Kathryn “Kathy” Jane Armstrong, 53

Kathryn “Kathy” Jane Armstrong, 53, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at home.  She was born November 9, 1965 in Mount Carmel, the daughter of Robert C. and Betty D. (Horrall) Armstrong.

Kathy was employed by Progressive Health, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Manufacturing in the employee screening department.  She was a member of the 1983 graduating class of Mount Carmel High School. She attended Lipscomb University and was a member of the class of 2000 of the Walt Disney College Program at Walt Disney University. Kathy was a member of the Mount Carmel Church of Christ.  She enjoyed playing music with the Wayward Musicians at Hogg Heaven Restaurant on Monday evenings. She loved to cook and tend to her flower garden.  Kathy was a fun-loving person, always had a smile on her face and loved to make people laugh.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Kathy will be lovingly remembered by her sisters, Kimberly Sue (Tom) Schalasky of Mount Carmel, Kelley Jean (Jim) Strine of West Salem; brothers, Kerry Vaughn Armstrong of Westfield, IN, and Robert Kevin (Jennifer) Armstrong of Graham, TX; eleven nieces and nephews, twelve great-nieces and nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.  A Celebration of Life will follow the Visitation at 7:00 p.m. with Minister Bobby Smith Officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Kathy’s memory to The Wabash County Animal Shelter Buddies.  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 Kathy’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Armstrong family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Betty R. Grewe, 84

Betty R. Grewe, 84, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway in Newburgh, Indiana surrounded by her family. She was born on November 9, 1934 in White County, Illinois, the daughter of Cyril and Katie (Dauby) Biggerstaff. Betty married Ed Grewe on April 21, 1954 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Enfield, Illinois. Betty and Ed enjoyed sixty-five years of marriage centered on family and living their faith while supporting one another.

Betty will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Those who knew Betty loved her. She had a gift to brighten anyone’s day and truly cared for people. She loved helping others and that was evident in her dedicated volunteer work at Wabash General Hospital, the local nursing homes and at local blood drives. She was very passionate about this work and took great pride in serving others. Betty was a great conversationalist. She was always up to date on current events and had a broad perspective on issues related to history.

Betty and Ed were faithful members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for sixty-three years. She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella; where she was very active in the interest of the Church while promoting community events. Among Betty’s hobbies she loved to decorate her home for the different seasons. She also enjoyed working in her flower garden.

Betty will be remembered by her loving husband, Ed Grewe of Mount Carmel; son, Stephen (Virginia) Grewe of Westminster, CO; three daughters, Sharon (Robert) Lauchner of Myersville, MD, Linda (Michael) Eirhart of Elkton, MD and Barbara (Rick) Rolston of Decatur, IN; grandchildren, Stephanie (Jorge) Zetino, Jacqueline (Rajashekar) Kieffner, Jason Eirhart, Michelle Eirhart, Katie Eirhart, Travis (Kristy) Rolston; great grandchildren, Chloe Rolston and Landon Rolston; sister, Louise (Gerald) York of Enfield, IL; many loved nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; son, Richard Grewe; two sisters, Rosie Frymire and Lucille Berberich.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A Rosary Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. prior to the Visitation.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Robert Zwilling officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s memory to St. Mary’s Catholic School,

St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Ronald McDonald House. 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 Betty’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Grewe family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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John Wesley Yarbor

Rev. John Wesley Yarbor went home to be the Lord Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Oakview Heights with his family at his side.

He was born in rural Keensburg, Illinois, the son of William “Red” Richard Jackson and Ona Minnie (Woods) Yarbor. John attended school at Upper Hills School, Gibson County, Indiana, and Keensburg School, and, was a graduate of Assemblies of God Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri.

