Canton Daily Ledger Obituaries

Canton--

Edna Marie Peterson, 90, of Canton passed away on Wednesday (March 21, 2012) at 10:10 a.m. at Graham Hospital in Canton.

Born April 12, 1921, in Banner, she was raised by loving parents, Frank and Alice (Thompson) Ellis. She married Emery Charles Peterson August 2, 1941, in Palmyra, Mo. He preceded her in death on April 21, 1994.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Larry) Sprague of Glasford and Vickie (Kent) Beckner of Canton; one son, Larry C. Peterson and Krista Steck of Canton; one sister, Ruth Hootman of Pekin; two granddaughters, Kim Ludolph of Peoria and Shana Peterson of Canton; five grandsons, Ted Shubert of St. David, Tom and Chuck Shubert and Clint Peterson all of Canton, and Rodney Sprague of Glasford; fifteen great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and one step-great grandchild.

Preceding her in death were five brothers and one sister.

Edna was a homemaker all of her life and a wonderful cook. She loved being surrounded by her family and was a beautiful and caring lady. She was a lifelong Cub fan and loved all animals, especially birds.

She was a 46 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a past member of Women of the Moose. She was of the Methodist faith.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation two hours prior. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate.
Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Fulton County.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

James “Jim” Grubb, 79, died at 11:45 p,m. Friday (March 30, 2012) at the Renaissance Care Center in Canton.

He was born on April 4, 1932, in Peoria County to Elmer and Hilda Utsinzer Grubb. They preceded him in death.

Jim married Shirley Zink on May 5, 1979, in Canton. She preceded him in death on July 4, 2010.

Surviving are three brothers, Robert of Knoxville, Richard of Yates City, and Claude “Gene” of Canton; one sister, Betty of Georgia; two grandchildren, Clinton and Aaron (Tracy) Grubb; and two great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are extended Elks and gardening family, Aaron, Rick and Eddie Lee.

One son, Terry, and one brother, Benjamin, preceded him in death.

He was a truck driver for 52 years, a 50-year member of the Canton Elks Lodge 626, and the Loyal Order of the Moose in Farmington.

Services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, with a visitation one-hour prior. The Rev Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial will be at the Coal Creek Dunkard Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry or the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Food Pantry.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Roderick "Rod" R. Deushane, 70, died at 7:25 a.m. on Wednesday (March 28, 2012) at his residence. He was born on January 28, 1942, in St. David to Ralph and Wilma (St.Clair) Deushane. They preceded him in death.

Rod married Kay Hauk on May 24, 1980, in Fairview. She survives.

Also surviving are four children, Crystal (Tony) Zoiti of Canton, Kirk (Elizabeth) Deushane of Cross Lanes W Va., Melissa (Michael) Warfield of Canton, and Carmele Deushane of Canton; and eleven grandchildren, Cody, Sean, Logan, Taylor, Gavin, Danika, Tanner, Tiara, Seth, Ashton and Brody.

He worked for AT&T which later became Lucent Technologies as an operation supervisor retiring in 1997. Rod was also a lifelong farmer in the Fulton County area.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Fairview Fire department, served as trustee for Joshua Township, a member of the Fairview American Legion, Canton Elks Lodge #626, and past member of the Canton Country Club and served as a board member.

Two of Rod’s passions were his grandchildren and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

A visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Friday at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton with a funeral mass on Saturday at 10 a.m., at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Daniel Ebker officiating.

Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Fairview Fire Department.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


FARMINGTON —

Joseph N. “Joe” Faralli, 75, of Farmington, passed away at 7:52 p.m. on Monday (March 26, 2012) at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was born July 28, 1936, in Farmington, to Camillo and Tosca (Cini) Faralli.

He is survived by one sister, Lita (Dean) Castleman of O’Fallon; one sister-in-law, Kay Faralli of Farmington; four nieces, Angie Faralli and Gina Faralli, both of Chicago, Lori Castleman of Tampa, Fla., and Linda (Kevin) O’Berry of Glendale, Ariz.; and two great-nieces, Lauren Moore and Kristen O’Berry.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Faralli.

Joe was a veteran of the United States Army. He retired from Keystone Steel & Wire Company, where he worked in the Business Office.

He loved traveling to Italy and enjoyed cooking Italian food.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Farmington United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jessica Baldyga officiating. Family will arrive at 1:30 p.m. to greet friends and relatives.
Burial will immediately follow services at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Farmington Food Pantry.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


LEWISTOWN —

Edward L. Lidwell, 92, or rural Lewistown, passed away at 1:20 p.m. on Monday (March 26, 2012) at Graham Hospital. He was born July 7, 1919, at St. David, the son of John and Nancy (Renfro) Lidwell.

He married Delphia C. Plumlee on November 6, 1943, at South Miami, Fla. She died April 18, 2010.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and four sisters.

Surviving are one son, David (Jean) Lidwell of Canton; two granddaughters, Gayla Pence of Peoria and KiLee (Jason) Lidwell-McFerren of Gibson City; two great-granddaughters, Kaylynn Garner and Juniper Delphia McFerren; and one brother, Joseph Lidwell of Canton.

Ed worded as a coal miner for 46 years before retiring.

He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of Lewistown Lodge 104 AF &AM, and United Mine Workers of America.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown, with Reverend Martha Danielson officiating.

Military rites will be accorded by Lewistown VFW Post 5001 and American Legion Bishop Post 1.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown, with Masonic services at 6:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Clayberg Nursing Home.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CUBA —

Clint M. Bowcott age 39, of 650 E. Monroe St., passed away at 8:05 p.m. on Sunday (March 25, 2012) at his home. He was born May 12, 1972, at Peoria, the son of Danny R. and Nancy A. (Lindo) Bowcott.

He is survived by his parents of Cuba; his grandmother, Coreen Lindo of Sacramento, Calif.; one daughter, Sydney Bowcott; one son, Jacob Bowcott both of Cuba; and one brother, Chad (Amber) Bowcott of Kewanee.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray and Helen Bowcott, and Stanley Lindo Sr.

Clint worked at Keystone Steel & Wire Company in Bartonville.

Clint was an avid bow hunter and fisherman. He helped coach his daughter’s softball team.

He was a devoted father and idolized his children.

Cremation will be accorded. There will be no services.

Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba is in charge of arrangements.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

James D. Markland of Canton went home to Heaven at 10:46 a.m. on Sunday (March 25, 2012) at Kindred Hospital in Peoria, surrounded by his loving family. He was 76 years old.

Jim was born June 7, 1935, in Macomb to James W. and Juanita E. (Howe) Markland. He married Patricia Ann Rigg in Good Hope, on July 11, 1954.

Besides his loving and devoted wife, he is survived by four children, Angela (David) Hahn, Dinah Markland, James Stan Markland, and Brenda (Brad) Soland all of Canton. Other survivors include eight grandchildren, Josh (Courtney) Putman, Erin Hahn, Alisha Hahn, Corrinna Markland, Abbey (Mike) Marinich, Austin Markland, Taylor Soland, and Sydney Soland. Jim enjoyed the blessings of three great-grandchildren: Trevor and Carleigh Putman and Max Marinich.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Larry, Ronnie, and Terry; and one sister, La June Markland.

He will be sadly missed by family, friends, his beloved cat Miss Kitty and the loving caregivers at Kindred Hospital where he spent the last four months.

Jim was a 1953, graduate of Good Hope High School. He was a student at the Canton campus of Spoon River College the last several years and as recent as the 2011 fall semester.

Jim began his career in the grocery business at the age of 18 in Macomb at the A&P Grocery. In later years, Jim worked at IGA, Ludlum’s and then Hy-Vee. He also worked in car sales for Huffman’s Chevrolet-Buick in Farmington, and Spoon River Animal Clinic.

While raising his family, Jim was involved in Scouting Troop 104, was a founding member of the Canton Booster Club, and was instrumental in the founding of Fulton County Crime Stoppers where he was past President. Jim was a Canton auxiliary police officer, his devotion to law enforcement led him to graduate from the first Citizen’s Police Academy and subsequently recently repeated the academy.
As an election judge for many years, Jim told his children that if you do not vote then do not complain about your government.

Jim was an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s fan all his life and was able to enthusiastically watch their 11th World Series win. As a hand-crafter, he spent many years weaving baskets and weaving rugs. Jim also enjoyed music, stamp collecting, antiquing, camping, and attending the activities of his grandchildren.

He was a member of First Christian Church in Canton.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. Pastor David Utt of East Side Nazarene Church will officiate.

Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton.

Memorials may be made to Canton Youth Acres.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON ---

 Betty L. Turner, 77, of Canton died at 12:58 p.m. on Sunday (March 25, 2012) at Graham Hospital Emergency Room in Canton. She was born on August 3, 1934, in Peoria, to George and Hazel (Odell) Cunningham.

She is survived by one daughter, Norma Rabel (Bill Bills) of Canton; one brother, George Cunningham of Washington; one grandchild, Shonna; and two great-grandchildren, Garrett and Dylan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert Allyn Rabel; one brother, Rolland Cunningham; one grandson, John Milner; and one great-grandson, Grant.

Betty was retired from Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, where she had worked as a CNA. She enjoyed collecting bears and playing Bingo.

She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, with Rev. Will Ferguson officiating.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Burial will be at Lancaster Cemetery in rural Glasford.

Memorials may be made to the Canton Relay for Life.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

John E. Dillahay, 49, of Canton, passed away Thursday (March 22, 2012) at his residence.

He was born November 6, 1962 in Indianapolis, Ind. He married Lori L. Steagall on July 25, 2009 in Cuba, Ill. She survives along with his children, Zachary Dillahay of Indianapolis, Cheyenne of Indianapolis, Justin Dillahay of Indianapolis, Jacob Dillahay of Indianapolis; stepdaughters, Brittany Matlock of Canton and Cassie Shockency of Astoria; and four grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brothers, Bob (Joice) Dillaha of North Carolina and Don Dillahay of Indiana; sisters Paula (Ronnie) Meadors of Indiana and Tammy Dillahay of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

John was a cabinet maker.

Cremation has been accorded and a private family service will be held at a later date. The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


GALESBURG —

Keith R. Senders, 78, of Galesburg, died at 4:25 a.m. Saturday, (March 24, 2012) at Heartland Healthcare Center in Galesburg.

He was born August 2, 1933 in Farmington to Leonard and Nina (Spence) Senders and married Lois Senders on January 26, 1957 in California. They were married for 32 years. Keith later married Mary R. Martinez on June 28, 1988 in Wisconsin. She survives.

Also surviving is his son, Terry (Karen) Senders of Normal; his daughters, Trudy (Bill) Southwell of Kansas City, Kan. and Linda Senders of Galesburg; his stepson, David J. Martinez; and his stepdaughter, Maria “Chris” Martinez; his sister, Mary Barnes of Canton; as well as 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Keith attended school in Fulton County. He was a veteran of the United States Navy during the Korean War and Vietnam War eras, and was a prisoner of war during part of his service.
He worked for Ford Motor Company, Gale Products, I.H.C., and retired from J&J Dog Supplies. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Fr. Joseph Presley will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at Watson Funeral Home in Galesburg, with a recitation of the Rosary following. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Senders family or to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Beulah Dominski, 95, of Canton, passed away on Monday (March 19, 2012) at 8:45 p.m. at Sunset Manor Care, Canton. She was born November 21, 1916, in Orion Township, the daughter of William and Alice (Albright) Ryno.

