Robert Byron House, age 87, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home.
Robert was born on February 1, 1927 in Mattoon, IL the son of Frederick Lincoln and Nellie Fern (Haskell) House. He married Jean Woodrow on December 31, 1946. She preceded him in death on March 14, 2006.
Survivors include his daughter, Cindy (Don) Faller of Butler, IL; son, Bill (Linda) House of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Chad (Nicole) Faller of Charleston, IL, Christina (Jason) Schmitz of St. Jacob, IL, Keegan House of Mattoon, IL, Brodie (Heidi) House of Mattoon, IL, Kelsa (fiancé Carl Bartels) House of Trilla, IL and Derek (Sara) Hardin of Genoa City, WI; great grandchildren, Tyler, Owen T., Nolan, Audrina, Alayna, Braedyn, Ethan, Kaelyn, Owen and Daniel ; brother, Harold House of Mattoon, IL. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother Frederick L. House Jr.
Robert served honorably in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. While in the Navy, he was awarded two Bronze Stars, one for the Palau Operation and one for the Marianas Operation. After serving, he attended E.I.U. Teacher’s College. In his youth, Robert attended the First Baptist Church. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Mattoon, IL. Robert was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and the N.R.A. He also was a member of the American Legion for 58 years. He was a Charter Member of the Central Illinois Motorcycle Club, a Life Member of the Patriots Marching Color Guard and a member of the Charleston Sportsman’s Club. Robert was co-owner and operator of House Bros. Tavern, House’s Pool Room and the Mattoon Liquor Drive-In. Robert was a dedicated donor to the American Red Cross.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to Camp New Hope.
Leah “Jean” passed peacefully in her sleep at her home in Mattoon, IL. She was born in Marion, IL on March 14, 1961. She attended Tower Hill High School and worked at Shelbyville Memorial Hospital for 18 years as a respiratory therapist.
She was a loving mother of two children, Samantha Budds, 36, of Mattoon and Craig Budds, 28, also of Mattoon, IL. She had four beautiful grandchildren Tori Budds, Isaiah Langston, Chandler (Muscott) Budds, Annabelle Howell, and loving daughter-in-law Jessica Howell and step mother Mary Simmons of Atlanta, GA. Her siblings Darla Jane Simmons of Pana, IL, Scott Simmons of Florida, Kevin Simmons of Greenville, IL. Father of her children Lyle Fredrick Budds of Pana, IL. Close friends include Windy Birch, Arlene Rickett and Cheryl Tandarich. Preceded in her in death were her parents Donald Jean Simmons and Donna (Furlow) Simmons.
Jean loved to knit and spend time outdoors at Hidden Springs in Shelbyville. She was most passionate about spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to tell them stories and make bracelets and other types of jewelry for her grandchildren. She liked to cook and was infamous for her peanut butter pie.
In honor of her wishes, there will be no memorial. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in care of Samantha Budds or Craig Budds at 806 N. 2400E Road, Pana, IL 62557. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Mildred L. (Millie) Ehrhart passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at her home. She was born on March 30, 1925 in Cumberland County, IL the daughter of David and Reva Cain. Survivors include her brother, Bob Cain; two nieces, one nephew, a step-daughter, five great nieces and three great great nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Dorothy Furste; one niece and one nephew.
No services are planned. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Richard Ernest Eaton, age 68, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 12:28 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital.
Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Mike Flowers officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Kechi Cemetery in Wichita, KS. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of service Monday.
Richard was born on March 5, 1946 in Mattoon, IL the son of Billie J. Eaton and Frances Nadine (French) Willis.
Survivors include his sister, Connie Bryan of Wichita, KS; brother, Kevin Willis of Mattoon, IL; sister in law, Mary Eaton of Wichita KS. Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Willis and father, Billie J. Eaton; sister, Betty Dare; brothers, Kenny Willis Sr. and Michael Eaton; and daughter, Lisa Lang.
He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be truly missed by all his family and friends.
Richard loved to make people laugh, but he also had a stubborn streak. He was loved by all his family and friends and he was always telling dumb jokes.
Hester Pauline Birch, age 87, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 2:15 a.m. on January 22, 2015 at her son’s residence in Aurora, IL.
Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Broadway Christian Church 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 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Broadway Christian Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Hester was born on May 4, 1927 in Hunt City, IL the daughter of Scott Owen and Sarah (Wilson) Whalen. She married Lee Russell Birch on February 14, 1946. He preceded her in death on December 31, 1997.
