Becky Lewis, 63

Becky Lewis, 63, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at her residence surrounded by the love of her family.  She was born on September 19, 1955 in Kentucky, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Lipscomb) Dennis.  Becky married Mark Lewis and he preceded her in death on August 29, 1989.

Becky was proud of her children and grandchildren and always supported them in their endeavors.  She had a great zest for life and truly enjoyed her family and friends.  Becky will be remembered for her infectious laughter.  She had a caring spirit and truly loved all people.  Becky had a special gift to help others believe in themselves and was always encouraging others.  She was proud to be an independent at home caregiver for the terminally ill and elderly; and was passionate about serving others.  She will be missed by her family and all who knew her.

Becky will be remembered by her son, John Lewis and wife Jamie of Bellevue, KY; daughters, Sarah Ellis and husband Norman and Lisa Lewis both of Mount Carmel; grandchildren, Mark Ellis, Karli Ellis, Annica Ellis, Charlie Lewis, Wesley Lewis, Cassey Hauber, Mike Hauber, Jolissa Davis and Elijah Lewis; brother, Ronald Dennis and wife Cecila of Independence, KY; and sister, Brenda Watson of Dry Ridge, KY.

Becky was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mark Lewis; and sister, Shirley Cox.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Celebration of Life from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2019 at Dobbling Funeral Home, 106 North Ft. Thomas Ave, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075.

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2019 at Dobbling Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate, KY.

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

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Maria “Mia” Josephina Huver, 93

Maria “Mia” Josephina Huver, 93, of Doniphan, Missouri, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on January 8, 1926 in Schinveld, Netherlands, the daughter of Frans Johann and Maria Gertrud Helene (Kalberg) Jacobs.

Mia was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. To her family she was the best “Oma” anyone could have. She enjoyed cooking for her family and spending time with them. Mia liked playing cards and board games with her grandchildren and they enjoyed it just as much. She enjoyed knitting and sewing in her spare time. Music brought her joy and she loved to dance. Mia was a member of the Five Islands Women’s Club. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Mia will be lovingly remembered by her children; Helena (Donald) Brown, Carolyn Sills, Linda (John) Holms, John (Dianna) Huver, Fran Wilson and Mary (Les) Majors; grandchildren; Amy (Matt) Trainor, Leah (Mike) Morong, Chad Sills, Angela (Kirk) Seifert, Beth Holms, John (Tanya) Huver, James Huver, Nicole More, Jennifer Anderson, Clint Anderson, Curt (Samantha) Majors, Lance (Shanna) Majors, Matt Majors and Leslie Berberich; sixteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Toelie Hermans of Brunssum, Netherlands; and several nieces and nephews.

Mia was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and four sisters.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Father Robert Zwilling officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mia’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available 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 Mia’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Huver family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Carolyn Jane Macer, 84

Carolyn Jane Macer, 84, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at her residence at Mesa Lake with her family at her side.  She was born May 31, 1934, in Wabash County, Illinois, the daughter of D. Joseph and Bernadine (Vandever) Horrall.  She married Don Macer on December 24,1954.  Together they have enjoyed sixty-four years of devotion to one another.

Carolyn was employed as a secretary at Mount Carmel Public Utility Company for twenty-three years before retiring.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed working in the yard and tending to her flowers.  Her life was centered around the love for her family and her faith.  Carolyn was a lifelong member of the Mount Carmel Church of Christ. She enjoyed helping with the children in Sonshine School.  Carolyn will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband, Carolyn is survived by her children; Joe (Rosemary) Macer of Columbia, TN, Susan Johnson, James (Linda) Macer and Sherri Clevenger all of Mount Carmel, IL; twelve grandchildren, Matthew (Melody) Macer, Cassandra (Joshua) Turner, Zebulun (Dara) Macer, Jonathan (Natalie) Macer, Nick (Elicia) Johnson, Chris (Angela) Johnson, Andy Johnson, Jeremiah (Brandi) Macer, Jacob (Amanda) Macer, Jenny (Steve) Perry, Benjamin Macer and Caleb Macer; nineteen treasured great-grandchildren; one sister, Kathryn Eggebrecht of Davenport, FL.; and several nieces and nephews.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; brother Bobby Horrall; and sister, Betty Armstrong.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Joe Macer Officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

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

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Brenda Sue Morehead, 66

Brenda Sue Morehead, 66, of Mount Carmel, Illinois went home to be with the Lord following a tragic accident on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. She was born on September 10, 1952 in Martins Ferry, Ohio, the daughter of Jack and Betty (Roberts) Krinke. Brenda married Dan Morehead on October 14, 2006 at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Mount Carmel.

