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At Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes in Pekin and Creve Coeur, we have a mission... a mission of quality service that is reflected in everything we do. When families come to us for funeral or cremation services, they feel comfortable in expressing their wishes and discussing the options available to them. That's because it's all about family at Preston-Hanley. We are so devoted to the families we serve, we offer services for pets as well.

You can be sure that you will receive the utmost professional care from Preston-Hanley. We personally make the decisions that affect the standard of service we provide. Each of our seven funeral directors is licensed and experienced. We maintain the highest standards with careful attention to every detail. Each and every person on our staff plays an integral part in maintaining our reputation for personal attention and excellence in service.

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Our Obituaries

Holly S. Henderson

April 17, 1962 - June 17, 2018

PEKIN ~ Holly Sue (Helmig) Henderson, 56, of Pekin, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born April 17, 1962 in Pekin to Don and Judy (Mulinax) Smith. Surviving are her parents of Pekin; two daughters, Stephanie Kearney of Pekin and Shannon (Mitch) Grashoff of Manito; one son, Anthony Henderson of Pekin; five grandchildren, Zeke, Carson,...
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Clara A. Peters

June 24, 1933 - June 16, 2018

GLASFORD ~ Clara Arnett “Nettie” (Veaughn) Peters, 84, of Glasford, passed away at 5:02 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018 at her home with her children at her side. Nettie was born in Creal Springs, IL to Henry and Della (Willis) Veaughn on June 24, 1933, one of four children.  She grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from West Frankfort High School.  Nettie married...
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Patsy J. Vonderheide

November 11, 1934 - June 16, 2018

PEKIN ~ Patsy J. Vonderheide, 83, of Pekin, passed away at 6:55 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.   Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Barbara J. Mettam

February 27, 1944 - June 15, 2018

PEKIN ~ Barbara Jean “Barb” Mettam, 74, of Pekin, passed away at 9:11 p.m. Friday, June 15, 2018 at Pekin Manor. Born February 27, 1944 in Peoria to Clarence E. and Dorothy M. (Neville) Worden, she married Dannis A. Mettam on October 6, 1963 in Peoria. Surviving are one daughter, Donna (Ed) Wood of Groveland; twin sons, Douglas (Nicole) Mettam of Pekin and Drew (Dawn) Mettam of...
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Ruth J. Moore

October 15, 1932 - June 15, 2018

PEKIN ~ Ruth J. Moore, 85, of North Pekin, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2018 at Reflections Memory Care in Pekin. Born October 15, 1932 in Kilbourne to Everett R. and Sarah F. (Tackman) Whitley, she married Donald F. Moore on July 30, 1949 in North Pekin.  He passed away March 8, 1997.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters. Surviving are one son,...
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Amey Jean Fink

May 21, 1937 - June 13, 2018

GLASFORD ~ Amey Jean (Elson) Fink, 81, of Glasford, passed away at 9:05 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at her home, after battling breast cancer for several years. She was born May 21, 1937 at home in Glasford to Archie and Janie (Clauson) Elson.  She married Franklin E. Fink on January 8, 1956 in Glasford.  He preceded her in death in 1991.  She also was preceded in death by her...
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George A. Frese

May 26, 1947 - June 12, 2018

PEKIN ~ George Albert Frese, 71, of Pekin, passed away at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin. Born May 26, 1947 in Bloomington to George and Ellen (Denchfield) Frese, he married Martha Lynne Jones on May 1, 1971 in Peoria.  Surviving are his wife, Marty Frese of Pekin; one son, Doug Frese of Lafayette, Indiana; one daughter, Rebecca Howell of Pekin; three...
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Janis L. Becker

August 11, 1944 - June 11, 2018

PEKIN ~ Janis Lynn “Jan” Becker, 73, of Pekin, passed away at 8:40 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2018 at Pekin Manor. Born August 11, 1944 in Pekin to Glenn Frederick and Pauline Alice (Renner) Betzelberger, she married Richard W. Becker on July 2, 1965 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pekin. Surviving are two daughters, Debra (Troy) Parish of Springfield and Jill (Brian) Garman of...
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Michael C. Ryan

September 16, 1958 - June 10, 2018

PEORIA ~ Michael Charles Ryan, 59, of Peoria, passed away at 4 a.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018 at his home. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Lois J. Callaway

December 19, 1940 - June 10, 2018

MANITO ~ Lois Jean Callaway, 77, of Manito, passed away at 3:08 a.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born December 19, 1940 in Tracy City, TN to Charlie and Elsie (Shrum) Sissom, she married Clyde Callaway on February 12, 1960 in Manito.  He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Michelle (Gary) Watson of Manito and Marilyn (Dave Keen) Whitfield of...
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James R. Ackerman

January 31, 1928 - June 10, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ James Robert “Doc” Ackerman, 90, of East Peoria, passed away at 5:35 a.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington. Born January 31, 1928 in Fox, Arkansas to Joseph and Effie (Branscum) Ackerman, he married Charlotte Ellen May on August 14, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Ackerman of East Peoria; three children, Donald...
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James R. Valentine

