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.

Leonardo “Dino” Navarra

Leonardo “Dino” Navarra, 80, of LeRoy, IL, passed away at 9:13 P.M., Friday, October 20, 2017 at his home in LeRoy, IL.

A Funeral Celebration will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, IL with Father Dustin Schultz officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, IL. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mr. Navarra was born on July 18, 1937 in Tunis, Tunisia to Liborio and Giovanna Mangialomini Navarra. He married Giovanna G. Albanese on August 9, 1962 in Tripoli, Libya. She survives in LeRoy, IL.

Also surviving are two daughters, Lidia B. Navarra of LeRoy, IL and Patrizia L. Tegenkamp of Normal, IL; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry (LuAnn) Navarra of Morrison, IL; and two sisters, Maria Copley of LeRoy, IL and Rita (Don) Casillo of Moore, OK.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Antonella Navarra, six grandchildren, and one sister, Carla Kellogg.

Dino had been a correctional officer at the McLean County Jail and a police officer for the LeRoy Police Department.

Dino was a member of St. Mary Church, Downs, IL and was a past member of the Knights of Columbus, Bloomington, IL.

Dorothy Donovan

Dorothy Donovan, 91, of Springfield, IL formerly of Heyworth, IL, passed away at 11:11 A.M., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village, Springfield, IL.

Her Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Church of Saint Mary, Downs, IL. Father Dustin Schultz will officiate. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the church.

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Church of Saint Mary, Downs, IL or the Carl E. Miller American Legion Auxiliary Unit #624, Heyworth, IL.

Mrs. Donovan was born September 22, 1926 in Normal, IL to Wendell Wallace and Ida Josephine Gilbert Beeler. She married Richard James Donovan on August 20, 1949 in Downs, IL. He passed away March 27, 2000. She later married James E. Pantier October 1, 2005 in Downs, IL. He survives in Springfield, IL.

Also surviving are three sons, Edward James (Linda) Donovan of LeRoy, IL, Jerry Richard Donovan of Heyworth, IL and Dennis Eugene (Kimberly) Donovan of Wapella, IL; two daughters, Jo Ann (David) Jones of Sparks, NV and Julia Ann Herpel of Chatham, IL; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles (C. J.) Beeler of Osage Beach, MO, Wallace (Lois) Beeler of Peoria, IL, and William (Sharon) Beeler of McLean, IL; and one sister, Jo Ann Stills of Clearwater, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Naomi Ruth (Robert) West, and one step-grandson, Michael Hunley.

Dorothy retired from State Farm in 1988 after working 25 years.

She was a member of St. Mary Church, Downs, IL; the St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society; the Clinton YMCA; the Carl E. Miller American Legion Auxiliary Unit # 624, Heyworth, IL; The Downs Homemaker Extension; the Downs Senior’s Group; and a past member of the Clinton-DeWitt DAR.