“I Wake Up in War”: Infantryman Recalls Final Days of Tet Offensive

Ron Harre, a Ramsey resident born and raised in Brownstown, decorates his bedroom in Vietnam memorabilia: a hand-embroidered jacket with a map of the country on the back, caps, a carefully-arranged shadowbox, a collection of patriotic statuettes and displays on a shelving unit. But like many Vietnam veterans, Harre’s experiences aren’t limited to the medals…

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Seventh Grade Girls Take State Championship in East Peoria

The Wildcats seventh grade girls track team came out on top of the May 10-11 7A IESA state track meet, finishing with a team score of 37.5 and beating out Teutopolis, St. Anthony, and a number of Chicagoland teams for the top honor. Among the athletes key in the girls’ victory was Grace Nelson, who…

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Doyle Beck

Doyle Beck, 85, of St. Elmo, died at 4:09 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at his home, with his family by his side. Funeral services were held at noon on Saturday, May 18, at the St. Elmo Christian Church with Rev. Doug Wodtka officiating. Burial with military rites by St. Elmo American Legion Post #420…

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John M. “Red” Jennings

John M. “Red” Jennings, was born in Beecher City on March 29, 1943. He passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the age of 76. Red was a gifted athlete at St. Elmo High School, where he set many school records. He was an electrician and a welder by trade at Vulcan Materials. He…

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Dennis Mattix

Dennis Mattix, age 81, of Joliet passed away Thursday morning, May 2, 2019 at home with his family by his side. Born Nov. 15, 1937 in St. Elmo, Illinois, Dennis was the son of George and Gladys (Yakel) Mattix. He graduated from St. Elmo High School in 1955, Illinois Wesleyan University in 1959, and later…

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Nancy G. Slingerland

Nancy G. Slingerland, 84, of Altamont, Illinois, died at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Care Center, Altamont, Effingham County Humane Society, or EARS. Gieseking Funeral Home of Altamont is assisting…

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Roberta K. Woodmansee

Roberta K. ‘Bert’ Woodmansee, 74, of Altamont, Illinois, died at 1:16 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Private family services and burial will be held at a later date at Union Cemetery, Altamont. Memorials may be made to Effingham County Humane Shelter or the donor’s choice. Roberta was…

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Mildred R. Conrad

On April 16, 2019, Mildred “Millie” Ruth Conrad completed the task the Lord Jesus gave her: the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. She is now at rest with her Savior, Jesus. Millie was born on June 27, 1931 to Albert and Martha (Brauer) Proefrock in rural Effingham County. She was brought…

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Louis J. Kroening

Louis J. ‘Louie’ Kroening, 85 of Altamont, died at 5:49 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019 at his home, with his family by his side. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 15 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont with Rev. Dr. James F. Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church…

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Vernon L. McCammack

Vernon L. McCammack, 79 of rural Brownstown, died at 9:46 a.m., Thursday, May 9, 2019 at his home with his family at his side. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 11 at Gieseking Funeral Home in Brownstown. Burial will follow at Forbis Cemetery in rural Brownstown. Visitation will be from 9 a.m.…

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