Harry “Bob” R. McEuen

Peoria – Harry “Bob” R. McEuen, 78, of Peoria, formerly of Farmington, passed away at 3:53 AM on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Liberty Village of Peoria. He was born on June 30, 1939 in Farmington, IL to Charles and Jennie (Scott) McEuen.

Surviving are two cousins, Patricia (Paul) Newcomb of Pekin, and Tana (John) Hayes of Arizona, special friend, Diane Rians of Peoria, and good friend and was also his pastor, Rev. Richard Springsteen of Peoria.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, Charles A. McEuen, and brother, Ernest McEuen.

Bob retired on March 1, 1995 working as a Machinist for Caterpillar in East Peoria. He was a member of Northwest Baptist Church in Peoria, IL. Bob was also a member of UAW 974 and was one the Board of Trustees at Northwest Baptist Church.

Services will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Northwest Baptist Church, 5430 N Big Hollow Rd, Peoria, IL 61615, where a visitation will be held from 10-11 AM. Rev. Richard Springsteen will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington, IL. Memorials can be made out to Northwest Baptist Church. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Rev. Gary B. Gunther

Smithfield – Gary B. Gunther, 74, of Smithfield, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday September 12, 2017 at his residence. He was born on May 25, 1943 in Galesburg, IL to Gene and Lois (Hansen) Gunther. He married Deborah Travis in 1985 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Canton. She preceded him in death in 2012.

Also preceding him in death are his parents, and one sister, Linda Gunther.

 Surviving are two daughters, Kari (Karsten) Pukropski of Conroe, Texas, Nichole (Dennis) Dunphy of Smithfield, IL; two sons, Jon Gunther of Aurora, IL, and Tod Gunther; eight grandchildren, Hunter Lew (Emily) Warner, Samantha Gunther, Jon Gunther Jr., Christian Gunther, Tod Gunther Jr., Brittany Gunther, Dennis Logan Dunphy, Hayden Dunphy; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Gary was a retired construction worker, active minister in the Canton prison chapel system, a native American artifact collector, and also an avid hunter, sportsman, and a deep-sea fisherman.

Gary served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, an accommodated Navy EOD Frogman.

Services will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL, where a visitation will be held from 12 – 2 PM. Rev. Mike Arnett will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Fairview Cemetery in Fairview, IL with military honors. Memorials can be made to Wounded Warrior Project or National Wild Turkey Federation. To view Gary’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Ronald Charles Liter

 Ronald Charles Liter, 56, of Canton, (formerly of Minnesota) passed away at 10:25 Am on Monday, September 11, 2017 at Graham Hospital Emergency Room. He was born on February 4, 1961 in Lincoln, Illinois, a son of Robert Charles and Lillian Irene (Hyde) Liter. They both preceded him in death.

Surviving are his children, Hannah (Aaron) Knight of Peoria; Nathan (Kayla) Liter of Minnesota, granddaughter, Lillian Knight; grandson, Nolan Liter, and one grandbaby on the way; one brother, Jeffery Liter of Minnesota; two sisters, Martie (Jerry) Ogborn of Mackinaw, Jeannie Joplin of Peoria.

Ronald worked as a transport driver for various companies for many years, and was a past member of Osseo United Methodist Church in Minnesota.

Per Ronald’s wishes cremation rites will be accorded through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1995 North Main Street, Canton. A private celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to Wildlife Prairie Park. To leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

 

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Jerry E. Jenkins

 Jerry Eugene Jenkins, 77, of Canton, passed away at 11:49 AM on Monday, September 11, 2017 at Sunset Rehabilitation Center in Canton, IL. He was born on June 18, 1940 in Canton to Harry W. and Lois E. (Powers) Jenkins.

Surviving is one brother, Harry “Hap” (Jake) Jenkins of Canton; one sister, Norma (Gary) Jett of Canton; several nieces and nephews, and two cousins that were also his caretakers, Sue Armstrong and Jennifer Mahr.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.

Jerry retired from International Harvester Navistar. He was a member of National Rifle Association. Jerry enjoyed hunting and collecting guns.

Graveside services and burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Rev. Greg Ogle will officiate. Memorials can be made to American Diabetes Association. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Dick J. Ackerman

Lewistown – Dick J. Ackerman, 92, of Rural Lewistown, passed away at 1:14 AM on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Graham Hospital. He was born on June 17, 1925 in Gifford, IL. Son of Carl and Dora (Wolken) Ackerman. He married Earline (Beckner) Herron on February 23, 1957. She preceded him in death.

Also preceding him in death are his parents, one brother, and one stepson, William Herron.

Surviving is one daughter, Darlene Parks of Mundelien, IL; one stepdaughter, Sue (Tim) Monn of Lewistown, IL; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He farmed several years near Rantoul, IL. He later moved to Little America and was employed at Caterpillar, Inc. in Mapleton, IL, where he retired in 1983. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was a member of Lewistown United Methodist Church.

Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, September 11, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL, where a visitation will be held from 10-11 AM. Rev. Shane Smith will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Apple Cemetery in Rural Lewistown, IL. Memorials can be made to Lewistown United Methodist Church. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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James Edward Richards

Farmington – James Edward Richards, 90, of Farmington, passed away at 8:09 AM on Monday, September 4, 2017 at Courtyard Estates in Farmington. He was born on December 21, 1926 in Hanna City, to Robert and Clara (Albright) Richards. He was married to Edith E. McAlister on December 21, 1946 in Hanna City, happily married for 70 years. She survives.

Also surviving are four children, Michael (Raelynn) Richards of Lebanon, MO, Ronald (Deb) Richards of Pekin, IL, William (Beth) Richards of Canton, IL, and Janet (William) Jordan of Chillicothe, IL; 18 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Robert Richards, and two grandchildren.

James retired from Otis Elevator Company in Peoria, IL. He was a member of Hanna City United Methodist Church and Peoria Southwest Kiwanis.

James served first in the Merchant Marines then later in the Army.

Services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, IL, where a visitation will be held from 9-11 AM. Rev. Jeremy Lafary and Rev. Bob DeBolt will officiate. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Rural Hanna City, IL. Memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. To view James’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Gloria M. Kelley

Gloria M. Kelley, 91, of Duncanville, Texas, formerly of Farmington, passed away at 7:40 AM on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Entrust of Desoto in Dallas, Texas. She was born on November 15, 1925 in Alpha, Illinois, the daughter of Tony and Fannie (Stanfel) Kozelichki. She married Mervin Kelley on December 26, 1946 in Peoria, Illinois. He preceded her in death.

Also proceeding her in death is her parents, and two brothers, Rudy and Marion Kozelichki.

Surviving are her children, Sheila (Larry) Balagna of Duncanville, Texas; Terry (Karen) Kelley of Farmington; seven grandchildren, Kurt Balagna, Matt Balagna, and Greg Balagna, Shanna Swadinsky, Eric Kelley, Tracy Blumenshine, and Patrick Bumbaough, and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Gloria and her Husband, Mervin owned and operated Betty Ann Bakery in Farmington, and also was a librarian in Farmington for many years. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Duncanville, Texas, and a member of Croatian Fraternal Lodge #367 in Canton.

Graveside services and burial will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington. Deacon Gary Schultz will officiate. Memorials can be made to Croatian Fraternal Lodge #367 in Canton, Illinois. To leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

 

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Roberta “Bert” Alene Franciskovich

Banner – Roberta “Bert” Alene Franciskovich, 63, of Banner, IL, passed away at 3:11 PM on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Graham Hospital E.R. She was born on January 6, 1954 in Canton, IL to Robert and Doris (Cowden) Myers. She married Fred Franciskovich on January 27, 1973 in Canton, IL. He survives.

They were blessed with two daughters, Kaytlin Franciskovich of Banner, IL and Elizabeth Doucette of Mattoon, IL; three grandchildren, Alaska, Indigo, and Roberta; and one brother, Robert “Zeke” (Carol) Myers Jr. of Breeds, IL. Bert and Fred were also foster parents to many children over the years.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Bert served as trustee for Banner Township and Lady’s Auxiliary for Banner Fire Department. She was a loving wife, sister, and aunt.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Canton Assembly of God, 200 Stonegate Dr., Canton, IL 61520. Cremations rite will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Marian L. Cox

FAIRVIEW- Marian L. Cox, 80 of Fairview, passed away at 4:00 AM on Monday, August 28, 2017 at Renaissance Care Center. She was born on December 7, 1936 in Gumboro, Delaware, a daughter of Orville and Lillian (Timmons) Gray. She married William R. Cox on May 6, 1956 in Salisbury, Maryland. He preceded her in death on October 21, 2008.

Also proceeding her in death is her parents, one son, James R. Cox, one brother, Bob Gray, three sisters, Betty Trader, Helen Wigfall, Patricia Crozier, one great- grandchild, and three step-grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, David A. (Sandra) Cox of Phoenix, Arizona; Lori A. (Mike) Widger of Rochester, Illinois; Valerie S. (Trevor) Bube of Fairview, Illinois; also surviving are six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Marian was a homemaker, and a member of the Fairview Homemaker’s Extension Association.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1995 North Main Street, Canton, where visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of the services. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Harbor Light Hospice. To leave online condolences or to view Marian’s DVD please go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Vicki L. Lovell Murphy

Canton – Vicki L. Lovell Murphy, 70, of Canton, passed away at 12:51 PM on Friday, August 25, 2017 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. She was born on October 3, 1946 in Peoria, IL to D. Ray Lovell and Frances (Wood) Lovell Brenner. She married Phillip R. Murphy on March 9, 1968 in Fiatt, IL. He Survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Jay (Jennifer) Murphy and Chad Murphy of Canton, IL; three brothers, Richard Lovell of Kentucky, Randy (Deanna) Lovell of Manito, IL, Dan (Donna) Lovell of Pekin, IL; four sisters, Juanita Robertson of Wisconsin, Carol (Wayne) Kephardt, Cathy (Steve) Ford of Metropolis, IL, Becky (Jerry) Peplow of Manito, IL; five grandchildren, Jeremy (Angie) Page, Amber Turner, Reneigh Fickas, Brittany Murphy, and Marissa Murphy; five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Vicki was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, daughter, Lisa (Beja) Fickas, two brothers, Robert (Esther) and William (Elvira) Lovell, and sister, Patrica Hardin.

Vicki worked at Spoon River Electric Cooperative for 30 years retiring in 2008. She loved watching her grandkids play sports.

Per Vicki’s wishes there will be no services and cremation rites will be accorded through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1995 N. Main Street, Canton, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Spoon River College Foundation, 23235 County Rd 22, Canton, IL 61520.  To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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