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ROWDEN, Dewey  
Dewey Rowden SPRINGFIELD - Dewey Rowden, 64, died at 3:04 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Staab Funeral Home.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Jan. 25, 2015
ROWDEN, Dewey A. - Springfield  
Dewey A. Rowden SPRINGFIELD, IL - Dewey A. Rowden, 64, of Springfield, died at 3:04 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born Dec. 18, 1950, in Springfield, to James F. and Norma Jean Kelley Rowden, Sr. He married Doris Koesterer-Sharpe on Oct. 21, 2006, and she survives. Also surviving are three sons: Tanner (Brooke) Renfro and Steve Rowden, both of Pawnee, and Jason (Kristy) Sharpe of LeRoy; daughter, Heather (Ryan) Dunn of Springfield; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Veronica Lefferts of Wisconsin and Sandy (David) Watson of Edinburg; three brothers: James (Sandy) Rowden, Jr. of Mechanicsburg, Dale Rowden (companion, Patty Kirkman) of Edinburg, and Terry (Theresa) Rowden of Florida; one aunt; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Dewey retired from Springfield Mass Transit as a Supervisor for Access Springfield. He enjoyed music, movies, watching and attending Cardinal games. His greatest joy was spending time with his seven grandchildren. Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Staab Funeral Home. Funeral Service: 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Staab Funeral Home with Don Stephenson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: Special Olympics of Illinois. Share stories, pictures, Facebook and Twitter at: StaabFamily.com
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2015
RUOT, Kenneth John  
Kenneth J. "Beans" Ruot TOWER HILL, IL - Kenneth John "Beans" Ruot, 58, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at his home in Tower Hill. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Jan. 24, 2015
SAILSBURY, Verna Jean  
Verna Sailsbury LITCHFIELD, IL - Verna Jean Sailsbury, 91, passed away at 7:05 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Hillsboro Area Hospital in Hillsboro, Ill. Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Jan. 27, 2015
SAVAGE, Mary Ann - Springfield  
Mary Ann Savage SPRINGFIELD, IL - Mary Ann Savage, 77, of Springfield, died at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Memorial Medical Center. Mary was born March 30, 1937, in Alexander, the daughter of Carl and Mary Elizabeth Jarrett Gansbauer. She married Glenn Ward Savage in 1961. Mary was a graduate of New Berlin High School and retired from the State Police Academy in January 2005 after 20 years working there in administration. She was a member of the Red Hat Express of New Berlin and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attending their sporting events. She was preceded in death by her parents; twin sister, Mildred; sister, Carol; and six brothers: Bob, James, Francis, John, Danny and William. She is survived by three sons: Todd (wife, Lesley) Savage of Rochester, Troy (wife, Marcy) Savage of Springfield, and Travis (wife, Denise) Savage of Loami; seven grandchildren: Trevor, Vanessa, Maddie, Brandon, Cassie, Morgan, and Nick; one great-grandchild, Saya; four siblings: Pauline Gansbauer of Tinley Park, Margie (husband, Ken) Kesterson of Wheatland, Calif., Darlene (husband, Gene) Bergschneider of New Berlin and Caron (husband, Ken) Kerber of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service. Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 304 W. Birch St., New Berlin, with the Rev. Kevin Laughery celebrant. Burial will follow at Woodwreath Cemetery in Island Grove Township. Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2015
SAVAGE, Mary Ann  
Mary Ann Savage SPRINGFIELD, IL - Mary Ann Savage, 77, died at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Memorial Medical Center. Please see Thursday's paper for a full obituary. Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Jan. 28, 2015
SHARP, Linda Kay  
Linda Kay Sharp SHERMAN, IL - Linda Kay Sharp, 66, died at 12:08 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at St. John's Hospital. Please see Sunday's paper for complete obituary. Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Jan. 29, 2015
SHOCKLEY, Novella C. - New Berlin  
