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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

Sharon Spiez

July 22, 1943 - October 21, 2018

PEKIN ~Sharon Spiez, 75, of Pekin, passed away at 11:26 a.m. Sunday, October 21, 2018 at UnityPoint Health ~Pekin.   Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Kip Snyder II

January 1, 1978 - October 20, 2018

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS ~ Kip Snyder, II, 40, of Marquette Heights, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018.   Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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J. Dean Hohimer

February 8, 1957 - October 20, 2018

PEKIN ~ J. Dean Hohimer, 61, of Pekin, passed away at 4:32 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria after a short illness.
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Karen S. Ruschmeyer

February 11, 1954 - October 19, 2018

PEKIN ~ Karen S. Ruschmeyer, 64, of Pekin, passed away at 7:43 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2018, at her home surrounded by family. Born February 11, 1954 in Peoria to F. Lloyd and Ruth (Mowrey) Harris, she married Thomas H. Ruschmeyer on June 5, 1976 in Pekin.  Tom was the love of her life and they were married for nearly 41-years.  He died May 20, 2017 in Pekin.  She also was...
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James Allen

August 6, 1964 - October 18, 2018

PEKIN ~ James "Jimmy" Russell Allen, 54, of Heartland, Wisconsin, passed away at 6:07 a.m. Thursday, October 18, 2018 in the Emergency Room at Saint Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was formerly of Pekin. He was born August 6, 1964 in Covina, California to Jacques and Charlene (Williams) Allen. He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson; two brothers and one niece...
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Elizabeth J. Le

May 23, 1955 - October 17, 2018

PEORIA ~ Elizabeth Jane Le, 63, of Peoria, passed away at 11:50 p.m.  Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Heartland Health Care Center in Peoria.
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Peter Anthony Drudi

August 30, 1950 - October 16, 2018

PEKIN ~ Peter Anthony "Tony" Drudi, 68, of Pekin, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at his home.  He was born August 30, 1950 in Pekin to Walter and Dorothy (Fuller) Drudi.  He graduated from PCHS in '68.  He was previously married to Linda Taylor and together they had 3 children.  Surviving are one son, Anthony "T.J." (Kelly) Drudi of...
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Nancy J. Hilst

May 4, 1945 - October 16, 2018

GREEN VALLEY ~ Nancy Jean Hilst, 73, of rural Green Valley, passed away at 5:16 a.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. She was born May 4, 1945 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Ralph E. and Margaret (Armstrong) Daley, she married Kenneth W. Hilst on January 18, 1964 in Pekin.  He survives. Also surviving are three children, Michael (Brenda) Hilst of Daytona, Florida,...
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Samuel Hagey

May 17, 1960 - October 15, 2018

NORTH PEKIN ~ Samuel “Sam” Lavern Hagey, 58, of North Pekin, passed away at 4:02 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.   Born May 17, 1960 in Peoria to LaVerne and Bonnie (Smith) Hagey, he married Kim Bachman on September 18, 2011 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.    Surviving are his wife, Kim of North Pekin; three sons, John (Kristina...
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John D. Morrison

October 7, 1953 - October 15, 2018

PEKIN ~ John David Morrison, 65, of Pekin, passed away at 12:11 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria. He was born October 7, 1953 in Charlotte, North Carolina to Dewey and Zelphia (Monroe) Morrison. Surviving are three sons, Matthew Morrison of Creve Coeur, Joshua and Samuel Morrison, both of Pekin; two daughters, Megan Morrison of Morton, Sarah Morrison of...
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Tobi L. Bond

January 11, 1944 - October 15, 2018

GREEN VALLEY ~ Tobi Lynne Bond, 74, of Green Valley, passed away at 6:21 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2018 at her son’s home in Pekin with her family by her side. Born January 11, 1944 in Peoria to Lyle and Mary (Doud) DeKalb, she married Gary J. Bond on October 8, 1966 in Pekin.  He survives. Also surviving are three sons, Troy Bond of Franklin, Indiana, Rory (Amy) Bond of Muncie,...
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Darold L. Hardin

April 2, 1946 - October 14, 2018

MANITO ~ Darold Lynn Hardin, 72, of rural Manito, passed away comfortably at home with his family at his side on Sunday afternoon, October 14, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. Born April 2, 1946 in Peoria to Howard and Alice (Rocker) Hardin, he married Alona Diane Meyer on March 13, 1966 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pekin.  She survives. Also surviving are one son, Robert (Marcella) Hardin of Manito; one...
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Barry L. Miller

January 9, 1945 - October 14, 2018

PEKIN ~ Barry Lynn Miller, 73, of Pekin, passed away at 1 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2018 at his home with his family at his side. Born January 9, 1945 in Dillon Township, rural Tazewell County to Joseph Alvin and Johanna Jane (Bailey) Miller, he married Linda Sue Wiseman on June 13, 1964 in South Pekin. Surviving are two daughters, DeDe (Derek) McNeely of Green Valley and Holli (Charlie Hanley)...
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Theresa M. Sams

