Barbara Jo Kemp

Barbara Jo Kemp, 55, of Normal died at 11:16 a.m. Saturday (March 9, 2013) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the memorial home, with the Rev. Kenney Weaver officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded, and the inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made in her honor to her family. Beck Memorial Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

She was born July 1, 1957, in Springfield, daughter of Lee and Mable Morgan Ahlers. She married her husband of 34 years, William E. Kemp, currently of Normal, on July 8, 1978, in Bollingbrook. Together, they had two daughters, Mandy Lea Kemp, currently of Bloomington, and Desiree Lynn Hicks, currently of Springfield.

Also surviving are two stepsons, William E. Kemp Jr., Phoenix, and Robert Kemp, Los Angeles; six grandsons; one granddaughter; five sisters; three brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers.

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Ralph O. “Bud” Dilley, III

Ralph O. “Bud” Dilley III, 69, Bloomington, died at 10:43 p.m. Wednesday (March 6, 2013) at Bloomington Rehab & Health Services, Bloomington.

His funeral will be at noon Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. A committal service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, with Michael Scott officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the funeral home.

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

He was born March 9, 1943, in Bloomington, son of Ralph Otho Dilley Jr. and Dorothy M. Fergusen.

Survivors include his children, Rhett Dilley, Bloomington, and Ryan (Sammi) Dilley, Normal; two grandchildren, Cole and Sophia; sister, Becky (Ron) Ashenbremer, Bloomington; and cousin, Dan (JoAnn) Ferguson, Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ralph accomplished many things in life, the greatest being his success as a father. He was a very social person and had many friends. He enjoyed working with his hands and loved spending time with his dog, Max.

His grandchildren held a special place in his heart. Ralph lived life the way he wanted to live it and will be truly missed by his family and friends.

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John Carl Schippert

John Carl Schippert, 76, of Carlock went home to be with his Lord on Friday (March 1, 2013) at his home in Carlock after a lengthy battle with cancer.

A celebration of Carl’s life will take place Sunday, March 3, 2013 at the Carlock Township Building. Visitation will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. A celebration service will start at 5 p.m., with a meal following for the family. The Rev. Wes Ooms will officiate.

John Carl Schippert was born March 25, 1936, to Charles and Mary Schippert, and had one brother, Lee Schippert. They preceded him in death. He married Joyce Wallace on Feb. 7, 1958. Surviving are Joyce and their four children, Lori (Ed) Christy, Indianapolis; Dave (Peg) Schippert, Roanoke; Beth (Mark) Aldridge, Bloomington; and Sara (Brendan) Foley, Boulder, Colo.; and nine grandchildren, Audra (Drew) Feinholz, Melissa Schippert, Jacob Schippert, Maggie Christy, Wallace Christy, Nicole Aldridge, Morgan Aldridge, Lauren Aldridge and Johnny Foley.

The family would like to thank Dr. Scott Carrington, Dr. Pankaj Kumar and the wonderful caring nurses who provided for Carl at his many office visits. We are also very grateful to Lowell, Paul, Roger, Don, Bill, Teresa and the many friends who are too numerous to list who assisted the family during the illness.

Carl served his country in the Army and worked at Firestone for 33 years. He was an avid NASCAR fan, but will be remembered most by his generous and thoughtful spirit. Carl prayed daily for his family and will be deeply missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Evangelistic Mission Inc., P.O. Box 367000, San Juan, PR 00936-7000; Illinois Cancer Care, 1505 Eastland Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701; or Community Bible Fellowship, 1131 State Route 251 N., El Paso, IL 61738.

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Linda J. Sayers Wheelock

Linda J. Sayers Wheelock, 65, Bloomington, died at 5:46 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 28, 2013) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Service: Noon, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Burial: Park Hill Mausoleum, Bloomington. The Rev. John McIntosh will officiate.

Visitation: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Memorials: First United Methodist Church of Normal or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Survivors: husband, James R. Wheelock, and brother, Stephen (Dianne) Sayers, Weldon.

