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Charity Munson-Wade

 Charity M. Munson-Wade, 48, of Galva, died at 6:02 a.m., Monday, June 18, 2018 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Cremation will be accorded and a memorial visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m.,Friday, June 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. There will also be a Celebration of her Life from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 30 at the First Christian Church in Keithsburg, IL. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
She was born September 20, 1969 in Muscatine, IA, the daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Stallings) Munson. She married Trisha D. Wade on September 20, 2015 in Kewanee. Survivors include her spouse of Galva, her son, Stephen “Nick” “Benjy” Munson-Wykert of Galva, a brother, Josh (Christy) Munson of Ottawa, IL, a brother-in-law, Tim Wade of Abingdon, two half-sisters, Kae Stevens and Susan Sedam and nine nieces and nephews; Makayla, Briana, Elijah, Daymeon, Benjamin, Travis, Brian, Lora and Amber. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Benjamin Munson.
Charity graduated from Cass High School in Cartersville, GA. She was a newspaper route carrier for the Peoria Journal Star, Galesburg Register-Mail and the Kewanee Star Courier. She enjoyed making friends with the pets along her newspaper route. She loved caring for her son, Nick and also enjoyed karaoke, listening to Trisha sing and especially spending time with her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Phyllis B. Smith

 
Phyllis B. Smith, 64, of Kewanee, died at 5:36 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 23 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be held at a later date at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

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Debbie Stabler

 Debbie Stabler, 62, of Neponset, died at 1:46 a.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m.,Thursday, June 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Private inurnment will take place at a later date at West Neponset Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Debbie Stabler Memorial Fund.
She was born December 10, 1955 in Kewanee, the daughter of George and Ann (King) Price. She married Jerry Stabler on September 15, 1973 at the Neponset United Methodist Church. He survives as does their children, Jenny Stabler of Geneseo, Matt (Heather) Stabler of Buda and Lindsay Stabler of Sheffield, five grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Dawson, Colin, Jaxson and Samantha, two brothers, David (Virginia) Price of Kewanee and Steve Price of Texas and a sister, Susie (Michael “Spider”) Simaytis of Kewanee. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sandy Stuckey.
Debbie worked in the shipping department at Boss Mfg. in Kewanee. She was of the Methodist faith. She was a Die-Hard Chicago Cub fan and enjoyed reading and listening to George Strait and Elvis. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and going to the movies with her daughters. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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James Washington Norton

 James Washington Norton, 81, of Kewanee, died at 3:18 a.m., Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with visitation being 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 family for a memorial to be established.
He was born March 21, 1937 in Harrisburg, IL, the son of William H. and Alberta (Neeley) Norton. He married Charlene Bennet and to this union were Donny Jo, James Jr. and Kevin Norton. Later he married Hazel Burns whom preceded him in death. He is presently married to and survived by his loving wife of 5 years, Vera Rohleder-Norton.
James was a man who loved the Lord. He converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for over 45 years. He was the first African-American to receive the Priesthood with the LDS of Nauvoo, IL.
Remembering and cherishing his time with us is his family: wife, Vera Norton and step-daughter, Anita Palmer, both of Kewanee, two sons, James W. (Tammy) Norton Jr. of Hiram, GA and Kevin Norton of Peoria, a brother, William (Mildred) Norton of Stockbridge, GA, four sisters; Beverly McFadden-South, Shirley Norton-Randle and Reba Norton, all of Peoria and Roslyn Norton-Anderson of Lawrenceville, GA, a sister-in-law, Rev. Karen Norton of Racine, WI and a host of nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Donny Jo Norton, a sister, Patricia Norton-Clark and two brothers, Rev. Breon Norton and Herman Norton.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Betty I. Talbot

Betty I. Talbot, 92, of Geneseo, was called home to her Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on, Monday, June 25, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Geneseo. Reverend David Murphy will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church.

Betty was born on October 4, 1925, the daughter of William and Lillie (Oelke) Erdman, in Geneseo. She graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1943. Betty was united in marriage to Floyd W. Talbot on October 22, 1944. Floyd preceded her in death in 2011. Betty spent her life as a homemaker and raised eight children. She was a longtime member of the Baptist Church where she was very active. Betty was a dedicated volunteer for various organizations and groups, and loved to read, cook, handwork, garden, and can the goods that she grew. Betty was known as a mother and grandmother to many.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Bill (Tammy) Talbot, Concho, AZ, Randy Talbot, Peoria, and Tom (Nancy) Talbot, Johnsburg, IL, daughters, Bonnie (Bruce) Stine, Geneseo, Kathy (Mike) Johnson, Prophetstown, Cindy (Roger) Clayton, Lyndon, IL, Penny (Tony) Haymes, Buffalo, WY, and Kristi (John) Fisher, Geneseo, 18 grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and seven step-great-grandchildren. Betty is also survived by her sisters, Violet (Don) Fleming and Darla (Gary) Johns, both of Geneseo.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lillie, her husband, Floyd, three grandchildren, and two brothers, Donald and Wayne Erdman.

 


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Lillian E. Smith

– Lillian E. Smith, 92, of Kewanee, formerly of Coal Valley, died at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Royal Oaks Care Center in Kewanee.
Lillian’s wish was to have her body donated to science and a memorial service will be held at11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 21 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Literacy Outreach Program at BHE, East Moline Christian School or to the First United Methodist Church. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
She was born May 12, 1926 in Viola, IL, the daughter of Lawrence and Susanna (Leinbach) Smith. She was married in 1950 and later divorced. Survivors include her two daughters, Marina (Stephen) Payne of Elmhurst, IL and Rebecca (Timothy) Shaw of Niles, MI, a brother, Eugene (Wanda) Smith of New Boston, IL, a sister, June McMillen of Normal, IL and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Edwin Smith, two nephews and a great niece.
Lillian attended Monmouth College and was the first woman to receive a degree in physics when she graduated in 1950. She had lived in Coal Valley for 38 years and had been a math and science teacher at East Moline Christian School for 11 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee and enjoyed bible study. She also enjoyed reading astrophysics books and autobiographies, playing bingo, doing cryptogram puzzles, following politics and researching genealogy.  This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome..com.

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Anez R. Emmerson

 

Anez R. Emmerson, 93, of Geneseo, IL, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo.  A Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 18, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo.  Father Pakula will celebrate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where a Rosary will be at 3:30 p.m. prior to the Visitation, and a Women of the Moose service will be held following the visitation.  Memorials may be made to St. Malachy Catholic Church, St. Mary Catholic School, or Women of the Moose.

Anez was born on November 10, 1924 in Geneseo, the daughter of Leon and Irma (VanLancker) Franck.  She was united to Rene Emmerson on March 2, 1946 at St. Malachy Church in Geneseo.  He preceded her in death on January 29, 2012.  Anez farmed alongside her husband in rural Geneseo for many years and then moved into town when they retired.

Anez was very active in her community.  She was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, Altar and Rosary Circle #14, Queen of Victory, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, and Women of the Moose.  She enjoyed quilting, playing bingo, and rolle bolle.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived her daughters, Sharon (Stan) Griffin of Geneseo, Shirley (Sam) Hurt of Moline, IL, her son, Steve (Sue) Emmerson of Geneseo, nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and brother, Leon (Maria) Franck of Shorewood, IL. Anez is also survived by her sister-in-law’s, Norma Emmerson, Sheffield, Rosemary Franck, Cambridge, and Donna Franck, Grapeview, WA, and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Rodgers, Manlius, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rene, her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

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William E. Frank

 William E. “Bill” Frank, 92, of Kewanee, died at 4:26 a.m., Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.
Cremation will be accorded, and a memorial graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m.,Monday, June 18 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Pastor Stephen McGough will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Veterans Council. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born May 14, 1926 in Canton, IL, the son of Ellsworth and Faye (Snell) Frank. Survivors include his two sisters, Carole Miller and Marie Purdy, both of Kewanee and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Patricia Wilson, a niece, Patsy Miller and a nephew, Stephen Miller.
Bill graduated from Kewanee High School in 1945 and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had worked as a boilermaker at Kewanee Boiler for 35 years. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church which is now Encounter Church. He enjoyed music and celebrating Christmas and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and nieces and nephews. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxufneralhome.com.
 

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Lloyd R. Dyer

Lloyd R. Dyer, 92, of Kewanee, died at 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 8, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Joe Schmidt will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13 with Masonic services at 6:45 p.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church in Kewanee.

He was born June 8, 1926 in Canton, IL, the son of Uri and Verna (Macklin) Dyer. He married Irene L. Asbell on December 26, 1948 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on June 26, 2004. Survivors include two sons, Robert (Linda) Dyer of St. Charles, MO and Bradley (Shirley) Dyer of Kewanee, a daughter, Peggy (Richard) Bennett of Kewanee, six grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Herb Dyer.

Lloyd graduated from Kewanee High School in 1944. He served his country in the U.S. Navy after WWII. He had worked in the Forestry Division as a tree trimmer for Illinois Power for 35 years until his retirement. He also operated the Dairy Queen from 1967-73. He helped develop the Kewanee Stage Coach/Pony Express Trail with Gus DeToye. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Kewanee Masonic Lodge. He was an avid sports fan and animal lover who enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and following the Chicago Cubs and especially their World Series win. He had marshalled at various golf outings over the years, had been a Boy Scout leader and was inducted into the Kewanee High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017 for football. He also enjoyed visiting with people and being a part of the McDonalds crew and especially following the events of his grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Phyliss A. Black

Phyliss A. Black, 71, of Kewanee, formerly of Galva, died at 9:51 a.m., Sunday, June 10, 2018 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be held at a later date at LaFayette Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Phyliss Black Memorial Fund.

She was born March 25, 1947 in Kewanee, the daughter of Arthur and Mary (Winters) Copeland. She married Herby Ballard Black Jr. on July 24, 1965 in Galva and he preceded her in death on January 16, 1996. Survivors include her five children; Larry (Carla) Black of Princeton, Carol Taets of Kewanee, Danny (Jessica) Black of California, Herby (Tiffani) Black of Arizona and Sherry Blair of Galva, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren with one on the way. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Black and five brothers; Vernon, Edward Nelson, Donald, Snowden and Mark.

Phyliss attended LaFayette schools and had worked as a homecare assistant for the Henry and Stark County Health Departments. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, playing Skip-Bo and Bingo, listening to Elvis music and especially visiting with her family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

   

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Clarence E. Brown

Clarence E. Brown, 63, of Kewanee, died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.

