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Lois Taylor

Died : Nov 27, 2023

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Griggsville, IL

Lois A. Taylor, age 97, formerly of Vincennes, Indiana passed away Monday, November 27, 2023, at Griggsville Estates in Griggsville, Illinois. She was born in Lawrence County, Illinois to Lester and Florence Barekman. Lois grew up in Lawrence County and graduated from Trinity High School in Evansville, Indiana and then Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois. Lois married Samuel Taylor of Vincennes in April 1950. After he graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, they pastored Winslow ...Read More

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Ethel M. Tholen

Apr 07, 1944 - Jan 14, 2024

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Griggsville, IL

Ethel M. Tholen, age 79 of Griggsville, IL passed away Sunday, January 14, 2024, at Griggsville Estates. She was born April 7, 1944, in Beardstown, IL to Roy and Dorothy Westfall Hobson. Ethel first married William D. Waters and to this union three children were born; she later married Harmon ‘Bud’ Tholen in Mason City, IL and he preceded her in death. Ethel grew up in Valley City, IL and attended Griggsville schools and was a graduate of Griggsville High School. She lived in Peoria and raised her three children and was a homemaker her entire life. Ethel later moved her family to Mason City where she met and married her husband Bud and after his passing, she moved back to Pike County. She enjoyed fishing, bowling, camping and listening to country music. Ethel always liked a good cold beer and conversation with friends and playing card and board games. She loved spending quality time with her grandkids making memories over the last few years. Ethel is survived by two daughters, Dorothy (Dallas) Crawford of Griggsville, IL and Billie (Mike) Johnston of Pekin, IL; ten grandchildren, Paul McDonald, Cassandra Bolton, Trenton Slight, Taylor Werries, Blake Tholen, Austin Ewing, Hailie Johnston, Hunter Johnston, Gavin McDaniel and Nathan Jones; great grandchildren, Colton, Treeca, Westley, Karsyn, Falyn, Ariella, Paiten, Linkoln, Delilah, Rheuben, Noah, Isaac, Chaddum, Maverick, Braxton, Lincoln and Hattie; and her good friend, Jim Oldham. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Dorothy Hobson; husband, Bud Tholen; daughter, Teresa McDaniel; twin boys in infancy; grandson, Brock; great grandchild, Hendrix; and brother, Carroll Gene ‘Beaner’ Hobson. Cremation rites have been accorded and funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM, Friday, January 19, 2024, at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with visitation held prior to the service from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to be made to the family c/o Niebur Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com. Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements. To to the family or in memory of Ethel M. (Hobson) Tholen, please

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Larry Lichtenberg

Jul 25, 1938 - Dec 21, 2023

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Griggsville, IL

A service for Larry Lichtenberg and Clarice Dameron Lichtenberg will be held Saturday, December 23rd at the First Baptist Church in Roodhouse, IL at 11, where they were married 62 years ago that day. They were college sweethearts graduating from Northeast Missouri University in Kirksville. They leave behind their only child Juliebelle and her husband Bob who faithfully served them as caregivers during their last remaining years. Clarice was a former resident of Roodhouse, daughter of Leo and Cora Dameron, owners of the Dameron Sheltered Care Home, where she helped her parents and also taught at Roodhouse High School. She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for over 40 years. She was a founding member and served the Paradise Valley Chapter for 8 years as Chaplain, and DAR Arizona State Constitution Week Chairman for many years. She has been a member of the Apple Creek Prairie Chapter for many years. Her motto was "A Better America Begins with Me". She wrote and directed the official Bicentennial Commission musical called "Arizona's Heritage Blessed by God Pageant". She impacted the lives of thousands of elementary students as a Speech and Language Pathologist in Phoenix, AZ. She received the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge for teaching her students patriotism. She wrote many family history books including "We Remember the Carrigers", "We Remember the Allens" and "We Remember the Damerons". Larry was the son of Kenneth and Evelyn Lichtenberg, owners of the Dairy Queen in Kirksville, MO. His career was in engineering, retiring as a Staff Scientist from Motorola. He was an internationally recognized leader in his field, published author and presenter. He got to work with his daughter on the 2000 Census which was a joy for both of them. He loved the outdoors and later in life he got interested in genealogy and was finally able to join the Sons of the American Revolution, serving as the Chapter President. He wrote a book "We Remember the Lichtenbergs, Laucks and Morris Families". Because of the awesome gift of Christmas, God's plan to redeem and restore the relationship of mankind through the offering of His son Jesus as an offering for our sins, and the acceptance of this free gift of salvation, we know where Larry and Clarice are. They are embraced by Jesus, walking the streets of gold. Thank you Lord for being willing to leave heaven, be born and walk among us, suffer and pay the price for our sins, and rise victorious over the grave so we can have eternal life with you. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that WHOEVER believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. "Burial will be held at Pine Tree Cemetery.

