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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

John C. and Mary Hotsinpillar Death News

Danville Commercial News
Double Rites For Man, Wife
Double funeral services for John C. Hotsinpillar and his wife Mary will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at their home in Grape Creek.
Mr. Hotsinpillar 70, died Wednesday morning in St. Elizabeth Hospital. His wife, formerly Mrs. Mary Dewey, died three hours later. She had been in ill health and shock of her husband's death is believed to have caused her death.
Officiating will be the Rev. J. M. Newsom, pastor of First Baptist Church, and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Berhalter has charge.
Mrs. Hotsinpillar had no children. Mrs. Berta Webster, Louisville, and Mrs. Albert Buester, Petersburg, listed in a previous announcement as daughters, are sisters.

Mary E. Ames Sprouls Obit

Danville Commercial News
Sept. 8, 1999
Mary E. Sprouls
Westville - Mary E. Sprouls, 81, of Westville, died at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 7, 1999) at her residence.
She was born June 28, 1918, in Danville, the daughter of Arthur and May Gray Ames.
She married Raymond Sprouls in Danville. He preceded her in death. Survivors include three brothers, Carl (Bert) Ames of Danville, John (Delores) Ames of Graves Mill, Mo., and Pearl Ames of Danville; a sister, Dorothy (Robert) Kruger of Danville; a very special friend, Clarence "Bud" Mikel of Westville; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, one sister and three brothers.
Mrs. Sprouls worked at F. L. Jacobs. She enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Services: 1 p.m. Friday at Lakeside-Urbas Funeral Home in Westville; Officiating: Rev. Joe Humrichous; Burial: Davis Cemetery in Homer; Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Wilbur A. Riggs Obit

Danville Commercial News
Aug. 17, 1997

Wilbur A. Riggs
Tilton ~ Wilbur A. Riggs, 78, of Tilton, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 16, 1997) at the Mavis Winter Foster Home in Tilton.
He was born in Buckley, Ill., on Feb. 19, 1919, the son of the late William A. and Mary Elizabeth (Bailey) Riggs. On July 18, 1941, he married Jane A. Jenkins in Hannibal, Mo. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Betty (William D. Sr.) Schuring of Danville and Judith (Richard) Russian of Tilton; three grandchildren, William D. Schuring Jr. and Amy Russian, both of Danville and Ryan Russian of Tilton; and one sister, Holstine of Danville.
Mr. Riggs was employed as a physical therapist technician at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Danville for 30 years. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army from July 1942 to May 1945. He was a member of the United Church of Tilton and VFW Post 728 of Danville. He enjoyed gardening; hunting, fishing and motorcycle riding.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 19) at the Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center with the Rev. Ron Ziemer officiating. Burial will be in the Sunset Memorial Park with full military rites performed by VFW Post 728 of Danville. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday (Aug. 18) at the funeral home.

Lawrence Holdcombe Obit

Danville Commercial News
Aug. 14, 1967

Lawrence Holdcombe
Catlin ~ Lawrence F. (Hokie) Holdcombe, 70, of Catlin, died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 12, 1967) at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Danville. He had been ill five years.
Born Jan. 23, 1897, in Catlin, he was the son of George P. and Ruth Jones Holdcombe. He was married in 1927 to Edith Hathaway, who died in 1942.
Mr. Holdcombe was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with Battery F, 77th Field Artillery. He was employed at Peabody Mine, the steel mills in Gary, Ind., and Douglas Aircraft Plant in Chicago.
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Ruth Holdcombe, a patient at the Smoot Memorial Care Home in Danville; a sister, Mrs. Mildred Hamm of Catlin; a nephew and a niece.
He was preceded in death by his father, a sister and a brother.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carrington Funeral Home in Fairmount. Dennis Fulton will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home.

John G. Kochvar Sr. Obit

Danville Commercial News
July 18, 1988

John G. Kochvar Sr.
Westville, Ill. - John G. Kochvar Sr., 90, of 208 Market, died at 1:06 p.m. Sunday (July 17, 1988) at USMC, Sager Campus.
He was born near Budapest, Hungary, Feb. 22, 1898, the son of John and Mary Gregor Kochvar. He married Elizabeth Imro in Westville on Jan. 1, 1928. She survives. Also surviving: two sons, John Kochvar of Westville and Rich (Sandy) Kochvar of Danville; a brother, Joseph Kochvar of Rantoul; a sister, Mary Kochvar Hill of Urbana; and three grandchildren, Kevin, Kelly and Kimberly. He was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Andrew Kochvar and a sister, Julia Chantos.
John retired from Zigler Coal Co. in 1965. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He belonged to Sokal Lodge. He was a member of United Mine Workers. He enjoyed gardening and fishing.
Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Rev. Richard Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial: Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery; Visitation: 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.Tuesday at Lakeside-Urbas Funeral Home in Westville, with rosary at 6:30 p.m.Tuesday; Memorials: St. Mary's Building Fund.

William M. Briggs obit

Danville Commercial News
March 31, 1967

Assistant Postmaster Dies at 58
 William M. Briggs, 58, of 1633 Gilbert, the assistant postmaster of the Danville Post Office, was dead on arrival at Lake View Memorial about 8:30 p.m. yesterday (March 30, 1967) after being stricken ill at the wheel of his auto. The car coasted to a stop without striking anything.
 He had not been ill, Corner Ralph Sargent attributed death to natural causes.
                                 Life Resident
 Mr. Briggs was a life resident of Danville. He had been employed at the post office for 31 years and has been assistant postmaster the past year and one-half. He was formerly assistant superintendent of mails.
 Born June 8, 1908, in Danville, he was a son of Robert R. and Alice M. Derringer Briggs.
 He was married Dec. 29, 1929, in Covington, Ind., to Mildred Watkins, who survives.
                                Survivors Named
 Also surviving are a son, Philip, a teacher at South View Junior High School; his father, Robert R. Briggs of Danville, two brothers, Leo and Charles, both of Danville, and a sister Mrs. Elizabeth Patterson of Georgetown.
 He was a member of the First Congregational Church, the Danville Camping Club and the National Association of Postal Supervisors.
 He was an Army veteran of World War II.
 The body is at the Barrick & Son Funeral Home where friends will be received 6-9 p.m. today. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church. The Rev. Harvey Meckfessel officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Ruth Agnes Claunch Williamson Obit

Danville Commercial News
Sept. 28, 2003

Ruth Agnes Williamson
 Ruth Agnes Williamson, 95, of Danville, passed away at 6:43 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.
 Ruth was born Feb. 20, 1908, in Catlin to Emert LeRoy and Julia Agnes Hall Claungh (Error in spelling should be Claunch). She married Hershel Williamson on April 7, 1963, in Danville; he preceded her in death on June 7, 1990.
 She attended Catlin Grade School and worked for Safety Apparel as an inspector for 21 years. Ruth was a member of Attained Congregational Church.
 She enjoyed her cats.
 Survivors include one sister, _______ of Danville; one niece, ____________of Danville and four grandchildren, ___________of Ocean Side, Calif., and __________of Frankfort, Ind.,  _________of Colfax, Ind., and ________________of Frankfort, Ind., and also four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
 Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at Pape Memorial Gardens, 10 E. Williams St., with the Rev. Gordon officiating. Visitation: one hour before service at Pape's.

Frances Joan Ellis Nolan Obit

Danville Commercial News
Aug. 3, 1999

Frances Joan Nolan
     Frances Joan Nolan, 74, of Danville went to be with her heavenly father at 10:53 a.m. Monday (Aug. 2, 1999) at Provena USMC Logan campus.
   She was born March 7, 1925, in Ridge Farm, a daughter of Golden and Frances Ellen (Jones) Ellis. She married Charles A. Nolan Feb. 1, 1947, at Watseka. He survives.
    Other survivors include two daughters, __________, both of Danville; a brother Louis "Tobby" (Frances) Ellis of Georgetown; a sister, Norma Jean (Bob) Libert of Danville; five grandchildren, ________________; and Seven great grandchildren.
    Mrs. Nolan attended the Ridge Farm Grade School and graduated from Ridge Farm High School in 1943. She worked for Illinois Power Co., Davies Packing Co., and later, Palmer American National Bank. She attended the Ridge Farm Friends Church and belonged to the Bunco Club. She enjoyed birdwatching and her pets. She was considered a wonderful person by all. She had a keen wit and an inner strength that belied her small physical stature.
    Funeral services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Ridge Farm Friends Church; officiating: Rev. Justin Weber; Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery in Ridge Farm; Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at Pape Memorial Home & Gardens and one hour before services on Thursday at the church. Memorials: Friends Church National Scleroderma Association or the Pastoral Care Unit at Provena USMC.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Mrs. Julia Klaman Obit

