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Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Zander Kai Etling-Slightom April 4, 2005 – Dec. 28, 2013

 Eight years is never long enough to know your child. However, this boy gave joy to all who were fortunate enough to meet him. From the moment he came to us, Zander gave all of himself daily and...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Harold Dean Allen April 26, 1934 - July 4, 2014

 My father-in-law Harold Allen’s sudden death in July left a huge hole in our family. Our grief was made easier knowing that the community of Ashland was mourning with us.Harold was behind the...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Coleen Marie Ishmael  May 20, 1966 - June 1, 2014

 In most families, after the patriarch and the matriarch have passed on, there is one shining beacon to bring everyone home again, especially around the holidays. The one family member determined...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

JUHLANN DAVIS GIBBS Feb. 4, 1927 – Oct. 21, 2014

 Juhlann Davis Gibbs was a woman steeped in family history: her family had been residents of central Illinois for nearly 200 years. Yet as much as she appreciated where she came from, ultimately...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

WILLIAM HENRY HUMPHREY Aug. 27, 1934 – April 27, 2014

 He would give you the shirt off of his back, and he would tell you a joke while doing it.That was Henry Humphrey, owner of Humphrey’s Market in Springfield. A dedicated, hardworking businessma...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

KEITH RICHARD RODERICK Feb. 26, 1953-March 11, 2014

 Keith Roderick was no ordinary preacher.On the one hand, he served as a priest in Episcopalian parishes throughout central and southern Illinois, low-key enough that his name rarely appeared in...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

ROBERT “BOB” FOLDER Oct. 26, 1936-Nov. 6, 2014

 Catching fish takes patience. Knowledge. And lures – lots of lures.By those standards, Robert “Bob” Folder had it all. Thanks to him, Springfield became known worldwide as a source for som...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

JOHN BERT WALLENSTEIN April 3, 1942-Aug. 7, 2014

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 John Wallenstein is one of those people you meet who was private. But as you became acquainted with John, you discovered he was friendly, highly professional and took joy in exceeding the expect...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

BOB MURRAY July 4, 1947 - Feb. 26, 2014

 When Bob Murray passed away this year we lost more than a voice – and what a voice. The familiar tones of a friend who always greeted you warmly and happily, no matter whether it had been year...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

CECIL KENNETH “TUCK” BELTON Nov. 2, 1922-Jan. 15, 2014

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 Tuck Belton’s fifth mission over northern Germany in January 1945 was supposed to be a snap, the bomber pilot from Jerome later recalled, with neither antiaircraft fire nor enemy fighters expe...

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