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Death of Rodney Lee McQuaid

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Rodney Lee McQuaid, 62 of Shipman, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at home. He was born on January 31, 1962, in Alton, the son of the late Roy “RD” and Ramona Kay (Moran) McQuaid.

Rodney married the love of his life Sherry Lynn Whitten on October 12, 1984, in Alton. She preceded him in death in 2020.  Together they enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family, always spoiling their nieces and nephews whom they dearly loved. He was a manager at Speedway Salvage and could usually be found getting into trouble on his tractor.

Rodney is survived by his brother, Skip (Marcia) McQuaid; sister, Sherrie (Randy) Durbin; five nieces and nephews; five great nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Gloria Joyce.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sherry Lynn, and parents, RD and Kay McQuaid.

Visitation will be held from 10 am until the time of funeral service at Noon on Monday, April 22, 2024, at Anderson Family Funeral Home in Brighton. Burial will follow at Shipman Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation.

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Death of Phyllis Jean Robinson

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Phyllis Jean Robinson, age 79, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Alton Memorial Hospital.  She was born on February 8, 1945, at home in Edwardsville the daughter of Ralph and Mabel (Klopmeier) Helmkamp.

She married John Robinson at Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill on August 9, 1969, and they enjoyed nearly 55 wonderful years together. A 1963 graduate of Bunker Hill High School, Phyllis began her career at Olin as a switchboard operator before dedicating herself full-time to her family and farm.

As a devoted member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill, she contributed in many meaningful ways. Phyllis taught Sunday school, managed the Cradle Roll, and was an active member of both LWML and Ladies Aid, where she served as treasurer for several years. Her life was a testament to hard work, love, and unwavering faith in God and family.  

Phyllis leaves behind her beloved husband, John; sons, Eric (Suzie) Robinson of Glen Carbon and Mark (Katie) Robinson of Collinsville; six grandchildren, Ashlee, Kristina, Luke, Nolan, Jake, and Cole Robinson; and sisters, Louise (Jerry) Weidner of Bunker Hill and Janet Gillis of Jerseyville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Ole and Elsie Robinson; sister, Arlene Hall; brothers-in-law, Ed Gillis and Tony Robinson; nephew, Ed Gillis Jr.; daughter, Amy Robinson; and grandson, Wyatt Robinson.  

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. followed by a service on Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill (609 E Warren St, Bunker Hill). A graveside service will follow at St. James Cemetery, 5662 IL-159, Edwardsville, IL 62025, with Rev. Pastor Robert Weise officiating.  

Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill. Arrangements are entrusted to Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill.

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Death of David Andrew Klaustermeier

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David Andrew Klaustermeier, age 59, of Benld, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2024. His passing was unexpected and sudden, and he will be missed.  David was born on April 26, 1965, to Vernon and Dorothy (Merry) Klaustermeier in Highland.  

After graduating from Edwardsville High School in 1983, David served six years in the United States Navy.  He was loved by many nieces and nephews; they always knew he had a smile and a big hug ready for them. David worked in the flooring industry. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, wood working, and the outdoors. He was a natural born caregiver and provided many hours of care for his mother, sister in law, and brother.   

David was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Dorothy; as well as his brother, Vernon Klaustermeier Jr; sister in law, Lisbeth (Dressen) Klaustermeier; and Jeff Klaustermeier, his nephew.  

David left behind two brothers, Jim Klaustermeier and Scott (Cindy) Klaustermeier and two sisters, Lois (Jerry) Kappler and Bev (Leroy) Engelke.

Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  David will be laid to rest in a private burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

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Death of Eugene A. “Gene” Bentrup

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Eugene A. “Gene” Bentrup, age 86 of rural Staunton, passed away at 5:15 PM on Friday, April 19, 2024, at Staunton Health & Rehab Center in Staunton.  He was born on Tuesday, March 15, 1938, in Staunton, the son of the late Louis and Ella (Heigert) Bentrup.  

He married Shirley Repovich on June 9, 1962, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livingston and she survives.

Gene served our country in the United States Army.  He was employed as a grain inspector for Toberman Grain & Feed Company in East St. Louis for many years.  He enjoyed gardening, mowing grass, shopping with Shirley, traveling with the Goldenaires Club, bowling, and table games.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Bentrup of rural Staunton, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother in infancy, Otto Bentrup.

Friends may call from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston. Funeral services for Gene Bentrup will be held at 11 AM on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston with Rev. Fr. Thomas Hagstrom officiating.

Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton with the  Staunton Veterans Honor Guard conducting graveside military rites. Memorials are suggested to either Heartland Hospice, St. Michael Catholic Church of Staunton, or to the charity of the donor’s choice

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