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Carolyn Sue Rittenhouse - 82

4/28/1934 - 3/19/2017
Colchester

Carolyn Sue Rittenhouse age 82 of Colchester, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, with Melonie, Todd, Tyler, Marah and Tanner by her side.  Sue was born April 29, 1934, in Vandalia, Missouri, to Clayton and Vivian Ashlock Daniels.  She was united in marriage to Herschel Rittenhouse on October 5, 1969, in Milan, Illinois.  He preceded her in death on September 28, 1991.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, 1 Daughter: Lana Rapp, 1 Step Daughter: Marjorie Hillyer, 1 Step Son: Donnie Rittenhouse, 4 Brothers: Richard (Grady) Daniels, Jay Daniels, Melvin Daniels, Bill Daniels, 2 Sisters: Ruth Bohannon and Patricia Daniels.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 Daughters: Wanda (Scott) Morrell, Oklahoma, Melonie (Todd) Icenogle, Colchester, 2 Step Daughters: Sara Rittenhouse, Missouri, Peggy Rittenhouse, Missouri,  2 Sons: Kenneth Nelson, Nevada, Allen Nelson, Oklahoma, 3 Step Sons: Wade Rittenhouse, Macomb, David Rittenhouse, Milan, Kenny (Myrlene) Rittenhouse, Rock Island, 11 Grandchildren,  16 Great Grandchildren, 6 Great Great Grandchildren, 9 Step Grandchildren, 18 Step Great Grandchildren and 15 Step Great Great Grandchildren.
Sue had worked at Western Illinois University, Food service, Colchester Nursing Center, Bus driver for Colchester School District, and McDonough County Rehabilitation Center.  She also loved driving for the local Amish to where ever they needed to go.  She was a member of the Macomb V.F.W. Auxiliary for many years.  Loved to collect figurines of Cardinals and Amish built furniture.  In her spare time Sue enjoyed watching the game show network, doing puzzles, knitting, and quilting.  She loved to travel and see new things and talk to new people.  Of all the things that Sue did in her life being with her family brought her the most joy.
Funeral services will be 4:00 P.M. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Chaplain Mike Hickey.  Cremation will follow the services, with a private burial at a later date.  Visitation with the family will be from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Friday.  Memorials are to St. Judes Children's Hospital or Colchester Rescue.   Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Janet Rose Alexander - 65

4/21/1951 - 2/24/2017
Colchester

Janet Rose Alexander age 65 of Colchester, passed away with her family at her side, Friday evening at O. S. F. Hospital in Peoria, Illinois.  She was born April 21, 1951, in Macomb to Bennie and Ardella Nelson Ritchey.  Janet was united in marriage on June 28, 1969 in Colchester to Frank William Alexander.
Surviving to mourn her passing are her Husband of 47 years, Frank of Colchester, 1 Son: Frankie Lee Alexander, Colchester, 1 Daughter: Janetta Rose Alexander, Colchester, 1 Granddaughter: Jamie Lynn Alexander, 1 Brother: Bennie (Jennie) Ritchey, Colchester, 6 Sisters: Sherry (Don) Hightower, Prairie City, Marie (Charles Johnson, Little Elms, Texas, Nurita (Steve) Wrolstad, Caprenteria, California,
Vickie (Lowell Melvin, Galesburg, Illinois, Bonnie (Dave) Long, Cuba, Illinois, Ginger Ritchey, Macomb.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Janet was a member of the Fandon Christian Church, she loved all animals of which she would take them in.  She enjoyed sewing, collecting cook books, and then getting to cook for her family and friends.  Her greatest love of all was her husband, children, grandchild and family.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Aaron Baker.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 10:00 A.M. Tuesday.  Memorial is to St. Judes Children's Hospital.    Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Bobby L. Mathena - 81

