John Redlingshafer

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John Redlingshafer

John Redlingshafer

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John H. Redlingshafer, 87, of Rural Route, Elmwood, IL passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at 6:34 am at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. He was born December 13, 1924, in Farmington, to Henry and Emma (Rapp) Redlingshafer. John married Audrey Van Petten on August 25, 1944. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Mike Redlingshafer of Elmwood; and three daughters, Rita Hassall of Rockville, Maryland, Gayle Berman of Efrat, Israel, and Angela Green of Tucson, Arizona; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

His parents and one great grandchild preceded him in death.
John was the owner and operator of Country Wide TV and Appliance in Farmington & Canton. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, Farmington Masonic Lodge; Peoria County Farm Bureau; Elmwood American Legion and Elmwood VFW. He was a US Army Veteran, serving in the 6th Infantry Division and a lifelong farmer, who enjoyed collecting antique tractors.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 6th from 6 to 8 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Masonic rites will be at 7:45 pm. Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation. A graveside service with burial of ashes will be at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington or the Farmington Rescue Squad 1100.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Marvin Beecher

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Trivoli- Marvin Beecher, 70, of Trivoli, passed away at 5:57 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 2012 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born November 29, 1941 to George L. and Lois E. (Greenfield) Beecher. He married Jan Savill March 14, 1965 in Farmington. She survives.
Also surviving are four children, Beth (Rick) Fahnestock of Cuba, IL,Lori Cordis of Peoria, Jill Howard of Merrill, WI and Brad (Bridget) Beecher of St. Charles, IL; four grandchildren, Brock, Paige, Connor and Cassie; one brother, Harold (Pat) Haller of Hanna City; and one sister, Eula Rafferty of Hanna City.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, George, Art, Irwin, Jack and one sister, Jesse Arends.
He was member of the Hanna City United Methodist Church.
Marvin was a 3rd Degree Master Mason and Past Master of Farmington Masonic Lodge #192 AF & AM.
He spent his whole life farming the land he loved in the Hanna City-Trivoli area. As a devoted family man, Marvin loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren as well as traveling with Jan.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Hanna City United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bob DeBolt and Rev. Jim Reed will officiate. Burial will be at Trivoli Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hanna City United Methodist Church. Masonic rites will be conducted following the visitation.
Memorials are requested to the Trivoli Rescue Squad or Hanna City United Methodist Church.
To submit online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

William Lee Tennison

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William Lee Tennison

William Lee Tennison

Canton – William Lee Tennison, 57, of Canton, IL passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm in the Graham Hospital, Emergency Room.
He was born October 27, 1954, in Pekin, IL the son of Loren L. and Catherine M. (Jackson) Tennison. He married Mary Wiley on December 3, 1991 in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are six children; Jennifer (Roland) Frazier of Smithfield, Elaina McFarland of Canton, Lacy Mondoni of Seneca, Felicia (Brent) Gillette of Canton, William Lee Tennison Jr of Havana, and Shawn (Julia) Newlan of Canton; fifteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three brothers, Dale D. (Betty) Tennison of Marion, Eugene F. Tennison of MO, and Robby Tennison of TN; and two sisters, Donna Tennison Hager of TN and Janie Tennison of CO.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Jackie W. Tennison.
William was a member of APA pool league and ABATE.
Visitation will be Friday, June 1st from 4 to 6 pm followed be a service at 6:00 PM at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.
Cremation will follow the service.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Harold Eugene Carrison

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Harold Carrison

Harold Eugene Carrison

Canton – Harold Eugene Carrison, 75, of Canton, IL passed away Friday, May 25, 2012 at 7:35 am at his residence.
He was born December 23, 1936, in Canton, the son of Roland Kenneth and Mildred (Reeder) Carrison.
Harold first married JoAnn Hill on July 7, 1957, in Canton. She survives.
He later married Joan Franzoni on December 30, 1972 and she died July 2, 2008. He then married Connie Howell on July 18, 2009 in Canton and she survives.
Also surviving are three children; Greg (Cindy) Carrison of Cloverdale, IN, Diana Howard of Canton, and Brian (Linda) Carrison of Bryant; three step-daughters, Shea (Chris) Booker and Tia Friedrich both of Peoria, and Connie (Alvin) Blagden of Canton; two step-sons, Mark (Shirley) Franzoni of Canton and Tony Franzoni of Charlotte, NC; sixteen grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; one brother, Donald Carrison of Canton; and one sister, Mary Ellen Reeves of East Peoria.
His parents also precede him in death.
Harold was a firefighter with the Canton Fire Department from 1960 to 1987, retiring as Assistant Chief. He then volunteered with the Buckhart Fire Protection District, and was an owner and partner, with his brother, of Carrison Installation in Canton.
Growing up on the family farm west of Canton, Harold learned a work ethic which served him well in his career as a firefighter.
Harold had served in the US Army Reserves.
He was an outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He enjoyed time with his family, especially holiday gatherings.
Services will be Wednesday, May 30th at 10:30 AM at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 29th from 6 to 8 pm. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to Graham Hospice.
To view Harold’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Mabel VanDusen

