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J. Ralph Silva - 62

12/2/1954 - 9/17/2017
Colchester

Ralph Silva age 62 of Colchester, Illinois, went to be with his Lord with his family at his side on, Sunday, September 17, 2017 at his home in Colchester. Ralph was born December 2, 1954, in Los Angeles, California to Manuel and Edna Mae Creasy Silva.  He was united in marriage, April 17, 1999 at the Fandon Christian Church to Susan K. Chenoweth, she survives on Colchester.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife: Susan, 3 Sons: Jeremiah (Tici) Silva, Macomb, Bryan (Stephanie) Chenoweth, Peoria, Blake (Jessica) Chenoweth, Pekin, 3 Daughters: Tiffany (Chris) McLaughlin, Monmouth, Misty (Charlie) Gatson, Peck, Kansas, Brandi Chenoweth, Peoria, 10 Grandchildren: DiaVace Silva, Aubrey Silva, Isaiah Silva, Shainee Still, Lily McLaughlin, Iry Gatson, Wyatt Gatson, Siddalea Gatson, Tucker Chenoweth, Ezra Chenoweth, 2 Brothers: Cory (Pauline) Silva, Colchester, John Butch (Susan) Shepherd, Colchester, 3 Sisters: Vicki Jewell, Colchester, Sherry Shepherd, Colchester, and Melody Lord, Los Angeles, California.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Step Father: John Paul Shepherd II, and 1 Sister: Candy Silva.
Ralph served his county for 20 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force.  He later worked for Auto Zone as a corporate store maintenance.    Ralph enjoyed taking Susan to the movies even after he became ill.  He also enjoyed going out to eat, traveling, working of cars and sharing his knowledge of repairing cars with his family.  His greatest love was his Lord and his family, and the time he got to spend with his family.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, September, 22, 2017, at the Colchester First Christian Church, with Rev. Jon Keck.  Burial will take place following the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Military Rites by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  Visitation with the family will be Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Thursday.  Memorials are to Colchester First Christian Church or McDonough District Hospital Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Albert F. Bliven - 87

5/29/1930 - 8/20/2017
Formerly of Bushnell, Illinois

Albert F. Bliven, 87,   passed away August 20, 2017. Albert was born in Colchester, Illinois. The son of Frank and Rosalea Bliven.
Albert was a member of First Christian Church in Colchester Illinois and Cedar Creek Church of Christ in Leo, Indiana. He also was a Free Mason and a member of the Lions club.  He was the past President of his golf club in Bushnell, Illinois. He was the city  treasurer of Bushnell  Illinois. He enjoyed woodworking and model railroad trains. He had his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying. 
He is survived by his wife Doris of 67 years, one son, Stephen (Kim) Bliven, three daughters, Linda (Alan) Beavers, Lisa (Scott) DeGroff, Susan (Paul) Estes. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.
Memorial service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 26, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Pastor Larry Rickard.  Visitation with the family will be from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Saturday till time of services. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Martha Myers - 93

5/15/1924 - 8/13/2017
Colchester

Martha Myers age 93 of Colchester, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Wesley Healthcare Center in Macomb.  She was born May 15, 1924 in Macomb, to William and Zella Provine Barclay.  For 48 years, Martha was united in marriage to John D. Myers.  They started their journey together as husband and wife on,  January 19, 1947, in Macomb, he preceded her in death on November 30, 1995.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 Sons: Donald Myers (Sue), GoodHope, Charles Myers (Anne), Macomb, 1 Daughter In Law: Christine Myers, Colchester, 4 Grandchildren: Alison Myers Jefferson (Steve), Amber Driskell (Rick), Crystal Zulauf (Josh), Jonathan Myers, 5 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Brother: Kenneth Barclay, Macomb.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 Sons: Wendell Myers, Richard P. Myers, and 1 Grandson: Nicholas Myers.
Martha is a member of the Scotland Trinity Presbyterian Church, American Legion Auxiliary, and Singing Seniors.  She had been a bookkeeper at Union National Bank in Macomb along with a Homemaker.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at Scotland Trinity Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Gary Elg.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Church.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements.  Memorials are to  Scotland Trinity Presbyterian Church, or McDonough District Hospital Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Keith E. Murfin - 78