Brenda will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her children, Mat and Jill, remember their mother as being the best mom and always making sure they had everything they needed. Brenda was on fire for the Lord and was a fierce prayer warrior. She had a heart for serving others through mission work. The recent mission trip to Bosnia, strengthened her passion for helping others. Brenda loved her golden retriever dog, Max, who also lost his life in the tragic accident.

Brenda worked as the community service director for Wabash County and also served as an Executive Director of Special Advocacy for Judge Sawyer. She was a member of First Baptist Church and her church family was very dear to her. She will be dearly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Brenda will be remembered by her husband, Dan Morehead; son, Mat (Nikki) Marchbank of Newnan, GA; daughter, Jill (Jason) Henley of Willow Springs, MO; step children, Derrek, Dustin and Daniel Morehead, and Danelle Just; grandchildren, Ben Marchbank, Cole Henley, Tryton Henley, Ansley Johnson and Ethan Marchbank; step grandchildren, Michael, Merada, Maria, Makenzie and Mason Morehead, Kalyn and Walker Just; brothers, Doug (Laura) Krinke of Cartersville, GA and Joe (Rhonda) Krinke of Cave Springs, GA; sister, Pam (Phil) Cleaver of Pleasant Grove, OH; many loved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents and step father, Andy Oschack.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, 130 West 6th Street, Mount Carmel, IL at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Steve Freels officiating. Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the Church.

Memorial contributions may be made in Brenda’s memory to the First Baptist Church Mission Fund. 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 Brenda’s tribute wall and leave condolences for the Morehead family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Howard E. Rosignol, 72

Howard E. Rosignol, 72, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019 Deaconess Gateway Heart Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.  He was born on August 16, 1946 in Mount Carmel, the son of Perry and Myrtle (Guard) Rosignol.  Howard married Etta Anthis on March 23, 1968, in Mount Carmel, Illinois.

Howard faithfully served his Country in the United States Army where he served during the Vietnam War. During his service he earned Vietnam Service & Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Army Commendation Medal.  He retired as an electrician after forty-five years where he was a part of the Local Union #16.  Howard was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.  Etta and Howard loved getting in the car and going for a drive in Wabash County.

Howard will be remembered by his loving wife, Etta Rosignol of Mount Carmel; two brothers, Paul Rosignol and his wife Nancy and Bill Rosignol and his wife Cindy; sister, Joyce Swanson; along with many loved nieces and nephews.  Howard was preceded in death by his parents.

In keeping with Howard’s wishes he will be cremated and a Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 11, 2019 at Highland Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Deron Colgan officiating along with Full Military Honors.

Memorial contributions may be made in Howard’s memory to the Free Methodist Church, USAMV our local honor guard or to the Rolling Thunder.  Envelopes will be at the Graveside Service 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 Howard’s tribute wall and leave condolences for the Rosignol family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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James Trapp, 92

James Trapp, 92, of Dunnellon, Florida, formerly of Mt. Carmel passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at his son’s residence in Ohio.

James was born the fifth child of the late Peter and Minnie (Peter) Trapp on May 18, 1926 in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. James graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1944. He married Theresa Bernadette Willett on June 5, 1945 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mt. Carmel. They enjoyed fifty-two years of marriage before her passing on May 11, 1998.

After graduating from high school, he joined the U. S. Army, serving until 1946. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. In his early years he worked on his family farm and after serving in the military he worked in store management and merchandising with S.S. Kresge Co., that later became K-Mart. During his years in Florida, he was an active member of St. John the Baptist parish. An avid hobbyist and gardener, he loved working in his yard. He and his family enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and other countries over the years.

James was the loving father of Gary, Michael (Karen), Jacinta (Alan) Bushong, Gregory (Pam), and Jay (Karen); beloved granddad of nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and, loved brother of Helen Schulte and Delores Batcke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Minnie; wife Bernadette; siblings Mary Catherine Decker, John, Paul and Celeste Baker.

The rosary will be said, followed by Memorial Mass on Saturday, March 9, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 125 W. 5th Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

In lieu of flowers, James requested gifts be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or School, or to Unity Hospice in St. Louis, MO or any local Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the church and at Short Funeral Home.

