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

Glen H. Walker

June 29, 1936 - August 4, 2019

CHILLICOTHE ~ Glen H. Walker, 83, of Chillicothe, passed away at 9:08 a.m. Sunday< August 4, 2019 at his home. Arrangements are pending with Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.
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Glen H. Walker

June 29, 1936 - August 4, 2019

CHILLICOTHE ~ Glen H. Walker, 83, of Chillicothe, passed away at 9:08 a.m. Sunday< August 4, 2019 at his home. Arrangements are pending with Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.
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Nancy E. Swartz

April 6, 1944 - August 3, 2019

Creve Coeur~ Nancy E. Swartz, 75, of Creve Coeur, passed away at 8:43 p.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Fondulac Rehabilitation and Health Care in East Peoria. Born April 6, 1944 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to Russell and Mary (Yarlett) Swartz. They preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one son George Ocker; one brother, Edgar Swartz. Surviving are her significant one Charles...
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Nancy E. Swartz

April 6, 1944 - August 3, 2019

Creve Coeur ~ Nancy Elizabeth Swartz, 75, of Creve Coeur, passed away at 8:43 p.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Fondulac Rehabilitation and Health Care, East Peoria. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory Creve Coeur.
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Michelle Woods

June 17, 1949 - August 2, 2019

PEKIN ~ Michelle Woods, 70, of Pekin, passed away at 4:27 a.m. Friday, August 2, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. She was born June 17, 1949 in Pekin to Herschel and Betty L. (King) Woods. She was preceded in death by her father. She started her career as the first dispatcher for the Pekin Police Department. She later worked as a commercial bacteriologist in the Pekin and Peoria...
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Patsy Ann Terrell

February 16, 1936 - July 31, 2019

PEKIN ~ Patsy Ann Terrell, 83, of Pekin, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.  Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  
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Pauline Karnes

February 14, 1920 - July 31, 2019

PEKIN ~ Pauline Opal Karnes, 99, of Pekin, passed away at 10:53 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Pekin Manor. Born February 14, 1920 in Spring Lake in Tazewell County to Coy F. and Mamie M. (Lawson) Swearingian, she married Carl W. Karnes on March 1, 1941 in Pekin. He died March 18, 2003 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Brad A. Karnes; one grandchild, Lynn...
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Pauline Karnes

February 14, 1920 - July 31, 2019

PEKIN ~ Pauline Opal Karnes, 99, of Pekin, passed away at 10:53 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2019 at Pekin Manor. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Robert Ernest Mitchell Messer

May 20, 2018 - July 30, 2019

PEKIN ~ Robert Ernest Mitchell Messer, 1, of Pekin, passed away at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at his home. He was born May 20, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria to Dillon James and Elizabeth Katheryn Lee (Appleyard) Messer. Surviving are his parents, Dillon and Beth Messer; two brothers, Jack Appleyard and Dustin Messer; one sister, Sophia Messer; and his grandmother,...
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Robert Ernest Mitchell Messer

May 20, 2018 - July 30, 2019

PEKIN ~ Robert Ernest Mitchell Messer, 1 year old son of Dillon and Elizabeth “Beth” (Appleyard) Messer, of Pekin, passed away at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at his home. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Kimberly L. Regguinti

September 19, 1968 - July 28, 2019

PEORIA ~ Kimberly L Regguinti, 50, of Peoria, passed away at 9:34 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born September 19, 1968 in Peoria to Willard Bernell and Sharon L. (VanSickle) Bowen. They preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bryan Bowen and Ray Jenkins. She married the love of her life Todd Regguinti on April 7, 1994 in...
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Kimberly L. Regguinti

September 19, 1968 - July 28, 2019

PEORIA ~ Kimberly L Regguinti, 50, of Peoria, passed away at 9:34 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born September 19, 1968 in Peoria to Willard Bernell and Sharon L. (VanSickle) Bowen. They preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bryan Bowen and Ray Jenkins. She married the love of her life Todd Regguinti on April 7, 1994 in...
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Tim E. Weidner

May 17, 1955 - July 27, 2019

PEKIN ~ Tim Edward Weidner, 64, of Pekin, passed away at 2:09 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born May 17, 1955 in Galesburg to George E. and Marietta “Mickey” (McMillian) Weidner, he married Lora Beth Ashley on July 30, 1977 in Pekin.  She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Douglas E. (Stephanie) Weidner of Pekin and Nathan H. ...
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Tim Weidner

May 17, 1955 - July 27, 2019

PEKIN ~ Tim Weidner, 64, of Pekin, passed away at 2:09 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Barbara Kerley

