John R. “Bob” Deffenbaugh

John R. “Bob” Deffenbaugh, 89, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 4:25 pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Good Samaritan Home in Pontiac.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church, Pontiac with Father Adam Cesarek officiating. According to Bob’s wishes there will be no visitation. A Rosary will be recited at 1:30 pm on Thursday prior to mass at the church. Burial will follow services at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Pontiac, where military rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling arrangements for the family.

Bob was born June 6, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois a son of Michael and Lois (Tarrant) Deffenbaugh. He married H. Darlene Falk on December 26, 1951 in Odell, IL. She passed away on August 29, 2007.

He is survived by his children: Debra (Bud) Ramseyer of Pontiac and Patricia (Tom) Pieper of Germantown Hills, IL; five grandchildren: Melissa Severson, Eric Pieper, Jason Pieper, Amanda Ramseyer and Rob Ramseyer; one great granddaughter: Catherine Severson; two great grandsons: Wyatt and Emmett Ramseyer; two sisters: Mary Joanne LeDoux and Ellen Louro; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Michael Deffenbaugh.

Bob was a graduate of Odell High School and attended the University of Illinois for a short time. He joined the United States Air Force, where he served his country for 20 years during WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Pontiac VFW and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac.

Upon retiring from the military, Bob opened up the Donut King. He then was the manager for a number of years at the Palamar Restaurant and Motel. He also owned and operated the restaurant- The Corner and another restaurant in Odell. Finally, he continued to stay busy delivering papers and being the bank courier.

Bob was a tough, organized, military-minded man who was stubborn and in charge. He also loved to talk and listen and always wanting to play with kids and have fun.

He was a loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed.

Joanna Delaney

Joanna Delaney, 81, of Forrest, IL passed away at 3:25 pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at her home in Forrest, IL with her family by her side.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Fairbury with Rev. Daryl Evans officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:30 am on Wednesday at church. Burial will follow services at Strawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Compassus Hospice, or Forrest American Legion Auxiliary. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest is handling arrangements for the family.

Joanna was born June 27, 1936 in Mattoon, IL a daughter of Henry and Ruth (Groves) Lawhorn. She married Joseph R. Delaney, Sr. on November 15, 1954 in Norfolk, VA. She and Joseph would have celebrated 63 years of happily married life this Wednesday. He survives.

Also surviving are her children: Joseph R. (Donna) Delaney, Jr. of Fairbury, IL, Debra (David) Artman of Bloomington, IL, and Teresa Lynn (Mark) Bertram of Urbana, IL; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; she was the last surviving sibling of nine children, three of which preceded her in death just this year.

She was educated in the Mattoon schools. Joanna served as a classroom aide and secretary at Strawn Elementary and Prairie Central School District for 30 years. She was a member of the Forrest American Legion Auxiliary.

Joanna loved to play bingo and “visit” the boat periodically. She loved to entertain her family and enjoyed the grandchildren and great grandchildren most of all. She was a good listener and friend to many. Her laughter and her desserts were a joy to the family. She leaves a void in our lives that will be very difficult to fill.

Esther E. Shrewsbury

Esther E. Shrewsbury 86 of Pontiac, IL died Wednesday November 8, 2017 at 4:31AM at Accolade Health Care, Pontiac, IL.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday November 11, 2017 at 11:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home with Pastor Jeremy Latzke officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery rural Pontiac, IL.  A visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:30AM until the hour of services at the funeral home. Memorials in Esther’s name may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church-Chenoa Sunday School Program.

Esther was born on December 8, 1930 at Goodfarm, IL., a daughter of August and Lena (Lambert) Denker.  She married John R. Shrewsbury on December 7, 1947 in Pontiac, IL.  He preceded her in death on October 6, 1996.  Survivors include: four sons: John (Linda) Shrewsbury, Michael Shrewsbury and Steven (Stacey) Shrewsbury all of Pontiac, IL; Mark (Debbie) Shrewsbury of Shreve, OH: one daughter: Marcia Wilson of Chenoa, IL; nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild: four step grandchildren and ten step great grandchildren.  Esther was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

Esther was a nurses aide for over fifty years retiring from Humiston Haven.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chenoa.

Richard D. Abbott

Richard D. Abbott 58 of Waynesville, IL passed away 6:05 AM November 8, 2017 at his family residence, Waynesville, Il.

Graveside services will be 1:00 PM, Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Dudley Cemetery, Dudley, MO with Pastor A. Lynn Ash officiating.  Visitation will be 10 AM – 12 Noon, Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Masonic Services at 12 noon.