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

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

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Cindy Buchanan, 60

Cindy Buchanan, 60, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born October 25, 1958 in Mount Carmel, Illinois, the daughter of Harold and Maris (Deffendal) Schonaman. She married Greg Buchanan on February 12, 1977 and he survives.

Cindy was diagnosed with Facioscapulohumeral (FSH) Muscular Dystrophy at age twelve. She worked hard to live life to the fullest and persevered through her disability. She graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1976 and then Wabash Valley College with an RN degree in nursing. Cindy greatly enjoyed her career in nursing. Caring for others who were in need gave her great satisfaction. She operated home-health agencies as Director of Nursing and continued to work as long as her own health would allow. In her spare time, Cindy and Greg enjoyed antique shopping all over the Midwest. Cindy loved her dogs and was often seen around town carrying a big purse with her little Yorkie inside. Cindy attended Samaria Missionary Baptist Church in Albion, Illinois. She loved her family dearly and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Cindy will be lovingly remembered by her loving husband of forty-two years, Greg; son, Matthew Buchanan of Coppell Texas; granddaughter, Channing Lee; parents, Harold and Maris Schonaman; brothers, Ed (Cheryl) Schonaman, Don (Cindy) Schonaman all of Mount Carmel, Illinois; sisters, Teresa (Phil) Schrodt of Browns, Illinois, Amy (Mark) Clodfelter of West Salem, Illinois; several nieces and nephews; and father-in-law, Robert E. Buchanan.

Cindy was preceded in death by one sister, Karen Edwards; and one brother, Harold Alan Schonaman.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 8, 2019 at Saint John Lutheran Cemetery in Wabash County, Illinois, with Pastor Allan Wright officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Cindy’s memory to Wabash County Animal Shelter Buddies or the FSH Society. Envelopes will be at the Graveside 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 Cindy’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Buchanan family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Susan I. Porter, 67

Susan I. Porter, 67, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2019 at Oakview Nursing Home and Rehabilitation surrounded by the love of her family.

She was born March 17, 1951 in Princeton, Indiana, the daughter of Carl and Doris (Merriel) Porter.

Susan was a member of the Mount Carmel High School Class of 1969 and a member of the Gospel Kingdom Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed her hobbies of jewelry making, reading books and writing. Susan enjoyed spending time with friends and her family was most important to her. Susan was the proudest of her three girls. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Susan will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Dana (Jerry) Summers, April (Mattie) Ross; grandchildren, Dacia Roy, Cody Roy, Justin Harms, Jaggar Harms, Alex Obermeyer, Anthony Obermeyer, Summitt Ross, Saylor Ross; five great-grandchildren, Trinity, Mina, Troy, Kallen and Grady.

Susan was preceded in death by her father, Carl Porter; mother and step-father, Doris (Merriell) Renner and Earl Renner; daughter, Jenny Casburn; two brothers, Carl Porter and James Renner.

Family and friends are invited to gather from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Gospel Kingdom Church, 1440 West Third Street, Mount Carmel, Illinois 62863

Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Gospel Kingdom Church with Brother John Peach officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

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

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Edward Oscar Knowles, 87

Edward Oscar Knowles, 87, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019, at the Deaconess Midtown Campus in Evansville, Indiana.

He was born April 5, 1931, in Warrick County, Indiana, the son of Orville and Ester (Heugel) Knowles. On July 9, 1949, Edward married Ruth Rosalind Hargrave. She preceded him in death after 56 wonderful years of marriage.

Edward owned and operated UniParts Incorporated in Princeton, Indiana. The business was very successful and was handed down to his son, Larry, who successfully ran it as well. The business later moved to Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

He was a devoted father and husband who loved time spent with family. Several of his fond memories were celebrating his parents’ 60th wedding anniversary in Arizona, and later, he and his devoted wife’s 50th anniversary celebration. Edward enjoyed family vacations, fishing, fishing excursions, camping, being outdoors, crafting and creating.

Left to cherish Edward’s memory is his children, Larry Richard Knowles and his wife Lana of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, and Darlene Ankenbrand of Atlanta, Georgia; brother, Chester Knowles; sisters, Paula Knowles, Carol Digiacoma, Mary Ryder and Martha Toliver; twelve grandchildren; and, was blessed with many great and great-great grandchildren.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth R.; children Steven Edward Knowles and Edward Alan Knowles; and siblings, Eugene Robert, Ruth, Anna and Alice.

Friends and family may gather for a visitation Thursday, February 28, 2019, from 10:00 until 1:00 in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.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 Edward’s family.

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Richard K. “Dick” Hockgeiger, 92

Richard K. “Dick” Hockgeiger, 92, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Oakview Nursing Home and Rehab surrounded with the love of his family.  He was born August 21, 1926 in Mount Carmel, the son of Albert Adam and Helena Margaretta (Keneipp) Hockgeiger.  Dick married Agnes Keepes, “The Love of His Life”, on November 4, 1950 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church and she survives.

Dick graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1944.  Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and joined WWII.  Dick was not yet old enough to enlist in the service so his mother had to consent for him to join. His “tour of duty” led him to Hawaii, Alaska and Japan.  He also passed the Equator and road across the Panama Canal.  Dick served aboard the U.S.S. Guilford, which was commissioned the year he enlisted.  He was always proud to be a Veteran and support the United States of America. After the war, Dick attended SIU Carbondale where he studied General Business.  He left SIU to play baseball at Joe Stripp’s Baseball School in Orlando, Florida.  From there he played for the Brooklyn Dodger’s minor league baseball team.  Dick also played for the Mount Carmel Indians and the Evansville Sterling baseball teams.  He coached the boy’s basketball team at Saint Mary’s School and was a Boy Scout Leader.

Dick worked for the railroad from 1951 to 1988.  He worked for the New York Central, Penn Central, Con Rail and the Cairo Terminal Railroads.  He was also a Union Steward and traveled to many conventions and helped in many legal matters while in this position.  Dick was a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the National Retired and Veteran Railway Employees.

Dick was the happiest when his whole family was together.  He loved his family, the Catholic Church, the St. Louis Cardinals and his trips to Louisiana.  He will be remembered for his “big smile” and his “pretty blue eyes”!

Dick leaves behind his loving wife of sixty-eight years, Agnes; the four children who blessed their lives, Tara (Danny) Reeves of Heflin Louisiana, Tim (Donna) Hockgeiger, Julie Tennes and Kent (Ronda) Hockgeiger all of Mount Carmel, Illinois; sixteen grandchildren, Erin (Kevin) Watts, Karrie (David) Fortenberry, Robert (Brittany) Reeves, Hilary (Kendall) Guillot, Stephanie Myers, David Myers, Allison (Jarod) Miller, Natalie (Cory) Schraner, Andrea Tennes, Martin (Cami) Tennes, Emily Tennes, Ashley Tennes, Ryan (Shelby) Hockgeiger, Kasey (James) Gill, Grant Hockgeiger, Haley Hockgeiger; eighteen great-grandchildren, Michael Watts, C.J. Watts, Nolan Watts, Jude Fortenberry, Asher Fortenberry, Sawyer Guillot, Alexis Myers, Logan Myers, Collin Myers, Violet Miller, Ben Miller, Ezra Miller, Drew Schraner, Otto Tennes, Aubren Hockgeiger, Isabelle Hockgeiger, Ryleigh Gill, Cooper Gill.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Max Hockgeiger; and son-in-law Martin Tennes.

A Rosary Service will be at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home, followed by a Military Walk Through from the Mount Carmel Honor Guard. Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation immediately following the Rosary and Walk Through until 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 22, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Robert Zwilling, Father Bill Rowe, Deacon Steve Lowe and Deacon Charlie Speaks officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to Residential Hospice, The Alzheimer’s Association or Saint Mary’s School.  Envelopes will be at the funeral home and 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 Dick’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Hockgeiger family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

 

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Colette J. “Letty” Tennis


Colette J. “Letty” Tennis, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019 at Oakview Nursing and Rehab surrounded by the love of her family.  She was born May 25, 1931 in Wabash County Illinois the daughter of Francis and Violet (Hilbert) Sandwell.  She married John J. Tennis on February 12, 1952 at the St. Francisville Catholic Church and he preceded her in death.

Letty was a graduate of St. Francisville High School and a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church.  She was a devoted homemaker.  Letty was a very sweet lady who enjoyed reading, sewing and crafts.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Letty will be lovingly remembered by her five children, Teresa Jakubisin, Anthony Tennis, Karen Blacklidge, Michael Tennis, Louise (Brent Leatherman) Tennis; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; sisters, Rosemary McInerney, Lois (Charles) Speth; brothers, Donald (Linda) Sandwell, Stephen (Gayle) Sandwell.

In addition to her husband, Letty was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Anthony and Norman Sandwell; brother-in-law, David McInerney.

A Rosary Service will begin at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.  Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation immediately following the Rosary until 8:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 15, 2019, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 4921 N 1400 Blvd, Mount Carmel, Illinois with Fr. Robert Zwilling officiating.  Burial will follow at the Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Letty’s memory to St. Sebastian Cemetery or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  Envelopes will be available 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 Letty’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Tennis family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Barry D. Wirth, 54

Barry D. Wirth, 54 of St. Francisville, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2019 surrounded by the love of his family.  He was born July 29, 1964 in Marion, Ohio, the son of Jerry and Barbara (Hillyard) Wirth.

Barry was a union pipefitter for twenty-two years with UA Local 136.  He was a 3rd degree Mason with Stellar Lodge #912 and a 32nd degree Mason with the Valley of Danville Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.  Barry was an avid outdoorsman.  He would hunt mushrooms in the spring and also enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.  Barry liked spending time at the river and attending squirrel camp with his friends.  Barry deeply loved his family and his little granddaughter was the light of his life.  He will be dearly missed.

Barry will be lovingly remembered by his sons, Barry Wirth II of St. Francisville, Illinois, Brandon Wirth of Princeton, Indiana; one granddaughter, Ellianna Wirth; mother, Barbara (George) Havill; sisters; Mindy (Jeff) Jones, Robin (Tom) McKain; brother, Tim Wirth; step-mother, Jane Wirth; friend and former wife, Emily (Tom) Zwilling and several nieces and nephews.

Barry was preceded in death by his father.

Family and friends are invited to gather from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 16, 2019, In the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 16, 2019, in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Scott Polk officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Lawn cemetery in Lawrence County Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made in Barry’s memory to Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center and Wig Shoppe, 7977 Octane Lane, Bridgeport, IL  62417.

Envelopes will be available 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 Barry’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condole

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Thomas Amon Andrews, 86

Thomas Amon Andrews, 86, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Monday, February 4, 2019, at The Villages at Oak Ridge in Washington, Indiana.

 He was born in September 10, 1932, in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, the only child of Chester and Bessie (Lowe) Andrews.  Tom graduated from Mt. Carmel High School.  He entered the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean Conflict.  On August 3, 1953, Tom married Barbara June Mabry, in Marshall, Illinois.  After his arrival home from the service, Tom attended Oakland City University and then went on to Eastern Illinois University receiving his Master’s Degree.    

 Tom worked at the Allendale High School (1961-1965 7th Grade, 1965-1975 Business Teacher High School, 1975-1979 Principal) where he also coached baseball and basketball.  After leaving Allendale High School, he went to work at Wabash Valley College (9/7/1975 Part-time Adjunct Instructor, 8/28/1979-5/31/1994 Full Time, then retiring 5/31/1994, 8/1/1994-6/15/2016 Adjunct, Special Projects, Community Ed, etc) .  Tom was in charge of the Wabash Valley College marketing and mid-management departments and taught business classes.  In 1994, Tom retired from Wabash Valley College, continuing to teach only part time. 

 Tom loved woodworking and running his business, Hickory Corner Wood Creations.  Some of his creations were cutting boards, trivets, candle holders and small tables which he displayed and sold for several years at craft shows.  Tom and Barbara enjoyed years of traveling coast to coast. 

 Left to cherish Tom’s memory are his two sons, Michael Andrews of Florida and Stephen Andrews of Louisiana; five grandchildren, Nathan Andrews, Ethan Andrews, KeeLee Guste, Stephanie Andrews and Dalton Andrews; and six great-grandchildren.

 Tom is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Barbara of 64 years.

 Visitation for friends and family will be Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (CST) in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  A funeral service will be held Friday, February 8, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. (CST) at Short Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery. 

 Memorials may be made to the Wabash Valley College Foundation.  Envelopes will be available at Short Funeral Home.

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

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

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Philip Barnhard, IV, 89

Philip Barnhard, IV of Mount Carmel IL passed away peacefully in his home on January 25, 2019.  Philip was born to Albert A. Barnhard and Mabel (Grant) Barnhard in Mt. Carmel IL on January 10, 1930.

Philip is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth (David Katz) Barnhard of Dobbs Ferry, NY and Patricia (James) McLaughlin of Cedar Falls, Texas as well as his grandchildren Jonathan (Samantha Simpson-Katz) Katz, Jessica Katz, and Mary Michelle Barnhard.

