Obituaries 

 

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Linda Jane Andre

Victor Wayne Runkle

Dessie Jane Zinger

Cheryl Jane Baker

Sheldon Jones

Don Edward Wise

Harold E. "Bub" Stephens

Paul Leo Morris

 

 

 

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Linda
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Linda Jane Andre, 84, of Flowood, MS, formerly of Rushville, IL and Springfield, IL, passed away at 4:18 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019, at Merit Health River Oaks Hospital in Flowood.  She was born January 27, 1934 in Rushville.  She was the daughter of the late Ernest and Vala Horney Andre.  Surviving is her daughter, Andrea Todd of Flowood, MS; a brother-in-law, Robert “Pete” Fulks of Rushville, IL; and several nieces, nephews & cousins.  She was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Stephens, Eileen Rexroat, Betty Fulks; and two brothers, Robert & Harold Andre.   Linda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Western Illinois University in Macomb and her Master’s Degree in Human Development Counseling from Sangamon State University in Springfield.  She taught in the Springfield Public Schools 35 years before retiring teaching second grade at Dubois School for much of her career.   She was a member of the Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church of Springfield. She was a support to her daughter when getting her doctorate in psychology in Springfield, MO and moved with her to jobs in Arkansas, Hawaii, South Carolina and Mississippi. She was a beloved teacher, Aunt, friend and mother. She enjoyed reading, watching TV, going out to eat, the theater, and bluegrass music.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2019 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Randy McGeehon officiating. Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL   33131.

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Wayne
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Victor Wayne Runkle, 93, of Springfield, IL, formerly of rural Schuyler County, passed away at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019 in Springfield Heritage Hospice.  He was born on August 22, 1925 in Littleton Twp., Schuyler Co., IL.  He was a son of the late Floyd & Mary Wells Runkle.  He married Shirley Jane Hillyer on October 16, 1945 in Rushville, IL.  She preceded him in death on February 15, 2015.  He is survived by (4) children; Dan Runkle & wife Debra of Dubuque, IA, Joan Runkle Hulet & husband Richard of Port Charlotte, FL, Ken Runkle & wife Lisa of Springfield, IL, Amy Runkle Mercer & husband Randy of Lexington, NC, (7) grandchildren; Tad Runkle, Sara Runkle & husband Gene Kennedy, Natalie Runkle, Hannah Mercer, Joseph Runkle, Cameron Mercer, Mia Mercer, (2) great grandchildren; Owen Kennedy & Julian Kennedy.  He was preceded in death by (7) siblings; Margaret Young, Vernon Runkle, Harold Runkle, Helen Royer, Ralph Runkle, Bobby Runkle & Betty Stratton.  Wayne was a graduate of Littleton High School.  He played semi-pro baseball and fast-pitch softball and is a member of the Schuyler County Fast-pitch Hall of Fame.  Wayne was a life-long Schuyler County farmer.  He and Shirley retired to Springfield, IL in 2010.  He volunteered with food drives & dinners at Springfield Kumler Outreach Center.  Wayne celebrated the 2016 World Series Championship after a lifetime of cheering on his beloved Cubbies.  His greatest joy in life was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Don Goodenow & Rev. Bob Dykman officiating.  Interment will follow in Littleton Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday.  Memorials may be given to Kumler Outreach Ministries, 303 N. Grand Ave. East, Springfield, IL 62702.

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Dessie
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Dessie Jane Zingher, 91, of Mt. Sterling, IL, formerly of Rushville, passed away at 1:19 a.m. Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital.  She was born on September 23, 1927 in Sheldons Grove, IL.  She was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Eda Smith Rhoades.  She married Dr. Henry C. Zingher MD.  He passed away July 18, 1998.  After the death of her father, she and her mother moved to Rushville where she completed her high school education.  She received her Nursing Degree from Methodist School of Nursing in Peoria and her Anesthetist Degree from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  She was a registered nurse at the Rushville Clinic for Dr. Joseph M. Zingher and his brother, Dr. Henry C. Zingher.  She married Dr. Henry and continued at the clinic.  After the birth of her third son she retired from the clinic to focus on her boys.  In the following years she was a Cub Scott Den Mother to countless young boys.  After her four boys had grown she returned to nursing.  She practiced nursing primarily as a floor nurse until her eyesight became poor in 2005.  Surviving are three sons, Harry, Joseph & Alex Zingher; two granddaughters, Jessica & Emalee Zingher; one grandson, Isaiah Zingher; one great granddaughter, Brianna Zingher-Gillepsie.  Dessie was preceded in death by her oldest son, Abraham and her sisters & brothers. A memorial service will be held by her family at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Rushville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy McGeehon & Mr. David Haney officiating.  Inurnment will be in Sheldon’s Grove Cemetery following the service.  

 

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Cheryl
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Cheryl Jane Baker, 63, of Frederick, IL passed away at 8:02 p.m. Saturday January 5, 2019 at Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center surrounded by family and friends.  She was born on June 17, 1955 in Springfield, IL a daughter of the late John William & Norma Jean Taylor Ealey.  She married Terry Lee Baker on May 7, 1990 in Las Vegas, NV.  He preceded her in death on October 7, 2008.  She is survived by (1) daughter; Valerie Baker & significant other Floyd Collins of Sullivan, IL, (2) sons; Shane Baker & wife Shelby, Terry Lee Baker, II & wife Heather all of Rushville, IL, stepfather, Gordon Spradlin, mother-in-law; Rethyle Woods, a nephew, Curtis Walker & wife Karen.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Phyllis Walker.   She graduated from Lamphier High School in Springfield, IL and received an Associate’s Degree from Spoon River College.  She was an administrative assistant for Snyder’s Nursing Home for many years. She will be remembered for an unwavering smile, a kind heart, an endless love for her children, both two and four legged.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Matt Haberman officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to her family.

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Sheldon
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Sheldon M. Jones, 68, of rural Huntsville, IL, passed away at 3:28 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2019, at the Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, IL.  He was born on September 8, 1950 at home in rural Huntsville, IL a son of Morland & Irene Isadore Knous Jones.  He married Marilyn L. Barker on September 18, 1971 in Canton, IL.  She survives along with, his mother, (1) daughter, Jennifer K. Jones, (2) sons, Craig L. Jones & wife Michele, William L. Jones & wife Bettie; (2) granddaughters, Lorrie & Melissa all of Huntsville, IL; (1) sister, Patricia Ann Zulauf & husband John of Mt. Zion, IL, (1) aunt, Algia M. Jones of Huntsville, IL, numerous nieces, nephews & in-laws.  He was preceded in death by his father, (1) sister, Sharon Jones.  Sheldon was a graduate of Rushville High School in 1969 & received his Associates Degree in diesel mechanics from Spoon River College in Canton, IL.  After graduation he began his employment at Eicken Implement.  He later worked full time on the farm where he raised grain and livestock.  That was how he spent his time for many years. He was a member of Camden Lodge #648 AF & AM, Order of the Eastern Star, Quincy Consistory AASR and Schuyler Farm Bureau.  In his spare time he enjoyed going to auctions with Clay Mitchell and helping out & visiting with everyone.  He hunted, fished and loved to tear things apart and put them back together.  Sheldon was a wonderful, husband, son, father-in-law, grandfather and brother.    His greatest love was his family and his rescued dog, Shenzi.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Dixie Croxton officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Masonic Rites to follow by Camden Lodge #648 AF & AM.  Memorials may be given to his family.

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Don
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Don Wise, 83, of Rushville, IL passed away at 3:05 p.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at his residence.  He was born on August 11, 1935 in Clearfield, IA to the late John Jacob & Goldie Myrtle Neal Wise.  He married Nancy Joy Morrell on May 27, 1957 in Corinth, MS.  He later married Helen D. Hendrix on July 23, 1999 in Clark Co., Missouri.  She preceded him in death on March 27, 2017.  He is survived by (3) daughters, Janie Wise &  Lori  of Rushville, IL, Cathy Wise Phillips &  Mike of Rushville, IL, Amy Wise Zillion &  Ryan of Beardstown, IL, (3) grandchildren, Michel DeMoss & Keith, Brandon Hankins &  Kelsey, Tyler Prather &  Breann, (3) great grandchildren, Keaton & Kynzie DeMoss, Ella Mae Hankins, (1) aunt, Iona Wise of Astoria, IL., numerous nieces & nephews.   He was preceded in death by (1) grandson, Joshua Michael Phillips, (4) brothers, Corydon, Dean, Dale & Gene Wise, (1) half- brother, Wayne Hardy, (1) half-sister, Ramona Griffith.  He was a farrier who shod horses professionally with his father & brother Gene all over the Midwest for many years.  He was a member of Pekin Laborers Union Local #231. He loved harness racing, the LA Dodgers & spending time with his extended family. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2019 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating. Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to JPhil Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Rushville Sate Bank.

