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John R. “Peanuts” Yerbic

Canton – John R. “Peanuts” Yerbic, 85, of Canton, passed away at 2:34 AM on Friday, May 29, 2020 at his residence. He was born on September 19, 1934 in Dunfermline, IL to Frank and Mildred (Gilson) Yerbich. He married Margaret “Peggy” Bybee on June 30, 1956 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton. She preceded him in death on April 21, 2012.

John was also preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Deborah Yerbic, one brother, Frank Yerbic, and two grandchildren, Matthew Sheets and Kayla Hooker.

He is survived by three children, Steve (Tina Hooker) Yerbic of Canton, Thomas Yerbic of Florida, and Patricia (Mike) Sheets of Morton, five grandchildren, Staci (Chad) Mayall, Ashley (Kevin) Connolly, Kyle (Kristin) Sheets, John T. Yerbic, and Taylor Yerbic, five great-grandchildren, Mason and Everly Sheets, Kane Connolly, Connor and Brady Mayall, two sister’s-in-law, Shirley Yerbic and Anne Engquist, and one sister, Josephine (the late Jack) Callahan.

John worked as an engineer at Caterpillar in Peoria for 35 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Canton VFW Post 1984. He was an avid Cardinals and Packers fan. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, and playing cards. He also loved Disney World, where he visited over 100 times.

John served in the United Sates Navy in the Korean War for three years.

Graveside service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Canton, IL. Father Daniel Ebker will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Food Pantry or St. Joseph’s Cemetery. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Beth A Myers

    Reply May 30, 2020 3:26 pm

    So very sorry for loss. Thinking of you all. I loved John and Peggy 💙

  • Kevin, Ashley and Kane Connolly

    Reply June 1, 2020 10:19 pm

    Our warmest and most sincere condolences from his Denver family. We take solace knowing that he and Peggy are together again. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve, Tom and Patricia.

  • Elaine Putrich

    Reply June 2, 2020 2:54 pm

    So sorry , Anne, for all his family,

  • barb (yurkovich) stanger

    Reply June 2, 2020 6:47 pm

    so sorry for your loss.

  • Harold & Creta Wilson

    Reply June 4, 2020 8:36 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • David A Reinertsen

    Reply June 18, 2020 9:38 pm

    Steve and Tom,

    Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.

    Lot’s of great memories of him with all of us on the old Troop 124 activities!

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