BARTONVILLE- Everett E. Brann Jr., 84, of Bartonville, passed away at 8:55 PM on Saturday June 25, 2016 at Unity-Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria. He was born on October 15, 1931 in Oran, Missouri, the son of Everett E. and Marie Allen Brann Sr. He married Patsy McDonald in Edwards, IL, and later married Jeanine Shannon in Peoria, they both preceded him in death; also preceded him in death are his parents.
Surviving is one son, Kevin (Tami) Brann of Hanna City; two grandchildren, Nichole (Andrew) Scott of Williamsfield, Mitchell (Kayle) Brann of Peoria, and four great-grandchildren.
Everett graduated Manual High School in Peoria, and was an Electric Engineer working for Keystone for 35 years, he was an original member of the Early Ford V-8 club and Central Illinois Regional Group, original past member of Peoria Ski Kats, member of the Slo Pokes Car Club in Peoria, and was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean War.
A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. To view Everett’s DVD or to leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
HANNA CITY- Elmer Leon Hutton, 89 of Hanna City, Formerly of Bartonville, passed away at 5:25 PM on Monday, June 20, 2016 at Unity-Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria. He was born on January 19, 1927 in Keokuk County, Iowa, a son of Doyle and Fern Schultz Hutton. He married Harriet Lorene Snyder on April 9, 1949 in Peoria. She preceded him in death in September of 1994. He later married Hettie Hoopingarner on June 15, 1995 in Mission, TX. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Gary L. (Brenda) Hutton of Bartonville, Ronnie L. (Mary) Hutton of Sacramento, CA, six step-sons, Buddy, Michael, Billy, Darryl, Garryl, Jeff Hoopingarner, one step-daughter, Sheryll Hillman; four grandchildren, Andrea, Corinne, Angela, and Valerie; several grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth (George) Miller of Mission, TX, and Jennie Morgan of IA; and brother-n-law, Howard Snider of Mission, TX.
Preceding him in death are his parents, and one son, Mark L. Hutton.
Elmer worked as an inspector at Keystone for 36 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mission, TX. He was a lifelong member of Al Amin Shriners, Joseph Robbins Lodge #0930, lifelong member of Bartonville VFW, Bartonville American Legion, Bartonville Showalter Lodge, Scottish Rites, Mohammad Shrine, Easterstar in Peoria Heights, Military order of the Cootie, and a lifelong member of Pup Tent #2.
Elmer enjoyed traveling, spending the winter in Mission, TX, and fishing and camping. He was especially proud and loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service will be at 11 AM on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville, IL. Rev. Jack Thompson will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials can be made to Children Shriner’s Hospital, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, or St. Jude’s Children Hospital. A potluck luncheon will be held at 1:00 PM at the American Legion in Bartonville following the services.
Carrie Mae Davis, 92, of Canton, passed away at 3:47 PM on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Graham Hospital. She was born on May 3, 1924 in Ellisville to Lewis and Lena (Ault) Martin. She married Wiley Davis on September 25, 1948 in Monmouth, IL, he preceded her in death on September 7, 1989.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, three brothers, and four sisters.
Surviving are three sons, William “Bill” Davis of Creve Coeur, Richard “Dick” (Peggy) Davis of Canton, and Robert “Rob” Davis of Canton; five grandchildren, Tanya Johnson, Brock Davis, Bradley Davis, Keri Medus, and Stacie Wilcoxen; and three great-grandchildren, Claire Davis, Jayden Wilcoxen, and Addison Wilcoxen.
Carrie loved spending time with her family, being outdoors, and cooking.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Greenwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10-11 AM at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Memorials can be made to Fulton County Humane Society. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Canton – Wilbur D. Meadows, 84, of Canton, passed away at 8:20 PM on June 16, 2016 at his residence. He was born on February 16, 1932 in Abingdon, IL to Clyde and Frances (Watkins) Meadows. He first married Virginia Jarvis on June 5, 1955; she preceded him in death on March 29, 1981. He then married Janet (Rohrer) Flynn in 1982, she survives.
Also surviving are two children, Jane Jersey of Stevens Point, WI, and Lisa (Richard) Sherwin of Bedford, N.H.; three step-children, David Flynn, Bruce Flynn, and Darren Flynn of Canton; eight grandchildren, Sara Stanke, Ben Jackson, Philip Sherwin, Corey Scalf, Mark Flynn, Scott Flynn, Seth Flynn, and Lucas Flynn; five great-grandchildren, Jarrett Stanke, Lillee Stanke, Hayden Stanke, Kitana Jackson, and Allie Flynn; and one sister, Doralee Smith of Sacramento, CA.
