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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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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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George Smith

George Edward Smith III, 69, of Herrin, went to be with the Lord on February 15, 2017, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis from medical complications and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on March 19, 1947, in Carbondale, to George Edward and Mary Louise (Hinchliffe) Smith. He was raised from birth by Violet Mae "Sis" (Phillips) and his father. George is survived by his daughter, Leah Smith and her significant other, Mike Villa, of Carbondale; son, George Benjamin Cody Smith of Herrin; brothers and sisters-in-law, JT and Rhonda Smith of Cambria and Rick and Vivian Smith of Maryland; granddaughters, Abadine and Kinsely; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, George Smith; mother, Violet Smith; birthmother, Mary Louise Hinchcliffe; and sister, Vicki Lynn Smith. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army. George was a wonderful caring father and grandfather. He was a dedicated member of the West Monroe Apostolic church in Herrin. He loved to play jokes on people and pass out candy to all the little kiddos at the church. George also volunteered as the Pantry Director at the church for 6 years prior to it closing. His works with the pantry, lead him to become an important part in helping with the Ed Quaglia Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner for many years. He enjoyed architecture, was a model train enthusiast and an avid book reader of mystery and historical books. When he wasn't immersed in his hobbies, he spent a lot of his time helping out his church family. He also adored spending time with his dog, Bear and his granddaughter, Abadine. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home, with the Revs. Ralph Brandon and Terry Griffith officiating. Graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m., in Mounds City National Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Pulaski County VFW Post 8891 and the Army National Guard Ritual Team. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Monday, February 20, 2017, at the funeral home.

 

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Patricia Black

 

Patricia Ann (Stover) Black, 91, of Bethalto and formerly of Carterville, passed away on the evening of January 27, 2017, at Alton Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was born on September 12, 1925, the youngest child of Arthur Elva and Della Ann (Crain) Stover of Carterville. She graduated from Carterville Community High School in 1943, received her bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1947, and earned a master's degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1970. She spent most of her working life teaching in the public schools. On December 26, 1947, she married James L. Black Jr. a Carterville native and veteran of World War II, with whom she had two sons. In 1953, the family moved to Bethalto, where she taught in the district's elementary schools while her husband headed the high school guidance department at Roxana. After his death in an automobile accident in November 1968, she was left to raise their teenage sons alone. She was a faithful member for many years at the Bethalto United Methodist Church, where she played the organ and directed the choir; over the years she was also involved in a number of other organizations and activities, including the Bethalto Women's Club and the Bethalto Public Library. Her lifelong recreational interests included knitting, quilting, reading, music, gardening, and traveling. She spent her final years at the Villa Rose Senior Living Community in Bethalto. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by four sisters, Eva Stover of Marion, Reba Ridley of Carterville, Pearl Smith of Tucson, Arizona, and Esther Miller of Creve Coeur, and many other relatives and in-laws in the Stover and Black families. She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Roger and Therese Black of Madison, Wisconsin and David Black of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren, Christopher Black of Madison, Wisconsin and Ellen Black of Iowa City, Iowa; brother-in-law, Don and Alice Black of Carterville; nephew, Jack and Sue Ridley of Carterville, with whom she was especially close; and other nieces, nephews, and more distant relatives too numerous to list. At her request there was no visitation, funeral or public memorial.


 

 

 

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William "Bill" Arnold

 

William "Bill" Joseph Arnold, 72, of Carterville, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 17, 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., Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, National Center 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Bill was born on March 2, 1944, in Harrisburg, to Jack Holmes and Joyce (Kremer) Arnold. He married Barbara Maurer on July 31, 1963. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara Arnold of Carterville; daughters and son-in-law, Jennifer Arnold, and Chris (Curt) Oetjen, all of Carterville; grandchildren, Jaqueline (Jason) Cullum of Carterville and Amy (Luke) Clendenin of Geneseo, Illinois; step-granddaughter, Becca Spencer of Carterville; great-grandchildren, Kaylee Jo Cullum, Logan Clendenin, Jackson Clendenin, and Xennon Spencer; brothers and sisters-in-law, John (Audrey) Arnold of Ava and Jack (Ginger) Arnold of Galatia; sister-in-law Janis Arnold of Galatia. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, David, Larry and Charles Robert Arnold. He was a jack of all trades when it came to his career. Bill began as a car salesman for several dealerships in the area, working his way up to Sales Manager.  He worked with George Hensley for several years, remodeling houses in the Carterville area.  Bill has always had a passion for boating and hunting. The passion for boats lead him into hauling oversized boats with Tom Cox. 