May 15, 1927 - October 12, 2018

PEKIN ~ Theresa Mae Sams, 91, of Pekin, passed away at 6:34 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2018 at her home.  Born May 15, 1927 in Green Valley to Lewis Albert and Leota Faye (Griffin) Forbes, she married Wilbur Raymond Sams on June 2, 1947 in Pekin.  He died May 21, 1966 in Pekin.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gary Sams on June 2, 2007; two brothers, Eule...
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Persefone E. Sharpe

November 13, 1919 - October 11, 2018

PEKIN ~ Persefone Eraklis “Sue” Sharpe, 98, of Pekin, passed away at 3:49 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. Born November 13, 1919 in Merrimack, New Hampshire to Eraklis and Panagiota (Timpas) Balanos, she was raised in Greece and returned back to the United States at the age of 20.  She married William Edward “Bill” Sharpe on...
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Gary Dorsey

October 4, 1945 - October 11, 2018

PEKIN ~ Gary Lee Dorsey, 73, of Pekin, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2018 at his home. He was born October 4, 1945 in Peoria to Oscar and Mildred (Simmons) Dorsey. Surviving are three sons, Terry Dorsey of Delavan, Brian Dorsey of Pekin and Ronnie (Terri) Owens of Tremont; two daughters, Lynn (Jim) Dunlap of Pekin, Lisa Owens of Crandon, Wisconsin; sixteen grandchildren; four...
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Donald E. Potter

September 26, 1954 - October 11, 2018

PEKIN ~ Donald “Donnie” Eugene Potter, 64, of Pekin, passed away at 4:53 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.   Born September 26, 1954 in Peoria to Charles M. and Della M. (Roberts) Potter, he married Ann K. Shallenberger on September 21, 1974 in Pekin. She survives.   Also surviving are two daughters, Brenna (Kevin) Brackett and...
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Wava Miles

October 20, 1926 - October 11, 2018

PEORIA ~ Wava Ruth Miles, 91, of Peoria, passed away at 8:40 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Bickford Cottage Memory Care in Peoria. Born October 20, 1926 in Morgan County, Ohio to Charles Harris and Mary Ethel (Rogers) Phillips, she married Charles Edward Miles, Sr. on June 25, 1955 in McConnelsville, Ohio. He died September 17, 1993 in Ballwin, Missouri. She was also preceded in death by...
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Nicolas C. Vettore

November 29, 2004 - October 10, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Nicolas Carl Vettore, 13, of East Peoria, passed away at 2:48 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
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Kiyoko Johnson

July 1, 1929 - October 10, 2018

PEKIN ~ Kiyoko Johnson, 89, of Pekin, passed away at 7:17 a.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born July 1, 1929 in Nakanomachi, Japan to Shotaro and Ritsu (Oi) Kashiyama, she married Edgar Charles “Chuck” Johnson on September 11, 1951 in Yokohama, Japan. He died July 26, 2000 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one...
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Martha R. Hayden

November 18, 1937 - October 10, 2018

PEKIN ~ Martha Rebecca Hayden, 80, of Pekin, passed away at 6:47 a.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Pekin Manor. Born November 18, 1937 in Mason County to Haywood Shelton “Woody” and Florence Evelyn (Vale) Lindsey, she married Maurice “Morrie” Hayden on January 6, 1957 in Pekin.  He died April 25, 1984.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; and three...
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Darci J. Nitzschke

May 27, 1960 - October 6, 2018

PEKIN ~ Darci Jean Nitzschke, 58, of Pekin, passed away at noon, Saturday, October 6, 2018 at her home with her family at her side.  She fought a courageous battle with cancer. Born May 27, 1960 in Peoria to Charles J. and Shirley Nadine (Soldwedel) Burson, she married Michael Nitzschke. Surviving are one son, Beau Nitzchke of Pekin; one brother, Charles “Chuck” (Carol) Burson...
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Ryan D. Ashby

August 16, 1971 - October 6, 2018

NORTH PEKIN ~ Ryan D. Ashby, 47, of North Pekin, passed away at 4:49 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born August 16, 1971 in Pekin to John Howard and Peggy A. (Bargmann) Ashby, he married Kimberly “Kim” Kinser on October 16, 2004 in East Peoria.  She survives. Also surviving are his mother and stepfather, Peggy and Michael Fisher of...
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Sandra Dongmo Teaney

October 3, 2018 - October 3, 2018

PEORIA ~ Sandra Dongmo Teaney, infant daughter of Troy and Pierrette (Dongmo Donfack) Teany, was stillborn at 11:41 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
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James L. Estes

February 15, 1934 - October 3, 2018

PEKIN ~ James L. Estes, 84, of Pekin, passed away at 10:08 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at his home. Born February 15, 1934 in Harrisburg to Earl and Mabel (Howell) Estes, he married Linda Blanch on December 1, 1952 in Pekin.  She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Angela (Mike) Johnson of Pekin; five sons, James (Julie) Estes of Morton, Steve (Lynn) Estes of Chillicothe, Larry...
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Susan D. O'Donnell

January 7, 1945 - October 3, 2018

PEORIA ~ Susan Dentino O'Donnell, 73, passed away at 11:48 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, after a valiant battle with cancer, with family at her side. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 6, 2018, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria.  Father Thomas Taylor will celebrate a memorial Mass at the Church at 1:00 p.m....
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James Estes

February 15, 1934 - October 3, 2018

PEKIN ~ James Estes, 84, of Pekin, passed away at 10:08 a.m. Wednesday, October 03, 2018 at his residence.  Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Donald Deutchman

February 20, 1945 - October 2, 2018

PEORIA ~ Donald C. Deutchman, 73, of Peoria, passed away at 3:06 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Sharon Willows South in Peoria.  Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Helen L. Leesman

November 25, 1929 - September 30, 2018

LINCOLN ~ Helen Louise Leesman, 88, of Lincoln, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.  She was formerly of Hartsburg. Born November 25, 1929 in Beason to Abshure H. and Frances L. (Wilson) Rogers, she married Lawrence Joseph Leesman on September 25, 1949 in Beason.  He died February 19, 1981.  She was also preceded in...
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Freda Koch

March 7, 1917 - September 30, 2018

FOREST CITY ~ Freda Pauline Koch, 101, of Forest City, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, September 30, 2018 at her home. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Charles Schraub, Sr.

November 13, 1924 - September 30, 2018

PEKIN ~ Charles “Pop” Russell Schraub, Sr., 93, of Pekin, passed away at 12:37 a.m. Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Pekin Manor. Born November 13, 1924 in Peoria to Ralph Edwin and Emma (Gilham) Schraub, he married Donna Mae Hahn on April 20, 1946 in Bartonville. She died May 20, 2001 in Pekin. He later married Mary S. (Marchano) Arnold on May 3, 2004. She died December 11, 2013 in...
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Carlene Behrends

April 22, 1935 - September 29, 2018

PEORIA ~ Carlene Behrends, 83, of Peoria, passed away at 6:28 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born April 22, 1935 in Glasford to Carl and Mary (Shryock) Hootman. A homemaker, Carlene enjoyed shopping, reading, attending theater performances and spending time with friends. Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes &...
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Mary L. Link

January 20, 1926 - September 29, 2018

PEKIN ~ Mary Louise (Graber) Link, 92, of Pekin, passed away at 12:25 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - Pekin. She was born January 20, 1926 in Peoria County to loving parents, John W. “Jack” and Blanche Eliza (Lindsey) Graber.  After her mother’s passing at the age of 2, Mary was raised with the assistance of her beloved step-mother, Lena E. (Closen...
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Michael Gaa

March 18, 1966 - September 29, 2018

BARTONVILLE ~ Michael George Gaa, 52, of Bartonville, passed away at 10:35 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at his home.
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Diana Drew

January 14, 1959 - September 29, 2018

GREEN VALLEY ~ Diana J. Drew, 59, of Green Valley, passed away at 5:03 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center in Peoria.  Born January 14, 1959 in Pekin to William H. and Melba J. (Covington) Swingle, she married Juan Ramon Blanco on March 5, 1976 in Peoria.  She later married Alan Drew on May 21, 2004 in Kingston, Massachusetts.  He passed away July 27, 2016 in...
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Mary Jean Tull

February 22, 1926 - September 29, 2018

PEKIN ~ Mary Jean (Dimler) Tull, 92, of Pekin unexpectedly passed away at 3:42 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington. Born February 22, 1926 in Pekin to Paul and Amalia (Dietrich) Dimler, she married Thomas B. Tull on May 18, 1947 in Pekin. He died December 11, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother. Surviving are daughter...
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Verden Armbrust

August 12, 1928 - September 28, 2018

PEKIN ~ Verden C. “Bud” Armbrust, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 6:43 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2018 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. Born August 12, 1928 in Topeka to Clarence and Alvena (Horstman) Armbrust. He married Barbara Gorden on May 11, 1952 at the Manito Methodist Church, with Reverend D.J. Powell officiating. Surviving are his wife, Barbara of Pekin; one daughter,...
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Phyllis J. Willard

May 11, 1930 - September 28, 2018

MANITO ~ Phyllis Jean Willard, 88, of Manito, passed away at 11:32 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2018 at Pekin Manor. Born May 11, 1930 in Green Valley to Phillip Adam and Gertrude Anna Elizabeth (Ripper) Friedrich, she married George Richard Willard on September 24, 1950 in rural Green Valley.  He died April 14, 1995.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter,...
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Jack D. Rawson

