Ruth Helen Drap

Ruth Helen Drap

Virden-Ruth Helen Drap, 93, of Virden, IL passed away  at 7:40 A.M. Friday, May 24, 2019 at Sunrise Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Virden, IL with family at her side.

Ruth was born May 23, 1926 in Staunton, IL a daughter to Earl Herschel and Anna J. (Sternickel) Wyzard.

Ruth was a graduate of Virden High School, class of 1944. She met John Drap in a Kroger Store and they were married in 1953.  Ruth worked for Sangamo in Springfield, IL during WWII.  She has been a member of Sacred Heart Church since 1953.

Surviving Ruth is her son, Robert (Diana) Drap of Mission Viejo, CA; brother, Jim Wyzard of Kincaid, IL; step-son, John E. (Barbara) “Suzy” Drap of Bellevue, NE; 8 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Preceding Ruth in death are her parents, husband, John Drap and son, Richard.

Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home, Virden, IL.  Funeral Mass will be held immediately following the visitation at 11:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Father James Palakudy officiating. Organist will be Marcella Rosier. Pallbearers:  Ryan Drap, George Graham, Bud Lawson, Chuck Rednour, Sherry Stelle and James Wyzard. Memorials may be made to The Virden American Legion Post #386, 118 S. Dye Street, Virden, IL.  Interment will be in the Virden Cemetery, Virden, IL.  To leave a comment for the family, please visit:

James E. Zelmer







James E. Zelmer

Virden– James E. Zelmer, 77, passed away at 4:15 P.M. Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Chatham Reflections Memory Care with his loved ones at his bedside.

Jim was born in Palmyra, IL on April 7, 1942 a son to Marion and Maxine (Smith) Zelmer.  He was a graduate of Glenwood High School, class of 1960.

Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy and specialized as an Aviation Electronics Technician aboard the U.S.S. Essex and the U.S.S. Saratoga.  After his discharge, he had a successful career as a service technician with the I.B.M. Corp. until his retirement.

Jim married Shirley Royer on June 29, 1974 and have been constant companions enjoying forty-five years together.  Jim was a member of the Farm Bureau. He loved wood working, photography, family, and spending time on the farm.

Surviving Jim is his wife, Shirley Zelmer of Chatham, IL; sons, Steve Zelmer of Springfield, IL, Bob Zelmer of Columbia, MO; daughter, Brenda (Rob) Lavin of Springfield, IL; step-daughter, Dianne (Steve) Sommer of Chatham, IL; sister, Judy Hatten of Spokane, WA; grandchildren, Luke and Michael Lavin, Stacey (Mike) Hart, Michelle (Derrick) Streibig, Micaela and Makenzie Royer, Tori (Jeff) Johnson, Derek Sommer, Seth (Mary) Elliott, Stephanie (Josh) Rich; great grandchildren, Justin, Morgan, Ashley, and Carley Hart, Kaelyn Swift, Adelyn, Elana and Julien Streibig, Cam, Bryce and Kendal Johnson, Will and Joe Elliott, Madison Rich and several nieces and nephews.  Jim is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ron Zelmer; step son, Larry (Carla) Royer and step-daughter, Jane (Bill) Elliott.

Cremation rites have been accorded by the Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home, Virden, IL.  A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Virden, IL.  Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.  To leave a comment for the family please visit:

Dean Stanley Lloyd

Dean Stanley Lloyd

Girard – Dean Stanley Lloyd, 96 of Girard, IL passed away on May 10th at home under care of Memorial Hospice.

He was born on November 7, 1922, on the home farm (Girard, IL) to Thomas H. And Evelyn (Gehant) Lloyd. He married Norma M. Whitler on June 15, 1946. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Robert (Edna) Lloyd, Girard, Linda Lloyd, Chatham, grandson, Ronald (Michelle) Lloyd, Girard, great grandsons, Stanley (Alicia) Lloyd, Clermont, FL., United States Air Force, Mason Lloyd, Girard, United States Army, and great great-granddaughter, Avery Grace Lloyd.

Dean graduated from Girard High School in 1940 and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He served as deacon in the First Christian Church Girard, was active in Farm Bureau, and served on the Board and as President of Macoupin Service Company (later became M&M Service Company). In the early 1950’s he taught Agriculture Operations and Management to returning veterans through the GI Bill.

He was a lifelong master at inspiring and teaching how to build and repair everything around the farm and home.

He farmed in the Girard area with his wife and family. He was a proud and avid supporter of the U of I and was proud of the Lloyd family tradition with the school.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Robert H. Lloyd, Jerry B. Lloyd, and William (Bill) R. Lloyd.

Services will be at Calvert Ferry Funeral Home in Girard on Thursday May 16th.  Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:30am – noon, followed by a service and then burial at Girard Cemetery.  Rev. Rich McElfresh officiating. Pallbearers: Stan Lloyd, Mason Lloyd, Barry Strawn, Chris Behme, Kim Ball and Mike Whitler. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Girard Fire and Rescue. Please visit www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.comto leave a comment for the family.

Roy D. Moore







Roy D. Moore

Springfield – Roy D. Moore, 99 of Springfield, IL passed away Wednesday May 8, 2019 at Heritage Hospice Springfield, IL.

Roy was born December 25, 1919 in Beardstown, IL, a son of Elmer A. and Mildred B. (Gorshage) Moore. He married Almeda M. Wilson April 18, 1942 in Beardstown, IL. Roy was a decorated WW II Army veteran receiving the Bronze Star Award. He retired as Sales Manager for Morton Salt Co. in Chicago, IL.

Roy is survived by his son, Terry F. Moore of Springfield, IL, grandsons, Bob and Greg Moore of Chicago, IL, and nephews, Tim and Jim Bandy. Preceding in death were his parents, sister Jean (Moore) Slater, brother Elmer Moore and wife Almeda M. Moore.

Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday May 10, 2019 at Beardstown Cemetery Beardstown, IL. Rev. Jon Bormann officiating. Please visit: to leave a comment for the family.