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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.

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Our Obituaries

Phyllis Jean Davin

August 25, 1927 - February 15, 2018

PEKIN ~ Phyllis Jean Davin, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 9:24 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Pekin Manor.
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William T. Howard

January 11, 1924 - February 15, 2018

PEKIN ~ William Thomas “Bill” Howard, 94, of Pekin, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  Born January 11, 1924 in Blanford, Indiana to Huey and Jessie (Evans) Howard, he married Ramona Evelyn (Wells) Caruso on December 17, 1984 in Pekin.  She survives.  Also surviving are three sons, Chad Caruso of Pekin,...
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Deron Young

February 6, 1960 - February 14, 2018

PEORIA ~ Deron Young, 58, of Peoria, passed away at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at his home. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Donald W. Reber

April 17, 1939 - February 13, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Donald W. Reber, 78, of East Peoria, passed away at 1:47 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at his home. Born April 17, 1939 in Graves County, Kentucky to George William and Nola Mae (Turner) Reber, he married Nancy E. Stever on September 22, 1967 in East Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Keith (Shawn) Reber of Washington, Brent (Michelle) Reber of Hopedale and...
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Jeffrey Kearns

July 18, 1976 - February 12, 2018

PEORIA ~ Jeffrey William  Kearns, 41, of Peoria, passed away at 5:50 p.m. Monday, February 12, 2018 at his residence. He was born July 18, 1976 in Cleveland, Ohio to William Patrick and Joyce Marie (Halloway) Kearns. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother of Willowick, Ohio and one son, Shane Ceaver of Richfield, Ohio. Jeffrey loved writting poetry, being...
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Teddy L. Dixon

November 7, 1951 - February 12, 2018

Teddy Lee Dixon, 66, of Avon Park, Florida, passed away at 2:05 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2018 at Somers Hospice in Sebring, Florida.
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David W. Morris

October 4, 1954 - February 10, 2018

NORTH PEKIN ~ David Wayne Morris, 63, of North Pekin, passed away at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018 at his residence.
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Thomas G. Brady

February 7, 1949 - February 9, 2018

PEKIN ~ Thomas George Brady, 69, of Pekin, passed away at 10:31 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin Emergency Room. Born February 7, 1949 in New Orleans, Louisiana to George and Betty (Innskeep) Brady, he married Kim Connor on February 6, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Bryan (Amy) Brady of Canton and Britt (Gita) Brady of...
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Karen Stocke

March 19, 1955 - February 9, 2018

PEKIN ~ Karen Lou (Button) Stocke, 62, of Pekin, passed away at 7:40 a.m. Friday, February 9. 2018 at her home. Born March 19, 1955 in Peoria to William Henry and Hila (Risius) Button, Jr., she married Mike Stocke on December 21, 1990 in Pekin. He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Kris Lillie of Pekin; one son, Patrick (Kelsey) Lillie of Springfield; two step-sons, Jeff Stocke and Ryan ...
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Marilyn H. Messmer

November 6, 1935 - February 8, 2018

PEKIN ~ Marilyn Hope Messmer, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 4:39 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born November 6, 1935 in Pekin to Ora and Emma (Peters) Denning, Sr., she married Duane E. Messmer on June 12, 1960 in Peoria.  He survives. Also surviving are one son, Brad (Marilyn) Messmer of Pekin; one daughter, Michelle Messmer of Pekin; two...
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Nathan W. Clark

August 17, 1987 - February 8, 2018

PEKIN ~ Nathan William “Nate” Clark, 30, of Pekin, passed away at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency Room in Peoria after a long battle with depression. He was born August 17, 1987 in Peoria to William Deane and Brenda Lee (Hoyle) Clark. Surviving are his parents, Bill and Brenda Clark of Pekin; and his half-sister, Jennifer Milburn...
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William J. Schriever

March 26, 1931 - February 7, 2018

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS ~ William Jacob “Bill” Schriever, 86, of Marquette Heights, passed away at 5:37 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at his home. Born March 26, 1931 in Dumont, Iowa to Frederick and Dora (Yost) Schriever, he married Shirley Ann Parks on December 17, 1952 in Pekin. Surviving are his wife; one son; one daughter; several grandchildren; and one brother, Richard Schriever...
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Darcy Burke

May 21, 1959 - February 6, 2018

PEKIN ~ Darcy Burke, 58, of Pekin, passed away at 4 a.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at her home. Surviving are her mother, Jean Enos Christy of Pekin; one son, Ryan Lowe of Los Angeles, California; one daughter, Demi Burke and one brother, Steve Burke both of Pekin. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Burke. Darcy worked for PAL Health Technologies in Pekin for 39 years, working as a...
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Nancy Lawson

December 31, 1949 - February 5, 2018

PEKIN ~ Nancy Rena Lawson, 68, of Pekin, passed away at 1:04 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018 in the Emergency Room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born December 31, 1949 in Pekin to Joseph E. and Allie Margaret (Rodgers) Turner. She was preceded in death by her parents; one great-grandson, Bryant Livengood and one brother, David P. Turner. Surviving are one daughter,...
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Conor Sommer