John was a World War II and Korean War Veteran. In Korea he served in the 24th Infantry Division, Co. C’s elite 5th Regiment combat team. Military medals awarded were: Good Conduct, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation with Germany Clasp, Purple Heart, American Campaign, Korean Service Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge. John was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He married Bessie Lou Barber at the Mt. Carmel Grace Memorial Church on October 30, 1948, with attendants Maxine and Albert Meier, Jr. They have two sons: Wesley Martin and John William Yarbor.

John worked at Carlton Ford Motor Company before starting his own business, A-1 Auto Service. From 1965 to 1976, he taught Ag-Mechanics at Wabash Valley College, where in 1973, he was chosen favorite teacher of the year.

While pastoring in Missouri, he concurrently conducted revivals in Illinois and Kansas, and held tent revivals in the Springfield, Missouri area. In Illinois, he pastored the Flora First Assembly God Church, the Grayville Ridge Baptist Church and the Mt. Carmel Pentecostal Assembly of God Church, where in 1988 he retired from pastoring. Afterwards he was guest speaker for pastors at local and southern Indiana churches. Rev. John was a volunteer at the Heartland Worship Center and Bridges of Hope Food Ministry. He was an avid Bible Scholar, fisherman, gardener, and a talented musician-playing the guitar, mandolin, accordion and piano. John enjoyed vacations with family.

He is survived by his wife Bessie, of 70 years; sons, Wesley Yarbor and wife Cindy of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, and John William Yarbor and wife Teresa (Burkett) of Bloomfield, Indiana; grandchildren, John Andrew “Andy” and Alex Nolan Yarbor; several nieces and nephews; and, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; twin brother and sister, Virgil and Virginia, who died in infancy; brothers, William Benjamin Yarbor and Max Yarbor, and sisters, Helen Houchins and Marguerite Stewart.

Visitation for Reverend Yarbor will be Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Heartland Worship Center, 212 West Second Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. The funeral will follow at 3:00 p.m. with burial at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the United States of America Military Veterans, Wabash County Senior Citizens Center or Heartland Worship Center. Envelopes will be available at the church and at Short Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank the VA Home Primary Care Team and Addis for caring for John the last few years, especially Candy Vetters of Addis and nurses from VA Home Primary Care. Also Jackie Knight and Norman Brunson for all they did for John. Thank you to those who mowed the yard (Loren Deisher and Earl Sherman), sent food, greetings, prayed and called. There were many others who helped—too numerous to name everyone. Please don’t feel slighted if your name was not mentioned, for whatever you did, everything was greatly appreciated. Also, this week, Dr. McCain, the staff of Wabash General Hospital and Oakview for the care you gave our loved one and us. God bless each of you.

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

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

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William Joseph Trapp, 94

William Joseph Trapp, 94, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Oakview Heights surrounded by his loving family.

He was born April 7, 1925, the son of Ben and Edna (Peters) Trapp in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  Bill married Doris Willett on September 14, 1949 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church.  They had been married 61 years when she passed in 2010.

Bill was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  He was a lifetime farmer.  Bill was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was in the Army National Guard.  He enjoyed reading, history and being with his family.

Left to cherish Bill’s memory are his children, Marilyn Redding and husband Paul, Alice Wirth and husband Gary, Francie Perry and husband Jack, and daughter-in-law Gigi Trapp; grandchildren, Amy Hale, Sarah Trapp, Erin Mann, Kelly Farr, John Trapp, Katie Pearson, Audrey Jones, Cori Wohlhueter, Spencer Redding, Michael, Daniel and Christopher Wirth, Hilary Wiemers; great-grandchildren, Chase Hale, Madeleine, Lucy and Jack Mann, Silas Farr, Ronan Trapp, Anna Grace Pearson, Madelyn, Molly and Charlie Jones, Joanna and Sydney Wohlhueter, Ethan Pezzani and Ashton Wirth; and, a twin sister, Wilma Taylor.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sons, Jed and Steve Trapp; and sisters, Mildred Presnell, Freida Trapp and Clara Bailey.

