Obituaries for April 13, 2018

John Garrison

SADORUS — John W. Garrison, 55, of Sadorus passed from this life at 9 a.m. Tuesday (April 3, 2018).

John was born Oct. 30, 1942, in Urbana, the son of Willard T. and Virginia (Morfey) Garrison. He married Piengthong on June 7, 1991 in Bangkok, Thailand. She passed away on Oct. 31, 1998.John is survived by his son J.T. Garrison (Kathy) of Mattoon; daughter, Dawn Keller (Kerwin) of Mahomet; stepson, Saensuk Mokaphan; stepdaughter, Saengchan Mokaphan; one grandchild; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Virnita Whitt of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother-in-law.John was a retired sales manager in construction. He was a proud member of the NRA, B.A.S.S. Masters and the Hawg Dawg Bass Club.

John loved being outdoors. He loved working on his flower garden, and in his younger years, he loved to hunt. His greatest passion was fishing. He couldn't wait for the weather to get warm enough so he could go fishing. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society.

Condolences may be offered at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn E. Glenn

FARMER CITY — Marilyn E. Glenn, 76, of Farmer City passed away at 8:20 a.m. Monday (April 9, 2018) at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.

Her funeral service was at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. Pastor Steve Anderson officiated. Burial was in Goose Creek Township Cemetery, DeLand. Visitation was from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Marilyn was born Nov. 1, 1941, in DeLand, a daughter of Earl V. and Bernice Redding Kidd. She married Frank E. Glenn on Dec. 24, 1964, at DeLand United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Frank E. Glenn of Farmer City, and two sisters, Shirley (Jack) Swartz of DeLand and Judith Kidd of Decatur.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She worked at Federal Land Bank in Champaign from 1959-1964. She also worked two years at a bank.

Marilyn spent many years doing genealogy research. She was a former member of DeLand United Methodist Church.

Michael Lowe

MAHOMET — Michael Moore Lowe, 78, of Mahomet died on Friday, March 30, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Michael was born on Oct. 10, 1939, in Corpus Christie, Texas, to Joseph William and Virginia Elizabeth (nee Moore) Lowe. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include four children, Gerald Lawson and Karen (Mark) Pape, both of Springfield, David (Lyndi) Lowe of Pawnee and Michael Thomas Lowe of Huntsville, Ala.; four granddaughters, Madison Lowe, Alexandria and Margaret Pape and Yazi Lowe; three sisters, Debbie Palkot of Texas, Josephine Barry of California and Melinda Dirksmeyer of Alton; and one brother, Stephen Lowe of California.

Michael honorably served in the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne Division. After his military service, he worked at Clifford Jacobs for more than 30 years, earning retirement.

Michael had a passion for photography. He always had a camera around his neck and had a strong appreciation for antique cameras. He was an avid woodworker and collected antique and modern woodworking tools.

Condolences may be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com.

Venus Martin

MAHOMET — Venus "Veanie" Martin, 69, of Mahomet was welcomed home by her Lord and Savior on Saturday (April 7, 2018) at 9:10 a.m. at home surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mahomet United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be at the church at 10 a.m. Friday, April 13, followed by a graveside service at Ludlow Cemetery. The family will host a fellowship luncheon after the graveside service at Knights of Columbus, Rantoul.

Venus was born May 3, 1948, in Paxton, beloved daughter of Clyde A. and Betty L. (Gibson) Martin. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Pueblo, Colo., for a short stint. The family moved back to Ludlow in 1954 where Venus attended Ludlow Grade School and Rantoul Township High School, graduating in 1966.

After her high school graduation in 1966, she began employment with France Broom Company in Paxton until 1971. In 1971, Venus started working at Alltel Corp. in Rantoul where she worked for 22 years in human resources. In 1993, Venus began working at Communications Data Group (CDG) in Champaign as its human resources director. She retired in December 2017.

In 1997, Venus married Tom Martin of Mahomet, her beloved husband of 20 years.

Venus was an avid reader with a collection of over 3,000 books. She believed books held the keys to the world. In her younger years, she loved playing softball and was a phenomenal pitcher. Venus loved playing cards and participated in many local euchre tournaments. She loved animals, especially her precious "Rudy" cat.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Venus and Walter McClain of Ludlow and George and Lela Martin of Anderson, Mo.; father, Clyde A. Martin, also of Ludlow; brother, Jerald Clyde Martin of Rantoul; and father- and mother-in-law, Leo (Helen) Martin of Effingham.

She is survived by her mother, Betty L. Martin of Mahomet and Tom Martin (husband) of Mahomet; and daughters, Julie (John) Odum of Mahomet, Marci (Mike) Marincic of Hanna City and Angela (Kelly) Foster of Rantoul.

Also surviving are her beloved grandchildren who were the love and light of her life, Lillian and Rosemary Odum of Mahomet; Samuel, Zachary, Andrew and Maci Marincic of Hanna City; Adreana (Devin) Waterstradt of Rantoul; Kelly Foster Jr. (Jennifer Schlueter) of Rantoul; and Alexis and Xavier Foster of Rantoul. She was anticipating the arrival of two great-grandchildren this year.

Venus will be dearly missed by all who loved her. Memorials in her honor may be made to Siteman Cancer Center, CB 1204, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105, or to the Champaign County Humane Society, 1911 E. Main St., Urbana, IL 61802.

Charles Miller

EL PASO — Charles M. Miller, 85, of El Paso, formerly of Hobart, Ind., passed away at home at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday (April 7, 2018) after an extended battle with Parkinson's and dementia.

