Gloria Maxine Shipp Frazier

Gloria Maxine Shipp Frazier

Gloria Maxine Shipp Frazier, 76, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at home in Nixa MO surrounded by family.  Gloria was born on December 14, 1942 in Nilwood IL, the daughter of Jesse Allen Shipp and Lola Dorothy Adcock Shipp.   She graduated High School in Girard, IL class of 1960.  

Gloria was very proud to have served Her Country in the United States Navy.  While based in Stockton, California as an Electronics Technician she met and married Navy Radioman, Paul Douglas Frazier, her devoted husband of 55 years. They had two children, David and Paula.  

Gloria was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and GG.   After the Navy Gloria and Doug moved to West Plains, Missouri to raise their family.  Both attended and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University where Gloria earned a Masters Degree In Administration.  She taught school at Howell Valley, Fair View and Richards Schools in West Plains, MO and tutored many students inspiring them to love math as much as she did.  She was also a Winning Volleyball Coach.

Gloria loved researching Genealogy and especially collaborating and having lunch with fellow research friends, family and classmates back home in Illinois.  Upon retirement Gloria & Doug sold their house, bought a big bus and, for 17 years, traveled the country researching archives, walking through cemeteries and interviewing many people about their family history.  She published two books:  One on the Adcock family line and one on the Sutton family line. 


During their travels around the country they enjoyed stopping to visit with family, friends and fellow Navy Buddies to swap stories and catch up.  Finally, Gloria and Doug joyfully spent many wonderful winters parked in the Melbourne Beach Florida RV Park overlooking the ocean, celebrating life and playing pony canasta with a great group of unforgettable crazy, loving and supportive friends.

Gloria is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Eileen, and her brother Orville.

Gloria is survived by her loving husband, Paul Douglas Frazier, Nixa, MO,  her son, David Alan Frazier and wife Lisa of Grimes, Iowa, her daughter, Paula Jean Lamb and husband Rick of Nixa, MO, five grandchildren, Jessica Stillings, Zachary Miner and wife Kelsey, Olivia Lamb, Garrett Lamb and Zoe Frazier, two great grandchildren, Brynn Stillings and Ryker Cole, her brother, Allison Bruce “Curly” Shipp and wife Marla of Shipman, IL, special cousin Phyllis June Pitchford of Thayer, IL and several Very Special Nieces and Nephews whom she loved very much.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 1pm-3pm at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Girard IL.  Graveside Service immediate follows at 3:30 at Union Chapel Cemetery in Girard, IL with her Brother, Al Shipp officiating.  To leave a comment for the family please visit:

Robert M. Dunn

Robert  M. Dunn

 Port Charlotte, FL  – Robert M. Dunn, 91 of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Girard, IL, passed away Monday June 10, 2019 at Heritage Health in Carlinville, IL.

 Bob was born December 13, 1927 in Athensville, IL, a son of Orval J.  and Velma R. (Claussen) Dunn.  He served in the U.S. Navy just after World War II and when he returned to central Illinois, he opened a chili parlor in Palmyra, IL where he met his wife,  Virginia R. Crum.  They married in 1948 and were very active in the Girard community and Girard Brethren Church until she passed away in 1967.  After attending welding school in the 1950’s, he worked for Charlie Gibbel as a blacksmith until Mr. Gibbel helped him to start his own blacksmith business.  Many of the local farmers will remember the Dunn’s Welding and Repair shop where in Bob’s words “a handshake was always your word”.  During those years, he was also a decorative iron fabricator and made many of the area iron porch railings that are still in use today.  In the late 1960’s, he pursued his automobile passion that began with a broken down Model A Ford that he bought for a few dollars and refurbished when he was just 15 years old.  He partnered with Loveless Pontiac-Cadillac in Carlinville and then went on to become an independent auto dealer specializing in pre-owned vehicles.  He was well known and respected by the area new car dealers. 

Bob was a founding member of the Sunset Lake Association and the Sunset Lake Boat and Ski Club which provided his family with many good memories.  He was an avid skier and he and his family were a big part of the annual Sunset Lake Labor Day Ski Shows.  He is immortalized in the Girard Sesquicentennial book with a photo taking a small boat over the ski jump at Sunset Lake. In the early days of Sunset Lake, he built a go-kart track which gave local young people and his own family another fun activity at the lake.  When Bob retired from selling vehicles, he moved to Charlotte County, FL and had many happy years spending time with his Florida family and fishing at “The Shack”, a fish shack located in the Gulf of Mexico and owned by his son, Randy. He was a beloved Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather to his family and he loved nothing more than spending time with each new little one that was added to the family. He was a special person and will be missed by his family and many friends.

 Bob is survived by his daughters, Melissa R. (Bill) Kribs of Josephville, MO, and Deborah D. Battaglia of South Miami, FL, sons, Randy (Arlinda) Dunn of Punta Gorda, FL, and Rex A. Dunn of Cortez, CO, 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, brothers, Darrell “Jack” (Doris) Dunn of Girard, IL, and Carl E. “Gene” (Tina) Dunn of Nilwood, IL and many nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were his wife, Virginia R., his parents, his sister, Virginia Ruth Vandeveer and just recently, a special nephew, Mike Vandeveer. 

Cremation rites have been accorded by Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Girard, IL. Friends are invited to join the family at a graveside service and burial of ashes at 12:00 Noon Saturday June 29, 2019 at Virden Cemetery in Virden, IL.  Shawn Burgess officiating. Memorials may be made to Girard Fire and Rescue Department or to the Girard Alumni Association. Please visit: to leave a comment for the family.









