Melody Lynn Hays-Christopher, IL

Melody Lynn Hays, 64, of Christopher, passed away on Friday February 3, 2023 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

She was born on February 25, 1958 in Melrose Park, IL to Arthur and Dimple (Overturf) Kerley. She married Rick Hays on June 15, 1974 and he survives of Christopher.

She is also survived by her children Rick (Sara) Hays of Opdyke, Nik Hays of St Louis and Amanda (Ryan) Petrea of Salem; Grandchildren Brylin Hays, Ahnalynn Hays, Kirstie (Michael) Allison, Mataya Petrea, Zyan Petrea, Kollyn Petrea and Mak Petrea; one sister Debi (Joe) Shovan of Valier and one brother Lindell Kerley of Christopher.

Melody was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws and grandson, Jaxon. Melody was a loving Christian wife, mother, and grandma. She had a talent for singing and she loved to use that talent to worship her Lord and Savior. She opened her arms and home to many people throughout the years and was always willing to give love, hugs, and an open ear to anyone in need. Melody‘s pride and joy were her three children and her grandchildren. She loved supporting them in all they did. She was an example for all in what living a Christian life meant. She and Rick were meant to be and were each other‘s best friends and soulmates, having been married for 48 years. Melody will be greatly missed here on earth, but we know she is rejoicing in heaven with her loved ones, and we will see her again.

Funeral services will be on Thursday February 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with her son Pastor Rick Hays officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday February 8, 2023 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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Demealia Francine Mason Dober-Coello, IL

Demealia Francine Mason Dober, 100, of Coello, passed away on Friday February 3, 2023 at Fairview Nursing Home in DuQuoin.

She was born on April 5, 1922 in Mississippi County, MO to Lewis and Ruth Mae (Schneider) Branam. She married David Mason and he preceded her in death, she then married Clearance Dober and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children Benjamin Mason of Sherman, Il, Carolyn (James) Clark of Chillicothe, IL and Gary Mason of Christopher; 15 Grandchildren; 29 Great Grandchildren; 22 Great Great Grandchildren; one sister Georgia Furlow of Tamaroa and one brother Anthony Branam of East Prairie, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, one daughter Linda Joan Baum, two sons Lynn Edward Mason and Albert Eugene Mason, one grandson Benjamin Mason and 8 brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday February 8, 2023 at 12:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Perry Musgrave officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at Noon at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Mulkeytown.

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Tina Sue Young-Christopher

Tina Sue Young, 58, of Christopher, passed away on Friday February 3, 2023 at the Herrin Hospital.

She was born on September 28, 1964 in Christopher to Frank and Dorothy (Destefano) Burnam. She married Anthony Young and he survives of Christopher.

She is also survived by her children Richard (Lindsey) Eickelman of Valier, Eric Young of Goreville and Bradley Young of Christopher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Stephanie Eickelman and one sister Gloria Bennett.

Her wishes were to be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Frank E. Taylor – Benton, IL

Frank Ernest Taylor, age 50, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at his home in Benton.

His wishes are to be cremated. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date.

Leffler Funeral Home of Benton; is in charge of the cremation arrangements.

Frank was born on July 24, 1972, in Benton, Illinois; the son of Frank Edward Taylor and Cathy Jean (Chaffin) Taylor.

He was a laborer with Midwest Tire Disposal of Benton.

Frank enjoyed working on cars, riding four wheelers and drinking beer. He was also a handyman and enjoyed doing remodeling.
Surviving is his son Douglas Wade DeWayne Gunter of West Frankfort; a brother Jeff Taylor and wife Amy of La Vergne, Tennessee; a nephew Zachary Taylor; four nieces: Ashley Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Samantha Taylor and Lilly Jane Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Frank and Cathy Taylor; maternal grandparents: Ernest and Letha Chaffin; and his paternal grandparents: Frank and Ruby Taylor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812, to assist with the cremation expenses.

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James D. Lenard -Benton, IL

James Darren Lenard, age 55, of Benton, passed away Monday, January 30, 2023, at his home in Benton.

His wishes are to be cremated. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date.

Leffler Funeral Home of Benton; is in charge of the cremation arrangements.

Jimmy was born on February 24, 1967, in Benton, Illinois; the son of Richard Michael Lenard and JoAnne (Hendrix) Lenard. He married the former Judy Abbott on May 12, 1984, and she survives.
He was a semi-truck driver with Maverick Transportation. Also, he formerly worked for the village of West City with their water and street department.

Jimmy enjoyed riding four wheelers and motorcycles with his three sons. He enjoyed operating a backhoe, boating and tubing, fly-fishing, camping. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving is his wife of 38 years, Judy Lenard of Benton; three sons: James Richard Lenard of Benton, Jessie Lee Lenard of Thompsonville, Joshua Darren Lenard of Benton; three grandchildren: Airyn Lenard, Tinslee Lenard and Tailyn Lenard; a brother Rick Lenard and wife Kelly of Benton; two sisters: Vicki Segatto and husband Victor of Bonnie, Kim Phelps of West City; several nieces and nephews; and all of Uncle James and Aunt Judy’s extended kids who were part of his family too.

He was preceded in death by his mother and step-father: JoAnne Drew and James A. Drew; his father Richard Michael Lenard; his maternal and paternal grandparents; and a brother-in-law Erik Phelps.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812, to assist with the cremation expenses.
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Cole Shelton – Sullivan, IL

Cole Shelton, 75, of Sullivan, passed away at 10:13 a.m. Thursday, February 2, 2023 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield with his family by his side.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at the St. Columcille Catholic Church, Sullivan. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Reed Funeral Home. Burial with military rites conducted by the Sesser VFW will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Union Primitive Baptist Cemetery, Waltonville, Illinois. Memorials are suggested to The St. Mary’s House, 320 N. 21st Street, Mattoon, Illinois 91938. Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net.

