William Mason Whitfield

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William Mason Whitfield

William Mason Whitfield

Peoria – William Mason Whitfield, 91, of Peoria, IL passed away at 1:40 AM Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Farmington Country Manor.

He was born February 9, 1924 in Champaign, IL to Nicholas M. and Gladys M. (Stevenson) Whitfield.

He married Lora J. Sherman on September 12, 1943 and she preceded him in death on April 13, 2014.

Surviving are four children, Nick (Mari) Whitfield Sr. of Springfield, Mary Jane Shea of Peoria, Shirley Kucavik of Bartonville, and William F. Whitfield of Peoria; 16 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandson.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; 1 grandson, Nicholas R. Whitfield Jr., 3 brothers; and 1 sister.

William worked for Caterpillar, where he was a clerk in the supply department in the Maintenance Crib. He retired after 30 plus years service.

He was a member and Deacon of the Second Baptist Church in Peoria.

He volunteered at South Side Mission for 30 years and received its Helen Haien Good Samaritan Award.

He was also a member of South Side Mission’s Harvesters Group and UAW Local 974.

He enjoyed woodworking.

Services will be held at 12:30 PM Friday, May 22nd at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with visitation one hour prior.

Rev. David Scholl will officiate.

Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the Harvesters Group at South Side Mission.

To view William’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Richard W. Wilcoxen

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Richard Wilcoxen

Richard Wilcoxen

Richard W. Wilcoxen 84, of East Peoria, formerly of Bartonville and Liverpool became absent from the body and present with the Lord on May 14, 2015 at 2:30 am at the OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born on March 5, 1931 to Floyd L. and Corrine A. “Brownie” Warren Wilcoxen at home in Liverpool, IL.

He married his childhood sweetheart Donna J. Pollitt on September 29, 1950 in Canton, IL. She preceded him in death on May 12, 2004. He is survived by two children, Nancy Jo Lawless (Robert) of Bartonville and Rev. Richard Scott Wilcoxen (Sharon) of Niceville, FL. Four grandchildren, Nathan (Jeanette) Kurth of Hanna City, Jared (Amanda) Kurth of Peoria, Daniel (Mary Ann) Wilcoxen and Ann E. (Joshua) Riggins both of Niceville, FL. He is also survived by eight great grandchildren, Zander and Hunter Kurth, August and Allison Kurth, Logan and Kinsey Wilcoxen and Isaiah and Elijah Riggins.

Richard is also survived by three brothers, Floyd E. (Sherill) Wilcoxen of Liverpool, James N. (Carol) Wilcoxen of Rural Lewistown, and Dale L. (Judy) Wilcoxen of Havana and many nieces and nephews. Richard is also survived by his close friend and cousin, Don (Beverly) Wilcoxen of Canton

The Family would like to express our love and gratitude to our “special” Aunt Norma Phelps, who helped us look after dad and her children who are like our own brothers and sisters, Doug, Barb, Greg, Clayton and Lenord for their love, concern and prayers.

Richard served in the Navy aboard the USS Pocono during the Korean War. He worked in engineering at Caterpillar Tractor Co. retiring after 30 years of service. After he retired, he and his wife Donna served in the RVICS “Retired Volunteers in Christ’s Service”. They traveled the country in the “home on wheels” doing service projects for Christian schools, Churches and Bible Camps.

Richard was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church and served for many years as a member of The Monday Morning Work Group at Grace Presbyterian where he enjoyed serving the Lord by doing what he did best, fixing things that needed repair. He valued the friendship and fellowship he had with his fellow volunteers as they served the Lord together.

Funeral Services will be held at Murphy-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Canton, IL on May 19, 2015   at 11:00 A.M. with visitation an hour before the service. The Rev. Scott Wilcoxen will officiate. Burial will be in the Salem-Wilcoxen Cemetery. In lieu of Flowers memorials may be made to the Central Illinois Riding Therapy 305 Neuman Dr. East Peoria, IL 61611, which great grandson Hunter is a member. To view Richard’s memorial DVD or make online condolences to the family go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Ila Marie Lewis

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Canton – Ila Marie Lewis, 92, of Canton, IL passed away at 2:53 PM Monday, May 11, 2015 at Heartland Health Care, Canton.

She was born August 2, 1922 in Fayette County, Iowa to Fred John and Edith (Gestel) Heeren. Ila married Orville W. Lewis on December 15, 1945 in Tampico, IL. He died August 1, 1996.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; one daughter, Pat Hopkins; one son, Bill Lewis; two brothers; and one sister.

