AGCI was saddened to learn of the death of Dominic E. “Ditty” Lynch Jr, 91 of Watseka who passed away on Sunday May 10, 2020 at Faith Place in Danforth.  He was born on July 3, 1928 a son of Dominic E. and Mary Ellen Nally Lynch Sr.  Ditty married Bonnie L. Scott in Macomb, IL on August 16, 1952 and she preceded him in death on February 17, 2018.

Survivors include one son-Michael (Patti) Lynch of Kankakee; four daughters- Nancy Cowan of Watseka, Kathy (Joe) Kubal of Crest Hill, Chris (Kevin) Bossong of Watseka, and Jennifer (Mike) Dixon of Watseka; twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers - John (Jack) Lynch and Patrick Martin Lynch.

Ditty was a 1946 graduate of Watseka High School and a 1953 graduate of Western Illinois University, where he earned three varsity letters in football, was named First Team Defensive Player of the Year and was inducted into the Western IL University Football Hall of Fame in 1983.  He served in the US Army during WWII in the 1st Infantry Division and was stationed in Bad Tolz, Germany.  A lifetime citizen of Watseka, Ditty, along with his brother Jack, carried on his father’s business as the former owner, operator, and vice chairman of D.E. Lynch Construction Company, which later became Iroquois Paving Corporation.  He also served as a two-time past President of the IL Asphalt Pavement Association and member of Associated General Contractors of Illinois. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Western IL Athletic Association, Watseka Athletic Booster Club, St Edmund’s Catholic Church, Prairieview Lutheran Home, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.Due to the unforeseen circumstances, a memorial service and Catholic Mass will be held at a later date.

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AGCI was saddened to learn of the death of Gary Cole, 71, who passed away peacefully on Monday, February 3, 2020 at his home.


Gary attended the University of Illinois, obtaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1972.  Upon graduating, he began working with his father, Neal, at Ne-Co Asphalt Company in Charleston, an enterprise his father had established in 1966.  Gary was still at the helm of Ne-Co Asphalt at the time of his passing.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 8th at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 9th at the funeral chapel.

Gary is survived by his wife Diane, his son, Brent Cole of Charleston and his daughter Elizabeth (Ron) Ezetta of Portland, Oregon; grandson, Zachary Cole Ezetta and granddaughter, Erin Grace Ezetta.  He was preceded in death by his sister Toni Cole.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Donations may be mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel.

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