Herschel Mourning - 996/19/1918 - 6/5/2018
Herschel Mourning passed away at home on June 5, 2018 in Colchester. He was born to William Henry and Nola Mourning on June 19, 1918 in Colchester. He married Isabel Rundle on September 18, 1939 in Keokuk, Iowa. Later in life he married Alice Flynn.
Herschel is survived by 1 son: William (Sauni) Mourning, 3 grandchildren: Samuel Mourning, Cassandra Butterworth, and Andrew Mourning, 4 great grandchildren: Devin Mourning, Kinley Mourning, Emily Mourning, and Olivia Mourning, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister: Vivian Beck, one brother in law: Keith Beck, his first wife Isabel and later in life, Alice.
Herschel spent majority of his working career drilling wells at area farms in west central Illinois. After retiring, Herschel and Isabel loved traveling all over the country with their grandchildren Cassi and Sam. He also was a private pilot for several years. While flying with Harry Clugston, they were involved in a plane crash but that didn't deter him from flying. He wound up owning 4 planes.
He enjoyed tinkering with anything he could get his hands on. Herschel loved going to yard sales and buying broken things just to fix them. He found a life size Appaloosa fiberglass horse that he had to have. He bought it for a whopping $20. Herschel continued to ride his bike into his mid nineties and work on roofs well into his eighties. He never stopped going. Herschel was a great man that knew no strangers. He was loved by all who met him and would talk your ear off for hours if he could. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Colchester United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jim Clayton. Burial will follow at services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral after 9:00 A.M. Sunday. Memorials are to Colchester United Methodist Church or Colchester Rescue. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Joseph Henry Myers - 8510/9/1932 - 5/27/2018
Joseph Henry Myers, age 85, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Wesley Village Healthcare in Macomb. He was born October 9, 1932 to Louis and Goldie (Bowes) Myers of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Jonathan Joseph Labbé, his brother Roger Myers; and his son Dennis Logan. On December 22, 1956 he married Helen (Mort) Logan. He is survived by his wife of 61 years; his brother Lee (Polly) Myers; his sister Myrna (Marion) Morrell; his daughter Kathleen (Steve) Clauson; sons John (Susan) Logan and Jeffrey (Suzanne) Myers; granddaughter Anya Myers; and many nieces and nephews.
Joe served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion and the United Methodist Church. He met his wife Helen when he operated the Sinclair Station in Tennessee. Joe later worked at Carson’s Hardware/Western Auto; at Western Illinois University, and he retired from McDonough Telephone Cooperative. After retiring, he worked part-time at Carson’s Plumbing and Heating. During the holidays, Joe helped his parents sell Christmas trees at Myers Tree Farm.
Joe Myers was known for his colorful stories and descriptions, his witty sense of humor, and his practical jokes and pranks. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. He had an uncanny ability for finding out all kinds of information and we often joked he should have worked for the FBI.
His family and pets were his greatest treasures. He believed that spending time with those you love is more valuable than a mountain of gold. One of the happiest days of his life was when he became a grandfather and held his grandson Jonathan in his arms. He loved camping in Colorado, mushroom-hunting, polka music, and potlucks with neighbors at the Old Lawyer Schoolhouse. He had a sweet tooth and loved freshly-baked pie, pinwheels, and cake with lots of icing.
Friends may pay their respects at Jones Mortuary on Friday, June 8 from 8am-6pm. Memorials may be made for “Joe’s Living Tree Memorial.” Trees will be planted in his honor in Colchester and Tennessee, symbolic of the importance of Joe’s life in our community. A reception to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at a later date. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
His daughter Kathy and her husband Steve would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to the staff of Wesley Village for providing outstanding care, and for making him feel at home, away from home.
Barry S. Anderson - 754/4/1943 - 5/27/2018
Barry S. Anderson age 75 of rural Colchester, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb. He was born April 4, 1943, in Macomb, to Edwin B. and Margie Lefler Anderson, of which both have preceded him in death. Barry was united in marriage on January 7, 1967, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Roberta Henry.
