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Richard "Dick" Drone

Richard L. Drone
7/31/1933 - 11/26/2013

Richard L.   Drone

Richard L. “Dick” Drone, age 80 lifelong Ridgway resident died on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in Peoria, IL after an extended illness.  Dick as most knew him was born in Harrisburg on July 31, 1933 to the late Mathias and Margaret (McGuire) Drone.  He served his country in the Navy.  On November 23, 1955 he married the former Virginia (Ande) Drone who survives.  Dick worked his entire life as a electrician.  He was a faithful member of the St. Kateri Catholic Church. 

Dick loved computers, playing cards, hunting Indian artifacts, socializing with his friends and his chuch.  He had a keen sense of humor and always had kind word or smile for you.  He was a wonderful soul with wonderful heart, always taking such good care of his family.  He was a good husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed.

Dick is survived by his wife of 58 years, Virginia Drone of Ridgway, 3 daughters, Becky Drone of Ridgway,  Christine (Lewie) Madden of St. Joseph, MO, and Brenda (Terry) Wiles of Mackinaw, IL.  4 Grandchildren, Aaron (Dawn) Wiles, Kyle (Li) Wiles, Jason (Anna) Madden, Rachel (Shawn) Kirkpatrick and 1 Great grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his parents, along with 2 sisters, Rita Hayes, Delores Solger, and a brother Matt Drone, JR.  He was also preceded in death by his step mother, Teenie February who help raise him.

Visitation for Dick will be on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway where a prayer service will be said starting at 5:00PM.  His funeral mass will be on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the St. Patricks Chapel in Pond Settlement east of Ridgway starting at 10:00 AM.  Interment will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Ridgway with military rites.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made in his memory to the St. Kateri Church Building fund or the Ridgway Golden Circle.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

Shirley Hutchison

Shirley Ann Hutchison
9/2/1944 - 11/12/2013

Shirley Ann Hutchison

Shirley Ann Hutchison, age 69 of Carmi died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family after an extended illness.  Shirley was born in Broseley, Missouri on September 2, 1944 to the late Cecil and Eula Mae (Hillyard) Minehart.  Shirley enjoyed her flower gardening, fishing her family and especially playing with her great grandchildren.  She was a Pentecostal in faith.  Shirley was a wonderful soul, always happy and kind.  She was a good mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, she will be missed.

Shirley is survived by 3 daughters, Karen (Jerry) Cathey of Omaha, Sharon Goodman of Ridgway, and Linda Wright of Evansville, IN.  Grandchildren, Ashley(Joseph) Moye, Jeremy(Sarah) Cathey, Chelsea, Maranda, and Madison Goodman, Joshua (Shay) Wright and Melissa (James) Steele.  Great Grandchildren, Ben, Kara, Eli, Claire, Jackson, Riley, Mason, Noah, and Remington.  1 brother, Carl (Betty) Minehart of Broseley, MO, 1 sister, Marva (Dwaine) Lewis of Dudley, MO and a sister in law, Virginia Minehart of Fisk, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Steven Wright and a brother, Jerry Minehart.

Visitation for Shirley will be on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway.  Her funeral will be on Friday, November 15, 2013 starting at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.  Her grandson Jeremy Cathey will officiate the service, and burial will follow at the Marshall Ferry Cemetery near Dogtown, IL.

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

Zola McGuire Myers

Zola McGuire Myers
1/16/1922 - 11/5/2013

Zola McGuire Myers

Zola McGuire Myers, age 91 of Oro Valley, Arizona but past resident of the Gallatin County IL area, Cottonwood and New Haven, died on August 28, 2013 in Tucson, AZ.  She had been a resident in Arizona for the past 31 years.  Zola was a member of the Valley Presbyterian Church.  She was born in New Haven, IL on January 16, 1922 to the late Jake and Lora (Goforth) Wood.  She was married to Edward McGuire and Fred W. Myers both who have preceded her in death. She loved the desert, mountains and living in Arizona.  She enjoyed traveling, painting, swimming, and golfing.  She was a member of the Desert Hills Golf club and Nine Hole Ladies Golfers.  She once made a Hole in One at Desert Hills.  Zola was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Zola is survived by a son, Stephen McGuire of Oro Valley, AZ, and 2 daughters, Joan Harrison of Green Valley, AZ and Jane McGuire of Oro Valley, AZ.  Granddaughters, Lynn Weed of AZ, Susan Muller, Tara Ostlund and Lori Cox all of Illinois and 4 great grandchildren.   1 sister, Sue Mills, Carmi, IL, Brothers, Don Wood, Ridgway, IL, Jim Wood, New Haven, IL and Ted Wood, Carmi, IL.  Preceded in death by her parents, 2 husbands, son, Wood Edwards, a brother, Otis Wood, and sisters, Opal Cox and Jean Hale.

