Seaton Cash, 94

Seaton Cash, 94, of West Salem, Illinois entered into eternity on September 15, 2014. He was born in 1920 in Burnt Prairie, Illinois to James and Amelia Cash. He learned to walk again after being paralyzed by polio as a teenager.

He and Catherin Schumaker, of Carmi, were united in marriage in May, 1943 in Carmi. She passed away in 1974.

He worked as a tool and die maker, a farmer and a teacher. He was proud to be a lifetime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

He married Delores Lomas in March of 1986. The attended the Marion Christian Church of West Salem.

He is survived by his second wife, Delores; his daughter, Kay (Kent) Wilson of Algonquin; grandchildren: Ben (Marissa) Wilson of Lake-In-The-Hills and Aaron (Nicole) Wilson of Litchfield. He had four and a half great-grandchildren: Ariana, Jake, Matthew, Alivia and ?. Also surviving is a niece, Karen Ferrero of Norcross, Georgia and a nephew, Ernest Heady of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

One brother, J.R. Cash of Burnt Prairie, died in 2008. One sister, Juanita Heady, died in 1999. 

Visitation will be at the Stasi-Grove Funeral Home at 10 a.m. on September 18, followed by a memorial service celebrating his life at 11 a.m. Internment will be at the Burnt Prairie Cemetery in Burnt Prairie, Illinois next to his first wife Catherin.

Stasi-Grove Funeral Home of Olney is in charge of arrangements.

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Jeffrey L. Poppenhager, 62

Jeffrey L. Poppenhager, 62, of Albion, Illinois passed away Wednesday September 10, 2014 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jeffrey was born September 12, 1951, in Galesburg, Illinois the son of William Lyons (Judy) and Linda Easley. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the US Navy and was a member of the Albion Masonic Lodge. He was a former IDOT employee and in highway maintenance. He married Cindy Hollenback September 6, 1980 in Astoria, Illinois. Other interests were riding bicycles, golf, reading Louis L’Amour novels, going to movies, woodworking, music and cruising in his 1964 Chevrolet Impala.

Survivors include his wife Cindy of Albion; Daughter Jessa Poppenhager (Rich Howard) Centreville, Virginia; Grandchildren: Penelope “Penny” Jane and Fiona Claire; Sisters: Linda Easley, Carol Davis, Bobbi Jo Willey, Rosie Leto, Nancy Pressler, Patsy Miller, Julie Jennings, Jill Doiron, Jennifer Lyons and Shelley Saunders; Brothers: Phil Poppenhager, Steve Poppenhager, Jay Easley, Rich Easley and Kyle Easley; and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orlen and Vilda Poppenhager; Son, Jakob Dale; and brother, Max Poppenhager.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, September 19, 2014 at Little Prairie Christian Church in Albion, Illinois. Masonic Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. prior to Celebration of Life Service to be concluded by full Military Rites at the church. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. till service time at the church. Private burial services for the family will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Angel of Hope.


Harold V. Holmes, 85

Harold V. Holmes, 85, of Fairfield, Illinois passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Way-Fair Nursing & Rehab Center at Fairfield, Illinois.

Harold was born July 23, 1929 at Cisne, Illinois to Virgil and Mayme (Tetrick) Holmes. He married Anna Mae Sparr January 14, 1963 at Effingham, Illinois. She preceded him in death June, 1980. He later married Mary Winters in 1984.

Harold was a retired farmer and oil field pumper. He was a Marine Corp Veteran having served during the Korean War Era.

He is survived by his wife Mary Holmes of Fairfield, Illinois; two sons: George (Ruth Ann) Holmes of West Salem, Illinois and David Holmes of Fairfield, Illinois; two step-sons: Brad (Shari) Winters and Richard (Darlene) Winters both of Fairfield, Illinois. Six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren also survive.

Preceding him in death were one sister Lola Mae Crews, his first wife, and his parents.

A graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 12, 2014 at Brown Cemetery. There will be no visitation. 

Memorials may be given to American Diabetes Association or Clay County Hospice and will be accepted at Hosselton Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be given to the family at


Howard Melvin Gaede, 93

Howard Melvin Gaede, age 93, of Argenta, Illinois, passed from this life on August 31, 2014 at the Heartland Healthcare Center in Decatur, Illinois.

