Richard Frederick Jones, Donna Jean Pierson, Patty A. Pheffer, Lisa D. Shepherd, Julie B. Thomas, Glen R. Whitson

Richard Frederick Jones

Richard Frederick Jones, 62, of Vincennes, passed away at 7:42 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Born on Sept. 17, 1957 in Tampa, Florida, he was the son of Kenneth Paul and Margaret Joyce (Garripee) Jones. Richard drove a truck for Ed Lewis Trucking in Lewisville, Illinois, and was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary. Richard was a kind, good-hearted person who would do anything for his family and friends and loved his daughter and grandchildren with all his heart.

Surviving are his wife, Pam (Howard) Jones, who he married on June 15, 1996; his daughter, Christina Shade of Fort Branch; his sisters, Debra Schultz and Carol Gilliam, both of Shreveport, Louisiana; and his two grandchildren, Bailey Shade of Evansville and Rachel Shade of Fort Branch.  

Preceding him in death were his parents.

There will be no public services. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home of Vincennes is honored to serve the family of Richard Jones.  

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Donna Jean Pierson

Donna Jean Pierson, 73, of St. Francisville, Illinois, died on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

She was a retired teacher and a member of the Christian Church of St. Francisville.

Survivors include her sister, Becky Pierson.

Graveside services will be held in Lawrenceville City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francisville Christian Church. For those wishing to send her family condolence cards, please send them to the Cunningham-Young Funeral Home at P.O. Box 522 Lawrenceville, IL 62439.

Patty A. Pheffer

Patty A. Pheffer, 85, of Vincennes, passed away at 9:43 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Good Samaritan Hospital. 

Patty Pheffer

Patty Pheffer 

She was born on Sept. 24, 1934 in Vincennes to Earl and Bertha (Conklin) Arthur. Patty retired from Johnson Controls and was affiliated with the First Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and being with her children and grandchildren. 

Surviving are a daughter, Susan Thompson and her husband, Ron, of Bruceville; a daughter-in-law, Stephanie Pheffer of Vincennes; her brother, Jim Artur and his wife, Vonda, of Flat Rock, Illinois; her grandchildren, Brian Thompson and his wife, Jenny, Jason Thompson and his wife, Kandi, and Jennifer, Ashley, and Joshua Pheffer; along with his great-grandchildren, Ellie, Evan, and Owen Thompson, Riley and Kaylee Thompson, Morgan Grimme, and Johnny and Brianna Graham. 

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Roy Pheffer Jr., who she married on Oct. 14, 1952, and who preceded her on Aug. 27, 2009; a son, Donald Pheffer; a daughter, Judy Pheffer; her brothers, Elmer, Francis, Raymond, Charles, and Larry Arthur; and her sister. Dora Steel. 

Private family services will be held today at Memorial Park Cemetery with Pastor Travis Stamper officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene Building Fund. Anyone interested will be able to watch the service live on Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Facebook page, and you will be notified when it goes live.  Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Vincennes is honored to assist the Pheffer family with arrangements. 

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Lisa D. Shepherd

Lisa D. Shepherd, 57, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, died at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

She had worked as a licensed practical nurse at GentleCare and was affiliated with the General Baptist Church.

Surviving are her life partner, Kenneth Shepherd; her children, Tiffany Halter and Kendra Shepherd; and her siblings, Jim Taylor, Rick Taylor, Patricia Taylor, Annette Snapp and Steve Taylor.

Private services will be held today at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home and live-streamed on the funeral home’s Facebook page; you will be notified when it goes live. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Vincennes is honored to assist the Shepherd family with arrangements.

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Julie B. Thomas

Julie B. Thomas, 65, of Vincennes, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas

She was born on March 20, 1955 in Lawrenceville, Illinois, the daughter of Donald L. and Iva Mae (Chism) Carter. On Sept. 17, 1977. she married Tom Thomas and he survives.

Julie was a registered nurse on the Critical Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was handpicked by Dr. Louis O. Dayson in 1983 to come to Cardiology and eventually became the director. With her persistence the Cardiology Department became the Dayson Heart Center. She was a nurse that was very knowledgeable in every aspect of nursing. She listened very well to everyone, then would figure out a solution to every problem that entered her office doorway. She truly was a great person, a wonderful nurse and a true friend to anyone that needed her. She stayed in contact with her co-workers and would meet them for lunch at least once a month. She made the Dayson Heart Center what it is today. She was referred as the Den Mother by Dr. Watson, and there won’t be anyone big enough to fill her shoes. She and Tom were definitely a true match. She always referred to him as her best friend and he felt the same way. In her youth, she and her family attended the First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville. She enjoyed gardening, cooking shows, being at home, spending time with family, and taking trips.

Along with her husband Tom, she is survived by a sister, Jeanne Steffey and her husband, Doyle, of rural Lawrenceville; a brother, Jeffrey Carter and his wife, Sarah, of Newton, Illinois; nieces and nephews Seth and Ethan Carter, Carter Steffey, Casey Davidson and her husband, Clint, Kelly Statten and her husband, Adam, Laura Macke and her husband, Lucas, and Michael Thomas and his, wife Jen; and great-nieces and great-nephews Erin, Emma, Eve, and Elliott Macke, Alexis and Cassidy Thomas, and Fletcher Davidson.

Private funeral services will be 11 a.m. CDT on Wednesday at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville and live-streamed on the funeral home’s Facebook page. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to your local Humane Society.

Please feel free to mail cards and memorial donations to the funeral home at P.O. Box 564, Lawrenceville, IL 62439. Send online condolences to

Glen R. Whitson

Glen R. Whitson, 82, of Vincennes, died peacefully in his home on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Glen R. Whitson

Glen R. Whitson

Glen was born on Dec. 31, 1937, in Lawrenceville, Illinois, to Ray and Pansy Lee (Vowels) Whitson. He graduated from Lawrenceville High School in 1955 and lived most of his life in Vincennes. Glen owned and operated several local businesses and was a pilot for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Moose, Eagles, and Sons of the American Legion organizations.

Glen’s love of singing was expressed as a member of the Hoosier Heritage Harmonizers. Glen’s favorite Sinatra song, “My Way,” was a fitting anthem for his life. Regardless of life’s challenges, he was a kind and generous man with an open heart and an endless supply of love to give. “I faced it all, and I stood tall and did it my way.”

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary (Hasenour Fuhrman) Whitson; his brother, Charles Whitson and his wife, Linda; his sons, David Whitson and Jason Cline and his wife, Jamie; and his daughters, Gina Greenwood and her husband, Ted, Babette Akins and her husband, Chris, Nona Baker and her husband, Jay, and Tammy Sermersheim and her husband, Scott. His legacy will live on through his 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Glen was preceded in death by his son, Jeff; both of his parents; and three sisters, Ramona, Winona and Darlene.

A private family service and celebration of life will be held on Wednesday.  Anyone interested will be able to watch the service live on Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Facebook page; you will be notified when it goes live.

Condolences may be sent to Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St., Vinennes, IN 47591, or online at


Gilbert, Bill, died April 1. Services will be held at a later date. Memorials: Bethlehem United Church of Christ and United Caring Shelters. Condolences:

Gilmore, Melony Kay, died on April 1. Private services will be held; a public service will be held at a later date.Burial: Edwardsport Town Cemetery. Memorials: Edwardsport United Methodist Church. Condolences:

Pheffer, Donald R., died April 2. Private graveside services will be held today at Memorial Park Cemetery. The service will be live-streamed on Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Facebook page. Condolences:

Wampler, Lois J., died April 1. Private gravesite services will be held. Burial: Bethel Cemetery. Condolences:


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