Pontiac Area


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Thursday, December 6, 1962 - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Andrew Thomas Buckler, 54, of Pontiac, passed away at 11:00 pm on Thursday September 14, 2017 at his residence.

Cremation will be accorded and a visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 Pm on Sunday September 17, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. A private inurnment will be held at a later date at West Lawn Cemetery in Cullom, IL. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Disaster Relief for Hurricaines or A Charity of the donor’s choice.

Andrew was born in Elmhurst, Illinois on December 6, 1962 a son of Gerald and Donna (Haren) Buckler.

Andrew is survived by his parents, four sisters: Ann (Eric) Johnson of Elgin, IL, Kay Reisbich of Pontiac, IL, Monica (Lonnie) Conner of Decatur, IL and Carolyn (Glen Kennedy) Higgason of Taylorville, IL; three nieces Melinda (Charlie) Peterson of Roscoe, IL, Lauren (Mike) Highfield of Aurora of Aurora, MO and Piper Johnson of Iowa City, IA; five nephews: Chad (Cassie) Higgason of Pauls Valley, OK, Michael Johnson of Iowa City, IA, Drew (Jamie) Higgason of Rochester, IL, Jacob Reisbich of West Dundee, IL, and Alec Higgason of Taylorville, iL; ten great nieces and nephews and one great great nephew.

Andrew was self-employed installing car and truck lifts.

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Monday, February 24, 1936 - Monday, September 11, 2017

Merle Wesley Yoder, 81, of Forrest, IL passed away on September 11, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Forrest with Rev. Corinne Blissard officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, September 15, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Forrest. Burial will follow services on Saturday, at Forrest Township Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Forrest. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest is handling arrangements for the family.

Merle was born February 24, 1936 in Forrest, IL a son of Wesley and Clara (Steidinger) Yoder. He served his country in the United States Air Force for five years. He was stationed in Fukuoka, Japan, where he met his wife Itsuko Okura and married her on July 25, 1958. She survives in Forrest, IL.

Also surviving are his four sons: Rodney (Michael) of Boston, MA, Roger (Yukako) of Mountain View, CA, Ricky (Kristi) of Waverly, IL, and Randy (Hollie) of Staunton, IL; and four grandchildren: Austin, Maya, Bridget, and Elise. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son: Ronald; four brothers: Joseph, Perry, Ray and Gene; and two sisters: Eleanor and Velma.

Merle was a lifelong farmer with a strong-rooted work ethic. He worked hard to provide for his family and support his children’s education. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Sunday, February 4, 1990 - Sunday, September 10, 2017

Melissa A. Cromie, 27 of Bloomington, IL. formerly of Saunemin, IL. died Sunday September 10, 2017 at 1:45Pm in Peoria, IL.

A visitation will be held on Friday September 15th from 4:00-6:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. Cremation rites will follow the visitation. Memorials in Melissa’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Melissa was born on February 4, 1990 in Quincy, IL. a daughter of John and Charito (Tagaloguin) Cromie. They survive in Saunemin, IL. Also surviving is one son: Ezekiel Moreland; one sister: Kathryn Marie Cromie of Pontiac, IL; paternal grandfather: John Cromie of Quincy, IL; maternal grandmother: Nativida Mejorada Tagaloquin of the Philippines. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother and her maternal grandfather. Melissa attended Pontiac Township High School.


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Saturday, July 7, 1934 - Monday, August 28, 2017

Elden G. Ness, 83, of Pontiac, passed away at 11:00 am on Monday August 28, 2017 at his residence.

Cremation rites will be accorded. His family will host a celebration of life at the Pontiac VFW on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 2:00-5:00 pm. Memorials in his name may be left to his family. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

Eldon was born on July 27, 1934 in Newark, IL, a son of Henry Thomas and Jenny (Young) Ness, he married Harriet Hann on February 21, 1961 in Pontiac, IL, she preceded him in death on June 8, 2010.

