Local Obituaries for August 20, 1999
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R.M. ''Jeff'' Jeffries, 91, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Aug. 18, 1999) in Kankakee.
Mr. Jeffries was owner of Jeffries Insurance Agency for 35 years, retiring in 1982. After his retirement, he was an active member of the Kankakee Cham-ber of Commerce as membership liaison. For over 50- years he was a member of the Kiwanis Club.
Mr. Jeffries was a long time volunteer of the Kankakee Chapter of the American Red Cross, serving as the blood recruitment chairman.
He was also a member of the Kankakee Country Club.
He served in the U.S. Army.
A graduate with the class of 1930 from University of Nebraska, Mr. Jeffries played on the 1928 football team that became the first Big Six champion. In 1978 he was one of the survivors from the 1925-1928 era Conrhushker teams to be invited to a five-day homecoming.
Visitation will be from noon Sunday until the 1 p.m. services at the Kankakee Chapel of The Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Karl Koppen will officiate.
Private burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Kankakee Chapter of the American Red Cross or to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where he was a member.
He was born March 24, 1908 in Omaha, Neb., the son of Frank W. and Laura Madison Jeffries.
His first wife, the former Jeanete Smith, whom he married Sept. 9, 1933, died Oct. 2, 1951.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marian Knapp, whom he married Aug 28, 1954 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church; one daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and James Bennette of Rockford; three granddaughters; two grandsons; three great-grandsons; four nephews and three nieces.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, F. W. Jeffries Jr. and L. W. Jeffries; and one sister, Helen Roads.
CALUMET PARK - Amelia Franco, 79, a 46-year resident of Calumet Park and mother of a Bourbonnais resident, died Thursday (Aug. 19, 1999) at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island.
Private memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Donatus Church, Blue Island.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born May 5, 1920 in Puerto Rico, the daughter of Lorenzo and Mary Carrero.
Her husband, Raymond Franco, died in 1988.
Mrs. Franco was a retired supervisor for the telephone company.
Surviving are daughters and sons- in-law, Mary Ann and Ronald Miller- Franco of Bourbonnais, Dolores and Michael Francisoe and Dianne and Robert Alman, of Tinley Park and Sandra LaRocco of Lockport; sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond Franco of Calumet City, Daniel and Alicia Franco of Blue Island and Teena Franco of Tinley Park; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Pauline Carrero of Richton Park; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Also preceding her in death were one son, Richard J. Franco in 1983 and a brother, Nick Carrero.
Jessie Hopkins, 81, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Aug. 19, 1999) at her home.
Arrangements are pending at the Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.
Arthur C. Little, 57, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Aug. 18, 1999) in Chicago.
Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Sunday at the Kankakee Chapel of The Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday. Mr. Robert Creek will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Feb. 11, 1942 in Joplin, Mo., the son of Ira Curtis and Lola Viola Mann Little.
Mr. Little retired in 1985 from Union Pacific Railroad.
He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Surviving are his wife, the former Bonnie Blank, whom he married Feb. 17, 1972 in Blue Island; two daughters and one son-in-law, Lisa and Harley Lackey of Grant Park and Erica Davis of Manteno; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Jeanette Bridgeman of Thornton, Joan and Walter Berry of Manteno and Phyllis Wiegel of Manteno; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Gene and Julie Little of Las Vegas, Nev., and Laverne Little of Texas; one granddaughter; his mother-in-law, Sherry Blank of Kankakee; and several nieces and nepehws.
A daughter, Pamela Little died in 1979 and a sister Dorothy DeProsperis is also deceased.
His hobbies included trains, home repairs and collecting post cards.
GILMAN - Private services for William E. ''Bill'' Richards, 68, of Gilman, formerly of Danforth, were held at Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman, with the Rev. Joseph Hughes officiating.
Mr. Richards died Tuesday (Aug. 17, 1999) at Gilman Pavilion.
He was born Nov. 24, 1930 in Roganville, Texas, the son of Lawrence and Katie Sewell Richards. He was raised in Kansas City, Kan.
Mr. Richards was an electrician and a restaurant operator.
Surviving are his wife the former Peggy E. Smith, whom he married July 23, 1999; two daughters, Brenda Sorensen of Danforth and Patty Moneymaker of Gilman; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother, Jake Silvey of Kansas City, Kan.; one sister, Alice Manion of Kansas City, Mo.; one aunt, Willa Mae Hawthorne; and two nieces.
He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force.
He enjoyed playing billiards.
CLIFTON - Mildred M. Irps, 89, of Clifton, died Thursday (Aug. 19, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. The Rev. Connie Moodie will officiate.
There will be no visitation.
Burial, with Eastern Star rites, will be in Clifton Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Clifton Swimming Pool Fund.
She was born May 3, 1910 in Crescent City, the daughter of William and Emma Kraft Classen.
Her husband, Edmond R. Irps, whom she married July 8, 1933 in Gilman, died Jan. 26, 1962.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Marla and Paul Warner of Clifton; one son and daughter-in- law, Edmond ''Ed'' and Joy Irps of Bourbonnais; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Two sisters and one infant daughter, Joann Gene Irps are deceased.
She was a member of Zion United Church of Christ, Gilman, and a 50-year member both of the Order of the Eastern Star and Clifton Woman's Club.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Glen D. Cays, 78, of Orlando, Fla., former Kempton residents, died July 23, 1999.
He was retired from the Air Force.
Born in Emington, Ill., he moved to Central Florida in 1959.
He was a member of Azalea Park United Methodist Church.
A veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, he was a member of American Legion Post 19, Air Force Sergeant's Association and the Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Cays and his wife lived in Kempton while growing up.
Surviving are his wife, Wanda G.; daughters, Janice C. Infinger of Orlando, Gloria C. Taylor of Howey-in- the-Hills; a brother, Harold O. Greeley of Colorado; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, Orlando.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Shirley S. Strobel Barnlund, 59, of Orlando, Fla., relative of area residents, died Tuesday (Aug. 17, 1999) from a five- year battle with cancer.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke United Methodist Church, Windemere, Fla., where she was a member.
Woodlawn Funeral Home, Orlando, was in charge of arrangements.
She was born Sept. 15, 1939 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mrs. Barnlund was a claims specialist for CNA for 14 years.
Surviving are her husband, Maurice I. Barnlund, a native of Donovan, whom she married Aug. 12, 1971 in Orlando; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Greg and Karen Barnlund of Sanford, Jeffery Barnlund of Apopka and Maury C. Barnlund of Daytona Beach; one brother, Dan Strobel of Orlando; three grandchildren; her mother-in- law, Carolyn Lindgren of Donovan; and a brother-in-law, Charles Barnlund of Watseka.
MOMENCE - Mayme Cole Stine, 78, of Momence, formerly of Bourbonnais, died Saturday (Aug. 14, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
She was born July 16, 1921 in Charleston, Ill.
Her husband, Clyde Stine, whom she married in 1940, died May 19, 1993.
Cremation rites have been accorded with graveside services to be held at a later date in Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston.
Arrangements were by Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.
Surviving are two stepsons, Rex Stine of Arizona and James Stine of Florida; and several nieces and nephews in Southern Illinois.