December 10, 1952 - July 26, 2019

PEKIN ~ Barbara Ann Kerley, 66, of Pekin, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2019 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born December 10, 1952 in Peoria to Harold and Marguerite (DePoy) Fowler, she married Michael S. Kerley on July 2, 1977 in Pekin. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Rob (Holly) Kerley of Pekin; one daughter, Lisa (William) Kettering of Pekin; three...
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Barbara Kerley

December 10, 1952 - July 26, 2019

PEKIN ~ Barbara Ann Kerley, 66, of Pekin, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2019 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born December 10, 1952 in Peoria to Harold and Marguerite (DePoy) Fowler, she married Michael S. Kerley on July 2, 1977 in Pekin. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Rob (Holly) Kerley of Pekin; one daughter, Lisa (William) Kettering of Pekin; three...
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Marjorie E. Friedrich

April 28, 1926 - July 26, 2019

GREEN VALLEY ~ Marjorie Elizabeth Friedrich, 93, of rural Green Valley, passed away at 9:34 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019 at Hopedale Nursing Home. Born April 28, 1926 in rural Tazewell County to Ernest R. and Anna Margaret (Daniels) Chitwood, she married Howard A. Friedrich on June 2, 1946 in rural Green Valley.  He died August 30, 1981.  She also was preceded in death by her parents;...
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Rose Mary Lutz

August 7, 1936 - July 26, 2019

PEKIN ~ Rose Mary Lutz, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin surrounded by her family.
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Marjorie E. Friedrich

April 28, 1926 - July 26, 2019

GREEN VALLEY ~ Marjorie Elizabeth Friedrich, 93, of rural Green Valley, passed away at 9:34 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019 at Hopedale Nursing Home. Born April 28, 1926 in rural Tazewell County to Ernest R. and Anna Margaret (Daniels) Chitwood, she married Howard A. Friedrich on June 2, 1946 in rural Green Valley.  He died August 30, 1981.  She also was preceded in death by her parents;...
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Rose Mary Lutz

August 7, 1936 - July 26, 2019

PEKIN ~ Rose Mary Lutz, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin surrounded by her family.
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Myrtle R. Rice

June 30, 1915 - July 25, 2019

PEKIN ~ Myrtle Rae Rice, 104, of Pekin, passed away at 5:35 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at her home. She was formerly of Creve Coeur. Born June 30, 1915 in New Holstein, Wisconsin to Peter and Willie Amanda (Woods) Jacobson, she married the love of her life, Robert Rice on September 26, 1946 in Springfield and cherished 65 years together. He died February 9, 2011 in Creve Coeur. She was also...
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Myrtle R. Rice

June 30, 1915 - July 25, 2019

Creve Coeur ~ Myrtle Rae Rice, 104, of Creve Coeur, passed away at 5:35 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Liberty Village in Pekin. Born June 30, 1915 in New Holstein, Wisconsin to Peter and Willie Amanda (Woods) Jacobson. They preceded her in death. She married the love of her life Robert Rice on September 26, 1946 in Springfield. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two...
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Betty Wethington

February 12, 1951 - July 24, 2019

PEKIN ~ Betty Lou (Shearer) Wethington, 68, of Bloomington, passed away at 9:41 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at her daughter’s home surrounded by family. She was formerly of Pekin. She was born February 12, 1951 in Kennett, Missouri to Berry Louis and Beatrice (Williams) Shearer. She was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are one daughter, Crystal (Brian) Ciasnocha of Bloomington...
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Mable E. Trueblood

September 5, 1925 - July 24, 2019

PEKIN ~ Mable Eileen Trueblood, 93, of Pekin, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care in Pekin. Born September 5, 1925 in San Jose to William and Lena (Connett) Myers, she married Oce “June” Trueblood on November 22, 1946 in Hammond. He died December 15, 1973. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sons, Michael, Daniel...
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Betty Wethington

February 12, 1951 - July 24, 2019

PEKIN ~ Betty Lou (Shearer) Wethington, 68, of Pekin, passed away at 9:41 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Bloomington. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  
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Mable E. Trueblood

September 5, 1925 - July 24, 2019

PEKIN ~ Mable Eileen Trueblood, 93, of Pekin, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care in Pekin. Born September 5, 1925 in San Jose to William and Lena (Connett) Myers, she married Oce “June” Trueblood on November 22, 1946 in Hammond. He died December 15, 1973. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sons, Michael, Daniel...
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James Luenz

