Obituaries 

 

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James Paul Rebman

Robert R. "Bob" Wheelhouse

Mardell W. Phillips

Ruth Ann Belville

 

 



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"Jim"
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James Paul Rebman, 84, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 12:35 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.  He was born February 23, 1933 in Rushville Twp., Schuyler Co.,  IL.  He was the son of the late Herbert and Bertha Phillips Rebman.  He married Rose Marie Greer May 1, 1955 at the First Presbyterian Church in Rushville.  She survives along with two daughters, Angie Langner & spouse Jeff and Becky Jones & spouse Robert all of Rushville; a son, Jon Paul Rebman & spouse Mike Rood of San Diego, CA; three grandchildren, Jennifer Jones Bozarth & husband John of Chatham, IL, Samantha Rebman-Rood and Jacob Rebman Rood both of San Diego, CA;  two great grandchildren, Audrey Rose Bozarth and Anderson James Bozarth both of Chatham, IL; a sister Norma Downs of Ames, IA; a brother, Stanley Rebman & wife Teresa of Rushville, two nieces, two nephews , several grandnieces and grandnephews.  He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Kenneth Lee Rebman.   Jim was educated in Schuyler County, country schools at Pokeberry and Flatiron, graduating from Rushville High School in 1951.  He first worked as a farm hand and grocery clerk.  After being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953-1955 and serving 18 months in Korea, Corporal Rebman was trained and worked as a mobile code dispatcher.  After discharge, he worked selling car parts at Rushville Auto Parts & farm implements at Gibb & Cal’s.  In 1974, Jim began his political career as Rushville Township Clerk and was later elected seven times (27 years) as Schuyler County Clerk until his retirement in 2001.  In addition, he served as a volunteer fireman for 15 years and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving on church boards and various organizations.   He was active in the Schuyler County Jail Museum, the Smiles Day Committee and various other local community events and projects.  Throughout his life, Jim enjoyed playing golf, volleyball, bowling, tennis and followed school and community sporting events.  He was a member of Rushville Lodge #9, AF & AM, Lusk Chapter #20 Royal Arch Masons, Rushville Council#88 of Cryptic Masons, Rushville Commandery #56, Schuyler American Legion Post #4, Guthrie Pierce Post #1239 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Beardstown. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 16, 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 and a U.S. Army Honors Detail.    Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Masonic Rites to follow. Memorials may be given to Schuyler Humane Society or Rushville Fire Department.

 

 

 



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"Bob"
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Robert R. Wheelhouse, 88, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 1:50 a.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017, at the Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, IL.  He was born on April 21, 1929 in Beardstown, IL a son of the late Raymond & Elta Unland Wheelhouse.    He married Wanda Gust on August 8, 1950 at the Rushville Presbyterian Church.  She survives along with (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, Michelle Ramirez, Jill Barth, Ashley French, Sam Wheelhouse, Amanda Wheelhouse, Zack Wheelhouse, (11) great grandchildren, (1) brother, Dale Wheelhouse & wife Margaret, (1) sister, Shirley Bartlow both of Rushville, IL. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel Ross Wheelhouse and a brother Donald Wheelhouse.  Bob, a life-long resident of Schuyler County, was well known for his contributions to the community.  He worked in the family business, Wheelhouse Coal Company, until home delivered coal became a thing of the past.  He then took a correspondence course in electronics.  Rushville residents and visitors on “the square” will remember his family business, Wheelhouse TV, from which he retired in 1990 and his later employment at Moreland & Devitt Drug Store until 2016.   He served as treasurer for the Rushville/Industry school board.  He was very active in the First Presbyterian Church on a local and national level where he was elected to the Presbyterian Church General assembly in 1980.  He was a Boy Scout leader, president of the Schuyler Arts Council and president and co-founder of the H.E.L.P. Center.  He was an avid bowler, team sponsor and attendee of national bowling tournaments.  His family learned so much from his skills as an amateur cook, stained-glass artist, antique collector and captain of the pontoon boat on Schuy-Rush Lake.   He was a recipient of the Father of the Year Award. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family. Of all his accomplishments he was most proud of his sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren whom he raised with his loving wife, Wanda, to whom he was married to for over 67 years.  The Wheelhouse family will meet with friends on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.   Funeral services will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be given to Rushville First Presbyterian Church or Cass-Schuyler Hospice.

 

 

 



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Mardell Wanda Phillips, 90, of Rushville, IL passed away at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  She was born on June 21, 1927 in Bath, IL.  She was a daughter of the late John & Nancy Witherell Otto.  She first married Pat High, he preceded her in death.  She later married George H. Phillips on September 26, 1972 in Havana, IL.  He preceded her in death on May 8, 2000.  She is survived by (1) son, Eugene Myers & wife Penny, (4) grandchildren, Sheri, Sheila, Steven & wife Nichole, Shelly & husband Curtis, (11) great grandchildren, and several nieces & nephews.  She was preceded in death by (7) brothers, Jim, Harold, Harry, Johnny, Fred, Junior & Walter Otto, (1) sister, Beulah Miller.  Mardell was an in home health provider for many years and also worked at the Snyder’s Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.  Funeral services will be held Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Rob Kirkham officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service on Friday.  Memorials may be given to Culbertson Hospital Foundation.

 

 

 



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Ruth Ann
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Ruth Ann Hallmark Belville, 70, of Springfield, IL, formerly of Rushville, IL, passed away at 11:08 a.m. Monday, October 23, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.  She was born on November 8, 1946 in Havana, IL.  She was a daughter of the late John & Dollie Mae Chaney Hallmark.  She married Jackie Lee Belville and he preceded her in death.  She is survived by (1) son, Randy Belville & Jenel of Springfield, IL, (1) daughter, Ronda Roberts & Jim of Dittmer, MO, (5) grandchildren, Jenna Remack, Lauren Maher,  Garrett Belville, Erin Hanks, Scott Roberts, (3) great grandchildren, Ava Roberts, Jonah Roberts, Sawyer Remack, (3) brothers,  Richard Hallmark of Lincoln, IL, Larry Hallmark & Lorraine of Havana, IL, Bobby Hallmark of Homewood, PA, (3) sisters, Sandy McCabe of Cuba, IL, Linda Morris of Havana, IL, Harriett Palmer of Vanita, OK, several nieces & nephews including special niece, Paula Oetjen of Rushville, IL, special nephew, Ron Oetjen & Jenna of Raleigh, NC.  She was preceded in death by twelve brothers & sisters.  Ruth waitressed at several local restaurants, in Rushville, including Mary Trone’s Café.  She also worked at Schuy-Labs, County Market, Snyder’s Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home & did home health care for the elderly all in Rushville.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Wiggins officiating.  Interment will follow in Browning Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. & Saturday from 12:00 until the time of service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Hope Blooms. 



 

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