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Joanna Knoepfel

Jun 11, 1964 - Nov 18, 2023

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Paris, IL

Joanna Jane Knoepfel, 59, of Paris, Illinois, passed away at 10:38 a. m. Sunday, November 12, 2023 at her home with her family at her side. Joanna was born June 11, 1964 in Elgin, Illinois, the daughter of the late Kenneth A. and Marilyn J. (Lewis) Jensen. She grew up in Marshall, Illinois, with her maternal grandparents, Lawrence ( L. B. ) and Mildred (Irwin) Lewis. She attended Lake Land College where she met the love of her life, Kevin Lee Knoepfel, 40 years ago, and he survives. They were ma...Read More

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Ovid Eugene Barkley

Jul 30, 1946 - Mar 02, 2024

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Paris, IL

Ovid Eugene Barkley, 77, of Paris, Illinois, passed away at 3:12 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2024, at his home, surrounded by family. He was a retired farmer and ordained minister.He was born July 30, 1946, in Paris, the son of the late Donald Eugene and Mary Anna (Winans) Barkley. He married Jennifer Lynn Holcomb on August 10, 1968, at the Presbyterian Church in Paris, and she survives.Other survivors include two daughters, Kara Lynn (Larry) Rose of Newburgh, Indiana, and Jana Michele (Ryan) Holmes of Savoy, Illinois; a brother, Dale (Diana) Barkley of Paris; and four grandchildren, Braylon Eugene Rose (Samantha Denison), Brylee Marie Rose, Kaelyn Grace Holmes, and Kamryn Jo Holmes.Gene was proud to serve as president of his 1964 Paris High School graduating class. He enjoyed helping with the planning of class reunions and get-togethers through the years, and he and Jenny cherished the bonds that they shared with their classmates. Gene went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1968 and his Master’s of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1971. Rev. Barkley served as pastor of the United Methodist Churches of Ridge Farm and Indianola, Illinois, from 1971 until 1976, when he returned home to assist his father and brother in the family farming business.Gene Barkley’s life was marked by selfless service to faith, family, and farming. He was an active, devoted member of First United Methodist Church of Paris where he served on numerous committees as well as singing in the church choir, and he especially enjoyed fellowship with the United Methodist Men’s group. Although no longer serving in a full-time pastorate, Gene maintained his ordained status in the Church. He felt honored when requested to serve churches as a guest speaker, interim minister, or officiant for weddings, funerals, and other ceremonies when the need arose. Gene’s natural qualities of sincerity, attention, and quiet encouragement made him someone who connected easily with others as a pastor and friend.Gene was pleased to put his family first and was a dedicated husband, proud father, and doting grandfather. He was more than happy to spend his spare time cheering on his daughters and grandchildren in their various endeavors, rarely missing an opportunity to do so. Gene and Jenny also enjoyed the relationships that formed as their family grew to include in-laws, friends, and friends of friends along the way. When health permitted, the Barkleys also enjoyed traveling, especially with family in tow.Even after retirement, Gene was happiest when farming, whether on his family’s own Centennial Farm or helping others in their farming operations. Throughout his career, Gene worked diligently alongside local government, state and national legislators to make life better for farmers and their families. He was a longtime member of the Edgar County Farm Bureau where he had served as Board President. In addition, Gene served on the boards of directors of the Illinois Farm Bureau, Country Companies Insurance, and Growmark, Inc. He was also a member of Prairie Lodge #77 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons for many years. Gene was awarded the 2022 Edgar County Farm Bureau Loyalty Award for his forty-three years of service.For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church of Paris or to the IAA Foundation.SERVICE INFORMATIONServices celebrating his life will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at First United Methodist Church in Paris with Pastor Lance Leeds officiating. Burial will follow in Edgar Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Templeton Funeral Home.Please consider sharing a memory, photo, or condolence with Gene's family at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com

