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Venona Letterle

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LINCOLN -- Venona Lorine Letterle, 76, of Lincoln died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at 7:45 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Terry Davis officiating.

Burial will be in Lake Bank Cemetery, rural Mount Pulaski.

Mrs. Letterle retired from the dietary department at Lincoln Developmental Center in 1976.

She was born July 18, 1929, in Waynesville to R.V. and Dollie Cisco Gaston. She married Virgil J. Letterle on Oct. 28, 1946, in Clinton. He died March 7, 1983.

She is survived by three sons, Richard (and Karen) Letterle, Robert (and Donnallee) Letterle and Randy Letterle, all of Lincoln; one daughter, Sarah J. (and Eli) Jett of Quail, Texas; one brother, C.F. "Mannie" (and Dixie) Gaston of Lincoln; one sister, Wanda (and Jim) Morris of Broadwell; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Sandra Russell; two brothers; one sister; and one grandchild.

She was a member of the Southern Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Lupus Foundation.

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George Proctor          Send a link to a friend

LINCOLN -- George Wilbur Proctor, 87, formerly of Lincoln, died Saturday, March 25, 2006, at Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Jacksonville, Fla.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Zion Cemetery, rural Lincoln, with the Rev. Julie Azbell officiating. Military rites will be conducted.

No visitation is scheduled.

Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Proctor taught school in Lincoln for 35 years.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

He was born July 28, 1918, in Raymond, S.D., to Lloyd and Lola Dooly Proctor. He married Marilyn Percival on July 10, 1951, in Decatur.

He is survived by his wife, of Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Gary (and Julie) Proctor of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; one daughter, Karen Proctor of Westminster, Colo.; one brother, Howard Proctor of Sacramento, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

He was a member of Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church in Florida.

He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University.

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Michael Leake Jr.

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LINCOLN -- Michael Leake Jr., 70, of Lincoln, died Friday, March 24, 2006, at 11:31 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Warren Rogers officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Funks Grove Cemetery, McLean.

Mr. Leake was a retired Illinois State Police trooper. He had also served on the Logan County Sheriff's Department and the Lincoln City Police Department forces. For many years he owned Leake Antenna Tower Service.

He was born Jan. 22, 1936, in Lexington to the late Joseph Michael and Junita Eagan Leake. He married Shirley M. Marshall on Nov. 27, 1954, in Chicago.

He is survived by his wife, of Lincoln; two sons, Craig Leake of Macomb and Michael Scott (and wife Debra) Leake of Lincoln; one daughter, Stacy (and husband Rick) Bacon of Lincoln; one sister, Elizabeth "Sally" Hanley of Wisconsin; and five grandchildren, Evan and Georgia Leake of Macomb and Brandon Bacon, Jade Leake and Kristin Leake, all of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Brianne Marie Bacon.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club. He enjoyed collecting eagle pictures and sculptures and had a passion for attending car shows with his antique Ford trucks.

He never met a stranger, even in his line of work. He was a people person who shared the gift of life even through his death.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or to Davita Healthcare Dialysis Center, 2100 W. Fifth St., Lincoln, IL 62656.

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