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IN MEMORY OF: 
Erma "Jean" Ellis

Erma "Jean" Ellis, 88, formerly of Avon, passed away at 4:15 a.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville.

She was born on October 10, 1926 in LaMoine Township, McDonough County to S.N. and Nola Gossage Heaney. She married John "Bill" Ellis at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa on December 23, 1950. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, John (Sandy) Ellis of Avon; one daughter, Karen (Jim) Smith of Adair; five grandchildren, Missy Smith Lillie, Tifanie Ellis Self, Amanda Smith, Sarah Ellis Koss and Lindsey Ellis Rogers; ten great-grandchildren, Taylor Colston, Whitney Koss, Cooper Self, Tanner Reneau, William Koss, Wyatt Self, Cameron Lillie, Ellis Rogers, Adrienne Rogers and Abel Rogers, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Betty Lee Jones.

Jean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, artist and farm wife. She owned and operated a decorative paint shop known as Jean’s Old House of Avon where she ran a gift shop and gave painting lessons. She and her husband, Bill enjoyed traveling. Jean loved books and was an avid reader.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Gary Elg officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.

Memorials may be made to the Knox County Nursing Home or Avon Fire Department.

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IN MEMORY OF:
William Donald "Bill" Henderson

William Donald "Bill" Henderson, born March 14, 1944, in Emmetsburg, Iowa, passed away on March 25, 2015, in Rochester, Minnesota. He was surrounded by family and his passing was peaceful and painless.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Virginia Henderson, of Independence, Iowa. He is survived by his wife Karen Henderson, his sisters Patricia Rhoads (husband Ken), Mary Ann Beatty (husband Mike), and Susan Jones (husband Brad), his children Andrew, Matthew (wife Kari) and Patrick Henderson (wife Cynthia Miller) and their mother Helen Kay Henderson, his step-children Sonja Lucas, Ryan Craddock, Robb Craddock (wife Lindsay Craddock), and his grandchildren Bruce, Molly, Fletcher, Anna, Reid, and Matilda.

As the son of a school superintendent, Bill grew up in a series of towns throughout Iowa. He was an overachiever during high school, lettering in three sports and serving as state-wide president for the Iowa student council. Like all good Iowans, he aspired to be a Hawkeye and matriculated to Iowa City (in his words, The Holy City) in 1962 for college followed immediately by law school, graduating from the University of Iowa in 1968. He went on to volunteer for the United States Army and served for 3 years as an intelligence officer. After separating honorably from the Army, he started his law career in Manassas, Virginia, where he worked in private practice. He returned to a career of public service upon moving to Macomb in 1974. He initially served as assistant State’s Attorney for McDonough County, then won the election for State’s Attorney in 1976. In 1979, he was appointed as an associate judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Illinois and held the position for seven years before being elected to the office of Circuit Court Judge in 1986. His judicial career spanned a total of 31 years, several of which were spent as Chief Justice.

For a man with an extensive career in such a somber profession, in his personal life Bill was very much a fun-loving, easy-going guy. He had a number of hobbies and interests, chief among them fly fishing. He traveled throughout the country in search of rising trout and was always on the lookout for a new addition to his collection of fly rods. He was a consummate book worm, a jazz aficionado, and a veteran foodie. When the weather wouldn’t cooperate with his plans for another fishing adventure he could always be found in the kitchen working his way through a Julia Child recipe or next to the fire with his nose in a novel as he listened to Dave Brubeck. While he was a Mid-Westerner through and through, he thought of New Orleans as his second home and was always planning his next trip to the Big Easy with Karen.

He was overjoyed with each new addition to the family and truly loved being a grandpa. He was a wonderful husband, father, and friend. He is loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Macomb with Father Jason Miller and Monsignor Richard Pricco officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Cremation rites will follow the services on Monday.

Memorials may be made to the Mayo Clinic Hematology.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Sharon Phelps

Sharon Phelps, 77, of Macomb, passed away peacefully with her son and dear friends of the family, Fred Combites and Kathy Bramer by her side.

She was born on February 16, 1938 in McDonough County to Samuel Marvin and Bonnie Gertrude Nichols Cook. She married David J. Phelps on January 8, 1961. He passed away on March 9, 2004.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Jim Cook and one sister, Sandra Powell.

She is survived by two sons, Marvin Phelps of Colchester and James Phelps of Quincy; grandchildren, Nick and McKenna Phelps and Heather (Ben) McDaniel Matthews and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sharon lived all of her life in Colchester. She clerked and cashiered for Jim Cook Auctioneer Company and later worked for Sargeant Western Store and Ayerco in Macomb.

She loved bingo, gambling and playing cards.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Clugston Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Jason Hamm officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.

Memorials may be made to the Sharon Phelps Memorial Fund.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Gerald A. Heaton

Gerald A. Heaton, 76, of Macomb, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield , surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born on August 22, 1938 in Scotland Township, McDonough County to Aaron and Fern Mershon Heaton. He married Esther M. Gibbs on August 29, 1959 in Macomb. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters and one son, Teresa M. (Kent) Nell of Colchester, Julie A. (Phil) Hodges of Plymouth, Melissa S. (Les) Waddill of Macomb and Chris G. (Angie) Heaton of Macomb; 8 grandchildren, Kristina Woodvine, Craig Waddill, Elizabeth Powell, Jennifer Hoke, and Jessica, Joshua, Jacqueline and Janell Heaton; 5 step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren , 3 brothers Marvin (Marcella) Heaton, Dwight (Toni) Heaton, Jerry (Sue) Heaton, and 1 sister Martha (Mac) McBride, 1 aunt Madelyn Olson, and 1 uncle Keith (Gwen) Heaton, and several nieces and nephews.

He has joined his granddaughter, Heather L. Roberts along with his parents and aunts and uncles in Heaven.

His Australian Red Heeler "Blondie" was his faithful companion and friend.

Gerald lived in McDonough County all of his life. He graduated from Bardolph High School. He was a grain farmer and avid livestock man until his retirement in 1997. He also worked for Chenoweth Implement, Moore Implement, Robert and Craig Rutledge and Sullivan Brothers Fertilizer and was grounds keeper and go to man at the McDonough County 4-H grounds. Gerald was a devoted supporter for 4-H and FFA with many adopted 4-H and FFA members that were considered his children and they knew him as "Grandpa".

He was awarded the Degree of Honory Chapter farmer on March 8, 1982 from the Macomb FFA Chapter and again on April 14, 2005 from the West Prairie FFA Chapter. In 2005, Gerald and Esther were given the McDonough County 4-H Humanitarian Award in Honor and Memory of their granddaughter, Heather L. Roberts.

Gerald was a loving and caring man and was first in line to have fun, tell a joke, instigate a prank and enjoyed giving nicknames to his family and friends. He enjoyed woodworking and the coffee group at Hy-Vee.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the 4-H Center in Macomb with Reverend Jim Richardson officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25,2015 at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in the Hutchinson Cemetery Southwest of Colchester.

Memorials may be made to West Prairie FFA Alumni, Adair Fire and Rescue or McDonough County Building Grounds.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Luella G. Clark

Luella G. Clark, age 97, a resident of the Clayburg Nursing Center in Cuba, Illinois and formerly of Blandinsville, passed away at 10:35 A.M. on Thursday at the nursing center. She was born on December 27, 1917 in McDonough County, Illinois near Blandinsville the daughter of William and Floy Mae Wheeler Mears. She married Eldon Clark on August 8, 1935. He preceded her in death on December 9, 1986.

She is survived by one son David (Judy) Clark of Newberry, South Carolina, seven grandchildren Bradley (Patricia) Clark, Brent (Hilda) Clark, Shawn Clark-McCue, Sonya Clark, Christina Clark Hardwicke, Julie Munson, John Zimmerman, 20 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren, and one daughter-in-law Eileen (John) Zimmerman of Cuba, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Howard Clark, three brothers and three sisters.

Luella had lived in the Blandinsville area most all of her life except for a short time in Middletown, Iowa and

Coal City, Illinois. She had worked as a telephone operator in Blandinsville and also at the LaHarpe Nursing Home for several years. She was a member of the Argyle Bible Church near Colchester.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville. Her son, Rev. David Clark will officiate. There will be no visitation. Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Gideons International. 

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IN MEMORY OF:
Angela D. Thornton

Angela D. Thornton, 50, of Macomb, passed away at 5:11 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

She was born on February 24, 1965 in Macomb to Jerry and Jill Humes Tilton. She married Russell Thornton on October 5, 1984 in Macomb. He survives.

Also surviving are her mother, Jill Sutton of Macomb; her father and step-mother, Jerry (Judy) Tilton of Vermont; one daughter, Kellie Thornton (fiancé, Dan Walters) of Burlington, Iowa; one son, Dustin J. "D.J." (Amber) Thornton of Macomb; two grandchildren, Avalynn and Bennett Thornton of Macomb; sister, Michelle (Jerry) Bannan of Washington; half-brother, Jeremy (Lindsay) Tilton of Ipava; half-sister, Gina Tilton of Vermont; step-brother, Chris Sutton of Macomb; two step-sisters, Rebecca (Chris) Anderton of Provo, Utah and Abigail (John) Wondrasek of Hainesville, Illinois; mother-in-law, Karen Garrett of Macomb; brother-in-law, Kelly (Rose) Thornton of Brighton, Colorado and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; one sister, Cassandra Comstock; step-father, Bob Sutton; step-father-in-law, Kenny Garrett and an uncle, Jay Humes.

Angela lived most of her life in Macomb. She worked as an LPN at several area nursing homes. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Macomb.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Mark Merrill officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Loaves and Fishes.

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

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IN MEMORY OF:
Bernard Allen

Bernard Allen, age 92, of Adair, Illinois, passed away at 4:37 P.M. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy Illinois.

He was born on August 28, 1922 in McDonough County, Illinois, the son of Roy and Cora Grimm Allen. He married Mabel Louise Heaton on December 31, 1948 in Industry, Illinois. She preceded him in death on September 21, 1995.

He is survived by one son, Roger (Patty) Allen of Hopkinsville, Kentucky; one daughter, Roberta DeMott of Adair, Illinois; four grandchildren, Michael Allen, Stephanie (James) Benson, Corri DeMott, Holly (Kevin) DeMott-McCord; six great-grandchildren, Destinee, Trinty, and Michael Jr. Allen, Alexis and Haylee Benson and Parker DeMott-McCord,
one sister, Beatrice Farr of Table Grove.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers, Burley Allen, Bayne Allen and Bill Allen, and three sisters, Beulah Russell, Bernita Branson, and Bernice McCormick.

Bernard served in the Army during World War II, following which he farmed all his life in New Salem Township. He was a member of the Table Grove American Legion, was a former member of the Farm Bureau, and he and his wife were active in the former Pennington Point Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Rev.Clayton Hentzel will officiate. The family will meet with friends from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb where full military rights will be conducted by the Macomb American Legion, Macomb VFW, and Table Grove American Legion. 

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IN MEMORY OF:
Fern A. (Allison) Wier

Fern A. (Allison) Wier, age 98, of Macomb, Illinois, and formerly of Carthage, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Macomb. She was born in McDonough County on July 19, 1916, the daughter of Caleb and Mamie Rather Allison. She married Floyd Wier on June 10, 1936, he preceded her in death in 1990.

Fern is survived by three children Alice (Ron) Haffner of Macomb, Hilda (Dave) Tanner of Petersburg, and Charles (Peg)Wier of Apache Junction, Arizona, 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 10 great- great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild to be born in May. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers Vincent Allison, Roland Allison, Charles Allison, and Vernon Allison and three sisters, Phyllis Lefler, Gladys Dennis, and Pearl Hatcher.

Fern was a member of the Carthage United Methodist Church, a homemaker, hospital employee, and housekeeper. She enjoyed raising flowers, bird watching, reading, playing cards, and visiting with family. An excellent cook, Fern enjoyed preparing great meals for her family.

Funeral services will be held at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home on Saturday, March 7, at 2:00 P.M..Rev. Steven Smith will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. The family will meet with friends one hour before the time of service on Saturday. Memorials may be made to the Carthage United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society. 

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IN MEMORY OF:
Jack Bryan Self

Jack Bryan Self, 56, of Macomb, Illinois, lost his battle with cancer on Monday, March 2, 2015 in Macomb. He had his mother and daughter at his side, holding his hand.

Jack was born to Ralph and Beulah Harding Self on May 15, 1958 in Macomb, Illinois.

Jack is survived by his mother Beulah, daughter Amanda(Chris) Jones of Rushville, two granddaughters Liberty Ella Ann and Gracelyn Lela Marie, two grandsons Brandon and Dalton, three brothers Larry(Sandra) Self of Macomb, Gary (Shari) Self of Greenville, Alan (Kay) Self of Macomb, one sister Penny Self of Macomb, and many nieces and nephews whom he thought the world of and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with.

He was preceded in death by his father Ralph Self and sister Cathy Medaugh.

Jack enjoyed the wrestling team while attending Macomb High School. After graduation in 1976 he worked at WIU, Hardee’s and helped out local farmers. Jack lived in the Macomb area his entire life. Jack had epilepsy since early childhood but he never let it get in the way of working and having fun. He enjoyed mowing yards, delivering newspapers and helping out with construction. Jack was a member of the First Baptist Church of Colchester where he was baptized. In 1978 Jack met Nancy Danielson and they had a daughter Amanda Ella Jones. Jack enjoyed teaching Amanda and all her cousins how to catch and clean fish. Jack enjoyed teaching Amanda how to swim and go bow and arrow fishing at the Mississippi River where they spent almost every weekend. Jack enjoyed bicycling and rode his bicycle many miles in this county. Jack loved playing pool and made it to many tournaments with his skill. Jack was an avid NASCAR fan and followed Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. He collected NASCAR memorabilia and spent almost every race day with his Mom betting that Jeff Gordon would lose. Jack enjoyed deer hunting and bow hunting with his crossbow. Jack fiercely loved his grand babies and was always playing a game of peek-a-boo or horsey.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 1:30 P.M. at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.Rev. Darrell Cardwell will officiate. The family will meet with friends on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 5:30 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Clugston -Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Memorials may be made to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program. 

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IN MEMORY OF:
Estelene Mathias

Estelene Mathias, age 77, passed away at 12:35 a.m. on Saturday ,February 28,2015 at Grand Prairie Assisted Living in Macomb, Illinois.

She was born on May 17, 1937 in Bondurant, Iowa, the daughter of Otto and Opal McIntosh Stoll.

She married J. Marshall Mathias on October 26, 1962 in Bondurant, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband Marshall one son, Randy Mathias, of Bushnell, Illinois, one daughter, Becky Mathias of Bushnell, Illinois, two granddaughters, Kristina (Michael Forman) Green of Macomb and Amber (Lyman Jones) Green of Macomb, one grandson, Joshua Green of Macomb, one great-grandson J. Malachi Forman and one great-grandaughter Layla Forman of Macomb, one twin sister, Arlene (Eldon) Linn of Arlington, Virginia and many nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded by her parents, one daughter, Marcia Green, one son, Steven Mathias, and two brothers Lee Stoll and Roy Stoll.

Estelene was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Maple Ave. Chritian Church in Macomb. Estelene was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon on Thursday,March 5,2015 at the Clugston -Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Rev. Donnie Case will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mosaic in Macomb. 

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IN MEMORY OF:
Glen L. Vance

Glen L. Vance, age 98, passed away at 12:05 A.M. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb. He was born on July 18, 1916 near Denver Illinois, the son of Joseph A. and Ruth Duffy Vance. He married Martha Willis on July 28, 1939 in Carthage, Illinois. She preceded him in death on September 29, 2010.

He is survived by three daughters Evelyn McEvoy of St. Louis, Missouri, Mary Ann Anthony of Batavia, Illinois, and Susan Specht of Macomb, Illinois, one son Jerry Vance of Macomb, several grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, and one sister Anna Mae (Laverne )Mitchell of Carthage Illinois. He was preceded in death by his wife Martha, his parents, a daughter Ruth Elaine Vance, and infant son, and one sister Margareet Coulter.

Glen was a graduate of Carthage High School and Carthage College. During World War II he taught four years in rural schools. He had worked for and with the agriculture sector all his life while serving on the Soil Conservation Board. He also served on the Colchester and Macomb School Boards and the Macomb Production Credit Board for 25 years. He worked as manager in the livestock feed supplement business over 20 years and working in real estate his later years. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb. Glen enjoyed gardening and fishing and sharing the produce and fish with friends and neighbors.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Clugston- Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Rev. Dr. Howard White will officiate. Burial will be at the Harmony Cemetery near Carthage, Illinois. The family will meet with friends on Wednesday, one hour before the time of service. Memorials may be made to the MDH Hospice Program. 

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Norman E. Morrow

Norman E. Morrow, age 79, of rural Macomb, passed away at 9:31 P.M. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 12, 1935 in Macomb, Illinois the son of Wayne and Valera Plate Morrow. He married Marlene Everman on January 30, 1955 in Macomb.

He is survived by his wife Marlene, one son Bill Morrow of Macomb, one daughter Denise (Ross) Rogers of rural Macomb, five grandchildren, Misty (Denny)Wear, Dusty (Jeff) Turner, Garrett (Lindsey) Morrow, Conner Morrow, and Stephanie (Robin) Rogers-Clark, five great-grandchildren, Madison Wear, Mason Wear, Paisley Turner, Gracie Turner, and Ramon Clark, two brothers Philip Morrow of Macomb, and David (Kathy) Morrow of Macomb. He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson Brian Rogers, and one brother Leon Morrow.

Norman was a graduate of Bardolph High School and lived all his life in the rural Macomb area. He worked for 32 years at the Macomb Post Office from 1966 until 1998 during that time he also farmed, and he farmed for several more years following his retirement from the post office. Norman was a former board member at the Bardolph Methodist Church and was a former Bardolph School Board Member.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Rev.Rob Harrison will officiate. Burial will be at the Bardolph Cemetery.The family will meet with friends from 6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Clugston -Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Memorials may be made to the Brian Rogers Memorial Scholarship for the Macomb Scholastic Bowl, the MDH Hospice Program, or to the Adair Fire and Rescue Squad. 

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Roger N. Martin

Roger N. Martin, age 48, of California and formerly of Macomb, passed away on February 13, 2015 in Carizzo Springs, Texas.

He was born on February 24, 1966 in Colchester and grew up in Macomb. He is the son of Leroy and Janis F. Fosdyck Martin. He married Rose M. Moreau on August 4, 1993. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Janis Fosdyck of Decatur; 3 daughters, Jessica Martin of Denver, Colorado, Zahydie Martin of Denver and Jennifer (Mason) Vines of Havelock, North Carolina; 1 son, "RJ" Roger N. Martin, Jr. of Fillmore, California; one sister, Christina Baily of Decatur and two brothers, Hiram Martin and John Reedy both of Macomb.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Martin and one sister, Lora Martin.

He served in the Army from 1987 to 1991 where he was a cook. He was in active battle at some point during the Gulf War.

He moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands where he met and married Rose. They where married for 21 years. He had a big heart. He was always helping someone and worried more about others than himself. His number one priority was making sure the family had everything they needed and wanted.

Roger liked to watch movies in his free time. He enjoyed spending time with Rose. He loved country music. His favorite breakfast was Eggs Benedict. He had a very particular way that he liked things done. He enjoyed cooking. He was a phenomenal cook. He also baked the most perfect cakes and made great desserts. He was excited about his first grandchild to be born in May.

He worked for Sodexo Remote Sites. He joined the company in 1991 and was with them for nearly 24 years. He was in charge of the California teams as well as all of the land camps. He passed away at the Carrizo Springs land camp in Texas. He literally lived, breathed, and died for his company. He was loyal, dedicated and enthusiastic. His employees loved him. He treated everyone equally and made it known that he was no better then anyone else.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday , February 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Wally Holt officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. 

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