Predeceasing him were his sons, Michael and Albert (Abe) Barnhard and granddaughter Amber Barnhard, as well as wives Helena Janice (Westergaard) Cerra, Mary Louise Barnhard, Margaret (Peggy) Barnhard, and Laurel “Kaye” Turpin.

In addition to his immediate family, Phil is survived by his step-children and step-grandchildren, whom he adored, the Directors and many retirees and employees of Mt. Carmel Public Utility Co., to whom he affectionately referred to as “his people,” as well as the caregivers (“Team Barnhard”) who faithfully and lovingly attended him during his later years in life.

Philip attended Phillips Exeter Academy, graduating in 1947 before earning his B.A. in Chemistry from Harvard College in 1951.  He joined the Navy following his graduation from Harvard and was a Naval Officer assigned to the USS Ingersoll from June, 1951 to 1953, leaving active naval duty as an Engineering Officer.  He served in the US Naval Reserves for a number of years following his active duty and was so proud to have served his country with the US Navy as a Korean War veteran.

Following his active duty in the Navy, Philip returned to his academic pursuits and earned a M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Delaware in 1959. 

Philip joined the Explosives Department of EI DuPont de Nemours & Co. Inc. as a chemist at the Repauno Works in Gibbstown NJ; initially in polymer intermediates and heavy chemicals and later as a research chemist in commercial and military explosives.  In 1968, he started a three-year stint in the Control Division, working at business and financial analysis and on computer methods and systems.

In 1972, Philip returned to Mt. Carmel and joined Mt. Carmel Public Utility Co. as Vice-President and Treasurer.  He soon found his love for chemistry and explosives drawing him and he left the utility in 1973 to join Trojan Powder as a Technical Director  in the US Powder Division of Commercial Solvents Corporation.  His duties included relocation of research facilities from Allentown, PA to Spanish Fork, UT, which sparked his love of the West.  His work at Trojan Powder also included working with US EPA to develop water pollution standards for nitrostarch operations and the explosives industry. 

Philip left Trojan Powder in 1981 and joined Apache Powder Company of Benson AZ as Technical Director of explosives and nitric acid production.   He was Co-inventor on two registered patents:  U.S. Patent No. 4,058,420 issued November 15. 1977, “Aqueous Slurry Explosives with Colloidaly Hydrous Metal Oxide”, and U.S. Patent No. 4,394,199 issued July 19, 1983, “Explosive Emulsion Composition”.  If you were around Phil very much at all, you picked up quickly that this was a very exciting time in his life and his interest in explosives never waned, as he peppered many conversations with anecdotes and stories from his days in the explosive industry.  He was often quoted as saying that “a successful explosive expert was one that had all 10 fingers.”

In 1986, Philip returned to Mt. Carmel Public Utility as President.  In 1989, he assumed the position of Chairman and CEO, positions he held until his retirement in 2015, at which time he was named Chairman Emeritus. 

In 1991, Philip founded B&H Producing, Inc. and began to explore the oil and gas exploration and production business in Wabash County and the surrounding area. 

Philip served his industry and community in many ways, including as a Past Exalted Ruler BPOE Lodge #715, Wabash Regional Planning Commission Board member, Mt. Carmel Area Industrial Development Committee Board member, Southeastern Illinois Alliance, Missouri Electric Works Superfund Site Committee, Board of Directors of Edison Electric Institute and Board of Directors of American Gas Association.  He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Eagles, Mt. Carmel Lion’s Club and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He would refer to Mt. Carmel as being situated in the “middle of everywhere” and list out its proximity to Evansville, St. Louis, Louisville, Nashville, and Chicago.

Philip had a special love of music and weekends he would often attend either the St. Louis Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra or any of the many musical or theatrical events at Wabash Valley College.  He also was a voracious reader, fueling his mind with new and challenging ideas.  He was a student of history and loved to share detailed stories of his family and experiences. Philip also enjoyed exercising his wit and enjoyed replying to questions with one-liners such as “How are you feeling?” – “With my fingers, of course!”

He had a strong sense of adventure and would find many ways to explore, including obtaining his pilot’s license. He loved good food, good wine, coffee, and hot sauce and he often shared his passion for these things with family and friends.

