Richard D. Illman

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Richard D. IllmanCanton Headline:
Richard D. Illman, 83, of 250 S. Main St. Canton, IL passed away Monday, May 16, 2011 at 7:20 am at his residence.
He was born May 26, 1927, in Ipava, IL, the son of William Illman and Mary Gladys (Fey) VanVleet. He first married Marie (Burton) Cowin on April 15, 1946 in Canton. He then married Margaret Evelyn (Kelly) Noe on April 22, 1998 in Lewistown. Both preceded him in death.
Surviving are five children; Linda (Rick) Wamsley of Carman, Louie (Jan) Cowin of Bushnell, Wanda (Mike) Kitch of Canton, MO, Terry Illman and (partner) Danny of Austin, TX, and Don (Polly) Noe of Ipava; fourteen grandchildren; thirty seven great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters.
He first worked for International Harvester in Canton then for Caterpillar as a machine operator in East Peoria, retiring with 30 years’ service.
Richard was a kind hearted gentleman who enjoyed helping friends who needed a hand.
There will be a private graveside service on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Apple Cemetery, Lewistown. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate.

Willard Sipp

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Willard Sipp, 93, of 16109 W. McDonald Hanna City, IL passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 12:14 am at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, IL.
He was born April 5, 1918, in Peoria, IL, the son of William F. and Mabel (McDonald) Sipp.
He married Laurel Heggie in March of 1943 in Trivoli. She preceded him in death on January 1, 1988. Also preceding in death was a son, Rodger Sipp, whom they lost in Vietnam, and his parents.
Surviving are one son, Stan Sipp of Mansfield; one daughter, Holly Zessin of Hanna City; two grandchildren, Mary Susan (Calvin) Plumer of Hanna City and Jolene (Chad) Messersmith of Georgetown, TX; six great grandchildren; and one brother, Kenneth Sipp of Hanna City.
Willard was a lifetime farmer and worked for FS during the WWII era driving a feed and fuel truck.
He was a graduate of Farmington High School in 1936. He was a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau.
Services will be Thursday, May 19th at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington at 10:00 am where visitation will be on Wednesday, May 18th from 5 to 7 pm. Rev. Joy Schlesselman will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Eden, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Logan Trivoli Fire Protection District or the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association.

Norma J. Eubank

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Norma J. EubankBartonville- Norma Eubank, 81 of Bartonville, died Saturday, May 14, 2011 at
Belwood Nursing Home in Peoria.
She was born November 25, 1929 in Pekin, IL to Peter and Gertrude (Seelye) Walker. In 1946 she married Wayne Van Scyoc in Peoria. They had two children who survive; Linda Little of Hemet, CA and Wayne (Cindy) Eubank of Bartonville. She later married Sam Eubank in 1962 in Las Vegas, NV. He preceded her in death.
Also preceding her in death was one granddaughter, Tina Black, in 2006.
Additional survivors include: 5 grandchildren, Kristina, Russell, Melissa, Lisa and Wayne; 15 Great Grandchildren; 10 Great-Great Grandchildren; one brother, Lewis (Mary) Walker of Steubenville, OH; and two sisters, Betty Barnett of Canton and Patsy Russell of Peoria.
She was a machine operator at Slevin Container in Peoria in the 1970’s and was a Past Worthy Matron of the former Acacia Chapter-Order of the Eastern Star.
Though her education was cut short as a child, Norma was proud that she earned her GED at the age of 65.
The fact that Norma raised her family right is proven in that they are all lifelong St Louis Cardinal Fans, just like her.
She also loved to work in her yard and flower gardening.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. The Rev. Craig Hislope will officiate. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Wednesday.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

 

