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.

Donald C. Starr

Donald C. Starr, 68, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away at 4:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at his home.

Visitation will be from 10:00 – 12:00 P.M., Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois. His funeral will follow at noon at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois, with military rites provided by Ruel Neal American Legion Post 79, LeRoy, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes, P.O. Box 351, Stanford, Illinois 61774, or The Wall of Honor, c/o LeRoy American Legion, 100 North Main Street, LeRoy, Illinois 61752.

Don was born June 14, 1949, to Dudley Clark and Gladys Joy Harvey Starr.  They preceded him in death.  He married Margaret Kathryn Horn-Knapp on February 14, 1982, in LeRoy, Illinois. She survives.

He is survived by two daughters, Shelley (Alan) Waller of LeRoy, Illinois and Angie (Jack) Anderson of Stanford, Illinois; one brother, Allen Lee (Cathy) Starr of Lincoln, Illinois; two sisters, Mary Ellen (John) Mosher of Colorado and Tara (Ken Krauss) Hadden of Missouri; grandchildren, Sgt. Stephen (Kaileigh) Lake; William and Lillian Starr; Quinn and Kyle Waller; Jessica (Casey Horn); Adrian and Jasmine Anderson; great-grandchildren, Jace Kaeb and Grayson Lake.

Donald was a disabled veteran, serving in the Army during Vietnam from 1969 to 1971.  He retired from Bridgestone/Firestone in 2003 after 31 years.  He loved to go bowling, fishing, golfing, camping and traveling.  Don and Margaret spent the winter in Florida for the past six years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

Jordan “Bud” Wright

Jordan “Bud” Wright, 81, of Leroy, Illinois, passed away at 2:59 A.M., Sunday, September 24, 2017 at his home in LeRoy, Illinois surrounded by loved ones.

There will be a visitation from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois. A private family service will be held at a later time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Mr. Wright was born February 5, 1936 in Eckerty, Indiana to Jordan M. and Wyoma Lane Wright Sr. He married Margaret “Virginia” Woodford on December 31, 1955 in New Albany, Indiana. She survives in LeRoy, Illinois.

He is survived by his son, Terry Glen Wright of Bloomington, Illinois; four daughters, Sheila Mae (Arthur) Montgomery of Taswell, Indian, Pamela Sue Cross of LeRoy, Illinois, Sherry Kay (Joe) Mullen of Birdseye, Indiana, and Laurie Ann (Dave) Johnston of Farmer City, Illinois; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and his brother, Wendell (Elsie) Wright of Birdseye, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents and nineteen siblings.

Bud was a United States Navy Veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.


He retired from GTE as a Switchman and operated a small engine repair business in LeRoy for many years.

Harold Lyle Oleson

Harold Lyle Oleson, 97, of LeRoy, Illinois passed away at 10:20 P.M. Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Heritage Health, Normal, Illinois.

His funeral service will be 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at LeRoy Christian Church with Jeff Mayfield and Bob Beckman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Monday, September 18, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois and from 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the church. Memorials may be made to LeRoy Community Fire Protection District; LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service; Community Cancer Center, 407 E. Vernon Ave., Normal, Illinois 61761; or LeRoy Christian Church, 603 S. East St., LeRoy, Illinois 61752.

Harold was born September 12, 1920 in West Township, McLean County, Illinois, a son of Lu Roy and Clara Belle Vance Oleson. He married Virginia Mae Scott on August 4, 1946 in LeRoy, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Mae Oleson of LeRoy, Illinois; son, Larry (Lynn) Oleson of Bloomington, Illinois; daughter, Diana (James) Brown of Bloomington, Illinois; daughter, Judy (P. J.) Grosboll of Normal, Illinois; daughter, Brenda Friedlein of LeRoy, Illinois; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; brother, Clifford Oleson of Yorkville, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Roy Roger Oleson and sister, Helen Sawyer.

Harold began farming at the age of 12 and for himself in 1947, retiring in 2002 at the age of 82. He was the oldest resident born, raised, and still living until his death in West Township, McLean County, Illinois. He graduated from Empire Township High School which later became LeRoy High School. Harold was attending the LeRoy Christian Church and was an eighty year member of the First United Methodist Church, LeRoy, Illinois, where he served forty years as the Sunday School Superintendent.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Heritage Health, Normal, Illinois and the Transitions Hospice Team for their extra care in his final days.

Harold never knew a stranger and was always there for his children and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and will never be forgotten.