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Dax Ryan Locke

WASHINGTON - Dax Ryan Locke, 2, of Washington passed away after an 18-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia at 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born June 26, 2007, at Methodist Hospital in Peoria, Ill., he was the only son of Austin and Julie Lemkemann Locke. They survive, as well as many other family members who loved him dearly.

Dax, who was a very happy little boy even in his illness, spent his first year of life at home. The remainder of his life was spent at the in Memphis and the OSF affiliate in Peoria, where he was loved and cared for by the nurses, doctors and other staff.

Austin and Julie wish to express their gratitude to all of those that have supported and cared for Dax, and are thankful for your kindness and prayers during his illness.

A public visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington. Celebration of life services will be open only to close friends and family.

Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington is assisting the family with arrangements.

The family asks that no flowers be sent but would ask that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude's in honor of Dax. To donate, visit the caringbridge link below. A live public webcast of Dax's service will be available online at http://webcasts.lifetributes.com/110190.

You may also visit his Caring Bridge site at www.caringbridge.org/visit/daxlocke.

Condolences may also be made to the family online at www.deitersfuneralhome.com.


Published in Peoria Journal Star on Jan. 1, 2010
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