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9380 West Peoria Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85345
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9380 West Peoria Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85345
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Storm chaser killed during Texas quest grew up in Colorado - The Denver Post

Saturday, April 08, 2017

MadWX. According to the group’s website, he caught the “weather bug” growing up in Colorado where he saw many high plains storms. He attended Douglas County High School.His family later moved to Peoria, Ariz. At the time of his death he had been working as an Uber driver and worked at a pizza restaurant called Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company.Jaeger loved nature, not just tornadoes. He also loved a beautiful sunset, DiPiazza said.“He has been fascinated with weather since he was a little boy,” she said in a phone interview Wednesday.Jaeger was a storm spotter, who was certified by the National Weather Service, DiPiazza said. When he died he was involved in a scientific storm study. It was an effort to predict the directions of dangerous storms. He and colleagues would fly drones into micro-bursts to calculate storm directions. Jaeger would also call the weather service when he saw tornadoes touch down.“He loved being able to warn people,” DiPiazza said. “I’m sure he saved lives.”His videos on the website, MadWX Chasing, also made it clear that he and his weather partners got a thrill from approaching tornadoes.“Corbin had an unbelievable passion for weather and storm chasing, as well as a great passion for life. He loved having fun and getting up close and personal with the biggest and baddest storms and tornadoes on the planet. He was such an amazing partner because we shared this mindset and had a joint passion for having a front row seat to supercells and tornadoes,” Trey Greenwood, one of Jaeger’s two partners at MadWX, wrote in an e-mail message to The Denver Post.Jaeger described himself in Twitter shorthand: “Nature ? Night Sky ? Adventure ? 9 – 5 never ? Just living ? Just Do What You Love ? Social Media Junkie ? 25 Y.O. wandering earth”“Still in awe over this tornado today!” Jaeger wrote on May 7, 2015, while storm chasing with Greenwood near Wray.“That’s amazing Corbin! Don’t die!” a friend replied online.“Haha. Thanks,” Jaeger wrote.The May storm, designated an EF2 (Enhanced Fujita scale) tornado, injured five people and destroyed property, according to a report by Tornado Digest.Greenwood wrote that Jaeger was storm chasing in Texas Tuesday “to follow his passion, as well as to get some great content for MadWX.”Jaeger’s last live MadWX message came at around 9 a.m. Tuesday from Paducah, Texas.“Doing a reassessment of today’s chase plans. I’ll keep you all updated. Big hail in the plans for today, hopefully a tornado as well,” Jaeger wrote.“Corbin and the other guys were getting in position to intercept a severe storm that looked like it might produce a tornado,” Greenwood wrote.He added that they were not near a tornado when the crash happe

Herbert Bistritz

Saturday, April 08, 2017

BISTRITZ, HERBERTHerbert Bistritz, 91, formerly of Chicago and Peoria, AZ. Beloved husband of the late Marie A. Bistritz, nee Hood. Dear brother of Dorothy (Theodore) Sattler. Dear father of Isabelle (David) Kennebeck and Linda (John) White. Dear uncle of Tyler (Sharon) Sattler, Sheila (Emil) Orcholski, and Barry (Debby) Sattler. Loving grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and great uncle. Navy veteran of World War II. Funeral service Friday 11AM at Westlawn Cemetery Chapel, 7801 W. Montrose, Norridge. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Herbert’s name to the World War II Veteran’s Committee, would be appreciated. Info Mitzvah Memorial Funerals 630-MITZVAH 630-648-9824, or

David Andrew McNicoll - Casper Star-Tribune Online

Monday, March 27, 2017

David is survived by his wife, Erin; his parents, Daniel and Christine McNicoll (West Hills, California); his siblings, Jen (Paul) Pribaz (Peoria, Illinois), Joseph (Garden Grove, California), Erin (Elliot) Manegold (Alexandria, Virginia), and Michael (Erica); as well as his 16 nephews and nieces, Jacob, Kaitlyn, Ashley, Luke, Michelle, Zachary, Max, Connor, Sam, Andrew, Liam, Annabel, Veronica, Sean, Therese and Miriam.He is also survived by his parents-in-law, Dan and Shirley Essary (Fair Grove, Missouri); his sister-in-law, Kimberly Essary (Patrick) (Arlington, Virginia); brother-in- law, Daniel Essary (Stephanie) (Springfield, Missouri) and his close friends, Eric Easterlin, Thomas Hyung, Bill Blatty, Joe Walton, Mher Filmardirossian and James Moralez.Funeral services will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. David will be interred at Highland Cemetery immediately following the services.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in David’s honor.

Obituary: JT Purnell - Donaldsonville Chief

Monday, March 13, 2017

Maxine Herod.In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to First Fruit Ministries for the Mana Children’s Home in Raipur, India in memory of JT Purnell.  The address is 3906 S. Peoria, Tulsa, OK 74105.

