St. Elmo Obituaries
Michael R. Myers
Written by Administrator Monday, 25 February 2013 15:50Michael “Mike” R. Myers, 46, of St. Elmo, passed away at 3:35 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at St. Elmo Christian Church in St. Elmo, IL. burial followed at St. Bonaventure Cemetery, St. Elmo. Visitation was 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at the church on Wednesday. Memorials are requested to the Zachary Cole “Biscuit” Myers education fund.
Mike was born on June 2, 1966 in Vandalia the son of James “Curly” W. and Naomi R. (Willings) Myers. He married Dorinda Durbin on December 14, 2001 in Vandalia.
He was employed by Pinnacle Foods, St. Elmo. Mike was a member of the Fayette Co. Coon Club and past member of National Wild Turkey Federation and NRA.
Surviving are his wife, Dorinda of St. Elmo, precious son; Zachary Cole “Biscuit” Myers at home, siblings; Charles (wife, Mary) Myers of St. Elmo, Ed (special friend, Linda) Myers of St. Elmo, Judy (husband, Terry) Heffel of Albuquerque, NM, and James Allen (wife, Mary Lou) Myers of Altamont, mother in law; Donna Durbin of St. Elmo, grandmother in law; Marie Barker of Brownstown and many other family members and friends.
His parents and father in law; Dennis Durbin preceded him in death.
Wesley "Wes" H. Harmeier
Written by Administrator Monday, 18 February 2013 10:30Wesley “Wes” H. Harmeier
Wesley “Wes” H. Harmeier, 75 of St. Peter, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2013 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital.
Funeral service, officiated by Rev. William Emrick, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Visitation was 5–8 p.m. at Pagel Funeral Home, St. Peter on Monday and one hour prior to service time at church. Memorials are requested to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, South Central Booster Club, St. Peter First Responders, or Farina Ambulance Service.
Wes was born on October 1, 1937 in Shobonier, Fayette Co., IL the son of Alfred F. and Freida (Lorenz) Harmeier. He married Shirley Magnus on April 22, 1961 at St. Peter.
He was a farmer and had worked for Brown Produce, Magnus Hardware, and the City of St. Peter. Wes was a member of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, past St. Peter Village Board member, and served on the St. Peter Prairie Days Committee. He enjoyed visiting Kings Garage and driving around St. Peter and out to the farm.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley, sons; Daniel (Kari) Harmeier and David Harmeier all of St. Peter, brothers; Ron (Debbie) Harmeier of Shobonier and Robert (Norma) Harmeier of Decatur, brother in law; James Cheshier of Overland Park, KS, and two grandsons; Derek and Brett Harmeier of St. Peter.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister; Shirley Cheshier.
Nancy Lee Barnes Blair
Written by Administrator Monday, 11 February 2013 16:02Nancy Lee Barnes Blair
Nancy Lee Barnes Blair, 73, a retired director of the U.S. Geological Survey libraries, died January 9 of cancer at her Arlington, VA home with her daughter at her side.
Born in Terra Haute, IN, Ms. Blair grew up in St. Elmo before settling first in CA and then in VA. She graduated from St. Elmo High School, the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, and received a masters degree in Library science from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Blair was part of the first Peace Corp project in Somalia from 1962 and 1964 teaching English and other subjects to young Somali women.
Ms. Blair worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for more than 30 years retiring in 2005 as the director of the USGS library program. She is survived by a son, Ross, a daughter, Kinzi, and a grand-daughter, Margaret.
Franklin L. Hames
Written by Administrator Tuesday, 05 February 2013 12:40Franklin L. Hames
Franklin L. Hames, 73, of Vandalia, formerly of Brownstown died at 12:25 a.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at his home.
Memorial Services were held at 7 p.m., Friday, February 1, at Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown with Rev. Martin Haseley officiating, followed by military rites by V.F.W. Post #9770, Brownstown.
Visitation was from 5 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Private family burial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com
Franklin was born on March 14, 1939 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to Riley and Leona (Smith) Lynch. He served in the U.S. Army. He had worked as butcher most of his life and had also worked at Old Capitol Monument Works, Vandalia. He was a member of Arm Prairie Baptist Church.
He married Margarie Elizabeth Thomason on May 18, 1958 and she preceded him in death. He then married Donna (Welch) Parker on January 21, 2007 and she survives.
He is survived by his wife, Donna of Vandalia, sons; Rick Hames (Jeannie), Alma, Bill Hames (Charlotte), St. Peter. Daughters; Carol Evans (Roy), St. Elmo, Kathy Green (Edward), Vandalia, Christi Carlock (special friend, Max Yokley), Brownstown. Stepdaughter, Carla Engelbrektson (Dan), Vandalia. Stepson, Rick Sidwell, Ramsey. Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Sister, Eva Bucknell (Bill) of Arkansas. Brother, Jim Lynch (Debbie), Blue Mound.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Margarie, grandson, step grandson, step great grandson and a daughter-in-law.
Ruba "Rubo" Owen White Jr.
Written by Administrator Tuesday, 05 February 2013 12:37Ruba “Rubo” Owen White Jr
Ruba “Rubo” Owen White Jr., 73, of Belleville formerly St. Peter, passed away at home, Sunday, January 27, 2013.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Pagel Funeral Home, St. Peter with visitation two hours prior. Memorials are requested to the American Heart Assn., Diabetes Assn., American Lung Assn., or donor’s choice.
Rubo was born on December 8, 1939 in Iola the son of Ruba Owen White Sr. and Minnie (Freeman) Smith. He married Jane Gesell and she survives.
Surviving are his wife; Jane of Belleville, daughters; Cathy Stein and husband, Kerry of Belleville and Nancy Hinton and husband Randy of St. Peter, son; Brett White and wife Julie of St. Peter, sisters; June (White) Logan of Edgewood and Diana (White) Podezwa of Flora, sister in law; Irene (Gesell) Heffner of Alton, grandchildren; Carla (Stein) and husband Keith Karban, Kristal (Stein) and husband Steve Fournie, Kyle Stein, Clayton Hinton and wife Katie, Jesse Hinton, Jorden (White) and husband Adam Lauwers, Shelbi White, and Jay White, great grandchildren; Nolan and Alaina Karban and Owen Lauwers.
Preceding him in death were his parents, father and mother in law; Glen and Alma Gesell, sister; Crystal (White) Cook, great grandson; Hudsen Lauwers, brothers in law; Lenny Podezwa, John Garrett, Joy Dean Logan, and Monty Heffner, and sister in law; Betty (Gesell) Garrett.
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