Thursday, March 22, 2018








Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Obit of Eldon S. Buff

Eldon S. Buff, 91, of Clifton, passed away Friday (March 9, 2018) at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno. He was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Chatsworth, the son of Barney and Bertha Upchurch Buff. Eldon married Alice M. Thorndyke on June 29, 1947, at Sand Ridge Church in Piper City. She preceded him in death on Dec. 5, 2013. He also was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Loy and Denzel; and one sister, Emagene Vest. Surviving are two daughters, Patricia (Don) Vaughn, of Martinton, and Sandy (Mike) Behrends, of Clifton; one son, Gary (Rose) Buff, of Clifton; seven grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 10 greatgrandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Buff served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Wesleyan Church of Clifton. He owned and operated Buff's Service Station and also enjoyed gardening. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Wesleyan Church of Clifton. The Rev. Dan Shipton will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Memorials may be made to Wesleyan Church of Clifton. Please sign his online guestbook at

Eldon Buff

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Chatsworth Community Center

From the Pontiac Daily Leader
Chatsworth to get a new Community Center
By Luke Smucker
In an effort to revitalize the surrounding area, the Central Illinois Connection plans to transform a vacant building at 404 E. Locust St. in downtown Chatsworth into a center where rural Central Illinois communities can connect.
“This is a project that is several years in the making,” said Lillian Rathbun, spokesperson for Central Illinois Connection. “The Central Illinois Connection is a program that was inspired by the Business Connection. Over the years, the Business Connection has experienced all of the rewards of teamwork with Fairbury businesses. This idea has grown into a desire to expand a connection with all of the surrounding communities.“
The Central Illinois Connection is restoring a historic building built in 1888. The structure started out as the local newspaper and has also since been used as a retail shop, a flower shop and a movie theater. 
“We are turning it into an action center, where central Illinois communities can come and connect,” Rathbun said. “The center will feature exhibits of various area attractions, children’s art and more. We’re going to call it the Central Illinois Connection Action Center. We hope to have everything completed and open the location prior to the beginning of the new school year next fall. So, things are moving along really fast.”
Throughout the year, the facility will host activities, classes, arts and crafts, food and farming-related events. Rathbun said the agricultural displays and farm-to-table events are particularly important because the Central Illinois Connection believes farmers and agricultural companies are the backbone of the local communities.
“Most importantly, we want to focus on kids,” she said. “This idea is much bigger than a building, we need our youth to be excited about the future here and we hope to give them a reason to have pride in their hometowns.”
“We want to engage our youth and we want to focus on the future. We think that by connecting the people and resources, we can enhance the benefits of living in this area, create employment opportunities, increase tourism and create a community that we can all be proud to call home.”
Before the location in Chatsworth was chosen, other locations were visited. Although the Chatsworth building needs a lot of updating, Rathbun and others believe it’s important to restore these old buildings when possible.
“Mayor Runyon of Chatsworth said the building was available and we took him up on that,” stated Rathbun. “I ran into a Chatsworth resident recently and he was so excited because when he saw all of the construction going on, he thought the building was going to be demolished. However, we’re going to take one of these vacant buildings and make it relevant once more.”
Last year Chatsworth debuted Bluebird Hall, a restored community center with information on Chatsworth High School, historic memorabilia from Chatsworth and information on the 1887 Chatsworth train wreck. The village also saw its first schoolhouse, recognized today as the Little School Museum, moved to Locust Street.
“It feels good to see so much revitalization going on in this community,” Chatsworth Mayor Richard Runyon said. “I hope this will bring other people to the community that might not normally come here. We want everyone to see that Chatsworth is alive and well.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Eileen Weller turns 99!!

Eileen Weller turns 99 on March 23!!!

Gerry says send her a card!


32674 E. 835 North Rd.

Chatsworth, IL. 60921

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Obit of Reid E. Storm

Husband of Ruth Klehm 
Reid E. Storm, 92, of Ashkum passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. Reid was born May 18, 1925 in Ashkum, the son of Guy and Pearl Wilson Storm. He married Ruth Klehm on December 30, 1978 in Carlock, IL and she survives. Besides his wife, Ruth Storm of Ashkum, he is also survived by two sons, Randy (Pat) Storm of Watseka and Todd (Melissa) Storm of Ashkum; two daughters, Cindy Storm of Jacksboro, TN and Cheryl (Jon) Pederson of Cave Creek, AZ; four grandchildren, Kevin Culkin, Julie Storm, Luke Storm, and Chad Robbins; and one great-grandson, Pierce Storm. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Francis and Guy; and one grandson, Michael Storm. Mr. Storm served in the U.S. Marines and served in World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. Reid was a retired contractor and farmer. Visitation will be from 3:00–7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and one hour prior to the funeral service at church. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. Rev. Robert Sabo will officiate. Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday at Wilson Cemetery in Ashkum with graveside military rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Watseka, Faith Place of Prairieview Lutheran Home or donor's choice.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Obit of Stuart James Kunsch

Stuart James Kunsch, 58, of Chatsworth, IL., formerly of Gilman, IL., passed away at 5:32 P.M., Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at his home in Chatsworth. His memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Gilman with Pastor Malcom Jones officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Gilman. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Gilman. Stuart was born in Watseka, IL., on March 22, 1959 to Harry W. and Elsie M. (Lange) Kunsch Sr. His childhood was spent in Gilman and he attended Gilman Grade School and High School. He is survived by his daughter, Dustie Long of St. Anne, IL. and son, Matthew Kunsch of Missouri. Eleven grandchildren and his mother, Elsie of Gilman. Stuart is also survived by his siblings, Harry (Joy) Kunsch Jr. of Ashkum, IL., Renee Kunsch, Bruce (Sandy) Kunsch, Dorinda Kunsch all of Gilman and Vanetta (John) Harvey of Danville, IL. Several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, daughter, Jamie Dodson and son, Justin Kunsch. Stuart was of the Methodist Faith. He was a "jack of all trades". Stuart worked in numerous construction, roofing and painting jobs. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, watching crime shows, grilling, cooking, listening to gospel music and attending church. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at