Anthony “Tony” F. Richter


   Anthony “Tony” F. Richter
, 95, Normal, passed away at 2:45 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 23, 2013) at his residence.

His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Kurt Flora will officiate. His visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue (CISAR) 29738 E. 1400 North Road, Colfax, IL 61728. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Anthony F. Richter was born on June 1, 1917, son of Anton and Bertha Benz Richter. He married Gladys F. Dibble on June 1, 1945, currently of Normal. To this union they have one daughter, Terri Myers, Normal, and her fiance, John Kerner, Bloomington. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Danielle Myers, Ballwin, Mo., and Kyle Myers, Normal; and great-grandchildren, Hailey and Ethan, both of Ballwin, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Edward Richter.

In Tony’s early years he loved to play baseball and was a catcher for the local Bloomington/Normal leagues during the mid 1930s through the 1950s. His love for the game led him to become an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball fan. Not only was his heart in baseball but he also enjoyed roller-skating, which is how he met Gladys. Tony enjoyed a great game of golf, bowling and playing cards. In his later years after his retirement from General Electric as a quality control specialist, he immensely enjoyed being with his grandchildren. In fact he doted on his grandkids and loved to spoil them. Tony was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

The family would like to thank A Caring Touch staff and Kathy Schaller Franzen for taking care of Tony.

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James Gregory Harris

James Gregory “Greg” Harris, 61, of Bloomington died at 2:18 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 2, 2013) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

There will be no service. A private burial will be in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth.

Memorials: Charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Survivors: His mother, Wanda Keist, Bloomington; daughter, Jeanette Harris, Lincoln; stepson, Eric Trujillo, Bloomington; and four grandchildren.

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Nina J. Donaldson

Nina J. Donaldson, 88, of Bloomington died at 7:47 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 2, 2013) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Her service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Mickey Fuson will officiate. Interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the memorial home.

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

Nina was born May 21, 1924, in Bonneville, Ky., daughter of Tom and Stella Jett Gibson. She married Roy K. Donaldson on Aug. 24, 1957, in Bloomington. He passed away June 3, 2003.

Surviving are her children, Evelyn (Michael) McGowan, Kevil, Ky., and Roxanne Hardesty, Bloomington; grandchildren, Kenneth McGowan, Angel Edwards, Cathy Eacret, Stephen McGowan and Sheila Jones; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Including her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; three sisters; and grandchildren, Gregory McGowan and Timothy Back.

She was a member of West Twin Grove Church, Bloomington. Nina liked to sew blankets and loved bowling, for which she was on a bowling league with her granddaughter. She bowled for 30 plus years. She volunteered at the Vineyard Church Food Pantry and she attended the Monday Night Supper Club.

She will be dearly missed by all her family and by all who knew her.

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Earnest “Ernie” Gene Vittitoe

Earnest “Ernie” Gene Vittitoe, 85, Bloomington, passed away at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 29, 2013) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Saturday, february 2, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with a Masonic service at 1 p.m. today at the memorial home. His graveside service will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, with the Rev. Jay Regennitter officiating.

Ernie was born June 9, 1927, in Colfax, the son of Grover Martin and Georgia Ann Vittitoe. He married Thelma Lewis on Feb. 12, 1949, in Bloomington. She preceded him in death Oct. 3, 2011.

Surviving are sons, Roger (Debbie) Vittitoe, Cocoa Beach, Fla., and David Vittitoe, Bloomington; daughters, Linda (Dale) Arbour, Bloomington, and Theresa (Don) Sullivan, Oro Valley, Ariz.; grandchildren, James (Becky) Garrett and Jodi (John) Blumenshine, both of Bloomington; Steven (Faith) Vittitoe, Cheltenham, United Kingdom; and Taylor Vittitoe, Ames, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Chelsi Garrett, Kaitlynn Garrett, Alyssa Blumenshine, Molly Blumenshine, Aidan Blumenshine, Mya Blumenshine, Max Blumenshine, all in Bloomington; Joshua Vittitoe and Abigail Vittitoe, both of Cheltenham, UK; sister, Judy (Frank) Ala, Wheaton; and longtime best friends, Tom and Ginni Schori, Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Earl Vittitoe and Theodore Vittitoe; and sisters, Bertha Mott and Mary Gertrude Lamkin.

