Julia Lea (Henderliter) Smith

Julia Lea Henderliter Smith aka Judy, 81 of Canton, passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

She was born on November 9, 1935 in Cuba, the daughter of Claude and Jennie F. (Bartlet) Henderliter. She married Jerimiah W. Johnson at Fiatt, IL on March 3, 1951, they were married for 49 years. He preceded her in death on the 17th of November, 2000. She later married Homer Smith Jr. in June of 2002. He preceded her in death on August 20, 2016.

Surviving are two daughters, Robin Sue (Tom) LeFabvre of Galesburg, IL, and Kimberly Ann (Donald) Nordholz of Brownsburg, IN, also her very special niece Laura Mcmahen of Canton, IL; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, James and John; two sisters, Dorthy and Elouise; and one son, Jerry Arthur Johnson.

Julia was an avid writer producing several children’s plays, many poems and three books that include, “A Duck In My Sink” and the “Lure of the Sea” which tells the story of her three year boat trip with Jerimiah that began in Lacon, IL and ended on the east coast of Florida.

Julia loved to garden and collect antiques. She was a member of Fulton County Unit 30 of Illinois Retired Teachers Association, an election judge of Women’s Republican Party and a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Graveside Services and burial will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Bethel Cemetery in rural Canton. A Celebration of Life service will follow the graveside services at Big Racks Steakhouse in Canton. Cremation rites will be accorded through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory. Memorials can be made to Donor’s Choice. To view Julia’s DVD or to leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Morgan Kay Bick

Canton – Morgan Kay Bick, 18, of Canton, passed away at 12:30 AM on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Graham Hospital E.R. She was born on August 15, 1998 in Canton to Joseph M. (Teresa) Bick of Canton and Melissa (Steven Slayback) Ward.

Surviving her parents, Joseph M. (Teresa) Bick and Melissa (Steven) Ward-Slayback; three brothers, Tyler Bick of Ipava, Kyle Bick of Cuba, and Steven Slayback Jr. of Macomb; one sister, Sophia Slayback of Macomb; maternal grandparents, Michael E. and Vickie Ward of Vermont; maternal great-grandmother, Alice Wilson of Cuba; several aunts and uncles, Michael and Lynn Ward of Brereton, Angela Ward of Liverpool, Christina Ward of Banner, and Laura and Terry Utsinger of Ellisville; and several cousins.

Morgan was a senior at Canton High School. She attended Evangelical Free Church in Canton. Morgan always wanted to be a vet. She loved her animals.

Funeral service will be held at 7 PM on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL, where a visitation will be held from 5-7 PM. Pastor Donnie Case will officiate. Burial will follow at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Memorials can be made to Fulton County Humane Society. To view Morgan’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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Donald Lee Stufflebeam

Donald Lee Stufflebeam, 94, of Lewistown, Illinois, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 at his home. He was born on September 15, 1922 to Everett and Amy (Irwin) Stufflebeam. He married Evelyn Duckwiler on April 16, 1950. She survives.

Also surviving are three children, Alan (Gaylene) Stufflebeam of Farmington, Della Gillespie of Pekin, and Marjorie Bayless of Creve Ceour; nine grandchildren, Rodney (Rayleen) Stufflebeam, Robyn Stufflebeam, Michael Stufflebeam, Terry Gillespie, Connie Gillespie, Laura (Tom) Forehand, Brian (Libby) Gillespie, Thomas White, and Angela (Luke) Potter; and several great-grandchildren, OllieBea (Andy) Crossman, Audre Nebergall, Todd Stufflebeam, Blake Stufflebeam, Adrianna Stufflebeam, Brennan Potter, Ella Potter, Scarlett Potter, Easton Potter, Zachary Gillespie, Matthew Gillespie, Amy (Steven) White, Angela Stufflebeam, Jeffrey Thompson, and Jordan Thompson; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Kenneth Stufflebeam; and two sisters, Nora Smith and Barbara Peters; one daughter, Carolyn Smith; and son, Tom Stufflebeam.

