Josephine E. Fleisher

Josephine E. Fleisher 85, of 435 N. 16th Canton, formerly of Farmington, passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006 at 3:54 pm at Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton. Born May 24, 1920 in London Mills to Ernest and Sarah B. (Wolford) Luman, she first married Charles W. Grice Sr. July 27, 1940 in London Mills. He died May 14, 1945. Then she married Ralph E. Fleisher, March 25, 1947 in Peoria. He died May 13, 1997. Surviving are two sons; Charles W. (Chris) Grice Jr. of Canton and David R. (Joyce) Fleisher of London Mills, five grandchildren and two sisters; Mary L. Shortness and Evelyn (Wrenn) Grice both of London Mills. She was a member of the Farmington Bible Church and the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Post #140, where she was a gold star member. Graveside services will be Monday, Jan. 30th at 11:00 am at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington with visitation one hour prior at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Rev. Tony Severing will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad or to her church.

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Josephine E. Fleisher

Josephine E. Fleisher 85, of 435 N. 16th Canton, formerly of Farmington, passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006 at 3:54 pm at Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton. Born May 24, 1920 in London Mills to Ernest and Sarah B. (Wolford) Luman, she first married Charles W. Grice Sr. July 27, 1940 in London Mills. He died May 14, 1945. Then she married Ralph E. Fleisher, March 25, 1947 in Peoria. He died May 13, 1997. Surviving are two sons; Charles W. (Chris) Grice Jr. of Canton and David R. (Joyce) Fleisher of London Mills, five grandchildren and two sisters; Mary L. Shortness and Evelyn (Wrenn) Grice both of London Mills. She was a member of the Farmington Bible Church and the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Post #140, where she was a gold star member. Graveside services will be Monday, Jan. 30th at 11:00 am at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington with visitation one hour prior at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Rev. Tony Severing will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad or to her church.

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Ruth “Faye” VanMiddlesworth Settles

Ruth “Faye” VanMiddlesworth Settles, 88, 755 N. 8th Canton, passed away on 11:50 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006 at Graham Hospital, Canton. Born in Orion Township, IL, April 18, 1917 to Joe and Sylvia (Bain) VanMiddlesworth, she married James William “Pee Wee” Settles on June 11, 1939 in Canton. He passed away on June 14, 1984. Surviving are two daughters, Dixie List of Canton and Karen Lighter of Pekin, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were her parents and two grandsons. She traveled with her husband all over the world. She took her 5th grade students to the Rotary Travelogue every month. She served as a youth director at South Park United Methodist Church for 10 years and started the live Nativity scene which is still in operation today. She was awarded “Teacher of the Year.” Services will be Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006 at 1:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Visitation will be Friday Jan. 27th from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home. Rev. Keith Jones will officiate. Burial will take place at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund.

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Rilla M. “Jane” Meuth

Rilla M. “Jane” Meuth, 87, 216 N. 1st, Cuba, passed away at 9:40 am on Monday, Jan. 23, 2006 at Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton. Born in Brookland, MO. Dec. 4, 1918 to Wesley and Ada (McNew) Thacker, she first married Elmer Oja on Oct. 8, 1941. She then married George Meuth on Sept. 3, 1971. Both preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, Dennis Oja and Thomas Oja both of Cuba, and daughter, Karen (Jim) Cromie of Sun City, AZ, three step-sons, Weston (Kathleen) Meuth and Todd Meuth both of Canton and Patterson (Joyce) Meuth of Waukegan, eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were her parents and three sisters. She was of the Protestant Faith. She was a member of the Cuba Women’s Auxiliary. There will be a memorial service at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, on Saturday, Jan. 28th from 10:30 to 11:00 am. Memorials may be made to the Cuba Fire and Rescue Squad.

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Gordon D. Markley

Charles Dwayne Goudy, 77, of 896 E. Chestnut, Canton, passed away at 3:42 am on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006 at his residence. Born in Canton on Feb. 16, 1928 to Merle and Florence E. (Miller) Goudy, he married Carol Joan Metcalf. Surviving are one son, Randol Goudy of Prunedale, CA., one daughter, Sandra Gates of Corona, CA., a special friend, Verda White of Peoria, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one sister, Maxine Grubaugh of Rawling, Wis. He was an electronical engineer for General Dynamics of Pomona, CA and TRW in Redondo Beach, CA. He was a member of the Canton VFW. He was a Navy veteran serving two tours of duty during the Korean War. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a gathering at the Canton VFW on Friday, Jan. 20th from 4 to 8 pm.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton was in charge of arrangements.

