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Gareth Rosson

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CANTON - Gareth W. "Bill" Rosson, 85, of Canton, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 8:43 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Prospect United Methodist Church in Dunlap, with Pastor Robert L. DeBolt officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Clary Funeral Home, 3004 W. Lake Ave., in Peoria. Interment will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, with military honors provided by the U.S. Army.

Bill was born on Dec. 7, 1927, in Tipton, Mo., the son of Earl and Laura (Beckman) Rosson. They preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Brewer. He married Betty Jo Raimond on June 18, 1949, in Kahoka, Mo. She survives.

He also is survived by his daughters, Marilyn (Don) Piper of Georgetown, Texas, and Debbie (Max) Lalicker of Brimfield; son, Gary (Karen Benge) Rosson of Boulder, Colo.; sister, Yvonne Smith of Arizona; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Bill was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.

He retired, in 1982, as a general foreman for Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to Greater Peoria Honor Flight, P.O. Box 5072, Peoria, IL 61601.

Bill's memorial website and online condolences may be accessed at www.ClaryFunerals.com.


Published in Peoria Journal Star on Sept. 16, 2013
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