Betty Jane Meyers, 63, of Farmington, IL passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm at Proctor Hospital, Peoria, IL. She was born in Canton, IL on October 26, 1946, the daughter of John H. and Clara B. (Brashear) Michela. Surviving are her mother of Farmington; one son, Brett Meyers of Farmington; one granddaughter, Jamie; one great granddaughter, Ryleigh; and one sister, Susan (Thomas) Timmons of Mission Viejo, CA. Preceding her in death was her father. Betty worked at Proctor Hospital in Peoria for 42 years. She was a member of the Farmington Women of the Moose for 41 years. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Celebration of Life Service at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington on Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 pm. with visitation one hour prior. Rev. David Swain will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Proctor Hospital Endowment Fund
Eunice K. Chiperfield, 100, formerly of 125 N. 3rd Ave., Canton, IL passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 10:15 am at Sunset Manor, Canton. She was born in La Crosse, WI on May 14, 1909 the daughter of Edward and Sarah (Isaacson) Anderson. Her family moved from Wisconsin to South Dakota at an early age as her parents homestead the land. She married Robert B. Chiperfield, a former congressman from Illinois for over 29 years, in March 21, 1963 in Chevy Chase, MD. He died April 9, 1971. Surviving are one step-son, Robert N. (Laurie) Chiperfield of Lake Forrest, FL; and his children, Robby (Pam) Chiperfield of Chatham, NJ and Andrew (Julia) Chiperfield of Brookville, MD; one step-daughter, Virginia (Peter) Larsen of Olney, MD; her children, Kathryn (Troy) Baldrerson, Mary (Anthony) Retleg, Ann Larsen, John Larsen, and Joseph Larsen all of Olney, MD; eight grandchildren; and one brother, Frank E. Anderson of Spring Hill, FL and his daughters, Ann C. Randour of McDonald, Pa, Karin Strickland of Lavonia, GA, and Helen Sue Hill of Studio City, CA, and their many children and grandchildren. Eunice graduated from Timber Lake High School in 1929. She then worked in Dewey County in the Register of Deeds Office. She then moved to Brookings, SD and worked for the Department of Agriculture. She was promoted to the Agriculture Department in Washington, D.C. where she was employed for many years. Living in Washington D.C. in the 30ties were exciting days. We had a new President, Franklin D. Roosevelt and with all the New Deal coming out daily it was a lively place to work and live. After her husband retired from Congress where he was head of the Foreign Affair Committee, they moved back to his ancestral home in Canton where they spent many happy years. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Canton. Services will be Monday, December 14, 2009 at 11:00 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Canton with Rev. Maureen Stein officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 am to 11:00 am. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Canton. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements
Dale Russell Moore, age 68, of Janesville, formerly of Canton, IL, passed away on Friday, December 04, 2009, at Hospice Care, Inc., Fitchburg after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Pekin, IL on April 26, 1941, the son of Arthur Russell and Evelyn B. Morrison-Moore. Dr. Moore graduated from Canton High School, Western Illinois University, Indiana University, Illinois University and the University of Guatemala, CA. He was a student of Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology. He was an extensive world traveler visiting most nations on earth. At the time of his death, Dr. Moore had accumulated a huge collection of cultural art. Dr. Moore published over 50 books, his first book before he was 15 years old. Most of his books were on his world travels. He was the founder of his own museum of natural history at the age of 15, and was the youngest person named to the board of directors for the Museum Institute of the Americas. He was also the youngest person named by the Governor of Illinois to a State Commission. Dr. Moore was a personal advisor for 2 United State Presidents and was active all of his life in developing the human approach to politics. He developed the concept of the bus campaign trip for then Governor Bill Clinton in 1992. In the 1960’s he was active in the Alliance For Progress in Central America. He helped develop a program for visiting Doctors to treat the poor of Central America. Dale retired from United Airlines in July 1997, after a long career with the airlines. He worked for Ozark Airlines, Republic Airlines in the area of Public Relations. He also worked for Air America in the 1960’s. Dr. Moore was on the design board for the interior of the Boeing 747-737-300-767 and 777 aircraft. He was an aviation historian. Dr. Moore had been a resident of Canton, IL, Sandwich, IL, Little Rock, AR and Dallas, TX, before he retired to Janesville, WI.
