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Cinda S. Anderson

Cinda S. Anderson, 67, of rural Bishop Hill, died at 1:28 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 22 at the Old Colony School in Bishop Hill. Rev. Linda Winkelman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bishop Hill Old Settler’s Association or the American Cancer Society.  

She was born March 24, 1950 in Silver Creek, NY, the daughter of Donald and Grace (Zodle) Hilliker. She married Robert Anderson on July 15, 1973 in Sheridan, NY. He survives as well as a son, Jeffrey Jones of Bloomington, IL, two daughters, Joy (Matthew) Amundsen of Frisco, TX and Tracy (Austin) McNamara of Bloomington, IL, a grandson, Clint Amundsen, a sister, Charmane (Stan) Cross of Austin, TX, a brother, Bradley (Theresa) Hilliker of Chesterfield, VA and three brother-in-laws, Ronald (Gail) Anderson of Myrtle Beach, SC, Roger (Judy) Anderson of Galva and Randy (Sue) Anderson of Cambridge, Il and several nieces and nephews.

Cinda had graduated from Silver Creek Central School and had attended Alfred University. She had worked at the State Bank of Toulon, Kewanee branch and for Country Companies in Bloomington, IL. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and the Bishop Hill Old Settler’s Association of which she had been president for a number of years. She was also a member of the Henry County Museum and the Henry County Historical Society, both of which she had served as treasurer.  She enjoyed antiquing and serving as a volunteer for many of the Bishop Hill events through out the year. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com

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Jay E. Kemerling

Jay E. Kemerling, 65, of Osceola died 10:24 p.m. Sunday February 11, 2018 at his home. Jay was born June 12, 1952 in Kewanee, the son of Edward and Ruth (Strom) Kemerling. Surviving are his three sons, Thaddeus (Molly) Elgin, Galva, Justin (Robin) Elgin, Kewanee, Jarrett (Erica) Elgin, Galva; and four grandchildren, Colin, Bailey, Caylee and Ethan. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Janet.

Jay graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1970. He attended Black Hawk East College and Illinois State University. Jay worked at Hyster as a mechanical engineer. He was a member of the NRA. Jay enjoyed gardening and yardwork. He was an animal lover. Jay enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren.

Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home.   Reverend Paul Copland will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the Pleasantview cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Henry County Humane Shelter Kewanee Chapter. Please share a memory or an online condolence for Jay’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Marilyn A. DeValkenaere

Marilyn A. DeValkenaere, 82, of Kewanee, died Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Kewanee Care. Marilyn was born December 2, 1931 in rural Wethersfield, the daughter of Frank and Blanche (Dustin) Craig. She graduated from Wethersfield the class of 1949. She married Joe DeValkenaere, they later divorced.

Marilyn is survived by daughter, Chris (Don) Greiner, Independence, IA; two sons, Jay (Annette) DeValkenaere, Kewanee, Rod (Dee Dee) DeValkenaere, Kewanee; five grandchildren, Brian (Cary) Prusator, Andy (Amanda) Prusator, Angela (Larry) Dillender, Jason DeValkenaere, and Christine Boston; and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.

Marilyn was the head checker and retired from the Eagles Grocery, Kewanee. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the clerk’s union at the Eagles Grocery, the Flemish American Club. She enjoyed bowling on the team in Kewanee and had been the secretary for the bowling association. She also loved playing bingo.

Funeral services will be 3 pm Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Paul Copeland will officiate. A private family burial will be held at a later date at the Wethersfield Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the funeral home. Casual attire for the services has been requested by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that the memorials be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 in Marilyn’s name. Please leave an online condolence for Marilyn’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Dorothy L. Witte

Dorothy L. Witte, 91, a resident of Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline, formerly of Kewanee, died at 1:03 p.m., Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the center.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, February 16 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m., until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Historical Society or to the First Presbyterian Church in Kewanee.

She was born May 4, 1926 in Steele, MO, the daughter of Luther and Sarah (Clark) Williams. She married Otis McGonigal on August 25, 1944 in Corning, AR and he preceded her in death on January 30, 1972. She later married Lester E. Witte on July 14, 1973 in Geneseo and he preceded her in death on May 25, 1990. Survivors include a son, Larry (Gloria) McGonigal of Worland, WY, two daughters, Patricia (Eric) Weintraut of East Moline and Janie (Jason) Cantwell of Kewanee, a brother, Luther Clark (Florence) Williams of Springville, IA, a sister, Lillian Marie Borth of Galesburg, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Clifton and Leo, a half-sister, Doris Taylor and three step-sons.

Dorothy had worked as a nurse’s aide at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo until her retirement in 1982. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards at the Flemish-American Club and listening to music. She will be deeply missed by all family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Howard Crowell Jr.

 Howard A. “Buck” Crowell Jr., 78, of rural Kewanee, died at 8:20 a.m., Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Private services will be held at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra will officiate. A public visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m.Saturday, February 17 at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation and private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Howard “Buck” Crowell Memorial Fund.

He was born July 21, 1939 in Wauwatosa, WI, the son of Howard “Ike” and Rachel (Williams) Crowell Sr. He married Nancy Mae Werts on February 22, 1958 in Pine City, MN and together they raised four children. She preceded him in death on February 10, 1984. He was united in marriage to Kathy Radford on January 18, 1988 in Las Vegas, NV. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, three sons, Jeff Crowell of Woodland Park, CO, Kent (Karen) Crowell of Kewanee and Scott (Tami) Crowell of Bloomington, IL, his daughter, Diane (Russell) Walker of Annawan, three sisters, Darleen Vergin of Dallas, WI, Debbie Putske of Barron, WI and Maree Trotter of Iron River, MI, a brother-in-law, Orville Halvorson, seven grandchildren, Christopher (Lacey) Crowell, Katie Crowell, Ryne (Lana) Crowell, Kylen Crowell, Rachel Lippens (Dustin DeReu), Heath Walker and Sean Walker and nine great grandchildren, Nehemiah, Bella Rose, Sebastian, Gabriel, James, Liam, Isaac, Jack and Kellan. He was also preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Janice Ebert, Patricia Halvorson and Chris Schendorf and his in-laws, Harold and Marjorie Radford.

Buck was a 1958 graduate of Cameron High School in Wisconsin. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves, while raising his children. He had worked for Schwan’s for 18 years and had also worked for Meadow Gold Diary and Vendall Vending Machines. He was a member of the Kewanee American Legion and enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting and bowling with family and friends and especially enjoyed cheering on the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs. “Go Pack Go” This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Wanda "Janie" McCormick

Wanda “Janie” McCormick, 88, of Kewanee died Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Kewanee Care. Wanda was born October 21, 1929 in Kewanee, the daughter of Howard and Eva (Ames) Holmes. She graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1947. Wanda married Rex McCormick, Jr. on June 5, 1949 in Kewanee, he survives.

Wanda is survived by two sons, Mark (Beth) McCormick, Colona, IL, Matt (Lori) McCormick, Maple Valley, WA; four grandchildren, Alan (Brittney) McCormick, Michelle (Kellen) Fryrear, Amy McCormick, Eric McCormick; two great grandchildren, Hailey, Cameron; and one brother, Howard Holmes, Jr., Washington, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Julie.

Wanda was a home maker. She was a life member of the First Christian Church of Kewanee. She was an accomplished musician and enjoyed playing the organ and piano. She also loved singing in the church choir. She spent her spare time painting, and spending time with her family.

Memorial Services will be at 10:30 am on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the First Christian Church, Kewanee. Pastor Joe Schmidt will officiate. A private family burial will be at a later date at the Wethersfield Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Wanda’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Robert M. Gunther

 Robert M. “Bob” Gunther, 71, of Kewanee, died at 9:50 p.m., Sunday, February 11, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Cremation will be accorded and Celebration of his Life will be held at later date. Memorials may be directed to the Bob Gunther Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

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Thomas VerVynck

Thomas “Tommy” W. VerVynck, 41, of Kewanee, died Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Kewanee. Tommy was born March 19, 1976 in Kewanee, the son of Walt and Paula (Titus) VerVynck. Tommy attended Kewanee High School. He married Jamie Weir on January 6, 2017 in Kewanee.

Tommy is survived by his parents; wife; sons, Austin VerVynck, Davenport, IA, Alan (Kelly Mullen) VerVynck, Sterling, IL, Connor VerVynck, Hurley, MS; step children, Chelsea Ainley, Brandon Ainley, Myranda Lambert, Drew Richardson; special nephew, Reece Weir; brother, Joseph VerVynck; sisters, Misty (Jason) Patterson, Darcy (Dana Jackson) McCommons; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and brother, Scott VerVynck.

Tommy was a highly skilled laborer and roofer, he worked for his father at Walt VerVynck Roofing prior to working for Murray Brothers Construction, Kewanee. Tommy was a member of the Allendale Conservation Club and the First Christian Church. He was an active Harley Rider and recently joined the Spoon River Riders. He loved going to Friday night football at Kewanee High School where he watched his boys play. He enjoyed golf cart mudding, playing pool, and singing karaoke, especially Metallica with his brother, Joey. He loved watching Nascar and enjoyed racing stock cars. No one could ever get enough of Tommy’s cooking. Tommy had a big heart and loved spending time with his family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of service on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Memorials may be made to the family. Please leave an online condolence for Tom’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Edwin T. "Ted" Countryman

 

 

Edwin T. “Ted” Countryman, 83, of rural Annawan, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at his home. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Mineral United Methodist Church. Reverend Terry Lancaster will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service at the church (10:00-11:00 a.m.). Private inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be left to the Ted Countryman Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Ted was born on August 27, 1934, the son of Clarence and Martha Mae (Johnson) Countryman, in Casey, IA. He married Karen Bengston Gil-braith. Ted worked for the former Boar Power Company in Annawan as site manager and salesmen for over 30 years, from which he retired. He raised Coon Rj-ver Blueticks & Beagle dogs for showing and hunting for many years, and enjoyed spending time outdoors. Ted was a member of the hunting c1ub, Coon River Blueticks, that would travel through Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin, participating in various raccoon hunting competitions and pelt trading. Ted loved to spend time with his friends and family.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Karen, sons, Edwin Starr Countryman, Georgia, David (Michelle) Countryman, Florida, and Jason (Erin) Gilbraith, Illj-nois, and his daughters, LuAnn (Brian) Burton, Florida, and Diane (Robert) Catton, Illinois. Ted is also survived by his 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

 

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Martha Mae, daughter, Cheri Gilbraith, two sisters, and a brother.

 

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Larry A. Johnson

Larry A. Johnson, 75, of rural Cambridge, died Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in the emergency room of Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  At his request, a private family funeral service will be held on Monday, February 12th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Les Zook will officiate.  Private committal services will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

Larry Arthur Johnson was born February 26, 1942 in Kewanee, the son of Quentin and Grace Johnston Johnson.  He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1960.  His marriage to Shirley Janean Merritt took place on February 10, 1963 in Cambridge.  Larry was a lifelong farmer in rural Cambridge.  His memberships included the Cambridge United Methodist Church and the Henry County Farm Bureau.  He enjoyed working with electricity, especially generators.  Larry loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Janean,  sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas Johnson, Cambridge, Randy and Amy           Johnson, Davenport, Mickey and Monica Johnson, Cambridge, and a daughter and son-in-law, Greta and Kevin Kundel, Davenport.  Other survivors include five grandchildren, Dillon Johnson, Brenna, Emily, Shawn, and Kyle Kundel, and a brother, Charles (Sue) Johnson, Cambridge.  His parents preceded him in death.

