Thomas Steele, age 89, of Mattoon passed away at 8:05 p.m. on March 20, 2017 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.
Graveside services for family and friends will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Morrisonville Cemetery with Pastor Mark Sanders officiating. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Thomas was born on May 16, 1927 in Morrisonville, IL the son of William and Vnola (Ellis) Steele. He married Mae Adams on October 8, 1944. She passed away on April 22, 2012.
Survivors include his son, Mark and wife Shirley of Lakewood, IL; grandchildren, Michael and wife Janie of Ramsey, IL, Matthew and wife Rachel of Vandalia, IL, Lori Price and husband Jeff of Shelbyville, IL; great-grandchildren, Megan Plants, Danielle Hadley, Rachel Price, Austin Steele, Zane Steele, Everett Steele, Samantha Strobel, Rachel Strobel, Travis Strobel; great-great-grandchildren, Emma, Carter, Connor and Briar; sisters, Marge Millburg of Waggoner, IL, Betty and husband Wes Cherry of Springfield, IL; sister-in-law, Annabelle Bohlen Edinburg, IL and Emma Lou Lankford of Chatham, IL; brother-in-law, Dale Eugene and wife Lynn Adams of Raymond, IL; and niece, Evelyn Lederbrand and significant other Don Thompson of Pawnee, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers, William Steele and Donald Steele; sister, Linda Dalton; and one son, Thomas Eugene Steele Jr.
Thomas started working for Illinois Consolidated in Taylorville in November of 1947. He worked his way up the ranks from lineman, to plant manager in Litchfield, to outside plant engineer in Mattoon. He held this positions until he retired in 1982. After retiring, Thomas later worked as a contractor with Communications Engineering for ten years. Blessed with a gifted mind, Tom was able to teach himself the engineering skills required in his work. He was an avid golfer and was even able to compete in some tournaments. Tom enjoyed spending time with his golf buddies and especially his family. He will be greatly missed, but fondly remembered.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to Lincolnland Hospice.
Sandra Kay Flowers, age 74, of Mattoon passed away at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Graveside services honoring her life will be held at Bethel Cemetery on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Brad Brown officiating. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Sandy was born on August 28, 1942 in Robinson, IL the daughter of Roy E. and Wanda Ione (Petty) Hamilton.
Sandy was raised in Mattoon and attended Mattoon schools. She met the love of her life, Donald Flowers lovingly known as Don, at the age of 14 while on a double date. They were married on August 12, 1958 in Streator, IL.
They began their life’s journey together by Don serving his country in the United States Navy, while Sandy happily managed the homefront. Sandy and Don were happily married for 58 years. Sandy also worked at Blaw-knox Credit Union for 6 years.
Sandy enjoyed being a homemaker and had many hobbies. Her favorite hobby was quilting and she enjoyed traveling to various quilting events. Sandy was also an avid reader and loved doing word puzzles. She and Don also enjoyed watching NCAA softball together.
Sandy had a loving disposition and never knew a stranger. She enjoyed playing with her great grandchildren. Sandy touched the lives of many and will be truly missed.
Sandy is survived by her loving husband, Donald Flowers; daughter, Tylene (Robert) Alexander; sons, Donald (Beverly) Flowers Jr. of Mattoon, IL and David Flowers of Oakland, IL; sister, Barbara (Dan) Bonfield of Escondido, CA; nephew, Kurt Livingston of Lake Elsinore, CA; brother, Roger (Brenda) Hamilton; niece, Kasey Grooms of Sullivan, IL; brother, Warren (Deena) Hamilton of Mattoon, IL; nieces, Shelby Raboin and Sara Diepholz of Mattoon, IL; seven grandchildren, Audra, Marissa, Sirena, Samantha, David Jr. affectionately known as “D.J.”, Danielle and Donald III; 8 great grandchildren and number 9 on the way. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to Family Worship Center or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Alice Irene (Rodewald) Drummond, age 78, of Mattoon passed away at 1:35 a.m. on May 17, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital.
Funeral services honoring her life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Ryan Hayden officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Hill Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Alice was born on March 6, 1939 in Pinkneyville, IL the daughter of John and Lois (Gant) Farthing. She married William “Bill” Rodewald on May 14, 1957. He preceded her in death on April 4, 2005. She later married Glen Drummond on June 23, 2007. He survives.
