AGCI was saddened to learn of the death of Wayne Clayton, 50, of Bloomington on Tuesday, January 8th.  Wayne was the risk manager for Stark Excavating for 16 years.  He was also a past chairman of the AGCI safety committee and taught many safety courses for the association over the years.

His funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at East White Oak Bible Church, 11922 E. 2000 North Road, Carlock.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at East White Oak Bible Church.  Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Tri-Valley Education Foundation or East White Oak Bible Church.

Wayne is survived by his wife Jeanette and their two daughters, Hannah and Ashlyn Clayton.

Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington.

AGCI was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mary Halverson, age 88, who passed away surrounded by her family on September 15, 2018 at her home.

Mary and her husband Vern started Halverson Construction in April of 1978.  They were partners until Vern passed away in January 2013.  Mary served as Executive Vice-President of the company and managed the office.  She retired in 2015.  Those who worked with her will remember her positive attitude, quiet strength, and her sense of humor.  She was proud of the company and the people who worked with them.

Mary is survived by her five children, Sue (Pat) Landgrebe, Terry (Terrence) Moody, Jill (Mike) Meseke, Steve (Sharon) Halverson and Scott Halverson; grandchildren, Kyle (Kayla) Zellers, Chelley (Ben) Macon, Jeremy and Lindsey Landgrebe, Cade (Kirstin Cooksey), Caitlyn and Cara Moody, Coleton and Clayton Meseke, and Kramer and Leah Halverson; great-grandchildren, Will, Jack and Kinsley Zellers, Landon and Addison Macon, and Thomas Moody; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19 at Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas Ave., Springfield.  Additional visitation from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 20 at Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church followed by a funeral ceremony at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas Ave., Springfield, IL 62704 or to Concordia Village Benevolent Care Fund, 4101 W. Iles Ave., Springfield, IL 62711.

The family of Mary Delores Brehme Halverson (MDBH) is being served by Kirlin-Egan & ButlerFuneral home.  Please visit to offer condolences.

AGCI was saddened to learn of the death of Frank Tyrolt, age 85, who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 16, 2018.

Frank was Past President of AGC of Illinois and is known for initiating the Education Golf Outing and Leadership Academy. He graduated from Morton Community High School in 1950. After graduating in 1954 from Millikin University with a degree in Business Administration, Frank served in the Navy on the battleship Wisconsin. On finishing his time in the Navy, Frank worked for the Edward Hines Lumber Company and the Dietene Company. Frank returned to Decatur in 1966 to become partner with the Beggs family in Dunn Company. In 1967 Frank acquired the remaining interest in the company. Bernie Naber joined Frank at Dunn Company that same year, and they operated the business as partners until Frank’s retirement in 1999.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marion Hedman, and brothers Robert and George Tyrolt. Frank’s legacy continues through his devoted wife Shirley; sister June Marbes (Ken); children Sue Montague, Nancy Tyrolt, Cathy Allen, Lois Boyd, James Tyrolt, Gail Mish (Vince), and David Tyrolt (Alissa); step-daughter Christine Basten (Robert); 13 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am, Saturday, August 25th, 2018, at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mt. Zion. The family will receive friends for a visitation from 9 am until the service on Saturday. Private entombment will be in the Star of Hope Mausoleum at Graceland Cemetery. In lieu flowers, memorials may be made in Frank’s honor to St. Teresa High School, 2710 N. Water St., Decatur, IL 62526; and to the Associated General Contractors of Illinois Education Foundation, 3219 Executive Park Dr., Springfield, IL 62703.

The family of Frank Tyrolt is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Condolences and memories can be shared at

AGC of Illinois was saddened to learn of the death of Jeanne Tyrolt, 85 on April 23, 2018.

Jeanne is survived by her sisters Eileen Matiya and Lucille (Bill) Mahler; her children Sue Montague, Nan Tyrolt, Catherine Allen, Lois Boyd, Jim Tyrolt, Gail (Vince) Mish, and David (Alissa) Tyrolt; and 11 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 27, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Moran and Goebel Funeral Home; vigil prayer service will be at 3:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 28, at 11:30 am, at St. Patrick Church, followed by burial at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Jeanne’s name to Saints Patrick and James Parish, Hickory Point Christian Village, or the American Red Cross.

The family of Jeanne Tyrolt is being served by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2081 N. Monroe St, Decatur, IL 62526. Memories and condolences can be share at

AGC of Illinois was saddened to learn of the death of Gordon Kemper (Varsity Striping & Construction). Gordon died Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
Visitation is Monday. April 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Morgan Memorial Home, located at 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, IL 61874.
A funeral service will be on Tuesday, April 3 at First Presbyterian Church of Tolono, 104 East Vine Street, Tolono, IL 61880.

