Robert “Bobby” Reiger — Sesser, IL

Robert “Bobby” Eugene Reiger, 62, of Sesser, IL passed away on Monday February 20, 2017 at 2:58 AM at the Herrin Hospital.

He was born February 6, 1955 to Bonnie Reiger and she preceded him in death.  He married Kelly (LaMour) Reiger on April 10, 1992 and she survives of Sesser.

He worked for the Sesser-Valier school district for 27 years and then retired from Walmart after 17 years.

He was a volunteer firefighter for 25 years with the Sesser Fire Protection District.

He is survived by aunts and uncles Dorothy and Kenny Lipe of Sesser, Irene Newell of Sesser, Lonnie Reiger of West Frankfort, Kitty Santay of Whiting, IN.

Funeral services will be on Friday February 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday February 23, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sesser Fire Protection District or to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Beatrice M. Crawford – Sesser, IL

Beatrice M. Crawford, 73, of Sesser, passed away on Sunday February 19, 2017 at 8:15 AM at the Marshall Browning Hospital in DuQuoin, IL.

She was born to Lloyd William and Jessie (McCraven) Bryant. She was married to Joe Crawford on August 8, 1962 and he preceded her in death on January 12, 2014.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of DuQuoin.

She is survived by her daughters Gail and Brian Forrester of Springfield, IL, Nancy Jo and Joe Ondo of Houston, TX, Rhonda and Pete Anselment of Whittington, and Jennifer Sullivan of Sesser; grandchildren Gary Willis Jr, Kristi and Randy Meadows, Patrick Crawford, Rebecca and Brett Hunt, Samantha Newbury, Britney and Brian Mocaby, Hunter Sullivan; great-grandchildren Jackson Willis, Katie Willis, Emma Willis, Madyson Meadows, Connor Meadows, Joseph Crawford, Dalton Crawford, Sabrina Beatrice Crawford, Ashton J. Crawford, Ava Loucks, Colton Sullivan, Kynsley Newbury; and two brothers Joseph and Desiree Bryant of Zeigler and James and Mary Ann Bryant of Christopher.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday February 22, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Bryant Harris officiating.  Visitation will be on Wednesday February 22, 2017 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the funeral home.  Entombment will be at the Mulkeytown Cemetery.

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

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Betty DuHamel – Christopher

Betty Jean DuHamel, 92, of Christopher, IL,  passed away on Friday February 17, 2017 at 12:40 A.M. at her home.

Betty was born on February 17, 1925 in Cheyenne Valley, OK to Morris Samuel and Elsie Mae (Gould) Major. She married Gilbert Ronald DuHamel and he survives of Christopher.

Survivors include her children Paula Marie (David) Hall of Herrin, IL, and Billy Mark Perrin of Colorado.  Grandchildren Ryan, Matthew, Nicole, Nate, Michelle, and Mike and several great-grandchildren.  Two sisters Louise (Major) Clinesmith Wiggins of Oklahoma City, OK and Peggy Fettke of Fairview, OK.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Richard Lynn Perrin, and one brother Bill Major.

Graveside services will be on Monday February 20, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Harrison Cemetery in Buckner with Rev. Jean Webster officiating.  Burial will be in Harrison Cemetery.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher has been entrusted with handling the arrangements.

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

 

Frankie Skobel – Benton

thumbnail_Frankie SkobelFrankie Gene Skobel, age 78, of Benton IL, passed away at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Lavender Ridge in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Mr. Skobel was born on September 9, 1938 in Murphysboro, IL, the son of Frank Skobel and Cora (Rains) Skobel. He married the former Mary Margaret Stewart on September 19, 1959, and she preceded him in death on October 18, 2014.

Frankie Gene Skobel was a graduate of Gorham Mississippi Valley High School in Gorham, IL.

Frankie worked as a utility serviceman with SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative. He was a member of the I.B.E.W. #702, Murphysboro Masonic Lodge #498 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies Valley of Southern Illinois, Ainad Shriners of Southern Illinois.

He was an avid hunter and sportsman, and especially enjoyed the shooting sports.

Mr. Skobel is survived by his four children: Frankie Skobel of Mt. Vernon, Anthony Skobel and wife Kathy of Benton, Angela Breckenridge of Old Monroe, MO, Cameron Skobel and wife Tina of St. Louis, MO; fifteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister Karen Weinstein and husband Rick of De Soto, IL; two sisters-in-law: Jo Anne Skobel of De Soto, IL, Carolyn Stewart of Loogootee, IN; two brothers-in-law: Donald R. Stewart of Jasper, IN, Terry L. Stewart of Otwell, IN; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a grandson Frankie Allan Minor, and a brother Wayne Skobel.

