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James M. Rasmussen

 James M. “Jim” Rasmussen, 78, of Kewanee, passed away at 10:24 p.m., Monday, December 11, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

He was born February 26, 1939 in Tampico, IL, the son of Leonard and Marvis (Taylor) Rasmussen. He married Rose A. Bein on December 18, 1970 in Kewanee. She survives of Kewanee, as do two sons, Jerry (Jodi) Rasmussen and Marvin Rasmussen, both of Kewanee, four daughters, Rita (Phil) Slusser of Kewanee, Kathy McNamee of Orion, Kelly Sargent of Kewanee and Mary Jo (Roger) Montgomery of Topeka, KS, his sister, Marilyn (Harley) Heaton of Kewanee, eleven grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Francis Rasmussen.

Jim worked for years at Pearson Brothers and retired from Great Dane where he was a welder for 19 years. He belonged to Hook and Bullet Conversation Club and enjoyed fishing, hunting and working on lawn mowers. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Wilbert W. Wolf

 

 

Wilbert W. Wolf, 87, of Geneseo, formerly of Lima, Ohio, passed away on Friday, December 8, 2017, at Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Toulon, IL. Cremation sites have been accorded, memorial services will be held at a later date in Lima, OH. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting with these arrangements.

 

Wilbert was born on August 14, 1930, the son of Henry and Henrietta (Wendt) Wolf, in Hamler, OH. He attended Ohio Northern University, where he received his Bachelors in Science. Wilbert married Joan Stelzer on August 26, 1951, at the Zion Evangelical Church in Lima, OH. Joan preceded Wilbert in death in 2016. Wilbert graduated from Marion Township High School in Hamler, OH, and attend college at North Western School of Commerce in Lima, Ohio Northern University in Ada, and the Ohio University in Athens, OH.  He worked as comptroller for the Lima Memorial Hospital for many years, and retired in 1991. After his retirement, Wilbert continued to volunteer at the hospital, and worked as a courier part time. Wilbert is a United States Army veteran, and proudly served his country as Sergeant during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Lima, OH where he had served as treasurer on the church council board, and was currently a member of the church choir. In addition to the church choir, Wilbert had been active in several other music circles such as Lima Choral Society, Lima Symphonic Chorus, Lima Community Chorus, Lima Memorial Hospital’s Fund Raising Variety Show “High Fever Follies”, and other groups. He served as board member of Easter Seals Society, Fair Housing, Allen County Home, and Lima Senior School Band Boosters.

 

Those left to cherish his memory are his sons, Greg (Sue) Wolf and Brian (Gail) Wolf, both of Geneseo.

 

Wilbert was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Henrietta, and his wife, Joan.

 

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Jimmy Dean Gibson

 James Dean “Jimmy Dean” Gibson, 59, of Kewanee, passed away at 10:17 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at his home.

Cremation will be accorded and graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Thursday, December 14 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Wyanet. Rev. Dr. William R. Toliver will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

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George W. Clary

 

 

George W. Clary, 1SG (Ret.), 73, of Coal Valley, died December 9, 2017, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.  There will be a visitation from 5:00  to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 12th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Committal services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Rock Island National Cemetery on Arsenal Island with full military honors.  Those wishing to attend should meet in the parking lot at 17th Street and River Drive in Moline by 10:45.  Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Society - Services at Home, Bettendorf.

 

George William Clary was born June 13, 1944 in McCook, Nebraska, the son of Charles H. and Martha H. Clamp Clary.  He was educated in McCook schools and attended Black Hawk College in Moline and the El Paso (TX) Community College.  His marriage to Carole Barnett took place on June 3, 1963 in McCook.  He later married Diane Robinson Rathjen on May 26, 1989 in Moline.  She passed away June 17, 2016.

 

He served in the U. S. Army for 22 years, retiring on June 30, 1991.  He was then employed at the Rock Island Arsenal and retired from there on October 31, 2015.  George loved bowling, going on cruises, and spending time with his family.

 

Those surviving are a stepson, Kent (Carol) Rathjen, a stepdaughter, Kelli (Greg) Whitesides, and grandsons, Damon and Dylan Nimrick, all of Coal Valley.  Other survivors include a brother, Delbert (Lillie) Clary, Englewood, CO, sisters, Betty Sprenkle, Phoenix, AZ, Viola McBride, Colorado Springs, CO, Alice Marks, Culbertson, NE, and many nieces and nephews.   His parents, his wife, Diane, a sister, Doris, who died at birth, and a daughter, Kimberly, preceded him in death.

A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting George's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

 

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JoAnn Timmerman

 

JoAnn Timmerman, 80, of rural Geneseo, passed away Saturday, December 09, 2017 surrounded by her family at her home. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colona, IL. Reverend Peter Zorjan will celebrate. Burial will follow at Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. The family requests casual attire be worn. Memorials may be left to the JoAnn Timmerman Memorial Fund.

 

JoAnn was born on December 28, 1936, the daughter of Odell and Bertha (Volcke) DeRammelaere, in Moline, IL. JoAnn was united in marriage to Lawrence A. “Larry”, “Tim”, “Lorney”, Timmerman on April 10, 1954 in East Moline, IL. JoAnn assisted her husband in farming in rural Geneseo for many years. Together, JoAnn and Lawrence owned and operated the Country View Golf Course for 35 years. JoAnn was an avid bowler, enjoyed quilting and sewing, tending to her garden, and of course, she loved to golf.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son Jeff (Kelley) Timmerman, Geneseo, daughters, Theresa (Mike) Rosenberg, East Moline, and Debra (Tom) Ramirez, Colona. She has four grandchildren, L.J. Jungwirth, Jenny (John) Owens, Andrew (Molly) Timmerman, Tyler (Betsy) Timmerman and four step-grandchildren, Robin (Fred) Pena, Stacy (Dan) Neises, Jennifer (Louis) Redmond, and Tomas (Megan) Ramirez. JoAnn is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Emmy, Jack, Noah, and Jaidyn, and eight step-great-grandchildren. JoAnn is survived by her brother, Richard (LouAnn) DeRammelaere, East Moline, and her sisters, Janet Walker, East Moline, and June McBee, Fennimore, WI.

 

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Odell and Bertha, infant son Kenneth Timmerman, grandson, Luke Timmerman, and her brother Renee.

 

 

 

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Keith Robert Jones

 

Keith Robert Jones, 89, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, December 08, 2017, at the Generations at Rock Island Rehab and Skilled Nursing facility, in Rock Island, IL. A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church in Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold & Pastor Chris Cundiff will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memory Gardens, Kewanee, IL where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 14, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to First Congregational Church, Geneseo.

 

Keith was born on April 27, 1928, the son of Frederic and Marie (McDowell) Jones, in Kewanee, IL. He graduated from Kewanee High School, and attended college at Purdue University in Indiana. Keith married Betty A. Quayle on June 2, 1951 in Kewanee, IL. Keith is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served his country as a Corporal during World War II.  Keith was construction project manager for several companies, including Deere & Company, Blackhawk Foundation, and Priester Construction before his retirement in 1994. He was a long-time, active member of First Congregational Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher & superintendent, as well as a member of the church choir and member of several church boards. Keith was also a member of Geneseo Country Club, for 40 years, Geneseo Kiwanis, advisor for Hammond Henry Hospital Board, and was a City of Geneseo Alderman. Keith was also an instructor at Scott Community College.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Betty, children, Kathryn S. (Richard) Matusiak, Billings, MT, David R. (Debra) Jones, Geneseo, and Gregory A. Jones, Flower Mound, TX, daughter-in-law, Patricia McDonald, O’Fallon, IL, and his sister, Marilyn Altman, Santa Barbara, CA. Keith is also survived by nine grandchildren, London Matusiak, Ashleigh Roberts, Heather Castillo, Kristin Jones, Brett Jones, Adam Jones, Annie Henthorn, Katie Cundiff and Piper Jones.  Keith also had 18 great-grandchildren.

 

Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Frederic and Marie, son, Thomas R. Jones, brother, Donald Jones, and by his sister, Beverly White.

 

 

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Joan Renard

Joan (Stuart) Renard, 86, of Galva, formerly of Toulon, died at 1:51 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Proctor in Peoria.

Per her wishes cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 16th at the Elmira United Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra will officiate. After the service, a gathering of family and friends will take place in the church hall for a luncheon and time of visiting and sharing of memories.  Memorials may be directed to the Elmira United Presbyterian Church Lift Fund or to the Stark County Ambulance Service. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

Joan was born February 24, 1931 in Evanston, IL, the daughter of Angus M. and Elizabeth (Clarke) Stuart. She married Harold Renard on August 10, 1952 at the Elmira United Presbyterian Church and he preceded her in death on September 22, 2017. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a son, Jeffrey Renard. She is survived by a daughter, Joyce (Denny) Tarleton of Galva, a daughter-in-law, Nancy Renard of Pekin, IL, five grandchildren, Michelle, Natalie, Chase, Shane and Shandra and seven great grandchildren, Samantha, Nick, Logan, Autumn, Raymond, Chloe and Aiden.

She graduated from Toulon High School in 1948. She then attended Monmouth College for 2 years and then graduated from Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, MO. Joan was a member of the Elmira United Presbyterian Church where she had served as a Trustee, Deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. She was also a member of the Toulon American Legion Auxiliary, past matron and grand lecturer emeritus of Toulon Chapter. #10, O.E.S. and the Toulon Past Matrons Club. She enjoyed crafts and handiwork, reading, playing bridge, trips to Branson, MO and spending time with her family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Leslie Sadilek-Sampson

Leslie Christine Sadilek-Sampson, 65, of Galva, died at 2:10 a.m., Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of her Life will be held at 2:00 p.m.Saturday, December 16 at the Galva Congregational Church. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Later her ashes will be committed in a traditional Hawaiian ceremony in Hilo, HI. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

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Don R. Martin

 

Don R. Martin, 72, of Atkinson, IL, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Hammond Henry Hospital Emergency Room. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083 following the service. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the funeral, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be left to the Don Martin Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded to follow the services.

 

Don was born on September 17, 1945, the son of Raymond and Arlene (Jackson) Martin, in Kewanee, IL. He was a graduate of Kewanee High School, class of 1963. Don married Barbara Vandersnick on July 6, 1974 in Atkinson. He was a mechanic, working for VerStraete’s Garage in Atkinson for ten years. Don then went to work for the Village of Atkinson, making it his career for 37 years. He served the Atkinson Fire Department for 30 years. Don was a Henry County Farm Bureau member and belonged to the Atkinson American Legion. He was a very talented mechanic and enjoyed working on cars and tractors. Don was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Barb, son, Brock Martin, Kewanee, and two granddaughters, Hannah and Eliana, and his sister, Ethel (Mike) Pries, Geneseo.

 

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Arlene, and by an infant brother.

 

 

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Jasper Joseph Chayer

 Jasper Joseph Chayer, infant son of Ariel and Mike Chayer was born a silent birth at 1:42 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

A visitation will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, December 8 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

Jasper Joseph is survived by his parents of Kewanee, his siblings, Anabelle, Damon and Stacey, grandparents, Marjorie DuBose of Geneseo, John Goepper of Pensacola, FL and Kary Chayer of Kewanee, paternal great grandparents, Aida Creech and June (Dwayne) Negley, both of Kewanee, maternal great grandparents, Robert (Marla) Shedlosky of Geneseo and Sharon Smith of Pensacola, FL, aunts, Stephanie Chayer and Amber Simmons, uncle, Andrew Hansen, great aunt, Liz Adams and great uncles, Jeff Lester and Rodney Goepper. Jasper was preceded in death by his paternal great grandfathers, Wayne Chayer and Warren Creech, maternal great grandmother, Dorothea Whisman, paternal grandfather, Jody Chayer, great aunt, Francie Jo Drilling and cousin, Kaden.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Beatrice Haines

Beatrice Haines, 89, of Grand Blanc, Michigan, formerly of Galva, Illinois, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Linda Winkelman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Beatrice Haines Memorial Fund.

Mrs. Haines was born February 4, 1928 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Jerry Esio and Nancy (Warda) Esio. She married John L. Haines, Jr. on May 28, 1960 in Chicago, IL and he preceded her in death on April 11, 2007.

She is survived by her brother, Nathan “Bill” Esio and his wife, Geri Esio, and their son, Gary L. Chambon; cousins, Helen Yonan and Pamela Zeller; nephew, James (Janet) Esia, as well as close and good friend and companion, Kay (Bill) Heitsch. She was also preceded in death by brother, David (Marge) Esia; sister, Kay (Tony) Urlaub and cousins, Mary (Wally) Solomon and Margaret Yonan.

She worked at Black Hawk College as a secretary for many years before her retirement, after which she and her husband relocated to Grand Blanc, Michigan. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Marvin D. Scranton

 

Marvin D. Scranton, 87, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, IL. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 9, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will take place on Friday, December 8, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where a scripture service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Memorials may be left to St. Malachy Catholic Church or to G.E.E.E (Geneseo Endowment for Excellence in Education).

