Edna Kincaid

Edna Mae Louise Kincaid, 95, Bloomington, died at 4:24 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 29, 2011) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Her funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Camilla Hempstead officiating. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the memorial home.

Memorials may be made to Park United Methodist Church, Bloomington.

She was born Feb. 17, 1916, at Haswell, Colo., daughter of Warren Frank and Edna Louise Schneeberger Hill. She married Lester A. Kincaid on April 27, 1946, at Bloomington. He died Jan. 5, 1987.

Surviving are two daughters, Lois (Merle Clark) Kincaid, Covell, and Linda Kincaid, Streator.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Weldon Hill and Harold Hill.

Edna was a longtime member of Park United Methodist Church, Bloomington.

After Edna Mae graduated from Bloomington High School, she went to work as an operator for GTE. She later worked as an operator for the Telecourier for 20 years.

She will be loved and missed by all who knew her.

Posted in Bloomington | 1 Comment

Mary Arbuckle

Mary Joann Arbuckle, 75, Normal, died at 8:17 a.m. Monday (Nov. 28, 2011) at Heartland Health Care, Normal.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to Children’s Hospital of Peoria. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Aug. 14, 1936, in Bloomington, daughter of Joseph David Greene and Dessie Broom. She married Clifton Earl Arbuckle on Jan. 23, 1952, in Peoria. He died July 8, 2006.

She was surrounded by her family when she went to see her husband. Surviving are children, Joseph (Diann) Arbuckle, Danvers; Jeff Arbuckle, Normal; Elena (Darwin) Wilson, Danvers; and Ross Arbuckle, Normal; four grandchildren, Chris and Nicki, Tyler and Ryan; six great-grandchildren, Corey, Addison, Sam, Emerson, Amiyah and Caleb; and siblings, Rose, Betty, Donna and Joe (Helen) Greene.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heartland Health Care. Mary was truly blessed to be cared for by the nurses and staff.

She was an avid fisherwoman, who passed along her skills to her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She loved them all very much.

Posted in Bloomington | 1 Comment

Sterlie H. Upchurch

Sterlie H. Upchurch, 80, Normal, passed away at 8:23 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 29, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. His brother, the Rev. Fletcher Upchurch, will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the memorial home.

Sterlie was born April 22, 1931, in Wayne County, Ky., the son of Shiner and Ruby Abbott Upchurch. He married Zola Lawson on May 1, 1954, in Winchester, Ind. She passed away Dec. 25, 2004.

Surviving are four daughters, Shirley Forrester, Bloomington; Edith Upchurch, Normal; Ginetta (Richard) Jones, Towanda; and Sheila (Glenn) Porzelius, LeRoy; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Rev. Fletcher (Victoria) Upchurch, Jamestown, Tenn.; and four sisters, Violet (Gary) Wright, Jamestown, Tenn.; Bonnie Patton, New Castle, Ind.; Wynema (Bill) Nelson, Jamestown, Tenn.; and Mary (David) Hines, Selma, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ricky Upchurch; one grandson, Scott Jones; one brother, Jason Upchurch; and one sister, Ida Abbott.

Sterlie’s family came first. He was a loving, caring husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted in Bloomington, Normal | 1 Comment

Wilda G. Buchanan

Wilda G. Buchanan, 76, El Paso, formerly of Bloomington, died at 6:20 a.m. Monday (Nov. 28, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

A private family graveside service will be Friday at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

She was born May 20, 1935, in Naomi, Ky., daughter of Nell Halcomb. She married Boyd L. Buchanan on Aug. 8, 1954, in Somerset, Ky. He passed away Aug. 23, 2000.

Surviving are five daughters, Shirley (Randy) Bunting, El Paso; Sheila (David) Pittman, Tucson, Ariz.; Christie Buchanan, Bloomington; Pamela (Dave) Anderson, Normal; and Michelle (Dodd) Vernon, Mount Prospect; daughter-in-law, Vangie Buchanan, Austin, Texas; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sons, Jim and Richard Buchanan; and one brother.

Wilda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all her family.

Posted in Bloomington, Normal | 1 Comment

Rodney Hitch

Rodney L. Hitch, 65, of Shirley died at 10:44 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 19, 2011) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (November 22, 2011) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Chad Lueck officiating. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday (November 21, 2011) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bloomington.

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

He was born Sept. 6, 1946, in Bloomington, to Roy F. and Betty F. Kwascigroh Hitch. He married Marlene Waller on Oct. 15, 1966, in Bloomington. Marlene survives.

