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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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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 

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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