Sandra (Sandy) Porter - 779/8/1940 - 1/8/2018
Owasso, Oklahoma, formerly of Colchester
Sandra (Sandy) Elaine Porter, passed away peacefully on the 8th of January surrounded by loved ones and treasured friends. She was born September 8th, 1940 in Colchester, Illinois to Ruth and Theodore Porter.
Sandy’s (Oggie’s) heart was full of many things. Love for her family, her friends, and sports. She grew up a tomboy, playing at the ‘Balas’ a local pond where she and her friends would sled, skate, and swim. She loved Baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals, a passion passed down from her father. She was a great basketball player who was well known for her never miss turn around jump shot.
Like all great athletes, Sandy put in work. She began her working career at Maid-Rite at fifteen, and continued working around the Colchester area over the next fifty years before retiring from Methode Electronic in Carthage. Along the way Sandy showed her entrepreneurial spirit by taking a Dale Carnegie Leadership course class #5 in 1974. She was voted most improved of her class, and put those leadership skills to work, when she opened her own Carpet and Cabinetry business in Colchester.
California, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin. Very different places, but just one Sandy. Visiting family, friends, or seeing the Iowa Hawkeyes play in the Rose Bowl, she brought her smile from coast to coast. From trying her first taco while sitting on the beach in the 50’s, to visiting Disneyland just after it opened, Sandy made the West Coast her favorite coast, despite only visiting occasionally.
Regardless of where she lived, worked, or played, Sandy loved Elvis. Few people remember what they were into in high school, let alone bring it into their adult lives, but not Sandy. From posters on her walls her Senior year, to jamming out “The King” as a senior citizen, Sandy has, and will always be Elvis’s biggest fan. Music was a key part of her life, as music is key to memory, and a good song can always take you back. Elvis brought her joy, whereas gospel hymns brought her comfort.
Sandy was many things. A mother, a grandmother, and athlete, a business owner, an explorer, a super fan and a great friend. All these parts came together to make the person we all love, cherish, and will miss deeply.
Survived by: Daughters- Debra Lotz (Jerry)Owasso, OK, Catherine Waldvogel (Jay)Chippewa Falls, WI, and Sherry Cale (Tom)Avon, IL. Son- John Cale (Mt. Sterling, IL). Grandchildren- Michael Lotz (Tara), Thomas Lotz (Nicole), Taylor Waldvogel, Zachary Waldvogel, Sebastian Waldvogel, Casey Larson, Ozden Cale, Tobias Cale. Great-grandchildren: Zion Lotz, Jantzen Lotz, Eowynn Lotz, and Alexander Lotz. Brother: Ronald Porter (Norma) Colchester, IL. Sister: Betty Furlow (Cub) Milledgeville, IL. Preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Theodore Porter, and her siblings, Ina Haines (Bonner), Hazel Stanley (Tom), Phyllis Macklin (Earl), and Peggy Porter.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Bill Baughman. Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. A luncheon will follow at Friendway park city building in Colchester. We hope you can join her family in celebrating Sandy’s life. Visitation with the family will be from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Sunday, January 14, at the funeral home. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Sunday. Memorials are suggested to the Baptist Village of Owasso- Life Enrichment Program. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Samuel E. Cassel - 707/12/1947 - 12/30/2017
Samuel E. Cassel age 70 of Colchester, Illinois, passed away at Sharon Elms in Peoria, Illinois, on Saturday, December 30, 2017. He was born July 12, 1947, in Quincy, Illinois, to Sam and Ellen Walton Cassel, both of his parents preceded him in death.
Surviving to mourn his passing are 1 Son: Tom (Jody) Cassel, Danvers, Illinois, 3 Grandchildren: Samantha Cassel, Jordan Cassel, Jacob Cassel, and 1 Sister: Evana Cassel, Colchester, Illinois.
Sam was a member of the Macomb V.F. W.. He served his country in the United States Army of which he was part of Vietnam Big Red 1, till 1968. During his time in the service he received 1 Bronze Star for heroism in ground combat, 2 Commendation metals one in 67 and 1 in 68, Combat medical badge, nation defense service metal, Vietnam service metal Vietnam campaign metal. After his time in the service he became a Union Laborer. Sam’s heart was always in the outdoors he loved hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, or anything else that meant he could spend time outside.
Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 8, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Lee Unger, burial and military rites will take place following services at Woodlawn Cemetery in Augusta, Illinois, by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the funeral home. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. on Sunday. Memorials are to the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion funeral service military honor guard, or Hooah Hunt's for Heroes of McLean County. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Virgil E. Parker - 8210/11/1935 - 12/7/2017
Virgil E. Parker age 82, of rural Industry, Illinois, passed away December 7, 2017, at O.S.F. in Peoria. He was born July 11, 1935, on the farm in rural McDonough County, to John and Beulah Parks Parker. Virgil was united in marriage for the last 8 eight years to Wanda Hutson.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife: Wanda Parker of rural Industry, 4 Sons: Virgil Paul Parker, Macomb, Russell Scott Parker, Industry, Kenny Renner, Industry, Kent Renner, Tennessee, 1 Daughter: Julie Renner, Monmouth, 19 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great Great Grandchildren and 1 Sister: Berry Oliver, Texas.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Sons: Tommy Parker,, Donnie Parker, 1 Daughter: M.Denise Sprinkle, 5 Brothers: John, Jim, Hank, Pete, Bill, 4 Sisters: Mary Frakes, Marjorie McMillan, Virginia Wayland, and Edna Wilhelm.
Virgil was a millwright to Chadco and Morrell Farm Service, self employed trucker. He loved to work on equipment. He also enjoyed gardening, listening to music, spending time on the farm. His greatest loves of all was his family and spending time with them. He loved living life to the fullest.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of life, and meal will be from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the Macomb American Legion. Memorial is to Pay it Forward Fund. Jones Mortuary in Colchester handled arrangements for the family. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Lotus Hilton Webb - 10110/18/1916 - 12/7/2017
Lotus Martin Hilton Webb born to Charles and Leta Justus Martin, in Hire Township Oct 18, 1916 left earth Dec 7, 2017 to play organ for the choirs of heaven. She grew up in Tennessee Township on a farm in Centennial neighborhood, graduating Colchester HS 1934.
She married Cecil (Tom) Hilton April 3, 1935 and Carol (Don) Brake and Charles (Sharon) Hilton came along in 1940 and 1941. Tom passed Oct 1967 and Lotus married Kenneth Webb Oct 1974 who died July, 2002.
Lotus was employed by WIU in Computer Services for 20 years. She was a member of Tennessee Unit of Home Bureau Extension; Rebekah Lodge and drill team, Rocking Chair Club, Rio Grande Texas Quilting Guild; Colchester and Macomb Women's Clubs; United Methodist Women volunteering in various activities at the Wesley United Methodist Church of Macomb. In retirement she loved to senior square dance and travel with their Airstream caravan club around the USA, and after Tom's death visited some European points of interest.
She is survived by her children; four grand children; 6 great grand grandchildren; two step daughters, Barbara (John) Zimmerman and Nancy Griffith; 3 step grandchildren, 4 step great grandchildren; nephew Alvin (Helen) Gloyd; and niece Linda Gloyd (Troy) Parks.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, both husbands and four siblings.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Monday, December 11, 2017, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb with Dr. Howard White. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. Visitation with the family will be from 12 noon to 1:00 P.M. Monday at the church. Friends may view and sign the register book from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Sunday at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Memorials are to Wesley United Methodist Church or Macomb Salvation Army. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
L. Lorraine Hurst - 933/21/1924 - 11/26/2017
Farmington, Illinois, formerly of Plymouth
L. Lorraine Hurst age 93 of Farmington, Illinois, formerly of Plymouth, Illinois, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Courtyard Estates in Farmington. She was born March 21, 1924, in Macomb, to George and Mary Burton James. Lorraine was united in marriage to Loren Hurst, on June 30, 1948, in Macomb, Illinois. He preceded her in death on November 11, 1994.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: Gary (Jeanne) Hurst, Trivoli, Illinois, 2 Grandsons: Christopher (Tracy) Hurst, Mapleton, Illinois, Jeffery (Cheryl) Hurst, Toulon, Illinois, 4 Great Grandchildren: Kaylie, Kelsey, Andrew, Emily, 1 Brother: Benny James, Colchester, and 1 Sister: Georgie (Al) Henderckson, Phoenix, Arizona.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 46 years, 1 Great Grandson: Kyle Hurst, 2 Brothers: Ernest James, Earl James, and 1 Sister: Nancy Richardson.
