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Michael S. Thornton

June 13, 1952 – March 5, 2023 Lincoln – Michael S. Thornton, 70, of Lincoln, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Atlanta. Rev. Joseph Dondanville will officiate. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Peasley Funeral

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Brett A. Simpson

March 12, 1960 – March 3, 2023 New Holland — Brett A. Simpson, 62, of New Holland, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023, at the Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln with his family by his side. Graveside Services for Brett will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Harmony Cemetery in rural Beason with Mrs. Nancy Otto officiating. Brett was born on March 12, 1960, the son of Jerry

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Marjorie E. Yeast

October 7, 1940 – February 28, 2023 Atlanta — Marjorie Utterback Yeast, 82, of Atlanta, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, surrounded by her husband and their four daughters. Her visitation will be at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home on Sunday, March 5, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A graveside service at Atlanta Cemetery on Monday, March 6, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Deborah J. Johnston

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Randy “Waldo” Ky McRoberts

June 17, 1955 – February 20, 2023 Atlanta – Randy “Waldo” Ky McRoberts, 67, of Atlanta, passed away at Carle BroMenn Medical Center on Monday, February 20, 2023. No Services are scheduled at this time. Cremation Rites have been accorded. Randy Ky McRoberts was born June 27, 1955, in Peoria, the son of Earl L. and Frances L. Hafley McRoberts. He is survived by his loving companion of many years, Cindy Mont; one sister, Vicky

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Luella Jane Canfield

September 16, 1945 – February 19, 2023 McLean — L. Jane Canfield passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 19, 2023, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Jane, a life-long resident of the Ebenezer Community near McLean, was born March 19, 1926, to LaRue and Lydia Wilcox Tavenner. A 1944 graduate of McLean Community High School who then spent one year at the University of Illinois, she married Byron “Barney” Canfield, on September 16, 1945. They raised

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Dawn R. Leininger Schmidt

January 11, 1972 – February 17, 2023 Batavia – Dawn R. Schmidt, 51, of Batavia, formerly of Lincoln, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2023, at Northside Hospital Atlanta, in Atlanta, Georgia. Services for Dawn will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Atlanta, Illinois. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Narcis Katambe will officiate. Burial will follow

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Jerry E. Browns

June 28, 1947 – February 14, 2023 Lincoln — Jerry E. Bowns, 75, of Lincoln, passed away on February 14, 2023, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. A private ceremony will be held for immediate family at a later date. Jerry was born in Lincoln on June 28, 1947, the eldest of four sons born to Wayne Franklin Bowns and Bertie Lou Downing. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cince Busby Bowns,

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Barbara E. Schultz

July 29, 1949 – February 14, 2023 Colfax — Barbara E. Schultz, 73, of Colfax, passed away at Arcadia Health in Bloomington on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. Services for Barbara will be held at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta on Friday, March 3, 2023. A one-hour visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Brad Nave will officiate. Cremation Rites were accorded. Burial will be at Hudson

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Connie L. Moran

February 1, 1950 – February 5, 2023 McLean – Connie L. Moran, 73, of McLean, passed away at 9:10 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2023, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023, at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Tony Billingsley will officiate. Burial will follow at the McLean Cemetery. Connie Lou Gordon was born February 1, 1950, in McLean,

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JoAnn Otto Flores

October 18, 1962 – February 3, 2023 San Jose — It is with great sadness that the family of JoAnn Otto Flores, 60, of San Jose, announces her passing on February 3, 2023, at Unity Point Health Pekin. JoAnn was born October 18, 1962, in Hopedale, the daughter of Frank Otto, Sr. and Deloris Wells. She married the love of her life, Jose Flores, Sr. on November 23, 1979. JoAnn was known to have a

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Jack Russell Tyrrell

July 12, 1949 – February 2, 2023 Dallas — Jack Russell Tyrrell was born on July 12, 1949, in Joliet, Illinois to Jack S. and JoAnne Uhde Tyrrell. Jack lost his brave battle with cancer on February 2, 2023, in Dallas, Texas with his loving wife Ronda by his side. A Memorial Service for Jack will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lincoln. Pastor Steve

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Dorothy E. Israel

November 18, 1925 – January 26, 2023 McLean — Dorothy E. Israel, 97, of rural McLean, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 4:33 a.m. at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. Funeral Services for Mrs. Israel will be on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Mr. Tyler Escoubas will officiate. Her final resting place will be at Oak View Cemetery in Armington. Visitation will be

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Lucy D. Williams

April 15, 1925 – January 25, 2023 Atlanta – Lucy D. Williams, 97, of Atlanta, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at the McLean County Nursing Home. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 30, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Mr. Tony Billingsley will officiate. Burial will follow at the McLean Cemetery. Lucy D. Gordon was born April 15, 1925, the daughter of Martin T. and Gertrude

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Deborah A. Viner

July 16, 1971 – January 22, 2023 Lincoln — Deborah A. Viner, 51, of Lincoln, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield. A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post #263, 1740 5th Street in Lincoln. Mr. Larry Crawford will speak at 1:00 p.m. Deborah A. Viner was born on July 16, 1971,

