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IN MEMORY OF:
Beverly J. Hamm

Beverly J. Hamm, 82, of Macomb, went to be with her Savior at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.

She was born on July 22, 1933 in Macomb to William Clyde and Anna Margaret Goodridge Knowles. She married Perry Hamm, Jr. on September 8, 1951 in rural Macomb. He passed away on October 5, 2009.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Beverly is survived by three sons, Perry Hamm III of Macomb, Rex (Terry) Hamm of Macomb and Danny (Gisele) Hamm of Macomb; three daughters, Debbie (Tom) Dye of The Woodlands, Texas, Pam (Kevin) Hummel of Atlanta, Georgia and Roxanna (Monte) Mason of Blandinsville; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and four brothers, Frank (Carol) Knowles of Farmington, Iowa, Marion (Carolyn) Knowles of Colchester, Kenneth (Billie) Knowles of Texarkana, Arkansas and Henry (Carol) Knowles of Colchester.

She lived her early life in Colchester. Following her marriage she lived in Macomb. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Colchester. She had many friends and enjoyed her children and grandchildren. She had worked as a farm wife and she and her husband farmed together for many years. Her legacy was her love for her family and the Lord.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Jason and Abraham Hamm officiating.. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery with Pastor Dennis Clements officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Elms Nursing Home.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Robert Wear Allen

Robert Wear Allen, 87, of Macomb, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

He was born on May 23, 1928 in Bentley, Illinois the son of Ronald and Lois Wear Allen. He married Anne Gaw on November 19, 1953. She survives.

Also surviving are five children, Roger Allen of Evansville, Indiana, Lynn Marlowe of Macomb, Doug Allen of Mt. Sterling, Diane Meline of Macomb and Carol (Scott) Leonard of LaSalle; six grandchildren, Kayla (Derek) Switzer, Jaclyn Leonard, Jay Leonard, Kelsey (Austin Church) Meline, Erin Meline and Katie (Rainer) Warpenburg and three great-grandchildren, Garrik, Hagen and Tavin Warpenburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents , one son John David Allen in infancy, and two son in laws Rob Meline, and Doug Marlowe.

Robert lived all of his married life in Macomb. He worked as a carpenter at Western Illinois University from 1977-1998. He built many houses in Macomb from 1953 until 1974 with his father Ronald Allen, including the Western Illinois University President’s home and the gazebo in Chandler Park. Because of the fine quality of these houses, the local Realtors would use as a selling point that "This is an Allen Built House."

He was a member of the Carpenter’s Local # 237 in Peoria for over 51 years. Robert also taught the Apprenticeship Carpentry Classes for the union for several years. He was an Army veteran and served in the Army Reserve.

A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Wally Holt officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday January 18, 2016 at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of ashes will be held at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association or to McDonough District Hospital ER services.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Norma Jean Rouse

Norma Jean Rouse, 86, of Macomb, formerly of Adair, passed away at 12:48 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2016 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

She was born on September 14, 1929 in Hancock County to Leroy and Okla Fern McCreary Fuller. She married Clyde Rouse, Jr. on September 27, 1946. He passed away on November 7, 1978.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; three children, Earnest and Kevin Rouse and Carolyn Gooden; one sister, Lelia Bennett and one brother, Berlin Fuller.

Norma is survived by four sons, Roger (Dixie) Rouse of Macomb, Mike (Linda) Rouse of Prairie City, Larry Rouse of Adair and Terry (Kathy) Rouse of Macomb; one step-son, Ron (Naomi) Rouse of Good Hope; 17 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She lived her early life in Webster, Illinois and the rest of her life in McDonough County. She was a graduate of Fountain Green High School. She worked at Ready Foods in Bushnell and many years at NTN-Bowers before her retirement.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend A. Lee Unger officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.

Memorials may be made to the New Salem Fire and Rescue Department or the Elms Nursing Home.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Mary J. Kitchen

Mary J. Kitchen, 81, of Blandinsville, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Friday, January 1, 2016 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria.

She was born on March 22, 1934 in Chrisman to Victor and Alice Davis Wallace. She married Carroll "Jim" Kitchen on February 22, 1975. He survives.

