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St. Elmo Obituaries

Kenneth “Jim” Fischer


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Written by Administrator Monday, 23 December 2013 15:10

Kenneth “Jim” Fischer

Kenneth “Jim” Fischer, 87 of  Altamont, died on Sunday evening, December 15, 2013 at 7:20 p.m. at the Lutheran Care Center, in Altamont.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning December 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont, with the Rev. Dr. James F. Wright officiating.

Visitation for family and friends was conducted from 4 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at the Kull Funeral Chapel, Altamont and for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Thursday.

Military Burial Rites were conducted at Union Cemetery, Altamont immediately following the funeral services by Altamont Grobengieser-Fischer American Legion Post #512 and Effingham Post #120. Also Altamont VFW Post #7676 will participate.

Kenneth Carl Fischer was born December 25, 1925 in Altamont one of seven siblings into the Christian family of Emil and Rose (Rethorn) Fisher. Kenneth was a life member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he was baptized, confirmed his faith, educated in the elementary parochial school, and graduated from Altamont Community High School.

After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1944 and received the rank of Technician Fifth Grade, serving in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater. He received his Honorable Discharge on May 11, 1946.

Kenneth was employed as the office manager of the Illinois Department of Employment Security for over 35 years until his retirement. He also served his church as finance officer, elder, trustee and other positions.  One of his favorite pastimes in later years was playing golf.

Kenneth married Dorothy Ann Beccue in the Immanuel Lutheran Church on February 9, 1947 and she preceded him in death on November 2, 2009.

For those who prefer Memorials they may be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church,  Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery and or the Donor’s choice.

He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Smith, of Olney; sister-in-law, Charlotte Fischer, of Rushville.

Several nieces, nephews and a host of local friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil Herman Fischer and Rose C. (Rethorn) Fischer; wife, Dorothy Ann Fischer; brothers, Paul L. Fischer and William Fischer, Cecil and his wife, Eileen Fischer; sisters Marie and her husband, Lester Ross, JoAnn and her husband, Willard Olney; brother-in-law, Franklin Smith.

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Johnathon Skyler Warner


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Written by Administrator Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:41

Johnathon Skyler Warner, 22, of St. Elmo, died at 3:22 p.m., Sunday, November 24, 2013, Effingham.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont with Pastor Jim Watts officiating. Burial followed at Beecher City Cemetery, Beecher City. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, November 29, 2013 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Fresh Start TLC, 215 N. First St., Effingham, IL 62401, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue Suite 902, New York, NY 10018, or the donor’s choice.

Johnathon was born on Friday, April 5, 1991 in Effingham to Billy Warner and Susan (Haywood) Martin. He was employed with Richardson Brothers Greenhouse, St. Elmo.

He is survived by his father, Billy Warner and stepmother, Laurie of St. Elmo, mother, Susan Martin and stepfather, Jason of Altamont; brother, Jeremy Warner of St. Elmo, sister, Jasmine Martin of Altamont; niece, Summer Martin; paternal grandparents, Bill and Althea Warner of St. Elmo, grandparents, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Jessica Suzanne Warner, paternal grandmother, Judy Poorman and maternal grandparents, Orville and Audrey Sue Haywood.

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Thomas Leroy Grames


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Written by Administrator Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:39

Thomas Leroy “Tom” Grames, 65, of Loogootee, passed away at 7:24 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Fayette County Hospital ER.

A memorial service was held at noon, Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee.

Tom was born December 12, 1947 in St. Elmo, the son of Clinton and Hazel (Townsend) Grames.

After high school Tom enlisted in the US Corps of Engineers and served during the Vietnam War. He worked for a variety of employers throughout the years, starting at Fedders in St. Elmo; Altamont Pant Factory; to most recently Vandalia Wal-Mart.

Tom was married in the eyes of God to his long-time companion Barbara Becker. He believed in the Baptist faith.

Tom is survived by his mother, Hazel Grames of Altamont; wife, Barbara Becker, Loogootee; son, Calvin Grames and friend, Staci Margenthaler of Humboldt; step daughters Rebecca Morche of Belleville, MI and Eva and husband Dan Fischer of St. Louis, MO; step son, Paul Carl Becker of Loogootee; brothers, Gary Grames of St. Elmo, Dwight Grames of Brownstown, and Dick Grames of Altamont; sister, Mary Ann Kline of Altamont, Nellie and husband, John Johnson of Altamont, and Martha Merrill of Shelbyville; and grandchildren, Luke Grames, Mannie Grames, Shay Margenthaler, Allyssa Becker, Lauren Becker, and Dalton Miculinich.

He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Dennis Grames; sisters, Nina Lee and Carolyn Grames.


Evelyn Gertrude Reed


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Written by Administrator Wednesday, 23 October 2013 18:22

Evelyn Gertrude Reed, 95, of Altamont passed away at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the Lutheran Care Center, Altamont.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, October 24 at the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Beecher City. Graveside services followed at the Springhill Cemetery near Beecher City.
Memorials may be made to the Tri-County Fire Department or the Lutheran Care Center, Altamont
She was born July 17, 1918 in Champaign County the daughter of Ernest and Millie Eunice (Warren) McCullough. She married Gene Reed December 27, 1942 in St. Louis, MO and he preceded her in death July 30, 2002.    
Surviving are her children, Dale Reed (Shirley) of Beecher City, Ruth Ann Reed of Paris, Don Reed (Kim) of St Elmo, Carol Nichols (Andy) of Mode; sister, Roberta Larimore of Bement; eight grandsons, two granddaughters, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; brother and sisters-in-law, Alfred “Pete” and Wilma Reed of Shumway, Bernice Reed of Stewardson and Irene Reed of St. Elmo, several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Carl, Ernest and Charles McCullough and sisters, Dorothy Wall and Julia Pruett.
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Geraldine Virt


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Written by Administrator Monday, 07 October 2013 14:28

Geraldine “Gerry” Virt, 90 of Youngtown, Arizona passed away, September 26, 2013.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the First Baptist Church, Sun City, Arizona. At 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2013 a graveside service was held at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Brownstown.
Memorials may be made to LifeStream Complete Senior Living, 11555 West Peoria Avenue, Youngtown, Arizona, 85363 or to the donor’s choice. Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown is in charge of local arrangements.
Gerry was born on Thursday, March 22, 1923 in Brownstown. She moved to Sun City in 1960 with her husband Rev. Harley Virt who was the first Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sun City and Gerry was the church organist. Harley preceded her in death in 2002 and her son Darrell Lee Virt also preceded her.
Gerry is survived by her children; Kathryn Ubellacker, Shirley Warren and Carroll Virt, sister, Shirley Jones of Vandalia, eight grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
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