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Marilyn I. Cavett - 91

3/1/1924 - 2/11/2016
Macomb formerly of Colchester

Marilyn I. Cavett passed away Thursday morning, February 11, 2016, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  She was born on March 1, 1924, in Macomb to Albert and Lena Henderson Watson.  Marilyn married Charles Cavett on April 3, 1948, at Camp Creek Parsonage.  He preceded her in death June 29th, 2009.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 3 Children: Beverly (Roger) Lundeen of Galesburg, Lynn ( Cindy) Cavett and Lonnie (Vickie) Cavett of Macomb, Eight Grandchildren: Jeff (Karen), Jennifer, Max and Jack Cavett and Tracie, Justin, Shannon and Chade Lundeen and two Great Grandchildren: Cam and Claire.  Also surviving are TwoBrothers: Randall and Gene (Carol) Watson of Macomb.
Marilyn was Valedictorian of her Macomb High Senior Class in 1941 and also a graduate of Gem City Business College in Quincy, Illinois.  She enjoyed being a homemaker and a member of the McDonough County home extension.  She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Colchester.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 
Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, February 15, 2016, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Dennis Clements.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Monday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Sunday.  Memorials are to McDonough District Hospital Hospice or the Elms Nursing Home.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Judith A. Martin - 69

11/20/1946 - 2/2/2016

Judith A. Martin age 69 of Colchester passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at O.S.F. in Peoria, Illinois.  She was born November 20, 1946, in Keokuk, Iowa, to John and Louise Goon Kull.  Judy was united in marriage to Clarence Martin, June 1967  in Keokuk, Iowa.
Surviving to mourn her passing are her Husband: Clarence of Colchester, 1 Son: Tony and Debra Martin, Blandinsville, 2 Daughters: Tami Martin, Colchester and Kelley Martin, Macomb, 8 Grandchildren: Trista, Britany, Anthony, Courtney, Austin, Destiny, Celeste, Noah, 6 Great Grandchildren: Dakoda, Chase, Decklaw, Baylie, Carsynn, Bella, 1 Brother: Kevin Kull, Keokuk, Ia. and 1 Sister: Sister Kathy Kull, St.Louis, MO.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, 2 Grandchildren: Mason Smith and Gabriella Martin.
Judy taught Catholicism at St. Pauls Church for 22 years, member of the Women’s Guild, active in Bible Study groups. She was awarded the McDonough County Good Samaritan Award, 10 years ago.  Judy was in private home health care.  Most of all, she was a wonderful Christian women, friend, mother and wife.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, February 5, 2016, at St.Pauls Church in Macomb, with Monsignor Richard Pricco.  Burial will follow the services at St. Paul Cemetery, in Macomb.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday at St. Pauls Church in Macomb, with a Wake service at 7:00 P.M.  Memorial is to the Family.  A luncheon will be served at St. Pauls School Gym following the services at the grave.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Dr. William E. Brattain - 77

4/7/1938 - 12/25/2015

Dr. William “Bill” Edwin Brattain, 77, of Colchester, IL passed away on Friday, December 25 at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. Bill was born on April 7, 1938 in Noblesville, IN to John and Bernice “Monti” (Montgomery) Brattain. He was raised in Sharpsville, IN and graduated from Sharpsville High School in 1956. Bill attended Indiana University from where he received his B.S., M.S., Re.Dir., and Re.D. degrees. He remained a loyal IU alum and avid Hoosier basketball fan throughout his life.
On April 3, 1960, Bill married his college sweetheart, Helen Jacqueline “Jacquie” Hancock in Bloomington, IN. Bill is survived by his beloved wife; three daughters - Cindy (Rick) Ramsey of Augusta, IL, Nancy (Don) Rogers of Terre Haute, IN, and Jenny Brattain of Macomb, IL; and eight grandchildren - Stacey (Nathan) Fry, Doug Ramsey, Rickey Ramsey, Allison Ramsey, Matthew Ramsey, Madeline Ramsey, Laura Rogers, and Jonathan Rogers; five great-grandchildren; and cousins George (Susan) Brattain and Nancy (Don) Garrison. He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law Fred and Ruby Hancock, and cousin Halford Brattain. Bill was a loving and dedicated father and grandfather. He very much enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events, particularly basketball and volleyball games, at Southeastern High School in Augusta and frequently visited Terre Haute to support his grandchildren there. For the past several years, Bill and Jacquie enjoyed spending the winter in Bradenton, FL. Bill loved Florida and especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren on Anna Maria Island.
In 1960, William was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Knox. Following his tour at Fort Knox, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1971.
Dr. Brattain, or “Dr. B” as his students affectionately called him, spent his career in higher education and was deeply committed to the young people that he served over the decades. He began his career as Union Director at Manchester College in North Manchester, IN and then returned to his alma mater, Indiana University, to serve as Associate Director of the Indiana Memorial Union. He felt fortunate to have had the opportunity to work at IU during the exciting and tumultuous late 1960s. In 1971, Dr. B. accepted the position of Director of the Student Union at Western Illinois University. Over the next 27 years, he served in a variety of roles in the Division of Student Affairs. He retired as Associate Vice President for Student Services Emeritus and Professor of Recreation, Tourism, and Park Administration Emeritus. Dr. Brattain was widely recognized as a national leader in the profession of college union and student activities administration. He believed that the experiences students had outside of the classroom shaped their lives and careers in profound ways and shared this passion with his students, particularly the many graduate students who have pursued careers in Higher Education. Dr. B. served on the boards of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. He served as Chair of the NACA Board. He was awarded the Founders Award from NACA and the Butts-Whiting Award from ACUI, the highest
honors that each of these organizations can bestow.
Dr. B’s other great professional passion was the performing arts. He was devoted to developing performing arts and concert programming through the University Union Board and Bureau of Cultural Affairs. His work with the performing arts was noteworthy for the extent to which students were involved guiding the programming and the ability of WIU to attract high quality programs to a small, rural community that utilized a gymnasium for its venue. The range of programs that WIU presented during Bill’s tenure were extraordinarily diverse and included such noteworthy productions as Cats, Amadeus, The Wiz, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, B.B. King, Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, the Beach Boys, Natalie Cole, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Chuck Berry, Red Skelton, Bob Hope, and his personal hero and favorite, Johnny Cash. In addition to presenting the performing arts, Dr. Brattain was a guiding force behind the establishment of the WIU Performing Arts Society and the Youth Performing Arts Series. He was appointed by the Governor to the Illinois Arts Council in 2004 and served until the time of his death. In 2011, Dr. Brattain authored and published Entertainment in the Heartland: Some Humorous Memories and Random Thoughts, a memoir of his experience with the arts and concerts throughout his career.
Dr. B. loved WIU and received much love in return. Bill and Jacquie established the Brattain Transfer Scholarship through the WIU Foundation. Bill was named an Honorary Alumni in 2007. Upon his retirement, a Student Leadership Award and Community Arts Award were established in his honor and bear his name. In 2014, the Prairie Lounge in the University Union was renovated and renamed the William E. Brattain Lounge in his honor.
Bill was actively engaged in civic life. He served as Tri-Chair of the McDonough County United Way Campaign and Vice President and President of the McDonough County YMCA Board of Directors. He was elected Trustee of Carl Sandburg College and served as a trustee for 16 years and Board Chair on four occasions. Bill was an active member of Rotary International for over 50 years, the majority of those years with the Macomb noon club. He and wife Jacquie are both Paul Harris Fellows.
Bill was a man of great faith and lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. He was a current member of Wesley United Methodist Church and former member of the Blandinsville Methodist Church. For several years he served as a Lay Leader and Certified Lay Speaker. Methodists around the area, particularly at the Blandinsville Church, enjoyed his plain spoken, but meaningful, sermons.
In 1957, Bill was initiated as a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity. He joined his father, Uncle Bill, and cousin Hal as a member of the Beta chapter. Bill was initiated into the Masonic Lodge in 1960 in Sharpsville, IN and was a perpetual member of the LaHarpe Lodge.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 30, 2014, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb, with Rev. Tom Mehaffy.  Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb, with the Presentation of the Flag to the Family by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion, Masonic Services will be held at the grave.  The family will meet with friends from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb.  Friends may sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester from 8:00 to 12 noon Tuesday then after 4:00 Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the William “Dr. B.” and Jacquie Brattain Transfer Scholarship with the Western Illinois University Foundation.
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Roger L. Chockley - 68

11/8/1947 - 12/14/2015
Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas – Roger L. Chockley, age 68, passed away on Monday December 14, 2015 at the Veterans Hospital in Wichita.  Born November 8, 1947, in Macomb, Illinois, he was the son of the late Rolen and Helen Chockley (nee McFadden).
Roger served in the United States Navy in 1965 – 1967 aboard the USS America.  He subsequently worked in various fields mostly as a professional truck driver.  He spent most of his adult life claiming the Wichita, Kansas area as home.  In his earlier years, he participated in Rodeo competitions as a Bull Rider.  He also enjoyed working with horses, golfing and was an avid Denver Bronco fan.
He is survived by a daughter Jennifer Chockley and grand-daughter Molly Welsh both of Kansas.  He is further survived by brothers Randall, Rodney, Richard and sister Rita Rouse all residing in Illinois
A graveside memorial service and burial will be held at the Industry, Illinois Cemetery at a later date. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Raymond Lee Young - 57

5/21/1958 - 11/9/2015

Raymond Lee Young age 57 of Colchester, passed away at his home in Colchester on November 9, 2015.  He was born May 21, 1958, in Macomb to Raymond and Dorothy M. Wareing Young Sr.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Mother: Dorothy Wareing of Blackpool, England, 1 Daughter: Jessica Kelley, Macomb, 1 Brother: David Young, Colchester, 2 Sisters: Michelle S. Young, Colchester, Linda Ann Carey, Macomb, several Nieces and Nephews, along with many good Friends.
Raymond was preceded in death by his Father: Raymond Young Sr., 1 Brother: Christopher E. Young, Grandmother: Alice Young, Grandfathers: Robert Young, Harold Creasey, and Maternal Grandparents: William and Phyllis Wareing.
Raymond was employed by Jack Louderman at Louderman Auction Center in Macomb.
Cremation Rites have been accorded.  Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, November 30, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Private burial will take place at a later date at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Memorial is to Colchester Rescue Squad.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Richard C. Miller - 61

7/13/1954 - 10/28/2015

Richard C. Miller age 61 of Colchester.  With Pam at his side he went to be with his Lord at 12:41 A.M. Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, Illinois.  He was born July 13, 1954, in Macomb, Illinois to Keith and Mildred Dickerson Miller.  They both preceded him in death along with 1 Uncle: Bob, and 1 Aunt: D. Era Burford.
Surviving to mourn his passing is his life time soul mate: Pam Deloach, 1 Son: David Deloach, 1 Daughter: Tracy Deloach and 1 very special grandson: Austin Russell all of Colchester.
Dick was a former member of the Rock Island Local Labors Union 309.  For the last 15 years he could be found helping local contractors and friends with building materials at R & P Lumber in Macomb, Illinois, where he was employed.  Dick’s family was his greatest pride of all.
Celebration of life will be 12:00 Noon Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Mark Smith.  Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 to 12:00 Noon, Monday at the funeral home.  Memorial has been established to Spinal Muscular Atrophy foundation.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Norma "Rolene" Kerley Bailey - 85

2/9/1930 - 10/26/2015

Norma “Rolene” Kerley Bailey passed away on October 26, 2015, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  Rolene was born on February 9, 1930, to Rollie and Ada (Mayfield) Kerley in Kellerville, Illinois.  Rolene had three sisters: Mildred Wheelock, Marjorie Niggermeyer Tucker, Helen Mayfield and a brother Otis “Bud” Kerley and a beloved sister-in-law, Marjorie Kerley Thompson, all of whom preceded her in death.
Rolene married Robert Chester (Chet) Bailey, September 18, 1949, in Rushville, Illinois.  He passed away January 10, 2006.  Her children are Cheryl Lynn (Rick Kemble) Bartlett of Colchester and Robert Kevin (Sheri) Bailey of Costa Rica.  Rolene had four granddaughters; Anita Bartlett, Jill (Ben) Beck, and Julie Bartlett, all of Macomb and Laura (Ron) Valdez of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Rolene also has 5 great-Grandchildren: Daniel Bartlett, Emmett Beck and Emery Bartlett-Holsapple all of Macomb and Savannah Valdez and Nadia Valdez of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She also leave many nieces and nephews.
Her true love and passion was her horses and dogs.  She raised, trained, and sold 400 plus horses and had raised over 700 dogs in her life as she raised Appaloosa horses and Chihuahua dogs, as well as helping Chet with the farming.  She loved to cook and before planting or harvest season would make as many as 26 pies to freeze so that the family could have fresh pie each day.
Rolene was a strong willed woman, who wasn’t afraid to try anything from riding her motorcycle from Kellerville to Quincy to work, to training her favorite horse to kneel so she would mount easier.  She and Chet lived a good life together and were very proud of their children and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 30, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Jerry Taylor.  Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home.   Committal services will be at 1:30 P.M. Friday at the Clayton South Cemetery in Clayton, Illinois.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Thursday.  Memorial is to McDonough District Hospital Hospice.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Marilyn Joyce Locke - 74

9/8/1941 - 10/8/2015

On October 8, 2015 the streets of Heaven gained a beautiful, loving, and endlessly selfless angel. Marilyn “Joyce” Locke, 74, of Macomb, Illinois, peacefully passed into the arms of Jesus at her home surrounded by family. Born September 8, 1941 in McDonough County, she is now reunited in Heaven with her parents, Elbert and Mary Jane (Roberson) Rigg;  her sister, Linda Ward; her brother, Stanley Rigg, and two brother-in-laws, Larry Flockhart and Bill Shaffer.

Survivors include her loving husband, Paul Locke; two daughters, Paula (Mitch) Markey and Angela Locke both of Macomb, IL;  her granddaughter, Angelica Markey;  three grandsons, Caleb Markey, Cody Locke, and Colton Markey;  one brother, Roger (Jennifer) Rigg; and four sisters, Carolyn (Don) Ussery, Janet Shaffer, Dora Ann Flockhart, and Kathy (Tarry) Thompson as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She leaves behind a lasting legacy of love. A legacy that impacted her community and shaped her family. She represented the best that humanity can offer—demonstrating real sacrifice, generous giving, and a passion for the spirit of kindness on a daily basis—ideals that she implanted in the hearts of her children and grandchildren so that they could further spread it to the world.

Joyce channeled this love into her cooking knowing it would make others smile and keep her family coming home for more. She was known for her homemade lemonade, potato salad, mashed potatoes, ice-cream and so many other meals, the culinary world will deeply miss.

On Saturday mornings you could find her at a yard sale or thrift store looking for the best bargain; oftentimes, just so she could give it away to another.  And in the evenings, she was always present on the front porch of her house—loving others and living deliberately.