Surviving to mourn his passing is his wife of 50 years, Roberta Anderson, 1 Son; Mahlon (Matthanawee) Anderson, South Korea, 1 Daughter: Rachel (Todd) Anderson-Sprinkle, Blandinsville, 6 Grandchildren: Wesley Dodds, Morgan Dodds, Azrael Anderson, Malinee Hokkhunthod, Nattawut Hokkhunthod, Reed Sprinkle, and 1 Sister: Marsha Anderson, Colchester.
Barry retired from the Macomb Water Treatment Plant after 35 years. He was a member of the M.M.L.R.A. He had been very active in the Macomb Community Theater. Portrayed Buffalo Bill in several functions around the area including many parades. He was active in area Civil War Reenactments, avid gun collector, past president of the McDonough County Historical Society. Barry never went anywhere that he didn’t meet some one he knew. The greatest love of his was his family.
Graveside services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Rev. Jim Clayton. Friends may view and sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Friday. Memorial is to the McDonough County Animal Shelter. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Dev - 7511/29/1942 - 5/26/2018
Dev of Colchester, Illinois passed away at her home on Saturday, May 26th, 2018. Cremation rights have been accorded. Jones Mortuary is handleing arrangements. Information regarding a memorial event will be forthcoming. Donations may be made in Dev's memory to Colchester Area Relief Effort (C.A.R.E.) at 108 E Market St, Colchester, IL 62326.
Janie Irish - 961/13/1922 - 5/26/2018
Janie Irish age 96 of Colchester, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the La Harpe Davier Health Care Center in LaHarpe, Illinois. She was born January 13, 1922, in Macomb, to Ralph R. and Hazelle Hoyt Welch. Janie was united in marriage on July 13, 1947 in Macomb to Eben Irish. He preceded her in death on March 1, 1993, she was also preceded in death by her parents, 1 Daughter: Martha Irish, 1 Son: Ralph Irish, and 1 Sister: Virginia Welch.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: John Irish, 3 Daughters: Laura Irish, Karen (Don) Bierman, Julie Irish, 6 Grandchildren that were the joy in her life, Jane, Ashley, Andrew, Jacob, Sarah, Ethan, 7 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Daughter In Law: Kathy Irish.
Janie spent her life in Macomb, Blandinsville and Colchester. She served her country in the United States Navy during World War II, and left the Navy with many lifelong friends. She was an enthusiast of antique cars, rocks, jewelry making, birds, going to auctions, gardening, horses, photography, raising baby deer and being in parades. He home was always open for visits with friends, cousins, and animals. Her generous spirit was an inspiration to all. The family wishes to thank the staff of the LaHarpe Davier Care Center for the compassionate care that Janie received.
Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Military rites will be preformed at 5:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral prior to visitation by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion. Burial will take place at Friendship cemetery at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday. The family request memorial contributions to any Veteran charity especially Navy women. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Martha D. (Logan) Gray - 8810/18/1929 - 5/3/2018
Rural Tennessee, Illinois
Martha Darleen (Logan) Gray, 88, or rural Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018. She was born on October 18, 1929 to David and Gladys (Bloom) Logan in Tennessee, Illinois. She was one of eight children.
One of the things that Martha will be remembered for most was her love of talking. She could talk to anyone, at any time, about anything. Everyone she met was a friend and she was always telling people, no matter the circumstance, how beautiful they looked, how pretty their hair was, or how good they smelled. She saw the best in everyone and everything. Besides talking, Martha enjoyed taking walks, spending time with friends and family, taking trips, riding the train, telling stories, rock collecting, and taking pictures of sunsets, flowers, and scenery. No one left her house without being offered food or money.
In 1947 she graduated from Colchester High School and in 1949 she met the love of her life, Britten Gray Jr.. The two were united in marriage on June 8, 1956 in Colchester. In August of 1958 Martha began working at the Post Office in Tennessee, IL and in May of 1976 she began working at the Post Office in Colchester, IL. She worked in Colchester for several years before becoming the Postmistress in Plymouth, IL where she worked until she retired in 1993.
On July 8, 1957, Martha began the hardest job of her life; being a mother to three very rambunctious, ornery, and stubborn boys: Freeman, Richard and Robert.