August 24, 2010 - February 5, 2018

PEKIN ~ Conor Dean Sommer, 7, of Pekin, passed away at 8:37 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born August 24, 2010 in Peoria to Kelsie Short and Jesse Sommer. Conor is survived by his mother, Kelsie (Krieg Burrell) Short of Pekin; his father, Jesse (Jenna Pence) Sommer of Washington; two sisters, Alice Sommer and Effie Burrell, both of Pekin;...
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Phyllis J. McCabe

November 18, 1929 - February 5, 2018

PEKIN ~ Phyllis Jeanne McCabe, 88, of Pekin, passed away at 3:31 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria. Born November 18, 1929 in Pekin to Roy and Louise (Gilson) Schmidt, she married Walter McCabe on May 8, 1949 in Pekin.  He survives and was blessed to have celebrated 68 years of marriage. Also surviving are two sons, Kevin (Tammy) McCabe and Michael ...
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Phyllis J. McCabe

November 18, 1929 - February 5, 2018

PEKIN ~ Phyllis Jean McCabe, 88, of Pekin, passed away at  3:31 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria. Arrangements are pending with Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Cole Allen Bianchi

February 14, 1976 - February 4, 2018

PEKIN ~ Cole Allen Bianchi, 41, of Pekin, passed away at 1:28 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2018 at his home. Born February 14, 1976 in Pekin to Stephen Ray and Jacqueline Sue (Reames) Bianchi, he married Heather N. Walley on November 17, 2007 Peoria.  She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Talia Rose Bianchi and Mira Bella Bianchi, both at home; his mother, Jackie Bianchi of Pekin; his...
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Mildred M. Barnum

September 24, 1927 - February 4, 2018

PEKIN ~ Mildred M. Barnum, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 4:29 a.m. Sunday, February 4, 2018 at her home. Born September 24, 1927 in Heber Springs, Arkansas to Clarence A. and Cloie E. (Linn) Presley, she married Wayne T. Barnum on September 21, 1946 in Morganton, Arkansas.  He died March 19, 1996.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Kathie Barnum; twin brothers...
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Dorothy Searle

April 27, 1941 - February 4, 2018

GLASFORD ~ Dorothy M. Searle, 76, of Glasford, passed away at 9:12 a.m. Sunday, February 4, 2018 at her home. Born April 27, 1941 in Jacksonville to Gerald and Maxine (Stone) Woods, she married John Searle on February 10, 1996 in Glasford.  He survives. Also surviving are four sons, Tom (Donita) Sheckler of Glasford, Ronald (Sherri) Sheckler of Loami, Curt Searle of Glasford, Johnny (Angie...
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Ernest Dale Claton

July 25, 1935 - February 3, 2018

PEKIN ~ Ernest Dale Claton, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 9:12 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born July 24, 1935 in Spring Lake Township in Tazewell County to L. Palmer and Edna L. (Green) Claton, he married Linda L. Brashears on July 1, 1974 in Havana. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Robert Dale (Lisa) Claton of Springfield; five...
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Frank Ruestman

January 4, 1935 - February 3, 2018

PEKIN ~ Franklin “Frank” Duane Ruestman, 83, of Pekin, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin. Born January 4, 1935 in Peoria to Rudolph and Margaret (Flohr) Ruestman, he married Arlene Burroughs on November 11, 1955 in El Paso. She died February 8, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Darrell Ruestman and...
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Julie A. Hauter

April 10, 1944 - February 3, 2018

ELMWOOD ~ Julie Ann Hauter, 73, of Elmwood, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at her home. Born April 10, 1944 in Chicago to John Hamilton and Anna Jane (Gray) Gainer, she married Gordon Lee Hauter on April 20, 1963 in Pekin. Surviving are two sons, Ty (Suzannah) Hauter of Franklin, Tennessee and Sean Hauter of Normal; one daughter, Marcy (Matt) Tadla of Plainfield; six...
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William Richard DeWitt

September 3, 1953 - February 2, 2018

CANTON ~ William Richard DeWitt, 64, of Canton, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2018 at Sunset Manor in Canton.  He was a former resident of Pekin and Aurora. Born September 3, 1953 in Evanston to George and Rosemary (Jensen) DeWitt, he married Nancy Joan Rubel on October 20, 1973.  She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Kathryn Lynn DeWitt of Bartonville and two...
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LaVerne E. Howell

December 24, 1935 - February 2, 2018

PEKIN ~ LaVerne Elizabeth Howell, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 9:38 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Proctor in Peoria. Born December 24, 1935 in Pekin to Walter Edward and Alice (Renner) Zessin, she married Kenneth Eugene Howell on March 21, 1954 in Pekin. Surviving are three sons, Roy E. (Vicki) Howell of Torrington, Wyoming, Edward A. Howell and Larry A. Howell, both of...
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Audrey K. Voll

March 9, 1935 - January 31, 2018

PEKIN - Audrey Voll, 82, passed away peacefully at her home in Pekin, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 12:45 a.m. She was born in Pekin on March 9, 1935, and graduated from Pekin Community High School in 1953. She was married to Airman Don Voll on May 21, 1955. Audrey worked at Flavor Isle, Roehr’s Insurance, Commercial Credit, and Court Motors. Later in...
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Doris M. Martin

