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Ralph Casstevens

Ralph M. Casstevens, 95, of Lincoln died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at 7:40 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Tom Gerdts officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Burial will be in Zion Cemetery.

Mr. Casstevens retired in 1972 after 30 years as a machine operator for Illinois Central. He was born March 25, 1907, in Shelby County to J. Marion and Lucille Marsh Casstevens. He married Amelia "Millie" Kapik on April 23, 1955, in Lincoln. She died Oct. 18, 2002.

Surviving are one son, Robert (and Irma) Casstevens of Mendota; two daughters, Paula (and Bud) Charlton of Frederickstown, Mo., and Johanna (and Frank) Henson of Oakboro, N.C.; two stepsons, Gary (and Sharon) Rohlfs of Lincoln and Lee (and Vicki) Rohlfs of Anthem, Ariz.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Cleo Blickem of Frederickstown, Mo., and Mary Ann Cunningham of East Peoria.

He was also preceded in death by one son, one grandson and one sister.

He was a member of Lincoln Hill Free Methodist Church and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way.

Memorials may be made to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital or Lincoln Hill Free Methodist Church.

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Wade Easley

Wade Nelson Easley, 72, of Mason City died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at 4:45 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hurley Funeral Home, 603 E. Chestnut in Mason City. The Rev. Robert Armstrong will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

The body has been cremated, and burial of ashes will be in Mason City Cemetery, with military rites at the graveside.

Mr. Easley worked at National By-Products in Mason City for 26 years. He also owned and operated Indian Spring Stables in Danville.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was born July 11, 1930, in Oklahoma to Samuel and Mabel Fletcher Easley. He was married to Mary Ann Carter, and she died Sept. 7, 1978.

Surviving are two sons, Randy (and Connie) Easley of Mason City and Michael Easley of Mason City; one daughter, Paula (and Tim) Tyler of Montrose, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four brothers, Gene (and Wilma Mae) Harris, Jack Easley and Frank (and Kathy) Root, all of Mason City, and Dene (and Joanne) Harris of Pekin; four sisters, Audrey Johnson, Daisy Marcum, Alice Wagner and Nadine Anderson, all of Mason City.

He was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Joyce Lux

Joyce Marie Lux, 73, of San Jose died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at 2:27 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the San Jose United Methodist Church. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, with Pastor Adam Corzine officiating.

Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, rural San Jose.

Mrs. Lux retired in July 1994 after working for many years as a clerk at Hartsburg State Bank.

She was born July 8, 1929, in Atlanta to Dale and Opal Griffith Newlin. She married Robert A. Lux on April 24, 1948, in Newton. He died March 10, 1995.

Surviving are one son, Ronald (and Julie) Lux of Kearney, Mo.; two daughters, Debra (and Kim) Albers of San Jose and Jayne (and Alex) Custodio of San Jose; four grandchildren; three brothers, Donald Newlin of Newton, LeRoy Newlin of Louisville, Tenn., and Thomas (and Kathy) Newlin of Houston, Texas; and five sisters, JoAnn (and George) Walk of Goodfield, Jane (and Sid) Page of Benton, Sharon (and Gary) Jackson of Newton, Pat Snyder of Birmingham, Ala.; and Linda Mullen of Newton.

She was also preceded in death by one sister.

She was a member of the San Jose United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and San Jose Lions Club.

Memorial contributions may be made to her church.



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