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The funeral of George A. Wallen, Jr., 81, of Gibson City, formerly of Bellflower, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bellflower Christian Church. The Rev. James M. Boswell will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in Bellflower Twp Cemetery. He died at 6:10 a.m. Monday 4-14-2003 at Heritage Manor, Gibson City. Mr. Wallen was born 2-21-1922 at Duluth, Minn., a son of George A. and Olga W. Shalgren Wallen, Sr. He married G. Eunice Bunney on 8-10-1952 in Bellflower. She died 4-29-1985. He married Elva I. Orrill on 10-25-1987 in Roodhouse. She died 11-8-1994. Mr. Wallen was a WWII veteran, serving as a lieutenant in the Army Air Corp. He was a member of Bellflower Christian Church, Lions Club, Bellflower American Legion Post 202 and Fred O'Malley VFW Post 6190, Farmer City. paxton record 4-16-2003
Velma M. Weber, 93, of Melvin died at 9:42 p.m. Thursday 3-27-2003 at Prairieview Lutheran Nursing Home, Danforth. Her funeral was Sunday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Melvin with Ron Rasmus officiating. Burial was in Melvin Cemetery, Melvin. Lamb Funeral Home, Roberts, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Weber was born 5-14-1909 in Roberts, a daughter of Fred and Ida Shava Sturm. She married Carl Weber on 6-6-1935 at Melvin. He died 2-5-1999. Survivors include a daughter, Lois (the Rev. Gerald) Peterson of Rockford; two grandsons, Jim (Jennifer) Peterson and John (Sue) Peterson both of Rockford; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Clarence (Lois) Sturm of Roberts. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren and a sister. Mrs. Weber graduated from the Roberts High School. She received her teachers certificate from Illinois State University, Normal. She taught in one-room country schools in Iroquois and Ford counties before her marriage. She was a member of the St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Melvin . She enjoyed her family, gardening, flowers and cooking. Pallbearers were Jerry Peterson, Jim Peterson, John Peterson, David Weber, Steve Weber and Jeff Sturm.
Gibson City - Charles M. Walters, 78, of Gibson City died at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday 11-27-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City.
Edwin Cleon Wilborn, 60, of Mount Hermon, Ky., and formerly of Gibson City, died Saturday 11-7-1998 at his residence. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at White Cemetery Chapel, Monroe County, near Summer Shade, Ky. Burial will be in White Cemetery. McMurtrey Funeral Home, Summer Shade, is in charge of arrangements. Area survivors include two sisters Bonnie Mosier of Normal and Leola May Ferrell of Kappa.
Gibson City - Beulah Williams, 88, of Gibson City died at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday 10-25-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital.
Gibson City - died 1-25-1974 - construction accident
Elliott - Ralph A. Witt, 74, of Elliott died at 5:55 a.m. Saturday 7-1-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.
Gibson City - Ethel (Main) Woolley died 12-27-1993
Gibson City - John Woolley died 5-19-1983
Rena Ellen Wiles, age 86 of Gibson City, formerly of Elliott, died at 1:42 p.m. Wednesday 2-27-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Drummer Twp Cemetery, in Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. March 1 at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Pallbearers were Sue Ellen Birkey, Warren Birkey, Ellen Lutz, Roger Dupuis, Tom Lutz and Philip Lutz.
Mrs. Wiles was born 9-26-1915 in Ford County a daughter of Thomas H. and Lena E. Todd Knight. She married William Durward Wiles on 11-20-1938 at Elliott. He died
10-1-1975. Survivors are one daughter, Malinda Faye (Philip) Lutz of Monroe, IN; three grandchildren, Tom Lutz, Ellen Lutz and Sue Ellen Birkey and one son-in-law, Warren Birkey of Gibson City. She was preceded in death by one daughter and one sister. Mrs. Wiles was a member of the United Methodist Women, and a Sunday School teacher at the church. Mr. Wiles was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and Business and Professional Women. A teacher for over 40 years in the Gibson City - Elliott area, Mrs. Wiles also volunteered at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex and the American Cancer Society. She was a member of the Democrat Women of Ford County and was an avid reader and enjoyed working crossword puzzles. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Gibson City.
Barbara J. Weber, 72, Gibson City, died at 10 p.m Tuesday 4-29-2003 at Watseka Health Care Center, Watseka. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dave Pavesic officiating. Burial was in Lyman Twp Cemetery, Roberts. Mrs. Weber was born 10-1-1930 at Watseka, a daughter of West and Helen Hitchcock Webster. She married Delmar Smith 7-3-1949 at Rankin. She later married Charles Weber in 1979. He died in 1986. Surviving are one daughter, Dawn Wycoff of Rantoul; three grandchildren, Jerod Wycoff, Kelly Wycoff and Amy Wycoff; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Greg Webster of Houston; and two sisters, Marla Rhonhovde of Everett, Wash. and Jane Custer of Watseka. Her parents preceded her in death. Mrs. Weber moved to Gibson City in 1985. She formerly lived in Thawville. She worked at Kraft Foods for many years and later at County Market, Gibson City, in the deli. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City and the Gibson City Moose Lodge. She enjoyed crocheting. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Pallbeaarers were Harry Loy, George Davenport, Doug Custer and Josh McClain.
Margaret Elizabeth Wilson, 87, of Urbana, formerly of Piper City, died at 2:25 a.m. Wednesday 4-30-2003 at Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana. Her funeral Mass was at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Catholic Church, Piper City, the Rev. John Balluff officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Piper City. She was born 10-25-1915 in Piper City, a daughter of Albert and Mary Ann Ziehr Bouhl. She married Elmer Wilson on 2-12-1946 in Piper City. He died 4-28-1979. Survivors include one daughter, Judith (Arlon) McGuire, Mahomet; three grandsons, Scott Boma, Phillip Boma and James McGuire; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Grace Barz, Rantoul; and Berniece Wilson, Springfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters. She was a homemaker and beautician. She spent her childhood and attended schools in Piper City. Memorials may be made to Champaign County Nursing Home, where she resided for the past 11 years.
A memorial service was held 4-17-2003 for Dean William Winter, at Grace Lutheran Church, Raleigh, NC. He died 4-14-2003 at his home in Raleigh. Mr. Winter was born 8-7-1921 in Sibley. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, a brother, Dale Winter and wife, the Rev. Edith Winter, Saugatuck, Mich., a sister, Ioma Adams, Tomahawk, Wis.; two sons, Dean C. Winter and his wife, Jenny, Helotes, Texas; and Allan W. Winter and his wife Mary, Fayette, NC; a daughter, Carolyn Winter, Raleigh; and three grandchildren. He graduated from the University of Illinois and served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army from 1943 - 1946. He returned to the University of Illinois and graduated with an additional bachelor of arts degree in agricultural engineering.
Kimberly K. Welch, 34, of Rankin died at 6:50 a.m. Sunday 3-22-2003 at Provena Covenant Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Knapp Funeral Home, Cissna Park with Pastor Charles Graul officiating. Burial was in Manns Chapel Cemetery, Rossville. She was born 9-18-1968 at Danville, a daughter of Ronald and Patsy Fehr Draper. She married Tilden Welch in Rankin, 5-20-2000. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Garrett; three sisters, Cindy (Jay) Sellers-Evans and Tami (Phil) Hathaway both of Rossville, and Brenda Paxton of Claytonville; one brother, Randy (Brigitte) Sellers of Buckley; her mother Pat Draper of Cissna Park; and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Rankin.

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

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