August 31, 1965 - July 23, 2019

EAST PEORIA ~ James Michael Luenz, 53, of East Peoria, passed away at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in the Emergency Room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born August 31, 1965 in Peoria to Michael and Judith K. (Rader) Luenz. Surviving are his mother and step-father, Judith and Jay Wagner of Buckeye, Arizona; father and step-mother, Michael and Pamela Luenz of Lafayette,...
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James Luenz

August 31, 1965 - July 23, 2019

EAST PEORIA ~ James Michael Luenz, 53, of East Peoria, passed away at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in the Emergency Room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Elsie M. Lynn

October 2, 1935 - July 23, 2019

PEORIA ~ Elsie M. Lynn, 83, of rural Peoria, passed away and went home to be with her Lord at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at her home. Born October 2, 1935 in Howard County, Missouri to Louis Jackson and Mary Hester (Reeves) Westfall, she married Rev. Albert Henry “Al” Lynn on June 14, 1952 in Higbee, Missouri.  He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Cindy (Dan)...
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Elsie M. Lynn

October 2, 1935 - July 23, 2019

PEORIA ~ Elsie M. Lynn, 83, of rural Peoria, passed away and went home to be with her Lord at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at her home. Born October 2, 1935 in Howard County, Missouri to Louis Jackson and Mary Hester (Reeves) Westfall, she married Rev. Albert Henry “Al” Lynn on June 14, 1952 in Higbee, Missouri.  He survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Cindy (Dan)...
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Gordon B. Howdyshell

March 8, 1926 - July 21, 2019

PEKIN ~ Gordon B. Howdyshell, 93, of Pekin, passed away at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, July 21, 2019 at his residence. Born March 8, 1926 in Mount Solon, Virginia to Carl Rosco and Ressie Virginia Howdyshell, he married Addie K. Campbell on March 3, 1951 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  She died July 25, 2007 in Pekin.  He also was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Charles Vaupel; two...
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Gordon B. Howdyshell

March 8, 1926 - July 21, 2019

PEKIN ~ Gordon B. Howdyshell, 93, of Pekin, passed away at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, July 21, 2019 at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. 
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Leslie G. Avery

November 7, 1940 - July 20, 2019

PEKIN ~ Leslie Gene “Les” Avery, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 4:34 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at his home. Born November 7, 1940 in Beardstown to Herman and Betty (Reeves) Avery, he married Jeannie Crawford on February 18, 1984 in Carbondale.  She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Tracy Avery-Long of Pekin; one son, Ryan Avery of Pekin; six grandchildren, Matthew,...
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Leslie G. Avery

November 7, 1940 - July 20, 2019

PEKIN ~ Leslie Gene “Les” Avery, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 4:34 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at his home. Born November 7, 1940 in Beardstown to Herman and Betty (Reeves) Avery, he married Jeannie Crawford on February 18, 1984 in Carbondale.  She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Tracy Avery-Long of Pekin; one son, Ryan Avery of Pekin; six grandchildren, Matthew,...
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Phillip J. Draffen

June 6, 1959 - July 20, 2019

Pekin ~ Phillip J. Draffen, 60, of Pekin, passed away at 5:07 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born June 6, 1959 in Pekin to Robert E. and Francis L. (Curtner) Draffen. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a lifelong friend Rod Homerin of Pekin. He married the love of his life Christina (Forbis) on June 18, 1983 in Pekin. She survives. ...
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L. Ray Gordon

March 6, 1952 - July 20, 2019

PEKIN ~ Louis Ray Gordon, 67, of Pekin, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at his residence.
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Phillip J. Draffen

June 6, 1959 - July 20, 2019

Pekin ~ Phillip J. Draffen, 60, of Pekin, passed away at 5:07 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born June 6, 1959 in Pekin to Robert E. and Francis L. (Curtner) Draffen. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a lifelong friend Rod Homerin of Pekin. He married the love of his life Christina (Forbis) on June 18, 1983 in Pekin. She survives. ...
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Ervin John Elling

July 11, 1937 - July 18, 2019

GREEN VALLEY ~ Ervin J. "Whitey" Elling, 82, of Green Valley, passed away at 10:48 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
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Bee Ross

October 3, 1940 - July 18, 2019

EAST PEORIA ~ Bernice Aliene "Bee" Ross, 78, of East Peoria, passed away at 11:05 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
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Todd A. Clark

October 11, 1963 - July 18, 2019

PEKIN ~ Todd A. Clark, 55, of Pekin, passed away at 10:59 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. Todd was born October 11, 1963 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Surviving are his parents, Jack T. and Darla J. Clark of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one son, Quinn (Laura) Clark of Overland Park, Kansas; one daughter, Taylor Clark of Pekin and one sister, Kristin (John) Walker...
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Ina E. Pierce

