Steve James Sloneker

Steve James Sloneker, 55 of Danvers passed away at 10:19 AM Monday June 12, 2017 in Denver, PA.

There will be a funeral for Steve on Saturday June 17, 2017 at 10 AM at North Danvers Mennonite Church. Pastor Brian Sanders will officiate. There will be a visitation on Friday June 16, 2017 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington from 4-7 PM. Interment will be in North Danvers Mennonite
Cemetery. Otto-Argo-Calvert Funeral Home in Danvers is handling arrangements. Steve was born April 23, 1962 in Peoria to James and Joan Sears Sloneker. They survive and reside in Bloomington. He married Lisa Amberg on July 25, 1981 in Danvers. She survives. Steve is also survived by his two sons Dillon (Kelly) Sloneker and Elijah Sloneker both of Danvers, his siblings, Mark (Julie) Sloneker of San Franscisco, CA, Laura Sloneker-Tillman of Normal, and Erik (Rhea) Sloneker of Danvers.

Steve attended Elevate Church in Morton. He was a Journeyman with Local 649 Operator
and Engineer Union in Peoria. He has been traveling the last several years working the pipeline across many states. For thirteen years he was the owner and operator of Pine Valley Christmas Tree Farm in Danvers. He was a member of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater Quarterback Club, and
spent weekends traveling with family to see his son play college football. He enjoyed spending time outdoors camping with his boys and teaching them how to fish and hunt. He looked forward to
their annual trip to Florida to fish and boat with his family. He lived for his boys and did everything he
could to provide for them and helped them pursue their dreams. Memorial contributions may be made to Elevate Church in Morton.

Robert Edward Preller

Robert Edward Preller, 81, of rural Congerville, died May 3, 2017 at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Home, where he had been a resident for the past 3 years. Arrangements are being made through Otto Argo Calvert Funeral Home in Danvers. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Robert was born January 9, 1936 in section 16 Rutland Township, Kane County, Illinois to John Adolph Preller and Norma Jean Steven Preller, both deceased.

Robert married Barbara Ann Hoffman, June 14, 1957 in Evanston Illinois, also deceased. He is survived by his brother John Richard Preller (Joyce) of Rio Hondo, Texas, his son William of Hudson, and his grandson Alexander of Lebanon, Indiana. Robert graduated from Dundee High School in 1953 and from Northwestern University in Evanston in 1957 with a BA in Mathematics and Education. He received his MA in Education from the University of Illinois in 1960, and earned his PhD from Illinois State
University in Education Administration and Foundations in 1972.

Robert worked for the Illinois State Board of Higher Education, during the formative years of the Illinois junior college system, and then worked at Illinois Central College from 1968 until his retirement in 1992, beginning his administrative career as Director of Educational Research and then returning to his true love as a teacher, becoming a professor in the mathematics department. He received the Outstanding Teacher Award, in recognition from his students for his deep commitment to them and to his love of teaching. Many of his students remember his kindness, stories with a point of learning, and his ability to relay complex mathematical concepts in easy to comprehend ways. He owned a small farm southwest of Congerville and for many years ran a cattle operation. He and Barbara were ahead of their time, marketing high quality freezer beef, custom cut to the customer’s specifications, long before that was commonly available. He was also highly interested in conservation working in conjunction with farming, working to establish wildlife habitat including a number of native prairie grass areas and species. Robert was a member of the Northwestern University Alumni Association, the National Rifle Association, Illinois State Rifle Association, Champaign County Rifle Association, National Conference of Teachers of Mathematics, the Libertarian Party, the Republican Party, the American Farm Bureau, Illinois Farm Bureau, McLean County Farm Bureau, the DuPage County Pioneer Cemetery Association, the Preservation Society of Lockport Illinois, the Louisiana Forestry Association, the Missouri Prairie Foundation, the Henry County Indiana Historical Society, Dawson County Nebraska Historical Society, Lexington Kentucky Historical Society, and Venango County Pennsylvania Historical Society. Robert was a highly intelligent individual who was interested in a wide variety of things from mathematics, education, and protection of the Second Amendment to the Constitution as one element of a strong commitment to personal freedoms and the accompanying personal responsibilities, to the preservation and restoration of Illinois natural prairie. He enjoyed traveling and learning about family genealogy, having visited and helped to
preserve and restore family cemeteries from Quebec to Montana, but relished most especially spending time with his cherished wife Barbara. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ronnie Glenn Roth

