Viola Williamson

Viola Williamson, 102, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away at 7:55 P.M., Sunday, December 3, 2017, at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy, Illinois.

Her graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, December 7, 2017, at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, Illinois, with Jeff Mayfield officiating.  There will be no visitation.  Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LeRoy Peace Meal or the LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service.

Mrs. Williamson was born on August 25, 1915, in LeRoy, Illinois, to Moss and Neva Hendren Shifflett Riggs.  She married Howard E. Williamson on April 15, 1933, in Monticello, Illinois.  He passed away on October 17, 1992.

She is survived by her son, Wilbur (Karen) Williamson of Bloomington, Illinois, two grandsons, four great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, LaDonna Ruth Phillips and three sisters.

She worked for 10 years at General Electric and was the site supervisor for the LeRoy Peace Meal for 10 years.  She was a past member of the Ruel Neal American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79.


Wanda C. Burton

Wanda C. Burton 88 of Heyworth, Illinois passed away 5:55 PM December 2, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, Il.

Services will be 1 PM, Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois with Rev. Darrel Arndell officiating. Burial will follow at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL. Visitation will be 6 – 8 PM, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Wanda was born November 22, 1929 in Willow Branch Township in Piatt Co., IL the daughter of Victor J. T. and Mattie C. (Dalton) Burton. She married Vernon M. Burton August 18, 1945 in Nancy, KY. He passed away February 16, 1979.

Survivors include her three daughters: Barbara Ryburn (Tom) Carr, Oxford, FL; Betty (Darrel) Arndell, Litchfield, KY; and Lynn (Doug) Necessary, Clinton, IL; 7 Grandchildren, 18 Great-grandchildren, and 2 Great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 daughter, 1 great-grandson, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers.

Wanda retired from Jackson Heights Nursing Home at the age of 75.  She loved working in her garden and flowers.  Wanda loved baking Christmas cookies, banana bread, and other sweet treats for her family.

Frederick Harold “Fred” Patterson

Frederick Harold “Fred” Patterson, 65, of Bloomington, IL formerly of Pontiac, IL passed away at 8:00 am on Friday, December 1, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Pontiac. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will take place. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling arrangements for the family.

Fred was born January 9, 1952 in Pontiac, IL a son of Frederick Samuel and Mabel Golda (Marker) Patterson. He married Sherrie Watkins on May 14, 1994 in Bloomington, IL. She survives.

Also surviving is his step daughter: Christina (David) Cors of Deer Creek, IL; one sister: Karen Cook of Normal, IL; two granddaughters: Kaeleigh and Mikayla; two great grandsons: Dalton Jr. and Landyn; three nieces and one nephew; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Pastor Robert Patterson.

Fred was born and raised in the Pontiac area. He worked for 18 years for the City of Pontiac in road maintenance before moving to Bloomington and working for GATX for 10 years.

He enjoyed fishing, John Deere and Oliver tractors, very active in Thresherman’s Reunion, and he liked to cook and eat.

Fred was a loving husband, step father, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.

Phyllis Marie Butterbrodt (Marcks, Langhoff)

Phyllis Marie Butterbrodt (Marcks, Langhoff), 91, born October 19, 1926 in Pontiac Illinois passed away the morning of Thursday, November 30, 2017. Hager Memorial Home in Dwight is in charge of the arrangements.


Phyllis was born to Elmer and Stella (Hamilton-Mammen) Marcks. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Butterbrodt. Survived by her children Joseph and wife Jackie Langhoff, Ocala Florida, Connie Welsh, Thorpe Wisconsin, Elmer (Sam) and wife Linda Langhoff, Agra Oklahoma, Jean Bennett, Dwight Illinois, Cynthia and husband Dan Elsey, Dwight Illinois, Christine Brown and Wayne Jensen, Pontiac Illinois and Chuck and wife Christina Butterbrodt, Dwight Illinois. 19 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence,  son Jack Butterbrodt, sister Betty Schoop, brother John Thomas Marcks, grandson Scott Langhoff and  great grandson Josh Medlock.

Funeral services will be private for the family and Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in rural Pontiac, Illinois. Phyllis was a member of St. Peters Lutheran  Church in Dwight. In lew of flowers please send donations to Heritage Manor Resident Activity Fund.