Beulah married James B. Dominski August 25, 1943, in Rossville, Ga. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1975.
Surviving are two nieces, Judith Morse of Canton and Janet Lewin of Palatine; and three nephews, Gary Ryno of Fla., Steve Ryno of Palatine, and Bill Ryno of Appleton, Wis.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, and three sisters.

Beulah was a 1938 graduate of Graham Hospital School of Nursing. She enjoyed a 36 year nursing career having worked at Graham Hospital as well as some private duty nursing.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton and the YWCA.

Services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Rev. Tim Bauler will officiate.

Burial will follow at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.  Memorials may be made to her church.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas).


CANTON —

Mary L. Markley, 78, of Canton, formerly of Creve Coeur, died at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday (March 20, 2012) at her residence. She was born on October 9, 1933, in Fairview to Thomas Lester and Jennie Marie (Abbott) Mahr.

She married Loren Dean Markley in Canton on March 12, 1954. He preceded her in death on April 20, 2006.

Survivors include three children, Terry (Margaret) Markley of Canton, Linda Markley of West Peoria and Brad (Deborah Smith) Markley of Wappapella, Mo.; eleven grandchildren; twenty three great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and one sister, Maxine Mahr of Fairview.

She was preceded in death by one son, Larry; two brothers, Thomas Mahr and Gene Mahr; two sisters, Dorothy Mahr and Audrey Murphy; and one great-granddaughter.

Mary was retired from the Apostolic Christian Home in Morton as a CNA. She had attended the former Fairview United Methodist Church. She was a member for many years of the Kentuckyana Campground in Mackinaw, an avid bowler and enjoyed crafting.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, where visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday.

Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Ken “Rosie” Rosenberger, 67, died on Saturday (March 17, 2012) at 11:15 p.m. at his residence surrounded by his family. He had a courageous one-month battle with cancer.

He was born on August 21, 1944, in St. Louis, Mo. to Kenneth C. and Margaret Frances Craig Rosenberger. They preceded him in death.

He married Margie Gorman on September 26, 1981, in Peoria. She survives.

Other survivors include three children, Lynette S. (Perry) Birkner, Charles P. (Angie) Rosenberger of Peoria, Jonathon Rosenberger of Plainfield; one brother, Jerry (Edith) Rosenberger of Canton; one sister, Barbara Ragsdale of DeSoto; and four grandchildren, Zachary Birkner, Corey Birkner, Madison Birkner and Dakota Rosenberger. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and Seth Landwehr, whom he thought of as a son.

Rosie worked for 15 years from 1964-1978 at Cilco and worked for Caterpillar from 1978 until his retirement in 2009.

He was a member of the UAW, Ducks Unlimited, and had a passion for goose hunting, fishing and was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton with a visitation one-hour prior. The Rev. James Lillie will officiate.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Virgil Eugene Chaney, 88, of Canton died at 8:45 p.m. on Sunday (March 18, 2012) at Renaissance Care Center in Canton. He was born on February 25, 1924, in Banner, to Bryan and Hazel (Oldham) Chaney.

He married Mildred Grace Kuhn on July 27, 1946. She preceded him in death on October 14, 1988.

He is survived by one daughter, Mildrajean Bohannan; one sister, Vivian Foster; two grandchildren, Julie Bohannan and Michelle (Kenneth) Oldfield; and two great-grandchildren, Brett and Tyler Oldfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Van Chaney; and one sister, Verla Ford.

Virgil was a veteran of the United States Army, serving his country during WWII. He retired from Allied Mills in Bartonville.

He enjoyed woodworking and bowling, and was a member of the retirees bowling league at Linn Lanes.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton.

Cremation rites will follow, with burial of ashes at 10 a.m. on Saturday at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, with Rev. Jerry VanTine officiating.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Catherine L. Pecher, 85, of Canton, passed away at 1:45 a.m. on Sunday (March 18, 2012) at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born on August 5, 1926 in Wheaton, IL to Leo and Rena (Hines) Chapai.

She married Joseph R. Pecher on March 3, 1946, in Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Terry Rae Bradford of Highland; three sisters, Nell Pennington of Laverne, Calif., Francis Munro of Bentonville, Ark., and Audry Davis of East Peoria; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Judy Anne Pero; four brothers, Leo, Olen, Marna, and Rex; and one grandchild.

Catherine was retired from Wal-Mart, where she worked in the Shoe Department. She was very artistic and enjoyed sewing, cross stitching, and calligraphy.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, with Pastor Greg White officiating.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 12 p.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m.

Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


ST. DAVID —

Joseph L. Frazier, 86, died at 12:45 p.m. on Friday (March 16, 2012) at the Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born on March 22, 1925, in Kelsie City, Fla. to Fred and Dollie Herrford Frazier. They preceded him in death.

He married Betty Stufflebeam on December 31, 1948, in Farmington. She preceded him in death on January 15, 1997.

Surviving are two children, Rhonald Frazier of Canton and Nancy (Mike) Gudat of Sunnyland; one sister, Mary Franchetto of Calif.; six grandchildren, Samantha, Brandy, Kimberlie, Christopher, Paul, and Michelle; and six great-grandchildren.

Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Joseph served in the U.S. Army during WWII and later retired from International Harvester in Canton.

He was a member of the St. David Optimist Club.

He was a loving grandfather and caregiver with a generous personality. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton with a visitation one-hour prior.

Burial will be in the Highbridge Cemetery in Dunfermline.

Memorials may be made to the St. David Optimist Club.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Ruth Berry, 92, died on Wednesday (March 14, 2012) at the Graham Hospital in Canton.

She was born on April 2, 1919, in Smithfield to Spencer and Myrtle Clemmons Welch. They preceded her in death.

She married Glenn Berry on January 4, 1948, in Cub. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1995.

Other survivors include two sons, Glenn Alan (Debra Diehl) Berry of Springfield and Kenneth (Beverly) Berry of Bushnell; one daughter, Carol Ann (David) Schwartz of Carlock; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and nine step great-grandchildren.

Three brothers, Noble, William, and Jay Welch; and two sisters, Bertha Morgan and Mildred Evans preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Canton.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton with a visitation one-hour prior.

Burial will be in the Cuba Cemetery.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


LEWISTOWN —

Alan Beason, 64, of the Broadway arms in Lewistown died at 7:53 p.m. on Tuesday (March 13, 2012) at the Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born on May 6, 1947, in Springfield, to Donald and Mildred Gooch Beason. They preceded him in death.

He is survived by two brothers, Don (Susan) Beason and Chuck Beason.

Alan was one of the original residents at Broadway Arms and was fond of the house parakeet “Mr. Flips” whom he fondly called “bird”.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Stephen J. Davis, 63, of Canton, passed away on Sunday (March 11, 2012) at 12:02 p.m. at his residence. He was born November 4, 1948, in Macomb, the son of Irvin J. and Ethel (Knous) Davis.
Surviving are his parents of Canton; three sons, Benjamin K. (Amber Clendenny) Davis of Canton, Conrad G. Davis of Palatine, and Frank I. (Alicia L. Robbins) Davis of Peoria; one grandson, Jaxon J. Davis; one brother, Jeff Davis of Canton; and one sister, Sherrie (Pete McClung) Smith of Chillicothe.

Steve worked for the United States Postal Service in Canton for over 30 years, retiring in 2004.

He was a US Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam era.

He enjoyed 60’s and 70’s era muscle cars and WWII nostalgic aircraft.

He passed on to his son’s his love for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.

Immediately following there will be a Celebration of His Life at Brew N Cue in Canton.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CUBA —

Michael J. Wooster, 76, of Wee-Ma-Tuk Hills, died at 4:08 p.m. on Monday (March 12, 2012) at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on December 12, 1935, in Keokuk, Iowa to Lawrence and Ruth (Newcomb) Wooster.

He married Karen Scott in Canton on April 6, 1979. She survives.

Other survivors include seven children, Brian (Roberta) Hadsall of Bartonville, Rod Jenkins of Peoria, Dana Jenkins of Bartonville, Kenneth (Lisa) Brant of Canton, Shauna (Kent Greer) Link of Peoria Heights, Lisa Nebergall of Hanna City and Laura Wooster; thirteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Lawrence Wooster of Maryland; three sisters, Shirley Rauch of Ariz., Mable Hake of Peoria and Ruth Johnson of Ariz.

Michael had worked for Illinois Bell Telephone as a lineman and tech at the central office for 38 years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, a woodworker, gardener, an avid reader, and a Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, where visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Burial with military honors will be at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Daniel V. “Danny” Yurkovich, 58, of Canton, passed away with his family by his side on Monday, March 12, 2012, at 8:15 a.m. at Graham Hospital. He was born April 14, 1953, in Canton, the son of Joseph P. and Eleanor Yurkovich.

Danny married Rebecca Woodall November 25th, 1977. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Eleanor of St. David; two sons, Shawn (Sharla) Yurkovich of Arcola and Todd Yurkovich of Fiatt; one granddaughter, Shyla Yurkovich; one brother, Rodney (Kathy) Yurkovich of St. David; one sister, Kim (Randy) Motsinger of St. David.

Preceding him in death was his father.

Danny worked for Caterpillar for 31 years, retiring in 2004. Following retirement, he worked for Aramark at Canton Junior High, last working August 23, 2011.

Danny involved his family and friends in every passionate hobby he loved; the hobbies held dearly to him were being an avid hunter, playing his bass guitar, listening and dancing to polka music, 4-wheeling, and being in the woods with his chainsaw.

As he would wish, we want you to remember Danny’s passion for music and his very successful band journey which included performing with Burlington Avenue and any other band who crossed his path.
Danny always carried one great trait with him – a smile. His smile and heart will never be forgotten by the many lives he touched and he never knew a stranger.

A celebration of his life will be held from 1 until 3 p.m. on Saturday at Big Creek Park- North Pavilion in Canton.

Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home has assisted the family with cremation.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


EAST PEORIA —

Mary Ann Van Order, 69, of East Peoria passed away at 1:13 p.m. on Monday (March 12, 2012) at her home with her family by her side. She was born January 22, 1943, in Parma, Mo. to Clifford D. and Ara Fay (Turney) Lewis.

She married Glore V. Van Order in East Peoria on June 22, 1963. He survives.

Also surviving are her daughter, Gloria (Robert) Ferguson; one son, Larry Van Order; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Hardwick; and one brother, Clifford (Debbie) Lewis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her twin brother, and one infant brother.

Mary Ann was an Avon salesperson for 25 years, and she loved to play Bingo.

She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Pekin.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria with Rev. Gary England officiating.

Visitation will be one hour before services on Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Lucille Irene Walton, 84, of 910 West Locust St., passed away on Sunday (March 11, 2012) at 12:50 p.m. at her daughter’s home in Creve Coeur. She was born January 3, 1928, in Cuba, the daughter of Roy and Bessie (Bankes) Gilmore.

She married Vern M. Walton on February 7, 1946, in Canton. He preceded her in death on October 29, 1985.

Surviving are one daughter, Alta Leigh (Chuck) Strother of Creve Coeur; three grandchildren, Jodi, Kimberly, and Chucky; seven great-grandchildren, Danielle, Justin, Bryce, Amber, Jonathan, Brittany, and Josh; five great-great grandchildren, Savanah, Mekenzie, Damian, Aidyn, and Laila; one brother, Leon (Debbie) Gilmore of Macomb; two sisters, Zelma (Jerry) Rosich of Canton and Dorothy Blakely of Pinckneyville; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Lucille had worked at FCRC (Fulton County Rehabilitation Center) for 34 years, retiring in 2008.

She was a member of Canton Moose Lodge.

