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Death of Gary Gene Rull

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Gary Gene Rull, 83, of Bunker Hill, passed away on Thursday, September 07, 2023, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  He was born December 18, 1939, in Carlinville to Warner John Rull and Lucille (Tiek) Rull Acuncius. 

He married Judy (Hammond) Rull on June 20, 1964, at First Congregational Church in Bunker Hill. He graduated from SIU at Edwardsville in 1963. He worked as a math and biology teacher first in Roxana and later in Jerseyville. In 1978, Judy and he purchased South Lawn Sheltered Care Home in Bunker Hill, where both remained as owners and administrators at the time of his death. He also was a real estate salesperson for 30 years, income tax preparer/advisor for 10 years and auctioneer for 5 years.

Gary was devoted to his hometown and his church. He served on the Bunker Hill Community Unit #8 Board of Education for 18 years and was a volunteer fireman for the BHFPD for 13 years. He was a volunteer Hunter Safety Master Instructor for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for 45 years. He was also elected to the Macoupin Country Board. He served on the Board of Directors for the First Congregational Church (FCC) where he was also chairman for some of that time. He was chairman of the church building committee responsible for the FCC church addition  He served as a deacon for the church for many years, too, and was recognized for his dedication and contributions to FCC by being named a deacon emeritus in June 2023. 

Gary loved all of his family but particularly enjoyed doting on his grandchildren and supporting them in their scholastic and sports activities.  He also enjoyed staying active. He played in a softball league up until the age of 80.  He was a lifetime bowler and participated in leagues at the SuperBowl in Gillespie and Airport Plaza Bowl in Bethalto. He was also a diehard hunter and enjoyed teaching young and old about hunter safety. 

Gary is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judy of Bunker Hill; his children Kimberly (Efrem) Tate of Edwardsville, Shelle (Paul) Markel of Collinsville, Dr. Gary M. Rull of Springfield and Brandon Rull of Bunker Hill; his grandchildren, Dr. Jordan (Olivia) Markel of Gadsden, AL, Dr. Shelby Markel of Bethalto, Sophie and Nick Rull of Bunker Hill, and William Tate of Edwardsville; and siblings, Dean (Arlena) Rull of Bunker Hill, Joan Catalpa of Collinsville, Cheryl (David) Wilson of Fosterburg and Bonnie (Tom) Goestenkors of Pocahontas.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Mason Acuncius; half-brother, Michael Acuncius; daughter-in-law, Beth Rull; and brother-in-law, Gene Catalpa.

Visitation will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Monday, September 11, 2023, at First Congregational Church in Bunker Hill. Burial will be in Bunker Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church. 

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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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