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GORE, BILL "BILLY" DALE
CREVE COEUR- Bill Gore, 68, of 424 Rusche Ave., formerly of East Peoria, died at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2001, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  Born Dec 03, 1932, in Vienna to Luther and Lova Irene Penrod, he married Bernita Alene Cameron in 1955 in Springfield.  Surviving are his mother of Boles; two sons, Terry and Larry, both of Creve Coeur; one grand-daughter; and one sister Bonnie Gore of West Vienna.  He was preceded in death by his father; one infant son; one infant daughter; three sisters and one brother.  He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War.  He worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 30 years until retiring in 1989 as an assembler at the East Peoria plant.  Graveside services were Friday January 12, at Camp Butler International Cemetery in Springfield, where military rites were accorded by the Inter veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.  There was no visitation.  Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Creve Couer Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be made to any charity.
Submitted by: Gloria Gore

EVERWEIN, GARY L
East Peoria - Gary L. Everwein, age 62, of East Peoria passed away at 7:46 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2009, at Danville VA Medical Center in Danville, Ill. He was born Jan. 15, 1947, in Peoria to James E. and Maxine Peg France Everwein. Gary was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving as a staff sergeant from 1966 until 1970. He did auto body work, was part-owner of American Radiator Repair and last worked for Peoria Heights Plumbing. Gary was a former member of the East Peoria Boat Club. He loved NASCAR races, the Chicago Cubs and fishing. Gary is survived by his sons, James D. Everwein and Michael L. (Nancy) Everwein, both of Chickasha, Okla.; his grandchildren, Michael J. and Isabell; his sister, Peggy M. Tjarks of Peoria; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, with the Rev. Jack Thompson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, with military honors being conducted by the U.S. Air Force. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Central Illinois Dream Factory, P.O. Box 1431, Pekin, IL 61554.  Online tributes and condolences can be left for the family at www.mem.com.
SOURCE: PJStar; Submitted by: Desiree Burrell Rodcay


ELLIOTT, FRANCES "SUE"
EAST PEORIA - Frances ''Sue'' Irene Elliott, 95, of Fondulac Woods Health Care Center died there at 5:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003. Born May 13, 1908, in Beardstown to William Franklin and Emma Adelia Davis Gossage, she married Charles Edward Elliott on April 5, 1931, in Pekin. He died in March 1951. She also was preceded in death by two sons, one daughter, one great grandchild, one brother and one sister. Surviving are five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was a secretary for Caterpillar Inc. from 1953 to 1973. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 265 in Peoria since 1961. She was a member of Sunnyland Christian Church. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fondulac Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Richard Garrett will officiate. Deiters Funeral Home in Washington is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church or to Harbor Light Hospice.
SOURCE: PJStar, submitted by:
Ida Jean Maack Recu

SWINGLE, DARLENE
LINCOLN- Darlene Ann Swingle, 71, of Lincoln, died Monday Dec 19, 2005, at St. Johns Hospital.  She was born Oct 09, 1934, in Tazewell County, the daughter of Lawrence and Anna Bree Slack. She married Kenneth Swingle; he died in 2001. Survivors: son, Timothy Swingle of Delavan; daughter Lori Swingle of Las Vegas; a grandson; three sisters, Joyce Simpson of Lake City, Michigan, Delzana Klopp of Emden and Ilene Grisby of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.  Private family graveside services: Mount Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.  Ellinger-Kunz Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
SOURCE: State Journal-Register, Dec 21, 2005.  Submitted by Ida Jean Maack Recu

WHISLER, HELEN PLUT
DELAVAN- Helen Louisa Plut Whisler, 89, of Delavan, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008, at Hopedale Hospital.  She was born April 23, 1918, in Waterloo to Jacob James and Louisa Wall Plut.  She married Junior J Whisler on July 27, 1941, in Green Valley.  He preceded her in death on July 15, 1995.  Surviving are two sons, James M. (Sandra) Whisler of Green Valley and Jay (Sharon) Whisler of Pekin; four grandchildren, JoAnn (Todd) Davis of Delavan, Jolene Whisler of Pekin, Jeff Whisler of Pekin and Christine (Jeff) Gillis of Bartonville and three great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one brother, Jim Plut of Pekin and one sister Charlotte Bailey of Delavan.  Helen was a 1936 graduate of Delavan High School and Illinois State University.  She taught Elementary school at Delavan, Groveland and Armington.  Helen as a member of Delavan Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir, was active in the Women's Association and a member of the Care Committee.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 382 in Delavan and a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Delavan.  She was an avid quilter.  Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2008 at Davis Mortuary, Delavan Chapel.  The Rev Larry Moreau and Robert Culbertson will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour before the service at the mortuary.  Burial will be in Prairie Rest Cemetery in Delavan.  Memorials may be made to American Legion Auxiliary Post 382, Delavan Ambulance Service or Ladies Prairie Rest Cemetery Association. 

submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay


FORBIS, LARRY J
PEKIN- Larry J Forbis, 66, of 289 Derby St. passed away at 10:16 am Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital.  Born Sept 5, 1943 in Springfield to Sherman and Luvada (Thompson) Forbis, he married Caterine Waremburg on June 3, 1962, in Pekin.  Surviving are his wife; three sons, Larry L (Dawn) Forbis, Randy (Amber) Forbis, and Jody (Lisa) Forbis, all of Pekin; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren one sister, Laverne (Terry) Brown of Pekin; and two brothers, Charles (Julia) Forbis of Pekin and Russell (Sharon) Forbis of South Pekin.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  Larry worked for Corn Products Corp. and its successor, Williams Bio-Energy, in Pan for over 35 years, retiring in 2000.  He was a member of Pekin Eagles Aerie 1869 and Pekin Moose Lodge 916.  He enjoyed fishing, working on cars, and was a Chicago Bulls and St. Louis Cardinals fan.  His funeral will be at 2 pm Wednesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday and 1 to 1:45 pm Wednesday.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.  Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.  To express condolences online, visit www.prestonhanley.com. 
SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star, 09/21/09, submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay

HAYES, MABEL E
PEKIN- Mabel E. Hayes, 99, of 309 Sherwood Drive passed away at 7:55 am Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at her home.  Born May 24, 1910, in Pekin to George and Elizabeth (Nesselhaus) Pfeiffer, she married Thomas J. Hayes on Dec. 5, 1927, in Bloomington.  She was preceded in death by her husband on April 5, 1980 in Pekin; two brothers; and four sisters.  Surviving are one daughter, Jo Ann (Chuck) Bussone of Pekin; three grandchildren, Tomi (Pete) Ault, Mike (Trisha) Bussone and Tim Bussone all of Pekin; five great-grandchildren, Matt (Shannon) Moran, Joey (Christy) Bussone, Jordan (Chelsey) Ault, Anthony Ault and Katie Bussone; and four great-great-grandchildren, Jack Moran, Molly Moran, Olivia Lalk, and Ajay Bussone.  Mabel was a beauty operator and managed the salon at Bergners in downtown Peoria.  She had also worked at Pekin Community High School West Campus as a cook. She was of the Christian Faith.  She enjoyed fishing, needle work, spending time with her grandchildren and watching "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" on TV.  She was also a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.  Her funeral will be at 2 pm Tuesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral home, Pekin Chapel.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.  Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554.  To express condolences online, visit www. prestonhanley.com.
SOURCE: Peorial Journal Star, 09/21/09, submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay

McCULLY, SPENCER
PRINCETON- Spencer Eugene McCully, age 83, of Princeton, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Perry Memorial Hospital at Princeton. 
Mass of Christian burial for Mr. McCully will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the St. Louis Catholic Church. Immediately following Mass there will be a luncheon at Harkrader Hall. Father Jeffery Stirniman will officiate. Burial will follow in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Lacon on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral Mass at St. Louis Catholic Church on Wednesday. Mr. McCully was born on May 2, 1926, in Cazenovia, Ill., to Walter and Stella (Fagot) McCully. He graduated from Washburn High School in 1944.  He and his wife farmed near Varna for 54 years before retiring and moving to Princeton.  He was on the Mid-County School Board for many years as well as being involved with many other organizations.  In Princeton, he was an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church and enjoyed his duties as a gold coat volunteer at Perry Memorial Hospital.  He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Barbara McCully of Princeton; and four children, Mary Ellen (Charles) Keating of Philadelphia, Pa., Marjie Durst of Hannibal, Mo., Michael McCully of Chicago and Mark (Gerry) McCully of Wooster, Ohio. Also surviving are grandchildren Kevin (Mary), Christine and Karen Keating, Carrie (Jeremy) McLeod, and Laura, Steven and Matthew Durst, and Austin and Madison McCully. Surviving as well are one brother, Darrel (Ora) McCully of Colorado; one niece, Cindy McCully; and one nephew, James McCully.  He is preceded in death by his parents. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or Perry Memorial Foundation.
SOURCE: Peorial Journal Star, 09/21/09, submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay

KLOKKENGA, EDWARD F
PEKIN- Edward Fred Klokkenga, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 5:09 am Sunday, August 30, 2009, at his home.  Born November 20, 1918 in Hartsburg to Harm and Margaret (Bader) Klokkenga, he married Mildred Frances Ertmoed on November 18, 1944 in Salina Kansas.  Surviving are his wife; one brother-in-law, Ernest (Margie) Ertmoed of Morton; and several nieces and nephews.  His parents preceded him in death. He was a United States Army Air Force Veteran of World War II and had served with the 20th Air Force in Guam.  Edward worked for the American Distilling Company in Pekin for 42 1/2 years, retiring in 1979.  Following his retirement, he enjoyed repairing cars and doing embroidery and upholstery.  He enjoyed spending time with his extended family.  He was a member of Saint John's Lutheran Church in Pekin.  He was life member of both the William Schaefer American Legion Post #44 and Roy L. King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1232 in Pekin.  His funeral will be at 11 am Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at Saint John's Luteran Church in Pekin.  The Rev. Mark A. Miller will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday at the Preston Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel and also from 10:15 to 10:45 am Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin, where military rights will be accorded.  Memorial contributions may be made to Saint John's Luteran Church, 711 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Hospice Compassus, 2000 West Pioneer Parkway, Suite 24, Peoria, IL 61615
SOURCE: http://www.prestonhanley.com, submitted by Desiree Rodcay

DRAKE, CHARLOTTE C
PEKIN- Charlotte Clara "Lottie" Drake, 99, of 908 Charlotte St. died 2:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at Pekin Hospital.  Born March 18, 1904, in Pekin to August and Jennie Elizabeth Buhs Petrie, she married Walter James Drake on June 30, 1927, in Pekin.  He died in June 1970 in Pekin.  She also was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.  Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn (and Harmon) Peaco of Crystal Lake and Joanne (and Fred) Beckmann of Chicago Heights, eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.  She worked for Hinners Organ Co. in Pekin before her marriage. She was a longtime member of Sand Prairie Home, Extension and a former member of the Woman's Choral Group at Garfield School.  A member of Second Reformed Church in Pekin, its choir, Volunteer Society and Friendship Circle, she served as a Sunday School teacher for more than 50 years.  She was a former member of the Church Women United.  Services will be at 10:30 am Thursday at her church.  The Revs. Harmen Heeg and Ralph Cordes will officiate.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Wednesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, and 30 minutes before church services at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens.  Memorials may be made to her church or any charity.
SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star, 01/13/2004, Desiree Burrell Rodcay

DEPPERT, ROBERT D
PEKIN- Robert D. Deppert, 80, of 1300 N. Ninth St. died at 4:13 am Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at Pekin Living and Rehabilitation Center.  Born Feb 10, 1924, in Pekin to George W. and Minnie E Ringwald Deppert, he married Lois Jean "Pat" Rohrer on December 16, 1945, in Pekin.  She died Aug 29, 1970.  He married Margie Beetler Buhrow on May 25, 1973, in Pekin. She survives.  Also surviving are one son, R. Scott of Peoria, one daughter, Shelly (and Vince) Currie of Bartonville; one stepson, Ronn (and Marianne) Buhrow of Bloomington, one stepdaughter, Nancy Groves of Mason City; seven grandchildren; five step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Merlin (and Viola) of Pekin; and one sister, Norma (and Warren) Freidinger of Pekin.  He was preceded in death by one brother.  A WWII Army Veteran, he served in Co. A, Signal Heavy Construction Division.  He was stationed in Africa and Italy from 1944 to 1945.  He was wounded in the Rome-Arno Campaign on Sept 25, 1944, and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.  He was a member of William Schafer American Legion Post 44.  He was co-owner of George W. Deppert Sons Poultry and Implement Co., retiring in 1994.  He was a past exalted ruler of Elks Lodge 1271.  He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pekin, the Churchman's Brotherhood and the Morning Bible Class.  Services will be at 10:30 am Friday at his church. The Revs. Dwight Borden and Kate Feeney-Bastain will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm Thursday at Noel-Henderson Funeral Home.  Burial and an Elks service will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.  Memorials may be made to his church or to Harbor Light Hospice in Peoria.
SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star, 03/31/2004, submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay

DEPPERT, ELSIE M
MANITO- Elsie M. Deppert, 73, of 5329 Townline Road, formerly of Green Valley, died at 12:15 am Monday, Nov 4, 2002, at Hopedale Hospital in Hopedale. 
Born Jan. 7, 1929, in Morton to Carl F. and Emma Fritz Uhlman, she married Carl Henry Deppert on Feb. 12, 1950, in Pekin. He survives.  Also surviving are three sons, Wayne (and Crystal), Alan (and Cindy) and Bruce, all of Green Valley; two daughters, Vivian (and George) Gerrietts and Diane (and Frank) Scott, both of Green Valley; two brothers, Carle (and Ruth) Uhlman of Tremont and William (and Eleanor) Uhlman of Morton; two sisters, Wilma (and Charles) Hess of Bushnell and Alice (and Jack) Moser of Tremont; and 10 grandchildren.  She was secretary to the president of Interlocking Fence Co. in Morton from 1946 to 1949. She and her husband operated a dairy farm near Green Valley from 1955 to 1990.  She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pekin, where she was president of the Women's Guild, a member of the JOY Circle, and served several terms on the Church Council and Board of Christian Education.  She also was a member and president of Church Women United in Pekin, board member of Church Women United of Illinois and past officer of the Western Association of the United Church of Christ.  She was a 50-year member and past president of Tazewell County Home and Community Education and its Sand Prairie Unit. She was a 4-H Club leader in Pekin and Green Valley for 35 years, serving as a fair judge.  She was past president of the Green Valley school district's Parent Teacher Association and past chairwoman of the Tazewell County Farm Bureau Women's Committee.  She had served as an election judge in Sand Prairie and Spring Lake Townships.  Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at her church. The Rev. Dr. John Noonan Jr. will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Noel-Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin and 30 minutes before services at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.  Memorials may be made to her church or the Tazewell County Co-operative Extension Education Foundation, 1505 Valle Vista Blvd., Pekin, IL 61554.
SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star 11/05/2002, submitted by DRodcay

