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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Funeral Report-Loretta K. (Wells) Morgan

Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home to honor the life of Loretta K. (Wells) Morgan.  Pastor Bill Cox officiated the service that included prayer, scripture passages, time of remembrance and message.  Special music played during the service included, “Dancing in the Sky”, “Amazing Grace”, “Go Rest High on that Mountain” and “Three Times a Lady”.  Loretta’s husband, Jeff Morgan shared fond memories of their life together.  Keepes Funeral Home is honored to serve the Morgan family.

Maximino J. “Max” Tarlton, 57

Maximino J. “Max” Tarlton, 57, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Linda E. White Hospice Center in Evansville, Indiana surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on May 27, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Sandra (Brishki) Tarlton. Max married Benita Howard on October 6, 1979 and together they enjoyed thirty-nine years of marriage centered on their family.

Max will be remembered for being a loving husband, father and Grandad. Max could be described as a blue-collar working man who was very talented in his trade. He was a proud Boilermaker for twenty-three years. Max would travel to where the work was but in recent years has worked in the local tri-state area to be close to his family. Max was a member of the Boilermakers Union Local # 374. He had a very giving spirit and would drop everything to help someone in need. Max loved being outdoors, hunting and fishing. In his free time, Max loved to cheer on the Dallas Cowboys and listen to Johnny Cash. Max had accepted the Lord in his life and this decision brought great comfort to his family. He will be missed by his family and all who knew and loved him.

Max will be remembered by his loving wife, Benita Tarlton of Mount Carmel; children, Bethany (Patrick Flannigan) Stephens of Carmi, IL, Jeff (Marci) Tarlton of Marion, IL and Michael (Lauren Smith) Tarlton of Owensville, IN; grandchildren, Gracey and Marley Stephens and Abram, Samuel and Meili Tarlton; two brothers; one sister; father and mother in law, Nina and Gary Howard; brother in law, Gary Howard, Jr.; sister in law, Angie (Tony) Campbell; along with several nieces and nephews. Max was preceded in death by his parents.

In keeping with Max’s wishes he will be cremated and no formal services will be held at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made in Max’s memory to Wabash County Animal Shelter Buddies, 11336 N. 1550 Blvd, Mount Carmel, IL 62863 or to a Hospice organization of your choice. 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 Max’s tribute wall and leave condolences for the Tarlton family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Wanda R. Schwartz, 86

Wanda R. Schwartz, 86, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2019 at Wabash General Hospital surrounded by the love of her family.  She was born December 12, 1932 in Wabash County, Illinois, the daughter of Charles “Otto” and Elizabeth (Ross) Case.

Wanda was a 1950 graduate of Mount Carmel High School.  She was retired from Wabash General Hospital as a Ward Clerk.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking for her family.  Wanda was a yard sale enthusiast who frequently traveled the World’s Longest Yard Sale with her daughter gathering treasures.  Wanda dearly loved her children and grandchildren who were her pride and joy.  She was a member of the Mount Carmel Free Methodist Church and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. 

 Wanda will be remembered by her children, Robert Glen Schwartz of Mount Carmel, Illinois, Janet Elaine Brown of Antioch Tennessee; grandchildren, Andy Banks, Tim (Liz) Schwartz; great-granddaughters, Nina Angela and Sydney Emma Banks and many loved nieces and nephews.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, Maggie Schwartz; sister, Ruby Kirk; four half-brothers, Arthur, Lewis, Howard and Lawrence Anderson; three half-sisters, Hazel Dike, Mary Harrison and Eva Jordan.

Family and friends are invited to gather for Visitation from 2:00p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home. 

Funeral Services will be 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home with Pastors Deron Colgan and Brad Garner officiating.  Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Wanda’s memory to the Mount Carmel Free Methodist Church.  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 Wanda’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Schwartz family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

 

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Judge Robert M. Keenan, Jr., 82

Judge Robert M. Keenan, Jr., of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at the age of 82. He died from complications of FSH muscular dystrophy. He was born in Mt. Carmel on December 5, 1936, to Robert M. Keenan, Sr. and Marian (Farley) Keenan.

Judge Keenan was a hard worker beginning in middle school, including work as a paper boy, for Heater’s Drug store, and for Cliff’s drive-in. He worked pit stops at a nearby midget car track. Bob attended Mt. Carmel High School, where he played tuba in the band and was active in various choral groups. He also played football all four years. Bob was inducted into the MCHS Hall of Fame in 2007.

Bob was inspired by his MCHS band director, Floyd “Pappy” Perkins, to study music in college. He went to college at Indiana State Teacher’s College (now Indiana State University) in Terre Haute, IN. While at Indiana State, he was a member of the Symphonic Band, the College Chorus, and the Men’s Glee Club. Bob was also a member of the marching band and the basketball band. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He was also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. At Bob’s 80th birthday celebration, members of the fraternity attending its national convention were meeting at the same restaurant, and serenaded him with their song “Hail Sinfonia.”

Bob graduated from Indiana State in 1958 with a degree in music education, and obtained his master’s degree in 1959. Bob then attended Indiana University, where he earned 49 hours toward a Ph.D. in music theory. While a graduate student at Indiana State, Bob was the assistant director of the marching and concert bands, and director of the basketball band. He was a Collegium Musicum member at IU, a group that performed ancient music. Bob completed eight years of service in the U.S. Army Reserves, and during that time was a member of the 451st Division Army Reserve Band.

While a freshman at Indiana State, he met his future wife Elizabeth Harper, from Terre Haute, who was also a music student at Indiana State. They were married on August 24, 1958. He later taught music as a band director in Jackson MI, Waynetown IN, and Rensselaer IN, before deciding to leave teaching to attend law school.

Bob attended Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso IN, where he graduated first in his class in 1972. He served as Editor-In-Chief of the Law Review. Judge Keenan practiced in the private sector, and also served as special assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois from 1979-1980. He served as City Attorney in Mt. Carmel from 1974 to 1980. Bob taught the real estate law and practice class for real estate brokers at Wabash Valley College from 1973 to 1997. He was sworn in as the Resident Circuit Judge for Wabash County, Second Judicial Circuit, on December 1, 1980. He remained in that position until his retirement on December 2, 2002. Bob also wrote a weekly column called “Courthouse Briefs” for the Daily Republican Register from 1991 to 2000. He wrote 465 columns.

Bob had a great sense of humor and was known for his many hobbies, which he shared with his family. He loved filming and video-taping. He bought a Brownie 8 millimeter movie camera in high school and spent the rest of his life filming family and other events. Bob also loved auto racing, particularly open-wheel dirt track racing and Indy Car racing. If you were to stop by on any given day, you could very well find yourself invited in to watch a vintage midget race and have a spirited conversation about all the early drivers of the day.

Bob’s children also benefitted from the fact that he was an early adopter of video games. Bob purchased one of the first Pong and Atari video games and lovingly shared them with his family and friends. Bob was proud of his Irish heritage and of the fact that he came from a family of railroaders. He loved baseball and football and was a life-long fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.

Bob had a passion for all music that he considered good. He arranged several pieces of music for band. Bob appeared in musical productions at Wabash Valley College, including playing the character Fagin in the musical “Oliver.” He organized and performed with a recorder quartet called “The Courtly Consort.” In 1986, a group of singers who had performed in WVC musicals was asked to sing for the 25th anniversary of WVC. This group not only completed that “gig,” but continued performing as “Mulberry Jam” for over 25 years, meeting every Tuesday night at Bob and Liz’s house for rehearsals and conversation.

Bob was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of Elks BPOE 715 in Mt. Carmel.

Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Harper Keenan. He is also survived by his four children, Leslie Kramer (Ted) of Anchorage AK; Rob Keenan (Andrea) of Buford GA; Mary Koch of Evansville IN; and Sarah Keenan of Mt. Carmel. He is also survived by his grandchildren Grace, Olivia, and Emma Kramer; Alex and Michelle Fontaine and Elizabeth, Nicolas, and Robby Keenan; and Lily Koch. His grandchildren could not have had a more dedicated and loving grandfather. He is survived by three sisters, Sandy Sexton of El Cajon CA; Pat Tomala of East Lyme CT, and Susan Keenan of Harrisburg IL; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Judy Childers, and his Aunt Jaunita Keenan.

A Prayer Service will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at Short-Cunningham Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Visitation will follow from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 125 W. 5th Street, in Mt. Carmel. Burial will occur at a later date at St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials can be sent to St. Mary’s Catholic School, 417 Chestnut Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois 62863, or to the FSH Society, 450 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA 02420.

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

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

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Loretta Wells Morgan, 62

Loretta Wells Morgan, 62, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at her residence. She was born on November 15, 1956 in Sumner, Illinois, the daughter of John W. and Roberta (Houghlan) Schultz. She married Jeff Morgan and he survives.

Loretta worked in the floral industry designing beautiful flower arrangements. Most recently she was employed at Uniquely Michaels in Princeton, Indiana, formerly known as Karen’s Flowers and Gifts and was a friendly face when delivering flowers and gifts to the public. She loved fishing, camping and cooking outdoors. She had a huge heart and greatly enjoyed helping others. Her children and grandchildren meant the world to her and held a very special place in her heart. Loretta will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Loretta will be remembered by her husband, Jeff; sons, Joseph (Kayla) Wells, Dustin Wells; daughters, Christy (Jason) Earl, Beth (Bryce) Fornshell; twelve grandchildren, Alexis & Kynlee Wells, Katie, Tyler, Ethan Dylan & Emma Wells, Izabell, James & Emily Earl, Conrad & Carson Fornshell; brother, James (Sue) Schultz; sister, Vickie Creswell; and several nieces and nephews.

Loretta 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, January 7, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

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

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Funeral Report-Michael J. Evans

Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Community Church of God to honor the life of Michael J. Evans.  Pastor Joy Sherman conducted the service.  Scriptural passages included readings from Psalm 23, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 2:1-3.  Michael’s siblings, Josh Evans, Maria McIntire and Ben Evans spoke of Michael’s life and the impact he had on all of those who knew and loved him.  Musical selection played during the service was “The River” by Garth Brooks.  Pastor Joy shared a favorite scripture passage that has touched the family through this time from Philippians 4:6-7, “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.  Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  At the conclusion of the service the congregation recited the Lord’s Prayer.  Special songs played at the dismissal of the service included, “I’ll Fly Away”, “On Eagle’s Wings”, “10,000 Reason’s” and “Shower of Blessing”.  Pallbearers were Josh Evans, Ben Evans, Jon Evans, Zac Evans, Brian McIntire, Alex Barrow, Sean Van Matre and Joey Eblin. Keepes Funeral Home is honored to serve the Evans family.

Michael J. Evans, 35

Michael J. Evans, 35, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018.  He was born July 28, 1983 in Mount Carmel the son of John and Jane (Marcum) Evans.  Michael was a graduate of Mount Carmel High School class of 2002.

Michael was a gifted machinist employed full time at B & D Independence and he owned and operated Evans Machining.  Michael graduated from Vincennes University and following his college graduation he was employed at Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois, before returning to Mount Carmel.  As a young man, Michael attained the rank of Eagle Scout and continued on as Cameron’s assistant Scout Master.  Michael enjoyed the outdoors and was avid hunter and fisherman.  He was a great story teller.  Michael loved to be around his family and would drop everything to lend a helping hand. He was known to have a smile that will never be forgotten. Most of all, Michael’s greatest joy was being a dad.  He was a member of Community Church of God.  Michael will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Michael will be lovingly remembered by his son, Cameron Evans; daughter, Kennedie Evans; parents, John and Jane Evans; siblings, Ben Evans and his wife Shawn, Josh Evans and his wife Lucy, Maria McIntire and her husband Brian; paternal grandmother, Mary Margaret Evans; and many loved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Michael was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Lloyd Evans; maternal grandparents, Ronald and Thelma Marcum; uncle, Ronnie Marcum.

Family and friends are invited to gather for Visitation from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 31, 2018 at The Community Church of God, 1532 College Drive, Mount Carmel, Illinois.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Community Church of God with Pastor Joy Sherman officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Michael’s memory to The Michael Evans Memorial Fund established at First Bank to aid Michael’s children in their future education.  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 Michael’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Evans family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Funeral Report-Mary Edna Hicks

Graveside Services were held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Highland Memorial Cemetery to honor the life of Mary Edna Hicks.  Mary’s grandson, Terry Hicks conducted the service that included prayer, scripture passages, and fond memories of Mary’s life.  “Amazing Grace” was played as Mary was being carried to her final resting place where she was laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Robert W. Hicks.  Family and friends sang, “Mansion Over the Hilltop” and “I’ll Fly Away”. At the conclusion of the service, “Goodbye World, Goodbye” was played.  Pallbearers were Jeff Johnston, Terry Hicks, Jordan Hicks, Tyler Johnston, Darren Hodson, Scott Gard and Cameron Kieffer.  Keepes Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mary Edna Hicks. 

