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Mary Suzanne Kensil Fritz 1949-2017

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Mary Suzanne (Kensil) Fritz, 68, passed into Heaven on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Visitation for Suzanne will be on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Boiling Springs Church of God (2350 Boiling Springs Road, Decatur, Illinois) from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm with a memorial service at 5:30 pm at the church. Pastor Mark Phillips will be officiating. Memorials may be made to Boiling Springs Church of God.  Burial will be on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:00 am in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, Illinois.  Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care is handling the arrangements.

Suzanne was born November 26, 1949, in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of John and Mary Kensil. She married Gary K. Fritz in January o 1971. He is deceased. She is survived by daughter, Mary (Chad) Luttrell of Decatur, Illinois, son, John (Bobbie) Fritz of Findlay, Illinois; grandchildren Connor Luttrell, Chloe Luttrell, and Garrett Fritz. Also surviving are sisters and brothers, Barb Kensil of Decatur, Illinois, Ed (JoAnne) Kensil of Southside, Alabama, Ruth (Steve) Snyder of Dunlap, Illinois, and Dwight Kensil of Decatur, Illinois. She was preceded by her husband, Gary K. Fritz; parents, John and Mary Kensil; and grandparents.

Suzanne graduated from MacArthur High School, class of 1967, Decatur, Illinois; graduated from Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois, was a concert pianist; babysat and later in life she was a nurse’s assistant.  She played the piano for Governor Jim Thompson’s inaugural ball.

She loved watching her grandchildren play sports, loved God and her church, jewelry, cosmetics and bling sandals.  Suzanne was strong, tough, reliable, loving, caring, religious, faithful, and considerate. Her beautiful smile will be missed greatly.

Donald Ray Bryson 1956-2017

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Donald Ray Bryson, 61, of Decatur, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2017, in St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Room.

Graveside service will be 10:00 am. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Macon County Memorial Park. Pastor Joe Harley will officiate. Visitation will be Friday, December 29, 2017 at First Christian Church (3350 North MacArthur Road Decatur, Illinois 62526). Arrangements are being handled by Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care.

Don was born in August of 1956, to Ethel and Robert Bryson in Decatur, Illinois.  He graduated from Eisenhower High School, class of 1975, and worked as a meatcutter at Eagle’s grocery store. Don was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoyed red Corvettes.

He is survived by his partner Ronella; son, Danny (Leah) Bryson, and daughter, Tina Bryson; grandson, Benjamin Bryson; mother, Ethel (Bryson) Boggs; brother, Terry (Liz) Bryson, and sister, Lisa (Dave) Moran.  Don was preceded by father, Robert Bryson; stepfather, Chester Boggs; and sister, Nancy Bryson Boulware.

 

Shirley Thompson Hardy 1940-2017

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Shirley Thompson Hardy, of Decatur, passed away in Decatur Memorial Hospital on December 19, 2017, surrounded by her family.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 22, 2017 in Life Builders Church of God, 735 West Pershing Road Decatur, Illinois, with Pastor Tim Lusitana officiating.  Visitation will be one hour before the service. The family prefers casual attire.   Burial will follow in Maroa Cemetery.  Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service is in charge of the Arrangements.

Shirley Thompson was born in April of 1940 to Andrew and Adelle Thompson.  She was married to William David Hardy and to this union were born four children, Kelly Jaros and husband Joel, Shelly Donner and husband Todd, David Hardy and companion Vicki Eller all from Decatur, and Robyn Hardy and companion Dennis Koin of Michigan.  Shirley leaves her four children, one brother Ted and wife Patti of Florida; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Shirley was a graduate of Maroa High School and was a member of a Fun Club that performed several plays.  She was a graduate of Mr. Johns School of Cosmetology and was a hairdresser. She worked for General Electric for several years and also at the Community Center in Maroa. In her early life she loved to go to the car races around Central Illinois.

Shirley was a special mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be missed by her loved ones.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents John and Alma Dratwick who were a great part of her life.

The family would like to thank the staff on the Third and Fifth floors of Decatur Memorial Hospital for their care.

Jon “Roger” Browning 1947-2017

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Jon “Roger” Browning, 70 of Decatur passed away on Saturday December 16, 2017 in his home with his wife by his side.

Graveside service will be 10:30 am Friday, December 22, 2017 at West Franz Cemetery in Oakley Township near Cerro Gordo. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Garver Brick United Methodist Church.

