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In Memoriam

Friday, October 16, 2015

James “Jim” Fox Passes

James C. Fox, age 83, of Paducah, KY, passed away at 11:08 a.m. on Saturday, October, 3, 2015 at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. 

Mr. Fox, known as Jim, started his career with horses training American Saddlebreds but joined the U.S. Trotting Association in 1972 and began to raise, train and race Standardbreds.  Several of his horses were noted stars in the IL racing program including HERE I COME AGAIN, 3, 2:02.3m ($85,876), ANOTHER DIAMOND 2,2:03.3f; 3,2:01f; 4,1:59.4h ($210,148) and SHOBOY 2,2:02.4; 3,2:00.1 ($331,355).

Mr. Fox was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church, owner of Paducah Collection Agency, past President of Carson Park Riding Club, a member of Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club and a Mason.

Mr. Fox is survived by his wife, Dr. Bambi Lynn Fox; three daughters, Shan Embry of Leitchfield, KY, Caryn Price of Lexington, KY and Jena Sweeney of Smyrna, TN; eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, David C. Fox.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Rev. John Smithmier and J.W. Cleary officiating. Entombment followed at Benton City Cemetery.


Friday, Sept. 19, 2015

Peter Bridges, Program Director for Chicago racetracks, passed away earlier this week. Peter was always helpful and had a kind word every time you met him, took over when the late John Tinsley retired in 1993. Peter was a tireless worker that went about his job quietly but extremely efficiently. He will be truly missed. There will be a memorial service in the future and we will let everyone know when those details become available.
Thursday, July 30, 2015


Dearly Beloved Son Of Denise Nee Ippolito and the late Robert D. Knox. Loving Brother of Deanna (Fiancee' Marcin Markiewicz) Dear Grandson of Carmen Ippolito. Cherished Boyfriend of Nicole Zucchero. Fond Nephew, Cousin and Friend of Many. Funeral Saturday 8:30 A.M., from CARBONARA FUNERAL HOME, 1515 NO. 25TH AVE. Melrose Park, to Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Mass 9:30 a.m.. Int. Mt. Carmel Cem. In lieu of flowers, donations to help the family would be appreciated. Visitation Friday 3-9. Visit Robert's memorial at carbonarafuneralhome.net or 708-343-6161



Friday, Jul. 31, 2015
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015
8:30 AM

1515 NO. 25TH AVE.
Melrose Park, IL

Funeral Mass

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015
9:30 AM
Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel


Thursday, April 9, 2015

WARRENSBURG -- Larry Wright Barnett, 77, of Warrensburg, IL passed away Sunday April 5, 2015 at Decatur Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.

At Larry’s request, there will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, April 11th at Warrensburg Sportsmen’s Club from 1 to 4 p.m. Casual attire is suggested, St. Louis Cardinals or Missouri Tigers colors would be Larry’s preference. Private graveside services will be in Boling Springs Cemetery, Decatur IL. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, is assisting the family.

Larry was born August 16, 1937 in Hindsboro, IL, the son of Bennie and Vera (Wright) Barnett. After graduating from Virginia H.S. class of 1955, Larry continued his education graduating from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1959. Larry married Jennifer Suzanne Ross in 1995 in Reno Nevada.

Larry retired from Adolf Meyer Center in 1988. He retired from St. Mary’s Hospital in 2003. Throughout his career, Larry continued to provide help whenever needed in multiple hospital (and occasional retail) pharmacy’s in central Illinois including Pana Community Hospital, Shelby Memorial Hospital, John Warner Hospital. He was an active member of the Illinois Pharmaceutical Association, The Illinois Harness Horsemen Association, Warrensburg Sportsmen’s Club, and Da’ Burg “Liars Club.”

Larry was a passionate sports fan. He enjoyed watching the season change, from basketball to baseball to football. He was a diehard St. Louis Cardinal and Missouri Tigers fan. Locally, he truly enjoyed attending sporting events especially the Warrensburg-Latham Cardinals, however, his St. Teresa Bulldogs could do no wrong. Larry loved the time he spent coaching for St. Teresa boys’ and girls’ basketball teams.

Larry’s absolute favorite sport was Harness Racing. Following in his fathers’ footsteps he was a respected competitor within the horseracing community. He owned, trained, and raised standard bred racehorses with exceptional skill and patience.

Most amazing is Larry’s network of family, friends, and loved ones. From attending spring training for the St. Louis Cardinals in Florida, to vacationing in Alaska, Larry always managed to come across an old friend or acquaintance. But, no matter how far he traveled, he always looked forward to returning home to the gang of local rednecks, farmers and tall tale tellers.

Larry is survived by his wife, Jennifer of Warrensburg, IL; children Bryan Barnett of Tampa, FL., Derek Schrishuhn of Decatur, Chris (Sarah) Schrishuhn of Decatur, Brittany (Chris) Wentworth of Warrensburg, IL., grandchildren Lillian of Calhan, CO., Avery ('Lil A) and Aspen of Warrensburg, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to express their most sincere gratitude to Dr. Kumar, Dr. Liu, Dr. Minnaganti, and Dr. Hasnain and the nurses from ICU Cari and Sara and from CVU, Rebecca and Sarah. Sarah, we cannot say enough of what your compassion, dedication, and honesty means to our family.

Memorials may be made to St Teresa High School, or the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Condolences may be left to the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home at www.brintlingerandearl.com/


Monday, February 23, 2015

Mitch Wayne Finn, 33, of Greenup, IL and formerly of Newton, IL passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 5:01 p.m., at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 25th at the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton with Pastor Stephen Willis in charge of services. Burial will follow in the Aten Cemetery, Hidalgo, IL. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. In loving memory of Mitch, memorials may be made to the Finn family for his children’s scholarship fund. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com.

Mitch was born on June 5, 1981 in Toledo, the son of Eddie W. Finn and Vicki L. Miller Finn. Mitch taught Jr. High Math in the Oakland school system and was a member of the Illinois Teachers Association, N.E.A. and U.S.T.A. (United States Trotting Association). He married Lyndsey Lewis on June 12, 2010, and she survives. Also surviving are his parents; his son, Mason Wayne Finn; his daughter, Kallie Grace Finn; his brother Clinton and his friend Raeonna of Toledo, IL; his sister, Shelley and her husband Brandon Williams of Rosedale, IN; his paternal grandfather, Ed Finn of Hidalgo; his maternal grandparents, James and Mart Miller of Monee, IL; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mitch was preceded in death by his brother Eddie Wayne Finn, Jr.; his paternal grandmother, Minnie Belle Finn; his cousin Danny Finn, Jr.; and his aunt, Cheryl Hendrickson.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ronnie Dale Guhy, 65, of Wickliffe, Ky., died Jan. 16, 2015, in LaCenter, Ky.

Mr. Guhy was born Oct. 21, 1949, in Mayfield, Ky. He spent a lifetime in the harness racing industry. Although in recent years he mainly competed in Illinois and Kentucky, he raced successfully at tracks throughout the country. Over the years, horses from his stables could be found decked out in red and winning at venues from county fairs to major stakes at the pari-mutuel racetracks.

Mr. Guhy drove his last race on Sept. 11, 2014, at Hoosier Park in Indiana. He won 654 races and amassed $1,389,272 in purse earnings. In recent years, he was one of the top drivers on the Kentucky Fair Circuit each season.

Known for his quiet disposition and patience, he could be credited with giving many horses their early lessons on the track. Many of those horses went on to become quality racehorses around the country and in Canada after graduating from the Kentucky events.

On the training side, he sent 171 winners to the track, earning $1,489,791 in purses. Always carrying a decent training percentage, Mr. Guhy was the private trainer for Clyde Stevens of LaCenter, Ky., for a number of years.

An auto dealership owner, the Stevens owned horses bore the “Chevie” brand in their name. Some of the duo’s top performers were Chevie Cash p,2,1:50.4 ($265,078), Chevie Nitrous p,3,1:52.4 ($116,852) and former 2-year-old world champion Chevie Duramax p,2,1:50.3 ($116,342).

Mr. Guhy was a devoted uncle to his nieces and nephews. His passion for harness racing was passed on to his nephew, Bobby Brower, who is a successful trainer based in Indiana.

He is survived by his sisters, Debra Hoskins and Emma Franklin; and his brother, Gary. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Thelma Tharp Guhy; sisters, Betty Brower, Linda Bobbett, Janet Burgess and Brenda Tucker; and brothers, Claude Jr. and Glendle.

A memorial service will be held at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Wickliffe on Wednesday (Jan. 21) at 1 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home after 12 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronnie Guhy Memorial Fund, c/o Burlin Brower, 2396 Stone Corner Rd., Kevil, KY 42053.

You may leave a message, light a candle, or share a song tribute for the family at www.milnerandorr.com.


Ruth Ann Austin, 76, dies
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - from the USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH --- Ruth Ann Austin, 76, of Lincoln, Ill., died Dec. 23, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Ill.

Mrs. Austin was born Nov. 5, 1938, in Clinton, Ill., the daughter of Jean (Meachum) and William "Ted" Lillard. She was a graduate of Lincoln Community High School and Millikin University School of Nursing. She married V. James Austin on Dec. 24, 1960, in Lincoln, Ill.

Mrs. Austin was a registered nurse, spending much of her career as Director of Nursing at the former Lincolnland Nursing Home and served as President of the Director of Nursing Council. Upon her retirement, she consulted on a number of long term care legal cases. She was considered an expert in the field of long term health care.

In retirement, Mrs. Austin became immersed in the Standardbred industry, a passion she and her husband shared. The Logan County Fair racing program was a cherished event that involved the entire family.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Jodi Becker, Jim (Gail) and Julie (Todd) Campbell; brother, Rex (Janis) Lillard; grandsons, Ethan Campbell, Austin Campbell, Owen Campbell, Cory (Sarah) Sisk, Matthew (Maggie) Becker and Luke Becker; great-grandson, Austin Becker; and special niece, Grace Lillard. She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Jon William, who died in childhood.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 27) at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating. Burial will follow in New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour (10-11 a.m.) prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Lincoln Broadwell School.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

We are saddened to report that longtime Chicago trainer Mike Dzien passed away tonight after a long illness.


Friday, November 14, 2014

The Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association sends out our deepest condolences to Illinois Racing Board Commissioner Kathy Byrne on the loss of her mother,  Jane Byrne. Our thoughts and prayers are with Commissioner Byrne and her family.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Richard Parks, former harness owner, trainer and driver in Illinois has passed away at the age of 81. Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. with a funeral service at 7:00 p.m. at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook, IL 60527. Services will conclude at the funeral home. For funeral info (630)325-2300.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tim Storm, former driver, trainer and current Assistant Race Secretary at Maywood and Balmoral Park died today after a lengthy illness. He was a friend to horsemen and will be greatly mised. More details and funeral arrangements will be announced when made available.


Hall of Famer Bob Farrington, 85, dies
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Pompano Beach, FL --- One of harness racing's first superstar trainer-drivers, especially on the Chicago circuit, Robert “Bob” Farrington, 85, died Oct. 13, 2014, from an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Farrington was a six-time national driving champion, taking the title in 1961 and 1962 and again from 1964 through 1967.

Born in Richwood, Ohio, on July 15, 1929, Mr. Farrington won 36 driving titles with 30 of them coming at Chicago area tracks, including six at both Sportsman's Park and Washington Park.

Elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1979, Mr. Farrington was the first driver ever to win 200 races in a season (1961), first to win 300 races in a season (1964), first to win 300 races twice, and first to win 300 races three times.

