Obituaries 

 

Obituaries are listed on our site as part of our services with the consent of the families. 

Listings:

Bebe Daniel Reische

Harold K. Cox Jr.

Lydia Dohner Copes Goodwin

Rose Marie Baer

Hildreth LeIsle Prather

Braxtyn James Carter Lindsey

Stanley O. Smith

Wanda Joyce Wheelhouse

Jacob Verne Crone

 

 



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Bebe
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Bebe Daniel Reische, 90, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at The Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  She was born January 6, 1928 in Rushville.  She was a daughter of the late Harry and Amanda Barr Daniel.  She married Charles William “Bill” Reische March 22, 1948 in Rushville.  “Bill” passed away June 6, 1984.  Surviving is her son, Joseph E. Reische & wife Judy of Morris, IL; two grandchildren, Todd Reische & Tanya Hibler; four great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; a sister, Bettie Sinnock of Chatham, IL; and her good friend, Rolland Clark of Mt. Sterling.  She was preceded in death by her daughter Jean Ann “Jeannie” Hamilton; five sisters, Stella Rittenhouse, Hazel Spillers, Helen Burk, Daisy Cox, Arlene Runkle; a brother, Jack Daniel.  Bebe was a member of the Rushville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).   For several years she was Schuyler Co., Deputy Circuit Clerk & later Circuit Clerk Pro-Tem for the 8th Judicial District until 1976.  She later worked at the Schuyler County Highway Dept. & also sold Aflac Insurance for many years.  Bebe was a founding member of the Scripps Park Historic Preservation Committee and was instrumental in the Cottage Renovation at Scripps Park    Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. John Sowers officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials may be given to MDH Hospice or Rushville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

 

 

 



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"Sonny"
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Harold K. “Sonny”  Cox, Jr., 81, of Astoria, IL, formerly of Rushville, IL, passed away at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  He was born May 17, 1936 in Jacksonville, IL.  He was the son of the late Harold K., Sr. and Beulah Belle Miller Cox.  He attended school in Jacksonville and married the love of his life, Janis Joanne Williams on July 6, 1957 in Virginia, IL.  She passed away June 25, 2009.  He is survived by, (1) son; Kenneth Wayne Cox of Arenzville, IL, (3) daughters; Mary Ellen Belville & husband Dennis of Astoria, IL, Suzanne Snow of Rushville, IL, Diane Kathleen Tibbs of Cleveland, OH; (8) grandchildren, Kenny Cox Jr., Amanda J. Bryant, Nicole Lee Cox, Adam Kayne Cox, Ellie Creason, Tim Creason Jr., Abbie Daugherty, Mary Ellen Belville; (8) great grandchildren, (2) sisters, Mary Ruth Schlicthe of LaSalle, MI, Sandra Kay Carpenter & husband Kenny of Union, OH; (2) brothers, Ronald Kent Cox & wife Sue of Lebanon, MO, Dean Allen Cox of Astoria, IL and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded into heaven by his wife; (1) granddaughter Brandi Sue; (1) great grandson, Taylor Bryant, (1) brother, Dale; (1) sister Lila Mae; (1) niece Kim Anne Seymoure and his step mother, Lila.  Sonny was a metal fabricator and did that work throughout his working career.  He loved spending time with his family and friends, pitching horseshoes, playing music and gardening.  He took pride in everything he did. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Matthew Thiner officiating.  Interment will follow in Browning Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services on Friday.  Memorials may be given to The Cox Family.

 

 

 



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Lydia
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Lydia Goodwin, age 94, of Columbia, Missouri died on February 5, 2018 at 5:25 pm with her daughter at her bedside at Provision Living of Columbia.  Lydia Lucille Dohner was born on a farm outside of Astoria, Illinois to David and Ethel (Rolland) Dohner on March 10, 1923. She graduated from Vermont High School in 1942. She worked as a switchboard operator in Macomb, Illinois following graduation. She married James Wendell Copes, who preceded her in death on May 13, 2007 in Columbia, Missouri. They farmed near Vermont, Illinois, where Lydia gave birth to their only child, Sandra Sue Copes (Belden) of Columbia who survives her.   She later moved to Rushville, Illinois, where she married Lester Carl Goodwin on December 14, 1997 in Rushville, Illinois. Lester preceded her in death on December 27, 2006 in Rushville. Lydia loved to work in her garden and watch the birds that were drawn to it. She loved seeing the new life of a daffodil popping through the snow after a long winter.  She was in awe of how a tiny seed could grow to produce such wonderful food. She loved her family and treasured time with them. She loved animals and would be sure all the stray cats had food and shelter.  She had a tender heart for all living things.  She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Jeffery) Belden of Columbia, one sister Doris  Cook of Macomb, Illinois, and her grandsons, Stuart Michael Belden of Hong Kong, Scott Andrew Belden of Columbia, and Mark Adam Belden of New York City; one sister-in-law, Ruth (Wayne) Copes of Vermont, Illinois; and eleven nieces and nephews: Barb (Gary) Bray of Port Orange, Fla.; Mary Ann Cook (Joe Cusumano) of Clayton, Missouri; Ramona Cook of Industry, Illinois; David Dohner of Vermont, Illinois; Mark Dohner of Ipava, Illinois; Martha (Lee) Fillingham of Table Grove, Illinois; Jim (Eva) Garrabrant of Dunlap, Illinois; Linda (Michael) Kuehl of Elgin, Illinois; Joy (Lindell) Beck of Colchester, Illinois; Naomi Copes of Kankakee, Illinois; Todd Copes of Vermont, Illinois.  She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Ethel Dohner; two brothers, Robert Dohner and Dr. Russell Dohner; three sisters: Clarice Dohner, Norma Dohner, and Beula (Robert) Garrabrant; one brother-in-law, Ronald Cook; one niece, Marilyn (Garry) Johnson, and one nephew, Michael Garrabrant. A memorial service will be held on her birthday at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville.  Private family inurnment will follow on the family lot in the Astoria Cemetery.  Lydia’s family will meet with friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: Schuyler County Humane Society in Rushville, IL www.schuylerhs.com or The Alzheimer’s Association.

 

 

 



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Rose
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Rose Marie Baer, 81, of Rushville, IL passed away at 12:15 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018 at her residence.  She was born on October 23, 1936 in Ray, IL.   She was the daughter of the late Hallie & Rosetta Ashcraft Skiles.  She married Jim R. Baer on July 5, 1963 in Rushville, IL.  He survives along with, (3) sons, Joseph Baer of Peoria, IL, Jon Baer of Sparks, NV, Phillip Baer & wife Robin of Peoria, IL, (1) daughter, Ann Margaret Wyman & husband Butch of East Peoria, IL, (7) grandchildren, Shaun, Blair, Taylor, PJ, Tori, Cody, Lexi, (2) great grandchildren, Kinley Ann, Tyler Marie,  (1) sister, Sandy Stambaugh & husband Ted of Rushville, IL.  She was preceded in death by (1) daughter, Vanessa Lea Baer, (2) sisters, Vivian Juett, Ida Isobel Fordyce, (2) brothers, Hal Burton Skiles & Roger Skiles.  She retired from OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL where she worked as a Registered Nurse for 25 years in the neonatal intensive care unit.  Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Fish officiating.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services on Saturday.  Memorials may be given to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

 

 

 



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LeIsle
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Hildreth LeIsle Prather, 91, of Huntsville, IL passed away at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Heritage Health Facility in Mt. Sterling, IL.  She was born on July 19, 1926 in Schuyler Co., IL, and a daughter of the late Frank & Hildreth Juett Yates.  She married Clifford Eugene “Gene” Prather on December 18, 1954 in Rushville, IL.  He preceded her in death on April 7, 2016.  She is survived by (4) sons, Larry Prather & wife Dixie of Camden, IL, Rick Prather & wife Sandy of Rushville, IL, Mike Prather of Mt. Sterling, IL, Roger Prather & wife Lisa of Mt. Sterling, IL, (14) grandchildren, (23) great grandchildren, (1) great-great grandson.  She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tami Prather and a brother, LaVern “Dub” Yates.  She & Gene were lifelong farmers.  LeIsle was a member of the Houston United Methodist Church & attended the Camden United Methodist Church.  During the Viet Nam War she regularly corresponded with Schuyler County area service men. She was an avid quilter & raised and kept canaries.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in the Palm Cemetery west of Rushville.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the Camden United Methodist Church.

 

 

 



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Braxtyn
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Braxtyn James Carter Lindsey, 3 year old son of Shandess Matteson-Thompson and Josh Lindsey of Astoria, IL, passed away at 11:55 a.m. Monday, January 29, 2018 peacefully in his bed watching a Disney movie.  He was born March 30, 2014 in Peoria, IL.  Surviving are his parents of Astoria; (3) sisters, Kaitlyn Lindsey, Kaleigh Lindsey, Mishaylin Danyell Matteson; (1) brother, Prestyn Lindsey; his grandmother, Rosemary John of Macomb, numerous aunts, uncles & cousins.  He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Michelle Stamps.  Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Bath Cemetery in Bath, IL with  Rev. Reggie Stambaugh officiating.   Interment will follow.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Worthington Funeral Home.  



