Dr. William L. Carper

Canton – Dr. William L. Carper, 86, of Canton, passed away at 5:36 AM on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Graham Hospital. He was born on October 7, 1931 in Canton, IL to Leonard N. and Olive (Rainey) Carper. He married the love of his life, Eleanor L. Webb on July 17, 1954 in Bushnell, IL, she survives.

Also surviving are four children, Elise (Geruza Paiva) Carper of Austin, TX, Joe (Anne) Carper of Decatur, AL, Kate (Robert) Lutzenhiser of Stevensville, MT, and Amy (Ron) Haughawout of Knoxville, IL; and five grandchildren, Sarah, Sam, Jude, Eric, and John.

William graduated from Canton High School in 1949. He attended Augustana College and later graduated from University of Illinois School of Medicine in 1956. William worked as a Doctor at the Coleman Clinic and Graham Hospital in Canton, IL from 1959 to 1992, and then moved to work for OSF Family Community Clinic in Peoria, IL until 1998. He participated in three medical mission trips to Haiti and Honduras. He was a member, Sunday school teacher, and counselor at Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton, IL and was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #734 and Life Boy Scouts.

William served in the Army Medical Corps from 1957-1959.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton, IL. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate. A visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory. Memorials can be made out to Wesley United Methodist Church or Boy Scouts of America. To view William’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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18 Responses to Dr. William L. Carper

  1. Larry and Cindy Lawver says:

    So sorry for your loss, Dr Carper was a wonderful doctor, he was greatly missed when he retired, keeping all of the family in our thoughts and prayers

  2. Samantha Ladd says:

    My condolences to the family. Dr. Carpet was a great member of the community.

  3. th c says:

    I am so sorry to read of Bills passing away. All 3 of us went threw high school together remember. You and your family have,my prayers and love.I will be unable to come visitation but you and family are in my prayers
    Carmalee Ashwood

  4. Carol Pasley says:

    Loved Doc. He delivered 2 of my children and counseled with him during my divorce. Joked with him that he knew me inside and out. He was a wonderful, supportive man, who will be dearly missed by so, so many people. He practiced being Christ’s hands on earth in heart and in deed. My prayers are with his family and many friends.

  5. Emma Wagner says:

    Dr. Carper’s family,
    My heart goes out to all of you. I am so very sorry. I also very lucky to have been able to see Dr. & Mrs. Carper, Elise and Joe just last week.
    My love to you all,
    Emma Wagner along with my Mom, Mary.

  6. Dear Ellie and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I am glad I got to see you both a few weeks ago. God bless and comfort you.

  7. Connie Henderson says:

    So sad to hear of Dr. Carper passing away what a wonderful caring doctor he was.He delivered my 3 oldest children and never once did he make me feel like a bothersome mom when I called asking questions about my babies had a wonderful personality and could joke with the best of them my condolences to his wife and children he will be greatly missed by all those he cared for and you his dear family

  8. Nicole Amerine says:

    Heaven gained a great man. Bill will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched. I want to send hugs and prayers to you all from the Amerine/Portwood side of the family.

  9. BARBARA J HAGEN says:

    You may not know this family, but we remember yours. My mother-in-law cleaned for you on first avenue for several years and Dr. Carper delivered and doctored all 3 of our boys. He also delivered one of our grandsons. He went above and beyond for our family. He took a fish hook out of our oldest sons hand, he doctored our second son through a bad case of the flu when he was just about a year old, and he delivered our youngest sons first child. He had a way of making our children feel relaxed and they loved and laughed with him on several occasions. There have been other doctors after his retirement, but no one as personal as he was. God has blessed this world with his talent as a doctor and now has taken him home to be well and whole. Prayers and blessings to all of you on the loss of a wonderful Christian doctor.
    Love in Christ,
    Karl Hagen Family

  10. Ann Marie Poindexter says:

    Dr. Carper was a wonderful Doctor, person and friend to all. My mom, Becky Poindexter, was his nurse for close to 25 years at Coleman Clinic. My mom lost a dear friend. He and my mom worked together very well. When I say worked together, I mean he did not believe my mom worked “for” him. They were a team that took care of many many folks through the years. We will miss him very much…

  11. Paula Hand says:

    I first saw Dr Carper on the second day of his new job at the old clinic uptown and stayed with him through retirement. He was so good to me & always had me laughing no matter how sick I was. He knew a was not a doctor person so when I walked in he would smile and say “you must be dying if you’re here”. In later years when I worked at the clinic we had several talks when my life was not going well. I never left him feeling anything but positive. He always mentioned his love for Ellie & his kids. When he retired he would counsel at the church & when I decided to go see him he straightened my life around and assured me I needed to change my employment. Best move ever. He wrote a beautiful recommendation letter for me & I got the job. I will never forget him as a doctor, friend, and confidante. You were a special man, Dr Carper. My love & prayers to Ellie, your kids, and your many friends. Rest in peace. You will be missed.

  12. Duane Goyen, Springfield Ill says:

    It was sure good to know you.
    Duane Goyen
    Canton High School
    Class of 1949

  13. Sonja Goyen says:

    Dr. Carper, was one of a kind. He was the most gentle and caring Dr. ever. I was his patient for a number of years, and I remember I had one last visit with him before he retired. He asked how I was, and I said: ” not good…you’re retiring, and my life is a mess.” God broke the mold, when he made Dr Carper. Not one Dr. that I have seen since, can hold a candle to Wm. Carper. He truly cared for his patients. You were never rushed out of his office when done. He would always ask if you had any other concerns or questions. He could also make you laugh, even if your heart was breaking. He counseled me at the Church when I felt I was alone..especially when I found out I had breast cancer. I think he was the second person I reached out to, when I found out. (I remember, I called him at home.) And, he made me believe, that I would be ok. To Ellie, and your children, I am so, so very sorry, for your loss. I send my sympathy, love, and prayers, to you all. Rest in peace Dr. C. I’ll always remember your smiling face.

  14. Sharon (Nebergall) Bosserman says:

    My sympathies to Ellie and families! Bill was a great person to be around! He will be missed by many! My prayers are for comfort for you all!

  15. Jennifer Morrell Stockman says:

    So sorry for your loss. Dr Carper’smile and laugh at church is a very fond memory of mine growing up. Prayers for the entire family during this time

  16. Ann Mercer says:

    Dear Ellie and family,
    Was saddened to hear of Bill’s death. He was a great teacher and mentor. The years I worked for him at the Clinic were the best of my nursing experience . My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ann Mercer .

  17. Rod Heinze says:

    Dr. Carper delivered both my children. He worked some with my wife. He was a great guy. My most memorable memory of him was when I called him to help us on an ambulance call in Norris at 1 a.m., in pouring down rain. He came right up. Not many physicians would have done this–it wasn’t even his patient. We’ll miss you Dr. Carper.

  18. John Welch says:

    Bill was a wonderful physician & person. He took care of my parents, Dana & Shirley Welch, in Canton & they loved & respected him. I also considered him a friend & colleague. He will be missed, but great memories. John D. Welch, MD

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