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LAIR, RITA
Pekin IL- Rita K. Lair, 57, of 1200 S. 10th St., Pekin, passed away at 8:20 a.m. Saturday, April 09, 2011, in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital. She was born June 14, 1953, to Raymond and Betty Mitchell Bailey. She married Tim Lair on June 21, 1996, in Pekin. He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Angela (Eric) Shindledecker of Pekin; and two sons, Robert (Candice) Gills Jr. and Ryan (Kim) Gills, both of Delavan; her mother, Betty (Sam) Putnam; three sisters, Paula (David) Kroell of Forest City, Shirley (Toby) Tyler of Hopedale and Cindy Thebeau of Dittmer, Mo.; three brothers, Tim (Cindy) Bailey of Carbon Hill, Ala., Dan Bailey of Pekin and Todd (Lisa) Bailey of Forest City; four grandchildren, her “precious angels,” Callie Marie Gills, Alsion Rae Gills and Katelynn Desiree Gills, all of Delavan, and Steven Leroy Shindledecker of Pekin. Several nephews and nieces also survive. She was preceded in death by her father, and one niece, Christy Thebeau. Rita last worked as a clerk for several years at Country General in Manito, last working in 2005. She served on the Forest City Park Development Committee and was active working on Forest City dances and its annual haunted house event. She enjoyed her computer, playing poker, Pogo and Fairyland. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Maas Funeral Home in Manito. Cremation will follow visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to a college education fund for her grandchildren, in care of the Manito Community Bank, 105 S. Adams St., Manito, IL 61546.
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WATTS, CARL
North Pekin IL- Carl E. Watts, 82, of North Pekin, passed away at 4:02 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Pekin Hospital. Carl was born on July 26, 1928, in Esther, Missouri, to William Edward and Lucinda Jane Allen Watts. He married Mary L. Pannebecker on September 16, 1950, in Flat River, Missouri. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Michael (Mary) Watts of Springfield, Missouri, and Stephen (Sylvia) Watts of Elmwood; three grandchildren, Sue Watts, Christopher (Stephanie) Seaton and Stefanie Seaton; and five great-grandchildren, Jaylee, Peyton, Abbi, Taig and Xaiden. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and four sisters. Carl was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the United States Marine Corps. He retired on July 01, 1982, from the machine shop at Caterpillar Inc. Carl was of the Methodist faith. He enjoyed woodworking and working in his yard. He loved spending time with his family and helping others. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 14, at Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin. The Rev. Dan Chambers will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin, with military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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PEAK, EDITH
Pekin IL- Edith Goldie Peak, 91, of 444 Parkway Drive, Pekin, passed away at 1:16 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2011, at her son’s home in Pekin. Edith was born Novmber 17, 1919, in Mt. Eden, Kentucky, to Delbert and Carrie Woods Murphy. Surviving are three sons, Luther D. (Jean) Peak of Louisville, Kentucky, Doyle E. (Mary) Peak and Omer E. (Sandy) Peak, both of Pekin; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lorine (Truman) Nethery of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky; and two brothers, Robert E. Murphy of Mt. Eden and John D. (Sue) Murphy of Lawrenceburg. Edith was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers. In her childhood, Edith worked the tobacco fields of her family farm. Later in life, she was a nurse’s aide at several nursing homes in Kentucky and the Pekin/Peoria area. Her first job was at the Tazewell County Nursing Home and Children’s Home just west of Tremont on Route 9. In September 1959, she was awarded a certificate in “Care of the Sick and Injured” and was awarded a special nurse’s aide pin by the American Red Cross. Edith enjoyed caring for the less-fortunate, reading the Bible, and canning her favorite vegetables at harvest time. Sincere and loving thanks are given to Linda and Tiffany of OSF Hospice for their loving care and support of our mother during this difficult time. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 14, in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin. The Rev. Mike Roberts will officiate. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 1201 Chestnut, Pekin, IL 61554; or to OSF St. Francis Hospice, 2265 W. Altorfer Drive, Peoria, IL 61615.
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ZOBRIST DONALD
Pekin IL- Donald Dean Zobrist, 79, of Pekin, passed away at 11:48 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2011, at Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care in Pekin. Born October 15, 1931, in Greenville to Earl Milton and Lauretta Moss Zobrist, he married Betty Lee Gorline on February 12, 1949, in Greenville. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Christy (Dan) Rose of Pekin; six grandchildren, Jeff (Tammi) Howell, Julie (Eric) Oberle, Dustin Falkingham and Kristi Rose, all of Pekin, Jody Howell of Hemet, California, and Brad (Angela) Rose of Eugene, Oregon; seven great-grandchildren, Brock Howell, Brodie Oberle, Braelyn Oberle, Sabrina Falkingham, Austin Falkingham and Trevor Daniel Rose, all of Pekin, and Courtney Howell of Hemet; one brother, Eugene (Caroll) Zobrist of Eureka; and one stepsister, Patricia (Dick) Wissler of Eureka. He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant son, Philip Dennis Zobrist; and one daughter, Cathleen Anne Howell. Don worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 40 years, retiring January 01, 1988, as a supervisor in East Peoria. Following his retirement, he worked at Velde Ford in Pekin for 12 years as a part-time driver. He had owned and restored many antique Fords over the years. Don enjoyed going to antique car shows and cruise-ins. Don was a loyal and loving husband and father. He was a gentle man and was loved by all who knew him. His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Mark Friday, pastor, will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 TAPS Lane, Pekin, IL 61554; to Harbor Light Hospice, 2000 W. Pioneer Parkway, 18B, Peoria, IL 61615; or to Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.

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ASHBY, JOSHUA
Pekin IL- Joshua J. Ashby, 18, of 416 Catherine St., Pekin, passed away at 10:17 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2011, at his residence. He was born May 24, 1992, in Peoria to William Jr. and Brandy Mathis Ashby. Surviving are his mother, Brandy (Jason Timian) Mathis of Pekin; his father, William Ashby Jr. of Pekin; one brother, Billy Ashby III of Pekin; one sister, SeAnna Ashby of Pekin; his maternal grandparents, Albert Mathis of Metamora and Pam (Tony) Ortega in Texas; and his paternal grandparents, Bill Ashby and Flo Karnes, both of Pekin. Josh worked at Auto Accents in Pekin as a car detailer. He attended First Baptist Church in Pekin. He loved 1960s and ’70s music, gymnastics and cats. He started the Ping Pong Club at Pekin Community High School. He also ran on its track and cross country teams. He was a figure skater for the Pekin Park District. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.
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HUSTON, ASHLEY
Deer Creek IL- Ashley M. Huston, 27, of Deer Creek, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Mackinaw Township. Cremation will be accorded. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 15, at Harvest Baptist Temple in Mackinaw. The Rev. Tim Severt will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the temple. Haensel Funeral Home in Mackinaw is in charge of arrangements.
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RIGGS, NANCY
South Pekin IL- Nancy Weber Riggs, 76, of Jackson, Michogam, formerly of South Pekin, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at Allegiance Health in Jackson. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Jackson, with services immediately following. A committal service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in the chapel at Glendale Cemetery in Pekin, Illinois.
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WEHNER, BILL
Pekin IL- Bill Wehner, 76, of Pekin, passed away at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born Oct. 25, 1934, in Pekin to Fred W. and Clara E. Forward Wehner, he married Carolyn Kay Brown on April 26, 1958, in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Teri Kay (Jim) O’Shea of Petaluma, Calif.; one granddaughter, Erin D. O’Shea of Petaluma; one sister, Mary Bush of Pekin; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Bill worked as  superintendent of Pekin Water Works for 25 years. He later worked for RA Cullinan & Sons in Tremont for more than 20 years, retiring in 1999. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, camping and motorcycles. He also enjoyed the companionship of his “granddogs,” Angel and Paige. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. No visitation is planned. Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.
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RUSCHMEYER, ELAINE
Pekin IL- Elaine Ruschmeyer, 70, of Pekin, passed away peacefully at 7:18 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at her home. Born July 03, 1940, in Troy, Missouri, to Cliffton and Vivian Jemes, she married James Ruschmeyer December 06, 1958. He preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her parents and a sister. Surviving are one son, Jim (Kathy) Ruschmeyer of Fort Wayne, Indiana; two daughters, Diane (Mick) Mayberry of Cartersville, Georgia, and Deborah (Bryan) Smith of South Pekin; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Elaine enjoyed being around family and friends and helping others. She enjoyed crocheting and was an avid collector of stuffed bears. Elaine was a wonderful mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by all. Private services will take place. Abts Mortuary in Pekin is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, 215 W. Illinois, Suite 1C, Chicago, IL 60654.
