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Delbert Diepholz

Delbert Dale Diepholz, age 92, of Mattoon passed away at 4:10 a.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Mattoon, IL with Reverend Troy Countryman officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Delbert was born on May 23, 1924 in Strasburg, IL the son of Arthur and Drucilla (Kull) Diepholz. He married Freda Bonietta Walker on December 16, 1945.

Survivors include his loving wife, Freda Diepholz of Mattoon, IL; son, Mike (Christi) Diepholz of Mattoon, IL; daughters, Janet (Dan) Miller of Mount Vernon, IL and Laura Kay (Jeffrey) Haskins of Arcola, IL; grandchildren, Amy (Don) Sweeney of Mattoon, IL, Shane (Tierre) Diepholz of Sullivan, IL, Adam Diepholz of Mattoon, IL, Ryann (Jeff) Markus of Mount Vernon, IL, Paige Miller of Mount Vernon, IL, Lauren Haskins of Mattoon, IL and Dylan Haskins of Champaign, IL; great grandchildren, Caleb and Canyn Borntrager, Cristian Sweeney, Gwen, Del and Davis Diepholz, J.W. Diepholz, Isaac and Macie Markus and Giselle Miller; brothers, Howard (Brenda) Diepholz of Mattoon, IL and Kenny (Ann) Diepholz of Mattoon, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. Delbert was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Maurice “Maury” Diepholz, Harry “Bud” Diepholz, Wilbur Diepholz, Lawanda “Sis” Frakes and Arthur “Junior” Diepholz.

Delbert served honorably in the United States Army during World War II fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He earned numerous medals during his Sergeant rank including; Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Army Occupation Medal and Army Service Ribbon. Delbert was a farmer for many years and owned Mattoon Sand and Gravel and Mattoon Farm Service. At the age of 70 years old, Delbert went back to Lake Land College and achieved his high school equivalent (GED). Work was a very important part of Delbert’s life and after retirement, Delbert got his Real Estate license and sold Real Estate up until he could no longer show houses. Delbert really enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the V.F.W.

 


Kay Lynn Knaus

 

Kay Lynn Knaus, age 69, of Mattoon passed away at 12:17 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Carle Hospital in Champaign.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date at Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Kay was born on June 11, 1947 in Effingham, IL the daughter of the late Keith and Norma (Sur) Field. She had two children from previous marriage, Deborah Kay and Keith David. On May 2, 1986 she married Paul Dale Knaus.

Kay is survived by husband Paul; daughter Debbie (Greg) Ikemire of Effingham; sisters, Peggy (John) Osman of Waterloo, Diane (Dan) Zerrusen of Teutopolis; brother, Jim Field of Effingham; three grandchildren she adored, Carson Blaine, Kendall Reese Fonner and William Keith Fonner all of Effingham; step grandchildren, Mackenzie Ikemire and Bryce Ikemire both of Effingham. Kay was preceded in death by her son, Keith David Young whom she will be so happy to be reunited with.

Kay was retired from RR Donnellys. She loved reading, boating, sunbathing and traveling.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

 


Angie McNamer

 

Angie E. McNamer, age 43, of Mattoon passed away at 12:00 a.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Brad Brown and Pastor Brock Paul officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Angie was born on September 8, 1972 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Gary and Gay (Waddlow) McNamer.

Survivors include her loving significant other of 25 years, Mike Hooper of Mattoon, IL; sister, Teresa (Gary) McFarland of Mattoon, IL; brother, Rick (Jane) McNamer of Mattoon, IL; nephew, Joe (Rachel) McFarland of Mattoon, IL; nieces, Katie McNamer and Bridget McNamer both of Mattoon, IL; great nephew, Colton McFarland of Mattoon, IL; extended family, Dianne Hooper, Jim (Tammy) Hooper, Jocelyn Hooper and Blake Hooper all of Mattoon, IL; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Angie was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents.

Angie worked at Villa Pizza and McDonald’s and was well known as a sweet and hardworking woman who never knew a stranger. She enjoyed fishing, camping, animals and the outdoors. Angie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the Angie McNamer Funeral Fund  https://www.gofundme.com/2k5zz24  to assist with funeral expenses.

