Area Obituaries

Paula Marie Patton

October 8, 1952 — July 24, 2021 Paula Marie Patton, 68 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 8:54 a.m. at her home in Taylorville, Ill. She was born on October 8, 1952 in Monticello, Ill. the daughter of William and Anna Marie (Wiley) Stanton. She married Terry Patton on July 24, 1982 in Taylorville, Ill. She retired as a Business…

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Robert Edwin Smith, Sr.

September 21, 1924 — July 24, 2021 Robert Edwin Smith, Sr., 96 of Stonington, Illinois passed away Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Ill. Bob was born September 21, 1924 in Stonington, Ill. in the Old Stonington Baptist Church parsonage to Ray Herman Smith Sr. and Zintka (Wetzel). On August 27, 1950, he married Dolores…

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Jeffrey Lynn “Possum” Prasun

January 23, 1956 — July 21, 2021 Jeffrey Lynn ìPossumî Prasun, 65 of Taylorville, passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on January 23, 1956 in Taylorville, the son of Leo and Bernadine (Lane) Prasun. He married Carrie S. Stephens on October 13, 1995 in Taylorville. Jeff graduated from…

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JoAnn Newland

April 7, 1933 — July 15, 2021 JoAnn Newland, 88, of Mt. Zion, passed away July 15, 2021. Graveside service was held at 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Graceland Cemetery, Decatur. Visitation was held from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur. JoAnn was born April 7,…

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Russell Van Summers

December 15, 1954 — July 18, 2021 Russell Van Summers, 66, of Decatur, Ill., passed away at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, 2021, in HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville, Ill., with his loved ones by his side. Russell was born on December 15, 1954, in Decatur, the son of Arthur Van and Lucille E. (Brown)…

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Albert Richard Beach

July 26, 1934 — July 17, 2021 Albert Richard Beach, 86 of Jacksonville, formerly of Belleville and Murrayville, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 9:25 p.m. at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Ill. He was born on July 26, 1934 in Taylorville, Ill. the son of Albert T. and Ruby J. (Dooley) Beach.…

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Betty Lovekamp

February 12, 1927 — July 17, 2021 Betty Lovekamp, 94 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 6:55 a.m. at Odin Health Care Center in Odin, Ill. She was born on February 12, 1927 in Arenzville, Ill the daughter of Samuel and Lola (Rhyman) Johnson. She married Herbert William Lovekamp on June 18, 1950 in the Salem Lutheran Church in…

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Kurt L. Wempen

December 14, 1955 — July 17, 2021 Kurt L. Wempen, 65, of Morrisonville, passed away at 7:59 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab. Kurt was born December 14, 1955 in Hillsboro, the son of Melvin C. and Shirley (Jones) Wempen, Sr. He married Janet Kuehl on January 4, 1991…

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Shawn Michael Harris

November 12, 1973 – July 14, 2021 Shawn Michael Harris, 47, of Morrisonville, Ill., formerly of Taylorville, Ill., passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill. He was born November 12, 1973 in Springfield, the son of Don and Cherilyn (née Harvell) Harris. He graduated from Taylorville High School with the…

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Janis A. Neal

February 15, 1948 — July 12, 2021 Janis A. Neal, 73, of Taylorville, passed away at 1:02 p.m. on Monday, July 12, 2021 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Janis was born February 15, 1948 in Mattoon. She married Glen Neal on August 30, 1969 in Fairfield, and they have enjoyed over 51 years…

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