Novella C. Shockley AUBURN, IL - Novella C. Shockley, 85, of Auburn, passed away at 10:37 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Auburn Nursing & Rehab Center. Novella was born Oct. 4, 1929, in Logan, Ill., the daughter of Vice and Catherine Willet Frost. She married Lindell Shockley; he preceded her in death. Novella was employed for 35 years with the State of Illinois, Comptroller's Office and Secretary of State. She was also a representative for Avon. Novella was very outgoing, and a sweetheart with a stubborn side. She enjoyed crocheting, watching John Wayne movies, and doing crossword puzzles. She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, Carol Shockley; and son-in-law, Larry Gibbs. She is survived by her two sons, Mark "Randy" Shockley and Kelvin Shockley, both of Springfield; two daughters, Beverly Gibbs and Tamara Manier, both of Loami; one brother, James Frost of W. Frankfurt, Ill.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation: Family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at McCullough-Delaney & Butler Funeral Home, 714 E. Gibson St., New Berlin. Graveside Ceremony: 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Sulphur Springs Cemetery in Loami with Pastor Timothy Moats officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 2309 W. White Oaks Dr., Ste. E., Springfield, IL 62704. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2015
SHOWALTER, Fern  
Fern Showalter TAYLORVILLE, IL - Fern Showalter, 97, died at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Taylorville Care Center. McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Jan. 28, 2015
SHUTT, Harold Eugene - Springfield  
Harold Eugene "Gene" Shutt SPRINGFIELD - Harold Eugene "Gene" Shutt, 88, died at 6:50 a.m., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at St. John's Hospital. He was born April 10, 1926, in Bloomington to Andrew E. and Berzie E. Roberts Shutt. He married Jean L. Wiese on Nov. 23, 1946, and she preceded him in death on April 24, 2012. Survivors include four daughters: Marjorie (Wayne) Fox of Vonore, Tenn., Joyce Geary of Springfield, Lynn (Wendell) Webb of Springfield and Donna (Ed) Fike of Sturgeon, Mo.; four sons: Ken (Phyllis) Shutt of Rochester, Roger (Michelle) Shutt of Springfield, Bruce (Nancy) Shutt of Glenarm and Doug (Barb) Shutt of Glenarm; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren with two on the way; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters: Margaret (Geno) McClure-LaVorante of Ypsilanti, Mich., Mary Ann (Rev. Richard) McCloy of Lexington, S.C., and Martha (Merrill) Orns of El Paso, Ill.; four brothers: Robert Dyer of Foristelle, Mo., James (Shirley) Shutt of Las Vegas, Nev., Donald (Mary) Shutt of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and David (Nancy) Shutt of Bloomington, Ill.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ervin F. Shutt; son, Eldon E. Shutt; and granddaughter, Lindsay Shutt. Gene was an Army Air Corps Veteran serving during WWII. He graduated from the University of Illinois and was a resident of Springfield for 64 years. An engineer by trade, his life's work was for the Illinois Commerce Commission. Mr. Shutt was instrumental in bringing the Illinois Gas Safety Act, the Gas Pipe Line Safety Standards, the One Call utility notice system, "J.U.L.I.E.", and a standardized color marking system for underground utilities to fruition. He also served on national committees that established like laws and rules across the nation. He was Chairman of the Natural Gas Subcommittee of the National Association of Utilities Commissioners for more than 20 years and served as Chairman of numerous state committees on energy. He manned the State of Illinois' Hot Line for oil, gasoline, natural gas shortages during the energy crisis of 1968. He was also a Hearing Officer for the Commission for more than 30 years and conducted proceedings covering utility rate increases, certification of public utility facilities, and consumer complaints and much more. He developed several General Orders for the Commission's adoption establishing rules and regulations for the filing of rates, rate case submissions, standards of service and standards of consumer credit, among others. He enjoyed bowling and was a member of the State House Bowling team for 50 years. Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Little Flower Church, 800 Stevenson Dr., Springfield, IL. Lie-in-State: 9:30-10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Little Flower Church. Funeral Mass: 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Little Flower Church with the Rev. John Nolan officiating. Burial will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery where military honors will be conducted. Memorial contributions may be made to: Thayer Cemetery Association (family maintained historic cemetery) or Church of the Little Flower. Share stories, pictures, Facebook and Twitter at StaabFamily.com
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2015
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