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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Charles O. Erdman

Charles O. Erdman, 77, Bloomington, passed away at 3:25 A.M., Saturday, December 15, 2012 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.
There will be no visitation. A private family service will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Central Illinois, in memory of Charles.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce Miller Erdman, Bloomington, Two daughters, Bonnie Erdman, and Patti Erdman, both of Bloomington. His parents preceded him in death along with, one infant Daughter, Betty Jean; one Brother, Daniel Erdman and one sister, Elizabeth Susan Erdman.

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Karen J. Lovins

Karen J. Lovins, 67, Ellsworth, died at 3:05 p.m. Monday (Dec. 10, 2012) at her home.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will be at Friends Cemetery, Bentown. Bishop James Nave will officiate. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.

She was born Aug. 18, 1945, in Bloomington, daughter of Faye Weed. She married Richard Lovins on March 24, 1963, in Padua. He survives.

Also surviving are her mother, Faye Brock, LeRoy; children, Rick Lovins, Heyworth, and Jeff (Kimberly) Lovins, Kentucky; grandchildren, Nikki, Candi, Ashleigh, Kari, Grace Lovins, Jessica (Ben) McIlroy, Andrea Beitz, Grant, Luke, James, Elisabeth and Tabitha Lovins; 12 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Larry McCullum, Heyworth; Jack Brock, Danvers; and Bodie Brock, LeRoy.

She was preceded in death by four sisters.

Karen retired from State Farm.

She liked playing her piano and keyboard, but mostly enjoyed spending time with her grandkids.

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Martha Louise Gwin

Martha Louise Gwin, 84 of Bloomington, passed away at 8:15A.M. at her home in Bloomington, on December 2, 2012.

Her visitation will be Wednesday December 5, 2012 from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00P.M at Beck Memorial Home. The funeral will be at 1:00 P.M. at Beck Memorial Home on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, with Pastor Mike Bailey officiating. Burial will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or the Donor’s Choice in memory of Martha.

Martha Louise Gwin, was born on May 12, 1928 in Normal, Il, Daughter of Ance Huff and Cinda Huff (nee: Aldridge), they both preceded her in death. She Married Edgar Louis Smith, then later married Robert L. Gwin on December 30, 1967 in Bloomington, IL, he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her one Son, Anthony (Ruth) Smith, LeRoy; one Daughter, Betty (Ronald) Bragonier, Bloomington; one Step-Son, Gary (Kaye) Gwin, Bloomington; one Step-Daughter, Debbie Sims, Virginia;
her beloved cat and best friend of eight years, Nadine; Sister, Darlene (David) Sloan, Colfax. Six Grandchildren, eleven Great-Grandchildren, and three Great-Great grandchildren also survive her. One Brother, and three Sisters also preceded her in death.

Martha worked for the Eureka Williams Company retiring in 1993 as a Quality Control Inspector. She was an active member of the Machinist Union Lodge 1000 in Bloomington. After her retirement she enjoyed playing Bingo, going to the Off Track Betting and the Paradise River Boat Casino in Peoria. She also immensely enjoyed going camping and boating in Lacon, IL as often as she could.

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