Preceding him in death are his parents; first wife Virginia; one brother, Bill Meadows; and his twin sister Wilma.
Wilbur attended Western Illinois University from 1955 to 1957, then Illinois Bankers School, then moving on to American Bankers Association Commercial Lending School, and lastly attending Graduate School of Banking at University of Wisconsin. Wilbur was the CEO at Roseville State Bank from 1957 to 1967, then moved to being the CEO at Havana National Bank from 1967-1970, and lastly was the President and CEO at National Bank of Canton, which is now known as MidAmerica National Bank, from 1970-1997.
Wilbur was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, a 50 year paid up life member of American Legion Post #16, Elks Lodge #626, Lions Club, and also a 50 year paid up member of Masonic Lodge. He was President of the Canton Park District, a member of Fulton County Flying Club, President of Illinois Bankers Association from 1990 to 1991, American Bankers Association from 1991 to 1994, where he served on the community banker’s legislative committee, and a member of Canton Area Chamber of Commerce. He was CACC Joint Citizen of the Year in 1974, and CACC Business Person of the Year in 1992. Wilbur enjoyed golf, fishing, and reading historical fiction.
Along with the other local Financial Institution Presidents in Canton, he worked to bring the Fulton Square Project to Canton to improve a dying downtown during the mid-70’s.
He served as a U.S. Marine during the Korean War, in the U.S. 11th – 1st Division, and in the Sergeant Artillery Unit.
Services will be at 11:30 AM on Monday, June 20, 2016 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where a visitation will be held from 10:30 -11:30 AM. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate. A visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Burial will be at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society, Canton American Legion Post #16, or Graham Hospital Hospice. To view Wilbur’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Canton – Ralph L. Groover, 84, of Canton, passed away at 3:03 AM on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Graham Hospital. He was born on May 20, 1932 in Morris, OK, to Franklin and Dovie (Rainwater) Groover. He married Myrna Bentley on January 29, 1953 in Lewistown, IL. She survives. He considered his wife his angel of life.
Also surviving are two sons, Leon Groover of Canton, and Rick (Darlene) Groover of Canton; six grandchildren, Chris (Cait), April, Heather, Brandon, Brian, and Adam; eight great-grandchildren; one brother; and five sisters.
Preceding him in death are his parents, one grandson, Ralph Leon Groover III, one great-granddaughter, Cali, two brothers, and two sisters.
Ralph worked at Art & Gene’s Chevy Dealership for 45 years. He is a member of Eastside Nazarene Church in Canton. He loved music, gardening, activities with his grandchildren, tinkering with things, and also giving and helping out others. Ralph was an avid Cardinals fan.
Ralph served in the Air Force.
Services will be at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where a visitation will be held from 10-11 AM. Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Memorials can be made to ALS Awareness. To view Ralph’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Helen Carlson beloved mother of Frances Reeves, (Husband Gerry) and wife of Harold who passed before died June 14, 2016. She was 99 years of age, from a large family of 13 children. She has resided in Peoria all of her life and will be very much in all of our hearts. She loved nature and being outdoors and always shared her vegetables and flowers with everyone she knew. She now will be at peace and have no more worries. She will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband Harold. A visitation will be held from 11-11:45 AM on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. Graveside services will follow the visitation at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Memorials can be made to Peoria Southside Mission.
Lila Bernice Little, 84, of Canton, passed away at 9:37 AM on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Graham Hospital. She was born on April 5, 1932 in Fulton County, Illinois a daughter of Chester D. and Jessie M. Loveland Rilea. She married Richard Little Sr. on October 6, 1954 in Canton. He preceded her in death on June22, 1988. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one son, Richard Little Jr., and two brothers, Robert V. and Delbert D. Rilea.
Surviving are one daughter, Rebecca Sue (Steven) Rothert; one daughter-in-law, Lois Little; two brothers, Willis L. (Betty) Rilea, James E. (Jacqi) Rilea all of Canton; two sisters, Doris E. Hand of Florida, Bonnie L. Owens of Galesburg, also surviving are seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Lila worked as a housekeeper at Graham Hospital in Canton for many years, she was a member of Monterey United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton. Memorials may be made to the Monterey United Methodist Church. To view Lila’s DVD or to leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Trivoli – Ira “Smitty” Smith, 86, of Trivoli, passed away at 8:20 AM on Monday, June 6, 2016 at Farmington Country Manor. He was born on August 21, 1929 in Elora, TN, to Hobart and Woody (Cagle) Smith. He married Annie Darnell on November 3, 1950 in Elizabeth Town, KY. She preceded him in death on October 17, 2015.