Cole was born on April 17, 1947 in DuQuoin, Illinois, the son of Frank and Juana (McCutchen) Shelton. He was a U. S. Navy veteran. Cole married Joyce Pelczynski on May 8, 1982 in Sesser, Illinois.

Survivors include his wife Joyce; son Travis (Andrea) Shelton of Edwardsville; granddaughters Kathryn and Madelyn; grandson Andrew; sister Barbara (Jeff) Emil of Tampa, Florida; mother-in-law Rose Pelczynski of Sullivan; sister-in-law Judy (Alan) Middendorf of St. Louis, Missouri and a nephew Ben (Krissi) Emil of Palm City, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cole learned his work ethic from his family’s business, Shelton Farm Supply is Sesser, IL. He served his years in the U. S. Navy and then returned home to run the family business until 1994. After that, he pursued his interest in education through teaching Industrial Arts at Herrin High School. They then moved up to Central, IL and Cole continued this at Bethany High School. From there, Cole wrapped up his full time career driving flatbed trucks cross country. Once he had grandkids, he wanted to stay close to home and worked part time at the Ace Hardware store.

Cole would light up whenever he was given the opportunity to talk about cars, racing and his grandkids to anyone that would listen. His McDonald’s breakfast crew understood this all too well, which was a welcome break from the political conversations. Travis, Joyce and Cole spent their favorite years traveling around the country with Travis’ Jr Dragster. Cole was ridiculously proud to switch his racing energies to his son. Most recently, Cole loved getting to watch his grandkids learn their love for speed as they learned how to drive 4 wheelers themselves.

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Baby Lennyx Ray Mann

Lennyx Ray Mann, 2-month-old son of Alexys Rayleigh Mann; went to be with our Lord in Heaven on Sunday, January 29, 2023.

Lennyx came into this world premature on December 1, 2022 at the Missouri Baptist Hospital of St. Louis. There he would stay for the first month of his life and become known as a “NIICU Warrior”.

His mother said that “Chicken Lenny” loved to snuggle with his momma, loved staring at the ceiling fan and had discovered that chewing on his hands was a great thing.
Baby Lennyx is survived by his loving mother Alexys Rayleigh Mann; a grandmother Valerye Mann; great-grandfather Donald Grear; aunts: Jayda and Olyvia Anderson, all of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania; aunt and uncle Amy and David Fry of West Frankfort, Illinois; and a cousin Alyiah Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother Robyn Grear.

Cremation services are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.
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Ruth Ann Crocker-Sesser, IL

Ruth Ann Crocker, 91, of Sesser, passed away on February 1, 2023 at Countryside Manor in Mt Vernon.

She was born on December 13, 1931 in Benton, IL to Lavern and Lorene (Tennison) Summers. She married William “Bill” Crocker and he preceded her in death on April 18, 2009.

She is survived by her children Susan (Mike) Summers of Scheller, Michael (Joanna) Eubanks of Bourbonnais, IL, William “Bill” (Lisa) Crocker of O’Fallon, IL and Jeffrey Crocker of Sesser; daughter-in-law Kathy Crocker of Scheller; ten grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sons Carl Crocker and Ritchie Eubanks and one brother Donald Summers.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday February 7, 2023 at 10:00 AM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Pastor Chris Hottensen officiating. Visitation will be on Monday February 6, 2023 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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

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William “Billy Joe” Loman – Sesser, IL

William “Billy Joe” Loman, 94, of Sesser, passed away on Friday January 27, 2023 at Nature Trail Nursing Home in Sesser.

He was born on October 11, 1928 in Sesser, IL to James and Iva Bell (Bradley) Loman. He married Betty (Pierce) Loman and she preceded him in death.

He is survived by his children Rhonda Bullington of Mt Vernon, Kathy (Gene) Jones of Bluford, Peggy (Toby) York of Mt Vernon, Steve (Paula) Loman of Mt Vernon and David Loman of Waltonville; thirteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son Jeff Loman and ten brothers and sisters Harrison Loman, Howard Loman, Jeri Wakeup, William Homer Loman, Ina Whitsell, Kenneth Loman, Donna Roberts, Max Loman, Ruth Ann Loman and Harold Loman.

Graveside services will be on Thursday February 2, 2023 at 10:00 AM at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday February 1, 2023 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral home in Sesser.

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Walter “Duke” Dudzinski – Buckner, IL

Walter “Duke” Dudzinski, age 86, of Buckner, passed away at 9:05 p.m., Saturday, January 28, 2023, at the Stonebridge Nursing and Rehab Center of Benton.

His wishes are to be cremated with no public services.

Leffler Funeral Home of Benton; is in charge of the cremation arrangements.

Walter was born on April 11, 1936, in Hartford, Connecticut; the son of Walter Dudzinski and Mary (Krulikowski) Dudzinski.
Walt served in the U.S. Army at the end of the Korean War, serving in Germany. He would also serve in the National Guard.
While living in Florida, “Duke” worked as a security guard.

He loved the Lord; enjoyed singing and playing the organ and piano. The family said he loved to mimic Elvis. He was a huge John Wayne fan, and that is how he got his nickname. He also enjoyed playing scratch off lottery tickets.

Surviving is a sister-in-law Wanda Dudzinski of Buckner; four nephews: David Dudzinski of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Eli Wirtes of Southington, Connecticut, Jacob Wirtes of Creal Springs, Illinois, George Dudzinski, Jr. of Valier, Illinois; and his cat “Precious”.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers: Joseph Dudzinski and George Dudzinski, Sr.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Franklin County Animal Control, P.O. Box 210, Christopher, Illinois 62822.
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