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Sam Rich

 

John "Sam" Samuel Rich, 87, of Carterville, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 2, 2016, at Crainville Baptist Church, 806 Marion Street, with Pastor Jim Endsley officiating. Inurnment will be in Reynoldsburg Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Illinois Army National Guard Ritual Team. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Friday, at the church. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Crainville Baptist Church Children's projects. Envelopes will also be available at the church.  Sam was born on May 10, 1929, in Ozark, Illinois, to Grace (Choate) and Clarence Rich. He married Sally Young on July 18, 1953, at Crainville Baptist Church. Sam graduated from Carterville Community High School in 1946. He then attended Draughn Business College in Paducah, Kentucky before joining the U.S. Army. Sam served most of his tour in occupied Japan with the First Tokyo Arsenal as an Army Security Agent. Sam was a proud veteran who kept in close contact with his Army buddies. He and Sally vacationed annually with many of them. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Sally Rich of Carterville; children, Sue Ellen Rich and John Samuel (Debby) Rich; grandchildren, Emily and Johnathon; great-grandchildren, Lexi and Jack Douglas; sister and brothers-in-law, Sue (Jack) Ridley and Kenny "Ace" Young; sisters-in-law, Rae Rich and Leisle (Charles) Malencore; nephew, Steve (Debbie) Rich; great-nephews, Jackson and Dylan; and dear cousins, Huldah Vaughn and Charles (Mary) Choate. Sam was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack and George Rodney; brothers-in-law, Bob and Jerry Young; and sister-in-law, Loretta Roseboom. He was an extremely friendly, caring person which helped make him an excellent automobile salesman and greeter at Wal-Mart. Sam was a faithful member of the Crainville Baptist Church family. When he was no longer able to attend church, Sam continued to study the Bible and his Sunday school quarterly. He loved staying involved with church matters through the church newsletter and bulletin. His Christian faith was always evident. Sam loved the Lord and he shared his faith with others. He was an active member of the community and belonged to various organizations including the V.F.W. Post in Carterville, 60-year member of the Williamson County Masonic Lodge #802 in Carterville, member of the Mississippi Valley Consistory and the Ainad Shriners Temple. Sam's family would like to express their thanks to the staff at Herrin Hospital; SLU, especially Drs. Pincus and Greenberg; Shawnee Christian Nursing Home in Herrin; and the nurses of Hospice of Southern Illinois, especially Katrina, for all of their excellent care over these last few months.

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Scott Skelton

 

William Scott Skelton, 34, of rural Carbondale, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016, in rural DeSoto, from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to a college fund for his son, Jordan. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Scott was born on June 5, 1982, in Carbondale, to Bruce Ferrell Skelton Sr. and Sherra Dailey. He is survived by his son, Jordan Constance of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter, Shay Skelton of Sanford, N.C.; father, Bruce Skelton of Carbondale; mother, Sherra (Dan) English of Carterville; sister, Terra (Chuck) Tolbert of Carterville; half brothers, Bruce Ferrell Skelton Jr., Dakota Daune Skelton of Carrier Mills and Jesse Wyatt Skelton of Carbondale; and grandmother, Louise Cowan of Cambria. Scott enjoyed building things so much he worked as a carpenter and contractor. He loved to be outdoors and ride his motorcycle. Scott also liked to tinker around on cars and trucks.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jake Pansing

Robert Jesse "Jake" Pansing, 88, of Carterville, passed away on Friday, August 26, 2016, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, August 28, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Metropolis. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 320 E. Walnut Street, Carbondale, IL 62901. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Jake was born on September 27, 1927, in Metropolis, to Jesse and Lois (Hilgeman) Pansing. He married Betty Angel on December 22, 1948, in Metropolis. She preceded him in death on August 22, 1999. Jake later married Sammie (Spradling) Glenn on July 3, 2004, in Carterville. He is survived by his wife, Sammie Pansing of Carterville; sons and daughter-in-law, R. Brian (Dawn) Pansing of Columbia, Illinois and Terry (Sharon) Pansing of Cumming, Georgia; grandchildren, Dennis (Kelly) Berkemeier, Drew Pansing and Max Pansing; and great-grandson, Max Berkemeier.  Jake was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Betty; brother, Joe; and sisters, Jeanett Pansing and Joyce Sumner.  He honorably served our country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Carterville. Jake was the co-owner and chief pilot for Aeroflite, Inc. in Marion for many years. He was a humble man who loved his family and flying airplanes.

 

 

 

 

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Rosalita "Squeeky" Spiller

 

Rosalita "Squeeky" F. Spiller, 66, of Carterville, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Herrin Hospital, surrounded by her family. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, August 14, 2016, at Bible Baptist Church in Carterville, with Pastor Ken Westenberger officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Sunday, at the church. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Take Pride in America, sent in care of, Friends of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, 8588 Route 148, Marion, Illinois 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the church.  Rosalita was born on June 3, 1950, in Walton, New York, to Richard and Kathleen (Simmons) Brundege. She married Thomas Lee Spiller on September 18, 1970, in Carterville. She is survived by her husband, Tom Spiller of Carterville; daughter, Sarah (Scott) Smith of Salida, California; son, David (Sharon) Spiller of Carbondale; mother, Kathleen Brundege of Afton, New York; sister, Christina Brundege of Afton, New York; brothers, Mike (Valarie) Brundege of Bainbridge, New York and Ricky Brundege of Afton, New York; step-grandchildren, Kimberly Bennett, Jessica Carner and Darin Carner; step great-granddaughter, Kayli Lauderdale; mother-in-law, Pauline Spiller; sister-in-law, Judy Sloan of Carterville; brother-in-law, Carroll (Diane) Spiller of Brighton, Colorado; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; special nephews, Jerry Morgan, Chris Spiller and Jamie Brundege; and a host of close friends. Rosalita was preceded in death by her father and brother, Audie Brundege.  She was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Carterville. Rosalita was an active member of Take Pride in America and Friends of Crab Orchard National WildLife Refuge, where she spent countless hours volunteering. For her efforts she was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

 

 

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Susan Morgan

 

Susan Morgan, 39, of Colp, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2016, at Herrin Hospital. Private services will be held at a later date. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville assisted the family with arrangements. Susan was born on November 26, 1976, in Benton, Illinois, to John and Paula (Irwin) Stelle. She married Earl Morgan and he survives. She is survived by her son, Dakota; father, John Stelle of Ohio; sister, Danielle (Brian) Bailey of Evansville, Indiana; and brother, Steven Stelle of Noel, Missouri.  Susan was preceded in death by her mother.

