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Frances Lessen

Frances "Fran" M. Lessen, 68, of Hartsburg died Sunday (June 22, 2003) at 2:45 a.m. at her home.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartsburg United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Doug Rettig officiating.

Burial will be in Hartsburg Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Lessen was a homemaker for her family.

She was born Sept. 10, 1934, in Athens to Herman F. and Carrie A. Naylor Geriets. She married William L. Lessen on Aug. 29, 1954, in New Holland.

Survivors are her husband, of Hartsburg; one son Dale (and Sarah) Lessen of Lincoln; three daughters, Linda (and Gary) Maxey of Elkin, N.C., Colleen (and Jim) Anning of Williamsville and Susan (and Jim) Gehlbach of Lincoln; one grandson, Tyler Gehlbach of Lincoln; five granddaughters, Kara Gehlbach of Lincoln, Mallory Anning of Williamsville, Alexa Maxey of Elkin, N.C., and Shelby and Ashley Lessen of Lincoln; one brother, Herman Geriets of Lincoln; and three sisters, Dorothy Engle of Springfield, Ruth Pruett of Glendale, Ariz., and Donna J. Miles of Lincoln.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Kenneth and Robert Geriets.

She was a member of Hartsburg United Methodist Church, a lay minister for the church, superintendent and teacher for the children's Sunday school, and secretary of United Methodist Women.

She was active in the Relay For Life cancer drive and participated in cancer walks for five years with her family team, "Angels All Around."

She graduated from Middletown High School as valedictorian in 1952.

She loved spending time with her family, and her grandchildren were a very important part of her life. She enjoyed her cats, sewing, flower gardening, porcelain dolls and collecting angels.

Memorials may be made to Hartsburg United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society or Hospice Care of Illinois.

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Irwin Miller

Irwin Lee Miller, 62, of Lincoln died Saturday (June 21, 2003) at 7 p.m. at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln, with the Rev. Daniel Wissman officiating. Visitation will immediately follow the service.

Arrangements are being handled by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

Mr. Miller retired from General Telephone in Lincoln, where he worked as a switchman. He was owner and operator of Country Archery.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was born July 26, 1940, in Lincoln to Irwin A. and Helen Loercher Miller. He married Katherine Taylor on June 25, 1966, in Springfield. She survives.

Other survivors are his mother, of Lincoln; two sons, Irwin Todd Miller (and Katherine Bonan) of St. Louis, Mo., and Nathan Miller (and Melissa) of New Holland; one granddaughter, Natalie Katherine Miller of New Holland; a sister, Joyce Winch of Rock Falls; four nephews, Paul Stanley Cobane of Princeton, Scott Irwin Cobane of Las Vegas, Nev., Mathew DeRosier of Montana and Tom DeRosier of Orlando, Fla.; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Jean and John DeRosier of St. Paul, Minn.; and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Ade of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lincoln and Illinois Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

He was one of the founders of Deer Creek Archers, established in 1968, and served on the board of the Illinois Archery Association. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, bicycling, archery and golf.

He graduated from Broadwell Grade School and Middletown High School and attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Illinois Archery Association, National Wildlife Federation or to the family for a tree memorial program.

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Bob Davison

Bob Davison, 71, died recently (June 12, 2003, at 12:06 p.m.) at his home in Bascom, Fla. Committal of ashes will be at an 11 a.m. service Wednesday at Irish Grove Cemetery, Middletown. Roger James and Ken Davison will officiate. Military and Masonic rites will be conducted at the graveside.

Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln is handling local arrangements.

Mr. Davison retired from Caterpillar in Peoria after 34 years and was a truck driver for 14 years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Oakley to Walter Grant and Nettie Banister Davison. He married Clara Rickard on June 2, 1950, in Petersburg.

Survivors are his wife, of Bascom, Fla.; one son, Phillippe I. Davison of Altha, Fla.; one daughter, Angelique Stevenson of Mason City; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Walter Davison of Green Valley, Kenneth Davison of Middletown and Edwin A. Davison of Lincoln; and one sister, Lois J. Boyer of Lincoln.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He was a member of American Legion Post 672, Masonic Lodge 653 of Greenview, the VFW post of Creve Coeur and the Moose Lodge of Marianna, Fla.

Carl Rankin

Carl L. Rankin, 64, of Lincoln died Sunday (June 22, 2003) at 4:35 a.m. at St. John's Hospice in Springfield.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Lincoln, with Dr. Carroll Richards officiating.

Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.

Mr. Rankin worked in the Lincoln College maintenance department. He had retired from Caterpillar in Decatur in 1995.

He was born Oct. 25, 1938, at Emden to Raymond L. and Helen Wubben Hulse Rankin. He married Margaret A. Gleason on Dec. 20, 1956, in Emden. She survives.

Other survivors are one daughter, Victoria S. (and Lloyd A.) Justice of Waterford, Mich.; two sons, Brian (and Malisa) Rankin of Lincoln and Eric A. (and Debbie) Rankin of Kalamazoo, Mich.; two grandsons, Christopher and Michael of Waterford, Mich.; one granddaughter, Macie of Lincoln; one brother, Wayne Ted (and Bobbie) Rankin of Leon, Kan.; and a half sister, Sara Jane (and Devon) Hoerr of Pekin.

He was a member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Lincoln, served on the church session for 20 years, was active in the men's group and was Sunday school superintendent at the time of his death.

Memorials may be made to his church or the American Cancer Society.

Alma Van Ness

Alma B. Van Ness, 93, of McLean died Sunday (June 22, 2003) at 2:30 a.m. at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Quiram Funeral Home, Atlanta. The Rev. Al Simonson will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Burial will be in Funks Grove Cemetery, rural McLean.

Mrs. Van Ness was a beautician for 60 years in Atlanta and McLean. She retired in 1990.

She was born Jan. 20, 1910, at Lawndale to Henry and Elizabeth Naugle Griffin. She married Archie L. Van Ness in 1936. He died May 22, 1987.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary and Senior Citizen's Group, all in McLean. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star.

Memorials may be made to the McLean United Methodist Church or Burger-Benedict American Legion Post 573.

Daniel Ellis

Daniel Ellis, 50, of Lincoln died Saturday (June 21, 2003) at 5:20 p.m. at his home.

Cremation rites were accorded. There will be no services.

Mr. Ellis was a cook at the Lincoln Depot Restaurant.

He was born Jan. 23, 1953, in Lincoln.

His survivors are one son, William Eric Spotswood Ellis of Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago; a daughter in Indiana; and his mother, Kathryn Kolo Ellison of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his father, William S. Ellis.

He was a graduate of Lincoln Community High School.

Charles Tate

Charles B. "Charlie" Tate, 80, of Washington died Friday (June 20, 2003) at 10:04 p.m. at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

His funeral and visitation were on Monday at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington. The Rev. Alice Gwin officiated.

Cremation rites were accorded after the service, and burial of ashes was at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield on Tuesday morning. Military rites were conducted at the funeral home and cemetery.

Mr. Tate was an electrical engineer and had worked for WMBD in Peoria for 47 years before he retired in 1995.

A veteran of World War II, he had served in the Marine Corps as an airborne radar technician.

He was born Oct. 27, 1922, in Galatia to Randle G. and Recie Karnes Tate. He married Agnes Aileen Last on Sept. 2, 1944, in Corpus Christi, Texas.  She died Jan. 16, 2002, in Morton.

Surviving are three daughters, Joy (and Greg) Sayles of Bettendorf, Iowa, Jean (and Eugene) Hill of Mobile, Ala., and Carol (and Don) Nichting of Pekin; four grandchildren, Lora and Marcia Sayles, Pam (and Bill) Hecht and Gail Nichting; one brother, Norman Tate of Galatia; and one sister, Lorene Tate of Galatia.

He was also preceded in death by one sister.

He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Washington and the church Men's Group, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, American Association of Engineering and was a life member of American Legion Post 100 in Washington.

He attended Wright College, Valparaiso Tech, Utah State Agricultural School and the Naval Air Tech Center.

Memorials may be made to Washington Rescue Squad.

John Edwards

John Edwards, 42, of Lincoln died Thursday (June 19, 2003) at 7:15 a.m. at his home.

A memorial service will be scheduled.

Arrangements are pending at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

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