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Alan Brook

Jan 07, 1947 - Nov 08, 2023

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Normal, IL

Alan James "Jim" Brook age 76 of Normal, IL passed away at 4:42 AM on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL. Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

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James Ray Woolridge

Nov 25, 1954 - Feb 20, 2024

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Normal, IL

James Ray Woolridge, 69, of Downs, passed away Tuesday February 20, 2024 at Carle Bromenn Hospital in Normal. James was born November 25, 1954 in San Antonio, TX, to Thomas Ray and Marilyn Rose (Milton) Woolridge. He proudly served in the United States Air Force. He married Joanne Elizabeth Allsup on June 28, 1986. She passed April 18, 2021. James worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation for many years in the Leroy yard and retiring in the Bloomington yard. He loved his friends, fishing, traveling and riding motorcycles. He is survived by his mother, Marilyn Woolridge; two brothers, Tom (Kathy) Woolridge of Atlanta, IL and Jeff Woolridge of Leroy, IL; one niece, Brandy (Jarrad) Hayes, six nephews, Les Strohkirch, Gary Ray Woolridge, TJ (Wendi) Woolridge, Jason (Kassie) Woolridge, Tyler (Cassie) Woolridge and Dylan Woolridge; and one sister-in-law, Sue Woolridge of Bloomington, IL. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Gary Woolridge. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the American Legion Post 624 at 203 East Main Street, Heyworth, Illinois 61745. Memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.eastlawnmemorial.com.

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Norman Richard

Apr 28, 1937 - Feb 14, 2024

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Normal, IL

Norman Richard, 86, of Normal, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2024, in his home surrounded by his family. Norman was born on April 28, 1937, in Normal to John and Stella (Kerr) Richard. He married Delores (Dee) Hanover on March 14, 1958. Norman is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Delores; daughter, Karen (James) Rettick, Bloomington; son, Brian (Lisa) Richard, Summerville, SC; grandson, Matthew (Jackie) Rettick, Bloomington; granddaughter, Sara (Chris) Kerber, Bloomington; grandson, Dylan Richard, Summerville, SC; great-grandchildren, Evalynn, Bryant, and Landry Rettick; step great-grandchildren, Isabella and Daniel Kerber; brothers, Ray Richard, Towanda and Charles Richard, Lakeland, FL; and sisters, Joan Perkins, Gibson City and Cleda (Bruce) Lee, Pontiac. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Don, John, Robert, and Joe Richard; and his sister, Dorothy Sanders. Norman worked as an Allis Chalmers farm implement service technician, a semi-truck driver, and helped manufacture English wheeling machines. He also served as Fire Chief on the Towanda Volunteer Fire Department and was Towanda Township Road Commissioner. Norman was always ready to help his family, friends, and neighbors. In his free time, Norman enjoyed working in his garden, fixing lawnmowers, watching NASCAR races, and cheering on Duke men’s basketball. Memorial services for Norman will be on Friday, February 23, 2024, at East Lawn Funeral Home, 1102 Airport Road, Bloomington IL. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, followed by the service at 12:00 PM. Pastor Jack Moody will be officiating. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Contributions in Norman's memory may be made to First Baptist Church of Towanda, 206 West Monroe Street, Towanda, IL 61776.

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Bryan Robert Poole

Died : Feb 11, 2024

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Normal, IL

Bryan Robert Poole, age 70, of Normal, Illinois passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2024. A memorial visitation for Bryan will be held Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home & Crematory, 500 North Fourth Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554, followed by a memorial service at 2:30 PM.

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Kaylee Joy Lusher

Mar 08, 1999 - Jan 24, 2024

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Normal, IL

Kaylee Joy Lusher, 24, of Normal, IL, passed away on January 24, 2024. She was born on March 8, 1999 in Normal, IL, to Michael Lusher and Sandra Casperson (then Lusher). Kaylee is survived by her mother, Sandra Casperson; her brother, Austin Lusher; her sister, Josslyn Casperson; her maternal grandmother, Shirley Lusher; and numerous loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Michael Lusher; her paternal grandfather, Terry Lusher; her maternal grandmother, Bernadine Etter; and her maternal grandfather, Henry Etter. Kaylee graduated from Olympia High School and attended Heartland College. She greatly enjoyed singing, gaming, and spending time with friends. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 2 p.m. at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church located at 2810 Tractor Lane in Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that all charitable donations be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation. To to the family or in memory of Kaylee Lusher, please