November 18, 1935 - January 29, 2018

PEKIN ~ Doris Mae Martin, 82, of Pekin, passed away and went to her heavenly home at 3:56 p.m. Monday, January 29, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin. Born November 18, 1935 in Pekin to Lawrence L. and Wilma (Russell) Fischer, she married Lyle James Martin on November 11, 1956 in Pekin.  He died on December 30, 1997.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; one sister and...
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Sherilyn J. Danner

June 2, 1949 - January 29, 2018

MORTON ~ Sherilyn Jane Danner, 68, of Morton, passed away at 10:12 a.m. Monday, January 29, 2018 at the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency Room in Peoria. Born June 2, 1949 in Quincy to Donald and Violet (Dodds) Phillips, she married Roger Wayne Danner. Surviving are her husband and one son, Johnathan Danner of Morton. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John...
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Bryant Livengood

January 25, 2018 - January 28, 2018

MANITO ~ Bryant Douglas Livengood, three-day old infant son of Drew and Allison (Trainer) Livengood, passed away 2:10 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Surviving is his parents of Manito; big sister, Olivia Livengood of Manito; maternal grandparents, Michael and Terri Trainer of Manito; paternal grandparents, Troy and Amy Livengood of Manito and...
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Linda S. Hundt

November 25, 1944 - January 28, 2018

PEKIN ~ Linda Sue Hundt, 73, of Pekin, passed away at 1:37 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Timbercreek Rehab & Health Center in Pekin. Born November 25, 1944 in Pekin to Jerld and Dolores (Null) Hackney, she married Jack D. Hundt on June 15, 1961 in Tacoma, WA. He died December 24, 2017 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Crystal Wiles. Surviving are...
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Phillip Roy Nadenbush

May 26, 1924 - January 28, 2018

PEKIN ~ Phillip Roy Nadenbush, 93, of Pekin, passed away at 2 a.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Pekin Manor. He was formerly of Decatur. Born May 26, 1924 in Pana to Philip M. and Cora (Hamilton) Nadenbush, he married Dorothy Jean Askew on April 29, 1944 in Cumberland, Maryland. She died August 9, 2015 in Pekin. He was also preceded in death by one son, Steven Nadenbush in April 2010. Surviving...
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Virginia A. Kirby

August 7, 1938 - January 28, 2018

PEKIN ~ Virginia Kirby, 79, of Pekin, passed away at 8:58 a.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018 at UnityPoint Health~ Pekin.
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Lynn Rebholz

November 28, 1963 - January 27, 2018

PEORIA ~ Lynn Rochelle Rebholz, 54, of Peoria, passed away at 3:49 p.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born November 28, 1963 in Peoria to Raymond and Nancy (Kinder) Layton. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter; one brother, Terry Layton and her first husband, William Rebholz. Surviving are four daughters, Brandi ...
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William J. Schnitker

October 29, 1928 - January 27, 2018

PEKIN ~ William James Schnitker, 89, of Pekin, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018 at his home.
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Donald R. Grandy

March 28, 1957 - January 25, 2018

PEKIN ~ Donald R. Grandy, 60, of Pekin, passed away Thursday evening, January 25, 2018 at the Lick Creek Game Preserve in Pekin. Born March 28, 1957 in Peoria, he was the son of Donald E. and Sharon Sue (Evans) Grandy.  He married Belinda Mariuzza on May 16, 1980 in Pekin.  She survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Sharon (Robert) Hill of East Peoria, Armanda “Mandy”...
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Millie Jane King

January 25, 2018 - January 25, 2018

PEKIN ~ Millie Jane King, infant daughter of Julian Michael and Sarah Elizabeth (Sowers) King, was stillborn at 4:48 a.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Millie is survived by her parents of Washington; her 3-year old sister, Jemma Paige King; her grandparents, Michael & Nancy Sowers of Greenup, Bill & Sandy King of Casey and Liz and Mark Umbarger...
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Alina Grace Knight

January 25, 2018 - January 25, 2018

PEORIA ~ Alina Grace Knight, infant daughter of Aaron and Hannah (Liter) Knight, was stillborn at 10:55 a.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
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Betty Jean Maquet

September 20, 1926 - January 25, 2018

PEKIN ~ Betty Jean (Helman) Maquet, 91, of Pekin, passed away at 4:43 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Pekin Manor. Born September 20, 1926 in Pekin to John Adam and Ethel (Genda) Helman, she married Richard R. “Bud” Maquet on June 18, 1947 in Beardstown. He died December 29, 1989 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, John A. Maquet; three sisters,...
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F.M. Oakley

April 1, 1926 - January 25, 2018

PEKIN ~ F. M. “Red” Oakley, 91, of Pekin, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018 at his home. Born April 1, 1926 in Dyersburg, Tennessee to Clint and Lenora (Meek) Oakley, he married Aletha Waline Baker on December 25, 1950 in Parsons, Tennessee.  She survives. Also surviving are one son, Jeffrey (Chris) Oakley of Pekin; one daughter, Sheera DeGroot of Pekin;...
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Vernon N. Franklin

