Local Obituaries for August 20, 1998
John Boeman, military retiree, author
KEMPTON - Ret. Lt. Col. John E. Boeman, 74, of Bratenahl, Ohio, formerly of Kempton, a U. S. Air Force careerman from 1942-72, died Sunday (Aug. 16, 1998) at his residence.
Visitation was Wednesday at Zele Funeral Home, Cleveland.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Jerome Church, Cleveland, by the Rev. Thomas Heran.
Burial was in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland.
Mr. Boeman was retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he worked in strategic air command and ascended to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His roles with the military include: B-24 pilot in World War II in the old Army Air Corps; C-54 co-pilot in Korea; inspector general of the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam; B-52 aircraft commander for the SAC; and commander of Air Force Recruiting Detachment USAF, Cleveland.
He was the author of ''Moratai, A Memoir of War,'' Doubleday and Co., 1981 and ''Peace From War to War.'' He wrote articles for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
He was born Dec. 4, 1923 in Kempton, the son of George Russell and Winifred Warren Boeman.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lucille Weller; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Vicki and John Jones, Mary and Gary Casstevens; Suzanne and Al Koporc and Melanie Boeman; five sons, George, Norman, Raymond, Thomas and Christopher; three sisters, Bertha Haley and Phyllis Perring, both of Illinois, and Shirley Croft of Georgia; one brother, Warren Boeman of Illinois; and 21 grandchildren.
A son, John, is deceased.
He belonged to Boy Scout Leaders and the Cleveland Minority Engineering foundation.
He was educated at Kempton High School, University of Illinois and George Washington University. He earned bachelor of arts degrees in psychology and philosophy and a master's degree in public administartion.
He was a graduate of Air Command and Staff College in 1963.
GILMAN - Albert Medendorp, 85, of Gilman, died today (Aug. 20, 1998) at the Gilman Nursing Home.
Pending at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.
Ida Keller, 96, a resident of Bradley Royale, died Wednesday (Aug. 19, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Arrangements are pending at the Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee.
Bruce M. Turley, 38, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Aug. 19, 1998) at his home.
A funeral memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Calvary Mausoleum, by the Rev. Richard Pighini. There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are by Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.
He was born June 15, 1960, the son of Robert M. and Lois J. Brouillette Turley.
He had attended Kankakee Community College.
Surviving are his mother, Lois Jean Manifold of Corpus Christi, Texas; maternal grandmother, Verdebelle Brouillette of Kankakee; one sister, Babette Turley of Key Largo, Fla.; one brother and sister- in-law, William and Sharon Turley of Naperville.
Deceased are his father and one son, David.
WATSEKA - Leona J. Rhanor, 89, of Watseks, died Wednesday (Aug. 19, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visittion will be from 9 a.m. Friday until the 10 a.m. services at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka. The Rev. Debbie Horvath will officiate.
Burial will be in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Stockland.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born March 21, 1909 in New Albany, Ind., the daughter of Clarence and Gertrude Enslinger Reinhart.
Mrs. Rhanor had been a waitress at various restaurants.
Her husband, Mike Rhanor, whom she married Aug. 11, 1927 in Gary, Ind., died in April of 1952.
Surviving are one son, Lester Rhanor of Watseka.
A sister is deceased.
PEOTONE - Erma A. Miller, 84, of Peotone, died Wednesday (Aug. 19, 1998) at Anchorage of Beecher.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Friday at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. David McDonald will officiate.
Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ronald Artman Jr., James A. Creek, Stuart and David Gustafson, Steve Slavick and John Drewer.
Memorials may be made to Anchorage of Beecher or Immanuel United Church of Christ where she was a member.
Mrs. Miller retired after 23 years as an accountant at Roper Corporation of Kankakee.
She was born Jan. 9, 1914 in Peotone, the daughter of William and Ida Poppenhagen Mueller.
Her husband, Emil Miller, whom she married Dec. 12, 1934 in Peotone, died in 1945.
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Ronald Artman of Monee, Carolyn and James Creek of Manhattan and Lois and Paul Hamilton of St. Anne; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in- law, Mabel Clausing of Crete; and a brother-in-law, Clyde Mills of Palos Heights.
Deceased are three sisters, Margaret and Corrine Mueller and Florice Mills.
She was a member of the Women's Guild of her church.
DELAVAN - Karen R. Dirks, 66, of Delavan, a former area resident who was married in Aroma Park, died Wednesday (Aug. 19, 1998) at her home.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday with services at 10 a.m. Saturday, all at the Delavan Baptist Church. The Rev. Kevin Siscoe will officiate.
Burial will be in Prairie Rest Cemetery in Delavan.
The Davis Mortuary in Hopedale was in charge of arrangments.
Memorials may be made to Delavan Baptist Church, where she was a member.
Mrs. Dirks was an elementary school teacher in Delavan for 20 years.
She was born Feb. 12, 1932 in Chicago, the daughter of Howard and Florence Fowler Shoven.
Her husband, Albert H. Dirks Jr., whom she married June 4, 1955 in Aroma Park, died Oct. 21, 1996.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and Faye Dirks of McDonough, Ga., and Ted and Kara Beth Dirks of Delavan; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joni and Dan Ellis of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Brenda and Rex Forbes of Delavan; 10 grandchildren; and one sister, Joline Smith of Bradley.
A granddaughter is deceased.
WATSEKA - Graveside services for Betty L. Houston, 77, of Loveland, Colo., formerly of Watseka, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Hubert Lytle will officiate.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or to the donor's choice.