AGC of Illinois was saddened to learn of the death of John Hass, age 77.  John was Chairman of Valley Construction.  He died Sunday, March 25, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - Trinity Rock Island.  Funeral services are 11 am Friday at the Heritage Church, 4801 44th St., Rock Island. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.  Visitation is 3 to 7 pm Thursday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island.  Further arrangements are pending.

John served on the AGCI Board of Directors, representing District 2 from 1974-76.  He was Secretary/Treasurer in 1976 and Second Vice President in 1977.  John also served on several AGCI Committees including the Labor Committee and IDOT/Industry Joint Coop Aeronautics Committee.  He was Chairman of the Joint Coop Aeronautics Committee for 6 years.

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AGC of Illinois was saddened to learn of the death of Bernie Naber, age 79.  Bernie died on December 18th.  He began his career with Dunn Company in 1967 and retired as President of the company in 2001.

Surviving are his wife: Shirley of Decatur; his children David Naber of Houston, TX, Laura (Keith) McElyea of Mt. Zion, Matt (Marcie) Naber of Decatur, Jennifer (Dan) Kirk of Lafayette, IN; step-children: Michele Slunder of Mt. Zion, Michael (Ann) Moody of Chatsworth, and Jamie (Scott) Jefson of Shelbyville; sibling:  Judy Scherzinger of Sylvania, OH, Gary (Debbie) Naber of Eldridge, IA, Greg (Debra) Naber of Philadelphia, PA and his nineteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Bernie’s life will be celebrated with services beginning with a vigil prayer service at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, December 21, followed with a visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Dawson & Wikoff North Chapel, 4020 N. Water St., Decatur.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 22 located 3950 Lourdes Dr., Decatur.  Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery with military honors provided by the Macon County Honor Guard and the US Army Honors Team.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Baby TALK, or Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati, OH.  

Thomas Daniel “Dan” Coulter, age 57, of Quincy, died Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 8:21 a.m. in his home.

Dan was born January 17, 1960 in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Thomas D. and Carol Smith Coulter. He married Dawn Andrew on April 16, 1983 in Keokuk, Iowa. She survives.

After graduating from Hamilton High School, Dan graduated from Quincy College in 1982. He was employed at Diamond Construction as an estimator and project manager for over 30 years. Dan and Dawn also owned and operated Coulter Asphalt Services, Inc

Survivors in addition to his wife, Dawn, include his son, Andrew (Erica) Coulter of Quincy; two grandsons, Tommy & Carson Coulter; his parents, Thomas and Carol Coulter of Hamilton, IL; a brother, Joe (Amy) Coulter of Chatham, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

The Coulter family would like to thank the Blessing Cancer Center and Unity Point Hospice for the love and care Dan received during his battle with cancer.

Celebration of Life Gathering: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Tuesday September 12, 2017 at the Spring Lake Country Club.

Memorials: Blessing Cancer Center or Unity Point HospiceAGCI was saddened to learn that Ken Newton (79) passed away on Tueday, August 8, 2017. 

Ken graduated from Finlay Engineering College in Kansas City, MO with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1958. He was a member of the IAPA (Illinois Asphalt Pavers Association) serving as its president in 1998. He was also a member of the National APA and a trustee of Operating Engineers Local #965 from March 1988 to August 1998. He began his career in 1959 at IDOT; in 1969, he went to work for Sankey Brothers Construction Company, later becoming the majority owner (Sankey Construction).

He is survived by his daughters, Pam (Chris) Jouett of Sherman and Tammy (Ron) Wright of Springfield; grandchildren, Charlie (Tiffany) Jouett, Josh (fiancée Brooke Valenti), Cabriel Jouett, Mandy (Ben) Hobbs and Sarah Wright; great grandchildren Sophia and Liam Jouett; sister, Dorothy Marion of Claremore, OK; sister-in-law, Virginia Burke of Kankakee, IL; several nieces and nephews.

His family will greet friends from 4pm-7pm, Thursday, August 10, at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham and from 1pm until the time of the funeral service at 2pm, Friday, August 11, at South Side Christian Church, 2600 South MacArthur Boulevard, Springfield, IL, 62704 with Pastor Brooks Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery where the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County will conduct military honors.

Memorial Contributions may be made to South Side Christian Church or Inner-City Mission, 714 North 7th Street, Springfield, IL, 62702. 

AGCI was saddened to learn that William McGreevy passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  Bill worked, operated, and co-owned Roland Machinery for several decades.

