Pearl M. Harrison

Pearl M. Harrison
Celebration of Life Gathering

Virden—Pearl M. Harrison passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Springfield, IL.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Virden, IL.  Please bring stories and memories to share. Memorials are suggested to Prairieland Ambulance in Virden or First Presbyterian Church in Virden.  A light luncheon will follow, R.S.V.P. 660-956-3661.

Joanna Sue Krebaum

Joanna Sue Krebaum (1917-2019)

Springfield – Joanna Sue Krebaum, 101, of Springfield, died on April 11 at Regency Nursing Home.  She was born on October 11, 1917 in Virden, IL.

Joanna was a church organist for over 30 years and loved teaching children in Sunday School.  In Miami she was employed by Pan American Airlines directing planes on landing and takeoff. She greatly enjoyed her time living in Florida.  In Springfield she was employed by Franklin LifeInsurance Company.  She was the last member of her graduating class from Virden High School in 1935 and was also a lifetime member of the Macoupin County Historical Society.

She is survived by the following cousins: Jim and Shirlee Krebaum of Morris, Illinois, Jay Krebaum of Morris, Illinois, Timothy and Michelle Krebaum and her namesake, Elouise Joanna Krebaum of Sacramento, California, Robert and Jane Krebaum of Orchard Lake, Michigan, Bruce and Gail Billingsley of Plainwell, Michigan, Tony and Angela Fatato of Kalamazoo, Michigan and Justin and Jennifer Riley of Plainwell, Michigan, and many friends and neighbors.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Virden Cemetery.  Rev. John Huxtable officiating. Pallbearers: Jay Krebaum, Tim Krebaum, Michael Springer, Steve Voyles George Rishel and Nathan Jones. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Please visit www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.comto leave a comment for the family.

Alden “Dean” Van Winkle

Alden “Dean” Van Winkle

Alden “Dean” Van WInkle, 88, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Ballwin Ridge Health and Rehabilitation in Wildwood, Missouri.

He was born March 1, 1930, in Springfield, Illinois to Dewey and Anna (Dodd) Van Winkle.

Alden was the cherished grandfather of Sarah Van Winkle and great-grandfather of Gabrielle Van Winkle; treasured brother of Walter “Gene” (Kathleen) Van Winkle and Gary (Virginia) Van Winkle; dear uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend to many. Preceding him in death are his son, Donald Van Winkle, the mother of his son and wife of 42 years, Peggy C. Welch, and his second wife of 14 years, Erna C. Ladage.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 12, from 12 noon – 2 p.m. at Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home in Virden, Illinois.  Interment will be at Auburn Cemetery in Auburn, Illinois. To leave a comment for the family please visit:;

Norman S. “Pony” Langheim







Norman S. “Pony” Langheim

Virden – Norman S. “Pony” Langheim, 87, of Virden, IL, passed away Monday April 8, 2019 at his home.

Norman was born December 26, 1931 in Lowder, IL, a son of Henry and Elizabeth R. (Sommer) Langheim. He was a 1951 graduate of Virden High School and an U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War. Norman married Peggy S. Dalby August 30, 1958 in Virden, IL. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Virden, IL, and prior to retirement farmed in Bois D’Arc Twp. Norman was an antique tractor enthusiast.

Norman is survived by his wife, Peggy S. Langheim of Virden, IL, daughters, Lynda Langheim and Sara Stivers both of Springfield, IL, sons, Stephen Langheim of Donnellson, IL, Philip (Lynn) Langheim of Naperville, IL, Robert (Paula) Langheim of Lawrenceburg, KY and Joseph (Gail) Langheim of Virden, IL, 6 grandchildren, special family friend, Jay (Mary) Brawner of Girard, IL, brothers, Henry Langheim and Father Albert Langheim both of Virden, IL and Bernard (Pat) Langheim of Salem, VA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were his parents, granddaughter, Samantha Jo Wright, brothers, Lawrence, Harold, Ernest, Aloyusis “Pete”, Paul and Francis Langheim.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday April 12, 2019 with a Prayer Service at 4:30 p.m. at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday April 13, 2019 at Sacred Heart Church in Virden, IL. with Father James Palakudy officiating. Burial will be in Virden Cemetery. Pallbearers: John, Bill, Pat, Bill Jr., Reese and Jim Langheim. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church Virden, IL, Prairieland Community Ambulance Service Virden, IL. Please visit www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.comto leave a message for the family.

Eunece Rita (Boehler) Jones

Eunece Rita (Boehler) Jones

Girard– Eunece Rita (Boehler) Jones, 72, passed away at 9:45 A.M. Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Broward Health Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with her family members at her side.

Rita was born October 8, 1946 in Springfield, IL a daughter to Lawrence John and Alma Elizabeth (House) Boehler.  She married Richard E. Jones on June 26, 1965.

Rita was employed by Fiat-Allis, Raynor Holiday Inns and Glaxco Smith-Kline Pharmaceutical Company retiring in 1993.  After retiring she worked part time for Thermal Cermanics in Girard for two years. Rita received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois and was a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, Girard Food Pantry, Girard Library Trustee, National Rifle Association and a member of St. Patrick’s Church where she served in various capacities including Eucharistic Minister, teacher for School of Religion, Pastorial & Financial Councils and Trustee.

Richard and Rita developed and owned Twin Pines Campground and Canoe Rental in Mountain View, Missouri until it was sold in 1980.

Surviving Rita are her 3 sisters, Ava Norris of Springfield, IL, Bernice Mulacek of Dawson, IL, Charlotte Boehler of Springfield, IL; brother, Frank (Bev) Boehler of Springfield, IL; sister-in-law, Linda Thebeau of Girard, IL; God-Daughters, Debby (Jose) Lopez of Springfield, IL, Angela Boehler of Venice, FL, Anita (Keith) VanHuss of Virden, IL; 14 nieces and nephews three of which Richard and Rita helped to raise:  Michael (Susan) Boehler of Springfield, IL, Jennifer (Larry) Westbrook of Dallas, TX, Michelle Boehler of Springfield, IL and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Rita will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Girard, IL.  Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday, April 12, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Church in Girard, IL with the Rev. James Palakudy officiating.  Organist will be Carol Millburg and vocalist will be Priscilla Matli. Pallbearers:  Eric Boehler, Dave Adams, Phil Boehler, Duane Branham, Fred Mulacek,and Keith Van Huss with Honorary Pallbearers:  Roy Branham and  Mike King.  Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Cemetery Association, St. Patrick’s Youth Group, Girard Food Pantry or to the Girard Library.  Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.  To leave a comment for the family, please visit:

Floyd Keith Watson

Floyd Keith Watson

Springfield – Floyd Keith Watson, 58, of Virden,  IL, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019 atSt. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL with his loving family at his side.

Floyd was born January 2, 1961 in Marion, Kentucky, the son of Kenneth Floyd and Bonnie Jean Wright Watson. He married Catherine Dean on February 13, 1981 in Staunton, VA.

Floyd adored his precious grandchildren: Alexandra Jean, Abigail Grace, and Emma Catherine. He loved music, classic cars, and motorcycles but most of all he loved spending time with his family.  He was a coalminer at Crown III mine.

Surviving Floyd are his parents, Kenneth Floyd and Bonnie Jean (Wright) Watson, his son, Zebediah (Kendal) Watson of Girard, IL and a daughter Jessica Watson of Springfield, IL brother, Jason Watson of Girard, IL and two sisters, Connie (Amy) Watson of Springfield, IL and Mary Lynn (Derek) Manning of West Frankfort, IL, three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home, Virden, IL. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later date. There was a private family visitation and burial ceremony. Please visit www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.comto leave a comment for the family.

Jack Theo “Ted” Wise II


Jack Theo “Ted” Wise II

Springfield, IL-Jack Theo “Ted” Wise, 65 of Springfield, IL, passed away on Tuesday March 19, 2019 at his home.

Ted was born April 23, 1953 in Jacksonville, IL, the son of Jack Theo and Velma Snyder Wise. He married Karen Drake in December 1989 on a boat in Cancun and again (legally) in March 1990.

Ted was a 1971 graduate of Jacksonville High School and a 1975 graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in animal science. A talented football player and wrestler in high school, he was a member of the SIU Saluki Football Team playing nose guard and linebacker from 1971 – 1975 and was given the Harry Bobbitt Spirit Award. During his career, he worked as a hog farmer, pellet mill manager and then spent many years in sales of specialty animal feeds. Most recently he worked for Sacred Heart-Griffin HS and the New Berlin School District as a substitute teacher stating that 1stgrade was his most interesting assignment! Since 2002, Coach “Teddy” Wise was a beloved part of the Sacred Heart-Griffin football staff coaching the defensive line and assisting with strength training. He was a WWII and aviation history enthusiast, a committed and involved member of the First Church of the Brethren and enjoyed visiting his son in Florida and grandchildren in Texas whenever he could. He had recently started ballroom dance lessons with his wife and despite a lack of rhythm, truly believed he was a Fred Astaire in the making.

He was preceded in death by his father Jack Wise. He is survived by his mother Velma Wise, wife Karen Drake Wise, son Jack Wise III (Mabely), sister Mary Todd Kaercher (Carl) and their two sons Mark Kritz (Migena) and Joseph Kaercher (Toni), stepdaughter Jennifer Slightom-Jones (Bryan), grandchildren Corrigan & Zoë Jones, and additional nephews, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews who all loved Uncle Ted.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday March 23, 2019 at Sacred Heart Griffin West Campus Gymnasium Springfield, IL. Rev. Dr. Bobbi Dykma officiating. An informal come and go reception will follow services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the SHG Annual Fund in memory of Ted Wise or First Church of the Brethren Springfield, IL. Please visit www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.comto leave a comment for the family.

