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Stanford Sharp

 

STANFORD SHARP

Stanford B. Sharp, age 83, of Mattoon passed away at 9:55 a.m. on December 4, 2016 at his residence.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home. Military Rites will immediately follow the service.  Burial will take place at a later date. A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Stanford was born on May 11, 1933 in Coles County, IL the son of Herschel and Iva (Kilman) Sharp. He married Donna Griffin on October 25, 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Sharp of Mattoon, IL; brothers, Marion Sharp and Herschel Sharp both of Mattoon, IL; daughters, Angela Tanner of Watson, IL, Susan Pigott of Livingston, TX, Anna Long of Dwight, IL, Lori Samson of Mattoon, IL; sons, James Burwell of Granbury, TX, Stanley Sharp of Beecher City, IL, Brett Sharp of Menard, IL; grandchildren, Justin and Jeremy Carder, Jordan Tanner, Micheal Fleming, Shania Burwell, Allexia Long, Kendahl Weller, Clayton, Ashley, and Andy Samson, Amber and Jamie Burwell, Shane Sharp; and  great grandchild, Asher Guyon. Stanford was preceded in death by his two daughters, Tonya Sharp and Rhonda Starr, and his parents.

Stanford served honorably in the United States Army. He was a member of the First Apostolic Center in Mattoon, the V.F.W. and the American Legion. Stanford worked 35 years for the Illinois Department of Corrections. He was a lieutenant for 21 ½ years at Stateville Penitentiary in Joliet, IL and finished up his career with 13 ½ years at Pontiac Prison in Pontiac, IL. He enjoyed meeting up with his friends weekly at Dairy Queen where he was loved by the staff. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and Illini fan. Most of all, Stanford cherished time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the family.

 

 

Visitation: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Funeral: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 1:00 pm
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Robert “Bob” Donnell

ROBERT DONNELL

Robert “Bob” Donnell, age 81, of Mattoon went to be with his heavenly father and loving wife after a courageous battle with MDS at 2:22 p.m. on December 3, 2016 at Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home.

Memorial Services for family and friends will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 6, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Adam Jacobsen officiating.  Military Rites will be performed immediately following the service at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.  Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bob was born on July 27, 1935 in Mattoon the son of Richard L. Donnell and Freda Elle (Macke) Donnell-Christen.   He first married Evelyn Malone in 1956.  She preceded him in death.  He later married the love of his life Elizabeth “Carol” Lake.  They enjoyed over 40 years of marriage before she passed away in 2007.  He was also preceded in death by his father; son-in-law Kurt Peterson; brother-in-law, Kenny Gargus and stepfather, Louis Christen.

Survivors include his mother, Freda Donnell-Christen; children, James (Tammy) Donnell of Mattoon,  Dianna Peterson of Poplar Grove,  Debra (James) Keller of Houston, TX, Nancy Ball of Liberty, TX, Sandra (Albert) Hite of Humboldt, James (Sheila) Cantrell of Houston, TX, Edward Cantrell of Houston, TX, Cynthia Whorton of Normangee, TX; siblings, Nancy  (Lloyd) Breningmeyer, William (Shirley) Donnell, Linda Gargus, Tom Donnell, Rena (Hilton) Roberts; 18 grandchildren; 21great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob proudly served in the United States Army and Marine Corps reserves.  He was awarded for his outstanding marksmanship. Bob was a truck driver for many years and owned two different trucking companies. He was very patriotic and held many long term positions of leadership in the Liberty County Republican Party located in Texas.  In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Bob lived and traveled to various parts of the country and made friends wherever he was.  He touched so many lives and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to Wounded Warrior Project or St John’s Lutheran Church.

Visitation: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Funeral: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 12:00 pm
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James “J.D.” White

James “J.D.” White, age 69, of Mattoon passed away at 6:15 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Dave Baldwin officiating. Military Rites will immediately follow the service. Burial will take place at a later date. A visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.

J.D. was born on August 28, 1947 in Mattoon the son of Paul and Mary (Atkinson) White. He married Janice Bean on September 2, 1994.

Keep in your prayers of peace, wife, Janice Elaine White of Mattoon, IL; son, Chris (Elizabeth) Gross of Lasalle, IL; beloved granddaughters, Meghan James of Mattoon, IL and Madelyn Gross of Lasalle, IL; beloved grandson, Jacob Gross of Lasalle, IL; sister, Linda (Ken) Whittler of Urbana, IL; and stepmother, Edith White of New Harmony, IN. James was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Baker; beloved daughter, Shannon James; and parents-in-law, Howard and Evon Bean.

J.D. passed away of natural causes at his homestead where he and his wife Janice made a loving home. He was a true free spirit of life that was spent with fellow Veterans, enjoying motorcycle riding and bountiful cookouts. J.D. was a proud lifetime member of the Patriots and the V.F.W. His name is mentioned and honored with Veterans for his Special Forces Medic tour during Vietnam. His passion to help others is heard in memories of his kindness as a carpenter, painter, machinist and wise soul of life. J.D. retired from Blaw-Knox in Mattoon. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. Please pray for all of James’ friends and family that considered him “DAD.”

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the family.


Mary “Penny” Gordy

Mary “Penny” Marie Gordy, age 92, of Mattoon passed away at 8:07 p.m. on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Mattoon with Pastor Matthew Froeschle officiating. Burial will follow at Humboldt Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Penny was born on April 12, 1924 in Coles County the daughter of Turley and Edith (Hubbartt) Burgess. She married V.R. “Red” Gordy on June 12, 1948. He preceded her in death on July 9, 1985.

Survivors include her daughter, Kay Lynn Tuschen of Colorado Springs, CO; son, Dr. Steve R. (Patti) Gordy of Bethlehem, PA; sister, June Baker of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Terry (Elizabeth) Tuschen of Middleton, WI, Christina Witczak of Colorado Springs, CO, Andrew Tuschen of Colorado Springs, CO, Rebekah (Brad) Miller of Bethlehem, PA and Laura (Robert) Maderas of Bethlehem, PA; great grandchildren, Ruby, Ben, Joey and Penny Miller, Anna and Emma Maderas, Emma Vandervest and Isabella Witczak; as well as many special friends including, Joan Cole who recently passed away. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and husband; five brothers, Roe, Rex, Ted, Tom and Bob; three sisters, infant Ruby Burgess, Ruth Aiken and Madge Burgess; mother-in-law, Petrodina Gordy; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Helen Gordy.

Penny was a homemaker and member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mattoon, the P.E.O. and Women Connected. She volunteered with the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Auxiliary Guild for 25 years. Penny also volunteered for the Salvation Army in previous years. She cherished time spent with her family and friends. Penny will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church, 10 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938 or Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, 1000 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, IL 61938.


Betty Foster

Betty Jean Foster, age 83, of Morris, IL formerly of Mattoon passed away at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at Regency Care of Morris.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Matthew Froeschle officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Betty was born on October 6, 1933 in Shumway, IL the daughter of Noah Francis and Berniece (Appelt) Bales. She married Gene Foster on April 17, 1953. He preceded her in death on October 20, 2012.

Survivors include her daughter, Angie Taylor of Morris, IL; grandchildren, Caleb Francis, Brooke Leasure and John Embrey; brothers, Larry Bales of Lakeland, FL and Chuck (Doris) Bales of Teutopolis, IL; sister-in-law, Pat Bales of Jay, FL; and two great-grandchildren, Dalton and Dailin Leasure. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 54 years; brothers, Don Bales, Bob Bales, Sam Bales and David Bales; and sister, Margie Tays.

Betty worked for many years as a bookkeeper and receptionist at Heller Holmes and Associates. She was a former member of the Presbyterian Church of Mattoon and the American Business Women’s Association. Betty was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing Bingo and gambling on the riverboats. Most of all, Betty cherished time spent 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 Alzheimer’s Association.


