John R. “Bob” Deffenbaugh

John R. “Bob” Deffenbaugh, 89, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 4:25 pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Good Samaritan Home in Pontiac.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church, Pontiac with Father Adam Cesarek officiating. According to Bob’s wishes there will be no visitation. A Rosary will be recited at 1:30 pm on Thursday prior to mass at the church. Burial will follow services at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Pontiac, where military rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling arrangements for the family.

Bob was born June 6, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois a son of Michael and Lois (Tarrant) Deffenbaugh. He married H. Darlene Falk on December 26, 1951 in Odell, IL. She passed away on August 29, 2007.

He is survived by his children: Debra (Bud) Ramseyer of Pontiac and Patricia (Tom) Pieper of Germantown Hills, IL; five grandchildren: Melissa Severson, Eric Pieper, Jason Pieper, Amanda Ramseyer and Rob Ramseyer; one great granddaughter: Catherine Severson; two great grandsons: Wyatt and Emmett Ramseyer; two sisters: Mary Joanne LeDoux and Ellen Louro; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Michael Deffenbaugh.

Bob was a graduate of Odell High School and attended the University of Illinois for a short time. He joined the United States Air Force, where he served his country for 20 years during WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Pontiac VFW and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac.

Upon retiring from the military, Bob opened up the Donut King. He then was the manager for a number of years at the Palamar Restaurant and Motel. He also owned and operated the restaurant- The Corner and another restaurant in Odell. Finally, he continued to stay busy delivering papers and being the bank courier.

Bob was a tough, organized, military-minded man who was stubborn and in charge. He also loved to talk and listen and always wanting to play with kids and have fun.

He was a loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed.

Esther E. Shrewsbury

Esther E. Shrewsbury 86 of Pontiac, IL died Wednesday November 8, 2017 at 4:31AM at Accolade Health Care, Pontiac, IL.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday November 11, 2017 at 11:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home with Pastor Jeremy Latzke officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery rural Pontiac, IL.  A visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:30AM until the hour of services at the funeral home. Memorials in Esther’s name may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church-Chenoa Sunday School Program.

Esther was born on December 8, 1930 at Goodfarm, IL., a daughter of August and Lena (Lambert) Denker.  She married John R. Shrewsbury on December 7, 1947 in Pontiac, IL.  He preceded her in death on October 6, 1996.  Survivors include: four sons: John (Linda) Shrewsbury, Michael Shrewsbury and Steven (Stacey) Shrewsbury all of Pontiac, IL; Mark (Debbie) Shrewsbury of Shreve, OH: one daughter: Marcia Wilson of Chenoa, IL; nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild: four step grandchildren and ten step great grandchildren.  Esther was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

Esther was a nurses aide for over fifty years retiring from Humiston Haven.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chenoa.

Betty E. Klein

indexFebruary 01, 1928 – October 15, 2017

Betty E. Klein, 89 of Carrollton, TX formerly of Pontiac, IL died Sunday October 15, 2017 at 8:45AM at the home of her daughter in Carrollton, Tx. Her funeral will be held on Monday October 23, 2017 at 11:00AM at the First Presbyterian Church, Pontiac with Rev. Canessa Lagan officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, rural Pontiac, IL. A visitation will be held on Sunday from 4:00-6:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac. Memorials in Betty’s name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church-Pontiac. Betty was born on February 1, 1928 in Nokomis, IL. a daughter of John and Mary (Lanahan) Bevill. She married Vernon Klein on April 6, 1947 and he preceded her in death on October 3, 1988. Survivors include: one daughter: Deborah Rainier of Carrollton, TX; one grandson: Michael Rainier of Carrollton, Tx; three great grandsons; three sisters: Margaret Langhoff of Streator, IL., Janet Washburn of Houston, TX and Mary Bigger of Pontiac, IL.; one brother: John Bevill; two -sisters- in law: Marilyn McGregor of Pontiac, IL. and Beverly Grace of Fairbury, IL. Betty was preceded in death by one daughter: Betty Ann Klein, one grandson: Jonathan Rainier, three sisters and two brothers. Betty was a member of the First Presbyterian Church-Pontiac, IL. She had been employed at St. James Hospital and Raleigh J. Harris Funeral Home for several years.

John Franklin “Frank” Roberts

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John Franklin “Frank” Roberts, 83, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 3:10 pm on Monday, October 9, 2017 at Accolade Healthcare Center in Pontiac, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 pm prior to the funeral at the funeral home. Entombment will follow services at Memorial Park Cemetery in rural Pontiac, IL where military rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston County Cancer Fund.

Frank was born April 14, 1934 and raised in Pontiac, IL a son of Edwin and Mattie (Rich) Roberts. He married Jacqulyn “Jackie” Roberts on June 17, 1956 at the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, IL. She passed away on October 1, 2012. He is survived by two sons: Ricky Joe (Joyce) Roberts of Texas, and Ronald Allen (Tami) Roberts of Pontiac; one daughter-in-law: Kathy Roberts of Pontiac; eight grandsons: Bradley, Brian, Kevin, Ryan, John, Jake, Chris, and Craig Roberts; one great granddaughter: Katie Lynn; two great grandsons: Jackson Lee and Spencer Jackson; one sister: Deloris Wiechmann of Flanagan, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son: Randy Lee Roberts; and his siblings: Gene Roberts, Dick Roberts, and Mary Lou Hedrick.

Frank served our country in the United States Army stationed over in Europe in the 1950’s. He was a member of the Pontiac American Legion and the VFW. He also was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac.

He liked to keep people on their toes, always having something clever to say. Frank was a loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed. His ornery smile will not be forgotten.

Edmund D. Harston

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Edmund D. Harston, 80, of Pontiac, passed away at 8:49am, Thursday, October 5, 2017, at his home in Pontiac.

All services will be private. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

He was born August 31, 1937 in Witt, Illinois, the son of Herbert and Leah (Dobson) Harston. He married Barbara Stamps on May 7, 1965 in Pontiac. She preceded him in death on July 22, 2017.

He was educated in Witt schools, then joined the Army. He served from 1955-1958, completing basic training with the 13th Infantry Regiment at Ft. Carson, Colorado and spending part of his service on Baffin Island, Canada. After his discharge from the Army he worked at Allis-Chalmers in Springfield, then moved to Pontiac to pursue a career at the Pontiac Correctional Center. He worked as a guard and a food supervisor and retired after 28 years of service.

Ed enjoyed restoring and showing vintage cars, fishing, hunting, and visiting with friends.

He is survived by three children, Peggy (Dale) Graham of Harper Woods, Michigan, Brian (Mary) Harston of Midland, Michigan, Chris (Philene) Harston of Plainfield; seven grandchildren, Sarah, Mikayla, Kevin, Maggie, Madison, Lauren and Jason; one brother, Billy of Creve Coeur.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Emery, Jimmy, Herbie, Harry “Abe”, John Charles “Chuck”; five sisters, Emily Mayfield, Rosie Cargle, Miriam Harston Craig, Anna Harston, and Hilda Harston.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pontiac Public Library.

Margaret “Jane” Cashmer

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Margaret “Jane” Cashmer, 73, of Cornell, IL passed away at 10:51 pm on Friday, September 29, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac with Pastor Dan Leonard and Jessica Ulrich officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Memorial Park Cemetery in rural Pontiac, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the family.

Jane was born September 27, 1944 in Batavia, IL a daughter of Kenneth and Thelma (Holmes) Barry. She married Clifford Cashmer, Jr. on June 16, 1962 in Streator, IL. He passed away on July 24, 1997.

She is survived by her children: David (Angie) Cashmer of Minonk, IL, Susan (Tim) Ulrich of Flanagan, IL, Jennifer Cashmer of Pontiac, IL, and Patricia Eden of Cornell, IL; her grandchildren: Chelsey Cashmer, Malorie Cashmer, Chad Ulrich, Brandon (Crystal) Ulrich, Joshua (Kayla) Ulrich, Jessica Ulrich, and Julia Cashmer; great grandchildren: Haidyn, Spencer, Gracie, Gunner is on-the-way, and Shane; her siblings: Kenneth (Nancy) Barry, Mike Barry, Charol (John) Hall, Charlotte Wheeler, Shelly Wade, Colleen (Jim) Poulaki, Nancy Barry, and Donald Barry. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two sisters: Evelyn Robinson and Eileen Hickenbottom.

Jane grew up in the Streator area. She was a member of the Streator Moose. She enjoyed playing cards every week with her siblings, tending to her flowers, decorating for every occasion or holiday, and going to garage sales as she called it “junking”, always looking for a good bargain for someone. She loved spending time with her family they were the most important thing to her. She will be greatly missed.

Harlan Wayne Ehrhardt

indexAugust 20, 1930 – September 23, 2017

 

Harlan Wayne Ehrhardt, 87, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 2:49 pm on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac.  A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Daryl Evans officiating with military rites to follow. Burial will be at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pontiac VFW.  A celebration will be held at the VFW following the services.

Wayne was born August 20, 1930 in Lexington, IL a son of Frank and Mary (Pirtle) Ehrhardt. He married Joan Eliza Cole on January 26, 1952 in Pontiac, Illinois. She passed away on September 24, 1986.

He is survived by his children: Robert Wayne Ehrhardt of Honolulu, HI, Mark Joseph Ehrhardt and Jill Marie Legner both of Pontiac, IL; four grandchildren: Cole, Jonathan (Sarah), Elizabeth, and Abigail Legner; great grandchildren: Beckett Harlan Legner, Emma Marjorie Legner and a granddaughter on the way; siblings: Earl Ehrhardt, Mildred Carner, David Ehrhardt, Myra (Chuck) Brill, and Frank (Edie) Ehrhardt. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two brothers: Henry and Lyle Ehrhardt.

Wayne served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War achieving the rank of Corporal.

He worked for 52 years as a pressman at Morton Printing retiring from RR Donnelley in Pontiac, IL.

Wayne was a member of the Pontiac VFW. He liked playing poker machines at the VFW and going to Las Vegas. He enjoyed watching the Cubs and Bears play and liked to fish.

Lavinia Trimble

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October 27, 1921 – September 11, 2017

Lavinia W. Trimble, (nickname Vin), 95, of Pontiac, IL, passed away at 11:40 am on Monday, September 11, 2017 at Tjardes Health Center of Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, IL.

According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and no services will be held.

Lavinia was born on October 27, 1921 in Hardin, MO, a daughter of Wilmuth H. (Watts) Morris and Barry Morris.  She married Arthur Trimble on December 12, 1941 in Palmyra, MO, divorced in 1953.

After retiring from a career as a legal administrative secretary in Oak Lawn, IL, Vin followed her passion for reading as a library assistant at the Naperville Public Library.

Lavinia was an extraordinary woman, like a breath of fresh air, always smiling and full of life! Dedicated to her four children, she single-handedly raised them in a home full of love. Best described as “quite the character”, Vin was thoughtful and compassionate, always wanting to make others smile.

She is survived by her children: Richard Trimble of Lexington, KY and Carole Benson of Bremerton, WA and one brother, David Morris of Tinley Park, IL.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Raymond Morris and daughter Patricia Hart.