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9 -1 m o, ,,< | to to O Kenneth M. Holmes, 82, of Mt. Pulasld died at 9:52 P.M. Sunday May 6 th at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. Kenny was born on May 9, 1929 in Mt. Pulaski to Ben- jamin Franklin and Selma Grathwohl Holmes. He mar- Richard Allen Leesman, 86, passed away April 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm at Maple Ridge Care Centre. He was born August 14, 1925 in Harmon, IL, the youngest of three sons of Ben- jamin and Abigail lies Lees- man. He attended Hartsburg High School. Richard was a Marine veteran of WWII, stationed in Guam. While building an airstrip, his Caterpillar road grader hit a land mine and he was severely injured. After many months of recuperation, he was given a medical dis- charge and returned to Lincoln accompanied on the plane, then a train, by a male nurse. Richard was a life member of many military organizations: American Legion Post #263; VFW Post #1756; Disabled American Veterans Post #95; 40 and 8 Voiture Post #985; Marine Corps League; AMVETS of WWII, Korea; Vietnam Post #71. fled Reva Bristow on August 15, 1954 in Mt. Pulaski. She preceded him in death on April 12, 2007, He is survived by sons - Marty Holmes of Lincoln and Kevin (Tammy) Holmes of Bloomington; daughter - Karen M. Heaten of Farmer- sville; brother - Charles (Betty) Holmes of Mt. Pulaski; sister - Dorothy (Richard) Palmer of Wentzville, MO, and grand- daughters - Amy Fitzsimmons, Alexandria Holmes, Samantha Holmes and Cecilia Holmes. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, one brother, Bob Holmes, one sister, Mary Thompson and son in law, Shane Heaton. Kenny was a self employed carpenter and brick layer with He held many offices, Post Commander of most, devot- ing his life to the service of his fellow veterans. Until his health prevented him from attending, he always volun- teered and often organized the color guard for so many funerals. He was very proud to be a Marine. During his lifetime he sold Woodman Insurance, owned and operated three taverns/ restaurants (7 Mile Corner and two locations of Dick's Place), sold cars for Aue Buick, and a bartender at the Harris Gold Mine. He was married to Caro- lyn Noling from Moweaqua from 1948-1967 and they had two children: Douglas Richard Leesman of rural Emden and Kathryn Rebecca Webb, for- merly from Carbondale, now of Mt. Pulaski. His long time companion of over 30 years, Iva Brelsford, died as a result of an auto acci- dent in December 1996. Richard was an avid horse- man; winning many show ribbons. He owned, sold and traded any and all items needed in the horse business. He led the horses to the post at the Logan County Fair for many years and was head timekeeper at the horse races from 1967-2006. He also was a member of the Belgifin Draft House Cor- Holmes Construction. He served in the United States Army from January of 1951 to January of 1953 during the Korean War where he received the Korean Service Medal With 3 Bronze Service Stars and the United Nations Service Medal. He was a lifetime member of The Mt. Pulaski VFW Post # 777 and he was a member of the American Legion Post # 447 for 34 years. Funeral services were Friday May 11 at Fricke-Calvert- Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. Mark Weber offici- ated. Burial was in Steenbergen Cemetery with fifll military rites accorded. Memorials: VFW Post # 777 or the American Legion Post #447. poration of America. He rode in surrounding area parades, either with his horses or on the 40 and 8-fire truck. His memberships also included the National Rifleman Associa- tion, Ducks Unlimited, Quails Unlimited, and the Humane Society. Surviving are his children; granddaughter, Stephanie Ann Leesman and her two children Austin and Allison, and his first wife, Carolyn R. Sams of Mt. Pulaski. His par- ents, Brother Robert, Brother Edward and companion Iva preceded him in death. Rich- ard was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and of the Knights of Columbus #1250. In August 2007 after heart surgery he moved to St. Clara's Manor, Lincoln, then in February 2008 to Maple Ridge Care Centre, Lincoln, where he resided until his death. 'The family is forever grateful to the staff of Maple Ridge, especially Michelle Eyrse, for their years of care given to our Dad. Funeral Services were Wednesday, April 11, at Fricke- Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Rev. Glenn Fontana officiated. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln with full military rites accorded by American Legion Post #263 of Lincoln. Memorials: Donor's choice. from the Family of Arnold "Mike" Koehler We would like to thank friends, relatives, and the community for their thoughts, prayers, merfiories and presence at our father's visitation and funeral. We would also like to thank the VFW Post #777, American Legion Post #447, the United States Army Honor Guard, and Fricke-Calvert- Schrader Funeral Home for their services during this difficult time. In addition, we would like to thank Pastor Peters and the members of Zion Lutheran Church for the ldnd words and the luncheon. The hos- pitality meant so much and we value your kindness. We find comfort in kno'ng lunv for- tunate we were to be a part of Dad's life and we have been reassured that many of you feel the same. Sincerely, Judy Coleman & Family Michael Koehler & Family Beverly J. Hays, 52, of Springfield, passed away Sunday May 13, 2012 at her home. She was born in Springfield, August 23, 1959 the daughter of Kenneth Rodger and Lennie Bloodworth Dull. Her father preceded her in death. She is survived by sons, Rev. Matthew Hays (wife, Jennifer) of Zachary, LA and Phillip Hays (wife, Leslie) of Springfield; mother, Lennie Dull-Heibner of Springfield; sister, Charlotte Dennison of Elkhart; five grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. Beverly attended Buffalo Tri-City High School and received her nurs- ing degree from Lincoln Land Com- munity College. Her nursing career spanned over 30 years at Memorial Medical Center. She was a lifelong member of the Pentecostals of Springfield Church. She enjoyed music, travel, family outings and church activities. She was loved and cherished by all. A memorial gathering was held at Pentecostals of Springfield Church Thursday, May 17. Private family interment was in Oconee Cemetery. Memorials: Pentecostals of Spring- field Church or to Memorial Medical Center. 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