 

Marvin was born on June 12, 1930, the son of Earl A. and Gertrude (Williams) Scranton, in Aledo, IL. On June 25, 1983, Marvin married Ellen M. Garrity in Geneseo. He received his B.S. in Education in 1966, and then a Master in the field in 1970, from Western Illinois University. Marvin received the Chief School Business Official Endorsement from Northern Illinois University in 1980. He was a teacher at Joy Consolidated Grade School in Joy, IL from 1950-1952. Marvin began his military career with the United States Army in 1952, during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge from the military in 1954, Marvin returned to his teaching career. He taught at the New Boston Grade School in New Boston, IL from 1954-1960, and then at Westmer District in Joy, IL from 1960-1967 and became principal & elementary coordinator there in 1967-68. In August of 1968, Marvin moved to Geneseo where he taught at the junior high school for three years. After teaching for three years in Geneseo, he became the principal of the Geneseo Junior High for six years. Following his time as principal in Geneseo, he worked as business manager for the Geneseo Community Unity District #228 from July 1, 1977 to his retirement in 1985. After retirement he worked at Farm and Fleet for 7 years and then started school bus driving for Pinks in 1992 up until the present day. Marvin and his wife Ellen enjoyed traveling, especially to Arizona. Marvin was a pilot, and had experience in piloting small planes. From his years in education, Marvin came to love undertaking the student exchange program. He enjoyed working in his vegetable garden. Marvin was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Cursillo, Quad City School Business Officials, Illinois Association of School Business Officials, and the Association of School Business Officials of the United States and Canada.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Ellen, brother, Jerry Scranton, Independence, MO, sister Karel Deckmann, Elk Grove Village, IL, sisters-in-law, Mary Thompson, Geneseo, and Kathryn Combs, Kewanee, and brother-in-law, Joseph (Shirley) Garrity, Geneseo. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces & great-nephews.

 

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Gertrude, brother, Earl “Bud” Scranton, and sister, Jane Bryant.

 

 

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Loren J. Alexander

Loren J. Alexander, 101, died on Tuesday November 21, 2017 in his home in Saint Louis, Missouri. The son of Julius and Olga Alexander, he was born in Chicago on August 09, 1916.

In 1983, he married Bessie L. Eisenberth in LaPorte Indiana. She died in May 2001.

Surviving is his daughter, Karen Erlanger of Saint Louis; one grandson, Kyle Oberle (and Rebecca), and two great granddaughters; Loren Davis and Piper Rose Oberle.

He worked for Illinois Power Company for 27 years, was a World War II Vet and an avid bridge player. He had a great sense of humor, loved his family and his church.

There will be a graveside memorial service in Kewanee, Illinois at 11:00 am on Friday, December 8, 2017 in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Reverend Dale Dykstra will officiate. Military Rites by the Kewanee Veterans Council. There will be no visitation.  A luncheon will be held immediately following the service at Cerno’s. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church or Henry County Meals on Wheels. Please leave an online condolence for Loren’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Jeffery L. Autery

 Jeffery L. “Jeff” Autery, 58, of Kewanee, died at 10:50 a.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Cremation has been accorded and a Celebration of his Life will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m.,Friday, December 8 at the Kewanee Elks Lodge. Private inurnment will be held at a later date at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Jeffery Autery Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

He was born December 31, 1958 in Kewanee, the son of Roy and Shirley (Hultquist) Autery. He married Donna L. Hancock on June 3, 1983 in Kewanee. She survives of Kewanee as does his mother of Warrenville, SC. He was a true hero to his two sons; Joshua (Kirsten) Autery of Galva and Denton Autery of Kewanee. Also surviving are two sisters, Debby (Mark) Simaytis of Kewanee and Rochelle (Scott) Bergren of Aiken, SC, a brother, Steve (Cheryl) Autery of Cambridge, IL and his grandson, Kelly. He was preceded in death by his father.

Jeff graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1977 and with honors from Sauk Valley Community College with a radiologic technologist degree. He had worked as welder at BOMAG in Kewanee and as a radiology technologist at Hammond-Henry Hospital and its clinic in Colona. He was a member of Hill Church in Kewanee and had been a Cub Scout leader and an AWANA leader at the First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the NRA and Vice President of the Union. Jeff enjoyed hot rods, Ford cars and motorcycles and especially his “mistress,” his Ford Torino. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Mildred Duley

 Mildred R. “Millie” Duley, 83, of Williamsfield, died at 10:25 a.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 5 at the Yates City Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to OSF Hospice or the Illinois Cancer Center. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.

She was born October 6, 1934 in Douglas, IL, the daughter of Leonard and Ruth (Hausman) Hills. She married Carl D. Duley on September 20, 1935 in Yates City, IL and he preceded her in death on November 11, 2010. She is survived by a son, Greg (Debra) Duley of LaFayette, IN, two daughters, Deann (Darcy) Fowler of Muscatine, IA and Cindy Welker of Farmington, IL, six grandchildren, Christopher, Shawn, Catie, Nick, Carl and Lynsi, seven great grandchildren, Carli, Kal, Abi, Carter, Aleeda, Bryse and Braydon and two sisters, Emma Jane Duley of Maquon and Helen Laurson of Yates City. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Raymond and a sister, Dorothy.

Millie graduated from Yates City High School. In earlier years, she had worked at Zeamers Turkey Farms and at the IGA Food store in Farmington as the produce manager but she had mostly worked along side her husband in their farming operation. She had been a member of the Douglas United Methodist Church, the Yates City Quilt Club and the local Garden Club. She enjoyed doing craft work and quilting and dearly loved her family and grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Lyle DeSplinter

 

Lyle H. DeSplinter, 66, of Cambridge, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Cremation has been accorded and there will be a private family service at a later date.  Inurnment will take place in the National Cemetery.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Lyle Henry DeSplinter was born February 6, 1951 in Geneseo, the son of Henry J. and Fern M. Lundell DeSplinter.  He was a member of the Geneseo High School Class of 1969 and attended the Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado.  Lyle served in the U. S. Marines during the Vietnam War.

 

He was employed as a machinist for the GNH Orthodontics Company in Franklin, Indiana, retiring in 2015.  Lyle was a member of the Geneseo VFW.  In his early years, he enjoyed competitive shooting.

 

Those surviving are two sons, John Henry DeSlinter, Powa, CA, Jason DeSplinter, Brighton, CO, four grandchildren, a brother, Dennis DeSplinter, Sacramento, CA, and a sister, Doreen Brennan, Cambridge.  His parents and a twin brother, Lynn, preceded him in death.

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

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Trevor Jo Schefsky

 

 

Trevor Jo Schefsky, 16, of Geneseo, Illinois, joined his heavenly Father at his Eternal Home after a COURAGEOUS fight surrounded by his family and outstanding medical team on Wednesday, November 29 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Funeral services will be Monday, December 4, at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, followed by burial at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Reverends Matt and Laura Kamprath will officiate. Visitation will be held Sunday, December 3 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Trevor Schefsky Memorial Fund at Central Bank in Geneseo.

 

Trevor was born on, May 16, 2001, and lived in Geneseo his whole amazing life. He was an exceptional young man who loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved sports and being part of a team.  He has been part of cross country, tennis, football, wrestling, and his favorite, soccer. Trevor was blessed with becoming part of an amazing soccer family.

 

Trevor was very passionate about the Cincinnati Bengals.  He became a Bengals fan when he began his trips to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and instantly became a dedicated fan…that is how Trevor was…dedicated and committed to whatever he did!

 

Trevor loved the beach life, liked the hard work of de-tasseling, playing basketball in the driveway, snow skiing, playing games with his family, spending every free moment with his friends, and always trying to put a smile on someone’s face. 

 

Trevor was an active member of the First Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed going on mission trips and being part of his church family.

 

Trevor is going to be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. The world was definitely a better place with him in it!   He left an imprint on the hearts of many and most recently to all the staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with his amazing ability to stay positive and overcome numerous obstacles with his endurance and strength.

 

Trevor is survived by his parents, Tony and Lori Schefsky, his brother Zachary, grandparents, Mickey & Marilyn Halverson, Geneseo, Jim & Diane Gilbraith, Geneseo, and Wayne & Paula Schefsky, Canton. Trevor is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins. 

 

He was preceded in death by his Uncle Scott Teerlinck and his cousin, Luke Teerlinck. 

 

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Bernard Cromien

Bernard J. “Bernie” Cromien passed away Friday, November 28 in the emergency room at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.  Bernie was born in Kewanee, IL on March 2, 1930, the son of George and Anna (Grumley) Cromien. Bernie attended Cromien Community School in rural Galva and later graduated from Galva High School in 1948.  Following high school, Bernie served in the United States Army in Panama during the Korean War.

 

He married Catherine “Kate” Golby at Visitation Catholic Church on January 16, 1954.  Following the death of his father, Bernie took over the family farm and continued as the patriarch of his large Irish family for the next 64 years.  In addition to farming, he started selling insurance in 1966 for SVEA Mutual Insurance and founded Cromien Insurance Agency in Galva. 

 

Prior to his death, Bernie was the longest living member of St. John’s Catholic Church where he has served as a trustee and was a member of many committees, including the building committee for the current church.  He was also instrumental in having stained glass windows added to the church. Bernie was a former member of the Galva Co-op Board, the Lake Calhoun Board, SVEA Mutual Insurance Board, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Elks Lodge, Galva High School Wall of Fame, and the Galva Boosters’ Club.  He also coached Little League baseball for many years while his sons were growing up.  Bernie was named Galva’s “Citizen of the Year” in 2011, his hometown of which he always took great pride.  In 2016, Bernie was honored at the Annual SVEA Mutual Golf Outing for his many years of service.

 

In addition to his wife of almost 64 years, Bernie is survived by his children Colleen (John) Myers of Dubuque, IA; Sheila Cromien of Kewanee; Dan (Ruth) Cromien of Grand Mound, IA; Patrick (Janet) Cromien of Ballwin, MO; Sarah (Steve) Pivnicka of Woodstock, IL., and daughter-in-law, Jeanette Cromien, Galva.  His grandchildren include Tim, Bryan, and Molly (Smith) Conklin, Maria (Dimmer) Cromien, Bridget, Kevin, and Maggie Cromien, Brennan, Shea, Connor, Brogan, Declan, Finn, and Rory Pivnicka.  Great Grandchildren are Pearl Dimmer and Charlotte Smith. His brothers and sisters are Ruth Youngberg of Glendale, AZ, Rosemary Kempin of Sandy, UT; Leo Cromien of Glendale, AZ; and John Cromien of Panorama Village, TX. Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Ben Cromien, and two sisters—Mary Terry and Margaret Schula.

 

Bernie embraced his Catholic faith and loved Notre Dame Football, the Chicago Cubs, the Galva Wildcats, and his many friends.  However, nothing was more important than his large Irish family.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m.Saturday, December 2 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Celebrants will be Fr. John Burns and Msgr. Ernest Pizzamiglio. Visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m.Friday, December 1 at the church with recitation of the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to St. John Catholic Church, Duke Pediatric Brain Tumor Research, Galva Booster Club or to Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

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Ida M. Hadsall

Ida M. Hadsall, 95, of Kewanee, died November 25, 2017 at the Courtyard Village of Kewanee. Ida was born April 24, 1922 in Range, OK, the daughter of Frank and Leona (Shord) DeBord. She married Walter Hadsall on October 26, 1940 in Kahoka, MO, he preceded her in death in 1979.

Ida is survived by three sons, Gary (Peggy) Hadsall, Kewanee, Michael (Jean) Hadsall, Kewanee, Bruce (Robin) Hadsall, Macomb; seven grandchildren; 8 greatgrandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; brother, Harold; two sisters, Irene and Mary (in infancy); one granddaughter, Julie in 2011.

Ida worked at Walworths, Bondi’s, the Piggly Wiggly, the Eagles, and the UFCW Union. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kewanee since 1950. She was proud of the 67 years she spent in her home. She enjoyed camping, gardening, mowing, and canning. She especially loved spending time with her family.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church. Please leave an online condolence for Ida’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Robert L. Olson

Robert L. Olson, 82, a resident of the Kewanee Care Home in Kewanee, IL, formerly of Bishop Hill and Oswego, died at 12:50 a.m., Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the home.

Cremation will be accorded and graveside services and inurnment will be held at 10:00 a.m.,Friday, December 1 at Bishop Hill Cemetery. Rev. Trisha Chapman will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

He was born April 11, 1935 in Kewanee, the son of Donald A. and Ruby H. (Hultquist) Olson. Survivors include a nephew, Donald Palaski of Stroudsberg, PA and a brother-in-law, Robert Palaski of Geneseo. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Marjorie Palaski and two nieces, Teresa Ann and Conner Jo.

Robert graduated from Galva High School and Bradley University in Peoria. He had been a high school math teacher in Oswego, IL. He volunteered as an election judge for many years at his local polling station. In his early years he was a member of the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church. He always had a newspaper with him to read and he enjoyed doing ancestry research. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences leftwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Dale C. Gingrich

Dale C. Gingrich, 87, of Kewanee, died November 10, 2017 at Tidewell Hospice House, Bradenton, Florida. Dale was born in Sheffield on September 28, 1930, the son of Cecil and M. Lucille (Grubb) Gingrich. Dale graduated in 1948 from Mineral High School. Dale married Josephine (Inghels) Gingrich on February 20, 1954 in Kewanee, she preceded him in death in 1990. Dale later married Wanda (Thurman) Gingrich on May 23, 1992 in Springfield, IL.