Clara E. Frye

Clara E. Frye

Carlinville– Clara E. Frye, 97 of Carlinville, IL, formerly of Lowder, IL, passed away Tuesday March 5, 2019 at Heritage Health in Carlinville, IL, surrounded by her loving family.

Clara was born February 9, 1922 in Corinth, MS, a daughter of Walter and Nancy (Sowders) Kidd. She married Paul Frye June 21, 1942 in Hackett, AL. Clara was the Postmaster for Lowder, IL, retiring after 44 years of service in 1999. She was a former member of the Talkington Twp. Volunteer Fire Department and the Macoupin County Farm Bureau. She was a loving grandmother, great grandmother and great great-grandmother and will be deeply missed by all.

Clara is survived by her granddaughter, Nicki (fiancé: James Wilson) Palmer of Carlinville, IL, great grandsons, Sean and Anthony Bellm and Curtis Wilson, great great-grandsons, Brody and Eli Bellm, a son-in-law, James Palmer and a nephew Robert Kidd. Preceding in death were her parents, husband, Paul Frye, a daughter, Nancy Frye and a brother, Charles Kidd.

Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. to Noon Monday March 11, 2019 at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL, with funeral services to follow at Noon at the funeral home. Rev. Mark Doane officiating. Pallbearers: James Palmer, James Wilson, Curtis Wilson and Sean Bellm. Burial will be in West Cemetery Thayer, IL. Memorials may be made to, Patterson House 1221 S. Plum St. Carlinville, IL. To leave a comment for the family, please visit:

Pearl M. Harrison

Pearl M. Harrison 

Virden– Pearl M. Harrison 78, of Virden, IL, passed away Saturday March 2, 2019 at Heritage Health Care Springfield, IL, surrounded by her loving family.

Pearl was born January 10, 1941 in Vandalia, IL, a daughter of Jerry T. and Ruby P. (McDowell) Harrison. She married LaRue Scales of Chillicothe, IL December 28th, 1957 and they later divorced.  She was a licensed Day Care Provider for over 32 years retiring in May 2012 and a member of the First Presbyterian Church Virden, IL.  Pearl enjoyed sewing; quilting, whom she made and gave away to many; bowling on the Wednesday Nite Ladies league and was a member of the Women’s International Bowling Congress (WIBC) as well as  spending time with family, friends and her extended daycare families she loved and cared for as her own.

Pearl is survived by her daughter, Kelly L. (Vince) Pitchford of Virden, IL, sons, Kevin L. (Tracy) Scales of Riverton, IL, and Wesley E. (Jennifer) Scales of Riverton, IL, and Richard D.(fiancé: Carri Matheney)  “Rich” Scales of Virden, IL, 7 grandchildren, Kaleb and Koby Pitchford, Tori, Alleigh and, Reese Scales, Lerin and Ryan Hughes, 3 great grandchildren, a brother, Earl R. (Myra) Harrison of Hillsboro, OH, an aunt, Pricella McDowell of Bingham, IL, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were her parents, sister, Evelyn “Judy” Harrison. and a brother, Darrell Harrison.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL. A Celebration of Life and burial of ashes will be at a later date. Please to leave a comment for the family.

Wayne Oshiro Fouts

Wayne Oshiro Fouts

Girard- Mr. Wayne Oshiro Fouts, 58, of Girard, IL passed away at 12:17 A.M. Monday, February 25, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

Wayne was born April 6, 1960 in Tacoma, WA a son to Loren and Yoshiko (Oshiro) Fouts.  Wayne graduated from Virden High School, Class of 1978 and married Carol Sexton, August 13, 1983 in Springfield, IL.

Wayne was a member of the First Christian Church, Girard, IL where he served as a Deacon.  He loved art and he loved to sketch.  His favorite pastime was watching Star Trek and playing with his grandkids.

Surviving Wayne is his wife of 35 years, Carol (Sexton) Fouts of Girard, IL; daughter, Mandi (Adam) Hampleman of Virden, IL; son, Christopher (Susan) Fouts of Waterloo, WI; brothers, Loren, (Renate) Fouts of Virden, IL, Steven (Lisa) Fouts of Girard, IL; sisters, Deborah (Josh) Chiu of Springfield, IL, Nancy (Bill) Evans of High Ridge, MO; grandchildren, Lucas, Julian, Jared, Lilah and Kaelen and several nieces and nephews.  Wayne is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Shigeo Fouts.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday, March 1, 2019 at the First Christian Church in Girard, IL.  Memorial Service will be Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. also at the First Christian Church, Girard, IL.  To leave a comment for the family please visit: