Farmington – Ronald “Zeke” E. VanHouten, 74, of 1869 S. Knox Rd, Farmington, IL passed away Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 1:56 am at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.
He was born May 7, 1937, in Farmington, the son of Howard “Swede” and Helen (Westerby) VanHouten. Zeke married Marie Mitchell March 19, 1976 in Farmington. She survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Lonnie (Elaine) VanHouten of Trophy Club, TX, Dennis (Alena) VanHouten of El Paso, Bruce (Trish) VanHouten and Greg VanHouten both of Farmington; one step son, E. Robert (Teresa) Casas of Peoria; twelve grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three brothers, Tom (Bonnie) VanHouten of Monterey, and Jim (Sandy) VanHouten and John “Butch” VanHouten both of Farmington; two sisters, Diane (Tony) Morton of Farmington and Vickie (Bob) Feger of Lewistown; and one sister-in-law, Artis VanHouten of Farmington.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Kenneth VanHouten, and one step son, Tony.
He was a Heat Treat Engineer at the Caterpillar Mossville Plant for 30 years, retiring in 1984. He also worked at Laidlaw Bus Co. for 20 years.
Zeke was a charter member of Hanna City Sportsman Club and a member of the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571. He was a Bears & Cubs fan and loved boating and horseracing.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 19th from 4 to 7 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. There will be a Graveside service on Monday, February 20th at 11:00 am at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington with Rev. Jim Walden officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.
Canton – Melissa Ann Toombs, 45, of 1405 E. Elm St. Apt F2, Canton, IL passed away Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Heartland Health Care, Canton.
She was born January 20, 1967 in Peoria, the daughter of Clarence and Linda (Fidler) Guppy. She married James Toombs November 3, 2007 in Canton. He survives.
Also surviving are one sister, Brandi Sale of Canton and two nieces, Sadie and Shelbi.
Her parents precede her in death.
Melissa had worked as a nurse’s aide at Emerald Estates in Canton and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton.
She was a fan of Karaoke and loved playing games. She was a good wife and aunt who had a big heart.
A memorial service will be at 2:30 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services. Cremation has been accorded.
Memorials are requested to the Melissa Toombs Memorial c/o The National Bank in Canton, IL.
Merle D. Mathews, 519 E Pearl St. Farmington, IL passed away Wednesday November 24, 2010 at 9:30pm at Heartland Health Care Center, Canton. He was born September 1, 1917 in St. David to Fred and Dorothy (Thompson) Mathews. He married Mollie Maserati on August 31, 1940. She preceded him in death on May 23, 2006. Surviving are one son, Tom (Sue) Mathews of Canton and one daughter, Janice (Gene) Saunders of Yates City, five grandchildren; Gina Wallace, Karla Mathews, Genelle Dryden, Kristy Hedges and Mark Mathews. Also surviving is eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters. He worked as a shear operator at International Harvester, retiring in 1974 having 38 years of service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #1571 in Farmington. He enjoyed gathering with family and spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed his retirement and spending time at his lake cabin in Minnesota. Funeral service will be Sunday November 28 at 2:00pm at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Visitation will be one hour prior. Rev. Kevin VanTine will be officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.
Bartonville – Norma June Williams, 84, of 5912 S. Madison Bartonville, IL passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm at Havana Health Care, Havana, IL.
She was born May 25, 1927, in Bartonville, the daughter of James and Edith M. (Traeger) Haubensak. She married George Ray Williams in 1946 in Bartonville.
He preceded her in death. Also preceding in death were her parents and two brothers, James F. and Neal R. Haubensak.
Surviving are two sons, J.I. (Debra) Williams of Havana and Steve R. (Sandy) Williams of Smithfield; three grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren.
Norma enjoyed playing games with friends and gardening. She had volunteered at Wildlife Prairie State Park.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
Canton – James A. Paul, 90, of Canton, IL passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 12:15 am at Heartland Health Care Center, Canton.
He was born July 22, 1921, in Canton, the son of James W. and Zella P. (Paull) Paul. He married D. Bernice Liffick August 9, 1947 in Canton. She passed away July 1, 2000.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers, and one sister.
He is survived by his caregiver, Shirley (John) McDowell of Canton and several nieces and nephews.
James was a truck driver for Sturm Transfer, retiring in 1981.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of Canton, AF & AM Morning Star Lodge # 734, Peoria Consistory, and Teamsters Union #627.
He was a WWII Army veteran.
Visitation will be Friday, January 27th from 9:45 to 10:45 am with Masonic Rites at 10:45 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. A Graveside Service, with Military Honors, will follow at 11:15 am at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Rev. Glen Nestlerode will officiate.
Peoria – Merwin E. Pickens, 85, of 1610 S. Stanley Peoria, IL passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 6:10 am at Heartland Health Care Center, Peoria.
He was born October 3, 1926, in Louisville, IL the son of Raymond and Cora (Anderson) Pickens. He married Betty Sloniker December 21, 1947 in Louisville and she passed away September 25, 1995.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; one daughter, Jeanne R. Pickens; one brother, Keith Pickens; and one sister, Merle Foreman.