Riley Klasing

RILEY KLASING

Riley Carol Klasing, age 87, of Mattoon passed away on November 14, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at Schilling Funeral Home on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Richard Eident officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. A visitation for family and friends will be held from noon until time of service.

          Riley was born on September 29, 1929 in Vandalia, IL the son of Henry and Ann (Carrell) Klasing. He married Miyoko Harada.  She preceded him in death in 1995.  He was then reunited with his high school sweetheart, Greta Grafton in 1996.  She survives.

          In addition to Greta, Survivors include his children, DeeAnn (Richard MD) Zahn of Coeur d’Alene, ID, Michael John Klasing of Colorado Springs, CO, Linda (Lachlan) Kellogg-Clarke of Buena Vista, CO, Thomas Riley (Marla) Klasing of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, Leigh Ann (Robin) Lawrentz of Colorado Springs, CO, Jennifer McGrew Buena Vista, CO, Rachel (Michael) Shamberg Coeur d’Alene,  ID, Alexis Klasing of Colorado Springs, CO, Brandon Klasing of Colorado Springs, CO; great grandchildren, Evan Lawrentz of Colorado Springs, CO, Landon Lawrentz of Colorado Springs, CO, Clayton McGrew of Buena Vista, CO; sister, Kathy (Tom) Moore of Helotes, TX, Sharon (Lee) Baker of Peoria, IL, John (Jane) Klasing of Vero Beach, FL; special friends Michael and Mona Bays; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Miyoko Klasing, and brothers, Don and Bob Klasing.

          Riley became a Golden Gloves Boxer in his teenage years.  He was titled as “The Pride of the St. James Boys Club.”  Riley served 24 years in the United States Army. He earned the Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal, a Bronze Star, and a Vietnam Campaign Medal. Riley would go on to retire as a Chief Warrant Officer.  After his retirement he became a QC engineer for the Hunt Building Corporation.  Riley had many hobbies that included hunting, fishing, camping, and tending his yard and landscape.  He was a masterful storyteller who was known to tell a “Tall Tale” now and then.  Riley was devout in his faith and was a member of The First Christian Church in Mattoon.  He will be missed by all those who knew him

          Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to The First Christian Church in Mattoon located at 1600 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon IL 61938.

Visitation: Friday, November 18, 2016 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Funeral: Friday, November 18, 2016 1:00 pm
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Ruby Smith

Ruby Smith, age 90, of Mattoon passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Ruby was born on November 24, 1925 in Mattoon the daughter of Joe and Elizabeth (Derrickson) Hopgood Sr. She married Ralph Smith Sr. on December 22, 1943.  He passed away September 13, 1981.

Survivors include her five children, Ramona Smith of Sanford, FL, Deborah (Robert) Thurmond of Bloomington, IL, William (Lorna) Smith of Queens, NY, Abby (Rick) Moss of Mattoon, IL and Thomas Smith of Mattoon, IL; daughter-in-law, Bettie Smith of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Ralph (Rita) Smith III of Savoy, IL, Alexa Bullock of Chicago, IL, Bradley (Tiffany) Smith of Tulsa, OK, Andrew Thurmond of Bloomington, IL, Zachary Thurmond of Chicago, IL, Hilary Thurmond of Bloomington, IL, Deadra (Sebren) Green of CA, Kyle (Donna) Davies of Mattoon, IL, Jeremy Davies of Effingham, IL, Ryan Davies of Mattoon, IL, Krista (Jeff) Taylor of Mattoon, IL, Trison (Nicole) Moss of Mattoon, IL, Catrina Hall of Decatur, IL, Keisha Smith of Mattoon, IL, Whitney Smith of Mattoon, IL, Tatum Smith of Mattoon, IL; great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, who she adored; and several nieces and nephews. Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, two sisters; daughter, Kathy Davies and son, Ralph Smith Jr.

