Polly A. Duggins - 88
9/2/1926 - 2/16/2015
Toulon, IL, formerly of rural Princeville, IL ...
Mary A. Bevency - 79
12/4/1935 - 2/2/2015
Peoria, IL ...
Mary G. Tuttle-Goodman - 80
4/14/1934 - 2/1/2015
Toulon, IL ...
Beverly Jean Herget - 79
1/20/1936 - 1/23/2015
Toulon, IL, formerly of Peoria, IL ...
Mark R. Tebo - 66
8/6/1948 - 1/23/2015
Chillicothe, IL, formerly of Peoria Heights, IL ...

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Larry D. Ingle - 68

10/17/1946 - 1/22/2015
Toulon, IL

Toulon – Larry D. Ingle, 68, of Toulon, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Larry was born October 17, 1946, in Kewanee, to Eldon and Arlene Gerard Ingle.

Surviving are two daughters, Melissa (Mark) Ehnle and Melinda Philbee both of Williamsfield; one step-daughter, Tammy Holmes of Raymond, IL; two grandchildren, Maggie Ehnle and Colin Kear; three aunts, Audrey Stapel, Shirley Frail, and Helen (Al Gloyd) Simmons; one uncle, John (Donna) Gerard, and several cousins. His parents; one aunt, Betty J. Fell; and three uncles, Frank Gerard, Jr., Rodney Gerard, and Wendell Wayne Gerard preceded him in death.

Larry was a United States Army veteran, and a member of the Toulon American Legion. He worked in sales at Murphy’s and Magnussen Chevrolet in Wyoming. Larry last worked at Nelson Auto Sales in Toulon for 30 years, where he was still working at the time of his death. He was on a pool league in Galva, enjoyed bowling, and also was a NASCAR fan. Larry also enjoyed going antiquing.

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 30, 2015, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Toulon. Rev. Tammy Shane will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. Burial of ashes will be in Toulon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Charles "Dean" McCurdy - 87

7/15/1927 - 1/21/2015
East Peoria, IL, formerly of Wyoming, IL

Wyoming – Charles “Dean” McCurdy, 87, of East Peoria, formerly of Wyoming, passed away Wednesday evening on January 21, 2015, at Manor Care Riverview Nursing Home, East Peoria.

Dean was born on July 15, 1927, to William and Tessa Hazel Johnson McCurdy. He married Ruth McCulloch on March 29, 1951, in Wyoming. She survives.

Also surviving are four daughters: Linda (Curt Grusy) Klump of Bloomington, Tracy (Jeff) West of Wyoming, Phyllis (David) Nystrom of St. Paul, MN, and Joni Stewart of Bloomington; seven grandchildren: C.J. (Amanda) Klump, Nick (Lauren) Klump, Victoria and Elizabeth West, Kathleen and Maureen Nystrom, and Jeniece (Jason) McCurdy; and one great-granddaughter, Louise Klump. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother Irene McCurdy; a brother, Marshall McCurdy and an infant brother, Curtis McCurdy.

Dean was a World War II veteran, serving with the Army Air Corps in Occupied Japan as a radio control tower operator. He graduated from Wyoming Community High School, a member of the Class of 1944. He was a member of the Wyoming Lions Club and was a 50 year member of the Wyoming Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, the Mohammed Shriners, and the Order of the Eastern Star. In addition, he was a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau, and served on the Wyoming Grade School Board of Education for over 20 years. He was also a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church.

Dean was a founding partner of Stark County Health Center and Sunshine Village in Toulon. He owned and operated McCurdy Transfer which transported livestock, grain, fertilizer and refrigerated products from 1952 to 1977. He was an insurance and financial services representative for Country Financial from 1968-1991. He was an agent for Rain & Hail Insurance from 1991-2003. Dean was a farmer in Stark County for many years, and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Fighting Illini fan.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2015, at Wyoming United Methodist Church. Rev. Dave Ducommon will officiate. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes, Wyoming. Masonic services will be held by the Wyoming Masonic Lodge following the visitation. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming United Methodist Church, Stark County Food Pantry, or Shriners Hospital, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL. 60707. Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com

James W. Webster - 92

7/5/1922 - 1/18/2015
Toulon, IL

Toulon – James W. Webster, 92, formerly of rural West Jersey and Toulon, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

James was born July 5, 1922, to James H. and Ruth Young Webster. He married Dorothy L. Nance on April 19, 1947, in Sterling. She preceded him in death as well as his parents.