Ronnie Glenn Roth, 66 of Danvers died at 10:56 AM on Saturday March 25, 2017 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. There will be a visitation at First Presbyterian Church in Danvers from 4-7 PM Wednesday March 29, 2017. Funeral services for Ronnie will be Thursday March 30, 2017 at 10 AM at First Presbyterian Church in Danvers and interment will be in Park Lawn Cemetery in Danvers. Pastor Rich Bucher will officiate. Otto-Argo-Calvert Funeral Home in Danvers is handling arrangements.

Ronnie was born November 12, 1950 in Bloomington to Glenn William “Chic” and Lucille Gladys “Lucy” Foster Roth. They preceded him in death. He married Kimberly Ann Forrest Hilt on September
27, 1994 in Danvers. She preceded him in death on May 18, 2003. He is survived by his children, Jeremy (Millicent) Roth of Bloomington, Matt (Molly) Hilt of Carlock, Amanda Roth of Deer Creek, Brett
(Amanda) Hilt of Danvers, eleven grandchildren, Brittni, Briana, Kenede, Karcin, Miles, Kyla, Chloe, Ryleigh, Tarah, Camryn and Keely. He is also survived by his siblings, Karen (Dennis) Gehrt of Champaign, Connie Roth and Bonnie Roth of Morton, Bill (Janet) Roth of Morton, and Dave (Tracie) Roth of Atlanta, GA. Ronnie was a graduate of Morton High School. He then served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War. After his time in the service he spent his next several years working for Caterpillar, Morton buildings, and R & K Construction. For the last forty years he has owned and operated Roth Construction and Rocki Mini Storage in Danvers. He was a member of Deer Creek American Legion, Danvers Lions Club and a former member of the Danvers Jaycees. He also served two consecutive terms as the mayor of Danvers from 2005-2013. Ronnie loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren and friends. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed trap shooting, hunting and going to tractor pulls as well as traveling the country. Memorial contributions may be made to American Brain Tumor Association.

Lois Darlene Todd

Lois Darlene Todd, 89 of Danvers, IL, passed away at 10:45 AM on Monday, December 5, 2016 at Heritage Health, Bloomington, IL.


Her visitation will be 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Danvers, IL. A celebration of life service will be held 11:00 AM Friday (December 9, 2016) at the First Presbyterian Church, Danvers, IL. Rev. Tim Mitchell will be officiating. A Private family graveside service will be Friday at Park Lawn Cemetery, Danvers, IL. The family suggests memorials be made to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, OB Department, Danvers Fire and Rescue Department or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by Otto-Argo-Calvert Memorial Home, Danvers, IL.


Lois was born September 26, 1927 at her home in Covell, IL the daughter of Kenneth and Tressie Dossett Lee. She married Earl Robert Todd on June 20, 1948 in Stanford, IL. He survives. Earl and Lois have resided in Danvers, IL their entire married life. Lois will be deeply missed by her husband of 68 years.


Also surviving are her two children, Rodney (Barbara Tipsord) Todd, Normal IL, Tamara (Stephen) Sallee, Saybrook, IL, two grandsons, Connor (Ashton) Todd, Bloomington, IL, Drake (Mary Kallas) Sallee, Saybrook, IL, one brother, Roger (Bonnie) Lee, Minier, IL, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Lois is preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Madelynne Carmichael.


