Pontiac Area


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Wednesday, August 5, 1925 - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Betty June Leeper, 91, of Forrest, IL, passed away at 12:24 am on Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 11, 2016 at Forrest United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will follow services at Forrest Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Forrest United Methodist Church, Forrest American Legion Auxiliary, or the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest is handling arrangements for the family.

Betty was born August 5, 1925 in Forrest, IL a daughter of Roy and Florence (Shambrook) Newman. She married Donald William Leeper on November 9, 1946 in Forrest, IL. He passed away on February 23, 1992.

She is survived by her children: Mike Leeper of Sun City Center, FL and Mary (Kenneth) Lehmann of Forrest, IL; three grandchildren: Allison (Victor) Martinez, Kelly Leeper (Justin Stafford), and Amber Lehmann; and three great grandchildren: Miles and Carter Martinez, and Shelby Buchanan. Betty was preceded in death by her husband; daughter-in-law: Barb; one grandson: Brad Lehmann; and three siblings: Delores Moore, John Newman, and Mary Wait.

Betty was a lifelong resident who knew and loved all things Forrest.  She loved her family and friends more than anything and enjoyed daily coffee hour with her girlfriends.  She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and the Forrest United Methodist Church. Betty was active with Meals on Wheels and the Food Pantry. Betty’s quick-wit and feisty demeanor will be missed and cherished by many.

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Saturday, February 26, 1983 - Saturday, November 5, 2016

Kyle D. Bach, 33 of Pontiac, IL. died Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 4:18PM at his residence.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a graveside service will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 2:00PM at South Side Cemetery, Pontiac, IL., with Rev. Carolyn Bavaro officiating. Memorials in Kyle’s name may be made to an education fund for his son at the Bank of Pontiac, Pontiac., IL. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

Kyle was born on February 26, 1983 in Fairbury, Il., a son of David N. and Pamela R. (Pulliam) Bach. He is survived by one son: Brodie Bach of Pontiac, IL.; his mother: Pamela Bach of Pontiac, IL.; one brother: Jeffery D. Bach of Port Arthur, TX.; maternal grandparents: Loyd and Marie Pulliam of Pontiac, IL.; paternal grandmother: Mary Helen Bach of Bloomington, IL. Kyle was preceded in death by his father: David N. Bach and his paternal grandfather: Neil Bach.

Kyle was educated in Pontiac schools and employed at Exact Packaging.

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Thursday, July 10, 1952 - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Connie Sue Best, 64 of Cullom, IL., died Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 9:02PM at her residence.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a private family celebration of life will be held.  There will be no services.  Memorials in Connie’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Cullom is handling the arrangements.

Connie was born on July 10, 1952 in Chicago, IL., a daughter of Marion and Bonnie (Coy) Hensley.  She married Ron Best on September 13, 1985 in Louisville, KY.  He survives in Cullom, IL.  Also surviving are seven children: Tommy (Tonya) Best and Ron (Amy) Best both of Coal City, IL., Rebecca (Tom) Read of Cullom, IL., Suzy (Roger) Smith of Fairbury, IL., Julie Crowley of Cullom, IL., Daniel Hensley of Braidwood, IL. and Sarah (Clayton) Hensley of Cullom, IL., eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two brothers: Richard Hensley of Saybrook, IL. and Greg Hensley of Gardner, IL.; two sisters: Kaye Cagle of Louisville, KY. And Guilene Regnier of Elgin, IL.Connie was preceded in death by her parents and one brother: Phillip Hensley.

Connie was a graduate of Bremen High School in Midlothian, IL. and attended Southwest Missouri State University. She enjoyed her family, booKS and garden.

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Tuesday, July 16, 1946 - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Lawrence K. “Larry” Myers,70, of Cullom passed away at 11:39 AM on Tuesday October 25, 2016 at hois residence.

Larry’s remains were donated to science and a celebration of life will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, November 19th at the Fiesta Bowl in Pontiac. Memorials in his name may be left to Flanagan Sports Boosters or to the Flanagan Fire Dept. Calvert & Martin Funeral home in Cullom is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Larry was born in Ottawa, Illinois on July 16, 1946 a son of Wayne Adrian Dwyer and Ruth Hoffner, He married Teresa Blackmore on December 16, 1978, she survives of Chenoa. Other survivors include his Significant other: Cyndy Jehle of Cullom, Illinois, his children: Kelly Myers of Pontiac, Illinois, Shawna (Michael) Joneson of Flanagan, Illinois, Robert (Jodi) Dwyer of Flanagan, Illinois, grandchildren: Ethan Perez, Abbigail Myers, Jessi Myers, Charli Joneson, Anthony (Megan) Dwyer, Nicole (Mike) Corrigan; great grandchild: Camron Dwyer; one sister: Lynn Dwyer of Bourbonnais, Illinois; Niece Tracie Lobue; two great nieces: Kaitlyn Johnson and Morgan Johnson and two great great nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers; Mark Dwyer and Gary Dwyer.

