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Please note: obituaries will be posted when arrangements are complete and they will remain online for 30 days. For obituaries older than 30 days, please contact us at rigginfh@hotmail.com. Please include in the subject line, Obituary or Geneaology Request.

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Robert Cowan

Robert Darrel Cowan, 28, formerly of Carterville, passed into the loving arms of Jesus at 2:20 a.m., on March 23rd in the merciful care of Herrin Hospital. Robert was born in Carbondale, on November 22, 1988, to Richard and Anita Cowan. He was a 2007 graduate of Carterville High School where he ran track and participated in the creative arts program. He went on to study graphic design at John A. Logan College. Robert had a love for the arts. He had a talent for drawing and painting, and had a passion for music. He loved life and had a way of making those who knew him smile and laugh. He will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. Survivors include: his mother, Anita Cowan of Cambria; brother, sister-in-law and niece, Philip, Sesslie and Audriana Cowan of Herrin; sister, brother-in-law and nieces, Danielle, Jake, Harper and Eden Warren of Lexington, Tennessee; sister and brother-in-law, Susanne and Nick Alvis of Cambria; grandparents, Bob and Louise Cowan of Cambria; grandmother, Sue Cowan of Herrin; grandfather, Darrel Sawyer of Chesapeake, Virginia; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Robert was preceded in death by his father, Richard Cowan and brother-in-law, Michael Drake. Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Love and Truth Church, 1201 Marion Street, Crainville, with Pastor Bob Wynn officiating. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. The family requests that memorial contributions in lieu of flowers be made to the Carterville High School Art department. Envelopes will be available at the church. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Herrin Hospital for the exceptional care Robert received during the end of his life. They would also like to thank Amy Knope and Angie Menees for going above and beyond the call of duty. You ladies brought so much peace and comfort during this difficult time. Thank you, sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts. 

 

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Jeannie Jeralds

 

Onita "Jeannie" Jeralds, 79, of Cambria, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. R. H. Chitwood officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Jeannie was born on December 6, 1937, in Herrin, to James and Loretha (Poole) Waldron. She married Dennis Jeralds on November 2, 1956, in Carbondale. He preceded her in death on May 17, 2008. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Debbie Jeralds and Terry and Teresa Jeralds, all of Cambria; grandchildren and their spouses, Jason and Amber Jeralds and Angela and Josh Clay, all of Carterville, Scott Jeralds, and Jennifer Jeralds and Tony Anderson, all of Cambria; great-grandchildren, Noah Jeralds, Cadence Jeralds, Abigail Clay, Kegan Kronsbein, Briley Clay, Drake Jeralds, Alexia Jeralds-Anderson; and uncle and aunt, Jack and Oleta Sellers of Colp. Jeannie was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She retired in 2006, after 33 years of service as a dietician for Herrin Hospital. Jeannie enjoyed crocheting and going out to eat with the "Cambria Girls". Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandkids.

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Carolyn Hagler-Wynn

 

Carolyn Hagler-Wynn, 82, of Herrin, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Home in Herrin, surrounded by her family. Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Indian Hill Cemetery in DeSoto. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to The Angelina Foundation, a no kill animal shelter, 7570 Grassy Road, Carbondale, IL 62902. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Carolyn was born on October 12, 1934, in DeSoto, to Loyd and Wilma G. (Dietz) Vancil. She married Bob Hagler and together they had two sons and a daughter, Bruce, Paul and Sherri. She is survived by her loving sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Linda Hagler of Cambria and Paul and Cathy Hagler of Freeman Spur; grandchildren, Jennifer Johnson of Paducah, Justin Hagler of Herrin, Chris Hagler of Benton, Sarah and Drew Robbins of Carbondale, Josh Vancil of Marion, Sean Vancil of Herrin, and Krista Hammonds of Herrin; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great great-grandchild;  sister, Ruth Ann Tolbert of Herrin; nieces, Melody Buckingham, Harmony Kay Tolbert and Paula Ann Barton; a half sister to Bruce and Paul, Dora Ann Whitecotton of Dowell; her beloved dogs, Molly and Junior; and numerous great nieces, nephews and cousins.  Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Cheryl "Sherri" Vancil; and grandson, Jarred Bennett. She retired after more than 35 years of service as a Registered Nurse for Herrin Hospital. Following her retirement from Herrin Hospital, Carolyn worked as a Home Health Nurse. Carolyn was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in DeSoto. She enjoyed reading, playing Canasta, embroidering, and tending to her flower beds. Carolyn's family would like to thank her friends and homemakers "her girls" for their friendship and special care.  A very special thanks to Jackie Emery, who went above and beyond in caring for her.  Her West Adams neighbors were an important part of her life-she loved you and we thank you for your caring friendship to our mother.  



