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Death of John “Johnny” Allen Kruse Jr.

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John “Johnny” Allen Kruse Jr.,  41 of Litchfield, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 6:59 a.m. at his home. Johnny was born on August 4, 1980, in Litchfield, the only son of John Allen Kruse Sr. and Ellen “Cookie” Kay DeWitt.

Johnny was a veteran of the U.S. Army Airborne Division. He was an avid skydiver, dedicated husband and father, and a genuine friend. Johnny married Jessica “Jes” Nicole Randall on June 3, 2017, at Beacon Church in Litchfield and she survives.

Johnny worked at Pittsburg Pipe Company in Litchfield as a welder, plasma table operator, and steel fabricator. Johnny enjoyed riding dirt bikes with his kids, sky diving, hanging out at his dad’s shop, and doing what he could to help others. Johnny lived for “Date Nights” with his wife, spending time with his children, and ensuring his family was his number one focus.  

In addition to his wife Jes, he is survived by his parents, John (Valerie) Kruse and Ellen “Cookie” (Eric) Broida, all of Litchfield; five sons, Kaiden Law, Axle Randall-Kruse, Sawyer Kruse, Henrik Kruse, and Kannon Kruse; one daughter, Lahna Kruse; his mother and father in law, Alan and Dana Randall of Hillsboro; two brothers, Michael Kruse and Ryan Kruse of Litchfield; two sisters, Emily Broida of St. Petersburg, FL and Ashley Kruse of Litchfield; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Johnny is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Earl and Mary DeWitt, and his paternal grandparents, James “Rusty” and Rosemary “Rose” Kruse.

Funeral services for Mr. Kruse will be held Saturday, February 12, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. Rev. John Magnuson of Beacon Church will preside. Cremation rites will follow services. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2022, at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield.    

The family asks for memorials to be given to Jes Kruse in care of Plummer Funeral Home, 404 E Union Avenue, Litchfield, IL 62056.

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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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