Lois was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Danvers, IL. Lois started her working career at Schrock Seed, Congerville, IL in the early 1960, later Lois worked a number of years at the First National Bank, Danvers and at other banking institutions in Bloomington, IL, ending her career at the age of 87 as a receptionist at Yoder Law Firm, Bloomington, IL. Lois dearly loved her family, especially her grandsons Connor and Drake for which she could be found in earlier years in the stands at their sporting events. Her family will miss her dearly. The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Health, Bloomington for the care and compassion shown to Lois.

Opal L. Stahly

Eureka – Opal L. Stahly, 96 of Eureka, formerly of Goodfield
passed away Monday October 24, 2016 at Select Post Acute Care, formerly Maple Lawn Homes in Eureka. There will be a visitation at North Danvers Mennonite Church in Danvers from 5-7 PM Thursday October 27, 2016. According to her wishes a private family burial will take place at the North Danvers Cemetery. Otto-Argo-Calvert Funeral Home in Danvers is handling arrangements. She was born on September 16, 1920 in Danvers to Robert Quillian and Mamie Altare Bostic. On May 31, 1942 she married Maurice L. Stahly in Danvers. He preceded her in death on April 11, 2012. She was also preceded by her brother Jim, sisters Gladys and C. Kathryn, infant son Roger, grandson Nate Hoffman, and a great-grandson William Ropp.

Surviving are three daughters, Joyce (Ken) Ropp of Tremont, Patricia (Gary) Combs of Fisher and Sandy (Denny) Hoffman of Goodfield. She was a loving grandmother to her ten grandchildren, Jeremy, Emily, Tim, Bethany, Erik, Shawn, Tiffany, Nate, Caleb, and Jonas and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eureka/Goodfield Rescue Squad at 211 North Main Street Eureka or to Congerville Rescue Squad at 102 Sharp Street Congerville. Online condolences may be made at

William Aaron “Bill” Armstrong

William Aaron “Bill” Armstrong, 69, of Louisville, KY passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016.

Originally from the town of Danvers, Illinois, he was born to the late Leland and Alice Harvey Armstrong. He was a champion baseball player in high school and at Millikin College a baseball and basketball player, a long-time member of the North Danvers Mennonite Church, who loved playing sports and was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs. He was the leader of New Horizons Divorce Recovery Group, where he helped many people through one of life’s most difficult challenge. He was the type of person who had never met a stranger and had a great zest for life. All who knew him truly loved him. Ham and Christmas were two of his favorite things. His buddies called him “Armie”.

Bill is survived by his loving daughter, Erin Armstrong (John Vaeth); sister, Nancy Reed (Larry); brother, Jim Armstrong (Donna); and a host of relatives and friends.


Visitation will be 1-6pm Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 235 Juneau Drive in Louisville, Ky., with service to follow at 6pm. Visitation in Danvers, Illinois will be 11am-1pm C.D.T. on Monday, August 22, 2016 with service to follow at 1pm at the North Danvers Mennonite Church, 5517 E 1950 North Rd, Danvers, IL 61732. Rev. Brian Johnson will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Park Lawn Cemetery in Danvers.


He had been in the care of Hosparus in the Palliative Care Unit for the last 2 weeks, and thanks to the brilliant staff at Baptist East, was completely pain free and peaceful in the end.

Local arrangements Otto-Argo-Calvert Memorial Home, Danvers, IL

Rita R. Allen Denne

Rita R. Allen Denne, 73 of Carlock, formerly of Danvers passed away at her home on May 24, 2016 at 8:10 AM.

There will be a funeral service for Rita on Friday May 27, 2016 at 11 AM at Otto-Argo-Calvert Funeral Home in Danvers. Pastor Jason Collins will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Stouts Grove Cemetery in rural Danvers.

