Martha D. (Logan) Gray - 8810/18/1929 - 5/3/2018
Rural Tennessee, Illinois
Martha Darleen (Logan) Gray, 88, or rural Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018. She was born on October 18, 1929 to David and Gladys (Bloom) Logan in Tennessee, Illinois. She was one of eight children.
One of the things that Martha will be remembered for most was her love of talking. She could talk to anyone, at any time, about anything. Everyone she met was a friend and she was always telling people, no matter the circumstance, how beautiful they looked, how pretty their hair was, or how good they smelled. She saw the best in everyone and everything. Besides talking, Martha enjoyed taking walks, spending time with friends and family, taking trips, riding the train, telling stories, rock collecting, and taking pictures of sunsets, flowers, and scenery. No one left her house without being offered food or money.
In 1947 she graduated from Colchester High School and in 1949 she met the love of her life, Britten Gray Jr.. The two were united in marriage on June 8, 1956 in Colchester. In August of 1958 Martha began working at the Post Office in Tennessee, IL and in May of 1976 she began working at the Post Office in Colchester, IL. She worked in Colchester for several years before becoming the Postmistress in Plymouth, IL where she worked until she retired in 1993.
On July 8, 1957, Martha began the hardest job of her life; being a mother to three very rambunctious, ornery, and stubborn boys: Freeman, Richard and Robert.
Surviving to mourn her passing are her brother Donnie Logan and wife Betty of Blandinsville; three sons: Freeman A. Gray of rural Tennessee, Richard E. Gray and wife Kathryn (Nell) Gray of rural Plymouth, and Robert A. Gray and Susan Vanwinkle of Colchester; five grandchildren: McKinzie (Gray) Parlier and husband Daniel Parlier of Roseville, Zoey Gray of rural Plymouth, Cori (Dill) Billingsley and husband Cameron of Lewiston, and Dalton and Dyllon Deeter of Colchester; five great grandchildren: Iris and Eleanore Parlier of Roseville, Simon Peterson and Seth Parlier of rural Rio, and Salem Billingsley of Lewiston; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters: Mildred, Irene, Viola, and Shirley, and two brothers: Wayne and Bob.
Funeral service will be 10 A.M. Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Gerald White. Burial will follow the services at Hutchinson Cemetery, rural Tennessee, Illinois. Visitation with the family is 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday May 10, 2018, at the funeral home. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Thursday. Memorial is to the family of Martha Gray. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.
Donald "Bud" Creasy - 829/7/1935 - 4/30/2018
Donald “Bud” Creasy age 82 of Colchester, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018, at North Adams Home in Mendon. Bud was born September 7, 1935 in Colchester, to Ralph and Irene Marlow Creasy. He was first united in marriage on December 2, 1956, to Lois Edgerton. He then was united in marriage September 2, 1978 in Colchester to Iris (Clark) Miller.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife: Iris of Colchester, 1 Son: Stanley (Renea) Creasy, Colchester, 2 Daughters: Shawnna Schertz, Macomb, Shelley Beldon, Florida, Step Sons: Dave (Dee) Miller, Plymouth, Rick Miller, Plymouth, Eric Miller Plymouth, Dean (Tammy) Miller, Murreyville, Aaron (Joyce) Miller, Augusta, Justin (Teretha) Miller, Plymouth, 2 Step Daughters: Ann (Phil) Keefauver, Colchester, Nannette Miller, Arkansas, Several Grandchildren, Several Great Grandchildren, 1 Sister: Ada Darling, Greenup, Illinois, 1 Sister In Law: Sandra Lovell, Plymouth, Several Nieces and Nephews.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Son: Stacey Creasy, 1 Brother James Creasy, 3 Sisters: Edna Mae Sheppard, Vera Clark, Donna Clauson, 1 Infant Brother: Asa and 2 Infant Grand Daughters: Emily and Amanda.
Bud was a member of the Colchester First Christian Church, Past member of the Colchester Fire Department and Colchester Lions Club. He had worked for Thermagas, Dolly Enterprise, Carson's Plumbing and Heating and the City of Colchester where he was head of the Water and Street Department from which he retired. Bud also farmed his entire life.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary, with Rev. Dan Ormond. Cremation will follow the services. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Saturday and after 9:00 A.M. Sunday till time of services. Memorial is to the North Adams Home in Mendon, Colchester Fire Department or Colmar Christian Church.
Robert A. Fairchild - 711/15/1947 - 4/26/2018
Robert A. Fairchild, age 71 of Colchester, passed away April 26, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. He was born January 15, 1947, in Princeton, Indiana, to Arthur Howe and Sarah Dicus Fairchild. He was married to Connie E. Hoelscher on September 30 1966, in Plymouth, Illinois. He later married Susan J. (Beal) VanFleet on November 30 1984. Robert was preceded in death by his father, mother, step-father and sister: Betty Lou Fairchild.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife: Susan of Colchester, 1 Daughter: Mary Fairchild Bunney, Plymouth, 1 Son Benjamin (Tina) Fairchild, LaHarpe, 7 Grandchildren: Gwendolyn Bunney, Schylar, Shelby, Shyanne, Brett, Shaylee, Shantaye Fairchild, Step Children: Lisa (Paul) Butterfield, Troy (Kelly) VanFleet, Vicki (Rick) Williams, Step Grandchildren, Jill (Dylan Cook, Courtney Butterfield, Koal (Sarah) Twaddle, Jacob and Bailey VanFleet, Wyatt and Walker Williams, 2 Sisters: Sarah (Dick) Myers, Quincy and Nancy (Ray) Steele, Winchester.
Robert graduated from Plymouth High School in 1965, then served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He served in Korea, Japan, Texas and Florida He farmed, had rental houses, was a relay driver for the Peoria Journal Star and hauled Amish for several years. He had several horses during his life time and raised Golden Retrievers. He was a member of the Colchester First Baptist church where he served as head usher and greeter for many years.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the Colchester First Baptist Church, with Rev. Dennis Clements and Rev. Earl Beal. Burial with Military services by the Macomb American Legion and Macomb V.F.W. will be at St. Marys Cemetery in St. Marys. Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Monday. Memorial is to the Colchester First Baptist Church or Colchester Rescue Squad. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Violet M. Gooding - 411/15/1977 - 4/7/2018
Violet M. Gooding age 41 of Colchester, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2017, at 5Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. She was born January 15, 1977, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Lorna Morrell. Violet was united in marriage on May 22, 1998, to Jeremy Gooding.
Surviving to mourn her passing is her Mother: Lorna Morrell, West Virginia, Husband: Jeremy Gooding, Colchester, her twin daughters: Alissa and Cheyenne Gooding, both of Colchester, 2 Brothers and 1 Sister.
Violet was preceded in death by her beloved Bull Dog this year Mac.
Violet had worked for the Macomb School District in food service. Violet’s life was her family, she loved being with her girls, whether playing games, shopping, taking walks or going out to eat.
Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. No services will follow the visitation. Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Monday, April 16. Memorial is to the family to help with funeral expenses. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.
Ralph Beck - 886/4/1929 - 4/7/2018
Ralph W. Beck, 88, passed away April 5, 2018. He was born June 4, 1929 in Fandon, IL to Cecil & Lillie (Depoy) Beck. Ralph married Dorothy Kipling on August 22, 1948. He is survived by 4 children, Kathy (Ralph) Irish, Wendell Beck, Greg (Lisa) Beck, and Steve Beck along with 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, son Rick, brothers Melvin and Ronnie, and his parents.
Ralph was devoted to his wife, Dorothy, who was his biggest fan and always supported his music. Ralph’s heart was broken on February 11th, when Dorothy passed away, after 69 years of marriage. In addition to his wife Dorothy, Ralph had a few other passions in life. He loved his family, forever providing the laughter in the conversation. He enjoyed a good sharp cheddar cheese, often driving well out of the way to get some. He could wear out a vehicle with his trips to the “oil station” for his scratch off lottery tickets. Every Monday he enjoyed a pizza from Larry A’s. The occasional trip to the casino never sounded like a bad idea. No matter what he was doing he did it with a grin and a slightly off kilter hat on his head.
Ralph was also dedicated to his love of music. His music career started as a young boy when Ralph, his brother Melvin, father Cecil, uncles and friends would entertain the entire neighborhood on Sunday afternoons. Ralph and Melvin later formed the Beck Brothers Band in their teenage years, playing dance halls, clubs, social events, fairs, and even local television shows throughout the tri state area. Eventually, two of Ralph’s sons, Greg and Steve, joined the band. Ralph was a member of the Beck Brothers Band for over 70 years. His smooth voice, and beautiful music will be missed.
