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    Wade F. Dailey

    WADE DAILEY MORTON – Wade F. Dailey, 22, of Morton, formerly of Tremont, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2018, at his home. He was born on February 9, 1996, in Peoria. Surviving are his parents, John and Victoria Dailey of Pekin; one brother, Colton Dailey, of Rolla, Mo.; two sisters, Jordan Dailey and Vivian Dailey, both of Pekin; maternal grandmother, Sharon Browder of Morton; maternal grandfather, Ken Thackeray of Melvin, Ill.; and paternal grandparents, William and Linda Dailey of Hopedale, Ill. Wade was a 2014 graduate of Tremont High School. During his high school career, he ran with both the cross country and track teams. Wade was also a member…

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    James H. Alexander

    MORTON – James H. Alexander, 81, of Morton, passed away Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, at Heartland Health Care Center – Riverview in East Peoria. James was born March 25, 1937, to James and Doral (Hilgert) Alexander. On July 2, 1960, he married Mary Lou Hargadine in Pekin. He later married Juanita Howard on Nov. 4, 1972, in Morton. She preceded James in death on Aug. 23, 2015. Surviving are two daughters, Audra (Matt) Moore of Mapleton, Ill., and Kim (Randolph) Merritt of Stone Mountain, Ga.; and five grandchildren, Aaron and Alexander Callen and Matthew, Christopher, and Shelbie Moore. James is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served…

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    Jerald W. Coots

    JERALD COOTS MORTON – Jerald W. Coots, 80, of Morton, passed away Friday, August 24, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria due to complications related to a long battle with myelodysplastic syndrome. Jerry was born December 14, 1937, in Havana, Ill., to Ed and L. Harriett (Bell) Coots. He married Linda Patterson and later married Janet Eidson on June 29, 1991, in Morton. He is survived by his wife, six children, Christopher (Jill) Coots of Phoenix, Ariz., Bradley (Carmen) Coots of Sioux Falls, S.D., Janelle (Russell) Ferrell of League City, Texas, Tressa (Jeff) Schumacher of Washington, Troy (Robin) Eidson of Port Orange, Fla., Angie (Bret) Markum of…

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    Margaret M. Pfeffinger

    WASHINGTON – Margaret M. Pfeffinger, 99, of Washington, passed away Thur., Aug. 23, 2018, at Reflections Memory Care in Washington. Margaret was born April 29, 1919, in Washington, to Mahlon, Sr. and Mable (Schick) Blumenshine. She married Edward Pfeffinger on Nov. 29, 1942, in Canton, Mo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1980. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Mahlon Blumenshine, Jr.; and two sisters, Marie Marsh and Mildred Wind. Surviving are one daughter, Joyce (Wally) Schuck of Washington; one granddaughter, Gina (Steve) Harris of Saratoga, Calif.; and two great-granddaughters, Ryann Harris and Camden Harris. Margaret and her husband farmed in the Eureka area. She…

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    Marie E. Taufer

    MARIE E. TAUFER MORTON – Marie E. Taufer, 93, of Morton, passed away Tues., Aug. 21, 2018, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton. Marie was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Morton, to Henry Sr. and Kathryn (Steiner) Grimm. She married Robert Taufer on May 4, 1947, in Morton. He preceded her in death on March 19, 1995. She is also preceded in death by two brothers, Bob and Hank Grimm; and two sisters, Carolyn Easterling and Norma Zeller. Surviving are four children, Dana (Kris) Taufer of Morton, Gail (Bill) Mayo of Morton, Ted (Kenda) Taufer of Goodfield, and Ree (Jim) Hartman of Congerville; and 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She…

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    Clarence Clyde Bollegar

    MORTON – Clarence Clyde Bollegar, 88, of Morton, passed away Tues., Aug. 21, 2018, at Aperion Care Morton Villa. Clyde was born Nov. 6, 1929, in Pekin, to Clarence and Elizabeth (Kuecks) Bollegar. He married Wilma Zimmerman on June 6, 1956 in Morton. She preceded him in death on Feb. 19, 2014. Surviving are two daughters, Krista K. (Dr. Erik) Opperman of Morton and Nancy A. Bollegar of Bloomington; three grandchildren, Dr. David (Rebecca) Opperman and Dr. Jonathan (Meredith) Opperman, both of Morton, and Kathryn (Uriah) Kilgallin of Washington; and four great-grandchildren, Charles Opperman, James Opperman, Lydia Kilgallin, and Anna Kilgallin. He is also survived by one sister-in-law, Myrna Bollegar…

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    Ellen H. Freidinger

    MORTON – Ellen H. Freidinger, 86, of Morton, passed away Mon., Aug. 20, 2018 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton. Ellen was born Feb. 19, 1932, in Wüstenrot, Germany to Eugen and Gertrud (Schöllmann) Fischer. She married Lester Freidinger on Feb. 14, 1964 in Morton. Surviving are her husband, Les of Morton; one son, Fritz (Cathy) Freidinger of Glenview, Ill.; one daughter, Inge (Steve) Flinn of East Peoria; and six grandchildren, Ellia and Andi Flinn, and Alex, Kate, John, and Ben Freidinger. She is also survived by one brother, Eckhard (Ingrid) Fischer and one sister-in-law, Annelore Fischer, all of Stuttgart, Germany. She was preceded in death by one brother, Werner…

