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Charles L. "Chuck" Pinkston - 79

7/17/1935 - 9/25/2014
Princeville, IL

Princeville – Charles L. “Chuck” Pinkston, 79, of Princeville, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Chuck was born July 17, 1935, in Peoria County, the son of Paul C. and Effie B. Burdick Pinkston. He married Margaret M. “Marge” Beaumont on November 10, 1956, in Chillicothe. She survives.

Also surviving are their children, Brian (Shannon) Pinkston of Dunlap, Kenneth (Julie) Pinkston of Wellington, CO, and Janice Bussman of Morton; grandchildren, Mitch (Sam) Pinkston, Jacob Pinkston, Nick (Jenny) Pinkston, Andrew Pinkston, Emily (Mike) Dickerson, Michael (Brandi) Bussman, Dan Pinkston, and Rachel Pinkston; great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Rhett Bussman, Alex Pinkston, and Lily Dickerson; sister, Betty Roberts of Bryant, IL; daughter-in-law, Carrie Pinkston of Chillicothe; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Timothy Pinkston, and one grandson, Zachary Bussman.

Chuck worked at Akron Services and Monica Grain Elevator for over 50 years before retiring. He was a 4-H Leader, Scout Master, former Edelstein School Board member, and trustee of the Jubilee Cemetery. Chuck was an active member of the Princeville United Methodist Church and the Midwest Food Bank.

Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at Princeville United Methodist Church. Pastor Rex Hendrix will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at the church. Private burial of ashes will be at Jubilee Cemetery at Jubilee College State Park in rural Brimfield.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

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

Gloria Jean Mertens - 74

7/21/1940 - 9/24/2014
Princeville, IL

Princeville – Gloria Jean Mertens, 74, of Princeville, passed away at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist, Peoria.

Jean was born July 21, 1940, in Princeton, Illinois, the daughter of John C. and Pauline Miller Morris. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are one daughter, Brenda (James) Iverson of Cary, IL; 2 grandsons, Dane and Cameron Iverson; 1 granddaughter, Kiana Iverson; one sister, Linda Lee of Tiskilwa; and one brother, John (Rose) Morris of rural Princeville; 4 nieces; and one nephew.

Jean worked as a bookkeeper at J. Hulick Electric in Peoria, retiring in August of 2014. She was an avid bowler and a member of the National Association of Women in Construction. She also was a member of the Princeville United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Princeville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Cremation will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peoria Humane Society.

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

Virginia E. Calef - 85

5/16/1929 - 9/18/2014
Wyoming, IL

Wyoming – Virginia E. Calef, 85, of Wyoming, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her family and Chief Lone Eagle.

Virginia was born May 16, 1929, in Wyoming, IL, the daughter of Charles and Dorothy Whitmer Brooks. She married Edward Calef on July 21, 1951, in Wyoming. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are her children, Kenneth Richard Allen Calef of Wyoming, Virginia Ann (Rick) Wilson of Peoria; step-daughter, Patsy (Ron) Hackathorn of Wyoming; two step-sons, Franklin Jones of Dixon, and Marion Jones of Wyoming; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandson, “Jelly Bean”. She was preceded in death by one son, Erwin, three grandchildren, and three brothers.

Virginia was a life-long member of the Wyoming American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She retired from L.R. Nelson’s after working for 30 years. She also worked as a waitress for several local restaurants and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Wyoming. Rev. Matthew Noffke will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior at the church. Cremation has been accorded and private burial of ashes will be held at Wyoming Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Wyoming, Stark County Food Pantry, or Richland Bridge Seventh-day Adventist in Chillicothe, IL.

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

Edith B. Megan - 97

3/1/1917 - 9/13/2014
Princeville, IL

Princeville - Edith B. Megan, 97, of rural Princeville, passed away Sept. 13, 2014, at her residence.

She was born March 1, 1917, in rural Princeville, to Benhardt and Mary (Heinz) German. She married Albert Megan on March 25, 1940, in Brimfield. He preceded her in death on June 22, 1978.

Edith is survived by her children, Mary (Charles) Thompson of Brimfield, John (Holly) Megan of Princeville, Karen Megan of Princeville, Becky (Jim) Hartman of LeRoy, Angie Hensley of Peoria Heights, and Patty (Scott) Gorham of Elmwood; grandchildren, Vickie, Jen, Adam, Megan, Katie, Bud, Regina, Sarah, and Clayton; great-grandchildren, Anna, Megan, Addie, John, Ryan, Jackson, Cam, Lilly, and Khloe; and one sister-in-law, Laverne German. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Chuck, Shorty, Mildred, Irene, and Bernard, one son-in-law, Will Hensley, and one grandson, Joel Hartman.

Edith was a devoted farm wife and mother. She loved to garden and adored spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She ran her own poultry business for several years.

In 1941, Edith joined Peoria County Home Extension. She was a 2004 St. Isadore award recipient, WMBD Farm Woman of the Year nominee, and also received the 30 year Heart Fund volunteer award. She helped her daughter in the cake and candy business, craft shows, and the Laura flea market.


Edith was a life member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brimfield, where a funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Father John Verrier will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brimfield, with recitation of rosary at 4:30 p.m. Edith will be laid to rest following the mass at Calvary Cemetery in Brimfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Brimfield or to the Joel Hartman Endowment Fund at Bradley University, 1501 W Bradley Ave., Peoria, IL 61625.

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

Mark S. Link - 60

4/20/1954 - 9/6/2014
Brimfield, IL

Brimfield – Mark Shane Link, 60, of Brimfield, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm.

Mark was born April 20, 1954, in La Harpe, Illinois, the son of Merrill Robert Link and Georgia Sheffler Link Cox. He married Kristina Diane Crague of La Otto, IN on November 26, 1999, in Greentown, IN; she survives, along with his mother.

Also surviving are one son, Cole Merrill Link of Wamsutter, Wyoming; four daughters, Shelby Lynn Link of Morrison, IL; and Celsey Marie, Rachel Diane and Lydia Mae Link, all of Brimfield, IL; one brother, Daniel Link of La Harpe, IL; and four sisters, Selia Schmidt of Eldridge, IA; Lila (Wendell) McKeown of Fountain Green, IL; Brenda (Steve) Peterburs of Morton, IL; and Tracy (Jeff) McDowell of La Harpe, IL. Mark was preceded in death by his father.

Mark was a horseman, cattleman and a 32nd degree Mason with the La Harpe Lodge #195. He also farmed in La Harpe from the age of 17 until he moved to Brimfield in 1997. He said if he were to win the lottery, he would “go back to farming”, which was his lifelong passion. He owned and operated Spring Creek Equine Facility, where he and his family held many horse shows, including Team Penning and the Ranch Sorting competitions. His daughter, Celsey, traveled to shows with her Dad.

Mark loved to help those around him, often plowing his neighbor’s driveways after snowfalls, and made many items for the St. Jude Auction at Jubilee Park.

Mark’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the many friends and family members who helped out during his fight with cancer. We feel very blessed to be surrounded by so many people that love Mark.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Elmwood United Methodist Church in Elmwood, IL. Pastor Brad Watkins will officiate. Visitation will be on Thursday, September 11 from 5-8 p.m. at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville. Cremation will be accorded and a burial of his ashes will be held in La Harpe, IL on September 27 at 10:30 a.m. Masonic Last Rites will be conducted by the La Harpe Lodge during the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an education fund set up for his children at Princeville State Bank.

Dale L. Ham - 84

6/14/1930 - 9/3/2014
Peoria, IL

Peoria – Dale L. Ham, 84, of Peoria, passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Dale was born June 14, 1930, in Walnut, Illinois, the son of Charles R. “Ross” and Essie Crane Ham. He married Margaret Pearl Abrams on October 30, 1949, in Toulon. She died January 15, 2000, in Peoria.