February 27, 1927 - January 25, 2018

PEORIA ~ Vernon Newton Franklin, 90, of Peoria, passed away at 1:14 a.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born February 27, 1927 in Denver, CO to James William Newton and Bessie Lee (Osburn) Franklin, he married Oleta Ailene Cansler on April 10, 1948 in Buffalo, MO. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Brent (Christy) Franklin and Kevin (Debbie)...
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John R. Thomas

April 6, 1953 - January 24, 2018

WASHINGTON ~ John Robert "Buck" Thomas, 64, of Washington, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at his home.
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Ricky Bagley

July 15, 1918 - January 24, 2018

PEKIN ~ Ricky Bagley, 73, of Pekin, passed away at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care in Pekin.
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Delores Elmore

March 14, 1930 - January 23, 2018

PEKIN ~ Delores “Dee” Elmore, 87, of Pekin, passed away at 9:18 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at her home with her loving family by her side. Born March 14, 1930 in Pekin to Joseph and Angeline (Gianessi) Ozella, she married Donald Elmore on April 28, 1950 in Pekin.  He died February 17, 1994.  She was also preceded in death by her mother in 1993; father in 1985; and...
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Phyllis M. McGee

May 23, 1938 - January 22, 2018

PEKIN ~ Phyllis M. McGee, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 2:58 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2018 at Morton Terrace. Born May 23, 1938 in Pekin to Raymond and Goldie (Marinich) White, she married Ronald E. McGee, Sr. in 1956 in Pekin.  He passed away August 21, 2012 in Pekin.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and one brother. Surviving are her daughters, Renda (Randy...
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Richard Mularoni

April 13, 1926 - January 22, 2018

PEKIN ~ Richard Mularoni, 91, of Pekin, passed away at 2:55 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin. Born April 13, 1926 in Kincaid to Mansueto and Mary (Cusada) Mularoni, he married Dorothy Ellen Tompkins on December 20, 1958 in Pekin.  She died August 13, 2004.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Pamela Holcomb; one great...
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Claryse I. Wolfe Miller

June 16, 1920 - January 21, 2018

PEKIN ~ Claryse Ione Wolfe Miller, 97, of East Peoria, formerly of Canton, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria. Born June 16, 1920 in Lewistown to Oscar and Lucille (Gunn) Simpson, she married Carl J. Wolfe on May 1, 1937 in Lewistown.  He died on August 25, 1965.  She later married Chester A. Miller. He died August 22, 1993. ...
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C. Faye Pape

June 2, 1933 - January 21, 2018

PEKIN ~ Carolyn Faye Pape, 84, of Rockford, passed away at 8 a.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018 at her residence. She was formerly of Pekin. Born June 2, 1933 in Valmeyer to Fred and Gladys E. (Dueker) Niebruegge, she married Charles A. “Chuck” Pape on June 11, 1955 in Pekin. He died June 3, 1990 in Perham, MN. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Lyle Niebruegge...
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Richard W. Ash

May 16, 1922 - January 21, 2018

PEKIN ~ Richard William Ash, 95, of Pekin, passed away at 7:28 a.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Pekin Manor. Born May 16, 1922 in Bloomington to William John and Blanche Leona (Woods) Ash, he married Emogene Moore on January 22, 1949 in Pekin.  She survives. Also surviving are one son, James (Jody) Ash of Pekin; two daughters, Carolyn Lockard of Monroe, NC and Susie (Darren) Oedewaldt of...
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Elsie Hall

December 9, 1929 - January 18, 2018

CREVE COEUR ~ Elsie Lenora Hall, 88, of Creve Coeur, passed away at 12:43 a.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018 at her home. Born December 9, 1929 in Ruble, MO to George Thomas and Nellie (Gilmer) Sutton, she married Charles D. Hall on April 17, 1948 in Harrison, AR. He died June 25, 2002 in Morton. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Howard Hall; one granddaughter, Chrissy Hall;...
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Donald E. Givans

May 26, 1934 - January 17, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Donald Eugene “Don” Givans, 83, of East Peoria, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - Methodist in Peoria. Born May 26, 1934 in Leitchfield, KY to Carl and Lena M. (Pearl) Givans, he married Wanda Willard in 1958 in Peoria. She survives.  Also surviving are one son, Rick (Roberta “Bobbi”) Givans of East Peoria...
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Delores A. Bong

April 7, 1931 - January 17, 2018

HAVANA ~ Delores Adele Bong, 86, of Havana, formerly of Pekin, passed away at 10:23 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at her daughter’s home. Born April 7, 1931 in Pekin to Roy and Hazel (White) Callaway, she married Harry Bong on December 26, 1948 in Pekin.  He died on February 3, 2010 in Pekin.  Also preceding her in death are her parents; one infant daughter, Rita and two...
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Leslie J. Lamb

