J.W. “Dutch” Phoenix

CENTRALIA — J.W. “Dutch” Phoenix, 98, of Centralia, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019. He was born March 3, 1920 in Centralia, son of George Kenneth Phoenix and Enola (Seufert) Phoenix. He married Wilma Doris Martin on December 13, 1946, and she preceded him in death on May 15, 2005. He is survived by his…Read more…

Colene Marie Readinger Wrzesinski

CENTRALIA — Colene Marie Readinger Wrzesinski, 73, of Centralia, passed away at 4:53 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon. She was born on March 21, 1945, in Adair, Iowa, the daughter of the late Victor Wayne “Vic” and Edith Marie (Heckman) Readinger.  She married Donald “Don” Wrzesinski…Read more…

Andrew Charles Evans

CENTRALIA — Andrew Charles Evans, 86, of Centralia, passed away at 7:53 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon. Funeral arrangements of Mr. Andrew Charles Evans are in the care of Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia, where you may call 618-532-7321 for further information. Please view the…Read more…

Judge set to issue verdict in Chicago police cover-up case

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge is set to announce a verdict Thursday for three Chicago police officers accused of lying in their reports to protect the white officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald. Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson has scheduled an afternoon hearing for David March, Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney. They are…Read more…

John W. Jose

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — John W. Jose, 60, of Chesterfield, Missouri, formerly of Centralia, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Delmar Gardens On The Green Nursing Home after a lengthy illness with Huntington’s Disease. He was born January 14, 1959, in East St. Louis, Missouri, son of Frank L. Jose, Jr. and Anna (Yahn) Jose.…Read more…

Henry Tilley, Jr.

MOUNT VERNON — Henry Tilley, Jr., 84, of Mt. Vernon, formerly of Sebring, Florida, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Mt. Vernon Healthcare Center. He was born July 15, 1934, in Florence, Alabama, son of Henry Tilley, Sr. and Elizabeth (West) Tilley. He married Donna Tilley and she preceded him in death. He later…Read more…

Fred William Johnson Sr.

BECKEMEYER — Fred William Johnson Sr. liked to tell his kids, “When the going get’s tough, the tough get going” and on January 13, 2019, Fred led by his own example to the very end and left this life as he lived it – strong and loved by countless people, especially his high school sweetheart…Read more…

George Roger Campbell

CENTRALIA — George Roger Campbell, 79, of Centralia, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019, surrounded by his family. Roger was born April 27, 1939, in Centralia, son of Clay Campbell and Mattie (Potts) Campbell. He married Linda (Kelley) Campbell on March 27, 1960, and she survives in Centralia. In addition to his wife of 58…Read more…

Joetta Harper

CENTRALIA — Joetta Harper, 73, of Centralia passed away Monday, January 14, 2019, at Carlyle Healthcare Center. Joetta was born March 6, 1945, in Newport, Arkansas to Essie (Hartman) Hogan and Joseph Hogan. She married Roger Harper in 1968 and they later divorced. Joetta is survived by a son: Eric Furlong of Centralia; a daughter:…Read more…

Jacob A. Neff

CENTRAL CITY — Jacob A. Neff, 31, of Central City, passed away peacefully at his home with family on Sunday, January 13, 2019. He was born July 24, 1987 in Vandalia, son of Richard “Richie” Neff, Jr. and Resa (O’Brist) Neff. He is survived by his parents: Richard “Richie” Neff, Jr. and wife Resa of…Read more…

Jerry D. Myers

CENTRALIA — Jerry D. Myers, 80, of Centralia, passed away January 14, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia with his family by his side. Jerry was born March 18, 1938, in Centralia, the son of Monty Myers and Louise (Ingram) Myers. He married Kay Myers on August 31, 1985, and she preceded him in…Read more…

Jerry D. Myers

CENTRALIA — Jerry D. Myers, 80, of Centralia, passed away Monday, January 14, 2019, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. Funeral services for Jerry Myers are tentatively set for 10 a.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday morning…Read more…

Willis D. “Willie” Phillips

CENTRALIA — Willis D. “Willie” Phillips, 71, of Centralia, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019, at his home. Willie was born February 11, 1947, in Centralia, the son of John W. Phillips and Eleanor Ruth (Stone) Phillips. Willie is survived by two daughters: Sara Phillips of Salem and Angela Scrivner and husband Daniel of Belle…Read more…

Hilda May (Hamilton) DePew

LAS VEGAS, NV — Hilda May (Hamilton) DePew, 93, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Centralia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born May 9, 1925 in Alto Pass, Illinois, daughter of Ford William Hamilton and Hazel (Robinson) Hamilton. She married Ralph Walden DePew, Jr. and he…Read more…

Michael M. Jensen

CENTRALIA — Michael M. Jensen, 78, of Centralia, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019, at Centralia Manor. Mike, aka The Ranger, was born November 2, 1940, in Centralia, the son of Ralph M. Jensen and Nona (Tunnel) Jensen. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Charlotte (Henry) Jensen; his two sons: Stuart…Read more…