Ruby, a beautician, homemaker and member of Faith Builders Church, loved serving the Lord and people. She enjoyed visiting with some of the residents of many area nursing homes. Ruby loved cooking and baking for her family and many good friends. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.


Opal Lawhorn

Opal Lawhorn, 94 of Mattoon,IL passed away on November 10, 2016 surrounded by her loved ones.

Opal was born on October 3, 1922 in Mattoon, IL, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Hickey. She married Cleon Lawhorn on April 22, 1942. They were married for 62 years until his death on September 24, 2004 at the age of 84.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mullen Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the funeral home.

She is survived by her ten children: Charles of Mattoon, David (Alice) of Decatur, Barbara Harl of Mattoon, Richard of Mattoon, Mary of Mattoon, Betty Kearney of Mattoon, Brenda Lawhorn of Mattoon, Peggy (Wayne) Cowger of Mattoon, Jean (Lewis) Burns of Springfield, and Sarah Harris of Columbia SC.

She leaves 30 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Opal is proceed in death by her husband, parents, one granddaughter Paula Lawhorn Coate and one grandson Richard Lawhorn Jr.

Opal was a homemaker who loved to sew and made many beautiful quilts. She enjoyed going to bingo with her children. Opal was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. Her generous, loving nature touched many in her long and productive life. You could always find her with a smile on her face and she will be deeply missed. Memories of her will be kept alive by all who were blessed by her strong, beautiful spirit. Her legacy of faithfulness, love and mercy lives on.

 


Robert Tucker

ROBERT TUCKER

Robert Glenn Tucker, age 88, of Mattoon passed away at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at his residence.

As per Bob’s wishes no services are planned at this time. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Bob was born on March 12, 1928 in Coles County the son of Lafe Elbridge and Edith Jane (Maxey) Tucker. He married Katherine Jones on December 31, 1954.

Survivors include his loving wife, Katherine Tucker of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Lori Ann (John) Connor of Arcola; grandchildren, Ian Jacob Connor, of Kokomo, IN, Bailey Colleen Connor of Arcola, IL; sister, Delores Osborne of Neoga, IL. He is preceded in death by his parents, a son, Lafe Anthony “Tony” Tucker, and a brother, Kenny Tucker.

Bob served in the United States Navy on board The USS Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1946-1948.  He worked for the Illinois Central Railroad for 54 years. Bob started as a “Fireman” shoveling coal into the steam engine and rose through the ranks.  He eventually retired as engineer.  After he retired he enjoyed tending to his garden and going to auctions.  Bob will be missed by all who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research.

 


Joan Cole

Joan K. Cole, 98, of Mattoon, passed away at 1:25 a.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services in tribute to her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, at The First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon with Pastor Matthew Froeschle officiating.  Burial will follow in the Dodge Grove Cemetery.  Visitation for family and friends will be held from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at the church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Joan was born September 29, 1918, in Kenney, Illinois a daughter of Dr. B. Raymond and Rose M. (Persinger) Cole.

Survivors include her niece, Cecile Janssen and husband Elgin of Victoria, Texas; two great-nephews, Christopher Cole Janssen of Victoria Texas and Randy Wayne Janssen of College Station, Texas; and one great-great-niece, Emily Janssen.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Byron Cole.

Ms. Cole started as cashier and rose to be Vice President of the Trust Department at the former Central National Bank (now known as U.S. Bank), retiring after twenty-nine years.  Joan was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and of the P.E.O., K.Q. Chapter.  She was always a very generous and giving person who enjoyed helping others.  Joan volunteered her time with the Sarah Bush Lincoln Auxiliary Guild.  She served on the Sarah Bush Lincoln Women’s Auxiliary Board where she was awarded volunteer of the year in 2009.  Joan also served as secretary of the Salvation Army Guild Board.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Memorial gifts in her honor may be made to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice.