Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for July 16, 1997


Ricky George

Ricky Lee George, 38, died Tuesday (July 15, 1997) at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.

Betty Roberts

Visitation for Betty Joe Roberts, 67, of Kankakee, will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, with VFW services at 7 p.m. at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Dan Boone will officiate.Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gradens.
Memorials may be made to the Momence American Legion Auxiliary, Momemce Woman's Club or the VFW Auxiliary.
Mrs. Roberts died Monday (July 14, 1997 at Riverside Medical Center.
She was born Jan. 18, 1930 in Grant Park, the daughter of Frisco John and Mattie Catherine Keen Workman.
Her husband, Victor John Roberts, whom she married Feb. 23, 1946 in Momence, died March 7, 1994.
Mrs. Roberts had been an Avon representative for 25 years, and a waitress/cook at Lincolnshire Country Club and many other locations.
She was currently president of Woman's Auxiliary American Legion of Momence and a member of the Momence Woman's Club, VFW Woman's Auxiliary and the First Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Victor John Roberts Jr. and Vincent and Rayette Roberts of Tucson, Ariz.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and Richard Wells of Galion, Ohio, and Juanita and Gary Fruehling of Bradley; his mother, Mattie Workman of Tucson; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Katie Hibbs of Tucson, Ariz., Lyla and Roscoe Butchko of Southern Illinois and Roberta and Wayne Prairie of Burchwood, Wis.; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Theodore and Delores Workman and Elizabeth Workman, all of Momence, and Edwin and Jo Workman of Tucson; eight grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her father; one brother, Robert Workman; one son- in-law, Charles Wells; and a brother- in-law, Robert ''Pinky'' Hibbs.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking and was an amateur florist.

David Tyler

FALLS CITY, Neb. - David J. Tyler, 65, of Falls City, Neb., and former Kankakee resident, died Saturday (July 12, 1997) at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Neb.
Visitation was Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at Door Funeral Home in Falls City.
Services were at 2 p.m. today at First Church of the Nazarene in Fall City where he was a member and served on the church board. The Rev. Homer Skidgel officiated.
Burial, with military graveside service by Falls City Ceremonial Honor Guard and Det. 1, Co. D 1- 134th Inf., Nebraska Army National Guard, was in Steel Cemetery, Falls City.
He was born Nov. 26, 1931 in Chillicothe, Ohio, the son of Edward and Marinda Saultz Tyler.
Mr. Tyler attended Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, for two years and played sports in high school and college.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the Military Police.
He moved to Kankakee in 1954 where he was employed as a precision tool machinist. He moved to Falls City in 1982 and was employed by Meyer Home Center as a salesman and First National Bank and Trust as custodian. He was currently a part-time desk clerk at Stephenson Hotel.
Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret Mowers, whom he married Oct. 1, 1955 at Kankakee; two daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Mark Harnekdorff of Falls City and Linda and Glen Walton of Lombard; his mother, Marinda Rowland of Chillicothe, Ohio; four brothers, Herman L. Tyler of Wimauma, Fla., Glen A. Tyler of Chillicothe, Timothy E. Tyler of Columbus, Ohio, George Tyler of Locan, Ohio; one half-brother, Robert Rowland of Fla.; one sister, Marybelle Creasap of Columbus; six grandchildren.
Deceased are his father, three brothers, William E., Thomas A. and Franklin D. Tyler and one sister, Flossie Mae Tyler.
He served on the church board for five years while in Kankakee and one year on the Sunday school board at The First Church of the Nazarene, Kankakee.

Emma Sanders

MAZON - Emma Marie Sanders, 64, of Mazon, died Monday (July 14, 1997) at Vencore Community Hospital in Sycamore.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today and from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at the Von Qualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Jason Kemmer at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Kinsman, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Mazon.
Memorials may be made to the family.
She was born Feb. 20, 1933 in Grundy County, the daughter of William and Catherine Alberts Hintze Sr.
Surviving are her husband, Walter Harry Sanders, whom she married Oct. 10, 1953 in Ottawa; two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Linda Sanders of Gardner and Pat and Stacy Sanders of Mason; five grandchildren; one brother and sister-in- law, William and Darlene Hintze Jr. of Mazon.
Her parents are deceased.
She had been employed by the Joliet Herald News.

