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Lawrence Montgomery

Lawrence O. Montgomery, 90, of Mount Pulaski died Thursday (March 18, 2004) at 11:45 a.m. at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mount Pulaski.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski. Masonic rites will follow at 4 p.m.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Bill Shanle and John Robertson officiating.

Burial will be in Mount Pulaski Cemetery.

Mr. Montgomery retired from Sears in 1976 after 31 years of employment with the company. He was a former mayor of Mount Pulaski.

He was born Sept. 28, 1913, in rural Sparta to James K. and Anna Mary Stewart Montgomery. He married Ruby Ellen Rice on Oct. 13, 1935, in Urbana.

He is survived by two sons, Larry Lee (and Betty) Montgomery of Chestnut and Roy Keith (and Mary Ann) Montgomery of Decatur; one daughter, Sharon Elaine (and P.D.) Highsmith of Oblong; six grandchildren, Brian (and Kathy) Highsmith of Lindsay, Okla., Julie (and Bill) Stoll of Mount Pulaski, Jim (and Erica) Montgomery of Mount Pulaski, Lori (and Greg) Brice of Plano, Texas, Jon (and Teresa) Montgomery of Mount Pulaski and Keith (and Michelle) Montgomery of Decatur; and 13 grandchildren and five stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters.

He was a member of Mount Pulaski Christian Church, Lions Club, Rotary, IOOF Lodge 454, Masonic Lodge 87, Mount Pulaski Chapter 121, Commandery 39, Ansar Shrine of Springfield and Logan County Shrine Club.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

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William 'Bill' Eskew

William "Bill" Eskew, 70, of Cornland died Wednesday (March 17, 2004) at 3:10 p.m. at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Bill Shanle officiating.

Burial will be in Mount Pulaski Cemetery.

Mr. Eskew was a truck driver for Donley Trucking in Williamsville before he retired.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was born Oct. 14, 1933, in Carlinville to William and Ruby Reed Eskew. He married Norma Points on Aug. 25, 1953, in Carlinville.

He is survived by his wife, of Cornland; five sons, Bill (and Nancy) Eskew of Cornland, Paul (and Rena) Eskew of Mechanicsburg, Merle (and Kim) Eskew of Springfield, Tom Eskew of Springfield, and David (and Melanie) Eskew of Dawson; two daughters, Connie (and Virgil) Booker of White Hall and Beth (and Mark) Patton of Mechanicsburg; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Dorothy Bradley

Dorothy Ada Bradley, 84, formerly of Greenview, died Wednesday (March 17, 2004) at 1:13 p.m. at Clark Lindsey Village in Urbana.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hurley Funeral home in Mason City.

Her burial will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Willow Brook Cemetery, Fisher. Graveside military rites will be conducted.

Mrs. Bradley held various jobs, including switchboard operation and real estate sales.

She was a technical sergeant in the Women's Army Corps from 1942 to 1945, during World War II. She served in the 8th Air Force, 3rd Bomb Division in England from June 1943 to October 1945.

She was born Dec. 16, 1919, in Condit Township, Champaign County, to Cecil Clark and Ethel Lucy Ward Drennan. She married Ward T. Meneely on Nov. 18, 1945, in Fisher, and he died June 1, 1954. She married Lane Bradley on Feb. 1, 1957, in Mason City.

She is survived by her second husband, of Urbana; one sister, Helen Stutzman of Urbana; eight nieces; and two nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

She was a member of Greenview United Church, Greenview AMVETS Post 179, an active member of the Democratic Party and a charter member of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C.

She was an avid Cubs fan and loved bowling, golfing and Boston terriers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenview AMVETS or to the donor's choice.

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