Grover J. “Zeke” Beaird

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Grover J. "Zeke" BeairdNorris Headline

Grover J.“Zeke” Beaird, 78, of 240 Hill St. Norris, IL. passed away at 5:20 pm on January 16th at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was born on February 12, 1930 in Bernadotte, IL to Grover and Lena (Munson) Beaird. Zeke married Joan Schisler on February 28, 1957 in Bushnell, IL, she survives. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Peggy (Ken) Lisenbee of Canton, his two cherished granddaughters; Heidi (Ryan) Putman, and Hope Lisenbee both of Canton. Along with the two little delights of his life, his great-grandchildren; Tanner Zeke Putman, and Aubrianna Putman both of Canton. Also surviving are three brothers; William Beaird of Canton, Doyle Beaird of Bartonville, and Duane Beaird of Creve Coeur, two sisters; Audrey Pickle and Charlotte Beaird both of Bartonville. He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, and one brother.
Zeke first worked at the Caterpillar Tractor Company before he became the Post Master of Norris, IL. where he took great pride in working for 47 years. He last worked in June 2008. He was also a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the US Navy from 1952-1956. Zeke was a founding member of the Norris Volunteer Fire Department Copperas Creek Fire Protection District, Norris Unit, where he served many years as a Trustee and Secretary/Treasurer. His greatest pride and enjoyment was his family. He will always be remembered as an honest man who loved his family.
Services will be 11:00 am Thursday, January 22 at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, where visitation will be 5-8 pm on Wednesday, January 21. The Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate. Burial will be in Howard Cemetery in rural Smithfield following the service. Memorials may be made to the Copperas Creek Fire District, Norris Unit.

John E. Sprowls

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John E. Sprowls, 87, of Farmington passed away Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 11:40 am at the Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. Born, February 5, 1921, in Buffalo, KY the son of Richard E. and Gertrude E. (Jones) Sprowls, he married Pauline Antle on September 30, 1945 in Kewanee, IL. She survives along with one daughter, Paula M (Stephen) Mooney of Kewanee; five grandchildren, Steve, Mike, Matt, and Mark Mooney and Terri Dobbels; one great-grandson; one brother, Bob (Ann) Sprowls of Sheffield; and three sisters, Ruby Humphrey of Edmond, OK, Jean (Tom) Anderson of Princeton, and Joyce (Tom) McLean of Palm Desert, CA. Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, Howard Sprowls and three sisters, Velma Knippen, Helen Roush, and Anita Newman. He was a safety manager at the Caterpillar East Peoria Plant retiring in 1992 with 37 years service. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, the Farmington Masonic Lodge 192, and the Farmington Rotary Club. He served with the US Coast Guard, stationed in Hawaii during WWII and the US Army reserve, serving during the Korean War. Services will be Tuesday, January 20th at 10:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with Rev. Chris Deacon and Rev. Roane Deckert officiating. Visitation will be Monday, January 19th from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad or his church.

Rodger D. Morse

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Rodger D. Morse, 72, of Middlegrove passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm at the Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born May 24, 1936 in Middlegrove, IL the son of Russell and Violet (Upson) Morse, he married Karen Gooding on February 28, 1959 in Farmington. She survives along with four children, Tammy Lee Fields of Ellisville, Roger “Todd” Morse of Middlegrove, Beth (Jeremy) Isbell of Middlegrove, and Bobbie (Neil) Nelson of Farmington; six grandchildren, Kara, Jessica, Camille, Chris, Kelsey, and Taylor; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard (Pat) Morse of Lake City, FL and Ben (Carol) Morse of De Long; and two sisters, Vada Taylor and Nora (Jim) Linder both of Middlegrove. Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, Don Morse and one sister, Ila Morse. Rodger worked in skilled trades for 30 years at International Harvester Co. in Canton retiring in 1985. He then had a mowing service until 2008. He was a member of the Farmington Moose Lodge 1571 and was the president for the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive for 10 years, serving on its board for 22 years. He was also the president of the Middlegrove Homecoming Association for several years. Services will be Monday, January 19th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with Rev. David Swain officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, January 18th from 3 to 5 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad or the Middlegrove Homecoming Association.

Stella L. Leonard

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Stella L. Leonard, 85, of Canton, formerly of Springfield, passed away Monday, January 12, 2009 at 11:50 pm at the Renaissance Care Center in Canton. She was born June 12, 1923 in New Berlin, IL the daughter of Moss and Ruby (Sutton) Leonard. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents and two sisters. She was a waitress in Springfield for many years. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Cohen Michael Stremmel

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Cohen Michael Stremmel was stillborn on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria the son of Aaron and Ketra (Strode) Stremmel of Hanna City. Also surviving are paternal grandparents, Dennis and Phyllis Stremmel of Canton, maternal grandparents, Jeff and Tina Strode of Canton; paternal great-grandmother, Emma Washburn of Decatur;
maternal great-grandparents, Shirley Strode of Canton and Jack and Shirley McDowell of Canton; two uncles, Andrew (Camille) Strode of Bloomingdale and Joel (Natalie) Strode of Lafayette, IN; and one aunt, Michelle Stremmel of Edwardsville. There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, January 14th at 11:00 am at Shields Chapel Cemetery, Canton with Rev. Walter Wilkins officiating. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the OSF St. Francis Foundation directed to Labor and Delivery Grief Counseling.

Nancy Irene Boyer

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Nancy Irene Boyer, 89, of Trivoli passed away Monday, January 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm at her residence. Born, November 8, 1919 in Elko, Nevada the daughter of Herbert “Hub” and Nancy (Frank) Williamson, she married Cecil E. Boyer on July 24, 1955 in Trivoli. He died on November 11, 1971. Surviving are several nieces and nephews; Connie Williamson of Peoria, Joe (Donna) Williamson of Trivoli, Dan (Sue) Williamson of East Peoria, Betty (Ron) Kunze of Sun City, FL, Ruth Ann (Norman) Abraham of Marion, OH, Larry (Linda) Packer of Mansfield, OH, Richard (Sue) Packer of Radnor, Oh, and David (Maxine) Packer of Mt. Gilead, OH; and one sister-in-law, Ava Williamson of Trivoli. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Herbert “Bud” Williamson, and one half sister, Edna May Packer. She was a Farmington High School graduate. She worked as a telephone operator then as a bank clerk at Trivoli State Bank where she retired in 1953. She attended the Brunswick Community Church in rural Trivoli. She sponsored numerous five day clubs at her home and was a host for many visiting missionaries. Services will be Thursday, January 8th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with an hour prior visitation. Pastor Terry England will be officiating. Burial will follow in Trivoli Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Trivoli Fire and Rescue or to her church.

Dale E. Bressler

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Dale E. Bressler, 82, of Canton passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm at his residence. Born in Lamar, Colorado on March 18, 1926 the son of Clarence L. and Mabel E. (Rich) Bressler, he married Pauline A. Meyers on March 25, 1952 in Colorado. She died on March 4, 2000. Surviving are four children, Pauline (Max) Bowman of Astoria, Carol DeLathouwer of Astoria, Earl Wayne (Connie) Bressler of Surprise, AZ, and Judy Ann Bressler of Astoria; a special friend, Maxine Cheatham, with whom he made his home; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Delbert Bressler of Macomb, Allen (Pat) Fitton of Largo, FL, and Walter (Helena) Fitton of Peoria; and one sister, Dorothy Farren of East Moline. Also preceding him in death were his parents, one son, Dale Bressler Jr. and one brother, Robert Bressler. Dale worked as an assembler at Caterpillar for 7 years, worked at FS Elevator in Lewistown for 5 years, worked for the street department for the City of Peoria for 11 years, was a delivery man for Peoria Casket Co. for 5 years, and last worked at the State of Illinois Conservation Dept. for 12 years retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Canton American Legion Post #16, the Canton VFW, and a past member of the Canton Moose. He attended the Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton. He was a US Navy veteran serving during WWII and the Korean War. He served as a Seaman 1st Class from 1944 to 1946. Services will be Thursday, January 8th at 6:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Roger Russell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior. Cremation will follow services. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Betty R. Derry

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Betty R. Derry, 86, of 1234 N. Main St. Canton passed away Friday, January 2, 2009 at 3:50 am at Renaissance Care Center, Canton. Born in Lyons, Indiana, December 18, 1922 the daughter of Mark and Anna (Weddle) Shelton, she married Randall Derry on December 24, 1959 in Astoria, IL. He survives. Also surviving is one sister, Maxine Landrus of Peoria. Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Morris Shelton. Betty retired from the Kroger Co. where she worked for many years. Services will be Monday, January 5th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Pastor Jerrett Wells will be officiating. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Memorials may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association @ 2720 River Road Des Plaines, IL 60018.

Thomas Michael Brown

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Thomas Michael Brown, 19, of 363 Sycamore Terrace Canton, IL passed away Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 5:42am in Canton. He was born in Urbana, IL on January 22, 1989 the son of Martin and Kim (Kemper) Brown. Surviving are his parents of Canton;his grandfather, Lloyd Kemper of Canton; four brothers, Scott Brown of Canton, Gary (Rachael) Brown of Pekin, John Brown of Lincoln, and Tuan Nguyen of Canton; three sisters, Angela (Tim) Cain, Stacey Brown and Christa Brown all of Canton; and seven nieces and nephews. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a visitation on Monday, January 5th from 5 to 7 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Janice Jo Ward

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Janice Jo Ward, 54, of 1675 E. Ash St. Canton, IL. passed away at 8:34 pm Friday, December 26, at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born on October 6, 1954 in Peoria to William and Barbara (Cramer) Bruniga. Her father preceded her in death. Surviving are her mother of Canton, one daughter Lori (Justin) Osborne of St. David, one uncle Gordon Cramer of Canton and her favorite cat Callie Jo. She graduated from the Spoon River College LPN program in 1973. Janice worked at the Farmington Country Manor for 18 years. She was a former member of the United Methodist Church in Farmington. At her request there will be private family graveside service Tuesday at 11:00 am with the Rev. Rick Atchley officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to TAPS animal shelter in Pekin. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements