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Our Staff


Ralph P. Sedgwick

Funeral Director / Owner

Ralph P. Sedgwick was born in 1974 in Canton, IL to Richard Sedgwick and Margaret Bloyd. Ralph graduated from Lewistown High School in 1992 and received an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science from Southern Illinois University in 1994. He is married to Karen Majors and they share 3 children; Tony Mendoza, Alexis Sedgwick, and Gracie Sedgwick. He has been active in the funeral business all of his life and has been owner of Sedgwick Funeral Homes since 1996.


Megan Putrich

Office Manager / Funeral Director / Embalmer

Megan Putrich was born in 1995 in Canton, IL to Tad and Barb (Hattendorf) Putrich. She is the granddaughter of Joe and Elaine Putrich of Wee-ma-tuk, IL and Warren and Joan Hattendorf of Mt. Vernon, IL. She graduated from Canton High School in 2013, moved on to Spoon River College in Canton for a year, and then went to Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL were she graduated with an associated degree in 2015. Megan worked at the funeral home part-time prior to going to school. She is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She has also been active in sports and the community her entire life. Megan looks forward to starting her career and serving the community.


Cole Murphy

Funeral Director / Embalmer

Cole Murphy was born in 1982 in Canton, IL to Larry and Kim (Jett) Murphy. He is the grandson of Gary and Norma Jett of Canton. He graduated from Canton High School in 2000, and then graduated from Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg with an associated degree in 2003. He is engaged to Jill Mulligan and they have on daughter Allie. Cole is a avid hunter and enjoys watching and going to St. Louis Cardinals game in his spare time.


Chris Groover

Funeral Director / Embalmer

Chris Groover was born in 1985 in Canton, IL to Leon and Lisa Groover. He graduated from Canton High School in 2003 and then went on to work in a pharmacy for 13 years before graduating from Carl Sandburg College. He married Caitlin ( Cremeens ) Groover in 2010 and they have two children together; Camdyn, and Cora. Chris enjoys spending time with his family, music, the St. Louis Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, and the outdoors.


Mike Canevit

Funeral Director’s Assistant

Mike Canevit graduated Canton Senior High School in 1976. Married Debra (Endres) in 1978 and moved to Fairview in 1981. They have two children, Paul Canevit and Megan Clemons, and four grandchildren. Mike retired from Caterpillar in 2014 with 36.5 years. Mike also maintains Fairview Township Cemetery. He enjoys nascar and camping.

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Rick Murphy

Funeral Director’s Assistant

Born in 1958 in Canton, IL and graduated from Canton High School in 1976. He married Lisa (Daily) Murphy in 1978. He has two children, Josh and Kylie, and five grandchildren. He retired from the City of Canton Water Treatment Plant with 38 years of service. Rick is also owner/operator of Rick Murphy Construction with 45 years of experience.


Phyllis Raker

Secretary – Endsley Sedgwick

Phyllis Raker was born in Jackson Tennessee to Vernon and Joan Collins. She is married to Mike Raker of Bellevue Illinois. She has one son, Cody, and one daughter, Jessica. She attended Bartonville Grade School and is a 1976 graduate of Limestone Community Hight School. She holds a US patent number US 7,478,961, B1. For a lotion applicator, granted in January of 2009. She is currently pursuing her Life and Health Insurance License.


Don Evans

Funeral Assistant

Don Evans was born and raised in Peoria to Robert and Beryl Evans. Don has 3 brothers Robert, Roger, Rory and 3 sisters Cindy, Roberta and Cathy. He attended Woodruff High School then moved to Fresno California before moving back to Peoria and working for Adams Street Super Market. Don has worked in the funeral business 28 years and is happy to be part of the staff at Sedgwick funeral homes. Don was in the Army SP4 from 1957 thru 1963.


Brad Oaks

Pet Crematory Manager

Bio coming soon.