Dr. Tommy R. Young II, 78

Dr. Tommy R. Young II, 78, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at The Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville, Indiana surrounded by the love of his family. He was born August 10, 1941 in Princeton, Indiana, the son of Dr. Tommy R. Young and Katherine (Anstaett) Young. He married Joyce Brewer on June 25, 1966 and together they enjoyed fifty-three years of marriage.

At the age of fourteen, Tommy attended the Kentucky Military Institute where he graduated in 1959. Tommy was a graduate of DePauw University, University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University obtaining his PhD in American History. He had quite an extensive teaching career teaching at Texas Tech University, US Army Command & General Staff College, the University of Missouri, Kansas City, St. Mary’s College at Kansas State Men’s Penitentiary and the US Disciplinary Barracks. In 1981 Tommy went to work as a historian at the Air Force Communications Command Center. He would later transfer to the Office of History at the Air Mobility Command. Tommy retired in September of 2001, then he and Joyce returned to the family home in Mt. Carmel. In Retirement he continued to write encyclopedia articles on Military Communications. In addition, he wrote a history of the Kentucky Military Institute. Tommy also served on the Board of the Wabash County Museum and was a member of the Board of the Wabash Valley College Foundation.

Tommy will forever be remembered by his wife, Joyce; son, Jeffrey Young his wife, Sarah of Swansea, Illinois; granddaughter, Katherine Young; and many friends he made all throughout his life.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Tommy R. Young III.

In keeping with Tommy’s wishes, there will be no public services. A private burial will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made in Tommy’s memory to the Linda White Hospice House, 611 Harriet Street, Evansville, IN 47710.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Tommy Young’s tribute wall and leave condolences for the Young family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Robert Donne Leo Mann, 88

Robert Donne Leo Mann, 88, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at his residence with his wife and son, Matthew Mann by his side. He was born on July 15, 1931 in Wabash County, Illinois, the son of Franklin and Mattie (Leek) Mann. He graduated from Allendale High School Class of 1950. Don married Janet Rigg on November 10, 1960 at the E.U.B. Church in Mount Carmel.

Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His family was his number one priority and he treasured the time he spent with them. A strong work ethic was a trait Don carried with him throughout his life. He began working at the age of twelve and retired in 1996. Don worked in road construction as a heavy equipment operator and worked for over twenty-five years at Mount Carmel Sand & Gravel. Among Don’s hobbies, he loved working in his garden and tinkering on things around his house. He was a proud member of the IUOE # 841 since 1957. Don was a faithful member of E.U.M. Church in Mount Carmel, IL. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Don will be remembered by his loving wife of fifty eight years, Janet Mann; three sons, Michael (Julia) Mann of Glen Ellyn, IL, Monte (Helen) Mann of Acworth, GA and Matthew (Julie) Mann of Mount Carmel; ten grandchildren, Emily (Eric) Shekarabi, Jillian Mann, Elizabeth (Jeremy) McClung, Jonathon Mann, Bryce Mann, Clayton Mann, Maggie Mann, Gracie Mann, Silas Mann and Titus Mann; one great grandchild, Valerie Mink; brother in law, Phillip Parks; two sister in laws, Mary Mann and Dixie Mann; several loved nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jean Parks; brothers, Dennis Mann and Dean Mann.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the E.U.M. Church in Mount Carmel with Pastor Jeremy Henson and Pastor Bill Bunnage officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Don’s memory to E.U.M Church or Safe Haven.

Envelopes will be at the funeral home or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Don’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Mann family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Funeral Report-Jessie M. Crow

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home to honor the life of Jessie M. Crow.  Pastor Mark Richison conducted the service which included reading of the obituary, delivery of a message, memories of Jessie and Prayer.  Special musical selections included “I Did It My Way”, “His Eyes Are On The Sparrow” and “I Will Always Love You”.  Burial took place at Highland Memorial Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Dane Bogard, Keagan Bogard, Zach Tegeler, Ben Peach, Jason Seessengood, Clint Bolden, Brent Bolden, Jayden Pettyjohn and Jake Pettyjohn.  Keepes Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Jessie M. Crow.