Ralph and Dorothy owned and operated a small general store in Fandon, and later in Colchester by the name Beck Sundries. For many years they enjoyed being a part of the community and most of all enjoyed the interactions with people of all ages and walks of life. Ralph was a quick-witted man that could easily bring you to tears from laughter. Both Ralph and Dorothy always had a fun loving, easy going spirit.
Through Ralph’s music and Ralph and Dorothy’s support of the community through their store ownership, countless stories and fond memories have been shared with their children. Both Ralph and Dorothy had a very special way of touching people’s lives.
A visitation for Ralph and Dorothy will be on Thursday, April 19th from 5:00- 7:00 pm at Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with private graveside services at a later date.
David Neal Feld - 7410/18/1943 - 4/6/2018
David Neal Feld age 74 of Colchester, passed away at his home in Colchester, on Friday, April 6, 2018, with his family at his side. He was born October 18, 1943 in Macomb, to Everett and Margaret Louise Tice Feld. Dave was united in marriage June 1966, in Colchester to Sherry Kipling. Dave was then united in marriage to his love Cindy Kay Sears in Macomb on December 31, 2013.
Surviving to mourn his passing is his Wife: Cindy Kay Feld, Colchester, 1 Son: Lonnie (Rosa) Feld, Colchester, 4 Daughters: Angie (Shawn) Creasy, Lake Ozark, MO., Jessica (Jay) Smith, Hillary Humes, both of Dana Point, CA., Haley Humes, Maryville, MO., 5 Grandchildren: Gavin Feld, Trevor Feld, Jackson Creasy, J.J. Smith, Jacob Smith, 1 Brother: Ron Feld, Colchester, several nieces, nephews, and some very dear friends that became Dave’s family.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents: Everett and Louise Feld and 1 Sister In Law: Helen Feld.
Dave was the proud owner and operator of Feldos in Colchester for 25 years. Through the years, Dave gave many young men and women their first job, who then became a very important part of his life. Many people from around the area would come for his lemon ice cream, tenderloins and conversation. He served his county in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. He was a member of the Macomb Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Colchester Lions Club, A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, Vulcans Car Club, and past member of the Colchester Fire Department. Dave was one of the original members of the Acoustics Band, that was loved and followed by many from this area. Dave was also a very important part of M & S Light and Sound Productions for many years. Dave loved to ride his Harley Davidson with his friends who became part of his family. During his trips to Sturgis and Daytona he gained life long friends. Dave enjoyed visiting in his garage with family or friends with a cold drink. In the past few years, Dave and Cindy enjoyed crafting and woodworking. Of all the things in Dave’s life, the most important were was his wife, children, grandchildren and his very dear friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be 3:00 P.M. Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the Macomb Elks Lodge, with Pastor Ben Ellefritz. Graveside services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Military Rites will be held at a later date. Memorial is to the Illinois Cancer Care, which can be left at the Celebration of Life service or mailed to Jones Mortuary, Box 352, Colchester, Illinois, 62326. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.
Marybeth Murphy - 825/18/1935 - 3/20/2018
Quincy, Illinois formerly of Warsaw
Quincy (formerly of Warsaw)
Marybeth Reedy Murphy, 82, was born in Macomb, Illinois on May 18, 1935. After a brief struggle with cancer, she died at home on March 20, 2018. Marybeth grew up in Macomb, and graduated from Western Illinois University Lab School. She married Richard Carson Murphy in 1954. The two of them owned and operated multiple businesses in Warsaw. Marybeth enjoyed reading, community volunteer work, spending time with family, and motorcycling with her husband. She was preceded in death by her parents, Q. Ray Reedy and Mary Waggoner Reedy, her sister, Rhae Jeanne Webb, her husband, R.C. Murphy, her daughter, Lisa Murphy, and her sons-in-law, Dan Petersen and Brad Haukom. Left missing her are her daughters, Devon Murphy-Petersen, Dawn (Pete) Tripp, and Beth Ann Haukom, her grandchildren, Dick (Cora) Tripp, Andrea (Rob) Turek, Cody (Samantha) LaBonte, Shelby (Terry Stice) LaBonte, and Andy (Christina) Boyles Petersen, and her great-grandchildren, Richard and Arahbella Tripp, Madelaine and Eleanor Turek, and Trinity and Terry LaBonte.
