Shirley Bauer

NORMAL — Shirley Ann Bauer, 86, of Normal, formerly of Urbana and Cissna Park, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Heritage Health, Normal.

She was born Oct. 24, 1932, at the family farmhouse in Cissna Park, the daughter of Emil and Rose (Winger) Schmitt. She married Marvin Charles Bauer on Oct. 14, 1951, in Cissna Park, and they celebrated 67 years of marriage. Marvin currently resides at Heritage Health in Normal.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Norman Schmitt.

She and Marvin were blessed with four children, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren who all survive her. Children are Russell (Colleen) Bauer of Bloomington, Rhonda (Leslie) Steiner of Davenport, Iowa, Rosemary (David) Nevin of Cleveland, Miss., and Ryan Bauer of Mansfield. Grandchildren are Brock (Kristen) Bauer, Jill (David) Stutzman, Jodi (Adam) Kimball, Travis (Caitlin) Steiner, Matthew Steiner, Lindsay Bauer, Lauren (Josh) Juchems, Brooke Bauer, Josh Bauer and Jared Bauer.

Shirley taught Sunday school for many years and was a founding member of Christian Bible Church, Cissna Park. She was also a member of Twin City Bible Church, Urbana, during their time in Champaign-Urbana.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Knapp Funeral Home, Cissna Park, and visitation began at 11:30 a.m. Burial was in Cissna Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Mercy Creek, Heritage Health Normal and OSF Hospice for the care and support of our mom over the last few months and years.

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David Coller

MANSFIELD — David A. Coller, 61, of Mansfield passed away at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at home in Mansfield.

A graveside service was at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Grandview Mausoleum, Champaign. Pastor Seth Schutte officiated. Visitation was from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 28, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Prairielands Council Boy Scouts.Mr. Coller was born March 27, 1957, in Japan, to Arthur L. and Maryann Dress Coller. He married Susan L. Rosemier on May 24, 1980, in Perrysburg, Ohio. She survives in Mansfield.Also surviving are his parents of Fort Myers, Fla.; two sons, Kevin A. (Trisha) Coller of Mahomet and Keith A. (Keara) Coller of Mansfield; five grandchildren, Krissy Fredrickson, Dominic Fredrickson, Damon Coller, Kynnzey Coller and Jaxon Browne; one great-granddaughter, Brielle Nava; one brother, Robert (Cindy) Coller of Hampshire; and two sisters, Tammy Kern of Fort Myers, Fla., and Terry (Kirk) VanderVlucht of Perrysburg, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.


Kenneth Grammer

MAHOMET — Kenneth C. Grammer died peacefully at Carle Foundation Hospital in Hospice Care on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Urbana, at the age of 78.

Ken is survived by his wife, Delores Grammer of Mahomet; son, Bob (Amy) Grammer of Center Valley, Pa., and granddaughters, Allison (Paul) Marino, Molly Grammer and Jillian Grammer of Westchester, Pa.; daughter, Cindy (Joe) Essex of Mahomet and granddaughters, Megan and Olivia Essex. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Helen (Dubson) Grammer.

Ken was born Aug. 26, 1940, in Anna-Jonesboro, and moved to Mahomet in his elementary years. He graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School in 1958. Ken married Delores (Bowman) in 1964 in Farmer City.He drove a semi-truck for 32 years as a Teamster. After retirement, he had to keep driving and joined the Mahomet-Seymour Schools Transportation team, driving for 15 years.There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 2, at Grace Church, 800 W. Oak St., Mahomet. The funeral service will begin at noon at the church, with Pastor Mike Case officiating. Graveside service will immediately follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign, with a reception to follow at Grace. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ken's life.Flowers and condolences may be sent to Grace Church. Donations may also be made to the Mahomet Cornbelt Fire Department or Grace Church.

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Roger Koch

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Roger Franklin Koch, 73, of Brooksville, Fla., formerly of Urbana, passed away at 10:07 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at Sturgill Hospice House, Brooksville.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, Urbana. The Rev. Phil McGarvey officiated. Burial took place in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. A visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at the funeral home.

Roger was born in Champaign on April 29, 1945, to parents Wayne and Evelyn (Bunting) Koch. They preceded him in death.

On May 22, 1999, Roger married Pauline Mitchener in Lake of the Woods, Mahomet, and she survives. Also surviving are their daughter, Amy Spindler (Richard) of North Reading, Mass.; two granddaughters, Madison Grace and Payton Rae; brother, Douglas Koch of Rochester, Minn.; and stepson, Paul Tabaka of Colorado.

Roger was a graduate of Urbana High School and a U.S. Marine, being honorably discharged in 1972 as a sergeant (E-5). He worked for SuperValu for 42 years and also ran Koch's Mowing Service.

He loved hunting, fishing and sports. He was an avid Illini fan and, on rare occasions, a New England Patriot's fan. Roger was a loving husband, father, brother and friend and is going to missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know and love him. And as Roger would say, he will "talk to you further down the road."

Memorial contributions may be made to Davita Brooksville Dialysis, 7326 Broad St., Brooksville, FL 34601

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Harrison Rexroad

MAHOMET — Harrison Rexroad, 86, of Mahomet died at 5:58 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, Danville. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Blair-Owens Funeral Home, 102 E. Dunbar St., Mahomet.


Warren Rittenhouse

URBANA — Warren Lyle Rittenhouse, 91, passed away surrounded by family on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at home in Urbana.Visitation was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, followed by a funeral service at noon at Morgan Memorial Home in Savoy.

