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Thomas Brown

 

Thomas Brown, age 56, of Mattoon, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 4:57 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on July 31, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 204 S. Pine Avenue, Arcola, IL with Father Delix Michel officiating. Burial will be at Dodge Grove Cemetery at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. prior to the Mass on Thursday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Thomas was born on November 28, 1957 in Peoria, IL the son of Charles Robert and Emma (Venovich) Brown. He married Heather Schroeder on December 31, 2006.

Survivors include his loving wife, Heather A. Brown; brother, Charles F. Brown; nephew, Jared (Rebecca) Brown; niece, Melissa Brown Burton; great nieces and nephews, Micah Brown, Lucas Brown, Molly Brown, Liam Burton, Jack Burton and Owen Burton all of Mattoon, IL. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Emma Brown.

Thomas attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Arcola, IL. He was employed at Eastern Illinois University. Thomas was a member of the AFSCME Union. He was the owner and operator of East West Fitness and Self Defense. Thomas enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to Gift of Hope, 2442 Denver Drive, Springfield, IL.


Pauline Miller


Pauline Miller, age 94, of Lake Worth, FL passed away at 2:29 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014 surrounded by her loving family at her residence.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday prior to the funeral service.

Pauline was born on September 5, 1919 in Charleston, IL the daughter of Stanley and Pearl Merritt (Snyder) Stites. She married Dola “Doggie” Eugene Miller on January 1, 1938. He preceded her in death on June 4, 1998.

Survivors include daughter, Sandra Jean Craig of Mattoon, IL; son, James Harold (Sharon Eileen) Miller of Mattoon, IL; daughter Paula D. Miller and companion Kimberley Lewis of Lake Worth, FL; daughter-in-law, Linda Miller of Mattoon, IL; brother, Stan Stites of Clinton, IL; brother, Max Stites of Clinton, IL; sister, Priscilla McGregor of Venice, FL; ten grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren; eleven great great grandchildren. Pauline was preceded in death by son, Gary Dean Miller; parents, Stanley and Pearl Stites; son-in-law, Richard Craig; one great-grandchild, Rachel Lynn Hall; three brothers and four sisters.

Pauline worked in shipping and receiving for Brown Shoe Factory. She was a member of the Mattoon Moose Lodge. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Pauline’s passion was to dance and listen to her music. Her greatest love in life was being a proud parent and grandparent.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Trust Bridge (formerly Hospice of Palm Beach County).


Freddie Burton

Freddie Burton, age 51, of Mattoon passed away at 8:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Palm Terrace.

Graveside Services honoring his life will be at a later date at Herrin City Cemetery in Herrin, IL. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Freddie was born on December 13, 1962 in Herrin, IL the son of Freddie Edward Ernest and Avis (Denton) Burton.

Survivors include his siblings, Rhonda Doetch, Kevin Wayne Burton, Jessie Allen Burton and Sandra Lynn Gooden.

Freddie worked at the Mattoon Kentucky Fried Chicken as a cook and at a broom factory.


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Freddie Burton

FREDDIE BURTON

Freddie Burton, age 51, of Mattoon passed away at 8:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Palm Terrace.

Graveside Services honoring his life will be at a later date at Herrin City Cemetery in Herrin, IL. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Freddie was born on December 13, 1962 in Herrin, IL the son of Freddie Edward Ernest and Avis (Denton) Burton.

Survivors include his siblings, Rhonda Doetch, Kevin Wayne Burton, Jessie Allen Burton and Sandra Lynn Gooden.

Freddie worked at the Mattoon Kentucky Fried Chicken as a cook and at a broom factory.


Larry Trexler

 

 

Larry Raymond Trexler, age 75, of Lake Mattoon, passed away at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Ken King officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Larry was born on January 5, 1939 in St. Elmo, IL the son of Maurice and Edna (Cooke) Trexler.

Survivors include sons Larry (Bobbi) Trexler of Neoga, IL and Mark (Becky) Trexler of Ocala, FL; grandchildren Matthew (Courtney) Trexler of Visalia, CA and Tiffany Trexler (Chris Herringer) of Lodi, CA; Stephanie, Stephen and Jennifer Trexler of Ocala, FL; great granddaughters, Matilda and Natalie Trexler of Visalia, CA. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Edna Trexler; two wives, Mary Trexler and Judith Wentworth; son, Michael Trexler.