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Patricia Ellen Rigdon

Nov 15, 1931 - Mar 01, 2024

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Paris, IL

Patricia Ellen Rigdon, 92, of Paris, Illinois, passed away at 1:59 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2024 at the home of her daughter. She was retired after working at Zenith in Paris from the time they opened until they ultimately closed their doors.She was born November 15, 1931 in Paris, the daughter of Harry Allen and Ruby (Davis) Tague.Survivors include a son, Charles E. “Gene” (Rose) Rigdon of Paris; a daughter, Barbara J. “Bobbie” Throneburg of Paris; six grandchildren, Jerry Rigdon, Dale (Tammy) Throneburg Jr., Shelly Littleton (Mike Byrd), Shannon (Dennie) English, Kevin (Susanna) Rigdon, and Brian (Bobby Jo) Throneburg; fifteen great grandchildren; nineteen great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry A. Tague and Ruby M. Tague Fonner; two sons, Jerry Lee Rigdon and Albert Leroy Rigdon; three brothers, Charles A. “Chuck” Tague, Paul Tague, and Harry E. Tague; a sister, Glennadee Hopper; a granddaughter, Deanna Rose Mason; and a son in law, Dale E. Throneburg.Patricia was a charter member of Community Bible Church where she taught Sunday school for forty-seven years. Prior to that, she had taught Sunday school for ten years at Paris Bible Church. God always gifted her with a nice station wagon that the Sunday school children affectionately referred to as the “Patty Wagon”. Patricia loved baking cakes, sewing, and setting up at vendor events. Patricia enjoyed traveling to Florida and the beach in her RV. She loved her family dearly and her grandchildren will cherish all of the precious memories of traveling with her.For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to Community Bible Church or to ECCF D.O. It Edgar County Cancer Support Group.SERVICE INFORMATIONFuneral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at Community Bible Church in Paris with Pastor Dave Laborde officiating. Burial will follow in Edgar Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the church. Templeton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Please consider sharing a memory, photo, or condolence with Patricia’s family at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.

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Jerry Lee Neidigh

May 07, 1946 - Feb 27, 2024

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Paris, IL

Jerry Lee Neidigh, 77, of Paris, Illinois, formerly of Martinsville, Illinois, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at Marshall Rehabilitation and Nursing.Jerry was the son of the late Wilber Lee and Aubrey Olive (Ramsey) Neidigh. He was born May 7, 1946, in Tuscola, Illinois.Jerry was a 1964 graduate of Martinsville High School. He graduated from Lake Land College with a degree in Drafting. He enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. Jerry then joined his father in Neidigh Heating & Plumbing, later running the business with his brother, Michael.A 1980s motorcycle accident left Jerry paralyzed. In spite of his injuries, Jerry converted his plumbing shop into a home that was designed to accommodate his needs. He was proud of being self-sufficient and independent, even converting a van that would allow him to continue to drive.Jerry married Rosalind K. Warner on December 7, 1996. He was an active member of Willow Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Martinsville where he served as an elder and Sunday School teacher for many years.He is survived by his wife of twenty-seven years, Rosalind Neidigh of Paris; his sister, Carol Fairfield of Riverside, California; a brother, Michael (Lolita) Neidigh of Martinsville; two children, Wayne Neidigh and Jennifer Munoz both of Topeka, Kansas; three step-children, Troy (Jennifer) Warner of Chrisman, Illinois, Todd (Amanda) Warner of Chrisman, and Tracy (Sarah) Warner of Grand Junction, Colorado; thirteen grandchildren, Hannah, Jeremy, Kaitlyn, Aaron, Justin, Jennifer, Matthew, Joshua, Tiffany, Taylor, Phillip, Cheyenna, and Shelby; fourteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to Willow Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Martinsville.SERVICE INFORMATIONServices celebrating his life will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2024, at Templeton Funeral Home in Paris with the Reverend Kevin Small officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Chrisman with military rites by American Legion Post #477. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.Please consider sharing a memory, photo, or condolence with Jerry’s family at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com