 

 


Chief Petty Officer Ryan Myers

 

Chief Petty Officer Ryan T. Myers (Tatman), age 31, formerly of Mattoon, passed away at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016 at Palomar Health Hospital in Escondido, CA.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Josh Butler officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Ryan was born on October 2, 1984 in Normal, IL the son of Bill and Rhonda (Myers) Tatman and Tim and Gail Kerber. He married Michelle Myers on April 21, 2012.

Survivors include his wife Michelle Myers of Temecula, CA; four children Aubrey Myers, Amnesty Myers, Taylor Tortorello and Carson Tortorello; parents, Bill and Rhonda (Myers) Tatman of Mattoon, IL and Tim and Gail Kerber of Bothel, WA; sister, Kaylen Tatman Mattoon; brothers, Jared Kerber and Ethan Kerber both of Bothel, WA; grandparents, Fred and Linda Myers of Downs IL, Bill Tatman of Mattoon, IL, Paul and Jean Kerber of Colfax IL, and Vesta Rise of Spokane, WA.  Remaining are many aunts, uncles and cousins that Ryan adored. Ryan was preceded in death by grandmother, Bev Tatman and grandfather, Marvin Rise.

Ryan attended Mattoon Public Schools K-10 and Henry Jackson High School 11th and 12th grades Mill Creek, WA where he graduated in 2003.  He attended UTI in Phoenix, AZ graduating in 2005 with a degree in Diesel Mechanics. Ryan took great joy in riding his motorcycle on the open road. He was also an artistic man who enjoyed carpentry and restoring old cars.

Ryan joined the United States Navy in September of 2005 and was currently serving as a Chief Engineman (Surface Warfare).  He was a veteran and served five tours in support of the OIF/OEF. During his time in service, Ryan was awarded the following medals: Enlisted Service Warfare Specialist, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 Awards), Three Good Conduct Medals, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Two Navy “E” Ribbons, Five Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, Expert Rifle Marksmanship, Sharpshooter Pistol Marksmanship, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal.

Ryan treasured his time spent with his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Warrior Brotherhood, Veterans Motorcycle Club, P.O. Box 45, Creston, IL 60113.


Judith Casner

Judith Ann Casner, age 75, of Mattoon passed away at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Ed Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the funeral home.

Judy was born on November 29, 1940 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Richard N. and Leda (Roney) Jones. She married Frederick William Casner on December 2, 1972.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Casner of Mattoon, IL; daughters, Julie (Greg Felt) Dorney of Shiloh, IL and Kelly (Larry) Stranko of Mattoon, IL; son, Steve (Heather) Casner of Cypress, IL; grandchildren, Derek (Mary) Hackett of Mattoon, IL, Dustin Hackett of Mattoon, IL, Rachel Dorney of Charleston, IL, Tony Rieck of Lubbock, TX, Jeff Rieck of Champaign, IL, Kami Rieck of Mattoon, IL, Logan Casner of Bakersfield, CA, MacKenzie Casner of Mattoon, IL, Courtney Boren of Cypress, IL , B.J. Boren of Cypress, IL; Lori (Andy) Guntzel of South Range, WI, Jennifer Stranko of Superior, WI and Jeremy (Stephanie) Stranko of Nixa, MO; five great grandchildren and Shelby; brother, Richard (Nancy) Jones of Mattoon, IL; niece Vanessa (Craig) Grove of Mattoon, IL, one great niece and two great nephews; and three brothers-in-law. Judy was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Martha Jones and niece, Tiffany Jones.

Judy graduated from Mattoon High School. She was the assistant cashier and head teller at Central National Bank prior to her retirement. Judy loved to travel, was very witty and had a great sense of humor. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Judy will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. The family would like to extend special thanks to her caregivers Kim, Kerry and Teri.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor are suggested to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

 


Richard Peterson

Richard Howard Peterson, age 90, of Mattoon passed away at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Douglas Rehabilitation.

No services are planned at this time. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Richard was born on June 24, 1926 in Mattoon, IL the son of Ralph and Grace (Eaton) Peterson. He married Juanita Bean on February 14, 1948. She preceded him in death on July 27, 1998. He later married Della Mae Armstrong on February 17, 1999.

Survivors include his loving wife of 16 years, Della Peterson of Charleston, IL; daughter, Jeri (Ross) Kellan of Lombard, IL; son, Richard (Kathy) Peterson Jr. of Savoy, IL; grandchildren, Erin Kellan of Chicago, IL, Erik Peterson of Savoy, IL, Kevin Peterson of Savoy, IL and Sara (Joe) Buchanan of Bloomington, IL; great granddaughter, Aimee Peterson of O’Fallon, IL. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, wife Juanita Peterson and two sisters Nina and Katie.

Richard served honorably in the United States Navy during WWII. Richard worked at General Electric for 36 years. He first started out working as a machinist and eventually became a foreman. Richard enjoyed playing the guitar, golfing and traveling to Florida.


Emerson David Young Jr.

E. David (Dave) Young Jr., 78, passed away on August 1, 2016, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, after a very brave and hard fight with an extremely aggressive form of cancer.

Dave was born April 3, 1938, here in Mattoon, to Alice and Emerson D. Young Sr. during a snow storm. His dad was worried that he wouldn’t make it to the hospital in time, but he did!!

Whilst still in High School, Dave started working in the family business – Young’s Department Store, on Broadway, Mattoon. Then, after graduation from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Dave joined the United States Air Force, in 1961. He was first based at Andrews AFB, MD, as an Assistant Base Housing Officer. It was during that time that he served as part of the Honor Guard that greeted Air Force 1 when it brought John F. Kennedy’s body back from Dallas – a memory he never forgot.

It was also whilst in Washington that he became a firm Redskins fan!!

Dave then decided he’d rather view the world from the air than the ground, so he went to Flight School and became a reconnaissance navigator with Strategic Air Command. He served at several bases in the contiguous US, as well as Hawaii; Alaska; Okinawa, Japan; England and Germany. Whilst in Okinawa, he flew 134 combat missions over Vietnam. Among other medals, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross; 15 Air Medals; and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Device.

In 1973, while based in Omaha, Nebraska, he flew a mission to England, where he met his future wife, Janet Walker (Jan). It was obviously a match made in heaven, since they were living 5,000 miles apart, and neither wanted to go on the blind date set up for them…43 years later, it’s still “a match made in heaven.” Dave then wangled a transfer to the USAF Base at RAF Mildenhall, in England, where he became a “ground pounder” again, as the Director of Reconnaissance Operations.

He and Jan were married on 21 May, 1977, in the Base Chapel, at RAF Mildenhall. A year later, Dave was transferred to the USAF base at Ramstein, Germany, again as Director of Reconnaissance Operations. In 1981, after 20 years in the USAF, Major Young retired and returned to civilian life, in Mattoon.

He discovered that the only department still viable, from the old Young’s Department Store, was the custom-made drapery department. So he separated that out and formed Young’s Decorator Shop – “everything for your window but that view.” Dave operated that business, still on Broadway, Mattoon, until 2010 when he retired completely.

Dave was very proud to have been a Mason for over 50 years. Dave thoroughly enjoyed living in the country and mowing his five acres of grass – with his Dad’s over 50 year old tractor! He loved the privacy and natural beauty of his home – and the animals. At one time, he and Jan had 34 cats – all of them spayed and neutered and all with their shots. (HOW can people just dump their unwanted pets instead of taking them to the Animal Shelter?!!) Dave also enjoyed tinkering with the tractor to keep it moving – he was very mechanically minded and loved working with his hands. He also thoroughly enjoyed his cars. He was an avid football fan and, back in Illinois, he added the Chicago Bears to the Redskins as his teams to watch. His love of the Cubbies dated back to when he was a little boy visiting his Grandpa, in Chicago – when they would go “out to the ballpark” together. Dave also loved live theater, especially musical theater. When in England, he & Jan enjoyed many great shows on the London stage. Back in Illinois, they have been subscription ticket holders at the Little Theatre on The Square, in Sullivan, for 30 years. They also enjoyed theatre trips to the Fox, in St Louis, to Springfield, Chicago & Champaign. When back in London, visiting Jan’s family, they again enjoyed many performances on the London Stage.

Dave was one of the old-fashioned “good guys”. He was a real gentleman of great integrity & kindness – he also had a wicked sense of humor, and brought sunshine and laughter to all those who were lucky enough to have known him – all those who will miss him desperately but are thankful that he is now out of pain with his dignity restored.

He is survived by Jan, his wife of 39 years; his sister Marilyn Blane & her husband, Charlie of San Diego, CA; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jenny and Deo Ramprakash of London, England: and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. with Masonic Rites beginning at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Military Rites immediately following. Cremation will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his honor may be made to the American Cancer Society; any Veterans organization; The Coles County Humane Society; The Little Theatre on the Square, in Sullivan; or a charity of the donor’s choice.


Dessie “Marie” Ayers

Dessie Marie Ayers, age 61, of Mattoon passed away at 3:53 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2016 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

No services are planned at this time. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Marie was born on June 4, 1955 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Joel and Nadine (Hart) Shaw. She married Larry Ayers on December 27, 1978.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Ayers of Mattoon, IL; nephews, Brian Porter and Maxell “Max” Porter of Cottonwood, AZ; special friends, Judy Lineberry and Toni Lytle both of Mattoon, IL. Dessie was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Jackie Porter.

Marie worked at World Color in Effingham and enjoyed arts and crafts. She will be greatly missed.


Lee Ballard

Lee Edwin Ballard, age 82, of Mattoon passed away at 6:54 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2016 at Casey Health Care Center.

Graveside services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2016 at Memorial Park Cemetery, 919 Willow St, Vincennes, IN. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Lee was born on May 30, 1934 in Vincennes, IN the son of Guy and Violet (Moore) Ballard. He married Shirley Ann Beaman on March 30, 1953. She preceded him in death on April 27, 2001.

Survivors include his sons, Michael L. (Lorainne) Ballard of Carlsbad, CA, Robert L. (LeAnn) Ballard of Champaign, IL and Jerry E. (Stacey) Ballard of San Louis Obispo, CA; daughter, Kay A. (Jamie) Callison of Charleston, IL; grandchildren, Joseph Ballard of Champaign, IL, Kendra Callison and Corey Callison both of Charleston, IL; great grandchildren, Will and Jack both of Champaign, IL; sister, Helen (Vick) McCoy of Vincennes, IN. Lee was preceded in death by his parents; spouse; eleven siblings; granddaughter, Emily Ballard.

Although he worked at several different trades during his lifetime he is probably best remembered as the owner of Lee’s Restaurant, a family style diner on south Lakeland Blvd in Mattoon. For many years in the 70’s and 80’s he could be found behind the counter making sure the coffee was hot and the food plentiful for all that stopped in for a bite to eat.

Lee loved his family and his country.   He supported all veteran’s causes and his touching poem “One Lucky Guy” written in honor of his veteran brother is displayed in multiple veteran’s associations throughout Illinois as well as in the Illinois state capitol in Springfield.

Lee’s fudge making skills were legendary and he would deliver his chocolate and peanut butter goodies to all his friends and neighbors throughout Mattoon.  Throughout his life he taught his children a strong work ethic, loyalty and perseverance.   He was stubborn, determined, and marched to his own drummer all his life.    He was loved and he will be missed.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Casey Health Center, 100 NE 15th St., Casey, IL 62420 or the Veterans organization of your choice.


Frank Dowd

Frank William Dowd Sr., age 90, of Mattoon passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at 8:36 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Rickey Ferguson officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Frank was born on January 20, 1926 in Moweaqua, IL the son of George and Bessie (Ohl) Dowd. He married Ann Ervin on August 31, 1962 in Clinton, IL.

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Ann Dowd of Mattoon, IL; four sons, Gerald Dowd of Mattoon, IL, Frank Dowd Jr. of Sullivan, Jeffery Dowd of Neoga, IL and Brian Dowd of Urbana, IL; granddaughter, Khristina Rice of Sullivan, IL; grandsons, Ryan Dowd of Mohamet, IL, Frankie Dowd III of  Mattoon, IL, Tyler Dowd and fiancé Brittney of Mattoon, IL, Travis (Macey) Dowd of Casey, IL, John Goldman of Mattoon, IL and Sabin (Emily) Archer of Mattoon, IL; great grandchildren, Seth Rice, Gavin Rice, Ethan Rice, Owen Rice, Lucas Dowd, Addyson Brammer and two on-the-way; sister, Sue Ann (David) Scronce; several nieces and nephews; special canine companion, Lucky Boy. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gerald Dowd and Gene Dawson; sisters, Marge Withers, Evelyn Francis, Laura Orem and Tommie Lou.    Frank served honorably in the United States Navy during WWII and the Korean War. During his time in the Navy, Frank earned the following medals: Victory Medals, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal (5stars) and the Philippian Liberation Ribbon (2 stars). He worked as a Production Manager at Superior Manufacturing Company in Mattoon, IL. Frank was a member of the American Legion and the Eagles. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Frank loved to feed the birds, rabbits and squirrels.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Coles County Animal Shelter.