April 12, 1968 - June 9, 2018

PEORIA ~ James Rudolph Valentine, 50, of Peoria, passed away at 12:17 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 at his home. Born April 12, 1968 in Pekin to Lucius Rudolph and Delia Mozell (Miller) Valentine, he married Lisa Anne Oliphant on February 14, 2005 in Peoria.  She survives. Surviving are his wife, Lisa Valentine of Peoria; his father, Rudy Valentine of Pekin; one brother, Patrick Valentine of...
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Shirley Elling

July 1, 1942 - June 7, 2018

GREEN VALLEY ~ Shirley Earlene Elling, 75, of Green Valley, passed away at 5:16 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
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Diane L. Keith

September 29, 1945 - June 7, 2018

PEKIN ~ Diane Louise Keith, 72, of Pekin, passed away at 2:36 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. Born September 29, 1945 in Stamford, CT to William and Dorothy (Gross) Parmer, she married Harold R. Keith on February 5, 1966 in Alexandria, VA. Surviving are two daughters, Audra (Steve) Edwards of Woodbridge, VA and Melissa Gregory of Pekin; five grandchildren,...
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Robert L. Baccheschi

August 30, 1941 - June 6, 2018

PEKIN ~ Robert Lee Baccheschi, 76, of Pekin, passed away peacefully at 2:31a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria, surrounded by his family. Born August 30, 1941 in Pekin to Fred “Nip” and Thelma (Duquenne) Baccheschi, he married Diane Ruth Goodrich on February 23, 1963 in Marquette Heights.  She survives. Also surviving are three daughters...
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Dorothy A. Karcher

December 5, 1951 - June 4, 2018

PEKIN ~ Dorothy Ann "Dot" Karcher, passed away June 4, 2018. Dorothy began her life on December 5, 1951, born to Richard and Germaine Reich. Dot’s siblings, Sharon Bolin (CO), Ron (Patty) Reich (Burlington), Steve (Terri) Reich (MN) , Dave (Amy) Reich (Burlington), Pat (Clark) Smith (Milwaukee), grew up in Lyons and Burlington. Dorothy loved to have fun, laugh and enjoy life. In...
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Zendaya Z. Johnson

June 3, 2018 - June 4, 2018

BLOOMIGTON ~ Zendaya Z. Johnson, one day old daughter of Sadie Clark and Lorel Johnson of Bloomington, passed away at 9:49 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Surviving are her parents; one sister, Zion Johnson; twin brothers, Ezekiel and Ezra Johnson, all of Bloomington; maternal grandparents, Ida Lee Clark and David Abraham; paternal grandmother, Lindy...
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Walter Willis Swanson

December 23, 1925 - June 4, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Walter Willis Swanson, 92, of East Peoria, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2018 at Farmington County Manor.  He was formerly of Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born December 23, 1925 in Galesburg to Walter A. and Wanda (Kathcart) Swanson. He is survived by a nephew, Clayton S. (Carolyn) Apt of East Peoria and several great nieces and nephews. Walter was preceded in...
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Robert W. Brown

September 13, 1931 - June 3, 2018

PEKIN ~ Robert W. “Brownie” Brown, 86, of Pekin, passed away at 11:11 a.m. Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Pekin Manor. Born September 13, 1931 in Belleville to Eldon and Frances (Gausepohl) Brown, he married Janet M. Ruark on May 10, 1952 at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Peoria.  Surviving are his wife, Janet Brown of Pekin; one daughter, Christina Lang of Peoria; one son,...
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Cheryl J. Nitaros

September 19, 1950 - May 30, 2018

PEKIN ~ Cheryl Jean Nitaros, 67, of St. David, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Graham Hospital in Canton.  She was formerly of Pekin. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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John R. Arnold

June 24, 1953 - May 29, 2018

PEKIN ~ John R. Arnold, 64, of Pekin, passed away at 2:24 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
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Robert Bratton

March 27, 1978 - May 27, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Robert C. “Rob” Bratton, 40, of East Peoria, passed away at 10:45 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2018 at his residence. He was born March 27, 1978 in Peoria to William Carl and Wandalea May (Scott) Bratton. Surviving are his mother, Wandalea Scott of Peoria; one daughter, Brittany Marie Bratton of Pekin; one son, Kyall Robert Bratton of Peoria; two brothers, Jason “Jay...
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Michael D. Moore, Sr.