DEPPERT, RONALD
PEKIN- Ronald A. Deppert, 76, of 3513 Allentown Road, died at 7:32 am Saturday, Dec 27, 2003, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  Born April 1, 1927, in Groveland Township to Carl and Clara Pfanz Deppert, he married Norma J. Keller on April 24, 1955, in Pekin. She survives.  Also surviving are three sons, David (and Renea) of Morton, Kevin (and Susan) of Tremont and Curtis of Pekin; one brother, Carl of Manito; and six grandchildren.  A World War II Army veteran, he served from August 1945 to January 1947 as a military policeman while stationed in Germany. He was a life member of William Schafer American Legion Post 44.  He was a lifelong farmer in Elm Grove Township.  He also worked for George W. Deppert and Sons in Pekin for several years.  He was a member and past director of the Tazewell County Farm Bureau and a member of the National Rifle Association.  He was a trustee for Elm Grove Township in Tazewell County for 24 years.  He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pekin, serving on its council and several committees. He also served as an usher for 45 years and was a member of the Knights Sunday school class for 58 years.  Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at his church. The Revs. Dwight Borden and Kate Feeney-Bastian will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Noel-Henderson Funeral Home. Further visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens.  Memorials may be made to his church.
SOURCE: PJStar, submitted by DRodcay

DEPPERT, CARL H
MANITO - Carl Henry Deppert, 80, of 5329 Townline Road, Manito, passed away at 6 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, at Pekin Hospital.  Carl was born to Carl and Clara M. Pfanz Deppert on Jan. 10, 1926, in Pekin.  He married Elsie M. Uhlman on Feb. 12, 1950, at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pekin. They were married by Dr. A. Zimmerman. Elsie passed away Nov. 4, 2002.  Also preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers and one sister.  Surviving are two daughters, Vivian J. (George) Gerrietts and Diane K. (Frank) Scott; three sons, Wayne C. (Crystal) Deppert, Alan U. (Cindy) Deppert and Bruce N. Deppert, all of Green Valley; 10 grandchildren, Isaac (Jennifer) Gerrietts of Pekin, Lee (Amy) Gerrietts of Pekin, Halecia (Aubrey) Daniel of Albuquerque, N.M., Jayla Scott of Carol Stream, Ill., Kara (Matt) Rohrbach of Onarga, Ill., Michael Deppert and Maggie Deppert, both of Green Valley, Steven (Melissa) Deppert of Pekin, Terra (Robert) Cowser of Morton, and Nathan Deppert of Green Valley; and one great-grandchild, Timothy Deppert of Pekin.  Carl was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pekin, where he was very involved. He was a past member of the church council, Chairman of Stewardship Committee, and President of Brotherhood. He ushered for over 30 years at his church.  Carl was a dairyman and farmer in Pekin and Green Valley areas for many years. He retired from farming Dec. 31, 1987.  He was on the Tazewell Service Co. Board for many years, serving as treasurer for 15 years. Carl was the election judge for Springlake One, served as a   director on the Tazewell County Fair Bureau Board for many years, serving as secretary and Vice President and was President from 1977 to 1984, Board of Producers Dairy, ASCS Community Committee, Green Valley High School Board, Veterans Memorial Fair Association for 30 years, Tazewell County Extension Education Foundation and precinct committeeman in Sand Prairie. He also was on the Tri-County regional planning commission.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at St. Paul United Church of Christ. Rev. Dwight Borden will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.  Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 101 N. Eighth St., Pekin, IL or Tazewell County Extension Education Foundation, 1505 Valle Vista, Pekin, IL, or American Red Cross, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave., Peoria, IL 61601.  To share a story about Carl or send condolences to the family please go to www.Noelhenderson.com.
SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star, 11/25/2006, DRodcay

DEPPERT, JOHN N
PEKIN - John Nelson Deppert, 85, of 1218 Catherine St. died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Pekin Hospital.   Born Dec. 5, 1916, in Pekin to John and Anna Cassens Deppert, he married Katherine Elizabeth Bernshausen on May 26, 1940, in Pekin. She survives.  Also surviving are one, Dennis (and Wilma) of Germantown Hills; one sister, Jeannette Cottet of Pekin; and two great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one sister.  He received a degree in finance from Bradley University in Peoria.  He was a teller for American National Bank in Pekin from 1935 to 1955 and then was a loan officer for Maurer and Harris Realty in Pekin for five years. He began working for First Federal Savings and Loan in Peoria in 1960 as a loan consultant until moving to the new Pekin branch in 1975. He retired in 1982 as vice president and general manager of the Pekin branch.  He was a member of Second Reformed Church in Pekin, where he was a former elder, treasurer and adult Sunday school teacher. He also had served as the treasurer for the Christian Civic Outreach in Pekin for many years.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, where visitation will be one hour before. The Revs. Harmen Heeg and Ralph Cordes will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.  Memorials may be made to his church or the South Side Mission in Peoria.
SOURCE: PJSTAR 02/13/2002, DRodcay

ROARK, LESLIE M
Leslie M Roark, 65 of 23809 Veterans Road, died at 620 am Friday Sep 29, 2000 at his home.  Born Dec 10 1934 in Tie Plant, Miss. to Leslie L and Odelle O. Morgan Roark.  He married Marilyn L. Keim on July 11, 1953 in Peoria. She survives.  Surviving are one son, Brian of Cary N.C., one daughter, Terri Roark of Morton, one grandaughter and one brother Frank of Edwards.  One sister is deceased.  He worked for Caterpillar Inc. til 1953.  Retired from Tech center in Mossville in 1995.  He was a volunteer fireman at Caterpillar and an announcer for Morton Youth Baseball games.  Member of the Morton Lions Club.  He was a volunteer with the Morton ESDA and was a driver for We Care Inc.  A Korean War veteran, he served in the Army infantry from 1953-1959.  Services Monday Oct 2 at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home.  The Revs. Gary Watkins and Morris Yordy officiated.  Visitation was Sunday at the funeral home. Burial in Secor Cemetery in Secor.  Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice.
SOURCE: Morton Times, submitted by Brenda Lee