John Hanlon

GILMAN - John Patrick ''Jack'' Hanlon, 70, of Gilman, died Tuesday (July 15, 1997) at Gilman Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday. the Rev. James Gerth will officiate.
Burial, with military rites by the Onarga VFW, will be in Gilman Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Gilman Nursing Home or to the donor's choice.
He was born Jan. 25, 1927 in Danforth, the son of Martin Thomas Patrick and Elese Duits Hanlon. He attended Beland Country School and Danforth schools.
Mr. Hanlon was a truck driver for many years, retiring in 1989. He had been employed by Hansen Brothers of Clifton, McNamara Trucking, Chipman Brothers, Shippers Dispatch and Preston Trucking, all of Bradley.
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Gilman.
He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1945-46 and was a member of the VFW Post 1903 of Onarga; Local 705 Teamsters Union since 1952.
Surviving are his wife, the former Isabelle M. Sparenberg, whom he married May 19, 1945 in Watseka; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Royce Arends of Bourbonnais and Carolyn Ritzma of Kankakee and LaVerne Ritzma of Gilman; one son and daughter-in-law, John David and Carol Hanlon of Gilman; eight grandchildren; one sister, Susan M. Alberts of Gilman; one brother, James M. Hanlon of Bradley; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his parents and one sister, Mary Ellen Lee.
He enjoyed traveling, playing cards and was a Chicago Bulls fan.

Alma Kurth

GRANT PARK - Alma D. Kurth, 95, of Grant Park, died Tuesday (July 15, 1997) at Momence Meadows Health Care Center.
Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, where services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Eric Allyn will officiate.
Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Grant Park.
She was born May 31, 1902 in Grant Park, the daughter of George and Louise Rhoda Stoeven.
Her husband, Otto Kurth, died in 1962.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Grant Park.
Surviving are one daughter, Audrey Leriger of Kankakee; one son- in-law, Eldon Matthias of Grand Park; one sister, Eleanor Kurth of Arlington Heights; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Deceased is a daughter, LaVerne Matthias; two sisters; and one brother.

Evans Gladding

NASHVILLE, Ill. - Evans Leonard Gladding, 79, of Nashville, Ill., died July 2, 1997 at his home.
Mr. Gladding worked as a car salesman while living in the Bourbonnais area for many years.
He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Parkview Nazarene Church.
Services were at 11 a.m. July 5 at Serenity Chapel in Nashville, with Rev. Gary Williamson officiating.
Burial was at Brown County memorial Park.
He was born July 2, 1918, the son of Benjamin and Amanda Gladding.
Surviving are his wife, the former Evelyn Foster, whom he married Sept. 25, 1940; two sons, Dr. S. Gladding of Evansville and Timothy Gladding of Loda; two daughters, Cathryn Eyre of Orlando, Fla., and Jane Muncie of Columbus; a brother, Herschel of Port Charlotte, Fla.; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Ray Tooper

BONFIELD - Ray A. Tooper, 83, former mayor of Bonfield, died Tuesday (July 15, 1997 at Miller Health Care Center.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, with Masonic services by the Gardner and Kankakee Lodges at 7:30 p.m. at Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Steven Friese will officiate.
Burial will be in Bonfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Limestone Fire Department or to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
He was born Oct. 28, 1913 in Kankakee, the son of Alfred and Minnie Palmer Tooper.
His wife, the former Lucille Orwig, whom he married June 28, 1941 in Bonfield, died Nov. 26, 1990.
He served in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Tooper retired in about 1977 from A.O. Smith Corporation.
A member and former trustee of Bonfield First United Methodist Church, he was a member of the Gardner Masonic Lodge, an honorary member of the Kankakee Masonic Lodge, the past worshipful master of Gardner and also belonged to the Kankakee Shrine Club.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannine and Glenn Wulff of Bonfield and Nadine and Bruce Wilson of Seminole, Texas; one brother and sister-in-law, Morris and Dorothy Tooper of Bradley; six grantdhildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one sister, Pearl Hoffman, and one grandson, Aaron Wulff.