Memorials may be directed to the Richard D. Abbott Memorial Fund.

Richard was born April 16, 1959 in St. Louis, MO the son of William and Velma Louise (Jarrell) Abbott.  He married Pauline K. Davis March 14, 1987 in Dudley, MO.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline K. Abbott, Waynesville, IL; children:  Amy L. Abbott, Lincoln, IL and Kristina D.  (Devon C.) Lashbrook, Wapella, IL; grandson, Rylan C. Lashbrook;  mother, Velma Louise Abbott, Dudley, MO; sister, Vicki (Wayne) Holmes, Carrollton, GA.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Richard worked at Lincolnland, Lincoln, IL.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #210 AF & AM in Lincoln, IL.  Richard loved fishing, gardening, and the outdoors.

Janet Weakman

Forrest- Janet Weakman, 84, of Forrest, IL passed away at 9:20 pm on Monday, November 6, 2017 at Accolade Health Care in Pontiac, IL.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the funeral home with Rev. Corinne Blissard officiating. Burial will follow services at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in rural Wing, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Janet was born November 7, 1932 in rural Chatsworth, IL the daughter of Lester and Myrtle (Shockey) Elbert. She married Earl Weakman on November 25, 1978. He passed away on May 17, 2007.

She is survived by her children: Teresa “Terry” (Mark) Henry of The Villages, FL, Steve (Kathy) Barnes of Wing, IL, Kris (Dave) Wenger of Bloomington, IL, and Marci (Dino) Monterastelli of Pontiac, IL; her grandchildren: Eric (Kimberly) Henry, Amber (Martin) Brady, Lea (Shane) Voyles, Michael Mann, Johnny, Laura, Al, Jennifer (Craig) Braaten, Bryant (Dolores) Fisher, Andrew Fisher, Faithe Wenger, and McKay Wenger; four step children through Earl: Pat, Johnny, Karen, and Sheila; sixteen great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters: Rosemary Maurer and Lois Nance.

Janet was born, raised and educated in the Forrest Area. She worked at Trainor Grain for many years. She enjoyed gardening, embroidering, and her cats. Janet had a great sense of humor and liked to have fun. Most of all she loved her family and spending time with them.

She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Forrest, IL.

Marjorie Ann Hayes Spencer

Marjorie Ann Hayes Spencer, 99 of Ankeny, Iowa formerly of Clinton, Il. passed into her heavenly home 7:50 A.M. November 5, 2017 at Millpond Retirement Community, Ankeny, Iowa.

Services will be 11 A.M. Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor John Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 A.M. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church, Mill Pond Retirement Community or the donor’s choice.

Marjorie was born May 14, 1918 in Crow Agency, MT the daughter of J.R. and Maud (Billings) Johnson. She moved to Watauga, TN at an early age and grew up there. She graduated from Happy Valley High School. Marjorie married Frank Hayes in Bristol, VA in 1939. In 1990 she married Robert Spencer in Clinton, IL. She was a great caretaker of both of them before they preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister: Eloise Phillips, grandson: Paul Michael Hayes and step grandson: Sean Rogers.

Frank and Marjorie moved to Clinton in 1951 where she lived until her health needs required her to move to Mill Pond Retirement Community in Ankeny, IA in 2005.

Some of the great loves of her life were her family, her friends and her faith in Jesus Christ. She was a very active member of First Baptist Church in Clinton, as long as health allowed. She loved to teach the Bible to children in Sunday School Classes and Back Yard Bible Clubs. She also regularly shared her faith with teens and adults throughout her life.

She was known for and enjoyed being a fine homemaker, fantastic cook, wonderful hostess, a very happy and friendly lady with a southern accent and charm. She worked as a telephone operator and dental assistant. In later years she also enjoyed Wii Bowling and Bingo with friends at Mill Pond.

Left to cherish her memory is a daughter: Judy (Russell) Delaney of Lecanto, FL; son: Joe (Marty Abbott) Hayes of Ankeny, IA; step daughter: Dianne Rogers of Cumming, GA; grandchildren: Sheila (Jeff) Clark, Allen, TX, Karen (Paul) Findling, Tampa, FL, James Hayes, Overland Park, KS, John (Deb) Hayes, Grand Island, NE, Dan (Trish) Hayes, Shawnee, KS; step grandson: Bryan Rogers, Cumming, GA; 13 great grandchildren; nephew: Jack (Marilyn) Phillips, Hudson, IL and other relatives and friends.

Mom, we are looking forward to seeing you again soon and forever.

