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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:16 am

ROBERT EUGENE RUGGLES Feb. 26, 1957 – March 11, 2016

 I always considered myself to be a practical, “no nonsense” person, one who didn’t believe in Prince Charming ... until he showed up in my life driving a blue Ford pickup truck.This took p...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:15 am

FREDERICK BAYARD HOFFMANN Sept. 2, 1941 – Aug. 21, 2016

 Dear Fred,You lived a good life filled with family – Kathy and your two daughters, Joan and Anne, their spouses, Tom and Bob, and your most loved grandchildren – and many friends. We will al...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:14 am

LAWRENCE A. BROQUET March 25, 1927-Nov. 28, 2016

 Jean Broquet was having a lousy dayIt was July, in Detroit, where she lived with her husband, Larry, and four daughters. The heat and humidity were oppressive. There was laundry to be ironed. Th...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:13 am

HERBERT LOUIS “HERB” MCMATH, SR. September 6, 1954 – October 5th, 2016

 Herbert Louis McMath, Sr., a 1972 Springfield Southeast High School graduate and 1976 Super Bowl champion, was born in Coahoma, Mississippi, and lived most of his life in Springfield....
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...


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