March 14, 1946 - July 18, 2019

East Peoria ~ Ina E. Pierce, 73, of East Peoria, passed away at 11:59 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born March 14, 1946 in Peoria to Henry and Una (Stailey) Beard, she married James Pierce on June 24, 1967 in East Peoria. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Jennifer R. Pierce of East Peoria, Jessica R. Harr of Webb City MO; three...
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Ervin John Elling

July 11, 1937 - July 18, 2019

GREEN VALLEY ~ Ervin J. "Whitey" Elling, 82, of Green Valley, passed away at 10:48 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
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Todd A. Clark

October 11, 1963 - July 18, 2019

PEKIN ~ Todd A. Clark, 55, of Pekin, passed away at 10:59 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. He was born October 11, 1963 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Jack T. and Darla J. (Moeller) Clark. Surviving are his parents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one son, Quinn (Laura) Clark of Overland Park, Kansas; one daughter, Taylor Clark of Pekin and one sister, Kristin (John...
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Ina E. Pierce

March 14, 1946 - July 18, 2019

East Peoria ~ Ina E. Pierce, 73, of East Peoria, passed away at 11:59 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born March 14, 1946 in Peoria to Henry and Una (Stailey) Beard, she married James Pierce on June 24, 1967 in East Peoria. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Jennifer R. Pierce of East Peoria, Jessica R. Harr of Webb City MO; three...
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Lynda Jane Smith

January 19, 1951 - July 18, 2019

NORTH PEKIN ~ Lynda Jane Smith, 68, of North Pekin, passed away at 9:43 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at her residence.  Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Lynda Jane Smith

January 19, 1951 - July 18, 2019

NORTH PEKIN ~ Lynda Jane Smith, 68, of North Pekin, passed away at 9:43 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at her residence.  Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Anna M. David

May 28, 1928 - July 17, 2019

MAPLETON ~ Anna May David, 91, of Mapleton, passed away at 1:27 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019 in Mapleton. Born May 28, 1928 in Mapleton to Clinton and Mary (Haynes) Umholtz, she married Danny Lee David on December 4, 1948 in Peoria.  He died March 21, 2015 in Mapleton.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Glenda Stear, one sister, four brothers, and son-in-law...
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Leslie D. Shepherd

February 28, 1939 - July 17, 2019

PEKIN ~ Leslie Dean Shepherd, 80, of Punta Gorda, Florida, formerly of Pekin, passed away at 12:21 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born February 28, 1939 in Pekin to William L. and Phoebe O. (Dean) Matthews, she married Warren Stovall.  She later married William Shepherd on August 18, 2001 in Pekin.  He survives. Also surviving are two...
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Anna M. David

May 28, 1928 - July 17, 2019

MAPLETON ~ Anna May David, 91, of Mapleton, passed away at 1:27 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019 in Mapleton. Born May 28, 1928 in Mapleton to Clinton and Mary (Haynes) Umholtz, she married Danny Lee David on December 4, 1948 in Peoria.  He died March 21, 2015 in Mapleton.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Glenda Stear, one sister, four brothers, and son-in-law...
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Helen M. Look

November 8, 1931 - July 15, 2019

TREMONT ~ Helen Marie Look, 87, of rural Tremont, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2019 at UnityPoint Health in Pekin. Born November 8, 1931 in Pekin to Andrew and Helen (Tarlosi) Hromish, she married Elwood Look on April 30, 1950 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Roger (Yvonne) Look of Metamora and Kreigh (Carla) Look of Pekin; one...
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Rosemary Mickle

March 3, 1939 - July 15, 2019

PEKIN ~ Rosemary Mickle, 80, of Pekin, passed away at 2 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Pekin. Born March 3, 1939 in Pekin to Albert Glenn and Florence Terry (Connett) McGinnis, she married Larry R. Mickle on July 13, 1957 in Pekin. He survives. Also surviving are three sons, Jerry R. Mickle of Pekin, Jon-Paul (Jennifer) Mickle of Seattle, Washington and Joshua D. (Vanessa Udry)...
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Helen M. Look

November 8, 1931 - July 15, 2019

TREMONT ~ Helen Marie Look, 87, of rural Tremont, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2019 at UnityPoint Health in Pekin. Born November 8, 1931 in Pekin to Andrew and Helen (Tarlosi) Hromish, she married Elwood Look on April 30, 1950 in Mississippi.  He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Roger (Yvonne) Look of Metamora and Kreigh (Carla) Look of Pekin; one daughter, Debbie (John)...
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Rosemary Mickle