Surviving are eight children, Tommy Pickens of Peoria, Diana (Curtis) Burdette of Edwards, Danny (Jan) Pickens of Morton, Lisa Mackey of Peoria, Teresa (Steven) Randle of Peoria, Curt (Denise) Pickens of Cedar Rapids, IA, Shannon Pickens-Mitchell of Peoria, and Coral “Danette” (Charles) Hawkins of Peoria; 20 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; two brothers, James Pickens of Sailor Springs and Leon Pickens of Wathena, KS; and one sister, Shirley Atchison of Louisville.
He was an electrician at Bemis Bag Company & Ivex for approximately 45 years. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, boating, skiing, golfing, and yearly trips to Canada. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and friend. Merwin committed his life fully to the Lord at the age of 83.
He was a WWII Army veteran.
Services will be Saturday, January 28th at 11:00 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Jim Powell will officiate. Burial, with Military Honors, will follow at Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.
Canton – Marion C. Johnson, 96, of 616 East Spruce St. died at 6:30 am on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at Graham Hospital, Canton.
He was born December 29, 1915, in Canton, the son of Frank and Lera (Murphy) Johnson. He married Virginia Whitmore August 17, 1938 in Hannibal, MO and they were married for 61 ½ years until her death in 2000.
He is survived by three children, Steve (Sandra) Johnson of Huffman, TX, Linda (Rob) Pollard of Canton, and Jeff (Jayne) Johnson of Canton; four grandchildren, Stephanie Johnson of Humble, TX, Cassandra Pollard of Springfield, Jared Johnson of Canton, and Matt (Cassie) Johnson of Dunlap; one great grandchild, Parker Johnson of Dunlap; and one sister-in-law, Phyllis Ferro of St. David.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, and one sister.
Marion worked for Jewel Tea Company, retiring after 40 years. In his retirement years he passionately pursued his hobby of genealogical research and became a knowledgeable local historian.
Visitation will be Saturday, January 28th from 1 to 2 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Private burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Parlin-Ingersoll Library or Donor’s Choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Peoria – Freda M. White, 88, of Peoria, IL passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm at Bel-Wood Nursing Home, Peoria.
She was born December 20, 1923, in Peoria, the daughter of Henry Emil and Pearl Marie (Cook) Schoch. She first married Henry Martinez in 1943 in Peoria and he died in 1953. She then married Glen R. White in 1955 in Peoria and he died in 1979. She was then married to Manuel Gutierrez from 1980 to 1988.
Surviving are one son, Richard (Becky) White of Peoria; one daughter, Patricia (Donald Bloomfield) Martinez of Greeley, CO; one son-in-law, Ted Gudat of Brimfield; five grandchildren, Tammy, David, Greg, Leslie, and Lester; ten great grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Elizabeth.
Also preceding her in death were one daughter, Jo Anne Gudat; three brothers; and two sisters.
Freda worked at FP Mail System for twenty-one years.
She was of the Catholic faith.
Freda will be remembered for her feverish passion for playing bingo and the music of Dean Martin. She was a loving mother and grandmother, but her greatest love was her great grandchildren.
Services will be Saturday, January 21st at 2:00 pm at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with visitation one hour prior. Rev. David Utt will officiate. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Cemetery, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to Passages Hospice or Bel-Wood Nursing Home.
Peoria – Irene Della West Stone, 91, of Peoria, IL passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.
She was born September 30, 1920, in Springdale, TN, the daughter of Andrew “Andy” and Nancy (Johnson) West. She married William Stone on September 26, 1940 in Middlesboro, KY. He preceded her in death in 2003.
Surviving are one son, Mark Stone of Peoria; one daughter, Rebecca (Bob) Brashers of Washington; ten grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and two sisters, Athene Law and Ella Mae McGinnis both of Knoxville, TN.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, one son, Billy Stone; four brothers; and six sisters.
Irene owned and operated Irene’s Beauty Shop in Peoria from 1960 to 1980.
She was a member of Laramie St Baptist Church.
She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed sewing and quilting. She also loved her cat, Missy.
Services will be Tuesday, January 24th at 11:00 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Craig Hislope will officiate. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to Neighborhood House-Meals on Wheels Program, or South Side Mission.
Havana – Neva E. Moore, 92, of Havana, IL, previously lived on Stone School Rd Trivoli, IL, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM at Havana Health Care Center.
She was born August 23, 1919, in St. David, IL the daughter of Albert and Violet (Windsor) Zaborac. She married Robert Moore on June 11, 1955 in Cuba, IL and he preceded her in death on January 1976.
Surviving are one daughter, Linda (Phil) Lee of Sun Lakes, AZ; one step-daughter, Susan (Bill) Entwistle of Easton; one step-son, William (Pam) Moore of Las Vegas, NV; six grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; one brother, Eldon “Sonny” (Charlotte) Zaborac of Canton; and one sister, Ila Marie Zaborac of St. David.
Also preceding her in death were one step-daughter, Sherron Ault and two sisters, Mary Marks and Alberta Mae Gamble.
Neva was a past member of the Cuba American Legion Auxiliary Post #533.
Services will be Monday, January 23rd at 10:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Havana Health Care Resident Activity Fund, Logan/Mason Rehabilitation Center Activity Fund, or Donor’s Choice.