Jeffrey Scott Powell, age 51, of Trilla passed away at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Graveside services for family and friends will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Dodge Grove Cemetery with Pastor Robert Warren officiating. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Jeffrey was born on November 12, 1964 in Mattoon the son of Dwight and Sandra Kay (Burwell) Powell.
Survivors include his parents, Roy “Dwight” and Sandra Kay Powell of Trilla, IL; sister, Jodi (Steven) Ritter of Mattoon, IL; special nephew and buddy, Jackson Ritter of Mattoon, IL; aunt, Betty Cushman of Mattoon, IL; great aunt, Norma Wallace of Mattoon, IL; lifelong friends, Barry Ethington of Trilla, IL and Bill Tatman of Trilla, IL. Jeffrey was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Jeffrey graduated from Mattoon High School in 1982 and was also a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree. He was very witty and had a great sense of humor. Jeffrey was an avid reader. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Jeffrey will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Dale George Wines, age 98, of Mattoon passed away at 1:40 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Humboldt Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home.
Dale was born on April 14, 1918 in Janesville the son of John William Henry and Roxie F. (Harrison) Wines. He married Marjorie Lucille LaMasters on June 26, 1937.
Survivors include his loving wife Marjorie Wines of Mattoon, IL; children, Linda (Richard) Crist of Mooresville, IN, Dale E. (Janet) Wines of Shelbyville, IL and Vicki (William) Gibson of Lake Mattoon, IL; adopted son, Ron McQueeney of IN; grandchildren, Sherri (Phil) Tapp of Columbus, IN, Tim Crist of Mooresville, IN, Michelle (David) Kelm of Springfield, IL, Melissa (Mark) Taggart of Frisco, TX and Cully (Jayme) Gibson of Mattoon, IL; 14 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild and 1 great-great grandchild on the way; brother, Gene (Sharlene) Wines of Houston, TX; and sister, Jane (Richard) Dubson of Atlanta, GA. Dale was preceded in death by his parents; 1 grandchild, Cynthia Jennings; and 7 siblings.
Dale served honorably in the United States Army as Staff Sergeant and Cadre at Camp Fannin, TX during World War II. Throughout the years, he worked on the railroad, was a tuck pointer, barber and enjoyed creating stained glass and woodworking as a hobby. Dale also loved hunting and fishing in his younger years. He was a very talented musician and spent a great deal of time playing music. Dale was very proud of his children. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Marjorie Eloise Alumbaugh, age 80, of Neoga passed away at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at her residence.
Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at First Southern Baptist Church, 3521 DeWitt Avenue with Dr. John Calio officiating. Burial will follow at Toledo Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016 at First Southern Baptist Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Marjorie was born on February 6, 1936 in Jewett the daughter of Paul and Ruby (Walden) Blair. She married John Bart Alumbaugh on August 25, 1955.
Survivors include her loving husband, John Alumbaugh of Neoga, IL; sons, John (Shinae) Alumbaugh Jr. of Woodbridge, VA and David (Allison) Alumbaugh of Neoga, IL; grandchildren, Jacob, Victoria, Lindsey, Davida and Jemma; sisters, Phyllis Brazzell of Mattoon, IL, Beverly (Gerald) Love of Bellmont, IL Sandra (Dale) Decker of Toledo, IL, JoAnne (Frank) Flood of Greenup, IL and Debbie (Gene) Creek of Neoga, IL; and brother, Paul Blair of Sigel, IL. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Vicki Jo Alumbaugh.
Marjorie was a homemaker and loving mother. She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Mattoon. Marjorie enjoyed reading, sewing, traveling, running marathons, was an avid gardener and famous for her cookies. Marjorie wrote poetry and was in the process of publishing her own poetry book. Marjorie loved her Lord and Savior first and foremost. She also loved spending time with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the family to be used for the publishing of Marjorie’s poetry book or to the International Missions Board of SBC.
Malcolm “Mack” N. Fox, age 72, of Mattoon passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 1:37 a.m.
Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Mike Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Janesville Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home.
Mack was born on April 12, 1944 in Vincennes, IN the son of Merle and Dorothy (Kimmel) Fox. On October 13, 1972 he married Sharon J. (Nelms) Fox.
Survivors include his loving wife, Sharon J. (Nelms) Fox of Mattoon, IL; son, Edward (Jennifer) Fox of Spearfish, SD; daughter, Kimmel (David) Jenkins of Minonk, IL; grandsons, Taylor and Devan Fox; granddaughters, Miranda and Shary Jenkins; brothers, Bill (Marge) Fox and Blaine (Evelyn) Fox; sister, Beth (Steve) Shearer; and many loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and brothers and sisters in Christ. Mack was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Dorothy Fox.
Mack was a member of the South Side Church of Christ. His first love was the church. He began teaching Bible classes when he was in the 7th grade and continued on that path as a preacher at numerous congregations for many years. Mack worked as a teacher, principal, and superintendent at the Arcola High School for 35 years. He loved his career and his students.
Mack was an avid gardener, genealogist, very dedicated family man, Christian, and an excellent cook! He was a member of the Mattoon Lions, and was very active in volunteer work at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital. He was also a member of the Douglas County Retired Teachers Association, as well as a member of the Illinois Retired Teacher Association Foundation Board.
In lieu of flowers, Mack’s wishes are that donations be made to The Arcola Foundation, Malcolm N. Fox & Sharon J. Fox Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 100, Arcola, IL 61910.
Thomas G. Fleenor, age 67, of Robinson passed away at 10:02 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Crawford Memorial Hospital.
Memorial services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Tom was born on March 26, 1949 in Mattoon the son of Grant and Rosalee (Wright) Fleenor. He married Ruth Ann Wood on September 5, 1970.
Survivors include his loving wife, Ruth Ann Fleenor of Robinson, IL, sons, Grant Thomas Fleenor of Champaign, IL and Mark David (Amanda) Fleenor of Robinson, IL; grandchildren, Dayne and Grace; father, Grant Fleenor of Mattoon, IL; and sister, Marsha (Jerry) True of Mattoon, IL. Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Rosalee Fleenor; and brothers, Bob Fleenor and David Fleenor.
Tom graduated from Mattoon High School in 1967 where he played football and was a pitcher. He later graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Marketing. Tom served honorably in the United States National Guard. He was a Commercial Loan Officer, working at many different banks. Tom enjoyed golfing, and was an avid Chicago Bears and U of I fan. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Papa.” Tom lived for his family and set a wonderful example of kindness and generosity. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Highland Church of Christ, 500 W. Highland Ave., Robinson, IL 62454.
John Andrew Biggs, age 61, of Humboldt passed away at 3:25 a.m. on Monday, October 10, 2016 at his residence.
Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Stephens officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Humboldt Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home.
John was born on March 14, 1955 in Mattoon the son of Ted and Mary (Allen) Biggs. He married Brenda Harris on June 28, 1986.
Survivors include his loving wife, Brenda Biggs of Humboldt, IL; daughter, Miranda (Tina) Stevens of Mattoon, IL; sons, David (Brandy) Biggs of Charleston, IL, James Jamison of Greenup, IL and Justin (Amber) Jamison of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Caitlin Welsh, Haleigh (Dillon) Leffingwell, Ashley Biggs, Kris Biggs, Taylor Biggs, Austin Jamison, Camryn Jamison, Alaska Jamison, Lane Jamison and William Jamison; one great grandson, Kaisen, due in November; siblings, Sharon McKibben of Lerna, IL, Claudia (Terry) Hurst of Trilla, IL, Paul Biggs (special friend, Christine) of Villa Hills, KY, Patti Anderson of Lerna, IL, Debbie Roy of Lerna, IL and Colleen (Don) Ames of Lerna, IL. John was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gwen Davis; and one grandson, Cordell Welsh.
John served honorably in the United States Army from 1972-1975 and in the National Guard for several years. He worked as a mechanic, specializing in Ford vehicles. John worked for Hydro-Gear in Sullivan for the past 6 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 88, Mattoon Eagles, Sons of Legion, 40 & 8, Patriots and Chairman of the Legion benefit breakfast. John enjoyed playing pool on various leagues. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. John will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the family.
Gregory Carl Harris Wilson, age 39, of the Oakland area passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis surrounded by family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with lifelong family friend Anthony Swinford officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Greg was born on January 28, 1977 in Charleston, IL the son of Michael Wilson and Karen (Sims) Layton. He married Pamela Zuber on April 14, 2007.
Greg is survived by his wife, Pam, of Charleston, IL; his mother, Karen (Michael) Layton of Charleston, IL; father, James Harris, of Mattoon, IL; biological father, Michael (Linda) Wilson of Murdock, IL; his siblings Michael Wilson, Brandon Harris, Sean Harris, Wes Harris, Michelle Wilson-Munoz, Allen Wilson, Casey Wilson, and Allison Wilson; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents John Carl and Mary Lou Sims, of Ashmore, IL, Fred R. and Betty Jo Wilson and Margaret Murphy; his beloved aunt, Betty Layton; and his sister Darla Harris Bonic.
After high school, Greg joined the United States Army and served honorably for eight years.
In lieu of flowers, donations to help with medical costs can be made to the family.
Van Daryl Abbott, age 68, of Mattoon passed away at 5:17 a.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Carle Foundation Hospital with his loving wife by his side.
Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 10, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Zion Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home.
Van was born on August 11, 1948 in Decatur, IL the eldest son of Jesse James and Veta (Maxedon) Abbott. He married Patricia Ann Cowger on June 19, 2005 in Mattoon.
Survivors include his loving wife, Patricia Abbott of Mattoon, IL; brothers, Doyle D. (Jackie) Abbott of Kansas, IL, James “Rusty” Abbott of Mattoon, IL and Paul (Lisa) Abbott of Neoga, IL; sisters, Lois Pugh of Mattoon, IL, Norma Sheets of Sullivan, IL and Leta (Kenny) Davis of Sullivan, IL; several nieces and nephews; and special friend Jackie Mallernee. He was lovingly known as paw paw by Harley and will be greatly missed. Van was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Noble (Gene) Abbott, Jesse Jr. Abbott, Glen Abbott, Ted Abbott, Ivan Abbott and Donald Abbott; and sisters, Beatrice Winchester, Marge Moran and O. Bernice Moran.
Van proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Toledo, IL. Van worked at ARC in T-Town, IL and was a Groundskeeper. He loved dancing, camping, playing Bingo, baseball and bowling in the Mattoon League. Van was an avid Cardinal fan. He was a member of the Moose Club and a former member of the Eagles Club and V.F.W. of Sullivan. Most of all, Van enjoyed time spent with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the family.
BEULAH IRENE HOUSER
Beulah Irene Houser, age 89, of Urbana, formerly of Mattoon passed away at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Champaign County Nursing Home.
Graveside services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on October 14, at Dodge Grove Cemetery with Pastor Kevin Ray officiating. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Beulah was born on March 24, 1927 in Effingham County the daughter of Chester and Minnie (Brandt) Musson. She married George Leon Houser on June 12, 1945. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2005.
Survivors include her son Roger (Amanda) Houser of Champaign, daughter-in-law Shirley Houser of Monticello; 5 Grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; brothers Chester (Marie) Musson of Monrovia, Indiana and Lester (Juanita) Musson of Shelbyville. Beulah was preceded in death by her parents, husband George Houser, sons Rick and Jerry Houser and 7 siblings.
Beulah loved to quilt and more recently she enjoyed making arts and crafts for the nursing home staff as a “thank you”. She and her daughter-in-law Amanda Houser enjoyed the company of Beulah’s friend Irene and her daughter Yvonne. They named their group “Stampin’ B.I.Y.A.” and they made arts and crafts together. Beulah liked attending Church on Sundays and was a great supporter of veterans programs and organizations. In her younger years, she was known to fill shoe boxes with supplies and gifts for less fortunate children around the world. Beulah loved her family and made them always feel that they were the most important part of her life. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew her. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Champaign County Nursing Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor are suggested to a veteran’s organization of your choice.
Cecil Francis Abbott, 81-years-old, won his eternal reward on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 2:52 p.m., entering heaven from his home in Mattoon, IL. During his fight with Cancer his strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends, his church, and many supporters carried him through his pain and treatment. Yet even throughout his own struggle with Cancer, he lived a life that is a beautiful example of how to love people. He brought joy to many others sitting nearby receiving their treatments simultaneously at Sarah Bush, and the many doctors, nurses, and caretakers he came across.
Cecil was born on May 7th, 1935 in Sullivan IL, to Ethel & Esther (Clayton) Abbott. He was preceded in death by them, and his 7 Siblings Wilma Fox, Betty Roark, Edward, Jim, Oliver, Johnny & Marvin Abbott.
Known for his ease in frequent conversation throughout his life he maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the hearts of many, who even now are being changed by his witness of what Jesus Christ did for him. His signature gift of joy, shown through his constant smiling, laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten.
He left to serve the country he was so proud of at just 16, and along the way met his lifelong love, Diane Hampton. The couple was married on December 29th 1959 in Hot Springs South Dakota. During his 21 years in the United States Airforce, he served in both Korea & Vietnam. Along the way accumulating numerous air medals, and service awards, retiring in 1973 at Scott Air Force Base, as a Staff Sergeant. He worked over the years at The City of Mattoon water department, and U.S.I. Quantum in Tuscola.
Married for 56 years, Cecil & Diane raised their 2 children, Mary & Marletta over the years in, various places around the US and England, finally returning to Mattoon. A man of faith and the heart of the family, Cecil shaped their spirituality by his Christian example. With a thankfulness for life, Cecil loved to sing, play guitar, fish, work in his shop, play silly games with his great grandchildren, chat with friends and family, and talk about Jesus…just to name a few.
He is survived by his loving wife Diane, daughters Mary (Steve) Pollum of Cooks Mills & Marletta (Dan) Bolin of Mattoon, his Grandchildren Matthew (Rachel) Frederick of Mattoon, Joshua (Jill) Frederick of Mattoon, Jennifer Bolin of Effingham, Kaleb Pollum of Springfield & Stephanie Pollum of Sacramento California, and the light of his last days Great Grandchildren, Kaeden, Khloe, Klaira, & Logan Frederick.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 3, 2016 at Mattoon Family Worship Center, with Pastor Brad Brown officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Windsor Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday Evening, October 2, 2016 at Mattoon Family Worship Center. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
It was the simple things around him in life that he never took for granted, commenting daily how fortunate and thankful he was. Above all, Cecil was absolutely devoted to his family. He was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing.
Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which he loved and supported. Beyond financial donations, Cecil lived to treat others the way he would like to be treated. So do a loving act of kindness, make someone laugh, send a card, give a hug, or say “I love you” in his memory, and if you haven’t accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ as your personal savior, please look into it…as Cecil would often say “God is so good.”