Charles Robert “Bob” Tosh

Charles Robert “Bob” Tosh

Girard, IL– Charles Robert “Bob” Tosh, 88, of Girard, IL formerly of Virden, IL passed away at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Sunrise Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Virden, IL.

Bob was born November 21, 1926 in South Otter Township a son to Charles Robert & Bertha Mae (Newberry) Tosh. He later married Doris Jean Coffey on December 14, 1950 in Girard, IL.

Bob served in the U.S. Army during WW II as a Mechanic. Bob was a member of the Girard Baptist Church of Girard, IL. He loved to fish and loved the outdoors.

Surviving Bob is his wife, Doris Jean Tosh; son, Michael D. (Elaine) Tosh of Jacksonville, IL; 3 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Bob is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clearance, Ralph and Glen and sister, Fay Challan.

There will be no visitation, cremation rites accorded by Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Virden, IL. Interment of ashes will be at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Girard Rescue Squad, Girard, IL. To leave a comment for the family please visit www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com

Donald E. Garbett

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Virden IL– Donald E. Garbett, 78, of Virden, IL passed away at 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 17, 2015 at his residence.

Donald was born on December 31, 1936 in Girard, IL a son to William E. and Orpha J. (Clevenger) Garbett. He married Deloris “Dee” J. Van Ausdall Sept. 1, 1957 in Virden, IL.

Donald was a 1954 graduate of Girard High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1958. He retired from Fiat-Allis in 1984 as a welder and was Co-Owner of Prairie Peddler in Virden, IL.

Donald is survived by his daughters, Kristine R. (William) Garbett Bruce of Virden, IL, Dawn M. (Sanjeev) Kumar of Munster, IN; grandchildren, Heidi (Brad) Regul, Heath Bruce, Shailee Kumar and Shivani Kumar, brothers, John W. Garbett of Virden, IL, Charles W. (JoAnn) Garbett of Thayer, IL; brother-in-law, Charles A. (Linda) “Chuck” Van Ausdall of Virden, IL and several nieces and nephews. Donald is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Deloris “Dee” J. Garbett and brother, Robert Bradford.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Virden, IL with funeral services at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the funeral home with the Rev. Terry Turner officiating. Organist will be Shirley Mercer and pianist will be Molly Mauk. Pallbearers: Bill McCready, Chad McCready, Bobby McCready, Tony Van Ausdall, Bill Woodruff, Lynn Emery and Billy Albers. Honorary Pallbearers, Allen Poggenpohl, Don Sutton, Jami Phillis and Robert Imhoff Jr. Memorials may be made to the Prairie Temple Assembly of God Church, Virden, IL or the Virden Fire Dept. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery, Virden, IL. To leave a comment for the family please visit:   www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com

Donald “Duck” G. Miller

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Virden IL– Donald “Duck” G. Miller, 71, of Virden, IL passed away at 11:17 P.M. Monday, August 10, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Donald was born March 4, 1944 in Springfield, IL a son of William P. and Helen J. (Fedor) Miller. He was a 1961 graduate of Virden High School and farmed in the Virden area his whole life. He was a partner of Miller Brothers Enterprises and Hulcher Trucking in Virden, IL and formerly worked as a mechanic for Hulcher Professional Services for over 20 years.

Surviving Don is his mother, Helen J. Miller of Virden, IL, brother David (Renee) Miller of Auburn, IL, niece Jennifer (Brian) Schrof of Normal, IL, nephew Jeff (Heather) Miller of Auburn, IL and close friend Dee Woods of Virden, IL.Preceding Don in death was his father, William P. Miller.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. Saturday August 15, 2015 until service time at 11:30 a.m. at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL. Rev. Christopher House officiating. Burial will be in Virden Cemetery. Pallbearers Jeff Miller, Ron Stevens, Wade Wiseman Jr., Matt Wiseman, Andy Miller and Virgil Bortell Jr. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church. Please visit calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com to leave a comment for the family.

Edward E. Spitznagel

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Carlinville, IL– Edward E. Spitznagel, 59, of Thayer, IL, passed away at 12;22 P.M. Friday, July 31, 2015 at Carlinville Rehab and Health Care Center, Carlinville, IL.

Ed was born in Springfield, IL a son to Joseph H. and Delores (Watkins) Spitznagel. Ed attended and graduated from Auburn High School. He worked for the book bindery in Virden, IL and also did janitorial work in Springfield, IL. Ed loved to be outside and was always working in or around the house. Ed was very social and walked almost everywhere he went.

Surviving Edward is his mother, Delores M. Spitznagel of Auburn, IL; son, Mathew Spitznagel of Paducah KY; daughter, Tammy Kmett of Springfield, IL; brothers, Bob Spitznagel of Taylor Springs, IL, Don (Evon) Spitznagel of Springfield, IL; sister, Brenda Wylder of Auburn, IL; grandson, Jeremiah S. Spitznagel and several nieces and nephews. Ed is preceded in death by his father.

