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.
Larry Wayne Fonner, age 77, of Mattoon passed away at 5:36 a.m. on April 18, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services honoring his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Dave Dolan officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12:00 p.m. until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Larry was born on July 29, 1939 in Tuscola the son of Mac and Velma Mae (Pyle) Fonner. He married the love of his life Letty O’Dell on July 21, 1959. She preceded him in death on December 7, 2016.
Survivors include his children, Joe (Kim) Fonner of Mattoon, IL, Laurie Fonner Carter of Mattoon, IL, Mack (Gina) Fonner of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Nic (Martha) Fonner, Mitch (Kelli) Fonner, Ryan (Amanda) Fonner, Amanda (Cesar) Miros Minquiz, Mindy Fonner, Jarod Fonner, Nichole (Mike) Epperson, Brittany Fonner and Jack Feast, Jenny Fonner, Dustin (Dusty) Fonner, Nathan Fonner, Amber Fonner, Nate Fonner, Natalie Fonner; 17 great grandchildren, Jonah, Quinn, Maeve, Noah, Harrison, Cason, Anna, Avery, Sam, Emilio, Jaxon, Madilyn, Quincy, Dakota, Destanee, Kaylee, Asher; and many nieces and nephews who were dear to his heart. ; brothers, Doug (Wilma) Fonner of Jacksonville, FL, Kenneth (Barbara) Fonner of Villa Grove, IL; sisters, Sue Pruitt of Villa Grove, IL, Georgian Watson of Villa Grove, IL. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Letty Fonner, parents, a son, Eric Fonner, four brothers and four sisters.
Larry worked as a hot tar roofer at Industrial Roofing Company for nearly 30 years. He finished his career working for Eastern Illinois University doing roofing maintenance. Larry lived and breathed to deer hunt and enjoyed countless hunting trips to Southern Illinois throughout the years. He also enjoyed spending time mushroom hunting, camping, watching Nascar, and rooting for his favorite team the Dallas Cowboys. Most of all he loved spending time with grandchildren and holding his great grandbabies. Larry will be missed by all who knew him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.
Funeral: Saturday, April 22, 2017 2:00 pm
Ray Dean Orr, age 89, of Mattoon passed away at 12:39 a.m. on April 18, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
No services are planned at this time.
Ray was born on August 26, 1927 in Litchfield, IL the son of Ralph V. “Dinger” and Edith Mae (Laird) Orr.
He married Nancy Lee Walters in September 1948.
Survivors include his two loving daughters, LeeAnn (Orr) Koester and Megan (Orr) Lawrence and son, Thomas Walters Orr all of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Joshua Nathan (Chastity) Koester of Tuscola, IL, Stephanie Mariah Koester, Tyler Walters Orr and Sydney Shae Lawrence of Mattoon, IL; nephews, Kevin and Richard Orr; five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Edith; his daughter, Stephanie Jane and his brother Rex.
Ray served his country honorably in World War II and the Korean War for both the United States Army, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant and the United States Navy.
Ray worked for Brown Shoe Company as a Jr. Executive and later as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service in Reno, NV.
Ray was an avid sports fan and followed his Cardinal’s all the way. His favorite Cardinal of all time … Joe “Ducky” Medwick! He was a member of the “Knot Hole Gang.” He also followed his Bears and the Black Hawks religiously.
While attending Mattoon High School, Ray was co-captain of the 1944-45 Green Wave Team that won the Big 12 Conference Football Championship. He went to William and Mary on a football scholarship and Eastern Illinois University to get a Bachelor of Science in Business.
Ray loved growing flowers as his hobby.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Regional Cancer Center.
Rex Brown, age 85, of Mattoon passed away at 7:50 a.m. on April 15, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services honoring his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Broadway Christian Church 1205 S. 9th Street in Mattoon with Pastor Kevin Wolfe officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Broadway Christian Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Rex was born on July 7, 1931 in Lerna, IL the son of Perry and Eva (Zike) Brown. He married the love of his life Virginia Ellen Farris on February 26, 1956.