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Charles Dwayne Goudy

Charles Dwayne Goudy, 77, of 896 E. Chestnut, Canton, passed away at 3:42 am on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006 at his residence. Born in Canton on Feb. 16, 1928 to Merle and Florence E. (Miller) Goudy, he married Carol Joan Metcalf. Surviving are one son, Randol Goudy of Prunedale, CA., one daughter, Sandra Gates of Corona, CA., a special friend, Verda White of Peoria, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one sister, Maxine Grubaugh of Rawling, Wis. He was an electronical engineer for General Dynamics of Pomona, CA and TRW in Redondo Beach, CA. He was a member of the Canton VFW. He was a Navy veteran serving two tours of duty during the Korean War. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a gathering at the Canton VFW on Friday, Jan. 20th from 4 to 8 pm.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton was in charge of arrangements.

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Michael O. Lillie

Michael O. Lillie, 48, of 500 S. 3rd, Canton, IL. passed away at 4:03 am on Sat. Jan. 14, 2006 at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. He was born in Canton, IL. on March 26, 1957 to Eugene and Norma (Palmer) Lillie. Surviving are one son, Michael Blair Lillie of TN., two daughters, Chris Postin of CA., and Heather Lillie of FL., five step-brothers, Ron Hart of IN., Mark Hart and Calvin Hart both of Canton, IL. John Hart of Fairview, IL. and Jerry Hart of St. David, IL., two sisters, LuAnn (Mike) Pripish of Norris, IL. and Toni (Bruce) Stanfill of Hanna City, IL. and two step-sisters, Elsie Walters and Maxine Welker both of Canton, IL. He was a construction worker. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Arrangements were made by Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, IL.

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Ruth M. Berry

Ruth M. Berry, 83, of 648 W. Washington, Lewistown, IL. passed away at 5:44 pm on Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at St. Frances Medical Center, Peoria. Born in Liverpool Township, IL. on July 31, 1922 to Everett and Nellie (Johnson) Pollitt, she married Raymond Berry on Feb. 14, 1942 in Palmyra, MO. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Connie (Michael) Boone of Canton, IL. and Marcia Berry of Lewistown, IL., three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one sister, Hilda Shaw of Trivoli, IL. Preceding her in death were her parents, one daughter, Tana Sue Reed, four brothers and six sisters. She was a member of the Lewistown United Methodist Church. Services will be Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 at 11 am at the Lewistown United Methodist Church where visitation will be from 10-11 am. Rev. Bill Bunnage will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewistown, IL. Memorials may be made to her church.

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Ruth E. Hunt

Ruth E. Hunt, 85, of 129 S. 1st Canton, passed away on Tuesday, January 10th at 8:10 pm at Sunset Manor, Canton.
She was born in rural Avon, August 21, 1920 to Clinton D. and Olga Mae (Bivens) Hunt. Surviving are two sisters; Catherine Dilts of Canton and Rose Russell of Speedway, IN.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Clinton Hunt. She was a member of the Fiatt Independent Christian Church and the Ladies Missionary Society of Fiatt.
Graveside services will be Friday, January 13th at 2:00 pm at the Prairie City Cemetery, Prairie City, with visitation at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton from 12 to 1:00 pm.
Rev. Jim Menne will officiate.
Memorials may be made to her church.

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Dexter W. Harkness

Dexter W. Harkness, 65, of 100 W. Pearl, Farmington passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006 at 3:04 pm at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Born April 12, 1940 in Elmwood to Alden B. and Alta LaVonne (Fuller) Harkness, he married Donna L. Rusk Dec. 19, 1959 in Farmington. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters; Tammy (Raymond) Nagel, Connie (Lawrence) Wheeler and Candy (Brian) McVey all of Farmington, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one brother; Jerry (Jeanine) Harkness of Peoria and one sister; Marjorie (Ronald) Camp of Elmwood. Preceding him in death were his parents and four brothers. He was a meat cutter for several Kroger stores and then worked at Caterpillar in Mossville, retiring in 1997 with thirty years service. He enjoyed traveling, bowling and long camping trips. He was a member of the Farmington Loyal Order of the Moose #1571. Services will be Thursday, Jan. 12th at 1:00 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with Rev. David Swain officiating. Visitation will be Wed. Jan. 11th from 6 to 8 pm. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.

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