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LAY, BEVERLY
Delavan IL- Beverly D. Lay, 74, of Delavan, passed away at 5:40 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2011, at her home. She was born November 09, 1936, in Mayview, Missouri, to Henry C. and Evelyn Lefman Pomrenke. She married Henry C. Lay on November 13, 1954, in Emden. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Roger (Sheila) Lay of Delavan; three daughters, Joyce (Scott) Campbell of Bloomington, and Julie (Rick) Burrell and Janelle (Wes) Kennedy, both of Delavan; 12 grandchildren, Sawyer, Seth, Andrea, Danielle, Derek, Tony, Troy, Savannah, Shane, Karli, Cassie and Renee; 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Mike (Gail) Fisher of Morton and Bob (Becki) Fisher of Delavan; four sisters, Sharon Weems and Janice Allgood, both of Delavan, Linda Martin of Morton and Cheryl (Dennis) Davis of Pekin. She was preceded in death by her parents. Beverly was a loving homemaker, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed by all. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 18, at Davis Mortuary in Delavan. Dr. Bud Morris will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Rest Cemetery in Delavan. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to OSF St. Francis Hospice or to Prairie Rest Cemetery Maintenance Fund.
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SANDERS, ELEANOR
Pekin IL-Eleanor E. Sanders, 95, of 1201 Howard Court, Pekin, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011, at her home. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Burial will be in Lakeside  Cemetery in Pekin. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
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DEISS, DELMAR
Pekin IL- Delmar Deiss, 79, of 804 Illinois St., Pekin, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born December 17, 1931, to Arthur and Leona Hindahl Deiss, he married Honor Widler on August 12, 1977, in Peoria. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Delmar Jr. (Kathie) Deiss of Pekin and Robert (Jennifer) Deiss of Mapleton; four grandchildren, Rob (Kendra) Deiss of Columbus, Ohio, Ryan (Jill) Deiss of Mackinaw, Troy (DeLayne) Deiss of Mapleton and Michele Deiss of Pekin; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Del missed the companionship of his late beloved dog, Sissy. He owned and operated Deiss Automotive in Pekin for 28 years, retiring in 2005. Previously, he worked as a professional pilot and flight instructor for Byerly Aviation in Peoria and Phoenix Aviation. He flew for Chicago and Southern Airlines, and for several corporations. He had more than 11,000 hours of flight time. Del also had owned a Texaco service station on Court Street and a City service station on Derby Street in Pekin. At various times, he had worked the counter for Ehrett’s Auto Supply. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin. The Rev. Mark Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery in San Jose. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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HELM, BETTY
Pekin IL- Betty J. Helm, 88, of Pekin, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Heartland Manor Care in Peoria. Betty was born July 22, 1922, in Volga, Iowa, to Chauncey M. and Ida M. Cline House. She married John D. Helm on November 17, 1946, in Lockport. He died June 23, 2000. Surviving are two sons, David J. (Carol) Helm and Earl J. (Paula) Helm, both of Pekin; five grandchildren, Shelley (Bill) Gregg of East Peoria, Aaron (Shirlene) Selman, Scot (Trish) Fulk, David (Sherry) Fulk and Tony (Laura) Fulk, all of Pekin; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, James R. (Mary Lou) House of Englewood, Fla. Betty worked for the Tazewell County Supervisor of Assessments Office for 26 years, retiring in 1997. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pekin. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 21, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The Rev. Brian Kellington will officiate. Cremation will be accorded after the services with internment in the church columbarium at a later date. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 343 Buena Vista Ave., Pekin, IL 61554; or to Pekin Park Foundation, 1701 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554.
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LIVINGSTONE, MARJORIE
Pekin IL- Marjorie May Livingstone, 89, of Pekin, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Monday, April 18, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital & Health Care Centers in Beech Grove, Indiana. Born May 19, 1921, in Decatur to Russell and Alice Robinson Hickey, she married Thomas W. Livingstone on September 12, 1946, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on August 08, 1985, in Peoria. Also preceding her in death were her parents; one great-granddaughter; and two brothers. Surviving are three sons, Bruce (Shirley) Livingstone of Logan, Ohio, Tom Livingstone of Pekin and William (Lisa) Livingstone of Indianapolis; and eight grandchildren, Mandi (Rick) Joy of Logan, Kari (Les) Molebash of Chillicothe, Ohio, Kellie (Billy) Balcum of Columbus, Ohio, Doane Livingstone of Lancaster, Ohio, Corey Livingstone, Kristen Livingstone and Ryan Livingstone, all of Indianapolis, and Rick Livingstone of Speedway, Indiana. Marjorie was a member of First Baptist Church in Pekin where she was active with the Christian Women’s Club and the Children’s Evangelical Fellowship. She enjoyed hosting youth Bible studies at her home. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 21, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Bruce Livingstone, her son, will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to South Side Mission, 127 S. Laramie St., Peoria, IL 61605.
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ERVIN, DEAN Sr
Pekin IL- Louie Dean Ervin Sr., 75, of 1025 Mechanic St., Pekin, passed away at 12:52 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2011, at his home. He was born August 25, 1935, in Chicago to William Lloyd and Mary Ellen Olgesby Ervin. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Eddy Ervin. Surviving are his long-time companion, Teresa Duez of Pekin; two daughters, Kathy Underwood of Morton and Theresa (Jim) Weaver of Creve Coeur; three sons, Louie Dean Jr. (Rose) Ervin, Gilbert Ervin and Alex Ervin, all of East Peoria; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He had served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Dean worked at Thrift Trucking in Bartonville as a diesel mechanic since 1990, last working November 11, 2010. Dean enjoyed fishing and was a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and a Dale Earnhardt fan. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 22, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Keith Thibo, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin, where military rites will be accorded. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
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PENNINGTON, DEBRA
South Pekin IL- Debra Ann Pennington, 52, of 313 Birkett St., South Pekin, passed away at 12:17 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2011, at her residence. Born October 07, 1958, in Long Beach, Calif., to James F. and Agnes L. Hagerty Benson, she married “the love of her life,” John Pennington on November 17, 1984, at Long Beach. He survives. Also surviving are three sons, John “J.D.” Pennington and Joshua Pennington, both of South Pekin, and Eric (Jenifer) Wisher of Pekin; and one granddaughter, Taylor Wisher. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and one sister. Debra was raised in Southern California and loved surfing and being near the beach and ocean. She also was fond of lighthouses and enjoyed watching movies and spending time with her family. Her family meant the world to her. Debra moved to Illinois in 1980 and was a longtime employee of Walmart, where she loved to work. She had attended barber college and nursing college. Her visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The family will receive friends following the visitation at the home of Donna Lovell, her sister-in-law, at 12447 State Route 29, Pekin, for a celebration of life gathering. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
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TOWNE, CLIFFORD
Pekin IL- Clifford Raymond Towne, 88, of Pekin passed away at 6:05 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2011, at Pekin Hospital. Clifford was a lifelong resident of Pekin. Born March 25, 1923, to Leon Davison and Ada Louise Hieber Towne, he married his “high school sweetheart,” Noreen Hilst, on April 14, 1946. She died September 25, 1991. He was married to Rosalyn Alfs Skaggs from October 1992 to 2001. Marietta Atwater of Havana was a close friend during his last years.   Clifford is survived by three children, David (Susan) Towne of Oak Park, Nancy Paddock of Portland, Ore., and Gary (Kathy) Towne of Pekin; seven grandchildren, Nathaniel Towne, Emily (Aron) Rempel, Marcia (Nathaniel Sternberg) Paddock, Adam (Sarah), Cassandra, Brian (Mallory) and Danielle Towne; six great-grandchildren, David, Elizabeth, Matthew, Michael, and Samuel Rempel, Eric Towne; and one brother, Erwin Towne of Groveland.  Clifford was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin where he served as a Sunday school superintendent for 25 years, sang in the choir and served as an elder. After graduating from PCHS in 1941, he started a 25-year career at Standard Brands. He also partnered with his father-in-law, George Hilst, at Riverview Hatchery when it was at the foot of Court Street. In 1962 he and Noreen purchased it outright and ran the business until 1992 at 1400 Broadway. At age 19, Clifford enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a medic with Company B of the Marine Medical Battalion attached to the 27th Regiment of the Fifth Division of the US Marine Corps. On Feb. 19, 1945, he landed on Iwo Jima with the first wave of landing craft. He worked in four-man teams to pick up the wounded as soon as they were hit and provide immediate medical treatment. Most of his teammates and friends were killed in the line of duty. He also was a runner who  would find a place to move the aid station forward to stay right behind the front lines. He watched the American flag as it was raised on Mt. Suribachi. Clifford stayed close friends with his Company B comrades and attended numerous Marine Corps reunions, hosting the largest of Company B’s reunions. Clifford joined the Gold Prospectors Association and, at age 75, started making trips to Nome, Alaska, near the Arctic Circle, to search for gold and completed his fifth trip at age 82. He had little success, but gold was a favorite topic. In his younger years, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a friend to all, compassionate and helpful. His family loved him and he will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Glenn R. A. Neimann, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the United States Navy and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin and one half hour before services on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be to Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 3201 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554.