Other survivors include her children, Donald E. Rodewald (Sue McLaughlin) of Normal, IL, Connie S. Crawford of Mattoon, IL and Eric William (Debbie) Rodewald of Humboldt, IL; grandchildren, Matthew (Shelby) Rodewald of Effingham, IL, Melanie Rodewald (Randall Kennon) of Swansee, IL, Jason W. (Kristin) Starwalt of Windsor, IL, Rachel Vinson (John Honator) of Union Town, OH and Yates McLaughlin; great grandchildren, Riley and Collin Rodewald, Taylor and Jaidyn Starwalt, Luther Ledbetter, Phoenix Honator, Caleb and Avery Starwalt. Alice was preceded in death by her parents and husband Bill; sister, Beulah Huffstatler; daughter-in-law, Deana Rodewald; grandsons, Chris Neff and Jeremy Starwalt; and great grandson, Brandon Stevens.
Alice worked at R.R. Donnelly and Sons for 26 years and sold Avon for over 30 years. Family was very important to Alice, and she lovingly took care of her parents in their old age. Alice always cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.
George “Max” Youngblood, age 78, of Mattoon passed away at 9:05 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital.
Memorial Services honoring his life will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Duane Piercy officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Max was born on August 7, 1938 in Wetaug, IL the son of Earl and Hazel (Crader) Youngblood. He married Henrietta A. Bryan on December 13, 1955.
Survivors include loving wife of 61 years, Henrietta A. Youngblood of Mattoon, IL; children, Bryan Max (Karman) Youngblood of Champaign, IL, Tonya Renee (Jim) Norviel of Mattoon, IL and H.A. (Penny) Youngblood of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Eric (Melissa) Youngblood of St. Louis, MO, Kelsey (Cale) Beccue of Champaign, IL, Cole Hieke of Champaign, IL, Emma (Andy) Meyer of Champaign, IL, Inga (Jason) Enyart of Mattoon, IL and Shelby Youngblood of Mattoon, IL. great grandchild, Sylvie Enyart of Mattoon, IL and another one on the way; and brother, Phillip (Linda) Youngblood of Lebanon, TN. George was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Jessie Youngblood.
Max was a member of Victory Church in Camargo. He started trucking at the age of 16 and worked hard all of his life. Max tried unsuccessfully to retire three times, but couldn’t stay out of the truck. Max enjoyed the life-long gift of gab, and would happily bend the ear of anyone willing to listen. Max loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchild. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to Victory Church, 103 East Second Street, Camargo, IL 61919.
WILLIAM COWGER Jr.
William Louis “Bill” Cowger Jr., age 66, of Dieterich, IL passed away at 5:55 p.m. on May 10, 2017 at his residence.
Funeral services honoring his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on May 16, 2017 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Calvary Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held two hours prior from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
William was born on October 13, 1950 in Mattoon the son of William Sr. and Nellie Mae (Williams) Cowger. He married Marie Elizabeth Tucker on October 5, 1979.
Survivors include his loving wife of 37 years Marie Cowger of Dieterich, IL; children, Shannon (Laurie) Cowger of Clinton, IA, Shala (Jerry) Skimhorn of Clinton, IA, Sisto (Amy) Cowger of Charleston, IL, Trista (Jack) Colton of Paris, IL; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces, Christina Arthur (Jeremy Winkler) of Charleston, IL, Tanya (Cowger) Fitt of Mattoon, IL; sisters, Shirlyn Vansoyc of Jewett, IL, Diane (Howard) Rostek of Tolono, IL; brothers, John Cowger of Mattoon and Stanley (Becky) Cowger of Neoga, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Bill served honorably in the United States Army for eight years. He served multiple tours in Vietnam as a Recon Scout. Bill was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. He worked as a Checker Top cab driver and later worked in construction for many year. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, drinking Jack Daniels and Budweiser. Bill loved to raise hell and raise hell he did! He will be missed by his children who take right after him and everyone else who knew him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to his family to help for medical expenses he incurred.
Funeral: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 11:00 am
WALTER E. MOORE
Walter E. “Tad” Moore, age 97, of Neoga passed away at 12:05 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Heartland Christian Village.
Funeral services honoring his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on May 15, 2017 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Morgan officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Walter was born on April 10, 1920 in Mattoon the son of Berlin and Pearl (Marshall) Moore. He married Bonnie Bishop on December 21, 1943. She preceded him in death on February 10, 2017.
