Gerald Wayne Mitchel, age 83, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 8:31 a.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.
Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Major Normalene Daniels officiating assisted by Captains Jeff and Erin Eddy. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of service on Thursday.
Gerald was born on November 8, 1930 in Palmyra, IL the son of Thomas and Allie (Masters) Mitchel. He married Vivian Daniels on June 25, 1983.
Survivors include his loving wife of 30 years, Vivian Mitchel of Mattoon, IL; son, Tyler Mitchel of Mattoon, IL; five step-children, Major Normalene Daniels of Springfield, MO, Earlene (John) Arthur of Mattoon, IL, Raymond (Kathy) Daniels of Marion, IN, Marcia Daniels of Mattoon, IL and Wyoneda (Duane) Harvey of Clinton, IL; eleven grandchildren; five great grandchildren with one on the way; niece, Bonnie (Curt) Lineberry; nephew, Tom Moore of New York, NY. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Gerald retired after twenty years of dedicated active duty service in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant. He served honorably in the Korean War. Gerald was a Soldier of the Salvation Army. He taught many family members to drive and enjoyed chauffeuring them also. Gerald always had a great time playing Bingo at Odd Fellow. Most of all, Gerald loved his family and will be greatly missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor may be given to his family.
Ruth Bly, age 88, of Mattoon passed away at 6:37 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Douglas Rehab.
No services are planned. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Ruth was born on May 8, 1925 in Shelby County, IL the daughter of Shelby and Lucille Robison.
Survivors include her sons, Kenny (Carolyn) Bly of Gays, IL and Ronald (Jacqueline) Bly of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren Marty Bly of Mattoon, IL, Jamie (Jim) Rawlings of Gays, IL and Brandon Bly of Mattoon, IL; three great grandsons; two great granddaughters; sister, June of Decatur, IL. Ruth was preceded in death by her grandson Brian, parents and two brothers.
Ruth owned Bly’s Donut Shop for 64 years. She retired in 2008 and was lovingly known in the community as “Mattoon’s Donut Queen.”
In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor are requested for Schilling Funeral Home to assist the family.
Marian Frances “Babe” Highland, 88, of Mattoon passed away at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Douglas Rehab.
Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Andrew Thephasdin officiating. Burial will follow at Janesville Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Friday prior to the service.
Marian was born on July 25, 1925 in Janesville, IL the daughter of Elmer Levi and Iva Doris (Craig) Tate. She married Robert G. Highland on February 7, 1942. He preceded her in death on April 27, 1987.
Survivors include her children, Elmer C. “Butch” (Martha) Highland of Decatur, IL, Michael E. “Mick” (Linda) Highland of Mattoon, IL, William D. “Bill” Highland of Mattoon, IL, Linda Sharma of Mattoon, IL, James Lee “Jim” (Marlene) Highland of Mattoon, IL, Frances K. (Steven) Dulaney of Murphysboro, IL; grandchildren, Heather, Carissa, Dana, Michelle, Shana, Jamie, Megan, Nicole, Sanya, Erica, Sarah, Matthew, Marian; and twenty four great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, one sister, son-in-law, O.N. Sharma M.D., and one grandson, Shawn Stephen Sharma.
Marian was a member of the first United Methodist church, L.O.W.’s “Loners on Wheels”, V.F.W. Women’s Auxillary, American Legion Woman’s Auxillary, and a life member of the Patriots.
In Lieu of flowers memorial donations in her honor may be given to the Mattoon Food Pantry.
Morgan Hart Jr., age 87, of Mattoon passed away at 9:45 p.m. on February 28, 2014 at Mattoon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Mattoon.
Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday March 3, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Robert Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Hill.
Morgan was born on April 23, 1926 in Mattoon.
Survivors include his nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his parents, two sisters, Mildred Boden and Jeannie Miller, and one brother Donald Hart.
Morgan worked as a truck driver for Columbia Machine. He was a former member of the Moose, V.F.W., and Eagles. Morgan farmed with his aunt and Uncle Kenny and Lelia Winings. He liked to weld, and worked on equipment in his free time.
Memorial donations in his honor may be given to Disabled Veterans National Foundation.
