Mary Virginia Branson

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Mary Virginia Branson, 94, of Maryville, formerly of Canton passed away at 8:15 am Saturday April 18, 2009 at her residence. She was born December 20, 1914 in Martins Ferry, OH to Samuel Benjamin and Clara Jane (Burns) Gillespie. She married Ronald Kenneth Branson in Cuba August 18, 1933. He preceded her in death September 25, 1936. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, Shirley Louise Crayton and one brother, William Gillespie. She is survived by, 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was a retired clerk for Scripps Department Store in Canton. Mary belonged to the Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton. She was a member of the Eastern Star. Services will be Monday April 20, 2009 at 3:00 pm at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home Canton. Visitation will be 1 hr prior the services. The Rev. Roger Russell will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenwood cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to her church.

Mary Susan Rudd

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Mary Susan Rudd, 67, of 2221 Montgomery St. Springfield, IL, formerly of Canton, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 6:15 am at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield. She was born in Canton, July 10, 1941, the daughter of John P. and Mary E. (Yancick) Mickalonis. They precede her in death along with one brother, Mike Mickalonis. Surviving are one son, Steven Rudd and one daughter, Stacy Rudd both of Springfield; two grandchildren, Stephanie and Susie Hutchinson both of Pekin; one brother, Dan Mickalonis of Seattle, Washington; and one sister, Elizabeth Galbraith of Romeoville. Mary retired from the US Postal Service in Peoria. She was also a secretary for the A.P.W.U. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Rick Atchley will be officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

Glen “Biggem” Oatman

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Glen “Biggem” Clayton Oatman, 47, of 505 S. 3rd Ave. Canton passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm at the Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton. He was born in Canton, IL, September 27, 1961, the son of John E. and Betty (Weaver) Oatman Sr. They preceded him in death along with one brother, Melvin James Oatman. Surviving are three brothers, John (Bonnie) Oatman of Fairview, George (Angie) Oatman of Farmington, and Donald Oatman of Dunfermline; two sisters, Mable A. “Bert” Oatman and Denise (Randy) Mallicoat both of Canton and his favorite companion, Oscar. He was with the operator’s engineers Local #649. He worked for the family business, Oatman Construction, for 21 years. Services will be Monday, April 20th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Ralph Hill officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, April 19th from 3 to 6 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

Kevin Grady Jr

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Kevin Grady Jr., 34, of Canton passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 6:08 am at the Renaissance Care Center in Canton. He was born in Carlinville, IL on December 21, 1974, the son of Kevin and Star Ann (Thompson) Grady. Surviving are his mother and step-father, Star Ann and Bob Sullivan of Troy; four brothers, Jeffrey Wayne Thompson of Troy, Sean Grady of Girard, Anthony J. (Maria) Oliva of Mary Ester, Fl, and Philip J. Oliva of Collinsville; one sister, Shannon Grady of Virden; a paternal grandmother, Rose Grady of Girard; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Kevin was of the Catholic faith. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Memorial Service on Sunday, April 26th at 2:00 pm at Renaissance Care Center, Canton with Rev. John Anderson officiating. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Renaissance Care Center Children’s Fund 1675 E. Ash St. Canton, IL 61520.

Sybil F Knott

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Sybil Francille Knott, 97, of Canton passed away Monday, April 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm at Sunset Manor Care, Canton. Born, in Cuba, IL on October 2, 1911 the daughter of Bartie and Ella Valencia (Davidson) Herring, she married Willard Saunders Knott on April 1, 1934 in Decatur. He died July 6, 1987. Also preceding her in death were her parents, one daughter, Barbara Knott Mallard, who died January 11, 2002, and one brother, Ross B. Herring. Surviving are one son, Willard “Bill” Ross (Margie) Knott of Madison, WI; five grandchildren; Meg Knott (John) Chiodo, Valencia Mallard (Mark) Buchtenkirch, Kirk A. (Laurie) Knott, Charles R. (Cynthia) Mallard, and Carrie Charlene Mallard, and nine great-grandchildren; Andrew Chiodo, McKenzie Mallard, Brooke Buchtenkirch, Luke Mallard, Sophie Chiodo, Madelyn Knott, Jay Buchtenkirch, Emily Irene Knott, and Logan Mallard. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Barbara K. Herrick, a niece, two nephews, and several grand nieces and nephews. Sybil was a charter member of one of the first 4-H Clubs organized in Fulton County, and won many honors for her sewing projects, including county, state, and three National Championships, and the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy for the most outstanding records. She was an active member of the P.T.A., serving as President of John Dean P.T.A. and the Canton City Council of P.T.A.’s and worked diligently to get Spoon River Community College organized in Canton. She was a life member of the Illinois and National Congress of Parents and Teachers. Sybil has been a member of Wesley United Methodist Church since January 29, 1939, serving in numerous areas, including president of the United Methodist Women, and the B.Y.K. Sunday School Class. She was also a member of the Rebecca and Lydia-Esther Fellowships, a 50 year plus member of the Order of Eastern Star, and a former member of the Y.W.C.A., and its Business and Professional Women’s Club. She worked over 20 years for Spoon River Electric Co-operative, retiring November 1, 1976. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Memorial Service on Friday, April 24th at 11:30 am at Wesley United Methodist Church, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Roger Russell will be officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. A luncheon by the United Methodist Women will immediately follow the service. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Memorial Grant Scholarship Fund of Wesley United Methodist Church.

