Monte Earl Jenkins

Monte Earl Jenkins, 74, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away at 2:20 A.M., Sunday, November 19, 2017, at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy, Illinois.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Monte was born April 24, 1943, in Bloomington, Illinois the son of Earl and Mabel Fern Montgomery Jenkins. He married Pamela Sue Moore on October 24, 2003, in Bloomington, Illinois. She survives in Bloomington, Illinois.
He is also survived by his daughter, Julie Ann Jenkins of Bloomington, Illinois, one niece and
one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sandra Doty.
Monte was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed the Cubs and the Bears. He also enjoyed his

Dr. Donald Reed Jensen

Dr. Donald Reed Jensen, 86, of Bloomington, Illinois, died at 10:00 A.M., Monday, November 13, 2017.
His visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., Friday, November 17, 2017, at Calvert-
Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home in Le Roy, Illinois. His funeral service will follow at 3:00 P.M.
Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. Military rites provided by Ruel Neal
Post 79 American Legion LeRoy, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to the Dept. of
Biological Sciences at Illinois State University or Donor’s Choice.
Reed was born May 4, 1931 in Pocatello, Idaho, the third of four sons, to Joseph Golden and Myrtle Lillie Reddish. He married Brigitte E. Becker in Heuchelheim, Kreis Giessen/Lahn, Germany November 2, 1956. She survives.
Surviving are two daughters, Linda C. (Chad) Covert and Donna M. (Mark) Brent Hicks; son, David R. (Kaori) Jensen; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Jensen attended Pocatello public schools, Idaho State University (BS, Chemistry, 1953),
University of Washington, Seattle (BA, Zoology, 1954). He served in the United States Army
Medical Corp from 1954-1957. Upon release from the military, he attended Utah State
University where he earned advanced degrees in Physiology (MS, 1961; Ph. D. 1964). He was
awarded a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship and conducted research in
Germany at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry at the University from 1964 to 1966. Dr.
Jensen then accepted a position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Illinois State.
During his tenure at ISU he was known for his great love for teaching and for the unselfish
dedication of his time to students. He served as Assistant to the Department Chairman for 10
years directing affairs of the Undergraduate Program, Inventory and Space allocation, advising
students in the Academic Advisement Office, and Chairman of the Physiology and Anatomy
Section of the Department for many years. He was elected to status of Fellow in the American
Association of Sciences in 1959. Mr. Jensen retired in September 1994.
At home, “Reed” was known for his great devotion to family,friends, neighbors, and gardening.
Passers-by were always pleased to see his flowers. The raspberries, gooseberries, currents, and
apples he grew were always a delight to his children and grandchildren. Reed was loved and
adored by all that knew him and he truly will be missed. Reed Jensen (Papa) had a strong Faith
in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God’s comfort and promises bring peace to his loved ones.
“To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” Amen.

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.

Kyle Eric Sigler

Kyle Eric Sigler, 44, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 6:35 P.M., Friday, November 3, 2017, at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Zion, Illinois.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Trinity Community Fellowship, Farmer City, Illinois with Pastor Dave Ashby officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Education Trust for his son, Nick.
Kyle was born June 8, 1973, in Normal, Illinois, to Stephen L. and Linda L. Crow Sigler. He married Tiffany Hodges on October 8, 2016, in Monticello, Illinois. She survives in Farmer City, Illinois.

He is survived by his father, Stephen L. (Gail) Sigler of LeRoy, Illinois and his mother, Linda L. Crow Sigler of Monticello, Illinois; four children, Gregory (Anna) Sigler of Brooklyn, Indiana,
Tyler Dale Sigler of Mahomet, Illinois, Dakota Marie Sigler of Farmer City, Illinois, and Nickalas Roger Dale Sigler of Clinton, Illinois; two grandchildren, Naomi and Samuel Sigler of Brooklyn, Indiana; one sister, Jennifer Nicole Sigler of Monticello, Illinois; one stepbrother, Jon Thomas of Lincoln, Illinois; one stepsister, Abby Cannon of Bloomington, Illinois; mothers of Kyle’s children, Holly Lane of Brooklyn, Indiana, Lisa Sigler of Farmer City, Illinois and Dawn Copeland of Clinton, Illinois; and a lifetime friend, Tabitha Keysear of Washington, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Cecil and Phyllis Crow, his paternal grandparents, Edison and Dorothy Sigler and one uncle, Nick Crow.
Kyle was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He took part in the American Passion Play – Roman Soldier (4th generation of the family) for several years. He liked to shoot pool and hang out with friends and family.

Vernon H. Jacobs

Vernon H. Jacobs, 102, of Arrowsmith, Illinois, passed away at 12:45 A.M., Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Gibson City Annex.

His visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois. A graveside service will follow at 11:00 A.M. in Union Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Ridgeview High School FFA.
Vernon was born January 9, 1915, in Arrowsmith, Illinois, to Howard V. and Bernice Lemons Jacobs. He married Doris Hensley on September 30, 1935 in Waukegan, Illinois. She passed away September 29, 2006.
He is survived by one son, Gary (JoAnne) Jacobs, Ellsworth, Illinois; two daughters, Janet Butler, Arrowsmith, Illinois and Jean (Wally) Ward, Hudson, Illinois; nine grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and sixteen great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one sister; son-in-law, Larry Butler; and an infant grandson, Steven Butler.
Vernon farmed all his life in Arrowsmith, officially retiring in 1978. His life was the farm and his family. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

Dorothy J. Weidner

Dorothy J. Weidner, 93, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 7:58 A.M., Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community.

Her graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, November 6, 2017 at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois with military rites accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heyworth Public Library District.

Dorothy was born December 21, 1923 in Heyworth, Illinois, to George and Viola Buckley Pendleton. She married Cecil Weidner on July 30, 1948, in Wiesbaden, Germany.

She is survived by her two sisters, Mary Schmidt of Denver, Colorado and Charlotte (Robert) O’Dea of Clinton, Illinois; one brother, Charles (Betty) Pendleton of Estero, Florida; niece, Lori (Deron) Penn; nephews, Bob (Debi) O’Dea and Mike (Lucia) Pendleton. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Dorothy was a WWII Army veteran. After her service she worked as a Government Employee. She was an avid genealogist.

James Edward Tobin

James Edward Tobin, 84, longtime resident of Farmer City, passed away at 1:05 AM Tuesday (October 31, 2017). While he was a reluctant transplant to Mahomet for his last couple of years, he most recently briefly resided at Eastview Terrace in Sullivan until the time of his passing.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Friday-November 3rd at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home in Farmer City.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday-November 4th at the funeral home with
Deacon Scott Whitehouse officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy with Military Rites Accorded. Memorials may be made to VFW Fred G. O’Malley Post #6190 Farmer City Honor Guard.
He was born July 10, 1933, in Bloomington, son of James Edward and Neoma Besser Tobin. He married Eunice Louise Scott on January 28, 1956. She survives, currently of Mahomet.
Other survivors include three children, Janet E. Caldwell, Bloomington, Donna L. (Allen) Arrowsmith, LeRoy, and Paul T. (Peggy) Tobin, Farmer City. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Jennie (Paul) Calhoon, Erin (Kyle) Winters, Rebecca (David) Matakas, Ryan Sessions, Jim (Mershon) Tobin, and Katelyn Tobin; and four great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren, Jessica and Quinton Calhoon, Samantha and Camille Matakas, and Kaylin
and Jace Winters.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his brother Thomas Tobin, his grandson Jonathan Sessions, and his son-in-law Gary Caldwell.
Jim began working at the Farmer City Journal in 1947 at age 14. Upon graduating from Moore
Township High School, he attended University of Illinois before serving in the Army. He loved
the printing business and returned from his military duty in Turkey to continue his work at the
Journal. In 1961, he accepted a position reporting for the Pantagraph. In 1963, he was hired at
the Farmer City State Bank and no longer had to commute from his beloved Farmer City. He
worked at the bank until his retirement and was able to be an active community leader through
the Jaycees and the Chamber of Commerce. Jim was a great writer and combined that skill with
his love of the stock car races he announced to write a Journal feature each week called “The
Finish Line.” In his retirement, he spent time with his grandchildren and will be remembered by
his neighbors for creating fun decorations that graced the front porch for all seasons. He also
began a newsletter for the Genealogical Society called “The Mirror,” as well as editing a book
compiled by local World War II Veterans, and writing an autobiography for his family that traced
the history of Farmer City throughout his lifetime.

Linda S. Moxley-Goodlett-Cox

Monday, May 03, 1965 – Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Linda S. Moxley-Goodlett-Cox, 52, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 7:35 A.M., Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana, Illinois.


Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, October 30, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois with Rev. Johnny Harris officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M., Monday, October 30, 2017 at the funeral home.


Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Mary K. Moxley.


Mrs. Cox was born on May 3, 1965 in Decatur, Illinois, to Charlie and Mary H. Hardwick Moxley. She married John Goodlett on June 9, 1984 in Mansfield, Illinois. He passed away on November 25, 2010. She later married and is currently separated from Larry Cox of Mobile, AL.


Linda is survived by her parents of Mansfield; two sons, Christopher A. (Lisa) Goodlett of Birmingham, AL and Wesley S. Goodlett of Hopkinsville, KY; one daughter, Stephanie R. Cox of Mansfield; three grandchildren; four brothers, Charles H. (Mary K.) Moxley of Mansfield, Mineous F. (Sabrina) Moxley of Tacoma, WA, Eddie (Anita) Moxley of Rockmart, GA, and Kirby Moxley of Mansfield; several nieces and nephews; and three great-nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.


Linda was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #261, Columbus, GA.

Donna J. Whitehouse

Donna J. Whitehouse, 77, of Bloomington, passed away at 2:05 P.M., Monday, October 23, 2017 in Heritage Health, Bloomington.

Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Friday, October 27, 2017 at Tri-Valley Baptist Church, Bloomington.  Her funeral will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, October 28, 2017 also at the church.  Burial will be at 1:00 P.M. in Chandler Cemetery, Chandlerville, IL.  Memorial donations may be made to PATH Crisis Center – TELEPHONE ROOM, 201 E. Grove St., Suite 2A, Bloomington, IL 61701.

Donna was born January 6, 1940, in Chandlerville, IL, to George Wade and Marguerite Hohimer Hampton.  She was married to Carl Gazelle and they had one son, Greg.  She later married Donald Whitehouse.

Surviving are two sons, Michael (partner, Joseph Tunson) Whitehouse, Los Angeles, CA and Patrick (Jeannie) Whitehouse, New Smyrna Beach, FL; sisters, Ruth (Wiley) Sanders, Adkins, TX and Wadine Mibb, Chandlerville; six grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bruce (Joyce) Whitehouse; sister-in-law, Donna Mae Morefield; several loving nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Greg Gazelle; husband, Don Whitehouse; and sister, Kae Hunt.

Donna retired from State Farm after 30 years of service.  She started with one of the major construction contractors for the State Farm headquarters building.  She then became a secretary for State Farm in 1973, retiring from the Creative Service Department in 2003.  After retirement she volunteered with PATH Crisis Center.  She served as treasurer for Tri-Valley Baptist Church for many years.  She was a fan of ISU women’s basketball, attending games for many years.

Donna was a loving mother; sister; grandmother; great-grandmother; aunt; and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

Arvilla Mae Simpson

Arvilla Mae Simpson, 81, of Farmer City, IL, passed away at 11:18 A.M., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at her residence.

Her Funeral Service will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 27, 2017 at Trinity Community Fellowship, Farmer City, IL, with Pastor Dave Ashby officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, IL. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Trinity Community Fellowship, Farmer City, IL. Memorials may be made to Trinity Community Fellowship Vision Fund, Farmer City, IL. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City in charge of arrangements.

Arvilla was born on December 4, 1935 in Clinton, IL, a daughter of Scott L. & Eunice Irene Wilson Dawson. She married Charles O. Simpson on April 26, 1958 in Fullerton, IL. He passed away, March 14, 1996.

She is survived by her daughter, Tammy Rose (Edward) Potter of Farmer City, IL; six grandchildren, Jameson Potter; Calen Potter; Benjamin Potter; Sierra Potter; Erika Potter; Alexandra Potter; four sister-in-laws, Shirley Dawson of Oreana, IL; Martha Keeney of Danvers, IL; Carol Hanna of Bloomington, IN; Nancy (Roger) Thorp of Des Moines, IA; several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Charles O. Simpson; parents, and four brothers, Wayne Dawson, Raymond Dawson, Lyle Dawson , and Carl Dawson.

Arvilla was a farmer. She was a member of Trinity Community Fellowship; former member of Fullerton Cumberland Presbyterian Church; member and Past President of Farmer City American Legion Unit 55 Auxiliary and a Past President of the 19th District Auxiliary; member of 40 & 8 Auxiliary; Hobby Club, Farmer City; Shakespeare Club, Farmer City; Red Hat Society, Farmer City; and the DeWitt County Farm Bureau.