Robert H. Roskamp, 91, of Canton, IL passed away Monday, January 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm at Farmington Country Manor, Farmington. He was born in Banner, IL, October 5, 1919, the son of Carl A. and Bertha M. (Houston) Roskamp. He married Eileen Saville on December 30, 1975 in Canton. She died on April 2, 1993. Also preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, and three sisters. Surviving is one daughter, Leigh Ann (Jim) Fox of Dunlap; one grandson, Dillon Fox, and one sister, Donna Jean Emig of Glasford. He was a line inspector at Caterpillar retiring in 1984 with 33 years’ service. He was a MP in the US Army and was a member of the Canton American Legion Post #16. Services will be held Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Dave Utt will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Canton American Legion Post #16.
Orville E. Schindler, 86, of 107 Lewis Ct. Bartonville, IL passed away Monday, January 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm at the Pekin Manor, Pekin, IL. He was born in Bartonville, January 12, 1925, the son of Albert C. and Ellen (Stoker) Schindler. He married Helen Bittner on April 18, 1948 in Peoria. She survives along with three children, Eugenie Hanson of South Pekin, Kim (Cindy) Schindler of Pekin, and Dana Schindler of Bartonville; four grandchildren, Krysta David, Jill Webb, Kara Hanson, and Melanie Schindler; three great grandchildren; one brother, Harold Schindler of Longmont, CO; and two sisters, Lois Jones of Peoria and Berneice Hoogerwerf of Bartonville. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. He was an art technician for Fleming & Potter. He was of the Presbyterian faith. He was a WWII veteran serving as a Lieutenant in the US Army Air Force from June 25, 1943 to March 3, 1946. Services will be Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 11:00 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville, with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Jack Thompson will officiate. Burial will follow in Parkview Cemetery, Peoria. Memorials may be made to TAPS (Tazewell Animal Protective Society).
Milo Lee Bricker, 86, of 4310 E. Mine Hwy Vermont, IL passed away Monday, January 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm at his residence. He was born in Astoria, IL, February 2, 1924, the son of Harry and Erma (Riebling) Bricker. He married Bessie Wright. She survives. Cremation rites have been accorded. There are no services. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Verna Irene Crawley Byram, 91, of Trivoli, IL passed away at home on January 16, 2011. Verna was born on May 10, 1919, in Marshall, IL, the daughter of William Jesse Norton and Lola Alice (Coldren) Norton. On September 28, 1940, she married Frederick Allen Crawley in Peoria, IL. He preceded her in death in 1973. She later married Jim Byram of Metamora, IL and they retired to Sarasota, FL, until his death in 1994. One son, Larry Crawley, one stepson, Larry Byram, her parents, three brothers, and five sisters also precede her in death. Surviving are four children, Ronald (Lorraine) Crawley of Washington State, Stanley (Mary) Crawley of Morton, IL, Mary (Gary) Perkins of Trivoli, IL, and Jerry Crawley also of WA. Also surviving are three stepsons, James (Loretta) Byram, Gary (Judy) Byram, and Jerry Byram. Verna was a devoted wife and mother who made her home the center of her life. She proudly earned her GED and obtained her Certified Nursing Assistants license after her family was raised. She was an employee at Methodist Hospital in Peoria, IL for eleven years. A loving grandmother and great-grandmother, Verna shared her life experiences through her poetry. Several of her pieces were published during her lifetime. Visitation will be held at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Cremation rites will be accorded after visitation with burial of ashes at a later date. We weep not as those who have no hope, for Verna often expressed her readiness to meet her God: “The stars shall shine for a thousand years, a thousand years and a day. But God and I will live and live, when the stars have passed away.” Memorials may be made to the Methodist Hospital Hospice Program, Peoria, IL or the American Red Cross Association.
Richard “Dick” L. Hitchcock, Sr., 84, of 310 N. First Ave Farmington, IL passed away Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 4:16 am at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. He was born in Farmington, October 11, 1926, the son of Clyde and Sadie (Nibbelin) Hitchcock. He married Wanda Lee Fulton on July 4, 1954 in Farmington. She survives along with a son, Richard and his wife, Sherry, Hitchcock Jr. of Farmington. He was papa to three grandchildren, Joe (Krista) Hitchcock of Trivoli, Michael Hitchcock and Jennifer Hitchcock both of Farmington; and two great grandchildren, Khloe and Dane Hitchcock of Trivoli. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. He worked for Caterpillar in the Tech Center as a Tool & Dye maker, retiring in 1986 with 42 years’ service. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, was Past Grand Master and a 32nd degree Mason of the Farmington Lodge 192, and was also a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Peoria and the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571. He proudly served his country in WWII in the US Army as a Corporal and MP. He graduated in 1944 from Farmington Community High School and chaired over several reunions. He loved telling jokes and putting on programs for his classmates. In his younger years, he coached his son’s minor and little league baseball teams. He and his wife loved to dance. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, golfing, and bowling. Dick was a die hard Cubs fan. Later in life, Dick went blind but he still loved telling his jokes and dancing, if his wife would lead. Services will be Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington where visitation will be on Tuesday, January 18th from 5 to 7 pm. Masonic rites will be at 6:45. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Rev. Chris Deacon will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.
Nancy Stewart, 58, of Mapleton passed away at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Proctor Hospital, Peoria. She was born in Peoria on Jan. 3, 1953, the daughter of James and Claudine (Williams) Swanson. She married Scott Stewart on Jan. 31, 1989, in Bartonville. He survives along with a daughter, Taylor Stewart at home, two step children; Brooke Stewart of Pekin, Jimmy Stewart of Virginia Beach, VA. and 1 grandchild, Stone Stewart. Also surviving is one sister Trudy Rhodes of Peoria. She was of Catholic Faith. Nancy was a claims specialist for American Family Ins. last working Nov. 2009. Visitation will be Wed. Jan 19, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Midwest Affiliate.
Merle “Al” A. James, 81, of 428 E. Randolph, Havana, IL formerly of Canton, IL passed away Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 6:45 am at Sunset Rehab and Health Care, Canton. He was born in Canton, July 26, 1929, the son of Merle and Lois (Fleming) James. He married Barbara Waterfield on February 14, 1988 in Canton. She survives along with a daughter, Kathy Archer of Wesley Chapel, FL; three step children, Stephen C. Johnson of Johns Island, SC, Jana (Jan) Bullock of Peoria, and Lisa K. Tovera of Peoria; six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Jerry and Robert. Al worked in auto sales and he tutored children in reading. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Havana. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a memorial service on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Havana. Pastor Dave Byrd and Rev. Daniel Swihart will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Graham Hospital Hospice or his church.
Scott E. Parrish, 72, of rural Havana, IL passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm at his residence. He was born December 1, 1938, in Canton, the son of Carl C. and Anna Mae (Moran) Parrish. He married Nancy Sizek on June 23, 1963 in Canton. She survives along with a son, Carl M. (Cris) Parrish of Lewistown; a daughter, Vonda K. (Keith) Sowers of Lewistown; six grandchildren, Scott A. Parrish, Carl R. Parrish, Steven M. Parrish, Jared S. Mathis, Brandt L. Schisler, and Sydney T. Sowers; one brother, Clinton (Donna) Parrish of Bartonville; one sister, Gert (Ed) Seward of Cuba; and an aunt, Ethel “Pearl” Smith of Hanna City. Scott farmed his entire life. He loved his family, farming and was proud of his grandchildren. Besides farming he was an electrician and also worked at Keystone Steel & Wire for 18 years. He was currently serving on the Spoon River Electric Board of Directors and the South Fulton Water District Board of Directors. He was a member of the Locust Lane United Methodist Church of Canton and the Havana Assembly of God Church. He was also a member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau. He served in the US Navy from 1957 to 1961 on the USS Saratoga. Services will be Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be on Sunday, January 16th from 3 to 6 pm. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Rev. Ardith Corsaw will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Spoon River Electric Co-op Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 340 Canton, IL 61520.
Lee Haun, 71, of 201 S. Reed St. Sheffield, IL. passed away at 5:53 am on Friday, January 7, 2011 at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. She was born on January 6, 1940, in Kewanee, to Moline and Hazel (Moulton) Grant. Lee married Ronald Haun on June 16, 1957 in Kewanee. He survives along with one daughter; Dawn (Michael) Rudolph Jr. of Princeton, one son; Mark (Cari) Haun of Kewanee, three grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and one brother; Arlen Grant of Kewanee. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be Thursday, January 13, 12:00 pm noon at the First Methodist Church in Kewanee, with the Rev. Bruce Rushing officiating. Burial of ashes will be in Alaska at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Sheffield Ambulance Service. Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville is in charge of local arrangements