Obituaries 

 

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Mildred Eileen Dunbar

Roger William Smith

Oliver Philip Heaton

Kennard L. Fowler

 



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Millie
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Chances are, the last time you saw Millie Dunbar she was wearing something stylish in a very bright color, maybe orange or lime green (her favorites). And even if you couldn't see them, you can bet she was wearing "wild socks" because "they just make you feel good," as she always said. Chances are, she greeted you with a friendly smile and asked you about something you couldn't believe she remembered. And you probably had a very engaging conversation with her where maybe she told you a story about one of her far-flung family members or expressed a strong, informed opinion about something happening in the world. Chances are, you walked away in disbelief that this charming, capable, fearless, and always sharp-as-a-tack woman was 96 years old.  Millie Dunbar was always full of surprises, though: She was born Mildred Sadler in Blue Mound, Illinois, on November 9, 1921, and learned how to work hard to make ends meet growing up in the country during the Depression. She often told stories about summers when her family sold hamburgers at the county fair for extra money and slept under the bleachers at night. But she went on to live all over the country: She married George Dunbar in 1945 and they moved an average of more than once a year in the first few decades of their marriage, following first his career as an Air Force pilot and then his civilian work. Millie was often raising their kids and building a home for them on her own in a new city while George traveled for work for days at a time.  She learned to play golf in her 40s and was active in the 1960s in a women's league who endured harassment from the men on the course who thought they had no business being there. But she kept playing and went on to make the paper for a hole-in-one at age 80.   She learned the whole new world of the Internet in her 80s and shopped online; downloaded ebooks; and actively kept in touch with family and friends via email, video calls, and Facebook until her death. She loved knowledge and was always looking up information and studying maps to learn more about new topics and places. She went to coffee daily with her friends until 2017. She drove until early 2018 and lived independently in her house until the day she died. She never remarried after George died in 1991 because she said she didn't want to take care of another man.  She was fiercely independent at a time when women were encouraged to be exactly the opposite. She stood up for what she believed in no matter what and was a role model for her family to do the same. In short, she was the kind of woman you couldn't -- and shouldn't -- underestimate.  She was also a woman who was full of joy and love. She loved all things ocean- and beach-related -- palm trees, seashells, lighthouses, steel drum music -- and one of the happiest times in her life was when she and George lived in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. She was an avid bird-watcher, a voracious reader, and a fashionable dresser who always kept up on the latest trends. She was a lifelong people person who cultivated an active friend group (and usually a bridge club!) everywhere she went and kept in touch with them for years. She would light up when she'd tell stories about George as a cocky young pilot who "buzzed" a beach she was on (terrifying everyone except Millie, of course) or had his whole squadron fly by her bedroom window and tip their wings at her when she leaned out.   Most of all, she loved her family and brought us so much joy. Anyone who visited Rushville was treated to great, sometimes sassy, always funny storytelling sessions with Grandma in a house she'd stocked with your favorite snacks. She always sent thoughtful gifts and cards to family members as close as Decatur and far away as Australia. New babies in the family gravitated towards her and were calmed sitting in her lap. And she loved all of us fiercely and proudly, no matter where we moved, what we did with our lives, or who we loved.  She is preceded in death by her husband George, her brother Harold Sadler, and sister Evelyn McClure. She is survived by her sister Eleanor Ferre of Decatur; her son Doug Dunbar and wife Meryl Naismith of Stawell, Australia; her daughter Tanya and husband Jim Devitt of Rushville; her son Eric and wife Kathy Dunbar of McComb, Mississippi. She is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Chris, wife Jennifer, and kids Eric, Jack, and Grace Dunbar of Lilburn, Georgia; Eryn and son Jaxon Dunbar of McComb, Mississippi; Rachel Devitt and spouse Kelly Pagels of Oakland, California; Erica Devitt, husband Mohammed Al-Khunizi, and kids Amira, Rawan, and Naseem Al-Khunizi of Rushville; Jessica Devitt and spouse April Syverson of Chicago; and Blake Devitt of Rushville. We all miss her so very much.  A Celebration of Millie’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. Garry Moreland officiating.  Inurnment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday.  Memorials may be given to Rushville First Presbyterian Church or Culbertson Hospital Foundation.

