Kathryn Margaret Mary Porter

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Kathryn PorterFarmington – Kathryn Margaret Mary Porter, 89, of Farmington, passed away at 1:50 PM on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at her daughter’s home surrounded by family. She was born on March 21, 1927 in Farmington to Gerald and Elizabeth (Hammersbach) Bales. She married James R. Porter on August 1, 1948 in Farmington. He preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death are her parents and one brother, Pat Bales.

Surviving are six children; Terri Psinas, Diane Gilstrap, John Porter, Jerold Porter, Jamie Leeper, and Donna Nelson; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Miner.

Kathryn was a member of Farmington United Methodist Church and the Eastern Stars in Farmington. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting that many families, clubs, and Charity’s received her items.

Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington where a visitation will be held from 10-11 AM. Her nephew David Stookey will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials can be made to Farmington United Methodist Church or American Cancer Society. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

Roy N. Wheeler

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Roy Wheeler0001Roy N. Wheeler, 74, of Cuba, passed away at 12:32 AM on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Graham Hospital in Canton. He was born on April 25, 1942 in Bardolph, IL, a son of Charles and Goldie Raymond Wheeler. Roy married Angie Blakesley on August 3, 1996 in Farmington, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Michelle (Kenny) Johnson, Debbie Young, Roy Allen Wheeler, Erin (Ethan) Wise all of Farmington; three step-children, Tasha Widger of Norris, Travis Smizer, and Wendell Smizer both of Cuba. 16 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, seven brothers, Gale Wheeler of Smithfield, John Wheeler, Erie Wheeler both of Elmwood, Bob Wheeler of Farmington, Chuck Wheeler of Galesburg, Richard Wheeler of Yates City, and Lawrence Wheeler of Farmington, and one sister, Velma Rosiere of Elmwood.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Ellen Chaney.

He retired from Caterpillar in East Peoria after 30 years of service in 1994. Roy was of the Methodist faith, a United States Army veteran and member of the Cuba American Legion Post# 533.

Per Roy’s wishes there will be no services, cremation rites have been accorded through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date in Baughman Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. To leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

William E. “Bill” Schmidt

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William SchmidtWilliam E. “Bill” Schmidt, age 63, of Delavan, Illinois, died on May 20, 2016 at Unity Point Health Methodist after a long illness. He was born on September 8, 1952 to John T. and Winifred (Orton) Schmidt of Farmington, Illinois, both of whom preceded him in death.

He is survived by his sister, Lynden Schmidt of Peoria.

After graduating from Bradley University, he moved to Delavan and began teaching in 1976 at Green Valley High School, went to Midwest Central School District after the school consolidation and retired from there after 36 years. He was a co-founder of the Green Valley Education Association, and for many years served as its president and chief negotiator. He served on the Ayer Public Library Board of Trustees for the past 29 years, serving the last 13 of those years as Board President. He also served two terms on the Delavan City Council as a First Ward Alderman and Police Chairman. He was a member and Vice President of the Delavan Community Historical Society, a member of the Delavan Optimist Club, contributed articles to the Delavan Times and was one of the original founders of the Delavan Civil War Days. He was an active participant and researcher on the restoration projects of Delavan’s historic Grand Army of the Republic triangle and cannon and Third Street Bridge. He was an avid Chicago Bears, Cubs and Blackhawks fan, and was a season ticket holder to Peoria hockey teams since 1974.  But most of all he loved Peoria Rivermen Hockey and, until his last illness, never missed a home game – a milestone for which the team once honored him in a pre-game ceremony.

Thank you to all his friends and neighbors who faithfully visited him in the hospital and sent him words of love and encouragement. He will be greatly missed by his community, his friends and his family.

Pursuant to his last wishes, there will be no visitation but a graveside service will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Elmwood Cemetery in Elmwood, IL.  Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, IL is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in William’s memory to the Ayer Public Library, 208 Locust Street, Delavan IL 61734 or to the Delavan Community Historical Society, specifically for the Delavan Civil War Days, P.O. Box 643, Delavan IL 61734.

Elizabeth Champlin

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Champlin0001 Elizabeth Champlin, 84, of Canton, passed away at 7:55 AM on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at her residence. She was born on July 6, 1931 in Fulton County to Floyd and Helen (Abbott) Cleer. She married Robert F. “Bob” Champlin Sr. on May 16, 1953 in Canton, IL. He survives.

 Also surviving is one son, Robert F. “Rick” (Julie) Champlin of Canton; one granddaughter, Lena Champlin; two brothers, Ray (Emily) Cleer of Canton, and Dale (Marylin) Cleer of Hanna City; and one sister, Shirley Helle of Canton.

 Preceding her in death are her parents.

 Elizabeth worked as a nurse at the Graham Medical Group in Canton. She was a member of Church of the Brethren in Canton. She was also a member of Fulton County Master Gardener’s, Garden Club, Women Committee Farm Bureau, Graham Hospital Nurses Alumni, and Canton Main Street.

 Services will be at 10 AM on Monday, May 23, 2016 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Rev. Kevin Kessler will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Locust Lane Cemetery in Rural Canton. Visitation will be from 4-6 PM on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to Graham Hospital School of Nursing. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

Betty J. Markello

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Betty Markello Betty J. Markello, 87, of Canton, passed away at 11:33 AM on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Graham Hospital. She was born on August 28, 1928 in Canton to Lloyd and Edna (Woodcock) Girard. She married John O. Markello on July 10, 1948 in Canton. He survives.

 Also surviving is one daughter, Julie (Kermit) Negley of Canton; and one grandson, Zachary J. Negley.

 Preceding her in death are her parents; one brother, Lynn Girard; and three sisters, Fern Williams, Faye Emry, and Mary Girard.

 Betty worked at Illinois Bell Telephone Company for 40 years, retiring in 1986. She is of the Christian faith. Betty volunteered at meals on wheels. She was a past member of YWCA Board of Directors, Board of directors of the Fulton Mason Women’s Crisis, past member of the Graham Hospital Service League and Board, member of Federated Business and Professional Women, Altrusa Club, Canton Women’s Club, Literacy Council, and Telephone Pioneers of America. Betty was the 1992 YWCA Salutee of Women of Achievement.

 Services will be at 11 AM on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where a visitation will be held from 10-11 AM. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Memorials can be made to YWCA or Salvation Army. To view Betty’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Howard Junior Parker

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Parker0001 Howard Junior Parker, 80, of Lewistown, passed away at 9:28 AM on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at his residence. He was born on October 21, 1935 in Fulton County, IL. a son of Howard Henry and Veda Ellen Wages Parker. Howard married Nancy Green on April 11, 1954 in Bartonville. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Rodney (Barb) Parker of Smithfield; Cindy (Billy Williams) Baldwin of Texas; Karen (Don) Caldwell of Pekin; Donna (Bert) Payton; Thomas (Kathy) Parker, and Susan (Tom) Briers all of Tennessee; Dusty Parker of Peoria; 17 grandchildren, and several great and great-great grandchildren; one brother, Terry (Debbie) Parker of Glasford, and six sisters, Juanita Cheshire, Becky Jones both of Florida; Marylin Depperman of Glasford, Linda (Bill) Irving of Hanna City, and Rhonda Hake, Shirley Buhs both of Peoria.

Howard is preceded in death by parents, one son, Michael Parker, and one brother, Roger Parker.

He worked for Celotex as a Factory worker for 32 years, and a farmer all of his life.

Per Howard’s wishes there will be no services. Cremation rites will be accorded through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Memorials may be made to Graham Hospital Home Health Hospice. To leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Marc Matthew Hobbs

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Marc HobbsCanton – Marc Matthew Hobbs, 45, passed away at 1:22 AM on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at his home. He was born in Decatur, IL, on September 5, 1970 to Earl Wesley and Roberta Jane (Kumer) Hobbs. He graduated from Lewistown High School and Attended Western Illinois University. Marc married Regina Marie Sheridan on April 12, 1992 in Lewistown, IL. Regina preceded him in death on January 5, 2009.

He was also preceded in death by his father, maternal grandmother and paternal grandparents.

Marc is survived by his mother, Roberta; children, Marcus Earl, Christopher Andrew and Madeline Elizabeth; brother Brian (Marcha) Hobbs; sisters Rebecca Hobbs, Melissa (Ken) McClain, Melinda (Jamie) Donaho; his grandmother Sally Krulac, several nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles in his extended family.

Marc loved his children and family and loved to travel. His favorite place to be was Lima, Peru.

Memorial visitation will be from 2-4 PM on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials can be made for Funeral Expenses in care of Cefcu. To view Marc’s DVD or make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

Imogene Tinnon

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Imogene TinnonBellevue – Imogene Tinnon, 89, formally of Bellevue, resided at Headington Oaks in West Peoria, passed away at 10:15 PM on Monday, May 9, 2016 at Unity Point Health Proctor. She was born on February 9, 1927 in Arkansas to Edard and Ora Bell (Ingram) Simmons. She married John Tinnon on April 17, 1945 in East Prairie, MO. He preceded her in death on February 3, 2013.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; two children, Glenn Tinnon and Joyce Tinnon; one brother; and one sister.

Surviving are four children, Ed (Judy) Tinnon of Bartonville, Jean (Bobby) Dickson of Peoria, Ron Tinnon of Elmwood, and Pam (Virgil) Hall of Bellevue; several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; two brothers, John (Shirley) Simmons of Texas, and Robert (Wally) Simmons of Bartonville; three sisters, Sue Young of Pekin, Lova Dickson of Missouri, and Jo (James) Clayborn of Missouri.

Taking care of her family was her life.

Memorial services will be at 3 PM on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, where a memorial visitation will be from 2-3 PM. Pastor John LaFollette will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials can be made to Unity Point Hospice. To view Imogene’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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Anne Cordray-Miller

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Anne MillerCanton – Anne Cordray-Miller, 94, of Canton, passed away at 5:30 PM on Monday, May 9, 2016 at Sunset Rehabilitation and Health Care in Canton. She was born on July 7, 1921 in St. David to Nicholas and Marija (Mary Kruzich) Klobuchar. She first married Eugene Cordray in 1951, he passed away on November 2, 1966. She then married Paul C. Miller on September 5, 1979. He passed away on February 23, 1988 in Canton, IL.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; seven sisters (two sisters died in infancy); and four brothers.

Surviving are one step-son, Phil Miller; one step-daughter, Annetta Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

Anne was retired as an employee of the State of Illinois. She was an active member of the Catholic Faith, presently a member of St. Michael’s Church of St. David and former member of St. Mary’s Church in Canton where she served as President of the Altar and Rosary Society, and was a founding member of the church food pantry. She served as co-ordinator of the Bereavement Dinners for many years. She also enjoyed playing bridge and was a long time Chicago Cubs fan.

Funeral Mass will be at 11 AM on Friday, May 13, 2016 at St. Michael’s Church in St. David, IL. Father Daniel Ebker will officiate. Burial will follow the services at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Canton, IL. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 10:30 AM at the church. Memorial can be made to St. Michaels Church Club. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

Robert E. Rote

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Robert Rote

LEWISTOWN- Robert E. Rote, 87, of Lewistown, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 5:40 PM at his residence. He was born on May 23, 1928 in Buffalo, New York, a son of Elmer W. and Helen R. Butler Rote. Robert married Lavella Rapert on December 5, 1947 in Peoria, IL. She preceded him in death on November 1, 1989.

He is also preceded in death by his parents, and one step-son, Glenn “Buddy” Rote; sister-n-law Marilyn Owens-Bartlett; and one brother, Richard “Dick” Rote.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews, great and great–great nieces and nephews, one brother, David Rote of Big Bear Lake, CA; one sister-in-law, whom he raised, Kay Owens Wirebaugh of Saint David, and two brother-in-laws, Harold Wirebaugh of Little America, Alvin “Catfish” Bartlett of Saint David; special friend, Debbie Heffren of Lewistown.

Robert retired from International Harvester in Canton, was a member of Assembly of God Church in Canton, and a member of the American Legion Post #0533 in Cuba. Robert served his country as a Paratrooper with the 141st Airborne Division in Fort Benning, GA from 1951-1956.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 6-8 PM on Thursday May 12, 2016 at the Lewistown V.F.W. Friends are invited to bring a covered dish to share. Cremation rites have been established through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date in White Chapel Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Lewistown V.F.W. To leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com