Also surviving are sons, Robert Monroe and Russell Coates of Blandinsville and Bill (Lacey) Coates of Monticello, Minnesota; one daughter, Kalyn Coates Hainline of Blandinsville; two step-sons, Dean Kitchen of Albin, Texas and Gene Kitchen of Wareham, Massachusetts; two step-daughters, Susan Monroe of Blandinsville and Kimberly (Matt) Burford of Carthage; 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Daniel and Jeff Monroe; one brother, Norman Wallace and sister -in-law, Jo Anne; one sister, Vilma Petticrew and brother-in-law, Donald and one granddaughter, Stacey Phillips Hardy.

Mary was an avid reader and loved solving crossword puzzles. In the past she enjoyed the outdoors, bicycling, playing tennis and flower gardening. She and her husband enjoyed making wooden crafts together.

Mary was a very loving and caring lady where she was a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend where she welcomed all into her home.

Mary and her family would like to acknowledge and express their appreciation to the Blandinsville Rescue Squad.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville with Reverend Gordon Blankenship officiating.

Memorials may be made to Blandinsville Rescue Squad or the Blandinsville-Hire Library.

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

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IN MEMORY OF:
Violet E. Ellertson

Violet E. Ellertson, 93, of Macomb, Illinois, formerly of Aurora, Illinois and Diamondhead, Mississippi, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.

She was born on March 26, 1922 to Axel T. and Judith Nelson Swanson in Aurora, Illinois.

Violet graduated from West Aurora High School and Copley Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse prior to her marriage.

She married Dean "Diz" Ellertson on July 29, 1942. He preceded her in death on May 13, 2001.

She is survived by her daughter, Sue (Dave) Ruebush of Blandinsville, Illinois; her son, Dick (Sarah) Ellertson of Gardner, Kansas; two grandsons, Bob Ruebush and John (Jill) Ruebush; two great-granddaughters, Abby and Emma Ruebush and a sister, Jeanne Rogers of Tuscon, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

Graveside services will be held at a later date at the Helmer Cemetery in Helmer, Illinois. Cremation rites have been accorded. Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Maxine Greuel

Maxine Greuel, 96, of Macomb, formerly of Industry, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.

She was born on April 8, 1919 in Astoria to Dewey Perry and Alma Gruber Litchfield. She married Lloyd Greuel on April 20, 1938 in Davenport, Iowa. He passed away on October 26, 1979.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Janice Jo Greuel; one brother, Deane Litchfield and one sister, Mary Botts.

She is survived by three sons, Jere (Paula) Greuel of Industry, Joe (Annette) Greuel of Industry and Gene (Joyia) Greuel of Macomb; grandchildren, Amanda (Mark) Behymer, Levi (Kathryn) Greuel, Nathan (Mallory) Greuel, Scott Greuel, Craig Greuel, Andrew Greuel and Austin (Michelle) Greuel; great-grandchildren, Addyson Behymer, Emery Behymer, Carter Greuel, Annie Greuel, Brooks Greuel, Chase Greuel, Harper Greuel, Reid Greuel, Ethan Greuel, Aaron Greuel and the eleventh great-grandbaby is due in January; sister, Millie Beans of Vermont; two brothers, Maurice (Georgia) Litchfield of Industry and Marshall (Joyce) Litchfield of Macomb; sister-in-law, Hiroko Greuel of Industry and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Maxine lived all of her married life in Industry before moving to Wesley Village in 2011. She was a member of the Industry United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Industry Women’s Club and the WCTU. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, having a clean house and was a loving baby sitter to her grandchildren. She could refinish and re-upholster furniture and was famous for her noodles.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Industry United Methodist Church with Reverend Steve Granadosin officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Industry Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to either the Industry United Methodist Church, Wesley Village or MDH Hospice.

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

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Ida E. "Polly" Fowler

Ida E. "Polly" Fowler, 85, of Macomb, formerly of Good Hope, passed away at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, December 27, 2015 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.

She was born
May 16, 1930 in Clare, Louisiana to Norman Preston and Nelie Cordelia Speight Ferguson. She married Ralph Fowler on October 11, 1952. He passed away on October 22, 2013.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Norman, Eldry, Waymon, Robert Ferguson and one sister, Edith Cook.

Ida is survived by two daughters, Pamela Clark of Macomb and Patricia (Robert) Lee of Blue Springs, Missouri; two sons, Larry Fowler of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Joseph (Brenda) Fowler of Dimmitt, Texas; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Willie (Marcele) Ferguson and three sisters, Lavern Langton, Nell (Herman) Martinez and Ruth Westfall.

She lived in Colchester, Lewiston, Macomb, Blandinsville and Good Hope before moving back to Macomb.

She worked for the telephone company in Lousiana, was a school cook for Northwestern School District, and had worked for NTN Bower and Zeta. She and her husband were a team on the farm, she had a large garden, did the household chores, raised her family, and was always able to calm even the fussiest babies.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Colchester where she was very active. She very much loved the Lord. She enjoyed her time at the Elms ,where she sang and filled people with joy and laughter.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Colchester with Reverend Dennis Clements officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Colchester or the Alzheimer’s Association. 

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IN MEMORY OF: 
Steven Michael Wickert

Steven Michael Wickert, 36, of Tempe, Arizona, formerly of Ipava, passed away at 12:21 a.m. Friday, December 11, 2015 at Banner University Medical Center in Tuscon, Arizona.

He was born on May 24, 1979 in Macomb to Michael and Susan Coons Wickert.

He is survived by his parents, Michael and Susan Wickert of Macomb, two sisters, Tammy (Jon) Corkery of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Crystal Soule of Macomb; maternal grandmother, Barbara Coons of Abingdon; paternal grandmother, Patricia Calvert of Rushville; nephew, Braylon Soule of Macomb; niece, Arianna Soule of Macomb and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Glenn Coons; paternal grandfather, Don Wickert and one aunt, Glenna West.

Steven was a graduate of VIT High School in Table Grove. He was member of the Arizona National Guard entering in 2007. He was a member of the Bushmasters HHC1 158th Infantry in Phoenix, Arizona obtaining the rank of E-7 Sergeant. Steven worked as an electrician in the Tuscon area.

He enjoyed playing his guitar, singing, hiking outdoors, and spending time with his dog.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the Ipava Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, December 28, 2015 at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.

Memorials may be made to the Steven Wickert Memorial Fund to be used for the Gemini Mission Church Camp.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Dennis E. Cramer

Dennis E. Cramer, age 62, of Blandinsville, Illinois, passed away at 3:05 P.M. on Tuesday, December 15, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He was born in Macomb, Illinois on April 15, 1953, the son of Dallas and Audrey George Cramer. He married Becky Holtkamp on April 5,1975 in West Point, Iowa. She survives.

He is also survived by one son Ryan Cramer of Blandinsville, one daughter Kimberly (Scott) Harrison of Augusta, three grandchildren Dallas Cramer of Blandinsville , Kameron Cramer of Colchester, and Adalyn Harrison of Augusta, and one sister Linda (Kevin) Fugate of Russellville, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son D. Eric Cramer, and one sister Ruth Cramer in infancy. .

Dennis had lived all of his life in the Blandinsville area. He had worked for 38 years as the Office Manager for Woodrums Inc. in Macomb. He retired in 2014. He was a member of the Blandinsville First Christian Church, where he had served as an Elder for many years. Dennis was an avid quail and deer hunter and raised Llewellin Setter hunting dogs. He trained "Lucy" who was a past field champion. He was also an exceptional amateur photographer.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Blandinsville First Christian Church, Rev. Gordon Blankenship will officiate. Burial will be at the Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville.

The family will meet with friends on Friday, December 18, 2015 from 5:00p.m. until 7:00p.m. at the Blandinsville First Christian Church. Clugston – Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Blandinsville First Christian Church. 

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IN MEMORY OF:
Maxine L. Noper

Maxine L. Noper, 94, of rural Macomb, passed away at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.

She was born on October 12, 1921 in Scotland Township, McDonough County to Roy and Ettie Martin Woolam. She married George Noper on February 1, 1940 in Kahoka, Missouri. He passed away on January 16, 2012.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Nellie Uddberg, Cora Myers, Zelma Holmes, Lenora DeCounter and Dorothy Lescher and two brothers, Elmo Woolam and Lloyd Woolam.

Maxine is survived by two daughters, Carole (Harvey) Provine of Macomb and Janie (Mike) Gillenwater of Dalton City, Illinois; three grandchildren, Ann (Scott) Mellinger, Katie Gillenwater and Sara (Mike) Shea; two great-grandsons, Kelan Shea and Emmett Shea and one sister, Dora Mae Leonard of Macomb.