 

Dewey “Sonny” Eugene Easter

Dewey “Sonny” Eugene Easter, age 75, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at Daviess County Hospital in Washington, Indiana.

Sonny was born in Lancaster, Illinois on August 6, 1943, to the late Charles and Lois (Stewart) Easter.  He attended Mt. Carmel High School, in the graduating Class of 1961.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War.  On August 20, 1967, Sonny married Barbara Lant.  He worked at Pacific Press and Shear for 37 years.  Sonny also worked for the Highway Machine Company and West Side Automation. 

Sonny’s family described him as kind, loving, supportive, devoted, and patient.  These characteristics were continuously displayed in his love towards his family, especially with his grandchildren.  He was always overjoyed to be able to spend time with them, watch them play sports, and see them achieve many milestones throughout life.  

Bowling, playing golf and baseball, fishing, mushroom hunting, and boating were just a few of Sonny’s favorite activities.  He enjoyed drives by the river, socializing with others, and his trips to Taco Tierra to see his “girls.” His intelligence, perseverance, and strong-willed personality led him to teaching himself many skills, some of which were used for his incredible craftsman and iron work that also displayed his beautiful creativity.  Sonny assisted in developing the machine program at Wabash Valley College.  He coached little league baseball for several years.  He was a 50 year Mason.

As a member of EUM Church, Sonny enjoyed attending church with his wife, and his Christian faith grew strong over the years.

Sonny is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara (Lant) Easter.  He will also be lovingly remembered by his three children; Shannon (Jon) Cross, David (Laura) Easter, and Dana (Deron) Hawkins; grandchildren, Mackenzie and Andrew Cross, Caiden and Kinley Hawkins, and Quinten Easter; his siblings, Sandy (Harold) Moore, Debbie (Eddie) Lashbrook; and, by cousins, nephews and nieces.

Preceding Sonny in death is his parents; siblings, Gwenda Durrett and Ronnie Easter. 

In Sonny’s remembrance, his strength will never be forgotten. The love and adoration he had towards his family and those around him was endless. His wit and humor was ever going, and Sonny will always be remembered as someone with immense compassion and true grit. As Sonny will be deeply missed by his family and friends here on earth, his presence will remain, and he will now live his eternal life in Heaven.

We ask all and any who would like to join in this celebration of life to feel welcome to attend the visitation Saturday, December 29, 2018, from 10:00 to 1:00 in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  A Masonic service will be held at 1:00 p.m. with the celebration of life service following immediately after.  Burial will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Evangelical United Methodist Church or the Mt. Carmel Masonic Lodge.  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 Sonny’s family.

 

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Thomas L. Williams, 90

Thomas L. Williams, 90, of Allendale, IL, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Oakview Heights Continuous Care and Rehab in Mt. Carmel, IL.

Thomas was born September 18, 1928 in Wabash County, IL, the son of Linder and Grace (Brewer) Williams. He married Leta Sue (Litherland) on May 22, 1955 at Wabash Presbyterian Church in Orio. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage.

Thomas worked for General Telephone Co. (GTE) for 40 years before his retirement in 1990. He served his country for three years in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Guam. He spent some military time in Japan and the northwest United States installing and working on transmission cables in the late 40s.

Activities and hobbies he enjoyed were gardening, hunting, fishing, bowling, piecing quilts, nut harvesting (walnuts, pecans, hickory nuts), card playing, woodworking and craft making in his workshop.

Thomas was a kind, loving and dedicated husband, dad and grandpa. He loved family time.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 62 years, Leta Williams; three daughters, Lisa Williams of San Diego, CA, Diana Williams of Seattle, WA, and Kelly Williams of Flagstaff, AZ; granddaughter Linnea Williams; two sisters, Dorothy Tarpley of West Salem and Shirley Brown of Mt. Carmel.

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Hershel; and two sisters, Lois Saltsgaver and Roberta McCrary.

Visitation for Thomas will be Friday, December 28, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon with funeral service beginning at 12:00 at Wabash Presbyterian Church in Orio and burial to follow in the Orio Cemetery.        

Donations in Thomas’ memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631. Envelopes will be available at the church or can be sent to Short Funeral Home.

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

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

 

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Mary Edna Hicks, 96

Mary Edna Hicks, 96, of Mount Carmel, Illinois passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Oakview Heights Continuous Care & Rehab surrounded by the love of her family.  She was born on August 5, 1922 in Risco, Missouri the daughter of Jess and Rachel (Seitz) Wheeler.  Mary married Robert W. Hicks on April 26, 1941 and he preceded her in death.

Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Some of her fondest memories were spending time with family at Kentucky Lake.  She made many friendships while working at the Index Store and Target in Mount Carmel.  She often spoke of her time working at Becky’s Café that was located across from Mount Carmel High School where the students would often eat.  Mary was a faithful member of Community Church of God.  A kind and nurturing woman, Mary was loved by many and her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her.

Mary will be remembered by her daughter, Jeanne Morales and husband, Larry of Mankato, MN; daughter in law, Mary Lee Hicks of Mount Carmel; eight grandchildren, Terry (Jeanna) Hicks, Tracy (Darren) Hodson, Tammy (Jeff) Johnston, Tim (Amy) Morales, Michele (Dale) Bednarek, Heather Hicks, April Norrie and Kevin Parker; sixteen great grandchildren and twelve great-great grandchildren; sister, Betty Gard of Mount Carmel.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Hicks; two sons, Larry Hicks and Jeffery Hicks; grandson, Jason Hicks; sisters, Kathryn M. Hebert, Addebell Wheeler, Hazel Strohm and Pansy May Wheeler; brothers, George Wheeler, TR Wheeler, Leroy Wheeler and William Wheeler.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Graveside Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Mount Carmel.

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

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Clifford Burton, Jr., 90

Clifford Burton, Jr., 90, of Mount Carmel, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana surrounded by the love of his family.  He was born on February 1, 1928 in Wabash County, Illinois the son of Clifford and Viola (Deisher) Burton.  Clifford married Carrel Compton on October 27, 1952.

Clifford faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force where he worked on radio systems on the aircrafts.  Clifford had a knack working with radios and spent time as an amateur radio operator.  Among his hobbies he enjoyed being outdoors bicycling and racing motorcycles.  He will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Clifford will be remembered by his loving wife of sixty-six years, Carrel Burton of Mount Carmel; son, Terry Burton and wife Terri of Mount Carmel; daughter, Janet Gloria of San Angelo, TX; one granddaughter and three great grandchildren; brother, Jim Burton of Mount Carmel; sisters, Valerie Patterson of Mount Carmel and Neva Grubb of Albion, IL.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Burton; and six brothers.

In keeping with Clifford’s wishes he will be cremated and no formal services will be held at this time.

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

 

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Elaine Beth Higgins, 80

Elaine Beth Higgins, 80, of Mount Carmel, Illinois passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, IN surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on September 26, 1938 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the daughter of Raymond and Doris (Wayland) Wilson. Elaine married John David Higgins on April 21, 1957 and together they enjoyed sixty-one years of marriage.

Elaine loved her family and loved shopping and spending time with her grandchildren. Among Elaine’s hobbies she enjoyed being outdoors tending her flower garden and spending time on the golf course with her family and friends. She was an avid reader and loved her book club. Elaine enjoyed crafting and making gifts for her family. Elaine was a member of the Mount Carmel Elks Lodge #715 and was also a member of the Birthday Club. She felt strongly about being an organ donor and wanted to be able to offer that gift to others. Elaine will be missed by her family and all who knew her.