Gene Pfeifer

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Gene PfeiferPeoria-Evan E. “Gene” Pfeifer, 82, of 1519 S. Faraday, Peoria, IL passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 3:15 am at his residence.
He was born April 15, 1929 in New Holland, IL the son of Ralph J. and Mildred C. (Worth) Pfeifer and married Barbara A. Bell on October 1, 1955 in Peoria Heights, IL. She survives.
Also surviving are three brothers, Thomas (Marianne) Pfeifer of Bartonville, John (Sheila) Pfeifer of Princeville, and William “Ike” (Sharon) Pfeifer of Peoria; two sisters, Myrtle “Joyce” Vanderheiden of East Peoria and Waltresia “Sally” (Louis) Vanderheiden of Manito; a nephew, Dennis (Cindy) Heskett of Norwood; and good friends, Richard and Patricia Clevenger of Peoria.
Preceding him in death were his parents, one son, Thomas E. Pfeifer who passed away July 8, 2006; three sisters, Dorothy Randle, Rose M. “Peggy” Heskett, and Rena Pfeiffer; and two brothers, Wayne and Gayland.
Gene was a shipping clerk for Hiram Walker’s retiring in 1981 with 30 years’ service.
He was of the Catholic faith and was a charter member of Hiram Walker’s Rod & Gun Club. He was an avid NASCAR fan and loved to hand feed peanuts to the squirrels in his backyard.
Gene was a US Army veteran serving in Korea where he received the Purple Heart.
There will be a visitation Sunday, May 15th from 4 to 6 pm at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville. Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation with burial of ashes at a later date in Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Side Bank % Evan E. Pfeifer 2119 SW Adams Peoria, IL 61602

Carol M. Pagan

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Carol M. PaganCanton Headline
Carol M. Pagan, 63, of 700 N. 10th Apt. 2 Canton, IL. passed away at 1:34 pm, Friday, May 6 at the Graham Hospital Extended Care Unit. She was born on June 21, 1947 in Canton to Cecil and Marilyn Blakesmith Coats. Carol first married Jack Pensinger May 1, 1965. She later married Sam Pagan in June 1979 and he preceded her in death in November 1979. Also preceding her in death were her father, step father Carl “Bill” Norville, and 1 brother. Surviving is 2 daughters; Shawna (Brian) Owings of DuQuion, Erika Burgess of Canton, 2 sons; Michael (Sarah) Pensinger, and Junior Burgess both of Canton, mother Marilyn Norville, 9 grandchildren; Savana, Nicole, Candace, Samantha, Sierra, Tanner, Conway, Angelea, and Michael II, 1 great grandson Parker, 1 brother Larry (Carol) Ellis of Gridley, and 1 sister Sharon (Richard) Pollitt of Little America. Carol loved to camp, fish, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, May 11, graveside in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. The Rev. Will Ferguson will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-10:45 am Wednesday, May 11, at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home. Memorials may be made to the family.

 

Helen M. Bradford

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Helen M. BradfordBartonville Headline
Helen M. Bradford, 88, of 109 Hedge St. Bartonville, Il. passed away at 11:17 pm Friday, May 6 at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. She was born on May 29, 1922 in Peoria to Edward and Lillian Killian Kennedy. Helen married Cecil Bradford on July 3, 1948 in Peoria. He preceded her in death on December 9, 1997. Also preceding her in death were her parents 3 brothers; Vincent, Leo, and George Kennedy, and 2 sisters; Virginia Sites, and Shirley Kennedy. Surviving is 3 children; Don (Sue) Bradford of Peoria, Edward (Justine) Bradford of Ocean Side, CA. and Charlene Sears of Terra Haute, IN., 4 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren, and a special niece Joanne (Frank) Welsh of East Peoria. Helen worked at Hiram Walker retiring in 1981.
Private services will be held with entombment at Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Donor’s choice. Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Steinmann

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Elizabeth “Tokey” Steinmann, 96, of 1832 S. Stanley, Peoria, IL. Passed away at 1:55 am Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on October 3, 1914 in Farmington to George and Antonia (Budiselich) Starchevich.
She moved to Chicago in 1933 where she married Bill Steinmann and began work at Curtiss Candy Company where she remained until 1979 when she moved to Peoria to be near relatives. She is preceded in death by 4 sisters and 3 brothers. They are; Rose (Earl) Hubbs, Ella Starchevich, Katie (Harley) Perkins, Mary (Charlie) Starchvich, Andrew (Bud) Starchevich.
She is survived by nephews George Hubbs of Peoria, Dr. Dan Perkins of McKinney, TX., and niece Janet Robinson of Castle Rock, CO, and great nephew Greg Parker and great-great nephews Troy (Crystal) and Tracy Parker of Peoria, great-great nieces Jennifer and Hope Perkins of Austin, TX.
She was an active member of Neighborhood House Senior Citizens Club of Peoria. She enjoyed traveling, bowling, golfing, knitting and crocheting. She will be remembered as a very caring person who gave freely of her time as a volunteer by tutoring neighborhood children and working in the Neighborhood House for 20 years
Services will be graveside 11:00 am Monday, May 9, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Peoria. The Rev. Dave Utt will officiate. There will be no visitation, but there will be a gathering at 11:30 am following the services at the Neighborhood House Senior Citizens Club. Arrangements by Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville.
Donations can be made to the Neighborhood House Senior Citizens Club of Peoria.

Wilma J. Harper

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Wilma J. Harper, 87, of 27990 N. Mount Pisgah Rd. Ellisville, IL., passed away at 11:57 pm, Thursday, May 5 at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born November 24, 1923 in Cuba to Frank and Ella McAdams Strode. Wilma married Alva Harper on June 20, 1941 in Kahoka, MO. He preceded her in death on October 31, 2005. Also preceding her in death were her parents, 5 brothers, and 4 sisters.
Surviving are 2 sons; David (Carol) Harper of Ellisville, and Dennis (Carol) Harper of Lewistown, 5 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, sister-in-law Irene Strode of Cuba, and many nieces and nephews.
Wilma was a 60 year member of the Fiatt Independent Christian Church; Fulton County Home Extension, Fulton County Farm Bureau, 4-B Club of Babylon Bend and was a loving and caring Grandmother and Great Grandmother. She farmed with her husband for many years.
Services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, May 10 at the Fiatt Independent Christian Church in Fiatt where visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Monday, May 9. The Rev. Jim Menne will officiate. Burial will follow in Wiley Cemetery in rural Ellisville. Memorials may be made to her Church, American Cancer Society or Donor’s Choice. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

Maralee Denny Overcash

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Maralee Denny Overcash, 89, of 144 West Oak St. Canton, IL passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 9:30 am at her residence. She was born in Buckheart Township, December 11, 1921, the daughter of Pulaski and Pearl (Tompkins) Denny.
She married Foster K. Overcash on May 13, 1950. He preceded her in death on February 8, 1992.
She graduated from Macedonia Grade School in Buckheart Township and attended Canton High School, graduating in 1939.
Mrs. Overcash worked for 10 years at the Agricultural Adjustment Administration Office after high school graduation. Later she worked for 4 years at the Fitzhenry Real Estate Office. She then worked for 5 years at the Fulton County Housing Authority on North First Ave. until 1972 when she was employed by the Canton Township Offices. She was elected Township Supervisor in 1977, serving in this capacity until her retirement in 1988.
She was a member of the Canton First Baptist Church for many years, a former member of the Business and Professional Women of the YWCA, the Fulton County Organ Club, and the Fulton County Camera Club.
Survivors include her sister, Velma A. Denny of Canton; a nephew, John A. Denny Sr. of Canton; two great nephews; two great nieces, five great- great nieces and five great-great nephews.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Cecil H. Denny, and niece, Mary K. Tuckey.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 5th from 10 to 10:45 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton followed by a 11:00 am Graveside Service at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton with Rev. Kevin VanTine officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Foundation for Fighting Blindness.

Viola Maxine Davison

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Viola Maxine Davison, 91, of Hanna City, IL passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 6:05 am at Bel-Wood Nursing Home, Peoria, IL.
She was born in Peoria, March 30, 1920, the daughter of Leslie and Nellie (Songer) Compton. She married Herschel Davison on December 15, 1944 in Peoria. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are a son, Leslie D. (Vicki) Davison of Hanna City; six grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her parents and daughter, Sandra Waite.
There will be a visitation on Saturday, April 30th from 9:30 to 10:30 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville followed by a graveside service at 11:00 am at Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria. Rev. Dave Utt will officiate.
Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice.