Obituary of Larry Pennell


Obituary of Larry Pennell

Larry Pennell, 73, of Cave in Rock, IL passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Rosiclare Rehab and Healthcare Center, Rosiclare, IL.
Larry was born on December 13, 1944 to Thurman “Jarg” Ester and Dorothy Veldean (Dutton) Pennell. Larry was a mechanic and owned Pennell’s Auto Repair. He also was an avid competitive shooter and loved hunting.
Survivors include his mother, Veldene Pennell; daughters, Lisa Diane Pennell and Jennifer Rebecca Walters; brother, Rev. Stan (Nancy) Pennell; grandson, Austin Walters; one niece, Lindsay Pennell; one nephew, Robert Pennell; and one great-niece Katie Pennell.
Larry is preceded in death by his father, Thurman Pennell; and brother, Terry Michael Pennell.
Funeral services will be held at Rose Gilbert Funeral Home in Cave In Rock on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Stan Pennell officiating. Interment will follow at Adams Cemetery in Rock Creek. Friends may call on Tuesday from 11 a.m until the time of service.

Obituary of Russell L. Waggoner

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Russell Lee Waggoner, 77, of Rosiclare passed away on February 8, 2018 at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. He leaves behind a daughter, Monica (Clark) Barnes and husband Lance of Cape Girardeau, MO; and brother Floyd “Butch” Waggoner of Carterville, IL.
He is also survived by niece Kim (Waggoner) Zeller, husband, Adam and sons, Ben and Zach of Houston, TX; and nephew Lt. Col. Matthew Waggoner, wife Christy and son Logan of Washington, DC; sister-in-law Janet Nichols and husband Charlie Eaves of Farmington, MO; brother-in-law Marvin O. Hahn and wife Karen of Farmington, MO; and brother-in-law Ken Hahn and wife Connie of O’Fallon, MO.
He was born on February 15, 1940 in Rosiclare, IL to the late Abner T. and Robbie F. (Matthews) Waggoner. His wife of 34 years, Susan (Hahn) Waggoner preceded him in death by only 25 days. He was also preceded by brother, Nelson Waggoner, sister-in-law, Bobbie Waggoner and brother-in-law, Lee Roy Nichols.
A bronze star recipient, he served in the Army as a Staff Sergeant during the Vietnam War. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion. He graduated from Rosiclare High School in 1958. He was a former member of the First Christian Church of Rosiclare.
Throughout his life, he worked in various roles typically involving cars, heavy equipment and sales. He retired as purchasing agent for Delta Companies, SEMO Stone location. He was widely known for his mechanical skills and his ability to fix anything.
A graveside service was held at Elizabethtown Empire Odd Fellows Cemetery with special friend Rev. Stan Hargis officiating.
Online condolences may be made at

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Roy Dean Smock

Roy Dean Smock, 73, of rural Cave In Rock, IL died on Friday, February 16, 2018. He was born on June 6, 1944 in Cave In Rock, IL to Clarence and Robbie (Joyner) Smock. He was a retired spar miner.
He is survived by daughters, Patricia (Bruce) Walker, Mary Ann Thomas, Susan (Russell) Cullum, and Naomi Ceballos; sons, Ronald Smock, Harold (Angie) Smock, Clarence Smock, John (Debbie) Smock, Matthew (Crystal) Smock, and Mark (Desirae) Smock; 27 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Louise Smock; parents, Clarence and Robbie Smock; and two sisters and three brothers.
Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. at Mount Zion Cemetery. Those attending should go directly to the cemetery.

Obituary of Donna Mae Taber

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Donna Mae Taber passed away peacefully on the morning of February 2nd, 2018 in Auburn, California.
Donna was born in Quapaw, Oklahoma on September 12th, 1938 to Charlie Benton & Treasie Faye Lewis.
Donna married Jerry Campaigne, a U.S. Air Force Pilot, in 1956. She lived the life of an Air Force Officer’s wife, ultimately landing in Japan where Donna gave birth to their son David in 1959. Tragically, Jerry was lost in combat while fighting over Vietnam in April of 1963.
In October of 1965, the next chapter of her life began when she met Douglas Ewell Taber. His Taber charm and good looks won her over, and the pair were married on February 4, 1966. In 1967, Donna gave birth to her second son, Kevin. In 1970, her third son Nicholas was born. The family of five spent many happy years living in various parts of California, eventually settling in Auburn in 1978, where Doug and Donna built a supportive and loving environment for their sons.
Donna is survived by Douglas, Kevin (Becky), and Nick, as well as nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son David; her brother Howard; and her mother Treasie.
Donna will be remembered for her stoic strength in the face of adversity, her sense of humor, keen memory, and her nurturing spirit.
The family will hold a service on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the First Congregational Church in Auburn.
Doug Taber, a 1952 graduate of Rosiclare High school can be reached at or (530) 820-3479.

Obituary of Jacqueline C. Hicks

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Jacqueline C. Hicks, age 81, of Herod, passed away at 5:45 a.m., Monday, January 29, 2018 at Linda White Hospice Center in Evansville, Indiana.
Jacqueline was born on June 28, 1936 to the late George Dewey and Euna May (Robinson) Matheney. She married Cletis Partain on September 19, 1954 and he preceded her in death on January 29, 1959. To this union they bore two children, Teresa Lynn Kielhorn and George Allen “Pete” Partain. She married Charles W. “Doc” Hicks on June 28, 1974 and he preceded her in death on August 5, 2002.
Jacqueline is survived by a step-daughter, Christine Wagner of Golconda, Illinois; three grandchildren, Erin Krikie and husband Greg of Junction, Illinois; Julia Haner and husband John of Golconda, Illinois; and Doyle Wagner of Austin, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Jayden Krikie of Junction, Illinois; Jake Haner of Golconda, Illinois; Jaxon Haner of Golconda, Illinois; and Dylan Krikie and wife Danielle of Norris City; and several nieces and nephews.
Jacqueline was preceded in death by her parents; husband Cletis; husband Charles; daughter, Teresa Lynn Kielhorn; son, George Allen “Pete” Partain; brother, Herschel “Matt” Matheney; brother, Edison Eugene “Gene” Matheney; sister, Audie Albright; and brother, Nova Matheney.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Rev. Harold Miller officiated and burial followed in Lavender Cemetery at Herod. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 2, 2018 at Reed Funeral Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Linda White Hospice Center and envelopes are available at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family through the obituary page at

Wanda Marie Shores


Wanda Marie Shores, 90, of Cave-In-Rock, IL died on February 4, 2018 at Rosiclare Rehab and Health Care Center. Wanda was born in Cave-In-Rock, IL to Joe and Alice (Dillion) Beavers. She was a member of Potters Church.
Mrs. Shores is survived by her son, Gary (Rose) Shores; daughters, Melody (Jim) Wheatcroft and Kay Hopson; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Alice Beavers; daughter, Brenda Sue Shores; husband, William Shores; grandson, Chris Hopson: great-grandson, Matthew Coe; sisters, Goldie Willis, Betty Lowe, and Harriet Beavers; brothers, Lee Beavers, Bud Beavers, and Perry Beavers.
Hardin County Funeral Service, Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. Service will be held at Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home in Cave-In-Rock, IL on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Family will receive visitors from 12:00 p.m. until time of service. Rev. Larry Lewis will officiate service.

Barry Duane Crider

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Barry Duane Crider, 49, of Westerville, Ohio died on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Barry was born on May 24, 1968 to his parents, Ezra and Barbara (Wheeler) Crider in Alton, Il. He was a member of the North Alton Southern Baptist Church in Alton, IL.
Barry is survived by his parents, Ezra and Barbara (Wheeler) Crider; brother, Timothy Dale (Audrey) Crider; nephews, Cody Dale (Sarah) Crider, Dakota James (Fiancé) Crider; great nephew, Cooper; great -niece, Ava Clara; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Duey and Stella Crider; maternal grandparents, Wallace and June Wheeler; and nieces, Heather Ann Cider and Kandi Lacey Crider.
Hardin County Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. As per the family’s wishes a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Darius L. “Mac” McDonald

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Darius L. “Mac” McDonald MSgt USAF (Ret), 80, died February 2, 2018. He is formerly from Hardin County. Darius was born November 30, 1937.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty McDonald, and his parents Millie and Olan McDonald.
He is survived by wife, Nancy; daughters, Laura Miller, Susan (Paul) Jones, and Paula (Joshua) Fandry; spare daughters, Sherrell (Leon) Zeitner and Terri (Jake) Nelsen; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Larry (Thelma) McDonald and Terry (Carolyn) McDonald; sisters, Teresa (Earl) Partain and LaDonna (Roger) Ralph; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m., all at the Bellevue Memorial Chapel, 2202 Hancock Street, Bellevue, Nebraska. Interment will follow in Bellevue Cemetery, with Military Honors by Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Memorials will be directed by the family. Send to Bellevue Memorial Chapel Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler 2202 Hancock St., Bellevue , NE 402-291-5000

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Eula Mae Ledbetter


Eula Mae Ledbetter, 100, of Rosiclare, IL died on January 29, 2018. She was born in Hardin County on February 2, 1917, the daughter of Wiley Mott and Nellie (Banks) Mott.
She is survived by three daughters, Doris (Bill) Martin of Lenexa, Kansas, Shirley Jackson of Evansville, Indiana, and Bonnie (Bill) Stubblefield of Fulton, Missouri; one granddaughter, Debbie Bohlander; four grandsons, David Sheridan, Ted Jackson, Greg Stubblefield, and Steve Stubblefield; three great-grandchildren, Trevor Jackson, Seth Stubblefield, and Sara Stubblefield; one Brother, Woodrow Mott.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Ledbetter; one son -in-law, Paris Jackson; two brothers, John Mott and Tom Mott; and two sisters, Geneva Ralph and Wanda Flynn.
Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. Per Mrs. Ledbetter’s wishes a private family graveside service will be held with Rev. Stan Pennell officiating.

Willard Curry


Willard Curry, 62, of Sherman, Texas died January 26, 2018. He was born in Rosiclare, IL to Hershel and Nellie Curry and resided in Hardin County, IL for a time.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Catherine Curry; daughter, Melissa Holmes; son, Jason Curry; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Burial was at Sherman, Texas.