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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wapella.com Mourns the Passing of Coryla Riddle

Coryla L. Riddle, 78, Normal, died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 20, 2013) at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
Her funeral was Monday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. The Rev. Jim Probst officiated. Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation was Monday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials may be made to Lexington Public Library.
She was born in Wapella on April 16, 1935, daughter of Albert Morris and Agnes Bray. She married Donald G. Riddle on Aug. 21, 1955, in Wapella.
Survivors include her husband, Donald G. Riddle, Normal; children, Jeffrey Riddle, Downs; Eric Riddle, Downs; and Julie (the late David) Freed, Towanda; six grandchildren, Deandra Riddle, Heyworth; Craig (Sarah) Riddle, Heyworth; Benjamin Freed, Towanda; Dylan Freed, Towanda; Sara Freed, Towanda; and Skip Riddle, Downs; two great-granddaughters, Ava and Alia Riddle, Heyworth; and sister-in-law, Donna Morris, Wapella.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Wayne and Loren; and sister, Darlene Harpenau.
She was affiliated with Eastview Christian Church.
Coryla worked at the Lexington Public Library. She enjoyed her family and was a loving grandmother who enjoyed spending time with them.
A fine lady, Coryla will be missed by her family and friends in Wapella and elsewhere.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Wapella Man Attends Halloween Party

Here's Wapella's own Bill Williams in Oktoberfest/Halloween Garb.  Looking good on a cool October evening!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Son of Parkyakarkus

This is a brilliant bit by Albert Brooks, the son of Harry "Parkyakarkus" Einstein, seems appropriate for a yearly posting at Wapella.com 

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wapella.com Mourns the Passing of Bill Leggett



Dale W. “Bill” Leggett, 86, Clinton, died at 8:05 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 22, 2012) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Maroa Christian Church, Maroa. J. Kent Hickerson and Jeff Brunsman will officiate. Interment will be at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, with military honors. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Maroa Christian Church, Maroa. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with arrangements. Memorials may be sent to Maroa Christian Church.

 He was born on Oct. 29, 1925, in Wapella, son of Glenn Leggett and Fern Shannon Leggett. He married Cleo Ruth Perry on Oct. 18, 1947, at Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife, Cleo R. Leggett, Clinton; his children, Trudy Fern (Larry) Hinkle, Danville; Verneil Dale (Lori) Leggett, Maroa; Darren Kent (Belinda) Leggett, Clinton; eight grandchildren and brother, Norman Eugene (Ruth) Leggett, Plainfield. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. He was a member of the Maroa Christian Church for 53 years.

He was in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion 103, Clinton, DeWitt County Farm Bureau and the Weldon Springs Foundation. He farmed for 46 years.  He was a fine neighbor, friend and cousin to many people in the Village of Wapella.

All flags 1/2 Mast please for US Army Veteran, Bill Leggett.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wapella.com Mourns the Passing of John Holland

John W. Holland, 79, of Clinton died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 22, 2012) at his family residence in Clinton.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with military honors. J. Kent Hickerson will officiate. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be sent to Carle Hospice or the American Cancer Society. 

He was born Oct. 24, 1932, in Wapella, the son of Paul P. and Martha Jane Collins Holland. He married Mary M. Morris on April 26, 1977, in Clinton. She survives in Clinton. Also surviving are his children, David Holland, Wapella; Elizabeth (Rick) Lord, Clinton; and Cheryl (Larry) Rich, Weldon; stepchildren, Patty (Dennis) Rich, McLean; Ricky Ritter, Wapella; Rusty Ritter, Clinton; and Roger (Charlotte) Ritter, Clinton; siblings, Ronald (Joyce) Holland, Maroa; Betty (Bill) Ellis, Clinton; Kathy (Vernon) Meadows, Wapella; Bev (Charlie) Kraft, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Ralph Holland, Heyworth; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one grandson. 

He served in the U.S. Army. He owned and operated Holland Brothers Plumbing, Wapella, for many years. He had his pilot license and enjoyed flying. He also enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting. John Holland was a great businessman, neighbor and friend.  He will be sadly missed by the Village of Wapella.

