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IN MEMORY OF:
Paul L. Evertson

Paul L. Evertson, 87, of Macomb, passed away at 10:35 p.m. Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.

He was born on November 30, 1926 in Knox City, Missouri to Archie and Lela Sanders Evertson.

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

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

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IN MEMORY OF:
Jeffrey Marc Kadet

Jeffrey Marc Kadet, 67, of Macomb, passed away at 8:41 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on May 19, 1947 in Needham, Massachusetts.

He is survived by many special friends including Stephanie Bonds, Michael Bornkamp, Darryl Roberts, Tom DePauw, Frank Merrill, Renee Runkle, Lester Johnson, Douglas Curran, Peter Knezevich, the Patrie family and his special kitty, Bonnie.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jeffrey worked in sales and was the owner of TV Guide Specialists for many years. He has lived in Macomb since 1983.

He was a world renowned DXer and a ameteur ham radio operator. K1MOD was his ameteur radio call sign.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 1, 2014 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Ron Green officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to My Matthew’s House Animal Shelter in Carthage, Illinois.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Donna Rae Norton

Donna Rae Norton, 77, of rural Macomb, passed away, surrounded by her family at 8:35 p.m. Friday, November 21, 2014 at Kindred Hospital in Peoria.

She was born on June 21, 1937 in Jacksonville to Milton and Olive McNeely Morris. She married Raymond "Junior" Norton on October 27, 1956 in Quincy. He passed away on October 29, 2011.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by one daughter, Terri Coplan of Macomb; one son Tim (Bobbi) Norton of Macomb; six grandchildren, Zachary (Rachel) Coplan, Elizabeth Coplan, Courtney (Karri) Norton, Jasmine Norton, Audrey Norton and Eben (Katelyn) Norton and three great-grandchildren, Kynli Norton, Kyler Norton and Ella Hare.

Donna and Ray built their cabin in Camden with the loving help of family and friends. They loved the Camden area and their farm.

Donna was a member of the First Christian Church in Macomb and the Camden Card Club. She also volunteered at the Rushville Museum. Donna was a former board member for Camden Township.

Memorials may be made to the Camden United Methodist Church, St. Jude’s OSF in Peoria or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Clugston -Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Dixie Croxton officiating. Burial will be at the West Cemetery in Camden. The family will meet with friends from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the funeral home.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Judith A. Lawyer

Judith A. Lawyer, 75, of Adair, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.

She was born on September 6, 1939 in Macomb to Cecil and Marie McElvain Beatty. She married Glen V. Lawyer on November 27, 1960 in Adair. He passed away on December 21, 2004.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by one son, Scott (Gwen Hillyer) Lawyer of rural Adair; two grandsons, Kal and Kolt Lawyer of rural Adair and one aunt, Suzanna Yocum of Prairie City.

Judy was a 1957 graduate of Macomb High School and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University in 1960. She taught Elementary Education in Beardstown, Ft. Stewart, Georgia, Adair and Macomb.

She lived all of her adult life in the Adair area.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Wally Holt officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pennington Point Cemetery west of Adair.

Memorials may be made to the New Salem Fire and Rescue Department or the National Multiple Sclerosis Association.

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Murry Newton Allen

Murry Newton Allen, 84, of Macomb, formerly of Blandinsville, pased away at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

He was born on February 9, 1930 in Blandinsville to Lawrence and Iona Bixler Allen. He married Mary Lou Harding on March 24, 1957 in Memphis Missouri. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Mark (Christine) Allen of Macomb; one sister, Evelyn Hainline of Blandinsville; four brothers, Jack (Diane) Allen of Reno, Nevada, Jeri (Carol) Allen of Tempe, Arizona, Macks Allen of Blandinsville and Carl (Lynn) Allen of Blandinsville and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Matthew Allen; one sister, Arlene Simpson and one brother, Lawrence Allen.

Murry lived in Blandinsville until 1960 when he moved to Phoenix, Arizona. He moved back to Illinois in 1989 and returned to Arizona in 2002. He moved to Macomb in 2006.

He worked as a manager for Motorola for 35 years.

He was a member of the Blandinsville Christian Church and attended the Maple Avenue Christian Church after he moved to Macomb. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Blandinsville Christian Church with Reverends Donnie Case and A. Lee Unger officiating. There will be no visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be made to the Blandinsville Christian Church or the Maple Avenue Christian Church Building Fund.

