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Jackson County court records for May 24

5/22: Morgan Harper, 26, of Lexington, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to theft, a Class 2 felony. He was given five years in prison with 30 days credit for time served. He was also fined more than $10,000.
    Kenneth Howder, xxx, of xxxx, pleaded guilty to forgery, a Class 3 felony and possession of methamphetamine, also a Class 3 felony. He was given 24 months of probation, 100 hours of public service, ordered to undergo drug treatment and fined $1,430.
5/22: Reva Warnsman, 32, of Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to driving under drugs, a Class A misdemeanor. She was given 12 months probation, 50 hours of public service and fined an undisclosed amount.

Obituaries for May 24

Roland Richard Edward Keim, 82, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017.
    Roland was born in Columbia on Aug. 13, 1934 to Richard and Louise (Kannewurf) Keim. He married Ruth Raeber on July 2, 1955. They were married 49 and a half years before her death in 2005.
    Ronald is survived by his three sons, Thomas (Susan) Keim of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, David (Kim) Keim of Carbondale and Douglas (Kimberly) Keim of Tunnel Hill; a sister, Marian (Roger) Hoffmann of Plainfield; eight grandchildren: Brian (Becky) Keim of Ste. Genevieve, Rachel Keim (fiancé Michael McDaniel) of Ste. Genevieve, Sarah (Dereck) Thomas of Benton, Emily Keim of Carbondale, Justin (Myra) Rogowski of Marion, Andrew (Rachelle) Keim of Marion, Brandon (Emilie) Rogowski of Herrin and Brittany (Jason) Robertson of Goreville.
Also surviving are 10 great-grandchildren: Kaden Rogowski, Devon Rogowski, Audrey Rogowski, Lydia Rogowski, Kolten Rogowski, Kaylee Keim, Cole Keim, Elizabeth Rogowski, Olivia Rogowski, Harper Robertson and Baby Thomas (due in December). He is also survived by a very dear friend and companion, Virginia Smith of Carbondale.
    Also, preceding him in death was a sister, Virginia, with brother-in-law, Virgil Crook, and a brother, Roger, with sister-in-law, Vivian Keim.
    Mr. Keim graduated from Columbia High School in 1952 and enrolled in Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. His studies were interrupted after two years when he was called to duty by the U.S. Army, serving two years in El Paso, Texas. After his discharge in 1956, he was employed by McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis.
    In 1958, the family moved to Carbondale where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Keim was a part-time student employee in the office of admissions and records at the university. He was employed at the office for 38 years. He retired from that office as Director of Admissions and Records in December 1996.
    He and his wife traveled throughout the United States and Canada as members of the WBCCI (Airstream) Travel Club.
    He was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Carbondale and served in offices and on boards at the church (OSLC) and Southern Illinois District (LCMS).
    Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale and the funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with visitation before the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 700 S. University Ave, Carbondale. Interment will be at Pleasant Grove Memorial Cemetery.
    Memorials are the preferred form of remembrance and may be made to the church at the address listed above or Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Friends Foundation, Ste. Genevieve Drive, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670.
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    Robert L. Dees, 88, nicknamed “Bob” of Carbondale peacefully passed away at 12:50 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Helia Health Care of Energy with his family by his side.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years Martha Lu Vinna (Parks) Dees of Carbondale whom he married in 1952 and his two sons and daughters-in-law: David A. and Rosalinda Dees of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri; Philip K. and Gemma Daga Dees of Terre Haute, Indiana. His brother Donald E. Dees of Coello. His nephew Brian Dees of Coello. Grandchildren Shawn R. Dees and friend Bailey Otto of Festus, Missouri; Suzanne L. Dees of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri and his great granddaughter Sway I. Cooper of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. And Max Pedro-Dees his grand puppy! Robert L. Dees was preceded in death by his parents Everett and Edith Hazel (Bowlin) Dees of Detroit and sister Janice L. Powenski of Coello.
    Robert was born Nov. 7, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan to Everett and Edith Hazel (Bowlin) Dees. Robert served in the Army from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean conflict. He taught fire safety to officers during this time. He met his best friend during this period Orville Midgley. And remained friends with Orville and Mary Ann Midgley throughout his life. Robert earned an Associate of Technology Degree from Southern Illinois University in 1955.
    He was hired as a Civil Servant in 1957 by SIU. He earned a bachelor’s degree in vocational education studies from SIU in 1959. Robert was then promoted to supervisor of the travel service at SIU in 1963. He had a long and successful career with SIU till he retired as the supervisor of the mail service in 1986.
    Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale with Dr. K. Stephen Combs officiating. Interment will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Murphysboro where military rites will be conducted. Friends are invited to attend the visitation at Meredith Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23.
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Jurhee Kathryn Vaughn, 71, born Dec 31, 1945, died on May 18, 2017 at her home in Carbondale, surrounded by her family.
    Ree, as she was known, was born in St. Louis, to Eunice M. (Bruce) Vaughn and Verne M. Vaughn.  They lived, at the time, with Eunice’s parents in a rural area south of St. Louis near Arnold.
    Ree, and her sister, Sheila, attended Fairfield Grade and High Schools, in Fairfield.  Ree graduated from Fairfield High School in 1964.  She attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and the Chicago Art Institute, before graduating from SIU in 1970, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
    Following graduation, she worked for J. C. Penney Company, when it first opened in Carbondale at the site of the present University Mall..  When Ree and Greg moved to San Diego, California, in 1972, Ree continued working for the J.C. Penney Company, at stores in San Diego and Chula Vista, California.  She was a department manager at the Penney stores in Fashion Valley and Chula Vista.  Then, she was hired as store manager for a company known as 5-7-9 Stores, a ladies clothing chain in southern California, where she worked until 1978, when first child, Aaron, was born.
    On Sept. 11, 1971, Ree married Gregory A. Veach in Vienna.  They have two children, Aaron D. Veach, 39, of Chicago, and Jamie J. Veach, 36, of Carbondale; and, one grandson, Kayden James, 5 months, of Carbondale.
    Between 1984 and 2006, Ree managed and operated eight convenience stores for Veach Oil Company, a petroleum marketing business owned by her mother-in-law and brother-in-law.
    Throughout her life, and during her years working in the business world, Ree was creative and artistic.  She was mechanically-inclined, was a tool-user, and made things.  Immediately upon moving to her home on Striegle Road in Carbondale, she began remodeling work on the home, inside and out, and creating a garden in the yard, almost entirely of perennials and shrubs.  She worked tirelessly on the garden and her artwork, in addition to raising her children, and working in the business world.
    In 2007, Ree retired from the business world, and focused entirely on her artwork.  She produced photographic art and assemblages, and sold the pieces at local art galleries, wineries and shows.  Some of her work has been on display at Starview Winery for several years.
    Ree’s mother, Eunice, died in 1987.  Her father, Verne, in 2007.  Ree is survived by her sister, Sheila, husband, Greg, son, Aaron, daughter, Jamie, and her very, special grandson, Kayden James, born Dec. 13, 2016, in Carbondale.
    No flowers should be sent.  Donations may be made in Ree’s name to American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of the United States.
    In accordance with her wishes, a private gathering is planned.

