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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.


Howard Snow

Howard Franklin Snow, age 88, of Mattoon passed away at 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will take place at a later date. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Howard was born on November 23, 1927 in Mattoon the son of Orville and Emma (Baumgardt) Snow. He married Letha Storm on November 22, 1950.

Survivors include his wife, Letha Snow of Mattoon, IL; and daughter, Candice (Kevin) Winslow of Urbana, IL. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Howard was a member of the General Baptist Church in Mattoon. He worked for H.W. Clark Foundry for 35 years and also at Willaredt’s on 45. Howard always tried to make people smile with a joke or comment and would tell people to “be good to yourself.” He loved to travel, specifically to the west, visiting Yellowstone National Park over 20 times. Howard will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Donor’s Choice.


Charles Reinhart

Charles R. Reinhart of Mattoon passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 16 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, after a brief but courageous battle against cancer.  Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Charlie was born on June 8, 1934 in Ivesdale, IL and was the son of John A. Reinhart and Matilda Kastl. Charlie married his best friend and business partner, R. Jean Woodard on June 11, 1955. Together she and Charlie raised eight children, built a successful farm equipment business and celebrated over 60 years of life together.

Charlie was a long time member of Immaculate Conception Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  His faith in God guided him daily in his work, and was a source of strength to him often.

Charlie had a few hobbies – gardening and telling stories of his family history and life’s lessons learned.  These hobbies brought many hours of enjoyment to him and those who had their “ears bent”.

Charlie’s first career began as an apprentice carpenter, building many homes in the Mattoon area.  In 1967, he became a bridge superintendent for Howell Asphalt.  He was very proud to be a part of building so many bridges along interstates 57 and 64 during the early 60’s and 70’s.

In 1974, Charlie and Jean purchased Brown Implement and together formed Reinhart Ford Tractor, Inc., later merging with Farm Pride, Inc.  Charlie was known for taking his time with each customer to make sure that the customer always felt they were “number one”.  Charlie made many life-long friends by giving that extra personal touch in all business dealings. His 41 years of selling farm equipment served to teach many in the business how to best serve the rural and urban customer.  He was a terrific teacher and mentor to all.

Survivors include his children: Mark (wife Mary) of Cedar Rapids IA; Anthony/Woody (wife Debbie) of Mattoon;, Daniel of Reinholds, PA,  Angela Haney (husband Rick) of Mattoon, James (wife Nancy) of Decatur, IL, Phillip (wife Sharon) of Lerna, Joann Curtis (husband Kevin) of Mattoon, and Mike (wife Deann) of Bloomfield, IN; and his sisters, Mary Shea of Joliet, IL:, Barbara Miller of Montgomery, IL, and Madonna Collinsworth of Mattoon,   Survivors also include fifteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Helen and recently his wife, Jean.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Catholic Charities, Mattoon High School FFA Chapter, and Lincolnland Hospice.

 


Jack Reinhart

 

Jack Reinhart, age 86, of Mattoon passed away at 8:08 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

A private burial will be held at a later date. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Jack was born on January 31, 1930 in East Aurora, NY the son of Art and Helen (Stedman) Reinhart.

Survivors include his nephews, Bruce Reinhart and Brad Reinhart; sister-in-law, Lorene Reinhart; previous spouse, Doris Reinhart.

Jack had many careers during his life. His favorite job was as a guidance counselor at Bethany High School.


Melvin Wigton

 

Melvin Wigton, age 93, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Life’s Journey.

Private services will be held at a later date. Burial with Military Rites will be held at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Melvin was born on May 15, 1923 in Sedalia, MO the son of Virgil and Myrtle (McCulloch) Wigton. He married Mary Hunt on June 8, 1946 in Windsor, MO. She preceded him in death on February 2, 2002.

Survivors include his children, Gregory (Cyndy) Wigton of Bethalto, IL, Carla (Dan) Hawley of Mattoon, IL and Brad (Penny) Wigton of Round Rock, TX; five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and two on-the-way.

