Roberta E. Miller

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Peoria-Roberta E. Miller, 86, of Peoria, passed away at 4:05 PM on Friday March 14, 2014 at Heddington Oaks.
She was born to Leo and Lula (Hill) Kohl on March 29, 1927 in St. Peter, MN. She married Roger W. Miller in St. Peter on April 4, 1953.
Surviving are her children, Robin (Kati) Miller of Green Valley, Rhonda (Thomas) Deming of Rising Sun, MD and Renee (Mark) Sherman of Peoria; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
She graduated from St. Peter High School and Mankato Business College in Minnesota. She worked at The Minnesota Valley Natural Gas Company. After marriage she was a stay at home wife and mother.
She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria for over 50 years, where services will be held at 11 AM, Monday March 17, 2014, visitation one hour prior to services.
Private graveside services will be held later in the week at Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Roberta’s church or to Heddington Oaks Activity Fund.
You may send online condolences to the family by visiting www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Alma Ruth McLouth

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Alma Ruth McLouth

Alma Ruth McLouth

Canton – Alma Ruth McLouth, 98, of rural Canton died at 5:42 am Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Graham Hospital, Canton.
She was born March 13, 1916 in Canton to Nafton and Isabelle Jane (Mellert) McLouth.
Alma was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, Wilbur and Alice McLouth; and her special friend, Frances Welch.
She is survived by several cousins; a special friend, Mary Briney; two God children, Karen Anderson and Andy Collins; and her caregivers, Linda Clary and Debbi Adams.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton; Canton Women’s Club, and YWCA. She was a past member of the Canton Country Club.
Alma was a bookkeeper for Mid America National Bank for 37 years.
She lived on the family farm her entire life which she was very proud of.
Services will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior.
Rev. Jerry Sawyer will officiate.
Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Memorials may be made to Maples Mill United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Carlyle “Si” E. Simons

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Carlyle "Si" E. Simons

Carlyle "Si" E. Simons

Peoria – Carlyle “Si” E. Simons, 89, of Peoria, IL passed away at 1:30 am Monday, March 10, 2014 at Lutheran Hillside Village, Peoria.
He was born September 15, 1924 in Galva, IA to Edward and Esther G. (Buss) Simons. Si married Donna J. Cassel in 1951 in Wisconsin.
She preceded him in death.
Surviving are five children, Stephen Simons of Duluth, MN, Cheryl Dixon of West Peoria, Karen (Stephen) Bozdech of Mahomet, Christy (Charles) Wood of West Peoria, and Nancy Ragain of Peoria; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father; and one sister.
SI was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria. He also was a member of the American Legion Post #2 Peoria and the Fleet Reserve Association.
He volunteered for the American Red Cross.
He retired from the US Post Office in 1989.
Si retired from the US Navy in 1965 with 20 years’ service. He served in the South Pacific during WWII. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroism while serving with the 1st Engineer Battalion, 5th Marines during the Chosin Reservoir Campaign in North Korea. He was a member of the “Chosin Few”.
Si was “A Stranger to None and a Friend to All.”
Services will be at Thursday, March 13th at 11:30 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with visitation from 10 to 11:30 am.
Cremation rites will be accorded after the services.
Burial of ashes will be at a later date in Springdale Cemetery, Peoria.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Red Cross.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Eric Gene Thomas

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Eric Gene Thomas

Eric Gene Thomas

Canton – Eric Gene Thomas, 55, of Canton, IL passed away at 7:45 am Sunday, March 9, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL
He was born April 18, 1958 in Canton to Edgar Jr and Evelyn (Clark) Thomas.
Surviving are his father of Canton; mother of Dunfermline; daughter, Kara Jo (Andy) Billington of Canton; long time girlfriend, Patrice Elson; four grandchildren, Willow, Chase, Dale, and Gaige; three brothers, Sonny (Rose) Thomas of Bryant, Bobby (Leisa) Thomas of Bartonville, and Ed Thomas of Missouri; and two sisters, Ellen Jo (Richard) Spangler of Smithfield and Liz (Larry) Ernst of Canton; two step-sisters, Trina Zaborac of Liberty, MO and Becky Widger of Surry, TX; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were a sister, Edith Kay Lyons; one step-sister, Janet Myers; and two step-brothers, Scott and Steve Markley.
Eric was self employed.
He loved his family and friends.
Eric was one the best on mechanical repairs, on pumps, plumbing, heating, and electrical things. He also did carpenter work.
He loved gardening, Dale Earnhardt Sr., fishing, and working.
He was always there to help anyone that needed help.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 15th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.
Cremation rites will follow the visitation.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital
To view Eric’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Brenda J. Heuck

