Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, September 7, 2005 Sec A3
Norma Adams Korty, 84, of Winchester, died Monday evening, Sept. 5, 2005 at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
She was born Nov. 18, 1920, in Grand Island, Neb., the daughter of Charles and Rennie Mann Adams. She married Donald Korty Aug. 7, 1954 and he survives.
She is also survived by several cousins.
Mrs. Korty became a member of the Methodist Church as a child. She lived in Naples for several years prior to her marriage and became active in the church there. She was a well-known and dedicated teacher, having served the schools for 37 years, where her teaching touched the lives of several thousand students. Her first three years of teaching were in a country school in Scott County, and the remainder of her years teaching were in the Bluffs and Winchester school systems.
Her initial professional education was in Elementary Education at Illinois State University in Normal and continued at Western Illinois University where she graduated with a degree in elementary education. While in Western she was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. Throughout her teaching career she continued to enroll in advanced university courses and in-service seminars. During her active teaching career she was a member of several educational and professional organizations. After retirement she was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.
Membership in other organizations included Scott County Home Extension, Bluffs Women's Club and a charter member of the Scott County Historical Society. She actively served as a member of the committee which promoted the adoption of the 911 emergency system in Scott County.
Her many interests included reading, traveling, boating, gardening, landscaping and conservation of wildlife and natural resources.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, at Fairview Cemetery near Bluffs. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Winchester with the family meeting friends from 6-8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Scott County Nursing Center or the Winchester EMS. Condolences may be left at mackeydaws.com . Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Winchester is in charge of arrangements.
Jacksonville Journal Courier, 26 May 2005
Bluffs - Betty Louise Mueller, 74, of Sun City West, Ariz., and formerly of Bluffs, died Tuesday, May 24, 2005, at his residence.
She was born June 24, 1930, in Chicago, the daughter of Harry Anton and Lyda Church Kirby. She married William J. Mueller on July 25, 1948, in Pocahontas, Ark., and he survives.
She is also survived by one daughter, Christine L. Mueller of Albuquerque, N.M. one son, William V. of Arlington Heights; one grandson, Steven P. Coltrin; one sister, Ugenia Elseth of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; and one brother, Luke Kirby of Phoenix.
Mrs. Mueller and her husband lived in Arizona for over six years, having moved there from Oklahoma. She was of the Methodist faith.
Private graveside services will be held at Fairview Cemetery near Bluffs at a later date. Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Bluffs is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at mackeydaws.com.
Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, April 6, 2005 Sec A4
Arlene E. Williams, 73, of Bluffs, died Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
She was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Arnold J. and Dorothy Weiskamp Fuegen. She married Carl A. Williams in Muscatine, Iowa June 4, 1950 and he survives in Bluffs.
She is also survived by one daughter, Carla Jeanne Currans of Bluffs; four grandchildren, Samantha Currans of Arenzville, and Shaun, Stephen and Brendan Currans, all of Dallas, Texas; one great-grandson, Lee Currans; three brothers, Glenn (wife, Pat) Fuegen of Pittsburg, Pa., Vern F. (wife, Joan) Fuegen of Muscatine, Iowa and Jim F. (wife, Jan) of Ames, Iowa; and two sisters, Janet (husband, Glen) Hagy of Muscatine, Iowa and Lois (husband, Chuck) Fitzwater of Huxley, Iowa. She was preceded in death by two young children.
Mrs. Williams worked as a secretary in an insurance office and had also worked for a time in a bank. She was a member of the Bluffs Bridge Club, enjoyed reading and loved to work outside and landscape.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005 at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Bluffs with burial in Fairview Cemetery near Bluffs. Memorials are suggested to the Bluffs-Meredosia Rescue Squad. Condolences may be left at mackeydaws.com .
Scott County Times, Wednesday, April 21, 1999, Section A Page 6.
Russell "Junie" Collison Jr., 66, of Bluffs, died Thursday morning, April 15, 1999, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
He was born July 9, 1932, in Exeter, the son of Russell R. and Josephine Little Collision.
He is survived by his father of Bluffs; one sister, Bonnie Clark of Bluffs; two brothers, Donald (wife, Louise) and Kenny (wife, Karen) both of Bluffs; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Collison was co-owner of Collison Construction in Bluffs. He was a member of the Bluffs United Methodist Church and Bluffs American Legion.
Graveside services for Russell "Junie" Collison Jr. were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 1999, at the Fairview Cemetery in Bluffs with Father Richard Jeske officiating.
Pallbearers were Ken Collison Jr., Hunter Sauer, Dusty Hull and Stuart Daws.
Military services were conducted by the Bluffs American Legion with Leland Littig, chaplain; Hap Vortman and Norman Vortman, flag folders; and Danny Parker, Gene Kroencke, Raymond Lawber and Larry Engelbrecht, firing squad. Playing "taps" on the bugle were Travis Littig and Amanda Talbert.
The Mackey-Daws Funeral Home in Bluffs was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the Meredosia Rescue Squad.
Jacksonville Journal Courier, 5 Jan 2003
Bluffs - Russell R. Collison, 93, of Bluffs died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at Scott County Nursing Home in Winchester.
He was born April 24, 1909, in Exeter, the son of Ralph and Eliza Wright Collison. He married Josephine Little. His wife and a son, Russell Jr., preceded him in death.
Mr. Collison was a carpenter and ran Collison Construction Co. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Exeter.
Survivors: a daughter, Bonnie Clark of Jacksonville; two sons, Donald (wife, Louise) Collison of Bluffs and Kenneth (wife, Karen) Collison of Merritt; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Splain of Jacksonville.
Graveside services: 2 p.m. today, Fairview Cemetery, Bluffs.
Cody and Son Memorial Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.
Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 Sec A4
Louise Walker, 98, of Bluffs died Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at the Scott County Nursing Center.
She was born Dec. 6, 1906 in Scott County, the daughter of Fred and Sadie Burrus Vannier. She married Milo Walker Oct. 25, 1928 in Jacksonville. He preceded her in death Dec. 3, 1981.
She is survived by one daughter, Janice (husband, Joe) Dolen of Tempe, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Michael Dolen of Jacksonville, and Carolyn (husband, Bryan) Warbilton of Phoenix, Ariz.; and two great-grandchildren Travis Sorensen and Bryanna Warbilton both of Phoenix, Ariz.
Mrs. Walker attended Oxville Grade School and graduated from Bluffs High School. She was a homemaker and a lifetime member of the Oxville Methodist Church, serving as Secretary and Treasurer for many years. She was a member of the Oxville Ladies Aid Society, Bluffs Home Bureau and served on many committees for her church and community. She was a 4-H leader; she organized the Oxville Busy Bee's 4-H club and was active in the Scott County 4-H Federation.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester with burial in Fairview Cemetery north of Bluffs. Memorials can be made to the Scott County Nursing Center or the Oxville United Methodist Church.
Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, 19 November 2003, Sec B Page 4
Ferida Koppelman, 72, of Bluffs, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at her residence.
She was born July 22, 1931 in Whiting, Ind., to Zia and Ruby Dillingham Esmail. She married James Koppelman Nov. 26, 1949 in Whiting, and he survives in Bluffs.
She is also survived by two sons, Phil (wife, Dagmar) and Bob, both of Jacksonville; three daughters, Sandy (husband, Tony) Bangert of Bluffs, Faith (husband, David) Nergenah of Jacksonville and Carol Graves of Abingdon; nine grandchildren, Hope, Matt, Phil, Nolan, Marni, Alex, Rachel, Emily and Ashley; and one sister, Dorothy Demkovich of Naperville.
She was preceded in death by two sons, James Allen and Emil.
Mrs. Koppelman was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluffs. She dedicated her life to her family and cherished her time with her loved ones. She had a beautiful voice and sang in the church's cantata. She was a fabulous cook.
Memorial services were held Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluffs, with burial at Fairview Cemetery near Bluffs. Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Bluffs was in charge of arrangements.
Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, July 23, 2003 Sec A - Page 4
Henry E. "Everett" Neese, 81, of Bluffs, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at Prairie Village Healthcare Center in Jacksonville.
He was born Aug. 7, 1921 in Bloomfield to Henry Lloyd and Rena Sanders Neese. He married Betty Mullens June 12, 1948 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluffs. She survives in Bluffs.
He is survived by a son, Francis (wife, Connie) Beddingfield, Bluffs; a granddaughter, Amy Beddingfield; two great grandsons, Levi and Justin Beddingfield; four sisters, Pauline Nunes, Peoria, Lillie (husband, Gerald) Williams, Carson City, Nev., Janet (husband, John) Piket and Genevieve (husband, Barry) Drew, both of Silver Springs, Md.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Jean; two brothers, George Ray Neese and Earl Eugene Neese, surviving wife, Violet, of Indianapolis, Ind.; and two sisters, Lorene Six and Marie Barnd.
Neese was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1940-1945. He worked for 12 years on the railroad and for 19 years as a janitor and bus driver at Bluffs High School. He was a member of the Oxville Methodist Church, Bluffs American Legion and Bluffs Fire Department. He received a 50-year pin from and was a lifetime member of the Jacksonville Odd Fellows Illini #4.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 18 at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Bluffs, with Rev. Dr. David Schultz officiating.
Organist Terrell Barnett accompanied Jack Barnett as he sang "He" and "The Marines' Hymn."
Pallbearers were John Brown, Roger Evans, Harvey Myers, Ken Hannell, Dean Hannell, Laine Comerford and Ron Six.
Burial was at Fairview Cemetery near Bluffs, where the Bluffs American Legion conducted military rites with Norman Vortman, commander; Leland Littig, Chaplain; firing squad, Raymond Lawber, Larry Engelbrecht, Wilbur Mathews, Bob Christa and Hap Vortman; color guard, Norris Merriman, Bob Merris, Jim Engelbrecht and Jack Barnett; Hap Vortman and Wilbur Mathews folded the flag; and Katlin Long, bugler.
Memorials may be made to the Meredosia Rescue Squad.
Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, March 13, 2002 Sec A Page 4
James "Jim" Ray Oakes, 77, of St. Louis and formerly of Bluffs, died Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 18, 1924 in Bluffs, the son of Royal and Margaret Payne Oakes. He married Anita Stanfenbiel in March, 1956.
He is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline (husband, Tim) Wittman of Guemes Island, Wash.; a son, Al Oakes of Arkansas City, Kan.; one grandson; two sisters-in-law, Verna Oakes of Bluffs and Francis Oakes of Jacksonville; two nephews and two nieces. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold, Henry and Charles Oakes.
Mr. Oakes attended school in Bluffs and worked on the family farm until he graduated from high school in 1942. After graduation he joined the U.S. Air Force and trained as a pilot. He was stationed in post-World War II Japan, where he flew surveillance in the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter airplanes. He graduated from Knox College in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in business and enrolled in the graduate program in business and economics at Washington University in St., Louis. He worked in the dept. of Defense Mapping Agency until his retirement in October 1983.
Mr. Oakes had a deep love for reading and especially enjoyed studies in history and U.S./International politics. He enjoyed travel, photography, crabbing and fishing in the Pacific Northwest, farming, and was an avid Rams fan. He was a member of Bluffs United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Bluffs, with burial at Fairview Cemetery near Bluffs. Memorials are suggested to the Arthritis Foundation or the Nature Conservancy.
Scott County Times, Winchester, Scott, Illinois, Wednesday, February 13, 2002 Sec A Page 4
Virginia "Bunny" Vortman, 73, of Bluffs died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield.
She was born April 2, 1928, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Kenneth and Vera Rolf Stinebaker. She married Russell "Bub" Vortman Sept. 1, 1956, in New Berlin, and he preceded her in death in 1989.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by four cousins, Bobbie Sue Fearneyhough and Carol Sue Moore, both of Winchester, Verlin Little of Bluffs and Verlin Rolf of Exeter.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Mackey-Daws Funeral Home in Bluffs, with burial at Fairview cemetery in Bluffs.
Memorials are suggested to the Bluffs-Meredosia Rescue Squad or the Winchester EMS.
Scott County Times, Winchester, Illinois, Wednesday, December 5, 2001 Sec A Page 3
Robert Walter Bangert, 83, of Bluffs, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at his residence.
He was born July 27, 1918, in Bloomfield, the son of Walter and Amelia Hazel Bangert. He married Marjorie Albers Sept. 21, 1940, in Bowling Green, Mo., and she survives.
He is also survived by three sons, Gary (wife, Martha) and Tony (wife, Sandy), both of Bluffs and Daryl (wife, Shelby) Bangert of Exeter; one daughter, Bonny (husband, Max) Edlen of Bluffs; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gerald (wife, Mary) of Galesburg and James (wife, Pat) of Quincy; and one sister Betty (husband, Hubert) Kestner of Clayton. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold, in infancy, and Garner; and three sisters, Eleanor Echternkamp, Ruth Marshall and Dorothy Marshall.
Mr. Bangert was a retired farmer and the farm manager for G.O. Head Farms near Bluffs for 15 years. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluffs, Scott County Farm Bureau and Bluffs Fire Department.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluffs, with burial at Fairview Cemetery near Bluffs. Memorials are suggested to the Bluffs-Meredosia Rescue Squad.
Scott County Times, Winchester, Illinois, Wednesday, January 24, 2001
Harold Otto Frohwitter, 88, of Bluffs, died Friday evening, Jan. 19, 2001, at Scott County Nursing Center in Winchester.
He was born Nov. 20, 1912, in Bluffs, the son of William A. and Emma K. Meier Frohwitter. He married Marjorie M. Anders in Nov. 1936, and she preceded him in death in March of 1972. He later married Myrtle Rose Williams Aug. 20, 1973, and she preceded him in death Nov. 1, 1999.
He is survived by one daughter, Dixie (husband, John) Williams of Chapin; one step-son, Charles Manthei of Texas; three grandsons; one great-granddaughter; one sister, Helen Merris of Winchester; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Bernadine Moore and Mildred Jackson.
Mr. Frohwitter owned and operated The Bluffs Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Store for 30 years, retiring in 1974. He attended the Bluffs Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school. He was a member of various community organizations in bluffs over the years. He ran the Bluffs Times office from 1941 until the end of World War II. Also during this time, he was in charge of the Air Craft Alert System. He was the Town Clerk of Bluffs for 50 years. He was the last Justice of the Peace in Scott County before the county court system went to the circuit court system.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at Mackey-Daws Funeral Home in Bluffs.
Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffs.
Memorials are suggested to the Scott County Nursing Center or Meredosia Rescue Squad.
Scott County Times, Winchester, Illinois, Wednesday, January 31, 2001 Sec A Page 5
Funeral services for Harold O. Frohwitter were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at Mackey-Daws Funeral Home in Bluffs with the Rev. Gilbert Wellenreiter officiating. The eulogy was given by Jim Littig, Melissa Williams read Ecclesiastes 3:1-9. Organist Bill Meier played "The Old Rugged Cross," and "In The Garden,". Pallbearers were Scott Williams, Christopher Williams, Lucas Williams, Robert Merris, William Merris and Harold Merris. Honorary pallbearer was O.R. Freesen. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery.
Jacksonville Journal Courier
Bath - Freeman C. Blessman, 91, of Bath died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at Havana Healthcare Center.
He was born March 29, 1910, in Bath, the son of George and Grace Sarff Blessman. He married Esther Ogden in 1929 in Virginia. He was preceded in death by a son, Russell.
Mr. Blessman, a retired farmer, was a member of Fairview Methodist Church in Bath, Mason County Farm Bureau, Chandlerville Lodge 724 AF&AM and BLK Optimist Club.
Survivors: wife, Esther; a son, Larry Blessman of Bath; a daughter, Evelyn (husband, Jim) Fletcher of Plainfield; three grandchildren; and a sister, Lora May (husband, Lloyd) Conklin of Havana.
Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Fairview United Methodist Church in Bath, the Rev. Terry Jones officiating. Burial: Fairview Cemetery in Bath.
Hurley Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements.
Jacksonville Journal Courier
Bath - Ronald A. "Skeeter" Kramer, 66, of Bath died Saturday, March 16, 2002, at his home.
He was born July 19, 1935, in Chandlerville, the son of Alvin Henry and Dorothy Ellen Shelabarger Kramer.
Mr. Kramer was a retired farmer and a member of the Mason County Farm Bureau.
Survivors: two brothers, Raymond (wife, Joan) Kramer of Bath and Donald Kramer of Canton; two nieces; a great-nephew; a great- niece; and two great-great-niece.
Graveside services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Fairview Cemetery in Bath, the Rev. Terry Jones officiating.
Hurley Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements.
Jacksonville Journal Courier
Jacksonville - Sanford S. Sarff, 91, of Jacksonville died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at the Jacksonville Convalescent Center.
He was born Oct. 21, 1910, in rural Mason County, the son of Grover J. and Dessie Mae Finch Sarff. He married M. Lucille Dobson in 1936 near Virginia.
Mr. Sarff graduated from Bath High School and attended Western Illinois University. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He retired from Thermogas Inc. in Lanark in 1974.
Survivors: wife, M. Lucille; a son, Sanford Sherman (wife, Viki) Sarff of Edmond, Okla.; two grandchildren; a brother, Morris Sarff of Chandlerville; and several nieces and nephews.
Services: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Burial Fair View Cemetery in Bath.
Transcribed by: Larry Fearneyhough