She loved working in her yard, tending flowers, fishing, and mushrooming. She loved those who touched her life while working at FCRC. Lucille enjoyed her annual trips to Florida with her daughter, Alta Leigh.

Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, in Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Bob Hobdy will officiate.

Burial will follow in Cuba Cemetery.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

E. Jeanne Shake, 89, of 160 E. Walnut St., passed away on Sunday (March 11, 2012) at 8:45 a.m. at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born January 2, 1923, in Kingston Mines, the daughter of Lemuel and Mollie (Tharp) Bitner.

Jeanne married Otis Robert Shake on May 25, 1946, in Glasford. He preceded her in death on September 7, 1983.

Surviving are three children, Carol S. Hill of Novi, Mich., Cheryl L. Riekena of Schoolcraft, Mich., and Steve L. (JoCena) Shake of Glasford; eight grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Lemuel.

Jeanne had worked for Lutheran Service in Home Health.

She was a member of White Chapel United Methodist Church, Glasford and the United Methodist Women.

Services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at White Chapel United Methodist Church, Glasford with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Jim Reed will officiate.

Burial will follow in Lancaster Cemetery, Glasford.

Memorials may be made to her church.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Shirley Ann List, 82, of Canton, died at 12:20 a.m. on Sunday (March 11, 2012) at her residence. She was born on August 23, 1929, in Canton to LeRoy and Leona (Buley) Baylor.
She married William A. List on December 22, 1945, in Kansas City, Kan. He survives.

Other survivors include one son, Kelly (Zoa) List of Centerville, Mo. and three sisters, Dalores (Jack) Spiva of Canton, Carol (Sonny) Engle of Canton and Noretta Downard of DeWitt, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Vurla “Jony” McPherson.

She had worked as a clerk and cashier at Newberry’s and Ben Franklin.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Canton and it’s quilting club. She was a member of the Fulton County Rockhounders Club, the Gem & Mineral Quartzite Club, the Geodeland Earth Sciences Club Inc., the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Bunco Club.

Shirley traveled with the Wally Byum Caravan Club for 25 years and enjoyed traveling with her husband, selling his crafts, spending 22 winters in Quartzite, Ariz.

She was an avid bingo player, enjoyed cards, Bunco and bus trips to the gambling boat.

Shirley loved her many nieces and nephews and will be greatly missed by all of her family.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Brunswick Cemetery in rural Trivoli.

Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

David L. "Cowboy" Graham, 69, of Canton, died at 8:43 p.m. Thursday (March 8, 2012) at Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born in Ipava on December 4, 1942, to Robert and Alice (Allen) Graham.

He married Lyn Priddy in Fulton County on August 26, 1982. She survives.

Other survivors include five children, Barbara Breese of Canton, David "Larry" (Christina) Graham of Canton, Lesley West Hansen of Rockford, Lisa Graham of Texas and Kristine (Max) Brown of St. David; two stepchildren, whom he raised, Aaron (Rebecca) Rawley of Canton and Ross (Kizzie Hamilton) Rawley of Canton; many grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one brother, Dale (Bert) Graham of Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Robert, Gene and Paul; and sister Iola Goyen.

"Cowboy" was a farmer and had worked as a machine operator at the Caterpillar Inc. plant in Mapleton for 30 years. He also had worked in maintenance at Sunset Nursing Home for 14 years and in maintenance at Sherwood Forest for several years.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at Covenent Community Fellowship Church in Canton, with visitation one hour earlier. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Graham Hospital Hospice.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


LITTLE AMERICA —

Delores E. “Dee” Thrasher, 67, of 21803 US Hwy. 24, passed away at 10:48 p.m. on Wednesday (March 7, 2012) at her home. She was born December 8, 1944, in Canton the daughter of Virgil W. and Cora L. (Brooks) Howarter.

She married James R. Thrasher on April 4, 1964, in Lewistown.

Surviving are one son, James M. Thrasher of Lewistown; two daughters, Debbie Jones of Little America and Sandi (Matt) Kline of Lewistown; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Richard (Neva) Howarter of Cuba, Lary (Peggy) Howarter of Canton, Gary (Doris) Howarter of Canton, and Virgil L. Howarter of Green Valley; two sisters, Nancy Foster of Cuba and Coralea (Mike) Teague of Mobile, Ala.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Gregory Brooks and one sister, Joanne Johnson.

Dee worked as a cook at Hilda’s Pantry in Lewistown before retiring. She loved her garden and her yard.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown, with Reverend Kathy Barrett officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the memorial home.

Cremation will be accorded after the services.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


ELLISVILLE —

Dharld William Sampson, 94, Ellisville, died at 4:40 a.m. on Wednesday (March 7, 2012) at Heartland Health Care Center, Macomb.

Sampson was born on December 23, 1917, the son of Richard Hill Sampson and Lena Caroline (Phillippi) Sampson in London Mills, where he lived most of his life. He graduated from London Mills High School.

On September 26, 1942, Sampson married Thelma Leona Hall, the daughter of Chester and Mary Jane Hall, also of London Mills. They were the parents of two children, Kelvin William Sampson of Ellisville, and Carol Ann Sampson of Chowchilla, Calif.

Sampson was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army in Texas, California, and Fort Knox, Kentucky between 1941 and 1946. He was proud of his service to his country and formed many friendships that continued throughout his life.

Returning from the service in 1946, he went into business with his father who managed the Corn Belt Garage in London Mills, which was established by his grandfather in 1907. There he worked as a mechanic until the business closed in the mid-1980s.

Sampson drove a school bus for the London Mills and Spoon River Valley School districts for 46 years.

Sampson served 67 years in the London Mills Community Fire Department, following his father’s footsteps as Chief for many of those years. He also served as Fire District Secretary until retiring in 2007.
Surviving are his son, Kelvin and Linda (Reese) Sampson; his daughter, Carol; eleven grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren.

His wife, Thelma and a sister, Janice Nesbit preceded Sampson in death.

Visitation will be held on Monday between 6 and 8 p.m. at Corman Memorial Home, Avon.

A graveside service will be conducted on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at East Midway Cemetery, London Mills.

Memorials go to the London Mills Community Fire Protection District.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Barbara J. Awl, 81, of 10 Douglas Ct., passed away on Thursday (March 8, 2012) at 12:08 a.m. at Heartland Health Care in Canton. She was born March 20, 1930, in Canton, the daughter of Leon and Luella (Kruger) Drow.

She married William R. Awl on August 5, 1951, in Canton. He survives.

Also surviving is one sister, Murielle Van Beuning of East Peoria.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a son, Jonathan Awl; one brother; and one sister.

Barbara was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Canton.

There will be a graveside service, with burial of ashes, on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Rev. Maureen Stein will officiate.

The family will receive friends at her church for a luncheon following the graveside service.

Memorials may be made to the Jonathan Awl Memorial @ Trinity Lutheran Church, Canton.

Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


MAULDIN —

Shirley Jean Davis Smith, 72, wife of William “Bill” H. Smith for 54 years, passed away on Tuesday (March 6, 2012).

Shirley was born April 28, 1939, in Canton, to the late Donald Warren Davis and Hazel Jesse Burnett Davis. She retired from Greenville County School District where she was a Cafeteria Manager, and was a member of Redemption World Outreach Center.

Surviving in addition to her husband are sons, Todd Smith and wife Debbie, Brad Smith and wife Carol, and Greg Smith and wife Melinda; daughter, Becky S. Gregory and husband Bud; brother, Don Davis and wife Nancy; fourteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Saturday at Fletcher Funeral Service.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Faith Renewed Outreach Center, officiated by Pastor Todd Smith and Pastor Tim Bouton.

Private burial will be held at Graceland East Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Pastor Terry Rodgers for all his love and support during this time.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Linda Hardin, 86, died at 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday (March 7, 2012) at her residence. She was born on November 20, 1925, and later married Thomas Hardin. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are one niece, Rosemary Peak of Canton and one nephew, Bob Jennings of Canton.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Edward Harrison, 86, of Renaissance Care Center, died at 4:50 a.m. on Monday (March 5, 2012) at Graham Hospital in Canton. He was born in Chicago on May 14, 1925, to Edward and Norma (Sedewarst) Harrison.

Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


DUNLAP —

Jerry D. DeMott, 44, of rural Dunlap, died at 8:35 a.m. on Tuesday (March 6, 2012) at Proctor Hospital Emergency Department, Peoria. Jerry was born October 21, 1967, at Graham Hospital in Canton, the son of Gary Dale and Martha Ann Ault DeMott.

He married Holly Lynne Mrazek on December 11, 1993, in Canton. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Martha Ann (Charlie) Davidson of Canton; his children, Anthony DeMott, Dustin DeMott, Brandy Mrazek, Savanna Shaw DeMott, and Mason Sumner DeMott; his siblings, Amy Montgomery and Julie (Chad) Hinderliter both of Canton, and Tom DeMott of Peoria; and many special nieces and nephews.

His father preceded him in death.

Jerry worked for DMI as a commercial heating and cooling technician. He always told others that Dave Stone and Dave Ingram were the two best men that anyone could ever work for. Jerry was known best by helping others with is handyman abilities and was a friend to all who knew him.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Chillicothe, and the Steamfitters Local #353.

He loved to mushroom hunt with his Uncle Kenny. Jerry was a devoted and loving husband and father. His wife and children loved him with all of their heart and he will be truly missed.

Jerry knew the Lord as his Savior and his family is taking comfort in the fact that he is in Heaven with God and our other family members who were there waiting for him.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville. Pastor Curtis Cochran will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery, Dunlap.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


LONDON MILLS —

Jerold Ray “Jerry” Allen, 61, of London Mills, died at 8:55 p.m. on Monday (March 5, 2012) at his home. He was born on March 6, 1950, in Galesburg, the son of Lyle P. and Roberta Eileen (Cook) Allen.

He married KyuCha Lim. He later enjoyed over thirty years with his companion, Patricia Bower, who preceded him in death on September 22, 2009.

He was also preceded in death by his father; a brother, Rickie Riley; a stepdaughter, Bobbi Jo Mitchell; and a grandson, Dustin Frazier II.

Jerry is survived by his daughter, Cindy (and Patrick Gillen) Burns of Galesburg; two stepsons, Michael Herriford of Galesburg and Gerald (and Kelly) Mitchell of Abingdon; seven grandchildren; his mother and stepfather, Roberta and Rabon Wyatt of London Mills; his siblings, Sharon (and Dan) Boyer of Rapatee, Peg Riley of London Mills, Julie (and Bill) Klapp of Iowa and Joy (and Bruce) Hillery of Galesburg, Bob (and Kathy) Allen of London Mills, Oscar (and Mary Lou) Riley of Galesburg, Terry (and Virginia) Allen of Abingdon and Chris (and Jennifer) Allen of Iowa.

He lived most of his life in London Mills. He attended Spoon River Valley Schools.

He served in the Army from 1967 to 1970 and was stationed in Korea.

He worked in maintenance for the Village of London Mills and was the caretaker of East and West Midway Cemeteries near London Mills for over thirty years.

He was an avid deer hunter, turkey hunter, fisherman and he enjoyed camping.

Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel.

Cremation will be accorded.

Private burial of his ashes will be at a later date in East Midway Cemetery.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


LEWISTOWN —

Janet W. Ball, 87, of Lewistown died at 5:46 p.m. Friday (March 2, 2011) at the Clayberg Nursing Home in Cuba.

She was born on Feb. 8, 1925, in Canton to Merle and Clara (Crockett) Ellsworth. She married Virgil Ball on December 8, 1945 in Palmyra, Mo. He preceded her in death on May 31, 1999.

