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Rev. Hershel 'Lee' Beavers

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LINCOLN -- The Rev. Hershel "Lee" Beavers, 69, of Lincoln died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at 1:08 p.m. at the VA Medical Center in Danville.

A celebration of life service will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln, with the Rev. Dan Wissmann officiating. Visitation will be immediately after the service.

Burial, with military rites, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Union Cemetery.

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

He was retired as a switchman for General Telephone Co. He also worked for Bruns Security for eight years and was a bus driver for First Student.

He was a P.E. instructor and infantry demolition expert in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. As a Baptist minister, he also conducted services during combat.

He was born Aug. 16, 1936, in Flippin, Ark., to Joe Edgar and Bertha Baker Beavers. He married Marilyn J. Boughan on Aug. 6, 1966, in Lincoln.

He is survived by his wife, of Lincoln; two daughters, Cynthia (and Mike) Hayes of Lincoln and Joyce Elaine (and John) Butt of Normal; three brothers, Harold Beavers of Carter Lake, Iowa, Don (and Brenda) Beavers of Greenbrier, Ark., and Howard Beavers of Vry, Ala.; one sister, Betty Stone of Tacoma, Wash.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lincoln, Eagles Lodge 2708, Lions Club, Civil War Teachers Unit 33 and Deer Creek Bowhunters.

Memorials may be made to the Sunday school at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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Charles Bennis

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LINCOLN -- Charles W. "Chuck" Bennis, 95, of Lincoln, died Sunday, May 14, 2006, at 4:15 a.m. at his home.

A prayer service and visitation were on Thursday at Peasley Funeral Home.

His funeral Mass was Friday morning at Holy Family Church, with the Rev. R. Anthony Lee officiating. Military rites were conducted.

A reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall 1250 followed the funeral Mass.

Inurnment at St. Mary's Cemetery will be at a later date.

Mr. Bennis was always an active supporter of his alma mater, the University of Illinois. Following graduation he was a teacher and coach at Lincoln High School, where his 1936 freshman team regularly beat the varsity team. In 1937, he returned to the U of I as assistant football line coach for the legendary Robert C. "Bob" Zuppke.

He served as a U.S. Navy lieutenant during World War II.

After the war, he enjoyed a very active professional career. He was president of the Deer Creek Mine, Lincoln, and president of Pluto Corporation in French Lick, Ind. Later he purchased and developed 1,100 acres in Mason County into farm land and a natural game refuge along the Sangamon River near Chandlerville.

He was born Jan. 4, 1911, in Lincoln, to Steve and Anna Eckert Bennis. He married Frances Jeanne Hott on Dec. 7, 1940, in Lincoln. He later married Doris Tague in Lincoln.

He is survived by his sons, Mike (and Helen) Bennis of Greenwich, Conn., John (and Gina) Bennis of Virginia Beach, Va., and Robert (and Kimberly) Bennis of Emden; five grandchildren, Daniel, Max, Dana, Zach and Gabriella; and his former wife, Mrs. Jeanne Gallagher of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Leo, Joseph, William and Stephen; one sister, Mary Theresa; and one grandson, Alex.

He was an active member of Holy Family Church, a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus Council 1250 and a 3rd degree knight, a member of American Legion Post 263, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1756, Elks Lodge 914 and AMVETS. He was elected president of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and again in 1994.

He served as a life member of the board of directors of the U of I Alumni Association and a life member of the I Man's Association, being the only person elected as its president twice. He was also a member of the President's Council and the Grants-In-Aid Foundation. He was continuously starting alumni clubs, personally funding programs, soliciting alumni donations, scouting, recruiting and lending a hand wherever it might help.

In 1991, he wrote and published the book "Illinois, Zup, & I," which presented the history of his lifetime relationship with the University of Illinois.

He attended Lincoln schools and graduated from the U of I in Urbana with a bachelor's degree in education in 1935. He was co-captain of the university football team and was in the starting lineup three of his four years as a right guard for Bob Zuppke. After graduation he appeared in the RKO Hollywood movie "The Big Game" with the 1935 all-American team. He was honored by being elected I-Man of the Year in 1974, and he was named to the 25-man All-Century Football Team in October 1990.

During World War II he was the admiral's communication officer on three aircraft carriers, two of which suffered serious losses. He served aboard the aircraft carrier Randolph when it was attacked and 133 lives were lost in the harbor of Ulithi Island, and he served aboard the aircraft carrier Franklin the morning 735 men lost their lives when kamikazes exploded into the ship off the coast of Japan.

Memorials may be made to the Alex Bennis Fund for Burkett's Lymphoma, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115.

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Elizabeth Turner          Send a link to a friend

LINCOLN -- Elizabeth A. Turner, 91, died May 4, 2006, at 8:10 a.m. at Maple Ridge Care Centre.

Her body was cremated.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Atlanta Cemetery. There is no visitation.

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

Mrs. Turner was homemaker.

She was born June 6, 1914, at Havana to Lyman and Minnie Bullock Botkin. She married Harry Turner on Jan. 3, 1931, in Urbana. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, three brothers and three sisters. She was the last of her immediate family.

She was of the Christian faith.

Memorials may be made to the Dr. Wayne J. Schall Hospice.

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Leta Ferne Shulick          Send a link to a friend

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. -- Leta Ferne Brown Shulick, an Illinois native, died March 30, 2006, at the age of 82. She had lived in Mountain Home since moving from San Antonio/New Braunfels, Texas, in 2001.

Interment will be at a later date at Woodbery Cemetery, Madill, Okla., where her first husband and son were laid to rest.

She was born March 10, 1924, in Beason, Ill. Her parents were William Pies Brown and Alice Aletha Heiwig Newkirk, originally of Hot Springs, Ark. Ferne attended school in Beason for many years, but went to Carmi High School for her senior year and graduated in 1940.

She is survived by three sons, Robert Grant Leard (and wife Melodic) of Mountain Home, Ernest Lee Leard (and wife Carol) of Virginia Beach, Va., and Peter James Shulick of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Rita Marie Shulick of North Richmond Hills, Texas; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Fred Alvin Leard; three brothers, Sherman Corder Brown, Otis Barton Brown and James Jackson "Jack" Brown; three sisters, Luna Sue O'Meara, Ruth Rademaker and Lola Louise Stewart; and one son, Michael Franklin Leard.

She was born to the Methodist faith and spent many years in the Baptist church.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks, 701 Burnett Drive, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

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