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Ladena Schoolcraft

Ladena Mae (Rushing) Schoolcraft, 81, of Garland, Texas, and formerly of Herrin, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Winters Park Nursing Home in Garland. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 20, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Burial will be in Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.  Ladena was born on July 27, 1935, in Carterville, where she was raised by her mother, Violet Ludene and step-father, J. Lee Rushing. She is survived by her nephews, Keith Overturf and Kevin B. Overturf, both of Texas; niece, Michelle Rizzardi of Virginia; step-brother, James Rushing of Collinsville; step-sister, Joyce Bobka of Collinsville, step-niece, Andrea Caswell of Collinsville; step-nephews, Craig Bobka of Collinsville and Derek Bobka of O'Fallon; and various cousins. Ladena was preceded in death by her mother; step-father, J. Lee Rushing; sister, Patricia Gooch; and nephew, Warren M. Overturf. Before Ladena moved to Texas, she had attended the First Baptist Church in Herrin. Ladena enjoyed watching television and going to movies. Her big passion was playing Bingo. She just loved being around people and visiting. She will be dearly missed. 

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Ruth Arnold

 

Ruth Genevieve Arnold, 99, of Florissant, Missouri and formerly of Carterville, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Lakeside Meadows in Osage Beach, Missouri. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 20, 2017, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.  Ruth was born on April 4, 1917, in Crainville, to Arthur A. and Estella (King) Alexander. She married Kenneth Arnold on April 4, 1938, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death on August 15, 1983. Those left to cherish her memory, are her great-nephew, Mark Grafeman; great-niece, Marcia Grafeman; great great-nieces, Jessica Reed and Sarah (Nate) Williams; great great-nephew, Joe Grafeman; great great great-nephew, Tony Reed; great great great-nieces, Annabelle Williams and Aurora Lynn Williams; dear friend, Kathy Bowdern; great nephew, Mike (Sharon) Hardcastle; great niece, Dawn Grafeman; niece, Evelyn Hartmann; nephews, Richard Alexander and Charles Alexander; and several other nephews and nieces. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters; and two brothers. 

 

 

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JaVon Tarik Trott

 

JaVon Tarik Trott, 19, of Herrin, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the West Monroe Apostolic Church in Herrin, with Rev. Terry Griffith officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, at the church. Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 20, 2017, at Herrin City Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the church. JaVon was born on January 29, 1998, in Carbondale, to Brian Duane Jones and Katherine Elaine Trott. He is survived by his father and mother, Brian Jones and Ann Ward of Herrin; mother, Katherine Trott of Zeigler; brothers, Brian Jones Jr. of Lansing, Michigan, Jory Trott-Brown of Carbondale, Zachary Trott of Zeigler, Hakeem Jones of Herrin, and Tre'Von Jones of Herrin; sister, Destiny Jones of Herrin; grandmother, Carolyn Hanner of Crainville; fiancée, Paris Comegys of Albion; special aunt and uncle, Dan and Deb Ward of Carterville; and a host of friends. JaVon was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dupree and Rachel Jones, Ron Hanner, Clarence and Mary Ward. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Betty Jane Stivers

 

Betty Jane Stivers, 72, of Carterville, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. A memorial service hosted by Betty's family will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the First Christian Church, 203 Virginia Avenue, Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Betty was born on December 21, 1944, in Biloxi, Mississippi, to Robert C. and Flonnie Faye (Taylor) Raudenbush. She is survived by her daughters, Tracy Stuthers of Carterville, Bobbi Jo (Anthony) Gurley of Herrin and Rebecca Pullum of Herrin; sisters, Sandra Tippy of Johnston City, Linda (Gilbert) Smothers of Akin, and Dotty (Danny) Tucker of Carterville; brothers, Richard Raudenbush of Marion, Daniel Raudenbush of Carterville, and Robert (Bev) Raudenbush of Carterville; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Kendra Sue Reynolds. She attended Grand Avenue Baptist Church and First Christian Church, both in Carterville. Betty enjoyed going fishing, camping but most of all, spending time with her family. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville assisted the family with cremation services.

 

 

 

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Paul B. Davis 

Paul B. Davis, 84, of Carterville, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017, at Herrin Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Kevin Edwards officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. For those attending, the family requests you show your Lion pride by wearing Carterville Lions or St. Louis Cardinals colors, to show your love and support. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carterville Lions Booster Club or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Paul was born on November 11, 1932, in Carterville, to Lawrence and Effie (Beltz) Davis. He married Linda McCluskey on July 24, 1954, in Carterville. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Linda Davis, of Carterville; children, Keith and Shari Davis, Kendall and Sandi Davis, and Paula Terrana Cowsert and Jeff Cowsert, all of Carterville; grandchildren, Danielle and Mark Fields, Taylor and Jake McCann, Mike Terrana, Jordan Terrana, Andrew Cowsert, Destiny Cowsert, Faith Cowsert, Brent Binkley, Brian Binkley, and Billy Binkley; 11 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Terry Terrana; brother, Leonard Davis; and an infant sister, Mildred Davis.  He had been attending the Destiny Center Church in Carterville.  He retired after more than 40 years of service as a machinist at Norge in Herrin. Paul had a great love of sports. He was a stellar high school athlete in basketball. He would later serve as a referee at junior high and high school basketball games for more than 30 years. The sporting world was Paul's life. He roared with Carterville Lion Pride and rooted on his beloved Cardinals to victory. However, his greatest joy was his family, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids. He will always be remembered as a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend.

 

 

 

 

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Chuck Groutage

Charles "Chuck" P. Groutage, 53, of Hurst, passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born on November 10, 1963, in Oregon City, Oregon, to Thomas M. and Phyllis (Bucy) Groutage. Chuck married Gina Belcher on September 29, 1995, in Carterville. Chuck is survived by his loving wife, Gina Groutage of Hurst; children, Quinn and Hannah Groutage of Hurst; mother, Phyllis Groutage of Carterville; siblings, David Groutage (Tina Whetstine) of Canton, Mark Groutage  (Jim Patrick) of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Heather Groutage of DeSoto; father-in-law, Mike Belcher of Johnston City; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Susan Belcher and William Broom of Tampa, Florida, Kelly Belcher Hartung, Mickey and Brandy Belcher, and Luther and Dana Belcher, all of Johnston City; numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Chuck was preceded in death by his Father, Thomas M. Groutage, and Mother-in-law, Vivian Belcher. From childhood Chuck liked to work on cars. He went from working on matchbox cars as a boy to working as a mechanic for Auffenburg in Carbondale. There wasn't a vehicle he couldn't fix.  Chuck was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially with his son, Quinn.  His greatest joy was attending his kids' sporting events and cheering them on from the stands, the latest being cheering his daughter, Hannah, toward success in volleyball and basketball. He had a talent for music, particularly singing. Chuck earned a musical scholarship to Spoon River College where he attained his Associate's Degree.  A memorial service hosted by Chuck's family will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church, 301 Pine Street, Carterville, with Pastor Bob Morwell officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the church.  Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville assisted the family with cremation services.

 

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William "Bill" McKenzie

William "Bill" H. McKenzie, 85, of Carterville, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017, at Manor Court of Carbondale. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams and the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville, with military rites conducted by the Herrin VFW and American Legion and the Army National Guard Ritual Team. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2017, at the funeral home, with Masonic Rites conducted at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children-St. Louis, 4400 Clayton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Bill was born on June 15, 1931, in Carterville, to William Herman and Mary Frances (Clayton) McKenzie Sr. He married Norma Jean Masters on September 10, 1950, in Osceola, Arkansas. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Norma McKenzie of Carterville; sons, Terry McKenzie of Carterville and Jim McKenzie of Seattle, Washington; daughter and son-in-law, Iris and Lynn Glover of Carterville; sisters, Velda Fozzard, Fayetta Robinson, Marjorie Hicks all of Carterville; grandchildren and their spouses, Amber Dawn and Andrew Turgeon of Memphis, Jennifer and Cory Sokolowski of Chesapeake, Virginia, Cory McKenzie of Carterville, Cody McKenzie and fiancé Courtney Williams of Carterville; great-grandchildren, Eastyn Stucker, Ryder McKenzie and Rhett Sokolowski; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Derril and Jolene Masters of Herrin, Cecil Miller of Bush and Diane and Raymond Davis of Herrin; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jack and J.C. Leeper, Jack Ingram and Tom Counce. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Imogene Thomas, Bernice Adams and Eileen Odom; and brothers, Jack and Leonard Hoover. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army serving overseas during the Korean War. Following his time in the service, Bill continued his calling to serve his communities as Carterville Police Chief and with Carterville's Volunteer Fire Department. Bill retired in 1993, after 24 years of service with the Maintenance Department at SIUC. He attended the First Christian Church in Carterville. Bill owned and operated Bill's Small Engines with his son Terry for many years in Carterville. He was a member of the Hurst Masonic Lodge #1004 and the Ainad Shiners' Temple.  Bill loved researching genealogy and was very knowledgeable when it came to information regarding Carterville. He enjoyed telling stories and spending time with his grandkids. 

 

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Joseph "Joe" Andoslek

Joseph "Joe" Paul Andolsek, 67, of Carterville, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at St. Louis University Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carterville, with Fr. Richard Mohr officiating. Burial will be in San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home.  Joe was born on February 3, 1950, in St. Louis, to Rudolph and Anastasia (Zwara) Andolsek. He married Linda Rae Waugh on October 17, 1970, in Herrin. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Linda Andolsek of Carterville; daughters and son-in-law, Lori and Kevin Jones of Carterville and Jodi Pinkard of Blairsville; son, John Andolsek of Carterville; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Ed Keiner of Nobelsville, Indiana; brother and sister-in-law, John and Nancy Andolsek of Goreville; grandchildren, Chris Pinkard of Blairsville, Ali Hall of Herrin, Meagan Pinkard of Blairsville, Tristin Burroughs of Carterville, and Paxton Andolsek of Carterville; great-grandchild, Laeklynn Jones of Herrin. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anastasia Quinby; and brother, Rudy Andolsek. He worked for 13 years as a pumper for Burning Star 5 Coal Company until the mine's closure. He then went to work for B&P John's Hauling in California for 7 years. After returning from California, Joe worked for Bost Trucking in Murphysboro then later at Shawnee Express in Herrin for 17 years as the head of their safety department. Joe was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carterville. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, fishing and tending to his garden and fruit trees. Joe also made homemade wine and jewelry. He liked to travel to the Gulf of Mexico as often as he could. Joe was regularly found tinkering with old trucks, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandkids.


 

 

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Wayne "Moneytrain" Taylor

 

Wayne "Moneytrain" Taylor, 50, of Carterville, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Herrin Hospital, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Wayne was born on November 14, 1966, in Herrin, to Sherman D. and Dorothy (Scurlock) Taylor. He married Kendra Hollister on August 23, 1985, in Carterville. He is survived by his loving wife, Kendra Taylor of Carterville; son, Travis Taylor and his fiancée, Alicia Guebert of Carterville; sister, Mary Taylor and her friend, Jerry England of Carterville; brother, Todd Taylor and his husband, Ricky Taylor of Carterville; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kristal and Erik Glasser of Herrin; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Kendall and Khrissy Hollister of Carterville and Gary Allen and Lydia Emery of Mt. Vernon; many nieces and nephews; a host of friends including his extended truck-driving family; and his beloved dog, Annie. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents. He was a self-employed over-the-road truck driver who owned and operated Taylor & Son Trucking. Wayne was most recently working for Siner Transport in Marion. Wayne was an avid outdoorsman who loved to go fishing. He liked to be out working on cars or simply tinkering around in the barn. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and will be remembered for his giving heart and big smile.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2017 ARCHIVES
January
01/02 - Jim Rushing
01/05 - David L. Smith 
01/06 - Jimmy Don Ellet 
01/18 - Dorothy L. DePew 
01/18 - Joetta Dean Howerton 
01/24 - Christopher Kelley
01/28 - Nema Culbertson 
01/30 - Loudene Mayer 

July



February

02/04 - Grace Hogg

02/11 - Donnie Davis

02/11 - Tammy Ann Charles

02/13 - William Arnold 

02/15 - George Smith 

02/16 - Wayne Taylor 

02/18 - Joe Andoslek 

02/27 - William "Bill" McKenzie 

August

 
 
 

March

03/04 - Chuck Groutage

03/06 - Paul B. Davis 

03/09 - JaVon Tarik Trott

03/10 - Ladena Schoolcraft 

03/11 - Betty Jane Stivers

03/14 - Ruth Arnold 

03/16 - Carolyn Wynn

03/16 - Jeannie Jeralds 

03/23 - Robert Cowan 

 

 

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November



June

 


December

12/05 - Mary Lou Foehner 
12/08 - Ronnie Helm
12/12 - Barbara Murray 
12/21 - Jair "Popeye" Loyd Sr.  
12/26 - Bill Bleyer 
12/31 - Stacey Schohn Aubuchon