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. A private family burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

 

Betty Jo Thomas – Benton

Betty Jo Thomas, age 84, of Benton IL, passed away at 11:05 p.m. Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Stonebridge Senior Living Center of Benton.Betty Thomas

Betty Jo Thomas was born on January 4, 1933 in Benton, the daughter of Bert Reed and Ada (Snitchler) Reed. She married Jack L. Thomas, Sr. and he preceded her in death in 1998.

Mrs. Thomas worked as a cook at Kewpee Café, she would later work at Turco in Du Quoin, and most recently, until she retired, worked at Bennett’s Restaurant in Benton.

She is survived by her three children: Terry Thomas of Benton, Jack Thomas and wife Mary of Benton, Sabrina Marcelin of Langdon, ND; seven grandchildren: Sabrina Thomas, Jakcob Thomas, Brandy Souser, Josh Marcelin, Jason Thomas, Jeremy Thomas, Jessica Thomas; eleven great-grandchildren: Dillon Bishop, Alexus Bishop, Anthony Thomas, Rachel Thomas, Madison Thomas, Laney Thomas, Payton Thomas, Ronin Souser, Aven Souser, Lexi Marcelin, Bailey Marcelin; and three nephews David Trusty, Tim Lampley, Tom Lampley, and a cousin Jamie Auten.

Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son Keith Thomas, a brother Carl Reed, and a sister Shirley Trusty.

Mrs. Thomas’ wishes were to be cremated.

Graveside services will be held at a future date.

Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Betty Jo Thomas, to be used to assist with her.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Mrs. Betty Jo Thomas, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Elvon Zook – Buckner

Elvon Preston “Captain Action” Zook, 90, of Buckner, IL, passed away at 9:55 a.m. on Tuesday,  February 14, 2017, at his home.

He was born on October 18, 1926, to William and Parisea (Lathum) Zook in East Prairie, MO.  Elvon was a self employed brick layer.

Elvon was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of the Italian Club in Coello.

thumbnail_Elvon ZookHe is survived by his children, James (Judy) Brady of St. Charles, MO,  Terry (Bob) Russell of Houghton Lake, MI, Karen Zook of Phoenix, AZ, Tammy McCollum of Benton, IL, Pamela Zook of Benton, IL; son-in-law, David McClerren; two brothers, Billy Zook of Glen Allen, MO, Chalvus Zook of Wappapello, MO; six Sisters, Delphia Hougland of Columbia, IL, Dathol Barksdale of Sikeston, MO, Linda Ivie of Sikeston, MO, Laverta Bonta of St. Louis, MO, Carolyn Shemwell of Dover, TN, Brenda Watson of Poplar Bluff, MO;  grandchildren, Kyle (Sarah) McCollum, Travis McCollum, Eric (Kailee) McCollum, Jennifer McClerren, Byron McClerren, Shawn Zook, Bobby (Carolyn) Russell, John (Patty) Russell, Aaron Russell, Melissa Arview-Brady, James Brady, Erik Davis, Darla Valdez and Brandon Cook and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Parisea Zook, two sons, Kevin Zook and Elvon Preston Zook, Jr., a daughter, Rita Zook and two brothers, Dwey Zook and Gary Zook.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home in Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 17, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, 301 South Main St. in Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017, 1:00 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with the Reverend Bob Russell, officiating.

Following services burial will take place in the Brady Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Crippled Childrens BPOE 1234.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

 

Robert Sieveking, Jr. – Benton

Robert William Sieveking, Jr., 75, of Benton, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Benton Rehabilitation and Care Center.

Bob Siveking, Jr.He was born on November 10, 1941, to Robert  and Elenaor (Marie) Sieveking in Chicago, IL. Robert retired as an Auto Mechanic. On November 7, 1970, he married the former Carol Basham and she survives.

He was a member of Knights of Columbus, V.F.W. and American Legion and a former member of Civil Air Patrol.  Robert and his wife Carol took to heart the care of children and opened their home as foster parents for the past 49 years.

Robert is survived by his loving spouse of 46 years, Carol Sieveking; children, Jennifer Renee (Bruce) Wysong of Benton, IL, Robert Ishmael (Naoe) Sieveking of Izumo, Japan, Carol Letha (Donavan) Wilson of Waltonville, IL, William Phillip Sieveking of Benton, IL, Julie Breanna Sieveking of TN, Brandy Lynn Sieveking of Benton, IL, Kristen Paige Sieveking of Benton, IL and Cordell Gene Sieveking of Benton, IL; four brothers, Thomas Paul (Nancy) Sieveking of Marion, IL, Donald Edward (Lee) Sieveking of St. Louis, MO, Richard Lee Sieveking of West Frankfort, IL, Fred Otto (Connie) Sieveking of West Frankfort, IL; a sister, Elenaor Marie Gillespie of Herrin, IL; ten grandsons, Tyler Lee Wysong of Logan, IL, Jacob Nathaniel Wysong of Benton, IL, Garet Jax (April) Wysong, Sr. of Benton, IL, Dallas Emery Wysong of Benton, IL, Duncan Edward Wysong of Benton, IL, Devon Allen Sieveking of Benton, IL, Robert Kenji Sieveking, Issa Ishmael Sieveking, Aleck Taylor of TN, Kanyon Cole Wilson of Waltonville, IL; two granddaughters, Gabriela Elena Wysong of Benton, IL, Kenleigh Mae Alderson of Benton, IL; two great-grandsons, Landen Lee Wysong of Logan, IL and Garet Jax Wysong, Jr. of Benton, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant daughter, Rachel Jean Sieveking.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Linda Eubanks – Benton

