Larry E. St.Clair

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Larry E. St.Clair

Larry E. St.Clair

St. David – Larry E. St. Clair, 76, of St. David, IL passed away at 7:31 am Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Graham Hospital, Canton.
He was born October 4, 1937 in Canton to Otis and Dorothy (Woodcock) St. Clair.
Larry first married Linda Rilea and later married Sharon Belless on January 26, 1972 in Canton.
She survives along with eight children; Russ St. Clair of Moline, Doug St. Clair of Fairview, Ethel Saufley of Cuba, Eric St. Clair of Canton, Michael Lambert of Germany, Larry Lambert of Maples Mill, Jerry Lambert of Dunfermline, and Lisa Callear of Liverpool; twenty one grandchildren; and twenty two great grandchildren.
He first worked at Keystone Steel & Wire for fifteen years then at Linn Lanes in Canton for twenty plus years. He last was a rural paper carrier for the Canton Daily Ledger.
Larry was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Canton.
He loved to bowl and was a member of bowling leagues at Linn Lanes. He also loved to fish.
Services will be at 10:30 am Saturday, April 19th at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Greg Ogle will officiate.
Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society.
To view Larry’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Grace S. Gould

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Grace S. Gould

Grace S. Gould

Canton – Grace S. Gould, 84, of Canton, IL passed away at 9:12 pm Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Graham Hospital, Canton.
She was born May 10, 1929 in Anna, IL to Ralph H. Sr. and Grace (Barringer) Sitter.
She married David S. Gould on June 26, 1955.
He survives along with two children, David S. Gould II of Anna and Frances L. Goins of Avondale, AZ; five grandchildren; and one brother Ralph Sitter of Cape Girardeau, MO.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Mary Frances Hesse of Springfield.
Grace received her B.S. degree from Mac Murray College.
She taught Health and Physical Education in Wood River, IL.
Grace was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the Altruistic Club, and Chapter LY of the Peoria Sisterhood.
She was instrumental in the early start of “Meals on Wheels” and volunteered there for 25 years.
Grace loved to golf and play tennis with friends and family.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Services will be handled at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna at a later date. Burial of ashes will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Canton or the Evangelical Presbyterian Youth in Anna, IL.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of local arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

James William Ray

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James William Ray

James William Ray

Peoria – James William Ray, 86, of Peoria, IL passed away at 9:00 pm Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Rosewood Care Center, Peoria.
He was born September 17, 1927, in Peoria to John and Frances (Cooke) Ray.
He married Catherine Weier on February 12, 1946 in Oakland, CA. She passed in 1999.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, and one sister, Phyliss M. Ray.
Surviving are four children, Jean Ray of Peoria, Mike (Sheila) Ray of Bartonville, Dave (Elizabeth) Ray of Peoria, and Tina Lincoln of Oglesby; thirteen grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; one brother, Howard (Ruth) Ray of Ocean Isle Beach, NC; and one sister, Wilma Joerger of Montclair, VA.
James served in the US Navy from 1945 to 1947.
He worked as an ironworker at Local 112 for 42 years, retiring in 1989.
He loved to play golf, bowl, fish, and hunt. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.
Services will be Friday, April 11th at 10:30 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville, where visitation will be on Thursday, April 10th from 5 to 7 pm.
Rev. Jack Thompson will officiate.
Burial, with military honors, will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Ruth Irene Taylor

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Ruth Irene Taylor

Ruth Irene Taylor

Ellisville – Ruth Irene Taylor, 79, of Ellisville, IL passed away at 3:56 am Friday, April 4, 2014 at Graham Hospital, Canton.
Known by her family as “Nanny” and by everyone else as “Ruthie” she was born September 15, 1934 in Ellisville to Beriah and Irene (Ditzler) Quick. She married Virgil Taylor on October 20, 1962 in Cuba.
He survives along with three daughters, Lora (Gary) StClair of Canton, Trisha (Kevin) Endres of Fairview, and Dawn Blunier of Kingsland, GA; two step children, Tim (Karen) Taylor of Canton and Tanna (Kevin) Schnake of Colorado Springs, CO; eight grandchildren; five step grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; and one brother, James (Jean) Quick of Ellisville.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and one step-daughter, Rhonda Taylor.
She was a member of Wiley Lutheran Church in Ellisville and recently attended the Cuba Christian Church.
She loved her family and grandchildren. She also loved shopping.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Visitation will be Monday, April 7th from 5 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton followed by a Memorial Service at 7:00 pm. Rev. Mike Arnett will officiate.
Burial of ashes will be at a later date at Fiatt Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Cuba Christian Church.
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Earnest W. “Bill” Baugh

