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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Raging Eyes Rock Video Circa 1983

I'm not much of a moviegoer, though I do enjoy the occasional Matt Helm movie, and of course music videos. This is Nick Lowe doing "Raging Eyes", sort of the arch-video of 1983, so un-creative that is sort of mocks the very process while doing exactly what it is mocking...while of course the white whale in the room is that the song is a timeless rocker regardless of the dated visual.

Check out the English Dentistry on Nick Lowe and (pretty much) his Cowboy Outfit Band. That's Martin Belmont (from Graham Parker's Rumour) on guitar and Paul Carrack (Tempted singer from Squeeze) on keyboard.

Sunday, October 16, 2011 Mourns the Passing of James Wickenhouser

James L. Wickenhauser, 75, of Heyworth passed away at 1:28 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 13, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth. The Rev. Kurt Flora will officiate. Burial will be in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heyworth Ambulance Service or the Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth.

Mr. Wickenhauser was born Dec. 9, 1935, in Wapella to Louis O. and Pearl Aileen Green Wickenhauser. He married Thelma J. Ringo on July 31, 1960, in Heyworth. She passed away Aug. 18, 2011.

Surviving are two sons, James Brett (Marcia) Wickenhauser of The Colony, Texas, and Troy James (Kelley) Wickenhauser of Downs; three daughters, Wendy Lee (Frank) Bartels of Heyworth, Terri (Howard) Springer of Bloomington, and Tammy J. (Dave) Stephens of Heyworth; 10 grandchildren, Craig (Lisa) Bartels of Downs, James (Krista) Bartels of Heyworth, Shane Cole of Texas, Mollie Springer of Bloomington, Tanner (Kate) Springer of Downs, Taylor Springer of Bloomington, Cody and Cami Wickenhauser of Downs, and Scott and Bryce Stephens of Heyworth; four great-grandchildren, Colton and Kelsey Bartels of Downs, Lucas Bartels of Heyworth, and Deacon Springer of Downs; two brothers, Don (Jackie) Wickenhauser of El Paso and Larry (Nancy) Wickenhauser of Heyworth; and one sister, Doris (Ken) Stalter of Clinton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dick and Mike Wickenhauser.

Jim was a 1953 graduate of Wapella High School. Jim was a U.S. Army veteran and served from 1959 to 1961. He was a residential contractor and built homes for 51 years in McLean County. He was a member of the Heyworth Christian Church and was a past president of the Heyworth Summer League for many years. In his retirement he enjoyed playing golf at the golf course in Atlanta.

Jim was a social, outgoing person who always had a joke to share. His family and friends were blessed to have known and loved him. He had many health issues with his heart, but it was made of gold. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Because family was so important to him, it is fitting that his grandsons will carry him to his final resting place.

All flags 1/2 mast please for US Army Veteran, Jim Wickenhouser.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Porter and Dolly Say Happy Friday, but Come Home on Time!

Nothing says Friday like Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, and here Dolly tells it like it is to her duet-husband Porter, demanding that he cut his taverning short and "Better Move It On Home".

As Dolly says

I've been here cooking you a nice hot supper
and you can't even eat it on time
heating up the meat loaf and stiring up the gravy
is kind a messing up my mind
You better move it on home boy, you better move it on home.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Mourns the Passing of Cecilia Ellen Burns Dolanc

Cecelia Ellen Dolanc, 89, Normal, died at 8:55 p.m. Monday (Oct. 3, 2011) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Normal.

Her funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, and at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bloomington, with Monsignor Douglas Hennessy officiating. Entombment will be in East Lawn Mausoleum, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church; St. Vincent de Paul Society; or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Chicago, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.

Ellen was born Aug. 17, 1922, in Clinton, the daughter of Dennis and Cecelia Reynolds Burns. She married John (Jack) J. Dolanc on April 14, 1956, in Bloomington. He died Oct. 22, 1992.

She is survived by four sisters, Betty Maxwell, Heyworth; Patricia Powers, Wapella; Dolores Burns, Bloomington; and Helen (Bob) Haas, Clinton; one brother, William Burns, Bloomington; three sisters-in-law, Mildred Burns and Alma Burns, both of Clinton; and Frances Burns, LeRoy; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers (Lawrence, James and Francis) and one sister (Mary Medler).

Ellen graduated from Wapella High School in 1940. She worked for State Farm Insurance Cos. for 40 years, retiring July 1, 1983. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society of the church, Young at Heart Club and St. Vincent de Paul Society. She volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.

Ellen is warmly remembered in Wapella a great friend, neighbor and cousin to many in town. Our condolences to the Burns and Dolenc family (and yes, that is condolences to the Dolences)

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