Helen J. France - 885/12/1930 - 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 - 697/29/1949 - 8/31/2018
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 - 967/15/1922 - 8/22/2018
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 - 8210/22/1935 - 8/19/2018
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.
Eleanor N. Long - 851/30/1933 - 8/16/2018
Eleanor N. Long age 85 of Macomb, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Bickford Senior Living in Macomb. She was born January 30, 1933 in Canton, Illinois to Worley and Bertha Butler Nott. Eleanor was united in marriage August 25, 1952 in Lewistown, Illinois to Rev. Donald Long. He preceded her in death on February 15, 2013.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 Daughters: J.L. McCall, Adair, Illinois and Elizabeth and Kenneth Zwolak, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, 8 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren, 1 Brother: Charles (Clara K) Nott, Lewistown, Illinois, and 1 Sister: Berta (Gary) Rohrer, Avon, Illinois.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 Daughter; C.J. Kremer, 2 Sisters: Reta Torrance, and Janice Funk.
Eleanor had been very active in the United Methodist Women, she loved to bake, sew take walks and work outside. She loved the time she got to have her family together for a meal.
Cremation Rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at a much later date. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family. Memorials are to Harbor Light Hospice or Cunningham Children’s Home and can be send to Jones Mortuary, box 352, Colchester, Illinois, 62326. To leave condolences to the family visit online at jonesmortuaryfh.com.
Jurl R. Southerland - 848/29/1933 - 7/29/2018
Jurl R. Southerland age 84 of Littleton, Illinois, with his family at his side, went to be with his Lord, on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at his home in Littleton. He was born August 29, 1933, in Healdton, Oklahoma, to Fred and Myrtle Heath Southerland. Jurl was united in marriage on April 11, 1958, in Yuma, Arizona, to Peggy Barrett.
Surviving to mourn his passing is his wife of 60 years Peggy Southerland, 2 Sons: Jurl (Nell) Southerland, Tim (Marketa) Southerland, 1 Daughter: Sandy Logsdon, 7 Grandchildren: Dowell Southerland, James (Jordan) Southerland, Andrew (Ellie) Southerland, Michael Southerland, Cole (Heather) Logsdon, Sarah (Brett) Burton, Erin Logsdon, 4 Great Grandchildren: Sophia Southerland, Elise Southerland, Wyatt Logsdon and Miles Gene Burton.
Jurl was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Brothers, 4 Sisters, 1 Grandson: Tyler Martin and 1 Son-In-Law: Troy Logsdon.
Jurl had been a foreman for 2 construction companies, out of Springfield and Jacksonville. In his early years living in Arizona, he was a Golden Glove of Arizona. Jurl was a member of the Schuyler County Coon Hunters Club, Industry Assembly of God Church where he served in many ways at the church. Jacksonville Local 477 Labors Union. Jurl loved being outdoors but most of all he loved the time he spent with his family.
Celebration of Life service will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the Industry Assembly of God Church, with Tim Southerland and Pastor Jon Keck. Visitation with the family will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Private family graveside services will be held at Blackburn Cemetery at a later date. In Leu of flowers the family would ask you give to McDonough District Hospital Hospice or Industry Assembly of God World Missions. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Mary L. Bloomfield - 9110/25/1946 - 7/16/2018
Mary L. Bloomfield age 91 of Macomb, Illinois, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018, at her home in Macomb. She was born October 25, 1926, in Macomb to Wilber and Gladys Coakley Davidson. She was united in marriage on August 30, 1946 in Macomb, to Donald Bloomfield. He preceded her in death on September 23, 1984. She was also preceded in death by her parents, 1 Son: Donald G. Bloomfield, 2 Brothers: Jerald and Jesse Davidson, 2 Sisters: Evelyn Loring, Wilma Featherlan, and 1 Granddaughter: Melissa Moon Hickey.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Daughter: Cheryl (Arden) Moon, Macomb, 3 Grandsons: Arden (Diane) Moon III, Marquette Heights, Illinois, Todd (Stephanie) Moon, Macomb, Donald (Emily Hughes) Moon, Macomb, 7 Great Grandchildren: Chandler (Kara) Moon, Cody Schisler, Austin (Katie) Moon, Jacob Moon, Joshua Moon, Hannah Moon, and Paige Moon.
Mary was a life member of the Macomb V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. She had worked at Gold Hills Golf Club and Haeger Pottery. She loved to read, do puzzle books, play cards especially 4 point pitch, spending time with her husband and family at the cabin on the Mississippi River, and going to Branson Missouri to see shows, and spend time with her family. Mary was a true fan of George Strait, she would travel any where to see one of his shows.