Friends and family may call for visitation on Friday, May 17, 2019, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, with Rosary being held at 4:30 p.m. prior to the visitation.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Bill will be Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 125 W. 5th Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois and burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School and American Diabetes Association.  Envelopes will be available at Short Funeral Home and at the church the day of the funeral.

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

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

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Funeral Report-Bobby L. Sales

The Graveside Funeral Service for Bobby L. Sales was held Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Pastor Gary Underwood of the General Baptist Church conducted the service. It included Prayer and Scripture Readings. Bobby was saluted with full Military Honors by the Mt. Carmel Veterans Honor Guard and the Patriot Guard. Family members served as pallbearers. Short-Cunningham Funeral Home was honored to serve Mr. Sales family.

Funeral Report-Barbara A. Fiscus

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Parkview Christian Church to honor the life of Barbara A. Fiscus with Pastor Daniel Moore and Pastor Mark Richison officiating. Prior to the service a recording of “It Is Well” performed by Barbara’s granddaughters, Lauren, Emily and Ellie Goodson was played. Pastor Richison welcomed the congregation and opened the service with a prayer. Pastor Daniel Moore shared the Service Message and Barbara’s Grandson, Caleb Goodson shared a Bible Reading. Kim Goodson, Barbara’s daughter-in-law, spoke on behalf of the family thanking everyone for their kindness and closed the service with a prayer. Special musical selections performed by Troy Kemper on the guitar included “How Great Thou Art” and “I’ll Fly Away”. Burial followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers included Andy Murphy, Caleb Goodson, Jarrod Banks, Damon Banks, Brent Taylor and Cameron Kieffer. Keepes Funeral Home is honored to serve the Family of Barbara A. Fiscus.

FUNERAL REPORT-Tony Campbell

Funeral Services were held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home to honor the life of Tony Campbell. Pastor Tim Bobbitt officiated the service which included prayers, reading of the obituary, scripture and a message. Scripture passages were taken from Revelation 17. Special musical recordings selected for the service was “My Sweet Lord”, “Let it Be” and closing the service with “Here Comes the Sun”. Burial took place at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Keith Green, Brayden Green, Andy Campbell, D.J. Campbell, Tanner Campbell and Shane Cooper. Keepes Funeral Home is honored to serve the Campbell family.

Barbara A. Fiscus 76

Barbara A. Fiscus 76, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana surrounded by the love of her family.  She was born June 26, 1942 in Wabash County, Illinois, the daughter of Betty (Beckerman) Hershberger.  Barbara married Donald Fiscus on October 18, 2002 and he survives.

Barbara was a devoted homemaker.  Her children and grandchildren meant the world to her.  Barbara was naturally very artistic.  She was an avid yard sale seeker and enjoyed browsing thrift shops.  Barbara was devoted to her Christian Faith.  She was a very generous person and often times secretly blessed others in need.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Donald Fiscus; children, Tonya Murphy, Jay (Kim) Goodson, Mark (Stacey) Goodson; grandchildren, Andy (Amanda) Murphy, Lauren Goodson, Caleb Goodson, Emily Goodson, Ellie Goodson, Cameron (Marissa) Kieffer; great-grandchildren, Silas Murphy, Grayson Kieffer; sister, Louise (Steve) Taylor; nephews, Tony, Jarrod and Damon Banks, Brent Taylor.

Barbara was preceded in death by her mother; and one daughter, Lisa Goodson.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Parkview Christian Church. 

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Parkview Christian Church with Pastor Daniel Moore and Pastor Mark Richison officiating.  Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Barbara’s memory to Parkview Christian Church.  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 Barbara’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Fiscus family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

 

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James E. “Jim” Neigh, 77

James E. “Jim” Neigh, 77, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away at Daviess Community Hospital, Washington, Indiana, from Parkinson’s on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

He was born August 27, 1941, in Greenfield, Massachusetts, to James L. and Elizabeth (Pallam) Neigh. Jim was married to Adah Cotner.

Jim proudly served his country as a staff Sargent with the United States Marine Corps. He was a flight engineer aboard a C-130 transport and refueling aircraft during his two tours of duty in Viet Nam.

Following his discharge from the Marine Corps, Jim continued to serve his community as a law enforcement officer both in Florida and North Carolina. He was a licensed Amateur Radio Operator for over 60 years and developed a fast and deep friendship with Mark Majors. They would talk early every morning as Mark drove to work over the past ten years.

Jim is survived by his wife Adah; sister, Jean (Bob) Perkins in California; son, Jimmy in Georgia; and, daughter, Nancy (Jeff) Sams and their two sons, Rylan and Conner in Macon, Georgia; and, Adah’s daughter, Amanda (Eric) Schmidt in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

In remembrance of Jim, the family would be pleased if donations would be made in his name to the Wabash County Animal Shelter Buddies. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery, Short Funeral Home or can be made online at Short-Cunningham website.

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

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

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Bobby L. Sales, 77

Bobby L. Sales, 77, of Harrison, Arkansas, formerly of Mt. Carmel, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

He was born November 23, 1941, in Marlow, Oklahoma, the son of Bill and Mildred (Johnson) Sales. After graduating high school, Bobby proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He married Lois LaVerne Stuessel on September 10, 1965, in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. They had been married 41 years when she passed in 2006.

Bobby worked 42 years at Pacific Press and Shear as a power unit hydraulic assembler from 1964 until he retired in 2008. He loved wood working, was a member of VFW, Eagles and a past Commander of the American Legion.

Left to cherish Bobby’s memory are his sons, Scott Sales and his wife Madeline of Harrison, Arkansas, and Jim Sales of Louisiana; seven grandchildren, Sara Ditterline, Nathan Sales, Ashley Duke, Eddy Rust, Levi Slover, Seth Sales and Dakota Sales; and, seven great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Sisson, Trace Sisson, Brielle Ditterline, Axil Sales, Kellen Sales, Alaina Rust and Keegan Shaver.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; wife, LaVerne; brothers, Jim Sales and Billie Sales.

A graveside service will be held Friday, May 10, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 1827 College Drive, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers Bobby’s family would appreciate one time gifts to the Wounded Warrior Project or Alzheimer Foundation of America. Envelopes will be available at the graveside service and Short-Cunningham Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 397, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois 62863.

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

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

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Tony Campbell, 57

Tony Campbell, 57, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Linda E. White Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.  He was born April 22, 1962 in Princeton, Indiana, the son of Louis and Alva (Slunder) Campbell.  He married Angie Howard on May 15, 1987 and she survives. 

 Tony worked as a Boilermaker for twenty years before becoming disabled.  He loved music, especially the songs from The Beatles.  Tony enjoyed playing his guitar.  He enjoyed fishing, was a football fan, enjoyed UFC fights and loved his dog, Harley.  Tony was a Christian and loved God.   He was a family man and his grandchildren were his world.  Tony attended Union Mission Church.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. 

 Tony will be lovingly remembered by his wife of thirty-one years, Angie; son Tanner (Ariel Bowdoin) Campbell; daughter, Erica (Shane) Cooper; grandchildren, Jason Ford, Blake, Brice and Jackson Cooper, Brayden, Brenna and Brylyn Green; God-daughter, Amber (Keith) Green; brothers, Mike (Shirley) Campbell, Andy (Renee) Campbell, Dennis Campbell; sisters, Peggy Wheeler, Kate (Robin) Keys, Trish (Jim) Harms.

 Tony was preceded in death by his parents; Brother, Jeff Campbell; and brother-in-law, Jim Wheeler.

 Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2019 in the Chapel of the Keepes Funeral Home. 

 Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Tim Bobbitt officiating.  Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made in Tony’s memory to the family to offset funeral expenses.  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 Tony’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Campbell family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

 

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Rockwell E. “Rocky” Bradley, 68

Rockwell E. “Rocky” Bradley, 68, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana, surrounded by the love of his family.  He was born on November 24, 1950 in Harrisburg, Illinois, the son of Doyle Bradley Sr., and Mildred (Dalton) Bradley.  Rocky married Diane Smith on August 24, 1974 in Mount Carmel and she survives.

Rocky was employed through Carpenters Local #546 for more than forty years before retiring.  He loved to be outdoors.  Hunting with his grandsons and coaching baseball for them was among his favorite activities.  Rocky was a fun-loving guy and was always willing to lend a helping hand.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Rocky was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed.

Rocky will be remembered by his loving wife of forty-four years, Diane; daughter Tammy Bradley; grandsons, Hunter Tice, Bradley Tice and Emery Trost; brother, Doyle (Connie) Bradley; and many nieces and nephews.

Rocky was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Vic Bradley.

Memorial Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.  A Memorial Service will follow at 12:00 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Funeral Home with Father Bill Rowe officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Rocky’s memory to WRAC (Wabash Rally Against Cancer) or the Mount Carmel Little League program.  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 Rocky’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Bradley family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

 

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George E. Havill, Jr., 64

George E. Havill, Jr., 64, of St. Francisville, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at his home surrounded by the love of his family and his faithful dog, Kirby. 

He was born on September 10, 1954 in Hammond, Indiana, the son of George and Evelyn (Tussey) Havill, Sr. George married Barbara Hillyard on April 5, 1995.

George faithfully served his country in the United States Marine Corps.  He was a people person and never knew a stranger.  From a young age, George loved working on cars.  He also enjoyed taking camping trips and spending time with his family.  He was an avid NASCAR fan.  George was a member of the United Methodist Church in St. Francisville.  He will be missed by his family and all who knew him. 

George will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Barbara Havill of St. Francisville; three sons, Eric (Nancy) Havill of Raleigh, NC, Jayson Havill of Hammond, IN and Tim Wirth of St. Francisville; two daughters, Robin (Tom) McKain of Sullivan, IN and Mindy (Jeff) Jones of Ashburn, VA; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brother, Roger (Debbie) Havill of Allendale, IL;  sister, Sheree Mullis of St. Francisville; many loved cousins, nieces and nephews. 

George was preceded in death by his parents; son, Barry Wirth; two brothers, Mike and John Havill. 

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 12:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Polk officiating.  Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in St. Francisville.

 Memorial contributions may be made in George’s memory to Wabash County Animal Shelter Buddies, 11336 N. 1550 Blvd, Mount 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 George’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Havill family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com


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Raymond W. Etzkorn, 84

Raymond W. Etzkorn, 84, of Browns Illinois passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Meadowood Nursing & Rehab in Grayville, Illinois.

He was born April 15, 1935 in Morrison Bluff, Arkansas, the son of Anton and Anna M. (Kern) Etzkorn.  He married Patty Swanson September 2, 1972 in Danville IL. They enjoyed thirty-seven years together until her passing in 2009.

Ray was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church.  Ray was a mechanic by trade; he and his twin brother, Damian “Shorty”, owned and operated Etzkorn Brothers Garage in Allendale for six years. Ray retired from Wabash Valley Service Company in Allendale as Head of Operations in 1998.      

He took great pride in his work and his family.

In his youth Ray enjoyed racing rail cars and shawing horses. When not working, Ray enjoyed woodworking, watching old westerns and Cardinal baseball. He loved spending time with his family, especially grandchildren. For many years he coached baseball to the youth of Allendale. He was a volunteer with the Allendale Rural Fire Protection District, serving as Fire Chief in the late 60s.

He was a family man at heart. Raymond is survived by his children, Misty (Steve) Pearson of Browns; Steve (Nora) Etzkorn of Albion, stepson Richard L. (Yvonne) Etzkorn of West Salem; brother, Arthur (Karen) Etzkorn of Fort Smith AR; eight grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were wife, Patty; his parents; daughter, Georgia Martin; six brothers, Anthony, Damian, Clarence, Charles, Paul, Herman; and two sisters, Margaret and Theresa.

