In Memory of Lester Prahl


Lester Eugene Prahl, 77, passed away on February 25, 2018 surrounded by his loving family in his home in Mattoon, IL.

Originally from the Stewardson and Mattoon areas, he attended school at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL.  He raised his family in Champaign, IL, spent over 30 years working for The News Gazette, and was a lifetime member of the International Typographical Union.

Lester was born on April 30, 1940 in Stewardson, IL.  He was the son of Lester R. Prahl and Lucille (Hightshoe) and Frank Ferris, Sr.  He married Barbara (Herring) on March 7, 1970.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, daughters Kerry Ann (Christopher) Considine and Karla Lee (Brian) Moore.  And three grandchildren, Courtney Considine (San Jose, CA), Kasey Considine, and Camdyn Considine.

Lester enjoyed a glorious road trip and traveling.  He lived all over the country and enjoyed having a cold Budweiser in cities all over the globe.  He was fond of fast cars, especially Chevrolets.  He was an incredible Fighting Illini fan with football season tickets and enjoyed being a member of the parking staff which secured excellent tailgating spots. He was an avid Cardinal fan who enjoyed the rivalry between his Cub fan family and friends. His sense of humor never encountered a language barrier.  Lester was a man who made friends with everyone he met, he will be remembered as the life of the party, and adored his family.

A celebration of Lester’s life will be at Owens Funeral Home in Champaign on Saturday March 3, 2018, from 12-2PM.  Memorial service will begin at 2pm at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow the service at Mt Hope Cemetery.

Memorial donations in his honor may be made online to Carle Cancer Center (

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March 3, 2018
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Owens Funeral Home
101 North Elm Street
Champaign, IL 61820

In Memory of Robert Mason


Robert “Bob” Joseph Mason

September 6, 1939 – February 20, 2018
Born in Chicago, IL
Resided in Granite City, IL

Robert “Bob” Joseph Mason, age 78, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in Granite City, IL. Bob was born on September 6, 1939 in Chicago, IL, a son of the late Augustus Harold Mason and Marie Virginia (McKinley) Mason.

Bob was a faithful and dedicated member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a 4th Degree Knight with Tri-Cities Knights of Columbus in Granite City, IL. He was also a member St. Louis Catholic Deaf Society and the International Catholic Deaf Association. He worked in the maintenance department at the U.S. Post Office in St. Louis, MO for many years. Bob was an avid photographer and he enjoyed going to church and spending time with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by three sisters, Connie Shimkus, Kathleen Kumle and Diane Mason; and by two brothers, Gordon Mason and Richard Mason.

He is survived by loving sister and brother, Gail (Dale) Coleno of Canton, IL and Bill Mason of Granite City, IL; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 26, 2018, a Chalice Presentation by the Knights of Columbus will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, a funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Holy Family Catholic Church, St. Louis Catholic Deaf Society or to the International Catholic Deaf Association. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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Streetcar 82 Brewing Co.


Mark Burke, ’88 (above on the left) is one of the three guys who founded Streetcar 82 Brewing Co. located on 4824 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville, MD. You can check out the website for more information.

In Memory of Barry Crider


WESTERVILLE, OHIO — Barry Duane Crider, 49, (Class of 1987) of Westerville, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

Barry was born on May 24, 1968, to his parents, Ezra and Barbara (Wheeler) Crider in Alton, Illinois. He was a member of the North Alton Southern Baptist Church in Alton, Illinois.

Barry is survived by his parents: Ezra and Barbara (Wheeler) Crider; brother: Timothy Dale (Audrey) Crider; nephews: Cody Dale (Sarah) Crider, Dakota James (Fiancé) Crider; great nephew: Cooper; great niece: Ava Clara, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Duey and Stella Crider; maternal grandparents: Wallace and June Wheeler; and nieces: Heather Ann Cider and Kandi Lacey Crider.

Hardin County Funeral Service is over seeing arrangements. As per the family’s wishes a Memorial Service will be held at a later date. (Source from

11th Annual ISDAA/Tigerland Picnic



ISDAA and Tigerland will host 11th Annual picnic on May 26, 2018. For more information or questions about this special picnic or to reserve your picnic tickets by contacting or from any ISDAA officers.

Admission: $5.00 with tickets ~ $7.00 at door ~ Children (from 6 to 12 years old) ~ $3.00

Directions to Tiger Den: Go on Interstate 72. Take U.S. Highway 67 (Exit #64) (about 5 miles South of South Jacksonville). Turn left at Lake Jacksonville Road. Enter South Lake Road at the bend. Follow the signs to Tiger Den. The address is 2166 South Lake Road, Jacksonville, IL 62650.