James “Jim” Evans Clarke

James “Jim” Evans  Clarke

Thayer – James “Jim” Evans Clarke, 49, of Thayer, IL, passed away Friday May 31, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital Springfield, IL.

Jim was born January 24, 1970 in Springfield, IL, a son to Ralph “Mick” C. and Dorothy Mae (Evans) Clarke. He was a 1989 graduate of Virden High School and a lifelong member of Thayer United Methodist Church Thayer, IL. Jim enjoyed the outdoors, water skiing and cooking for family and friends.

Jim is survived by his mother, Dorothy Mae Clarke of Thayer, daughters, Haley and Mae Clarke of Greensburg, IN, sister, Chris (Mark) Heckman of Batesville, IN, niece, Meredith (Jefferson) Stewart, nephew, Clarke Taylor (Amber) Heckman and great niece, Eleanor Mae Stewart. Preceding in death was his father, Ralph “Mick” C. Clarke.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. To Noon Wednesday June 5, 2019 at Thayer United Methodist Church Thayer, IL, with funeral services at Noon at the church. Rev. Charles Kurfman officiating. Burial will be in the Evans Family Cemetery, Thayer, IL. Pallbearers: Tom Evans, Tim Evans, Brad Evans, Scott Evans, Clayton Gass and Clarke Heckman. Memorials may be made to: Thayer United Methodist Church, Thayer, IL. Please visit www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.comto leave a comment for the family.

Helen Jo Bollitto

Helen Jo Bollitto

Springfield – Helen Jo Bollitto, 70, of Springfield, IL, formerly of Thayer, IL, passed away Saturday June 1, 2019 at Aperion Care Capitol in Springfield, IL.

Helen was born April 20, 1949 in Springfield, IL, a daughter to Lawrence J. and Mary A. (Lesjak) Bollitto. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Virden, IL, and a 1967 graduate of Virden High School Virden, IL. Helen worked for over 30 years for Goodwill Industries in Springfield, IL.

Helen is survived by her sisters, Mary M. (Larry) Jabusch and Dorothy M. Brown both of Springfield, IL, niece, Christine M. Talbert, nephews, John A. Talbert and Lance Jabusch. Preceding in death were her parents and a sister Frances A. Bollitto.

Cremation rites accorded by Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL. Graveside of ashes will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday June 8, 2019 at Virden Cemetery Virden, IL. Memorials may be made to: Aperion Care Capitol (Activity Fund) 555 W. Carpenter St. Springfield, IL, 62702.Please visit to leave a message for the family.

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.

Annie Jenkins-Adams

Annie Jenkins-Adams

Hot Springs, AR – Annie Jenkins-Adams, 76 of Hot Springs Village, AR, formerly of Auburn, IL succumbed to heart failure at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Hot Springs, AR on May 7, 2019, after suffering with several health issues throughout the years.

She was born April 29, 1943 in St. Louis, MO. Her parents, Clifford and Ruth Jenkins preceded her in death.

To cherish her memories, she leaves her loving husband, Neil Adams and loyal companion, Chewie, sister, Rachel (Ern) Neumann Auburn, IL,
Children: Rebecca (Kevin) Hampton Franklin, IL, Debra (Steve) McGown Irving, IL, Trustin (Lori) Harrison Springfield, IL, Connie (Andy) Chan Naperville, IL, Mary Jo (Tim) Wood Austin, TX, Martha (Jon) Whitmer Mesa, AZ, Neil J. Adams Joliet, IL, 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

She graduated from Auburn High School with the class of 1961. She completed her college degree and obtained her LCSW license. Annie was a dispatcher for Virden Police Department and worked as a LCSW at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL and St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, IL.
She and Neil moved to Hot Springs Village, AR where she was active in several women’s groups. Annie attended The Village Bible Church where memorials will be appreciated at 100 Ponderosa Way in Hot Springs Village, AR 71909.

There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 4:00 p.m. Friday May 17, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church Virden, IL, with Rev. John Huxtable officiating. Following services there will be a Celebration of Life Gathering until 6:00 p.m. at the church. Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home of Virden, IL,  in charge of arrangements. Please visit: to leave a comment for the family.

Robert E. “Bobbie” Pullen














Robert E. “Bobbie” Pullen

Chatham – Robert E. “Bobbie” Pullen, 91, of Springfield, IL, formerly of Virden, IL, passed away at 9:35 P.M. Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Villas of South Park Chatham, IL, with his family at his side.

Bobbie was born on July 17, 1927 in Charleston, MO a son of Alfred E. and Mary Pauline (Wright) Pullen.  He married Dorothy V. Kenway on January 17, 1948 in Wyatt, MO.

Bobbie enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945,  during WWII and served aboard the U.S.S. Boxer, CV-21.  He was also a member of the American Legion Post #386 and was a member of The Grace Southern Baptist Church, Virden, IL.

Surviving Bobbie are sons, Kim E. (Lori) Pullen of Dupo, IL, Rob (Patti) Pullen of Springfield, IL; daughters, Paula Wight of Goose Creek, SC, Kathy (Dennis) Vala of Chatham, IL, and Susan Marie (David) Vickery of Jacksonville, FL; 9 grandchildren,  14 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Preceding Bobbie in death were his parents; wife, Dorothy V. Pullen, sister, Katherine Harkins and a brother, Billie Pullen.

Visitation will be from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Monday, May 6, 2019 at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Virden, IL.  Funeral service will start immediately following the visitation at 12:30 P.M. with the Rev. Tom Swegle officiating.  Pallbearers are: Kim Pullen, Rob Pullen, Dennis Vala, Alex Haney, Shane Ehorn and Kevin Ehorn.  Memorials may be made to:  JDRF. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. Monday May 6, 2019 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL.  To leave a comment for the family please visit: