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D4 obituaries/life
Friday, February 7, 2014 Decatur,
Friday, February
Illinois 7, 2014
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‌SULLIVAN – Patsy Irene
Janke 70, of Sullivan, IL, formerly of Shelbyville, IL, passed
away at 4:20 PM Wednesday
Feb. 5, 2014 with family at her
bedside in Sarah Bush Lincoln
Health Care
Center in Coles
County, IL.
Patsy was
born June 15,
1943 in Shelby
County, IL the
daughter of
Leland Addison
and Mildred L.
(Gaddis) Green.
She married Lehman Davis in
1961 and he passed away in1974.
She married Ora Janke in 1991
and he passed away in 2010.
Patsy was a graduate of Findlay High School in the Class of
1961, and attended Sparks Business College in Shelbyville.
Patsy was employed for many
years at Shelby County Community Services in Shelbyville.
Surviving are children:
Richard W. (Jeri) Davis of Sullivan, IL, R. Dale (Lora) Davis
of Sullivan, IL and Ronald L.
(Brandy) Davis of Shelbyville;
nine grandchildren; four great
grandchildren; brothers Richard
C. (Vicki) Green of Herrick, IL
and Larry W. Green of Herrick, IL.
She was preceded in death by
her parents, husbands Lehman
Davis and Ora Janke, sister-inlaw Dotti Green and aunts: Evelyn Rauch and Ruth Cochran.
Funeral services will be held
at 2:00 PM Sunday Feb. 9,
2014 in Lockart-Green Funeral
Home in Shelbyville. Rev. Kevin
Ray will officiate. Visitation
will be from 12:00 noon until
service time on Sunday in
the funeral home. The family
requests casual attire. Burial
will be in Glenwood Cemetery,
Shelbyville. Memorials may
be made in Patsy’s memory
to the activity fund of Shelby
County Services.
On line condolences:
Obituary written by family members.
‌ IGEL – Mary Kathryn
Jansen, 81, Sigel, died Tuesday
(Feb. 4, 2014).
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
Effingham. Visitation: 4 to
7 p.m. Friday at the church,
with 7 p.m. parish wake service.
Burial: St. Anthony Cemetery,
Effingham. Arrangements by:
Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham.
Memorials: St. Anthony Schools,
St. Michael’s School or St.
Anthony Hospital. Send condolences:
Kuhring, 76, of Greenup, formerly of Chatsworth, died
Wednesday (Feb. 5, 2014). Services: 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Adams
Funeral Chapel,
Visitation: one
hour before services. Interment:
Saturday, Brenton Township
Cemetery, Piper City, with military rites.
‌BUTLER – Ralph E. Niehaus,
84, Butler, Army veteran and
retired Graham Correctional
Center employee, died Friday
(Jan. 31, 2014).
services: noon
Monday, Wares
Grove Lutheran
Church, with military rites.
Visitation: two hours before
services in the church. Send
condolences: basspattondeanfh.
‌ OKOMIS – Charles SchuerN
man, 29, Brush, Colo., formerly
of Nokomis, died Monday (Feb.
3, 2014).
2 p.m., Sunday,
Funeral Home,
Nokomis. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday.
Burial: Nokomis Cemetery.
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‌ ATTOON—Nancy Lee WalM
trip, 79, Mattoon, died Wednesday (Feb. 5, 2014).
Services: 1 p.m., Saturday,
Schilling Funeral Home, Mattoon. Burial: Dodge Grove
Cemetery, Mattoon. Memorials:
Alzheimer’s Association.
‌EDINBURG — Louis W.
Swinger, 93, of Edinburg died
5:23 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 5,
2014) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Edinburg
United Methodist Church with
the Rev. Ray
Radae officiating. Visitation
will be from 4
to 7 p.m. Saturday in Sutton
memorial Home,
Taylorville, and
one hour before
services in the
church. Burial
will be in Morrisonville Cemetery. Memorials
are made to the Edinburg United
Methodist Church. Send condolences to
Mr. Swinger was born Sept.
4, 1920, in Jacksonville, the son
of Alfred G. and Anges (Vasey)
Swinger. He was a retired
farmer. He attended Millikin
University in accounting before
entering the Army Air Forces
during World War II. Capt.
Swinger served as a B-17 bombardier in missions over Europe.
He set a record for completing
50 missions in three months.
Following his service, he married Mary Ola Gresham of
Atwater, Calif., Aug. 23, 1944.
In 1945, he returned to Central
Illinois to farm with his father
in Morrisonville, then moved to
Edinburg to work the farm that
continues to be operated by the
family. For many years, he was
a district manager for the Bear
Hybrid Seed Corn Co. He was a
lifelong member of the Christian County Farm Bureau and a
member of the Illinois Farmers
Union. He also served on the
board of the Mechanicsburg
Farmers Co-Op.
During his life in Edinburg,
Mr. Swinger was an active participant in the Edinburg Methodist Church, sporting activities,
Masonic Lodge, volunteer fire
department and the Lions Club.
Over the years, Louis’ home
has been the center of family
gatherings and celebrations. He
cherished the opportunity to
spend time with friends, family
and loved ones.
He is survived by his children,
Gary Swinger of Pleasant View,
Tenn., Marsh Curry and husband David of Marissa; Maria
Dewhirst and husband Jerry
of Mahomet, Robert Swinger
and wife Deborah of Edinburg
and Maureen Koppelman and
husband Jeffery of Columbia,
Mo., 16 grandchildren, 30 greatgrandchildren and several nieces
and nephews.
He was preceded in death by
his parents; loving wife, Ola
Swinger, in 1996; granddaughter
Anna Dewhirst; brothers, Jack
Swinger and George Swinger.
‌LOVINGTON — Troy Derrell
Smith, 70, of Lovington passed
away 11:34 p.m. Wednesday,
February 5, 2014 at St. Mary’s
Hospital, Decatur, surrounded
by his family.
Funeral services will be
held 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 8, 2014 at
Funeral Home,
Visitation will
be held one
hour before
the services
at McMullin-Young Funeral
Home, Lovington. Burial will be
in Keller Cemetery, Lovington.
Memorials may be made to the
Disabled American Veterans.
Troy was born June 23, 1943
in Decatur, the son of Troy
and Rutha Mae (Anderson)
Smith. He married Barbara Sue
Colclasure on March 1, 1963 in
Sullivan. He was retired from
the Traxler Trucking Company, LaPlace.
He is survived by his wife,
Barbara Sue Smith; daughters, Laura (Robert) Scott of
Sullivan, Kim (Tom) Fleming
of Lovington; brother, Mike
(Melody) Smith of Bethany;
sisters, Judy (Ronnie) Pritts of
Bethany, Susan (Joe) Marshall
of Mt. Zion; grandchildren,
Johnathan Scott, Emily Scott
and Colin Franklin.
He is preceded in death by
his parents, and one grandson,
Austin Reid Franklin.
The family wishes to thank
the St. Mary’s Hospital staff on
the 4th floor and ICU for their
care and compassion.
Condolences may be offered
to the family at
Obituary written by family members.
Decatur, Illinois
Whirlwind romance deflates
over attitudes about race
‌Dear Abby: I have been dating
someone for about six months.
We fell in love very quickly
and spend almost every second together.
Our relationship has hit a
rough patch ever since he found
out that I have dated AfricanAmerican men. He can’t seem to
get over it, but he keeps saying
he wants to try to make it work.
He says cruel things sometimes
when he gets mad, and it seems
to be on his mind constantly. I
don’t know what to do or how
to make this better. We fell in
love, but it seems to be spoiled
because of my past.
This isn’t a big deal to me.
I have always dated people I
thought were good people. He
seems to view it as disgusting.
I thought he was my soul mate
because we connected so well
on everything else, but I’m
afraid he will never get past
this issue and I may be wasting
my time. What should I do?
- Rocky Road in the South
Dear Rocky Road: Give him a
hug and let him go. You are the
sum total of your experiences
and your upbringing, and the
same is true of your boyfriend.
He comes from a background
of racial prejudice. When a
person is raised that way, the
mindset can be very difficult
to change.
As much as you might want
to, you can’t fix this man; only
he can do that. And from your
description of him, I don’t
think he’s capable of that kind
of growth.
Traveling woes‌
Dear Abby: I’m writing to you
in the hope that you will share
something with your readers.
When I travel, I stay in hotels
and it never ceases to amaze
me how inconsiderate my fellow travelers can be. Late at
night, the drunken party animals carry on, often until the
sun rises. Then families with
small children invade the halls,
and the kids race up and down
the halls screaming.
Behind every one of those
closed hallway doors there
may be a person who is trying
to sleep. Fellow travelers,
please be considerate! Walk
softly and talk quietly in
the halls.
And parents, please teach
your children manners. This
includes not playing noisily where people are trying
to sleep.
- Sleepless Near Seattle
Dear Sleepless: I have experienced the same difficulties that
you have while traveling. Here’s
how I deal with it: I pick up the
phone and notify the front desk
or security if there are rowdy
drunks keeping me awake after
10 p.m.—and the same goes for
neighbors who have the volume
on their television sets turned
up so high I can’t sleep. If the
problem persists, I ask to be
moved to a quieter room.