MOORE, WILBUR A
Wilbur A Moore 95, of 28051 Robison Road, Morton, died at 6:45 pm Wednesday Oct 14 2009 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.  He was born July 08 1914 in Morton to Edward and Edith Keister Moore. He married Grace Warner on March 19, 1936, in Allentown.  She preceded him in death on Jan 05, 2008.  He also was preceded in death by one grandson; his daughter-in-law Joyce Moore; one brother; and one sister.  Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Moore and Wesley (Patricia) Moore, both of Morton; one daughter, Joyce (Eber) Pennington of East Peoria; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and his sister-in-law Marge Moore of Morton.  Wilbur farmed in the Morton area all of his life. In 1962 he founded the Wilmor Sportsman's Club in rural Morton. He was a member of the Tazewell County Farm Bureau and was a charter member of the Kennel Lake Sportsman's Club in Morton.  He was a former member of Mackinaw Christian Church.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday Oct 17 at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home in Morton with the Rev. Henry Miller officiating.  Burial will be in Buckeye Cemetery in Morton.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton. 
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay

TIBBS, RICHARD J
Richard J Tibbs, 22, of Pekin, died at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday (June 26, 1987) in Menard County in a car accident.  Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hurley Funeral Home, Havana, with burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery.  Surviving are his parents, J. Richard and Donna Tibbs of Pekin, his grandmother, Mrs. LaVina Holtman of Havana, his grandfather, Henry Tibbs of Kilbourne, and two sisters, Mrs. JoAnn Harstown of Pekin and Mrs. Linda Edenburn of Washington IL.
SOURCE: State Journal-Register, submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay

LOCKE, DAX RYAN 06/26/2007-12/30/2009
Dax Ryan Locke, 2, passed away after an 18 month battle with acute myeloid leukemia at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. A public visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday January 03, at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington.  Celebration of Life services will be open only to close friends and family.  Dieters Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington is in charge of arrangements.
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, 01/02/2010 submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay

REMEMBERING DAX: TODDLER'S MEMORY SHINES A LIGHT ON COMMUNITY'S GOODNESS
"He touched so many lives in such a short time.  He was a fighter until the end. He will be remembered forever in the hearts of all that loved him..." -- Julie Locke, posted Wednesday on caringbridge.org.  "I can't say thank you enough to everyone who has helped us... the thousands of people who are truly making a difference out of the sheer goodness of their hearts.  Imagine the wonderful things their children will do for others"-- Julie Locke, posted Tuesday on caringbridge.org
WASHINGTON-- During his short life, Dax Locke inspired an outpouring of love that lit up a community and stretched far beyond it.  Dax passed away early Wednesday morning, just days after the Christmas holiday that the 2-year-old loved but was not expected to see.  His year-and-a-half-long struggle with a rare form of leukemia and doctors' prediction in October that he had just weeks to live, left Dax's parents, Julie and Austin Locke of Washington, devastated  yet determined to make the most of their remaining time with their only child.  Upon a suggestion from a friend, they hung their Christmas lights early, vowing to celebrate each of Dax's remaining days as a holiday and bring joy to their son despite his illness.  Neighbors in the Trail's Edge subdivision in Washington soon followed suit, recognizing an opportunity to silently show support for the family in a way Dax could enjoy; with Christmas lights.  The movement gained momentum, as families, schools and businesses joined in.  A "Decorate for Dax" Web site was established in response to a flood of well0wishers and a collection of shared photo images of decorating efforts.  As central Illinois was lit up brighter and earlier than usual, media coverage ranging from local newspapers to CNN brought Dax's story national attention, and the local phenomenon inspired by a little boy quickly garnered international participation from individuals who posted photos of their decorations online.  The Web site, www.decoratefordax.com, became the source countless messages of love and hope, and the photos allowed Dax to smile at the sight of sparkly lights even after drives through the neighborhood with his parents became impossible.  Since the day after Thanksgiving, Dax's illness left him hospital-bound, but support continued to pour in via donations to St. Jude, which provided for Dax's extensive treatment at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn, and the Childrens' Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, where Dax was resting comfortably when he died.  He held onto live twice as long as predicted in the fall.  Now, an extended community mourns the loss of a little boy and attributes to him a greater appreciation for the lives they lead.  "Dax has had such an impact on how people view their lives and cherish their families," said Trish Hurtgen, a neighbor and a friend of the Locke Family.  She said Dax's story is one of "generosity" and of "a phenomenal family's strength and hope."  His parents, Julie and Austin Locke, gave him everything possible emotionally and physically, Hurtgen said.  They were both donors for Dax's two bone marrow transplants, she said, and they cared for him without rest, day and night.  "They wouldn't close their eyes," Hurten said. "Then didn't want to miss anything."  And now, upon his loss, "they are still in shock," she said. "Even though they knew this day would come, you can't ever prepare for so great a loss as your child... and they never gave up hope."  Hurtgen, who accepted the roles of coordinator and spokesperson for the Decorate for Dax effort so that the Lockes could focus on their son, said the displays of lights and other signs of support have brightened the family's days "significantly," have given them strength in their efforts to care for Dax and are greatly appreciated.  Hurtgen also shared the Lockes' story of one trip to the hospital to fight an infection when, along the way, Dax showed his own delight in the lights.  "Even in that time of great pain, it brought joy to his heart to see the lights," she said.  "Across the community and across the country, this has generated a need, a want, to share," she said, "and what a beautiful time for it, at Christmas...."  Dax's story is one of many children struggling with childhood cancer, and it is his parents' wish that the support generated for their son will raise awareness and continue to benefit other children in need.  One way to help is by donating blood to the American Red Cross; blood transfusions like those that prolonged Dax's life are in constant jeopardy due to a blood shortage.  Well wishers are also urged to make donations in Dax's name to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in support of its mission to provide the very best care available to children with cancer, regardless of their families' ability to pay.  On a recent post to the Caring Bridge web site chronicling Dax's story, his mother estimated a total of more than $44,000 had been donated to St. Jude in his name.  Dax's loved ones hope to reach the $1.4 million mark, the total needed to run St. Jude programs for one day.  Supporters can still make donations or buy T-shirts and bracelets online at www.decoratefordax.com as a reminder to live the words that are printed on the bracelets and have become a mantra for those who love Dax: "Cherish every moment."
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, 01/02/2010, submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay

CORDES, RALPH Rev.
PEKIN, IL - The Rev Ralph Richard Henry Cordes, 88, of 1514 Norwood Ave., passed away at 3:02 a.m. Saturday, February 27, 2010, at OSF Saint James- John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.  Born July 15, 1921, in Titonka Iowa to John Albert and Hendrika Ralph Janssen Cordes, he married Gladys Fay Van Rheenen on May 28, 1943 in Pella Iowa.  She survives.  Also surviving are two sons, Ronald (Delinda "Dee") Cordes of Gridley and Donald (Debra "Deb") Cordes of Sherwood ark.; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Tony) Young of Bloomington and Sara (Judd) Cordes-Swensen of Davenport, Iowa; two great-grandchildren, Chance Young and Jacy Young, one brother, Albert Cordes of Forest City Iowa; one sister Margareta Smidt of Belmond Iowa, and sister-in-law Eunice Cordes of Hampton, Iowa.  His parents, two brothers, John Cordes and Ken Cordes, and one sister, Rose Karels, preceded him in death.  He was a 1943 graduate of Pella Iowa Central College and received his bacelors of divinity degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1946 in New Jersey.  Cordes was ordaned in the Reformed Church of America in 1946.  He served as pastor at Bethel Reformed Church in Davis, S.D.; First Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Community Reformed Church in Freeport, Hope Reformed Church in George, Iowa, and Second Reformed Church in Pekin.  He also did missionary work in McKee KY.  He has also served as pastor emeritus at Second Reformed Church in Pekin since 1990.  He was a member of Second Reformed Church in pekin and the church's dart ball team.  He was the pitcher on the church's softball team in earlier years.  He enjoyed fishing.  His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, at Second Reformed Church.  The Rev. Bradley Vander Waal will officiate.  Burial will be in Ramsey Reformed Church Cemetery in Titonka Iowa on Thursday.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonite at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin.  A prayer service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ramsey Reformed Church in Titonka Iowa, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Second Reformed Church, 600 State St. Pekin IL 61554.
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times 03/01/10, submitted by DRodcay

