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Chambliss, Viola  
EUREKA - Viola "Vi" E. Chambliss, 98, of Eureka, Ill., passed away at 2:05 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka. She was born in Hodgenville, Ky., on Dec. 21, 1916, to Richard and Mamie Ashby Edwards. She married Virgil Lee Chambliss on July 15, 1940, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. He passed away on July 17, 2011. Surviving are one son, Jim (Janette) Chambliss of Eureka, Ill.; four grandchildren, Patrick Chambliss of Chicago, Kelly Chambliss-Kunkle of Chicago, Jill Chambliss of Coppell, Texas, and Kate DeGroot of Washington, Ill.; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom were so very important in her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters. Vi and Virg owned the Ben Franklin variety store in Eureka for many years. A private family graveside service will be held today, March 28, 2015, at Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eureka Apostolic Christian Nursing Home. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is assisting the family with their arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 28, 2015
Conqueror, Winifred  
Ex-Peoria resident was 100 PEORIA - Winifred Schrader Conqueror, 100, of Evanston, formerly of Peoria, passed away Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Chicago. Interment will be at 11 a.m. today at the Church of Atonement in Chicago. A memorial Mass will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Evanston.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 28, 2015
Cook, Glendon  
CHILLICOTHE - Glendon "Cookie" Cook, 87, of Chillicothe died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. Cookie was born on the 10th day of January of 1928, the son of Estill and Ada (White) Cook. He married Evelyn L. Brown on the 31st day of December of 1949 in Atlanta, Ill. Cookie is survived by his wife of 65 years of Chillicothe; four children, Deborah K. Cook (Clardy) of South Bend, Ind., Cynthia L. (Dennis) Heffron of Peoria, Ralph G. Cook of Lincoln and Diana L. (John) Hulme of Estero, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Christopher (Kaysha) Simpson, Liberty Mroczek, Megan (Jacob) Chandler, Dereck (Laura) Heffron, Chelsy (Scott) Heffron-King, Dustin (Jana) Heffron, Mandy (Chris) Crodray, Marcia Cook and Sara Cook; 16 great-grandchildren; 10 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and -nephews; and one brother, Kenneth Cook of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Bertha Fouche', Virginia Renfrow and Marie Milam; and a brother, Leonard Cook. Cookie was a Ford auto mechanic in Atlanta, owning his own shop for more than 20 years, known as Cookie's Garage. He was known by Ford Motor Company as the key "go to guy" that could fix any Lincoln cars. He then worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company for the next 24 years before retiring in 1990. Glendon was always recognizable by his love of "big stogy cigars" and always had one in his mouth. He also loved to fly, owning a single-engine, two-seater Taylor Craft and would go on dates with Evelyn flying to fly-ins and to Chicago to go dancing. After retiring from Caterpillar, he went back to flying and became member of the Marshall County Flying Club at the Marshall County Airport. Cookie is known by his family and friends as a guy who always left an impression on everyone he met. At home he took a lot of pride in his house, taking care of his yard, his Lincolns, and his John Deere tractor. As the computer age came about, he kept up on his knowledge of computers. Friends are invited to a visitation with the family this afternoon, the 28th day of March of 2015, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home, located at 1107 N. Fourth St., in Chillicothe. The family requests that memorial contributions in memory of Cookie be made to Chillicothe Community Fire Station 4 in Rome or to Rescue 33. Glendon's memorial website may be viewed at www.hurdfamilyfunerals.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 28, 2015

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Chambliss, Viola  
EUREKA - Viola "Vi" E. Chambliss, 98, of Eureka, Ill., passed away at 2:05 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka. She was born in Hodgenville, Ky., on Dec. 21, 1916, to Richard and Mamie Ashby Edwards. She married Virgil Lee Chambliss on July 15, 1940, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. He passed away on July 17, 2011. Surviving are one son, Jim (Janette) Chambliss of Eureka, Ill.; four grandchildren, Patrick Chambliss of Chicago, Kelly Chambliss-Kunkle of Chicago, Jill Chambliss of Coppell, Texas, and Kate DeGroot of Washington, Ill.; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom were so very important in her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters. Vi and Virg owned the Ben Franklin variety store in Eureka for many years. A private family graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eureka Apostolic Christian Nursing Home. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is assisting the family with their arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 27, 2015