Private family graveside services will be held at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. The family will meet with friends for a Celebration of Life Supper, at 5:00 P.M. Friday, July 27, 2018, at the Macomb V.F.W.. Memorial is to the Macomb V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handleing arrangements for the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Roger L. Clark - 772/20/1941 - 7/11/2018
Roger L. Clark age 77 of Plymouth, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois. He was born February 20, 1941 in Lamoine Township, McDonough County, to Newell and Bernice Lester Clark. Roger was united in marriage in Carthage on June 8, 1960, to Lynda McCracken.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife of 58 years Lynda Clark, 1 Son: Tim (Stacy) Clark, Macomb, 3 Grandchildren: Kallie Jo Clayton, Britta Clark, Austin Clark, 2 Great Grandchildren: Veronica Dillman, Bruce Dillman, 2 Brothers: Richard (Helen) Clark, Colchester, Stanley (Paula) Clark, Plymouth, 1 Sister: Nadene Hoing, Macomb, and many Nieces, Nephews and cousins.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Brothers: Gerald Clark and Larry Clark.
Roger was a lifetime farmer, he had worked at Haeger Pottery in Macomb and retired after 16 years from Yetter Manufacturing in Colchester. He loved to go fishing and deer hunting. He enjoyed his old cars and going to car shows with the love of his life Lynda and taking rides in the cars around the area. Roger’s greatest joy came from the time he spent with his family.
Cremation rites have been accorded. No services will be held. Memorial to St. Jude Children's Hospital can be sent or dropped off to the Jones Mortuary in Colchester Box 352, Colchester, 62326. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Larry R. James - 649/22/1953 - 6/25/2018
Blandinsville formerly of Colchester
Larry R. James age 64 of Blandinsville, formerly of Colchester, passed away at his home in Blandinsville on Monday, June 25, 2018. He was born September 22, 1953 in Macomb, to Benjamin and Elgin McCullough James. Larry was united in marriage on June 23, 1984, in Colchester, to Paula Graham.
Surviving to mourn his passing is his father: Benny James of Colchester, 2 Sons: Steve (Ashley) James, Macomb, Roger James, Macomb, 2 Brothers: Sidney (Jennifer) James, Bardolph, Michael ( Marjorie) James, Prairie City, 2 Sister’s: Bonnie (Tom) Wilson, Colchester, Becky (Mike) Campbell, Estero, Florida, Larry’s ex-wife: Paula Matthew, Morrow Georgia, along with many Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.
Larry was preceded in death by his mother: Elgin James, 1 Sister: Sarah Jane Burke and both sets of his Grandparents.
Larry had worked for 31 1/2 years at Cooper Industries in Macomb, while he was at Cooper, he held offices in the Local ABG Union 86, and then 12 years at Western Illinois University in Building Services, where he retired. He served his country in the United States Army. He was a member and very active in the Blandinsville First Christian Church. He enjoyed going uptown in the mornings to have coffee at Tinks and visiting with his friends. He also enjoyed playing pool, going to the Y.M.C.A. and watching the Cincinnati Reds play ball. The thing that brought the most pride was the time he spent with his family, friends and his boys.
Celebration of Life service will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Gordon Blankenship. Military Rites will be held at the funeral home by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion. The family will meet with friends 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Saturday. Private burial of the Cremains will be held at a later date, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 9;00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Friday, then from 8:00 A.M. till time of services Saturday. Memorial is to the Blandinsville First Christian Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Gordon Jeremiah Hocker - 877/29/1930 - 6/25/2018
Pekin, Illinois formerly of Colchester
Gordon Jeremiah Hocker 87 of Pekin, Illinois, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-Pekin. He was born July 29, 1930, in Colchester, to Thomas Clayton and Flora Irene (Harpe) Hocker. He married Violet M. Tyler on June 6, 1965, in DeKalb, Illinois.
Surviving are his daughter, Denise Hocker of Pekin, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Loretta Jones Degitz, Hannah Lucille Turner and Lolita Hocker.
A United States Air Force veteran on the Korean War, he served from January 12, 1951 to January 11, 1955. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1958 and a Master of Science degree in Education in 1966, both from Western Illinois University in Macomb. From 1958 to 1968 Gordon served as a teacher, coach, superintendent and principal in Mapleton and Laura, Illinois. In 1968 he began with Pekin Public Schools District 108 as Principal of C.B. Smith. He spent the last tree years of his career back in the classroom teaching physical education at Jefferson school. He retired in June of 1988. Following his retirement, Gordon worked for Mike Fahnders Auction in Pekin for several years and assisted with the Pekin AMBUC Charity Auction for several years. He had a lifelong of sports, especially the Chicago Cubs. In his youth, he was an exceptional athlete earning the nickname as “The Little Giant” in high school. Gordon was an outdoorsman with hunting, fishing and mushrooming as particular favorites.
Graveside services will be approximately 12:30 Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, with Pastor Mark Hanson, following the committal service of his cousin Norma Lee Jones. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handleing arrangements. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church 1315 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
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