RUTH, KENNETH
PEKIN, IL- Kenneth F. Ruth, 80, of Pekin, passed away at 10:58 a.m. Friday, Jan 15, 2010, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  Ken was born on Feb 25, 1929, to harold F. and Ruth A Brown Ruth.  He married Carol J. Hild on Nov. 18, 1951, in Pekin. She survives.  Also surviving are two sons, James Ruth of Pekin and Stephen (Julie) Ruth of Darien; and two grandchildren, Michael Ruth and Sarah Ruth, both of Darien. Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Robert H. Ruth.  Ken was a member of First United Methodist Church and Pekin Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow.  He served as chairman of the Pekin Mobile Diner (a Rotary project) for many years.  He was a member of the Tazewell Retired Teachers Association and Illinois Teachers Retirement Association.  Ken granduated from Tremont High School in 1947, received his degree in education from ISU in 1951 and his master's degree from Bradley University in 1960.  He taught in Delavan from 1951 to 1953.  From 1953 to 1965 he taught and coached at Edison Junior High School in Pekin.  He coached the first state basketball championship team from Edison Junior High in 1965.  He was then Principal at Franklin School in Pekin from 1966 to 1969.  In 1969 he was named Principal at Edison Junior High and retired from that position in 1989.  He served as president and treasurer of the Tazewell County School Employees Credit Union for 22 years, retiring from that position in 1993.  He was an avid Chicago Cubs, Bulls and Bradley Braves fan.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking.  Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. today, January 19th, at First United Methodist Church in Pekin.  The Rev. Terry Edele will officiate.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens at a later date.  Visitation was Monday at Henderson Funeral Home.  Memorial Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court St. Pekin IL 61554; or to Pekin Mobile Diner, 1901 Broadway Pekin IL 61554.
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times 01/19/2010, submitted by DRodcay

MAYBERRY, WARD "LARRY"
PEKIN- Ward Clayton Mayberry, 41, formerly of Pekin, died at 4:20 a.m. Thursday, February 15, 2007, in Chicago. His private memorial service will be Saturday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.  There will be no visitation.  Cremation has been accorded.  The family will receive friends at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pekin Moose Lodge.
SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star, 03/21/2007, submitted by DRodcay

MAYBERRY, WARD "LARRY"
PEKIN- Ward Clayton Mayberry, 41, of 1222 W. Farwell in Chicago, died at 4:20 a.m. Thursday, February 15 2007 at Seasons Hospice House at Lincoln Park Hospital in Chicago.  He was born January 24, 1988, in Pekin to Larry and Vernice Clayton mayberry.  Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Vernice and Bob Funk of Pekin; father and stepmother, Larry and Donna Mayberry of Pekin; his grandmothers, Bessie Mayberry of Pekin, and Ermer McNeil of Tennessee; and two sisters, Sheri (Jim) Robison of Hopedale and Valerie Johnson of Pekin.  Ward was a self-employed wedding dress designer, last working in 2005.  Previously, he had been employed for 10 years as a designer for the Ultimate Bride on Oak Street in Chicago. At Pekin High School, he had been a member of the Notables Show Choir.  Ward received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in theater from Illinois State University.  He loved to ski, hike, travel and was an accomplished acrobat.  Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.  Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to teh Cook County Core Center, 2020 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612 or Seasons Hospice House, Lincoln Park Hospital, 550 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL 60614.
SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star, 02/18/2007, submitted by DRodcay

EERTMOED, ROBERT
Robert Lindy Eertmoed, 82, of Las Vegas Nevada, formerly of Pekin Illinois, passed away Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 in Las Vegas.  Lindy was born on June 08, 1927, in Pekin to Fred and Erma Von Boeckman Eertmoed.  He married Marianne Grajkowski on Aug 03, 1973 in Pekin.  Surviving are his wife, Marianne of Las Vegas; and many nieces and nephews.  Preceding him in death were his parents, nine brothers, Dick, harry, Charlie, Louie, Ernie Sr., Fred, Henry, Howard and Carl; three sisters, Mae Tibbs, Irma Cooper and Doris Falkingham; and two infant siblings.  Lindy was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.  Cremation was accorded.  Memorial Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 23, at Second Reformed Church in Pekin.  Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 2122 W. Taylor Chicago IL 60612-4281, or to Alzheimers Association, Central Illinois Chapter, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria IL 61614.
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, 01/15/2010 Submitted by DRodcay

TIBBS, JOHN FRED
PEKIN- John Fred Tibbs, 81, of 202 Gunion Ave. passed away at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday, December 09, 2009, at Morton Villa Nursing Center in Morton.  Born April 24, 1928 to Lambert and Mae (Eertmoed) Tibbs, he married Thelma Wade on July 30, 1948 in Pekin.  She died March 18, 1988 in Peoria.  He later married Helen Beal on April 24, 1991, in Las Vegas Nevada.  She died July 15, 2006.  He also was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother, Fred Tibbs; and one great-granddaughter, Ella Leichtenberg.  Surviving are two sons, Michael (Sue) Tibbs, and Stephen (Connie) Tibbs, both of Pekin; six gandchildren, Stephanie (Todd) Leichtenberg, Jeremy (Crystal Lash) Tibbs, Ryan Tibbs, Matt (Alesha VonBoeckman) Tibbs, Eric Tibbs, and Carly (Joe) Stokes; five great-grandchildren, Olivia Leichtenberg, Hayden Tibbs, Braxton Tibbs, Mazlyn Tibbs, Leila Tibbs; and one brother, Robert (Pat) Tibbs of Long Beach, California.  John was a self-employed carpenter until he retired in 1990.  After retirement, he was an instructor for the Carpenter's Apprenticeship School in Pekin for many years.  He was a master carpenter and was a member of the Carpenter's Local Union 183 in Peoria for more than 50 years.  He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.  the Rev. Dr. Eric Hansen will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery in Mapleton.  Memorial contributions may be given to Peoria Rescue Ministries, 601 SW Adams St., Peoria IL 61602.
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, Submitted by DRodcay

COOPER, LUELLA MAE
Luella Mae Cooper, 71, of Manito passed away Tuesday March 09, 2010, at OSF St Francis Medical Center.  Born January 30, 1939 in Pekin to John and Fanny Rush Peplow, she married Howard Cooper on October 25, 1964, in Pekin.  He survives.  Also surviving are her children, Robert Cooper, Richard (Tess) Cooper, Ronald (Amy) Cooper, all of Manito, and Rhonda Cooper of Morton; a brother, Richard Peplow of Minneapolis, Minnesota; a sister, Elsie Peplow of Pekin; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.  Her parents, two daughters, one granddaughter, four sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.  Luella attended the Second Reformed Church in pekin, where a memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  The Rev. Bradley Vander Waal will officiate.  Cremation was accorded.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.  The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co., Pekin/Peoria, is in charge of arrangements.
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, Submitted by DRodcay

GORE, MARY A
PEKIN- Mary Agnes Gore, 88, of Pekin, died at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday December 02, 2003, at Pekin Living and Rehabilitation Center.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Woolsey Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.  The Rev. Timothy Najpaver will officiate.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens.  Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Baptist Church in Pekin, of which she was a member, or to the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in peoria. She was born April 30 1915 in Cypress to Lloyd and Orpha Bost Henard.  She married John Wayne Gore on August 01, 1931 in Vienna Illinois.  She was preceded in death by her husband on December 02, 1982 in pekin; three granddaughters, three brothers and one sister.  Surviving are two daughters, Juanita Nolan of Kewanee and Audrey Baughman of Pekin; one son, Bobby Wayne (Betty) Gore of Glasford; seven grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; two brothers, Martin (Betty) Henard of Canton and William Lee (Freda) Henard of Kentucky; and three sisters, Beulah (Barry) Spraggs of Pekin and Ruth Henard and Francis (Jim) Lovett, both of Buncombe.  Gore and her husband owned and operated a television store in Glasford.  They also owned Gore's Cafe in Glasford.  She worked as a cook in the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville for eight years, retiring in 1967.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge, both in Glasford. 
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, 12/04/2003, Submitted by Gloria Gore.

HRANKA, PATRICIA R "PATSY"
Patricia R. "Patsy" Hranka, 83, of Bickford Cottage, Peoria, formerly of Pekin and Lewistown, passed away at 9:35 a.m. Thursday April 01, 2010, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in peoria, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born December 22, 1926 in Peoria, the daughter of Elinor Heffren.  She was raised from birth in Lewistown by her grandparents, Fred and Eva Heffren.  She married Jerry K. Hranka on November 29, 1947, in Chicago.  He died June 26, 2002.  She also was preceded in death by her mother; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one stepbrother.  Surviving are four sons, Joe (Shelly) Hranka of Morton, Tom (Susan) Hranka of Washington, John (Karen) Hranka of Rockford and Patrick (Pam) Hranka of Oswego; six daughters, Therese Peck and Mary (Larry) Haynes, both of Peoria; Margaret Nelson and Anna (Kirk) McKinzie, both of Bloomington; Cecilia (Ray) White of Pontiac and Kathleen (Joseph) Hesket of O'Fallon; one stepbrother, Raymond Beaty Jr. in Mexico; 30 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  Patty was a homemaker.  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lewistown, where she served on the Altar and Rosary Society. She had served as past president of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary in Pekin.  Patsy enjoyed traveling with her husband to European countries, visiting Ireland and Czechoslovakia. They also enjoyed an Alaskan cruise.  She was an avid doll collector.  Her greatest joy was having her family gathered together for family dinners.  The love of her family brought her a lifetime of abundant blessings.  A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 06, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 705 N. Broadway, Lewistown, with Monsignor Robert O'Connor officiating.  Burial will be in Waterford Cemetery in rural Lewistown.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, with recitation of the rosary at 3:30 p.m. at Henry-Lange Memorial Home, 203 N. Illinois St. Lewistown.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lewistown; the Alzheimer's Association, 606 W. Glen Peoria IL 61614; or to the American Lung Association, 3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield IL 62711.
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, submitted by DRodcay

HOCKER, VIRGINIA W
Virginia W. Hocker, 86, of 2700 S. 14th St. Pein, died at 8:02 a.m. Thursday, April 01, 2010, at Pekin Hospital.  Virginia was born August 10, 1023, in Lauderdale, Mississippi, to Robert S and Luna F. Fleming Wilder.  She married John H. Hocker on February 17, 1944, in Mississippi.  He died December 23, 2000.  Surviving are one daughter, Linda (Mel) Clauser of Delavan; one son, Robert (Melanie) Hocker in Wisconsin; four grandchildren; Jeff (Sara) Clauser, David (Sara) Clauser, Stephanie (Joel) Finamore and John Hocker; four great-grandchildren; Hannah, Sophia and Noah Clauser and Joshua Finamore; and one sister, Julia Phillips of Madison, Mississippi.  She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.  Virginia was a member of Second Reformed Church in Pekin where she volunteered for many years.  She also volunteered at Hopedale Commons, John Evans Supportive Living and The Grand Victorian.  She loved sewing for others, baking for family and friends, walking, and riding her three-wheeled bike around town.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 06, at Second Reformed Church.  The Rev. Bradley Vander Waal will officiate.  Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Second Reformed Church, 600 State St. Pekin IL 61554 or to We Care Inc. 622 W. Jackson, Morton IL 61550.
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, submitted by DRodcay

LOGSDON, LYLE
GREEN VALLEY- Lyle Lee Logsdon, 76, of 108 Margaret passed away at 12:15 a.m. Monday, March 22, 2010, at his residence.  Born October 22, 1933, in Green Valley to Lennie B and Rosa Mae (Havens) Logsdon, he married Katherine A. "Kate" Reed on March 02, 1973, in Pekin.  She survives.  Also surviving are five sons, Murl (Marilyn) Smith of Manito, Randall (Judy) Logsdon of Bishop, Georgia, Steven Beatty of Pekin, Richard (Colleen) Logsdon of Mapelton and David (Lisa) Logsdon of Cory, Indiana; five daughters, Debbie (Rick) Jackson of Manito, Sandra Emmert of Manito, Jody Hutton of Pekin, Cathy DeYoung of Green Valley and Lorie Hofreiter of Manito; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ora Logsdon of Abington; and three sisters, Sue (Ron) Tardiff of Niceville, Florida, Tina (Fred) Christ of Elmwood, and Kay Watson of Morton.  He also leaves a stepmother, Hazel Logsdon of Elmwood.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, one brother and one sister.  A Vietnam War Air Force veteran, Lyle retired after 20 years as a medical service technician with the rank of staff sergeant.  He worked for Keystone Steel and Wire Co, in Bartonville for 15 years as a warehouse foreman, retiring in 1985.  He had also worked as a barber.  He was a graduate of the Virginia School of Hair Design.  He was a 36-year member and past master in 1999 of Empire Lodge 126., Ancient Free & Accepted Masons in Pekin.  He was a member and past high priest of 2000 of Pekin Chapter 25 of Royal Arch Masons, past worthy patron of Celestial City Chapter 333, Order of the Eastern Star in Pekin and was a past watchman of shepherd for Victoria Shrine 83, White Shrine of jerusalem.  He was a past chancellor of the Knights of Pythias and a former member of Mohammed Temple, Shrine and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peora.  He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed books written by Louis L'Amour.  He also enjoyed woodworking.  His graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at War Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Pekin, with military rites accorded by the United States Air Force.  The Rev. Gary L. Ford will officiate.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where a Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m.. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel 55 of Job's Daughters, 338 Elizabeth St. Pekin IL 61554.
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, submitted by DRodcay

THOMPSON, JONATHAN
Huntington Beach, California- Jonathan Lee Thompson, 43, of Huntington Beach, California, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday March 03, 2010 at his home.  He was formerly of North Pekin.  He was born July 22, 1966 to Arlin "Tort" and Wanda (Garner) Thompson.  Surviving are his father and step-mother, "Tort" and Susan Thompson of North Pekin; his mother, Wanda Johnson of Morton; grandparents, John (Jewel) Long of Pekin; two half-brothers, Kevin Thompson of Pekin and Darian (Heather) Johnson of Green Valley; and a half-sister, Denise (Rod) Teaney of Pekin.  Jonathan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Maurice and Dorothy Thompson.  Since 2005, he had been a security officer at Pelican Hill Resort in newport Beach, California.  Previously he had been a correctional officer in Colorado.  Jonathan attended Illinois State University for three years and received an associate degree in criminology from Trinidad State Community College in Colorado.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Operation Desert Storm.  A Celebration of Life Gathering will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory, Pekin Chapel.  CXremation has been accorded.  Memoral contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, Submitted by DRodcay

WEBER, HARM Jr
Bradenton, Florida- Harm Allen Weber, Jr., 83 of Bradenton Florida, died Tuesday April 27, 2010 in Bradenton.  Born in Pekin Illinois, he moved to Bradenton in 1991 from Elgin Illinois.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Arlie, of Bradenton; a daughter, Jan Christine (Steve Buttress) Weber of Kearney Nebraska; sons, Harm A III (Lynda) Weber of Danbury Wisconsin, Rev. Matthew Karl Weber of Des Plaines Illinois; and eight grandchildren.  A member of Bethel Baptist Church of Bradenton, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and was a life member of the Rotary Club.  He graduated B.A./B.D. from Bethel College and Seminary, 1946 to 1954, in St. Paul Minnesota, and was pastor of four churches, Isle Baptist in Isle Minnesota; Central Baptist in Indianapolis Indiana; First Baptist in Muncie Indiana; and Covenant Baptist in Detroit Michigan.  He retired as president of Judson College from 1969 to 1991, and was chencellor from 1991 to 2010.  A memorial service took place Saturday May 01, at Bethel Baptist Church in Bradenton.  Memoral contributions may be made to Judson University in Elgin or Bethel Baptist Church. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory in Bradenton was in charge of arrangements.
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, Submitted by DRodcay

ELGIN - Judson University's chancellor and former president Dr. Harm A. Weber, who was credited with turning around the struggling young Christian college from financial collapse in the 1970s, died Tuesday in his new hometown of Bradenton, Fla. Judson spokeswoman Mary Dulabaum said Weber died from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 83. A memorial service was to be held at 1 p.m. Central time Saturday in Bethel Baptist Church of Bradenton - ironically, the same time the university's spring commencement was to begin back in Elgin. Dulabaum said a memorial service will be held on campus this fall. It was another Bethel Baptist Church - this one in Detroit, Mich. - that a 42-year-old Baptist pastor named Harm Weber left in 1969 to become president of the struggling young Elgin institution, then known as Judson College. He had been a member of Judson's board of trustees since the college split off from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and moved to Elgin in 1963. A reminiscing Weber told a Courier-News reporter in 2007 that finances were so bad when he took over, one board member took him aside and said the board really expected no more from him than to close the debt-ridden college as painlessly as possible. But, Weber said with a chuckle, "I didn't leave a great church in Detroit to close this school." When he said that he intended not just to make it survive but to make it thrive, some board members resigned. But by raising money and bringing in more students, Weber brought the college back to life. "In the first year, I didn't know whether we would be open next week," he said. "In the second year, I didn't know about the next month. And the third year, I knew we'd last the year." But, then, Weber was used to facing hard times. Born in Pekin into a family of eight, Weber estimated that he lived in 16 different Illinois cities by the time he was 17 years old. As the Great Depression hit, his father lost his job, their home and most of their possessions. It was a time when "the world fell apart," Weber said in the 2007 interview. Weber said his five sisters sold doughnuts door to door. He struggled through elementary school, not learning to read until the fourth grade. And his mother died when he was just 13. After two years in the Army Air Force, Weber met his wife, Arlie, at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., and then became a pastor, serving a congregation in Muncie, Ind., before moving to that large church in Detroit. By the late 1970s and 1980s, Judson was on solid enough ground to add buildings. Weber once recalled how he secured money to pay for the chapel and the fine arts building from a Michigan businessman who was unable to speak due to complications from a stroke. The man agreed to Weber's request by nodding his head and shaking Weber's hand. During retirement, Harm and Arlie divided their time between Florida and Minnesota. Judson's newest building, the Harm A. Weber Academic Center along Route 31, was dedicated to the former president. Current Judson President Jerry Cain, who will miss Saturday's commencement to attend Weber's funeral, said Weber would disarm tension during a contentious business meeting by starting to sing some rousing hymn. Dr. James Didier, who was Weber's right-hand man and succeeded Weber as president, said, "I believe that without Harm Weber having served as its president, Judson would not likely exist today."
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On Friday, Oct. 22, the public is invited to celebrate the "Legacy of Learning" created by the late Harm A. Weber, who was chancellor and served for 22 years as president of Judson, during Judson's Founders' Day celebrations. Founders' Day events include a 9 a.m. dedication of the Center for Science and Mathematics, followed by a 10 a.m. convocation featuring friends, followers and family members of the former president. Judson's Founders' Day luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. in the Betty Lindner Commons. It will showcase reflections on the legacies of leadership, academics and faith that continue at Judson. Reservations for the events can be made until Wednesday, Oct. 20, as long as seats are available. The convocation will remember Weber's legacy as a founding member of Judson's board of trustees and former president of Judson from 1969 to 1991. He passed away April 27 at the age of 83. Speaking during the convocation will be Robert and Betty Lindner, longtime Judson supporters who built close connections to Judson when Weber was president; the Rev. D. Scott Johnston, a trustee and Weber's friend; and the Rev. Matthew Weber, his son and senior pastor at the First Baptist Church in Park Ridge. Judson's Founders' Day Luncheon will feature a panel of speakers. Kevin Noe, a 1979 alumni and current trustee from Colorado Springs, Colo., will speak about the "Legacy of Leadership" that continues today at Judson. Dale Simmons, Judson provost and vice president of academic affairs, will speak about Judson's academic legacy. Finally, Marian Schwebemeyer, a 2010 alumni and current student in Judson's masters of arts in organizational leadership, will reflect on the "Legacy of Faith" found at the university. Special music will be provided by pianist Huntley Brown, a 1988 alumni and resident of Aurora, and musician Jeorge Holmes, a 1989 alumni and resident of Elgin. The luncheon also will honor the Rev. Peter Borzeka of Lewistown, Ill., in absentia, as this year's recipient of the Golden Eagle Award. Borzeka received the award in a special ceremony held in his home July 19. He will be unable to attend the Founders' Day events due to health concerns. The campus is at 1151 N. State St. in Elgin. For information about Founders' Day, visit JudsonU.edu/foundersday or call (847) 628_1119.
submitted by dlbr 12/26/10 Pekin Daily Times


