Melba D. Smith

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Melba D. Smith

Melba D. Smith

Canton – Melba D. Smith, of Canton, IL passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 7:05 pm at Graham Hospital, Canton.
She was born October 25, 1935 in Canton, to Sheldon and Ruth (Ashby) Lingenfelter. Melba was married to Larry Smith from 1952 until 1991. She then married Lew Wages in 1994. They both preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Terry Smith. Surviving are two sons, Samuel “Sammy” (Christy) Smith of Breeds and William “Billy” (Mary Pat) Smith of Lake of the Ozarks, MO; five grandchildren, Boone (Kate) Smith, Terry (Annie) Smith, Cassie (Brent) Nelson, Tyson (Shawna) Smith, and Kelly (Lucas) Creasy; twelve great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; one brother, Sam Lingenfelter of Canton; three sisters, Alma Courtney and Wilma Courtney both of Breeds and Donna VanMiddlesworth of Lewistown; and two special nieces, Pam Courtney and Mary Widger.
Melba was also preceded in death by her parents; two sister, Bernice Johnson and Juanita Crosetto and two brothers, Gene Lingenfelter and Virgil Lingenfelter.
Melba worked at Graham Hospital for over 30 years, last as an Administrative Assistant.
She loved to gamble and travel to the Ozarks. Melba loved her family dearly.
Services will be Sunday, July 14th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation on Saturday, July 13th from 4 to 6 pm. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate.
Cremation will follow the services.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
To view Melba’s memorial tribute of submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Maralee Hagaman

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Maralee Hagaman

Maralee Hagaman

Lewistown – Maralee Hagaman, 88, of Lewistown, IL passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm at Graham Hospital, Canton.
She was born September 22, 1924, in Enion, IL to Richard and Anna (O’Donnell) Bloyd.
Maralee first married Neville Workman, October 9, 1942 and later married Howard Hagaman, October 30, 1964. They both preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was a good friend, Don Bybee.
Surviving are one step-son, John Hagaman of Farmersville, IL.; one step-granddaughter, Amber Harmon of Hillsboro, IL.; one brother, Pat (Georgia) Bloyd of Lewistown; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family, whom she loved very much.
Also preceding her in death was two brother, Dallas Bloyd and Vern “Tink” Bloyd.
Maralee attended Brown’s Business College and Bradley University.
She worked for the State of Illinois for 44 years lastly as Administrator of the Department of Human Services.
She was a member of Illinois Street Christian Church; Spoon River Business and Professional Women of Lewistown; and Lewistown VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
She enjoyed her family, genealogy, and traveling to Ireland.
Services will be Saturday, July 13th at 10:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be on Friday, July 12th from 5 to 7 pm. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewistown.
Memorials may be made to Lewistown VFW Ladies Auxiliary or Donor’s Choice.
To view Maralee’s memorial tribute or send online condolences go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

James R. Kuchan

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James R. Kuchan

James R. Kuchan

Canton – James R. Kuchan, 79, of Canton, IL died Monday, July 8, 2013 at Heartland Health Care Center, Canton.
He was born August 3, 1933, in Canton the third son of Anthony and Loraine (Walker) Kuchan.
He is survived by his brothers, Len (Maureen) Kuchan of Peoria and David (Carol) Kuchan of Canton; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and oldest brother, Anthony of Milwaukee.
Jim graduated at St. Mary’s Grade School and Canton High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in music from Illinois Wesleyan University. He attended Midwest University in Wichita Falls, TX and graduated with a master’s degree in piano from Baylor University in Waco, TX.
Jim was a gifted pianist who lived in San Francisco and worked in the music field for most of his adult life. He returned to Canton in August 2011 due to ill health.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Services will be announced at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

David W. Earp

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Peoria – David Wayne Earp, 55, of Peoria, died Monday, July 8, 2013 at 6:30 AM at Marigold Care Center, Galesburg, IL.
He was born November 1, 1957, in Peoria to Wayne and Shirley (Swanson) Earp.
Surviving are his mother of Peoria; three children, Jace Earp of Peoria, Angela Earp of Boulder, CO, and Brian Johnson of Bellevue; one brother, James Earp of West Peoria; and one grandson, Jacob Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his father and his longtime significant other Wendy Keith.
David worked as a self-employed H.V.A.C technician.
He loved to fish, and would always lend a helping hand when needed.
Visitation for David will be held from 3-5 PM on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. A Celebration of Life will take place immediately after the visitation at Earp’s Hide-A-Way, 1507 S. Laramie St., Peoria.
Memorials may be made to OSF St. Francis Medical Center ATTN: Sister’s Charity.
To view David’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Patricia S. Emery

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Patricia S. Emery

Patricia S. Emery

Farmington – Patricia S. Emery, 71, of Farmington, IL passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 2:18 am at Graham Hospital, Canton.
She was born July 20, 1941, in Canton, IL to Dean and Mildred (Hagie) Utsinger. Patricia married Robert W. Emery on March 18, 1960 in Farmington. He died on December 8, 1995.
Surviving are two children, Kathy S. Morse of Farmington and David D. Emery of Franklin, IN; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and one sister, Elaine Shafer of Mapleton.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and one brother.
Patricia was a member of Norris United Methodist Church and the Farmington America Legion Auxiliary.
Services will be Friday, July 12th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington, where visitation will be on Thursday, July 11th from 6 to 8 pm. Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Norris United Methodist Church.
To view Patricia’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Patsy L. Severns

