Raymond A. Chewning
posted on: 2015-08-31

Raymond A. Chewning, 92, of Monmouth, passed away Sunday, August 30, 2015 at the Monmouth Nursing Home in Monmouth. Ho was born on March 25, 1923 in Monmouth, the son of Spencer L. and Mary (Tupes) Chewning. Ray attended school in Monmouth. He served as a Fireman in the United States Navy during WWII on the Destroyer Minesweeper USS Hovey. The unsung hero's of the Philippine invasion were the little minesweepers that went to work three days before the "Big Show" to make the heavily mined water of Leyte Gulf safe for warships, troop transports, and a vast number of landing craft. The first American surface craft to enter Philippine waters since the Fall of Corregidor was the Hovey. The Hovey was sunk be Japanese bombers. Only a few members of her crew survived. Ray spent 18 hours in the waters doing his best to help his fallen friends before he was rescued. The Hovey was a proud little ship. She started her war career at Pearl Harbor, was at Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands and on to the Philippines. She swept more Japanese mines than any other ship. Ray received our Country's Purple Heart. After the war, Ray returned home and worked on the M&StL railroad, for his dad in his blacksmith shop, and retired from Butler's in Galesburg as a welder and crane operator. Ray married his high school sweetheart, Jean Smith, on April 29, 1941. After 29 years of marriage, she preceded him on August 13, 1970. He married Geri Morris in December, 1971. She preceded him on December 24, 2012. He was also preceded by his parents, on infant daughter, Jerry Faye Chewning, on June 21, 1966, one grandson, Patrick J. Adams, son of his daughter Janna LaFrance and Jack Adams, his son-in-law who passed away in 1993. Five brothers and one sister also preceded him. He is survived by two sons; John E. of Dwight, Joe (Crystal) Spring Valley, CA, two daughters; Janna (Greg) LaFrance of Downers Grove, Judy (Terry) McGinnes of Monmouth, three grandsons, two granddaughters, three great-grandsons, four great-granddaughters, on great-great granddaughter, and one great-great grandson. Several nieces and nephews also survive, including Patricia Thompson, "Butch" Chewning, and Jim Cokel. Ray love to fish, garden, and travel.

Services: A graveside memorial service is planned for 3:30 pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Warren County Memorial Park Cemetery. Military honors will be presented at that time.

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Lula Jean Jones
posted on: 2015-10-01

Lula Jean Jones, age 68, of Monmouth, Illinois passed away at 12:30 am at the Monmouth Nursing Home in Monmouth, Illinois on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Lula was born on December 30, 1946 in her family home in Greenbush, Illinois, the daughter of Alfred William and Delma Mae (Reimolds) Jones. Jean was raised in the Berwick area and attended school there. She also attended the Muddy Corners School. She began caring for the elderly in their homes at a young age and enjoyed that for many years. Jean then worked at Glastex in Monmouth. She later studied for and received her Certified Nurses Assistant degree and worked for several nursing homes in the area. Jean also built yard barns for sale to the public. She very much loved cooking and preparing meals for her family. Jean was blessed with the gift of music and loved to sing country music. She was a part of several country bands locally. Jean loved her grandchildren and spending time with them. She is survived by one daughter; Lula (Pat) Matchell of LaFollette, TN, one son; Alfred (Jen) Waterman of West Burlington, IA, grandchildren; Andrew, Nicholas, and Zackrey Waterman, Makenna Brockett, Jeanne Carroll, Madison, Telia, and Stephan Matchell, two brothers; Michael (Sharon) Jones of Monmouth, IL and Stephan (Donna) Jones of North Dartmouth, MA. Also surviving are one great-granddaughter, and a number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She is preceded in death by her parents, one son, three daughters, and one great-granddaughter.

Services: A funeral service is planned for 11:00 am on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 am prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Warren County Memorial Park Cemetery in Monmouth. A memorial fund is being established by Jean's family and will be named at a later date.

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