11/6/1938 - 7/31/2017
Bushnell, Illinois

Keith E. Murfin age 78 of Bushnell, Illinois, passed away Monday July 31, 2017, at O.S.F. in Peoria.  He was born November 6, 1938 in Macomb, to Sam and Maxine Hodge Murfin.  Keith was united in marriage on June 11, 1960 in Macomb, to Judy Roberts Murfin, she survives of Bushnell.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife of 57 years Judy of Bushnell, 1 Son: Brad Murfin (Luz), Vacaville, Calif., 3 Daughters: Kelly Raymond, Yellville, Ark., Laura Malott (Brian), Bushnell, Holly Luna (Kirk), Minooka, Illinois, 7 Grandchildren: Matthew Raymond (Lindsay), Madison, Wisconsin, Elliott Malott, Fort Myers Florida, Chase Malott, Bushnell, Illinois, Cyndi Anderson (Meryl), Yelloille, Arkansas, Brad Murfin Jr., Vacaville, California, Tommy Luna (Rangel), Minooka, Illinois, 3 Great Grandchildren: Deserae Marie Hamilton, Cole Roger Anderson, Emmaline Grace Raymond, 1 Sister: Carol Stormer (Paul), Danville, Illinois.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Sisters: Ruth Huston, Norma Jean Fyffe Haws.
Keith had worked at the Colchester Brick and Tile Company, then as a farm hand in the Bushnell area for over 50 years.  He was a hardworking man, who loved his family with every fiber of his being.
Graveside services will be 3:00 P.M. Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, with Rev. Mark Wolford.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family.  Memorial has been established to Keith's Grandchildren, that were his world. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Velma M. Welch - 85

7/7/1932 - 7/29/2017
Tennessee, Illinois

Velma M. Welch age 85 of Tennessee, Illinois, passed away at her home with her family at her side on Saturday, July 29, 2017.  She was born on July 7, 1932, in the Oak Grove Community located in Hancock, County, Illinois, to George W. and Sarah E. Whelchel Carle.  Velma was united in  marriage to William N. Welch Jr. on August 21, 1949, in Hamilton, Illinois, he preceded her in death November 13, 1984.  She then became very dear friends with Sam Logan and Carroll Weaver, who also preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by her Parents, 1 Granddaughter: Julie Renee Welch, 1 Brother: Gerald Carle, 1 Sister: Nellie Shipman, 1 Grandson In Law: Eric Beekman.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 Sons: Bill Welch (Theresa), Macomb, Illinois, Bobby Logan, Colchester, Illinois, 5 Grandchildren: Eric Welch (Mary), Macomb, Illinois, Laurie Beekman, Bushnell, Illinois, Chad Welch (Jeri), Macomb, Illinois, Aaron Logan, Brody Logan, 5 Great Grandchildren: Austin Welch, Alex Welch, Sofia Welch, Brooklyn Welch, and Caden Welch,.
Velma was a social member of the Macomb V.F.W., Colchester Senior Center, Faith Fellowship Church, Tennessee, Illinois,  Velma enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, crafting, bingo, playing cards, gathering with friends and family, traveling, camping, listening and watching bands perform blue grass and country music.  Of all the things, that she did, her greatest enjoyment came when she watched her son Bill with his antique tractors in the tractor pulls, along with spending time with her family.  Velma had been employed at Western Illinois University for 20 years in Building services.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Dave Scott.  Burial will follow the services at St. Marys Cemetery, St. Marys, Illinois.  Visitation with the family will be 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Memorials are to Faith Fellowship Church, Colchester Senior Center, McDonough District Hospital Hospice, or Colchester Rescue. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Evelyn Joan Waddill - 83

10/15/1933 - 7/24/2017
Macomb

Evelyn Joan Waddill age 83 of Macomb, Illinois, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  She was born October 15, 1933, in Tennessee, Illinois to Claude and Myrtle Norris Van Fleet.  Joan was united in marriage on November 15, 1950, in Colchester to William W. Waddill Sr., he preceded her in death on October 6, 1990.  She was also preceded by her parents and 1 Son: Terrance Waddill.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 Sons: William Waddill Jr. (Leanne) , Fifty Six, AR., Les Waddill (Melissa), Macomb, IL., 4 Daughters: Connie McEntire, Carthage, IL, Brenda James, Macomb, IL., Cynthia Beckner (Kenith), Colchester, IL., Carol Thurman, Batesville, AR., 10 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, 2 Brothers: Carl Van Fleet, Ewing, MO., George Van Fleet (Shirley), Plymouth, IL., 3 Sisters: Bonnie Maness, Tarkio, MO., Patty Cook, Plymouth, IL., and Luan Johnson (Sam), Plymouth, IL., 
Joan had worked at Cooper Industries in Macomb for many years along with helping farm on the family farm.  She loved to oil paint, read, crocheting, spend time on her computer, visiting with friends and family.  She loved to raise a big garden on the farm and from that can as much as she could. Joan loved living on the farm, where she would be outdoors, spending time with her dogs, that she loved dearly.  Most of all, she loved her family, and all the times she spent with them.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Pastor Jim Richardson.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be 1 hour prior to the services on Thursday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the registor book at the funeral home after 12 noon till 5:30 P.M. Wednesday.  Memorial is to Bethel Baptist Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Elaine S. Pittenger - 88

5/12/1929 - 7/17/2017
Tennessee, Illinois

Elaine S. Pittenger age 88 of Tennessee, Illinois, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at Wesley Village Health Care, in Macomb, Illinois.  She was born May  12, 1929 in Chaffee, North Dakota, to Walter H. and Luella Miller Sprunk.  Elaine was united in marriage to John Louis Pittenger on August 23, 1959 in Chaffee, North Dakota, he preceded her in death on February 27, 2014.

Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Sister In Law: Marlene Sprunk, Crystal, Minnesota, 1 Nephew: David S. (Mary) Sprunk, Pine City, Minn., 2 Nieces: Diane (Lee) Englund, Princeton, Minn., Joy (Nick) Bueltel, Golden Valley, Minn., 6 Great Nieces and Nephews, 5 Great Great Nieces and Nephews, 2 Aunts: Helene Sandvig, Fargo North Dakota, Eleanor White, Macomb, Il., a very special Cousin: Gerald and Mary Jane White, Colchester, Il., along with several Cousins.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 1 Brother: Kenneth Sprunk.
Elaine was born and raised in North Dakota, where she attended rural schools.  She is a graduate of Leonard High School in North Dakota, Valley City State Teachers College in North Dakota and Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Elaine had taught school in the Nauvoo Colusa School District, and the Colchester School District of which she taught 22 years.  She had also been employed with the McDonough County Health Department, where she was given the Woman of the Year award.  She was a past president of the Church Women United, United Methodist Women, Homemakers Extension, Colchester Teachers Club, McDonough County Retired Teachers, and Hills Grove United Methodist Church of which she had played the piano for over 50 years. 
Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 21, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary with Rev. Jim Clayton.  Burial will follow the services at St. Mary’s Cemetery in St Mary.  Visitation with the family will be 1 hour prior to the services on Friday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Thursday.  Memorials are to Chaddock School, Quincy, Illinois or Cunningham Children’s Home, Urbana, Illinois.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Conrad Barrett - 76

4/13/1941 - 6/25/2017
Pineville, Missouri formerly of Colchester

Conrad Barrett age 76 of Pineville, Missouri, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017.  He was born April 13, 1941 in Macomb, Illinois, to Charles Edward and Freda Fern Harry Barrett.  He was united in marriage in Macomb Illinois to Roseanna Jane McGaughey, she preceded him in death on March 31, 1993.  He was also preceded in death by his parents and Sister: Kay Barrett.
Surviving to mourn his passing are 2 Daughters: Tammy Polston, Fulton MO., Brenda Barrett, Arkansas City, Kansas, 2 Step Daughters: Cheri Maddox, Auxvasse, MO., Glenda McGaughey, Columbia, MO., 1 Step Son: Robert McGaughey, Jefferson City, MO., 1 Grandson: Travis Polston, 7 Step Grandchildren: Ronnie Kimbley, Heather Brady, Ashley McCulley, Jordon McGaughey, Robert E McGaughey, Brittany McGaughey, Thomas McGaughey, 1 Great Grandson: Conrad Polston and 10 Step Great Grandchildren, along with many cousins.
Conrad was retired from Morton Building Company of 30 plus years, where he was a master carpenter.  He was a member of the Argyle Bible Church.  He spent his free time hunting, fishing, always at his side was his dogs, that were the love of his life. He loved using his hands to build or fix anything that needed fixed.  He lived his life with the thought he could find a use for anything.  One of his projects was to cut down his own trees, mill the lumber, and build his home with the lumber. 
Graveside services will be 11:30 A.M. Friday, June 30, 2017, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Pastor Larry Rickard.  Military services will be conducted at the grave by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Friday at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 8:00 A.M. Friday.  Memorial is to West Prairie FFA Chapter. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Norma Jean Wilson - 92

9/9/1924 - 6/12/2017
Galva, Illinois, formerly of Colchester

Norma Jean Wilson age 92 of Galva, Illinois, formerly of Colchester, passed away at her home in Galva, Monday, June 12, 2017, with her family at her side.  She was born September 9, 1924 in Brooklyn, Illinois, to Ira and Mary Moore Arnold.  Norma was united in marriage, November 3, 1948 in Blandinsville, Illinois to James Woody Wilson.  He preceded her in death February, 1993.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, 4 Brothers: Walter Arnold, Calvin Arnold, Jimmy Arnold, Jerry Arnold, 2 Sisters: Martha Willis, Mildred McMahan and 2 Grandchildren.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: Steve Wilson, Augusta, Illinois, 1 Daughter: Lorena K. Siverly, Galva, Illinois, 4 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild on the way, 3 Brothers: Bill Arnold, Quincy, Illinois, Chester Arnold, Hettick, Illinois, Tommy Arnold, Florida, and 1 Sister: Florence Dunn, East Moline, Illinois.
Norma was a member of the Colchester First Baptist Church, She had worked at the Blandinsville Nursing Home, Colchester Nursing Home, Hilton Nursing home in Colchester, She cared for elderly people in her home and helped her husband farm.  She loved to quilt, gardening, cooking, and baking.  She would share her harvest from her garden with many local friends and family.  All of Norma’s quilts were hand quilted and she made sure to make a quilt for all of her family.  She was a regular at many local farmers markets, where she would sell her baked goods along with what she grew out of her garden.  Norma’s greatest love of all was when she could cook and baked for her family and have them all gather together.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Dennis Clements.  Burial will follow the services at Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville.  Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Friday.  Memorial is to O.S.F. Hospice Care out of Galesburg, Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Robert L. Petty - 63

3/15/1954 - 5/20/2017
Colchester

Robert Lynn Petty age 63 of Colchester, Illinois, passed away May 20, 2017 in his home in Colchester.  He was born March 15, 1954 in Quincy, Illinois, to James and Mable Brown Petty.  He was raised by his aunt and uncle, Denver and Margie Petty.
Bob is survived by 2 Sons: James (Heather) Petty of Colchester, Illinois, and Shawn Hilton (Deb Clem) of Colchester, Illinois, 5 Grandsons: Riley, Denver, Dallas Petty, Logan and Xavier Hilton, 2 Granddaughters: Belle Petty and Joslyn Hilton.  1 Sister: Hope Clark of Macomb, Illinois, along with many nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Aunt and uncle, 2 Brothers: Mike Petty, Ernie Petty, 2 Sisters: Donna Wardell and Marilyn Geremiah.
Bob was a 1972 graduate of Macomb High School.  He had many jobs over the years with the last being a union painter at Western Illinois University.  Bob had a rough exterior, but on the inside he had a heart of gold.  He would give the shirt off his back to help someone out.  Bob was very proud of his grandkids and loved them dearly.  He made sure to stop by multiple time per day to see them.
Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 27, 2017, at LaHarpe Cemetery in LaHarpe, Illinois.  Visitation with the family will be 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday.  Memorial is to his Grandchildren's Education Fund.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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