Surviving are five children, John Lewis of Cordova, TN, Nikki Lewis of Canton, Jerry Lewis of Canton, Glen Lewis of Summerville, TN, and Tony Lewis of Abingdon, MD; ten grandchildren; twenty five great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; two brothers, Francis “Bud” Heeren of Sierra Vista, AZ and Donald Heeren of Rock Falls; and four sisters, Clara Dobbeke of Deer Grove, Priscilla Shelton of Rochelle, Velma Zimmerman of Rochelle and Emma Jones of Wynne, AR.

Ila was a homemaker and day care provider for many years.

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

Cremation rites have been accorded.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, May 22nd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tampico, IL with visitation one hour prior at the church.

Burial of ashes will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Tampico, IL.

Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry.

Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

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

Ernest D. Peterson

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Canton – Ernest D. Peterson, 81, of Canton, IL passed away at 6:42 PM Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Sunset Manor, Canton.

He was born December 20, 1933 in Breeds to John H. and Maude (Foulk) Peterson. He first married Kathleen Stevens and later married Barbara Snook.

Surviving are nine children, Michael (Sue) Peterson of Canton, Debra Parker of Georgia, Joyce (Bill) Homan of Trivoli, Don (Sandy) Peterson of Woodward, OK, John (Diane) Peterson of Mt. Morris, and David (Kerrie) Peterson, Phillip (Kris) Peterson, Bobbie (Tom) Renner, and Billie (Dennis) Quaco all of Polo; twenty four grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, one great granddaughter, seven brothers, and three sisters.

Ernest worked in construction.

He was a member of the VFW of Canton and was a Korean War Veteran.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

There will be no services.

Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

Timothy “T.J.” Sutherland

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Timothy "T.J." SutherlandFairview- Timothy “T.J.” Sutherland, 23, of Fairview passed away at 11:32 AM Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

He was born August 23, 1991 in Rogers, AR to Sherman “Sonny” L. Sutherland Jr. and Christina (Merriman) Seward.

Surviving are his father of Fairview; his mother of Lincoln, AR; grandparents, Sherman L. (Dorothy) Sutherland Sr. of Fairview and David Merriman of Independence, KS; great grandma, Margaret A. Sutherland of Rogers, AR; two brothers, Gary L. Sutherland of Pea Ridge, AR and Patrick Seward of Prairie Grove, AR; one sister, Jenna Seward of Prairie Grove, AR; his aunts and uncles, Dawn (Jim) Record of Farmington, IL, Jamey (Charity) Sutherland of Houston, TX, Jon Sutherland of St. Louis, Amos (Courtney) Sutherland of Macomb, Rick Merriman of Springfield, MO, D.J. Merriman and Jacob Merriman both of Pierce City, MO; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Cheryl Merriman.

He worked at Keystone Steel and Wire Company as a fork truck operator, and previously worked two years as a cook at Chipotle in Peoria.

He was a member of Farmington First Baptist Church, Farmington, AR.

T.J. loved football and was an avid Eagles fan. He could quote stats dating back into the 1970’s.

He was also an avid gamer and collected Dragon Ball Z and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles memorabilia.  He would do anything to try to get a laugh from people.

In hopes to help others, T.J. was an organ and tissue donor.

Services will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home Farmington.  Curt Lipe will officiate.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday May 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.  Cremation rites will be accorded following the service.

Memorials may be made to Farmington Rescue 1100 or the St.Francis Neurological ICU.

To view T.J.’s memorial DVD or leave the family condolences online, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Gordon M. “Doc” Cramer

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Farmington – Gordon M. “Doc” Cramer, 94, of Farmington, IL passed away at 7:32 PM Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Farmington Country Manor.

He was born January 27, 1921 in Trivoli Township, IL to Charles M. and Lucy C. (Manning) Cramer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Helen Barbara Bruniga.

Surviving are his great niece, Lori (Justin) Osborne of Canton and two great great nephews, Eli and Caleb Osborne.

Doc retired from Hiram Walker.

He was a lifetime member of the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571 and also a member of the Farmington American Legion Post #140 and America Trap Shooting Association.

He was a US Air Force veteran, serving in WWII in Europe.

Per his request, a private graveside service will be held in Trivoli Cemetery.

Rev. Jessica Baldyga will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.

Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Daniel E. Rusch

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Daniel E. Rusch

Daniel E. Rusch

Trivoli – Daniel E. Rusch, 54, of Trivoli, IL passed away at 12:49 PM Monday, May 4, 2015 at his residence.

He was born January 25, 1961 in Peoria to Earl and Dorothy (Wagner) Rusch. Danny married Ruth Glueck on March 10, 2007 in Brimfield.

She survives along with their daughter, Sheridan Rusch, at home; his mother, Dorothy Rusch of Trivoli; brother, John Rusch of Middle Grove; and sisters, Irene Endress of Monmouth, Debra Losher of Huntley, and Katherine Umholtz of Mapleton.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Danny was a farmer and member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brimfield.

God and family were Danny’s priorities.

He was a loving husband, father, son, and brother and spent all of his free time with his family.

Services will be at 10:00 AM Thursday, May 7th at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brimfield where visitation will be from 8:30 to 10:00 AM.

Rev. Michael Liese will officiate.

Burial will be in Penn Ridge Cemetery in Trivoli.

Memorials may be made to a trust fund for Sheridan c/o Heritage Bank in Trivoli or the Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

O. Fred “Babe” Woods

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O. Fred "Babe" Woods

O. Fred “Babe” Woods

Farmington – O. Fred “Babe” Woods, 72, of Farmington, IL passed away at 11:43 PM Monday, May 4, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

He was born February 7, 1943 in Canton to Donald and Peggy (Riccioni) Woods.

He married Linda DeCoste.

Surviving are his mother, Peggy Van Fossen of Farmington; uncle, Dean E. Riccioni of Claremont, CA; and several cousins.

His father preceded him in death.

Babe worked for International Harvester in Canton and transferred to the Indiana plant until his retirement in 1996.

He was an avid hunter and also loved hill climbing on motorcycles.

He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson and was a member of the Harley Owners Group. He was also a member of the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571 and National Rifle Association

Visitation will be held from 12:45 to 1:45 PM Saturday, May 9th at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington followed by a 2:00 PM Graveside Services at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.

Rev. Bob DeBolt will officiate.

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

 

 

 

Francisco “Joe” Palazzo Jr.

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Joe Palazzo Jr.

Bartonville- Francisco “Joe” Palazzo Jr., 63, of Bartonville, passed away at 10:42 AM Monday, May 4, 2015, in Canton.

He was born in Peoria on March 8, 1952 to Francisco and Ruth (Nuendorf) Palazzo. He married Karen Gray in Bartonville on March 5, 2010, she survives.

Also surviving are his Mom of Mapleton; three children, Tara (Joshua) Livingston of Galesburg, Jeffrey (Sandra) Palazzo of Oklahoma, and Toni (Derrick) Palazzo-Page of Missouri; four brothers, Dennis (Lynn) Palazzo of Oquawka, and Tom, Jeff, and Terry Palazzo, all of Mapleton; one sister, Sue Eubanks of Pekin; and several nieces and nephews. He was proud to be a Grandpa and will be greatly missed by his “Duffs” and “Scooter” as well as his other ten grandchildren and family.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Brandi, his father, and his brother Greg.

He worked as a Boilermaker and was a member of Boilermakers Local 60.

Joe was also a member of VFW Post 3883, Bartonville.

He enjoyed fishing, simulator flying, and was an avid Cubs Fan. Joe was known by many and loved to spend time with his family and his dogs.

Joe served in The United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Services will be held at 10 AM Friday, May 8, at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM.

Burial will follow the service at Lakeside Cemetery, Pekin.

In honor of Joe’s love for the Cubs, please wear Cubs apparel or colors to the service.

Memorials may be made to Karen, C/O Bartonville Bank.

To view Joe’s memorial DVD or to send the family condolences online, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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Norma “Joan” Cardosi

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Norma "Joan" Cardosi

Joan Cardosi

Canton – Joan Cardosi, 83, of Canton, IL passed away at 10:34 AM Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born December 9, 1931 in Canton to Oren and Velma (Pollitt) McGinnis. Joan married Charles D. Cardosi on June 3, 1951 in Canton and he died on December 10, 2006.

Surviving are four children, Leah Ayers, Carla Ackerman, and Lori Cardosi all of Canton and Brad Cardosi of Springfield; three grandsons, Troy Dunberger, BJ Ackerman, and Nathan Cardosi; and one brother, Jack McGinnis of Belleville. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter, Julie Cardosi.

Joan retired from Parlin-Ingersoll Library after more than 25 years service.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canton. She was involved with B.P.W. She enjoyed reading and cherished time with family and friends. Joan loved all sports and was a loyal Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinal fan.

Services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, May 2nd at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Rev. Monroe Bailey will officiate.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or Fulton County Humane Society.

To view Joan’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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