Obituaries: Darnall, Hutchins

Kathryn DarnallKathryn Darnall

Kathryn A. Kiper Darnall, 96, of Bloomington, passed away at 10:10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at her home.

Her funeral Mass will be at noon, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bloomington with Rev. Jeffrey Stirniman officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass on Monday at the church. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Kathryn was born June 9, 1921 in Bloomington, the daughter of Lawrence V. and Margaret Ellen Walsh Wagner. She married Paul E. Kiper on October 21, 1944 in Bloomington. He died on Dec. 28, 1997. She married Dr. Thomas W. Darnall on Sept. 18, 1999 in Bloomington. He survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Janis K. (Joe) Berry and Mary S. (Roger) Lakin; one son, Stephen E. (Shirley) Kiper; seven grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and a sister, Margie (Richard) Britt.

Kathryn enjoyed a loving relationship with her second family. Those survivors include her husband Tom’s children, Rebecca Darnall, Stephen (Linda) Darnall, Roger Darnall, James (Elizabeth) Darnall, Thomas (Katie) Darnall, Mark (Nancy) Darnall; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Wagner in 1927 and a step-daughter, Patricia Darnall in infancy.

Kathryn’s family opened their restaurant as Dog & Suds in 1963 and started Kip’s Family Restaurant in 1977, before closing their doors Dec. 13, 2003. Kathryn was a hard-working managing owner and developed many of the recipes served at Kip’s.

Kathryn helped found and institute the Charismatic Renewal Office of the Diocese of Peoria.

Kathryn was a loving and faithful wife, mother, grandmother, accomplished seamstress and made every house a home. She didn’t know a stranger and was always a willing and gracious hostess.

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Steven HutchinsSteven Hutchins

Steven Dewayne Hutchins, 27 of Buford, Ga., formerly of Forrest, passed away Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 in Buford.

A visitation with the family will be 4-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to his children’s trust fund C/O Steve & Julie Hutchins.

Steve was born Aug. 17, 1990 in Lawrenceville, GA; He is survived by his wife of eight years, Sabrina (Chele-Smith) Hutchins, four children; Harleigh Ann Marie, Holleigh Ana-lease, Henneseigh Desiree-Sky Hutchins, of Forrest, Ill.; Tanner Allen Alltop and Tanner’s mom, Shelly Alltop of Pontiac, Ill.

Also surviving are Steven’s parents, Steve and Julie Hutchins, of Forrest; mother, Carolyn Hutchins, of South Carolina; his brothers, Bradley Davidson, Jacob Hutchins of Forrest; sisters; Lynda Hutchins of Forrest; Felicia Davidson of Oakwood, Ga.; Hayley (Nick) Boring of Chenoa; Christina Hutchins of South Carolina; maternal grandfather, Paul Norman of Chenoa; nieces and a nephew, Addysun Hutchins and Presley Maurer (Lynda) Maci Mckenna and Collin Boring.

Steven was preceded in death by paternal grandparents; Betty & Harold (J.C.) Hutchins, maternal grandmother, Linda Norman, two uncles; JM Cochran and Dana Norman.

Steven was kind and could make you laugh in a second. He was such a light for the people who were lucky to have him in their life. He loved his family and was a wonderful uncle, beloved brother and son. We will miss the light he bought to our lives.

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