Frank West

Frank L. West, 79, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., formerly of Bloomington, died at 3:39 p.m. Saturday (March 17, 2012) at Hospice of West Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday (March 20, 2012) at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Father David Halt will officiate. Military honors will be conducted by Bloomington VFW Post 454. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday (March 20, 2012) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of West Alabama, a not-for-profit organization.

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

He was born June 18, 1932, in Towanda, the son of Louis and Emmaline West. He married Patricia Lewis on Aug. 5, 1955, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She passed away in 2003.

Survivors include one daughter, Lisa (Jerry) Pizzato of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and two grandchildren, Tyler and Madison Pizzato.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

He served in the U.S. Army. Frank was a retired Teamster with the McLean County Asphalt Company of Bloomington.

He enjoyed his last year living at Martinview Assisted Living in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Virginia Phelps

Virginia R. Phelps, 83, Bloomington, died at 10:06 a.m. Tuesday (March 6, 2012) at her residence.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. The Rev. Ed Herald will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the memorial home.

Memorials may be made to the family or American Cancer Society.

She was born May 19, 1928, in Heyworth, daughter of William Page and Viola McWhinney.

She married Hilbert Phelps on Feb. 14, 1947, in Bloomington. Hilbert passed away March 30, 1980.

She is survived by her children, Sheila (Bill Stone) Phelps, Bryan (Susan) Phelps and Dennis (Krista) Page; grandchildren, Natosha (Sean) Howell; Jen (Will) Trew; Billy (Sam) Jacobs; Victoria, Ashley and Denise Phelps; Samantha Page; and David, Bryan, Dawn, Chad and Melissa Stone; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, three sisters and one grandchild.

She was owner-operator of Phelps Heating and Cooling and later retired from the City of Bloomington.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Virginia will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She was a strong, courageous woman who was our inspiration. She fought a long, hard battle with cancer.

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Arlene Bleavins

Arlene E. Bleavins, 76, Bloomington, died at 5:50 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 23, 2012) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday (Feb. 27, 2012) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. The Rev. Ralph Wingate Jr. will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday (Feb. 27, 2012) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

She was born Feb. 20, 1936, in Normal, daughter of Henry E. Swanson and Vida Estelle Denby. She married Edward Bleavins on July 9, 1955, in Normal. He survives.

Also surviving are children, Jaye (Mike) Whitter and Cindy (Jeffrey) Lovell, both of Bloomington; five grandchildren, David Whitter, Jessica Lovell, Jayce Whitter, Noel Lovell-Moore and Danielle Robinson; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, David Bleavins; and one sister.

Arlene attended Calvary Baptist Church of Normal.

Arlene was a wonderful wife and a loving mother and grandmother. She loved to cook for her family, do crafts and make gifts to give to others. She was also an avid collector of graniteware. She retired from Illinois State University Building Services in 1997.

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Janice Lynn Barnhill

Janice Lynn Barnhill, 52, Bloomington, died at 9:36 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 18, 2012) at her residence.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2012) at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, with the Rev. David Bergelin officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Community Cancer Center in Normal. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born July 15, 1959, at Bloomington, to John and M. Loraine Graber Dietz. She married John Barnhill on July 9, 1988, at Bloomington. He survives.

Also surviving are her children, Greg Barker, Jessica Dailey, and Chris and Brandon Barnhill, all of Bloomington; three grandchildren, Kristina Barker, Koby Dailey and Eva Barker; and sister, Ruth (John) Colclasure, Lexington.

Her parents preceded her in death.

She owned and operated Janice’s Licensed Daycare for 14 years.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Lexington. Janice was a 1977 graduate of Bloomington High School.

She loved puzzles, books, lighthouse and apple decorations and her fish. Janice loved her family deeply and was very proud of her kids and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. We love you always and you will be greatly missed by all of us.

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Oscar Lawson

Oscar C. Lawson, 94, of Normal, formerly of Lexington, died at 3:13 a.m. Friday (Feb. 10, 2012) at Heritage Manor, Normal.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 14, 2012) at Grace Church, Normal. The Rev. Bryan Brotherton will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday (Feb. 13, 2012) at the church. Burial will be at Chenoa Cemetery, Chenoa. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans Foundation or to Grace Church in Normal.

He was born June 13, 1917, in Sneedville, Tenn., a son of Charles Lawson and Bertha Smith Lawson.

He married Minda Buttry on Aug. 31, 1946, in Morristown, Tenn. She passed away Nov. 23, 1993.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lou Lawson; two sons, Michael (Debbie) Lawson and Kevin (Vicki) Lawson, both of Bloomington; grandchildren Rebecca (Todd) Harris, Jessica, Christopher, Philip, Ryan and Jeffrey Lawson; a great-grandchild, Eden Harris; and two sisters, Eula (Theron) McDonald of Kingsport, Tenn., and Thelma (John) Buchert of Anderson, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Oscar attended the First Baptist Church of Lexington. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, stationed at Eglin Field near Pensacola, Fla. Mr. Lawson was a farmer in Sneedville, Tenn., and later worked at Interlake Steel in Pontiac, where he retired.

