Zion-Benton News


Paul L. Raper

Paul L. Raper, age 90, passed away Nov. 1, 2015 in Tampa, Fla.

He was born June 25, 1925 in Zion. After attending Z-BTHS, Paul joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, receiving an Honorable Discharge. He was then employed in Waukegan at Taylor Wholesale Grocery before working for over 20 years with Johns-Manville as a security guard then in Safety & Research. Paul volunteered with Zion Civil Defense as well as other community organizations. As a member of Christian Catholic Church in Zion, he volunteered many years with the Zion Passion Play and work details at Camp Zion in Door County.

Upon retirement in 1969, Paul relocated with family to the North Tampa area in order to be near the VA Hospital in Tampa where he served on numerous research study panels in conjunction with USF while receiving treatment at the VA.

Paul was a member of First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace, Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary Troup “C”, American Legion Post #334 (Past Adjutant) & Post #89 (Adjutant), the DAV & USF Area Community Civic Assoc.(founding member) & The Christian Coalition as well as volunteering with Fla.. State Fair, Hillsborough Co. Ag-Venture and the American Red Cross, Hillsborough County Dept. of Social Services. Florida State Board of Elections Voting Polls, election campaigns of Florida state Rep. Victor Crist and President Richard Nixon and in 2004 Bush/Chaney.

Paul is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jeanne, and children Paulette Richardson of Zephyrhills, Fla., Bill (Betsy) of West Palm Beach, Fla., James of Zephyrhills, Fla., Annette (Regan) Paugh of Louisville, Ky., Lynette (Gregg) LaFleur of Zephyrhills, Fla., 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and three great-grandchildren on the way.

Paul is preceded in death by his youngest child Dale of Tampa, Fla, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren

Services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Camp Zion, Door County, Wis. http://www.campzion.com/Camp_Zion/Home.html

John E. Rantanen

The laughter has left our lives. John Eric Rantanen, 48, of Zion, passed away after a lengthy illness on Nov. 5, 2015 at Vista East Hospital in Waukegan.

He was born Oct. 25 1967 in Waukegan. He graduated from Grayslake Community High school in 1987. John worked as a heavy equipment operator and then decided to become an independent painter. He enjoyed camping, especially the campfires with family and friends sitting around, the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, drawing/painting, writing poems and spending time with his family. He loved telling and trading jokes with people. His wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed.
John met Linda (Dieckman) Kee in Kenosha, Wis. and they were married in March 2008.

He was preceded in death by his uncle Kenneth Casey, his maternal grandparents Jean Casey Nash, Raymond Nash and Carroll Casey and his paternal grandparents Hilkka and Frank Lampe.

He leaves behind his grieving family, his wife Linda, who tried so hard to save him; his mother Connie (Casey) Hanna, his daughter Vanessa Rantanen and three beautiful grandchildren, Izaen, Zeven and Ava of Russellville, Ala.; his father John V. Rantanen and stepmother RoseMary from Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; his half brother Scott Rantanen, stepbrother Charles Mitchell, stepsisters Brenda and Sara Mitchell, stepson Richard Kee of Madison, Wis., stepdaughter Kelly and husband James, his step-granddaughter Ariel Martin of Clearwater, Fla., his mother-in-law and father-in-law William and Janice Dieckman of Sun City, Ariz., his aunt Carolyn (Casey) Halvorsen Of Altoona, Wis., uncle Leonard and aunt Laura Casey of Zion, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Interment is private. A Memorial service and luncheon will be held Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Zion Moose Lodge, 41517 N. Sheridan Road, Zion, for close friends and family. Services will be officiated by Pastor Tim Knight. In lieu of flowers: perform an act of kindness for someone in need or consider the family. Many thanks and hugs are being sent to the ICU unit at Vista East (PCT Jen & RN Allan) and to the 5th floor PCT’ s who went above and beyond, RN Kathy Callison, and to Father Cuevas for your kindness and compassion. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

Edward B. Barron

Edward B. Barron, 89, went home to be with his Lord, after a lengthy illness, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 at his daughter’s home in Zion.


He was born in Gary, Ind.  Dec. 10, 1925.  He grew up on the south side of Chicago playing baseball with many teams.That is when he met his future wife Ruby “Mickey” Clark. They were married March 26, 1946. Ed worked for A&R Oxygen and Welding Company in Chicago and Alsip. They moved to Lilac Ledge in 1995 where he made many friends and memories. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and in later years bingo. He cheered on the White Sox but his heart belonged to his Norte Dame football team.


He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ruby; infant daughter, Susan Lynn; parents, Harry and Elizabeth Barron; sister, Shirley Crawley; and brother Eldon Barron.


He leaves behind his daughter Linda (David) Williams; his son Edward (Penny) Barron; five grandchildren John McGuire, Heather (John) McGuire, Michael (Jamie)McGuire, Aiko Barron and Ayme (Jeremiah) Gordon; and eight great-grandchildren. Our hearts are heavy for our loss. He will be greatly missed.


Services will be private for family. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

Dottie Clarkson Broadway

Dottie Clarkson Broadway, of Winthrop Harbor, died Nov. 1,2015, at age 70.

Born Dec. 13, 1944, in Amory, Miss. to Helen Faye Owen and Cyril “Red” Clarkson, she moved to Zion, at age 9. Dottie never met a stranger, always opened her heart and home to any and all whom she met. She loved to be surrounded by her family at all times-in both good and bad- as long as they were together. She liked bowling, camping, volunteering at local schools, baseball, softball, tennis, playing cards with friends and cooking old-fashion Southern food. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, when she loved to give to everyone she knew.

Dottie is survived by her husband Jim of 52 years; her daughter, Sue; her son, Jim; and four grandchildren, Nathaniel, Tyler, Ian and Shiloh.

A Chapel Interment Service was held Thursday, Nov. 5, at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. Please consider donations to the National Kidney Foundation. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.