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Sunday, July 29, 2012 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 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.

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