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Lois Douglas

Lois A. Douglas, 85, of Lawndale died Sunday (May 2, 2004) at 11 a.m. at her home.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Lincoln. Brother John Shipman will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Robert Henderson. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln and at the church one hour before the service on Wednesday.

Burial will be in Lawndale Cemetery.

Mrs. Douglas retired from International Ladies Garment Workers Union in 1980.

She was born May 29, 1918, in Mason County to Alonzo and Ola Henderson Furrer. She married Buddie T. Douglas on May 3, 1941, in Bowling Green, Mo. He died March 10, 1976.

She is survived by one son, Richard W. Douglas of Lawndale; three daughters, Judith (and Johnny) Farris of Sparta, Gayle (and Allen) Webb of Springfield and Patty (and Danny) Reef of Logansport, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Bonnie Glick; one brother, Cecil; one sister, Doris Lowe; and one great-grandson.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lincoln, Rebekah Lodge 131 of Lincoln and the Retirees Club of Decatur.

Memorials may be made to Visiting Nurses Association of Central Illinois or to First Baptist Church for American Baptist missions.

Steven Lanctot

Steven Allan Lanctot, 50, of Greenview died Saturday (May 1, 2004) at 5:15 p.m. at his home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Christ Lutheran Church in Mason City, with the Rev. Robert Hanson officiating.

Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield.

Mr. Lanctot had most recently worked as a medical claims adjudicator for the state of Illinois Department of Human Services. He had also worked for the American Red Cross as a CPR and first-aid teacher and was a volunteer firefighter with the Greenview Fire Department.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1994.

He was born July 26, 1955, in Springfield to Donald Allan and Sue Jenkins Lanctot. He married (Mary) Pat O'Brien on July 21, 1978, in Springfield. She survives.

Other survivors are his mother and stepfather, Sue and Wayne Moyer of Panama City Beach, Fla.; two sons, Nick (and Jessica) Lanctot of Cantrall and Ben Lanctot at home; one daughter, Kelly Johnson of Panama City, Fla.; two grandchildren, Savannah and Nate Johnson of Panama City, Fla.; one brother, Jeff (and Vivian) Lanctot of Orlando, Fla.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Keven.

He was a member of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, in Panama City, Fla., the Elks Lodge in Pensacola, Fla., and was an AMVETS lifetime member of Post 179.

He formerly coached youth baseball, football and soccer.

In the Navy he was a medical deep sea diver corpsman. In 1982 he was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Medal, the highest honor in the military for heroism during peacetime. He was chosen to drive in President Reagan's inaugural parade in 1981.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York and had started his master's degree work at Florida State University in educational leadership and executive management.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Foundation for Lung Research or St. John's Hospice.


Harold Thomas

Harold E. Thomas, 91, of Lincoln, formerly of Heyworth, died Saturday (May 1, 2004) at 9:15 a.m. at St. Clara's Manor in Lincoln.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, followed by a Masonic service at 7 p.m. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Brian L. Manigold and Hal Thomas officiating.

Burial will be in Heyworth Cemetery.

Mr. Thomas owned and operated an International Harvester implement dealership in Lincoln.

He was born Jan. 9, 1913, at Heyworth to Floyd and Ruth Fulton Thomas. He married Nellie Livingood, and they were later divorced.

He is survived by one grandson, Mark (and Jennifer) Matheson of Rio Rancho, N.M.; two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Jane Matheson of Rio Rancho, N.M.; and one brother, Vernon Thomas of Heyworth.

He was preceded in death by one son, Larry, and one daughter, Carol.

He was a member of Heyworth United Methodist Church, Gibson City Masonic Lodge 773 AF & AM, Valley of Bloomington Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and Mohammed Shrine Temple Ancient Arabic Order of Mystic Shrine of Peoria.

He loved harness racing and competed nationwide.

Memorials may be made to Heyworth United Methodist Church or Hospice Care of Illinois.

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Douglas Pokorski

Douglas H. Pokorski, 53, of Springfield, formerly of Lincoln, died Friday (April 30, 2004) at 12:09 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, with Father Thomas Taylor officiating.

Mr. Pokorski was a State Journal-Register reporter for 20 years.

He was born Feb. 7, 1951, in Lincoln to Robert and Jeanne Van Gerpan. He married Dianna Lehmann on Dec. 15, 1994, in Springfield.

He is survived by his wife, of Springfield; his mother, Jeanne Pokorski of Lincoln; three stepdaughters, Toni (and Keith) Beattie of Sanford, N.C., Tina Raber of Fort Myers, Fla., and Tami Powell of Bloomington; seven grandchildren; and one sister, Patricia Pokorski (and Bruce Goodman) of Barrington.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He won first-place national awards for education reporting, four Benjamin Fine awards from the National Association of School Principals, Education Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement awards and three James S. Copley Ring of Truth awards.

He was a 1969 graduate of Lincoln Community High School.

Memorials may be made to the Pokorski Journalism Scholarship fund at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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