Obituaries for the week of Sunday, March 22, 2015

Wallace Cooper

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Wallace C. “Wally” Cooper, 96, of Urbana, grandfather of a Gifford resident, died at 1:27 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at his family home in Urbana.Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with the Rev. Bob Baker officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Weldon Cemetery, Weldon.

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Clara Derra

Clara E. Derra, 77, of Paxton died Friday, March 20, 2015, at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Gifford United Methodist Church. The Rev. Lisa Wiedman will officiate. Burial will follow in Ludlow Cemetery.Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Michael Harrison

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Michael J. Harrison, 67, of Rantoul died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at home.  Services with military honors are to be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Danville National Cemetery.Leek & Sons Funeral Home, Danville, is in charge of arrangements.Mr. Harrison was born in 1948 in Rantoul, a son of  Charles “Chuck” and Esther “Nookie” Harrison.

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Lottie Holland

Lottie E. Holland, 90, of Paxton died at 8:46 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015.Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Jackson Township Baptist Church (Little Prairie Church), rural Altamont, with the Rev. Kevin Knierim officiating. Burial will follow in Arborcrest Memorial Park, Effingham.

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Timothy Kenney

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Timothy R. Kenney, 64, of Urbana, stepfather of a Rantoul resident, died at 4:05 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at his residence.Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, 215 E. Washington St., Monticello. The Rev. C.W. Greer will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by Champaign VFW Post No. 5520.

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Dan McRen

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Dan McRen, 76, of Rantoul died Sunday, March 22, 2015, with his family by his side.Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 71, Urbana, assisted by personnel from the U.S. Air Force.

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Alice Pendleton

Alice “Jean” Pendleton, 80, of Gifford, formerly of Bellflower, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, surrounded by her family.

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Thomas Pilkington

Thomas Pilkington, 78, of Charleston, formerly of Rantoul, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at home.A memorial service will be held at a later date. Lux Memorial Chapel, Rantoul, is in charge of arrangements.

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Lila Rankin

Lila J. Rankin, 88, of Gibson City, formerly of the Fisher area, died at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Bridle Brook, Mahomet.Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 30, at Gibson City United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Megan Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City.

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Douglas Sapp

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Douglas A. Sapp of Dewey died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.Mr. Sapp’s life will be celebrated Saturday, March 28. There will be a burial and brief cemetery service at 3 p.m. at Willow Brook Cemetery in Fisher and an open house from 4-6 p.m. at  Drury Inn.

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Jo Schlittler

Jo Schlittler, 85, of Rantoul, died Monday morning, March 23, 2015, at Paxton Health Care and Rehab, Paxton.Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at First Baptist Church, Rantoul. The Rev. Ken Crawford will officiate. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service, also at the church.

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Greg Schweighart

Greg Schweighart, 55, of Champaign, brother of a Paxton resident, died at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at home.Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign.  The Rev. Robert Rayson will officiate. Burial will be in Prairieview Cemetery, Savoy.

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Randall Smith

Randall J. Smith, 57, of Rantoul, formerly of Shabbona and Paris, Ill., died Friday, March 20, 2015, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Jacobson Funeral Home, 303 N. Illini St., Shabbona. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shabbona.

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Lowell Spesard

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Lowell Spesard, 77, of Cutler, Ind., formerly of the Potomac area, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at St. Elizabeth East Hospital, Lafayette, Ind.Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 30, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Delphi, Ind., with the Rev. John Westfall officiating. Burial will follow in Ball Hill Cemetery with military graveside honors.

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Waltraud Steward

Waltraud "Trudy" Steward, 73, of Rantoul died Friday, March 20, 2015, at home.A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Willowbrook Cemetery. Immediately following there will be a luncheon at the AMVETS Post 52, Fisher.Lux Memorial Chapel, Rantoul, is in charge of arrangements.

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Richard Thompson

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Richard B. "Dick" Thompson, 79, of Paxton died at 8:23 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015, at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

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Joy Tomme

Joy Tomme of Philadelphia, a native of Paxton, died of natural causes Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Philadelphia, with her children by her side.A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Troy, N.Y., with the Rev. Steve Schlossberg officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy.

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John Vercler

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John Vercler, 93, of Chenoa, father of a Fisher resident, died at 2:57 a.m. Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Heartland Health Care Center, Decatur.Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa. Burial will immediately follow in Chenoa Cemetery, Chenoa.

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