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Death of James E. Kiffmeyer

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James E. Kiffmeyer, 77, of Bunker Hill, Illinois, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2012 while traveling to be with his family in Edwardsville, as he did every single day. He was born on March 20th, 1935, in Carlyle, Illinois, and was the son of the late Albert and Beatrice (Cook) Kiffmeyer.

He leaves behind his fiancée, Kay Greear, whom he has been in love with for 19 years. He came from a family with four other siblings, Robert and Teddy, who preceded Jim in death, and Sarah Rouse and Willene Bacon, who survives.

He also has three surviving children, Rita Ann Kiffmeyer, Euginia (Jeannie) Lynn Beecher (Husband, Austin) and Douglas James Kiffmeyer (Companion, Missy Cornwall). Surviving grandchildren are Morgan, Grace, and Cole Kiffmeyer, Chris, Jason, and Terry Heinemann, Brandon and Jeremy Beecher. Surviving great grandchildren are Gavin, Logan, and Megan Heinemann.

Jim attended Carlyle High School, and graduated with the class of 1953. He moved to Greenville, Illinois and began his illustrious career at Olin, where he devoted over 20 years of hard work to provide for his growing children, whom he loved dearly. The next step in Jim’s career led him to open Kiffmeyer Accounting, in Bunker Hill. The company still serves a multitude of clients to this day, and his youngest son, Douglas, will continue Jim’s legacy with the business, which now has locations in Maryville, Illinois, and East Alton, Illinois.

When Jim found time to get away from work, he loved to fish at Carlyle Lake with his son and grandchildren. He also was an avid participant with the Bunker Hill Volunteer Fire Dept and is personally responsible for saving the lives of several members of his community. He was also a member of the Bunker Hill Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed telling stories and jokes.

Jim had a passion for helping others succeed and was always able to bring out the best in every individual he crossed paths with. He loved and encouraged those around him, and the words “You can’t” were never a part of his vocabulary.

He was a wise man with countless meaningful stories that inspired positivity. He was also a great father, grandfather, and mentor. You will be sorely missed Dad, we love you!

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm on Friday, June 8, 2012 at Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, IL.

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Services are Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 10:30 am at Greater Alton Church of East Alton, IL with Rev. Jeremy Wood and Rev. Robert Cox officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Carlyle, IL. Memorials may be made to Bunker Hill Fire Department or Illinois Center for Autism.

Anyone wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com.

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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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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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