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THE PANTAGRAPH, Saturday, April 20, 1996 A15 DEATHS Central Illinois David Hart MINIER David Hart, 42, of 110 S. Eastern St, Minier, died Wednesday (April 17, 1996) in Columbus, Ohio, from injuries sustained in a work-related accident Arrangements are pending at McReynolds-Beck Funeral Home, Minier. Bertie S. Livesay PONTIAC Bertie S. Livesay, 79, of Pontiac died at 8:55 p.m. Thursday (April 18, 1996) at Saint James Hospital, Pontiac. Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Burial will be in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens, Lewisburg, W.Va. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Duffy Funeral Home, Pontiac, with a prayer service at 5 p.m., the Rev. Gordon Peabody officiating. Visitation also will be two hours before the service Tuesday at the White Sulphur Springs funeral home. Memorials may be made to Saint James Hospital, Pontiac, or Pontiac Boys and Girls Club. Surviving are two daughters, Marie Wiechec, Alexandria, Va., and Nettie Ruth "Jackie" Maley, Pontiac; a sister, Ruby Minnicks, Deerfield, Fla.; four brothers, Wilbur Nicely, Marvin "Huck" Nicely and Franklin "Dick" Nicely, all of Covington, Va., and Ben Nicely, Disputante, Va.; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Floyd Edward Boatright of Homewood who died Oct 1, 1977; a daughter, Margie Sue Myers of Cornell, who died March 6, 1990; four brothers and three sisters. She was born June 16, 1916, in Alvon, W. Va., a daughter of Andrew Edward and Clara Ann Gumm Nicely. She married Raymond Delaney Boatright Nov. 17, 1936. He died May 19, 1962. She married Oscar Branch Jones Jan. 9, 1965. He died Dec. 29, 1966. She married Homer Jasper Livesay Aug. 19, 1974. He died Feb. 28, 1980. Mrs. Livesay worked in the housekeeping department at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., for 36 years. She was a member of the Pontiac Womens Club, Cornell Senior Citizens Club, VFW Post 886 of Pontiac, the Women of the Moose Lodge 708 of Pontiac, the Pontiac Chapter 233 of the AARP, the Cornell Birthday Club and the First United Methodist Church Circle of Pontiac. She attended school in Dunlap, Va. Vernon H. Lutjens FLANAGAN Vernon H. Lutjens, 77, of R.R. 2, Gridley, died at 6:35 a.m. Friday (April 19, 1996) at Saint James Hospital, Pontiac. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St Petri Lutheran Church, Flanagan, the Rev. Dennis Scoville officiating. Burial will be at St. Petri Cemetery, Flanagan. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, and one hour before the service at the church. Memorials may be made to St Petri Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Surviving are two brothers, Dale Lutjens, Gridley, and Merlyn Lutjens, rural Minonk. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. One brother and two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Lutjens farmed all his life and was a member of St Petri Lutheran Church and the Farm Bureau. A World War II Army veteran, he fought in the Aleutian Islands, Southern Philippines (Liberation) and the Central Pacific. He received the Purple Heart, the Oak Leaf Cluster and the Pacific Theater Ribbon. Jack C. Martin PAXTON Jack C. Martin, 65, of Paxton died at 6 p.m. Thursday (April 18, 1996) at his home. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St Mary's Catholic Church, Paxton, the Rev. James Heramb officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery, Paxton, with military rites by Paxton American Legion Prairie Post No. 150. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, with a rosary at 6 p.m. Memorials may be made to St Mary's Church, American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice. He is survived by his wife, Josephine L. "Dolly" (Bausano) Martin; one daughter, JoAnn M. Sivers, Urbana; and one son, John M. Martin, Paxton. Chester Phinney LEXINGTON The funeral of Chester Randolph "Randy" Phinney, 43, of Sunset, Utah, formerly of Lex ington, will be at 10:30 a.m. today ' at Musselman-Beck Funeral Home, Lexington, the Rev. Dennis Pritchard officiating. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. He died at 6:27 p.m. Sunday (April 14, 1996) at Davis North Hospital, Clearfield, Utah. Chester Phinney I p.l.ll I ijwuiiwimwi f,y; Vf April 20, 1996 Phinney, Chester "Randy," 10:30 a.m. at Musselman-Beck Funeral Home, Lexington. Burial in Lexington Cemetery. Wilson, Thursa Wanetta "Wannie," (Doty), graveside inurnment service at 1:30 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Tonica. Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac, has charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Youth Group at Church of Christ Uniting or Lexington Ambulance. Survivors include his wife, Suh Mei Phinney; his mother, Kathleen Phinney, Lexington; five sisters, Aldean Whitaker, Redondo Beach, Calif.; Mary Hamlow, Cissna Park; Helen White, Maysville, Iowa; and Beverly King and Kathy Shubert, both of Lexington; and two brothers, Walter Phinney and Charles "Ed" Phinney, both of Lexington. He was also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mr. Phinney was born Sept 21, 1952, in Bloomington, to Chester and Kathleen Knave Phinney. He married Suh Mei Chen Aug. 18, 1974, in Lexington. His father and one niece preceded him in death. He was food director for Davis County School System in Sunset and was a retired U.S. Air Force tech sergeant (June 1970 to Aug. 1991). He was a member of the former Evangelical United Methodist Church of Lexington and a member of Lexington American Legion Post He graduated from Lexington High School in 1970 and attended Weber State University in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was always involved with kids, coached Little League baseball and basketball, and was an avid golfer and photographer for little league football in the Sunset area. Walter L. Stodd PONTIAC The funeral of Walter L. Stodd, 70, of 529 E. Indiana Ave., Pontiac, will be at 11 a.m. today at St Mary's Catholic Church, Pontiac, the Rev. E. Edward Higgins officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Peoria. Duffy Funeral Home, Pontiac, was in charge of arrangements. He died, at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday (April 17, 1996) at Saint James Hospital, Pontiac. Memorials may be made to St Mary's School, Pontiac. Survivors include his wife, Geral-dine A. Stodd; three daughters, Cecilia Stodd, Madison, Wis.; Lucy Croft, Lexington; and Ann Coleman, Poolesville, Md.; three sons, Jeffrey M., Annapolis, Md.; James F., Irvine, Calif.; and Ralph P., Dayton, Ohio; one stepsister, Beverly Grosenbach, Washington; and 15 grandchildren. His parents and two infant sons preceded him in death. He was born Oct. 5, 1925, in Peoria, a son of Walter H. and Doris Roemer Stodd. He married Geraldine A. Ward July 3, 1948, at St Cecilia's Church, Peoria. Mr. Stodd was a practicing attorney since 1951. He moved to Pontiac in 1962 and practiced law in Pontiac and Streator until semi-retiring in 1991. He served as a pharmacist mate in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of Livingston County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Pontiac Elks. He served as lector and Eu-charistic minister of St Mary's Church. He was a participant in the "Perpetual Adoration" at the church. He graduated from Peoria Heights Grade School and Woodruff High School. He completed pre-legal coursework at Bradley University, Peoria. He received his juris doctor degree at DePaul University Law School in 1951 and was admitted to the bar in 1951. Bloomington-Normal Ruth A. Miller The funeral of Ruth A. "Ruthie" Miller, 64, of 303 E. Sycamore St., Normal, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church, Normal, the Rev. Ralph E. Wingate Jr. officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Metzler-Froelich Memorial Home, Bloomington, and one hour before the service Monday at the church. She died at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday (April 17, 1996) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church building fund. Survivors include her husband, Loran G. Miller; one son, Robert E. "Bob" Miller, Heyworth; one daughter, Lori Holzem, 1708 Royal Pointe Drive, Bloomington; five sisters, Helen Anderson and June Smalley, both of Normal; Mary Ward, Irving, Texas; Elizabeth Berggren, Chicago; and Kathy Merrill, Bathe; and one brother, Robert Charles, Sherman. Also surviving are one daughter-in-law, Betty Miller, Heyworth; one son-in-law, Scott Holzem, Bloomington; and three grandchildren, Zachary Tyler and Alexis Nicole Miller, both of Heyworth; and Lauren Ashleigh Holzem, Bloomington. Her parents, two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. She was born March 15, 1932, in Auburn, a daughter of Maurice and Minnie Ruth Duff Charles. She married Loran G. Miller Jan. 22, 1955, in Bloomington. Mrs. Miller was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Normal, and McLean County Genealogical Society. She was employed by Sears Roebuck and Co. in Eastland Mall from 1971 to 1984. She was a member of Eastland Mall "Mall Walkers" She lived in the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Home from 1942 to 1950. She was a 1950 graduate of University High School, Normal. Eva L. Moore Eva L. Moore, 83, of 810 N. Fell Ave., Normal, died at 1:20 a.m. Thursday (April 18, 1996) at Americana Healthcare Center, Normal. Arrangements are incomplete at Stubblefield-Froelich Memorial Home, Normal. Verna Riddle Verna Entsminger Riddle, 85, of 201 E. Stewart St., Bloomington, died at 7:43 p.m. Thursday at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. A private family service will be at a later date. She will be cremated. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, has charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Surviving are two sons, David, Charleston, and Dan, Sturbridge, Mass.; two grandsons; and three great-granddaughters; and one great-grandson. One brother preceded her in death. She was born Oct 15, 1910, in Normal, a daughter of Carter and Vickie Miller Entsminger. She married Dan Riddle July 27, 1930, in Petersburg. Mrs. Riddle was employed as a teacher at rural McLean County schools from 1932 to 1940. She was a graduate of Normal Community High School and Illinois State University. Earl F. Ruck Earl F. Ruck, 88, Decatur, a Bloomington native, died at 2:25 a.m. Fri day (April 19, 1996) at Decatur Memorial Hospital. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Decatur. Burial will be in Atlanta Cemetery, Atlanta. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Brintlinger's Funeral Home, Decatur. Memorials may be made to Pilgrim Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Survivors include his wife, Mildred; and one sister, Hattie Rhode, Chicago. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Mr. Ruck was born July 16, 1907, in Bloomington, a son of August and May (McGrath) Ruck. He married Mildred Curtis of Atlanta on Nov. 14, 1945, in Atlanta. His parents and two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Ruck was a grocery store manager and stock auditor for Grand Union Grocery Company, Miami, Fla., retiring in 1971. He was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Golden K Kiwanis Club, and American Legion Post 105. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy as a chief machinist mate. Fred L. Thompson Fred L. Thompson, 56, of 303 E. Pine St, Normal, died at 12:45 p.m. Friday (April 19, 1996) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, of natural causes. Arrangements are pending at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. ON THE RECORD Mclean county Felonies Alcohol Jeffrey D. Ashworth, 33, of 809 Normal Ave., Normal, fined $1,000 and sentenced to 30 months of probation and 180 days in McLean County Jail, with 30 work release to be served and remaining 150 days stayed pending remission hearing Oct 11, for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while driver's license revoked subsequent offense felong. Must complete recommended treatment Obstructing justice Roaul Anderson, 19, Rock Falls, sentenced to 30 months of probation and 60 days in McLean County Jail, with credit for time served, for obstructing justice by furnishing false information. Misdemeanors Alcohol Dan E. Bissey, 38, of 75 The Meadows of Bloomington, fined $500 and sentenced to two years of probation for driving under the influence of alcohol. Must complete recommended treatment Alcohol Daniel R. Kuh, 23, of 707 Dale St, Normal, fined $500 and sentenced to two years of court supervision for driving under the influence of alcohol. Must complete recommended treatment Alcohol Robert J. Genard, 37, of lltB'j Kern St Normal, fined $500 and sentenced to two years of court supervision for driving under the influence of alcohol and conviction for improper lane usage. Must complete recommended treatment Women's exhibit opens The League of Women Voters of McLean County is hosting the touring exhibit, "Women in Action: Rebels and Reformers, 1920-1980" at the Old Courthouse Museum, 200 North Main St., Bloomington. The exhibit, which opened Friday and runs through May 10, is co-sponsored by The Pantagraph and State Farm Insurance Cos. From left to right are Luellen Laurenti, Normal, Linda Ash, Bloomington, and Wilma Erwin, Hudson. Israel, Hezbollah pin hopes of cease-fire on each other TYRE, Lebanon (AP) Spurred to action by Israel's killing of at least 75 refugees, the main players in Lebanon's fighting crept gingerly toward peace Friday. Each said it would support a U.S. -brokered cease-fire if the