A Celebration of Life will held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the American Legion, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service at the American Legion. Military Rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established. Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Please share a memory or leave an online condolence for Clarence’s family atwww.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Mary E. Ward

 Mary E. Ward, 97, a resident of the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo, formerly of Kewanee, died at 9:39 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2018 at the home.
Cremation has been accorded and memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday June 16 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Wright will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus.
She was born on October 3, 1920 in Elmore, IL, the daughter of Bert and Hazel (Catton) Chamberlain. She married Carl E. Ward on June 29, 1942 in Kahoka, MO and he preceded her in death on October 5, 1968. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Dennis and siblings, Bobby, Wayne, Wilna, Dorothy and Shirley. She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Farmer of Annawan, a son, Phillip (Jane) Ward of Valley, NE, eight grandchildren, Tony (Stacie) Ward, Theresa (Steve)  Wilson, Dana Schmidt, Matt Ward, Jeffrey (Michell) Farmer, Sheri (Troy) Minnaert, Andrea (Frank) Amato and Amy (John) Lehnhoff, seventeen great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, a brother Dick Chamberlain  of Galesburg,  three sisters, Mildred “Sue” Allen of West Jersey, IL, Nancy Tracy of Wyoming, Il and Ruth Ann Mayes of De Funiak Springs, FL and several nieces and nephews.
Mary had worked as a paper cutter for International Paper in Peoria. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Steven A. "Moose" Peart

Steven A. “Moose” Peart 64, of Annawan, formally of Kewanee, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital, Peoria. He was born August 27, 1953 in Galesburg, the son of M. Daryl and Ruth (Ufheil) Peart. Steven married Gail Nelson on June 28, 1981 in Kewanee, she survives.
Also surviving include one daughter, Shannon (Scott) Youmans, Seattle, WA; two sons, Steve Peart, Bloomington, IL, Corey (Jessica) Peart, Memphis, TN; four grandchildren, Peyton, Isabel, Benjamin, and Shelby; three brothers, Kevin (Kathy) Peart, Aurora, IL, Kalvin (Diane) Peart, Kewanee, Jeff Peart, Annawan; two sisters, Darylnn Peart, Annawan, and Karen (Don) Krager, Springfield, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Ryan Peart.
He graduated from Kewanee High School Class of 1971. He later attended and graduated from ISU. Steven worked for Green Chevrolet in Peoria and retired from there in 2015. He was a radio sports broadcaster for WKEI for 27 years. He played baseball on the Kewanee Parkers traveling team. He enjoyed the Cubs, Bears, Illini and the Chicago Bulls. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Steven loved coaching and attending his children’s sporting events. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kewanee.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kewanee. Rev. Father Burnell Eckardt, Jr. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society. Please share a memory or leave an online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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John F. Christian


KEWANEE – John F. Christian, 91, a resident of Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline, formerly of Kewanee, died at 4:01 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 9 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 9:00-9:45 a.m., Saturdayat Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Activities Department at Hope Creek Care Center.                                        
He was born January 11, 1927 in Annawan, the son of Edward and Helen (DeClercq) Christian. He married Martha H. Russelburg on July 12, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tiskilwa and she preceded him in death on May 28, 2014. Survivors include four children; Steve (Sharon) Christian of Geneseo, Cheryl Kerr of Kewanee, Greg (Laurie) Christian of East Moline and Roxanne (Wayne) Nash of Rock Island, a step-brother, Ronald (Marilyn) Jensen of Annawan, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Miriam Christian, a son-in-law, Dick Kerr and a great grandson, Steven L. Christian.
John was raised and had lived in Mineral until moving to Kewanee in 1987. He graduated from Mineral High School in 1944 and from Barber College in Peoria. He served his country in U.S. Navy during WWII from 1944-45 on the USS Bryant stationed in Treasure Island, CA. In his early years he had owned and operated John’s Barber Shop in Sheffield and then later worked for LTV Steel in Hennepin. He was a member of Saint John Paul II Parish and had been a member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Kewanee. He was also a 73-year member of Post 1031 Clark-Carrington American Legion in Mineral and the United Steel Workers Union. He was an inductee of the Mineral Leopards Basketball Hall of Fame. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, telling jokes and especially spending time with his Russelburg family and his children and grandchildren. The fondest memories of his grandchildren were his storytelling and the unforgettable entertainment he provided them with.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hope Creek Care Center for the TLC and comfort they have provided for the past 4 years. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Mary Jean Seyller

 

Mary Jean Seyller, 87, of East Moline, formerly Hooppole, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Aperion Care in East Moline. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private, graveside services will be held in the Hooppole Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would like all memorials to be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Mary Jean was born on January 9, 1931, the daughter of James and Dorothy (Manchion) Mulcahey, in Rock Island, IL. Mary spent her life as a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Mark (Denise) Seyller, Prophetstown, IL, Steve (Debra) Seyller, Tuscon, AZ, grandchildren, Sean Seyller, Savannah Seyller, Paige Bayze, Carson Bayze, Riley Bazye, Sophia Bayze, and Jake Seyller. Mary is also survived by her brothers, Ronald (Paula) Mulcahey, FL, and Richard Mucahey, Moline, IL.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, James and Dorothy.

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Harry E. Henriksen

 Harry E. Henriksen, 76, of Kewanee, died at 6:21 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley, IL.
Cremation will be accorded, and a Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m.,Tuesday, June 12 at Boyds Grove Methodist Church in rural Bradford. Pastor Jan Ringenberg will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born on November 5, 1941 in Nicholasville, KY, the son of Axel and Lila (Lee) Henriksen. He married Sandra K. Stone on August 28, 1965 at the Boyds Grove Methodist Church. She survives as do two sons, Jeff (Terri) Henriksen of Winona, MN and Rich (Cris) Henriksen of Star Prairie, WI, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and a sister, Harriet (Jim) Kuhn of Morton, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard and a sister, Shirley.
Harry graduated from Tiskilwa High School and then attended the University of Iowa and then graduated from the Rockford School of Business. He served his country during the Vietnam Era with the Army. He had worked as a manager for J.C. Penny at stores in Aledo, Reedsburg and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and in Kewanee. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee, the Elks and Lions Clubs and he enjoyed golfing, bowling and fishing. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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John W. Hankins

 John W. Hankins, 72, of Kewanee, died at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 8 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

He was born September 30, 1945 in Kewanee, the son of Charles W. and Ruth (Philhouer) Hankins. He married Marcella L. Nolan on May 10, 1969 in Kewanee. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, a daughter, Christine (Greg) Finney of Kewanee, James (Kelli) Hankins of Kewanee, a granddaughter, Gracelyn Finney, four step-grandchildren; Ashley Lisenbee, John (Liz) Derr, Matthew Derr (Carly Miller) and Schae Finney, four step-great grandchildren with two on the way; Eliza Derr, Alex Rich, David Rich and Ashley Summerford and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

John worked for the Allied Moving Company, for Pearson’s in Galva and with Abilities Plus at the rest stop on Interstate 74 near Woodhull. He had enjoyed mowing yards and working the grilling pits for the annual Kewanee Hog Days Festival. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Gertrude Johnson

Gertrude M. "Trudy" Johnson, 89, of Cambridge died Friday, May 11, 2018 at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis.  Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 8th, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Burial will be in the Andover Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to Cambridge Lutheran Church, the Henry County Historical Society, or Andover Historical Society.

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Robert L. Ruhl


Robert L. Ruhl, 71, of rural Cambridge, died Friday, June 1, 2018, at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 6th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline, with military services.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Robert Ruhl Memorial Fund.

Robert Lyle Ruhl was born December 17, 1946 in Great Lakes, Illinois, the son of Arthur L. and Helen M. Frerich Ruhl.  He graduated from Davenport West High School in 1963.  Bob served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman from 1964 to 1968 in Vietnam on the U.S.S. America.  He married Carol Mayers in October of 1968.  His marriage to Shirley Verscheure took place on January 25, 1992 in Osco.

He worked as a laborer at John Deere from 1970 until retiring in 2006.  His memberships included the Rock Island Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #299.  His hobbies were collecting guns, woodworking, and car racing.

Those surviving are his wife, Shirley, two daughters and sons-in-law, Angela Kay and Chris Gaul, McCausland, IA,  Tracy and Devin Wells, Cambridge, four grandchildren, Isabella (Dalton Thrasher) Frisk, Chloe Gaul, Sawyer and Temperance Wells.  Other survivors include brothers-in-law, Marvin (Mary) Verscheure, Cambridge, Jerry (Janet) Verscheure, Geneseo, sisters-in-law, Helen Burleson, Moline, Georgina "Pinky" Verscheure, Davenport, and many nieces and nephews.  His parents, a son Darren Walters, and a sister, Nancy Ruhl, preceded him in death.
A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Bob's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.
 

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Viola E. Washburn

Viola E. Washburn, 88, of Kewanee, died at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Kewanee Care Home. She was born December 24, 1929 in Kewanee, the daughter of Edgar and Elma (McNaught) Payne. She graduated from Kewanee High School. She married George K. Washburn on May 25, 1947. He preceded her in death in 2010.
Viola is survived by a daughter, Sherry (Kirk) Moon, Kewanee; two grandchildren, Nichelle (Blair) Morey, Kewanee, Angela Seitz, Fountain Hills, Arizona; four great grandchildren, Steve Seitz, Caden Humphrey, Talyn Mercer and Scarlett Morey; sister, Lavonne (Duane) Schiltz, Kewanee; brother, Ellis Payne, Geneseo; and a special friend, Dorothy Hill. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a daughter in infancy.
Viola worked for the Union Federal Savings and Loan retiring in 1988. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also loved going on vacations and being with her friends. Viola was a life member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church U.C.C., Kewanee. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Kewanee Care Home for the care that Viola received.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church U.C.C., Kewanee. Reverend David Lorenzen will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical Church U.C.C. Please leave a memory or an online condolence for Viola’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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John F. VanHyfte

 

John F. VanHyfte, 95, a life-long resident of Annawan, passed away on May 30, 2018, at his home. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the church, prior to the Funeral Mass. The Rosary will be prayed at 9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson is assisting the family with these arrangements.

John was born on September 15, 1922, the son of John and Emma (Doubler) VanHyfte, in rural Annawan. He married Elaine L. DeMink on June 17, 1942, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. John was a lifetime farmer in rural Annawan. He retired in 1977.  John joined his brother, Lawrence, in the auctioneering business in 1948, and also worked at the Kewanee Sale Barn. He retired from auctioneering in 2000. John’s favorite past-times were playing cards, watching his crops planted and harvested, and spending time at the Rediger Auction Shed. He loved watching the Chicago Cubs!

Those left to cherish his memory include his devoted wife of 75 years, Elaine, daughters, Linda (Jim Hamilton) Rosebeck, Annawan, Carol (Dennis) Diericx, Geneseo, and Judy (Rick) Rediger, Wyanet and daughter in-law, Fran VanHyfte, Annawan. John is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Tammy Neuleib, Terry Rosebeck, Mark VanHyfte, Tracey Rosebeck, Zach VanHyfte, Heather Wellman, Tara Clark, Tonya Rosebeck, Trisha Warren, Ty Noard, Nick VanHyfte, Mandi Moon Thurston, and Jonathan Moon. His two step-grandchildren are Jeremy Rediger and Seth Rediger.  He also has 26 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren and five great- great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Emma, two sons, Jim and Allan VanHyfte, two infant grandsons, Paul VanHyfte and Clint Noard, two son-in-laws, Lawrence Rosebeck and Keith Noard, two sisters, Marie (infancy) and Kathryn VanHyfte-Young, and five brothers, Anthony, William “Bill” Sr., Lee, Lawrence and Adrian.


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Shirley E. Witte

Shirley E. Witte, 90, of San Diego, CA and formerly of Kewanee, IL passed away on Saturday May 26, 2018.  Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. A private burial at Evergreen Memorial Gardens will take place at a later date. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service at the First Baptist Church. The family requests that no flowers be sent. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Newspaper Digitization project at the Kewanee Public Library.

Shirley was born in Kewanee, IL on September 1, 1927 to her parents Floyd and Pauline Edwards in the Gingerbread house on Acorn St in Kewanee. She graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1945 and attended classes at Black Hawk East College.  On September 11, 1948 she married Clarence W. Witte in the First Baptist Church in Kewanee and enjoyed 58 years together before Clarence’s passing in 2006.  Shirley was an accountant most of her life working for Mechanical Insulation as Office Manager before she and her husband opened Air Energy Service in Neponset, IL in 1987. Shirley was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kewanee since childhood.  She served as Deaconess, Trustee, teacher, mission Board member and was a member of the WAWTABT Sunday School class. She also volunteered at the Kewanee Hospital, Kewanee Care and Wethersfield class reunion committee before moving to CA. Shirley was always involved with the activities at her place of residence.

Preceded in death by her parents and her husband; her two sisters, Lois and Sharon.  Shirley is survived by her two daughters, Lori and Diane; one granddaughter, Leanne and five great grandchildren, Adam, Harley, Allissa, Piper and Dean. Please share a memory or an online condolence for Shirley’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Marilyn N. Benzon

 

Marilyn N. Benzon, 95, of Geneseo passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Delavan WI, where she had been residing with her son. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Susan Cripe Benzon will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the memorial service. Memorials may be directed to Mosaic of Bushnell, IL, a social services organization for people with intellectual disabilities, at 207 W Hail St, Bushnell, IL 61422.