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Ruthann Furrow Blanchard

Apr 14, 1942 - Jan 22, 2024

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Normal, IL

"Ruthann Furrow Blanchard, 81, of Normal, Illinois passed away on January 22, 2024 at Carle Medical Center in Normal. She was born on April 14, 1942 in Kankakee, Illinois to Don and Mary Furrow. She married Ronald Blanchard on December 1, 1963. He passed away on June 21, 1994. Ruthann is survived by her son, Brett Blanchard of Normal, her daughter Holly (Troy) Bonnett of Columbia, Tennessee, and her grandsons, Ryan (Cheyanne) Bonnett and Kevin Bonnett. Also surviving are her brothers, Jim Furrow and Phil Durflinger, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, two infant sons, parents, and sister. Ruthann attended Normal Community High School. She worked several places over the years and retired from State Farm Insurance Company. Ruthann’s grandsons were the light of her life and her heart. She was always the loving Nanna. Ruthann loved spring flowers, so while cremation rites have been accorded, services will be planned later in the spring. Memorial donations may be made in Ruthann’s name to Carle Hospice. Online condolences can be left for her family at www.hurleyfh.com. Hurley Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements."

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Jimmy D. Nagel

Sep 20, 1943 - Jan 24, 2024

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Normal, IL

Bloomington - Jimmy D. Nagel, 80, of Bloomington, passed away at 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at McLean County Nursing Home in Normal. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 28, 2024 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington and also from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 29, 2024 at the church prior to his funeral service, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Chuck Bahn and Pastor David McBurney officiating. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington where military rites will be accorded by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard of which he was a member. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. Jimmy was born on September 20, 1943, in Colfax, a son to Melvin and Maxine (Williams) Nagel. He married Pamela J. (Gillenwater) Nagel on April 5, 1975 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington, she survives in Bloomington. Also surviving are his son, Chad (Natalia) Nagel of Florida; daughter, Shaunna (Billy) Wuczynski of Park Ridge, Illinois; and grandchildren, Shane Wuczynski, Cooper Wuczynski, Avery Nagel, Dylan Nagel, Ethan Nagel, and Olivia Nagel. Both his parents and a brother, Bobby preceded him in death. Jimmy served his country during the Vietnam War, first with the United States Army and would later serve as a member of the United States Air Force. He served two tours of dedicated service to his country. Upon returning from active service, he began his law enforcement career with the Illinois State University Police Department, retiring in 2000. While with ISU, he proudly protected life, property, and all those who called ISU their home and place of work. After retirement, for several years he continued his service as a security officer for Jewel-Osco stores, primarily at the Oakland Avenue location in Bloomington. Jimmy was a proud member for 31 years of the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard and helped provide military rites to his fellow veterans upon their death with a lasting tribute for their families.Jimmy did not know a stranger and served the public by providing his service above himself and always with a great attitude. He was a family man who loved his God, his family, and his country. He will be missed but remembered for his service and respect for his fellow man.

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Jerry H. Rifner

Jan 13, 1942 - Jan 18, 2024

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Normal, IL

Jerry H. Rifner, 82, of Minier, passed away January 18, 2024 at the Arc in Normal, IL. Cremation rites have been entrusted to Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home. A memorial visitation will be held from 4-6 PM Friday, January 26, 2024, at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home. Memorial services will follow at 6 PM with Pastor Larry Crawford officiating. Private family burial will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Jerry was born January 13, 1942, in Indianapolis, IN., the son of Vollie Rifner Sr. and Dorothy (Leonard) Rifner. He married Reita Rickord on August 15, 1971. He graduated from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, IN., Indiana University, and received his master’s degree in education from Illinois State University. He taught at Dee-Mack for more than 30 years. Jerry also taught at Stanford and Mclean-Waynesville and was instrumental in starting Olympia High School. He was a hard worker, but in his down time he enjoyed painting, golf, ping pong, basketball, and being a member of the McLean Jaycees. Jerry loved his family tremendously and enjoyed spending every moment he could with them. Survivors include: his wife Reita Rifner; children: Brad (Laura) Rifner, Brigette (Tim) Carruth, and Brandi (Darin) Clements; grandchildren: Buck (Jessica) Rifner, Chase (Brianna) Carruth, and Cameron Carruth; great grandchildren: Lauren, Bella, Carter, Parker, Emma, and Nolan; brother Vollie Rifner Jr. “Bud,” brother Phil Rifner, and sister Georgie Sue Rifner. Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Fred Rifner, and son Barry Rifner. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Indiana University, 355 W. 16th Goodman Hall Suite 4100 Indianapolis, IN 46202.