 

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Tammy Ann Charles

 

Tammy Ann Charles, 44, of Carterville, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Jeff Wiggs officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Care Animal Shelter, 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966 or to the Carbondale Stage Company, 418 S. Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, IL 62901. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Tammy was born on July 21, 1972, in Carbondale, to Van Anderson and Gloria Joyce (Mitchell) McGill. She is survived by her mother, Joyce (Edward) Fear of Carterville; father, Van (Ada) McGill of Elkville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Pamela (Carl) Stout of Royalton, Vanessa (Joey) Taitt of Herrin and Mary Fear of Piedmont, Missouri; brothers and sisters-in-law, Chais (Sharon) McGill of Herrin, Kevin (Heather) Fear of Goreville and Neil (Cassie) Wallace of Zeigler; significant other, Curtis Brown of Carterville;  nieces and nephews, Courtney, Dahlia, Gage, Avery, Emily, Emma, Bane, and Layla; special friends, her Beyke boys, Sandy and Sooner Sherry, Doris and Rod Harrison, Jacquie Betz, and Lauren Padgett. Tammy worked as a property manager for Paragon Properties in Carbondale.  Her creativity knew no bounds as she was a noted baker, cake decorator and owner of the Cake Diva.  She had a passion for acting and shared her love for the theatre through her works with the Stage Company in Carbondale. Tammy served many roles with the stage company as cast, crew, stage manager, director and anything else they needed.  She was a true talent, gifted singer and enjoyed playing the piano. Tammy had a soft spot for animals, especially dogs, and she helped to find forever homes for dogs. A self-proclaimed "Trekkie", Tammy, who was also quite the movie buff, loved Elvis and "Weird Al", enjoyed fishing, and going antique shopping.  


 

 

 

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Donnie Davis

 

Donald "Donnie" Ray Davis, 61, of Carterville, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Donnie Colson officiating. Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. Donnie was born on October 1, 1955, in Carbondale, to Willard and Genevieve (Bird) Davis. He married Kathie Emery in 1982 in Harrisburg. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathie Davis of Carterville; son, Rafe Emery of Carterville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Alma and P.D. McCamish of Carterville, Dorothy and Frank Wright of Herrin, Carol and Gib Foley of Herrin, and Ellen Lee of Herrin; brother, Bill Davis of Carterville; sister-in-law, Shirley Davis of Carterville; several nieces and nephews; a host of friends; and his beloved dog, Jessie. Donnie was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Tom Davis; and sister-in-law, Barbara Davis. For 20 years, Donnie would travel the country remodeling Wal-Mart stores. He was recently working for Compaq in Carbondale. Donnie was a talented carpenter and woodworker. He was an avid coin collector. Donnie loved being outdoors. He was often found outside grilling.


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Grace Hogg

 

Grace Elizabeth Hogg, 93, of Crainville, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Parkway Manor in Marion, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 9, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Dr. Wade Rowatt Jr. and Pastor Bob Morwell officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Carterville. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Grace was born on January 15, 1924, in Carterville, to Lloyd and Leta (Hogg) Edwards. She married Floyd "Bill" Jacob Hogg on December 18, 1943, in Blairsville. Together they shared 72 years before his passing on May 19, 2016. She is survived by her loving 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 Collings 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; great-grandchildren, Cooper, Cayden, Quincy, Austin, Taylor, Madison, Remington, Jori, Tyler, Jacob, Jordyn, Daryn, and Daye; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Grace was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Pauline Bartos, Ruth Flanigan and Helen Clark; and brothers, George, Lowell and Earl Edwards. She retired in 1980, after 20 years of service as a paralegal for Chicago Title and Insurance Company. She was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Carterville. Grace also belonged to the Red Hat Society and the Business and Professional Women's Club in Mt. Vernon. She was a talented cook known for her pies and dumplings. Grace enjoyed doing cross stitch and was a veracious reader.

 

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Bobby Church

 

Bobby Garrell Church, 65, of Carterville, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Revs. Matt Caraway and R.H. Chitwood officiating. Burial will be at Blairsville Cemetery with military rites by the 3rd Battalion 23rd Marine Regiment Inspector Instructor Staff. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2017, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, Illinois 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Bobby was born on February 21, 1951, in Carbondale, to Robert Lee and Evadean (Hall) Church. He married Sherry Louise Reeves on September 1, 2001, in Carterville. She preceded him in death on August 26, 2013. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Karee Church of West Frankfort; step- sons, Rob and Amy Ellis of Marble Falls, Texas and Zack Ellis of Lakeway, Texas; grandchildren, Garrett and Griffen Church and Alexandra and Austin Ellis; mother, Evadean Church of Cambria; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marsha and Tom McGuire of Carterville, Donnetta and Hector Pacheco of Houston and Lynette and Steve Marble of Waseca, Minnesota; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robbie and Linda Church, Dee and Linda Church and Jeff and Melodie Church, all of Carterville, Randy and Patricia Church of Nixa, Missouri, Lyndell Church of Cambria, and James and Jill Church of Bartlett, Tennessee; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Bobby was preceded in death by his father. He honorably served our country in the United States Marine Corps, serving overseas in Vietnam. Bobby retired after 30 years of service in the Corps with multiple medals and accolades. Following his career in the military, Bobby worked in the Maintenance Department at SIU, retiring after 10 years. Bobby was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Herrin. He loved to watch his grandkids play ball. Semper Fi. Oorah!


 

 

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Nema Culbertson

 

Wynema "Nema" Valerie (McNeill) Culbertson, 82, of Benton, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Parkway Manor in Marion. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Following the graveside services, a Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at the Christian Life Center in Herrin. Nema, the youngest of four daughters, was born on August 20, 1934, in Carterville, to Gaston and Bertha McNeill.  She married Doyle Culbertson who preceded her in death in 1986. Nema graduated from West Frankfort High School where she returned after graduation to serve as the school secretary. She held this position for many years. Although she never had any biological children, she had lots of former students and friends who she fondly referred to as "her kids". She also was a long time prayer partner and coordinator at TCT in Marion. She was especially grateful for the opportunity to touch lives and to serve her Lord, Jesus in these ways. Her caring nature was evident to all who knew her. Besides her love of the Lord, fishing was her great passion. She also had many nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews, who she loved dearly. They were proud to call her Aunt Nema and looked forward to spending time with her and enjoying her cheerful and supportive nature. Her gentle and vibrant spirit will be missed by all who knew her. She would be quick to remind us, however, that there will be a time when we who put our faith in the Lord Jesus as Savior will gather together again never to be apart. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Mary Lou, Elizabeth Jane, and Phyllis Mae. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

 

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Loudene Mayer

 

Loudene Mayer, 84, of Carterville and formerly Creal Springs, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2017, at Herrin Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor George Calhoun officiating. Burial will be in County Line Cemetery in Creal Springs. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Loudene was born on April 6, 1932, in Tunnel Hill, to Gus and Delia (Ollis) Kelley. She married Maurice Mayer on March 12, 1953, in Marion. He preceded her in death on January 31, 1988.  She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Garry Wiggs of Carterville; the light of her life, her grandson, Garred Wiggs of Carterville; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Loudene was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Walter "Bill" Kelley and Lowell Lewis "Bud" Kelley. She was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her home and family. Loudene also cleaned houses for people over the years.  When Loudene lived in Creal Springs, she was a member of the Creal Springs Assembly of God. She had most recently been attending God's House of Prayer in Carterville. She loved to listen to Gospel music. Her favorite Gospel musician was her husband, Maurice. Most of all, Loudene cherished spending time with her family.


 

 

 

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Christopher Kelley

 

Christopher Matthew Lee Kelley, 22, of Hurst, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Blairsville Cemetery, with the Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted through the funeral home. The son of DeWayne L. Kelley and Betty Meade, Christopher was born on February 15, 1994, in Carbondale.He is survived by his loving parents, DeWayne L. Kelley and Betty Meade of Hurst; sister, Autumn Hornbostle of Herrin; brothers, Nicholas Kelley and Andrew Kelley of West Frankfort; nieces, Ravyn Bear and Camilla Hornbostle of Herrin; grandmothers, Evelyn Meade of Marion and Jean Ann Spreitler of Coulterville; uncle, Lennis and Charlotte Meade of Carterville; aunts, Becky Anderson of Marion and Alice Campbell of Johnston City; and many cousins. Christopher was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Walter Lee Kelley and Lennis Meade; aunt, Ethel Roper, cousin; Christie Meade; great aunt, Opal "Deanie" Loudene Mayer; and adopted aunt, Patricia Musial. He was the light of his parent's life and loved to play. Christopher graduated Herrin High School. He worked at Our Directions in Herrin. "We love you ‘little man'".

