Robert E. Sommer, 74, formerly of Morton, passed away on August 2, 2019, at his home near Two Harbors, Minnesota, after a brief illness. Family and friends were blessed to spend Rob’s final days with him.

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Martha J. Platis, 78, of Morton, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Aperion Care Peoria Heights.

Matthew M. “Matt” Conrad, 56, of Groveland, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 at his girlfriend’s residence in Morton, surrounded by loving friends and family members.

Dolan Parkinson Hume, 90, of Morton, Ill., formerly of Prospect Heights, Ill. and Lincoln, Neb., passed away peacefully on August 8, 2019 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Ill., surrounded by family. 

Robert E. “Bob” Dollinger, 82, of Morton passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton after a courageous battle with bladder cancer metastasis.

Evelyn L. Hamilton, 91, of Washington, formerly of Morton, passed away into the arms of Jesus Friday, August 2, 2019 at Villas of Holly Brook in Washington.

Arta Lucille Anderson, 81, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, formerly of Washington, IL went home to be with her Lord on May 30, 2019. She was born on August 8, 1937 to Arthur Carl and Hazel Lucille (Barrow) Heilman in Peoria, IL. Raised in Washington, IL Arta graduated from Washington Community Hi…

Forry R. Davis, 67, of Morton, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Lenora Post, 89, of Morton, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, surrounded by family.

Susan Kay Bishop, 69, of Morton, passed away early Sunday morning, July 21, 2019 in Peoria, Ill. The world lost a beauty, but heaven gained an angel.

Gary Dean Springer, 73, of Eureka, IL went to be with his Heavenly Father on the wings of angels on July 22, 2019. He passed away from cardiac complications at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Vickie M. Brewer-Robinson, 61, of Morton, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at North Strand ER in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Miriam Louise (Sommer) Vinton, 91, of Morton passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.

Rev. Richard Benke, 82, of Morton, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

John E. “Jack” Zimmerman, 86, of Morton, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.

June M. Lewis, 85, formerly of Morton, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2019, at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria.

Margaret Essig Welk, 83, passed away peacefully at 7:48 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Reflections Memory Care in Morton, surrounded by her family.

Emery G. Tabor Jr., 67, of Lowpoint passed away at 4:23 a.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on November 20, 1951 in Davenport, IA, the son of Emery G. and Barbara J. Quine Tabor Sr. He married Linda Shew on May 2, 1975 in Peoria.

Elmer Donald Martin, 93, of Morton passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton. Don was born March 4, 1926 on a farm southeast of Hopedale, IL, to Elmer and Clara (Nafziger) Martin. He married Vurla Birkey on June 26, 1949 at the Groveland Missionary Church. …

Ruth A. Draear, 84, of Groveland passed away Sunday, July 7 2019 at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria.

James M. Warfield, 95, formerly of Morton, passed away July 6, 2019 at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria.

Gary D. Vannaken, 73, of Morton, formerly of West Peoria, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019 at Villas of Holly Brook in Morton.

Betty J. Melvin, 86, of Morton, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Heddington Oaks in Peoria.

Mildred G. “Milly” Zimmerman, 95, of Morton passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton. Milly was born September 2, 1923 in Morton to George and Lavina (Stoller) Getz. She was a World War II bride, married on September 6, 1944, in Glendale, CA to Joseph C…

Beverly A. Weber, a longtime member of the Dixon, IL community, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the age of 94 in Metamora after a brief battle with cancer.

Irene C. Jackson, 79, of Morton passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at her home. Irene was born December 9, 1939 in Peoria to George and Lucille (Higgins) Schubert. She married Robert Jackson. He preceded her in death on July 2, 2010.

Ruth Nicholson, 80, of Morton passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Ruth was born April 16, 1939 in Sedgeletch, Fence Houses (United Kingdom). She married Ernest Nicholson on February 15, 1964.

Linda D. Hamilton, 72, of Groveland passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at her home. Linda was born February 2, 1947, in Pekin to Merlin and Pauline (Anderson) Tucker. She married Andrew C. Hamilton on September 28, 1968 in Groveland.

James T. “Jim” Destefano, 87, of Morton passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Jim was born February 12, 1932 in Monessen, PA, to James and Jessie (MacAlpine) Destefano. He married his wife Jean on August 24, 1985, in Lincoln, IL.

Altona “Tony” Chapman, 75, of Morton passed away Friday, June 14, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born November 11, 1943 in Peoria, the son of the late Merle E. and Ruth L. Shaner Chapman.  He married Patricia J. Parker on July 18, 1964 in Bellevue, IL.

Elda Heiniger, 103, of Morton passed away peacefully on Friday, June 14, 2019 at her home at The Villas of Holly Brook in Morton. She was compassionately cared for by the Holly Brook staff and Hospice Compassus.