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BUTTERFIELD, JACK
Kingston Mines- Jack L. Butterfield, 72, of Kingston Mines, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at his residence. He was born June 02, 1938, in Pekin, the son of Lawrence and Helen Butterfield and Bud and Ruth Armstrong. Jack married Martha Ann Anderson on April 01, 1959, in Garman Addition. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Christina Gibbons of Peoria and Cheryl (Joseph) Knox of Creve Coeur; son, Michael Butterfield of Kingston Mines; eight grandchildren, Misty (Curtis) Humes of Glasford, Jeriamah Zortman of Creve Coeur, April (Rodney) Robley of Bartonville, Jacqueline Golden of Glasford, George S. McAvin of Morton, Marlana McAvin Snider of Pekin, Kenneth Butterfield and Kyle Butterfield, both of Kingston Mines; and 11 great-grandchildren, Shelby and Blake Humes of Glasford, Chelsea Zortman of Banner, Ryann, Halle, Lawson and Sydnee Snider of Pekin, Gracie, Tegan and Jersie McAvin of Morton and Davin Golden and David Wallinger of Glasford; three brothers, Dean Butterfield of Pekin, Carl (Sharlene) Butterfield of Pekin, Ronald (Cheryl) Armstrong of Green Valley; a sister, Sue (Bill) Collander of Pekin; and his stepmother, Helen Butterfield of Pekin. He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Butterfield; mother, Ruth Armstrong; stepfather, Bud Armstrong; and brother, Calvin Butterfield. Jack worked at Gold Schmidt Chemical Co. until he retired in 2000. In his younger years he enjoyed being an auctioneer. Jack served in the Army and Air Force. Jack loved being around his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and racing. He also enjoyed watching his grandson, Kenneth Butterfield, at the race track. Jack was a wonderful husband, father and “Pa Paw” who will be deeply missed. Cremation was accorded and private family services will be planned. The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kingston Mines Fire Department.

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TOTH, JoANN
Pekin IL- JoAnn Toth, 72, of rural Manito, passed away at 4 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2011, at Heartland Riverview Nursing Facility after a hard-fought and courageous battle against cancer for the last four years. She was born July 16, 1938, in Pontiac, to Harold D. and Freda M. Monroe Rutherford. She married Joseph P. Toth on February 06, 1960, in Chenoa. He survives. Also surviving are sons, Jeffrey L. (Meg) Toth of Janesville, Wisconsin, Joseph A. Toth of Wichita, Kansas; three grandchildren, Brian W. (Lauren) Toth and Keegan M. Toth, both of Madison, Wisconsin, and Nathaniel A. Toth of Auburn, Michigan; and one brother-in-law, Larry F. Toth of New York, N.Y. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Susan Toth Pearson. She attended Chenoa schools and Methodist School of Nursing, becoming a registered nurse in 1959. She worked at St. James Hospital at Pontiac, Methodist Hospital of Peoria, Pekin Hospital, as an office nurse for Dr. N.E. Powers of Peoria, and as a private-duty nurse. She last worked 25-plus years at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, retiring in 1996. She and her husband enjoyed spending the winters in Yuma, Ariz., since 1996, where she had many friends. She also loved playing cards. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, The Senior Saints Retirement Club and the Peoria Sportsman Club. No visitation is planned. A private service will take place at a later date. Cremation will be accorded. Her ashes will be buried in Chenoa Cemetery close to her daughter and parents. Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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DOWNEY, CARISSA
Cabot Arkansas- Carissa E. Downey, 23, of Cabot, Arkansas, formerly of Washington, Illinois, was pronounced dead Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Bald Knob, Arkansas. Cremation was accorded. A visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington, with a memorial service at 2 p.m., followed by a celebration of life dinner from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 100 in Washington.

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Carissa E Downey 23, of Cabot Arkansas, formerly of Washington IL, was pronounced dead on March 20 2011 in Bald Knob Arkansas.  Carissa was born 03/11/1987 in Casper Wyoming to Debra Lynn Glazebrook and Michael D Downey. S he is survived by her parents, Debra Glazebrook of Washington and Michael Downey of Bartonville; 2 sisters, Chelsea L Downey of Hawaii and Cheree L Downey of Washington; grandparents, Jim and Joanne Glazebrook of Peoria and Jarie Ford of Bloomington; 5 aunts, Jeanine Hayward-Glazebrook of Schauburg, Debby Downey of Bartonville, Carrie (Doug) Leathers of Towanda and Lisa Ford of Normal and many more aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  Carissa was proceeded in death by her grandparents, Clarence (C.L.) Ford, Dean & Viola Downey, and Nile & Donna Smith.  Carissa was raised in the Washington area and attended Washington Community High School.  A visitation will be from 1-2 pm Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington, with a memorial service at 2 pm, followed by a Celebration of Life dinner from 2:30-5:30 at the American Legion Post 100 in Washington. Cremation has been accorded.
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BLACKABY, REEDA
Pekin IL- Reeda Pearl Blackaby, 84, of 1416 Delray, Pekin, passed away at 9:05 a.m. Sunday, April 24, 2011, at her residence. Born May 17, 1926, in Marseilles to Jesse and Mabel Herron Absher, she married Merle N. Blackaby on December 24, 1950, in Marseilles. He died December 01, 1972, in Pekin. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one niece; and three nephews. Surviving are two sons, Wendell (Linda) Blackaby and Larry Blackaby, both of Pekin; one granddaughter, Jennifer Blackaby of Pekin; one great-granddaughter, Jayden Blackaby of Pekin; and one brother, Harrison Absher of Peoria. A lifelong member of Pekin First Church of Nazarene, Reeda enjoyed quilting, crocheting and making handcrafted items for family and friends. She formerly worked for Buehler’s Grocery Store; J.C. Penney, and for her church. She last worked as a child care provider for several families from her home. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at Pekin First Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. W. Lloyd Brock will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Lake Cemetery in rural Manito. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to Pekin First Church of the Nazarene, 3514 E. Broadway, Pekin, IL 61554. The family wishes to offer special thanks to Darla and Michael Dulaney for “making Mom’s dream of good, cold root beer in her bedroom” a reality.

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MAAS ALICE
Pekin IL- Alice M. Maas, 84, of Pekin, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2011, in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital. Alice was born on February 17, 1927, in Pekin, to Henry and Marie Denker Schlobohm. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Steven Lee Maas and Kenneth Maas; four brothers, Henry Lohrenz, Wilbert Lohrenz, Rudy Schlobohm and Clarence Schlobohm; and one sister, Viola Schlobohm. Surviving are one daughter, Judy Hieser of Pekin; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Bertha Odewaldt and Marion Endicott, both of Pekin. Alice was a member of Second Reformed Church in Pekin. She worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 25 years. She also had worked at J.C. Penney, Kmart and Pekin Hospital. 
She was a 4-H leader for 15 years. She loved her family dearly. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 29, in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin. The Rev. Bradley Vander Waal will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 4722 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61614; or to Second Reformed Church, 600 State St., Pekin, IL 61554.
