Kenneth A. “Kenny” Mills

Kenneth A. “Kenny” Mills, 56, Bloomington, passed away at 6:20 p.m. Monday (June 25, 2012) at his home.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Kurt Flora officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the family in care of Terri Skelton.

Kenny was born June 9, 1956, in Peoria, the son of Aaron and Lucille Murphy Mills.

Loved ones left behind are Terri Skelton, his love, his world; one sister, Sharon (Dave) Blankenship, who kept him safe and showed him the warmth of family; three sons, Bobby (Monica) Mills, Colorado; Steven Mills, Missouri; and Jimmy Wolford, East Peoria; four daughters, Krista (Ronnie) Moore and Kayla Son, both of Bloomington; Margaret Hicks, Colorado; and Theresa Hicks, East Peoria; six grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and one really great friend, Tim (Laura) Baginski, Washington.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Louise Spradley; and a lot of good friends.

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Katherine Ann Jennings

 Katherine Ann Jennings, 63, of West Peoria died at 11:33 a.m. Thursday (June, 21, 2012) at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.

Her service will be at noon today at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Interment will be in Scogin Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. The Rev. Chris Nitzel will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born April 3, 1949, in Bloomington, to Donald Leo Casselman and Mildred Maxine Lanigan. She married Darrell Aldridge in April of 1967. He passed away in October of 1991. She later married Ken Jennings on March 5, 1999, in Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are her children, Scott Daniel (Lisa) Aldridge, Bloomington; Teresa (Paul) Oaks, East Peoria; and Kim (Bryan) Sheets, Washington; eight grandchildren, Samantha, Austin, Brenda Kay, Rae-Ann, Brandon, Emily, Joseph and Nathaniel; and siblings, Daniel (Teresa) Casselman, Donna Casselman, Judy (Rick) Wendell and Don Casselman Jr.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, Darrell Aldridge; and daughter, Barbara Aldridge.

Katherine worked for Mercedes Restaurants at Alexander’s Steakhouse in Bloomington and Peoria for 18 years. She enjoyed working puzzles, antiquing and tending to her flowers. She also enjoyed fishing and camping with her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family very much and loved spending time with them.

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James “Bob” Sloan Sr.

 James R. “Bob” Sloan Sr., 67, Havana, formerly of Normal, passed away at 10:45 p.m. Saturday (June 23, 2012)  at home with his family by his side.

His service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Jackie Protz will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with an hour visitation prior to service Thursday. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

He was born June 25, 1944, in Normal, to Eber Sloan and Imogene Frances Charles Sloan. He married Evelyn Leach on July 31, 1964, in Bloomington. She survives.

Also surviving are his son, James Robert (Anna) Sloan Jr., Havana; three grandchildren; and siblings, David (Darlene) Sloan, Colfax; and Barbara (Larry) Howard, Anchor. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and his faithful dog, Angel.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Kimberly Sue.

James was a park superintendent for the town of Normal, retiring after 42 years. He was also an active participant with drag racing for 50 years.

He was an active member of the National Hot Rod Association and the International Hot Rod Association.

His family was very important to him and he loved spending any time he could with them and his friends.

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Sandra M. Sprau Kelch

Sandra M. Sprau Kelch, 60, Normal, died at 6:15 a.m. Sunday (June 24, 2012) at Heartland Health Care, Normal.

Sandra requested that there be no service. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Health Care of Normal or to Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue Shelter.

She was born on June 11, 1952, in Champaign, to Henry Earl Sprau and Wilma Taylor Sprau. She married Marvin Kelch Sr. He passed away on March 22, 1995.

Surviving are her children, Marlon (Sue) Kelch, Normal; Marie (Dan) Barnes, West Lafayette, Ind.; and Marvin (Beth) Kelch Jr., Alexandria, La.; siblings, Kenneth (Linda) Sprau, Gibson City; and Linda (Alan) Nash, Sun City, Ariz.; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is of the Lutheran faith. Sandra was the owner of Sandra’s Hair Designers; later she worked at Westminster Village and Illinois Wesleyan University, where she retired in 2009.

She was a graduate of Bellflower Township High School.

Sandra enjoyed crocheting, bowling, traveling, watching movies and cooking for her family and friends.

Family was very important to her and she loved spending time with them. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

The family would also like to send a special thank you to the staff of Heartland Health Care for all the care and kindness they gave.

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Jane Wilson

Jane Frances Wilson, 76, Bloomington, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Monday (June 18, 2012) at Bloomington Rehabilitation Center, Bloomington.

Her burial will be at 10 a.m.Wednesday (June 20, 2012)  at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. There will be no visitation.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Jane was born June 13, 1936, the daughter of Dora Grace Clark and James M. Redmond. She was adopted by W. Merle Wilson in 1951.

Jane was preceded in death by her mother; stepfather; and brothers, James Earl and Stephen Merle Wilson.

