MAHOMET — Charles "Chuck" Baldwin went home to the loving arms of his heavenly Father on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.
His blessed life began in Carbondale on Dec. 20, 1946, a son of Edsel and Mary Baldwin.
He graduated from Cape Girardeau High School and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois.
He began his professional career as a counselor and coach in the Mahomet school system before having a long and successful career as a counselor, associate vice president and faculty member at Parkland College. He was honored as one of Parkland's greatest champions and advocates when he was inducted into the Parkland College Foundation Society in 2017.
Chuck was an avid runner, sport enthusiast and coach. Most importantly, he was a loving family man and powerful follower of Jesus Christ, working extensively in ministry for the kingdom of God.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Joyce; son, Adam Baldwin (Sarah Benskin); sister, Donna (Rick) Nelson; brother, Brad (Cindy) Baldwin; extended family, Jim and Nancy Humay and Dan and Pat Humay. He was blessed by and dearly loved his additional children: Megan and Jason Lamb, Christine Breiten, Corinne and Kyle Herges and Charlie and Kelly Gorski. A highlight of his life was participating in the lives of his grandchildren: Jessica Hamilton, Cassidy Peterson, Janae, Jenna, Tyler and Corey Breiten, Olivia, Joe, Emily, Therez and Will Herges, Charlotte, Natalie and Graham Gorski and Aidan Talbott.
A memorial fund has been established in Chuck's honor at Restoration Urban Ministries, P.O. Box 3277, 1213 Parkland Ct., Champaign, IL 61826.
Chuck's legacy is a life filled with acceptance, fairness, grace, forgiveness and demonstrating the love of Christ.A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. March 30 at CU Church, Champaign. Details forthcoming.Condolences may be offered at owensfuneralhomes.com.
MAHOMET — James W. (Wally) Denzer of Mahomet, formerly of Bloomington, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.He was born Aug. 29, 1932, in Bloomington, to Fred and Ruth (Shoemaker) Denzer. He graduated from Normal Community High School and proudly served in the U.S. Army. He farmed his entire life on the farm where he was raised. He worked with his brothers, tending the farm, after their father passed when they were teenagers. Wally was also a salesman for livestock equipment and was a contractor for many hog buildings around central Illinois. He served on the Illinois Soybean Association board and traveled the U.S. and to Brazil promoting soybeans.
He married Norma Scott in 1956; she died in 1999.
He is survived by three sons, Gary (Cindy) Denzer of Mahomet, Lee Denzer of Kewanee and Alan (Donna) Denzer of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Marie (Joseph) Denzer-Farley of Danvers; a brother, Jerry (Vi) Denzer of Bloomington; and sister-in-law, Pauline Denzer of Dawson. He has grandchildren, Andrew Denzer, Joshua Denzer, Natalie Denzer, Sean (Samantha) Greene, Justine (Mark) Schuster and Jeremy (Keri) Enriquez; six great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a brother, David Denzer; a son, Adam Denzer; and a granddaughter, Emily Denzer.
Wally knew that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior and reminded people of that daily. He loved to dance and socialize, and he enjoyed throwing parties out on the farm. He was a guy who took his work very seriously and was never comfortable telling people that he was retired, even during the last four years that he has been in assisted living. Over the years, he employed a lot of people as farmhands or construction crew members and took pride in seeing them develop a strong work ethic.
A funeral service was held Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at New Horizon Church, Champaign. There was a time to greet the family from 9 to 11 a.m. before the service. Burial was in Danvers Cemetery near Danvers. A celebration of life is being planned for later in the spring. Military burial rites will be accorded by Mahomet American Legion Post 1015.
Memorials can be made to the McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation or the Blackhawk College East Foundation. Condolences may be offered at owensfuneralhomes.com.
CHAMPAIGN — Dennis Hale, 74, of Champaign, formerly of Mahomet, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, due to heart failure. He was surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his wife Linda, four daughters, one son-in-law, seven grandchildren, four sisters and three brothers.
POTOMAC — Penny Ann Smith, 63, of Potomac, formerly of Paris, Ill., passed away at 6:55 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at home.Penny was born Aug. 6, 1955, in Paris, a daughter of Norma Jean Pine. She was previously married to Terrance Patrick Hodge. He preceded her in death.She is survived by two children, Brooke (David) Shewmake of Paris and Seth Hodge of Mansfield; two grandchildren, Cheyenne Montgomery of Rantoul and Daely Shear of Paris; one great-grandchild, Hayven Montgomery; three brothers, Fred Pine, Chuck (JoAnne) Pine and Branden Pine; three sisters, Susan Curry, Lynn Pine and Kari Romero; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved dogs, Rascal, Yarp and Bud.
Penny graduated from Jamaica High School and attended Parkland College. She enjoyed gardening, tai chi, taking care of her plants and was an avid reader and bird-watcher.
According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. There are no services scheduled at this time. The family has entrusted Blurton Funeral Home, Potomac, to assist them in honoring Penny's life. Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.
Tim 'Sully' Sullivan
CHAMPAIGN — Tim "Sully" Carl Sullivan of Champaign passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at home.
Tim was born Oct. 11, 1956, in Decatur, the son of Carl Robert and Mary Jo (Orendorff) Sullivan. His parents, as well as an infant sister, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his brother, John (Nancy) Sullivan of Mahomet; nephew, Dustin (Joey) Sullivan of Philo; niece, Callie Sullivan of Mahomet; aunts, Susan (Gene) Cooper of Bushnell, Joyce (Larry) Utech of Canton and Alyce (Bruce) Webb of Chase City, Va.; and two great-nephews, Griffin and Jonah Sullivan of Philo.
Tim enjoyed hunting morel mushrooms and fishing and was a devoted fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tim graduated from Champaign Centennial High School in 1975 and worked for SuperValu Food City for over 27 years. In more recent years, he volunteered with the American Legion Post 71 of Urbana, serving with the Honor Guard.
Cremation services are being provided by Illiana Cremation Society. A celebration of Tim's life will be held at a later date.In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to American Legion Post 71 at 107 N. Broadway Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, in care of the commander. Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at IllianaCremation.com.