There will be no visitation, cremation rites accorded by Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home, Virden, IL. Interment of ashes will be at a later date. Please visit: www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com to leave a comment for the family.

Donna Nerone Dean

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Montgomery, AL- Donna Nerone Dean, 73 of Montgomery, AL formerly of Virden, IL passed away Saturday July 18, 2015 at the home of her daughter.

Donna was born March 1, 1942 in Springfield, IL a daughter to Bill and Nellie Nerone. She was a 1960 graduate of Virden High School.

Surviving Donna is her daughter Lynnette Banks and Krissy (Chris) White of Montgomery, AL, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, her brother Bill (Carole) Nerone of Springfield, IL and her sister, Sue Ann (Cole) Langley of Virden, IL and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, granddaughter Jessica White and a brother Jim Nerone preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to Noon Saturday July 25, 2015 at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home, Virden, IL with funeral services at Noon at the funeral home. Rev. John Parrish officiating.  Pallbearers: Chris White Sr, Chris Whie Jr, Ben White, John Banks, Gary Dean & Cole Langley. Burial will be in Virden Cemetery. Memorials may be made to donor’s choice. Please visit calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com to leave a comment for the family.

Julie Rose Schott Vedder

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Girard – Julie Rose Schott Vedder, 51 of Girard, IL passed away at 5:13 a.m. Tuesday July 14, 2015 at her residence.

Julie was born April 1, 1964 in Springfield, IL a daughter to Victor Edmund and Hazel Lucille (Schroeder) Schott. Julie was a caregiver for her mother in her home..

Julie is survived by her daughters, Keri Sharp of Morrisonville, IL and Kimberly (fiancé; Mike Lair) Schott of Girard, IL mother Hazel Lucille Schott of Girard, IL brother, Rodney (Samantha) Schott of Girard, IL sisters, Vicki Schott of Girard, IL and Sally Miller of Ashland, IL, 4 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Julie in death were her father Victor Edmund Schott and her brother Roger Lee Schott.

There will be no visitation. Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Girard, IL, will accord cremation rites. Graveside burial of ashes will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday July 18, 2015 at Girard Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Please visit calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com to leave a comment for the family.

Arthur Henry Ehrat

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Arthur Henry Ehrat

Virden, IL– Arthur Henry Ehrat, 90, of Virden, IL passed away at 12:25 P.M. Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Arthur was born December 20, 1924 in Shobonier, IL a son to William and Sophia (Schmid) Ehrat. He later married Mary Mardell Worth on June 27, 1954 in Virden, IL.

Arthur was the manager of Farmer’s Elevator for many years and relished conversing with all the farmers and employees. He was an inventor and extremely proud of his patent on the Break-A-Way basketball rim of which the prototype is in the Smithsonian Institution and there is a display of the rim in the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2011, Arthur was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame. After retirement, he was extremely active as a volunteer for 17 years for Memorial Medical Center as a Red Coat and for 5 years at the Abraham Lincoln Museum. He took joy in fishing and golfing which included a proud moment of a hole-in-one in 2013 at Oak Leaf Country Club. Art was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Girard and served many roles in leadership within the church. He served in the U.S Army in World War II stationed in the Philippines with a job as a medic in a maternity ward.

Surviving Arthur is his wife, Mary Mardell Ehrat; daughters, Rose Anne (David) Edwards of Nicholasville, KY, Jo Ellen (Jay) Carroll of Geneva, IL, Sharon Ehrat (August) Mrozowski of Chatham, IL, Jane Marie (Charles) Rushford of Hannibal, MO; brother Walter (Shirley) Ehrat; sisters, Dorothea Albright, Grace Albrecht and Berniece McCoy; sister-in-law Shirley Worth of Virden, IL, 9 grandchildren, Jacob and Josh Edwards; Haley, James and Dylan Carroll; Alena and Deana Mrozowski; Jessie and Clayton Rushford; 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were his parents, daughter Linda Ehrat, sister Ruth Pontious Ruprecht and brother-in-laws; Danny Worth, Victor Albright, Hilmer Albrecht, Bob McCoy and Aubrey Pontious. Pall Bearers: Jacob and Joshua Edwards, James and Dylan Carroll, Clayton Rushford, Todd Hasara.

Visitation will be from 2:00- 7:00 P.M. Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Virden, IL. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 13, 2015 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Girard, IL with the Pastor Keith GeRue and Pastor Robert Gray officiating. Organist will be Cyndy Wilson. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Girard, IL or to Prairieland Community Ambulance Service, Virden, IL would be appreciated. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery, Virden, IL. To leave a comment for the family please visit:

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