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Edna Valter

Edna McCue Valter
11/19/1935 - 11/27/2014

Edna McCue Valter

Edna McCue Valter, age 79, of Ridgway, IL,  died November 27, 2014 in Park Ridge, IL.  Edna was born in Equality on November 19, 1935 to the late J. Edgar and Hazel (Randolph) McCue.

Edna graduated Equality High School and then attended Stephens College where she obtained her Bachelors Degree and then attended the University of Illinois obtaining her Masters Degree in Education.  She taught for several years in Norris City as the Home Economics teacher.  She settled in Ridgway where she raised her children and was active in the community especially the Women’s Club.  Edna was a wonderful Mother, daughter, sister and friend and will be missed.

Edna is survived by a daughter, Sarah Jane Valter of Chicago, IL and a son Shawn Valter of Quincy, IL, a grandson, Jack Clisham of Chicago.  A niece, Martha Lands Frame, and nephews, Nicholas Valter, Jim Alleman and J. B. Gates.  She was preceded in death by her parents along with a sister, Mary Ann Lands, 2 half sisters, Winifred Alleman and Aileen Gates, a half  brother, John McCue and a nephew, Don McCue.

Visitation for Edna will be on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway.  Her funeral service will be at the funeral home on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Alan Porter officiating.  Her interment will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery in Equality.

You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Esther Tucker

Esther M. Tucker
7/8/1936 - 11/23/2014

Esther M. Tucker

Esther M. Tucker, age 78 died peacefully at her home on November 23, 2014. 

She was born in Waubeno, Wisconsin on July 8, 1936 to the late Edward and Hilda (Tomlin) Palmer.  On September 8, 1956 she married Louis F. Tucker who survives.  Esther was a LPN and had worked for 52 years in the medical field.  She loved the outdoors and camping, but her passion was quilting.  Esther was a wonderful caring person and always put others first.  She was a good wife, loving mother and grandmother.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Esther is survived by her husband, Louis F. Tucker, 2 sons, John Tucker of Jonesboro, IL and Jim Tucker of North Carolina, 3 daughters, Debbie Hall and Diane Jones of Paducah, Ky and Kathy Houser of Gibson City, IL. 12 Grandchidren and 9 Great Grandchildren.  She was also preceded in death by a brother Edward.

Esther wishes was to be cremated and her inurnment of cremains be done privately by her family.  There will be no public service.  Cox & Son Funeral in Shawneetown is entrusted with the arrangements.  You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Donald Ray Rister

Donald R. “Donnie” Rister, age 69 of Omaha, IL died at his home on November 2, 2014.   Donnie as most knew him was born in Shawneetown, IL to the late Donald Rister and Farrel (Stevens ) Hines on July 14, 1946.  Donnie graduated Ridgway High School and attended college.  He served his country in the U.S. Army. 

He was a member of the Omaha General Baptist Church, and a member of the Ridgway American Legion and VFW. He was also a Mason.  Donnie was a retired farmer. 

Donnie is survived by his step mother, Beth Rister of Norris City, a grandson, Case Rister of Junction, IL.  He is preceded in death by his parents, along with a son, Garrett Rister, a brother, Gary Rister.

Per Donnie’s request he will be cremated and he will be inurned privately at the Palestine #2 in Omaha. You can make a donation in his memory to the Omaha General Baptist Church in his memory. Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway is entrusted with the arrangements.  You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Brenda Mann

Brenda L. Mann, age 67 lifelong Shawneetown resident died on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at her residence.

Brenda was born in Eldorado, on June 28, 1947 to the Kenny Johnson and Mary (Sales) Mulvey who survives.  Brenda was a homemaker and a true believer in God, as she had been a member of the Shawneetown Church of God for over 30 years.  She loved to cook and watch TV but mostly read her Bible daily.

She is survived by her son, Joseph DeHaven of Carrolton, Georgia, and a daughter Crystal Alexander of Shawneetown.  2 Grandchildren, Dylan and Ethan Alexander.  A twin sister, Linda K. Johnson of Harrisburg.  She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Marty and Kenny Johnson and a sister, Phyllis Joiner.

Graveside services for Brenda will be on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Westwood Cemetery in Shawneetown.  Those wanting to attend should meet at the cemetery.  Rev. Randy Vaughn will officiate.  Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown is entrusted with the arrangements and you may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Frances Dyhrkopp

Fr Hope Dyhrkopp
1/21/1928 - 10/17/2014

Fr Hope Dyhrkopp

Frances Hope (Sanders) Dyhrkopp, 86, of Shawneetown, IL passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 at her home on Gold Hill Ranch. She was born January 21, 1928 in Old Shawneetown. 

On September 14, 1946, Frances married Einar Dyhrkopp, who preceded her in death. They had an only son Anthony “Tony” W. Dyhrkopp who preceded them both in death. She was also preceded in death by her mother Myrtle Sanders Schwander, and her grandparents, Guy and Janie Lambert. 

Frances graduated from high school in Huntington Beach, California. She received her bachelor’s degree from SIU in  Carbondale, IL. She also studied abroad in Mexico City, majoring in Spanish. 

She was a lifelong democrat and active in the Democrat party at the local, state, and national levels.   Frances was Christian by faith.  She was an avid historian, especially when it came to Southern Illinois, the Civil War, and her family’s genealogy.  Frances enjoyed spending her free time with her family, riding horses on Gold Hill, reading, writing poetry, drinking coffee, and playing her harmonica.  She also loved watching the wildlife around her home, talking on the phone with her friends, and listening to the scanner.  

 Frances is survived by her three grandchildren Douglas (Jennifer) Dyhrkopp, Kara (Derek) Brass and Aaron (Jessica) Dyhrkopp. Her daughter-in-law Ellen Dyhrkopp Bush and four great-grandchildren Olivia Brass, Anthony, Lauren and Benjamin Dyhrkopp, many cousins and special friends, including Joyce Thompson and Kay Rehbein. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

 As per Frances’ request, graveside services will be held at Westwood Cemetery with the Reverend Ron Nelson officiating on Tuesday, October 21, at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Shawneetown Public Library and the Gallatin County Historical Society. Cox and Son Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.