Visitation with the family will be held at Union United Methodist Church in Quincy from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, March 25. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, March 26 at Trinity United Methodist, in Warsaw, followed by luncheon, at the Church. Graveside services will be 2:00 pm on Monday, March 26, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blessing Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Robert Otis Haines - 538/4/1964 - 3/15/2018
Peoria formerly of Colchester
Robert Otis Haines age 53 of Peoria, formerly of Colchester, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at O.S.F. Peoria. He was born August 4, 1964 in LaHarpe, Illinois to Dwight and Dianne Crum Haines.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Parents Dwight and Dianne Haines, Colchester, 1 Son: Caleb Haines, Farmington, 2 Daughters: Emily Haines, Peoria, Marianne Haines, Farmington, 2 Brothers: Seth (Tanya) Haines, La Harpe, Ernie (Tabby) Haines, Macomb, 1 Sister: Laura (Tony) Irvin, Burlington, Iowa, 2 Nieces, 2 Nephews, and 1 Great Niece.
Otis was preceded in death by his Maternal and Paternal Grandparents.
Otis graduated from Western Illinois University, where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity. He had worked in commercial food service for Marriott Food Service on several college campuses, also with Hunters View and then with River City Commercial Laundry. He was a member of the Farmington Masonic Lodge, Coached Farmington Junior Football League, avid St. Louis Cardinal and, San Francisco 49er fan. In his free time he enjoyed hunting. He was of the Baptist faith. Otis always gave of himself to anyone that needed help. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family and friends.
Graveside services will be 3:30 P.M. Monday, March 26, 2018, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, with Pastor Jim Richardson. The family will meet with friends following the services on Monday, March 26, at Bethel Baptist Church. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family. Memorial is to help with the funeral cost and Mailed to Jones Mortuary Box 352 Colchester, Illinois, 62326. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Keith L. Haley - 6610/15/1951 - 2/27/2018
Springfield, Illinois formerly of Macomb
Keith L. Haley age 66 of Springfield, Illinois formerly of Macomb, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center, in Springfield, Illinois. He was born October 15, 1951 in Macomb, to James and Nettie Arnold Haley. Keith was united in marriage in 1975 in Bowen to Kathy Peterson. He was then united in marriage in 1983 in Texas to Linda McDade.
Surviving to mourn his passing are both wives from his past marriages, 1 Son: James Haley Tyler, Texas, 2 Daughters: Keisha Haley, Arkansas, Jessica Haley, Arkansas, 4 Grandchildren, 5 Sisters: Carolyn ( Marian) Knowles, Colchester, Sue Hurst, Colchester, Elaine (Don) Lane, Hartselle, Alabama, Lois (Bob) Damron,Lawrenceville, Georgia, Diane Whetsell, Cross, South Carolina, and several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Brothers: John and Bob Haley, 3 Sisters: Phyllis Hershburger, Jeri Simpson and Sara Judd.
Keith was a Carpenter in construction. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1969 to 1971. He had attended the Augusta Assembly of God Church. Keith was a Chicago Bears fan and loved to watch sports. he made wire jewelry, and collected coins. Most of all he loved to cook and cookout for his family and friends.
Graveside services will be 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb with Revs Jerry and Patsy Spratt. Military service will he held at the grave by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Tuesday. Memorial is the family of Keith. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Lisa K. Shepler - 569/17/1961 - 2/19/2018
Lisa K. Shepler age 56 of Colchester, passed away Monday, February 19, 2018, at St. Johns Hospital, Springfield, Illinois. She was born September 17, 1961 in Macomb, to James Keith and Vivian Norris Parker, both of her parents preceded her in death. She was united in marriage on June 10, 1995 in Colchester, to Jerry Shepler.
Surviving to mourn her passing is her husband, Jerry Shepler of Colchester, 2 Sons; Rusty (Katye Smith) Bostic, Colchester, Jerry (Tiffany) Shepler, Bowen, 3 Daughters: Angela (James) Richardson, Colchester, Beth (Mike Gray) Bostic, West Ben Iowa, Michelle (Troy) Martin, Fowler, 18 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, 3 Brothers: James (Marla) Parker, Colchester, David Parker, Tennessee, Mike (Barb) Parker, Tennessee, and 1 Sister: Karen (John) Henson, Augusta.
Lisa had worked at Colchester Shell. She enjoyed berry picking, flowers, reading painting, making homemade jams and her homemade wine. She enjoyed the time she spent on the Harley Davison. Most of all Lisa loved being with her family and cats.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Scotts Cemetery rural Plymouth, with Pastor Jim Richardson. Friends may sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester from 9:00 to 5:00 Friday, March 2, 2018. Memorial is to Colchester Rescue Squad. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
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