Surviving is one daughter, Nancy Durant of Prairie Village, KS; one son, Douglas Webster of Piedmont, SC; two granddaughters, Jennifer Vogts and Heather Sanders both of Kansas; one grandson, Noah Webster of North Carolina; and six great-grandchildren. A special thanks goes to Toni Nowlan who was in many ways another daughter to James and Dorothy, and a sister to Nancy and Douglas.

James was an Army Air Corp World War II veteran pilot. He graduated in 1947 from Bradley University. After graduating, he was a grain and livestock farmer in the Toulon area for 41 years. James was a member of the Toulon Masonic Lodge #93 AF&AM for 65 years. He also was a member of Toulon Legion Post #416; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria; Mohammed Temple, Shrine.

James and Dorothy discovered golf and spent many enjoyable hours playing at Lake Calhoun and on their trips to Florida every year.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 23, 2015, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Toulon. Rev. Matthew Noffke will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior, with Masonic services by the Toulon Masonic Lodge. Burial will be in West Jersey Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association-Central IL Chapter, 606 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614. Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Helen E. Clauson - 107

2/3/1907 - 1/17/2015
Farmington, IL,

Glasford – Helen E. (Morgenthaler) Clauson, 107, formerly of Glasford, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Farmington Country Manor, where she lived for the past several years.

Helen was born February 3, 1907, in Greene County, Iowa, the daughter of John and Fredericka (Groteguth) Morgenthaler. She married John A. Clauson of Glasford on April 12, 1941. He preceded her in death on June 20, 1988, in McAllen, TX, where they made their retirement home. She also was preceded in death by 3 sisters, and 8 half-sisters and brothers.

Her survivors locally include her nieces, Emma Lou Maness of Elmwood, and Velma “Peg” Gorsage of Pekin. She also leaves behind numerous relatives in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.

Soon after Helen’s birth, the family homesteaded to Reliance, South Dakota, then later moved to Delavan, IL, where she graduated from Delavan Community High School in 1924. She attended the University of Chicago, then graduated from Illinois State University in 1930, earning her four year certificate. In 1936, she attended the University of Iowa, obtaining her Master’s Degree in 1940. Helen taught Business courses at Timber Township High School in Glasford from 1944 to 1961, retiring after 28 years. While Helen had no children of her own, she liked to say she had “hundreds” when asked, counting her beloved students as her own.

Helen was the true embodiment of “lady”. She was a kind and gentle soul, who will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Cremation has been accorded and a family graveside service will be held at a later date at Lancaster Cemetery in Glasford. Memorial contributions may be made to The University of Iowa Alumni Association in Iowa City, IA; Illini Bluffs High School; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

The family has entrusted Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haskellhott.com.

Patrick L. Harmon - 81

6/4/1933 - 1/16/2015
Princeville, IL

Patrick L. Harmon, 81, of Chillicothe, formerly of Princeville, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015, at Heritage Health in Chillicothe.

Patrick Leo Harmon was born June 4, 1933, the fifth of six children born to James Leo and Marie Noonen Harmon in Princeville, IL. He was a graduate of the Nelson School, a one-room schoolhouse near the farm where he grew up, Princeville High School, and the University of Illinois. He was an honors student at U of I, majoring in Agriculture; he was also in the Veterans group, St. John's Choir, and served on the Newman Club Board. Prior to college, he served in Korea in the U.S. Army. He went on to receive his Master’s degree from the Northwestern University School of Business.

Patrick married Margaret Sandweg of St. Louis in 1971 and together they had two daughters, Mary Patricia and Laura Christine, and two sons, Daniel Marvin and Mark Leo. He is survived by his four children and eight grandchildren, Kaelyn Marie, Charles Tighe, Kelly Anne, Melanie Blythe, Isaac Joseph, Brogan Thomas, Marin Mairead, and Erin Lynn. He was predeceased by two of his brothers, James and William, and one nephew, Thomas. He is survived by one brother, Edmund, of Peoria, and two sisters, Jeanne, of Belleville, IL, and Mary Sheila, of Crawfordsville, IN, and twenty-two nieces and nephews, many of whom remember him as a young uncle playing with them on the farm, full of fun and games.