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Thomas Stone

Mar 26, 1939 - Dec 16, 2023

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Griggsville, IL

Thomas J. Stone, 84 of Key Largo, FL and Carrollton passed away Thursday, December 14, 2023 at Jersey Community Hospital. He was born March 26, 1939 in Carrollton, the son of Leonard and Marie Kaiser Stone. He is survived be several cousins and friends. Tom served in the United States Navy as a pilot. He enjoyed traveling, his home in Key Largo, FL, and his service to the United States though his time flying for the Navy. He was a pilot for Pan Am for several years and loved traveling around the world. Funeral mass will be held 11:00 a. m. Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at St. John's Catholic Church in Carrollton with burial to follow in St. John's Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a. m. until the time of mass at the church. Memorials may be made to St. John's Cafeteria Building Fund or Meals on Wheels. Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www. airsman-hires. com

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Crystal Shanks

Mar 31, 1975 - Dec 15, 2023

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Griggsville, IL

Crystal Dawn Shanks, age 48 of Literberry passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2023 in Ashland. She was born March 31, 1975 in Pittsfield, the daughter of Larry and Evelyn (Varble) Jones. She married the love of her life, Justin Shanks on October 25, 1997 in West Plains, MO and he survives. She is survived by a son, Ryan (Natalie Knous) Shanks of Literberry, two daughters, Alexis (Alex) DeWitt of Ashland, Madison (Alex Overby) Shanks of Springfield, a sister, Regina (Mike) Hazelwood of Winchester, a brother, Kendall Jones of Bluffs, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. She was a devoted Christian with a strong relationship with Jesus and a member of Liter Baptist Church in Literberry. She began her dental career at College Ave Dental where she worked for 20 years. She was currently working as a consultant for Dentrix. She enjoyed playing board games, watching movies with her children, and spending time with her family. She loved taking her children on vacations to see different places. Crystal had a love for animals including her new puppy, Blaze. She was the greatest thing that ever happened to her husband. Her favorite thing was to be a mom to her children. She loved life and showed it to everyone in her path. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m. Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton with burial to follow in Providence Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p. m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Liter Baptist Church. Condolences may be left online at www. airsman-hires. com

