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Death of Michael William Winstead

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Michael William Winstead, 45 of Litchfield, passed away at 10:14 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield. Michael was born in Litchfield on April 30, 1977, a son of William Henry and Beverly Ann (Niehaus) Winstead.

He graduated from Litchfield High School with the Class of 1995. Michael was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving for four years on the USS Kitty Hawk where he held the rank of Operations Specialist 2nd Class. He also attended Lincoln Land Community College where he received an Electrical Certificate.

Michael was employed as a maintenance supervisor for Dometic, formerly Sierra Mfg. for the past 22 years. He enjoyed NASCAR series racing, attending the sporting events in which his sons participated, yard work and mowing, genealogy, and family ancestry research. He loved all things peanut butter. Michael and the former Lyndsy Rae Klump were married on October 25, 2003, at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. She survives.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by three sons, Cale, Gavin, and Keaton Winstead, all of Litchfield; two sisters, Michele (Scott) Bader of Carlinville and Melinda (Joseph) Estrada of Hamel; several nieces and nephews; and father-and-mother-in-law, Mike and Sandy (Schroeder) Klump of Hillsboro.

Michael was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Elmer and Mary (Stamer) Niehaus; paternal grandparents, Virgil and Mabel (Snyder) Winstead; and sister, Melissa Ann Winstead.

Funeral services for Michael will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. Rev. Fred Kraemer, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield will officiate. Burial will follow in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Plummer Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m.

Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield is in charge of 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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