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Larry's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Freida M. Gower

 Freida M. Gower, 62, of Colona, formerly of Kewanee, died at 2:15 a.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Trinity in Rock Island.

Cremation will be accorded and private inurnment will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

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JoAnn Fargher

JoAnn Fargher, 83, of Kewanee, died at 8:55 p.m., Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m.Saturday, February 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Her nephew, Deacon John Holevoet will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.

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Ruby L. Wolf

Ruby L. Wolf, 91, a resident of Genesis Senior Living in Aledo, formerly of Kewanee, died at 1:23 p.m., Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the facility in Aledo.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Wednesday, February 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials mar directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Honor Flight.

She was born July 13, 1926 in DePue, IL, the daughter of Garnet and Magnolia (Sturgeon) Green. She married Floyd L. Wolf on February 19, 1944 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on May 20, 1985. Survivors include her children, David Wolf of Kewanee, Paula (Larry) Talbot of Russellville, AL and Pam (Dan) Bates of Galva, seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Todd) Salpietro of Buffalo Grove, Rod (Valerie) Wolf of Pekin, Shelly Wolf Stoner of Peoria, Shannon (Amine) Assal of Helena, AL, Nicholas Talbot of San Antonio, TX and Jason (Melissa) Bates and Eric (Rina) Bates, both of Galva and nine great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Darlene Hardt and Esther Bumphrey.

Ruby had a love for flowers, cooking, cleaning and maintaining her backyard. She especially enjoyed taking care of people and her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxunferalhome.com.

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Ardyth June McNaught

 Ardyth June McNaught, 85, a resident at Park Vista in East Moline, formerly of Galva, died at 1:36 a.m., Friday, February 2, 2018 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Her grandson, Peter McNaught, will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 6 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Park Vista.

She was born September 3, 1932 in Parchment, MI, the daughter of Burton and Leona (Campbell) Felder. She married Riley W. McNaught on March 3, 1954 in Knoxville, IL and he preceded her in death on October 30, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Lee and a sister, Audrey. She is survived by three sons, Andre (Debbie) McNaught of Bloomington, IL, Bert (Melissa) McNaught of Moline, IL and Paul McNaught of Kannapolis, NC, seven grandchildren, Andrew (Beni) McNaught, Megan McNaught, Hannah (Matt) Nelson, Peter (Claire) McNaught and Abigail, Matthew and John McNaught, a sister, Arvis (Charles) Garrison of Fairview, TX and a brother, Warren (Barbara) Felder of Troy, OH.

Ardyth graduated from the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint, MI.  She was a homemaker and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Galva and United Methodist Women. She enjoyed doing puzzles, crafts and playing bingo. In earlier years, she enjoyed riding her bike, ever so slowly, around Galva. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Betty J. Miller

 

Betty J. Miller, 96, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018, at Country Manor Memory Care in Davenport, IA. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Ryan Landino will officiate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery in Geneseo, IL. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo Humane Society, Vera French, or Unity Point Hospice.

 

Betty was born on April 12, 1921, the daughter of Vernon and Elsie (Ole) Hamilton, in rural Geneseo, Munson Township. She graduated from Geneseo High School. Betty was united in marriage to Francis Miller in Geneseo, IL; Francis preceded her in death in 1972. Betty, along with her husband Francis, farmed in rural Geneseo for many years. After Francis passed away, Betty continued to manage their farm on her own. Betty then married Walter Zelnio in Geneseo in 1982. Walter preceded her in death in 2014. Betty was on the board of bank directors for the former State Savings & Loan in Geneseo, which her husband Francis was one of the original founders of the bank. She was a very talented artist and enjoyed all forms of art. She loved to dance, golf, and was a past model for Ada Gaffney Shaff in Davenport, IA.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her step children, Marie (Dale) Ziegler, Ann (Joe DeSousa) Zelnio, Susan Zelnio, and Charles (Annette) Zelnio, step-grandchildren, Ana (Trevor) Loes, Catherine Ziegler, Alex Press, Connor Hemmingson, Ian Hemmingson, Chris Zelnio, Michelle Zelnio, Cella DeSousa, and Siena DeSousa, and step-great-granchildren, Erza Loes, Hadley Loes, and Wyatt Loes. She is also survived by her niece and nephew, Bette Moffit and John Delinbeck, great nieces and nephews, Katy (Ross) Meyer, Miranda Lipes, Josie (Steve) Kernes, and Christopher Dilenbeck, and her great-great nephews and nieces, Aaron Meyer, Wayne Kernes, and Kendra Kernes.

 

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Elsie, two husbands, Francis and Walter, and her sister Ann Dilenbeck.

 

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Bernice P. Widar

 Bernice P. Widar, 96, a resident at Kewanee Care Nursing Home, died at 9:40 PM Sunday, January 28, 2018 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Private graveside services and burial will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 30 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born January 31, 1921 in Kewanee, the daughter of Ernest T. and Annie (Anderson) Widar.  Her parents preceded her in death. She is survived by a special friend, Nedra Theodore.

Bernice had attended Kewanee High School. She had worked as a factory worker at the Walworth Company and was a past member of the Evangelical Covenant Church. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.  

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Dennis L. Taylor

 Dennis L. “Zack” Taylor, 66, of Kewanee, died at 11:10 p.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 2 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor David Hamilton will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

He was born July 29, 1951 in Kewanee, the son of William and Beverly M. (Williams) Taylor. He married Lillie A. Cottle on September 29, 1979 in Kewanee. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, a son, Zachary (Brittany) Taylor of Dixon, IL, a daughter, Cheryl (Jesse) Rohrig of Neponset, his sister, Vivian (Leslie “Les”) Gillespie of Kewanee and six grandchildren, Brandon, Damon, Camron, Bayleigh, Brielle and Bensyn. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Dean Hewitt, whom helped raised him and his twin sister, Vickie at birth.

Zack graduated from Toulon High School in 1970. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1971-77. He worked as welder, starting at Hyster’s and then continuing at BOMAG. In the late 1980’s he operated a comic book store, Starlight Hobbies. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and enjoyed collecting comic books, fishing, riding motorcycles, sci-fi movies and zombies and was known as, “Zombie Grandpa.” He especially enjoyed doing things with his family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Bruce Jones

Bruce Jones, 63, of Kewanee, passed away at his home January 26th 2018, after a long battle with cancer. He was born June 12, 1954 in Kewanee, to Samuel and Phyllis (Schmidt) Jones Wiedle. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1972. Bruce was a self-employed electrician.  He married Kristi Jo Pleasouski in Kewanee in 1973, she survives as well as two daughters Leanne Jones of Kewanee, and Kindra (Michael) Condon of Richmond, Michigan. Five grandchildren Dakota Wickey, Matthew Swank, Makaylia Jones, Megan Condon and Michael Condon. Also surviving, one brother Larry Jones of Galesburg, IL and one sister Julie (Jeff) Petty of Monticello, IL. Two nieces, Amanda Petty and Allie Petty, and one great niece Myla Cogdell.

Bruce was preceded in death by his father Samuel Jones, and his step-father Wayne Wiedle. Bruce loved music, kids and animals and loved spending time with his family. His body has been donated to science.  A celebration of life is planned for Friday, February 2nd 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church with the Pastor Joe Schmidt officiating. Memorials may be made to the family.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Linda C. Phlypo - Dailey

 

 

Linda C. Phlypo - Dailey, 63, of Andalusia, IL, formerly of Geneseo, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at her home. A graveside memorial service and inurnment will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the family. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is in charge of these arrangements.

 

Linda was born on December 4, 1954, the daughter of Albert and Betty Phlypo, in Geneseo, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School.  She married Donald Dailey on September 3, 2011 in Rock Island, IL. She worked for Cement and Plasters - Union 118 as a cement finisher for several Quad City construction company. Linda was a person who lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed making others happy and loved to make them laugh. A compassionate woman, she was always ready to help others above and beyond what was expected. A true friend to so many, she never knew a stranger. She had the original “heart of gold”. She was a very talented woman in many different areas whether writing, painting with oils and acrylic, sculpting with clay or snow, or cooking. Linda also enjoyed flower gardening. She was a woman who saw the good in everyone and took joy in everything. Her most outstanding talent was her uplifting personality which could make even the hardest person smile. She will be desperately missed.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Donald Dailey, Andalusia, brother Tim (Loree) Phlypo, Geneseo, many close friends, and her cat.

 

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Betty.

 

 

 

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Edmond DeMuynck

Edmond “Ed” DeMuynck, 85, of Kewanee, died at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home.

Ed was born February 18, 1932 in Rock Island, IL, the son of Evo and Matilda (DeBuscher) DeMuynck.  He married Patricia Ackerson on March 24, 1956 in Annawan. She preceded him in death on February 27, 1998.

Surviving are his three daughters, Clarice (Lalo) Lorden, Chicago, Suzanne (Victor) Diaz, Peoria, Mary (Henry), Kewanee; four sons, Jimmy (Debbra) DeMuynck, Spring Valley, Gilbert (Tara) DeMuynck, Mineral, Edwin DeMuynck, Lawrenceville, IL, Tony (Lorie) DeMuynck, Elmira, Terry Pearson, Quincy, IL. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia; one brother; one sister and three grandchildren in infancy.

Edmond worked construction in Geneseo, the Grain Mill in Mineral and Pines Trailer in Kewanee, and also he ran his own landscape company in Kewanee.

He was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge where he played on their baseball team and a member of the Flemish American Club, Kewanee. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and loved western dancing. 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Monday, January 29, 2018, at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-6 pm on Sunday, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, rural Atkinson. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Please leave a memory or online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Edgar G. Middleton

Edgar G. “Ed” Middleton, 85, of Bishop Hill, passed away at 8:35 a.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center in Galesburg.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 27 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Pastor Jeff Goard will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Yorkville, IL at a later date.  

He was born January 17, 1933 in Harvey, IL, the son of Ray and Dola (Worley) Middleton. He married Judy Ganzer on October 27, 1956 in Yorkville. Survivors include his wife of Bishop Hill, a son, Scott (Denise) Middleton of Waukegan, IL, a daughter, Meg (Jeff) Chambers of Gary, IN, three granddaughters, Stephanie (Tristan) Jordan of New Berlin, WI, Jaimie Middleton of Gurnee, IL and Melissa (Edgar) Ardon of Waukegan, IL, two grandsons, Brandon Chambers of Lowell, IN and Matthew Chambers of Indianapolis, IN, a great granddaughter, Isabella Arden, his six siblings, Marvin Middleton of Florida, Joe Middleton of Aurora, DeLois Mahoney and Judy Mayse, both of Florida, Mary Abbott of Texas and Tom Middleton of Virginia and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Norman and Jack Middleton and his daughter, Amy Middleton.

Ed served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked for Allsteel Equipment in Montgomery, IL until his retirement. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed photography and had been a tour guide for the Village of Bishop Hill. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Eva R. Busboom

Eva Ruth Busboom ( lovingly referred to as Aunt Susie by family) 70, of Kewanee, died  at 2:25 pm on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Unity Point Health Methodist, Peoria.

Eva was born January 20, 1948 in Kewanee, the daughter of Gerad and Ruth (Statz) Busboom.

Surviving is  a brother, John (Nadine) Busboom, Buda; nephew, Michael (Amy) Busboom; four great nieces, Breanne and Rayanne Busboom, Catie and Sara Griffin, all of Kewanee. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Eva graduated from Kewanee High School. She was a lifelong farmer. Eva was a member of the Farm Bureau and First United Methodist Church, Kewanee.

She loved her four legged children, Doorbell the dog and Siama the cat. Eva enjoyed the outdoors and reading. She loved spending time with her family and especially enjoyed attending her great niece’s sporting events.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, January 26, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Reverend Paul Copeland will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm till time of service on Friday. Burial will be at Hopeland Cemetery, Buda. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Kewanee Humane Society. The family would like to say a special thanks to Amy and Michael Busboom, Diane Murphy and the Gutschlag brothers for all the help and support over the years. Also, a special thank you to Breanne Busboom for placing Eva’s pets. Please leave a memory or online condolence for Eva’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Marjorie V. Dynes

 

Marjorie V. Dynes, 84, of rural Annawan, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Unity Point Health in Rock Island, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church in rural Annawan, on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Reverend Dan Wright will officiate. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson. Memorials may be directed to the Fairview Church or Atkinson Rescue Squad.

 

Marjorie was born on April 4, 1933, the daughter of Wallace and Helen (Searle) Moody. She graduated from Cambridge High School and attended Augustana College where she received her nursing degree. Marjorie was united in marriage to William H. Dynes Jr. on March 9, 1958 in Cambridge, IL. William preceded her in death in 2008. She worked as a nurse at the former St. Luke Hospital in Davenport, and then the last 20 years at the Franciscan Hospital in Rock Island, which is now Trinity. She was a member of the Methodist Women’s group and enjoyed going to bible study, being a lay minister at church, and participating in the church band. Marjorie also had a great talent in cross-stitching.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Mark (Bonnie) Dynes, Irrigon, OR, Brett (Pam) Dynes, Kewanee, IL, and Martin (Shelly) Dynes, Annawan, IL, along with her 8 grandchildren, one step-grandchild, and 7 great-grandchildren. Her brother is Dwight (Claudia) Moody, Cambridge, IL.

 

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Helen, husband, William, and her sister Carolyn Knudson.

 

 

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Darlene M. Kaiser

Darlene M. (Loudenburg) Kaiser, 95, of Kewanee, died at 1:35 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at Courtyard Village in Kewanee.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 27 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the   funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Darlene Kaiser Memorial Fund.

She was born September 17, 1922 at home in rural Bradford, the daughter of Lovell and Blanche (McKeever) Loudenburg. She married Ronald Kaiser on February 17, 1957 at Bradford Methodist Church and he preceded her in death on September 21, 2004. They lived on the farm for 34 years and had later moved to Kewanee.

Survivors include her step-daughter, Sharon (Dwight) Yenzer of Tulsa, OK, two brothers, Loren Loudenburg of Toulon and Keith (Kellie) Loudenburg of Bradford and a sister, Elva “Punk” Loudenburg of Bradford. Also surviving are four nieces and nephews, Jean (Joe) Rohrig, Nancy (Rick) Heaton, Steve (Marjie) Loudenburg and Jeff (Rebecca) Loudenburg, three great nieces, four great nephews, one great-great niece and three great-great nephews.

Darlene attended Longfellow Country Grade School and graduated from Bradford High School in 1940. Following graduation, she had worked at some retail stores in Bradford. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening.

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Leona J. Lewis

Leona J. Lewis, 91, of Kewanee, died Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 4:28 pm at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, Kewanee. Leona was born August 22, 1926 in rural Burns Township, the daughter of Anderville and Florence (Nolan) Hedger. Leona married Clifford E. Lewis on December 31, 1943, he preceded her in death.

Leona is survived by one son, Richard (Diana) Lewis, Kewanee; sister, Nancy Nuding; grandchildren, Paula (Jim) Anderson, Rodney (Susan) Lewis, Misty (Paul) Sutton, Shaune (Rhonda) Lewis, Chad (Amy) Lewis, Mackenzee Lewis (Scott Raley); 13 great grandchildren; nephew, Steven Nuding; niece, Lynette Nuding; and special friends, Brenda Kegebein and Leo Finn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Clifford Gene Lewis, Jr. on June 4, 2003 and brothers, Sheby Hedger, John and William Nolan.

Leona worked at Hotel Kewanee. She enjoyed reading, watching TV and spending time with her family and pets.

A Celebration of Life Visitation will be 4-6 pm on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. A private burial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Henry County Humane Society. Please leave an online condolence for Leona’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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John D. Schillinger

 

John D. Schillinger, 85, of Moline, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at Clarissa C. Cool Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, rural Geneseo. Reverend Rich McReynolds will officiate. Burial will follow at the Colbert Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Viola United Methodist Church.

 

John was born on August 10, 1932, in a farm home in rural Henry County, the son of Ferd and Grace (Kilby) Schillinger, the second son in a family of six. He graduated from Orion High school and farmed with his brother, Joe, until he was drafted into the Army. John is a proud veteran of the United States Army. During his time in the service, he learned to pilot planes at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  He married Judy McLean in 1959; the couple was blessed with five children before they separated. Judy preceded him in death in 1998. John later married Thelma Millsap on August 8, 1976, Thelma also preceded him in death in 2010. After his time in the service, he owned and operated a portable ready mix business. John later purchased a feed and fertilizer business in Viola, IL, which he eventually sold to purchase Viola Materials. John  was an independent concrete man and later worked for cement contractors in the Chicago area, which allowed him to travel to Florida to build ocean barriers in the Keys. Fishing and piloting his Cessna air craft were his passion. He also enjoyed going fly-fishing.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include, sons, Randy (Vicki) Schillinger, Moline, Mark D. Schillinger, McHenry, Shawn (Melissa) Schillinger, Cordova, and Shane (Jenny) Schillinger, Rapids City, IA, daughter, Renae (Fiancé Dan Ziegler) Schillinger, Floodwood, MN, and nine grandchildren. John is also survived by his brother, Richard (Diane) Schillinger, Lynn Center, IL, and sisters, Carol (Bob) Reese, Cordova, Sharon (Lawrence) Pirkl, Colona, Sunny (Jim) Moorhusen, Cordova, and sister-in-law, Margo Schillinger, Geneseo.

 

John was preceded in death by his parents, Ferd and Grace, wives, Thelma and Judy, and one brother, Joe Schillinger.

 

 

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Margaret P. Gillespie

Margaret P. “Maggie” Gillespie, 96, of Kewanee, died at 3:12 a.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 25 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society in Kewanee.

She was born in Kewanee on October 21, 1921, the daughter of John and Mary (Urkis) Zablackis. She married Ralph Gillespie on June 3, 1939 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on December 18, 1970. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Paul Saey, a son, Larry in infancy, a son, Marlin, and siblings, Paul, Leo and Albert Saey, Anton and Victor Zablackis, Mary Bates and Joan Alvarado. She is survived by her children, Ralph (Nancy) Gillespie, Don (Diane) Gillespie, Leigh (Kathleen) Gillespie, Leslie (Vivian) Gillespie and Patricia “Patty” (Larry) Emond, all of Kewanee, eighteen grandchildren, several great grandchildren and one great-great grandchildren.

Maggie loved animals and cooking and especially her family which she was very proud of. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Guadalupe Interial

Guadalupe Santos “Lupe” Interial, 85, of Galva, passed away at 2:48 p.m., Friday January 19, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 25 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Fr. John Burns will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. John Catholic Church in Galva.

She was born December 20, 1932 in Zaragoza Coahuila, Mexico, the daughter of Gilberto Santos de Luna and Teresa Rodriguez. She married Victor Interial on May 17, 1953 in Zaragoza Coahuila, Mexico. He survives as do their children, Victor Interial, Frankie Interial, Lucy (Van) Appenheimer, Cesar (Tracy) Interial and Rosie (David) Robinson, all of Galva, ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a sister, Conchi Flores. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

Lupe was a member of St. John Catholic Church. She loved flowers, doing word search and caring for others which extended over the years to her son Victor. She was very proud of her family and will be deeply missed by all who knew and cared for her. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Robert J. Hoste

 

Robert J. Hoste, 93, a long-time resident of Colona, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Woodridge Supportive Living Residence in Geneseo, IL where he was currently residing. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colona, IL. Reverend Peter Zorjan will celebrate and Reverend Duane Jack will concelebrate. Entombment will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in East Moline where military honors will be accorded by the Moline America Legion. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 24, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where the Rosary will be prayed at 3:45 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic Church or to the Honor Flight.

 

Robert was born on January 9, 1925, the son of Joseph and Alina (David) Hoste, in East Moline, IL. He married Alice M. Smelkowski on November 27, 1948 in Colona; she preceded him in death in 2005. Robert is a veteran of the United States Navy, proudly serving his country in WWII. He worked for International Harvester Works in East Moline, where he was a very skilled welder for 34 years. Robert retired in 1981. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he was involved in the Holy Name Society. Robert was also a member of the UAW Local 1304. He loved working in his garage and was a very talented and intelligent man who could build or fix anything! Robert also enjoyed farming part time.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Roberta (Steven) Smith, Geneseo, sons, Lester (Cindy) Hoste, Geneseo, Andrew (Kathy) Hoste, Moline, Martin (Martha) Hoste, Alpha, and Aaron (Elaine) Hoste, Colona, 15 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. Robert is also survived by his brother, Albert (Margaret) Hoste, Linn, MO.

 

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Alina, wife Alice, son, Victor Hoste in 2016, great-great-granddaughter, Bella, three brothers, Allbert, Morris, and Maurice Hoste, and his sister Irene Schneider.

 

 

 

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Michael R. Tank

Michael “Mike” R. Tank, 51, of Kewanee, died at 4:30 pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Kewanee. Mike was born June 19, 1966, the son of Ronald Sr. and Linda (Ferris) Tank.

Surviving are his mother, Linda, Kewanee; brother, Ronnie Tank, Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents, Mary and Ross Ferris and Otto and Evelyn Tank.

Mike was a graduate of Wethersfield High School Class of 84. He worked at Tanks Auto Body for several years. He later became an owner operator of MRT Collision and Henry County Powder Coating in Galva.

Mike enjoyed old cars, Harleys, fishing, and traveling to Florida and Arizona. Mike also loved spending time with friends and family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Share a memory or online condolence for Mike’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Jane M. Fehlman

 

Jane M. Fehlman, 96, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Generations of Rock Island Nursing Home in Rock Island, IL. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A private graveside memorial service will be held at a later date, in the Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Humane Society. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting with these arrangements.

 

Jane was born on January 28, 1921, the daughter of Robert and Marie (Scott) Drellis, in Dallas, TX. She graduated from Northwestern University and attended the Art Institute in Chicago, IL. Jane was united in marriage to Richard A. Fehlman in 1947, in Chicago; he preceded her in death in 2004. Jane was one of the first employees at the former WGEN radio station in Geneseo. She was also the Geneseo City editor of the Rock Island Argus newspaper for many years, and was owner and operator of Fehlman Interiors in Geneseo for 10 years. Jane was a member of the First Lutheran Church. She was a very talented artist and loved art. Jane’s love of art developed her into an avid and skilled painter. She was involved in Geneseo Art League and many bridge clubs. Jane loved her dogs with her whole heart.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Dr. Bruce (Barb) Fehlman, Geneseo, grandchildren, Ashley (Patrick) Campbell, Iowa City, IA, and Andrew (Jennifer) Fehlman, St, Louis, MO. She is also survived by her great-grandchild, Emery Campbell. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Marie.

 

 

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Mary Jane Miller

 

 

Mary Jane Miller, 93, of O’Fallon, IL, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Cedar Ridge Health & Rehab Center in Lebanon, IL. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo, IL. Reverend Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in East Moline, IL. Visitation will take place Saturday, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., one hour prior to the Funeral Mass. Memorials may be left to the Mary Jane Miller Memorial Fund.

 

Mary Jane was born on June 20, 1924, the daughter of Margaret Collins, in Chicago, IL. She graduated from St. Clare Academy High School. She later received her Associate Degree in nursing from St Joseph School of Nursing in Chicago. Mary Jane was united in marriage to Howard Miller on January 10th 1948; he preceded her in death in March, 1972. She was a nurse at the former Moline Public and Illini Hospitals for 30 years before her retirement. Mary Jane was a current member of St Claire Catholic Church O’Fallon, IL and a former member of St. Malachy Catholic Church.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Kurt Miller, O’Fallon, IL, daughter-in-law, Susan (Kurt) Miller nee Moon, grandsons, Kye Miller, Santa Fe, NM and Sean Miller, O’Fallon, IL, granddaughters, Kristin (Sean) O’Reilly, Shelby Township, Michigan, Kate Malley, St. Charles, IL, Kara Castaneda (Noel), Aurora IL She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Sean, Natalie, and Kyle O’Reilly, Shelby Township, Michigan, Connor Malley and Kendell Seelye, Saint Charles, IL and Finnegan Castaneda, Aurora, IL

 

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret, husband, Howard Miller, daughter, Kathleen Malley, aunt, Catherine Collins, uncle, John Collins, and nephew Charles Collins.

 

 

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JoAnn Jenkins

 JoAnn M. Jenkins, 85, a resident at Kewanee Care Nursing Home, formerly of Toulon, died at 5:08 p.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Toulon Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

She was born in Kewanee on June 10, 1932 the daughter of Gerald and Mary (DeKazel) Weeks. She married Jack Jenkins on October 7, 1949 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on October 25, 1995. She was also preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two sons, Randy (Sandy) Jenkins and Rick Jenkins, both of Kewanee and a daughter, Marlene (Ivan) Nelson of Toulon, three grandchildren, Monica, Matthew and Zachary (and fiancé Carly), two great grandchildren, Morgan and Kyle and four great-great grandchildren with one on the way, three step-grandchildren, Jeff Nelson, Lee Ann Hufnagel and Jennifer (Scott) Eberle, six step-great grandchildren and an aunt, Elsie Kirley.

JoAnn had attended Kewanee Schools and was last employed at Toulon Health Care Center. She was a past president and member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Kewanee. She enjoyed doing yardwork, planting flowers and the occasional trip to the casino with Rick. She was a die-hard Cub fan and enjoyed watching the Cubs. The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Kewanee Care for their care and the staff at OSF Saint Luke Emergency Room for their efforts. And a heartfelt thank you to the caregivers that were special to her, you know who you are! This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donald L. Spurck

 

Donald L. Spurck, 86, of Geneseo, IL, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, IL. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colona, IL. Father Peter Zorjan and Deacon Aaron Hoste will celebrate. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Mausoleum in East Moline, IL, where military honors will be accorded. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where the Rosary will be recited at 4:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Geneseo Football Boosters.

 

Don was born on March 12, 1931, the son of Ralph and Hazel (Wellenraiter) Spurck, in Rock Island, IL. Don is a veteran of the United States Air Force and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. He married Mary E. Gragg on April 4, 1959 at St. Mary Church in Moline, IL.  Don worked for BNSF Railroad Company as a clerk for 37 ½ years before his retirement in 1993. He was an avid Geneseo football fan and followed his grandchildren and their activities and events closely. He enjoyed listening to and following the Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary, son, Gregory (Karen) Spurck, Omaha, NE, daughters, Elaine (Aaron) Hoste, Colona, IL, and Michelle (Rob) Ries, Geneseo, and grandchildren, Nichole (Matthew) Fiscella, Amanda (Bob) Bowling, Autumn (Bill) Eberly, Adam (Nina) Hoste, Cassidy (Andrew) Jacobitz, Bailey Ries, and Braden Ries. Don also has five great-grandchildren, Rylee, Regan, Emma, Allison, and Lillian.

 

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Hazel, brother, Edwin Spurck, and sister, Margaret Morrison.

 

 

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June Girkin

June E. Girkin, 84, of Kewanee, died January 14, 2018 at 3:25 pm, at her home. June was born June 18, 1933 in Kewanee, the daughter of Albert and Helen (Surtis) Peach. She graduated from Kewanee High School. June married Donnie Girkin on September 20, 1951 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death on September 13, 2011.

June is survived by a daughter, Donna Havelka, Kewanee; son, Tim (Michelle) Girkin, Bollingbrook; four grandchildren, Erin Havelka, Kristen Havelka, Taylor (Joe) Gnutek, Cody Girkin; one great granddaughter, Kelsi Adkison; and one brother, Dean Peach. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers and one sister.

June worked as a laborer for Kraft Foods, Manilus and Admiral/Maytag, Galesburg. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Kewanee. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and going out to lunch with her three best friends, Diane, Pat, and Janet.

There will be no visitation or services. Burial will be private. Please leave an online condolence for June’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.  

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Margot MaCauley

Margot MaCauley, 96, of Kewanee, died Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11:40 pm at Kewanee Care. Margot was born March 21, 1919 in Eastbourne, England, the daughter of Frank and Lillian (Bench) Hartman.

Margot is survived by two sons, Bob Wicklander, Sidney, IL, Don Wicklander, Chicago, IL; three grandsons; and several great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Elizabeth and Elise.

Margot worked at Boss Glove Company. Margot was interested in animal protection. She especially loved spending time with her family.

There will be no visitation or services, burial will be private for the family.  Please leave an online condolence for Margot’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Daryl Tuttle

Daryl Tuttle, 53, of Kewanee, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 8:40 pm at his home. Daryl was born December 2, 1964 in Kewanee, the son of Ken and Carolyn (Brooks) Tuttle. Daryl graduated from Kewanee High School in 1983.

Daryl is survived by his parents; one brother, Dan (Julie) Tuttle, Kewanee, IL; nieces, Sara and Cali Tuttle; nephew, Zachary Tuttle; great nieces, Lexi and Ellie; and great nephew, Jayden. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Leonard and Elizabeth Brooks; and his paternal grandparents, Howard and Darlene Tuttle.

Daryl served his country in the US Navy, he was stationed all over the world. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Daryl attended Black Hawk East Campus earning a degree in Horticulture. He owned Tuttle Landscape. Daryl enjoyed playing cribbage, fishing, watching the Dallas Cowboys, and spending time with his family.

Memorial Services will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Paul Copeland will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 am till time of service. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Leave a memory or online condolence for Daryl’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Juan Jiminez

 Juan Alfredo Jimenez, 90, of East Moline, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at his home.
He was born March 16, 1927 in New York City, NY. After growing up in Flushing, NY, Juan served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After military service, he became a Presbyterian minister and eventually worked for the U. S. Department of Public Health. Even after leaving full time ministry, Juan continued to
preach and teach Sunday school whenever given the opportunity.  He also enjoyed camping with his family, photography, traveling the world, and watching the news.
His wife, Shirley Jo Stuart, predeceased him in 1999. He is survived by three sons, Richard, Stephen (Karen), and Timothy (Patricia) Jimenez; two grandchildren, Donovan Jimenez and Maria Clark; three great granddaughters, Bree, Penelope and Fiona; his longtime companion, Carol Gleich; and faithful caregivers, Jim and Stephanie Godke.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 1:00PMWednesday, January 17 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee, IL where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Pastor Marcus Throneburg will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Park Vista Residents Fund (
1451 20th Avenue East Moline, Illinois 61244) or to the Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church (610 S. Frederick Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877). This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Lucille L. Cathelyn

 

Lucille L. Cathelyn, 91, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at her home. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 15, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo, IL. Reverend Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson, IL. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where a scripture service will be held at 3:45 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Atkinson, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Lucille was born on August 2, 1926, the daughter of Louis and Mary (Sturtewagen) Lievens, in Colona, IL. She was united in marriage to Kenneth E. Cathelyn on June 5, 1948, at St. Mary’s Church in Hooppole, IL. Lucille assisted Kenneth with farming in Loraine Township for 42 years. She was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, where she was active in the Altar & Rosary Society Circle 11. Lucille was a talented seamstress, doing beautiful needle-point work. She loved her grand and great-grandchildren, and was a very loving and caring wife and mother. She was a wonderful cook and baker.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Mary, her daughter, Sharon Cathelyn, son, Vernon Cathelyn, and two brothers, Lawrence and Robert Lievens.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Kenneth, daughter-in-law Karen Cathelyn, Geneseo, grandchildren, Eric (Stephanie) Cathelyn, Carmel, IN, Laura (Greg) Steffensmeier, Des Moines, IA, and Lisa Cathelyn, Oakland, CA, four great-grandchildren, Lilly, Hunter, Zachary, and Xavier, and her brothers, Richard (Betty) Lievens, Osco, IL, and Eugene (Evelyn) Lievens, Knoxville, IL.

 

 

 

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Roger W. Miller

 

 

Roger W. Miller, 77, of Geneseo, passed away on January 10, 2018, at Hammond Henry Long Term Care in Geneseo, IL. A graveside inurnment ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 15, 2018, at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Memorials can be directed to the Geneseo Human Society. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Roger was born on September 14, 1940, the son of Ralph W. and Maxine E. (Lund) Miller, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School. Roger worked for John Deere Plow Works as a repairman and inspector for 44 years before his retirement in 2008. Roger was a member of the Lutheran faith. He loved his home and took great pride in taking care of it and his yard. Ralph enjoyed trips to the casino and loved spending time with his dogs.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his sister, Frances (William) Westerlund, Orion, IL, special friends, Debbie Campbell and Mike Johnson, six nephews.

 

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Maxine, and his brother, William R. Miller.

 

 

 

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Maxine Kallas

Maxine H. Kallas, 90, of Kewanee, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Kewanee Care. Maxine was born August 4, 1927 in Kewanee, the daughter of Roy and Dorothy (Hyers) Gleason. She graduated from Kewanee High School. Maxine married Mikeal Kallas on September 1, 1947 in LeSalle, IL, he preceded her in death on June 18, 2012.

Maxine is survived by two daughters, Catherine Buckwalter, Moline, IL, Carol (Rick) See, Bloomington, IL; four grandchildren, Carrie (Butch) Lingafelter, Chad (Corry) Buckwalter, Craig (Jennifer) Buckwalter, Devon (Eric) Stangland; and six great grandchildren, Blake, Ella, Vivianna Lingafelter, Calvin Stangland, Celia and Drew Buckwalter. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Eldon Gleason; and aunts and uncles.

Maxine was a nurse’s aid for Kewanee Public Hospital retiring sometime in the 80’s. Prior to that she was a homemaker, worked at Smith’s Bakery, and helped at the Chestnut Gun Shop. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, word searches, and puzzles. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee and the United Methodist Women’s Society.