Survivors include his loving wife of over 61 years Virginia Brown of Mattoon, IL; daughters, Shawn Marie (Bill) Ames of Mattoon, IL, Dawn Renee (Tom) Harlin of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Jamie (Travis) Whitaker of Mattoon, IL, Olen Rex Ames of Mattoon, IL, Alisha Ellen Harlin of Mattoon, IL, Alexander “Bubba” Duane Whitaker of Mattoon, IL; twin brother, Max (Wanda) Brown of Lerna, IL; brother, Robert “Bobby” (Marilyn) Brown of Oakdale, CA; and sister, Janet “Judy” Shutts of Mattoon, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister.
Rex was a member of The United States Army 1st Calvary and served honorably during the Korean War and later was proud to walk in parades side by side with his daughter Shawn who also served in the military. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, the Forty and Eight veterans organization, and Mattoon Masonic Lodge #260. Rex was also an active member of Broadway Christian Church and the Democratic Party Precinct Committee. He worked for Young’s Radiator Company until the plant closed down. Rex later worked for the City of Mattoon as well as Walmart, Fred Biggs Electric Supply, and Schilling Funeral Home in more recent years. He also spent time with Virginia building churches in Mexico. Rex was also a member of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Volunteer Guild and enjoyed his time helping others there. Rex loved his family and his grandchildren immensely. He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by all who knew him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to Mattoon Community Food Center at 600 Moultrie Avenue Mattoon, IL 61938.
Funeral: Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:00 am
Lois E. Robinson, age 91, of Mattoon passed away at 10:27 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Church, 320 North 21st Street, Mattoon. A visitation for family and friends will be held one prior from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Lois was born on December 25, 1925 in Mattoon, Illinois, the daughter of Benjamin and Hattie (Forsman) Edwards. She married Jimmie Robinson on Janury 9, 1951. He preceded her in death on December 7, 2003.
Survivors include her daughters Vickie (Max) Webster, Debra (Jon) Arena, and Becky (Steve) Tinch all of Mattoon; grandchildren Carrie Read of Bloomington, Il James Webster, Jason (DJ) Webster, Tahni Arena and Fiance Kyle Drummond, Brianna Arena, Jackson Tinch all of Mattoon, and Jennifer (Alex) Williams of Columbia, Mo.; Great Grandchildren Madison, Erika, Gabe, Cael, Konnor, Logan, Noah, Avery, Paisley, and Kellan. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, one infant son Donald James, brothers Donald and James Edwards, and sisters Mary Edwards and Dorothy Burke.
Lois enjoyed living at various military bases while Jimmie pursued his military career. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and enjoyed gardening and had a tremendous love for animals. Lois was always there for her grandchildren and went to countless sporting events throughout the years. She enjoyed “going out” and spending time with her family. She will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by all who knew her.
Robert “Bob” Edward Stoke Jr., age 58, of Toledo passed away at 3:40 a.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
No services are planned at this time. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Bob was born on March 28, 1959 in Coles County, IL the son of Robert Edward and Bernadine (Finnegan) Stoke Sr. He married Brenda Kay Shadwick on October 26, 1980. She survives.
Other survivors include his son, Shane M. (Jamie) Stoke of Watson, IL; grandchildren, Addison Hillis and Cooper James Stoke; nieces, Jessica (Thomas) Lane of Neoga, IL and Amanda (James) Hoene of Toledo, IL; nephews, Stephen A. Shadwick of Mattoon, IL, Joseph Shadwick of Marshall, IL, Matteo Shadwick of Marshall, IL and James Stoke of Toledo, IL; great nephews, Trevor Lane and Dylan Lane; brothers, John Kirkendoll and Brian Stoke both of Mattoon, IL; and sister, Maggie Stoke of Mattoon, IL. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Thomas Stoke.
Bob was employed as a truck driver for 20 years. He enjoyed fishing and was a John Wayne fan. Most of all, Bob loved spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the family.
Darlene Ann Carr, age 92, of Mattoon passed away at 5:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.
Funeral Mass honoring her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery of Mount Carmel, IL. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.
Darlene was born on September 12, 1924 in Nichols, Iowa the daughter of George and Hasel (Wroe) Wasson. She married John Robert “Bob” Carr in March 1946. He preceded her in death on April 6, 1997.
