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BOBBY J. TAYLOR
(1942~2003)

PEKIN ~ Bobby Joe Taylor, 61, of 1417 Peoria Street, died at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at the emergency room of Pekin Hospital.

Born January 31, 1942 in Waverly, Tennessee to Ellis R. and Bernice C. Mayberry Taylor, he married Jean Deterts Teaney on May 22, 1972 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Surviving are one son, Joey D. (Billie Jo) Taylor of Manito; one daughter, Bobbi (Scott) Brienen of Pekin; one step-son, Rod Teaney of Pekin; seven grandchildren; five brothers, Joe (Sherri) Taylor, Billy (Peggy) Taylor, both of Pekin, Kenny Taylor, David Taylor, both of Lincoln and Arnold Taylor of El Paso and three sisters, Catherine Deterts of Bloomington, Patty (Larry) Schlottman of Manito and Sue Taylor of Peoria.

He was preceded in death by one son, Franklin Keith Graves in 1997, and one sister.

He had served in the United States Army from 1960 to 1963.

A retired member of Ironworkers Local No. 112 in East Peoria, he worked for C. Iber and Sons in Peoria for 20 years, retiring in 1996.

He was of the Baptist faith.

He was a former member of the Peoria Sportsman’s Club and Pekin Moose Lodge No. 916.

He loved to fish.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2003 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. R. Keith Heberer will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hart House in Peoria, where his disabled sister, Sue, resides.

BARBARA JO ROWDEN
(1948~2003)

PEKIN—Barbara Jo Rowden, 54, of 915 State St. died at 8:08 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at Pekin Hospital.

She was born September 14, 1948 in Pekin to Albert Francis and Evelyn Loraine Harrison Hardt.

She married Dale William Rowden on June 22, 1968 in Pekin.

Surviving are her husband; her father of Pekin; 1 son, Brian H. (Jennifer) Rowden of Pekin; 1 daughter, Melinda M. Black of Pekin; 1 grandson, Aaron Black of Pekin; 2 sisters, Patricia Auten of Renton, Washington and Margaret (Jim) Miller of Pekin.

She was preceded in death by her mother on December 30,2002 in Pekin.

Mrs. Rowden worked as accounting clerk at Pekin Insurance from 1992 through April 2003. Previously, she was a teacher’s aide at Schramm School in Pekin from 1981-91.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Pekin.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 23, 2003 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel. Rev. James E. West will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pekin Hospital Foundation for the Cancer Center, Attention: Sherry Semonis, 600 S. 13th St., Pekin, IL 61554

WALTER M. NEWMAN
(1927~2003)

PEKIN ~ Walter M. "Bud" Newman, 75, of 1504 South 8th Street in Pekin, died at 11:43 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2003 at his residence.

Born August 10, 1927 in Norris City to Henry and Eva Bishop Newman, he married L. Margaret Justice on March 2, 1947 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Gail L. (Cecil) Williams of Mackinaw, Sharon K. (Tom) Svendsen and Denise D. (Tim) Adkins, both of Pekin; four grandchildren, Brett (Janet) VonDerHeide of Peoria, Kim (Kevin) Rockhold, Courtney Adkins and Josh Shelton, all of Pekin; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Stanley (Pat) Newman of Indianapolis, Indiana and one sister, Mariam (Guthrie) Catlin of Campbellsville, Kentucky.

His parents and one sister, Evelyn Newman, preceded him in death.

A World War II Navy veteran, he was a 31 year member of Limestone American Legion Post No. 979 in Bartonville.

He worked 32 years at Keystone Steel and Wire Company in Bartonville, retiring in 1982 from the maintenance department repairing cranes.

He was a lifetime member of Peoria Sportsman’s Club, Inc.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball fan and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2003 at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin with military rites accorded by his American Legion Post. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial & Tributes Program, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, Illinois 60678-3968 or to American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61614.

