Dorothy F. Melville, 102, of Farmington passed away Friday, November 17, 2006 at 2:20 pm at the Farmington Country Manor, Farmington. Born April 24, 1904 in Dillon Township, Tazewell County, IL to Henry and Ella Mae (Hafliger) Garlish, she married Ralph Melville on May 2, 1934 in Peoria. He preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, Philip (Dorothy Anne) Melville of Farmington and Victor Melville and his wife Margaret Sellers of Kingston, NY; one daughter, E. Joann (Marlin) Pickel of Bartonville; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sixteen great-great-grandchildren and two sisters, Estella Higgs of Farmington and Lois Stetzler of Morton. Also preceding her in death were her parents; one daughter, Marjorie Arnold; two brothers and two sisters. Prior to 1934 she was a school teacher. Later she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Providence Chapel United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women’s group. Services will be Friday, Nov. 24th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with an hour prior visitation. Revs Joe Richard and John Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in Providence Chapel Cemetery, rural Fairview. Memorials may be made to Providence Chapel United Methodist Church, Farmington United Methodist Church or Farmington Country Manor.
Olivene Williams 87 of 351 W. Spruce St. Canton, IL. Passed away at 4:55 pm Saturday November 11, 2006 at the Sunset Manor Nursing Home. She was born March 20, 1919 in Fairview, IL. to Harry and Ethel Brush Ellis. Surviving is 4 children; Betty Kinzer and Gene (Pat) Williams both of Geneseo, IL. Linda (Richard) Voorhees of Urbana, OH. and Judy Swearingen of Industry, IL. also 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son Ronnie Williams, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Olivene worked at the Graham Hospital in central supply for 8 years and was member of the Assembly of God Church in Canton. Services will be 10:00 am Tuesday November 14, 2006 at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, IL. Visitation will be 6-8 pm Monday November 13 at the Memorial Home. The Rev. Don Stevens will officiate. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton. Memorial’s maybe made to either her Church or the American Red Cross in Canton.
Gregg “Bob, Skeeter” Sheets, 85, of 125 E. Main Liverpool, IL passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 at 6:40 am at his residence. Born, June 29, 1921, in Lewistown, IL son of Charles and Flora (Brewer) Sheets, he married Lila Ball on August 16, 1942 in Kahoka, MO. She survives along with two sons, Randy Sheets of Liverpool and Roger Sheets of Lincoln; one daughter, Janet (Dennis) Utsler of Liverpool; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one sister, Bernadine Maxson of Canton. Preceding him in death were his parents, one son, Michael Sheet; one daughter, Linda Sheets; one granddaughter; four brothers and four sisters. He first worked at Pabst Blue Ribbon in Peoria for 5 years then at International Harvester Co. in Canton, retiring in 1978 as a General Forman of the Warehouse, with 36 years service. He then worked for Security for MSD for 5 years. He was of the Methodist Faith. He was a member of the VFW in Lewistown. He was a WWII Army veteran serving in the Pacific Theatre, receiving 2 Bronze Stars. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 10th from 6 to 8 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Cremation rites will follow visitation. A graveside service with burial of ashes will be Monday, Nov. 13th at 11:00 am at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton with Military rites by the Lewistown VFW. Rev. Kevin Van Tine will officiate. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Opal Sinnett Myers Trobaugh, 96, 625 E. Monroe Cuba, formerly of Canton, passed away Monday, November 6, 2006 at 1:37 pm at Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton. Born April 6, 1910 in Buckheart Township, IL to Lee M. and Cora A. (Pollitt) Sinnett, she first married Ellis Alfred Myers on August 27, 1927. He died December 3, 1938. She then married Frank Trobaugh on March 15, 1951. He died Sept. 20, 1972. Surviving are one son, Donnie Rae Myers of Canton; two daughters, Iona (Donald) Ladd of Puryear, TN and JoAnn (Karl) Thomas of Canton; two step sons, Frank (Geraldine) Trobaugh Jr. of Moline and Dale (Jane) Trobaugh of Canton; sixteen grandchildren; forty three great-grandchildren; thirty four great-great-grandchildren and two sisters, Irene Strode and Fern Martin both of Cuba. Also preceding her in death were her parents, two sons, Ellis Eugene Myers, who died in the Korean War and Robert Dean Myers; two step-daughters, Ruby Mullens and Betty Slater; two grandchildren, Deanna and Dustin Myers; two brothers, Clarence and Russell Sinnett; four sisters, Lettie Towery, Nettie Myers, Leolis Hughes and Velma Howerter and one step-brother, Ross Lee Keller. She had worked at Canton Manufacturing Co. in Canton and Caterpillar in East Peoria. She was a member of Banner United Methodist Church. Services will be on Thursday, Nov. 9th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, Rev. Dennis Romine officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 8th from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Wiley Cemetery, Ellisville. Memorials may be made to the family.
Robert Eugene Shumaker, 63, of 401 N. Illinois Lewistown, IL passed away Monday, November 6, 2006 at 3:56 pm at his residence. Born, April 11, 1943 in Peoria, IL, the son of George D. and Grace (Knott) Shumaker he married Jacquetta Lannoye on January 11, 1971 in Canton, IL. She died on March 13, 2005. Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie (Kirk) Scalf of Canton and Lori (Butch) Bell of Keokuk, Iowa and eight grandchildren, Tabitha, Charles and Dustin Biddenstadt, BJ and Barney Bergheger, Andrew McVeigh and Kristiaan “Kaine” and Heaven-Leigh Scalf. Also preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, William White. He was a security guard. He attended the Nazarene Church. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
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Betty Lucille “Lucy” Starrett, 76 of 102 S. Main St. Hanna City, IL. passed away Saturday November 4, 2006 at 6:25pm at the Farmington Country Manor. She was born March 27, 1930 in Myrtle, WV. to Alex and Grace (Brueington) White. She married H. D. “Bud” Starrett October 27, 1990 in Hanna City. Surviving are two sons, Mel Burgett of Farmington and Jimmy (Nancy) Burgett of Witchita, KS., two daughters, Jennifer (Andrew) Strong and Donna (Paul) Bedwell both of Hanna City, three brothers, John (Jo Anne) White of Texas, James Eugene (Inge) and Donald Eugene (Marcy) White both of Missouri, three sisters, Hazel Evelyn (Ode) Chapman, Beeda Pearl (Hershey) Maynerd and Sarah Pauline (Jim) Towles all of Missouri, 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and eight sisters. She was homemaker. She was of the Assembly of God Faith. Funeral service will be Tuesday November 7 at 11:00am at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Visitation will be one hour prior. Rev. Ron Brady will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded after service.
Roger A. Skinner, 58, of 43 N. 17th Ave. Canton passed away on Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at 1:21 am at Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton. He was born in Canton on Nov. 7, 1947, the son of George L. and Florence (Smith) Skinner. Surviving are his mother, Florence Skinner of Canton; one son; one daughter; two brothers, Tom (Shirley) Skinner of Canton and Ronald (Janice) Skinner of East Peoria and three sisters, Jane (Dale) Trobaugh and Vicky (Elmer) Servis both of Canton and Donna (Gale) Beadles of Lewistown. He was preceded in death by his father. He last worked at International Harvester in Canton as a welder. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be at a later date. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton.
Ollidean B. Vaira, 85, formerly of Farmington, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 at St. Johns Mercy Hospital, Creve Coeur, MO. Born, Dec. 2, 1920, on the family farm near Cuba, IL, the daughter of Cleve and Daisy (Evers) Stell, she married James Vaira, March 8, 1942 in Canton. He preceded her in death. She is survived by three daughters, Judy (George) Bowen of Springfield, IL, Jean (Doug) Thompson of Chesterfield, MO and Jane (Joe) Hunt of Fairfield, IA; one sister Pauline Kramer of Farmington, seven grandchildren, Danielle (Larry) Kutun, Doug (Ann) Thompson, Scott Doubet, Elizabeth Hunt, Natalie Hunt, Christopher Hunt and Olivia Hunt; and five great grandchildren, Dylan Kutun, Jordan Kutun, Joey Thompson, Jullian Thompson and Makenna Kutun. Also preceding her in death were her parents and five siblings. Ollie attended school in Canton and worked for an engineering firm in Baltimore during World War II. Ollie was a homemaker and a licensed real estate agent. She was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church, the PEO, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Canton Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing bridge and golf. Though she loved her home and community, Ollie left Farmington seven years ago for health reasons and had been living in the St. Louis area to be closer to family. She was known throughout her community for her wit and humor and especially for her elegance and grace. Services will be Saturday, Nov. 4th at 2 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Joe Richard will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Methodist Church or the Farmington Rescue Squad
Joseph Lionel Lafferty, 64, of 904 W. Locust Canton passed away on Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, at 3:32 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. He was born in Avon, IL on July 18, 1942, the son of John and Mahala M. (Yeoman) Lafferty. Surviving are one son, John (Kathy) Lafferty of Macomb; one daughter, Annette Lafferty of Peoria; three grandchildren, John, Alicia and Amy Lafferty; two brothers, Jerry (Carol) Lafferty of Tucson, AZ and John (Meg) Lafferty of Naperville and one sister, Kristine (Allan) Haynes of Cuba. Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, James Lafferty and one sister, Kathleen Kinsel. Joe was a farmer and a used implement dealer. He was a member of the Locust Lane United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Oliver Hart-Parr Collectors Club. Services will be Friday, Nov. 3rd at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Stacy Tomich officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 2nd from 4 to 8 pm. Burial will be in Locust Lane Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Baptist Church Food Pantry or to his church.
Lowell Harris Hill, 78, of 129 S. 1st Canton passed away on Sat. Oct. 28, 2006, at Sunset Manor, Canton. He was born in Plainville, Ohio, on August 18, 1928, the son of Oather S. and Marjorie (Platt) Hill. They preceded him in death. Surviving is one sister, Una Lee Eveland of Milford, Ohio. He was a US Navy veteran. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.