• Gary Burke Williams, 76 of Junction City, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017 at his home. Gary served in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated Centralia High School in 1959. When he was younger he enjoyed playing softball. He also enjoyed being outdoors, carpentry, and going to Blue Grass Festivals. Gary was an avid St. Louis Cardinal's Fan, watching Football, and listening to the Orphans on the radio. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandkids, family and friends.
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  • Earl "Hambone" Eldon Hamilton, age 88, of Louisville, passed away Monday, October 30, 2017, He was self-employed as an oil driller, carpenter, and farmer. He spent many years as an antique dealer and finisher and loved to go to sales. at 2:42 am, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL.
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  • Clara Martha Haynes, 79, of Waltonville, Illinois passed away at 3:16 P.M. October 26, 2017 at Mount Vernon Health Care Center in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Clara was a homemaker and attended St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon. She held membership at St. Charles Catholic Church in Dubois, Illinois. Clara loved helping people and praying the Rosary and will be missed by all who loved her.
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  • Stanley A. Pyszka, 70, of Waltonville, Illinois passed away at 2:11 P.M. October 27, 2017, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Stanley worked as a coal miner for 38 years at Freeman 3, Old Ben Coal, Freeman 6, and Consol Mines. He was a lifetime farmer at Pyszka Farm, which was established in 1904. He farmed cattle and grain and was very proud of his Red Angus. Stanley was the owner of Countryside Tire. He was a member of Saint Barbara Catholic Church and was the head of Finance Committee at church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Illinois Beef Association. Stanley’s greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
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  • Richard A. “Dick” Garden, 84, of Salem, IL died October 27, 2017, at home in the loving care of his family. A 1951 graduate of Salem High School, he also graduated Centralia College in 1958 and Oklahoma University in 1961 with a degree in geology. He was part owner of Garden Drilling Co., formerly located in Salem. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U. S. Army from 1953-1955. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Salem.
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  • John Robert Branton, 60, of Salem, IL died October 21, 2017 at Salem Township Hospital. He was a former employee of Merz Vault Co. He graduated Salem Township High School, and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He married Roxana Jean Humes. They later divorced.
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  • Anna 'Bonnie' Powless, age 72, of Salem, died Monday at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. She was a retired caregiver of the Pentecostal Faith.
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  • Sharon Kay Campbell, age 70, of Salem, Illinois passed away on Friday, October 13th, 2017 at Pearland Medical Center in Pearland, Texas, fighting her battle with cancer.
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  • Rev. Marion Ford, age 96 of Mt. Vernon, IL formerly of Salem passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Lavender Ridge Dignified Memory Care in Mt. Vernon. Marion joined the Marine Corps in September 1942 and served with the First Marine Division in the South Pacific from February 1943 until November 1945. He took part in the invasion of New Guinea, New Britian, Peleliu, and Okinawa. He was wounded three times, received the Purple Heart, four Bronze Stars, Navy Service Medal and other Presidential Commendations and combat medals.
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  • Audrey S. Hundemann, 95, of Centralia passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Centralia Manor. Mrs. Hundemann worked for the Federal Government in the Department of Commerce for 20 years. She enjoyed doing hobbies such as lapidary and wood working. She also enjoyed being with her family and especially her grandchildren.
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