Frederick Harold “Fred” Patterson

Frederick Harold “Fred” Patterson, 65, of Bloomington, IL formerly of Pontiac, IL passed away at 8:00 am on Friday, December 1, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Pontiac. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will take place. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling arrangements for the family.

Fred was born January 9, 1952 in Pontiac, IL a son of Frederick Samuel and Mabel Golda (Marker) Patterson. He married Sherrie Watkins on May 14, 1994 in Bloomington, IL. She survives.

Also surviving is his step daughter: Christina (David) Cors of Deer Creek, IL; one sister: Karen Cook of Normal, IL; two granddaughters: Kaeleigh and Mikayla; two great grandsons: Dalton Jr. and Landyn; three nieces and one nephew; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Pastor Robert Patterson.

Fred was born and raised in the Pontiac area. He worked for 18 years for the City of Pontiac in road maintenance before moving to Bloomington and working for GATX for 10 years.

He enjoyed fishing, John Deere and Oliver tractors, very active in Thresherman’s Reunion, and he liked to cook and eat.

Fred was a loving husband, step father, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Eldon K. Ruff

Eldon K. Ruff, 85 of rural Pontiac, IL died Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 3:15AM at his residence.

His funeral will be held on Saturday December 2, 2017 at 11:00AM at the First United Methodist Church, Pontic with Rev. Gretchen Stinebaugh officiating.  Burial will be at South Side Cemetery, Pontiac.  A visitation will be held on Friday from 5:00-8:00PM at the church.  Memorials in Eldon’s name may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Alzheimer’s Association. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

Eldon was born on October 7, 1932 in Fairbury, IL a son of Delbert and Josephine (Eaton) Ruff.  He married Jean Bammann on October 17, 1954 in Pontiac, IL. She survives in rural Pontiac; also surviving are four children: Robby (Debbie) Ruff of Odell, IL, Susie (Marty) Mackinson , Peggy Ruff and Nancy (Kent) Woodburn all of Pontiac, IL; one daughter in law: Lauri Ruff of Pontiac, IL; one sister: Betty Jean Voigts of Pontiac, IL; sixteen beloved grandchildren and thirteen beloved great grandchildren; one son Mike Ruff preceded him in death in 2008.

Eldon was educated in Cornell and graduated from Pontiac High School.  He served his country as a Navy Corpsman/Medic during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1955. Eldon lived and worked a grain and livestock farmer in Livingston County for most of his life.  He and Jean lived many years in Hudson enjoying Lake Bloomington with their family and friends.  Later Eldon also worked as a crop adjuster for Country Insurance.

He was a member of the First United Methodist church.  Eldon loved people and the communities in which he and his family lived. Through the years he served as a 4-H leader and as a member of several area boards including the Livingston County Fair Association, the Bank of Pontiac, the first United Methodist church, Pontiac Area of Chamber of Commerce and the Pontiac Township High School for over 25 years. Eldon also served on the Livingston County Board.  He was a member of the Pontiac Elks Lodge and the former Pontiac American Legion and the Pontiac Moose Lodge.  He also participated in Country Couples for many enjoyable years.

Lois Eleanor Payne Heins

Lois Eleanor Payne Heins, 104, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 3:25 pm on Friday, November 24, 2017 at Tjardes Health Center of Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, IL.

Her celebration of life will be held at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Pontiac with Rev. Tim Hubert officiating. Friends may visit one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will follow services at Chenoa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Lois requested memorials be made to First Lutheran Church of Pontiac or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Lois Eleanor was born October 29, 1913 on a farm near Chenoa, Illinois a daughter of Wilbur L. and Matilda (Streid) Payne. She married John Myron Heins on August 11, 1939 in Hermosa Beach, California.

Lois is survived by her two sons: The Reverend Dr. John L. (Connie) Heins of Roscoe, IL, and Dr. Robert E. (Terri) Heins of Pontiac, IL; six grandchildren brought fun and joy to her life: Erika (Mark) Navin of Franklin, WI, Heather Heins of Denver, CO, Jamie Heins of Chula Vista, CA, John Kyle Heins of San Pedro, CA, Roy (Christy) Heins of North Aurora, IL, and Robyn (Zach) Zehr of Estes Park, CO. Her family now includes nine great grandchildren: Harper and Myles Navin, Emmalee and Donovan Heins, Amelia, Evelyn, Lauren Heins, Carsyn and Conrad Zehr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron (2004), and her parents.

A 1930 graduate of Redonda Beach Union High School, Redonda, CA. Loise was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church of Pontiac. She particularly enjoyed being a homemaker and gardening. She loved trimming her bushes, enjoyed her flowers, loved feeding and watching the birds and other animals. This love of nature she passed to her sons. Lois was a humble and caring person who showed her love to family and community. Lois helped to start the Encore Shop in Pontiac; she was particularly proud to begin a store for the community where individuals could purchase repurposed clothing and other items.

Lois loved the arts and showed her creativity through crafts and the stitching of quilts which she lovingly provided to her sons and grandchildren.

The family is gratefully appreciative to the staff at Tjardes Health Center for the compassionate and respectful care given to Lois.

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

index.jpgApril 14, 1934 – October 09, 2017

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

index.jpgAugust 31, 1937 – October 05, 2017

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

index.jpgSeptember 27, 1944 – September 29, 2017

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.