Richard Kenney

Richard T. Kenney, 70, of Normal died at 3:50 p.m. Thursday (July 26, 2012) at his residence in Normal.

Cremation rites have been accorded. His service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday (August 3, 2012) at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. Military honors will be conducted.

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

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

He was born on Aug. 23, 1941, in Chicago.

Surviving are his children, Michael (Lisa) Kenney, Sauk Village; Jeffrey (Judy) Kenney, Arrowsmith; Shannon Kenney, Normal; and Michelle (Andrew) Washington, Normal; 16 grandchildren; siblings, Maureen (Jay) Nelson, Wisconsin; and Bernard (Pam) Kenney, Bridgeview.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a veteran. He was an operations officer in the Navy and served in Vietnam.

He enjoyed reading and building military models. He also loved spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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Ashley Blust-Cramer

 Ashley Grace Inez Blust-Cramer, 35, Normal, died at 8:33 a.m. Sunday (July 22, 2012) at her home.                                                         

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. The Rev. Allen Steinbeck will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to her children’s (Saige, Kaide and Talyn) educational fund.

She was born July 17, 1977, in Honolulu, Hawaii, daughter of Steve Blust and Debbie Epley Blust. She married Eric Cramer on May 27, 2000, in Downs. He survives.

Also surviving are parents, Steve and Debbie Blust, Normal; children, Saige, Kaide and Talyn Cramer, Normal; siblings, Heather Blust, Normal, and Buffy Blust, Arizona; maternal grandmother, Dolores Epley, Normal; and paternal grandmother, Betty DeWolffe, Galesburg. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Havyn Blust;  maternal grandfather, Dale Epley Sr.; and paternal grandfather, Lloyd Blust.           

Ashley was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington.

She worked as a sales associate for Horizon Insurance and Associates. Ashley was a 1995 graduate of U-High.

She was an accomplished softball pitcher playing in high school and later for ICC. She also  played for the Lady Hearts of Bloomington. She was also voted to the All American Team while in college. Ashley was a dedicated mother to her children, a loving daughter, sister and granddaughter.

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Louella May Busick

Louella May Busick, 80, of Bloomington, IL passed away at 1:13 Am on July 13, 2012 at her home in the presence of her family.

Funeral services for Louella will be held at 1:30 PM on Tuesday (July 17, 2012) at Beck Memorial Home, with Pastor Aaron Stine of New Beginnings Church of God officiating.  Visitation will be held on Monday (July 16, 2012) from 6:00-8:00 PM at the memorial home.  Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Louella was born May 6, 1932 in Bloomington, IL a daughter of John Deerwester and Elsie Ploense.  She married Maurice Busick on August 31, 1949 in Bloomington.  He passed away October 15, 1982.

She is survived by her fiancé Donald E. Thompson of Bloomington; 2 children:  Ray (Ruth) Busick of Elizabeth, CO; Rev. Janet (Rev. David) Jones of Bloomington.  Grandchildren:  Paul (Kim) Wilson; Tina (Jeff) Jones; Terry (Sarah) Denton; Jerry (Marla) Trisler; Lester (Rayna) Kaufman; 5 Step-Grandchildren.  Great-Grandchildren:  Ben (Donna) Wilson; Mary (Joe) Sexton; Nikk Funk; Coty Funk; Tawnee Jones; Danielle Swearingen; Brittney Denton; Dillon Denton; Taylor Denton; Terry Denton, Jr.; Trevor Denton; Marcus Trisler; Brett Trisler; Kayla Kaufman; Rowan Kaufman; Tobius Kaufman; 5 Step-great-grandchildren; Great-great-grandchildren:  Lila, Evan, Peyton, Gracie, Caiden, Levi, Bryce, Nevaeh, Coty, Jr.; Kaylea, Demykel, Dakota, Matthew.

Louella was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Maurice Duane Busick, and great-great granddaughter Kianna Rudesill.

Louella retired from Kathryn Beich Candies after 40 years.

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Kay Olson

Kay Olson, 78, passed away peacefully at 1:30 PM on Monday, July 9, 2012 at her home.

A private memorial will be attended by immediate family members.  Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Kay is survived by her husband Ronald, sons Rick, Rob, and Mark, daughter-in-law Kathie, and grandchildren Alexia, Erica, and Ryne.

She was preceded in death by her parents Harvey and Susie Ropp and by her daughter in law Sue Olson.

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

 

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Arthur Cusey

Arthur “Art” Cusey, 64, of Normal died at 5:56 p.m. Thursday (June 28, 2012) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

No funeral is planned. Memorial gifts may be made to the family. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Jan. 27, 1948, in Paxton, a son of Linden Thomas Cusey and Emma Maurietta Watson. He married Henrietta Sue Waller on Oct. 9, 1992, Bloomington.

He is survived by his wife; his children, Doug Cusey, Conroe, Texas; Brian (Dee) Cusey, Phoenix, Ariz.; Angel Kitchen, Phoenix; Kenney Lauritson, Austin, Texas; and Kevin Lauritson, Lexington; surviving siblings, Bob (Linda) Troxel, Middletown; Nita (Harvey) Petty, Goodfield; JoAnn Stephens, Normal; and Alice Hook, Heyworth; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was a member of Heartland Community Church. Art held several different jobs but mostly he farmed with his dad and uncle.

Art enjoyed fishing; he was a great wood worker, loved working on cars and motorcycles, going to car shows, and loved life.

Art was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved his dog and cat and spending time with his grandchildren.

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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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