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Patsy Severns

Patsy L. Severns

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Patsy L. Severns, 85, of Peoria, passed away at 1:48 pm on Thursday, July 4, 2013 in Ashland, OH. She was born July 28, 1927 in Collinsville, IL to Charles and Gwenolen (Barbee) Patton. Patsy married Richard Cort Severns on October 11, 1946 in Peoria. Surviving are her sister Bette Ohl of Metamora, and 4 children: Cortnie Lowe of Brooklyn, NY; Barbara Severns of Peoria; Julie (Tim) Leon of Ashland, OH; and Richard “Dick” Severns of Peoria. Patsy had 4 grandchildren: Shanti Lowe, Richard Cort II (Samantha) Severns, Shawna “Peach” Jordan, and Theo Lachmann, and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Gene Patton. Patsy retired from AARP Foundation as a Job Developer in 2005. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 9 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville, followed by graveside services at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens. To view Patsy’s memorial DVD or make online condolences, please go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

David Hadsell Jr

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Bartonville – David Hadsell Jr., 80, of Bartonville, IL passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9:48 am at his residence.
He was born January 31, 1933 in Canton, to David Sr. and Jessie L. (Braden) Hadsall. David married Claudia M. Screeton on January 24, 1958 in Indiana.
She preceded him in death on March 12, 2002.
Surviving are one brother, Donald Hadsall of Lewistown; one sister, Betty Myers of Liverpool; and several nieces and nephews.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Rudolph and Francis; and one sister, Margaret Saksa.
David retired from Caterpillar where he was a computer analyst.
He was a member of the Free Methodist Church in Peoria.
David was an avid member of the Toastmaster’s where he won a lot of awards.
He also liked to paint.
He was a US Air force veteran and served in the Korean War.
Services will be Monday, July 8th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Bruce Elliott will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Free Methodist Church in Peoria.
Online condolences may be made to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

George H. Gardner

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George H. Gardner

George H. Gardner

Canton – George H. Gardner, 86, of Andover, MN passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his loving family on July 1, 2013 at 12:24 am at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.
He was born November 6, 1926 in Canton, IL to George W. and Gladys (Evans) Gardner. They resided in Canton and later Peoria until 1970 and in Minneapolis, MN thereafter.
He married Anneta Schwarz on October 16, 1955 in Canton. She survives along with one son, Dr. Thomas G. Gardner; one daughter, Carole A. Gardner; and one brother, Edward (Patricia) Gardner of Tampa, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, William and James.
George first worked for International Harvester in Canton and for most of his career as a mechanical design engineer of grain dryers and food processing equipment for Hart-Carter in Peoria, and later in Minneapolis, MN. For the past 15 years since his retirement, he has been a wood carver of wild birds and decorative wood plaques. His award-winning carvings are in museums, nature centers, and in homes in five continents.
He was a member of Anoka Masonic Lodge #30 AF & AM and Zuhrah Shrine Temple, and a former member of Grandview Masonic Lodge #1112 AF & AM and Medinah Shrine Temple in Peoria.
He was a US Navy veteran, serving from 1944 to 1947.
There will be a Graveside Service on Friday, July 5th at 2:00 pm at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Rev. Dave Utt will officiate.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the George H. Gardner Memorial Fund c/o Wells Fargo Bank, Canton.

Eula Margaret Rafferty

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Eula Margaret Rafferty

Eula Margaret Rafferty

Hanna City – Eula Margaret Rafferty, 96, of Hanna City passed away Friday, June 28, 2013 at 3:00 am at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL.
She was born August 8, 1916, in Hanna City, to Lloyd and Carrie (Doubet) Beecher. Eula married Edwin Rafferty in June of 1935 in Hanna City. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are two sons, Robert Rafferty of Peoria and Bill L. (Phyllis) Rafferty of West Peoria; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and seven great great grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were six brothers and one sister.
She was a member of the Edwards United Methodist Church.
Services will be Tuesday, July 2nd at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Jim Reed will officiate.
Burial will be in North Limestone Cemetery, Hanna City.
Memorials may be made to the Edwards United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Ernest Isadore Wendling

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Bartonville – Ernest Isadore Wendling, 94, of Bartonville, IL passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 8:40 pm at Farmington Country Manor, Farmington, IL. He was born February 23, 1919, in Peoria, IL to Isadore and Marie F. (Reichert) Wendling. Ernest married Betty J. McLain on December 31, 1949 at the Baptist Church in Danvers, IL. She died on September 18, 2012.
Ernest was raised by his mother and step-father, Marie R. and Ernest Brotz.
Surviving are two sons, Steve (Linnette) Wendling of Bartonville and Gary (Glenda) Wendling of Mapleton; four grandchildren, Andrew Wendling, Dennis (Amber) Wendling, Jessica Wendling, and Jeffrey Wendling; one great grandson, Carson Ernest Wendling; and one brother, Fred Brotz of Metamora.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; his step-father, one sister, Frances Wetzel; and two step-sisters.
Ernest worked for Keystone Steel & Wire for 36 years, retiring in 1982 and also for Hertz Rental Center in Peoria for 17 years.
He was a Corporal in the US Army serving as a combat construction engineer from 1942 to 1945.
Ernest loved hunting and fishing.
Services will be Saturday, June 29th at 1:00 pm at Endlsey-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Mike Jones will officiate.
Burial, with military honors, will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Bartonville.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Parkinson’s Foundation, or Farmington Country Manor.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com