Obituaries for Sept. 8, 2017

Donna Marguerite Beck

FARMER CITY — Donna Marguerite Beck, 71, of Farmer City passed away at 1:26 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.

Donna was born on Jan. 3, 1946, in Pueblo, Colo., a daughter of William "Corky" and Jessie Dyson Carkenord. She married Dan Beck on July 16, 1977, in Farmer City.

She is survived by husband, Dan Beck of Farmer City; three children, Rick (Kelly) Smith of Mackinaw, Elaine (Ramon) Ceniza of Sandy Springs, Ga., and Josh (Megan) Beck of Mansfield; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two sisters, Betty (Joe) Macke of Marshall and Nancy (Shorty) Jones of Colfax.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Daniel; and her stepdad, Vernon "Red" Roberts.

Donna had been an administrative clerk for Unitrin Insurance Co. in Bloomington. She was a longtime member of First Christian Church of Farmer City and a member of Down Memory Lane Doll Club. She was an avid doll collector, Elvis fan and Illini basketball fan.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at First Christian Church in Farmer City.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer's Association to the Donna Beck Tribute Fund: Click on "Donate" or "Make a Donation." Then click on "Other Ways to Donate" in the top right corner of the screen. Click on "Tributes" and select "Find a Tribute."

Janice Borders

HOOPESTON — Janice June Borders, 80, of Hoopeston, passed away at 1 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 3, 2017) at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.

She was born Aug. 17, 1937, in Wellington, the daughter of Russell and Thelma (Highfill) Hollen. She married James Roy Borders on Aug. 22, 1953, in Danville. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter, Cathy I. (Roger) Uden of Hoopeston; three sons, James Russell (Marty) Borders of Mahomet, David W. (Rhonda) Borders of Hoopeston and Gilbert W. (Gwen) Borders of Potomac; a nephew they raised as a son, Jim (Martha) Murdock of Arcadia, Fla.; two brothers, Robert D. Hollen of Hutto, Texas, and Roger G. Hollen of Hoopeston; 11 grandchildren, Gabriel Borders, Michael Borders, Todd Pence, Chad Pence, Scott Borders, Susan (Borders) Denison, Cory Borders, Trisha (Uden) Curry, Tracy (Uden) Bowers, Casey (Borders) Coon and Lisa Borders; 26 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Janice worked at TRW, Stokley's and Howard Industries. She later worked at FMC for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the Chestnut Street Church of Christ in Hoopeston. Janice enjoyed reading, camping and doing word search puzzles. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family.

Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. today at the funeral home, with Pastor John Morris officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the Chestnut Street Church of Christ, 709 E. Chestnut St., Hoopeston, IL 60942, or Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living, 423 N. Dixie Highway, Hoopeston, IL 60942.

Please visit to view Janice's eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

Mark Burnett

MAHOMET — Mark "Boodah" Burnett, 63, died on Thursday (Aug. 31, 2017) at his home in Mahomet.

He was born on Nov. 19, 1953, in Champaign, the son of Otto and Phyllis Burnett. Mark attended and graduated from Mahomet-Seymour school district.

He was an avid outdoorsman and had exceptional marksmanship, he was also a cement mason and was a member of the local 143 Cement Mason's Union for 28 years. Mark loved and provided for his family.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; son, Jacob Burnett (Melinda Edwards) of Sidney; daughter, Suzanne Burnett of Omaha, Neb.; stepson, Ryan (Stephanie) Steele of Ogden; sisters, Sandy Fuqua and Sheila Carpenter of Monticello; and four grandchildren, Axel, Faith, Jaxon and Makayla.

Mark was a loving husband, beloved father and faithful friend.

Private services and a Celebration of Mark's life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being made by Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 710 N. Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820. Please join Mark's family in sharing memories and photos on his tribute wall at

Gene Covault

MAHOMET — On Monday (Aug. 28, 2017), Lloyd Eugene (Gene) Covault, husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend, passed peacefully at his home after fighting lung cancer for a year-and-a-half to be with the Lord.

Gene will forever be remembered by his wife and best friend of 62 years, Mary Lou, and their two children, son David Covault of Independence, Iowa, and daughter Rachelle Hubble of Mahomet, along with their seven grandchildren — Jake Covault, Justin Covault, Crystal Hulse (Mike), Jack Hubble, Clayton (Clay) Hubble, Colton (Cole) Hubble and Elle Hubble; and one great-grandchild, Emma Lou Covault.

Gene was born in Brooklyn, Iowa, on Jan. 5, 1933. He grew up on a farm in the country just outside of Webster, Iowa, during the Great Depression that was operated by horse power only. He rode his horse Frisky to and from school daily throughout the year, even in the cold winter months. He graduated from Webster High School, Webster, Iowa, in May 1951.

He met Mary Lou Thompson, his wife, in Seattle, Wash., in 1953. They met while he was in the Navy in Bremerton, Wash., and she was employed by Boeing Aircraft, Seattle, Wash. They married one year later on Dec. 11, 1954, at St. Anne's Methodist Church in Seattle, Wash., on Queen Anne Hill.

Gene attended the U.S. Navy from June 1951 to June 1955. He attended radio school at the San Diego Naval Training Center where he served as a fleet locator at the federal office building San Francisco until June 1953. From June 1953 until honorable discharge in June 1955, he served aboard an aircraft carrier USS Hancock CVA-19, where his passion for people and the flight industry began.

After his naval service he then worked at Walnut Dairy in Waterloo, Iowa, as a wholesale ice cream salesman for four years and then at 7-Up bottling as a route salesman special event supervisor for the next four years after that.

During this time he began flight training and started flying part-time. He completed his training for commercial flight instructors rating in May 1963.

He began his flight career as a flight instructor/charter pilot for a year and then began his full-time flight career with Eastern Airlines in February 1964 until 1991, serving as a flight engineer instructor, first officer and then captain, eventually taking early retirement in 1987 due to Eastern Airlines closing.

During his flight career, he also maintained a farmette and garden with his wife and children for the family to enjoy when he was not flying and home with the family.

He loved adventure and life with him was an exciting journey for Mary Lou as they traveled and lived in many states during his flight career, until the children were school age and then they set their home base outside of Chicago in a rural farming community of Stillman Valley for the children to stay in the same school throughout their childhood while Gene operated out of O'Hare International Airport, Chicago.

Gene then was blessed with being able to enjoy the simple country life on his days off and the active business life while he was in flight. He was full of life, energy, passion and a great love for people.

In retirement, he served as assistant director of the Rockford Rescue Mission, started a small business in the shopping mall area, and then Gene, his wife and their son David owned and operated Covault Trucking business.

In his final years, he drove a bus for Mahomet-Seymour school district and had the joy of being able to transport his grandchildren en route to and from school and many sporting events, along with many other schoolchildren.

He served on the Stillman Valley School Board, Rockford Rescue Mission Board and was very active at his local church Kishwaukee Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder for many years.

His favorite pastime was boating, especially houseboating on the Mississippi River. One very memorable houseboat adventure that he, his wife and his aunt and uncle took was from Lake Altoona, Ga., to Lansing, Iowa, which was about 1,400 miles by water.

During the summers Gene would take a month off work. Then he and his wife would go to the Mississippi River with their two children and enjoy the water, sun and sandbars every day.

He loved to make wonderful memories for his family and children; he always took time out to enjoy those he loved with fun adventures.

He loved ice cream and would often stop at the local ice cream stand in any small town and most recently Dairy Queen anytime he could get someone to enjoy some with him, especially his grandchildren. He loved root beer floats and would often enjoy them with his daughter and granddaughter, Elle.

He had a great love for the water and enjoyed swimming, fishing as well as boating, very much especially when he could be with his family and grandchildren doing these activities. He loved the outdoors whether it was summertime camping by a lake or wintertime snowmobiling in the snow.

He enjoyed reading his Bible daily and was a devout loving Christian man of integrity and tenderness.

He also enjoyed hiking, horseback riding and especially hunting with his son and grandson, Jake, in the great outdoors.

He is also survived by his brother, Dale (Pat) White.

He was predeceased by his brother, Keith (Ramona) White.

The celebration of life services for Gene Covault were held at the Community Evangelical Free Church of Mahomet (102 W. Riverbend Blvd., Mahomet): The visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, and the memorial service was at 11 a.m. Saturday. The family had a meal at the church after the funeral service.

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Carl Jennings

CISCO — Carl F. Jennings, 73, of Cisco passed away at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 30, 2017) at his family residence in Cisco.

Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Croninger Cemetery, Cisco, the Rev. Larry Leischner officiated. There was no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, is in charge of arrangements.

Carl was born on June 12, 1944, in DeLand, the son of Floyd and Emma (Gains) Jennings. He married Janet Kay Grunden on Nov. 22, 1972, in Cisco. She passed away Jan. 2, 2016.

Survivors include his son, Jerry (Karen) Jennings of Argenta; daughter, Carla (Jason Frazee) Jennings of Bement; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Sydney Jennings, and Bradley and Sammy Jo Frazee; and siblings, Betty Zumwalt of Farmer City, Carolyn Burton of Nancy, Ky., and Janice Burton of DeLand.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Carl worked at General Cable in Monticello for 37 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking and watching wildlife.

Online condolences may be made at

Karen Kuhns

MAHOMET — Karen Ann Kuhns, 72, of Mahomet passed away on Friday evening (Sept. 1, 2017) at Presence Covenant Medical Center, after a 10-year battle with cancer.

Visitation was 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Blair-Owens Funeral Home, 102 E. Dunbar Road, Mahomet. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday at Blair-Owens, followed by a brief graveside service at Grandview Memorial Gardens.

She was born July 1, 1945, daughter of Earl and Anna (Bunting) Scarbrough and grew up in Bondville. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Kuhns. They were married on June 26, 1964, and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She is also survived by her children, Maria Ehmann of Champaign, Hope (Aaron) Wheeler of Mahomet and Terry (Meegan) Kuhns of Fisher.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Darrell Scarbrough.

Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, Amanda, Brendan, Nolan, Trenton, Nathan, Ashley and Quinn. She rarely missed one of their sporting, musical or academic events and took pictures at every single one of them. She was an avid bird watcher. She enjoyed flowers and gardening. She spent hours scrapbooking all of the family photos she took. She attended a weekly Bible study at New Horizon Church and looked forward to her daily emails with best friend, Pat.

Memorials may be made to Canteen Run or WGNN Great News Radio.

Condolences may be offered online at

Carol Slack

CHAMPAIGN — Carol Sue Slack passed peacefully from our world Thursday afternoon (Aug. 31, 2017).

She was born in Champaign on Jan. 29, 1939, and attended Champaign High School.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Arlan "Bud" Slack. Also surviving are her children, daughters Sharon Cinnamon and Brenda Johnson and son Donald Johnson. She had many stepchildren as well, including Mark and Dee Slack and Tom and Venus Slack. She adored her three grandchildren, Laura Nelson, Brian Johnson and Emily Johnson. She also gave her love to two great-grandchildren, Arlo Nelson and Bailey Rinaldi.

She enjoyed being with family and friends and especially loved being outdoors. She and her husband were caretakers at the Urbana Sportsmen's Club in Mahomet for many years, which allowed her to enjoy the peacefulness of the lake and her camper.

She was a paraprofessional teaching children with special needs for many years.

She was a great joke teller; her sense of humor and love were among her greatest assets and they showed in her magnificent smile. Her caring hugs and love will live on in everyone she knew.

Memorial visitation was 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy (

Memorial contributions may be made to Developmental Services Center, 1304 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL 61821.

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