Friday, December 24, 2010

CE Welch

Clarence "CE" Welch, Jr., 70, of Springfield, died at 2:04 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on August 10, 1940 in Quincy, the son of Clarence E. and Juanita Schroder Welch. He married Joleen Fox on May 30, 1970 in Springfield.

CE graduated from Springfield High School and served on its Class of 1958 Reunion Committee for 52 years. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Education from SIU Carbondale and his Master's from the U of I Springfield. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam from 1966-1967. He formerly taught at Grant Middle School and retired from Southeast High School in 1998. 

CE was a member of Phi Delta Tau Fraternity and very active in Springfield and IL Education Assoc. He was also past president of the IL High School and College Driver Ed Assoc., the American Driver & Traffic Safety Ed Assoc. and Phi Delta Kappa. CE was a member and Sunday School teacher at Central Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and traveling.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Joleen of Springfield; son, Chad Allyn Welch of San Diego; daughter, Kitty Joy and her husband, Frank Springhart of San Antonio, TX; aunt, Helen Welch and many cousins.

Family will receive friends from 3:30-7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 27, 2010 at Central Baptist Church, 504 S. 4th St., Springfield. Following visitation, cremation will be accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center.

A funeral ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Central Baptist Church with Rev. Reg Mills officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery with military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Central Baptist Church, 504 S. 4th St., Springfield, IL 62703 or American Diabetes Association, 2580 Federal Dr., Ste. 403, Decatur, IL 62526.

The family of CE Welch, Jr. is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Allan Stephens

Major Allan Durand Stephens, 70, husband of Rev. Mary Lou Stephens, died Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond.
He was born on June 2, 1940, in Springfield, Illinois, to Charles Bennett Stephens and Cordelia Jane Crout Stephens, both of whom preceded him in death. He attended and received his BS degree from Southern Illinois University, and later received his teaching certificate from the University of Texas at Austin. Allan completed his Masters degree at Southwest Texas University at San Marcus. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam conflict.
He served as band director at Model Laboratory School, in Richmond, for 24 years. Music and Ham Radio were his life. He was a member of the Central Kentucky Concert Band, the Richmond Area Community Band and the Rose Barn Theatre. He belonged to the Ham Radio Club and his call sign was N5AIT. Allan was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he proudly took part in the music program by playing hand-bells and singing in the choir.
In addition to his loving wife, Mary Lou, of Richmond, he is survived by one daughter, Susan Zarzycki (Scott) of North Hollywood, California; one granddaughter, Natalie Zarzycki; one brother, C. Bennett Stephens, Jr.; one sister, Dee Dee Gain of Springfield, IL; two step-brothers, Russ Fues of Memphis, TN and Don Fues of Columbia, MO; one sister-in-law, Barb Stephens-Rich of Sandusky, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves an “extended family” of students and MADD (Music Art Drama Dance) Camp Campers.
Memorial Services will be held later. Friends may sign the Guest Book at the Oldham, Roberts, & Powell Funeral home web site.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A Cappella Choir

Judy Sink Stephens Scott 
sent this photo of the 1957 a cappella choir.
Can you still identify the names and faces?
(Click on it to enlarge.)

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Nina K. Chesebro

Nina K. Chesebro

NORMAL-Nina K. Chesebro, 95 of Normal, IL, formerly of Saunemin and Springfield, Il died Sunday, November 7, 2010 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, IL.

Her memorial service will be held on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 11:00 am at Saunemin United Methodist Church with Pastor David Phillips officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment will be at Sunnyslope Cemetery in Saunemin, IL. There will be no visitation. Memorials in Nina's name may be made to Saunemin United Methodist Church. Martin Funeral home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements.

Nina was born July 21, 1915 in Saunemin, IL, a daughter of Ralph and Katharine (Kyser) Chesebro. Nina was preceded in death by her parents, 2 Sisters: Patricia and Ruth and 1 brother in infancy.

Nina was educated in Saunemin Schools. She received her B.S. in Education from Illinois State Normal University and her M.S. of Education degree from the University of Illinois. Nina taught school for 2 ½ years in a rural 1 rooms school in Livingston Co. She then taught for 6 ½ years at Saunemin Grade School and then for 31 years in Butler, Lawrence and Franklin Schools in Springfield, Illinois.

She was a 50 year member of Saunemin United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Gamma Theta Upsilon at ISNU and Kappa Delta Pi at University of Illinois. She was also a member of the Sigma Delta Pi Sorority. Nina also was a member of the Springfield Education Association, the Illinois Education Association and National Education Association, The Lincoln Land Retired Teachers and Illinois Retired Teachers Association. Nina was a member of the Pontiac Elks Ladies Golf Association for many years and the ISU Women's Golf Association. She participated for many years in South East Iowa Golf Tournament and the Illinois State Amateur Tournament.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at

Photograph by Jo Ankeny Lindamood, ca. 1953-54

Saturday, September 25, 2010

George Sabo

JONESBORO, LA - George Matthew Sabo, 70 of Jonesboro, LA died Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at home. He was born June 20, 1940 in Springfield, IL, the son of George and Erma Furlich Sabo. They preceded him in death. He married Pat Sabo in 1962, she preceded him in death in 2005.