The family would like to extend a sincere “Thank You” to the staff at Mill Pond, many other medical personnel and her dentist for their wonderful care of Mom.

Ramona Joan Irvin

Ramona Joan Irvin 89 of Kenney, Illinois passed away 12:28 AM November 5, 2017 at the Warner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton, IL.

Services will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 9:30 – 10:30 AM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Kenney Christian Church or the Kenney Heritage Foundation.

Joan was born October 22, 1928 in rural Kenney, IL the daughter of Harold and Delta (Kemp) Ferry. When Joan was two years old her mother died and she was adopted by her great uncle and aunt, Ivon and Helen Kemp. She married Wilbur Irvin December 25, 1951 in Kenney, IL.

Survivors include her husband, Wilbur Irvin, Kenney, IL; sons: Robert Irvin, Clinton, IL; Roger (Paula) Irvin, Kenney, IL; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Norman.

Joan was a homemaker and a member of the Kenney Christian Church.

Eileen Catherine Edwards

Eileen Catherine Edwards 87 of Maroa, Illinois passed away 2:15 PM November 4, 2017 at the Eastern Star Home, Macon, IL.

Services to celebrate Eileen’s life will be 11 AM, Friday, November 10, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Graveside services will be at 2:30 PM, Friday at Mottarville Cemetery, Rochester, IL. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice.

Eileen was born October 7, 1930 in Springfield, IL the daughter of William H. and Clara Agnes (Schmidt) Ryan. She married Charles “Don” Edwards October 15, 1948 in Springfield, IL. He passed away December 16, 2008.

Survivors include her children: David E. (Rose) Edwards, Nicholasville, KY; Carole L. Barnhorst, Greenwood, IN; Darla Rae (Roger) Wiseman, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; siblings: Mary E. Springer, Springfield, IL; Carolyn Vancil, Springfield, IL.; William J. Ryan, Murphysboro, IL; Donna Ryan Neuman, Chatham, IL; and special caregiver, and longtime family friend, Larry Pumphrey, Maroa, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, and one brothers.

Eileen was a retired secretary. She was a member of the Hazlemere Chapter #221 O.E.S., Taylorville, IL. She loved to do arts and crafts, sew, and cook.

Vera Lorraine Robison

Vera Lorraine Robison, 85, of Heartland Health Care Center, Henry, formerly of Putnam, passed away Saturday November 4, 2017, 11:43 pm at Heartland Health Care.

Vera was born to Dewey S. and Hazel I. (Daniels) Hodge in the home of her grandparents, William and Minnie Daniels on November 27, 1931, in Putnam, IL.

Vera married the love of her life, Oliver Clark Robison on November 24, 1950. He preceded her in death on May 2, 2014. During the union of their marriage they had three children, Gary (Leah) Robison, of Spring Valley, Vickie (Gary) Gomez, of Anna, Texas and Kevin (Tammy) Robison, of Putnam. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, one sister Eleanor King, of Iowa.

Her parents, one brother, Wilbert Dean Hodge, two grandchildren, Shannon Marie Aber and Daniel Isaiah Robison, preceded her in death.

Vera worked at Smith’s Flower Shop, Henry for Gladys Smith and later. Joan McKitrick. She also worked for Orchid Annie’s, Lacon.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Henry, the Henry United Methodist Church and the VFW Auxiliary, of Putnam County.

Vera served on the Red Stocking Committee for 1976 to 2008.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family graveside service will be held at Putnam Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Red Stocking Fund.

Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is assisting the family with arrangements.

Loren Edward Murphy

Loren Edward Murphy, 48, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 10:15 A.M., Friday, November 3, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
There will be a casual gathering of friends from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Victory Christian Center, Farmer City, where friends and family can meet and tell stories about Loren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Carle Foundation Hospital Rehabilitation Unit.
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
Loren was born February 21, 1969, in Monticello, Illinois, to Herschel and Elda Lembke Murphy. He married Khristina Lee Kirk on November 29, 1997, in Farmer City. She survives in Farmer City.
He is survived by his children, Damien Murphy, Kenny Murphy and Chelsea Ferguson all of Farmer City, Illinois; sisters, Julie Murphy Graning of Farmer City, Illinois, Pam (Kelly) Lyle of Bloomington, Illinois and Donna Sue Nickison of Grant City, Missouri; brothers, Ray (Cathy) Murphy of Johnsonville, Illinois and Thomas (Donna) Murphy of Brodhead, Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, David Lee and Von Haas.
Loren was an employee of Cabinetland in Farmer City for thirty years. He was a loving husband; father; brother; son; and friend to many. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.