Speak Their Names - Hardball Times

Monday, February 20, 2017

My goal is to keep the names of Negro Leagues ballplayers and others connected to it alive.” Krock, an anesthesiologist in Peoria, Ill., grew up listening to relatives’ stories of Jimmie Crutchfield, an outfielder who began his career with the Birmingham Black Barons, and fellow resident of Ardmore, Mo. His family spoke proudly of Crutchfield, a Negro Leagues player who “escaped the hard, dangerous life of the coal mines to play baseball.”During a trip to Chicago’s The Field Museum, Krock picked up a book written by Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller and Dick Clark titled, Black Baseball in Chicago and in it stumbled upon photographs of Crutchfield. Krock discovered that, after his retirement and before his death in 1993, Crutchfield had worked in a Chicago post office. It seemed natural to Krock to visit the man he had heard so much about.The book had no details of Crutchfield’s passing or where he was buried, so Krock contacted Clark, co-chair of the Negro Leagues Committee of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR). Clark provided the name of the funeral home that handled Crutchfield’s service, and with that information, Krock tracked down Crutchfield’s final resting place. Later that year, Krock traveled to Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill., to pay his respects. There, Krock found that Crutchfield and his wife, Julia, had been buried in unmarked graves, a disappointing ending to the story. It was then that the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project was born.In 2009, The FBI and the Cook County Sheriff’s Department uncovered a grave-selling scheme at Burr Oak Cemetery. Carolyn Towns, its former director, had ordered cemetery workers to remove remains from grave sites and resell those plots. Some of the remains were dumped in an uncovered lot. Some bodies were found double-stacked in existing graves. Towns was convicted of keeping the cash payments of grieving families totaling $100,000 from the scheme. Law enforcement officials said that at least 200 graves had been desecrated. The paperwork for the graves was apparently destroyed, making it difficult to know if there were more. The scandal rocked the African-American community, and many whose loved ones were interred there were left wondering if their remains had been disturbed.Burr Oak carries special significance in the black community; it is the final resting place of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black boy who was killed by two white men in Mississippi in 1955. At least 25 Negro Leagues players are buried in Burr Oak. To the best of his knowledge, Krock says, no players’ remains were disturbed in the scandal. He plans to visit Burr Oak again this summer in search of the status of six more graves. Despite the controversy, the cemetery remains special for him.Bringing closure to any of these cases can bring about a special feeling. Take Pete Hill, for example. John Preston “Pete” Hill, a posthumous 2006 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, was a star outfielder for several black teams, including the Chicago American Giants. He also served as a player-manager for the Detroit Stars, Milwaukee Bears and Baltimore Black Sox. Hill died at a bus stop in Buffalo at age 69. His body was shipped to Chicago and while for years it was believed that he was buried at Burr Oak, not even Hill’s family knew where his body was. Some searched for his gravesite among the other Negro Leagues players buried at Burr Oak an

Larry Block - East Peoria Times-Courier

Monday, January 30, 2017

Larry Franklin Block, 80, of Pekin, passed away at 10:35 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at Heartland Health Care Center in Peoria.Born March 1, 1936, in East Peoria to Frederick and Lillian Wyss Block. He married Emily F. Joos June 17, 1956, in Peoria. She survives.Also surviving are three sons, Fred (Jan) Block of Manito, Tim (Brenda) Block of Pekin and Larry (Teresa) Block Jr. of Toluca; one daughter, Sue (Jeff) Hoffman of Pekin; seven grandchildren, Amanda Moore of Morton, Ryan (Michelle) Block of Pekin, Justin (Ashley) Hamann of Warrenton, Va., Laura Block of Normal, Heather Hoffman of Pekin, Kevin Block of Columbus, Ohio, and Holly Hoffman of Pekin; and two great-grandchildren, Evalynn Hamann and Zoe Block.He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alfred Block and Allen Block; and two sisters, Aldene Brooks and Elaine Hurley.Larry first worked at Travis Cadillac in Peoria in their parts department, where his brother, Alfred, got him the opportunity in 1955. This is where he discovered his passion for cars. He also worked at Pekin Machine for 21 years. In 1979, he opened his own business,

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Roena Frances Crawford - Nevada Herald

Monday, May 01, 2017

Saturday, April 22, at her home in Texas. She was born Feb. 17, 1928 in Camp Point, Ill., to Clarence and Beatrice (Dutton) Mensendike. She married Burl David Crawford Sr., on Aug. 29, 1948, in Peoria, Ill.Survivors include two sons, Michael, and Burl Jr.; one brother, Jim Mensendike; one sister, Bonnie Huss; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burl Sr.; one son, David; and three brothers, Richard, Ray and Gene.Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at Moore Cemetery in Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.You may view obituary and send condolences online at