As for the screaming children chasing each other in the
hallways—I have been known
to poke my sleepy head out the
door and ask them to please
quiet down. Maybe I have
just been lucky, but they usually do.
Widower woes‌
Dear Abby: I was married to
my high school sweetheart,
“Linda,” for 37 years. I am a
widower now, going into a new
relationship. “Susan” and I are
going slow, but we may end up
living together in my home.
How do I integrate pictures
of Linda with Susan being
there? I have one of Linda and
the kids, one of the two of us,
and a painting of Linda and me
together. Eventually I will want
one with me and Susan.
How do I make this
work? This is all new to me
and I don’t want to screw
this up.
— Lightning Strikes Twice
Dear L.S.T.: I am a great
believer in verbal communication. Like many other
things in relationships, this
should be discussed and
negotiated. Talk to Susan
about it and see if she would
be comfortable living in your
home with these pictures on
display. If you plan to combine households, Susan may
have some photos of her own
she would like to display.
Many women wouldn’t
object to a picture of you and
your late wife. However, the
portrait might be a bit much.
Perhaps one of your children
would like to have it.
​ ear Abby is written by Jeanne Phillips
for Universal Press Syndicate. Write to
Dear Abby at or
Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
What’s next for Jay Leno?
Verne Gay
McClatchy-Tribune Writer‌
‌Watch a guy on late-night
TV long enough and you begin
to think you know everything
about him — including his
next move. But not Jay Leno:
What’s next after a 22-year run
at “Tonight” ends? Your guess
is as good as anyone’s, maybe
even Jay’s.
But based on years of Lenowatching and educated TV
guesswork, some options:
That part of the TV business
that is highly profitable, hardsell and a little bit low-rent.
And, sure, syndicators have
approached Leno about a latenight show on hundreds of TV
stations around the country.
Good or bad move? Bad.
Leno then goes from master
of the “Tonight” universe to
this? Unemployment would be
better — and he doesn’t need
the money.
There was once keen
interest, long before Jimmy
Kimmel came on the
scene. What about a post”Nightline” show?
Good or bad move? Not as
idiotic as it sounds because
ABC — or rather corporate
overseer Disney — might envision Leno as a daytime, not
late-night, fixture. Jay might
not envision this.
The old “I’ll Stick Around
Until They Fire Jimmy” move,
eh? Let’s not be cynical. That
is not going to happen. But
there is another option —
hosting the occasional primetime special, or more than
Good or bad move? Not
exactly terrible. Leno’s been
good for NBC, and vice versa.
Mutual loyalty, particularly
when it has yielded vast
wealth for both parties, has
its benefits. The real problem,
however, is with Jimmy Fallon:
Having one’s predecessor — an
unwilling one, in fact — continue to hover around is unsettling for the new host. A clean
break is best for all.
David Letterman will leave
someday, and CBS will need a
successor, even if it does have
an able one already in-house
(Craig Ferguson).
Good or bad move? An awful
one. Leno, who turns 64 in
April, is a great standup and a
skillful host, but he is not the
future of anyone’s late-night
franchise, least of all CBS’. (But
don’t be surprised if this has
been raised in conversation at
the network.)
So obvious is this option
that it’s almost become a
standing joke among Leno
pals ...
Good or bad move? Fox has
evinced no interest in recent
years in getting back to late
night, and couldn’t or wouldn’t
even swing a deal with Conan
O’Brien — who presumably
would have been in line with
a younger male demo. So let’s
just call this move “unlikely.”
The History channel? USA?
CNN? They’ve been mentioned, and even Jay made note
of his interest — perhaps serendipitous — in a History gig.
Good or bad move? A good
one, giving Leno freedom to
do what he wants, and maybe
even offer him a venue to
showcase what he does best —
industrial-strength stand-up.
But the numbers will be lower
and hence A-list guests rarer.
(Maybe just a pure comedy
show then?)
What! You’ve never heard
of “Jay Leno’s Garage”? It’s a
major success for Leno, albeit
hardly a full-time gig.
Good or bad move? Sure,
fine, if he’s ready to retire.
He’s not.
—The no-TV option
Could Jay stay off TV —
forever? I recently asked this
question of an old and good
Leno friend, comedian Jimmy
Brogan. Said he: “It seems to
be at this point that he’s just
gonna go do standup. There
have been nibbles from a lot
of syndicators and cable, but
nothing that seems up to what
‘The Tonight Show’ was. If he
did syndication, for example,
it probably wouldn’t be the
same budget but less, and
with fewer resources. It just
wouldn’t be the same show,
and he’s smart enough to know
that.” Leno, he adds, is “very
practical and accepting of the
ups and downs of life.”
Good or bad move? Best of
all — for Leno. He’s one of the
best stand-ups in the land.
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