March 3, 1947 - January 17, 2018

PEKIN ~ Leslie James “Jim” Lamb, 70, of Pekin, passed away at 5:43 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin. Born March 3, 1947 in Bloomington to Emmett Edward and Melva Lorene (Hasler) Lamb, he married Bonnie Lee Acton on August 12, 1972 in Creve Coeur.  She survives. Also surviving are his three children, Scott (Angel) Lamb of Marquette Heights,...
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Linda R. Shue

September 15, 1943 - January 15, 2018

PEKIN ~ Linda Rae (Smith) Shue, 74 of Pekin, passed away at 9:22 a.m. Monday, January 15, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  Born September 15, 1943 in Peoria to Frank and Reatha (Trotter) Smith, she married Jerry Shue on August 24, 1985 in Pekin.  He survives. Also surviving are one son, Robert (Kay) Crawford of Dell City, OK; two daughters, Jeannie (Les) Avery and...
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Norma Lee Turner

May 19, 1927 - January 13, 2018

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS ~ Norma Lee Turner, 90, a lifelong resident of Marquette Heights, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. 
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Shirley A. Sidell

October 6, 1931 - January 13, 2018

PEKIN ~ Shirley Sidell, 86, of Pekin, passed away at 9:21 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018 at UnityPoint Health –Pekin’s Emergency Room.
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Wilma Martin Wright

October 7, 1937 - January 11, 2018

CHILLICOTHE ~ Wilma Wright, 80, of Chillicothe, passed away at 2:27 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018 at her home.
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Donald Meeks

September 27, 1938 - January 10, 2018

PEORIA ~ Donald Meeks, 79, of Peoria, passed away at 2:09 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at his home. He was born September 27, 1938 in St. Louis, MO to Thomas and Ethel (White) Meeks. Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. There will be services or visitation. To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com  
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Phyllis Pierson

April 29, 1930 - January 10, 2018

PEORIA ~ Phyllis Jean Pierson, 87, of Peoria, passed away at 5:37 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Proctor in Peoria. Born April 29, 1930 in Peoria to Adam and Olivia (West) Hurst, she married Robert Pierson on September 25, 1948 in Peoria. He died March 2, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Tom and Leon Hurst. Surviving are two...
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Rosemary M. Schnitker

October 11, 1932 - January 10, 2018

PEKIN ~ Rosemary M. Schnitker, 85, of Pekin, passed away at 4:04 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Pekin Manor. Born October 11, 1932 in Pekin to Adolph and Anna (Shepard) Arnold, she married William James Schnitker.  He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Kelly (Scott) Woodmancy of Manito; two sons, Shannon (Geri) Schnitker and David Schnitker, both of Manito; four grandchildren;...
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Walter Earnest

April 2, 1925 - January 10, 2018

PEKIN ~ Walter Earnest, 92 of Pekin, passed away at 8:47 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at home. Born April 2, 1925 in Milford, Nebraska to Nicholas and Tillie (Beckler) Earnest, he married Lillian DuPage on January 29, 1949 in Pekin.  She died on June 26, 2016 in Peoria.  He also was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Caleb Earnest; three brothers, Edgar, Raymond and...
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Viola J. Wolfer

January 3, 1923 - January 9, 2018

PEKIN ~ Viola Juanita Wolfer, 95, of Pekin, passed away at 9:01 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. Born January 3, 1923 in Lovington to Joseph Green and Alma Juanita (McVickers) Reed, she married Richard H. Juchems on August 20, 1946 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He died October 25, 1962.  She later married Willard J. Wolfer on October 10, 1964 in...
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Brady P. Hackman

February 28, 2003 - January 9, 2018

PEKIN ~ Brady Phillip Hackman, 14, of Pekin, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at his home.
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Larry W. Semonski

January 26, 1946 - January 9, 2018

PEKIN ~ Larry William Semonski, 71 of Pekin, passed away at 6:39 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Pekin.   He was born January 26, 1946 in Morgantown, West Virginia to Louis and Rita (Schoenherr) Semonski.  His parents preceded him in death. Surviving are one son, Rick (Lisa) Semonski of East Peoria; one daughter, Billie Jean Heinz-Otte of Peoria; Marcella and...
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Evelyn J. Dawson

August 21, 1928 - January 9, 2018

PEKIN ~ Evelyn Jean Dawson, 89, a resident of the UAW High-rise in Pekin, passed away at 10:28 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. Born August 21, 1928 in Virginia, Illinois to Clifford and Ollie Olroyd, she married Evangelist Dr. Loren Dawson, Jr. on January 28, 1946 in Beardstown.  He died July 20, 2008 in Beardstown.  She was also preceded in...
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Esther R. Morris

July 17, 1930 - January 8, 2018

GREEN VALLEY ~ Esther Rose Morris, 87, of rural Green Valley, passed away at 10:46 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018 at Pekin Manor. Born July 17, 1930 in Canton to Arthur Harold and Minnie Pearl (Underhill) Knowles, she married Russell Wayne Morris on July 23, 1949 in Pekin.  He died April 2, 1997 in Peoria.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Tom Knowles, Vale...
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Cynthia Schwiderski

