Clara G. Demott, 84, of 237 S. Main Norris, IL passed away Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 12:45 am at Graham Hospital, Canton. Born in Newark, NJ, December 3, 1923, the daughter of Charles and Elsie (Hetzel) Farley, she married Russell Demott on February 16, 1945 in New Jersey. He died in 1986. Surviving are two sons, Gary (Ruth) Demott of Vermont and Wayne Demott of Canton; four grandchildren, Ryan (Jocelynn) Demott, Mandy Demott, Justin Demott, and Jennifer Bubb;three great-grandchildren; Trystin Demott, Rylee Demott, and Alana Foose; a daughter-in-law, Sue (George) Hall; and one brother, Neil (Bunny) Farley of Willow Grove, PA. Also preceding her in death were her parents, one daughter, Patricia Bubb, three brothers and four sisters. Clara worked at Bybee’s Grocery Store in Vermont, and then worked at Joe’s Place as a bookkeeper from 1987 until she retired in 2004. She was a member of the Norris United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post #26 and it’s Auxiliary. She served as a US Navy Wave during WWII in Washington, D.C. Services will be Monday, Sept. 15th at 10:00am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Rick Atchley officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 14th from 4 to 6 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Vermont Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Coppers Creek Rescue Squad, Norris Unit.
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Grester L. Stone, 83, of Hanna City, IL passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Born in
Winslow, IN, February 20, 1925, the son of William and Cloe (Boger) Stone, he married D. June Robling on January 15, 1949 in Winslow, IN. She survives along with one son, Dan Stone of Hanna City; two daughters, Brenda (Shelby) Grubb of Hanna City and Lisa (Rick) Moore of LeRoy; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Stone of Glasford and Lester (June) Stone of Columbia, MO; and two sisters, Eulah Hamm-Hawkins of Petersburg, IN and Vena Vinson of Fort Myers, FL. Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers, Frank, Carl and Bob Stone and five sisters, Beulah Coleman, Lavon Shoultz, Ailene Shafer, Gracie Stone, and Mary Selby. He was a drill operator for Caterpillar in East Peoria for 31 years, retiring in 1982. He attended the Smithville Bible Church and was a US Navy veteran serving during WWII in the South Pacific. Services will be Monday, Sept. 15th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with Pastor Keith Webster and Joe Mosier officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 14th from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery, rural Hanna City. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
Ronald Charles Pemble, 74, of Canton passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, at 11:12pm in the Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton. Born in East Chicago, Indiana, December 21, 1933, the son of Thomas Richard and Bernice (Johnston) Pemble, he married Edna Whittington. Surviving are five children, Crisy (Bud) McMillan of Charleston, Debbie (Bill) Bellville of Norwood, Tammie (George) Mitchell of Brereton, Kimberly Fischer of Canton and Thomas (Beth) Pemble of Peoria; fourteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Phillip (Marlene) Pemble of Canton and Michael (Pat) Pemble of Spring Bay; and two sisters, Peggy (Marty) Schissler of Peoria and Kay (George) Kenney of Canton. Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers and one sister. Ronald was a jack of all trades. He attended the Faith Tabernacle Church in Canton. He served in the Air Force. There will be a visitation Saturday, Sept. 13th from 9 to 11 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton followed by a memorial graveside service at 11:30 am at Norris Cemetery, Norris. Fred Albanito will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Jack L. Ball, 74, of Canton passed away Monday, September 8, 2008 at 6:24pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. Born in Vermont,IL March 3, 1934, to Jesse and Verne (Williams) Ball, he married Patricia Tindall. He later married Marlene Holmes. He then married Ann Williams on May 16, 1997 in Havana. She survives along with two sons, Mark A. (Char) Ball of Lewistown and Darrell (Candy) Ball of Banner; one daughter, Jackie (Jerry) Ganieany of Canton; two stepchildren, Debbie LaBanca of Pekin and Dayna Thacker of Katie, Texas; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Dick and Gene Ball both of Banner and Ernie Ball of Arkansas; and four sisters, Shirley Mahr of Banner, Sharon VanMiddlesworth and Nellie Westerfield both of Canton, and Lila Sheets of Liverpool. Preceding him in death were his parents, one son, Danny Ball, one grandson,Jamie Ball; one brother, and three sisters. Jack worked at International Harvester for 30 years retiring as an Inspector. He was a member of the Canton VFW and a lifetime member of the NRA. He enjoyed hunting with friends and cooking. He served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1955 as an Army Medic. Services will be Friday, Sept. 12th at 12:00pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home with visitation two hours prior. Jerry Ford will be officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice
Juanita M. Toohill, 95 of Farmington, died at 4:30 am Tuesday September 2, 2008 at the Farmington Country Manor. Born August 24, 1913 in Edwards to Robert and Minnetta (Johnson) Taggart she married Joseph V. Toohill December 31, 1938 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death January 14, 2003. Surviving are one son, Joseph V. (Diane) Toohill Jr. of Farmington, two daughters, Judith Toohill of Farmington, Jeanne Flaherty of Aurora, CO., three grand-daughters, Sarah (Michael) Borkowski of Inverness, Kathleen (Jeffrey) Palmer of Washington, Jennifer (John) Currey of Savoy and six Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother James Taggart, two sisters, Eleanor Taggart and Pauline Larson. Juanita was a beautician in Knoxville prior to her marriage. She was an excellent homemaker, enjoyed bridge, and parties with family and friends. She was a member of the St. Matthews Catholic Church in Farmington, the Alter & Rosary Society where she was very active in fund raising to build the new church. She belonged to Wee-Ma-Tuk Country Club and later Canton Country Club,and the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary. Services will be 11:00 am, Friday September 5, 2008 at the St. Matthews Catholic Church in Farmington. Father Bruce King will officiate. Visitation will be 6-8 pm Thursday September 4, 2008 at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, where rosary will be recited at 5:45 pm. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Boiler Fund for St. Matthews Catholic Church, Bladder scanner fund for Farmington Country Manor or the Farmington Rescue Squad.
Jairus D. “Shag” Armstrong of Canton, died at 9:30 pm Friday August 29, 2008 at Heartland Health Care Manor, Canton. Born September 26, 1933 in Macomb to Dean and Donna (Gordon) Armstrong. He married Barbara Lynn Nelson March 28, 1966, in Canton. She survives along with one daughter, Teri Atencio of Lancaster, CA, two sons, Stephen Gardner Armstrong of Canton, Derek Jay (Pamela) Armstrong of Dunlap and four grandchildren. He served in the US Army during the Korean War where he taught automotive school for two years. He was a member of the Cuba American Legion. He retired from Caterpillar after 28 years. Jairus was an avid pool player and played in many leagues. Graveside services will be Thursday Sept.4 @ 11:00 am at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton with Pastor Greg Ogle officiating. Visitation will be the same day from 9:30 to 10:30 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Cremation Rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Paul E. Bainter, 87, of Lewistown, IL passed away Monday, August 25, 2008 at 5:53pm in Lewistown. He was born, January 6, 1921, in Lewistown to Clyde and Julia (Heffren) Bainter. He married Elsie Marie Hughes on August 11, 1944 in Canton. She preceded him in death on January 8, 2001. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marie Bainter and Kathryn Jones and two brothers, Leo and Wayne Bainter. Survivors include one daughter, Terry (John) Fanning of Lewistown; three sons, Larry (Sharon) Bainter of Lewistown, Jim (Linda) Bainter of Peoria, and Greg (Lori) Bainter of Little America; eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his faithful dog, Molly; and his good friend, Roy Swope of Canton. Paul was an ironworker for more than 30 years, working out of Local #112 in Peoria, retiring in 1982. After retiring, he became a Lewistown Grade School crossing guard, a position he held for more than 25 years. He was also a security guard at the gates at the Fulton County Fair for many years and a part time police officer in Lewistown for 10 years. He lived most of his life in the Lewistown area. He was a member of the Odd fellows Fulton Lodge #51, the Masonic Lodge #104, the VFW Post #5001 Men’s Auxiliary, and the Alligator Club. He served on the Lewistown School Board for 12 years. Paul was an avid fisherman and Cubs fan his entire life. Services will be Friday, August 29th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Danie De Beer officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, August 28th from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewistown. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lewistown VFW Post #5001 Men’s Auxiliary.
John “Jack” F. Peterson, 87, of Farmington passed away Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 5:05 am at his residence. Born in Peoria, Sept. 1, 1920, to J. Conrad and Agnes I. (Ennis) Peterson he first married Ada E. McLain on April 22, 1946 in Peoria. She died Dec. 20, 1991. He later married Mary D. Van Pelt on May 31, 1996 in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Mary Beth (Ed) McAvoy of Dunlap, three grandsons, one granddaughter, one step-granddaughter, and one sister, Betty Anne Velpel of Pekin. Also preceding him in death were his parents and one son, Thomas J. Peterson. After graduating from Manuel High School in Peoria, Jack went into banking in Peoria. He then served in US Army and Air Force during WWII in the South Pacific. After the service he went back into banking in Peoria, later moving to Chillicothe where he continued his banking career. There he organized the Chillicothe State Bank from where he retired. He was a member of St. Mathews Catholic Church in Farmington. He was a former member of the Chillicothe Sportsman Club and VFW. He was a lifetime member of the Peoria Casting Club. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services and burial of ashes will be at a later date. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to his church.
Margaret C. Kuchan Nolan, 90, of 2081 N. Main St.,Canton, IL. Passed away at 9:35 pm, Saturday, August 23 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Canton. She was born on June 18, 1918 in Matherville, IL. to George and Antonia Kovachevich Ruzich. Her adoptive parents were Andro and Franca Kuchan. She was married to John Nolan from 1941-1971. Margaret is survived by 1 daughter; Francie (Buck) Maurice of Canton, also by 5 grandchildren; Kerrie (Tim) Wells, Bill Maurice, Cory Maurice, Mike Maurice all of Canton and Patrick (Chris) Maurice of Rhode Island, 1 brother; John Ruzich of Davenport, IA, 1 sister; Amelia Witherspoon of Minneapolis. Preceding her in death were her parents, adoptive parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister.
Margaret worked at J C Penny’s for 16 years and was member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton and a member of the Alter and Rosary Society.
Services will be at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 27, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Bruce King will officiate. Visitation will be 6-8 pm Tuesday, August 26, at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home with a rosary at 5:30 pm. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Canton. Memorials may be made to her Church, Alzheimer’s Association, or the Canton Hall of Fame.
Linda Lee Rask, 56, of 425 W. Washington St. Lewistown, IL. Passed away at 2:17 pm Friday, August 22, 2008 at the OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on January 7, 1952 in Peoria to Richard and Charlotte Rankin Jarvis. Linda married Roger M. Rask on December 17, 1983 in Canton. He preceded her in death on October 9, 1989 along with her parents. Surviving is 2 brothers; Dan (Lori) Jarvis of Wee-Ma-Tuk, and Larry (Janet) Jarvis of Wheaton.
Linda was retired from the Illinois Department of Human Services in Lewistown. She was a member of the Evangelical Free Church in Canton, past member of Fulton County Republican Women, Bushnell Trailblazer Horse Club, and the Farmington Moose.
Services will be 11:00 am Thursday, August 28 at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton where visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Wednesday. The Rev. Michael Barr will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Memorial’s can be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research.