 

 

 

 

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Roger
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Roger William Smith, 72, of Chatham, IL, formerly of Rushville, IL passed away at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018 at his residence.  He was born on October 29, 1945 at Culbertson Hospital in Rushville. He was a son of the late Clinton Smith & Virginia Walker Smith Bryant.  He married Carol Hillyer at the Rushville First Christian Church.  They later divorced. He is survived by (1) daughter, Tara McDaniel & husband Greg of Franklin, IL, (3) grandchildren, Ethan McDaniel, Logan McDaniel, Cassie McDaniel, long-time significant other, Sandy Rahling of Chatham, IL, (1) sister, Becky Menely & husband Vic of Rushville, IL, (2) sisters-in-law, Linda Smith of Marissa, IL, Zella Smith of Beardstown, IL, 2 nieces, 4 nephews & several cousins.  He was preceded in death by (3) brothers, Gary Smith, Dick Smith, infant Sterling Sidney Smith.  Roger served in the U.S. Air Force as a Jet Aircraft Mechanic during the Viet Nam War from 1962 to 1966.  After his discharge he   made his home in California and worked for United Air Lines for several years.  He later moved back to IL and was hired as a jet mechanic for the State of IL.  He was a life member of the Chatham VFW Post #4763 where he served as State Photographer for several years.  He was a former member of the Chatham Jaycees.  He enjoyed collecting guns & going to auctions.  He also loved fixing things & giving them a new life. He was always an avid pool player since working at John’s Grill as a youth.   Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Inurnment with full military honors will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL.  Visitation will be one hour before services.  Memorials may be given to Schuyler American Legion Post # 4 Avenue of Flags or Chatham VFW Post # 4763. 

 

 

 



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Phil
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Oliver Philip “Phil” Heaton, 75, of Rushville, IL passed away at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018 in Aledo Health Care Center in Aledo, IL. He was born on July 15, 1942 in Oakland Twp., Schuyler Co., IL.   He was a son of the late Amos Clyde & Frederica Phillips Heaton.  He is survived by (2) brothers, Dick Heaton of Rushville, IL, Meredith Heaton & wife Lokey of Farmington, NM, (1) sister, Rosie Bainter of Macomb, IL, numerous nieces & nephews.  He was preceded in death by (1) daughter, Shannon Heaton, (1) brother, Bud Heaton, (1) sister, Audrey McHenry.  Phil served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a Green Beret and served with the 82nd Air Bourne in the Dominican Republic conflict. He was a life-long farmer.  He also worked as an electrician for Ohio Central Power & Electric Coal Mine in Zanesville, OH and later was an electrician at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.  He was a member of the Vermont American Legion Post #26 and Rushville Moose Lodge #506. Phil loved horses, built houses and was a devoted family man.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in the Chockley Cemetery near Industry, IL.  Military Honors will be provided by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and a US Army Honor Guard.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services on Monday.  Memorials may be given to Vermont American Legion Post #26.

 

 

 



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Kennard
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Kennard L. Fowler, 90, of Rushville, IL passed away at 7:02 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, IL. He was born on June 20, 1927 in Bethal Twp., McDonough Co., IL.  He was a son of the late Benny & Bessie Hillyer Fowler.  He married Abbie L. Walters on October 10, 1947 in Rushville, IL.  She survives along with a son Ted Fowler & Trenna of Rushville, a brother Gary Fowler & wife Sandra of Macomb, IL, several nieces & nephews.  He was preceded in death by (1) son; Noah Dale Fowler, (2) sisters; Ester Willie & Helen Sapp-Vanier, (2) brothers; Howard Lawson Fowler & Karos Fowler.  Kennard served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a combat infantryman.  He worked at King Seeley Thermos Co. for 33 years.  He also drove a school bus for Schuyler-Industry School District for more than 25 years.  He was a member of Macomb Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1921.  Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in Blackburn Cemetery with Military Honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 & a U.S. Army Honor Detail.  Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday.  Memorials may be given to Schuy-Rush Park.



 

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