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Obituaries
Alberta Page

SESSER — Alberta Page, 95, passed away on Friday Feb. 9, 2018, at the SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon.

She was born on Oct. 4, 1922, in Waltonville to Dow and Ethel (Hall) Roberson.

She married Olen Page on Feb. 15, 1949, and he survives, of Sesser.

Other survivors include one daughter Signa (Roy) Miller of Sesser; two grandchildren, Carrie (Chad Carnes) Miller and Lane (Joanna) Miller; three great-grandchildren, Jordan (Brandon) Evrard, Keaton Miller and Brantley Miller; and one sister, Hazel Page.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Russell Miller; and two brothers, Clyde Roberson and Lloyd Roberson.

She worked as a seamstress for many years and had a passion for quilting. She dearly loved her family and would want us to remember the good times.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser with Brother Bert Mitchell officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.

For more information go to gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


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Virginia “Aunt Ginny” Davis

HURST — Virginia Lorraine “Aunt Ginny” Davis departed this life for her heavenly home on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Integrity Healthcare in Herrin, Illinois.

Virginia was born to H.K. and Chloe Mae (Shelton) Harrison on July 29, 1920, in Hurst, Illinois. She attended grade school and high school in Hurst Bush, Illinois.

She went on to marry the love of her life, John “Fred” Davis, on Dec. 7, 1940, in Perryville, Missouri. Fred preceded her in death on April 9, 1998; they shared 58 years of marriage.

Aunt Ginny was a sales associate for Sears for more than 25 years. She could sell a refrigerator to an Eskimo she was so exceptional at her job!

Virginia is survived by her brother, Joe (Kathy) Harrison of Hurst, plus many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephews; as well as special friends Larry and Betty Jacobs of Trenton, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents, H.K. and Chloe; infant brother, Harry Curtis; adult brothers, Richard (Juanita) Harrison, Eugene “Meatball” (Rose) Harrison, Ben (Jane) Harrison and Don Harrison; and sisters, Evelyn (Bill) Arnold and Mary Kempfer.

Uncle Fred and Aunt Ginny loved to travel and they especially enjoyed exploring the USA on long vacations.

Aunt Ginny was a member of First Christian Church in Hurst and Eastern Star Chapter 98 in Belleville, Illinois. She loved her family and her church.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Walkers Funeral Home in Hurst. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Walkers Funeral Home in Hurst with Pastor Greg Parker officiating. Graveside services will be in Blairsville Cemetery.

Special thanks and appreciation are extended to Dr. Pramote and his staff in Herrin, Illinois, the staff at Hurricane Creek Assisted Living Center in Herrin, Illinois, and the staff at Integrity Health Care in Herrin, Illinois, for the love and care they extended to Aunt Ginny.

Memorials are requested to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or the Hurst Ambulance Department.


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Ronald "Ronnie" Lynch

EWING — Ronald "Ronnie" Lynch, 73, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 11, 2018, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be in Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

For more information visit mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.


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Karen Ann Downen

ROYALTON — Karen Ann (Jones) Downen, 80, passed away at 9:42 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

Funeral services for Mrs. Downen will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, at Vantrease Funeral Home in Royalton with Brother Jim Ebbs officiating. Burial will be at Miners Cemetery in Royalton. Visiting hours are from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Visit vantreasefuneralhome.com for more information and to sign the online register book.


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William Don Kelley

GOREVILLE — Lifelong Goreville resident William Don Kelley passed away at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Herrin Hospital in Herrin, Illinois, of complications related to congestive heart failure. He was 97.

Mr. Kelley was a businessman, civic leader, antique-car collector, prankster and storyteller. He held a beloved place in the Goreville community and in the hearts of his family.

He went full throttle with a passion for life, love, and the pursuit of antique and novelty vehicles. Wheeling and dealing was pure joy for him. He consistently won trophies at car shows and was active in local car clubs with his wife, Juanita. He owned 300 vehicles over his lifetime, driving many of them in local parades. He drove his favorite, a Thunderbird convertible he called the Thunder Chicken, to have coffee with friends. His Segway reflected his playful spirit.

He was a natural entertainer who loved gatherings so he could try out his vast repertoire of jokes and stories. “If you get serious about things, people will start worrying about you,” he said.

He was a remarkably generous man who was quick to provide transportation, housing, or money if a friend or family member was in need. He donated to area churches to help provide a steeple or new stained glass. He gave to the Shriners Hospitals for Children and was an active member of Goreville Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Kelley was born July 25, 1920, in rural Goreville to Samuel Calvin Kelley and Thursa Ellen (Calhoun) Kelley.