Visitation for Ray will be Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church. The Holy Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m.  The Funeral Mass for Ray will be on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Church with burial to follow in Allendale Cemetery, Allendale IL.

Memorials to honor the life of Ray Etzkorn can be made to St. Mary Catholic Church. Envelopes will be available at the church and Short-Cunningham Funeral Home.

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

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

 

 

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Arthur Lee “Butch” Seals, 71

Arthur Lee “Butch” Seals, 71, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Linda E. White Hospice Center in Evansville, Indiana. He was born on June 18, 1947 in Mount Carmel, Illinois, the son of George and Dorothy (Lynch) Seals.

Butch worked at Snap-On Tools for thirty-one years and he also Kennard Farms. Butch was a very hard worker and loved his family. He loved all things outdoors; hunting, fishing, working in his garden and spending time at the river. He also like riding his bicycle and among he hobbies he enjoyed Edsel antique cars. Butch was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the AMVETS. He was also a member of Union Mission Church. He will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Butch will be remembered by his son, Jeremy Seals of Mount Carmel; two brothers, Franklin (Risha) Seal and Danny Seals both of Mount Carmel; three sisters, Barbara (Robert) Farmer of Mount Carmel, Joyce Perry of Bellmont and Kathy (Ted) Van Matre of Sevierville, TN; many loved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Lee Seals; stepson, John Wayne Curtis; sister, Patricia Boyd.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Graveside Services with Full Military Honors will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Highland Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Tim Bobbitt officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Butch’s memory to Cystic Fibrosis, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Ste 1550, Chicago, IL 60601. 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 Butch’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Seals family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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John F. Lockhart, 61

John F. Lockhart, 61, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family and close friends. He was born July 24, 1957 in Lancaster, California, the son of Don and Paraskevi “Vivie” (Sarris) Lockhart. He married Alisha Singer on December 29, 2000 and she survives.

John faithfully served his Country in the United States Air Force. For twenty-five years he was employed at Kieffer Lumber Company. He began his Civil Service career with the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department and the West Salem Police Department as Chief of Police. On March 10, 1997 John joined the Mount Carmel Police Department where he remained for twenty-two years until his recent retirement. During his years with MCPD, John worked as a Patrol Officer and was the Sergeant K-9 handler before becoming Chief of Police on March 4, 2013. He was a hard worker who was well respected by his peers and the local community. He treated all people fairly and evenly. John had a love for history. He also had a great sense of humor that gave his family and friends many memories to cherish. In his spare time, John enjoyed fishing and turkey hunting. John loved his whole family dearly. His grandchildren held a special place in his heart and they were what kept him going. John will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

John will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Alisha; sons, Alex (Sara) Lockhart and Ian Lockhart; daughters, Kaleigh Singer, Marissa Lockhart and Emmaleigh Singer; brother, Fred Lockhart; sisters, Laura Leathers and Leslie (Noal) Williams; grandson, Rayden Lockhart; granddaughters, Holly Paschke, Lainie Paschke and Carly Robinson and several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Donna Aroujo; brothers, Ron and Tom Lockhart.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Per John’s wishes, no formal services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to Wabash General Hospital’s Oncology Department or the Shop With a Cop Program. 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 John’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Lockhart family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Betty Trottier, 94

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

A graveside service will be held Friday, April 26, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a Celebration of Life at the Mt. Carmel VFW.

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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Rebecca “Becky” Williams, 80

Rebecca “Becky” Williams, 80, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on April 16, 2019, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana.  She was born on February 5, 1939, in Arlington, Kentucky, the daughter of James and Katherine (Davis) Todd.

Becky loved her family, her grandchildren and great grandchildren held a special place in her heart.  During Becky’s working career, she worked hard as a secretary for several small businesses.  She loved to travel and trips to Florida and Hawaii were among her fondest memories.  In her free time, Becky enjoyed relaxing while working crossword puzzles.  She will be missed by her family and all who knew her.

