Thursday, March 21, 2013

Obit of James Stiles

James Albert Stiles, 80, of rural Lincoln, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at Boone Hospital Center, Columbia. He was born on April 9, 1932, at Battletown, Kentucky, a son of John and Bessie C. (Bullock) Stiles.

On June 16,1961, in Payneville, Kentucky, he was united in marriage to Betty Barley, who survives of the home. In 1962, they moved to Chatsworth, Illinois.

Before retiring, he worked as a mechanic and welder for Steele Construction. In 1972, they moved to the Cole Camp area. He spent many hours volunteering at Yeager Union Church of rural Lincoln, helping to build their new addition which was completed in August of 2006. He was active with the Lakeview Heights Fire Department, where he had served as president from July 7, 2003, to May of 2006, was Fireman of the Year in 2004, and was instrumental in building fire station #3.

He enjoyed fishing, then donating his "catch" to local fundraising fish frys, woodworking, and working in his shop. He loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters: Pamela G. Stiles, and her companion, Steve DeGoes, of Lincoln, and Lisa M. Theisen, and her husband, Earl, of Cole Camp; one son, Ken D. Stiles, and his wife, Janice, of Sedalia; one sister, Catherine Flaherty of Louisville, KY; four grandchildren: Adam Pritchard, and his wife, Brittany, Chelsey Gallagher, and her husband, Grant, Grant Pritchard, and Brady Theisen; and five great-grandchildren: Audrie Pritchard, Landon Walk-Pritchard, Gracelyn Pritchard, Trent Gallagher, and Callie Gallagher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and five brothers: Junie Stiles, Mack Stiles, Claude Stiles, William Stiles, and Paul Stiles.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 22, 2013, at Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp, with Pastor Bill Siebert officiating. Burial will be in Brushy Cemetery, rural Lincoln.

The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Lakeview Heights Fire Department or the Cole Camp
R-1 Brady Fund in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Lakeview Heights Firemen.
Published in on March 20, 2013

CHATSWORTH — Robert Lee Drauden, 73, Chatsworth, passed away Saturday (March 16, 2013) at Fairview Haven, Fairbury.
Born June 23, 1939, in Bend, Ore., Robert was a son of the late Elmer and Mabel Johnson-Drauden.
He was a graduate of Joliet Central High School and entered the U.S. Navy, where he honorably served for four years.
On Sept. 5, 1964, Robert married Jean White Alexander McEvoy in Glasgow, Scotland, and together they lived in Coal City, and most recently Chatsworth.
In 1966, Robert gained employment with Commonwealth Edison, from where he retired in 1994.
Survivors include his wife, Jean; two sons, Gordon (Melody) Drauden and Mark Drauden; granddaughter, Rachel Drauden; and one sister, Elmerine Vest.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Connie Melvin.
Cremation rites have been accorded per the wishes of the family. Military honors and inurnment will be at a later date in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.
Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes Ltd., Coal City.
Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Obit of William "Bill" Brumfield

Mr. William “Bill” Brumfield, 72, of Chatsworth, IL, and formerly of Barry, Il. died on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Advocate Bromenn Hospital in Normal, IL. He was born in Washburn, WI on August 11, 1940 to M. William and G. Joan Haiden Brumfield. He married Sandi Pelican on September 14, 1968 in Columbia, MO, and she survives.

Mr. Brumfield taught elementary and junior high education-art. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and did graduate work in Art. Bill was an Alumni of the University of Missouri Association. He received his teaching certificate from Hannibal-LaGrange College. He had taught in the Tri-Point School District at Piper City, IL. He had also served as a truant officer for the Pike-Adams Regional Superintendent of Schools. In addition, he was a substitute teacher for the Barry School District. He also coached girls’ softball in Barry. He had also worked for over 20 years as a diesel mechanic at Missouri Gravel. He was a member of the Kiwanis and the Barry Masonic Lodge # 34 AF & AM. Bill had also served as the Chairman of the Barry Apple Festival.

He enjoyed woodworking, art both abstract and surreal (painting, drawings in pencil, oils, and acrylics). He was an avid reader who enjoyed crossword puzzles and cryptograms. He enjoyed kids. He loved his family and especially loved his granddaughters.