October 7, 1941 - September 27, 2018

SOUTH PEKIN ~ Jack Dean Rawson, 76, of South Pekin, passed away at 9:35 a.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018 at his home. Born October 7, 1941 in Pomona to Oscar and Mildred (Childers) Rawson, he married Connie J. Burge on August 22, 1986 in Pekin.  She died May 25, 2017.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; one step-daughter, Theresa Funk; and one brother, Bill Rawson....
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Larry D. Schaumleffel

November 5, 1939 - September 25, 2018

PEKIN ~ Larry Duane Schaumleffel, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born November 5, 1939 in Pekin to Lawrence P. and Katherine (Thompson) Schaumleffel.  His parents preceded him in death. Larry was a Pekin Community High School graduate and attended Bradley University. He had served in the Illinois Army National...
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Jerry Layne

August 31, 1930 - September 25, 2018

PEKIN ~ Layton Jerry Layne, 88, of Pekin, passed away at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin. Born August 31, 1930 in Pekin to Layton and Nettie Myrtle (Walbert) Layne, he married Ruby F. Spurlock on March 26, 1959 in Peoria. Surviving are his wife, Ruby of Pekin; three children, Steve (Susan) Layne of Manito, Chris (Peter) Shaw and Gerri Layne, both of Pekin...
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Marcellus Rogers, Jr.

September 17, 2018 - September 24, 2018

PEORIA ~ Marcellus Alonzo Rogers, Jr., seven- day old son of Caylon Brown and Marcellus Rogers, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - Methodist in Peoria. Surviving are his parents of Peoria; one sister, K'La-Rose Rogers of Peoria; maternal grandmother, Chic Wells of Peoria; paternal grandmoter, Keisha Williams of East St. Loouis and paternal grandfather,...
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Homer C. F. Smith, Sr.

January 16, 1932 - September 24, 2018

NORMAL ~ Homer C. F. Smith, Sr., 86, of Normal, passed away at 11:34 a.m. Monday, September 24, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born January 16, 1932 in Pearl City to Donald W. and Mabel (Krusey) Smith, he married Lillian “Ellen” Vickers on July 6, 1952 in Winslow.  She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Linda (Rick) Bernson of Denver, Colorado and...
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Marla G. Fouts

May 20, 1955 - September 23, 2018

PEKIN ~ Marla Gale Fouts, 63, of Pekin, passed away at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, September 23, 2018 at her home. Born May 20, 1955 in Pekin to Orville Junior and Dorothy Lucille (Gillan) Watkins, she married Rance Roland Fouts, Sr. on December 4, 1976 in Pekin.  He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Rance R. (Karen) Fouts, II and Jason F. (Whitney) Fouts, both of Pekin; six grandchildren, Drake...
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Rebecca L. Grimes

May 12, 1954 - September 22, 2018

PEKIN ~ Rebecca L. “Becky” Grimes, 64, of Pekin, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018 at her home. Born May 12, 1954 in Peoria to Charles W. and Mildred (Rendleman) George, Jr., she married Allen Sonderman on August 11, 1979 in North Pekin. He passed away September 21, 2010 in Ripley, Tennessee.  She also was preceded in death by her father; one brother; and two...
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James T. Rora

September 17, 1944 - September 22, 2018

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS ~ James Tony "Jim" Rora, 74, of Marquette Heights, passed away at 3:15 a.m. September 22, 2018 at Pekin Hospital.
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Mildred Friedrich

August 5, 1926 - September 22, 2018

PEKIN ~ Mildred (Bentlin) Friedrich, 92, of Pekin, passed away at 3:23 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Pekin Manor.
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Laurie M. Yaeger

September 5, 1954 - September 21, 2018

PEORIA ~ Laurie May Yaeger, 64, of Peoria, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2018 at Rosewood Nursing Home in Peoria. She was born September 5, 1954 in Peoria to John Edward and LaDonna Rachael (Arnold) Yaeger. She preceded in death by her parents, John Yaeger and LaDonna Hollingsworth and one brother, Lonnie Yaeger. Surviving are two sisters, Chris (Andy) Jones of Jacksonville,...
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Eugene C. Wyman

April 23, 1956 - September 20, 2018

PEKIN ~ Eugene Craig “Gene” Wyman, 62, of Pekin, passed away at 4:31 a.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin after a 15 year battle with COPD.  Born April 23, 1956 in Peoria to Eugene and Effie (Hall) Wyman, he married Cindy Hickman.  She preceded him in death.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; one infant son, Craig; two...
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Wayne Mudd

April 3, 1936 - September 19, 2018

PEORIA ~ Wayne Mudd, 82, of Peoria, passed away at 2:02 a.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born April 3, 1936 in Decatur to Lee and Della (Waldridge) Mudd. Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  No services or visitation are planned.
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Willie Blue, Jr.

