Obituaries

Michael Gene Kelley
Michael Gene Kelley was born on Saturday, January 6, 1951, at Union County Hospital, in Anna, Illinois.  He crossed over into God’s Heavenly embrace at 11:47 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at his lifetime home in Cobden, Illinois, surrounded by his wife, Kim and his Brandy Girl. Mike was 73 and...
Linde Caraker-Owens, 72, of Cobden, died Saturday, May 4, at her home. Funeral arrangements were pending at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com.  Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in...
Larry ‘Joe’ Birkhead
Larry “Joe” Birkhead, 63, of rural Buncombe (the Mt. Pleasant community), died at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2024, at Union County Hospital in Anna. Joe, as he was known to family and friends, was born on May 25, 1960, at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, Mo. He was the son of Larry...
Michael F. Whelan
Michael F. Whelan, 64, of Barnhart, Mo., and formerly of Cobden, died peacefully at Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis on April 22, 2024, after a lengthy battle with cancer-related complications.  He was born on Sept. 14, 1959, in Chicago, the son of James and Florence Jones  Whelan.  As the...
Carl Dean Massey
Carl Dean Massey, 87, of Anna, died Sunday, April 28, 2024, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 6, 1936, in Union County, the son of Charlie and Lucy Fite Massey.  He was married on July 27, 1961, to Betty Joyce Barlow. She preceded him in death on...
Kenneth Dean Phillips
Kenneth Dean Phillips, 95, of McClure, died Saturday, April 27, 2024, at his home.  He was born on Nov. 28, 1928, in St. Louis, the son of Romyn and Dorothy Brown Phillips.  He married Barbara Lindsay on Dec. 27, 1958, in Alton. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Phillips of McClure; children...
Vincent Jerry Lowe
Vincent Jerry Lowe, 72, of Mound City, died at 9:18 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at his residence. Mr. Lowe was born on April 21, 1952, in Cairo, the son of  Jewell Marie Lowe.  He worked for T&L Tree Service. He was preceded in death my his mother, Jewell Marie (Lowe) Reeves; his wife, Brenda...
Ardel ‘Jack’ Hastings
Ardel “Jack” Hastings Jr., 75, of Metropolis, died Saturday morning, April 20, 2024, at his home with his family where he wanted to spend the last of his life. He left at 6 a.m. for his fishing trip, leaving behind his wife Margaret, daughters Crystal and Heather, grandsons Matthew, Dennis, Bradyn...
Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, ascended to heaven on April 5, 2024.   He lived a full life. Full of adventure and experiences that he shared with family and friends.   Born in Southeast Missouri, Chester was the second oldest of five children.  His parents, Carl and Effie...

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