August 24, 1972 - January 6, 2018

HENRY ~ Cynthia Jean Schwiderski, 45, of Henry, passed away at 8:28 a.m. January, 2018, at OSF Saint Francis Hospital Medical Center in Peoria She was born on August 24th, 1972 in Peoria, Illinois to Leroy and Kathleen Schwiderski. She is survived by her parents, Leroy and Kathleen Schwiderski of Chillicothe; one son, Stephen Stillwell (Michelle) of Chillicothe; two daughters, Katie Schwiderski...
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Joy K. Calvert

July 4, 1926 - January 5, 2018

HOPEDALE ~ Joy Kathryn Calvert, 91, of Hopedale, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Hopedale Nursing Home. Born July 4, 1926 in Maywood to Nels and Violet (Bacon) Larsen, she married William J. Calvert on March 29, 1947 in Springfield.  He died August 27, 2017 in Hopedale.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Joel Richard Calvert; and one...
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Gary Reynolds

September 6, 1949 - January 5, 2018

CREVE COEUR ~ Gary L. Reynolds, 68, of Creve Coeur went to Jesus at 8:55 p.m. Friday January 5, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria, surrounded by family. Born September 6, 1949 in Livingston, Tennessee to Hesper A. and Audrea S. (Smith) Reynolds. He was preceded in death by his father. Surviving are his mother, Audrea S. Reynolds of Washington and brother Marlan (Nance) R. Reynolds of...
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Bonnie B. Powell

June 29, 1928 - January 5, 2018

PEKIN ~ Bonnie Bernice Powell, 89 of Pekin, formerly of South Pekin, passed away at 7:25 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 at Timbercreek Rehab and Health Center in Pekin.  Born June 29, 1928 in Pierson, IL to Jake and Mabel (Fortner) Bonham, she married Vernon Gene Powell on December 24, 1948 in Pekin.  He died December 14, 1998 in Pekin.  Also preceding her in death are her parents;...
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William Hemp

November 29, 1949 - January 5, 2018

PEORIA ~ William Fredrick Hemp, Jr., 68, of Peoria, passed away at 10:52 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 at his residence. He was born November 29, 1949 in Peoria to William Fredrick and Virginia Marie (Dismang) Hemp. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Cathy Rubel. Surviving are one sister, Nancy Boise of East Peoria; two nieces, Carri Baker of East Peoria and Lorri Blair of...
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Scarlett Kay Marie Frisby

January 4, 2018 - January 4, 2018

MORTON ~ Scarlett Kay Marie Frisby, infant daughter of Alexis Johnson and Christopher Frisby, was stillborn at 7:04 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
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Jeanne Ward

September 8, 1936 - January 4, 2018

PEKIN ~ Doris Jeanne Ward, 81, of Pekin, passed away at 9:17 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - Pekin. Born September 8, 1936 in Berwyn to James and Eula Mae (Neve) Citek, she married James August Ward on November 1, 1953 in Pekin. He died January 7, 2015 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Joshua Allen. Surviving are two daughters, Joni ...
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John K. Jackson, Jr.

November 6, 1940 - January 4, 2018

PEKIN ~ John Kenneth Jackson, Jr., 77, of Pekin, passed away at 3:11 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born November 6, 1940 in Houston, TX to John Kenneth and Francis Lee (Stapleton) Jackson, he married Margery A. “Marge” Lehman on February 1, 1959 in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are four sons, John K. “Johnny” III,...
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Barbara L. Parshall

August 14, 1943 - January 3, 2018

PEKIN ~ Barbara L. Parshall, 74, Pekin, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born August 14, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan to Herman and Helen (Puehl) Tolbert, she married Roy E. Parshall on September 5, 1964 in Pekin.  He died October 4, 2007 in Peoria.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Richard...
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Betty Nash

September 8, 1931 - January 3, 2018

PEKIN ~ Betty Lou Loretta Nash, 86, of West Peoria, passed away at 9:58 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  She was formerly of Pekin and Danville. Born September 8, 1931 in Danville to Charles Kenneth and Thelma Evelyn (Cooper) Keele, she married Paul Kenneth Nash on March 2, 1951 in Danville.  He died July 28, 2004.  She was also...
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Thomas W. Spracklen

October 10, 1945 - January 1, 2018

PEKIN ~ Thomas William Spracklen, 72, of Thayer, Mo., passed away at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 1, 2018 at his home.  He was formerly of South Pekin. Born October 10, 1945 in Effingham to Thomas Junior and Helen Irene (Baker) Spracklen, he married Peggy L. Poe on May 28, 1966 in St. Louis, Mo.  He later married Diana L. Lee on Dec. 22, 2000 in Thayer, Mo.  She survives. Also...
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Charles Dean Cody

January 18, 1972 - January 1, 2018

PEKIN ~ Charles Dean Cody, 45, of Pekin, passed away at 7:01 p.m. Monday, January 1, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born January 18, 1972 in Peoria to Carles D. and Diane S (Adkins) Cody. Surviving are his mother, Diane Herod of Pekin; his father, Carles Cody of La Porte, Indiana; his stepfather, David Herod of Pekin; two daughters, Kayla Cody and Kelsey Benja, both...
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Linda Fiorenza

September 1, 1961 - December 31, 2017

PEKIN ~ Linda Kay Fiorenza, 56, of Pekin, passed away at 8:05 p.m. Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care in Pekin.  She was formerly of Libertyville. Born September 1, 1961 in Pekin to Albert Carl and Marilyn (Myers) Bottin, she married David G. Fiorenza on May 24, 1986 in Pekin.  Surviving are her mother, Marilyn Bottin of Pekin; five children, Hannah (Evan...
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Dennis J. Boldt

January 10, 1949 - December 31, 2017

PEKIN ~ Dennis Jon Boldt, 68, of Cottonwood, Arizona, passed away at 8:12 p.m. Sunday, December 31, 2017 at his home. He was born January 10, 1949 in Pekin to Charles August and Myrtle Marie (Detterur) Boldt. Surviving are one son, Todd Shay Boldt of Pekin; one daughter, Sarah Jeanne (Keith) Gabrielse of Cottage Grove, WI; six grandchildren, Christopher Boldt of Rhinelander, WI, Candice Boldt of...
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Wilma Jean Biggs

October 8, 1935 - December 31, 2017

PEKIN ~ Wilma Jean Biggs, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 11:17 p.m. Sunday, December 31, 2017 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin. Born October 8, 1935 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Jack and Alta L. (Gallpin) Terrell, she married Tommie Gerald Biggs on December 12, 1951 at Davenport, Iowa.  He died December 29, 2002 in Pekin.  She also was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, F. Colleen...
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Duane A. Gray

March 13, 1932 - December 31, 2017

PEKIN ~ Duane A. Gray, 85, of Pekin, passed away at 8 a.m. Sunday, December 31, 2017 at his home.  Born on March 13, 1932 in Spring Lake Township, Tazewell County to Frances Albert “Bert” and Dorothy (Martin) Gray, he married Doris Smith on December 24, 1993.  She survives. Also surviving are his three daughters, Lori (Kenneth) Dewitt of Snowflake, AZ, Dr. Ronda Mitchell of...
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Peggy L. Capps

June 13, 1951 - December 30, 2017

PEKIN ~ Peggy Lee Capps, 66, of Pekin, left us at 8:54 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria.  Peggy was born June 13, 1951 in Pekin to William and Marilyn (Helmig) Campbell. Those left to honor her memory include two daughters, Jen Powell-Hager of Clarksville, Tennessee and Mindy (Greg) Powell-Hardy of Franklin, Tennessee; two sons, Lou (Sonia) Powell...
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Karen E. Duffy

July 14, 1939 - December 30, 2017

PEKIN ~ Karen Elaine Duffy, 78, of Pekin, formerly of Mackinaw and formerly of Chicago, passed away at 1:46 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at her home.  Born July 14, 1939 in Chicago to Thomas and Genevieve (Byrne) Downes, she married Bill McDonald.  She later married Don Duffy in July, 1978 in Park Ridge, IL.  He died in February, 1990 in Evanston.  Also preceding her in...
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Mildred Schott

January 31, 1920 - December 30, 2017

LAKE CAMELOT ~ Mildred Schott, 97, of Lake Camelot, passed away at 2:39 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. She became ill on Christmas Eve in Downers Grove, where she resided with her family for the past several years. Born January 31, 1920 in South Pekin to George and Mary (Millich) Morsch, she married Andrew Schott on May 20, 1939 in...
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B.G. Drake, Jr.

May 10, 1931 - December 30, 2017

PEKIN ~ Pastor B.G. Drake, 86, of Pekin, went home to be with the Lord at 1 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017.  His passing was peaceful and surrounded by family.
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Steven E. Rynearson

September 25, 1949 - December 30, 2017

MACKINAW ~ Steven Eugene “Steve” Rynearson, 68, of Mackinaw, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at his home. Born September 25, 1949 in Pekin to Harley and Eva Belle Rynearson, he married Carole Lynn Wagner on June 14, 1969 in East Peoria.  She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Steven (Angelia) Rynearson, Jr. of Tremont and James (Nikki) Rynearson of East...
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Deonterrius D. Livingston

February 29, 1976 - December 28, 2017

PEORIA ~ Deonterrius Deshun Livingston, 41, of Peoria, passed away at 3:15 a.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born February 29, 1976 in Greenwood, Mississippi to Roosevelt and Rylander (Livingston) Harris. Surviving are his parents of Peoria; five children, Deonna Williams, Shaunterrius Williams, both of Peoria, Deonterrius L. Livingston, Jr.,...
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Jacob W. Sutton

January 4, 1985 - December 28, 2017

PEKIN ~ Jacob W. “Jake” Sutton, 32, of Pekin, passed away at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017 in Pekin. He was born January 4, 1985 in Pekin to Randall W. and Kelly L. (Pounder) Sutton. Surviving are his mother, Kelly Suprunowski of Pekin; his father, Randy Sutton of Pekin; two daughters, Madilynn Sutton and Layla Sutton; one brother, Travis David Sutton of East Peoria; his...
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Charlene M. Lane

December 7, 1951 - December 28, 2017

PEKIN ~ Charlene Lane, 66, of Pekin, passed away at 8:28 p.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Amy’s Country Manor in Pekin.
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Marian Bell Stanford

September 15, 1924 - December 27, 2017

FARMINGTON ~ Marian Mae Bell Stanford, 93 of Farmington, formerly of Peoria and Pekin, passed away at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Courtyard Estates in Farmington. Born September 15, 1924 in Mason City to Wilbur Benton and Charlotte Augusta (Peplow) Earhart, she married Arthur W. Bell, Sr. on March 7, 1941 in Palmyra, Missouri.  He died May 5, 1973 in Peoria.  She later...
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Ronald B. Sullivan

June 27, 1950 - December 24, 2017

CREVE COEUR ~ Ronald B. Sullivan, 67, of Creve Coeur, passed away at 9 p.m. Sunday, December 24, 2017 at Manor Care at Riverview in East Peoria.
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Joyce Acra

September 13, 1935 - December 24, 2017

PEKIN ~ Joyce Lohnes Acra, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 9 a.m. Sunday, December 24, 2017 at Unity Point Health – Methodist in Peoria. Born September 13, 1935 in Peoria to Paul and Hazel D. (Radefeld) Lohnes, she married Dajer Jose Acra on July 13, 1957 in St. Louis, MO. He died in 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, George Lohnes. Surviving are three sons,...
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Jeanette M. Williams

April 8, 1932 - December 24, 2017

EAST PEORIA ~ Jeanette Maxine Williams, 85, of East Peoria, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, December 24, 2017 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. Born April 8, 1932 in Xenia to Ollie and Sara (Rush) Bayles, she married Richard Neal “Dick” Williams on July 4, 1951 in Corinth, Miss.   He died November 25, 1994.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; two...
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Jack D. Hundt

October 19, 1940 - December 24, 2017

PEKIN ~ Jack Duane Hundt, 77, of Pekin, passed away at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born October 19, 1940 in Pekin to Edward and Lola (Redfern) Hundt, he married Linda Sue Hackney on June 15, 1961 in Tacoma, Washington.  She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Alissa (Randy) Sunderland of Pekin; one son, Blake (Charlotte)...
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Emma Louise Edelman

December 23, 2017 - December 23, 2017

MAPLETON ~ Emma Louise Edelman, infant daughter of Russell and Alyssa Edelman was stillborn at 1:02 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria. Surviving are her parents of Mapleton; one brother, Oliver; one sister, Lena, both of Mapleton; her maternal grandparents, Patrick and Cynthia Philipchuck of Park Rapids, Minnesota; paternal grandparents, Walter and...
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Avis A. Marsh

September 1, 1937 - December 23, 2017

PEKIN ~ Avis Ann Marsh, 80, of Pekin, passed away peacefully at 4:35 p.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017 at her home.  Born September 1, 1937 in Mount Vernon to Halton and Rhea Fern (Fleener) Harrison, she married the Rev. Robert Marsh on August 25, 1968 in Eureka,  He died March 15, 2010 in Peoria.  Also preceding her in death are one son, Kevin and one daughter, Lee Ann....
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David W. Harrison

May 6, 1935 - December 23, 2017

PEKIN ~ David Walter “Dave” Harrison, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017 at his home. Born May 6, 1935 in Carrier Mills to William Walter and Winnie Bly (Reid) Harrison, he married Brenda Sue Pyle on April 6, 1957 in Harrisburg.  She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Sue (Tony) Lamberson of Pekin; one son, Eric (Kathy) Harrison of East...
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Ashley Mettille

December 16, 1961 - December 23, 2017

PEKIN ~ Ashley Mettille, 56, of Pekin, passed away at 9:25 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017 at her residence. Born December 16, 1961 in Wallsend, England to Alan and Valerie (Crova) Stothert, she married Joseph A. Mettille on September 24, 1994 in Groveland.  He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Kristin (Josh) Williamson of Pekin; two stepdaughters, Stephanie and Amber, both of...
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Edward A. Goldsby

January 15, 1969 - December 22, 2017

DECATUR ~ Edward Arthur Goldsby, 48, of Decatur, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017 at Symphony of Decatur. He was born January 15, 1969 in Peoria to Edward E. and Nancy (Pounder) Goldsby.  Surviving are his mother, Nancy Landrith of Pekin; three sisters, Debbra Anderson of East Peoria, Danie’le (Kevin) Shelby of North Pekin, Bobbie (RJ) Jones of Pekin; one brother,...
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Kyle A. Heady

April 10, 1985 - December 22, 2017

WEST PEORIA ~ Kyle Anthony Heady, 32, of West Peoria, passed away 8:05 a.m. Friday, December 22, 2017 at his home. He was born April 10, 1985 in Peoria to Kevin and Sherry (Peacock) Heady. Surviving are his mother of Peoria; his father of Peoria; two sons, Ashton and Payton Heady, both of Peoria; four siblings, Amanda (Matt Morris) Heady, Jarrod Heady, Laurel (Chuck Brackney) Heady, all of...
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