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IN MEMORY OF:
Dr. Eric M. Stiffler

Dr. Eric M. Stiffler, 67, of Macomb, passed away at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, August 24, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on January 20, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Harold and Beth Mackey Stiffler. He married Janice Owens on July 23, 1993 in Galena, Illlinois. She survives.

Also surviving are his parents, Harold and Dr. Beth Stiffler of Macomb; daughter, Jessica (Billy) Dicken of Bloomington; sons, Nathan Stiffler of California , Aaron Campbell of Brooklyn, and Raphael Campbell of Chicago; grandchildren, Ashlyn Dicken , Ian Campbell and Raquel Campbell; brothers, Randall Stiffler of Massachusetts and David (Karen) Stiffler of Massachusetts and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Eric lived in Macomb most of his life. In 1963, he went to Phillips Exeter Academy in Andover, New Hampshire. He got his B.A. from Yale University and his M.A. and PhD at the University of Chicago. He was hired at Western Illinois University as a faculty member from 1977 to 1989, Director of the Honors Program from 1987 to 1989, Assistant Provost from 1989 to 1991, Associate Provost from 1991 to 2001 and acting Provost from 2001 to 2003. He returned to the faculty from 2003 to 2005 before his retirement on June 1, 2005. He published many papers , he was devoted to his family and a fan of photography,woodworking and the outdoors .

Eric was a member of several educational organizations and committees. They are as follows; Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, serving as President, 1989-1990. He was inducted as faculty member in 1982, Mortar Board. Selected as Faculty Advisor in 1990. WIU Presidential Merit Award, 1981-1983. WIU/BOG Multicultural Conference Steering Committee, 1990-1991. Steering Committee for the Review of Graduate Education, ex officio, 1990-1991. Council of Curricular Programs and Instruction (CCPI), ex officio, 1989-1991. Dean’s Council, recording secretary, 1989-1991. Undergraduate Catalog Committeee, 1989-1991. Ad Hoc Committee on Publication Policies for Graduate and Undergraduate Materials, 1989-1990. Calender Committee, 1989-1990. University Honors Council, chair, 1987-1989. University Committee of Critical Thinking, 1985-1988. Council of Humanities Forum, 1981-1988. WIU Faculty Senate, 1984-1987. WIU Research Council, 1983-1986. Faculty Mentors Steering Committee, 1983-1985. College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee, 1983-1985. Council on Admission, Graduation and Academic Standards (GAGAS), 1981-1984. North Central Association Accreditation Review Steering Committee, 1979-1980. Vice-President and Program Chair, Illinois Philosophical Association, 1984-1986. Secretary-Treasurer, Illinois Philosophical Association, 1979-1981. American Philosophical Association (Central Division) and Illinois Philosophical Association.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Dr. Mel and Judy Kerr farm near Bardolph on Mayland Road with Reverend Paula Englehorn officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. No visitation will be held.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to University Honors Program at WIU.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Charles Jay Poler

Charles Jay Poler, 68, of Industry, passed away at 1:06 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at his residence.

Jay was born on January 16, 1946 in Macomb to Raymond and Erma Klemme Poler.

He is survived by one brother, Jon (Lydia) Poler of Havana; nieces, Sherri (Bart) Kerz of Springfield and Kristi (Wes Simmons) of Havana and cousins, Lynn (Kreighauser) Corey of Washington and Kent Kreighauser of Galesburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jay graduated from Macomb High School and was currently employed by Go West in Macomb where he received many awards. He was a long time member of the Lamoine Ramblers Motorcycle Club and a proud member of the NRA.

Jay was known for his love of motorcycles, cars, firearms, Diet Mountain Dew and cheeseburgers. He could be found most Sundays at a picnic table along the Mississippi river where his motorcycle buddies would stop and share stories.

He was a wonderful brother and a great friend to all.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb with Reveren Gordan Blankenship officiating. There will be no visitation.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Charles Jay Poler Memorial Fund.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Keith Kaler

Keith Kaler, 64, of Bushnell, passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born on November 29, 1949 in Canton to Ray Eugene and Laura Jane Lieurance Kaler.

He is survived by two brothers, Rodney Kaler of Dallas City and Steven Kaler of Greensboro, North Carolina and three sisters, Jane Herschman of Dallas City, Elaine Handley of Sand Springs, Oklahoma and Deloris Rodeffer of Blandinsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Carl Kaler and one sister, Charlene Clay.

Keith lived in Jacksonville for several years before moving to McDonough County.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Orendorff Cemetery east of Canton.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Frances May Davis

Frances May Davis, age 85, recently of Jacksonville, but formerly of Macomb, passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Leon Junior Davis, also recently of Jacksonville; her daughter, Shirley Hainds (husband, Ron) of Jacksonville; and three grandchildren, Christian Davis Hainds (wife, Sarah) of Chicago, Dr. Kiley Kate-Ellen Hainds (husband, Joe Bopp, Ph.D) of West Chicago, and Johanna Ley Hainds of Jacksonville. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Josef Demitry Hainds of Chicago and Madelyn Grace Bopp of West Chiicago. Frances is also survived by two brothers, Charles Alexander (wife, Connie) of Aledo, Illinois and Wayne Alexander (wife, Laura) of Cooperstown, New York; one sister, Mary "Peachy" Anderson of Macomb and several nieces and nephews.

Frances was born in Louisiana, Missouri to John and Jessie (Kelly) Alexander on September 22, 1928. She spent most of her childhood growing up in the Industry area. She married Leon Junior Davis on May 17, 1947. In her early adult life she worked for the Pacific Finance Credit Union in Macomb and then later was an administrative assistant at the ASCS office in Macomb. She retired from the ASCS office in 1987. Together, Frances and her husband began Davis Motorcycle Sales and Service in Macomb and enjoyed many years riding their Yamaha motorcycle throughout the United States, mostly to Colorado and Florida. She is also known for the beautiful hand-stitched quilts she made during her retirement years- a legacy she left for her daughter and grandchildren.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, John, Joseph, and Donald Alexander.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 7, 2914 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Wally Holt officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.

Memorials may be made to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society in honor of Mrs. Davis’ granddaughter.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Francis M. Blasi

Francis M. Blasi, of Macomb, passed away peacefully at his residence Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the age of 79. He was born on June 28, 1935 in Bloomfield, Iowa the son of Lois Velma Francis and Charles Walter Blasi.

He is survived by one brother, Edward (Pat) Blasi of Rockyford, Colorado and one sister, Darlene (Ivan) Reihmann of Middle Amana, Iowa; three children, Julie (Ron) Blasi of Bettendorf, Iowa, Fran (Scott) Zielske of Greeley, Colorado and Mel (Melissa) Blasi of Macomb. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Mike Blasi and Charles Reyburn, Amanda, Shelby and Leslie Zielske and Elijah, Noah and Ezra Blasi and four great-grandchildren.

He ws preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles Blasi.

Francis grew up on the farm in Southern Iowa where he helped his parents in raising crops and Angus cattle. He graduated from Pulaski High School in 1953 and then enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the Korean War Conflict from 1954-1956 as a United States Army Chef stationed in the United States and Germany. Upon his return, he met Bonnie Trachsel and the couple married in April, 1957. Mr. Blasi earned both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree from Northeast Missouri State University before starting his teaching career in Wapello, Iowa.

In 1962, Francis moved the family to Stronghurst, Illinois where he became a beloved and dedicated high school teacher in the Stronghurst and Southern School Districts. His teaching methods and discipline were so appreciated that he often won the most liked teacher. He helped hundreds of students by making math fun to learn and applicable to life. He taught all levels of mathematics and periodically coached basketball and baseball at both the junior high and high school levels. Mr. Blasi retired from teaching in 1990 with 33 years of service.

Francis’ favorite activities were always centered on the family. He loved all kinds of sports and loved attending ball games, choir concerts and various other activities of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed cooking, gardening and was especially good at couponing and would give his finds to local charities, schools and family members.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday August 6, 2014 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Macomb with Bishop Matt Thomas officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial of ashes will be at 3 p.m. August 6, 2014 in the Pulaski Cemetery in Pulaski, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Doris Rose Williams Chaffee

Doris Rose Williams Chaffee, 86, of Wesley Estates, Macomb, passed away at 8:33 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at her home.