She survives along with daughter, Brenda (Mike) Anderson, Mt. Morris, IL; son, Bruce (Katie) Gingrich, Lake Geneva, WI; six grandchildren, Brian (Sara) Anderson, Brad (Kendra) Anderson, Mindy (Jeremy) Nesemeier, Hannah Gingrich, Second Lieutenant Jordan (Courtney) Gingrich, and Isabelle Gingrich; five great-grandchildren, Kendall, Amelia, and Austin Anderson, Charlie, and Joey Nesemeier; brother, Stan (Carol) Gingrich, Sheffield, IL; two step-sons, Stan (Julia) Thurman, Bradenton, FL, and Mark Thurman, Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Josephine.

Dale served his country in the Army from January 1952 – 1954, he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He was a farmer in Bureau County, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Sheffield American Legion, the Lions Club, the Hidden Lake Country Club and the Flemish American Club. He was a part of the Sheffield Homecoming Association for 30+ yeas, a 4-H Leader, and a Mineral Fireman for 20+ years. Dale was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, and enjoyed golfing, traveling, bowling, dancing and spending time with his family and friends.

Memorial services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Paul Copeland will officiate. Burial will be in the Sheffield Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Sheffield American Legion. Visitation will be December 2, 2017 from 9:30 am until the time of service. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee, or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield. Please leave an online condolence for Dale’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Mary A. Laub

Mary A. Laub, 79, of Neponset, IL, died Thursday, November 23, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Kewanee. Pastor Joe Schmidt will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Garden, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

Mary was born October 1, 1938 in Danville, IL, the daughter of John and Harriet (Krauel) Barnes. She graduated from Catlin High School in Catlin, IL. Mary married Maynard W. Laub on June 13, 1959 in Catlin, IL. He preceded her in death in 2015.

Mary worked in the machine shop at Marten Engineering and retired after 26 years of employment. She farmed with her husband for many years. Mary adamantly attended Wednesday Bible Study and Church on Sundays. She loved reading books, especially her Bible. Most of all, Mary loved spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren’s baseball and basketball games.

Mary is survived by two daughters, Lisa (Don) Verbout, Neponset, Terry Unakis, Kewanee; and one son, Ted Laub, Neponset; nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren; one brother, Gene Barnes, Tilton, IL; and one sister, Judy Jennings, Catlin, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Maynard; one daughter, Cheryl Laub Nelson; eight brothers, Bill, Jack, Bob, Don, Walt, Jim, Buddy and Joe Barnes. Please leave an online condolence for Mary’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Donald W. Burns

This past Thanksgiving 2017, the world lost a great guy. Donald W. “Bud” Burns died, Thursday, November 23, 2017 due to complications after emergency surgery, Bud won many great battles but ultimately lost his war. He fought until the end and would even smile and make us laugh just by being Bud. He passed with his family by his side, knowing he was loved and would be missed.

Bud was born December 28, 1928 in Kewanee, IL and passed in Orlando, FL. Between that time, Bud served in the U.S. Navy, learning his trade, carpentry. After returning home to Kewanee he worked in Illinois and Texas before settling in Boulder, CO for 50 years. Bud made a great living as superintendent for Weaver General Construction. There, he built roads, homes, high rise apartments, water treatment facilities and many buildings we still see today! He was always proud of his work and truly loved what he did. He worked until 83 years young.

Bud was a brother, a husband, a father, grandfather and even great- grandfather! Also, a friend to anyone he met. For 88 years, Bud lived life to the fullest, always pushing the edge. He created amazing memories for himself, his family and friends that we will never forget.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Anita (Marshall) Burns; parents, Donald L. and Ruth (Lansing) Burns; sister, Donna (Burns) Warner. 

He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Gerk of Orlando, FL; son, Kyle (Mary Kay) DeJaeger of Ft. Smith, AR; grandson, Donald Gerk of Orlando, FL and two granddaughters, Kimmy (Matt) Genuardi of Orlando, FL and Kellee (Ryan) Gilmour of Frisco, TX. Also, his three great-grandchildren, Caleb and Jillian Gilmour and Teddy Genuardi.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 30 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee, IL with military rites accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00-9:45 a.m.Thursday at Rux Funeral Home, 507 S. Chestnut St., Kewanee, IL 61443. Memorials may be directed to the Donald W. “Bud” Burns Memorial Fund.

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Deborah Kay Gradert

 

 

Deborah Kay Gradert, 64, of Atkinson, passed away on November 22, 2017 at her home. There are no services planned and cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Deborah was born on October, 27, 1953, the daughter of Donald and Barbara (DeCraene) Wolf, in Kewanee, IL. She spent her life as a homemaker. Deborah loved Florida, especially because she could enjoy her hobby of scuba diving and swimming with the dolphins there.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Doug (Kayanna) Gradert, Annawan, daughter, Mary Gradert, Davenport, and grandchildren, Kaden and Keagan Gradert. Her brother is Douglas Wolf, Moline.

 

Deborah was preceded in death by her parents, son, Chad Gradert, and by her grandson Noah.

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Blanche Hewitt

 

 

Blanche E. Hewitt, 109, of Sheffield died on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at her home.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 4th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Father Mark Miller will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.  Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield, or Sheffield Public Library.

 

Blanche Elizabeth Vermeulen was born October 16, 1908 in Atkinson, IL the daughter of Alphonse and Carolina “Lena” (Lomme) Vermeulen.  She graduated Sheffield High School in 1927.  On June 12, 1935 she married Kennison W. Hewitt in Sheffield.  He died on July 16, 1981.  Blanche had worked at the Farmer State Bank in Sheffield for over 50 years.  She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Blanche loved to travel, and enjoyed walking.  When asked the secret of her long life she often said “just keep going”.

 

Survivors include her son, Conrad W. Hewitt and his wife Linda, Napa, CA; daughter, Helen C. Hewitt, Brea, CA; grandchildren, Michael C. Hewitt, Huntington Beach, CA, William D. Hewitt and his wife, Shelley, Bellevue, WA, Mary Hewitt and her finance Steven Doolittle, Marina Del Ray, CA and Donald L. Hewitt and his wife, Frances, Pleasanton, CA; great grandchildren, Conrad K. Hewitt, Alexandra, Macallan, and Delaney Hewitt; nieces and nephews, Jim and Willie Hewitt, Sterling, Mary Jo Rosenow, Sheffield, Tim and Robin Hewitt, Sheffield, Marcia Hodgson, Mundelein, IL, and Michael Willey, Cape Canaveral, FL.    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Niel, daughter-in-law, Shirley Hewitt, brothers, Joseph Vermeulen and Mike Vermeulen, sister, Helen Willey, and nephews, Bob Willey, Dr. Jerry Vermeulen, and Ron Vermeulen.

 

The family would like to thank OSF-St. Francis Medical Center, OSF Hospice, and her special caregivers Terri Skiles and Justin Skiles, for their excellent care.

 

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Jeffrey DeShane

 

Jeffrey D. DeShane, 57, of Galva, formerly of Cambridge, died Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 1st, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  A private family committal will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jeff DeShane Memorial Fund.

 

Jeffrey David DeShane was born June 27, 1960 in Moline, the son of Louis L. and Rosalie June Carey DeShane.  He was educated in Erie schools.  He worked as a laborer for area building construction firms.  His hobbies were demolition derbies with his Carey family and fishing.

 

Those surviving are a daughter, Heather Davis, Fate, TX, a son, Mathew Davis, Newnan, GA, grandchildren, James Sajdyk, Serenity and Madison Davis, his life partner, Brea Gray, Arizona, three sisters, Debra Baker, Covington, GA, Rosalie J. Williamson, Cambridge, Donna DeShane, Toledo, OH, four brothers, Louis L. DeShane, Prophetstown, Lloyd DeShane, Morrison, Kurt DeShane, Geneseo, and Robert DeShane, Princeton, IL.  Also surviving are aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  His parents and a nephew, Seth DeShane, preceded him in death.

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Audrey E. DePauw

 

Audrey E. DePauw, 90, formerly of Sheffield, a resident of Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo died at the home on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Father Mark Miller will officiate.  Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm.  Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.

 

Audrey Middleton was born Nov. 8, 1927 in Thomas, IL the daughter of William and Mary (Pottet) Middleton.  She married Ervin DePauw on Sept 16, 1944 in Sheffield.  He died on July 25, 2011.  Audrey had worked as Laundry Supervisor at Prairie View Home, Princeton for 9 years and then for 17 years at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo until retiring in 1993.

 

Audrey was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield and had been a member of Hillcrest Home Auxiliary.  She had been a volunteer at Hillcrest for many years and had taught ceramic making at the home.  Audrey and her husband had portrayed Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Hillcrest Home for many years.  Audrey enjoyed gardening and raising flowers.

 

Survivors include three sons, Jerry (Karen) DePauw, Wyanet, Richard (Debra) DePauw, Mineral, and Thomas (Peggy) DePauw, Kewanee.  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters, and five brothers.

 

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Audrey’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Lois L. Ashley

Lois L. Ashley. 84, of Geneseo, died Thursday, November 23, 2017, at her home.  Private funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 29th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Public visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Henry County Humane Society-Geneseo.

 

Lois Lee Robinson was born June 26, 1933 in Andover the daughter of Freeman and Helen Johnson Robinson.  She was educated in Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1951.  Her marriage to Charles E. Ashley took place on September 27, 1952 in Andover.  He passed away September 25, 1988.  Lois was a receptionist at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo, for 15 years and then worked in the craft department at the Geneseo Walmart for ten years.  She was a member of the Geneseo Church of Christ and various quilt clubs.  Lois was an avid quilter and enjoyed various crafts.

 

Those surviving are two daughters, Brenda (Bryce) DeCook, Bryon, MN, Stacy Ashley, Geneseo, five sons, Mark (Emiko) Ashley, Gretna, LA, Robert (Gina) Ashley and Stephen Ashley, Geneseo, Thomas (Gretchen)  Ashley, Bettendorf, and Joseph (Kelly) Ashley, Annawan.  Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.  Her parents, her husband, two sisters, Diane Clary and Ione Bestor, two brothers, Gayne and Howard Robinson, and an infant brother, Jerry,  preceded her in death.

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

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Frederick W. Baker

 

 

Frederick W. Baker, 75, of Mineral, IL, passed away, Friday, November 17, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. A celebration of life will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on December 2, 2017, at the Mineral Community Center. Memorials may be left to the family of Frederick Baker. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Frederick was born on January 8, 1942, the son of Warren and Maxine (Blair) Baker, in Davenport, IA. He graduated from New Boston High School. Frederick had been married to Kathleen McDonald. He worked as a laborer in Union Local #309 in Rock Island, IL, and retired from the Cordova Nuclear Plant in 1999. He enjoyed old Western movies, was an avid pool shooter, enjoyed throwing picks, and loved animals. He is a former member of the Masonic Lodge.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his longtime companion, Judith (Judy) Crosby, Mineral, and his children Tonya (John) Saner, Batavia, IA, Frederick William Baker Jr., Denver, CO, Karrie Osborn, Emerson, IA, Andrea Baker, Moline, IL, Laura Baker, Davenport and Jennifer Baker, Moline. He has 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His sisters are Sandra (Fred) Stearns, Aledo, IL, and Sharon (Bob) Bloomberg, Colona, IL. Fred has three nieces and two nephews.

 

Frederick was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Baker and his parents.

 

 

 

 

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James F. Burke

 

 

 

James F. Burke, 68, of Geneseo, passed away suddenly on November 20, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, in Rochester, MN. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by Don Chery VFW Post 5380. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where a scripture service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the James Burke Memorial Fund, and will be distributed amongst several local charities.

 

James was born on September 19, 1949, the son of James and Mary (Kraker) Burke, in Washington, D.C. James married Carolyn K. Moens-Crowe on September 16, 1995, in Bettendorf, IA. He was a Director of Pharmacy at Genesis Health Systems Illini Campus, Silvis, IL and later at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, IL retiring in 2015. He graduated from Alleman High School, University of Illinois at Chicago with a Degree in Pharmacy in 1979.  He received an MBA from St. Ambrose, Davenport, IA in 1989.

 

James had a love of fine wine. He enjoyed studying and tasting different varieties. His interest in wine was accompanied by his love to travel, especially to France, where he and his wife enjoyed the countryside from the vantage of hot air balloons. James also loved pizza. He was an avid reader and enjoyed attending family events. James is a veteran of the United States Army. He and Carolyn are members of St. Malachy Catholic Church.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Carolyn, and daughters, Kelly Crowe, St. Charles, IL, Karyn Robertson, Moline, IL, and Christine (Thom) Cunningham, Deerfield, IL. His brother is Douglas (Patti) Burke of East Moline. James is also survived by two nephews, Ian Burke (Dr. Jessica Stumphy) of Edina, MN, Kyle Burke (Lyndie Crimmins), Elyjah and Lylah of East Moline, Il. Grandchildren Desiree, Chelsea, Michaela Mertz, Brittany (Matt) Parker, Tyler (Renee) Robertson, Caleb (Leah) Robertson, Abby, Claire, and Ryan Cunningham. Great grandchildren Max, Molly, Lilly, Ellie Parker, Shae, Harper, Ryder Robertson.

