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LINCOLN -- George Wilbur Proctor, 87, formerly of Lincoln,
died Saturday, March 25, 2006, at Baptist Medical Center
Beaches, Jacksonville, Fla.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Zion
Cemetery, rural Lincoln, with the Rev. Julie Azbell
officiating. Military rites will be conducted.
No visitation is scheduled.
Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Proctor taught school in Lincoln for 35 years.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps
during World War II.
He was born July 28, 1918, in Raymond, S.D., to Lloyd and
Lola Dooly Proctor. He married Marilyn Percival on July 10,
1951, in Decatur.
He is survived by his wife, of Jacksonville, Fla.; one
son, Gary (and Julie) Proctor of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.;
one daughter, Karen Proctor of Westminster, Colo.; one
brother, Howard Proctor of Sacramento, Calif.; and four
He was a member of Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church in
He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University.
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Michael Leake Jr.
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LINCOLN -- Michael Leake Jr., 70, of Lincoln, died
Friday, March 24, 2006, at 11:31 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holland and
Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Warren Rogers
officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the funeral home.
Burial will be in Funks Grove Cemetery, McLean.
Mr. Leake was a retired Illinois State Police trooper. He
had also served on the Logan County Sheriff's Department and
the Lincoln City Police Department forces. For many years he
owned Leake Antenna Tower Service.
He was born Jan. 22, 1936, in Lexington to the late
Joseph Michael and Junita Eagan Leake. He married Shirley M.
Marshall on Nov. 27, 1954, in Chicago.
He is survived by his wife, of Lincoln; two sons, Craig
Leake of Macomb and Michael Scott (and wife Debra) Leake of
Lincoln; one daughter, Stacy (and husband Rick) Bacon of
Lincoln; one sister, Elizabeth "Sally" Hanley of Wisconsin;
and five grandchildren, Evan and Georgia Leake of Macomb and
Brandon Bacon, Jade Leake and Kristin Leake, all of Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one
granddaughter, Brianne Marie Bacon.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the
Railsplitter Antique Auto Club. He enjoyed collecting eagle
pictures and sculptures and had a passion for attending car
shows with his antique Ford trucks.
He never met a stranger, even in his line of work. He was
a people person who shared the gift of life even through his
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart
Association, American Cancer Society or to Davita Healthcare
Dialysis Center, 2100 W. Fifth St., Lincoln, IL 62656.
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HOPEDALE -- Natalie Ruth Mitchell, 72, died March
20, 2006, at 9:30 p.m. at Hopedale Hospital after a lengthy
battle with cancer.
Her funeral was Monday morning, March 27, at Holland and
Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln, with a short graveside service following at Bethel
Cemetery. The Rev. Dean Blackburn was in charge. Visitation
was on Sunday at the funeral home.
Through the years, Mrs. Mitchell was proud of the fact
that her career was that of a housewife, mother and civic
She was born Feb. 15, 1934, in Brighton, Mass., to
Clayton and Venus Andrews. She met her future husband, Ken
Mitchell of Delavan, at a Fourth of July picnic in 1952.
They announced their engagement in October of that year, and
on Ken's return from Korea, they were married Feb. 20, 1954,
in Rutherford, N.J.
She and her husband lived in Illinois early in their
married life and, through a succession of transfers by Ken's
employer, eventually settled in California, where they lived
until retirement. Then they returned to Illinois, purchasing
a home in Hopedale.
She is survived by her husband, Ken, of Hopedale; son
Gary and his wife of Santa Rosa, Calif., and grandson Gary
Jr., serving in the U.S. Navy; son Glen, his wife and
grandson Ethan of Chatham; daughter Gayle and grandchildren
Kyle and Ashli of Springfield; son Gregory and his wife of
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; and son Gerald of Kentfield,
Mrs. Mitchell was active in her church, being president
of the United Methodist Women and Church Women United,
helped form a new Methodist church, and served on many
committees within the church.
She touched the lives of hundreds of young men through
her active leadership in the Scouting program, establishing
several Cub packs and Boy Scout troops. She also coordinated
the Cub day camp for many years, and her volunteer efforts
were recognized by her receipt of the Silver Beaver award.
She served as the chairman of the Sonoma County March of
Dimes in California. She also established community food
programs for the homeless and disadvantaged and another that
provided shoes for schoolchildren from low-income families.
These programs and the Cub packs and Boy Scout troops still
exist, as a credit to her dedication to help others.
She graduated from high school in Rutherford, N.J., and
before her marriage she was employed as an operator for New
Jersey Bell Telephone Company.
She lived a full and wondrous life and generously shared
her love with family, friends and those in need. She will be
sorely missed by those whose lives she touched, all those
who knew her and loved her dearly.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her name
to the Emden Historical Society or the charity of the
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