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Talbot, Eugene  
CREVE COEUR - The Rev. Eugene A. Talbot, 83, a resident and former mayor of Creve Coeur, passed away at 1:26 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born Aug. 9, 1931, in Moline to Claude Everett and Edna (Blackledge) Talbot, he married Betty Maxine Loftin on March 7, 1953, in Santa Barbara, Calif. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, the Rev. Ronald (Sandra) Talbot of Creve Coeur and the Rev. Dale (Donna) Talbot of Colona; one daughter, Cheryl (Michael) Parker of Dillon, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Loyann Stottler of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers and two sisters. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War and served as a combat medic. A graduate of Western Apostolic Bible College in Stockton, Calif., Gene was a minister of the United Pentecostal Church International for 48 years. He served as pastor of Christian Life Church in Creve Coeur from 1971 until retiring in 2001. He then continued to serve his church as pastor emeritus. He previously had served the United Pentecostal Church as a traveling Home Missions evangelist from 1967 to 1969 and as pastor in Kerman, Calif., from 1969 to 1971. He and his wife founded the Creve Coeur Christian Academy in 1977, which is now known as Christian Life Academy. Gene also enjoyed working new and remodeling construction and for past six years, Gene enjoyed working as a greeter at the Pekin Wal-Mart. He also had farmed in Henry County until 1957. Along with serving the Village of Creve Coeur as mayor for one term, Gene was presently serving his third term as a village trustee. He also had volunteered for 25 years on the Creve Coeur Fire Department and Rescue and was a former chaplain, assistant fire chief and rescue captain. He had worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for B&B Ambulance Service for more than 10 years and then for Advanced Medical Transport for several years. Gene enjoyed woodworking, hunting both elk and deer and motorcycle riding up until recent years. He was a member of the Creve Coeur American Legion Post 1234. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Christian Life Church in Creve Coeur. The Rev. Samuel Latta, the Rev. Ronald Talbot and the Rev. Dale Talbot will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, with military rites accorded by the United States Army and the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christian Life Ministries, 129 S. Highland Ave., Creve Coeur, IL 61610. To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 1, 2015
Thomas Jr., Charlie "CJ"  
Thomas, Charlie "CJ" Jr., 65, Peoria. Simons Mortuary, Peoria.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 1, 2015

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Tanner, Ben  
GOODFIELD - Ben R. Tanner, 95, of Goodfield passed away at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Oct. 10, 1919, in Tremont, Ill., to Rudolph and Mina (Haefeli) Tanner. He married Leona Honegger on Feb. 9, 1947, in Forrest, Ill. She passed away on Feb. 6, 2005, in Eureka. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Kathy; one son, Samuel; five brothers; and six sisters. Surviving are three daughters, Lynn (Milton) Hinnen of Eureka, Judy (Mike) Sauder of Eureka and Carol (Bob) Radtke of Tinley Park, Ill.; five sons, Ben (Mary) Tanner of Goodfield, Joe (Pam) Tanner of Deer Creek, Mike (Cheryl) Tanner of Washington, C.J. "Jim" (Elaine) Tanner of Deer Creek and Mark (Dianna) Tanner of Goodfield; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Ben was a member of Goodfield Apostolic Christian Church and a volunteer for World Relief. He was an avid gardener and mushroom hunter, a World War II Army veteran and member of Eureka American Legion Post 466. He retired as a carpenter from N.E. Finch after many years of service and was a volunteer firefighter for the Goodfield Fire Department. Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Goodfield Apostolic Christian Church, with visitation from 12 to 12:45 p.m. at the church. Church ministers will officiate. Burial will be in Goodfield-Congerville Apostolic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the charity of the donor's choice. Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.argoruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2015
Taylor, Mary Ann  
PEKIN - Mary Ann Taylor, 81, of Pekin passed away at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born Oct. 16, 1933, in Houston, Texas, to Jim and Margaret (Gallatin) Witovec, she married Robert Harold Taylor on July 21, 1956, in Houston. He died on Feb. 26, 2015, in East Peoria. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Drake Taylor. Surviving are one daughter, Debra Ann Taylor of Valencia, Calif.; four sons, Robert James (Karen) Taylor of Germantown Hills, Randall Guy (Beverly) Taylor of Dunlap, Richard Scott (Lori) Taylor of Olathe, Kan., and Russell Eric Taylor of Libertyville; three grandsons, Chris Taylor, Joseph Robert Taylor and James Richard Taylor; two granddaughters, Kate Lambert and Jenn Lambert; two great-grandchildren, Landen and Madelyn; and one brother, Jim (Ann) Witovec of Arkansas. A 1955 graduate of the University of Houston College of Nursing, Mary Ann worked as a registered nurse for more than 50 years. She last worked as the director of nursing and co-manager of Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin for 15 years, retiring in 1999. She loved to travel and was an avid reader. Mary Ann also enjoyed indoor gardening and playing games, cards and puzzles. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin. A joint funeral Mass for Mary Ann and her husband, Robert, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin. Father Michael Andrejek will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, with recitation of the Rosary at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus Archbishop Schlarman Council 3507, 715 N. 11th St. Pekin, IL 61554. To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2015
Taylor, Robert  
PEKIN - Robert Harold "Bob" Taylor, 83, of Pekin passed away at 8:55 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Heartland Health Care Center at Riverview in East Peoria. Born Jan. 7, 1932, in Chicago to Robert W. and Ruth (Storms) Taylor, he married Mary Ann Witovec on July 21, 1956, in Houston. She died Feb. 21, 2015, in Peoria. He also was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Drake Taylor; one sister, Jan Rettke; and one brother, Donald Taylor. Surviving are one daughter, Debra Ann Taylor of Valencia, Calif.; four sons, Robert James (Karen) Taylor of Germantown Hills, Randall Guy (Beverly) Taylor of Dunlap, Richard Scott (Lori) Taylor of Olathe, Kan., and Russell Eric Taylor of Libertyville; three grandsons, Chris Taylor, Joseph Robert Taylor and James Richard Taylor; two granddaughters, Kate Lambert and Jenn Lambert; and two great-grandchildren, Landen and Madelyn. A 1951 graduate of Pekin Community High School, Bob went on to Notre Dame University where he played football and graduated in three years in 1954. At Notre Dame he was part of the team that won the national football championship in 1953. During high school he was recognized as an All American in football and also earned 2nd place in the state wrestling competition. He had served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1957 and attained the rank of first lieutenant. He owned and operated Illini Brick & Supply in East Peoria for 42 years. His retirement job, up until two years ago, was operating Robert Taylor Brick Company selling used brick. He enjoyed traveling, sailing and gardening, but his true hobby was working. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin. Bob was a member of Knights of Columbus Archbishop Schlarman Council 3507, where he also was a fourth degree member of Assembly 210. A joint funeral Mass for Robert and his wife, Mary Ann, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin. Father Michael Andrejek will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, with recitation of the Rosary at 1:30 p.m. A Chalice ceremony will be conducted by the Knights of Columbus at 1:15 p.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin, with military rites accorded by United States Air Force and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team. Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus Archbishop Schlarman Council 3507, 715 N. 11th St. Pekin, IL 61554. To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2015

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Tanner, Ben R.  
Tanner, Ben R., 95, Goodfield. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 26, 2015

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Talbot, Eugene A.  
Talbot, Eugene A., 83, Creve Coeur. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory, Creve Coeur.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 25, 2015
Taylor, Mary Ann (Witovec)  
Taylor, Mary Ann (Witovec), 81, Pekin. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory, Pekin.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 22, 2015
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