 

James was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary.

 

 

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Maxine V. Marchese

 

 

Maxine V. Marchese, 96, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Geneseo. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church prior to the Funeral Mass. Private Inurnment will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be left to Abilities Plus in Kewanee, IL. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Maxine was born on March 13, 1921, the daughter of William and Josephine (Mathis) Grant, in Keokuk, IA. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in Rock Island, IL. Maxine was united in marriage with Carmelo T. Marchese on February 7, 1942, in Rock Island, IL. Carmelo preceded her in death in 2001. Maxine is the former auditing supervisor for the Sears and Roebuck Company in Moline, IL, working there for 30 years. She was a member of the St. Malachy Altar & Rosary Circle #8, and Cursillo. Maxine also sang in the funeral choir at the church for many years. She volunteered for Hammond Henry Hospital foundation for 25 years. Maxine played a key role in, along with Hazel Pettit, in starting the resale shop at Abilities Plus in Kewanee, IL. She was also part of the Geneseo Kitchen Band and the Kids on the Block Puppet Program. Maxine was a longtime bowler and golfer as well as a very talented artist.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Carm (Linda) Marchese, Rock Island, and Bill (Margo) Marchese, Cambridge, and her daughter, Ginny (Bob) Pettit, Geneseo. Maxine is also survived by her twelve grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, William and Josephine, husband, Carmelo Marchese, son, Michael, and two grandchildren, Brad Marchese and Suzie Pettit.

 

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Carolyn Faye Lutes

 Carolyn Faye Lutes, 70, of Kewanee, died at 2:25 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Visitation for Carolyn will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 25 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

She was born September 25, 1947 in Huntsville AL, the daughter of Ernie Rutledge and Dorothy (Jackson) Gowen. She married Richard Lutes in 1968 in Chicago. Survivors include her husband of Kewanee, a daughter, Christina “Christie” Lutes of Kewanee, four sisters, Barbara Harrison and Julie Rivera, both of Glendale Heights, IL, Connie Gowen of Downers Grove, IL and Laurie Boling of Tennessee and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

Carolyn had worked as a beautician, at Jostens in Princeton and for the U.S. Postal Service. She loved to read especially on her Kindle. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Joann H. Vandemore

 

 

Joann H. Vandemore, 85, a lifelong resident of Atkinson, IL, passed away on November 20, 2017, at Hammond Henry Hospital, Long Term Care Unit, Geneseo. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson. Father S. Stephen Englbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, with the Rosary being recited at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

 

Joann was born on March 18, the daughter of Joseph B. and Helen (Causemaker) Vandemore, in Atkinson. She graduated from Atkinson High School, and furthered her education at Stephens College. In her early years, Joann modeled for the Peterson Harned Von Maur Department Store in Davenport. She was a funeral assistant for Vandemore Funeral Home, starting with her father Joe, and continuing with her nephew, Joel Vandemore. She assisted many families through their losses over many years, and she was cherished by them for her gentle and sincere presence. Joann was a lifetime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church where she served on the Altar & Rosary Society, and the St. Anthony’s Cookbook committee, of which she was very proud of the monies raised for the parish. She cherished the friendships she created throughout her years serving St. Anthony Catholic Church. Joann had a love and passion for horses. She raised and showed many throughout her life. Joann also loved her dogs, Irish Setters and Italian Greyhound. She was an avid, lifetime Chicago White Sox and Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan. She loved Atkinson and was dedicated to it until the end.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her nieces and nephews, Terry (Jill) Vandemore, Geneseo, Tina (Rock) VanOpdorp, Atkinson, Robin (James) VanMeenen, Atkinson, Tom Vandemore, Atkinson, and Joel Vandemore, Geneseo. Joann is also survived by several great & great-great nieces and nephews.

 

Joann was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Helen, and by her brother, Darrell “Ki” Vandemore.

 

 

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Kevin G. DeJaeger

 

Kevin G. DeJaeger, 59, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Trinity ICU, Bettendorf, IA. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Lynn Bergren will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Humane Society. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Kevin was born on June 6, 1958, the son of Gerald R. and Sharon (Johnson) DeJaeger, in Moline, IL. He was a Geneseo High School, class of 1976, graduate, and later graduated from Marycrest College with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. He married Mary Ann Levine-McHaney, the couple later divorced. Kevin married Kathryn L. Roth on July 21, 2001, in Geneseo, IL. Kevin was working as a Network Analysist for United Health, and had been employed there for over 30 years. He was a very talented computer and electronics technician. Kevin loved doing yard work and was looking forward to flying the drone he had just bought. Kevin loved his cat, Joe, and his dogs, Skipper and Bella. He was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge and First Lutheran Church.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include, his wife, Kathy DeJaeger, father, Gerald DeJaeger, son, Darren (Dana) DeJaeger, Winter Park, FL, and daughter, Tara (Ralph) Roman, Dixon. He has three grandchildren, Benjamin, Shae, and Aiden. His siblings are, brother, Kenneth DeJaeger, Norwalk, CT, and sister, Kathleen DeJaeger, Geneseo. 

 

Kevin was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon DeJaeger, on September 20, 2017.

 

 

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Dorothy M. Warren

Dorothy M. Warren, 86, of Kewanee, died at 6:14 am on November 18, 2017 at OSF St. Francis, Peoria, IL. Dorothy was born December 22, 1930 in Kewanee, IL the daughter of Richard and Grace (Ouart) Heise. Dorothy graduated from Kewanee High School. Dorothy married Clarence Warren on September 18, 1949 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death in 1995.

Dorothy is survived by one daughter, Jill (William) Miller, Peoria; three grandchildren, Jason, Aaron (Autumn), Samantha; two great-grandchildren, Delanie and Layla; one sister, Hazel Boswell, Kewanee; and one sister-in-law, Melodee Dyer, Davenport, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Jeff Warren; three brother-in-laws, Herbert “Junior” Warren, Ralph Warren, John Boswell; two nieces, Debbie Little and Sue Siefers.

Dorothy was a home health aid for the Henry County Health Department, she previously worked for Antique Trader and Boss Manufacturing. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Peace and sang in the choir. She was a member of the Flemish American Club and the Eastern Stars. She enjoyed square dancing, all animals, and spending time with her family, especially her grand and great grandchildren. She was a very loving person and would do anything for anybody.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am November 21, 2017 at the Church of Peace, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in the Church of Peace Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the Church of Peace. Memorials may be made to the Church of Peace. Please leave an online condolence for Dorothy’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. She is now with her heavenly Father with no more pain and no more suffering.

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George G. Malone

George G. Malone, 60, of Kewanee, died at 1:43 am on November 17, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony’s Hospital, Rockford, IL. George was born January 18, 1957 in Kewanee, the son of Glen and Lola (White) Malone.

George is survived by three sisters, Clara Ann Owens, Rome, GA, Lelia (Dwayne) Halcom, Batesville, AR, Vicki Purdy, Kewanee, IL; three nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Leota Jo in infancy; two brother-in-laws, Jerry Owens and Bill Purdy; and a nephew, Darrell Halcom.

George was a School Bus Driver for the Kewanee School District. He was previously a casino dealer at Jumer’s Riverboat Casino in Davenport. George loved to eat, especially meat. He would drive to Joliet to eat at his favorite restaurants. He loved spending time with his friends. And enjoyed attending Kewanee sports of all kinds. He especially loved the kids that road his bus.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Russell Roberts will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Garden, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established, donations may be made to the family. Please leave an online condolence for George’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Carolyn Ann Scott

Carolyn Ann Scott, 101, a resident of the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo, formerly of Neponset, passed away at 12:52 p.m., Thursday, November 16, at the home. 

As per her wishes graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, November 20 at Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset. Her grandson, Timothy Scott will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Neponset Public Library or to the D.A.R. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 6, 1916 at her family home in Toulon, the daughter of Leslie and Cora Bell (Westerfield) Downend. She married Dean S. Scott on February 10, 1937 and he preceded her in death on July 11, 1979. Survivors include her son, Al (Debora) Scott of Neponset, grandson, Timothy (Abbey) Scott, four great grandchildren, Noah, Emma, Caleb and Jonah and a close niece, Barb Daum. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a grandmother whom raised her, sister, Janet Boldman, grandson, Matthew Scott and a son in infancy.

Carolyn graduated from Toulon High School in 1934. She was a homemaker, an avid gardener and a member of the D.A.R. She enjoyed knitting, needlework, quilting, cross stitching and braiding rugs. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Sharon K. Helg

Sharon Kay Helg, 73, of Cambridge, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20, at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Sharon K. Helg Memorial Fund.

 

Sharon was born on July 9, 1944, the daughter of Henry W. and Agnes M. (VerStraete) Marlow, in Geneseo, IL. She was united in marriage to Thomas H. Helg on July 29, 1961, in Geneseo, IL. Thomas preceded her in death on July 2nd, 2015.  Sharon, along with her husband Tom, owned and operated the Cambridge Locker in Cambridge, IL for 43 years. She loved going to the river boats with Tom, shopping, and collecting and wearing jewelry. Sharon was a lifelong fan of Elvis Presley.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Kyle (Elaine) Helg, Cambridge, and Rodney (Cindy) Helg, Andover, her daughter Kendra (Shane) Oleson, Geneseo, and her daughter-in-law, Kelly Helg, Geneseo. Her grandchildren are Nicole (Jared) Rubitsky, Nathaniel (Karyssa) Helg, Ashley Helg, Kristin Helg-Yates, Brittany (Roy) Puffet, Brandon (Johanna) Oleson, and three great-grandchildren, Payten Helg, Jensen Rubitsky, and Haley Rubitsky. Also surviving are her brother and step-brother.

 

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Agnes, husband, Tom Helg, and by her son Christopher Helg (2011).

 

 

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Steven W. King

- Steven W. “Steve” King, 57, of rural Galva, went to be with the Lord at 2:24 a.m., Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, surrounded by his loving family.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 a.m.Monday, November 20 at the Galva Congregational Church. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m.Sunday, November 19 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Galva Congregational Church or the OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home.

He was born April 14, 1960 in Kewanee, the son of Hugh and Shirley (Cole) King. He married Jill McCoy on October 25, 1980 in Galva. They divorced. He then later married Pam Halsall on July 9, 1994 in Galva. She survives as do his children, Jason (Amanda) King of Eliot, ME, Aaron King (Jessica) of Galva, Conner King, a student at the University of Illinois and Olivia King, a student at Iowa State University, four grandchildren, Bre’Ana, Matthew, Cooper and Kyla, two sisters, Sarah (Donald) Martin and Christine (David) Hoxworth, both of Hartford, WI and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother in infancy, a brother-in-law, Jay and a niece, Kayla.

Steve graduated from Galva High School in 1978 and then from Black Hawk East in 1980. Steve’s passion was farming and he felt blessed to be able to make a good living at what he loved to do. He enjoyed working side-by-side with his father for many years and most recently with his sons. He was an active member of the Galva Congregational Church where he taught Sunday School, sang on the praise team, was a council member and most recently the current president of the church council. Steve loved his church and was involved with the maintenance as well as all building projects. In 2010 Steve attended The Great Banquet in Peoria. It was there where he truly strengthened is faith walk. In earlier years, he had coached flag football and was always an active supporter of his children’s activities. He was a GHS Athletic Booster, a member of the Henry County Pork Producers and president of the Galva Rural Firefighters. He had also provided internships for the BHE Ag Production Program. Steve loved spending time with his wife and family at their cabin near Lake Calhoun, fishing, taking walks and tending to the property. He thoroughly enjoyed excavating and being able to make land improvements with the various properties he owned.

Steve was a kind, humble and godly man who chose to lead by example and was a prayer warrior for so many.  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who dearly loved his family. He fought his battle with brain cancer with courage, leaning on his faith for strength and never complained about his circumstances. The words that best sum up his life are Faith, Family, Farming and Friends and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Marilyn Heiser

 On November 16, 2017, Marilyn Heiser became her family’s angel. Marilyn, 61, of Kewanee passed away at her home. She was a very special person and was an example of a hard-working, free spirited and loving individual to all who knew her.

Her funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Monday November 20 at Faith Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Rev. Christopher Bushre will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday. November 19at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be at Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s. She was an avid supporter of a hospital that has done so much for her family.

She was born January 13, 1956 in Kewane, the daughter of Louis J. and Joyce S. (Stabler) Heiser. She grew up in Neponset with her siblings, Carol, Nancy and Jim.  She was raised by her mother who taught her to be an honest, hard- working and loving person. She was an athlete by trade and was everyone’s biggest cheerleader. She loved fiercely and was loved by all in return. Although she never had her own children, she had many she loved. Her love started for her nieces and nephews. She would drop everything she was doing for any of them and was a best friend to all of them. Her love grew when Cory came into her life. Cory was the son she never had. Cory gave her three beautiful grandchildren that she adored. Jordan was the light of her life. She enjoyed watching him grow up and teaching him the same lessons and morals she grew up with.

Marilyn is survived by a family that loved her deeply which include her siblings, Carol (Raymond) Robinson, Nancy (Ralph) Gillespie and James (Camie) Heiser her honorary children, Ralph, Andy, Jaci, Melissa, Jenna, Jami and Cory; her grandkids, Jordan, Addison and Asher; her babies, Caden, Gabi, Camble, Branton, Ryker, Tinsley, Brynley, Tripp, Coy, Briggs, Scout, Breck, Bauer, Caycen, Maely and Cardyn, her special friends, Margo, Sami and Vicki Berryhill and her step-siblings, June, Rose and Joe. She entered into heaven and was welcomed by her dad, Louis, her mom, Joyce, her step-dad, Frank, her nephew Michael, her girl Tilly and step brother Rick.  

While her family is saddened by her passing, knowing that a very special brown hair, brown eyed boy was there to welcome her into heaven with open arms. Michael James took a piece of her heart to heaven with him and her family is sure she is ecstatic to get it back. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences can be left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Helen L. Peterson

Helen L. Peterson, 90, formerly of Cambridge, died Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church or Hillcrest Home.

 

Helen Louise Larson was born February 20, 1927 in Moline, the daughter of Carl L. and Nina T. Franzen Larson.  She was educated in Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1945.  Her marriage to Glenn E. Peterson took place on February 27, 1948 in Orion.  He passed away on December 15, 1975.  Helen worked as an office secretary at Black Hawk College in Moline for several years until retiring.  She was a member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Helen enjoyed cross word puzzles and reading.

 

Those surviving are a son, David Glenn Peterson, Galesburg, a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Donna Larson, Coal Valley, two sisters-in-law, Rose Larson, Red Wing, MN, and Eunice Anderson, Geneseo, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, her husband, and three brothers, Robert, Clayton, and Don Larson, preceded her in death.

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Doris J. Conrad

 

 

Doris J. Conrad, 81, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Unity Point Trinity, Rock Island. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 20, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Geneseo. Reverend David Murphy will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, November 19, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the First Baptist Church, Geneseo, or to Project Linus.

 

Doris was born on June 15, 1936, the daughter of William and Ruth (Hahn) Wyckoff, in Quincy, IL. She graduated from Liberty High School, in Liberty, IL, and later attended Commonwealth Business College. Doris was united in marriage to Dean W. Conrad on October 24, 1954, in Geneseo. Doris worked as a medical assistant and was a bookkeeper at Wayne’s Grocery in Cambridge. She owned and operated the Clothes Closet in Cambridge, as well as the Mode O’ Day in downtown Geneseo. Doris belonged to Women of the Moose, Red Hat Society, Happy Girls, Beta Sigma Phi, and was Coordinator of Project Linus for Henry and Rock Island counties. Doris was an avid reader, and enjoyed sewing, cooking, and playing cards. Doris was a member of the First Baptist Church, Geneseo.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include, her husband Dean, son, Steve (Jann) Conrad, Andover, and daughters, Susan (Tim Janey) Conrad, Geneseo, Dea (Neil) Conrad-Curry, Alpha, and Lisa (John) Conrad-Holcomb, Eldridge, IA. Doris has seven grandchildren, one step-granddaughter, ten great-grandchildren with one more on the way, and four step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, William Wyckoff, foster brothers, Tom (Jan) Blank and Louis (Marilyn) Blank, and foster sister, Sarah (Bill) Updegraff.

 

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ruth, her foster parents, Lee & Jeanne Blank, and her brother, Kenton Wyckoff.

 

 

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Victoria Verdick

Victoria Susan “Sue” (Erickson) Verdick, 62, of Goreville, IL, formally of Kewanee, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Sterling, IL, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Sue was born January 21, 1955 in Kewanee the daughter of Russell and Helen (Bialobrski) Erickson. She attended Kewanee Schools graduating in 1973 and also graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She was employed has a lab tech at the federal prison in Marion, IL, she was last employed at the Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Kewanee.

She loved spending time with family and grandchildren. She had a passion for horses, weaving and leather working, and playing violin.

She is survived by a daughter, Kimberly (Ron) Ohnesorge, Marion, IL; one son, Brian (Beth) Verdick, Dixon, IL; six grandchildren, Haley, Madeline, Katarina, Peyton, Tyler and Caleb; brother, John (Penny) Erickson, Kewanee; nieces and nephews; and her ex-husband, Larry Verdick, Sterling, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Lea Ann in infancy; grandparents, and a brother, Russell (Rusty) Erickson.

Graveside Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM Thursday,  November 16, 2017 at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. There will be no visitation. Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please leave an online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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William Grice

William “Bill” M. Grice, 89, of Kewanee, died at 6:54 pm on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Marigold Health Center, Galesburg. Bill was born April 26, 1928 in Bell Center, OH, the son of Henry and Helen (Mackintosh) Grice. Bill graduated from Monmouth College. Bill married Nancy (McDowell) Grice on August 12, 1950 in Kewanee, she preceded him in death in 2015.

Bill is survived by three daughters, Ginny (Randall) Kopper, Conway, AR, Pat (David) Holt, Rio, IL, Barb (Shaner) Magalhaes, Coralville, IA; one son, John Grice, Kewanee; six grandchildren, Adam, Kirk, Neil, Eric, Dominick, Helena, and Andre; two great-grandchildren, Harvey, and Eileen. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Nancy.

Bill was the owner of Schmidt-Heinrich and Grice Insurance Company in Kewanee. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kewanee. Bill was a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club, he was active in the Kewanee Boy Scouts Troop 180. He enjoyed boating and camping, and had been known for his homemade kites and boomerangs. He enjoyed playing racquetball at the Kewanee YMCA. He was on the diving team at Monmouth College.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Friday, November 17, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Paul Copeland will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at First United Methodist Church. Please leave an online condolence for Bill’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Charles Bess

 Charles “Chuck” Bess, 49, of Dixon, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in the emergency room at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial graveside service and inurnment will be held at10:00 a.m., Friday, November 17 at Wethersfield Cemetery in Kewanee. Rev. Joe Schmidt will officiate. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus earmarked for the Special Olympics. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

He was born August 14, 1968 in Bloomington, IL, the son of Dale and Sharron (Swearingen) Bess. Survivors include his mother of Kewanee, his brother, James “Jim” Bess of Kewanee, grandfather, James Swearingen of Kewanee and two aunts, Connie (Charles) Johnston of Texas and Marjorie Yoder of Danvers, IL. He was preceded in death by his father, maternal grandmother and paternal grandparents.

Chuck was a resident of the Jack Mabley Developmental Center and had worked at the recycling center there. He enjoyed riding his bike and especially spending time with his family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Hampton Alexander Johnson

Hampton Alexander Johnson, infant son of Brittney Mitro and Chris Johnson was born a silent birth at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017 at Unity Point Health - Methodist in Peoria.

No services are planned other then to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is handling arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Hampton Alexander is survived by his parents, two brothers, Isaac Matthew Johnson and Oliver Quinton Johnson, his maternal grandparents, Debra (Greg) Rashid and Timothy Mitro, his paternal grandmother, Sheila (DeWayne) Willey and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Jerry Johnson Sr. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Betty K. Brodd

Betty K. Brodd, 89, formerly of rural Lynn Center, IL died on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Long Term Care Unit at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16th at Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover.  Rev. Reed Pedersen will officiate.  Burial will be in Andover Township Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.  Memorials may be made to Betty Brodd Memorial Fund.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Betty Knuth was born August 12, 1928 in Sabula, Iowa the daughter of Gustav and Veva (Jones) Knuth.  She was raised in Sabula until 4th grade when the family moved to Cambridge where she continued her education, graduating from Cambridge High School in 1945.  On Feb. 9, 1947 she married Dellmore E. Brodd in Cambridge.  He died on Sept. 10, 2006.  Betty and Dellmore farmed in the Andover area for 20 years and then owned and operated Brodd Mobil Service in Andover for 22 years until retiring in 1988.

 

Betty was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover where she had served on Church Council, as financial Secretary and chairman of the service committee.  She also served as Share Food Coordinator for Cambridge area from 2002 - 2015, as assessor for Lynn and Andover Townships, on board of Directors of Cambridge Community Lanes, as Ladies League Secretary and Treasurer, as Chaplin for Andover American Legion Auxiliary and on the Thrivent County Board.  Betty loved to do crossword puzzles and watch wheel of fortune.

 

Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Jean Dahlberg and her husband, Roger, of Eastman, WI; her son Dr. Dell Brodd, III and his wife Pat, of Ottawa, IL; two grandchildren, Kari Jean Zabel and her husband, Eddie, of Pickett, WI and Matthew Dahlberg and wife Katey, of Gays Mills, WI; and four great grandchildren, Jack and Evelyn Zabel and Millie and Dylan Dahlberg.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, George Knuth and sister, Floris Hedbloom.

 

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Lloyd D. Agee

Lloyd D. Agee, 85, of Geneseo, formerly of Geneva, IL, passed away on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at his home. Funeral services celebrating his life will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Ryan Landino will officiate. Burial will be Monday, November 13, at the Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, November 10, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Art League, First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo Kiwanis, or the Salvation Army.

Lloyd was born on October 31, 1932, the son of Lawrence and Gertrude (King) Agee, in Sikeston, MO. He graduated from Peoria Woodruff High School with the class of 1951 and furthered his education at Bradley University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1956. Lloyd was married to Loretta Messmore from 1953 to 1973. He married Coralie Kane in 1973. She preceded him in 2010. Lloyd started at Alexander Lumber Company after graduation as a draftsman and advancing in the company to Vice President/General Manager, retiring in 1998. He carried his talents from his career into his hobby and enjoyed woodworking in his spare time. Lloyd also enjoyed collecting antique lanterns. He was a member of the Geneseo Kiwanis Club, Geneseo Art League, and attended the First Presbyterian Church.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Sue Snell, Geneseo, Lee Ann (Randy) Hoovey, Geneseo, Terry (Stephen) Wargo, Rochelle, IL, David (Christine) Agee, Naperville, IL, Julie (Matthew) Pausch, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Daniel (Nancy) Agee, Venice, FL, and Douglas Agee, Geneva, IL. His grandchildren are Andrew, Austin, Ryan, Rachel, Sarah, Dana, Laura, Dennis, Kristin, and Melissa. Lloyd is also survived by his four great-grandchildren, Abigail, Elizabeth, Miriam, and Jack. His brother, Lyndel (Delores) Agee, Peoria, IL, and his sister, Wanda Barrett, Peoria, IL, also survive him.

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Kathy A. Gleason

Kathy A. Gleason, 63, of Geneseo, formerly of Kewanee, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Malachy Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Inurnment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will take place Monday, November 13, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m. Memorials may be left to St. Malachy Catholic Church. Per her request, cremation rites have been accorded.

Kathy was born on June 22, 1954, the daughter of Robert and Loretta Swarts, in Kewanee, IL. She graduated from Kewanee High School, furthering her education at Black Hawk College East, where she received her LPN, and Black Hawk College West, where she received her RN. Kathy married Don Gleason at the Visitation Church in Kewanee on September 23, 1978. She worked as an RN at Hammond Henry Hospital for 25 years and Genesis Medical Center in Silvis for five years. Kathy loved to cook, spend time in her flower garden, and participate in girl’s night out with her friends.  She will be remembered for bringing her longtime, loving friends together. Kathy was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and Geneseo Women of the Moose.

She is survived by her husband Don, Geneseo, her sons, Matt (Molly) Gleason, Long Grove, IA, and Mark Gleason, East Moline; along with five grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren. Kathy is also survived by her very special aunt, Patricia Fredrickson-Olson, Prior Lake, MN.

Kathy was preceded in death by her mother and father.
 

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Helen Louise Claeys

Helen Louise Claeys, 84, of Geneseo, formerly of Atkinson, passed away Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, IL. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson. Father Duane Jack will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation will take place Friday, November 10, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., where the Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Helen Louise Claeys Memorial Fund.

Helen was born on February 22, 1933, the daughter of Charles E. and Sophie C. (Verkruyse) Claeys, in Atkinson, IL. She graduated from Atkinson High School with the class of 1951 and continued her education by taking night classes to achieve her CPS (Certified Professional Secretary). In conjunction to her CPS, Helen was part of the National Secretary’s Association. She worked for Deere & Company as an export office staff supervisor for 35 years, from which she retired. Helen was a lifetime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, where she was a Parish Council Member for 25 years and was a member and past President of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the John Deere Ladies Retirees and Friends of Trinity Hospital, where she served as a past President for both of these organizations. Helen was a member of the Hammond Henry Hospital Auxiliary.  Helen loved to travel and made quite the extensive hobby out of doing it. She enjoyed travelling both domestically and internationally. Most of all, Helen loved her family. She always watched her nieces and nephews play sports, and looked forward to all family gatherings.

