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Doris Gresham

Doris D. Gresham, 68, of Atlanta died Monday (Feb. 16, 2004) at 4:55 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Quiram Funeral Home, Atlanta.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Eminence Christian Church, rural Atlanta, with Andy Glass officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville.

Mrs. Gresham worked at Funk Seeds in Bloomington and the Dixie Truck Stop in McLean and was a homemaker.

She was born Sept. 18, 1935, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Harley W. and Louisa A. Chase Beck Sr. She married Robert Lee Gresham on Dec. 31, 1964, at Atlanta. He survives.

Also surviving are their children, Kathy (and David) Wells of Hillsboro, Wayne (and Janet) Gresham of D'iberville, Miss., Barbara (and Edward) Schultz of Bloomington; Robert Gene (and Becky) Gresham of Missouri; Donna Kaye Johnson (and Dale Sympson) of Clinton, Charmine (and Tommy) Karrick of Atlanta, Cindy (and Harold) Coggins of Armington, Richard (and Kelly) Hoffert of Middletown, Theresa (and Charles) Funk of Armington, Babette (and Aaron) Ware of Atlanta, LaDonna (and William) Feezor of Armington, and Jimmie (and Laura) Gresham of Atlanta; 43 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jane Doolin of Atlanta and Madonna York of Bloomington; and four brothers, Harley Beck Jr. of Mathis, Texas, Art Beck of Forsythe, Mo., Charles Beck of Kirbyville, Mo., and James Beck of Pekin; and several nieces and nephews, including Jackie Gene Beck, a nephew who was special to her.

She was a member of the Eminence Christian Church.

She was an avid fisherman and loved crafts and children.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

John Peters

John David Peters, 88, of Mason City died Monday (Feb. 16, 2004) at 12:50 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

His funeral was Thursday morning at Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City, with the Rev. Randy Paine officiating. Visitation was on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial is in Mason City Cemetery, Mason City.

Mr. Peters retired from the Mason City National Bank after more than 30 years of service as a cashier and director.

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

He was born July 19, 1915, at New Holland to James and Grace LaForge Peters. He married Elsie Boeck on Dec. 11, 1937, in Hancock, Iowa. She died July 16, 1983.

He was also preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

He is survived by one sister, Marian Pottorf of Mason City, and a caregiver and special friend, Barbara Pfeifer.

He was a member of Mason City United Presbyterian Church, to which memorials may be made.

Leona Fout

Leona Grace Fout, 80, of Lincoln, formerly of Mount Pulaski, died Wednesday (Feb. 18, 2004) at 4:43 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski, with Harley Petri officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Burial will be in Steenbergen Cemetery, Mount Pulaski.

Mrs. Fout was a homemaker.

She was born Aug. 16, 1923, at Chestnut to Charles Edward and Icy Oleta Bell Mason. She married Kenneth L. Fout in Chestnut on Dec. 3, 1943.  He died Aug. 17, 1987.

Survivors are one son, Lyle (and Dianne) Fout of Elkhart; three brothers, Charles “Bud” Mason of Taylorville, Glenn (and Dorothy) Mason of Mount Pulaski and William “Barney” (and Verna) Mason of Lincoln; and three sisters, Lilly Mae Faith of Sullivan, Nola Jean Peterson of Mount Pulaski and Frances “Fanny” Mason of Lincoln.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Lowell Fout; one sister; and one brother.

She was a member of Mount Pulaski Christian Church and Mount Pulaski VFW Auxiliary.

Memorials may be made to Ansar Shrine, Diabetes Foundation or Ronald McDonald House of Springfield.

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Everett 'Butch' Huskins Jr.

Everett P. "Butch" Huskins Jr., 59, of Lincoln died Monday (Feb. 16, 2004) at 8:45 a.m. at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

His funeral was Thursday morning at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation was on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial is in Union Cemetery, Lincoln.

Mr. Huskins was born Nov. 11, 1944, in Lincoln.

Survivors are his father, Everett P. Huskins Sr., of Lincoln; four brothers, Robert Eugene Huskins of Bloomington, Benny (and Wanda) Huskins of Lincoln, Bruce (and Billie) Huskins of Lincoln and Bill (and Nancy) Huskins of Lincoln; and six sisters, Dorothy Mathis of Lincoln, Mildred Blake of Winterhaven, Fla., Patricia (and Ron) Robertson of Mason City, Mary (and Carl) Lingo of Lincoln, Norma Gallagher of Lincoln and Kay Green (and Bill Crowell) of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Gertie Skelton Huskins, and one sister, Ruth Marie.

Memorials may be made to the Huskins family.

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Gary Clayton Downey


Gary Clayton "Clay" Downey passed away peacefully at his home in California on Sunday morning, Feb. 15, with his wife, mother and brother at his side.

Memorial services will be in the Sky Rose Chapel at Rose Hills Mortuary in Whittier, Calif., beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Mr. Downey was highly respected and admired in the news industry.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kearton Downey of Vermont; his mother, Lucky Connie Downey Eichner of Lincoln; and his brother, Evan Jay Downey and his family, wife Karen and their son Ethan James, residing in England.

He was preceded in death by his father, E. Jay Downey.

Clay grew up in Las Vegas, Nev., and began his broadcasting career in radio at KOMP/KENO. He later broke into television at KTNV13 and won an Emmy for his landmark coverage of the implosion of The Sands hotel. His final position was as director of news operations at Channels 2 (KCBS) and 9 (KCAL), which merged in January 2003 under the VIACOM/CBS Stations Group. While at CBS/KCAL, one of his many accomplishments was coordinating war coverage in Iraq for both stations while fighting his own war with cancer.

He was a loving, devoted husband for 3˝ years. He touched many lives and leaves a wealth of friends. He will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Washington Mutual Memorial Fund, 2675 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 (call Susan Magdaleno at CBS2 for more information); or to The City of Hope National Medical Center, Attn: Central Processing, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010, with specific instructions for the Cancer Society Fund.

Donations may also be made to create a living memorial for the family. Send these funds to Lucky Connie Downey Eichner, P.O. Box 276, Lincoln, IL 62656.


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