During a 1963 program at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey, Mr. Farrington drove six times and won all six races. He retired from driving with 3,163 victories in 1992 and went on to be a high profile trainer.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mr. Farrington drove and trained one of the sport’s most popular harness horses of all time, the fabled pacer Rambling Willie, written about as "The Horse That God Loved" in a novel by Mr. Farrington's wife Vivian. Rambling Willie toured North America, racing and signing his book with his unique hoof mark.

"I knew Bob for about 50 years and in my opinion he was the greatest driver I ever saw -- bar none," said USTA President Phil Langley. "His career, featuring a lot of great horses, was highlighted by Rambling Willie and the financial support he and Viv donated to her church. Probably few horses caught the imagination of the public as did Willie and Bob. The "Red Man" will be missed."

The family will receive friends from 1-5 p.m. at Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood, Ohio, on Sunday (Oct. 19). Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 20), with interment at York Cemetary.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, 240 Main St. Goshen, NY 10924; or Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association, 157 N. Main St., Salem, NH 03079 for the Rambling Willie Scholarship.



Friday, August 8, 2014

Jack E. Hood, 74, of Valparaiso, Ind., died Aug. 6, 2014, due to injuries sustained in a car accident on Aug. 5.

He was born Oct. 4, 1939 in Decatur, Ill., and graduated from Tuscola High School and served with the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Hood enjoyed his life as an entrepreneur, owning and operating Jack Hood Transportation, Express Newspapers, Inc., Kelsey's Steak House of Valparaiso and Portage and J and P Racing.

He built the largest privately-owned newspaper hauling business in the United States, covering 38 states. He always joked that he had the "world's largest paper route."

At the age of 70, he and his wife purchased Kelsey's Steak House. The restaurant was featured on the Travel Channel.

Mr. Hood employed more than 600 people between his various businesses.

One of his greatest loves was his involvement with Peggy in the horse racing business. Over 34 years they owned hundreds of Standardbred race horses and regularly attended the races at Sportsman's Park and more recently at Balmoral Park. Gil Levine, the former announcer at Sportsman's Park, would refer to them as the "Hoods of Valparaiso."

Over 30 years ago, Mr. Hood initiated another partnership with Dennis Lakomy of Mystical Marker Farms. Many prize winning horses emerged from this relationship.

Among Mr. Hood's favorites were Kelly's Keepsake, Champion On Ice (a world champion), and two Hambletonian starters, Classic Photo and Manofmanymissions.

On Aug. 29, 1980, he married Peggy (Rives) Hood, who survives along with children, Doug, Stacy (Dale) Hood-Forney, Michelle Prosser, Greg, Jeff (Lisa), Cathy (Scott) Howard, Heather (Jeff) Klingler, and Chris (Kelli) Hood-Bennett; grandchildren, Daniel, Jonathan, Nikki, Jackie, Justine, Blake, Steven, Cody, Bailey, Grant, Taya, Evan, Logan, Hunter, Emma and Owen; and great-grandchildren, Cadence, Gwen and Ava. He was preceded in death by a son, Art Prosser; and grandson, Bret Laczynski.

A "Sharing of Memories Service" will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday (Aug. 10) at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with visitation from 2-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday (Aug. 11) at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10 a.m. until the time of service. Committal service will follow at Graceland Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dr. Richard W. Fish

(10/18/1930 - 06/26/2014)

On the morning of June 26, 2014 Doctor Richard W. Fish peacefully went home to the Lord in his home in Cosby, MO at age 83.
Richard Wilmot Fish was born to William and Elinor Fish on October 18, 1930 in Jamaica, New York. He graduated from Dwight L. Moody’s Mount Herman Preparatory School in New York at age 16. Richard hitchhiked from there to Kansas State University where he pursued a degree in Veterinary Medicine. It was there that he met his wife Sally, of Minneapolis, KS, and was married on May 25, 1954.
His career began in Marinette, WI as a veterinarian for the State of Wisconsin. He also briefly practiced private Veterinary Medicine there before serving as the first staff veterinarian for the Wisconsin Feeder Pig Cooperative in Francis Creek, WI. The Fishes and their four sons settled in Cedarburg, WI where Richard worked for Fromm Laboratories. In 1980, the Fishes moved to Granton, WI and established the Grassland Veterinary Clinic. All the while, Sally taught school and the family raised sheep and cattle. In Richard’s “retirement”, they sold the practice and moved to Rice Lake, WI where he served once again as a veterinarian for the State of Wisconsin. Since 2007, Richard and Sally have resided in Cosby, MO.
Throughout his earthly life, Doc’s love of the Lord, family, livestock, hunting, fishing, and sports was instilled in his sons and their families. A proud Kansas State Alum, a passionate harness horseman, and an active member of their church, Doc would share his words of wisdom to all he encountered. Doc’s horses were usually very recognizable because many of them were named with the “Skipalong” tag line.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Steve. He is survived by his wife Sally Ann Fish (Brown), sons Peter, Bill (Cathy), Douglas (Bonnie), JC (Patti), grandchildren Ashlee, Nathan (Andrea), Jared (Amanda), Jacob, Sarah Whitley (Tristian), Kyle, Holly, Jay, Ellie, Willie, Maggie, Charlie and great grandchildren Annah and Mya.
A celebration of Richard’s life will be at 3:00 pm Sunday June 29, 2014 at Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church, 5502 Frederick Boulevard St. Joseph, MO 64507. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Heartland Health Hands of Hope Hospice.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Mac Wilson, 71, of Fairfield, IL passed away June 2 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.

Mac was born November 2, 1942 to Dwight and Margaret (Fields) Wilson in Jefferson, Iowa.

He was a standardbred trainer, driver, owner and breeder. He spent most of his life racing at county fairs and pari-mutuel tracks in Illinois, but also raced in Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri and Iowa. He also did some construction work.

Mac is survived by his longtime companion, Kelly Watkins of Fairfield, IL; a daughter, Lori Thomson of Mt. Vernon, IL; sisters, Joan Kappenman of Madison, SD and Carol Perkins of Riverside, CA plus several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and brother, Jack Wilson.

The body is to be cremated. There will be no burial.

A Memorial Service for Mac will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 9 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home, 106 NE 4th Street, Fairfield, IL 62837.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - by Dean A. Hoffman

Hall of Fame horseman Doug Ackerman, 86, dies.

Columbus, OH --- Hall of Fame horseman Douglas J. Ackerman, 86, died May 28, 2014, in North Carolina after an illness of almost two years.

He was one of the most respected trainers in harness racing and widely admired for his innate horsemanship, ironclad integrity, and memorable sense of humor. His fellow horsemen held him in the highest esteem, and that is the ultimate compliment in his profession.

Mr. Ackerman was a fixture on the Grand Circuit for decades and trained and drove many top horses, such as Albaquel, Crowning Point, Self Confident, Noble Hustle, Denali, Happy Chatter, Noble Traveler, Amer I Can, Cape Canaveral, Leopard, and the old warrior Bramble Hall.

In recent years, he turned the driving duties over to his son, D.R., and together they raced Chocolatier, a winner of $1.3 million and the champion freshman trotter of 2005.

Albaquel was a daughter of Albatross, a stallion Mr. Ackerman said he admired greatly. She earned $498,222 in purses and was the dam of six pacers to earn more than $250,000, including the Ackerman Stable stars Ever So Rich and Just The Ticket. Albaquel is also the dam of the remarkable broodmare Hattie.

Mr. Ackerman had a master’s touch in selecting yearlings and his advice on conformation was sought by many other trainers. He was one of those rare horsemen who could “look right through a yearling” and size up its potential.

Mr. Ackerman had a well-honed sense of humor and always had a clever quip to fit just about any occasion. Surely long after his death people who knew him will be saying, “As Doug Ackerman once said……”

He grew up in the small rural community of Three Oaks in southwest Michigan, and both his father and grandfather trained and raced horses in the Midwest. Young Doug grew up immersed in the world of harness racing in Michigan and Indiana and recalls seeing Greyhound and Rosalind in their memorable team-to-pole effort at the Indiana State Fair in 1939. His late brother, Jack, was a noted horseman in his own right while brother Charles stayed on the family farm.

Their father, Rollin, died of a heart attack in a race at the fair in Hillsdale, Mich., when Doug was just 14 years old. His father was only 48.

Mr. Ackerman went west to seek his fortune in harness racing in the Golden State of California as a young man and set down roots there for more than a half-century. He trained for decades over the Thoroughbred track at Del Mar, just north of San Diego, which once had a large and thriving Standardbred winter colony.

He met Ada Jean Funderbunk, daughter of the prominent horseman Foy Funderbunk, in 1950. They were married four years later. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. While in California, Mr. Ackerman developed close friendships with Hall of Famers Joe O’Brien and Jim Dennis. The Ackerman family lived near the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Mr. Ackerman said he loved every day he trained horses at the magnificent Del Mar facility.

Mr. Ackerman’s ability and work ethic soon allowed him to attract owners and achieve success on the competitive California circuit. Each summer he would ship his stock East to compete on the Grand Circuit and Midwest tracks from a base in Michigan.

Mr. Ackerman was particularly close to Pres Jenuine, the major domo of the Western Harness meet at Hollywood Park for many years. When Hollywood Park conducted a seminar for new owners in 1970, Mr. Ackerman met Richard Staley, a fellow transplant from the Midwest to California. They formed an owner-trainer partnership and friendship that lasted until Mr. Staley’s death in the mid-1990s.

Mr. Staley entrusted Mr. Ackerman implicitly to manage the horses he owned and said he never questioned any of Mr. Ackerman’s decisions or purchases. He admired Mr. Ackerman’s honesty and horsemanship and they enjoyed phenomenal success over many years.

Mr. Staley recognized that Mr. Ackerman was a natural horseman, raised in an environment filled with horse talk. “Doug was to the manner born,” said the erudite Mr. Staley, borrowing a phrase from Shakespeare.

When Mr. Ackerman was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in 1994, he gave credit to Mr. Staley for his friendship and patronage.

“He was the greatest owner ever,” said Mr. Ackerman. “Ever.”

Mr. Ackerman had a wide circle of friends in the sport, but was particularly close to such legends as Bill Brown of Blue Chip Farm, Delvin Miller, and George Sholty. The friendship between Mr. Ackerman and trainer-driver Howard Beissinger went back many decades and they talked on the phone regularly after their respective retirements. The two old-school Hall of Famers shared a love of rodeo, and Mr. Ackerman took great pleasure in owning a champion bucking bull in recent years.

Among the active horsemen in the sport, Mr. Ackerman had close relationships with Ray Remmen, John Campbell, Chris Boring, and many others.

In 1989, Mr. Ackerman, Beissinger, and Delvin Miller represented the United States in a driving challenge in Moscow against Russian and German reinsmen. Mr. Ackerman won the first race in the series, thus becoming the first American to win a race at the historic Central Moscow Hippodrome since before the Russian Revolution in 1917.

When Del Mar closed its track for training purposes almost a decade ago, Mr. Ackerman had to relocate his horses to Pinehurst, N.C. When asked the difference between training in southern California and Pinehurst, Mr. Ackerman quipped, “About 50 degrees.”

Mr. Ackerman was seldom seen without his beloved wife, Ada Jean, at his side. Their daughter, Connie Hochstetler, is a noted racing official whose husband, Homer, is a veteran trainer. Their son Jay, a student at the University of Kentucky, is now working as an intern at The Horseman and Fair World magazine. Son D.R. has been training and racing the Ackerman Stable horses during his father’s illness. He and his wife, Angelika, have sons D.R. Jr. and Kevin.

“We have lost an icon,” said USTA President Phil Langley. “Doug raced all over the country and was admired and enjoyed wherever he appeared. During the last few summers he would show up at Balmoral in warm weather to visit his daughter, Connie Hochstetler, and more often than not he and Ada Jean would pull up chairs and sit with me on my balcony porch.

“With his sardonic wit and recall of horses and horsemen, they were some of my favorite times. He was a true Hall of Famer that spanned the many years of pari-mutuel racing. Doug, Jim Dennis and Howard Beissinger were great friends and set a standard of excellence seldom matched. Doug was one of a kind and will be missed."

Arrangements will be posted when announced.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Halsey Joe Monier, 86, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Heartland Healthcare in Henry, Ill.

Joe was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Sparland to Robert Halsey and Edith (Waugh) Monier. Joe married Donna Jean Wichman on Sept. 29, 1951, in Bartonville, Ill. She preceded him in death on Aug. 21, 1997.

He also was preceded in death by his brother, Robert W. Monier of Sparland, and his sister, Willmina Hogg of Bluffton, Ind.

He is survived by four children, Albert (Carol) of Sparland, Robert (friend Nick Cowley) of Peoria, Edith Rummerfield of Henry and Michelle Monier (Keith Olson) of Sparland; grandchildren, Ashley (Bud) Fallon of Henry, Celena Monier of Sparland and Marshall Rinaldo of Granville; great-grandchildren, Bryce and Elan Fallon; nephew, Rod Monier of Sparland and nephew, Bill Hogg and niece, Barb Lochner, both of Indiana; and one brother-in-law, Robert J. Wichman of Bartonville, Ill.

Joe farmed his entire life on the Oak Glade Farm in Sparland with his father R.H., brother Bob, nephew Rod, son Al and son-in-law Butch Rummerfield, operating as Monier Bros. and Monier Cattle.

Joe served on the Marshall County Board, as supervisor of Steuben Township, LaPrairie Mutual Insurance Company board of directors, director and chairman of the board of the Henry State Bank, member and elder of the LaPrairie United Presbyterian Church and Northern Illinois Colt Association director and vice president. Joe was director and past president of the Marshall-Putnam Fair. He was superintendent of speed for the standard bred horse racing, following in his father's footsteps since 1976. Anyone who knew Joe knew that after the crops were in every spring, he could be found at the M-P Fairgrounds in Henry with many other friends and volunteers doing repairs, painting, planting trees and other numerous activities in preparation for the fair.

The family would like to thank Heartland Health Care and Vitas Hospice.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, at the LaPrairie United Presbyterian Church in rural Sparland, with the Rev. Melinda Stephenson officiating. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon. Burial will be at the LaPrairie U P Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the LaPrairie United Presbyterian Church, Marshall-Putnam Fair Association or Vitas Hospice.

Online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com


Friday, April 11, 2014

Clarence M Jacobs, (Jake) of Harvard Passed away on April 8th at the Illinois Veterans Home LaSalle, IL 

Jake was born August 5 1925 to Herbert and Clara Krone Jacobs in Capron, IL.

He enlisted in the Army in 1947 and served in the Korean War, he was discharged as a Sergeant in 1952. He married Phyllis M Donahue on June 28, 1952 in Palatine, IL.

Jake hauled milk and trucked cattle from 1951 to 1956. He then became a dairy farmer until 1972 when he went into the Harness Horse business, where he raised, trained and drove his own horses until a few years ago.

He attended school in Harvard, Il. He was a confirmed member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Harvard on April 2 1939. He was also a member of the moose lodge.

He was survived by his wife and 5 children, Randy (Joni) of Warsaw Mo, Dale(Roger) Blazier of Woodstock, Penny(Dan) Berry of Harvard , Susan Jacobs of Harvard , Peggy (Bruce) Garey of Fairbanks, Alaska. Grandchildren, Patrick(Traci) Berry, Megan Berry, Timothy Blazier, Jason,(Nina) Blazier, Ashley (Matt)Schultz, Jamie (Brit) Hitchins, Kyle Cairns, Joshlyn (Charles) Duranona, Brittney Mathis, Erin Jacobs, Chad Garey, Matt Reed. And 13 great grandchildren, A sister Phyllis Hale of Arizona and many nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, brothers, Lyle, Herbert, Lester, sisters Lucille Bonivia, Betty Straley, and Dorothy Francis, a granddaughter Monique Mathis, a grandson Chet Garey.

The memorial gathering will be at 10-11am Wed., April 16 and a memorial service at 11 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 504 Diggins St., Harvard, IL 60033. The Rev Herb Priester will officiate. Inurnment will be at the St. Joseph Cemetery after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois Veterans Home, 1015 O' Conor Ave, LaSalle, IL 61301




Saturday, March 15, 2014

Brandy Pinske, 40, daughter of trainer Nelson and Kay Willis, of Beecher, Ill., passed away on March 14 after a long illness. 

An experienced horsewoman, Brandy grew up working alongside her parents, who have competed successfully for decades on the Illinois harness racing circuits. Brandy was also an accomplished rider, and an owner and breeder of Standardbred racehorses.

Besides her parents, Brandy is survived by her daughter McKenna, 14. She was preceded in death by her husband, trainer Brian Pinske, who passed away in 2002 at age 38.

A wake will be held for Brandy on Tuesday, March 18, from 2 pm to 7 pm at the Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, IL. 

Her funeral service will begin at 10 am on Wednesday, March 18 at the Crete Funeral Home, with burial to follow at the Skyline Memorial Park & Cemetery, 24800 S Governors Hwy, Monee, IL.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Jarrod Michael Duncan was welcomed into the world by his mother Marcia, his grandparents Monroe and Marcine, aunts Dawn, Cheryl and an uncle Marshall on January 31, 1975 in Lancaster, WI.  At the age of two he went to Quad City Downs in East Moline, Illinois with his mother to live there.  On March 5, 1978 Kenneth Burd became his step-father and later that year his sister Jessie was born.  He graduated from grade school in Silvis, Illinois where J.D. played football in Junior High and then he played senior basketball for 3 years at United Township High School where he graduated in 1993.  On to College of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois he also played on the basketball team.  After four and half years he graduated with a degree in Business, Finance and licensed investments.  J.D. became a broker with The First Investment firm of Oak Brook, then he worked for Mercury Finance Co. in Hinsdale, Illinois.

J.D. married his college sweetheart Andrea Kingman in August of 2002, they purchased a home in Bourbonnais, Illinois where they lived for 2 years and then divorced.  J.D. had left his job in Hinsdale and started training and racing horses in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.  This became his full time job ever since.

J.D. leaves behind his mother, grandparents, a sister, 2 step-brothers, which one is Don Burd, 7 cousins and 4 second cousins (all girls) on his mother’s side of the family.

J.D. passed away suddenly on March 5, 2014 from unknown medical conditions.


Thursday, March 6, 2014 - Obits: Jarrod Duncan and H. Phil Pearce

Northfield, OH --- Northfield Park trainer Jarrod Duncan, 39, died of apparent natural causes on Wednesday (March 5).

“It is very sad and hard to believe,” said Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. “He was a great guy and a hard worker. He will be missed by many.”

Mr. Duncan began training in 2005 and had since garnered 254 victories and earned purses of $1,238,111. He was a native of Indiana and raced exclusively in the midwest. He most recently trained a stable of four horses including African Violet, Go Forit BB, Life in the Sand and Shelby Lu.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.


H. Phil Pearce 91, Carmi, IL.

Proud Marine, husband, father and grandfather, farmer, banker, politician, civic leader and life-long harness horse enthusiast H. Phil Pearce, 91, of Cloverland Farm, Hawthorne Township, White County, IL died Friday, February 28, 2014 at Hamilton Pointe in Newburgh, IN.

Phil was born January 3, 1923 at Carmi, IL, the son of Tice Albert Pearce and Helen Hanna Pearce.

Raised on the Hanna Family's Cloverland Farm near Epworth, IL, Phil was an 18 year old sophomore engineering student at Millikin University of Decatur, IL, when he enlisted in the U S Marine Corps. Phil was signed up in the reserves and assigned to the Navy-Marine Corps V-12 program to continue his studies until he was called up to officer's training. Phil spent six months as a Private at Miami (Ohio) University before going to Parris Island for Boot Camp. He graduated from the sole Marine Special Officer Candidate Course (SOCC) at Camp Lejeune, NC. Second Lieutenant Pearce was sent to join the U.S. invasion of Okinawa of April 1, 1945 as an infantry platoon leader. He went ashore as part of the 32nd draft, First Battalion, Fifth Regiment, First Division and was assigned to Baker Company. After days of heavy battle and massive casualties, Pearce's Baker Company, along with Able and Charlie Companies, finally secured Hill 79 on June 21, 1945, after which Okinawa was officially declared secure. The 22 year old Pearce was awarded a Navy Cross for his heroism on May 11, 1945 at Wilson's Ridge and Draw in the effort to take Shuri Castle.

Pearce was sent to China after the war's end and returned to Cloverland Farm April 14, 1946 after being discharged from the Marine Corps and rejoining the Marine Reserve as a First Lieutenant that same day.
Upon his return stateside, Phil returned to Millikin to graduate with a degree in industrial engineering in the spring of 1947. He returned to White County where he operated the local Standard Oil bulk fuel plant and owned the Massey-Harris farm implement dealership. He was called to active duty in 1951 during the Korean War, which forced him to sell both the bulk plant and the implement dealership. He returned the final time to farm the family owned Cloverland Farm which was established in 1808 in Hawthorne Township. He eventually retired from the Marine Corps Reserves as a full Colonel.

Devoted to community service, he was a past commander of White County Post 3851, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Carmi, and a member of the American Legion, V.F.W. and Elks. He was President and Chairman of the Wabash Valley Association.

Also active in the business sector, along with managing a large farm, he was Past Chairman and longtime Board Member of the First National Bank of Carmi, Illinois, now known as FirstBank. He was also a Board Member and original investor in Elastec/American Marine in Carmi.

His abiding passion was for racing and breeding standard bred trotters and pacers. Racing under the green and white Cloverland Farm silks, he stood stallions, had as many as 70 broodmares, and raced primarily trotters throughout Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana. He eventually partnered with Buddy Simpson's Fairfield, IL BattleShoe Farms with Phil handling the breeding and Buddy the training and driving. Phil served as Secretary/Treasurer and longtime active member of the Egyptian Colt Stakes, and as President of the Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association and the Illinois Harness Horseman's Association. In addition, Phil followed the Hanna family tradition of serving on the Board of the White County Fair including long stints as Speed Superintendent and President. He also lent his expertise at building lightning fast racecourses to Midwest Harness and other area horse tracks.

His family describes Phil as a most kind, generous and gentle man to whom family and community were of upmost importance. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carol (Winchester) Pearce. He is also survived by his daughter Drue Pearce and her husband Michael F G Williams of Anchorage, AK and Accokeek, MD, his stepchildren Charles Lynn Siegel and his wife Sandra of Evansville, Shannon Duncan and her husband Ron of Evansville, and Sherri Winchester of Frederick, MD. He had 7 grandchildren, Tate Hanna Pearce-Williams, Chris and Evan Siegel, Malynda Howard and her husband Pat, Alisha Duncan, Kyle Scales and Koltin Gibbons and three Howard great-grandchildren, Danny, Paige and Aiden.  Phil was preceded in death by his Mother, Helen Hanna Pearce, his father, Tice Albert Pearce, two daughters, Ann and Jill, with Julia Detroy Pearce from whom he was later divorced, his second wife, Wanda Chapman Pearce, and his Uncle, William Philip "Uncle Bill" Hanna.
The family would like to thank his many, many friends and colleagues for their generosity during Phil's illness. Their thoughts and prayers sustained Phil and his family during his final weeks of life. Jeff Whitler, Kent Williams, Frank Musgrave, Kenny Winter, Dr. Jim Zieren, Jeff Bohleber, Gary Bartley, Jr., Brenda Ryder, and Laurie Frazier deserve special mention for their help and support. Thank you also to Father Ted Temple for his visits and prayers and to the nursing staff at Hamilton Pointe's Unit 700 for their compassion. They include Rebecca, Faith, Josh, Julie, Jayne, Julea and Roshaun.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Big Prairie United Methodist Church in Hawthorne Township. Visitation will be at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi, Illinois, Wednesday, March 5 from 4 - 8 PM and at Big Prairie Church after 9 AM Thursday. Burial will be in Big Prairie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Big Prairie United Methodist Church or Shriners Childrens Hospital of St. Louis and will be accept at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Glen Kidwell, 92, one of the top driver/trainers in the sport in the 1960s, died Feb. 18, 2014.

