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Death of Robert Lee “Bob” Schmidt

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Robert Lee “Bob” Schmidt, 92 of Litchfield, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at 2:55 p.m. at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. He was born on August 16, 1929, in Litchfield, a son of Henry L. and Lydia C. (Grosenheider) Schmidt.

He attended West Point Grade School west of Litchfield, Zion Lutheran Grade School, and graduated from Litchfield High School with the class of 1947. Mr. Schmidt was a farmer, farming alongside his father and brother Vernon for many years.

He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1951-1955. He was first stationed at the 5th Air Force Base in Seoul, Korea where he served as a telecommunicator. He was later stationed at Warner Robbins, Georgia and Grand Prairie, TX. While serving in Texas, he married the former Billie June Burden on January 24, 1955. She preceded him in death on February 19, 1971. On December 8, 1973, he married Naomi (Furlow) Norris and she survives.

Mr. Schmidt was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield where he served as an Elder, a Sunday School teacher for many years, and a member of the church choir. He also volunteered for the local Meals on Wheels program for many years.

In addition to his wife Naomi, Mr. Schmidt is survived by his son, Kurt Schmidt of Menifee, CA; his daughter, Rebecca (Roger) Bergman of Litchfield; step-sons, Ron (Pam) Norris of Litchfield and Mike Norris of St. Peters, MO; step-daughter, Teresa Norris of Litchfield; grandchildren, Jarrod (Maya) Bergman, Derek (Brittany Wagner) Bergman, Cameron (Jillian) Norris, Trisha (John) Hoagland, and Kate (Scott) Lovelady; great-grandchildren, Evelyn Bergman, Elise Bergman, Ava Hoagland, Easton Hoagland, Aleyna Canady, Cole Lovelady, Ryan Lovelady, Kailee Lovelady, Brenden Lovelady, Jace Norris, Brice Norris, Emma Norris, and Rowan Norris; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Schmidt was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Billie; his brothers, Harold and Vernon; his sister, Betty Wilhelms; and infant brother and sister.

Funeral services for Mr. Schmidt will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield with Rev. Fred Kraemer officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield. Visitation will be held on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials to Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield is in charge of arrangements.

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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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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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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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