She worked to support her family.  She began by babysitting young children in her home, cleaning houses, and working at the Maid-Rite in Macomb.  The majority of her working career was spent on the factory floor at Haeger Pottery in Macomb.
Put simply, she loved to love. It was in her nature.  Her family and friends were the center of her world, and she would plan opportunities to bring everyone together to create memories—whether she was organizing a family gathering, creating new traditions, or attending a community event. She had a spunky personality and a sense of humor that made being with her fun and enjoyable. She was the luckiest woman.  If she entered a drawing, you can bet her name would be drawn.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Lee Unger.  Burial will follow the services at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.  Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Monday. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that gives children hope.  The family has also established the Marilyn “Joyce” Locke Spirit of Christmas Memorial which will be used to support the Macomb Christmas Lighting and Decorating Contest. Joyce considered no higher honor than spreading the joy, spirit and true meaning of Christmas. This was demonstrated through her elaborate Christmas display each year, one of the great prides of her life.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Mary I. Hartmann - 94

11/7/1920 - 10/2/2015

Mary I. Hartmann age 94 of Macomb, Illinois, passed away October 2, 2015, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  She was born November 7, 1920, in Macomb, Illinois to Charles L. and Grace W. Diamond Wiley.  She was united in marriage on July 3, 1943, in Wilmington, Illinois, to Carl L. Hartmann, he preceded her in death on May 1, 1970.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, and 1 Sister: Anna Reed.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: George and Ruth Anne Hartmann, Macomb, Illinois, 3 Grandchildren: Stephen and Heather Hartmann, Brookfield, Illinois, Joshua Willis, Kansas City, Missouri, Andrea and Matt Thompson, Macomb, Illinois, and 1 Great Grandson: Tucker Thompson, Macomb.
Mary was a member of the Macomb First Baptist Church, Prairie Quilters, McDonough District Hospital Auxiliary, Business and Professional Women of Macomb, McDonough County Genealogical Society.  She had been employed as a Civilian Employee of the United States Army, King Seely in Macomb, McDonough County Sheriffs Office,  McDonough County States Attorneys Office, and Bailiff for McDonough County.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Wally Holt.  Burial will follow the services at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.  Visitation with the family will be from 11:00 to 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Tuesday.  Memorials are to Macomb First Baptist Church or McDonough District Hospital Hospice.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Doris Catherine Hightower - 91

7/27/1924 - 9/21/2015

Doris Catherine Hightower age 91 of Macomb, passed away, Monday, September 21, 2015, at Wesley Village Memory Care Unit.  She was born July 27, 1924 in Rushville, Illinois, to Carl and Carrie Simpson Heitz.  Doris was united in marriage on June 22, 1946, in Rushville, Illinois to Rolla Hightower Jr., he preceded her in death on July 6, 2007.  Also she was preceded by her parents, 3 Brothers: Kermit, Albert and Robert Heitz.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Daughter: Deborah (Darrell) Negley, Macomb, Illinois, 1 Son: Michael (Tara) Hightower, Poway, California, 7 Grandchildren: Jason (Reanna) Hightower, Ryan Hightower, Corey Hightower, all of San Diego, California, Skyler, Riley and Kodi Hightower of Poway, California, Drew Negley of Littleton, Colorado, 2 Great Grandchildren: Nolan and Samuel Hightower of San Diego, California, 1 Brother-in-Law: Robert Hightower of Kirksville, Missouri and 1 Sister-in-Law: Norma Heitz of Rushville, Illinois.
Doris was employed at the Schuyler Telephone Company and Mickelberry Packing Company in Rushville before moving to Colchester.  She then worked at the Colchester Grade School Cafeteria, before working in the Cataloging department of the Western Illinois University Library for 20 years, until her retirement in 1986.  She was a 1942 graduate of Rushville High School, Doris was a member of the Macomb Church of God Abrahamic Faith where she also served as treasurer.  Doris enjoyed her grandchildren, pets, baking, quilting, and knitting.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Darrell Cardwell.  Visitation with the family will be from 11:00 till 1:00 at the Funeral home on Saturday.  Burial will take place at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Friday.  Memorial is to Wesley Village Memory Care Unit.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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