Elaine will be remembered by her loving husband, David Higgins of Mount Carmel; son, Michael Higgins of Mount Carmel, IL; three daughters, Angela (Joe) Lofton of Allendale, Sandra Higgins of Mount Carmel and Debbie (Billy) Terrell of Grayville, IL; five grandchildren, Timothy Lofton, Tura Buchanan, Steven Eagan, Heather Southwood and Wendy Terrell; seven great grandchildren; sister, Kim (Roy) Henderson of Joshua, TX; several nieces and nephews.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Shirley Burgardt.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will begin at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Elaine’s memory to Wabash County Animal Shelter Buddies, 11336 N. 1550 Blvd, Mount Carmel, IL 62863 or to The Lunch Wagon. 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 Elaine’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Higgin’s family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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Marion L. Meyer, 85

Marion L. Meyer, 85, of Mt. Carmel, IL, passed away Friday, December 14, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 10, 1933 in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Jack Lois and Beulah Magdalene (Ester) Pointer.  She married Marvin Fred Henry Meyer on May 4, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Pamela Kay and husband James Wood and Mark and wife Debbie Meyer, all of Mt. Carmel; five grandchildren, Eli (Melanie) Landingham, Hannah (Luke) Shelby, Brianna Meyer, Jairma (Donnie) Simpson, RoeDale (fiancé, Wanda) Wood; and eleven great grandchildren, Wyatt, Blake and Trey Landingham, Autumn, Presley, and Isaac Shelby, Kelsie and Kenzie Simpson, Keyleigh, Kairi and Delilah Wood.

Marion was an active member of First Baptist Church in Mt. Carmel and dedicated to the Food Pantry ministry there. She was a homemaker and caregiver.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, June Risinger; and brother, Omer Pointer.

Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Short Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Short Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

Memorials in Marion’s name can be made to The Food Pantry at First Baptist Church, 130 W. 6th Street, Mt. Carmel, IL 62863.

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

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

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Bill Kieffer, 79

Bill Kieffer, 79, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at River Oaks in Princeton, Indiana, surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born July 16, 1939, the son of Hyginus “Buss” Thomas and Pauline Frances (Berberich) Kieffer in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

He was a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School, attended Wabash Valley College and Dale Carnegie Training. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. On January 16, 1982, he married Marilyn Sue Brake Withrow at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mt. Carmel. They enjoyed 36 years of marriage. They loved traveling, cruising, bus trips and time spent at Puerta Vallarta. He liked to fish for crappie and took a trip to Alaska specifically to fish with his sons. For twenty years Bill enjoyed the annual deer hunting trip in southern Illinois with his boys and friends. He delighted in golfing, playing cards and telling jokes!

Bill worked as a Banker’s Life Insurance Agent, sold gas & oil, and was in real estate sales. During his insurance career, he was named the #1 agent in the nation for sales.

Bill was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mt. Carmel. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and Eagles. He was active in raising money through the Lions Club to help build Froman Lake.

Left to cherish Bill’s memory is his wife, Marilyn, of 36 years of marriage; children, Dynelle Gromelski and Ron Burks, Dana Blayney and husband Mark, Gary Kieffer and wife Kim, Bill Kieffer, Jr. and wife Anne Marie, Kelly Kieffer and wife Jennifer and Vikki Warren and husband Bill; siblings, Jeanette Sgro, Kenny Kieffer, Peggy Micko and Terri Snider; eighteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren.

Visitation for friends and family will be held Friday, December 14, 2018, starting with a Rosary at 5:00 followed with visitation until 8:00 p.m. all in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 125 West Fifth Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Burial will be held at a later date at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or St. Mary’s Catholic School. Envelopes will be available at Short Funeral Home and at the church.

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

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

Richard Albert Meier, 64

Richard Albert Meier, 64, formerly of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Monday, December 10, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. He was born November 30, 1954, the son of Albert and Maxine (Schrodt) Meier, Jr., in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

Richard was a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School. For twenty years he was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He loved golf, whether he was playing, shagging balls, or simply watching it on TV.

Left to cherish his memory are siblings, Rev. Don Meier and his wife Kathy of Indianapolis, Indiana, Tony Meier and his wife Pamela of Evansville, Indiana, and Linda Selvidge and her husband, Dr. William Selvidge, of Clearwater Beach, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Friday, December 14, 2018, from 11:30 to 1:00 in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home. A private burial will be held.

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

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

Dorothy Marie Wainman Willis

Dorothy Marie Wainman Willis passed from this life on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in the presence of her children. She was born on September 28, 1937, the third daughter of William Pearl and Mary Catherine (Kelly) Wainman in Gary, Indiana. While working at Walgreens Department store in Gary, Indiana, she met the love of her life, Dudley D. Willis. They were married on February 8, 1956, shortly after she graduated from Emerson High School in Gary, Indiana.

