John W. “Bill” Whipp

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John W. "Bill" Whipp

John W. “Bill” Whipp

London Mills – John W. “Bill” Whipp, 73, of London Mills passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at his residence.

He was born March 14, 1942 in Peoria, IL to John William Sr. and Ethel (Crawford) Whipp.

He married Mary Wyatt on March 12, 1983 in Peoria.

She survives along with two daughters, Christine Whipp of Peoria and Tracey Higby of Albany, GA.

Preceding him in death were his parents and sister, Sally Henderson.

Bill first worked at Federal Warehouse in Peoria delivering furniture for Cohens and Sears and then worked for Robert Cottingham Property Management.

He was a handyman, avid gardener, and enjoyed working on cars.

Bill loved fishing and animals.

Services will be at 2:00 PM Monday July 6, 2015 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation one hour prior.

Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate.

Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewistown.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Graham Hospital Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

 

 

Mildred L. Tomich

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Mildred L. Tomich

Mildred L. Tomich

Canton – Mildred L. Tomich, 85, of Canton, IL passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Renaissance Care Center, Canton.

She was born August 26, 1929 in Ipava, IL to Gail and Gladys (McCamitt) Beatty.

Mildred married Frank M. Tomich on July 2, 1949 in Canton and he preceded her in death on August 24, 2005.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; daughter, Antonia Tomlinson; granddaughter, Heather Tomich; and sister, Carol Wade.

Surviving are five children, Rev. Joseph (Rev. Stacy) Tomich of Camp Point, Margaret Tomich, Mark (Vickie) Tomich, Mike (Sandy) Tomich, and Elizabeth Huggins all of Canton; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Mildred worked at Graham Hospital in Canton for almost 20 years.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton.

She enjoyed quilting and embroidering and was an avid Cubs fan.

Visitation will be from 2:15 to 3:15 PM Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with the recitation of the Rosary at 3:15 PM.

A Funeral Mass will follow at 3:30 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton.

Father Daniel Ebker will officiate.

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

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or American Cancer Society.

To view Mildred’s memorial tribute and send online condolences to the family, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

 

 

Gilbert G. “Gil” Fleisher

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Gilbert G. "Gil" Fleisher

Gilbert G. “Gil” Fleisher

Peoria – Gilbert G. Fleisher, 95, formerly of Farmington, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Christian Buehler Home in Peoria.

Gil was born in a farm home in northeast Fulton County, IL on April 13, 1920. His mother was attended by Doc Plumer who arrived at the farm home by horse and buggy.

Gil was the son of Paul T. and Carrie Bruniga Fleisher. He attended the first eight grades in a one room country school, called Shad Hill, which was located outside Farmington, Illinois. After graduating from Farmington Community High School, Gil enrolled at Illinois State University. Some years later he enrolled for courses at Bradley University.

World War II brought Gil a three year experience in the Army Air Corp, where he spent time in India with the B-29s. He also spent another year on Tinian in the Mariana Islands.

Before leaving for the service, Gil married Dorothy Burroughs in 1941 at El Paso, IL. She passed September 1969.

He later married Audrey L. Berg at Peoria on March 31, 1972 and she passed on June 29, 2014.

Also preceding him in death were his parents, son, Roger G. Fleisher, and sister, Eileen Fleisher.

Surviving are his son, Thomas (Sandy) Fleisher of Dunlap; daughter, Saundra Golembeck of Decatur; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and brother, Wayne Fleisher of Elmwood.

Gil farmed in the Farmington area before working at Central Illinois Light Company where he retired in June of 1984.  He had been busy since with many other things.

He was a member of Illinois Masonic Lodge, Peoria Consistory, the Arab Patrol and the Legion of Honor of the Mohammed Shrine. Gil was also a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church; University Avenue Methodist Church in Peoria; Farmington (IL) Moose and Elks #20 Lodge of Peoria. In addition, he had been seen on several Peoria and area golf courses as well as ballroom dance floors. He also donated time and energy as an Escort at Methodist and Proctor Hospitals.

The family would like to send special thanks to Buehler Home, especially the nursing center.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

There will be a Graveside service at 1:00 PM Saturday, July 11th at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association.

Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Kathleen Bobell

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Kathleen Bobell

Kathleen Bobell

Canton- Kathleen Ruth Bobell, 73, of Canton passed away at 6:10 pm Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born on September 2, 1941 to Robert and Gertrude (Lorton) Wiles. Kathleen married Leo R. Bobell on August 21, 1960 in Canton at Wesley United Methodist Church. He survives along with a son Dr. Robert C. (Carla) Bobell of Canton, and 2 grandsons; Westin and Nathan. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Robert.

Kathleen was a Member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Job’s Daughters, Den mother for Cub Scouts Pack 99, and Graham Hospital Service League. She worked at Gallagher-Reeder Insurance Agency and Nagle Accounting & Tax Services as a secretary. She started and owned her own business, Kathy’s Bridal from 1989-2008.

Kathy enjoyed making young women look beautiful in their prom or wedding gowns and would spend hours upon hours often staying up most of the night sewing and altering their dresses to perfection. She absolutely loved what she was doing and her passion was reflected in her products and services she provided to her customers who sometimes drove for many miles to come see Kathy. She also enjoyed spending time with her family especially her 2 grandsons whom she adored.

Kathy’s legacy will be her ever sacrificial giving of herself and her unconditional love. It was often noted that you never left Kathy’s house empty handed.

Services will be 11 AM Thursday, July 2 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton with Pastor Brandon Theobald officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Wednesday at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton. Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Spoon River College Foundation. To view Kathleen’s DVD or make online condolences you can go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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Ruth Maxine Peterson

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Ruth Maxine Peterson

Ruth Maxine Peterson

Canton- Ruth Maxine Peterson, 92, of Canton passed away 10:43 PM Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born on December 15, 1922 in Bushnell to Jay and Johanna (Nagel) Cheek. Ruth Maxine married Glenn E. Peterson on September 21, 1946 in Bushnell. He preceded in her in death on November 11, 1999. Also preceding in death were her parents, a son John Peterson, and a sister Marion Carlson. Surviving are 2 children; Richard A. (Mary Beth) Peterson of Rock Island, and Carol (John) Harmon of Canton, 3 grandchildren; Jason Peterson and Scott (Tosha) Peterson both of Rock Island, and Amy (Jesse) Norman of Seoul, South Korea, 2 great grandchildren; Koby Peterson and Austin Peterson, and a brother Robert Cheek of Bloomington.

Ruth Maxine worked as a beauty operator retiring in September 1945. She was of the Methodist faith.

Services will be 11 AM Wednesday, July 1 at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton with the Rev. Kelly Ingersoll and Rev. Nina Nestlerode officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 PM Tuesday at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Memorials can be made to Renaissance Care Center in Canton. To view Ruth Maxine’s DVD or make online condolences you can go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Gordon Lee Cruise

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Gordon Lee Cruise

Gordon Lee Cruise

Trivoli – Gordon Lee Cruise, 83, of Trivoli passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Farmington Country Manor. He was born July 7, 1931 in Hanna City, IL to Ward and Mildred (Moore) Cruise. He married Betty L. Bitner on October 23, 1948. She preceded him in death on July 14, 2003.

Also preceding him in death were his parents; 4 brothers, Marvin, Dale, Ward, and Robert Cruise; 1 sister, Virginia Jackson; and 1 half sister, Thelma Bolam.

Surviving are his children, Connie L. (Dale) Schultz of Trivoli, with whom he made his home and Douglas L. (Brenda) Cruise of Thompson, MO. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Kevin and Kathy Cruise of Columbia, MO and Bridget and Nathan Kalb of Trivoli; 2 brothers, Clifton (Laura Bell) Cruise of Hanna City and Bill Cruise of Farmington.

Gordon was a US Air Force veteran serving during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955.

He made his living working as an electrician out of the Local Union Hall.

He was a member of the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571 and the Masonic Lodge.

Gordon enjoyed fishing, hunting, gold hunting, and vacationing with his family.

In his later life, he became interested in antique cars and was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Illinois Valley Antique Automobile Car Club.  He went with his son-in-law to several meets around the area.

Gordon spent a lot of time on the front porch swing, watching the traffic and enjoying the great outdoors. He loved his grandchildren and family and will be missed.

There will be no services.

Burial will take place on Friday, June 26th at 2:00 PM at Smithville Cemetery, rural Hanna City.

Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Jerry Lee “Jake” Davis

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Jerry Lee "Jake" Davis

Jerry Lee “Jake” Davis

Bartonville – Jerry Lee “Jake” Davis, 81, of Bartonville passed away at 9:05 PM Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Bickford Cottages in Peoria.

He was born July 22, 1933 in Bartonville to Oren and Edna (Wormer) Davis.

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

Surviving are his daughter, Leann (Ken) Scovil of Kickapoo; brother, Jan (Paula) Davis of Bartonville; sister, Beverly Gillig of Peoria; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jake worked in the caster department at Keystone, retiring after 36 years service.

He was a member of Bartonville United Methodist Church and was an usher and handyman there for many years.