STELLA I. CAUDLE
(1919~2003)

PEKIN ~ Stella Irene Caudle, 83, of 2220 State Street, died at 10:32 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2003 at Pekin Living and Rehabilitation Center. She was formerly of Peoria.

Born November 12, 1919 in Cullman, Alabama to James Henry and Mary Jane Ratliff Bullard, she married Paul Edward Caudle, Sr. on November 19, 1933 in Vinemont, Alabama. He died September 30, 1988 in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by two infant daughters, one brother and seven sisters.

Surviving are two daughters, Billie Faye (Don) Woods of Vinemont, Alabama and Barbara J. (Rolland) Uphoff of St. Louis, Missouri; three sons, Paul E. (Alice) Caudle, Jr. of Pekin, Richard L. (Karen) Caudle of Belgium and Michael D. (Jana) Caudle of West Peoria; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and one sister, Minnie (Earl) Caudle of Cullman, Alabama.

Mrs. Caudle was a seamstress for the Boss Glove Factory, for J.L. Burgett’s and then for Newman’s, all in Peoria. She last worked as a nurse’s aide and as a cook for the Apostolic Christian Home in Peoria, retiring in 1985.

She was of the Baptist faith.

She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, quilting and doing needlework.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2003 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Keith D. Thibo will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in rural Morton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Central Christian School for playground equipment, 22648 Grosenbach Road, Washington, Illinois 61571.

ROBERT O. THOMPSON
(1917~2003)

PEKIN—Robert Ollie Thompson, 85, of 1513 S. 6th St. died at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2003 at his home.

He was born November 4, 1917 in Pekin to Ollie and Evie Sams Thompson.

He married Mary Louise Nelson on February 23, 1946 in Springfield, Illinois.

Surviving are his wife; 1 son, Michael R. (Deana) Thompson of Pekin; 1 daughter, Ruth Thompson of Daytona Beach, Florida; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; and 1 sister, Katherine Terrell of Pekin.

Mr. Thompson worked for the American Distilling Company in Pekin for 33 years, retiring in 1979.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, May 19, 2003 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel. Rev. Mark A. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

M. JOAN KEITH
(1936~2003)

MORTON—M. Joan Keith, 66, of 1240 S. Main St., Apt. 111D died at 10:50 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at her home. She was formerly of Pekin.

She was born June 7, 1936 in Peoria to Millard B. and Margaret Landis Clark.

She married Vernon G. Keith on March 26,1965 in Streator.

She was preceded in death by her husband on November 7, 1992 in Pekin.

Surviving are 4 daughters, Kay Lyne (Billie) Osborne of Pekin, Denise Gail (Joe) Janak of El Campo, Texas, Lori June Friend of Pekin, and Susan Lee Mansfield of Campbell, California; 13 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Keith had worked as a floral arranger for Rippers Flower Shop in Pekin for over 10 years.

She was a Past Worthy High Priestess of Victoria Shrine #83-Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Pekin; 2 time Past Worthy Matron of Celestial City Chapter #333-Order of the Eastern Star in Pekin; and a former member of the Otho Temple #36, Daughters of the Nile in Peoria.

She was a member of Emmanuel Community Church in Pekin.

She enjoyed knitting and cooking.

Private visitation and services will be held at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to her church or to OSF St. Francis Hospice.

DAVID E. HUDSON, SR.
(1940~2003)

PEKIN ~ David E. Hudson, Sr., 63, of 3101 Sheridan Road died at 9:50 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2003 at Pekin Hospital.

Born March 21, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri to Charles L. and Josephine A. Albright Hudson, he married Cathy Ann Soldwedel on November 4, 1967 in Peoria. She died January 10, 1980 in Pekin. He married Karen E. Mette Kinsey on May 31, 1986 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are one step-son, Douglas D. (Teresa) Kinsey of Fayetteville, Tennessee; three step-daughters, Shelley M. (Kenny) Christman, Tammy L. (Paul) Taylor, both of Vero Beach, Florida and Crystal K. (Oscar) Scott of Ocoee, Florida; one grandson, Timm G. Hudson of Pekin; thirteen step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Josephine A. Auffenburg of St. Louis, Missouri; two brothers, Charles L. (Peggy) Hudson, Jr. and George (Lynn) Hudson, both of St. Louis, Missouri and twenty-seven nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, David Eugene "Skip" Hudson, Jr. on July 10, 1991 in Peoria.