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Irma L. Yates

August 30, 1931 – January 20, 2023 McLean — With profound sadness, we announce that our beloved mother, Irma Lee Parn Yates, of McLean, passed from this life to her heavenly home on Friday, January 20, 2023. Born in Pontiac, Irma was residing with family in Hendersonville, Tennessee, at the time of her death. At the glorious age of 91, our mother’s spontaneous and irrepressible spirit continued to inspire a more thoughtful appreciation for life

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Carol L. Sampson

February 20, 1938 – January 16, 2023 Waynesville — Carol Lou Sampson, 84, of Waynesville, passed away January 16, 2023, at Carle-BroMenn Hospital, surrounded by family members and holding the hand of her life-long love and husband. Carol was born February 20, 1938, in Waynesville, the daughter of Roger and Wilma Nichols Sampson. She married her high school sweetheart, Jack Sampson, on April 28, 1959. Her memory lives on through her two sons, Flint (Jodi)

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Betty Lou Demling

February 7, 1932 – January 13, 2023 McLean – Betty Lou Demling, 90, of Mclean, passed away at her home on January 13, 2023. Funeral Services for Betty will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Ms. Candi Evans will officiate. Burial will follow at the McLean Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Betty Lou

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Robert “Peewee” L. Merreighn

March 11, 1958 – January 11, 2023 Lincoln — Robert “Peewee” L. Merreighn, 64, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, after a courageous 5-year battle with head and neck cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Atlanta. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery in Lincoln. Visitation will be

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Mary E. Howard

July 13, 1927 – January 10, 2023 St. Cloud, FL — Mary E. Howard, 95, of St. Cloud, Fla., formerly of Armington and Bloomington, died at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2023, in her home. A Graveside Service will be held at Oak View Cemetery in Armington, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023. Friends and family are invited for a light lunch at Armington Christian Church following the service. Mrs. Howard was born

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Robert “Butch” L. Logan

November 22, 1946 – January 4, 2023 Atlanta – Robert “Butch” L. Logan, 76, of Lincoln, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, with his wife, Linda, by his side. Robert Lewis Logan was born November 22,1946, in Chillicothe, the son of Walter “Kayo” L. and Margaret “Maggie” C. Dempsey Logan. He was united in marriage to Linda K. Patterson on July 4, 2001. She survives. Cremation Rites have been accorded. A

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Michael S. Thornton

June 13, 1952 – March 5, 2023 Lincoln – Michael S. Thornton, 70, of Lincoln, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Atlanta. Rev. Joseph Dondanville will officiate. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Peasley Funeral

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Brett A. Simpson

March 12, 1960 – March 3, 2023 New Holland — Brett A. Simpson, 62, of New Holland, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023, at the Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln with his family by his side. Graveside Services for Brett will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Harmony Cemetery in rural Beason with Mrs. Nancy Otto officiating. Brett was born on March 12, 1960, the son of Jerry

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Marjorie E. Yeast

October 7, 1940 – February 28, 2023 Atlanta — Marjorie Utterback Yeast, 82, of Atlanta, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, surrounded by her husband and their four daughters. Her visitation will be at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home on Sunday, March 5, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A graveside service at Atlanta Cemetery on Monday, March 6, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Deborah J. Johnston

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Randy “Waldo” Ky McRoberts

June 17, 1955 – February 20, 2023 Atlanta – Randy “Waldo” Ky McRoberts, 67, of Atlanta, passed away at Carle BroMenn Medical Center on Monday, February 20, 2023. No Services are scheduled at this time. Cremation Rites have been accorded. Randy Ky McRoberts was born June 27, 1955, in Peoria, the son of Earl L. and Frances L. Hafley McRoberts. He is survived by his loving companion of many years, Cindy Mont; one sister, Vicky

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Luella Jane Canfield

September 16, 1945 – February 19, 2023 McLean — L. Jane Canfield passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 19, 2023, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Jane, a life-long resident of the Ebenezer Community near McLean, was born March 19, 1926, to LaRue and Lydia Wilcox Tavenner. A 1944 graduate of McLean Community High School who then spent one year at the University of Illinois, she married Byron “Barney” Canfield, on September 16, 1945. They raised

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Dawn R. Leininger Schmidt

January 11, 1972 – February 17, 2023 Batavia – Dawn R. Schmidt, 51, of Batavia, formerly of Lincoln, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2023, at Northside Hospital Atlanta, in Atlanta, Georgia. Services for Dawn will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Atlanta, Illinois. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Narcis Katambe will officiate. Burial will follow

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Jerry E. Browns

June 28, 1947 – February 14, 2023 Lincoln — Jerry E. Bowns, 75, of Lincoln, passed away on February 14, 2023, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. A private ceremony will be held for immediate family at a later date. Jerry was born in Lincoln on June 28, 1947, the eldest of four sons born to Wayne Franklin Bowns and Bertie Lou Downing. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cince Busby Bowns,

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Barbara E. Schultz

July 29, 1949 – February 14, 2023 Colfax — Barbara E. Schultz, 73, of Colfax, passed away at Arcadia Health in Bloomington on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. Services for Barbara will be held at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta on Friday, March 3, 2023. A one-hour visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Brad Nave will officiate. Cremation Rites were accorded. Burial will be at Hudson

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Connie L. Moran

February 1, 1950 – February 5, 2023 McLean – Connie L. Moran, 73, of McLean, passed away at 9:10 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2023, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023, at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Tony Billingsley will officiate. Burial will follow at the McLean Cemetery. Connie Lou Gordon was born February 1, 1950, in McLean,

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JoAnn Otto Flores

October 18, 1962 – February 3, 2023 San Jose — It is with great sadness that the family of JoAnn Otto Flores, 60, of San Jose, announces her passing on February 3, 2023, at Unity Point Health Pekin. JoAnn was born October 18, 1962, in Hopedale, the daughter of Frank Otto, Sr. and Deloris Wells. She married the love of her life, Jose Flores, Sr. on November 23, 1979. JoAnn was known to have a

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Jack Russell Tyrrell

July 12, 1949 – February 2, 2023 Dallas — Jack Russell Tyrrell was born on July 12, 1949, in Joliet, Illinois to Jack S. and JoAnne Uhde Tyrrell. Jack lost his brave battle with cancer on February 2, 2023, in Dallas, Texas with his loving wife Ronda by his side. A Memorial Service for Jack will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lincoln. Pastor Steve

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Dorothy E. Israel

November 18, 1925 – January 26, 2023 McLean — Dorothy E. Israel, 97, of rural McLean, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 4:33 a.m. at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. Funeral Services for Mrs. Israel will be on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Mr. Tyler Escoubas will officiate. Her final resting place will be at Oak View Cemetery in Armington. Visitation will be

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Lucy D. Williams

April 15, 1925 – January 25, 2023 Atlanta – Lucy D. Williams, 97, of Atlanta, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at the McLean County Nursing Home. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 30, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Mr. Tony Billingsley will officiate. Burial will follow at the McLean Cemetery. Lucy D. Gordon was born April 15, 1925, the daughter of Martin T. and Gertrude

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Deborah A. Viner

July 16, 1971 – January 22, 2023 Lincoln — Deborah A. Viner, 51, of Lincoln, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield. A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post #263, 1740 5th Street in Lincoln. Mr. Larry Crawford will speak at 1:00 p.m. Deborah A. Viner was born on July 16, 1971,

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Irma L. Yates

August 30, 1931 – January 20, 2023 McLean — With profound sadness, we announce that our beloved mother, Irma Lee Parn Yates, of McLean, passed from this life to her heavenly home on Friday, January 20, 2023. Born in Pontiac, Irma was residing with family in Hendersonville, Tennessee, at the time of her death. At the glorious age of 91, our mother’s spontaneous and irrepressible spirit continued to inspire a more thoughtful appreciation for life

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Carol L. Sampson

February 20, 1938 – January 16, 2023 Waynesville — Carol Lou Sampson, 84, of Waynesville, passed away January 16, 2023, at Carle-BroMenn Hospital, surrounded by family members and holding the hand of her life-long love and husband. Carol was born February 20, 1938, in Waynesville, the daughter of Roger and Wilma Nichols Sampson. She married her high school sweetheart, Jack Sampson, on April 28, 1959. Her memory lives on through her two sons, Flint (Jodi)

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Betty Lou Demling

February 7, 1932 – January 13, 2023 McLean – Betty Lou Demling, 90, of Mclean, passed away at her home on January 13, 2023. Funeral Services for Betty will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Ms. Candi Evans will officiate. Burial will follow at the McLean Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Betty Lou

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Robert “Peewee” L. Merreighn

March 11, 1958 – January 11, 2023 Lincoln — Robert “Peewee” L. Merreighn, 64, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, after a courageous 5-year battle with head and neck cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Atlanta. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery in Lincoln. Visitation will be

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Mary E. Howard

July 13, 1927 – January 10, 2023 St. Cloud, FL — Mary E. Howard, 95, of St. Cloud, Fla., formerly of Armington and Bloomington, died at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2023, in her home. A Graveside Service will be held at Oak View Cemetery in Armington, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023. Friends and family are invited for a light lunch at Armington Christian Church following the service. Mrs. Howard was born

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Robert “Butch” L. Logan

November 22, 1946 – January 4, 2023 Atlanta – Robert “Butch” L. Logan, 76, of Lincoln, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, with his wife, Linda, by his side. Robert Lewis Logan was born November 22,1946, in Chillicothe, the son of Walter “Kayo” L. and Margaret “Maggie” C. Dempsey Logan. He was united in marriage to Linda K. Patterson on July 4, 2001. She survives. Cremation Rites have been accorded. A

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