David V. Helgen, 77, of East Peoria passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019 in East Peoria. David was born to Virgil and Thelma (Chestek) Helgen, in Decatur.

Kevin Patrick Brown, 50, of Carlock died at 9:47 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

David Morgan Tolley, age 75, of Prescott, Arizona, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019. He was born on February 23, 1944 in Peoria, Illinois, to Paul and Virgie Tolley.  He graduated from Bradley University with a B.S. in business and math in 1968.

Charles M. Blye, 88, of East Peoria passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 2:28 a.m. in the emergency room of OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on April 17, 1931 in Peoria to Arad and Hazel Funk Blye.  He married Carol Keil on June 1, 1952 in Washington.

Bonnie J. Antal, 75, of Washington passed away at 1:55 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at her home. She was born September 1, 1943 in Chicago to Laurel and Vera Amdor.  She graduated from Washington Community High School and the Peoria School of Practical Nursing.  She was retired from Lincoln …

Ronald J. “Joe” Grzanich, Jr., 48, of Pekin passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Joe was born January 20, 1971 in Canton to Ronald J. Sr. and Sandy (Ward) Grzanich.

Duane E. Greiner, 81, passed away peacefully at home, Sunday, June 9, 2019, surrounded by his family and beloved dog, Molly. He had fought the cancer battle since 2010. Duane was the son of Elmer F. and Lydia (Seitz) Greiner, born June 29, 1937 in Peoria. He married his high school sweethear…

Lucille L. Schmidgall, 90, of Quincy, formerly of Morton, passed away on June 4, 2019 at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy. Lucille was born August 22, 1928 in Howard, SD, to Frank and Minnie (Weishaupt) Buswink. She married Irvin Schmidgall on February 15, 1947 in Tremont. He preceded h…

Stella Grace Powley, six weeks and one day old, of Deer Creek, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Children’s Hospital in Peoria. Stella was born April 18, 2019 in Peoria to Evelyn Babin and Joel Powley. 

There is a precise moment in the early morning hour when the temperature reads its coldest point and a ribbon of the pastel pink clouds kiss the tops of the farm fields and lakes and streams of Central Illinois. It is at that cold, clear, crisp moment when Joan E. Anderson would open her bea…

Bennie C. “Ben” Edwards, 84, of Morton passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. Ben was born on May 6, 1935 in Selmer, TN. He married Margie Elliott on September 10, 1976 in Peoria. She survives.

Karen Jo Davis, 79, of Washington passed away at 12:44 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 30, 1939 in Peoria, the daughter of Clifford and Margaret Warren Graves.  She married Samuel Davis on August 23, …

Stephen Frederick Zoss, 72, of Morton passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at his residence due to cancer.  He was born on February 10, 1947 in Peoria to Willard F. and Lois L. (Gross) Zoss.  He married Julie Ann Kendall on April 12, 1969 at First Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa.  She survives.

Shirley M. Seils, 88, of Germantown Hills passed away at 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at her residence.  She was born on March 29, 1931 to William T. and Hazel E. (Sherwood) Sweeney in Peoria.  She married Earl L. Seils on May 12, 1951 in Peoria.  He passed away on August 19, 1998.

James L. “Jim” Aschenbrenner, 72, of Morton, formerly of Chenoa, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at his home. Jim was born July 14, 1946 to Edward and Deah (Enyart) Aschenbrenner in Pontiac. He married Peggy Valentine on June 28, 1969, in Smithton. She survives.

Judith A. “Judi” Brenkman, 78, of Morton passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at her home in Morton. Judi was born July 30, 1940 in Morton to Harold and Louise (Bauman) Hirstein. She married Bently Rasmussen on December 24, 1964 in Morton. He preceded her in death. She later married Fred Bren…

Leslie R. “Les” Brooks, 84, of Washington passed away at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at his residence. He was born January 23, 1935 in Carbondale, IL, the son of Albert and Mille Farney Brooks. He married Judy Collins on November 27, 1953. He later married Joann M. Raschert on January …

Roger A. Leach, 66, of Morton passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.  He was born on January 1, 1953 in Pontiac to Alvin and Evelyn (Peterson) Leach.  He married Catherine Seei on April 29, 1978. 

Dale S. Cannon, 91, of Washington, formerly of Creve Coeur and Metamora, passed away at 5:15 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at his residence with his family by his side. Dale was born on September 19, 1927 in Emporia, KS, the son of Jesse and Clara Kehler Cannon. He married Bernadine J. Earls …

William R. Witmer, 77, of Washington passed away at 12:47 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born on July 7, 1941 in Muscatine, IA, the son of Orville and Helen Luethye Witmer.  He spent what he described as the best years of his life side by …

Jerry Sebolt, 69, of Delavan passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Peoria. He was born October 22, 1949 to Frank and Viola (Powell) Sebolt. They preceded him in passing.