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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:12 am


My father, Elmer, passed away this past summer. He was a third-generation mason contractor (bricklayer), but was mostly known for his love of books and records. When I say music, it was not the typica...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:11 am

CAROL ANN MERRILL March 27, 1953-June 7, 2016

One day, Carol Merrill just up and left.A state worker since 1982, Merrill’s experience and knowledge at the Illinois Department of Revenue was such that she helped write the manual on how to proces...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:10 am

DELIA M. GONZALES July 2, 1927 – April 20, 2016

Mitchell’s grandmother had a way about her. I remember it like it was yesterday. I couldn’t help but be in absolute awe of the way she wore her sunglasses, the way she served me her coffee, and th...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:09 am

HELEN L. TUTTLE Aug. 22, 1944 – Feb. 4, 2016

Helen Tuttle lived the American dream. More than 50 years ago she, along with her husband, started a business from nothing in Greenview that is still thriving. She was an important member of her churc...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:08 am

FRED J. SCHRAEDER Dec. 26, 1923 – Sept. 28, 2016

 Dad made a difference in countless lives and he inspired me. He was born the youngest of 10 children. His mother died soon after his birth and he was raised by his father and siblings. Moms seem...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:07 am

MARJORIE SWANSON FARRAR March 11, 1922 – Nov. 27, 2016

 Mom had the quality of stability. She not only did things for a long time, she was content to be where she was and to do what she did. She was married to Dad for 51 years, until his death parted...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:06 am

JOHN CURTIS HUTCHES May 27, 1966 – April 18, 2016

 John almost made it to see, from Earth, his beloved Chicago Cubs win the pennant this year. His family and friends believe that he saw it from his resting place, and perhaps had a hand in it.Joh...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:05 am

WILLIAM L. “BILL” ROTH Aug. 30, 1934 – July 10, 2016

Bill Roth was born and raised on his family’s farm just a few miles west of Ashland. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1952. Bill was raised with farm values and a belief in God that guided h...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:04 am

SILVESTER WALTON, JR. Feb. 22, 1946-Oct. 11, 2016

 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet, praise him with the psaltery and harp.Praise him with the timbrel and dance, praise him with stringed instruments and organs.Praise him upon the loud cy...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:03 am

JILL BUFFINGTON Oct. 26, 1987 – Sept. 15, 2016

Beautiful, genuine, joyful, dedicated, unique, intelligent, devoted, inviting, traveler, family-oriented, spirited, driven, kind, cinephile, patient, loving, witty, adventurous and positive were words...


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