Bob Eugene Emery

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Canton – Bob Eugene Emery, 81, of Canton passed away at 10:30 PM Monday, December 8, 2014 at Sunset Manor Nursing Home, Canton.
He was born January 6, 1933 on a farm near Marietta, IL to George and May Dorothy (Myers) Emery. He was raised by his grandparents. Bob married Carol Martin on March 31, 1951 at the First Christian Parsonage in Canton and had been married 63 years. She survives.
Also surviving are three children, Cathy Jo (Robert) Mulligan, Sherry Kay (Frank) Kreichgauer, and Larry Eugene (Peggy) Emery all of Canton; nine grandchildren; one brother, George Emery of Kingston Mines; three half brothers, Dale Wallick of Paris, TN, William Wallick of Eatonton, GA, and Charles Wallick of Yates City; and three half sisters, Ann Simmons of Avon, Norma Jean Peters of Paris, TN, and Shirley Dye of Maple Mills.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one son, Robert Glen Emery.
He was of the Baptist faith.
Bob was a diesel mechanic working for Dicks Trucking in Canton, Dairymen Trucking in Georgia, and last worked for Horton Homes in Georgia.
He was an outdoorsman, enjoying gardening, fishing, and hunting.
Services will be at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 11th at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Luella M. Gehrig

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Dunlap – Luella M. Gehrig, 93, of Dunlap passed away Friday, December 5, 2014 at Grandview Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Peoria.
She was born on July 31, 1921 in Oneida, IL, to the late Anton and Florence Oppelz. She married Louis Gehrig on March 29, 1941. He died June 6, 1976.
Survivors include their children, Shirley (Bernard) Wilhelmsen and Rosene (Francis) Snekhaus; grandchildren, Jennifer (Scott) Jones, Brian (Melanie) Wilhelmsen, Tracy (Mark) Bailey, Jody (Ira) Buckner, and Kristy (Matthew Brown) SeBlonka; seven great grandchildren; and sisters, Helen (Robert) Gehrig and Doris (John) Adams.
She was also preceded in death by brothers, Anton and Donald Oppelz.
Luella and her husband farmed in Dunlap and she was also a cook at the Dunlap Jr. High School.
Luella enjoyed spending time on the farm with her family, gardening, quilting, and taking bus trips with her friends. She was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church in Dunlap and was active in the United Methodist Women’s Group. She was generous, patient, and kind and drew strength from her faith in the Lord.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
There will be a Memorial Service at 10:00 am Saturday, December 20th at Prospect United Methodist Church in Dunlap.
Burial of ashes will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to: The Alzheimer’s Association – Central Illinois Chapter or Prospect United Methodist Church.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Vennessa Ruth Look

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Vennessa Ruth Look

Vennessa Ruth Look

Peoria Heights – Vennessa Ruth Look, 95, of Lawrence Kansas, formerly of Peoria Heights, passed away at 5:04 PM Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Bridge Haven Care Cottage in Lawrence, Kansas.
She was born January 22, 1919 in Alpha, IL to James J. and Margaret (Bruns) Tank. She married Robert H. Look on January 21, 1936 in Peoria. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are two children, Kerinn (William) Carey of Dunlap and Kurt K. Look of Lawrence, Kansas and three grandchildren, Bobby Courtney, Sarah Look, and Amanda Look.
Also preceding her in death were one son, Kent Look and all of her brothers and sisters.
There will be a Graveside Service at 11:00 AM Friday, December 5th at Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.
Pastor Kerry Frantz will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Georgia Evelyn Wilcoxen

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Georgia Evelyn Wilcoxen

Georgia Evelyn Wilcoxen

Canton — Georgia Evelyn Wilcoxen, 92, of Canton passed away at 2:13 p.m. Friday, November 28, 2014, at Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center in Florida, a day after she suffered a stroke and was hospitalized.
She was born September 26, 1922, in Kerton Township, Fulton County, Illinois, to Charles Ruben and Lydia (Bower) Reed.
Georgia, known as “Georgie” to her family and friends, married Raymond J Wilcoxen (“Red”) of Canton on October 30, 1941, in Bowling Green, Missouri. He survives.
She is also survived by two sons, Joseph (Carolyn) of Largo, FL., and Marshall (Michelle) of Hillsborough, NC; by four grandchildren, Renee (Ron) Wilcoxen Harris and Kelli Wilcoxen, of New York City, Jason Wilcoxen, of Atlanta, GA, and Webb (Liz) Wilcoxen, of Pleasantville, NY; her great-grandchild, John Boone Wilcoxen (Jack); as well as one brother, Wilbert M. Reed of Phoenix AZ, and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, three brothers, one sister and one infant sister preceded her in death.
Raymond and Georgia lived independently right up until her passing, and in the same house that Georgia had called home since she joined her new husband Raymond there in 1941, when she was 19. They recently celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.
A graduate of Canton High School, Georgia worked as an operator at Illinois Bell Telephone Company before retiring to raise her family.
Georgia had long-held interests in genealogy and was active in many societies, including the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, the National Society of the United States Daughters of Eighteen Hundred and Twelve, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, retiring after 37 years as Secretary of the Thomas Walters Chapter.
Over the years Georgia enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, playing cards, listening to music, attending concerts, dancing, photos/photography, painting and antiques, as well as creating unique personalized greeting cards which have become treasured keepsakes for family and friends.
Georgia was a member of the First Christian Church in Canton since 1934.
Red and Georgie shared a lifetime of “getting the job done,” consideration for others, love and happiness, and along the way became an inspiration for many, earning the love and respect of family and friends.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 12 at Murphy-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Canton, with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow in Salem-Wilcoxen Cemetery, Bryant, IL, with a dinner for all family and friends at 4:00 pm at the First Christian Church, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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John Tusek

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John Tusek

John Tusek

Farmington – John Tusek, 80, of Farmington, IL passed away at 6:25 PM Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the Farmington Country Manor.
He was born May 22, 1934 in Farmington to Joseph and Barbara (Cerovecki) Tusek. John married Ruthanne Welker on April 8, 1961 in Farmington. She survives.
Also surviving are three children, Elizabeth (Leonard) Young, Karen (Frank) McCollough, and Johnny Tusek all of Farmington; two grandsons, Jackson and Jared McCollough; one brother, Frank (Audrey) Tusek of Williamsfield; three sisters, Ann (the late Raymond) Weller of Farmington, Mary (the late Donald) Nickerson of Arizona, and Julia (the late Harold) Reinsma of Dunlap; and sister-law-law, Judy Tusek of Yates City.
Preceding him in death were his parents, one infant son, and one brother, Joe Tusek.
He was a lifelong farmer and worked at Caterpillar for 31 years, retiring as a Millwright at the Tech Center in Mossville.
John was a member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau and National Rifle Association.
He was of Croatian decent and was a 1st generation American.
He was a US Army veteran.
Services will be at 2:00 PM Monday, December 1st at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior.
Burial, with Military Honors, will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorials may be made to the Greater Peoria Honor Flight c/o Bank of Farmington.
To view John’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family, go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Melvin D. Yarbrough Sr.

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Melvin D. Yarbrough Sr.

Melvin D. Yarbrough Sr.

Peoria – Melvin D. Yarbrough Sr., 85, of Peoria, IL passed away at 1:53 AM Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born July 31, 1929 in Vandalia, IL to Delbert and Lucille (Oglesby) Yarbrough. He first married Joyce West and she died in 1998. Melvin later married Darlene Owens in 2000. She survives.
Also surviving are two children, Melvin Dale (Sue) Yarbrough Jr. of Peoria and Julie Shernak of Peoria; three grandchildren, Brenda (Scot) Craig, Jennifer Neville, and Mark (Sarah) Yarbrough; four step grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and one brother, Mickey Yarbrough of Decatur.
He was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.
Melvin worked at Caterpillar in Mossville retiring as a Tool Investigator with 33 years’ service. He had a snow cone truck in the Peoria area for several years.
He was a former member of the Madison Avenue Methodist Church in Peoria.
Melvin was a member of the Highview Church of God in Peoria, the Masonic Lodge, and the UAW where he was a head trustee.
He was a US Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.
Services will be at 11:00 am Monday, December 1, 2014 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with Rev. Joy Schlesselman officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 pm Sunday, November 30th at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Fon Du Lac Cemetery, East Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the Illinois Cancer Care, Peoria.
To view Melvin’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Allan Douglas Myers

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Allan Douglas Myers

Allan Douglas Myers

Canton – Allan Douglas Myers, 63, of Canton, IL passed away at 1:39 AM Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Unity Point-Methodist in Peoria.
He was born April 14, 1951 in Macomb to Paul D. and Bonnie (Blevins) Myers.
His parents and brother, Tim preceded him in death.
Surviving are three children, Michael (Tanya) Myers, Michelle (Mike) Walker, and Allan Myers all of Canton; five grandchildren, Kalee, Jacob, Ian, Logan, Bentley and one soon to be born, Faith Noelle; two brothers, Randy Myers of Bushnell and Lonnie (Julie) Myers of Canton; three nieces; and one nephew.
Allan had worked at International Harvester Co in Canton and Rohn Manufacturing in Peoria and last worked for John Deere in Moline.
He was a member of the Canton Elks Lodge, I.B.E.W. and U.A.W.
He loved to mow and burn and was a John Wayne fan.
Services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday, November 30th at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Saturday, November 29th.
Cremation rites will follow the services.
Memorials may be made to the Allan Myers Memorial Fund c/o CEFCU.
To view Allan’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family, go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Leah Renee M. Crafton

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Yates City – Leah Renee M. Crafton, 13 months old, of Yates City, IL passed away at 9:07 AM Sunday, November 23, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Leah was born October 1, 2013 in Bloomington, IL and is survived by her foster parents, Jeff and Mary Drone of Yates City.
Also surviving is a brother, Antono Jones of Yates City.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, December 1st at Yates City Cemetery. Rev. Dave Utt will officiate.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

John S. Styninger

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John Styninger

John S. Styninger

Canton – John S. Styninger, 91, of Canton, IL passed away at 11:33 AM Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Heartland Healthcare Center, Canton.
He was born December 9, 1922 in Dunfermline, IL the son of Michael and Angeline (Klobuchar) Styninger. His father died when he was six years old and he was raised by his mother and step father, John Tomitich. John married Jane Folkman on July 13, 1941 in Palmyra, MO. They married there because it only cost $2.00. Alter 63 years of marriage; she passed away on January 6, 2005. Twice a day for seven years, John went to the nursing home to feed her and be with her. He was still able to get in a few golf matches, Monday afternoon pitch, a daily swim at the YMCA, and of course morning coffee at Browns Snappy Service. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, a member of the Canton Country Club, and a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton. John was a 60 year member of the Canton American Legion and also belonged to the Canton VFW and Canton Elks Lodge.
He retired from International Harvester Co in Canton where he was a machinist.
Also preceding him in death were his son, Michael, an infant daughter, his parents and step father; and sister, Dorothy White.
Surviving are two sons, Jerry (Carol) Styninger of Canton and Stephen (Vickie) Styninger of Hanna City; and three grandchildren, Jeremy Styninger of Peoria, Mark (Becky) Styninger of Nashville, IL, and Carla Coffey of Mattoon.
Also surviving are six great grandchildren and a daughter in law, Doris Styninger of Okawville.
John served in WWII in the Army Air Corps, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant while serving in the Philippines. He was re-drafted into the Army at the start of the Korean War.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
There will be a visitation from 10 to 11 am Saturday, November 29th at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with a Funeral Mass following at 11:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church, Canton. Father Daniel Ebker will officiate. Burial of ashes will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

C. Rich McDonald

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Farmington – C. Rich McDonald, 50, of Farmington, IL passed away at 3:53 pm Thursday, November 20, 2014 at his residence.
He was born November 7, 1964 in Canton to Gary McDonald and Patricia (Eddy) Fawcett.
Surviving are his father of Farmington; his mother of Canton; one brother, Bart McDonald of Canton; and two nieces, Macy and Madison.
Rich was a farmer and enjoyed bowling and golfing.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
There will be no services.
Burial of ashes will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Peoria County Humane Society.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com