 

 

 

 

 

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LEONARD GLOVER

 

Joe Leonard Glover, 80, of Carterville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Herrin Hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 22, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Bro. Jim Stalker and Pastor Jim Endsley officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville with military rites performed by the Illinois Army National Guard Ritual Team. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Crainville Baptist Church, 806 Marion Street, Carterville, IL 62918 or to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959. Leonard was born on August 6, 1935, in Carbondale, to Hiram and Mary Glover. He married Winona "Bootie" Rains on April 7, 1956, in Carterville. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Winona "Bootie" Glover of Carterville; daughter, Marcie (Kevin) Carrier; grandson, Devin (fiancé, Mindy) Carrier; brother, Jim Glover; sisters, Mary Bain, Angie Rains, Lois Rains, and Edith (Tony) Emery; and many special nieces and nephews. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Helen Ehlers, Hilda Etherton, June Swafford, Joan Robinson, and Margaret Glover; and brothers, George, James, John, Charles, and William Glover.  He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during Korea. Leonard was a member of Crainville Baptist Church. He was a self-employed mechanic for over 25 years. Leonard was the owner of Glover's Auto Mart in Carterville. Leonard had a great talent for music. He was the lead singer of the Country Ramblers and later the Straight Country band. He especially enjoyed performing at the area nursing homes. He also was a fast-pitch softball player for many years. Leonard was a loving husband, wonderful father and exceptional grandfather. He is with his heavenly Father now and all those who have gone before him. Leonard will be extremely missed by his family and friends.

 

 

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Evelyn Sue Spiller

 

Evelyn Sue Spiller, 85, of Carterville, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016, at her daughter's home in Marion. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville with Pastor Todd Hawk officiating.  Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959. Evelyn was born on August 20, 1930, in Paducah, Kentucky, to William Curtis and Mildred Evelyn (Phillips) Dublin. She married Lester L. Spiller on July 8, 1948, in Osceola, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on February 5, 2012. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Heern and Jeanene (Alfred) Teal Jr., all of Marion; sons and daughter-in-law, Leslie Spiller of Carterville and James (Lana) Spiller of Cambria; grandchildren and their spouses, Wayne (Karen) Heern Jr. of Makanda, Bill (Mary) Heern of Gilbert, Arizona, Micah Spiller of Cartersville, Georgia, Jacob (Teri) Teal of Marion, Joshua (Whitney) Teal of Pittsburg, April (Dusty) Jones of Carterville, Tara Meredith of Sesser, Natalie (Justin) Spiller of Eugene, Oregon, and Kristi (Brian) Muldoon of Firestone, Colorado; 14 great-grandchildren and one on the way; great great grandchild, Kayden Williams; and several nieces and nephews. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Bobby and Donald Ray Dublin; son-in-law, Wayne Heern Sr. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed cooking, sewing, canning, and taking care of her family especially her grandchildren. Evelyn was always helping people by delivering meals on wheels and volunteering at the VA Nursing Home. She was a member of the Harvest Time Worship Center in Herrin and the American Legion Women's Auxiliary.  

 

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Barney Fozzard

 

Barney Fozzard, 84, of Carterville, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. The preferred form of remembrance is memorial contributions to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 4400 Clayton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110. Barney was born on August 15, 1931, in Carterville, to Barney and Maude Emma (Hogg) Fozard. He married Delores "Dee" Marie Reed on December 27, 1948, in Carterville. She preceded him in death on February 28, 2003. He is survived by his loving sons and daughters-in-law, Reed and Kay Fozzard of Carterville and Randy and Lee Ann Fozzard of Phoenix; grandchildren and their spouses, Pete and Meghann Fozzard and Chris and Jaime Fozzard, all of Carterville, Rex Fozzard of Las Vegas, and Lois Ann and Alex Babis of Phoenix; great-grandchildren, James Reed Fozzard, Katherine Fozzard, and Marissa Anne Fozzard; and many nieces and nephews. Barney was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife; brothers, George and Gene Fozard; and sisters, Marjorie McKinney and Maurine Berner. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Barney retired after more than 25 years of service as a General Manager with the Illinois Fruit Growers Exchange. He was a member of the Williamson County Masonic Lodge and Shriner's Temple. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

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Charles Dunning

 

Charles Marron Dunning, 85, of Carterville, and formerly of Okawville, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family.  Services for Charles will be held at a later date.  Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959 or to the Carterville First United Methodist Church, 301 N. Pine, Carterville, IL 62918.  Charles was born on June 13, 1931, in Harrisburg, to William Harrison and Thelma (Marshall) Dunning.  He married Mary Lee Barno on April 15, 1960, in West Frankfort.  He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lee Dunning of DeSoto; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Kevin Klasing; sons and daughters-in-law, John Harrison and Cynthia Dunning, Lee Charles and Stephanie Dunning; sisters and brothers-in-law, Patty and Dick Carnett and Frances and James Xanders; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.  Charles was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wendell Dunning; and sisters, Ruth Dunning, Mildred Kemp and Mary Ann Gates.  He honorably served our country in the U.S Army during the Korean Conflict serving overseas in Japan.  Charles was a teacher and school administrator for the Okawville school district. He was a member of the Carterville First United Methodist Church and the Okawville Lions Club.  Charles enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.   