Ernie worked for Pantagraph Printing (later Pantagraph Office Supply) from 1947 to 1990.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947 and from 1950 to 1952. He was a member of Morningstar United Methodist Church, Normal.

For more than 50 years Ernie was active in many Masonic fraternities. He served as secretary of Arts and Crafts Lodge 1017, Bloomington Lodge 43 and Wade Barney Lodge 512 a combined 46 years. He advanced through worshipful master in Arts & Crafts Lodge. He was a member of the Valley of Bloomington Scottish Rite, advancing to most wise master in the Chapter of Rose Crois line as well as serving as treasurer for several years. In the Scottish Rite, he was honored with the Meritorious Service Award and served as MSA secretary for more than 10 years. He was a member of all three York Rite bodies, the Chapter, the Council and the Commandery, advancing to the head of all three bodies. He was a member of Mohammed Shrine. Ernie was a past patron and 50-year member of Bloomington Chapter 50 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Memorials can be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

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Robert L. Tevis

Robert L. Tevis, 80 of Bloomington, IL, passed away at OSF. St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL, on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 8:12 A.M.

His funeral will be on February 1, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington at 10:00 A.M. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. The American Legion Post #635 and the U.S. Army will provide military honors. Pastor Tom Wirsing and Pastor Chris Nitzel will officiate. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, from 4:00-6:00 P.M., as well as from 9:30-10:00 A.M. on Friday before the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church 801 S. Madison St., Bloomington, IL 61701. Beck Memorial Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Please view the obituary and leave online condolences at www.beckmemorial.com.

Robert was born on June 14, 1932 in Chillicothe, MO, Son of Thurman and Electra Ramsey Tevis. He married Adeline Hoffman on June 17, 1954 in Chillicothe, MO, she survives. To this union was born Dana (Phil) Stearns, Charlotte, N.C., and Lisa (Ted) Francis, Lexington, IL, they all survive. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Brandon Alcorn and Erin Anguish, Jared (Kim) Alcorn, Phillip Jr.(Laura) Stearns, Megan (Mat) Innis, Dustin Currin, Lane and Chad Francis; great-grandchildren, Danielle Innis and
Evelyn Stearns; Sister, Mary Lou McIrvin, Chillicothe, MO; Brother-In-Law, Keith Robinson; Sister-In-Law’s Rita Tevis, Dorothy Murray, and Corinne Tevis; many wonderful Nieces and Nephews. Robert is preceded in death by his Parents; Brothers; Harold, Jim, Dan, and Clarence; Sister, Betty Robinson.

Robert honorably served in the U.S. Army with Charlie Company, 31st Infantry Regiment during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1954, earning a Combat Infantry Badge. He and his wife moved to Bloomington, IL in 1954 after his honorable discharge from the army. He went to work for General Electric Company in January 1955 until 1992, and retired after 35 years of loyal service. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle. He loved his family, his grandchildren and the little ones were dear to his heart. He loved to go to church, enjoyed country western Hank Williams, working in his yard, visiting with his neighbors and friends, and also enjoyed all kinds of sports. He will be truly missed by all his family relatives and friends. We will see you later in heaven dearest one and will always love you. The dear Lord holds you in his arms now.

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Irene Swearingen

   Margie “Irene” Ball Smock Swearingen, 82, of Bloomington died at 1:35 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 24, 2013) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Chris Nitzel officiating. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2013 at the memorial home, with rites performed at 6 p.m. by Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 50. Visitation also will be one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the memorial home. Memorial gifts may be made to Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 50; VFW Post 454; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

She was born May 8, 1930, in Breckinridge County, Ky., a daughter of James M. Ball and Jessie Mae Conder. She married Raymond Merle Smock on May 10, 1947, in Bloomington. She later married Harold Dean “Red” Swearingen on March 24, 1969, in Bloomington.

She is survived by her children, Ray (Missy) Smock, Normal; Charles (Robin) Smock, Bloomington; Eddie (Patti) Smock, Towanda; SueElla Swearingen, Ohio; and Donald (Tiffany) Swearingen, Chillicothe; grandchildren, Todd, Thomas, Jim (April), Lizabeth (Sean), Rachel, Jessica and Jamie; son-in-law, Gary Alcorn, Normal; sister, Lona Mae Corley, Normal; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Joyce Ann Alcorn; a brother, Vernon Eugene Corley; and a grandchild.

Irene was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She retired from Farm & Fleet after 25 years, remembering the names of all her return customers and inquiring about their children. Irene never met a stranger. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. The family wanted to extend their thanks to the staff of McLean County Nursing Home for their excellent treatment over the last three years.

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Vernon Doran

Vernon F. Doran, 93, LeRoy, formerly of Fairbury, died at 11:57 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 12, 2013) at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or flower donations may be sent to LeRoy Manor. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born March 10, 1919, in Piper City, son of Laurence Doran and Margaret Clarke. He married Myrtle Kyburz on March 20, 1948, in Chatsworth. He is survived by his wife of 64 years.

Also surviving are his daughter, Angela (Bob) Comens, Downs; grandchildren, Christopher F. and Cayla L. Comens, Downs; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Laurence Doran Jr.; and sister, Marjorie Neding.

Growing up, he attended St. Peter Catholic Church, Piper City. He was a veteran of World War II, serving 37 months in the European Theater taking part in the Sicily campaign.

Vernon worked for the city of Fairbury, Walton’s Department Store and Hicks Gas Station. He also worked as a carpenter and in the lumber yard in Piper City.

Vernon liked country music, playing the mandolin and loved to travel.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved life, spending time with his grandchildren and playing with his best friend, Vido, his dog.

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Joselyn Beto

     Joselyn Beto, Infant, of Bloomington , passed away on January 13, 2013 at 9:20 P.M. at OSF. St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bloomington at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 17, 2013 with the Fr. Gregg Petri celebrating. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington.
She was born on January 13, 2013, Infant Daughter of Juan Beto and Oralia Hernandez, both of Bloomington, they survive. Also surviving are Two Sisters, Katia Gallegos, and JoAnna Beto, both of Bloomington; One Brother, Axel Gallegos, Bloomington.

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Stanley M. McCombs

Stanley M. McCombs, 85, Pekin, a Funks Grove native, died at 1:01 p.m. Monday (Jan. 7, 2013) at Pekin Hospital, Pekin.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will be in Funks Grove Cemetery, Funks Grove. The Rev. Larry Cravens and Luke Welchel will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family.

He was born March 24, 1927, in Funks Grove, son of James Elmer McCombs and Nana Elizabeth Griffin. He married Lavonne Phelps on June 12, 1953, in Bloomington. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, James McCombs, Bloomington; Linda (Bobby) Cole, Bay Springs, Miss.; Darlene Welchel, Lincoln; and Don (Susana) McCombs, Carlsbad, N.M.; nine grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua, Laura, Rachel, Elizabeth, Meghan, Luke, Dylan and David; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Roy and Eldon McCombs; sister, Villa Daugherty; daughter-in-law, Becky McCombs; and son-in-law, Daniel Welchel.

He was affiliated with Tabernacle of Breaking Free Ministries of East Peoria.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a member of Laborer Union local 362 for 45 years.

He loved the outdoors and his stride was long and all were challenged to keep up with him. Stan was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He accepted Jesus as his lord and savior in 1958. Through the years, his unwavering faith was an inspiration to all who knew him.

We will love and miss him every day.

Following the service at the graveside, the family would like for all to share a time of food and fellowship at the Salvation Army in Bloomington.

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Gregory “Greg” McCuen

Gregory “Greg” Vincent McCuen, 50, Bloomington, passed away at 9:25 p.m. Monday (Dec. 31, 2012) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1822 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington. The Rev. Jonathan Manor will officiate. Inurnment will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Greg was born Nov. 9, 1962, in Bloomington, the son of Robert G. and Janet S. Hanner McCuen.

Surviving are his father, Robert “Bob” McCuen, Bloomington; three sons, Steven McCuen, Kevin McCuen and Matt McCuen, all of Bloomington; three granddaughters, Alexis McCuen, Bloomington; Taylor McCuen, Danvers; and Kylie Rouse, Downs; one brother, Jeff (Geannette) McCuen, Roswell, Ga.; one sister, Laura (Dave) Moberly, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; three nieces, Katie McCuen, Brandy Moberly and Alyssa (Anthony) Antonicello; two nephews, Austin and Jake Moberly; and an aunt, JoAnn McCuen.

He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.

Greg worked with his father for more than 25 years in the property management business. He was an avid sports fan and coached several youth sports programs. Greg enjoyed golf, poker and spending time with his friends and family.

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