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Leo Shelby

Leo V. Shelby, 81, of Mount Vernon died Monday (Feb. 23, 2004) at 9:50 a.m. at John Warner Hospital in Clinton.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery, Herrin.

Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home of Lincoln is handling local arrangements.

Mr. Shelby was a retired master sergeant of the U.S. Air Force. He also retired from Inland Steel in Sesser and from Sears in Carbondale.

He was born Sept. 26, 1922, at Marion.

He is survived by three sisters, Bertha Dieckman of West Frankfort, Pearl Russell of Kevil, Ky., and Fern (and Lloyd) Owens of Lincoln; three nieces, Jean (and Dennis) Carter of Lincoln, Barb (and Allen) Trago of Clinton and Gina Shelby of Lincoln; two nephews, Joe (and Kathy) Russell of Oklahoma and Billy Shelby of Lincoln; and a close family friend, Keith Lawler of Mount Vernon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus Shelby and Alta Mae Hill Shelby Hutson, and two brothers.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Daniel Peterson

Daniel D. Peterson, 77, of Mount Pulaski died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2004), at 7:26 a.m. at his home.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Father James Cravens officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Mr. Peterson was a U.S. Air Force career officer and a regional manager for After Market Tire Co. He was a command fighter pilot during World War II and the Korean War.

He was born April 29, 1926, in Columbina County, Ohio, to J.D. and Nel DeLong Peterson. He married Wanda V. Schroth on June 10, 1972, in Springfield.

He is survived by his wife, of Mount Pulaski; one son, David L. (and Kristie) Peterson of Temple, Texas; five daughters, Sandra Peterson (and fiance Dave) of Austin, Texas, Cindy (and Norman) King of San Antonio, Texas, Pamela (and David) James of Austin, Texas, Stephanie (and Frank) Brower of San Diego, Calif., and Allicent (and Don) Smith of New Berlin; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, David.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, past commander and life member of Mount Pulaski American Legion Post 447, member of Mount Pulaski Masonic Lodge 87, Chapter R.A.M. 121, Decatur Council 16, Southern Illinois York Rite College 33, Ansar Shrine of Springfield, Legion of Honor Ansar Shrine, Scottish Rite Valley of Springfield, Wayne W. Gatewood--Chapter 536 of National Sojourner, Retired Officers Association, Air Force Association, Springfield Motor Boat Club and Lincoln Elks Lodge 914.

He was a prisoner of war in Korea for two years and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Memorials may be made to Mount Pulaski American Legion Post 447 or to the donor's choice.

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[Daniel Peterson obituary on Mount Pulaski site]

Vera Yeates

Vera M. Yeates, 89, of Lincoln died Monday (Feb. 23, 2004) at 12:15 a.m. at St. Clara's Manor.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with the Rev. Dan Wissmann officiating.

Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Lincoln.

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

Mrs. Yeates managed the Pink Shutter in Lincoln for 15 years.

She was born Nov. 25, 1914, at Scully Prairie to Charles and Elizabeth Knollenberg Miller. She married John R. Yeates on Sept. 29, 1938, in Hannibal, Mo. He died May 7, 1972.

She is survived by one son, John D. (and Christine) Yeates of Richton Park; three daughters, Marilyn (and Joe) Weingarz of Lincoln, Carolyn (and Steven) Schreiber of Lincoln and Joelyn (and Tim) Kelly of Normal; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid and sewing circle of the church. She was also a member of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the speech team at Lincoln Community High School.

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Maurine Baldin

Maurine Baldin, 91, of Lincoln died Friday (Feb. 20, 2004) at 2:30 p.m. at Maple Ridge Care Centre.

Her funeral was Tuesday morning at Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation preceded the service.

Burial is in Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.

Mrs. Baldin was a homemaker.

She was born Aug. 11, 1912, at Emden to Noah and Clara McNeal Garber. She married Rudolph "Rudy" Baldin on April 17, 1938, in Springfield, and he died Aug. 4, 1992.

She is survived by two sons, Harold "Butch" Baldin of Lincoln and Joe Baldin of Springfield, and two grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Russell Garber, and three sisters, Doris Dial, Olivia Garber and Thelma Read.

She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to Maple Ridge Care Centre.

Gary Clayton Downey


Gary Clayton "Clay" Downey passed away peacefully at his home in California on Feb. 15, 2004, 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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