Verna Theresa Anna Whalen - 94

10/5/1917 - 4/19/2012
Hillsboro, IL

Verna Whalen, 94, of Hillsboro, IL passed away on Thurs., April 19, 2012 at 2:27 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, IL.  Visitation will be held on Sun., April 22, 2012 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro, IL.  The funeral service will be on Mon., April 23, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Harry Meyer, Pastor of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Hillsboro officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro.

Mrs. Whalen was born on October 5, 1917 in Madison Co., IL to the late Anton C. & Anna B. (Schauster) Landolt.  She had lived in rural Greenville,IL, California, Hillsboro, IL, and with her children in Arizona and Wisconsin.  Mrs. Whalen had worked at the Hillsboro Garment Factory, Whitlock's Piggly-Wiggly Store in Hillsboro, and then retired in 1974 from Kroger working as a clerk from 1955-1974.  She was a memeber of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Hillsboro, IL, Treasurer of Christian Women’s Fellowship, Jolly Grandmother’s Club, and Hillsboro Lioness Club.  She delivered Meals on Wheels and loved playing Wednesday afternoon cards.

She had married Raymond C. Caulk and later divorced.  She then married Kenneth L. Whalen on June 28, 1965 at Reno, NV. Kenneth preceded July 7, 1984  Other survivors include 1 daughter, Shirley (husband David) Calufetti of Phoenix, AZ;
1 son-in-law, Jack Abrams of Madison, WI; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 8 great-great grandchildren.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded 1 daughter, Darlene Abrams and 5 brothers, Delmer, Manuel, Earl, Alfred & Ervin Landolt.

Memorials may be given to Muscular Dystrophy Association.

James Elmore - 73

11/4/1938 - 4/13/2012
Coffeen, IL

James Elmore, age 73, of Coffeen, IL passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital, Hillsboro, IL. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen, IL. Rev. Eugene Dunkley, Pastor of Free Methodist Church, Coffeen, IL will officiate. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Olive Hill Cemetery, Coffeen, IL.

Mr. Elmore was born on November 4, 1938 at Coffeen, IL, to the late Earl & Leah M. (Johanntosettel) Elmore.  He had lived in Coffeen, IL his entire life.  Mr. Elmore attended Illinois School for the Deaf until 1955. He  worked doing handy work & yard work for the Spivey family. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Fan & WWF Wrestling Fan.

Mr. Elmore is survived by two brothers, Tom Elmore of Irving, IL & Gene (wife Sandra) Elmore of Coffeen, IL. He is also survived by several nieces & nephews and several great nieces & great nephews. Beside his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Art Elmore & one sister, Carole Ann Roach.

Memorial may be given to Olive Hill Cemetery, Coffeen, IL.

Gladys Marie Taulbee - 66

11/6/1945 - 4/12/2012
Witt, IL

Gladys M. Taulbee, 66, of Witt, IL passed away on Thurs., April 12, 2012 @ 4:30 a.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital in Hillsboro, IL.  Funeral services will be held on Mon., April 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro, IL with Rev. Ralph Ward of Hillsboro, IL officiating.  Visitation will be Mon. April 16, 2012 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Irving Cemetery in Irving, IL.

Mrs. Taulbee was born on November 6, 1945 in Hillsboro, IL to Denver Traylor & Annabelle (Harvey) Traylor Williams.
Her father has preceded & Annabelle Williams survives in Coffeen, IL.  She was a Hillsboro High School graduate and had worked at Addus Health Care as an aid and also as a union representative.  She lived in Coffeen, Hillsboro, Aurora, Pontiac and Witt, IL during her life time.  She was a member of Addus Health Care Union and AARP.  She had married Edward C. Taulbee and was later divorced and has preceded in death.