Donald was a 2nd lieutenant in the Army, 8th Air Force. He flew B-17’s in the 34th Bomb Group during WWII. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church in Lewistown, and he was a member of the American Legion Post 1 and the VFW Post 5001 in Lewistown. He worked as a welder for International Harvester in Canton for 32 years. He enjoyed working on cars and houses and could fix almost anything. He especially loved watching his grandchildren’s and great-children’s activities and spending time with his family, regaling them with stories about the war. Don was a very hard working man and a gentle, loving soul who spent his life helping others.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, May 12, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church in rural Lewistown. Visitation from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with service and graveside military honors immediately to follow. Memorials can be made to the VFW Post 5001, Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church, or Comfort Plus Hospice. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Robert “Bob” L. Lucas Jr.

Peoria – Robert “Bob” L. Lucas Jr., 64, of Peoria, passed away at 6:32 AM on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington, IL. He was born on November 25, 1952 in Terre Haute, IN to Robert L. and Mary Elizabeth (Hatchett) Lucas Sr. He married Glenavary L. Thomas on December 21, 1996 in Lansing, MI, she survives.

Also surviving is one daughter, Amber L. Lucas of La Mesa, CA.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob served in the Navy for 22 years, where he later retired from.

Services will be held at 11 Am on Friday, May 5, 2017 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville, IL, where a visitation will be held from 10-11 AM. Rev. Lennard Cossey will officiate. Burial will be at 2 PM on Friday, May 5, 2017 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL. Memorials can be made to Paralyzed Veteran of America. To view Bob’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Cathy L. Hampton

Bartonville – Cathy L. Hampton, 59, of Bartonville, passed away at 4:23 PM on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at her residence. She was born on December 12, 1957 in Peoria to Earl and Phyllis (Doran) Melton. She married Larry Hampton on April 23, 1977 in Peoria, he survives.

Also surviving are three children, Ashley (Scott) McGuire of Fairbury, Courtney (Brett) Englehardt of Tuscola, and Taylor (Josh) Hedgepeth of Peoria; three grandchildren; her father Earl Melton of Peoria and three brothers, Gary Melton of Hanna City, Steve Melton of Bartonville, and Mike Melton of Trivoli; one sister, Diane Nichols of Dahinda.

Cathy was preceded in death by her mother, and one brother.

Cathy was a member of the Bartonville American Legion. She loved to take care of many people, cooking, traveling, and loved her grandchildren. Cathy never met a stranger.

Services will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville, IL. A visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the funeral home. Rev. Craig Hislope will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Smithville Cemetery in Rural Hanna City, IL. Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society. To view Cathy’s DVD or make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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Janet E. Pettit

Janet E. Pettit, 84, of Galesburg, passed away at 3:10 AM on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Seminary Manor. She was born on September 13, 1932 in Farmington, IL to George and Wanda (Safford) Huey. She married David Pettit on May 18, 1985 in Farmington, IL, he survives.

Also surviving are six children, Lou Anne (Carl) Stanley of Elmwood, Leta (Richard) Likes of Monmouth, Deon (Randy) Wilkin of Missouri, Edward Meehan of Springfield, Pam (Mark) Bauer of California, and Jeanne Guy of Indiana; one sister, Kay Marchese of Chicago; twenty grandchildren and thirty great-grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ross Huey; two children, David Pettit Jr. and Jefferson Scott Pettit.

Janet worked for the Federal Government for many years where she later retired. She was a Rebekah. She was also a member of the Methodist Church of Farmington.

A celebration of life will be held from 1-4 PM on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Big Racks Steakhouse in Canton, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad 1100. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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Robert E. Witherell

Robert E. Witherell, 84, of Washington, IL, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Unity Point Methodist in Peoria, IL. He was born on December 21, 1932 in Peoria, IL to Robert and Mary (Harkless) Witherell.