She was born in Fulton County, Illinois on May 21, 1928 to Howard S. and Thressa Yocum Williams. She married William John Chaffee in Abingdon, Illinois on June 2, 1946. He preceded her in death along with one son, William Mark Chaffee.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Terry) Webb of Bushnell and Laura Pierard of Springfield; grandchildren, Sara (Cory) Hilton, Jill (Ryan) Olson, Nathan (Lisa) Webb and Katie Webb and great-grandchildren, Norah and Ruby Hilton, Brynn Olson and Jamey Webb.

Doris received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Illinois State University. She retired from teaching in the Bushnell-Prairie City School District in 1990.

Doris was a member of the Methodist Church and several teachers’ groups and women’s clubs.

For several years, she and her husband were avid square dancers. Other hobbies included gardening, cooking, genealogy work and travelling. Doris was a trained National Red Cross volunteer, and she served in disaster-stricken areas, including Ground Zero.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the McDonough County Genealogical Society, Bushnell Historical Society or the Bushnell Swimming Pool.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Irene Smith

Irene Smith, 97, of Sciota, passed away at 8:28 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at St.Mary’s Hospital in Galesburg, Illinois.

Irene was born in Redding, Iowa, to Sydney and Florence (Goins) Guess, November 11, 1916. She graduated from business college, and worked in the Gentry County Bank, Albany, Missouri, where she met and married Marvin Smith. As he served in the Army in WW II, Irene worked in Washington, D.C., in the Department of Agriculture. After the war, they returned to the Midwest, where, in 1958, Marvin became manager of the Farmers Elevator in Sciota. Irene worked as bookkeeper, in the Elevator, and was a charter member of the Hospital Auxiliary and the Women’s Club of Good Hope. She was a strong supporter of the community over the years, actively participating in Meals on Wheels, the Senior Singers, her church, and other organizations.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, her husband, Marvin, in 1997, as well as two brothers: John Guess of Waterloo, Iowa, and Bill Guess of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

Surviving are her daughter, Cynthia Swartzloff, (John Sanders) of McHenry, Illinois; son, Charles Smith (Julie) of Boise, Idaho; and four grandchildren: Rob Swartzloff of Vernon Hills, Illinois; Todd Swartzloff (Julie) of Woodstock, Illinois; Catlyn and Keely Smith of Boise, Idaho, as well as three nieces: Karaleen Adkins, Kathleen York, and Marilyn McCoun, all of Missouri.

The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the community for the care and support extended to Irene over the past years.

Visitation with the family will be at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, in Macomb, from 4-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private graveside burial will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Albany, Missouri at a later time.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, please remember the McDonough District Hospital. 

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IN MEMORY OF:
Robert D. "Smokey" Weingartner

Robert D. "Smokey" Weingartner, 90, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Macomb, passed away on July 15, 2014 at Banner Gateway Hospital in Mesa.

He was born on November 22, 1923 in Macomb to Clyde H. and Catherine Easton Weingartner. He married Doris "Dodie" Goetz Glaza on August 22, 1968. She passed away in 1998.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Lisa Weingartner.

Smokey is survived by one daughter, Lori (Patrick) Hinkes of Mesa, Arizona; one son, Greg Weingartner of Fort Madison, Iowa; one step-daughter, Lori (Gary) Huckins of Mystic, Connecticut; two step-sons, Tim (Judy) Glaza of Mystic, Connecticut and Michael Glaza of Jupiter, Florida; two grandchildren, Nicole Hinkes and Ryan Hinkes and one brother, William E. Weingartner.

Smokey was an Army veteran serving during World War II. After the war, he worked for L.E. Myers and CIPS as a Journeyman Lineman. He owned and operated Weingartner Electric in Macomb for over thirty years. He moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1982, and then moved to Arizona City where he lived for 20 years. He returned to Macomb in 2005 for five years, and then moved back to Arizona in 2011.

He was a member of the Macomb American Legion Post 6, Macomb Country Club, Arizona City Moose Lodge, Arizona City Country Club and the Barbershop Quartet.

He loved to golf and loved to listen to music.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb with Reverend Wally Holt officiating. Full military rites will be conducted by the Macomb American Legion. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be made to the Macomb American Legion.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF:
J. Pat Spicer

J. Pat Spicer, 72, of Macomb, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014 at St. John’s Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born on July 3, 1942 in Fort Worth, Texas to Marion J. and Lucille Stroud Spicer. He married Pamela Cook Austin on March 1, 1973 in Dallas, Texas. She survives.

Also surviving are son, Adam (Heidi) Spicer of Pensacola, Florida; daughter, Susan (Fred) Lester of Macomb; step-daughter, Jennifer (Zane) Baird of Round Rock, Texas; step-son, Brian S. Austin of Bartonville; six grandchildren, Daniel Baird, Jordan Baird, Madeline Baird, Austin Baird, Samuel Baird and Lillian Lester and one sister, Deborah K. (Harvey) Ray of Durant, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sue Green.

Pat has lived in Macomb since 1982 where he was an Vocational Education Professor at Western Illinois University from 1982 to 2004. He also taught at Amarillo, Texas at Texas State Technical Institute.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Macomb. He also served in the National Guard. He served as a volunteer at the Nauvou Temple for ten years.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Church Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Macomb with Bishop Richard Thurman officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.

Memorials may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Martha Jeanne Shipman

Martha Jeanne Shipman, 76, of Blandinsville, passed away at 5:32 a.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014 at LaHarpe-Davier Healthcare Center in LaHarpe.

She was born on May 20, 1938 in Blandinsville to George, Sr. and Elizabeth Abbott Butterfield. She married Clifford Shipman on June 17, 1956 in Blandinsville. He survives.

Also surviving are her children, Valerie Shipman of Blandinsville, Pam Shipman of Blandinsville and Jeff Shipman of Blandinsville; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchhildren; one brother, George (Patsy) Butterfield, Jr. of Blandinsville; one sister, Beverly (paul) Anderson of LaHarpe and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Martha has lived in Blandinsville since 1962 where she was a member of the First Christian Church and Highway Lanes bowling league.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville with Reverend Gordan Blankenship officiating. Burial will be in the Webster Cemetery in Webster. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to Blandinsville Rescue Squad, MDH Home Healthcare or the Blandinsville Christian Church.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Vada A. Weaver

Vada A. Weaver, 90, of Roseville, formerly of Macomb, passed away at 8:13 a.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Roseville Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

She was born on August 9, 1923 in Colchester to Buzz and Ada Hendrix Hillyer. She married Wendell Weaver, Sr. on November 24, 1939. He passed away on February 5, 2010.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by four sons, Larry (Janet Erbsen of Colchester) Weaver of Plymouth, Garry (Linda) Weaver of Macomb, Jack (Frances) Weaver of Ocala, Florida and Wendell (Brenda) Weaver, Jr. of Industry; one daughter, Neva (Bob) Logan of Blandinsville; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Hazel Weaver of Macomb and several nieces and nephews.

Vada lived most of her life in Macomb before moving to Roseville. She was an active member in the Macomb Church of God, a member of the Co-Workers ladies group of the church, was a den mother for the Girl Scouts and was a member of the Flower and Garden Club in Colchester.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Macomb Church of God with Pastor Darrell Cardwell officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.

Memorials may be made to Macomb Church of God or Roseville Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Patricia Thom

Patricia Thom, 80, of Macomb, passed away at 9:22 p.m. Friday, July 4, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

She was born on October 8, 1933 in Chicago to Carl and Ruth Russell Helms. She married Myron Thom on July 31, 1954 in Chicago. He preceded he in death on December 30, 2000.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and her daughter-in-law, Michelle Thom.

She is survived by two sons, Charles of Oswego and Mark of Kinston, New Hampshire and three grandchildren, Sarah, Zackery and Gina Thom.

Patricia lived in Chicago until moving to Macomb in 1995. She was a graduate of Western Illinois University and DePaul University. She worked as an elementary school teacher teaching in the south suburbs of Chicago. She was a member of the Gamma Beta Epsilon National Geography Fraternity, was a band mother and past president of the PTA.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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