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Alfred Claude Austin of Dongola, Illinois died on September 14, 2014

Doris F. Cresto of Cobden, Illinois died on September 12, 2014

Doris F. Cresto of Cobden, Illinois died on September 12, 2014

Naomi A Goddard of Johnston City, Illinois died on August 30, 2014

Michael Ryan Kee of Anna, Illinois died on September 9, 2014

Ruie M. Keenan of Anna, Illinois died on September 14, 2014

Robert Neil Keller of Dongola, Illinois died on September 15, 2014

Winnifred "Granny" Neal of Makanda, Illinois died on September 6, 2014

Eddie L Phillips of Anna, Illinois died on September 8, 2014

Robert Neil Keller of Dongola, Illinois, September 28, 1948 – September 15, 2014

     Mr. Robert Neil Keller, age 65 of Dongola, died at 11:05 a.m. Monday, September 15, 2014 in the Jonesboro Rehab & Health Care Center. He was born September 28, 1948 in Anna, the son of Doyle and Roberta Brown Keller. He married Phyllis Fitzgerald on June 27, 1987 in Union County.

     Robert is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis Keller of Dongola; one son, Paul (Monica) Marks of Goreville; one daughter, Peggy Brown of Detroit, MI; three grandchildren; his mother, Roberta Keller of Carbondale; one brother, David (Suzie) Keller of Pickneyville; two sisters, Sharon (Jim) Gray and Anna (Fred) Beck all of Murphysboro; beloved pets, Bella Mae and Sadie Mae; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father.

     Robert was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Cobden. He was an over the road truck driver for many years.

     Funeral services for Mr. Robert Neil Keller will be at 12:00 noon on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in the Immanuel Baptist Church in Cobden with Rev. Perry Williams officiating. Interment will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Dongola. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service at 12:00 noon on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in the Immanuel Baptist Church in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the church and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Alfred Claude Austin of Dongola, Illinois, December 3, 1936 – September 14, 2014

     Mr. Alfred Claude Astin, age 77, of Dongola, died at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, September 14, 2014 at his home. He was born December 3, 1936 in Karnak, the son of Claude and Dora Dunn Astin. He married Dorothy Corzine on June 16, 1956 in Union Co.

     Alfred is survived by his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Dorothy Astin of Dongola; two sons, Randy Astin and Jerry (Lori) Astin all of Dongola; one grandson, Jamie (Paige) Astin of Anna; one sister, Vivian (Jerome) Watkins of Goreville; two brothers, Bill (Clara Faye) Astin of Ozark, MO, Don (Janette) Astin of League City, Texas; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, John Michael Astin.

     Alfred worked many years in auto body repair. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing.

     Funeral services for Mr. Alfred Claude Astin will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Interment will be in the McGinnis Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Celtic Hospice or the McGinnis Cemetery. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna

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Ruie M. Keenan of Anna, Illinois, August 25, 1922 – September 14, 2014

     Mrs. Ruie M. Keenan, age 92, of Anna, died Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 3:35 p.m. in Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. She was born August 25, 1922 in Dongola, the daughter of Ernest Clyde and Ida Lingle McIntosh. She married Robert G. Keenan on October 5, 1940 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He preceded her in death on September 19, 1986.

     Ruie is survived by her daughter, Sharolyn (Ronald) Hill of Creal Springs; one sister, Matella Tucker of Jonesboro; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert G. Keenan; and one sister, Ataleen Wortman.

     Ruie was a member of the First Baptist Church in Anna. She worked many years as a waitress at the Southern Bar B Q in Anna. She was a graduate of the Anna-Jonesboro Class of 1939 and a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Ruie M. Keenan will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Joe Aldridge officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 19, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Doris F. Cresto of Cobden, Illinois, January 31, 1927 – September 12, 2014

     Mrs. Doris F. Cresto, age 87 of Cobden, died at 11:17 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2014 at her home. She was born January 31, 1927 in Elkin, NC, the daughter of John A. and Mollie Walker Sommers. She married Eugene Cresto, he preceded her in death.

     Doris is survived by her six grandchildren, Christina Hileman of Cobden, Eugene (Jessica) Cresto of Hammon, IN, Joseph (Emily) Cresto of Anna, James (Michelle) Cresto, Carlianne Cresto, Anthony Cresto all of Chicago; six great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and three sons, Eugene, James and Paul Cresto.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Doris F. Cresto will be at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Pastor Mike Miller officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Greenwood Cemetery in Chicago. Friends may call after 3:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.   

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Eddie L Phillips of Anna, Illinois, November 12, 1932 – September 8, 2014

     Mr. Eddie Lee Phillips, age 81 of Anna, died at 8:34 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2014 in Southeast Health in Cape Girardeau, MO. He was born November 12, 1932 in Salem, the son of Frank and Edith Phillips. He married Jean C. Childers on August 26, 1978, in Anna. She preceded him in death on July 6, 2007.

     Eddie is survived by his step-daughter, Janie Meirndorf of Anna; grandchildren, Jon (Jacqueline) Meirndorf, Josh Meirndorf, Jennifer (Russell) Burgess; great grandchildren, Joshua, Lilly, Kimber, and Merric Meirndorf; sisters in law, Linda (Bob) Hill, Dee (Charles) Langford all of Cobden; nephews, Brian (Vonda) Hill of Jonesboro, Gary (Kathy) Phillips of Mt. Vernon; nieces, Denise Craig of Anna, Julie (Kurt) Marteney of Silver Springs, Maryland; great niece, Jessica Deitch of Carbondale; great nephew, Tony Phillips of Mt. Vernon; many other nieces and nephews; other relatives; and his many friends and loving family at the Illinois Veteran’s Home, where he had lived the last four years. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Jean C. Phillips.

     Eddie was retired from S.I.U. after many years working in the Physical Plant. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy Seabees and was a member of the Carpenters Union.

     Funeral services for Mr. Eddie Lee Phillips will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 12, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Graveside military honors will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and the Navy Funeral Honors Detail from St. Louis, MO. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna Activity Fund. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Michael Ryan Kee of Anna, Illinois, November 18, 1974 – September 9, 2014

     Mr. Michael Ryan Kee, age 39 of Anna, died at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at his home. He was born November 18, 1974 in Rochelle, IL, the son of Stanley Ralph Kee and Pamela Yvonne Smith.

     Michael is survived by his children, Andrew “Andy” Clayton Outlan, Kristi Yon, Brandon Schronce, Michael Gunner Kee; father, Stanley R. Kee of McClure; mother, Pamela Yvonne Kee of Jonesboro; the love of his life, Deborah Green of Anna; one brother, Russell Eugene (Tina Hansel) Kee of Anna; one sister, Laura Michelle “Shelly” Webb of Paris, TN; aunts; uncles; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends; and Denny Jacobs of Wetaug, who was raised  like a brother with Michael. He was preceded in death by his son, Dalton Ryan Kee; paternal grandparents, Jesse Eugene and Donnie Marie Kee; maternal grandparents, William H. and Laura Smith.

     Michael was a truck driver for Illini Ready Mix. He was an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and swimming in the creeks with his family.

     According to his wishes, Michael Ryan Kee will be cremated. Family and friends will have a private memorial service at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kee family. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Winnifred “Granny” Neal of Makanda, Illinois, October 19, 1914 – September 6, 2014

     Mrs. Winnifred “Granny” Neal, age 99, died at 7:37 a.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 at her home in Makanda. She was born October 19, 1914 in West Frankfort, the daughter of John and Pearl Parker Opperkew. She married Jewell Parker in October of 1932 in Union County, to that union, one child was born, Shirley Parker Kerr. She later married Clarence Neal.

     Granny is survived by her daughter, Shirley Kerr of Makanda; grandchildren, Sheri (Ed) Houseman, Charlotte (Greg) Hoehner; eleven great grandchildren, Chris (Crystal) Houseman, Matt Houseman, Brandon Hoehner, Brian (Brandi) Hoehner, Henry Hoehner, Andrew, Kelsey, Breeanna, Shyann, Lucus, and Keith; four great-great grandchidlren, Matti Jo, Ryan, Eli, and Blakeley; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Jewell Parker and Clarence Neal; and one sister, Selma Aden.

     Granny was a member of the United Missionary Baptist Church for many years.

     Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Winnifred “Granny” Neal will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in the Anna City Cemetery with Pastor. Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery and at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.      

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Carol Ann Johnson of Dongola, Illinois, February 1, 1944 – September 2, 2014

     Mrs. Carol Ann Johnson, age 70, of Dongola, died at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at her home. She was born February 1, 1944 in Chicago Heights, the daughter of John and Mildred Lisdero Usrey.

     Carol is survived by her daughter, Debbie Eubanks of Dongola; two grandchildren, Nicholas (Kylee) Petrus and John Nowicki-Heffron; one great-grandchild, Jordan; dearly beloved friend, Paul David McKee; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert “Bobby” Weddel; one sister, Mickey Vollrath; and one brother, John Lisdero.

     Carol was retired from Choate Mental Health as a technician. Carol was a very loving, unique and generous person. Her generosity flowed in many ways.  She donated to the local food pantry and was always giving to those in need. 

     Funeral services for Mrs. Carol Ann Johnson will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 5, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Robert Fear officiating. Interment will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Dongola. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shawnee Development Food Pantry. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Naomi A Goddard of Johnston City, Illinois, September 28, 1918 – August 30, 2014

     Mrs. Naomi A. Goddard, age 95 of Johnston City, formerly of Anna, died at 8:02 a.m. Saturday, August 30, 2014 in the Parkway Manor in Marion. She was born September 28, 1918 in Anna, the daughter of Sam and Glenna Boyd Williams. She married Roy Goddard on December 24, 1938 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He preceded her in death on October 7, 2002.

     Naomi is survived by her daughter in law, Gloria Sickmeier-Goddard of Johnston City; one granddaughter, Donna (Kenny Jr.) Ellis of Marion; two great grandchildren, Dalton Levi and Dylan Ellis; nieces and nephews; cousins; special friend, Barbara Adams of Anna; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy Goddard; son, Donald Goddard; sister and brother in law, Virginia and Louie Cerney.

     Naomi was a charter member of the Anna Heights Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star. Naomi was retired from Choate Mental Health and Development Center.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Naomi A. Goddard will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery or the Baptist Children’s Home in Carmi. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Charles E. Lasley of Anna, Illinois, January 17, 1921 – August 30, 2014

     Mr. Charles E. Lasley, age 93 of Anna, died at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, August 30, 2014 in the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna. He was born January 17, 1921 in Cobden, the son of William Henry and Rebecca Carraker Lasley. He married Ruth Collier on March 25, 1941 in Jackson, Mo. She preceded him in death on March 8, 1979.

     Charles is survived by his two sons, Larry (Mary Jane) Lasley of Pheonix, AZ, John W. (Linda) Lasley of Anna; five grandchildren, Todd (Nina) Lasley, Meredith (Tony) Chamness, Dawn (Scott) Wilson, Kristi Fombelle, Matt (Melanie) Lasley; eleven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; long time companion, Betty Severs of Carbondale; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth Lasley; six sisters and three brothers.

     Charles was of the Baptist Faith. He was retired from Southern Illinois University where he worked in maintenance as an Iron Worker for twenty six years. He was a member of the Iron Workers Local #782 and the Cobden Masonic Lodge. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Marines.

     Funeral services for Mr. Charles E. Lasley will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Randy Morgan officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Masonic services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. 

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