Surviving friends and family; niece, Cindy (Ron) Dobbins of Bartonville; nephew, Robert Holland of East Peoria; great nephew, Scott (Christy) Elam of Pekin; great niece, Lindsay Elam of Bartonville; great-great nephew, Riley and Dylan Elam; two cousins, Betty Viano of Canton and Ronald Bybee of Oklahoma; two great loyal friends, Andrew Eddy of Washington and Ralph “Butch” Martin.

Preceding him in death are his parents Robert and Mary (Harkless) Witherell; one sister, Nancy Ann Holland.

Robert was a plumber for many years and was part of the Local 63 Plumbers Union since 1955. He was a member of the Masons since 1957, Valley of Peoria Scottish Rite and Mohammed Shriners for 50 years. He was a lover of history and poetry. Robert was a major history buff and enjoyed opera. He was also known as the trivia pursuit champ. He lived at the villas of Holly Brook in Washington.

Robert was a Korean veteran of the United States Army.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria, IL. Pastor Bob DeBolt will officiate. A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 25,2017 with Masonic Rites at 7 PM at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Homes in Bartonville. Memorials can be made to the Washington Public Library. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Debra “Debbie” Leila Atchley

Canton – Debra “Debbie” Leila Atchley, 59, of Sandoval, IL, formerly of Canton, IL passed away at 10:44 AM on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 13, 1957 in Canton, to Carl L. and Frances L. (Varnell) Stanley. She married Rev. Richard “’Rick” Atchley on August 30, 1975 in Canton, IL, he survives.

Also surviving are three children, Nuiel (Wendy) Atchley of Canton, Denny (Dena) Atchley of Norris, and Chelsea (Jeff) Jansen of Canton; five grandchildren, Bailey Atchley, Hannah Atchley, Claire Jansen, Deegan Atchley, and Decker Atchley; three brothers, Carl L. (Luann) Stanley Jr. of Elmwood, Randy Stanley of Peoria, and Kevin (Brenda) Stanley of Canton; and one sister, Yvonne (Mario) McKeever of Rock Springs, WY.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Kyle Atchley, one brother, Gerald “Butch” Stanley, and one sister, Karen Loveland.

Debbie worked for Joe’s Place in Norris and was a former manager of the first Casey’s in Canton. She is a member of Illinois Great Conference of United Methodist Church, Patoka United Methodist Women, and Boulder United Methodist Women. Debbie was a loving, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Rev. Randy Azbell will officiate. A visitation will be held from 5-7:30 PM on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Memorials can be made to either the Patoka or Boulder United Methodist Women. To view Debbie’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Frances Elizabeth Watchorn

Peoria – Frances Elizabeth Watchorn, 98, of Peoria, passed away at 1:40 PM on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at her residence. She was born on October 7, 1918 in Edwards, IL to William and Julia (Aman) Bowen. She married Elmer Watchorn on May 20, 1950 in Abingdon, IL, he preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, and three sisters.

Surviving are two children, Sharon (Ronald) Meyers of Peoria, and Danny (Connie) Wells of Indiana, nine grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Frances was a member of Bethel Bible of Edwards for over 30 years and also The Flanary Sisters Play Guitar on WMBD.

Services will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville, IL, where a visitation will be held from 12-1 PM. Pastor John Lafollette will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Cottonwood Cemetery in Rural Hanna City, IL. Memorials can be made to UnityPoint Health Methodist Hospice. To view Frances’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Patrice M. Vacca

Lewistown – Patrice M. Vacca, 57, of Lewistown, passed away at 6:25 AM on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at her residence. She was born on February 19, 1960 in Tampa, FL to Berwyn and Jean (Parker) Strantz. She married Mike Vacca on April 13, 2002; he preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death is her father.

Surviving is her mother, Jean; four children, Paul Messer, Matt Messer, David Messer, and Rachel Fox all of Lewistown; five grandchildren; one brother, Russell Strantz of Dunfermline; and one sister, Georgia Strantz-Oaks of Canton.

Per Patrice’s request there will be no services. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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