Those left to cherish her memory include her brother-in-law, Merrill Taber, sister-in-law, Mary Helen Claeys, and her nieces and nephews: Tina (Bob) Floming, Kim (Marv) VerStraete, Brenda (Gary) Gripp, Mike (Pat) Taber, Matt Claeys, Anita Brieser-Park, Andy (Tracy) Claeys, Ann (Ron) DeSmith, Beth (Kurt) Roesner, Joe (Amy) Claeys, Mark Taber, Dave (Jen) Claeys, Tonya Taber, Luke (Christy) Claeys, and Lin (Justin) Ebbert, along with her 36 great-nieces and nephews, and 20 great-great-nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Marian Taber, brother, Charles H. (Mary Helen) Claeys, nephew-in-law Christopher Brieser, and great-great-niece, Emma VerStraete.
 

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Joan R. Herrick

 Joan R. Herrick, 82, of Kewanee, went to be with the Lord at 2:59 p.m., Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Unity Point Health-Trinity in Rock Island while surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Jon Vincent will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Historical Society or to the First Baptist Church.

Joan was born July 30, 1935, in Kewanee, daughter of Robert and Marcella (Routh) Richards. She married T. Robert Herrick on May 1, 1954, and he preceded her in death on February 14, 2000. Also preceding her in death were her parents and grandson, Craig Herrick. Surviving are her three sons, Steven, Paul (Roxanne) and David, her daughter, Beth (Mark) McCormick, grandchildren, James and Matthew Herrick, Alan (Brittney) McCormick and Michelle (Kellen) Fryear, great-grandchildren, Hailey and Cameron McCormick and Charlotte Herrick and two brothers, Robert (Delores) Richards and Dan Richards.

Joan graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1953. She had worked at Peoples National Bank, Wethersfield School cafeteria and the June Melodee Record Shop. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Wawtabt Class. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and Just Us Girls (J.U.G.). She had been a Reach to Recovery volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She loved her family very much and enjoyed spending time with them. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.      

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Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Furnald

Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Furnald. 89, of Kewanee, died at 12:29 p.m., Sunday, November 5, 2017, at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 12 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Evangelical UCC or to the Francis Park Foundation.

He was born May 20, 1928, in Kewanee, the son of Clifford Lee and Violet (Bright) Furnald. He married Arlene Krause on June 22, 1965, in Kewanee. She survives of Kewanee as does his children, Mark (Teresa) Furnald of Florida, Rhonda Kemerling (Bill Haupt) of Kewanee and Nancy (Mike) Kalvin of Champaign, IL, eleven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dorothy and children, Laurie Beth Gwinn, Sandra Lashbrook and Crellin Longenbach.

Cliff graduated from Kewanee High School in 1946 and had served in the National Guard. He had started working for his father at C. Lee Tires and had also worked for Ratliff Bros. and as the lot policeman at Sandys and Hardees. He was a policeman for the City of Kewanee for 27 years and had been the interterm Police Chief for several of those years prior to his retirement. For the past 22 years, he had been the caretaker and campground host at Francis Park. He was very proud of his classmates and enjoyed the monthly luncheons that they had. In earlier years, he became an Eagle Scout and had served as a Scoutmaster. Cliff enjoyed camping and being around kids often bringing bikes and scooters to Francis Park for them to use. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Sally Ann Abbott

 

 

Galva… Sally Ann Abbott, 73, of Galva, went home to her Lord at 5:23 am Friday November 3, 2017 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday November 7, at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Visitation will be on Monday November 6  from 5-7 pm at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded. Memorials can be directed to the Wounded Warriors Project.

She was born on August 4, 1944 in Kewanee, Il, the daughter of Daniel and Zereta (Neuleib) Millslagle. She married Albert Homer in 1962 with whom she had three children, Lisa (Mark) Friedrich of Washington, IL, Alan (Carey) Homer of Sturgeon Lake, MN and Shelley (Bruce) Kinzer of Altona, IL. She later married Wayne Abbott in 1974 with whom she had two children, Theresa (Clayton) Dickerson of Victoria, IL and Ryan Abbott of Galva. She is survived by her husband Wayne, of Galva, her children, a step-daughter Dawn Petersen, a step- son Robert Abbott, seventeen grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her mother, Zereta Hamilton, a sister Joni Johnson and a brother, Tom Millslagle. She was preceded in death by her father, a brother Danny Millslagle, a sister Patricia Brown and a step-daughter, Kim Thomson.

Sally’s greatest source of happiness was her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered for her generous heart, her love of cooking and her hours of volunteering at the Hagburg-Hamlin American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.  She was always ready to send her love to those ill through her homemade meals and her trays of homemade treats during the holidays. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfunerlhome.com

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Dorothy M. Cessna

 

 

Dorothy M. Cessna, 88, of Mineral, IL, passed away on Thursday, November 02, 2017 at OSF St. Luke’s Medical Center in Kewanee, IL. Funeral Mass for Dorothy will be on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan, IL. Father Timothy Savage will celebrate. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Catholic cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 7, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, where the Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

 

Dorothy was born on January 1, 1929, the daughter of Oscar and Elsie (VanVooren) Croegaert, in Mineral, IL. After Dorothy graduated from Mineral High School, she completed three years of nurses training and continued to work as a homemaker. Dorothy married John F. Cessna on March 31, 1951 in Urbana, IL. John preceded her in death in 2006. She was a longtime & active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society and a Sunday school teacher. Dorothy was also active in Cursillo.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Michael (Mary Jo) Cessna, Sycamore, IL, James (Karen) Cessna, Monroe, WI, Robert (Sue) Cessna, Spring Valley, IL, Thomas (Diane) Cessna, Bloomington, IL, and Philip (Diane) Cessna, O’Fallon, MO, and her daughters, Mary (Steve) Van Poucke, Marengo, IL, Patricia (Tim) Sullivan, Rushville, IL, Margaret (Earl) Simon, Hamilton, IL and daughter-in-law, Diane Cessna, Geneseo. She is also survived by her 22 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Elsie, her husband, John Cessna, son, John Cessna Jr., sisters, Ruth Jensen and Arlene Davis, and by her brother, Donald Croegaert.

 

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James E. Johnson

 

 

James E. Johnson, 82, of Cambridge, IL passed away Thursday, November 02, 2017 at Illini Restorative Care in Silvis, IL. Private memorial services will be held for the family. Memorial donations may be left to the Cambridge Fire Department & the Cambridge Ambulance. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

James was born on March 3, 1935, the son of Chester and Birdie (Taylor) Johnson, in Woodhull, IL. He graduated from Alwood High School with the class of 1952.  James is a United States Army Veteran who served his country from 1954-1956. James was stationed in Germany for some time. He married Marie A. Hier on March 26, 1955 at Camp Chaffee, AR. James worked for I.H. Farmall Works in Rock Island, IL for over 30 years, where he started in the assembly line, and then later became a supervisor for the remainder of his career. After his retirement, he worked part-time for the former Empire Equipment Co., as well as in Geneseo, where he helped several area farmers, including Clarence Carlson and Bernard Franque. James was an avid collector of I.H precision scale farm toys. James was a very talented small engine repairman. He also loved to travel and go fishing. Among his hobbies, James also enjoyed photography.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Marie, and his daughters, Deb Else, Cambridge, Lori Gustafson, Cambridge, and Coni (Kevin) Gehler, River Falls, WI. James is also survived by his six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson.

 

James was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Birdie, two brothers, a sister, and one grandson, Adam Else.

 

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Gary Dean Taets

 

 

 

Gary Dean Taets, 68, of rural Sheffield, IL passed away, on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at his home with his wife and daughters by his side. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, November 7th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheffield, IL. Reverends Mark Miller and Paul Meismer will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 6, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Parkinson’s Disease Research Society (PDRS) at parkinsonsprogress.org, with the attention of: Dr. Michael Rezak, MD PhD (Central DuPage Hospital, 0N150 Winfield Rd., Suite A-2 Winfield, IL 60190) or to the Annawan FFA program (501 West South Street, Annawan, IL 61234).

 

Gary Dean Taets was born on July 22, 1949, the son of Marvin and Mary (VanPoucke) Taets, in Kewanee, IL. He graduated from Annawan High school in 1968, Illinois State University (Ag Education) and worked at Lincoln Way and Annawan High Schools. Gary married Peggy Williams on May 6, 1972.  He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, IAVAT and the Knights of Columbus.  He would be the first to joke around with you and could naturally put you at ease when you spoke with him. Everyone that knew Gary could probably tell you a story that made them smile about one of the interactions they had with him.  He had a way about him that made your heart happy, whether it was a classroom experience or just a fishing or hunting tale from one of his many adventures. Gary loved his family, FFA, Agriculture, farming, fishing, hunting, and HATED Parkinson’s disease. Gary Dean Taets will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, son-in-law, uncle, teacher, farmer, FFA leader, mentor, friend, fisherman, hunter, connoisseur of ice cream, and all things that involved getting his hands dirty.  He was 68 years young.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include, his main “squeeze” and partner in life and wife, Peggy, his daughters, Carrie (William) Northcott and Kimberly (David) Hexter and his father, Marvin Taets. He had great pride in his grandchildren, Ethan, Jackson, Justin, Bennett and Callen. They would tell you that their Papa hung the moon.  His siblings are, brother, Dennis (Sharyn) Taets, sisters, Nancy (Larry) Dynes, and Jean Ann (Jim) Carter, in-laws, Marilyn and George Williams, sister in law Susan (Bryan) Pape. Gary is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

 

Gary was preceded in death by his mother, Mary, his grandparents, Oscar & Clara VanPoucke, and Phillip & Elizabeth Taets, and by his aunt Arlene Taets and uncles Raymond (Vera) Taets and Raymond (Lynn) VanPoucke.

 

 

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Phyllis A. Sand

 

 

Phyllis A. Sand, 86, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, November 01, 2017, at Hammond Henry Long Term Care. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, November 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Public Library or to the Henry County Humane Society.

 

Phyllis Joan Adams was born on November, 9, 1930, the daughter of Dr. John and Phyllis Gillette Adams, in Kirksville, MO. The family moved to Geneseo shortly thereafter. Phyllis Joan graduated from Geneseo High School and the Moline Institute of Commerce. Following her schooling, Phyllis worked as a legal secretary for Robert H. White. Phyllis was united in marriage to Dale Sand on December 13, 1952. She and Dale farmed south of Geneseo briefly before moving to their home north of town where they continued to farm for over 30 years before their retirement. Phyllis and Dale loved to dance, laugh, go for car rides, and eat good food. Phyllis was an avid reader. She was a member of Chapter DN of PEO, Grace United Methodist Church, Polka Club of America, and Women of the Moose.

 

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Robert Doescher, her sisters-in-law, Willicene (Cliff) Pobanz, and Elaine (Ken) Hamiliton, along with ten nieces and nephews.

 

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dale, two sisters-in-law, five brothers-in-law, and one nephew.

 

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Lawrence Ebens

Lawrence Lee Ebens, 93, of Kewanee died at 7:12 pm Sunday, October 29, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday, November 3, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Reverend Paul Copeland of First United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be an hour prior to the time of service on Friday. Memorials can be made to the Humane Society or the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Lawrence’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Lawrence was born December 19, 1923 in Oregon, Il, the son of Madis and Elizabeth (Hitchcock) Ebens. After attending Nashua grade school in Oregon, he graduated in 1940 from Oregon High School. Larry joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and flew as a gunman in a B24 aircraft from Germany and England until 1946. While in the service he married Carolyn Cornelissen on December 23, 1945, in Tucson. She preceded him in death on February 10, 2012.

After returning to Kewanee in 1946, Larry worked in a body shop, at the Walworth foundry, and in construction until he became a claims adjuster for County Companies in 1952. He worked there until 1986 when he retired. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the Masonic Temple. He enjoyed watching sports, especially the Cubs, as well as playing golf and bowling. Larry liked to sing and dance as well as play poker, play bingo, and spend a little time at the gambling boat!

Lawrence is survived by two daughters, Mary Jane (Guy) Gibson of Geneseo, Il., Kathy (Jerry) Fidler of Dunlap, Il.; a son, Steve (Gail) Ebens of Atkinson, Il; grandchildren, Philip Moats, Susan Moats, Autumn Janey and Michelle Gibson; great-grandchildren, Austin Moats, Madison Moats, Alyssa Merritt, Dylan Moats, LJ Janey, Jaxon Janey and Jonah Janey; sister, Gloria; brother, Ronnie (Sylvia) Ebens; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carolyn; brother, Robert; and sisters Harriet and Helen. 

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Mack E. Gardner

 

 

Mack E. Gardner, 82, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Unity Point Health-Trinity Rock Island. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, November 3rd, at St. Malachy Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 2nd, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Mack Gardner Memorial Fund.

 

Mack was born on March 5th, 1935, the son of Samuel and Marjorie (Wade) Gardner, in Scotland, Arkansas. He married Bernadine C. Oberstar on April 21, 1956 in Seattle, Washington. Mack worked as the superintendent of the FAB Division at the former Illini Beef in Joslin, IL, and then as the superintendent for Superior Pack in Dixon, CA. He retired in 1989. Mack was a member of the Knights of Columbus to the 4th Degree, and a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge #990. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, and gardening. Mack is a veteran of the United States Navy.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Bernadine, and his sons, Glenn (Dianne) Gardner, Everett, WA, Frank (Cheryl) Gardner, Zionsville, IN, and Jerry (Evie) Gardner, Geneseo, IL. His seven grandchildren are, Heidi, Korey, Jeremy, Ben, Logan, Cole, and Paige. Mack is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Archer and Jude. His brothers are Bill Gardner, AK, and Wade Gardner, MO.