Marilyn was born on November 9, 1923, the daughter of Maxwell and Maude Norcross, in Orion, IL. She graduated from Orion High School with the class of 1941. Marilyn was united in marriage to Robert Benzon on June 1, 1946, in Orion. Robert preceded her in death on June 21, 2014. Shortly after her high school graduation, Marilyn became a member of the Randall Sisters Trio, and traveled the country performing in theaters, hotels, and dinner clubs. Later the trio signed with the U.S.O and performed at many Naval and Army bases on the East Coast and Midwest. She and her husband lived in Cambridge, IL, where they raised their two children. Marilyn served as organist or both the First Baptist Church and Lutheran Church before the family transferred to Omaha. While living in Omaha, she worked as a receptionist and secretary at Omaha State Bank. In 1984, Marilyn and Robert moved to Geneseo. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Rebecca Circle, Geneseo Art League, and was a charter member of Valley View Country Club in Cambridge.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Dr. Steven Benzon and spouse Rev. Susan Benzon, Delavan WI, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Maxwell and Maude, husband, Robert, daughter, Sally Ann, on December 26, 2016, and sister, Geneieve Jors.

 

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Arlene Furnald

Arlene Emma (Krause) Furnald, 95, of Kewanee, died at 8:05 a.m., Monday, May 28, 2018 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 3 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Evangelical Church UCC in Kewanee.
She was born November 24, 1922 in Kewanee, the daughter of Samuel and Louisa August (Kramer) Krause. She married Thomas Clifford “Cliff” Furnald on June 22, 1965 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on November 5, 2017. Survivors include her two children, Rhonda Kemerling (Bill Haupt) of Kewanee and Mark (Teresa) Furnald of Florida, a sister, Doris Beaston of Tucson, AZ,  a brother, Rolland (Carol) Krause of Bishop Hill, nine grandchildren, Todd Jennings, Troy Lashbrook, TeriAnn Crumbley, Toby Lashbrook, Pani Lashbrook, Alese Thompson, Eric Funrald, Lucas Haupt and Gina Gorman, fourteen great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Rosa and Margaret, three brothers, Walter, Harry and Jim, three children, Sandra Lashbrook, Crellen Longenbach and Laurie Furnald and three children in infancy, Kay, Matthew and Mark.
Arlene graduated from Kewanee High School in 1941. She had crocheted numerous afghans, children’s clothes, doilies, names and even the Lord’s Prayer. She quilted for many years with the women of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church UCC where she was a longtime member. She also quilted at home in her free time between doing yardwork and taking care of grandchildren and her husband when he became ill. Just recently Sudoku puzzles were her favorite pass time. She will be missed by all. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Alvin H. Eilers

Alvin “Al” H. Eilers, 90, of Kewanee, died at 11:25 pm on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the Courtyard Estates of Kewanee. Alvin was born September 19, 1927 in Prophetstown, the son of George and Hazel (Becker) Eilers. Alvin graduated from Annawan High School with the class of 1945. He married Cheryl McNaught in 1952, she preceded him in death in 2000. Alvin married Eileen Hill on June 14, 2003, she survives.
Alvin is survived by three sons, Bruce (Sue) Eilers, Annawan, Mark (Lori) Eilers, Kewanee, Tim (Mel) Eilers, Naperville; two step-children, Nancee Lindbeck, Westerly, RI, Hugh (Terri) Hill, Kewanee; ten grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Phyllis) Eilers, Geneseo; sisters, Venita Ewing, Kewanee, Alvina (Ron) DeSplinter, St. Charles, MO; and one sister-in-law, Joan Eilers, Geneseo. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cheryl; two brothers, Frank and Kenney Eilers; and one sister, Ruth Eilers.
Alvin was a farmer all of his life, he worked for Golden Harvest Seed Corn as a side job, retiring in 2006. He was the Yorktown Supervisor for 20 years. Alvin served his country in the US Army. Alvin was a member of the Hooppole American Legion and the Masonic Lodge 293, Prophetstown. Alvin was also a member of the Zion First Methodist Church in Hooppole for over 75 years.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Zion First Methodist Church, Hooppole. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Friday, June 1, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Hooppole Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Zion First Methodist Church, Hooppole or Henry County Senior Center, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Alvin’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Roger H. Struss

 

Roger H. Struss, 93, of Silvis, formerly of Geneseo passed away on Sunday May 27, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 4th, 2018, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Reverend Stephen Mueller will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to Concordia Lutheran Church.

Roger was born on November 7, 1924, the son of Henry and Anna (Reiling) Struss, in Barstow, IL. He graduated from United Township High School. Roger married Joanne B. Scheel on October 12, 1996, at Concordia Lutheran Church. He worked as a lineman for Geneseo Telephone Company for many years and retired in 1994. Roger was a long-time, dedicated member of Concordia Lutheran Church where he had served as president of the Site Council for several years, and was later a member of the Geneseo Senior Kitchen Band for ten years. He also volunteered for Unity Point Hospice.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Joanne, step-daughters, Carol (Gerry) Chretien, East Moline, Susan (Jerry) Lee, Colona, step-son-in-law, David Carrithers, Williamsburg, VA, eight step-grandchildren, several step-greatgrandchildren, and two step-great-greatgranchildren. Roger is also survived by his sister-in-law, Joann Struss, Silvis, IL.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Anna, a step-daughter, Nancy Carrithers, a step-great-great-granddaughter, Ryleigh, two brothers, Rolland and Norm Struss, and two sisters, Marjorie and Lucille.


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Nita L. Nicholas

 Nita L. Nicholas, 66, of Kewanee, died at 2:13 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2018 at her home.
Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31
at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kewanee. Services will be presided by Bill Currier. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Inurnment will be held at Manlius Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Nita Nicholas Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

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Hazel M. Miller

 

Hazel M. Miller, 95, of Geneseo, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Marigold Rehab and Health Care Center, Galesburg. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private inurnment will take place at a later date in North Cemetery. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting with these arrangements.

Hazel was born on July 25, 1922, the daughter of Albert and Mary (Loenser) Schernau, in Osco, IL. She married Chester Miller on May 1, 1941. Hazel worked at Miller Music Company for many years and also helped Chester farm.

Hazel is survived by her son Ron (Mary) Miller and three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester and her parents, Albert and Mary.


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Violet E. Gibbons

Violet E. Gibbons, 79, formerly of Cambridge, died Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Carlton, Oregon with her family by her side. Visitation will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29th, at the First Baptist Church, Geneseo, with the funeral service at 5:00 p.m.  Rev. Dave Murphy will officiate.  A life celebration and meal will follow the service until 7:00 p.m. at the church. Graveside committal services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Memorial may be made to the First Baptist Church, Geneseo.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the local arrangements.

Violet Ethel Jones was born September 28, 1938 in Tahlequah, OK to Marion P. and Anne Lea Thomasson Jones.  The family moved to Illinois in 1951.  She met and married the love of her life, Jerry A. Gibbons on September 8, 1956 in Rock Island.  Violet worked as a Cosmetologist, CNA, LPN, and RN.  A life beautifully lived, always putting others before herself.  She was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church, Rock Island, the Osco Community Church, Osco, and the First Baptist Church, Geneseo.

Those surviving are her husband, Jerry A. Gibbons, children, Carrie (Michael) Floto, Cambridge, Gary (Linda) Gibbons, McMinnville, OR, and Sherri (Martin) Mauman, Carlton, OR, 12 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.  Her parents, a son, Jerry A. Gibbons, Jr., a daughter, Terri S. Selman, a brother, and two sisters preceded her in death. 
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Glen R. Anderson

 

Glen R. Anderson, 84, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society, Geneseo. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Reverend Matt Kamprath will officiate. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 4:00–7:00 p.m. at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Cremation will follow the Funeral Service and a private inurnment will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church, AG in the Classroom or the Henry County 4-H Foundation.

Glen was born on November 26, 1933, the son of Willard and Bernice (Stotmeister) Anderson, in Geneseo, IL. He was a graduate of J.D. Darnell High School in 1951. Glen married Genevieve “Jenny” L. Rahmus on April 18, 1953 at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo, IL. They had just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. He was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer in rural Geneseo. Glen was a lifetime member of First Lutheran Church and served on the church council, he was also a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, Henry County Pork Producers and was a charter member of the Geneseo Jaycees. In his free time, Glen enjoyed gardening and traveling with Jenny, driving his restored tractor and watching his grandchildren and great-granchildrens activities.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Jenny, sons, Mark (Darla) Anderson, Geneseo, Wayne (Shelley) Anderson, Geneseo, and Dave Anderson, Hoffman Estates, IL, Son in law, Gordon (Nikki) Rehn, Andover, IL, grandchildren, Eric (Tara) Anderson, Justin (Holly) Anderson, Auguste Anderson, Adam Anderson, Aaron (Keely) Anderson, Ashley (Garrett) Mangan, Katherine (Mike) Halm, 12 great-grandchildren, Samantha, Isabelle, Bennett, Vivienne, Simon, Mason, Addison, Hudson, Raelynn, Shea, Grace and Andrew.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Bernice, his daughter, Linda Rehn and sister, Carol Eyrich.


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Annette Brooks


Annette  Brooks, 62, of Cambridge, died Thursday, May 24, 2018, at her home.  Her remains are being cremated and there will be no visitation or services.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family.  Memorials may be made to the Annette Brooks Memorial Fund.

Annette Kowitz was born April 27, 1956 in Rock Island, the daughter of Wilbur W. and Billie E. Hyatt Kowitz.  She was educated in Erie schools.  Her marriage to Larry A. Brooks took place on April 13, 1972 in Geneseo.  He passed away January 30, 2007.  Annette worked at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo, as a CNA until retiring due to disability in 2005.

Those surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Jason Dobbels, Cambridge, two grandsons, Kyle (Sara) Free, Cambridge, and Travis Giese, Nekoma, and a granddaughter, Tabatha (Jeremy) Johnson, Kewanee  Other survivors include two sisters, Jeanette (Carl) Kilstrom, Erie, Veronica "Ronnie" Palmer, Cambridge, two brothers, Wilbur Kowitz, Jr., Oceanview, Hawaii, and Eugene Kowitz, Cordova, Tennessee.  Her parents, her husband, a son-in-law, Scott Free, and a brother-in-law, Darrell Palmer, preceded her in death.
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Bertrum A. Kopp

 Bertrum A. Kopp, 92, of Kewanee, died at 4:25 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Joe Schmidt will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to 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 First Christian Church in Kewanee.
He was born September 18, 1925 in Bradford, the son of William and Ruby (Loudenberg) Kopp. He married Drucilla Gambill in 1948. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, a son, Brent (Rene) Kopp of Fort Meyers, FL, a daughter, Babette (Richard) Norbits of Lewisville, TX, four grandchildren; Brittany, Bryce, Toby and Kelly, one great grandchild and a brother, Francis Kopp of Buda. He was preceded by his parents and a sister, Alberta.
Bertrum graduated from Bradford High School and served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He had worked as a machinery repairman for Kewanee Manufacturing and then for Caterpillar until his retirement. He was a member of the First Christian Church. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
 

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Robert T. "Bert" Collier

Robert T. “Bert” Collier, 72, of Geneseo, formerly of Davenport, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at 3:39 p.m., at Illini Restorative Care in Silvis, Illinois. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Pakula and Deacon Larry Honzel will celebrate. Burial will follow at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery in the family plot, where he will join his parents, and brother, Walter. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Bert Collier Memorial Fund. “Bert” requests that casual attire be worn for all services.

Bert was born July 18, 1945, in Davenport, IA, one of four children born to Walter and Marie Nath Collier. He attended schools in Davenport and graduated in 1964. He furthered his education at Chicago City College and graduated in 1988. He was united in marriage to Joyce J. Grant on October 10, 1979 in Tulsa, OK. Bert began a career in healthcare at Mercy Hospital, Davenport and St. Francis Hospital, Evanston for 26 years. He retired from Continuing Care Specialists in 1999. Bert belonged to St. Malachy Catholic Church, where he could be found in the last pew of any church service he attended.

Bert was involved in many activities including Geneseo Senior Citizen Center, Geneseo Kitchen Band, Rebuilding Together, Hammond Henry Hospital Home Care Board of Advisors, Henry County Site Council and the local chapter of AARP. He was a Vacation Bible School teacher, a leader of Girl Scout Troop 1730, and he went on medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic for more than five years. Bert enjoyed volunteering, attending theater productions, riding around town on his scooter, camping with Joyce, attending sporting events to watch his great nieces and nephews, and spending time with his great niece and nephew, Robert and Elizabeth Shore. Bert could be found sitting in the last pew of any church service he attended.

Those left to cherish his memories are Joyce, his wife of 38 years, brother, David (Nadine) Collier, South Bend, IN, sister, Shirley (Clifford) Shore, Rock Island, brother-in-law’s, Ivan Grant, and Rodney Grant, sister-in-law Mary Jo Ward, all of Sallisaw, OK, and many nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews and special great niece and nephew, Rob Shore and Elizabeth Shore. He leaves his beloved cat, Baby.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Walter James Collier, his father and mother in-law, Ivan and Grace Grant and sisters-in-law, JoAnn Collier, Ramona Townsend and Sandy Wilson.


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John Neal Bodine

John Neal Bodine, 81, of Peoria, formerly of East Moline, died at 10:22 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 31 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Justyn Smith of the Crossroads Baptist Church in Peoria will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 30 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 John Bodine Memorial Fund.
He was born May 15, 1937 in Moran, KS, the son of John and Nola Elizabeth (Moss) Bodine. He married Jaquetta “Jackie” Rowland on August 7, 1987 in Las Vegas, NV. Survivors include his wife of 30 happy years, his five children from a previous marriage, John (Patricia) Bodine, Tom (Brenda) Bodine, Diana (Dallas) Lewis, Rick (Jamie) Bodine and Tim Bodine and his fiancé, Georgia and their step-daughter, Sarah, a brother, Brent Bodine, a sister, Charlene Godsill. several grandchildren and great grandchildren and a special nephew, Jerzee who spent a lot of time with John and thought of him as a father figure. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Terry and Steve, a son, Kevin and his in-laws, Fred and Irene Rowland.
John graduated from Wyoming High School. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He had worked in sales for Wonder Bread and Hostess, Schwan’s, and for Sara Lee Bakery in Moline. John enjoyed life and especially being with his family and friends. He also enjoyed horseracing, collecting eagles and leopards, going on cruises and traveling to Hawaii, Colorado, Florida and Las Vegas. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Fred Stemmley

 

Fred Stemmley, 97, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, formerly of Orion, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his home in Arizona. A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Lutheran Cemetery in Orion, IL, where military honors will be accorded. Reverend Melva England will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, prior to the graveside service, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be left to the Fred Stemmley Memorial Fund.

Fred was born on January 14, 1921, the son of Lawrence and Jennie (Tebo) Stemmley, in Desoto, MO. He married Gladys Jean Soderberg on November 24, 1942; Jean preceded him in death on May 14, 2017. Fred was a master machinist with a 33 year civil service career with the Department of the Army at the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama. His work there took him to many foreign countries, including Newfoundland, during WWII. Fred served a brief stint in the US Army and is a Veteran of the Korean War and following the war he then spent many years in the National Guard obtaining the rank of Master Sergeant. While working at the Anniston Army Depot, Fred earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State College in Jacksonville, Alabama in 1961. During his career, he created many innovations and earned many awards, including the prestigious Presidential Award and the Presidential Improvement Award, for devising a new procedure that reduced government spending by $2,500,000 over a two year period. After retiring from the Depot, he worked for Hyundai Shipbuilding in Seoul Korea, and then Taylor Engineering in Palm Springs, CA, where he worked on developing and installing Arcade Shooting Galleries all over the world. He enjoyed making lamps, golfing, reading, wood working, fixing up his rental houses, and was a Life Member of the Elks Club.

His memory will be cherished by his two daughters Mary Tolbert of Reno, NV and Linda Harrison (Rick) of Montevallo, AL, four grandsons Bryan, Jim, David, Nathan, and eight great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Jennie Stemmley, two brothers, Larry and Frank, and his wife of 74 years, Jean.

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Robert L. Grant

Robert L. Grant, 73, of Toulon, died at 6:13 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 26 at the Elmira United Presbyterian Church in Elmira. Rev. Gordon Page will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Inurnment will be held in Elmira Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Elmira United Presbyterian Church. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born May 25, 1944 in Kewanee, the son of Samuel and Grace (Youngfelt) Grant. He married Sheila M. Samara on June 19, 1965 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on April 1, 2014. Survivors include his son, Robert (Nandini) Grant of Arlington, TX, a brother, David (Linda) Grant of Elmira, two sisters, Kathleen Perkins of LaFayette and Margaret “Peg” Bayer of Roanoke, IL, three grandchildren, Ravi, Karishma and Priya and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his, parents and a sister, Leona Smith.
Robert attended Elmira Grade School and graduated from Toulon High School in 1962. He started working as a draftsman for GTE in 1963 and later became a field engineer retiring after 34 years of service. He was a member of the Elmira United Presbyterian Church and Robert was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan and was an avid fisherman and hunter who enjoyed reading, gardening and cooking. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Virginia R. Angelcyk

Virginia R. Angelcyk, 93, of Kewanee, died at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Toulon Health Care Center. She was born on April 6, 1925 in Downers Grove, IL, the daughter of Stanley and Berniece (Molek) Wastart. She graduated from Downers High School and graduated with the Class of “42”. Virginia married Edward J. Angelcyk on May 28, 1948 in Downers Grove. He preceded her in death on March 9, 2011.
Virginia is survived by one son, Mark (Daisy) Angelcyk, Kewanee, one daughter, Mrs. Michael (Nancy) Carrel, Lees Summit, MO; grandson, Frank Angelcyk, New York City, N.Y.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and four brothers: Joseph, Alexander, Thomas, and Aloysius Wastart.
Virginia worked as an accountant in Chicago for the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. She retired from the Kewanee Post Office after 25 plus years of employment. Virginia enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading and various kinds of puzzles.
Private Graveside Services will be held at the Pleasant View Cemetery. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko will officiate. There will be no visitation. Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Jeffrey P. Warner

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Warner, 55, of Galva, died at 8:31 p.m., Thursday May 10, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 25 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. John Burns will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Jeffrey Warner Memorial Fund.
He was born October 4, 1962 in Kewanee, the son of Jerry and Janice (VanVooren) Warner. He is survived by his parents of Kewanee, his fiancée, Robin Langdon-White with whom he made his home with, his siblings, Jerry (Debi) Warner of Kewanee, Jamie Warner of Kewanee, Julie Warner of Buda, Joe (Teri) Warner of Kewanee and Jon (Felicia) Warner of Kewanee, several nieces and nephews and Jerri’s children, Justin, Noel and Wilson. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ruth and Peter VanVooren and David and Anna Mae Warner and his sister, Jill Warner-Goulding.
Jeff graduated from Kewanee High School in 1981. He owned and operated Warner Construction. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Galva and he enjoyed fishing, his dogs Elvis and Tazie and spending time with his family. He was also a Dallas Cowboy Fan. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donald E. Currier

– Donald E. “Don” Currier, 89, of Kewanee, died at 11:15 a.m., Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.
Cremation has been accorded and graveside services and inurnment with military rites by the Kewanee Veterans Council will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 25 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Rev. Jon Vincent will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Don Currier Memorial Fund in c/o Donna Scott for future care of Richard Currier at Winning Wheels. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born January 25, 1929 in Kewanee, the son of Dick S. and Eva I. (Weaklim) Currier. He married Marilyn E. Lee on August 21, 1955 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on June 9, 2002. Survivors include a son, Richard Currier of Prophetstown, two daughters, Cheryl Ince (Alan Sommers) of Prophetstown and Donna Scott (Terry Bilyeu) of Burlington, WI, a brother, Kenny (Louella) Currier of Yorkville, IL, five grandchildren, Josh Currier (Tabitha), Lawrence Ince (Jen), Kenna Ince Hillis (Andrew), Jacob Scott and Samantha Scott and three great grandchildren, Quinn Currier, Silas Currier and Zoe Mashuga Ince. He was also preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Dean (Katie), Robert (Betty) and George (Betty), two sisters, Lois (Donald) Greenhagen and Carol (Ron) Roser and his son-in-law, Ken Ince.
Don graduated from Kewanee High School in 1946 and attended University of Illinois. He started working for John Demmler in 1946 and then went to serve his country in the Navy. Upon completing his service years, he returned to work for Demmler Products. Over the years, Demmler operated under National Acme and then Shalco Systems. Don continued with those businesses until he purchased the business in 1981 which he operated until its closing in 2008. He was member of the First Baptist Church, the Kewanee American Legion, the Lions Club of Kewanee and the Chamber of Commerce for which he served a one-year term as president. He was also a member of the Wethersfield School Board for 20 years and served as its president for 15 of those years. He enjoyed gardening and raising gladiolas and had raised and sold over 10,000 bulbs. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Dr. Marilynn Baxter


Marilynn Ruth Baxter, Ph.D., 81, of Rockford, IL, formally of Kewanee, IL, died at 4:34 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at her home in Rockford. Marilynn was born June 28, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of George Byron and Ruth Quinn (Hurd) Baxter. She attended the State University of Iowa in Ames and graduated in 1958; she then did post graduate work at University of Edinburg in 1960 and the School of Actors Company in NYC in 1963; She received her MA from University of Wisconsin in 1965 and her PhD in 1973; She did post graduate work at Lee Strosberg and was Director of Actors Workshop 1968; Marilynn was Instructor Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater 1964- 1967. She was communications faculty and director at Parkside Players University of Wisconsin at Parkside, Kenosha in 1967. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Dr. Baxter was always a theater buff and she enjoyed acting as well as directing. She did free-lance commercial work in Milwaukee and Chicago areas. Marilynn joined the Daughters of the American Revolution as a junior on April 15, 1967 and was a member for 51 years. She was a member of Kenosha WI Chapter DAR and was Chapter Regent 1974-1977 Dr Baxter was Past Vice President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) 1990- 1993. She was Wisconsin DAR State Regent 1986-1989 When Marilynn became State Regent a member of the Kenosha Chapter wrote a song in her honor, “Marilynn Our Marilynn” Her NSDAR services included being a member of the Long Range Planning Commission 1998-2007, Chair of this Commission 2004-2007. In addition she was Chair of the Wisconsin Room 1989-2001, member of Speakers Staff 2001- 2013, She also served as Vice Chair (VC) American Heritage Committee – Literature and Drama 1998-2001, VC National Defense Committee 1998-2001, VC DAR Scholarship Committee-Mary Elizabeth Lockwood Beneventi-MBA Scholarship, VC North Central Division Historic Preservation 2010-2013. Dr. Baxter was a life member of the National Officers Club, NSDAR. While she was WSDAR Regent she organized a membership survey and printed a membership directory, encouraged all members to utilize computer technology and use video tapes and TV to promote DAR. One of her projects was designing a traveler’s decal which was sold in the NSDAR Store. The English lantern clock is the oldest clock in the DAR Museum's collection; it dates from 1690 to 1715, coinciding with the reign of William and Mary of Orange, who were Dutch. The Dutch tulip motif appears in the middle of the dial and on the central fret above the face, flanked by the coat of arms of England. Lantern clocks were the first readily available domestic clocks in England. The clock which is on display in the Wisconsin Period Room, DAR Museum, was a gift to the room from Dr. Marilynn Baxter. Dr Baxter supported Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters serving as chair of the Long Range Planning Commission. In addition she served on the WSDAR State Board as Chaplain and Curator. Baxter’s ancestors were with the Pilgrims who sailed from England to the colonies in New England. It was from these ancestors she qualified to become a member of Patriotic Organizations including General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Colonial Dames of America, National Society of Magna Charta Dames, Plantagenet Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Marilynn’s commitment to Colonial Dames of America – Wisconsin included being a longstanding board member, Honorary President, and past Region II Museum Property Chair, Lady of Dumbarton, and Chair of Historical Indian Agency House, Portage WI Committee. She was preceded in death by her parents. DAR Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. till the time of service at the funeral home. Graveside Services will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Memorials may be made to Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters, 1824 State Road 33, Portage, Wisconsin 53901. Please leave a memory or online condolence for Marilynn’s family and friends at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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James F. "Jim" Wyffels

James F. “Jim” Wyffels, 84, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Pakula will celebrate. Military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post, following the Mass, at the church. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 20, 2018, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where the Rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. Cremation rites have been accorded to follow the Funeral Mass and a private inurnment will take place on Tuesday, May 22, at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to the James Wyffels Memorial Fund and will be given to several local charities.