All flags 1/2 mast please for US Army Veteran, John Holland.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Wapella.com Mourns the Passing of Calvin Karr

Calvin B. Karr, 84, Clinton, died at 9:27 a.m. Saturday (June 16, 2012) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church, Clinton. J. Kent Hickerson will officiate. Interment will be at Long Point Cemetery, Wapella, with Military Honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, Clinton.




He was born Dec. 8, 1927, in Wapella, son of Frank Karr and Dottie Rose Muirhead Karr. He married Donelda “Donnie” Haycraft on Oct. 20, 1951, in Wapella. He is survived by his wife, Donelda “Donnie” Karr, Clinton; daughters, Tami (Bob) Ballenger, Clinton; Darla (David) Nelson, Clinton; and Shelly (Brad) Kemp, Bloomington; eight grandchildren, Destini (Jeremy) Benesh, Oregon; Staci Ballenger, Clinton; Kortni Sisco, Tampa, Fla.; Darah Nelson, Chatham; Kyle Sisco, a Marine currently serving in Afghanistan; Chad Ballenger, Clinton; Sarah Kemp, Bloomington; and Katie Kemp, Bloomington; four great-grandchildren, Mackena Spurling, Jacob Hubble, Nelson and Carson Benesh; brother, Tom Karr, Concord, N.C.; and sister, Nola Karr, Clinton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers, one sister and one son-in-law. He was a member of First Christian Church, Clinton.

He is an Army veteran and was stationed in Colorado. Calvin was the 11th of 12 children. He graduated from Wapella High School in 1945. He farmed for a number of years before becoming employed by Caterpillar where he retired after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the American Legion.

Half mast flag for Calvin Carr, US Army.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Wapella.com Mourns the Passing of Dolores Burns

Dolores Marilyn Burns, 77, Bloomington, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday (July 6, 2012) at Heartland Healthcare, Normal. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington, with Monsignor Douglas Hennessy officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Church or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60707. Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

 Dolores was born on Dec. 13, 1934, in Barnett Township in DeWitt County, the daughter of Dennis and Mary Krueger Burns. Surviving are three sisters, Betty Maxwell, Heyworth; Patricia Powers, Wapella; and Helen (Bob) Haas, Clinton; a brother, William Burns, Bloomington; and three sisters-in-law, Mildred Burns and Alma Burns, both of Clinton; and Frances Burns, LeRoy; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Dolores was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Church and its choir. A special thanks is extended to Dolores’ sister and brother-in-law, Bob and Helen Haas, for their care and concern as well as to some special friends, Donna Nottoli, Pam Hawkins, Linda Dutton and Jack Limes. The family also wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of both OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and Heartland Healthcare. 

Dolores Burns is remembered as cheerful and pleasant neighbor, friend, and relative to many in the Wapella community.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wapella.com Mourns the Passing of Tom Lamkin


Thomas Michael Lamkin, 78, Clinton, IL, passed away at 11 PM Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, IL.  Funeral Services will be 11 AM Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Presbyterian Church, Clinton, IL with the Revs. Samantha and Benjamin Keller and J. Kent Hickerson officiating.  Burial will be at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors.  Visitation will be Friday evening from 4-7 PM at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.  Memorials may be made to Angel Tree, Presbyterian Church Youth Group or  First Christian Church Food Bank.
Tom was born on Jan. 25, 1934 in Watson, IL, the son of Raymond and Myrtle (Sprinkle) Lamkin.  He married Nancy West on Sept. 19, 1975.
Tom is survived by his wife, Nancy Lamkin; 7 children: Dan (Rhonda) Matthews, Tracy (Chris) Ryan, Sarah (Jay) Peterson, Julie Lamkin, Tom (Diane) Lamkin, Jr., Kathleen (Don) Penn, and Maria Dolbeare; 1 sister: Rita Lockard, 12 grandchildren: Meghan, Connor, Joey, Dexter, Dustin, Alyssa, Drew, Colin, Austin, Colby, Andrew and Matthew and 6 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother: Raymond Lamkin.
Tom was a graduate of Effingham High School and University of Illinois Law School.  He was an attorney for 51 years.  He also was a former DeWitt County the States Attorney.
He served in the US Army during the Korean War.
Tom enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and gardening.   Mostly importantly, he loved his family and will deeply be missed.  Tom was a great friend and advocate for many in Wapella.  Our condolences to the Lamkin family.  All Flags 1/2 Mast for US Army Veteran Tom Lamkin.