Obituaries for Dec. 1, 2017

Harold 'Gene' Branson

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. — Harold Eugene "Gene" Branson, 84, of Bullhead City, Ariz., formerly of Rantoul, passed away on Nov. 14, 2017, at Joshua Springs Assisted Living, Bullhead City, Ariz.

He was born on Dec. 24, 1932, in Hoopeston, a son of Otto and Eva (Boston) Branson. He married Helen Hurt on June 11, 1969, in Champaign. She preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 2007.

He is survived by a sister, Mildred Law of Urbana; first wife, Laquita; a son Gregory Branson and grandson David Ryba, both of Fort Mohave, Ariz.; stepsons, David Ward of Urbana and Gary Ward of Mahomet; and stepdaughter, Susan Harmon of Rantoul.

He is also survived by five grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by son Eugene, daughters Anita and Diana and a grandson Mathew. He was also preceded in death by his mother and father, two brothers and one sister.

Mr. Branson served in the U.S. Army.

He drove a delivery truck for McMahon Distributors of Champaign for thirty-plus years.

His hobbies included auto racing, fishing, gardening and carpentry.

There will be a visitation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Charles Keeling

CHAMPAIGN — Charles F. "Chuck" Keeling passed away peacefully on Wednesday (Nov. 22, 2017) at Amber Glen Alzheimer's Special Care Center, his home since April of 2009.

He was born in Galesburg on Nov. 28, 1926, to Clyde and Lillian Morgan Keeling. He graduated from Galesburg High School and joined the U.S. Army serving a tour of duty in Korea.

He returned to Galesburg and went to work for Butler Manufacturing Company where he met his future wife, Delores Dee Schantz. They were married on March 4, 1950.

In 1957, Chuck brought his family to Champaign and became the owner/operator of Rigid Frame Structures which was a Butler Manufacturing Co. farm building business and the A-K&L Steel Erectors.

Those businesses were sold in the mid-1970s and he embarked on his second career in commercial real estate with his longtime partner, Fred Krauss ... Keeling & Krauss Real Estate.

During this time Chuck became the founder of the self-designated professional title known as C.F.I.B. — "Cash Flow Is Best." To earn this designation required no official schooling or continuing education ... just abide by the spirit of the intent! He proudly promoted the title on his business cards since its founding.Chuck never "officially" retired and kept an active home office at the family homestead on West Park Avenue until Amber Glen became home in April 2009.Other than his family, Chuck was most proud and passionate about his "jogging habit" and kept an extremely accurate log of each and every mile that he pounded the pavement in almost all the elements.

He was most proud when, in 1995, he was feted for his achievement of logging 60,000 career jogging miles in a ceremony hosted by his friends and business associates at Busey Bank (BankIllinois) ... including a recognition plaque given by Busey Bank and its board of directors.

Chuck served as president of the Champaign-Urbana Jaycees (1962-63), campaign chairman for the United Fund of Champaign County (1963-64), bestowed the Award of Honor and Distinguished Service Award by the C-U Junior Chamber of Commerce (1963), was a member of the Champaign Rotary Club, and served on many other professional boards, committees and trade associations during his long and successful career.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Dee Keeling; one son, Douglas W. Keeling; and one daughter, Diann Keeling-Pantaleo.Chuck is survived by one son, Dave (Brook) Keeling of Champaign; one daughter, Debra Rawdin of Champaign; and the true celebrity legacies of the Keeling Family, his five grandchildren, Andrew Keeling of Champaign, Christina (Alonzo) Harris of Woodridge, Ill., Lillian (Tim) Wood of Mahomet, Charles W. Keeling of Kirkwood, Mo., and Rachel (Cody) Bainbridge of McKinney, Texas; and 10 great-grandchildren, Parker Keeling, Aleeyah Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Camden Wood, Kinley Wood, Chase Keeling, Brooklynn Keeling, Ashlyn Bainbridge, Colin Bainbridge and arriving in December 2017 baby boy "A.C." Keeling, son of Andrew and Anna.The Keeling family would like to sincerely thank the fabulous staff at Amber Glen Alzheimer's Special Care Center for the eight-plus years of Chuck being a part of their family also. You all are sincerely wonderful!

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy; the Rev. Eric Corbin officiated. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkland College Foundation to benefit the Entrepreneur Program, of which Chuck was a Founding Member, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL 61821.

