• Charles "Kenneth" Chance, 86, of Alma, IL died August 11, 2017 at Fireside House of Centralia. Kenneth had worked for A. O. Smith in Granite City as a welder. He retired from Tinsley Steel in Edwardsville as a driver. He was also a night watchman for the City of Edwardsville. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Alma.
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  • George R. Kruse, age 86, of Salem died August 9th at Salem Township Hospital. He delivered photo finishing and was a member of the Salem Moose Lodge and Salem American Legion.
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  • Franklin “Shag” Eugene Colclasure, age 71, of Flora, Illinois passed away at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Deacon’s Health Center in Evansville, Indiana. He was the past commander for the Edgewood American Legion Post #1168. He loved fishing, spending time with his family and friends, especially his cat Frankie.
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  • Elsie Ziems, 94, formerly of Kell, passed away, Thursday, August 17th at the home of her daughter in South Chicago Heights. Elsie retired as a school bus driver. Elsie married Norbert Ziems at St. John Church in South Chicago Heights. She attended Faith Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon.
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  • Tiffany Lynn Beckles, age 35, of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, died August 8th in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
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  • Ronnie Harvey, 40 of Centralia, passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017 at his home.
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  • Mikell Kathryn Telford of Salem passed away on Friday, August 18th, 2017. Mrs. Telford taught school for 37 years at Salem, Raccoon and Kell. She was very proud of her students and loved meeting them again in later years.
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  • Thilman John Patton, age 55, of Centralia, died Friday, August 18th, 2017 at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia.
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  • Merritt L. Strickland, 99, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 6:15 P.M. August 20, 2017 at his residence in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Merritt proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. His greatest passion in life was preaching The Gospel. Merritt has served in several churches in the area including Powers General Baptist, Wells Chapel General Baptist, Victory General Baptist, and Marlow General Baptist. His other love was carpentry. He had done home construction and remodeling and had worked as maintenance supervisor at Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn and Rome Meadows Apartments in Dix. Merritt enjoyed building flag cases for local veterans. He also loved fishing and hunting. In all of these endeavors, his love for people was very evident. His heart for people and his love for Christ were reflected in his life’s work. Merritt did not suffer or fear death, but held fast to the promise of salvation and the joy of meeting his savior and the promise of everlasting life. Rejoice and believe!
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  • Lisa Hertenstein, 56 Years, of Ashley, Illinois passed away at 11:07 A.M. August 19, 2017 at her residence in Ashley, Illinois. Lisa was serving as assistant manager at U.S. Bank in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Previously, she was an officer at several local banking institutions. Primarily, she was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter and sister and will be missed dearly by all who knew her.
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