Jim was born on September 9, 1933, the son of Alphonse and Blanche (Vandersnick) Wyffels, in Geneseo, IL. He was a graduate of J.D. Darnell High School in 1951. Jim married Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Nowers on October 4, 1958, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson, IL. He was in the lawn & turf industry as a sales and service representative for numerous companies that served in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois, for 45 years. Jim spent many years volunteering to work on the Geneseo football field because of his expertise in lawn care and gardening. He also put on many seminars at lawn and gardens shows in Peoria and Rockford. After his retirement from Ford and Sons, Jim was employed as a greeter at Walmart in Moline for five years, where his love of visiting with people shined through. Jim enjoyed vacationing in Colorado and Branson, MO, where he donated his collection of IH Farm tractors to the Branson Toy Museum. He loved spending time with his family, gardening, fishing, and quite obviously, Jim loved taking care of his lawn. He HATED dandelions! Jim was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, where he served for many years as a lay minister, past president of Parents’ Club and Parish Council. He was a life-time, true blue, #1 Notre Dame fan.

Those left to cherish memory include his wife, Betsy, and children, Kim (Bill) Parker, Wyanet, IL, Michael (Betty) Wyffels, Eldridge, IA, Matthew Wyffels, Geneseo, Jim (Krista) Wyffels, Coal Valley, IL and Susan (Eric) Horner, Wilmette, IL. His grandchildren are Megan (Justin) Williams, Jenny Wyffels, Scott (Terra) Smith, Steven (Amy) Smith, Alexis Wyffels, Adam Wyffels, Katy Wyffels, Ally Wyffels, and Charlotte Wyffels, and his four great-grandchildren, Alaina, Aleigha, Sydney, and Blaine. Jim is also survived by his sister, Arlene Goebel Seeds, Moline, IL.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Alphonse and Blanche, and his brothers, Marvin, Edward, and Vernon Wyffels.

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Betty J. Galle

Betty J. Galle, 68, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Hammond Henry Hospital Emergency Room, Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded and no services are scheduled for this time. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting with these arrangements.

Betty was born on October 17, 1949, the daughter of Jacob and Maxine (King) Galle, in Geneseo, IL. She worked as a cook for the former Deck Restaurant in Geneseo for many years.

Betty is survived by her many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Maxine, two sisters, Linda and Mary, and three brothers, Francis, James, and John.

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Delores G. Domingez

Delores G. Domingez, 86, of Kewanee, died 11:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Hammond Henry Hospital Geneseo, IL. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday May 18, 2018 at Schueneman - Tumbleson Funeral Home with Father Johndamaseni Zilimu officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Henry County Senior Citizens Center.
Delores was born February 12, 1932 in Moline IL, the daughter of Miguel and Carolina (Rodriguez)                   Cervantes. Delores married Peter Domingez on February 25, 1950 in Iowa City, Iowa, he preceded her in death in 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister Vera Ramirez; and three brothers, George, John and Michael Cervantes. Surviving are two daughters, Dee (Cliff) Gunning and Debra (Richard) Mallery both of Kewanee; four grandchildren, Kyle Gunning, Scott (Cindy) Mallery, Ryne (Samantha) Mallery and Thomas Mallery; seven great grandchildren, Hunter, Maddie, Kale, Leah, Mia, Jonathon, and Kye. Delores is also survived by three sisters, Celia Cacari, Mary Rivera, and Liz (Jerry) Gay.
Delores had worked in the lab at the former St. Francis Hospital in Kewanee, and then was a home maker. She was a member of the Visitation Catholic Church, Elks Club, Flemish American Club, and the M.O.C., all of Kewanee. Delores enjoyed reading, dancing, gardening, and spending time with her family, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. Please leave an online condolence for Delores’ family at www.schuenemanandtumblesonfunerahome.com.         

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Marilyn F. Stout

Marilyn F. Stout, 75, of Kewanee, died at 5:43 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Nursing Home. She was born March 5, 1943 in Kewanee, the daughter of Eldon and Lois (Morgan) Thorp. Marilyn graduated from Manlius High School. 
Marilyn is survived by one son, Gary (Leila) Stout, Conyers, Georgia; two daughters, Sherry (Bill) Cinnamon, Kewanee, Lori Martin, Jefferson, Georgia; one sister, Shirley Zimmerman, East Galesburg; 11 grandchildren, Tina Kell, Bill (Brea) Cinnamon, Blake (Jessica) Cinnamon, Madison Cinnamon, Amber (Charles) Vraa, Tammy Stout, Christian Stout, Tiffany (Matthew) Cannup, Billy (Jesus) Aguilar-Vega, John Puckett, Jr.; and five great granddaughters, with one on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Terry Stout and a son in infancy, Larry Stout; one grandson, Clint Crawford; and one brother, Stanley Thorp.
Marilyn worked as a nursing assistant for Prairie View Nursing Home in Princeton, in her early years, and then at the Kewanee Day Care Center. Lastly, before retiring, Marilyn worked for Star Crest Nursing Home in Lithonia, Georgia.
She loved reading and watching television, she especially enjoyed following the Chicago Cubs and WWE Wrestling. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Bob Curry to officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. A private family burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eversight or Preferred Hospice. Please share a memory or an online condolence for Marilyn’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Bruce J. Ainley

Bruce J. Ainley, 57, of Kewanee, died at 10:06 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at his home surrounded by family. He was born August 15, 1960 in Kewanee, the son of William and Gladys (Imes) Ainley. Bruce attended Kewanee High School. He married Josephine Ceja on March 10, 2007 in Kewanee. She survives. Also surviving is his mother, Gladys Ainley, , Kewanee; children, Angela Bowman, Colona, Bradly Ainley, Elgin, Trisha (Richie) Downing, Milan, Samantha Lunghofer, Oppelo, AR, Ethan Ainley, Sheffield, Megan (Drew) Clayes, Jessica Clayes, Lucas (Becky) Clayes all of Kewanee; grandchildren, Jayse, Korbyn, Kylie, Payten, Jorden, Jaeden, Karsyn, Declan. Also surviving include his siblings, Debbie (Steve) Perrin, Rock Island, Ruth (Tim) Peed, Neponset, Phillip (Rose) Ainley, Kewanee, Keith (Mary Ellen) Ainley, Deerborne, MI; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, William Ainley; maternal and paternal grandparents; son-in-law, Brandon Bowman; nephew, Aaron Ainley
Bruce was a team leader and worked at Great Dane Trailer. He retired in 2018 after 36 years. He was a member of the Allendalle Conservation Club, where he enjoyed camping.  Bruce was also a member of the NRA. He loved boxing, all sports, deer hunting and fishing. Most of all, Bruce enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Memorial Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Moments by Mutti, Kewanee. Please share a memory or leave an online condolence for Bruce’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Kimberly Lee Wilson

- Kimberly Lee Willson, 47, of Kewanee, died at 3:49 p.m., Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the home of her mother. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18 at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Rux Funeral Home. Cremation will be accorded after the services and private inurnment will be held at Evergreen Memory Gardens. Memorials may be directed to the Kimberly Willson Benefit.

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Gertrude M. "Trudy" Johnson


 

Gertrude M. "Trudy" Johnson, 89, of Cambridge, died peacefully and went to be with the Lord, surrounded by her family at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, on Friday, May 11, 2018.  Due to family travel plans, the funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on June 8th, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Burial will be in the Andover Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 7th at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to Cambridge Lutheran Church, the Henry County Historical Society, or Andover Historical Society.

Gertrude Matilda Swanson was born June 14, 1928 in rural Hepburn, Iowa, the daughter of Eldor and Elvera Johnson Swanson.  This was her father's birthday so she and her father had many celebrations together with cake and the flag flying, since it was also Flag Day.  She attended Cramer Chapel and Dirrim grade schools, Stanton and Red Oak High Schools.  Trudy then went to Luther College, Wahoo, NE, and Augustanta College, Rock Island, graduating in 1950.  After teaching one year in Prairie City, Iowa , she married B. Ben Johnson of Andover, IL on June 16, 1951 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Red Oak, Iowa.  He passed away on August 23, 2014.

Since Ben had been recalled to the Armed Forces, their first home was in Columbus, Missouri, where he began pilot training.  After more training in several southern cities and service in the Air Force, he was discharged from Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, and they settled in Cambridge.  Here Trudy became a substitute teacher and also an income tax practitioner for several years.  Her memberships included the Cambridge Lutheran Church, and its Martha Unit of WELCA, the Henry County Historical Society, the Andover Historical Society, Valley View Club, Cambridge, and two bridge clubs.

Those surviving are sons Gregory (Karla Kirkwood-Johnson) Johnson, East Moline, and David (Debra) Johnson, Cambridge, daughters Jane (Rich) Morency, Wheaton, IL, and Melanie (Mark) Bannister, Hays, KS.  Other survivors include ten grandchildren Matthew Johnson and Amy Johnson, both of Tacoma, WA, Sara Stalf, Quad Cities, Ryan Johnson, Davenport, IA, Karen (B.J.) Rains, Boise, ID, Scott Bailey, Great Falls, MT,  Michelle (J.J.) Oslund, Chicago, IL, Megan Bailey, Denton, TX, Kristen Morency, West Chicago, IL, Vincent Bailey, student at the University of Kansas, and two great grandchildren, Naismith and Nelson Rains.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister, Janet Sledge.
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Emery "Bill" Craig


Emery “Bill” Craig, 80, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, at Unity Point Health – Trinity Rock Island. A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following funeral services and a private inurnment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Memorials may be left to the E. “Bill” Craig Memorial Fund.

Bill was born on September 14, 1937, the son of Emery and Roberta (Mitchell) Craig, in Davenport, IA. He graduated from Davenport High School. Bill married Nancy K. Wilharber on November 30, 1963 in Davenport. Bill was a material’s supervisor for Caterpillar Inc. in Mt. Joy for 34 years before his retirement in 1988. He stayed active with the company by becoming a member of the Caterpillar Retirees Group. After his retirement, Bill and Nancy provided the lunch wagon for the Stenzel Auction Co. Bill had been a youth baseball and football coach for many years and was a talented woodworker. He rode snowmobiles for many years and was an avid fan of auto racing. Bill was the biggest fan of all of his grandchildren, and loved following their success and talents in all of their activities. He will be missed by his family for his heartfelt happy tears and laughter during holidays, celebrations, and family gatherings.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Nancy, sons, Steve (Tracy) Craig, Bettendorf,  Jeff (Courtney) Craig, Kenosha, WI, and Bill (Michelle) Craig, Geneseo, grandchildren, Brandon (Larissa) Craig, Tyler, Katelin, Jacob, Alex, Samantha, Charley, Ella, Campbell, Alex, Trevor, Hailey, and Allison Craig, and his beloved dog Barney.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Emery and Roberta.

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Merrill E. Taber


Merrill E. Taber, 82, of rural Atkinson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society – Geneseo Village surrounded by his family. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson, IL. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion Post. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 14, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel where the rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Atkinson Rescue Squad or to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Merrill was born on April 17, 1936, the son of Gordon and Alice (Atwell) Taber. He graduated from Atkinson High School with the class of 1954. Merrill married Marian Claeys on October 20, 1956, in Atkinson. Marian preceded him in death on October 27, 1988. Merrill was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer in rural Atkinson, where he farmed the family farm. He served on the Atkinson Fire Department, Atkinson School Board, Atkinson American Legion Post, and the Moose Lodge for several years. Merrill enjoyed deer hunting and attending his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s events.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Tina (Bob) Floming, Atkinson, Kim (Marv) VerStraete, Atkinson, Brenda, (Guy) Gripp, Annawan, Mike (Pat) Taber, Atkinson, Anita Park, Atkinson, Mark (Jori Shull) Taber, Cameron, IL, Tonya Taber, IN, and Lin (Justin) Ebbert, Annawan, 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, sister, Edley Hamer, Atkinson, and his special friend Lorrie Jurgensen, Atkinson.

Merrill was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Alice, wife, Marian, brother, Gordon “Coxie” Taber, sister, Donetta Wainwright, son-in-law, Chris Brieser, and great-granddaughter, Emma VerStraete.


