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Christopher M. Whitlock, 49 of Gillespie, passed away on October 22, 2022, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis surrounded by his family. Even through two battles with cancer and an accident that left him paralyzed, Chris exhibited an immense amount of courage in facing life’s challenges with a smile and stayed strong to the end. 

Chris was born on May 3, 1973, to Michael Whitlock and Darlene Robinson Gregory. Growing up, Chris was hard-headed and mischievous. After literally running off with the circus when he was 18, he obtained his GED. Then, he pursued a career in animal agriculture working most recently for Jarden Farms in Bunker Hill as a farm manager. Within this position, he oversaw dairy operations and also provided seasonal farming help. 

Chris was most proud to be a dad and an uncle. He had one son, Jason. When Jason was playing sports, you could always find Chris in the stands or on the sidelines cheering him on. He was Jason’s biggest fan. Chris loved to spoil his nieces and nephews too and he loved to see them smile. He attended any t-ball and soccer games that he was able. He was kind-hearted and eager to support others in any way. 

Chris was an avid sports fan namely a fan of the St Louis Cardinals, St Louis Blues, and Pittsburgh Steelers. He loved gathering groups of family or friends together to attend these sporting events. Chris also spent much time helping with youth sports in the area. He coached little league football and wrestling. He was an umpire for youth sports organizations, lead the Gillespie JFL Mustangs football program for several years, and helped to create a youth wrestling program in Gillespie.

When Jason was in high school, Chris also volunteered his time with the Gillespie Miners football team helping keep stats on the sideline, and the Gillespie Miners track & field program helping run timers and keep stats during track meets. 

Chris is survived by his mother, Darlene (Bernard) Gregory; father, Michael Whitlock (companion Brenda Hillhouse); son, Jason Whitlock; and siblings, Kyle Gregory (companion Evelyn Farrell), Brittany (Matthew) Frizzo, Samantha (Shawn) Jack, Erin (John) Schwartz, Shane (Sonya) Gregory, Linda (William) Klopmeier, and Don (Tricia) Gregory. He also had several nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved him dearly. 

Chris was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Richard Robinson and Rose Robinson; his paternal grandparents, Earl and Fern Whitlock; and his aunt, Peggy Kahl. 

Visitation will be on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at United Methodist Church of Gillespie from 9 to 11 a.m. A memorial service will be on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at United Methodist Church of Gillespie at 11 a.m. 

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Memorials are suggested to Gillespie Minor Soccer Association or Gillespie JFL Mustangs organization. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Nancy Ilene Weller

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Nancy Ilene Weller, 74, of Gillespie, died at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 2:52 pm. She was born June 4, 1949, in Litchfield, to Charles Giller and Margaret Whitman Giller. She married Kenneth Raymond Weller, Sr., on August 17, 1968, in Litchfield. He preceded her in death on December 5, 2011.

She was a caregiver. Nancy loved horses, reading, and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Chester (Katina) Weller of Gillespie, Luke Weller of Gillespie, Spring Weller (spouse, Phillip Benner) of Fowler, IN, 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 5 brothers, and sisters.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, 4 brothers, and sisters.

No public services are scheduled. Memorials are suggested to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Beverly Kay Brown

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Beverly Kay Brown, 82, of Gillespie, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie, on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 8:45 am. She was born October 4, 1941, in Litchfield, to Mario Meldi and Opal Olston Meldi. She married Bob Brown on October 30, 1976.

She worked for the State of Illinois in title transferring and data processing. Beverly enjoyed reading and was an avid reader of People’s magazine.

She is survived by her spouse, Bob Brown of Gillespie, children, Joell (Sid) Flyte of Edwardsville, Jackie (Larry) Fear of The Villages, FL, Kathy Giesler of Mattoon, Kim (Joe) Brittin of Springfield, Jane (Greg) Hallum of Ishpeming, MI, Lori Brown of Temecula, CA, grandchildren, Breanna Leake, Dominique Flyte, Addie Flyte, Bradley Fear, David Fear, Brad Brittin, Melissa Casad, Amanda Kozak, Jaime Galloway, Jaimee Dobson, Jenny Knight, Emily Nault, Elyssa Gregurash, Erin Baldini, many great-grandchildren, brothers, Ron (Corky) Meldi of Nitro, WV, and sisters-in-law, June Swan and Loni Cloyd. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Jedd Hallum, and brother-in-law, Preston Brown.

Friends may call on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral services are Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. Burial will be at Benld Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to SS Simon and Jude Church. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Darrell Leon Hoffstot

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Darrell Leon Hoffstot, 69, of Gillespie, died at St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, on Saturday, March 2, 2024. He was born October 2, 1954, in Granite City, to Willard Lee Hoffstot and Hazel Mae Holloway Hoffstot.

He was retired after having been an assembler for Echlin. Darrell enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and water skiing.

He is survived by his sons, Zachary Hoffstot of Mt. Olive, and Zane Hoffstot of Gillespie, and sisters, Sandra Elledge of Litchfield, and Peggy (Joseph) Fischer. Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Victor Hoffstot.

No public services will be held. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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