Larry was a sports fan and loved all sports especially bowling. He was a diehard fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears, Bulls & Blackhawks as well as Nascar. Larry loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren, he will be greatly missed.

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Thursday, August 18, 1938 - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rita J. Watson, 78 of Pontiac, IL., died Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 8:00PM at her residence after having courageously fought a 30-year battle with non-Hodgkins lyphoma.  Cremation rites will be accorded and a graveside service will be held at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery, rural Pontiac, IL. with Rev. James O. Wolfe III officiating. Memorials in Rita’s name may be made to the First Baptist Church Pontiac, IL.  Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements.


Rita was born on August 18, 1938 in Pontiac, IL., a daughter of Oscar and Nellie (Bratt) Marker.  She married Ronald C. Watson on December 2, 1955 in Bloomington, IL.  He survives in Pontiac.  Also surviving is one daughter: Inge (James) Telford of Pontiac, IL.; two sons: Ronald E. (Lynn) Watson of Pontiac, IL. and Chuck (Kathy) Watson of Pontiac, IL.; five grandchildren: Ryan, Kevin, Jake and Grace Watson, and Cody Corrigan; two great grandchildren: Parker Watson and Cameran Corrigan; one brother: Ronald Marker of Pontiac, IL.; four sisters: JoAnn Miller, Carol Brill, Judy Barnard, and Marcia Harder all of Pontiac, IL.


Rita was educated in Pontiac schools.  She worked as a waitress, worked in the jewelry business with her husband in Champaign, the Hi-De-Ho and Rita's Gift Shop in, was a teacher's aide in Special Education at Central School, and most recently owned and operated Watson Tire in Pontiac for 15 years.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pontiac, IL.



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Wednesday, January 22, 1930 - Sunday, October 23, 2016

Gerald E. “Ole Horse” Hillyer, 86 of Pontiac, IL., died Sunday October 23, 2016 at 4:45PM at Evenglow Inn, Pontiac, IL.


His funeral will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 1:30PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL., with his son, Rev. Michael Hillyer officiating. A visitation will be held on Saturday from 4:00-6:00PM at the funeral home. Cremation rites will follow services and a private inurnment will be held at South Side Cemetery at a later date. Memorials in Jerry’s name may be made to Evenglow Inn.


Jerry was born on January 22, 1930 a son of Pinckney and Gladys (Harris) Hillyer. He married Carol Hillyer in 1950 in Peoria, IL. He later married Sara Farrell in 1974. Survivors include his children: Patricia Elliott of Carson City, NV, Michael (Carolyn) Hillyer of Pontiac, IL., Mary Jo (John Mayer) Hillyer of Bloomington, IL., Barb Hillyer of Bloomington, IL, Karen Gourley of Pontiac, IL.; one son in law: Rich Salwierak of Oak Forest, Il.; step-son: Don Farrell of Mississippi; step-daughter: Lisa Willis of Peru, IN. 20 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Jerry was preceded in death by one daughter: Kathleen Salwierak, one son In law: Sam Gourley and one step-son: Jim Farrell.


Jerry was educated at Peoria Woodruff High School and Browns Business College. He owned and operated the New Log Cabin restaurant in Pontiac for 20 years. He was also an electrician. Jerry served our country in the Illinois National Guard from 1948-1953 serving in active duty in Okinawa Japan from 1951-1953. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church-Pontiac, Il. and a life time member of the Pontiac VFW Post #886.

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Thursday, July 29, 1937 - Thursday, October 20, 2016

Betty L. Hall, 79 of Stoneville NC, formerly of Pontiac, Il., died Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8:00PM at Moses H. Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC.


Her funeral will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 2:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, rural Pontiac, IL. A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5:00-7:00PM at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac. Memorials in Betty’s name may be made to COPD Foundation 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Miami, Fl. 33134


Robert Betty was born on July 29, 1937 in Pontiac, IL., a daughter of John L. and Virginia E. (Ramsey) Garland. She married Robert S. Hall Jr. on October 5, 1955 in Indiana. He preceded her in death in 1997. Survivors include children: Colleen Maglone, Mark (Deanna) Hall, Kathy (Kenny) Shelton; grandchildren: Matthew (Amanda) Hicks, Joshuah (Molly) Shelton, Jacob (Emerald) Shelton; many great grandchildren; one sister: Marsha (Bill) Halpin; four brothers: Ole (Connie) Homme, Bob (Mary) Garland, Jerry Garland and Gary Garland; many nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by two granddaughters: Amanda Elizabeth Hicks and Sarah A. Shelton; two brothers: Bill Garland and Tom Homme and one sister: Barbara Jean Garland.


