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Death of George A. Miklos

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George was born on December 22, 1934, in Benld the youngest son of Joseph Miklos and Mary Kozak Miklos. He was a graduate of Benld High School. He attended the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. George was active in multiple clubs including the Student Council, the St Patrick’s club and was an awardee from the Board of Trustees for Student Publications. George graduated in 1957 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

George completed the United States Air Force Aviation Cadet program. His first day in the Air Force was on April 17, 1957. His assignment to Biloxi Air Force Base brought the marriage to the love of his life, Mary Cannon.

George proudly served at many Air Force installations including the Pentagon and the National Security Administration. He was the first Electronics Warfare Officer assigned to Nellis AFB and as such taught classes in electronic warfare. In 1967, he was assigned to the 357th TFW at the Royal Takhli Air Force Base during the Vietnam War.

George flew in an F105 as EWO “Buda Bear” flying one hundred missions over the Red River Valley. He was a proud original member of the Wild Weasel Association and of the River Rats Association. His awards include 3 Silver Star medals for Valor, 6 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 14 Air Medals, Expeditionary Medals, and Presidential unit citations, among others. In addition, George was a Master Navigator. He concluded his military service on July 1, 1977, with more than 3,000 flying hours in various aircraft.

George completed a degree in accounting and worked at the Boeing Company in the military engineering and accounting sections retiring in 1995. He remained active with the American Legion and the Military Retiree Association.

George’s family includes his loving wife of 63 years, Mary; son, Michael and wife Lisa; daughter, M. Elizabeth and husband Vern; daughter, Sharon and husband Jim; and daughter, Jo; and nine grandchildren, multiple great-grandchildren and extended family.

George was a devoted and quiet man of faith. He attended St Maximillian Kolbe Parrish at McConnell AFB. George is now in the loving arms of God as he passed quietly on May 7, 2022.

A rosary was held on May 13 at Smith Mortuary in Derby, KS. Mass of Christian burial was held on May 14 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Mulvane, KS.

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Donations may be made to Society of Wild Weasels, P.O. Box 877, Silver Springs, MD 20918.

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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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