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"Bub"
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Harold Eugene “Bub” Stephens, 92, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the Wesley Village Retirement Center in Macomb, IL.  He was born January 18, 1926 in Schuyler Co., IL.  He was the son of the late Carter and Madeline Settles Stephens.  He married Donna Ruth Dace July 14, 1944 after they both had graduated from Rushville High School.  Donna passed away July 5, 2018.  Four days after his marriage he entered the US Army on July 18, 1944..  He served in the 5th Division of Patton’s 3rd. Army.  He served in the front lines as they went through France, Belgium Luxembourg, Southern Germany, into Czechoslovakia.  He was discharged June 26, 1946.  Returning to Rushville, Harold got a job at the Post Office in Rushville and ended up spending his career with the U.S. Postal Service.  He retired as the Post Master in Havana, Illinois at age 55.  Surviving are his three children, Bill Stephens &  Diana of Macomb, IL, Nancy J. Stephens &  Constance Sanders of Scottsdale, AZ, Julie A. Stephens Murray & Susan of Rolla MO; four grandchildren, Michael (Dana) Stephens, Jennifer Stephens, Jack and Dace Murray; three great grandchildren, Dirk, Jake and Carter Stephens; two brothers, Richard Stephens of St. Petersburg, FL, Gordon (Rosemary) Stephens of Rushville.  He was predeceased by his wife of 74 years, Donna and his older brother, Donald.  In high school “Bub” was a good athlete playing varsity football & basketball.  He was a member of the Rushville First Presbyterian Church.  Harold had many hobbies and pursued them with enthusiasm throughout his life.  He was a good golfer and a member of Scripps Park golf course until age 92.  He spent many happy hours playing golf with friends and family.  His fellow golfers installed a fountain in one of the lakes at the course in his and Donna’s honor.  For several years of his life, Harold owned and flew a two-seater airplane.  He also had a boat and liked to fish on the Illinois River.  He was an active member of Schuyler American Legion Post #4.  He and Donna owned a condo in Florida and enjoyed spending winters there.  Services will be announced by the Worthington Funeral Home at a later date.  Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church of Rushville.

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Paul
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Paul Leo Morris, 90, of Rushville, IL transitioned into his next life peacefully at 1:34 p.m. on Monday, December 24, 2018 at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.  He was born on August 19, 1928 at home in rural Cuba, IL to parents, Roscoe and Edith Thompkins Morris.  He married Flossie E. Yancey on October 15, 1960 in Beardstown, IL.  She preceded him in death on September 13, 2012.  He leaves behind  (5) children, Jan Williams & Tony of Jacksonville, IL, Richard “Rick” Morris & Cara of Virginia, IL, Roger Morris of Stonefort, IL, Ruth Ellen Hurt & Steve of Mackinaw, IL, Paul Leon Morris & Misty of Rushville, IL, (10) grandchildren, (22) great grandchildren, (2) great-great grandchildren, (3) siblings, Ruby Bell & Dale, Bernie Morris & Gloria, Barbara Bell & Frank, numerous nieces & nephews, a special friend, Barb Sayers.  Numerous foster children and foreign students from the host family program at Western IL University who called him “Dad” also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, (5) brothers, Jim Morris, infant Asa Ransom Morris, Eugene Morris, Roscoe Morris, Jr., Raymond Morris, (1) sister, Ruth Morris.  Paul was a life-time farmer in the Cass & Schuyler Counties, farming for the Luetkemeyer Farms with brothers, Eugene, Roscoe and sister Ruth, for over sixty years.  He lived between Rushville and Astoria, attending church at both Astoria Christian Church and Rushville Church of Christ (Christian) where he was a charter member, having previously been a member of the Sangamon Valley Presbyterian Church and the Rushville Presbyterian Church.  Paul was also a member of the Rushville Lions Club for many years.  The Morrises established “Granny’s Love N Stuff” a Christian Bookstore in Rushville and ran it together for many years.  Paul retired to take care of the ninety acre farm on which he lived for almost fifty years, which was a full–time job in itself.  Paul was known for his ability to listen and give sound advice, his willingness to help, his love for his family and for his savior, Jesus Christ.  He also had a quick wit and love for learning about nature, especially the hummingbirds that frequented his garden.  His last wish was that his death would be a witness to the saving grace of God and that everyone he knew accept that grace.  He loved to fish, watch the Cardinals play baseball, and spend time with his family and beloved dog, Barney.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville, IL with a Celebration of Life to follow with Rev. Anthony H. Williams officiating and Larry Laswell, a foster son, bringing the eulogy.  Cremation will follow. Inurnment will be in the Rushville City Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, 8630 IL Route 91, Peoria, IL   61615 or LaMoine Christian Camp, 2760 E. Co. Rd. 1600, Tennessee, IL   62374.

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