Twila J. Ketcham

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Twila J. Ketcham

Twila J. Ketcham

Farmington – Twila J. Ketcham, 67, of Farmington, IL passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:35 am at Farmington Country Manor. She was born on January 13, 1946 in Brulington, IA to Jesse and Annis (Boyer) Brewer. Twila married Charles G. Ketcham in 1973 and he preceded her in death on October 13, 1988. Her parents also preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons; Craig Ketcham of Peoria, and Patrick Ketcham of Farmington, and two brothers; Melvin Brewer of Elmwood, and Ervin “Ernie” Brewer of Peoria. Twila worked at the IGA in Farmington which became the County Market as a CSA/Book keeper for many years. She was a member of the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a visitation from 6- 8 pm Friday, May 24, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Burial will be at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be made at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Audrey Irene Redlingshafer

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Audrey Irene Redlingshafer

Audrey Irene Redlingshafer

Elmwood – Audrey Irene Redlingshafer, 85, of Elmwood, IL passed away Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm at Sunset Manor Care, Canton, IL.
The daughter of William V. and Nellie I. (Shimp) VanPetten, she was born February 13, 1928 in rural Wyoming, IL. She married John H. Redlingshafer on August 25, 1944 in Pekin. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, Mike Redlingshafer of Elmwood; three daughters, Rita Hassall of Rockville, MD, Gayle Berman of Efrat, Israel, and Angela Green of Tucson, AZ; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and one brother, William V. VanPetten of Trivoli.
One great grandchild also preceded her in death.
Audrey was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington.
Visitation will be on Thursday, May 9th from 6 to 8pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington.
Cremation rites will follow the visitation.
A Graveside service with burial of ashes will be on Saturday, May 11th at 10:00 am at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Rev. Chris Deacon will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Farmington Rescue 1100 or First Presbyterian Church of Farmington.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Gordon Dale Christy

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Gordon Dale Christy

Gordon Dale Christy

Canton – Gordon Dale Christy, 76, of Cuba, IL passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7:25 am at Graham Hospital, Canton, IL.
The son of Dale and Sylvia (Dillon) Christy, he was born October 23, 1936 in Graysville, Ohio. He married Mary Ann Trapp.
Surviving are two sons, Mark D. Christy of Texas and Kevin Christy of Brereton, IL; three grandchildren, Crystal, Cassidy, and Joshua; three great grandchildren; one brother, Eugene Christy of Canton; and two sisters, Marjorie Christy of Pekin and Edna Maliongas of Peoria.
His parents and one brother preceded him in death.
Gordon was retired from the US Navy, where he was an electrician working on submarines and served in Vietnam. He received a Good Conduct Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Bar, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He also worked for Freeman United Coal Mines.
He was a member of the National Button Club, Canton American Legion Post #16, and a former member of the Canton Moose Lodge.
Services will be Monday, May 6th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior.
Cremation rites will follow the services with burial of ashes at sea at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.
To view Gordon’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Condra “Connie” Sue Smith

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Condra "Connie" Sue Smith

Condra "Connie" Sue Smith

Dunfermline – Condra “Connie” Sue Smith, 59, of Dunfermline, IL passed away Monday, April 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm at Renaissance Care Center, Canton.
The daughter of Jim Givens and Kathleen (Wickert) Haccke, she was born May 24, 1953 in Peoria, IL. She married Terry Smith on March 22, 1986 in Canton.
He survives along with three sons, Craig of Canton, Todd (Michelle) of Canton, and Jeff of Pekin; one daughter, Terri Smith Delmastro of Canton; four grandchildren, Torri, Jaden, Michael, and Kaylen; and two brothers, Tim (Donna) Givens and Terry (Sue) Givens both of southern Illinois.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents and step-dad, David Haccke.
She first worked at Canton Manufacturing and later at International Harvester until its closing.
She has been fighting cancer since 2007.
She loved motorcycle riding and camping.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 4th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm at the Dunfermline Village Hall.
Burial of ashes will be at a later date at Highbridge Cemetery, Dunfermline.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Patricia M. Brown

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Patricia Brown

Patricia Brown

Farmington – Patricia M. Brown, 73, of Farmington, IL passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm at Farmington Country Manor, Farmington, IL.
The daughter of Adolph “Doc” and Eunice (Francis) Dunn, she was born September 24, 1939 in Fielden, MO.
Surviving are four children, Patrick Berry of Hanna City, Frederick Berry of Peoria, Deanna Chesley and Rich Schmitz of East Peoria, and Lori Berry of Farmington; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter; two brothers, James Dunn of WA and Terry Dunn of IL; and three sisters, Doris Fatheree of FL, Dorothy Ann Melville of Farmington, and Joyce Dykes of OH.
Preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, and three sisters.
Patricia had worked as a waitress and cook at Kershe’s Café in Farmington.
She loved playing bunko, reading, crocheting, and sewing. She was also an election judge.
Per Patricia’s request, cremation rites have been accorded, with no visitation or services.
Memorials may be made to P.A.W.S.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Roland “Rol” Gene Hillig

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Roland "Rol" Gene HilligBartonville – Roland “Rol” Gene Hillig, 85, of Bartonville, IL passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:30 am at Rosewood Care Center, Peoria, IL.
The son of Roland and Elsie (Demmin) Hillig, he was born December 27, 1927 in Peoria. He married Joyce Brunner on December 12, 1953. She survives.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Also surviving are his three children, Jana (Wes) Fleming of Pharr, TX, Joy Rees of Bartonville, and Brad Hillig of Pekin; five grandchildren, Alycia, Tyler, Kelsey, Sarah, and Shelby; one brother, Richard (Marilyn) Hillig of Bartonville; and one sister, Marilyn Love of Bartonville.
Rol last worked as a supervisor at Caterpillar in the Grounds and Services Dept. in East Peoria. He retired in 1983.
He served in the Army 40th Infantry Division in 1951 and 1952. He was stationed in Japan and Korea both for nine months.
He was a member of Bartonville American Legion Post #979.
After retirement, Rol enjoyed fishing and golfing. He spent much of his time at his camper in New Boston, on the Mississippi River. During winter months, Rol and his wife, Joyce, would travel to Magic Valley Trailer Park in Weslaco, TX.
Rol was an avid fan and participant of sports. He graduated from Manual High School in 1946 where he played Varsity Basketball. His softball team, sponsored by his Uncle’s business, Al’s Radio, won the state championship in 1954. He was also very involved in starting youth baseball in Bartonville, and spent many years coaching. While employed at Caterpillar, he ran the youth baseball and basketball programs for the children of Caterpillar employees, plus many other activities such as the annual Caterpillar Christmas program. He was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan which he passed on to his children and grandchildren.
Services will be private with burial at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Bartonville.
Memorials may be made to the Bartonville Fire & Rescue.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Charles A. Shumaker

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Charles A. Shumaker

Charles A. Shumaker

Canton – Charles A. Shumaker, a well-known prominent Canton businessman, passed away peacefully at his daughter and son-in-laws home at 433 N. Ave. A with two of his loving daughters, Marcie and Janice by his side. He was born to Arthur and Marie (Martin) Shumaker on July 12, 1921. He married the “love of his life”, Betty Davies-Meade on March 16, 1946. They were married for almost 58 years when she passed. He had 4 daughters – `Lana (Jerry) Starr of Washington, Cheryle (Daniel) Johnson of Missouri, Marcie (James) Myers of Canton, where he made his home, Janice (Glenn) Pesti of Michigan, 2 stepsons, Roland (Ronnie) Meade of Michigan and Louis L. Meade, Jr. of Oregon. He had 4 sisters, Mary Louise, deceased, Emmy (James) Poe of Canton, Barbara Reising of Hanna City, and June Walljasper of Canton. Although Audrey Stockham wasn’t his biological daughter, he loved her like she was. He also had a special friend, Edna Bushong of Dunfermline. His life was centered around his family and friends. He had 22 grandchildren, many great and great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He spent 2 years in the Navy on board the Vicksburg during WWII in Iwo Jima as 3rd class, chaplain’s assistant. He was a painter and decorator for over 50 years.
He spent many of his healthy years at the Retiree’s bldg, playing pool and snooker with his many friends. Up until 4 years ago, he walked 3 miles a day.
He attended Canton Assembly of God Church for several years.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 28th from 4 to 6 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. His funeral service will be Monday, April 29th at 11:00 am at Canton Assembly of God Church, 200 Stonegate Drive, Canton with Rev. Greg White officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to his church.
To view Charles’ memorial tribute or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented on this day
March 23, 2013 to
Charles A. Shumaker
For your exceptional Character
displayed through roles as a:
Devoted Husband
Loving Daddy
Kind Grandpa
Understanding Brother
Honest and fair business man
and friend
And for your courageous service
as a sailor in the
United States Navy
Presented to you by your
Family

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Geneva McNeal Starnes

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Geneva McNeal Starnes

Geneva McNeal Starnes

Geneva McNeal Starnes of Canton, IL.

The Heavens Broke Open and Flooded the Land with Tearful Joy as God called
one of his angels home on April 19, 2013 at 12:12am.

Geneva was born July 6th to the late Albert McNeal and Mary Watts McNeal Kamber, in Zeigler, IL. She married Noble Ron Starnes and they lived together in Christopher, IL, then in Weatherford, TX before relocating to Canton, IL. He survives.

Geneva was a stay at home mom and Nani as all of her grandkids and many others called her. She was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her family and friends. She always saw the Silver Lining in every cloud no matter how big or dark the cloud would be. She always saw the good in people and taught her family to do the same. She gave great motivation to anyone around her.