During the course of their sixty year marriage, they were blessed with five children: Donna Marie (Dr. James Sigler), Susan Kathleen (C. David Acree), Timothy Lee (Kay), Jeffrey William (Sue) and Matthew Garret Willis.

She was an avid Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and Lady Aces Basketball fan. She maintained a scrapbook of articles from every Lady Aces game for many years and attended every girls’ basketball game possible.

Her husband, Dudley Dean Willis, her parents William P. and Mary C. Wainman, her sisters Patricia Christoff and Theresa Yugo, and a brother, William J. Wainman preceded her in death.

She is remembered by her five children; six grandchildren: James D. Sigler, Aaron D. and Adam M. Acree, Sean R. Willis, Zachary D. Willis, and Brooke A. Velt; nine great-grandchildren: Lily and Alexander Sigler, Jayden, Adalyn and Amelia Acree, Isaiah Dobbins, Grayson, Peyton and Damien Velt; a sister Mary Helen Wainman; and five brothers: Thomas H., Michael K., John J., Robert E., and Paul R. Wainman.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 14, 2018, from 11:30 to 1:00 at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. A funeral mass will proceed at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in Dorothy’s name be sent to the Lady Aces Basketball Team or Saint Mary’s Catholic School. Envelopes will be available the day of the service and at Short Funeral Home.

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

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

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PHILIP H. “BUTCH” KINGSBURY, 76

Butch Kingsbury, 76, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 26, 1942, in Princeton, Indiana, the son of Harold and Josephine (Boswell) Kingsbury. Butch graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in the class of 1960. On January 3, 1964, he married Charlotte Rigg at the Bellmont Methodist Church. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage.

Butch served our community as a full time fireman. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Firefighters Local #4301. He started as a volunteer at the age of 16 and then became full time with the department on October 19, 1964, retiring on February 15, 2003. He was a licensed plumber, working as a third generation plumber for the family business, Kingsbury Plumbing and Heating. He began working for family at the age of 16 and later ran the family’s business. Butch attended Bellmont United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Sheriff’s Auxiliary, past member of the Eagles, Moose and Wabash County Civil Defense.

Butch loved spending time with his wife and family. He was well known in the community and waved at everyone he passed. Butch was a friendly person and met no strangers. He will be greatly missed.

Left to cherish Butch’s memory are his wife, Charlotte, of 54 years; children, Tammy Seaton and her husband Mark, and, Chuck R. and Amy Kingsbury, both of Mt. Carmel; five granddaughters, Amber (Wayne) Hammel, Amanda (Josh) Howard, Shyla Kingsbury (fiancé, Addison Eggertsen), Taylor Kingsbury and Tori Kingsbury; great-grandchildren, Brynlee Hammel, Brooklyn Hammel, Brystal Hammel and Burkley Eggertsen; a Godson, Colby Rigg; sister, Donna (Bob) Spence; brother-in-laws, Jerry (Patty) Rigg, Steve (Vesta) Rigg and Randy Rigg (Carol Smith); and several nieces and nephews.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation for Butch will be Monday, December 3, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Short Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to “Shop with a Fireman” program. Envelopes will be available at Short funeral home. Condolences and/or memorial contributions may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com

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

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Charles Gregory Miller, 61

Charles Gregory Miller, 61, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away November 27, 2018, at the Flora Rehab and Healthcare Center.

 He was born March 18, 1957, in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, to Tom and Fayetta (Deisher) Miller.

 Charles worked for Snap-On-Tools, retiring after 30 years of service.  He was a member of the Eagles for thirty plus years.  Charles was a lifelong Cubbies fan.  He enjoyed spending time at his family’s river camp, especially camping and fishing.

 Left to honor Charles’ memory are his father, Tom Miller; siblings David Miller and his wife Debbie of Mt. Carmel and Dedra Hollen and her husband Barry of St. Francisville, Illinois; four nieces and three nephews, Amy Jo and Amber Fay (who he thought of as his own children), Jammie, Brenda, Tom, Jessie and Shane; and eleven great nieces and nephews.

 Charles was preceded in death by his mother.

 Visitation will be Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Allendale Cemetery, Allendale, Illinois.     

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Short Funeral Home to help defray costs.  Envelopes will be available at Short Funeral Home or memorial contributions and/or condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com

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

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