Miscellaneous Vermilion County, Illinois Obituaries


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Paul Richard Swinford, 66, of Houston, Texas went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003 after a long battle with cancer.
Mr. Swinford was born June 6, 1936 to Harold and Bertha (Ratcliff) Swinford of Sidell. He was a 1956 graduate of Jamaica High School.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Alyce (Wycoff) Swinford.
He is survived by his loving wife, Robbye Lynn Swinford and his children, Paula and Tim Red, Johanna and Jimmy Phillips, Roslyn and Bruce Barnes, Don and Gwen Owen and Steve and Wendsi Owen; ten wonderful grandchildren; two brothers, Joe (Peggy) Swinford of Pekin and Phil (Aileene) Swinford of Sidell; two sisters, Nola (Viet) Gustin of Oakwood and Claudine (John) Boen of Oakwood; several nieces and nephews.
He was loved by many friends.
Services were held on Feb. 2 at Waltrip Funeral Home of Houston, Tx. Interment was in Memorial Oaks Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Grace Community Church, 1021 Campbell, Houston, TX 77055.

James Larry Nees, 60, of Danville, died Jan. 22, 2003 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Danville.
Mr. Nees was born May 28, 1942 to George Edward and Alberta (Shields) Nees of Sidell. He married Patricia Ann Glouser. She survives. Also surviving is his sister, Anita “Cookie” (Walt) Rothermel of Savoy. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Nees was a 1960 graduate of Jamaica High School.
Burial was in the Danville National Cemetery. 

Sharon Stample Lathrop, 65, of Danville, passed away at 6 p.m. Friday (March 28, 2003) at Carle Foundation Hospital.
She was born May 3, 1937, in St. Joseph, the daughter of the late Etha M. Rowland. She married James Lathrop on Sept. 29, 2001 in Danville. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Richard L. (Dee) Stample of Charleston, S.C. and Donald Stample of Oshkosh, Wis.; a stepdaughter, Tralisa (Jeff) Jones of Sidell;
two sisters, Billie Rowland and Betty Lou Williams, both of Georgetown; and
seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and eight brothers and sisters.
Sharon was a graduate of Oakwood High School. She was a member of East Park Church of Christ. She was a member of National Turtles Association and the National Bowling Congress. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and bowling. She truly enjoyed her grandchildren.
Services were  2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Dennis Floyd officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park. 
Memorials may be made to the East Park Church of Christ.

Margaret G. Mack, 84, of Fairmount, died at 6:29 p.m. Wednesday (March 26,
2003) at her residence.
Mrs. Mack was born Jan. 29, 1919 in Macon, Mo., the daughter of Elmer and
Frances Gaunt. She married Joseph McVey Jan. 31, 1943. He preceded her in death Aug 2, 1980. She then married Ervin Mack, Oct. 16, 1988 at the Muncie Baptist Church. He survives. Also surviving is a daughter, Dana McVey of Austin, Texas.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer Gaunt Jr. and Louis Gaunt and two sisters, Agnes Lee and  Estella Neuneker.
Mrs. Mack was a self-employed beautician. She was a member of the Muncie Baptist Church and Eastern Star Chapter.
She enjoyed playing cards especially euchre, flowers, gardening, fishing and traveling.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Muncie Baptist Church with Pastor Dale Farrell officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial park in Danville. Johnson-Lakeside Funeral Chapel, Oakwood was in charge. Memorials may be made to the Muncie Baptist Church or Carle Hospice program.

Willard “Bill” Alva Underwood Ph.D., 59, of Weymouth, Mass., died Thursday, May 29, 2003 at home following an 18-month battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 14, 1943 to Alva and Elizabeth Coleman Underwood in Jamaica
Township. He attended Fairmount grade school and graduated with the class of
1961 from Jamaica High School.
Bill is survived by his wife Jan; daughter, Amy (Jeffrey) Wagner of Weymouth, Mass.; sons, Brian of Port Aransas, Texas and Patrick stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas;  and seven grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, George (Karen) Underwood of Celeste, Texas and Ralph (Janive) Underwood of Danville; three sisters, Edna Underwood of Danville, Helen Estep of Rossville, Emma (Blaine) Cromwell of Danville; and a sister-in-law, Kristin (the late Henry) Underwood of Kankakee.
He was preceded in death by his son, Geoffrey; his parents; and brothers, Joseph, John and Henry.
Bill completed his B.S. and M.S. at Illinois State University and was director of Forensics at Spalding Institute High School in Peoria, Ill. He completed his Ph.D. at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He was a member of Pi Kappa Delta, founding member of Great Plains Forensics Association and member of National Education Debate Association. He taught speech communications at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Texas, A&I University in Kingsville, Arizona State University, University of New Hampshire, Bethany Lutheran College and OPSU in Goodwell, Okla. He coached debate and forensics teams at Western Illinois and OPSU. After retirement from the classroom he served as director of the U.S. Department of Education Trio (Talent, Search, Upward Bound and STARS) programs at NCCC in Chanute, Kan.
He was a member of Society for Intercultural Educational Training and Research,
Central States Communication Association,  Speech Communication Association,
Western States Communication Association, American Society of Public Administrators, Oklahoma Speech/Theatre/Communication Association, the Oklahoma Association for the improvement of Developmental Education and Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Trio Association.
Bill was a member of the United Methodist Church and sang in many choirs including the Oratorio Society’s annual Passion and Messiah performances in Lindsborg, Kan. He served as a leader and chairman for Boy Scout troops in five states and was elected to the Order of the Arrow.
A memorial service celebrating his life and work will be held June 26 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Port Aransas, Texas. Arrangements are by C.C. Shepherd Funeral Home in S. Weymouth, Mass.

Leonard Faith, 75, of Westville, died at 12:52 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at his home.
Leonard was born Nov. 23, 1927, in Murdock, Ill., the son of Alva and Beulah Mullinax Faith.
A graduate of Sidell High School, he was a seaman in the First Division of the United States Navy in World War II. He married Jennie Stimac on June 10, 1950 in Westville. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Arlana (Terry) Ramsey of Westville, Danita Faith of Westville and Debra (Jay) Webber of Westville; four grandchildren, Ciara, Terra and Tyler Ramsey and Jayson Webber, all of Westville; a brother, Donald Faith of Indianapolis and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters and his parents.
Leonard retired from General Motors in 1992 where he was a maintenance clerk. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Westville American Legion Post 51, UAW Local 579 of Tilton and the Illiana Antique Car Club. He enjoyed vintage cars and woodworking.
Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville. Father David Erickson officiated. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park in Danville with military services by the Westville American Legion Post 51. Wolfe Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Westville was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Mary J. Darr, 84, a life resident of Fairmount, passed away at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2003, at the Champaign County Nursing Home. She had resided there briefly.
Mrs. Darr was born July 9, 1918, in Vance Township, to Turner and Maude Weaver Jones. Mary married Edwin Darr Oct. 22, 1938, at the home of her parents in Fairmount. The couple marked 64 years of marriage. Edwin survives. She is also survived by one daughter, Sharon (Clint) Hoag of Fairmount; one sister, Naomi (Willard) Morrison of Homer; two grandsons, Drew (Lisa) Hoag of Fairmount and Jason (Donnellyn) Hoag of Geneva; one great-grandson and two stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded by one great-grandchild. 
Mary was an active member of the Fairmount United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Fairmount Women’s Club, Fairmount and Jamaica Historical Society and Fairmount 60 Plus Club. 
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12, at Robison Chapel in Catlin
with Revs. Erin Witherspoon and Don Strohl officiating. Burial was in Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials in Mary’s memory may go to the Fairmount United Methodist Church, Cunningham Children’s Home or Baby Fold of Normal, all in care of Robison Chapel.

Riley Scott Myrick, infant son of Matthew and Jadawn Kinney Myrick, passed away Friday, June 6, 2003, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born hours earlier.
Riley is survived by his parents of Fairmount; one brother, Lane at home; maternal grandparents, Norland and Luann Kinney Jr. of Oakwood; paternal grandparents, Gayle and Charlotte Myrick of Fairmount; maternal great-grandparents, Clarence and Lucy Woodard of Oakwood and Charles and Helen Taylor of Danville; an aunt, Jennifer Kinney of Danville; an uncle Scott Kinney of Oceanside, Calif.; several great aunts, uncles and cousins.
Family services were held. Robison Chapel of Catlin handled arrangements.

Timothy Curtis Whaley
Timothy Curtis Whaley, 39, of Sidell, died at 5:36 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2003 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

January 2003

Marjorie Ann Orr, 72, of Danville, died at 11:01 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 25, 2003)
at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

George Ferber of Fairmount left this life to be with his Lord at 8:15 a.m.
Wed., Jan. 15, 2003 at Eagle Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center in

Delilah Rice Bailey, 86, of Allerton, died at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 14, 2003)
at Manorcare Nursing Home in Urbana.

Thelma Irene Pruitt, 77, formerly of Danville, died at 2:20 p.m. EST Monday
(Jan. 13, 2003) at The Waters of Covington, Ind.
Lorene Dorothy Giuliani, 80, of Westville died at 7 a.m. Jan. 11, 2003 at her

Barbara Rowand, 90, of Allerton, passed away at 3:05 a.m. Friday (Dec. 27,
2002) at her home.

Delbert Wayne Lowe, 41, of Danville, passed away at 7:49 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

February 2003

Byron “Barney” Aaron Meece 95, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly Sidell, died Feb. 3,

Helen Lahne, 78, of Sidell, died at 7 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 9, 2003) at Pleasant
Meadows Christian Village in Chrisman.

March 2003

Fred Fultz, 80, of Fairmount, died at 5:55 a.m. Friday (March 21, 2003) at the Vermilion Manor Nursing Home after a long illness.

Robert L. Lutz, Sr., 52, of Fairmount died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 18, 2003) at his home.

Herman F. Rohl, 97, of Sidell, died at 11:20 a.m. Monday (March 24, 2003) at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. 

Kurt D. Beck
Kurt D. Beck, 37, of Sidell, passed away at 1:05 p.m. Thursday (March 13, 2003) at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Hubert Russell Carico, 84, of Danville, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 4, 2003) at his residence. 

April 2003

Virginia Guthrie, 78, of Sidell died at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home in Tilton.

Paula "Pixie" Cox, 53, of Danville, passed away at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at her home.

Robert E. Brown Sr, 62, of Indianola, passed away at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at his home.

Mary Ann Huffman, 73, of Sidell, passed away at 1:24 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2003, at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

May 2003

Geraldine (Smoot) Orr departed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Jan. 30, 2003 in Houston, Texas.

Bruce John McDowell, 60, of Indianapolis, formerly of Sidell, died May 9, 2003. 

Villa “Bill” Craddock, 79, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Hume, died at 11:25 a.m. Sunday, May 11, 2003 at River View Nursing Home in St. Louis.

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