Linda EubanksLinda “Nana” Eubanks, 78, of Benton IL, passed away at 8:55 p.m., on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Herrin Hospital surrounded by her family.

She was born on July 5, 1938, to Thurl and Wanda (Horrell) Mason in West Frankfort, IL. On July, 10, 1955, she married Don “Frog” Eubanks and preceded her in death.

Linda was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren, playing crossword puzzles and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Linda is survived by her children, Debbie Clay, Ronald Eubanks, and Sue Eubanks; grandchildren, Carmen Mifflin, Nicole Eubanks; Alan Clay, Ryan Eubanks, and Daniel  Eubanks; and great-grandchildren, Aubrey Rash, Briella Clay, Izabella Mifflin and Colton Mifflin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thurl “Spud” and Wanda Mason; husband, Don “Frog” Eubanks; son, Douglas Eubanks; and grandson, David Clay.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, Benton IL.

 

Sue Groves – Benton, IL

Sue Groves, 70, of Benton, IL, passed away Tuesday afternoon, February 7, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan, in Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was born in Franklin County, IL on August 20, 1946, the daughter of George and Julia (Mayberry) Groves.

She was a dietician at Helia Health Care and a school bus driver for Benton Grade School.

Sue is survived by four children, Scott Fisher, of Johnston City, IL, Jamie Williams, and wife Bonnie,  of Daytona Beach, FL, Julia Cavins, and husband Calvin, of Benton and Chad Williams, of Thompsonville, IL; six grandchildren Cyle, Caleb, Allek, James, Brooklyn and Henry; three great-grandchildren, Hunter, Jasey and Spencer; brothers and sisters Oscar Groves, California, Guy Groves, Benton, Betty Emerson, of Wyoming and Goergia Ann Burns, of Princeton, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Dub Groves and Harvey Groves and by a sister, Vergie Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with Pastor John Neace officiating. Burial will be in the Kirk Cemetery, in Ina, IL. Visitation will on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.

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

William E. Lampley, Sr. – Benton

William LampleyWilliam Edward Lampley, Sr., age 90, of Benton IL, passed away at 6:50 a.m. Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Fifth Seasons Residential in Benton.

Mr. Lampley was born on October 22, 1926 in Franklin County, the son of Logan Lampley and Pauline (Hobbs) Lampley. He married the former Hazel Margaret Brooks on June 27, 1943 and together they celebrated 73 years of marriage.

Mr. Lampley was the founder of Lampley Oil Company. He built the Plaza Restaurant and Lounge, West City Motors, and Lampley Oil Office building. He was also the former owner of the Plaza Motel.

His passion was working, and enjoying family and friends.

He was a member of the Macedonia Masonic Lodge #1128 A.F. & A.M., the Ainad Shriners of Southern Illinois, and was a member of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association.

Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Hazel M. Lampley of Benton; four children: Cheryl K. Lampley of Phoenix, AZ, Billie S. Higgerson of Benton, William E. Lampley and wife Michele of Benton, Steven C. Lampley and wife Daredan of Marion, IL; seven grandchildren: Christopher J. Fiorenzi of Texas, Jacquelyn Higgerson of Benton, Shannon Melvin and husband Rodney of Benton, Trent Higgerson and wife Becky of Mahomet, IL, James Lampley of Benton, Mark Lampley of Benton, Casey C. Lampley of West Frankfort; ten great-grandchildren: Taylor Fiorenzi, Brock Britton, Mallory Melvin, Jace Melvin, Paxton Melvin, Liam Higgerson, Yorke Higgerson, Logan Lampley, Olivia Lampley, and Luke Lampley.

Mr. Lampley was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Kathy Ruth Lampley; a granddaughter: Cynthia Fiorenzi; a brother: John Lampley; a son-in-law: Gerald Higgerson; and a granddaughter-in-law: Tiffany Lampley.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Brady Cemetery, east of Akin. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave the family online condolences or to share memories of William E. Lampley, Sr., visit www.lpfuneralhome.com