He is survived by 3 sisters and 2 brothers: Diane (Bill) Bowen of Aurora, IL, Lucille (Gerald) Blandin of Mapleton, IL, Tina (Jeff) Frohbieter of Peru, IN, Arthur (Rebecca) Moore of Canton, IL, and Tom Moore of Douglas, AZ; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Larson; brother, Tim Moore; niece, Wendy Moore; and great niece, Lola Fitzwater.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME, Janesville, and again on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Murphy- Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, IL. A Funeral Service will follow on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home.
James Bresee Green, 88, of Canton, IL passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 28, 2009 in Graham Hospital, Canton. He was born December 18, 1920 in Modoc, Indiana the son of Rev. Lyle and Nellie L. Green. He enrolled at Olivet Nazarene College, Bourbonnais, IL upon graduation from high school to major in music and became a part of the Orpheus Choir. Jim was given a solo part in one of the choir’s performances. While attending the weekly chapel services, he heard Rosemary Arnett play the piano, so he decided to ask if she could accompany him for his solo. This began a romance which resulted in their marriage on August 30, 1946. Rosemary, who survives, became the love of his life and constant partner in ministry for over 63 years. They had no children but “adopted” several across the years who remain close even today. Upon graduation from Olivet, Jim and Rosemary became Minister’s of Music at First Church of the Nazarene in Louisville, KY for two years. In 1948, they made the decision to become full-time song evangelists in the Church of the Nazarene. Because of their unusual musical talents, they quickly became sought after by churches, conventions, and district camp meetings in the more than 85 districts in the US and Canada. They received invitations to international conferences in the Caribbean, Philippines, New Zealand, etc. The highlight of ministry came when Jim and Rosemary were given responsibility of leading the worship music at the denomination’s Quadrennial General Assemblies and General Conventions over a thirty-three year period. These gatherings drew upwards of 40,000 delegates and visitors every four years. In 2007, they were honored at First Church of the Nazarene, Canton, for 60 consecutive years of music ministry in the Church of the Nazarene.Upon retirement, they continued their service as Ministers of Music at First Church. They also accepted additional music assignments in the Canton community, i.e., Rosemary was pianist for the Kitchen Band, and Jim and Rosemary became director and accompanist for the Civic Singers. In the fall of 2005, Jim and Rosemary were chosen as Parade Marshals in the Canton Friendship Festival Parade because of their unusual career. Jim’s hobby was photography and he was also an avid sports fan. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and two sisters. Special thanks to his nephew, Rev. David Utt, who gave untiring care to Jim, along with the nurses and doctors at Graham Hospital over the past six weeks. A celebration of Jim’s life will be Thursday, December 3rd at 1:00 pm at First Church of the Nazarene, 2051 E. Chestnut St. Canton. Dr. Ted Lee will be officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 2nd from 5 to 8 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to Jim Green Memorial, Nazarene World of Evangelism payable to General Treasurer 17001 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa, Kansas 66220
William H. Anderson Sr., 71, of 248 W. Vine St. Canton, IL passed away Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. He was born on September 12, 1938, in Cassville, MO the son of John and Merel (Riggs) Anderson. He married Barb Dare. He later married Marilyn Kalebaugh on November 10, 1979 in Canton. She survives. Also surviving are six children; Debbie (Bill) Roberts, William Anderson Jr., Kirk (Julie) Anderson, Terri (David) Williams, Kristie (John) Herrin, and Mark (Terri) Anderson all of Canton; eighteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Rick (Pam) Anderson of Canton; and one sister, Fern (Walt) Smith of Michigan. Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister. He retired from International Harvester where he worked in the foundry. He owned and operated the Brew n Cue in Canton. He was a member of the Salvation Army and was an avid Cardinals and Bears fan. He enjoyed building and racing stock cars with his sons. Services will be Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be on Monday, November 30th from 5 to 8 pm. His cousin, Rev. Jack Wolgamuth will be officiating. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, Canton.