Survivors include her daughter, Joy A. Carr of Skokie, IL; son, John “Rob” (Lesia) Carr of Mt. Carmel, IL; son-in-law, Terry VonBehrens of Humboldt, IL; grandchildren, Rachel (Lynn) Farmer of Mattoon, IL, Scott VonBehrens of Sherman, IL, Courtney Carr of Louisville, KY and Bryce Carr of Mt. Carmel, IL; great grandchildren, Rhett Farmer and Kelsey Farmer both of Mattoon, IL. Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Barbara J. VonBehrens and two sisters.
Darlene was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Mattoon. Darlene worked as an O.B. and E.R. nurse for many years. Darlene enjoyed Cubs baseball, camping and most of all, her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to The Dapper McDonald Charitable Foundation c/o Catherine McDonald, 11 Virginia Road, White Plains, NY 10603, Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home or St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Wilbert John Homann, age 90, of Mattoon passed away at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.
Funeral services honoring his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dorans with Reverend Paul Hopkins officiating. Burial 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, April 14, 2017 at Schilling Funeral Home.
Wilbert was born on September 16, 1926 in Coles County, IL the son of Richard and Josephine (Morman) Homann. He married Patty Jane White on February 1, 1953. She preceded him in death on May 24, 2005.
Survivors include his son, Richard (Dana) Homann of Charleston, IL; daughter, Janna Smith of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Christopher Homann of Columbus, OH, Tyler Homann of Neoga, IL, Brooke Homann of Charleston, IL, Corey (Milly) Smith of Brooklyn, NY and Chelsea Gonzalez (Stephen Gonzalez) of Austin, TX; and four great grandchildren. Wilbert was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two brothers.
Wilbert was raised on the family farm near Dorans. He retired from the International Harvester Company. In his later years, Wilbert enjoyed traveling with his wife, Patty. He was very supportive of his grandchildren and attended many of their extracurricular activities. Wilbert cherished spending time with his friends and family and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dorans.
NORMA JEAN UPDIKE
Norma Jean Updike, age 91, of Mattoon passed away at 1:35 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Graveside services honoring her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Dodge Grove Cemetery with Rev. Rickey Ferguson officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. on Thursday at Schilling Funeral Home.
Norma Jean was born on October 28, 1925 in Charleston, IL the daughter of Marcus Gilbert and Nora Mae (Kerns) Smith. She married Saville Prentice Updike on October 18, 1947. He preceded her in death on December 3, 1996.
Survivors include three daughters, Rev. Jeanne (Dan O’Haire) Updike of Aurora, CO, Carol Lee (Steve) Updike Boyle of Midland, MI, Janet (Dennis) Willenborg of Gays, IL; grandsons, Ryan S. Boyle of Michigan, Robert S. Sablotny of California, James W. Sablotny of Colorado; sister, Martha Ann Drake of Urbana, IL; sister-in-law, Shirley Roeder of Lakewood, IL; and special friend, Jennifer McKinney of Mattoon, IL. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, one brother, and one sister.
Norma Jean was a loving wife, mother, daughter, and grandmother. She loved riding her bike and going on walks. Norma Jean was a great cook and made the best homemade noodles. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Funeral: Thursday, April 13, 2017 11:00 am
Kenneth “Bill” William Rinehart, age 77, of Mattoon passed away at 11:40 a.m. on April 6, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family.
Funeral services honoring his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Ed Stevens officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12:00 until time of service at the funeral home.
Kenneth was born on February 2, 1940 in Flora the son of Thomas and Lela (Rinehart) Rinehart. He married the love of his life Sharon Sue Morgan on July 3, 1965.
Survivors include his loving wife of over 52 years Sharon of Mattoon, IL; daughters, Barbie (Mike) Wheeler of Cowden, IL, Rebecca (Delno) Smith of Mattoon, IL, Vickie Smith (Marty Galito) of Mattoon, IL; sons, John Rinehart of Taylorville, IL, Thomas Rinehart of Sumner, IL; sister, Imogene Diepholtz of Mattoon, IL; brother, Robert Rinehart of Mattoon, IL; twelve grandchildren; and twenty-one great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and six sisters.
Kenneth graduated from Mattoon High School. He worked for Blaw Knox as a Machine Specialist for 35 years. Kenneth enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing. He was a phenomenal pool player and played in many tournaments. Kenneth won the title of Mattoon Marble Champion at 12 years old. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested any organization of your choice.
Funeral: Saturday, April 8, 2017 1:00 pm