Erica Jo Bootman, Lowell Thompson

Erica Jo Bootman

Erica Jo Bootman, 40, of Alton, Illinois and formerly of Lawrenceville, Illinois. passed away on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at Alton Memorial Hospital.

She was born on April 4, 1979 in Vincennes, the daughter of Michael A. Bootman and Sherry L. (Davisson) Bootman.

Erica was a 1997 graduate of Lawrenceville High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and later earned her master’s degree in business at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. She was currently a Team Leader IT Application Support Manager for Lonza. Erica enjoyed life to the fullest. She was witty, brutally honest, goal-oriented, brave and fiercely independent. She was a Cubs fan, a lover of music, and enjoyed going to concerts. Most of all she loved her family and friends. Erica’s generosity gave the gift of life to many through organ donation.

Survivors include her fiancé, Benjamin Harrison, and his children, Ellia D. Harrison and Austin N. Harrison; her father, Michael, of Vincennes; her mother, Sherry, and Steve Cates of Flora, Illinois; one sister, Andrea McCoy and her husband, Ryan, of Terre Haute; maternal grandmother, Mary “Mema” Davisson of Lawrenceville; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Preceding Erica in death were grandparents.

A service of remembrance will be 1 p.m. CDT on Saturday at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville. Private graveside services will be at a later date. Visitation will be 10 a.m. CDT until the hour of services on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Erica’s memory may be made to the Lawrence County Humane Society, P.O. Box 564, Lawrenceville, IL 62439.

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Lowell Thompson

Lowell Thompson, 93, of Vincennes, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 at Gentle Care with his daughters by his side.

Born on Nov. 22, 1925 in Lawrence County, Illinois, he was the son of Lester and Floy Thompson. Lowell was a devoted husband to his wife Dorris Montgomery Thompson, whom he married August 21, 1949. Lowell was a 1942 graduate of Edwardsport High School. During World War II, he proudly served his country as a Marine on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger. He always believed the saying, “Once and Marine, Always a Marine."

Lowell worked for Amoco Oil Company (Standard Oil of Indiana) for 37 years before retiring in 1984. As his faith was very important to him, Lowell was an active member of First Christian Church of Vincennes, serving as a deacon for many years. Lowell was a member of the Elks Club where he enjoyed the camaraderie with others. He was a lifelong sports enthusiast enjoying bowling, playing cards, daily walks, and golf. He followed Indiana University basketball, Pacers, Colts, and most of all, his beloved Chicago Cubs. Despite being a very average golfer, Lowell amazingly shot a hole in one, not once, but seven times!

Lowell’s life was devoted to his family and friends. Some of Lowell’s happiest moments were spent with his pride and joy, Erica and Erin, his grandchildren. Being “Pop” to them was his most cherished title. Lowell was a kind, generous, hardworking man who was an inspiration to those who knew and loved him.

Lowell is survived by his two daughters, Carol Thompson of Vincennes and Gloria Arnold of Washington, Utah; and his two grandchildren, Erica and Erin Arnold of Washington, Utah.

He was preceded in death by his wife, daughter, parents, and sister.

A special thank you to friends Sue Thompson, Greg Parsley, and Tim Smith for their love, devotion, and support to Lowell.

Funeral services will be noon on Saturday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St., with gravesite service to follow. Viewing hours will be 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church of Vincennes or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Beard, Mary E., died Sept. 1. Services: 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday at Browning Funeral Home in Evansville. Visitation: 1 p.m. CDT until the hour of services on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials: Suite 114, 6415 Castleway W. Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46250 or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Suite 7000, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245. Condolences:

Jones, Roberta Glenn Miller, died Aug. 6. Services: 3 p.m. on Saturday at Oaktown Morris Chapel United Methodist Church.

Rath, Connie M., died Sept. 2. Services: 2 p.m. on Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: 1:30 on Friday at the cemetery. Condolences:

Vollmer, Rosalie F., died Aug. 30. Services: 3 p.m. today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial: Moffett Cemetery in Lawrence County, Illinois. Visitation: 2 p.m. until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Condolences:


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