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Courtney Ann Randall

Jun 26, 1979 - Feb 22, 2024

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Paris, IL

Courtney Ann Randall, 44, of Paris, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 11:44 a.m. Thursday, February 22, 2024, at her home. She was a dietary aide for Paris Community Hospital for many years and had previously worked at Kroger in Paris.She was born June 26, 1979, in Mattoon, Illinois, the daughter of Loren B. and Cynthia Kay (McIlwain) Randall.Survivors include her parents, Loren and Cindy Randall of Paris, a brother, Micheal (Stacey) Randall of DeKalb, Illinois, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.Ms. Randall was a 1997 graduate of Paris High School where she was a proud member of the Paris Marching Tigers. Courtney had attended Lake Land College and was currently pursuing a Bookkeeping and Accounting degree at Ivy Tech Community College. She had played in the Paris City Band for a number of years and enjoyed PHS Band Alumni events. Courtney enjoyed reading, movies, knitting, jigsaw puzzles, Bingo, and watching Law & Order and The Big Bang Theory. Her favorite holiday was Halloween. She also enjoyed collecting recipes and Monopoly games, which she loved playing with her family. “Courtney loved, loved, loved her friends – you know who you are.”For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to Hopes and Dreams, Inc.SERVICE INFORMATIONVisitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Templeton Funeral Home. Interment will be private in Edgar Cemetery.Please consider sharing a memory, photo, or condolence with Courtney’s family at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com

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Bruce Owen Cox

Nov 27, 1960 - Feb 20, 2024

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Paris, IL

Bruce Owen Cox, 63 of Paris, Illinois, passed away at his residence. He was a dispatcher for the Paris Police Department for 20 years.He was born November 27, 1960 in Paris, Illinois, the son of the late Robert and Ellen (Ramsey) Cox.Survivors include two sisters, Sue Furry of Pimento, Indiana and Vickie (Bill) Combs of Paris, Illinois; his nieces and nephews, Ginger (Michael) Pruitt of Terre Haute, Indiana, Patrick (Dawn) Shephard of Cleora, Oklahoma, Elgin (Christina) Combs of Mattoon, Illinois, Jonathan (Amber) Furry of Pittsboro, Indiana, and Allison (Andy) Swearingen of Terre Haute, Indiana; and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Rebecca L. Dunn.Bruce was a techie and an audiophile and enjoyed working on computers and sound systems. He loved rock and roll music. In his younger years, Bruce was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed watching sports and was a loyal University of Kentucky Wildcats and Atlanta Falcons fan.For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to Paris Police Department’s Shop With A Cop.SERVICE INFORMATIONBruce’s family will host a memorial service at a later date. Templeton Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.Please consider sharing a memory, photo, or condolence with Bruce’s family at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.

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Gilbert Edward Murray

May 20, 1941 - Feb 17, 2024

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Paris, IL

Gilbert Edward “Gib” Murray, 82 of Chrisman, Illinois, passed away at 6:55 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Horizon Health Hospital in Paris, Illinois.He was born May 20, 1941 in Edgar County, Illinois, the son of the late Charles Edward “Ed” and Florence May (Gilbert) Murray. He married Jane Lucas April 8, 1965 in Peoria, Illinois and she survives.Other survivors include his children, Kip Murray of League City, Texas, and Katie (Bruce) Lankster of Paris; two grandchildren, Maria (Cody) Starr and Maxwell Taylor, both of Paris; and three great grandchildren, Deegan Lee Starr, Roxzen Lucas Starr,and Dexlyn Maze Starr, all of Paris.Mr. Murray was a member of the Chrisman United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving from 1960 to 1963 as a proud crew member of the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier. Gib formerly worked at the Chrisman First National Bank, S.W. Yontz and Son in Chrisman, and owned G&J Lumber in Chrisman. He also farmed in the Chrisman area, and retired from the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. Gilbert was a member of Scottland Lodge # 148 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, Chrisman American Legion Post 477, AASR Valley of Danville, Illinois, Ansar Shrine Temple, Edgar County Shrine Club, and the Gao Grotto in Danville. He lived his life to be of service to God and others and left an impact on everyone he met. Acts of kindness were in his every day routine.For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Chrisman United Methodist Church.SERVICE INFORMATIONServices celebrating his life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. March 2, 2024, at the Chrisman United Methodist Church. Templeton Funeral Home of Paris is in charge of arrangements.Please consider sharing a memory, photo, or condolence with Gilbert’s family at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.

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Brenda Loy Rhoads

Aug 06, 1958 - Feb 17, 2024

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Paris, IL

Brenda Loy Rhoads, 65 of Paris, Illinois, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2024 at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Templeton Funeral Home.

