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Ronald L. Cook

Leland D. "Mike" Knott

Larry D. Baker

Payton Lynn Edwards

Claire Elizabeth McCombs

 

 

 



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Ronald
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Ronald L. Cook, 96, of Industry, IL, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017, at McDonough Dist. Hospital in Macomb, IL.  He was born on December 23, 1920 in Vermont at the home of his maternal grandparents, Caleb & Ellen Cox.  He was the son of Charles E. & Olive (Cox) Cook.  He is survived by his wife, Doris Dohner Cook, (3) daughters, Ramona Cook of rural Industry, Linda (Michael) Kuehl of Elgin, IL, Mary Ann Cook (Joseph Cusumano MD) of St. Louis, MO, (1) grandson, Michael Cook Cusumano of Springfield, IL, (1) sister, Elizabeth (Herb) Easley of Macomb, IL, many beloved nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Raymond Cook.  Ronald and his parents moved to Beardstown, IL in 1922, where he attended school.  In 1932, his family moved back to Vermont, where he graduated from Vermont High School in 1938.  He then enrolled at Western IL State Teachers College, where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in chemistry.  He did further graduate work at U of I, Wayne State, and the University of Denver and was all-but-dissertation for his PhD.  He married Doris Mary Dohner on December 31, 1942 at her parents’ home south of Vermont.  He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in May of 1942, played on the USCG Bears basketball team and taught in the pharmacist’s mate school until he was discharged in 1943 due to disability obtained while on active duty.  He taught and coached in Illinois schools, including Coatsburg, Vermont, Morrison and Elgin.  In 1962 he began teaching chemistry at Illinois State University in Normal. He retired in 1978 and moved to rural Industry, where he farmed and taught chemistry part time at Industry High School.  Ronald is in the Hall of Fame at Morrison High School.  He received the Valley Forge Foundation award for excellence in teaching in 1961.  He received the WIU Alumni Achievement Award in 1976 and was inducted into the Leatherneck Hall of Fame for track, football and basketball in 1998.  He served on the Illinois Curriculum Council in the State Superintendent’s office at Springfield for almost thirty years.  He was a life member of the National Science Teachers, the National Education Association, Disabled Veterans, and the American Legion.  He worked diligently in the Illinois Association of Chemistry Teachers and was responsible for getting the annual meeting moved to ISU.  He loved teaching and supervised many student teachers over the years.  He was a lifelong athlete and only quit walking two miles a day this year due to an injury.  He was a leading player on the Vermont High School basketball team.  At Western he was known as a one-man track team as he always competed in the low and high hurdles, high jump, pole vault, javelin and relays.  He was voted MVP in basketball for Western and the conference in 1946.  He coached for Morrison High School, Elgin Community College and ISU’s University High School and he served on the ISU athletic board as they negotiated membership in the Missouri Valley.  Ronald often stated that his great loves in life were Doris, his three daughters, his grandson and WIU, to which he attributed his professional success.  In spite of increasing blindness and loss of hearing, he remained active and fit until this year.  He had a phenomenal memory and could still name his students, the scores of long-ago sporting events and many details of his life.  He was a fascinating story teller. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the Industry United Methodist Church in Industry, IL with Rev. Bennett Woods officiating.  Interment will follow in Chockley Cemetery near Industry and the farm Ronald loved.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville, IL.  Memorials may be given to the Ronald & Doris Cook scholarship at Western Illinois University.

 

 

 



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"Mike"
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Leland Dale “Mike” Knott, 74, of Beardstown, Illinois, passed away at 3:22 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Illinois.  He was born on March 24, 1943 in Rushville, Illinois.  He was the son of the late Darrel Custer and Ura Vivian (Dunn) Knott.  He married Cathy Sue Rausch on November 15, 1986.  She survives along with (2) daughters Catherine (husband Don) Edwards of Lake Zurich, IL Sierra Knott of Beardstown, IL, (1) son Eric Knott of Beardstown, IL, (1) step daughter Miranda Casson of Beardstown, IL, and (1) step son Mark Lockman of White Hall, IL and (8) grandchildren, Jacob Edwards, Geoffrey Edwards, Trevor Knott, Brandon Knott, Andrew Knott, Kellen Knott, Angelina Slater, and Michael Slater, (1) brother Marvin Keith (wife Linda) Knott of Kankakee, IL, and (2) nieces Kimberly Knott and Melissa Knott.   Mike was a graduate of Rushville High School.  He began his career as an auto mechanic completing vocational training with the Pontiac Division of GM in 1962 and taking courses at Spoon River College in Canton while working for Tribbey Implement.  Mike was an outstanding auto body repairman for Alters Buick Oldsmobile for nearly 25 years until his “retirement”.  His hobbies included restoring cars, flying airplanes, boating, and riding his motorcycles with friends.  Mike loved music and his music family.  He played bass for several bands throughout the years, operated a DJ business and built sound systems.   In 2010, he started River Valley Productions running sound and lights for many up and coming bands with his son, Eric and grandson Trevor Knott.  But most of all, Mike loved his family dearly and was happiest when he was surrounded by family and friends.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m.  Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the Worthington Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Haberman officiating.   Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until the time of service on Saturday.  Memorials may be given to his family.

 

 

 



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Larry
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The Lord took a very kind and gentle soul to be with him.  Larry Dewayne Baker, 64, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 1:24 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL due to injuries following an accident.  He was born April 10, 1953 in Rushville the son of Lyle and Helen Virginia Orr Baker.  Larry never married.  Surviving are three brothers, Allen Baker & Barbara of Camden, IL, David E. Baker & Carol of Good Hope, IL, Marvin L. Baker & Jean of Bowen, IL; two sisters, Karen Libby of Streator, IL, Carol Trinkle & Marty of Rushville, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Dick Libby. He graduated from Rushville High School with the class of 1971.  He worked at Davis IGA Grocery Store in Rushville and Astoria Fiber Steel in Astoria, IL.  He became disabled while working for the Burlington Northern Railroad.  Larry was a person who never complained or spoke ill of another.  He loved the outdoors, especially deer hunting with his brother Marvin. They could talk for hours of their hunting adventures. He was also an avid recycler.  He had a kind word and a smile & for everyone he met.  Our hearts are broken over the loss of our beloved brother.  He was greatly loved and will be missed exceedingly.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 11, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Aaron Baker officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services on Monday. Memorials may be given to his family.

 

 

 



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Payton
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Payton Lynn Edwards, 17, of Plymouth, IL, passed away at 10:26 a.m. Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  She was born on September 15, 1999 in Rushville, IL.  She was a daughter of Michael J. & Cathy Taber Edwards.  She is survived by her mother & step father, Cathy Edwards & Jeff Clark of Plymouth, IL, her father & step mother, Michael & Roxanne Edwards of New Braunfels, TX,   (1) brother, Harley Taber of Plymouth, IL, (2) sisters, Mary & Kali Edwards both of New Braunfels, TX,   maternal grandparents, Dean & Diane Taber of Rushville, IL, paternal grandparents, Terry & Christy Allen of Mason City, IL, several aunts, uncles & cousins.  She was a beautiful soul who carried light in her smile & love in her heart.  She was always carefree and spunky.  Her favorite thing was hanging with her friends.  Payton was one of the rare ones so effortlessly herself and the world loved her for it.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 8, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating. Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to her family.

 

 

 



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Claire
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Claire Elizabeth McCombs, four month old daughter of Cheryl Frank & Shawn McCombs, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, IL.  She was born on April 17, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, IL.  She is survived by her parents of Rushville, IL, a brother, Jordan McCombs, a sister, Delilah McCombs, both at home, grandparents, Nancy Carpenter of Springfield, IL, Danny Large of Rushville, IL, Steven Frank of Mt. Sterling, IL, Kimberly McCombs of Rushville, IL, Patrick McCombs of Beardstown, IL, great grandparents, Patrick McCombs, Sr., of Beardstown, IL, Cheryl & Mike Frank of Beardstown, IL, several aunts, uncles & cousins.  She was a happy baby, always smiling & seldom crying.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Triplett officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday.  Memorials may be given to her family. 



 

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