Visitation will be from 10 am until the time of service, Monday, January 15, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Funeral Services will be 11 am, Monday, January 15, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church. Pastor Paul Copeland will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Bell Choir. Please leave an online condolence for Maxine’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Mary "Katie" Johnson

Mary Katherine “Katie” Johnson, 80, of Kewanee, died Monday, January 8, 2018 at 9:49 pm. Katie was born November 25, 1937 in Kewanee, the daughter of Albert and Patricia (Boss) DeConinck. Katie enjoyed cheerleading in High School, graduating from Kewanee High School in 1955. Katie married Bud Johnson on July 7, 1972 in Kewanee, he survives.

Katie is survived by one daughter, Christina (Peter) Tanzillo, Kewanee; two sons, Michael Quagliano, Chicago, Nick (Paula) Johnson, Kewanee; seven grandchildren, Michele, Amy, Trisha, Amber, Lucas, Quinton, and Riley; eight great-grandchildren, Maddux, Rocco, Luca, Freddie, Bianca, Gianna, Greyson, Simone, and another boy on the way; several nieces and nephews; and brother Albert (Karen) DeConinck, Kewanee. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Patricia Shambaugh.

Katie helped on the Wethersfield playground, she started off managing the Wanee Theatre, and the Apollo Theatre in Princeton, later owning them. She was the owner of Katie’s House of Steaks. She was active with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for 25+ years. She was the Hog Day’s Parade Grand Marshall and won an Outstanding Citizen Meritorious Award. She was also a National Award winner from Disney, for Toy Story, and was a Bureau County State Attorney winner for the Christmas Toy Drive. She enjoyed building floats, collecting angels, praying hands, and hog merchandise. She also loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am, Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the funeral home. Father Chris Haake will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Please leave your condolences online for Katie’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.                

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Dianna D. Hotchkiss

Dianna D. Hotchkiss, 83, of Sheffield died on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Kewanee Care Center, Kewanee.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield.  Rev. Ross Wyman will officiate.  Burial will be in Sheffield Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Kewanee Animal Shelter or Sheffield Historical Society.

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Elsie E. Taylor

Elsie E. Taylor, 94, of Peoria, formerly of LaFayette, died at 12:31 a.m., Monday, January 8, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 15 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

She was born February 4, 1923 in LaFayette, IL, the daughter of Harold and Elsie (Kennaugh) Kermode. She married James Taylor on March 7, 1942. Survivors include her husband of Peoria, a son, Ronald (Peggy) Taylor of East Peoria, a brother, Harold (Patricia) Kermode of Princeton, IN and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Roger and a sister, Audrey.

Elsie graduated from LaFayette High School. She had worked at JC Penney’s in Peoria until her retirement. She was of the Methodist faith and she enjoyed camping at Landuits Lake Resort in rural Hillsdale, IL and golfing at Hillcrest Golf Center in Washington, IL. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Margaret Jonas

 Margaret R. Jonas, 91, of Sheffield, passed away at 12:45 a.m., Monday, January 8, 2018 at Liberty Village in Princeton.

Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m.until the time of the services at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m.,Friday, January 12 at Mona View Cemetery in Muskegon Heights, MI. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

She was born November 16, 1926 in Pulaski, IL, the daughter of Ollie and Pansy (Ellenwood) McClellan. She married Niles Jonas in 1946 in Muskegon, MI and he preceded her in death in 1987. Survivors include four daughters, Karen (Jack) Reffett and Rhonda Dastrup, both of Sheffield, Ruthann (Michael) Marie of Peoria and Tawnya (Jim) Mommerency of Makinaw, IL, three brothers, Richard (Jean) McClellan of New Grand Chain, IL, Robert (Sharon) McClellan of Goreville, IL and Carlos (Loleen) McClellan of Urbana, IL, her sister, Ruth Shaw of Sandwich, IL, seven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, five siblings, Burton, Bud, Polly, Mavis and Susie and a great-great grandson, Ty Sandford.

Margaret was homemaker and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed baking and gardening and most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Shirley Ann Thompson

 Shirley Ann Thompson, 75, of Kewanee, died at 7:33 p.m., Sunday, January 7, 2018 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Cremation will be accorded and a time of fellowship and refreshment will be held at 12:30 p.m.Friday, January 12 at PL Damron’s Café in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born December 14, 1942 at St. Francis Hospital in Kewanee, the daughter of Charles and Dorothy (Doy) Thompson. Survivors include her brother, Alvin (Janice) Thompson of Kewanee, three nephews, Matthew (Deanna) Thompson and their daughter, Alexa, all of Morehead City, NC, Lance (Melissa) Thompson of Honolulu, HI and their children, Ryan of San Diego, CA and Allison of Charlotte, NC and Bryan (Rebecca) Thompson and their children, Kayla, Emily, Nolan and Brett, all of West Lafayette, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Shirley had worked as an office manager at FS for 44 years. She was of the Methodist faith and she enjoyed reading and traveling on family trips with her nephews around the United States and to Hawaii and Germany. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Bernice G. Cooper

 Bernice G. Cooper, 85, of Kewanee, died at 10:40 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Carol Kersey will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Hopeland Cemetery in rural Buda. Memorials may be directed to the Bernice Cooper Memorial Fund. 

She was born March 20, 1932 in Peru, IL, the daughter of Charles and Augusta March Jr. She married Homer Cooper and he preceded her in death in 1969. Survivors include her son, David D. Cooper (Karen Branom) of Neponset, her grandson, Ben Cooper (Patricia Giesenhagen) of Kewanee, two great grandchildren, Alivia and Zoey Cooper, three step-grandchildren and several step-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Patricia and three brothers.

Bernice had worked at the Mail-O-Graph in Kewanee until her retirement. She was of the Methodist faith and she enjoyed pets, especially her cat, Sparky, working outside in her garden, drawing and doodling and PIVA which is German for beer. She especially enjoyed her family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxufneralhome.com.

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Marilyn J. Heaton

Marilyn J. Heaton, 83, of Kewanee, passed away 10:43 p.m., Thursday, January 4, 2018 Toulon Health Care Center.

Cremation will be accorded and a graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m.Friday, January 12 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary will conduct the services. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

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Stephen R. Pyle

Stephen R. Pyle, 31, of Kewanee, died at 1:16 a.m., Friday, January 5, 2018 at his home.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m.Friday, January 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:30 until the time of the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

He was born October 20, 1986 in Kewanee, the son of Larry Richardson and Melanie (Pyle) Ramsey. Survivors include his father of Bath, IL, his mother of Kewanee, a son, Caelum Pyle of Kewanee, three brothers, Mark Ostrowski Jr. of Tiskilwa, Devon Ramsey of Kewanee and Larry Richardson of Geneseo, two sisters, Jennifer Ostrowski of Kewanee and Kari Richardson of Kewanee, his paternal grandparents, Larry (Wanda) Richardson of Kewanee and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents.

Stephen had a love for music and video games. He enjoyed drawing, writing and reading and especially enjoyed being around his family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.

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Judith R. Harvel

 

Judith R. Harvel, 76, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, January 03, 2018, at Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline, IL. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Reverend Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. A luncheon will follow the service in the church hall. Memorials may be left to the Judith Harvel Memorial Fund. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Judith was born on July 10, 1941, the daughter of Clarence and Edith (Spear) Logsdon, in Peoria, IL. Judith married Loren Dagit, they later separated. Judith later married Ernest Harvel, Ernest preceded her in death. She worked for Pinks Bus Service as a bus driver, and for Hy-Vee in Canton, IL in the produce department for several years, from which she retired. Judith was a member of the Methodist faith. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, and playing cards with her family. Most of all, Judith loved spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Rob Dagit, Geneseo, and daughters, Diane (Rock) Holke, Geneseo, Dawn Milroy, Colona, and Denise (Darin) Dralle, Geneseo. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

 

Judith was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Edith, husband Ernest Harvel, two daughters, Deb Goodwin and Dinah Baker, and a brother, Larry Logsdon.

 

 

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Jean M. Nordeen

Jean M. Nordeen, 73, of Bishop Hill, passed away at 9:24 a.m., Thursday, January 4, 2018 at her home.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service with inurnment in Bishop Hill Cemetery will be held at a later date. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

A complete obituary will be available closer to the date of the service.

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Bernice G. Cooper

 Bernice G. Cooper, 85, of Kewanee, died at 10:40 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Carol Kersey will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Hopeland Cemetery in rural Buda. Memorials may be directed to the Bernice Cooper Memorial Fund. 

She was born March 20, 1932 in Peru, IL, the daughter of Charles and Augusta March Jr. She married Homer Cooper and he preceded her in death in 1969. Survivors include her son, David D. Cooper (Karen Branom) of Neponset, her grandson, Ben Cooper (Patricia Giesenhagen) of Kewanee, two great grandchildren, Alivia and Zoey Cooper, three step-grandchildren and several step-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Patricia and three brothers.

Bernice had worked at the Mail-O-Graph in Kewanee until her retirement. She was of the Methodist faith and she enjoyed pets, especially her cat, Sparky, working outside in her garden, drawing and doodling and PIVA which is German for beer. She especially enjoyed her family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxufneralhome.com.

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Doris E. Johnson

Doris E. “Nanny” Johnson, 95, of Galva, passed away at 9:57 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Her Grandson, Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 10 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Grace United Methodist Church in Galva.

She was born April 23, 1922 in Kewanee, the daughter of George and Emma (Hepner) Wilsey. She married James J. Johnson on April 14, 1945 in Galveston, TX and he preceded her in death on October 5, 1987. Survivors include her son, Larry Johnson of Galva, her daughter, Sherry (Harold) Kohl of Peotone, IL, daughter-in-law, Brenda Johnson of White Bear Lake, MN, nine grandchildren, Larry (Debra) Johnson, Joannie King, Angela (Willie) Burford, Tom (Sarah) Kohl, Melissa (Brad) Fox, Jaye (Amy) Johnson, Mike (Maggie) Kohl, Jared Johnson and Jennie (Chris) Bordonaro, twenty great grandchildren, Stephanie (Jared) Wexell, Samantha (Zak) Swanson, Tyler Johnson, Bridget (Drayson) Owens, Cameron Wirth, Maddie, Makenna and Braley Burford, Brian, Laura, Nathan and Megan Kohl, Alee and Andrew Johnson, Charlotte, Barrett and Louis Kohl, Seano and Keyan Johnson and Liana Bordonaro, five great-great grandchildren with one on the way, Jayden, Peyton and Grayson Wexell and Parker and Zane Swanson and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Art and Lyle Wilsey, sister, Florence Kidd and her son, Rev. Daniel Johnson. 

Doris attended Wethersfield schools. She was a homemaker and had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church since 1976. She enjoyed her church friends and neighbors, having coffee with her friends, having company over to her house and most of all she cherished spending time with her beloved family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

           Doris E. “Nanny” Johnson, 95, of Galva, passed away at 9:57 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Her Grandson, Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 10 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Grace United Methodist Church in Galva.

