Robert Eldon Evans







Robert Eldon Evans

Robert Eldon Evans, 86, of Virden, IL passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at his home.

Bob was born December 29, 1932 in Thayer, a son of James and Anna Mae (Tomasko) Evans.  He graduated from Virden High School, served in the Korean War, and retired from C.I P.S.  He loved spending time with his family and raising Black Angus cattle.

Bob was a member of the American Angus Association, a 4-H leader, served on the Virden Township Board, was a Virden Fire Department Trustee and carried the 1968 Olympic Torch 2 miles in lineman’s boots on Route 66.

Bob is survived by his wife, Joellen (McMullin); 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Private family services will be Monday January 28, 2019 at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL. Rev. Charles Kurfman officiating. Pallbearers: Sons and Grandchildren. Honorary Pallbearers: Great Grandchildren. Burial will be in Virden Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Virden Fire Department or to your favorite charity.  Please visit: to leave a comment for the family.

Ervin J. Sepesy

Ervin J. Sepesy


Virden – Ervin J. Sepesy, 96 of Virden, IL, passed away Wednesday January 9, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital Springfield, IL.

Ervin was born September 19, 1922 in Virden, IL, a son of George and Julia (Sliva) Sepesy. He graduated from Virden High School in 1940. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Virden, IL, the Virden Knights of Columbus Council 2321and served in the Army during WW II. Ervin married Clara B. Caufield April 23, 1949 in Virden, IL. He worked at the North Mine in Virden for 4 years and then at Fiat-Allis in Springfield, IL, before working as a janitor at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception in Springfield for 12 years and then worked for 18 years as a clerk at Horace Mann in Springfield, IL.

Ervin is survived by 2 daughters, Susan M. Stroisch of Virden, IL and Debra M. (David) Miller of Ashland, IL, a son, John E. (Cheryl) Sepesy of Highlands Ranch, CO, several grandchildren, several great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were his parents, wife, Clara B. Sepesy, sisters, an infant, Frances Sepesy and Katherine Cody, brothers, George Sepesy Jr. and Robert Sepesy.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday January 12, 2019 at Sacred Heart Church Virden, IL. Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Father James Palakudy officiating. Burial will be at Virden Cemetery Virden, IL. Pallbearers: Eric Stroisch, Anthony Tate, John Sepesy, Chris Miller and Matt DeWitt. Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL in charge of arrangements. Please visit: to leave a comment for the family.

Ernestene “Ernie” R. Swaringen

    Ernestene  R. “Ernie” Swaringen

Nilwood– Ernestene “Ernie” Swaringen, 87 of Dandridge, TN formerly of Nilwood, and Auburn IL, passed away Tuesday January 8, 2019 at her sister’s residence in Dandridge, TN.

Ernie was born March 15, 1931 in Dent County, MO a daughter to Ernest and Ruby (Holland) Dawson. She married Martin Gerdanc, August 26, 1950 in Springfield, IL, Martin passed away March 14, 1977. Ernie married Elmer M. Swaringen March 4, 2005 in Eureka Springs, AR and he passed away January 1, 2010. Ernie was a member of the First Christian Church in Virden, IL. She owned and operated Gerdanc’s Junction Café in Auburn, IL for 20 years. Ernie earned an Associate’s Degree in Coal Mining Technology and was the first women coal miner at Freeman Crown II retiring in 1992.

Surviving Ernie is her 2 grandchildren, Martin A. (Sherri) Gerdanc of Girard, IL, and Sarah (Craig) Busch of Divernon, IL, 4 great grandchildren, Andrew and Evelyn Gerdanc of Girard, IL, and  Elsie and Allie Busch of Divernon, IL, sisters, Judy (James) Grieme of Dandridge, TN, Carlene Medlock of Rolla, MO and Sue Dawson of AL and a brother, Ron (Sharon) Dawson of CA, a daughter-in-law Debra ). Gerdanc O. Girard, IL ,numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husbands, Martin Gerdanc and Elmer M. Swaringen, son, Martin L. Gerdanc, brother, Harold E. Dawson, sisters, Kathleen”Kitty” Dawson, Ollie Bartnick and Velma Hopper.

Graveside services will be at Noon Monday January 14, 2019 at Montauk Cemetery in Salem, MO. Rev. John Huxtable officiating. Memorials to First Christian Church Virden, IL. Please visit: to leave a comment of the family.

Michael E. Cain

Michael E. Cain

Virden – Michael E. Cain, 54 of Virden, IL, passed away Tuesday January 8, 2019 at Sharon Health Care Willow South in Peoria, IL.

Mike was born November 30, 1964 in Springfield, IL, a son of Zeldon and Evelyn (Seifert) Cain. He graduated from Virden High School in 1982 and farmed with his father  and his sons on the family farm for many years. Mike was a member of the Macoupin County Farm Bureau and Grace Southern Baptist Church in Virden, IL.

Mike is survived by his mother, Evelyn (Ronald Carney) Cain of Virden, IL, sons, Landon E. (Samantha) Cain of Divernon, IL and Jonathan W. Cain of Auburn, IL, 1 granddaughter, Staley Cain of Divernon, IL, sisters, Christine (George) VanWinkle of Springfield, IL, Beth (Bruce) Garner of Springfield, IL and Barb (Mike Haacke) Whitlow of Chatham, IL, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding in death was his father, Zeldon Cain.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until service time at Noon Friday, January 11, 2019 at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL. Rev. Jimmy Hammond officiating. Family has requested that the service at the cemetery be strictly private, family only.  Pallbearers: Bruce Garner, Mike Haacke, George VanWinkle, Greg Whitlow, Wil Lunt and Jeff Mortimer.

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Patricia D. Moore

Patricia D. Moore

Virden – Patricia D. Moore, 62 of Virden, IL, passed away Thursday January 3, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at her residence.

Patricia was born March 16, 1956 in Shelbyville, IL, a daughter of Bruce and Ethel (Chism) Barker. She attended Virden High School and married Arthur L. “Les” Moore April 13, 1984 in Belleville, MI. Patricia worked as a cook at various restaurants in the area and formerly worked at the Book Bindery in Girard, IL. She attended New Beginnings Church in Girard, IL.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Arthur L. “Les” Moore of Virden, IL, daughter, Frances M. “Fran” (Brian) Flynn of Virden, IL, a son, Zebediah L. “Zeb” (fiancé: Laurin McQuinn) Moore of Girard, IL, 2 grandchildren, Zachary and Reagan Flynn, sisters, Linda (James) VanEtten of Springfield, IL, Judy (John) Hicks of Springfield, MO, Cathy (Bob) Hagler of Pawnee, IL, Betty (Larry) Stewart of Waverly, IL and Cindy (Brian) Brown of Lowder, IL, brothers, Dale (Lonette) Barker of Lowder, IL, Fred Barker of Phoenix, AZ, and Bernard (Lily) Barker of Girard, IL, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were her parents and a infant brother, Roger Lee Barker.

Cremation Rites have been accorded by Calvert & Ferry Funeral Homes Virden, IL, and no services are planned at this time. Burial of Ashes will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Family. Please visit: www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.comto leave a message for the family.