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Mary Oxford

Mary E. Oxford, age 82, longtime Ridgway resident died on April 25, 2014 in the Ridgway Rehab and Nursing Center.  Mary was born in Junction, IL on Feb. 27, 1932 to the late Virgil and Katherine (Loewen) Mead.  She was lifelong grain and livestock farmer.  On November 16, 1950 she married Bud Oxford who preceded her in death in 1975.  Together, they raised, bred and raced thoroughbred race horses.   Mary loved being outside and working on the farm, but most of all enjoyed fishing at her beautiful lake near her home.

Mary is survived by a daughter, Judy (Robert) Taylor of Cleveland, TN, 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by a sister, Barbegine Smith, formerly of Ridgway, and a special person, Kert Pemberton who has helped her on the farm for many years.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a son, Jim Oxford. 

Visitation for Mary will be on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Cox and Son Funeral Home in Ridgway with her funeral service to immediately follow starting at 1:00 PM.  Rev. Randy Davis will officiate and interment will follow in the Oxford-Rutherford Cemetery near Cave In Rock. 

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Kenny Lee Buckman

Kenny Lee Buckman, age 53 of New Haven died suddenly on April 24, 2014 in Ferrell Hospital Eldorado, IL.  Kenny was born in Eldorado on August 3, 1960 to Kenneth and Mary Lee (Barger) Buckman.  He graduated from Ridgway High School and was in the Army.   Kenny married Sherry Prosise Buckman on October 27, 1998 and she survives.  He was an electrician in the coal industry.  Kenny was a good athlete growing up especially baseball.  He had that knack that could almost do or fix anything.  He loved 4 wheelers, Cardinal Baseball, and always had that smile for you.  He was a member at the New Haven American Legion.  He had a good soul and will be greatly missed.

Kenny is survived by his wife, Sherry, his parents Kenneth and Mary Lee Buckman, his children, sons, Trae, Jonathan and Jacob Buckman and daughter, Magan Lydick his step children, Chris McEwing, Jake Mcwhirter, Chasity Skurat and Jennifer McEwing. 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  A brother Mike “Skipper” Buckman, sisters, Teri (Jack) Stallings and Mary Jo (Junior) Gibbs.  He is also survived by many uncles and aunts and cousins.

Visitation for Kenny will be on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in New Haven from 11:00AM to 2:00 PM.  His funeral will immediately follow at 2:00 PM with his uncle Mike Buckman officiating.  Interment will follow at the Asbury Cemetery near New Haven.

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Dolores Wargel

Dolores C. Wargel, age 88, died April 21, 2014 in Wyoming, Michigan.  Dolores was born near Ridgway on August 1, 1925 to the late John G. and Anna (Devous) Naas.  She was a wife, mother and homemaker.  Dolores was a devoted Catholic at the St. Benedicts Catholic Church in Evansville and was a wonderful soul.  She was married to Robert Wargel on August 29, 1944 and he preceded her in death in 2012.  Dolores was known for her great cooking and the care she gave her family. She will be greatly missed.

Dolores is survived by her son Eddie (Ginny) Wargel of Wyoming, MI, 4 grandchildren, Shawn Wargel, Michelle Contreras, Russell (Shanda) Bauman and Nicolle Nemcek and 4 Great Grandchildren.  She is also survived by 3 brothers, Greg (Beth) Naas,  Burt (Sue) Naas, and Charles (Pat) Naas. 2 sisters, Alice (Richard) Maloney and Mary Agnes Wargel.  She was preceded in death by a her husband Robert Wargel, a son Donald Wargel and 4 Brothers, Lawrence, Cedric, Jim and Vic Naas and Madonna Westinson

Visitation for Dolores will be on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  Her funeral will immediately follow at the funeral home starting at 11:00 AM.  Fr. Steven Beatty will officiate and a private interment will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery near Ridgway.

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Timothy Barker

Timothy B. Barker, age 69 of Shawneetown died on Sunday, April 20, 2014 in the Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN.  Tim was born in Shawneetown on December 7, 1944 to Cecil Auple Barker and Alice Jewell (Oliver) Barker West.  Tim served his country in the United States Navy which he was very proud.   He had retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation Highway Dept.  He loved to fish and be outside but mostly loved his Ford Trucks and keeping them clean and shiny.  He was a very social person loving to be around his friends and family.  He was a good father, grandfather, son, brother and friend and will be missed.

Tim is survived by his mother, Alice Jewell Barker West of Shawneetown, a son Timothy Barker Jr., of Pensacola, FL, 2 daughters, Kimberly (Joe) Morano of Lyons, IL, and Tee Barker of Romeoville, IL, 6 grandchlidren Brandon, Alicia, Tim, Austin, Maria and Nick.  5 Great Grandchildren.  2 brothers, Gary Barker SR. of Shawneetown and Rodney (Annis) Barker of Shawneetown, and a sister Helen Powell of Shawneetown.   He was preceded in death by his father, a brother, Mike and a grandson, Dustin.

Visitation for Tim will be on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 12 Noon until 2:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown.  His funeral will immediately follow starting at 2:00 PM at the funeral home on Tuesday.  His interment will follow at Westwood Cemetery in Shawneetown with military rites provided by the Ridgway American Legion/VFW and military honors team from Marion. 

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Shawneetown American Legion in his memory.

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Neal Bryson

Theodore Neal Bryson, age73 longtime resident of Shawneetown, died peacefully on April 17, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.  Neal as most knew him was born in the Eagle Creek Community in Gallatin County on April 21, 1940 to the late Neal and Frances (Parker) Bryson.  He served his country in the Army from 1958 to 1960.  On March 31, 1962 he married Shirley (Joiner ) Bryson.

Neal worked and retired from being a Heavy Equipment Operator in the Coal Mines.  He was a member of the UMWA and the Operating Engineers.  Neal loved to tinker with things and could build or fix almost anything.  He loved the outdoors and liked to hunt but his passion in later years was golfing and he spent a lot of time at the Edgewood golf course in Sturgis KY where he was a member with his buddies.  Neal was a good husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be greatly missed by the community.

Neal is survived by his wife of 52 years Shirley of Shawneetown, a daughter, Kimberly Bryson of Shawneetown, a son Neal William Bryson of Racine, WI, 4 grandchildren, Amber, Jada, Amy and Jacob Bryson and 2 great grandchildren, Blake and Damon McCormick.  He is also survived by 2 brothers, Emile (Lynn) Bryson of Jacksonville, IL and James (Geneva) Bryson of Tamarac, FL, 3 sisters, Dorothy Hewitt of Harrisburg, IL, Berneda Young of Wittman, AZ and Velda (David) Pearce of Carmi, IL.  He was preceded in death also by sisters, Margaret Baldwin, Rita Carmen and Rae Wolfal and a brother Tommy Bryson.

Visitation for Neal will be on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 12 Noon until 2:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown.  His funeral will also be on Monday immediately following the visitation starting at 2:00 PM.  Rev. Ron Johnson will officiate and interment will follow in the Westwood Cemetery in Shawneetown with military rites by the Ridgway American Legion/VFW and Honors Military team from Marion.

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