 

 

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Karren E. McFarland

 

Karren E. McFarland, 71, of Herrin, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2016, at her home.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville, with the Rev. Donnie Colson officiating. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Karren was born on November 20, 1944, in Carbondale, to Kenneth Eugene and Ruth Ann (Hall) Elders. She is survived by her daughter, Lori (Matt) Duppong; son, John Derreck (Kathy Levesque) McFarland; sister, Maureen Taitt; grandchildren, Nicholas Kerrigan (Nichole Clawiter), Dalton Kerrigan, Dakota Duppong, Dustin Duppong, Justin (Amanda) McFarland, Jessica Lynn McFarland, Mariah McFarland, Paul Levesque and Carolyn Levesque; great-grandchildren, Damon Kerrigan, Lilly and Peyton Hammers, Hadleigh, Hayden, Levi Thomas, Ashton, and Serenity McFarland; and cousin, Eric "Bo" McFarland. Karren was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Kenneth Ray Elders. She was a member of the UMWA. Karren enjoyed reading. Her greatest joy came in spending time with her family especially her grandkids.

 

 

 

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Teresa M. Smith

 

Teresa Marie Smith, 55, of Marion, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at her home. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Teresa was born on May 12, 1961, in Limestone, Maine, to Frederick C. and Wilma Louise (Crowell) Dixon. She married Lester Dale Smith and he preceded her in death in 1986. She is survived by her loving children, Elizabeth Smith of Marion, Shane Lee Dixon of Carterville, and Randy Allen (Samantha) Smith of Carterville; mother, Wilma Dixon of Carterville; brother, Dennis Dixon of Carterville; sister, Darlene Ann (Ray) Hiler of Hamilton, Ohio; and 7 grandchildren. Teresa was preceded in death by her father and infant twin brother. She enjoyed tending to her flower garden and watching the humming birds. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially her grandkids.

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LaRue Shelton-Brown

LaRue Shelton-Brown, 76, of Paoli, Indiana, formerly of Carterville, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Paoli Health and Living Center. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., with a brief service at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. Private graveside services will be held at Shelton Cemetery in Opdyke. The family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Shelton Cemetery or to the LaRue Shelton Bowling Scholarship Fund. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. LaRue was born on June 9, 1940, in Paoli, Indiana, to Damon Lingle and Evelyn M. (Fields) Bennett. She married Donald G. Shelton on March 13, 1971, in Carbondale. He preceded her in death on April 18, 1996. She later married Michael Brown on May 13, 2006. He preceded her in death on February 11, 2015. She is survived by her loving sons and daughter-in-law, Joel M. and Cathy Shelton of Carterville and AJ Shelton of Paoli, Indiana; the lights of her life, her grandchildren, Joelle and Cole Shelton; sister, Phyllis Barker of Paoli, Indiana; brother, David Coleman of Murphysboro; and several nieces and nephews. LaRue was preceded in death by her parents and husbands. LaRue worked for SI Bowl and was an avid bowler. She had belonged to a Junior Women's League in her youth which allowed her to travel all over the country. She had a great talent of crocheting and made many items for her family.

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Michael K. Vanhorn


Michael Keith Vanhorn, 64, of Carterville, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Jeff Wiggs officiating. Burial will be in Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton with military honors by the Army National Guard. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, at the funeral home and then from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday. Per Mike's wishes, family and friends are asked to wear your favorite sports attire to the visitation and funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.  Mike was born on November 2, 1951, in Christopher, to Albert H. and Billie L. Vanhorn. He was preceded in death by his mother and sister, Gala Rene Tuthill. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army National Guard. Mike was an enthusiastic sports fan and pursued an educational degree at SIUC. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education in 1977. Mike began his career as a driver's ed/health education teacher and coach at Kankakee Westview High School in Kankakee. During his 6-year tenure at Westview, he would coach football, basketball and baseball. He eventually decided to move into retail sales and opened a sporting goods store in Bradley, Illinois, called Midwest Sports & Awards that specialized in t-shirts, trophies and related accessories. The business expanded when he opened a similar store in Benton, Illinois called All Star-n-Stitches. Mike being very business minded also opened up Horny's Sports Bar in downtown Kankakee. It rapidly became popular and was the scene of numerous Final Four, World Series, Super Bowl and related sporting event parties for his St. Louis Cardinal, Chicago Bear, Chicago Bulls and Illini friends. His most recent business enterprise was the founding of Diamond Sports, which Mike owned and operated until he was forced to sell in 2000 due to his deteriorating health. Diamond Sports is a very successful company that concentrated its efforts in Illinois, but expanded to be a multi-state operation. Diamond Sports directs and operates baseball camps and sponsors major tournaments throughout the spring, summer and fall for various age groups of baseball teams. Following on the same theme, Mike founded the Camps for Kids Midwest program which provided baseball camps and clinics for the youth of Illinois. A summary of Mike's life would be: have fun and give kids a chance to play ball. Mike is survived by his father, Albert Vanhorn of Carterville; daughters, Amy Vanhorn White of Somonauk, Illinois and Beth Vanhorn of Carterville; sisters Sharon Steele of Greenfield, Indiana;  3 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; and a host of friends.

 

 

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Dorothy Carter

 

Dorothy Marie Carter, 76, of Herrin, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Burial will be in Cundiff Cemetery in rural Carterville. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made the family and will be accepted at the funeral home.  Dorothy was born on April 30, 1940, in Chicago, to Phillip and Louise (Bonow) O'Connell. She married Bobby Lee Carter on December 30, 1955, in Aurora. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Lee Carter of Herrin; sons and daughters-in-law, Phillip and Leslie Carter of Royalton, Robert and Marjorie Carter of Johnston City and Steven Carter of Herrin; sister, Catherine; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; son, Richard Carter; sister, Phyllis O'Connell; and brother, Robert O'Connell. She worked as a cook at Mattingly Nursing Home in Energy for many years.  Dorothy was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

 

 

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Vernalee Allsup

 

Vernalee Allsup, 93, of Cambria, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 13, 2016, in Blairsville Cemetery, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Cambria Food Pantry or to the Blairsville Cemetery Association. Vernalee was born on September 26, 1922, in Cambria, to Herschel T. and Ruby (Walker) Loyd. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Phyllis Allsup of Princeton, Kentucky; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Paul Hodges of St. Louis; niece, Viva Henley of Cambria; nephew, Rocky Henley of St. Louis; 5 grandkids; and 7 great-grandkids. Vernalee was preceded in death by her parents; son, Arlin K.; and brothers, Manos and Dwain Loyd. She retired in 1980 from the Holiday Inn in Marion after many years of service. Vernalee was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin.


 

 

 

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Kevin P. Brasel

 

Kevin P. Brasel, 51, of Creal Springs and formerly of Cambria, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016, in Morris, Illinois. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 13, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Kevin was born on July 22, 1964, in Carbondale, to Gary L. and Mary Lee Elva (Garrison) Brasel. He married the love of his life, Pamela Sue Blakenship on September 8, 1990, in Carbondale. He is survived by his loving wife, Pamela Brasel of Creal Springs; children, Melissa Sue Garcia of Marion, Heather Marie and Johnny Khoshaba of Mt. Vernon, and Eric Thomas Brasel of Creal Springs; grandchildren, Nathan, Matthew and Alissa Marie Garcia of Creal Springs, and Dominick and Adrian Khoshaba of Mt. Vernon; mother, Mary Brasel of Cambria; brother and sister-in-law, William and Melinda Brasel of Cambria; sister, Jessica Brasel of Cambria; and nephews, Garrett and Brock Brasel; niece, Rachael Reed; uncle, Mike "Johnny" of Gallagher, West Virginia; and many other relatives and numerous friends. Kevin never met a stranger and many became his friends. Kevin was preceded in death by his father. He always felt like a dream was never impossible. Believe in yourself and work hard to make it happen. Kevin left home at 17 and headed to Oklahoma to work in the oil fields for the summer. He started out working for Ron Reichart, a boss, friend and mentor, whom Kevin held in high regard. Kevin also worked for Gary's Metals and Transcraft. He learned his skills on the job and later attended truck driving school in Gary, Indiana. His goal was to go into business with his dad. He accomplished his dream and became the owner and operator of his own business, KP Brasel Trucking. Kevin was a loving, dedicated, hard working husband, father and grandfather. Family was everything for him. He strived to make life better for everyone. From a young age, Kevin, had a fascination with CB radios and carried the handle of "51". He also enjoyed duck hunting and fishing, and playing the game "Mobile Strike" with his wife, Pam. "Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Robert Watson


John Robert Watson, 63, of Carterville, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at his home in Carterville. Private family services will be held at a later date. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.   

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Clementine A. Snider

 

Clementine "Clemy" Antoinette (Lattuada) Snider, 75, of Herrin, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Herrin Hospital, surrounded by her family. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin, with Msgr. Kenneth Schaefer and Pastor Robert Jilek officiating. Burial will be in San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin. Visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m., conducted by the Daughters of Isabella. Visitation will also be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, in the gathering space at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Night's Shield (a children's shelter), 301 E. Garland, West Frankfort, IL 62896 or to OLMC School Fund, 316 W. Monroe Street, Herrin, IL 62948. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Clementine was born on May 25, 1941, in Herrin, to Louis Henry and Josephine Mary Louise (Pessina) Lattuada. She married William Snider on December 17, 1960, in Herrin, and together they had 5 children. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Carl Harris of Marion; sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Suzy Snider of Carbondale, James and Tara Snider of Johnston City, and Joel and Rebecca Snider of Herrin; sisters-in-law, Linda Lattuada Williams of Herrin and Susie Stufflebean of Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren and their spouses, Carl and Amanda Harris of Herrin, Callie and Nick Clark of Santa Claus, Indiana, Derrick Snider and Luke Snider, both of Carbondale, Sgt. James A. and Jennifer Snider of Ft. Hood, Texas, Hannah Snider, Jonathan Snider and Lydia Snider, all of Johnston City, Brian Julian of Hiawatha, Iowa, Scott and Jessica Julian of Ottawa, Illinois, Airman Daniel Snider of Moody Air Force Base, Ryan Snider and Abigail Snider, both of Herrin, and Jamie Jones of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; great-grandchildren, Thomas and Grace Clark, Jessa Thomas, Jerrika and Judah Snider, and Austin Julian; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Clementine was preceded in death by her parents; son, Albert Snider; brothers, Louis Jr. and Albert Lattuada; sister-in-law, Kaye Lattuada; and brothers-in-law, Donald and Reid Snider. In her earlier years, she worked for Allen Industries, Olin and GTE. Clementine retired after 20 years at Dairy Queen in Herrin. Clementine was a faithful member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. She was also very active with the Daughters of Isabella. She was famous for her cooking and enjoyed crocheting, tending to her flower garden, reading, bird watching, and traveling with her family. Clementine was a devoted and adoring mother and grandmother who was never one to shy away from an adventure with her family. She treasured the time spent with her family and grandkids. Clementine truly had a servant's heart. She lived a life of serving others whether it was volunteering with Special Olympics or simply offering a helping hand to someone in need. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and fondly remembered for her caring and strength of resolve. Her family would like to express its thanks to the staff at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin and the nurses and staff at Herrin Hospital for all of their wonderful care and support these last few weeks.