According to USTA records, Mr. Kidwell drove 1,120 winners in his career to earnings of $3,049,773. Among the top horses he was associated with were Active Donna V p,4,2:00f ($188,725) and Active Don p,3,1:58.4 ($80,445), the first 2:00 2-year-old in the state of Illinois.

"Glen was one of the top trainer/drivers in the 1960s and was one of the leading figures in Chicago harness racing for many years," said USTA president Phil Langley. "He will be missed."

Mr. Kidwell is survived by his wife of 66 years, Maurine; two children; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; five sisters; and one brother.

The family will hold a private memorial at the cemetery.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

The IHHA is saddened to report that Tony Maurello, Mr Supernight,  passed away Saturday, January 25th, 2014 @ 9:30am.

Visitation will be Friday January 31st, 2014 from 3-9pm.

Kosary Funeral Home
9837 South Kedzie Ave.
Evergreen Park, Il.60805


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Alexis “Alley” Maria Magee, 20, passed away unexpectedly on January 5, 2014 at Morris Hospital. Born in Naperville, Illinois on December 21, 1993, she was the daughter of Dean and Kimberly (Hegwood) Magee.

Alley attended Minooka and Morris high schools. She was a groomer for her father’s harness racing stable in Ottawa and loved working with her father’s horses. Her favorite horse was “Frost on Pumpkin.” Alley enjoyed mudding, snowmobiling, dirt-biking, and horseback riding. She loved animals, especially horses. A very free-spirited young lady, Alley loved having family and friends around. She “loved God and is now free to walk with Him”.

Survived by her parents, brother Taylor Magee of Bridgeview, Illinois; grandparents, Tillie and Fred Hegwood of Rapid City, Illinois; paternal grandmother, Orriene Buckley of Shawano, Wisconsin, and many family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Curtis Magee.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home located at 301 West Washington Street, Morris. A Celebration of Alley’s life will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Yandell officiating.
Memorials may be made in Alley’s name to any Standard Bank branch office.
Cremation rites will be accorded.

Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W Washington Street, Morris, Illinois. For further information visit the website at www.ucdaviscallahan.com or contact the funeral home at (815) 942-0084. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting the website.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Charles Wayne von Knoblauch (Stickman), 60, dies
Saturday, November 2, 2013 - from the USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH --- Born on March 29th 1953, Charles Wayne von Knoblauch (Stickman) spent his childhood playing on the sand hills of Long Island, where he said he invented snowboarding.  He later moved to the Chicago area where he began a career racing horses with his father Harry. He also spent a few years working for Delvin Miller and Sonny Graham on the Grand Circuit taking care of "the big mare" Tarport Hap.

He returned to Balmoral Park to race horses with his father. Wayne and his wife Valerie had a son Jeremy born in 1978. He enjoyed his family and friends racing horses there and at the Meadowlands and Pocono Downs. He also raced Star City Hero in Indiana with his partner Victoria Rouch.  He was very proud of his son Jeremy and daughter-in-law Shauna and grandson Helmutt.

He is survived by them and his father, Harry, three sisters, and two brothers. He is preceded in death by his mother. He will be sadly missed by the racing family all over the country. He passed away peacefully in November.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Glenn F. Brown, 105, of Viola, one of Mercer County's oldest and most recognized citizens, passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline, after a six-week illness.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Aledo. Burial is at Aledo Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Viola Public Library, St. John's Catholic Church or St. Ambrose University Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be made at fippingerfuneralhome.com.

Glenn was born at the family home in Old Gilchrist on May 19, 1908, the son of John and Selma Anderson Brown. Upon graduating from Viola High School, he enrolled and graduated from St. Ambrose University with the Class of 1929, and up until his death, was the oldest living graduate of St. Ambrose. A classmate he had befriended helped him get a job with Goodyear, which ultimately led him to Chicago, where he married Erna Kunstmann on Nov. 17, 1934. She died April 19, 1996.

He returned with his family to Mercer County in 1942 to a family farm and later became the owner of Viola Auction Co. He often said there probably wasn't a farm kitchen for miles around that he hadn't had coffee in. He temporarily retired after selling the business in the 1960s, only to become involved in raising and racing standardbred horses with his son, Terry. He enjoyed naming his race horses after grandchildren.

Glenn's young ambition was to play major league baseball. He never achieved that goal, but he enjoyed watching the Chicago White Sox all his life and always was recognizable with the Sox cap on his head.

His age and personality made him a semi-celebrity with a number of appearances on local television and newspapers, honored at the Illinois State Fair harness races and capped by being interviewed by every Chicago television station on Opening Day 2012 with the White Sox. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Viola.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Jim Musick, 64, dies
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - from the USTA Communications Department

Jim Musick, 64, a longtime owner/trainer/driver in Illinois, died Aug. 21, 2013, in Chicago Heights, Ill.

Mr. Musick began his career in the 1970s on the Illinois Fair Circuit and in recent years campaigned at Balmoral Park. He also was a mentor for many young horsemen in the state of Illinois.

He is survived by a son, Christopher; and a nephew, Tennis.

Will update as more details become available.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Albert Jeffers, 88, dies
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - from the USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH --- Albert L. Jeffers, 88, a noted philanthropist, horse breeder and retired attorney, died Aug. 10, 2013, in McAllen, Texas, after a long illness.

Mr. Jeffers was born Feb. 12, 1925, in Duff, Ind. He attended school in Huntingburg and graduated from Bosse High School in Evansville. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946, earning his Dolphins, traveled through the Panama Canal on the sub tender Pelias, joined the crew of the Threadfin on Midway, and served in the last major naval battle of World War II on April 5, 1945. He finished as a crew member of the Menhaden, where he was selected as the enlisted man to welcome Admiral Nimitz aboard when he resigned his position as commander of the South Pacific.

Mr. Jeffers married Mary Lea Miles on June 6, 1948 in Evansville, graduated from the University of Evansville in 1949 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Technology, and graduated from George Washington University Law School with a JD in 1952.

Starting with six Standardbred race horses inherited by his wife, he built a state and nationally recognized horse breeding farm (Mary Lea Jeffers Farm) in Flat Rock, Ill., noted for its fast trotters and pacers. Mr. Jeffers was the owner of High Falls, Party At Artsplace and New Balance, all standing at Mary Lea Jeffers Farm. The farm was the recipient of the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association's 2012 County Fair Breeder of the Year Award and the 2012 County Fair Owner of the Year Award.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lea; daughter, Adele Jeffers (Paul) Everett; grandsons, Joel (Lane) Everett and Isaac (Katie) Everett; great-grandsons, Miles Everett and Nathan Everett; and nephews, Gary and Robert. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Martha Belle Jeffers; brothers, John and Gerald; sister-in-law, Wilma; and cousiin, Dr. Wallace Duncan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 24) at the Nass & Son Funeral Home, 208 N. Main Street, Huntingburg, IN, with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 3-7 p.m. on Friday (Aug. 23). Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffers Nature Preserve, c/o Huntingburg Foundation, 309 N. Geiger Street, Huntingburg, IN 47542; University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN 47714; University of Texas Pan-American Foundation, 1201 West University, Edinburg, TX 78540; or to the First United Methodist Church of McAllen, 4200 N. McColl Road, McAllen, TX 78504.


Wednesday July 17, 2013

Leo Burns, 98, dies

Leo A. Burns, 98, died July 13, 2013, at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, Ill.

Mr. Burns was born Feb. 21, 1915, in Tama, Iowa, to William Dowell and Dessee Westerfield. He was united in marriage June 12, 1946, in Missouri to Marjorie L. Mann, who died Sept. 22, 2003.

Mr. Burns was a Standardbred trainer and driver. In July 2012, he became the oldest known winning driver in the sport when he piloted his 8-year-old mare, Winsome Wyoming, to victory in the fifth race at the Wayne County Fair in Fairfield, Ill. USTA records show him with 254 career driving wins and earnings of $301,933.

He was a member of the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association, the USTA and the Albion Moose Lodge.

Mr. Burns is survived by his sons, Douglas Vavra (Carolyn) and Ed; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; three sisters; and two brothers.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday (July 17) at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion, Ill. A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday (July 19) at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Marshalltown, Iowa.


Wednesday May 8, 2013

TUSCOLA—Dale E. Richeson, 81, Tuscola, IL died at 5:05 P.M. Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Visitation will be held 5:00P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Arthur Mennonite Church, 710 East Park St. in Arthur, IL. Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the church. Burial will be in the Tuscola Township Cemetery. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Dale Elba Richeson was born on April 10, 1932 in Ashmore, IL the son of Elba and Ruby (Roberts) Richeson. He graduated from Kansas High School in 1946. He served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954. Dale worked at USI Chemical Plant in Tuscola, IL, retiring after 36 years of service. He was a high school basketball and football referee for many years. He was a breeder and owner of Standardbred Race Horses. Dale was a lifetime member of the Ansar Shriners, a Mason and a member of the 32nd degree of the Scottish Rite Temple. He was a member of the Tuscola Moose Lodge, the US Trotting Association and the Mustang Club of America, having shown many vintage mustangs throughout the U.S.

Dale is survived by his son Scott (Kim) Richeson of The Colony, TX; step-daughter Melissa (Kenny) Schrock of Arthur, IL; step-son J.P. (Susan) Yoars of Magnolia, TX; grandchildren, Cole and Kylie Richeson; Meredith, Erin and Nolan Schrock; Jarred, Christopher and Rhys Yoars.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Edwards Funeral Home
221 East Main St., Arcola, IL 61910
(217) 268-3885




Friday, February 15, 2013~by Kimberly Rinker for the USTA

Chicago, IL….Robert Knox, 85, of Homewood, IL, passed away this morning. 

Mr. Knox, a Chalmers, Indiana native, was a well-known figure on the Illinois and Indiana harness racing scene, having served as a starter and trackman at various Chicago raceways, in addition to being an accomplished trainer-driver in the 1970s and 1980s in Illinois.  

Mr. Knox became involved in the harness racing business through Gene Sears (grandfather of top driver Brian Sears), working alongside George Sholty, in Logansport, IN.  Mr. Knox’s wife Priscilla (deceased) had gone to school with George Sholty and Mr. Knox became friends with George through his wife.  After a stint in the Army, stationed in Panama in World War II, Mr. Knox went to work for Gene Sears, training on the East Coast for a number of years, before eventually returning to Indiana where he competed on the fair circuit.

“Dad had bought a little trotter named Star’s Lulu for about $1,000 and then raced her at the Indiana fairs and later sold her for $20,000 and that really got him started in the business,” Mr. Knox’s son, Phil Knox, recalled. “Dad was also one of the reasons that the single shaft sulky was banned in 1974.  One night at Washington Park, Joe Marsh, Jr. was driving a horse with the single shaft and got into an accident and wasn’t able to drive the rest of the card.  He asked Dad to drive Star Board Butler for him in the Invitational, also hooked to the single shaft, and Dad got in a wreck too.  Both of them getting hurt that way was a big reason that single shaft bike got banned.”