September 12, 1969 - September 19, 2018

PEORIA ~ Willie "Big Blue" Blue, Jr., 49, of Peoria, passed away at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at his home.
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Gerald W. Stonecipher, D.D.S.

December 12, 1940 - September 19, 2018

Gerald Wayne Stonecipher, D.D.S., 77, of Fort Collins, Colorado, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at his home.  He was formerly of Pekin, Illinois. Born December 12, 1940 in Salem, Illinois to Ervin Pershing “Stoney” and Emma Grace (Perry) Stonecipher, he married Elizabeth A. “Betty” Baker on September 21, 1963 in Melrose Park, Illinois. ...
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Marilyn J. Hayes

September 26, 1933 - September 19, 2018

PEKIN ~ Marilyn Jane Hayes, 84, of Pekin, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Reflections Memory Care in Pekin. Born September 26, 1933 in Pekin to Richard Justus and Mildred Almena (Green) Cunningham, she married Wayne Leroy Hayes on May 9, 1954 in Pekin.  He died February 9, 2014 in Peoria.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Christy L....
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Roger D. Hoerr

March 27, 1944 - September 18, 2018

PEKIN ~ Roger Dean Hoerr, 74, of Pekin, passed away at 11:39 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at his home. Born March 27, 1944 in Pekin to Reuben A. and Nancy L. (Richardson) Hoerr, he married Rita Lynette Walker on October 1, 1972 in Manchester, Tennessee.  She died November 17, 2008.  He also was preceded in death by three daughters, Mari Harris, Ladonna Goodrich and one in infancy;...
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Robert Bradley

September 6, 1926 - September 16, 2018

PEKIN ~ Robert Eugene Bradley, 92, of Pekin, passed away at 7:34 a.m. Sunday, September 16, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
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Cathie K. Williams

September 15, 1948 - September 16, 2018

MANITO ~ Cathie Kay Williams, 70, of Manito, passed away at 6:50 p.m. Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.  She was formerly of Pekin. Born September 15, 1948 in Pekin to George and Imogene (Kahler) Singley, she married Stephen Eric Williams on October 18, 1974 in Pekin.  He died June 30, 2007.  She was also preceded in death by her...
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Oliver Webster

August 19, 2018 - September 15, 2018

MORTON ~ Oliver “Ollie” Douglas Webster, 28-day old infant son of David and Britten (Wilson) Webster, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018 on a walk surrounded by family. He was born August 19, 2018 in Peoria. Surviving are his parents of Morton; big sister, Zoe Webster of Morton; maternal grandparents, Doug Wilson of Palatine and Kathy Wilson of Wheeling; paternal...
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Wanatha Dehne

October 13, 1925 - September 11, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Wanatha Mae Dehne, 92, of East Peoria, passed away at 2 a.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Cornerstone Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Peoria Heights.
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James Taylor

February 7, 1949 - September 10, 2018

PEKIN ~ James Taylor, 69, of Pekin, passed away at 1:50 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 at his home.
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Ernest E. Ertmoed

April 10, 1932 - September 10, 2018

MORTON ~ Ernest E. “Ernie” Ertmoed, 86, of Morton, passed away at 12:36 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.  He was formerly of Pekin. Born April 10, 1932 in Pekin to Ernest Allen and Dolly Evelyn (Long) Ertmoed, he married Margie Ellen Lane on April 5, 1953 in Pekin.  She died February 25, 2018 in Morton.  He also was...
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Jordan R. Huskey

November 25, 1994 - September 8, 2018

PEORIA ~ Jordan Regina Huskey, 23, of Peoria, passed away at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018.  She was born November 25, 1994 in Peoria to Robert Michael and Della Louise “Dee” (Burton) Huskey.  Surviving are her mother, Dee Vallianatos of Peoria; father, Rob Huskey of Washington; three brothers, Aaron (Jessica) Bricker of Ozark, Missouri, Michael Schmitt and...
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Michael C. Wood

August 9, 1952 - September 8, 2018

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS ~ Michael C. “Mike” Wood, 66, of Pekin, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 at his home.  He was formerly a longtime resident of Marquette Heights. Born August 9, 1952 in Cairo to Floyd and Rosemary (Calvin) Wood, he married Debra L. Carter on September 2, 1972 in East Peoria.  She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Joseph (Joan)...
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Wanda Urish

December 30, 1949 - September 6, 2018

DELAVAN ~ Wanda Lucille Urish, 68, of Delavan, passed away at 1:04 p.m. Thursday, September 6, 2018.
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John Dropko

October 22, 1954 - September 6, 2018

KEWANEE ~ John Dropko, 63, of Kewanee, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Thursday, September 6, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born October 22, 1954 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to John and Mary (King) Dropko. Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. There will be no services. Memorial contributions may be given to the donor's...
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Juanita A. Dittmer