He was a Seabee in the United States Navy. After 33 years, he retired from the Smurfit Stone Container Company in Hodge, LA.

George married Elaine Holsomback of Jonesboro on June 14, 2010 and she survives. He is also survived by son, Mark Sabo of Simsboro, LA, grandchildren, Stephen Sabo (Tammy) of GA, Nikki Rivera (Alex) of GA, Robert James Sabo of Simsboro, LA, Tasha Sabo of Simsboro, LA, 8 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, step-children, Angie Caskey (Eddie) of Dallas, TX, Jennifer Norred and Erin Bowen (Rhett) of Jonesboro, LA, step-grandchildren Jayden Caskey and Oren Caskey of Dallas, TX, Cole Wise, Karley Wise, Cameron Bowen all of Jonesboro, LA, very special friends Gary and Susan Hinkley of Jonesboro, LA, sister, Sharon Kirberg of Springfield and brother, Larry Sabo of Petersburg, aunts, Betty Tarr and Carolyn Daley, uncle, Carl (Rita) Sabo all of Springfield, niece, nephews and many cousins.

His funeral service was Friday, September 17, 2010 in Jonesboro, LA, at the Southern Funeral Home. Burial was in the Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Jonesboro Masonic Lodge #280, 209 Main St., Jonesboro, LA 71251.    Visit Guest Book

Rogers E. Baker

BAKER, Rogers E. Passed away September 22, 2010 at home after a long illness. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and coach. 

Survived by his wife, Bonnie Bruce Baker; children, Karen (John) Clinkscales, Rochelle (Romeo) Stockett, Rogers Sean (Jacqueline) Baker, Thor (Amy) Catalogne, Jason Catalogne and Dominic (Alethia McGarvey) Baker; grandchildren, Kamila (Kasmir) Evans, Asha, Tabia & Salihah Clinkscales, Nichelle & Herman Robert Pate, Rogers Ian, Marisela & Luna Baker, Lucie, Cole & Luke Catalogne; two great-grandchildren; goddaughter, Legny Uban; nieces, nephews, cousins & many friends. 

Visitation will be Sunday, September 26, 2010 from 1 to 3, with Memorial Service to follow at 3 p.m., at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Adult Day Care, 30 White Bridge Road, Nashville, TN 37205 or to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203. Visit Guest Book

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Don Nelle

Donald E. Nelle, 71, of Springfield, died at his home on Thursday, September 2, 2010. Born on March 24, 1939, in Springfield, Don was the son of Richard S. Nelle and Monita E. Nelle. He married Sandra J. Evans on December 26, 1960, in Springfield at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
A graduate of Cathedral Boys High School, Don earned an engineering degree at the Univ. of North Dakota. His career included work for Pillsbury, Kraft, and Del Monte.
Preceded in death by his wife and father, Don's survivors include his son, Evan Nelle, of Cambridge, MD; a daughter, Jeanne Travers of Fargo, N.D.; his mother, Monita Nelle of Springfield; four grandchildren, Beth (Kevin) Secrist, Lesli (Scott) Hurley, Stefany Travers and Andrea (Cory) Dean; five great-grandchildren, Colin Secrist, Clay Wilson, Kendall Secrist, Hallie Jo Wilson and Johnathon Dean; and siblings, Dick (Bev) Nelle of Springfield, Jan (Alice) Nelle of Springfield, Pat (Joyce) Nelle of Huntsville, AR, Mike Nelle of Minier, IL, Marianne (Leo) Lombari of Huntsville, AR and Kathleen Nelle Davis of West Fork, AR.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, September 9, 2010, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. A funeral ceremony will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, Rev. Robert Jallas officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Agnes Catholic Church, 245 N. Amos Ave., Springfield, IL 62702. Friends may sign a guest book at the funeral home web site.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Byron Hathorne / Hathhorn

Byron Hathorne (also Hathhorn)

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Byron (Barney) Ellis Hathorne, 71, of Springdale, Ark. died Friday, July 16, 2010, in Fayetteville, Ark.

He was born April 12, 1939, in Springfield, the son of Byron Ellis and Mildred Lorene (Kramer) Hathorne Sr.

He was the owner of Barney's Auto Parts and Service and Barney's Auto Sales. He served in the Illinois Air National Guard. Byron was a Mason and Shriner, and a member of Bear Creek and Christian Ambassadors Fishing Clubs. He was a past member of the Hope Evangelical Free Church and Westside Christian Church of Springfield, and was a recent member of the First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark.

He was an avid fisherman and woodworker, flew his own airplane, loved playing cards with friends, doing good deeds for his neighbors, and he built five houses, and could fix anything that had an engine.