Memorial service for Zola will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013 at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Cottonwood at 11:00AM.  Rev. Cathy Dunn will officiate. Those attending should go directly to the cemetery.  A reception will follow immediately at the Cottonwood Community Center and everyone is invited to stop by.

In lieu of flowers you may make a donation in Zola’s memory to the Arthritis Foundation.

Cox & Son Funeral Homes are entrusted with the arrangements and you may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Hilward Willoughby

Hilward Willoughby
11/12/1933 - 11/2/2013

Hilward  Willoughby

Hilward C. Willoughby, age 79 of Shawneetown, IL died Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, IL.   Hilward was born in Louisville, KY on November 12, 1933 to the late John and Anna (Bradshaw) Willoughby.  He worked as a roofer.  He was protestant.  Hilward  loved to do word games and puzzles, fish but mostly loved to talk and visit with his family and friends.  He was married to Viola (Randall) Oldham who survives.

He is survived by his wife, Viola of Shawneetown, Sons, Charles Willoughby of Beaver Dam, KY, James (Sandy) Willoughby of Fordsville, KY, and Richard (Christie) Willoughby of Omaha, IL.  Daughters, Sherry Hayes of Beaver Dam, KY, Lisa (Dean) Raney of Shawneetown, IL, Tonya (Gary) Hohimer of Beaver Dam, KY.  Step Daughters, Gatha Hise, Rhonda Twitchell, and Selma Harness and a step son, Delbert Oldham.  19 Grandchildren, 32 Great Grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.  Brother, Bobby Willoughby, Georgia, Sisters, Joyce Willoughby of Beaver Dam, Glenda Calloway of Hartford, Sue Calloway of Hartford, Joan Collard, of Louisville, Patsy Jones, of Louisville, Juanita Strieff of Lexington, Ky, Dora of Indiana, Donna Fay Mills of Louisville and Anna Mae Dearinger of Louisville.  Preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel Mae (White) sons, Robert and Kenneth and a daughter, Terry Lynn, brothers, Jerry and John Willoughby and a sister Stella Dearinger and 2 grandchildren, Victoria and Danielle.

Visitation for Hilward will be on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown from 5 to 7 PM and his funeral service will follow Tuesday night at 7 PM.  Rev. Chris Tucker will officiate.   A graveside service will be on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at the Oakwood Cemetery in Hartford, KY starting at 1:00 PM with Rev. James Hohimer officiating.  Those attending should go directly to the cemetery.

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

Betty Drone

Betty L Drone
6/5/1928 - 10/29/2013

Betty  L Drone

Betty L. Drone, age 85 longtime resident of Ridgway died unexpectandly on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.  Betty was born near Broughton, Il on June 5, 1928 to the late James and Lena (Hardesty) Poole.  She married Marion “Bud” Drone on April 23, 1953 and he preceded her in death in 1996.  Betty was a faithful member of the St. Kateri Catholic Church, the Altar Society and was a member of the Daughters of Isabella. 

She will also be remembered working at the Owls Nest and the Village Boutique in Ridgway.  She loved to travel and had been on many trips.  She was very dedicated to her family and friends will always be remembered as a very kind soul.  She was a good wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend and will be missed by the community.

Betty is survived by her 4 daughters,  Cindy (Mike) Awalt of Carmi, IL, Susan (Davd) Coker of Eldorado, IL, Trudy (Bill) Cannon of Grayson, GA and Mary Jane (Scott) Darnell of Cave In Rock, IL.  9 Grandchildren, Alisha (Russ) Moore, Austin Awalt, Adriana (Ethan) Aud, Samuel Coker, Matt Cannon, Abby Cannon, Dylan Kluge, Kayla Kluge, and Trystan Darnell.  1 Great Grandchild, Zachary Moore.  3 Sisters,   Jo Maloney of Mt. Vernon, In, Ann Dunkel of Calif, and Vicky Grove of Virginia.  She was also preceded in death by a sister Eileen Rice.

Visitation for Betty will be on Friday, November 1, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway.  A prayer service for Betty will be said at 5:00 PM on Friday evening.  Her funeral mass will be on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the St. Kateri Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Chapel in Shawneetown starting at 10:00 AM with Fr. Steven Beatty as Celebrant.  Her interment will follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Ridgway .

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the St. Kateri Catholic Church building fund in her memory.

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