There was a private burial at Mount Olive Cemetery near his farm east of Urbana.

Mr. Rittenhouse was born Sept. 2, 1927, the son of Vern and Ruth Miner Rittenhouse of Mahomet. His wife, Shirley Bash Rittenhouse, survives him. Their devotion to each other was the center of their nearly 45 years together.

Warren is also survived by five daughters from their blended family, Jane (Joe) Rittenhouse Marriott, Janice (Chuck) Pfaller Woodward, Linda (Dale) Rittenhouse Stephens, Barbara (Jimmy) Pfaller Exposito and Jeri (Gary) Rittenhouse Cochran. Also surviving are six grandchildren who were very dear to him, Mike (Anna) Webb, Levi Marriott, John (Stacy) Marriott, Jess (Preston) Woodward Quick, Aron Cochran and Peter (Leslie) Woodward. Lastly, there survives the blessing of 11 great-grandchildren, Bella, William, Jasper, Elaina, Arlo, Penny, Eian, Simone, Winnie, Teddy and Jack. He was so very deeply loved and respected by his family. He will be missed every day, forever.

Mr. Rittenhouse was preceded in death by a precious granddaughter, Katie Marie Webb; his parents; his brothers, Ralph, Elmer, Glenn and Wayne; and his sister, Elsie (Joe) Jones.

In the past few years, his interests included world traveling with Shirley, collecting Winchester shot guns, shooting clays with the Over the Hill Gang and mowing.

Warren had great respect for the land and the honorable profession of farming, which has been at the core of his family for generations. Several of his ancestors, on his mother's and father's side of the family, were among the earliest settlers of the Mahomet and Hensley Township area.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may kindly be made to Carle Hospice, 1813 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign, IL 61821.

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Kenneth Samson

TOLONO — Kenneth L. Samson, 73, of Tolono passed away at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, Danville.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Freese Funeral Home, Tolono, with the Rev. Ken Young officiating. Burial was in Bailey Memorial Cemetery, Tolono. Military rites were accorded. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Masonic services followed the visitation.

Mr. Samson was born June 24, 1945, in Champaign, a son to Izzy and Betty Fackler Samson. He married Cathy Todd on Feb. 17, 1973, in Tolono; she survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Vicki (Jeremiah) Buffo of Tolono and Nichole Samson of Champaign; three granddaughters, Morgan, Riley and Maria; mother, Betty Samson of Tolono; five siblings, Sue (Mike) Eastin of Pesotum, Mary Bennett of Tolono, Jim (Pam) Samson of Homer, Bonnie Samson of Mahomet and Joyce (Bryce) Rutter of St. Louis; Uncle Bob Fackler of Tolono; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Samson served in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Constellation as a radar technician. He was a member of the local Carpenters Union, Tolono VFW 1237 and Masonic Lodge 391. He was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and also enjoyed the Unity Rockets and Illini. He worked on the chain gang at home Unity football games. He enjoyed playing men's slow-pitch softball and bowling.

He was an awesome grandpa to his Big Kid, Mid Kid and Little Kid.Memorials may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at the Danville VA, Angle Wings or Masonic Lodge 391.


James Scott

GIFFORD — James Scott, 75, of Gifford died suddenly at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, on the evening of Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.

He was born March 4, 1943, in Urbana, a son of Emery and Mary (Painter) Scott. He married Carol James on Nov. 14, 1965, in Rantoul. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Lisa (Lynette) Anglin-Scott of Champaign and Derin (Shannon) Scott of Gifford; two brothers, Larry (Ronda) Scott of Thomasboro and Tom (Kim) Scott of Mahomet; a sister, Ruth (James) Wright of Madison, Ala.; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Jim was a 1961 graduate of Rantoul Township High School. He worked in sheet metal for 38 years. He was a member of the Gifford Lions, a former member of the Rantoul Moose and the Rantoul Jaycees. He also belonged to the GAO Grotto, Danville and the Henning Masons. He loved to hunt and spent many hours at his fishing cabin on Kentucky Lake.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul. Burial will follow at Eden Park Cemetery, Rantoul. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Lux Memorial Chapel.


Paul Sieber

MAHOMET — Paul Sieber, 97, died at 8:05 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at home.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring. Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E. Main St., Arcola, is in charge of arrangements.


Samuel Leroy Thompson

CLINTON — Pastor Samuel Leroy Thompson, 88, of Mahomet passed away at 9:08 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Bridle Brook, Mahomet.

Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Lake of the Woods Church, Mahomet, with Pastor Matthew Johnson (Samuel Leroy's grandson) and Pastor Dave Lutes officiating. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery, Mahomet, with military honors. Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Lake of the Woods Church, Mahomet.

Samuel Leroy was born June 8, 1930, in Rock Road, Ariz., the son of Jim and Golden (Spencer) Thompson. He married Betty F. Waldron on May 29, 1953, in Pocahontas, Ariz.

Survivors include his wife, Betty F. Thompson of Mahomet; children, Phyllis (Skip) Lloyd of Lancaster, Ohio, Patricia (Mark) Mueller of St. Charles, Mo., Stephen (Karen) Thompson of Edwardsville and Scott (Katie) Thompson of Oregon, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, JoAnn Ross of Knoxville, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, three brothers and one sister.

Pastor Thompson became a minister at the age of 19. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo., and was ordained as an Assembly of God pastor in 1958.

The family would like to thank Pastor Dave and the congregation of Lake of the Woods Church for their loving care of their husband and father.

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