Jack E. Lohmann — Benton, IL

Jack Ernest Lohmann, age 62, of Benton, passed away Monday, February 11, 2019 at his sister’s home.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Private family burial will take place at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

Jack was born on January 22, 1957 in Benton, the son of Glenn Lohmann, Sr. and Ella Bell (Walters) Lohmann. He was married to the former Georgia Ezell for 34 years until their recent divorce two months ago.

Mr. Lohmann formerly was an over-the-road truck driver, driving for Shawnee Trucking out of Herrin, IL.

He attended the Whittington Church.

Jack enjoyed attending auto races, loved anything NASCAR, liked fishing, but most of all loved spending time with his family.

Surviving is a sister Bobbie Arnold of Benton; a brother Glenn Lohmann, Jr. and wife Janet of Benton; his ex-wife Georgia (Ezell) Lohmann of Benton; five step-children: Brandon Smith and wife Chelsea of Benton, Jamie Cornelison of Benton, Tiffanie Crabtree of Benton, Chastity Smith of West Frankfort, Zina Smith of Marion; eleven grandchildren: Jersey Smith, Halle Smith, Charli Smith, Reese Cornelison, Bradley Williams, Chasen Cornelison, Skye Carlyle, Zachary Hancock, Pierse Hancock, Brianna Ezell and Savannah Ezell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, a step-son Scott Ezell; and a brother-in-law Eddie Arnold.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leffler Funeral Home to assist the family with expenses.

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

Cynthia “Cindy” Sue McBride – Christopher, IL

Cynthia “Cindy” Sue McBride, 73, of Christopher, IL passed away on February 11, 2019.

She was born on March 17, 1945 in Springfield, MO to Arthur and Gladys (Oliver) Cottengim. She married Gary McBride on January 27, 1967 in Springfield, MO and he survives of Christopher. She is also survived by two sons Todd (Dana) McBride of Royalton and Tim (Stacey) McBride of Carbondale; grandchildren Sophi Johnson, Maci Hoppers, Wyatt Hoppers, Jude Alvarez, Tatum McBride, Keinon McBride and Emma McBride and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Rend City Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Julie Hoppers, one sister Linda Baron, and one brother Bud Cottengim.

Funeral services will be on Saturday February 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Rend City Baptist Church with Rev. John West officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11:00 Am until the time of the service at 1:00 Pm at the church. Burial will be at Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Valier, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the church.
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Janet Marie Parker – Logan, IL

Janet Marie Parker, 74, of Logan, IL passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019.
She was born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 17, 1944, the daughter of Adam James & Pearl (Abbott) Schelsky.

Mrs. Parker was a Home Health Care Provider. She enjoyed taking care of the elderly & children.
She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband-Jesse Parker, Son-Kenny Parker and Daughter-in-law Angie, by 1 Daughter-Sandy and by a very special Niece Donna Johnson and by a Sister-Edith Baumhardt.
Mrs. Parker is survived by her children Jesse Parker, Jr. and wife Lori of North Dakota, Robert Parker and wife Cynthia, of Seattle, WA, Jan Parker, of Logan, IL and Donna Parker, of San Diego, CA; 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, including special ones, Ladybug and Precious; sisters Joyce Watkins, of Benton, IL and Mary Carroll and husband Jack, of Columbia, MO; several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2019 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Dean Severin officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.
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Keith Absher – Benton, IL

Keith Absher, 71, of Benton, IL passed away Saturday morning February 9, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Logan, IL on April 1, 1947, the son of Troy & Dorothy Aline (Kirkman) Absher.
He married Diane Cameron on February 20, 1970 in Benton and she survives.
Mr. Absher is survived by his wife, Diane Absher, of Benton; three children, Karen Lynn Byrd, and husband Keith, of Biloxi, MS, Tammy Sue Overton, of Benton, IL and Wendy Marie Gose, and husband Charles, of St. Louis, MO; 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren: several nieces and nephews; one brother, William Absher, and wife Patti, of Logan, IL.

Mr. Absher was preceded in death by his parents, Troy & Aline, sister, Sharon Jackson and one brother, William Absher.

It was Mr. Absher’s wishes to be cremated.
There will be a gathering of family & friends from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 16th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

Ralph Dixon Jr.-Sesser, IL

Ralph Dixon Jr., 86, of Sesser passed away on Sunday February 10, 2019.

He was born on November 14, 1932 in Sesser to Ralph and Ruth (Clinton) Dixon. He married Ruth (Johnson) Dixon on May 22, 1954 and she survives of Sesser.

