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Death of Tellie “Ford” Alger Jr.

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Tellie “Ford” Alger Jr. died July 23 at his home in Benld. He had been in failing health for some time and was under hospice care at the time of his death. Ford was 88.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Benld United Methodist Church, 209 S. Main St., with Pastor Rick Pierce presiding.

Ford was born Aug. 24, 1922, in East St. Louis, to Tellie Ford Alger Sr. and Mattie Jane (Stricker) Alger. Ford was the oldest of six children: Ruth came next, then Patricia, David, Betty, and, finally, Janey. Betty and Janey are deceased.

Ford attended East St. Louis High School, worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps for a time, then entered the Army in February 1943. He served as a medic and saw a great deal of action, in Normandy, Northern France, the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was honorably discharged in October 1945.

Just before he left for the Army, he married Mildred Louise Malin (Muh*lynn) on Feb. 20, 1943. She died in 1993. Ford and Mildred lived first in East St. Louis, later in a home that Ford built in Dupo, then in Granite City. They moved to Benld in 1973.

Ford and Mildred had four children: Robert Alger, who died in 1972; Michael Alger, who died at birth, Kathy Herron of Benld, and Diana Greenly of South Roxana; five grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Ford worked at American Steel, Granite City Steel, A.O. Smith, and then at Nestle. He retired in 1986.

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He and Mildred loved to play card games, enjoyed going to the Muny, and going out to eat. Ford was a former president of the Benld chapter of the AARP. He was a member of the VFW and the Benld United Methodist Church.

Ford’s ashes with be interred at a later date alongside his wife’s at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

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Death of Donald F. Brown

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Donald F. Brown, 75 of Carlinville, passed away peacefully at home in the care and comfort of his extended family on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

Donnie graduated from Carlinville High School, class of 1966. He served in the United States Army early in life. He was the owner and operator of J & D Trucking traveling to all 48 continental United States, including Mexico.

He always had “many a story” to tell. He took impeccable care of his Peterbuilt Semi in addition to his other prized possessions. He had a passion for the 1960 muscle cars. Gardening and traveling with his life-long significant other of over 40 years, Dawn Lamprecht, is what he enjoyed in his free time.

Donald is survived by his sons, Jeffrey David (Lori) Brown and David Corey Brown of Carlinville; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; stepdaughters, Kimberly and Kelly Lamprecht of Collinsville; brothers, Jim (Chubby) Brown of Carlinville, Dean (Sang) Brown of Phoenix, AZ, Gerald (Mary) Brown of Gillespie, Gary (Julie) Brown of Carlinville, and Roger (Stacey) Brown of Plainview; sisters, Nancy Lambeth of Plainview and Ann Brown of Carlinville; brother in law, Melvin Pursey of Carlinville; sister in law, Cathy Brown of Joliet; and several nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin O. and Mary Jane (Bomkamp) Brown; sisters, Sharon Brown and Patty Pursey; brother, Paul Brown; and companion, Dawn Lamprecht.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville, from 2 to 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to CAV PAC or American Cancer Society. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Gary Dennis Wheeler

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Gary Dennis Wheeler, 69, of Carlinville, died at Lakeside Heath and Rehab Center, Carlinville on Sunday, June 16, 2024, at 10:50 pm. He was born on November 11, 1954, in Litchfield to Frederick Wheeler and Nancy Thrower Wheeler.

He was retired after having been Sheriff for Macoupin County. Gary was a member of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association and the Thursday Night Choir Club.

He is survived by his son, Corey (Tiffany) Wheeler of Bunker Hill; step daughter, Regina (Mike) Bassett of Bunker Hill; grandchild, Addison James Wheeler; step-grandchildren, Jessica Bassett and Jacob Bassett; siblings, Karan (Robert) Teter of PA, Frederick Wheeler, Mark (Debbie) Wheeler of Brighton, and Beth (Steve) Norris of Bethalto; former wife, Billie Bauer of Bunker Hill; and special friends, Greg and Kari McKinney of Carlinville.  

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James Wheeler.  

Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at the funeral home at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Bunker Hill Cemetery, Bunker Hill.  

Memorials are suggested to Bunker Hill Education Foundation for a scholarship to be set up in Gary’s name. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Michele Lynn Peretti

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Michele Lynn Peretti, of St. Louis, MO, formerly of Wilsonville, died peacefully at her residence on June 14, 2024, at age 74.

Michele was born on September 16, 1949, to Joseph Michael Peretti and Rose (Rossini) Peretti in Litchfield. She attended the University of Missouri in St. Louis and was a devoted math teacher for over 36 years.

A dedicated fan of the Cardinals and the Blues, she also loved The Boss (Bruce Springsteen). Her favorite quote of Bruce Springsteen was “It’s not the time in your life, it’s the life in your time.” Michele also found joy in attending the Fox and Muny as well as spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Chris Eveland of St. Louis, and her sister Denise (Peretti) Anderson and husband Randy Anderson of Gillespie. Michele is further survived by her beloved nephews and nieces, Ryan (partner Katie) Anderson of Gillespie, Teri Anderson of Colorado Springs, CO, Robert (Emily) Anderson of Columbia, and Randi Anderson of Gillespie; great nieces Ryeline and Rosie; and great nephew, Samuel.

A celebration of life will be held for Michele at a later date. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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