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Death of Betsy (Plos) Smith

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Betsy (Plos) Smith, 93, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at Litchfield Health and Rehab Center. She was born on January 8, 1930, in St. Louis, MO, a daughter of Dante and Marie (Mica) Plos. Her family later moved to Hillsboro and Betsy was a member of the Hillsboro High School graduating class of 1947.

She and Mr. Lowell Smith, also of Hillsboro, married on Dec. 24, 1947, at St. Mary’s Rectory in Litchfield. Mr. Smith passed on July 1, 2009.

While raising a large family with her husband for over 61 years, Mrs. Smith also held many jobs in the local area including working on the family farm with her husband and oldest children, cooking and food preparation in local restaurants (the Gardens, and others), connecting others together as an ICTC telephone operator, and running social activities as a team member at the Carlyle Healthcare Center.

Mrs. Smith was also employed through the years as activity director at Pleasant Hill Nursing Home in Girard and McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis. She received profound enjoyment from traveling, going to casinos, dancing, ice skating, playing cards (pinochle and rummy) with family, and neighbors, listening to music, and attending concerts and other live performances.

Mrs. Smith also played the piano and accordion herself and was happy hearing her children’s and grand- and great-grandchildren’s musical talents. In her most recent years, she kept sharp by working crossword puzzles, trying new food recipes, and keeping up with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. She had a very pragmatic approach to life, a large personality, and a one-of-a-kind laugh. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Left to cherish her memory are three sons, Michael (wife Brenda Hemken) Smith of Sugar Grove, Jim Smith of Litchfield, and Kevin Smith of Seattle, WA; four daughters, Mary Ellen (husband Don) Atkins of Tombstone, AZ, Barbara (husband Jeff) Roach of Litchfield, Margery (companion George Howard) Smith of Santa Rosa, CA, and Karen Smith of San Francisco; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents as well as a sister, Gloria (Plos) Sutton, a resident of Virginia Beach, VA.

The family will receive friends at a visitation held from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2023, at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield.

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Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 7, 2023, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Litchfield. Fr. Daniel J. Willenborg will preside.

Memorials in Mrs. Smith’s honor may be made in honor of Lenore Roach to the Rett Spectrum Clinic at St. Louis Children’s Hospital or to Montgomery County Veterans Assistance Commission. Plummer Funeral and Cremation Service are in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Ricky Dale Goldman

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Ricky Dale Goldman, 70 of Dorchester, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 5:05 am. He was born on August 27, 1953, in Aurora, IL to Dale Goldman and Jean Castner Goldman. He married Karen S. Graham Goldman on February 21, 1988, in Las Vegas, NV.  

He was a truck driver. Ricky grew up farming with his dad. Ricky collected tractors and watched racing. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed old cars, motorcycles, and to DJ. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.  

He is survived by his spouse, Karen Goldman of Dorchester; children, Megan Mitchell of Peachtree Corners, GA, and Skyler (Amber) Goldman of St. Charles, MO; grandchildren, Olivia Mitchell and Adelaide Goldman; siblings, Susan Fuertges of Clermont, FL, Cary (Trudie) Goldman of Plano, IL, and Randy (Ursula) Goldman of Serena, IL; and mother in law, Ruth (George) Vincent of Wilsonville.  

Ricky was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Arthur Graham.  

Friends may call on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services are Friday, July 19, 2024, at 10:00 am at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill.

Memorials are suggested to Siteman Cancer Center or Glioblastoma Foundation. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of George Perry Harbaugh

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George Perry Harbaugh, 84 of Dorchester, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 3:35 am.  He was born on May 23, 1940, in Hettick to John Lester Harbaugh and Iva Mae Clark Harbaugh.  

He married Darlene (Klein) Harbaugh on January 5, 1962, in Appleton, WI.  He was an ag mechanic for Heyen’s Farm Implement and then Sievers Equipment. He also worked as a chainer and in the maintenance department at Laclede Steel. George was a member of the Fosterburg Baptist Church. He enjoyed tinkering with everything.  

He is survived by his spouse, Darlene Harbaugh of Dorchester; children, Chris (Barbara) Harbaugh of Gillespie and Russell Harbaugh of Litchfield; 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Phyllis Black, Elmer Harbaugh, David Harbaugh, and Shirley Lee.  

George was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Byron K. Harbaugh and Kenny Harbaugh; and siblings, Charles Harbaugh, Carl Harbaugh, Louise Fry, Ernest Harbaugh, Dale Harbaugh, and Wayne Harbaugh.  

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2024, at the Forsterburg Baptist Church at 11 am with a meal to follow. Memorials are suggested to wishes of the family.  Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Denny (McAfoos) Turner

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Denny (McAfoos) Turner, 88 of Bunker Hill, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at 11:26 pm.  She was born on January 19, 1936, in Alton to Herbert McAfoos and Lucille Cole McAfoos.  

She graduated from Alton High School in January of 1955 and married Cecil M. Turner on March 12, 1955, in Alton. They just celebrated their 69 wedding anniversary. Not only was she a wonderful wife to Cecil, Denny was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend.  

Denny was a faithful believer of Jesus Christ as her lord and savior. She spent many years in child evangelism, teaching children the path to becoming a Christian.  

She is survived by her spouse, Cecil M. Turner of Bunker Hill; children, Carey (Mike Tomlanovich) Eveans of Englewood, FL and Tabitha (Jim) Golike of Lake of the Ozarks, MO; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Lauren (Tom) Miller of Godfrey; brother, Wendell (Sue) McAfoos of Alton; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Denny was preceded in death by her parents; children, Cole Turner and Kim Turner; grandson, Cole Brandon Turner; sister, Sue LaMarsh; and brothers, Ollie McAfoos, Dwight McAfoos, Bill McAfoos, Stan McAfoos and Allen McAfoos.

 Friends may call on Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home Bunker Hill from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral services are Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. Burial will be at Woodburn Cemetery, Woodburn.  

Memorials are suggested to Woodburn Bible Church. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, IL is in charge of the arrangements.

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