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Russell (Jake) Phillips - 72

5/26/1945 - 11/16/2017
Tennessee, Illinois

Russell (Jake) Phillips age 72 of Tennessee, Illinois, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017, at his home in Tennessee, with his family at his side.  He was born May 26, 1945, in Middle Creek, Illinois to Waldo and Delphine Burrows Phillips.  Jake was united in marriage to the love of his life, Ruth Clauson, in Colchester on May 29, 1965.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife of 52 years Ruth of Tennessee, 2 Daughters: Becky (Walt) Dorethy, Colchester, Melissa Griswold (Shawn) Irvine, Quincy, 6 Grandchildren: Kristy (Clint) Wisslead, Kayla Dorethy, Karmyn (Ben) Kipling, Jenna Griswold (A.J.) Whitrock, Heather Griswold (Nicolas Andrade), Sydni Griswold, 3 Great Grandchildren: Jake Wisslead, Violet Wisslead and Karsyn Dorethy.  Jake also has many surviving nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly.
Jake was a humble, kind and hard-working man who loved spending time with his family.  He was full of joy and spent every moment he could playing with his granddaughters and great-grandchildren.  They were truly his pride and joy.  At every phase of life, he was an inspiration to those lucky enough to know him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Brother: Robert Phillips, 3 Sisters: Helen Sanderson, Rose Hopson and Norma Doyle.
Jake retired from his janitorial business, Commercial Clean in 2014.  Previously, Jake had worked at McDonough District Hospital, Tennessee Sand and Gravel and McGraw Edison in Macomb.  He was a member of the Gold Wing Association, formerly served on the Tennessee Village Board and the Colchester Fire Department and Colchester Rural Fire Department.  Jake was baptized as a child at the Burnside Christian Church.  He attended the Crossing Church in Macomb.
Celebration of Life service will be 11:00 A.M. Monday November 20, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home.  Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Sunday.  Memorials can be made to “Papa’s Park.”  Funds will be used to renovate Jake’s favorite park.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Lloyd Leroy Nelson - 81

6/21/1936 - 11/12/2017
Gillespie, Illinois formerly of Colchester

Lloyd Leroy Nelson age 81, of Colchester, Illinois passed away Sunday, November 12th in Gillespie Illinois.  He was born June 21, 1936 in McDonough County, at Colchester, Illinois to Beatrice Love (Vawter) Nelson and Carl Howard Nelson.  His Spouse was Zelma Ann Hall (Malin) marriage since September 29, 1964.  Surviving to mourn his passing are his spouse Zelma and his children consisting of son, Russell Eugene Malin(Cyndi) from Davenport Iowa, daughter Lu Ann(Malin)Cook(Randy) of Bettendorf, Iowa, son Ronnie Carl Nelson(Susan) who resides in Martinez, California, daughter Brenda Elaine (Nelson)Day(Lonnie) of Denver, Illinois, son Rev. Nathan Lee Nelson(Peggy) of Gillespie Illinois.  Lloyd had 25 Grandchildren and many Great-Grandchildren as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Lloyd’s surviving siblings include Linda Rice(John), Izella Switzer, Rosalie Kennedy, Louisa Stallings, Beatrice Ann Adams, Floyd Nelson (Hellen) and Betty Jean Nelson wife of Leonard Nelson.  Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, Beatrice Love (Vawter) Nelson and Carl Howard Nelson. Lloyd is also preceded in death by his brothers Gary Nelson, Leonard Nelson, and Carl Tom Nelson, and sisters Ardella Ritchey, and Alabama Shallenberger.   Lloyd lived in Colchester for 56 years, 22 years in rural Blandinsville, and 3 years in Macomb Illinois.   He attended Macomb Assembly of God Church has a child, Colchester Christian Church and Aldersgate Free Methodist Church as an adult with family, and listened to Gillespie Assembly of God online later in life where he rededicated his life to the Lord.   He was a military veteran who served in the Army as a SPC E-4 as a truck driver and he was honorably discharged.  He served in the local labor union #231 for 50 years until he retired.   He was employed by William and Steve Housewright and Galesburg construction.  He helped construct the WIU Brody Hall, and the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb Illinois.  Lloyd loved to fish, hunt, work on his Ford/Mercury cars, do his carvings, work in his garden, and his animals.   He loved life and nature.  His dream was to be self-sufficient and live off nature on what God has given.  He worked and provided for his whole family including his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, November 17, at Jones Mortuary in Colchester Illinois, with Nathan Nelson officiating.  Burial and military services by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion will follow at the Mt. Auburn cemetery in Colchester Illinois.  Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Thursday.  Memorials can be made out for Cardinal Glennon Children’s hospital in St. Louis, Missouri or Friends of Argyle Lake State Park.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Alexis Marie Miller - 15

11/1/2001 - 10/24/2017
Bowen, Illinois

Alexis Marie Miller age 15 of Bowen, Illinois passed away at her home in Bowen on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  She was born November 1, 2001, in Carthage, Illinois, to Christina Melvin and Daniel Miller.
Surviving to mourn her passing are her Mothers and Fathers: Joshua and Chrissy Lock of Bowen,  Dan Sr. and Amanda Miller, Ft. Madison, Iowa, 3 Brothers: Daniel Miller Jr., Bowen, Ashton Miller, Bowen, Aedan Miller, Ft. Madison, 3 Sisters: Chana Preader, Ft. Madison, Gaylynn Huling, Ft. Madison, 1 little sister on the way Arianna Marie Lock, Maternal Grandparents: Terry and Teresa Melvin, Plymouth, Paternal Grandparents: Sherry Shepherd, Colchester, Robert and Tina Miller Drexel, Missouri, Maternal Great Grandparents: Dean and Beverly Melvin, Florida, Bonnie and Ernest Chapin, LaHarpe, Illinois, Paternal Great Grandmother: Florine Miller, 3 Uncles, 3 Aunts, Several Cousins, and Izzy, Alexis very special cat.
Alexis was preceded in death by her Great Grandparents: Robert and Maxine Mowen, John and Edna Mae Shepherd, and Kenneth Miller.
Alexis is a student at Southeastern High School in Augusta, Illinois.  She loved to paint, draw, play mind craft, reading, anything that was artistic that she could use her hands and mind to create.  She would spend hours sitting with her pets.  She also enjoyed spending time in Quincy sitting and watching the Mississippi River.  She was an outside girl spending as much time in nature as she could.  She also had her special friends that she loved to just hang out with. The Greatest love of all to her was her family.  She would leave little notes for them all over the house and in their pockets, she was always the one that would comfort everyone when they were down or hurt, Alexis was true to who she was.  She accepted her Lord and Savior on July 15, 2009.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at the Colchester First Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Clements.  Burial will follow the services at Bowen Cemetery in Bowen, Illinois.  Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday, October 30, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 8:00 A.M. Monday.  Memorial is to the Memory of Alexis.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Elva F. Jefferson - 91

1/14/1926 - 10/5/2017
Macomb

Elva F. Jefferson age 91 of Macomb, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  Elva was born January 14, 1926, in Tennessee, Illinois, to Bert and Agnes Wilcox Cuba.  She was united in marriage on November 3, 1945, at the Hillsgrove United Methodist Church, to Hoyt Jefferson.  He preceded her in death on November 12, 2004, she was also preceded in death by her parents, 1 Daughter: Anita Jefferson, 1 Sister, and 4 Brothers.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: John David (Colleen) Jefferson, Grundy Center, Iowa, 1 Daughter: Caralee (Bill) McGinnis, Carthage, Illinois, 6 Grandchildren: Tim (Marci) Jefferson, Nathan Jefferson, Luke Jefferson, Jacob (Jeni) Jefferson, Molly (Lenny) Sanders, Dan (Mary) McGinnis, 13 Great Grandchildren, 1 Brother In Law: Dean Jefferson, 1 Sister In Law, Maribeth Jefferson along with several Nieces and Nephews.
Elva attended the New London Iowa, Presbyterian Church, Hillsgrove United Methodist Church, Argyle Presbyterian Church.  She attended Western Illinois University, Valedictorian of her 1943 Colchester High School Class, received the D.A.R. in 1943,  She was a member of the, New London Tri T Women, McDonough County Home Bureau, and the McDonough County Farm Bureau.  Elva had been employed by the McDonough County Farm Bureau.
Services will be 12 Noon Friday, October 13, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Jim Clayton.  Visitation with the family will be from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon Friday at the Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Memorial is to the Elms Nursing Home Staff.   On line Condolences to the family can be left at jonesmortuaryfh.com

D. Ruth Sappington - 88

6/3/1929 - 9/30/2017
Macomb

D Ruth Sappington age 88 of Macomb, passed away September 30, 2017, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  She was born June 3, 1929, in Media, Illinois to Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Corley.  Ruth was united in marriage September 17, 1949, in Stronghurst, Illinois, to John P. Sappington.  He preceded her in death on July 24, 2000, she was also preceded by her parents,  and 2 Brothers.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: Jay P. Sappington, Macomb, Illinois, 1 Daughter: Jayne A. Sappington, Lubbock, Texas, 6 Grandchildren: Sarah, Seth, Jared, Zachary, Jessica and Kaitlin, 5 Great Grandchildren, 3 Sisters: Doris E. Mason, Dorothy Lindell, and Gwen.
Ruth was a member of the Doddsville United Methodist Church, and retired from the Department of Labor with the State of Illinois.
Private Graveside services will be held at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.  Friends may sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Thursday.  Memorial is to the Doddsville United Methodist Church or McDonough District Hospital Hospice.   On line Condolences to the family can be left at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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

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