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Death of Charlie Ruyle

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Charlie Ruyle, 80, of Morrisonville, passed away surrounded by family at 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at his home. Charlie was born February 26, 1943, in Litchfield, the only child of Walter Andrew and Ellen M. (Wagner) Ruyle.

He graduated from Gillespie High School with the class of 1961, and while attending high school began his career in the funeral profession assisting his local funeral home with funerals and their ambulance service. Upon graduation, Charlie accepted his first full-time position selling burial clothing and sundries, and that soon led him to casket sales. He would sell caskets until the day he died, working for several companies, currently Matthews International Funeral Solutions.

Though casket sales were his career, his devotion was to the many communities he served through funeral service. Charlie assisted several funeral homes throughout the decades and was currently employed with Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Homes for the past 20 plus years. He was devoted to the bereaved and wanted their loved one’s funerals and memorials to be as special as any other.

On August 6, 1966, Charlie married the love of his wife, Sharon E. Schmidt, at the Gillespie Zion Lutheran Church. They enjoyed over 57 years of marriage, and the last thirty-three in Morrisonville. They have been devoted members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvel, where Charlie served on many committees and held several positions, most recently Elder. He had few hobbies, because of his dedication to his profession, but he never missed a chance to have lunch or dinner at Charro’s in Taylorville. Charlie’s other favorite pastime was just spending time with his family but spoiling his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Sharon Ruyle of Morrisonville; daughters, Heidi Massie of Morrisonville and Ann (Rich) Ganther of Morrisonville; grandchildren, Memphis (Savannah) Sullivan of Morrisonville, Maddie Massie of Springfield, Dalton (Brooke) Thomas of Bury St. Edmunds England and Cody Ganther of Morrisonville; great grandchildren Maelee and Macklen Sullivan; several nieces and nephews, and cousins; special friends Larry Rogers, Megan Steely, Fan & E. Camacho, and his favorite waitress, Ying; and numerous funeral directors and families who will always be grateful for his years of help.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin Street, Morrisonville, October 3. Funeral Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 402 Monroe Street, Harvel, with Rev. Joseph Nehring as celebrant. Investment will follow the funeral ceremony at Asbury Cemetery in Raymond. The family is hosting a luncheon at the American Legion Post 721 in Morrisonville following committal services.

Donations of food may be made to the American Legion on Wednesday morning. Memorial contributions are suggested to: Trinity Lutheran Church, 402 Monroe Street, Harvel, or Benld Adopt-A-Pet, 807 Stewart Avenue, Benld. Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Charlie’s, or to offer condolences to his family.

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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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