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A. Ayers, Pontiac; two daughters, Brianna L. Ayers, Pontiac; and Elian Jean Marie Benge, Manteno; one brother, Ivan Ervin, Albuquerque, N.M. Online condolences may be left at www.martin-burkefuner-alhome.com. Dylan V. Ernst Ry W. Ernst ONARGA It is with our deepest sorrow we announce the premature birth and death of our twi n sons, Dylan Ven-amore Ernst and Ry William Ernst. Born and died on Friday (April 25, 2008) at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Surviving parents are Daniel J. and Sallianne Venamore Ernst of Onarga. Arrangements by the Rede-nius Funeral Home in Gilman. Condolences may be sent to www.redeniusfuneralhomes.co m. Dennis W. Harms STANFORD Dennis W Harms, 56, Hendersonville, Tenn., died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday (April 25, 2008) while traveling on business. The family received friends for visitation on Monday at Hendersonville Memory Gardens and Funeral Home. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. today with interment in Memory Gardens Cemetery In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial donation be made to Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org) in his name. Dennis was born in Stanford, son of Stanley and Myrna Harms on July 27, 1951. He grew up on the family's Central Illinois farm, raising cattle and hogs, hunting mushrooms and building hot-rods with his friends before graduating from Stanford High School in 1969. Dennis attended Illinois State University in Normal and graduated with a bachelor's degree in agriculture in 1973. He met Kathi Millard at the local Steak & Shake in 1971 and they maintained a long-distance relationship while Kathi attended nursing school in St. Louis until they were married on Sept. 29, 1973. Kathi and Dennis were blessed by two wonderful children. Jennifer joined the family in 1977 and Jon in 1979. Dennis began his long and distinguished career in agribusiness with Cargill in 1973. He worked for Cargill and Central Soya before founding Premium Standard Farms (PSF) in 1988. Dennis was widely regarded as a visionary entrepreneur. Following his career at PSF, he founded Stonecreek Management, was president of PIC North America and founded Spectrum Agribusiness. Dennis is survived by his parents, Stanley and Myrna Harms, Bloomington; his inlaws, Edward and Anne Millard, Bloomington; wife, Kathi, Hendersonville; daughter, Jennifer (Kenney) Palmer, Land O Lakes, Fla.; son, Jon (fiance Tracie), Cape Coral, Fla.; sisters, Jean (Roger) Miller-Stone, Itasca, and Diane Townsend (Keith) Cowell, Tucson, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Karol (James) Kusmaul, Inverness, Fla., and Janet (Holt) Olson, Normal; brother-in-law, Jeffrey (Dawn) Millard, Maple Shade, N.J.; nieces, Jessica Miller; Liz, Katie and Megan Townsend; Laurie Kusmaul; and Rachel and Beth Olson; and nephews, John Kusmaul and Chad Olson. Dennis was preceded in death by nephew, Drew Olson. Dennis enjoyed being the captain during boating excursions throughout the U.S. and British Dennis Harms Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Leeward Islands and various Bahamian Islands. Some of his happiest memories were of times spent on his boat at Lake Ozark, Mo. Dennis' greatest pleasure was spending time with his family and friends who will forever miss his practical jokes, storytelling, cannon firing, fireworks, barbeques, music and dancing and motorcycling (something Kathi wanted no part of). Dennis always brought out the best in his family, friends and colleagues. He was always ahead of the curve and believed that every day was a new opportunity. As one friend said, "He was always in front of anyone else now he has done it again. He is at peace and in another place before anyone else. I can't wait to see him again and find the next step in our journey I loved him." John Eli McLendon LINCOLN John Eli McLendon, 70, Lincoln, died at 11:05 a.m. Sunday (April 27, 2008) at Vonderlieth Living Center, Mount Pulaski. Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrad-er . Funeral Home, Lincoln, with Ron Otto officiating. He will be cremated after the service Wednes day. Visitation: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials: Memorial Home Services (Hospice) or American Cancer Society. Survivors: his wife, Darlene, Lincoln; two daughters, Lori (Terry) Whitson, Blane, Tenn.; Vicki Bramlett, Springfield; two stepdaughters, Sherri (Jim) Basket, Springfield; Angela Kay White, Atlanta; one sister, Faye (Jerry) Toller, Pensacola, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 19 greatgrandchildren; and three step-great grandchildren. Louise C.Mickelson DWIGHT Louise C. Mickel-son, 89, Dwight, passed away at 2 p.m. Saturday (April 26, 2008) at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, with her family present. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hager Memorial Home, Dwight, with tho Ron 4bL. William Leppin Louise officiating. Bur- Mickelson ial will be at McDowell Cemetery, Dwight. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Louise was born Dec. 30, 1918, at Emington, a daughter of Peter H. and Catherine A. Holm. She married Robert W. Mickelson on June 20, 1942, in Manchester, Tenn. Surviving are her husband; one son, Larry, Rock Island; a daughter, Marcia (Scott) Schultz, Joliet; a brother, Irvin Holm, Wilmington; two sisters, Aldine Olson and Alberta Simantel, both of Dwight; a sister-in-law, Adelaide Holm, Joliet; and nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were three brothers, Herbert, Milo and Delbert. She attended school in Emington and Reddick High School. During World War II, she was employed as an inspector at Sanders & Porters Procurement Agency at the Arsenal, Joliet, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dwight. V" John McLendon fed ' i i

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