Obituaries

Lt. Col. Homer “Gene” Dillow, USAF Ret., was born on Feb. 27, 1929, in Dongola, and died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale before joining the U.S. Air Force. While stationed in Japan, he met his wife, Jane.   He was a navigator and flew support missions in...
Sara Jane Joe, 97, of Cairo, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, at Countryside Center in Bardwell, Ky. She was born on July 31, 1923, in Cairo, the daughter of James and Margaret Joe.  She owned and operated a grocery store in Cairo for many years. After retiring from that, she worked for Alexander...
Michael Alvin St. Arbor
Michael Alvin St. Arbor, 56, of Barlow, Ky., died Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at Baptist Health Hospital in Paducah. He was born on Jan. 25, 1965, in Cairo, the son of Alvin and Pauline Buckles St. Arbor. He worked for Dippin’ Dots in Paducah. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles...
Guy Parks Jr.
Guy Parks Jr., 82, of Cairo, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at Southgate Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Metropolis. He was born on July 20, 1939, the son of Guy Sr. and Goldie Hurley Parks in Olive Branch.  He married Lola McCoy on May 12, 1957. Mr. Parks served in the U.S. Army. He worked...
Richard Pietrowski, 72, of Mount Vernon, died at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon.  He was born on Feb. 3, 1949, in Chicago. He had retired from auto parts delivery in the Chicago area. He is survived by his son, Mike Pietrowski of Vienna; four grandsons,...
David Lee Hardin
David Lee Hardin, 60, of Pomona, went home to be with the Lord and Savior on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.  He is survived by his three children, Renee, Jesse and Era; one brother, Michael (Karen) Hardin; and several beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his...
Ricky Freyenberger
Ricky Freyenberger, 66, of Alto Pass, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at Union County Hospital in Anna.  He was born on Feb. 8, 1955, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, the son of Lilla Ann Brown.  He married Myra Brown on July 11, 1987, in Alto Pass. Mr. Freyenberger is survived by his wife, Myra Freyenberger of...
Suzanne Heidlebaugh
Suzanne Heidlebaugh, 68, of Alto Pass, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at her home. She was born on March 28, 1953, in Quincy, the daughter of Donald Clyde and Ruth Benge Gilbreth.  She married Jerry Heidlebaugh on Dec. 26, 1982, in Urbana.  She spent her life making people beautiful as a...
Gilbert Ray  ‘Spark Plug’ Sivia
Gilbert Ray “Spark Plug” Sivia, 69, of Wolf Lake, died at 4:20 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at Manor Court of Carbondale. He was born on May 1, 1952, in Anna, the son of George and Mary Helen Hileman Sivia. Mr. Sivia worked for over 30 years doing bodywork for Don’s Auto Body in Anna. He...
Letha Mae Arnold
Letha Mae Arnold, 80, of Anna, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Ind.  She was born on May 4, 1941, in Union County, the daughter of William Lester “Buck” and Ethel Rosetta “Zoie” Wright Arnold.  She married Clifton Eugene Moreland on March 9, 1959.  She is...

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