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In Loving Memory of Ryan Koschak

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Ryan Joseph Koschak, age 41, from Butler, IL, bid us an unexpected farewell on September 3, 2023, in Fenton, MO. Ryan’s journey through life was a high-voltage adventure. Born on September 4, 1981, to Paul (Rick) Koschak and Deborah Koschak (Keck) in Litchfield, IL, he grew up in Gillespie alongside his older sister Stacey Koschak (Keith).

After graduating from GHS in 1999, he pursued a vocational degree at Midwest School of Welding in Lincoln, IL. Ryan’s spirit was as fiery as his welding torch, earning him a reputation for his craftsmanship as a Boilermaker (Local 363 -Belleville), as well as his crafty sense of humor. He possessed the rare gift of turning even the dullest moments into uproarious laughter.  

Ryan was a true friend to many and a brother-in-spirit to countless others. His warmth and laughter left an indelible mark on everyone fortunate enough to cross his path. He had a knack for touching lives wherever he went, leaving behind a trail of memories that will forever be part of his remarkable legacy.  

In his earlier days, Ryan seemed to have had nine lives, embarking on daring adventures that often left us shaking our heads in disbelief. But then, Abbie entered his life, and together, they embarked on a new adventure – parenthood. Abbie helped him trade his risk-taking for diaper-changing as he wholeheartedly embraced the wonderful adventure of fatherhood.  

Ryan’s love knew no bounds, particularly when it came to his daughter, Vivien, whom he adored beyond measure. Abbie, his beloved wife and the love of his life, was his partner in every sense of the word.  Ryan had a unique affection for nature, caring for chickens, beekeeping, hummingbirds, and his feline companion, Pumpkin.

His garage served as his sanctuary, where he meticulously crafted intricate machines and occasionally muttered a few choice words under his breath when his tools disagreed with him. Above all, Ryan had a heart of gold, and his kindness became legendary. He touched lives with his generosity and humor, making him not just a man but a legend.  

As we bid farewell to Ryan Koschak, let us remember him not with tears but with smiles, for his spirit will forever illuminate our memories. 

Ryan is survived by his wife, Abbie (Bunge) Koschak; his daughter, Vivien; his parents, Rick and Debbie (Keck) Koschak; his sister, Stacey Keith (Chris); nephews, Jared Gansz, Luke Goldasich, Brody Keith, and Sean and Sam Zaloudek; and nieces, Emma Gansz, Brentleigh Keith, and Caroline Goldasich.  

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He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kenneth & Anna (Williams) Keck and Paul & Agnes (Tallman) Koschak.  

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 8, 2023, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 5 to 8 p.m. Services will be held at 8 p.m.  In honor of Ryan’s memory, we kindly request that, instead of flowers, donations be made directly to Abbie Koschak. These contributions will assist in covering his family’s expenses and ensuring Vivien’s education.

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Death of Ricky Dale Goldman

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Ricky Dale Goldman, 70 of Dorchester, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 5:05 am. He was born on August 27, 1953, in Aurora, IL to Dale Goldman and Jean Castner Goldman. He married Karen S. Graham Goldman on February 21, 1988, in Las Vegas, NV.  

He was a truck driver. Ricky grew up farming with his dad. Ricky collected tractors and watched racing. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed old cars, motorcycles, and to DJ. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.  

He is survived by his spouse, Karen Goldman of Dorchester; children, Megan Mitchell of Peachtree Corners, GA, and Skyler (Amber) Goldman of St. Charles, MO; grandchildren, Olivia Mitchell and Adelaide Goldman; siblings, Susan Fuertges of Clermont, FL, Cary (Trudie) Goldman of Plano, IL, and Randy (Ursula) Goldman of Serena, IL; and mother in law, Ruth (George) Vincent of Wilsonville.  

Ricky was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Arthur Graham.  

Friends may call on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services are Friday, July 19, 2024, at 10:00 am at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill.

Memorials are suggested to Siteman Cancer Center or Glioblastoma Foundation. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of George Perry Harbaugh

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George Perry Harbaugh, 84 of Dorchester, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 3:35 am.  He was born on May 23, 1940, in Hettick to John Lester Harbaugh and Iva Mae Clark Harbaugh.  

He married Darlene (Klein) Harbaugh on January 5, 1962, in Appleton, WI.  He was an ag mechanic for Heyen’s Farm Implement and then Sievers Equipment. He also worked as a chainer and in the maintenance department at Laclede Steel. George was a member of the Fosterburg Baptist Church. He enjoyed tinkering with everything.  

He is survived by his spouse, Darlene Harbaugh of Dorchester; children, Chris (Barbara) Harbaugh of Gillespie and Russell Harbaugh of Litchfield; 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Phyllis Black, Elmer Harbaugh, David Harbaugh, and Shirley Lee.  

George was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Byron K. Harbaugh and Kenny Harbaugh; and siblings, Charles Harbaugh, Carl Harbaugh, Louise Fry, Ernest Harbaugh, Dale Harbaugh, and Wayne Harbaugh.  

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2024, at the Forsterburg Baptist Church at 11 am with a meal to follow. Memorials are suggested to wishes of the family.  Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Denny (McAfoos) Turner

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Denny (McAfoos) Turner, 88 of Bunker Hill, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at 11:26 pm.  She was born on January 19, 1936, in Alton to Herbert McAfoos and Lucille Cole McAfoos.  

She graduated from Alton High School in January of 1955 and married Cecil M. Turner on March 12, 1955, in Alton. They just celebrated their 69 wedding anniversary. Not only was she a wonderful wife to Cecil, Denny was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend.  

Denny was a faithful believer of Jesus Christ as her lord and savior. She spent many years in child evangelism, teaching children the path to becoming a Christian.  

She is survived by her spouse, Cecil M. Turner of Bunker Hill; children, Carey (Mike Tomlanovich) Eveans of Englewood, FL and Tabitha (Jim) Golike of Lake of the Ozarks, MO; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Lauren (Tom) Miller of Godfrey; brother, Wendell (Sue) McAfoos of Alton; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Denny was preceded in death by her parents; children, Cole Turner and Kim Turner; grandson, Cole Brandon Turner; sister, Sue LaMarsh; and brothers, Ollie McAfoos, Dwight McAfoos, Bill McAfoos, Stan McAfoos and Allen McAfoos.

 Friends may call on Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home Bunker Hill from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral services are Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. Burial will be at Woodburn Cemetery, Woodburn.  

Memorials are suggested to Woodburn Bible Church. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, IL is in charge of the arrangements.

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