Jim R. Kirk

Aug 7, 2022

DOWNS – James R. “Jim” Kirk, 68, of Downs, Ill., passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Jim was born March 17, 1954, in Normal, to Robert E. and Barbara (Smith) Kirk.

Surviving are his wife, Janet Kirk of Downs; one son, Cody (Shari) Kirk of Bloomington; one step-daughter, Michelle...

Margaret E. Belcher

Aug 7, 2022

Margaret Elizabeth Hodge Belcher, 94, of Normal, passed away peacefully at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Heritage Health in El Paso.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Journey Church in Normal. Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022 at Journey Church in Normal with...

Gary Dean Young

Aug 1, 2022


Gary Dean Young, 86, of Bloomington, passed away on August 1, 2022 at his home.

A private service will be held at Normal First United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Funks Grove Cemetery in McLean. Memorial contributions may be directed to Normal First United Methodist Church, Alzheimer's Association, or OSF Home Health & Hospice.

Gary was born on...

Lynn Owen Nichelson

Jul 31, 2022

Lynn Owen Nichelson, 82, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on July 31, 2022.  He was born on September 9, 1939 in Lafayette, Indiana.  

Lynn is survived by his loving wife Sharon. Proud father of David (Janice), Michael (Renee) and Ted Nichelson and stepdaughters, Heidi (Trent) Witthoeft, Robin Dixson and Ginger Dixson. Also surviving are grandchildren;...

Lisa Ann Bethea

Jul 30, 2022

Lisa Ann Bethea entered the presence of Jesus on Saturday July 30, 2022, at her home. Lisa was born in Springfield, IL to the late Robert LaVerne Merrill and Ollie Jane (Moss) Merrill. She married the late Stephen Paul Bethea of Bloomington, IL May, 30, 1987. They were married for 26 years. Beloved mother of Sarah Jane Weber (Nicholas) of...

Michael "Bugs" Bagosy

Jul 27, 2022

Pontiac – After a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s, Michael Alexander “Bugs” Bagosy, of Pontiac, formerly of Dewitt, passed away at 3:03 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Accolade Healthcare in Pontiac.

His memorial visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington. Memorial contributions may be left to the...

Martin V. "Marty" Oman

Jul 25, 2022

Martin Valentino “Marty” Oman, 87, of Bloomington, passed away at Heritage Manor in Bloomington on July 25, 2022.

Marty was born on February 13, 1935 in Chicago, the youngest of five children to Nick and Anna (Barto) Oman. He was preceded in death by his parents and his four siblings and their spouses: Marian Rose (Anthony) Stolfa, Edward John Oman,...

Lucas N. Gharrett

Jul 22, 2022


Lucas Noel Gharrett, 34, passed away at his home in Bloomington, IL on Friday, July 22, 2022.

Lucas was born on October 4, 1987 in Decatur to Ricky Gharrett, Sr. and Cindy Thrasher.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kimberly Gharrett; daughter, Nicole; five brothers, Mike Thrasher, Doug Thrasher, Richie Gharrett, Ricky Gharrett, and David Gharrett; his father,...

Aldine M. Zimmerman Combs

Jul 20, 2022

Aldine Zimmerman Combs (93) passed away at Martin Health Center in Bloomington on July 20, 2022. She had been a resident in Westminster Assisted living for over three and a half years before transferring to Martin on November 30, 2021.

Her funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2022 at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington....

Marshall Eugene Howard

Jul 19, 2022

Marshall Eugene Howard, 61, was born on December 26, 1960 and passed away on July 19, 2022 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

He leaves behind his parents, Marshall and Deloris L. Howard of Bloomington; siblings, Ruby Perez of Bloomington, Barbara Burch of Bloomington, Marilyn (Fredrick) Tarver of Gridley, David (Barbara) Howard of Bloomington, and Danny (Holly) Howard of St. Robert,...

Mark Anthony Ralph

Jul 19, 2022

Mark Anthony Ralph, 64, of Bloomington, Illinois passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

Mark was born in Pontiac, Illinois, on October 12, 1957, son of Janet (Solon) Huddleston and George Ralph and spent his formative years in Streator, Illinois.   He attended St. Mary’s Grade School, Streator High School and Illinois State University (where he was...

Louise E. Sprague

Jul 19, 2022

Louise E. Sprague, 88, of Normal, passed away at 9:10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Her funeral will be at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Kibler Brady Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington with Pastor Gregory Welch officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m....

David N. Stanton

Jul 17, 2022


David N. Stanton Jr., 1932-2022

Normal, IL – David N. Stanton Jr., 89, of Springfield, passed away on July 17, 2022.

Dave was born on September 24, 1932 to David N. Stanton Sr.  and Jewel Stanton (Gray) in the upstairs bedroom of his grandfather and grandmother’s brick home in Atchison, Kansas. As a young man, he served in the...

Loren "Bud" Bachman

Jul 16, 2022


Loren “Bud” Bachman, 87, of Bloomington formerly, of Roanoke, peacefully passed away on July 16th, 2022 at 2:14 p.m. at the McLean County Nursing Home in Normal.

His memorial visitation will be held on Friday, July 22nd, 2022 from 4 p.m. till 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Roanoke. Military rites will be accorded at 7 p.m....

Phyllis H. Gehrt

Jul 16, 2022

Phyllis Hancock Gehrt, age 94, of Bloomington, Illinois passed away peacefully on July 16, 2022 at Carriage Crossing. 

Her graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at East Lawn Mausoleum in Bloomington. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Chapel...

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