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Death of Harold Raymond Stokes

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Harold Raymond Stokes, 83 of Litchfield, passed away at his residence on Saturday, May 27, 2023. He was born in East St. Louis on July 9, 1939, a son of Harold William and Mary Elizabeth (Warren) Stokes.

He graduated from Litchfield High School with the Class of 1957 and served in the Illinois National Guard. Mr. Stokes and the former Judy Kay Driscoll were married on October 29, 1960, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Litchfield. She survives.

He was employed for 26 years with International Paper Company/Consumer Plastics as an Art Coordinator in the packaging division. After International Paper closed, he worked with his father, Harold W. Stokes, in the family insurance business.

Mr. Stokes also worked as a commercial artist doing all kinds of artwork, including logos, advertising, sign painting and graphics work for businesses. When the House of Sunshine was built in Sunshine Park, Mr. Stokes was hired to paint the graphics above the windows and eaves. While he had no formal art training and developed his skills through a four-year correspondence program and weekly tutoring from a retired art professor, he became a successful artist. Mr. Stokes received numerous “best of shows” at local and county art shows and various awards for his sports-oriented works, many of which were published in Beckett Sports Magazine. His artwork was showcased in galleries in Rend Lake, Chicago, Springfield and Dallas, Texas, and he even had two of his portrait paintings of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson displayed in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Stokes also greatly enjoyed teaching his own many art students over the years.

Mr. Stokes was an avid fan of both the Chicago Bears football and the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball teams.  He coached the little league baseball White Sox team of Litchfield.

In addition to his wife, Judy, Mr. Stokes is survived by three sons, Andrew W. (fiancée Athena Sedlacek) Stokes of Litchfield, Matthew M. Stokes of Hillsboro, and Robert B. Stokes of Litchfield; six grandchildren, Chelsey Stokes, Brady Stokes, Tyler J. “T.J.” Stokes, Colby Stokes, Tyler Sedlacek, and Jacob Sedlacek; one great-grandchild, Harlo Stokes; sister, Linda Lee (Ron) Repp of Staunton; and two nieces, Julie M. (Mike Painter) Repp of Collinsville and Jennifer (Chad) Jenkins of Glen Carbon.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Stokes was preceded in death by his step-mother, Juanita M. Stokes; and great-grandson, Cooper Meadows.

A memorial visitation for Mr. Stokes will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2023, at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield.

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Death of Gloria E. Frey

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Gloria E. Frey, 73 of Staunton, passed away at 12:40 PM on Friday, June 7, 2024, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon. She was born December 23, 1950, the daughter of the late Will Henry and Jessie (Campbell) Frey.  

She had resided at Alhambra Care Center in Alhambra for the past 12 years.

Gloria is survived by two sisters-in-law, Karen Frey of Staunton and Jane Frey of Elk Grove Village, IL, and five nieces and nephews, Kim Knoche, Joan Arrington, James Frey, Michael Frey, and Matthew Frey. 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Robert Frey, and one niece, Melissa Frey.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 1:30 PM at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Glenda F. “Dado” Hester

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Glenda F. “Dado” Hester, 88 of Bunker Hill, died at Villa Rose Senior Living Community, Bethalto on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.  She was born December 14, 1935, in Trenton, KY to Henry Clay Green and Florence O. Armstrong Green.  

She married Royce H. Hester on May 17, 1959, in Trenton, KY.  He preceded her in death on July 17, 2020.  She was a homemaker.  Glenda was a member of the Country Bible Church.  

She is survived by her children, Melinda (Jeffrey) Bertels of Dorsey, Michael (Laurie) Hester of Bunker Hill, and Millie Hausman of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren, Ashley (Clayton) Gill, Jordan Bertels, Shelby Hausman, Alec (fiancée, Katie Hartsock) Hester, Clay Hausman, and Paige Hester; and great-grandchildren, Jack Wilcox and Vivien Wilcox.  

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents; spouse; sister, Juanita Price; and son in law, Matt Hausman.  

Friends may call on Monday, June 10, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Funeral services are Monday, June 10, 2024, at 12:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill.

Burial will be at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Bunker Hill. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Ronald Hopper

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Ronald Hopper, 71 of Springfield, died in Springfield on Monday, June 3, 2024, at 8:05 am. He was born on July 19, 1952, in Jacksonville to Freeman Headen Hopper and Bernice Robertine Ranson. He married Yvonne Sorbie on July 14, 1990, in Springfield.  

Ronald was a 1970 graduate of Jacksonville High School. He was retired after having been a mechanic. Ronald enjoyed long-distance running and fishing.  

He is survived by his spouse, Yvonne Hopper of Springfield; children, Christy (Shawn) Shafer of Camby, IN and Nicholas Hopper of Boulder, CO; grandchildren, Elandra, Addison, and Ava, all of Indiana; sister, Cindy Lou (Rex) Gauges of Winchester; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William Hopper.  

No public services are scheduled. Memorials are suggested to donor’s choice. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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