Surviving are two children, Pam (Robert) Elkin of South Carolina and John (Karen) Ball of rural Lewistown; one brother, John (Donita) Ellsworth of Canton; three grandchildren, Jason (Naomi) Elkin, Kimberly (Kyle Terpstra) Elkin, and Leigh (Mike) Tiffany; and five great-grandchildren, Grant, Sofia, Tristan, Maggie and Carlie.

Five brothers, Harold, Robert, William, Maurice and Meredith Ellsworth, and four sisters Francis Ekstrand, Ellen Lindquist, Virginia Lock and Bessie Williams, preceded her in death.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Canton and was a charter member of the VFW “Golden Girls” in Lewistown.

Graveside services will held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery in Canton with the Rev. Daniel DeBeer officiating. Visitation will be from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton.

I(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Verna L. Zaborac, 82, of 1509 E. Myrtle passed away on Friday (March 2, 2012) at 8:25 a.m. in the Graham Hospital ER in Canton. She was born January 9, 1930, in Canton, the daughter of Verna Saurbaugh. She married Carl Zaborac Jr. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Scott Zaborac and Richard Zaborac both of Canton; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Zaborac-Wright of Canton.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Steve; two brothers, John and Ralph; and a sister, Mary Cline.

Verna had worked at the former Glenn-Maguire Clinic and Graham Hospital in Canton.

She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church of Canton and the Farmington Women of the Moose.

Services will be Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation two hours prior. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate.

Cremation will follow the services with burial of ashes at a later date.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)



PEKIN —

Joseph Dwayne Menne, 73, of 900 South 4th Street, passed away at 4:11 a.m. on Thursday (March 1, 2012) at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born October 7, 1938, in Canton to Joseph L. and Margaret D. (Savoia) Menne, he married Stella Mae O’Brien on April 1, 1967, in Canton. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Kevin Menne, Dwayne A. (Jean) Menne and JoEllen (Randy) Adkins, all of Pekin, David A. (Kelly) Menne of Houston, Texas, Michael Dwayne Menne of Peoria, Patricia Headen of Jacksonville, Lisa (Jim) Hoff of Calif. and Susan (Greg) Hensler of Canton; seventeen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, James A. (Sandy) Menne of Cuba; and two sisters, Margaret (John) Swalec and Mary Jane (Paul) Franciskovich, both of Cuba.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Joseph attended St. David schools for six years and later moved to Canton, where he graduated in 1956. He attended Rollo College of Mines and Metallurgy in Missouri and one year at Bradley University in Peoria.

He later went through a two year apprentice course at Caterpillar, Inc. and went into tooling machine design, and later into management. In 1978, he moved up to Superintendent of Skilled Trades in East Peoria before retiring in 1984 due to illness.

He helped start the first Canton Jaycees as the external Vice President. He had been a member of Toastmasters for two years and a Boy Scouts of America Scout Master for seven years.

In 1968, the American Red Cross issued Joseph a Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Personal Action after he saved another man’s life.

He was a member of Pekin First Church of the Nazarene.

Joseph was always ready with a smile and a joke to everyone he met. He will be sadly missed.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Pekin First Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Lloyd Brock will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Burial will be in Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


PRINCEVILLE —

Erma Elizabeth Clowers, 88, passed away at 11 a.m. on Friday (February 17, 2012) at Seminary Manor in Galesburg. She was born February 25, 1923, near Ellisville, to James R. and Lera Rock Orwig. She married Ronald L. Clowers on June 6, 1948. He died October of 1974.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Ann Down of Wyoming; two grandchildren, Aaron (Jill) Down of Wyoming, and Amy (David) Steward of Toulon; and three great-grandchildren, Kaizer Down, Alayna Steward, and Jake Steward.

Erma was a graduate of Good Hope High School. She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in the Roseville area.

In 1994, she moved to Princeville, and then in December of 2010, she moved to Hawthorne Inn, Galesburg. Erma was a member of the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church and the Peoria County Farm Bureau.

Per Erma’s wishes, her body was donated to Anatomical Gift Association, Chicago, for medical research.

A private memorial service for immediate family will be held at a later date.

Interment of ashes will be in Forrest Lawn Memory Gardens, Macomb, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Monica United Methodist Church, Monica, or Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, Prairie City.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


CANTON —

Earl Orendorff Newton, 85, died at 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday (February 28, 2012) at the Renaissance Care Center in Canton. He was born on July 17, 1926, in Canton to Frank and Della Sipe Newton.
He married Anna Lee Burnett on June 12, 1948 in Canton. She preceded him in death on April 7, 2007.

Also surviving are two children, Susan (Marvin) Yocum and Sally (Wayne) Haschemeyer both of Canton; five grandchildren, Jared (Tracie) Yocum, Jeremy (Sherry) Yocum, Zachary Yocum, Conrad (Lorna) Haschemeyer, and Cory (Julie) Haschemeyer; and nine great-grandchildren, Justin, Joseph, Jordon, Jacob, Anna, Blare, Drue, Annalee and Mary.

His parent, four brothers, and two sisters also preceded him in death.

Earl was a self-employed farmer in West Canton throughout his lifetime.

He was a lifetime member of Shields Chapel United Methodist Church and was a Sunday school teacher and a Sunday school superintendent.

He was a member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau for over 65 years, the Canton Ag Council, and enjoyed attending tractor pulls with his Case tractors and won over 50 trophies.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. Rick Atchley officiating.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 6 until 8 p.m.

Burial will be in the Shields Chapel Cemetery.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


BRADENTON, Fla. —

Gale R. Dunn, 97 of Bradenton, Fla. and formerly of the London Mills-Maquon area died February 27, 2012, in Bradenton, Fla. He was born July 8, 1914, in Melville, Mont. to Bert and Maude (Effland) Dunn.

He married Dorrine P. Wolford on January 9, 1936. She died April 10, 1989. He married Marjorie A. Mack on September 5, 1989. She survives.

Survivors include: daughters, Diane Foote of Three Rivers, Mich. and Norma (Phil) Miller of Canton; four grandsons, Jerry Foote, Erik Foote, Thad Miller and Scott Miller; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

He was preceded in death by a son and a grandson.

Gale farmed in Illinois for 28 years, moving to Venice, Florida in 1963 where he became a real estate broker and house builder.

At age 82 he wrote a book about growing up in the Spoon River Country in Illinois. It was called “The Sheepman.”

Cremation rites were accorded and a graveside service will be held at a later date in Illinois.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas) 


Ryan Dominski

CANTON —
Ryan T. Dominski of Manito, formerly of Canton, died at 11:25 a.m. on Friday (April 20, 2012) in Havana. He was born on January 15, 1977, in Canton to Tom and Avis (Oliver) Dominski. They both preceded him in death in 2006.

Surviving are his three daughters; Brooke, Elly and Addy Dominski of Rushville. He had two sisters, Tracy (Scott) Snowman of Canton and Kim (Michael) Evans of Norwood; two aunts, Wilma Woods of Sarah, Nev. and Virginia DeMoss of Blandinsville; two uncles, Lewis Martin and Wesley Oliver and many special cousins. Also surviving are one niece, Taylor Snowman; two nephews, Caleb Parson and Jake Snowman; and one special friend, Caiden Scalf.

Ryan was a 1995 graduate of Canton High School. He was a graduate of Carl Sandburg College in 1997. He was a Funeral Director and Embalmer receiving his license in 2000. He served his apprenticeship at Wilton Mortuary in Peoria.

In the past he worked for Murphy-Sedgwick and Oaks-Hines funeral homes. He worked most recently at Wright & Salmon Mortuary in Peoria last working in January 2012.
Ryan loved the outdoors and had a passion for boating.

Cremation has been accorded and family members will hold a private service at a later time.

Memorials can be made to the Daughter’s of Ryan Dominski Memorial fund for their education at MidAmerica National Bank.

Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of local arrangements.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Donna Vance

CANTON —
Donna Jean (Pollitt) Vance, 56, of Canton passed away on Friday (April 20, 2012) at 1:03 p.m. at her residence. She was born March 6, 1956, in Canton, the daughter of James F. Sr. and Mary Jean (Lowder) Waddell.

Donna married Henry “Butch” Vance October 19, 1987, in Lewistown. He survives.

Also surviving are her mother and step-father, Mary and James Nichols of Canton; four children, Shauna Vance of Canton, Shantell Vance of Creve Coeur, Jesse Ashwood of Canton, and Paul Daniel Ashwood of Fairview; one foster daughter, Tiffany Lippert of Canton; fourteen grandchildren; one brother, James F. (Becki) Waddell Jr. of Canton; two sisters, Debora (Rob) Bown of Arenzville and Deanna (Chris) Williams of Monterey; two aunts, Betty and Lois and one uncle, Waide. She was also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Her father precedes her in death.

Donna was a certified nurse’s aide and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Canton.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday at 3 p.m. at Walnut Cemetery, Banner. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing and Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate.

Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Robert Coleman

HUTSONVILLE —
Robert “Bob” Wayne Coleman transitioned from this life on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 8:02 a.m. at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson.

Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. on Wednesday at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 East Williams, Danville, Illinois with visitation at 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Officiating: Rev. James Offutt, Sr., Pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Canton.

Interment will be at the Danville National Cemetery.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Margaret Yerbic

CANTON —
Margaret L. “Peggy” Yerbic, 77, of Canton passed away on Saturday (April 21, 2012) at 9:02 a.m. at her residence. She was born December 17, 1934, in Canton, the daughter of Mark and Helen (Pierson) Bybee.

Peggy married John R. Yerbic June 30, 1956, in Canton. He survives.

Also surviving are three children, Steve Yerbic of Canton, Thomas (Denise) Yerbic of Florida, and Patricia (Mike) Sheets of Canton; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Anne Engquist of Canton.

Preceding her in death were her parents; one daughter, Deborah Yerbic; and one grandson, Matthew Sheets.

Peggy was a registered nurse graduating from Methodist School of Nursing in 1955. She had worked at Graham Hospital in surgery and was a floor supervisor.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Canton. She was a member of St. Mary’s Home & School Society and St. Mary’s Altar & Rosary Society.

Peggy was a volunteer for St. Mary’s Food Pantry since its inception. She was a Graham Hospital Service League Volunteer for 25 years as a surgical hostess. She was also a hospice volunteer.

Peggy enjoyed Disney World with her family, making 88 trips. Her first loves were her church and her family. She always put family before herself, and loved playing cards.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

There will be a Memorial Mass on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Canton with Father Daniel Ebker officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Canton.

A dinner will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Center.

Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Anna Powell

CANTON —
Anna Lea Powell, 88, of Canton passed away on Sunday (April 22, 2012) at 5:20 a.m. at her residence. She was born May 21, 1923, in Ellisville, the daughter of James and Vannie (Mahr) Giberson.
She married Joseph “Chet” Powell November 22, 1945 in Canton. He preceded her in death in 2005.

Surviving are two children, Dean (Sandy) Powell and Susan (Kevin) Pollitt both of Canton; five grandchildren, Michelle (Jason) Coker of Canton, Jenelle (Djimitri) Francois of Chicago, Elizabeth Powell of Chicago, Paul Pollitt and Karen Pollitt, both of Canton; four great grandchildren, Vanessa, Brayden, and Whitney Coker and Rio Francois.

Preceding her in death were her parents and two infant daughters, Jo Ann and Sue Ellen; and her only sibling, James Eugene Giberson.

Ann first lived in the Ellisville and London Mills areas, and then she moved to graduate from Canton High School in 1941. She was employed at Atwood in Havana from 1967 – 1972.

Ann was an active member/officer of the old Ingersoll Grade School PTA in the 1950’s and 1960’s. She was also an active member of the Canton Evangelical Free Church. There she served as Sunday School Secretary and teacher. She also participated in the Trinity Women’s Auxiliary and the Women’s Missionary Society and it’s White Cross sewing circle.

A talented seamstress, she sewed an abundance of baby items for distribution by EFCA Missionaries in Africa.

A devoted mother and grandmother, until her health decline of recent years, she attended all the special activities and events of her children and grandchildren spanning a fifty year period. She delighted in hosting family gatherings for celebrations of birthdays and holidays.

Services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be an hour prior. Rev. Brandon Theobald will officiate.
Burial will follow at Zion Cemetery, Fiatt.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Marian Monn

CASPER, Wyo. —
Marian Lee Monn, Terri died on Sunday, April 8, 2012, at her home in Casper, Wyo. She was born on February 21, 1942, in Canton the daughter of Marion and Irene (Howarter) Monn.

She attended schools in Canton during her elementary years.

Grandparents were Walter and Sara (Williams) Monn, and Clyde and Ora (Beam) Howarter, all of Canton.

Surviving are two sons, two brothers, a sister, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, a beloved friend, and dogs all in the west; aunts, an uncle, and many cousins in the Canton area.

She loved gardening, yard work, and taking care of others and her home.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Louisa Cameron

CANTON —
Louisa M. Cameron, 79, of Canton passed away on Wednesday (April 18, 2012) at 3:10 a.m. at Sunset Manor Care, Canton.

Graveside service will be on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Wiley Lutheran Cemetery, rural Ellisville with Rev. Dave Utt officiating.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Joel Bates

CANTON —
Joel Lee Bates, 69, of Ingatestone, England, formerly of Canton, passed away Friday, December 30, 2011, in a nursing home in Ingatestone.
Cremation rites have been accorded.

A visitation will be held this Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton followed by a graveside burial of cremated remains at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Buonavetia Fernetti

NIOTA —
Buonavetia Doray “Jocko” Fernetti, 81, of Niota, passed away on Monday (April 16, 2012) at 6:50 p.m. at Fort Madison Health Care Center in Fort Madison, Iowa. He was born on January 28, 1931, in Bryant, the son of Salavatore and Dotty Dee Ford Fernetti.

On August 25, 1956, he married Mary Lou Siegrist Curless in Nauvoo. She survives in Niota.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Stephen (Barbara) Fernetti of Lomax; three grandchildren, Glenn of Nauvoo, Kellen of Fulton, Mo., and Bryant Fernetti of Jackson, Mo.; two brothers, Bob (Betty) Fernetti of Canton and Dick (Shirley) Fernetti of Pekin; three sisters, Jackie George Batavilas of Milwaukee, Wis., Sue Robinson of Tenn., and Daisy (Dennis) Paisley of New Mexico.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Fernetti and five sisters, Ruthie Fernetti, Colleen Clegg, June Morgan, Kathleen Monti and Maxine Zedric.

Jocko graduated from Lewiston High School, where he was an All-State football player. He also attended Western Illinois University where he played football and wrestled. His Leatherneck team was the first to open Hanson Field at WIU.

Bounavetta enlisted in the US Army, serving during the Korean Conflict between February 26, 1953, and November 26, 1954. Upon his discharge, Jocko returned to WIU and continued to wrestle until he graduated with a degree in Physical Education.

Mr. Fernetti worked as a P.E. teacher in Lewiston, and Thornton High School in Harvey. He taught for Carthage School District for over 25 years, retiring in 1992.

Mr. Fernetti was a 50 year member of Blackhawk Masonic Lodge, Quincy Consistory and Peoria Shriners. He had attended Nauvoo United Methodist Church.

Family will meet with friends for fellowship on Friday between 4 and 7 p.m. at Nauvoo United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

A committal will be held at a later date.

Memorials have been established for Nauvoo United Methodist Church or Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Anna Smith

CANTON —
Anna M. Smith, 85, of Canton, passed away on Tuesday (April 17, 2012) at 11:10 a.m. at Renaissance Care Center in Canton. She was born February 7, 1927, in DesMoines, Iowa, the daughter of Wayne and Margaret (Becker) Phillips.

Anna married Delbert Smith and later married James Wilcoxen, and then Delbert Smith. Both preceded her in death.

Surviving are six children, Bob (Rose) Smith of Creve Coeur, Edward Smith of Canton, Patricia (Bob) Deushane of St. David, Debra (Brad) Gumm of Canton, Ruth (Ron) Reiners of Sandwich, and Sandra (Clifford) Taylor of Canton; twenty one grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren; and one sister, Juanita Gerecke.

Also preceding her in death were two grandsons, one brother, and one sister.

Anna had worked as a nurse’s aid.

Her family was very important to her and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Fan.

Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Paul Trilkis officiating.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Linn Pretty

CANTON —
Linn M. Pretty, 52, of Canton, died at 6:24 a.m. on Monday (April 16, 2012) at her residence. She was born on November 1, 1959, in Peoria to Spence and Joan (Crouch) Morris.
She married Thomas Pretty in 1980, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Naomi Dismang of Peoria and Lacy (Jesse) Hickle of Canton; three grandchildren, Julian, Noelle and Alec; one sister, Linda (Terry) Gramlich of Peoria; and two brothers, Randy (Sharon) Morris of Vandalia, Ohio and Spence Morris Jr. of San Diego, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents and step-father, William J. Martin.

Linn was a dietary manager at Sunset Manor in Canton. She enjoyed singing, dancing and laughter.

A visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton.

Cremation rites will follow.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Thomas Maas

FAIRVIEW —
Thomas Conway Maas, 61, passed away peacefully at home on April 14, 2012, after a two-year battle with a brain tumor. He was born September 23, 1950, in Wausau, Wis. to Mary and Conway Maas.

He married Deon (Lock) Maas on June 30, 1979, in rural Farmington. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Mary of Milwaukee, Wis.; two sons, Adam (Jennifer Anzaldua) of Geneseo and Jacob of Champaign/Urbana; two grandsons, Elijah and Luke; two sisters, Patricia (Richard) Holland of Glendale, Wis. and Marikay (Tom) Concannon of Coral Springs, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his father; his brother, Roger; and his sister, Judy.

Thomas graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh in 1973 and Chicago Kent College of Law in 1976. He worked as an Assistant States Attorney in Fulton County from 1976 to 1980. For the remainder of his law career, he was in private practice as a partner with John Potter, then as sole owner of Baudino, Potter & Maas, finally serving as “of counsel” to Froehling, Weber & Schell,
LLP.

Because he so loved the practice of law, he worked part-time through his illness, until six weeks before his death. His primary practice was family and criminal law.

In service to his community, he taught several criminal and juvenile law classes at Spoon River College; was the former president of the Fulton County Bar Association, the Farmington Rotary, the Illinois Association of Boards of Health, and the F.C.R.C Board of Directors.

He was a charter member of the Fulton County CASA group; a past Cub Scoutmaster; and a past board member of the Spoon River College Foundation.

During his 33-year membership of the Lincoln Douglas Toastmasters, he held many offices, including Division Governor of District 54 Toastmasters, and participated in many speech contests.

Thomas’ hobbies included collecting antiques, reading, jogging, bicycling, and table tennis. He ran the Chicago Marathon two times and biked across Wisconsin and Iowa. He was known for his sense of humor and his love of puns.

Visitation will be held Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 135 N. West St., Farmington.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church.

Donations may be made to the “Thomas Maas Memorial” in care of the Farmington Community Bank, 147 E. Fort. St. Farmington, IL, to help with the modernization of Providence Chapel Church.
Cremation rites have been accorded.

Private burial will be at a later date.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Peter Urbonas Jr.

CARLINVILLE —
Peter P. Urbonas Jr., 67, of Carlinville died on Sunday (April 15, 2012) at his residence, with his family at his side. He was born September 23, 1944, in Alton, the son of Peter P., Sr. and Virginia Evelyn (Brimberry) Urbonas.

He married Patricia A. Bearden on November 19, 1996, in West Virginia. She preceded him in death on Feb. 24, 2001.

Peter graduated from Carlinville High School, class of 1962. Pete retired from Monterey Coal Mines l & ll as the Communications Coordinator. Prior to that, he was the Safety Inspector for 10 years. Pete operated the Imperial Gas Station on West Main in Carlinville. He started his working career as a journeyman bottle maker for Owens Illinois.

Peter was a Deacon of the Memorial Christian Church, and loved helping others.

He also was an award winning wine maker, under the label “Hermit on the Hill”.

Surviving are his son, Darrin Urbonas, (wife, Phyllis) of Mt. Olive; daughters, Patricia Clark, (husband, Brad) of Bushnell, Kathleen Urbonas-Smith, (husband, James) of Normal, and Lisa Miles, (husband, Kyle) of Newburgh, Ind; many cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Victor Urbonas, (wife, Brenda) of Gillespie; sisters, Karen Suzanne Black, of Palmyra, and Andrea Jeanine Wunder, of Stafford; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two sisters, Joan Louise Rademacher and Ginny Gail Harbaugh.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville, with funeral services following at 6 p.m. Rev. Gary Farthing will officiate, and his wife Mary Ellen will be the organist.

Private burial will take place at a later date.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Mary Stocks

FULTON —
Mary E. Stocks, age 82, of Fulton, passed peacefully Friday (April 13, 2012) at home.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Argo Fay Upper York Cemetery, rural Thomson, Illinois. Online condolences may left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com, and memorials may be made to Exceptional Care and Training Center or Mercy Hospice.

Mary was born March 8, 1930, in Canton, the daughter of Halmer and Alma (Kohncke) Klinefelter. She was raised in Lewistown, graduating from Lewistown Community High School in 1949. She married Frederick “Fred” Stocks in 1950 in Canton.

Mary graduated from CCC’s Nursing program and worked as an RN for several years. Upon retirement, she and Fred enjoyed wintering at Arizona’s Gold Canyon. More recently, Mary was a volunteer at the De Immigrant Windmill and Windmill Cultural Center.

Mary will be remembered as a caregiver of any living thing. She loved nature and was remarkable in noticing uncommon beauty in ordinary things. She loved reading, time with friends, cards and played tennis to the age of 81. Above all else, Mary will be remembered for her love of her family.

Mary is survived by one son, William (Jackie) Stocks of Chadwick, Ill.; three daughters, Leigh Ann (Van) Houzenga of Thomson, Ill., Jane (Joe) French of Thomson, and Jean-Marie (Russell) Black of Clinton, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; two brothers, Howard (Irene) Klinefelter of Tennessee and John (Valerie) Klinefelter of Fair Oaks, Calif.; and two sisters, Anna Marie (Bill) Edsall of Canton and Alma Finch of Wilmington, N.C..

Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Frederick, and a great-granddaughter, Lauren Elizabeth Pelham.

Finally, Mary is survived by her devoted dog, Henry who remained at her side to the end.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Frances Butler

LEWISTOWN —
Frances K. Butler, 99, passed away at 9:05 a.m. on Thursday (April 12, 2012) at the Prairieview Care Center in Lewistown where she was a resident.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown.

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LEWISTOWN —
Frances Kathryn (Kingery) Butler passed away on Thursday (April 12, 2012). She was born on October 9, 1912, in Woodland Township, Fulton County, the daughter of Frank A. and Mary Rosella (Rosa) (Fisk) Kingery.

