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Harrison, Robert Lee "Bob" - Vandalia  
Robert Lee "Bob" Harrison, 86, of Vandalia, passed away at 12:05 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia. A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Crown Point Church in rural Vandalia, with the Rev. Pete LeDuc officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in VanBurensburg, with military rites accorded by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia. Visitation will be held from noon until time of services on Wednesday at the church. Memorials: Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia. Blurton Funeral Home in Hoopeston was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences, photos or memories may be shared at www.blurtonfuneralhomes.com. Mr. Harris was born on Sept. 22, 1928, in Shafter Township, the son of Roy Ernest and Nellie Mabel Hittle Harrison. He married Bonnie M. Smith on July 1, 1950, in Vandalia. He then married Laverne Keppler on Dec. 24, 1980, in Vandalia. They both survive. Robert served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946-48, where he was an airplane mechanic in the Philippines. After the death of his mother, he left the Air Force to come back and help raise his younger siblings. Robert owned and operated Bob's Body Shop in Vandalia for 26 years. In 1975, he began working as a correctional officer at the Vandalia Correctional Center, from which he retired in 1991. After retiring, Bob and Laverne spent their summers in Southern Illinois for eight years, doing creole surveys on the area lakes there. He was a member of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95. Bob loved to spend his time outdoors fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting, camping, gardening or tinkering in his garage. He also enjoyed going dancing around the Vandalia area. Bob never met a stranger; any place he would go he would make a new friend. He loved to share his words of wisdom with you. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with all of his family and friends. Nothing made him happier than putting on a big fish fry at his house or campground for everyone to come, or just giving someone vegetables out of his garden. Bob touched a lot of people throughout his life, and he was so proud of all of his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him. He is survived by a daughter, Sherry (Gary) Blurton of Danville; son, Jerry Harrison of West Hollywood, Calif.; grandson, Matt (Jennifer) Blurton; great-grandchildren, Marcus, Makayla and Madilyn Blurton; brothers, Kenny Harrison of Vandalia, Richard (Jan) Harrison of Rapid City, S.D., Alan (Loretta) Harrison of Vandalia, and Keith (Judy) Bess of Decatur; sisters, Shirley Williams of Vandalia, Joan (Wayne) Connor of St. Elmo, and Brenda Adamson of Mattoon; sister-in-law, Doris Harrison of Vandalia; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry Harrison; brother-in-law, John Williams; and sister-in-law, Betty Harrison.
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Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 17 to Aug. 26, 2015
Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 19 to Aug. 26, 2015
Haslett, Louis K. - Brownstown  
Louis K. Haslett, 94, of Brownstown, died at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at Aperion Care in St. Elmo. Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at First Christian Church in Brownstown, with Kevin Bonifacius and Shawn Case officiating. Burial will be in Griffith Cemetery in rural Brownstown. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church. Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home in Brownstown was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Brownstown Christian Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com. Mr. Haslett was born on Thursday, June 2, 1921, the son of George W. and Iva M. Aldridge Haslett. He married Ulavon Fern "Bonnie" Walker on Friday, Sept. 21, 1945. Survivors include his wife; sons, Larry Haslett and his wife Libby of Columbus, Ga., and Brad Haslett and his wife Fan of Collierville, Tenn.; and daughter, Charlene and her husband Steve Case of Moweaqua.
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Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 21 to Sept. 2, 2015
Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 26 to Sept. 2, 2015
Hickam, James Arthur - Mulberry Grove  
James Arthur Hickam, 67, of Mulberry Grove, died on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Mulberry Grove. Services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville, with the Rev. Greg Pratt officiating. Burial was in Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials: The family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.herrfuneralhome.com. Mr. Hickam was born on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1948, in Collinsville, the son of Ernest and Marie Potter Hickam. Survivors include a son, James Hickam and his wife Mandi of Pocahontas; daughters, Shelly Hickam of Anderson, Ind., and Sheila and her husband Billy Pickens of Pocahontas; and fiancée, Baerbal Long of Mulberry Grove.
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Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2, 2015
Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 26 to Sept. 2, 2015
Hovious, William Earl - Brownstown  
William Earl Hovious, 93, of Brownstown, died at 6:51 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at his home. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at First Christian Church in Brownstown, with the Rev. Kevin Bonifacius officiating. Burial will be in Griffith Cemetery in rural Brownstown, with military rites accorded by VFW Post 9770 of Brownstown. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the church. Memorials: First Christian Church Building Fund. Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home in Brownstown was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com. Mr. Hovious was born on Friday, March 3, 1922, in Baker Township, Paragon, Ind., the son of William and Blanche Moore Hovious. He married Deanna Kimberlin on Saturday, July 24, 1971, at First Christian Church in Brownstown. Survivors include his wife; sons, Jim Hovious and his wife Connie of Greenwood, Ind., and Gene Hovious and his wife Carolyn of Martinsville, Ind; and daughter Michele and her husband Jeff Allen of Paris, Ill.
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Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 18 to Aug. 26, 2015
Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 19 to Aug. 26, 2015
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