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Borland, Esther H.  
Borland, Esther H., 86, Peoria. The Wilton Mortuary, Peoria.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Dec. 24, 2014
Carman, Daisy  
GOODFIELD - Daisy M. Carman, 70, of Goodfield passed away at 7:39 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. She was born Dec. 28, 1943, in Goshen, Ala., to Sebastion and Margie (Golden) Pynes. She married Glen Hansen on June 2, 1963, in Columbus, Ga. She later married Avery Dean Carman on Jan. 28, 1997, in Goodfield. Surviving are her husband of Goodfield; one son, David (Kathy) Hansen of Fon Du Lac, Wis.; four daughters, Angela (Chris) Worrell of Hendersonville, N.C., Glenda Pippin (Kirt Goddard) of Goodfield, Martha Gail (Charles) Johnson of Campbellville, Ky., and Joan (Colby) Arold of Danville, Ky.; 14 grandchildren, Morgan, Carli, Sarah, Alec, Heather, Zane, Amanda, Shannon (Misty), Carmen (Jon), Sarah, Maggy and Logan; and three great-grandchildren, Cole, Cody and Max. She was preceded in death by her parents. Daisy was the manager of Timberline Estates in Goodfield for 20 years. She was loved by her family and she loved her grandchildren and her dog, Monte. She loved being outside in her garden, planting flowers, especially roses. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Morton, where visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Further visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 24, at the church, with First Baptist Church ministers officiating. Burial will be in Hirstein Cemetery in Morton. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Morton, 900 E. Jefferson St., Morton, IL 61550. To view Daisy's video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24, 2014
Carney, Vietta  
KEWANEE - Vietta E. Camey, 78, of Kewanee died at 2:59 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Countryside Manor in Aviston. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rux Funeral Home, with visitation two hours before. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Dec. 24, 2014
Caulkins, Frank  
BRIMFIELD - Henry Franklin "Frank" Caulkins, 94, of Brimfield died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington. He was born on Feb. 12, 1920, in Canton to Alva and Elizabeth (Simpson) Caulkins. He married Freida M. Keyser in Elmwood on March 20, 1948. She survives. Other survivors include five children, Linda (Roger) Stegall of Chillicothe, Roland (Becky) Caulkins of Elmwood, Scott (Shelly) Caulkins of Morton, Tracy (Lori) Caulkins of Brimfield and Lois (Steve) Seiler of Peoria; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Alva Caulkins. He was preceded in death by eight siblings, Russell, Harold and R. Dale Caulkins, Lloyd and Kenneth Hampton, Mary Ellen Ralston, V. Ruth Anderson and Relda Clark; and four siblings as children, Clause, Emma and Nellie Caulkins and Nelda Faye Hampton. Frank worked at Corn Products in Pekin for 33 years, attended Edwards United Methodist Church and was a World War II Army veteran. Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, at Edwards United Methodist Church in Edwards, Ill. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Elmwood Educational Foundation, c/o Farmers State Bank in Elmwood, Ill. Online condolences may be posted at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com .
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Conner, William  
PEORIA - William Gary Conner, 64, of Peoria passed away peacefully at 2:22 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, with his family at his side. Gary was born on Feb. 4, 1950, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Claudius and Bernice (Drone) Conner. After graduating from Germantown High School in Philadelphia, Pa., he attended and graduated from Delaware State University. While attending graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he met Gloria Dean Mitchell, whom he married on June 10, 1972. Gary was an employee of Caterpillar, Inc. for 33 years. During that time, he had the opportunity to travel many places, meet many people and forge many friendships. When he retired in 2009, he kept himself busy by continuing to be active in the community. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church for over 30 years and served on various committees during that time. Gary was also a very active member of Concerned African American Retirees (CAAR). In addition, he was a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Despite all of his community commitments, Gary was a loving and devoted son, brother, uncle, husband, father and grandfather. Family was one of his top priorities. He spent countless hours watching his children and grandchildren at sporting events, school events and recitals. While he was still able, one of his greatest joys was helping his grandchildren with their homework. He will definitely be missed, but never forgotten. Gary leaves to cherish his precious memories his devoted and loving wife of 42 years, Gloria Conner; his son, William Gary Conner II, Ph.D., of Chicago, Ill.; his daughter, Dr. Thembi (Ramon) Conner-Garcia of Edwards, Ill.; two grandchildren, Izaak and Ayannah Garcia; two sisters, Claudia Darby and Emily Conner of Philadelphia, Pa.; and three brothers, Bernard Conner of Philadelphia, Pa., Wilbert (Carol) Conner of Troy, Mich., and Daniel Conner of Philadelphia, Pa.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Bethel United Methodist Church, with a visitation at 9 a.m. The Rev. Gary Wilson will officiate. Interment will be held at Resurrection Cemetery. Simons Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at simonsmortuary.com .
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David, Ruth  
WASHINGTON - Ruth F. David, 96, of Washington, Ill., passed away at 4:02 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Washington Christian Village, 1201 Newcastle Road in Washington. Ruth was born Dec. 8, 1918, in Pilot Grove Township, near Carthage, Ill., where she grew up and attended school. She was the daughter of John Wesley and Leora (Brodie) Crow. On Oct. 5, 1940, she married James E. David. They later divorced. She worked as a telephone operator in Hamilton, Ill., and hospitals in Keokuk, Iowa, while raising her four children. After moving to Oregon in 1965, she worked for many years in Portland area hospitals and then returned to Illinois in 1992, where she lived at Leisure Acres in Washington, and was a member of Bay View Baptist Church, 22648 Grosenbach Road, Washington. She is survived by two sons, R. Earl (Janice) David of Washington, Ill., and Robert (Janisanne) David of Lake Alfred, Fla.; and one daughter, Frances Galle of Murphys, Calif. Also surviving are two grandsons, Charles David of Illinois and Robert (Lori) Galle of Iowa; two great-granddaughters, Laura (Ball) Mertons and Debra (Ball) White, both of Iowa; two great-grandsons, Luis Galle and Richard Galle of Iowa; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Roger David; one granddaughter, Beth (Galle) Ball; and one grandson, Jamie David; as well as her four sisters and three brothers. Ruth's memorial service is planned for Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m., with the service following at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Brian Currier will officiate. Burial will be in Elvaston, Ill., at a later date. Memorials may be made to her church.
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Ditewig, Kathleen - PEORIA  
PEORIA - Kathleen Powers Ditewig, 90, of Peoria passed away on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Born Nov. 10, 1924, in Peoria to Thomas A. Powers and Nellie Barnett Powers, she married William F. Ditewig on Sept. 25, 1948, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Peoria. He died Sept. 26, 1986. She was preceded in death by her sister, Anna Powers Morel; and three brothers, Edmund Powers, Robert Powers and Thomas Powers. One brother, Joseph Powers, survives. Kathleen is also survived by her three adoring children, William Ditewig, Jeanne Ditewig and Kathleen Ditewig-Morris; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Kathleen worked several years for the Illinois Bell Telephone Company and later for Buehler Retirement Home. Other than her children, she said, the "best experience of my life" was the grassroots community effort she spearheaded in 1970 to save the Peoria Public Library's Lincoln Branch on the South Side of Peoria from closure and demolition. Because of the efforts she led, the decision was reversed, and today the Lincoln Branch is still operational and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of ashes will take place privately. In respect for her wishes, there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, 4722 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61614; or to the Kathleen Powers Ditewig Memorial Fund, the Friends of the Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe, Peoria, IL 61602. Donations to this fund will be earmarked for activities, support and programs specifically for the Lincoln Branch. Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.Davison-Fulton.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24, 2014
Endress, David  
SPARLAND - David R. Endress, 89, of Sparland died at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at his residence. He was born on May 23, 1925, in Speer to the late Christian and Josephine Zeitler Endress. David was a farmer all his life with a stint in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. David married Donna Vest in Peoria on Dec. 11, 1949. She survives. Also surviving are son, Steve (Susie) Endress of Kankakee; daughter, Sue (Ray) Allen of Speer; grandchildren, Brad (Angie) Endress of Pensacola, Fla., Nichole (Peter) Lotus of New Lenox, Ill., Joni (Dan) Brooks of Chillicothe and Michael (Jen) Allen of Lake in the Hills, Ill.; and grandchildren, Lilly, Jackson, Easton, Emma, Mickey, Demi, Peter and Brayden. David was very active in church and community. He was a lifetime member of LaPrairie United Presbyterian Church, served on the Marshall Putnam Fair Board and the Sparland 3 School Board and was a member of the Farm Bureau and Illinois Corn Huskers Association. His support of local school programs was matched only by his love of farming. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at the LaPrairie United Presbyterian Church, with visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon, and one hour prior to the funeral at his church. Burial will be in the Marshall County Lawn Ridge Cemetery. Memorials can be left to his church. Online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24, 2014
Erickson, Eugene  
GALESBURG - Eugene L. "Shave" Erickson, 91, of Galesburg died at 4:04 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Heartland Health Care Center. Cremation will be accorded. Visitation and memorial service will be at a later date. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Dec. 24, 2014
Ernst, Donald - HENRY  
HENRY - Donald Klehm Ernst, 80, of Henry died at 2:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at his residence in Henry. Don was born Jan. 2, 1934, in Oak Park, Ill., to Louis and Laura F. (Korbmacher) Ernst. He married Mary Margaret Smith on June 23, 1956, in Winchester, Mass. She survives in Henry. Also surviving are his children, James M. (Kim) Ernst of Elgin, Nancy L. (Scott) Anderson of Buena Vista, Colo., Robert K. (Laurie) Ernst of Atlanta, Ga., Karen M. Hendricks of Brookfield, Wis., Gretchen M. (Kirk) Catherwood of Paris, Tenn., Paul A. (Nancy) Ernst of Onalaska, Wis., and Laura M. Bates of Hilbert, Wis.; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. His parents; one brother, Roger Ernst; one sister, Lois; and a grandson, Alec Catherwood, preceded him in death. Don had served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, serving in the security agency. He was a partner with his father in Ernst Printing Co. in Chicago, until his retirement. Don was a member of the Henry American Legion Post and the Moose Lodge and served on the Henry Home Association. Don was active in the Legion post, serving as sergeant of arms for many veterans' funerals. He was also instrumental in helping with the starting of the Veterans Walk memorial at Stoner Park. Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, 513 Carroll St., Henry. Memorial services will follow at 1 p.m. Father Tom Mizeur will officiate. Interment will follow at Henry Cemetery, where full military rites will be accorded by the Henry American Legion. Memorials may be made to the Henry American Legion or to Darkhorse Lodge in Paris, Tenn., a peaceful retreat for combat veterans. Online condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24, 2014
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