He was a graduate of Ladue High School in St. Louis and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and St. Louis University.

He was an army veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was employed by Hudson Chemical Company and Hudson Security Service, both family businesses in St. Louis prior to serving in the military.

Mr. Hudson moved to Pekin in 1975 and was the manager of Sunset Lanes in Pekin until 1981. He also had worked as an agent for Tebben Insurance Services in Pekin; as a cook for the Pekin Country Club; owned and operated a franchise with MI Assisted Software of Illinois and worked for the Greenhouse Flower Shoppe in Pekin.

He last worked for Menards in Pekin, where he was the assistant manager of the electrical department, last working in March 2003.

He was an active member of Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge No. 916 in Pekin and had earned his fellowship degree.

He was a volunteer for Easter Seals and formerly was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 1271 and the Kiwanis Club of Pekin.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin.

He was a hockey fan and enjoyed following the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Team and St. Louis Rams Football Team.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2003 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. David A. Whiteside will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2003 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Moose Charities, 155 South International Drive, Mooseheart, Illinois 60539-1100, to the American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61614-7435 or to Easter Seals – UCP, 507 East Armstrong Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61603.

HARLAND P. "PAT" ADAIR, JR.
(1946~2003)

Harland Patrick "Pat" Adair, Jr., 56, of 504 Pinkston Drive, Moweaqua, died at 6:29 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2003 in the emergency room at Pana Hospital in Pana. He was formerly of Peoria.

Born September 9, 1946 in Peoria to Harland Patrick and Eileen McBroom Adair, Sr., he married Brenda Gayle Clover Davis on November 26, 1999 in Torrance, California. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Harland P. "P.J." (Stacy) Adair, III of Peoria; one daughter, Nicolle Lyn "Nickie" (Doug) Hill of Pekin; three step-daughters, Gini (George) Ioerger of Bayview Gardens, Pam (Kay) Rogers of Washington and Crystal (Scott) Scribner of Washington; four grandchildren; twelve step-grandchildren and one sister, Deborah "Debbie" Adair-Mahon of Peoria.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one step-son, Jeffery A. McKinney on August 26, 1993 in Montgomery County.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Adair was in the automobile business for more than 35 years, owning and operating Pat Adair Motor City in Peoria, then in Peoria Heights and last in Moweaqua, last working on Saturday.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Moweaqua, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8662 in Peoria and Limestone American Legion Post No. 979 in Bartonville.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Peoria and attended Mt. Pleasant Church of God in Assumption.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2003 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. George Constant and Rev. David D. Beerbower will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2003 and for one half-hour before services Thursday, both at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Church of God, Rural Route 2, Box 150, Assumption, Illinois 62510 or to the American Heart Association, Memorial & Tributes Program, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, Illinois 60678-3968.

RUBY R. MARTIN
(1912~2003)

PEKIN ~ Ruby R. Martin, 91, of 444 South Parkway Drive, Apartment 314, Pekin, died at 10:53 a.m. Sunday, May 11, 2003 at Pekin Hospital. She was formerly of 1311 Meyers Court in Pekin.

Born February 16, 1912 in Monroe County, Kentucky to Robert K. and Alice Billingsley Wilson, she married Virgil Calvin "Cal" Martin on December 19, 1929 in Pekin. He died December 19, 1983 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by one daughter (Nancy M. Knight on February 15, 1998 in Rockford), one grandson, three sisters, and seven brothers.

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth C. (Caroline) Martin of Warner Robins, Georgia and Karl L. (Gale) Martin of Winter Haven, Florida; ten grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

A homemaker, Mrs. Martin was a member of First Christian Church in Pekin.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2003 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Christine A. Bell will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 1201 Chestnut Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

RICKEY A. WALDROP
(1953~2003)

MAPLETON—Rickey A. Waldrop, 50, of 7516 W. Wheeler Rd. died at 11:26 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at Pekin Hospital.

He was born February 2, 1953 in Palestine, Illinois to Alfred Oris and Amanda Mae Duckworth Waldrop.

He married Yvonne Lucille Tucker on August 13, 1990 in Pekin.

Surviving are his wife; his mother of Oblong, Illinois; 2 sons, Rory Waldrop and Nickey Waldrop, both of Florida; 1 step-son, David (Terri) Tucker of Chillicothe; 1 brother, Alfred Waldrop of Robinson, Illinois; and 1 sister, Kathy (Bill) Barnbrook of Oblong, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his father and 1 son, Damon Waldrop.

Mr. Waldrop was employed by Calihan and Company in Peoria since 1983, last working on December 30, 2002.

He was a member of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 536 in Peoria.

Cremation will be accorded. There will be no visitation or services.

Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel is handling arrangements.

PAULINE G. GUNN
(1925~2003)

PEKIN ~ Pauline Gladys Gunn, 77, of 212 Cypress Street, Pekin, died at 6:28 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at Pekin Hospital.

Born August 10, 1925 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Charles Paul and Gladys Whitticre Blank, she married Joe White Gunn on December 20, 1944 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Nancy E. (Fred) Harms of Canton; one son, James A. Gunn of Pekin; one sister, Barbara Blank of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; and two brothers, Robert (Gaye) Blank and William Blank, both of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Her parents and one sister (Margaret Blank) preceded her in death.

Mrs. Gunn and her husband owned and operated Economy Shoes in downtown Pekin for 15 years, retiring in 1987. She previously worked at JC Penney’s in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Carp’s Department Store in Sullivan, Missouri and later in Canton; and Lidwell’s Jewelry Store in Canton.

She was of the Methodist faith.

She enjoyed sewing.

Private services and visitation will be Friday at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Terry C. Edele will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

CARL C. STOCKE
(1927~2003)

PEKIN—Carl Clair Stocke, Jr., 75, of 1702 Short Dr. died at 8:25 p.m., Monday, May 5, 2003 at Pekin Hospital.

He was born November 10, 1927 in Grand View, Iowa to Carl Clair and Persis Margaret Foster Stocke, Sr.

He married Lila L. Birchfield on January 22, 1960 in Springfield, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his wife on April 15, 2002 in Pekin; and 1 brother.

Surviving are 1 son, Michael (Karen) Stocke of Pekin; 1 daughter, Clarice (Nathan) Keith of Madison, Tennessee; 1 step-son, Ralph Harris of Pekin; 1 step-daughter, Sherry (Randy) Manser of Lacona, Iowa; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Charles (Bobbi) Stocke of Brookings, Oklahoma; and 1 sister, Clara Delle (Harlan) Bishop of Milton Junction, Iowa.

Mr. Stocke worked for CENTEL for 34 years, retiring as a cable supervisor in 1986.

He was a member of Pekin Masonic Lodge #29 A.F.&A.M. and Pekin Moose Lodge #916. He attended Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards.

He served in the Merchant Marine from 1945-48 as a pumpman machinist.

Funeral services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice.

Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel is in charge of arrangements.

TED B. MCCULLOUGH
(1956~2003)

GLASFORD—Ted B. McCullough, 47, of 103 Walnut St., Apt. #4, died at 7:04 p.m., Thursday, May 1, 2003 at his home.

He was born January 15, 1956 in Peoria to Wilbur S. and Zella Cummings McCullough.

He married Eileen E. Rynearson on July 27, 1979 in Peoria.