Jeanine Brown, age 78, of Lerna, IL passed away at 9:59 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at her residence.
Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL Burial will follow at Janesville Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday prior to the service at Schilling Funeral Home.
Jeanine was born on June 28, 1935 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Charles and Lois (Winings) Huckstead.
Survivors include her two daughters, Debbie (Toby) Decker of Janesville, IL and Teresa (Chris) Strader of Toledo, IL; son, Max (Ellen) Brown of Lerna, IL; five grandchildren, Nathan, Matt, Ryan, Caleb and Lucas; seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Gerald (Ardilla) Huckstead of Mattoon, IL and Ron (Linda) Huckstead of Olney, IL.
Jeanine was employed at Wal-Mart in Charleston, IL. She was a member of the Eagles. Jeanine was full of life and loved to dance and loved Elvis.
Memorial donations in her honor may be given to American Cancer Society.
Phyllis Jane (Cornthwaite) (Baylis) Jones, age 70, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 11:25 a.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Douglas Rehabilitation.
No services are planned. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Phyllis was born on July 10, 1943 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Albert and Cassie (Eastham) Cornthwaite.
Survivors include her sons, James Lance Jones of Potterville, MI and Duane Jones of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Lisa Jones of Mattoon, IL; eight grandchildren, Jason Jones of Mattoon, IL, Mitch James of PA, Dakota Jones, Dakota Jones of Mattoon, IL, Lance Russell Jones Jr. of Potterville, MI, Jessica Lynn Sanchez of Rose, OK, Jennifer Michelle (Jones) Stimac of Springfield, IL, Lindsay Jo Jones of Potterville, MI; niece, Crystal Jenkins; nephew Rodger (Gena) Bailey. Phyllis was preceded in death by her grandson, Cody James Jones or “Codeman” as she called him; husband James Darrell (Bob) Jones; parents Albert and Cassie Cornthwaite.
Memorial donations in her honor may be given to the Coles County Animal Shelter.
Harrell Eugene Voigt “Hal”, age 89, of Mattoon, IL passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014.
A visitation celebrating his life will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL, with Sara Pruitt, Hal’s granddaughter, leading prayer at 2:00 p.m. A graveside service with Military Honors at Resthaven Memorial Gardens will follow.
Harrell was born on May 25, 1924 in Decatur, IL the son of Albert G. and Elsie (Harrell) Voigt. He married Dorothy M. Jordan, his high school sweetheart, on September 11, 1948 in Decatur, IL. He is survived by two of their three daughters, Janet L. VonLanken husband Stan of Mattoon and Sue A. Jacobs husband Gary of Mattoon. Grandchildren, Christine R. Joslin of Raleigh, NC, John A. Pruitt, wife Sara of Mattoon, Alicia P. VonLanken of Houston, TX and Jodie Jacobs of Valencia, CA. Great grandchildren, Layne B. Joslin of Raleigh, NC, Carter A. Pruitt of Mattoon, and Chloe J. Pruitt of Mattoon. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, a son-in-law, his daughter Marilyn S. Taylor and his loving wife Dorothy.
Hal graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1942. After returning from the war, he attended James Millikin University and graduated with a B.S. in Business Management in 1950. He began working for Standard Oil Company in 1950 and retired from Amoco Oil in 1980 after 30 years of service. After retiring from Amoco Oil, Hal worked for Torch Chemicals where he retired from Amoco Enterprises in 1984.
He was a member of the Central Christian Church in Decatur, IL and was the past President and Board Member of the Decatur Stanolind Credit Union and the Kaskaskia Country Club.
Hal was a member of the W.W. II Air Commando Association and the Mattoon VFW Post #4325. He served in the United States Army Air Corps, 2nd Air Commando Group in WWII in the China, India and Burma Theatre from 1944-1945. He is a U.S. Army Air Forces Honoree member of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.
Over the years, Hal enjoyed playing golf with his wife and friends, fishing with his special friend Bob Johnson, reminiscing with his longtime friend Jim McDowell and watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports. A special little princess Kenadie Spraker brought him much joy and laughter the last year of his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the WW II Air Commando Association, PO Box 7, Mary Esther, FL 32569, the VFW Post 4325, 1220 So. 19th St., Mattoon, IL 61938 of Lincolnland Hospice of Sarah Bush Lincoln, 1000 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, IL 61938.
