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IN MEMORY OF:
Max C. Foster

Max C. Foster, 91, of Macomb, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.

He was born on December 29, 1923 in Macomb to Marshall C. and Dorothy Clugston Foster. He married Norma J. Stinson on April 2, 1949. She passed away on March 31, 2000.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Mitchell Foster and Brian Foster; one daughter, Debra Martin and two brothers, Donald Foster and Irvin Foster.

He is survived by three brothers, Ben (Donna) Foster of Springfield, Jerry (Jean) Foster of Springfield and Robert (Debra) Foster of Elkhart, Indiana; two sisters, Marcia (Donald) Adams of Macomb and Janice (Keith) Webb of Beeville, Texas; three grandchildren, Shannon (Jerimiah) Sargent, Matthew (Monika) Foster and Rachel (Andrew) Davidson; four great-grandchildren, Danielle Sargent, Caleb, Elijah and Gabriel Davidson, several nieces and nephews, and 2 sister-in-laws Helen Foster and Ruby Foster.

Max lived in Anderson, Indiana, Bloomington, Illinois, Quincy, Illinois and Minneapolis, Minnesota before moving to Macomb in 1963. He worked as an accountant at Western Illinois University for many years.

Max was a Navy Veteran serving from 1943 to 1946.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.

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

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IN MEMORY OF:
Richard Charles Lawyer

Richard Charles Lawyer, 90, of Macomb, passed away at 4:08 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.

He was born on February 17, 1925 in Moline, Illinois to Ralph and Pauline Halliburton Lawyer. He married the love of his life, his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Jean Barron Lawyer. She passed away in 1997. He later married the lovely lady who shared his later years, Louise Lawyer. She passed away in 2009.

He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Richard is survived by four daughters, Sherry (Tom) Collins of Center Point, Texas, Shirley Miles of April Sound, Texas, Kathy (Dan) Daniels of Rockport, Texas and Patty (Summer Vincak) Lawyer of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He lived his early life in Macomb, most of his life in Texas before moving back to Macomb in 1997.

He was a US Army Air Corps veteran entering into the Cadet Pilot Training Program in 1943. He was a member of the Army Air Corps 11th Combat Cargo 513th Troop Carrier group. He flew many missions over the Himalayan Mountains (they called it the Hump) and was given the Chinese Air Medal presented personally to him by General Chiang Kai-shek.

He was a member of the Macomb American Legion, the Macomb Elks Lodge and the Hump Pilot’s Club.

He will be missed by all of his friends who gathered on his front porch.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no local services. Full military services will be conducted at the Fort Sam Houston National Military Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas at a later date.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donors choice or the Disabled American Veterans.

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

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IN MEMORY OF:
Dorla Woodruff Strode

Dorla Woodruff Strode, a native of Industry Township, Illinois, d ied on December 1, 2014 in Sequim, Washington, where she had lived since 2013. She was 93.

Dorla Woodruff was born on June 26, 1921, at the home of Goldie and John Woodruff in Industry Township, Illinois.

She was married to Eldon Haney Strode on June 14, 1942. They were together 59 years. He preceded her in death in 2001.

They moved in 1945 from Illinois to Silt,Colorado, where they started ranching. In 1952, they moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where they lived until 1981, when they retired to Wickenburg, Arizona. She moved back to Glenwood Springs in 2010 to be with her daughter’s family.

In Glenwood Springs, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She also was active in the United Methodist Women as an officer and member for many years. The organization participated in mission work helping women and children. She also was active in 4-H activities in Garfield County.

She is survived by three children, Richard (Lisa) Strode of Phoenix, Arizona, Dixie McClenahan (Bill Beerman) of Sequim, Washington, and Dale Strode of Aspen, Colorado; seven grandchildren, Jody Kelso (Jay), Kris Flores (Tony), Kendra Strode, Shana Strode, Sherri McClenahan, Rick (Kelly) McClenahan, and Tracy Strode; five great-grandchildren and a twin sister, Doris Padgett Morris of Macomb.

Dorla Strode was a kind, caring, giving person who was always eager to host relatives and friends at the Colorado ranch. A loving mother and grandmother, she enjoyed crocheting, and she was an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast until her final days.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Vermont Christian Church.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, box 9601, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.

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

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IN MEMORY OF:
Aubrey Virgil Pratte, Jr.

Aubrey Virgil Pratte, Jr., 74, of Industry, passed away at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 5, 2015, peacefully at home.

Aubrey was born on November 17, 1940 in Flat River, Missouri, the son of the late Aubrey V. Pratte, Sr. and Lucille (Winch) Pratte. His family moved to Martinsville, Indiana when he was 7. He attended school in Martinsville and then Indianapolis. He married his high school sweetheart, Lynda James on July 27, 1963 in Indianapolis.

He was transferred by his company to the Chicago area in 1974 as Corporate Manager of Inventory Control. Aubrey was the former owner and operator of K.I.S.S. Photography in Aurora.