Cook, Glendon  
CHILLICOTHE - Glendon "Cookie" Cook, 87, of Chillicothe died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. Cookie was born on the 10th day of January of 1928, the son of Estill and Ada (White) Cook. He married Evelyn L. Brown on the 31st day of December of 1949 in Atlanta, Ill. Cookie is survived by his wife of 65 years of Chillicothe; four children, Deborah K. Cook (Clardy) of South Bend, Ind., Cynthia L. (Dennis) Heffron of Peoria, Ralph G. Cook of Lincoln and Diana L. (John) Hulme of Estero, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Christopher (Kaysha) Simpson, Liberty Mroczek, Megan (Jacob) Chandler, Dereck (Laura) Heffron, Chelsy (Scott) Heffron-King, Dustin (Jana) Heffron, Mandy (Chris) Crodray, Marcia Cook and Sara Cook; 16 great-grandchildren; 10 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and -nephews; and one brother, Kenneth Cook of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Bertha Fouche', Virginia Renfrow and Marie Milam; and a brother, Leonard Cook. Cookie was a Ford auto mechanic in Atlanta, owning his own shop for more than 20 years, known as Cookie's Garage. He was known by Ford Motor Company as the key "go to guy" that could fix any Lincoln cars. He then worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company for the next 24 years before retiring in 1990. Glendon was always recognizable by his love of "big stogy cigars" and always had one in his mouth. He also loved to fly, owning a single-engine, two-seater Taylor Craft and would go on dates with Evelyn flying to fly-ins and to Chicago to go dancing. After retiring from Caterpillar, he went back to flying and became member of the Marshall County Flying Club at the Marshall County Airport. Cookie is known by his family and friends as a guy who always left an impression on everyone he met. At home he took a lot of pride in his house, taking care of his yard, his Lincolns, and his John Deere tractor. As the computer age came about, he kept up on his knowledge of computers. Friends are invited to a visitation with the family on Saturday afternoon, the 28th day of March of 2015, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home, located at 1107 N. Fourth St., in Chillicothe. The family requests that memorial contributions in memory of Cookie be made to Chillicothe Community Fire Station 4 in Rome or to Rescue 33. Glendon's memorial website may be viewed at www.hurdfamilyfunerals.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 27, 2015

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Clayton, Dorothy  
MORTON - Dorothy M. Clayton, 84, of Normal, Ill., formerly of Morton, passed away at 9:50 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at Heartland Health Care in Normal. She was born April 28, 1930, in Armington, Ill., to Bert and Wannie (Burleson) Stroud. She married Ralph L. Clayton on Sept. 15, 1951, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on April 24, 1998. She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald, Eugene and William Stroud. Surviving are two nieces, Sharon (Don) Roach of Coal City, Ill., and Andrea Farrell of Des Moines, Iowa; two nephews, Randy (Verna) Stroud of El Paso, Ill., and David (Kay) Stroud of Armington; her sister-in-law, Marge Clayton of Des Moines; one great-niece, Mary Kay (John) Horrer of Minier, Ill.; five great-nephews, Robert (Tammie) Stroud of Armington, John (Karen) Stroud of Carlock, Philip (Paula) Stroud of Malta, Ill., Darren (Stacey) Roach of Coal City and Brad Stroud of Lincoln, Ill.; seven great-great-nephews; and six great-great-nieces. She attended Brown's Business School in Peoria. Dorothy worked for 46 years at Wahlfeld's in Peoria, retiring in 1994. She was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church in McLean, Ill. She also was a member of the Home Extension for several years and was a 50-year member of the Kennel Lake Sportsman's Club in Morton. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at Oakview Cemetery in Armington, with the Rev. Rob Roy officiating. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1971 E. 550 North Road, McLean, IL 61754; or to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2015
Cowan, Roosevelt  
PEORIA - Roosevelt "Mr. Jim" Cowan, 58, of Peoria passed away at 12:40 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Heddington Oaks. He was born on Nov. 20, 1956, in Peoria to Willie Earl Knox and Elouise Alexander Russell. Roosevelt loved to spend time with his family and friends. He especially had a passion for the children of PCCEO Head Start, were he was employed for 34 years and retired. Another one of his favorite pastimes was shopping. He leaves to cherish his precious memories his father, Willie Earl Knox of Peoria; four brothers, Edward, Robert and Ricky Russell, all of Peoria, and Kevin Knox; and eight sisters, Anita and Delilah Russell, Mary Young, Jessica (Demarco) Gilbert and Sabrina Cowan, all of Peoria, Brenda and Belinda Knox of Atlanta and Mona (Shane) Dodge of Chicago. He also leaves a special cousin, Dhana Alexander of Peoria; along with a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, his PCCEO family and dear friends who adored him and will miss him dearly. Roosevelt was preceded in death by his mother and one brother. A home-going celebration will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March. 27, 2015, at T.W. Parks Colonial Chapel, with visitation commencing two hours prior at 9 a.m. The Rev. Edward Russell will officiate. Mr. Jim will be laid to rest in Springdale Cemetery. Arrangements were made especially for Mr. Jim's family and professionally directed by T.W. Parks Colonial Chapel. Online condolences or words of encouragement can be made at www.twparkschapel.com
