Norma “Jean” Saveley, age 92, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 4:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Heartland Christian Village in Neoga, IL.
Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Dr. John Calio officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Jean was born on April 1, 1924 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Harry and Maude (Perry) Daily. She married Forrest Saveley on June 18, 1942. He preceded her in death on August 8, 2006.
Survivors include her loving children, Gary (Marilyn) Saveley of rural Lerna, IL, Karen (Ray) Siere of Humboldt, IL and John Saveley of Indianapolis, IN; five grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; sister, Jackie Wallace of Jacksonville, FL; dear niece, Mary Alice Cowger. Jean was preceded in death by her brothers, Benny Daily and Loyal Daily; sister, Donna Mary Bates.
Jean was a member of the Mattoon Christian Church and later attended the First Southern Baptist Church.
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to Heartland Christian Village, Neoga, IL.
Richard I. St. John, age 72, of Sullivan passed away at 7:00 am on 5/26/2016 at home with his wife and family by his side.
Funeral services for family and friends will be held at Schilling Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 1st at 10:30 am with Pastor Dennis Strawn officiating. Burial will follow at Janesville Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 31st at Schilling Funeral Home.
Richard was born on June 14, 1943 in Cumberland County, IL, the son of Alvin and Edna (Pickering) St. John. He married Donna Driskell on June 15, 1963.
Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Donna St. John of Sullivan; sons, Timothy (Amy) St. John of Neoga, IL and Daniel (Stacy) St. John of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Brittney (Tyler) Johns of Neoga, IL, Drake (Tierra) St. John of Mattoon, IL, Dylan St. John of Neoga, IL, Courtney St. John of Neoga, IL, Dakota St. John of Fort Hood, Texas, Dustin St. John of Neoga, IL, Sierra St. John of Mattoon, IL, and Shyanne St. John of Mattoon, IL; Great Granddaughter, Dalis Jo Johns. Sisters Carol (Dale) Smith of Trilla IL, Shirley (Gary) Rice of Mattoon, IL. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Robert, Edward, and Gerald, and grandson Dalton.
Richard was a member of the First Baptist Church. Richard was also a member of several Bass Clubs over the years and a coach for his sons’ little league and football teams. He worked at Columbia Machine for 20 years where he was known for his welding abilities. He retired from Sullivan Mechanical in 2005. Richard enjoyed the outdoors, camping and fishing. His passion was Bass and Crappie fishing, especially fishing in Florida with his wife. Richard enjoyed early morning coffee with his friends at EK. Richard loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Memorial donations in Richard’s honor are suggested to First Baptist Church of Mattoon.
Ivan Dale Croy, age 87, of Mattoon passed away at 11:25 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.
Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Dr. John Calio officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at Schilling Funeral Home with Masonic Rites beginning at 2:40 p.m.
Ivan was born on December 9, 1928 in Cumberland County, IL the son of Ralph and Della (Boruff) Croy. He married Martha Spurgeon on January 4, 1947. She preceded him in death on March 11, 2010.
Survivors include his children, Tom (Nancy) Croy of Champaign, IL, Patsy Croy of Mattoon, IL and Tim Croy of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Sarah (Clifton) Brown, Kyle (Melissa) Croy, Aharon Croy, Elisabeth (Steven) Steele, Patrick Croy, Sean Croy, Dane Croy and Matt Croy; great-grandchildren, Johnathan, Kenzee and Preslee Brown, Grace and Shaylee Croy, Ella and Ian Steele, Carter Croy and Haiden Croy, and Allie and Avery Croy; brother, Roger (Patsy) Croy of Mattoon, IL. Ivan was preceded in death by his parents and wife Martha; brothers, Edgar, Donald and Bobby; and sisters, Nellie, Berdina and Fern.
Ivan worked for the Illinois Central Railroad and was a painter at Eastern Illinois University prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and was a Mason. Ivan was an avid golfer. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ivan also adored his dog Hallie. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor are suggested to the Odd Fellow Rebekah Harmony Center.
Gary Lee Ely, age 60, of Decatur passed away on May 22, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, IL.
Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Garden. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home.
Gary was born on July 15, 1955 in Mattoon, IL the son of Edward Walker and Elsie Delores (Jackson) Ely.
Survivors include his sons, Chad (Haley) Ely of Atwood, IL, Brandon (Nancy) Ely of Arthur, IL and Kyle Ely of Saginaw, MI; daughter, Angela (David) Carlen of Toledo, IL; grandchildren, Hayden, Ember, Ray and Chase; siblings Karen Merry of Tuscola, IL, Brenda (Steve) Pearcy of Ashmore, IL, Patricia (Harold) Campbell of Mattoon, IL, Vicki (Robert) Bryant of Mattoon, IL and James (Jodi) Ely of Mattoon, IL; beloved canine companion, Jake. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Randi Nicole; brother, Charles Edward Ely; half-brother, Joe Ely.
Gary was a graduate of Mattoon High School class of 1973. He served honorably in the United States Air Force. Gary worked at Blaw-Knox for 26 years and then at Caterpillar in Decatur, IL for 12 years. He truly enjoyed the satisfaction of a day’s work. He was an avid St. Louis Rams and Cardinals fan. Gary treasured his time spent outdoors relaxing by the pool. He especially enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and taking Sunday cruises in his Corvette. He had a passion for music and a wonderful sense of humor. Gary was a great father, loved his grandchildren and loved his dog Jake.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to Davita Macon County, 1090 W. McKinley Avenue, Decatur, IL 62526.
Rita Stickel, age 80 of Mattoon passed away at 11:54 p.m. on May 20, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her children and sister.
Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at GP Presbyterian Church in Trilla, IL. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00p to 6:00p on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home.
Rita was born on September 24, 1935 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Sylvester and Rachel (Kelly) Brumleve. She married Calvin Stickel who preceded her in death in 2011.
Survivors include her loving children, Robert Howard (Marie) Rinehart Jr. of Carlyle, IL, Daniel Gene Rinehart of Mattoon, IL, Kathleen (Richard) McConnell of Paris, IL, James Edmond Rinehart of Cedar Rapids, IA, John (Jill) Rinehart of Coralville, IA and Tina Louise (Calvin) Busby of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Richard A. McConnell of Canton, IL, Matthew (Tracee) Tate of Mattoon, IL, Autumn Rinehart of Olney, IL, Nathan Rinehart of Washington, currently deployed on a Navy aircraft carrier, Natasha (Dennis)Grayson of Mattoon, IL, Jennifer (Troy) Hackney of Timberlake, NC, Brett Rinehart of Timberlake, NC, Amber Busby of Mattoon, IL and Joshua Busby of Hillsboro, IL; twelve great grandchildren and one grandson to be born in October; siblings Sylvia Schmitt of Prospect Heights, IL, Thomas Brumleve of Walnut Creek, CA and Kenneth (Margie) Brumleve of Amherst, NH and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Rita was preceded in death by her parents, sister Lelia Parker and brothers-in-law Jerry Parker and Donald Schmitt.
Rita graduated from Mattoon High School. Her first job out of high school was with the law offices of Craig and Craig. She retired from General Electric after over 30 years of dedicated service. She enjoyed reading, flower gardening and golfing. Rita was a fabulous cook and was well known for her gourmet fudge which she sold at fall festivals throughout Illinois. She was especially famous for her peanut brittle which always sold out quickly at festivals and was yearned for by all family members. She graciously taught her niece Laura Parker her secret peanut brittle recipe so the family could continue to enjoy the treat. Most of all, Rita was a woman with a great sense of humor and had a generous, caring and compassionate heart. She treasured her time with her family and always looked forward to getting together with her brothers and sisters for all day and all night card games, giggling and the infamous good night drink.
Memorials donations in her honor may be made to Hospice, of which the family relied on and were very grateful for in their time of need and sorrow or to the donor’s choice.
Surrounded by her family and friends, Hazel Marie (Van Meter) Evans, age 75, of Mattoon left for her permanent vacation in Heaven at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.
Celebration services for family and friends will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Life Pointe Church in Mattoon with Pastor Wilford Stevenson officiating. Burial will follow at Humboldt Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016 at Life Pointe Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Hazel was born on October 21, 1940 in Charleston, IL the daughter of Ruben and Devona (Childress) White.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Evans of Mattoon, IL; children, James “Jim” (Brenda) Van Meter of Charleston, IL, Mary Farris of Mattoon, IL; Jerry Van Meter of Charleston, IL, Amy (Jerry) Fairbanks and Erin Evans; brother, Harold (Donna) White of Mattoon, IL; special son-in-law, Robert Farris of Mattoon, IL; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, Ruben and Devona White; previous husbands, Rev. Raymond Van Meter and James Dennis; brother, Tony White; stepchildren, Charles Van Meter, Alberta Jenkins, Raymond Van Meter and Janie Daniels.
Hazel was a member of the Moose, Eagles and Daughters of Rebekah. Throughout her life she gave selflessly to others volunteering countless hours. Hazel treasured her time spent by her husband’s side as a Pastor’s wife until he retired. She loved hosting and preparing large meals for church and family gatherings and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her family will deeply miss her special touches, her homemade soup and bread pudding!
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the Mattoon Food Pantry or PADS.
Morris “Moe” L. Ferree, age 88, of Mattoon, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at 9:50 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, May 20, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mattoon, with Pastor Troy Countryman officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 19 at Schilling Funeral Home, Mattoon.
