Obituaries - H

Gibson City - Henry M. Hager died 3-13-1976
Judith A. Hamrick, 51, of Paxton died at 4:45 p.m. Friday 3-7-2003 at the Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City of natural causes. Funeral services were Tuesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, with the Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Cremation followed. Miss Hamrick was born 5-30-1951 at Watseka, a daughter of Wayne W. and Donna J. Taylor Hamrick. They survive. Also surviving are her grandmother, Marie Taylor of Easton; one sister, Sandra Kay (James) LaMar of Claytonville; three nephews, Michael (Depsy) LaMar of Camp Lejeune, NC, Wayne LaMar and Christopher LaMar, both of Claytonville; one great-niece, Kayla LaMar of Camp Lejeune, NC and numerous other relatives. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents and her maternal grandfather. She graduated from Cissna Park High School in 1969 and the last few years had taken several sign language courses at Parkland College. She had been employed at ITW in Paxton for seven years. Miss Hamrick was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Paxton, where she served as the interpreter for the deaf; also was part of Walk to Emmaus. She enjoyed reading and attending Disciple Bible study at her church.
C. Duane Baillie, 50, of rural Dewey, Jeffrey Benjamin Hansen, 14, of Gibson City, and Lowell D. Davis, 62, of Strawn, formerly of Gibson City, all died instantly when the 1982 Enstrom helicopter, owned and piloted by Baillie, struck a fertilizer truck, flipped and smashed into the ground about 11 a.m. Monday 11-11-1996
Funeral services for Ruth D. Harrison of Paxton, formerly of Redmon, were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sutton and Son Funeral Home, Paris, Il. Burial was in Embarrass Cemetery near Redmon. Mrs. Harrison died at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday 2-26-2003 at Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton. She was born 1-22-1914 in Clarksville, a son of Rice and Callie (Watkins) Downs. She married Ogle I. Harrison 8-8-1941 in Morganville, KY. He died 10-17-1956. Surviving are one son, Thomas E. Harrison of Paxton; four grandchildren, Thomas Harrison, Timothy Harrison and Benjamin Harrison, all of Paxton, and Matthew Harrison of Fithian; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters and one sister (**as written). Mrs. Harrison was a former cook at Redmon Elementary School and Glen Barr's Restaurant. She had also worked at Zenith Corp, in Paris. She was a member of the Clarksville Baptist Church. ** - typist note
Gibson City - Dr. James J. Hartford 86, of Gibson City died at 8:35 p.m. Saturday 7-9-1994 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. b. 5-3-1908 d. 7-9-1994
Leone M. Hartford, 84, of Gibson City died at 9:50 p.m. Thursday 3-9-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital.
Paxton - Annamary P. Hayes, 67, of Paxton, died at 5:40 a.m. Saturday 4-1-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.
Morton - The funeral of Monica H. Hayes, 84 of Morton, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton, Father Mark DeSutter will officiate. Interment services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il. Visitation will be one hour before the service Saturday at the church. Knapp - Johnson Funeral Home in Morton is in charge of arrangements. She died at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday 10-23-2002 at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. She was born 3-3-1918 in Gibson City to John and Susan Mooney Hudgens. She married Edward M. Hayes on 2-23-1940 in Loda. He died 2-9-1973. Surviving are two brothers, Kenneth (Lee) Hudgens, Rockford; and Harold (Mary) Hudgens; Green Valley, AZ.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and four sisters. She worked at the US Department of Ag in Champaign and later worked for Morton Realty. She then worked for the Department of US Air Force as a secretary in Washington DC retiring in 1978. She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton.
Gibson City - Robert Hendricks, 68, of Gibson City died Monday 10-2-2000 at his son's home in Bloomington, Minn.
Wilma I. Hendricks, age 78 of Gibson City died at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday 8-13-2002 at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. August 16 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Diane Watson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from noon - 2 p.m. August 16 at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Bryan Rennick, Corey Rooker, Darrin Rennick, Josh Hendricks, Kaylyn Hendricks, Todd Hendricks, Jami Rooker, Abby Hendricks and Stefanie Hendricks. Active pallbearers were A.B. Shubert, Kenny Hendricks, Vernon Timcke, Tom Shubert, Bill Hunter and Ray Hunt. Mrs. Hendricks was born 11-7-1923 at Soleria Di Modena, Italy a daughter of Eliseo and Pia Ferrari Gatti. She married Frank Hendricks on 12-15-1945 at Soleria Di Modena, Italy. Survivors include her husband, Frank Hendricks of Gibson City; three sons, Gene Hendricks of Markham, Lee (Kathy) Hendricks of St. Charles and Jim (Jodi) Hendricks of Fayetteville, AR; two daughters, Mary Lou (Ron) Rennick of Beach Park and Patty Jane (Wes) Flick of Port Byron, NY; nine grandchildren, Bryan Rennick, Todd Hendricks, Corey Rooker, Jami Rooker, Darrin Rennick, Abby Hendricks, Josh Hendricks, Stefanie Hendricks and Kaylyn Hendricks; three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Ashley and Chelsea; one sister, Irma Silingardi of Italy; one brother, Ivo Gatti of Italy and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Mrs. Hendricks was a member of the Gibson City VFW Auxiliary, the Gibson City United Methodist Church and the Women's Relief Corps. Mrs. Hendricks enjoyed sports, playing bingo and cards, being with family and friends and helping people out whenever possible. Memorials can be made to the VA Hospital Members Benefit in Danville or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Harm D. Henrichs, 103, of Gilman born: 2-3-1900 in Ash Grove Twp parents: Henry H. and Maria Bormann Henrichs wed: November 1924 to Anna Reiners at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Woodworth. She died 6-29-1933 died: Sunday 3-9-2003 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka buried: St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Woodworth
Raymond H.C. Henrichs, 73, of Ashkum born: 2-24-1930 in Ash Grove Twp near Cissna Park parents: Harm and Anna M. Reiners Henrichs wed: Ethel M. Wooten 12-20-1974 in Woodworth. She survives died: Tuesday 4-22-2003 at Provena St. Mary's Medical Center, Kankakee, following a lenghty illness services: Zion Lutheran Church, Ashkum; cremation rites were accorded (paxton record 4-30-2003)
Lewis J. Higgins, 88, of Gibson City, formerly of Monticello born: 1-8-1915 in Monticello parents: Isaac and Jane McKenzie Higgins wed: Juanita P. Gray 1-30-1947 in Monticello. She died 6-4-1991 died: 5-6-2003 at Heritage Manor, Gibson City services: Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello burial: Monticello Twp Cemetery paxton record 5-14-2003
Thelma Holland, age 87 of Gibson City died at 12:25 a.m. Friday 5-10-2002 at BroMenn Healthcare Center in Normal. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday May 13 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 10 - 11 May 13 at the funeral home. Ms. Holland was born 2-10-1915 in Champaign County, a daughter of William and Etta Elizabeth Kegley Holland. Survivors include one brother, Earl Holland of Gibson City; two nieces and five nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters. Ms. Holland was an elementary school teacher in Fisher, Gibson City and before retiring, in Decatur. She was a member of the National Teachers Association and the Gibson City Woman's Club. Memorials may be made to the Gibson City Woman's Club or to an organization of the donor's choice.
Graveside services for Mildred V. Holmes, 85, of Rankin, a Paxton High School graduate, were at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Rankin Union Cemetery. The Rev. Barb Busboom officiated. There was no visitation. Wolfe Funeral Home, Rankin was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Holmes died at 12:55 p.m. Friday 5-9-2003 at Gibson City Health Care Center, Gibson City. She was born 11-26-1917 in Hector, Minn., a daughter of Carl and Olga Stranburg Ardree. She married Lloyd Holmes on 7-26-1969 at Rankin. He died 5-31-1993. Survivors include two nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother. Mrs. Holmes graduated from Paxton High School in 1934. She then attended Illinois State University in Normal, receiving a teaching degree in 1936 and a bachelor's degree in 1954. A school teacher for 47 years, she taught at Pleasant Valley School in Rankin and 40 years at Hoopeston Area School before retiring in 1983. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Rankin, the Mary Circle Association, Rankin Senior Citizens, Illinois Education Ass'n, and the Business and Professional Club in Hoopeston. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Rankin. paxton record 5-14-2003
Enterprise, Ala. born: 7-23-1922 parents: wed: Sue life: spent his childhood in Kansas. 11 years in the Navy - served on the Hornet in WWII 12 years in the Army as an officer and served in Korea as a helicopter pilot. retired in Enterprise. resident: of Heartland Health Care, Paxton died: 3-16-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. rites: at Danville VA Cemetery, the Rev. Ed King of Paxton Church of Christ officiating. 4-2-2003
Gibson City - Margaret Eileen Hunt, 56, of Gibson City, died at 6 p.m. Saturday 12-13-1986 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana.
Gibson City - Gertrude E. (Rich) Hutchcraft, 93, of Gibson City, died at 12:37 p.m. Wednesday 12-4-1996 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City.
Troy C. Hutchcraft, 39, of Gibson City, died at 9:15 a.m. Monday 5-5-2003 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. He suffered from melanoma cancer of the brain for six weeks. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Gibson City Bible Church, the Rev. Paul Thomason will officiate. Lisa Hutchcraft Whitmer will represent her father, the Rev. Ron Hutchcraft of Ark., reading a letter, as he was unable to assist in the services. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday and for one hour before the service at the church. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements; and dinner is to follow the interment in the church fellowship hall.
 Troy was born 12-4-1963 at Gibson City, a son of Robert L. and Gail F. Hahn Hutchcraft. Survivors include his parents of Gibson City; one sister, JoAnne Hutchcraft, Champaign, one niece, Jody Lyn Cline, 20, of Champaign; one nephew, Jordan Carl Hutchcraft Adams, 10, Champaign. He was preceded by his maternal grandparents, Wm. F. and Lorene Stroh Hahn and paternal grandparents, Clyde and Ella O. Bond Hutchcraft.
Mr. Hutchcraft lived in Gibson City all of his life and was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church. Troy graduated from Gibson City High School in 1982 and attended Parkland Jr. College for one year obtaining his license for radio. In high school he managed football and basketball teams earning his "G" letter his freshman year. He was employed at WGCY radio in Gibson City as host of "Soft Nights" as well as Sunday mornings with the live broadcasts of local churches; and had worked originally for WRTL radio in Rantoul. He worked at Hager Lumber Co. in Gibson City for many years; most recently Troy was employed at Hood's Ace Hardware in Gibson City where he mixed paint and enjoyed visiting with the customers.
He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and Illini sports fan. He also enjoyed dirt track racing. Troy always had a great desire to serve people.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of the Gibson City Bible Church, the American Cancer Society or the Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
Organist: Betty Rost Scripture: Rev. Dave Gagnon (former Bible Church minister) Prayer: Rev. Mike Barr (former Bible Church minister) Song Medley: Quartet Del & K Banner, Linda David, Sherry Heiser Celebration of Troy's Life: Lisa Hutchcraft Whitmer Homer Foster Open Microphone Congregational Song: Let's Just Praise the Lord Message: Rev. Paul Thomason Closing: Victory in Jesus Quartet Honorary Pallbearers: Doug Tankersley Homer Foster Bill Fernandez LaVern Zehr Pat Devaney Dale O'Neal Ken Curtis Jim Killian Active Pallbearers Gary McCullough Dave Edmonds Robert Rohrer Kevin Bunney Gary Miller Jim Hood
(**typist note: This is my son, Troy C. Hutchcraft Gail Hahn Hutchcraft )

The many obituaries available here were transcribed and contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft.

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