Doris R. “Dot” Tolley, 89

Doris R. “Dot” Tolley, 89, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 17, 2019 at Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on January 2, 1930 in Norris City, Illinois, the daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Forrester) Gidcumb. She married James R. “Bob” Tolley on April 12, 1949 in Maunie, IL and he preceded her in death on August 1, 2015 after sixty-six years of marriage.

Dot began working at Hadley’s Café in 1963 and remained a valued employee there until it’s closing in 2009. She was well known in the community for her delicious pies. One particular Thanksgiving, she baked over one hundred pies for area families. Dot loved to cook and bake for her family. She could often be found in her kitchen singing while cooking a delicious meal. Dot also enjoyed gardening. She had a love for roses and could grow some absolute beauties. Dot was very hardworking and had a kind soul. She never met a stranger. She lovingly referred to her husband as “Her Bob” and he in turn called her “His Doris”. Dot was a member of First General Baptist Church. She was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her.

Dot will be remembered by her daughter, Joanne (Steve) Elliott of Mount Carmel; grandchildren, Dena (Warren) Tarpley, Tracey (Jeff) Kell and Shad Elliott; five great-grandchildren, Andrew (Kaycee) Curtis, Courtney (Brandon) Roberts, Nate (Casey) Kell, Mackenzie Kell and Alli Kell; great-great-grandson, Kayden Ray Roberts; sisters, Dorothy Banks, Phyllis Edwards; and one brother, Don Gidcumb.

Dot was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson-in-law, John Curtis; four brothers; and three sisters.

Graveside Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 20, 2019 at Bethel Cemetery in Bellmont, Illinois with Pastor Gary Underwood officiating. Dot will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Bob. No public Visitation will be held. Please meet at the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dot’s memory to the charity of your choice.

Envelopes will be at the Cemetery or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Dot’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Tolley family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Funeral Report-Sondra Faye Burton and John S. “Sammy” Carwile, Sr.,

Funeral Services for Sondra Faye Burton and her father, John S. “Sammy” Carwile, Sr., were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 16, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Hodgson officiating.  The service included reading of the obituaries, Scripture readings, a message and prayer.  Special music included “Daddy’s Hands”, “When I Get To Where I’m Going” and “Heaven Needed Another Angel”.  Burial took place at Wabash Presbyterian Cemetery, Orio, IL.  Full Military Honors were conducted to honor the time John served in the United States Navy.  Pallbearers for Sondra Burton were Steve Burton, John Burton, Joe Burton, Joshua Burton, Dustin Deisher and Matthew Burton.  Pallbearers for John Carwile Sr. were Dylan Woods Jr., Michael Carwile, Nathan Carwile, Sammy Carwile, Jacob Carwile and Russell Moore.  Keepes Funeral Home is honored to serve the families of Sondra Faye Burton and John S. “Sammy” Carwile, Sr.

Funeral Report-Natalie P. Medina

Funeral Services for Natalie P. Medina were held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Parkview Christian Church with Brad Hadra officiating.  Scripture readings were taken from Job 19:25-27, Isaiah 41:10, John 14:7 and Philippians 4:7.  The obituary was read and memories were shared by Brad.  Special recorded musical selections included “Heaven” by Beyoncé, “So Soon” by Maher Zain, and “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney.  Keepes Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Natalie P. Medina.

John S. “Sammy” Carwile, Sr., 79

John S. “Sammy” Carwile, Sr., 79, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019 at his residence. He was born on August 4, 1940 in Evansville, Indiana, the son of John and Mildred (Beard) Carwile. He was married to Janis Faye Carrol who preceded him in death.

John worked in the carpentry business for many years operating the business known as Cummings and Carwile. He had a love for animals of all kind. Over the years he even raised many different exotic animals. He greatly enjoyed being outdoors. John was fond of western movies, in particular, those which starred John Wayne. He loved his family and his grandbabies held a very special place in his heart. John will be missed by all who knew him.

John will be remembered by his four sons, Dwayne (Mary Beth) Carwile of Allendale, IL, Kent Carwile of Evansville, IN, Johnnie (Sonya) Carwile of Ashland, IL, Allen (Chris) Carwile of Allendale, IL; daughter, Cheryl (Chuck) Tewell of Louisville, KY; twenty grandchildren; thirty-nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, David (Kathy) Carwile, Robert (Rosilee) Carwile; four sisters, Debbie (Bob) Hall, Annie (Rodger) Miller, Lucille (Bob) Rusche, Peggy (Sonny) McCullough; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Sondra Burton; brothers, Thomas Carwile, Jim Cummings; and sister, Dolly Carwile.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 15, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 16, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Hodgson officiating. Burial will follow at Wabash Presbyterian Cemetery at Orio.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view John’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Carwile family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Jessie M. Crow, 85

Jessie M. Crow, 85, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on February 13, 1934 in Mount Carmel, Illinois, the daughter of Kell and Leona (Straw) Woods.

Jessie was a member of the Mount Carmel High School Class of 1951. She worked many years in a variety of local establishments, including The Daily Republican Register, Hadley’s Café, The Elks Club, Hacklers Vogue, and Index Notions. Wherever she was working, Jessie always had a cheerful heart and a helping hand. For several years, Jessie owned and operated “Jessie Lee’s Fashions”, offering quality apparel and accessories. In her spare time, Jessie enjoyed making ceramic pieces and other crafts. She loved to have fun and was proud of the time she won the Little Lotto. Jessie had a love for animals of all kinds. Getting together with her family was her most favorite thing to do. She was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Jessie was a positive influence in all of their lives. She was a member of Parkview Christian Church. Jessie was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Jessie will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Pam (Dan) Peach, Brenda (Dennis) Seessengood, and Sharon Odom; grandchildren, Kelly (Tim) Bogard, Kim (Mark) Tegeler, Jennifer (Curtis) Carlson, Mike Crow, Brandi (Kevin) Moore, Jason (Erika) Seessengood, Michelle (Ryan) Troyer, Amy (Jay) Pettyjohn, Clint Bolden, Brent Bolden; thirty great-grandchildren; special friend and cousin, Georgeanne Kern; nieces and nephews whom Jessie loved.

Jessie was preceded in death by her parents; son, Michael Crow; granddaughter, Kerri Lee Peach; brother, Ed Woods; and sister, Wilma Stephenson.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 11:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2019, in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home Pastor Mark Richison officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jessie’s memory to the Wabash County Animal Shelter Buddies. Envelopes will be at the funeral home or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Jessie’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Crow family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Sondra Faye Burton, 55

Sondra Faye Burton, 55, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019 at her father’s home.  She was born on September 23, 1963 in Phoenix, Arizona, the daughter of John Samuel and Janis (Carrol) Carwile, Sr.  She married Thomas Burton on May 30, 2012 and he survives.

 Sondra was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed life and was very kind hearted.  She worked as a Teacher’s Aide at Mount Carmel High School for ten-plus years and also as a Nurse’s Aide and Care Giver.  She greatly enjoyed caring for her elderly parents.  In her spare time, Sondra loved to crochet.  Her family meant the world to her, especially her three grandchildren.  Sondra was a member of Heartland Worship Center.  She will be dearly missed.

 Sondra will be lovingly remembered by her husband of seven years, Tom Burton; daughter, Brandi Marie (Dustin) Deisher; sons, Joe Burton of Philadelphia, PA, Joshua Burton of Carbondale, IL;  three grandchildren, Leland Scott Deisher, Brantley Cash Jacoby Deisher, Easton Harley Deisher; brothers, Dwayne (Mary Beth) Carwile of Allendale, IL, Kent Carwile of Evansville, IN, Johnnie (Sonya) Carwile of Ashland, IL, Allen (Chris) Carwile of Allendale; sister Cheryl (Chuck) Tewell of Louisville, KY; several nieces & nephews and cousins.

 Sondra was preceded in death by her parents.

 Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 15, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

 Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 16, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Hodgson officiating.  Burial will follow at Wabash Presbyterian Cemetery at Orio. 

 Memorial contributions may be made in Sondra’s memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or the Wabash County Animal Shelter Buddies.  Envelopes will be at the funeral home or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

 Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements.  To view Sondra’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Burton family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Natalie P. Medina, 21

Natalie P. Medina, 21, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on August 20, 1998 in Centralia Illinois, the daughter of Josh and Mistie (Goss) Medina.

Natalie was a 2017 graduate of Mount Carmel High School. She was a great athlete and important member of both the Softball and Volleyball teams. She went on to Wabash Valley College where she again played Volleyball and graduated with an Associates Degree in Science & Arts. She was accepted to Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and Lakeland College. Natalie worked at Taco Tierra for five years and dearly loved her Taco family. Her greatest achievement was being a friend to many. Natalie touched so many lives both near and far. She had a knack for making everyone feel special and to Natalie, it didn’t matter if someone was a Freshman or a Senior, she loved her friends equally. Spending time with her friends was her favorite thing to do. It has been said that Natalie was “larger than life” and could often be counted on to be the life of the party. She was affectionately given the nickname “Deaner”. Natalie loved music and food. Natalie and her younger brother, Trevin, shared a very special bond. She admired him and looked out for him and he would do the same for her. She was one of his biggest supporters. She will be dearly missed.

Natalie will forever be remembered by her parents; brother Trevin Medina; maternal grandmother, Patty Goss of Centralia, IL; maternal great-grandmother, Jane Aaron of Centralia, IL; paternal grandparents, Dee & Randy Corrie of Carterville, IL; Aunt, Tracy Shumate; uncles, E.C. Bounds, Dustin & Steve Cody; several loved cousins; and countless best friends and their families. Natalie was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Mike Cody; maternal great-grandfather, Dale Goss.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Parkview Christian Church, 11467 N 1550 Blvd, Mt. Carmel, IL 62863.

Funeral Services will be at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Parkview Christian Church with Brad Hadra officiating. The Family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the community for their kind words and deeds and for loving Natalie as if she were their own.

Memorial contributions may be made in Natalie’s memory to the Mistie Medina account, C/O of The First National Bank of Allendale & Mt. Carmel, PO Box 1000, Mt. Carmel, IL 62863. Envelopes will be at the Church or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Natalie’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Medina family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Cecilia G. Bellessa, 81

Cecilia G. Bellessa, 81, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Acorn Estates surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 30, 1938 in Gibson County, Indiana, the daughter of Raymond Sr. and Mary (Peter) Kieffer. She married Dale Bellessa on July 4, 1957 and he preceded her in death on August 15, 2010 after fifty-three years of marriage.

As an infant Cecilia was given the nickname of “Pete” by her two-year-old brother, Ron, who would say his new baby sister was “sweet”, but, it sounded like “Pete”. Throughout her life, the name stayed with her so she was lovingly known as “Pete” to her family and friends. Cecilia was a loving, caring and giving woman. She was a wonderful homemaker and her family and extended family was very important to her. For many years she chaired the funeral dinner ministry at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church. Cecilia enjoyed being a member of the Red Hat Ladies Society. For forty years, she worked as an Election Judge in Precinct #5. She was a friendly, familiar face at the area auctions conducted by Mobley and Grant whom she worked for as a clerk for thirty-plus years. Cecilia had a love for music and treasured her Monday nights at Hogg Heaven Restaurant listening to the music and visiting with friends. Cecilia was a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic church. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Cecilia will forever be remembered by her sons, Domonick (Kim) Bellessa of Newburgh, IN, David (Sheila) Bellessa of Elizabethton, TN, Danny Bellessa of Decatur, IL, and Darin Bellessa of Vincennes, IN; grandchildren, Katie Bellessa, Taylor Bellessa, Morgan (Jason) Lyons, Hannah & Halle Bellessa, Drake & Brady Bellessa; sisters, Dorothy Walters, Virginia Goldman; brothers, Joe Ray (Mary Lou) Kieffer, Ron (Jo Ella) Kieffer, Jerome (Mary Jean) Kieffer, David Kieffer, Michael (Nancy) Kieffer; many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cecilia was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Raymond Jr., and infant brother John Robert.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Rosary Service beginning at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, September 8, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home. Following the Rosary, a Visitation will begin, extending until 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 9, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Zwilling officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Cecilia’s memory to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or St. Mary’s School General Fund. Envelopes will be at the funeral home and at the Church or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Cecilia’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Bellessa family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Ben Allen Adams

