• Karl W. Reed, age 56, of Salem, died January 22nd, 2018 at home. He was an oil field worker, farmer and worked in the past for Stevenson Township. Karl loved fishing, hunting, being with his friends and his old buddy Hoss.
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  • John Thomas Duncan, age 86, of Centralia, Illinois, passed away at 4:30 P.M. on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at his home with his loving family by his side. Mr. Duncan retired in 1991 as a conductor from Burlington Northern Railroad after 35 years of service. He began as a brakeman with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. He has lived in Centralia, Illinois since October of 1955, formerly living in Morganfield, Kentucky and Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
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  • Landon 'Lanny' Rankin, age 60, of Kell, IL died January 20, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Lanny followed in the footsteps of his father and four brothers as a bricklayer. He graduated from Olney Central College, but his real-life study was of the American Indian culture. He attended area rendezvous and re-enactments and promoted the lifestyle by learning the art of beading, hide tanning, woodworking and flint napping. He loved the outdoors especially from the flap of his teepee or porch of their cabin. He was a gentle and kind man who loved God and others and showed it by the way he lived.
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  • Freida Shurtz Schmidt, age 100, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 9:56 A.M. January 22, 2018, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Freida worked as a teacher in Jefferson County for 32 years, spending her last 18 years at Woodlawn Grade School. She was a member of West Long Prairie Christian Church, a lifetime member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and the Jefferson County Teachers Association. She was an avid Woodlawn Cardinals Basketball fan and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
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  • Jack E. Myers, age 86 of Centralia, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018, at Nature Trails Nursing Home in Mt. Vernon surrounded by his children.Jack served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a Printer and Machine Adjuster for 28 years. He enjoyed Old Cars, his Chihuahua, and fishing. Jack loved spending time with his family and friends.
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  • Mary Frances Neideffer, 85, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 11:04 P.M. January 14, 2018, at Mount Vernon Health Care Center. Mary was a member of Summersville Baptist Church. She loved to dance and loved music, especially Elvis Presley. She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
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  • John Pickett, age 82, of Iuka, IL died at his home, January 19, 2018. John engaged in farming. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Iuka, he served as an Elder, a Trustee, head usher, and a Sunday School Superintendent. He and his wife did a wonderful job of maintaining the church facility and lawn.
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  • Arleen "Tootie" Plemons, 88, of Woodlawn, Illinois, passed away at 3:30 A.M. January 17, 2018, at White Oak Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
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