Byron was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol Hathorne of the home; a daughter, Jodi Stamper of Lowell, Ark.; a son, Doug Hathorne and wife Dianna of Springfield; four grandchildren, David (wife, Andrea), Lindsay, Andrew and Brianna Fairfield; one great-granddaughter, McKenna; an aunt and uncle, Robert and Rosetta (Zett) Anderson; and several cousins.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at the Chapel of the First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark., with Pastor Charlie Foster officiating.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 1709 Johnson Road, Springdale, AR 72762.

To sign the online guest book please visit

Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory of Fayetteville, Ark.

Published in The State Journal-Register on July 18, 2010

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Charles Harmony

ASHLAND - Charles B. Harmony, 69, of Ashland died at 3:50 p.m. Monday, May 31, 2010, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Springfield. He was born September 7, 1940, in Springfield, Illinois to Louis and Ella Darnaby Harmony. His parents preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were 4 sisters, Louise Fishwick, Lillie Bain, Lela Dykes and LuVina Brown.

He is survived by his special friend, Joe Willis of Ashland; 3 brothers Henry (Gerry) Harmony of Springfield, Lewis (Anna) Harmony of Chatham and Benjamin (Helen) Harmony of Springfield; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Charles was a resident of Ashland since 1997 and formerly lived in Ludlow Falls, Ohio. He worked for a ceramic mold company in Ohio and retired from the Sangamon County circuit clerk's office as an assistant manager of the phone center. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a volunteer at Senior Services of Central Illinois where he worked in the ceramics department and also volunteered for Gift of Hope. He enjoyed music and played in the Harmony Brothers Band with his brother, Ben.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 4, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home, Pastor Mark Gifford officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Memorial Medical Center VNA Home Hospice. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Grade School Days

In 2008, I rashly promised to produce a DVD for our 50th reunion. It was to contain early school pictures, music, films, and all sorts of memorabilia. 

Then my life got complicated with retirement, shipping books, injury and surgery, family deaths, and publication of a first novel.

Meanwhile, technology moved on. It's now possible to post on the Web most of the contents I envisioned for the DVD.

So I begin today with an album of pictures from our Grade School Days, 1945-54. It's 21 pictures sent in by Don Arenz, Lynn Prater Chandler, Jey Schien Kramer, and Allan Stephens. The featured schools are Dubois, Hay-Edwards, Lawrence, Stuart, West Grand, and Miss Joe's Nursery.

More will follow, including the 50 pictures now in the Grade School Pictures of our '58 Album. 

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jan Schermerhorn Killian

HICKORY, N.C. - Margaret Jan Schermerhorn Killian, 69, of Hickory, N.C., and formerly of Springfield, IL, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2010, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, N.C. Born July 3, 1940, in Springfield, IL, she was the daughter of the late Roland Earl and Eloise Dudley Schermerhorn.

She is survived by her husband, Alfred John Killian of the home; two daughters, Diane Killian Wesson (husband, Gene) of Claremont, N.C. and Donna Killian Collins (husband, Philip) of Hickory, N.C.; a brother, James D. Schermerhorn (wife, Darlene) of Sherman, IL; a grandson, Cody Wesson of Claremont, N.C.; a granddaughter, Natalie Collins of Hickory, N.C.; a number of nieces and nephews, and her faithful cat, Kittyboy.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2010, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, with Pastors David Keck and Scott Berry officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 N. Center St., Hickory, NC 28601. Online condolences may be left for the Killian family at Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Margaret Jan Schermerhorn Killian.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Bill Benedict

The obituary below is for the husband of Delores Squires Benedict '58. 
The class extends its sympathy to DeeDee and her family.

William H. Benedict "Bill" Jr.

Benedict Jr., William "Bill" H., 72, of Pompano Beach, FL, passed away December 30, 2009. Bill was born In Washington, D.C., to Lt. Cmdr. William and Mary Benedict. He served in the Navy from 1957-1959 and was on the USS Mitscher as 2nd Class Fire Control Tech. He earned a BS in Physical Science from Illinois State University and an MA in Education from Florida Atlantic University. He taught in the Broward County public school system, and at the Mills School for Children with Learning Disabilities. He was an active member of the 1st United Methodist Church of Pompano Beach, serving on the board of Trustees, teaching Sunday school, a Scout Master, Volunteer at the Thrift Shop, and a Stephen Minister. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Delores; children Michael (Marissa ), N. Hollywood, CA, Kathleen Bruhnke, Ft. Myers, FL, and Amanda (Michael) Vlader, Tamarac, FL, and grandchildren: Melissa, Katelyn, Andrew, Cori and Jason. There will be a Celebration of Bill's life on Jan. 9th at 11 am in the Chapel, 201 NE 2nd. Street, at Christ United Methodist Church Pompano Beach Campus. No flowers, please. Donations to the Outreach Program of Christ United Methodist Church Pompano or the Outreach Program at the Davie United Methodist Church. Officiating at the Celebration service will be Rev. Lynn Batista and Rev. Fawn Mikel. The family would like to give a special Thank You to the nursing team from Vitas Hospice.