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John Calvin January - 3/14/2015

John Calvin January

John Calvin January, age 66, of Odin, IL died February 17th, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Following graduation from Salem Community High School, John attended Rankin Technical Institute, beginning his career as a general machinist for 22 years.  He began working his trade at Stanford Engineering in Salem.  He then became owner-operator of JJ's High Tech  Custom Gun Shop in Odin, where he was known for producing an exceptional and quality product.  He was a member of the NRA.  He loved to travel, ride his Harley Davidson's and loved animals, especially German Shepherds.  He also enjoyed working on cars, speed racing and NASCAR.

Family and friends of John January are invited to share in a time of celebration and refreshment from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 14th in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church, Odin, concluding with a service of remembrance and reflection at 7:00 P.M.  Burial will be private at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Centralia Humane Society "House of Hope" no-kill facility or to the American Cancer Society, and will be accepted by Rankin Funeral Home who is in charge of arrangements.

John January loved and is survived by several family members, including special cousins Diana Langenfeld of Centralia and her son Jon Langenfeld of Arkansas. In addition to family, he is survived by a large host of friends, including Martin Wimberly and his office staff, Carol Ray and Sonia Crawford.

John January was born August 12, 1948 in Salem, he was the son of Jonnie Earl and Lavone (Pearce) January who preceded him in death.  He married Carolyn "Susie" McColpin, April 30, 1998 in Las Vegas, NV and she survives in Odin.


Edward Francis Mooney - 3/4/2015

Edward Francis Mooney

Edward Francis Mooney, age 93 of Mount Vernon, Illinois died at 6:30 A.M. on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Custer Senior Care in Custer, South Dakota.  Edward served our country in the United States Army Serving from September 1, 1942 to November 6, 1945 during World War II.  He worked as an installer for Illinois Bell Telephone in Mount Vernon and was a member of St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  He was also involved with the Army Air Corps WWII Veterans, Army Air Corps Glee Club, the Mount Vernon AMVETS Post #4, and the Mount Vernon American Legion Post #141.

Memorial Mass for Edward Francis Mooney will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois, with The Very Reverend Father John Iffert presiding.  Greeting of family and friends will be held from 9:00 to Service Time 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  Interment at St. Mary Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  For those who wish, memorials may be given to Turner Roehm AMVETS Post 4 and Mount Vernon American Legion Post #141 and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.

Edward Mooney is survived by his Wife:  Mary Ann Mooney of Mount Vernon, Illinois; Daughter:  Carol Halverson and husband Chuck of Libertyville, Illinois; Son:  Michael Mooney and wife Sandra of Custer, South Dakota; 4 Grandchildren:  Monica Mooney-Denny and husband Les of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Leslie "Shelli" Mooney-Deglman, Teresa White and husband David of Boston, Massachusetts, and Peter Halverson and wife Hillary of Grayslake, Illinois; 8 Great Grandchildren:  Anthony, Austin, and Iris Denny, Rebecka Deglman, Karen and Rachel White, and Elsa and Stig Halverson; Great-Great Grandchild:  Mitchell J. Deglman; and Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Edward Mooney was born Saturday, November 5th, 1921 in Alton to John Joseph and Margaret (Fuchs) Mooney.  He married Mary Ann Bund on January 9, 1943.  His parents, one brother: John “Jack” Mooney and one sister: Patricia Mooney preceded him in death.


Benny Lee Elliston - 3/2/2015

Benny Lee Elliston

Benny Lee Elliston, age 56, of Mount Vernon, IL passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at his home in Mount Vernon. Benny was baptized at West Long Prairie Christian Church. He worked as a janitor at Walgreens Distribution Center. He was a Woodlawn Cardinal fan and loved going to Woodlawn games. Benny was also a St. Louis Cardinals fan. 

Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, March 2, 2015 at in the Chapel at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois with Mr. Tracy Thomas presiding.  Visitation will be from 12:00 Service Time 1:00 P.M. Monday, March 2, 2015 at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois.  Interment at Mount Verno Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, IL.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.

Benny Lee Elliston is survived by his mother - Fayelda “Fiz” Elliston of Mount Vernon, Illinois.  

Benny Lee Elliston was born Friday, July 18, 1958 in Mount Vernon, Illinois son of Donald "Dick" & Fayelda May "Fiz" (Champ) Elliston.  His father: Donald “Dick” Elliston preceded him in death.


John Darrel Blair - 2/28/2015

John Darrel Blair, age 91, of Louisville, IL, passed away at 2:02 am, Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Flora Gardens Nursing Home in Flora, IL. He was self employed as a farmer as well as employed by AMF as a factory worker.  He was a World War II veteran and was a past Superintendent of Sunday School at the Wabash Baptist Church.

Arrangements are being handled by J.W. Neal Funeral Home, Louisville, IL.  A private family burial will take place at a later date at Christian Homes in Louisville, IL.  Please visit www.jwnealfuneralhome.net to leave memorial tributes, condolences or to light a candle.

He married Martha Allen on June 11, 1949 in Marion County, IL.  She survives in Louisville.  John is also survived by son and daughter-in-law, James and Patricia Woodward-Blair of Iuka, IL; grandson Tyler Blair of Mt. Vernon, IL; step-grandson Jonathan Woodward of Santa Monica, CA; sisters-in-law Betty Griffy of Flora, IL and Lora Blair of Columbia, IL; brother-in-law James Wiley Bryan of Texas; foster brother-in-law Ron (Sue) Tolliver of Flora, IL; very special friends Perry and Clara Wiley of Louisville, several nieces, nephews, good friends and neighbors.

John was born Thursday, November 1, 1923 in Blair Township, Clay County, IL, the son of the late Elza Blair and the late Minnie (Hord) Blair.  He was preceded in death by parents, brothers Paul Blair and Allen Burdette Blair, and sister Bonnie Wiley.


Karen Sue Castellari - 2/28/2015

Karen Sue Castellari

Karen Sue Castellari, age 66, of Hoffman, passed away at 57:35 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Fireside House in Centralia, Illinois.  She worked in Dietary at Fireside Nursing Home. She was member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She loved spending time with her family.

Per Mrs. Castellari wishes she will be cremated & private family service will be held at later date.  For those who wish, memorials may be made to Fireside Activity Fund, and will be accepted at the Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia, who is in charge of arrangements. Please visit irvinfuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence for the family.

Mrs. Castellari is survived by her Husband; Daughter- Ranna Lynn Castellari & boyfriend Greg Boatright of Centralia, IL; Son- Ranaldo Re Castellari Jr. “Rance” & girlfriend Elizabeth Cross of Centralia, IL; 2 Grandchildren- Ranaldo Re Castellari III “Ranny” & Reanna Re Castellari of Centralia, Il 

She was born on June 24, 1948 in Henderson, Texas, the daughter of Roy & Ruby Grace (Walton) Clark. Karen married Ranaldo Re Castellari “Ranny” on December 2, 1967 in Centralia, IL. He still survives in Hoffman.  She was preceded in death by her Parents.





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