Maxine lived all of her life in the Macomb area. She was a former member of the Prairie Hill Club, Home Extension and the Ebenezer Church Women’s Circle. She and her husband, George wintered in Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2015 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Pastor Ted Shirley officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Good Hope Cemetery in Good Hope.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Research.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Jerry Gene Sikes

Jerry Gene Sikes, 75, of Macomb, passed away at 8 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2015 at his residence.

He was born on July 22, 1940 in Bardolph to Howard and VanEssa (Patton) Sikes. He married Juanita Boyd on May 24, 1989 in Macomb.

Surviving are his wife, Juanita May (Boyd) Sikes of Macomb; children, Donald (Patti) Sikes of Industry, Penny (Mike) Banks of Macomb, Ron (Kathy) Sikes of Macomb, Angela (Richard) Alterescu of Macomb, Shauna (Kevin) Birdsell of Bushnell and Jeff (Jen) Taylor of St. Louis; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Allen (Arleta) Sikes and Merle (Bonnie) Sikes and a sister-in-law, Cathy Sikes.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Imon Sikes.

He worked at his father’s corn sheller in Bardolph and then at NTN Bowers for 34 years, retiring in 2002.

He enjoyed being surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed camping fishing and wood working.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a visitation open house on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 2 to 5 p.m. at his home at 1607 East Murray, Macomb.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Illinois Cancer Care.

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

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IN MEMORY OF:
Martha L. Ambrosius

Angels in heaven are rejoicing today as a new angel, Martha L. Ambrosius, dances into the gates of heaven at the age of 87 after passing away Wesley Village on December 6, 2015 at 7:40 p.m.

Martha was born on February 5, 1928 to James Arthur and Zelma Faler Gillette. She was raised in New Philadelphia and graduated from Bushnell High School. She married Lyle Duane Ambrosius in 1947 who preceded her in death on May 2, 2012.

She was also preceded by her parents, two children in infancy, brother Richard Gillette and two brother-in-laws.

Martha was a GTE telephone operator for 33 years, active in IBEW Local #51, a lifetime member of the VFW, a past member of the American Legion, BPW, and active in many volunteer organizations.

Martha is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Sue (Gary) Ellis of Delavan; two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters Patricia Grime and Beverly Tatham of Macomb and one brother, Robert (Elizabeth) Gillette of Danville, Iowa.

Martha had a contagious smile, a great sense of humor , and a genuine laugh enjoyed by all. She used and enjoyed them constantly. If you could not laugh around Martha, you could not laugh at all. She was/is loved and will be missed by all.

The family extends special thanks to the loyal and caring staff at Wesley Village for their genuine care of Martha over the last several years and McDonough District Hospital Hospice for their care over the last week.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 11, 2015 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Robert Greene officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials may be made to Wesley Village.

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IN MEMORY OF:
Donald W. "Bill" Griffin

Donald W. "Bill" Griffin, Professor Emeritus at WIU, 82, of Macomb, passed away at 1:00 a.m. Friday, November 27, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on September 26, 1933 in Princeton, Il. to Daniel Verne and Ruth Shepard Griffin. He married Mary Ann Butler on June 10, 1956 in Bloomington. She survives as does a son, Mitchell and his wife, Becky Griffin of Portland, Oregon, a daughter, Vanessa K. Griffin of Macomb, three grandsons, one granddaughter, two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Yale William Griffin.

Bill was raised in Sheffield, Il. and received a BS and MS degrees from Illinois State University and his PhD. from Clark University in Worcester, MA.

He was a US Army veteran; training officer in the US Department of Commerce, Washington, DC; an instructor of geography at Rhode Island College; senior planner in the Worcester City Planning Department; an assistant professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles; professor of geography and director of the Institute for Regional, Rural and Community Studies, Western Illinois University; and a member and secretary for the University Board of Trustees.

His teaching and research interests were community and regional planning and development, environment assessment, navigation improvements on the upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers, and the Hennepin Canal. In addition, he and his wife collaborated on a number of historic document studies for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District.

He was a member of Compassionate Friends in Macomb and he and Mary Ann were instrumental in building the Serenity Trail north of Veterans Park.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the Macomb Country Club with WIU President Jack Thomas, John Hallwas, Professor Emeritus, author and local historian, Bill’s best friend, Larry Lattin and Roger Viadero, Director of Environmental Studies presiding over the ceremony. Please arrive at the Country Club by 1:00 p.m.

Burial of ashes will be held in the Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Fund, Western Illinois University.

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

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