Thursday, January 30, 2014

Obit of Doyle D. Adamson

ROBERTS – Doyle D. Adamson, 74, of rural Roberts, formerly of Mahomet, died at 2:37 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 26, 2014) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. Doyle was born Jan. 23, 1940, in Fairbury, to Wayne and Sylvia (Kortz) Adamson. On May 9, 1959, he married the love of his life, Deloras Jean Brauman at the Congregational Church, Thawville.
He is survived by his wife, "Dee" of rural Roberts; his daughter, Karla (Chris) Butterick of Rantoul; his son, Jeffrey of rural Roberts; grandsons, Ethan and Wyatt Butterick of Rantoul; sister, Janet Adamson of Newman; and brother, Royce Adamson of Gilbertsville, Ky.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Dolores Adamson.
Doyle's education began by walking to a rural Chatsworth country school and then attending Chatsworth Grade School, Roberts Thawville Junior High School, Gibson City High School and Newman High School, where he graduated in 1958. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was trained at the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School in Groton, Conn., and served on the USS Laffey, the USS Bainbridge and the USS Enterprise. Following sea duty, he taught at the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Site in Arco, Idaho, and later transferred to Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago, where he retired after 20 years of military service as a machinist mate chief master (MMCM) E-9.
Doyle then attended Parkland College and Eastern Illinois University, earning his bachelor's degree. He taught at Mahomet-Seymour High School and Fisher High School, retiring in 2001. Doyle was a born teacher and loved working with his students. Shortly after retiring from the school system, the Adamsons moved from Mahomet to the Brauman family farm in rural Roberts. Doyle occupied his leisure time by bird and critter watching and designing special projects for use around the farm.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman. Pastor Brian King will officiate. Burial, with military honors by the Piper City American Legion Gibb Post 588, will be in Brenton Township Cemetery, Piper City.
Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor's choice or to Doyle's family. Arrangements are by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Please sign the guest book at
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Obit of Doris K. (Kelly) Saltzman

Doris K. Salzman, age 87, of rural Chebanse, IL, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL. Doris was born on May 18, 1926 in Champaign, IL the daughter of Henry E and Florence A Kelly. She was a 1948 graduate of the University of Illinois graduating with a Bachelors in Mathematics. After college Doris went on to work for State Farm until 1951. On March 17, 1951 she married Paul Salzman at Herald of Hope Baptist Church in Urbana, IL. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Kankakee, IL where she taught Sunday School for many years and was active in the Women’s Missionary Fellowship. She enjoyed reading, sewing, and was an active partner with Paul around the farm.
Doris is survived by her children, Jo Anne (Jon) Stenbuck of Attleboro, MA, John (Kristin) Salzman of Magnolia, IL, Alice Salzman of Downers Grove, IL, and Fred Salzman of Greensboro, N.C., three grandchildren Francisca Stenbuck, and Emily and Aaron Salzman, a sister-in-law George-Anne “Jan” Kelly, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Ralph and Burt Kelly, and a sister-in-law Roberta Kelly.
A time of gathering will take place on Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 3pm-7pm at Schreffler Life Story Funeral Homes Kankakee Chapel and on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 9am until the time of service at 10am at Immanuel Baptist Church in Kankakee, IL followed by an interment at Kankakee Memorial Gardens in Kankakee, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Harbor House or to Immanuel Baptist Church would be appreciated. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Obit of Stephanie L. (Smith) Buff

Stephanie L. Buff, 60, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 12:15 pm on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at her home in Chatsworth.
A prayer service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth with Father Scott Archer officiating. A visitation will be held from 3:00 – 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2014 and one hour prior to services on Friday all at the funeral home. According to her wishes, cremation rites will follow services, there will be no graveside. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chatsworth Library.
She was born August 8, 1953 in Watseka, IL a daughter of Noble and Viola (DeSouza) Smith. Stephanie married Frankie Buff on April 29, 1972 in Onarga, IL. He survives.
Also surviving are her two sons: Joseph Buff of Gibson City and Jacob (Samantha) Buff of Chatsworth; one step grandson: Brody Emberton; four granddaughters: Haleigh Buff, Emma Trichel, Naomi Buff, and Summer Buff; her mother: Viola Smith of Gilman; her siblings: Carl Smith of Gilman, Jo Dickenson of Colorado, Donna Price of Gilman, and Elena (Doug) Stame of Naperville. She was preceded in death by her father: Noble Smith, who was a Prisoner Of War during WWII; one daughter: Sara Trichel; one granddaughter: Hannah Trichel; and one brother-in-law: John Dickenson.
In her younger years, Stephanie was a lead singer in a rock band, Breaze and always enjoyed music. She worked as a CNA at the nursing home in Piper City and a phlebotomist at Fairbury Hospital. Stephanie was an EMT for SELCAS for many years. She was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth.
Above all else, she loved spending time with her grandchildren; they meant the world to her. She was a loving wife, mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend who will be greatly missed.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Obit of Dr. Charles (Chuck) Edgington

San Diego, Cal. --Dr. Charles (Chuck) Edgington   2/21/33-12/18/2013
Charles was born in Gary, Indiana. He later moved to Crown Point, Indiana, where he graduated from Crown Point High School in 1950.
From 1954 to 1956 he served in the U.S. Army.
In 1954 he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Business Education from Eastern Illinois University. He attained his Master's of Education degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1959.
From 1957 to 1965, Chuck taught Physical Education classes and coached football at Chatsworth, Rock Island and Oak Lawn, Illinois high schools. During five of those summers he and his wife, son and daughter traveled to Greeley, Col., where he enrolled in Northern Colorado's Doctorate Program.
He received his PH. D in Physical Education, Health and Sports in 1965 and was hired by Bemidji State University. He became a professor at B.S.U. and held leadership positions Department Chair, Athletic Director and Track Coach. He was also an assistant football coach for many years.
In 1959, after thirty years of memorable years at the university, he retired and he and his wife divided their time between Mesa, AZ and San Diego, CA. They also spent traveled extensively worldwide during this time.
At a later time, a Family Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held in San Diego. Inurnment will be in the Crystal Catherdral  Memorial Gardens in Garden Grove, California.
He is survived by his wife, Lenora Seaman formerly of Mattoon, Illinois, two married children, four grandchildren and two brothers. A special thanks from his family to all the people who enriched his life.
Memorials donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Research at  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Obit of Dale L. Gerdes

Dale L. Gerdes, 65 of rural Chatsworth, Il., died Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:07 am at Carle Foundation Hospital, Champaign, Il.
His funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 11 am at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with Jerry Gentes, minister of Pastoral Care officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials in Dale's name may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth is handling the arrangements.
Dale was born on April 21, 1949 in Fairbury, Il., a son of Leo and Melicent (Blair) Gerdes. Survivors include two brothers: Steve Gerdes of Ironwood, Mi. and Brian Gerdes of Rantoul, Il.; One sister, Marlene (Ed) Clampitt of Rantoul, Il. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, one son in infancy, one brother, David Gerdes and one sister Diane Gerdes.
Dale was educated in Chatsworth schools and was a mechanic and self-employed truck driver. He served our country in the Army National Guard from 1966-1972. He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chatsworth.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Obit of Mary L. (Endres) Hays

Pekin-Mary L. Hays, 96, of Peking, passed away at 10:10 pm Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Pekin Manor. She was formerly of Creve Coeur.
Born September 18, 1917 in Livingston County to Charles Vincent and Mary Cordelia (Endres) Endres, she married Beauford E. Hays on December 2, 1939 in Chatsworth. He died October 3, 1990 in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert L. Hays on February 11, 2010; four brothers and one sister.
Surviving are five son, Donald E. (Martha) Hays of Pekin, Raymond B. Hays of High Springs, Fl., Richard A. Hays of Arlington Heights, Charles (Cheryl) Hays of Pekin and Michael D. (Bonnie) Hays of Peoria; two daughters, Shelia K Hays of Peoria and Elizabeth S. (Joe) Tucker of Farmington; eleven grandchildren; many great grandchildren and two sisters, Florence Davis of  Chatsworth and Loretta Bode of Gibson City.
She was a homemaker and formerly enjoyed gardening. She was a member of Sacre Coeur Catholic Church in Creve Coeur, where she was an active volunteer with the school in earlier years.
Her funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am Monday, January 6, 2014 at Sacre Coeur Catholic Church in Creve Coeur. Father Scott Potthoff will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the Mass at church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria. Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Obit of LeRoy G. Langhans

LeRoy G. Langhans, 77 of Chatsworth formerly of St. Louis, Mo; passed away at 4:45 am, Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at his residence in Chatsworth.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a Memorial service will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Crossroads Community Church, 3003 S. Eola, Aurora, Il., with Pastor Daren Snow officiating.
A military inurnment will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. at a later date. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home , Fairbury is assisting the family with arrangements.
LeRoy was born June 4, 1936 in Columbia, Il.; the son of Arthur and Emmaline (Kemper) Langhans. He married Joanie English on August 9, 1957 in St. Louis, Mo. She preceded him in death on May 21, 1992. 
Survivors include his children, Dawn (Rob) Cervanka of Glendale Heights, Il.; Kimberly (Scott) Weigand and Brian (Jen) Langhans both of Plainfield, Il.;one brother, Richard Langhans, two sisters, Marilyn Langhans and Carolyn (Tom) Jankowski all of St. Louis, Mo.; twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother, one son, Ron Langhans and one daughter, Sherry Thomason.
Mr. Langhans served our country in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a true outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.


Obit of Shirley A. (Jones) Reynolds

Gibson City--Shirley A. Reynolds, 82, of Gibson City, died at 3:45 pm Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City.
Her funeral service will be 10:30 am Saturday, Jan.4, at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. Ed Taylor officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Friday, Jan. 3, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City.
Mrs. Reynolds was born July 26, 1931, in Germanville Township, a daughter of Harry and Hazel Snider Jones. She married Glen Reynolds, Jr. on June 23, 1946, in Gibson City. He died Sep. 5, 2005.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary Alice (Clyde) McRae of Gibson City; a son, Larry (Marcia) Reynolds of Elliott; 10 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; a sister, Donna (Guy) Bane of Gibson City; and a brother Dale (Vauna) Jones of Gibson City.
Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Annex.