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Death of Roy Lee Baker

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Roy Lee Baker, 95 of Shipman, died at Heritage Health of Staunton on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at 2:45 a.m. He was born on April 1, 1928, in Shipman to George L. Baker and Eva Smith Baker. 

He married Audrey Irene (Smithpott) Baker. He was a farmer and a self taught machinist. Roy enjoyed toy making, casting, coin collecting and toy collecting. 

He is survived by his children, Gerald (Mina) Baker of Shipman, Dennis (Sonja) Baker of Plainview, Kenneth (Grace) Baker of Bethalto, Darrell (Cindy) Baker of Shipman, and Faye Knoche of Staunton; grandchildren, Monica (Richard) Sawyer, Tina (Jeff) Gibson, Denise (Gene) Seal, Matthew (Nicki) Baker, Joel Baker, Joshua (Julie) Baker, Jeremiah Baker, Natasha (Rob Cryer) Knoche, Alex (fiancée, Ashley Brim) Knoche, Joshua (Carissa) Meyer, Dan (Renee) Meyer, and Cody (Kelly) Meyer; great-grandchildren, Shelbey (Matt) Garber, Connor (friend, Gabe) Sawyer, Lynsey (fiancé, Cody Hallstead) Gibson, Owen Seal, Trevor Seal, Maddy Seal, Brynn Baker, Jaydon Baker, Weston Baker, Wyatt Baker, Adeline Baker, Alyssa Meyer, Kaleb Meyer, Sadie Meyer, Hunter Meyer, Bree Burch, and Summer Jeffrey; expecting great grandchild, Ava Lee Cryer; brother, Dan Baker of Shipman; and sisters, Geneva Quirk of Shipman, Georgia Bray of Shipman, and Darlene (Lester) Large of Bunker Hill. 

Roy was preceded in death by his parents; spouse; daughter, Cheryl Baker; and brothers, Henry Baker, Lloyd Baker, Guy Baker, and Robert Baker. 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Shipman Area Park Association. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill is in charge of the arrangements.

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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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