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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Donald L. Gorsuch

Canton – Donald L. Gorsuch, 72, of Canton, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at his residence. He was born on May 4, 1944 in Summum, IL to Leonard and Frieda (Shawgo) Gorsuch. He married Kathy Sebree on June 4 1966, she survives.

Surviving is his wife Kathy Gorsuch; four children; Curtis (Chris) Gorsuch of Canton, Brian (Amy) Gorsuch of Cuba, Kim (Paul) Moffitt of Canton, Daniel (Leslie) of Canton; One brother, John (Judy) Gorsuch of Summum; two sisters; Shirley (Richard) Keeler of Lewistown, Judy (Phil) Webb of Lewistown; ten grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Leonard and Frieda (Shawgo) Gorsuch.

Donald worked for Caterpillar for 12 years and owned and operated Gorsuch Appliance in Canton. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #734, American Legion Post 16, VFW Post 1984, and Elks. He was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Army.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where a visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 PM on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 with Masonic Rites. Rev. Greg Ogle will officiate. Burial will follow services at Brunswick Cemetery. Memorials can be made to a Scholarship Fund at Astoria High School. To make online condolences you may to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Sharon K. Shryock

Canton – Sharon K. Shryock, 71, of Canton, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on December 21, 1945 in Oak Park to Howard “Doc” (Mary) Carley. She married Jim Shryock Sr. on March 29,1968 in Pekin, he preceded her in death in 2011.

Surviving are two children; Jim (Bonnie) Shryock of Hanna City, Julie Shryock of Canton; one sister Carolyn(Jim) Bowton of Geneseo, two step-brothers; Bruce and Dick Courtney of Canton.

She was also preceded in death by her father; Howard “Doc” Carley; mother; Mary Starkovich, and one sister; Dixie Ann O’Leary .

Sharon owned and operated Jim’s Tire Service in Canton.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday , April 21, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where a visitation will be from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Thursday, April 20, 2017. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. Memorials can be made to Mid America National Bank in Canton for a college fund for her grandchildren. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com 

 

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Betty Jean Schwab

 Betty Jean Schwab, 88, of Bartonville, passed away at 4:08 AM on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Unity Point Health Proctor in Peoria. She was born on May 16, 1928 in Peoria, IL to Milo “Bill” and Lillie Tibbs (Hymbaugh) Morris.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Kevin and Greg Schwab.

Betty retired from Caterpillar, Inc. She was a member of Bartonville United Methodist Church for many years. Betty was one of the kindest hearted gentle person with a wonderful since of humor. She had many friends including her birthday club (Manual High class of 1946).

Services will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Bartonville United Methodist Church, where a visitation will be held from 10-11 AM at the church. Rev. Nicholas Jordan will officiate. Burial will be held at 2 PM on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Elkhart Cemetery in Elkhart, IL. Memorials can be made to Bartonville United Methodist Church. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

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