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Earnest W. "Bill" Baugh

Earnest W. "Bill" Baugh

Canton – Earnest W. “Bill” Baugh, 85, of Canton, IL passed away at 1:13 pm Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Unity Point Methodist, Peoria.
He was born January 2, 1929, in Dawson, IL to Robert Sr. and Iva Ruth (Frye) Baugh. He was raised by his mother and step-father, Lester M. and Iva Ruth Hill. Bill married Annabelle Massingale on May 14, 1949 in Hanna City, IL. She preceded him in death on April 1, 2013.
Surviving are one daughter, Jane (Neil) Lewis of Canton; one granddaughter, Rachel Lewis of Canton; one brother, Leron Hill of Grand Rapids, MN; one sister, Joann Ogburn of Montana; three nephews, John (Kim) Dunnigan, Brian (Linda) Carrison, and Greg (Cindy) Carrison; one niece, Diana Howard; and one great nephew, Dane Dunnigan.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; his step-father; and one brother, Robert L. Baugh Jr.
Bill was an employment assistant for International Harvester in Canton for 25 years, retiring in 1984 with 31 years’ service.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Canton.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
There will be a Memorial Service for both Annabelle and Bill on Sunday, April 6th at 4:00 PM at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Jim Menne will officiate. Private burial of ashes will be at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Canton Educational Foundation.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Sherrilyn Wright

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Sherrilyn Wright

Sherrilyn Wright

Canton – Sherrilyn Wright, 80, of Canton, IL passed away at 10:55 pm Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.
She was born November 30, 1933, in Canton, to Russell and Iva (Barker) Rutherford. She married William C. Wright on April 29, 1953 in Canton and he preceded her in death on November 14, 2005.
Surviving are two children, Michelle (Terry) Ferris and Randy Wright both of Canton; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and one grandson, Joe Ferris.
Sherry had worked for JC Penney in Canton, Associated in Dentistry of Canton, and Canton Country Club.
She was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Canton.
Visitation will be Friday, April 4th from 6 to 8 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with recitation of the Rosary at 5:30 pm.
A Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, April 5th at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Daniel Ebker will officiate.
Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Food Pantry.
To view Sherry’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Robert Alden Snyder

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Robert Alden Snyder

Robert Alden Snyder

West Peoria – Robert Alden Snyder, 74, of West Peoria, IL passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at home in the arms of his beloved companion of 37 years, Patsy M. Barth, the love of his life, who survives.
He was born April 17, 1939 in Toulon, IL the son of Harry Alden and Mildred (Ball) Snyder.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Delbert; and an infant brother. Also surviving are his son, Christopher (Melea) Snyder of Hanna City and his daughter, Carmen K. Snyder of Broomfield, Co; grandsons, Kevin and Seth Snyder of Broomfield and Scott Snyder of Farmington; granddaughter, Sarah Snyder of Farmington; a great grandson, Caden Snyder of Farmington; two sisters, Donna (Errol) Brewer of Elmwood and Sylvia Lock of Fairview; and sister-in-law, Deanna Snyder of Norris. Also surviving are Patsy’s daughters, Robin (Brett) Masters of West Peoria, Vicki (Ritch) Larsen of Chillicothe, and Julie Berkshier and Steve Willis of Peoria; and grandchildren, Sheri (Jonathan) Parsley, Mike (Amy) Larsen, and Stephanie (Corey) Martinek; and great grandchildren, Nathan and Alex Parsley and Seth Larsen.
Robert grew up farming and farmed with his brother and sister-in-law in the Norris, Farmington, and Canton areas. He was an over the road truck driver for 20 plus years, last trucking with Traffic Tom, Inc of Bartonville.
He was a proud Master Dealer of Moews Seed Company.
Services will be Saturday, April 5th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate.
Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to Illinois Cancer Care, Peoria.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Egbert Glenn Threw