Surviving are three sons, Robert (Yvonne) Ham of Elmwood, Michael (Cristene) Ham of Secor, and Stephen “Jeff” (Cheryl) Ham of Peoria; 9 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. His parents, two brothers, Don and Bill Ham, and one great-granddaughter preceded him in death.

Dale worked at Wabco for 15 years, and then later he was a computer analyst for Catholic Social Services in Peoria, retiring in 2000. He enjoyed model trains and playing golf. He was a member of La Prairie Presbyterian Church in Sparland.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2014, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Toulon. Pastor Melinda Stephenson will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to funeral service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Stephan D. "Deacon" Harwood - 64

10/2/1949 - 9/3/2014
Princeville, IL


Princeville – Stephan David “Deacon” Harwood, 64, of Clifty, Kentucky, formerly of Princeville, passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at his residence.

Deacon was born October 2, 1949, in Henderson, Kentucky, the son of Nollan, Sr. and Mildred Todd Harwood. He married Linda “Christy” Long on February 14, 1974. She preceded him in death on March 20, 2003. He then married Leilani Eligass on August 4, 1994, and she preceded him in death on August 1, 2008.

Surviving are two children, Joshua Harwood of Sheboygan, WI, and Alicia Harwood of Princeville; three step-children, Shawn (Dayna) Matturro of Mesa, AZ, Tony (Deana) Matturro of San Tan Valley, AZ, and Chad (Jennifer) Matturro of Seattle, WA; five brothers, Nollan (Lyn) Harwood, Tim (Sherri) Harwood, Jonathan (Kay) Harwood, Charles Harwood, and James “Tater” (Robin) Harwood; five sisters, Millie Westart, Karin Jacobs, Deborah (John) Hyde , Kathy Harwood, and Cindy Harwood-Laizure; 3 grandchildren, Faith, Destinee, and Tyler; 7 step-grandchildren, Zach, Samantha, Daysie, Mason, Mackenzie, Ryder, and Angie; and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents preceded him in death.

Deacon was a 1967 graduate of Wyoming High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 -1972. He even had the pleasure of serving on board the U.S.S. Oriskany CV-34 with his brothers, Nollan and Jon.

Deacon was national certified in Heating and Air Conditioning. He could fix anything and was a jack of all trades. Deacon was also a truck driver and farmer. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Cremation has been accorded. Graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Princeville Cemetery. Pastor Nollan Harwood will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Peoria Honor Flight, P.O. Box 5072, Peoria, IL 61601-5072.

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

Thomas Walter Kautzky - 56

2/8/1958 - 8/30/2014
Princeville, IL

Princeville – Thomas Walter Kautzky, 56, of Princeville, passed away at 11:29 p.m. Saturday, August 30, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends.

He was born February 8, 1958, in Carroll, IA, to Edward and Doris Bauer Kautzky. Tom was married to Kandi Kautzky, a daughter was born to them. Tom was also married to Kay Farrow, he adopted her daughter. Tom was united in marriage on July 4, 2008, to Peggy Long in Coon Rapids, IA. Tom & Peggy dated in their teen years but were separated, and then reunited in 2006. They shared a very deep love for each other.

Surviving is his wife, Peggy Kautzky of Princeville; two daughters, Brandi Kautzky of Peoria, and Joslyn (Kevin) Matheny of Sulphur Springs, TX; mother, Doris Kautzky of Coon Rapids, IA; grandchildren, Brady, Ella, Hayden and Mary Fite; brothers & sisters, Dave (Sharon) Kautzky of Bouton, IA, Joan Foster and Bill (Valerie) Kautzky both of West Des Moines, IA; Ed Kautzky of Coon Rapids, IA, Joe (Sandy) Kautzky of Templeton, IA, Jim (Vickie) Kautzky of Fort Madison, IA, and Kathi (Alfredo) Rodriguez of Fallbrook, CA. He also is survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, brother, Matthew Kautzky, and his grandparents.

Tom joined the U.S. Marine Corp in 1977 and was honorably discharged in 1983. He owned a bar in Toulon called “Kautzky’s” for several years. Throughout the years, Tom worked at Alcoa in Princeville, Cornick Concrete in Pekin, and he was employed at Big River Resources when he passed. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and especially spending time with his family and friends. Tom loved seeing people happy and laughing.

On August 13, 2014, they received the news that Tom had stage 4 lung cancer, adenocarcinoma. Tom is being cremated and his wishes are no services, just a big party. There has been no date set of as yet.

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

Merlyn Duncan - 82

10/15/1931 - 8/29/2014
Toulon, IL

Toulon – Merlyn Duncan, 82, of Toulon, IL, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family at 12:45 p.m. Friday, August 29, 2014.

Merlyn was born in Kewanee, IL on October 15, 1931 to Clarence Duncan and Grayce Armstrong Hainds. He married Pearl Pentney in England on May 29, 1953.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl, a daughter, Kay (Curt) Crabtree of Neponset, and a son, Mark (Kathy) Duncan of Toulon; six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers PeeWee (Mary) Duncan of Toulon and James (Louise) Duncan of Alabama; and a sister, Anita Timmons of Morton, IL.

Merlyn retired from the United States Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1971. During his 21 years of service, he fought in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After his military career, he worked for the United States Postal Service for 16 years, serving as Postmaster of Toulon for 13 of those years. He then went on to work at Nelson Auto Sales in Toulon for close to 28 years. He was a lifetime member of the Toulon VFW Post #8825, and the NRA. He was also a member of the Toulon Masonic Lodge #93 AF&AM, and attended the First Congregational Church of Toulon.

He enjoyed trap shooting, hunting, fishing, and most of all, spending time with his family. He had a great sense of humor, and loved making people laugh and laugh. He will be greatly missed.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 5, 2014 at Toulon Cemetery. Rev. Wayne McLeod will officiate. Military rites will be accorded.  Cremation has been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church of Toulon.

Timothy Davidson - 18

9/19/1995 - 8/29/2014
Toulon, IL

Toulon – Timothy D. Davidson, 18, of Toulon, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. at OSF St. Francis in Peoria.
Tim was born September 19, 1995, in Peoria, the son of Cynthia Weaver Davidson and Micheal Davidson.


Surviving are his parents of Toulon; two sisters, Amanda (Richard) Haworth of Springfield and Cassie Davidson of Toulon. He is also survived by his grandmother, Fran Weaver of Donna, Texas; nephews Danny, Alex and Joey Haworth of Springfield; his aunt Christine-A Rossell of Hanley Falls, Minnesota; his uncle Jeff Davidson of Toulon; a great aunt and great uncle, Donna and Terry Loudenburg Murphy of Modena; two great uncles, Timothy Shoop of Kewanee; and Daniel Shoop of Lake Havasu, AZ. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Fred Weaver, Arlan Landis, Betty and Raymond Davidson and a great uncle, Dennis Ward.


Timothy graduated from Excel/Stark County High School in Atkinson and had plans to attend college in the spring. He was a summer counselor at TRAC and Royal Family Kids Camp. He loved the outdoors and aspired to be a game warden or a federal park ranger. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, caring for animals and online gaming with KOM Hobbits. He attended the Toulon United Methodist Church.


Timothy was able to save 13 lives by donating his organs through the Gift of Hope. His memory will live on in those who were the recipients.


Visitation will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Haskell-Hott Funeral Home in Toulon. Funeral Service will immediately follow the visitation. Rev. Sidney Davis will officiate. Cremation has been accorded and a burial of his ashes will be at Osceola Grove Cemetery at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his family.
Condolences may be sent to the family via www.haskellhott.com.

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