Surviving are his mother and step-father, Zella (Homer) Copenhaver of Glasford; 2 sons, Christopher A. McCullough and Jeffory A. McCullough, both of Kingston Mines; 1 daughter, Misty N. McCullough of Kingston Mines; 3 brothers, twin brother Fred A. (Carla) McCullough of Glasford, Randy H. Harris of Peoria, and W. Tyrone (Cindy) McCullough of Bartonville; and 4 sisters, JeDonna (Bill) Harris of Casey, IL, Trudy D. (John L.) Heitzman of Mapleton, Terre D. (Terry Lee) Sibley of Woodstock, Georgia, and Dalette Leeper of Glasford.

He was preceded in death by his father and 2 brothers.

Mr. McCullough had been employed by Canteen Corporation in Peoria since 1975 as a route serviceman for Caterpillar, Inc. in East Peoria, including Buildings HH, BB, KK, LL, SS, NN, EE, MM2, FA REC., and the power house. He loved his job and the people he served.

He was a 1974 graduate of Illini Bluffs High School and was a member of Creve Coeur Christian Church.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, 2005 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel. Rev. Russell Lee Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery in rural Mapleton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 5, 2003 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to an Education Fund for his children which is being established at the Glasford State Bank.

EMILY A. HELM
(1918~2003)

PEKIN, IL—Emily Aileen Helm, 85, a resident of Pekin since 1987, died at 6:14 a.m., Friday, May 2, 2003 at Pekin Hospital.

She was born April 11, 1918 in Nebo, Illinois to Allen Netler and Essie Agnes Brown Applegate.

She married Ralph R. Helm on July 28, 1934 in Pittsfield, Illlinois.

She was preceded in death by her husband on January 1, 1999 in Pekin; 1 daughter, Doris Dalmaris; 1 sister; and 1 brother.

Surviving are 2 sons, Gary D. (Connie) Helm of Pekin and Ronald R. (Imogene) Helm of Indianapolis, Indiana; 1 daughter, Dixie Canon of Macomb, Illinois; 6 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Helm last worked as a nurses aide at Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois for 17 years, retiring in 1987. She had previously worked for Carl’s Cleaners in Jacksonville.

She was formerly a member of the Winchester Riding Club and enjoyed embroidery and gardening.

She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Pekin.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, May 5, 2003 at her church. Rev. Steven M. Rowell, Sr. and Rev. Glenn K. Ioder will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2003 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to her church, the American Heart Association, or the American Cancer Society.

DONALD D. COLE
(1939~2003)

MANITO—Donald Dolenno Cole, 63, of 7330 Sky Ranch Rd. died at 4:30 a.m., Thursday, May 1, 2003 in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital.

He was born August 4, 1939 in Peoria to Donald D. and Pearl Virginia Wallace Cole.

He married Karen Lucille Durr Carr on September 17, 1978 in Pekin.

Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Daniel D. (Kelli) Cole of Kalispell, Montana and Jeffrey A. (Christy) Carr of Pekin; 5 grandchildren; and 1 great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Richard Ceas; and 1 son, Darrin Cole.

Mr. Cole worked for Keystone Steel and Wire Company in Bartonville for 39 ½ years, retiring as a quality assurance tester in the wire mill in November 1998.

He was a member of Illinois Lodge #263 A.F.& A.M. in Peoria for 42 years and was a member of the Peoria Sportsmen’s Club.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m., Monday, May 5, 2003 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel. Rev. Keith Huff will officiate. Cremation will follow services. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2003 at the funeral home where Masonic rites will be conducted at 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

GEORGE L. WILLIAMS
(1944~2003)

PEORIA—George L. Williams, 58, of 1711 N. Park Ave. died at 5 p.m., Monday, April 28, 2003 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born September 27, 1944 in Pottstown to George E. and Magalean McKruit Williams.

He married Maxine Leach on July 9, 1964 in New London, Missouri.

Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters, Kristine (Brian) Mabis of Manito and Monica (David) Singley of Camp Lejune, North Carolina; 1 son, Jason Williams of Chicago; 5 grandchildren; 1 brother, Michael (Sue) Williams of Bartonville; and 1 sister, Linda Sack of Chicago.

Mr. Williams co-owned Classy Lady Tanning Salon in Peoria for 8 years, last working on Thursday, April 24, 2003. Previously, he had worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 30 years, retiring as a shipping clerk in 1994.

He loved cooking, woodworking, and gardening.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, May 2, 2003 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel. Rev. Robert N. Brite, Jr. will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pottstown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

HAROLD E. ROBERTS, JR.
(1937~2003)

EAST PEORIA--Harold E. Roberts, Jr., 65, of 1900 Highview Dr., #3C, died at 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

He was born September 21, 1937 in Peoria to Harold E. Sr. and Marrian Butler Roberts. He married Tilda Melton on October 17, 1961 in East Peoria.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Deborah L. Roberts and Theresa A. Fulk, both of Pekin; 2 granddaughters; and 1 brother, Ronnie (Kimmi) Roberts of Austin, Texas.

Mr. Roberts worked for Peoria District 150 Kingman Elementary School as a custodian for 35 years.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957-75.

He was a member of "Walking and Willing", the Central Illinois Van Association and a former member of the Peoria Eagles.

He enjoyed woodworking, working with cars and model cars, attending car shows and playing pool. He was a good father and loved his family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, May 5, 2003 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel. Steve Fulton will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2003 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Summum Cemetery in rural Astoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

THELMA SCHURMAN
(1913~2003)

PEKIN—Thelma M. "Tillie" Brent Schurman, 90, of 24588 Church St., Chenoa, died at 4:15 a.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at Meadows Mennonite Home in Chenoa. She was formerly of 1211 Margaret St. in Pekin.

She was born April 2, 1913 in Kilbourne, Illinois to Grace Lascelles.

She married Russell Brent in 1932 in Chandlerville, Illinois.

She later married Willard Schurman in 1956 in Petersburg, Illinois.

Surviving are 1 son, Richard Brent of Kilbourne; 2 daughters, Peggy (Terry) Remmel of Princeville and Debra (Jimmy) Andrews of New Brockton, Alabama; 26 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and 1 brother; James A. Bearden of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her mother; step-father, James Bearden; 1 son, Larry D. Brent; 1 granddaughter; and 1 brother.

Mrs. Schurman last worked in the housekeeping department at Bergners in the Pekin Mall, retiring in 1978.

She was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bath, Illinois.

Cremation will be accorded. There will be no visitation or services.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel is in charge of arrangements.

MILDRED A. CUNNINGHAM
(1910~2003)

PEKIN ~ Mildred Almena Cunningham, 92, of 2501 Allentown Road, Pekin, died at 3:55 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2003 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. She was formerly of 706 Arlann Drive in Pekin.

Born November 13, 1910 in Oilfield, Illinois to Bruce William and Flora May Fears Green, she married Richard Justus Cunningham on April 19, 1930 in Petersburg. He died March 3, 1978 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by two sons (Richard Cunningham and John Paul Cunningham), one sister, and one infant brother.

Surviving are one son, Carl David Cunningham of Pekin; one daughter, Marilyn J. (Wayne) Hayes of Pekin; six grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and two sisters, Pauline Westbrook of Pekin and Elizabeth (Chuck) Martindale of Yucaipa, California.

A homemaker, Mrs. Cunningham worked as a clerk at the Montgomery Wards Catalog Office in downtown Pekin during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.

She was a member of First Assembly of God in Pekin. She was a former member of First Baptist Church in Pekin, where she was a Sunday school and Bible school teacher for many years.

She also spent three months in Lome, Togo, Africa, assisting their missionary son and family.

She enjoyed fishing and traveling.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2003 at First Assembly of God in Pekin. The Rev. Jay L. Greener will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Arrangements are by the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God, 1209 North Parkway Drive, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

MELBA L. ROBINSON
(1922~2003)

MANITO ~ Melba Louise Robinson, 81, of 2220 State Street, Pekin, died at 6:18 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003 at Pekin Living and Rehabilitation Center in Pekin. She was formerly of 29956 East Manito Road in Manito.

