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Sunday, December 22, 1957 - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Earl Gene Taylor, 59, of Urbana, IL passed away at 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Presence Covenant Urbana, IL.  Cremation rites have been accorded. 

 

A Memorial Service will be 10:00 A.M., Monday, May 22, 2017 at the American Legion Lincoln Post 102, DeLand, IL. Memorial donations may be made to PACE 1317 E Florida Ave. Urbana, IL 61801.  

 

Earl was born December 22, 1957 in Columbus, OH to Earl Junior and Patricia Joan Knickerbocker Taylor.  He married Chong C. Chun in 1983. She survives.

 

Survivors: two sons, Earl J. and Steven A. Taylor both of Urbana, IL; three brothers, Michael Dean (Angela Dew) Taylor, Farmer City, IL, Dennis James (Tina) Taylor, Clinton, IL, Robert Dean (Traci Golden) Taylor, Clinton, IL; three sisters, Mary Jane Brown, Cactus, TX, Carol Ann (Garel Schumaker) Andrews, Clinton, IL, and Carla Sue (Eddie) Hardwick, Clinton, IL; sister-in-law, Teresa Taylor; 17 nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jack Hunter.

 

Earl was a 15 yr Food Service Specialist in the Army.  He owned and operated A-Ri-Rang Korean restaurant in Urbana for many years. Earl loved to travel all over the world with his wife.  Most of all Earl loved the open air.  He was a loving husband, father, brother, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed. 

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Thursday, January 17, 1924 - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Leona Pearl Dyson, 93, of Jamestown, KY passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Fair Oaks Health Systems in Jamestown, KY.

A Graveside Service will be 11:30 A.M., Monday, May 22, 2017 at Mansfield Cemetery Mansfield, IL. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, IL in charge of local arrangements.


Leona was born January 17, 1924 in Bloomington, IL, a daughter of, the late Adam Lee and Leona Marie (Kearby) Kent.


Leona is survived by 2 sons, Richard (Terry) Dyson, of Deep Water, MO.; John (Karen) Dyson, of Jamestown, KY; 2 daughters, Deanna Singsime, of Loves Park, IL; Sherri (Fran) Kelch, of Hoffman Estates, IL; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; 2 brothers, Henry and Dean Kent; 2 sisters, Opal Schultz, and Betty Gibson.

She was a retired school bus driver.

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Friday, March 1, 1929 - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Russell R. Cole, 88, of LeRoy, IL, passed away at 2:25 P.M., Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

 

A Graveside Service will be held at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Oakland Cemetery, Manchester, Iowa. Masonic Rites and Military Rites will be accorded. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Manchester Masonic Lodge #165.

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, IL is in charge of local arrangements.

 

Mr. Cole was born March 1, 1929 in Spencer, Iowa to Daniel E. and Mabel Schadt Cole. He married Nadine Nieman on April 14, 1951 in Minnesota. She passed away in 1977 after 26 years of marriage.

 

Survivors include one son, Todd R. (Nancy) Cole of Bloomington, IL; one daughter, Holli C. (Don) Hohimer of Pawnee, IL; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Norma Jean (Don) Hongisto of Berkley, CA; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Hilda DeGaa of California.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one son, Scott Cole; and three grandchildren, Myles Capranica, Kelsey and Bryan Cole.

 

Russell was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He was a funeral director with Murdoch Funeral Homes in Marion, Center Point, and Coggon, IA. He purchased the Gill Funeral Home in Manchester, IA and operated it from 1954 to 1961. In 1961, he and his brother purchased a Terminix Franchise in Springfield and Quincy, IL and operated it until 1981. Russell then moved to California and obtained a Real Estate license at the age of 75. He worked in the Real Estate Industry until moving back to Illinois in 2014.

 

He was a member of the Manchester Masonic Lodge #165.

 

Russell was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and will be sorely missed.

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Thursday, October 21, 1954 - Saturday, March 22, 2008

A joint private graveside service for Bernice, Paul and David Wheet will be at 11 A.M., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois.

 

Bernice passed away January 17, 2017, Paul passed away July 15, 2012 and David passed away March 22, 2008.

 

Following the family service, there will be a celebration of life from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Wheet Family Farm, 21398 East 200 North Road, LeRoy, Illinois hosted by their family, Nancy and Dirk Howard, Kathy Wheet and Tony and Mary Wheet.

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Tuesday, February 2, 1926 - Sunday, July 15, 2012

A joint private graveside service for Bernice, Paul and David Wheet will be at 11 A.M., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois.

 

Bernice passed away January 17, 2017, Paul passed away July 15, 2012 and David passed away March 22, 2008.

 

Following the family service, there will be a celebration of life from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Wheet Family Farm, 21398 East 200 North Road, LeRoy, Illinois hosted by their family, Nancy and Dirk Howard, Kathy Wheet and Tony and Mary Wheet.

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Friday, July 27, 1928 - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A joint private graveside service for Bernice, Paul and David Wheet will be at 11 A.M., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois.

 

Bernice passed away January 17, 2017, Paul passed away July 15, 2012 and David passed away March 22, 2008.

 

Following the family service, there will be a celebration of life from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Wheet Family Farm, 21398 East 200 North Road, LeRoy, Illinois hosted by their family, Nancy and Dirk Howard, Kathy Wheet and Tony and Mary Wheet.

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Saturday, December 16, 1939 - Monday, May 8, 2017

Bonnie Lee Nelson Hill, 77, of Saybrook, Illinois passed away at 11:40 P.M., Monday, May 8, 2017 at Helia Healthcare of Champaign.

 

Bonnie was born December 16, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter of George Walter & Helen Marie Kinsell Nelson. She married Robert E. Hill on February 1, 1959 in Saybrook, Illinois.

 

She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Hill of Saybrook, IL; daughter, Mary Michelle (Dennis) Bowen of Saybrook, IL; son, Robert Michael (Kristy) Hill of Bloomington, IL; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Lorraine Kingsley of Saybrook, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother.

 

Bonnie was a member of the Saybrook Christian Church and the Saybrook American Legion Auxiliary.

 

There will be no services. Cremation Rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to the Saybrook Christian Church or a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home Saybrook, IL in charge of arrangements.

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Saturday, October 2, 1926 - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Doris Dean Builta, 90, of LeRoy, IL, passed away at 3:05 A.M., Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, IL. Funeral Service will be 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 5, 2017 at First United Methodist Church, LeRoy, IL with Pastor Eric Swanson officiating. Burial will be in Dawson Cemetery, Rural Ellsworth, IL. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, IL and from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 5, 2017 at the church. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, LeRoy, LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service or Dawson Cemetery.

 

Doris was born October 2, 1926 in Wapella, IL, a daughter of Fred L. and Effie Houchin Martin. She married Owen Russell Builta on October 21, 1947 in Bloomington, IL. He passed away, May 11, 1991.

 

Survived by her children, Carol Builta of Lady Lake, FL; Janet Carlson of Thornton, IL; Wayne (Marge) Builta of LeRoy, IL; Kenneth (Kathi) Builta of Bloomington, IL; five grandchildren, Krista (Trever) Kuipers; Kimberly Carlson; Kirk Builta; Kara Builta; Kyle Carlson; two great-grandchildren, Claire and Kelson Kuipers; sister, Dorothy Weber of Wayne City, IL; two sister-in-laws, Mary Martin of Waynesville, IL and Alice Builta of Minonk, IL. Preceded by her parents; grandson, Keith; siblings, Helen Clark; Thomas Martin; Carl Martin; Eileen Mandrell; Lela Nelson; Harry Martin; Edna Patterson; John Martin; Lawrence Martin; Roy Martin; son-in-law, Roland Carlson.

 

Doris and her husband farmed in the Bellflower area for thirty years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, LeRoy, IL, Jr. Mother’s Club of LeRoy, LeRoy Woman’s Club, and Home Extension Club of Bellflower.

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Wednesday, February 2, 1944 - Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bobby Eugene Pitchford, 73, of Mansfied died on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, with his family by his side.

 

Bobby was born February 2, 1944, in Mansfield, Illinois, moved to Florida years later and back home to the Mansfield area after retiring. He enjoyed spending time with his longtime friends at the Liars Table, his family and dog Duchess.

 

Bobby is survived by his daughters, Susan O’Connell and her husband Dan, Channahon, IL and Laura Bellissimo and her husband Don, Peoria, AZ; his two sisters Kaye Parr and Marsha Sayles; and his five grandchildren: Caleigh, Meghan, Colleen, Ally and Ayden.

 

A celebration of his life will be held for family and close friends. Bobby will be sorely missed.

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Tuesday, June 20, 1922 - Sunday, April 23, 2017

Elwyn R. “Phil” Phillips, 94, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, April 23. Phil was born June 20, 1922 in Merna, NE to the Rev. Irven M. and Ferne Rogers Phillips. He graduated in 1943 from York College in York, NE with a degree in music. Immediately drafted into the Army, he completed basic training, married his college sweetheart, Margaret Trout, was assigned to the 465th Engineer battalion, and went to England to prepare for D-Day.

 

He went ashore in Normandy on day 18 of the invasion, marched through the Battle of the Bulge, and worked in the Berlin occupation. Upon his honorable discharge in 1945, he returned to the University of Nebraska where he earned a Masters of Social Work degree. He spent the rest of his career with the VA, helping fellow veterans. Phil served as Chief of Social Service at the Fort Meade (SD) VA hospital and later in the same position at Mountain Home VA hospital in Johnson City, TN.

 

Upon retirement, Phil and Margaret moved to Boynton Beach, FL where they lived 28 years before moving to assisted living in Gibson City, IL. Phil later moved to a skilled nursing facility in Powell, TN.

 

Phil was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 72 years, Margaret. He is survived by two sons, Leon (Rebecca) Phillips, Farmer City, IL and Larry (Patti) Phillips, Tellico Village, TN; grandchildren, Rev. Bryan (Kristal) Phillips and Mark (Amy) Phillips of Farmer City, IL; Rev. Paul (Tiffani) Phillips, Gibson City, IL; Kristi (Sam Mall) Hale, Mahomet, IL; Josie (Ryan Curcio) Phillips, St. Petersburg, FL; and Jamie (Bridgett Allison) Phillips, Nashville, TN; and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

A Graveside Service will be 1:00 P.M., Friday, April 28, 2017 at Danville National Cemetery, Danville, IL with Elwyn’s grandsons, Rev. Bryan Phillips and Rev. Paul Phillips officiating. Military Rites will be accorded. There will be no visitation. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, IL in charge of arrangements.

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