BETTY LOU TURA - Youngstown Vindicator

Monday, March 27, 2017

CANFIELD - Betty Lou Tura, 82, formerly of Warren and Peoria, Ariz., went to meet our Lord on March 13, 2017. Betty Lou was born April 10, 1934, in Armstrong Township, Pa., a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (DeMarco) Bagaglia. She graduated from Warren G. Harding High School and had worked as a cashier for the former Vennitti?s Market and a sales clerk for J.C. Penney?s. However, her most important part of her career was taking care of children in her home for more than 20 years. She was a member of the former St. Pius X Church in Warren and St. Charles Borromeo in Arizona. She loved to sew, bake and cook, especially her Italian foods. The family cherished her wedding soup and spaghetti and meatballs. Her husband, Vincent J. Tura Sr., whom she married Aug. 2, 1952, died June 9, 2008. She leaves her sons, David G. (Bonnie) Tura of S. Lyon, Mich., and Vincent J. (Tina) Tura Jr. of Canfield; her grandchildren, Matthew (Taylor) Engstrom, Jason Engstrom, Andrea Engstrom, Stephanie (Dan) Dunn, Jared Tura, Rachael Tura, Adam Tura, Zach

Cox, Orvetta F. - Herald & Review

Monday, March 06, 2017

She enjoyed playing Scat, Bingo and Bunco.Memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s memory to her church.Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue, in Peoria.Obituary written by family members. Sign up to get each day's obituaries sent to your email inbox .whatcounts-form-container.well { padding-bottom: 5px; } .whatcounts-form-container .left-col, .whatcounts-form-container .right-col{ float: left; width: 100%; max-width: 345px; } .whatcounts-form-container .left-col{ margin-right: 20px; } .whatcounts-form-container .whatcounts-min .left-col{ max-width: none; margin: 0; } .whatcounts-form-container .disclaimer { font-size: 13px; line-height: 14px; margin-bottom:10px; clear:both; } .whatcounts-form-container .input-group-addon.wc-addon-captcha{ padding: 4px 10px; border-left: 0; }

Obituaries, Nov. 3, 2016 - Murray Ledger and Times

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.During her lifetime, Cynthia taught at the Chillicothe High School in Chillicothe, Illinois; Keller Grade School in Peoria Heights, Illinois; and the Gorham Schools in Gorham, Illinois. She worked several years helping her husband, Gene, at Pettett Funeral Home in Murphysboro, and was the retired owner/operator of Kenlake Marina and Cindy’s on the Barge restaurant located at Kenlake State Resort Park in Aurora. She was a member of St. Matthew by the Lake Lutheran Church in Benton.She married Herbert E. “Gene” Pettett on Nov. 22, 1964, in Pana, Illinois. Born to this union were two daughters,  Monique N. Pettett of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Jeannene P. (Kristian) Hall of Stafford; and one granddaughter,  Emma W. Hall of Stafford. Also surviving are two brothers, Eugene W. Hinton of Hardin and George W. Hinton of Springfield, Illinois.The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at Pettett Funeral Home in Murphysboro, with Melissa Waterman officiating. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Lacon Cemetery in Lacon, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, and on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, until the funeral hour at the funeral home.Memorials may be made to St. Matthew by the Lake Lutheran Church, 3966 U.S. Hwy 641 North, Benton, KY 42025.Pettett Funeral Home in Murphysboro, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.Evelyn A. RietdorfEvelyn A. Rietdorf, 102, of Murray, Kentucky, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at Spring Creek Health Care in Murray.She was born on Oct. 17, 1914, in Paducah, Kentucky, to Walter Attebury and Alice Sayer Attebury. She retired from the Florsheim Shoe Factory in Paducah before it closed and was the oldest member of Palestine United Methodist Church.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Rietdorf, and four brothers, Donald, Charles, Paul and Walter “Bud” Attebury.Mrs. Rietdorf is survived by one sister, Lucille Blankenship of Reidland, and several nieces.A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Paducah, Kentucky with Robert McKinney officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no public visitation.Online condolences may be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.William ‘Bill’ NewsomePastor William “Bill” Theodore Newsome, 93, of Kirksey, Kentucky, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016.He was born Jan. 28, 1923, in Ashland, Kentucky, to Rev. William McKinley Newsome and Anna Springer Newsome. He was a retired Free Will Baptist Minister for over 40 years, pastoring churches in Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee. He proudly served his country aboard the U.S.S. General SD Sturgis AP137 during WWII in the Pacific Conflict going almost completely around the world to keep America safe. He was present on VJ Day on Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay at the signing of the peace treaty. He was also a Kentucky Colonel.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by beloved wife, Violet Newsome; two sisters, Francis McCage and Opal Mitchell, and two brothers, Russell Newsome, and Tvis Henry Newsome.He was a loving father, and grandfather. Rev. Newsome is survived by two daughters, Sharon Collings and husband Don of Middletown, Maryland, and Pamela Newsome of Kirksey; four grandchildren, Dr. Donald Collings and wife Mary of Beaver, Pennsylvania, Stacy Collings of Wilmington, Delaware, Stephanie Best and husband Joe of Boonesburg, Maryland, and Robert