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Thomas Rex Tatham - 83

9/5/1935 - 1/1/2019
Colchester

Thomas “Rex” Tatham age 83 of Colchester, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at  Farmington Country Manor, Farmington, Illinois.  He was born September 5, 1935 in Macomb, to Thomas Aurther and Ella Grace Stambaugh Tatham.  He was united in marriage to Marilyn H. Christie on November 21, 1956 in Macomb.  She preceded him in death on January 10, 2004.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, 1 Brother and 1 Sister.
Surviving to mourn his passing are 1 Son: Anthony (April) Tatham, of Avon, 1 Brother: Victor Tatham, of Macomb, 1 Sister: Reba Woodworth, of Savoy, 2 Grandsons: Bronson (Carly) Tatham, of Tripoli, Iowa, Brayden Tatham, of Avon, 1 Granddaughter: Gracie Tatham, of Avon, 1 Great Grandson: Brooks Anthony Tatham.
Rex was an Army veteran serving during the Korean War.  He was stationed in Alaska and marched in the Alaska Statehood Parade, honoring Alaska becoming the 49th U.S. State in 1959.  He owned and operated Lamoine LP Gas in Macomb, later he worked for and retired from Yetter Manufacturing in Colchester.
Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb, with military rites by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  Friends may sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Friday, January 11, 2019.  Memorials are to Farmington Country Manor or the local Veteran Transportation Bus. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

James Bruce Phelps - 69

4/13/1949 - 12/31/2018
Colchester

Bruce Phelps, 69, of Colchester, Illinois, passed away at 7:00 AM Monday, December 31, 2018 at his residence.

He was born April 13, 1949, in Macomb, Illinois to Charles David and Lois Allton Phelps, the youngest of seven children. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, son Ryan, and daughter Michelle (Sam) Churchill, all of Colchester, a granddaughter, Mya Churchill, a grandson, Tyson Churchill, sisters Karol McClelland of West Point and Mary Lea Castlebury of Plymouth, five sisters in law, five brothers in law, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Jean McCleary, brothers Tom, Bill, and David (Jr.) Phelps, 2 brother in laws, one sister in law, and one nephew.

He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1967 and then served in the Army National Guard in Quincy and Macomb. He was employed as a salesman for most of his life. He was active in many branches of Freemasonry, including Denver Lodge #464, Macomb Lodge #17, Quincy Consistory, Order of the Eastern Star #123, and Macomb York Rite.

He enjoyed gardening, fishing, mushroom hunting, building scale model barns, mowing, collecting and restoring toy tractors, and college and pro sports. He especially found joy in giving everyone a nickname and always calling them by it, searching out all Cardinal fans to wish them a losing season, and being the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Cat Lover. From a very young age growing up on a farm, he could always be found with a cat in one or both arms. But most of all, Bruce loved his family and friends. They were the light of his life, and he will be missed by them all. 

Services will be 10:30 AM Saturday Jan. 5th, 2019, at Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Don Hightower officiating. Visitation will be Friday evening Jan.4th from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 PM. at the funeral home.  Masonic services will follow the visitation at 7:00 PM. Burial will be at a later date.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Friday. Memorials can be made to the Colchester Rescue Squad or McDonough County Animal Shelter. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Richard A. Dixon - 82

4/10/1936 - 12/20/2018
Colchester

Richard A. Dixon age 82 of rural Colchester, went to be with his Lord, Thursday evening, December 20, 2018, at Wesley Village Health Care in Macomb.  He was born April 10, 1936, in Tennessee Township to Gale A. and Leona E. (Connor) Dixon.  He married Mary Lou Carson, October 28, 1956 in Colchester.
Surviving to mourn his passing is his wife of 62 years Mary Dixon, Colchester, 2 Sons: Stan (Debbie) Dixon, Colchester Clee (Linda) Dixon, Colchester, 1 Daughter: Deanna (Bryan) King, rural Dallas City, 9 Grandchildren: Haley Dixon (Carl Shahan), Marcy Dixon, Cody King, Casey (Chantal) King, Andrea Dixon, Austin Dixon, Jared (Jennifer) Smiddy, Megan (Robbie) Moon, Stephanie (Seth) Mendenhall, 10 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Brother: George (Janet) Dixon, Colchester.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Grandchildren: Joshua Dixon and Emily Dixon.
Richard was a member and Elder of the Colmar Christian Church, McDonough County Farm Bureau, McDonough County Pork Producers, Mt Carmel Gospel Group.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping of which he was the camp cook, and loved to go deer hunting.  He was a carpenter of which he built all of the structures on the family farm.  He loved spending time working in his work shop building something new or taking something old and bringing it back to new.  Richard was a farmer in grain and livestock production, he operated a livestock trucking business and operated a sawmill on the farm.  Of all the things that Richard did his greatest love was the time he spent with his family.
Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, December 24, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Dan Ormond and Rev. Roger Carson.  Burial will follow the services at the funeral home at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Sunday, December 23, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Sunday.  Memorials are to Colmar Christian Church or Colchester Rescue.   To leave condolences to the family visit online at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Betty L. Shelley - 88