Survivors besides her mother are one daughter, Marilyn Wheaton of Carlinville, IL; one son, Leslie E. (wife Rebecca) Traylor of Raeford,North Carolina; 3 grandchildren, Saree (husband, Robert) Allen, Jordan Lewis, and Leandra Taulbee; 2 great grandchildren, Coral Allen and Hershel Allen; 4 sisters, Carolyn (husband Glen) Pinnick of Seward, Alaska, Glenda (husband Ron) Hanson of Apache Junction, AZ, Marsha (husband Jim) Sheets of Mooringsport, LA, Norma Logue of Shreveport, LA; 1 brother, Ed Traylor of Coffeen, IL; and 1 step-brother, Johnny (wife Rose) Williams of Coffeen, IL.  Besides her father, she was preceded by one brother, Harvey Lee Traylor. 

Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.

Sharon Sue Skinner - 72

10/10/1939 - 4/10/2012
Hillsboro, IL

Sharon Sue Skinner, 72, of Hillsboro, formerly of Butler, IL passed away on Tesday, April 10, 2012 at 12:15 a.m. at Montgomery Nursing & Rehab in Taylor Springs, IL.  Private family services will be held at a later date.

Ms. Skinner was born on October 10, 1939 at Butler, IL to the late Paul Harold & Ida Alma (Bohlen) Skinner.  She had lived in Butler from 1954-2006 and also lived in Litchfield, Hillsboro, and Irving.  She was a 1957 Litchfield High School Graduate.  Ms. Skinner had been a cook at Red Rooster from 1973-1982 and also a CNA at Hillsboro Health Care.  She was a member of Hillsboro Lioness Club in Hillsboro and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Irving.

Survivors include one sister, Pamela Kay (husband Michael) Lee of Hillsboro, IL; 3 nephews, Darin Skinner, Dan Skinner, & Mike Lee; and 4 great nieces and nephews, Rachel Petty, Deahnna Skinner, Kaleb Skinner & Venice.  Besides her parents, she was preceded by one brother, Art L. Skinner and one nephew, Christopher Lee.

Memorials may be given to Hillsboro Police Department K-9 Fund.

Rosella M. Pryor - 91

2/24/2012 - 4/2/2012
Butler, IL

Rosella M. Pryor, 91, of Butler, IL, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012 @ 3:20 p.m. at Heritage Manor in Litchfield, IL.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro, IL with Rev. James Howie officiating.  Visitaion will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home with burial in Montgomery Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.

Mrs. Pryor was born on Feb. 24, 1921 at Morrisonville, IL  to  the late Charles Wesley & Mary Elizabeth (Davis) Fogel.  She graduated from Hillsboro High School and lived most of her lifetime in the Butler area.  She had been a cook at Butler school for 10 years and then at Spring Air Café in Raymond.  She was a member of Butler Union Church and the Women’s Guild at Butler Union Church. 

She married Leonard F. Pryor on August 1, 1938 in Tullahoma, TN and he preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 1968.  Survivors include 2 children, Elizabeth A. Davidson of Greenville, IL and Barbara M. (husband Stephen) Wright of Witt, IL; 8 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and 1 great great-grandchild.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded by one son, Charles L. Pryor in December 2001, 1 great great-grandchild, and 6 siblings.

Memorials may be given to the Family.

Brooks E. Moreland - 62

2/23/1950 - 3/28/2012
Coffeen, IL

Brooks E. Moreland, 62, of Coffeen, IL passed away on Wed., March 28, 2012 @ 12:47 p.m. at Coffeen, IL.  Funeral services will be held on Sat., March 31, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen, IL with Rev. Harry Kirk, Pastor of Liberty Church in Bingham, IL officiating.  Burial will be in Waveland Cemetery in Hillsboro, IL.  Visitation will be Sat., March 31, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Moreland was born on February 23, 1950 in Pana, IL  to the late Gene & Nedra Joann (Traylor) Moreland.  He had lived in Pana, Bingham, Fillmore and Coffeen, IL and attended Ramsey High School. He had worked for Ameren IP (CIPS) Coffeen Power Station and retired in 2011 after 31 years of service. He was a certified welder and worked as a certified welder repairman.  He was a member of Coffeen Fire Department, Fillmore Masonic Lodge #670,  and Local 148 Operating Engineers. 

He married Lois Graham on December 4, 1967. She survives in Coffeen, IL.  Other survivors include 2 daughters, Gena (husband Kevin) Lewey of Coffeen, IL, Andrea (husband Chad) Moreland-Ruppert of Witt, IL; 5 grandchildren, Cody & Cassidy Lewey of Coffeen, IL and Brooks Moreland, Dominic & Darian Ruppert of Witt, IL; mother-in-law, Doris Graham and many aunts and uncles.  Besides his parents he was preceded by 1 brother, Brent Edward Moreland in infancy.

Memorials may be given to Coffeen Fire Department or Liberty Church, Bingham, IL.

Margie E. Brewer - 72

8/26/1939 - 3/26/2012
Coffeen, IL

Margie Eileen Brewer, 72, of Coffeen, IL, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 11:52 a.m. at her residence.  Funeral services will be held on Thurs., March 29, 2012 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen, IL with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Rev. John Walsh, Pastor United Methodist Church of Coffeen, IL will officiate with burial at Olive Hill Cemetery in Coffeen, IL.

Margie was born on August 5, 1939 in Montgomery Co., IL to Rev. Luther E. & Laura Belle (Chumley) White.  She lived her entire life in Coffeen where she was a graduate of Coffeen High School.  She married James Dean Brewer on September 20, 1958 in Montgomery Co., IL.  He preceded her in death August 15, 1997.  She was a member of East Fork Baptist Church in Coffeen, IL where she played the piano for over 20 years.  She was a homemaker who loved to garden, play the piano, sing and attend church.

Survivors include her mother, Laura Belle White of Coffeen, IL; 1 son, David Brewer of Coffeen, IL; 4 Daughters, Susan LaRussa of Coffeen, IL, Mary (husband Brad) Nave of Coffeen, IL, Marsha (husband Steve) Voyles of Coffeen, IL, Sarah (husband Tom) Cline of Sullivan, MO; 11 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; 2 sisters, Sharon (husband Jim) Ricke,  Theresa (husband Louis) Lang and 2 brothers, Tom (wife Jerry) White, and Dan White, all of Coffeen, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded by her father, Rev. Luther White and one granddaughter, Tara Nave.

Memorials may be given to Olive Hill Cemetery, Coffeen, IL.

Howard Keepper - 93

7/28/1918 - 3/20/2012
Butler, IL

Howard W. Keepper, 93 of Butler, IL passed away on Tues., March 20, 2012 @ 3:45 a.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital in Hillsboro, IL.  Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro, IL with Rev. Ralph Ward of Hillsboro officiating.  Burial will be in Morrisonville Cemetery, Morrisonville, IL with military rites at graveside.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

He was born on July 28, 1918 in Butler, IL to the late Edgar & Bessie (Haywood) Keepper.  He had lived in Butler all of his life
working as a farmer and was a 1937 Hillsboro High School graduate.  Mr. Keepper was a member of Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge in Hillsboro and Montgomery County Farm Bureau.  He had honor of going on the Honor Flight.  He also served 48 years on the Butler Grove Township Board.  He served in the Army as an Airplane Crew Chief during WWII. 

He married Ruth La Verne Short on September 4, 1948 in Litchfield, IL and she preceded Sept. 27, 1968.  He then married Mary Eloise (Forsting) Burris on April 25, 1970 in Hillsboro, IL.  She also preceded him in death on April 18, 1992.
Survivors include: 1 Daughter, Kay (husband Michael “Mick”) Neely of Hillsboro, IL; 2 sons, Lynn (wife Paula) Keepper of Hillsboro, IL and Kent Keepper of Alexandria, VA; 1 step-son, Glenn E. Burris of Litchfield, IL; 2 grandchildren, Bryan Keepper of Hillsboro, IL and Andrea (husband Chuck) Durbin of Hillsboro, IL; 2 great grandchildren, Skylar Durbin and Conner Durbin both of Hillsboro; 1 brother, Melvin (wife Jean) Keepper of Decatur, IL. 

Others that preceded him in death are 1 sister, Mildred Tucker, and 4 brothers, Kenneth Keepper, Lester Keepper, Wendell Keepper, and Delbert Keepper.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to United Methodist Church Preschool Playground Fund.

David Lee "Crockett" White - 70

3/6/1942 - 3/15/2012
Coffeen, IL

David Lee White, 70, of Coffeen, IL passed away on Thurs., March 15, 2012 @ 3:12 a.m. at Montgomery Nursing & Rehab in Taylor Springs, IL.  Funeral services will be held on Mon., March 19, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Coffeen, IL with Rev.Mike Bates, Pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and Pastor Tom Shirley of Hillsboro, IL officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Coffeen.  Visitation will be on Sun., March 18, 2012 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen, IL.

Mr. White was born on March 6, 1942 at Coffeen, IL to the late Wilbur W. & Mima Jane (Lyerla) White. His step-dad was  Jake Holloway.  He lived in Coffeen and Hillsboro areas all his life.  He was a heavy equipment operator. He also owned several businesses including the White House Lounge in Taylor Springs, IL and D W Construction.  He was a member of the  Hillsboro Country Club and Local 520 Operating Engineers. He enjoyed the outdoors, golfing, hunting, fishing and his cabin on Coffeen Lake.  He married Carolyn Sue Billo in Hillsboro, IL in 1962.   She preceded October 5, 1981.

Other survivors include 3 children, Pearl Mary Billo (partner Becky Moler) of Hillsboro, IL, Tony W. White of Taylor Springs, IL and James Michael (wife Sarah) White of Hillsboro, IL; daughter-in-law, Toni Jo White of Taylor Springs; 4 grandchildren, Stephanie S. White (fiance Robby Noyes) of Hillsboro, IL, Ty Michael White of Taylor Springs, IL; Alex J. White of Hillsboro, IL, and William (wife Tricia) Applegate of Hillsboro, IL; 3 great grandchildren, Wyatt Noyes, Eric S. Applegate and Mykenzie Loskot all of Hillsboro; 2 brothers, Charles "Buck" (wife Cindy) White of Coffeen, IL and Jimmie Dean White of Taylor Springs, IL; and one aunt, Ethel Stewart of Mulberry Grove, IL.  Along with his parents, he was preceded by his step-dad and one brother and sister, Russell Marvin White and Joy Ann White, both in infancy.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Montgomery County Cancer Association or Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.

Richard "Dickie Bird" Huber - 73

11/21/1938 - 3/15/2012
Taylor Springs, IL

Richard Lee "Dickie Bird" Huber, 73, of Taylor Springs, IL passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 5:28 p.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital in Hillsboro, IL.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Kerschaw-Harmer V.F.W. Post #1306 in Taylor Springs, IL.  Friends may gather from 4:00 p.m. into the evening for the Celebration of Life. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date.

Mr. Huber was born on November 21, 1938 at Coffeen, IL, to the late Lester "Dick" & Marie (Chumley) Huber.  He had served in the Army from 1957 to 1960 in Germany. He had worked for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, then for CIPS/Ameren, as a repairman, from 1964 to 1998, retiring with over 30 years of service. He was a member of Hillsboro Jaycees, Hillsboro Moose Lodge #1377 & Local 148 Operating Engineers.  He loved to read, listen to Blues music and spending time with his grandchildren.  He married Jeanne Hicks on August 26, 1961 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Hillsboro, IL. She survives in Taylor Springs, IL.

Mr. Huber is also survived by: two sons; Todd (wife Lori) Huber of Hillsboro, IL & Toby Huber of Taylor Springs, IL; two grandchildren; Maggie Huber & Dane Huber, both of Hillsboro, IL; and one sister; Barbara Fuller of Hillsboro, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to Hillsboro Area Hospital, Hillsboro Public Library or Hillsboro Sports Assoc. 

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