Bill is survived by his wife, Phoebe; children: Todd (Kathleen) McGreevy, Timothy (Andrea) McGreevy, Lindsay McGreevy, Margo (Jack) Towne, Lindsay (Ryan) Koenig; grandchildren: Max Allison, Lilly, Finnley, and Mia McGreevy, Josephine Jackson, and Rosalie Towne, and Ava and Kaitlyn Koenig.

Cremation rites were accorded before the services.  Vigil prayers will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 21, at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham, Illinois.  His family will greet friends from 4:15 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

A memorial gathering will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of his funeral mass at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 22 at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 700 E. Spruce, Chatham, Illinois.  Burial will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Joseph the Worker Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38015;  

AGCI was saddened to learn of the death of John R. Broughton, 66, on Monday, November 21, 2016.  John was officer and owner of P.H. Broughton & Sons, Inc.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; son, Sean (Ami) Broughton; daughters, Jennifer (John) Broughton, and Julie (Matt) Broughton; stepsons, Michael (Angie) Ray and Shawn (Annette Ray; eight grandchildren and one on the way; two brothers, Perry (Rachel) Broughton and David (Jill) Broughton; three sisters: Diane (Dave) Vail, Debbie (Tom) Bell, and Cheryl Broughton.

Arrangements by Staab Funeral Home in Springfield.  Remains were cremated.  Per John’s wishes, no services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to:  Loyola Medical Center, Lung Transplant, 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, Illinois 60153 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

AGCI was saddened to learn of the death of David Reynolds, 74, on Friday, October 28, 2016.  Dave worked with heavy machinery for MRS Machinery and West Side Tractor.  He retired from Roland Machinery.

Dave was a member of Mt. Pulaski First United Methodist Church, Carlock Masonic Lodge #904, Valley Springfield Scottish Rites, Ansar Shrine, Past Master of Carlock Lodge, New Salem Shrine Club and current president of Ag Corps.

Surviving are his wife, Gloria; one son, Bill (Kristy) Reynolds; one daughter, Janet (David) Johnsen; one brother, Daniel (Cathy); five grandchildren: Mary, Katy, Bethany, Jacob and Jessica; and one great-granddaughter, Falon.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 2 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, 202 N. Lafayette St. in Mt Pulaski.  Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, November 1 at the funeral home, with Masonic Rites at 7:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to:  First United Methodist Church, 303 E. Jefferson St., Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548.

Andrea "Andi" Jo Whitley-Lascody, 45, of Sherman, passed away at 5:07 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at her residence.  She owned Reagan Traffic Control for several years.

She married Douglas Lascody on April 9, 2010 in Elkhart, Illinois; he preceded her in death on June 16, 2014.

She is survived by her daughter, Reagan Lascody of Sherman; two sons, Dalton Blakeman of Riverton and Dane Blakeman of Sherman; special uncle Rick and aunt Rusty Whitley of Safety Harbor, FL; mother-in-law, Ann (companion, Gordy Stuber) Lascody of Sherman; father-in-law, Mick Lascody of Springfield; five sisters, Abby (Rob) Pierce of Mattoon, Shelli (Keith) Nolte of Mattoon, Sheri Dee (Leon) Flood of Mattoon, Jodi (Dave) Trotter of Mattoon, and Teri Ann Whitley of Charleston; one sister-in-law, Melinda (Mark) Sloan of Springfield; companion, Rodney Meidel of Springfield; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and her beloved dogs, Bella and Dolly.

Funeral Ceremony: 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home with Celebrant Judy Woerner officiating and remembrances by Leon Flood. 

Visitation: Family will receive friends from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th Street, Springfield. 

Cremation will be accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center following ceremonies.

Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics Illinois, State Headquarters, 605 E. Willow Street, Normal, IL 61761.

AGCI was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Don Sharpe, 82, who passed away on May 12, 2016 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria.

Don was a civil engineer for R.A. Cullinan & Son for over 40 years, retiring as vice president.  He then later owned and operated Don Sharpe Consulting in Tremont. 

Don served on our Board of Directors for eight years and was also an Officer of the Association for three years.  Don served as Chairman of the MidWinter Seminar and Golf Outing Committees for many years.  He also served on the IDOT/Industry Joint Coop Committee, IDOT/Industry Policy Committee and the Budget & Finance Committee. 

Don is survived by his wife, Donna; three sons, Randall (Laura) Sharpe, Ronnie (Holley) Sharpe and Rod (Julie) Sharpe; seven grandchildren; and two brothers, Robert (Sharon) Sharpe and David Sharpe.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 140 S. Detroit Ave., Morton, Illinois.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, both at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude.

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