December 23, 1942 - May 26, 2018

MORTON ~ Michael Dean Moore, Sr., 75, of Morton, passed away at 8:47 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Pekin. Born December 23, 1942 in Pekin to Albert and Velda (Shannon) Moore, he married Becky Schmidgall on June 9, 1978 in Mackinaw.  She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth (David) McVey and Kayla (Jonathan Koczera) Moore, both of Morton; one son, Michael...
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Janet L. Skinner

August 31, 1957 - May 25, 2018

PEKIN ~ Janet Lea Skinner, 60, of Pekin, passed away at 2 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. She was born August 31, 1957 in Pekin to Rodney Lloyd and Sylvia Jean (Roberts) Sandrock.  Her parents preceded her in death.  She married Steven Lee Skinner on June 20, 1981 at First Missionary Church in North Pekin.  Surviving are her husband,...
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Kenneth D. Ulm

October 11, 1949 - May 23, 2018

PEORIA ~ Kenneth Dean Ulm, 68, of Peoria, passed away at 9:58 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at his home. He was born October 11, 1949 in Peoria to Marvin and Marcella (Geier) Ulm.  They have preceded him in death. Surviving are two sisters, Patty Fagan and Penny (Frank) Gibbs, both of East Peoria; one brother, Steve (Jami) Ulm of Peoria and six nieces and nephews. He worked for Caterpillar,...
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Frances M. Shrier

April 4, 1926 - May 22, 2018

TREMONT ~ Frances Marie Shrier, 92, of Tremont, passed away at 9:07 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at her home.  She was formerly of Pekin. Born April 4, 1926 in Pekin to Ira Andrew and Frances Marie (Van Buren) Burnham, she married Bernard F. Shrier on February 23, 1957 in Pekin.  He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Thomas A. Shrier of East Peoria and Michael B. (Dianne) Shrier of...
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Joyce Towery

August 6, 1945 - May 22, 2018

MORTON ~ Joyce Marie Towery, 72, of Morton, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Morton Villa. Born August 6, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri to Russell and Wilma (Kinder) Revelle, she married Herman J. Towery on December 21, 1965 in Pekin. He died April 19, 2009 in Morton. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Virgil Revelle, Sr. and one sister, Wanda Watson....
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Darrell Artman

November 18, 1937 - May 22, 2018

PEKIN ~ Darrell Eugene Artman, 80, of Pekin, passed away at 5:48 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Pekin. Born November 18, 1937 in Peoria to Ben and Julia (Blanquet) Artman, he married Peggy Seelye.  He later married Robin Smiley on November 26, 1977 in Pekin.  She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Bennie (Corie) Artman of Pekin, Chuck Bender of Washington; three...
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Margherita J. Rogers

January 12, 1927 - May 22, 2018

PEKIN ~ Margherita Jean Rogers, 91, of Pekin, passed away at 12:33 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - Pekin. Born January 12, 1927 in East Boston, Massachusetts to Christopher and Angelina (Caccia) Arciero, she married Thomas Junior Rogers in 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts. He died August 1, 1996 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary Faulkner and...
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Shawn C. Polston

July 26, 1969 - May 21, 2018

BARTONVILLE ~ Shawn Conrad Polston, 48, of Bartonville, passed away at 12:51 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018 at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Born July 26, 1969 in Peoria to Connie Dee and Carol Ann (Moore) Polston, he married Trisha Sue Hull on October 28, 2015 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Surviving are his wife, Trisha Polston of Bartonville; mother, Carol Polston of Bay View Gardens;...
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Joan A. Howard

June 8, 1955 - May 19, 2018

PEKIN ~ Joan A. Howard, 62, of Pekin, passed away at 10:23 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
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Rose Bliss

February 25, 1944 - May 17, 2018

PEKIN ~ Rose Marie Bliss, 74, of Weston, Wyoming, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Sherman Home Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. She was formerly of Pekin. Born February 25, 1944 in Pekin to John Lee and LaVerna (Maxwell) Ranney, she married James Ireland Bliss. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, William Ireland (Gretchen) Bliss of Johnson-Bliss of Powell, Ohio...
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Randy L. Craig

July 18, 1954 - May 17, 2018

PEKIN ~ Randy L. Craig, 63, of Pekin, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at his home. Born July 18, 1954 in Decatur to Jesse and Dolores (Harris) Craig, he married Barbara Ann Crum on August 31, 1979 in Pekin.  Surviving are his wife; two sisters-in-law, Sharon (Barry) Harms of Pekin and Nancy (Bud) Loy of Waterwood, Texas; two nieces, Angela (Jim) Fangmeier and Kylie (Nick)...
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Kathleen Owens

May 19, 1945 - May 17, 2018

PEKIN ~ Kathleen Owens, 72, of Pekin, passed away at 7:40 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at her home. She was born May 19, 1945 in Hornbeak, Tennessee to Presley James and Ludie Belle (Jerdan) Orr, she married Arthur Joseph Owens, Jr. on May 14, 1966 in Chicago. He died November 6, 2004 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one son, Mark. Surviving are one daughter, Nancy ...
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David Geier

December 5, 1962 - May 14, 2018

PEKIN ~ David Alan Geier, 55, of Fort Pierce, Florida, passed away at 10:15 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2018 at his home. He was formerly of Pekin. He was born December 5, 1962 in Pekin to William A. “Bill” and Evelyn M. (Beeney) Geier. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are three sisters, Terrie (Darrell) Neville, Debbie Bruner, both of Pekin and Karen (Steve) Swadinsky of...
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Charles E. Way

