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William J. "Bill" Drone

William  Joseph “Bill” Drone, age 86, lifelong Ridgway resident died peacefully on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Evergreen Nursing Home in Effingham.  Bill as most knew him was born March 31, 1928 at his parents’ home in the Ridgway Community.  He was the first child born into the Christian family of Cecil and Zerita Pfister-Drone. Bill grew up with brothers “Bud” , Denny and sisters Betty and Teresa.  Bill was baptized and confirmed his faith at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ridgway, where he was a life-long member and also with the Knights of Columbus.  Bill received his education from St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Ridgway High School.  Bill married Dorothy  Rash on January 12, 1948 in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Old Shawneetown, Illinois. 

Bill was most proud of his family and that he shared with his wife both the duties of raising and providing for the family in spiritual and worldly needs.  Bill was very active in the community receiving the Ridgway  “Outstanding Citizen” award in 1973.  His ever active interest in athletics which he was an outstanding baseball player, led him to coaching basketball, baseball and girls khoury league softball both at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and the community. Many games were played in the empty lot at the Drone house and in the backyard. In his later years his interest turned to golf, never wanting to lose a golf ball and raising a garden. Bill enjoyed the Wednesday evenings of poker with the boys and playing bridge and 500. He always supported his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren whenever possible in all their events in life. There was always Christmas, Pop Corn Days and the Kiddy Parade in Ridgway at Papa and Grams.

 Bill grew up on a farm and shared those duties especially during the depression and the flood of 1937. He was employed by Holderby Ford, Joe Coad Dealership, and later with the Illinois Department of Public Aid, where he retired in 1993.  Bill was a good man with a beautiful soul, a great husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.  He will be so missed in the Ridgway area.

 Bill is survived by:  his wife Dorothy (Rash) Drone, 1 son, Jeff Drone, 2 daughters, Patty (David) Emerson, and Debbie (Lynn) Kull. 12 grandchildren, Misti (Jeff) Jackson, Cody and Shawn Drone, Jessica (Oliver) Richardson, Andrea (Michael) Webster, Billy (Tara) Harris, Audrey Kull (Lucas Lilly), Trenton Kull (Amber Schulze), Nathan (Annie) Klitzing, Nicholas Klitzing, Cassidy Klitzing (Zachary Lowry), Karla (Trevor) Emerson-Scott. 20 Great Grandchildren, Lucas Jackson, Adelynn & Sophia Klitzing, Ethan, Natalie and Mia Harris, Hugo Richardson, Laine, Adison, Elle, Michael and Cameron Webster, Courtney, Zachary, Mallory, Kaylee, Paige and Zachary Scott, Noah & Desmond Klimpel. 1 brother, Denny (Delores) Drone, 2 sisters, Betty Lou Hale, and Teresa Austin.  Numerous Nieces and Nephews, he was preceded in death by his parents, along with a grandson, Jordan Kull, and a brother Bud Drone.

 Visitation for Bill will be on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway.  Funeral Mass for Bill will be on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 starting at 10:00 AM at the St. Mary’s Chapel of the St. Kateri Catholic Church with Fr. Steven Beatty , Celebrant.  Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Ridgway.

In lieu of flowers the family Please ask that donations be made to the St. Kateri Catholic Church building fund or the donors choice.  You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.kullfuneralhome.com or www.coxandson.com

Earl "Butch" Wenzel

Earl E. Butch Wenzel
9/19/1945 - 9/1/2014

Earl E. Butch Wenzel

Mr. Earl "Butch" Eugene Wenzel, 68, passed away September 1, 2014 at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian surrounded by his family. 

Earl was born in Ridgway, IL on September 19, 1945 to the late Earl Edward and Hazel Louise Wenzel. 

He was a veteran of the US Air Force having served during the Vietnam war. Earl had been a resident of Florida since he was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. 

Earl was employed by the City of Kissimmee as a Treatment Plant Operator for over 15 years before his retirement in 2007. 

Earl was a member of the VFW Post 3851, Carmi, IL. He was an expert wood worker and enjoyed cruising. His favorite cruise destination was Costa Rica. 

Survivors include wife of 25 years, Carolyn Wenzel of Vero Beach; daughter, Elizabeth Bridges of Waynesville, NC; stepsons, Chris Allsbury of Fort Worth, TX, Sean Allsbury (Lisa) of Kissimmee, FL and Zachary Allsbury of Vero Beach, FL; brothers, Mick Wenzel of Carmi, IL and Kenneth Wenzel of Carmi, IL; sister, Judy Wilson of St. Petersburg, FL; grandsons, Kyle Hamilton of Waynesville, NC and Mason Allsbury of Fort Worth, TX; granddaughter, Meadow Allsbury of Vero Beach, FL. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517,Topeka, KS 66675 in memory of Mr. Earl E. Wenzel. 