She was born April 23, 1922 in Kewanee, the daughter of George and Emma (Hepner) Wilsey. She married James J. Johnson on April 14, 1945 in Galveston, TX and he preceded her in death on October 5, 1987. Survivors include her son, Larry Johnson of Galva, her daughter, Sherry (Harold) Kohl of Peotone, IL, daughter-in-law, Brenda Johnson of White Bear Lake, MN, nine grandchildren, Larry (Debra) Johnson, Joannie King, Angela (Willie) Burford, Tom (Sarah) Kohl, Melissa (Brad) Fox, Jaye (Amy) Johnson, Mike (Maggie) Kohl, Jared Johnson and Jennie (Chris) Bordonaro, twenty great grandchildren, Stephanie (Jared) Wexell, Samantha (Zak) Swanson, Tyler Johnson, Bridget (Drayson) Owens, Cameron Wirth, Maddie, Makenna and Braley Burford, Brian, Laura, Nathan and Megan Kohl, Alee and Andrew Johnson, Charlotte, Barrett and Louis Kohl, Seano and Keyan Johnson and Liana Bordonaro, five great-great grandchildren with one on the way, Jayden, Peyton and Grayson Wexell and Parker and Zane Swanson and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Art and Lyle Wilsey, sister, Florence Kidd and her son, Rev. Daniel Johnson. 

Doris attended Wethersfield schools. She was a homemaker and had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church since 1976. She enjoyed her church friends and neighbors, having coffee with her friends, having company over to her house and most of all she cherished spending time with her beloved family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

           Doris E. “Nanny” Johnson, 95, of Galva, passed away at 9:57 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Her Grandson, Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 10 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Grace United Methodist Church in Galva.

She was born April 23, 1922 in Kewanee, the daughter of George and Emma (Hepner) Wilsey. She married James J. Johnson on April 14, 1945 in Galveston, TX and he preceded her in death on October 5, 1987. Survivors include her son, Larry Johnson of Galva, her daughter, Sherry (Harold) Kohl of Peotone, IL, daughter-in-law, Brenda Johnson of White Bear Lake, MN, nine grandchildren, Larry (Debra) Johnson, Joannie King, Angela (Willie) Burford, Tom (Sarah) Kohl, Melissa (Brad) Fox, Jaye (Amy) Johnson, Mike (Maggie) Kohl, Jared Johnson and Jennie (Chris) Bordonaro, twenty great grandchildren, Stephanie (Jared) Wexell, Samantha (Zak) Swanson, Tyler Johnson, Bridget (Drayson) Owens, Cameron Wirth, Maddie, Makenna and Braley Burford, Brian, Laura, Nathan and Megan Kohl, Alee and Andrew Johnson, Charlotte, Barrett and Louis Kohl, Seano and Keyan Johnson and Liana Bordonaro, five great-great grandchildren with one on the way, Jayden, Peyton and Grayson Wexell and Parker and Zane Swanson and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Art and Lyle Wilsey, sister, Florence Kidd and her son, Rev. Daniel Johnson. 

Doris attended Wethersfield schools. She was a homemaker and had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church since 1976. She enjoyed her church friends and neighbors, having coffee with her friends, having company over to her house and most of all she cherished spending time with her beloved family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

           

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Gary Petty

Gary Dean Petty, 64, of Kewanee, passed away at 5:15 a.m., Thursday, January 5, 2018 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Gary Petty Memorial Fund.

He was born December 25, 1953 in Kewanee at the Kewanee Public Hospital, the son of George and Mildred (McBride) Petty. He married Frances Allen Jackson on September 28, 1974. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, three sons, Mark (Krista) Kaiser of Kewanee, Jeremy (Rena) Petty of Toulon and Chad (Jenni) Petty of Kewanee, a daughter, Terra Thompson and her boyfriend, Lewis of Kewanee, a brother, Jack Petty of Kewanee, his sister, Edna Schwigen of Kewanee, nine grandchildren, Joey Kaiser, Payton Petty, Madyson Petty, George Petty, Justice McGwinn, Joshua Thompson, Victoria Thompson, December Tracy and Alexia Tracy, and his best friend, Mike Fredrick of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, George, Lester, Clarence and Jim, two siblings in infancy, Alice and Eugene and a granddaughter, Summer.

Gary graduated from Kewanee High School in 1972. He had worked at Pines and at Kewanee Boiler for 30 years. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed WWE Wrestling, art, doing yardwork and refurbishing furniture. Gary was also an avid collector of Beatle’s memorabilia. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Shirley A. Blankenship


Shirley A. Blankenship, 82, of Kewanee, died Thursday, January 4, 2018 at OSF St. Luke Medical Center, Kewanee. No visitation, services will be private. Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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F. Mary Urquiza

 F. “Mary” Urquiza, 91, of Freemont, CA, formerly of Kewanee, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017.

Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date in the Summer of 2018. Inurnment will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed by Abilities Plus in Kewanee. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of local arrangements.

She was born July 16, 1926 in Kewanee, the daughter of Edward and Dorothy (Lampson) Hand. Mary was previously married to Dean Strand and they had three children; Carol Strand-Smith (deceased), Brenda Sue “Suzy” Strand of Freemont, CA and Pennie Strand Wildermuth (deceased). She later married Frank “Pancho” Urquiza on December 17, 1961 in Geneseo and he preceded her in death on June 10, 1998. Together they had two daughters; Lisa Mary Urquiza of Kewanee and Jenny Lynn Urquiza of Pueblo, CO. She had fourteen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and a multitude of “adopted” grandchildren who all loved their “Grandma Mary!”

Mary was a welder during WWII (yep she was Rosie the Riveter!) She also had worked at Walworth, Harper-Wyman, Abilities plus and Kewanee Corp. She especially loved working with the many wonderful clients at Abilities Plus. She was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish and had been President of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for many years. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Ann Elizabeth Lizotte

 

 

Ann Elizabeth Lizotte, 83, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at New Perspective Senior Living in Silvis, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Melva England will officiate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo, or the Geneseo Humane Society.

 

Ann was born on November 3, 1933, the daughter of Claude and Margery (Smith) Kenney, in Winsted, CT. She graduated from Gilbert High School. Ann was united in marriage to Augustin “Augie” Lizotte on May 30, 1953 in Winsted. Augie preceded her in death in 2005. Ann worked as a homemaker during her life, raising two sons and a daughter. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo, where she was active in the Rose Circle of the Church, as well as several other committees. Ann was a member of Christian Women’s Club for 27 years. She enjoyed reading, taking walks, and had an immense passion for her pets.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Thomas (Leslie) Lizotte, Dover-Foxcroft, ME, and Gary (Robin) Lizotte, Apple Valley Lake, OH, and her daughter, Betsey (Richard) Morthland, Cordova, IL. Her grandchildren are Andrew, Patrick, Robert (April), and Christian (Lauren) Lizotte, Bethany (Nicholas) Paxton, and Eliza Morthland, and her great-grandchildren, Jude and Robert Jr. Also surviving are her cousin, Barbara Sharfman, CT, and her special friend, Bernie DeKiezel, Geneseo.

 

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Margery, two husbands, Thomas Lowrey and Augustin Lizotte, and her sister, Jane.

 

 

 

 

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Alice Mimi Hammons

Alice Mimi Hammons, 81, of Kewanee, died Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at 4:35 am at the Richard L. Owens Hospice House in Peoria. Mimi was born January 5, 1936 the daughter of Mel and Alice (Engels) Stead. She graduated from Kewanee High School. Mimi married Jack R. Hammons on December 31, 1952 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death on February 18, 2008.

Mimi is survived by three sons, Steve (Jo) Hammons, Kewanee, Pat (Lu) Hammons, Galva, Chris (Lisa) Hammons, Kewanee; seven grandchildren, Lee Ann (Tony) Tessier, Tammy (Greg) Pruis, Ryan (Mandi) Hammons, Matt (Lacey) Hammons, Jen (John) Hammons Gearhart, Autumn (Ben) Brown, and Alissa (John) Eckart; 15 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchildren; and special nephew, Tim Stead. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, John Tony and Brian (in infancy); three brothers, Bob, Father Mel, and Ted.  

Mimi worked different jobs in the Kewanee area. Her most enjoyable job was taking care of her grandchildren. Mimi enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Family requests casual attire for funeral and visitation. Funeral services will be 10:00 am on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Visitation Church, Kewanee. Burial will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-6:30 pm on Friday, January 5, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, rosary will be recited at 6:30 pm. Memorials may be made to the Visitation School and OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice House, Peoria. Please leave an online condolence for Alice’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Edward J. Galle

 

 

Edward J. Galle, 83, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, January 02, 2018, at Heartland Healthcare Center in Moline, IL. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 on Thursday, January 4, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where a scripture service will be held at 6:45p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Edward Galle Memorial Fund.

 

Ed was born on November 18, 1934, the son of Muriel and Josephine (Hermans) Galle, in Osco Township. He was a graduate of Geneseo High School in 1952. Ed married Marilyn Minnaert on October 15, 1955, in Atkinson, IL. Ed was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church. He farmed in rural Cambridge for 28 years. Ed later worked for the Co-Op Gas & Oil Company in the Osco branch as manager for 14 years. Ed served on the Cambridge School Board for many years. Ed was a member of Knights of Columbus, ASCS Office Board, Henry County Pork Producers where he had served as past president, and Co-Op Gas & Oil Board. Ed enjoyed fishing, and loved his time outdoors with family and friends.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include, sons, Jeff (Pat) Galle, Pittsfield, IL, Dan (Emily) Galle, Cambridge, daughter, Peggy (Jerry) Hickenbottom, Cambridge, six grandchildren, Danielle (Jeff) Little, Travis (Ashley) Galle, Renee (fiancé Brandon Foley), and Kyler, Lucas, and Logan Hickenbottom, and five great-grandchildren. His sister, Janice DeFauw, Atkinson, also survives.

 

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Muriel and Josephine, and by his sister, Dorothy Fuller.

 

 

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Robert E. Mahar

 Robert E. Mahar, 86, of Williamsfield, passed away at 4:40 a.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

Private graveside services will be held at Williamsfield Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Williamsfield American Legion. Rev. Jennifer Seder will officiate. A public gathering will be held at noon on Saturday, January 6 at the Williamsfield American Legion. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield Public Library or to the Prairie Quilters Quilts of Valor. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.

He was born November 6, 1931 in Williamsfield, the son of James and Wilma (Smith) Mahar. He married Mary Lou Johnson on May 6, 1982 in Altona. Survivors include his wife of Williamsfield, two step-children, H. Duane Kelley of Kewanee and Patricia (Kent) Willard of Bloomington, IL, his sister, Marge Stevens, sister-in-law and best friend, Betty Bowman, three grandchildren, Kyle Willard, Kevin Kelley and Angie Westefer, four great grandchildren, Brady,Bryson & Keyton Kelley and Jaxon Westefer, five nieces and nephews, eight great nieces and nephews and several great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard Bowman. 

Robert graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1949. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1952-56. He was a grain and livestock farmer in the Williamsfield area until his retirement. He enjoyed reading, being outdoors, visiting and sitting on the back porch of the farmhouse and picnics with his family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donnie L. Rice

 Donnie L. Rice, 85, of rural Woodhull, passed away at 9:34 a.m., Sunday, December 31, 2017 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

Private graveside services with military rites by the Galva Fusiliers will be held at Galva Cemetery. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11:00 a.m.Saturday, January 6 at Community of Christ Church, 405 N. Pleasant St. in Galesburg. Elders Pat and Chris Fairbrother will officiate. Family will greet friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church with a luncheon following the service also at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Little John Conservation Club or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

He was born March 27, 1932 in Williamsfield, IL, the son of Arthur Rice and Cynthia (King) Hough. He married Marilyn Miles on August 19, 1956 in Victoria and they were married for 61 years. She survives of Woodhull, as do two daughters, Arleta (Gene) Medley of Cambridge and Stacey (Chuck) Caulkins of Woodhull, four grandchildren, Buck Medley, Culley (Amy) Medley, Rocky (Georgia) Caulkins and Kiri (Brian) Harrison and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson and two great granddaughters.

Donnie attended various schools including Victoria School and ROVA High School. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1950-54 during the Korean Conflict. He had worked at Caterpillar, Gale Products, Gates Rubber Co., Malleable Foundry, UPS, Union Carpenters and at the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo. He was a member of the American Legion and the Community of Christ Church and a charter member of Little John Conservation Club. He thoroughly enjoyed fishing and watching old Westerns and old TV shows. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Ralph J. Moens

 

Ralph J. Moens, 89, of rural Atkinson, passed away on Monday, January 1st, 2018, at his home in Atkinson. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson, IL. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Ralph Moens Memorial Fund, where it will be used towards FFA Scholarships in the future.

 

Ralph was born on February 26, 1928, the son of August and Clara (DePaepe) Moens, in Atkinson, IL. He attended and graduated Atkinson High School. Ralph proudly served our country during WWII in the United States Army. He later graduated from University of Illinois with his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Ralph married Mary Lou Causemaker on December 26, 1951, in Atkinson. Ralph was a grain and livestock producer, farming in rural Atkinson for many years. He was also the agricultural instructor and FFA advisor for the Atkinson High School, retiring in 1980. Ralph was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson, IL. He was also a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, and part of the Henry County Fair Board, where he served as president, for many years. He was a longtime 4-H leader, and belonged to the Livestock Association. Ralph was an avid Illini Fan. His passion and love was farming.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary Lou, his sons, Keith (Joyce) Moens, Arlington Heights, IL, and Ken (Deb) Moens, Evergreen, CO, and his daughter, Ann (William) VanLue, Ellisville, MO. Ralph is also survived by seven grandchildren, Emily (Nick) Cepicky, Alli VanLue, Olivia VanLue, Alec Moens, Amy Moens, Eric Moens, and Scott Moens, and one great-grandchild, Leo Cepicky. Ralphs siblings include his brother, Leonard (Mary Ann) Moens, Atkinson, IL, and his sisters, Arlene (Dave) Paquer, Kewanee, Darlene (Maurice) DeSutter, Woodhull, Carolyn Burke, Geneseo, Helen (Wilbur) Beuseling, Geneseo.

 

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, August and Clara, brothers, Vernon and Rich Moens, sister, Rachel Mock, and by his grandson, Andrew VanLue.

 

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Harold A. Dillon

Harold A. Dillon, 91, died at 9:56 pm on December 15, 2017, at his home in Kewanee. Harold was born August 10, 1926 in Kewanee, the son of Frank and Lena (Livek) Dillon. Harold graduated from Kewanee High School in 1944. Harold attended technical college at the Utility Engineering Institute and became a certified refrigeration engineer. Harold married Verna Ellenwood on September 12, 1948 in Kewanee.

Harold is survived by his wife, Verna; two daughters, Carol Dillon (Bryan Scott), Seattle, WA, Diane Price, Kenosha, WI; one son, Rich (Linda) Dillon, Wasco, IL; six grandchildren, Phil, Scott and Debbie Dillon, Drew, Danielle and Steph Price; nine great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Robert Dillon; and sister-in-law, Betty Dillon.

Harold served his country for two years during WWII in the Navy. He owned and operated Dillon’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning for 40 years, with his wife Verna. Harold served as president of the Henry County Builder’s Association for many years. In his early years he enjoyed water sports, instructing scuba diving, was a water safety instructor for the Red Cross, and a training officer for the Coast Guard. He was active in the Saddle Club and owned a blind horse “Babe”, who won many blue ribbons. Harold enjoyed being a boy scout leader for many years. He was private pilot with over 450 hours of flight time. Harold and Verna enjoyed many years of square dancing together with their dance club. His entire life he was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, and camping with his family. Eventually he owned a cottage on the Mississippi where the family enjoyed many wonderful times together. In his retirement years he spent over 20 years traveling the country with Verna in the RV. Harold had time to pursue his rock hounding hobby and expanded into cutting a polishing rocks. He then became a silver and goldsmith, making and selling jewelry. He also loved acrobatic kite flying. Fishing was his life-long passion, which he enjoyed up until the end.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:30 am, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council.  Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the Salvation Army. Please leave an online condolence for Harold’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Derrick E. Glisan

- Derrick E. Glisan, 40, of Geneseo, formerly of Galva, was pronounced dead at 11:00 p.m., Friday, December 29, 2017 at the scene of a single vehicle accident that occurred on the Galva-Atkinson blacktop.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 3 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery where Military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be made to the Derrick Glisan Memorial Fund to be used for an educational fund for his children.

He was born on July 3, 1977 in Galesburg, the son of Wayne and Cheryl (Olander) Glisan. He married Tabatha J. Cherry on October 1, 2016 in Galena, IL. She survives of Geneseo, as do his children, Alexandria and Arika Glisan, Tatum and Tatiana Eiselstein and Daxton Glisan, all of Geneseo, his parents, Wayne and Cheryl Glisan of Galva, three sisters, Brenda (Jeff) Weber of Pennsylvania, Darci (Michael) Gustafson of Cameron, IL and Billi (Duane) Clevenger of Galva and several nieces and nephews.

Derrick graduated from Galva High School in 1995 and had served his country in the National Guard. He worked as a lockmaster at the Lock & Dam at the Rock Island Arsenal. He was an outstanding athlete at Galva High School and had been entered into it’s Wall of Fame for Football. He also wrestled and was set to be inducted into the Wall of Fame in a ceremony on January 12th. He was a member of the Galva American Legion, had been a volunteer with the Galva Fire Department and had served as an alderman for the City of Galva for 8 years. He enjoyed camping and playing poker but was especially proud of his wife, children and family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Royce A. "Buzz" Stenzel

 

Royce A. “Buzz” Stenzel, 83, of rural Cambridge, passed away on December 30, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Long Term Care Unit. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo, IL. Reverend Laura Kamprath will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Thursday, an hour and a half prior to the funeral service, at the church and a masonic ritual will be held at 11:00 a.m. Prior to the funeral service by Stewart Lodge No. 92 AF&AM. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church or Geneseo Humane Society. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting with these arrangements.

 

Royce was born on July 24, 1934, the son of Roy and Margaret (Swanson) Stenzel, in Geneseo, IL. He was united in marriage to Sharon D. Barritt on October 18, 1953 at First Lutheran Church, where he was a lifelong member. Royce farmed in Munson Township for over 60 years and was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors and friends. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and dogs, wood working and was an Iowa Hawkeye Fan. He was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, Henry County Genealogical Society, Henry County Historical Society, Bishop Hill Heritage Society, a member of Scottish Rite, Eastern Star and he had been a Mason since 1957 and a perpetual member of Stewart Lodge No. 92, Geneseo.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sharon, daughters, Susan (Ronald) Hucke, Glendale, AZ and Judith Stenzel, St. Louis, MO, niece, Deborah (Scott) Hawkins, nephew, Rodger (Stephanie) Rickman.

 

Royce was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Margaret and a sister, Joyce Rickman.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Lou DeCausemaker

Mary Lou DeCausemaker, 99, of Atkinson, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2017, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson, IL. Reverend Stephen S. Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, where the rosary will be recited at 4:30. Memorials may be directed to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

 

Mary Lou was born on January, 1, 1918, the daughter of Peter and Mary L. (Lievens) VanHerzeele, in Atkinson, IL. She was united in marriage to Ambrose DeCausemaker on June 11, 1938 in Atkinson. Ambrose preceded her in death in 1984. Mary Lou assisted her husband, Ambrose, on their farm in rural Atkinson for many years. She was a longtime, faithful member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Altar & Rosary Society, Atkinson Women’s Club, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and a former member of the War Mothers. She loved cooking and baking for her family and friends.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Gary DeCausemaker, Moline, IL, grandchildren, Heather (Brett) Errthum, Rock (Tina) VanOpdorp, Rory (Cathy) VanOpdorp, great-grandchildren, Sam, Owen and Audrey Errthum, Carlie (Taylor) Shipman, Chase VanOpdorp, Tara VanOpdorp-Goodwin and Tory (Heather) VanOpdorp, great-great grandchildren, Hailey and Kade VanOpdorp, Taylor Goodwin and Piper Shipman, along with several nieces and nephews.

 

MaryLou was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Mary, a daughter, Linda Arnold, and by her grandson, Ryan VanOpdorp, brothers, Peter and John VanHerzeele, sisters, Jule, Irene, Margaret, Katherine, Lillian and Rosemarie.

 

 

 

 

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Karen L. Wieneke

 

Karen L. Wieneke, 60, of Geneseo, passed away suddenly on December 26, 2017, at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, while visiting her family. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2nd, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Karen Wieneke Memorial Fund.

 

Karen was born on May 18, 1957, the daughter of Calvin and Jean (Anderson) Strother, in Moline, IL. She graduated from Moline High School. Karen was united in marriage to Larry A. Wieneke on April 16, 1977, in Moline. She worked as a homemaker during her life, raising her children, Julie and Jason. Karen enjoyed cooking & baking, which she especially loved to do with her grandchildren. She also loved to decorate for the holidays. Karen was a collector of Isabelle Blooms.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Larry, her son, Jason (Julie Linville) Wieneke, Davenport, IA, daughter, Julie (Kevin) Baugh, Conifer, CO, grandchildren , Melanie and Alayna Bough, sister, Linda (Tom) Dundon, Cleveland, OH, and three nephews, Tommy, Chris, and Ryan Dundon.

 

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Jean.

 

 

 

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Debbie Carroll

Debbie Carroll, 63, born in Galesburg, IL on September, 9, 1954 went to her heavenly father on Christmas morning. She will be greatly missed by her family.

She is survived by her mother, Anna Carroll and sister, Pamela Swenson both of Winter Haven, FL, a sister, Esther (Todd) Covell of Sterling, IL, brother, Johnnie (Pam) Carroll of Ohio, several nieces and nephews; Joshua (Marissa) Swenson, Matthew (Stephanie) Swenson, Slain (Ashley) Covell, Aletta (Kurt) Danekas, Hardy (Katie) Carroll, Caroline Carroll and Allison Carroll and two great nephews, Briggs Danekas and Sebastian Bradley Swenson. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Carroll, maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Wilcox and Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Carroll and brother-in-law, Brad Swenson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 28 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Sterling, IL. Pastor Jeremy McLaughlin will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursdayat Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Dale E. Burger

Dale E. Burger, 93, of Kewanee died at 3:10 a.m., Saturday December 23, 2017 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 29 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Reverend Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Thursday, December 28 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

He was born October 8, 1924 in Mineral, IL, the son of Glen and Grace (Leeds) Burger. He married Donna M. Brush on July 12, 1947 in Cambridge and she preceded him in death on November 9, 1998. Survivors include his two sons, Larry (Hisako) Burger of Kewanee and Jerry Burger of Detroit, MI, five grandchildren, Kellie Reeder, Dale E. Burger II and Shellie Rhoads, all of Columbus, NE, Aaron Burger of West Frankfort, IL and Kioko Mogami of Yokosuka, Japan, three great grandchildren, Christopher Reeder, William Reeder and Kaia Burger and one great-great grandchild. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Dale served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1943-45 obtaining the rank of Tec 5. During those years he had received a Silver Battle Star, a Bronze Battle Star, a Good Conduct Medal and a Meritorious Unit Award. He had owned and operated Burger and Son Auto Parts and he enjoyed bowling. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Lowell Dale Ewert

 

Lowell Dale Ewert, 84, died on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at his home in Geneseo. Visitation will take place on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. A funeral service will follow at 7:00pm that evening. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded following funeral services, and a private inurnment will take place on Friday, December 29, at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to Hammond Henry Circle of Care or to the Geneseo Police Department.

