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Linda G. Knight - 66

12/5/1947 - 8/17/2014
Elmwood, IL

Elmwood—Linda G. Knight, 66 of Elmwood, passed away at 10:07 p.m. at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Linda was born on December 5, 1947, in Peoria, to Mary Leona Cisel. She was raised by her grandparents, Joseph and Mary Daisy Cisel, and lived her adult life with her Aunt Liz Cisel, all whom preceded her in death.

She was an employee of the Elmwood CUSD #322, last working in the cafeteria. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and attended the Elmwood United Methodist Church.

Cremation has been accorded and a graveside burial of ashes will be held at a later date in Elmwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a fund set up in Linda’s name at Farmer’s State Bank in Elmwood to assist with funeral expenses.

Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left in Linda’s honor at www.haskellhott.com.


Velma E. Durbin - 93

10/2/1920 - 8/16/2014
Toulon, IL

Toulon – Velma Ellen Durbin passed on at Liberty Village Nursing Home in Princeton, Illinois on August 16, 2014, at age 93.

Velma was born on October 2, 1920 in Princeville, to Earl and Rhoda Cobb. She married James E. Durbin on November 8, 1941. He preceded her in death in October 1998.

She is survived by her two daughters, Joyce (Clifford) Capp of Durango, CO and Phyllis Brigham of Princeton; her brother Delwin (Myra) Cobb of Houston, TX; five grandchildren, Andrew Capp of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Kevin Capp of Castle Rock, CO; Kimberly Capp McCarty of Littleton, CO; Brian Fogarty and Kathy Smith, both of Princeton; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. Her two sisters, Doris Chase and Hazel Fritz preceded her in death.

Velma lived most of her life in Toulon, graduating from Toulon High School and Brown’s Business School in Peoria. She owned and operated Durbin Hardware Store in Toulon for 10 years with her husband Jim. She also worked for several years at the State Bank of Toulon. Velma loved her family and friends and participated in a knitting club, bridge club, the food pantry, Genealogy Society and was a Past Matron of the former Toulon Chapter of Eastern Star.

A graveside service will be held at the Toulon Cemetery on Saturday, August 23rd at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Toulon Public Library.

Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Toulon is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Irwin James "Jim" Knobloch - 81

11/24/1932 - 8/15/2014
Princeville, IL

Princeville – Irwin James ”Jim” Knobloch, 81, of Princeville, passed away at 7:38 a.m. Friday, August 15, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Proctor in Peoria.

Jim was born November 24, 1932, in Wyoming, the son of William G. and Pauline Feucht Knobloch. He married Emma “Helen” Staub on June 10, 1956, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Debra (Duane) Steidinger of Peoria; one son, Paul (Lynne) Knobloch of Wyoming; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Knobloch of Morton; 9 grandchildren, Nicole Knobloch, Heather Knobloch, Daniel (Kelly) Knobloch, Dylan Steidinger, Delaney Steidinger, Zach (Martha Daniela) Knobloch, Chelsea Knobloch, Shelby Knobloch, and Logan Knobloch; 4 great-grandchildren, Rosamund, Elowen, Darilis, and Angus Knobloch; one brother, Robert (Marvel) Knobloch of Tremont; and three sisters, Lillian Elsasser of Peoria, Irene Weyeneth of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Rose Ann Aeschleman of South Bend, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Donald Knobloch, two sisters, Esther and Ruth Kieser, and three brothers, Harold, Ed, and Nick Knobloch.

Jim was a lifelong farmer in Stark County. He was a former Penn Township Board Member and Valley Grade School Board Member. Jim enjoyed doing volunteer work and was a Sunday School Teacher at Bradford Apostolic Christian Church. Jim loved his family, church, and God.

Jim was a member of the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church, where a funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Ministers of the church will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville, and from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, at the church. Burial will be in Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Princeville.

Memorial contributions may be made to (CVE) House of Life & Hope, 1200 N. Mariposa Rd. PMB #46, Nogales, AZ 85621 or Apostolic Christian Skylines, Inc., 7023 NE Skyline Drive, Peoria, IL 61614.

Jim’s family would like to give a special thanks to Apostolic Christian Skylines for all the care and love they showed Jim and his family. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.


Shirley L. Huffman - 70

11/16/1943 - 8/14/2014
Dunlap, IL

Dunlap – Shirley L. Huffman, 70, of Dunlap, formerly of Princeville, passed away at 9:29 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014, at her residence.

Shirley was born November 16, 1943, in Peoria County, IL, the daughter of George and Wilma Barrett Huffman.