Garth T. Taylor

Garth T. Taylor, 93, of Saybrook, Illinois, passed away at 9:28 P.M., Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.

His funeral will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois, with Pastor Wayne Giermann officiating.  Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, Illinois, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wesbein United Methodist Church, Saybrook, Illinois or David Humphrey Daniel American Legion Post 427, Saybrook, Illinois.

Garth was born February 24, 1924, in Saybrook, Illinois, a son of William V. & Hazel Holt Taylor. He married Myra LaTeer on February 17, 1946, in Piggott, Arkansas. She passed away January 24, 2017.

He is survived by his son, Lyndall Taylor of Saybrook, Illinois; daughter, Sidney Ann (Larry) Schaefer of Saybrook, Illinois; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; brother, Nile Taylor of Saybrook, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

Garth owned and operated Taylor Earth Moving, Saybrook, Illinois. He also had worked for the State of Illinois Department of Transportation. Garth was an Army Veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Wesbein United Methodist Church, Saybrook, Illinois, David Humphrey Daniel American Legion Post 427, Saybrook, Illinois and  Milton Hill VFW Post 2029, Saybrook, Illinois.

Eldon K. Ruff

Eldon K. Ruff, 85 of rural Pontiac, IL died Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 3:15AM at his residence.

His funeral will be held on Saturday December 2, 2017 at 11:00AM at the First United Methodist Church, Pontic with Rev. Gretchen Stinebaugh officiating.  Burial will be at South Side Cemetery, Pontiac.  A visitation will be held on Friday from 5:00-8:00PM at the church.  Memorials in Eldon’s name may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Alzheimer’s Association. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

Eldon was born on October 7, 1932 in Fairbury, IL a son of Delbert and Josephine (Eaton) Ruff.  He married Jean Bammann on October 17, 1954 in Pontiac, IL. She survives in rural Pontiac; also surviving are four children: Robby (Debbie) Ruff of Odell, IL, Susie (Marty) Mackinson , Peggy Ruff and Nancy (Kent) Woodburn all of Pontiac, IL; one daughter in law: Lauri Ruff of Pontiac, IL; one sister: Betty Jean Voigts of Pontiac, IL; sixteen beloved grandchildren and thirteen beloved great grandchildren; one son Mike Ruff preceded him in death in 2008.

Eldon was educated in Cornell and graduated from Pontiac High School.  He served his country as a Navy Corpsman/Medic during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1955. Eldon lived and worked a grain and livestock farmer in Livingston County for most of his life.  He and Jean lived many years in Hudson enjoying Lake Bloomington with their family and friends.  Later Eldon also worked as a crop adjuster for Country Insurance.

He was a member of the First United Methodist church.  Eldon loved people and the communities in which he and his family lived. Through the years he served as a 4-H leader and as a member of several area boards including the Livingston County Fair Association, the Bank of Pontiac, the first United Methodist church, Pontiac Area of Chamber of Commerce and the Pontiac Township High School for over 25 years. Eldon also served on the Livingston County Board.  He was a member of the Pontiac Elks Lodge and the former Pontiac American Legion and the Pontiac Moose Lodge.  He also participated in Country Couples for many enjoyable years.

Joan Lewis

Joan Lewis, 81, of Clinton, Illinois passed away 3:07 A.M. November 29, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Celebration of Joan’s Life will be 10 AM Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

Memorials may be directed to The Vault.

Joan was born April 15, 1936 in Wapella, IL, the daughter of Jesse Wayne and Nellie Aretta (Nelson) Thoms. She married Paul William Lewis August 30, 1954 in Clinton, IL.

Survivors include her husband, Paul William Lewis, Clinton, IL; Children: Belinda “Lindy” L. (Daniel J.) Hubert, Lowell, IN; William “Bill” Wayne (Jill) Lewis, Cheno Hills, CA; and Loretta “Lori” (Jerry) Benedict, Clinton, IL; 9 Grandchildren; 10 Great-grandchildren; Siblings: Sara (Larry) Stewart, Blain, PA; and Jay Wayne (Barb) Thoms, Clinton, IL.

She was preceded by her parents, Brother: Ray Marvin Thoms, Sister: Ida Ellen Gentry, and Grandson: Tyler Lewis.

Joan worked for the Clinton School District for 25 years until her retirement. She supported Paul’s music career and was his #1 fan. She was sassy and spunky, but, was extremely loving to everyone, especially children.

