Joseph Durbin

June 21st, 2017

Joseph “Joe” Durbin, 89, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Liberty Village – Manor Court in Princeton.

Born Feb. 29, 1928, in Tower Hill, Ill., to Theodore and Cloni (Bland) Durbin, he married Anna Marie Yepsen in Princeton. She preceded him in death.

He was a musician and played the guitar, entertaining people across the country. He was a member of the Musicians Union.

Surviving are one daughter, Terri (Stephen) Troxell of Buda; two sons, Joseph Durbin of Prairieville, La., and Shawn Durbin of Princeton; one brother, Noah Durbin of Nokomis; three sisters, Nora (Ed) Anderson of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Rosemary and Brenda, both of Taylorville; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two sons, Edward Durbin and Richard Walters; and 10 siblings.

Services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton with the Rev. Chad Delhotel officiating. The family asks that you please come dressed appropriatly and respectfully. Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Norberg Memorial Home in care of Joe Durbin.

James Swearingen

June 20th, 2017

James D. Swearingen, 83, of Bradford, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family members at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV on June 19th.
Jim died enjoying his favorite thing in life, spending time in Las Vegas with his son T.J.

He was born December 18, 1933 to Mable & Pearl Swearingen in Bradford, IL.

He married Grace Schindler October 24, 1954.

He is survived by his wife Grace, sister Winnie, daughters Kimberly Rusesky of Gurnee, IL, Sally (Tamico) Johnson of Peoria, IL, and son T.J. (Clara) Swearingen of Plano, IL. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, Tresa, Brooke, Jessica, Thomas, Christopher, J.R., Cooper, and Kiara. In addition, he leaves behind 11 great-grandchildren.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Lil and Gertie, and daughter Michelle.

Jim was a co-owner and operator at Sheffield Order Buyers for over 30 years & drove and owned a school bus for Bradford School District for over 40 years. He was a member of the Bradford Rescue Squad, Village Board, Park District, and Leet Memorial Methodist Church.

One of his many favorite past times was watching his grandchildren participating in various sport activities. Actually sports played a big part in his life as he was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks. When he wasn’t watching sports, he loved tormenting and teasing his children and grandchildren, or anyone else he felted needed his special form of entertainment. Everyone who received this unique attention always walked away with a smile and a chuckle. This charm was even extended to the doctors and nurses from UMC, who took excellent care of him in his final days. Even then he was endearing himself to them. Besides being known as Jim, dad, grandpa, Papa Jim, and Uncle Fat Rat, he had several other monikers including, Skunkie, POJ, and last but not least Sweet Jimmy.

No matter what he was called he will be missed by all.

Visitation will be held 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday, June 24, 2017, Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, 217 E Main Street Bradford, IL 61421

Funeral Services will be held Sunday, June, 25, 2017 at 1:30 PM at Leet Memorial Methodist Church, 118 E. Main Street Bradford, IL 61421, with Rev. Jan Ringenberg officiating. Burial will be in Osceola Grove Cemetery, Rural Bradford, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to Bradford Rescue Squad, Bradford Leet Memorial Methodist Church or the charity of your choice

Lowell Drayton

June 17th, 2017

Lowell Thomas Drayton, age 86 of Walnut, died Thursday, June 15, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Lowell was born on April 15, 1931 in Thomas, IL, the son of Asa T. and Marian (Brunner) Drayton. He is a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. Lowell married Marilyn Brandau on July 1, 1951 at the First Lutheran Church of Ohio. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire for 32 years until retirement. Lowell was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Ohio.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his daughter, Janet (Lee) Mathis of Simpsonville, SC; his two sons, Lowell Thomas “Tom” (Nancy) Drayton, Jr. of Le Claire, IA and Robert (Jennifer) Drayton of Cottage Grove, MN; two brothers, Marlow (Wanda) Drayton of Walnut and Gordon Drayton of Elko, NV; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Roland and Kennard Drayton.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Memorial service will be Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Lutheran Church of Ohio with Rev. Gene Vincent, officiating. Burial to follow at Fairfield-Greenville Cemetery in New Bedford, IL.

For online condolences, please visit: Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church in Ohio.

Sue Peterson

June 17th, 2017

Sue J. Peterson, 85 of Walnut died Thursday June 14, 2017 at Heritage Health in Walnut.
She was born on May 26, 1932 in Walnut, the daughter of Burke and Edna (McDermand) Livey. She married Billie E. Peterson on May 3, 1953 in Walnut. He died March 7, 2013. Sue and her late husband, Billie owned the former Peterson Jewelry Store in Walnut. She was a very welcoming and giving person. She enjoyed baking and sharing her many goods with friends, neighbors and her community for many years. She had attended the Walnut United Methodist Church.
Survivors include four daughters: Bee-Ja (Joe) Thompson of Walnut, Tami (Harold) Huseman of Walnut, Cari (John) Durham of Mayfield, KY and Jenny (Steve) Koser of Walnut; two sons: Corey (Valerie) Peterson of Walnut and Chad Peterson of Walnut; her sister, Ramona (Chuck) Hewitt of Land O’ Lakes, FL; her brother, William Livey (Marjorie Albrecht) of Princeton; 18 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Shane Thompson and a great grandson Noah Lind.
Visitation will be held on Monday June 19, 2017 from 9:30 – 11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow at 11 AM with the Reverend Eldon Cook officiaying. Burial will conclude at the Walnut Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Walnut Park District: construction of the Walk/Bike Path or the construction of the ROCK.

Christie Hanson

June 14th, 2017

Christie J. Hanson, 67, of Bureau, IL passed away on June 11, 2017 at Generations Nursing Home in Rock Island, IL.

Christie was born in Princeton, IL to Gail M. and Doris J. (Hubbartt) Castner on August 10, 1949. She was a 1968 Princeton graduate. She married Thomas B. Hanson in Princeton on September 25, 1973. She worked at the Ranch House before becoming a homemaker. She enjoyed camping and fishing with family and friends. Christie was an avid Chicago Bears fan and enjoyed collecting eagle figurines. She was an Auxiliary member of the Amvets Post 26.

She is survived by her husband, Tom of Bureau; one son, Jeremiah (Krista) Hanson of Princeton; one daughter, Jodi (Michael) Williams of Chandler, Az.; one sister, Mary (David) Webster of Princeton; and five grandchildren; Meaghan Noll, Eli Patnoe, Leah Hanson, Trinity Hanson, and Alex Ford.

Christie was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Judith Rieker and Tamara Castner.

The family will receive friends on Monday June 19, 2017 from 11am until 1pm at Norberg Memorial Home.

Funeral Services will take place after the visitation at 1pm with Pastor Ray Lail officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

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