During his years as a driver-trainer, Mr. Knox piloted some of Illinois’ top pacers, including Egyptian Silver, p, 3, 1:55.1 ($171,372), and Egyptian Luck p, 6, 1:57.2f ($172,765)~both sons of Illinois pacing sire Egyptian Dancer; as well as Jimmy Sunshine p, 3, 1:58 ($54,145) and Wavy Star p, 3, 2:00f ($153,192).

In 1974 Mr. Knox piloted longshot Ocean Reef to capture the Suburban Downs Pacing Derby at Hawthorne Racecourse, returning $177.00 on a two-dollar ticket.  He also won the Illinois State Championship at Springfield twice, once with Jimmy Sunshine in 1976, and again Egyptian Silver was 1982.  His lifetime driving records shows him having steered 821 winners of $2, 932,663 in earnings from 1977 through 1985.

Mr. Knox was the track superintendent/trackman at Balmoral Park for both the harness and thoroughbred meetings, from 1986 through 1989, and then became the starter in the 1990s for Balmoral and Sportsman’s Park.  He continued in his position at Balmoral through 2006, before retiring from harness racing.  In his spare time he enjoyed watching the races at home.

Mr. Knox is also the father of Chicago trainer Phil Knox, former Chicago driver Dan Knox, (deceased), and daughter Vicky Knox (Owens).

Visitation Friday Feb 22, 3-9 at Ryan Funeral Home in Homewood.
Sat. Feb. 23 Visitation 9AM Service at 10AM Ryan Funeral Home in Homewood

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

Merrill Orr Anderson, 73, of Newman, Ill., and Weslaco, Texas, died Feb. 2, 2013, at the Aurora House Hospice after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Mr. Anderson was born in Broadlands on May 21, 1939, a son of Harold Orr Anderson and Margaret Gore Anderson. He married Lyn Coolley in 1962.He graduated from ABL High School in 1957 and attended the University of Kentucky on a basketball scholarship.He was a member of Troop B, 1st Recon Sqdn, 106 Artillery.

Mr. Anderson was a farmer in the Broadlands area and raised Simmental cattle and Standardbreds. He acquired his auctioneers license in 1962 in Decatur, Ill., and was an auctioneer, selling purebred hogs, cattle, Standardbreds and Arabian horses.

He was inducted into the Marketeers of the Year Hall of Fame at the Denver Livestock Show on Jan. 19, 2013.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his son, James (Jim) Coolley Anderson; granddaughter, Margaret (Meg) Cristina Coolley Anderson; and a special friend, Nancy Brady. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife.

Funeral services will be held at Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman, Ill., on Monday (Feb. 11) at 10 a.m. Visitation will be Sunday (Feb. 10) from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Newman American Legion Post 201, Newman, IL or the Aurora House Foundation, 2646 W. 18th St. in Weslaco


Sunday, December 23, 2012 - from the U.S. Trotting Association

Carol E. Yohn, 65, wife of U.S. Trotting Association director Robert Yohn, died on Friday, Dec. 21.

She was a longtime member of the Wisconsin Harness Horse Association, a breeder and owner of Standardbreds, and a licensed trainer.

Gabe Wand, a prominent Wisconsin harness horseman and USTA said, “Carol was a long time WHHA member, friend, horsewoman and harness racing fan. Her passion was unmatched during her time here and she will be deeply missed.”

Bob and Carol Yohn have two daughters, Becca and Rachel.

Funeral services will be held in Columbus, Wis. Visitation will take place at the Jensen Funeral Home, 248 S. Ludington Street, Columbus, Wis. 53925, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27. There will also be a viewing at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28 with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m. at the Fall River United Methodist Church, 138 South Street, Fall River, Wis. 53932. A lunch will follow at the church.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

James E. "Jim" Barry, 63, a well-known horseman from Illinois who since 2008 had worked with Peninsula Farm in Kentucky, died Oct. 5, 2012.

He will be laid to rest in his hometown of Bradford, Ill.

Mr. Barry became a harness racing enthusiast as a young man and started out working in the sport as a trainer in Chicago. He became friends with bloodstock salesman Phil Tully in the mid-1970s and with Tully's encouragement and the involvement of Dr. Ken Walker and his wife, Pat, he began the Standardbred Exchange yearling sale at Maywood Park.

In the early 1980s Mr. Barry joined forces with the late H.A. "Andy" Grant Jr. and founded Bradford Bloodstock, which they named because they both hailed from hometowns named Bradford (Grant's hometown was Bradford, Pa). Mr. Barry worked with Grant in New York until the late 1980s, and during that time they also raced a few horses as partners and owned broodmares. They were particularly active as breeders in 1981, the first year Niatross stood at stud, and bred two notable performers by the sire, Hicaliber Hanover p,4, 1:53.1 ($125,233) and King Charles p,1:51.3 ($466,435).

Mr. Barry left Bradford Bloodstock in the late 1980s and moved to Denver, Colo., where he began working at a car dealership owned by a family member. In 2005 he stepped back into harness racing by buying a few horses and placing them with trainers Greg Wright and Ray Remmen.

In recent years Mr. Barry was a part of the Peninsula Farm family and was always at the yearling sales wearing his trademark hat.

A private funeral service for the family was scheduled to be held in Denver.

Mr. Barry is survived by two sisters, Marilyn Born and Kaye Franks. He was preceded in death by his older brother Fran, who was the manager for Nettle Creek Farm in Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101, Millstone Township, NJ 08535.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Dean Johns, 82, of Charleston, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

His funeral, beginning with Masonic Rites by Charleston A.F. & A.M. Lodge #35, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Sweeney officiating. Interment will follow in Hurricane Cemetery, rural Charleston. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Charleston Food Pantry or Genesis Animal Rescue.

Dean was born November 20, 1929 in Charleston, son of Russell and Ruth (Sims) Johns. He married Bonnie S. Hanson, March 17, 1968 in Oak Forest, Illinois; she survives. Also surviving are their children: Larry Johns of Charleston, Pam Staggs of Ashmore, Jim Johns of Ashmore, Linda Carnahan of Oakland, Patrick Maher of Charleston, Sean Johns of Fredericksburg, VA, and Terrence Johns of Egg Harbor, NJ. Seventeen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Bill Johns; one son: Michael Maher, and one grandson: James Dean Johns.

Dean was a member of the Coles County Fair Board for more than fifty years, the Charleston A.F. & A.M. Lodge #35, the Sheriff’s Association, and held a lifetime membership in the Charleston Elks Lodge. He had been a long time Race Horse Official. Dean was a man of his word. If he told you he was going to do something, it was done. He had a deep love for horses and cared about people. He and Bonnie loved to travel, but most important to him was spending time with his family.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Crete, IL --- Mike Corley, 65, former State Steward for the Illinois Racing Board, died August 10, 2012, at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora from complications of lung cancer which was diagnosed 16 months ago.

Mr. Corley, who recently retired from the Illinois Racing Board, was relocating from Beecher, Ill., to Laguna Hills, Calif.

He was born March 30, 1947 in Bedford, Ind., to Phillip and Thelma Corley who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Alice (married 44 years); his daughters, Dawn (George) Brnilovich and their children, Nichole and Alex; and Rachel (Jeff) McConnell and their children, Katie Rose and twins Dana and Meagan.

Mr. Corley, who served as State Steward at Maywood Park and Balmoral Park in Illinois since 2003, dedicated the past 43 years to the sport of horse racing by serving in various official capacities in New Jersey, California, Ohio and Illinois as an accredited steward by the United States Trotting Association and the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

Mr. Corley began his horse racing career as a groom for Jim Dennis and was eager to share his numerous exploits riding the train with horses from California to Illinois. His official career began at Balmoral Park as an associate judge in 1970 and he continued to serve in many capacities at many racetracks in different states.

In 1994, he was named the presiding judge of the Standardbred meeting at the Meadowlands. Later he served as steward in California at numerous racing meetings.

Mr. Corley was awarded the Purple Heart due to injuries he received while in Vietnam as an Army Sergeant in 1967.

He was a valuable and dedicated employee who was devoted to promoting the well-being and advancement of horse racing.

He had various other interests, was an avid golfer and supporter of the Professional Golfers Association and owned and drove his own race car at sanctioned car racing meetings in California.

A memorial will be displayed at Balmoral Park in Illinois in recognition of his service to racing. Donations towards the memorial may be made to the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper, Balmoral Park, 26435 S. Dixie Highway, Crete, IL 60417.

Expressions of sympathy and memorial contributions to the family may be sent to 24892 Georgia Sue, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. A celebration of his life will be held in a private ceremony on September 15 in Del Mar, Calif.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Henry Cataldo, 74

He spent the last 50 years of his life owning, training and driving Standardbreds in Illinois, New York, California and Florida.

Mr. Cataldo is survived by his wife, Joyce (Fox); children, Henry Jr. (Teresa), Alita (Kim) Reichert, Alison (Mitchell) Balek, Annette (Tony) DeLoera, Aileen (Jack) Belt and Phillip (Amanda); 19 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Gilbert (Mary); and sister, Eileen Grandolfo.

A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday (July 11) at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 1080 Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Ill., followed by a Memorial Mass at 11 a.m.

From the USTA Department of Communications.


Monday, Feb. 27, 2012
Philip J. Milburn
Age 75, of Braidwood, IL passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side, from a battle of cancer, Friday, February, 24, 2012. Born October 6, 1936 in New Brunswick, NJ to the late Philip J. and Elnora (nee Wehrfritz) Milburn. Veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Korean War. Phil grew up in Seymour, WI, where he became a harness horseman at the age of sixteen. He was the youngest member of the United States Trotting Association. He has had a lifetime of racing and has enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. He loved his family and enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren. Phil also enjoyed antiquing with his wife, Donna. Surviving are his wife, Donna (nee Kirk) Milburn of Braidwood; two sons, Philip J. (Angela) Milburn of Custer Park, IL and Philip J. (Katie) Lewis of Austin, TX; daughter, Tracy (Jeff) Lenzie of Gardner, IL; eleven grandchildren, Colton Lenzie, Shawn Milburn, Alexis Lenzie, Shane Milburn, Blake Lenzie, and Dakota Lenzie, all of Illinois, and Darryn, Brandon, Ryne, and Ian Lewis all of Texas; brother, Robert (Annelise) Milburn of Crete, IL; and niece, nephews, and cousins from NJ, AZ, Paris, IL, and Downers Grove, IL. Preceding him in death was one son, Shawn Milburn. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Hospice of Kankakee Valley would be appreciated. R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd., Braidwood Chapel in charge of arrangements.
R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd.
401 E. Main St., Braidwood, IL 60408

Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

Jerald F. Grevengoed, 69, of Paw Paw, died peacefully with his loving dog, Bubba, lying next to him on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Maywood Park Racetrack.
He was born Jan. 4, 1943, the son of Henry and Margaret (DenBeste) Grevengoed, in Hudson, S.D. He married Neva Jane VanderSchaaf on Oct. 6, 1961, in Middleburg, Iowa.
He raced harness horses for 50-plus years with his wife and best friend, Neva. He was a member of the Illinois Harness Horesemen's Association. He enjoyed fishing with his friends and family.
He and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last October at the racetrack, where they won with Challenge My Heart. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Paw Paw. He could often be found most mornings debating the topics of the day in the local coffee shops. He also loved raising cattle and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife; son, Steven (Amy) of Sterling; daughter, Shari (Brian) DeLong of Mendota; grandchildren Anthony (Kaliegh) Grevengoed, Shay DeLong, Michelle Grevengoed, Jacob Huffman and Emily Huffman; a sister, Carol (Ged) Fedders of Littleton, Colo.; a brother, Robert (Barb) Grevengoed of Paw Paw; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter Barbara in infancy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Paw Paw, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m.. Anne Hoflen, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow at Wyoming Township Cemetery in Paw Paw.
Visit www.tormanfuneralhome.com to send condolences.


Thursday, February 9,2012

Bruce Wiltsie, age 57, of Oakland Park, FL, and formerly of Crete, IL and Tomah, WI, passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 6, 2012 at his home in Florida. He was born February 2, 1955, to Clinton and Andrea (Jost) Wiltsie in Tomah, Wisconsin.    He was raised on the family fruit farm and worked at the farm and fruit stand. Bruce was a 1973 graduate of Tomah High School.
Bruce was a harness horse racer in Chicago, the Quad Cities and St. Louis in the winters. He had his own business where he made and repaired harness race bikes and wheels. Bruce also hauled boats and horses between Chicago, Florida and New York. He was known to be very good with problem horses. Bruce also loved gardening and barbequing. 
He is survived by his son, Tarry (Meghann Madigan) Wiltsie of Tomah, WI, grandchildren, Gunnar Wiltsie, Kamryn Wiltsie and Maddy Hammond, his mother, Andrea Wiltsie, girlfriend, Suzie Cooper of Oakland Park, FL, his sister, Connie (Tom) Johnson of Tomah, WI, nieces, Jamie Johnson and Tessa Jagger.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clinton Wiltsie. 
The Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah is assisting the family with private arrangements. 


Published in Decatur Herald & Review on December 13, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hugh Lloyd Kirkwood

Hugh Lloyd Kirkwood, 85, of Lake City passed away 7:23 p.m. Sunday December 11, 2011 in his home. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 16, 2011 at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Lovington. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Macon Cemetery, Macon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LaPlace United Methodist Church or to the donor's choice. Hugh was born August 28, 1926, in Lake City, the son of Leonard and Ersie (Tipton) Kirkwood. He married Elinor J. Cullison on December 14, 1947, in Cisco. She preceded him in death on May 18, 1998. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. He was a retired Farmer, Auctioneer, Real Estate Salesman, and a Horse Trainer of Standard Bred Race Horses. He was a member of LaPlace United Methodist Church, the USTA and the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association. He managed and sold at the Arthur Sale Barn for 13 years and he also sold at the Neoga and Bloomington Sale Barns. He is survived by his sons, Stephen L. (Sharon) Kirkwood of Chula Vista,CA, Lloyd L. (Marilyn) Kirkwood of Lombard; daughter, Amelia J. (Perry) Kamaris of Carol Stream; loving guardian to nephews Dana M. Christian and Randall (Debbie) Christian; sister, Helen Butler of Decatur; 6 grandchildren, 1 step grandchild, 4 great-grandchildren and 3 step great-grandchildren; and special friend Joann Markwell of Moweaqua. He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister. Condolences may be made to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com. Obituary written by family members. Online guest book at http://legacy.com/obituaries/herald-review/


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jerry R. Freese
(March 5, 1939 - July 19, 2011)

Jerry R. Freese, 72, of Lerna, formerly Sullivan, died 5:41 p.m. Tuesday (July 19, 2011) in the Carlinville Area Hospital. Celebration of Life services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday in the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitiation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in the French Cemetery, Allenville. Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net. Jerry was born March 5, 1939 in Decatur, the son of Ernie M. and Helen Bernice Thomas. He had worked for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad and farmed the family farm. Jerry also raised and trained race horses. He was a member USTA, the Illinois Harness Horse Association and the UAW Local # 751, Decatur. He married Becky Miller on June 24, 1980 in Craighead County, Arkansas and she survives at Lerna. Also surviving are his sons; Rodney Freese of Nichols, New York, Jeremy (Becky) Freese of Arthur, Brandon (Amanda) Freese of Cooks Mills, Jeffrey (Whitney) Freese of Sullivan, Brian Freese of Mattoon, Travis Hughes of Sullivan and ten grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, T. J. Goad and a brother, Royal Freese.


Monday, July 11, 2011
Leroy Harold Fox 8/19/32-7/9/11

Leroy Harold Fox, 78, of Sandwich, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL. He was born August 19, 1932 in Sandwich, IL the son of Leo and Grace (Burns Elliott) Fox. He was together with the love of his life, Sherry Thomas, for 33 years and they were married on January 14, 1980 in Pompano Beach, Florida. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of Edgebrook Country Club, Sandwich Moose Lodge #1016 and the American Legion. Leroy was in the Horse Racing industry for 45 years owning, training and driving horses belonging to the United States Trotting Association. Leroy had the uncanny ability to look at a horse and tell you if he was going to be a winner and was a big attribute to the horse industry. He was very proud of being involved with the Sandwich Fair as a Speed Superintendent. He loved his time at local restaurants with his friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry of Sandwich; three daughters, LeeAnn (Frank) Williams of Trinity, FL, Regina Meidell of Somonauk, IL, Kari (William) Garber III of Tuscon, AZ; one step-daughter, Tina Thomas Mauer of Sandwich, IL; four grandchildren, Jaysen Meidell, Jenna Meidell, Nathan Garber, Zach Groves; one step-grandson, Cody Mauer; three sisters, Bernice (John) Hutchinson of Lexington, KY, Betty Wilson of Plano, IL, Ruth (Donald) Wallis of Sandwich, IL; several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog named Puppy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Gertrude Fox; one son-in-law, Robert Meidell.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk, IL with Father Andrew Hougan officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Somonauk. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk. Memorials may be directed to the Adopt-a-Race Horse Program or to the charity of one’s choice. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com

Turner-Eighner Funeral Home
13160 Rt. 34 West
Somonauk, IL 60552


Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Helen M. Finn

HIDALGO - Helen M. Finn, 87, of Hidalgo died at 1:50 a.m. Monday (Jan. 17, 2011) at the Cumberland Rehab & Health Care Center in Greenup. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in the Aten Cemetery in rural Hidalgo. She was born July 18, 1923, in Jasper County, the daughter of Jess and Grace Carter Richards. She married Fred Finn in 1939; he died in 1995. Survivors include six children, Randall Finn of Hidalgo, Merle Finn of Browns, Fred Finn Jr. of Lis, Roy Finn of Altamont, Rick Finn of Beecher, Bobbie Finn of Jewett and Margie Moore of Henderson, Ky.; one sister, Margie Runge of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 22 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one son, two daughters and one brother. Mrs. Finn was a a caregiver at the Greenup nursing home. Memorials can be made to the Cumberland Rehab & Health Care Activity Fund.


Monday, November 8, 2010

James A. "Jim" Kimball, 69, of Charleston, Illinois and formerly of Westfield, Illinois, passed away November 5, 2010 at 11:05 a.m. at his rural Charleston home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services honoring and celebrating his life will be held at Salisbury Church, 2350 Madison Avenue in Charleston, on Wednesday, November 10 at 11:00 am with Pastor Scott Sims officiating. Interment will follow in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Westfield, Illinois. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, November 9, from 5:00 – 8:00 at the Salisbury Church. Memorials may be left at the Services or Visitation or may be mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.


 Monday, November 8, 2010

Kyle Leslie Reck 45, of Troy Township, died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 3rd in his home.  Born Nov. 4 1964 in Kenosha to Warren and Barbara (nee Fields) Reck.  He grew up in Salem Township and attanded Brighton Elementary and Central High School.  He was a partner with his father in the horse racing business and held a license as both a race horse driver and trainer.

A memorial service at 6:30PM, with visitation from 4-6PM, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at Elkhorn Church of Christ, 100 W. Court St., Elkhorn, WI.

Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory, 908 -11th Ave., Union Grove, WI. 53182-262-878-2011 - www.danielsfamilyfuneral.com


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Longtime USTA Director John Cisna dies
Friday, November 05, 2010 - by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association

Columbus, OH --- John C. Cisna, 73, a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Trotting Association for 42 years and longtime Illinois horseman, died Thursday evening, Nov. 4, 2010, as the result of injuries sustained in a grade crossing accident in Douglas County, Ill., approximately 90 miles north of his Springfield, Ill. home. The vehicle he was driving was struck by a train.

Funeral arrangements have been announced for longtime horseman and USTA director John C. Cisna, who died this past Thursday. Family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., central, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church, 2941 South Koke Mill Road, Springfield, Ill., to be followed by a funeral ceremony at 11:00 a.m.


Harold Stone

Harold Stone, 73 of Hume passed away on Tuesday evening (April 27, 2010) at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday at the St. Michaels Catholic Church in Hume. Father Paul Skelton will officiate. Burial will be held at the Young America Cemetery in Hume. Visitation will be held on Thursday evening at the Joines Appleby Funeral Home (217-837-2624) at 301 W. Gillogly St. Newman, IL from 4-8pm with a prayer service to be held at 3:30pm at the funeral home. Mr. Stone was born on May 18, 1936 in Metcalf, IL, the son of John and Minnie Herrington Stone. He married Doris Jean Barrett on September 17, 1955 in Hume. Survivors include his wife of 54 years Doris Stone; 4 children Phyllis Stone of Hume, Randy (Karen) Stone of Beecher, IL Brenda (Marty) Jones of Paris, and Janet (Tim) Vandivier of Scotland. Grandchildren Casey (Jami) Jones, Cager Stone, Justin (Lindsey) Stone, Tiffany (Shawn) Sallee, Travis Stone, Jamie (Michael) Huffman, and Jennifer Vandivier; and nieces Carolyn Pennington, Charlotte Watson, Sharon Hornbrook, and Shirley Stone. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother William Stone. Mr. Stone graduated from Young America HighSchool in 1954. He worked for the B & O Railroad for 13 years. He was the Hume Postmaster from December 1967 until August 2003. Since retirement he has enjoyed several hobbies including Standard Bred Horse Racing and raising and showing sheep and goats. He was a loyal democrat and his favorite pastimes included keeping in touch with family and friends, e-mailing, enjoying Chicago Cubs baseball, and watching University of Illinois basketball. He was a member of the St. Michaels Catholic Church since 1955. Memorials may be made to the Edgar County animal shelter or to the donors choice.


William Edgar "Ed" Napier

William Edgar "Ed" Napier, 63, of Versailles, husband of Janet Sparrow Napier, died Friday, March 19, 2010 at St. Joseph Hospice Care Center. He was born October 17, 1946, in Clark County, Kentucky to Ella Marie Maddox and the late Thee Edgar Napier.

Mr. Napier was a retired detective for The Lexington Police Department and a veteran of the US Air Force, having served in Korea during the Vietnam era. He also attended Versailles Presbyterian Church, was a graduate of Lafayette High School and Eastern Kentucky University Criminal Justice Program. Mr. Napier was an owner, trainer, and driver for Standard Bred Horses for over 20 years, the president of the Kentucky Colt Association and Executive Secretary of Kentucky Harness Horseman's Association.

In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by his sons, Tim (Kristie) Napier, Louisville; Brian Napier, Frankfort; Chris (Rhonda) Napier, Lawrenceburg; sister, Fawn Reed, OH; brother, Robert "Rusty" Burns, Nicholasville; and grandchildren, Mackenzie, Reagan, Dalton, Luke, Aaron, Emma, and Annie.

Funeral Information

Visitation will be 4-8 pm, Tuesday, March 23, at Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing. Funeral Service will be 11 am, Wednesday, March 24, also at Clark Legacy Center, officiated by Rev. Melissa Sevier. Entombment will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens.


Stanley E. Banks

Stanley Banks 73 of Dwight, IL, passed away Monday, March 1, after an extended battle with Alzheimer's.  He was born October 22, 1936 in Belvidere, IL. to Glenn and Ethel Banks.

The Banks family moved to rural Dwight in 1969 where they established their Victory Lane Farm.  "Slammin' Stan" was well known throughout the Midwest, during the 70's and 80's, as one of the top

harness horse drivers in the nation.  During his career, he drove over 32,000 races, winnning over 3500 of them.  The horses he drove earned over $17,000,000.  He was inducted into the Illinois Harness Horseman's "Hall of Fame" in 1982.

In 1985 Stan became co-owner of The Snook Inn Restaurant located in Marco Island, FL.  Over the next 25 years The Snook became a "world famous" establishment and an achievement of which Stan was very proud.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda; his sons: Scot (Kelly) of Dwight and Steven (Kieu) Ft. Myers, FL.; Daughters: Lori (Alex) Gorman, Marco Island, FL; Lacy Humbert, Odell, IL., and Sheri (Ken) Asperson, Poplar Grove, IL..  Also surviving are his grandchildren:  Chris and Carrigan Banks, Seth Banks, Cara and Amanda Humbert, Allasia and Emma Asperson; two brothers: Les (Jean) and Dwight (Teri) Banks and one sister Benita  (Bill) Yunek, Idaho; and many nieces and newphews.

Visitation will be held at the Hager Funeral Home in Dwight on Monday, March 8 from 11a.m. to 2p.m..  A memorial service will follow visitation.  A celebration of Stan's amazing life will at the Victory Lanes Bowl after the service.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Stanley Banks Scholarship Fund at the First National Bank of Dwight.


Charles Sundeen

Charles H. Sundeen, 77, of Geneseo passed away Monday, March 1, 2010 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Geneseo. A time of sharing memories and stories will be held at 6:00 pm Thursday, March 4 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Geneseo. Visitation for Charles will be 5-6 pm. Military Honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post #5083 following the services. Per his request cremation rites have been accorded. Private inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Don Cherry VFW Post #5083 or the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.

Charles was born May 18, 1932 in Rock Falls, IL the son of Frank O. and Myrtle D. (Druva) Sundeen. He was a 1950 graduate of Geneseo High School. Charles was united in marriage to Joy Cochran June 14, 1952 in Geneseo. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Charles was employed at John Deere Harvester Forge Shop for 25 years from which he retired. He farmed in rural Geneseo for many years as well. He was a member of the U.A.W., and a lifetime member of Geneseo VFW. Charles was also a member of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Assoc., and U.S. Trotting Assoc. As a youth he was active in 4-H and showing livestock. Charles was actively involved in stock car racing after high school for the Quad City Devil Drivers. He also loved and enjoyed training and racing harness horses all across the U.S. for over 40 years.

Survivors include his wife Joy, three daughters Megan Sundeen, Geneseo; Cheryl Sundeen, Carlisle, IL; Julie (Royce) Green, New Boston, IL; a son Jace Sundeen, Greenfield, IN; four grandchildren Jerry Charles (JC) Austin, John Austin, Ethan & Evan Sundeen, two sisters Betty (Rollin) Heller, Hooppole; Mary Jane Coverdill, Savanna, IL; and two brothers Donny Klemmer, Rock Island; Buddy Bryant, Savanna, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Thursday March 4, 2010, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Vandemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Geneseo
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Thursday March 4, 2010, 6:00 PM at Vandemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Geneseo
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Paul Arthur Dudzik

Paul Arthur Dudzik, 62, of Sandwich, Illinois passed away Friday, February 26, 2010 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois. He was born February 12, 1948 in Sandwich, IL the son of David and Martha (Dunbar) Dudzik. He married Mary K. Black on June 17, 1972 in Medina, OH. He was a member of Union Congregational Church in Somonauk. Paul was a horseman, training horses for over 40 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his family. He was a Vietnam Veteran having served with the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife Mary; one son, Jerry (Jill) Dudzik of Sandwich, IL; one daughter, Christy Dudzik of Joliet, IL; one granddaughter, Peyton Dudzik of Sandwich; one brother, David (Diane) Dudzik of Sierra Vista, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Union Congregational Church in Somonauk, IL with Pastor Kirk Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich, IL. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk, IL. Memorials may be directed to Union Congregational Church in Somonauk or the Charity of ones choice. For more information or to sign the online guest book go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com
Turner-Eighner Funeral Homes
13160 W. RT 34
Somonauk, IL 60552
(815) 498-2363

4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday,
March 2, 2010 at
Turner-Eighner Funeral Home
in Somonauk, IL.

11:00 a.m., Wednesday,
March 3, 2010 at
Union Congregational Church
305 S. Gage St.
in Somonauk, IL 60552


Carole Fossen

Retired Chicago Area Horsewoman Carole Fossen, of Cedar Mountain, NC. passed away January 4, 2010 at her home.  She was born in Sandpoint, Idaho May 11, 1945 and was 64 years old.  She is preceded in death by her father, Troy Starnes, Sr. and her brother, Bruce Starnes.  She is survived by two daughters, Jordan Mikena of Texas and Megan Crone of Illinois, her Mother, Rev. Marian Starnes, and her brother, Troy Starnes, Jr, both of NC.  She is also survived by three Grandchildren; 1st Lt. Sean Wolf, US Army - Afghanistan and Gavin (12) and Colby (10) Bigos of Illinois.   Carole trained, drove and owned harness horses for over 25 years, mostly racing in Illinois.  Carole retired from harness racing in 1993 after a training accident left her injured.  After her retirement, Carole became a Non-denominational Christian Minister and founder of Animal Lighthouse, a non-profit animal rescue and spay/neuter organization.  She will be missed.


William "Billy" Shuter

Age 81, died Dec. 19, 2009, in DeLeon Springs, Fla., following a brief illness.

Mr. Shuter was active in the sport for many years as a driver/trainer. According to USTA records, he drove 1,197 winners in his career, while his mounts banked $3,264,450. A native of Shelbyville, Ind., he campaigned on the Chicago circuit in the 1960s and 1970s. Horses he trained and drove included Hambletonian starter Speedy Rodney, FFA pacer Song Cycle, Real Speed, Ironworks and Jefferson. Mr. Shuter winter trained a stable at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs until retiring several years ago. After his retirement he was a daily fixture at the training center, watching colts train. He is survived by three children, including son Robert "Bobby" and his wife Jannice, trainers at the Meadows.

A service will be held this Saturday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m. at Spring Garden Ranch. 


Chris E. Wade   47-year old Boyleston resident, Chris E. Wade died at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, at his home.  He was a horse trainer and held a degree in telecommunications and had worked in the oilfields.

Survivors include his mother, Pauline Wade Vanfossen of Boyleston; a daughter, Stephanie Wade and several step-children and granchildren; a sister, Cindy; six brothers, Jerry, Bobby, Marshall, Bradley, Will and Shelby Wade.

Services for Chris E. Wade will be 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.  The body is to be cremated after the service.

Visitation will be from 5-6:30 Thursday evening, Oct. 15, at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home, 106 NE 4th St. Fairfield, IL. 62837-2012. (618) 842-6006.


Daryl Busse

Daryl Busse, 67, for many years a leading driver-trainer both nationally and in Illinois, died Thursday evening, Oct. 8, 2009, at home, following a lengthy illness.

Daryl was a native of Wisconsin, entered the sport by working for his father, Don, and the pair are noted to have been the only father and son who have won North American dash titles as drivers, Daryl in 1975 and his father in 1963. The elder Busse died in 1970.

In his driving career, which ended in 2005, Daryl won 5,651 races and drove the winners of $30,331,095. At the time he exited the sulky he ranked 39th all-time in terms of career victories and 63rd in terms of purses won.

He was a member of the Illinois Harness Hall of Fame.

Visitation will be from 5-8pm Monday, October 12th at Quiram's Funeral Chapel, 309 S. Fifth St. Kirkland. Funeral will be Tuesday, October 13th at Kirkland United Methodist Church @ 11:00 am.


John William Finn

John William Finn, 94, of Newton died at 9:35am Saturday, July 18, 2009.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 22, at 10am at the FreeMethodistChurch in Newton with Luke Emrich, Rick Emrich and Ron Linder officiating.  Call from 5-8pm Tuesday at Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton.  Burial will be in the AtenCemetery in Hidalgo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Honey Do ministry.

He was born November 26, 1914, the son of Joseph Charles Finn and Consuelo Clara Clark.  He married Goldie Jayne on June 16, 1936 and she preceded him in death on January 29, 1980.  He married Freda Huff and she preceded him in death.  He married Mary Alberta Smallwood and she survives.  Early in life, he worked on a barge as a diesel mechanic, in the oilfields for the Pure Oil Company, superintendent for the City of Newton, and at the power plant at MantenoStateHospital.  In the late 1970s, he chose to make his long-time hobby of racing harness horses his full-time career.  He drove many winners across the finish line at the local fairs and pari-mutuel tracks in Virginia, Ohio and Michigan.  Among his favorite horses was "Ouchy".  At age 80, he set a track record at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack in Iowa.  Prior to his involvement in horse racing at the county fairs, he did challenge boxing; he had 18 bouts and won them all.  He was a member of the NewtonFreeMethodistChurch and belonged to the United States Trotting Association.

Survivors include his wife Mary Alberta...four sons, Otis Finn and wife Inez, Larry Finn and wife Trudy, Harry Finn and wife Glenda and John D. Finn...six daughters, Connie Baker and husband Cleo "Pud", Mary Ann Scurlock and husband Gary, Loretta Emrich and husband Richard, Martha Krueger and husband Warren, Judith Burgess and husband John, and Glenda Posing and husband Mark....45 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.


John (Jack) Ackerman  

John (Jack) Ackerman, 83, died at his home in Noblesville, Ind., July 4, 2009.  Mr. Ackerman was well known as a trainer and driver of Standardbreds.  Born into a family of horse lovers, he drove in his first race at the age of 13. Even while serving in World War II as an Air Force cryptographer he found time to attend the races in Casablanca.

Returning from overseas, Mr. Ackerman was able to do what he loved, working with horses. He was the winner of the United States Harness Writers' Drivers Championship, and named the nation's leading harness driver in 1957. At the advanced age of 80, every morning would find him at the Deland, Florida training facility, in the sulky helping train colts. Only his fight with cancer kept him away from the racetrack and the colts he treated as his children.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Naomi; two brothers, Charles and Hall of Fame trainer/driver Douglas; two daughters, Jacqueline Andrews and Bette; three granddaughters, Julia Andrews, Meghan Andrews, and Mellissa Santiano; and a great-granddaughter, Lanoria Santiano.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home in Noblesville, with Pastor Brian White officiating. Friends may call Saturday from 1- 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Crownland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to AseraCare Hospice, 3905 Vincennes Road, Ste 504, Indianapolis, IN 46268.


James M. Crebs

Jim M. Crebs, 74 of Cantrall, IL. died 2:40 p.m. Saturday April 18, 2009, at his residence. 

He was born Sept. 10, 1934, in Quincy, the son of Harvey Stewart and Maretta Rollins Crebs.  He married Donna L. Hartnagel on Dec. 24, 1986.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Crebs; a son, Tony Crebs of Oceanside, CA.; a sister, Barbara Mitts of Quincy; and a nephew.

James was a resident of Cantrall since 1986.

He was a standardbred horse owner, trainer and driver and was the owner of Jim Crebs Stable.  Jim was a former director of the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association.  Jim's accomplishments on the track included campaigning 1989 Illinois Horse of the Year , Fox Valley RedHot.

He attended Sherman United Methodist Church.  He was past president of the Quincy Exchange Club.  He was a U.S. Army combat veteran serving during the Korean War.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7p.m., April 21, 2009 at Staab Funeral ome.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with Pastor Mike Pennell officiating.  Burial wil be at Butler National Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Sherman United Methodist Church.


