Russell J. Fitch

Canton – Russell J. Fitch, 68, of Canton, passed away at 6:44 AM on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Graham Hospital in Canton. He was born on April 24, 1949 in Avon to Edgar J. and Edna (Yocum) Fitch. He married Betty Clark on January 27, 1968 in Canton, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are three children, Sherri Smith, Laura (Roger) Smith, and Carrie (Ben) Wheeler; three grandchildren, Caitlynn Fitch, Benjamin Wheeler, and Abbigail Wheeler; four sisters, Shirley (Matt) Bouc, Pat (James) Althiser, Mary (Denny) Bankert, and Judy (Bob) Moore; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles James Fitch; one sister, Neomia Watkins; and three nieces, Heather Watkins, Elaine Shores, and Leighann Williamson.

Russell worked for Caterpillar. He loved the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, playing pool and cards, and going fishing.

Russell was PFC in the Army and served during Vietnam.

A celebration of life will be held at 5 PM on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at St. David Optimus Club. Memorials can be made to Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1995 N. Main St., Canton, IL 61520, for the funeral expenses. To make online condolences you may go to

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3 Responses to Russell J. Fitch

  1. Meryl says:

    I am very sorry to read of the loss of, Mr. Fitch. He was a very faithful and dedicated man, married for 49 years! I won’t pretend to know what you’re going through, but what has helped me deal with the loss of those I love is turning to the Scriptures, something that has been a real source of comfort. One Scripture that gives me hope is, John 11:25, which says, “Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” I hope that this verse will also comfort you and, I hope you and your family can get through this difficult time. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend. Sincerely, Meryl, –

  2. Angela Hadsall says:

    Sherri, Carrie and Laura I am so very sorry. Losing a parent is the hardest thing. Unfortunately nothing I can say will ease your pain but please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that you can find comfort in knowing that he is at peace, no longer in pain and flying high with some amazing beautiful angels. RIP Uncle Russell. Love you

  3. Joetta Workman says:

    Jamie and family,
    I’m sorry for your liss

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