Clem Leo Dillman
Clem Leo Dillman, 90, of Bloomington, formerly of Kankakee and Arcola, Ill., passed away at 11:50 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at Heritage Health in Normal.
His funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Bloomington First Church of the Nazarene 2207 N. Towanda Barnes Road, Bloomington. Pastor Jerry Clonch and Pastor Mike Oleniczak will officiate. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington and from 10–11 a.m. at the church. The family suggests memorials be made to the Bloomington First Church of the Nazarene.
He was born Sept. 20, 1922 in Saline City, Ind., the son of Clifford K. and Bertha M. Eickelberger Dillman. He married Grace V. Rexroth on Oct. 26, 1957 in Kankakee, Ill. She survives.
Also surviving are 2 children, Brenda (Terry) Hester, Bloomington, Bruce (Nadene) Dillman, Bloomington; 3 grandchildren, Amy, Scott and Andrea Dillman; 2 brothers, Beryl (Grace) Dillman, Bloomington, Victor Dillman, Bloomington; 1 sister, Mary Gates, Noblesville, Ind.; 1 sister-in-law, Imogene Dillman, Charleston, Ill. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Craig, Keith and Newell, and one infant sister, Ruth.
Clem graduated from Arcola High School. He worked in the ammunition plant at Mattoon, Ill. during World War II. Clem worked for 36 years for the Illinois Central Railroad retiring in 1982 as a track foreman. He was an avid car enthusiast. Clem was a member of the Bloomington First Church of the Nazarene. He had a giving heart and was always generous to his friends and family. Clem left behind a rich family heritage that will be passed on to his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He will be missed by all who knew him. Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories online at www.calvertmemorial.com.
Joe Willie Givens
Joe Willie Givens, 42, of Bloomington passed away at 5:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at his residence.
His funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Jesus House 724 W. Washington St. in Bloomington. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Bonnie Lentz, Pastor Andrew Held and his brother Minister Harold Givens will officiate. There will be no visitation.
The family suggests memorials be made to his family and mail to his daughter Anita Givens1204 W. Jackson St Bloomington IL 61701. Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.
Surviving include his wife, Yulanda Jordan Givens, Bloomington; mother, Owida Joyce McCarter Givens, Joliet, Ill.; 8 children, Terry Jordan, Bloomington, Mark Givens, Joliet, Anita Givens, Bloomington, Joe Givens, Jr., Bloomington, Jeremiah Givens, Bloomington, Shanna Givens,Bloomington, Christian Givens, Bloomington,
Maliq Givens, Bloomington; 3 brothers, Harold (Keisha) Givens, Joliet, Vandy (Kelly) McCarter, Victor McCarter, Joliet; 2 sisters, Owida McCarter, Joliet and Chene McCarter, Inglewood, Ill.
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Wilbur James “Phil” Haab
Wilbur James “Phil” Haab, 90, of Forrest passed away at 12:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex Nursing Home in Gibson City.
Phil was a lifelong member of the Forrest United Methodist Church where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at the Forrest United Methodist Church. Rev. Ivy Silas will officiate. Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will follow services at Forrest Township Cemetery where military rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions in Phil’s name may be made to Forrest United Methodist Church, J.A. Folwell American Legion Post #174, SELCAS, Gibson Community Hospital Annex Nursing Home, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Phil was born July 27, 1922 in Pleasant Ridge Township, a son of Edward and Laura (Metz) Haab. He married Lois Ruth Monroe on July 17, 1949 in Reddick, Ill.
He is survived by his loving wife: Ruth Haab of Forrest; seven children: Dale (Gayle) Haab of Roscoe, Ill., Susan (Henry) Stork of Forrest, Ill., Lynn (Mike) Barnett of Forrest, Dennis Haab of Forrest, Judy (Rick) Hill of Blue Springs, Mo., Steve (Teresa) Haab of Monument, Colo. and Karen (Mark) Vandenbranden of Carmel, Ind.; AFS daughter: Inger Helene (Kjell Ove) Nordeide of Forde, Norway; 11 grandchildren: Jeremy (Krista) Shipley, Morgan (Jayson) Holubetz, Christopher Haab, Nicolas Haas, Hannah Markel, Rachel Markel, Mitchell Markel, Vince Vandenbranden, Jessica Haab, Jordan Haab, and Cody Hill; one great grandchild: Tanner Shipley; two brothers: Harold (Mary Lu) Haab of Forrest and Robert (Carol Sue) Haab of Forrest; and one sister: Elenor Ricketts of Fairbury.
He was preceded in death by his infant brother: Dean Haab; brother: Edgar Burton Haab; one sister-in-law: Edith Haab; one brother-in-law: Merle Ricketts; and one son-in-law: Dan Shipley.
Phil served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and was drafted in December 1942; he was discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant in November 1945. He was attached to the 86th Depot Repair Squadron, 91st Air Depot Group. He was an airplane propeller mechanic. During his overseas tour, he was involved in campaigns in England, France, Rhineland and Belgium. He was a member of the J.A. Folwell American Legion Post No. 174.
After he was discharged from the service, Phil returned to Forrest to farm, get married, and raise a family. Phil was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed.
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Billy Joe “B.J.” Smith
Billy Joe "B.J." Smith, 60, of rural Stanford, went home to be with his Lord at 2:55 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, surrounded by his loving family.
His funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church rural, McLean, with Rev. Rob Roy officiating. Burial with military honors by the Bloomington/Normal American Legion honor guard will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Stanford. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Thursday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, building fund or Illinois Cancer Care of Peoria.
Bill was born Nov. 21, 1951 in Barren County, Ky., son of James Fielder and Christine A. Richey Smith. He married Melinda R. Reining on Nov. 23, 1973 at the United Presbyterian Church, Stanford.
Surviving are his wife Melinda, a son, Jeremy (Darla) Smith, a daughter Melissa Smith, grandchildren, Kayla, Ben and Garrett, 1 great grandchild, three brothers, Jim (Becky) Smith, Pekin, Ill., David (Mary) Smith, Belleville, Ill. and Charles (April) Smith, Painesville, Ohio, a sister-in-law, Sue Smith, Bloomington, many nieces, nephews and cousins and his four legged friend Angel.
His parents, and a brother, Sam Smith preceded him in death.
Bill was an active member and trustee at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, rural McLean and a former member, elder and trustee at the United Presbyterian Church, Stanford. He was a member and Past Master of Comet Lodge No. 641 A.F. & A.M., Minier, and member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Bloomington. He served as a trustee on the Allin Township Cemetery board for many years.
Bill graduated from Bloomington High School and then served in the U.S. Army from 1971-1973. Following his Army service, he worked at Caterpillar Tractor Co., for 10 years, Illinois State University office of Residential Life and most recently at University of Illinois of Chicago (UIC) of Peoria, prior to retirement. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, who adored him, and called him Gramps. Outside of his family, one of his favorite pastime enjoyments was golfing with his buddies.
The family extends a special thank you to Illinois Cancer Care of Peoria, Dr. Veeder, Tammy, APN and staff and to all the nurses on the 17th, floor of the Forest Park building at OSF St. Francis.