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Timothy Coogan

 

Timothy "Tim" Michael Coogan, 66, of Carterville passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with military rites by the Marion VFW Hyde-Pillow Post 1301 and the Illinois Army National Guard immediately following. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carterville Fire Department or to the Wounded Warrior Project. Tim was born on March 3, 1950, in Chicago, IL to George and Leola (Valdez) Coogan. He married Kathleen "Kathy" Rossini on April 27, 1974, in Chicago. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2007. He is survived by his loving children, Christian and Amanda Coogan of Louisville, KY and Brittany and Jason Schnicker of Carterville; grandchildren, Addison and Brooklyn Schnicker and Mia Coogan; brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Linda Coogan of Morris Plains, NJ, and Kevin and Linda Coogan of Addison, IL; sister, Caren Miller of Addison, IL; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Judy and Ray Gallichio of Green Valley, AZ; and a host of friends. Tim was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Kathy Coogan. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army as an Air Medic with the 82nd Airborne Division during Vietnam.  Following his time in the Army, Tim began a long career in the medical field as a Physician's Assistant, working 23 years and retiring with the Federal Prison System. He then returned to school completing the Physician Assistant Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and worked as a Healthcare Consultant for many years to follow, retiring again in 2015. His true passion was helping others, both physically as an Airborne Medic, EMT, and volunteer fire fighter with the Carterville Fire & Ambulance Department, and mentally as a mental health professional for those in need of psychological help. Tim was fondly known as "Poppa" to his grandkids.  He was an avid sports fan and loved to root on his beloved Chicago Bears and Cubbies.  He was also the head coach of the very first Carterville Junior High football team - he was a true mentor to his players. In his earlier years, Tim enjoyed camping and hiking with his wife, Kathy. Tim was an information gatherer, conversationalist, and master of perspective.  He will be missed by many

 

 

 

 

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Pastor Eugene "Gene" Thomas Sanders

 

Eugene Thomas Sanders, 86, of Blairsville, passed away at 1:15 P.M., Monday, June 6, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his family. Gene was born on June 28, 1929, in Royalton, Illinois.  He was the youngest of five children of Rev. Oscar and Daisy (Hutchens) Sanders. Gene grew up in Christopher, Illinois on Church street next to the First Apostolic Church where his father, Oscar, was the pastor.  He enjoyed building model airplanes, jumping box cars on the nearby train tracks and running track during his high school years.  He earned the nickname "Professor Scott" due to his studious nature and desire for learning.  After graduating high school in 1949, Gene attended Southern Illinois University but was drafted to serve in the United States Army in January, 1951.  He was a part of the 9th Armored Inf. Battalion - 6th Armored Division and served on the frontline of the Korean War where he suffered injuries during combat and was honorably discharged in October, 1952.  Upon his return from combat he was setup on a blind date where he met the love of his life at the Zeigler skating rink.  When he saw Edna Marie Null he smiled, walked over and asked if she was Virginia.  She just smiled, said no and skated off.  He was sure it was the girl he was suppose to meet because they both had a description of what the other was wearing, she had on black peddle pushers and a white blouse and he his uniform.  He was determined to meet her so he called her over a second time, got the name right and the rest is history.  Gene and Edna were married on June 15, 1953, before a Justice of the Peace in Elizabeth City, North Carolina while visiting his lifelong friend, Bob Dawson. After returning to Southern Illinois, Gene enrolled himself again at Southern Illinois University.  He made Edna a promise that if she supported their little family while he was earning his degree she would never have to work a day in her life.  She did and Gene graduated from SIU in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science.  His major was in engineering which helped him gain employment with various tooling and manufacturing companies as well as Ford Motor Company in St. Louis.  Gene was also self employed as a building contractor and manufacturer of portable storage buildings.  Gene returned to his alma mater where he was hired as an assistant professor at SIU's College of Technical Careers.  He retired from SIU in 1991.  During his retirement he enjoyed family vacations, working in his gardens and projects around the home, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids. In 1958, Gene and Edna were blessed with a baby girl, Jeannie Marie.  In 1961, while living in Christopher, Illinois, Gene made the life changing decision to follow in the foot steps of his father and spread The Word of Jesus Christ.  He, Edna and Jeannie traveled all across the United States attending special services, revivals, tent meetings, camp grounds and pastored multiple churches.  Gene taught himself to play multiple instruments while Edna played the accordion and Jeannie sang.  Gene and Edna were the founders of Jesus Name Tabernacle in Blairsville, Illinois, now known as Faith Chapel.  He served the Lord until he passed from this life to the next. Gene is survived by his wife of 62 years, Edna; daughter, Jeannie (Dennis) Ellis of Hurst; grandsons, Jeffry (Ashley) Dixon, Brian (Erin) Dixon, both of Carterville, and Aaron (Toni) Dixon of Cambria; granddaughter, Stephanie Dixon of Hurst;  great grandchildren, Connor, Madelyn, Isaac, Emerson and Rowan; along with a host of brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Russell (Hazel) Sanders; sisters, Helen (Mitch) Graham, Dimple (Eugene "Bow Wow") Dominick, and Aline (Harry) Racine.   Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 10, 2016, at Faith Chapel Church in Blairsville, with his family officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery with military honors by the Herrin VFW and American Legion Post and the Illinois Army National Guard Ritual Team. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Faith Chapel Blairsville. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

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Richard Wallace

 

Carterville - Richard Dale Wallace, 75, of Carterville, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the VA Medical Center Nursing Center, surrounded by his family. Per Richard's request, private family services will be held. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorial contributions are the preferred form of remembrance to the D.A.V., 905 S. 12th Street, Herrin, IL 62948 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.  Richard was born on August 18, 1940, in Chester, to James Ernest and Nina (Widdows) Wallace. He married Emily Cummins on August 28, 1961, in Portsmouth, Virginia. He is survived by his loving wife, Emily C. Wallace of Carterville; daughters and son-in-law, Nina Albert and Chris McCabe, Teri Wallace, and Sarah Wallace, all of Carterville; sons, David Wallace, Daniel Wallace, and Robert "Billy" Wallace, all of Carterville; and grandchildren, Taylor Wallace, Summer Williams, Brendan Beasley, Christian Albert, Aubree Albert, and William Wallace. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Gabrielle Wallace. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Navy as an E-5 Second Class Petty officer aboard the USS Richard E. Kraus, an experimental destroyer. He worked in the computer field for the State of Alaska, Boeing in Seattle and Southern Illinois University. Richard was also a self employed entrepreneur. Richard was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carterville. He also belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Carbondale.  Richard was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.  After his retirement, he spent his time bowling, flying a Cessna, and cheering on his grandkids at their sporting games. He had a selfless heart and would go out of his way to help someone.