 

Mack was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Marjorie, two sisters, and two brothers.

 

 

 

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Donna Hulsey

 Donna K. Hulsey, 72, of Galva, died at 11:32 p.m., Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Cremation will be accorded and a celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m.Saturday, November 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Jim Shannon will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be in Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Crittenton Centers in Peoria or to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

She was born March 26, 1945 in Kewanee, the daughter of Charles and Delores (Shane) Donovan. She married T. Scott Hulsey on May 8, 1965 in Wyoming, IL and he preceded her in death on February 1, 2008. Survivors include her mother of Chillicothe, IL, her children, Dean Hulsey of Wyoming, IL, Denise Stinson (Andrew Rux) of West Bend, WI, Joe (Jill) Hulsey of Toulon and Julie (Matt) Lindbom of Woodhull, four brothers, Roger (Sandy) Donovan of New Mexico, Dennis (Kathy) Donovan of Pontiac, IL and Jeff (Linda) Donovan and Kevin (Crystal) Donovan, both of Wyoming, IL, a sister, Jeannie (Steve) Foffel of Toulon, nine grandchildren, Tara Waller, Tyler Hannam, Macy McManus, Mitchell Hulsey, Cole Lindbom, Devon Hulsey, Hannah Simpson, Cammille Gaspard and Tristean Hulsey and two great grandchildren, Teague and Lawson Waller. She was also preceded in death by her father and a brother, Danny.

Donna graduated from Wyoming High School in 1963 and attended Flamingo Beauty School in Peoria and graduated from Twinkle Beauty School in Kewanee in 1964. She had worked at Breese Industries in Wyoming and later in the accounting department there. She had worked as a hairdresser at Headware in Kewanee, at Betty Maher McGarvey Beauty Shop in Wyoming and also out of her home. Donna also worked at Twilligar’s Restaurant in Wyoming, did sewing for others out of her home, did babysitting and house cleaning and worked for the Toulon Grade School and High School lunch program. She was a dedicated caregiver who enjoyed music, reading, sewing, cooking and baking and especially enjoyed her family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Rita M. Wannemacher

 

 

Rita M. Wannemacher, 98, of Geneseo, formerly of Hooppole, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. A private family service will be held Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson. Reverend Dan Wright will officiate. Burial will follow at the Hooppole Cemetery in Hooppole, IL. No visitation will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Zion United Methodist Church in Hooppole, IL, where she was a member all of her life.

 

Rita was born on September 25, 1919, the daughter of James and Bertha (Schultz) Tonkinson, in Hooppole, IL. Rita attended Hooppole High School and finished her fourth year at Geneseo High School where she graduated. She was united in marriage to Rudy Wannemacher on June 18, 1941. Rudy preceded her in death in 1993. Rita taught in a one room school for three years and then at the Hooppole grade school. Rita retired in 1980. She directed the church choir, and sang for funerals and wedding for many years. Rita was also a singer in an acapella choir in college. She was a member of the Club 20 Circle of Friends group for 60 years, the Maple Bluff Ladies Golf League, Camp Fire Girls, Friendship Class at Zion United Methodist Church, and served as a member of the Hooppole Library Board. Rita also enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, James (Cathy) Wannemacher, Geneseo, and Bruce (Barbara) Wannemacher, Evans, GA, and her daughter, Ann (Peter) Nardulli, Savoy, IL. Rita has six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, James and Bertha, brother, James Keith Tonkinson, and sister, Frona Vetter.

 

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Marilyn Rose DePauw

 

 

Marilyn Rose DePauw, 63, of Geneseo, IL passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Unity Point Trinity in Rock Island, IL. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo, IL. Father Pakula will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, October 30, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., with the Rosary being recited at 3:45 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Marilyn Rose DePauw Memorial Fund.

 

Marilyn Rose was born on December 11, 1953, the daughter of Howard and Florence (Goddard) Putney, in Rock Island, IL. She graduated from Rock Island High School and went on to attend Black Hawk College, where she earned her Associates Degree in Arts, and then later attended Illinois State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science and Education. Marilyn was united in marriage to Joseph R. DePauw on September 16, 1978 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Rapid City, IL. She was a proud member of the Geneseo Music Club, where she could display her love and talent for singing. Marilyn was also a member of St. Malachy Altar & Rosary Society, and enjoyed spending time with her loved ones and her cats.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include, her husband, Joe DePauw, her sons, Alex (Kayla) DePauw, El Paso, IL, and Ben (Steffanie Cotton) DePauw, Moline, IL, and her daughter, Abby Rose DePauw, Geneseo, IL. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Maison & Ember Rose, and Penelope Rose, and her mother-in-law, Jeanette DePauw, Geneseo, IL.  Her sisters-in-law Rosemary (Ed) Osborn, Rock Island, IL, and Peggy (Byron) Walker, Rock Island, and brothers-in-law, Bob (Pam) DePauw, Port Byron, IL, and Ed DePauw, Geneseo. Marilyn will also be missed by her special friends, Harvey and Nancy Green, Mary Wassell, and Jeanne Anderson.

 

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Florence, and her sister, Pam Putney.

 

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Karen K. Cooprider

 

Karen K. Cooprider, 77, of Geneseo, IL, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 26, 2017 at her home in Geneseo, surrounded by her family. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, October 30th, at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 29th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Karen Cooprider Memorial Fund.

 

Karen was born on December 3rd, 1939, the daughter of Oscar and Dorothy (Meek) Malmstrom, in Moline, IL. She was united in marriage to Paul R. Cooprider on October 13, 1955 in Rock Island, IL. Paul preceded her in death in 2011. Karen worked in the housekeeping department for Hammond Henry Hospital for 10 years. She was a member of many organizations including, Women of the Moose, Eagles Club, Geneseo Junior Women’s Club, Henry County Home Ext., Viking Club, Moline, German Heritage Club, Davenport, and a Thursday girl’s group. Karen was also in a card playing group that she enjoyed being a part of. Karen was also a member of First United Methodist Church in Geneseo, IL.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Nanette (David) Witt, LeClaire, IA, and her sons, David (Debhora Guadian) Cooprider, Manteca, CA, Mark (Doreen) Cooprider, Moline, IL, and Michael (Brenda) Cooprider, Englewood, CO. She is also survived by her ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her sisters are JoAnne Hantz, Michigan, Gerry (Jim) Graham, Hampton, IL, and Debbie (Andy) Berglund, Silvis, IL.

 

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Dorothy, her husband, Paul, and one grandson, Justin Gengler.

 

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Bryan S. Underwood

 

 

Bryan S. Underwood, 58, of Cambridge, died Thursday, October 26, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a year and a half battle with cancer.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 30th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  The police chaplain, Rev. Lynn Bergren, will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Fire Department or the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation.

 

Bryan Scott Underwood was born December 28, 1958 in Kewanee, the son of Roy Gene and Joyce Reilly Underwood.  He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1977.  He attended Black Hawk College, Moline, and received an associate degree in law enforcement.  His marriage to Sue Bayless took place on July 25, 1981 in Cambridge.  He had been employed at the Cambridge Veterinary Service, Triangle Construction, and CSI Homes, all of Cambridge.

 

In June of 1994, he went to the State Police Academy.  After completing his training at the academy, Bryan was employed in District Seven of the Illinois State Police and worked there his entire law enforcement career, retiring December 31, 2015.  He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 41, and had served on the Cambridge Fire Department for ten years.  His hobbies were hunting, NHRA Racing, and wood working.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Sue, his children, Bennett and Brittani Underwood, both of Cambridge, and Marissa Underwood, Normal, IL, and a granddaughter, Brynley, who was his pride and joy.  Other survivors include his mother, Joyce Becker, brothers, Brett (Jennifer) Underwood, and Grady (LaVon) Underwood, all of Cambridge, and several aunts and cousins.  His father, Roy Gene Underwood, preceded him in death. 

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Merrill H. Gunning

Merrill H. Gunning, 80, of Neponset, Il. died at 3:14 P.M. Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Il.   Merrill was born May 27, 1937 in Kewanee, the son of John Martin “Mart” and Maude Ethel (Berry) Gunning.  He graduated from Neponset High School with the class of 1955.  He married L. Eileen Miller on November 9, 1956 in Neponset.  She preceded him in death on July 27, 2014.   He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother John Martin “Sonny” Gunning, Jr. and an infant daughter Cathleen.

Surviving are two daughters Patricia Miller of Peoria, Il.,  Virginia (Roger) Pratt of Kewanee, Il., two sons Robert M. Gunning of Rio Rancho, N.M., Richard H. Gunning of Ft. Collins, Co., seven grandchildren Stephanie (Nick) Tholin of Rockton, Il., Kimberly (Sean) Whippie of Kewanee, Kristen (Matt) Cannon of Normal, Il., Brett Miller of Peoria, Il., Aaron (Alyssa) Pratt of Kewanee, Il. , Luke Pratt of Kewanee, Scarlett Snider Gunning of Fort Collins, Co., one great grandson Darian Pratt Tholin, a great granddaughter Addilyn Tholin both of Rockton, Il.  and one brother Stephen Bradley (Carol) Gunning of the Villages, Fl.

Merrill was the owner and operator of the former Mercantile Printing in Neponset.  He was a member for 69 years at the First United Methodist Church in Neponset where he served on many boards and committees over the years.  He served as Sexton of the Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset, was a 57-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Young Republicans.  Merrill was proud of the fact that he never missed an annual Neponset Alumni Association banquet.  He enjoyed history (particularly on Neponset) family genealogy and spending time with his family and friends. In 1986, Merrill orchestrated a hay lift among local farmers, sending thousands of hay bales via railway to the drought stricken farmers of the southeastern portion of the United States. As a result of his efforts, Merrill was invited to participate in an event at the Illinois State Fair along with other community leaders from throughout the State, where President Ronald Reagan expressed his appreciation to the men who reached out to help their fellow Americans. Being a devout Republican, Merrill was honored to share a handshake with President Ronald Reagan. 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Schueneman Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Pastor David Berry of Jacobs well Community Church in Normal, Il. will officiate.  Burial will be in the Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset.  Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Thursday October 26th at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. A memorial fund has been established, contributions may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared with family at ww.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Alice Krumtinger

 

Alice A. Krumtinger, 91, formerly of Cambridge, died Monday, October 23, 2017, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 27th, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cambridge.  Rev. John Burns will officiate.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, with a rosary at 7:00 p.m.  Memorials may be made to St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

 

Alice Ann Fisher was born July 20, 1926 in Harrisburg, Illinois, the daughter of Carl and Ferris Fearheiley Fisher.  She was educated in Kewanee schools and graduated from Kewanee High School in 1944 .  Alice attended Eureka College for two years, then taught at a one room school house in rural Kewanee until her marriage.  She married James H. Krumtinger on June 25, 1949 in Kewanee.  He passed away on November 12, 1964.  

 

After returning to school to get her BA degree in education, Alice then taught kindergarten at the Cambridge Elementary School from 1968 until 1989 when she retired.  Her memberships include St. John Vianney Catholic Church, where she was a charter member, the Altar and Rosary Society of the church, the Women's Bridge Club, and the Red Hat Society.  She was a charter member of Valley View Club, Cambridge, and a founder of the Cambridge Community Lanes.  Her hobbies were playing cards, table games, bowling, and being a grandmother.

 

Those surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Joyce Krumtinger, Weldon, IL, James and Sandra Krumtinger, Geneva, IL, five grandchildren, Matthew (Jennifer) Krumtinger, Monticello, IL, Anne (Joe) Larocca, Lake Zurich, IL, Michael Krumtinger, Mokena, IL, Jon (Elizabeth) Krumtinger, Santiago, Chile, and J. Adam (Kristin) Krumtinger, Geneva, IL.  Other survivors include six great grandchildren.  Her parents, her husband, and two sisters, June Bowman and Marilyn Hamilton, preceded her in death.

A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Alice's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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B. Elaine Hogue

 

 

B. Elaine Hogue, 93, of rural Geneseo, passed away Monday, October 23, 2017 at Hammond Henry Long Term Unit in Geneseo. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The family requests that casual attire be worn. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service (10:00-11:00 a.m.) on Saturday. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Humane Society.

 

Elaine was born on August 14, 1924, the daughter of Donald and Carrie (Woehr) Bollen, in Geneseo, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School in the class of 1942.  Elaine was united in marriage to Dwain C. Hogue in 1944; he preceded her in death in 1996. Elaine spent her life as a homemaker, assisting her husband Dwain on the family farm for many years.  She enjoyed tending to her large garden, loved her animals, and was a wonderful cook who loved making large meals for her family. Her grandchildren & great-grandchildren were the light of her life! Elaine was a Henry County Farm Bureau member and a life-long member of First United Methodist Church in Geneseo.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Bill (Lisa) Hogue, Geneseo, IL, and James (Peggy) Hogue, Geneseo, IL. Her grandchildren are Paula, Jodi Hogue & Andre Loggins, Alicia & Jamie Williamson, Nathan Hogue & Tia Horton, Christopher & Morgan, Michelle, and Jamie & Ben Temperley. Her nine great-grandchildren are Ryland, Emmery, and Paisley Williamson, Hudson and Isabella Hogue, and Ethan, Sieanna Rose, Ella Grace, and Leonana Faith Temperly.

