Saturday, March 26, 2011

Obit of Ensil Deen McDonald,I

CHATSWORTH — Ensil Deen McDonald I, 73, rural Buncombe, formerlyof Chatsworth, died at 2:32 p.m. Thursday (March 24, 2011) atHeartland Regional Medical Center, Marion.

Service: 2 p.m. today at Mount Zion Baptist Church, near Buncombe,with the Rev. Jim Shipley officiating.

Burial: Mount Zion Cemetery, with Masonic rites accorded atgraveside.

Visitation: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the church. Funeralarrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home inVienna.

Memorials: Mount Zion Baptist Church, in care of Bob Prater, 110Proctor Ave., Buncombe, IL 62912; or to a charity of the donor’schoice.

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Survivors: his wife, Carol Glenna Clester McDonald; his children,Sherrie (Johnny) Hines, Paducah, Ky.; Karen (Melvin) Lynch,Buncombe; Ensil Deen (Shelly) McDonald II, Normal; Tara (Gary)Lindemann, Pontiac; and Ronald (Liz) McDonald, Chatsworth; 17grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Obit of Richard Hahn


Pontiac, Ill. —

Richard E. Hahn, 91, of Pontiac and formerly of Saunemin, died Thursday, March 17, 2011 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

His Funeral Mass will be at noon Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pontiac, with Father David Sabel officiating.

Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Chatsworth.

Friends may call Monday from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Duffy-Baier Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac.

He was born Jan. 8, 1920, in Chicago, the son of Richard E. and Lulu (Kane) Hahn. He married Ora Jean Dick on Nov. 21, 1942, in Cullom. She preceded him in death on March 10, 1995.

Surviving are two sons, Richard “ Skip “ (Dorothy) Hahn, Dwight, and James B. Hahn, Saunemin; one daughter, Sharie (Philip) Metcalf, Brimfield; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

His parents and one brother, Harry Hahn, also preceded him in death.He was educated in Saunemin High School and attended the University of Illinois in Champaign.

Mr. Hahn worked as a quality control supervisor at Pittsburgh Tube in Fairbury, and was a lifelong farmer in the Saunemin area.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac.

Richard was also a member of the Pontiac Elks and past member of the Pontiac Moose Lodge.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Obit of Tamela Weaver

Chatsworth, Ill. —

Tamela “Tammy” L. Weaver, 43, of Chatsworth, died at 3:27 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at her residence.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home in Pontiac, Deacon George Wagner officiating.

Friends may call for one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

She was born Jan. 27, 1968, in Charleston, Ill., the daughter of Loren E. and Pamela K. (Ehrich) Wilkins. Her mother survives in Chatsworth.

Also surviving are one son, Matthew Weaver, Chatsworth; two daughters, Melissa (John) Edwards of Chenoa and Rebecca (Patrick Saverino ) Weaver of Chatsworth; two grandchildren; two brothers, Robert ( Tamara McKinsey ) Karnes of Chatsworth and Corey Karnes of Saunemin; one step-sister, Tina Emsweller, Fairland, Ind.; and her grandmother, Rosetta McQuillin of Chatsworth.

She was preceded in death by her father, one son Michael Weaver, paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Memorials may be made to the family.

Obit of William Sanford


STREATOR — William F. "Bill" Sanford, 80, of Chatsworth, Ill., died Saturday, March 12, at 6:15 p.m. in Chatsworth.

A service of remembrance will be at noon Saturday, March 19, at Elias Funeral Home in Streator. The Rev. Charles Cline of Central Church of Christ will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Elias Funeral Home. A Masonic ritual will be performed at 11:45 a.m. at Elias Funeral Home.

Born Oct. 12, 1930, in Streator, he was the son of Edward and Frances (Winter) Sanford.

He is survived by his sister, Marjorie (Lee) Missel of Streator, many nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Loretta Sanford of California.

He was preceded in death by his brother, John Sanford, and a nephew, Tim Missel.

Bill graduated from Streator Township High School in 1941 and served in the U.S. Navy. He was a licensed practical nurse at St. Mary's Hospital, working in the emergency room for more than 20 years, and owned and operated B.B.B. Guns and Borebrites for more than 20 years in Chatsworth.

He was a former member of Central Church of Christ in Streator. In 1975, Bill joined the Masons. He served in all capacities including Master Mason, Commander, Illustrious Master, Worthy Patron, Watchman of Shepherd, Knight York Cross Honor, Worthy Matron and appointed DDGM for the 5th Easter District. He was a member of the Streator, Ottawa and Chatsworth lodges.

Memorials may be directed to the donor's choice.

You may sign the guestbook at

Elias Funeral Home

208 N. Park St., Streator, IL 61364

Monday, March 14, 2011


CHATSWORTH -– Few people fully understood Richard Jacob Tallman, but they knew he loved serving his country.

“He wasn’t all that sociable,” said his nephew, the Rev. Richard Brunskill of Piper City, “but he was a wonderful man and was proud that he was able to serve his country.”

Tallman, 89, who served in both World War II and the Korean War, died Feb. 24 with only $187 to his name. He spent his last years in public housing.

Few family members were left – a sister is in Florida — and many friends had already succumbed to age. Brunskill worried about providing a proper memorial service until Pontiac VFW 886 stepped up, offering to pay for cremation services.

Now Tallman, war veteran and tinkerer of jeeps, will be buried March 10 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, with full military rites and his nephew as officiant.

VFW Commander Jim Franklin said a man who had served his country for so long deserves some help.

“That’s what the VFW is all about,” Franklin said. “When there is a need, we step up and we do what we can. This man served his country so well and now, it’s time to say ‘thank you’ for that service.”

His nephew is grateful.

“That was just a Godsend,” said Brunskill, a priest who was named for his uncle. “I live on a fixed income and couldn’t afford it and it really means a lot to me. I am sure it would have meant a lot to him that the VFW is helping out.”

Tallman served in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1942 to 1958, was awarded a Bronze Star medal, and carried the rank of second lieutenant.

“He brought back some great souvenirs,” Brunskill said. “He had a German helmet with a hole in it. He had a Nazi flag which we used as a tarp for camping. He also had a live hand grenade with the pin still in it. We had to be very careful and he kept reminding us never to ever pull that pin. We never did.”

A friend, Sam DePino of Chatsworth, said Tallman didn’t talk much about his military history and deferred talk of heroes.

“He said, ‘Only dead GIs are the heroes,” DePino recalled. “I was honored to be his friend. His mind was still sharp, though, and he was always thirsty to learn more. And, he still loved the ladies, even as he was approaching his 90th birthday. As he was dying, he asked the emergency room nurse for a date – in a gentlemanly fashion, of course.”

Brunskill said his uncle had little to his name except for a jeep. “It was a military jeep he had restored himself,” Brunskill said. “He didn’t drive it much, but occasionally he would drive it to Piper City or some place around the area. That was his pride and joy, though.”

Note: Though I did not know Mr. Tallman personally, living in the same town and seeing him almost daily, I admired his love for his jeep and his perseverance to continue a normal life.

I will be adding some pictures of Mr. Tallman soon.(My computer won't let me do it just yet.)

Obit of Richard Tallman


CHATSWORTH -- Richard Tallman, 89, Chatsworth, died at 5:56 p.m. Feb. 24, 2011, at OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.

Burial: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, with his nephew, the Rev. Richard Brunskill officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded

Survivors: Son, David Kim; and sister, Nettie Kirkpatrick, Palm Beach, Fla.

Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Obit of Gladys R. Wilson


Gladys R. Wilson, 93 of Chatsworth passed away at 2:44AM Sunday February 27, 2011 at OSF St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Bloomington.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM Wednesday March 2, 2011 at the Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with Rev. Adam Powers officiating. Visitation will be 5-7PM Tuesday March 1, 2011, and also from 10:30-11AM prior to services at the funeral home where memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church in Chatsworth. Interment will be at the Chatsworth Cemetery.

Gladys was born July 18, 1917 in La Follote, TN, a daughter of Charles and Isabel (White) Wilson. She married James A. Wilson, March 12, 1938 at the Lutheran Parsonage in Gilman, IL. He survives.

She is survived by: one son: Ron (Cynthia) Wilson of Merrill, WI; four grandchildren: Jennifer (Dan) McClelland of Danville, KY; Kim (Dave) Quinn of Bloomington; Kerin (Jerry) Jones of Bloomington and Sarah (Mike) Dilley of Lee’s Summit, MO; Nine great-grandchildren, Five great-great-grandchildren; two step grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law: Sandy Wilson of Decatur; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son: James A. Wilson Jr., 1 sister, and 3 brothers.

Mrs. Wilson was a homemaker and had worked at the former Hennels Manufacturing in Piper City.

She enjoyed crafting, flowers, working in her yard and visiting with people.

She was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in Chatsworth.