 

Lowell was born on September 11, 1933 in Hillsboro, KS. He was the son of Edwin and Hilda (Remple) Ewert, and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1951. He participated in multiple sports while in high school, but was most talented at basketball. In his younger years, he farmed with his father, milking 40 cows, twice daily, as well as planting and combining wheat and corn. Lowell married Joyce LaVon Boehringer on November 3, 1951, in Hillsboro. Lowell continued to farm with his father until the summer of 1955, when he began working as a welder for Buller Manufacturing. In 1964, Lowell, Joyce, and their four daughters moved to Newton, KS, where he worked in sales at a company that built tractor cabs. Lowell and his family moved to Geneseo, IL in 1967, and he began working as a sales manager for Morton Building Inc. in Atkinson, IL. Lowell had a 25-year career at Morton Buildings, and earned many trips through his successes, giving he and Joyce the opportunity to travel numerous places worldwide. After retiring from Morton Buildings, Lowell worked in real estate for 12 years.

 

Lowell’s commitment to the Geneseo community was unwavering. In 1984, he was appointed as 1st Ward Alderman, a position he faithfully held every term for 25 years. He retired from the City Council in 2012. During his tenure on the Council, Lowell was also a member of the Geneseo Park Board and Geneseo Public Service Board. He loved working for the people of Geneseo, and was committed to the development of the Richmond Hill soccer fields, the new city hall and police department, the new municipal building, and the completion of North City Park. Lowell also spent his retirement years as a landscaper for the Geneseo Country Club, a 25-year volunteer for the Quad City Airshow, and an employee at Fareway Grocery Store in Geneseo, where he enjoyed seeing people and helping them each day.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Joyce, of 66 years; daughters, Cheryl Ewert (Dave Stedwell) of LeClaire, IA, Beverly (Rich) Anderson of Bettendorf, IA, Janelle (Bill) Dale of Geneseo, IL, Virginia (Jay) Sears, of Geneseo, IL. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Luke (Lindsey) Sears, Natalie Anderson, Mallory (Ryan) Wirth, Hila (Eric) Swanson, Grant Anderson; great-grandsons, Deklen and Kolter Sears, and Wyatt Wirth; his sisters JoAnn Mann, Carolyn Simpson, and many nieces and nephews.

 

Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, Ed & Hilda, and by brothers, Russell and Ronney Ewert.

 

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Harold A. Dillon

Harold A. Dillon, 91, died at 9:56 pm on December 15, 2017, at his home in Kewanee. Harold was born August 10, 1926 in Kewanee, the son of Frank and Lena (Livek) Dillon. Harold graduated from Kewanee High School in 1944. Harold attended technical college at the Utility Engineering Institute and became a certified refrigeration engineer. Harold married Verna Ellenwood on September 12, 1948 in Kewanee.

Harold is survived by his wife, Verna; two daughters, Carol Dillon (Bryan Scott), Seattle, WA, Diane Price, Kenosha, WI; one son, Rich (Linda) Dillon, Wasco, IL; six grandchildren, Phil, Scott, Debbie and Drew Dillon, Danielle and Steph Price; nine great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Robert Dillon; and sister-in-law, Betty Dillon.

Harold served his country for two years during WWII in the Navy. He owned and operated Dillon’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning for 40 years, with his wife Verna. Harold served as president of the Henry County Builder’s Association for many years. In his early years he enjoyed water sports, instructing scuba diving, was a water safety instructor for the Red Cross, and a training officer for the Coast Guard. He was active in the Saddle Club and owned a blind horse “Babe”, who won many blue ribbons. Harold enjoyed being a boy scout leader for many years. He was private pilot with over 450 hours of flight time. Harold and Verna enjoyed many years of square dancing together with their dance club. His entire life he was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, and camping with his family. Eventually he owned a cottage on the Mississippi where the family enjoyed many wonderful times together. In his retirement years he spent over 20 years traveling the country with Verna in the RV. Harold had time to pursue his rock hounding hobby and expanded into cutting a polishing rocks. He then became a silver and goldsmith, making and selling jewelry. He also loved acrobatic kite flying. Fishing was his life-long passion, which he enjoyed up until the end.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:30 am, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council.  Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the Salvation Army. Please leave an online condolence for Harold’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Romelle J. Hintz

Romelle J. Hintz, 87, of Kewanee, died at 9:48 a.m., Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 23 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Linda Winkelman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Wethersfield Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or to the Henry County Humane Society.

She was born October 10, 1930 in Kewanee, the daughter of Clifford and Florence (Lundgren) Larson. She married Paul M. Hintz on July 1, 1951 in Kewanee. He survives of Kewanee, as does a daughter, Deborah (Michael) Filipiak of Bloomington, IL, a son, Gary Hintz of Bloomington, IL, a son-in-law, Richard Nestrick of Normal, IL, seven grandchildren, Erik, Scott and Justin Filipiak, Sara Hale and Ashley, Bradley and Kyle Hintz and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Cherie Lynn Nestrick and three sisters, Jean Craig, Rosalie Andris and Donna Wahlbeck.

Romelle graduated from Kewanee High School in 1948. She was a homemaker and had also worked for Sears and Gibson Greeting Cards. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and had also been a Jayceette and member of a Women’s Club. She enjoyed traveling in their RV and wintering in Key West, FL from 1988-2015 and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. This obituary maybe viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Dr. Steven L. Hepner

     Dr. Steven L. Hepner, 70, passed away at the Charite Hospital in Berlin, Germany on October 13, 2017 following a courageous battle with cancer. A Celebration and Thanksgiving of the Life of Steven, was held on November 11, 2017 at the St. George’s Angelican-Episcapal Church in Berlin, Germany. A second memorial and internment of the ashes service will be held at the Church of Atonement, 5749 N. Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Please leave an online condolence for Steven’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

     Steven was born November 23, 1946 in Kewanee the son of Lorenz A. and Shirley (Wetzel) Hepner-Bevington. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Kewanee High School in 1964, after which he attended Elmhurst College, working summers at WKEI radio and Kewanee Boiler. He received a BA in music and returned to Kewanee where he taught 5th grade at Franklin School and sang in the Kewanee Barbershop Chorus for one year.

            Steve then served two years in the US Army and was stationed at Ft. Leonard, wood working at the post TV, radio stations and the newspaper. He married Susan L. Dreese on August 15, 1970 in Chicago. Following military service, Steve attended Northwestern University in Chicago, earning a Masters and Doctorate degrees in music.

            In 1975, Steven and Susan moved to Berlin, Germany and began teaching careers at the John F. Kennedy High School in Berlin. Steve worked as a music teacher from 1978-2012 and was assistant principal from 1981-until his retirement in 2012.

            Steven is survived by his wife; three children, Dr. Seth L (Nicole) Hepner, St. Louis, MO, Sean L (Amanda) Hepner, Quincy, MA, Stephanie L (Trevor) Hepner-Carlson, Singapore; three grandchildren, Elna and Eva Hepner, St. Louis, MO, Theodore Hepner-Carlson, Singapore; two sisters, Patricia (Pat) Hepner, Knoxville, TN, Cynthia (Terry) Looney, Kewanee; one brother, Brandon (Karen) Hepner, Lexington, IL; and nephews and nieces, Jon (Amanda) Looney, Robert (Alisha) Looney, Eric (Carol) Hepner, Nathan (Fadra) Hepner, Rachel (Jeromy) Paddock, Leah (Wade) Williams, Aaron Hepner, Fr. Timothy Hepner, Gary, Caleb, and Caden Hepner. He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents, Arthur and Elizabeth (Fuerst) Hepner, and Ernest and Clara (Couve) Wetzel.

            Steven gave endlessly of himself—of his love, his time, and his talent. He was a man of integrity, courage, and strength, upon whom people could and did rely. For himself, his family, his students, and his colleagues, he maintained high standards, but he was able and willing to go the extra mile to help others and to reach them. As a principal, he was always there for the “underdog”, understanding rather than blaming, wanting to help and not to punish. As a teacher, he communicated his love and enthusiasm for music, and he infected countless numbers of students, parents, and friends with the “barbershop bug.” As a husband and father, he was un-paralleled with his encouraging words, his infectious enthusiasm for life, his listening ear, and his understanding heart.

            To honor Steve’s profound impact on the Kennedy School and to continue his legacy, the Dr. Steven L. Hepner Memorial Scholarship has been established. This scholarship will be given annually to one John F. Kennedy School Student who is an independent thinker and demonstrates one or more of Steve’s outstanding qualities. Donations may be made through Paypal at: alumni@jfksberlin.org. (Please select “donation” from the drop down menu)

    

  

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Ferne I. Lindell

 

 

Ferne I. Lindell, 84, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017, at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, IL. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo, IL. Reverend Laura Kamprath will officiate. Cremation will follow the funeral service, and inurnment will take place at the Rock Island National Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Friday, prior to the funeral service at the church. Memorials may be left to the First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Ferne was born on January, 4, 1933, the daughter of Burl L. and Margaret (Burtis) Deem, in Colona, IL. She was united in marriage to Dennis Lindell on October 10, 1954, in Colona, IL. Ferne was a member of First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. She loved spending time with her sons and granddaughter! She enjoyed many a card game with her relatives and card-club family. She enjoyed traveling with her Classic Club friends as well as the many family vacations she went on through our beautiful country. Ferne was an avid cubs fan, and endured a lot of “razzing” from friends and family for it!

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Alan (Lynn) Lindell, Geneseo, Jeff Lindell, Strongsville, OH, and Tim (Margaret McDowell) Lindell, Cary, NC, granddaughter, Melanie Lindell, Rochester, MN, and her brother, John Deem, Colona, IL.

 

Ferne was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dennis, sister, Madeline, and her brother, Pete.

 

 

Share a message of sympathy with Ferne’s family at: www.vandemorefuneralhome.com

                                                       

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Marjorie L. Rahn

 

 

Marjorie L. Rahn, 96, of Geneseo, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at her home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Reverend Stephen Mueller will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Thursday, one hour prior to the funeral service, at the church. Memorials may be left to the Marjorie Rahn Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting with these arrangements.

 

Marjorie was born on January 3, 1921, the daughter of Edward and Caroline (Weiss) Frank, in Geneseo, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School. Marjorie was united in marriage to Rolland W. Rahn on June 13, 1943 in Geneseo. Rolland preceded her in death in 2013. She worked for Hulting Hybrids, Geneseo, in the seed room. Marjorie also assisted her husband Rolland on their farm, where she milked several dairy cows for many years. Marjorie was a longtime member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo, and was active in several church groups. She enjoyed reading and loved meeting with her card club.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Donald (Holly) Rahn, Geneseo, and Arlon (Kathleen) Rahn, Mesa, AZ. She has eight grandchildren.

 

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, son, James Rahn, and by two sisters.

 

 

 

Share a message of sympathy with Marjorie’s family at: www.vandemorefuneralhome.com

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