 

 

 

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Debra Smith

 

Debra Raynette Smith, 56, of West Frankfort, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016, at her home. A celebration of her life hosted by her church family will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at the Greater Life Sanctuary, 1208 S. Main Street, Benton, with Pastor Mark Fitzpatrick officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to her family and will be accepted at the church. Debra was born on May 30, 1959, in West Frankfort, to the Rev. Raymond Eugene and Joyce Lee (Gardner) Smith. She is survived by her loving mother, Joyce Smith of West Frankfort; and a host of friends. Debra was preceded in death by her father. Since 2004, Debra served as a teacher's aide in the special education department at Herrin High School. She was a faithful member of the Greater Life Sanctuary in Benton.

 

 

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Ann Reed

 

Ann Reed, 85, of Marion, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, surrounded by her family. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, June 6, 2016, at Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville, with Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. For those who would like to attend, a family gathering at St. Joseph Catholic Church Family Life Center in Marion will follow the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry, 103 East Calvert, Marion, IL 62959. Ann was born on September 25, 1930, in Mt. Vernon, to Herman and Stella Eva (Marlow) Riley. She married Ronald Duane Reed on December 27, 1952, in Mt. Vernon. He preceded her in death on November 8, 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Jenny Martin of Marion; sons, Ronald Duane Reed and his partner Glenn Scrivner of St. Louis and Stephen Lee Reed of Herrin; daughter-in-law, Staci Pavelka of  Woodlands, Texas; brother, James Riley of Pekin; grandchildren, Myranda Martin, Kaleb Martin, Kelly and John Davis, Joshua Reed and Kristina Karson, Sara and Jonathan Benavides, Alex Reed, Katy Pavelka; and great-grandchildren, Xavier, Addison, Kimber, Jonathan, and Hunter. Ann was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sons, Keith and Paul Reed. Her love of reading lead her to a 35 year career as a catalogist at Carnegie Library in Marion. She was a member of the Paradise Alley Players Theater Group in Marion. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is assisting the family with arrangements.


 

 

 

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Mike Kovach

 

Mike Kovach, age 92, of Carterville, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, surrounded by family. Mike was born on August 25, 1923, in Royalton, to Charles and Julia (Kudzej) Kovach where he lived until he joined the Navy at the age of 17. He married Loretta May Meyer, his wife of 38 years, on September 27, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri. Together they nurtured and guided eight daughters. His 25-year career in the Navy included service during World War II in the Pacific Theater and at the attack on Pearl Harbor, and brought him to US duty stations in San Diego, California; New London, Connecticut; Charleston, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; and Virginia Beach, Virginia. After retiring from the Navy as a Master Chief (E-9) he and Loretta built a home in Carterville, and he worked for 20 years as an Electrician for the Illinois Central Railroad. He was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carterville, the Knights of Columbus, and a 60-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Mike was a family man. His time after retirement was spent planting big vegetable gardens, mowing, building outdoor sheds, winning at scrabble, and putting together or fixing anything and everything. He looked forward to family visits and holidays, and was a regular fixture at his back yard cinder-block grill tending to barbeque pork steaks and corn on the cob. His lucky daughters and their families have been the recipients of beach vacations for many years where Mike always made sure to include a learning experience along with lots of fun in the sun and waves. Mike was a man of integrity, strength and principle. Though there were many accomplishments and successes in his life, there were also hardships, which he spoke little about.  He would end almost every conversation about his life with, ‘I've been very lucky." Above all, Mike was a man who lived how we all wish we could - with hope, determination, curiosity, faith and love. He is survived by his loving daughters and sons-in-law, Regina Kovach and David Steward of Springfield, Illinois; Michele and James Tripp of Chatham, Illinois; Cynthia Kovach and Hank Norton of Warrenton, Oregon; Toni Kovach and David Fukuzawa of Troy, Michigan; Agnes Hendrickson of The Colony, Texas; Judith and Mike Bishop of Carterville, Illinois; Laura Kovach and Margaret Kovach, both of Chattanooga, Tennessee; sisters, Mary Goss of St. Louis, Missouri and June Grozik of Garden City, Idaho; 11 grandchildren, Laura Mullendore, Commander Michael Tripp, USN, Garret Tripp, Justine Leshikar, Reva Warnsman, David Chen, Miyo Fukuzawa, Gregory Fox, Tyler Hendrickson, Julia Bishop, and Stephanie Bishop; and nine great-grandchildren, Olivia and Michael Tripp, Charlotte, Cora, Celine, James, and Marshall Leshikar, Layla and Nolan Warnsman. Mike was preceded in death by his wife Loretta in 1987; parents Charles and Julia; sisters, Helen Farrar and Anne Spitellie; and brothers, John, Nick and Charles Kovach. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 6, 2016, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 300 Pine Street, Carterville, with Msgr. Kenneth Schaefer officiating. Interment with military rites will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. The family will greet friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, June 5, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 300 Pine Street, Carterville, IL 62918, or to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.

 

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Frederick "Fred" Duncan

 

Frederick "Fred" Duncan, 96, of Herrin, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016, at Hurricane Creek Assisted Living in Herrin. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Ron Henwood officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville with military honors by the Army National Guard. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Herrin, 2804 S. Park Avenue, Herrin, IL 62948. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Fred was born on March 8, 1920, in Akron, Ohio, to Herbert C. and Lena Fay (Gullic) Duncan. He married Lela M. Painter on October 21, 1951, in San Francisco. She preceded him in death on July 26, 2005. He is survived by his sister, Virginia Harlow of Herrin; brothers and sister-in-law, John and Lela Duncan of Centralia and James "J.P." Duncan of Rochelle; and many nieces and nephews. Fred was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, Frank, Herbert and Russell Duncan; sisters-in-law, Doris and Willene Duncan; and brother-in-law, Willis "Bill" Harlow. He honorably served our country overseas for 13 years in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean War. Fred liked to work with his hands and was not only a mechanic for several car dealerships in southern Illinois including, Wallace Motors, Hayes and Vic Koenig Chevrolet, but also a desk clerk who ran the parts departments. He retired after 15 years of service as a mechanic for the farm at SIU. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Herrin and the Carbondale V.F.W. Fred was an avid outdoorsman in every sense of the word. He loved hunting, fishing, working in his yard and farming his land just north of Carterville. The family would like to express its thanks to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Home Helpers and the staff of Hurricane Creek for all of their support and wonderful care.

