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Death of Glenn Warren Painter Sr.

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Glenn Warren Painter Sr., 97 of Litchfield, passed away at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 5:50 p.m. He was born on September 28, 1924, on the family farm near Barnett a son of Franklin Benjamin “Peck” and Ethel Grace (Saxby) Painter.

Mr. Painter went on to receive his GED diploma and was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps. attaining the rank of Staff Sargent. He was a Top Turret Gunner and served in the campaigns in Naples and Foggia, Roma and Arno Italy, Apennine Mountains of Southern France. Mr. Painter flew over 32 combat missions over enemy lines in B29 bomber planes and was shot down over the Mediterranean Sea. He received the following decorations and citations: the French Distinguished Unit Citation; the Air Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster, the distinguished unit badge with one oak leaf cluster, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with four bronze stars.

Mr. Painter was well known in local political circles. He served as Democrat Precinct Committeeman for Precinct #2 for South Litchfield Township. He was a member of the Montgomery County Board for 32 years serving South Litchfield Township District #5 and was a member of Donnellson Lodge #255 A.F.&A.M. of Donnellson. Mr. Painter was known for putting out large gardens and shared his bounty with friends and those in need. Mr. Painter enjoyed his social time visiting with folks at area coffee shops and restaurants.

He farmed along with working for the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office. Mr. Painter attended Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. His first marriage was to Frances Mae Stockman on Feb. 19, 1949, and they later divorced. On Jan. 31, 1975, he married Cleta Irene Wiseman and she preceded him in death on Aug. 9, 2010.

Mr. Painter is survived by his children, Glenn Painter Jr. of Auburn, Anna Marie (Larry) Watkins of Ozark, MO, Pauline (Danny) Freytag of Benld, Jane (Joe Ragsdale) Painter of St. Louis, MO, Kathleen Painter of Raymond, and Paul (Shanel Rhodes) Painter of Litchfield; his grandchildren, Stephanie (Jason) Griffith, William (Michelle) Ellinger, Dustin (Dee) Ellinger, Douglas (Kelli) Ellinger, Landon Painter, all of Litchfield, and Erika Painter of Stonington; his great-grandchildren, Dylan Boerckel, Kacie Boerckel, Shawnee Boerckel, Dominic Ellinger, Melody Ellinger, Alec Ellinger, Jayden Ellinger, Jayse Ellinger, Dalton Ellinger, Faith Ellinger, Elysse Ellinger, all of Litchfield, and Braden Ebert of Stonington; his great-great-grandson, Brody Boerckel of Litchfield; numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, including special sister-in-law, Irene Painter of Litchfield; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Painter was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, Roscoe, Frank, Paul, Billy, Richard, Maynard, and John; and his sister, Marie Edwards.

Funeral services for Mr. Painter will be held on Fri., Feb. 25, 2022 beginning at 12 noon at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield with Rev. Cynthia Munker, pastor of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Ridge Cemetery in Honey Bend. Visitation will be on Fri., Feb. 25 from 10:00 am until service time at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials be directed to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, Litchfield Food Pantry or Meals on Wheels.

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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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