Survivors include: two sons: Kenneth Robert (Janice) Ness of Pontiac, IL, Henry Thomas (Kathy) Ness of Pontiac, IL; three daughters: Candace Raby of Pontiac, IL, Joann Ness of Pontiac, IL, Julie Therace Ness of Pontiac, IL; one step daughter: Marcia Kaye (Tony)Wegener of Anchorage, AK; sixteen grandchildren; four great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; two brothers: John Rhodes of Pontiac and Paul Rhodes of Pontiac; one sister: Mary Ann Peterson of Galva. Eldon was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son, Allan Ness and one grandson, Daniel Allan Ness, two brothers Raymond Peterson and Thomas R. Ness and one sister: Virginia Damms

Eldon served our country in the US Air Force during the Korean War, he retired from the Livingston County Housing Authority and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pontiac. Eldon loved to fish and take long car rides.

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Monday, October 6, 1947 - Sunday, August 13, 2017

Dr. William Earl “Doc” Hough, 69, passed away at 9:33 pm on August 13, 2017 in Erie, PA from complications secondary to Multiple Myeloma cancer. Dr. Hough was born October 6, 1947 in Enid, OK the third son of Guthrie Wayne “GW” Hough and Naomi Colene (Spaulding) Hough. He married Karole Eileen Stierwalt on July 27, 1969 in Sioux Falls, SD and was sealed to her for time and all eternity in the Ogden Utah Temple on October 3, 1974. This July 27, 2017 they observed their 48th wedding anniversary.

Dr. Hough is survived by his wife Karole E. Hough, sons Dr. Kevin A. Hough of Erie, PA, Jared A. Hough of College Station, TX, daughter Nicole E. Hough of Florence, AZ, his two brothers Michael L. Hough of Fruit Heights, UT and Dr. David B. Hough of North Venice, FL, and sister Deborah K. Mitchell of Corinth, TX, and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents G.W. and Colene Hough.

Dr. Hough graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 1973 and began practicing as a Family Medicine physician in July of 1974 and continued for the next 43 years. He began his medical career in Medford, OK and Caldwell, KS. He then spent a short time in South Bend, IN before arriving in Pontiac, IL where he practiced and served that community for the next 28 years beginning in a partnership with Dr. Robert Heins, then private practice, and finally with OSF Healthcare Systems. He left Pontiac in September of 2010 to be closer to family and became medical director of Utah Valley Urgent Care in Lehi, UT. He retired from medical practice in June of 2017. Dr. Hough loved serving and spending time with his patients wherever he was, whether it was in his office, rounding in the hospital or nursing homes, or on the local high school football field. He was also a dedicated mentor and teacher to many medical, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner students.

As much as he loved medicine he loved his family and friends more and was a dedicated husband, father, grandpa, and friend. When not serving the community where he was he could be found spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and gardening, and serving in his church callings.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners, and Utah Osteopathic Medical Association.

Dr. Hough’s funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday September 2, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 303 North Bauer Court, Pontiac, IL 61764 with Raymond A. Mitchell, Branch President officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm on Friday September 1, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. Burial will follow services at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, The Wounded Warrior Project, or Heifer International.

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Wednesday, June 25, 1941 - Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mildred M. Dunning, 76 of Pontiac, IL. formerly of Cornell died Thursday August 24, 2017 at 2:00PM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Her graveside service will be held on Monday August 28, 2017 at 12:00Noon at Memorial Park Cemetery rural Pontiac, IL. with Rev. Don Leonard officiating. A visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00AM until 11:30AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac. IL. Memorials in Millie’s name may be made to her family or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Millie was born On June 25, 1941 in Manville, IL. a daughter of Clifford and Dorothy (Gray) Cashmer. She married Donald Dunning in 1997 and he preceded her in death in 2010. Survivors include: three sons: Clifford Schott and Matthew (Jodi) Schott both of Pontiac, IL. and Robert (Theresa) Schott of Odell, IL.; three daughters: Bonita (Mike) Upts of Minonk, IL., Robin (Dennis) Westerhold of Streator, IL. and Marsha Cummins of Streator, IL.; several grandchildren of which Camden and Carter were her pride and joy; several great grandchildren. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Millie was educated in Cornell schools. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church-Pontiac and was a homemaker.

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Tuesday, March 25, 1941 - Sunday, August 20, 2017

Terry Onslow Miller, 76, of Normal, formerly of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 12:15 pm on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chatsworth with Pastor Mauricio Vieira officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at church. Burial will follow services at the Chatsworth Cemetery. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth is handling arrangements for the family.