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Peoria – Brenda J. Heuck, 73, of Freeport, IL, formerly of Peoria, IL passed away at 8:45 am Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Farmington Country Manor, Farmington.
She was born July 21, 1940 in Cave-in-Rock, IL to William Clemons and Ruth Elizabeth (Tadlock) Vaughn. She married Dennis L. Heuck on May 1969 in Lewistown. He preceded her in death, along with her parents; one grandson; and one brother.
Surviving are four children, Scherry Coogle of Vine Grove, KY, Jeffery Scott (Michelle) Heuck of Francesville, IN, Denise (Terry) Rogers of Norris, and Lori (Darrell) Haslett of Farmington; her companion, Donald Truckenmiller of Freeport; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Beverly Spees of Dixon.
Brenda was a secretary for CWTC in Peoria.
She loved boating, fishing, reading, and crocheting.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 12th from 1 to 3 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington.
Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation.
Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society.
To view Brenda’s memorial DVD or send online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Doris Ann Wright

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Doris Ann Wright

Doris Ann Wright

Peoria – Doris Ann Wright, 77, of Ft. Worth, TX, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 11:45 am Thursday March 6, 2014 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Ft. Worth. She was born on February 5, 1937 in Peoria to Tracy and Katherine (Trudgen) Peck. They preceded her in death along with one son, one daughter, one grandchild, and one brother. Surviving are one daughter, Dawn (Stephen) Stafford of Bartonville; her fiancé, Gary Lisanbee of Ft. Worth, TX; 5 grandchildren, Jenni, Jason (Jennifer) Stafford, Whitney, Katelyn, and Sydney Caplinger; 4 great-grandchildren; and one sister Lucy Harris of Peoria Heights.
Doris worked at Caterpillar Inc. in the Benefits Department, until her retirement. Her family was the joy of her life. She loved cross stitching, the outdoors, camping, and cooking. Doris was a positive influence on all of us.
Services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, March 12, at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville where visitation will be 1 hour prior to services. The Rev. Craig Hislope will officiate. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Memory Garden’s in Peoria. Memorial contributions can be made to her grandchildren c/o Red Brand Credit Union. To view Doris’s DVD or make online condolences you can go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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James A. Mathews Sr.

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James A. Mathews Sr.

James A. Mathews Sr.

Canton – James A. Mathews Sr., 81, of Canton, IL passed away at 4:10 AM Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at OSF Sr. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
He was born July 28, 1932, in Coppell, Texas to Charlie and Emma Mathews. He married Kathleen A. Mathews.
She survives along with four children, Cheryl Stone of Maynard, AR, Charles Mathews of Canton, James A. Mathews Jr. of Peoria, and Melissa Lewis of Florida; twelve grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one son, John Mathews.
James was a self employed general contractor.
He was of the Baptist faith.
He was a 20 year member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Visitation will be on Monday, March 10th from 3 to 5 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.
Cremation rites will follow the visitation.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Audrey Arlene (Picton) Stockham

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Audrey Arlene Stockham

Audrey Arlene (Picton) Stockham

Canton – Audrey Arlene (Picton) Stockham, 74, of Canton, IL died at 4:30 AM Monday, March 3, 2014 at Graham Hospital.
She was born to Henry and Flora Bell (Smith) Picton in Farmington, IL on May 23, 1939, however due to a clerical error, her birth certificate reflects her birth date as May 24, 1939 and ever since has celebrated her birthday for two days. She married Robert E. Stockham on August 30, 1959. He preceded her in death on November 2, 2003.
Surviving are five children; Robert E. Stockham Jr. (Cyndee) of Seaton, William H. Stockham (Debbie) of Canton, Susan C. Naber (Kevin) of Normal, Rodney Scott Stockham (Lisa) of Canton, and Kristie Stockham of Canton; one brother, Joseph Picton of Florida; two sisters, Catherine LeRoi of California and Juanita Reinhardt of Lewistown; and a special sister, Marcia Myers of Canton; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews; one brother-in-law, William Stockham and one sister-in-law, Laverne German.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Francis Gurvis Picton, John Picton, Virgil Picton, Donald Picton, and Thomas Picton; two sisters, Virginia Wilson and Lois Rumler and one niece and nephew.
Audrey was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and wife. She was a master gardener employed by the Canton Park District, Cosmetologist and Associate at JC Penney’s. She was a member of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Social Sorority and her interests were gardening, shopping, and interior design.
Audrey’s passion was being a mother and grandmother to not only her own children but also her children’s friends and this brought her unlimited joy throughout her life. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church and enjoyed sharing company with her Canton High School classmates of 1957 through playing cards, dominos, car shows and many luncheons.
Services will be Thursday, March 6th at 1:30 PM at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation on Wednesday, March 5th from 4 to 7 pm.
Pastor Greg White will officiate.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Canton Park District Flower Beautification.
To view Audrey’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences, please go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Mary L. Mortland

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Mary L. Mortland

Mary L. Mortland

Canton – Mary L. Mortland, 89, of Canton, IL passed away at 10:34 AM Sunday, March 2, 2014 at her residence.
She was born April 17, 1924, in Pearl, IL to Wallace Sr. and June (Akers) Lewis.
Mary married Clifford H. Mortland on November 23, 1944 in Alton, IL. They had been married for 66 years before his passing on January 25, 2011.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, one infant son, Danny, and one great granddaughter, Kimberly Mortland.
Surviving are two sons, Gary W. (Hazel) Mortland of Canton and Dennis G. (Janie) Mortland of Hanna City; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother, Wallace “Bud” (Vista) Lewis Jr. of Winchester; and two sisters, Virginia M. Mortland of Hardin and Janet (Rodger) Bonnett of Pittsfield.
Mary was a member of the Canton Church of Christ.
She loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and all of her church friends.
Services will be Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior.
Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery, rural Glasford.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to her church or donor’s choice.
To view Mary’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences, please go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Viola Ann Clauss

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Peoria – Viola Ann Clauss, 83, of Springfield, IL formerly of Peoria, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at St. John’s Hospital-Hospice in Springfield.
She was born February 13, 1931 in Peoria to Archie and Bessie (Cooley) Shempf. Viola married Rollin Gene Clauss on August 8, 1955. He preceded her in death on April 14, 2000. They were married for 45 years.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, her sister, Roxanne Shempf; and her brother, Charles Shempf.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
She graduated from the Manual High School class of 1949 and was awarded the Peoria County Attendance Award for a 4 year high school perfect attendance.
She attended the Dale Carnegie Training and was in the Sigma Alpha Sigma business sorority.
Viola was also a member of the Christ Lutheran Church.
Viola and Rollin lived at 2210 W. Krause in Peoria, IL for 41 years before Rollin passed in 2000. A couple years later Viola moved to Springfield to be closer to her nephew Rusty Overturf, where she lived at Capital Plaza Senior apartments for five years. After breaking her hip in 2007, she spent the following year in Marietta, GA with her niece Brenda Owens. In 2009 she returned to Springfield, where she lived at Springfield Supportive Living Center for four years and finally her last two years she has been at Capital Care Center in Springfield.
A Memorial Service will be Saturday, March 8th at 10:00 am at Christ Lutheran Church, 2020 W. Malone St. Peoria with visitation from 9:00 to 10:00 am.
Pastor Karl Eckholf will officiate.
Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, 914 S. Pleasant St. Peoria, IL.
In lieu of flowers, donations may go to the Christ Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are by Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home Bartonville, IL.
Online condolences may be made at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com