was established to provide opportunities for deserving ILQHA/ILQHYA members who wish to further their education in a college, university, or other institute of higher learning.

Scholarship criteria include academic merit, active involvement in the Illinois Quarter Horse Youth Association, community involvement and extracurricular activities.

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Congratulations to the ILQHA Scholarship winners.
Miss Madison Taylor (L), Kamryn Kruchten (R) and Elizabeth Forney (not pictured). Awards presented by Mr. Brad Kearns 2018 Illinois Youth Advisor

John Edward Allen, 72, of Heartville, IL, unexpectedly passed away at 4:17 p.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Pana Community Hospital in Pana, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 31, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. Burial will be in Arborcrest Memorial Park in Effingham with military rites. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or donor’s choice. John was born on July 7, 1945, in Effingham, IL, the son of Delbert and Margaret (Babbs) Allen. John attended Effingham schools graduating from Effingham High School. From 1964-1968 John served in the United States Air Force as a helicopter mechanic. Most of his service was in Anchorage, Alaska. After leaving the Air Force, he became an IBEW union electrician working in many different places and making numerous friends. He retired after 40 years as an electrician. John enjoyed restoring old cars, collecting knives, and being a partner in Allen Quarter Horses with his brother David and nephew Kent. He enjoyed spending time at the horse shows and seeing “horse people” friends. John was always generous with his time and always available to help family and friends in their time of need. John is survived by his brother, David (Carol) Allen of Heartville; sister-in-law, Alice Allen of Naperville; nephews, Kevin (Eran) Allen of Effingham, and Kent (Dawn) Allen of Heartville; nieces, Kendra (Mike) Bryant of Heartville, Tammy Allen of Placitas, NM, and Tonya (Jeff) Faber of Naperville. He enjoyed being around his great nephews and great nieces, teasing them and having fun. Great nieces include, Ashley Doedtman, Tiffany Bryant, Brianna Bryant, McKenzie Allen, Megan Allen all of Effingham, and Abigail Faber of Naperville; and great nephews, Cody Bushur of Urbana, Tanner Bryant, Steven Bryant, Dalton Allen, Noah Allen all of Effingham, and Will Faber of Naperville. They will truly miss Uncle “Johnny”. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry Allen; and nephew, Tim Allen.

Marilyn "Sue" King
Announced May 13, 2017

Marilyn "Sue" King passed away at 5:00 P.M. on Friday May 12, 2017 at Ridgeview Care Center in Oblong, IL. Celebration of Sue's Life Service will be at 10:00 A.M Wednesday May 17, 2017 at Pulliam Funeral Home Oblong, IL Visitation will be 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Tuesday May 16, 2017 at Pulliam Funeral Home Oblong, IL. The family request that in lieu of flowers an expression of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Alzheimer's Association with envelopes available at or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449. Sue was born on September 11, 1940 in Crawford County to Darwin V. York and Madeline B. (Oxley) York. On May 10, 1959 she married Ralph Gene King who survives. Sue was proud to be a farmer's wife and Co-Owner of the King Family Farms. Sue was a member of the Seed Chapel United Methodist Church in rural Oblong, a member the Oblong High School Class of 1958 and also a member of The American Quarter Horse Association. Sue had won many World Championship titles with her horses. She also loved her dogs. Sue is survived by her husband Gene King, Hardinville, IL; one son Randall V. "Randy" King, Hardinville, IL; and one daughter and son-in-law Penny and Brent Powell, Hardinville, IL. Sue was preceded in death by her parents Darwin and Madeline York. Condolences and or memories may be sent to the family at Pulliam Funeral Home Oblong, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Richard Freeman, 64, of Sycamore passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Alden Park Strathmoor Rehabilitation and Health Care Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 27, 1952 on Camp Cooke, a then Army Base in California to Richard ("Red") and Georgia (Roden) Freeman. After Red concluded his duty with the service the family moved back to the Sycamore-area, where Ken lived for the remainder of his life. Ken was a graduate of Kirkland High School. His lifelong love for horses began on the trails and in the contest and roping arenas. Ken co-owned and operated Freeman Performance Horses in Sycamore, IL for nearly 30 years. He took great pride in building the program from the ground-up and cherished the many wonderful friendships developed with clients over the years, who were more like family. Perhaps his greatest pride was watching his three children and, later, grandchildren develop his same love for the horses and excel in the show arena. He also worked as a welder at Sycamore Welding & Fabricating, which was originally founded by his father. Ken was known as a tremendously hard worker and a compassionate friend. He was active in the Illinois Quarter Horse Association, where he held leadership positions throughout his entire career. He was also an avid Chicago sports fan. He is survived by his mother, Georgia Freeman of Sycamore; one brother, Richard (Julie) Freeman of Genoa; one son, Jason of Gifford; two daughters, Jessica (Brian) Wynn of Chana and Alyssa (Roman, fianc ) Freeman of Owensville, Indiana; and four grandchildren Olivia and Owen Wynn and Landon and Carter Freeman. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Freeman. The family would like to thank the entire staff of the Alden Park Strathmoor Rehabilitation and Health Care Center for their outstanding care provided to Ken. Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 21st from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory of Sycamore. His Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, February 22nd at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. A private burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Illinois Quarter Horse Association in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.

Betty J. Boxell, 81, of Princeton, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the Gibson General Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in Princeton. She was born December 10, 1934 in Wayne County, IL to Paul and Mildred (Sanders) Porter. She was an Industrial Engineer at Hansen Manufacturing retiring in 1993. She was a member of the Hillside Methodist Church in Princeton. She also was a member of the Lady Elks and the A.Q.H.A.(American Quarter Horse Assoc.) She is survived by her children, Joe (Karen) Boxell of Princeton, Chris (Leigh) Boxell of Huntingdon, TN and John (Karen) Boxell of Auburn, IL ;6 grandchildren, Ashley Douglas (Brian), Alex Boxell(Allison), Karianne Boxell, Blake Boxell (Sarah), Christy Carey (Andy) and Johnie Boxell; great grandchildren, Trisha and Jaxon Douglas & Piper and Abby Carey; and special friends, Sandy Kolb, Betty McDermott, Shirley Taylor, Jean Kirk and Janie Cloin. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Billy M. Boxell in 1990; daughter, Peggy Hix in 1971; son, James “Butch” Boxell in 2012; great grandson, Bryson Douglas; and a sister, Carolyn Kirschner. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, with Pastor Chris Neikirk officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Princeton. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Hillside United Methodist Church Building Fund or the “Bee-lievers” Relay for Life Team. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at

Aug. 14 A sad day -- reporting the death of ILQHA's former president, Gene Allen
Gene passed away Aug. 14 unexpectedly. He had been in the hospital with a lung infection but had come home.  He cared greatly for ILQHA and facilitated members working together for the good of the association.  He will be missed by many.  Rest in peace, Gene, and have a hot dog, your favorite food.  Our condolences to his family. Obituary

The class was sponsored by the Illinois Amateur Association... First place paying $150.00 to Tanna Suits-Illinois, 2nd place paying 125.00 Madison Henn- Illinois, 3rd place paying $100.00 Bob Wills-Ohio, 4th place paying $75.00 Tracie Petersak-Illinois, 5th place paying $50.00 Mia Hayes.