Ben Allen Adams passed away August 29, 2019, at birth, in Evansville, Indiana, at St. Vincent Medical Center.

Ben’s parents are Thomas Leroy Mayer and Erin Elizabeth (Harms) Adams of Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

He is survived by his parents; maternal family, Cassie Lingo, Jennifer Harms, Kathy and Ron Pulliam; paternal family, Thomas Mayer; uncle, Randy Riggs; aunts, Samantha Harms, Nicole Adams, Brandy Mayer and Eliza Dill; and several cousins.

Ben was preceded in death by his maternal family, Allen Harms, Pete and Earlene Harms, and, paternal family, Veda Mayer, and, Leonard and Sylvia Watson.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 1827 College Drive, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com

Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Ben’s family.

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Miles Alexander Paris, 12

Miles Alexander Paris, 12, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on February 6, 2007 in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Levi McDaniel and Marva Paris.

Miles was a 7th grade student at Mount Carmel Junior High School. He never knew a stranger and if you knew Miles, you knew he loved to talk. He will always be remembered for his big heart. In his free time, Miles loved playing video games and hanging out with his big brother, Slater. He also enjoyed listening to music. He loved playing basketball and was on the basketball team for the Mount Carmel Middle School. Anytime Miles would leave he would always say, “I love you”. He attended Thursday Church in Vincennes, Indiana.

Miles will be remembered by his mother, Marva Paris; father, Levi McDaniel; brothers, Slater Charest, Gunner Brewster and Keaton McDaniel; sisters, Kinsley, Abby and Addison McDaniel; maternal grandmother, Susan Price; maternal grandfather, Terry Paris; paternal grandmother, Karen Alvis; aunts, Paige Whitman, Amber Preston and Livia Houser; special cousin’s, Jayde Whitman and Grant Wampler; many loved aunts, uncles and cousins; many special friends and classmates.

Miles was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Daniel Ray McDaniel; and uncle, Logan Paris.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Heartland Worship Center, 212 W. 2nd Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 6, 2019 at Heartland Worship Center with Pastor Fred Crane officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery in St. Francisville, Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made in Miles’ memory to the Ronald McDonald House, 3450 Park Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, 63104. Envelopes will be at the Church or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

The Paris family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the community for their thoughts, prayers and kind deeds during this difficult time.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Miles’ tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Paris family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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L. E. “ANDY” ANDERSON, 88

Andy Anderson, 88, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, peacefully passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019, at Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville, Indiana.

He was born August 24, 1931, in Hugoton, Kansas, the son of Webb and Lucille (Flummerfelt) Anderson. The family moved to Mt. Carmel, Illinois, in 1937. Andy graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1953. On June 24, 1953, Andy married Mary Ann Baumgart in Mt. Carmel at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The couple had four children; Ray, Randy, Rick and Roseann Anderson.

Andy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He farmed and raised chickens and goats his entire life. Andy traveled to show chickens nationally for years and helped develop and improve upon several different varieties. He founded the Wabash County 4-H Youth Program in 1970, which grew into the County 4-H Fairground Complex. Andy was president of the Wabash County 4-H Youth Program at its inception in 1970 and remained in that position for over 40 years.

He was a founder of the Wabash County ARC in 1975 and served as their president. From 1953-1995, Andy was president of Anderson Brothers Oil, Phillips 66 that he owned and operated with his brother Don for many years. He served as director of the Southern Illinois Pigeon Club, Security Bank and Trust and Illinois Jaycees; president of the Red Hill Bantam Club, Wabash County University of Illinois Extension Board and St. Mary’s School Board.

Over the years Andy has been a driving force within various community and philanthropic organizations too numerous to list. He loved making jeweled crosses and touched many households adorned with them all over the world. He was featured in the prestigious publication of “Who’s Who of the Midwest.” But, if you asked Andy what he did in his life…he would simply say… “I’m a farmer.”

Left to cherish Andy’s memory are his children Ray Anderson, Randy Anderson and wife Brenda, Rick Anderson and wife Sheila and Roseann Anderson; thirteen grandchildren, Nikki, Jenifer, Clint, Ryan, Christopher, Kyle, Emma, Chasity, Krissy, Abbey, Jenna, Petyon and Taylor; nineteen great-grandchildren; siblings Dean and Erma Flummerfelt and Marvin and Frances Anderson; and many nieces and nephews.

Andy was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Ann; and brother, Don Anderson.

Funeral services for Andy will be Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 125 W. 5th Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 6, 2019, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Short-Cunningham Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

Memorials may be made to the 4-H Foundation or St. Mary’s Catholic School. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the church the day of the service.

Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com

Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Andy’s family.

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Stephen Keith “Steve” McIntire, 67

Stephen Keith “Steve” McIntire, 67, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in the comforts of his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 25, 1951 in Mount Carmel, the son of H. Keith and Florence (Tennes) McIntire. He married Vicki Byerly who preceded him in death on February 15, 2010 after thirty-eight years of marriage.

Steve faithfully served his country in the United States Army. For thirty-four years he worked in the family business, Precision Well Perforating. He also worked at the AutoZone parts store until his retirement. In his spare time Steve enjoyed the sport of shooting guns. He was an antique car enthusiast and liked rebuilding old cars. For the past several years, Steve and his girlfriend enjoyed traveling to Florida, Las Vegas and Gatlinburg. Steve was a family man. He dearly loved his family and spending time with them. His grandchildren held a very special place in his heart. Steve attended Keensburg Christian Church. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Steve will be lovingly remembered by his sons, Christopher (Trish) McIntire, Brian (Maria) McIntire; daughter, Kelly (Matthew) Hocking; grandchildren, Chloe & Ellie McIntire, Josh (Makayla) Wall, Jessica Wall, Brookelyn, Alex, Zach, Sam and Lily Hocking, Madison, Kylan and Jake McIntire; great-grandchildren, Kayden and Braxton Wall; longtime girlfriend, Sue Harrison; brother Gary (Sandra) McIntire; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents.

In keeping with Steve’s wishes, cremation will take place and there will be a private family burial with Full Military Honors at a later date.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Steve’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the McIntire family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Kenneth Allen Cook, 70

Kenneth Allen Cook, 70, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, peacefully passed away on August 18, 2019, at his residence with his wife by his side.

 He was born January 26, 1949, in Lawrence County, Illinois, the son of Roy Zelbert and Mildred Lucille (Earnest) Cook.  Kenneth honorably served two tours of duty in the United States Army in Vietnam, receiving two purple hearts.  On February 28, 1987, he married Donna Elaine Cash in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

 Kenneth was a mechanic, owning and operating a garage in Bridgeport, Illinois.  He was an electrician and heavy equipment mover.  Kenneth was a ham radio operator, enjoyed using his CB Radio and loved motorcycles.   

 Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Donna, of 32 years; daughters, Jennifer Lynn Gideon and husband Kevin, Dana Marie Delong and husband Dallas and Megan Nicole Cook; siblings, Betty Joe Poland, Roy Daniel Cook, Sheila Catherine (John) Hoh, Robert Keith (Sharon Annette) Cook, Roger Dale Cook and Claude William (Becky) Cook; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

 Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Johnny Poland; and sister-in-law Audrey Cook.

 Family and friends may gather for a visitation Thursday, August 22, 2019, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  There will be no formal service.

 Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com

          Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Kenneth’s family.

 

 

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Lois Jean Hinderliter, 97

Lois Jean Hinderliter, 97, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 19, 2019 at Oakview Nursing Home. She was born September 28, 1921 in Mattoon Illinois, the daughter of George and Sylvia (Daly) Strine. She was married to Wayne Robert Hinderliter who preceded her in death.

Lois had worked at Champion Laboratories for many years before her retirement. In her spare time, she enjoyed tending to her garden. Lois was always active in her church and enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Gospel Assembly Church. More recently she was a member of Christ Chapel in Evansville, IN. She loved her family and will be dearly missed.

Lois will be remembered by her son, Robert Hinderliter; daughter, Deloris Ann (Gary) Wood; grandson, Mick Wood; great-grandsons, Ryan, Dereck and Robert (L.B.) Hinderliter, Ty and Drew Wood; several nieces, nephews and close friend, Mary Brock.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband; grandsons, Robert, Brian and Lynn Hinderliter; parents; sisters, Geraldine Hoffman, Margaret Smith; brothers, Paul, Merrell and John Strine.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 23, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 23, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Reverend Tim Hughes and Pastor Tony Hodgson officiating. Burial will follow at Moravian Cemetery in West Salem, Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lois’ memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Envelopes will be at the funeral home or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Lois’ tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Hinderliter family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Randall L. “Randy” Walker, 67

Randall L. “Randy” Walker, 67, of Allendale, Illinois, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 30, 1952 in Wabash County the son of Virgil and Evelyn (Leek) Walker. He married Gloria Grounds on June 9, 1972 and she survives.

Randy worked as a coal miner for forty plus years. He loved his mining job and was a very hard worker. He started first at AMAX mine and then on to other mines in the area. Randy was an outdoorsman. He loved spending time in nature. He enjoyed hunting but his main passion was gardening. He was an avid gardener and often shared his abundant crops. Randy loved his family dearly and his grandchildren held a special place in his heart. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Allendale. Randy will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Randy will always be remembered by his loving wife of forty-seven years, Gloria; sons, Jason Walker of Allendale, IL, Daniel (Jean) Walker of St. Francisville, IL; daughter, Sarah (Jay) McClanahan of Henderson, KY; grandchildren, Luke & Ethan Walker, Graham McClanahan; brothers, Richard (Debbie) Walker, Greg ( Melody) Walker; sisters, Sharon (Ed) Schafer, Judy (Dan) Hunt, Linda Bates, Debbie (Greg) Smith, Brenda (Harry) Hottel; several nieces and nephews.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Jim Walker.

In keeping with Randy’s wishes, cremation will take place and no public services will be held.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Randy’s tribute wall and leave condolences for the Walker family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Betty Jo Gard, 90

Betty Jo Gard, 90, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2019, at Oakview Heights Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was born September 9, 1928, in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, the daughter of Jess and Rachel (Seitz) Wheeler. On August 11, 1945, Betty married Ray Gard. He preceded her in death. They were married 70 years.

Betty worked at Thordarson Meissner’s for many years. She was a faithful member of Community Church of God in Mt. Carmel until her health no longer allowed her to attend.

She will be remembered by her daughter, Diana (Harold) Fiscus of Sumner, Illinois, and son, Scott (Susan) Gard of Allendale, Illinois.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray Gard; sisters, Mary Hicks, Kathryn Hebert, Addebell Wheeler, Hazel Strohm and Pansy May Wheeler; brothers, George Wheeler, T.R. Wheeler, Leroy Wheeler and William Wheeler.

Graveside services for Betty will be Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 12:00 noon at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 1827 College Drive, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

Prior to the graveside service, visitation will take place in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, Thursday, August 22, 2019, from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.

Memorials may be made to Community Church of God. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at graveside.

Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com

Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Betty’s family.

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