Her interests included family, gardening, sewing, reading, Dr. Mario, and her many outdoor nature walks.

Geneva was a member of Zeigler First Baptist Church.

Geneva was preceded in death by her two brothers Gary and Kenny McNeal and her sister, Janice McNeal. She is survived by two children: Sherri (Randy) Starnes Delost of Farmington and Jay (Debbie) Starnes of Canton. Mark (Lisa) Ault of Cuba, Amy (Bill) Beoletto and family of Canton and Mike Cattron of Texas were her adopted family. She also is survived by her grandchildren David, Darron, and Danel Delost; Brandi, Chelsie, and Jonathan Starnes, and Zander Ault; two sisters, Linda Clark and Ernestine Bird; and one brother, John McNeal.

Services will be Wednesday, April 24th at 11:00 am at Gilbert Funeral Home, Christopher, IL where visitation will be on Tuesday, April 23rd from 6 to 8 pm.
Burial will be in Zeigler Cemetery, Zeigler, IL.
In lieu of memorial donation, the family requests you do something special for family or friends in memory of Geneva.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of local arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Elizabeth June (Betty) Allen

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Elizabeth June (Betty) Allen

Elizabeth June (Betty) Allen

Elizabeth June (Betty) Allen, 90, of 352 W. Elm St., Canton, formerly of Farmington, passed away on Wednesday, April 17th, at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria.
She was born on June 23, 1922 in Minonk, Illinois, the daughter of Nelson James Hewitt and Mary (Wagoner) Hewitt. She married Kenneth Allen on February 7, 1942 in Farmington and was happily married until his death on January 19, 1994.
Survivors include one daughter, Karen Campbell (Clay), Canton, with whom she made her home for the past 19 years, and one sister, Grace Anne Noble (Wild Bill), of Gilbert, Arizona. She also leaves behind 6 grandchildren: Mollie Greene (Aaron) of Greenville, S.C., Clayton Campbell (Stacie) of Bakersfield, CA, Sam Campbell (Janel) of Charleston, S.C., Ben Campbell (Julie) of Nashville TN, Will Campbell and Joe Campbell, both of Canton, and 14 great-grandchildren: Henry, Jude, Lola, and Dot Greene; Penelope, Dowen, and Lucy Campbell; Samuel, Ethan, Vienna, Alexander, and Isaac Campbell, and Jenny and Odette Campbell. She was preceded in death by three brothers: James, Robert, and Paul Hewitt, four sisters: Pearl England, Marie Black, Edith Mingus, and Joy Miller, and one great-grandson, Calvin Campbell.
After graduating from Farmington High School, Betty worked at Caterpillar during WW2 and helped her husband in his hardware store and appliance repair businesses. She loved being a homemaker and was an accomplished oil painter and an avid reader, especially enjoying history and biographies. Her greatest delight was her grandchildren. She spent many years teaching 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school and as a deaconess at the First Baptist Church in Farmington where she was a member for over 80 years. She was a born-again Christian who trusted Jesus Christ and His grace alone for her salvation.
Services will be held on Saturday, April 27th at 10:30 am at the First Baptist Church in Farmington with Pastor Matt Morgan officiating and burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Open Hearts Open Homes Adoption Fund at Bethany Baptist Church, 7422 North Heinz Lane, Edwards, IL 61528.
Local arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington, IL Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

Lora Jessie Whitfield

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Lora Jessie Whitfield

Lora Jessie Whitfield

Peoria – Lora Jessie Whitfield, 87, of Peoria, IL passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10:13 am at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL
The daughter of Forrest Ray and Jessie Alice (Jewell) Sherman, she was born April 10, 1926 in Cohaset, MN. Lora married William Mason Whitfield on September 12, 1943 in Peoria.
He survives along with four children; Nick (Mari) Whitfield Sr. of Springfield, Mary Jane Shea of Bartonville, Shirley Kucavik (Daniel Zeller) of Peoria, and William F. Whitfield of Peoria; sixteen grandchildren; twenty six great grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley (Delbert) Swanson of Peoria and Norma (Bill) Rollet of Peoria; one sister-in-law, Marilyn Whitfield of PA; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Preceding Lora in death were her parents and one brother, William Jewell Sherman of Peoria.
She had waitressed at several diners and food services.
Lora was a member of the Second Baptist Church and was a Sunday school teacher at South Side Mission.
She was involved at South Side Mission and its Auxiliary Club.
The love of God, family, friends, and cats were most important to Lora.
Services will be Wednesday, April 17th at 1:00 pm at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with visitation one hour prior. Rev. James Vincent will officiate. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church or Harvesters Group of South Side Mission in Peoria.
To view Lora’s memorial tribute of submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com