March 1, 1924 - September 5, 2018

GREEN VALLEY ~ Juanita Adeline Dittmer, 94, of Autumn Accolade in Green Valley, passed away at 2:27 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at her residence.  She was formerly of Bella Vista, Arkansas and Manilla, Iowa. Born March 1, 1924 in Loup City, Nebraska to John Leavett and Adah Florence (Smith) Howe, she married Gayle Eugene “Bob” Dittmer on September 22, 1940 in Council...
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Juanita A. Dittmer

March 1, 1924 - September 5, 2018

GREEN VALLEY ~ Juanita Adeline Dittmer, 94, of Autumn Accolade in Green Valley, passed away at 2:27 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at her residence.  She was formerly of Bella Vista, Arkansas and Manilla, Iowa. Born March 1, 1924 in Loup City, Nebraska to John Leavett and Adah Florence (Smith) Howe, she married Gayle Eugene “Bob” Dittmer on September 22, 1940 in Council...
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Merlyn G. Earnest

May 13, 1946 - September 4, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Merlyn Glenn Earnest, 72, a long-time resident of East Peoria, passed away at 9:37 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Washington Christian Village in Washington. He was born May 13, 1946 in Pekin to Raymond William and Esther R. (Bauer) Earnest.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Michael Earnest. Surviving are four sisters, Diane Earnest of Maryland...
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Jerry Buhl

January 30, 1948 - September 1, 2018

NORTH PEKIN ~ Jerry Ronald Buhl, 70, of North Pekin, passed away at 5:25 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018 at his home. He was born January 30, 1948 in Pekin to Elmer and Ada (Gerdes) Buhl. Jerry is survived by his wife Sharon; his children, Ron (Christi) Buhl, Andrea (Brian) Schuneman, Jessica Buhl, Jim (Audie) Bradshaw and Becky (Jim) Pfahl; grandchildren; one great-grandson and siblings, Gary ...
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Myra R. Pietila

February 6, 1948 - September 1, 2018

NORTH PEKIN ~ Myra Rose “Midge” White Pietila, 70, of Arvada, Colorado, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the home of her daughter in North Pekin. Born February 6, 1948 in Peoria to Clifford Talmich and Rose Marie (Winkler) White, she married Edwin Nels Pietila, Jr. on September 18, 1985 in East Peoria.  He died April 26, 2015 in Arvada,...
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Robert Shaw, Jr.

October 6, 1961 - August 31, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Robert "Bob" Eugene Shaw, Jr., 56, of East Peoria, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2018 at his home.  He is survived by his wife, Carol; seven children; two grandchildren and three brothers. A gathering celebrating Bob's life will be held at a later date. Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. To express...
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Ronald H. Ellington

July 8, 1950 - August 31, 2018

WYOMING ~ Ronald “Ron” Howard Ellington, 68, of Wyoming, passed away at 10:23 a.m. Friday, August 31, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - Methodist in Peoria. Born July 8, 1950 in Hillsboro, Illinois to Robert and Ruth (Elam) Ellington, he married Debra D. O’Rourke on October 24, 1972 in Hillsboro. Surviving are his wife, Debra; two daughters, Michelle Ellington and Barbie (Chad) Allen...
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Tressie Marie Blackwell

July 25, 1930 - August 31, 2018

GREEN VALLEY ~ Tressie Marie Blackwell, 88, of Green Valley, passed away at 6 a.m. Friday, August 31, 2018 at her home. She was formerly of Minier. Born July 25, 1930 in Heyworth to Samuel and Nettie (Azbil) Denny, she married Delmer L. Blackwell on April 5, 1947 in Pekin. He died June 15, 1995 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Diane Blackwell; two sisters...
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Bruce Knoll

November 7, 1941 - August 31, 2018

PEKIN ~ Bruce Arden Knoll, 76, of Pekin, passed away at 12:18 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2018 at his home. Born November 7, 1941 in Hoffman, Minnesota to Frank and Leona (Urbatsch) Knoll, he married Cinda Sumney on April 5, 1965 in Pekin. She died September 19, 2010 in Pekin. He later married Eliida Lakota on July 19, 2012 in East Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Shawnna...
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Denise E. Burton

October 3, 1959 - August 30, 2018

MORTON ~ Denise Elaine Burton, 58, of Morton, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Aperion Care Morton Villa in Morton.  She was formerly of Creve Coeur. Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Dawn Young

February 17, 1970 - August 30, 2018

PEKIN ~ Dawn Marie Young, 48, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, passed away at 4:10 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was formerly of Pekin. She was born February 17, 1970 in Winnipeg, Canada. Surviving are her parents, Fred and Judy (Tassart) Young of Pekin; four children, Michael, Peighton, Wesley and Allan; two grandchildren, Dagan and...
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Joe B. Singleton

February 27, 1936 - August 30, 2018

SOUTH PEKIN ~ Joe Buford Singleton, 82, of South Pekin, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. Born February 27, 1936 in Jackson, Tennessee to John and Bettie (Bray) Singleton, he married Margaret Hunt on September 14, 1957 in Corinth, Mississippi.  She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Sherry (Gordon, II) Morris of Pekin; one...
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Eleanor Gifford

June 17, 1926 - August 29, 2018

PEKIN ~ Eleanor Marie Gifford, 92, of Pekin, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Reflections Memory Care in Pekin. Born June 17, 1926 in Brussels to Henry and Anna (Kamp) Fortschneider, she married Robert Earl Gifford on July 12, 1947 in Brussels. He died October 17, 1988.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Michael Henry Gifford on December 23, 2008...
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Berniece J. Eitenmiller

April 25, 1929 - August 29, 2018

PEKIN ~ Berniece Josephine Eitenmiller, 89, of Pekin, passed away at 6:53 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born April 25, 1929 in Bartonville to Dewey and Elizabeth (Eeten) Chitwood, she married Arthur William Gustav Eitenmiller on September 22, 1946 in Pekin.  He died in 1963.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter,...
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Andrew E. Smith

February 14, 1956 - August 28, 2018

PEORIA ~ Andrew E. Smith, 62, of Peoria, passed away at 6:26 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Glenn S. Zimmerman

June 12, 1937 - August 28, 2018

PEKIN ~ Glenn Stoner Zimmerman, 81, of Pekin, passed away at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at his home. He was born June 12, 1937 in Pekin to Henry and Verna Beatrice (Strickfaden) Zimmerman. Surviving are two sisters, Barbara (Harold) Williams of Homer Glen and Marilee (Dale) Vonderheide of Pekin; nine nieces and nephews, Christopher (Charlene) Williams, Phillip (Sandra) Williams, Teresa ...
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Kenneth McGinnis

October 11, 1940 - August 27, 2018

NORTH PEKIN ~ Kenneth Ivan McGinnis, 77, of North Pekin, passed away at 5 p.m. Monday, August 27, 2018 at his home. Born October 11, 1940 in Pekin to Albert and Florence (Connett) McGinnis, he married Carole Miller in 1960 in Pekin. They later divorced. He was preceded in death by his parents and his friend and Brother, Gary McGinnis. Surviving are two daughters, Diana (Kort) Alcorn of Metamora...
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Norman L. Martin

August 4, 1942 - August 26, 2018

PEKIN ~ Norman Lavern Martin, 76, of Pekin, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, August 26, 2018 at his home.
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Basil Glenn Winger

December 13, 1942 - August 25, 2018

PEORIA ~ Basil Glenn Winger, 75, of Peoria, passed away at 5:21 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Arta P. Brecher

October 7, 1928 - August 24, 2018

MORTON ~ Arta P. Brecher, 89, of Morton, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Friday, August 24, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  After retirement, she and Bud lived happily in Naples, Florida for over 25 years. Born October 7, 1928 in Pekin to Arthur F. and Lydia Mae (Ritchie) King, she married Edwin E. “Bud” Brecher on May 18, 1947 in Groveland. He died September 28,...
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Les Riley

December 21, 1929 - August 22, 2018

PEKIN ~ Lester “Les” Joseph Riley, 88, a resident of Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria, passed away at 1:43 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in the Emergency Room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was formerly of Pekin. Born December 21, 1929 in Columbus, Ohio to Harold L. and Goldie (Hull) Riley, he married Virginia Lee Walbert on April 30, 1954 in Mackinaw. She...
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John W. Trobaugh

May 18, 1930 - August 20, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ John William Trobaugh, 88, formerly of East Peoria, passed away at 11:58 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2018 at Heddington Oaks in West Peoria. Born May 18, 1930 in Paducah, Kentucky to Gordon and Margaret (Crowell) Trobaugh, he married Virginia Doris Christoff on February 19, 1949. Surviving are his wife, Virginia Trobaugh of West Peoria; one son, Rick (Mary Jo) Trobaugh of Godfrey; son...
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Jack E. Matheney

January 16, 1944 - August 18, 2018

TREMONT ~ Dr. Jack E. Matheney, Ed.D., 74, of Tremont, passed away at 1:16 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2018 at his home. Born January 16, 1944 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Paul and Mildred (Carlson) Matheney, he married Linda Kriner on October 17, 1961 in Kirksville, Missouri. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Jacque (Steve) Jeckel of Pekin and Jane (Gerald) Rood of O’Fallon, Missouri; two sons,...
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Marie L. Limback

November 14, 1921 - August 17, 2018

MANITO ~ Marie Lillian Limback, 96, formerly of Abbotsford, Wisconsin, passed away at 10 a.m. Friday, August 17, 2018 at Stoney River Memory Care in Marshfield, Wisconsin.  She had been residing at the Colby Retirement Center in Colby, Wisconsin for five years and later residing at Stoney River Memory Care in Marshfield, Wisconsin for the past one and one/half years. She was born November...
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Charles J. Murfin

