Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for March 24, 1998


Everette Kurtenbach

PONTIAC - Everette H. Kurtenbach, 76, of Pontiac and Piper City native, died Saturday (March 31, 1998) at OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. Thursday until the 10 a.m. services at Harris-Martin- Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac. The Revs. Richard Stamm and Tim Glover will officiate.
Burial will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born Feb. 12, 1922 in rural Piper City, the son of Henry and Ruby Gravelle Kurtenbach.
He was educated in country schools in Piper City and Roberts.
Mr. Kurtenbach was employed by Nichols Homeshield in Chatsworth and had also worked at K-Mart and Walmart stores in Pontiac.
Surviving are his wife, the former Pauline ''Peg'' Stamm, whom he married June 3, 1944 in Piper City; one son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Mary Kurtenbach of Downs; three daughters and sons-in-law, Patty and LeRoy Perzee of Crescent City, Connie and Clay McGuire of Emington and Carol and Steve Schade of Cullom; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents, a sister and two grandsons.
Mr. Kurtenbach was a member of the Pontiac Moose Club, Piper City Rotary Club and a former member of the Masonic Lodge.

Franklin Schuman

MESA, Ariz. - Franklin William ''Bud'' Schuman, 79, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Danville and Crete, died Friday (March 20, 1998) in Mesa, Ariz.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Pape Memorial Home and Gardens, 10 Williams St., Danville.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immanual Lutheran Church. The Revs. Jeff Moore and Chris Fairbalm will officiate.
Burial, with military graveside rites by the American Legion Post 210, will be in Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
He had worked for the Illinois State Police and retired as chief of police from C and E Railroad. He later worked as vice president of public relations with Mutual Fire Marine and Inland Insurance Company of Philadelphia while living in Crete, where he resided from 1962 to 1985. He then moved to Phoenix.
He was born July 24, 1918, in Danville, the son of Franklin William and Josephine Albertine Stuebe Schuman.
His wife, the former Doris Cleo Faas, whom he married Feb. 2, 1941, died Dec. 27, 1997.
Surviving are two sons, Franklin William ''Bill Schuman of Walnut Creek, Calif., Robert Lee and Jane Schuman of LaJolla, Calif.; one daughter, Nancy Jo and Raleigh Klein of Alameda, Calif.; two sisters, Velma and Fred Oglesby, Dorothy and Russel Sager, all of Danville; one brother, Richard and Barbara Schuman of Buford, Ga.; and six grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Theodore; one sister-in-law, Elvera Drews; and one brother-in-law, Gene ''Fuzzy'' Faas.
He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and Korea.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a life member of American Legion Post 210.

William Burrell

William ''Bill'' Ford Burrell, 61, of Aurora, died Sunday (March 22, 1998) at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Main Baptist Church, 814 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Dezo McGill will officiate.
Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Mound Grove Gardens Cemetery, Kankakee.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in honor of William ''Bill'' Ford Burrell to the African-American Outreach Ministry, Inc., Attn: Dezo McGill, 814 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, Ill. 60505.
Arrangements are by the James Funeral Home of Aurora.
He was born May 27, 1936, the son of Ulysee and Irena March Burrell.
He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was a member of the Main Baptist Church of Aurora.
Surviving are his parents of Kankakee; five children, Lily and Anthony Davis, Diana Burrell, all of Aurora, William Brian Burrell of Kankakee, Danielle Burrell of New Orleans, La., Lisa Meyers of San Ramos, Calif; three brothers, Eddie and Peggy Burrell of Chicago, Louis and Emma Burrell, Dudley and Billie Burrell, all of Kankakee; one sister, Hattie and William McCrary of Decatur, Ga.; a favorite aunt, Hattie Forbes of Kankakee; six grandchildren, Livanga, Ebonie, I'Esha, Courtney, Morgan and Keegan; one Godchild, Camille King and her children, Kiara and Ciara of Rockford; his former wife, Delores Burrell of Aurora with whom he maintained a close relationship and who was a special friend during his illness; his special nurse, Charlene Ladner of Chicago; and long-time companion, Jeanetta Munson of Rockford.
Deceased are his brother, Clifton Burrell and sister-in-law, Ann Burrell.
He attended Chebanse Elementary School and graduated from Clifton Central High School. He was a recipient of numerous awards during his high school career. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois where he was an All-American football player and captain of the Fighting Illini football team his senior year (1959-60). He continued on to play professional football for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders in Regina Saskatchewan, Canada, where he was All Pro for five years.
He also served in the U.S. Army and received his honorable discharge as a Lieutenant.
Upon retirement from professional football Bill and his family returned to the U.S. to fulfill his dream of helping his people to ''Turn Adversity Into Advantage'' by becoming a catalyst for the Burrell Entrepreneurship. He became a housing and commercial developer in Kankakee and Aurora. He relocated to Rockford in 1983 and continued his various business ventures until his health failed. Bill had a high regard for education and strongly encouraged his children, as well as other young people, to expand their minds.
He was active in the NAACP and other community organizations.

Charlotte Skeen

CHEBANSE - Visitation for Charlotte A. Skeen, 73, of Chebanse, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at her church, Trinity Lutheran Church of Kankakee, where she will lie in state from 10-11 a.m. Pastor Ray Bauer will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to her church.
Mrs. Skeen died Monday (March 23, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
She was born Feb. 11, 1925 in Clemons, Iowa, the daughter of Wallace and Alma M. Uhde Boggie.
Surviving are her husband, Myron Skeen, whom she married Sept. 10, 1955 in Kankakee; one son, Sheridan Skeen of Buffalo, Minn.; one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Gene Spellmeyer of Dolores, Colo.; three grandchildren, Kari and Jeff Lenzmeier, Sarah Skeen and Christopher Skeen; and a special friend, Carolyn LaGesse of Chebanse.
Mrs. Skeen was employed by Armour Pharmaceutical for 21 years in sales promotion.
She was a member of the Mills Mother Club; Women of the Lutheran Church of America; and Friends of Paririeview Lutheran Home. She also was a member of the Ladies Harbor View Park in Charlotte Harbor, Fla.

Robert Stevenson

Visitation for Robert P. ''Bob'' Stevenson, 79, of Kankakee, will be from 12:30 p.m. Saturday until the 1 p.m. memorial service at First Baptist Church, Kankakee, with Pastor John Curtis officiating.
There will be a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the memorial service.
Arrangements were by the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Cremation rites were accorded. Memorials may be made to the Aroma Park American Legion, First Baptist Church or to the donor's choice.
Mr. Stevenson died Friday (March 20, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born Aug. 26, 1918, in Granville, the son of Alexander and Pearl Konen Stevenson.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marjorie Hand, whom he married July 18, 1938, in Davenport, Iowa; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sharon and Charles Varvel of Kankakee, Valorie and Paul Long of Bradley, Dianna Stevenson of Big Pine Key, Fla.; one sister and brother-in- law, Mabel and Ned Leavelle of Granville; one brother and sister-in- law, Andrew and Cappy Stevenson of Grand Junction, Colo.; one sister-in- law, Janet Roe of Kankakee; three grandchildren, Scott C. Varvel of Manteno, Robert C. Varvel of Kankakee and Tristen Morris of Chicago; and five great-grandchildren, Jason, Niki and Jon Varvel of Manteno, Marcus Vance of Braceville and Raven Nantz of Chicago.
Deceased are one brother, Charles Stevenson of Arizona and one grandson, Tad Varvel of Kankakee.
Mr. Stevenson worked for many years at A.O. Smith Corp. and was a member and past president of Ironworkers Local 465, retiring in 1974.
Mr. Stevenson sang with the Barbershoppers years ago.
A bird watcher, he built bird houses and bird feeders.
He loved the area where he lived and the river. He had a strong affection for his hometown and old friends in Granville.

Loretta Borkus

Visitation for Loretta J. Borkus, 73, formerly of the Chicago area, was from 9 a.m. today until the 11 a.m. services at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel. The Rev. Steve Bondi officiated.
Burial was in North Cemetery, Essex.
Mrs. Borkus died Sunday (March 22, 1998) at the Douglas Manor in Tuscola.
She was born Feb. 1, 1925 in Chicago, the daughter of John and Julia Osysko Ciesla.
She was a member of the Forty Martyrs Catholic Church in Tuscola.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Randall and Kimberly Borkus of Warrenville and Ronald and Donna Borkus of Plainfield; one daughter and son-in-law, Cris and Joe Irace of Atwood; four grandchildren; one sister, Jean Sanavaitis of Chicago; one brother, John Ciesla of Chicago; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one son, George Joseph Borkus, and brothers and sisters.

Jack Tyler

Visitation for Jack Arnold Tyler, 76, of Braceville, will be from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday with Masonic services at 8 p.m. at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel, where services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Steven Kettelkamp will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery in Braceville.
Memorials may be made to the Braceville Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Fund, the Braceville-Gardner Cemetery Fund, or to the Braceville United Methodist Church.
Mr. Tyler died Monday (March 23, 1998) at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
He was born Dec. 27, 1921 in Divernon, the daughter of Charles and Flora Ulbrich Tyler.
Mr. Tyler was employed at Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Joliet until his retirement in 1981.
He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union in Joliet; the Masonic Lodge 573 in Gardner; and a former member of the Braceville Volunteer Fire Department.
Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret Elaine Cullick Tyler, whom he married July 6, 1952 in Braceville; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Dale Tyler of Braceville and Kark and Karla Tyler of Gardner; one daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Jerry Hahn of Braceville; two grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Betty and William Huston of Braceville and Joyce Hill of Gardner; six nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mr. Tyler enjoyed fishing.

Arthur Trumble

WATSEKA - Arthur E. ''Art'' Trumble, 74, of Rochester, Wash., formerly of Watseka, died Friday (March 20, 1998) at his home, following a three-year battle with cancer.
He was born July 21, 1923 in Watseka, the son of Walter J. and Dorothy Thornburg Trumble. He attended schools in Watseka and worked for the city of Watseka as a supervisor for the Illinois State Department of Highways, moving to Washington in 1978.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mardelle E. Meyer, whom he married Aug. 10, 1947 at Gilman; sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Kim Trumble, Artie and Pam Trumble, all of Rochester, Walter and Carolyn Trumble of Morton, Wash.,and Joseph at home; two sons from a previous marriage, Charles Trumble of Glendale, Ariz., and Donald R. Trumble of Watseka; a brother, Donald V. ''Boone'' Trumble of Watseka; two step-sisters, Madge Kissack and Carol Williams; four stepbrothers, Don, Harold, Homer and Robert Rudisill; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; stepmother, Essie; two sons, Patrick and Steven; a step-sister; and two stepbrothers.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46.
He was a member of the VFW Post 7450 and Royal Neighbors of America.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services were held today (March 24) at Newell-Hoerling's Funeral Home in Centralia, Wash. Following cremation, final interment will be at GAR Cemetery in Watseka, to be set at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Clarence Henderson

WILMINGTON - Clarence B. Henderson, 85, of Wilmington, died suddenly Sunday (March 22, 1998) at his home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington.
Services will be at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Francis Maher and deacon Don Dyer at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose Catholic Church, where he was a member.
Entombment will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.
Memorials may be made to Kuzma Cottage and St. Rose School in Wilmington.
Mr. Henderson was a retired electrician of Caterpillar Corporation.
Surviving are a daughter and son- in-law, Sandra and Ben Hobbs- Galyon of Wilmington; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a dear friend, Lydia Jeffries; a son-in- law, Ronald Paul of Carlinville; five sisters-in-law, Frances Henderson of Nebraska, Josephine Bagosy of Indianapolis, Eileen and Park Reeves of Galion, Ohio, Marcella Hirsch and Maureen Dolton, both of Bloomington; and two brothers-in-law, Richard Dolton and Melvin Mouzer of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; one daughter, Joann Paul; one granddaughter, Sheryl Paul; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Henderson; and two brothers, Charles and Glen.

Marian Carraher

ST. ANNE - Marian L. Carraher, 40, formerly of St. Anne, died Monday (March 23, 1998) in Hudson, Fla.
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home in St. Anne.

Gladys Reed

WATSEKA - Gladys L. Reed, 90, of Watseka, died Monday (March 23, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Graveside rites will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at GAR Cemetery, Watseka. The Rev. Robert McDonald will officiate.
Arrangments are by Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.
She was born Nov. 2, 1907 in Chicago Heights, the daughter of Herman and Sophia Fehser Mueller.
Her husband, Lawrence A. Reed, whom she married Nov. 25, 1954 in Bradley, died Feb. 27, 1977.
Surviving are two nieces, Shirley Parrish of Watseka and Jeanette Fate of Clifton; two nephews, Marvin Blair and Jerry Blair, both of Watseka; and several great-nieces and -nephews.
Deceased are two brothers and two sisters.

Betty Gard

Betty Jean Gard, 54, of Bourbonnais, died Saturday (March 21, 1998) at her home.
There will be no visitation or services.
Cremation rites were accorded by Hertz Thoma Crematory, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Manteno Veterans Home.
She was born Feb. 11, 1944, in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Sam and Betty Homa Kobyluch.
Surviving are her husband, Dean Gard, of Bourbonnais, whom she married Feb. 12, 1972, in Chicago; one brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Mary Kobyluch of Los Fresnos, Texas; and one step-sister and brother-in-law, Bridget and Chuck Crews of Cleveland, Ohio.
Mrs. Gard had worked as a lab tech for Armour Pharmaceutical and was recently on disability.
She was a member of Maternity BVM Church and past president of Bourbonnnais VFW Auxiliary.

Rosella Cote

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Rosella R. Cote, 91, a resident of the Kahl Home for the Aged and Infirm, Davenport, Iowa, died Tuesday (March 10, 1998) at the Kahl home.
Visitation will be from 9-10:45 a.m. Friday at the Halligan-McCabe- Devries Funeral Home, Davenport.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.
Memorials may be made to St. Anthony's Care and Share.
She was born Sept. 20, 1906, in Beaverville, the daughter of Odella and Gertrude Skelly Cote.
Surviving are two sisters and one brother-in-law, Sr. Mary Camillus of St. Paul, Minn., Velma and Gilbert Wilson of Merrillville, Ind.; one brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Maxine Cote of Kisse Mills, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Lucille Cote of Bradley; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one sister, Dorine; and two brothers, Albert and Wilfred.
Ms. Cote was a 1932 graduate of St. Anthony School of Nursing in Chicago. She practiced both private duty and institutional nursing during her career. She also worked for the Kahl Home for nine years.
In 1952 she received her doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic.
She was a member of the church, Catholic Women's League, and the Alpha Beta Study Club.
Ms. Cote enjoyed needle point, sewing, crocheting and quilting.

Alvin Gocken

GILMAN - Alvin ''Barney'' Gocken, 76, of Gilman, died Sunday (March 22, 1998) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Danville.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. The Rev. Leon McClimans will officiate.
There will be no services. Cremation rites will be accorded with a private inurnment at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
He was born April 24, 1921 in Crescent City, the son of Edward and Martha Lehman Gocken. He attended Crescent City schools.
Mr. Gocken was a farmer, mechanic, truck driver and bartender.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.
Surviving are three sons, Gary of SilverSpring, Md., David of Edwardsville and Dennis of Mahomet; one daughter, Gloria Veld of Rensselaer, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four sisters, Lillian Morton of Cissna Park, Gertrude Leiding of Crescent City, Marie Ohrt of Kankakee and Martha Hoglund of Montana; three brothers, Edward ''Hine'' Gocken of Milford, Seibolt ''Bud'' Gocken of Watseka and Rolland ''Smokey'' Gocken of Georgia; three sisters-in-law, Doris Gocken of Crescent City, Lolita Cole of Shelbyville and Gladys Gocken of Chebanse.
Three brothers, Raymond, George and Bill are deceased.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed fishing.

Jesse Price

Jesse ''James'' Price Sr., 74, of Kankakee, died Saturday (March 21, 1998) at his home, following a short illness.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee, and from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at Second Baptist Church, Kankakee, where he was a member. The Rev. Tyler Prude will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
He was born March 26, 1923 in Grenada, Miss., the son of Henry and Hattie Curry Price.
Surviving are his wife, the former Anna M. Green, whom he married July 1, 1985 in Kankakee; seven sons and four daughters-in-law, Joseph and Wanda of S. Carolina, Richard of Chicago, Jesse Jr. of Louisiana, Charles and Lillie and Ronald and Dottie, all of Kankakee, Arthur and Denise of Kansas and James of Texas; six daughters and five sons-in- law, Phyllis and Ernest Nix of Ohio, Lillian and Alfred Williams of Minnesota, and Freida and Rev. Burt Walls, Sylvia and William Bell, and Jesseica Price, all of Kankakee, and Shante' and Lamarr Price of Texas; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ida and Isom Redditt of Grenada, Miss., and Mary Anne and A.D. King of Kankakee; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Thomas and Izola Price, Joe Price and Charles Price, all of the Grenada, Miss.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two daughters, Irma Whitlow and Gloria Price; one son, Michael Price; his parents; sister, Lovee Dunn; two brothers, Hiram and Robert Price; and one grandchild.
Mr. Price was retired, having worked at Illinois Central Gulf, Security Lumber and The Kankakee Daily Journal.
He was a member of the Illinois Sheriff's Association and enjoyed bingo and playing the lottery.