Survivors include her four loving sons, Jerry (Mary) Birch of Aurora, IL, Rusty ( Lee Ann) Birch of Shelbyville, IL, Rodney (Cathy) Birch of Lerna, IL and Brian (Lorri) Birch of Cooks Mills, IL; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren; three sisters, Hazel Conover of Hammond, IN, Helen Birk of Flora, IL and Henrietta (Van) Hensley of Effingham, IL. Hester was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers Herschel Whalen and Herman Whalen.
Hester owned Hester’s Beauty Salon and retired from there after 30 years as a hairdresser. She was a Charter member of Broadway Christian Church and served on the Benevolent Committee. Hester was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, enjoyed playing cards with friends and treasured her travels across the world. Most of all, Hester loved spending time with her family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to Broadway Christian Church or the American Cancer Society.
Local businessman and founder of Rural King Supply stores, James “Kermit” Speer, 91, of Port Orange, Florida, passed away at 7:10 a.m. January 13, 2015 in Mattoon, Illinois.
He was born February 7, 1923 in Ellisville, Illinois, the fifth of eight children of Thomas and and Lila (Dallefeld) Speer. On May 24, 1969 he married Patricia J. McBride in Las Vegas, Nevada. She preceded him in death May 26, 1992. Kermit is survived by twenty three nieces and nephews: Mrs. Pam (John) Bates, Mr. Steve (Cathy) Speer, Mrs. Bonnie Melvin Rogers, Mrs. Joyce Staff, Mr. Gary (Theresa) Melvin, Mrs. Janet (James) Hughbanks, Mr. Jay (Pam) Melvin, Mrs. Angela (Mike) Repp, Mrs. Carol (Doug) Baily, Mrs. Marilyn (Bob) Hurt, Mr. Tom (Sara) Speer, Mrs. Amy (Steve) Ruebush, Dr. Nancy (John) Speer Engquist, Mr. Stan (Mary) Speer, Mr. Jeff (Ellen) Speer, Mr. Bruce (Joni) Speer, Mrs. Jackie (Dave) Thompson, Mrs. Jill (Steve) Bainter, Mr. Greg (Cheryl) Speer, Mrs. Peggy (Charles) Bowen, Mrs. Barbara (Clyde) Fox, Mr. Tim (Tammie) Speer, Mrs. Jennie (Ken) Robertson; two sister-in-laws, Mrs. Audrey (Creel) Speer and Mrs. Dana (Kenneth) Speer; forty five great nieces and nephews, forty seven great great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his special lady friend, Mrs. Elisabetha Czerwonka of Mattoon, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Eugene, Creel, Orvan, Kenneth and Dean Speer and sisters, Miss Leota Speer and Mrs. Eileen Melvin.
Mr. Speer was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the Army in the Pacific, a member of the VFW, Elks, Moose, American Legion and 40/8, a group within the American Legion.
In his early career, Mr. Speer was a farmer in the Bushnell, Illinois area. On June 5, 1960 Kermit Speer and Keith Beaird founded Rural King Supply in Mattoon, Illinois. He was later joined in business by his nephews. The company now has eighty stores in ten states.
As an entrepreneur, businessman, farmer and benefactor, Mr. Speer was dedicated to his family, community and country. He contributed to countless projects including the Lakeland Nursing Program, the train depot in Mattoon, the Paris water park, the Mattoon Y, the USO, the Florida ELKS, the World War II Memorial, the Paris Hospital, the VFW in Bushnell and Mattoon and the Ellisville Cemetery.
Visitation for Mr. Speer in Mattoon, will be Friday, January 16, 2015 from 5-7 p.m at Schillings Funeral Home.
Visitation for Mr. Speer in Bushnell, will be Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 2-3 p.m. at the Bushnell Presbyterian Church followed by a funeral service and burial at the Bushnell Cemetery. Martin-Hollis Funeral Home is assisting the family in Bushnell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to Sarah Bush Regional Cancer Center, the Bushnell Swimming Pool or the Bushnell-Prairie City FFA.
Nancy L. Bates, age 77, of Charleston passed away at 10:35 p.m. on January 12, 2015 at her home at Brookstone of Charleston.
Graveside services honoring her life will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Dodge Grove Cemetery with Reverend Steven Hayes officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be at 10:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. at Schilling Funeral Home.
Nancy was born on January 2, 1938 in Mattoon the daughter of Morris F. and Lula P. (Simpson) Peterson. She married Roy D. N. Bates on July 28, 1956 in Decatur, IL. He preceded her in death on June 17, 2009.
Survivors include her two daughters, Cathy (Brad) Giffel of Champaign, IL and Lynne (Tom) Andres of Charleston, IL; four grandchildren, Marie Vanneste of Mattoon, IL, Joy Vanneste of Chicago, IL, Rachel and Ryan Giffel of Champaign, IL; brother, Michael (Bonnie) Peterson of Madison, MO; uncle, Carl Peterson of Shelbyville, IL; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Shirley Long and Judy Pearce.
Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Meals on Wheels or Coles County Humane Society.
Stanley Robert Kolbus, age 94, of Mattoon passed away at 9:28 a.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Mattoon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dorans with Pastor Paul Hopkins officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to service time, also at the church. Interment will be at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Stanley was born on July 11, 1920, the son of Robert and Estella (Behrend) Kolbus. He married Lera Robertson on March 21, 1953 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dorans and they celebrated 56 years of marriage before she was called home to her Lord and Savior on August 31, 2009.
He is survived by his sister, Hazel Morris of Wilmington, NC; two nieces, Barbara (Munther) Jabbur of Wilmington, NC and Melinda Grant of College Station, TX and their families; cousin Ruth Blume of Torrance, CA; cousin and caregiver, Janet Homann of Mattoon, IL. He is also survived by the families of his many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lera; brother-in-law William O. Morris; several cousins.
Stanley was a farmer his entire working life and after he retired from farming he and Lera moved, first to Humboldt and then to Mattoon. He enjoyed playing cards, mostly bridge, and was always interested in what was happening with his farm and the crops. He and Lera always enjoyed visits from family and friends.
Stanley was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dorans, where he served in various offices including Board of Elders and Board of trustees. In earlier years he also sang in the choir. The choir director once told him he needed to cultivate his singing voice and he replied “I don’t know whether to cultivate it or plow it under.” Stanley was a member of the Coles County Farm Bureau and served on the Board of Directors from 1973-79 and he and Lera were named Farm Bureau Members of the year in 1990. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Farmers Grain Company of Dorans from 1960-63.
The family would like to thank Mattoon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for the loving care they have extended to both Stanley and Lera over the last several years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Dorans or St. John’s Lutheran School in Mattoon.
Joanne Johnson, age 79, of Mattoon passed away at 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at her residence.
Memorial Services honoring her life will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Dennis Strawn officiating. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 4:00 p.m. until time of service on Tuesday. Burial will be at a later date at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Joanne was born on March 11, 1935 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Goble W. and Sylvia (Nichols) Pruitt
Survivors include her son, Bradley (Angel) Anderson of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Jodi (Tom) Strong of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Bradley Anderson Jr., Stephen Anderson, Kersh Anderson, Ryan Lee, Jennifer O’Dell and Corrinna Lee; special granddaughter, Kacy Fillman; seven step grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brother, Jimmy (Karen) Pruitt of Mattoon, IL. Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; son, Stephen Anderson; two brothers and three sisters.
Joanne was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Memorial donations in her honor may be given to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, 200 W Jackson Blvd. Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60606
Frances Marie Eaton, age 92, of Mattoon passed away at 7:10 p.m. on January 5, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 9, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Stephanie Johanpeter officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2015.
Frances was born on July 21, 1922 in Cooks Mills, IL the daughter of Melvin and Lucille (Whitley) Wright. She married Lawrence J. Eaton on August 17, 1941. They enjoyed 68 years of marriage until his death on July 5, 2008.
Survivors include her sons, Michael “Mick” (Sharon) Eaton of Humboldt, IL and Tim (Shelby) Eaton of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Keith (Aline) Eaton of Kingman, AZ, Tina (Brad) Davis of Mattoon, IL, Jeff (Lena) Eaton of Toledo, IL, Tonya Patrick Eaton of Mattoon, IL, Donnie (Trena) Eaton of Washington, Chris (Kallene) Eaton of Mattoon, IL, Lisa (Scott) Pitts of Mattoon, IL, Brandon (Beckie) Eaton of Humboldt, IL and Brad (April) Eaton of Neoga, IL; daughter in law, Donna (fiancé, Don Janes) Eaton of Mattoon, IL; 34 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren. Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence J. Eaton; son, Tony Eaton; grandson, Dylan; daughter in law, Betty Eaton; 2 sisters and her mother and father.
Frances never worked away from home, and was very devoted to her home and family. She loved to garden and can fruit and vegetables. Frances enjoyed attending auctions sales and going to Catholic Charities where she bought clothes for everyone. Most of all, Frances cherished time spent with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. The family would like to thank Davita Dialysis for all the care they provided to Frances.
Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Gift of Hope, 425 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL 60143 or St. Jude’s Hospital.