Henry C. Meads, 77, of 317 Harvester Canton, IL passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 10:49 am in the Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton. He was born September 19, 1932 in Pekin, IL the son of Henry and
Dorothy (Stack) Meads. He married Norma Fischer on August 19, 1951 in Pekin, IL. She died January 24, 2005. Surviving are one daughter, Debbra (Robert) Park of East Peoria; one son, Scott C. (Linda) Meads of Killeen, Texas; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jaynce (Clifford) Schimmelpfennig of Orlando, FL and Betty Amigoni of Roanoke. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one son, Gregory; two sisters and one brother. He was a union carpenter with the Pekin Local retiring in 1988 and was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the Canton Masonic Lodge and also the Ham Radio Club of Canton. Services will be Monday, March 1, 2010 at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Rick Atchley officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 28th from 3 to 5 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.
Morris Laverne Ford, 68, of 25247 N Boatdock Rd., Canton, IL passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 5:35 am at Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton. He was born November 14, 1941 in Canton, IL the son of Harry and Edith (Berry) Ford. He married Janice Geesman February 18, 1961 in Smithfield, IL. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Larry Ford of Canton and his friends, Cynthia and Jennifer Beard; one daughter, Brenda (Eugene) Rowe of Canton; five grandchildren, Jessica, Brittany, and Cody Ford, and Kaley and Sarah Rowe; one brother, Harry Lee (Sharon) Ford of Marietta; and one sister, Sharon Ford Schoonover of Cuba. He was a barber at White Court Barber Shop in Canton for 50 years. He enjoyed hunting deer and turkey and the smell of new 4 wheel drive trucks. Services will be Friday, February 26, 2010 at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with a one hour prior visitation. Rev. Rick Atchley will be officiating. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Karen Threw Memorial, Fulton County Humane Society.
Sarabelle Rigg, 91, of Branson, MO, formerly of Canton, IL passed away Monday, February 22, 2010 at 3:52 am at Point Lookout Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Hollister, MO. She was born May 2, 1918 in Canton, IL. She married Robert R. Rigg on April 9, 1939 in Canton. He died September 29, 2000. Surviving are one son, Russell (Cheryl) Rigg of Branson, MO; three grandchildren, Todd Rigg of Urbana, Darin Rigg of Hollister, MO, and Beth Hyatt of Hollister, MO; and six great grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers; and one sister. She was a lifetime member of the First Christian Church in Canton. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. There will be a Graveside Service on Friday, February 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton with Pastor Jason Phillips officiating. Memorials may be made to her church. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Andrew J. Fouts, 69, of 110 E. 12th St. Lewistown, IL passed away Monday, February 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm at his residence. He was born April 17, 1940 in Randol, IL the son of Minor and Hattie (Webb) Fouts. Surviving are one son, James M. Fouts of Florida; three daughters, Diane (George) Gillham of Fiatt, Carolyn Pugh of Arizona, and Phillis (Randy) Jones of Cuba; twelve grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Midge (Hershel) West of Ohio and Rosa Collier of Cuba; and one sister-in-law, Anna Mae Fouts of Ipava. Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Andrew Jackson Fouts Jr; one daughter, Teresa Gilpin; one brother, Rex Fouts; and two sisters, Phyllis VanMiddlesworth and Dorothy Greene. He worked for Navistar for thirty one years and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. He liked to hunt, fish, and spend time with his boxer dog, Buster and his cat, Caramel. He always loved company. There will be a graveside service Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the Maryville Cemetery, Bryant with Pastor Mike Henson officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30pm at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Salvation Army.
Renice Stevenson, 31, of Canton, IL passed away Sunday February 21, 2010 at 9:46pm at Graham Hospital, Canton. She was born July 24, 1978 in Chicago. She is survived by her parents, Christy (Dwayne) Fortney of Havana and Bill (Angie) Seward of Canton. She was of the Christian faith. There will be a memorial service Saturday February 27 at 2:00 pm at the Waterford Church of God, Lewistown. Pastor Deb Bryant will be officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Renaissance Care Center, Canton or to her church.
Donald Clarence “Ducker” Beimfohr , 72, of Canton passed away at 2:44 AM, Saturday, February 20,2010 at Graham Hospital in Canton.
Born December 23, 1937 in Pekin to Charles and Lillian (Wendland) Beimfohr. He was proceeded in death by both his parents.
Surviving are one son, D.C. Beimfohr of Canton, two brothers Augustus and Judy Beimfohr and Charles and Joyce Beimfohr both of Pekin. Three grandchildren Trisha and Danielle Thompson and Jacob Beimfohr all of Florida. Two great-grandchildren Dayton and Edward Jacob Thompson of Florida. He has several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Ducker served in the Air Force from 1953-1957. He had a successful career working as a laborer in Pekin.
Ducker was a member of the Local 231 Union Hall in Pekin.
Ducker enjoyed fishing, going to the riverboat and playing Texas Hold-Em. Ducker relaxed listening to classical music and his favorite song Down by the Riverside. He loved spending time with his family and friends.
There will be no service per the families request. The family will be holding a private gathering. Contributions or Flowers can be sent to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 420 S. 5th Ave. in Canton. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home is charge of arrangements.
Alberta L. “Bert” Hammond, 81, of Canton, IL. passed away Friday, February 19, 2010 at 4:27 am at Heartland Health Care Center in Canton. She was born May 22, 1928 in Canton the daughter of Charles A. and Bessie (McCandless) Moore. She married James F. Hammond, August 3, 1944 in Canton. He preceded her in death on August 13, 1990. Surviving are three children; Jimmy R. (Constance Spooler) Hammond of Annapolis, MD., Vicky L. Hammond of Springfield, IL., and Ricky L. (Rosemary Horton) Hammond of Canton, IL.: four Grandsons; Richard (Darlene) Hammond of Dunfermline, Brian (Lisa) Hammond of Canton, Travis Hammond of Annapolis, MD. and Brady Hammond of New Zealand; and five great-grandchildren; Miranda, Sarrah, Jessica, Katie, and James. Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, and five sisters. She retired from Ludlum Food Mart in Canton with 30 plus years of service where she was a meat cutter and deli manager.
Services will be Monday, February 22, 2010 at 11 am at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton with the Rev. Rick Atchley officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, February 21st from 4-6 pm at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Kenneth W. Rohrer, 91, of Canton, passed away at 2:56 pm. Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Graham Hospital in Canton. He was born September 20, 1918 in Canton to Elden and Alta (Harn) Rohrer. He first married Maralee Gray February 13, 1941. She preceded him in death November 7, 1999. He later married Margaret (Ingold) Roberts November 11, 2001 in Alexis. Margaret survives along with two sons, Gary (Berta) Rohrer and Keith (Pat) Rohrer both of Avon, two daughters, Kay (Jack) Myers of Davenport, FL, Janet (David) Bradley of Avon, one step-daughter, Peggy (David) Glatz of Canton, twelve grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, one brother Henry Rohrer of Canton and one sister Maxine Dorich of Canton. Preceding him are his parents, his first wife Maralee and two sisters. Kenneth farmed in the area his whole life until retiring. He was a member of the Locust Lane United Methodist Church; he was Past President of Fulton County Farm Bureau, Lifetime member of the Fairview American Legion Post #644 and a graduate of the Fairview High School. He was a WW II Army Veteran. Services will be at 10:30 am Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Monday at the Chapel. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Rev. Chris Stewart-Bailey and Rev. Ardith Corsaw will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Fulton Co. Farm Bureau AG in the classroom or his church.
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Eldon Lee Polhemus, 75, of Hanna City, IL passed away Friday February 12, 2010 at 4:50am at Heartland Riverview Nursing Home, East Peoria. He was born November 2, 1934 in Hanna City to Bruce and Eileen (Swardinski) Polhemus. He married Betty Cain April 10, 1958 in Lincolnshire, England. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, one daughter, Janet (Tom) Timian of Lake Camelot, one daughter-in-law, Sharon Polhemus of Hanna City, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one brother, Ronnie (Kathy) Polhemus of Hanna City. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Bruce and John. He served in the U.S. Air Force from November 1951 to May 1960 and fought in the Korean War. He was awarded the honor of Queen Scout in England (equivalent of Eagle Scout) for his work with the scouts while stationed in England. He was a member of the Hanna City American Legion, a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge in Glasford, where he attained the 32nd degree, the Hanna City Centennial Committee and of the Shriner’s. He was also a member of the Hanna City United Methodist Church and chaired the building committee there. He spent 40 years in automobile sales in dealerships in the Peoria area, including Quality Motors in Hanna City in which he and Betty owned and operated for 26 years. He and Betty also owned and operated Polly’s Glass Tap in Minonk. He served on the Peoria County Board representing District #16 for 18 years, from 1990 to 2008. He also served on and chaired numerous committees and was strongly involved with the Peoria County Veteran’s affairs. He always supported veteran’s recognition and spearheaded veteran’s memorial in Hanna City. He held numerous offices in local government throughout his lifetime. He started Feed the Flooded to help the victims of the 1993 Mississippi flood in Keithsburg, IL. He loved bald eagles and amassed a collection of over 700 eagle memorabilia and gifts from family and friends. Funeral service will be Tuesday February 16 at 11:00am at the Hanna City United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Monday from 4-8:00pm at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington and one hour prior at the church. There will be Masonic rites at 8:00pm. Rev. Joy Schlesselman will be officiating. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery, rural Hanna City. Memorials may be made to the Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District.
Donna Y. Rock, 71, of Farmington, IL passed away Monday, February 8, 2010 at 8:12 PM at Heartland Health Care, Canton, IL. She was born in Marietta, IL on April 19, 1938, the daughter of Johnie C. and Vivian J. (Miller) English. She married William E. Rock on July 1, 1956 in Marietta, IL. He survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Rhonda Rock of Farmington; and a sister, Wilma (Carl) Phelps of Creve Coeur. Preceding her in death were her parents. For most of her adult life, Donna was a school bus driver for the Farmington, Elmwood, and Valley School Districts.
She was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church. Services will be Friday, February 12, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington where visitation will be on Thursday, February 11th from 5 to 7 PM. Rev. Jarrett Wells will officiate. Burial will be in Marietta Cemetery, Marietta. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.