She lived on her family’s farm east of Summum attending grade school at the rural Beatty school. She attended Vermont High School while the highway to Astoria was being built, then graduated from Astoria High School in 1930.

She was Secretary of her high school class. She acquired her teaching certificate at Western Teacher’s College in Macomb (now Western Illinois University).

She taught at several one-room school houses in Woodland Township and the surrounding area for several years. Frances loved teaching and her students. She rode a horse to teach at the rural schools.

She was married to Robert Lee Butler of rural Lewistown at the Lewistown Methodist Parsonage on May 4, 1940. They built their brick home at 725 N. Illinois Street in Lewistown in 1951, and lived there all their married lives.

Lee passed away in June, 1995. They had one son, David L. who passed away in June, 2006.

A daughter, Mina Havens (Bob) survives. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Terri Fran Shafer (Tom) of rural Lewistown and Robert E. Havens, Jr. (Liz) of Springfield; five great grandchildren, Sam and Eve Shafer of Lewistown, and Lauren, Austin, and Madison Havens of Springfield; one sister, Minnie Lucille Bartlow of Rushville; and three nieces, Sandy Bartlow, Jo Bartlow, and Jane Rice.
Frances was very active in Home Bureau serving as President. She worked for the Lewistown News as woman’s editor, writing a weekly column called “From Our House to Yours”. She did many feature stories of local people winning a news award for her human interest feature stories.

Frances attended Summum Christian Church before her marriage and was a member of the Lewistown United Methodist Church.
Frances loved gardening and raising flowers. She won numerous prizes since 1940 at the Fulton County Fair including Grand Championships for her vegetable market baskets, floral arrangements, and baking.

Frances and Lee farmed her family’s farm east of Summum raising Hereford cattle.

She was a loving caregiver and devoted mother to her physically disabled son David for over 60 years.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown with Reverend Deryck Sonaram officiating.

Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Lewistown.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Vernon Clark

CANTON —
Vernon L. Clark, 80, died at 5:07 p.m. on Thursday (April 12, 2012) at his residence. He was born on September 23, 1931, in Canton, to Lyle and Eva Guffey Clark. They preceded him in death.

Surviving are three children, Donald (Nancy) Clark of Canton, Patricia Ward of Canton and Lyle “Lynn” (Carol Wilson) Clark of Wickenburg, Ariz.

Also surviving are one sister, Linda Bitner of Canton; four grandchildren, Michael (Kim) Clark, Michelle Clark, Marcus Clark, and David (Sarah) McLuckie; and seven great-grandchildren.

Vernon retired from International Harvester in Canton and was a committeeman for the UAW. He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Canton Men’s Bowling Association.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton with a visitation one-hour prior at the funeral home. The Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate.

Cremation rites will be accorded following the service.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Judine Hubbs

CANTON —
Judine Ann Hubbs, 73, of Sunnyvale, Calif., formerly of Canton, passed away on Tuesday (April 10, 2012) at 1:30 a.m. at her residence. She was born June 2, 1938, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Frederick and Margerite P. (Miller) Fultz.

Judine married Robert R. Hubbs August 9, 1958, at the First Christian Church Chapel in Canton. He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Elizabeth; one son, Michael; and one grandson, Zak, all of Calif.; a sister-in-law, Adrianne Cowan of Macomb; and two of several cousins, Jeri Mack and Sally Meyer.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her grandparents, Vernon & Minnie Miller, which were lifelong residents of Canton.

Judine was a true sports fan and a season ticket holder for the San Francisco Giants for many years.

Judine was diagnosed less than a year ago with malignant brain cancer. She fought the disease valiantly and maintained her insightful wisdom and irreverent sense of humor until the very end.

A visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.

A family graveside service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Canton. Rev. Glenn Nestlerode will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Pathways, Junior Giants (a group supported by the San Francisco Giants for the benefit of youth), or Friends of Civil War Preservation.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Patricia Lowe

EAST PEORIA —
Patricia “Pat” Ann Lowe, 61, of East Peoria, formerly of Canton, passed away at 3:50 p.m. on Monday (April 9, 2012) in East Peoria. She was born on October 24, 1950, in Canton to Richard L and Betty (Paice) Carroll.

She married Michael G. Lowe on August 2, 1969, in Canton.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

Surviving are her husband, Michael of East Peoria; her parents, Richard and Betty of Metamora; and two sisters, Leona Hallahan of Metamora and Janice (Michael) Garcia of Los Angeles, Calif. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and three great-nieces.

Pat worked as a Librarian for Fondulac Library in East Peoria for many years and volunteered at the Church Mouse and at Wildlife Prairie Park. She enjoyed collecting teddy bears, crafts, gardening, and knitting.

Pat will be remembered as a caring person who always helped others and who loved her family and little dog Tally very much.

Cremation will be accorded and the family will have a private service.

Remmert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Frank Kovachevich

CANTON —
Frank “Sugar” Kovachevich, 98, of Canton passed away on Saturday (April 7, 2012) at 9:39 p.m. at Sunset Rehabilitation Center in Canton. He was born January 29, 1914, in Matherville, the son of John and Josephine (Burich) Kovachevich.

He married Pauline Oatman June 6, 1936, in Canton. She preceded him in death.

Surviving are a daughter, Janet (Patrick) Grant of Glenview; two grandchildren, Cynthia (Dave) Johnson and Timothy (Gina) Grant; a granddaughter in law, Mary Grant-O’Hara; seven great-grandchildren, Zachary, Hayley, and Perianne Johnson and Patrick, Logan, Maddie, and Sean Grant; a brother, John of Canton; and three sisters, Anne Benac of Canton and Violet (Robert) Hale and Bonnie Schroder both of Ohio.

Also preceding him in death were his parents; one grandson, Stephen; two brothers, Vic and Leonard; and a twin sister, Frances.

Sugar worked at International Harvester in Canton for over 30 years.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Canton and its Knights of Columbus.

He was respected as a hardworking family man and enjoyed working outside and taking good care of his cars. He was never known to complain and will be missed.

A funeral mass will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Canton with Father Daniel Ebker officiating.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton.

Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Canton.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Carol Theyse

DUNFERMLINE —
Carol Ann Theyse, 74, of Dunfermline, died at 1:31 a.m. on Monday (April 9, 2012) at Graham Hospital Emergency Room in Canton. She was born on December 30, 1937, in Canton to Tony W. and Rosalee (Peart) Grzanich.

She married William J. Theyse at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. David on October 10, 1960. He survives.

Other survivors include one son, Curtis W. Theyse of Dunfermline; one brother, Larry Grzanich of Canton; and one aunt, Peggy Ford of Canton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Judith Shumate.

Carol was a telephone operator for Illinois Bell for 30 years, retiring in 1986, she was an income tax preparer for H&R Block for 15 years, served as an election judge, was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union #201, served as treasurer for the Village of Dunfermline for 15 years and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. David and was a member of St. Michael’s Church Club.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, with recitation of the rosary at 6:45 p.m.

Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Canton.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Virgil McCann

LINCOLN —
Virgil W. McCann, 88, of Lincoln died at 3:30 p.m. on Monday (April 9, 2012) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln. Virgil was born on March 3, 1924, in Bryant, the son of Willard Clinton and Goldie Mae Pollitt McCann.

He married Norma Sappington on April 5, 1952, in Pekin. She survives in Lincoln.

Virgil is also survived by one son, Gordon R. McCann; one daughter, Luann (Ken) Zessin of Lincoln; five grandchildren, Tonya McCann of Lincoln, Shannon (Michael) Evans of Lincoln, Shana Reed-Harper of Homer, Kenny Zessin II and Luke Zessin, both of Lincoln; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

He is the last of his immediate family. He was preceded by his parents, three brothers, and four sisters.

Virgil was a member of the Jefferson Street Christian Church; Loyal Order of Moose #1441.

He was an apprentice tool and die maker for Ford Motor Co. in Chicago, IL. He had worked for 25 years at Cutler-Hammer, Lincoln as a tool and die maker. He was an avid amateur Ham Radio Operator, raced stock cars and over the years he enjoyed making jewelry and tools.

He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed by all.

Services for Virgil will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, with Pastor Larry Crawford officiating.

Visitation will be from 12 until 2 p.m. prior to the service.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Earl Herrick

Earl H. Herrick, 84, of 17490 N. Ridge Rd. passed away at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday (April 8, 2012) at Graham Hospital in Canton, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 21, 1927, at rural Smithfield to Reuben and Catherine O. (Orwig) Herrick.

He married Mary Lou Morgan on July 28, 1947, in Lewistown.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John, Wesley, and Glen; and two sisters, Elna (Jesse) Carver, and Mabel (William “Pat”) Bobo.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lou of Lewistown; one son, Danny L. (Kathy) Herrick of Canton; five daughters, Sharon (Rudy) Tompkins, Bonnie (David) Howerter, and Sandra (Allen) Harper all of Lewistown, Vickie (Stephen) Churchill of Cuba, and Nancy Herrick of Canton; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six step-great grandchildren; one brother, Ghlee Herrick of Smithfield; two sisters, Frances Shaw of Bement, and Alta (Henry) Shaner of Galesburg. Earl also had numerous nieces and nephews.

He worked as a burner operator and later as inspector for Caterpillar in East Peoria for 30 years, retiring in July of 1982.

He served in the US Army of Occupation in Japan from 1946-1947.

Earl was a member of UAW Local 974, and the Cuba American Legion Russell Smith Post 533.

He enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, country music, carpentry, and get- togethers with family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba with Reverend Kevin Kessler officiating.

Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery with military services conducted by the Cuba American Legion Russell Smith Post 533.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the memorial home.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Jill Sherwood

CANTON —
Jill P. (Schisler) Sherwood, 51, of Canton, died at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday (April 7, 2012) in rural Canton. She was born on April 8, 1960, in Galesburg, to Gale Schisler and Carolyn (Cochran) Stevens.
She married David Kent Sherwood on June 17, 2010, at St. John’s Island in the Virgin Islands. He survives.

Also surviving are her father, Gale (Gloria) Schisler of rural London Mills; her mother, Carolyn (Late Ken) Stevens of Galesburg; one daughter, Elicia (Justin) Munson of Fairview; two step-children, Abby Sherwood of St. Louis, Mo. and Hunter Sherwood of Canton; one brother, Kurt Schisler (Debbie Pherigot) of Astoria; one sister, Kimberley Schisler (Danny Lock) of rural Canton; and three grandchildren, Samantha, Tyler, and Connor Munson.

Jill was a Registered Nurse and currently worked as a field surveyor for The Joint Commission for Hospital Accreditation in Oak Brook Terrace. She had a passion for traveling the world and tackling the next big challenge, and had volunteered for medical mission work in Kenya and Haiti.

She was an avid SCUBA diver, and was of the Methodist faith.

She devoted her free time to her grandchildren whom she lived her life for.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Union Church of Rapatee.

The family will receive family and friends immediately following the service at the Fairview Reformed church Fellowship Hall.

There will be a celebration of her life at a later date.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Hughey Goodwin

CANTON —
Hughey Goodwin, 86, of Canton died at 7 p.m. Friday, (April 6, 2012) at Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born on August 14, 1925 in Pike County, Ill. to Ross and Molly (Schumalt_ Goodwin. They preceded him in death.

Hughey married Gloria L. Eales in Pittsfield on October 23, 1952. She survives.