Surviving to mourn her passing are her brother Donnie Logan and wife Betty of Blandinsville; three sons: Freeman A. Gray of rural Tennessee, Richard E. Gray and wife Kathryn (Nell) Gray of rural Plymouth, and Robert A. Gray and Susan Vanwinkle of Colchester; five grandchildren: McKinzie (Gray) Parlier and husband Daniel Parlier of Roseville, Zoey Gray of rural Plymouth, Cori (Dill) Billingsley and husband Cameron of Lewiston, and Dalton and Dyllon Deeter of Colchester; five great grandchildren: Iris and Eleanore Parlier of Roseville, Simon Peterson and Seth Parlier of rural Rio, and Salem Billingsley of Lewiston; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters: Mildred, Irene, Viola, and Shirley, and two brothers: Wayne and Bob.
Funeral service will be 10 A.M. Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Gerald White. Burial will follow the services at Hutchinson Cemetery, rural Tennessee, Illinois. Visitation with the family is 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday May 10, 2018, at the funeral home. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Thursday. Memorial is to the family of Martha Gray. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.
Donald "Bud" Creasy - 829/7/1935 - 4/30/2018
Donald “Bud” Creasy age 82 of Colchester, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018, at North Adams Home in Mendon. Bud was born September 7, 1935 in Colchester, to Ralph and Irene Marlow Creasy. He was first united in marriage on December 2, 1956, to Lois Edgerton. He then was united in marriage September 2, 1978 in Colchester to Iris (Clark) Miller.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife: Iris of Colchester, 1 Son: Stanley (Renea) Creasy, Colchester, 2 Daughters: Shawnna Schertz, Macomb, Shelley Beldon, Florida, Step Sons: Dave (Dee) Miller, Plymouth, Rick Miller, Plymouth, Eric Miller Plymouth, Dean (Tammy) Miller, Murreyville, Aaron (Joyce) Miller, Augusta, Justin (Teretha) Miller, Plymouth, 2 Step Daughters: Ann (Phil) Keefauver, Colchester, Nannette Miller, Arkansas, Several Grandchildren, Several Great Grandchildren, 1 Sister: Ada Darling, Greenup, Illinois, 1 Sister In Law: Sandra Lovell, Plymouth, Several Nieces and Nephews.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Son: Stacey Creasy, 1 Brother James Creasy, 3 Sisters: Edna Mae Sheppard, Vera Clark, Donna Clauson, 1 Infant Brother: Asa and 2 Infant Grand Daughters: Emily and Amanda.
Bud was a member of the Colchester First Christian Church, Past member of the Colchester Fire Department and Colchester Lions Club. He had worked for Thermagas, Dolly Enterprise, Carson's Plumbing and Heating and the City of Colchester where he was head of the Water and Street Department from which he retired. Bud also farmed his entire life.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary, with Rev. Dan Ormond. Cremation will follow the services. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Saturday and after 9:00 A.M. Sunday till time of services. Memorial is to the North Adams Home in Mendon, Colchester Fire Department or Colmar Christian Church.
Robert A. Fairchild - 711/15/1947 - 4/26/2018
Robert A. Fairchild, age 71 of Colchester, passed away April 26, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. He was born January 15, 1947, in Princeton, Indiana, to Arthur Howe and Sarah Dicus Fairchild. He was married to Connie E. Hoelscher on September 30 1966, in Plymouth, Illinois. He later married Susan J. (Beal) VanFleet on November 30 1984. Robert was preceded in death by his father, mother, step-father and sister: Betty Lou Fairchild.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife: Susan of Colchester, 1 Daughter: Mary Fairchild Bunney, Plymouth, 1 Son Benjamin (Tina) Fairchild, LaHarpe, 7 Grandchildren: Gwendolyn Bunney, Schylar, Shelby, Shyanne, Brett, Shaylee, Shantaye Fairchild, Step Children: Lisa (Paul) Butterfield, Troy (Kelly) VanFleet, Vicki (Rick) Williams, Step Grandchildren, Jill (Dylan Cook, Courtney Butterfield, Koal (Sarah) Twaddle, Jacob and Bailey VanFleet, Wyatt and Walker Williams, 2 Sisters: Sarah (Dick) Myers, Quincy and Nancy (Ray) Steele, Winchester.