Survivors include his wife Sandi of Chatsworth, IL, a son, Jonathan (Jennifer) Brumfield of Bolingbrook, IL , two daughters, Jennifer Brumfield of Elgin, IL, and Erin (Cef) Brumfield Grima of Hanover Park, IL, two brothers, Robert (Sandy) Brumfield of Columbia, MO, and Gerald (Irma) Brumfield of Rocheport, MO, a sister, Linda Johnson of Rocheport, MO, two granddaughters, Eleanor and Scarlett, along with nine nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Karen in infancy.

Obit of Carol A. (Brock) Fellers

Carol A. Fellers, 71 of Chatsworth died Friday, March 15, 2013 at 3:02 AM at her residence.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A visitation will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth. A prayer service will be held at 7:00PM. Memorials in Carol’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Carol was born on February 24, 1942 in Fairbury, IL. a daughter of Charles and Alma (Dillinger) Brock. She married Larry A. Fellers. He survives in Chatsworth. Also surviving is one son: Kevin (Susana) Fellers of Cropsey, IL: two daughters: Donna (Randy) Butcher of Farmersville , TX and Trudy (Curt) Byrne of Pontiac, IL: 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. One sister: Joyce Hines of Chatsworth, IL. Carol was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Carol was educated in Chatsworth schools and was employed at Nicols Homeshield in Chatsworth for 36 years.

Obit of O. Leroy "Sonny" Bargman

O. Leroy “Sonny” Bargman, 90. of Chatsworth, passed away at 9:02 AM Friday March 15, 2013, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City, IL.

His funeral will be at 2:00 PM Sunday March 17, 2013 at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, Jerry Gentes, Minister of Pastoral Care will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery with military rites by Walter Clemmons American Legion Post #613. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or OSF Hospice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling the arrangements.

Sonny was born on May 4, 1922 in Piper City, IL. a son of Otis E and Margretha (Folkerts) Bargman. He Married Georgianna Henry on June 3, 1944 in Superior, OH., she survives.

He is survived by his wife, Georgianna. His sister: Mary Hornickel of Chatsworth, IL.,
Many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Parents, five sisters and one brother.

Sonny was raised on a farm before serving our country in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He worked for Diller Tile from 1946 until 1972 and then drove a truck as an owner-operator for Chicago- St. Louis Transport until retiring in 1984. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Walter Clemmons American Legion post #613 in Chatsworth. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Obit of Shawn L. Smith

Shawn L. Smith, 33, of Normal, formerly of Pontiac and Chatsworth, passed away at 9:22 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth. Jerry Gentes, Minister of Pastoral Care will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Burial will follow services at the Germanville Township Cemetery in Rural Chatsworth. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Shawn was born April 17, 1979 in Pontiac, IL a son of Steven L. Smith and Roberta L. Hill. He grew up in the Pontiac area.
He is survived by his mother: Roberta (John) Reinitz of Chatsworth; his father: Steven L. Smith of Fairfield, IL; his paternal grandmother: Phyllis Smith of Fairfield; his maternal grandmother: Margaret Hill of Pontiac; one daughter: Cameron Jean Smith; two sisters: Rebecca Smith of Chatsworth and Lisa Smith of Pontiac; three step brothers: Joshua, Kraig, and Kent Reinitz; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister: Crystal Lynn Smith; his step brother: Justin Reinitz; his maternal grandfather: Robert Hill, Sr.; his maternal step grandfather: Allen Divley; and his paternal grandfather: Thomas Smith.
Shawn was passionate about many things. He was very athletic and enjoyed basketball, fishing, golfing, football, and bocce ball. He especially liked bowling, and competed at the statewide and national level. He had a passion for music of all different genres. Shawn also took classes for the Culinary Arts and was a chef in West Virginia.
He attended the Grace Church in Normal. Shawn donated a lot of his time to the Home Sweet Home Mission as a volunteer in the kitchen.
Shawn worked for State Farm as a Call Service Representative.
He was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

Obit of Joseph G. Thompson

Joseph G. Thompson 64, Atlanta Ga. Died on Monday ,Feb. 25 in Miami, Fl.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday March 23 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Chatsworth, Il. The Rev. B.K. Tran officiating. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Cemeter, Chatsworth, Il., where full military rights will be accorded. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service, Saturday at the church. Afterwards a luncheon will be served in the parish hall. Memorials in Joe's name may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, and the Altar and Rosary Society or a donation to the charity of the person's choice.
Joe was born April 21, 1948 in Pontiac, Il., a son of Durward (Terry) and Mary Thompson.
Survivors include a twin brother, John and (Karla) Thompson, Canton, Ga., two nieces, Kelly Thompson, Acworth, Ga., and Jessica Thompson, Middleburg, Fl., and a nephew, John D. and (Heather Thompson, Canton, Ga.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Terry and Mary Thompson.
Joe was owner of Ponce de Leon counseling service in Atlanta, Marietta, Canton and Acworth, Ga. He served his country in the US Army from 1970-72. He received a BA degree from Illinois State University and a Masters degree from Georgia State University.
Joe loved his work, family, and meeting new people. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. A special thank you to Father B.K. Tran and Eileen Weller for all the help and assistance in this sad time for our family.

Friday, March 8, 2013

CHATSWORTH — Richard Allan Diller, 63, Madison, Wis., passed away peacefully Saturday (March 2, 2013) at Agrace HospiceCare, Fitchburg, Wis., with his wife, Deborah, at his side.
He was born June 12, 1949, in Akron, Ohio, son of Howard and Annie Olivia Diller. Richard grew up in Chatsworth and graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1967. He began working at the family business, Diller Tile Co., while in high school.
After high school he attended Illinois State University, graduating in 1973 with a degree in industrial technology while continuing his work at Diller Tile.
He married the love of his life, Deborah, on Nov. 17, 1979. They felt blessed to have 33 years together. They spent the first 14 years of their marriage in Rock Falls, where Richard was plant manager of Universal Plastics/Diller Tile.
In 1983, Richard suffered kidney failure and he and Debbie began home hemodialysis. Richard received a successful kidney transplant in Madison in 1987. He used this gift of freedom and time to pursue a new career while continuing his full-time work. He received his computer programming degree from Northern Illinois University in 1992. Then in 1993, Richard and Debbie moved to Madison, where he began a successful programming career with Great Lakes Higher Education, eventually becoming a consultant with TDS and U.S. Cellular. He retired in 2004. His transplant lasted 18 years before he returned to dialysis in 2006.
Richard was active in the Sterling/Rock Falls Jaycees and organized projects as varied as the Chili Cook-Off and the Haunted Ghost Walk. He served as district director of the Northwestern region from 1982 until 1983. He was a member of the Madison West Kiwanis and organized their annual High School Music Award Ceremony for the past two years.
Richard was a high school athlete and lettered in basketball and football. As an adult, he developed a love of bicycling and enjoyed commuting to work on his recumbent bicycle. A regular league bowler, Richard began participating in the annual National Bowling Tournament in 1977 with the Diller Tile team. This tournament became a lifelong enjoyment culminating in his participation in 26 years of competitions.
Richard also loved music. He began with the trumpet in the high school band and was soon asked by his music director to adopt the tuba. He played the tuba with the American Youth Band and Chorus during their European tour in 1967. He and Debbie attended many concerts of all types over the years. They enjoyed participating in the UW Performing Arts Tours to Philadelphia; New York and the Met; the Spoleto festival, Charleston, S.C.; and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Richard’s entire family was active card players enjoying euchre, pinochle and poker. After retirement, Richard decided to learn sheepshead and participated in the Wednesday group at the Middleton Senior Center.
Richard had a joke for everyone and every occasion. He loved to make people laugh. He was a good listener as well and enjoyed as many social gatherings as his health allowed.
Richard was preceded in death by his father in 1978; his sister, Lynn, in 1993; his mother in 2003; and his older brother, Howard Jr., in 2011.
Richard is survived by his wife, Deborah, Madison; his sister-in-law, Dona; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gunderson Fitchburg Funeral Home, Fitchburg, Wis. A luncheon will follow the service. Memorial donations will be used to benefit St. Mary’s Renal Center’s patients and staff.
Online condolences may be made at

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Obit of Patsy (Tennant) Reinagle

RANTOUL – Patsy Lee Reinagle, 58, of Rantoul passed away at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 27, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
She was born Aug. 30, 1954, in Gibson City, a daughter of Alvin and Bernice (McDavid) Tennant. They survive.
She is also survived by three sons, Randall, Rick (Holly) and Ron Reinagle; eight grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Tennant; and a brother, Ron Green. Also surviving is a longtime friend, Jamie Stanley.
Patsy attended the Chatsworth School, class of 1972. She worked various jobs, including custodian at Broadmeadow School and her final career was as an over-the-road truck driver. She enjoyed playing cards, flower gardening and her pets.
Services will be held at a later date.
Lux Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.