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Luke Blevins, 81, of Gillespie, IL died Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm at his residence. Luke was born on March 19, 1930 to Leonard Blevins, Sr. and Mildred (Gray) Blevins.

He married Betty Jean (Allen) Blevins on February 5, 1949 in Yuma, AZ. She preceded him in death on January 7, 2011. After his marriage, he went on to retire from Monterey Coal Co as a supervisor and then served as a Unit 7 School Bus Driver. Luke also was a US Navy Veteran and a member of Deacon Trinity Baptist Church in Gillespie, IL, United Mine Workers, and Teamster.

Luke is survived by two sons: Michael Blevins of Denver, CO, Joel (Ida) Blevins of Springfield, IL, two daughters: Larena Blevins of Staunton, IL, Katrina (Robert) Eifling of Gillespie, IL, 10 grandchildren: Ambyre Ponivas, Lucas Blevins, Matthew Blevins, Brad Blevins, Neil Blevins, Keri Rae, Shannon Schulze, Jamie Remer, Jason Remer, Kelly Halteman, nine great grandchildren, four brothers: Wayne Blevins of Dorchester, IL, James Blevins of Godfrey, IL, Lindell Blevins of Statesville, NC, Thomas Blevins of Gillespie, IL, and five sisters: Edna Mae Releford of Gillespie, IL, Vi Edwards of Gillespie, IL, Clarissa “Babe” Troxel of Fallon, NV, Alberta Shemph of Peoria, IL, Carolyn Rimar of Troy, IL.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his spouse, his brothers: Richard Blevins and Leonard Blevins, his sisters: Marianna Peacock, Alvena Friend, Marie Brewer, and Dorothy Blevins.

Visitation is on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm.

The funeral is set to take place Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie, IL. Rev. Justin Kinder will be ministering the services.

Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com
Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, IL is in charge of the 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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