Robert “Bob” Edward Stone

Robert “Bob” Edward Stone, 82, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 1:10 P.M., Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at his residence with his family at his side.

His funeral will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, December 4, 2017, at the Mansfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign, Illinois with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice, American Cancer Society or Habitat For Humanity Piatt County, Illinois. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce funeral home, Mansfield, Illinois, in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born May 31, 1935, in rural Seymour, Illinois, a son of Edgar J. & Dorothy Irene Kingston Stone. He married Alberta Louise White on November 24, 1956, in Golden Gate, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife, Alberta Louise Stone of Mansfield, Illinois; siblings, Ruby Perry of Champaign, Illinois, Clarence Eugene “Stoney” Stone of Monticello, Illinois, Virginia Ann Stone of Champaign, Illinois, and Faith (Charles) Kennedy of Troy, Illinois. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Charles and Richard Stone and one sister, Ruth Stone.

Bob had worked at Humko in Champaign, Illinois for 25 years, retiring in 1992, due to health reasons. He graduated from DeLand-Weldon High School, class of 1954; an  Army veteran of the Korean War;  member of the Mansfield United Methodist church and served in several capacities during the years;  member and past commander of Kelso M. Garver American Legion Post 650, Mansfield, Illinois;  Bob was a past commander of the Piatt County American Legion;  Past president of Mansfield Lions Club, where he held different offices in the club;  served on the Lions Lifeline Board for 12 years;  helped organize the Piatt County Veterans Assistance Commission;  held local and district level positions in Boy Scouts;  served on the Piatt County Habitat For Humanity Board for a number of years;  served 36 years on the Mansfield Village Board; and was a volunteer fireman for 36 years for Northern Piatt Fire Protection District.

The family would like to thank George, Cece, Heather, and Kayla of Harbor Light Hospice of Forsyth, Illinois for the special and excellent care that was given to Bob.

James Larry Andrews

James Larry Andrews, 69, of Clinton, IL passed away at 11:30 AM, November 28, 2017 at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Graveside Services will be 11 AM Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning officiating, with Military Honors. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to Angel Tree or Second Chance Pet Adoption.

Larry was born March 24, 1948 in Clinton, IL the son of William H. and Florence A. (Keatley) Andrews.

Survivors include his children: Leslie Andrews, Clinton, IL; Daniel (Keri) Andrews, Gibson City, IL; and Thomas Andrews, Carmichael, CA; 3 grandchildren: Kaleb Volker-USAF, Charleston, SC; Abbey (Colton) Nixon, Clinton, IL; and Jack Andrews, Gibson City, IL; Siblings: William G. (Phyllis) Andrews, Bloomington, IL; and Jane (Jered) Hooker, Clinton, IL; and former son-in-law: Keith Volker, Clinton, IL.

Larry married Cynthia L. Armstrong on March 20, 1971 in Clinton, IL.

He was preceded by his parents.

Larry bravely served his Country during the Vietnam War in the US Marine Corps. from 1968-1970. He worked for Illinois Central Gulf, Southern Pacific, and retired from Union Pacific Railroad. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, spending time with his grandchildren, and attending their sporting events.

Michael Joseph Maxwell

Michael Joseph Maxwell, 64, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 8:19 P.M., Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at his home in Heyworth, Illinois.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.  Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Michael Maxwell Memorial, c/o First State Bank, Heyworth, Illinois.

Mr. Maxwell was born on October 5, 1953, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Wayne C. and Elizabeth J. Burns Maxwell.

He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth J. Maxwell of Heyworth, Illinois; one sister, Cecilia E. (Terry Wise) Prochnow of Heyworth, Illinois; two nieces, Nicole Prochnow of Normal, Illinois, and Brittany Wise of Bloomington, Illinois; and his caregiver, Jeff Prochnow of Heyworth, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, John P. Maxwell.

Michael had worked at Eureka Co., Bloomington, Illinois, for 22 years and Wal-Mart, Normal, Illinois, for 10 years.  He was a member of the Machinist’s Local 1000, Bloomington, Illinois, and past member of the Sons of the American Legion, Heyworth, Illinois.

He loved baseball and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.  He played football at Heyworth High School and was a part of the team that won the Sangamon Valley Conference title in 1971.

Michael had a big heart and would do anything for anyone.