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joetta Dean Howerton

Joetta Dean Howerton, 77, of Crainville, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Carterville, with the Rev. Brad Harlow officiating. Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. Memorial contributions may be made to Pregnancy Matters, 241, South Lewis Lane, Carbondale, Illinois 62902. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Joetta was born on December 20, 1939, in Chicago, to Joseph and Imogene (McKenzie) Falittie. She married Paul Gene Howerton on July 1, 1960, in Crainville. He preceded her in death on July 19, 1986. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Linda Howerton of Wichita, Kansas and Joe and Christy Howerton of Carterville; grandchildren, Luke Howerton and Amanda Howerton, both of Carterville; sisters, Melinda Torgerson of Bradenton, Florida and Debbie Adams of New Port Richey, Florida; sisters-in-law, Genevieve Adams of Hillsboro and Betty Faulkner of Collinsville; and aunt and special friend, Velda Fozzard. Joetta was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She had worked at Carterville State and Savings Bank for many years. Joetta was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Carterville. Family always came first. She enjoying swimming daily at JALC and traveling all over the United States.


 

 

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Dorothy L. DePew

Dorothy Louise DePew, 91, of Anna and formerly of Carterville, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at her daughter's home in Anna.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Tony Nolan officiating.  Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Gum Drops, P.O. Box 228, Carterville, IL 62918. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Dorothy was born on May 26, 1925, in Mexico, Missouri, to Frank and Josephine (Bailey) Younger.  She married Kenneth A. DePew on December 26, 1942, in St. Charles, Missouri.  He preceded her in death on May 6, 1983. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Crystal and Pastor Tony Nolan of Holland, Michigan and Debbie and Alan Mighell of Anna; son and daughter-in-law, David and Linda DePew of Carterville; step-sister, Sharon Young of Anderson, California; seven grandchildren; and twenty-four great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Betty Stevens; and brother, George Younger.  Dorothy retired in 1984, after twenty years of service as a Dinning Room Supervisor at SIU.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Carterville.  Dorothy enjoyed being a Girl Scout leader, going to yard sales, traveling, but most of all, her biggest joy was her family.  She will be dearly missed.


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Jimmy Don Ellet

 

Jimmy Don Ellet, 62, of Carlsbad, New Mexico and formerly of Carterville, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Carlsbad Medical Center.  Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor John Temple officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at the funeral home. Jimmy Don was born December 6, 1954, in Carbondale, to Grant and Ruby Deloris (Kingery) Ellet. He was raised and educated in southern Illinois. Jimmy Don married Kathryn "Gail" Parrish on October 22, 1983, in Meeker, Colorado. They made their home in Colorado where Jimmy was employed with Gilbert Corporation as a hard rock miner. They relocated to Carlsbad, New Mexico in 1984. He was currently employed as Mining Operations Specialist with NWP where he had served in various mining positions throughout the years. He is survived by his loving wife, Gail Ellet of Carlsbad, New Mexico; mother, Ruby Ellet of Carbondale; daughters, Shawnda Jones of Glenpool, Oklahoma and Melissa Ellet of Las Cruces, New Mexico; son, Austin Halstead of Carlsbad, New Mexico; brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Judy Ellet of Carterville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jacqueline Ronnebeck of Metropolis, Nancy and Michael Ford of Swansea and Janice Ellet of Cambria, and John McNeal of Herrin; grandchildren, Ryder, Camden and Everly Jones and Rayne Kathryn Speed; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; a host of friends; and his faithful dog, Duke. Jimmy Don was preceded in death by his father; brothers, Rodney Wayne, Charlie and Larry Ellet; and sister, Monna Pack. He was an avid golfer who enjoyed every aspect of the game. Jimmy Don attended the First United Methodist Church in Carlsbad. He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1558.  Most of all, Jimmy Don loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stacey Schohn Aubuchon

 

Stacey Rose Schohn Aubuchon, 28, of St. Louis and formerly of Carbondale, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2017, 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., Monday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Stacey was born on February 21, 1988, in Toledo, Ohio, to Russell and Kathy (Dilbone) Potter. She is survived by her mother and step-father, Kathy Schohn and Jim McMichen of Cambria; grandmother, Doleres Dilbone of Swanton, Ohio; sister, Kellie Schohn of O'Fallon, Illinois; brother, John Schohn of Cambria; step-children, Jamie Aubuchon and James Aubuchon, both of St. Louis; aunts and uncles, Mary Lyon, Cynthia Weigel, Susan Lyon, Neal Dilbone Jr., Carl Dilbone, and James Dilbone; and nieces and nephews, Alyssa Dowdy of Elkville and Maliki and Jaden Boens, both of O'Fallon, Illinois. Stacey was preceded in death by her grandfather, Neal Dilbone Jr.; grandmother, Melba Adams; and aunts, Rose Dilbone, Cecilia Phillips and Sylvia McMichen. She was a graduate of Carbondale High School. She enjoyed rollerblading, listening to music and dancing. Stacey liked to work with her hands fixing cars. She was also known for her ability to do hair and nails.


 

 

 

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David "Bones" L. Smith

 

David "Bones" Levi Smith, 81, of Carterville, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Herrin Hospital.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Minister Bill Brandsitter officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorials Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. David was born October 19, 1935, in Carbondale, to Arlie and Gladys (Brown) Smith.  He married Mary Lynn White on August 14, 1954, in Corinth, Mississippi.  He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Smith of Carterville; daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Scott Houston of Carterville and Diane and Jeff Eaton of Romeoville; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Kim Smith of Carterville; grandchildren and their spouses, Robert Houston, Rebecca and Dan Linares, Michael and Margaret Eaton, Clifford and Maura Eaton, Jamie and Brett Melvin, Jacob and Traci Smith; and seventeen great grandchildren.  David was preceded in death by his parents; grandsons, Sgt. Benjamin Smith, USMC, and Andrew Aaron Houston; sisters, Elizabeth Ross and Mary Hargett; and brothers, Harold and Allen Smith. He was a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Marion.  David retired in 2000, from SIU after many years of service in Key Control and SIU Police Department. Prior to that, he had worked as a Police Officer for the city of Carbondale. He enjoyed fishing and playing fast-pitch softball. He was also a talented steel guitar player.  David was a "jack of all trades" who always helped those in need.

 

 

 

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James "Jim" Rushing

James "Jim" Rushing, 48, of Carterville, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Bobby Samuel officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Jim was born on July 20, 1968, in Joliet, to Kenneth William and Joanne Louise (Large) Rushing. He married the love of his life, Shirley Breedwell on April 30, 1998, in Marion. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Rushing of Carterville; mother, Joanne Moore of Colp; daughters, Ashley Waldron (Joe Sloat) of Hurst and Angela Breedwell (Danny Stacy) of Zeigler; son, James (Dakota) Rushing of Mt. Vernon; sisters, Rebecca Schroeder (Nancy Jenkins) of Parkville, Maryland, Susan Swierenga (Danny Keller) of Dowell, Carrie Houseright of Jonesboro, and Patty (Skip) Coffey of Colp; brothers, Michael (Tracy) Rushing of Las Vegas and Bruce (Sara) Rushing of Canton, Illinois; the lights of his life, his grandchildren, Madison, Joe Jr., Maci, and Cayden; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a host of friends. Jim was preceded in death by his father; step-father, Wesley Moore; and sister, Kathy Bevis. He had a passion for cooking; sharing his talents with his family and those who patronized the Vault Café in Marion. Jim had previously worked as a cook for Bob Evans and Walker's Bluff.  Jim enjoyed going fishing. However, his greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Hale, Dr. Migone and their staff for all of their care the last few months.

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Bill Bleyer

 

William "Bill" Charles Bleyer, 90, of Carterville, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Carterville, with the Rev. Richard Reed officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville with military rites conducted by the Navy Honors Funeral Detail and the Carterville American Legion Post Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, at the church. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the William and Dorothy Bleyer Scholarship at the SIUC Foundation or to Grand Avenue Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the church. Bill was born on May 27, 1926, in Carterville, to Albert and Margaret Mae (Tregoning) Bleyer. He was united in marriage on March 22, 1946, in Carterville, to Dorothy Rushing. Bill was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Dorothy Bleyer of Carterville; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Kay Bleyer, Tim and Sheryl Bleyer, Brad and Valeri Bleyer, and Eric and Lorie Bleyer; grandchildren, Andrew, Gregory, Rebecca, Benjamin, Sarah, Dan, Jacob, Luke, and Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Abbot, Mary, William, Jane, and Hobart; brothers, Jim, Frank and Tom Bleyer; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Navy during WWII serving overseas in the South Pacific. Bill worked for several years as a Recreational Specialist in the Veterans Administration. He taught and coached at Carterville High School and at SIUC. Later, for 30 years, he held various positions at SIUC within Student Affairs. He retired as the Director of Recreational and Intramural Sports in 1986. Bill was an active participant in the community and church. He was a 70 year member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. He was also a member of numerous boards and committees throughout southern Illinois. He enjoyed traveling with Dorothy and all sports including golfing, fishing and, in particular, baseball. He played for a minor league club affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. His greatest joy, however, was his time spent with his family and friends.


