John C. Risius

Send & View Condolences | Print

John C. Risius

John C. Risius

Creve Coeur – John C. Risius, 94, of Creve Coeur, IL passed away Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm at the Washington Christian Village, Washington, IL.
He was born December 23, 1917, in Brimfield, IL the son of William and Mary E. (MacDonald) Risius. John married Marjorie Woost on September 2, 1938 in Davenport, IA and she died January 13, 1985.
Surviving are one son, John W. (Ruth) Risius of Creve Coeur; two grandchildren, John W. Risius Jr. of Creve Coeur and Christina (Brian) Krantz of Lopez Island, WA; one great granddaughter, Elizabeth Anne Krantz; one brother, Lawrence Risius; and one sister, Hila Button of Creve Coeur.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers; and one sister.
John worked at Keystone Wire & Steel as a wire drawer, retiring with 42 years’ service. During the Depression, he worked in Oregon with the 3C’s.
He was a member of the Pekin Archery Club, Circle 8 Square Dance Club; and many bowling leagues.
Services will be Thursday, May 17th at 10:30 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Jim Gorby will officiate. Burial will follow in Glendale Memorial Gardens, Pekin.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Midwest Affiliate or Creve Coeur Christian Church Food Bank.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Rhae R. Rector

Send & View Condolences | Print

Smithfield – Rhae R. Rector, 88, of 555 W. Oak Smithfield, IL passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm at Graham Hospital, Canton.
She was born February 1, 1924, in Kewanee, IL the daughter of Ollie and Mabel (Nelson) Robinson. She married Russell Rector on March 4, 1950 in Kewanee. He survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Linda (Kendall) Sill of Smithfield and two granddaughters, Laura Cadle of Kankakee and Sarah Sill of Smithfield.
Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Paul Robinson.
Rhae loved caring for her family, especially her granddaughters, by baking and reading with them when they were young.
She was devoted to communing with her church family and worshiping the Lord.
Services will be Monday, May 14th at 1:00 pm at the Fiatt Independent Christian Church where visitation will be one hour prior. Rev. Jim Menne will officiate.
Burial will be in Baughman Cemetery, rural Smithfield.
Memorials may be made to her church or Cass-Putnam Rescue Squad in Cuba.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Roger C. McCracken

Send & View Condolences | Print

Roger C. McCracken

Roger C. McCracken

Lewistown – Roger C. McCracken, 82, of 15354 N Prichard Rd Lewistown, IL passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at his residence.
He was born April 2, 1930 in Canton the son of Frank and Violet (Pollitt) McCracken. Roger married Helen Wefenstette on February 12, 1978. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Debra; two sons, Edward and Marc Ford both of Canton; six granddaughters; thirteen great grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Myer of Pekin.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, James.
Roger retired from International Harvester with 37 years’ service. He worked in the inspection and layout departments.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton; the Canton VFW Post 1984, where he was a past commander and quarter master; and Canton American Legion Post 16. He played on Night-Hulk Baseball League and was an amateur pilot and farmer.
He was a Staff Sgt in the US Air Force serving in the medic division from 1951 to 1955.
There will be a graveside service, with military honors, on Saturday, May 12th at 11:00 am at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Rev. Greg White will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Canton VFW Post 1984 or Canton American Legion Post 16.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Mildred L. Williams

Send & View Condolences | Print

Mildred L. Williams

Mildred L. Williams

Canton – Mildred L. Williams, 84, of 26354 N. Oak Leaf Lane, Canton, IL passed away Monday, May 7, 2012 at 12:54 am at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, IL.
She was born April 23, 1928, in Canton, the daughter of Russell and Helen (Hayes) Cook and married Donald E. Williams on July 1, 1949 in Canton. He died April 15, 2003.
Surviving are one son, Thomas (Julie) Williams of Canton; one daughter, Becky (Ralph) Miller of Canton; five grandchildren; three step grandchildren; one great grandchild; three step great grandchildren; one brother, Bobby Cook of Indiana; and three sisters, Ruth Bohanan, Alma Wilson, and Nancy Bishop all of Canton.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Stephen Williams; and one brother.
Mildred was a member of Canton Assembly of God Church and loved helping raise her grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 9th from 6 to 8 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Services will be Thursday, May 10th at 2:00 pm at the Canton Assembly of God Church. Rev. Greg White will officiate. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Memorials may be made to her church.
To view Mildred’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Roger “Ramjet” Howard

Send & View Condolences | Print

Roger Howard

Roger "Ramjet" Howard

Canton – Roger “Ramjet” Howard, 64, of 840 Grant Pl. Canton, IL passed away Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:25 am in the Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton.
He was born January 23, 1948, in Canton, the son of Clifford E. and Beatrice (Fawcett) Howard. He married Delila Hutton on May 29, 1970 in Rock Island. She survives.
Also surviving are six children, Jeff (Lona) Reedy of Normal, Lisa (Allan) Ables of Canton, Carl (Kim) Reedy of Cuba, Clifford Howard of Canton, Connie Howard of Lincoln, and Cindy Howard of Lewistown; twenty four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three brothers, Jim Howard of Canton, Gene Howard of Vermont, and Tom Howard of Rushville; and seven sisters, Billie Ferguson, Cathy Howard, and Roxanne Jarvis all of Canton, Pat Howard and Jamie Howard both of Lewistown, Sue Rosen of Columbus, OH, and Nancy Minter of Dubai, India.
Preceding him in death was his parents and one sister.
Ramjet owned and operated Howard & Sons Auto Salvage & Towing.
There will be a visitation on Wednesday, May 9th from 5 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Cremation will follow the visitation.
Memorials may be made to the family.
To view Ramjet’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

To View Video Press Play Button Below.

Rosemarie Voorhees Potts

Send & View Condolences | Print

Rosemarie Potts

Rosemarie Voorhees Potts

Lewistown – Rosemarie Voorhees Potts, 85, of Lewistown, IL, formerly of Canton, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 3:13 am at her residence.
She was born May 22, 1926, in Fairview, IL the daughter of Everette G. and Dorothy (Keefauver) Voorhees and married Paul E. Potts on June 7, 1953. He preceded her in death on December 2, 1990.
Surviving are her niece and caregiver, Jo Ann May of Lewistown; one nephew, Don (Patricia) West of Indianola, IA; two sisters-in-law, Ruby Pollitt and Garnette Dunning both of Canton, and a great-niece, Jonelle Schauble.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Robert Lee Voorhees.
Rosemarie worked at Canton State Bank for 22 years, retiring as Assistant Vice President.
She was a Fairview graduate of 1944 and a lifelong member of Locust Lane United Methodist Church.
Services will be Thursday, May 10th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Ardith Corsaw will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to her church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Eleanor Stenger

Send & View Condolences | Print

Eleanor Stenger

Eleanor Stenger

Canton Headline
Mary Eleanor Stenger 88, of Courtyard Estates in Canton passed away at 10:00 pm Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Graham Hospital. She was born on March 18, 1924 in Canton to Harold and Mary Williams Goyen. Eleanor first married Leo Berry and he preceded her in death August 1978. She later married Frank Stenger and he preceded her in December 2005. Also preceding her in death is a daughter Diana Markley, 2 brothers; Mark and Bill Goyen, and a step-son Robert.
Surviving is a granddaughter Heather (Adam) Buckley of Iowa, great-granddaughter Lillian Buckley, 2 step-children; Frank (Dorothy) Stenger of Brimfield, Betty (Joe) Lowry of East Peoria, 4 brothers; Harold (Helen) Goyen of Normal, Dale (Lois) Goyen of Pekin, Duane (Sue) Goyen of Springfield, Lester (Sonja) Goyen of Canton, and a sister Rosalie (Joe) Cirilli of Canton.
Eleanor was retired from MidAmerica National Bank in Canton and was a member of the First Christian Church in Canton.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Tuesday May 8 with an hour prior visitation at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home. The Rev. Glenn Nestlerode will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Courtyard Estates Activity Fund. To view Eleanor’s Memorial DVD or make online condolences you can go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Mable L. Ellis

Send & View Condolences | Print

Mable Ellis

Mable Ellis

Lewistown – Mable L. Ellis of 704 Broadway, Lewistown passed away on May 4, 2012 at Canton.
She was born August 9, 1920 at Bardolph, IL the third child of John C. and Nellie A. Ruthe Farr.
She is survived by her three children, Darlene Hartline Shellcrosslee (Spouse-Gary), Canton, Carlene Royal Morgan, Bryant, and Johnny Royal, Canton. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Gary A. Shellcrosslee (spouse-Colleen) Ft. Worth, Texas, Tara Maurer, Bryant, Sarah and Kara Royal of Canton and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters, Eleanor Farr Vanderwall of Canton, Vernadean Farr Cook of Canton and Burnadean Farr Ranberger of Wapello, Iowa; one brother, Dalmer Farr of Canton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her brothers, Verla Farr and Dale Farr and sister, Annabelle Farr Hensley preceeded her in death.
She worked at Canton Manufacturing Company, Canton and Admiral Mfg. in Galesburg. She also was a resident Manager of the Fulton County Handicapped Association in Canton.
Mable was raised in Bryant and was a member of the Bryant Methodist Church. She attended Bryant and Lewistown Schools.
Services will be Tuesday, May 8th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation from 9:30 to 11:00 am. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Spoon River Towers Activity Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Kimberly A. Melton

Send & View Condolences | Print

Kimberly Melton

Kimberly A. Melton

Trivoli – Kimberly A. Melton, 55, of 17026 Pleasant Grove Rd., Trivoli, IL passed away Friday, May 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM at her residence.
She was born March 13, 1957, in Peoria, IL, the daughter of Thomas and Darveda “Ann” (Chapin) Kennedy. Kimberly married Ronald Melton on November 22, 1975, in Bellevue. He survives.
Also surviving are two children, Stephanie (Larry) Williams and Thomas “T.J.” (Kari) Melton both of Farmington; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; two brothers, Patrick Kennedy of Morton and Mike Kennedy of Tennessee; and three step sisters.
Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother.
Kimberly loved life and her grandchildren. They were very important to her. She loved her flower beds and cooking.
Services will be Wednesday, May 9th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington where visitation will be on Tuesday, May 8th from 6 to 8 pm. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery, rural Hanna City.
Memorials may be made to the Kimberly Melton Benefit Fund @ Bank of Farmington.

To View Video Press Play Button Below.

Etta LaVerne Herrmann

Send & View Condolences | Print

Etta LaVerne Herrmann

Etta LaVerne Herrmann

Canton – Etta LaVerne Rinks Flatt Herrmann, 84, formerly of Canton passed away at 6:20 pm Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. She was born on May 19, 1927 in Loretto, Lawrence County, TN to Freman and Clevia Quillen Rinks.
Surviving are 2 children; Roger (Teresa) Flatt of Canton, and Kay (Stephen) Flatt Nelson of Manito, 7 grandchildren; Sarah, Tiffaney, Renee, Michael, Ryane, Thomas, and Stephanie, 4 great-grandchildren, one brother, 5 sisters and also a host of nieces and nephews.
Etta was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons; Charles and Thomas and 1 sister.
She worked as a waitress for 40 years in the East Peoria area and also worked as a nurse’s aide. She always had a good sense of humor and loved to play practical jokes. Cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no services. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com