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Photo of the Day - September 23, 2020

SJO girls track senior night

Spartans celebrate track senior night

With her mother looking on, St. Joseph-Ogden senior Hannah Graham receives a congratulatory kiss from her father, Chris, during senior night recognition at the 2012 Lady Spartan Classic. Graham, a three-sport athlete, was a member of the state qualifying 4x200 and 4x400 squads that advanced to state weeks later. The SJO girls finished 16th in the team standings at the state finals Charleston.

(Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Photo of the Day - September 22, 2020

SJO's Connor Janes carries the ball through the PBL defensive line in 2014

SJO notches win in season opener

Connor Janes evades a pair of Panther tacklers while carrying the ball while teammate Jake Renfrew provides additional protection during a fourth quarter play in the Spartans home opener on Friday, August 29, 2014. The Spartans kicked off the 2014 season with conference victory over visiting Paxton-Buckley-Loda, 27-7. Janes, who carried the ball 8 times for 42 yards and caught two passes good for 61 more, finished the night with 103 all-purpose yards. St. Joseph-Ogden went on to finished the season with one regular season loss to Unity. SJO would avenge the 35-7 loss by kicking the Rockets out of the postseason with a 41-14 second round victory on their way to a 11-2 record.

(Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Transitions: Wayne Sage, 81

On Friday September 18, 2020, Wayne L. Sage 81, of Ogden passed away at 1:25 P.M. surrounded by family at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Wayne was born May 26, 1939 in Compromise Township, the son of Fred and Reka (Albers) Sage. He married Roxie Schweineke on October 15, 1961 in Broadlands. She survives.

He is survived by his children: Sandra Lynne (Bill) Whalen of Crane, MO, SueAnn Denise (Jim) Billimack of Metamora, and Kevin Wayne (Lisa) Sage of Ogden; nine grandchildren: Emily (Cody) Scott, Rachel (Caleb) Gibbens, Mitchell (Haley) Billimack, Grant Billimack, Sydney Billimack, Janssen Sage, Jo Hannah Sage, Michael Sage, and Olivia Sage; two brothers: Darold (Millie) Sage of Venice, FL, and Myron Sage of Gifford; one sister: Donna (Carl) Beard of Tavares, FL; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Wayne was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Royal where he was baptized and confirmed.

His greatest love was his family and spending time with them. He also enjoyed Hereford cattle and attending Hereford cattle shows and events.

He was a member of the American Hereford Association and the Illinois Hereford Association. He was named the Illinois Hereford Man of the Year by the Illinois Hereford Association, received the Illinois Golden Breeder Award, and was honored as the American Junior Hereford Association Advisor of the Year.

Wayne was a lifelong farmer and was named the Champaign County Young Farmer of the Year in 1970. He also worked as a St. Joseph rural mail carrier for many years.

Visitation will be held from Noon to 2:30 P.M. Monday September 21, 2020 at St. John Lutheran Church, Royal. Masks are required during the visitation. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Monday at Kopmann Cemetery with Pastor Jay Johnson officiating. Freese Funeral Home 302 E. Grand Ave, St. Joseph is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the National Hereford Youth Foundation or Kopmann Cemetery Association.

Transitions: Edwin Dalton, 82

Born October 8, 1937, in rural Piatt County, Edwin D. Dalton was the son of Harlin and Bernadeane Dalton. At the age of 82, passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Kirby Hospital, Monticello.

He married Alice Jane Rawley on November 26, 1961 in Philo, Illinois. She preceded him in death on March 2, 2007. Also preceding him in death was his brother Ellis, sister Phyllis and both parents.

He is survived by his children, Bill (Renee) Dalton and Glenda Dalton and one brother, George (Dianna) Dalton. Also surviving him are grandchildren Jacob (Erin) Dalton, Lucas (Cara) Dalton, Megan (Devon Mitsdarffer) Rawley and Gavin Rawley and great grandchildren Brecken and Eleanor Dalton.

Ed was a tenant farmer in the Monticello area as a young man then in 1961 was employed at the University of Illinois where he retired in 1994 from the Steam Distribution Shop.

Ed and Alice enjoyed camping and traveling. He was involved in the boy scouts, youth baseball and the Philo ESDA along with being active in Zion Lutheran Church of Philo. Ed enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and cruising Philo in his golf cart.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of the Piatt County Nursing Home, Harbor Light Hospice, and Kirby Hospital for their exceptional care.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo, Illinois.

Memorial donations may be given to Zion Lutheran Church, 101 East Van Buren, Philo, Illinois 61864.

Photo of the Day - September 21, 2020

Jolee Paden finishes first at SJO 5K
Winning spirit
Jolee Paden is all smiles behind her first book Spiritual Runner after running in the 2014 St. Joseph 5K. She finished the race in first place for the women's 19-24 title. Paden, who self-published the title just a few weeks before the race, was a product of the St. Joseph-Ogden cross country and track program. She was recently was promoted to Director of Operations for Southeast Asia FCA.
Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks
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