Pat had a brilliant mind and a deep interest in many things. Though he seldom spoke of his Irish heritage, he cared most about the traditional Irish ideals of God, family, and land. After some years in Chicago working at the Illinois Agricultural Association and later as a stock broker, he returned to the family farm and spent the remainder of his working years farming. Love of land and family always called to him. As a young man, he was known for his intellect, his energy, and his zest for life and living. He had a dry wit and a characteristic half-smile and twinkle in the eye when he heard a good joke. He loved sports, especially baseball, but was also, never in his life, without a book to read. He particularly admired Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. He had strong views and a deep respect for farm family life. He always made notes connecting ideas, thoughts, events, and people. In one instance, upon hearing news of an excess in the potato harvest in Maine and a temporary dearth of food somewhere in the South, with a few calls, he arranged for several truckloads of Maine potatoes to head to that impoverished area. He was a deep thinker and a vulnerable soul who pondered God, religion, politics, love, war, philosophy, and everything in between. At least twice in his civilian life, he attempted to save someone's life, in one instance his nephew and, in another, a stranger in mortal peril.

In 1998, he suffered a major stroke that abruptly ended his work on the farm. For more than 16 years since that time, he has persevered in spite of the disabilities it imposed, demonstrating a resilient determination, steadfast spirit, and will to live.

Some of his other interests included the written word, classical music, the pleasures of swimming and sledding hills, ag reports and business news, Princeville basketball, the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday evening Mass, starry skies, long walks after dinner, lightning bugs, potatoes, prairie sunsets, and other joys of rural life.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Princeville. Father Don Henderson will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville, with recitation of rosary at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary of the Woods Cemetery, Princeville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Health in Chillicothe or American Farm Trust. Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Larry J. Eads - 74

9/8/1940 - 1/15/2015
Edelstein, IL

Edelstein – Larry J. Eads, 74, of Edelstein, passed away at 12:55 a.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria, after a battle with cancer.

Larry was born September 8, 1940, in Page, West Virginia, the son of Lantie and Bertha Johnson Eads. He married Sharon K. Seei on June 8, 1963, in Princeville. She died December 7, 2003, in Peoria.

Surviving are three sons, Jeffrey Eads (Tonya Haynes) of Princeville, Christopher (Mary Jo) Eads of Hopewell, and Timothy (Paulette Sander) Eads of East Peoria; 5 grandchildren, Kristen (Ryan) Clark, Jeffrey Eads, Drew (Paige) Eads, Stone Eads, and Sommer Eads; 2 great-granddaughters, Jovie and Ellie; and longtime companion, Kay Wilson. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Larry first worked as a printer for Fleming & Potter for 25 years, then he was custodian for Dunlap School District #323 for 8 years, retiring in March of 2004. He and his wife also worked as assistant managers at Independence Village, Peoria.

Larry was very competitive and loved baseball, track, golf, fishing, and bowling.

He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Peoria, where a funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 19, 2015. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Clifford K. "Bubba" Elwell, Jr. - 43

4/20/1971 - 1/14/2015
Princeville, IL

Princeville – Clifford K. “Bubba” Elwell, Jr., 43, of rural Princeville, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at his residence.

He was born April 20, 1971, in Charleston, SC, the son of Clifford K., Sr. and Nora Finster Elwell.

Surviving are his mother, Nora (Steve) Stahl of Edelstein; father, Clifford (Joan) Elwell of St. Cloud, FL; sister, Kathy Elwell of East Peoria; brothers, Chuck (Kelly) Elwell of Laura, Clint (Jamie) Huber of Princeville, and Nick Huber of Laura; 7 nephews; 1 niece; 1 great-niece; and his dog, Meka, who was the love of his life. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernest & Joanna Elwell, and one brother, Cricket.

He worked for Galena Road Gravel in Chillicothe for the past 14 years. Bubba was an avid fisherman, hunter, taxidermist, motorcycle rider, and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He was and all around outdoorsman.

Cremation has been accorded. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2015, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Dunlap Fire Department in Bubba’s name. Online condolences may be made to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

John L. Westart - 74

11/17/1940 - 1/14/2015
Brimfield, IL

Brimfield – John L. Westart, 74, of Brimfield, passed away at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Heddington Oaks in West Peoria.