Arrangements are by Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
She was born May 6, 1921 in Ashland, the daughter of Willis and Leta Watts Hammack DeWeese.
Her husband, Howard ''Sam'' Houston, whom she married Aug. 17, 1942 in Terre Haute, Ind., died May 3, 1977.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Bob Williamson of Englewood, Colo.; one son and daughter-in-law, Don and Lynn Houston of Abbeville, S.C.; four grandchildren; one step-sister, Sandra Birch of Ashland.
Deceased are one son, Michael and one daughter, Mary Kay Houston.
She was a member of the Watseka First United Methodist Church and the Watseka Chapter of Eastern Star. She served as an administrative secretary and bookeeper for 24 years at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.
She enjoyed caring for her yard and sewing.
Visitation for Opal Peeler, 88, of Kankakee, will be from 10-ll a.m. Friday at the Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee.
Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Mound Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley. The Rev. John Curtis will officiate.
Mrs. Peeler died Tuesday (Aug. 18, 1998) at home.
She was born Sept. 16, 1909 in Kankakee, the daughter of Arthur and Cora Belanger Ostrander.
Her husband, Amel E. Peeler, whom she married Sept. 12, 1929 in Crown Point, Ind., died in 1962.
Mrs. Peeler retired from Kankakee State Hospital, where she was a receptionist for 17 years.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Kankakee.
Surviving are two sons, and one daughter-in-law, Dennis and Rella Peeler of Aurora and Gary L. Peeler of Kankakee; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, James; an infant daughter, Rose Marie; one grandson, Brett; and three sisters, Georgiana, Capitola and Pansi.
Glen E. Heriot, Clifton contractor, minor league baseball career
As an aspiring hurler of baseballs, Glenn E. Heriot had the experience of a lifetime when he was barely out of school back in the late 1930s.
He pitched in an exhibition game against that immortal Cardinal Dizzy Dean and younger brother Daffy (Jerome and Paul).
Heriot, a resident of Clifton for more than half a century, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 78.
Funeral services for Mr. Heriot will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton. There will be no visition. Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home at Clifton.
Just out of school at Moweaqua, he was a bush league pitcher with a Central Illinois team known as the Decatur Commies when the St. Louis Cardinals came to town for an exhibition game with the Single A farm club. The famed Dean brothers were throwing, said Heriot's son Steve, now a computer graphics teacher at Bimidji State University in northern Minnesota.
Steve says he doesn't know who won but says it was his dad's greatest memory to have pitched in that game in those glorious days of youth. Had Dad been the victor, there's no doubt the game would have been more indelibly imprinted on the Heriot family memory as Dad talked and taught the game to Steve and brothers Glenn, now an ironworker in Los Vegas, and Dave, a construction worker in Anchorage.
Who, other than the Hall of Fame Dean brothers, could he have faced? Dizzy Dean last pitched in 1937, so potential exhibition game stickmen included a group from the golden scroll of the game - Frank Frisch in his last year before becoming manager; Pepper Martin; MVP and triple crown winner Joe ''Ducky'' Medwick; dominating Johnny Mize; Leo Durocher in his last year as a Redbird; or home-run-hitting Rip Collins?
An outstanding high school athlete, who also was his region's leading scorer in basketball for two years and who held track records, Heriot went on to play baseball for the Monet, Mo., club affiliated with St. Louis and the Duluth Dukes of the Northern League, Steve said.
The Dukes, he said, were revived recently and are again in minor- league competition. ''It's kinda funny because I was in Duluth and went to a Dukes' accessories store in a restaurant ... I looked up and there was a team picture from the early 1940s on this shirt and I saw my dad's face there and it just stopped me cold. But I couldn't get a reprint of the shirt.''
Heriot's baseball career was stopped by World War II, when he went to serve in the Navy, much of it aboard the aircraft carrier Chenango in the Pacific.
He and Iris Hustedt married on Nov. 15, 1941 - 22 days before Pearl Harbor. She had roomed with Heriot's sister at college and told her children that she first saw Heriot when he was walking toward the building to visit someone else. ''She went back to the room an told her friends, 'I just saw the man I'm going to marry,'' Steve related.
After the war, Glenn and Iris settled at 150 E. Second Street in Clifton, where they stayed.
Heriot sold farm implements and became a self-employed building contractor, commercial and residential.
As a natural outgrowth of his work as a contractor, he developed a passion for woodworking in later years, his son noted.
''It's kind of a footnote to his life. He spent the last two or three years putting together nice little cutting boards.'' He would glue and dowel hardwood strips together, in increasingly elaborate ways, shape the board, then sign the back with a wood-burning pen. ''When he got one done, he'd take it up town and give it to someone. I think Mom said he gave way 95 of them. Each one was a little different.''
Mr. Heriot was born June 18, 1920 in Moweaqua, the son of William and Clara Attabarry Heriot.
Surviving are his wife; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Glenn and Mary Heriot of Las Vegas, Nev.; Steve and Laura Heriot of Cook, Minn.; and Dave Heriot of Anchorage, Alaska; two sisters, Jane White of Moweaqua and Laverne Lebon of Pana; 14 grandchildren; 23 great- grandchildren.
Deceased are brothers Jim and Wayne, and a sister Margie.
Memorials may be made to his church, Zion Lutheran at Clifton.
The Rev. William Callister will officiate at Friday's services.
Burial will be in Clifton Cemetery.