Moe was born on February 13, 1928 in Coles County to Harry and Irma Highland Ferree. He graduated from Mattoon High School in 1945. He served in the Army for two years during the Korean Conflict. He was employed by Illinois Central Railroad and also as a heavy equipment operator for Farrier Construction.
Moe married Norma Weber on September 24, 1952 in Mattoon. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Lynn Ferree-Bowlin (Ed) of Arthur, Jeffrey Ferree (Joanne) of Pekin, Jill Ferree of Woodridge, Johanna Crackel (Rich) of Mattoon, Jacalyn Ferree of Concord, California, and Benjamin Ferree of Teutopolis. Surviving grandchildren include Mitchell Bowlin (Alexis), Brandon Ferree (Nicole), Jordan Ferree and Emily Ferree. Moe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill and Don, sisters Mabel Alice, Mary Jane, Irma and Madonna. Moe was the last surviving child of Harry and Irma Ferree.
Moe was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He enjoyed spending time with family, at the Ferree Farm, gardening and reading. He spent many hours feeding and watching squirrels in his front yard. He also enjoyed time with many granddogs.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Camp New Hope, Mattoon and Parkinson’s Foundation.
Cassandra “Cassy” Nicole Ramey, age 19, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 9:04 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016.
Memorial services for family and friends will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Dr. John Calio officiating. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until time of service Wednesday at Schilling Funeral Home.
Cassandra was born on April 15, 1997 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Crystol Yvonne (Poorman) Peters and Kevin Lynn Ramey.
Survivors include her mother and father, Crystol and Matt Peters of Mattoon, IL; father, Kevin Ramey of Pana, IL; special step-mother, Jillian Sulwer of Shelbyville, IL; siblings, Chelsey Poorman and boyfriend Nathan Foltz of Morristown, TN, Cameron Valdez and girlfriend Kayla Middleton of Mattoon, IL, Zoie Peters and fiancé Ric Boomhower of Urbana, IL and Dylan Ramey of MO; special niece, Avia Foltz; grandparents, James Poorman of Chicago, IL, Reenie Miller of Effingham, IL and Pam Ramey of Pana, IL; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; special feline companion, Tater Tot. She also leaves behind many little children she loved, adored and cared for. Cassy was preceded in death by grandmother, Cynthia Stewart; grandfather, Donald Ramey; cousins William Baldwin and Connor Flynn.
Cassy graduated from Mattoon High School in 2015 and was attending Lake Land College. She was very active in the student activities board. Cassy loved animals and wanted to be a Zoologist. She would often volunteer at the animal clinic. Cassy also was a talented musician and played multiple instruments in the band. She was an avid fan of Dr. Who and comics. Cassy attended Comic-Con and treasured meeting her favorite celebrities. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to Cassy’s GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/24dvekc.
Donald “Booter” Eugene Fulk, age 31, of Mattoon passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Donald was born on August 11, 1984 in Lafayette Township the son of Donald G. Fulk and Orpha (Hunt) Farris.
Survivors include his wife, Donya Fulk of Charleston, IL; children, Jocelyn Fulk and Donald Fulk Jr. of Charleston, IL; mother, Orpha (Andy Price) Farris of Mattoon, IL; father, Donald Fulk of Jacksonville, IL; siblings, Trisha (Kevin) Brant of Charleston, IL, James Farris Mattoon, IL, Robert (Tiffany) Farris of Toledo, IL and Donna (Mike) Risk of Mattoon, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. Donald was preceded in death by four aunts and his grandparents.
Donald was always willing to help others in any way he could. He enjoyed cooking, eating, music, singing karaoke and being outdoors. Most of all, Donald loved spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to Donald’s Go Fund Me page.
Robert “Bob” Dale Hill, age 93, of Mattoon passed away at 3:20 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Brookstone Estates in Charleston.
Graveside services with Military Rites for family and friends will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Roselawn Cemetery. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Bob was born on September 14, 1922 in Charleston, IL the son of James Millard and Calla Frances (Neff) Hill. He married Evelyn Anna Henry on September 22, 1945. She preceded him in death on June 11, 1994.
Survivors include his nephews and niece, James Mac (Ione) Hill of Mattoon, IL, Jack (Chris) Hill of Manteno, IL, Tommy (Gloria) Jones of Charleston, IL, Carol Sue Sundquist of Ocala, FL, Bill Hill of Tuscola, IL and Bob (Doris) Hill of Charleston, IL. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife, five brothers and six sisters.
Bob served honorably in the United States Navy during WWII. He retired from Quantum Chemical Corp after 35 years of dedicated service. Bob was a member of the V.F.W. Post 1592, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 803 and the First Christian Church of Mattoon. He treasured his time traveling with his wife all over the United States, Canada and Mexico.