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Allen 'Ponch' Wrestler

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 service.

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.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Illinois.

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 was on Thursday at Quiram Funeral Home, Atlanta.

Her funeral was Friday morning at the Eminence Christian Church, rural Atlanta, with Andy Glass officiating.

Burial is 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.

Glen Avers

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, Lincoln.

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, Aileen Fletcher.

He was of the Lutheran faith.

Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lincoln.

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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 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 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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