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Joe Cannon
LACON - Dr. Joe Wesley Cannon, 94, of Lacon passed away at 3:09 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-Proctor in Peoria.
Joe was born on June 2, 1923, in Bowen, Illinois, to The late Claude and Mae Brown Cannon. He enlisted in the Army at age 19, serving his country as a fighter pilot in the 357th Fighter Group, flying 72 missions over Nazi Germany. After returning from World War II, Joe reenrolled in Illinois College, where he met Josephine Gerdes and married her on December 29, 1946.
When he graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School, he and Josephine decided to settle in Lacon, where Joe served the community for many years as a family physician. Joe used to say that he was the last of the dinosaurs because he made house calls to patients' homes.
Joe was a giving, loving husband, father and grandfather, dedicated to his family, his career as a physician and his church, the Lacon Sparland United Methodist Church. Joe will be terribly missed by his family.
Joe is survived by his wife, Josephine; daughter, Jill (Cliff) Spencer of East Peoria; sons, Joe David (Cheryl) Cannon of Mesa, AZ, Jeffrey (Jamie) Cannon of Mesa, AZ, and James Gregory (Julie) Cannon of Renton, WA; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Jonathan; and brothers, Lester and Paul.
Funeral services will be held at the Lacon Sparland United Methodist Church on Thursday, June 22, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., and one hour prior to services on Thursday. Burial will be in the Lacon Cemetery and, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to his church or Illinois College.
Online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com.


Published in Peoria Journal Star from June 19 to June 21, 2017
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