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Death of Milton Holmgrain

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Leonard Milton Holmgrain, 90 of Litchfield, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2023, at Carlinville Rehab and Nursing in Carlinville. Mr. Holmgrain was born on January 5, 1933, in Gordon, NE, a son of Floyd Harold and Lela (Lockwood) Holmgrain. 

He graduated from Gordon High School, obtained his undergraduate degree from Chadron State College and the University of Nebraska with a Masters Degree in Business and Hospital Administration. Mr. Holmgrain proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He and the former Marie Jean Blundell were married on July 31, 1955. She preceded him in death on September 22, 2022. Mr. Holmgrain was employed for many years as a hospital administrator at Kosciusko Hospital in Warsaw, IN. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and Mizpah Shrine. He was an avid woodworker, art collector, and traveled extensively with his wife through the years.

Mr. Holmgrain is survived by a daughter, Diane Hardy of Carlinville; grandson, Joseph (Lexi) Hardy of Thayer, IL; brother, Everette (Joan) Holmgrain of South Dakota; and sister, Phyllis Simpson of Nebraska.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Floyd Holmgrain and Ernest Holmgrain.

There are no services planned for Mr. Holmgrain. Memorials in his honor may be directed to Summer Repertory Theatre program at Blackburn College, 700 College Avenue, Carlinville, IL, 62626. Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield is assisting the family.

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Death of Gloria E. Frey

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Gloria E. Frey, 73 of Staunton, passed away at 12:40 PM on Friday, June 7, 2024, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon. She was born December 23, 1950, the daughter of the late Will Henry and Jessie (Campbell) Frey.  

She had resided at Alhambra Care Center in Alhambra for the past 12 years.

Gloria is survived by two sisters-in-law, Karen Frey of Staunton and Jane Frey of Elk Grove Village, IL, and five nieces and nephews, Kim Knoche, Joan Arrington, James Frey, Michael Frey, and Matthew Frey. 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Robert Frey, and one niece, Melissa Frey.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 1:30 PM at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Glenda F. “Dado” Hester

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Glenda F. “Dado” Hester, 88 of Bunker Hill, died at Villa Rose Senior Living Community, Bethalto on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.  She was born December 14, 1935, in Trenton, KY to Henry Clay Green and Florence O. Armstrong Green.  

She married Royce H. Hester on May 17, 1959, in Trenton, KY.  He preceded her in death on July 17, 2020.  She was a homemaker.  Glenda was a member of the Country Bible Church.  

She is survived by her children, Melinda (Jeffrey) Bertels of Dorsey, Michael (Laurie) Hester of Bunker Hill, and Millie Hausman of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren, Ashley (Clayton) Gill, Jordan Bertels, Shelby Hausman, Alec (fiancée, Katie Hartsock) Hester, Clay Hausman, and Paige Hester; and great-grandchildren, Jack Wilcox and Vivien Wilcox.  

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents; spouse; sister, Juanita Price; and son in law, Matt Hausman.  

Friends may call on Monday, June 10, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Funeral services are Monday, June 10, 2024, at 12:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill.

Burial will be at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Bunker Hill. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill is in charge of the arrangements.

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Ronald Hopper, 71 of Springfield, died in Springfield on Monday, June 3, 2024, at 8:05 am. He was born on July 19, 1952, in Jacksonville to Freeman Headen Hopper and Bernice Robertine Ranson. He married Yvonne Sorbie on July 14, 1990, in Springfield.  

Ronald was a 1970 graduate of Jacksonville High School. He was retired after having been a mechanic. Ronald enjoyed long-distance running and fishing.  

He is survived by his spouse, Yvonne Hopper of Springfield; children, Christy (Shawn) Shafer of Camby, IN and Nicholas Hopper of Boulder, CO; grandchildren, Elandra, Addison, and Ava, all of Indiana; sister, Cindy Lou (Rex) Gauges of Winchester; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William Hopper.  

No public services are scheduled. Memorials are suggested to donor’s choice. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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