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Death of Howard Louis Zumwalt

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Howard Louis Zumwalt, 72, of Litchfield, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 3:05 a.m. at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He was born in Litchfield on August 13, 1950, a son of Robert Allen and Rosemary (Blevins) Zumwalt. He attended Litchfield Schools and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Zumwalt married the former Doris Irene Burris on November 29, 1971, and she survives. Mr. Zumwalt worked for Valley Steel in Carlinville for several years. He was a welder at Ideal Welding in White City and for Worksaver Manufacturing in Litchfield. He retired as a truck driver from Curry Coal and Ice in Carlinville. Mr. Zumwalt enjoyed tinkering with old cars, going fishing and camping, and going to auctions. 

In addition to his wife, Doris, Mr. Zumwalt is survived by two sons, David (Karen) Zumwalt Spensberger of O’Fallon and Jonathon Zumwalt of Springfield; two daughters, Mary Zumwalt of Litchfield and Susan (Jerry) Longwell of St. Clair, MO; three brothers, Robert (Patty) Zumwalt of Litchfield, Bert (Michelle) Zumwalt of Virden, and Orville (Angela) Zumwalt of Roodhouse, IL; two sisters, Patty Allen of Hamel and Mona (Ralph) Elizondo of Pensacola, FL; his grandchildren, Sabrina Herbert, Taylor Dilks, Stephen Strem, Michael OBrien, Jonathan Hammond, Brooke Shuey, Kayla Zumwalt, Dakota Fones, Haley Harshani, Dani Hammond, Christian Zumwalt, Ashley Frailey, Rebecca Kitchens, Jessica Wilson and Tabitha Wilson; and 25 great-grandchildren. 

Mr. Zumwalt was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Rosetta Jett and Kathy Ferrari; and a grandson, Jared Frailey.

No services are planned at this time. Plummer Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family with 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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