 

 

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Jair "Popeye" Loyd

 

Jair "Popeye" Gilbert Loyd Sr., 81, of Carterville, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 26, 2016, at the First Apostolic Church of Cambria, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the church. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Apostolic Church of Cambria, P.O. Box 455, Cambria, Illinois 62915. Envelopes will also be available at the church. Jair was born on August 20, 1935, in Cambria, to Noble and Margaret (Manning) Loyd. He married Ellen Alene Nelson on July 10, 1970. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Ellen Loyd of Carterville; sons and daughter-in-law, Jair and Robin Loyd of Carterville, Lloyd Baggett of Goreville and Neil Baggett of Marion; daughter and son-in-law, Rene and Lou Schreier of Eureka, Missouri; grandchildren, Noble Loyd, Joseph Schreier and Rachel Schreier, Adam and Rachael Baggett, Shelby Baggett, and Nicholas Baggett; great-grandchild, Selena Baggett; brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Noel Gene and Betty Loyd of Vienna; and sister, Melody and Kevin Reed of Calhoun, Georgia. Jair was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jettie, Tom, Eddie, and Jim Loyd; and sister, Rosie McClurg. He honorably served our country in the United States Air Force and Navy. Jair was a member of the First Apostolic Church of Cambria. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Carbondale.  Jair loved being with his grandchildren-helping them learn, grow and have fun. Some of that fun included playing video games. He also liked to visit with his buddies at the Cupboard.

 


 

 

 

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Ronnie Helm

 

Ronnie Joe Helm, 62, of Colp and formerly of Marion, died Thursday, December 8, 2016, at his home. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of cremation services. Ronnie was born on June 5, 1954, in Chicago, to William J. and JoAnn (Stone) Helm. He married Vicci Rowatt on October 11, 1996, in Marion. He is survived by his wife, Vicci Helm of Colp; sister, Pamela Gaines and her husband, Tony Hajj of Houston, Texas; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lilly and Roger Gray of Eldorado and Liz and Mike Bird of Colp; nieces, Erica Perry and her husband, Eric, and Katie Hale; nephew, Greg Rowatt of Colp; great-nephew, Evan Perry; great-niece, Elyssa Perry. Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents. He worked in the Maintenance Department at the Marion VA Hospital for many years. Ronnie also worked at NBTY in Carbondale. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.

 

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Barbara June Murray

 

Barbara June Murray, 68, of Bush, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 16, 2016, at Crossroad Tabernacle Church in Hurst, with Pastor Linda Godfrey officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, at the church. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroad Tabernacle Church, P.O. Box 417, Hurst, Illinois 62949. Envelopes will also be available at the church. Barbara was born on March 3, 1948, in Herrin, to Thomas and Mattie (Harper) Murray. She is survived by her sister, Helen Lantrip of Cambria; nieces, nephews and their spouses, Donna (George) Wilson of Bush, John Parini of Royalton, Tommy (Cynthia) Murray of Bush, Connie (Mark) Dixon of Herrin, Sherry Murray of Herrin, Millie (Mike) Pinkston of Cambria, Mary (Bruce) Burns of Cambria, Helen (Mike) Shepard of Carterville, Tammy McKay of Cambria, Roberta (Tom) Holland of Hurst, Carol (Kenny) Henderson of Chicago, John (Angie) Murray of Bush, and Jeff (Tracy) Murray of Carterville; and her church family. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Pauline Murray and Ruby Parini; and brothers, Tommy, Johnny and Bobby Murray. She was a devout member of Crossroad Tabernacle Church in Hurst. Barbara loved her church family dearly. Barbara enjoyed going shopping and watching John Wayne westerns. The family would like to express their thanks to the ladies of Crossroad Tabernacle Church and Hospice of Southern Illinois for all of their care these last few weeks.

 

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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 

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September



April

 

 

 

October

 

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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