Danville Commercial News
Jan. 19, 1978

Mrs. Julia Klaman
Mrs. Julia Klaman, 87, of 723 Oak (Mer-Che) died at 9 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 18, 1978) at Lakeview Medical Center, where she had been a patient since Jan. 4.
Mrs. Klaman was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.
She was born Jan. 17, 1891 in Minonk, Ill., to Martin and Rose Florkowski. On Feb. 5, 1907 in Winona, she married Michael Klaman.
He died in July 1956. Also four sons and a daughter preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son, Leo of Tilton; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Helen) Marriage of Tilton; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Church with Msgr. Paul Kinder officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Friday at Barrick & Son Funeral Home, where a parish wake will be at 8 p.m. Friday.

Ira Allen Obit

Danville Commercial News
Jan. 19, 1983

Ira Allen
Arrangements are incomplete at Pape Memorial Home for Ira M. Allen, 83, of 1609 S. Passfield, Springfield, Ill. He died at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 18, 1983) in the Danville Veterans Administration Medical Center. He had been a patient two weeks.
Born March 17, 1899, in Blue Mound, Ill., he was the son of James and Amanda Montgomery Allen.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte.

James Handy Obit

James Handy
Jan. 19, 1983

James Handy
James Ernest Handy, 69, a resident of 206 Franklin for two years, died at 12:24 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 18, 1983) in Lakeview Medical Center emergency room. Death was attributed to natural causes. He had been ill since November of 1982.
A darkroom technician in the X-ray department at Lakeview Medical Center, he retired in 1978. He was a graduate of the Jacksonville, Ill., School For the Blind. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.
He enjoyed listening to sports programs on the radio.
Born Oct. 4, 1913, in Hornersville, Mo., he was the son of Lyman Rice and Laura Bell Stevens Handy. He married Marjorie Lee Adams Jan. 6, 1956, in Danville. She survives.
Other survivors include two sons, John Lee and Randy Joe, both at home; a daughter, Sandra Dee Handy at home; a sister, Mrs. Leonard (Zelpha) Danelson of Scoby, Mont.; and three grandchildren, Angela Dawn Handy, Gerry Lee Handy and Elizabeth Handy, all at home.
Tentative arrangements call for services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Berhalter Funeral Home. The Rev. Paul White will officiate. Burial will  be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Thomas Cory Obit

Danville Commercial News
Jan. 19, 1983

Thomas Cory
 Thomas Hiram Cory, 58, a resident of 1917 S. Washington in the Central Park community for about four months and a former resident of 27 Tennessee, died at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 18, 1983) in Lakeview Medical Center. He had been a patient a day.
 An employee of Esco Corp., he was a machine operator for 35 years. He was a past master of Anchor Masonic Lodge 980, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Danville, Low 12 Club of the Gao Grotto, Curtis G. Redden American Legion Post 210 and Bethal Lutheran Church.
 He attended Danville schools and was an Army Air Corp veteran of World War II. He enjoyed gardening and fishing.
 Born Sept. 24, 1924, in Danville, he was the son of Emmett Hiram and Verna Opal West Cory. On June 19, 1949, he married Ruth Susan Stout in Danville. She survives.
 Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Dean (Diane R.) Strong of Danville; a sister, Mrs. Marylon (Barbara) Palmer of Danville; and two grandchildren, David T. and Dena L. Strong, both of Danville.
 He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
 Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Bethal Lutheran Church. Pastor Paul Geisler will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Pape Memorial Home, with Masonic rites at 7:30 p.m.
 The family has requested that memorials be in the form of contributions to Bethal Lutheran Church or to the Hospice Unit at Lakeview Medical Center.

Lola A. Strawser Balsley

Danville Commercial News

Jan. 19, 1983

Mrs. Lola Balsley

Mrs. Lola A. Balsley, 83, a resident of 1320 North Sherdian for 65 years, died at 5:30 a.m. today (Jan. 19, 1983) in Vermilion Manor nursing home. She had been a patient nine months.

Mrs. Balsley was a charter member and president of the Navy Mother's Club. She had attended Lincoln United Methodist Church and Lincoln Grade School.

On July 17, 1967, she and her husband were honored by their children with a celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. She enjoyed being with her family, traveling, crocheting and sewing.

Born Jan. 1, 1900, in Collison, Ill., she was a daughter of William L. and Rebecca L. Pilkington Strawser. On July 16, 1917, she was married to Merle H. Balsley in Danville. He died Feb. 5, 1972.

Survivors include three sons, William R. of Homasasa Springs, Fla., Ronald D. of Danville and Merle R. of Redwood City, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Betty) Cross of Antioch, Ill., Mrs. Mac (Arclista) Cunningham of Danville and Mrs. Robert L. (Georgeann) Mann of Woodridge Village, Ill., a sister, Hazel Dean Maurice; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, a sister and a grandson.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lakeside Funeral Chapel. The Rev. William Malloy will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The family has requested that memorials be in the form of contributions to Lincoln United Methodist Church.

Carl Ames Jr. Drowning Victim's Services Set

Danville Commercial News
June 17, 1973

Drowning victim's services set
 Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbas Funeral Home in Westville for Carl Russell "Rusty" Ames Jr., 13, of Danville Route 4, who drowned Saturday morning (June 16, 1973) in the Vermilion River east of Westville.
 The Rev. Robert Miller will officiate. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
 The youth was born Dec. 30, 1959, the son of Carl and Alberta Hickman Ames, who survive.
 Other survivors include three brothers, ____________, all of Danville; three sisters, _______ of Ladysmith, Wis. and_______________, both of Danville; three step-brothers, __________; four step-sisters, ___________________; and his grandfather, _____________of Danville.
 The youth was a student at Westville Junior High.

Former Oakwood Man Dies at Casey, Ill.

Danville Commercial News
March 26, 1916

Former Oakwood Man Dies At Casey, Ill.
Funeral of F. N. Pate is Held Sunday Afternoon at Town Where He Lived

(Commercial- News Special)
Oakwood, Ill. March 17 _ News has been received here of the death at Casey, Ill. of F. N. Pate, for many years a resident of this place and vicinity. Mr. Pate, who had been living at Casey, Ill., for several years, died the latter part of the week and the funeral was held yesterday at Casey where burial  was ____ ____ (cannot read part of the words) Danville for a time.

Charles M. 'Chuck' Campbell obit

Danville Commercial News

Nov. 12, 1996

Charles M. 'Chuck' Campbell

Charles M. 'Chuck' Campbell, 75, of Danville, died at 4:45 a.m. Monday (Nov. 11, 1996) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

He was born Oct. 11, 1921, in Danville, the son of Gene M. and Vera Juvinall Campbell. He married Marjorie Barton on July 28, 1943, in New York City. She survives. He is survived by tow sons, Con (Beth) Campbell of Anacortes, Wash., and Rand (Glenda) Campbell of Danville; four granddaughters, Kristen, Korie, Kelly and Katie.

He served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1962 to 1980. He ranked eighth in seniority when he retired. Prior to entering public office, he owned Campbell Insurance Agency. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and for 29 months he was in the Pacific Theater. He had been awarded the Silver Star. He was a member of the Collison United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 210. He had been a Little League Baseball coach at the American Legion ballpark. He enjoyed the outdoors and was a sports fan of all sports.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lakeside Funeral Chapel; Officiating: Rev. Charles B. Motsett; Visitation: 5-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home; Memorials to Carle Hospice of Danville or St. James United Methodist Church and/or donor's choice.