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2015

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Carroll, Levi  
WASHINGTON - Levi Douglas Carroll, infant son of Carrie Carroll Stamm of Washington, was stillborn Friday, March 20, 2015, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. Levi is survived by his mother, Carrie Stamm; his brother, Ryley Stamm; his sister, Kennedy Stamm; his maternal grandparents, Douglas and Kathleen Carroll; his maternal great-grandparents, Shirley Carroll and Emil and Shirley Jacobsen; his aunts, Jessica (Jason) Sale and Stacy (Phil) Sego; and six cousins. Private family graveside services will be held at Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2015
Clark, E. Wayne  
PEKIN - E. Wayne Clark, 67, of Pekin passed away at 4:21 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Pekin Hospital. Born June 24, 1947, in Hamilton, Ala., to Edwin and Lorraine "Rene" (Ballard) Clark, he married Kathy Bennett on Sept. 11, 1972, in Champaign. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Nicci (David) McBride of Vista, Calif.; one son, Justin (Jerri Lynn) Clark of Pekin; and four grandchildren, Faith Justine Risinger and Current, Story and Brees Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. A devout patriot, Wayne proudly served with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War era. He was a 1965 graduate of Pekin Community High School. He then attended and graduated summa cum laude in 1973 at University of Illinois. He then attended and graduated cum laude at St. Louis University, where he had been published in the St. Louis University Law Journal. In 1976, he passed the bar exam and began his career as an attorney in Pekin, where he had owned his own practice. Wayne had been involved in the AMVETS in Peoria and the Pekin United Way, where he had served as chairman. A loving father and grandfather, he enjoyed being with his family and friends, fishing, boating and camping. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. James Brown will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin. Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team. Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warriors Fund, PO Box 758571, Topeka KS 66675; or to March of Dimes, C/O Workforce Unlimited, PO Box 231, Mt. Airy, NC 27030. To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 25, 2015
Coakley, Harold  
PEORIA - Harold Allen "Hal" Coakley, 81, of Peoria, Ill., and Lake Worth, Fla., passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, at his home in Florida, after a courageous battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. He was born on Jan. 29, 1934, in Lewistown, Ill., to Lawrence and Golda (Clark) Coakley. He married Cheryl (Lyle) Whitlow on Aug. 24, 1984, in Lewistown. She survives. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Patricia Gass. Surviving are his daughter, Allison Coakley of Madison, Wis.; two sons, Kevin (Karen) Coakley of Normal, Ill., and Mike Coakley of Rhinelander, Wis.; and his stepchildren, Deb Cruickshank of Urbana, Ill., Kristie Whitlow (Ricky Burke) of East Peoria, Ill., and Mike Whitlow of Chillicothe, Ill. He also had eight grandchildren, George and Catherine Cruickshank, Sara and Jack Coakley, Tiffany Whitlow, Gracie Coakley, Wes Burke and Spencer Burke. He is also survived by three brothers, Jim Coakley, Jack White and Dennis White; as well as many nieces and nephews. Hal graduated from Western Illinois University. He served in the U.S. Army from April of 1954 until February of 1956. He served in Korea as a heavy drop rigger and was an expert rifleman. He loved gatherings with family and friends, his grandchildren and golfing. He served for several years as a member of the Lake Clarke Gardens Condo Board of Directors. He was board president from February of 2013 to February of 2015. He was able to make many positive changes for the good of the association's residents. He was a member of VFW Post 7591 in Madison, Wis. He was of the Christian faith. He is now with his Lord and Savior. He attended Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Northwoods Community Church in Dunlap, Ill. A going home service was held in Florida on March 14, officiated by his dear friend, Dick Walker. A visitation and service will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Northwoods Community Church Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. The church is at 2210 W. Wilhelm Road, Dunlap, Ill.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2015
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