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JACOB, MELVIN
Pekin IL- Melvin H. Jacob, 87, of 1296 Jacob Road, Green Valley, passed away at 6:41 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Mason District Hospital. He was born July 31, 1923, near Green Valley, the son of Benjamin and Margaret Nannen Jacob. He married Dorothy Gockel September 10, 1950, in Lincoln. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Pamela (Tom) Johnson of San Jose, Sandra (Barry) Gager of Sedalia, Colorado, and Mary (Ron) Gilman of Maroa; one son, Mark (Kelly) Jacob of Green Valley; and seven grandchildren, Ben Johnson, Kate Johnson, Erin Gager, Austin Gager, Ethan Gager, Sarah Jacob and Julia Jacob. He was preceded in death by one infant son, Richard Jacob. Melvin graduated from San Jose High School in 1941. He attended Lincoln College and later was inducted into the U.S. Army during World War II in April 1943. During his time in the service he attended the University of New Hampshire. He served in the Rhineland, Central Europe, and Japanese campaigns during WWII and was awarded two Bronze Stars. After his discharge from the service in 1946, he returned home to farm and raise livestock in the Green Valley area. He was a member of the Emden American Legion Post 506 and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church near Manito. He served on the San Jose School Board for many years and was on the Logan-Mason-Menard Regional Board of Trustees. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church near Manito. The Rev. Derek Riddle will officiate. Interment will be in Mason City Cemetery. American Legion Post 506 of Emden will conduct military honors following the committal service. Visitation will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Maas Funeral Home in Manito. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 21189 CR 3300 E., Manito, IL 61546; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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LONG, EDDIE
Pekin IL- Eddie Mac Long, 63, of 1030 Park Ave., Pekin, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his home. Born March 25, 1948, in Marion, Kentucky, to Earl “Toby” and Elsie Whorton Long, he married Linda Schmitgall on December 08, 1969, in Pekin. He later married Barbara R. “Toddy” Simpson on July 29, 1982, in rural Green Valley. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Shannon (Brian) Cox of Pekin and Tobi (Mark) Sondag of Manito; one stepdaughter, Terry “Tes” Cooper of Spring Lake; one stepson, Richard Smith of Longmont, Colorado; nine grandchildren, Jake Smith, Jesse Owens, Wesley Green, Whitney Green, Brittany Cox, Nathan Sondag, Matthew Sondag, Alyssa Sondag and Bobbie Cox; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Larry (Vickie) Long of Salem, Ky.; and one sister, Reta (Darryl) Waddey of Nashville, Tennessee. He also leaves a sister-in-law, Kay Long of Marion, Kentucky.He was preceded in death by his parents; one stepson, Ralph “Butch” Smith; one brother, Bob Long; and three sisters, Marilyn Fennel, Donna Rammage and Judy Donaldson. He was a United States Navy veteran, serving in the Vietnam War. Eddie worked for Hoyle School Transportation for 39 years as a mechanic and driver, retiring in 2008. He enjoyed golfing and also fishing in bass tournaments. He formerly enjoyed bowling in leagues at Roxy’s Lanes in Pekin and driving stock cars in the 1970s. He was a fan of the Chicago Bears. Eddie was a member of New Covenant Church of God in rural Peoria. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 29, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. John Vaughn, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin, with military rites accorded by the United States Navy and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to New Covenant Church of God, 7023 W. Schoolhouse Lane, Peoria, IL 61607.

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HACKER, WILLIAM
Pekin IL- William Wade “Bill” Hacker, 59, of 1409 Bellaire St., Pekin, passed away at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his home, after a long battle with lung cancer. Born August 24, 1951, in Pekin to Robert W. and Marie “Toots” Simpson Hacker, he married Stacie Gleason on February 27, 1987, in Washington. She survives. Also surviving are his parents of Pekin; one son, William Edward Hacker of Granton, Wis.; and one sister, Virginia “Jenny” (Paul) Anderson of Mark. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Logan Mikel Hacker. Bill attended Faith Missionary Church in Bartonville. He worked as a security guard for the Par-A-Dice Hotel & Casino in East Peoria for 10 years. He was a member of the Empire Lodge 126, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, of Pekin. Bill was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and fishing. Masonic services followed by funeral services will be at 5 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Craig Hislope, pastor, will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by the United States Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team following the funeral. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral. Visitation will be from 3 to 4:45 p.m. prior to the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4234 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria, IL 61614; or to Methodist Medical Center Hospice Services, 221 N.E. Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61636.
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HOLUB, WILLIAM
Pekin IL- William J. Holub, 86, of Pekin passed at 1:50 a.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at Hallmark House in Pekin. Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. A private graveside service will be in Lake Zurich.  submitted by dlbr 04/29/11 Pekin Daily Times
Pekin IL- William J. Holub, 86, of Pekin, passed away at 1:50 a.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Hallmark House in Pekin. Born June 04, 1924 in Chicago to William and Violet (Law) Holub, he married Lorraine Fisher on February 09, 1946 in Chicago.  She preceded him in death on February 27, 2002 in Pekin. William was also preceded in death by four brothers and one grandson, Jeremy Gustafson. Surviving are one daughter, Joann (Tom) Graham of Dillon, MT; three sons, William Holub of Elizabeth City, NC, Larry (Gail) Holub of McHenry, Michael (Judy) Holub of Pekin; fourteen grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; one brother, Ted (Berma) Holub of Arizona and one sister, Joyce (Ken) Grever of MN. William was a farmer for most of his life in Lake Zurich, Illinois. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Green Valley. An avid Chicago Cubs fan, William loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.  He also enjoyed reading his Bible. Private graveside services will be held at a later date in Lake Zurich, IL.  Cremation has been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 3201 Court St, Pekin, IL, 61554.
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ALLEN, RAY
Pekin IL-  Ray Michael Allen, 26, of 626 Market St., Apt. 2, passed away at 11 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2011, in Pekin. Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where a private celebration of life gathering will be held.  submitted by dlbr 04/29/11 Pekin Daily Times
Pekin IL- Ray Michael Allen, 26, of 626 Market St., Apt. 2, passed away at 11 a.m., Monday, April 25, 2011 in Pekin. Born January 02, 1985 in Pekin to Michael and Jill (Holland) Allen, he married Kelly Thomas on April 17, 2004 in Washington. Surviving are his daughter, Ashlyn Allen of Bloomington; mother, Jill Allen of Bloomington; father and step-mother, Michael (Jill) Allen of Pekin; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Holland of McLean; and 2 sisters, Jennifer (Chae) Hoskins of Peoria and Natalie Allen of Bloomington. Ray was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and his maternal grandfather. He had worked as a manager for Jimmy Johns from 2003-06. Ray enjoyed music, playing his guitar and playing chess. Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin, where a private Celebration of Life Gathering will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his daughter, Ashlyn Allen through an account which has been established in her name at Commerce Bank.
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BUCHANAN, LOLA
Washington IL- Lola V. Buchanan, 83, of 1150 New Castle Road, Washington, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at Washington Christian Village. Born June 04, 1927, in Flora, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Nelson Buchanan; one son, Lloyd Max Buchanan; one daughter, Genell Kay Buchanan; and nine brothers and sisters. She is survived by three sons, Steven M. Buchanan, Gene R. “Bud” (Debbie) Buchanan of Washington and David E. (Lura) Buchanan; eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Lola formerly worked for Illinois Bell in Centralia, Tazewell Publishing in Morton and as a nurse’s aide at Pekin Hospital. Lola loved to read and play the piano. She also served as the organist for the Creve Coeur Wesleyan Church for 20 years. A private family graveside service will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin. No visitation is planned. Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tazewell County House of Hope, P.O. Box 1155, Pekin, IL 61555.