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David Lee Bocook

Nov 26, 1957 - Feb 12, 2024

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Paris, IL

David Lee Bocook, 66 of Paris, Illinois, passed away at 12:14 p.m. Monday, February 12, 2024 at Horizon Health Hospital in Paris.Born November 26, 1957 in Huntington, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Charles and Pearline (Burns) Bocook.Survivors include his children Donia Blalock (Mike Carrington) of Brazil, Indiana, Joshua Bocook of Chrisman, Lucas Bocook of Chrisman, Destini Bocook (Tommy LaBaume) of Paris, Devan Clark of Peebles, Ohio, and Steven Massie of Peebles, Ohio; Brothers, Preston (Tina) Bocook of Proctorville, Ohio, Rich (Beth) Scarberry of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Richie Bocook of Huntington, West Virginia; sisters, Carla (David) Bocook of Attalla, Alabama, Audrey (Joe) Scarberry of Portsmouth, Ohio, Karen Scarberry of Portsmouth, Ohio, Brenda Bocook of Huntington, West Virginia, and Louise Bocook of Huntington, West Virginia; 15 grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Andrew Bocook, and his friend and former spouse, Nicky Bocook.David worked as a roofer most of his adult life. He then worked for Syngenta and Simonton Windows. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hiking, and riding dirt bikes.SERVICE INFORMATIONFuneral services will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2024 at Templeton Funeral Home in Paris. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until service time.Please consider sharing a memory, photo, or condolence with David’s family at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.

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Myron B. Ford

Jun 05, 1933 - Feb 10, 2024

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Paris, IL

Myron B. Ford, 90, of Paris, Illinois, passed away at 7:08 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Horizon Health in Paris.He was born June 5, 1933, in Brocton, Illinois, the son of the late Elmer and Bernice (Josserland) Ford. He married Sandra Sue Bledsoe on June 13, 1959, in Paris. She preceded him in death on December 29, 2018.Survivors include three children, Dr. David Ford (Robert Swope) of Houston, Texas, Stephen (Kelly) Ford of Paris, and Dianne (Bill) Fleener of Downer’s Grove, Illinois; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.Mr. Ford was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Myron lived a life dedicated to Christian faith and service. He was an active, devoted member of First Assembly of God of Paris since its founding. He was also a loyal Chicago Cubs and University of Illinois Fighting Illini fan.For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Marfan Foundation VEDS Movement.SERVICE INFORMATIONServices celebrating his life will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Templeton Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will be private in Augustus Cemetery.Please consider sharing a memory, photo, or condolence with Myron’s family at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com

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James Clark Gilbert

May 11, 1936 - Feb 04, 2024

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Paris, IL

James Clark Gilbert, 87 of Brocton, Illinois, passed away at 12:40 a.m. Sunday, February 4, 2024 at Twin Lakes Rehab and Health Care in Paris, Illinois.Born May 11, 1936 in Greenup, Illinois, he was the son of William L. and Mona I. (Vaughn) Gilbert. He married Ava L. Morgan November 6, 1958 in Charleston, Illinois.Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Ava Gilbert of Brocton; three children, Jamilla (Rick) Wilson of Kansas, Brad Gilbert of Brocton, and James (Sarah) Gilbert of Casey; four grandchildren, Kamie (Tom) Pedigo of Rhoadesville, Virginia, Jared Wilson of Kansas, Ceara Edwards of Marshall, and Derek (Kayla) Gilbert of Charleston; eleven great grandchildren, Jagger (Kylee) Pedigo, Jordan Pedigo, Corey Wilson, Nevaeh Wilson, Colton Wilson, Maverick Edwards, Gryffin Wheeler, Emory and Ellianna Dungan, and Connor and Caroline Gilbert; one step great-great granddaughter Mya; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Gilbert and Jack Gilbert; three sisters Nancy Bosler, Maude Dobbs, and Millie Bunch; and one grandchild Stephanie Lucille Wilson.James worked at the Charleston Shoe Factory; he then was a farmer for 14 years. Following his farming career he drove a semi, and finally was a host at various campgrounds for over 13 years. James loved being outdoors. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, and camping.For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to E.C.C.F., Inc. DO It Fund.SERVICE INFORMATIONServices are pending at this time. Templeton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.Please consider sharing a memory, photo, or condolence with James’ family at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.

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