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Patricia Ann Anderson

Patricia Ann Anderson, 63, Bloomington, died at 2:56 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 27, 2013) at Asta Care, Bloomington.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to the education fund for her grandchildren, in care of Austin Anderson.

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

She was born March 17, 1949, in Bloomington, daughter of Bernard Moews and Elaine Hutchison. She married John Anderson on June 29, 1969, in Bloomington. He survives.

Also surviving are children, Austin (Alexis) Anderson, Normal; Dawn Anderson, Indiana; Jeff Anderson, Bloomington; and Loretta Calderone, Bloomington; grandchildren, Dylan, Cruzita, Logan, Cheyenne and Bryson; one sister, Connie Morris, Bloomington; and one brother, Mike Moews, Centralia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Scott Anderson; daughter, Kelly Anderson; and two brothers.

Patricia worked at Kroger in Bloomington, retiring after 15-plus years.

She was a graduate of Bloomington High School in the class of 1967.

Patricia was a loving mother and grandmother with a heart of gold. She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends.

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JoAnn “Bonnie” Crutcher

JoAnn “Bonnie” Crutcher, 85, Bloomington, died at 9:42 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2013) at her residence.

Service: Cremation rites have been accorded.

Burial: at a later date.

Visitation: none. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Survivors: husband, Myron Crutcher; children, Paul (Nancy) Crutcher, Bloomington, and Martha (Brian) Sparrow, Sumrall, Miss.; and two grandchildren.

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Mary L. Olson

Mary L. Olson, 85, Normal, died Monday (Feb. 11, 2013) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

A private graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2013 at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.

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

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, George L. and Lillian L. Olson; a brother, Milton L. Olson; and sisters-in-law, Patti Olson and Kay L. Olson.

She is survived by a brother, Ronald G. Olson, Bloomington; and sisters, Karen J. Cochran, New Jersey, and Helen J. Lewis, Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

Mary was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of McLean County Nursing Home and especially would like to thank Julie.

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Thomas Randall Knoll

Thomas Randall Knoll, 31, Bloomington, died Monday (Feb. 11, 2013) in Bloomington.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, Danvers. Visitation will be from 8:30 until time of service Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the church. The Rev. Mike Claver will officiate.

Thom was born Nov. 30, 1981, in Pekin, son of Bernie and Randi Furnace Knoll. He attended Olympia High School, class of 2000.

He is survived by his parents of Danvers; his son, Trystan Knoll, Lexington; brother, Brian (Diane) Knoll, Armington; sister, Heather (Danon) Kaeb, Danvers; two nephews; and one niece.

He married Rebecca Nolan on March 24, 2001. They were divorced.

He is also survived by Brittany Colbeck, his girlfriend of seven years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Thom Knoll Memorial Fund for Trystan Knoll at any CEFCU location.

Thom was a talented musician, loving father, son and brother. He was a hard worker and a genuine friend, always willing to help. His passion was music and he attended many live concerts.

He will be lovingly missed by his family and friends.

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Martha Etta Mann

     Martha Etta Mann, 89, Normal, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 24, 2013) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Jay Reginetter officiating. Burial will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.

Visitation will be one hour before the service Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the funeral home.

Memorials maybe made to the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 454, 1006 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington, IL 61701. Martha was a Gold Circle Member of this organization.

Martha was born Nov. 29, 1923, in Cooksville, the daughter of Roy Charles and Minnie Martha Schmidt Weed. She married William John Mann on July 28, 1942, in Rock Island. He passed away April 29, 1994.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathlene Mann, Normal; Theresa (Lawrence) Reece, Bloomington; Nancy (Robert) Papp, Normal; and Martha L. Mann, Garner, Kan.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Faye Brock, LeRoy; and two brothers, Melvin Weed and Paul Weed, both of Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her eldest daughter, five brothers and four sisters.

Martha operated a licensed daycare center out of her home until the age of 80, generously giving her time and care to children. She enjoyed baking pies and cookies for others as she did for her 12 siblings and parents while growing up in Padua.

Martha’s family would like to thank her neighbors, friends, family members and McLean County Nursing Home for their kindness.

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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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