Also preceding him in death were his parents.
Surviving is daughter, Renetta Ballard of Trivoli; two grandchildren, Timothy Ballard and Amanda Ballard; two great-grandchildren, Ben Ballard and Izaak Campbell; one brother, Bobby Smith of Huntsville, AL; and one sister, Lois Allington of Morton, IL.
Smitty worked as a Printer for Bemis Company where he retired after 42 years of service. He was a member of Church of Christ Northwest in Peoria and also a member of Disabled American Veterans.
Ira served in the 104th Airborne Division in the Army.
Services will be at 11 AM on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, where a visitation will be from 10-11 AM. Pastor Jim Hawkins will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Memorials can be made to Central Illinois Honor Flight, 11117 North Brookhaven Court, Peoria, Illinois 61615. To view Smitty’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Eileen J. (Perry) Brod, 88, of Pekin, formally of Glasford, passed away at 3:40 AM on June 5, 2016 at Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care in Pekin, IL. She was born January 6, 1928 to Joe and Lena Perry in Atlanta, MO. Later her mother married an adorable step-father Leo Clodfelter. All of the above are deceased as is an infant son, and sister, Eva Joe Jordan.
She married George Brod on January 26, 1947; he was deceased in October 1993.
She retired in 1988 from Clark Oil & Refining after 28 years of service. She was a member of Glasford United Methodist Church, and also the American Business Women’s Association.
Surviving are two sons, Roger Brod of Glasford, IL, and Duane (April) Brod of Pekin; two daughters, Linda (Burl) Williams of Pekin, IL and Marsha Pfeiffer of Pekin, IL. Also there are 9 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville, where a visitation will be held from 10-11 AM. Burial will follow the services at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria, IL. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the First Methodist Church of Glasford, Timber-Hollis Fire Department, or charity of your choice. To view Eileen’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Canton — Raymond J Wilcoxen, 96, of Canton passed away at 10:23 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2016, at Largo Medical Center in Florida, shortly after suffering a stroke and being hospitalized.
He was born May 11, 1920, in Fulton County, Illinois, to John Kelly and Opal Mae Wilcoxen. Raymond, known as “Red” to his family and friends, married Georgia Evelyn Reed (“Georgie”) of Canton on October 30, 1941, in Bowling Green, Missouri. She preceded him in death on November 28, 2014. He is survived by two sons, Joseph (Carolyn) of Largo, FL, and Marshall (Michelle) of Hillsborough, NC; by four grandchildren, Renee (Ron) Wilcoxen Harris of New York City, Webb (Liz) Wilcoxen of Pleasantville, NY, Kelli Wilcoxen of New York City, Jason Wilcoxen of Largo, FL; his great-grandson, John Boone Wilcoxen (Jack) of Pleasantville, NY; as well as his sister, Annabelle Lorraine Breckenridge (Roscoe) of Lewistown, IL, and a niece and a nephew.
Raymond and Georgia lived independently right up until her passing, and in the same house that Red had called home since his parents moved there in 1924, and that Georgia had called home since she joined her new husband Red there in 1941. They had celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary a month before her passing.
He became a member of the First Christian Church in Canton in 1939, the same year in which he met Georgia there at a youth meeting.
A graduate of Canton High School, Raymond retired from the International Harvester Company where he spent 42 years as a Toolmaker and Diesinker.
In 2015 Raymond lived in Durham, NC, and in 2016 in Largo, FL.
A 4th great-grandnephew of pioneer Daniel Boone (John Willcockson married Daniel’s oldest sister, Sarah Boone, in 1742), Red had long-held interests in genealogy and was active in various societies, serving as an officer in many: the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, the General Society of the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War Society, the Boone Family Association, the Flagon and Trencher Society, the General Society of Colonial Wars, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Baronial Order of Magna Charta, and the Military Order of the Crusades. At the age of 18, Red served as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows’ youngest Noble Grand.
Over the years Red enjoyed playing cards, music, dancing, photography and antiques, as well as collecting IHC and Canton items and books.
Fun loving, sharp witted, and straight shooting, Red always got the job done, was considerate of others, shared his love and happiness, and along the way became an inspiration for many, earning the respect of everyone with whom he came in contact.
Quick with a smile or a helping hand, Red, one of the good guys, was kind to all.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at Sedgwick Memorial 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. To view Raymond’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com