Surviving are four brothers, Richard (Dorothy) Huffman of Chillicothe, Glenn (Jurretta) Huffman and Larry (Mary) Huffman both of Princeville, and Gary (Tammy) Huffman of Pekin; three sisters, Mary (Charles) Mitchell of Bartonville, Sharon (Ed) McGarvey of Hooversville, PA, and Marilyn (Daryll) Isaac of Easton, IL; half-brother, William (Inga) Huffman of San Diego, CA; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Carl Whalen. Her parents preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Princeville Cemetery. Rev. Rex Hendrix will officiate. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service or Princeville United Methodist Church.

Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family via wwwh.haskellhott.com.

John D. Foglesonger - 86

7/21/1928 - 8/8/2014
Wyoming, IL

Wyoming – John D. Foglesonger, 86, formerly of Wyoming, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014, in Los Angeles, CA.

Dean was born on July 21, 1928, in Peoria, IL, the son of Leroy and Anna Harding Foglesonger.

He married Eugenie Fayard on June 10, 1961, at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, LA. She survives.

Also surviving are one sister in-law, Shirley Foglesonger of Wyoming; two nephews, Pat (Becky) Foglesonger, and Ed (Kim) Foglesonger, both of Wyoming; four nieces, Linda (Lyall) LeCompte, Suz Howard, Karen (Matt) Tracy all of Wyoming, and Sally (Kevin) Hoffman of Brimfield. He is also survived by several great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Roy Foglesonger, and one sister, Marguerite Powers.

Family was very important to Dean, and he enjoyed keeping in touch with his sister-in-law and his nieces and nephews. He liked the outdoors, especially hiking, fishing, and hunting. Dean loved playing golf and enjoyed living in LA where he could play year round.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Wyoming, at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 18, 2014. Rev. Father Vien Van Do will officiate. Burial will be in St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery, Wyoming.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Dominic Catholic Church Fundraising Campaign, or to the Wyoming Fire Department.

Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Richard H. "Dick" Hofer - 65

1/4/1949 - 8/6/2014
Princeville, IL

Princeville - Richard H. (Dick) Hofer, 65, of Princeville was called home by the Lord at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

Dick was born Jan. 4, 1949, in Peoria, Ill., the son of H. William (Bill) and Marilyn Murphy Hofer. He married Diane Kappes on March 25, 2000, in Princeville, Ill. She survives.

Also surviving are his children and stepchildren, Harry (Jo Lynne) Hofer of Olathe, Kan., Timothy (Gretchen) Hofer of Princeville, Tricia (Joshua) Schupbach of Princeville, Brian (Lisa) Kappes of Peoria, Chris (Katie) Kappes of Edwards, and Jonathan (Jamie) Kappes of Peoria; his mother, Marilyn Hofer of Peoria; thirteen grandchildren, Brooke (Steven), Bennett, Carly, Savannah, Anna, Danielle, Megan, Elle, Avery, Brenna, Olivia, Jackson, and Brady; and two brothers, Thomas (Susan) Hofer of Naperville and Charles (Denise) Hofer of Weston, Conn.

His father preceded him in death.

Dick recently retired after 17 years as a Physician’s Assistant at UnityPoint Health-Methodist, primarily working in Princeville. His patients knew him for his kindness and gentle care.

You might know Dick Hofer if you had a fire or rescue need in Princeville. He served as Chief for the volunteer fire department for several years. You know him if you utilized Princeville’s ambulance service or attended an event sponsored by Princeville’s Civic Association – Dick was a founding member of both. In particular, he enjoyed saying “Curses, foiled again!” as the villain in many community theatre melodramas. You may recall hearing his testimonials during one of many Wesley Weekends or thoughts during services at Princeville’s United Methodist Church.

You know Dick if you played football at Princeville High School, where he served as a volunteer trainer during games. You may have seen him parachuting an American flag into a local air show. Dick logged over 500 jumps as a Jumpmaster with the Liberty Air Team based in Annawan. You know Dick if you had a part built or fixed at Hofer Tool and Machine - his business of over 10 years

While working full-time, Dick was an Army Reservist for over a decade and obtained degrees from Bradley University and Midwestern University. Dick loved his community and he was gifted at fixing anything. His initial career in manufacturing led him to his true calling of fixing and helping people.

Although a jack of many trades, Dick’s favorite hat to wear was that of family man. He was the only person you needed to call in a time of need. His laughter, storytelling, and listening ear will be sorely missed.

