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John West

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LINCOLN -- John Stillman West, 81, of Lincoln, formerly of Mount Pulaski, died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at 12:30 a.m. at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mount Pulaski.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, with Father James Cravens officiating.

Inurnment will be at the church.

Mr. West was an elementary teacher in Mount Pulaski for 26 years and coached basketball at the school. He also taught and coached at Waverly.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.

He was born Aug. 23, 1926, in Mount Pulaski to Gordon Stillman and Marguerite Anderson West. He married Jacqueline Berrydate on Aug. 23, 1952, in Springfield.

He is survived by his wife, of Lincoln; one daughter, Elizabeth (and Jim) Holtzman of Redmond, Wash.; one brother, Gordon West; and two grandchildren.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and the vestry of the church. He was also a member of Lincoln Elks Lodge 914, Mount Pulaski American Legion Post 447 and the South Side Club. He was a former board member of Mount Pulaski Savings and Loan and Tomlinson Charitable Trust. He served as a Mount Pulaski city councilman.

He officiated high school and college basketball in Illinois. He was also a crop and hail adjustor.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church.

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Wilhelmina Belcher          Send a link to a friend

LINCOLN -- Wilhelmina "Minnie" Belcher, 103, of Lincoln, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at 6:32 p.m. at St. Clara's Manor.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at New Union Cemetery, with the Rev. Curt McCallister officiating.

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

Mrs. Belcher was a homemaker.

She was born May 27, 1902, at Bochum, Germany, to Albert and Louise Novak Linkner. She married Theodore Belcher on Dec. 25, 1921, in Lincoln.

She is survived by one son, John (and Lynette) Belcher of Mason City; one daughter, Mary Louise Horath of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, James Belcher; and two daughters, Betty King and Mildred Franz.

She was a member of Lincoln Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Clara's Manor or to Hospice Care of Illinois.

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William Hull

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LINCOLN -- William M. Hull, 64, of Lincoln died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, at 2:55 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

A prayer service and visitation were at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln on Wednesday.

His funeral was Thursday morning at Holy Family Church, with the Rev. R. Anthony Lee officiating.

Burial is in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Wapella.

Mr. Hull was executive vice president, trust officer and secretary of the board of directors at State Bank of Lincoln.

He had been in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He was born March 20, 1941, in Bloomington to Paul M. and Eleanor J. Walsh Hull. He married Starr L. Bridge on Aug. 22, 1964, in Champaign.

He is survived by his wife, of Lincoln; two daughters, Kimberly (and B. John) Gatesman of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Tiffany (and Timothy) Gardella of Oakland Township, Mich.; one brother, James (and Jill) Hull of Clinton; and five grandchildren, Megan Gardella, W. Garrett Gardella, Connor Gatesman, Sommer Gardella and Austin Gatesman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In his 32 years in Lincoln, he dedicated his time, efforts and leadership to improve the health care, education, recreation and economic opportunities for all the people in Lincoln, Logan County and central Illinois.

He served on the boards of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, ALMH Healthcare Systems, ALMH Foundation and Memorial Health System. He chaired the Dr. Robert Perry building expansion, Quality Health Care Committee, Logan County Economic Development Foundation, Logan County Growth Inc., Greater Lincoln-Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International exchange committee, Lincoln Art Fair and Logan County Illini Sports Caravan. He was a member of Holy Family Church, Catholic Social Service board for the Diocese of Peoria, the president's council of the University of Illinois, Chamber Ambassadors, Logan County Extension board and Kappa Kappa chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity.

He was named the 2004 Courier Citizen of the Year.

He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and his master's degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Memorials may be made to Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation for ALMH 2010; to the University of Illinois Foundation for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; or to the Memorial Medical Center Foundation Transplant Fund.

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Virginia Klokkenga          Send a link to a friend

HARTSBURG -- Virginia Klokkenga, 77, of Hartsburg died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Her funeral service was scheduled for Thursday morning at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hartsburg, with Pastor David Russell officiating. Visitation preceded the service.

Burial is in Hartsburg Union Cemetery.

Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln handled arrangements.

Mrs. Klokkenga was a nurse at Bartmann's Nursing Home and St. Clara's Manor and also taught nursing classes at Heartland Community College. She also worked with her husband on the farm in Hartsburg for several years.

She was born Nov. 24, 1928, in rural Hartsburg to Dirk and Florence Minch Behrends. She married Robert D. Klokkenga on July 30, 1950 in Hartsburg. He died Dec. 23, 2005.

She is survived by two sons, Kendall (and Kim) Klokkenga of Glendale, Ariz., and Kurt Klokkenga of Hartsburg; two daughters, Roberta Klokkenga of Springfield and Lorna Klokkenga of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren, Paul and Abigail Klokkenga of Emden and Matthew and Valerie Klokkenga of Glendale, Ariz.; two brothers, Ronald "Joe" Behrends of Pekin and Dirk Behrends of Delavan; and three sisters, Barbara Thomas of Bloomington, Gretchen Little of Quincy and Jennie Schleder of Warrensburg.

Other close family members are Tom and Mary Anderson and sons Robert and Ryan.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, John Behrends, Byron "Nip" Behrends and Robert "Bud" Behrends.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Hartsburg.

She was very proud to graduate from Methodist School of Nursing in 1949 as a registered nurse.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Methodist College of Nursing Scholarship Fund, in care of the Methodist Medical Center Foundation, 120 N.E. Glen Oak Ave., Suite 209, Peoria, IL 61603.

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