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Margaret Helen Givens

1921 - 2015


    Margaret Helen Givens, age 93, of Harrisburg passed away at 2:15 AM, Friday, January 23, 2015 at Harrisburg Medical Center.

     Margaret was born on September 6, 1921 in Eldorado to the late Gustapheusadolphous and Mae (Garrett) Nation.  In 1947 she married Herman Lee Givens and he preceded her in death. 

     Memorial services will be held at 11 AM, Friday, January 30, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  Rev. Ownly Williams will officiate.   Burial will follow in Wolf Creek Cemetery in Eldorado. Visitation will be 9 AM to 11 AM, Friday, January 30, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Wayne Belford

1926 - 2015


    Wayne Belford, age 88, of Sauk Village, Illinois, passed away at 1:03 PM, Friday, January 23, 2015 at Franciscan St. Margaret Health Center in Dyer, IN.

     Wayne was born on August 2, 1926, in Livingston, KY to the late Tracie Belford and Mary Ethyl Potts.  On July 3, 1945 he married Mildred Margaret Guenard and she preceded him in death on June 19, 2012.

     Surviving family members include his son: James Belford and wife Sheri of Mountain Green, Utah; son: David Belford of Charleston, IL; daughter: Debra Batesman of Ogden, Utah; fifteen grandchildren: twenty-eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great- grandchild.

     Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, son, Wayne and wife, Mildred.

     Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Rev. Billy Dye Jr. will officiate.  Burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5 to 8 PM, Tuesday, January 27, 2014 at Reed Funeral Chapel. 

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Dr. Earl Edwin Walker

1934– 2015


     Dr. Earl Edwin Walker, loving husband of 57 years of Ruth (nee Whittenberg) Walker, passed away on January 21, 2015 with Ruth by his side after an acute illness.  He was born to Carl and Thelma Walker in Princeton, Indiana, on January 18, 1934. At one point, his family lived in Harrisburg, Illinois where he attended school at the one room school house in Cain Community.  He graduated from high school in Catlin, Illinois where he earned recognition in both sports and academics. At Southern Illinois University, he pursued his undergraduate degree in pre-med before moving to Chicago where he achieved his medical degree from the University of Illinois.  He met his wife, Ruth, in Chicago where she was attending nursing school and on December 22, 1957, he and Ruth were married.  His General Surgery residency was completed at the University of Nebraska under his mentor, Dr. Musselman.  After completion of his residency, he voluntarily joined the Army to serve as a medical officer at the 3rd Field Hospital in the Vietnam War.  For his service as a trauma surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star by the United States Army for his dedicated patient care to wounded soldiers. Dr. Walker moved to Southern Illinois to establish his surgical practice in 1968, providing general medical and surgical care to the community.  He was privileged to work at both Harrisburg Medical Center as well as Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Illinois.   His love for the community was demonstrated by his determination to never leave the community unprotected for surgical care. When the tornado struck Marion in 1982, he immediately went to that community hospital to provide medical   services to the injured.

    He and his wife raised their 4 children in Harrisburg, Illinois. With his strong belief in the importance of education and community service, he served on the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees (1982-1989, Chairman 1989) as well as the University of Illinois Board of Trustees(1970-1971).  He was awarded a lifetime membership in the University of Illinois Foundation.

    Dr. Walker felt the call to return to serve his country in 1987, this time in the United States Air Force as a Reservist with the 13th United States Air Force Contingency Hospital at Scott Air Force Base. In 1990, Dr. Walker committed to the United States Air Force and reported to Luke Air Force base in Arizona, graduating from the Air War College that same year.  During Desert Storm, he was deployed overseas once again to the 832nd ATH, where he provided medical care for our troops. During his time in the USAF, he served not only as a surgeon providing direct patient care, but provided leadership in the management of healthcare services.  He received Meritorious Service Medals for his leadership in the area of health care administration at Scott Air Force Base (1987-1990), 347th Medical Group, 347th Wing at Moody AFB (1992-1995) and 2nd Medical Group, 2nd Bomb Wing at the Barksdale AFB (1995-2001).He also served the 58th Medical Group at Luke Air Force Base (1990-1992).  He completed his medical and armed services career in 2001 at the Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana as Colonel Earl E. Walker. 

    During his retirement, he enjoyed visiting with his children and his grandchildren.  Most recently, he and Ruth were living in Sullivan, Illinois near the family of his daughter, Kris Tuttle.  Dr. Walker was passionate about God, his country and his family.  He was honored to serve the United States of America and his community with his skills in medicine and surgery as well as in leadership to improve access and quality of health care services wherever he practiced.  He considered it an honor and a privilege to serve his patients.

    Dr. Walker is survived by his devoted wife Ruth; his 4 children, Cathy (James) Van Hook of Cincinnati, Ohio; Patty Kelsch of Brunswick, Georgia; David (Jennifer) Walker of Barrington, Illinois; and Kris (Brad) Tuttle of Sullivan, Illinois; his beloved grandchildren Will and Walker Van Hook; Cara, Amanda and Bethany Kelsch; Lindsey and Justin Walker; and Brett, Brooke and Bria Tuttle; his sisters Shirley Louise Oshel of Harrisburg, Illinois; and Patricia Ann McArdle of Florida.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Thelma Walker, and his brothers James Walker, Donald Walker and Robert Walker.

    Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, January 24 from 5:00-8pm at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, Illinois. Funeral services with military honors will be held at Reed Funeral Chapel at 1 pm on Sunday, January 25.  The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association memorial in Dr. Walker’s name, Disabled American Veterans or the Dr. Earl E. Walker Memorial Fund at Harrisburg Medical Center Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family wishes to express their gratitude and appreciation to the staff at Aspen Creek in Sullivan, Illinois for their loving and respectful care of Dr. Walker.

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Reba E. Wasson

1916 - 2015

      Reba E. Wasson, 98, of Brook, Indiana formerly of Columbus, IN, passed away, Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center, Brook, IN.  She was born May l, l9l6 in Harrisburg, IL to the late Jessie & Laura  Pennel Johnson.    She graduated from the
Harrisburg High School class of  l934, she enjoyed quilting and cooking.  She married Arthur E. Wasson, December 1933 and her preceded her in death Dec. ll, l973.  Reba is survived by 2 sons, Dennis D. & Martha Wasson, of Brook, IN and Delano D. & Barbara Wasson , of
Columbus, IN, grandmother of 10, great grandmother of ll and great-great grandmother of 4.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 daughters, Janiece Ashworth and Gleta Wasson, l brother and 6 sisters.
 
 Visitation was on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the Bethesda Baptist Church, Herod, IL, from 10:00 AM until time of graveside service at ll:00 AM, with Dennis D. Wasson & Delano D. Wasson officiating. 

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Phillip Day Morse

1938 - 2015

      Phillip Day Morse, age 76, passed away at 10:20AM Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Shawnee Rose Care Center surrounded by family and friends.

     He was born December 10, 1938 in Harrisburg to the late Willard and Gertrude (Pallister) Morse. On August 27, 1960, he married Helen Pauletta Drone and she preceded him in death on June 27, 2010. Together they shared 49 years of marriage. Phillip was a retired coal miner, working as a boss and mine manager at Sahara Coal Company until it closed. He then worked at various mines in the area until his retirement. He also worked as a painter for many years and was an Army veteran.

     Phillip was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the American Legion and the Elks. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his good friend Russell Duncan. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

    Phillip is survived by his three children: Amy Richey and husband Jim; Scott Morse and wife Barbara; and Beth Gibbs and husband Mike; four grandchildren: Jacob Morse, Jessica Richey, Kayla Richey and Paxton Morse; five step-grandchildren; his aunt: Edith Smith; two brothers-in-law: Bob Drone and wife Gin and John Drone and wife Cindy; three sisters-in-law: Dode Howerton, Lou Aton, and Beth Drone and a host of nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister: Janice Shawmaker and niece: Jill Endsley.

     Phillip was a wonderful father, grandfather and friend. He was best known for his laugh and will be missed.

     Funeral Mass was held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Harrisburg.  Father Steven Beatty officiated. Interment followed in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation was from 5-8 PM, Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church Building Fund or St. Kateri Catholic Church.

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