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Mabel VanDusen

Mabel Louise VanDusen

Hanna City – Mabel Louise VanDusen, 82, of Hanna City, IL passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.
She was born May 1, 1930, in Hanna City, the daughter of Ernest E. and Eleanor (Hure) Doubet. Mabel married Richard E. VanDusen on September 28, 1957 in Hanna City. He precedes her in death.
Surviving are one son, Earl (Gail) VanDusen of Plainfield and two step-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Edward VanDusen, who passed in August of 1961; one brother, Sonny Doubet, and one sister, Marlene Bumgardner.
Mabel was a Licensed Cosmetologist who owned and operated the Hanna City Cosmetology for 65 years. She also was an Executive Director of the Peoria Area Blind Peoples Center.
Her memberships include: Past President of Canton Hairdressers & Cosmetology Association; Past President of Illinois Hairdressers & Cosmetology Association; Past President of Hanna City Women’s Organization and was instrumental in starting the Senior Meals Program; Past President of Senior Care Network; and council member of Central Illinois Agency on Aging. She was also a co-founder of Rural Peoria County Council of Aging which began on Mabel’s front porch and she served as President for several Senior related state associations.
Mabel was a member of the Hanna City Presbyterian Church.
Services will be Thursday, May 24th at 10:30 AM at the Hanna City Presbyterian Church with Dr. Ed Gray officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday May 23rd from 6 to 8 PM at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Burial will be in North Limestone Cemetery, rural Hanna City.
Memorials may be made to her church or Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District.
To view Mabel’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Earl “Keefer” Auvil, Jr

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Earl Auvil Jr.

Earl Auvil Jr.

Peoria – Earl K. “Keefer” Auvil, Jr., 31, of Peoria, IL passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born March 31, 1981, in Peoria, the son of Earl K. and Sharon (Randle) Auvil.
Surviving are his parents of Bartonville; two brothers; Darin (Shauna) Facker of Chillicothe and Keith B (Carol) Auvil of Peoria; and two sisters, Denise (Justin) Jones of South Pekin and Donna (Steve) Haffele of Peoria, also 12 nieces and nephews.
Keefer worked as a sales associate at Verizon Wireless on Pioneer Parkway in Peoria, last working May 16, 2011.
He was an avid video gamer and was a huge Boston Celtics, Michael Jackson, Superman, and Action Movie fan.
There will be a visitation on Monday, May 21st from 4 to 7 pm at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville. Cremation rites will follow the visitation.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or T.A.P.S.
To view Keefer’s tribute video or to submit online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Donald E. Connor

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Canton – Donald E. Connor, 86, of Naperville, IL formerly of Canton, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM at Meadowbrook Manor, Bolingbrook, IL.
He was born August 29, 1925, in Canton, the son of Ralph and Blanche (Shaw) Connor. Donald married Berniece Spencer on November 4, 1951 in Dixon, MO. She survives along with two children, Michael (Susan) Connor and Lisa Connor both of Naperville; three grandchildren, Matthew (Monica) Connor of Naperville, Rebecca (Scott) Nickel of Oswego, and Marrisa Connor of Naperville; one great grandson, Ronan Connor of Romeoville; and one sister, Vivian Daley of Florida.
Preceding him in death were his parents; four brothers; and two sisters.
Donald worked at International Harvester Company as a mechanical engineer retiring with 31 years’ service. He then worked at Ace Hardware in Naperville for 21 years. He was of the Methodist faith and a member of the American Legion in Plainfield.
He was an US Air Force veteran, serving during WWII.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 11 AM to 12:15 PM at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton followed by a Graveside Service, with military honors, at 12:30 PM at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Food Bank.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

William Zilch

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William Zilch

William Zilch

Peoria – William Zilch, 95, of Peoria, IL passed away Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
He was born July 1, 1916, in Washington, IL the son of John and Teresa (Wissel) Zilch. William married Berniece Aldridge on August 17, 1946 in Piggott, AR and she died June 30, 2001.
Surviving are one daughter, Rebecca (Edward) Sanders and one son, Jerome Zilch both of Peoria; two granddaughters, Tonya (Matt) Helm of Glen Ellen and Shannon Sanders of Peoria; and one sister, Sister Teresa John Zilch of St. Louis, MO.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, seven sisters, and two brothers.
He worked at Keystone Steel & Wire in Bartonville as a Wire Drawer, retiring in 1981 after 35 years service. He owned Zilch’s Coin Wash in Bartonville. He also delivered flowers for Marilyn’s BowK in Bartonville.
William was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where he sang in the choir. He was a volunteer fireman with the Tuscarora Volunteer Fire Dept and also volunteered for Food Share. He also was a member of the Hollis Grade School Building Committee.
He served in the Army Air Force during WWII from 1941 to 1945.
Services will be Friday, May 18th at 10:00 am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Peoria where visitation will be an hour prior. Father David C. Heinz will officiate.
Burial, with military honors, will be in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the Tuscarora Volunteer Fire Dept. or St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
To view William’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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John C. Risius

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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

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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