She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Carol Wilson and Jean Brizzolara; seven nieces and nephews, James M. Wilson, Ronald S. Wilson, Amy Jo Stockmeyer, Thomas P. Wilson, Bryan W. Wilson, Angie M. Weiss and Michael S. Wilson; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

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Mansfield “Jack” Albertson

Mansfield “Jack” Albertson, 90, Gibson City, formerly of Bloomington, died at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday (June 12, 2012) at Heritage Manor, Gibson City.

Service: 10 a.m. Thursday at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Burial: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington

Survivors: children, Sue (Tim) Lane, Bloomington, and Nancy (Bill) Gerling, California; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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Michael Balfour

Michael Steven Balfour, 59, of Bloomington, died at 7:20 p.m. May 30, 2012, at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care, Bloomington.

Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington.

Burial: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 454, Bloomington. Father David Halt will officiate. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: To the family in care of Donna Griffin-Balfour.

Survivors: His wife, Donna Griffin; mother, Margaret Smith, Anchor; children, Kia Griffin, Bloomington; Keisha (Rob) Whiteside, Bloomington; Jeremiah Griffin, Bloomington; Michael Griffin, Normal; James (Carrie) Griffin, Bloomington; Dawn Overly, Bloomington; Rodney Griffin, Bloomington; Catharine Balfour, Massachusetts; siblings, Connie Valencio, Edwardsville; Chris Smity, Edwardsville; and Cindy McGrew, Edwardsville; 22 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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Rose Jurkoshek

Rose J. Jurkoshek, 94, Bloomington, formerly of Taylorville, died at 1:40 a.m. Saturday (June 2, 2012) at Meadows Mennonite Home, Chenoa.

Cremation rites were accorded. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

A memorial funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday (June 9, 2012) at St Mary’s Church, Taylorville, followed by private burial services at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville.

She was born June 12, 1917, in Lovington, daughter of Joseph and Mary Kastelic and moved to Taylorville as a small child. She married John “Jack” Hicks on Sept. 26, 1936. Following Jack’s death on Feb. 21, 1964, she married Charles Jurkoshek on Dec. 7, 1968. He died Sept. 18, 2008.

Survivors include her children, Rosanne (John) Loesch, Captiva Island, Fla.; Susan (John) Jones, Bloomington; and John William (Cheryl) Hicks, Normal; eight grandchildren, Allison (Bryan) Jones Delano, Courtney (Jason) Jones Graf, Bridget (Robert) Jones Rengel, John Loesch, Michelle (Ken) Loesch Dunne, Susanne (David) Loesch Hopkins, Heather Loesch and Holly (Ray) Loesch Tantillo; great-grandchildren, John and Reese Delano; Jack, Emerson and Molly Graf; Alexandra, Keegan and Jillian Rengel; Ken, John and Peter Dunne; Emma and Phoebe Hopkins;  Devin and Elizabeth Tantillo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Hicks; a sister and three brothers.

Rose lived most of her adult life in Taylorville. She and Charles had retired to Springhill, Fla., and had returned to the Bloomington area 10 years ago. She graduated from Taylorville High School and had been employed as credit manager at St Vincent’s Hospital in Taylorville.

She was a devout Catholic and a lifelong member of the Slovenian National Society.

Most importantly, she was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, who always placed her family’s needs before her own.

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Rose Mary Martin

 Rose Mary Wilmoth-Martin, 77, Bloomington, died at 2:25 a.m. Monday (June 4, 2012) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Burial: Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington

Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials: charity of the donor’s choice or American Kidney Foundation

Survivors: children, Skyler Wilmoth, Opal (Larry) Dipietrantonio, Connie (Thomas) Walls, Owen (Dolly) Wilmoth, Betty (Vernon) Kirby and Stevie Martin, all of Bloomington; and Ida (Zetra) Bell, Alabama; 18 grandchildren; and more than 18 great-grandchildren.

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Robert Nevius, Jr.

Robert “Bobby” Nevius Jr., 83, Asta Care Center, Bloomington, died at 8 p.m. May 24, 2012, at Asta Care Center, Bloomington.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service at McLean Cemetery, McLean, will follow visitation. The Rev. Tony Billingsley will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday (June 2, 2012) at McLean Christian Church, McLean. Memorials may be made to McLean Fire and Rescue Squad or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born May 27, 1928, in McLean, son of Robert Nevius Sr. and Cora Benedict.

Survivors include his children, Carol Ann (Robert) Young, Bourbonnais; Jeffrey Bruce (Sue) Nevius, Bloomington; and Jayne Lee Killian, Clinton; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George Nevius, Charles Nevius and an infant brother; and an infant sister.

Bobby was a very simple man who enjoyed simple things, walking or riding his bike to town to visit his friends at the barbershop, the post office or the bank. Bobby loved McLean and I think everyone in McLean knew him. He enjoyed taking his son Jeff and his daughters to lunch at the local McDonald’s. He also loved taking trips to Branson, Mo., to visit his friends there. Bobby was in a lot of pain but he would never let you know it. If you asked him how he was, he would always smile and say, “No good” and smile. The pain is now gone and I bet he is in heaven, sitting on that park bench with his two brothers and many friends, quietly listening to their conversations and smiling that big smile, and best of all, is pain free.

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