea and husband Steve of Benton, IL; Dana (Galloway) Kingore
and husband Darrell of Ozark, MO; and many nieces, nephews, uncles
and aunts, cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

Arrangements are being handled by Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Visitation will be Wednesday July 8, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Burial will be in Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research for
the Constructing A Cure Team at http://purplestride.kintera.org/stlouis/constructingacure and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Michael Allen Furlow – Royalton

ROYALTON — Michael Allen Furlow, 49, Royalton, died Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia as the result of a car accident.

Mike was a coal miner at M-Class Sugarcamp Mine.He attended the Southern Illinois Worship Center in Energy.

Mike was an avid fisherman and hunter and he loved his grandchildren and also loved to garden.

He was born May 28, 1966 in Centreville to Charles and Loretta Fay Rice Furlow. His mother preceded him in death.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Ruth Furlow of Tamaroa; special friend, Diana May of Royalton; stepson, Kaleb Flood; stepgrandson, Clayton Flood; sisters and brothers, Eva and Joel Hopp of Pinckneyville, Chuck Furlow of Mulkeytown, Connie and Randall Bush of Zeigler, Greg Furlow of Christopher and Clinton and Andrea Furlow of Tamaroa; stepfamily, Ruth and Jeff Furlow of Du Quoin and Lydia Majewski of Tamaroa; stepmother, Georgia West of Tamaroa; nieces and nephews, Jason Houghland and Danielle Lueker, Leah Hopp, Mason Hopp, Amber and Paul Schmidt, Jennifer Furlow, Doug Furlow, Leslie Furlow, Lisa Bush & Daniel Dees, Laura Bush, Hailey Furlow, Olivia Furlow, Charley Furlow, Chase Furlow, Brande and Danny Alvis, Jarrod Furlow, Andrea and Eric Wolgan, Glenn and Lonnie Majewski, Kayleigh Majewski and Josh Poff, Nicholas Bard and Seth Bard; great-nieces and nephews, Eli Schmidt, Ewan Schmidt, Aiden Furlow, Micah Furlow, Elijah Furlow, Raven Alvis, Dakota Alvis, Phoenix Alvis, Jack Wolgan.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother; sister, Lisa Furlow, stepbrother Harley and his wife Deanna Bard and nephew, Bradley Buch.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday June 27, at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 26, in the funeral home. Burial will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Josephine Moschino – formerly of Sesser, IL

Josephine Moschino, 97, of St. Charles, IL and formerly of Sesser, IL, passed away June 17, 2015 at her home.

Josephine was born December 22, 1917 in Sesser, IL the daughter of Martin Saiz and Anna (Kokal) Saiz.

She was a legal secretary.

Josephine was marred to Mario Moschino and he preceded her in death on February 15, 1991.

She is survived by one sister, Anna Drasler, Mechanicsburg, PA and two sisters-in-law, Julie Saiz, Hayward, WI and Bertha Saiz, of Pleasant Plains, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister Rose Watson and three brothers Stanley Saiz, Lawrence Saiz, and Martin Saiz.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015 at Maple Hill Cemetery.

There will be no visitation, friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery

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

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Harl Norman Flowers, formerly of Franklin County

Harl Norman Flowers, 90, of Warrentown, MO and formerly of Franklin County, IL passed away Dec. 11, 2014 at his home.

He was born on Feb. 14, 1924 the son of Opal Flowers and Ethel Flowers.

He was an Army veteran and served in World War II.

He was married to Marion Carolyn (Davies) Flowers and she preceded him in death.

He is survived by two children, Neal T. Flowers, of Warrenton, MO and Carol L. Roby, of High Ridge, MO; grandchildren Thomas, Mark, Amy, Sarah, Timothy, Beth Ann and Jason.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Harl T. Flowers, Jr., and three sisters Maryilyn Teel, Mary Boyd and Ruth Stritzel.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Harrison Cemetery in Buckner, IL.

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

 

 

Obituary – Deanna Rose Casagrande – formerly of Christopher

Deanna Rose Casagrande, 71, formerly of Christopher, IL, passed away at her home in West Frankfort on June 12, 2015.