Howard was born on April 22, 1921 in West Salem, Illinois to Albert and Sadie (Gardner) Gaede.

He married Juanita June Giese on March 1, 1946, and she preceded him in death on August 1, 2004.

Howard enlisted in the Army and proudly served his country. He was stationed in the Hawaiian Islands and trained for eleven months there with an aircraft warning unit. Later he was sent to Siapan and served there for several months. Howard also spent time on Okinawa and following his enlistment, was awarded two bronze stars.

Howard worked for several years as a machinist at Caterpillar in Decatur, Illinois. He was a member of the Albion VFW, and will be honored by his comrades in a military salute at his graveside service.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Howard is survived by his son, Rick (and wife Rebecca) Gaede of Oreana, Illinois; grandchildren: Christopher (and wife Stephanie) Gaede of Decatur, Illinois, Tisha (and husband Jaime) Zavala of LeClaire, Iowa; and one great-grandchild, Cecilia Zavala.

Per his wishes, the body has been cremated and there will be an inurnment of cremains at a graveside service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Moravian Cemetery, West Salem, Illinois.

To honor his memory, there will be a military salute at the graveside as well.

Memorial donations are encouraged to go to the VFW Avenue of Flags on the Albion Square, with envelopes available at the graveside service.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Ingram Funeral Home of West Salem is entrusted with the arrangements.


Marjorie M. Mix, 89

Marjorie M. Mix, 89, of Albion, Illinois passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Rest Haven Manor in Albion.

Marjorie was born January 9, 1925 in Gilbertson, Illinois. Her parents were Charles and Anna (Marsh) Prater. She married William I. Mix December 25, 1948 in Watseka, Illinois and he preceded her in death in 1996.

Marjorie loved cooking and they were “winter Texans” for several years. Her grandkids were her life.

She is survived by a daughter: Susan (John) Roberts of Cedartown, Georgia; son: Lowell “Pat” Mix of Fairfield; brother: James (Carol) Prater; three grandchildren: Stephanie Crisp, Matthew (Brandie) Kelsey and Chuck Mix; four great-grandchildren: Dallas Kramer, Micah Crisp, Robbie Crisp and Benjamin Kelsey.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons: Roger and Robert; three granddaughters: Kimberly, Krystal and Kristina; two brother: Leroy and Lowell; and one sister, Genivive.

Per her wishes the body has been cremated and burial will be Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Bunker Cemetery in Rinard, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

Ingram Funeral Home of Albion, Illinois entrusted with arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at 


Jane Barr

In loving memory of Jane Barr, of Waterford, Michigan, formerly of Mt. Carmel and Browns, Illinois, who went to be with the our Lord and Savior on August 28, 2014.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving husband, Robert (Bob) Barr; children: Helena Livingston, Christine (Ken) Keeler, Kathy (DJ) Rashan, Roger (Ann) Swoveland and Jeremy (Karla) Swoveland; sisters: Lucy Lewis, Aggie Turner, Toni (Norm) Lorenz, Leola (Norris) Mize; sisters-in-law: Sally Brown and Debbie Barrett; brother: Clif Barrett; grandchildren: Patricia, Justine, Kenneth, Thomas, Audrey, Amanda (Josh), Danny, Nick, Roger II, Justin, David, Emily, Nathaniel and Mya; great-grandchildren: Damon, Devonte and one on the way. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; her father and mother-in-law, Robert (Bob) and Eunice Barr; brothers-in-law: David (Lauren) Barr and Randy (Jenny) Barr; and a host of many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alton and Josephine Barrett; brothers: Harold, Alton II, John and Timothy; brothers-in-law: Gerald Turner an Alvin Lewis; and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Barrett.

She had a wonderful sense of humor, and enjoyed making people laugh and smile. She was a very loving, caring, kind person.

Yo Ti Amo Always”



Thomas A. Rosche, 65

Thomas A. Rosche, 65 of West Salem, Illinois passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, Illinois.

 Thomas was born April 25, 1949 in Fond du lac, Wisconsin. His parents were Richard and Aurella (Weidmeyer) Rosche. He married Linda Guerndt September 13, 1969 in Slinger, Wisconsin and she survives.

 He was employed in Sales and Owner of Ink Doc/Cartridges and Toners. He was a member of the West Salem Development Association, Little Prairie Praise Band (playing bass) and a member of the Little Prairie Christian Church west of Albion, Illinois.

 He is survived by his wife Linda of West Salem, Illinois; one daughter, Tammy Bacon of West Salem, Illinois; three sons, Richard Rosche of West Salem, Illinois, Kristopher (Jennifer) Rosche of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Thomas, Jr. (Louise) Rosche of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; birthmother, Ann Thurk of Fond du lac, Wisconsin; and 15 grandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Karen.

 Funeral service will be Friday, August 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Little Prairie Christian Church west of Albion, Illinois. Burial will be Little Prairie Cemetery west of Albion.  Military rites at the graveside.  Visitation will be Friday, August 15, 2014 from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church.  Ingram Funeral Home of Albion, Illinois entrusted with arrangements.

 Online condolences may be left at


Vernell Blake, 80

Vernell Blake, 80 of Grayville, Illinois passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Meadowood Nursing Home in Grayville, Illinois.

Vernell was born October 16, 1933 in Greenville, Kentucky. Her parents were Oscar and Mannie Bell (Creek) Bryant. She married Delmar W. Blake and he preceded her in death in 2009. She loved smoking her pipe under the awning at Meadowood Nursing Home.  She was called the Pipe Lady.

She is survived by daughter Lisa (Thomas J.) Downs of Grayville, Illinois; brother Benford (Joann) Bryant of Grayville, Illinois; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Larry Dale Blake, daughter Kathy, and two brothers.

Graveside service will be held Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Centerville Cemetery in Centerville, Illinois. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until of service at the cemetery. Family and Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Celtic Hospice in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

Ingram Funeral Home of Albion, Illinois is entrusted with all arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at


Maxine Spence, 89

Maxine Spence, 89 of Palestine, Illinois, died unexpectedly at her home Wednesday, July 9, 2014. She was born February 6, 1925 in Hutsonville, Illinois, the daughter of Matthew McDaniel and Mabel Irene McCain McDaniel. She was a homemaker and an active member of the Palestine Senior Citizens, a member of the Palestine First United Methodist Church, and played piano for may years at nursing homes in Crawford County.

She married Charlie R. Vaughn in August of 1945 and he preceded her in death in February of 1969. She married Lawrence Spence August 21, 1971 and he preceded her March 14, 2009. She was also preceded by her daughter, Janice Drummond February 16, 2007, her step daughter, her brother, Harold McDaniel March 14, 2009 and her step-sister, Kay Marcum.

Maxine is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Charleen and Craig Saxton, Evansville, Indiana; her son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Cathy Spence, West Salem; Four grandchildren: Gabe Finch, Jordan Spence, Amber Lovato and Megan Spence; Three great grandchildren, and two step daughters. She is also survived by her sister, Doris Crail, Kingsford Heights, Indiana; her brother and sister-in-law, John and Carol McDaniel, Walterton, Indiana; two step-sisters: Barbara Norberto and Janice Taylor; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Goodwine Funeral Home, Palestine with Pastor Jane Drake officiating. Burial was in the Palestine Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, July 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Palestine First United Methodist Church and left at the funeral home.


Alice Elizabeth Lemke Thomson, 94   

Alice Elizabeth Lemke Thomson, age 94, of rural Claremont, Illinois passed from this life to the next on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Burgin Manor, Olney, Illinois.
    Alice was born on November 25, 1919 in Des Plains, Illinois to Arthur “Art” and Verna Mae (Morrison) Fredrick. She married Harold Lemke on June 14, 1941 and he passed away in August of 1971. She later married William “Bill” Thomson in September of 1992 and he also preceded her in death in December of 2005.
    Alice had a very full life, with a variety of interests over the years, that included baking, cooking and canning home-grown vegetables. She also loved to grow and harvest strawberries. Growing flowers and enjoying hummingbirds by the hundreds made her happy. In her younger days, she even rode a motorcycle. She had a home in Florida, where she vacationed with both of her mates, and her children, relishing the time spent there. She was a member of the Berryville Christian Church and the Berryville Willing Workers Club. When Alice moved to the farm, she became a farmer and spent many hours on the tractor, working alongside her husband Harold, fulfilling the responsibilities the farm required. In later years, she enjoyed creating beautiful ceramic works of art. She also became passionate about cards and board games; with Rummikube, Dominoes and Word Search Games being her favorite picks. Alice’s favorite saying became, “Just wait until you get my age!”
    She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands; two sisters, Millie and Marilyn; two brothers, Bud and Dick; and an infant child.
    She leaves to cherish wonderful, fun memories: daughter Betty (Clayton) Wilson of Claremont, Illinois; three sons, Robert “Bob” (Jenny) Lemke of Fort Worth, Texas, Larry (Stephanie “Stevie”) Lemke of Peoria, Illinois and Jerry (Dana) Lemke of Fort Worth, Texas. She is also survived by two sisters, Verna “Babe” Pastick of Chicago Heights, Illinois and  Lois (Bob) Paulson of Lake Placid, Florida; grandchildren Clay (Karen) Wilson of Sumner, Illinois, Julie (Joe) McIntire of Sumner, Illinois, Keith (Angela) Wilson of Norfolk, Virginia, Jean (Daniel) Walker of rural Bridgeport, Illinois, Kevin (Angela) Wilson of Washington, Indiana,  George (Diane) Hackard, Mike Hackard, Rodney (Wendy) Hackard, Kenny Lemke, Susan (Rob) Batterton, Barbara (Kris) Hanchette, Robbie Lemke,  Christopher (Shannon) Lemke of Katy, Texas, Kelli (Nick) Reece of Pekin, Illinois, Meagan (Chris) Lemke of St. Louis, Missouri, Ryan (Tabitha) Lemke of Effingham, Illinois, Jeremy (Jeanette) Lemke, Huntington Beach, California and Kim Lemke of Fort Worth, Texas; 37 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
    A Celebration of a Life Well Lived Service will take place at 10 a.m., on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Berryville Christian Church, Berryville, Illinois. Burial will follow at Crest Haven Cemetery on Highway 50, Claremont, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Ingram Funeral Home in West Salem, Illinois.
    Memorials may be made to the Berryville Christian Church.
    Ingram Funeral Home of West Salem, Illinois is entrusted with arrangements.
    Online condolences may be left for the family at


Gregory "Greg" Erle Smith, 66

Gregory Erle Smith, 66 of Albion, Illinois passed from this life to the next on July 2, 2014 at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas surrounded by his family.

 Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the funeral service being held at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Ingram Funeral Home in Albion, Illinois  Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Albion. Family and Friends are encouraged to dress casually.

 Greg was born on July 6, 1947 in Olney, Illinois, to Elmer Eugene Smith and Anna Mae (Schrader) Smith-Wiyatt of Albion. He married Karen L. Gillard on May 16, 1970 at the First United Methodist Church in Albion and they have enjoyed 44 years together.

Greg had served in the United States Army in Vietnam.  He was a member of the VFW post 8222 and a proud member of the Honor Guard. Greg retired from Wabash Valley Service Company after 32 years.  Greg was also an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. RV camping had become the couple’s new hobby.  His sons and all his grandchildren were his pride and joy.

 He will be missed by his wife, Karen of Albion; his mother, Anna Mae Smith-Wiyatt of Albion; two sons: Gavin and wife Rachel of Killeen, Texas, Collin and wife Toni of Hood River, Oregon. He will be lovingly remembered by his 5 grandchildren: Alexandria (Lexi) and Corbin of Texas also Ethan, Adalyn and Avery Smith of Oregon.

 He was preceded in death by his father Elmer Eugene Smith in 1969.

 Memorials may be made to the VFW Flag Fund in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be left at



Mary Anne Frankland, 70

Mary Anne Frankland, 70, of Albion, Illinois passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at her residence. 

Mary Anne was born January 3, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents were Robert R. and Neola M. (Baldwin) Colton. She married Owen Frankland April 6, 1968 in Ellisville, Missouri and he survives.

Mary Anne was a homemaker and active member of the First Baptist Church in Albion. She held many church positions, one being Financial Secretary. She tutored English as a second language through Frontier Community College.

She is survived by her husband; Owen of Albion, son; Michael (Lee Anne)  Frankland of St. Peters, Missouri, daughter; Sarah (Graham) Werstler of Hendersonville, North Carolina, sister; Sherry (Gene) Statler of Sebring, Florida, sister-in-law; Janet Peach and brother-in-law and sister-in-law; David (Gloria) Frankland all of Albion, grandchildren; Parker and Ava Frankland and Alex Werstler. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be held Friday, July 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Albion, Illinois. Burial will be in Mt. Zion cemetery southwest of Albion. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Albion.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church building fund.

Ingram Funeral Home of Albion, Illinois entrusted with all arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at


Elaine Osmon, 60

    Elaine Osmon, age 60 of West Salem, Illinois passed from this life to the next to rejoin the love of her life, “Corky” on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her family.
    Elaine was born November 9, 1953 in Olney, Illinois to Elinore (Hohlbaugh) and Clarence Hawkins, Jr.
    She met the love of her life, Wesley “Corky” Osmon, when she was just eleven years old and he was fourteen, at Pulleyville, Illinois along the Wabash River, and she wanted to spend every available moment with him. He would walk from Allendale to Bridgeport every weekend just so they could be together.
    They were married in January of 1970 in Mt. Carmel, Illinois and enjoyed every day until his death in 1991.
    Elaine worked almost 40 years at Champion Laboratories, most of that time was spent at the West Salem plant, before recently going to the Albion facility.
    Her passion could be summed up in a word: “Family”. She loved her two sons, and her grandchildren. It has been said: “Wherever you saw Elaine, you saw her grandkids.”
    She enjoyed spending time with them in the swimming pool, and any other activity they desired!
    She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one sister, Donna.
    She is survived by her sons, Jerimy Osmon and Jerry Osmon; three sisters, Linda, (and husband Jack), Charla and Marilyn; one brother, Roger (Elaine) Hawkins; and three grandchildren, Devin Osmon, Alys Jo Osmon and Colten Osmon. Elaine is also survived by Alys Jo’s mom, and “adopted daughter”; Niki Knowles. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
    Graveside service for Elaine Osmon will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Allendale Cemetery, Allendale, Illinois.
    Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening, June 1, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home in West Salem, Illinois. To honor Elaine’s wishes, the casket will be closed.
    Memorials may be made to the family, with envelopes available at the visitation and graveside service.
    Online condolences may be left for the family at
    Ingram Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.


Horace Vernon Whitten, 72

     Horace Vernon Whitten, of Raleigh, North Carolina was born on August 28, 1941 in Mount Holly, Arizona to Vernon and Avalene Whitten. He went home to be with the Lord June 20, 2014.
    He attended Castle Heights Military School in Lebanon, Tennessee, graduated from Stanford University and was in the Navy Reserves. He enjoyed a long career working for IBM and treasured the lifelong friendships he made there. Horace loved cars and old planes and held a land speed record in the C/Production Class East Coast Timing Association of 134 mph.
    Survivors include his wife, Ruby Greifzu Whitten; step-children, Ruth Prince of Beach Park, Illinois and Larry Prince and his wife Kathy of Lincolnshire, Illinois; four grandchildren, Kailey, Kelly, James and John Prince; his mother, Avalene Reynolds of Bearden, Arizona; brothers, Norman Whitten of Bearden, Arizona, David Whitten and his wife Susan of Texarkana, Texas, and Raymond Whitten and his wife Harriett of Texarkana, Texas; and a sister, Judy Conley and her husband Carl  of Texarkana, Texas.
    A funeral service was held 11 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2014 at North Ridge Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. The family received friends 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. A graveside service was held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at McKendree Cemetery near Mt. Erie, Illinois.
    Memorials may be made to North Ridge Church or the charity of your choice.
    Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion, Illinois was in charge of the arrangements.


Daniel J. Griffin, 32

32-year-old Olney, Illinois resident Daniel J. Griffin died at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, Illinois.

Daniel was born March 5, 1982 in Mt. Carmel, Illinois to Larry Griffin and Theresa Powell Tarpley. He was united in marriage March 25, 2011 in Edwards County, Illinois to Cherlyn Merry.

Survivors include his wife Cherlyn Griffin of Olney, Illinois; his mother Theresa Tarpley and her husband Stephen of West Salem, Illinois; his father Larry Griffin and his wife Tammy of Parkersburg, Illinois; his grandmother Wanda Ikert and her husband Robert of Albion, Illinois; his children Cayden Griffin of Augusta, Kentucky, Drake Broker of Cumberland, Wisconsin, Cheyenne Griffin of West Salem, Illinois, and Raven Broker and Vincent Broker both of Cumberland, Wisconsin; his brothers and sisters Robert Lee and his wife Shannon of West Salem, Illinois, Levi Griffin and his wife Krista of Grayville, Illinois, Warren Tarpley  of West Salem, Illinois; Michael Tarpley and his wife Michelle of Magnolia, Kentucky, Daniel Ray Tarpley and his wife Jamie of Olney, Illinois, and Kody Pierson and Kenzie Moore both of Parkersburg, Illinois.

Daniel was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and paternal grandfather.

Graveside services for Daniel J. Griffin will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2014 at Moravian Cemetery in West Salem, Illinois with Brother Kirk Rowe officiating. Friends may call at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion, Illinois from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.


Sue Ellen Seals, 74

Sue Ellen Seals, age 74, of rural West Salem, Illinois left this life, for the next, on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, Indiana.

Sue Ellen was born on September 8, 1939 to Howard and Mary Lou (Pierson) Cunningham, in Olney, Illinois.

She married Eugene “Gene” Seals on July 12, 1958 in Norris City, Illinois and they have enjoyed nearly 57 years together.

Sue Ellen was a homemaker and lay speaker who thoroughly enjoyed her family; her kids and grandkids were her delight. She also loved to read, and was an accomplished student of the Bible. Sue Ellen enjoyed caring for her flowers and pets. Favorite activities were fishing and conversing with the community as they visited the orchard. She was a vibrant “people person” who could tell the best stories and have everyone around her laughing right along with her. Her robust laughter and quick wit is memorable.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two infant sons: Michael and Samuel. 

She will be missed by her husband Gene, of rural West Salem; daughter Shana Schreiner of Columbus, Indiana; two sons: Matt (and wife Beth) Seals, of Ellery, Illinois, and Eric (and wife Karen) Seals of Noble, Illinois; and sister Patricia Weightman of Browns, Illinois.

She will be lovingly remembered by 9 grandchildren: Ean (and wife Lindsay) Seals, Whitney (and husband Kyle) Stuckey, Emily (and husband Greg) Perkins, Samantha Schreiner, Kaitlin, Breanna, Natalie, Eli and Sarah Seals, and four great-grandchildren: Karson, Caleb, Austin and Lukas Stuckey, and two nieces and one nephew.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Zion United Methodist Church in West Salem, Illinois. Burial will follow at Lick Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Zion United Methodist Church in West Salem, Illinois.

Memorials may be made to the Lick Prairie Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Ingram Funeral Home of West Salem is entrusted with the arrangements.



Maxwell "Max" Kirk Elliott, 14

Maxwell “Max” Kirk Elliott, 14 of West Salem, Illinois passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 5:12pm at his residence in West Salem, Illinois.

 Max was born December 1, 1999 in Fairfield, Illinois. His parents are George Elliott and Regina Cashmore.

He would have been an 8th grader at the West Salem Grade School this year. He could walk in a room, and with lightning speed, tell you what show was on the TV. Cymba the dog and Max were best buds. He thoroughly enjoyed eating steak. He never met a stranger. His favorite show of all time was “Sons of Anarchy”, favorite movie was “Cash”, and his favorite song was “Black Ice” by ACDC. He will be loved and missed by everyone that knows him.

 He is survived by his parents, George Elliott and Regina Cashmore; sister, Casandra Elliott of West Salem, Illinois; brother, Samson Elliott of West Salem, Illinois; grandparent, Karen Cashmore of Carmi, Illinois;  Aunts and Uncles: Kenneth (Amy) Elliott of Norman, Oklahoma, Timothy (Linda) Elliott of Amarillo, Texas, Darla (Earl) Smeltzer, El Reno, Oklahoma, Daniel (Angi) Elliott, Norman, Oklahoma, Richard Cashmore, Carmi, Illinois, Tina (Kregg) Tolley, Crossville, Illinois, Vonda (Melvin) Thomas, Springerton, Illinois, June (Jessie Hise) Hurt of McLeansboro, Illinois, Mary (Joseph) Jones of Ridgway, Illinois. He is also survived by 21 cousins, and close friends Regina, Sam, Stephani, Cobraa, and Kyote Scott. 

 Max was preceded in death by grandparents: Perry Lynn Elliott (grandpa), Evelyn Bernice Elliott (grandma) and Richard Eugene Cashmore (grandpa).

 A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the Moravian Church in West Salem. Visitation will be Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church. Cremation will take place at a later date.

 Ingram Funeral Home of West Salem, Illinois entrusted with arrangements.

 Online condolences may be left at


Dewey Junior Smith, 87

Dewey Junior Smith, age 87, passed away June 1, 2014 at his home in Maryville, Missouri.

Dewey was born, August 23, 1926, to Dewey and Grace Smith, of Berryville, Illinois. He stayed in the Berryville area marrying his first wife Margaret Strine in 1945 until her passing in 1952. Dewey and Shirley Ann Strockbine were married on July 4, 1953 in Oreo, Illinois. In 1955 they left the farm and moved to Indiana. In 1969 they moved to Alaska where they lived until returning to West Salem in 2006, finally moving to Maryville, Missouri in the fall of 2013.

After leaving the farm Dewey was a self-employed contractor specializing in light commercial and home construction. He also had a custom cabinet shop and enjoyed fine furniture making.

Dewey served his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Keokuk in the Pacific from 1944 - 1945. He was involved in four invasions including Iwo Jima. In 1945 he was injured and awarded the Purple Heart. While he was recuperating from his injuries he earned his high school diploma, courtesy of the Navy. Dewey was a member of the West Salem, Illinois American Legion Post #658.

Preceding Dewey in death were his parents, first wife Margaret Smith and brother, Russell Smith.

He is survived by his wife Shirley Ann; Sons: Ronald Smith and Susan of Angola, Indiana; Jerry and Elya Smith of Eagle River, Alaska; Scott and Glenda Smith of Maryville, Missouri; and Daughter Lori and Mike Flynn of Anchorage, Alaska; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 Brothers: Lowell and Ruth Smith of West Salem, Illinois and Tom and Eleanor Smith of St. Louis, Missouri; 2 Sisters: Pluma Litherland of West Salem, Illinois and Lela Williams of Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

At his request there will be no services in Maryville, Missouri. A Military Graveside Memorial Service will be 10 a.m., June 18, at Highland Memorial, Mount Carmel, Illinois.



Fannie B. Collins, 98

98-year-old Albion, Illinois resident Fannie B. Collins died at 3:25 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014 at Rest Haven Manor in Albion, Illinois.  She worked in a coil plant during World War II and the Garment Factory for over 30 years.  Fannie was a member of the Samaria Baptist Church.

Fannie was born November 27, 1915 in Albion, Illinois to Frank and Ethel J. Day Stennett.  She was united in marriage August 15, 1932 in Albion, Illinois to Vern Collins.

Survivors include 4 daughters Joan Mosson and her husband Don of Albion, Illinois, Jean Hudson of Lewis Center, Ohio, Sue Cullison and her husband Ron of Albion, Illinois, and Judy Doty and her husband Gary of Albion, Illinois; as well as 9 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.

Fannie was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and 2 granddaughters

Graveside services for Fannie B. Collins will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Samaria Baptist Church Cemetery with Brother Ken Wilson officiating. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Samaria Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or the Edwards County Senior Citizens Center and will be accepted at Nale's Funeral Home in Albion, Illinois.