Robert graduated from Plymouth High School in 1965, then served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He served in Korea, Japan, Texas and Florida He farmed, had rental houses, was a relay driver for the Peoria Journal Star and hauled Amish for several years. He had several horses during his life time and raised Golden Retrievers. He was a member of the Colchester First Baptist church where he served as head usher and greeter for many years.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the Colchester First Baptist Church, with Rev. Dennis Clements and Rev. Earl Beal. Burial with Military services by the Macomb American Legion and Macomb V.F.W. will be at St. Marys Cemetery in St. Marys. Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Monday. Memorial is to the Colchester First Baptist Church or Colchester Rescue Squad. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Violet M. Gooding - 411/15/1977 - 4/7/2018
Violet M. Gooding age 41 of Colchester, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2017, at 5Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. She was born January 15, 1977, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Lorna Morrell. Violet was united in marriage on May 22, 1998, to Jeremy Gooding.
Surviving to mourn her passing is her Mother: Lorna Morrell, West Virginia, Husband: Jeremy Gooding, Colchester, her twin daughters: Alissa and Cheyenne Gooding, both of Colchester, 2 Brothers and 1 Sister.
Violet was preceded in death by her beloved Bull Dog this year Mac.
Violet had worked for the Macomb School District in food service. Violet’s life was her family, she loved being with her girls, whether playing games, shopping, taking walks or going out to eat.
Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. No services will follow the visitation. Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Monday, April 16. Memorial is to the family to help with funeral expenses. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.
Ralph Beck - 886/4/1929 - 4/7/2018
Ralph W. Beck, 88, passed away April 5, 2018. He was born June 4, 1929 in Fandon, IL to Cecil & Lillie (Depoy) Beck. Ralph married Dorothy Kipling on August 22, 1948. He is survived by 4 children, Kathy (Ralph) Irish, Wendell Beck, Greg (Lisa) Beck, and Steve Beck along with 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, son Rick, brothers Melvin and Ronnie, and his parents.
Ralph was devoted to his wife, Dorothy, who was his biggest fan and always supported his music. Ralph’s heart was broken on February 11th, when Dorothy passed away, after 69 years of marriage. In addition to his wife Dorothy, Ralph had a few other passions in life. He loved his family, forever providing the laughter in the conversation. He enjoyed a good sharp cheddar cheese, often driving well out of the way to get some. He could wear out a vehicle with his trips to the “oil station” for his scratch off lottery tickets. Every Monday he enjoyed a pizza from Larry A’s. The occasional trip to the casino never sounded like a bad idea. No matter what he was doing he did it with a grin and a slightly off kilter hat on his head.
Ralph was also dedicated to his love of music. His music career started as a young boy when Ralph, his brother Melvin, father Cecil, uncles and friends would entertain the entire neighborhood on Sunday afternoons. Ralph and Melvin later formed the Beck Brothers Band in their teenage years, playing dance halls, clubs, social events, fairs, and even local television shows throughout the tri state area. Eventually, two of Ralph’s sons, Greg and Steve, joined the band. Ralph was a member of the Beck Brothers Band for over 70 years. His smooth voice, and beautiful music will be missed.
Ralph and Dorothy owned and operated a small general store in Fandon, and later in Colchester by the name Beck Sundries. For many years they enjoyed being a part of the community and most of all enjoyed the interactions with people of all ages and walks of life. Ralph was a quick-witted man that could easily bring you to tears from laughter. Both Ralph and Dorothy always had a fun loving, easy going spirit.
Through Ralph’s music and Ralph and Dorothy’s support of the community through their store ownership, countless stories and fond memories have been shared with their children. Both Ralph and Dorothy had a very special way of touching people’s lives.
A visitation for Ralph and Dorothy will be on Thursday, April 19th from 5:00- 7:00 pm at Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with private graveside services at a later date.
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