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Markers, Monuments, Cremation Urns~Memorials, Monument Cleanin~ Cemetery Lettering I2II Fifth Street, Lincoln, IL 62656 Phone: 888-267-8603 or 217-735-ii9i Fax: 217-651-8250 Email: Terry Potts & Dena Manley Carolyn & Don Manley We have built our business around our customers - the most important person in a business. Everything we do - every procedure - every decision - is responding to your needs. When you come through our door, whatever we can do to help, we will do it promptly, as well as courteously. Operated By Terry Potts & Dena Manley Sales Consultants Carolyn & Don Manley Our goal at Dena Memorials is to be the best monument company to do business with! e name is a tower the righteous runneth into it and is safe. (Anonymous Contributor) Card of Thanks The family of James R. Jackson We would like to thank given to him. everyone for their thoughts Your generosity was and prayers during the loss greatly appreciated. of our Dad. Special thanks Alan (Judi), Linda, Doug, to the staff at VLC for all Kathy, and Grandchildren their compassion and care and Great Grandchildren in Memory I. "Gene" Goekel Gene and her husband farmed in the Elkhart and Mt. Pulaski area until their retirement Vema I. "Gene" Gockel, 97, of Lincoln, passed away Sep- tember 13, 2017. Vema was bom July 9, 1920 in Boynton Center, IL the daughter of Hermon and Sarah "Sadie" (Miller) Seaton. She married Harold Gockel December 8, 1945 in Pontiac He pre- ceded her in death March 16, 2006. Gene and her husband farmed in the Elkhart and Mt. Pulaski area until their retirement. Verna is survived by her children: Terri (Glenn) Shanle of Lincoln, Twila (v~rdliam) Muhlach of Murphysboro, George (Barbara) Emmons of Athens, AL, Galen (Teresa) Emmons of Columbia, SC; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 2 great great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and neph- ews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: San- ford, James, and Hermon Jr, sisters: Leone Brennemann, Margaret Herhamer, Elsie Parr, Thelma Irwin, and Martha Tisdale, and three grandchildren. Verna was a member of St. John United Church of Christ She loved spending time with her family especially her birth- day reunions. Graveside services for Gene were Monday September 18 at Old Union Cemetery in Lincoln. Rev. Kenneth Kramer officiated. Memorials: Memorial Medical Hospice or St. John United Church of Christ. In Memory 1Mittelsteadt Graduated Mt. Pulaski High School in 1948 Dental Hygienist for the Robert Hamm D.D.S. office Bookkeeper for Mittlelsteadt Equipment Nancy Mittelsteadt, 86, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Symphony of Lincoln Nursing Home in Lincoln Nancy Carol O'Brien was born September 22, 1930, in Mt. Pulaski, the daughter of Lawrence and Mary Zimmer- man O'Brien. :~. ~ ~: She was united in marriage . .~a to Loren Mittelsteadt on June,~.':~:~ 4, 1950. He preceded her in death on February 11, 2007. She is survived by her children: Roger Mittelsteadt, Lorna (Michael) Wood, Michael 0ulie) Mittelsteadt; brother: Danny O'Brien; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, parents, and brothers Larry and Billy preceded her in death. Nancy graduated from Mt. Pulaski High School in 1948 She was employed as a Dental Hygienist for the Robert Hamm D.D.S. office and later was the bookkeeper for Mit- tlelsteadt Equipment in Mt. Pulaski. Funeral Services for Mrs. Mittelsteadt were Friday, Sep- tember 22 at Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln. Burial was in Mt. Pulaski Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mt. Pulaski Zion Lutheran Church. Special Thanks The Family of Bill Bryson To allwho were there when I am residing at my son needed - family, friends, and and daughter-in-laws at rural special people who remem- Lincoln Don't be a stranger. bered and offered a hug, You're always welcome and card, a special need. the door is open as always. Bill would have been Sorry the stories and tales proud to know of the will be missing, but we can remembrances, thoughts,reminisce together. - Phyllis and prayers His passing has Bryson left a great void in Memory Robert CA)peland Graduated Mt. Pulaski High School in 1975 Had a great love for music and very talented drummer Had career in law enforcement Robert Steven (Rob) Cope- land, 59, of Fairhope, AL, for- merly of Mt. Pulaski, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 at home following a very courageous battle with cancer. He was born October 5, 1957 in Decatur, the son of Robert and Carole (Marshall) Copeland. He married Debo- rah Bruketa in Mt. Pulaski August 23, 1981, they later divorced. Rob later married Brenda (Paulsen) Rippon August 5, 1989 in Mt. Pulaski. Rob graduated Mt. Pulaski High School in 1975. He attended Lincoln Land Community College for two years and then attended Western Illinois University where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement Admin- istration. He was employed as a Lincoln Police Officer from 1979- 1983. He then began his career as an Illinois State Police Trooper in October 1983. While working for the Illinois State Police he promoted through the ranks of Sergeant, Master Sergeant, and Lieutenant. Following his career in law enforcement Mr. Copeland began a career in real estate with ME Realty in Lincoln before relocating to Fairhope, AL in 2001. Rob's real estate career included Working with Dauphin Realty, Ole Bay Manage- ment, and then went on to own and operate Rob Copeland Property Management for the past 10 years in Fairhope, AL. Rob had a great love for music and was a very talented drummer and participated in the Mt. Pulaski Clown and Vin- egar Hill Brass Bands. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and rejoiced in their 2016 World Series Win! Rob also enjoyed watching Alabama football. He was a long time Mason asso- ciated with Lincoln Masonic Lodge 210. Rob is survived by his wife Brenda of Falrhope, AL, daugh- ters Abigail Ingram (Brian) of Lincoln and Sara Copeland of Fairhope, AL, step-son Thomas "Ryan" Rippon of Loxley, AL, granddaughter Ava Copeland-Hill of Fairhope, AL, sisters Susan Kane (Jim) of Glenarm and Catherine "Cathy" Walcott (Kent) of Keizer, OR, and aunt Doris McKinley (Richard) of Decatur, as well several nieces and nephews, and a very spe- cial life-long friend Danny Ayers of Mt. Pulaski. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother VC-ll- liam T. (Billy) Copeland. Following Rob's wishes the family will be having Celebra- tions of Life locally, 2-4Pm Saturday, October 28 in the Fel- lowship Hall of the United Methodist Church in Mt. Pulaski. Memorials: To the family or to the cause of the donor's choice. Arrangements are by Cason Funeral Service in Foley AL Obituaries/Card of Thanks Cont'd Next in Memory No ma ggs in Memory Forrest Suycott, Jr. Card of Thanks - Buckles Family Page 18 O