Clugston Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Ellen I. Willey

Ellen I. Willey, age 95, passed away on Thursday, October 30,2014 at 2:53 A.M. at Blu-Fountain Manor in Godfrey, Illinois.

She was born on December 2, 1918 in Schuyler County, Illinois the daughter of Ty and Alta Lashbrook Willey.

She is survived by one sister, Irma Muelder of Edmund, Oklahoma, two nephews, Bill Roe of Godfrey, Illinois, and Dan Roe of Springfield, Illinois, additional nieces and nephews also survive.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather Gates Yoho, two brothers Alvin and Austin Willey, two sisters Velma Bauermeister and LeVetta Roe, and two brother-in-law’s Charles Roe and Charles Muelder.

Ellen lived most of her life in Aurora, Illinois. She enjoyed a long career as a beautician. She later retired as a devoted employee of the City of Aurora. However she was most proud of the time she spent working for the U.S. Government in the shipyards of San Francisco, California, during World War II.

Funeral services will be Saturday, November 1,2014 at 1:30 P.M. at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Scott Jones will officiate. Burial will be at the Industry Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. 

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IN MEMORY OF:
Wanda Hammond

Wanda Hammond passed away on October 17, 2014 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb, Illinois.

Wanda was born July 1, 1918 at Holmes Hospital in Macomb to Orville O. and Clara Westlake Herndon of Adair. She graduated from Adair High School, attended MacMurry College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and received her RN at the University of Iowa, specializing in psychiatric nursing.

Wanda married Army Lieutenant John A. Hammond of Table Grove on July 21, 1943 in Galesburg. After WWII, they lived briefly in Macomb and then moved to the Hammond family farm between Adair and Table Grove where they lived together until John’s death in 1997.

Wanda served on the first Board of Directors of the McDonough District Hospital, assisted with with community blood bank collections and helped in preserving items of local historical interest such as the Adair bandstand.

An accomplished horsewoman, Wanda participated in her earlier years in five-gaited competitions, and later enjoyed more leisurely riding and harness activities. She was an avid photographer and, together with John, enjoyed antique and sports car events. They also shared an interest in antiques, and for several years restored and sold furniture and other items at Herndon & Co., located in the old Herndon Brothers Hardware store in Adair, which was built by her grandfather.

Wanda is survived by two sons, John H. (Karen) and Richard M. (Maureen), and three grandchildren, Kristin E., John D. and Bridgette C.Q. Hammond.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on October 30, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Interment will be at Pennington Point Cemetery with a private ceremony.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to McDonough District Hospital or the USO.

Cards may be sent to Wanda Hammond, P.O. Box 244, Table Grove, Illinois, 61482.

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Lonnie E. Long

Lonnie E. Long, 60, of Macomb, passed away at 6:44 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

He was born on October 13, 1954 in Macomb to Robert and Barbara Graves Long. He married Sharon Basca on August 15, 2004 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Barbara Long of rural Adair; one daughter, Tiffany (Justin) McGlamery of Monroe, North Carolina; two grandchildren, Colby Malone and Camden McGlamery of Monroe, North Carolina and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Long in 2013.

Lonnie lived in Quincy, the Phillipines for several years before returning to Macomb in 2004. He worked as an EMT in Quincy, the Phillipines and Macomb.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend David Long officiating. Burial will be in the Harris Cemetery west of Table Grove. There will be no visitation. Following the burial, there will be a light lunch at the Macomb VFW.

Memorials may be made to New Salem Fire Department or the McDonough County Animal Shelter.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Vera R. Vancil

Vera R. Vancil, 88, of Bushnell, formerly of rural Macomb, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Sunday October 5, 2014 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.

She was born on September 6, 1926 in Schulyer County to Vern and Edna Agans Diseron. She married Ivan Vancil on Deccember 24, 1944 in Rushville. He passed away on October 29, 2001.

She is also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Maurice, Donald and Russell Diseron.

She is survived by two sons, Cecil (Doris) Vancil of Bushnell and Paul (Jenny) Vancil of Prairie City; three grandchildren, Amy (Ryan Quivey) Walker of Burnside, Aaron (Tara) Vancil of Goddard, Kansas and Molly (Matt) Foster of Shulenburg, Texas; nine great-granddchildren, Colton and Carson Walker, McKenna, Harper, Hudson and Elliotte Vancil and Kade, Eli and Gretchyn Foster; one sister, Betty (Charles) Shelts of Rushville; two brothers, Wayne (Helen) Diseron of Rushville and Richard (Ruth) Diseron of Huntsville and two sisters-in-law, Karen Diseron of Rushville and Alberta Diseron of Macomb.

Vera has lived in McDonough County since 1967 and worked on the farm with her husband for many years. She worked for the Circuit Clerks office for 25 years.

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Wesley United Methodist Church with Reverend Dr. Howard White officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.

Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church.

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

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IN MEMORY OF:
Dr. Kenneth Epperson

Dr. Kenneth Epperson, 90, of 807 East Franklin, Macomb, passed away at Wesley Village Healthcare Center, on Thursday, October 2, 2014. One of the most well-known figures in Macomb, he made outstanding contributions at Western Illinois University and in the Macomb business community, and he had a wide circle of friends and admirers.

Ken was born in Hume, Illinois, on October 1, 1924, so he had very recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He was the son of Homer Lee Epperson and Sylvia Elliott Epperson, and he graduated from Newman High School, in Newman, Illinois, in 1942.

Ken received his Bachelor of Science in Education and Masters of Science in Education degrees from Western Illinois University in 1946 and 1952. During his undergraduate years, Ken earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and track; and he was the state pole vault and high jump champion, and took second place in the long jump. He also served as President of Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity and the Interfraternity Council. Very popular, he was also chosen as Campus Personality and as Homecoming King. Between completing his two WIU degrees, Ken served in the U.S. Air Force, 1946-1947, and he married Lorraine Barnhart, also a Western student, on April 15, 1949, at the First Christian Church in Blandinsville.

Ken was an Industrial Arts teacher and coach at Greenfield High School, 1947-1948; and Industrial Arts teacher and basketball coach at Macomb High School, 1948-1952; the principal at Blandinsville High School, 1952-1954, and then was the Superintendent of the Northwestern School District (now West Prairie) for five years. From 1959 to 1961, he was with the Office of the Illinois Superintendent of Public Instruction, as Assistant Director in the Division of Special Education.

Ken started his 22-year career with Western Illinois University in 1961, first as an Admissions Counselor in charge of High School Relations. During the 1960s WIU grew at a rate of 1,000 students per years. Soon widely known throughout the state, Ken was selected to head the Illinois Association of College Admissions Counselors in 1966. During this busy period, Ken also completed his doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Indiana University. That was awarded in 1969. Later, in the 1970s and early 1980s, Ken served as Western’s Director of University/Community College Relations. And he served as President of the Illinois Community College Association. He retired from WIU in 1983.

After his retirement, Ken joined his wife in real estate. They launched Century 21 Purdum-Epperson, Inc., in 1990, and it became a leading agency in western Illinois. During his business career, Ken received several production awards and was named Macomb Realtor of the Year.

During his many years in Macomb, Ken was a great follower of WIU Athletics, and he served as President of the WIU Leatherneck Club. He was also named to the WIU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. He also served on the WIU Performing Arts Board. Ken received the WIU Alumni Achievement Award in 1987.

His community leadership was also evident in many ways. He was, for example, President of SURS at WIU, and he served as a Spoon River College trustee for 12 years. He was also the Chairman of the McDonough County United Way for several years. He was on the Wesley Village Retirement Center Executive Board, and he served as well on the Macomb Planning Commision.

Ken was also a 50-year member of both the local Masonic Lodge and Macomb Kiwanis Club. He also held memberships in the Macomb Country Club, the American Legion, the First Presbyterian Church ( where he was a trustee), and the McDonough District Hospital Golden Apple Society. Earlier, Ken had also served as Chair of the Board for the Blandinsville Christian Church and Chair of the Board for the First Christian Church in Macomb.

Ken was also a talented woodcarver and sculptor. He carved the first Western Illinois University seal in 1974, in celebration of WIU’s 75th anniversary. That official seal is now housed in the Registrar’s Office. In other years he carved a number of smaller WIU seals, as presentation gifts for retiring adminstrators and faculty members. Ken also designed and carved the Western Illinois University Mace, which is carried and used at every commencement and at special academic events.

Ken was active with his wife Lorraine in many Macomb community, and WIU, efforts. Their recent large gift to the WIU Foundation, to close Western’s $60 million-dollar fundraising campaign, is one notable example. Ken and Lorraine received the Isaac and Ethel Leighty Community Award, given by the McDonough County United Way.

On a personal note, Ken was a great socializer, and he especially enjoyed golfing, dancing, and playing bridge. He was also devoted to the Epperson’s Sheltie dogs, Skipper I, II, and III.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine, nephew, Paul and Christine Epperson, sister-in-law, Roberta Epperson, and cousins, Sue Goetz, Steve Williams, and Bob Williams.

Visitation will be at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 6, 2014. The funeral service will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Mark Merrill officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held, immediately following the funeral, at the Macomb Country Club.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ken and Lorraine Epperson Scholarship Fund, at WIU (through the WIU Foundation) or the First Presbyterian Church.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Richard A. Andrighetti

Richard A. Andrighetti, 83, of rural Colchester, passed away at 8:41 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on September 6, 1931 in Pekin to Angelo and Alice Marie Maddalozzo Andrighetti. He married Donna K. Kelly on June 17, 1967 in Macomb. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Michael A.K. Andrighetti of Colchester; one sister, Almeda Kath of Nisswa, Minnesota; one foster daughter, Marsha Porter-Gillin of Staunton, Indiana; three foster grandchildren; four foster great-grandchildren and special friends of the heart, Ron and Marilyn Smith of Macomb.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Richard has lived in the Colchester area for 43 years. He worked as a pipe insulator retiring out of the Davenport Union.

He was an Army veteran serving from 1952 to 1954 in the Korean War. He was a member of the Jacksonville VFW and the Macomb American Legion.

He was an avid bowler at College City Bowl bowling in several leagues.

A special thanks to Darlene and all others at MDH Home Health Care, PAC Jeff Leon, Dr. Mueller and Dr. John Rashid.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at the Union Lennox Cemetery north of Roseville at 11 a.m. Friday, October 10, 2014. Full military rites will be conducted by the Macomb VFW and Macomb American Legion.

Memorials may be made to MDH Home Health Care.

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

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IN MEMORY OF:
Warren V. Wilson

Warren V. Wilson, 74, of rural Blandinsville, passed away peacefully at home on the evening of Thursday, September 18, 2014.

He was born and raised in Morning Sun, Iowa to parents Arthur Verne Wilson and Nellie Evelyn (Blanchard) Wilson. Like his father, he loved the outdoors--the timberland of rural Southeast Iowa and Lake Odessa. His passions were duck and goose hunting, trapping, boating, and water skiing.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Social Studies Education from Iowa Wesleyan College, a Masters Degree in English from Western Illinois University, and pursued a Ph.D. in English at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. He taught Literature and Composition for the Wapello, Iowa Community School District, Western Illinois University, Spoon River College, and Southeastern Community College, Burlington, Iowa.

He studied, taught, and loved American Literature, particularly works by William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, and Robert Penn Warren, and their words and ideas were woven into the fabric of his daily life, giving meaning to his world as he shared and taught, whether in a classroom or around the kitchen table. In the late 1970's, he became an avid lover of folk and "outlaw" country music, and Warren and Bev’s house on Pearl Street became a stopping place for local musicians. In 1983, they bought land north of Blandinsville, Illinois and devoted themselves to country living, rebuilding an old farm house, planting flowers and trees, and building a locally famous asparagus business. His legacy, together with Bev, was a home that was a gathering place for family, friends and neighbors. Warren’s parting comment to guests was always "Come back!" and they always did.

He is survived by his wife Beverly Braniff-Wilson of rural Blandinsville; his two sisters, Mary Evelyn Pankey of Mooresville, North Carolina and Janet Wilson of Nashville, Tennessee; two children, Jacque (Marshal) Wilson-Jordan of Macomb and Darren (Brenda Coulter) Wilson of Morning Sun, Iowa; two step-sons, Pat (Kathleen Hanrahan) Braniff of Forest Park, Illinois and Shawn (Kellee) Braniff of Sellersburg, Indiana; seven grandchildren and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved aunts and uncles.

Visitation will take place Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, 135 South Chestnut, Blandinsville, Illinois. A private burial service will follow. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be made to the Blandinsville Fire and Rescue Squad.

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