others did the same. For the ninth day Friday, Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas clashed in southern Lebanon with rocket and artillery fire. But the fighting was less intense as the two sides each indicated willingness to stop shooting if the otherdid. Syria the dominant power in Lebanon also agreed to help bring about a truce. The fighting, largely on Lebanese territory, has killed at least 134 people and wounded more than 300, most of them Lebanese civilians. It has uprooted 400,000 people from their homes, wreaked destruction on south Lebanon villages and severely set back reconstruction efforts from the devastation caused by the 1975-90 civil war. The first hint of a possible truce came from Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who told a news conference that his government was talking to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, and he expected a cease-fire in four to five days. State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said in Amsterdam that Hariri and Syrian Foreign Min National Zoo exhibit germinates fans WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) First, jackets were slipped off. Then eyeglasses steamed up. The National Zoo opened a new exhibit, and the subject was sex. Oh sure, they use words like "intimate interaction" and "interdependence" at the Pollinarium. But the next time you see a butterfly in action, you'll know there's more going on than meets the eye. Warm and humid on a spring day, the exhibit shown off to sweating visitors Friday is a compact greenhouse snuggled up to the side of the Invertebrate House. It's packed with flowering plants and trees, avidly attended by hummingbirds and a bevy of butterflies eagerly assisting the process of plant reproduction. While many plants still depend on the wind to carry their pollen much to the chagrin of people with allergies others have animals to assist their sex. "Visiting the Pollinarium will cause us to look at plants and animals and their relationship as we never have done before," observed Clint Fields of Friends of the National Zoo. "As you look at your garden Pentagon grounds costly 'Blackbird' jet WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) Ditching a favorite program of a powerful Democratic senator, the Pentagon this week suspended operations of the SR-71 "Blackbird" spy plane. Deputy Defense Secretary John White notified key lawmakers of the move in a letter dated April 15. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, persuaded colleagues to approve $135 million in the last two years to bring three SR-71s out of mothballs, despite Pentagon objections. "I am writing about an unfortunate development which has forced the Department to take an action which I know will not please you concerning the SR-71," White said in a letter to Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee and supporter of the plane. The letter was first reported in Friday's edition of Inside the Air Force, an independent weekly publication that covers Air Force issues. Byrd's office said the senator was traveling in his home state Friday and not immediately available for comment White cited a section of law that he says prevents the Pentagon from spending money appropriated for SR-71 flight operations. The problem is that while the appropriations bill contains the money, the national intelligence authorization bill contains no language approving spending to fly the Blackbird. ' . J, f , ' " A J ft 1 T ! !;'" V 1 " V $ A-: ;' ', ister Farouk al-Sharaa had pledged in separate telephone conversations with Secretary of State Warren Christopher to help work toward a cease-fire. Christopher was due in the Middle East today for an open-ended stay to broker an end to the fighting. He was expected to visit Israel and Syria, which has 40,000 troops in Lebanon. At one point Friday, Israel TV reported agreement on a temporary cease-fire in Lebanon for the duration of Christopher's Mideast visit. Shortly after the report, Katyushas fell on northern Israel and Israel responded with artillery fire. On the defensive in the face of an international uproar over Thursday's attack on the U.N. base, Israel departed from its aggressive push against Hezbollah, which so far has failed to end guerrilla attacks on northern Israel. Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Friday he would agree to an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon if Hezbollah halted its cross-border rocket sorties. Earlier, a Hezbollah spokesman said the group made the same offer. The carnage at the headquarters of the Fijian U.N. battalion at Qana, the bloodiest since Israel launched its aerial and artillery blitz April 11, also spurred other nations to action this spring and summer and see butterflies flit from one plant to another you will know there is more going on." "We want to talk about biological processes rather than just show animals," said curator Alan Peters. "When people come to the zoo they want to 'gee whiz' at the animals," said Peters. "We want to let them do that, but we want to let them take the next step, too." If that next step is to learn about animal-plant interaction, there's a still a bit of gee-whiz to be had. Take, for example, the 4-foot-4-inch bee that approaches a giant flower. No, not a real 4-foot bee. It's a model. But visitors can see how it brushes past the plant, collecting pollen that it will carry to another flower on its rounds. There are a lot of real honeybees to be seen at the Pollinarium. too, living in a glass-fronted hive. They zip in and out through a plastic tube, letting them go outdoors to pollinate plants throughout the zoo. As a The PantagraphSTEVE SMEDLEY Friday. The United States, France and the United Nations stepped up diplomatic efforts to reach a settlement. Late Thursday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for an immediate halt to the violence. Meanwhile, in slowed but continued fighting, two people were wounded Friday in guerrilla attacks and Israeli retaliation along the front lines in southern Lebanon. Hezbollah guerrillas fired more than 50 Katyusha rockets across the border early Friday, U.N. officers said, and lobbed another round of rockets in the afternoon. Israel TV reported the number of rockets fired in the morning at 65. Israel retaliated with air attacks and artillery bombardment of villages across from an Israeli-occupied border enclave in the south. It also put armored units on standby at the border, ready to cross into Lebanon to buttress its 1,200-strong garrison in the occupied enclave. Hezbollah's longtime goal has been to drive Israeli troops from the buffer zone. Gunboats also fired at least 26 shells at the coastal highway linking Beirut with the south, forcing authorities to close it down for several hours. bonus, visitors to the Pollinarium aren't trapped in a little room full of bees. A kindergarten class from St Jude's School in nearby Rockville, Md., swept in following the formal ribbon cutting. Little hands reached out hoping for a butterfly landing, tiny noses sniffed at an exhibit of flower scents and bright eyes stared into an ultraviolet chamber, seeing flowers as bees see them. Hint: UV light makes flowers look almost like they have a bulls-eye in the center, showing the pollinators right where to do their stuff. "I think I like it," bubbled Johnny Weisgerber. "I like the bees," added Natalie Murray. Sensing the pollen that makes the bees and birds so happy, adult noses responded with snorts and an occasional sneeze. And reminders are at hand that there's a dark cloud around every silver lining: A giant model of a pollen grain looms over the entrance and departing visitors can view that day's pollen count on a sign at the door. "We regret having to take this action, for it rekindles an unfortunate periodic struggle among our oversight committees, and inevitably places us in the middle," White wrote. "We sought every avenue to avoid this action but there appears to be no legal basis for us to continue operating the SR-71." The planes have an operating budget of $35 million for fiscal 1996, which runs until Sept 30. Suspending operations will save $8 million of that total. The intelligence legislation does allow the Pentagon to continue spending money on modifications to the sleek, high-speed aircraft First flown in 1966, the SR-71 can fly three times the speed of sound and high enough that the pilots can see the curvature of the earth. The 12-plane force was retired in 1990 because of the high cost of maintenance. But several of the planes were brought out of mothballs last September to plug gaps in U.S. intelligence-gathering. Byrd led the charge for reactivating the jets in July 1994 as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying that its absence during the Persian Gulf War deprived coalition forces of valuable intelligence about enemy battlefield positions. Opponents of the move said the SR-71 is a costly duplicate to spy satellites. A single SR-71 costs $39,000 an hour to operate.

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