Obituaries for March 9, 2018

Kathryn 'Kathy' Chaplin

PESOTUM — Kathryn "Kathy" Christina Chaplin, age 80 of Pesotum, peacefully passed from this life to the next on Feb. 27, 2018, at her home.

Kathy was born in rural West Salem on Jan. 24, 1938, to Albert and Ona (Ibbotson) Johnson. She graduated from Edwards County High School.

She married Myrl Chaplin on June 23, 1967, in Olney, and they enjoyed over 50 years of life together.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Glen Johnson and Charles Johnson; and a stepson, Dale Chaplin.

She is survived by her husband, Myrl Chaplin of Pesotum; daughter, Vicki Reid McDaniel of Champaign, stepdaughter, Linda (Bill) Clow of Olney; one son, Darrell (Suzann) Reid of Normal; stepsons, Larry Chaplin of Noble, Merrill (Vonna) Chaplin of Mahomet and Gerald (Robin) Chaplin of Olney; three grandchildren, Matt (Laura) Carlton, Kaitlin (Jacob) Schroeder and Turner Reid; three great-grandchildren, Laine Carlton, Callie Carlton and Lilly Carlton and baby boy Schroeder, soon to arrive; and one sister-in-law, Marilyn Johnson of Champaign. Kathy is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Kathy's greatest joy was her loving husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved nature, especially the birds and squirrels that would come to visit.

Visitation was on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home in Albion, followed by a celebration of life service at 3 p.m.

Burial took place in Marion Cemetery, rural West Salem.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family encourages memorials be made to Carle Hospice, with envelopes provided at the funeral home. For those wishing to mail memorials, they may be sent to Carle Hospice, 206A West Anthony Drive, Champaign, IL 61822.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Carle Hospital, Helia Healthcare of Champaign and Carle Hospice for the care and attention during this difficult time.

Fond memories and condolences may be left for the family at

Ingram Funeral Home of Albion is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.

Arthur Donald Kemplin

FARMER CITY — Arthur Donald "Don" Kemplin, 94, of Farmer City passed away at 1:17 p.m. Monday (Feb. 26, 2018) at home.

Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. His funeral service followed at 2 p.m., also at the funeral home. Pastor Danny McCubbins officiated. Burial was in Greenleaf Cemetery, Farmer City, with military rites accorded.

Memorials may be made to an animal shelter of your choice.

Don was born on July 21, 1923, in Farmer City, a son of Arthur and Maude Applegate Kemplin. He married Nona Elizabeth Cook on May 22, 1948, in DeWitt. She passed away on March 28, 2005.

He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Fred) Michel of High Ridge, Mo.; three grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert "Chick" Kemplin of Farmer City and Vernon "Butch" (Margaret) Kemplin of Mansfield; and sisters, Bernice Lamb of Farmer City and Bernadine Lentz of Indianapolis, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son, David Kemplin Sr.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Eugene Kemplin and Frederick Kemplin; and sisters, Virginia Kemplin and Velma White.

Don served in the United States Army during World War II in Hawaii and Iwo Jima as a jeep mechanic. He worked for Farmer City as superintendent of the water department for many years, then as a backhoe operator after retirement.

Rob Kirk

MAHOMET — Rob Kirk, 52, of Mahomet, formerly of Chicago, died at 12:30 p.m. Friday (March 2, 2018) at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 5 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Lamb Funeral Home, 303 N. Church St., Gibson City. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

William Maxwell

FARMER CITY — William F. "Bill" Maxwell, 88, of Farmer City passed away at 9:27 p.m. Sunday (March 4, 2018) at home.

A Mass of Christian burial was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City. Fr. James Henning, OFM, officiated. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 106 N. Main St., Farmer City. A rosary service was at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at the funeral home. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Farmer City, with military rites accorded. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Bill was born Sept. 27, 1929, in Santa Anna Township, DeWitt County, a son of Floyd and Bertha Duffner Maxwell. He married Marilyn June Walker on April 24, 1954, in Farmer City. She passed away July 20, 2009.

He is survived by four sons, David (Sandra) Maxwell of Farmer City, Tom (Kimberly) Maxwell of Farmer City, Doug (Cindy) Maxwell of Mahomet and Philip Maxwell of Ocean Ridge, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Wyatt Maxwell, Timothy Maxwell, Blake Maxwell, Tyler Maxwell, Connor Maxwell, Katelyn Maxwell and Claire Maxwell; and one great-grandson, Aiden Maxwell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Maxwell; parents; and siblings, Mary Rose McCartney, Dorothy Baumgart, Jack Maxwell and Joanie Witt.

Bill was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was owner and operator of Walker Tire and Exhaust, Farmer City, from 1955 until present. Bill was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City, and life member of Joe Williams American Legion Post 55, Farmer City. He was also a charter member of Fred O'Malley, Post 6190, VFW of Farmer City.

The family would like to give a special thank you to all of Bill's caregivers. Bill was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Harold Myerscough

MONTICELLO — Harold A. Myerscough, 76, of Seymour passed away at 7:07 a.m. Saturday (March 3, 2018) at Blessing Hospital, Quincy.

Harold was born Dec. 5, 1941, in Taylorville, the son of Gerald A. and Geraldine L. (Sanders) Myerscough. He married Karen Miller on Sept. 27, 1970, in Seymour.

Harold is survived by his wife, Karen Myerscough of Seymour; son, Charlie Myerscough of Seymour; and sister, Janet Creek of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Howard.

Harold was a quarter horse breeder and judge and he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was also owner/operator of Myerscough Trucking and Wood Shaving business, and he farmed.

He spent 65 years as a judge for the American Quarter Horse Association, the NCHA and the NRHA. Harold judged and showed horses throughout the entire United States and Canada.

He was a lifetime member of the Illinois Quarter Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Association and the Midwest Truckers Association. He also served as a trustee on the Seymour Fire Department.

Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Private family funeral services were plannd.

Memorial donations may be made to the Seymour Fire Department. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Dorothy Riehle

CHAMPAIGN — Dorothy Irene Riehle, 90, of Champaign died on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Helia Healthcare of Champaign.

There will be a memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 16, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 403 W. Clark St., Champaign. Friends may greet the family after the mass at a funeral luncheon in the Holy Cross Parish Center. Burial will be at Oakwood Memorial Park in Ottawa on Saturday, March 17. Owens Funeral Home, Champaign, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dorothy was born on Dec. 27, 1927, in Ottawa, a daughter of Audubon and Clara (Parr) Swanson. She married Edward Riehle on June 13, 1949, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 1997. She was also preceded in death by her two sisters.

She is survived by three children, Denise Riehle of Springfield, Jeffrey (Heather) Riehle of Broadlands and Jennifer (Chuck) Dorsett of Camargo; five grandchildren, Elise (Toby) Brown of Mahomet, Michelle Riehle of California, Beth Riehle of Hawaii, Marshall (Katie) Dorsett and Dillon (Alex) Dorsett, all of Camargo; and three great-grandchildren, Vivian Riehle, Tucker Dorsett and McKinley Brown.

Dorothy attained a bachelor's degree from the U of I in physical education. Although her primary job was raising her three children, she found time to be a substitute teacher and volunteer throughout the community. She was an avid volunteer with Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, Holy Cross Parish and voter registration. Dorothy was a parishioner of Holy Cross Catholic Church for over 50 years and was also a proud alumni and supporter of Delta Zeta sorority.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 403 W. Clark, Champaign, IL 61820.

Condolences may be offered at

John Weir

MAHOMET — John Robert Weir, Jr., 68, of Mahomet passed away unexpectedly on March 3. A native of St. Louis, later of Carbondale, Ill., John was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

There will be a funeral Mass at noon on Saturday, March 10, at Our Lady of The Lake Catholic Church, 503 W. State St., Mahomet. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service (10 a.m. to noon) at the church. Burial will be at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Seymour.

Beloved husband of the late Judith (Grosch) Weir, John is survived by his brother Jim (Mary Frances), and sisters Mary (Ray) Gregory and Regina Horton, his children, Brian (Wendy), Steven (Patricia), Kimberly (Mark) Coglianese, Matthew, as well as many adoring grandchildren and a great-grandchild.John enjoyed reading, fishing, helping his customers at Shields Auto Center in Rantoul, and spending time with his family, always with camera in hand. John was a great father and will be missed.Condolences may be offered at

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