Betty was a retired homemaker and a member of the Embroiders Guild of America.

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Thursday, January 18, 1940 - Saturday, October 22, 2016


Sharon C. Wittenberg, 78 of Pontiac, IL., died Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 6:30PM at her residence.

Her funeral will be on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10:30AM at the First Lutheran Church, Pontiac, IL., with Rev. Dr. Richard Riley officiating. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Cullom, IL. A visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 5:00-7:00PM at the church. Memorials in Sharon’s name may be made to Livingston County Relay for Life. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, IL. I is handling the arrangements.

Sharon was born on January 18, 1940 in Pontiac, IL., a daughter of Merle George Haag and Carol Yvonne Margaret Berlett. She married Ralph Edgar Wittenberg on August 17, 1958 in Rantoul, IL. He preceded her in death on August 14, 1992. Survivors include: three sons: Randall (Kim) Wittenberg of Colfax, IL.; Michael (Pamela) Wittenberg of Pontiac, IL. and Timothy (Kristi) Wittenberg of Galveston, IN.; eight grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; one brother: Larry Haag of Bloomington, IL.; two sisters: Carol Lynn Baker of Stone Mountain, GA. And Susan Haag of Pontiac, IL.

Sharon was a graduate of Cullom High School and was the office manager for Wittenberg Farm Service for 25 years. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Pontiac, IL.; Pontiac Lions Club and honorary member of the Iron Pig. Sharon loved her family and her dog Heidi.

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Sunday, April 18, 1954 - Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Gary E. Fitzpatrick, 62 of Pontiac, IL., died Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 10:33AM at Carle Foundation Hospital, Champaign, IL.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 12:00 Noon at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home Pontiac, IL. with Pastor Daryl Evans of the Fairbury Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Camp Humiston Cemetery, rural Odell, IL. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials in Gary’s name may be made to the Livingston County Cancer Fund.

Gary was born on April 18, 1954 in Pontiac, Il., a son of Robert and Dorothy (Finkenbinder) Fitzpatrick. He married Margaret Dunlap. Survivors include: two sons: Matthew (Kristen) Fitzpatrick of Bradenton, FL. and Sam (Jody) Fitzpatrick of Pontiac, IL.; four grandchildren: Chase Evans, Eli, Connor and Emily Fitzpatrick. In addition he is survived by close friends Maggie, and his almost brother Dennis Legner. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Rick Fitzpatrick.

Gary was educated in Pontiac schools and a graduate of Pontiac Township High School. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation and had retired.

Gary enjoyed both coaching and watching his kids and Grandkids during their sporting events. He also was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He loved to watch Bears games with the Legner's, and going to Mario's Pizza every Friday with his best friend Denny. He and Denny were inseparable and rarely seen somewhere without the other. Gary always helped out whenever his kids needed something and made sure their needs were taken care of, even before his own.

Gary always stayed busy even during his retirement. He spent a lot outside doing yard work and took pride in his yard. He also kept busy making sure his Corvette was always clean.  

Gary also loved traveling to Florida with Maggie to visit his Grandchildren. Maggie and Gary were previously married but remained very close friends. They frequented Florida to visit their grandchildren stopping along the way to visit numerous attractions like the Corvette Museum, and whatever other adventures Maggie had in mind. Maggie was there to take care of him during his painful battle with cancer.

Gary was also a collector of Corvette and The Beatles memorabilia, and loved his antique Corvette.

The family would ask that the attire for the service be casual. The family and friends will be dressed in their favorite Cubs, and Bears attire as Gary wanted.

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Saturday, February 11, 1928 - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Velda J. Eckel, 88, of Streator, formerly of Pontiac, passed away at 7:02 am Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at her residence in Streator, IL.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 21, 2016 at South Side Cemetery in Pontiac. Calvert & Martin Funeral home in Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

Velda was born on February 11, 1928 in Minonk, IL a daughter of Fred and Elsie (Mosback) May, she married Andy Eckel II on March 9, 1969, He preceded her in death on March 8, 1985.

Surviving is one sister: Joyce (Ron) Christmann of Streator, IL; two step-sons: Andy (Shirley) Eckel III of Pontiac, IL and David (Beth) Eckel of Tallahassee, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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