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Egbert Glenn Threw

Egbert Glenn Threw

Farmington – Egbert Glenn Threw, 88, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Farmington, IL.
Egbert was born March 26, 1926 to Glenn A. and Nellie (Cone) Threw in rural Knox County, IL. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1944.
Egbert served with the US Army Signal Corps in the Philippines. Upon discharge in 1948, he returned to the family farm.
Egbert married Patricia A. Chipman on April 17, 1949 in Farmington, IL. She survives.
He is also survived by Deborah O’Donnell of Farmington, Richard (Pamela) Threw of Norwood, Michael (Debra) Threw of Trivoli, and Patrick Kelly (Louisa) Threw of Farmington. He is also survived by six grandchildren; Bethamy Threw, Ryan (Kimberley) O’Donnell, Marshall Threw, Spencer Threw, MacKenzie Threw, and Sean Threw; and two great-grandchildren; Savonia Mahr-Threw and Hannah O’Donnell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one brother, one son-in-law, Michael O’Donnell, and one grandson, Brady Threw.
Egbert retired from International Harvester in Canton and continued farming.
He was a 65 year member of Farmington Masonic Lodge 192, the Scottish Rite and Mohammed Shrine, Farmington Oddfellow Lodge 44, and First United Presbyterian Church of Farmington.
Egbert took pride in his colonial ancestry, which dates back to Joseph Cone, one of the founding fathers of Farmington.
Egbert enjoyed raising cattle, spending time in his duck blind, turtle hunting, fishing, frogging on his lakes and watching his beloved Chicago Cubs and Bears attempt successful seasons.
Services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation one hour before.
Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorials may be made to First United Presbyterian Church of Farmington or Farmington Rescue 1100.
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John Louis Higgs

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John Louis Higgs

John Louis Higgs

Farmington – John Louis Higgs, 73, of Farmington, IL passed away at 7:48 pm Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at his residence.
He was born July 20, 1940 in Farmington to Louis Wilson and Lois B. (Gentle) Higgs. He married Barbara Ann Peoples on June 24, 1962 in Farmington. She survives along with two children, Mary Ann (Ron) Higgs Knutson of Batavia and Joseph Louis (Michelle) Higgs of Farmington; four grandchildren, Alec Joseph Higgs, Eric Scott Higgs, Alyssa Kate Knutson, and Anna Kristine Knutson; two brothers, Ralph L. (Sherry) Higgs of Farmington and David L. (Carolyn) Higgs of Dunlap; and one sister, Kathleen L. (Kent) Kowal of Farmington. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1958 and Western Illinois University in 1962. John was a co-owner of Melgreen’s Furniture in Farmington for over 50 years. He was Vice President of the Bank of Farmington Board of Directors and Farmington Bancorp and served on the board for 37 years. He also served in the Illinois National Guard. He was a member of the Farmington Rotary, Farmington Masonic Lodge, and the Farmington Fire Department for 44 years. He became an EMT in 1973 and, along with other charter members, worked with Dr. James Reed for the next 20 years creating and fine tuning Central Illinois’ finest rescue operation known as Rescue 1100. He served as Fire Chief for 9 years and then became a Trustee for the Farmington Fire District until his retirement in 2009. John enjoyed working at the family farm and spending time with his family, especially summer vacations in Eagle River, Wisconsin. The family would like to thank all of their extended family and friends for their prayers, and they would also like to express their appreciation to OSF Hospice for their tender care and support. Services will be Monday, March 31st at 10:00 AM at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Rev. Chris Deacon of the Farmington Presbyterian Church will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday, March 30th from 4 to 7 pm at the funeral home. Private burial will be in Trivoli Cemetery following the services. Memorials may be made to Farmington Rescue 1100.
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Pearl M. Johnson

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Pearl M. Johnson

Pearl M. Johnson

Canton – Pearl M. Johnson, 95, of Canton, IL passed away at 9:26 pm Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Red Oak Estates, Canton.
She was born October 3, 1918 in Teigen, Montana to Albert and Verena (Luebke) Rusch. Pearl married Charles Dean Johnson on December 15, 1945 in Canton and he preceded her in death on June 24, 2006.
Surviving are two sons, Don (Maureen) Johnson of East Peoria and Allan Johnson of Springfield; three grandchildren, Melissa (Ryan) Stevenson, Tommra (Dave) Kiesow, and Tatia (Corey) Gibbons-LaForme; five great grandchildren; and two great-great grandsons.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Vern, Harold, and Albert Rusch.
Pearl was a member of Shields Chapel Church, Canton and the Ladies Aide in St. David.
She loved making quilts and rugs, crocheting, and gardening.
Services will be Saturday, March 22nd at 10:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Rick Atchley and Rev. Dean Austin will officiate.
Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Memorials may be made to Shields Chapel or Red Oak Estates.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com