Services for Philip Barnhard, IV will be held Monday, January 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Short Cunningham Funeral Home, 527 N Mulberry St.  in Mt. Carmel IL.  Visitation will be from 1:00 until the service with interment immediately following the service at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

Memorials in Phil’s memory can be made to the Mt. Carmel Public Library, Wabash Valley College Arts Council or Wabash General Hospital Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

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


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Betty Jean (Hartman) Taylor, 95

Betty Jean (Hartman) Taylor, 95, formerly of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2019, in Plainfield, Indiana.

Betty was born on March 29, 1923, in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, the daughter of Harry E. and Mary (Wirth) Hartman. She married Hubert Taylor on June 28, 1941, in St. Louis, Missouri.  He preceded her in death in 2002.

Betty’s early work experience included the Home Dairy and Mt. Carmel Public Utility.  She later worked as a cook for several schools, Funkhouser’s Diner and the Senior Citizen’s Center.  She also worked as a clerk at Wright’s Grocery and P.N. Hirsch. 

Betty was a long-time member of the First Christian Church in Mt. Carmel.  She sang in the church choir, taught Sunday school and belonged to the quilting group.  She enjoyed quilting, painting, gardening and visiting with her family and friends.  Betty was a sweetheart, who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include four daughters, Linda (Tony) Perillo of Phoenix, Arizona; Jan (Randy) Sheffer of White Heath, Illinois; Kim Stephens of Phoenix, Arizona; and Marilee (Jim) Steckler of Plainfield, Indiana; grandchildren, Gina Perillo; Sarah (Michael) Marshky; Julie (Bobby) Dalessandro; Hillary (James) Barclay; and Ben (Kelly) Steckler; and seven great-grandchildren.   

Also preceding her in death were her parents, Harry and Mary (Wirth) Hartman; an infant son; a daughter, Diana Brown; a granddaughter, Susan Kay Brown; a grandson, Peter Taylor Lewis; a sister, Alice Corrie; and a brother, Col. Jay Hartman.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 2, at 11:00 a.m. followed by funeral services at 1:00 p.m. at Short Funeral Home, 527 N Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

 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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Jack Dale Green, 86

Jack Dale Green, 86, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at The Waters of Princeton, Indiana, with his loving family by his side.

He was born February 22, 1932, the son of William Jesse and Lavada (Dossett) Green in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Jack proudly served his country in the U.S. Airforce. He worked for Snap-On Tools, the railroad, Fearheiley Lumber and then became self employed as a carpenter for 40 years building several homes in the area, as well as traveling with his son to rebuild hurricane damaged communities in the 90’s. He built both bars at the Eagles. Jack was a huge Cardinal fan, loved NASCAR, and enjoyed playing horseshoes, mushroom hunting, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his friends at the Eagles and VFW. He was a member of the VFW, Eagles, American Legion and Moose.

Jack is survived by his children, Pam Heddon and her husband Rob, David Green and his wife Corrinna, and Jackie Baumgart; four grandchildren, Nick (Ella) Davis, Telisha (Jordan) Rayborn, Shelbe (Jen) Hadra, and Katie Heddon; two great-grandchildren, Luke David Rayborn and Spencer Rose Rayborn; sister, Barbara Jean Price; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Charles Green, William Green, Annabelle Green, Robert Green and Shirley Lynch.

Per his wishes, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date at the Eagles.

Memorials may be made to the Eagles or VFW. Please mail to Short Funeral Home, P.O. Box 397, Mt. Carmel, Illinois 62863.

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

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

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Shirley F. Fisher, 89

Shirley F. Fisher, 89, of Mount Carmel, Illinois passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Oakview Heights Continuous Care and Rehab. She was born on February 27, 1929 in Evansville, Indiana, the daughter of George and Frances (Eakins) Goodfred. Shirley married Gerald Fisher on June 20, 1958 and he preceded her in death.

Shirley spent ten years teaching Physical Education at Mount Carmel High School. In her younger years she loved a good game of tennis and playing bridge with friends. She loved her neighbors and would enjoy visiting with them when she was outside caring for her dog, Cocoa. Shirley always looked forward to her trips south to her condo in Cocoa Beach, Florida. She was a member of Evangelical United Methodist Church in Mount Carmel and truly loved her church family.

Shirley will be remembered by her cousins, Virgina (Tom) Fortner of Joelton, IN, George (Norita) Goodfred of Nashville, TN, Barbara (Tom) Reese of Nashville, TN and David (Barbara) Stein of Prospect, KY; special friend, Barbara Locke of Mount Carmel, IL; and her faithful dog, Cocoa.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Gerald Fisher.

