Jennetta Fay Gouge – Valier, IL

Jennetta Fay Gouge, 79, of Valier, passed away on May 18, 2022 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born on July 14, 1942 in Hurst, IL to Damon and Beatrice (Cooper) Harrison. She married Robert Gouge on October 25, 1961 and he survives of Valier.

She is survived by her husband Robert Gouge of Valier; her children Michael (Janice) Gouge of Greenville, IL, Robin (Vince) Akin of Akin, IL and Joseph Gouge of Buckner; son-in-law Tim Robinson of New Minden, IL; grandchildren Jacob, Sarah, Holly, Katie and Christina; two sisters Lynetta Watkins and Karen Feltmeyer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Stella Robinson and two sisters Sandy Valco and Libby Fenton.

Jennetta loved her family very much and was a member of the Christ’s View Christian Church in Christopher, where she taught Sunday school. She also volunteered at Shawnee Christian Nursing Home in Herrin.

Funeral services will be on Monday May 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Christ’s View Christian Church in Christopher with Pastor Ron Henwood officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 9:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM at the church. Burial will be at Blairsville Cemetery in Blairsville.

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Johnny Kent Shovan-Christopher, IL

Johnny Kent Shovan, 71 years of age, passed away May 19 2022 peacefully at his home.

He was born April 23, 1951 to Joe and Laura (Price) Shovan at Miners hospital in Christopher, Illinois. He married Lesley Smith in Benton on July 18 1970. Together they had 2 children, Kendra Jo and Anthony Kent during their 51 year marriage. He spent his life working as a coal miner.

Our “Pa” enjoyed fishing, driving around in his truck, spending time in his pole barn, and loving his grandkids which were the light of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

He is survived by his wife Lesley of Christopher, as well as his children Kendra (Chad) Woodland of Valier, Tony (Danea) Shovan of Mulkeytown, one brother Joey(Debi) Shovan of Benton, four grandchildren Clayton, Gavin, Logan, and Laurelai, several nieces, nephews, and many other beloved family and friends.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday May 24, 2022 at 1:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral home in Christopher with Brother Kevin Bradley officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser IL. There will be a luncheon to follow at First Baptist Church in Valier for family and friends. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the Valier First Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Ohmann Dick- Christopher, IL

Ohmann Dick, 88, of Christopher, passed away on Monday May 16, 2022 at St. Clair Hospital in Fenton, MO.

He was born on January 2, 1934 in Christopher to Aldred and Cleo (Minor) Dick. He married Tricia (Martin) Dick on December 27, 2020 and she survives of Christopher.

Ohmann is survived by his wife, children; Bryan (Jo) Dick of Mulkeytown, Jay Dick of Christopher, grandchildren; Daniel Dick, Kelcey Dick, Lydia (Ryan) Hicks and Ethan Dick, great-grandchildren; Slayde and Olive; one niece, Melody and 2 nephews, Mark and Paul.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Bruce Dick and his sister, Edda Jo Dye. Visitation will be held on Friday May 20, 2022 from 5 to 8 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mulkeytown Cemetery, Christopher Lion’s Club or the Christopher American Legion. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Bobby Gene Jarvis – Zeigler, IL

Bobby Gene Jarvis, 86, of Zeigler went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 7:40 a.m., Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at Herrin Hospital.

Bobby was born on December 28, 1935 in Blairsville to Paul Jarvis and Eathel (Taylor) Fogle. Bobby was united in marriage to Amanda Sue Jarvis on August 18, 1956 in Zeigler. Together they shared 60 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on January 31, 2017.

Bobby was a 1954 graduate of Zeigler High School and a longtime, faithful member of the Zeigler First Baptist Church. Bobby was retired having been a Coal Miner for many years. During his career he worked for Old Ben 21 & 25 and eventually retired from Peabody Energy in Coulterville.

