Wednesday, June 12, 2024 • Vol. 147, No. 3

Obituaries

Listed below are the obits published in the past month in the Astoria South Fulton Argus, in alphabetical order by issue. More recent obituaries are listed toward the top. Obituaries older than a month can be found by following the links below.*


JUNE 12, 2024 ISSUE

Charles Kirkbride Charles Kirkbride  

VeteranCharles Kirkbride

Charles F. Kirkbride, 89, of Vermont died at 5:36 p.m. June 5, 2024, at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/12/2024


Jacob Moulton Jacob Moulton  

Jacob Moulton

Jacob O. Moulton, 18, of Vermont died at 5:11 p.m. June 5, 2024, in Vermont Township.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/12/2024


JUNE 5, 2024 ISSUE

Charles Berry Jr. Charles Berry Jr.  

Charles Berry Jr.

Charles Berry Jr., 92, of Rushville died at 6:07 p.m. May 31, 2024, at Rushville Nursing and Rehab Center.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/5/2024


Bill Etter Bill Etter  

VeteranWilliam “Bill” Etter

William Devere “Bill” Etter, 93, of Rushville died at 2:39 p.m. May 29, 2024, at Rushville Nursing and Rehab Center.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/5/2024


Tony McCombs Tony McCombs  

VeteranTony McCombs

Tony McCombs, 84, of Ponca City, Okla., died May 20, 2024.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/5/2024


Gale Roosa Gale Roosa  

VeteranGale Roosa

Gale E. Roosa, 84, of Ipava died at 12:22 p.m. May 31, 2024, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/5/2024


Betty Stambaugh Betty Stambaugh  

Betty Stambaugh

Graveside services for Betty J. Stambaugh will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 10, at the Sheldons Grove Cemetery in Sheldons Grove with Reverend Robert Greene officiating.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/5/2024


MAY 29, 2024 ISSUE

Tom Ford Tom Ford  

Tom Ford

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Native Trail Winery in Lewistown.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/29/2024


Lori Rodriguez Lori Rodriguez  

Lori Rodriguez

Lori A. Rodriguez, 57, of Table Grove died at 10:03 p.m. May 19, 2024.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/29/2024


MAY 22, 2024 ISSUE

Joan Loring Joan Loring  

Joan Loring

Joan Kost Miller Loring, 96, of Macomb died at 4:18 a.m. May 20, 2024, at Wesley Village Healthcare in Macomb.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/22/2024


William Miller William Miller  

VeteranWilliam Miller

William G. Miller, 90, of Rushville died at 1:42 a.m. May 20, 2024, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/22/2024


Betty Stambaugh Betty Stambaugh  

Betty Stambaugh

Betty J. Stambaugh, 98, of Mount Sterling, formerly of Astoria, died at 8:47 a.m. May 19, 2024, at Mount Sterling Health and Rehab Center in Mount Sterling.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/22/2024


Betty Wingerter Betty Wingerter  

Betty Wingerter

Betty M. Wingerter, 89, of Canton, formerly of Astoria, died May 14, 2024, at Farmington Village in Farmington.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/22/2024


MAY 15, 2024 ISSUE

Phyllis Peak Phyllis Peak  

Phyllis Peak

Phyllis Jean Farr Peak, 90, of Rushville died at 8:15 a.m. May 8, 2024, at The Arbors in Quincy.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/15/2024


Terry Prather Terry Prather  

Terry “Pitchfork” Prather

Terry Lee “Pitchfork” Prather, 68, of Rushville died at 2:30 a.m. May 10, 2024, at his home.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/15/2024


Janice Roberts Janice Roberts  

Janice Roberts

Janice K. Roberts, 73, of Augusta died at 4:22 p.m. May 11, 2024, at her home.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/15/2024


Terry Stiles Terry Stiles  

VeteranTerry Stiles

Terry J. Stiles, 82, of Rushville died at 5:30 a.m. May 8, 2024, at his home.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/15/2024


Archie Yates Jr. Archie Yates Jr.  

Archie Yates Jr.

Archie Leroy Yates Jr., 73, died at 4:45 p.m. May 10, 2024, at Beardstown Health and Rehab Center.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/15/2024


Submitting an Obituary

If you would like to submit an obituary, there is no fee. You can download our obituary submission form HERE. The file is a PDF document that you can fill out and return electronically. To open the file, you will need the free Adobe Reader software. If you have a photo, you can attach it to the email when you return the form. For more information on submissions to the Argus, please click HERE.

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Finding an Archived Obituary

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

To find an archived obituary, click above on the first letter of their last name. Maiden names and additional married names will be cross-referenced with married names at the time of death, so try whichever name you know. If you don't find a name at first, please come back to our site another time and try again. This is a long-term archival project and will continually be updated as we have the time to do so. Our obituary record index currently goes back to Jan. 1914. We also have access to microfilm covering older obituaries beginning in 1886, and some of those obituaries are also being added as time permits. You can email us at argus@kkspc.com with any obit requests for obituaries you do not yet find here. PLEASE NOTE: We are missing microfilm for the year between Aug. 23, 1939-Aug. 28, 1940. We are also missing microfilm for the year between Aug. 1949-Aug 1950.

Any issues from June 1910 up to Jan. 29, 1930, were called The Argus-Search Light. Beginning on Feb. 5, 1930, the name was tweaked to The Argus-Searchlight. "Astoria" was added to the name sometime after that, to be called The Astoria Argus-Searchlight (Laura's note - I will add that date here once I determine the exact date), which remained the name up to and including the Nov. 6, 1974 issue. Papers after that date were published under the The Astoria South Fulton Argus name when The Astoria Argus-Searchlight combined subscribers with The Table Grove Herald.

CLICK HERE for the Master List (Jan. 5, 1914 - current)

We have compiled a master list of all obituaries beginning Jan. 5, 1914, to the current week. The list is organized alphabetically by most recent surname, and summarizes each person's name(s), age, death date, and town of residence at the time of death if available. This can aid you in narrowing down the issue of the Argus in which the obituary was published. Please click HERE to access the master list. Please note that there are now a number of obituaries older than 1914 available; if you are looking for an older obit, check our index and see if we have added them yet.

Obituaries may be available in full online; if so, they are marked (FULL OBIT) in the index. You can access these by clicking on the words "(FULL OBIT)." We currently have all obits from 1995 to the present completed. For obits older than 1995, only the estimated year of publication is listed on the surname pages until they are added to the archive.

Item of note: There are a number of local towns — such as Vermont, Cuba, Tennessee, Washington — that may appear to be states or countries to a researcher not familiar with the area. In this index, place names are assumed to be in Illinois unless otherwise noted.

As we continue adding older obituaries to our online collection, we have run across some that are only short death notices. They contain limited information, but we are including them, marked as "(BRIEF OBIT)", as they can occasionally help with genealogy research.

Back issues of the Astoria South Fulton Argus are available for sale for a year following publication. Older issues are available for viewing on microfilm at the Schuyler Jail Museum and Genealogical Center in Rushville or the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield. For more information, please click HERE.

We have also been adding a few additional obituaries that were not originally published in the Argus, but by other publications in the area. They have been compiled by Marilee Griffin and Lonnie Weinstein, who have relatives in the area. We will attribute the original publication in these cases when we can, so that you know the original source. We appreciate their offer to help round out the genealogical record for researchers.

Where possible, we are cross-referencing information from the Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths Index, in order to have more complete information listed, especially for those obituaries or death notices that are very short.


*Note: Our online obituary archives are incomplete due to the fact that this is an ongoing project. Most obituaries older than 1995 are not yet available in full online, although we have been adding older obits as time allows (including obits older than 1914). The obituary archive index covers from 1914 to the present, and is sorted alphabetically by last name (at the time of death) rather than by death date to make it easier to use. In addition, we are in the process of indexing all surnames on their own individual pages (this task is not fully complete yet). If you are searching for an obituary listing and cannot find it, please email us at argus@kkspc.com and we can look it up for you. ALSO: We have discovered there are a number of obituaries from the mid-20th century that are not listed in the master index; perhaps they ran in a correspondent's column rather than on the front page, and thereby got missed by the indexers from that era. If you don't see a name you expect to see in the master index, contact us with the death dates and we can look closer at those issues to see if they turn up.