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Death of James “Jim” Dickson

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James “Jim” Dickson, 71 of Litchfield, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 9:39 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. Jim was born July 6, 1952, in Georgetown, the son of James Estell Dickson and Sarah Lorraine (Lawlyes) Dickson.

After completing grade and high school from Georgetown, Jim enrolled in Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, to attend school where he earned a B.S. in Spanish. After graduation in 1974, he moved to Litchfield, to become a teacher in the Litchfield School District, where he taught for 32 years. During his time at LHS, he coached junior high basketball and freshman football. He is most known for being Senor, as the High School Spanish teacher.

Jim had many loves, his F-150 truck, 650 Bergman scooter, he was a published author, photography, music (REO Speedwagon), bird watching and grilling. His love for dogs was shown through his fur babies, Chichi, Checkers, and Arie. None of these will ever be surpassed by the love and passion he had for teaching, his students, and most of all, his family.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Linda (Fizzell) Dickson, whom he married December 27, 1981, in Litchfield. They were married for 35 years. She passed away on January 27, 2017. Jim was then fortunate to find Robyn (Bouillion) Dickson, who he shared his life with. They were married on October 16, 2021, and she survives.

Other survivors include, his daughter Sarah Dickson of Cincinnati, OH; one brother, Steve Dickson of Oxford, MA.; two sisters-in-law, Nancy (Dan) Pugh of Champaign, and Gwen (Daniel) Flinn of Englewood, FL; two step-children, Jamie (Kimberly) Wing and Tamara Wing-Chapman, both of Carlinville; four step-grandchildren, Andrew Hawk, Mackenzie David and Shelbie Parnell, all of Carlinville, and Clayton David of Bunker Hill; three nieces, Tawna (Ed) Dickson Couto Dattelo of West Port, Ma., Jennifer Dickson-Solomito of Tiverton, R.I., and Brandi Dickson of Ware, Ma. and two nephews, Brendan Gamble and Oscar (Tiffany) Campbell, both of Champaign. Also Surviving are Oliver and Madison Gamble of Champaign, Vanessa Cuto of West Port, Ma., and Owen Solomito of Tiverton, R.I.

In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials can be made to Adopt-A-Pet Animal Shelter in Benld. A celebration of life will be held for Jim on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Litchfield, at 12:00 pm. Visitation will also be at St. Timothy United Methodist Church, from 10:00 am until the time of services. Rev. Dennis Hill will officiate. The family requests to those attending to please wear your favorite sports attire, in memory of Mr. Dickson. Plummer Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Ricky Dale Goldman

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Ricky Dale Goldman, 70 of Dorchester, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 5:05 am. He was born on August 27, 1953, in Aurora, IL to Dale Goldman and Jean Castner Goldman. He married Karen S. Graham Goldman on February 21, 1988, in Las Vegas, NV.  

He was a truck driver. Ricky grew up farming with his dad. Ricky collected tractors and watched racing. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed old cars, motorcycles, and to DJ. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.  

He is survived by his spouse, Karen Goldman of Dorchester; children, Megan Mitchell of Peachtree Corners, GA, and Skyler (Amber) Goldman of St. Charles, MO; grandchildren, Olivia Mitchell and Adelaide Goldman; siblings, Susan Fuertges of Clermont, FL, Cary (Trudie) Goldman of Plano, IL, and Randy (Ursula) Goldman of Serena, IL; and mother in law, Ruth (George) Vincent of Wilsonville.  

Ricky was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Arthur Graham.  

Friends may call on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services are Friday, July 19, 2024, at 10:00 am at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill.

Memorials are suggested to Siteman Cancer Center or Glioblastoma Foundation. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of George Perry Harbaugh

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George Perry Harbaugh, 84 of Dorchester, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 3:35 am.  He was born on May 23, 1940, in Hettick to John Lester Harbaugh and Iva Mae Clark Harbaugh.  

He married Darlene (Klein) Harbaugh on January 5, 1962, in Appleton, WI.  He was an ag mechanic for Heyen’s Farm Implement and then Sievers Equipment. He also worked as a chainer and in the maintenance department at Laclede Steel. George was a member of the Fosterburg Baptist Church. He enjoyed tinkering with everything.  

He is survived by his spouse, Darlene Harbaugh of Dorchester; children, Chris (Barbara) Harbaugh of Gillespie and Russell Harbaugh of Litchfield; 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Phyllis Black, Elmer Harbaugh, David Harbaugh, and Shirley Lee.  

George was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Byron K. Harbaugh and Kenny Harbaugh; and siblings, Charles Harbaugh, Carl Harbaugh, Louise Fry, Ernest Harbaugh, Dale Harbaugh, and Wayne Harbaugh.  

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2024, at the Forsterburg Baptist Church at 11 am with a meal to follow. Memorials are suggested to wishes of the family.  Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Denny (McAfoos) Turner

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Denny (McAfoos) Turner, 88 of Bunker Hill, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at 11:26 pm.  She was born on January 19, 1936, in Alton to Herbert McAfoos and Lucille Cole McAfoos.  

She graduated from Alton High School in January of 1955 and married Cecil M. Turner on March 12, 1955, in Alton. They just celebrated their 69 wedding anniversary. Not only was she a wonderful wife to Cecil, Denny was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend.  

Denny was a faithful believer of Jesus Christ as her lord and savior. She spent many years in child evangelism, teaching children the path to becoming a Christian.  

She is survived by her spouse, Cecil M. Turner of Bunker Hill; children, Carey (Mike Tomlanovich) Eveans of Englewood, FL and Tabitha (Jim) Golike of Lake of the Ozarks, MO; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Lauren (Tom) Miller of Godfrey; brother, Wendell (Sue) McAfoos of Alton; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Denny was preceded in death by her parents; children, Cole Turner and Kim Turner; grandson, Cole Brandon Turner; sister, Sue LaMarsh; and brothers, Ollie McAfoos, Dwight McAfoos, Bill McAfoos, Stan McAfoos and Allen McAfoos.

 Friends may call on Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home Bunker Hill from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral services are Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. Burial will be at Woodburn Cemetery, Woodburn.  

Memorials are suggested to Woodburn Bible Church. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, IL is in charge of the arrangements.

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