He was also in the church Dart Ball League. He enjoyed woodworking, oil painting, remodeling, and playing his homemade Dulcimer.

Jake was an US Army veteran and served from 1953 to 1955. He was stationed in Germany.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff at Bickford Cottages of Peoria for the excellent care, friendship, and love shown to Jake.

Visitation will be Friday, June 26th from 5 to 7 PM at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 27th at Bartonville United Methodist Church. Rev. Nick Jordan will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Kickapoo.

Memorials may be made to his church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

To view Jake’s memorial tribute and send online condolences to the family, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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Jacqueline P. Kroepel

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Jacqueline P. Kroepel

Jacqueline P. Kroepel

Farmington – Jacqueline P. Kroepel, 91, formerly of Hanna City, passed away peacefully with her family present at 2:20 PM Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Farmington Country Manor.

She was born June 23, 1924 in Hanna City to John and Lucille (Moore) Hickman.

Jacqueline married Lawrence D. Kroepel on February 14, 1953 in Hanna City and he passed away July 4, 2011.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; brother, William Cramer; and son-in-law, Thomas Leadley.

Surviving are her daughter, Laurel Leadley of Yates City; son, David Kroepel of Hanna City; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

She was a secretary for Hanna City Grade School for 17 years retiring in 1979.

Jacqueline was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Glasford and a former member of Hanna City American Legion Auxiliary #212.

The family would like to thank Harbor Lights Hospice and Farmington Country Manor for all their care.

Services will be at 11:00 AM Friday, June 26th at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, rural Glasford where visitation will be one hour prior. Rev. Gary Schmidt will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery rural Glasford.

Memorials may be made to her church.

Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is assisting the family with arrangements.

To view Jacqueline’s memorial tribute please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

Donald D. Simpson

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Donald SimpsonWest Peoria- Donald D. Simpson, 82, of West Peoria, passed away at 3:23 PM Friday, June 19, 2015 at Unity Point Health Proctor, Peoria.
He was born August 15, 1932 in Lincoln to Clarence and Edith (Tinsley) Simpson. He first married Eileen Semick and had six children, Deanna and Debbie Simpson, both of Peoria, Kathryn Simpson, of Madison, WI, Cheryl Davis, Julie Baker, and Michael Simpson, all of Davenport, IA. He later married Dolores Watkins on April 28, 1979 in Rock Island, IL, she survives.
Also surviving are two step-children, Brenda Monday of Washington, IL, and Thomas Mote of Florida; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three nieces, all of Lincoln.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Donald was an engineer at CAT, retiring after 39 years of service.
He served four years in the United States Air Force.
He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, Peoria, Knights of Columbus St. Jude Council #4333 in Peoria, American Legion Post 979 in Bartonville, and Peoria Elks Lodge #20.
He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and darts.
Services for Donald will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, June 23 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville, where visitation will be held one hour before the service. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln.
Memorial can be made to the Handicapped Development Center, Davenport, IA.
Online condolence can be sent to the family by visiting www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Lloyd R. Kemper Sr.

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Lloyd R. Kemper Sr.

Lloyd R. Kemper Sr.

Canton- Lloyd “Farmer” R. Kemper Sr., 75, of Canton passed away at 10:30 pm Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at his residence. He was born on August 18, 1939, in Canton to Eldon H. and Dorothy (Gibson) Kemper. Lloyd married Louise M. Walters on September 6, 1956, in Canton. She preceded him death on September 12, 2001. Also preceding him death were his parents; daughter, Jennifer Chadwick; 4 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Floyd (twin), Leon, and Ray; and a sister, Linda.

Surviving are 3 children; Lloyd R. Kemper Jr, Kimberly (Martin) Brown, and Marla (Donnie) Foulk, all of Canton; best friend, Sherry McCoy, of Canton; son-in-law, Norm Chadwick of Edwardsville; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Harold (Edna) Kemper of Hyden, KY, and Bill (Judy) Kemper of Canton; 2 half brothers, Randy Foster of Stinnett, KY, and Raymond Foster of Hyden, KY.

Lloyd worked as a truck driver for Star Delivery and Sturm, as a custodian at First Christian Church in Canton and Canton School District #66, owned and operated Kemper Dairy Dream in Reeds Springs, MO, and last worked as a painter for Kemper Construction. He loved spending time with family, camping, fishing, and gardening.

Services will be 11 am Monday, June 22, at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton with Rev. Harry Kemper (Nephew) and Harold Kemper (Brother) officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Sunday, June 21, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton. Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice. To view Lloyd’s DVD or make online condolences you can go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com