    Billie Ruth “Grandma B” Robison, 90, passed away at her Husrt residence at 12:55 p.m. on Friday, May 19.
    She was born on July 18, 1926 to William and Sylvia (Wonch) Will. She marred Edgar Allen Robison on April 4, 1946. They shared 67 years of marriage together. He preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 2013.
    Billie is survived by children Linda Wright of Hurst and Karen and Glen Hill of Hurst; grandchildren, Penny and husband Scott Wilson of Bush,
Rebekah and husband Jason Parker of Hurst, Andrew Hill of Hurst; great-grandchildren Erin Wilson of Bush, Rylee Wilson of Bush, Aerionna Hill of Benton, Addison, Logan and Nate Parker of Hurst; special nephew Kenny Robison Herrin; and several nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister and son-in-law.
     The arrangements have been entrusted to Walker Funeral Home of Hurst.
    Funeral services are Thursday May 25, 2017 at First Christian Church in Hurst with Reverend Greg Parker officiating.
    The visitation will be Wednesday May 24, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Hurst. Interment will be at Blairsville Cemetery.
    “Grandma B” was a proud supporter of the American Legion and the Hurst Fire and Ambulance Department.  Billie was a member of the First Christian Church in Hurst and the American Legion Auxiliary. Billie was known in Hurst for her baking. There was always a pie, cinnamon rolls or donuts at church or town functions.
    Memorial Contributions can be given to the Hurst Ambulance Department P.O. Box 129 Hurst, Illinois 62949.
    Aahil Mehmood of Marion, was born sleeping on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
    Services were private. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park-Garden of Al-Baqih.
    Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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