Born February 17, 1922 in Paducah, Kentucky to Woodrow Wilson and Beulah Sarah Griggs Spraggs, she married Walter Kenneth Robinson on March 23, 1940 in Vienna.

Surviving are her husband of Pekin; one son, Kenneth R. (Susan) Robinson of Emden; two daughters, Joy K. (Richard) Dillow of Pekin and Betsy S. "Pete" (Roy) Koonce of Eureka; eleven grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary E. (Ray) Whitehead of Granbury, Texas, Betty J. (Bob) McClintock of Auburn, Flora M. (Howard) Hughes of Big Rock, Tennessee, and Phyllis S. (Geno) Overton of Richland Hills, Texas; and two brothers, Woodrow W. (Ruby) Spraggs of Buncombe and Berry E. "Gene" Spraggs of Pekin.

Her parents preceded her in death.

A homemaker, Mrs. Robinson was a member of Jesus the Way Tabernacle in Bloomington and the Community United Methodist Church in Manito, and its United Methodist Women. She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She enjoyed gardening, flowers, cooking and exercising.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Donald McPheron will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jesus the Way Tabernacle, 502 South Morris, Bloomington, Illinois 61704, Community United Methodist Church, 109 South Washington Street, Manito, Illinois 61546, or the Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 606 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61614.  

EUGENE MALAVOLTI
(1930~2003)

PEKIN ~ Eugene "Gene" Malavolti, 72, of 11917 14th Street, Pekin, died at 8:25 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003 in the emergency room of Pekin Hospital.

Born November 26, 1930 in Pekin to Giovanni and Jennie Capatanni Malavolti, he married Gladys Catherine Schneider on December 23, 1956 in Beardstown. She survives.

Also surviving are four sons, John F. (Judy) Malavolti, Jeffrey S. Malavolti, Michael E. Malavolti, and Paul E. (Stephanie) Malavolti, all of Pekin; two daughters, Cathy A. (Jack) Trotter and Linda K. (Dan) Kober, both of Pekin; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

His parents and four brothers preceded him in death.

A Korean War Air Force veteran, he served from July 14, 1951 to July 13, 1955. He attained the rank of Airman First Class.

Mr. Malavolti worked out of Sheet Metal Workers International Local #1 in Peoria for 30 years, retiring in 1978. He then worked as a correctional officer for the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department for 13 years, retiring in 1995. He also worked part-time for Bree Auctions in San Jose for many years.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #98 in Pekin, the Tazewell County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association, and was past president of the Sheet Metal Workers International Local #1 in Peoria.

He was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed woodworking.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Melvin E. Devall will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, where graveside honors will be conducted by the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 606 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61614 or the Christmas for Kids Program of the Tazewell County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association.  

IRENE M. CRONE
(1925~2003)

     

PEKIN ~ Irene May Crone, 77, of 313 Sherwood Drive, Pekin, died at 11:17 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2003 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born May 29, 1925 in Stockport, England to John and Gertrude Robinson Robinson, she married William Crone in 1954 in Pekin. He died in 1972 in Pekin.

Surviving are one daughter, Susan Pierman of Pekin; two grandchildren, Richard K. Gent of Washington and Monica (Bob) Fredericks of Dunlap; five great-grandchildren; and her fiancé, Robert Hurt of South Pekin.

Mrs. Crone worked for Bergner’s at the Pekin Mall for 20 years as a sales associate in the stationary department, retiring in 1990.

She was a member of the South Pekin Congregational Church.

She played the piano at many area nursing homes and enjoyed fishing, bowling, golfing, and knitting.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Thomas Cone will officiate. Cremation will be accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Pekin Congregational Church or the American Lung Association, 3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield, Illinois 62707.


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