A funeral service for Dick will be held at the Princeville United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Rex Hendrix will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 8, 2014, at the church. Burial will be in Princeville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeville United Methodist Church and the Akron-Princeville Ambulance.

Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Donald J. Forbes, Sr. - 62

9/14/1951 - 8/3/2014
Camp Grove, IL

Camp Grove – Donald J. Forbes, Sr., 62, of Camp Grove, passed away at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2014, at his residence.

Don was born September 14, 1951, in Peoria, the son of Leslie R. and Dorothy Jones Forbes.

Surviving are his children, Donald, Jr. (Missie) Forbes of Wyoming, IL, Joseph (Jessica) Forbes of Clarksville, TN, Lezlie (Dan) Shields of Kansas City, MO, and Andy Forbes of Rochelle, IL; 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; two brothers, and six sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven brothers and sisters.

Don was a United States Marine where he proudly served his country in the Vietnam War. He worked as a welder at Kewanee Boiler Manufacturing. Don enjoyed hunting and fishing.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Wyoming. Rev. Steve Scott will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Donald J. Forbes, Sr. family. Condolences may be made to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Helen M. DeBord - 90

8/2/1923 - 8/1/2014
Toulon, IL

Toulon - Helen Marian DeBord, 90, of Toulon, died at 9:35 pm Friday, August 1, 2014, at the Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Helen was born in August 2 1923, the second of three daughters to Irene (Keller) and Charles DeBord. She lived in Toulon Illinois, graduating from grade and high school. Helen then graduated from the Galesburg Cottage Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse for 40 years at Kewanee Public Hospital.

Helen touched countless lives with her kindness and compassion. She was a generous and selfless aunt, treating her nephews and nieces with total love and acceptance. She was a good cook and famous for wanting to feed people! She was a proud member of the Pilot Club, Business and Professional Women, the Toulon Women's Club, and the Toulon United Methodist Church. Helen loved playing bingo and going to the riverboat, as well as being 'Santa Claus' to her many nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, one niece, one great nephew, and one sister. She is survived by her sister Ruby Turnbull, five nephews, one niece and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Toulon. Rev. Paul Wier will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to funeral service. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Kewanee.

Memorials may be directed to the Toulon United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Karen B. Bliss - 68

1/7/1946 - 7/25/2014
Princeville, IL.

Princeville – Karen B. Bliss, 68, of Princeville, passed away at 8:43 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

Karen was born January 7, 1946, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Glenn L. and Corrine Pepper Stone. She married John Bliss on September 13, 1965, in South Bend, IN. He survives.

Also surviving are their children, J.P. (Michelle) Bliss of Pekin, Rachel (Bob) Wilson of Princeville, and Nick (Jessica) Bliss of Princeville; her mother, Corrine Stone of Laura; 6 grandchildren, Kaylee, Jacob, Zachary, Dolly, Ellie, and Addalynn; two brothers, Glenn G. (Joan) Stone of Williamsfield, and Les (Sally) Stone of Laura; and one sister, Patricia (Dale) Stallings of Okawville, IL. Her father preceded her in death.

Karen was a registered nurse. She worked as a secretary for Bliss Implement for over 20 years, and helped her husband in the auction business. She loved gardening, trees, flowers, and mostly loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Karen was a member of the Princeville United Methodist Church, where funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Rev. Rex Hendrix will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the church. Burial will be in Princeville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeville United Methodist Church or Akron/Princeville Ambulance Service. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

Maryln E. Rosenbalm - 80

12/13/1901 - 7/24/2014
Princeville, IL

Princeville – Maryln E. Rosenbalm, 80, of Princeville, passed away at 2:27 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Proctor in Peoria.

Maryln was born March 27, 1934, in Henderson County, IL, the daughter of Roy and Beulah Walker Gittings. She married Duane E. Rosenbalm on August 5, 1955, in Lomax. He died April 19, 1998, in Peoria.

Surviving are her children, Sam “Roy” (Chris) Lant of Pontiac, David (Anna) Lant of Princeville, James Rosenbalm of Wyoming, Debbie (Steve) Spencer of LaFayette, and Judy Blumenstock of Wenona; 9 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Her parents, one sister, and one granddaughter preceded her in death.

Maryln was a meat wrapper for Eagle Food Stores for many years before retiring in 1991. She was an avid seamstress and quilter. She was a member of the Stark County Quilt Club and LaFayette United Methodist Church.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville. Rev. Tim Delaney will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service and burial of ashes will be at Asbury Cemetery in Roseville at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the LaFayette United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

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