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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Eric M. Stiffler

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

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

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

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

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

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

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

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

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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James H. Starnes

James H. Starnes, 66, of Macomb, IL passed away on Monday, September 22, 2014.

He was born to Edward Starnes and Jeannette (Heckler) Starnes on February 1, 1948 in Evanston, IL.

Jim graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1966. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout from 1966 to 1971, where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He married Jeanne M. Miller in 1968 and they moved to Macomb, IL in 1973. They lived together in Macomb until they later divorced.

Jim met Rebecca Scheelk in the spring of 2008 and knew he had found his soul mate. They enjoyed an adventurous six years together, often taking off on long motorcycle rides and could regularly be seen cruising around with the Corvette Club. Jim was also known to spend long weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks on the boat enjoying a number of recreational water activities. In August, he hosted a Starnes family reunion where the entire family attended and enjoyed an amazing week together.

When Jim moved to Macomb in 1973, he took over the management of McDonough County Rehabilitation Center (MCRC) which was just a small county rehabilitation center that served approximately 10 people a year in Macomb and the surrounding communities. In 1993, the non-profit organization Bridgeway, Inc. was created with the merger of MCRC, Harrington Family Services and Spoon River Center. With Jim’s oversight, Bridgeway, Inc. has grown to currently serve over 10,000 people every year in approximately 30 offices in 16 counties throughout Illinois and southeastern Iowa.

Jim was very passionate about his work and served on numerous boards to be the voice for people who weren’t able to do it themselves. He sat on many state and national boards, including IARF, and ACCSES, advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. He was also very involved in the local community, participating in groups including The Macomb Rotary Club, and Maedco in an effort to make Macomb an even greater place to live.

Jim is survived by his parents, Edward and Jeannette (Heckler) Starnes of Waco, TX, fiancé Rebecca Scheelk of Macomb, IL, three children, Olivia (Damon) Gowdy of Bolingbrook, IL, Christopher Starnes of Camarillo, CA, and Michael Starnes, of Las Vegas, NV, three stepchildren, Benjamin Scheelk of Washington DC, Sam (Heather) Scheelk of Louisville, KY and Patrick Scheelk of Macomb, IL. He is also survived by a sister, Jeanne (Robert) Dizinno of San Antonio, TX and a niece Kathryn Hambleton of Washington DC.

The memorial service will be held at the Crossing Church on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10 a.m..

Jim wishes to be cremated and the family will make future plans for a private ceremony with his ashes.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or donation can be made in his name to Bridgeway, 900 S. Deer Road, Macomb, Illinois, 61455 or by contacting Luan Ippenson at 309-837-4876.

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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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Peggy L. Schultz

Peggy L. Schultz, 87, of Rushville, formerly of Industry and Colchester, passed away at 11 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Snyders Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.

She was born on February 19, 1927 in McDonough County to Elmer and Ruby Williams Martin. She married Joseph "Jim" Schultz on March 19, 1943. He passed away on November 30, 2002.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Arthur James Schultz and Roy "Steven" Schultz; one brother, Arthur Duane Martin and one son-in-law, Dean Williams.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty Williams of Industry and Linda (Willie) McCoy of Sciota; one son, Scott Schultz of Industry; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Peggy lived most of her married life in Colchester before moving to Industry. She worked for King-Sealy and owned a restaurant in Colchester from 1951 to 1955. She also did volunteer work for the Salvation Army.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Reverend Willie McCoy officiating. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Fund or Alzheimers Association.

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

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Elizabeth A. Shields

Elizabeth A. Shields, 84, of 1307 Meadlowlark Lane, Macomb, passed away at 5:40 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

She was born on May 3, 1930 in Blandinsville to Ofal and Bessie Bayliss Marlow.

She is survived by one daughter, Sheryl (Catherine) Shields of Galesburg; one son; Mark (Judy) Shields of Bella Vista, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Tawny Matthews of Blandinsville and Autumn (Chaim) McGuire of Macomb; five great-grandchildren, Dalton and Lexie Matthews of Blandinsville and Maura, Miles and Mikko McGuire of Macomb and one daughter-in-law, Anita Shields of Macomb.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers in infancy; two sisters and one brother.

Elizabeth lived her early life in Blandinsville before moving to Macomb. She was a P.E. teacher and coach at Bushnell Jr. High for many years before her retirement.

She was very active in the Calvary Baptist Church in Macomb and she enjoyed doing lunch and traveling with friends.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Macomb with Reverend Randell Whitmire officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to St.. Jude’s.

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

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Delbert L. Lay

Delbert L. Lay, 86, of Macomb, formerly of Industry, passed away at 4:25 a.m. Friday, September 19, 2014 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.

He was born on April 8, 1928 in Lewis County, Missouri to Julian and Mattie Tompkins Lay. He married Martha Jean Smith on December 22, 1946 at the home of her parents.

They moved to McDonough County briefly in 1948 and returned in 1955, residing in the Indusry area for 52 years. In 2007, they moved to Wesley Village in Macomb. She passed away on June 19, 2014.

He attended Industry United Methodist Church, and enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling with his wife, and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all school and church related events. He especially enjoyed the sporting events.

He was the Industry Township Road Commissioner for 30 years retiring in April of 1997. During his time in office, he became interested in Township Officials of Illinois (TOI), serving as Sargeant of Arms, on the Board of Directors and as President from 1983 to 1986. He also was a volunteer fireman for the Village of Industry for 30 years and was very active on the Pinhook Celebration Committee. He served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jean Lay; parents; daughter, Stacy Lynn Lay; son-in-law, Randall Severs; three sisters, Reba Parker, Imogene Longwith and Doris Bennett; two brothers, J.W. Lay and Joe Ronald Lay in infancy and nephew, Richard Owen.

He is survived by three daughters, Linda L. Bedwell of Macomb, Julianna (Barry) Daniels of Industry and Karen Severs of Macomb. He was the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren, Sean (Jeralee) Bedwell of Industry, Schuyler (Brett) Isley of Littleton, Keith (Corie) Daniels of Macomb, Kurt (Carly) Daniels of McKinney, Texas, Kari (Tim) Welch of Springfield, Ryan (Kelly) Severs of Macomb, Loren (Melissa) Severs of St. Charles, Missouri and Blake Severs of Lincoln, Nebraska. He is also survived by eight great-granddaughters, Audrey and Ellen Meixner, Shelby Daniels, Csilla Daniels, Nora and Gwen Severs, Avery Welch and Grace Bedwell; one great-grandson, Easton Daniels; one brother, Dale (Margaret) Lay of LaBelle, Missouri and one brother-in-law, C.L. (Phyllis) Bennett of Carrolton, Missouri.

Funeral arrangements are through Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Industry United Methodist Church and funeral service at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 26, 2014 at Industry United Methodist Church with Reverend Steve Granadosin officiating. Burial will be in Industry Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Industry United Methodist Church Stained Glass Restoration Fund or Wesley Village Benevolent Fund.

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