May 18, 1944 - August 16, 2018

PEORIA ~ Charles Joseph “Chuck” Murfin, 74, of Peoria, passed away at 10 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born May 18, 1944 in Princeton to John and Anna (Braden) Murfin, he married Renee Anderson on November 24, 1965.  He later married Sandra (Russell) Robinson on September 30, 1994.  She died January 20, 2014 in Peoria. ...
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John Wyman

May 19, 1962 - August 13, 2018

PEKIN ~ John L. Wyman, 56, of Pekin, passed away at 11:23 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2018 at his home. Born May 19, 1962 in Pasadena, Texas to Eugene and Effie (Hall) Wyman, he married Julie A. Cross on August 10, 1979 in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, John (Toni) Wyman of East Peoria and Ronald (Molly) Wyman of Pekin; one daughter, Amanda (Brandon) Bailey of Pekin; 13...
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Robert Collins

December 18, 1933 - August 13, 2018

KINGSTON MINES ~ Robert “Bob” Laverne Collins, 84, of Kingston Mines, passed away at 11:34 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2018. Born December 18, 1933 in Kingston Mines to Lawrence and Clara (Counterman) Collins, he married Judith Ann Newsam on May 12, 1956 in Kingston Mines. She died February 6, 2013 in Peoria. He was also preceded in death by his parents and...
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Jim Jennings

November 23, 1942 - August 13, 2018

PEKIN ~ James Wesley “Jim” Jennings, Jr., 75, of Pekin, passed away peacefully at 9:51 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2018 at his residence surrounded by family.  He is now at home in Heaven. Born November 23, 1942 in Peoria to James Wesley and Thelma A. (Zimmerman) Jennings, he married Karen Marie Jarnagan on August 27, 1966 in West Peoria.  Together they were blessed with 51...
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James Marshall

May 5, 1957 - August 12, 2018

PEKIN ~ James Clark Marshall, 61, of Pekin, passed away at 11:50 p.m. Sunday, August 12, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
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Amy F. Sinks

June 11, 1970 - August 11, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Amy Faye Sinks, 48, of East Peoria, passed away at 9:24 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018 at her home. Born June 11, 1970 in Battle Creek, MI to Asa and Sharon (Bosley) Swallows, she married Travis Sinks on September 7, 2003 in Peoria.  He survives. Also surviving are one son, Andrew (Chelsea) Sullivan and one daughter, Ashley Swallows, both of Pekin; one step-son, Tyler Sinks of...
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Marie Hedrick

September 5, 1927 - August 11, 2018

PEKIN ~ Marie Hedrick, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria.
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Richard L. Batterton

April 2, 1965 - August 11, 2018

PEKIN ~ Richard L. Batterton, 53, of Beloit, Wisconsin, passed away at 2:06 p.m. Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Huntington Place in Janesville, Wisconsin. He was formerly of Pekin He was born April 2, 1965 in Pekin to Herschel J. and Paula Louise (Moore) Batterton. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Louise Wagner. Surviving are his sister, Laurie L. Nash of Pekin; his grandfather,...
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Janice Morris

December 26, 1936 - August 11, 2018

MANITO ~ Janice C. Morris, 81, of Manito, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018 at her home. Born December 26, 1936 in Washington, D.C. to Robert Carl and Ilene Libertybell (Rumler) Selby, she married James R. Morris, Sr. in July 1966 in Pekin.  He preceded her in death in 1992.  She also was preceded in death by one son, William Carl Barnes; one brother, Randy Selby; and...
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Sandra Kay Adams

November 13, 1939 - August 10, 2018

PEKIN ~ Sandra Kay Adams, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 11:32 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 at her home. Born November 13, 1939 in Pekin to George W. and Naomi (Seelye) Volk, she married Terrence Paul Adams in September 1958 in Chicago.  He preceded her in death on January 3, 1998.  She was also preceded in death by her father; mother, Naomi Zuklic; step-father, John Zuklic; one son,...
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Michael G. Parr

June 4, 1951 - August 9, 2018

PEORIA ~ Michael George Parr, 67, of Peoria, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born June 4, 1951 in Peoria to Dennis and Grace (Mack) Parr, he married Cathy Dagit on July 13, 1974 in Peoria.  She survives. Also surviving are one son, Mike (Susie) Parr of Jacksonville, North Carolina; two daughters, Kimberly (David) Rybolt of Pekin and Lisa ...
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Sue A. Hunt

October 4, 1946 - August 9, 2018

PEORIA ~ Sue Ann Hunt, 71, of Metamora, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 1:25 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  She is now at home with Jesus in Heaven. Born October 4, 1946 in St. Paul, Minnesota to James Wesley and Thelma A. (Zimmerman) Jennings, she married Michael R. Hunt on October 26, 1968 in Chillicothe.  He died March 5, 2002. ...
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