Larry was the longtime business owner of Jake’s Tire, Carpet and Wallpaper and Discount Storage. He was a member of the Central Illinois Motorcycle Club. Larry loved riding his Harley Davidson Tri Glide and watching Chicago Bulls basketball. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his younger years. Larry treasured time spent with his friends and family at Donny’s Place and the V.F.W.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to Camp New Hope.


Deloris Allen

DELORIS ALLEN

Deloris Ann Allen, age 78, of Mattoon passed away at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Ken King officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at Schilling Funeral Home.

Deloris was born on November 13, 1935 in Mattoon the daughter of Bruce and Irene (Pauley) O’Dell.  She married David F. Allen in 1959.

Survivors include her daughters, Carrie (Leon) Dampeer of Decatur, IL, Marsha Allen (Jim Binnion) of Mattoon, IL and Catherine (Allen) Abbott of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren Stephanie Dampeer, David Dampeer, Simon Dampeer, Jill Allen, Kaye Abbott and Tyler Abbott; twelve great grandchildren; sisters, Sharon Walker, Vicky Davis, Francis Trail, Susan Kingery; brothers, Kenny (Penny) O’Dell , Mike O’Dell, and Tommy (Tammy) O’Dell. Deloris was preceded in death by her husband, David Allen; infant son; parents, Bruce and Irene O’Dell; brothers, Jerry O’Dell and John O’Dell.

Deloris was a lifelong member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Mattoon. She was a former member of the Mattoon Moose Lodge. Deloris enjoyed listening to music, playing bingo and completing puzzles. She always liked eating a good fresh tomato. Deloris was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to her family.


Gary “Buddy” Castle

Gary “Buddy” Castle, age 66, of Mattoon passed away at 10:54 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at West Florida Regional Hospital in Pensacola, FL.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at First Christian Church with Reverend Steven Hayes and Reverend Darin Hansen officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. until time of service on Thursday at the First Christian Church. Masonic Rites will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Gary was born on December 31, 1947 in Ashland, KY the son of Cecil R.  and Gladys (Pierce) Castle.  He married Charlotte Ward on August 4, 1973 in Inez, KY.

Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years, Charlotte Castle of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Traci (Brad) Becker of Neoga, IL; grandchildren, Abbie Becker and Austin Becker both of Neoga, IL; mother, Gladys Castle of Bermuda Run, NC; sister, Connie (Frank) Little of Bermuda Run, NC; sister-in-laws, Geneva Jean Maynard of Santa Maria, CA, Betty (Eddie) Allen of Ypsilanti, MI, Donna Bragg of Pace, FL; brothers-in-law, Sonny (Kay) Ward and Gary Ward  both of Inez, KY; seven nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Castle; brother, Roger Castle; brothers-in-law, Paul Maynard and Jack Bragg.

Gary retired from Consolidated Communications after 30 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the Mattoon Masonic Lodge. Gary was an avid golfer and treasured his time golfing with his dear friends. Most of all, Gary loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.


Leaton “Lea” Beeler

LEATON BEELER

Leaton “Lea” Ray Beeler, age 63, of Mattoon passed away at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the First Christian Church in Mattoon, IL with Reverend Steve Hayes officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the First Christian Church. Masonic Rites, open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Lea was born on May 28, 1951 in Quincy, IL the son of Leo Henry and Carlene (Holtman) Beeler.  He married Beverly Ballinger on July 17, 1971.

Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Beverly Beeler; sons, Vance Beeler and significant other Kimberly Newton of North Vernon, IN, Matthew (Pamela) Beeler of Anderson, IN and Seth (Sara) Beeler of Mattoon, IL; ten grandchildren, Kaylene, Ramie, Lanieka, Zeke, Kayla, Chloe, Ashlee, Erik, Brooklyn and Katelyn; two great grandchildren, Ava and Sophia; sister, Linda (Gene) Stine of Birmingham, IA; brother, Lyle (Bonnie) Beeler of Mexico, MO; sister, Lola Patterson of Lake Forrest, CA; numerous nieces and nephews. Lea was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Carlene Beeler; grandson, Lea Allen Beeler; brother, Larry Beeler.

Lea worked as a Journeyman Lineman at Coles Moultrie and retired after nearly 25 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the First Christian Church and served as Board Chairman, Elder and volunteered at Promise Land.  Lea was also a member of many organizations, Shriners, 32nd Degree Mason and the Eagles. Lea always helped others and treasured his time volunteering at PADS and volunteering and serving on the Board of Mattoon Food Bank. He had a heart for leading and was active in coaching youth baseball and volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 152. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing. Most of all, Lea loved spending time with his family and will be greatly missed.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to PADS or the Mattoon Food Bank.


JD Van Gundy

JD VAN GUNDY

Joseph “JD” Van Gundy, of Mattoon passed away at 12:55 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014 at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Dennis Strawn and Pastor Doug McClellan officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the First Baptist Church.

JD was born on December 9, 1919 in Morocco, IN the son of Robert and Edna (Powell) Van Gundy.  He married Dorothy Arthur on October 23, 1939. She preceded him in death on August 22, 1992. He later married Delores “Dodie” Creviston on May 7, 1996.

Survivors include his loving wife of 18 years Delores “Dodie” Van Gundy of Mattoon, IL; daughter-in-law, Jane Van Gundy of Raleigh, NC; daughters, Phyllis (Steve) McClellan of Mattoon, IL, Barbara (Bob) Buckley of Mattoon, IL and Terri (Mark) Wetzel of Savoy, IL; step children, Tim (Angela) Diltz of Naples, FL, Lori (Mike) Collings of Mattoon, IL and Lee (Laura) Diltz of Mattoon, IL; fourteen grandchildren, thirty-three great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren and eight step grandchildren; siblings, Maxine Arthur of Mattoon, IL, Jack (Linda) Van Gundy of Lady Lake, FL and Doris Webb of Lerna, IL; sisters-in-law, Madonna Thomas and Rosalie Branson both of Mattoon, IL; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. JD was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Edna Van Gundy; son, Dale Van Gundy; step son, Rob Diltz; four brothers and five sisters.

JD served honorably in the United States Air Force during WWII. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a Clerk/Truck Fleet Supervisor and retired in 1978. After retirement, he was a part-time employee at Cater Vend.

He had a passion for fishing with his family and he loved to walk from one end of town to the other. JD was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 60 years. He was very active in the church and especially enjoyed volunteering as the “main” dishwasher for the Joy Givers Circle and a dedicated member of the Kupples Class. JD has been a pillar of strength to his entire family. God and family came first to JD.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to First Baptist Church.


Charles “Chuck” Swisher

CHARLES SWISHER

Charles “Chuck” Swisher, age 68, of Mattoon passed away at 8:22 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Kevin Wolfe officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Chuck was born on September 3, 1945 in Danville, IL. His parents were Paul E. “Bub” and Jessie (Mitchell) Swisher.  He married Susie Rodebaugh on September 10, 1966.

Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Susie Swisher of Mattoon, IL; mother-in-law, Floretta Rodebaugh of Mattoon, IL; son, Andy Swisher of Chicago, IL; daughter, Julie Price and partner Harlo Watkins II of Jacksonville, IL; grandson, Collin Price of Jacksonville, IL; step grandchildren, Harlo and wife Haley Watkins III and Leslee Watkins all of Mattoon, IL; great grandchildren, Piper Watkins and Gavin Watkins both of Mattoon, IL; sister-in-law, Diana VonBehrens of Mattoon, IL;  niece, Johna VonBehrens of Charleston, IL; brother-in-law, Raymond and wife Belinda Rodebaugh Jr. of Chesapeake, VA; close friends, Joseph Duane Roy and Vernon Roy both of Mattoon, IL; canine friend and walking partner, Chewy.  Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Jessie Swisher; father-in-law, Raymond Rodebaugh; granddaughter, Chalice Price.

Chuck retired from Donnelley’s after over 30 years of dedicated service. He was member of Broadway Christian Church and the Lion’s Club. Chuck loved to golf with his dear friends and had memberships at the Rogala and Meadowview Golf Courses. Most of all, Chuck loved spending time with his family and will be greatly missed.

Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the Lion’s Club.