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Raymond Obzut       Send a link to a friend

Archived Dec. 29, 2004

CHESTNUT -- Raymond Lee Obzut, 64, of Chestnut, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at 8:44 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski. His funeral will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, with John Robertson officiating.

Burial will be in Laenna Cemetery, Chestnut, at a later date.

Mr. Obzut retired from Chestnut Farmer's Grain.

He was born May 17, 1940, in Baltimore, Md., to Rudy and May Duffy Obzut. He married Glenda Hoback in Baltimore on Dec. 24, 1958.

He is survived by his wife, of Chestnut; one son, Raymond (and Melissa) Obzut Jr. of Mount Pulaski; one daughter, Mary (and Keith) Manner of Berlin, Md., three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Shirley M. Obzut of Baltimore, Md.

A granddaughter preceded him in death.

He was of the Christian faith and was a member of the Chestnut Men's Club.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Helen Hulse       Send a link to a friend

Archived Dec. 29, 2004

LINCOLN -- Helen M. Hulse, 90, of Lincoln, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at 12:53 p.m. at Maple Ridge Care Centre.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holland and Barry Funeral Home, with Dr. Carroll Richards officiating.

There is no visitation.

Burial will be in Zion Cemetery.

Ms. Hulse was a sales clerk for Tots and Teens and Landauer's children's department for years.

She was born Aug. 19, 1914, at Emden to John F. and Hannah Meyers Wubben.

She is survived by one son, Wayne T. Rankin of Leon, Kan.; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Rankin of Lincoln; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Hannah Coorts of Kirksville, Mo.

A son, Carl L. Rankin, preceded her in death.

She was a member of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lincoln.

Memorials will be a family choice.

Norma 'Louise' Meredith       Send a link to a friend

Archived Dec. 28, 2004

LINCOLN -- Norma "Louise" Meredith, 93, of Lincoln, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at 5 a.m. at Maple Ridge Care Centre in Lincoln.

Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with the Rev. Jame Hahs officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Burial will be in New Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Meredith had been a hand painter at Stetson China, sold Avon and Mary Kay cosmetics, and worked in the clothing department at Lincoln Developmental Center. She retired in 1980.

She was born Dec. 25, 1911, at Chestnut to Ralph Elmer and Alma Naugle Donnan. She married Gordon Harrison Meredith on Jan. 6, 1932, in Chicago. He died Dec. 31, 1982.

She is survived by one son, Donald E. Meredith of Lincoln; one granddaughter, Ann Marie Meredith of Lincoln; one great-grandson, Bryant Meredith Watkins of Lincoln; two great-granddaughters, Heather Lorene and Faith Marie McCarty of Lincoln; one sister, Peggy (and Stan) Sympson of Wapella; one nephew, Ronald (and Bonnie) Donnan of Taylorville; two nieces, Patsy (and Lester) Cowgur of Chestnut and Darlene McKinney of Chestnut; and one great-nephew, Tyler McKinney of Chestnut.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Elmer, and one nephew, Richard Lynn Howe.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lincoln and American Legion Auxiliary Post 263.

Memorials may be made to American Legion Auxiliary Post 263 or St. Jude's Hospital.

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Dorothy Snyder       Send a link to a friend

Archived Dec. 27, 2004

LINCOLN -- Dorothy Emogene Snyder, 87, of Lincoln, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at 8:45 a.m. at her home.

Visitation and a prayer service were on Tuesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

Her funeral was Wednesday morning at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln, with the Rev. R. Anthony Lee, the Rev. Larry Snyder and the Rev. Patrick Kennedy officiating.

Burial is in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Mrs. Snyder was a homemaker for her family and retired from Lincoln Garment Factory.

She was born Oct. 3, 1917, in Lincoln to Elmer and Georgia Sparks Sheley. She married Donald W. Snyder on April 11, 1937, in Lincoln. He died in September of 1984.

She is survived by five sons, Robert B. (and Mary) Snyder of Bloomington, Richard L. (and Kay) Snyder of Lincoln, Thomas E. (and Elaine) Snyder of Chillicothe, the Rev. Larry Snyder of Minneapolis, Minn., and John W. Snyder of Emden; four daughters, Carol Aeilts of Lincoln, Anita (and Gary) Tibbs of Lincoln, Mary M. Powell of Atlanta and Wanda (and Douglas) Peterson of Nebraska; 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; six brothers, George (and Catherine) Sheley of Lincoln, Wayne Sheley of Lincoln, Homer Sheley of Lincoln, Howard (and Diane) Sheley of Lincoln, James (and Joan) Sheley of New Holland and Robert (and Linda) Sheley of Lincoln; and three sisters, Virginia Klockenga of Lincoln, Jesse (and Jim) Rankin of New Holland and Mildred (and Marion) Maaks of Lincoln.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, two daughters, one brother, one sister and two grandchildren.

She was of the Christian faith.

Memorials may be made to Carroll Catholic School or Dr. Wayne J. Schall Hospice.

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Terry Becherer       Send a link to a friend

Archived Dec. 27, 2004

SPRINGFIELD -- Terry M. Becherer, 86, formerly of Lincoln, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at 11:45 p.m. at his home.

Cremation rites were accorded.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, with the Venerable Shawn W. Denney, Archdeacon of Springfield, officiating.

Inurnment of ashes will be in the Trinity Episcopal Church Columbarium in Lincoln.

Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln is handling arrangements.

Mr. Becherer owned Becherer's Jewelry in Hope, Ark., and retired to Lincoln in 1991. He lived in Lincoln until 1997 and later moved to Springfield in September 2002.

He was born Nov. 20, 1918, in Tampa, Fla., to Francis Xavier and Florence Blackman Becherer. He married Margaret “Mickey” Boyett on Feb. 15, 1948. She died Feb. 27, 2002.

Survivors include two daughters, Terri Becherer of Los Angeles, Calif., and Sally Becherer of Springfield; one son, Thomas L. Becherer (and wife Jenny) of Arlington, Va.; one grandson, Tom Ed Becherer of Arlington, Va.; his wife of 1˝ years, Arlene (Pouillard); four stepchildren, Marcus (and wife Mirtha) Poulliard of New Orleans, La., Donetta Braner of Springfield, Michelle Hare (and husband Ron) of Girard and Emily Poulliard of Springfield; one step-great-grandson, Code Austin Womack of Springfield; and two brothers, Charles Becherer (and wife Carol) of Lincoln and Robert Becherer (and wife Donna) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln.

Clinton Dowell       Send a link to a friend

Archived Dec. 27, 2004

DELAVAN -- Pfc. Clinton Charles "Clint" Dowell, 23, formerly of Delavan, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at 11 a.m. in Germany.

Visitation was on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln.

Following cremation rites, there was a memorial service Wednesday morning at the Delavan United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dean Blackburn officiating.

Pfc. Dowell was stationed with the U.S. Army in Baumholder, Germany.

He was born July 28, 1981, in Lincoln to Daniel W. and Ellen E. Wilson Dowell.

He is survived by his parents, of East Peoria; his maternal grandparents, Chuck and Joyce Wilson of Lincoln; his paternal grandparents, Robert and Lydia Dowell of Lincoln; and maternal great-grandmother Louise Hardesty of Mattoon.

He was preceded in death by maternal great-grandfather Estell Hardesty and by his paternal great-grandparents.

He was a member of the Delavan United Methodist Church.

He attended Delavan High School, received his G.E.D. and later attended Illinois Central College in East Peoria.s

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