He was born Feb. 20, 1933, to Mervin and Ersa Miller of the Farmer City area. He graduated from Moore High School then served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956. Charlie was employed most of his life in the trucking industry in Illinois and Indiana in various sales and managerial positions until 2011.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Audrey, of 41 years; brother, Oris of Farmer City; sister, Atha Morgan of Amarillo, Texas; six children; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. His sons are Curtis of Farmer City, Rob (Janice) of Sherwood, Ark., Kevin (Franci) of Bellflower and Thomas of Monticello; daughters are Royce (Stan) of Eureka and Micki (Ken) of Secor. Both of Charlie's parents preceded him in death, as well as a nephew and niece.Vintage airplanes, boating, water skiing, golf, basketball and NASCAR were some of his favorite interests. He was an active member of Eastlake Baptist Church, Hobart, Ind., while he was healthy, and a very meticulous, compassionate and gentle man who laughed easily. All of his family will sorely miss him.Cremation and services have been entrusted to East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. A memorial service was at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at East Lawn Funeral Home. A committal service followed at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.

Online condolences may be made to eastlawn-bloomington.com.

R. Joe Pruitt

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. — Joe Pruitt, 70, passed away March 17, 2018, in Okeechobee, Fla.

Joe was born Jan. 18, 1948, to Herman "Pete" Pruitt and Lois (Wildman) Pruitt in Piatt County. He grew up around the Champaign area, graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School and attended Parkland College, Champaign, where he was on the golf team. He was employed by Illinois Valley Paving Company and later United Contractors Midwest until his retirement in 2013.

He is survived by his son, Matthew of Kingston Mines, and daughter, Angie of Chicago; and two grandchildren, Timothy Pruitt of Seymour and Kaitlin (Nate) Overman of Naples, Fla. Their mother and grandmother, Marsha Brady Pruitt of Chicago, survives. He is also survived by one stepdaughter, Misty (Al) Brewer, and two step-grandchildren, Madison and Christian Brewer, all of Macomb. Their mother, Marilyn Pruitt of Macomb, survives. His children and grandchildren gave him a huge sense of pride, and the love showed on his face whenever he spoke of them. Joe also leaves behind several brothers and sisters who will miss him dearly: Sue Campbell of Apex, N.C., Gary (Jill Mills) Pruitt, Lake Placid, Fla., Kay (Walt) Sebens of Monticello, Ron (Sue) Pruitt of Monticello, Marty (Nancy) Pruitt of Mahomet and Connie (Tom) O'Neill of Hendersonville, Tenn. Joe is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest sister, Joyce Long.

He was an avid golfer and a member of both Gold Hills Golf Club and Macomb Country Club. Although, his true passion in life was the sport of bass fishing, competing on the pro side of the FLW fishing circuit. He was introduced to the sport by his son, Matt, and enjoyed many annual winter fishing trips to Florida with him and his brother, Gary.

Joe was a loyal and good friend to many throughout the years. He loved to be outside and had a huge appreciation for Mother Nature and her beauty. He recently made the comment that he just wanted to do something to help someone every day. That's the legacy he leaves behind. Rest in peace, Joe.

A celebration of life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Jupiter's at the Crossing in Champaign. Memorial donations in his name can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Stephanie Wilson

MAHOMET — After a heroic battle with cancer, Stephanie Lyn Wilson (Henderson), 50, of Mahomet earned her angel wings at 4 p.m. Thursday (April 5, 2018) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.She was so courageous and strong from the minute of her diagnosis until her very last breath. She was surrounded by family until the moment of her transition, but to no surprise, waited to take her last breath until her husband Jim was standing by her side.

Stephanie was born Dec. 20, 1967, to Spencer and Martha Henderson. She married James Wilson on June 30, 2006. Stephanie graduated from Normal Community High School, class of 1986.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents; paternal grandmother; aunt, Kathy Varnum; and uncle, Maurice (Pete) Rayburn.

Left to cherish her memories include her parents, Spencer and Martha Henderson; husband, James Wilson; daughter, Harli Wilson; son, Spencer (Victoria) Eades; daughter, Nikki Eades; 7-year-old grandson, Braeden Eades; 10-month-old granddaughter, Elizabeth Eades; sister, Stacey (Rich) Hirsch; brother, Travis (Shannon) Henderson; paternal grandfather, William (Bill) Henderson; uncles, aunts, a niece, nephews, cousins and a host of other family and friends that she loved very much.If Stephanie wasn't working in the semi, she was riding her motorcycle, painting rocks, working with wood, making dream catchers, meditating over winning the lottery, watching "Bones" or "NCIS," cheating at "Words with Friends" or, best of all, spending time with her family.To know Stephanie was to be a part of her family. She would give all for those she loved and never hesitated for a minute to help someone in need. She will be greatly missed by all who had the joy of knowing her.

Friends may greet the family from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at Blair-Owens Funeral Home, 102 E. Dunbar St., Mahomet. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Lunch will directly follow at New Horizon United Methodist Church, 3002 W. Bloomington Road, Champaign.

The family would like to extend thanks to the wonderful staff of Parkview 6, especially Kaitlyn (HCT), Bree (RN), Hannah (RN) and Tiffany (RN), and Maren (RN) from Carle Hospice. Thank you for ensuring her final days were peaceful and pain free.

Her loss is unmeasurable, but so is the love and memories she left behind.

Condolences may be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com.

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