Allen "Ponch" Wrestler, 58, of Mason
City died Thursday (Feb. 19, 2004) at 2:45 a.m. at his home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m.
Sunday and his funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, both at Hurley
Funeral Home in Mason City. Nash Shawgo will officiate at the
Burial will be in Mason City Cemetery.
Mr. Wrestler worked at DeKalb and
National By-Products in Mason City. He had managed the Illico gas
station in Mason City for 20 years.
He was born July 12, 1945, at Enion. He
married Rhea Sue Smith at the Mason City Presbyterian Church on Nov.
27, 1965. She died Feb. 20, 2001.
Survivors are two brothers, Terry (and
Rhonda) Wrestler of Macomb and Gary (and Linda) Wrestler of
Rockport, Texas; and nieces and nephews who were his caregivers,
Mandy Frost-Noe living at his home, Michelle (and Tim) Oest, Matthew
(and Robin) Dutz, Michael (and Terri) Dutz, Carrie Leigh, Troy (and
Jenny) Smith, Chris Smith, Cassie Smith and Brandon Smith.
He was also preceded
in death by his mother, Lois Huffman, and a nephew, Mitch Dutz.
He was a member of
Masonic Lodge 403 in Mason City. He was initiated on Aug. 23, 1966,
passed on Nov. 8, 1966, and raised on Dec. 7, 1966.
contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Illinois.
Doris D. Gresham, 68, of Atlanta died
Monday (Feb. 16, 2004) at 4:55 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in
Visitation was on Thursday at Quiram Funeral Home, Atlanta.
Her funeral was Friday morning
at the Eminence Christian Church, rural Atlanta, with Andy Glass
Burial is in Evergreen Cemetery,
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
She was an avid fisherman and loved
crafts and children.
may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Glen Edward Avers, 85, died Friday
(Feb. 20, 2004) at 8:50 a.m. at St. Clara's Manor.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m.
Sunday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader, with Pastor Roger David officiating.
Burial will be in Zion Cemetery,
Avers was a farmer in Nuckolls County,
Neb., before he retired.
He was born Sept. 5, 1918, in Nuckolls
County, Neb., to Seaford A. and Ada Alice Jennings Avers.
He is survived by one sister, Wilda
Rayburn of Lincoln, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister,
He was of the Lutheran faith.
may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lincoln.
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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 was Friday morning at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski,
with Harley Petri officiating. Visitation preceded the service.
Burial is 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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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
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.
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,