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REED, ROBERT
Green Valley IL- Robert L. Reed, 76, of 226 Eagle Drive, Green Valley, passed away at 12:07 p.m. April 27, 2011, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born October 06, 1934, in Edelstein to Leslie Alvin and Wilma Ruth (Hilton) Reed, he married Betty L. Barker on November 25, 1975, in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Greg Reed of Peoria; one daughter, Vickie Davis of Nova Scotia; two step-sons, Brian (Eddie) Stubbs of Farmington and Wally Stubbs of Kewanee; three step-daughters, Peggy (Dave) Avery, Vickie Garlock and Judy Blazevich, all of Pekin; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill (Sharon) Reed of Brownwood, Texas; and one sister, Louella Leonard of Trivoli. He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Picco. Robert worked for Caterpillar, Inc. in East Peoria for 33 years. He was of the Methodist faith. Robert enjoyed flying his airplane, woodworking and taking care of his yard. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 03, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin, where military rites will be provided by the U.S. Air Force and the Tazewell Military Rites Team. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, 4277 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61614
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CALHOUN, PHYLLIS
North Pekin IL- Phyllis Ann Calhoun, 83, of 110 Plains Ave., North Pekin, passed away at 1:27 a.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at her home. Born July 30, 1927, in East Peoria to Leonard and Margaret (Marsh) Parnham, she married Charles Calhoun on April 19, 1947, in Peoria. She was preceded in death by her husband on May 31, 1991. Also preceding her were two sisters. Surviving are three daughters, Connie (Jerry) Reynolds and Jeannie (Stan) Ing, both of Pekin, and Sandy Nafziger of North Pekin; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Marge Cleveland of Morton, Mary Taylor of Jefferson City, Mo., Nancy Bland of Greenup, Joy Shallenberger of East Peoria, Annie Wiley of Texas, and Carol Marvin of East Peoria; and a brother, Bud (Georgia) Parnham of East Peoria.Phyllis enjoyed the companionship of her beloved dog Katee. She also enjoyed collecting dolls, camping, working in her yard, Peoria Rivermen hockey, and “Girls Day Out” with her daughters. Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at Riverside Community Church, 207 N.E. Monroe St. in Peoria. The Rev. Dave Jane will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a time of food and fellowship immediately following the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to OSF St. Francis Hospice, 2265 W. Altorfer Dr., Peoria, IL 61615.
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STOVALL, JAMES
South Pekin IL- James Marshall “Put” Stovall Jr., 46, of 304 Third St., South Pekin, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2011, in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 03, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Burial will be in Woodrow Cemetery in rural Pekin.
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South Pekin IL- James Marshall “Put” Stovall Jr., 46, of 304 3rd Street, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2011 at Pekin Hospital Emergency Room.  He was born December 30, 1964 in Peoria to James Marshall and Norma (Berry) Stovall, Sr. He was preceded in death by his father and his maternal and paternal grandparents.  Surviving are three brothers, Dave Stovall and Mark (Debra) Stovall of Pekin and Samuel (Donna) Stovall of Ellington, Connecticut.  Put worked as a clerk at Stovall’s Market in Pekin for several years.  He enjoyed fishing and country music.  His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. His brother, Pastor Samuel Stovall will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodrow Cemetery in rural Pekin.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Ln. Pekin, IL 61554.  submitted by dlbr 05/02/11 Preston-Hanley.com

TEGG, MICHAEL
Marquette Heights IL- Michael Jon Tegg, 48, of Marquette Heights died at 11:10 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2011, at his home. Born on January 21, 1963, in Peoria, to Ralph and M. Ilene Johnston Tegg Jr., he married Tari R. Legel on October 07, 1990, and later became engaged to Joni Westerhouse, who loved and cared for him these last few years. Surviving are his parents of Peoria, one son, Michael H. Tegg at home; and one daughter, Alexis I. Tegg at home; one stepdaughter, Shandi Watts of Ft. Hood, Texas; one brother, David T. Tegg of Peoria; two sisters, Kim L. Tegg of Washburn; and Cindy (David) White of Billings, Mo.; his fiancée, Joni Westerhouse of Pekin, and her two children, Kassi and Chad. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and aunt, Bev Dwyer. Mike graduated from Illinois Valley Central High School in Chillicothe in 1980. He worked as a salesman for Gateway Milling until his first brain tumor in 1992. Mike loved to plant flowers in his yard, fish, and be outdoors.  Mike was an inspiration to all who knew him as he bravely fought brain cancer and its side effects. A funeral service for Mike will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in East Peoria. Karen Merrick, pastor, will officiate. Cremation will be accorded following the service. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a memorial fund established at CEFCU for the benefit of his two children, Michael and Alexis; or to the American Brain Tumor Association.
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PITCHFORD, MILDRED
Pekin IL-  Mildred Loretta Pitchford, 81, of 7 Rose Court, Pekin, passed away at 9:25 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Heritage Manor in Chillicothe. Mildred was born April 19, 1930, in Peoria to Harry M. and Maureen Hartman Glasford. She married Allen R. Pitchford on Aug. 12, 1949, in Bartonville. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Royal Pitchford of Wilmette and Mickey Pitchford of Pekin; one daughter, Maureen (Michael) Stair of Carson City, Nevada; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. She also is survived by many nieces and nephews. Mildred had worked for Bergner’s in Pekin as a sales clerk from 1972 until retiring in 1991. She also had worked for the Peoria Park District golf courses in the snack bar at Donovan Golf Course. She was a member of the Junior Women’s Club in Pekin and was a Den mother for Cub Scout Pack 93. A member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin, Mildred was devoted to family and friends, and she loved caring for her family. She will be dearly missed by all. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 04, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Mark A. Miller will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Manor-Chillicothe LLC., 1028 Hillcrest Drive, Chillicothe, IL 61523; or to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 105 Marquette St., LaSalle, IL 61301.
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JONES, JOSEPHINE
Pekin IL- Josephine M. “Jo” Jones, 86, of Morton, formerly of 216 Albert St., Washington, passed away at 10:20 a.m. Sunday, May 01, 2011, at Morton Villa Care Center in Morton. She was born July 02, 1924, in Ellisville, to John A. and Iona Mae Sleet Crouch. She married Roy D. Thompson in 1940. He preceded her in death. She later married Lewis C. Jones on March 30, 1973. He preceded her in death on May 02, 2008. She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Patsy Ann Thompson; and one brother, Thomas J. Crouch. Surviving are two sons, Larry (Donna) Thompson of Mt. Gary, W.Va., and Gary (Peggy) Thompson of Creve Coeur; three stepchildren, Larry (Joan) Jones and Judy (Ron) Bright, both of Marquette Heights, and Diane (Tom) Meinders of Peoria; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, John Jr. (Norma) Crouch of Canton; one sister-in-law, Vivian Mellor of East Peoria; and several nieces and nephews. Jo worked at Fleming & Potter for 22 ½ years before retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles for more than 35 years and was a Golden Eagle since 1997. She also was a member of American Legion Auxiliary in Pekin and Bartonville for 20 years, Teamsters Retirees Club, Fleming & Potter Retirees Club and Three Lakes Sportsman’s Club in Victoria. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 05, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus or to the Alzheimer’s Association.  submitted by dlbr 05/03/11 Pekin Daily Times

NASH, JAMES
Pekin IL- James Willard Nash, 86, of Pekin, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 01, 2011, at Pekin Hospital. Born March 15, 1925, in Pekin to Alfred W. and Alma H. Oltman Nash, he married Lois Ann Harms on June 15, 1947, in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are four sons, David Alan (Linda) Nash, Donald Wayne Nash, Douglas James (Glenda) Nash and Richard Louis (Julie) Nash, all of Pekin; two grandchildren, Jenny Bjorling of Pekin and Christopher (Alicia) Nash of Morton; four great-grandchildren, Jessalyn Bjorling, Brennan Bjorling, Vanessa Bjorling and Kaelyn Nash; and one sister, Carol (Robert) Glaser of Danvers. His parents preceded him in death. A United States Army veteran of World War II, he served from June 30, 1943, to March 11, 1946. He attained the rank of Private First Class. He served in General Patton’s 3rd Army, 4th Armored Division. Jim worked at Aerco in Peoria and later for Sam’s Heating & Cooling in Pekin. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pekin, where he was a former usher and trustee of the church. He also was a ham radio operator with the call sign WA9N0J. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 05, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pekin. The Rev. Dr. Rodger P. Abatie will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin and also from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 700 S. Fourth St., Pekin, IL 61554; or to Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 3201 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554.
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UNDERWOOD, DONALD
Pekin IL- Donald Dean Underwood, 50, of 346 Chestnut St., Apt. F, Pekin, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at his residence. Born October 27, 1960, in Peoria to Lewis D. and Barbara Maddox Underwood, he married Lynn Davis on June 10, 1983, in Pekin. She died December 30, 2003, in Pekin. He later married Teresa Rorrer on January 16, 2008, in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Sharon Davis and Zella Lynn Davis, both of Wichita, Kansas; one stepson, Johnathan Rorrer of Pekin; one grandson, Anthony-James Louis-Davis Underwood of Wichita; one sister, Tonya (J.R.) Davis of Peoria; and three nephews, Eric, Josh and Nick. Donald worked for Pekin Housing Authority until 2007. He enjoyed preparing homes for the families moving out of the shelter. Previously, Donald had worked for Forman Ambulance in Manito. Though his favorite holiday was Halloween, he “embodied the spirit of Christmas,” giving to those in need. Don will most be remembered as a man who enjoyed a challenge as well as a laugh. His family will host a celebration of life gathering at 7 p.m. Friday, May 06, at Pottsie’s Bar, 303 Margaret St., Pekin. Cremation arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate Memorial & Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.
