Haven L. "Shorty" Walker

April 29, 1929 - July 3, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - Haven L. "Shorty" Walker, age 93, of Colorado Springs, passed away July 3, 2022.

He was born in Decatur, IL, on April 29, 1929, and moved to Colorado Springs in 1992. Mr. Walker was an Army veteran and a Tool Designer for Caterpillar Tractor Company. He was an avid outdoorsman and woodworker, and was active in Boy Scouts, Little League and the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church and Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include son, Kim (Sue) Walker of Colorado Springs; and grandchildren: Averi Walker (Stamp) and Nolan Walker; and great-grandchild, Ayla Walker Stamp. He is also survived by four siblings.

Haven was preceded in death by wife, Barbara (Hamilton); and son; John Walker.

Graveside services at Pikes Peak National Cemetery will be arranged by Swan-Law Funeral Directors, Colorado Springs.


Connie Jenkins

Sept. 10, 1946 - May 17, 2022

MOUNT ZION - Connie Kay Jenkins, 75, of Mt. Zion, went to Heaven on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in her home with her husband and family by her side.

She was born September 10, 1946, in Quincy, IL, and was the daughter of Roger and Maxine (Wollbrink) Allen. Connie married Phillip Jenkins on August 21, 1966, in Lima, IL. She was a teacher.

It didn't matter where she was or who her audience was, she was always a teacher. She was teaching school curriculum, but she was also teaching about life and developing children into the men and women she knew they could be, even when they may not have seen it themselves. It might have been working with unwed mothers in high school in Quincy in the 1980s; with students given their last chance to stay in the school system in Mt. Zion in the 90s; with women in the prison in Decatur in the 2000s; or with her seven grandchildren as they grew in the 2010s. It didn't matter where she was in life, she was teaching, and those around her benefited from her doing so. She was a gifted teacher with the ability to command respect from students who had never given it before. She had the uncanny ability to connect with students that other teachers had not yet been able to connect with. She reached countless people and changed their lives for the better. Though she taught those students labeled as difficult, she never had any difficulty in reaching them.

She loved the Lord and found Him often through family, friends, music, and nature. She loved her husband, Phil, who has been by her side for the last 60-years. She loved her children, whom she taught about life and how to love the Lord. She loved her grandchildren and delighted in spending hours taking walks and playing games with them. She also found joy in this life through the many friendships she built, playing the piano, taking long walks, and tending to her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens.

Connie retired from teaching at the Mt. Zion School district, was an active member of the Mt. Zion Presbyterian church, and volunteered at Dove Inc. and the Decatur Correctional Facility for Women.

She is survived by her husband, Phil; children: Jeff (Brittany) Jenkins of Mt. Zion, Brad (Julia) Jenkins of Glen Carbon, Angie (Mark) Richardson of Mt. Zion; siblings: Randy (Pat) Allen of Kansas City, KS, Diane (Dave) Ayers of Sunrise Beach, MO, Brent (Jana) Allen of Quincy, and Cara Allen of Macomb; and grandchildren: Hadley, Brynne, Ellie, Landon, Ruby, Drew, and Sydney.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents.

Services to celebrate Connie's life will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church, 345 W. Main St. Mt. Zion. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 PM Monday, May 23, 2022, at the Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home in Mt. Zion. Burial will be in Point Pleasant Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Dove Inc. or the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements by Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St. Mt. Zion, view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at



Robert W. Loudenback

Feb. 18, 1924 - May 13, 2022

DECATUR - Robert W. Loudenback, 98, of Decatur, passed away Friday, May 13, 2022, in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Robert was born February 18, 1924, in Bement, IL, a son of Bert and Clara (Burchard) Loudenback. A WWII Army veteran, Robert was a member of Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church, 50-plus year member of the Masonic Lodge, and a past member of the Decatur Realtors Association. Robert worked as a Realtor/Real Estate Appraiser for many years. He married Luan Derr on August 12, 1976, in Seattle, WA.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.

Surviving is his wife, Luan of Decatur; children: Robert David (Carol) Loudenback of Godfrey and Leigh Anne (Craig) Brown of Decatur; nine grandchildren, many great and great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. until the service time of 2:00 p.m. at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Bement Cemetery, Bement, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to donor's choice.

Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at