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    Camila Louise Zbinden-Rodgers

    East Peoria – Camila Louise Zbinden-Rodgers, of East Peoria, infant daughter to Shelby Zbinden and Benjamin Rodgers, passed away August 17, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born August 6, 2018, in Peoria. Camila is survived by her parents and one brother Remington. She is also survived by her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

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    Russell E. Myers

    MORTON – Russell E. “Russ” Myers, 92, of Morton, passed away Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, at Heartland Health Care Center-Riverview, in East Peoria. Russ was born Feb. 19, 1926, in Fairview, Ill., to Frank and Flossie (Munson) Myers. He grew up in a farming family among eight siblings in rural Illinois where he was known by his nickname “Bill”. He married Josephine Neff in 1946. Russ was preceded in death by his beloved wife on Oct. 22, 2015. One of his last acts of devotion was his tender care of Josephine in her struggle with Alzheimer’s. Surviving are three sons, Russ (Kathy) Myers of Morton, Joe (Linda) Myers of Sunrise…

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    Henry C. VanderHeyden

    MORTON – Henry C. “Hank” VanderHeyden, 94, of Morton, passed away Thurs., Aug. 16, 2018, at his residence. Hank was born April 5, 1924, in South Pekin, to Rollin and Mary (Lord) VanderHeyden. He married Charlotte M. Anderson on June 12, 1949, in Pekin. He later married Carol J. (Garber) Hayes on Jan. 30, 1999, in Morton. Surviving are his wife, Carol of Morton, and her sons, Jordan Mott of Dallas, Texas and Bradley Hayes of Columbus, Ohio, and daughter Alicia Cicarelli of St. Louis, Mo. He is also survived by three nieces, Sherry (VanderHeyden) Arnett, Peggy (Fabry) Collins, and Susan (Potter) Koonce; two nephews, Mark Fabry and William Horvat;…

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    Ruth Mary Greene

    MORTON – Ruth Mary Greene, 92, of Morton, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at Morton Villa in Morton. Ruth was born September 12, 1925, in Morton, to Samuel K. and Carrie E. (Moschel) Tuffentsamer. She married Frank Greene on November 18, 1945, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on November 18, 2012. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Wayne, Eldon and Gerald. Surviving are two daughters, Sharon (Rod) Petro of Tremont and Linda (Delbert) Newbury of Lebanon, Ky; one son, Randall (Lynn) Greene of Morton; 9 grandchildren, Tim, Ty, Nathan, Todd, Scott, Jason, Ryan, Kyle and Carrie; 17 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law,…

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    Leonard L. Kindred

    MORTON – Leonard L. Kindred, 88, of Morton, passed away Wed., Aug. 15, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Leonard was born on Feb. 5, 1930, in Armington, Ill., to Shannon and Gladys (Bishop) Kindred. He married Patricia Beckholt in 1958 in Chicago Heights, Ill. Surviving are his wife, Patricia of Morton; five children, Dr. Stephen (Lisa) Kindred of Bloomington, Ill., Nancy (Michael) Scharf of Keller, Texas, Dr. David (Lynette) Kindred of Morton, Robert (Karla) Kindred of Houston, Texas, and Julia Kindred of Morton; 21 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Eleanor Wellenwriter of Danvers, Ill., and Carol (Mel) Benson of Tremont;…

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    Cheryl L. Mumm

    MORTON – Cheryl L. Mumm, 73, of Morton, passed away Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Cheryl was born Sept. 21, 1944, in Pekin, to Jack and Eleanor (Bennett) Hymbaugh. She first married James Richard Cox, and later married Pete Mumm in Pekin; both deceased. Surviving are one daughter, Kim (Chris) West of Morton; one son, Curtis Cox of Bloomington; three grandchildren, Tracie Earl, Corey West, and Nicole West, all of Morton; two brothers, Jack (Mary Jane) Hymbaugh of Ariz., and Mike Stieghorst of Dillon, Ill.; and one sister, Debra Bohannon. Also surviving is one sister-in-law, Red Stieghorst, of Dillon, Ill. Cheryl was preceded…

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    Roberta F. Pike

    MORTON – Roberta F. Pike, 72, of Morton, passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Apostolic Christian Restmor, Inc. in Morton. Roberta was born October 12, 1945, in Peoria, to Frank and Charlotte (Andrews) Gilbertt. She married Jim Pike on April 26, 1966, in Bartonville, Ill. Surviving are her husband, Jim of Morton; one daughter, Debbie Pike and her husband, Michael Gasiamis of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Marsha (Dick) Rankin of Colo. and Judith Gilbertt of Calif.; and one grandson, Nolan James Gasiamis. Roberta was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, James Michael Gasiamis. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Roberta was a…