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Friday, February 24, 1961 - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Charles R. “Randy” McWhorter, 56 of Pontiac, IL. died Wednesday June 28, 2017 at 6:00AM at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac, IL.

His funeral will be held on Monday July 3, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. with Rev. David Heath officiating.  Cremation rites will be accorded after services.  Inurnment will be in Patty Cemetery at a later date.  A visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00am until the hour of services at the funeral home.  Memorials in Randy’s name may be made to the family or Livingston County Humane Society.

Randy was born on February 24, 1961 in Pontiac, IL., a son of Charles Roy and Karen Ruth (Jones) McWhorter.  He married Connie Cole on August 29, 2001 in Pontiac.  She survives in Pontiac, IL.  also surviving is his mother: Karen Houchin of Colfax, IL; one brother: Steve (Sue) McWhorter of Colfax, IL; one sister: Sherry Sparks of Portland, OR; one step-son: Travis Salvator of Pontiac, IL; many nieces and nephews and his dog Charlie. Randy was preceded in death by his father.

Randy was educated in Pontiac schools.

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Saturday, October 1, 1932 - Saturday, June 24, 2017

Donovan Francis Gardner, 84, of Bloomington passed away peacefully Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Heritage Health in Bloomington.

 

A Celebration of Life service and reception will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac at 3 p.m. with Pastor Tom Goodell officiating. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

 

Donovan was born on October 1, 1932 at home to Francis Raymond and Hazel Blair Gardner of Toledo, Illinois.  He graduated from Cumberland County High School in 1950. On July 5, 1952 Donovan married Barbara Anne Dey at Greenville, Illinois. Donovan and Barb had three children, Brian (Trish) of Moscow,ID, Timothy, and Todd (Sarah) of Melbourne, Australia. Barbara passed away in 1990. Donovan married Carol Rickgauer Shaffer on December 30, 1996. Donovan accepted with open arms Carol’s three children Julie (Nicolas) Houzeau, Mons, Belgium; Kelley (Kent) Erhardt, St. Charles, MO; and Dyke (Kendra) Shaffer, Farmer City, IL. Together there are seven grandchildren who were the light of Don’s life. Donovan was preceded in death by his parents, wife Barbara, and son Timothy.

 

In 1952 he joined the US Air Force serving at stations in the US and in French Morocco. He left active duty in 1956 with the rank of Buck Sergeant. 

Donovan and Barbara came to Pontiac in 1960 when Donovan became President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. In 1962 he was named Administrator of Evenglow Lodge. A position he held for over 20 years. He furthered his career as a United Methodist Senior Living Consultant traveling and working to improve care facilities across the US as well as in Kazakhstan and Cuba. This work earned him respect in the nursing home industry. As he moved into retirement Donovan returned to Evenglow as a member of the Board. One of the accomplishments during Donovan’s tenure was the creation of the Memory Care Building, Evenglow Inn. For two years he again served as the Interim President & CEO of Evenglow. 

 

He was active in the United Methodist Church serving on the Conference Council on Ministries and the District Committee on Nominations. He served on the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Board of Trustees, the Personnel Committee and as a lay delegate.

 

Don and his sons became involved in the Boy Scouts. Don took on a leadership role becoming Scoutmaster of Pontiac Troop 175 for several years and being actively involved in the W.D. Boyce Council. His devotion to scouting lasted the rest of his life. During these years he discovered a passion for outdoor sports including camping, backpacking, bicycling and canoeing. A passion he shared with friends and family. He enjoyed tennis and basketball.

He was appointed to the Illinois State Health Facilities Planning Board by the governor. He participated in local government as a member of the Livingston County Board, Livingston County Historical Society and most recently the Pontiac City Council. He played a key role in developing Pontiac’s Route 66 attractions and was instrumental in securing the historic Strevell House. He created the ‘32ers Club’ for local men born in 1932.

Donovan’s many years of giving to others through his profession and his spirit of volunteerism in his church and community will remain as an example to all.

 

Memorials may be made in Don’s name to the Evenglow Lodge, 215 E. Washington St. Pontiac, IL 61764, the Pontiac First United Methodist Church, 219 N. Chicago St., Pontiac, IL 61764, or to the charity of your choice.

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Monday, January 24, 1949 - Monday, June 26, 2017

Michelle A. Ocean, 68, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 9:28 pm on Monday, June 26, 2017 at OSF St. James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac, IL.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac, IL on Saturday, July 1, 2017 with Father Adam Cesarek officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, June 30, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited Friday at 4:30 pm at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Cullom, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Michelle was born January 24, 1949 in Pontiac, IL a daughter of Donald and Mary R. “Jean” (Kerrins) McCaughey. She married Daniel Ocean on August 25, 1973 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac, IL. He survives.