6/13/1935 - 2/22/2017
Colchester

Bobby L. Mathena age 81 of Colchester, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb.  He was born June 13, 1935, in Williamstown, Missouri, to Russell and Nancy Anna Davies Mathena.   Bobby was united in marriage on June 16, 1965, in Peoria, Illinois to Juanita A. Fisher.  She preceded him in death on January 4, 2017.
Surviving to mourn his passing  Sons; Gerald and Cindy Brown, Carthage, Illinois, Roger and Paula Brown, Macomb, Illinois, Rodney Brown, Kanas City, Missouri, Kevin Brown, Tennessee, Illinois, 1 Daughter Kimberly and George Lewis, Bloomington, Illinois, 14 Grandchildren: Jamison, Erin, Austin, Paxton, Wyatt, Brandi, Christopher, David, Kimberly, Joshua, Anna, Amanda Emily, Brett, 6 Great Grandchildren: Reece, Gavin, Jersey, Jesslynn, Jace, Charlotte,  2 Brothers: Russell and Mary Mathena, Joliet, Illinois,  Bill Mathena, Macomb, Illinois, 4 Nephews: Gary, Frank, Charles, Dennis, 3 Nieces: Brenda, Nancy, and Luana.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Juanita, 1 brother: Basil, 1 sister: Betty Mathena Swanson, 1 Sister-in-law, 1 brother-in-law, and 2 nieces.
Bobby served his country in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He attended Grade School in Missouri and was a Graduate of Macomb High School.  He worked at McGraw Edison in Macomb before joining the carpenters Local 644 in Pekin, Illinois where he retired after 30 years.  Bobby was a Member and served as Past Patron of OES #123, Past Master of AF & AM #0017.  He was a member of the Macomb VFW Post 1921, and Macomb American Legion Post 6.  Bobby enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pitch and mushrooming.  He loved to fish, having a cabin on the river for many years.  Of all the different things that Bobby did in his life, the greatest treasure was his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  A Masonic Service will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.  Cremation rites will be accorded following visitation.  A Graveside service with military rites will be held at a later date at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday.  In Lieu of flowers the family would like a memorial be made to McDonough District Hospital Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Joyce Ann Phelps - 79

7/14/1937 - 2/13/2017
Colchester

Joyce Ann Phelps age 79 of Colchester, passed away at 1:52 A.M. Monday, February 13, 2017, at Wesley Village Health Care Center in Macomb, with her family at her side.  She was born July 14, 1937, in West Frankfort, Illinois, to Orval and Lena Schoof Adams.  Joyce was united in marriage to Gean Everett Phelps Sr. in Chicago, Illinois on February 1, 1954, he preceded her in death on October 13, 1995.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 3 Sons; Gean Phelps Jr., Colchester, Tim (Lora) Phelps, Colchester, David (Erin) Phelps, Mt. Sterling, 4 Daughters: Fortune (Bill) Brayfield, West Frankfort, Becky Phelps, Colchester, Kate Phelps, Colchester, Velta Phelps, Chatham, 14 Grandchildren: Robbie Phelps, Nici (Jon) Simon, Billy (Amber) Brayfield, Michael Phelps, Matt (Nicole) Icenogle, Kelly (Matt) Wilson, Alicia Phelps, Amber Phelps, Dallas Phelps, Braxton Phelps, Brodie Phelps, Crystal (Jon) Wingerter, Amber Friday, Shelby (Jake)Olsen, 13 Great Grandchildren: Jayden Phelps, Madi Hilligoss, Eldon Brayfield, Hoyt Icenogle, Addison Phelps, Karley Simon, Amya Filburn, Kayla Simon, Ella Brayfield, Grace Lynn Bainter, Harlow Brewer, Kelsey Ellison, Justin Wingerter, 1 Sister: Vyvan Lucas, 1 Brother: Bob Adams,  and 1 Honorary Sister: Rosalie Haddix.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 1 Sister: Pat Visi.
Joyce had been employed at Colchester Nursing Center, Thompson Food Basket in Macomb and Apollo Cleaners in Macomb.  Joyce was very skilled at Crocheting and enjoyed making gifts for her family and friends.  She loved to set up a booth at the Colchester Labor Day Celebration to sell her Crocheting and visiting with every one that passed by.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.  She was always on the go attending her children’s and grandchildren’s many activities.
Funeral services will be 7:00 P.M. Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Dale Gadberry.  Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the funeral home.  Private Graveside services will be held at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester at a later date.  In Leiu of flowers the family has chosen Wesley Villiage as the memorial.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Carol L. Ellis - 82

6/29/1935 - 2/12/2017
Galesburg, Illinois

Carol L. Ellis, of Galesburg, IL, age 82, died February 12, 2017, in the Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville, IL.  She was born June 29, 1935 in Galesburg to Arthur “Tim” and Alma (Rippetoe) Myers.
She married Kenneth  Hokanson in 1956.  She later married William S. Ellis in 1975 who died in 2002.  Surviving are a son Ron Hokanson of Utica, Michigan and a granddaughter, Cassandra Hokanson also of Utica.  Also surviving are a niece, Linda (Underwood) Phillips and a great niece, Wendy Phillips, both of  Galesburg.  She was preceded in death by a son, William “Billy” Hokanson; her parents; a brother, Del Myers; and a sister, Janice Underwood.
Mrs. Ellis worked in the field of dentistry for more than 30 years as a consultant with more than 500 practices throughout the United States.  She was a member of the Knoxville Woman's Club.
Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Rev. Aaron Baker. Friends may sign the register book after 9:00 A.M. Monday, May 8, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary, Colchester, IL.   Memorials may  be made to the  following:  The Knoxville Woman's Club or the  Knox County Nursing Home.    Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Chuck W. Neidy - 71

2/14/1945 - 2/6/2017
Colchester

Chuck W. Neidy age 71 of Colchester, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at his home in Colchester, with his family at his side.  He was born February 14, 1945 in Monmouth, Illinois, to Earl C. and Gladys D. Hodges Neidy.  Chuck was united in marriage September 9, 1995, in Macomb to Evelyn M. Lehr. 
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife: Evelyn of Colchester, 2 Sons: Jon Charles Neidy, Erik Michael Neidy, 1 Step Son: Kenneth Mitchell, 2 Step Daughters: Kathleen Mitchell, Brenda Donaldson, 2 Grandchildren: Jane Elizabeth Neidy, Luke Michael Neidy, 4 Step Grandchildren: Jacob Mitchell, Daniel Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, Taylor Donaldson and 2 Step Great Grandchildren: Allie Mitchell and Gavin Mitchell.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Sister: Marjorie Ann Detroy and his beloved Sheltie, Colby.
Chuck had been employed at Western Illinois University, Building Services.  Chuck served his country, he loved so much, in the United States Army.  He had been stationed in Germany.  He was very active with memberships in the Colchester Lions, Colchester Senior Citizens, Colchester Garden Club, delivering meals on wheels and visiting with all the people, that he got to meet.  He loved spending time doing family genealogy, collecting coins, woodworking, and marbles, taking pictures, working in his garden, watching current events on Fox News, Fishing, taking road trips around the local area and mentoring David from his Church.  Chucks greatest love was the time he spent with Evelyn, his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his shelties. 
Celebration of Life Service will be 7:00 P.M. Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Jack Wingate.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M. Friday before the service at the funeral home.  Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 10:00 A.M. Thursday.  Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Good Hope Cemetery with Military rites by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  Memorials are to The Alan G. Birtch MD, Center for transplant services, Located in Springfield, Illinois or Colchester Rescue Squad. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Anita L. Bennett - 74

2/11/1942 - 2/1/2017
Colchester

Anita L. Bennett age 74 of Colchester, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.  She was born February 11, 1942, in Ecorse, Michigan, to Carl L. and Hazel Ellen McQueen Miller.  Anita was united in marriage on May 12, 1967, in Bowen, Illinois to Stephen A. Bennett.
Surviving to mourn her passing are her Husband of 49 years; Stephen Bennett, Colchester, Illinois, 3 Sons; Evan L. (Jennifer) Bennett, Burlington, Iowa, Eric G. (Tammy) Bennett, Alexis, Illinois, Stephen M. (Christina) Bennett, Lafayette, Indiana, 4 Granddaughters and 4 Grandsons, 3 Brothers: Daniel C. (Kay) Miller, Knoxville, Illinois, Carl A. (Kathy) Miller, Galesburg, Illinois, Alan E. (Joanne) Miller, Maricopa, Arizona, 2 Sisters: Claudia C. Eskridge, Alpha, Illinois Marilee (Bill) DeVena, Cameron, Illinois, 1 Brother-In-Law: James V. Bennett, and 1 Sister-In-Law; Jenny Christine (Jack) Schoeninger.
Anita was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Granddaughter; Chloe Alexis Bennett, 1 Nephew; Fred V. Eskridge, and 1 Sister-In-Law; Janice Bennett.
Anita was a member of the Colchester United Methodist Church, She had worked at Western Illinois University in the Department of Guidance and Counseling, Secretary for the Superintendent of Schools with Colchester Unit 180, and last worked and retired from Western Illinois University Registrar’s office.  Anita loved sitting down and reading a good book, Her Faith in the Lord was very strong and she lived her life according to her faith. Anita's faith was evident by how generously she loved and served her family, friends and those in need. She was truly and greatly loved and she truly loved greatly.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Mark Smith.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Family visitation will be1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Jones Mortuary.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. till 4:00 P.M. Sunday, then after 8:00 A.M. Monday till time of services.  Memorial is to the Colchester United Methodist Church.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Helen E. Hodges - 89

2/28/1927 - 1/23/2017
Macomb

Helen E. Hodges age 89 of Macomb, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017, at Wesley Village Health Care Center in Macomb.  She was born February 28, 1927 in Macomb, to Kenneth and Ida Mary Gamage Egerton.  Helen was united in marriage on April 1, 1947 to James R. Hodges.  He preceded her in death on November 10, 1975, she was also preceded in death by her parents
Surviving to mourn her passing are 3 Sons; J. Rodney ( Sue Ellen) Hodges, Augusta, Illinois, Curtis Hodges, LaHarpe, Illinois, Kevin Hodges, Blandinsville, Illinois, 1  Daughter: Linda (Wayne) Wayland Colla, Nevada, 10 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, 2 Brothers: John Egerton, Florida and James A. Egerton, Burlington, Iowa.
Helen was a homemaker.  Most of all she loved her family especially her grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville, with Rev. Lee Unger.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorial is to Wesley Village Health Care.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