 

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Carrie, her husband, Dwain Hogue, son, Michael Hogue, and two sisters.

 

 

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Patricia Marie Wattenberg

 Patricia Marie “Tricia” Wattenberg, 47, of Mineral, died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m.Friday, October 27 at Hope Church in Le Claire, IA. Pastor Matthew Darnell will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Private inurnment will be held at Davenport Memorial Park in Davenport, IA at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Patricia Wattenberg Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 2, 1970 in Davenport, IA, the daughter of Donald Collier and Linda (Anderson) Nelson. Survivors include her mother of Le Claire, IA, her father of Moline, her two sons, John Henry Wattenberg and Brendan Dale Wattenberg, both of Geneseo, a sister, Misty DePauw of Mineral, three nieces, Sarina Roggy and Alyssa and Samantha DePauw, all of Mineral and several great nieces and nephews.

Tricia had worked in marketing for Sam’s Club for several years. She loved her job and enjoyed doing crafts and reading and was a “history buff” enjoying historical buildings and landmarks. Tricia had a fun sense of humor and her main focus was her two boys and being a mom to them. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Peter Meyer

 - Peter Dana Meyer, 75, of Kewanee, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, October 23rd.

Mr. Meyer was born on October 12, 1942, in Nashville, TN to Peter and Danae “Grace” (O’Leary) Meyer, moving to Cass Lake, MN early in life.  He graduated high school from the Cass Lake School system.

“PD”, as he was known to his friends and family, attended Bemidji State University, and then was accepted to the Management Training Program at the Palmer House in Chicago.  He worked in hotel/motel management most of his career, working for Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn and Best Western.  He was the general manager of the Holiday Inn in Peru, IL from 1981-1984.  After decades as a Hotel Management Specialist and Consultant, PD pursued his second passion, teaching. PD was an instructor at Hocking College in Nelsonville, OH.  During his tenure at Hocking College, he was instrumental in developing International and Caribbean Hospitality Management programs.

PD enjoyed traveling around the world, from Hong Kong, Cuba and Suriname to the Caribbean recruiting, teaching, and making friends wherever he went.  He was a member of Hidden Lakes Country Club and was an avid golfer and volunteer for the John Deere Classic for many years.  Pete also enjoyed acting and participated in local theatre productions in both Geneseo and Kewanee.

PD was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Mary “Lynn” Meyer of Kewanee, brothers, Jim (Judy) Meyer of Rosemount, MN, Michael Meyer of Forest Lake, MN, sister, Monica of Wyoming, MN, sister-in-law, Carlene (Bill) Hebel of Kewanee, as well as, four daughters, Danae Meyer of Bemidji, MN, Jill Theodore of LaSalle, IL, Andrea Meyer of Tucson, AZ, and Beth (Jon) Duttlinger of Princeville, IL.  He also leaves behind four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 25 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Visitation will be held from 9:00-10:30 a.m., Wednesday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kewanee Animal Shelter, OSF-Hospice, or the donor’s choice. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Wayne Q. Strafford

 

Wayne Q. Strafford, 82, of Geneseo passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Unity Point-Trinity in Rock Island, IL. A graveside funeral service will be held at Rock Island National Cemetery on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Robert Fitts will officiate. Visitation for Wayne will be Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the American Heart Association.

 

Wayne was born on September 18, 1935, the son of Archie and Lillian (Forbes) Strafford, in Moline, IL. He graduated from Moline High School with the class of 1953. Wayne married Sharon G. Craig on May 19, 1962 at Bethel Church in Moline, IL. Wayne is a US Army veteran, and served his country in Germany. During his earlier years, Wayne worked in construction. Wayne worked as a salesman at Lamco Slings & Rigging in Moline for 20 years before working at Allquip in Geneseo, IL. He retired in 2001.  Wayne was a former board member of the City of Geneseo Street Department and a proud member of NRA. He coached girls’ softball and continued to follow their statistics after coaching. Wayne loved yard work, gardening, fishing, hunting and watching his favorite Chicago sports teams, the Cubs and Bears.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include, his wife, Sharon and his daughter, Amy (Marty) Hanson, Colona, IL, and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Lillian, brother, Lauren and one brother in infancy.

 

 

 

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Janelle A. Johnson

Janelle A. Johnson, 80, of Kewanee, died Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm at OSF in Peoria. Janelle was born May 3, 1937 the daughter of Donald and Marjorie (Bates) Swanson. She married William “Bud” Johnson on August 19, 1956 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death on August 28, 1996.

 

Janelle is survived by one son, Dr. Jeff (Pam) Johnson, Kewanee; one daughter, Jackie (Kevin) Callahan, West Branch, IA; five grandchildren, Jessica, Jordan, Jason, Emily, and Elizabeth; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Beth (Iradj) Taheri, Toulon. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

 

Janelle was a wife, mother, and homemaker who invested herself in her family with her whole heart. She had a variety of interests and talents but was most known for her love of gardening. She was a master gardener, a decades-long member of the Garden Club of Kewanee, and a district director and state treasurer of the Garden Clubs of Illinois.  She was an excellent seamstress and quilter, producing many beautiful and award-winning projects throughout the years.  Other artistic endeavors included making teddy bears, Victorian dolls and clothing, painting, and collecting and refinishing antique furniture.

 

She was passionate about education and served on the Wethersfield School District Board for 12 years and the Henry Stark County Special Ed Board for 6 years. She loved to read and shared that love in the Ladies Reading Circle and by tutoring adults. She also volunteered her time in other ways including leading a Girl Scout troop for a number of years.

 

Many know her through her long association with AFS, serving as a regional director for 5 years and hosting four foreign exchange students in her home who called her mom and maintained their relationship with her through the years. She loved to travel at home and abroad, and made many friendships accompanying her husband on his antique car club tours.

 

She had a keen interest in genealogy, particularly her Swedish culture and heritage and was a member of the Henry Co. Genealogical Society. She developed many special friendships over the years and most recently had a special fondness for her personal caregivers who allowed her to remain in her home. 

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Garden Club of Kewanee or Kewanee School Foundation.

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Jeffery Paul Halligan

 

 

Jeffery Paul Halligan, 61, of Geneseo passed away Saturday October 21, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his wife and loving family. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Heritage Church, in Rock Island, IL. Inurnment will follow at the Rock Island National Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Jeffery Halligan Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Jeff was born on February 16, 1956, the son of George and Pearl (Hinckle) Halligan, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1974. Jeff married Pamela K. DeSplinter on July 20, 1974 in Geneseo, IL. He was employed with John Deere Harvester Works, and then was a car salesman for Turpin Motors and Sexton Ford. Jeff joined the United States Army, starting his military career in April of 1982, and served his country during Desert Storm and Korea on the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). In 1992, Jeff suffered a stroke, and was honorably/medically discharged from his service. Jeff enjoyed swimming and wood working, which included building and refinishing furniture. He also enjoyed riding his bike around town in his spare time. Most of all, Jeff loved and was devoted to his family, helping and supporting them in any way he could. Jeff was a member of the VFW and attended Heritage Church in Rock Island, IL.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include, his wife Pam, his daughters, Jennifer Radue and Jessica (Corey) Disterhoff, Baxter, IA, and son, Jeffery (Christina) Halligan II, Colorado Springs, CO. Jeff’s grandchildren are: Alexandria, Ethan, Quentin, Anthony, Elijah, Uriah, Fisher, Mackenzie, Hadessah, Samuel, Maria, and Silas. Jeff is also survived by his sisters: Colleen DeSpain, Geneseo, Deanna Burlingame, Silvis, Judy (Wes) Naftzger, Albany, IL, Carol (Bill) Halligan, Iowa City, IA, and Becky (Clyde) Porter, Gurnee, IL, Kathy (Joe) Saylor, Indiana, and his brother, Joe (Diane) Halligan, East Moline

 

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, George and Pearl, brother, Charles Halligan, and two sisters, Marilyn Griffin and Sharon Thompson.

 

 

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Kenneth K. Baze

 

 

Kenneth K. Baze, 93, of Geneseo passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Hammond Henry Hospital, Geneseo, Illinois. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Laura Kamprath will officiate. Inurnment will take place at North Cemetery in Geneseo, IL, where military honors will be conducted by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Kenneth Baze Memorial Fund.

 

Kenneth was born on December 5, 1923, the son of Robert and Ella (Hamann) Baze, in Osco, IL. Kenneth married Loretta J. Verheye-Mille on July 25, 1953, in Geneseo, IL. He worked for Offerlie Oil Company as a mechanic and tire repairman, and then worked for Skelly Oil Company for many years. After his retirement, he worked part-time for Wirth Inc. Kenneth was an avid baseball fan, especially loving the Chicago Cubs! He enjoyed playing baseball during his younger years. Kenneth also loved fishing and spending time with his family. Kenneth attended First Lutheran Church in Geneseo, IL.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Loretta Baze, his children, Nancy (Dr. Joseph) Ortenzio, Middletown, OH, Daniel (Trish) Mille, Matthews, NC, Debbie (Jerry) Hart, Cordova, IL, and Kim (Fran) Baze, Rockford, IL. Kenneth’s grandchildren are Rebecca (Dave) Lee, Aaron (Tamu) Ortenzio, Adam (Amanda) Mille, Kate (Matthew) Harrison, Shauna (Robert) Thoene, Joshua Hart, Kelly Hart, and Zachary Hart. Kenneth was blessed with six great-grandchildren, and one on the way.

 

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ella, two brothers, and one sister.

 

 

 

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Richard Dana Sr.

Richard A. “Rich” Dana, Sr., 80, of Kewanee, passed away peacefully at his home, Friday, October 20, 2017 with his loving family by his side. Richard was born November 27, 1936 in Kewanee, the son of Marcus and Elizabeth (Underwood) Dana. He graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1954. His marriage to Shirley E. Newman took place on August 18, 1957 in Kewanee, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage, she survives.

Rich is also survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard Jr. and Holly Dana, Kewanee; a daughter, Susan (Burt Preston) Dana, Loveland, CO; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William (Varn) Dana; and an infant sister at birth.

Rich was a farmer and farmed with his dad and brother for most of his life. He served 6 years in the Kewanee National Guard and also worked a few years at Advanced Welding in Kewanee. Rich also helped his father-in-law, Cecil Newman, with corn-shelling and combining. Rich served on the Wethersfield School Board for over ten years.

Rich was loved and respected by his family and all of his friends. He was a people-person and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He had a big, kind, generous heart and would help anyone that needed help or assistance. Rich was very close to his brother, Varn, together they would fix or weld broken equipment for themselves or other farmers and it seemed there was nothing they couldn’t fix. Besides farming, Rich enjoyed flying airplanes (in his younger years), collecting and restoring antique tractors and driving them in parades, going to farm sales, getting out on his John Deere Gator and spending time with family and friends.

Following his retirement from farming, Rich was diagnosed with cancer and shortly thereafter he suffered a stroke. His loving wife, Shirley, took care of him and because of her wonderful care she gave him over the years, it not only extended his life and allowed him to stay in his own home, but made his life much more comfortable and content.

Rich was a very loving, caring, and generous person who touched many lives and will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends.  

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko and Reverend Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be from 2-6 pm on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. A private inurnment will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, First United Methodist Church, OSF Hospice, Galesburg, or Kewanee Rural Fire Department. Please leave an online condolence for Richard’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Roger D. Weber

 

 

Roger D. Weber, 72, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 16, 2017. Private graveside services will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Memorials may be left to the family of Roger Weber.

 

Roger was born on April 10, 1945, the son of Chester C. and Lauretta (Parpart) Weber, in Geneseo, IL. He attended and graduated from Geneseo High School. Roger married Jackie Morsman on November 10, 1967, the couple later divorced. He worked for International Harvesters Works for 18 years, before starting his own business, Weber’s Tree Service. Roger owned and operated the tree service in Geneseo for many years. He was a member of the Colona Gun Club, and a very proficient and talented trap shooter. Roger was a true outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, and trapping.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Corey Weber, Mico, TX, and his daughter, Marcy (Ken) McKillip, Milan, IL. Roger’s grandchildren are Samantha Weber, Nick Parker, Blake McKillip, Kade McKillip, and Kylie McKillip, and great-granddaughter, Violet Grace Weber. His sisters are Mary (Mark) Seaholm, Moline, IL, Renee (Mark) Taylor, Moline, IL, and Trish (Jim) Rusk, Geneseo, IL.

 

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Lauretta, his step-mother Dee, and by his special friend Jeannie Phillips.

 

The family would like to extend special thanks to Vickie Rogers, for her care and concern for Roger these past few years!

 

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