Survivors include his children, Dennis (Gail) Moore of Neoga, IL, Douglas (Pam) Moore of Neoga, IL; brother, Marvin Moore of Neoga, IL; grandchildren, Paula (Frank) Rupel of Neoga, IL, Larry (Tina) Moore of Neoga, IL, Brian (Fiancé Regina Sexton) of Neoga, IL, Nathan (Stephanie) Moore of Streator, IL; 13 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 73 years, parents, grandson, Jeremy Chad Moore and one sister, Shirley Bales.
Walter was a member of First Christian Church of Mattoon, where he served as a deacon for 48 years. He served honorably in the United States Army during WWII. Walter worked for Blaw-Knox as a tool and die maker for over 30 years and he retired from there in 1986. He also worked for Pepsi as a route salesman and gave Guitar lessons. Walter taught lessons on all types of guitars including Steel and Spanish guitars. He gave his wife lessons on steel guitar when she was 12 years old. Walter was a member of JD’s Health Club for over 25 years. Walter’s greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to First Christian Church of Mattoon or Heartland Christian Village Auxiliary of Neoga.
Funeral: Monday, May 15, 2017 11:00 am
Dorothy P. Marlow, age 80, of Mattoon passed away at 11:35 a.m. on May 6, 2017 at her residence.
Memorial services honoring her life will be held at Schilling Funeral Home on Wednesday May 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Rickey Ferguson officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
Dorothy was born on September 10, 1936 in Charleston, IL the daughter of Paul Richards and Cora Eileen (Bradford) Calhoun. She married Ernest Marlow. He passed away in 1995.
Survivors include daughter, Paula (Randy) Murray of Arthur, IL; son, Jeff Marlow of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Quin Murray of Happy Valley, OR, Mercedes Sparks of Toledo, IL, Ashley (Pat) Stinson of Sullivan, IL, Melissa (Brian) Reedy of Tolono, IL, Connor Marlow of Springfield, IL, Tristen Marlow of Springfield IL; four great-grandchildren and one on the way. And her niece, Cyndi Richards. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, James Richards; and son, Danny Siebert.
Dorothy working career started at General Electric in her earlier years. She owned and operated Dot & E’s Donut shop in Greenup. Dorothy later worked for the IGA in Greenup and then County Market where her coworkers became her second family. She was an avid bingo player and Chicago Cubs Fan. Dorothy liked to collect “knick knacks.” She loved spending time with her family and her special granddaughter Mercedes. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to American Cancer Society or Mattoon Moose Lodge.
Robert Leon Bales, age 68, of Okeechobee FL, peacefully passed away at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 5, 2017, surrounded by his family at a family home in Mattoon, IL.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday May 9, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Schillings Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Ave, Mattoon, IL 61938. No funeral service is planned at this time. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Bob was born on July 4, 1948 in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, and raised in Oakland, IL, the son of Harry and Alice (Moore) Bales. He married Pamela S. Ring on June 10, 1972, in Mattoon, IL. They would have celebrated their 45th Anniversary in June.
He is survived by his wife, Pam, of Okeechobee FL, son, Korey and wife Jennifer of Pace, FL; with grandchildren, Robert, JoAnna and Jenna; sister-in-law Barbara “Bobby” Hilligoss and her husband Rex of Mattoon, IL, daughter-in-law Carrie Bales McKinney and her husband Josh with grandchildren Owen and Olivia of Mattoon, IL; nephews, Jeff Hilligoss and his wife Beth, and their daughter Izzy of Mattoon, IL and Andy Hilligoss of Mattoon, IL; sister Sharon Houchin of Oakland, IL; brothers Mike and Chuck of Greenup, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Kelly.
Bob was a 1966 graduate of Oakland High School and worked in many trades before choosing the most rewarding career as a member of the Mattoon Fire Department in 1982, serving 20 years, rising to the rank of Captain and leaving the motto “Bob-erizing” amongst his peers. Since retiring from the Fire Department in 2002, Bob enjoyed the life of a snow-bird; spending the cold Illinois winter months in sunny Okeechobee FL., riding his motorcycle and fishing, and returning to Mattoon only for the nice spring/summer months. Bob will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Mattoon, IL Fire Department Charitable Fund.
Donna J. (Rainford) Vaultonburg, age 50, of Lerna passed away at 12:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital.
Funeral services honoring her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at The Apostolic Center Church, 205 Country Club Road, Mattoon with Pastor Jeff Augustine officiating. Burial will follow at Janesville Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Schilling Funeral Home.
Donna was born on November 8, 1966 in Urbana the daughter of John and Florence Olive (Pruitt) Rainford. She married Randy Vaultonburg on February 21, 1993.
Survivors include her loving husband Randy Vaultonburg; children, Michael Alan (Keelia) Vaultonburg of Mississippi, Emily Marie Vaultonburg of St. Petersburg Florida, Cassandra L. (Drew) Dunham of Monticello, IL Anthony Alan (Kassandra) Vaultonburg of Mattoon, IL and honorary daughter Liz Ehrhart of St. Petersburg Florida; grandchildren, Reagan Ann Dunham, Sydney Cheyenne Dunham, Jael “Ellie” Marie Vaultonburg, Katrina Lynn Dunham and Anthony Vaultonburg Jr. IL; brother, Kenneth James Rainford of Fox Lake, Illinois; sisters, Kathy Wallace of Little Rock, AR and Florence (Randy) Krekle of Indiana; and many nieces and nephews. Donna was preceded in death by her mother, Florence.
Donna was a member of World Ministries Fellowship of Plano, TX. She was employed at EIASE for 17 years as a Paraprofessional. In previous years, she worked as the Village Clerk for Lerna and bus driver at the Coles County Christian School. Donna was the Regional Representative for the local teacher’s union and a member of the NEA and IEA. She served on the PBIS committee. Most of all, Donne cherished spending time with her friends and family. Donna loved the Lord and following his word. She spent weekends in bible study, spreading the gospel. She was a loyal and loving wife to her husband Randy whom she cared for steadfastly. Her husband, children, and grandchildren always looked forward to gathering together for her cooking. Donna was the kind of woman whose presence could fill a room. When she’d smile, everyone else would be smiling because you knew something good was coming- good news, fun, good food, gifts, or words of encouragement, Donna knew how to enjoy life. She was a lively and vibrant person who always worked hard. At home, at school, and for others, she could accomplish so much that it would make you tired just to watch her. She loved her students at TLC and enjoyed making yearbooks for them each year. When she wasn’t working, she enjoyed vacations to her favorite spot on Pass-a-grille beach, Florida where pale yellow and pale green Adirondack chairs waited for her and her beloved husband, Randy. After hours of soaking up the hot sun she enjoyed so much, Donna liked to browse the craft market for little pieces of handmade sunshine to bring back to Illinois. This is where she was inspired to begin her tie dying business. Always a go getter, Donna and best friend Jen started their own tie dying business and they too began participating in arts and crafts shows.
Most of all, Donna was the best at being Grandma. She adored her 5 grandkids and showered them with affection, patience, quality time, sweets, and gifts. She was unwaveringly proud of her kids and grandkids. She will be dearly missed by her adoring husband, children, grandchildren, family, friends, coworkers, and students. You were and always will be a special one to us all Donna!
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to Israel Ministries Ongole India (Children’s Orphanage).
Funeral: Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:00 am
Douglas Mallon Currie Jr., age 75, of Mattoon passed away at 1:45 a.m. on May 2, 2017 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO surrounded by his family.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at Schilling Funeral Home on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday May 5, 2017 at the funeral home.
Doug was born on July 24, 1941 in Verona, PA the son of Douglas Mallon Sr. and Anna (Krug) Currie. He married the love of his life Susan J. Hogan on July 19, 1986 and she preceded him in death on August 4, 2012.
Survivors include his children, Doug Currie of Trafford, PA, Kathy Zulisky of Pittsburg, PA, Andrea Wilson of Charleston, IL, Bruce Wilson of Mattoon, IL; Jami Currie-McConnaha of Mattoon, IL; seventeen grandchildren. Cristen Currie, D.J. Currie, Amanda Currie, Brittany Bard, Ryan Zulisky, Charyssa (Jordan) Snively, Amanda (Brandon) Volland, Taelor Tiffin, Lauren Kauffman, Alex Kauffman, Emilee Kuhn, Ashlynne Kuhn, Serrah Layfield, Jayden McConnaha, Jackson McConnaha, Jamison Dees, Jaden Gentry; seven great-grandchildren; a sister Betty Kahlan of Verona, PA; and brother, Dennis George Currie of Verona, PA. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Doug honorably served in the United States Army after he snuck in being a little bit underage. Later, he worked as a truck driver for 50 years. Doug loved spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow throughout the years. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends and had a charismatic and infectious personality. Doug never knew a stranger and you were lucky if you got to be one of the many lives he greatly impacted and touched while he was here on Earth. He will be forever remembered for the selfless and unconditional love he showed his family and friends.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to American Heart Association.
Funeral: Saturday, May 6, 2017 11:00 am