Becky will be remembered by her daughter, Roberta Wright and husband William of Newburgh, IN; two grandchildren, Michael (Ashley James) Wright and Jennifer Wright; two great grandchildren, Jayden Wright and Harper Wright; three sisters, Carolyn Tolbert of Princeton, IN, Linda Stewart of Carmel, IN and Diana (David) Wright of Mount Carmel; brother in law, Larry Reed; many loved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Becky was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Barbara Reed and Louise Goldman; brother, James Phillips, Jr.; and step father, James F. Phillips, Sr.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2019, in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Richison officiating.  Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Mount Carmel.

Memorial contributions may be made in Becky’s memory to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 4400 Clayton Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110.  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 Becky’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Williams family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

 

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Ross Frank Barber, 85

Ross Frank Barber, 85, of Princeton, Indiana, formerly of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Linda E. White Hospice Center with his loving family by his side. He was born on June 24, 1933 in Wabash County, Illinois, the son of Glenn and Lucinda (Mason) Barber. Frank married Viola “Loree” (Deisher) Barber on August 1, 1956 at the Church of God in Mount Carmel and together they enjoyed sixty-three years of marriage.

Frank will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. Among his hobbies, he loved to read and enjoyed cheering on Indiana Basketball. Frank worked as a power units supervisor at Pacific Press and Shear for forty years where he made many friendships. He also faithfully served his Country in the United States Army. He was a devoted member of Heartland Worship Center formerly known as Pentecostal Assembly of God for fifty years. Above all, Frank loved his family and also loved his dogs. He will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

He remembered by his loving wife, Loree Barber of Princeton, IN; two sons, John Barber and wife Vivian of Virgina Beach, VA and Bryan Barber of Newburgh, IN; two grandchildren, Rachel Barber and Michael Barber of Hampton, VA; sister, Bessie Yarbor and husband John of Mount Carmel.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Johnny Barber, Roy Barber and Bill Barber.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Heartland Worship Center, 212 West Second Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Church with Pastor Tony Hodgson officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Mount Carmel with Full Military Honors.

Memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s memory to Heartland Worship Center.

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 Frank’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Barber family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Milo “Mike” James Sr., 92

Milo “Mike” James Sr., 92, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana, surrounded by the love of his family. He was born August 5, 1926 in Bellmont, Illinois, the son of John and Nancy (Murphy) James. He married Patricia Sanford on August 18, 1968 and together they enjoyed fifty years of marriage.

Mike faithfully served his Country in the United States Army for four years. He was very proud of being a Veteran of WWII. Mike worked for Schoenheit Trucking for fifteen years. He was a hard worker which was evident in his dedicated work ethic. In his spare time, Mike enjoyed camping, horse back riding and vacationing in Florida. He loved to dance. Mike also enjoyed reading and watching western movies. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mike loved his family dearly and will be missed by all who knew him.

Mike will be lovingly remembered by his loving wife, Patricia; daughters; Nancy (Buddy) Johnson, Mickie (Duane) Smith; daughter-in-law, Jenny James; step-daughter, Kay (Bill) Wheatcroft; Grandchildren, Kim (Brent) Weir, Trudy Lagow, Teresa (Brian) Kern, Dustin Hale, Carrie (Jeremy) Devine, Pam (Josh) Oliver, Andrea James; step-grandchildren, Jeff (Shelly) Osborne, Jammie Osborne, Michelle (David) Ferguson, Chris Hortin, and Nicole (Tom) Kramer; twenty six great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; son, Milo “Buddy” James Jr; step-son, Jim Osborne; one infant sister, Mary Ivy James; four brothers, Ellsworth, Russel, Earl and Walter James.

Graveside Services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Highland Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Tom Kramer officiating. The local USAMV Honor Guard will provide Full Military Honors.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s memory to USAMV Honor Guard.

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 Mike’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the James family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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