Delbert “Del” McGee

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Delbert "Del" McGee

Delbert "Del" McGee

Canton- Delbert “Del” McGee, 64, of Canton, passed away at 12:50 pm Monday, October 27, 2014 at Graham Hospital, Canton.
He was born in Canton on April 25, 1950 to John W. and Robertine (Gilpin) McGee. He married Cheryl Jones on June 13, 1970 at South Park United Methodist Church, Canton. She survives.
Also surviving are his mother, Robertine McGee of Canton; two children, Amy (Eric) Pollitt and John McGee, both of Canton; four grandchildren, Tori, Paige, and Ian Pollitt, and Caden McGee; and one sister, Marilynn Royal of Canton.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He received his Bachelors degree in Engineering from SIU.
Del retired from Caterpillar after 41 years of service, and spent the last 5 years working in the Sporting Goods department at Farm King.
He was a member of the Canton Elks Lodge, Whitetails Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and the Elmwood and Smithfield Gun Clubs. His greatest passion during his retirement was working with the youth of the Canton High School Archery Team and watching his grandchildren play sports.
He was a member of the US Army Reserves for several years.
Cremation Rites have been accorded.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, where visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm Friday, October 31, 2014. Pastor Derick Bacon will officiate.
The family request that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Canton High School Archery Team.
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Dorothy Thomas

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Dorothy Thomas

Dorothy Thomas

Farmington – Dorothy Thomas, a long-time resident of Farmington, died on October 26, 2014 at the age of 92. She was born December 29, 1921, to William J. Hillman and Helen Moore Hillman. She lost her mother at the age of two and was raised by her step mother, Helen Bantz Hillman.
Dorothy Thomas was valedictorian of her Farmington High School class of 1939. She married O.A. Thomas on June 3, 1941. They had four children, Janet, Scott, Mark, and Lynne. She is survived by daughters, Janet Lopez of Peachtree City, Georgia, and Lynne Grant of Chicago and son, Scott of Chicago. She is also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Thomas was a lifetime member of the Farmington United Methodist Church and the University of Illinois chapter of the Delta Zeta Sorority. She was also a member of the AE Chapter of P.E.O. for 57 years.
Dorothy Thomas was an avid traveler who visited much of the United States and made several trips to Europe as well as to Central America. She remained sharp until the end and enjoyed regaling family, friends, and neighbors with tales of farm life, family lore, and town history.
Services will be at 2:00 PM Friday, October 31st at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Jessica Baldyga will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorials may be made to Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
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Ernest “Ernie” Glen Harvel

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Ernest "Ernie" Glen Harvel

Ernest "Ernie" Glen Harvel

Silvis – Ernest “Ernie” Glen Harvel, 68, of Silvis, IL formerly of Canton, IL passed from this life at 1:54 AM Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Rosewood Nursing Home, Moline, IL, after a lengthy illness.
He was born July 12, 1946 in Beardstown, IL to Russell and Eva Jean (Gray) Harvel, SR.
Ernie was reared in Peoria and graduated from Manual High School in 1966. He served in the US Army from 1967 – 1970, serving a term in Vietnam.
He was a member of Canton VFW Post 1984 and Canton American Legion Post 16.
He worked at the Brass Foundry in Peoria for several years and retired from Caterpillar, Mapleton Plant when he was 65.
Ernie married Judith R. Logsdon on April 3, 1971 and from that union had their daughter, Dawn Ann.
He leaves to treasure memories, his wife, Judy; daughter, Dawn Milroy of Silvis; step children, Diane, Denise, and Rob; his sister, Gloria Stockman of Canton; and many nieces and nephews.
Lastly his beautiful grandchildren, Ericka, TJ, and Tyler; and great grandchildren, Kaine, Kaycee, and Bryson as well as 10 step grandchildren. He loved them all dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Russell Harvel JR; two step-daughters, Debbie and Dinah; and two infant brothers and one infant sister.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, October 30th at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.
Cremation rites will follow the visitation.
A graveside service, with military rites, will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, November 1st at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or South Park United Methodist Church.
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Beverly J. Stewart

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Beverly J. Stewart

Beverly J. Stewart

Canton – Beverly J. Stewart, 90, of Canton, IL passed away at 11:33 AM Friday, October 24, 2014 at Farmington Country Manor, Farmington, IL.
She was born June 18, 1924 in Macomb, IL to Harold V. and Gertrude (Black) Johnson. Beverly married Charles Willard Stewart and he preceded her in death in 1956.
Surviving are two sons, William (Adrianne) Stewart of Crystal River, Florida and Robert (Deb) Stewart of Canton; three grandchildren, Christopher Stewart, Dylan Stewart, and Miranda Decker; her great granddaughter, Trinity Fuller; sister, Carol Harkless of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews.
She received her Bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and her Master’s degree from University of Illinois.
Beverly was the director of Parlin-Ingersoll Library for over 25 years, retiring in 1986.
She attended Wesley United Methodist Church for several years and was an avid reader and bridge player.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
There will be a private graveside service at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Mary E. Showalter

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Peoria-Mary Eudora Showalter, 84, of Peoria, passed away at 12:10 pm Friday, October 24, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Pekin on March 6, 1930 to Earl and Lena (Stainbrook) Stovall. She married Clyde Showalter on August 16, 1947 in Pekin. He preceded her in death in 1989.
She is survived by her children, Jim (Sharon) Showalter of St. Charles, MO, Bill (Bonnie) Showalter of Martinsburg, WV, Mike (Pam) Showalter and Paul (Rhonda) Showalter, both of Bartonville, Mark (Tina) Showalter of Peoria, Lynne Wenzel of Bartonville, Clyde (Rita) Showalter Jr. of Boston, MA, and Joy Andrews of Chehalis, WA; twenty grandchildren; and twenty one great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Bob Showalter; brother, Gilbert; and sister, Wanda.
Mary was a homemaker. She loved to spend time with her family and especially with the babies of the family.
Services will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, October 27, at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville, where visitation will be held one hour prior. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to Unity Point Hospice.
To view Mary’s memorial DVD or leave the family online condolences, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Shirley M. White

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Shirley M. White

Shirley M. White

Canton – Shirley M. White, 85, of Canton, IL passed away at 2:55 AM Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton.
She was born November 17, 1928 in Moline, IL to Edward J. and Myrtle (Apperson) Kaiser. Shirley married David E. White on June 9, 1946 in Canton. He preceded her in death on March 2, 2009.
Surviving are three children, Debbie (Larry) Miller of Canton, Donna (George) Cardot of Canton, and David E. White of Buford, Georgia; four grandchildren, Justin (Susan) Miller, Janel Long, Ashley (Dan) Allen, and David A. White; seven great grandchildren, Tyson Brown, Gage Miller, Drake Miller, Katie Jett, Lauren Long, Cayden Allen, and Brewer Allen; and one sister, Marilyn Cox of Bettendorf, Iowa.
Also preceding her in death were one grandson, Evan White and one brother, Donald Kaiser.
Shirley was a graduate of the Canton High School Class of 1946 and recently attended her 68th class reunion.
She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Canton, Elks Club #626, and Graham Hospital Service League. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years.
Services will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, October 17th at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Kenny Bloyd will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton with Rev. Sue Harrington officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ or Christian Service Program.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Pauline E. Colvin Beecher

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Pauline E. Colvin Beecher

Pauline E. Beecher

Hanna City – Pauline E. Colvin Beecher, 88, of Hanna City, IL passed away at 5:05 PM Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Unity Point – Methodist in Peoria.
She was born May 4, 1926 in Glasford, IL to Leslie E. and Lillie M. (Burge) Colvin.
Pauline married George L. Beecher on December 7, 1943 in Hanna City. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2001.
Surviving are two children, Elaine K. (Dave) Stufflebeam of Trivoli and Roger L. (Lynnette) Beecher of Hanna City; four grandchildren, Dawn Wyman, Dana Guppy, Kiley T. Beecher, and Erin L. Dray; five great grandchildren, Sydney Dray, Katie Dray, Bre Wieberg, Brogan Wieberg, and Lillie Barrett; and one great-great granddaughter, Callia Thompson.
Also preceding her in death were her brother, Elmer Colvin; sister, Garnet Peters and an infant sister.
Pauline and her husband, George farmed and also owned and operated school buses for Elmwood school for 52 years.
She was a member of the Hanna City United Methodist Church.
There will be a graveside service at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 18th at Maple Ridge Cemetery, rural Mapleton. Rev. Bob DeBolt will officiate.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to her church or Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Melvin E. Burgett

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Canton – Melvin E. Burgett, 57, of Canton, IL passed away at 12:15 PM Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at his residence.
He was born December 19, 1956 in Grundy, Virginia to Ira and Betty (White) Burgett.
Surviving are his brother, Jimmy Burgett of Wichita, Kansas; sisters, Donna Bedwell of Hanna City and Jennifer Strong of Billings, Montana; five nieces, Crystal, Michelle, Abigail, Bethany, and Charity; and six nephews, Eddy, John, Jamie, Jon, Brandon, and Donald.
His parents preceded him in death.
Melvin was an artist.
He was a US Navy veteran.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Jean Lois Miller

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Jean Lois Miller

Jean Lois Miller

Peoria – Jean Lois Miller, 88, of Peoria, IL passed away at 5:05 PM Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Heartland Health Care in Peoria.
She was born January 29, 1926 in Le Center, MN to Roy and Merle (Eddy) Vollmer. Jean married Milton Earl Babcock in 1945 and later married John M. Miller on December 14, 1989. He preceded her in death in April 2007.
Surviving are four sons, David Babcock of Peoria, James Babcock of East Peoria, Ronald (Eve) Babcock of Lakeside, CA, and Steven (Mary) Babcock of Washburn; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Lloyd Vollmer of Hastings, MN and Roger Vollmer of Le Center, MN; and one sister, Beth Barber of Le Center, MN.
Also preceding her in death were her daughter, Sandra Scoby; grandson, Richard Babcock; and one sister.
Jean worked in the bakery at Kroger’s for fifteen years.
She was of the Lutheran faith and was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A graveside gathering will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, October 20th at Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Dorothy A. Sturgis

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Dorothy A. Sturgis

Dorothy A. Sturgis

Canton – Dorothy A. Sturgis, 80, of Canton, IL passed away at 6:00 PM Monday, October 6, 2014 at her residence.
She was born June 16, 1934 in Peoria, IL to Robert and Elfia (Wiggington) Evans. She married Gary Sturgis on June 21, 1952 in Peoria County. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are three children, Cheryl Ann Sturgis of Pekin, Jerry (Paula) Sturgis of Goofy Ridge, and David Sturgis of Chicago; four grandchildren, Christie (Robert) Mitchell, Cody Anglin, Michael Sturgis, and Chasity Sturgis; ten great grandchildren; sister, Roberta (Myron) Anglin of Forrest City; and many nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Shirley Johnson and Verna Rich.
Dorothy was a school bus driver and custodian at Mid West Central School in Manito.
She attended Abundant Life Church in Peoria.
Dorothy enjoyed bowling, crocheting, making ceramics, and spending time with her grandkids.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, October 13th at Sand Ridge Community Church 26163 County Rd 2500 N. Topeka, IL with visitation one hour prior.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the family c/o Niki Starkey 191 Centennial Court Lincoln, IL 62656.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com