December 16, 1962 - May 14, 2018

PEORIA ~ Charles Edward Way, 55, of Peoria, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2018 at his home. He was born December 16, 1962 in Peoria to Henry and Mary Way.  They have preceded him in death. Surviving are his fiancé, Juanita Allen of Peoria; four daughters; three sons; three sisters, Violet Loftus, Brenda Caho, Penny Blan and two brothers, John Way and Marvin Way. Charles...
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Norman Knee

March 25, 1969 - May 14, 2018

PEORIA ~ Norman Dean Knee, 49, of Peoria, passed away at 11:41 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  He was born March 25, 1969 in Peoria to Charles Norman Bouchez and Virginia May Knee. He was preceded in death by his parents.  Surviving are one son, Norman Dean Knee, Jr. of Peoria; one daughter, Sylvia M. Seelye of Peoria; three step-sons, Josh,...
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Billie Jacqueline Wagstaff

September 13, 1928 - May 14, 2018

PEKIN ~ Billie Jacqueline "Jackie" Wagstaff, 89, of Pekin, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2018 at Reflections Memory Care in Pekin.
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Alan R. Hootman

March 27, 1942 - May 14, 2018

PEKIN ~ Alan Raymond Hootman, 76, of Pekin, passed away at 8:14 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. Born March 27, 1942 in Canton to Arthur Raymond and Ruth Bernice (Ellis) Hootman, he married Pamela Ruth Duncan on September 3, 1961 at Calvary Baptist Church in Pekin by the Rev. Hubert Entwisle. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Dawn Hootman of Pekin;...
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James S. Rawlings

October 8, 1942 - May 13, 2018

FARMINGTON ~ James S. Rawlings, 75, of Farmington, passed away at 11:46 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Proctor in Peoria.
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Karen Livengood

July 19, 1948 - May 13, 2018

GOODFIELD ~ Karen Sue Livengood, 69, of Goodfield, passed away at 3:14 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018 at her home. Born July 19, 1948 in Peoria to Edward L. and Ruth B. (Bruhn) Schaffer. She married Ronald Livengood, they later divorced. She was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are two daughters, Bethany (Charles) Lazzara of Plainfield and Karie (Christopher) Wheadon of Copperas Cove, TX;...
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George J. Massetti

August 22, 1921 - May 13, 2018

PEKIN ~ George Joseph Massetti, 96, of Pekin, passed away at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018 at his home.  Born August 22, 1921 in Merced, California to Giuseppe and Adel (Lavezzi) Massetti, he married Judith Elaine “Judy” (Stroup) Hedden on July 14, 2003 in Reno, Nevada.  She survives.  Also surviving are seven children, David (Marlene) Massetti of Dublin, California,...
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Paul J. Snyder

August 25, 1946 - May 11, 2018

PEKIN ~ Paul J. Snyder, 71, of Pekin, passed away at 9:51 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. There will be no services or visitation.  Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Kenneth Lawrence DeVoss

March 29, 1936 - May 10, 2018

PEORIA ~ Kenneth Lawrence DeVoss, 82, of Peoria, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Peoria.
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Terry L. Long

November 2, 1960 - May 10, 2018

PEKIN ~ Terry L. Long, 57, of Pekin, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018 at his residence. Born November 2, 1960 in Pekin to Richard and Joyce (Christopher) Long, he married Janie S. Hale on November 16, 1985 in Pekin. Surviving are his mother, Joyce Long of Pekin; one son, Nicholas A. Long of Pekin; one sister, Jill Long of Pekin; one brother, Randy Long of Overton, Nevada and...
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Ancile Radcliff

November 5, 1929 - May 10, 2018

PEKIN ~ Ancile E. “Annie” Radcliff, 88, of Mason City, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Mason City Area Nursing Home.  She was formerly of Pekin and Green Valley. Born November 5, 1929 in Green Valley to John and Ila Marie (Campbell) Havens, she married Ray Thomas Radcliff on July 26, 1947 in Pekin.  He died January 4, 2013 in Mason City.  She also...
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Paul Thomas Simmons

October 30, 1958 - May 9, 2018

BLOOMINGTON ~ Paul Thomas Simmons, 59, of Bloomington, passed away at 2:53 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at his home.
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David Anderson

February 25, 1948 - May 9, 2018

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS ~ David Dean Anderson, 70, of Marquette Heights, passed away at 6:18 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born February 25, 1948 in Canton to Weldon O. and Thelma M. (McCann) Anderson, he married Brenda Sue Snare on May 16, 1987 in Creve Coeur. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Amos (Annette) Anderson of Canton; one daughter,...
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Robert E. Williamson Sr., D.D.S.

December 6, 1931 - May 8, 2018

PEKIN ~ Robert Eugene “Doc” Williamson, Sr., D.D.S., 86, of Pekin, passed away at 1:08 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born December 6, 1931 in Lincoln, Illinois to Leslie Norred and Beulah Victoria (Scott) Williamson, he married Shirley Jean Propst on April 21, 1956 in Lincoln.  She survives. Also surviving are his six children,...
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Bettie R. Wilson

October 1, 1925 - May 6, 2018

PEKIN ~ Bettie Ruth Wilson, 92, of Pekin, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Sunday, May 6, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Pekin. Born October 1, 1925 to Otto and Eula (McKee) Shanks, she married Royal N. Wilson on September 4, 1948 in Canton, Missouri.  He passed away September 17, 2016 in Pekin.   She also was preceded in death by her parents; one sister; one brother; and one brother-in-law....
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Marilyn Bottin

August 10, 1929 - May 5, 2018

PEKIN ~ Marilyn Myers Bottin, 88, of Pekin, passed away at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018 at her home.  Born August 10, 1929 in Chicago to Jacob and Hallie (Ireland) Myers, she married Albert Carl “Al” Bottin on October 20, 1951 in Peoria.  He died May 8, 2012.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Linda Fiorenza; and one brother, Charles Myers....
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Peter D. Xanos

October 15, 1942 - May 5, 2018

PEKIN ~ Peter Dean “Pete” Xanos, 75, of Pekin, passed away at 9:53 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018 at his home. Born October 15, 1942 in Peoria to Theodore P. and Stella (Lambros) Xanos, he married Pamela Carter on February 6, 1966 in Peoria. Surviving are his wife of 52 years; one son, Bradley (Kelli) Xanos of Pekin; one daughter, Tiffany (Anthony) Rossi of Urbana; one brother, Andrew...
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Emilie A. Loeffelmann

October 10, 1939 - May 5, 2018

PEKIN ~ Emilie Ann Loeffelmann, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 5:25 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria, Born October 10, 1939 in Peoria to Theodore Roosevelt and Elizabeth Louise (Ricketts) Plattner, she married Larry Eugene Loeffelmann on April 19, 1975 in Pekin.  He survives. Also surviving are one son, Robert (Donna) Hurst of Pekin; two daughters,...
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Emil A. Butke

June 17, 1951 - May 4, 2018

PEORIA ~ Emil A. Butke, 66, of Peoria, passed away at 1:06 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018 at his home. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Rosalie J. Hess

January 3, 1928 - May 4, 2018

MORTON ~ Rosalie Jeanette Hess, 90, of Morton, passed away peacefully at 2:22 am May 4, 2018 at her home with family by her side. Born January 3, 1928, in Des Moines, IA to Guy and Cora Theresa (Davis) Hoopes, she married Charles William “Bill” Hess, Sr. on June 2, 1947  in Des Moines, IA. He was by her side as she went to the Lord. Rosalie is also surviving by her son,...
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Addie Ruth Butler

October 25, 1932 - May 3, 2018

PEKIN ~ Addie "Ruth" Butler, 85, of Pekin, passed away at 1:03 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
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Carole Rodgers

August 12, 1931 - May 2, 2018

PEKIN ~ Carole Anise Rodgers, 86, of Pekin, passed away at 9:52 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton. Born August 12, 1931 in Pekin to Lawrence G. and Azeline (Davis) Bishop, she married Grove Lee Rodgers on September 18, 1955 in Pekin. He died on June 18, 1989 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, William Eugene; brother, James...
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Charles H. Maas

June 15, 1931 - May 2, 2018

PEKIN ~ Charles Herman Maas, 86, of Pekin, passed away at 1 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Manor Care at Riverview in East Peoria. 
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Lucinda Adams

December 29, 1945 - May 1, 2018

PEKIN ~ Lucinda Sue Adams, 72, of Pekin, passed away at 1:21 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center Emergency Room in Peoria.
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Paul W. Viviano

February 2, 1957 - May 1, 2018

PEKIN ~ Paul W. Viviano, 61, of Pekin, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born February 2, 1957 in Pekin to Lawrence and Virginia (Dams) Viviano.  They preceded him in death. Surviving are one son, Neil (Chelsea) Viviano of Mapleton; one daughter, Andrea Kay (Mike) Ione Person of Kalamazoo, Michigan and one grandson, Noah...
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Todd Dudra

April 10, 1961 - April 30, 2018

PEKIN ~ Todd Anthony Dudra, 57, of Pekin, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2018 at his home. Born April 10, 1961 in Pekin to Dallas J. and Audrey M. (Berner) Dudra, he married Fatemel “Anna” Khorrami on May 31, 2014 in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are his parents of Pekin; one daughter, Breanna Pack of Pekin; one step-daughter, Eris Movahedi of Chicago; one...
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E. Curtis Franks

June 15, 1953 - April 30, 2018

GREEN VALLEY ~ Elmer Curtis “Curt” Franks, 64, of Green Valley, passed away at 9:55 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2018 at his home. He was born June 15, 1953 in Peoria to Elmer Albert and Josephine (Curtis) Franks. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Sandra Franks and Judith Richard. Surviving are one son, Robert Brian (Amanda) Franks of Lacon; two...
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Terry W. Blair, Sr.

