Marilyn Kay Cherry

index.jpgMarch 05, 1943 – October 24, 2017
Funeral Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

ELKHART, IL – Marilyn Kay Cherry, 74, of Elkhart, passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

She was born March 5, 1943, in Springfield to Winnie Ackridge Wise.  She married Ed Cherry on June 13, 1963, and he preceded her in death on October 20, 2015.  She is also preceded in death by her mother, her brother Mike Wise, her granddaughter Jill Denise Reynolds, and her brothers in law Orville Bentley, Bob Fuiten, and John Cherry.

Marilyn is survived by her five children: Melisa (Mike) Beal of Mechanicsburg, Rebecca (Joseph) Simko of Sherman, Laura (Robb) Hanner of Athens, Scott (Hillary) Cherry of Mt. Pulaski, and Robert (Callie) Cherry of Normal: ten grandchildren: Chris (Kristy) Maus, Mary (Mitchell) Gillett, Brittney (Rory) Taylor, Jessie Maus, Nick Hanner, Nathan Simko, Cason Cherry, Teagan Cherry, Lila Cherry, and Eve Cherry; five great-grandchildren: Lexy, Evelynn, Fallon, Faye, and Adeline; her sisters Jan Bentley and Connie Wise, her brother Larry (Polly) Wise, her sisters in law Linda Wise, Ruth Fuiten and Janet Cherry, and  numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Marilyn graduated from Elkhart High School in 1961 and retired from Corporation Service Company in 2006.  She and Ed lived and farmed in the Cornland area for 42 years, then moved to Elkhart in 1992. She was a member of the Elkhart American Legion Auxiliary.

Marilyn was known for being a great cook, creating memorable family holidays, and for being able to host several coffee and tea drinkers at her kitchen table at a moment’s notice. She was usually the quietest person in the room, but she had a great sense of humor and loved her family deeply. She was always there when we needed her.  She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.  We were blessed to have her in our lives, and she will be greatly missed.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Elkhart Cemetery at 10:00A.M. Memorial donations may be made in Marilyn’s name to Ronald McDonald House of Central Illinois. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home of Mt. Pulaski has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Tom McCurry Jr.

index.jpgDecember 05, 1921 – October 20, 2017
Funeral Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

MT. PULASKI- Tom McCurry Jr., 95, of Lincoln, formerly of Cornland, IL, passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Christian Village, Lincoln.

Tom was born on December 5, 1921, the son of Thomas and Eva (Scroggins) McCurry Sr.

Tom married Eleanora L. Utech in Lincoln, IL in 1944.  She preceded him in death on March 27, 1991.

Tom is survived by his children, Thomas W. McCurry III of Lincoln and Janet M. McCurry of Lincoln; his sister, Annis Morris of AZ; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and three brothers.

Tom was a farmer; he also enjoyed camping, auctions, and he loved Mardi Gras.


Services for Tom will be held at 11:00A.M. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. Visitation will take place two hours prior to the service (9:00-11:00A.M.) on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 also at the funeral home. Following the services burial will be held at Steenbergen Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski. Memorial donations may be made in Tom’s name to The Christian Village.

Norma Louise Beggs

index.jpgApril 04, 1922 – September 23, 2017
Funeral Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
MT. PULASKI – Norma Louise Beggs, 95, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Vonderlieth Living Center, Mt. Pulaski.
Norma was born on April 4, 1922 in Mt. Pulaski, IL, the daughter of Edward and Lydia (Epting) Gimbel. Norma married John “Jack” Beggs on May 28, 1943 in Mt. Pulaski. He preceded her in death on February 28, 1978.
Norma is survived by her son, Dennis Beggs of Mt. Pulaski; her grandsons, Brad (Becky) Beggs of Elkhart, IL, and Doug Beggs of Mt. Pulaski; her great- grandchildren, Justin, Trenton, and Kelsey. Additionally, Norma is survived by one step great- grandchild, Andrew.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Bernice Gimbel; her daughter-in-law, Marilyn Beggs; and her granddaughter-in-law, Tiffany Beggs.
A graveside service for Norma will be held at 10:00A.M. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski, IL. in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Norma’s name to Mt. Pulaski EMS or Zion Lutheran Church of Mt. Pulaski. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski.

Thomas Kindred

index.jpgApril 11, 1935 – August 15, 2017
Funeral Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Thomas Kindred, 82, of Ocala, Florida, and formerly of Beason, Illinois, passed away Tuesday August 15th due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease
Tom was born on April 11, 1935 to Edward and Nellie Kindred of Beason Illinois. He was the second youngest of seven children. Tom attended the little Mt. Zion country school first grade through sixth grade. He would walk to school and start the fire in the wood stove to warm up the school house before the others arrived. Tom went to Beason grade school for 7th and 8th grade and then Beason high school where he played on the baseball team all four years and on the basketball team the first two years. He was raised and worked on the family farm, and was particularly successful raising and showing sheep on the Illinois Fair circuit. Tom was a member of FFA throughout high school and was on the stock judging team, served as Vice President and as a reporter.
Tom married Judith Anderson of Mt. Pulaski, Illinois on January 2, 1960. Tom and Judy set up house in Lincoln where Tom was a barber and Judy taught school. They had three children; Doug, Rodney, Debra, and later an adopted daughter, Debbie. Tom also served in the Army Reserves as a cook. His next career was in food service management and he held several positions throughout the Southern U.S. with ARA Services of Philadelphia, PA.
Tom raced quarter horses in South Alabama, North Florida, Mississippi, and Texas in the 1970s. He found the tack, horseshoes and equipment to be pricey and hard to find, so he started finding manufacturers, buying direct for his own use and to sell to the other horsemen.
Tom and Judy moved to Ocala, Florida in 1985 and started a successful race horse equipment business, T.T. Distributors Incorporated, selling racehorse tack and supplies, horseshoes, farrier supplies, supplements, and everything you need for your racehorse. He was also an avid sportsman, frequently traveling and enjoying pheasant, duck and goose hunting, deer, moose and elk hunting, and salmon and trout fishing. He is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Debra Barber, and son Doug Kindred, all of Ocala, FL, his son Rodney Kindred of Pipe Creek, Texas, adopted daughter Debbie Poiroux of Kirksey Kentucky, and his sisters Dorothy Gosda, Doris Reinhart, and Joanne Lee. Tom had nine grandchildren. Tom lived a full life; he will be greatly missed.
Graveside services for Thomas will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday September 30, 2017 at Steenbergen Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Rev. Zoila Marty. Services entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.