St. Elmo Obituaries
L. Bernice Hoover
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:28L. Bernice Hoover, 85 of Brownstown, died at 6:46 a.m., Friday, March 29, 2013 at Friendship Manor with her family by her side.
Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 1, 2013 at Four Mile Christian Church, rural Brownstown Pee Wee Denton officiating. Burial followed at German Reformed Cemetery, Loogootee. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 31 at Gieseking – Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown. Memorials may be made to Four Mile Christian Church, rural Brownstown or Friendship ManorActivities Department, St. Elmo. Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com
Bernice was born on Saturday, July 30, 1927 in rural Brownstown to Fred and Mary (Kistler) Franklin. She married Leonard E. Hoover on August 7, 1943 in Vandalia and he preceded her in death on Sunday, September 28, 2008. She was a homemaker and had been employed with Princess Peggy Dress Factory, Vandalia. She was a member of Four Mile Christian Church, rural Brownstown.
She is survived by her sons; Charles ‘Gene’ (Rose) Hoover, Ronald (Sharon) Hoover both of Brownstown, and Michael (Connie) Hoover of Broken Arrow, OK, her daughter-in-law, Judy Hoover of Brownstown, six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Stephen Hoover, five brothers, two sisters, three half-sisters and two grandsons.
Ralston Xon Hanna
Written by Administrator Monday, 01 April 2013 14:31Ralston Xon Hanna, 80, of St. Elmo passed away at 12:13 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in his home.
Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the St. Elmo United Methodist Church, St. Elmo. Burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery, Kinmundy with military rites by St. Elmo American Legion Post #420 and Altamont VFW Post #7676. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the church with Masonic rites at 7 p.m. and one hour at church prior to funeral service. Memorials are requested to the St. Elmo veteran’s war memorial. C & A Pagel Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Xon was born on March 15, 1933 in Kinmundy the son of Ralston “Ross” D. and Pearl M. (Jackson) Hanna. He married Glenna Kay Dugan on December 28, 1958 at Centralia and she survives.
He owned and worked the Hanna Farm and Auto Supply Store, St. Elmo for 33 years. He was a member of the St. Elmo United Methodist Church, St. Elmo American Legion Post #420 for 50 years, lifetime member of the Altamont VFW Post #7676, St. Elmo Masonic Lodge #769, Vandalia Radio Club, Wabash Telegraph Club out of Terra Haute, IN, volunteer at Monticello Railroad Museum, past organizer and member of SEBA, CDAP Loan Committee, HAMM radio operator, and enjoyed motorcycle riding. Xon was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War serving on the USS Rochester CA124 in the Pacific from 1953-1957.
In addition to his wife; Kay of St. Elmo, he is survived by his daughter; Stacy (husband, Mark) Elliott of St. Elmo, grandchildren; Emily Hanna, Caleb (wife, Tiffany) Kuebler, and Hannah Elliott all of St. Elmo, great granddaughter; Adalynn Grace Elliott of St. Elmo, sisters in law; Daisy Hanna of Panama City Beach, FL, Sue Dugan of Centralia, and Betty (husband, Cecil) Roper of Centralia, brother in law; George (wife, Leah) Dugan of Golconda, nephew; Randy Hanna of HI, and niece; Nancy Byker of Breckenridge, CO.
Proceeding him in death were his parents; son Brad Xon Hanna, brother; Duane Hanna, and brother in law; Bob Dugan.
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 27 March 2013 15:49Gary Wright 74 years old of St. Elmo passed away early morning on Thursday March 21, 2013 at 2:35 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
Funeral Services were conducted Monday March 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont by the Dr. Rev. James F. Wright.
Visitation for family and friends was held on Sunday March 24, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Kull Funeral Home, St. Elmo. There was a second visitation from 10 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont.
Burial Rites followed the funeral services at the Springhill Cemetery in rural Loudon Township, Fayette County, Beecher City.
Gary Ray Wright was born on December 10, 1938 in rural Loudon Township, Fayette County, a fifth child into the family of George and Blanche (Durbin) Wright. Gary grew up in rural St. Elmo with his brothers Dwight, James and Oliver and sister Shirley. He married Ella Mae McVicker the love of his life on March 25, 1959 in the church parsonage, Vandalia. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2008. Together Gary and Ella Mae were blessed with six children Larry, Craig, Danny, Patricia, Janice and Sandra.
Gary was a quality inspector for Norge and then Fedders USA in Effingham until his retirement in 2003. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather and shared with his wife the responsibilities of raising a family.
He was a baptized and confirmed member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Gary also enjoyed being an outdoorsmen as raising a large garden, deer hunting and other activities.
For those who prefer Memorials they may be given to the Springhill Cemetery in care of Steve Wright, at RR #2 Box #55, Beecher City, Illinois 62414 and or the Donor’s Choice.
In His passing He leaves behind his five children and three brothers all of St. Elmo. His two sons; Larry Ray Wright and Craig Lee (wife, Dianna) Wright and his two grandsons; Thomas and Danny Wright, Three daughters; Patricia Kay Wright and his two grandsons; Robbie (wife, Ashley) Kinney, Alec Brady and his granddaughter,Ashanta (husband, Josh) Ledbetter; Janice Kathrine (husband, J.D.)Russell and his three granddaughters; Kaitlyn, Courtney and Kyra; Sandra Jean (husband, Tracy) May and his two grandsons:Cody and Payton May; three brothers:Joseph Dwight (wife, Glynis) Wright, James Laverne (wife, Leona) Wright, Oliver Keith (wife, Edna) Wright; one sister; Mrs. Earl (Shirley) Smith of Altamont; ten grandchildren named and four great grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews
He was preceded in death by his: Parents, George and Blanche (Durbin) Wright; Son: Danny Lynn and his wife Lynn Ann (Harre) Wright; and brother-in-law: Earl Smith.
On line obituary and condolences can be made at www.kullfuneralhome.com.
Cheyenne N. Fender
Written by Administrator Monday, 25 March 2013 15:02Cheyenne N. Fender, age 17, of Wilmington, IL., passed away suddenly on March 12, 2013 as the result of an auto accident.
She is survived by her loving parents Shawn (formerly of Altamont) and Jennifer Fender ; sister, Alexander Fender. She was the cherished granddaughter of Pamela Copley, as well as Maxine and the late Lloyd Fender of Altamont.
She is also survived by her two aunts, Lori (Buddy) Mitchell and their children, Heather and Hannah Mitchell of St. Elmo. Vicki (Bob) Elder and their children, Zakk and Helen Elder of St. Elmo; two uncles, Kenneth (the late Tami Fender) Phillips of Brownstown and their children, Rachel Stone of Stewardson, Brandon Phillips of Vandalia, and Shelby Spence of Brownstown; one uncle, William Hal (Kim) Fender and their children Haley, Kaely, Jessica and William Fender all of Vandalia and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous relatives.
While Cheyenne lived in Wilmington, IL., she listed St. Elmo as her hometown on her Facebook page. She leaves behind many close friends from St. Elmo as well.
A memorial visitation took place on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Anderson Memorial Chapel, in Romeoville, IL., from 3 - 7 p.m., services concluded with the visitation, cremation rites to be accorded.
To send a memorial gift to the family of Cheyenne N. Fender go to www.andersonmemorialchapel.com/store/.
Floyd E. Dean Tharp
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:11Floyd E. “Dean” Tharp, 70, of St. Elmo, passed away at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.
Funeral service was at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Freedom Reigns in Christ Church, St. Elmo. Burial with military rites by St. Elmo American Legion Post #420 followed in Spring Hill Cemetery, Louden Twp., Fayette Co. Visitation was from 6-8 p.m Wednesday at C & A Pagel Funeral Home, St. Elmo and 1 hour prior to service time at the church. Memorials are requested to donor’s choice.
Dean was born in Pike Co., IN the son of Floyd J. and Laura (Price) Tharp. He married Judith C. Wolfe on June 27, 1965 at Shiloh Country Church, Hazleton, IN.
Dean was a retired truck driver for Putnam Trucking. He was a US Air Force Staff SGT. veteran serving in the Vietnam War. He enjoyed NASCAR, truck racing, gardening, working in the yard, fishing, auctions, and collecting Coca Cola memorabilia. His favorite thing was having children around especially his grandchildren. Dean was affiliated with the Assembly of God Church.
Surviving are his wife; Judy, sons; Kevin (special friend, Lea Reynolds) Tharp, Keith Tharp all of St. Elmo, and Denny (special friend, Raychael Orr) Tharp of Brownstown, mother in law; Ruby Wolfe of Princeton, IN, daughter in law; Sherri (Jason) Tharp Einhorn of St. Elmo; brother; Donel (Peggy) Tharp of Alta Vista, VA, sisters; Mary Case, Amelia Adams, Patty (Ed) Craig all of Princeton, IN and Ruth (Jesse) Hall of Hazleton, IN, brother in law; John Denning of Princeton, IN, 10 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sons; infant James Dean and Devin Tharp, grandson, Andrew Tharp, sister; JoAnn Dunning, and father in law; Ross Wolfe.
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