November 13, 1947 - April 29, 2018

PEKIN ~ Terry Walker Blair, Sr., 70, of Pekin, passed away at 3:42 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. Born November 13, 1947 in Peoria to Edwin Walker and Mina Lois (Barnard) Blair, he married Bettie L. May on March 19, 1990 in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Terry (Raquel) Blair, Jr. of Pekin; one daughter, Lorri Blair of Pekin; four...
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Helen Kuntz

March 20, 1935 - April 29, 2018

PEKIN ~ Helen Elane Kuntz, 83, of Pekin, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, April 29, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born March 20, 1935 in Cropsey to Ray V. and Dorothy L. (Watkins) Abbey, she married Dale Kuntz on August 12, 1957 in Cropsey. He survives. Also surviving are three sons, Steve Kuntz of Morton, Eric Kuntz of Peoria, AZ and Warren Kuntz of Galesburg and three...
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Edna F. Butler

October 6, 1939 - April 28, 2018

PEKIN ~ Edna Fern Butler, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 3:14 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria. Born October 6, 1939 in St. Elmo to Leroy William and Evelyn (Guthrie) McClary, she married Reese Butler on July 16, 1972 in North Pekin.  He died June 22, 2004.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Robert “Dutch” Arnold;...
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Jeffrey A. Watson

May 1, 1966 - April 28, 2018

SOUTH PEKIN ~ Jeffrey Allan Watson, 51, of Jacksonville, passed away at 10:39 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  He was formerly of South Pekin. He was born May 1, 1966 in Pekin to Darrell Virgil and Mary E. (Gillham) Watson.  He was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother, Elizabeth Watson. Surviving are one brother, Edward Watson of...
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Michael D. Lightbody

January 12, 1978 - April 27, 2018

EDWARDS ~ Michael David “Grub” Lightbody, 40, of Edwards, passed away at 1:20 p.m. Friday April 27, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born January 12, 1978 in Peoria to Ronald and Christina (Collier) Lightbody. Surviving are his parents of Peoria; two sons, Kirkland Lightbody of Peoria and Kamron Lightbody of Ipava; one brother, Jason (Sherry) Lightbody of...
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Charles T. French, Jr.

January 27, 1955 - April 27, 2018

NORRIS ~ Charles Thomas French, Jr. (Butch), Born January 27, 1955 passed away at 10:26 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2018 at his home in Norris. He was born January 27, 1955 in Peoria to Charles and Joan (Anderson) French, Sr.  On November 4, 1978 he married Victoria Black in North Pekin who survives. Also surviving are one son; Josh French of Edwards; three grandchildren, Nathan, Logan and...
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Johnny V. Armstrong, Jr.

May 21, 1980 - April 27, 2018

PEKIN ~ Johnny Vaughn Armstrong, Jr., 37, of Pekin, passed away at 5:48 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born May 21, 1980 in Pekin to Johnny Vaughn, Sr. and Debbie (Thornton) Armstrong. Surviving are his father, Johnny Armstrong, Sr. of Pekin; his mother, Debbie Thornton of Pekin; one son, Ethan Armstrong of Pekin; one sister, Leia (Darrick...
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Margaret Eoff

September 4, 1940 - April 26, 2018

WYOMING ~ Margaret Lynne Eoff, 77, of Wyoming, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. She was born September 4, 1940 in Peoria to John R. and Arbell M. (Bowen) Messer, she married the love of her life, Joseph T. Eoff on December 8, 1984 in Galveston, Texas. He died August 18, 2004 in Laredo, Texas. She was also preceded in death by her parents...
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Arleen D. Pisano

July 21, 1928 - April 26, 2018

WASHINGTON ~ Arleen Doris Pisano, 89, of Washington, passed away at 12:22 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Proctor in Peoria. Born July 21, 1928 in Bendon, Michigan to Fred and Jessie (McCuaig) Beaton, she married Joseph Pisano on July 5, 1952 in Traverse City, Michigan.  He died September 27, 2007 in Peoria.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; one...
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Sam R. Little

November 3, 1944 - April 26, 2018

PEKIN ~ Sam R. Little, 73, of Pekin, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Pekin Manor. Born November 3, 1944 in Rantoul to Paul and Nellie Joan (Foster) Little, he married Vicki Lynn Munge on January 14, 1989 at First Christian Church in Pekin.  She survives. Also surviving are three children, Julie (Joe) Makatura of Lakewood, Colorado, Stephen (Karmen) Little of...
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Patricia Blake

December 15, 1942 - April 26, 2018

SOUTH PEKIN ~ Patricia Ann Blake, 75, of South Pekin, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018 at her home. Born December 15, 1942 in West Salem to Glenn and Opal (Salusbury) Johnson, she married Leonard “Gene” Blake on July 11, 1975 in South Pekin. He died September 13, 2010 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one son, Jeff Blake. Surviving are one...
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Hurshel Frank Ballew

August 12, 1948 - April 25, 2018

PEKIN ~ Hurshel Frank Ballew, 69, of Pekin, passed away at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born August 12, 1948 in Robinson to William and Lucinda (Chaney) Ballew, he married Scherrie Lynn Fisk on April 7, 1979 in Pekin.  She died August 19, 2013.  He was also preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are three sons, Michael Worlow...
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Evelyn Ann Miller

June 16, 1949 - April 25, 2018

PEKIN ~ Evelyn Ann "Evie" Miller, 68, of Pekin, passed away at 12:13 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Pekin Manor. 
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Charlene J. Hardy