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Edward Pehlman

Jul 27, 1942 - Jan 19, 2024

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Normal, IL

Edward "Fast Eddie" Pehlman, 81, of Springfield, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2024 at McLean County Nursing Home in Normal, IL. He was born on July 27, 1942 in Springfield, the son of the late Glenn and Agnes Pehlman. Fast Eddie was a beloved son, brother, father, and friend. He was an avid Harley rider since the age of 14. He would drag race in his younger years, enjoyed AMA Flat Track events and annual trips to Sturgis with friends. If you were lucky enough, you got to enjoy his fried chicken at the Springfield Mile. Joining the Navy he was able to see much of the world aboard the wind-class icebreaker USS Edisto, with Helicopter Utility Squadron Four (HU-4) as an aircraft engine mechanic. While stationed at the South Pole he was able to participate in testing dive suits and experience going under the ice in the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean. Ed was in the Carpenter’s Union Local 270 and worked as a carpet installer for 50 years as owner of Ed Pehlman Floor Covering. He mentored countless workers and his 3 daughters. He loved cooking and watching the cooking channel, with his favorite being Julia Childs’ show. He was an avid fan of motorcycle, sprint car, late model, and NASCAR racing and he frequented the Old Shaheen’s Speedway in Springfield, the Jacksonville Speedway, Talladega Speedway, and Daytona Speedway. He enjoyed fishing any time he got the chance, frequenting the Illinois River in Havana, IL. Ed never knew a stranger, never hesitated to help a friend in need, and was always up for enjoying an ice cold Busch Light with everyone. Ed is survived by his 3 daughters, Suzie (Mike) Cutler of Dawson, IL, Stacy Pehlman of Springfield, and Shelly Reeter of Sherman; his sister Kathy (Butch) Lyons; 7 grandchildren, Brandi Pehlman, Johnny Pehlman, Kelsey Cutler, Katie Cutler, Austin Pehlam, Ethan Reeter, and Ty Reeter; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 niece Jodi (Doug) Emery; and 2 nephews, Matthew Rowlcliff and Michael Rowlcliff. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 brother Glenn Pehlman, Jr.; and 1 niece Gina Lyons. Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, Springfield where visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 10 am until time of the funeral service at 12 Noon. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Springfield. For services, the family requests no suits or dresses, instead wear your favorite Harley gear or anything orange/black. You will get bonus points if it’s from Omaha. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to A.B.A.T.E.

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Donnelly Jackson, Jr.

Oct 18, 1988 - Jan 13, 2024

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Normal, IL

Donnelly Jackson, Jr. 35, of Normal, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2024. He was a God fearing man, a family man with a good heart. He was also quite the jokster, always loved to make people laugh. He believed in empowerment, mentoring, and coaching from the young to the old. Sports medicine was his future aspiration goal for school. He coached for 17 years (JFK football, high school football, high school girls track and field, semi pro football) He played a role in the 2006 6A division championship with Normal Community High School He is survived by his mother, Dale Annette Herman, his father, Donnelly Jackson, Sr; his sister, Ashley L. Jackson; an aunt and uncle. Visitation services to celebrate the life of Donnelly Jackson will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2024 at East Lawn Funeral Home 1102 Airport Road, Bloomington, IL 61704.

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Mary Merritt

Dec 17, 1932 - Jan 10, 2024

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Normal, IL

Towanda – Mary Merritt, 91, of Towanda, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, surrounded by her family. Funeral will be 11 am Friday at First Baptist Church of Towanda, with Reverend Jack Moody Officiating. A Celebration of Life Luncheon will follow at the Towanda Community Building, and will be open to the Public. A private interment will be held at a later date. Mary Cultra was born on December 17, 1932, in Ashton, Illinois, the son of Sam Cultra and Elma (Allsup) Cultra. She was united in marriage with Lyle Gene Merritt on December 5, 1954, in Towanda. Other survivors include her children: Jeff Merritt, Bloomington, Dennis Merritt (Austin, TX), Ron (Karen) Merritt, Downs, and Rodney Merritt, Bloomington; Four grandchildren: Keri Merritt, Maddie Merritt, Hunter Merritt, and Cory Merritt, and two Great Grandchildren Opal and Jeffrey Leazanby. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Lisa; two brothers: Bill and Don, and two sisters Ella and Judy. Her sisters Carol Link and Lynne Arensdorf survive. Mary attended Ashton High School, and then enrolled at Illinois State Normal University where she Earned a bachelor’s in education. She then taught at Lexington Elementary School and was a substitute Teacher at Towanda Elementary for many years up until her retirement. Mary and Lyle were lifelong members of the Towanda Baptist Church. Mary also was a member of the Towanda American Legion Post 56 Auxiliary, and Towanda Library Board. She served as an election judge in Towanda for many years, and was an avid supporter of Community Events, including the 4th of July Committee and Towanda Scouting. Her hobbies included Cooking, Gardening, Sewing, Crafts, and Reading. Mary loved attending her Grandkids sporting events and doting on her Great grandchildren. Mary was a very kind soul, touched the lives of many people, and will be dearly missed by her family and loyal companion Bailey, and those who knew her. Memorials can be made to the Towanda Baptist Church, 205 West Monroe, Towanda, IL 61776.

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