He married Juanita Parks on Aug. 26, 1939, in Kentucky, and tipped the minister so grandly that he and his bride had to borrow money for the toll bridge back to Illinois.

He dropped out of high school to work for Bill Henley at the Socony-Vacuum/Mobil Oil gas station in Goreville. One day, Juanita strongly suggested that he finish attending Goreville High School, and he graduated in 1940.

He and Juanita moved to Elgin, Illinois, where he held a variety of jobs. He also worked in Joliet at the Kankakee Ordnance Works. There he was a brakeman at the “Big Four Railroad” roundhouse and was a fireman feeding coal into the steam locomotives.

In 1944, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed at Millville Army Air Field in New Jersey, Fort Hood and Wichita Falls in Texas, Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, and Edwards Air Force Base in California. He served as a heavy equipment operator hauling planes and parts. He also traveled with deceased soldiers to restore them to their families with dignity.

From 1949 to 1950, he was with the Illinois State Police. From 1950 to 1954 he was a self-employed truck driver and worked for Mayflower Transit. In 1957-58, he bought the Mobil gas station in Goreville and ran it with his son, Ron, for many years.

The Goreville State Bank opened in 1963 with Mr. Kelley on the board of directors.

In 1963 he began working as a security supervisor and patrolman on the Lake of Egypt for the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC). In 1985 he retired from SIPC and joined Bill Martin Trucking Co. There were few roads he hadn’t traveled, and he said he had driven in every major U.S. city.

He loved a road trip, and in September 2017, he and a nephew chartered a bus to take the extended Kelley family to Nashville, Tennessee, to celebrate the 100th birthday of his brother, Lester “Bus” Kelley.

He was a powerful man physically, with an equally strong character. He was a straight-shooter and stood his ground with backbone, persistence and grit. You could count on Bill.

His imposing height and booming voice could be intimidating, but his heart was huge. He was keenly observant and quick-witted. He laughed loud, grinned big, and valued honesty above all else. His word and handshake were as good as gold.

To the end, he continued to share the gifts of his humor, the strength of his handshake, the warmth of his smile.

Then, “I’m shutting the power off,” he told us in his last days. With great courage and peace, he decided he would no longer accept lifesaving support. He left this world on his own terms. He “eased on down the road,” said the nurse who watched over him as he gently slipped away.

Mr. Kelley often shared trucker wisdom as visitors left him to drive home. His three Rules of the Road apply to life as well as to driving:

Keep the greasy side down.

Watch the car behind the car in front of you.

Don’t drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.

Mr. Kelley is survived by his daughter, Donna and Barry Eastman of Goreville; daughter, Pam Kelley and Gary Marx of Carbondale, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Mary Kelley of Goreville; sister-in-law Evelyn Davis of Goreville; sister-in-law, Violet St. Aubin of Warrenton, Missouri; sister-in-law, Doris Parks of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Tia (Kelley) Fosse, Amber (Kelley) Parr, Angela James, Travis Kelley, Teresa (Eastman) Weitlauf, Matthew Eastman, Melanie (Eastman) Barker, and Willa Billingsley; 15 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

He also is survived by his brother, Lester “Bus” Kelley of Nashville, Tennessee; as well as many loving nieces and nephews whom he loved like sons and daughters.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita (Parks) Kelley; son, Ronald Kelley; brother, Francis Kelley; and sister, Blanche (Kelley) Ray.

Funeral services for Mr. Kelley will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville, with the Rev. R.G. Null officiating. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the funeral home in Goreville with military rites provided by Army National Guard, Johnson County VFW. Interment will follow the funeral service in Cana Cemetery in Goreville.

Memorial donations are suggested to the donor's choice; envelopes will be available at the funeral home or may be sent c/o Blue Funeral Home, P.O. Box 411, Marion, IL 62959.


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LaVina Arlene Kellerman

PINCKNEYVILLE — LaVina Arlene (Welsch) Kellerman, 86, passed away at 5:18 a.m., Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at the Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

Mrs. Kellerman worked at Pat’s Flower Shoppe and McCants Dress Shoppe in Pinckneyville. She retired after 26 years as a medical office receptionist for Pinckneyville Family Medical Center. She was a member of St. Bruno’s Catholic Church in Pinckneyville. Mrs. Kellerman had attended Bigham School and St. Bruno’s Catholic School. She graduated in 1949 from Pinckneyville Community High School.

Her family was a very important part of her life and the many memories will now be cherished by those left behind. She greatly enjoyed attending the grandchildren's and great-grandchildren’s school and sporting activities. Home and family meant everything to Mrs. Kellerman. She leaves her family with many joyous moments as she took particular care with individual and personalized Christmas gifts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all the while remembering each family member’s birthdays. She did that well.

Besides her loving family, Mrs. Kellerman was very proud of her years of service working at the Family Medical Center and volunteering for Pinckneyville Community Hospital Auxiliary. During her tenure at the Family Medical Center, she developed a reputation as the one to ask for help. She demonstrated unquestionable patience, caring and kindness with all who called on the phone or walked through the door. This same dedication to caring was also seen through her volunteer services with the Hospital Auxiliary, whereby she recently was recognized with the Spirit of Auxiliary Award. During these times, she developed lifelong friendships and respect from the Pinckneyville Community.

LaVina was born Dec. 8, 1931, in Belleville, Illinois, the daughter of Sylvester and Cecilia (Rheinecker) Welsch.

She married Edward L. Kellerman on Oct. 5, 1950, at St. Bruno’s Catholic Church in Pinckneyville, Illinois, and he survives.

LaVina is survived by her husband, Ed, of Pinckneyville; her children, Brenda Erickson of Carbondale, Jerry (Carol Darlene) Kellerman, Doug (Carol Ann) Kellerman, Kevin (Shirley) Kellerman, Darryl (Kimberly) Kellerman and Keith Kellerman, all of Pinckneyville.

She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, Heather (Dan) Davis, Kyle Erickson, Teacia (Peter) Andrew, Teneil (Ruben) Sanchez, Travis (Amber) Kellerman, Erica (Casey) Stick, Adam (Bekki) Kellerman, Luke (Brandy) Kellerman, Todd (Dana) Kellerman, Jennifer Batson (fiancé Eric Gunn), Jared (Whitney) Kellerman, Justin Kellerman (fiancé Jordyn Reel), Kasey (Chris) Bauza, Paul Kellerman, Jordan Kellerman (fiancé Kelsey Bain), and Amanda Kellerman.

She is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren, Dax Davis; McKenna, Morgan and Maya Andrew; Sofia Sanchez; Addilyn, Emma and Alexander Kellerman; Jacob, Jackson, Aubrey Kellerman and Harper Kellerman; Rylee and Ryker Batson; Jaedon, Lynnen and Bellamy Kellerman and Oliver Kellerman; and Bryar and baby girl Bauza. Also surviving are three step-grandchildren, Ashley (Heather) Presswood, Madison (Megan) Presswood and Abigail (Kyle) Hammonds; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by a sister, Alveria Knatt; sisters-in-law, Virginia Bathon, Fran Sinn, Jeanette Kellerman and Shirley Welsch; brothers-in-law and wife, Louis Kellerman and Ray (Marlene) Kellerman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sylvester and Cecilia Welsch; sister, Dolores Kellerman; brother, Ben Welsch; parents-in-law, Bernard and Virginia Kellerman; grandson, Noel Kellerman; great-granddaughters, Haley and Hollis Kellerman; and brothers-in-law, Bert Kellerman, Muriel Kellerman, George Knatt and Paul Bathon.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Todds Mill, Illinois, with Father Bernard C. Goedde Jr. and Father Augustine Ibezimako officiating.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday at the St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Todds Mill, Illinois, and from 8:30 a.m. to the time of service on Tuesday at the church.

Burial will be in St. Mary Magdalen Cemetery in Todds Mill, Illinois.

Friends may make memorials to the Caring and Sharing Thrift Shop (for health-care career scholarships) or to St. Bruno’s School, both in Pinckneyville, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin is in charge of arrangements.

For additional information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.searbyfuneralhomes.com.


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Robert Joseph Colborn Sr.

MARION — Robert Joseph Colborn Sr., 78, passed away Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

He was born Oct. 10, 1939, in Olney, Illinois, the son of Joseph and Ruth (Thompson) Colborn.

He graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1957 and attended Lockyear’s Business College in Evansville, Indiana. During his career, he owned and operated various businesses in Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ruth Colborn, and by his daughter, Melissa (Colborn) Monk.

Surviving him are his son, Robert Colborn, Jr. and girlfriend Machelle Lyell; his son-in-law, Tony Monk; his brother, Ron Colborn, and wife, Rose; nieces and nephew and many close cousins.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Blue Funeral Home in Marion, Illinois. Burial will be at 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at St. Joseph Cemetery in Olney, Illinois.