James Ronald Rea - 74

9/14/1942 - 1/23/2017
Colchester, Illinois

James Ronald Rea age 74 of Colchester, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017, at his home in Colchester with his family at his side.  He was born September 14, 1942 in Laharpe, Illinois, the 11th of 12 siblings, to Dee and Helen (Brandon) Rea.  James was united in marriage December 26, 1965 in Dallas City, Illinois, to Faye Stinnett.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife of 51 years Faye Rea, Colchester, 1 Son: Jimmy (Lori) Rea, Dallas City, Illinois, 1 Daughter: Shannon (Eric) Reed, Macomb, Illinois, 3 Grandchildren: Milissa Rea, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Grant Reed, Macomb, Illinois, Collin Reed, Macomb, 1 Brother: Glen (Delores) Rea, Niota, Illinois, 3 Sisters: Betty (Billy) Boyer, Carthage, Illinois, Carolyn (Carl Hellige) McMillen, Ft. Madison, Iowa and Leanne (James) Derks, Anchorage, Alaska.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Sister: Norma Bayne, 6 Brothers: William, John, Jack, Melvin, Carl, and Donnie Rea.
Jim had been employed with Dadant and Sons, Dallas City, Illinois as a welder for 45 years, he also had been with J.I. Case in Burlington, Iowa as a welder for 28 years along with being a Commercial Fisherman.  He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army, 9th Combat Engineers Heavy Equipment from 1961 to 1963, of which he was stationed in Germany for 18 months.  He was a 1960 Graduate of Nauvoo-Colusa High School, served as a City Council Member of the Dallas City Town Board.  He was a member of the Hancock County Gun Club.  He was a member of the First Christian Church for 45 years.  He was very active member of his church serving as a Deacon and Trustee.  Jim was a avid hunter, fisherman, trap shooter, gardener, landscaper, anything that involved being outdoors and with family.  Jim’s greatest love of all was his family.
Celebration of Life Service will be 1:30 P.M. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Macomb, Illinois with Rev. Kelly Ingersoll.  Visitation with the family will be from 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. at the church.  Jones Mortuary of Colchester is handling arrangements for the family.  Memorial is to McDonough District Hospital Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Robert E. Purdy - 86

1/21/1930 - 1/17/2017
Colchester, Illinois

Robert E. Purdy age 86 of Colchester, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  He was born January 21, 1930, in Macomb, Illinois, to Dalton and Erma Bonn Purdy.  Bob was united in marriage on March 25, 1951, in Colchester to Glenna Wetzel, she preceded him in death on August 5, 2008.
Surviving to mourn his passing are 1 Son: John and Christine Purdy, Colchester, 2 Daughters: Rebecca (Edward) Demetrion, Wilbrahan, Mass., Lorrie and (Doug Friday) Purdy, Macomb, 1 Great Nephew that was raised in the Purdy Home: Leroy Kalkey, 11 Grandchildren: Meghan (Erik) Allard, Jonathan Demetrion, Cary (Michele) Lockwood, Michael (Sarah) Mann, Bret (Elizabeth) Mann, Brittney (Ryan) Porter, Jonathon Pritchard, Vanessa Purdy, Michael Purdy, Gwen and Allison Kalkey, 10 Great Grandchildren: Angel Zynn, Logan, Brooke, Adelyne, Zylur, River, Landon, Dakin, Adele, Abbie, 1 Sister: Jean Long, Aledo, Illinois.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Wife: Glenna, 3 Grandchildren: Brandon Purdy, Dalton Purdy, Francis Demetrion, 1 Step Grandchild: Brent Cowdrey, and 1 Brother: Melvin Purdy. 
Bob had been employed at Western Illinois University in building services, Mummert Oil in Macomb, Charlie Cox Construction, Hy-Vee in Macomb.  His greatest joy was working on the family farm that he and Glenna built together, with the help of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was a member of the Argyle Bible Church.  Bob enjoyed camping with family and friends, skiing at the Mt Carmel Ski lodge, playing music with the Mt. Carmel Music Group.  Bob could fix or build anything.  Of all the accomplishments in Bobs life, his greatest love and joy was the time he spent with all the generations of his family.
Services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 23, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev Sam Kostreva.  Burial will follow the services at Dunkard Cemetery,  rural Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Friends can view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Sunday.  Memorial is to the Argyle Bible Church Steeple Fund.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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