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Death of John L. Dunkirk Jr.

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John L. Dunkirk Jr., 82 of Litchfield, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2023, at 11:00 p.m. at the Montgomery Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hillsboro. He was born on April 4, 1941, in Hillsboro, the son of John L. and Vivian (Vincent) Dunkirk Sr. 

He was a graduate of Hillsboro High School, class of 1959. He attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL and graduated in 1964 with a B.S. in Physical Education with a minor in mathematics. He married the former Susan R. Firnhaber, on July 24, 1971, at the Challacombe House in Hillsboro and she survives.

Mr. Dunkirk was employed by the Litchfield Community Unit School District #12 for 38 years. He taught science classes his first year, then moved into the math department teaching algebra. He coached varsity football for a couple of years and was best known as coach of the eighth-grade boys’ basketball team for Litchfield Junior High School for 24 years. He took several teams to sectional and super sectional tournaments and the coveted state tournament.  

Mr. Dunkirk was known to be stern but fair as a disciplinarian, both on the court and in the classroom. In addition to his teaching and coaching career, Mr. Dunkirk served the City of Litchfield in a civic capacity. He was appointed to serve as an alderman for Ward 3 in June of 2000, by then Mayor William Cornman, and elected as Mayor in 2001 and served one term. 

Mr. Dunkirk was a member of St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Litchfield and The Litchfield Country Club where he enjoyed playing golf. He enjoyed reading James Patterson novels, and traveling and taking cruises along with his wife, Susan.

In addition to his wife, Susan, Mr. Dunkirk is survived by their son, Zach (Kelly) Dunkirk of Springfield; his sister, Doris Enochs of Hillsboro; and two grandchildren, Claire and Corinne Dunkirk.

Mr. Dunkirk is preceded in death by his parents.  

A memorial service for Mr. Dunkirk will be held Saturday, July 15, 2023, at 12:00 Noon at St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Litchfield. Rev. Dennis M. Hill will officiate. 

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Visitation will be Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Private interment service will be held at the Edgewood Cemetery in Litchfield. The family asks for memorials to be directed to St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Litchfield. Plummer Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. 

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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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