March 3, 1939 - July 15, 2019

PEKIN ~ Rosemary Mickle, 80, of Pekin, passed away at 2 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Pekin. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Connie S. Gordon

January 18, 1954 - July 13, 2019

PEKIN ~ Connie Sue Gordon, 65, of Pekin, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019 at her home. She was born January 18, 1954 in Peoria to Gene and Shirley Jean (Martis) Gordon.  They along with one sister, Cathy Griffin have preceded her in death. Surviving are two brothers, Dan (Linda) Gordon of Panama City, Florida, Tim Gordon of Trion, Georgia; one sister, Clara Hegener of South...
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Connie Gordon

January 18, 1954 - July 13, 2019

PEKIN ~ Connie Gordon, 65, of Pekin, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019 at her home. Arrangements are pending with Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Joseph A. Smith, Jr.

August 4, 1958 - July 12, 2019

EAST PEORIA ~ Joseph Arthur Smith, Jr., 60, of East Peoria, passed away at 2:03 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at his residence. He was born August 4, 1958 in Peoria to Joseph Arthur and Muriel Jeanette (Evans) Smith, Sr. Surviving are his mother, M. Jeanette Smith of East Peoria; two brothers, William (Karen) Smith of Deer Creek and Merle “Frank” Smith of East Peoria. He was preceded in...
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Joseph A. Smith, Jr.

August 4, 1958 - July 12, 2019

EAST PEORIA ~ Joseph Arthur Smith, Jr., 60, of East Peoria, passed away at 2:03 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at his residence. He was born August 4, 1958 in Peoria to Joseph Arthur and Muriel Jeanette (Evans) Smith, Sr. Surviving are his mother, M. Jeanette Smith of East Peoria; two brothers, William (Karen) Smith of Deer Creek and Merle “Frank” Smith of East Peoria. He was preceded in...
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John J. Belcher

November 1, 1955 - July 12, 2019

NATCHEZ, MS ~ John Jude Belcher, 63, of Natchez, Mississippi, formerly of Creve Coeur, passed away at 7:07 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at Merit Health in Natchez. He was born November 1, 1955 in Peoria to James Marshall and Shirley (Starr) Belcher.  His father has preceded him in death. Surviving are his mother, Shirley Weihmeir of Creve Coeur; one daughter, Christine; four grandchildren;...
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Kenneth E. Alward

August 31, 1948 - July 12, 2019

PEKIN ~ Kenneth Edward Alward, Jr., 70 of Pekin, passed at 10:20 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at his residence. He was born August 31, 1948 in Pekin to Kenneth Edward and Betty Jean (Covey) Alward.  His parents preceded him in death. Surviving are one son, Philip S. (Misty) Alward of Minier; two daughters, Jennifer Ann Alward of San Diego, California and Michelle D. Alward of Pekin; ten...
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Kenneth E. Alward

August 31, 1948 - July 12, 2019

PEKIN ~ Kenneth Edward Alward, 70, of Pekin, passed away at 10:20 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  
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Russell E. Davidson

January 21, 1944 - July 10, 2019

HOPEDALE ~ Russell E. Davidson, 75, of Hopedale, passed away at 12:36 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. He was born January 21, 1944 in Bernie, Missouri to Clarence Eugene and Jesalin (Riddle) Davidson. Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Davidson of Highland and Norman Droll of Mascoutah and two brothers, Clarence D. (Glenda) Davidson of Dexter,...
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Russell E. Davidson

January 21, 1944 - July 10, 2019

HOPEDALE ~ Russell E. Davidson, 75, of Hopedale, passed away at 12:36 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  
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Roberta Taylor

November 27, 1948 - July 9, 2019

PEKIN ~ Roberta J. Taylor, 70, of Pekin, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. She was born December 27, 1948 in Pekin to Johnsie D. and Virginia Mae (Parr) Haynes. She was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Mickie Haynes and Billie Jean Barbour. Surviving are one daughter, Tina (Tim) Harrison of Pekin; two grandchildren, Taylor...
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Betty Doyle

October 10, 1930 - July 9, 2019

PEKIN ~ Betty Lou Doyle, 88, of rural Pekin, passed away at 4:47 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Timbercreek Rehab and Health Care in Pekin. Born November 10, 1930 in Forest City to James Henry and Elsie Elizabeth (Eddy) Beams, she married Donald Anthony Doyle on December 19, 1953 in Peoria.  He died May 30, 2016 in Peoria.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; one brother,...
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Roberta Taylor

November 27, 1948 - July 9, 2019

PEKIN ~ Roberta J. Taylor, 70, of Pekin, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. Arrangements are pending Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Betty Doyle

October 10, 1930 - July 9, 2019

PEKIN ~ Betty Doyle, 88, of Pekin, passed away at 4:47 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Timbercreek Rehab & Health Center in Pekin. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Donna R. Cleaver

March 3, 1942 - July 8, 2019

PEKIN ~ Donna Rae Cleaver, 77, of Princeton, passed away at 8:40 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2019 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born March 3, 1942 in Pekin to Raymond and Aline (McBride) Sayers, she married Franklin Norman Cleaver, Sr. on March 6, 1960 in Pekin. He died May 31, 2006 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Beverly Sayers. Surviving are...
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Jana Bonnett

January 23, 1954 - July 8, 2019

PEKIN ~ Jana Stapleton Bonnett,65, of Pekin, passed away Monday, July 8, 2019 at her home.  Jana Lynn Stapleton was born on January 23, 1954 in Quantico, VA, to James and Marilyn (Keil) Stapleton. On October 4, 1975, she married R. Keith Bonnett in Pekin, IL. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bradley University (summa cum laude, Kappa Omicron Phi) in 1976. After raising her...
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Donna Cleaver

March 3, 1942 - July 8, 2019

PEKIN ~ Donna Rae Cleaver, 77, of Princeton, passed away at 8:40 p.m. at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was formerly of Pekin. Born March 3, 1942 in Pekin to Raymond and Aline (McBride) Sayers, she married Franklin Norman Cleaver, Sr. on March 6, 1960 in Pekin. He died May 31, 2006 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Beverly Sayers. Surviving...
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Jana Bonnett

January 23, 1954 - July 8, 2019

PEKIN ~ Jana Stapleton Bonnett,65, of Pekin, passed away Monday, July 8, 2019 at her home.  Jana Lynn Stapleton was born on January 23, 1954 in Quantico, VA, to James and Marilyn (Keil) Stapleton. On October 4, 1975, she married R. Keith Bonnett in Pekin, IL. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bradley University (summa cum laude, Kappa Omicron Phi) in 1976. After raising her...
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Bobbie V. Newell

March 27, 1931 - July 7, 2019

PEKIN ~ Bobbie Vernon Newell, 88, of Pekin, passed away at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Reflections Memory Care in Pekin. He was born March 27, 1931 in Rankin to Walter and Della (Smiser) Newell.  His parents and 2 brothers, Glen and Harold Newell and three sisters, Marjorie Stoller, Lucille Kinsey and Elsie Hoffman preceded him in death. Surviving are one sister, Esther Hackney of...
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Haylee L. Benassi

December 29, 1995 - July 7, 2019

PEKIN ~ Haylee LouAnn Benassi, 23, of Pekin, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 in Pekin. She was born December 29, 1995 in Peoria to David G. and Janice L. (Whobrey) Benassi. Surviving are her parents of Pekin; one sister, Amber (Avery) Rush of Peoria; one brother, Spencer Walker of Pekin; four nephews she adored, Avery Rush, Ari Rush, both of Peoria, Cameron Walker and Jackson...
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Bobbie V. Newell

March 27, 1931 - July 7, 2019

PEKIN ~ Bobbie Vernon Newell, 88, of Pekin, passed away at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Reflections Memory Care in Pekin. He was born March 27, 1931 in Rankin to Walter and Della (Smiser) Newell.  His parents and 2 brothers, Glen and Harold Newell and three sisters, Marjorie Stoller, Lucille Kinsey and Elsie Hoffman preceded him in death. Surviving are one sister, Esther Hackney of...
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Haylee L. Benassi

December 29, 1995 - July 7, 2019

PEKIN ~ Haylee Louann Benassi, 23, of Pekin, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019in Pekin. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Etta I. Martis

March 8, 1929 - July 7, 2019

PEKIN ~ Etta Irene Martis, 90 of Pekin, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born March 8, 1929 in Peoria to Samuel Benjamin and Etta Irene (Rogers) Funk, she married Joseph Carl Martis on July 28, 1948 in Racine, Wisconsin.  He died April 26, 2002 in Pekin.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Steven Lee...
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Deborah L. Harrison

June 19, 1959 - July 7, 2019

PEKIN ~ Deborah Lynn Harrison, 60, of Pekin, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 at UnityPoint Health in Pekin. She was born June 19, 1959 in Peoria to Glen and LaVonda (Conley) Ackerson.  Her parents preceded her in death. She married the love of her life John David Harrison on July 3, 1981 at Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. He survives. Also surviving are her two...
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Etta Martis

March 8, 1926 - July 7, 2019

PEKIN ~ Etta Martis, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Deborah Harrison

June 19, 1959 - July 7, 2019

PEKIN ~ Deborah Harrison, 60, of Pekin, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 in the Emergency Room at UnityPoint Health-Pekin. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Catherine Vollmer

March 18, 1926 - July 6, 2019

PEKIN ~ Catherine Virginia (Fink) Vollmer, 93, of Pekin, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019 at The Loft Rehabilitation & Nursing of Normal. Born March 18, 1926 in Peoria to James E. and Ethel C. (Anderson) Fink, she married Wilbert R. Vollmer on November 19, 1949 in Bartonville. He died February 20, 1999. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Debora Kay...
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Catherine Vollmer

March 18, 1926 - July 6, 2019

PEKIN ~ Catherine Virginia (Fink) Vollmer, 93, of Pekin, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019 at The Loft Rehabiliation & Nursing of Normal. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Martin Fahnestock

September 15, 1947 - July 6, 2019

PEORIA ~ Martin Delmar "Gadget" Fahnestock, 71, of Peoria, left this world at 8:48 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born in Peoria on September 15, 1947, to Gordon Everett and Shirley (Moore) Fahnestock. Martin is survived by: two sisters, Phyllis White and Lori Fahnestock; four children, Felicia Bowen, Lisa Holt, Kelsey Fahnestock, and...
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Martin Fahnestock

September 15, 1947 - July 6, 2019

PEORIA ~ Martin Delmar Fahnestock, 71, of Peoria, left this world at 8:48 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born in Peoria on September 15, 1947, to Gordon Everett and Shirley (Moore) Fahnestock. Martin is survived by: two sisters, Phyllis White and Lori Fahnestock; four children, Felicia Bowen, Lisa Holt, Kelsey Fahnestock, and Ryne MacBride;...
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Jack M. Sharp

April 1, 1927 - July 5, 2019

PEORIA ~ Jack M. Sharp, 92, of Peoria, formerly of Pekin, passed away at 10:58 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 at UnityPoint Health - Methodist in Peoria. Born April 1, 1927 in Pekin to Earnest M. and Myrtle (Detterur-Boldt) Sharp, he married Virginia Yocom on July 28, 1945.  She preceded him in death.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Vernell Sharp, Don Boldt,...
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Kay Lock

February 10, 1943 - July 5, 2019

PEKIN ~ Karen Kay Lock, 76, of Pekin, passed away at 9:13 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. Born February 10, 1943 in Pekin to John Delmar and Dorothea Wilhelmina (Loercher) Gosnell, she married David M. Lock on March 24, 1961 in Pekin.  He died March 20, 2008.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; four grandchildren; two great...
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Jack M. Sharp

April 1, 1927 - July 5, 2019

PEORIA ~ Jack M. Sharp, 92, of Peoria, formerly of Pekin, passed away at 10:58 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 at UnityPoint Health - Methodist in Peoria. Born April 1, 1927 in Pekin to Earnest M. and Myrtle (Detterur-Boldt) Sharp, he married Virginia Yocom on July 28, 1945. She preceded him in death.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Vernell Sharp, Don Boldt, Dennis...
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Kay Lock

February 10, 1943 - July 5, 2019

PEKIN ~ Kay Lock, 76, of Pekin, passed away at 9:13 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.  Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Jay McGee

May 15, 1936 - July 4, 2019

CANTON ~ Jay McGee, 82, of Canton, passed away at 10:37 a.m. Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Sunset Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Canton.  He was formerly of Peoria. He was born May 15, 1936 to James and Etta (Palmer) McGee. They preceded him in death. Jay worked for Diversified Insurance Services as an Insurance Rater for 23 years retiring in 2003. No services are scheduled at...
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Jay McGee

May 15, 1936 - July 4, 2019

CANTON ~ Jay McGee, 82, of Canton, passed away at 10:37 a.m. Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Sunset Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Canton.  He was formerly of Peoria. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Audrey E. Hopkin

April 12, 1937 - July 3, 2019

GLASFORD ~ Audrey Elizabeth (Searle) Hopkin, 82, of Barnhart, Missouri, passed away July 3, 2019 at St. Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  She was formerly of Glasford. Born April 12, 1937 in Edwards to Robert L. and Frances Irene (Wood) Searle, she married Kenrick C. Hopkin on June 27, 1964 in Sunnyland. Surviving are her husband, Ken; four daughters, Krista (Chris) Fadler of Stafford...
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Melinda S. Holmes