 

 

 

 

 

    

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Al Horaz

 

Allen "Al" A. Horaz, 75, of Carterville, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family.  Al was born on May 31, 1940, in Berwyn, Illinois, to George J. and Anne Mae (Marvan) Horaz. He married Judith Leifermann on June 29, 1963, in Wheaton. He excelled in baseball as a left-handed pitcher. He had a tryout with the Chicago White Sox in 1959 where Al pitched against hitters such as Minnie Minoso, Billy Goodman, Luis Aparicio, and Earl Battey. Al was also able to work with other notable pitchers, Billy Pierce and Early Wynn. His love of baseball carried on throughout his life as he loved to cheer on his beloved Cardinals. He retired in November of 1994, after 29 years of service as a UPS driver for routes in DuQuoin then later Carterville. Al was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carterville. He was an avid bass fisherman for years, competing in many tournaments. The highlight was winning the Midwest Bass Classic with his son, Dale, in September of 2002. After retiring from bass fishing, Al had become an excellent crappie fisherman. Al took great pleasure in his time spent at the Crab Orchard Boat Club, sharing stories of other fishing successes. He is survived by his loving wife, Judith "Judy" Horaz of Carterville; sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Stacey Horaz of Lake of Egypt and James and Jessica Horaz of West Frankfort; grandchildren, Hailie, Jacob and Julia Horaz; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Reginald Haag of Sparta, Wisconsin; and a host of friends. Al was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Joanne; and In-laws, Quintin "Pat" and Virginia Leifermann. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 29, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Bob Morwell officiating.  Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville.  Visitation will be from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959 or to the First United Methodist Church, 301 Pine Street, Carterville, Illinois 62918. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

 

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James B. Childress

James Bryan Childress, 90, was born in Crainville on February 24, 1926, and died Saturday, May 21. He was the son of Robert Wilson and Minnie (Howerton) Childress.  Three sisters, Violet (Bill) Hutton, Lillian Hampton, and Maxine (Laverne) Carter predeceased him, as did his parents. One sister, June (Bill) Jones survives him, and one sibling died in childhood. James married Rosemary Samuel on September 16, 1943. He served honorably in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during WWII. He resumed high school after the war and graduated from Carterville High School in 1946, and from Southern Illinois University in 1951, all while working at the Carterville Post Office and living in a small, second floor apartment in downtown Carterville with his beloved "Dee." He was a successful businessman and owned numerous corporations and businesses in industries such as steel erection, banking, construction, sales, as well as motels and nursing homes throughout Southern Illinois and the Southeast.  He contributed to many political efforts. He was charitable, supporting education, civic and medical organizations, hospitals, churches, along with historical and relief organizations.  He was also charitable with his greatest asset, his knowledge, and was a great mentor, especially to his nieces and nephews. His success allowed him leisure time, and he loved golf, which led him to reside part-time in Sarasota, Florida for many years.  He was a member of several golf clubs in Florida, and played many of the most prestigious courses throughout the United States. James loved his wife, Rosemary, who was known as "Dee." They married young, perhaps in part by the constraints of WWII.  But, mainly they married because of their deep love for one another. He and his wife were always very close with her brother, Frank Samuel, Jr. and his wife Louise.  For a time, both families lived in the Samuel family home on South Division in Carterville, and Frank Jr. and James became brothers rather than brothers-in-law.  Frank Jr. became mayor of Carterville and served many years, remaining in the Samuel family home, but James and "Dee" moved to Benton, headquarters of AC Enterprises, his construction firm. James designed and built many buildings there, and they made lifelong friends. He was nicknamed "Gentleman Jim," a nod to his kind and honest demeanor. Time burnished and deepened their love. They began their marriage with modest means, but were frugal and industrious.  Their sacrifices and efforts resulted in financial success. They built houses for themselves.  They bought more businesses. They entertained friends and were entertained in return.  It was a good time: a time for eating, laughing, and dancing, a time for playing and a time for traveling to exotic places they never knew existed. Then, they aged and slowed, and it became time for them to sit at their breakfast table drink coffee, and watch the birds-and golfers--play in the trees. And then, it became a time to die. Together they were supported and loved by their many friends, and especially by two couples who were very close, lifetime, and very special friends: Ernie and Jean Ellen Reynolds, and Bill and Dorothy Bleyer.  James and Dee loved them very much. James is survived by his sister, June, and her daughters, Carolyn Sue Owen, Yorkville, and Judith Ellen Sundin, Grayslake. He is also survived by the children of his other sisters: From Violet: William Michael Hutton, Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Virginia Kammerer, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; Children of his sister Maxine: Patricia Lane, Madison, Wisconsin, Beverly Anthony, Prescott, Arizona, Robert Carter, Chandler, Arizona, Peter Carter and James Carter, both of Scottsdale, Arizona; Children of his sister Lillian: William Timothy Hampton, Santa Barbara, California, Dyantha Moore, Chicago, and Sharon Haerle, Elk Grove Village. He also leaves his niece, Mary Beth Samuel Theodore, Lake Forest, who James gave in marriage to Conrad Theodore and to whom James and "Dee" were second parents and served as grandparents to her children Maria, Frank and Leo; and one cousin, Robert H. Howerton, Carterville, whom he invariably introduced as his nephew. James is also survived by his wife, "Dee's" cousins: Bruce Allan Hokanson, Martinez, California, Margaret Ann Hokanson, Grand Island, New York, and the late Marilyn Rose Hokanson Severin. He and his wife enjoyed special friendships with Charlotte Hall, Benton, Peggy Tate, Memphis, Tennessee, Juanita Reynolds, Decatur, Charlotte Bailey, Bush, Sheri Hunter, Marion and Vickie Page, Benton. James' funeral service is at 11 a.m., Friday, May 27, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home, Carterville, with Pastor Melvin D. Bower, Jr. of the Carterville Presbyterian Church presiding. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial is in Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. James was sustained by his memories of the people of "Old" Crainville, his memories of his parents, Bob and Minnie, and by his memories of his teachers at Carterville High School when it was very small and those who attended were so very poor. By their words and deeds, he was taught these lessons.  Above all, be honest. Treat others as you want to be treated. Work hard. Never give up. Be tough.  Keep your word. And, if you are fortunate enough to be successful, do not be arrogant. Be charitable, for you, too, once were poor.

 

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Bill Hogg

 

Floyd "Bill" Jacob Hogg, 93, of Crainville, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Parkway Manor in Marion, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 23, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Bob Morwell officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville with military rites performed by the Marion VFW Hyde-Pillow Post 1301 and the Army National Guard Ritual Team. Masonic rites will begin at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 22, 2016, at the funeral home, with visitation immediately following. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Carterville. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Bill was born on February 26, 1923, in Colp, to Arthur and Kate (Gooden) Hogg. He married Grace Elizabeth Edwards on December 18, 1943, in Blairsville. He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Grace Hogg of Crainville; daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and Roy Bitner of Mt. Vernon and Elaine and Greg Bateman of Las Vegas; grandchildren and their spouses, Tammy Bitner and Kelly Brookman of Robinson, Ill., Tracy and Jeff Collins of Mattoon, Teri and Joe Russo of Woodlawn, Jeff and Teri Bateman of The Woodlands, Texas, and Darren Bateman and Dawn Henry of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Cooper, Cayden, Quincy, Austin, Taylor, Madison, Remington, Jori, Tyler, Jacob, Jordyn, Daryn, and Daye; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marie Brandon and Genieve Rowatt; and brother, Johnny Hogg. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Bill retired in 1984 as a supervisor at General Radiator in Mt. Vernon after more than 29 years of service. He attended the First United Methodist Church in Carterville for many years. Bill was a member of the Herrin Prairie Masonic Lodge No. 693 and the Crab Orchard Boat and Yacht Club. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping at Kentucky Lake, and gardening. Bill also was a very talented quilter and had pieced numerous quilt tops.  Bill was quite the collector of shaving mugs and had amassed a collection of over 650.

 

 

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Vera E. Gentry

Vera Ethelyn Gentry, 105, of Carterville, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Toms River, New Jersey, surrounded by her family.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 20, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Paul Hicks and Pastor Bob Morwell officiating. Private interment will follow. Visitation will be from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church in Carterville are the preferred form of remembrance. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Vera was born on December 28, 1910, to Otto and Pearl Peterson on a farm in Creal Springs, the first of 5 children. She was married to James A. "Goose" Gentry (owner of Barbara Kay Coal Company) for 51 years. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Gene Newsom; son, Tim Gentry; brother and sister-in-law, Guy "Pete" and Yolonde Peterson; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Tom Cox; 4 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Vera was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two siblings, Jim Peterson and Helen Davis. After graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in education, she taught all eight primary grades in local one room school houses in Creal Springs for many years. She raised Barbara and Tim in Carterville.  In 2003, she moved from Carterville to New Jersey where she lived with her daughter. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in Carterville for over 60 years. Vera enjoyed playing church hymns on the piano, gardening, doing word search puzzles, and sharing stories.  She could often be found wearing purple, her favorite color. She found joy in her family and her devotion to God. 

 

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The Southern Obituaries

2016 ARCHIVES
January
01/01 - Ronald "Bear" Lee
01/03 - Richard A. Lyon 
01/10 - Hilda Frances Dover-Gibson 
01/17 - Crandle Groves
01/28 - Mark Warren Skaggs 
01/29 - Bill Venable 

July

07/02 - Teresa M. Smith
07/03 - Karren E. McFarland 
07/09 - Charles Dunning
07/09 - Barney Fozzard 
07/16 - Evelyn Sue Spiller 
07/20 - Leonard Glover 

February

02/01 - Lawrence Wortham

02/02 - Donna Ruth Meier 

02/05 - Jessie Perry 

02/06 - Jerry Siebert

02/07 - Raymond F. Wehrs 

02/09 - Carmen Elders

02/13 - Russell Gann 

02/16 - Lana K. Smith 

02/14 - Bruce Groll

02/17 - Julia James 

02/24 - Donald Ogden

02/25 - Roberta "Bobbie" Waggoner

02/26 - Bertha Thompson 

 

 

 

August

08/05 - Susan Morgan 
08/11 - Rosalita "Squeeky" Spiller
08/26 - Jake Pansing 
08/28 - Scott Skelton
08/30 - Sam Rich 
 
 

March

03/05 - Linda K. Runge 

03/05 - Samuel "Sam" Couch 

03/10 - Delorse Ann Leeper 

September

 

April

04/01 - Maxine Collins 

04/04 - George D. Hensley 

04/05 - Lillian Hock Jackson

04/17 - Alberta Hicks

04/23 - Tonya Rhae Taylor 

04/27 - Lonnie O. Marks 

04/28 - Cleotis "Margie" Malony 

 

October

 

 

May

05/09 - Robert S. Sewell
05/14 - Vera E. Gentry 
05/19 - Bill Hogg 
05/21 - James B. Childress
05/26 - Al Horaz 
05/27 - Debra Smith 
05/29 - Fred Duncan
05/31 - Mike Kovach 
 
 

November

 

June

06/02 - Ann Reed

06/05 - Richard Dale Wallace

06/06 - Kevin P. Brasel

06/06 - Pastor Eugene Sanders 

06/06 - Timothy Coogan 

06/07 - Clementine A. Snider

06/07 - John Robert Watson 

06/10 - Vernalee Allsup 

06/10 - Dorothy Carter

06/12 - Mike Vanhorn 

06/23 - LaRue Shelton-Brown 

December