John was born on November 17, 1940, in Princeville, the son of Samuel and Lois Overend Westart.

Surviving are one daughter, Rhonda Westart of Henderson, NV; his first wife, Ann Tetzlaff; one granddaughter, Natasha Westart of Portland, OR; one step-daughter, Wendy (Mark) Payne of Lincoln, CA; one step-son, Shane Crawford of Concord, CA; 3 sisters, Barb Linehan of West Peoria, Mary Metz of Peoria, and Rose Marie Scroggins of Manassas, VA; one brother, Mark Westart of Gas, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents; his second wife, Mary Ann Martino; 2 brothers, Daniel and Bob Westart; and one sister, Martha Belford.

The family would like to thank a special friend, Bud Christy for all the help he provided for John in his final months.

John was an U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine veteran. He was the Director of Operations for the U.S. Selective Service System. He retired from the Government following 37 years of loyal service with a distinguished service award. He was a member of the Brimfield American Legion.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Princeville. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes, Princeville. Burial will be in St. Mary of the Woods Cemetery, Princeville.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice, or Wildlife Prairie Park. Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

C. Donald McCurdy - 91

10/5/1923 - 1/11/2015
Wyoming, IL

Wyoming – C. Donald McCurdy, 91, of Bradford, formerly of Wyoming, passed away Sunday, January 11, at 4:00 p.m. at Courtyard Estates of Bradford.

Don was born October 5, 1923, in rural Wyoming, the son of Clarence Everett and Irene A. (McDaniel) McCurdy. He married Mary Louise Shearer on February 24, 1946, in Wyoming. She preceded him in death on July 1, 2000.

Surviving are one son, David (Susan) McCurdy of Elmhurst, IL; one granddaughter, Margaret (McKay) Wood of Brookline, MA; one grandson, Douglas McCurdy of Elmhurst, IL; one brother, James (Carol) McCurdy of Monmouth; two sisters, Rosemary Eckstein of Peoria, and Martha Mosher of Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Maureen McCurdy, and one sister, Dorothy McCurdy.

Don was a World War II Army Air Force veteran. He flew 26 missions over Europe and North Africa as co-pilot of B-24 bombers. He was a member of Wyoming American Legion Post #91. Don served on the Wyoming Grade School Board, and was Board president when a new grade school was built. He was a 4-H leader and was active in the Stark County Junior Fair. Don farmed in Stark County for many years before retiring.

Don was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wyoming, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Rev. Matthew Noffke will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior.

Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery, with military honors accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wyoming.

Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Wyoming are in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haskellhott.com.

The family would like to thank the staff at Courtyard Estates for the care, support and companionship they showed Don in the years he lived there.

Sandra L. Clark - 77

8/20/1937 - 1/10/2015
Elmwood, IL

Elmwood – Sandra L. Clark, 77, of Elmwood, passed away at 12:12 p.m. Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Heartland Health Care Center of Canton.

Sandra was born August 20, 1937, in Peoria, the daughter of Clifton and Sarah Jeanette Worley Clark. Her parents preceded her in death.

Surviving are her Worley, Marlott, and Clark cousins. She is also survived by the McFall family: Cathy and Tom Meyers, Nancy and Kim Spafford, Harry and Bonnie McFall, and their 11 children and 25 grandchildren. Sandy’s family had been neighbors with the McFalls for 3 generations and became as close as family. They spent holidays, birthdays, and in-between days with each other.

Sandy’s valedictorian honors and academic achievements at Elmwood High School drew the attention of military recruiters for their civilian workforce. Sandy was pursued to come work for the United States Air Force. She worked for 38 years as an events coordinator and office manager for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. She worked with such distinguished military dignitaries as Gen. Colin Powell and other noted generals. After retiring from Wright-Patterson, she returned to Elmwood and worked as an administrative assistant for Elmwood Insurance Agency.

She was a former member and past president of Elmwood Business Women and a member of the Elmwood Chamber of Commerce. She also was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood where she served as a Ruling Elder and as a Deacon. Sandra loved flamingos, cats, and the beach.

Cremation has been accorded and services will be held at a later date, with burial of ashes in Elmwood Township Cemetery.

The family has entrusted Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville with arrangements.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haskellhott.com.

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