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Stan
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Stanley Owen Smith, 73, of Rushville, IL passed away at 7:39 a.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown, IL. He was born on August 11, 1944 in Macomb, IL a son of the late Charles D. & Lillie I. Woodford Smith. He married Barbara Trone on June 19, 1966 in Rushville, IL.  She survives along with (2) daughters, Sherri Smith of Florida, Staci Frank & husband Darren of Princeton, IL, (3) grandchildren, Autumn Smith, Griffin Orr, Mason Orr, (1) brother, Ivan Smith of Rushville, IL, (1) sister, Joyce Chaplin of Walled Lake, MI, numerous nieces & nephews.  He was preceded in death by (1) sister, Barbara Spencer, (1) brother, Lynn Smith.  Stan farmed when he was a young man.  He owned & operated Smith Construction for over twenty five years.  After retiring from construction work, he served as Buena Vista Township Road Commissioner until ill health forced him to retire for good.  After retirement, he enjoyed building bird houses & giving them to family & friends.  He loved trees & all things in nature.  Stan’s greatest joy in life was his grandchildren.     

 

 



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Wanda
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Wanda Joyce Wheelhouse, 84, of Rushville, IL passed away at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her family.  She was born on July 14, 1933 in Schuyler Co., IL a daughter of the late Samuel Henry and Pansy Downs Gust.  Wanda married Robert R. Wheelhouse on August 8, 1950 at the Rushville Presbyterian Church.  He preceded her in death on November 5, 2017.  She is survived by (3) sons, Robert S. Wheelhouse & wife Pamela of Barrington, IL, James Wheelhouse & wife Cheryl of Rushville, IL, Bill Wheelhouse & wife Margie of Springfield, IL, (7) grandchildren, Robert J. Wheelhouse & wife Leyla, Michelle Ramirez & husband Steve, Jill Barth & husband Jason, Ashley French & husband Casey, Sam Wheelhouse, Amanda Wheelhouse, Zack Wheelhouse, (11) great grandchildren, Kilian, Flynn, Kennedy, Leo, Isabelle, Ariel, Robert, Caroline, James, Claire, Perry, (2) sisters, Karen Beghtol & husband Steve, Jo Shaw & husband Don both of Rushville, IL.  She was preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel Ross Wheelhouse and a sister, Patsy Logsdon.  Wanda graduated from Rushville High School with honors and attended community education classes on a variety of topics. Before starting a family, she worked at Doane Trone’s Law Office.  While raising her sons, she helped her husband at Wheelhouse TV, first part-time and then as a co-manager.   She also worked as an office assistant for Dr. Dohner & was a teacher’s aide and office assistant for Schuyler Community School District #1. She was a dedicated volunteer at Cub Scout & school activities.  Wanda enjoyed many seasons with Bob on their boat at Schuy-Rush Lake.  For many years she was a member of the Rushville Presbyterian Church where she served on the nominating committee and was an officer in the Women’s Association.    She was also active in the church as a Deacon and Elder.  She was a past secretary of the Jayettes, served on the Session Board of Tri-County Community Concert Association and as secretary of the Schuyler Arts Council.    Wanda was a life-long resident of Schuyler County who was known for her graceful personality and love for her family and friends. She loved to practice yoga, collect antiques, “Deer Day Girl” trips, Tuesday coffee, attend plays and travel with her beloved husband of 67 years. Wanda enjoyed every moment with her sons, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends. Visitation for Wanda will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Worthington Funeral Home. A funeral service for Bob & Wanda will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Rushville First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ann Kelson officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.    In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Rushville First Presbyterian Church or Cass-Schuyler Hospice.

 

 

 



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Verne
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Jacob Verne Crone, 90, of Rushville, IL passed away at 12:19 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  He was born on August 29, 1927 in Rushville, IL a son of the late Dwight L. & Mabel Naught Crone.  He married Faye Stroops on June 10, 1956 at the Rushville First Methodist Church.  She survives, along with (1) daughter, Colleen Crone of Quincy, IL, (2) nephews, Garth Cripe of Astoria, IL, Brian Cripe on Forsyth, IL, (3) nieces, Leslie Maniscalco of Glendale, AZ, Marci Wallace of Nebraska, Myra Morrison of Grand Rapids, MI, (1) cousin, Louise Shanklin of Bushnell, IL.  He was preceded in death by (1) sister, Maurine Cripe, (1) brother, Dale Crone.  Verne was a life-long farmer and lived on the family farm for most of his life.     He drove a school bus for Schuyler Community Unit Dist. #1 for almost fifty years.  He served as Woodstock Township Clerk for many years.  He was a member of the Rushville First United Methodist Church and Schuyler Farm Bureau.   Verne was active in 4-H as a youth.  He helped with the Schuyler County Food Basket.  He served on the Schuyler County Extension, 4H and Youth Councils. His special interest was raising cattle and sheep.  He was sheep superintendant at Schuyler County Fair for many years. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Grant Armstrong officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on Monday.  Memorials may be given to Rushville First United Methodist Church or Culbertson Hospital Foundation.



 

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