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KAUFMAN, REVA
Pekin IL- Reva E. “Toots” Kaufman, 81, of Pekin, passed away at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday, May 03, 2011, at Pekin Hospital. Born June 04, 1929, in McClure to John and Lena Mainer Colyer, she married James Albert “Pepper” Kaufman on September 16, 1948, in Piggott, Arkansas. He died February 18, 2002. She also was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and five sisters. Surviving are three daughters, Karen (Fred) Brust of Peoria, Linda (Al) Behm of North Pekin and Debbie (Hollis) Bond of Las Cruces, N.M.; one son, James Scott Kaufman of Creve Coeur; five grandchildren, Stefanie (Alan) Angelo, James (Jamie) Nelson and Amy Behm, all of Pekin, David Lake of Dallas, Texas, and Jesse (Jessica) Kaufman of Las Vegas, Nev.; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, R. JoAnn Colyer Toler; and many nieces and nephews. Reva worked for Rankin School District 98 in rural Pekin for 13 years, retiring in 1992 as the head cook. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Pekin and the Herget Bank Funtimers group. She had been a volunteer at Pekin Township. Reva was an accomplished seamstress and cook. She enjoyed her time with her beloved Pepper, their children and grandchildren, and many friends. She and Pepper enjoyed their many travels with Peoria Charter Coach and Presley Tours. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 06, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Michael McLeod, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Woodrow Cemetery in rural Pekin. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 921 Caroline St., Pekin, IL 61554.
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HOERR, STANLEY
Pekin IL- Stanley Wayne Hoerr, 81, of Pekin, passed away at 11:27 p.m. Tuesday, May 03, 2011, at Pekin Hospital. Born July 23, 1929, in Pekin to John Louis and Arena Woodworth Hoerr, he married Alma Jean Wiley on July 30, 1950, in Pekin. She died November 27, 2005. He also was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harvey Hoerr; and one sister, Lorraine Haynes. Surviving are one daughter, Debra (Don) Weyhrich of East Peoria; one son, Keith (Becky) Hoerr of Pekin; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Jerry) Smith of El Paso, Bethany (Brandon) Arneson of Kathmandu, Nepal, Adam (Kate) Weyhrich of Nevada, Iowa, and Emily Hoerr and Molly Hoerr, both of Pekin; and four great-grandchildren. Stan worked for Corn Products Co. and later Pekin Energy for a total of 37 years, retiring in 1994 as a field operator in the feed house. He was a member of First Assembly of God in Pekin. He had served his church in the past as a deacon, Sunday school teacher for 3- and 4-year-olds, and as a Sunday school board member. He also was a former board member and vice-president of Kings Kids Christian Learning Center in Pekin. He was an honorary member of Girls & Boys Town in Nebraska. An avid fisherman, Stan enjoyed duck and goose hunting. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 07, at First Assembly of God in Pekin. Dave Carrington, Chuck Lormis and Shane Hawkins, pastors, will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Assembly of God, 1209 Parkway Drive, Pekin, IL 61554.
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SMITH, ROBERT
Pekin IL- Robert Louis Smith, 80, of 217 Caroline St., Pekin, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 04, 2011, at Hallmark House in Pekin. Born January 29, 1931, in Bradford to Merrill G. and Elma E. Pettegrew Smith, he married Delores “Dee” Schaiper on June 20, 1981, in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are one brother, Donald Smith of New York, N.Y., and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Richard. Robert was a member of Pekin Bible Church. He was a member of the Pekin churches’ dartball league and also was a member of the Living Christmas Tree at First Baptist Church in Pekin. He worked as a self-employed salesman after retiring from Banker’s Advertising Co. He was an avid fan of Bradley basketball and a member of the American Legion. Robert served in the United States Army, where he was a member of the 421 Collecting Company 121st Evacuation Hospital, during the Korean War. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Pekin Bible Church. Rick Jones, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Mound Cemetery in Bradford. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to Pekin Bible Church, 2405 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554; or to the American Cancer Society, 4234 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.
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HATTON, MARGARET
Delavan IL- Margaret A. “Peggy” Hatton, 73, formerly of Delavan, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 04, 2011, at Sharon Health Care Elms in Peoria, where she was a resident. Private services and burial will be at a later date. Davis Mortuary in Hopedale is in charge of arrangements.
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McKINLEY, JERRY
Pekin IL- Jerry McKinley, 76, of Pekin, passed away Tuesday, May 003, 2011, at the Greater Peoria Specialty Hospital in Peoria. Cremation was accorded. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 009, at Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin.  submitted by dlbr 05/06/11 Pekin Daily Times
Pekin IL- Jerry McKinley 76 of Pekin, passed away on Tuesday May 03 2011 at the Greater Peoria Specialty Hospital in Peoria Illinois.  Jerry was born August 24, 1934 in Peoria Illinois to James and Marie Anderson McKinley.  Jerry married Gail Keefe on May 28 1982 in Peoria Illinos.  Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and son Jim McKinley (02/2010).  Surviving are his wife Gail; sons, Jack (Julie) McKinley of Port Orange Florida and Arthur "Randy" (Laurie) McKinley of Pekin; daughters, Teresa Malmberg of Port Orange Florida and Tara McKinley of Pekin; and one granddaughter, Jacklyn McKinley of Port Orange Florida.  Jerry retired from Catepillar in 1997 after which he continued to work for Hoyle Transportation.  Jerry enjoyed traveling, boating and riding motorcycles, although his greatest joy was spending time with his family. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation has been scheduled for Monday May 09 from 5-7 pm at Henderson Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.
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McGILL, JAMES
North Pekin IL- James Norman “Jim” McGill, 75, of North Pekin, passed away peacefully at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, May 05, 2011, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, surrounded by his beloved family. Jim was born on May 27, 1935, to John Inman McGill and Opal Mezo McGill in “Tucker’s Corner,” near the town of McLeansboro, Hamilton County. Born during the Great Depression, he was one of 11 children, raised on a small farm where everyone was required to pitch in. Some of his many tasks were teaming horses at age 10 and working the large garden so there was food on the table, which led to his strong work ethic, sense of community and commitment to family. This sense of community drove him to hold high ethical standards. Growing up during the Depression in a home filled with love but without material belongings, he took the conveniences of modern life, often taken for granted, as daily blessings. Jim moved to Peoria at age 17, immediately after high school. He soon started working at Caterpillar Inc. as a shop floor sweeper. Jim completed his accounting degree by attending night school at Bradley University from 1961 through 1978, under the GI Bill. In 1996, he retired from Caterpillar as an accountant after nearly 44 years of service, having risen to the level of plant auditor. Shortly after starting work at Caterpillar, Jim was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958 and served in the military intelligence department in Germany, receiving an honorable discharge in 1960. While serving his country, he met a beautiful, intelligent woman, Elfriede Anna Meiser, whom he later married on June 12, 1960. She survives, along with their three children, Norman (Sheri) McGill of Dunlap, Monica McGill of Morton and Chris (Julie) McGill of Groveland; 10 beloved grandchildren, Sean, Mitch, Ian, Collin and Miles McGill, all of Dunlap, Annamaria, Olivia and Ava Lu all of Morton, and Nicole and Bradley McGill of Groveland; two brothers, John (Becky) McGill of Peoria and Gary (Sue) McGill of Benton; and sisters, Judy (Jerry) Prince, JoAnne (Robert) Gray, Grace DaVolt and Mary Ruth Craddock, all of McLeansboro, Dorothy Roberts of Peoria and Jane (Bill) Hollis of Washington. Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters, Alice McGill Kelso and Glenda Sue McGill. Jim was devoted to his family and had attended countless concerts, ball games, birthday parties and other special occasions of his children and grandchildren. His family often found strength in his encouraging words, guidance and his optimistic outlook on life, even despite his own battles with serious health issues over the latter years.  Jim loved his country and also was devoted to the love of brotherhood of mankind through his commitment of public service to make the community a better place to live. Jim modeled this in many ways. He helped salvage and keep alive North Pekin’s Cub Scout Pack 145 from 1967 through May 1972. At times he served as a Little League coach in various youth baseball organizations, inspired by his life-long love of baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals. He served the Village of North Pekin for 40 years, serving as village treasurer, trustee, and on various committees from 1971 through 2002. He was a past member of UAW Local 974, serving on the election committee, publication committee, chairman of community services committee and was a delegate to the state AFL-CIO Convention.  He was a life and 54-year member of Empire Lodge 126, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, in Pekin, a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Peoria, and was active and was a past president in its Men’s Club for many years. Jim was a member of  the Tazewell County Democratic Club. He was a long serving democratic precinct committeeman. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, AMVETS, National Association of Accountants and the American Foundrymen’s Society. He was an active member of the AARP, a board member of the Friends of Friedrichshafen, and was the treasurer for Harmonie. He was an Emeritus member of the Illinois Society Association of Executives since 2006. Always eager to help his fellow man, he served and helped with numerous other volunteer organizations. In retirement, he served as executive director of the Illinois Cast Metals Association for many years. In the past, he also served on the Tazewell County Board and on the Pekin Township Board. Jim served as past president of the following organizations: Illinois Municipal Treasurer’s Association, 1989-90; North Pekin/Marquette Heights Jaycees; Peoria’s German American Society; Harry S. Truman Club, 1973 to 76; Illinois Cast Metals Association; and the Caterpillar Retirees Club. He served on the advisory board of the Salvation Army for 20 years, serving as chair from 1992 to 1995. He also served as the head of the Hamilton County Association in central Illinois from 1972 to 2010. It was a small commitment of time that he greatly enjoyed, visiting with old friends and neighbors from his home county. Jim and Elfriede loved to travel to visit family and friends in Germany and spend time on the beach in Florida. Constantly on the go, he was an affable “encyclopedia” of names and information. Tell Jim your name and where you were from, even if you were from thousands of miles away, and he could instantly make connections that tied you to people he knew. He never knew a stranger for more than a few minutes. If he knew someone was having a bad day, he would instantly try to cheer them up or make them forget about their worries, if only for a few minutes. He was a rock to many, and he leaves a void in many that will be hard to fill. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Capt. Jerry O’Neill will officiate. Entombment will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, where military rites will be accorded by the U.S. Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Masonic rites following the visitation at 7 p.m. Additional visitation will be one hour before the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Salvation Army, 243 Derby St., Pekin, IL 61554.
