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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

Dorothy Keane

Dorothy Keane
8/15/1916 - 7/22/2014

Dorothy  Keane

Dorothy Keane, age 97, lifelong Ridgway resident, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in the Ridgway Nursing and Rehab Center surrounded by her family.

Dorothy was born on August 15, 1916 in Equality, IL to the late Vincent and Minnie (Hish) Zirkelbach.  She was married to Joe Keane who preceded her in death in 1984.  Dorothy was a faithful member of the St. Kateri Catholic Church in Ridgway where she was very active in the Altar Society.  She loved to crochet and travel.  Dorothy was always smiling, very kind hearted, a joyous soul.  She will be missed.

Dorothy is survived by 2 sons, Bob & Joan Keane of Newburgh, IN and Ed Keane of Evansville, IN.  2 Grandchildren, Michael and Amy and 3 Great Grandchildren, Tanner, Braden and Valerie.  She is also survived by her sister in law, Lee Zirkelbach of Ridgway.  Dorothy was also preceded in death by, a daughter, Marie Keane, a brother, Cletus “PeeWee” Zirkelbach and a sister Mary Helen Gold.

Visitation for Dorothy will be on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from
 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway.  Her funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home starting at 11:00AM.  Fr. Steven Beatty will officiate and her interment will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Ridgway.

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

Aaron Stricklin

Aaron Stricklin, 83, of Harrisburg died Monday July 21 2014 at Saline Care in Harrisburg. 

 Aaron was born June 8, 1931 in St. Louis to Shirley and Opal Dooley. He was adopted by Tom and Novis Stricklin after his mother’s death when he was an infant. He married Roberta Maxine Bryant on Feb. 9, 1950 who preceded him in death on January 27, 1997. He married the former Shirley (Thompson) on Feb. 14 2007 who survives.
 
 He retired after 50 years as a coal miner and farmer. He was a member of the UMWA.  Aaron loved the outdoors. Aaron and his wife Shirley enjoyed spending  time  Dancing and Camping at Harrisburg Lake. His joy was his wife and his little girl poodle “Angel”


 Aaron is survived by his wife Shirley Stricklin; Two Sons: Tom (Lavina) Stricklin of Harrisburg, Gaylon (Julie) Stricklin of Harrisburg; Six Grandchildren: Jacob Stricklin of Paducah, Ky, Ryan Stricklin, Alicia Stricklin, Jessica Stricklin, Rebecca Stricklin, Amanda Stricklin all of Harrisburg ; Two great-grandchildren; Emery and Paisley of Rosiclaire; brother and sister in Laws; Lila Case, Donald (Verna) Bryant, Mollie (Ronnie) Cunningham , Stepsons; Garry (Sandy) Clayton of Harrisburg, David (Vera) Clayton of New Haven, Jim (Carol) Clayton of Mt. Vernon, In. and a step daughter, Toby Hise of Eldorado, IL. Step Grandson, James Clayton and Step Great Grandson, Zane 


 He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Maxine. 

Per Aaron’s request cremation will be accorded and he will be inurned in the Bethel Creek Cemetery next to his wife Maxine. 

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 or to the family at 410 W Mable St., Harrisburg, IL  62946

Winda Wenzel

Winda J Wenzel
1/27/1952 - 7/12/2014

Winda J Wenzel

Winda J. Wenzel, age 62 of Shawneetown died peacefully on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in the Ridgway Nursing and Rehab Center.  Winda was born in Mississippi on January 27, 1952 to Lester and Winnie (Ray) Betts.  In 1976 she married Michael “Mick” Wenzel.  She was the administrator of the Warren House in Shawneetown until retiring this past January.  Winda loved flowers, sewing and quilting, dancing but mostly taking care of people.  She lived her life helping others that needed or could not help themselves.  She was a kind soul with a beautiful smile and and will be missed.

Winda is survived by her husband, Mick Wenzel of Shawneetown, her mother, Winnie Betts of Shawneetown, a sister, Donna Hubbs of Shawneetown, a brother Lester Betts, Jr of Texas.  A very special friend Lisa Smith and also known as MiMi by Mary Kate Pierce and her daughter Ava whom she was very close to.  She was pre-deceased by her father, Lester Betts, a sister, Mary Ann Betts and a brother Robert Betts.

Visitation for Winda will be on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Her funeral will also be on Tuesday at the funeral home starting at 1:00PM with Rev. Michael Rushing officiating.  She will then be laid to rest in Westwood Cemetery in Shawneetown.

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

Sherryl Gordon

Sherryl L Gordon
9/14/1956 - 7/5/2014

Sherryl L Gordon

Sherryl L. Gordon, age 57 of Shawneetown passed away unexpectandly on July 5, 2014 at her home.  Sherryl was born on September 14, 1956 in Evansville, IN.  Her parents were the late Eugene and Patsy (Brown) Stewart.  She was married to Melvin Gordon who preceded her in death.

Sherryl enjoyed family especially her husband and her grandchildren.  She loved Roses and going out to eat.  She was a good wife, a loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.

Sherryl is survived by 2 daughters, Tori (Jeff) Dorries of Marion, IL and Jessica (Terry) Williams of Fayetteville, NC. 9 Grandchildren and a brother, Larry Stewart of Evansville, IN

Per Sherryl’s request she will be cremated and she will be laid to rest in Tennessee with her family at a later date.

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