STAUTHAMMER, WILLIS
Willis Edward Stauthammer, 53, of 826 N. Stone School Road, Elmwood, passed away at 5:41 p.m. Monday, May 10, 2010, at His home.  He was born October 09, 1956, in Pekin, to William A. Sr. and Patricia A Heitzman Stauthammer.  Surviving are his mother, Patricia Stauthammer of Pekin; four brothers, Randy (Mary) Stauthammer of Mapleton Illinois, James Stauthammer of Pekin, Gary (Denise) Stauthammer of Peoria and William (Angela) Stauthammer Jr. of Kingston Mines; four nieces; and four nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father on June 09, 2006.  Willis worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 30 years, retiring in 2008 from the Mapleton foundry.  He enjoyed fishing and tinkering with things.  His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday May 14 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where visitation will be one hour before the funeral.  The Rev. Bradley Vander Waal will officiate.  Cremation will be accorded following the funeral.
SOURCE: Pekin Daily Times, submitted by DRodcay

STAUTHAMMER, WILLIAM Sr
PEORIA- William A Stauthammer Sr., 84, of 7001 W. Wheeler Road in Rural Peora, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Friday, June 09, 2006, at his residence.  Born July 26, 1921 in Rural Tazewell County to Herman L. and Anna (Bleichner) Stauthammer, he married Patricia A. Heitzman on February 25, 1951, in Pekin.  She survives.  Also surviving are five sons, Randall W (Mary) Stauthammer of Mapleton; Willis E. Stauthammer of Elmwood, James A Stauthammer of Pekin, Gary A. (Denise) Stauthammer of Peoria and William A. Jr. (Angela) Stauthammer of Kingston Mines; seven grandchildren, Gene Stauthammer with the U.S. Coast Guard in Astoria Oregon, Dr. Christopher Stauthammer of St. Paul Minnesota, Jeff Stauthammer of Mapleton, Jacob Stauthammer, Jaasiel Stauthammer and Jaelynn Stauthammer, all of Peoria, and Lily Stauthammer of Kingston Mines; one great-grandson, Alex Stauthammer; two brothers, John H. (Ida) Stauthammer of Pekin and Louis E (Joann) Stauthammer of Peoria; and two sisters, Grace I Durham of Peoria and Mary Jane (Hank) Behrends of Kincaid.  His parents and one sister preceded him in death. Bill was a lifelong farmer in Hollis Township, rural Peoria County.  He was a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau.  He was a former volunteer firefighter with the Timber-Hollis Fire Protection Distric Company 3.  He was a devoted member of Second Reformed Church in pekin, where he was a former deacon and a charter member of the church's dart ball team.  Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.  His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Second Reformed Church in Pekin.  The Rev. Susan L Curtis and Rev. Ralph H. Cordes will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel and also 30 minutes before services Tuesday at the church.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Second Reformed Church, 600 State Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.
SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star, Submitted by DRodcay

STAUTHAMMER, GAIL
CANTON- Gail L. Stauthammer, 51, of Pekin, died at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, October 07, at her home.  Born November 13, 1952, in Rushville to Oscar and Ruth Morrell Butler, she married James A. Stauthammer on May 23, 1992.  He survives.  Also surviving are her mother of Pekin, and three sisters, Ann (Gary) Rose of Morton, Nancy (Bill) Lee of Pekin, and Carol (Paul) Miller of Lexington Kentucky.  She was preceded in death by her father.  She worked in the Visa Operations Department at CEFCU for 15 years.  She was a member of Second Reformed Church in Pekin.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin.  The Rev. Ralph Cordes will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens.  Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or the Susan G Komen Foundation. 
SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star, Submitted by DRodcay

STAUTHAMMER, ELIZABETH
PEKIN- Elizabeth Martha Stauthammer, 101, of Hallmark House Nursing Center, died there at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2003.  Born July 16, 1901 in Sand Prairie Township to John and Margaret Urish Luick, she married Lawrence Stauthammer on April 11, 1923 in Peoria Illinois.  He died November 26, 1996 in Pekin Illinois.  She also was preceded in death by one son, five brothers and four sisters.  Surviving are one daughter, Joyce Cohrs of Atlanta; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, where she was past president Parley.  She also was a member of the Tazewell County Home Extension and the Ladies of the Columbus.  She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Pekin.  Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Abts Mortuary where visitation will be one hour before.  The Rev. Glenn Niemann will officiate.  Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to her church.
SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star, Submitted by DRodcay

STAUTHAMMER, LOUIS
PEORIA- Louis E. Stauthammer, 82, of 7111 W. Wheeler Road, passed away at 4:34 a.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at Pekin Hospital.  Born February 02, 1925 in Rural Tazewell County to Herman L and Anna (Bleichner) Stauthammer, he married Joann Heitzman on July 09, 1952.  She survives.  Also surviving are two daughters, Linda Lou (Jerry) Tibbs of Topeka and Cheryl Lynn (Randy) Richmond of Pinckneyville; three grandchildren, Jodie (Bjorn) Lindgren of St. Anne, Brian J (Erika) Tibbs of East Peoria and Laura A Richmond of Pinckneyville; four great-grandchildren; one brother, John H (Ida) Stauthammer of Pekin; and two sisters, Grace I Durham of Peoria and Mary Jane (Hank) Behrends of Kincaid.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother (William Sr.) and one sister.  Louis farmed in Hollis Township, Peoria County for more than 50 years, with his brother William (Sr.).  He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.  Louis was a volunteer firefighter with the Timber-Hollis Fire Protection District for 20 years and received the "Schott Newsam Fireman of the Year" Award in 1970.  He enoyed fishing, gardening and growing starter plants for many friends and family.  Louis was a member of Second Reformed Church in Pekin.  His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.  The Rev. Ralph H. Cordes and the Rev. Bradley J Vander Waal will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, where fellow volunteer firefighters will provide an honor guard.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, with military rites provided by the United States Marine Corps and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Second Reformed Church, 600 State Street, Pekin IL 61554 or Timber-Hollis Fire Protection District, 401 Glasford Road, Glasford IL 61433.
SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star, submitted by DRodcay

STAUTHAMMER, ALBERT
NORTH PEKIN- Albert Kent Stauthammer, 54, of 118 Sunset Blvd, died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday April 04 2004 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.  Born April 09, 1949 in Pekin to John and Ida Jessen Stauthammer, he married Bonita Sue "Bonnie" Kirkbride on June 19, 1992 in Groveland.  She survives.  Also surviving are his parents of Pekin; one son, Joseph of Spring Lake, one daughter Tracy Beeny of Spring Lake; four stepdaughters, Denise Barr of Middletown, Dawn Barr of Delavan, Bonnie Byers of Pekin and Debra Byers of North Pekin; two stepsons, Tim (Kim) Barr of Green Valley and Ted (Michele) Barr of Marquette Heights; two brothers, Alan (Patty) of Peoria and Marvin (Vicki) of Creve Coeur; one sister Marie (George) Wiers of Canton; and 11 grandchildren.  He was a Vietnam War Army veteran and received a Purple Heart.  He worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 30 years, retiring from the Morton facility in September 1998.  He was a member of the Peoria Sportsmen's Club.  Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.  The Rev. Ralph Cordes will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.  Memorials may be made to St. John's Hospital Hospice, 800 E. Carpenter St. Springfield Illinois 62769.
SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star, submitted by DRodcay

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