Oscar enjoyed working on his cars, listening to his kids sing, and farming. He loved his Lord and his family and treasured spending as much time with them as possible.

The family would like to send a special thank you to all of the staff at Heritage Manor for all of their kindness and care that they gave them.

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Sharon L. Gwin

Sharon L. Gwin, 63, of Bloomington died at 4:18 p.m. Friday (Feb. 3, 2012) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Service: Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: May be made to the family.

Survivors: Two sons, Bill Keist and Tommy Keist, both of Bloomington; a daughter, Betty Jo (Bob) Miller, Atlanta; two brothers, Steve (Jeannie) Griffin and Stanley (Becky) Griffin, both of Bloomington; two sisters, Rose (Dana) Gray, Bloomington, and Sue (Charles) Stovall, Tennessee; 6 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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George R. “Dick” McGee

George R. “Dick” McGee, 70, of Shirley died at 9:20 a.m. Friday (Jan. 20. 2012) at his residence.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Shirley Christian Church, Shirley, with the Rev. James Gilroy officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be made to Shirley Christian Church.

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

He was born June 14, 1941, in Bloomington, the son of Albert and Arline Tipsord McGee. He married Jeri Schreiber on Jan. 16, 1960, in Bloomington.

Survivors include his wife, Jerri McGee; children, Richard (Jennifer) McGee of Heyworth,   Kim Wilson of Heyworth, Kristi (Kent) Smith of Funks Grove and Michelle (Mike) Hankins of Stanford; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and brother and sisters, Mildred (Marty) Hoeniges of Bloomington, William (Alte) McGee of Bloomington and Carol Cope of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Opel Murrell, Edith Higgs, Ethel Kerrick, Barbara Kerrick and Lois Veselack.

George was a longtime member of Shirley Christian Church. George was a devoted family man. He loved fishing, camping and he loved his Cubs and Tony Stewart. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.

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Serena ruth Lowry

Serena Ruth Lowry, 54, Normal, went to heaven at 1:45 p.m. Monday (Jan. 16, 2012) from an unexpected heart attack at her residence.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. John Pham officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born May 30, 1957, at Suffolk, Va., daughter of Harold Wickliff and Olga Evelyn Childs Lowry.

Surviving are her fiance, Todd Thomas, Cuba, Ill.; children, Kit (fiancee, Laura Lowe) Weste, Huntington Beach, Calif.; Drew Weste, Anaheim, Calif.; and Gwen (fiance, Anthony Lopez) Weste, Buena Park, Calif.; two grandchildren, Skye and Eli Weste, both of Buena Park, Calif.; and two siblings, Morgan Stuart, Bloomington, and John Lowry, Redding, Calif. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by “Wicked,” her most beloved Siamese cat.

Serena attended church at Holy Trinity Church of Bloomington.

Serena loved the snow, Siamese cats and fashion. She was cherished by many because of her kindness, lovingness, patience and helpfulness. Serena touched many lives, and brought so much love and joy to the world. She will be missed and her memory cherished by all who knew her.

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Milton Olson

Milton L. Olson, 81, of Bloomington died Friday (Jan. 13, 2012) at his residence.

His service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 18, 2012) at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. James Reents officiating. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington,  with military honors by Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guards. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 17, 2012) at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to FFA at Olympia High School or ALS Foundation.

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

He was born Sept. 30, 1930, in Bloomington, to George and Lillian Smith Olson. He married Patti Evelsizer on Sept. 2, 1951, in Bloomington. Patti passed away Jan. 3, 2000.

Survivors include a daughter, Julie (Tom) Shadid; three sons, Larry Olson, Brian Olson and David (Kathy) Olson; eight grandchildren, Kari (Drew) May, Megan Olson, Chad Olson, Jennifer Olson, Brianna Olson, Sara Shadid, Kyle Shadid and Katie Shadid; four great-grandchildren, Kailey, Andrue, Brynlee and Emily; a brother, Ronald (Kay) Olson; and three sisters:  Mary Olson, Helen Lewis and Karen (Tom) Cochran.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Milton was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Milton was born and raised on his family farm. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army in infantry on the front line. Milton enjoyed racing.

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Esther Maxine Schmidt

Esther Maxine Leslie Schmidt, 88, Towanda, died at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 10, 2012) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Service: 10 a.m. Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Mark Wallace will officiate.

Burial: Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Central Illinois Humane Society or Huntington’s disease research.

Survivors: her children, Donald (Beth) Walker, LeRoy; Janet (John) Tucker, Towanda; Gail Arteman, Tucson, Ariz.; and Shelly (Don) Ummel, Normal; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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