In keeping with Shirley’s wishes she will be cremated and no formal services will be held. A private family burial service will be held at a later date at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Carmel, IL.

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

Karen Young, 67

Karen Young, 67, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN surrounded by the love of the family.  She was born on March 11, 1951 in White County, Illinois the daughter of Wayne and Eva (Bryant) Bryant.  Karen married Howard Young, Jr. on November 23, 1968 and they enjoyed fifty years of marriage.

Karen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  Her grandchildren held a special place in her heart and she loved spending time with them.  Karen made many friendships while working at the Walnut Street Diner and the Midway Café.  She also worked at Federal Assembly and Dollar General where she enjoyed helping others.  Karen will be missed by her family and all who knew her.

Karen will be remembered by her husband, Howard Young of Mount Carmel; two sons, Kevin (Angie Gillete) Young of Keensburg, IL and Allen (Lisett) Young of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Kiara, Danielle and Rylee; brother, Lee (Naomi) Frymire of Evansville, IN; sister, Glenda (Larry) Maynard of Odin, IL; and special friend, Susan Carey.  Karen was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Phyllis Stockton.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 19, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 19, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Pastor Allan Wright officiating.  Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Karen’s memory to The Lunch Wagon, c/o Parkview Christian Church, 11467 N 1550 Blvd, Mt. Carmel, IL 62863.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 Karen’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Young family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

 

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Larry Edward Fortner, 67

Larry Edward Fortner, 67, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019, at his residence with his loving companion by his side.

Larry was born in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, on May 20, 1951, the son of Cecil Fortner and Rosalie (Rhoderick) Isham.

He was an active member of Hope Fellowship Church, working with the food pantry. Larry also worked at WAVE. He loved his fur buddies, Pepper and Dottie. Larry was an avid fan of NASCAR. He cheered on his favorite drivers: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick.

Larry is survived by his loving companion of 27 years, Tina Goldman; daughter, Michelle Templeton and husband Jason of Carmi, Illinois; a granddaughter, Zenley Templeton he call “Little Z”; siblings, Phillip Fortner of Montana, Joe Fortner of Indianapolis, Indiana, Steve Fortner of Indianapolis, Indiana, Tim Fortner of Huntsville, Alabama and Sharon Banwense of New Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Edgar Ellis Fortner, Marilyn Fortner and Michael Gooch.

Per his wishes he will be cremated. There will be no service at this time.

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

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

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ELIZABETH “BETTY” MARCOE TROTTIER

Betty Trottier, 94, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Oakview Heights surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 26, 1924, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the youngest of six children of Charles and Mary (Lehman) Marcoe.

Betty married Robert J. Trottier February 1, 1942 in Kahoka, Missouri, and he preceded her in death after thirty years of marriage on November 24, 1972.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Betty worked as a waitress for My’s Restaurant in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Cork & Bottle and Mt. Carmel Apparel in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, retiring from Snap-On Tools. She was a 73 year member of the Eagle’s Auxiliary.

Left to cherish Betty’s memory are her children, Sandra Emmons and husband Jack of Mt. Carmel, Gail Poland and Bob Crow of Mt. Carmel, Mary Simmons and husband Hughes of Evansville, Indiana, Kerry McAlister and Don Dunkel of Long Valley, New Jersey, James Trottier and wife Nancy of Mt. Carmel, and Debbie Duffey of Atlanta, Georgia; twelve grandchildren, Kent Emmons, Chad (Shannon) Emmons, Greg Poland, Gina (Roddy) Clark, Bob Trottier, Brandi Trottier, Belinda Tkacz and Will Brenner, James (Lorrie) Trottier, Beth (Ben) Buchanan, Joe Lockhart, Jake Lockhart, Jeremy Lockhart; thirty-three great grandchildren and one great great grandson; eight step grandchildren, Heather (Kim) Baker, Cory Tinsley, Zack (Sarah) Boling, Michael (Mary Anne) Simmons, Rita (Larry) Meeks, Lisa (Danny) Veeck, Mark Simmons and Sandra Simmons; twenty great grand step grandchildren and six great great grand step children.

Preceding Betty in death was her parents; husband; sons, Robert, Jr. and Joseph; infant daughter, Elizabeth; grandson, Sean Emmons; sister, Mildred Burman; brothers, Leroy, Chester, Edward and Oliver Marcoe; son-in-law, Randy McAlister; and step grandson, David Boling.

Per her wishes, Betty will be cremated and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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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