Bobby enjoyed bird hunting, fishing and playing sports when he was younger. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

Bobby is survived by his two children, Gayla (Jim) Mitchell of Zeigler, Kevin (Beth) Jarvis and Rose Steh of Springfield; three grandsons, Aaron Jarvis of Utah, Andrew (Lacy) Mitchell of Zeigler and Tyler (Karissa) Mitchell of Odin; three great-grandchildren and one on the way, Brogan Mitchell, James Landry Mitchell and Maverick James Mitchell; brother, Paul (Susan) Jarvis of Zeigler; sister-in-law, Doris Dobbins of Johnston City; special friend and caregiver, Paula Nolen. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Amanda Jarvis; parents, Paul Jarvis and Eathel Fogle; father and mother-in-law, Fount and Faye Moore; brother-in-law, Verlyn “Bozo” Dobbins; three sisters-in-law, Betty (Leo) Beavers, Lenora Wallace, and Joanne (Earl) Payne; nephew, Dan Payne.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 23, 2022 at Zeigler First Baptist Church with Pastors Larry Shacklee and Chris Funkhouser officiating. Interment will follow in Zeigler Cemetery. The family is asking for everyone to wear their favorite St. Louis Cardinals shirt for the funeral.

Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, May 22, 2022 at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zeigler First Baptist Church Children’s Program or the Sandoval High School Basketball Program. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Vantrease-Pyle Funeral Home in Zeigler is entrusted with the arrangements.

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Larry Hastings-Benton, IL

Larry R. Hastings, 79, of Benton, passed away on May 14, 2022, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville, IN. He was born March 6, 1943, in Christopher to Charlie and Emma (Flatt) Hastings.

Larry was united in marriage to Linda (Alldredge) Steinmetz on August 3, 1985, and she resides in Benton.

Larry was a retired coal miner, in which he worked at Consol, Rend Lake Mine as a plant repairman for 34 years. He was also a member UMWA and the Benton Eagles.

He is survived by his wife, Linda of Benton; and five children, Bryan and Cheri (Rath) Hastings of Sesser and six children, Ryan and Lydia (Dick) Hicks of Coello, Chandra and Brian Ridling of Jefferson, GA, Christin Hicks of Sesser, Sandy and Chris Autry of Jefferson, GA, Jordan Hicks of Sesser, and Taylor and Taylor Satterfield of Jefferson, GA; Cindy Hastings of West Frankfort and two children, Danielle and Jesse Stone of West Frankfort, and Kaylin Moore of West Frankfort; Philip and Carla (Overturf) Steinmetz of Christopher and two children, Derick and Morgan (Denbo) Hammonds of Christopher, and Brittany Hammonds; Kerry Steinmetz of Portland, OR; Kendra Steinmetz and Denise Minor and daughter, Sammy and Zack Nave of Jacksonville; 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jim and Sue (Braden) Hastings of Christopher; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Hastings and Emma (Flatt) Hastings; and two brothers, Bill Hastings and Don Hastings.

He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.

A Memorial service will be held on Thursday May 19, 2022 at 3:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Kevin Bradley officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 1:00 PM until the time of the service at 3:00 PM.

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Steven Gale Dawson – Benton, IL

Steven Gale Dawson, 68, of Benton went to his Heavenly home on May 12, 2022. He was born in Christopher, IL on May 10, 1954 to Richard “Gale” Dawson and Betty (Pilson) Dawson. Steve was a member of Grace Awakening Church where he served as head trustee for many years.

He is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 25 years, Brenda (Jones), his children: Damian (Kelly) Dawson, Derek Dawson, Sara (Josh) Hilton and Amber Blythe, as well as his true loves, his grandchildren: Mayci Dawson, Cameron Dawson, Makenzie Dawson, Taylor Dawson and his “little buddy” Fletcher Blythe. Also surviving are his sister, Sharon (Brad) Pioveson, his favorite niece Michelle (Kai) Nuernberger, great niece and nephew, cousins, wonderful in-laws, and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and his life-long best friend, David “Shad” Shadowens.