Also surviving are four children, Edward (Laurie Wilcoxen) Goodwin of Canton, Linda (Fred) Barrow of Canton, Paul (Deb) Goodwin of Bartonville and Gary (Jill) Goodwin of Canton; 11 grandchildren, Stephanie Pasley, Michelle Sherwood, Richard Goodwin, Brandon Babcock, Kaylee Babcock, Chad Barrow, Kim Turner, Anthony Goodwin, Katelyn Goodwin, Garrett Goodwin and Courtney Goodwin; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Chuck (Jean) Goodwin and Bill (Delma) Goodwin; one sister, Nettie (Harvey) Ford; and two great-grandchildren also preceded him in death.

He was a machine operator, retiring from Caterpillar Inc. in 1982, and was a World War II Navy veteran.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton where visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate.

Burial with military honors will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


John Schleich

FAIRVIEW —
John Robert Schleich, 94, of Fairview, died on Thursday (April 5, 2012) at 1:25 a.m. in Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on July 11, 1917, in rural Fairview, the son of John Hayes and Belle Dickson Schleich.

He married Georgia Irene Stone on October 27, 1948 in Fairview. She survives in Fairview.

Also surviving are one daughter, Harriett L. Schleich of Fairview; several nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and several nurses, caregivers, and neighbors who have become a part of the family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brother, Marion, Wilbur “Jack”, his twin, William Roland “Rolly”, Charles “Warnie”, and Victor “Eugie”; and four sisters, Elizabeth Bath, Margaret Latimer, Lucille Taylor, and Victoria Belle Schleich.

He was reared and educated in Fairview, graduating from the Fairview Community High School in 1935. He was a member of the basketball team that went to the state championships that year.
He served in the United States Army Air Force from July 7, 1941, until July 20, 1945. He was a Tech Sergeant specializing in B-17 airplane maintenance.

He was a lifelong farmer who experienced farming progress from horses to computerized equipment. He also worked several other related jobs such as dehorning cattle, neighborhood baling and threshing runs; driving livestock semi-trucks for Laurence Archdale, and carpentry work with Boyd Johns.

He was a member of the Reformed Church in Fairview, for over 50 years where he had served as deacon for several years. He then attended First Christian Church in Canton for almost 30 years.

He was a member of the Fairview Masonic Lodge # 350, AF & AM for 65 years where he served as secretary from 1972 until 2006 (now merged into Morning Star Lodge # 734, AF & AM of Canton); 65 year member of Fairview Chapter # 99, Order of the Eastern Star of Illinois serving as Worthy Patron for 17 years; Lifetime member of Scottish Rite Valley of Peoria; 48 year member of Mohammed Temple Shrine in Peoria; 64 year member of Roy E Miller American Legion Post # 644 of Fairview and the Fulton County Farm Bureau.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Canton. Rev. Glenn Nestlerode will be officiating.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, with Masonic Services conducted at 5:45 p.m. by Morning Star Lodge # 734, AF & AM of Canton.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. in Fairview Cemetery in Fairview, with Military Rites conducted by the Roy E Miller American Legion Post # 644 of Fairview.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Floyd Stufflebeam

LEWISTOWN —
Floyd H. Stufflebeam, 89, of 15043 N. Grain Bin Rd. passed away at 4:15 a.m. on Friday (April 6, 2012) at Mason District Hospital in Havana. He was born May 29, 1922, at rural Lewistown.
He married Rose Kaler at Decatur. She died August 14, 1994.

He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving are one son, Eugene (Kathryn) Stufflebeam of rural Lewistown and three grandchildren, Clayton, Jenna, & Sara Stufflebeam.

Floyd worked at International Harvester Canton works, and then retired from Norris Farms after many years.

He was a WWII Army Veteran.

Floyd was a member of the Lewistown VFW Post 5001.

A graveside service will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Monday at the Apple Cemetery in rural Lewistown with Reverend Jerry Sawyer officiating.

Burial will be at Apple Cemetery with military services conducted by the Lewistown VFW Post 5001 and the Lewistown American Legion Post 1.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Marian Watson

CANTON —
Marian Elaine (Ames) Watson, 86, died at 8:38 a.m. on Thursday (April 5, 2012) at Heartland Health Care Center in Canton.

She was born on February 22, 1926, in Peoria to Robert and Lucille (Gilson) Ames. Marian married William Ghlee Watson on November 2, 1946, in Lewistown. He preceded her in death on November 27, 2000.

She is survived by two children, James Ghlee (Tamara) Watson of Plainfield and LuAnn Watson Ward of Hood River, Ore.; three grandchildren, Tiffany Ames Ward, Jarrod Cody Watson, and Courtney Nicole Watson; and one great grandchild, Jayden.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one infant son, Robert.

Marian worked at Camp Ellis and later at International Harvester Company in Canton.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canton.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, where visitation will be held one-hour prior to services. Rev. Judy Medlen will officiate.

Burial will be at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Maxine Louderman

MACOMB —
Maxine Louderman, 92 of Macomb, passed away at 11:49 p.m. on Wednesday (April 4, 2012) at the Renaissance Care Center in Canton.

She was born February 5, 1920, in Macomb, to Edward and Prudie Belle Ritter Gallahue. She married Howard Louderman on July 22, 1938. He preceded her in death on February 21, 1979.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Tom Louderman; two brothers, Max and Don Gallahue; twin granddaughters; and one grandson.

Surviving are one daughter, Susan (Don) Deuel of Canton; one daughter-in-law, Vicki Louderman of Macomb; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Doug) Gillam, Shelli Sager, Terri (Tom) Rilea, Scott (Elizabeth) Deuel and Teresa (Brian) Wilson; ten great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and one sister, Kathryn Beard of Macomb.

She was co-owner of the former, Fill-Up-Inn restaurant in Macomb. She also worked as a clerk at Adams Discount Store and JC Penney’s in Macomb.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Macomb.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Paul’s Church in Macomb, where visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass. Monsignor Richard Pricco will officiate.

Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Anna Ratcliff

ASTORIA —
Anna R. Ratcliff, 87, of Astoria passed away at 3 p.m. on Tuesday (April 3, 2012) at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born May 4, 1924, to Henry and Dorothy (Dickenson) Hopping in Fairview.

She married Lyle D. Ratcliff on November 28, 2946, in Astoria. He preceded her in death on October 2, 2005.

Surviving are one son, Dennis (Cyndi) Ratcliff of Astoria; four grandchildren, Ginger (Milt) Briney, Tanya (Jason) Graham, Anissa (Matt) Frye, and Joseph (Janell) Ratcliff; 14 great-grandchildren; and three step-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Larry Ratcliff and three brothers, Otis Blaine, Myron “Bud”, and Harold Hopping.

Anna was the owner and operator of Anna’s Upholstery Shop for 40 years. She worked at Mummert Seed Company and detasseled corn for several years.

She was an election judge in Woodland Township for 40 years and a member of the Astoria American Legion Post 25 Auxiliary.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Minister Wayne Curless will officiate.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the memorial home.

Burial will take place at Hickory Cemetery in Astoria.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Local tourism and cultural booster Johnson-Blackwell dies at age 68

LEWISTOWN —
Joan Stout Johnson-Blackwell of Lewistown was born Jan. 3, 1944, to John Sprague Stout and Nancy Jane Halstead Stout at Springfield.

She has three sisters: Phyllis Stout and Melissa Stout of Carrboro, N.C., and Janifer Day of Chatham. Also surviving are a daughter, Jo Ellen Johnson of Springfield; a son, Andrewe William (Stephanie) Johnson of Lewistown; two stepsons, Steve (Pam) Blackwell and Barry (Terresa) Blackwell of Lewistown; two grandchildren, Riley and Morgan Johnson; four grandcats, Big Ed, Shadow, Moonlight and Culver; four step-grandchildren, Cara and Christopher Blackwell of Lewistown, Megan Blackwell of Galesburg, and Rob Blackwell of Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

Joan married Randle Ray Johnson on Nov. 7, 1964, at Chatham. He died June 22, 1986. She then married Robert B. Blackwell on Sept. 1, 1989, in Lewistown.

She enjoyed her extended family, reading, writing, sewing, antiques, traveling, and Western Illinois tourism development. Joan helped to organize the Fulton County Tourism Council and served eight years as its secretary and then president.

At a young age, she became attracted to poetry by Edgar Guest and Edgar Lee Masters poem “Anne Rutledge.” She graduated from Glenwood High School and Western Illinois University. She taught gifted classes at Lewistown McNally School and English, speech, and drama at Lewistown Community High School. She especially enjoyed teaching and being a producer and reader for local performances of Masters poetry at Oak Hill Cemetery for Masters Day for 21 years and Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive for over 20 years.

Joan wrote poetry and free-lance feature articles especially on history, travel, collectibles, and Spoon River Scenic Drive folks and events. She was a publicist for Spoon River Scenic Drive Associates for nearly 28 years. She enjoyed writing and photography for the SRVSD program books, cookbooks, and publicity.

Joan served several terms as a director for Fulton County Arts Council and volunteered at Fulton-Mason Crisis Center and the Lewistown Food Pantry. She was a member of the Lewistown United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher, United Methodist lay speaker, historian, Ruth Circle member, and chairperson for the church’s 175th anniversary.

For “real work” she was a real estate broker/appraiser since 1975. She served as an officer of the Fulton County Board of Realtors and MLS and as a real estate instructor. Randle and Joan formed Farm & Home Realty of Lewistown in 1975 and were members of Lewistown Chamber of Commerce. As a “second career,” she used her appraisal experience and medical training as an Illinois disability adjudicator in Springfield. She was a past member of Spoon River Professional Women and Lewistown Eastern Star.

Joan helped to organize Spoon River Writer’s Guild in 1970s. In retirement she has added a new circle of poet-friends in Peoria Poetry Club and has served as president since 2006.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Lewistown United Methodist Church, with Reverend Deryck Sonaram officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Lewistown. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown is in charge of arrangements.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Local pastor Michael Barr dies at age 54

CANTON —
Pastor Michael Lee Barr, 54, of Canton, passed away and was promoted to glory on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at his home.

He was born March 11, 1958, in Washington, Iowa, to Norman and Jane (Miller) Barr. He married Sheri Thollander on July 26, 1980, in LaGrange.

Surviving are his wife, Sheri of Canton; three sons, Nathan of Canton, Joshua (Laura) of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Jesse of Canton; and two brothers, Tim (Kris) Barr of Bellevue, and Doug (Michelle) Barr of Glasford.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents.

A pastor, he served at Canton Evangelical Free Church for the last 12 years. He and his congregation, over the past few years, worked to expand the church, culminating with a new building and sanctuary set to open in June.

Michael previously served the Lord at Coal Creek Bible Church in rural London Mills. While there, he led a missionary group of teenagers to Romania, where they helped spread the Gospel. He also served at churches in Gibson City and in Columbus, Ind.

Pastor Mike, as he was lovingly known to his congregation, deeply desired that all people know they can be saved from sin and eternal death through acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. He led many people to the Lord, and often was moved to tears when people shared their testimony with him.

Pastor Mike also had a deep passion for the people in Africa afflicted by AIDS and by the orphaned children left behind. Because of that, he traveled there as part of a World Vision tour to witness the tragedy and to learn how the church body could help.

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at the Canton Evangelical Free Church on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 1 p.m.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Edmund Zukowski

CANTON —
Edmund E. Zukowski, 88, of Green Valley, Ariz., formerly of Canton, died at 2:18 a.m. on Sunday (March 25, 2012) in Green Valley, Ariz. He was born August 12, 1923, in Stevens Point, Wis., to Walter and Regina (King) Zukowski.

He married Antonia L. Rosich on August 27, 1949, in Canton. She preceded him in death on August 25, 2006.

He is survived by three children, Mark (Phyllis) Zukowski Green Valley, Ariz., John (Bonnie) Zukowski of Canton, and Mary Zukowski of Farmington; one brother, Fabian (Audry) Zukowski of Wilmette; one sister, Colette Zukowski of Milwaukee, Wis.; four grandchildren, Craig (Stacy) Zukowski of Pekin, Mike (Cathy) Zukowski of Peoria, Dr. Melissa Zukowski of Tuscon, Ariz., and Dr. Brian (Joy) Zukowski of Tuscon, Ariz.; and two great-grandchildren, Ashlyn Zukowski of Pekin and Addison Zukowski of Tuscon, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clifford and Raymond Zukowski; and five sisters, Bernadette Stiebs, Lucille Lewandowski, Margaret Maziarka, Jane Walczak, and Zita Washington.

Ed was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving his country during WWII. He retired from the United States Postal Service in Canton, where he was a mail carrier for 30 years.
He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. David.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

Graveside services, with military rites, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Canton.

Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Donald Engle Jr.

BRYANT —
Donald G. “Donnie” Engle Jr., 58, of Bryant, died at 11:01 p.m. on Friday (March 30, 2012) at Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born on February 24, 1954, in Canton to Donald and Jancie (Mackiocus) Engle Sr.

He is survived by his mother, of Bryant; five children, Jennie Abbott (Jerry Hebb) of Canton, Dale Engle of Banner, Donald Engle III of Banner, Troy (Renae) Engle of Colchester, and Tracy Engle of Canton; one brother, Gary Engle of Bryant; one sister, Linda (Jerry) Kline of Peanut Ridge; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Donnie worked for William Brothers in Peoria, retiring in 2006.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Burial of ashes will follow at Orendorff Cemetery, rural Canton.

Memorials may be made to the Canton VFW Post 1984.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Eileen Tippey

ASTORIA —
Eileen P. Tippey, 83, of Astoria, died at 6:44 p.m. Friday (March 30, 2012) at Snyders Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.

She was born July 7, 1928, in Lewistown, the daughter of Jesse W. and Hazel (Grigsby) Collins. She married Willis Tippey on October 26, 1947 in Astoria. He preceded her in death on November 2, 2002.

She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Reta Mae Rudd and Lela Ray; and one brother, Paul Collins.

Surviving are five daughters, Carol Tippey of Herrin, Mary Jo (Ron) Bates of Tucson, Ariz., Reta (George) Doubet of Astoria, Rita (Kevin) Oliver of Canton, and Sandy (Steve) Wittig of Astoria; three sons, Allen (Martha) Tippey of Rushville, Jim (Debbie) Tippey of Bridgeton, Mo., and David (Jerri) Tippey of Belleville; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

Eileen was the owner and operator of Tippey Cement Pottery in Astoria. She was a member of Harmony Rebekah Lodge of Vermont and Astoria United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Astoria United Methodist Church. Pastor Gary Schultz and the Reverend Robert Einhouse will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Burial will be at Summum Cemetery in Summum.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Wanda Poppenhager

LEWISTOWN —
Wanda Lee Poppenhager, 99, of Lewistown, died at 1:44 a.m. Monday (April 2, 2012) at Renaissance Care Center in Canton.

She was born November 20, 1912, in Astoria, the daughter of Don and Grace (Waggoner) Howard. She married Wayne H. Poppenhager. He preceded her in death in 1981.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Marshall “Pete” Howard and Kenneth Howard; and one sister, Pauline Howard.

Surviving are two sons, Jack (Joan) Poppenhager of Canton and Roger Poppenhager of Browning; three grandchildren, Jim (Trina) Poppenhager, Lyn Pedigo and Amy (Tom) Ingles; and six great-grandchildren, Maggie Pedigo, Jacob Ingles, Jace Pedigo, Kate Ingles, Brody Poppenhager, and Aubry Poppenhager.

Wanda was a homemaker and was one of the original employees at Bob’s Dairy Dipper in Astoria. She was a member of Summum Christian Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Pastor Randy Munson will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Burial will be at Summum Cemetery in Summum.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Eleanor Zessin

FARMINGTON —
Eleanor M. Zessin, 91, of Farmington, died at 6:37 p.m. Saturday (March 31, 2012) at Graham Hospital in Canton.

She was born May 14, 1920, in Eden to Clarence E. and Clara “Bertie” (McMeen) McAlister. She married Elmer F. Zessin Oct.16, 1937 in Farmington. He preceded her in death by exactly nine years to the day on March 31, 2003.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Lois C. Duncan; one brother, Everett R. McAlister; and two sisters, Zella N. Sill and Pearl L. Roberson.

Surviving are three sons, Elmer “Fred” (Linda) Zessin of Pekin, Donald R. (Patsy) Zessin of Farmington, and Walter C (Amy) Zessin of Yates City; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and two sisters, Edith E. (James) Richards of Peoria and Dorothy R. Isbell of Hanna City.

Eleanor was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, where she served as a Deacon; Memento Rebekah Lodge 155 for over 50 years; LEA 17 Encampment; and Prairie Quality Quilters.

She enjoyed family gatherings, especially the monthly “Birthday Dinners,” baking cookies with the little children of the family and other activities which made spending time with her special.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, with a Rebekah service at 7 p.m.

Eleanor’s funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home. Larry Ebersole will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


William Randol

CANTON —
William “Bill” G. Randol, 77, of 347 Harvester Rd. Canton, passed away on Wednesday (February 8, 2012) at 8:15 a.m. at Graham Hospital in Canton. He was born December 5, 1934, in Canton, the son of Smith and Mildred (Seitz) Randol.

Bill married Nancy Taylor on August 19, 1956, in Canton. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Mary (John) Mansker of Freeburg, Sue Carpentier of Plainfield, and Ann Randol of Springfield; six grandchildren, John Michael Mansker, Mary Beth (Drew) Klinedinst, Lori (Mike) Mason, Matt Carpentier, Marissa Carpentier, and Nathan Cardosi; one brother, Smith Randol of Fla.; and one sister, Jean Cook of Canton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Bill received his Bachelor’s Degree from ISU in 1957 and his Masters Degree in Guidance/Counselor from Bradley University in 1960. He was a teacher and Senior Guidance Counselor at Canton High School for 32 years, retiring in 1991.

He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Canton. Bill was a diehard Cubs and Bears Fan.

He was in the Army Reserve from 1957 to 1963.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

A memorial service will be held at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton on Saturday at 10 a.m. with Rev. K. Bruce Rushing officiating.

Following the service, the family would like to greet friends at Wesley United Methodist Church at 11 a.m.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Leona Williams

CANTON —
Leona P. Williams, 68, of 248 N. 5th Avenue, passed away at 2:37 p.m. on Tuesday (February 7, 2012) at Graham Hospital Emergency Room in Canton.

She was born November 23, 1943, at Detroit, Mich.; the daughter of Ernest and Ida M. (Belville) Nixon. She married Charles J. “Red” Williams on May 22, 1971, at Canton. He died January 17, 2001.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and three sisters.

Surviving are six children, Barbara Breese of Canton, David “Larry” (Christine) Graham of Canton, Ellen (Kerry) Brown of St. David, Darlene (Larry E.) Williams-Gruber of Canton, Cheryl (Chris Clark) Conklin of Canton, and Doreen (William) Fawcett of Cuba; four sisters, Patricia (William) Robinson of Havana, Helen Roberts of East Jordan, Mich., Deborah Roberts of Mason City, Iowa and Elaine Hardin of Gallatin, Tenn.; five brothers, Ronald Roberts, Gary Roberts, Edward Roberts, Richard Roberts, and Tracy Roberts; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Leona worked as a CNA for over 30 years at Sunset Health Care Center in Canton. She enjoyed spending time with her family, she also enjoyed photography, shopping, and cross stitching.

Cremation will be accorded.

A visitation and celebration of Leona’s life will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown.

Burial of ashes will be at a later date in Apple Cemetery.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Canton businessman, friend of community Charlie Wright, 91, dies

CANTON —
Charles E. Wright Jr., 91, of 25 Stonegate Drive, Canton, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Friday, (January 13, 2012) at Heartland Health Care Center in Canton.

Charlie was born on October 7, 1920 in Memphis, Tenn., the son of Charles E. and Rosa Anna (Goforth) Wright Sr. He married Ruth Nelson Gonsolin on December 25, 1945 in Tacoma, Wash. She preceded him in death on June 30, 2010.

Also preceding him were his parents, one brother, one sister, and two half-sisters.

Surviving are a daughter Pat (Larry) Laysalle of Canton; two granddaughters, Kelly (David) Taylor and Kathy (Chris) Walljasper, both of Canton; and four great-grandchildren, Jesse and Zach Taylor and Danielle and Rachel Walljasper, all of Canton.

Charlie was a broadcaster from 1941 to 1999. He owned and operated WBYS Radio Station in Canton for 46 years. Charlie was a member of several broadcasting associations, both local and national. He also received numerous broadcasting awards. After retiring from WBYS, he wrote “Around the Square” articles for the Canton Daily Ledger newspaper.

He was a member of the Canton Rotary Club, the Canton Community Concert Association, Canton Planning and Zoning Board of Commissioners, Canton Park District Board of Commissioners for 30 years, Canton Area Chamber of Commerce where he served as president in 1975, and First Presbyterian Church in Canton. Charlie was a very active member of the Canton community.

He also was a World War II Navy veteran.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 17 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, with the Rev. Ken Churchill officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memory Gardens with military honors. Memorials may be made to the Canton Park District Foundation Veterans Memorial Fund or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


Jack Bath

LEWISTOWN —
Jack Bath Jr., 80, of 101 S. Illinois, passed away at 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday (January 10, 2012) at Graham Hospital Extended Care. He was born July 30, 1931, in Cuba, the son of Jack and Evelyne (Jones) Bath, Sr. He married Shirlee JoAnn Harper on September 22, 1951, at the First Presbyterian Church in Lewistown. She preceded him in death on August 15, 2011.

He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving are two daughters, Shirlee Lynn (Skip Ferguson) Cassidy of Cincinnati, Ohio and Evelyn Kaye (Roger) Pillow of Houston, Texas; two grandsons, Douglas and Byron Pillow of Texas; one brother, Kenneth (June) Bath of Canton; and two nephews, Tom (Sheila) Bath and Jay Bath of Colo.

Jack graduated from Lewistown Community High School in 1949. He attended Culver Military Academy, and was part of the Black Horse Troop. Jack attended Knox College and graduated from Bradley University. While still in school, he worked at Rex Studio and Camera Shop in Peoria.

He was a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel serving from Macon, Ga.; Harrisburg, Pa. ; Ramstein & Wiesbaden, Germany; Dayton, Ohio; San Antonio, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was a member of the Air Force Pistol Team, the Air Force Rod and Gun Club, and numerous hunting and fishing organizations. He was also a member of the Lewistown First Presbyterian Church and Lewistown Masonic Lodge.

He enjoyed outdoor activities such as shooting, hunting, fishing, and hiking. He and his wife, Shirlee, hiked many trails in Colorado.

In his later years, he enjoyed reading books, and quietly drinking coffee with his wife while watching the birds.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Lewistown First Presbyterian Church, with Reverend Danie deBeer officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.

Burial will be in Apple Cemetery at rural Lewistown with military honors conducted by Lewistown VFW Post 5001 and American Legion Church.

(Canton Daily Ledger, submitted by Gaile Thomas)


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