Visitation was in Florida on, Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Strunk Funeral Home.  A prayer service followed at 7 PM.  A Funeral Mass will be said on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the St. Kateri Catholic Church, St. Patricks Chapel in Ridgway Illinois starting at 10:00 AM.   Monisgnor Joe Lawler will Celebrate Mass and interment will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Ridgway, IL on Friday, September 19, 2014.  Full Military will be accorded by the Ridgway American Legion and VFW and Marion Military Honors team.  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

Rodger Grace

Rodger Dale Grace
6/5/1945 - 8/5/2014

Rodger Dale Grace

Rodger D. Grace, age 69 died unexpectedly in Ferrell Hospital, Eldorado, IL.  Rodger was born in Eldorado on June 5, 1945 to the late Ezra and Edith (Jones) Grace. 

He served his country in the U.S. Army being stationed in Korea and was a Sgt.  He was a 32nd degree Mason.  In 1986 he married the love of his life, Carol (Kee) Grace who survives.  Rodger was retired after 45 years with Peabody Coal as a faithful and hard worker.  He loved riding around with his wife in her little convertible.  Rodger loved to fish, hunt and old westerns but really loved his Boston Terrier and Chihuahua dogs.   Rodger was a good husband, son, father and grandfather and will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of Shawneetown along with 4 daughters, Michael & Zac Johnson, Kristi and David Wriston, Paula and Chip Barche and Angela and Terry Smith.  Granddaughter, Paige Wriston and grandson, Michael Modglin. 

Visitation will be on Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Calvary Promise Church in Shawneetown from 5:30 to 7:00 PM with a memorial service immediately following at the church with Rev. Buddy Hubbard officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family ask donations be made to the Children's Shriner Hospital in his memory.  Envelopes will be available at the church.

Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown is entrusted with services and you may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Barbara Satterfield

Barbara L Satterfield
6/29/1946 - 8/8/2014

Barbara L Satterfield

Barbara L. Satterfield, age 68 of Harrisburg, died on Friday, August 8, 2014 in Harrisburg Medical Center surrounded by her family.  Barbara was born in Eldorado, IL on June 29, 1946 to Paul “Red” and Frances (Tison) Douglass.  Barbara was a Licensed Practical Nurse retiring from Harrisburg Medical Center.  She was the Secretary at the River of Life in Harrisburg for last 25 years.  She was a true servant of the Lord with a heart of gold.  Her life was her family and her church, where she always made a difference in people’s life.  She loved to do crafts and catering.  Barbara was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend and will be so missed by her church, family and friends.

Barbara is survived by 1 daughter, Belynda and Mark Boyd of Mountain Grove, MO, and 3 sons, Bob and Tracy Satterfield of Kennett, MO, Marc Satterfield and Cindy Smothers of Harrisburg, IL and James and Kelli Satterfield of Harrisburg, IL.  Her mother, Frances Douglass of McLeansboro, IL and a brother, Gene Douglass of McLeansboro, IL.  Grandchildren, Zachary, Hunter, and Easton Satterfield, Aaron, Brett, and Corde Boyd, Jordan, Alexis, Mandey, Blane, and Tysen Satterfield, Angela Webb, Wesley Leach and Shane Jones and 9 Great Grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Douglass.

Visitation for Barbara will be on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the River of Life Church in Harrisburg from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Her funeral will follow starting at 1:00 PM with Rev. Bobby Gentry officiating.  Interment will follow in the Hebron Cemetery in Walpole, IL.

In lieu of flowers the family ask donations be made to the River of Life church in her memory, envelopes will be available at the church.

Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway is entrusted with the arrangements and you may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Derrick Walls

Derrick Dean Walls
2/23/1985 - 7/26/2014

Derrick Dean Walls

Derrick Dean Walls, age 29 of Salem, IL died on July 26, 2014 in the St. Marys Hospital in Evansville after an extended illness.  Derrick was born in Centralia, IL on February 23, 1985 to Jeffrey Walls and Teresa (Bunton).  Derrick had been ill for a longtime and could not work.  He loved professional wrestling, he knew all the wrestlers and had a large collection of them.  He also loved music and one time played in a band.  Derrick also loved tattoos and loved to draw.  Derrick will be so missed.

Derrick is survived by his wife Judith (Rickett) of Macomb, IL, his father, Jeffrey Walls and step mother Garolyn Walls of Shawneetown, his mother Teresa Holsapple of Odin, IL a son, Devin Walls of Salem, IL and a daughter, Morgan Walls of Macomb, IL.  2 Brothers, Joseph Walls of Salem and Jeffrey Walls II of Shawneetown and a sister, Alecia Walls of Shawneetown.  Grandparents, Pauline Stonum and Danny Spurlin, and was preceded by a granparetn Joseph Walls.    

Per Derrick’s request he will be cremated and the family will have a private memorial service at a later date.  Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown is entrusted with the arrangements.  You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com