Melvin served honorably in the United States Army and was a Bronze Star recipient. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He worked as a pharmaceutical and medical equipment salesman. Melvin was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mattoon. He volunteered often at Lincoln Log Cabin and was awarded the Site Manager Award for Service in 2001. Melvin loved gardening, fishing, chocolate and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. The family wishes to thank hospice and the staff of Life’s Journey of Mattoon for their loving care and devotion to Melvin.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or the First Baptist Church in Mattoon.

 


Betty Soliday

 

Betty Jean Soliday, age 81, of Mattoon passed away at 2:10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Graveside services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Zion Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. on Saturday at Schilling Funeral Home.

Betty was born on December 10, 1934 in Coles County the daughter of John Henry and Ruth Miriam Jackson. She married Leroy Soliday on August 3, 1956.

Survivors include her husband, Leroy Soliday of Mattoon, IL; sons, John L. (Linda) Soliday of Bend, OR and Scot G. Soliday of Mattoon, IL; and granddaughter, Rachel C. Soliday of Wauwatosa, WI.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the Coles County Animal Shelter.

 


Mary Grafton

Mary Catherine Grafton, age 87, of Mattoon passed away at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at her residence.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Richard Coen officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Monday at the funeral home. Due to the weather forecast, the family has suggested casual attire.

Mary was born on January 26, 1929 in Coles County, IL the daughter of Clay and Amanda (Clausen) Davis. She married Charles Grafton on December 13, 1947. He preceded her in death on May 14, 1998.

Survivors include her children, Connie (Jon) Newcomb of New Lenox, IL Lloyd “Bud” (Linda) Grafton of Valrico, FL, Gary (Jo) Grafton of Mattoon, IL and Cathy (Herschel) Irvin of Lancaster, PA; grandchildren, Amy Irvin, Rachel Newcomb, Zachary Grafton, Brian (Michelle) Newcomb, Adam (Heather) Grafton, Andrew Grafton, Mitchell (Rachel) Grafton and Kathryn (Brad) Varnadoe; great grandchildren, Lainey Grafton, Nolan Grafton, Scarlett Grafton, Jackson Grafton, Verity Newcomb and Kara Newcomb; sisters-in-law, Greta Grafton of Mattoon, IL, Joan Byrnes of Texas and Yvonne Boyer of Alaska. Mary was preceded in death by her husband and parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Warren (Marjorie) Davis and Fred (Betty) Davis.

Mary enjoyed sewing, quilting, playing cards with her friends and watching old movies. Mary worked at Hawthorne School as a secretary for many years and was known to all the children at Hawthorne School as “Miss Mary.”

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to Coles County Relay for Life, 2509 S. Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820.

 


James Morgan

James Austin Morgan, age 82, of Mattoon passed away at 2:34 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

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

James was born on October 15, 1933 in Coles County, IL the son of Austin and Dorothy (Upton) Morgan. He married Margie Jacober on September 1, 1984.

Survivors include his loving wife of 31 years, Margie Morgan of Chatham, IL; children, Diana (Ken) Steele of Mattoon, IL, Kim Blain of Mattoon, IL, Scott (Desie) Morgan of Washington, IN, Rex (Dawn) Kuhl of Edwards, CA, Randy (Trish) Kuhl of Chatham, IL, Debbie (Joe) Moss of Dawson, IL and Jimmy (Karen) Dannehold of Bellville, IL; twenty-two grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; sister, Caroline Childerson of Highland, IL; special canine friend, Lucy. James was preceded in death by his children, Teresa Sullivan, Cynthia Stewart and Beverly Burch; two grandchildren and one great grandchild; sister, Elaine Ashenbramer; brother, Stanley Morgan.

James worked at Shanks Packing Company, Brown Shoe Factory and Celotex. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on old cars and was known as a “Shade-tree” mechanic. James had many hobbies. He enjoyed making model ships, planes and trucks; watching westerns and creating HO scale model trains. He was a Charter Member of the Mattoon Christian Church. James believed in the value and importance of education. He loved his dog Lucy. James will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor are suggested to Schilling Funeral Home to assist with arrangements.