She was born January 24, 1944 in Christopher, the daughter of Harold Andrew DeSimone and Eula (Alldredge) DeSimone.

She was a homemaker.

Her wishes were to be cremated with no services.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

For more information visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Randy Lee Robinson – Scheller

SCHELLER — Randy Lee Robinson, 60, died at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon.

Randy had worked at the Celebrity Boat factory in Benton.

He was a member of Sesser United Methodist Church.

Randy was a member of Sesser Masonic Lodge and the Sesser Bass Club.

Randy was born May 30, 1955, in Du Quoin, the son of Ronald Lee and Nancy Lee (Kerbovac) Robinson.

Survivors include his brother, Mark Robinson of Coello; nieces and nephews, Ronna Robinson, Scotty Robinson, “Little Man” Kenne Robinson, Myles Robinson, Joey Robinson, and Layla Flowers; and sister-in-law, Kimberly Robinson Hall.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Cliff and Ruth Robinson and Matt and Nina Kerbovac; and two nephews, Kenny Grob and Korvin Robinson.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 14, in Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with Brother Mark Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with Masonic rites at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an educational fund for Kenne Robinson and Myles Robinson

For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Jessica Roberta Stritzel – Coello, IL

Jessica Roberta Stritzel, 66, of Coello, IL, passed away June 6, 2015 at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center, in Herrin, IL.

She was born May 5, 1949, the daughter of Jesse James Meadows and Roberta (Armstrong) Meadows.

She married Ronnie Joe Stritzel on June, 26, 1965 and he preceded her in death on December 23, 2007.

Jessica was a homemaker.

She is survived by her children, Annie Valliant, of Marion and Sara Filback, of Johnston City, IL; grandchildren Travis, Mathew, Wyatt, David and Daniel; brothers Jesse James Meadows, Jr., of West Frankfort, IL and William Meadows, of Marion, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015 at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher, IL. Visitation will be on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at Zeigler City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be to the family to help with funeral expenses.

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

 

Obituary – Sue Ann Travelstead – Sesser, IL

Sue Ann Travelstead, 58, of Sesser, IL, passed away June 9, 2015 at her home.

Sue Travelstead PictureSue was the treasurer for the City of Sesser.

She was born July 14, 1956 in Christopher, IL, the daughter of Harold Furlow and Flora Mae (Neralich) Furlow.

Sue married Raymond Travelstead on May 3, 1974 and he survives in Sesser.

Sue is survived by one son Jerry and Lexy Travelstead, of Pinckneyville; three grandchildren, Alaina Travelstead, Landon Travelstead and Jace Travelstead; two sisters Sherry Johnson and husband Steve, of Benton, IL and Bernadine Braddy and husband Larry, of Benton.

She is also survived by special lifelong friends Carmel and Faron Kelley, of Sesser.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, in Sesser with the Rev. Harl Ray Lewis officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Valier First Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, in Sesser, is in charge of arrangements. For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Elizabeth “Betty” Hammond – Benton, IL

Elizabeth “Betty” Hammond, 82, of Benton, IL passed away unexpectedly Monday June 1, 2015 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, in St. Louis.

Mrs. Hammond was born in Benton on April 16, 1933, the daughter of Arthur Albert and Lula Angeline (Jones) Akins. She married Robert Hammond on March 4, 1952 in Piggott, Arkansas and he survives.

She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Hammond, Benton, one daughter Cyndi Warren and husband Jerry, of McLeansboro, IL, one son, Rob Hammond and wife Gay, of Benton; grandchildren Chris and Cori Warren, Mt. Vernon, IL, Bryan Warren, McLeanboro, Bryson and Lana Hammond, Metropolis, IL, Alecia Hammond, Benton and Brad Hammond, Benton; great-granddaughter Natalie Warren, Mt. Vernon; one sister Shirley Jones, of Benton. Mrs. Hammond was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Arthur A. Akins.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, with the Rev. Eddie Paul Davis officiating. Burial will be in Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, in Benton. Visitation will bee from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to sign the online guest register go to mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.