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Beverly Younggren

Beverly Younggren, 90, of Princeton, IL previously of Buda, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 2:15 am at Aperion Care, Princeton, IL. Beverly was born March 3, 1928 in Kewanee, IL to Michael H. Dailey and Myrtle O. Dailey. Beverly lost her parents at an early age and was adopted by parents, Henry “Dick” Trickle and Margaret Snyder Trickle in Toulon, IL. All of whom are deceased. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Bollin; two brothers, Robert Daily, age 9, and Robert Burke of Denmark, IA; and a daughter-in-law, Melanie Younggren.

Beverly married Donald Younggren on November 20, 1949, he survives. Also surviving are three sons, William (Deborah) Younggren, Sheffield, IL, Dane Younggren, Kewanee, IL, Gregory (Pattie) Younggren, Belleville, WI; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Beverly graduated from Toulon High School with the class of 1945. She was a partner with Donald at the grocery store in Buda. She was a member of the Coal Creek and Hidden Lake Country Club in Sheffield and enjoyed many years of golf. Beverly was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, Sheffield.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Church, Sheffield, IL. Father Mark Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Church, Buda Rescue Unit or the donor’s choice. Please leave an online condolence for Beverly’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Esther A. Hetzel

 

 

Esther A. Hetzel, 79, of Cambridge, died Monday May 7, 2018, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Cremation has been accorded and a private graveside committal service will be held at a later date in Red Oak Cemetery, rural Cambridge.  There will be no visitation.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Esther Alleyne Humes was born April 17, 1939 in Good Hope, Illinois, the daughter of Everett L. and Beulah L. Stoneking Humes.  She spent her childhood in Macomb, Illinois and was educated in Macomb schools.  Her marriage to Donald E. Hetzel took place on July 4, 1958 in Macomb.  He passed away on March 9, 2015.

 

The couple moved to the Quad Cities shortly after their marriage.  She worked at Servus Rubber, Fresh Pack Candy, and later at International Harvester, retiring in 1982.  Esther enjoyed listing to books on tape, spending time with her family, and talking with her friends on the phone.

 

Those surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Dianna and Alan Anderson, Debra and Bill Ceurvorst, all of Cambridge, four grandchildren, Jamie (Lisa) Anderson, Moline, Aaron (Beverley) Anderson, Newark, DE, Lucas (Jennifer) Ceurvorst, Cambridge, Sam Ceurvorst, Cambridge, and three great grandchildren, Charlie, Nora, and Shae Ceurvorst.  Her parents, her husband of 56 years, Donald, siblings, a granddaughter, Erika Anderson, and her beloved dog, Max, preceded her in death.  Her daughter, Debra, would like to thank the staff at Hillcrest Home, especially Julie Derick and Peggy Depauw, the staff at Compassus Hospice Care, and special friends, Jo Callander, Jill Dial, and Tammie Knuckles.  Your kindness and compassion will always be remembered.

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Mary Jane Carney

Mary Jane Carney, 78, of rural Galva, died at 1:40 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Cremation will be accorded and no services will be held. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

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Thomas R. Witte


Thomas R. “Tom” Witte, 81, of Kewanee, died at 5:40 p.m., Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Toulon Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10 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 Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee.

He was born January 23, 1937 in Kewanee, the son of Herman and Julia Ann (Sakolosky) Witte and he had been raised by his grandmother. He married LaVonne C. Witte on June 29, 1957 and she preceded him in death on December 5, 2016. Survivors include two sons, Rick (Teresa) Witte of Houston, TX and Randall (Lisa) Witte of Kewanee and six grandchildren; Josh, Zach, Madison, Jacob, Evan and Kaitlyn. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Tom served his country in the Army Reserves. He had worked quality control for Kewanee Boiler and also for Hyster’s and other manufacturer’s He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was an avid NASCAR fan who enjoyed archery and bow target shooting and also enjoyed listening to country music and playing disc golf. He especially enjoyed following the activities of his children and grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Dale W. Hofmeister

 

 

Dale W. Hofmeister, 89, of rural Prophetstown passed away on Sunday May 6, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City. A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Loraine United Methodist Church in rural Prophetstown, IL. Reverend Keith Bradley will officiate. The family invites friends and loved ones to join them for a time of visitation and luncheon immediately following the memorial service, in the church hall. Private graveside services are being held at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, prior to the memorial services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Loraine United Methodist Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these services.

 

Dale was born on August 22, 1928 to Rollin & Florence (Jacobs) Hofmeister on the Hofmeister farm in Loraine Twp. That farm became an Illinois Centennial farm in 1902. Dale graduated from Geneseo High School in 1946 and joined his father in the operation of the family farm. On July 1, 1951, Dale and Joan E. Ole, of rural Cambridge, were united in marriage in the Grace E.U.B. Church in Geneseo. After getting married, the couple lived in Springhill, IL, until returning to his passion, the Hofmeister family farm, in 1962. In 1974, Dale began working for Hulting Hybrids in Geneseo, and also raised seed corn for several years. He retired from AgriPro in 1991 and in 1995, Dale retired from farming. Dale was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau and the Loraine U.M. church in rural Prophetstown. He enjoyed collecting and restoring antique tractors and keeping his entire farm manicured with his mowing. Dale truly loved his family and was dedicated to helping them whenever they needed it.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include, his wife, Joan, son, Daryl (Christy) Hofmeister, Hillsdale, IL, daughter, Karen (Jeff) Kincaid, Prophetstown, IL, daughter-in-law, Tura Kaye Meyer, FL, seven grandchildren, Meegan (Dennis Michael) Henderson, Shannon Hofmeister, Rebecca Hofmeister, Eli (Jennifer) Kincaid, Maria (Ryan) Sager, Johnna (Austin) Chesney, and Peter Kincaid, and step-grandchildren, Kyle Piester, and David (Luisa) “Tres” DuBois.

 

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Rollin and Florence, son, Dennis M. Hofmiester, twin brother, Glen Hofmeister, and sister, Marjorie Brodie.

 

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Paul C. Donovan

 Paul C. Donovan, 72, of Kewanee, died at 12:59 a.m., Saturday, May 5, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 11 at Visitation Church, Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:30-8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation, Disabled American Veterans or to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

He was born June 17, 1945 in Cuba City, WI, the son of Arthur and Luella (Timmerman) Donovan. He married Sheila A. Wright on December 26, 1970 in Dubuque, IA. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, three daughters, Heather (Aaron) Van Ningen of Bismarck, ND, Michelle (Michael) Finney of Hilliard, OH and Stacey (Greg) Kubitz of Cortland, IL, three sisters, Doris Paisley, Eileen Schueller and Mary Shanahan, all of Dubuque, IA, four grandchildren, Malarie Finney and Gregory, Henry and Zachary Kubitz and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Paul attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Kieler, WI and graduated from Wahlert High School in Dubuque, IA and from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  He served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for outstanding performance of duty while serving as Records Clerk for the Medical Holding Company in Vietnam. He joined Union Federal Savings and Loan in December of 1980 as Chief Financial Officer and succeeded Robert Hansen in 1992 as President until his retirement in 2010. He was a member of Visitation Church, Saint John Paul II Parish and had been a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce and had served on the Visitation School Foundation as their treasurer up until his death, the Kewanee Schools Foundation, United Way, the Kewanee Day Care Board and had also been a member of the Kewanee Veterans Council Honor Guard. He was awarded the Citizen of the Year in 1997. He has been an avid Green Bay Packer fan all of his life, a Chicago Cubs fan for many years. He enjoyed baseball, tennis, bowling and for the last 10 years of his life he lived to best the game of golf. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Jacquelyn J. "Jacki" Klawonn

 

 

Jacquelyn J. "Jacki" Klawonn, 66, of rural Cambridge, died Sunday, May 6, 2018, at  home surrounded by her loving family.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 11th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Les Zook will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Cremation will take place after the service.  Memorials may be made to the Jacki Klawonn Memorial Fund

 

Jacquelyn Jeanne Clark was born September 25, 1951 in Geneseo, the daughter of Everett "Bud" and Rosalie Reed Clark.  She was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1969.  Jacki then attended the Sterling School of Cosmetology graduating in 1970.  Her marriage to Merwin "Mert" Klawonn took place on June 5, 1976 in Cambridge.

 

Her memberships included the Cambridge United Methodist Church and the Henry County Farm Bureau.  She was the owner/operator of a beautician business in Cambridge for 37 years.  Jacki was also employed at Triple "E" Sales in Orion and the Andover branch of Central Bank.  She loved to spend time with family and friends and her grand dogs.  Her favorite pastime was junking for which she became known as "Junkin' Jacki".

 

Those surviving are her husband, Mert, a son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Kelsey Klawonn, Lynn Center, a sister and brother-in-law, Teri and Stan Erdmann, Coal Valley, nephews, Travis Erdmann and Kyle and Jamie Erdmann, and great nephews, Eric and Trey Erdmann, all of Coal Valley.  Other survivors include aunts, Lovadee Gunnerson, Andover, Alyce "Babe" Newell, Geneseo, and extra special friends, Arleta Medley, Casandra Schmoll, Roselyn Maeltzer, and Maria Zulma Cardona.  Her mother preceded her in death in 1954 and her father in 1992, and her grandparents, Willis "Bill" and Bertha Reed, who helped raise her, also preceded her.

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Rudy B. Holmstrom

 

Rudy B. Holmstrom, 71, of rural Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Matthew Kamprath will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Rudy Holmstrom Memorial Fund.

 

Rudy was born on May 6, 1947, the son of William and Kathryn (VanHyfte) Holmstrom, in Geneseo. He graduated from Geneseo High School. He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Rudy married Bette A. Bear on January 27, 1985, in Aledo, IL. Bette survives him. Rudy was a lifetime farmer in the rural Geneseo area until his retirement. Rudy was a true outdoorsman and spent his life hunting and fishing and was a member of the National Rifle Association. He loved taking fishing trips to Canada to catch walleye and to bow hunt for moose. Rudy also enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas to attend the National Rodeo finals, going golfing and his monthly coffees with classmates.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Bette, son, Ross Holmstrom, Geneseo, brother, Roy (Sandi) Holmstrom, Geneseo, mother-in-law, LaVeta Bear, Rock Island, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gene (Krista) Bear, Aledo, nephews, Tim (Sherry) Holmstrom, and Chris (Cyrena) Holmstrom, niece, Angela (Scott) Holmstrom, and many great nieces and nephews. Rudy is also survived by his two best companions, Spanky and Lizzie.

 

Rudy was preceded in death by his parents, and one infant brother.

 

 

 

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Joseph S. Talbot

 

 

Joseph S. Talbot, 78, of rural Geneseo, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at his home. Cremation rites have accorded and a private inurnment service with military honors will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with these arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge – 750 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52246.

 

Joe was born on February 28th, 1940, the son of Joseph B. and Helen Louise (Wickblom) Talbot, and was raised in Cambridge, IL. He was the husband of Roseanna (Carter) Talbot. They shared 47 years of marriage together.

 

Joe was a graduate of Cambridge High School and received a Bachelor of Art’s from Columbia College in Chicago. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy. Joe worked as a news editor at American Broadcasting Company in Chicago for 38 years.

 

He loved fishing trips with his family and hunting for morel mushrooms. Joe was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoyed showing off his 1938 Buick at car shows with his son. He was a skilled gardener and wonderful cook. Joe had an extraordinary work ethic and loved to tell stories.

 

Joe is survived by his wife, Roseanna, son, John Talbot, daughter and son-in-law, Anna & Umair Ahmed, and three grandchildren, Jameel, Alayna, and Lyla. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Helen, and brother, John E. Talbot.

 

 

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Leah Arnold

Leah J. (Hadsall) Arnold 55, of Kewanee, died Thursday, May 3, 2018 at her parent’s home, surrounded by her family. Private Graveside Services will be held at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens. A Memorial Luncheon will be at 12:00 pm on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Please leave a memory or online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Wanda Lee Wallace

– Wanda Lee Wallace, 86, of rural Kewanee, died at 10:43 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA peacefully surrounded by love.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 6 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Terese TouVelle will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon 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 Henry County Senior Citizens Center or to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA.