Delbert Dean Hardin, age 79, of Rockford, IL passed away at 7:10 a.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at his residence.
No service is planned. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL.
Delbert was born on July 21, 1934 in Mattoon, IL the son of Willis and Nellie (Lynn) Hardin.
Survivors include his loving wife, Deborah (McConkey) Hardin; seven children, Debi Croy-Ridgeway and spouse Mark of Mattoon, IL, Cheryl Welch and spouse Mike of Toldeo, IL, Mike Hardin of Elkhorn, WI, Christina Hardin and partner Cindy Weiss of Johnston City, IL, Teresa Milligan of Mattoon, IL, Amy Annis and spouse Ryan of Mattoon, IL, Matthew Tate Hardin of Mattoon, IL; step children, Misty Farr and spouse Blaine of Kansas, IL and Jason Skinner and spouse Amber of Pinkneyville, IL; seventeen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren; former wives, Mary (Johnson) Roberts of Mattoon, IL and Sue (Taylor) Grounds of Charleston, IL; brothers, George Hardin and spouse Alice of Loxa, IL and Samuel Hardin and spouse Irene of Honea Path, SC; sister, Sheila Gumm of Sandoval, IL. Delbert was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Delbert was a former employee of Neal Tire. For over 10 years, he owned and operated Marathon Station in Mattoon and Charleston. Earlier in his career he was a Foreman at Brown Shoe Co. He enjoyed fishing and boating, riding his motorcycle and attending antique car shows. Delbert was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Delbert never met a stranger and was known for his animated storytelling. He will be greatly missed.
Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the American Cancer Society.
Dorothy Kaye (Bunny) Green, age 69, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 4:28 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital.
Memorial Services honoring her life will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Country Club Road, Mattoon, IL. No visitation. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Dorothy was born on January 26, 1945 in Crawford, NE of Milton Emery and Frances Elizabeth Wright. She married Lester James Green in Minneapolis, MN.
She is survived by her son, Timothy (Cathy) Green; brothers, William Clark Wright, Benjamin Noel (Peggy) Wright, David Glen Wright; sisters, Elizabeth Louise (Fred) Helmuth, Deborah Lynn (Larry) Livesay, Theresa Ruth (Daniel) Kedrowski and many nieces, nephews, and special grandkitty, Callie.
She was preceded in death by her husband; infant twin sons, Ronald and Donald; parents; sister, Rebecca Maudeen Rice; nephews William Clark Jr. Wright and Floyd Raymond Rice.
Dorothy treasured her friends and family. She will be greatly missed. Memorial donations can be made to the donor’s choice.
Lucy Mae (Breen) Fuller, age 88, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014 at Mattoon Healthcare.
Memorial Services honoring her life will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Pastor Brian Miller officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday at Schilling Funeral Home.
Lucy was born on November 4, 1925 in Martinsville, ME the daughter of Andrew and Izetta (Robbins) Breen. She married Thomas Charles Fuller in 1946. Thomas preceded her in death in 2008. She later married Wayne Edwards in 1972. Wayne preceded her in death in 1990.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Ealy and her children of Federal Way, WA; son, Thomas Charles Fuller II of Hillsboro, IL; daughter, Candy (John) Ebie of Mattoon, IL; sons Carl Sean Fuller, Tommy Fuller, Mike Edwards; grandchildren, Heather Kirby, Johnna (Eric) Winn, Ian (Amber) Ebie, Nicole (Jeff) Shaffer, Christopher Fuller; 32 great grandchildren; sisters, Alice Belancik and Nancy (Cliff) Sherman. Lucy was preceded in death by grandson Brennan Kelly Haverstock; parents, Andrew and Izetta Breen; husbands, Thomas Fuller and Wayne Edwards; brother, Lloyd Breen; sister, Gertrude Benner.
Lucy was a former member of the Women of the Moose. She devoted many years of service working at the Salvation Army. Lucy enjoyed reading, playing cards, gardening and crocheting. She treasured all animals and bred Chows. Most of all, Lucy loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor may be given to her family.