Obituary – Anton “Tony” Votava

December 14th, 2017

Anton G. “Tony” Votava, 83, of Princeton, Illinois formerly of Bradford, Illinois died Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at OSF Hospital in Peoria, Illinois.
He was born September 21, 1934 in Castle Rock, South Dakota the son of Frank and Anna (Kimlicka) Votava.

Tony graduated from Bradford High School with the Class of 1952. He attended IL Central College in Peoria, Illinois. He farmed in the Bradford area all of his life.

He was a member of the NRA and a jack of all trades and seller of all. Tony was a gun collector, lover of the land, great storyteller and a real business man.

He is survived by two sons: Michael Votava of Anchorage, Alaska and Frank Votava of Normal, Illinois; one daughter, Anna (Jason) Wilcox of Peoria, Illinois; two grandsons: Jonathan and Samuel and one sister, Mary Benka of LaGrange, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Votava.

A funeral service will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday, December 18, 2017 at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford with Father Daniel Gifford, Officiating. Burial will take place in Osceola Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service Monday, December 18, 2017 at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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Obituary – Charlotte Rose Davidson

December 13th, 2017

Charlotte Rose Davidson

Age: 5 months

City: of Oregon, Illinois formerly of Princeton, Illinois

Date of Death: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Place of Death: at KSB Hospital in Dixon.


Services: A memorial service will be held 2:00p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the New Hope Church of the Nazarene, Princeton

Officiant: Pastor Laura Root-Tanner

Burial of cremated remains: Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton

Date/ Place of Birth: June 25, 2017 at KSB Hospital in Dixon the daughter of Dylan Davidson and Destiny (Zach Jensen) Evans.

Survivors: her parents, 1 brother, Brayden Jensen, her maternal grandparents, Gary Evans and Kimberly (Matt) Claxton, paternal grandparents, Fred and Tera Davidson, great-grandparents and the family of Zachary Jensen.

Preceded in death:

Memberships/Hobbies: Charlie was always happy and loved everyone she met.

Memorials: March of Dimes or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Obituary – Martha Nadine Taylor

December 12th, 2017

Martha Nadine Taylor, 96, of Princeton passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at Cabin Livin in Hennepin.

Born Nov. 9, 1921, in Cantrell to Harry and Florence (Onstatt) Clark, she married Bernard Taylor March 1, 1947.

She was employed by Vassarette, Jostens, Perry Memorial Hospital, Voyager Inn, Ricey’s Restaurant and Garden Room. When she was young, she worked in the shipyards, and was a homemaker, gardener and farmer.
She enjoyed family time, gardening and farming. In general, her children said she was the hardest worker they had ever known.

Surviving are one daughter, Dorothy (Tim) Williams; two sons, Stanley (Deb) Taylor and Ralph (Larissa) Taylor; five grandchildren, Taylor (Jake) Williams-Holland, Rachel Taylor, Joe (Eilidh) Taylor, Stanley Taylor Jr. and Jeff (April) Taylor; six great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Betty Clark; two great grand puppies and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Taylor, in August 1991; her parents, Harry and Florence Clark; and brothers and sisters.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton with the Rev. Richard Hildebrand officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Saturday in the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be John Dixon, Mark Dixon, Al Taylor, Tim Taylor, Tony Taylor and James Taylor.

Memorials may be directed to Cabin Livin in Hennepin.
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Obituary – Ronald Beaber

December 10th, 2017


Ronald D. Beaber, age 67, of Wyanet died on Thursday.

He was born June 2, 1949 in Princeton, the son of Roger Beaber and Beverly Grant.

Survivors include his mother, Beverly in Wyanet,; 2 children: Samantha Jackson and Matthew Beaber and their children; 1 sister: Kathie Anderson of Henry; 3 cousins and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his father, his Stepfather, Steve Grant, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

He graduated from Wyanet High School with the Class of 1967 and attended the Institute of Drafting and Technology.

He worked as a contractor building houses and later managed a door factory in St. George, Utah. He was Exalted Ruler of the Elks 3 times in St. George, Utah, and was an Eagle Scout and a boy scout leader.

Cremation Rites will be accorded by Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton.
Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary – Arvilla “Tillie” Kuhn

December 10th, 2017

Arvilla J. “Tillie” Kuhn, 89, of Princeton passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Manor Court in Princeton.

She was born Oct. 25 1928, in Princeton to Alfred J. and Mabel (Thulean) Pierson. She married Charles F. “Buck” Kuhn Dec. 1, 1948, in Princeton.

She graduated from Princeton High School. She worked at Champion and Bureau Services and at Flowers by Julia.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, where she served as past president. She was very active at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are three sons, Michael Kuhn and Timothy (Sandra) Kuhn, both of Princeton, and Jeffrey (Linda) Kuhn of Morris; one daughter, Gerri (Mark) Frank of Princeton; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Matthew, Derek, Cory, Tara, Danielle and Jaime; and one great-grandchild, Lane.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, nine sisters and two brothers.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton with the Rev. William Shields and Rev. Laura Evans Mahn officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Princeton.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Liberty Village or VITAS Hospice.

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