Donald “Don” A. Freehill, 73, of Wee-Ma-Tuk, went to be with the Lord at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, November 24, 2009. He was born February 13, 1936, in Peoria, son of Vincent and Kathleen (Hudson) Freehill. He married Helen “Mickie” Walden on January 4, 1958, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Peoria. He is survived by his wife and six children, Rick (Bev) Freehill of Tremont, Diane (Russ) Schiller of Hoffman Estates, Steve (Cindy) Freehill of Knoxville, TN, Teri (Tom) Daly of Plano, TX, Brenda (Jay) Stevenor of Boise, ID, and Matt (Candice) Freehill of Fairview; nineteen grandchildren, Jeffrey, Justin, Jeremy, and Joshua Freehill; Benjamin, Hannah, Faith, Caleb, and Lydia Schiller; Veronica and Abigail Freehill; Thomas, Caroline, Joseph, and Eleanor Daly; Zachary and Micah Stevenor; and Meghanne and Rheannon Freehill; and four siblings, Joe Freehill of Bloomington, Mary Black of Normal, Lynda McLaughlin of Rushville, and Sharon Metzger of Hudson, WI. He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Dr. Eugene Freehill; one sister, Judy Carmany, and an infant granddaughter, Sarah Anne Schiller. In 1959, at the young age of 22, Don purchased his first grocery store, Hollis-N-Kay’s, on Bloomington’s west side. Shortly after, he purchased his 2nd store, Don’s Bi-Rite, on Locust Street in Bloomington which he owned and operated until 1975. In 1976 Don and his family relocated to Wee-Ma-Tuk Hills, near Cuba, IL. He worked for Day and Palin Food Stores until his retirement. In retirement Don and Mickie enjoyed an Alaskan Cruise for their 50th wedding anniversary. Don was an active member at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He served the Lord as a Eucharistic Minister, helped in the food pantry, sang in the choir, and coordinated funeral brunches. Don was a Grand Knight and a 3rd and 4th degree knight for the St. George Council #3934 of the Knights of Columbus and was very instrumental in running the annual Tootsie Roll drive. He also was a Meals on Wheels volunteer. Don was a self taught pianist and will always be remembered by his family and friends for his amazing ability to play the piano, guitar, harmonica, accordion, and banjo. We will all miss his heart of gold, generous spirit and grand sense of humor. Don enjoyed remodeling his home, working in his yard, fishing on Wood Lake, and watching his grandchildren grow. His funeral mass will be at 10:00 am Saturday, November 28, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Canton with Father Daniel Ebker officiating. A private burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, November 27th with a rosary being recited at 7:45 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the food pantry at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Canton or Graham Hospital Hospice, Canton.
Bernard Keith “Skeet” McKeever, 87, of Trivoli, IL passed away Monday, November 23, 2009 at 3:52 am at the Farmington Country Manor in Farmington. Skeet was the sixth child and third son born on January 10, 1922 in Trivoli Township, IL the son of William Archie and Susan Belle (Moul) McKeever. He married Carol J. Stalter on August 7, 1949 celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary this past August. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, David W. (Kathy) McKeever of Hanna City and Daniel L. (Debra) McKeever of Mapleton; three daughters, Rebecca S. (Steven) McMeen of Trivoli, Mary B. (Craig) Elam of Farmington, and Carol J. (Art) Turner of Quincy; ten grandchildren, Heather (Jason) Murphy of Champaign, Andrew (Melynda) McKeever of Farmington, Nicholas P. (Diane) McKeever of Hanna City, Adam (Heather) McKeever of Bartonville, Kari Kooker of Trivoli, Jason (Nicole) McMeen of Trivoli, Mallorie (Jordan) Menold of Elmwood, Mackensie Elam of Farmington, Cooper D. Elam of Farmington, and Michelle (Daniel) Smallwood of Peoria; four great grandchildren, Ethan Murphy, Harlow McKeever, Cohen Kooker, and Logan Smallwood; and one sister, Eleanor (Harry) Moll of Farmington. Preceding him in death were his parents, two grandchildren, Bernard Turner and Megan Nadine Elam; one great grandchild, Julia Rose Menold; four brothers; and two sisters. He attended Trivoli Grade School and graduated from Farmington Community High School in the class of 1940. After graduation from High School he worked as a farm hand and a hoist operator at a Farmington coal mine. He joined the US Marine Corps on August 7, 1943. He attended NATTC Service School in Norman, OK and graduated from Aviation Mechanics School at the Navel Air Technical Training Center. He was transferred to San Diego, CA, where he was stationed on the Air Craft Carrier, The Bennington, during the Pacific Theater. After being discharged on May 11, 1946, he went to work for Caterpillar Tractor Co. retiring from the R Order Line with 33 years service. He then worked for Page Bus Co. for 13 years and drove a Farmington High School bus route. He also drove the Farmington High School baseball players to and from games. He was a die hard Cardinal Fan and followed his grandchildren’s sports events. He was elected as the Farmington Fan of the Year in 2000. He also worked at Farmington Wilbert Vault Co; Helle’s Sawmill Hydraulic, Inc for 13 years and was a retired member of the Trivoli Fire Dept. He was a 59 yr member of the Trivoli United Methodist Church where he served on the board of trustees. He was also an usher and janitor at his church. He and his wife taught the Primary class for 50 years. He was a member of the Farmington American Legion Post #140. Sevices will be Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 10:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington where visitation will be on Friday, November 27th from 5 to 8pm. Rev. Joy Schlesselman will officiate. Burial will be in Trivoli Cemetery, Trivoli. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Booster Club or the Trivoli Fire Dept.
John R. Bach, 87, of Farmington, IL, formerly of Peoria, IL, passed away Monday, November 23, 2009 at 6:30 am at the Farmington Country Manor, Farmington. He was born July 20, 1922 in Menominee, Michigan, the son of Victor and Hedwig (Wyckman) Bach. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Surviving are one brother, Clarence Bach of Wallace, MI; two sisters, Doris Salzman of Peshtigo, WI and Jane Zuern of Oshkosh, WI; one cousin, Vicki Shea; and several nieces and nephews. John moved from Wisconsin to Peoria in 1936. He attended Jefferson High School and also an apprenticeship at Caterpillar at the same time in 1940. He joined the US Navy in Naval Aviation in 1944. Alter WWII he returned to Peoria and worked as a draftsman for Caterpillar later becoming a supervisor in that department. He retired in 1987 with 45 years service. He enjoyed model trains, reading, and vacationing with relatives. Services will be Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 2:30 PM at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with an hour prior visitation. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Joan M. Fuller, 73, of 220 W. Hyman St. Banner, IL passed away Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm at Graham Hospital, Canton, IL. She was born in Canton, IL on February 16, 1936, the daughter of Glen and Josephine (Fuller) Sherwood. She married Richard Fuller on July 12, 1959 at the South Park UME Church in Canton. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Dan (Lynn) Fuller of Canton; one daughter, Linda (Rod) Henderson of Pekin; nine grandchildren, Jacob Fuller, Joshua Fuller, Bethany Geber, Adam Holloway, Kyle Henderson, Seth Henderson, Cole Henderson, Erik Henderson, and Abby Henderson; two great grandchildren, Gage and Thai; and one brother, Delmar (Beverly) Sherwood of Kansas. Preceding her in death were her parents and one sister, Bonnie Sommers. She helped operate her son’s business, Fuller’s Jewelry in Canton. Joan was a member of the Glasford United Methodist Church. She was the superintendent and a Sunday school teacher of the Banner United Methodist Church. She was a 4-H leader and a member of the PTA. She loved spending time with the grandkids. Services will be Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation two hour prior. Pastor Walter Wilkins will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
Lorena Norine Welker, 83, of Farmington, IL passed away Friday, November 20, 2009 at 8:55 am at Heartland Health Care Center, Canton. She was born in Farmington, IL on October 19, 1926 the daughter of Adolph and Rosa (Malentacchi) Ciardi. She married Kenneth Owen Welker on November 12, 1942 in Kahoka, MO. He died on December 29, 1994. Surviving are one son, Kenneth (Sharon) Welker of Farmington; one sister, Betty Nader of Farmington; a brother-in-law, Ivan “Ike” and two sisters-in-law, Audrey and Norma Jean. Also preceding her in death were her parents; and one sister, Carolina Broadfield. She first worked at the Universal overall factory in Canton for 14 years then for Geno’s Plumbing and Heating in Farmington until retirement. She and her husband, Kenneth, were avid campers and enjoyed fishing and other campers. She made several trips back to Italy with her father and sisters to visit family and friends. She was also an avid bowler. She was a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church in Farmington and its Altar and Rosary Society; the Farmington Moose Lodge; and the Knox County Sportsman’s club. Services will be on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 10:00 am at St. Matthews Catholic Church, Farmington with Father Bruce King officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Visitation will be Monday, November 23rd from 5 to 7 pm with the recitation of the rosary at 6:40 pm at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.