Betty Jean Lewis

Betty Jean Lewis, 92, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 8:21 A.M., Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Healthcare.

Her funeral will be at 2:00 P.M, Friday, December 1, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, with Pastor Dave Ashby officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Farmer City Rehabilitation and Healthcare activity fund.

Betty was born July 20, 1925 in Farmer City, Illinois, a daughter of Jesse and Marguerite Ruch Anderson. She married Carrry Allen “Bud” Lewis, May 2, 1947, in Farmer City, Illinois. He passed away, November 8, 2011.

She is survived by her son, Gene (Anita) Lewis of Mahomet, Illinois and daughter, Pamela (Richard) Chapman of Broadlands, Illinois; four grandchildren, Chad (Kathy) Lewis of Mahomet, Illinois, Blake (Jamie Jarboe) Propst of Foosland, Illinois, Wesley (Jordan) Propst of Farmer City, Illinois, and Ryan (Courtney Johnson) Propst of Mahomet, Illinois; three stepgrandchildren, Samantha (Ian) Estes of Fisher, Illinois, Katie (Brett) Taylor of Mahomet, Illinois and Bailey (Todd) Schiff of Ogden, Illinois; eight great-grandchildren, Abbie Lewis; Faith Lewis; Julian Hudspath; Charlotte Propst; Conner Propst; Gabbie Jarboe; Corbin Johnson; and Josie Johnson; eight stepgreat-grandchildren, Tanner Estes; Morgan Estes; Kayla McKinney; Kassie McKinney; Kallen Taylor; Kade Taylor; Beau Hauersperger; and Dean Schiff; siblings, Duane (Sylvia) Anderson of Bellflower, Illinois; Louise Jiles of Farmer City, Illinois; Judy (Dale) Marshall of LeRoy, Illinois; Jack (Rita) Anderson of Wyoming and Arizona; and Carolyn (Walt) Jiles of Atkinson, Illinois; sister-in-law, Roxee Anderson of Atkinson, Illinois. Betty was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Ronald, Donald, Robert, and James Anderson; sisters, Martha Anderson, Anna Mae Okeson and Mary Lou Flegel.

Betty had been a train master clerk for the New York Central Railroad and Conrail Railroad. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Farmer City, Illinois. Betty loved bowling and craft work.

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Priscilla L. Reynolds

Priscilla L. Reynolds, 65, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 1:30 A.M., Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Healthcare.
A graveside service will be 3:00 P.M., Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois, with Bud McMasters officiating. There will be no visitation.
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, in charge of arrangements.
Priscilla was born December 25, 1951, in Watseka, Illinois, a daughter of Kenneth Virgil & Myrtle Elizabeth Hall Larkin. She married Kevin Paul Reynolds. He passed away April 14, 2017.
She is survived by her son, Greg (Jamie) Larkin of Mansfield, Illinois; three stepdaughters, Kerri Reynolds of LeRoy, Illinois, Shannon (Steven) Cox of Bloomington, Illinois and Krystal Reynolds of LeRoy, Illinois; two grandchildren, Colby and Cory Larkin; three brothers, Larry (Mariam) Larkin of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Kenneth (Robert Dahm) Larkin of St. Louis, Missouri and Martin A. Larkin of Kansas City, Kansas; one sister, Jo C. (Norman) Hunt of
Downers Grove, Illinois.
Priscilla was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Priscilla was a member of the First Christian Church, Farmer City, Illinois.

Denver Lee Bailey

Denver Lee Bailey, 60, of Bellflower, Illinois, passed away at 7:58 A.M., Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at his residence.
His visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M., Monday, November 27, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 106 North Main Street, Famer City, Illinois.
A Memorial Service will follow at 5:00 P.M. with Rev. Wayne Clevenger officiating. Please wear your casual Cubs attire. Memorials may be made to the Carle Hospice Program, Champaign, Illinois.
Denver was born July 2, 1957, in Somerset, Kentucky, a son of Hubert and Marie Wooton Bailey. He married Terrye Flannery on January 29, 1977, in Farmer City, Illinois.
He is survived by his wife, Terrye Bailey of Bellflower, Illinois; mother, Marie Bailey of Gibson City, Illinois; three daughters, Jennifer (Jeremy) Duke of Gibson City, Illinois, April (Blake) Warren of Gibson City, Illinois and Krystal Bailey of Bellflower, Illinois; five grandchildren, Owen, Ethan and Declan Duke; Anna and Carly Warren. Preceded in death by his father.
Denver was a truck driver and looked forward to coming home to see his grandkids. He loved to watch his grandsons wrestle and play football at GCMS.
Denver was a die-hard Cubs fan before it was “cool”!

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.

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.

Stephen R. “Skinner” Johnson

Stephen R. “Skinner” Johnson, 64, of Farmer City, IL passed away at 11:25 P.M., Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 3:00 P.M., Monday, October 23, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, IL.  Inurnment will follow in Johnson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., Monday, October 23, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Skinner’s page at team.kidney.org.

Skinner was born on March 5, 1953 in Bloomington, IL, a son of Kenneth Dean and Patricia Ann Fogal Johnson.  He married Mickie Nelson on 27 June, 2006.  Skinner is preceded in death by his loving parents.

He is survived by his wife, Mickie, of Farmer City, IL; sons, Calvin (Kenna) Johnson of Osman, IL, Clinton Johnson of Farmer City, IL, Toby (Melissa) Johnson of Slidell, LA, and Tucker Johnson of Utica, IL; three stepdaughters, Stefani (Greg) Warsaw of Farmer City, IL; Lora (Julien) Huck of Scottsdale, AZ and Elisha (Nick) Walters of Farmer City, IL; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Doug (Marcia) Johnson of Dora, MO and Greg (Joy) Johnson of Mansfield, IL; one sister, Stacie (Steve) Sutton of Frankfort, KY; dear friend, Sarah McCoy Shoemaker of Decatur, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

Skinner worked for John Deere in Farmer City, IL and in Clinton, IL and he loved driving trucks across the prairie for multiple outfits.

He graduated from Moore Township High School, Farmer City, IL and attended Joliet Junior College where he played basketball and was nicknamed “Farm”. Skinner was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Farmer City, a member of the Farmer City Masonic Lodge 710, and the National Rifle Association.

Steve’s timely wit will be missed.

Jaxton Lee Denno

Jaxton Lee Denno, infant son of Michele Denno of Bellflower, IL, passed away at 7:25 P.M., Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.

A Candle Light Celebration of Life Service will be at 6:30 P.M., Friday, October 27, 2017 at Trinity Community Fellowship, Farmer City, IL with Pastor Dave Ashby officiating. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope4Aubree or to Trinity Community Fellowship. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, IL in charge of arrangements.

Jaxton was born October 14, 2017 in Urbana, IL, a son of Michele Denno.

He is survived by his mother, Michele Denno of Bellflower, IL; maternal grandparents, Andy and Lisa Denno of Bellflower, IL and Joe Zapala of San Angelo, TX; maternal great-grandparents, Pat and Diane VanMatre of Champaign, IL and Mitchell and Judy Denno of Newton, NH; uncle, Joey (Carolyn) Denno of Farmer City, IL.

Jaxton is preceded in death by his maternal great-grandfather, Richard Pruitt and maternal great-grandparents, Bill and Mary Ann Zapala.