Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory

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

Wanda Sams

December 25, 1941 - November 18, 2018

LAURA ~ Wanda R. Sams, 76, of Laura, passed away at 9:38 a.m. Sunday, November 18, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Delphia Mae Patrick

December 3, 1932 - November 17, 2018

PEKIN ~ Delphia Mae Patrick, 85, of Pekin, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Aperion Care Morton Terrace. Born December 3, 1932 in Paragould, Arkansas to James Neallea and Myrtle Nora (Nunly) Reeves, she married Lee B. Patrick on September 9, 1950 in Augusta, Arkansas.  He died October 17, 2003 in Pekin.  She also was preceded in death by one son, Carl Wayne...
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Scott E. Beoletto

October 22, 1971 - November 15, 2018

WEST PEORIA ~ Scott Edward Beoletto, 47, of West Peoria, passed away at 6:10 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Rome, IL. Born October 22, 1971 in Peoria to Joseph and Linda (Duhs) Beoletto, he married Amy Meister on May 23, 1998 in Rome.  He later married Teresa Barnhart on July 7, 2010 in Shelby County.  She survives.  Also surviving are his mother and step-father, Linda and...
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John W. K. Williams

June 21, 1938 - November 14, 2018

SOUTH PEKIN ~ John William Keith Williams, 80, of South Pekin, passed away at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin.  He was formerly of Pontiac. Born June 21, 1938 in Beardstown to George L. and Florence Elizabeth (Staley) Williams, he married Judy Decker on February 14, 1981 in Oglesby.  She died October 25, 2004.  He also was preceded...
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Linda L. Koehlhoeffer

August 25, 1944 - November 13, 2018

PEKIN ~ Linda L. Koehlhoeffer, 74, of Pekin, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
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Claudette M. Krider

August 19, 1940 - November 13, 2018

WEST PEORIA ~ Claudette Marie Krider, 78, of West Peoria, passed away at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday November 13, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born August 19, 1940 in Pekin to Harry A. and Myrtle M. (Howard) Carman, she married Richard Krider on October 17, 1983 in Peoria.  He survives. Also surviving are one daughter; one step-son, Robert Tupes of Woodridge, IL; two...
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Angela Green

September 5, 1970 - November 12, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Angela Lynn Green, 48, of East Peoria, passed away at 10:05 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2018 at her mother’s home in Pekin.  Born September 5, 1970 in Pekin to Wayne and Pat (Melton) Watson, she married Leonard Green on August 23, 2004 in Springfield. He survives.  Also surviving are her two sons, Isaiah and Isaac Green of East Peoria; mother, Pat Watson of Pekin;...
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Roy S. Shallenberger II

October 26, 1946 - November 12, 2018

PEKIN ~ Roy Samuel Shallenberger, II, 72, formerly of Pekin, passed away at 5:02 a.m. Monday, November 12, 2018 at Aperion Care Morton Terrace in Morton. He was born October 26, 1946 in Peoria to Roy Samuel and Frances Elizabeth (Hoehn) Shallenberger.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joe Shallenberger; and two infant siblings, Mary and James. Surviving are four sisters...
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Paul T. Foster

December 31, 1923 - November 12, 2018

EEAST PEORIA ~ Paul Treywn "Bud" Foster, 94, formerly of East Peoria, passed away at 1:25 a.m. Monday, November 12, 2018 at Aperion Care Morton Terrace in Morton.  
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Linda K. Matheney

October 13, 1944 - November 10, 2018

TREMONT ~ Linda Kay Matheney, 74, of Tremont, passed away at 11:54 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018 at her home. Born October 14, 1944 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Leland and Beatrice (Teasdale) Kriner, she married Dr. Jack E. Matheney, Ed.D. on October 17, 1961 in Kirksville, Missouri. He died August 18, 2018 in Tremont. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Leland Paul Kriner....
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Robert G. Burress

March 19, 1941 - November 10, 2018

PEKIN ~ Robert G. "Bob" Burress, 77, of Pekin, passed away at 10:14 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.  Born March 19, 1941 in Corinth, Mississippi to Olen Quentin and Willie Mae (Barnett) Burress, he married Mary J. (Graves) Lavin on December 2, 1988 in Groveland.  She survives.  Also surviving are four children, Michael (Karla)...
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Dave Black, Jr.

June 15, 1954 - November 9, 2018

PEORIA ~ Dave Black, Jr., 64, of Peoria, passed away at 10 a.m. Friday, November 9, 2018 at his home.
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Richard E. Cluck

October 4, 1968 - November 9, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Richard Eugene “Rick” Cluck, 50, of East Peoria, passed away at 4:05 a.m. Friday, November 9, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born October 4, 1968 in Pekin to Billy W. and Sue C. (Norcutt) Cluck.  Surviving are his mother of Pekin and one brother, Ronald (Helen) Cluck of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. His father has preceded him in death...
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Martin H. Fraim

March 3, 1956 - November 8, 2018

MORTON ~ Martin Hill “Marty” Fraim, 62, of Morton, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency Room in Peoria. He was born March 3, 1956 in San Diego, California to Donald Leo and Beverly Ann (Lindstrom) Fraim.  His father preceded him in death on September 21, 2008 and his beloved dog, Keeno. Surviving are his mother,...
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Mary A. Coers

May 8, 1931 - November 6, 2018

HARTSBURG ~ Mary Arlene (Lynch) Coers, 87, of Hartsburg, passed away at 4 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Hopedale Nursing Home. Born May 8, 1931 in Quincy to George Ray and Mabel (Rhodus) Lynch, she married Ralph F. Coers on August 3, 1947 in Emden.  He died September 5, 1985 in Hartsburg.  Also preceding her in death are her parents; one son, Robert Coers; one grandson, Ralph W....
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R. Pauline Maile

March 18, 1928 - November 5, 2018

SOUTH PEKIN ~ Ruby Pauline Maile, 90, of South Pekin, passed away at 6 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Marquette Heights. Born March 18, 1928 in Howell County, Missouri, to John Frank and Jessie Maude (Wilkinson) Christopher, she married George John Maile, Jr. on November 5, 1944 in Mountain View, Missouri.  He died November 30, 1999 in Pekin.  She also...
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Raymond Birchfield

June 27, 1941 - November 4, 2018

PEORIA ~ Raymond Birchfield, 77, of Peoria, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 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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James D. Sumner

January 7, 1962 - November 3, 2018

ARMINGTON ~ James Donald Sumner, 56, of Armington, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at his home. Per his wishes, there will be no services or visitation.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Vergie K. Friedrich

November 6, 1937 - November 3, 2018

GREEN VALLEY ~ Vergie K. Friedrich, 80, of Green Valley, passed away at 5:17 p.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born November 6, 1937 in Pekin to Paul and Jean (Bennett) Schleder, she married Robert D. “Bob” Friedrich on October 20, 1957 at St. John’s (Sand Prairie) Lutheran Church in rural Green Valley. He survives. Surviving...
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Deena Rogers

October 18, 1947 - November 2, 2018

WASHINGTON ~ Deena Kaye Rogers, 71, of Washington, passed away at 11:29 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2018 in Hudson. Born October 18, 1947 in Peoria to William E. and Cedona (Blankenship) Curtis, she married Earl A. Rogers. They later divorced. Surviving are two sons, Todd (Mary) Rogers of Merrill, Wisconsin and Jeff (Paige) Rogers of Green Valley; two grandchildren, Maddie and Easton Rogers; two...
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Harley E. Simpkins

March 5, 1934 - November 1, 2018

PEKIN ~ Harley Eugene Simpkins, 84, of Mesa, Arizona passed away at 1:58 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Eden Adult Care Facility in Mesa. He was formerly of Pekin. Born March 5, 1934 in McClure, Illinois to Eddie and Crissie (Parrish) Simpkins, he married Shirley J. Look on October 3, 1954 in Manito. She died April 11, 2002 in Pekin. He later married Charlotte Ruth Ward on August 29,...
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R. Dean Thorne

October 3, 1945 - November 1, 2018

MAPLETON ~ Robert Dean Thorne, 73, of Mapleton, passed away at 6:50 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born October 3, 1945 in Pekin to Robert B. and Lorraine (Henrichs) Thorne, he married Susan R. (Mitchell) King on July 28, 2000 in Pekin.  She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Amber King-Kelly of Charleston, South Carolina; one son,...
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Judith A. Edwards

October 31, 1942 - November 1, 2018

GROVELAND ~ Judith A. "Judy" Edwards, 76, of Groveland, passed away at 3:28 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Sunset Manor in Canton.
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Russell J. Espinoza

January 30, 1930 - October 31, 2018

MANITO ~ Russell Joseph Espinoza, 88, of Manito, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Aperion Care Morton Terrace. Born January 30, 1930 in Peoria to Joseph C. and Alma Fern (Goodwin) Espinoza, he married Bonnie Jean Hill on June 19, 1948 in Peoria.  She survives. Also surviving are three sons, David F. (Gloria) Espinoza of Bloomington, Dan R. (Marcy) Espinoza of Pekin,...
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Kenneth E. Cochran

December 7, 1939 - October 31, 2018

PEKIN ~ Kenneth Eugene Cochran, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. Born December 7, 1939 in Safe, Missouri to Lester James and Etta Anna (Bailey) Cochran, he married Ada Fredonia Walls on July 30, 1962 in Rolla, Missouri.  She died November 19, 2006 in Peoria.  He also was preceded in death by his...
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Krystal I. Maurer

May 10, 1959 - October 29, 2018

PEKIN ~ Krystal Irene Maurer, 59, of Pekin, passed away at noon, October 29, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin Emergency Room.  She was formerly of Ottawa. She was born May 10, 1959 in Ottawa to George August and Frances (Watson) Maurer. Surviving are her mother, Frances Enockson of Ottawa; her father, George Maurer of Grand Ridge and three brothers, Bill Maurer of Ottawa, Jeff Maurer...
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Raymond Chevy Lee Vinson

October 23, 2018 - October 29, 2018

PEKIN ~ Raymond Chevy Lee Vinson, six day old infant of Doris Irene Francis Smith and Andrew Franklin Vinson, passed away at 7:56 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Pekin's emergency room.
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Edward Zielinski, Jr.

August 30, 1930 - October 28, 2018

PEKIN ~ Edward Zielinski, Jr., 88, of Pekin, passed away at 9 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin. Born August 30, 1930 in Pekin to Edward, Sr. and Antoinette (Waremburg) Zielinski, he married Shirley Ann Tyler in August of 1951 in Roswell, NM.  She died February 21, 2017.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Zielinski; and one...
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Kimberly K. Elmore-McNeal

December 8, 1959 - October 28, 2018

DEER CREEK ~ Kimberly Kaye Elmore-McNeal, 58, of Deer Creek passed away at 6:58 a.m. Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Fondulac Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in East Peoria. She was born December 8, 1959 in Anderson, Indiana to Richard and Mary (Buck) Elmore. Surviving are her father of East Peoria; one daughter, Mariah Elmore of Deer Creek; one brother, Allen (Carrie) Elmore of Texas and one...
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Nora Frye

April 19, 1931 - October 28, 2018

PEKIN ~ Nora Frye, 87, of Pekin, passed away at 2:48 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2018 at her home.  She was formerly of Creve Coeur. Born April 19, 1931 in Cherokee County, South Carolina to David L. and Nellie M. (Jones) Ogle, Sr., she married Dillard C. Frye on July 7, 1952 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He died February 8, 2011.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; three...
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Joyce E. Agee

December 27, 1952 - October 27, 2018

NORTH PEKIN ~ Joyce Evelyn “Joy” Agee, 65, of North Pekin, passed away at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria. Born December 27, 1952 in Essex, Missouri to Victor and Alma (Bess) Patterson, she married Ellis Agee on December 5, 1989 in Peoria.  He survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Ronda Poole of St. Genevieve, Missouri,...
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Patricia J. Crawford

May 23, 1933 - October 27, 2018

PEKIN ~ Patricia Jean “Pat” Crawford, 85, of Pekin, passed away at 10:43 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin and went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Born May 23, 1933 in Charleston Township, Lee County, Iowa to Irwin E. and Vera J. (Cook) Spiesz, she married Kenneth Oliver Crawford on April 5, 1953 (Easter Sunday) at Grace...
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Dianna Howell

March 18, 1949 - October 26, 2018

PEKIN ~ Dianna Jean Howell, 69, of Pekin, passed away at 12:04 a.m. Friday, October 26, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. Born March 18, 1949 in Pekin to Dwayne Franklin and Wilma Jean (Rockhold) Harper, she married John William Howell on March 24, 1967 in Pekin.  He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Kelly Howell and Kevin (Christy) Howell, both of Pekin; one...
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Clarence W. Shallenberger, Jr.

May 15, 1946 - October 26, 2018

PEKIN ~ Clarence William Shallenberger, Jr., 72, of Pekin, passed away at 2:55 a.m. Friday, October 26, 2018 at his home. Born May 15, 1946 in Lawrenceville to Clarence William, Sr. and Ethel (Quakenbush) Shallenberger, he married Sally Jo (Martin) Brown on September 17, 1984. Surviving are his wife, Sally Shallenberger of Pekin; three daughters, Stacey (Todd) Willock of Creve Coeur, Bobbi...
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Kaleb James White

October 25, 2018 - October 25, 2018

WEST PEORIA ~ Kaleb James White, infant son of Jenny Lee Wolfe and Kenneth James White, of West Peoria, was stillborn at 9 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. Surviving are his parents; two sisters, Kailynn White and Brooklyn Wolfe; grandparents, Melissa White, J.R. White, and Sheila White; and great-grandparents, Betty Prather, Jack Prather, and...
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Caryl Griffin

June 17, 1946 - October 25, 2018

PEKIN ~ Caryl Griffin, 72, of Pekin, passed away at 2:58 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Reflections Memory Care in Pekin. Cremation rites will be accorded.  The family will host a celebration of her life at a later date in Moline, IL.
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Michael Fincham

December 2, 1953 - October 24, 2018

EAST PEORIA ~ Michael Richard Fincham, 64, of East Peoria, passed away at 6:41 a.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at his home. Born December 2, 1953 in Peoria to Emery Leroy and Laura (Walsar) Fincham, he married Brenda Waldron on December 2, 1996 in East Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Amy Waldron of Peoria and Dasia Sanders of East Peoria; one grandson, Alijah Miller of...
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Thomas L. Matheney

March 21, 1931 - October 24, 2018

PEKIN ~ Thomas L. “Thom” Matheney, 87, of Pekin, passed away at 6 a.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at his home surrounded by family. Born March 21, 1931 in Deavertown, Ohio to Thomas G. and Juanita L. (Wamsley) Matheney, he married Jennie L. Carroll on November 28, 1953 in Granby, Connecticut.  She died March 16, 2018 in Pekin.  He also was preceded in death by his parents;...
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Lisa A. Denton

August 12, 1969 - October 22, 2018

PESOTUM ~ Lisa A. Denton, 49, of Pesotum, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 4:06 a.m. Monday, October 22, 2018 at her residence.
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Henry A. Tassart

September 9, 1924 - October 22, 2018

PEKIN ~ Henry Albert “Hank” Tassart, 94, of Pekin, passed away at 12:21 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born September 9, 1924 in Pekin to Charles and Marie (Dhecuse) Tassart, he married Shirley June Breaden on June 24, 1951 in Creve Coeur.  Surviving are his wife, Shirley Tassart of Pekin; one son, Jeff (Mary) Tassart of Pekin;...
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Sharon Spiesz

July 22, 1943 - October 21, 2018

PEKIN ~ Sharon Spiesz, 75, of Pekin, passed away at 11:26 a.m. Sunday, October 21, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Pekin.
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Kipling R. Snyder II

September 13, 1978 - October 20, 2018

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS ~ Kipling Ray “Kip” Snyder II, 40, of Marquette Heights, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at his home. Born September 13, 1978 in Pekin to Kipling R. and Theresa (Forbes) Snyder, he married Cori Jones on March 31, 2006 in Pekin.  She survives.  Also surviving are his parents, Kip (Michele) Snyder of Pekin; his mother Theresa Evard of...
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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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