April 24, 1937 - April 23, 2018

WASHINGTON ~ Charlene Joyce Hardy, 80, of Washington, passed away at 8:57 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Proctor in Peoria. Born April 24, 1937 in Princeton to Charles and Charlotte (Petty) Lee, she married David Hardy, Sr. on November 11, 1961 in Peoria. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Rhonda Hardy and Michelle (Lee) Tate, both of Washington; one son,...
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Bonnie Lantman

January 3, 1955 - April 23, 2018

PEORIA ~ Bonnie J. Lantman, 63, of Peoria, passed away at 1:16 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born January 3, 1955 in Granite City, she married Ed Lantman on December 6, 1991 in Pekin. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Lori (Nick) Wallace of Marquette Heights and Kim (Chris) Williams of Pekin; two step-sons, Ed Lantman of Gilbert,...
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Clyde L. Cather

April 4, 1933 - April 22, 2018

PEKIN ~ Clyde Lewis Cather, 85, of Pekin, passed away at 12:32 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018 at his residence. Born April 4, 1933 in Macomb to Otis Lee “Jack” and Nora Blanche (Dorethy) Cather, he married Martha J. Bernshausen on July 3, 1955 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pekin.  She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Daryl (Debbie Hopper) Cather, Kevin Cather and...
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Anna Rae Zuckweiler Boyer

December 2, 1937 - April 21, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Anna Rae Boyer, 80, of Pekin, passed away at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria.
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Myra Ann Callaway

July 1, 1955 - April 21, 2018

PEKIN ~ Myra Ann Callaway, 62, of Pekin, passed away at 10:48 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018 at her home. She was born July 1, 1955 in Pekin to Cleatis and Stella Mae (Taylor) Callaway. Surviving are one son, Edward D. (Angela Johnson) Stoehr of South Pekin; one daughter, Angela Littlepage of Pekin; three grandchildren, Schuyler Stoehr of Granite City, Cheyenne Stoehr and Jaxon Stoehr, both of...
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Paulette C. DeLisle

September 16, 1949 - April 21, 2018

PEKIN ~ Paulette Carol DeLisle, 68, of Pekin, passed away at 10:10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018 at her home. She was born September 16, 1949 to Doris Aileen (Butler) Plourde. Her mother preceded her in death. She also was preceded by her daughter, Shelly Furtado; one sister, Aileen Bernardini and one brother, Robert Bourbeau. Surviving are her daughter, Margie Furtado of Nashua, New Hampshire;...
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Stephen K. Heisel

December 12, 1943 - April 20, 2018

PEKIN ~ Stephen K. Heisel, 74, of Pekin, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born December 12, 1943 in Pekin to Andrew G. and Ruth Katherine (Schreck) Heisel, he married Peggy Starcevich on March 7, 1964 in Pekin.  She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Lorinda (John Pierce) Heisel of Pekin; one son, Stephen A. Heisel of Pekin...
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Sandra D. Park

April 28, 1964 - April 18, 2018

PEORIA ~ Sandra D. Park, 53, of Peoria, passed away at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born April 28, 1964 in Peoria to Donald and Ruth (Shank) Grazor, she married Marvin Park on September 28, 1987 in Sunnyland.  He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Kristen Moreland of St. Augustine, Florida; two sons, Scott (Toscha) Upchurch of...
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Evelyn M. Mowry

January 2, 1924 - April 18, 2018

GROVELAND ~ Evelyn Margaret Mowry, 94, of Groveland, passed away at 9:27 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Washington Christian Village. Born January 2, 1924 in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania to James Russell and Lavina Taylor (Brumbaugh) Montgomery, she married Walter Lee Mowry on August 25, 1946 in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania.  He died December 5, 2005 in Pekin.  She also was preceded in...
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James Lyle White

August 31, 1956 - April 17, 2018

PEKIN ~ James Lyle White, 61, of Pekin, passed away at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington. Born August 31, 1956 in Pekin to Irma Watson, he married Tammie Cornwell. Surviving are one daughter, Melody (Danny) Freeman of Pekin; two sons, Troy White and Kyle (Stacie) White, both of Pekin; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one...
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Clara D. Murray

April 4, 1939 - April 16, 2018

PEKIN ~ Clara Dean Murray, 79, of Pekin, passed into the arms of Jesus at 3 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2018 at Pekin Manor.  She was born April 4, 1939 to Homer Marcus and Lula Victoria Eaves.
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Earl T. Cross

January 4, 1944 - April 15, 2018

PEKIN ~ Earl Thomas Cross, 74, of Pekin, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018 at his home. Born January 4, 1944 in Pekin to Harold and Ruth (Wells) Cross, he married Annie Mae Morris in Pekin. They later divorced. Surviving are his son, Kenneth Munson of Tenseness; one daughter, Brenda Munson of Missouri; several grandchildren; one sister, Connie Cross of Pekin; one brother, Harold...
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James L. Campbell, Sr.