She was born December 23, 1931 in Kewanee, the daughter of Orville and Ruth “Grace” (Cook) Stevenson. She married Eugene “Gene” Wallace on June 20, 1954 in Kewanee. Survivors include her husband of rural Kewanee, a son, Randy (Gayle) Wallace of LeClaire, IA, a brother, Dale “Butch” (Bev) Williams of Kewanee, half-sister, Clarine Stevenson of Kewanee, three grandchildren, Michael (Amanda) Wallace, Mark (Melissa) Wallace and Blake Wallace and four great grandchildren; Braden, Jameson, Aaron and Sloane. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Gary Wallace, a brother, William O. Stevenson Jr. and a half-sister, Yvonne Barton.

Wanda attended Kewanee High School and had worked as a clerk for Kewanee Headware and had worked for Antique Trader Publications but she primarily helped operate the family farm. She was of the Christian faith and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren and following their activities. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Thomas Schwerbrock

Thomas (Tom) John Schwerbrock, D.V.M, 59, of Kewanee, Il passed away April 28, 2018, after an extended illness. Cremation has been accorded. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 5th at 11:00am at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee with visitation beginning at 9:30am at the church. Steven Pressly and Linnea Gustafson will officiate.

   Tom was born October 3, 1958 in Kewanee, the son of Charles and Thelma (Rosenquist) Schwerbrock . He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1976, attended Western Illinois University for 2 years and transferred to the U of I Veterinary College where he earned his doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1982.  He was employed at Kewanee Veterinary Clinic and later became a partner there. In 1992, he opened the Pin Oak Veterinary Clinic and continued to practice until his health failed.

     He married Karen Bottom on September 21, 1991. She survives along with their 4 children Evan, Hannah, Bryce, and Jacob. Also surviving are his parents and sisters Christine (Timothy) Murray, Ann Schwerbrock and a brother David (Katrin) Schwerbrock. He is also survived by Karen's family: Cheryl (Luke) Cowles, Nancy (Mike) Brennan, Michael Bottom and many nieces and nephews.

     He and his family attended Zion Lutheran Church. He had a passion for writing and published several books. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed attending his children's activities.

 In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Please share a memory or online condolence for Thomas’ family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Paul G. Holevoet

 

 

Paul G. Holevoet, 69, of Atkinson passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson, Illinois. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Per his request cremation will be accorded following the Funeral Mass and a private inurnment will be in the Annawan Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or the St. Joseph Indian School. Family requests that casual attire be worn for services, jeans are preferred.

 

Paul was born March 15, 1949, in Geneseo, the son of George and Georgette Holevoet. He grew up on the family farm outside of Atkinson. He graduated from J.D. Darnall High School in Geneseo in 1968. He married the love of his life Kathy Stohl on November 21, 1970 in Davenport, Iowa. He and his wife farmed together in Atkinson, Cambridge and Mineral. He raised Chester White hogs. Even though he had to leave the farm, he remained a farmer in his heart until his last day and he continued to work in agricultural product sales for many years. He also had a brief, but legendary, stint as satellite television sale person with his sons. He was a frequent volunteer at Good Samaritan Village in Geneseo for many years. He was a proud member of the Antique Engine & Tractor Association. He cherished the International Harvestor tractors from his dad and collection of farm toys. Paul loved life and interacting with all kinds of people. He was always ready to share a story or crack a joke. 

 

Paul is survived by his wife Kathy; two daughters, Beth Beaulieu of Normal, Ill. and Brenda (Vince) Steenhoek of Mingo, Iowa; two sons, Scott (Eva) Holevoet of Carbondale, Ill. and John (Ken) Holevoet of Lake Mills, Wis.; a brother, Art Holevoet of Atkinson, Ill.; a sister Marylou Robinson of Cambridge, Ill.; eight nieces and nephews; 14 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Helen Foote of Geneseo, Ill. 

 

Spend more time with your family, be good to animals, take a walk in the countryside and care for one another. That is what Paul would want for all of us.

 

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Thomas E. Ahlgren

Thomas E. “Tom” Ahlgren, 85, of Kewanee, died at 2:37 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family following an extended illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 7 at Visitation Church, Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrants will be Msgr. Richard Soseman and Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, May 6 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Visitation Catholic School, the Visitation Church, Saint John Paul II Parish or to Preferred Hospice.

He was born June 20, 1932 in Kewanee, the son of Herbert Elmer and Gertrude (Irwin) Ahlgren. He married Mary Elaine Baele on February 20, 1954 in Atkinson. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years of Kewanee, his four sons, Mark (Sue) Ahlgren of Kewanee, Brent (Marcia) Ahlgren of Geneseo, Greg (Angie) Ahlgren of Kewanee and Brad (Marianne) Ahlgren of Nashville, TN, a sister, Mary Ann Holevoet of Geneseo, nine grandchildren; Zachary (Cindy) Ahlgren, Cassie (Shawn) Strand, Lindsay (Eric) Blythe, Drew (Megan) Ahlgren, Jessica (Jacob) Urbanc, Jennifer (Jeramy) Hampton, Janelle (Eric) Gibson, Hailey Ahlgren (Jerrod Melton) and Paige Ahlgren, ten great grandchildren with 3 on the way; Cade Ahlgren, Colt and Madeline Strand, Lillian and Emmie Hampton, Aiden and Joslyn Urbanc, Gracen and RaeAnn Gibson and Alyse Melton and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Tom graduated from Neponset High School. He worked as a supervisor at Kewanee Machinery and Conveyor for many years. He was a member of the Visitation Church, Saint John Paul II Parish. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and was Knight of the Year in the 1960’s and was a former member of the Flemish American Club. Tom enjoyed restoring wood furniture and was an avid card player and also enjoyed playing picks and bowling and was City Bowling Champion in 1962. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Eileen F. Mann

 

Eileen F. Mann, 97, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Village in Geneseo, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Stephen Mueller will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Burial will take place on Monday, May 7th, at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials may be left to Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo.

 

Eileen was born January 4, 1921, the first of three daughters to Otis and Edith (Alexander) Johnson, in Missouri. Sustained by her deep faith in Jesus Christ, she survived the Great Depression, a host of childhood diseases, and eight Democratic administrations.

 

Eileen graduated from Moline High School in 1939, where at her peak stature of 5’1-¼”, she played guard on the girls’ basketball team. While in high school, she met a dashing neighbor who became her life's love, Darwin Mann. She worked as a typist in Moline when they eloped in 1943 as he entered military service.

 

She created a loving and laughter-filled home for him and their two sons wherever his Air Force career took them, including Japan, Hawaii, Maine, Texas, and Virginia. They eventually settled in Geneseo, near her parents and sister’s family. In later years, Eileen and Darwin continued their traveling adventures around the U.S., Europe, and the Holy Land.

 

Eileen enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds, reading, sewing, fall colors, and expressing her opinions. She followed politics closely, and was an avid basketball and football fan. She championed veterans, education, and music. She especially loved the summer concerts of Geneseo’s Maple City Band.

 

Her memory is cherished by many friends, neighbors, and family, including: son, Thomas (Regina) Mann, Sarasota, FL; grandchildren Judith (William) Stocker, Rachel Mann, and Joshua (Keri) Mann; great-grandchildren Jani, Abigail, Jeremiah, and Marie; brother-in-law, Rodney Weber; and several nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, and grand-nieces.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Edith; husband, Darwin Mann; son, Robert Mann; sisters, Doris (Rodney) Weber and Joan Flodeen; and brothers-in-law, Arvin “Murray” Mann and Carl “Bud” Flodeen.

 

 

 

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Virginia M. Patty

 

Virginia M. Patty, 85, of Galva, died Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Courtyard Estates of Galva, where she had been residing.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 3rd, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Messiah Lutheran Church or the Galva Park District.

 

Virginia Maurine Krans was born November 15, 1932 in Galva, the daughter of Harold and Nellie Bolin Krans. She was educated in Galva area schools.  Her marriage to Russell D. Patty, Jr. took place on Janurary 15, 1949 in Kewanee.    He passed away on January 5, 1996.  She was a lifelong resident of the Galva area, and assisted her husband in farming west of Galva for 40 years in addition to spending 25years as a bookkeeper with E. W. Houghton Lumber Co. in Galva before retiring in 1987.

 

She was a life time member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva.  Virginia enjoyed following her grandchildren's activities and was an avid reader.  With her scanner, she always knew what was going on around town.  Virginia was always working on large jigsaw puzzles throughout her live.  She enjoyed knitting, and the couple traveled the country for many years in their camper.

 

Those surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Stuart and Deanna Patty, Washington, IL, Keith “Lou” and Paula Patty, Galva, grandchildren, Craig (Ann) Patty, Ryan (Kristen) Patty, Heather (Brett) Sellers, Jake (Ann) Patty, Melissa (Nick) Foster, Brynn Patty, and seven great grandchildren.  Her parents, her husband, and two brothers, William and Eldon Krans preceded her in death.

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Milton L. Carlson

Milton L. “Milt” Carlson, 81, of Kewanee, died at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Unity Point Health in Peoria.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 3 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 2 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish or to the Wethersfield Academic Foundation.

He was born May 4, 1936 in Kewanee, the son of Einar and Katherine (Smith) Carlson. He married Mary F. Huber on February 27, 1960 in Kewanee. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, a daughter, Susan Colgan of Kewanee, a sister, Kathy (Jim) Glover of Holden, MO and a granddaughter, Katherine (Joey) Martinez. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth.

He graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1954 and from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors degree in Education and had also did additional course work at Northern Illinois, Western Illinois and Illinois State Universities. He was teacher at Wethersfield Junior High for 35 years and had also coached track, basketball and football. He was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish where he had been a lector, usher and money counter. He was also a member of the Kewanee Elk’s, Knights of Columbus, a social member of the Kewanee VFW and American Legion and had been a member of the Kewanee Black Knights and the Jaycee’s. He was inducted into the Wethersfield Educational Foundation Hall of Fame in 2012. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralohme.com.

 

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Georgia M. Powers

Georgia M. Powers, 73, of Kewanee, died Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 5:10 pm at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice House, Peoria after a short battle with cancer. Georgia was born January 17, 1945 in Kewanee, the daughter of Robert and Dora (Sizemore) Puckett. Georgia married Terry Powers on February 14, 1982, he preceded her in death in 2007.

Georgia is survived by one son, Michael Gould (Jessica Hand) of Kewanee; one daughter, Gloria (Jarrod) Miller of Colona; two granddaughters, Megan and Grace Miller; also surviving are Jessica Hand’s children, Sydney and Ben Hand; numerous nieces and nephews; and special neighbors, Stan and Sharon DeSmit. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Terry; brothers, Carl, Ken, Bob; sisters, Kathy, Nola and Joyce; special friend, Donnie Ouart.

Georgia was in independent home health care provider. She loved fishing with her sister Nola and gardening. She especially enjoyed keeping up with her pond for everyone’s enjoyment. Her granddaughters were her pride and joy.

A Private Graveside service will be Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm, Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice and the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice House, Peoria. Please leave an online condolence for Georgia’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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William L. Anderson

William L. “Bill” Anderson, 70, of Galva, died at 9:26 a.m., Monday, April 30, 2018 at his home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:0 p.m., Thursday, May 3 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Bishop Hill Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the Galva American Legion.

He was born October 14, 1947 in Kewanee, the son of Harold and Bertha (Ericson) Anderson. He is survived by a son, Derek Anderson of Albuquerque, NM, a daughter, Brittany Anderson of Phoenix, AZ, a grandson, Derek Anderson Jr., two sisters, Donna (Larry) Lindberg of Britton, SD and Marilyn (Wilbur) Nelson of Cambridge and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Delores Todorovich and a daughter, Tricia Lynn Anderson.

Bill graduated from Galva High School in 1965. He served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He had worked as a pressman and machine operator for Maytag in Galesburg. He was known as “Maytag Bill” for his promptness of work attendance. He was of the Methodist faith and he belonged to the Galva American Legion and the Ham Radio Operators Club.  He was also a gun enthusiast and a Die-Hard Chicago Cub Fan. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Sylvia E. Barr

 

 

 

Sylvia Ellen Barr - from Port Byron, IL and formerly New Liberty, Iowa transitioned peacefully from this life to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on Friday April 27, 2018 at 10:50 am at Good Samaritan Nursing Home Geneseo, Illinois with family by her side.

 

There will be a visitation on Monday May 7th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Wildwood Baptist Church 18717 Hubbard Road in East Moline, IL.   Funeral service will be on Tuesday May 8th at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior to the service.  A luncheon will follow in the Church Fellowship Hall. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Sylvia was born on March 28, 1926 the firstborn child of Lawrence and Garnet McGrew Brookhart in Cranston, Iowa.  She married Robert Norman Barr on February 24, 1946.  He preceded her in death on October 20, 2002. 

 

Sylvia graduated from Muscatine High School and attended Muscatine Junior College she started her work career working for her father at Lucas Street Grocery Store and later at Grain Processing Corporation both in Muscatine, Iowa. She also ran a Knit Shop in Windsor Heights, Iowa with her mother in law Merle Barr.  She later started a career as personal secretary for R.G. Dickinson in Des Moines, Iowa and worked her way up to First Vice President in charge of Operations.  She and her husband retired to Austin, Texas and started a printing company called Printer’s Ink. 

 

Sylvia is survived by her sons,  Stephen Craig Barr and his wife Yvonne of Des Moines, IA and Mark Allen Barr and his wife Nancy of Port Byron, IL. Sylvia was blessed with three grandchildren Michael Bennett Barr and his wife Jill of Spencer, Iowa, Robert Mark Barr and his wife Michelle of New Orleans, Louisiana and Megan Ann Kelley and her husband Kevin of Geneseo, Il.  She also has two grand-daughters at heart, Amber Ramsey and her husband Dan of Robinson, IL and Jala Smith and her husband John of Fairview, IL.  Sylvia has eleven great grandchildren Christian and Caitlyn Barr, Lincoln Kelley, Jilane, Jagger, Jaxton and Jamen Smith and Abigail, Capri, Otto and Nikolai Ramsey and is survived by her brother in law Richard Cone.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly, Vivian Reed, Karen Holland, Terry Bockwoldt, Larry Waltman, Gary Waltman, Jared Cone, Beth Preston, Peggy Van Meter and Kerry Fisher and their families.

 

Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband Bob, her daughter in law Robbin Ann Barr,  sisters Retha Waltman, Phyllis Cone and a nephew Ricky Waltman.

 

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to River Bend Food Bank in her memory.

 

 

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Maelene Walton

Maelene Walton, 57, of Kewanee, passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 at her home.  Maelene was born June 2, 1960 in Kewanee, the daughter of John and Donna (Hoopes) Aldrich. She married David E. Walton on July 2, 1991 in Cambridge, IL, he preceded her in death on July 13, 2016.

Maelene is survived by her two sons, Michael (Amanda Evans) Sosa, Sr., Joseph (Amanda Camey) Sosa, both of Kewanee; daughter, Edie (Alan Calhoun) Walton, Peoria; three sisters, Cynthia (Jerry) Bergren, Kewanee, Patricia (David) Robb, Wheatland, Wyoming, Stacie (Kevin) Doyle, Newport News, Virginia; three brothers, James Aldrich, Kewanee, John (Melody) Aldrich, East Moline, Richard (Rachell) Aldrich, Kewanee; six grandchildren, Tiffany, Michael Jr., Austin, Tristan, Cody, and Ava Sosa; step daughter, Keely Walton-Marshall; step granddaughter, Lindsay Marshall; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David Walton; and a brother at birth, Samuel Aldrich.

Maelene enjoyed playing Mario Kart on her Wii. She loved watching TV, with her favorite shows being, the Walking Dead, Dexter, and the Game of Thrones.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 30, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. The family has requested everyone to wear red in remembrance of Maelene. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Please leave a memory or online condolence for Maelene’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Lori Ann Quanstrom

Lori Ann Quanstrom, 37, of Toulon, died at 9:20 a.m., Sunday, April 22, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 1st at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m., until the time of the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

She was born September 11, 1980 in Kewanee, the daughter of Alvin E. “Buddy” and Janet Lee (Piester) Quanstrom. Survivors include her fiancé, William J. Self of Toulon, three children, Jonathan Hallman, Haven Rene Self and William Jonathan Self (a.k.a., Liam), all of Toulon, two sisters, Luanne Thurston and Lynette Richardson, both of Kewanee, a brother, Kevin (Shelley) Quanstrom of Kewanee and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Lori graduated from Kewanee High School. She had worked in home health care for the Henry County Health Department and at Great Dane Trailer Manufacturing. She had a smile that lit up a room and that brought everyone cheer. She loved being with her family and interacting with people and she especially enjoyed camping, fishing and riding quads. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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James H. Hamer

 

James H. Hamer, 86, life-long resident of Atkinson, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo, IL, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Atkinson Congregational Church. Reverend Dan Wright will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will take place on Sunday, April 29, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel, where a Masonic ritual will be conducted at 5:00 p.m. by Stewart Masonic Lodge #92 AF&AM. Memorials may be left to the Jim Hamer Memorial Fund, which will be distributed amongst several local organizations.

 

Jim was born on July 19, 1931, the son of William and Julia (Nowers) Hamer, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Atkinson High School with the class of 1949. Jim married Edley A. Taber on May 27, 1951, in Atkinson, Illinois. He was a lifetime and very active member of the Atkinson Congregational Church. Jim worked for John Deere Foundry Works in East Moline as a grinder for 30 years, retiring in 1981. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army Reserve. Jim was a member of the 32nd degree of Stewart Masonic Lodge#92 AF&AM, where he served as Worshipful Master. Jim was also active on the Atkinson School Board and Kiwanis Club for many years. Jim was very dedicated to the Village of Atkinson, and was the mayor of Atkinson for several years. He loved his family and church very much, and was always helping others.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Edley, sons, Jim (Lori) Hamer, and Jon (Renee) Hamer, daughters, Janis (Lloyd) Smith, and Juli Hamer, along with eight grandchildren, Holly (Scott) VanOpdorp, Kate (Brock) Wyffels, Nick Hamer, Leslie (Kris) Judd, Eric (Amber) Hamer, Austin Hamer, Preston Cartwright, and Jessie Cartwright, and four great-grandchildren, Carter, Lilly, Hadley, and Sawyer.

 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, William and Julia, brothers, Bill, Walt, & Roy Hamer, and sisters, Wilma Seyller and Janet Gustafson.

 

 

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Charles Thompson II

Charles Y. “Charlie” Thompson II, 85, of rural Brimfield, died at 3:58 AM Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 30th at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brimfield. Fr. John Verrier will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 29th at the church with recitation of the rosary at 5:45 p.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Brimfield. Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the Joel Hartman Endowment Fund at Bradley University. Rux Funeral Home in Galva, is in charge of arrangements.

Charlie was born on October 20, 1932 in Chicago, the son of Dr. Melvin and Frances (Dugan) Thompson. He married Mary Megan on February 21, 1981 in Brimfield. She survives as does a daughter, Megan (John) Kraft of Princeville, a son, Charles Y. “Bud” (Jodi) Thompson III of Brimfield, four grandsons, Jackson and Camden Kraft and Reid and Brett Thompson, several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, nephew, Joel Hartman, and brother-in-law, Will Hensley.

Charlie graduated from high school at Elgin Academy and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska. He was president of Laura State Bank for 49 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a founding member of the Mid-Illinois Corvette Club, and a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, Nebraska Chapter. He enjoyed gun collecting, water skiing, coffee with friends, and restoring Corvettes and antique tractors. He loved watching Nebraska Cornhusker’s Football. He loved his family dearly, especially his grandsons. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew this kind and gentle man. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Keith Nelson

Keith L. Nelson, 80, of Galva, died at 4:00 a.m., Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Hillcrest Home in Geneseo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 28 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Celebrant will be Fr. John Burns. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church with recitation of the rosary at 8:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. John Catholic Church or to Hook & Bullet Conservation Club. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.  

He was born August 25, 1937 in Kewanee, the son of Leroy and Marjorie (Hampton) Nelson. He married Helen Bernitt on February 7, 1959 in Kewanee. Survivors include his wife of Galva, a son, Randall Nelson of Galva, two daughters, Elizabeth (Roger) Cooper of Woodhull and Wendy (Michael) Kernan of Mt. Zion, IL, eight grandchildren, Amanda Coleman of Mt. Pleasant, IA, Anthony Nelson of Denver, CO, Victoria Cooper of Woodhull, Ryan and Elena Kernan, both of Mt. Zion, IL, and Lucas, Cassidy and Levi Nelson, all of Pekin, IL, and a great grandchild, Gabriel. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Christopher Nelson.

Keith graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1955. He had worked at Dixline in Galva, for the State of Illinois DOT and had farmed. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and had won the Mayor’s Trophy for Galva Day in 1962. He had been on the Board of Director’s at Oak Run where he had been president and was also on the Safety Committee. In September of 1992, he had a hole-in-one, a 160-yard shot with a 4 iron. Keith loved all farm animals but especially horses which he had shown and won many trophies with. He had been a member of the Rover Rangers Saddle Club.  He loved spending winters in Florida with his wife and he enjoyed golfing, boating, hunting and playing pitch with his family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Constance Herrick

Constance “Connie” B. Herrick was born December 18, 1928 in Rockford, Illinois, daughter of Joseph and Rhoda (Nelson) Borden.  She graduated from Harlem Consolidated High School in Loves Park, IL; West Suburban School of Nursing in Oak Park, IL; Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Wheaton, IL; and then did graduate work at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.  

She met her future husband at a youth event at Judson Baptist Church in Oak Park, IL.  Their first date was a hayride.  Subsequently on September 1, 1951, she married Donald K. Herrick who was finishing up at Northern Baptist Seminary at the time.  Together they served Baptist churches in Congress, Saskatchewan, Canada, as well as Big Rock, Rockford, Wood River and Kewanee – all in Illinois.  Connie worked outside the home most of her married life starting as a Public Health Nurse traveling the prairies in Saskatchewan, Canada; then Dean of Student Nurses at Rockford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing; on to Black Hawk College where she served as Director of Community Services and Coordinator of Practical Nursing; and finally ending her working career at Kewanee Hospital as Vice President of Professional Services, retiring in 1992.

Connie took a leadership role in many activities in her church and was the designer and lead seamstress for the dresses made for wheelchair-bound women by the Sew-N-Sews of First Presbyterian Church.  She served on the Boards of the Day Care Center, the Housing Authority of Henry County, the United Way, the American Cancer Society, and the Presbyterian Women as well as others.  She was instrumental in establishing the Henry County Senior Citizens.  Up until her recent illness, she still volunteered one morning a week at the Alcove Gift Shop at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee, IL.  The Kewanee Business & Professional Women’s Club named her their Woman of the Year in 1981.

She was an avid reader, enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens, and sharing the bounty from her prolific raspberry patch.  On Thursday nights in the summer she could usually be found working at the food tent for Concerts in the Park.  She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all their varied activities.  Her beloved dogs Lacey and Pippi were her constant companions, often accompanying her in her baby blue VW beetle convertible 

Connie is survived by three daughters Melodee (Mike) Yaklich of Kewanee, Merilee (Tom) Curran of St. Louis, MO, Melissa (Rick) Franzen of St. Paul, MN; twelve grandchildren including Brandon (Katie), Brad (Beth) and Brian (Michelle) Yaklich; Kelle (Matt) Totsch, Alison (Kenneth) Smith, Nelson and Caroline Curran; Reid, Flynn, Lily, Ford and Shiloh Franzen; and eight great-grandchildren including Jaxon, Nora, Zoey, Walter, Genevieve, and Maddox Yaklich; Magnus Totsch and Sanders Smith; one brother George (Phyllis) Borden; one sister Linda (Rich) Larsen; one sister-in-law Phyllis Hanson; and many adored nieces and nephews.  Her husband of 52 years, parents and brothers Leo and Robert preceded her in death. 

We trust that in the love and mercy of God, Connie has inherited the eternal reward prepared by God for his saints, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, Kewanee. Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 5-7 pm, Friday, April 27, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the First Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Kewanee, the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL, Abilities Plus in Kewanee, GiGi’s Playhouse – Quad Cities, or any charity of choice. Please leave an online condolence for Connie’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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