John J. McCarthy

John J. McCarthy, 1930-2008 passed away on November 26,2008. John was a long time owner of Harness Horses introduced to the Harness Racing Industry by Larry Marsh who owned Marsh Stud in Illinois for many years and was a friend of Johns for 40 years. John owned many horses throughout his life such as the great race mares Egyptian Grande, Time Dancer (the highest money earnings in Illinois in her career) Miss Egyptian (when mares had to compete in the stakes against the colts), and many other Illinois Bred Horses throughout the years. One of his best horses was Fortune Leader who campaigned on the National Scene and was the track record holder at Sportsmans Park for a few weeks on the 5/8 mile track and at Freehold as a 3year old.

John served on the IHHA board for several years and the harness racing industry was his true enjoyment throughout his life.

John was survived by his lifetime partner Marge McGuire and his only remaining horses Fortune Leader and Fancy Fortune.

John J. McCarthy, 1930-2008 passed away on November 26, 2008. John was a long time owner of Harness Horses introduced to the Harness Racing Industry by Larry Marsh who owned Marsh Stud in Illinois for many years and was a friend of Johns for 40 years. John owned many horses throughout his life such as the great race mares Egyptian Grande, Time Dancer (the highest money earnings in Illinois in her career) Miss Egyptian (when mares had to compete in the stakes against the colts), and many other Illinois Bred Horses thru out the years. One of his best horses was Fortune Leader who campaigned on the National Scene and was the track record holder at Sportsmans Park for a few weeks on the 5/8 mile track and at Freehold as a 3year old.

John served on the IHHA board for several years and the Harness racing industry was his true enjoyment throughout his life.

John was survived by his lifetime partner Marge McGuire and his only remaining horses Fortune Leader and Fancy Fortune.


George Shaw

Longtime Illinois Horseman Dies.

George E. Shaw, 81, of Champaign, Illinois, passed away September 3, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. 

He was a WW II veteran and lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion, participating there as a member, and later chaplain of, the Color Guard.  He was also a proud member of the Shriners, volunteering his time and efforts to take children to and from the Shriner's Hospital in St. Louis.

George retired from Amtrak where he worked for 43 years as a locomotive engineer.  He spent his spare time training Standardbreds, mostly trotters,and was a highly ranked competitive pool shooter. He enjoyed his a family a great deal, teaching grandchildren to play pool with a child-size cue, and not only racing horses, but attending races that other family members were in, as well.

George is survived by Naomi, his wife of 34 years, 8 children, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. George is stepfather to the trio of Illinois horsemen, Pete, Bill, and Tim Alagna.

Visitation will be at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy, Illinois on Friday, September 5 from 5-7 pm.  Graveside services will be at G.A.R. cemetery in Homer, Illinois at 10:00am Saturday, September 6.

Condolences can be sent to: 
The Shaw Family
#1 Flora Court
Champaign, Illinois 61821

Memorials may be sent to the Shriner's Children's Hospital.


Kenneth Buck

Funeral services for 74 year old Kenneth Buck, CEO and Founder of Ten Point Construction of Denison and a longtime horseman will be held 1PM Thursday, June 12th at the United Presbytarian Church in Denison with the burial at the Crawford Heights Memory Gardens in Denison.  The Huebner Funeral Home (712-263-4158) in Denison is in charge of arrangements where friends may call from 3-7PM., Wednesday June 11th.  Kenneth passed away Sunday June 8th at the Crawford memorial Hospital in Denison.

Survivors include his wife, Lois of Denison; three daugthers: Cindy Howze and her husband, Marven of Woodsboro, Texas;  Debbie Wieman of Schleswig; and Becky Friedrichsen and her husband, Mike of Danbury; one son, K.R. Buck and his wife, Karia of Denison; nine grandchildren; eight great granchildren; two sisters: Joan Osterlund of Denison; Bemeil Preul and her friend Tony Kallas of Denison; and one brother, Arlo Buck and his wife, Lois of Carroll.


Lyle Loman

Lyle Loman, 68, of Broadlands died at 9AM Tuesday (May 6, 2008) at his home in Broadlands. 

Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Newman is in charge of arrangements (217) 837-2624).

Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 5 to 8PM at Heritage High School, 206 E. Diller, Broadlands, IL.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Saturday at Heritage High School, 206 E. Diller, Broadlands, IL.,  in the Steven Allen Hall, and Dave Fox will officiate.  Burial will be in the Fairfield Cemetery, north of Newman.

Mr. Loman was born May 6, 1940, in Tuscola, a son of Raymond and Margaret  Loman.  His father preceded him in death and his mother survives.  He married Sue Meadows on August 25, 1962 in Tuscola.  She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Brian (Tedra) Loman of Broadlands and Bret Loman of Fishers, IN.; two grandchildren, Madigan and Blake Loman; and a sister, Pacie Trimble of Monticello.

Lyle was a graduate of Newman High School.  He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a master's degree in physical education.  He coached in the ABL and Heritage school districts for 42 years and was a teacher in the area for 14 years.  In 1981, he started Loman Insurance Agency in Broadlands.

He was inducted into the Illinois High School Basketbell Hall of Fame in 2007.  He has served as mayor of Broadlands, as well as on the town board.  He was a member of the Broadlands Community Club and also served on the board of the directors in the Central Illinois Mutual Insurance Company.

Mr.  Loman was an avid Standardbred horse racing fan.  He was a member of the IHHA, and he was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lyle Loman Scholarship fund.


Lyle McGilveary

Lyle McGilveary died March 10, 2008, at the age of 61.

He was the beloved husband of wife Sue of Hanover, Ontario; loving father of Chris (wife Laurie) of Ypsilanti, Michigan and daughter Jody (partner Jamie Litt) of Everton, Ontario. Grandfather of Keven Pendred, Kayla Hendry, and Zach, Tristan and Karleigh Litt.

He is also survived by brothers Herb (Elizabeth) of Chesley, Ontario, Murray (Donna) of Grand Island, N.Y., Lawrence (Arlene) of Tonawanda, N.Y., and Vern (Lorraine) of Durham, Ontario; sisters, Blanche Beckett (John Shields) of Chesley, Ontario, Reta (Bev) Steward of Chesley, Ontario, Sharon (Art) Becker of Durham, Ontario; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 17, at Cameron Funeral Home, Chesley, Ontario, from 7:00–9:00 p.m. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, also at Cameron Funeral Home, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Tara, Ontario.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Agency and/or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

For more information, please visit the Cameron Funeral Home’s Web site.


Dominic Frinzi

President of Harness Horsemen International passed away Monday, January 28, 2008. 


Monday, February 4, 2008 4-8PM
Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home
10121 West North Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI  53226
(414) 774-5010

There will be a viewing at the church on Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am.


Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Noon
Gesu Church
1145 W. Wisconsin Ave and 12th
Milwaukee WI

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:

Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI  53202


Florentine Opera Company
700 N. Water St., Suite 950
Milwaukee, WI  53202
ATTN:  Chris Zello


Julia "Kay " Roberts

Julia “Kay” Roberts, 66, a former executive director of the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) and long a stalwart in Indiana harness racing, died this past Monday at a Beech Grove, Ind. hospital.

She was a graduate of Ball State University, and after 20 years of service to the Indiana harness racing Industry, she retired as executive director of the ISA in 2006. She was the recipient of the Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash and Kentucky Colonel awards, and received various honors for outstanding service to the Standardbred racing industry.

She is survived by her daughter, Kristen (David) Blankenship of Indianapolis; a son, David (Alisa) Perrel of Anderson, Ind.; five grandchildren; three brothers, Eddie Roberts of Pendleton, Ind., Richard Roberts of Wilkinson, Ind., and Charles Roberts of Wilkinson; a sister, June Neal of Wilkinson; several nieces and nephews; and former husband Dr. Neil Perrel of Muncie.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, May 4, 2007 at 10 a.m., at the Condo and Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson, Ind., and burial will follow in Eden Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: P.O. Box 6069 Dept. 95 Indianapolis, IN 46206-6069.


Omar L. Jackson

Omar L. Jackson 50 years old of Carlinsville died Thursday, March 22, 2007.  Born December 29th, 1956.  Son of Harvey and Betty Eyer Jackson. Survivors: companion - Cheri Clossen of Carlinsville; son- Jacob W. Jackson of Argyle, IA.  Five (5) brothers: Darrell (Cheri Eyer) of FL.; David (Ruth) Jackson of Franklin, IL.; Dennis Jackson of Jacksonville, IL; Clyde F. (Margaret) Jackson of Clarksville, TN. and Harvey W. Jackson of Hettick, IL.  Three (3) sisters: Diane (Bob) Bettif of Modesto; Penney Jackson of Springfield and Michelle Axley of Clarksville, TN.

Visitation Saturday March 24, 2007, between 11am-12pm (noon) at the Davis -Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinsville, IL.  Graveside service to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Palmyra, IL.


Richard “Butch” Bowen

Visitation Times

Friends may call anytime after 1:00 on Wednesday with the family meeting friends from 4:00 until 8:00 Wednesday evening.
Hendricker Funeral Home

Mt. Sterling, Illinois:
Richard Bruce “Butch” Bowen age 26 of Mt. Sterling, Illinois passed away at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.

He was born November 30, 1980 in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Butch worked for KHQA Television as a sports cameraman for the last year and had also worked at U. S. Cellular in Quincy, Illinois. He grew up working at the horse barn with his dad and continued to train horses and later received his United States Trotting Association License to race trotters and pacers.

Butch was a graduate of Brown County High School with the class of 1999 and also attended John Wood Community College in Quincy, Illinois on a baseball scholarship.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Sterling and through his church attended the Hinton Rural Life Center in Haysville, North Carolina for 4 years and worked as a counselor there for 2 summers. He also attended Catholic Heart Work Camp on 2 occasions. Butch served as a volunteer fireman for the Mt. Sterling Fire Department and was a certified storm chaser. He was very musically gifted and taught himself to play the piano by ear. Butch was an avid sports lover who touched the lives of so many area young people while serving as a referee and coach in the youth athletic programs. He had a truly giving nature and was always willing to assist someone in need and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his father Alan R. Bowen and his stepmother Jacalyn of Mt. Sterling. His fiancé Lynsey Edwards of Mt. Sterling. His maternal grandmother Virginia C. Pulse of Mt. Sterling. His paternal grandparents Harvey and Darlene Bowen of Mt. Sterling. His step grandmother Marjorie Hyer of Mendon, Illinois. 2 brothers Douglas Alan Bowen and David Michael Brink both of Mt. Sterling. 3 sisters Sarah Ann Crenshaw and his her husband Blake of Mt. Sterling, Carol Jean Oeser of Chatham, Illinois and Pamela Jean Monroe of Mt. Sterling. 3 aunts Patty Henken and her husband Paul, Peggy Huston and her husband Kevin and Carolyn Pulse all of Mt. Sterling. 2 uncles Steve Pulse and his companion Rosemary of Chambersburg, Illinois and Larry Bowen and his wife Susan of Mt. Sterling. Several cousins also survive.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Pamela Sue Pulse Bowen, his paternal grandfather Bruce H. Pulse, 1 uncle Mike Pulse and 1 cousin Jeffrey Peacock.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2007 in the Holy Family Catholic Church in Mt. Sterling with Pastor Ron Cox, Pastor Bob Einhouse and Father Thomas Henseler officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Sterling City Cemetery.

Friends may call any time after 1:00 on Wednesday at the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling with the family meeting friends from 4:00 until 8:00 Wednesday evening. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to the Brown County Youth Baseball.
Condolences for the family may be left on line at www.hendrickerfh.com.

The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is in charge of the arrangements. 

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