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Glendal Taylor

1928 - 2015


    
Glendal Taylor, age 86 of Harrisburg, passed away at 6:10 AM, Saturday March 28, 2015 in Harrisburg.

     Glendal was born on Thursday, April 5, 1928, in Harrisburg, to the late Oscar and Alta (Angelly) Taylor.  He married Dolly McAnally on Sunday, June 3, 1951 and she survives in Harrisburg. Glendal served in the United States Navy for six years. He then began working out of the Sheet Metal Workers Union, Local #80 in Detroit, Michigan. Glendal attended the First United Methodist Church of Harrisburg.

     In addition to his wife Dolly, of sixty-three years, Glendal is survived by four children, Gary Taylor and wife Cathy of Keego Harbor, Michigan, Alan Taylor and wife Denise of Murrieta, California, David Taylor and significant other, Mary of Fenton, Michigan, and Deborah Windey of Milford, Michigan; eight grandchildren, Melissa Vega, Mike Taylor, Joshua Taylor, Nathaniel Taylor, Alexander Taylor, Derric Taylor, Devin Taylor and Shawn Windey; and several nieces and nephews.

     Glendal was preceded in death by his parents, and two sister and two brothers.

     A graveside service will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Sunset Lawn Cemetery.  Rev. Christine Cunningham will officiate.  Burial will follow at Sunset Lawn Cemetery.  Those wishing to attend are asked to gather at the cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 PM, Monday, March 30, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church and envelopes will be available at the funeral home and cemetery.

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Mary Ann Downs

1942 - 2015

     Mary Ann Downs, 72, of Carrier Mills, passed away at 8:45 PM, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at her residence.  Mary was born on December 6, 1942 in Sturgis, Kentucky to the late Bob and Sue (Daily) Downs.

     Surviving family members include her five children: Ray (Lori) Jackson of Uniontown, KY, Sharon (Frederick Ray) Carrier of Carrier Mills, Linda (Ritchie) Westerman of Uniontown, KY, Brenda (Terry) Green of Uniontown, KY and Steve Jackson (fiancé Lori Horton) of Uniontown, KY; eleven grandchildren: Jamie Jackson, Jason Jackson, Holly Buckman, David Westerman, Shane Green, Hunter Green, Laura Emmert, Travis Jackson, Logan Jackson, Shelby Jackson and Taylor Jackson; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

     Mary was preceded in death by her parents, two children: Peggy Jackson and Richard Jackson, and a sister: Joann Tate.

     There will be no services.  Reed Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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James "Rod" Smith

1932 - 2015


    
James "Rod" Smith, age 82 of Harrisburg, passed away at 6:30 AM, Saturday, March 14, 2015 at his residence in Harrisburg.

     "Rod" was born in Muddy, Illinois on November 30, 1932, to the late Harry Winston Smith and Ruth (Dillard) Smith.  He married the former Margaret Owen on August 19, 1956; and she survives in Harrisburg.  "Rod" retired from the Whirlpool Factory in Evansville, Indiana, where he worked on the assembly line.  He was a Korean War Veteran and a member of Oasis Church of the Nazarene.  He was a longtime Little League Baseball Coach and was an avid Los Angeles Dodgers and Harrisburg Bulldogs Fan.

     "Rod" is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret Smith of Harrisburg; son Gary "G Rod" Smith and wife Jean Ann of Harrisburg; daughter, Beth Billo and husband Bruce of St. Louis, Missouri; son, Steve Smith and special friend Cindy Patton of Harrisburg; son, Kevin Smith and wife Angela of Vienna; five grandchildren; Kyle W. Smith and wife Heather, Christopher Billo, Lauren Webb and husband David Michael, Peyton Smith, and Cole Smith; five great-grandchildren; Kaylee Vinson, Gracelynn Vinson, Connor Smith, Lindsey Webb and Isaiah Webb; sister Joy Emery and husband Paul of Harrisburg; sister, Mary Smith of Harrisburg; sister-in-law, Norma Smith of Harrisburg; several nieces and nephews, special “grandchildren” Shirley Lawler, and Bailey Wilson, and special friend, Gary “Bull” Foster and girlfriend Teresa Bennett.

     "Rod" was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Don Smith.

     Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Mike Smith and Rev. Mark Smith will officiate.  Burial will follow in Sunset Garden Cemetery in Harrisburg.  Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM, Monday, March 16, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Betty Joan Diefenbach

1933 - 2015

 
    Betty Joan Diefenbach, 82, of Harrisburg passed away at 8:02 AM, Friday, March 6, 2015 at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado.

     Betty was born on February 15, 1933 in Galatia to the late Frank “Tony” and May (Harris) Sturam.  On November 27, 1952 she married Charles Ray Irvin and he preceded her in death on May 20, 2001.  On July 27, 2005 she married LeRoy Diefenbach and he survives.

      Betty was a clerk at Sears & Roebuck for 35 years.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Lions Club, Saline County Home Extension, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and the Raleigh Historical Society.  She was the best cook in Saline County.

     Surviving family members include her husband: LeRoy Diefenbach of Harrisburg; sister: Benita “Bonnie” Iwasko of Harrisburg; nieces: Anna Iwasko, Tina Griffith, Frances (Doug) Harry, Mary Iwasko, and nieces and nephew of her late husband, Charles including, Sandy (Sam) Pemberton; great nieces and nephews: Angie (Jimmy) Knight, Rosamarie Harry and Dominic Harry; great-great-niece- Sarahbeth Pittman; five stepchildren: Denver Diefenbach of Carrier Mills, Stephen (Rita) Diefenbach of Carrier Mills, David (Libby) Diefenbach of Stonefort; Mary Owens of Harrisburg and Karen (Kevin) Diefenbach Trueblood of Columbus, OH; step daughter-in-law: Anita Diefenbach of Carrier Mills; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     Betty was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, sister, Laura Sturam and step-son, Eric Diefenbach.

         Funeral mass will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Harrisburg.  Father Abraham Adejoh will officiate.  Burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 PM, Monday, March 9, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. 

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Donald Eugene Clark

1930 - 2015 


    Donald Eugene Clark, 84, of Harrisburg passed away at 2:20 AM, Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at his residence.

     Donald was born on July 1, 1930 in Harrisburg to Clifford and Beatrice Clark (Slaton).  On February 6, 1950 he married Imogene (Tedford) and they resided in Flint, Michigan for 32 years where he worked at General Motors.  After retiring they returned to Harrisburg. 

     Donald is survived by his children: Judith (Homer) Coleman of Harrisburg, Bob Clark of Lapeer, MI, John (Teri) Clark of Gaylord, MI, Barb (Larry) Maurer of Harrisburg, Patty (Clark) Horton of Harrisburg, and daughter-in-law: Kay Clark of Marion; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, sons, Jim Clark, Gary Clark and Roger Clark, infant daughter, daughter-in-law, Pat Clark, brothers, Verlon Clark, Olaf Clark, Omar Clark, and Jimmy Clark.

     As per his wishes, he will be cremated with no funeral and burial in Sunset Lawn Cemetery at a later date. 

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