Lorraine was a member of the Plymouth Baptist Church, she attended and was active in the Colchester First Baptist Church. She enjoyed to quilt, embroidery, and gardening. Most of all she was a mom that loved her family.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Dennis Clements. Burial will follow the services at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11;00 A.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday till time of services. Memorial is to Alzheimer's Association or Lorgan Trivoli Rescue. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Levi T. Bigsby - 771/3/1940 - 11/18/2017
Levi T. Bigsby age 77 of Macomb, Illinois, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Heartland Health Care Center, in Macomb. He was born January 3, 1940 in Barry, Illinois, to Archie Richard and Lula Bell Neese Bigsby. Levi was united in marriage on March 7, 1962 in Macomb to Judith Rose Fox.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife of 55 years Judith Rose Bigsby, Macomb, 1 Son: Robert (Vanessa) Bigsby, Macomb, 2 Daughters: Margaret (Kent) Renner, Tennessee, Carol Bigsby, Blandinsville, 9 Grandchildren: Mitchell McHone, Colchester, Melissa (Tommy) Humphrey, Macomb, Dustin (Laura) Bigsby, Macomb, Kerri Bigsby, Macomb, Gerri (John) Fitch, Macomb, Sheldon Steele, Springfield, Christina Bigsby, Macomb, T.J. (Tiffany) Bigsby, Macomb, Aaron (Bigsby) Stanley, Galesburg, 12 Great Grandchildren, 1 Brother: Herman Lee Bigsby, and 1 Sister Betty (Bigsby) Craig.
Levi was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Daughter: Debra Jo Bigsby, 1 Sister: Faye Hall, and 1 Brother: Clarence Bigsby.
He was a lifetime farmer. If you knew Levi he was always on the go. If he wasn’t fishing he was outside tinkering around with something. He was the best husband, father, grandpa and friend that you could ask for. He is loved and missed by all. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation with the family will be 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Saturday November 25, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary, in Colchester. Graveside services will be 12 Noon Saturday at Good Hope Cemetery with Rev. Carl Redding. Memorial is to the American Heart Association. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Darlyne Smith - 1007/9/1917 - 11/16/2017
Darlyne Smith age 100 of Colchester, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb. She was born July 9, 1917, in Macomb to Roy and Pearl Martin Nelson.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: Stanley Smith, Reno, Nevada, 3 Daughters: Penny Hunt, Reno, Nevada, Frances Ayers, Macomb, Wilma Welch, Colchester, 11 Grandchildren,13 Great Grandchildren and 7 Great Great Grandchildren.
Darlyne was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Son: Royal Hendrickson, 1 Sister: Carolee Williamson, 1 Brother: Leroy Nelson.
Darlyne may have been born in Macomb at the Phelps Hospital, but the Colchester area was always her home. Darlyne was baptized and a member of the Colchester First Christian Church. She and her sister Carolee were ahead of HGTV by buying, fixing up houses, decorating them, then selling them. Darlyne was the best of the best mom’s from the early age of 10 years old she took care of her bother and sister, to caring in every way to her own children no matter what age they were, to keeping the family reunion going for 65 years.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, November 24, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary, in Colchester with Rev. Donnie Case. Burial well take place at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Visitation with the family will be Friday from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Memorial is to the American Heart Association. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Russell (Jake) Phillips - 725/26/1945 - 11/16/2017
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, (Jake's Goddaughter), 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 - 816/21/1936 - 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 - 1511/1/2001 - 10/24/2017
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
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