James “Buck” Wright

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James "Buck" WrightPeoria Headline:
James “Buck” Wright, 87, of 3007 W. Garden St. Peoria, IL passed away Monday, April 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
He was born July 28, 1923, in Tunnel Hill, IL, the son of Dorsey and Velma (Webb) Wright. He married Marguerite Campen on September 26, 1944 in Peoria.
She survives along with two sons, Gary Wright of Peoria and James H. Wright of Ann Arbor, MI; and two grandchildren, Ethan Wright of Ann Arbor, MI and Emily Wright of Atlanta, GA.Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Reba Thomas.Buck worked for Caterpillar as a Quality Assurance Planner retiring in 1983 after 30 years service.
He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Peoria, Joe Robbins Masonic Lodge of Bartonville, Scottish Rite Bodies-Valley of Peoria, Legion of Honor of the Shrine, and Creve Coeur American Legion Post 1234.He was a WWII Marine Corps Veteran serving from 1942 to 1945 at Ewa Field on Oahu, HI.
Services will be Thursday, April 21st at 11:00 am at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Peoria where visitation will be two hours prior. Rev. Steven Tibbetts will officiate. Burial, with military honors, will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to his church.
Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.

 

Bruce McGarrah

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Bruce McGarrahBruce H. McGarrah, 96, formerly of Canton, died on April 16, 2011 at Manor Court in Peoria, Illinois.

He was born on April 11, 1915 in Peoria County to Lewis and Jane (Marshall) McGarrah and was married to Esther Vaughan in Canton, Illinois on November 20, 1941. She preceded him in death June 14, 1993.

He was also preceded in death by a son Ronald.

Surviving are his son Robert (and Mary) of Edwards, IL; a grandson Roy and a granddaughter Tricia.

Bruce graduated from Yates City High School and attended Blackburn College in Carlinville. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Fulton County Historical Society, and the Sons of the American Revolution.

He had been employed as a chemical lab technician for International Harvester in Canton for 36 years, retiring in 1977.

Bruce’s funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April, 23, 2011 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. The Rev. Joel Newton will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.

Memorials may be made to Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria.

Marcelene Tiller

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Marcelene TillerCanton Headline:
Marcelene Tiller, 74, of 1405 E. Elm St. Canton, IL passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 1:50 am at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.
She was born March 25, 1937, in Dyersburg, TN, the daughter of Fred and Rovena (Weeks) Anderson. She married Cordell Tiller, February 20, 1953, in East Peoria. He died in November 22, 2002.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Duane; and one brother.
Surviving are seven children, Judy LaFollette of Canton, Jim Tiller of Indianapolis, Marcie Tiller of Farmington, Gary Tiller of Indiana, Tim Tiller of Pekin, Lisa Tiller of Florida, and Charity Tiller of Canton; numerous grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; two brothers, Fred and Albert Anderson both of Arizona; and three sisters, Cacena Ackley, Drue Ritschell, and Ivie Stanley all of East Peoria.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Private burial of ashes will be at a later date.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Ada B. Pillman

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Ada B. PillmanPeoria Headline:
Ada B. Pillman, 86, of Peoria, IL passed away at 5:05 pm on Monday, April 11, 2011 at Bel-Wood Nursing Home, Peoria.
She was born on December 8, 1924, in Peoria County, to Harry and Nellie (McAllister) Johnson. She married James E. Pillman, who preceded her in death on August 3, 1983.
Surviving are four daughters, Netta (Ed) Braun of Bolivar, MO, Kathy (Jerry) Coffey and Connie LaFollett both of Peoria, and Brenda (Fred) Carroll of Brimfield; a nephew, Ronald (Jean) Goldner of Henry, who was reared in the Pillman home; a stepdaughter, Sandra (Paul) Simpson of Kenton, TN; twenty four grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; two sisters,Rosie Binegar of Brimfield, and Hazel Utzinger of Galesburg; and one brother, Bill Johnson of Mt Vernon.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, as well as her son, James N. Pillman; son-in-law, Robert LaFollett; great-granddaughter; three sisters; and two brothers.
She was a homemaker and loved reading and playing cards.
Funeral services will be Thursday, April 14th at 12:00 noon at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the Passages Hospice.

Robert W. Smith

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Robert W. SmithCanton Headline:
Robert W. Smith, 61, of 814 E. Walnut St. Canton, IL passed away Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm in the Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton.
He was born June 17, 1949, in Chicago, the son of Ernest and Wanda (Way) Smith. He married Nancy Cozart on November 9, 1974 in St. David.
She survives along with three children, Joseph Smith of Canton, Laura Smith of Danville, and Robert E. Smith of Canton; and one grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He was a factory worker.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Foundation.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Corey Twait

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Corey TwaitCanton Headline:
Corey S. Twait, 39, of Canton, IL passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm in Fulton County. He was born in Macomb, June 20, 1971, the son of Vernon and Linda (Weaver) Twait. He married Jennifer L. Ford, March 9, 2010, in Lewistown, IL.
Surviving are his loving wife, Jennifer; his parents of Murphysboro; two children, Jocylin and Skylar Twait both of Colchester; a brother, Joe Twait (Melissa McManaway) of Herrin; a sister, Jennifer (Trevor) Rowland of Carterville; brother-in-law, BJ Ford; five nieces, Kaelin, Kara, Lola, Tori, and Cadence; two nephews, Kai and Mason; and many aunts and uncles.
He was a loving husband, son, brother, father and uncle.
Corey worked in live remote television for almost 20 years as a radio frequency technician, currently radio frequency engineer-in-charge at Broadcast Sports, Inc. for NASCAR. He was very passionate about his work and his family on the road.
He was a member of the Canton Motorcycle Club and the American Motorcycle Association. He loved life, his family, his friends, his motorcycles, tinkering on anything he could get his hands on, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Dallas Cowboys. Corey will be deeply missed by those who were lucky enough to know and love him.
A visitation will be on Thursday, April 7th from 5 to 8 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. At 8:00 pm there will be a small service in remembrance of him. There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, April 8th starting at 5:00 pm at the Kemper’s Banquet Hall, Canton.
Cremation rites will follow the visitation.
Memorials may be made to a trust for his children, @ Mid-American National Bank, Canton.

 

Joann J. Day

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Joann J. DayCanton Headline:
Joann J. Day, 80, of Canton, IL passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 12:50 am at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Canton, July 6, 1930, the daughter of Walter and Jeanette (Parks) Winship. She married Paul D. Day, October 3, 1948, in Canton and they enjoyed 62 wonderful years together. He survives.
Preceding her in death were her parents.
Also surviving are three daughters, Cinda (Marc) Rosenberger of Dunfermline, Connie (Rob) Brown of Canton, and Crista Goehl (Doug) fiancé Robertson of Florida; one brother, Walter (Charlotte) Winship of Canton, and six grandchildren, Jill Weiss, Bradley Barberis, Hanna Hardin, John Hardin, Danny Stephens, and Blake Goehl.
Joann loved life and was adored by her family and friends. She enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid animal lover. Being a mother and grandmother was her biggest passion and she did it well. She will be deeply missed.
Services will be Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Rick Atchley will be officiating. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Memorials may be made to Graham Hospice.

 

Phyllis Harvey

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Phyllis HarveyCanton Headline:
Phyllis May Welker Harvey, 75, of 620 French Court, Canton, IL passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 8:55 am at Greater Specialty Hospital, Peoria, IL.
Born November 12, 1935, in Canton, IL, the daughter of Leone Damazo and Flossie Bell (Colvin) Morelli, she first married Edwin E. Welker on November 11, 1951 in Canton. He preceded her in death on February 24, 1980. She then married Norman C. Harvey on March 31, 1984 in Farmington. He preceded her in death on July 31, 2009.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, three children, twin infants and one daughter, Lisa L. Harvey; one great-granddaughter, Jessica L. Adams, one sister, Delores WeidHunner, and one brother, Leo Morelli Jr.
Surviving include four sons, Eugene J. (Jan) Welker of Canton, Mike Harvey of South Pekin, David Harvey of Tampa, FL, and Steven Harvey of Washington State; nine grandchildren, Toni (Carl) Sofranko of Columbus, OH, Christa (Travis) Ledford of Raleigh, NC, Julianna Anderson of Canton, Kimberly (Stan) Markland of Canton, Christie (Casey) Little of Canton, Darrell Adams Jr. of Canton, Larry (Donna) Adams of Canton, and Eric and Joshua Harvey of Tampa, Fl; 21 great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Lou Morse of Canton and her nephew that she helped raise, Lee Roy (Sharon) Morelli of Norris.
Phyllis had worked for the Farmer’s Inn Restaurant in Farmington, Attwood Machine Products in Havana, and worked for over 30 years at the Kitchen Cooked Potato Chip Co. in Farmington.
Her grandbabies were the light of her life and loved them all equally. She had a heart as big as gold and would give you the shirt off her back is she thought you needed it. Her willingness to share whatever she had was known by all who knew her. She never met a stranger and seemed to always know somebody anywhere she went, whether it was across town or across the country. Anyone that knew her can testify what kind of person she really was and how she thoroughly loved to go camping and fishing being ready to go at any time. Whenever she packed the camper, she had the feeling that she had to pack the whole house with her taking dozens of everything, worrying not only that they’d run out of supplies, but just in case the other campers would run out of something making sure she had whatever they needed. She loved to sing along with all the Country Music Classics and especially loving to do Karaoke singing her favorite song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” because that’s exactly what and who she was. She was the best daughter, best mother, best grandmother, best mother in law, best aunt, best friend, and most importantly the best of everything because the Lord only takes the best. We all love you and will miss you for all eternity until we meet again.

Phyllis Harvey

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Phyllis was a member of the East Side Nazarene Church of Canton and a past member of the Ladies of the Moose in Canton.
Services will be Monday, April 4th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be on Sunday, April 3rd from 5 to 7 pm. Rev. David Utt will be officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

 

Gerald Lee Games

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Gerald Lee GamesCanton Headline:
Gerald Lee Games, 67, of Fort Worth, TX, formerly of Canton, IL, died March 30, 2011 at his residence in Texas.
He was born August 26, 1943 in Canton, the son of Vernon R. and Mary (Danielson) Games.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jack Games; and two sisters, Sharon Davison and Mary Games.
He is survived by sons, Gerald Jr. (Marjorie) Games of Bolingbrook and Jeffrey (Beth) Games of Normal; one sister, Nettie Mae Simpson of Canton; two grandsons, Timothy Walton and Jeremy Games; one granddaughter, Macayla Games; many nieces and nephews; and his long time companion of Texas, Virginia Stormy.
Cremation rites have been accorded and there will be a memorial at a later date.