6/19/1930 - 12/18/2018
Rural Plymouth, Illinois

Betty L. Shelley 88 of rural Plymouth, Illinois, passed away with her family at her side Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.  She was born June 19, 1930 in Moline, Illinois the daughter of Arthur and Bertha (Umphryes) Downey.  She was united in marriage to Gerald Shelley on April 6, 1956 at the Baptist Church in Plymouth. 
Surviving to mourn her passing is her husband of 62 years Gerald Shelley, 2 sons: Gregg (Tammy) Shelley, Gary (Barb) Shelley and a daughter, Vicki (Al) Black, 7 grandchildren: Christopher, Kimberly, Sarah, Holly, Courtney, Bethanie, and Nick, 6 great-grandchildren: Hayden, Logan, Callie, Caitlynn, Kennedy, and Hadley, 2 sisters: Norma (Don) Brough, Joyce VanFleet, sister in law: Charlene Downey.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son: Michael, 1 brother: Bill Downey, and a great-granddaughter: Clara Eloise Shelley.
Betty graduated from Colchester High School in 1948.  Betty was a homemaker and spent many years helping her husband on the farm.  She loved to read.
Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday, December 23, 2018, at Bethel Cemetery, with Pastor Jim Richardson.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. t0 6:00 P.M. Saturday, and from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon Sunday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Cancer Research.  To leave condolences to the family visit online at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Clare L. Beadles - 66

5/12/1952 - 12/13/2018
Macomb, Illinois

Clare L. Beadles age 66 of Macomb, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018, at Heartland Health Care in Macomb.  She was born May 12, 1952 in Macomb, to James and Naomi Ziener Chatterton.  She was united in marriage to Joseph P. Carpinella in Macomb, on January 18, 1969, he preceded her in death.  She was also united in marriage to James Beadles in Macomb on May 25, 1990, he preceded her in death on April 20, 2017.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 sons; Tony Carpinella, Minnesota, Jim Carpinella Tuttle, Virginia, 1 step son: Russ Beadles, Oklahoma, 13 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, 1 brother: David Chatterton, Champaign, Illinois, 4 sisters: Jeri Scott (Randy Powell), Macomb, Julie Murphy, Macomb, Pat Pettenger, Sterling, Illinois and Ann (John) Whalon, Macomb.
Claire was preceded in death by her parents and both husbands.
Claire was a graduate from Western Illinois University Summa Cum Laude when she was 50 years old.  She had worked at Beu Health Care Center at W.I.U. for 30 years, along with working at many local nursing homes.  She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb where she was very active in many groups.  Through her church she ministered to many people in the local nursing homes.  She was a member of the Macomb Gold Wing Motorcycle Club.  From Clare’s early years she would not let any illness or disability stand in her way of caring for her family and friends.
Cremation rites have been accorded.  Celebration of Life service will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 17, 2018, at the Macomb Trinity Lutheran Church, with Rev. Youngshim Pitcher.  A luncheon will follow the services at the church.  Clare and James will be interred in the Quincy Veterans Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials are to McDonough District Hospital Hospice or Macomb Trinity Lutheran Church.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family.  To leave condolences to the family visit online at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Steven Pat Waddell - 67

5/3/1951 - 12/9/2018
Rural Plymouth

Steven “Pat” Waddell, 67 of rural Plymouth passed away at 10:16 A.M. Sunday, December 9, 2018, at 6089 Waddell Road, Plymouth.  He was born on May 3, 1951, in Macomb to Lyman and Ruby (Martin) Waddell.
Pat is survived by his two daughters: Nicole (Chris) Travis of Vermont and Patti Waddell of Jacksonville; three grandchildren: Patrick Waddell of Dallas, TX, Caroline Dobbs and Charles Dobbs of Vermont; four bonus grandchildren: Brittany Dobbs of Springfield, Alyssa Travis, Briana Travis, and Caitlyn Travis of Litchfield; three bonus great grandchildren; four sisters: Jane Axtell of Macomb, Colene Henderson of Springfield, Marlene (Kem) Moore of Yates City and Kay (Jerry) Doggett of Loveland, CO: four brothers: Bud (Barb) Waddell of Fallbrook, CA, Bob (Edie) Sullivan of Prairie City, Stanley Sullivan of El Dorado Hills, CA, Harry (Sirina) Waddell of Bushnell and Mike Waddell.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lyman and Ruby Waddell; one sister, Shirley Wisslead; two brothers, Larry (Virginia) Waddell and Gary Waddell.
Pat lived in rural Plymouth his entire life.  He graduated from Rushville High School in 1969.  He earned his Associate’s degree in diesel mechanics at Spoon River College, Canton.  He served as road commissioner in Brooklyn Township for many years.  He then worked as a correctional officer at the McDonough County Sheriff’s Office for 15 years, retiring in 2014.
He was a life-long farmer.  He loved the land, livestock and, most of all, people.  He went out of his way to brighten someone’s day.  He absolutely adored his grandchildren and cherished every moment spent with his family.
A Celebration of Life service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Pastor Doug Krukewitt officiating.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 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.  Cremation will follow the Celebration of life service on Saturday.  The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Pat Waddell Scholarship Fund.  To leave condolences to the family visit online at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Helen J. France - 88

5/12/1930 - 11/2/2018
Fishers, Indiana, formerly of Tennessee, Illinois

Helen J. France, age 88 of Fishers, Indiana, formerly of Tennessee, Illinois, passed away Friday, November 2, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Helen was born May 12, 1930, in Macomb to William and Irene (Bowles) Knoedler. She was united in marriage to Merle D. France April 1, 1951, in San Diego, he survives of Fishers, Indiana.
Surviving to mourn her passing are her Husband of 67 years, Merle France, 1 Son: Randall (Randy) France, 2 Grandchildren: Matthew W. France, Mitchell D. France, 2 Great Grandchildren: Finley J. France, Maverick A. France.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents.
She had been a Telephone Operator in Colchester in her early years and Secretary in the English Department at WIU in later years.
Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Hillsgrove Cemetery, Tennessee, Illinois, with Rev. Lee Unger.  Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday November 9, 2018, at Jones Mortuary, Colchester
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Hillsgrove United Methodist Church. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Larry L. Louderman - 69

7/29/1949 - 8/31/2018
Colchester

Larry Louderman age 69 of Colchester, went to be with his Lord on Friday, August 31, 2018, at O.S.F. Hospital, Peoria, Illinois.  He was born July 29, 1949, in Macomb, IL. to E. Dwight and Margaret McFadden Louderman.  Larry was united in marriage at Bethel Baptist Church on March 30, 1968, to Catherine Parks.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Mother, Margaret Louderman, Macomb, his wife of 50 years Catherine Louderman, Colchester, 3 Daughters: Lorie (Chris) Calbaugh, Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, Stephanie (Matt) Mencel, - Colchester Stacie (Ryan) Hunt, - Colchester, 4 Grandchildren: Rachel Mencel, William Mencel,
Ethan Hunt and Andrew Hunt, 3 Step Grandchildren: Beau Calbaugh, Amanda Stephens, Christina McDaniel, 2 Step Great Grandchildren: Ada Stephens, Clara Stephens, 1 Sister: Luan Moss, Park Forest, Illinois, 2 Nephews: Doug (Sandi) Moss, Roger (Danielle) Moss, 3 Great Nieces and 3 Great Nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his Father: Dwight Louderman, father and mother-in-law: Merle and Ruth Parks, 2 Great Nephews and 1 Great Niece.
Larry was a member of the Argyle Bible Church, where he was a member of the Praise & Worship Team and Audio Visual Department, along with being very active in many other parts of the church. He owned and operated Century Electronics in Colchester for 25 years, Century Sound Recording Studio, in Colchester, and was a Sound Engineer at Methode Electronics in Carthage for 20 years from where he retired.  In his earlier years he had worked at Hunt Appliance, Jones Mortuary and Carson’s Western Auto.  Larry had been a member of many local bands from 7th grade on.  Most recently, Larry was a member of the One Accord Quartet,  The King Graffiti Band, and The On Stage Band of which he had a large following. Larry believed that the pinnacle of his musical career occurred Labor Day weekend 2016 and again in 2017, when his dream to produce a Gospel Jamboree with local musician friends came to fruition. The two things that were most important in Larry's life were his love for the Lord and his love for his family.
Funeral service will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Argyle Bible Church, with Pastor Sam Kostreva and Pastor Michael Deblois.  Burial will follow the services at Argyle Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, Sept. 5th at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday.  Memorials can be made to the Argyle Bible Church or Leukemia Research.  There will be a Blood Drive in memory of Larry held in Colchester at a later date. To leave condolences to the family visit online at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Merle Parks - 96

7/15/1922 - 8/22/2018
Colchester

Merle W. Parks age 96 of Colchester, passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  He was born July 15, 1922, in Bethel Township to Everett and Bertha Robinson Parks.  Merle was united in marriage on March 2, 1947, in Bethel Township to Mildred Ruth Holstine.  She preceded him in death on March 5, 2011.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister; Doris Matthews, 1 Brother in law: Tommy Matthews, and 1 Sister in law: Marjorie Parks.
Surviving to mourn his passing are 4 Sons; Troy and Linda Parks, Loraine, William Eugene and Christine Parks, Colchester, Dennis James Parks, Augusta, Sidney Merle and Jeanne Parks, Bloomington, 2 Daughters; Catherine Ellen and Larry Louderman, Colchester, Luan Elizabeth and Scott Voehringer, Indianapolis, IN.,
19 Grandchildren; Lorie (Chris) Calbaugh, Stephanie (Matt) Mencel, Stacie (Ryan) Hunt, Kara (Greg) Adams-Kirn, Megan (Brent) Byarley, Galen (Sara) Parks, Bill (Ashley) Parks, Jennifer (Brian Briggs) Parks, Kailey (Kyle) Graber, Emily Parks, Taylor Parks, Allison (Dan) Otto, Lauren Parks, Cameron Parks, Reagan Parks, Sarah (Dan) Newby, Rebekah (Adam) Hostetter, Faith (Taylor) Long, Miranda Voehringer, 20 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great Great Grandchildren, 1 Brother: Paul Parks, Vermont and 1 Sister: Mary Cook, Macomb.
Merle was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, He had served on the Colchester United 180 School Board for many years, McDonough County Regional School Board, McDonough County Farm Bureau, American Baptist Men Association.  Sold Archer Petroleum Products, Clerked at the Colchester Sale Barn and many auctions in the area for J. Hughey Martin for many years. Farmed his entire lifetime, enjoyed watching Purple Martins. Merle and Ruth were in the Macomb Square Dance Club and enjoyed going to Bluegrass events.  He served his country during World War II in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Dodge in Leavenworth Kansas, as a prison guard.  The one thing that brought the most joy to Merle’s life was his family.  He enjoyed all the times he got to spend with them.                                                                                                           Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Pastor Jim Richardson.  Burial will follow the services at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.  Military rites will be preformed at the grave the the Macomb American Legion and Macomb V.F.W.  Visitation with the family will be 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, August 30, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Thursday.  Memorials are to McDonough District Hospital Hospice, The Elms Nursing Home, Bethel Baptist Church.  To leave condolences to the family visit online at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Carolyn B. Jennings - 82

10/22/1935 - 8/19/2018
Colchester

Carolyn B. Jennings age 82 of Colchester, passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  She was born October 22, 1935, in Burfordville, Missouri, to Shelby and Ruby Booth Jennings.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 Daughters: Angie (Megan Wallen) Schauble, Colchester, Cynthia (Allen) Sheffler, Blandinsville, 3 Grandchildren: Matthew (Jessica) Sheffler, Andrew (Kendall) Sheffler, Timothy Sheffler, 4 Great Grandchildren: Lillian, Jackson, Gwendolyn, Allison, and 2 Sisters.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents and 1 Sister.
Carolyn never met a puzzle, or crossword puzzle she didn’t like.  Her heart was always with the Missouri the state she was born and grew up in.  She was a true die heart St. Louis Cardinal fan, along with all country music.  She had a special love for all of Hank Williams Sr. music.  When she was not doing puzzles, she enjoyed learning more about family history.  She could name every state capital in the United States.  Her greatest love of all was her two girls and their families.
Cremation rites have been accorded.  A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family.    To leave condolences to the family visit online at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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