Roger was born in January of 1947 in Decatur, Illinois, son of Mildred O. Browning  and Orville L. Browning. He worked for Firestone and retired from Alert Construction. He enjoyed camping, canoeing and NASCAR racing.

He is survived by his wife Terri Jasper Browning, son, Mathu Browning, five grandchildren, one great granddaughter, one step-daughter, LaRae (Paul) Roberts, four step-grandchildren, sisters, Donna (Browning) Spent of Oreana, Carol (Browning) Jolly of Decatur, brother, Tom (Dottie) Browning of New Jersey, former wife, Wanda, his grandchildren’s mother, Amanda Wren, several nieces and nephews and many people who love and miss him. Also, Roger loved his cats.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Jeff “Philo” and one brother, Bob Browning.

Eunice “Louise” Day 1933-2017

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Eunice “Louise” Day passed away December 11, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Illinois.

Private family service will be held. Burial will be in Point Pleasant Cemetery Long Creek. Prayer service by Johnny Lee. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.

Louise was born in October of 1933 in Decatur, Illinois the daughter of Grace P. Balding and Donald D. Newlin. She was raised by her grandparents. She married Virgil E. Day in September of 1956. They shared sixty years together. Louise worked at Fashionation, Turn Style and J.C. Penneys. She would wash clothes and iron them for 5 to 10 cents each. She enjoyed fishing and metal detecting with her husband. She enjoyed Bingo and being with her family.

Louise is survived by her children, Becky (Mark) Medlock, Dennis Day of Decatur, Illinois, and David Borders. grandchildren, Jennifer (Adam) Mellott, Casey Medlock of Decatur, Illinois, Zachary (Alicia) Day of Mt. Zion, Illinois, Anthony (Kelly) Day of Waterloo, Illinois, and Callie Day of Florida. Two great grandkids,  also her beloved dog Angel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil E. Day, son, Edward Eugene Day, parents, Grace Balding, Donald Newlin and siblings, Larry Balding and twins Ramond and Romona Balding.

Kenneth “Ken” Wayne Robertson 1924-2017

17122Kenneth (Ken) Wayne (Ken) Robertson (93) died December 7 in Decatur, Illinois.  Memorial Services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Decatur on December 17.  Burial will occur at Camp Butler National Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be given to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Mr. Robertson was born on the family farm near Eagle City, Oklahoma, in April of 1924, the son of Clarence B. and Lena Jane Robertson.  He served in the Navy during World War II and was promoted to Chief Electronics Technician.  After demobilization, he attended Purdue University where he was elected to engineering honorary fraternities Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu, was a member of the Reamer Club, served on the varsity debating team, and graduated with highest distinction in 1949.  He married Jeanne B. Fustier in February of 1950 in Evanston, Illinois.

After working for Shell Oil in Texas, Mr. Robertson was employed by Illinois Power Company in Decatur, Illinois, in 1955.  At Illinois Power he led the development and operation of the company’s underground gas storage fields until he retired as Director of Gas Supply in 1989.  In 1978 he earned an MBA degree from Illinois State University.

Mr. Robertson was a founding member of Theatre 7, Decatur’s community theatre group, was twice elected president of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Decatur, served on the board of Planned Parenthood, and held various positions including Chairman of the Midwest Gas Storage Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

After retiring, he turned to writing and published a book of poetry, a volume of short stories, The Best Kind, and two memoirs, Growing Up in the OK State, and Finding a Way.

Surviving are his daughter Jan Elise Robertson Gildehaus and husband Ralph of Durham, North Carolina, two sons, Bret Alan Robertson and wife Ann of Long Grove, Illinois, and Kent Colin Robertson and wife Kim of Defiance, Missouri, and grandchildren Avery, Hannah and Luke Robertson, George and Diane Gildehaus, and Kaitlyn and Caroline Robertson, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Jeanne, his parents, two sisters, and three brothers.

 

Gary Richard High 1953-2017

Gary Richard High, 63, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 9:20 pm in the hospital.

A family led memorial service will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm at 629 East Van Buren, Decatur, Illinois 62526. There will be a BBQ get together for his friends and family. Memorials may be made to Deborah High, Kari High, or Lindsey Cisco. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care is assisting the family.

Gary was born in August of 1953 in Rockford, Illinois. He was the son of Richard High. He graduated from Auburn High School, Rockford, Illinois, and a vocational class. Gary was a carpenter and painter and worked for Gentry’s, Decatur, Illinois. He married Deborah High in July of 2005. They were married 13 years and were together for 25 years.