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RIVORD, WALTER
Pekin IL- Walter Paul Rivord Sr., 96, of Pekin, passed away at 1:27 p.m. Thursday, May 05, 2011, at Pekin Hospital. Born March 12, 1915 in Peoria to Joseph Alexander and Lucy Ogden Rivord, he married Eva “Dolly” Gianessi on January 09, 1943, in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Walter P. Jr. “Butch” (Vivian) Rivord of Pekin; one daughter, Norma J. (Jack) Zaayenga of Pekin; six grandchildren, Dr. Mark (Melissa) Zaayenga of Tremont, Walter P. “Wally” Rivord III of McMinnville, Ore., William P. “Bill” Rivord of Kewanee, Melissa D. (John) Bryant of Pekin, Melinda D. (Todd) Beebe and Wesley P. (Amanda) Rivord, both of Manito; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Merle F. Rivord. After serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Walt graduated from Pekin Community High School in 1936 and went to work for Caterpillar Inc. In 1946, Walt established Rivord Decorating Co., a painting contractor firm he owned and operated until 1962. He then worked for Keystone Steel & Wire Co. in Bartonville as a laborer in the machine shop until retiring in 1981. Walt was a life member of Empire Lodge 126, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, in Pekin. He also was a 50-year member of the Pekin Royal Arch Masons Chapter 25; a member of Pekin Council 23; Mohammed Temple, Shrine; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria; and Irin Grotto. He also was a life member and longtime secretary/treasurer of the Knights of Pythias. He was a member and a past trustee of Pekin Elks Lodge 1271, where he was a member since age 21. He also was a member of Pekin Moose Family Center 916 and the Eagles Lodge in Peoria. A former Boy Scout leader of Troop 181 in Pekin, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, mushroom hunting and ballroom dancing. He also enjoyed golfing and was president of the Parkview men’s senior golf league on Monday mornings. He was a member of First Christian Church in Pekin. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Michael K. Roberts will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Masonic rites to be accorded at 7:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Pekin Elks Lodge 1271, P.O. Box 1466, Pekin, IL 61555; or to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.
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NELSON, ZETA
Delavan IL- Zeta M. Nelson, 84, of rural Delavan, passed away at 5:47 p.m. Thursday, May 05, 2011, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 09, at Davis Mortuary in Delavan. Chet Travis, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Monday, also at the mortuary.
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PATTERSON, DONNA
Pekin IL- Donna Jean Patterson, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 7:12 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Heartland Health Care in Canton. Born January 24, 1929, in Bartonville to Carl Homer and Clara Parkin Chitwood, she married Arthur Raymond “Bud” Patterson on April 29, 1946, in Peoria. He died December 14, 2006, in Pekin.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Brent L. Flairty; one sister, Darlene Patterson; and one brother, Tom Chitwood. Surviving are two daughters, Dianne (Larry) Barker and Crystal “Cris” Koehlhoeffer, both of Pekin; five grandchildren, Kip (Jane) Patterson of Manito, Jennifer (Lance) Breeding of Springfield, Virginia, Aaron (Erin) Koehlhoeffer of Vernon Hills, Klint (Tiffanie) Flairty of Pekin and Brooke Koehlhoeffer of Peoria; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Darrell Chitwood of Pekin. Donna had worked as a table lady at American Distilling Co. for many years and later as a housekeeper at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.  She enjoyed sewing, gardening, shopping and singing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where visitation will be one hour before the service. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to Passages Hospice, 134 N. McLean Blvd., Elgin, IL 60123; or to Susan G. Komen Memorial Breast Cancer Foundation, 4700 N. University St., Suite 92, Peoria, IL 61614.
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WOJCINSKI, LINDA
Pekin IL- Linda Lou Wojcinski 63, of 1415 N. Fifth St. Pekin, passed away at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 07, 2011, at her residence. Her graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is in charge of arrangements.
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 HERMANN, DONALD
Morton IL-  Donald E. Hermann, 87, of Morton, died at 3:05 a.m. Monday, May 09, 2011, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at Morton Apostolic Christian Church, with church ministers officiating. Burial will be in Morton Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Morton. Additional visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the church.
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BORTON, DONALD
Delavan IL- Donald E. Borton, 76, of Delavan, passed away at 1:17 a.m. Sunday, May 08, 2011, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born November 04, 1934, at home in Delavan to Clyde and Thelma Devore Borton. He was married to Maxine Armstrong of Delavan for 23 years. In 1985, he married Jean Clem of Lincoln. She survives. Also surviving are his mother, Thelma Borton of Powell, Ohio; his sister, Norma Ochsmann of Powell; two sons, Scot (Debra) Borton and Steve (Tammie) Borton, both of Delavan; one daughter, Sheila Borton of Delavan; two stepsons, David (Tammy) Clem and John (Dana) Clem, both in Kansas; one stepdaughter, Jennifer (Mick) Pierce in Illinois; four grandchildren, Sgt. Cole (Whitney) Borton, Maggie Borton, Aaron Borton and Ryan Borton; seven stepgrandchildren, Marcus Clem, Tanner Clem, Abby Clem, Nathan Clem, Sydney Clem, Jackson Pierce and Havalen Pierce; and one great-granddaughter, Lillian Borton. He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Borton. He was a United States Army veteran. Don farmed in the Delavan area his entire adult life and built the Stor-N-Loc Mini Storage in Pekin, owning it for 16 years. He was a charter member of New Life Fellowship Church in Hopedale. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, spending time at his vacation home in the Ozarks, flying his airplane and playing games with family and friends. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 13, at Davis Mortuary in Delavan. Micheal Kalm, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Rest Cemetery in Delavan. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or to New Life Fellowship Church.
