Jack Nelson Miller, 75, of Canton, IL., passed away on Friday, August 18, 2006 at 10:53 am at his residence. He was born July 9, 1931 in Canton, the son of Harrison R. and Mabel (Smith) Miller. Surviving are one brother, Harrison Miller Jr. of Lewistown and one sister, Patricia Scrogum of Canton. Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and one sister. He was a self-employed cartoonist. He was a Navy veteran serving as a cook in the Korean War. Private family graveside services will be at a later date. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
George Kenneth “Bootjack” Bennett, 87, of Farmington, IL. died at 9:30 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. He was born August 12, 1919, the son of George Earl and Myrtle Lela (McCord) Bennett in Middlegrove, IL. He married Winnivere “Winnie” Schoonover on September 7, 1940 in Kahoka, MO.
She survives and is currently a resident of Heartland Manor Care in Canton, IL. Also surviving are two sons, George Kenneth (Bobbie) Bennett of Naples, Florida and John Edward (Lori) Bennett of Edwards, IL.; five grandchildren and one granddog, Tim (DeAnn) Bennett of Cary, NC, Tom Bennett of Peoria, Jeff Saltzman of Minneapolis, MN, Scott (Sherri) Saltzman of Chicago and Paul Bennett and his dog, Emmy of Edwards, IL. and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie Herbert and one grandchild, Catherine Elizabeth Bennett.
Bootjack, the nickname given by his fellow miners, worked for Midland Electric Coal Company, Peabody Coal Company and ASARCO Coal Mines for 45 years, retiring from the Victoria Mine in 1984. His jobs included oiler, groundman, high-wall driller, shovel operator and loader operator, mostly on night shifts. He enjoyed singing in the barbershop chorus quartet and was a member of SPEBSQUA. He also sang in the Methodist Church choir. He also liked gardening, fishing and hunting. He was a loyal and devoted husband to his Winnie and a loving and patient father to his family. He was an avid sports fan at his grandsons’ hockey, basketball, football and baseball games. “Bootjack” will be remembered for his love and kindness to his family and friends.
He was a member of the Farmington Masonic Lodge #192, Farmington Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1571, Farmington Sportsman Club, Farmington United Methodist Church and the United Mine Workers of America. Services will be Sunday, August, 20th at 2:00 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation from 12:45 to 1:45 pm and with Masonic Rites at 1:45 pm. Rev. Joe Richard will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial may be made to the Farmington United Methodist Church or Farmington Rescue Squad.
Charles Andrew “Andy” Christy, 41, 450 E. Main St., Mechanicsburg, IL., formerly of Canton, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 9:24 pm at St. Johns Hospital, Springfield. He was born December 13, 1964 in Canton to Marjorie Christy. Surviving are his mother, of Canton; two daughters, Patricia Christy and Charlesa Christy both of Canton, two sons, Joseph Christy and Daniel Christy both of Cuba and his fiancé, Mica Phillips of Mechanicsburg. He was self-employed and was a paramedic for 14 years for both Fulton Co. and Peoria Co. He volunteered for the Canton Fire Department for 22 years. He was in several pool leagues in Fulton Co. Services will be Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation two hours prior. Rev. Matthew Keith will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded after services. Memorial may be made to his family % Mid America National Bank of Canton.
Hazel Jeanette Hillman, 91, of Middlegrove, IL. passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at her daughters residence in Springfield, Virginia. Born
December 7, 1914 in Farmington, IL. the daughter of George and Agnes (Powell) Simpson, she married Cecil Hillman in August 1958. He preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, Thomas (Trudy) Dehm of Elmwood , IL. and Sun City, AZ.; two daughters, Diane (husband, Russell is deceased) Ingrassia of Port Washington, Wis., and Tanya (Joseph) Callahan of Springfield, VA.; eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Ronald Simpson. She was a lifelong resident of Middlegrove. She was a member of the Farmington Moose. Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be at a later date. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington are in charge of arrangements.
Judith A. Daily, 71, of 1255 E. Sycamore Tr. Canton, died on Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 5:34 pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. Born April 22, 1935 in Canton, the daughter of Pedro “Pete” and Leona (Hand) Caruso, she married Richard Daily on July 3, 1955 in Canton. He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Lisa (Rick) Murphy of Canton; one son, Drew (Sharon) Daily of Sandwich; three grandchildren, Joshua Murphy, and Kylee Murphy both of Canton and Amanda Daily of South Carolina and two great-grandchildren, Macayla and Kyzer Murphy of Canton. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will take place on Monday, August 21st at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Keith Jones will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Betty L. Jenkins, 79, of 1453 E. Myrtle St. Canton, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 7:30 pm at Graham Hospital, Canton. She was born March 8, 1927 in Smithfield, Il, daughter of Forrest and Betty Alberta (Travers) Welch. She was raised by Thomas and Lillian Harris. She married Leo Jenkins on June 15, 1947 in Canton. He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Susan (Gary) Barnhart of Wee-Ma-Tuk; three grandchildren, Dr. Brett (Nancy) Barnhart of Canton, Bryan Barnhart of Macomb and Brynna (Pete) Themas of Maryville; two great-grandchildren, Micah and Cale Barnhart of Canton and one brother, Orlin “Bill” Welch of St. Peters, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. She formerly worked for Berwyn Johnson Insurance and the Graham Hospital Coffee Shop. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canton for over 60 years. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, the Altrusa Club and the Graham Hospital Service League. Services will be Saturday, August 19th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Keith Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Baughman Cemetery, Smithfield. Visitation will be Friday, August 18th from 6 to 8 pm at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to the Mosaic Albert Street Residence, where her grandson, Bryan, lives.