January 16, 1942 - April 15, 2018

PEKIN ~ James LeRoy Campbell, Sr., 76, of Pekin, passed away at 5:24 a.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.  Born January 16, 1942 in Gilman to Ellis B. and Leona J. (Pence) Campbell, he married Rosemarie Erika “Rose” Heinz on August 1, 1964 in Long Beach, California.  She died February 2, 2016.  He was also preceded in death...
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Terry McElwain

October 30, 1942 - April 14, 2018

ARKANSAS ~ Terry McElwain, 75, was lifted up to heaven in the arms of his guardian angels after his courageous fight with cancer ended on April 14, 2018. He was formerly of Kewanee. Born October 30, 1942 in Kewanee to Charles and Cecelia (Maxwell) McElwain McElwain. He was preceded death by his parents and four sisters. Terry is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Karen (Fahnders); one son,...
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Juanita L. Appleyard

September 21, 1939 - April 14, 2018

PEKIN ~ Juanita Lee Appleyard, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 12:42 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. Born September 21, 1939 in Wilsonville to Harry Berneal and Virginia Templeton, she married Harold Ernest Appleyard on January 25, 1957 in Tacoma, Washington.  He died September 3, 2004.  She was also preceded in death by her parents,...
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Janet M. Wallin-Saal

December 5, 1959 - April 13, 2018

NORTH PEKIN ~ Janet Marie Wallin-Saal, 58, of North Pekin, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018 at her home. Born December 5, 1959 in Pekin to Robert O. and Vivian Mae (Maquet) Wallin, she married Robert Lee Saal on June 18, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Surviving are her husband; one sister, Barbara Ann (Bob) Madsen of San Diego, California; one nephew, Walker Robert Madsen; one...
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Wilma J. Hoerr Melton

August 5, 1927 - April 12, 2018

PEKIN ~ Wilma J. Hoerr Melton, 90, of Brookline Station, Missouri, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018 at her home.  She was formerly of Pekin. Born August 5, 1927 in Pekin to Melvin Edward and Mildred Lucille (Bevard) Hoerr, she married William Ellis Melton on December 26, 1970 in Pekin.  He died October 9, 2008.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; one...
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Benjamin D. Taylor

January 8, 2018 - April 11, 2018

PEORIA ~ Benjamin D. Taylor, 64, of Peoria, passed away at 10:46 a.m. on April 11, 2018 at his home. Born January 8, 1954 in Bloomington to Benjamin D. and Tenner E. (Calloway) Taylor, Sr., he married Phyllis Y. Hunter in 1976 in Peoria.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. Surviving are one daughter, Andrea M. Taylor of Montgomery, Alabama; one grandson, Andrell M....
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Chad W. McBride

April 11, 1980 - April 11, 2018

BARTONVILLE ~ Chad William McBride, 38, of Bartonville, passed away at 2:27 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at his home.  He was formerly of Creve Coeur. He was born April 11, 1980 in Peoria to William Laverne and Shelbie Sue (Burgess) McBride. Surviving are his mother, Shelbie Buckner of Creve Coeur; father, Bill McBride of Pekin; two brothers, Joe (Samantha) Buckner of Washington and...
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Tina E. Price

June 4, 1961 - April 11, 2018

HANNA CITY ~ Tina Elaine Price, 56, of Hanna City, passed away at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the home of her daughter. 
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Doralene D. Evans

April 23, 1932 - April 11, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Doralene Evans, 85, of Paragould, Arkansas, passed away, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  She was formerly of East Peoria. Doralene was born Saturday, April 23, 1932 in the Horse Island community near Mounds, in Greene County, Arkansas.  She was the daughter of the late Louis Hershel and Etta Beatrice (England) Coffel....
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Paul Anthony Billingsley, Sr.

November 22, 1951 - April 10, 2018

PEKIN ~ Paul Anthony “Tony” Billingsley, 66, of Pekin, passed away at 6:09 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Saint Francis Woods in Peoria. He was born November 22, 1951 in Nashville, TN to Vader Lee and Maudie Lee (Binkley) Billingsley. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert. Surviving are one son, Cody Sidell of Pekin; four brothers, Howard Billingsley of...
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Carrie Brownfield

August 26, 1957 - April 10, 2018

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS ~ Carrie Brownfield, 60, of Marquette Heights, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2017 at her home.
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Wayne A. Farrow

April 30, 1978 - April 10, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Wayne Alan “Peewee” Farrow, 39, of East Peoria, passed away at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born April 30, 1978 in Peoria to Wayne Albert and Ella Renee (Merry) Farrow, he married Lindsey Dihann Simonson on July 4, 2016 in Hudson.  She survives. Also surviving are his mother, Renee (Dale Wright) Farrow of...
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Larry L. Massa

February 18, 1959 - April 9, 2018

DANVILLE ~ Larry Lee Massa, 59, of Danville, formerly of Green Valley, passed away at 6:40 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2018 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville. He was born February 18, 1959 in Champaign to John and Helen (Nannen) Massa.  They preceded him in death.  Surviving are one sister, Cheryl Benson of Rushville; one niece, Jody Benson; one nephew, Jeff (Taunya Hunt) Benson...
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