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BRIGHT, HAROLD
Pekin IL-Harold V. Bright, 86, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, formerly of Pekin and Hopedale, Illinois, died Monday, May 09, 2011, at his home. Harold was born October 08, 1924, in Allentown, Illinois, the son of Buford and Ethel Stewart Bright. He married Marjorie Jean Johnson on June 25, 1951, in Pekin. She preceded him in death on March 12, 2004. He also was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Leroy in January 2005; four sisters; and three brothers. Surviving are two daughters, Debra Jean (Tony) Schrader of Cuba City, Wisconsin, and Pamela Renee Knackmuhs of Pekin; four grandchildren, Tony Schrader Jr., Stephanie Moore, Amanda Filley and Cory (Brittney) Filley; and five great-grandchildren, T.J., Kenton, and Kylie Schrader, Kaitlin Force and Taylar Moore. Harold served in the Army in the Philippines during World War II. He was a member of AMVETS and the American Legion in Pekin. Harold was a factory worker at Caterpillar Inc., retiring in 1985. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Cuba City is in charge of arrangements. Private family services will be Saturday, May 14. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Local arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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SELLERS, NELLIE
Pekin IL-Nettie Elizabeth Sellers, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at her home. Born December 10, 1920, in Peoria to Lewis and Effie Mae Burgard Brillhart, she married Ross Sellers on December 09, 1950, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on December 01, 1982. Also preceding her in death were one granddaughter; one sister; and four brothers. Surviving are two daughters, Linda Bricker of South Pekin and Becky (Dennis) Rosenak of Pekin; two sons, Terry (Jaylene) Sellers of Pekin and Jerry (Tina) Sellers of Morton; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Anderson of Morton. She enjoyed the companionship of her beloved dog, Colby. A homemaker, Nettie enjoyed cooking, crocheting and watching the “Wheel of Fortune” and the “Price Is Right.” She was an avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan. Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 13, at Green Hill Cemetery in San Jose. The Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 TAPS Lane, Pekin, IL 61554. Funeral arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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ARCHDALE, RICHARD
Pekin IL- Richard E. Archdale, 67, of Pekin, passed away at 9:19 a.m. Monday, May 09, 2011, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Rich has gracefully finished his “Dance with Cancer.” It was a long dance, seven years, with many dips, curves and sidesteps, but he handled it with the suaveness and grace of Fred Astair. He was born March 20, 1944, in Canton, to Mildred and Glen Archdale. Along with siblings Keith and Pat, he grew up on the farm, helping with daily chores and at the same time, exploring and enjoying all that country life offered. After graduating high school in 1962, Rich was hired on at Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria, operating any and all machines. After 37 ½ years, he retired in 2000. Richard’s life was filled with family and friends. His six children, Lori, Pam, Debbie, Karen, Desiree and Brian were always uppermost in his mind and heart. Then his grandchildren, Niki, Ben, Jeff, Stephani, Steve, Gabriel, Natalie, Kayla, Kaiden, Joshua, Olivia and Kolten were the icing on his cake. He was anticipating the birth of another  great-granddaughter in July, who will be loved by him from afar. In 1972, Richard met Linda Schertz and they immediately formed a bond of friendship that would never be broken. As happens in life, that friendship hit some detours, until 1984 when everything fell together and they were married on July 14, beginning a life together that would last “Forever and Three Days.” Rich enjoyed all kinds of activities, including bowling, golf, archery and car races, which were all a part of his life, but his real love was motorcycling. He and his wife Linda owned a Goldwing which they rode up into Canada, to both East and West coasts and many places in between. A lot of those trips were made with their “second family,” Chapter Z of the Goldwing Road Riders. More special than the destinations of those trips were the friendships and memories that were made. Like any relationship, his with God was at times a little rocky. He knew there was a higher power out there, but he just had questions. In January 2010, God answered those questions for him. He sent Rich his own angel, Jane Weiss, complete with a “halo of light” above her head. Since then he had complete faith in, and very active communication, with God. “Now we must say goodbye to you, we know you were tired and God said it’s time to come home to heal. So dear husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend, it is with a mix of joy, sadness and love that will last forever, that we let you go, knowing that you are once again healthy and at peace. You will be a part of us always.” Cremation will be accorded and a visitation will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, with a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. The Rev. Jack Thompson will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
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BAYRE, SHIRLEY
Pekin IL- Shirley Oberle Bayre, 80, of West Bend, Wis., formerly of Pekin, Ill., passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in West Bend. Born on January 31, 1931, in LaSalle, Illinois, to Joseph and Evelyn Heilman Kinczewski, she married John Oberle in 1951. He preceded her in death in 1976. She then married Willard Bayre in 1981 and he preceded her in death in 1985.  She also was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Walter, Joseph and Ray. Shirley is survived by her sons, Tim Oberle, Dan Oberle and Jim Oberle. She also leaves behind her sister, Darlene of LaSalle, Ill., and her grandchildren, Danielle, Joshua and Mellissa. Shirley graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing and worked as an RN in obstetrics at Pekin Hospital for 18 years. She also worked for Tazewell County as a special education nurse. In that position, she was able to obtain medical treatment for children whose parents could not afford it. She finished her career as charge nurse of intensive care at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. A funeral Mass will be at noon Saturday, May 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Timothy Nolan will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin.
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RUNYON, RALPH
Green Valley IL- Ralph E. Runyon, 86, formerly of Green Valley, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. He was born December 20, 1924, in Delavan to F. Lawrence and Mary Schmidt Runyon. He married Marietta L. Rowell on May 03, 1948, in Bloomington. She preceded him in death on January 17, 2011. Surviving are two sons, Tim (Gail) Runyon of Tallula and Jeff (Jan) Runyon of Blue Mound; two daughters, Diana Calvetti of Bloomington and Jeanne Lee of Athens, Ill.; four grandsons and two granddaughters; one great-grandson; three brothers, Beryl (JoAnn) Runyon of Delavan, and Willis (Lois) Runyon and Lynn (Teresa) Runyon, both of Pekin; four sisters, Joanne Elkins of Pensacola, FL, Rosemary (Carl) Zilch of Washington, Carol Runyon of Irving, Texas, and Faye (Bob) Salinas of Bossier City, Louisiana. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Ralph worked at Keystone Steel & Wire Co. in Bartonville for 35 years and worked for area farmers in the Green Valley area all his life. He was a United States Army veteran, serving in World War II. He was a member of RLDS Church in Pekin and attended First Presbyterian Church in Green Valley. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, at Davis Mortuary in Delavan. Cremation will be accorded following the service. Private burial will be in Green Valley Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Green Valley Park District.
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SHERMAN, LOUISE
Morton IL- Louise French Sherman, 94, of Morton, formerly of Crete, passed away Sunday, May 01, 2011, in Pekin. She was born December 10, 1916, in Yankton, S.D. Surviving are her beloved daughter, Lucy (Tom) Elliott, and grandsons, Thomas R. Elliott and Matthew Sherman Elliott. Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Richard G. Sherman. She was a charter member of Grace United Protestant Church of Park Forest. Louise was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for more than 60 years She was a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Business. She also was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. A family graveside service will be Friday, July 01, in Yankton. Cremation Society of Illinois-Matteson, is in charge of arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made in Louise’s name to Grace United Protestant Church, 266 Somonauk St., Park Forest, IL 60466; or to the American Heart Association-Chicago Chapter, 208 S. LaSalle St., No. 1500, Chicago, IL 60604, or at (312) 346-4675.
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WRIGHT, DONALD Jr
Green Valley IL-Donald F. Wright Jr., 78, of 105 Nees St., Green Valley, passed away at 2:35 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Pekin Hospital.  He was born July 29, 1932, in Effingham, the son of Donald F. Sr. and Edna H. Julian Wright. He married Helen Breaden in March 1957. She preceded him in death in January 1982. He later married Patsy Callaway on May 19, 1988, in Sherman, Texas. She survives.  Also surviving are three daughters, Lou Ann (Larry) McCoy of Delavan, Marilyn Kohler of Vermont, Ill., and Tracie (Tony) York of Delavan; two stepdaughters, Faye Wright of McFarland, Wis., and Angela Wright of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three sons, Donald F. Wright III and Larry Wright, both in Florida, and Jerry Wright of Pekin; two stepsons, Jeffrey Tisdale of Pekin and Michael Wright of Peoria; one sister, Mary Nance of Taylorville; one brother, Clifford Wright of Manito; 24 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one stepson, Kenneth Wright; three brothers; and one sister. Donald served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the VFW and American Legion posts, both in Pekin.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Manito. He enjoyed woodworking, watching old Western movies and studying the Bible.  Don last worked for Caterpillar Inc. as a fork lift driver and retired in 1993 after 23 years with the company. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 15, at Maas Funeral Home in Manito. The Rev. Ralph Sauter will officiate. Military rites conducted by Hill-Palmer American Legion Post 561 will follow services at the funeral home.  Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services. Cremation will be accorded and burial of cremated remains will follow at a later date in Green Valley Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Manito.
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