Terry was born March 25, 1941 in Somerville, NJ the first child of Glenn and Molita (Fisher) Miller. His siblings: Tiania Shaffer of Deposit, NY, Sharon Grannon of Ardmore, OK, Galen Miller of Maynard, MA, Vaughn (Melissa) Miller of Tulsa, OK and many nieces and nephews.

At the age of 9 his family moved to Cincinnatus, NY where he attended school and graduated from Syracuse Business School. He married Sharon Stafford and had their first child: Pansy (Kenneth) Friedman. Then, they moved to the Evansville, IN area and had Glenn (Barbara Hembree) Miller and Brian (Mary Bryant) Miller. He then married Elly Easton and her children: Doug (Yvonne) Hurt, Ingrid Emling, and Kenneth Hurt. After Elly’s death, Terry married Mary (Smith) Fisher and her children: Timothy (Meghan) Fisher, Matthew (Rebecca) Fisher, Lisa (Lance) Ringo, Kelly Achord, Kimberly (Steve) Sylvester, Jason Green, and Brian (Jill) Schenk. There are 27 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren in his blended family he loved.

Terry owned and operated Bennett’s Cleaners for 30 years. He served on the town board for over 14 years. He also was a member of Chatsworth Lion’s Club, Chatsworth Historical Society, Treasurer of the Chatsworth Township Library, Indian Creek Country Club playing in the golf league, Fairbury Bowling League, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chatsworth.

Terry’s motto was family, friends, community…..work hard, play hard.

He requests memorials be directed to Chatsworth Township (Baltz) Library for children’s programming. Children are the future.

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Wednesday, September 29, 1920 - Monday, August 7, 2017

Margaret E. Steinbach, 96 of Pontiac, IL, died at 7:15 am on Monday August 7, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, August 11, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac with Father David Sabel officiating. Burial will be in South Side Cemetery in Pontiac. A visitation will be held on Friday from 9:30 - 10:45 am at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, with the rosary being recited at 9:15 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Margaret’s name may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Pontiac Public Library.

Margaret was born on September 29, 1920 in Lowery City, MO, a daughter of Ernest and Anna J. (Gray) Ocean. She married Leo L. Steinbach on July 29, 1950 in Pontiac, IL. He preceded her in death on May 2, 1981. Survivors include: one son: Roger (Rhonda) Steinbach of Springfield, IL; two grandchildren: Ryan (Stephen English) Steinbach of Chicago, IL and Sara (John) Kooima of Villa Park, IL; three great grandchildren: Natalie, June and Leo Kooima; one sister-in-law: Birdie Ocean of Pontiac, IL; one nephew: Dan Ocean of Pontiac, IL; two nieces: Judy Davenport of Vineyard, NJ and Lisa (Derek) Schaefer of Antioch, IL. Margaret was preceded in death by one brother: Donald E. Ocean.

Margaret was educated in Missouri and Owego Township Schools and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Women’s Guild.

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Monday, July 20, 1931 - Monday, July 31, 2017

E. Berniece Folk 86 of Pontiac, IL. died Monday July 31, 2017 at 12:16PM at Pontiac Healthcare and Rehab Center, Pontiac, IL.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a graveside service will be held on Saturday August 5, 2017 at 11:00AM at Swygert Cemetery, rural Pontiac with Pastor Andy Fuqua officiating. Memorials in Berniece’s name may be made to Relay for Life or Pontiac Bible Church.

Berniece was born on July 20, 1931 in Odell, IL., a daughter of John and Elva (Davis) Branz. She married Robert E. Folk on July 2, 1955 in Pontiac, IL. He preceded here in death on November 1, 2004. Survivors include: four sons: Steven (Maria) Folk of Cornell, IL., Robert (Suzanne) Folk of Forrest,IL., Paul (Diana) Folk of Pontiac, Il. and Dennis (Jeannette) Folk of Tucson, AZ; one daughter: Lori (Calvin) Jones of Kankakee, IL.; five sisters: Mary (Alvin) Austin of Emington, IL., Dorothy (Bill) Richison of Pontiac, Il., Ruth (Ralph) Sancken of Saunemin, IL., Myrtle (Jerry) Bressner of Pontiac, IL. and Donna (Jim) Hooley of Iowa; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. Berniece was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two brothers and one great grandson.

Berniece was educated in Saunemin schools and had been employed at Carter Bakery and then for thirty-two years at Morton Printing in Pontiac, Il. She was a member of the Pontiac Bible Church.

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