Obituaries 

 

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Wanda Joyce Wheelhouse

Jacob Verne Crone

Carol Lee Peacock

Clarice J. Bartlett

Jeffrey Alan Kiser

Mary E. Rice

John Michael Brierton

Rose Marie Busby

Linda L. Derry

Donald L. Billingsley

 

 

 



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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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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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Carol Peacock, 76, of Rushville, IL passed away at 11:04 a.m. Monday, January 15, 2018 at Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  She was born on July 21, 1941 in Quincy, IL a daughter of the late Carl & Virginia Epperson Shepherd.    She married John Peacock on March 13, 1965 in Lewistown, IL.  He survives along with (4) children, Jeff Peacock & wife Patty of Pendergrass, GA, Carla Floyd of Carthage, IL, John Peacock & wife Becky of Normal, IL, Cathy Pfeifer & husband Uwe of Huntley, IL, (9) grandchildren, (3) great grandchildren, (3) brothers, Carl Shepherd & wife Carol Ann of Waterford, CN, Don Shepherd & wife Diane of Lebanon, TN, Ron Shepherd & wife Monica of Rushville, IL, (1) sister, Bonnie March of Carthage, IL.  She was preceded in death by (2) grandchildren, Misty Childers, Jeffrey Peacock, (1) sister, Pat Ballard, (1) son-in-law, Lance Floyd.  She was a member of the Rushville First United Methodist Church.  Carol enjoyed spending time with her friends at Deb & Di’s Restaurant & Hardees.  Her greatest joy was her family.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Cass-Schuyler Hospice or Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

 

 

 



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Clarice
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Clarice J. Bartlett, 96, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 1:08 a.m. Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Heritage Manor South Nursing Home in Beardstown, IL.  She was born December 16, 1921 in Beardstown.  She was the daughter of the late Harry Berton and Nona M. Lee Landreth.  She married Asa William “Bill” Bartlett May 11, 1946 in Rushville.  Bill passed away March 31, 1999.  Surviving are (3) children; Jerry Bartlett & wife Donna of rural Frederick, IL, Rebecca “Becky” Kilpatrick & husband David of rural Rushville, David Bartlett & wife Martha of Macomb, IL; (8) grandchildren, Aaron Bartlett & wife Hilary, Timothy Bartlett, Janice Kilpatrick  Fink, twins Julia Kilpatrick Piper & husband Dave & Jon Kilpatrick & wife Ashley, Patricia Bartlett Harrell & husband Seth, William Bartlett & wife Ashton, Mary Kathleen Bartlett Klump & husband August; (5) great grandchildren, Bryson Bartlett, Lucas Miller & wife Shaneil, Gabrielle Piper, Asa Harrell, Mary Claire Harrell; (1) sister, Lee Ann Coats & husband Jack of Beardstown and numerous nieces & nephews.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Reichert.  Clarice began her career in the early 40’s working as a beautician in Billie Hagestrom’s Beauty Shop and Lydia McCombs Beauty Shop both in Beardstown, IL.  She enlisted in the U.S. Navy WAVES on February 11, 1944 and after basic training she was assigned to duty with naval intelligence in Washington, D.C.  Clarice worked in the cryptography department where she participated in deciphering captured Japanese weather messages. She was in Washington when the Japanese surrendered and was discharged in December, 1945.  An article describing her military service was published in the May 5, 2005 edition of the Cass County Star Gazette.  Clarice was proud of her uniform, which is on display at the Schuyler Jail Museum, and proud of her service to the Country.  She was a proud member of the Greatest Generation.  Clarice married Bill Bartlett in May, 1946 and they went about raising their family on the farm.  After their children were in school Clarice operated the Vanity Beauty Shop in Rushville under the Moreland and Devitt Building.  Later she moved the shop to the Hester House on Lafayette Street in Rushville.  The Hester House also contained an antique shop operated by Clarice and Bill.  While operating the antique shop, Clarice became an authority on Depression glass with the ability to identify all 100 + patterns.  Clarice was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school.  She was later a member of the Rushville First United Methodist Church and the Explorers Bible Study. Clarice was an active member in the Schuyler Jail Museum, a member of the Be-Kik-A-Nin-E Chapter of National Society–Daughters of the American Revolution, a lifetime member of the American Legion, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a member of the Rushville Depression Glass Club and a charter member of the 20’s 30’s 40’s Depression Glass Club in Springfield, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in Littleton Cemetery with Military Honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and a U.S. Navy Honors Detail.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Culbertson Hospital Foundation or Schuyler Jail Museum & Genealogical Center.

 

 



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Jeffrey Alan Kiser, 65, of Rushville, IL passed away at 3:16 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, IL.  He was born on November 6, 1952 at Schmitt Memorial Hospital in Beardstown, IL. He was the son of the late Raymond & Doris France Kiser.  He is survived by a brother, Timothy Kiser, twin nieces, Megan and Madeline, aunt and uncle, Sue & Gene Strode of rural Frederick, IL, many loving cousins.  Though he faced many personal challenges in his life, Jeff’s knowledge of rock music, his love of animals and the ability to always call his friends by name, served him well.  Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, IL.  Inurnment is to follow.  Worthington Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 



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Mary
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Mary E. Rice, 89, of Rushville, IL passed away at 11:14 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018 at Culbertson Memorial Hospital.  She was born on November 8, 1928 in Fairview, IL.  She was the daughter of the late Ralph & Clara Tharp Harkless.  She married Robert Rice on May 2, 1948 in Rushville, IL.  He preceded her in death on September 30, 2014.  She is survived by (1) son, Robert Rice, Jr. & wife Connie of Savannah, GA,, (1) daughter, Cindy Paisley & husband Kent of Rushville, IL, (4) grandchildren, Reagan Yount & husband Arthur, Ryan Rice, Carrie Skiles & husband Chad, Brad Paisley, (4) great grandchildren, Meredith Yount, Arthur Yount III, Gabe Skiles, Avery Skiles.  She was preceded in death by (1) sister, Ruth Miles, (2) brothers, Carl Harkless, Clyde Harkless. Mary was a deputy city clerk and then served as city clerk for twelve years until retiring in 1983.  After retiring, she served as Rushville’s first Alderwoman from 1984 to 1988.  She raced go-karts with her husband Bob in Lady Kart Racing in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s and was a member of the Schuyler Karting Club. Mary was also a member of Schuyler American Legion Auxiliary Unit 4 where she was a past president.   She enjoyed attending antique car shows & cruise-ins.  She liked spending winters on Pine Island, FL, working in her yard, bird watching & bird feeding.   She loved entertaining especially at Christmas.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family & friends. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Culbertson Hospital Foundation.

 

 

 



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John
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John M. Brierton, 67, a lifelong Cubs and Yankees fan, went home to be with the Lord, January 6, 2018 at 8:51 a.m. in the presence of his wife Rona Jean Brierton at their home in Rushville.  He was born November 25, 1950 at the Culbertson Hospital in Rushville to Jack and Portia (Sipes) Brierton.  He grew up in the Pleasant View and Rushville area with his siblings Karen (Barney) Williams, Jacque Smith, Tom (Susan) Brierton and Chuck Brierton.  Living close to aunts, uncles and many cousins provided a youth full of love, laughter and antics which were the source of many wonderful memories.  His parents encouraged him to join the Boy Scouts of America, in which he achieved the honor of becoming an Eagle Scout.  John graduated from Rushville High School in 1968 before entering the Navy for four years of service.  While stationed at Pascagoula Shipyard, he married Connie Billingsley Dodd.  During their 10 years of marriage, they had three children: Tammy (John) Spencer, John Martin Brierton and Mandy (Chris) Fawcett.  He then married Janet Haney Edwards and gained four children:  Yancey (Francie) Black, Jean Black, Aaron (Josh) Hayes and Salinda Jo (Steve) Branson.  Together, they had two children; James Matthew Brierton and Jesse Brierton.   His nine children provided him with the joy of many grandchildren: Willie Spencer; Leah, Travis, Terri and Lucas Fawcett; Moses; Derek, Jamee, Curtis and Tawnee Black; Kurtis and Garrett Strode; Morgan and Alexa Hayes; Audry Branson and Lillian Brierton; along with seven great-grandchildren.  John graduated with an Associate of Arts from Spoon River College in 1989. After which he pursued a career in radio where he specialized in Sports broadcasting and writing commercials.  After moving to Montana, he turned his hobby of woodworking into a career building furniture and cabinetry.  On May 5, 2015, he married Rona Jean Ward at Schuy-Rush Park.  He then gained three step-sons; Jeremy Duerksen, Justin Duerksen and Christopher Troutman.  Once returning to Illinois, he spent his last years as caretaker of Schuy-Rush Lake Park with his loving wife, Rona Jean, where he enjoyed living in and caring for nature.   John was well known for being musically talented.  He began playing as soon as he could hold a guitar.  He could play most any stringed instrument, the guitar, mandolin and ukulele.  He was the lead guitarist for many country and blues bands, writing his own original songs.  In recent years, he shared the stage with Rona entertaining many.  He now joins his daughter, Tammy, and parents, Jack and Portia, in heaven who preceded him in death.  Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m.  Friday, January 12, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home beginning with Military Rites by Schuyler American Legion Post#4 & a U.S. Navy Honors Detail.  A funeral message will follow with Rev. Terry Lucas officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Messerer Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on Friday.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to his family.

 

 

 



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Rose
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Rose M. Busby, 91, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Reflections Memory Care Facility in Chatham, IL.  She was born on October 7, 1926 in Chicago, IL a daughter of the late James H. & Mabel E. Strong Dean.  She married James Ivan Busby on September 6, 1947 in Rushville, IL.  He preceded her in death on May 15, 1986.  Rose is survived by (4) grandchildren, Lynn Stover of Rushville, IL, Beth Read & Fiancé Aaron Marshall of Franklin, IL, Sara Tubbs & Chris of Pevely, MO, Ross Busby & companion Jessica of Barnhart, MO, (13) great grandchildren, Tyler Mummert, Katelynn Stover, Jakob Stover, Madelynn Graham, Dallas Trone, Austin Trone, Gabrielle Read, Kayla Tubbs, Jackson Tubbs, Hayden Busby, Harrison Busby, Hailey Ennis, and Hannah Ennis. She was preceded in death by her three children, James Busby, Michael Busby, Shirley Joan Ward and one sister, Jane Wells Hester.  She and her husband “Moon” were lifelong farmers.  She graduated from Graham School of Nursing in Canton, IL. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital and for Dr. Russell R. Dohner before retiring.  She was a member of the Rushville First United Methodist Church, Schuyler American Legion Auxiliary Unit #4 and Rushville State Bank Premiere Club.  She loved taking trips and excursions with the Premiere Club.  She especially loved her dog Snow.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2017, at Worthington Funeral Home with Debbie Hester officiating.   Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the Schuyler Humane Society.

 

 

 



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Linda Derry, 72, of Industry, IL passed away at 4:52 a.m. on Thursday, Dec.  28, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  She was born on May 30, 1945 in Beardstown, IL a daughter of the late Clarence M. & Joyce Ileen VanHyning Pate.  She married George Derry on March 14, 1963 at the Assembly of God Church in Brooklyn, IL.  They were married 53 years.  He preceded her in death on April 18, 2016.  Linda is survived by (10) children, Pamela Shanty & husband Bob of Colchester, IL, George Derry, Jr. & wife Diane of Colchester, IL, Kim Derry & husband Jeff of Pekin, IL, Peggy Utter & husband Dale of Rushville, IL, James Derry of Beardstown, IL, Tim Derry of Macomb, IL Josh Buchanan of Industry, IL, Erika Spears & husband Dustin of Beardstown, IL, Misty Markley & husband Cody of Table Grove, IL, Khristy Carney of Rushville, IL; (11) grandchildren, Brittany Wertz, Kylie Wertz, Walker Utter, Gage Utter, Conner McMurl, Owen Carney, Kaylee Carney, Lauren Markley, Ryker Markley, Angel Derry, Rhys Spears, (2) great grandchildren, Leland Derry, Riley Brienen.(3) brothers; Clarence “Corky” Pate & wife Linda of Rushville, IL, Tom Pate & wife Amber of Beardstown, IL, Robert Cassady of Jacksonville, IL, (2) sisters, Sandy Fox of Beardstown, IL, Katrina Hull & husband Ben of Rushville, IL, (3) step sisters, Marcia Knous, Judy Hawk, Brenda Gaus all of Beardstown, IL. She was preceded in death by (3) sisters, Lonnie, Pat & Sally.  Her hobbies were doing ceramics, crocheting, baking and making Christmas candy.  When she was younger she was in a bowling league and sold Avon & Tupperware.  Her greatest joy was her children.  Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Tripplett officiating.  Interment will follow in Brooklyn Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday.  Memorials may be given to the Linda L. Derry Memorial Fund c/o Industry State Bank. 

 

 

 



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Donald L. Billingsley, 85, of Industry, IL died at 12:44 a.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at his home in Industry, IL.  He was born on June 19, 1932 in Frederick, IL a son of the late Clarence & Gladys C. (Morris) Billingsley.  He married Clara B. Norvell on January 16, 1953 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mt. Sterling, IL.  She survives along with three children, Regie Billingsley & wife, Jane, of Industry, IL, Sheila Haley & husband, Don, of Macomb, IL, and Bruce Billingsley of Rushville, IL.  Also surviving are four grandchildren, Amanda Keene & husband Jordan of Cordesville, SC, Kristopher Billingsley & wife Kim of Plainville, IL, Nathan Haley & wife Sarah, of Macomb, IL, Lyndsay Bedwell & husband Spencer of Plymouth, IL; two step grandchildren, Krista Bangert & husband Jeff of Plainville, IL, Tyler Willing & wife Lexi of Barry, IL, eight great-grandchildren, Ingrid & Cyrus Keene, Liam, Addison, and Isabella Bedwell, Owen, Ethan, and Molly Haley of Macomb, IL three step great-grandchildren, Gavin Bangert, Bentley and Maddie Willing, two brothers, Morris "Ike" Billingsley & wife Marie of Camden, IL, Wayne Billingsley & wife Twila of Crossville, TN, three sisters, Rosalie Morrell of Camden, IL, Betty Etter & husband Bill of Rushville, IL,  Barbara Taylor & husband, Dick, of Burlington, IA along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by five brothers, C.E. "Buss" Billingsley, James "Rude" Billingsley, Robert Billingsley, Lester "Abe" Billingsley, Harold Billingsley, one sister, Lucille Finch.  Don served his country as a Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Army while assigned on the 38th parallel during the Korean War and later helped to build churches and schools for the South Korean people.   Don was a lifelong grain and livestock farmer, including raising ostriches. He also operated his own bulldozing business for many years until retiring due to illness.  He was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and the National Rifle Association.  He enjoyed hunting, working hard, and entertaining his grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating. Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery with Military honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 & a U. S. Army Honors Detail. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Hope Blooms. 



 

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