Affectionately known as Pops, Poppy, Big Dog, Stevie Wonderful, and a slew of other names throughout the years, Steve was loved by all who knew him. He never met a stranger, which was sometimes unfortunate for the stranger since he was such a big talker. He was a teller of big stories, (mostly all true), which he would often repeat everytime he had a chance. His comic book knowledge could easily keep a conversation going for hours. If you weren’t interested in that, he’d gladly tell you all about the inner workings of a sewer plant or coal mine.

Steve loved the simple things in life; his church, his family, his dogs, super heroes, and a good margarita to name a few. He loved music and dancing, even though his moves resembled that of a long distance skier. His sweet tooth was unparalleled, and it was a common occurrence for him to order dessert before anyone else finished their meal. Despite his size, he really was just a fruity drink, baseball cap, and a movie-loving teddy bear. He never turned down the opportunity to see the latest “kick-ass flick” (his words, not ours) and stop in for a meatlovers Bonanza Quatro’s pizza.

Steve was a giver. He would literally give the shirt off his back or the last dollar in his wallet if he saw someone in need. He was a terrible handyman (not admittedly), but that never stopped him from showing up with tools when there was a project to be done. There was a giant heart in his big tough-guy exterior. The sacrifices he made for his family and friends did not go unnoticed, and we are positive he was met with a “Well done, thy good and faithful servant” upon his arrival at the pearly gates.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 15th at the Grace Awakening Church with Rev. Ken Petty officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Family to assist with medical expenses.
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Joe Herbert – West Frankfort, IL

Joe Herbert, 82, of West Frankfort passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the Herrin Hospital.

He was born in Benton, IL on November 27, 1939, the son of Joe and Evelyn (McDonald) Herbert.

He married Carolynn (Blessin) on September 16, 1963.

Mr. Herbert was Owner/Operator of Joe’s Auto Salvage & Towing Service since 1969. He was an avid motorcycle event enthusiast, making multiple trips to Sturgis. He raced stock cars in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, and was a big NASCAR fan. He enjoyed going out to various lakes on his houseboat, and was an avid Bass fisherman. He dearly loved his grandbabies.

Mr. Herbert is survived by his:
Wife: Carolynn Herbert of West Frankfort
Daughter: Denise Herbert of West Frankfort
Son: Scott Herbert of West Frankfort

3 Grandchildren: Marissa Stone & husband Timmy of West Frankfort
Matthew Sloan of West Frankfort
Isabelle Cook of West Frankfort
Great-Grandson: Waylon Stone
Sister: Judy Doxsie of Benton

Mr. Herbert was preceded in death by his Parents, by a Sister-Jean Furlow, by a Great-Grandson-Weston, and by former son-in-law-Rodney Sloan.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. SATURDAY, May 14th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11:00 A.M. on Saturday at the funeral home.
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Jeraldean “Jean” Sullivan – Benton, IL

Jeraldean “Jean” Sullivan, age 80, of Benton, went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully in her home on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Jacob Gray officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

She was born on August 19, 1941, in Benton, Illinois; the daughter of Robert McClintock and Rose (Carpenter) McClintock. She married Phillip Sullivan on December 15, 1957, and he survives. Together they shared 64 wonderful years of marriage.
Jean was a lifelong member of Grace Bible Church in West City.
She was a dedicated employee with Franklin Hospital for close to 30 years. In her younger years she enjoyed crocheting and playing cards with her circle of church friends.

She had a tremendous love for not only her own grandchildren, but the many kids she babysat over the years. She was a very thoughtful person and cared for everyone. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving is her loving husband Phillip Sullivan of Benton; Together they have five children, including two daughters: Marsha Vaughn and husband Bruce of Thompsonville, Tonya Dawson of Benton; three sons: Matt Sullivan and wife Stephanie of Wingo, KY, Tim Sullivan and wife Joleen of Benton, Jim Sullivan and wife Susan of Benton; seventeen grandchildren: Beau Vaughn and wife Britny of West Frankfort, Miles Vaughn of Thompsonville, Stephanie Higginson and husband Ty of McLeansboro, Alecia Schnaiter and husband T.R. of Benton, Courtney Smith and husband Corey of Wingo, KY, Mattison Sullivan of Wingo, KY, Canaan Sullivan of Wingo, KY, Aaron Sullivan and wife Mercedes of Tell City, IN, Nathan Sullivan and wife Cheyenne of Marion, IL, Cyndi Zsido-Zahid and husband Mohad of Chicago, Casey Williams and husband Tyler of West Frankfort, Bethany Garrett of West Frankfort, Autumn Sullivan of Benton, Quintin Sullivan of Benton, Brandon Bennett of Benton, Lauren Bennett of Benton, Brock Bennett of Benton; twelve grandchildren: Emma, Elijah, Henley, Hayes, Erik, Lochlin, A.J., Grayson, Emma-Jo, Isabella, Keegan, and baby Smith on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; eleven siblings, including seven brothers: Damon, Robert, Gerald, Loren, Richard, Denzyle and Larry; four sisters: Flossie, Lillian, Joyce and Letha.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or the American Diabetes Association, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Earla Sue Killion- Benton, IL

Earla Sue Killion, 83, of Benton, passed away at 1:20 p.m., on Monday, May 10, 2022, at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital, Mount Vernon, IL.

She was born on February 26, 1939, to John G. and Ida Marie (Williams) Whittier in Benton, IL.

Earla was a Christian and attended the First United Methodist and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren dearly.

She is survived by her two daughters, Susan Lee (Henry V.) Stickel of Benton, IL and Mary Jane (Fred) Zulawski of Springfield, IL; granddaughter, Blair E. (Scott) Kapraun; two grandsons, Tyler D. Hopkins (Lori Connor) and Troy S. Stickel (Cameron Freitag); two great-grandsons, Cayden Kapraun and Parker Kapraun; sister, Cathy (Kingsley) Bennett of Ewing, IL; one niece and two nephews; stepchildren, Penny Ann Hoffstetter, Amie Jane Keck, Jeffrey Kent Killion, Koletta Rae Clarke; and special caregiver, Kelsey Lockhart.

Earla was preceded in death by parents, John G. and Ida Marie Whittier; twin granddaughters, Savannah Lyn Chestnut and Brieann Kay Chestnut; brother and sister-in-law, George Craig (Pat) Paulavish; niece, Mary Ann Paulavish; and nephew, Bradley Whittier Bennett.

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

Per Earla’s wishes, cremation will take place and a private family service is planned.

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James Monroe Shockley – formerly of Benton, IL

James Monroe Shockley was born August 5th, 1935, in Benton, IL and entered eternal rest on December 31st, 2021, in Oklahoma City, OK surround by his family.

He was enlisted in the United States Army where he served with the Wolfhound regiment and spent time in Korea during the Korean War. Upon returning to the U.S., he attended the University of Southern Illinois where he obtained an electronics engineering degree and went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration where he would retire some forty years later.

Jim married Marie Moore on November 26th, 1958 in the Shockley Family home in Benton, Illinois. They relocated on FAA orders to Cold Bay, Alaska in 1968. In 1972 they moved to Anchorage and spent thirty years making it their home.

Jim enjoyed road tripping, which often included riding Amtrak, with his wife across the United States, visiting family scattered across the U.S., and spending the summers back in Alaska after retirement.

James is survived by his children Janita (Garth) Griffith, Dwight (Leah) Shockley; Grandsons Collin and Mitchell Shockley and sister Patsy (Gene) Davis. James was preceded in death by the love of his life Frances Rose and parents Rev. Alva Monroe and Dolly Mae (Cluck) Shockley; two brothers Jack and Bob, half-brother Junior and sister Doris Evans.

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

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Pate Funeral Home with burial to follow at Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery, Benton, IL., with military rites performed by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the National Honor Guard.

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