Virgil P. Butrum, Illene Sieglitz Hodgdon, Flora Lee Jean Like, Leon R. Peach

Virgil P. Butrum

Virgil P. Butrum, 81, of Newburgh, went to his Heavenly home, peacefully, on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at his residence.

He was born on Aug. 23, 1938 in Waterloo, Iowa, to the late Ernest and Irene (Hudson) Butrum. Virgil was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and had retired from Alcoa Aluminum in 1993 after 39 years of service. He was a member of the Boonville Worship Center, where he was a deacon and active with the choir, and so many other things. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ruth Ann; his brother, Dennis Butrum; his sister, Connie Carrico and her husband, Bud; his sons, Carl Westfall and his wife, Dawn, Doug Butrum, Brad Butrum and his wife, Patty, and Jeff Butrum and his wife, Julie; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews and his extended church family at Boonville Worship Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Claude Hudson; his son, Larry Deffendoll; and his sisters, Madge, Sandy and Betty.

Services will be 10 a.m. CDT on Monday at Koehler Funeral Home in Boonville with Pastor Scott Pullum officiating. Burial will be in Montgomery Cemetery in Oakland City. Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. CDT on Sunday and 9 a.m. CDT until the hour of services on Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boonville Christian School.

Online condolences may be made at www.KoehlerFuneralHome.com.

Illene Sieglitz Hodgdon

Illene Sieglitz Hodgdon, 82, of Goodyear, Arizona, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019.

She was the daughter of Ellis Haby Sieglitz and Opal Lee McElroy Sieglitz and was born on Feb. 18, 1937, in Pueblo, Colorado. At age five, her family moved to Larchmont, New York, where she graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1955. During her high school years, Illene was a majorette, a member of the Senior Senate and she enjoyed many other activities. She graduated from Ohio University in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in home economics education and was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority.

Illene married William D. Hodgdon on Sept. 6, 1958, and they lived their senior year in the “GI” barracks in Athens, Ohio.

Illene taught high school home economics in the Canton South, Ohio, area and part-time in Oklahoma and in Vincennes. Substitute teaching and raising their two daughters were Illene’s main concern until 1975 when she started teaching at Vincennes University. She retired as department chair after 20 years. Illene obtained a master's degree in home economics education in 1973 from Indiana State University and also taught sewing classes part-time for the Singer Corporation.

Illene enjoyed bowling and camping and had many memories of traveling in their motor home visiting 49 states. Illene was co-founder of the Pebble Creek RV Club and served as the first president.

She is survived by her husband, William D. “Bill” Hodgdon of Goodyear; her two daughters, Laurie Lynn Hodgdon of St. John, Florida, and Carolyn Jeanne Hodgdon Murphy of Lakeland, Florida; and one grandson, Mason Murphy of Lakeland.

There will be no services and her ashes will be dispersed together with her husband of 61 years at a later date. Cards of condolence can be sent to the Hodgdons at 15734 Indianola Drive, Goodyear, AZ, 85395. A scholarship fund is being set up in her name through the Vincennes University Foundation Office. Donations may be made through the following link: http://alumni.vinu.edu/give.

Flora Lee Jean Like

Flora Lee Jean Like, 98, of Washington, passed away at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 at The Villages of Oakridge.

Jean was born on Sept. 1, 1921 in Vincennes, the daughter of Oliver and Audrey (Ferguson) Grider. She married August Overton Like and he preceded her in death. Jean worked at Hamilton Glass for several years where she served as president of the union for two terms and also negotiated two contracts as president. She also was a member of the Homemakers Association for many years.

Survivors include her daughters, Donya Thomas of Vincennes and Terrie Gognat of Bruceville; her son, Richard Like of Las Vegas; grandchildren Melanie Wilson, Roger Roach, Staci McGuyer, Rob Gognat, Lorie Like, Dana Freeman, Frank John Thomas, and Lianna Teller; great-grandchildren John Wilson, Linsie Preusz, Katie Sargeant, Jake Gognat, Logan Gognat, Frank Anthony Thomas, Giavanna Thomas, Seth Teller and Starr Teller.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband. August Overton Like; her daughter, Sue Bodart; sisters, Elsie Houk, Jane Reeves, Rose Ellen Overfelt; and grandson, Scott Bodart.

Services will be 11 a.m. on Monday at Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home, 505 Main St., with Judy Deuel officiating. Jean will be laid to rest next to her husband, August, in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may visit with Jean’s family from 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 601 S. Ninth  St., Vincennes, IN 47591. Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home is honored to assist the Like family with arrangements.

Leon R. Peach

Leon R. Peach, 83, of Vincennes, died at 1:05 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

He worked for Pittsburgh Pipe in Hammond

Survivors include his companion, Yvonne Stitt, and his children, Tommy Peach, Billy Peach, Danny Peach, and Ruthie Peach.

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St.

FUNERALS

Downey, Letha J., died Oct. 10. Services: 11 a.m. today at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials: Vincennes Animal Shelter, 1128 River Road, Vincennes, IN 47591, or the Knox County Humane Society, 405 Main St., Vincennes, IN 47591. Condolences: www.gardnerbrockman.com.

Fields, Randall Eugene, died Oct. 9. Services: 3 p.m. today at Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences: www.fredrickandson.com.

Garrard, Joetta L., died Oct. 4. Services: 2 p.m. today at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: noon until the time of services today at the funeral home. Condolences: www.duesterbergfredrick.com.

Garrett, Cody, died Oct. 6. Services: 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Holders Funeral Home in Owensville. Burial: Maumee Cemetery. Visitation: 11 a.m. until the hour of services on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials: American Cancer Society.

Hall, Betty Jane, died Oct. 7. Services: 11 a.m. CDT today at the United Methodist Church, St. Francisville, Illinois. Burial: Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation: 9 a.m. CDT until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Memorials: St. Francisville Senior Center. Condolences: www.cunninghamfuneralhomes.com.

Knotts, Tyra D., died Oct. 7. Services: 4 p.m. on Sunday at Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St. Visitation: 2 p.m. until the hour of services on Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences: www.duesterbergfredrick.com.  

Meyer, Phyllis Ann, died on Sept. 6. Services: 2 p.m. on Sunday at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials: Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at curealz.org.

Williams, Carl E., died Sept. 2. Visitation: 10 a.m. to noon today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St.

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