She was educated in the Pontiac schools and went on to study education at Winston Churchill Junior College in Pontiac, IL. Michelle then went to Des Moines Area Community College for her Hotel Restaurant Management degree. She ran a catering business, J and M Catering, for many years. Michelle also did a correspondent class from Minnesota to receive her Certified Dietary Management (CDM) degree. She went on to work as the Dining Services Supervisor at Meadows Mennonite Home in rural Chenoa for fourteen years.

Michelle was a devout member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac, IL, making sure she always attended mass. Michelle enjoyed life and loved her Lord and was proud to be Irish.

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Thursday, January 25, 1923 - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shirley R. Green, 94, of Saunemin, IL, passed away at 6:10 pm on June 22, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom with Pastor Mauricio Vieira officiating. The family requests casual attire. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday prior to the funeral service. According to the family’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded following the service. Burial of ashes will be held at West Lawn Cemetery at a later date. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom or Evenglow Lodge instead of sending flowers. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom is handling arrangements for the family.

Shirley was born January 25, 1923, a daughter of Carl C. and Georgianna (Foesterling) Sancken. She married Donald J. Green on November 25, 1943. He preceded her in death on May 13, 2010.

She is survived by one son: Ronald (Marcia) E. Green of Cullom, IL; one daughter: Cheryl (Larry- deceased August 3, 2011) L. Lowery of Munster, IN; two grandchildren: Kimberly (Michael) Lowery Walker of Cheverly, Maryland and Kristin Lowery of Pahoa, HI; two great grandchildren: Eila Walker and Lucy Walker of Cheverly, Maryland; one step-grandson: Christopher Fraher of Rantoul; two step-great grandsons: John and Weston Fraher of Rantoul, IL; four nieces and six nephews; and one sister: Marian Chapman of Pontiac, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one infant daughter: Judy Ann.

Shirley was educated in Saunemin schools graduating in 1940 and Bowling Green Business School.

She was an avid collector and loved to collect Fenton glassware, Lowell Davis figurines, and just about anything. She loved going to garage sales and auctions. She was an early exhibitor at the Threshermen’s Reunion in Pontiac for over 45 years and the Gladiola Festival in Momence. She loved square dancing, playing cards, going to Branson, MO, and visiting friends. In addition to being a homemaker and working on the farm, she worked at H & R Block for many years. She was a Cub Scout den leader for many years.

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Monday, January 18, 1960 - Monday, June 19, 2017

Richard Joe Kridner, 57 or rural Cornell, IL. died Monday June 19, 2017 at 12:04PM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held on Friday June 23, 2017 at 11:00AM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. with Rev. Janeen Tronc officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials in Richard’s name may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Richard was born on January 18, 1960 a son of Richard and Jessie (Thompson) Kridner. He married Amy Gourley on June 23, 1982 in Mirando City, TX. She survives in rural Cornell, Il. also surviving are: two sons: Richard Brian Kridner of Flanagan, IL and Adam Joe Kridner of Pontiac, IL; two brothers: Mike Kridner of Kentucky and Troy Pearson of Kansas; three sisters: Vicki Hall of Gillette, WY., Elizabeth Piper of Clinton, Il. and Kristi Bohm of Pontiac, IL.; his step-father: Dave Thompson of Gillette, WY.

Richard was educated in Cornell schools and had been employed at Interlake Steel for 25 years.

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Friday, May 14, 1926 - Friday, June 16, 2017

 

Betty Jean Edwards, 91, of Pontiac, passed away at 11:13 pm on Friday June 16, 2017 at The Pointe at Pontiac.

Her funeral will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday June 22, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac, Rev. Gretchen Stinebaugh will officiate, burial will follow in South Side Cemetery in Pontiac. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials in her name may be left to the First United Methodist Church or a Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

She was born in Pontiac on May 14, 1926 a daughter of Earl M. and Pearl C. (Erlandson) Duke, she married Raymond L. Edwards on February 12, 1945 in Springfield, IL, he preceded her in death on September 8, 1997. Survivors include two daughters: Marsha (Roger) Popp of Effingham, IL, Sandra (Bill) Humphries of Keller, TX; six grandchildren Jodee (Paul) Ritter of Pontiac, IL, Gina Popp of Altamont, IL, Jill (Larry) Adams of Effingham, IL, Melissa (Jeff) Tomlinson of Destin FL, Paul (Ashley) Humphries of Frisco TX, Chad (Kristin) Humphries of Pilot Point,TX; one step grandson: Steven R.(Tammy) Popp of North Richland Hills, TX; great grandchildren: Baylee and Taylor Ritter, Sam and Jack Mathesius, Landon, Alexandra, Beau and Cole Adams, Brittany, Sierra, and Jon “Jet” Tomlinson; Claire and Elle Humphries, Keaton Holsworth, Cort and Whitney Humphries; step great grandsons: Ryan and Nathan Popp; one sister: Lois James of Scottsdale, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother: Glenn E. Duke. Her sister: Darlene Blair and her step granddaughter: Sherri L. Popp.