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Betty Lewis

FARMER CITY — Betty Jean Lewis, 92, of Farmer City passed away at 8:21 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 26, 2017) at the Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 106 N. Main St., Farmer City, with Pastor Dave Ashby officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Memorials may be made to the Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care activity fund.

Betty was born July 20, 1925, at Farmer City, a daughter of Jesse and Marguerite Ruch Anderson. She married Carry Allen "Bud" Lewis May 2, 1947, at Farmer City. He passed away Nov. 8, 2011.

Survived by son, Gene (Anita) Lewis of Mahomet; daughter, Pamela (Richard) Chapman of Broadlands; four grandchildren, Chad (Kathy) Lewis of Mahomet, Blake (Jamie Jarboe) Propst of Foosland, Wesley (Jordan) Propst of Farmer City and Ryan (Courtney Johnson) Propst of Mahomet; three step-grandchildren, Samantha (Ian) Estes of Fisher, Katie (Brett) Taylor of Mahomet and Bailey (Todd) Schiff of Ogden; eight great-grandchildren, Abbie Lewis, Faith Lewis, Julian Hudspath, Charlotte Propst, Conner Propst, Gabbie Jarboe, Corbin Johnson and Josie Johnson; eight step-great-grandchildren, Tanner Estes, Morgan Estes, Kayla McKinney, Kassie McKinney, Kallen Taylor, Kade Taylor, Beau Hauersperger and Dean Schiff; siblings, Duane (Sylvia) Anderson of Bellflower, Louise Jiles of Farmer City, Judy (Dale) Marshall of LeRoy, Jack (Rita) Anderson of Wyoming and Arizona, and Carolyn (Walt) Jiles of Atkinson; and sister-in-law, Roxee Anderson of Atkinson.She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Ronald, Donald, Robert and James Anderson; and sisters, Martha Anderson, Anna Mae Okeson and Mary Lou Flegel.Betty had been a train master clerk for the New York Central Railroad and Conrail Railroad. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Farmer City. Betty loved bowling and craft work.

Priscilla Reynolds

FARMER CITY — Priscilla L. Reynolds, 65, of Farmer City died at 1:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 25, 2017) at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care, Farmer City. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 106 N. Main St., Farmer City.

Ronald Smith

MAHOMET — Ronald Smith, 81, of Mahomet, died at 3:42 p.m. Monday (Nov. 20, 2017) at home. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Blair-Owens Funeral Home, 102 E. Dunbar St., Mahomet.

Charles J. Spanglo

CHAMPAIGN — C.J. Spanglo, 56, of Champaign passed away peacefully at 10:05 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.

C.J. was born the son of Mary Lou Ewing and Robert L. Spanglo, both preceded him in death, along with great-niece, Kendra Nichole Rae Spanglo Lindsey.

C.J. is survived by a stepmother, Mary J. Spanglo of Rantoul; five brothers, Jim Spanglo (Margaret), Robert Spanglo of Champaign, Frank Inman (Kristina) of Urbana, Joe Spanglo (Lisa Pope) of Mahomet, William Clifford of Indiana; and three sisters, Nancy Rae of Urbana, Jamie Sands of Pennsylvania and Cindy Knotts whereabouts unknown. Also survived by son, Devin Robinson, Army National Guard of Tennessee, and grandson, William Noel; daughter, Tonya Robinson of Arthur and grandsons, Isaac and Triston; son, Damien Carleto Cassidy of Florida; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, as well as great-niece, Kylah Rice of Mahomet, whom for some unknown reason changed his nickname to "Uncle CGA".

As a young man, C.J. found great enjoyment from working on and building Hot Rod cars, as he had a special love for MOPARS. As he matured, he embraced the advancing technologies and learned everything he could about personal computers, turning his desire for Hot Rod cars into a desire for a Hot Rod computer. Whether C.J. was talking about a MB, GB or Terabyte, he always wanted to share his knowledge as he was working on your computer. In his final years he found a companion in his Blue Heeler dog, Jack.

C.J. will be missed by all who knew and loved him. We are inviting everyone to a gathering for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Join us from 5 to 9 p.m. for a potluck dinner (bring your favorite dish or dessert), music and fellowship in the Banquet Hall at the VFW Post 5520, 609 Edgebrook Drive, Champaign.

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