Carrie Marie Schick, 87 of 83 W. Pearl St. Farmington, IL. passed away Friday August 11, 2006 at 5:20pm at Farmington Country Manor. She was born March 10, 1919 in Cameron, IL. to Ray and Carrie (Anderson) Smith. She married Christian Schick on June 6, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Cleo R. Smith. Surviving are one daughter Ellen (James) Zimmerman of Trivoli, one brother, Donald (Barbara) Smith of Dunlap, one sister, Loretta (Kenneth) Murray of York, PA, and four grandchildren; Terri Zimmerman of Peoria, Jami Zimmerman of Farmington, Jodi (Brandon) Shake of Hanna City and Toni Zimmerman of Trivoli. She was a homemaker. She was a former member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Monmouth. Service will be Wednesday August 16 at 11:00am at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Dennis Pycraft will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hawley Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.
Ralph D. McAlister, 91, of 392 Charter Oak Place, Dahinda died on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 9:40 pm at OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center, Galesburg. Born April 12, 1915 in Cramer, Il. son of Royal and Blanche (Bitner) McAlister, he married Lois J. McElwee June 15, 1940 in St. Charles, MO. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Fred G. (Carol) McAlister of Galesburg; one daughter, Karen L. (Robert) Hill of Clinton; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one step-great grandchild. Preceding him in death were his parents; four brothers, Harold, Lester, Dean and Gerald McAlister and two sisters, Margie McAlister and Mabel Kindred. He was a General Foreman for Federal Mogul in Macomb, retiring in 1981. He was a past member of the Elks Lodge in Macomb. Services will be Monday, August 14th at 11:00 am at the Hanna City United Methodist Church, Hanna City with Rev. Marty Briney officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, August 13th from 5 to 7 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Eden. Memorials may be made to the Maxey Chapel Building Fund in rural Dahinda, the Hanna City United Methodist Church or the Western Illinois Home Services, 1197 N. Henderson Galesburg, IL. 61401.
Virginia L. Bushong, 89, of 300 Orchid Ct., Canton died on Monday, August 7, 2006, at 8:23 am at Graham Hospital, Canton. Born on December 21, 1916, in Cazenovia, IL., daughter of Theodore K. and Ethel (Jurgens) Grafelman, she married John C. Bushong on December 2, 1934 in Pekin, IL. He died in 1969. Surviving are one daughter, Janice K. Grant of Avon; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Leroy Grafelman. She worked at and retired from Graham Hospital, Canton. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Canton. There will be a Graveside Service, Thursday, August 10th at 2:00 pm at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Paul Tamkin will officiate. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, Canton or the Good Samaritan Fund @ Spoon River Animal Clinic.
Lois Lavonne (Lightle) Sherman, 89, of 855 E. Chestnut St., Canton, died on Sunday, August 6, 2006 at 11:25 pm at Renaissance Care Center, Canton. Born, Oct. 1, 1916 in Bryant, Il, daughter of Charles Otis and Agatha L. (Chaddock) Lightle, she married Kenneth W. Sherman on June 20, 1947 in Galesburg. He survives along with one daughter; Shirley J. Young of Canton, one son; Joe C. (Elaine) Putrich of Wee-Ma-Tuk, six grandchildren; Allen (Sandy) Harper, Richard “Rick” Harper, Kathy (Dan) Herrick, JoEllen (Charlie) Albertson, Ty (Carla) Putrich and Tad (Barb) Putrich, seven great-grandchildren, three step-great grandchildren, one step-great-great grandchild, one step-brother; Matthew (Donna) Farrell of Horseshoe Bend, AR, one niece, two nephews and one step-nephew. Preceding her in death were her parents, step-mother; Mildred Matayo and one brother; Jimmie L. Lightle. She was a homemaker. She worked at International Harvester, Canton during WWII, farmed and was a waitress at Wee-Ma-Tuk Country Club. She was a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star Ipava Chapter #226. Services will be Wednesday, August 9th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Renaissance Care Center Activity Fund or charity of your choice.