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Don Wessler

Aug 12, 1932 - Dec 10, 2023

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Griggsville, IL

Don Wessler, 91, of Arenzville, passed away on Friday, December 8, 2023, at Cedarhurst of Jacksonville. He was born August 12, 1932, in Jacksonville, the son of Edward "Pete" and Marcella Zulauf Wessler. Don married Shirlee A. Rowden on August 28, 1953, in Ferguson, Missouri, and she preceded him in death on December 4, 2022. Don is survived by two sons, Jeff (Gale) Wessler of Arenzville and Jay (Shelley) Wessler of Concord; five grandchildren, Jaclynn (Clay) Shoufler of Williamsville, Abigail (Ryan) Miller of Concord, Alison (Jacob) Meyer of Concord, A. J. (Meredith) Wessler of Decatur, and Pete (Kelley) Wessler of Concord; 16 great-grandchildren, Anna, Sam, Clara, Wesley, Blake, Isabelle, Gavin, Eli, Grant, Ben, Leah, Nolan, Owen, Avery, Norah, and Molly; one sister, Kay (Dick) Lippert of Arenzville, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Rosalie (deceased husband Melvin) Schone and Pamela Sue Costello. Don graduated from Arenzville High School in 1950 and met Shirlee while attending Culver-Stockton College on a basketball scholarship. Following his college graduation in 1954, Don served in the United States Army for two years stationed at Fort Dietrich, Maryland. Following his discharge, Don went to work for A. C. Hart in Arenzville and later formed Wessler Bros. Agency, which continues as a family-owned and operated business today. Don was a lifelong and active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He served on the First National Bank of Arenzville board of directors for nearly 50 years, and also served on the Arenzville Town Board, Passavant Area Hospital board of directors, and was president of the Jacksonville Country Club board. He enjoyed watching his boys play football, spending time in Florida, Ludington, Michigan, and the Lake of the Ozarks. The family would like to offer special thanks for the exceptional care Don received from Cedarhurst of Jacksonville. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a. m. on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arenzville, with burial at Arenzville North Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 4 to 6 p. m. Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church. Condolences may be left online at www. airsman-hires. com.

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Linda Binstead

Jul 23, 1950 - Dec 09, 2023

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Griggsville, IL

Linda Binstead, age 73, of Griggsville, Il. died early Friday (December 8, 2023) at her residence. She was born July 23, 1950 in Griggsville, Il. daughter of the late Merle Garrett, Jr. and Anna Maxine Phillips Garrett. She married Charles "Charlie" Binstead Jr. on July 27, 1970 in Griggsville, Il. and he survives. Also surviving are daughters, Stacy McIntire (John) Pittsfield, Il. and Nikki Huddleston (Jason) of New Salem, Il. ; a son, Chuck Binstead III (Lyndsey) of Mackinaw, Il. ; five grandchildren, Morgan Beard (Austin) of Pittsfield, Il. , Jadon Huddleston of New Salem, Il. , Jacob McIntire of Pittsfield, Il. , and Charlee and Chase Binstead of MacKinaw, Il. ; great-grandchildren, Garrett and Madelyn Beard; siblings, Shirley Ward, and Betty Gail Miller both of Griggsville, Il. and Billy Garrett of Mt. Sterling, Il. ; a sister in laws, Patti Binstead of Roodhouse, Il and Diane Shaw of Griggsville, Il. . ; a great-aunt, Jeanette Pollard of Bunker Hill, Il. ; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Vicki Harris, Kathy Grady, John David "Buckshot" Garrett, Phil "Little Buckshot" Garrett and a brother Merle Edward in infancy. Linda was a graduate of Griggsville High School and attended beauty school in Quincy. Most recently she was a past employee of County Market in Pittsfield, Il. She was a member of the Griggsville Nazarene Church, and Griggsville Legion Auxiliary. Linda loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 11 a. m. Tuesday (December 12, 2023) at Airsman-Hires Chapel in Griggsville, Il. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery near Griggsville, Il. Visitation will be held from 9 a. m. until the time of service Tuesday at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel Cemetery, Griggsville Nazarene Church or G/P Athletic Boosters all c/o Airsman-Hires Chapel, Box 513, Pittsfield, Il. 62363. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www. airsman-hires. com.

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Leonard Vaughn

Dec 10, 1934 - Dec 07, 2023

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Griggsville, IL

On December 6, 2023, Leonard Robert "Bob" Vaughn left this world for the next. Bob was born on December 10, 1934, to Roberta (nee Windsor) "Burt" Vaughn who preceded him in death. Bob was also preceded in death by his sister. Bob is survived by his wife Veronica "Ronnie" (nee Tipsord) Vaughn of Hillview and his former wife and mother of his three sons Donna (nee Hess) Vaughn of Plainfield. Bob leaves behind his sons Michael (Cassie) Vaughn of Plainfield, Dwayne (Claudette) Vaughn of Bloomington, and Mark "Scooter" (Lisa) Vaughn of Crosby, Tennessee. Bob is also survived by the sons he helped Ronnie raise through the teen years, John (Candace) Baker of Bonita, Florida, Matthew Baker of Hillview, and Phillip (Jeanell) Baker of Naples, Florida. Bob is survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will dearly miss "Grumpy Gramp"Bob graduated from East Alton Wood River Community High School and worked for G. M. & O railroad as a telegraph operator for 20 years. Bob's next career phase included his own business, working as a handy man, and maintenance supervisor at McLean County nursing home. Bob then took the opportunity to learn about those new inventions, computers, and graduated from Parkland Community College. He then worked for AT&T on computers. Bob ultimately retired from the company, now Lucent Technology, and convinced Ronnie to join him in their dream home in Hillview. Bob made many friends, helped his neighbors, and loved his home. He will be missed. Cremation rights have been observed and a celebration of life will be held at later date. Memorials may be made to the G. M. & O Railroad Historical Society (www. gmohs. org) or the Alzheimer's Association of Illinois. Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall is assisting the family. Condolences may be left online at www. airsman-hires. com

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Phillip Abbott

Oct 29, 1968 - Dec 02, 2023

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Griggsville, IL

Phillip Cary Abbott, age 55 of Palmyra passed away Thursday, November 30, 2023 at his residence from complications after 8 years of battling cancer. He was born October 29, 1968 in Washington, the son of James and Linda Valentine Abbott. He married Toni Barnard September 11, 1993 in Jacksonville and she survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Tiffany (Barrett) Walters of Jerseyville, Cassidy Abbott of Jacksonville, his parents, James and Linda Abbott of Washington, three grandchildren, Ryan Boston, Aubree Walters, Ainsley Abbott, and a sister, Kelly (Larry) Green of Washington. Phillip was a contractor in the Palmyra area for several years. He then went to work for LS Building materials in Springfield. He was an avid baseball pitcher all the way through college. He coached girls travel softball and was the assistant coach for Routt Catholic High School in Jacksonville for many years. Phillip was a longtime member of the Beverly Manor Baptist Church in Washington. He loved spending time with his girls and grandchildren and family, they were the highlight of his life. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Routt Catholic High School Softball Program. Stults- Neece Chapel in Palmyra is assisting the family. Condolences may be left online at www. airsman-hires. com

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Robert Schlessman

Oct 22, 1950 - Nov 30, 2023

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Griggsville, IL

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert "Bob" Schlessman, aged 73, on November 27, 2023. Bob, of Springfield, Il. and formerly Palmyra, Il. , peacefully departed this world, succumbing to various medical complications following surgery in October. Supported by the love of his family, Bob left this world holding the hand of his beloved wife of 35 years, Vickey (Scheferkort) Schlessman. Bob was a remarkable man, known for his unwavering devotion to his family and faith. He was an honorable veteran of the United States Army, an adoring husband, a proud father, a loving grandfather, and a steadfast man of God. "Engineer" Bob embarked on his life journey with Vickey in 1988, building their lives together in various Illinois towns during his lengthy career as an engineer. He dedicated much of his early professional life to EMI in Jacksonville, IL, and Litton Industries in Holland, MI. In 2004, when EMI's plant closed its doors, Bob's path took an inspiring turn as he delved into formal ministry. As "Pastor" Bob, he fervently spread the gospel and served his community in countless ways, most notably as the spiritual leader of Palmyra Christian Church. Even after leaving active ministry, Bob's commitment to service endured. He became "Teacher" Bob andspent years supporting students at Northwestern High School and Middle School in Palmyra, IL, known affectionately as Mr. S. Bob was a man of many passions. He was a lifelong lover of music, finding solace in playing his guitar and singing. He had an insatiable appetite for reading, passing down his love for books to his children. A self-proclaimed and proud "nerd," especially in the realm of computer engineering, Bob had been building his own computer systems since the early 1980s. Yet, above all, Bob was known for his exceptional generosity, always willing to give the shirt off his back to a neighbor in need. In addition to his wife, Vickey, Bob leaves behind a loving legacy through his five children - Kathy (Doug) Fauth, Donald (Mary Ann) Utley, Katie (Kevin) Flint, Jessica (Corey) Darnall, and Aaron (Pahroul) Schlessman. He also leaves behind eleven cherished grandchildren. Bob's brother, Wayne, is the last surviving sibling of the seven Schlessman boys. Services to celebrate Bob's life will be held 11 a. m. Tuesday (December 5, 2023) at Palmyra Christian Church in Palmyra, Il. Visitation will be held from 9 a. m. Tuesday until the time of service at the church. Private burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Il. We invite all who knew and loved Bob to join us in honoring his memory and the indelible mark he left on our lives. Bob Schlessman's legacy of love, faith, and service will forever live on in our hearts. Stults-Neece Chapel in Palmyra, Il. is in charge of arrangements.

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Lois Taylor

Died : Nov 27, 2023

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Griggsville, IL

Lois A. Taylor, age 97, formerly of Vincennes, Indiana passed away Monday, November 27, 2023, at Griggsville Estates in Griggsville, Illinois. She was born in Lawrence County, Illinois to Lester and Florence Barekman. Lois grew up in Lawrence County and graduated from Trinity High School in Evansville, Indiana and then Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois. Lois married Samuel Taylor of Vincennes in April 1950. After he graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, they pastored Winslow and Roachdale, Indiana Church of the Nazarene in Southern Indiana. Samuel was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene in 1955. In 1959 the Taylor's were appointed to foreign missionary service by the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene. They spent 20 years in foreign service which was in Guyana, South America, Trinidad and Barbados and the Bahamas. Dr. Taylor was responsible for building 7 new churches on the fields and served as Field Superintendent for 14 years. After returning to the States, they pastored Bloomington Eastside, Vincennes First during the 1980's and then 6 years at Columbus First where a beautiful new sanctuary was erected during their ministry and then they served 4 1/2 years at Petersburg, Indiana where he suffered a fatal heart attack in March 1998. Through 45 years in full time ministry Lois served in many positions. Teaching for many years, conducting Vacation Bible School, music, storytelling and speaking in many churches on missions. She was also a good cook and cooked many meals for General Superintendents, District Superintendents and many others. In fact, she received the loving name of 'Martha' as she prepared food and pushed it through the dining window in Barbados to 6 Indiana visiting pastors who were all holding revivals for the week. Lois is survived by daughter, Rebecca (John) Freesmeyer; four grandchildren, Melissa (Owen L) Brown, David (Ashli) Freesmeyer, Bethany (Michael) Emmons, and Daniel Hedge; seventeen great grandchildren, Ethan, Brianna, Alana, Ace, Justin, Elan, Ava, Noah, Olivia, Wesley, Aliyah, Colt, Ava, Lydia, Taylor, Serenity, and Sofia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Florence Barekman; husband of 48 years, Samuel M. Taylor; daughter, Rachel Leann; infant great grandson, Sammy Hedge; infant great grandson, Joziah Emmons; nephew, David Alexander; siblings, William (Delores) Barekman and Helen (Charles) Alexander. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, on December 4, 2023, at Goodwin Sievers Funeral Home at 524 Broadway, Vincennes, Indiana. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Memorial Park Cemetery in Vincennes, Indiana. To to the family or in memory of Lois A. (Barekman) Taylor, please

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