August 14, 1970 - July 3, 2019

PEKIN ~ Melinda Sue Holmes, 48, of Pekin, passed away peacefully at 4:40 p.m.  Wednesday, July 3, 2019 surrounded by her family at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. She was born August 14, 1970 in Pekin to Jimmie D. and Judith Ann (Mahr) Fletcher, Sr.  Melinda married Bryan L. Holmes on September 14, 1991 at Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin, where she was baptized...
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Maxwell Kent Edelman

July 3, 2019 - July 3, 2019

MAPLETON ~ Maxwell Kent Edelman, infant son of Russell and Alyssa Edelman of Mapleton was stillborn at 7:13 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. Surviving are his parents of Mapleton; one brother, Oliver; one sister, Lena, both of Mapleton; his maternal grandparents, Patrick and Cynthia Philipchuck of Park Rapids, Minnesota; paternal grandparents, Walter and...
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Chad E. Williams

August 28, 1976 - July 3, 2019

SOUTH PEKIN ~ Chad E. Williams, 42, of South Pekin, passed away at 9:37 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center Emergency Department in Peoria. He was born August 28, 1976 in Peoria to Mark S. and Dana S. (Spitznagle) Williams. Surviving are his mother, Dana S. (John) Parker of Ahoskie, North Carolina; his father, Mark S. (Marsha) Williams of San Jose; two daughters,...
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Melinda S. Holmes

August 14, 1970 - July 3, 2019

PEKIN ~ Melinda Sue (Fletcher) Holmes, 48, of Pekin, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria. Arrangements are pending with Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Maxwell Edelman

July 3, 2019 - July 3, 2019

MAPLETON ~ Maxwell Edelman, infant son of Russell and Alyssa Edelman was stillborn at 7:13 a.m. Wednesday, July3, 2019 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria. Arrangements are pending with Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
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Chad E. Williams

August 28, 1976 - July 3, 2019

SOUTH PEKIN ~ Chad E. Williams, 42, of South Pekin, passed away at 9:37 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency Room. Arrangements are pending at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  
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Howard E. Lisanby

May 19, 1932 - July 2, 2019

PEKIN ~ Howard Ellis Lisanby, 87, of Pekin, passed away at 8:01 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Hallmark House in Pekin, surrounded by his loving family. Born May 19, 1932 in Dawson Springs, Kentucky to Albert and Bertha Jane (Menser) Lisanby, he married Ellene Pinnegar on May 20, 1951 in Princeton, Kentucky. She died April 27, 2017 in Green Valley. He also was preceded in death by his parents;...
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Howard E. Lisanby

May 19, 1932 - July 2, 2019

PEKIN ~ Howard Ellis Lisanby, 87, of Pekin, passed away at 8:01 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Hallmark House in Pekin, surrounded by his loving family. Born May 19, 1932 in Dawson Springs, Kentucky to Albert and Bertha Jane (Menser) Lisanby, he married Ellene Pinnegar on May 20, 1951 in Princeton, Kentucky. She died April 27, 2017 in Green Valley. He also was preceded in death by his parents;...
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Diana J. Sandy

October 12, 1940 - July 2, 2019

PEKIN ~ Diana J Sandy, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. Born October 12, 1940 in Peoria to Lowell and Mildred (Schuster) DeFrance, she married Rev. James Sandy on August 22, 1959, in Peoria. He died May 24, 1996 in Creve Coeur.   Her parents also preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, Guy (Cyndee) Sandy of...
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Diana J. Sandy

October 12, 1940 - July 2, 2019

PEKIN ~ Diana J Sandy, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. Born October 12, 1940 in Peoria to Lowell and Mildred (Schuster) DeFrance, she married Rev. James Sandy on August 22, 1959, in Peoria. He died May 24, 1996 in Creve Coeur.   Her parents also preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, Guy (Cyndee) Sandy of...
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Nancy A. Beyer

January 20, 1932 - June 30, 2019

PEKIN ~ Nancy Ann Beyer, 87, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, passed away at 9:08 a.m. Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Solange Assisted Living in Highlands Ranch.  She was formerly of Pekin. Born January 20, 1932 in Missouri to Lawrence and Pearl (Hale) Evans, she married Gerald Dean Beyer on October 17, 1953 in Pekin.  He died March 30, 1997 in Peoria. Her survivors include a daughter, Carla...
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