He is also survived by his children Dennis Dixon of Benton and Deanna (Angelito) Tacderas of Carterville; grandchildren Andrew Hughes, Nathan (Pam) Dixon, Ian Tacderas, Rebekah (Noah) Little, Sarehna (Curtis) Vaughn and Sean (Krista) Tacderas; five great grandchildren Kaylee, Alex, Evan, Felix and Rosabel.

He was a Veteran of the United States Army, a member of the UMWA and a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Sesser. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Randall “Moe” Dixon and two infant brothers Johnny Dixon and Tommy Dixon.

Funeral services will be on Friday February 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Chris Hottenson officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.
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David Hilty Jr.-Christopher, IL

David Hilty Jr., 76, of Marion, formerly of Christopher, passed away on Friday February 8, 2019.

He was born on May 31, 1942 to David Ellsworth and Stella (Burns) Hilty. He married Reba Mae (Edmonds) Hilty and she survives of Marion. He is survived by his children Denise Slater and David Hilty; three grandchildren.

Graveside services will be on Tuesday February 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Zeigler City Cemetery with Brother Ivan Ryan officiating. Burial will be at Zeigler City Cemetery. Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

Marilynn Kaye Phillips – Benton, IL

Marilynn Kaye Phillips, 83, passed away February 8th at Helia Healthcare, in Benton, Illinois. She was born on Christmas Day, 1935 in Centralia, Illinois to Ross and Lois Wimberly, of Dix, Illinois.

She graduated from Centralia High School, in 1953. Marilynn married Bennie Campbell in 1954, and they had three children, Randy, Ricky and Christy Campbell. They divorced in 1968. Marilynn married Bob Garren in 1969, and they had one child, Joni Garren. After the death of her husband Bob, in 1999, Marilynn traveled around the country visiting her children and grandchildren. While visiting one of her sons in Texas, she received a phone call from her cousin, B. J. Thompson, about a widower from her church that she wanted her to meet. At that meeting, Marilynn met the love of her life, Richard Phillips, of Benton, Illinois. After dating a few months, Marilynn and Richard married in September, 2001. They both enjoyed spending the winters at their condominium in Mary Ester, Florida, walking the beaches, golfing and dancing. Their main residence was in Benton, Illinois, where they continued their passion for Immanuel Baptist Church, and for their dancing, which they enjoyed three to four times a week, until Marilynn could no longer dance.
Surviving, in addition to her husband Richard Phillips, are sons, Randy Campbell and wife Nita of Amarillo, TX, Rick Campbell and wife Denise of Midland, TX, daughters, Christy Myers and partner Dee Branscomb, of St. Louis, MO and Joni Garren of Mary Ester, FL. Marilynn also is survived by three bonus children, Ward Phillips and wife Kristine of Elkhorn, WI, Vickie Dean of Los Angeles, CA, and Brenda Phillips-Davies and husband Matthew of Buckingham, IL, 8 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, sister Peggy Bode and husband Dale, of Edwardsville, IL, brother Charles Wimberly and wife Brenda, of Mt. Vernon, Il.
A memorial service will be conducted by Morton & Johnston Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, at 516 N. Main Street, in Benton, IL, with the service following at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at Jordan Chapel Cemetery in Dix, Il. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton, Il.
For more information or to sign the online guest register please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

Bryan Ann (Tedrow) Wilt

Ms. Bryan Ann (Tedrow) Wilt, age 82, of Benton, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at her daughter’s home.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Whittington Church, with Rev. Mark Minor and Rev. Greg Shelton officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Whittington Church.

Private family burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge, of the arrangements.

Bryan was born on January 27, 1937 in Benton, the daughter of William Dean Tedrow and Virginia Dare (Knowles) Tedrow.

Ms. Wilt was a retired switchboard operator, having worked for St. John’s Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

She was a member of the Whittington Church, and was a member of the Rend Lake Piece Makers Quilt Guild.

Bryan enjoyed quilting, art, painting, writing out the Bible (long hand), and playing dominoes and cards with her family.

Surviving are four children: Robert John Wilt and wife Robin of Arena, WI, Patricia “Patty” Shelton and husband Greg of Benton, Daniel James Wilt of Benton, and Cheryl Ann Wilt of Benton; four grandchildren: Jonathan Wilt, Jessica Wilt, David Shelton and wife Alicia, Patrick Shelton; five step-grandchildren Trish Allan, Sandy McCartney, James Hrobsky, Raeann McBride, Cara Lynn McBride; numerous great-grandchildren; a brother Steve Tedrow and wife Barbara of Troy, MI; a sister Margaret Carter of Benton; a sister-in-law April Tedrow; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son William Dean Wilt; a brother David Tedrow; and a daughter-in-law Tina Rae Wilt; a brother-in-law Ed Carter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Whittington Church building fund, and will be accepted at the church.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Ms. Bryan Ann Wilt, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Eva June Garrison – Benton, IL

Eva June Garrison, 96, long time resident of Benton died at 12:15 a.m., on Monday, February 4, 2019, at her home in Benton. Beloved daughter of Pauline and Joseph Myers, Eva was born on June 1,1922, in Benton, IL.

After high school she moved to Detroit, MI, living and working with her Aunt Maude. After less than a year and missing her home town and family, Eva returned to Benton. There she met a high school classmate, now handsome Army Air Corp Pilot, Robert Garrison, and married him on December 16, 1945, in Benton, IL.

In 1946, after Robert’s discharge from the Air Corp, the young couple with their daughter moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL., where Robert returned to playing professional baseball, while Eva created the first of many homes for her family.

In 1949, with Eva pregnant with their second daughter, the young family returned to Benton. The next two years Robert worked in the coal mines and built Eva their first real home where Eva nurtured her family.

Robert was recalled to the Air Force in 1951. For the next 18 years Eva would create homes for her family in Selma, Alabama, Las Vegas, Nevada, Youngstown, Ohio, and Bunker Hill, Indiana where their son was born.

The family was then stationed in Bitburg and Wurzburg Germany. After three years overseas their final assignment was in Kansas City, KS.

In 1971, Eva and Robert with their son, retired to Benton where both were able to support their aging parents and also started the Garrison Christmas Tree Farm.

Eva enjoyed being a housewife, a loving daughter, niece, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Family was always her first priority.

She was a charter member of the Benton Library and was an avid reader her whole life. She was a Girl Scout Leader for her daughters’ troops and was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Eva was a gentle, positive person who loved life, her family and her friends. She had a terrific sense of humor, which only improved with age and an ironclad memory that amazed everyone.

Eva was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years and her parents. She is survived by her three children; Rosemari Davis and husband Bill of McMinnville Oregon, Roberta “Bobbi” Garrison Smith and husband Richard of Seattle Wash, and Robert “Mike” Garrison of St. Louis Mo., four granddaughters Kris Simmons, Kim Kayfes, Ashley and Reilly Smith, and seven great-grandchildren and beloved dog Jack.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Richard Rethorst and staff (Margaret), and dear friends Marguerite Matyi, Tom Saxe, Keith and Jeanne Bragg, John Rhone and David Linn for their support throughout the years.

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

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Pate Funeral Home. The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow services at Masonic & Odd Fellow Cemetery, Benton, IL. Immediately following graveside services a luncheon will be hosted at the Benton Elks Lodge.

Eva loved her pets and would be honored by memorials to the Second Chance Rescue of Franklin County or to her second love the Benton Public Library, memorial contributions will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

June Deloris Pritchard – Benton, IL

June Deloris “Priddy” Pritchard, age 89, of Benton, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Herrin Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 noon Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Jeff Mandrell officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Tuesday at the funeral home.

June was born on August 10, 1929 in Herrin, Illinois, the daughter of John Priddy and Mary (Trull) Priddy. She married James Louis Pritchard on May 19, 1950, and he preceded her in death on January 29, 1979.

Mrs. Pritchard worked as a bookkeeper for many years with Franklin Auto of Benton. She also worked for Zeigler Coal Company as a payroll clerk.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Benton.

June enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading, and traveling. But her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are two daughters: Pamela L. Cross of Benton, Patti Fitzpatrick and husband Brian of Benton; six grandchildren: Michael Cross and wife Ignacia, Tara Levque and husband Rich, James C. Pritchard and wife Ashley, Keisha Pritchard, Trisha Fitzpatrick-Gladden, Jennifer Fitzpatrick; thirteen great-grandchildren: Daniel Cross and wife Savanah, JL Jacob Cross, Dylan Cross, Tessa Cross, Adelyn Levque, Mikaela Levque, James Isaac Pritchard, Annalise Pritchard, Haven Wilkerson, Gaven Wilkerson, Taven Wilkerson, Jayden Gladden, Jordyn Gladden; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son James Steven Pritchard, a daughter-in-law Julee Ann Ramsey Pritchard, four sisters: Myrtle, Helen, Ruth, Naomi, and Mildred.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church building fund, or to the American Cancer Society, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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