Rita was born February 24, 1943 in Bloomington to Elwood “Deke” and Arlene Godden Allen. She married Donald L. Denne on March 12, 1959 in Bentonville, Arkansas. He survives and resides in Danvers. She is also survived by her ten children, Mareta Hines of Minier, Sandra Denne of Rantoul, Gloria Mudge of Oakton, VA, Donna (Ray) Miller of Parker, Colorado, Janna Denne of Morton, Donald Alan Denne of Salt Lake City, Utah, Samantha Denne of Danvers, William Denne of Danvers, Christopher Denne of Danvers, Victoria Denne of Danvers, four grandchildren, Matthew, Cody, Gillian, and Jared. She is also survived by two brothers, Ron (Peggy) Naas of Dallas, Texas and Jim Naas of Hudson. Rita was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather John Naas, two sisters Jean Brown and Patricia “Trisha” Pillow and two brothers Gary Naas and Randy Naas.

She was a member of Danvers Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and worked on the family farm in Danvers for many years raising her children. She later worked ten years for Alexander Manufacturing in Towanda as a machine operator. She retired in 2010.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or Carlock Fire and Rescue Club.

Elsie R. Judd

Elsie R. Judd, 94 of Bloomington, IL passed away at 10:04am at the Bickford House, Bloomington, IL on February 6, 2016.


Services for Elsie will be on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12 Noon at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with the Rev. Jim Warren officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the memorial home. Interment will follow the service at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.


She was born on January 8, 1922 in Ellsworth, IL, the daughter of Herman and Anna A. Richardson Lucas. She married Earl J. Judd on December 28, 1941 in Missouri; he preceded her in death on August 2, 2001.


Surviving are her children, Morris (Linda) Judd, Normal; Mikel (Nancy) Judd, Bloomington; and Maureen Judd (Paul) Reynolds. Also surviving are several grandchildren, many great-grand children, one great-great-grandchild, and many cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and four sisters.


Elsie received her teaching certificate from Illinois State Normal University and taught for many years in one-room schools in the Fairbury and Ellsworth area. She was the Office Manager at Judd Electric for twenty years.


Her interest included fishing, books and reading, and collecting recipes. She is a member of the First Christian Church of Bloomington, IL.

Mable Elizabeth Reum

Mable Elizabeth Reum, 102 of Carlock died at 12:45 AM on Friday January 1, 2016 at McLean County Nursing Home in Normal.

There will be a funeral service for Mable at Zion Lutheran Church in Danvers on Thursday January 7, 2016 at 10 AM. Reverend Frank Zimmerman will officiate. There will be a visitation Wednesday January 6, 2016 at Otto-Argo-Calvert Funeral Home in Carlock from 4-6 PM. Interment will take place in Park Lawn Cemetery in Danvers.

Mable was born June 4, 1913 in Carlock to William and Emma Stappenbeck Alwes. She married Arthur Reum on May 28, 1939 in Danvers. He preceded her in death on May 6, 1996 in Carlock. She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Earl, and Melvin “Pete” and three sisters Hilda Augspurger, Pauline Meseke, and Evelyn Fairbanks.

She is survived by her daughter Joyce (Windell) Kessinger of Bloomington and her son Ronald (Sharon) Reum of Bourbonnais, IL and well as 8 grandchildren, Terri Myers of Normal, Steve (Deb) Schippert of Carlock, Karen (Michael) Pflederer of Tremont, Joe (Christine) Schippert of Knoxville, TN, John (Kimberly) Schippert of Normal, Bart (Georgia) Reum of Yorkville, Brett (Erin) Reum of Bourbonnais, and Bryson (Becky) Reum of North Riverside, IL, nineteen great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Mable was born and raised on the family farm in Carlock and graduated from Carlock High School. In 1957 she returned back home to farm with her husband Arthur. She spent eleven years at State Farm Insurance doing clerical work, retiring in 1965. She was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Danvers and was a part of the Church Ladies Aid. As long as she was able, Mable was an avid gardener and canner of fruits and vegetables, as well as a wonderful cook and homemaker. She was also an excellent quilter.

Memorial contributions may be made to Carlock Fire Department or to Zion Lutheran Church.