He is also survived by his mother, Betty F. Hitch of Shirley; two sons, Brian L. Hitch of McLean and Nicholas L. (Kathy) Hitch of Stanford; and four grandchildren, Ryan C. Hitch, Mollie E. Hitch, Chloe N. Hitch and Tanner L. Hitch.

He was preceeded in death by his father.

Rodney was a graduate of Normal Community High School. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where he served as a trustee and elder. He retired from Vuteq as a metals fabrication engineer.

He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 25 years. He was also a member of Land of Lincoln Engines Club in Lincoln. He enjoyed collecting gas engines and antique tractors. He was also a master machinist and metal worker.

He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed visiting with people.

Posted in Bloomington | 8 Comments

Carolyn Busick

Carolyn Jean Busick, 63, of Bloomington died at 8:20 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 17, 2011) at her residence in Bloomington.

Cremation rites have been accorded, with a celebration of life at a later date.

Memorials may be made to The Children’s Foundation or charity of the donor’s choice. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born April 17, 1948, in Bloomington, to Lyle Brice and Lois Alta Lishka Combs. She married Phillip Robert Busick on Sept. 10, 1965, in Galesburg. He died Feb. 10, 2010.

Surviving are her children, Phillip R. (Carrie) Busick III, Bloomington; Lyle L. (Barbara) Busick, Carlock; William J. (Tracy) Busick, Danvers; and Charles A. Busick, Gayla L. Busick and Kendra S. Busick, all of Bloomington; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Debra K. (Willie K.) Belcher, Normal.

Her parents, one brother and one sister preceded her in death.

Carolyn was a mother and caregiver to many. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her.

Posted in Bloomington | 11 Comments

Robert F. Beck

Robert F. Beck, 89, Bloomington, was called to the lord at 7:15 p.m. Friday (Nov. 11, 2011) at Heritage Manor, Bloomington.

A memorial graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday (November 17, 2011) at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, with the Rev. Robert Malone officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Robert was born Dec. 14, 1921, at Bloomington, Ind., son of David Edward and Edith Fishel Beck. He married Ruth Henson on Sept. 5, 1944, at Bloomington, Ill. She died Nov. 24, 2003.

Surviving are children, Carol Beck, Bloomington; Chester Howard (Wanda) Beck, Cambridge; and Judy (Jerry) Kinnison, Bloomington; two grandchildren, Stacie (Bob) Lehman, Bloomington, and Jason (Savilla) Kinnison, Normal; and two great-grandchildren, Tara Lehman and Wade Lehman, both of Bloomington

His parents and six brothers preceded him in death.

“Robert was always willing to help out anyone. He was a hard worker and a very loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.”

Posted in Bloomington | 2 Comments

Bryan J. Girard

Bryan J. Girard, 30, Normal, lost his six-year battle against cancer at 3:47 p.m. Nov. 10, 2011, at his home.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (November 19, 2011) at Cross Pointe Church of God, Bloomington. Cremation rites will be accorded. The Rev. Kevin Summers will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heartland Bank for the Bryan Girard Memorial Fund.

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

He was born April 10, 1981, in Bloomington, son of Edward Girard and Patricia Girard.

He married Shannah Slinker on Sept. 8, 2006, in Bloomington. She survives.

Also surviving are his parents; children, Jayden J.S.E. Girard and MaKayla C. Rodrick; and one brother, Bradley E. Girard.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Edward Girard and Mildred Girard; maternal grandparents, Ed Rediger and Vauna Rediger; and uncle, Michael Rediger.

Bryan enjoyed being a father and watching his children participate with the Black Knights Youth Football Team.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Jeong and OSF Hospice for their support and care for Bryan.

Posted in Bloomington, Normal | 8 Comments

Kenneth Fletcher

Kenneth E. Fletcher, 83, Bloomington, died at 2:25 a.m. Friday (Nov. 11, 2011) at Bloomington Rehabilitation, Bloomington.

Service: 2 p.m. Saturday (November 19,2011), graveside at McLean Cemetery, McLean, with the Rev. Carla Fletcher officiating.

Burial: McLean Cemetery, McLean. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Survivor: brother; Doug Fletcher, Hazelwood, Mo.

Posted in Bloomington | 1 Comment

Larry Dillenburg

Larry Wayne Dillenburg, 54, passed away Saturday (Nov. 5, 2011) at Springfield.

There will be a small memorial at 10 a.m. Saturday (November 12, 2011)  in Funks Grove at the Chapel in the Trees.

Larry was born Dec. 30, 1956, in San Diego, Calif., son of Herbert and Oletha Dillenburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Daniel Wilson; and sister, Joey Cope.

Larry is survived by his three children, Gabriel, Cory and Carly Dillenburg.

Posted in Bloomington, McLean | Comments Off