Gary is survived by his wife, Deborah; daughters: Kari N. High and Lindsey M. Cisco; and 6 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Sandra, and his cousin, Doug High. Gary was preceded in death by his father, Richard High.

His favorite style of music was rock ‘n roll, hard metal, and blues. He liked NASCAR racing and to tell jokes. Gary’s favorite Bible verse was the Lord’s Prayer. Gary will be missed as he and Deborah looked out for each other until he passed.

Jamie Lee Ritzert 1976-2017

Jamie Lee Ritzert, 40, of Oreana died unexpectedly on Monday morning November 27, 2017 in her home.

A visitation will be held 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Krazy Skate (3710 Greenswitch Road Decatur, Illinois  62526). Memorials are requested to the family to help with funeral expenses. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.

Jamie was born in December of 1976 in Taylorville, Illinois, daughter of James and Shirley King. She was a homemaker and loved the St. Louis Cardinals.

Surviving are her children, Tanner and Logan Ritzert, mother, Shirley Raffety, grandmother, Joyce Raffety, special friends, Howard Ritzert, Grace Snodgrass, Kelley Byrom, Scott Baker ‘Poppy’, sister, Nichole Dunn, brother, Jeff (Shelley) King , four nieces, one nephew, four great nieces and three great nephews, numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, grandfather, Carol Raffety and papa Greg.

 

Richard Joseph Murrell 1936-2017

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Richard Joseph (Dick) Murrell, 81 of Decatur, left to be with Jesus November 24, 2017.

Richard was born in July of 1936 in Champaign, Illinois, to John Elbert and Stella L. Murrell of Thomasboro, Illinois. He married Lois I. Halcomb in August of 1956.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Audrey Irwin, Wilma Ludwig and Loretta Berry and his beloved cat with nine lives Blackie.

He is survived by his wife Lois, daughters, Shelley R. Wilcoxson (Jim) of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Springfield, Illinois, Lesley R. Albert (Allen) of Decatur, grandchildren, Valerie Dye (Todd) of Fort Myers, Florida, Joseph Wilcoxson (Adrienne) of Canton, Georgia, Hailey Albert (Joshua) of Decatur, Illinois, and Heather Albert (Nathan) of Decatur, Illinois. great grandchildren, Jordan and Fiona Dye and Ava and Oliver Wilcoxson, brothers, Marion Murrell of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Russell Murrell (Lydia) of Robinson, Illinois, and many nieces and nephews.

Richard was affiliated with Firestone Stores as a manager and Neal Tire Stores as a manager and store owner. He was a fifty year member of Christ United Methodist Church in Decatur and served as a trustee chairman and chairman of the men’s group. Richard and Lois were longtime members of Buick Riviera Owners Association and traveled to several National Shows with their cars.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Christ United Methodist Church. Services to celebrate Dick’s life will be held 10:00 am Thursday November 30, 2017 at Christ United Methodist Church in Decatur. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday November 29, 2017 also at the church. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles “Charlie” R. Michels 1935-2017

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The Master called Charles (Charlie) R. Michels home on Friday November 24, 2017 with his wife Phyllis by his side.

A memorial service to celebrate Charlie’s life will be held 6:30 pm. Monday November 27, 2017 at First Christian Church (3350 North MacArthur Road Decatur, Illinois 62526) with Pastor Wayne Kent officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Camp Butler National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.

Charlie was born in February of 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, son of Charles R. and Sybil Virginia Michels. He attended schools in Chicago and Decatur. Charlie served in the U.S. Air Force 1957 to 1961 as Airman 1st Class in the 99th bomb wing. He retired from (Staley’s) Tate & Lyle in 1992. He was a maintenance Supervisor. Charlie married Dolores Auten in 1964 to 1977. He then married Phyllis (Hodges) Munson in October of 1987. Charlie enjoyed billiards, reading and spreading the love of Jesus.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Michels of Warrensburg, son, Matthew (Elizabeth) Michels of Shiloh, Illinois, daughter, Christina Michels of O’Fallon, Illinois, step-children, David (Jean) Munson, Diana (Chuck) Troeckler, grandchildren, Matthew and Zachary Johnstone, Chloe, Elias and Cassie Michels, step-grandchildren, Cory and Brandon (Chelsea) McQueen, Brian (fiancée Lindsey) and Craig Munson, Matt and Nick Troeckler, great step-grandchild, Colton McQueen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sybil Jackson.

He loved his step-children and step-grand children and step-great grandchild as his own.