Rosemary Green

Canton – Rosemary Green, 91, of Canton, IL, passed away peacefully at 3:24 AM on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Sunset Manor. She was born November 20, 1925 to Ralph and Carrie (Raker) Arnett, who preceded her in death.

At the age of 11, Rosemary had displayed unusual skills playing the piano, and was asked to become the regular pianist at the church of the Nazarene in Canton. Soon, her aunt and uncle, Wilmer “Bud” and Wilma Raker, formed the “Raker Twins” evangelistic team and immediately asked Rosemary to accompany them in a revival meeting being held in Flint, IL. Two summers later, when Rosemary was 13, she received an invitation to play the piano in the nightly services being held by 5 evangelists at a Friends church in Dayton, Ohio. While there, a local newspaper reporter came to the church to do an interview. The interview, along with her photo, appeared in the paper the next day.

When Rosemary was a junior in high school, serious illness struck, and she was unable to return for classes for an extended period of time. The following summer, Wilma Raker, began scheduling revival services independently of the “Raker Twins”, and invited Rosemary to join her as the pianist. For the next two and a half years, Rosemary traveled with Wilma playing for the revival meetings. At the end of that time, Rosemary felt she should return to school and finish her high school degree. She enrolled at the high school of Olivet Nazarene College, located in Bourbonnais, IL as a “special student” and finished the class work and received her high school diploma.

Rosemary met Jim Green, a music major and future husband, in the rotunda of the College Administration building in the fall of 1945. Rosemary had been one of the regular pianists for the chapel services at Olivet, so Jim asked if she would accompany him for a solo he was to doing in chapel that evening. She agreed, and that began a relationship which resulted in engagement (1946) and marriage August, 30, 1946.

Upon graduation from Olivet, Jim accepted the position of Minister of Music at First Church of the Nazarene in Louisville, KY. For two years, he and Rosemary held that position. In 1948, they made the decision to become full-time song evangelists in the in the Church of the Nazarene denomination. Because of Rosemary’s exceptional musical talents, and Jim’s unusual ability to lead choirs, they quickly became sought after by local churches, districts, and camp meeting gatherings in the 85 denominational districts in the U.S and Canada. Due to their rising popularity, invitations came from international gatherings in the Caribbean, Philippines, New Zealand, Africa, and others. The highlight of ministry came when Jim and Rosemary were asked to lead the worship music for the quadrennial meetings of the Church of the Nazarenes. These gatherings draw upwards of 30,000 delegates and guests from around the world. The Greens held the unique position of being involved with the music in these gatherings for over 30 years.

In the mid 1990’s, they returned to their home in Canton to retire. But, retirement was not to be just yet. The First Church of the Nazarene in Canton asked Jim to become their Minister of Music, and Rosemary to become the regular pianist (where she had begun her career). During that time, they also became involved in community organizations. Jim became director of the Canton Civic Singers, and Rosemary became the pianist. Rosemary also was asked to accompany the Kitchen Band. In the fall of 2005, Jim and Rosemary were chosen, due to their unusual career, as Parade Marshalls in the Canton Friendship Festival Parade. In 2007, they were honored by the First Church of the Nazarene in Canton, for 60 consecutive years of music ministry in the Church of the Nazarene denomination.

They had no children, but they had many that they called their “adopted children” across the nation. The latest love of Rosemary’s life was James Utt, age seven, which is the son of David (her nephew) and Amber Utt and was named after Rosemary’s husband, Jim. Other survivors include two sisters: Ruth Van Tine, Canton; and Sharon Utt, Canton: six nieces and nephews: Kevin Van Tine (Jan), Canton; Geron Van Tine (Brenda), Pekin, IL; Mark Van Tine (Terri), Canton; Sharilyn Domont (Larry), Kankakee, IL; Dana Power (Mike), Martinton, IL; and David Utt (Amber), Canton.

Special appreciation goes to the employees of Sunset Manor and Harbor Lights Hospice, who gave loving and untiring care to Rosemary.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory. Dr. Ted Lee will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. A visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the First Church of the Nazarene in Canton. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Kenneth Michael Landon

Farmington – Kenneth Michael Landon, 47, of Farmington, passed away at 1:30 AM on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. He was born on July 12, 1970 in Canton to William “Bill” and Donna M. (Meminger) Landon.

Surviving are his parents, Bill and Donna; two brothers, Todd (Kelli) Landon of Hanna City, and Joe (Wendy) Landon of Burleson, TX; niece and nephew, Addyson and Ben of Burleson, TX; three aunts; four uncles; and several cousins.

Ken was preceded in death by both paternal and maternal grandparents and one aunt, Jane.

Ken was employed at HGS starting on the phones when it was Ruppman and moving up to a trainor/manager. He was member and on the church board of Smithville Bible Church. He was program director at the Faith Bible Camp directing the 8-10-year-old group, directing this past week, and was also on the Faith Bible Camp board. He loved his family, church, friends, and particularly Faith Bible Camp in Yates City. He started as a day camper at age 8 and came up to become a counselor and then a vital part of the camp ministry. He gave his skills in photography, teaching, knowledge of computers and electronics, but most particularly his gift of music. He was a talented singer, song writer, and instrumentalist. Through his music he touched thousands of people. You could always count on him for a smile or a joke and he always looked for the best in people. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Services will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Evangelical Free Church, 1300 E Chestnut St., Canton, IL. Rev. Keith Webster will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Smithville Cemetery in Rural Hanna City, IL. A visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Evangelical Free Church in Canton. Memorials can be made to Faith Bible Camp. To view Ken’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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Linda R. Vandermeer

Fairview – Linda R. Vandermeer, 54, of Fairview, passed away at 10:38 AM on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center after a 15-year long battle with pancreatitis. She was born on August 6, 1962 in South Carolina to Jim and Harriett (Conklin) Keefauver. She married David Vandermeer on January 24, 1980 in Canton. He survives.

Also surviving is her father, Jim (Tomye) Keefauver; one son, David W. (Vanessa) Vandermeer Jr. of East Galesburg; one grandson, Gunner William Vandermeer; one brother, Jimmie (Sherri) Keefauver of Smithfield; two sisters, Cindy (Alan) Thompson of Canton, and Lisa (Rick) Bybee of Brereton; and two best friends, Joyce Keefauver and Patti Carpentier.

Linda was preceded in death by her mother, Harriett, and her son, William Joseph Vandermeer.

Linda worked as a CNA at Renaissance Care Center, Farmington Country Manor, Heartland Health Care, Pekin Hospital, and Graham Hospital. She loved to go camping, fishing, and spending time with her grandson.

Services will be held at 1 PM on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Burial will follow the services at Fairview Cemetery in Fairview, IL. A visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to Fulton County Humane Society or Fairview Volunteer Fire Department. To view Linda’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Victoria A. Tomich

Canton – Victoria A. Tomich, 72, of Canton, passed away at 2:58 PM on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Graham Hospital. She was born on May 10, 1945 in Peoria to Roscoe and Ethel (Abbadusky) Bowton. She married Mark Tomich on October 1, 1994 in Glasford. He survives.

Also surviving are four children, Lora (Kevin) Becker of Steeleville, IL, Mike (Lana) Downs of Canton, IL, Tim (Pam) Downs of Canton, IL, and Brooke (Joe) Palmer of Lewistown, IL; nine grandchildren, Corey Becker of Percy, IL, Jason (Amber Brostmeyer) Becker of Steeleville, IL, Cassandra Downs of Canton, IL, Chase McCartney of Canton, IL, Colton Downs of Canton, IL, Hunter Roberts of Lewistown, IL, Gage Roberts of Lewistown, IL, Devin Downs of Canton, IL, and Ellianna Downs of Canton, IL; one great-grandson, Colby Becker of Paxton, IL; one brother, John Bowton of Canton, IL; and three sisters, Joyce (Bob) Dixon of Livermore, CO, Lois (Gordon) Lock of Fairview, IL, and Rosetta Shrock of IN.

Victoria was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Fredrick Bowton.

Victoria worked in the housekeeping department at Graham Hospital for 22 years and at Coleman Clinic for 6 years. She was a member of Shield’s Chapel Church.

Services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory. Rev. David Meader will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Shield’s Chapel Cemetery in Canton, IL. A visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the Oncology Floor at Graham Medical Group. To view Victoria’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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David L. Kenney

Canton – David L. Kenney, 64, of Canton, went to be with his heavenly father and is at peace on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5:30 PM at Graham Hospital. He was born on January 9, 1953 in Pekin to Burl and Metria (Lee) Kenney.

Surviving are four brothers, Orville Kenney of Canton, George (Kay) Kenney of Canton, Dale (Sheila) Kenney of Farmington, and Paul Kenney of Farmington; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Everett Kenney, and one sister, Donna Kenney.

David worked at Greenwood Cemetery. He was a well-Liked man and had a heart of gold. David had a lot of friends and was like by many.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Convenient Community Church in Canton where a luncheon will follow. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to Wells Fargo in care of funeral expenses. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Daniel M. Athearn

CANTON- Daniel M. Athearn, 70, of Canton, passed away at 2:30 PM on Friday, July 7, 2017 in rural Fiatt. He was born on March 3, 1947 in Canton, the son of Doyle and Alice Matthews Athearn. He married Diana Rose on April 20, 1974 in Canton. She survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Daniel worked as a Security officer for Hinsdale Medical Center in Hinsdale, IL for many years, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Southern Illinois University.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1995 North Main Street, Canton, where visitation will be from 1:00 PM until the time of the services. Rev. Ellen Dodd will officiate. Burial will be at Wiley Cemetery. Daniel’s love and joy for his pets and animal’s memorials can be made to the Fulton County Humane Society. To leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Russell J. Fitch

Canton – Russell J. Fitch, 68, of Canton, passed away at 6:44 AM on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Graham Hospital in Canton. He was born on April 24, 1949 in Avon to Edgar J. and Edna (Yocum) Fitch. He married Betty Clark on January 27, 1968 in Canton, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are three children, Sherri Smith, Laura (Roger) Smith, and Carrie (Ben) Wheeler; three grandchildren, Caitlynn Fitch, Benjamin Wheeler, and Abbigail Wheeler; four sisters, Shirley (Matt) Bouc, Pat (James) Althiser, Mary (Denny) Bankert, and Judy (Bob) Moore; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles James Fitch; one sister, Neomia Watkins; and three nieces, Heather Watkins, Elaine Shores, and Leighann Williamson.

Russell worked for Caterpillar. He loved the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, playing pool and cards, and going fishing.

Russell was PFC in the Army and served during Vietnam.

A celebration of life will be held at 5 PM on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at St. David Optimus Club. Memorials can be made to Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1995 N. Main St., Canton, IL 61520, for the funeral expenses. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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John O. Markello

Canton – John O. Markello, 91, of Canton, passed away at 6:47 AM on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Graham Hospital. He was born on January 1, 1926 in Rolla, MO to Joseph and Lois (Smith) Markello. He married Betty J. Girard on July 10, 1948 in Canton, IL. She preceded him in death on May 17, 2016.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Fern Kaps.

Surviving is one daughter, Julie (Kermit) Negley of Canton; one grandson, Zachary J. Negley of Canton; one brother, William (Rose) Markello of Canton; and one sister, Genevieve (Don) Friedrich.

John retired from International Harvester after 40 years of service. He then volunteered at Graham Hospital.

Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory, where a visitation will be held from 10-11 AM. Rev. Bill Walder will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to Salvation Army. To view John’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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William “Bill” E. Powell

Vermont – William E. Powell, 74, of Vermont, passed away at 9:07 PM on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on April 22, 1943 in Ray, IL to Ralph A. and Nora Kathryn (Miller) Powell.

Surviving is one son, Derek A. Powell of Grafton, WI, one sister, Joyce E. Hickey of Lincoln, IL, and two nephews, John M. (Cheryl) Hickey Jr. of Normal, IL, and William A. Hickey of Hudson, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John A. Powell.

William retired as a factory worker from Navistar International Truck Engine Corporation.

William served in the Army during Vietnam.

Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, July 10, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL, where a visitation will be held from 10-11 AM. Father Daniel Ebker will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Dallas A. Baker

Canton – Dallas A. Baker, 37, of Canton, passed away peacefully at 11:57 PM on Monday, July 3, 2017 in Canton. He was born on December 10, 1979 in Peoria to Tim Baker and Brenda Guppy.

Surviving are his parents, Tim (Susan) Baker of Arizona and Brenda (Tom) Guppy of Canton; one brother, Derek Guppy of Canton; three sisters, Ashley Baker of Canton, Brittany Guppy of Canton, and Monica Barry of Toluca five nieces, Keylee, Adrianne, Ally, NaNa, and Jewal; six nephews, Brandon, Jeremy, Michael, Evan, Michael, Caleb; grandparents, Ed and Martha Guppy; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceded in death by grandparents, Thomas and Donna Morris and James and Irma Baker.

Dallas enjoyed his beloved dog Izam, cars, R.C. cars, and the Dallas Cowboys.

Services will be held at 4 PM on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where a visitation will be held form 2-4 PM. Memorials can be made to the family for funeral expenses. 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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