Raymond Oncken

Raymond Oncken of Minonk passed away, with his family at his side, at 10:25 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017, at The Waterford Bridle Brook Assisted Living Center in Mahomet, Illinois. He was 76 years old.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Minonk, IL, with Father Patrick Greenough, OFM Conv., officiating. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery. A visitation will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m., prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to the Minonk Ambulance Squad or Minonk Fire Department.
Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home in Minonk is assisting the family with arrangements.
Surviving are two siblings, Gene (Sharon) Oncken and Jane (Joseph) Smith; nieces and nephews, Jason (Kim) Smith, Kathryn (Michael) Graham, Jennifer (Andrew) Wagner, Angela (Marcellus Rolle) Oncken, Kristina (Mark) Oncken-Cortez and Andrew (Marci) Oncken; and great-nieces and nephews, Harrison and Elizabeth Smith, Emma, Megan, James and Anna Graham, Alexandria, John, Benjamin and Henry Wagner, Madeleine and Charlotte Cortez and Christian, Logan and Savannah Oncken.

Mary Beth Garretson

Mary Beth Garretson, 62, of Flanagan, passed away Monday September 25, 2017, 8:41 am at her home in Flanagan.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family graveside service will be held Saturday September 30, 2017, 11:00 am at the Cornell Cemetery. Rev. Sharon Garretson, will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Livingston County Humane Society.
Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, is in charge of arrangements.
Beth was born November 19, 1954 in Pontiac, IL to La Verne and Ruth (Baker) Garretson.
Surviving are her siblings, Gary Lee (Sharon) Garretson, of Pontiac, Carolyn Kay Garretson, of Flanagan, Richard Eugene (Shirley) Garretson, of Cornell and Larry Joe Garretson, of Streator.
Her parents and her longtime companion, Oakley “Barney” Smith, preceded her in death.
Beth was employed at Ruff Brother’s Grain for over 44 years. She was of the Methodist faith.

William Compton Sr.

William E. “Bill” Compton Sr., 80 of Lexington passed away at 4:35 AM Sunday, September 24, 2017 at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

A graveside service will be 1:30 PM Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, with Rev. Bill Brown officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Lexington Community Church.

Calvert – Johnson & Musselman Funeral Home, Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Bill was born March 6, 1937 in Hudson, a son of Clyde and Hazel Irene Hospelhorn Compton. He married Judi Erps on October 11, 1955 in Normal. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, William Compton Jr. of Lexington, Tod Compton of Peoria and David Compton of Lexington; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and four sisters, Shirley Olson of Normal, Sarah (James) Fox of Leroy and Linda Jones and Paulette (Basil) Rauch both of Fairbury.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, George, Robert and Ronald; a sister, Carolyn Compton; and a daughter, Gale Elaine Compton.

Bill was a member of Lexington Community Church.

He had served in the Navy.

William Compton Sr.

William E. “Bill” Compton Sr., 80 of Lexington passed away at 4:35 AM Sunday, September 24, 2017 at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

A graveside service will be 1:30 PM Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, with Rev. Bill Brown officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Lexington Community Church.

Calvert – Johnson & Musselman Funeral Home, Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Bill was born March 6, 1937 in Hudson, a son of Clyde and Hazel Irene Hospelhorn Compton. He married Judi Erps on October 11, 1955 in Normal. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, William Compton Jr. of Lexington, Tod Compton of Peoria and David Compton of Lexington; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and four sisters, Shirley Olson of Normal, Sarah (James) Fox of Leroy and Linda Jones and Paulette (Basil) Rauch both of Fairbury.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, George, Robert and Ronald; a sister, Carolyn Compton; and a daughter, Gale Elaine Compton.

Bill was a member of Lexington Community Church.

He had served in the Navy.

Marlene Rooker

Marlene A. Rooker, 79, of Flanagan, IL passed away at 3:26 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Reflections Memory Care in Washington, IL.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at St. Petri Lutheran Church 18079 N. 100 East Road, Flanagan with Rev. Paul Lellilid officiating. Burial will follow at St. Petri Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Memorials may be made to the church or the Alzheimer’s Association 612 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.

Marlene was born October 18, 1937 in Flanagan, IL the daughter of Jerry and Lucile Gaspardo Weichman. She married Charles W. Rooker on September 2, 1956 in Flanagan. He died October 12, 1998. She was preceded by her parents, one son Doug, and many relatives.

Surviving are one daughter Debra (Perry) Willman of Metamora; one daughter-in-law Jodie Rooker of Normal; four grandchildren Jason (Beth) Rooker of Normal, Jake (Brianna) Rooker of Ft. Collins, CO, Laura (Bryan) Moore of East Peoria, and Nick (Emily) Willman of Sioux Falls, SD; three great grandchildren Wesley and Jameson Rooker and Bennett Moore; one sister-in-law Mary Plunkett of Florida and several nieces and nephews.

Marlene was a member of St. Petri Lutheran Church and sang in the choir for many years. She worked as a secretary at Flanagan High School for 42 years. Marlene loved spending time with her grandkids watching them grow up and get married. She also enjoyed being with her great grandkids. Marlene enjoyed playing cards, eating out with friends, and socializing with people on the Flanagan State Bank trips. She will be greatly missed by everyone that loved her. The family would like to thank the staff at Morningside and Reflections in Washington for taking care of Mom for the last 3 years.

Oakley “Barney” Smith

Oakley C. “Barney” Smith, 91, of Flanagan, passed away Wednesday September 6, 2017, 7:10 pm at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Visitation will be Monday September 11, 2017 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan. Funeral services will follow at 2:30 pm. The Rev. Dana Jumper will officiate. Burial will follow at Dana Cemetery, where full military rites will be accorded by the Flanagan American Legion. Memorials may be made to Futures Unlimited, Pontiac or Relay for Life, Livingston County.
It is requested that everyone please wear Cubs clothing for the services.
Barney was born May 26, 1926 in Dana, IL to John and Tillie (Hecht) Smith. He had married Betty Rients. They were later divorced.
Surviving are his children, Barbara (Mark) Ragle and Lisa (Paul) Krieghauser, both of Pontiac.
Also surviving is his longtime companion, Beth Garretson. Barney has four grandchildren, Jacob and Angela Ragle, John and Marissa Krieghauser and two great-grandchildren.
His parents, one daughter, Jeanette Smith, four brothers, Arthur, William, Edward and George, one sister, Velma Klendworth, preceded him in death.
Barney had served his country in the United States Army and Army Air Corp during WW II. He was very proud to be a veteran.
He was a member of the Flanagan American Legion and the Pontiac VFW. He had been a long time farmer in the Flanagan area. He was of the Lutheran Faith.
He enjoyed his farming, being outdoors, and his family. Barney was a very big Chicago Cubs fan. Barney so enjoyed watching them win the Worlds Series.

Delite M. Stucky

Delite M. Stucky, 88 of Flanagan, went peacefully to be with her savior at 2:50 PM Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in the Flanagan Rehabilitation and Health Care in Flanagan.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Calvert – Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Friday with visitation an hour prior to services at Salem Church, 4925 E 1250 North Road, Gridley. Her pastor, Rev. Stuart Rex will officiate. Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Flanagan.

She was a lifetime member of Salem Church, where memorials may be made to her church, the Mennonite College of Nursing or to the donor’s choice.

Delite was born in the farm home near Flanagan to Peter and Laura Zimmerman Stucky on January 15, 1928. She is survived by one nephew, Dallas Stucky of Flanagan, several cousins and a close friend, Lois Klein of Gridley.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jerald (Betty) and Leland.

Delite walked to the one room Friendship School for her elementary education. She graduated in 1945 from Flanagan High School and from Mennonite School of Nursing three year registered nurse program in 1956.

She was a medical surgery floor nurse at Mennonite Hospital, an office nurse for Dr. Wellmerling for eleven years and a surgical nurse at Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington. She moved back to Flanagan in 1974 to care for her Dad and worked twenty years in surgery in the old St. James Hospital in Pontiac. She retired to doing part time until the hospital moved to the new hospital.

With AORN (American Operating Room Nurses) she attended their world conferences taking her to Russia, Hungary, Austria, British Columbia, Holland, Wales, Ireland, Germany, China, Canada, Alaska, New York City and her favorite, Australia.

She enjoyed several hobbies. From her travels she has a huge salt & pepper and thimble collection. Family and friends enjoyed the many creations she made from her cook book collection. She played the organ, was good at crafts and a seamstress. She even made the wedding dress for her roommate. She did her daily crossword puzzles until two weeks ago.

She attained her private pilot’s license in 1974. She loved adventure, white water rafting in Alaska, riding a camel and driving Route 66 to California in 1961. She has enjoyed the beauties of our 50 States.

Aldene Kingdon

Aldene V. Kingdon, 94, of El Paso, IL passed away on her birthday at 8:35 p.m. Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Normal, IL.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday September 7, 2017 at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso with Pastor Josh Gates officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to Grace Fellowship Church or the El Paso Rescue Squad.
Aldene was born September 3, 1923 in El Paso, IL the daughter of John and Sarah Mool McDonell. She married Lyle B. Kingdon on September 28, 1945 in El Paso, IL. He died October 23, 1972
Surviving are one son Richard (Debbie) Kingdon of El Paso; one grandson Brad Kingdon of El Paso; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters Evelyn Steffen and Marjorie Kingdon.
She was a member of the El Paso United Methodist Church and then joined Grace Fellowship Church in El Paso. Aldene and Lyle ran the DX Gas Station in El Paso until they started farming in 1951 and they farmed and also ran an Auction service in El Paso. She had also worked at Schramm Shoes in El Paso.

Jacob Porter

Jacob H. “Jake” Porter, 43, of El Paso, IL passed away at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday September 8, 2017 at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, IL with Fr. John Steffen officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso, with dinner immediately following at St Mary’s Catholic Church, El Paso. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to El Paso Fire Department, El Paso Rescue Squad or the American Heart Association.
Jake was born October 15, 1973 in Normal, IL the son of David and Karen L. Smoots Porter.
Surviving are his mother Karen Porter of El Paso; one sister Amy (Tim) Supan of Carlock; and two nieces Samantha and Shannan, two nephews Sean and T.J. and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jake was preceded in death by his Father, maternal and paternal grandparents, several aunts, uncles and one cousin.
He worked at Heritage Health Nursing Home in El Paso for 25 years, starting as a teenager in high school. Throughout his career there, he provided compassion to residents, allowing them to live their final years with dignity. No task was too big or too small for Jake, as he could be found working in cafeteria, laundry, with residents or just filling in where needed. He has also worked diligently for 19 years as a Production Control Clerk for American Buildings Company, more recently known as Nucor. He was on the El Paso Corn Festival committee, working as a volunteer for 13 years, and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, El Paso.
Jake was loved and will be missed by so many whether it be family, friends or co-workers. He would have been shocked by the huge outpouring of memorials on social media, and messages to his family. He provided many hours of fun and laughter to all who knew him, and his nicknames and sayings were legendary. He was extremely caring, and would drop everything to help with anything. Hands down, he was the most hard working man.
He loved his family fiercely, especially his nieces and nephews, who loved him and will miss him terribly. His family would like to thank his buddies from the “hood” for providing him with hours of friendship and laughter with their long walks and pool parties. He loved you all, and will forever be watching over all of us from heaven.

Brenda Carlson

Brenda E. Carlson, 47 of LaRose died Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Roanoke as a result of a car accident.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Antioch Christian Church, Toluca with Rev. Dr. Robert Idell officiating. Burial will follow in Bell Plain Baptist Cemetery, Pattonsburg. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 Tuesday at Calvert – Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Toluca and again from 10:00 to 11:00 Wednesday prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to her church.

Brenda was born April 15, 1970 in Streator, a daughter of Dennis and Mary Ransom Carlson. She attended Lincoln Christian College and Illinois Central College.

She is survived by a brother, Brian (Debbie) Carlson of South Bend, IN and a niece, Jessica (Jesse) Haines of Loveland, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim Ransom, Catherine Ransom Bond and Ernest and Esther Halberg Carlson.

Brenda was a member of Antioch Christian Church in Toluca.