Obituary of Edward Leroy Swanson, Jr.

2-1-18 DEATH OBit Swanson


Edward Leroy Swanson, Jr. passed away at his home, Thursday, January 25, 2018, while surrounded by his wife and loved ones. He was born May 14, 1935 in Sparland, Illinois to Edward Leroy and Ethel Loraine (Moore) Swanson.
He married his “movie star”, Josephine Fulkerson on June 29, 1957. From this union three children were born. Ronnie (Sherrie) Swanson, Mona (Rodney) Brown, and David Swanson who died in infancy. Also, one niece and two nephews whom they raised from a young age and were considered as their own children. Angie (Donnie) Stacey, Shawn (Jennifer) Murphy, and Chris (Trish) Murphy.
Sixteen grandkids, eight great-grandkids, and one great-grandkid on the way, were produced from the five children. Papaw couldn’t always remember their names but would call them Butch, Little Britches, Monkey, or Little Movie Star, along with special nicknames for some. Grandkids are Caleb (Teris) Swanson, Leah Swanson, Lana Swanson, Josh (Megan) Harrison, Holly (Roth) Clayton, Matthew Brown, Misty Brown, Jacob Brown, Amy Stacey, Teri (Michael) Charleton, Derek (Jillian) Stacey, Ethan Murphy, Haleigh Murphy, Madison Murphy, Tucker Murphy, Braxton Murphy. Great-grandkids are Riley Harrison, Tessa Harrison, Aubri Harrison, Aadyn Harrison, Elias Harrison, Meyer Clayton, Connor Charleton, Hadley Charleton, and Blakely Stacey, who is on the way.
Other survivors include, his wife of 60 years, Josephine Swanson; two sisters, Shirley Carson and Alice Tyson; a host of nieces and nephews; and many, many special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son David Swanson; one brother, Paul Swanson; and one sister Judy McClary.
They moved to Herod in 1972 after retiring from Hyster’s in Peoria. He also worked at Smithland Lock and Dam, AJax, and retired as a carpenter alongside two of his brothers-in-law.
He spent his retirement days spoiling his grandkids and not giving a “dad-burn” about anything. He always said his grandkids got their good looks from him. He spent a lot of time talking to his cows. He was chief in his barn, but always said mother (Josephine) was boss. He had “his chair”, “his glass”, and said he had to live on $20 a week because “that’s all mother would give him”. He saw all the John Wayne movies, but would turn one on and say, “I don’t think I saw that one!” Until his eyesight got worse, he loved reading cowboys books, mostly Louis L’Amour.
His smile was bright and beautiful, his heart was as big as mountains, and he will definitely be missed by all.
A visitation was held on January 26, 2018 at Weirauch Funeral Home in Harrisburg Illinois. His funeral service and celebration of life took place on January 27, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elizabethtown, Illinois.

Obituary of Ethel McClellan

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Ethel McClellan (Schoppe) died peacefully at Hardin County General Hospital on January 10, 2018 in Rosiclare, IL at the age of 80.
Ethel is survived by her husband Fred T. McClellan of Cave In Rock, IL; her sister Clara Mae Rhoades of Tuscola, IL; and her son Gary Pryor.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Lora Schoppe; her sisters, Viola Richardson, Edith Winberg, and Dorothy Bowles all of Tuscola; and her son, Herb McClellan of Champaign.
Ethel was born on October 20, 1937 in Douglas County. She graduated from Tuscola High School. After she spent many years working for Magnavox, she married Fred McClellan, a union electrician in 1971. She had a passion for helping with the Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, IL. She and Fred moved to Cave In Rock in 1999 where she made many new friends and was a member of the Cave In Rock Methodist Church.
A Memorial Service will be held at the McClellan Farm in Cave In Rock sometime over the summer. Memorials may be made in her name to The Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, IL.

Obituary of Becky Baker

Becky Baker, age 64, of Rosiclare, IL passed away January 27, 2018 at the Hardin County General Hospital in Rosiclare, IL. She was born August 29, 1953 to Paul, Sr. and Sarah (Osborne) Fann in Ashland City, TN.
Becky married Roy Baker on June 10, 1972. She had worked at the Pope County Care Center, was an avid angel collector, St. Louis Cardinal and UK fans, and loved singing. Becky loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren.
Becky is survived by her husband of nearly 46 years, Roy Baker of Rosiclare, IL; one son, Brian (Paula) Baker of Golconda, IL; two granddaughters, Briana Noel of Herrin, IL and Brittany Noel of Cobden, IL; three brothers, Charles Fann of Lyles, TN, Don (Loretta) Fann of Fairview, TN, and Richard Fann of Centerville, TN; two sisters, Peggy (Wayne) Reams of Franklin, TN and Brandy (Paul) Davis of Greensboro, NC; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers, Paul Fann, Jr., Raymond Fann, J.D. Fann, William Fann.
A celebration of life will be held 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Golconda, IL. Rev. Staley Langham will conduct the service. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Inurnment will follow at Prospect Cemetery in the Hodgeville Community of Pope County, IL. Aly Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church in Rosiclare, c/o Aly Funeral Home, PO Box 690, Golconda, IL 62938.
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Dr. E. Claude Gardner

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Dr. E. Claude Gardner, 92, of Henderson, died Sunday, December 31, 2017. He was born January 16, 1925, to O.A. and Edna Gardner.
He began his teaching career in 1948 in the Rosiclare, Illinois public school system and also was a minister at the Rosiclare Church of Christ.
Dr. Gardner is survived his four children, Phyllis (Sam) Hester, Becky (Larry) Cyr, Claudia Goodson (Steve Kubik), and David (Pat) Gardner; grandchildren, Kristen (Jeremy) Hicks, Beth (Julio) Rivas, Adam (Tosha) Cyr, Nick (Cait) Gardner, Bennett Gardner (fiancé Julie), and Madison Gardner; great-grandchildren, Tucker Cyr, Breanne Gardner and Tessa Moore.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 56 years Delorese, and second wife, Glenda Jacobs Gardner, and his brothers, Stanley, Don, and Albert, and sister, Ethel Jordan.
Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson, Henderson, TN was in charge of arrangements. Visitation was held from 4:00–9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5 at the Henderson Church of Christ building and funeral services were held Saturday, January 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Loyd Auditorium on the campus of Freed Hardeman University.
Memorials may be made to the E. Claude and Delorese Gardner Scholarship at Freed Hardeman University.

Joel “Jody” Hill

2-1-18 DEATH Joel Hill

Joel “Jody” Hill, age 80, of Stonefort, IL died January 16, 2018 at Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg, IL. Jody was born December 6, 1937 to the late Hubert and Ina (Choate) Hill in Pope County, Illinois.
Jody is survived by four sisters, Edith Watkins of Eddyville, IL, Marilyn Turner of Energy, IL, Carolyn Jeralds of New Burnside, IL, Sharon Hill of Creal Springs, IL; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; special friend, Dottie Carman and her son, J.D. Carman and her grandson, J.D. Carman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Norman Hill and Kenneth Hill.
Funeral services were held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville, IL. Internment followed at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Delwood, IL. Visitation was held from 12:30 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in honor of Jody to: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, c/o Dennis Randolph, 82 Burden Falls Rd, Harrisburg, IL 62946 or Olive General Baptist Church, c/o Aly Funeral Home, PO Box 69, Eddyville, IL 62928.
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Obituary of husband and wife, Miladeen Hardin Price and Ernest Price Jr.

2-1-18 DEATH OBIT Ernest & Maladeen Price

Obituary of husband and wife
Miladeen Hardin Price and Ernest Price Jr.

Miladeen Hardin Price, born May 28, 1930, in Rosiclare, Illinois, passed through Heaven’s gates on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, after losing her battle with cancer. Her beloved husband, Ernest Price Jr., born March 25, 1929, in Elizabethtown, Illinois, died of a broken heart, leaving this earth to be with his one true love on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Both were surrounded by their devoted and loving family. Their love and respect for one another is the legacy they leave behind.
Ernest and Miladeen were married June 8, 1950, in Elizabethtown, Illinois. In 1954 they moved to Prescott, Arizona, with their two children, Barbara and Jeanie. The youngest of their children, Terry, was born in 1958. Together in 1964, they owned and operated Willow Creek Nursery in Prescott, Arizona. Miladeen worked at Abia Judd School as a food server for 21 years, retiring in 2010. Prior to that she worked at Aquarium Pump for 15 years. Ernest made a career of mining in Illinois, New Mexico and Arizona, including, Iron King Mine. After his mining career, he spent the next 20 years in the construction industry with Hunt Construction. He retired in 1996.
Miladeen and Ernest were most proud of their family. They were devoted parents, loving grandparents, playful great-grandparents and adoring great-great-grandparents.
Miladeen and Ernest are survived by their son-in-law, John Hunt of Prescott, Arizona; daughter, Gloria “Jeanie” Weekley of Prescott, Arizona; and son, Terry Price (Ervin Roberts IV) of Chino Valley, Arizona. They have 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Miladeen and Ernest were avid boaters at Alamo Lake and Lake Powell, and enjoyed camping and fishing. Miladeen loved working on family genealogy, and sewing. Ernest enjoyed working on automobiles and attending baseball games at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott, Arizona.
Miladeen and Ernest are preceded in death by their parents, Yulee Hardin, Alma Blaine, Eugene Blaine, Ernest Price Sr. Elnore Cawhorn and John Leitherland; sister and brother-in-law, Coleen and Chuck Church; brothers, Jimmy Blaine and Bobby Leitherland; daughter, Barbara Hunt; and grandson, John T. Hunt.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in their name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
A celebration of their lives will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m., at The Heights, 2121 Larry Caldwell Dr., Prescott, Arizona, 86301.
The family wants to thank Kindred Hospice for their caring and compassion for their loved ones.

Edie Lovirn Spivey

Edie Lovirn Spivey, 83, of Rosiclare, IL, died on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Rosiclare Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Lovirn was born to Odie (Page) and Hillis Price.
She was a member of First Christian Church in Rosiclare, IL. She served for many years on local boards including the Rosiclare Memorial Public Library (as a member & trustee), the Hardin County Hospital Auxiliary, and the Hardin County Fluorite Museum.
Lovirn is survived by her sons, Danny (Georgia) Spivey, Randy (Tami) Spivey, Charlie (Melba) Spivey; grandchildren, Kendra (Clayton) Arnold, Amanda (Kory) Leighty, Barrett (Keshia Mercurio) Spivey, Jeremy (Courtney Webb) Spivey and John David Spivey; great-grandchildren, Kuri, Conner, Eleanore, Tristan, and Tinley; sisters, Laura (Billy) Hogan, Ethel (Doodle) Tolbert, Bonnie Carter and Barb Blackburn; half-siblings, Pearly (Harold) Lindsey, Bobby Price, Billy (Sharon) Price, Beth (David) Weaver, and John (Susan) Price.
Lovirn is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Spivey; her mother Odie Holbrook; her step-father, Cappy Holbrook; her father, Hillis Price; and many friends.
Hardin County Funeral Services, Cox Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. A visitation will be held on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Ed Lafferty will read the obituary and have prayer at 8:00 p.m. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Rosiclare Memorial Public Library and/or the First Christian Church of Rosiclare.

Obituary of Susan L. Waggoner

Susan Lynn Waggoner, 73, of Rosiclare, IL, passed away on January 14, 2018 at her home in Cape Girardeau, MO. She will be truly missed by her husband of 34 years, Russell Waggoner; daughter, Monica (Clark) Barnes and husband, Lance of Cape Girardeau, MO; sister, Janet Nichols and husband, Charlie Eaves of Farmington, MO; brother, Marvin O. Hahn and wife, Karen of Farmington, MO; brother, Ken Hahn and wife, Connie of O’Fallon, MO; and brother-in-law, Floyd “Butch” Waggoner of Carterville, IL.
She is also survived by nieces, Michelle (Nichols) Daniel and husband, John, Kendra (Hahn) Fritz and husband, Jake, Nancy (Hahn) Owens and husband, Chris, Cynthia (Hahn) Tichacek, Vicky Hahn and fiancé, James Johnson, Kim (Waggoner) Zeller and husband, Adam; and nephews, Cary Combs and wife, Chris, Maj. Brian Hahn and wife, Shannon, Chris Nichols and wife, Leslie, Greg Nichols and wife, Robin, and Lt. Col. Matthew Waggoner and wife, Christy.
She was born on August 13, 1944 in Bonne Terre, MO to the late Marvin L. and Melba G. (Ratley) Hahn. She is also preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Lee Roy Nichols and Nelson Waggoner; one sister-in-law, Bobbie Waggoner; and two nephews, Craig Combs and Allen Tichacek.
She was a member of the First Christian Church of Rosiclare, IL and a graduate of the Esther (MO) High School Class of 1962. She retired from the state of Illinois as an Executive Secretary after having spent many years working for various wardens at Vienna and Shawnee Correctional Centers. Her favorite activities included cooking for family and friends, and frequenting auctions and yard sales, collecting antiques of all kinds. Her family and friends will always remember her as a dynamic character with a colorful vocabulary.
Friends may call from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Ford & Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau. Funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Stan Hargis officiating. A brief graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Elizabethtown Empire Oddfellows Cemetery in Elizabethtown, IL. Memorial contributions may be given to Southeast Hospice.
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Obituary of Reta Mae Beavers

Reta Mae Beavers, 67, of Paducah, KY, formerly of Cave-In-Rock, IL, passed away in her home at 12:10 a.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018. She was born to Alfred and Mary Davis of Cave-In-Rock, IL.
Reta was a former board member at the Village of Cave-In-Rock. She was an officer at the Illinois Department of Corrections in Cave-In-Rock, IL; CNA at Crittenden County Hospital in Marion, KY; worked in the Admissions Department at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, KY; and was manager of Park Avenue Mini Storage in Paducah, KY.
Reta is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Bobby Leon Beavers; sister, Betty Lamb; brothers, Bob Davis and Dwight Davis; children, Paul Folta, Tammy Mesaris, Chris Beavers, Billy Joe Beavers, and Jason Lane; and 13 grandchildren.
No service or visitation is scheduled. Private cremation will be conducted by Gilbert Funeral Home.
Please send condolences and gratitude to Hospice, 911 Joe Clifton Drive, Paducah, KY. 42001-3747, phone 270-425-3636 or

Galen Dalton

Galen Dalton, 81, died on January 13, 2018, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois. He was a resident of Galatia, Illinois. Galen was born August 25. 1936, in Rosiclare, Illinois. Galen married Mary Alma (Hobbs) Dalton of Cave-In-Rock, on September 12, 1958. Galen served in the United States Air Force from 1960-1964. He served in the Illinois public school system as a teacher, principal, and superintendent for 36 years. He preached the gospel of Christ from 1965-2013, often preaching for two congregations concurrently.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Dalton; two children, Mary Gale Adkisson of Thompsonville, IL and Stephanie Orozco of Aurora, IL; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Junior Dalton and Paul Dean Dalton; and his son, Robert Edward Dalton.
A visitation will be held at Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. with the funeral following at 11:00 a.m. Caleb Adkisson of Saint Petersburg, Fl. will officiate. Burial will follow in Cave Hill Cemetery in a private committal service following the funeral.

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