Obituaries for Jan. 12, 2018

Pauline Jones

MAHOMET — Pauline (Brown) Jones, 92, of Mahomet passed away on Saturday (Jan. 6, 2018) at the Farmer City Nursing Home.

She was born May 27, 1925, in Champaign, the daughter of George A. and Gertrude (Bell) Brown. She was a 1943 graduate of Mahomet High School. Pauline married Harold "Jonsey" Jones on May 10, 1946.

Pauline drove a school bus for the children of the Mahomet area for 44 years. She touched many young lives along the way, no doubt bringing a little lightness to the days of young students. Pauline also traveled to Rantoul, assisting World War II efforts where needed. She ws a charter member of the Mahomet Grace Baptist Church. Pauline will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her caretakers at Farmer City Nursing Home fondly named her "Zippy" for her neverending energy and zest for life.

Pauline is survived by her children, Harold "Ken" (Belinda) Jones of Mobile, Ala., James "JR" (Kathy O'Kane) Jones of Mahomet and Paula (Jim) Nibling of Seymour; brother, Norman Brown of Houston; grandchildren, Tiffany (Justin) Thalappillil of Great Neck, N.Y., Jamie (Michael) Wourms of Willowbrook, James "JR" (Amy) Jones Jr. of Mahomet, Amber Nibling of Champaign, Ashley Nibling of Champaign and Zack Jones of Mobile; and great-grandchildren, Imani, Amaya, Madelyn, Aubrey and Lilly.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Jones; father, George Brown; and mother, Gertrude (Bell) Brown.

Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at Blair-Owens Funeral Home, 102 E. Dunbar St., Mahomet. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the funeral home. Burial followed at Hankins Cemetery in Newton.

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Dave Lawrence

SAVOY — David B. "Dave" Lawrence passed away at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana on Monday (Jan. 1, 2018).

Dave was born July 17, 1937, in Manhattan, Kan., the son of Donald S. and Anna Louise (Shellenbaum) Lawrence. Dave married Rhea A. Lake on Oct. 19, 1957, in Lawrence, Kan.; they have four children, David O. Lawrence of Brush, Colo., Cherise (David) Lewis of Mahomet, Susan (Charles) Penny of Roswell, Ga., and Dena Lawrence of Savoy; and three grandchildren, Theresa Lawrence of Urbana, Reid (Etienne) Penny of Marietta, Ga., and Blake (Jeicel) Penny of Kechi, Kan.

Dave was preceded in death by his older brother, Gary (and wife Peggy), and his younger sister, Patricia.

When Dave was 5 years old, his family moved to Topeka, Kan., where he attended Central Park Grade School, Crane Junior High and Topeka High School, and later attended Kansas State University, where he met his wife, Rhea. Prior to coming to Champaign, Dave was affiliated with the Joliet Boys Club, Topeka, Kan., Boys Club, the Adolescent Unit of the Menninger Foundation (while attending Washburn University) and one of the Union League Boys Clubs of Chicago.

In 1968, Dave settled into the Champaign-Urbana community as the founding executive director of The Boys Club of C-U, later named The Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club of Champaign County. In the 10 years to follow, Dave joined the Champaign Rotary Club, became a member and president of the Right to Read Council of Champaign County, a board member of Reading is Fundamental, a member of the Unit 4 Alternative Education planning group, and was Fourth of July Celebration Parade chair. Dave was also the only private sector agency representative appointed to the State of Illinois Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board. Dave was the recipient of the C-U Jaycees Outstanding Young Man Award. All the while, Dave was active in the St. Matthew Catholic Church from the choir to fundraising to religious education.

The next 10 years found Dave as executive director for the United Way of Champaign County. Dave was an advisory board member for the University of Illinois Volunteer Illini Projects, a visiting lecturer at the UI College of Leisure Studies on private agency management, chair of Champaign County Funders Council, served as president of the Champaign Rotary Club, and became a board member of the Champaign County Crime Stoppers, later serving on the Crime Stoppers State Board as well.

In the 1990s and beyond, Dave returned to his roots as a board member and served a term as president of the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, and was president of the Illinois Area Council of Boys & Girls Clubs. Dave was the recipient of the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club Silver Medallion.

Dave was a board member and twice served as president of Champaign County CASA, and was a member and president of the Champaign County Salvation Army Board of Directors. Dave served two terms as a trustee for Savoy and was currently the chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals for that community. Dave was named "Savoy Citizen of the Year" by the Savoy Rotary Club.

Dave served two terms as the Mid-State representative appointed to the State of Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, executive director of Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation, and board member and vice president of St. Joseph Sportsman's Club. Dave received the Award of Appreciation from the Illinois State Crime Stoppers Association for exceptional service to the Illinois State Crime Stoppers and the local Crime Stoppers Programs of Illinois for his dedicated efforts with House Bill 0598 to protect all citizens' identity and help ensure their anonymity. In 2010, Dave received Special Commendation from Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for his years of dedicated leadership and service.

Dave was a Champaign Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, an Art Skelton Fellow, and received the Avenues of Service Award from Rotary International in 2010.

Dave spent two years as the national executive director of the LeaderShape Institute before joining the team of WCIA-TV until he retired. Adding fulfillment to his retirement, Dave worked at WILL-TV obtaining sponsorships.

Dave could always be seen supporting and rooting on the Illini — all sports! — and is a true-blue-Lou fan! His passion for the Illini led him to create, produce and host a radio show on WDWS, "The Other Illini," which featured integral, behind-the-scenes athletes and coaches. Dave was currently serving on the Illini Networkers Board for women's volleyball. Dave was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Blackhawks fan, and loved golfing, fishing and pheasant and quail hunting.

A visitation was held at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, located at 1303 Lincolnshire Drive in Champaign, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. in Feeney Hall. A rosary followed the visitation at the church beginning at 10:30 a.m., with a funeral Mass that began at 11 a.m., all on Saturday.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, the United Way of Champaign County, St. Matthew Catholic Parish, CASA or the Salvation Army of Champaign.

Bob Mardis

GIBSON CITY — Robert Thomas Mardis, 81, of Gibson City died at 12:12 a.m. Monday (Jan. 1, 2018) at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana with his loving wife and children at his side.

His funeral Mass was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Rev. John Phan officiating. The rosary was said at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Visitation followed until 7 p.m. A private family burial will be at a later date with military rites.

Mr. Mardis was born Oct. 29, 1936, in McLean County, a son of William Bernard and Charlotte E. (Shipp) Mardis. He married Frances Kathryn Tuley on May 14, 1960, in Streator. She survives in Gibson City.

Also surviving are his children, Lisa (Jeff) Volker of Auke Bay, Alaska, and Jeff (Faith) Mardis of Mahomet; four grandchildren, Corey (Elizabeth) Volker, Andrew (Michelle) Volker, Patrick (Bonnie) Volker and Grace Mardis; four great-grandchildren, Michael, Sean, Aaron and Kaitey Volker; and two sisters, Louise Warnken of Bloomington and Gloria Haley of Odell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Bernice Chambers, Maxine Fry and Judy Mardis; and a brother, Bill Mardis.

Bob was a Marine veteran. He was in auto parts sales all his life and owned the NAPA store in Gibson City for over 20 years.

Memorial tributes may be made to "Food For The Poor," Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or an organization of the donor's choice.

Sara Martin

ST. JOSEPH — Sara Viola Martin, 86, of St. Joseph passed away at 5:40 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 4, 2018) at her residence.

Sara was born Nov. 5, 1931, in rural Mansfield, the daughter of Clyde and Edna Belle (Hannah) Evans. She married Charles E. Martin on Sept. 13, 1952, in New Mexico. He passed away Nov. 25, 2001.

Sara is survived by her daughter, Sharon James (John) of Springfield; two granddaughters, Amanda Lindsey (Jonathan) of Litchfield and Alissa Robinson (Rusty) of Cheyenne, Wyo.; five great-grandchildren, Rebekah, Ethan, Micah, Hannah and Joshua; and a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Evans of Mansfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Jimmie C. Evans and Lloyd Evans, both of Mansfield; sister-in-law, Mollie Evans; and niece, Patricia Evans.

Sara was a homemaker. She graduated from Mansfield High School in 1950. Sara enjoyed gardening, walking, bicycling, spending time with her neighbors, and working with ceramics.

A funeral service was held at noon Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello, with the Rev. Cindy Rettig officiating. Visitation was held for one hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home. Interment was held in Ingram Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Monticello United Methodist Church.

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Betty Jo Stover

CHAMPAIGN — Betty Jo Stover, 60, of Champaign went to be with her Lord on Friday (Dec. 29, 2017) at her home.

She was born Nov. 30, 1957, in Kalamazoo, Mich., a daughter of George and Darlene (Whitt) McLaughlin. She married Leslie Leroy Stover. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by a son, Jimmy W (Shawn) McLaughlin of Mahomet; three sisters, Georgia Chase of St. Joseph, Darla Levitt of Champaign and Doris Beland of Champaign; three brothers, Randy McLaughlin of Urbana, George McLaughlin Jr. of Champaign and Mark McLaughlin of Mattoon; and several loving grandchildren.

Also surviving is her father, George McLaughin of Urbana.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Betty Jo was a longtime resident of the Champaign community. She served at the Fraternal Order of Eagles for many years and began working at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Urbana, since its inception and spent many years there. She was also a beloved member of the Judson Chapel Baptist Church, Champaign.

There was a celebration of life at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the New Horizon United Methodist Church, 3002 W. Bloomington Road, Champaign. Pastor Mark Jordan officiated.

A gathering of friends and family was from 4 to 6:30 p.m., also at the church.

Lux Memorial Chapel, Rantoul, is handling the arrangements.

Herbert Amos Weedman

FARMER CITY — Herbert Amos Weedman, 92, of Casey, formerly of Farmer City, passed away at 6:25 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 4, 2018) at Casey Health Care Center, Casey.

Private family graveside services will be at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project.

Mr. Weedman was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Bloomington, the son of Amos and Marguerite (Stone) Weedman. He married Edith Foster on June 6, 1953, at the Monticello United Methodist Church in Monticello. They were married for nearly 52 years until her death in 2005. He spent the last decade of his life with his companion Dorothy Strange. She preceded him in death in 2017.

Survivors include his children, Pam (Bill) Maibach of Morton, Vicki (Jay) Tyler of Nashville, Tenn., Mark (Sandy) Weedman of Kansas City, Mo., and Jim (Sherry) Weedman of Casey. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Thomas J. Weedman; sister, Helen Wiggins; and one grandson.

Mr. Weedman grew up in rural Piatt County and graduated from DeLand Township High School in 1945. He served as a corporal in the Army during the Korean War as a member of the 443rd and 747th Engineers, including a stint as a turnapole operator while stationed in Tulle, France.

A longtime resident of Farmer City, Mr. Weedman was a farmer in rural Piatt County for more than 50 years. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Mahomet and the American Legion in Farmer City.

A devoted husband and family man, he possessed a sharp sense of humor and a generous spirit. He enjoyed Norton motorcycles, vacationing with his family in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, Fla., and finally seeing the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2016.

Online condolences may be made at

Mitzi Wilson

MAHOMET — Mitzi D. Wilson, 86, was born on July 6, 1931, and died at 1:47 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Mitzi was preceded in death by her father, John Workman, and mother, Maxine Workman. She was also preceded by two brothers, John Workman Jr. and Robert Workman; a sister, Carol Ivanhoe; and a daughter, Linda (Maria) DeLatorre.

Mitzi was survived by two brothers, Richard Workman and Jack Workman; two sons, David Maria and Rusty Maria; and a daughter, Constance (Maria) Belk.

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James Ziegler

MAHOMET — James E. Ziegler, 92, of Mahomet died at 5:05 a.m. Monday (Jan. 8, 2018) at Farmer City Rehab and Health Care, Farmer City. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

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