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Obituaries

Canton – Vivian E. Kauzlarich, 91, of Canton, passed away at 11:59 PM on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Graham Hospital E.R. She was born on October 9, 1928 in Fiatt, IL to Vernice Gilbert and Nettie Pearl (Sauerwein) Harr. She married Joseph A. Kauzlarich on July 8, 1950, he preceded her in death on...

Farmington – Ruth Helen Essex, 90, of Farmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family’s love on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Farmington Country Manor from pneumonia and cerebral amyloid angiopathy due to Alzheimer’s. She was born on August 8, 1929 in Peoria, the youngest child of Ben and Lucy (Cox) Ewalt. She married John...

Deloris J. Fulk, 78, of San Jose, passed away at 10:43 AM at her daughter’s residence in San Jose. She was born on August 31, 1941 in Peoria, a daughter of John T. and Freda (Acturburg) McLaughlin. She married Darrell D. Fulk on September 5, 1959 at the Epworth Methodist Church in Peoria. He preceded...

Norma J. Reid, 87, of Canton, formerly of Birmingham, Alabama passed away at 7:15 PM on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington. She was born on January 18, 1932 in Manhattan, New York, a daughter of Charles and Carmen Vega. Surviving is her children, Richard (Patty) Reid of Canton; James and Travis...

Noble Lee “Ron” Starnes was called home on November 28th, 2019 at 2:12 pm. Ron was born on April 25th in West Frankfort, Illinois to the late Lowell Vernon Starnes and Mary Ruth Hill, Starnes, Bangs. Ron married the love of his life, Geneva McNeal, and began their journey in Zeigler, IL. They later moved to Christopher, IL then to Weatherford, Texas before settling in Fiatt, IL.  Ron was a hard-working man, but most...

Canton – Ralph “Buddy” Linn Paul, 92, of Canton, passed away at 11:38 AM on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Graham Medical Group. He was born on September 13, 1927 in Canton to John W. and Sadie (Brush) Paul. He married Marian Grace Gillette on October 7, 1950 at the First Baptist Church in Canton....

Erma Hagaman-Sierer, 97, formerly of Farmington, passed away at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville, IL. Born August 31, 1922 in Farmington to John and Maria (Ferrari) Cantergiani. Erma married Wayne Hagaman on April 18, 1943 in Canton, IL. He passed away in 1974. Erma and Riley Sierer...

Rev. J. Gary Schmidt, 75, of Hanna City, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at his residence. He was born on July 12, 1944 in Minot, North Dakota to Herman and Agnes (Leier) Schmidt. He married Darlene Honig on July 10, 1966 in Lincoln, Kansas. She survives. Also surviving are three children, Jonathan Schmidt of...

Lester Courtney, 92, of Canton, passed away at 11:40 PM on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at The Loft in Canton. He was born on December 17, 1926 in Canton to Lester T. and Edna (Fidler) Courtney. He married Alma L. Lingenfelter on December 13, 1947. She preceded him in death on July 20, 2014. He was...

Jeffrey L. Keefauver, 56, of Astoria, passed away at 7:02 AM on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Mason District Hospital in Havana. He was born on August 8, 1963 to Charles Keefauver and Jean (Vollmar) King. Surviving is his mother, Jean King and step-father, Cecil King; four children, Kyla, Sadie, Cally, and Gavin; one granddaughter,...