Aubrey retired from Geneva Township as the Assessor in 2010. He had 25 years as a Real Estate Appraiser.

He was actively involved with the Republican National Committee since 1965.

After retirement they moved to Industry, Illinois to be near their grandchildren. Aubrey was an avid nature lover. He enjoyed hiking, birdwatching, photography and reading. He spent many joyous hours with his grandchildren.

Aubrey is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Lynda of Industry; his son, Donald of Indianapolis, Indiana; his daughter, Julia Frankhauser (Christopher) of Bushnell; his 3 grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Jacob and Chloe, and many other family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Arbra Lue Dyer.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Bushnell City Cemetery.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Illinois Cancer Care Foundation, 8940 North Wood Sage Road, Peoria, Illinois, 61615.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Nancy Jane Thrapp

Nancy Jane Thrapp, 85, of Blandinsville, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born on December 16, 1929 in Galva to Frank Otto and Ethel Roberta Hainline Heflin. She married Gerald Thrapp, Sr. on January 1, 1948 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He passed away on June 21, 2012.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Patsy Thrapp; great-grandson, Riley Thrapp, one brother John Heflin and two daughters-in-law, Peggy Thrapp and Sherry Thrapp.

She is survived by five sons, Gerald (Kris) Thrapp, Jr. of Macomb, Terry (Kay) Thrapp of Eucha ,Oklahoma, Paul (Kate Moore) Thrapp of Wright City, Missouri, Michael Thrapp of Blandinsville and Steven "Buck" Thrapp of Blandinsville; one daughter, Vicki (Dan) Fogle of Cresten, Iowa; 18 grandchildren, including Sidney (Amie) Thrapp whom she raised; 32 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; 5 foster children; several foster grandchildren; one brother Frank Heflin and one sister Rachel Flynn.

Nancy lived most of her life in Blandinsville. She was a homemaker and a partner in Thrapp Motor Company. She also worked at the Holiday Inn in Macomb. She was also a member of the Rebecca Lodge.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville. Rev. Gordon Blankenship and Rev. Bob Tillman will officiate.
The Rebekah Lodge will conduct services at 11. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Private burial of ashes will be in the Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville at a later date. Memorials may be made to Blandinsville Hire Library, Blandinsville Kids Who Care, or Nancy Thrapp Memorial Fund.

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Kenneth Cooper

Kenneth Cooper, 47, of Blandinsville, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

He was born on January 17, 1968 in Galesburg to Danny and Mary Josephine Nichols Cooper. He married Jennifer Wherley on May 17, 2003 in Ipava. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother and step-father, Mary Jo (Paul) Hasley of Galesburg; father and step-mother, Danny (Faye) Cooper of Galesburg; children, Cody (Jacque Hall) Cooper of Wataga, Kursti Cooper of Galesburg, Colton Cooper of Knoxville, Jacob Cooper of Dahinda, Lillian Cooper of Blandinsville and Evan Cooper of Blandinsville; five grandchildren, Keerah Cooper, Kacen Cooper, Karver Cooper, Justin Ervin and Gavin Ervin; brothers and sisters, Tangee (Pat) Frazier of Quincy, Crystal (Joel) Emerich of Maricopa, Arizona, Jollene Cooper of Galesburg and Kelli (Jeff McFadden) Cooper
of Galesburg and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Marlene Cooper and his grandparents.

He lived in Colchester and Blandinsville. He was a Navy veteran serving from 1985 to 1988. He was a Direct Support Staff for Mosaic. He loved his job and worked there for many years. He also enjoyed fishing.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville with Pastor Wally Holt officiating. Burial will be in Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville.

Memorials may be made to the Kenneth Cooper Memorial Fund.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Charles Hurt, Jr.

Charles Hurt, Jr. 58, of 1106 Madelyn Avenue, Macomb, passed away at 6:54 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on January 11, 1957 in Hancock County, Illinois to Charles, Sr. and Doris Welch Hurt.

He is survived by five brothers, Robert Hurt of Rushville, Gary Hurt of Plymouth, Jim (Deb) Hurt of Augusta, Larry (Rebecca) Hurt of Oxnard, California and Bill Hurt of Colchester; two sisters, Linda Hurt of Rushville and Nancy Smith of Plymouth and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Charles lived most of his life in McDonough County. He worked as a laborer for Bridgeway.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015 at West Point Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

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

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Roger Lee Doney

Roger Lee Doney, 71, of Peoria, passed away at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on March 21, 1944 in Macomb to Ralph and Evelyn I. Kreps Doney.

He is survived by three brothers, Richard (Mary) Doney of Monticello, California, Lewis (Louise) Doney of Galesburg and Dennis (Myrna) Doney of Las Vegas, Nevada; one niece; three nephews; two great-nephews; three great-nieces; several step-nephews; several step-nieces and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph; mother, Evelyn and his grandparents.

Roger lived his early life in Macomb and has lived in Peoria since he was seventeen.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.
Pastor David Hughes officiating after the day and time of services. There will be no visitation.

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

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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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