Betty was a graduate of Pontiac Township High School and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac. She was a former member of the Owego Club, Women of the Moose and Graymont Card Club.

 

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Monday, October 11, 1937 - Friday, June 16, 2017

James “Jim” Kovach, 79, of Saunemin, passed away at 12:10 pm on Friday June 16, 2017 at Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac with Rev. Jane Bradford officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Sunnyslope Cemetery in Saunemin, IL.   Memorial contributions may be made to Saunemin United Methodist Church.

Jim was born in Cleveland, OH on October 11, 1937 a son of Michael and Rose (Zukovic) Kovach, he married Dorothy Malone on November 23, 1957 in Cleveland, OH, she survives.

He is also survived by three sons: Michael (Laura) Kovach of Saunemin, IL, Thomas “Tom” Kovach of Willoughby, OH, David (Kim) Kovach of Forrest, IL; one daughter Paula (James Robert) Kovach of Painesville, OH; seven grandchildren Melinda, Michael, Joey, Katie, Keira, Kaley and Karrisa; four great grandchildren: Morgan, Greyson, Andrew and Sonny; four brothers: Michael Kovach of OH, Thomas (Diane) Kovach of OH, Danny (Sue) Kovach of OH, Tim (Chris) Kovach of OH; one sister: Loretta (Reggie) Slater of OH. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim went to high school at Cleveland Trade. Jim served his country in the United States Air Force.

He worked at Caterpillar for over twenty years before retiring from the heat treat department.

Jim was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Monday, February 14, 1966 - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dateline: Cullom

Kim B. Harms, 51, of Cullom, passed away at 10:04 am on Tuesday June 13, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Her funeral will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday June 17, 2017 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cullom, Pastor Mauricio Vieira will officiate, burial will follow in West Lawn Cemetery in Cullom.  Visitation will be from 10:00-12:00 Noon at the church on Saturday. Memorials in her name may be left to the Ronald McDonald House or Skinner Trost American Legion Post 122. Calvert & Martin Funeral home in Cullom is handling the arrangements.  

Kim was born in Havana, Illinois on February 14, 1966, a daughter of Judy McWhorter, and later adopted by her grandparents Irrie and Ruby McWhorter. she married John Harms on May 8, 1993, He survives. other survivors include two sons: Shane (Carrie Greenly) McWhorter of Bourbonnais, IL, Devin McWhorter of Cullom, IL; one daughter: Nikki (Kevin) Briggs of Mahomet IL; three grandchildren Kayden Elaine McWhorter, Logan Wesley Briggs and Adelynn Greenly; several step brothers and sisters. Kim was preceded in death by her mother Judy McWhorter, her grandparents Irrie and Ruby McWhorter, step grandmother Peggy McWhorter, and step father John Jacobs, her uncle: Paul McWhorter.

Kim loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, she enjoyed camping and was a member of Skinner Trost American Legion Post 122 Auxillary.

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Wednesday, June 6, 1990 - Saturday, June 10, 2017

Timmy L. Dennis II, 27 of Pontiac, IL. died Saturday June 10, 2017 at 9:26AM at his residence.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a private family service will be held. Memorials in Timmy’s name may be made to Children’s Hospital of Illinois or the Livingston County Humane Society. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Timmy was born on June 6, 1990 in Pontiac, IL., a son of Timmy L. and Diane (Craver) Dennis. They survive in Pontiac, IL. Also surviving is one sister: Tiffany (Matt Gero) Dennis of Chenoa, IL.; one niece: Mekalee Gero; one nephew: Preston Gero; paternal grandmother: Sofia Dennis of Pontiac, IL.; maternal grandmother: Aldine Craver of Pontiac, IL. Timmy was preceded in death by his paternal grandfathers: Danny Dennis and Earl Craver.

Timmy was a 2008 graduate of Pontiac Township High School. He had been employed at Interlake Steel, RR Donnelly’s and at Dependable Company in Streator as a welder.

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Tuesday, March 18, 1947 - Thursday, June 8, 2017

Andy Rieger, 70, of Forrest, IL passed away at 9:36 am on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Apostolic Christian Church in Forrest with ministers of the church officiating. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest and on Monday, from 9:00 to 9:45 am at the church prior to the service. Burial will follow services at Forrest Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Haven Retirement Community in Fairbury, Illinois.

Andy was born on March 18, 1947 in Fairbury, IL a son of Richard R. and Marian (Meister) Rieger.

He is survived by his siblings: Dick Rieger, Mary Bradley, Tom Rieger, and Matilda “Til” (Harry) Johnson all of Forrest, IL; one sister-in-law: Diane Rieger of Fairbury, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Ron, and one brother-in-law: Daniel Bradley.

Andy was from Forrest all his life, graduating from Forrest-Strawn-Wing in 1965. He was a farmer all his life.

He was one of the longest living kidney transplant receivers at forty-six years. Andy enjoyed spending time with his family and friends outdoors. He will be greatly missed.

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