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BENTON – Theresa Kesler, 89, passed away on May 31, 2020 at Stonebridge Nursing Home in Benton, IL.

She was born on January 25, 1931 in Christopher, IL to Edward and Antonia (Luchiaski) Nowacki. She married Stanley Kesler in 1951 and he preceded her in death on December 5, 1998.

She is survived by her children David (Sharon) Kesler and Mary Ann Kesler both of Benton and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brother Raymond Nowacki, Frank Nowacki and three sisters Gertrude Pasziewicz, Bernice Pulley and Florence Dick.

She was a member of the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher.

Private Funeral Mass will be held at the St. Andrews Catholic Church with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Burial will be at St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.
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BENTON – Charles Robert “Boogie” Welsh, age 74, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at his home.

Boogie’s wishes are to be cremated. An outdoor Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Boneyard Bar in Benton. Private family burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 8, 2020 at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. The Leffler Funeral Home, of Benton, is in charge of arrangements.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Boogie, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.

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MCLEANSBORO – Gordon E. Russell, 85, a resident of McLeansboro, IL, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.

Born January 14, 1935 in McLeansboro, he was son of the late Earl E. and Elsie (Lane) Russell. Gordon worked as a farm hand and enjoyed spending his time hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his brother, Frank (Patricia) Russell of Forest City, IL; sisters: Wanda (Delmar) Taylor of Mt. Vernon, IL and Marietta (Kelly) Manring of Pocahontas, IL. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Clayton Russell; sisters: Norma and husband Gilber Watt, Roberta and husband Harrison McMahon; and half brother Eugene and wife Virgin Russell.

Private graveside memorial services will be held June 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Smith Cemetery near Dale, IL with Rev. Robert Abbott officiating.

Online condolences may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is assisting the family with arrangements.
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MULKEYTOWN – Alice Fay Key, 94, of Mulkeytown, passed away on May 31, 2020 at Shawnee Senior Living in Herrin, IL.

She was born on July 6, 1925 in Christopher to Isaac and Callie (Newberry) Drysdale. She married Johnny E. Key on October 26, 1941 and he preceded her in death on November 2, 2016.

She is survived by her children Brenda Fay (Fred) Rauback of St. Louis, MO, Becky Susan (Mark) Hart of Lafayette, IN, Johnny Lavar (Cindy) Key of St. Charles, MO, Rue Launa (Vernon) Webb of Benton, Lorri Latona Key of Kansas City, MO and Derek Laron (Machell) Key of Marion, IL; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; one brother Marion Drysdale and three sisters Vera Gay of West Frankfort, IL, Nida Wright of West Frankfort, IL and Mirna Hamalton of TN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister fern Phelps and seven brothers Franklin Drysdale, Arnie Drysdale, George Drysdale, Victor Drysdale, Junior Drysdale, Ardin Drysdale and Vernon Drysdale.

Private graveside services will be held on Tuesday June 2, 2020 at the Mulkeytown Cemetery.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhome.com.
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MCLEANSBORO – Constant J. Jenkins II, 68, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020 at his home in McLeansboro, Illinois.

He was born December 1, 1951 in Sterling, IL to Constant J. Jenkins I and Mildred Maxine (Hall) Jenkins. Constant served in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. After serving his country he worked as a security guard and attended Mt. Olivet Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

Constant is survived by his wife, Catherine Jenkins of McLeansboro, IL; three sons: Constant J. and wife Micki Jenkins III of Paris, IL, Michael Scott and wife Mona Jenkins of Fairfield, IL and Wayne Charles Jenkins of Harrisburg, IL; one sister, Sandra Jenkins of McLeansboro, IL; eleven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Davinia Wolfe.

Private family services will be held Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church with Rev. Bennie Webb officiating.

Online condolences may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is assisting the family with arrangements.

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WAYNE CITY – David McKenzie

Age: 68
Residence: Wayne City, IL and formerly resident of McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 4:55 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in Wayne County, IL
Private Graveside Services and Burial of Ashes will be conducted with Reverend Bill Hampton officiating the Service.

Date of Birth: April 27, 1952
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: Sherman McKenzie
Mother: Georgia (Barber) McKenzie
Occupation: Farm Laborer and was employed by Shelton Farm
Activities: He loved animals and working in the fields.

Survivors:
1 Brother: Mark McKenzie (Alice), Gillette, WY
2 Sisters: Marilyn Eli (Robert), Henderson, KY
Sandy Johnson (Danny), McLeansboro, IL
1 Sister-in-Law: Casey McKenzie, McLeansboro, IL
4 Nieces: Rhonda Townsend, Renee Massey, Deedee Salters, Meagan Greenwood
5 Nephews: Randy & Robert Eli, Chad Beene, Marc and Jarrod McKenzie

Preceded in Death by: Parents and Brothers John, Jimmy and Cecil
The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.
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