Dorothy Karrick

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Dorothy Karrick, 75, of 1620 E. Myrtle Canton, formerly of Trivoli, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 5:20 am at the Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born, in Peoria, on October 13, 1933 the daughter of William and Dorothy (Neff) Bandeko, she married Ernest Karrick on December 12, 1954 in Pekin, IL. He died February 24, 1983. Surviving are one son, Donald (Diana) Karrick of Trivoli; two daughters, Sandra (Charles) Robbins of Glasford and Melody (John) McPherson of Mapleton; one foster daughter, Sue (Roger) McCoy of Trivoli; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three brothers, William Bandeko of Tremont, Robert (Shirley) Bandeko of Washington, and Donald Bandeko of Pekin; and three sisters, Emma Lou (Joseph) Kindred of Goodfield, Ada Stamm of Morton, and Betty Updike of Creve Coeur. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. Dorothy and her husband farmed in the Trivoli area for many years. She also worked at the Bartonville liquor store and Bartonville American Legion. She was of the Christian faith. She was a member of the Bartonville American Legion and the Hanna City Sportsman Club. Services will be Wednesday, April 15th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with Rev. David Swain officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 14th from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home and also one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Penn Ridge Cemetery, Trivoli. Memorials may be made to the Penn Ridge Cemetery

Ronald Wayne Watson

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Ronald Wayne Watson, 66 of Canton, IL passed away Saturday April 4, 2009 at 6:40am at the Renaissance Care Center, Canton. He was born May 26, 1942 in Powersville, MO to William H. and Mary A (Snyder) Watson. They preceded him in death. He is survived by his close friends, Barb Orwig, Deanna (Dale) Brooks and one granddaughter, Alex Brooks, all of Canton. He was of the Methodist faith. He served in the U.S. Army. Cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no services. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Edna Mae Blackmer

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Edna Mae Blackmer, 100, of Farmington, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at Farmington Country Manor. Born, October 12, 1908 in Madison, Indiana, the oldest child of Oscar and Frances (Tucker) Sullivan, she grew up in Minonk, IL, graduating from Minonk High School in 1925. She married Harry Herbert Blackmer of Minonk on December 18, 1929 at Clinton, IL. She is preceded in death by her husband on April 1, 1976, three brothers, Russell, Howard, and Merle, and an infant sister, Leila Viola. Surviving are two sons, Norman (Roberta) Blackmer of Ontario, CA, Dale (Lee) Blackmer of Los Angeles, CA, a daughter, Ruth (Richard) Kimbrell of Farmington, and a sister, Fern Seggerman of Charleston, IL. She has nine grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and sixteen step-great grandchildren. She has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Farmington since 1942. She taught Sunday School classes for many years, and was active in the American Baptist Women’s Ministries. She was a Nurses Aide at Graham Hospital, Canton for seven years, and did home nursing until retiring. Services will be held Monday, April 6, 2009 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Farmington where visitation will be one hour prior to services. Rev. Taku Longkumer will be officiating. Burial will follow in Minonk Township Cemetery. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Country Manor or to her church.

Donald Wayne Slater Jr

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Donald Wayne “Tater” Slater Jr., 48, of 45 N. Cedar Farmington, passed away at 8:51 am Monday, March 30, 2009 in the Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton. Born in Canton, IL, March 14, 1961, the son of Donald W. “Salty” and Nancy (Jones) Slater, he married Angela Johnson on December 12, 2003 in Canton. She survives along with his mother and step-father, Nancy and Larry Sprague of Canton; four sisters, Donna L. Rupe of Monterey, Connie M. (Chris) Wilson, Lela A. Slater, and Lori L. (Troy) Sheets all of Canton; four nieces; six nephews; five great nieces; and three great nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and two nephews. He formerly was a CNA at Renaissance Care Center in Canton. Donald was a member of the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571 and enjoyed fishing, camping and mushrooming. He loved his family and his friends. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a memorial service on Thursday, April 2nd at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Keith Jones will officiate. Memorials may be made to the family

Robert W. Graham

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Robert “Bagpipes” Graham, 69, of Farmington, passed away at 6:36 pm. Friday March 27, 2009 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Born February 7, 1940 in Peoria, to Gavin and May (Crandell) Graham. He married Colleen “Susie” Thurman in Lewistown April 7, 1967. She survives along with two sons, Keith (Tera) Graham of Cuba, Gavin (Elizabeth) Graham of Mapleton, and three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kourtney and Kristen. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Thomas Gavin Graham. Robert was a superintendent for PJ Hoerr in Peoria for 23 years retiring in 1991. He was a 46 year member of the Farmington Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge # 1571, the Alta Masonic Lodge and Labors Local 165 for 45 years. He was also a US Navy Veteran. Visitation will be Tuesday March 31, 2009 from 6-7:45pm,at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with Moose services at 7:45 pm and a memorial services following. Pastor John Schurter will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of the ashes will be at a later date in Yates City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.